14 July 2012

Galaxy Nails!

I was feeling creative yesterday so I also tried out galaxy nails, here's how they turned out :-)

I used models own black magic as the base and painted a coat of thunder & lightening black glitter over it.
Since I don't have any makeup sponges I simply used cotton pads to dabble yellow, white, blue and a dash of red onto the nebula. Then I used a white nail art pen and a cocktail stick to add small stars :-)

Hope you liked this quick post! What do you think, will you be trying this?
Much love,
Chloë xx

13 July 2012

Marble nails - first attempt!

Hi! So I watched a few tutorials on marble nails and got the idea pretty quickly so wanted to try it out.

It turned out pretty messy because I've never done it before and I was panicking whilst doing it haha, so please excuse that :-) Also, I attempted at my little finger 3 times but every one failed so I just left it :-P

I had to trial and error a few polishes because some didn't really work in the water, speaking of which, it is pretty so I took a photo...

So pretty! It is a lot of fun but kind of annoying at the same time with clearing up every time :-)

Most of the colours I used were Barry M which worked quite well as they are a bit of a watery formula.

I think the best ones were the index and my thumb nails, the others weren't great. Oh well practice makes perfect right? :-)

I would write a basic tutorial but seeing as mine are very messy and not so great, I'll leave it to you to watch a GOOD tutorial haha, so here's a few links:


See you later :-)
-Chloë xx

28 June 2012

Away with the wind...

Sorry I haven't posted anything in what seems like forever, I'll post something as soon as I do something notable with my nails! :-)

For the mean time, check out my sister's lovely blog here


She reviews all sorts of beauty products from haircare to fake tan and everything in between, she knows her stuff, so take a look! :-)

Much love,
Chloe xx

27 May 2012

Nails Inc and Scalloped tips!

Quick post:
Nails inc in Picadilly Circus & Shisem in White; scalloped style tips :-) Sealed with OPI Top Coat!

22 April 2012

Stripes and Aquaviolet Beetlejuice!

Hi there! Sorry about my lack of posts, I've had a lot going on lately!
Anyway, here's a quick post for you :-)

These are my nails (looking very short!) painted with Models Own's Aquaviolet Beetlejuice. I love this shade from their beetlejuice range as it changes colour at different angles in the light, going from purple one moment to green and blue the next! You can probably see this in the photo, but it is way better in real life :-)
It really is lovely. Also it is very well-wearing and durable, hardly any chips in sight for quite some time!

I decided to add some stripe detail with my MO black nailart pen - makes it look a bit like a beetle somehow... don't you think? :-P

Oh, I decided to sell a few things on eBay, so just thought I'd post to see if anyone's interested in any of it :-)

Anyway, I promise I'll post a nice detailed nail art design soon when I find the time :-)
Have a great week! 

-Chloë xx

18 March 2012

Pastels and tiny jewels

I've just recently got a new DSLR in preparation for my Photography A level in September, so I will be posting better quality photos from now on :-P

Anyways, hi lovelies :-) I thought I'd go all lovely and girly after my bout of black and red nails!

L-R: MO nailart pen, Blooboo, Lilac Dream, Pastel Pink, Saffron White, MO '3 in 1 Top, Base & Gloss'.
Above: Nail art rhinestones wheel
So, I applied my new Model's Own base coat (I got this and Blooboo for a 2 for £8 deal on at Boots!) then painted each nail a random pastel colour.

I'd like to point out that I recently purchased Saffron in White from eBay as my first white varnish (finally!) and I'm so glad I did! I'ts such a pure and wonderful white, applying perfectly with just one coat and not a chip in sight so far! At just £2 I highly recommend that you invest in this if you haven't got a good white in your collection :-)

On top of random nails I carefully stuck 3 tiny rhinestones to the edges (they stay securely on the nail varnish and are easily sealed down with top coat!) using my fingertips - fiddly but achievable business with patience! :-)

My finished nails and their glitzy extras! 
My sister's lovely design (plus MO Champagne) and the fabulous pastels!

So there's another nail digest for you :-) Hope you liked it - try out your own pastel mix, or perhaps try using nail gems - I can't stop rotating mine and making them sparkle :-P

-Chloë xx

17 March 2012

Very late Valentine's Day nails :-)

L-R: Red red wine, Lili's Pink, Pink Fizz, Magenta Divine

I did this a while back and thought it was finally time to show you lovelies some more nail experiments :-)
These were actually my nails on Valentine's Day, just another mix of Models Own colours - and one which I really loved - it was very feminine and glitzy! :-) You get the idea :-P

-Chloë xx

8 March 2012

Red & Black re-invented!

Hi again! I has absent-mindedly picked off most of my lovely blue nails so it was time for a change!
I thought I would do both hands differently so I used the classic red and black, but with a white nail art pen I added a slight twist to each set :-)

On my left hand I applied 2 coats of MO's red red wine and then did 4 stripes of white on 3 of 5 nails, which personally I really like the look of - I think all 5 would be a stripe overload. :-)

On my right hand I applied 2 coats of MO's black magic and on my thumb I carefully attempted to draw a yin yang symbol (left handed as well! I even impressed myself haha!) on it. For this I used the white pen again. I think even something this simple on one hand can really change the feel of the black nails.

Anyways, just a quick idea after a rather serious and emotional post!
What would you do with a white nail art pen?

-Chloë xx

KONY 2012 & Invisible Children Inc.

So I know this might not "fit in" with the rest of my blog, but it deserves a place everywhere possible to raise awareness! ♥

Basically, in Uganda there is a terrible man named Joseph Kony who is the leader of the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army). The army, at any time, invade Ugandan villages and abduct young children - children as young as 2 or 3 years old. These children are given guns and weapons and forced to become a part of this rebellion, demanded to kill and injure people including their own families. The boys become child soldiers and the girls are used as sex slaves. If this isn't shocking enough, it has been going on for 30 years already, with over 30,000 innocent Ugandan children taken from their lives and forced into the LRA.

One of the most shocking facts behind all of this is that this man, Kony, is fighting for NO REAL REASON, he is just trying to maintain his power over the "army" he has created. He is a disgusting human being and this campaign aims to make Kony famous - not to celebrate him, but to promote his name in the hopes of raising awareness of his crimes and getting him arrested at last.

I promise you that if you watch the video you will be subjected to intense emotion, you will be inspired and moved to you will want to try and get involved, to make a change.
Even if you just sign your email up to the pledge on the wesbite you will be helping immensely.

I've already signed up and donated and shared the news. Now it's your turn to help make a positive change.
We are all one, and we can make this happen.


Please watch this video for full details:

Here is the website:

2 March 2012

Putting a twist on the phrase 'feeling blue'!

So, after a very visually appealing experience with my Models Own (MO) Blue Med, I thought I would go all out with my best blue nail varnishes :-)

L-R: Barry M Cobalt Blue, MO Blue Med, MO Aquaviolet beetlejuice, MO Feeling Blue, MO Bluebell, Barry M Blueberry
Right hand (Sorry it's a bit messy - I'm tired :-P)
Left hand

Both of the Barry M shades applied perfectly with one richly coloured coat being all you need. I used my MO Black Nailart Pen to do one half of my thumb's yin-yang symbol and a random white pen brand on the other (which didn't go too well haha) and a heart on my right ring finger.

Models Own's 'Bluebell' is a deep blue glitter which is a bit tricky to apply but with 2 or 3 thin coats, very carefully layered, appears beautifully glittery :-) We all love a bit of sparkle! MO's glitter polishes last a very long time without chipping and are quite hard to remove, so make sure you really love them and want to wear them before you apply!

Apologies for how messy a few nails are, I was quite tired when I did them haha
Anyways, hope you guys enjoy this and try out a colour mix of your own - neater than mine :-)

-Chloë xx

1 March 2012

Creative disposal!

I'm currently doing my final GCSE Art project based around abstraction, geometric design and vibrant colour and I keep thinking of new ways to demonstrate my ideas.

I had a bit of a nose around my room to see what I could go colour crazy with and found a bunch of old and unloved nail varnishes hidden away. Most of these were discontinued primark shades which I will never wear, so I decided to put them to good use - recycling them in a sense :-)

Just thought I would share this with you as if you are an arty soul you may want to recycle some of your abandoned nail varnish by turning it into an abstract... well... mess! :-) Instead of throwing them away I have given them a purpose in their lives :-P

-Chloë xx

28 February 2012

Models Own: Blue Med

Models Own's 'Blue Med' is a beautiful light blue/aqua colour. It is delightfully dreamy-looking and as you can see from the bottle it comes out with a pearly sheen which makes it even lovelier.

Unfortunately, my bottle of this is very watery and took about 4 thin coats very carefully applied to make it a very strong colour :-( Maybe it was just my luck that I got the dud!

Wearing this today I got a load of compliments on how bright and airy my nails looked, so I will be making sure that I wear it again and in the Summer! :-)

All in all this is a fabulous colour - but can be hard to apply. I do recommend it so you can have this unusual and pretty light blue, too.

-Chloë xx

23 February 2012

Models Own: 'Black Magic' and a touch of 'Thunder & Lightning'

For a change this week I decided to go with classic jet black nails. I used Models Own's 'Black Magic' for the first time since I brought it. The formula was actually quite disappointing, while it did give a lovely rich black, it was hard to apply even with layers of thin coats.
It looks lovely on, but 2 days on it has already begun to chip at the edges of my nails! :-(

On my ring finger on each hand, I used a thick layer of Models Own's black/multicoloured glitter 'Thunder & Lightning' on top of a thin coat of plain black. I have to say that even though it is very subtle, it looks quite pleasing to see a splash of glitter and a hint of colour with my jet black nails. The glitter is wonderful in the light with specks of every colour :-)

All of Models Own's glitter polishes are very durable and long-lasting, hardly chipping at all and shimmering on for weeks and weeks! I highly recommend them to anyone who loves a bit of glitz on their nails, but a word of warning - they are kind of hard to remove as they stay on so well, so you better be in love with your glitter enough to keep it on for a long time before removing it! :-)

-Chloë xx

19 February 2012

Barry M 'Brit Red'

This fabulous colour is Barry M's "Brit Red", priced at a brilliant £2.99. Until I found Models Own I would stick to Barry M's collection, but I occasionally pick up one or two just because they are so awesomely cheap and not too shabby for their price.

The red is lovely; a classically beautiful nail varnish colour to wear, but with a bright and youthful twist.
It is, however, a bit of a pain to apply because of its watery formula. Nonetheless, it comes out shiny and after 2 or 3 thin coats you will have a great finish.

It usually stays on for less than a week as it chips and scratches pretty easily, but at such a low price it's worth just buying a lovely colour like this one to wear for a few days if you fancy a change! :-)

Overall I would give Barry M a 3/5 for this nail varnish, but I would recommend that you try other brands for a few more pennies just to get the long-lasting formula we all desire for our nails! :-)

Maybelline express finish: Pearl White

I've had this nail varnish for so long that I thought it deserved its own quick little review :-)

Very pearlescent, don't you think? ;-P

  • Shiny pearl effect
  • Glossy finish
  • Lasts for a few days until chipping
  • Fast drying
  • Slightly watery formula - thin coats needed
  • Chips easily once worn
I'm not sure if this shade is even still widely sold as it has been hiding away in my makeup drawers for so long! But if it is, I do recommend that you splash out about £3 to buy it if you don't already have a pearly nail varnish in your collection :-) Also, I have used this colour as a base coat for applying glitter to (and other  light colours) which always looks cute :-)

16 February 2012

Models Own: Evergreen

     Now I don't usually go for green nails, but when I saw this shade on Models Own I knew I had to buy it!
The green is called Evergreen (£5 like all other Models Own colours) and true to its name, stays a beautiful emerald shade of green for as long as you keep it on.

The formula is slightly thin and runny so you may need 2 or 3 coats but once applied it is non-streaky and quickly dries. It has a pearly quality, shimmering in the light as a perfectly vivid emerald green would do!

Here I added black tips to my nails to really make the green stand out
You will not be disappointed if you buy this nail varnish. It is a very rich colour which is long lasting and durable against chipping for weeks (even longer if combined with a good top coat like OPI Rapidry)!

All in all, this was another perfect purchase from Models Own, I highly recommend it!

-Chloë x x

15 February 2012

Models Own Pastel Collection

I received the Models Own Pastel Collection as a gift for my birthday last year and that was the day I fell in love with Models Own! The colours came in a little black box (which I now use to keep my free samples in) and all looked great together.

Here's the basic lowdown on each colour! (L to R)

Lilac Dream
    This nail varnish lives up to its name as it is a dream to wear! The colour is easy to apply and looks fabulous with just one coat, although you may add a second. The formula is bright, does not come out streaky when used, dries quickly and does not chip for quite a while (1-2 weeks wear). This lilac is fresh and light, making your nails look lovely and feminine :-)


Pastel Pink
     This pink is a very bright and barbie-esque shade which applies easily with just one coat for a rich colour! Formula is quickly dried and lasts for a week or more without chips.

Feeling Blue
     This blue is a delightful colour to wear, it is easy to apply with 1 or 2 coats needed for a lovely rich blue colour which is a perfect balance between a heavy blue and a light blue. You will see no streaks on application, no chips for a week plus, and will not have to wait long for it to dry. It is a lovely simple blue - a nail varnish which should be in your essential colours list! :-)

Lemon Meringue
     Unfortunately, I found this colour quite messy to apply as the formula comes out quite runny and streaky - you will need a few coats to balance it out! Also it seems to chip a lot easier than the other colours. Despite this, the yellow is lovely and bright whilst still appearing perfectly pastel :-)

Top Turquoise
     This colour's name is slightly misleading as I would say it's more green than turqouise - it comes out looking like a healthy green grass colour. The formula is quick drying after 1-2 coats of healthy looking green  ,and will last for a week or more with no chips.

Fuzzy Peach
     This colour is lovely and bright, livening up your nails; it also leans more towards orange than peach, but still retains a peachy quality. The formula is easy to apply with no streaks, a quick dry-time (after 1-2 coats) and a low chip rate. It's the first orange-y nail varnish I have ever owned and I'm glad it is - it's perfect for a sunny day with a mouthwatering fruit smoothie... which I'm now craving as I write! :-)

In conclusion

I am very pleased to own this collection and think that it is a must-have for all Models Own adorers! The application of all colours is relatively smooth (with the exception of Lemon Meringue) and without chips for a week or more with a good top coat :-)