Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Cherry Blossom Nail-art Tutorial

What I used:
Cotton Buds/Q-tips
False Nails
Nail polishes of my choice:
Barry M - Blue Moon
Elf - Innocent
China Glaze - Sunset Sail
Models own Black nail art pen
Bourjois - Blanc Glamour
 Seche Vite topcoat

After making I sure I had 10 nails that all fit, I stuck them to the ends of cotton buds with sellotape, which makes painting them easier. (If you are doing this on your own nails, you can skip this step!)
I made sure that both the thumb nails were stuck to the same cotton bud and so on.

I then painted 2 coats of the light blue (I used Barry M - Blue Moon) and left it do dry completely.

Then I dripped some of both of the the light pinks (Elf - Innocent & China Glaze - Sunset Sail) onto a piece of plastic. 

I used a makeup sponge to lightly dab a mixture of the two over the blue.
This is optional of course, but I like the effect it gave!

When that was completely dry, I used my Black Models own nail art pen to paint the branches. 

Next use a dotting tool (I used a hairpin bent out of shape!!) dipped in the white nailpolish to make the blossoms. I did 4 dots for some of them, and 3 for the other.

  When that was dry, I put on dot (Elf - Innocent) in the middle of each blossom.
I finished with a Seche Vite topcoat!

[I used Nailene 200 full cover nails - Petite Square]
{sorry that some of the pictures are super blurry...I was using my phone camera :P}

Did you enjoy my first tutorial? ;)


Sunday, 23 October 2011


I love painting my nails so much....
I sit with my laptop watching TV shows and paint my nails, i find it so relaxing!

French Manicure
Ok, so I didn't actually do these nails ;) 
But it's the manicure I got in America for my brothers wedding!

Leopard Print
Models Own ~ Misty Grey
Models Own ~ Orange Sherbet
Models Own ~ Pink Punch

Leopard Print
 - Barry M ~ Mushroom
- Barry M ~ Mint Green
- WAH nail art pen

 Galaxy Nails
- Barry M ~ Navy
- Bourjois ~ Blanc Glamour
- Barry M ~ Lemon Ice Cream
- Barry M ~ Blue Moon
- Barry M ~ Silver

(painted on Elegant Touch totally bare nails)
- Barry M ~ Lemon Ice Cream
- Bourjois ~ Blanc Glamour
- Barry M ~ Cobalt Blue
- WAH nail art pen

- ELF ~ Desert Haze
- Barry M ~ Black Magic Crackle

- Elegant Touch Monochrome Madness Jet Black
- Little star sequins (not sure where they are from!) 

Pastel Florals 
(inspired by this)
(painted on Broadway real life nails)
- Barry M ~ Peach Melba
- Barry M ~ Mint Green
- Barry M ~ Berry ice cream
- WAH nail art pen

Do you find painting your nails relaxing? What exciting designs have you done?


Monday, 5 September 2011

Foundation for Pale Skin

I thought I would share today about the makeup product that I have found the hardest to get right!
I'm pale so I really struggle to find a foundation that is light enough. 
My skin type is as follows: Very pale, abit oily, pink undertones, red cheeks (mild Rosacea maybe). 
The red cheeks are actually the only reason I wear foundation. I like my skin other than that! :)
The different brands I have tried are: Natural Collection, Miss Sporty, Maybelline, Bourjois, Rimmel, L'Oreal...and finally REVLON! (I always buy the palest shade of each brand.) 
Let me explain the issues I found with each one:-
Natural Collection: Too orange and just generally not amazing quality, you pay for what you get.

Miss Sporty Light Energy: Quite a nice foundation, but still too dark

Maybelline Pure Mineral: Too Orange, good coverage though

Bourjois Healthy Mix: Very happy with this, but ever so slightly too oily perhaps.

L'Oreal True Match : Too runny, and abit too yellowy for me. Good foundation, just not for me.

Rimmel Lasting Finish: Too orange, they clearly don't understand that 'Ivory' means off-white! ><

Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily Skin: The foundation of my dreams! <3

I can explain sometime why I love this foundation so much, if anyone is interested!
Do any of you struggle to find foundations to match your skintone??

All opinions expressed here are my own, I know from reading many blogs that some of the above foundations are perfect for some people, just not for me. 
I hope that my thoughts will help some other pale skinned girls! 


Monday, 20 June 2011

Barry M nailpolishes

I have tried alot of nail polishes in my life, and Barry M brand is now my FAVOURITE brand ever!

I have most of the colours now, and have loved every single one :D
This is my collection so far:

 [without flash]

[with flash]

[From left to right:] Navy, Cobalt Blue, Turquoise, Mint Green, Blue Moon, Silver, Grey, Mushroom, Berry Ice-cream, Strawberry Ice-cream, Coral, Raspberry, Lemon Ice-cream.

I can probably review most of them from memory, so let me know if you want swatches or reviews of any!

I can HIGHLY recommend them :]]


Saturday, 28 May 2011

Shopping Spree

So...I got up this morning far earlier than I normally would on a Saturday so I could go shopping before it got busy!

I got to town at about 9.30 and managed to get EVERYTHING on my list in just over 2 hours!

Here are some of the lovely things I got:
[ Boots: ]

 Simple eye make-up correction pen ~ £4.99
Garnier cleansing milk ~ £3.26
Veet Hair minimizing body moisturizer  ~ £4.99

L'OrĂ©al Paris True Match Foundation ~ £9.99
Natural Collection Loose Powder ~ £1.99

(I'm really excited about trying out this foundation! I've been using various Bourjois foundations for over a year and really want to try something else :]] Will do a review once I've been using it for a bit.)

[ H&M: ]

Ring set Silver ~ £2.99
Ring set Gold ~ £2.99
Bracelet ~ £1.99

[ Primark: ]

Open back crop top ~ £6.00
(I got this top to channel my inner Silver from 90210! She is my style inspiration!!)

Daisy hairband ~ £1.00

Bracelets ~ £2.00

Bangles ~ £1.00

And a lovely, yummy snack for the bus ride home :]] 


Saturday, 21 May 2011

Welcome to blog land

Ok, so its not normally acceptable to welcome yourself to something, but at the time, it seemed the best thing to do! *shrugs*

Hello, I'm Abigail :]]

Not really sure what I should write about in my first post! This is kind of crazy! People can actually read this!?! Whether you will is another matter!

this is me...thought you might like to know

Thats enough, for the first post! I promise the next one will be very exciting!


Earrings ~ Primark
Scarf ~ Little stall in Southampton
Lipstick ~ Probably Natural Collection
Eyeliner ~ Rimmel