ILNP Nail Art + 10K Instagram Giveaway

I have some celebrating to do! This week I reached 10.000 followers on Instagram. An awesome milestone!!! I teamed up with Barbra of I Love Nail Polish to bring my Instagram followers a giveaway. The prize is six ILNP’s of the winners choice! I decided to create some nail art using six ILNP’s from my own stash to show you how beautiful Barbra’s polishes are. Let’s take a look!

This is the design I came up with using six I Love Nail Polishes from my own stash. I started with ILNP Mega (L) as a base, then freehanded some swirly lines with my ORLY Instant Artist striper in Jet Black. À la Emilio Pucci?! I filled them in with ILNP Charmingly Purple, ILNP Princeton, ILNP Cutie Pop, ILNP Music Box and ILNP Funshine Smoothie. Once most spaces were filled in I went over them again with the black striper to neaten up the lines.

Here’s a close-up! I just love these colours together. I know they’re more Spring themed colours rather than Fall but I love pastels. These holos are my favourite polishes from ILNP which is why I chose them. I’m sure you can translate this look with more vampy colours too. :D

This is what it looks like in direct light! It’s pretty sparkly but even more so in person. I did love this photo so I had to include it! Sometimes nail art doesn’t translate as well in photos as it does in person. I’m glad to say these were very photogenic haha! I probably love them even more in photos than in person which is rare!

If you’d like to participate in my 10k giveaway, head over to my Instagram page where you will find all the details to enter. I’ve attached the giveaway image below (after the jump) if you’d like to save it from here and then repost on Instagram. :) Hope you like it! P.s. Barbra from I Love Nail Polish has some awesome things in store for us soon.. I’m not allowed to share yet but you should be excited! Also a huge thanks to her for sponsoring the giveaway!

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1st October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 6 Comments

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Midnight Masquerade Swatches

I’m sharing a gorgeous polish by Femme Fatale Cosmetics today, a Mei Mei’s Signatures exclusive. I just love Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ aesthetic and formula. This one is no exception! I’m going to let the photos do the talking. :) Let’s take a look.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Midnight Masquerade (natural daylight)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Midnight Masquerade (natural daylight)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Midnight Masquerade (direct light)

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Midnight Masquerade (direct light)

Midnight Masquerade is a beautiful pale wine red with rich gold shimmer. It’s a tricky shade to describe, very mysterious and unique. It also has a holo finish as you can see from the direct light shots. Formula was amazing and coverage is flawless as I needed just two coats.

You can purchase Femme Fatale Cosmetics Midnight Masquerade exclusively from Mei Mei’s Signatures. Bottles hold 12ml and are big 3-free.

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30th September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 4 Comments

Miu Miu Nails

I’m back with more nail art today! I promised many more stamping manicures with my MoYou plates and I finally have some stamping to show you today. I’ll also be sharing my top tips to get successful results. I started with stamping 4 years ago but failed and gave up. I recently started again and achieved great results very quickly, but changed a few things since my first attempts all those years ago. Let’s take a look!

I’m sure some of you will recognize this design, the pastel pink and black swallows is a famous Miu Miu print. It’s been on my to-do list for ages and when I spotted some pretty swallows on my MoYou Mother Nature 03 plate, I knew I had to recreate it! I started with Essie French Affair as a base, an untried. Then I stamped over it with Cirque Colors Memento Mori, added Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

There are a few things I changed since I reattempted stamping and they made a huge different for the end result. I tried to list them for you! Keep in mind that everyone has a different experience and technique, what works for me may not work for you.

  • First thing I changed was my stamper. A soft and squishy stamper works so much better. Make sure to prime it first by using a very soft grit buffer to take away the shine. This step is pretty important!
  • Use an old visa/bankcard or gift card as a scraper. Metal scrapers can damage your stamping plate and the plastic ones don’t work as well in my experience.
  • Regular polishes instead of stamping polishes can give better results. I feel like regular polishes don’t smear as easily and just generally work better. Use opaque polishes or metallics, they work amazingly.
  • Use a top coat that doesn’t smear and use a very light touch when you apply the top coat. Almost float over your nail and make sure to don’t go over the same place twice. Glisten & Glow HK Girl is my holy grail for nail art.

Really hope you like these as much as I do!

29th September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 12 Comments

Mani Swap with The Nail Polish Challenge

I have some nail art for you today! I did a mani swap with super talented Kelli from The Nail Polish Challenge. I recreated one of my all time favourite designs by Kelli and she recreated one of mine, thus a mani swap. I feel crazy honoured to do this with her, she’s amazing and we’ve become friends since the guest post she did for me. Make sure to check out her manicure on her blog The Nail Polish Challenge!

Kelli’s purple striping tape nails is the manicure I chose to recreate. It’s a gorgeous geometric design that features purple, how could I resist?!  I used the same base colour she did for my pointer and pinkie, OPI You’re Such A Budapest. Which just so happens to be one of my favourite creme colours! It’s a mix between lavender and periwinkle, a gorgeous and unique pastel shade.

Then on my middle finger and ring finger I used my favourite nude polish as a base, Rimmel Let’s Get Nude. Then the real work commenced, applying striping tape! Me and striping tape are certainly not friends but they are crucial to making this design work. Once I applied all the pieces I applied OPI You’re Such A Budapest on either side of my nails, and used OPI Vant To Bite My Neck for the top and bottom parts of the design. I filled in the four smaller triangles with Cirque Colors Carpe Diem. Finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

I absolutely love how these turned out. I wore them on my nails until they chipped so I got to admire them for as long as possible. Please make sure to head over to The Nail Polish Challenge to check out her recreation of one of my manicures. Thanks so much for doing this with me Kelli! Hope you like my manicure.

28th September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 18 Comments

Emily de Molly – Head Over Heels Swatch

Today I’m excited to share a gorgeous polish from Australian brand Emily de Molly. Ever since I first heard about Emily de Molly I knew I’d own one of their bottles one day, for very obvious reasons haha. I just had to have one! I recently saw my chance and purchased a lovely purple holo from Mei Mei’s Signatures. Let’s take a look!

Emily De Molly – Head Over Heels (natural daylight)

Emily De Molly – Head Over Heels (natural daylight)

Emily De Molly – Head Over Heels (direct light)

Emily De Molly – Head Over Heels (direct light)

Emily De Molly – Head Over Heels: Head Over Heels is a beautiful soft lavender holo. I’m a real sucker for purples lately so I instantly fell in love. I’m so happy I purchased it! The formula was really amazing to work with. I used three thin coats for my swatch.

You can purchase Emily de Molly from the official website based in Australia or from one of the stockists. I purchased mine from Mei Mei’s Signatures who offers worldwide shipping! Do you own any Emily de Molly polishes? Which is your favourite? Let me know!

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27th September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 20 Comments

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