Thursday, 16 March 2017

Gatsby Inspired Nail Art feat. Meebox Feb 2017*

Another month, another Meebox to play with! This month's box featured a Great Gatsby theme, complete with appropriate glittery gold, black and a lovely purple polish, as well as nail stencils and gold caviar beads. I was in two minds when I first opened my box because I LOVED the polishes that were included (Little Ondine Copper Spark, Maggie Anne Pearl and Color Club Midnight Mulberry) but I'd never tried nail stencils or caviar beads before (even though I've had a bottle of Models Own gold caviar beads languishing in my helmer for years).

I tried to think of designs that would incorporate all elements and let's just say things didn't go to plan...

As a newcomer to both nail stencils and caviar beads, I was keen to use them but the universe was against me (or more likely my own ineptness...)


Monday, 27 February 2017

Essie Retro Revival 2 - Swatches & Review*

Hi everyone, I've got an epic swatch post for you guys. The lovely people over at Essie were kind enough to send me their latest Retro Revival collection, which is only available until the 7th March (Superdrug) and 14th March (Boots). It's inspired by the bright lights of Las Vegas, where Essie was first launched 35 years ago.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Barry M Frosted Cupcakes Collection* - Swatches and Review

Today I've got one of the first new launches of 2017! Barry M's new Frosted Cupcakes collection is a set of four pastel shades with delicate iridescent flakies in the polish. I think it's a cool little twist on the traditional pastel shades that are released at the start of the year. I'm a sucker for pastels AND glitter so let's see how these new shades stack up to ye olde Spring faithful, the pastel creme.

All of the following swatches are three thin coats and no top coat as I want you to see what the texture of the polish is like.

Barry M Marshmallow - A light nude, I was a little afraid that this would wash me out but the paleness of the polish isn't too bad on my ghostly white hands. This would be a great alternative as a base for nail art since the flakies add a cool texture to a manicure.

Barry M Strawberries and Cream - A pale pink, this shade gives me the perfect mannequin hands without looking too freaky deeky. The flakies are really hard to capture on camera but they give this typically girly shade a cool edge.

Barry M Blue Velvet - A gorgeous baby blue, this shade is another winner. The blue shade makes the flakies look a little greener than in the other shades which is pretty cool. This shade gives me ALL of the Elsa from Frozen vibes, just saying.

Barry M Earl Grey - With this darker shade, the flakies are a little more obvious and have that slightly more green/cool tint like Blue Velvet. It's interesting to see a grey in a Spring collection but I'm all about it.

Emma Stone/Maison Valentino inspired nail art - Over on instagram, I asked everyone whether I should start off my return to nail art with either recreating Emma Stone's Golden Globes outfit on my nails or my take on Pantone's Colour of the Year Greenery. Once the Frosted Cupcakes collection dropped through my letterbox, my decision was made. I used Strawberries and Cream as the base and Models Own Chrome Silver and Pearl for the star and embellishment detail, completing it all with a silver star stud. I topped it with Seche Vite and here we are! What do you think?

Thoughts? The idea behind the collection is pretty darn cool since I'm partial to applying a flaky top coat on occasion. Application wasn't too bad. The wide brush is present and makes meeting the cuticle pretty easy. Apply in thin coats rather than thick as it seems to dry very fast and get tacky easily. You don't want to spend too long working with it. It tends to get a little thin on the tip so it might be worth doing an extra coat just on the top. With the flakies, the polish does have a texture and some glitter pieces can stick up at the ends (as you can see in some swatches) Beware of this when applying and use a top coat, be it matte or gloss.

Barry M's Frosted Cupcakes collection is available from Superdrug and Boots from Wednesday 18th January 2017, priced at £3.99.

Which is your favourite? Mine is Earl Grey because this girl just loves a grey polish. Let me know which is yours in the comments below, on social media (links at the side) and until next time:D

Monday, 21 November 2016

Kiko Milano Holiday Collection 2016* - Pleasant Silver Rose and Rich Gol

I think this week will be known as Glitter Week since it'll pretty much take over the blog for the forseeable future. Today I have swatches of two of the polishes from Kiko Milano's Limited Edition Holiday Collection. Big thanks to Wizard Publicity for sending over the polishes for me to try.

The packaging is designed by Ross Lovegrove, who also designed the packaging for the last limited edition collection, Neo Noir (which I still have to show you!) The shape is inspired by *feminine sensuality* and nature.

The two shades I have are Rich Gold and Pleasant Silver Rose. You can also get the shade Full Red to complete the Holiday trio. The below swatches are two thin coats and a top coat.

As you can see, the glitters don't have holographic bits unlike a lot of glitters coming out this season (you'll see them soon!) With two coats, you can get decent coverage and the glitter distributes evenly across the nail. It's a smooth glitter as well so don't be worrying about it being lumpy.

I used a glitter peel-off base coat so I can't say how easy it comes off using polish remover. I'd suggest getting a peel-off base coat really, it is a GAME CHANGER

You can't go wrong with a gold or silver (well, slightly pink silver) polish around Christmas. Layered on top of a red creme or even a gold or silver polish would pack a punch.

The Kiko Milano Limited Edition Holiday nail polishes are £6.00 each and can be purchased from Kiko Online or in Kiko Stores.

What's your go to Holiday polish? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow on all social media (links to the right) Until next time :D

Friday, 28 October 2016

October 2016 Meebox*: Sugar Skull Realness

So another month, another Meebox to show you guys! Since this month is all about Halloween, the contents of the box all help create the most perfect Sugar Skull/Dia de los Muertos manicure.

This month's really spoiled us. It came with three polish shades (White Swan by Annika Nail Colour from The Edge (RRP £4.20), Taking a Dip from 'Ard as Nails (RRP £3.50), and Miley What's Good from Deco Miami (RRP $12.50/£11), Wah London Nail Art Pen in Black (RRP £7.00), Flower Fimo Pieces from Charlie's Nail Art (RRP £1) and NBS-2 Nail Art Brush from Sparkly Nails (RRP £1.99))


Monday, 17 October 2016

Halloween Emoji Nail Art

Say hello to the first official Halloween post on Flails and Nails for 2016! This nail art is pretty straightforward. Everyone on Twitter (myself included, follow why don't ya ;P) changes their name to inject a little Halloween spirit into things and this includes emojis! I thought popping a few Halloween-related emojis on my nails would be a fun way to welcome the season onto the blog.

I chose to follow the Twitter emoji designs since this is where the idea spawned from. The Twitter emojis are pretty 2-D looking and I was going to leave them without any outlining but I thought they needed to pop more on the nail, hence the not-really-accurate black detailing.

I used way too many polishes for this look so if you'd like the name of one specifically, let me know. I did use Nina Pro French Ivory as my base. My nails are still a little on the beat-up side after my foray into acrylics and gel polish so while I wanted a bare base, I needed something just to smooth things over. Think of it as medium coverage foundation over a slightly blemished face.

What do you guys think of the emoji look? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow me on social media (links in the sidebar) Until next time!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Blogger's First Gel Manicure with Just Beauty UK*

So I have a first for the blog, gel polish! Unbelievably, I've never had a gel manicure in all my time as a nail blogger. Since I change my nails so often, I never really saw the point but when Just Beauty UK got in touch to see if I'd like to try out their Bluesky Peel-Off Gel range, I thought why not? Since I was already learning about acrylic and am considering expanding my nail knowledge, I thought an at-home gel manicure would be the best way to get introduced to the system.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Annika Nail Polish by The Edge Nails*

Hey guys, I've got a bit of news for you! As some of you might know (follow me on Instagram and Twitter to know about such japes) I recently started a beginner's course for acrylic nails. Well, I completed the course this Saturday and I PASSED! I have a qualification in nails, who would have thunk it! I'll be blogging about my experiences soon but I just thought I'd share that with you :D

I've got a new range of polishes to show you guys today. Annika Nail Polish from The Edge Nails is a range of 30 shades ranging from neutrals, pastels, brights and metallics. When asked what sort of shades I would like to try, I wanted some great autumnal colours.

Just in case you don't know, The Edge Nails are one of the leading professional nail care brands and sell mostly to wholesalers, nail salons and technicians. All of their pricing on their website is price + VAT so bear this in mind when checking it out!

L-R: Cafe au Lait, Clean Slate, Wild Side and Deep Velvet

Monday, 3 October 2016

Autumnal Brights feat. Collection 2-Step Solar Shine Gel Polishes*

I've got a simple nail art look to share with you guys today. We are at the beginning of October which means the leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are back and its all about those deep, warm shades for autumn nails. I have been sitting on a few polishes by Collection from their Solar Shine gel polish range for a while and since they were quite summery shades, I wanted to challenge myself by creating an autumnal look with mostly bright shades. I was lucky to have the lovely shade Oyster Pearl as a base to give the nail art a chic and seasonally appropriate base.

By using the red-toned coral shade Carribean Crush as a base for my ditsy floral border, it helps tone down the brightness of the peach coral Just Beachy and the pink Sunset Pink. To create the nail art, I used a striper brush and just applied the red shade randomly across the nail in some sort of floral arrangement. I then layered the pink and peach-coral shades with less intensity to peep through the red.

Since the red is quite dominant, I think the nail art is quite transitional. An ideal look for those not ready to ditch the summer brights just yet in favour of berries, mustards and greys.

I can report back on the longevity of the polish as well! As some of you might know, I recently went to Disneyland Paris and I slapped a few coats of Oyster Pearl on my nails before leaving. I wanted something simple and classic since I was rushing around the day before like a headless chicken. I had it on my nails for the entire trip (four days) and a few days after. All in all, I had the polish on for 5 or 6 days and apart from some tip wear, the polish held up well. I'd say its more similar to the Barry M Gellies than the Sunset Curing polishes or Models Own Hypergels. It's not as thick as the latter polishes but it does give you good coverage. At a price point of £3.99, it's a competitor for high street gel effect polishes. But remember, you need the matching top coat to get the full effect of the polish.

The Collection 2-Step Solar Shine Gel Polishes are available from both Superdrug and Boots and are priced at £3.99 each.

Are you in full autumnal mood yet? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow me EVERYWHERE. Until next time!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Just a little break

Hi guys, just to let you know, I've been super busy with work this past week or so and I'm off on holipops *this* week so there's not been much activity on the blog. I'll be back to normal next week and I'll fill you in on my first few weeks on a nail course and of course swatches, nail art and stuff. I post more frequently on twitter and instagram so follow me there to keep up to date.

See you soon!
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