Current Nail Favourite: Model’s Own Indian Ocean

Hello Snowdroplets!

This stuff, as the title suggests, is definitely my new favourite nail varnish – let me try to explain why…

First off, I bought this bottle of nail varnish inside a bottle of nail varnish. Oh yes, you read that right. Model’s Own pop-up type shop is in the shape of a cute bubbly nail varnish bottle with pink ‘varnish’ spilling out – I mean how frickin’ awesome?! What I especially loved was how the staff spoke about The Bottle as if it was some kind of alternate dimension where nails were worshiped like Gods and nothing bad… like, dare I say, bare or chipped nails… existed. It was a little slice of girly, beauty heaven!

Anyway, onto the actual nail varnish. Normally £5 (but I bought mine with two others so it was cheaper), this is a gorgeous shimmery top coat. In the bottle, it looks like a combination of turquoise and pink swirls with tiny glitter particles, but on the nails these colours do not show so much. It lets the base coat colour shine through, simply providing a gorgeous sheen and subtly picking out the pinks and blues of the shade and letting those parts beautifully catch the light.

I’ve used Indian Ocean over two different base colours to give you an idea of it’s appearance:

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I’m not sure these pictures quite do justice to this topcoat. Also, I have no idea what that black mark on my little finger is is the last picture?! Ahh well ;-). The base colour in the first look is Avon’s Speed Dry in Sprightly Mint, a gorgeous fresh mint green for Spring/ Summer and the base coat for the second look is another Model’s Own nail varnish from their scented range (though I have never noticed a scent at all) in Grape Juice.

 

What do you think of this nail varnish? The only negative thing I can say about it is that it does take a while to dry, definitely at least 5 mintutes. But once it is on, it certainly seems to stay on and not chip – which is a must for me!

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

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Fashion At Your Fingertips: Pastel Nails

These sugary sweet, dreamy, candy shop shades are subtle and feminine but also add a pop of girly fun to your tips. I find them simply irresistable and total staples for Spring, they’re just too cute! 😉 Pretty pinks, airy and whimsical sky blues, minty fresh greens… which is your favourite? I am lusting over the adorable greens personally…

Pastel Nail Polish 1            Pastel Nail Polish 3            Pastle Nail Polish 4           Nails in Air Kisses

All from Topshop £5 each or currently 2 for £8

Not to mention how, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could paint candy coloured pinstripes by using a simple masking tape or Sellotape technique, passed down through centuries of beauty gurus… well, maybe not quite centuries, but the point is I’m now going to share it with you!  😉

^ Gorgeous!!

Tape Technique:

1) Cut a piece of tape big enough to cover your entire nail, but before placing it on the nail, cut of about 1/5 of it depending on how big and how many stripes you would like. Stick the smaller strip on the edge of a convieniant table or such like and stick the larger part on your nail. It should cover about 4/5 of it, therefore leaving a stripe (see how it’s going to work yet? 😉 ) bare.

2) In your first chosen colour, paint down the strip that you left bare of your nail and do not worry if you get any on the tape – that’s what it’s there for!

3) Carefully remove the tape and wait until the polish has fully dried before sticking the smaller strip you stuck on a table earlier ontop of the bit you just painted.

4) Cut off another strip from the larger piece of tape around the same size as the last and stick it on a table. Stick what remains of the larger strip on your nail, leaving a strip bare, directly adjacent to where you painted the other strip.

5) Paint along the strip you left bare in a different shade. When you remove the tape you should now have two adjacent stripes!

6) Repeat this process until you have covered your entire nail. Remember, you don’t have to limit your palette – experiment with several sherbet shades and see which combinations you prefer, you can also mix up whether you want vertical, horizontal, diagonal or zig zag lines! Zig zags could be achieved by cutting out zig zag strips from your tape.

Alternatively, if you believe you have a steady hand you could just you a white tipper for stripes, but then you limit yourself to having to have white stripes, whereas using the technique above you could line up a rainbow of colours side by side!

Thank you for reading, look out for the next edition of…

‘Fashion At Your Fingertips’, and follow Snowdrops so you don’t miss it! Also, feel free to comment any thoughts, questions and opinions you may have in the comments section. 🙂

Simplistic beauty xx