Guest Post by Brit Nails

Today I’m introducing Allie aka Brit Nails. Allie has, hands down, the prettiest nails I have ever laid eyes upon. I get nail envy whenever I see her gorgeous long nail beds, they are so elegant. She makes any polish look like a million bucks and she’s pretty great at nail art too! I am super honoured to have her on my blog today as I have looked up to her for so many years and adore her work. Let’s take a look at the beautiful nails she created for you! 

Hi everyone! I’m Allie and I blog over at Brit Nails. Today I’ve done some nail art for Emily who was kind enough to ask me to guest post. I feel super special being featured on such a wonderful blog! I wanted to do something fun and summery so I turned to my stamping plates and some brand new Barry M shades.

I began with a plain white base, using Carnival Couture (nude) and Festival Fever (pink) by Barry M to make the gradient. They go so well together! They both have a bit of shimmer but unfortunately it doesn’t show up very well in pictures.

I used a quick dry top coat to prepare my base for stamping, then I chose a cute paint splat design from MoYou London Princess plate 13.

I’ve tried to use this particular design before but it’s just never worked for me, but this time I was determined! I used the fab ur nails jumbo stamper along with Konad white stamping polish and it definitely helped, it still stamped with a few imperfections but they’re hardly noticeable. I finished with another coat of quick dry top coat and my nails were summer ready. They remind me of ice cream! Let me know what you think.

Thank you so much Emily for having me on your blog!

– Allie x

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HUGE thank you Allie for this stunning nail art! I am obsessed with those colours! That pink and nude together is such a flawless combo and that stamp is totally Summer-y and gorgeous. Make sure to head on over to Allie’s blog and social media to follow her and show her lots of love! 

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 - No Comments

Guest Post by Love Varnish

Today I’m introducing my nail bestie Debs aka Love Varnish. I’m sure you all know her as we used to link up for reviews, nail art and various other things on the reg. Deborah recently went on hiatus and I have been missing her posts and reviews so much :'( however on occasion she shares her beautiful nails with us for special link-ups or guest posts. So I am really excited she is here today! Let’s check out her post! 

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here (again) and share a guest post with you all. My name is Deborah and I used to blog over at Love Varnish, but I am currently taking a break that is feeling so, so good ;-). However, I still enjoy painting my nails and when my girl Emily asked if I wanted to provide a guest post so she could take a break as well, obviously I had to say yes! I’ve been such a fan of Emily’s work and her gorgeous nails, so I am hoping you like mine as well even though they aren’t up to par.

For today’s look I went with an ikat print. I wanted something happy and cheery and freehand, so it seemed like the perfect fit to go with this design! My base is the perfect OPI I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana, this yellow always make me smile (might be the lovely formula ;-)). After it dried, I used a trimmed down nail art brush and added white blobs which are the base for my ikat design. I used the same brush and OPI Live. Love. Carnaval to add smaller blobs in the center. Let it dry again (don’t go to fast or you’ll smudge and drag around these layers of polish!) and use a striper brush or, in my case, the same nail art brush and black polish to add your details.

Like I do with every design lately, I mattified the whole thing when I was done. There is just something about a matte finish on an ikat design that makes it pop, doesn’t it?

Hope you all like my post, and Ems I hope you like it too but mostly I hope you are enjoying your well deserved break!

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Thank you so much Deborah for these gorgeous and bright ikat nails! I remember a few months ago you were “complaining” to me that you couldn’t do an ikat design to save your life. I mean, look at how flawless these are?! Not up to par?! LOL puhlease. These are so so gorgeous! I love the colour scheme! Make sure to head over to Deborah’s blog and social media, even if she is no longer posting regularly you can still enjoy her vast archive of wonderful nail art and swatches!

Monday, 27 June 2016 - No Comments

Guest Post by Cubbiful

Today I’m introducing Mina also known as Cubbiful. Mina is a super talented lady with some incredible freehand skills! She dreams up the brightest and most whimsical manicures. Aside from that she is an English teacher in the beautiful Portugal, she is totally be the coolest teacher ever. Let’s check out her post! 

Hello, everyone!! It’s so good to be here! I hope Emily is by now getting a tan with an umbrella drink on the side or whatever makes her happy ;) I prepared a summery mani look for her – let’s take a look.

I’m calling them Pink Tribal Cocktail, ’cause Summer is all about having fun after all :)

I painted my nails two coats of the lovely Bellaoggi 21 – isn’t it gorgeous and fun? Who loves bubblegum pink here?

I freehanded the tribal motif, using black acrylic paint and a lot of improv. I love how they turned out and I hope you all do, too. It’s been a pleasure to be your guest, Emily, thank you so much for the lovely invitation and enjoy your time off. For the rest of you lovely people, stop by the blog anytime and say ‘hi!’ :)

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Thank you so much Mina for these stunning tribal nails! Your freehand work never ceases to amaze me! I adore these tribal nails and that negative space nail is everything. Make sure to head on over to Mina’s pages and give her a follow, you won’t regret it! 

Saturday, 25 June 2016 - No Comments

Guest Post by Peachy Polish

I’m introducing my dear friend Valesha today aka Peachy Polish. This girl posts some of the most swoon worthy swatches of all time. She has me drooling over every single thing she wears, seriously! Not only is she an incredible swatcher her nail art is seriously on fleek! I was super honoured to do a guest post for her birthday last month so I was really excited she wanted to return the favour (again!). Let’s take a look at Valesha’s nails!

Hello Very Emily readers! I’m Valesha from Peachy Polish. You may remember that I’ve done a guest post for Emily once before. I’m happy and honored to be here again and to share a little piece of my blog with you all. I hope you enjoy the nails I’ve done for you today!

This was a manicure I wore to an early Summer BBQ. I wanted something bright but also still a bit Spring-y so I decided to pair one of my all-time favorite polishes with some bright and beautiful pink! Plus some glitter of course because every day is a day for glitter in my opinion! :)

Products used:

  • Pointer finger – Different Dimension Right On with Essie Bikini So Teeny dots
  • Middle finger – Essie Bikini So Teeny stamped with Mundo de Unas Neon Pink and stamping plate MoYou London Time Traveller Back to the 70s – 03
  • Ring finger – Essie Bikini So Teeny topped with Lynnderella Horse Feathers
  • Pinkie finger – Different Dimension Right On

Last time I posted on Emily’s blog, I sort of copied her aesthetic but this time I kind of went the other way with it! Just for something different. I hope that you all and Emily liked this manicure! I’m looking forward to more neons this Summer!

Thank you Emily for letting me share this look on your blog! You are such a gem and I hope you are having a nice holiday!

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Thank you so much Valesha for these gorgeous nails! Bikini So Teeny is without a doubt my favourite Essie of all time so I am so excited to see you used it in this beautiful mix and match mani. It’s such an honour to have you on my blog again! Be sure to follow Valesha using ALL the links above for more stunning nail art and flawless swatches. 

Friday, 24 June 2016 - 1 Comment

Guest Post by Casual Contrast

Today I have Emily aka Casual Contrast to introduce to you, though I am sure she needs no introduction. We’ve been friends for a pretty long time now, we even did a mani swap almost two years ago. Emily is one of the sweetest people I know with a big kind heart, she’s always been there for me no matter what. She has an awesome style of nail art so I’m really excited to share her work with you today! She’s prepared something incredible so let’s check it out!

Hi everyone! My name is Emily Draher, the writer and artist behind Casual Contrast, formerly The Lacquerologist. I was really honored when Emily asked me if I would create a guest post for her – Very Emily is a constant source of inspiration for me. Plus, Emily is a total sweetheart and a soul sister across the Atlantic!

I decided to create some summertime florals for my guest post, featuring my very favorite indie brand: KBShimmer! I love just about everything about KBShimmer: their polishes are always gorgeous with fabulous formulas, their nail care items work well, and owner Christy Rose has always been super helpful and sweet. I used their base and top coats for this manicure, as well as a selection of polishes from their recent Summer 2016 release. Let’s take a look!

I started with a manicure of KBShimmer How Low Can You Flamingo? with accent nails in KBShimmer One Night Sand and KBShimmer Playing With The Buoys. I created the roses with KBShimmer Good Reef!, KBShimmer How Low Can You Flamingo, KBShimmer Ready For A Good Lime, KBShimmer Teal It To My Heart*, KBShimmer Life Rose On*, and KBShimmer Mai Tai One On. I used both KBShimmer Fillin’ Groovy and KBShimmer Clearly On Top. Polishes marked with a * are not from the Summer 2016 Collection.

I love the look of the “double accent” manicure – it allows you to enjoy a little sparkle and a little nail art, and saves the time of doing all ten nails in a detailed pattern. Super fun! I also love this traditionally soft, feminine rose motif in bolder, brighter summer shades. It’s a little twist on a well-known nail art look.

Thanks so much to sweet Emily for having me here today – I hope she’s having a fabulous time on her vacation! Be sure to head to casualcontrast.com or follow me on social media (or both!!) to keep up with my posts – I write about a wide variety of topics that I’m passionate about including nail art, self-care, lifestyle, and my dog, Bob Draher! <3

Some items in this post were provided for previous review.

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Thank you SO much Emily for these stunning floral nails! You know I’m a sucker for florals plus this style of mix & match mani is my absolute favourite – I couldn’t love these more if I tried! Make sure to follow Casual Contrast using the links above! Emily has been blogging for absolute ages and has built the most incredible archive of posts, she is also the author one of my favourite nail art books Idiot’s Guides: Nail Art. If that’s not reason enough to follow her, she has the most handsome photogenic dog you’ve ever seen! :) Big thank you Em!

Thursday, 23 June 2016 - 9 Comments

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