Summer #nailart round-up

Here’s what has been happening on my nails during these lovely summer months! I always find that my white nail polish goes down quicker during summer as it’s definitely my most used shade.

Lilac Gingham

2014-06-30 20.37.55I think I need to get used to using a striper brush because this is not as neat as I wanted it! After trimming down the bristles on the brush to make it stiffer it’s still difficult to get the straight lines when not using a pen!

The colours are really complementary though, so I will definitely be trying something like this again.

Sophynails signature Eyenail

2014-07-06 17.23.07Bloody loved this nail. Sophy Robson posted this on her Instagram page last month and there’s a video tutorial for it on Youtube.

I wanted to mix up the colours slightly so instead of using just one blue for the background colours I used a selection of my Barry M collection I have.

On Sophy’s tutorial she starts with the white half moon first and then fills in the blue around the shape, but I think it’s easier for those not as steady with their hands to paint the base coat of colours first and wait for those to dry and then draw the white half moon of the eye afterwards. That way you’re not going over the white with your blue.

If you choose to do that anyway, you can still neaten up any overlap with the outline of the eye. Sophy uses a dark blue for the outline which is effective but I used my black Barry M nail pen and it still gives the same effect.

Outline your white half moon with the black pen and then draw a large circle in towards the upper of the eye for the pupil and then go around the edge of your nail too. Then draw the lines for your eyelashes, if you have a dotter tool then you can use a black polish to make perfect circles or stick with the nail pen and draw them yourself.

Don’t forget the all  important white highlight in the pupil, just use your white nail pen or a white polish to make the small dot. After the nail art is dry add your topcoat to seal your nails. I’d recommend a couple of top coats especially on the edges because I found after a few days the black edging does come off.

Orange V

2014-07-16 21.22.41-2Ok so these went a bit weird. It was supposed to be a V shape, and they were not supposed to really touch in the middle. Because they did I had many comments saying they looked like flags.

Umm no. If anything I thought they ended up looking like the colour of the fish Nemo.

I think because the white stripe went too close and then when I outlined them with the black they touched, if I do these again I’d make the Vs further apart and less diagonal. But that’s the fun of nail art try and try again!

Floral Ombre

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I really liked this design, there was a lot to it and it definitely got messy.

First I started with a white base and topped that off with the Seche Vite fast dry top coat. Then using a makeup sponge (you can get a pack of about 20 from Primark for £1!) I painted a light shade of blue on and dabbed that on then while that was still slightly wet added a darker blue on top to blend it in.

You can also do that another way, by painting the light shade on the sponge and the dark on top and then applying it straight to your nail, which ever you find easiest!

Build this up a little so you get the full ombre effect, you can wait for this to dry or add another Seche Vite coat but bear in mind every time you add a clear coat it makes your nail varnish thicker and thicker and sometimes is more likely to chip.

After this had dried fully I added the black flower in the moon of my nails and the using the nail brush of an orange dabbed little circles of colour. I should have left a little bit more space for the gold in between as it did prove to be a tight squeeze, and you can always make it a bit more 3D by adding gold jewels instead. To finish another top coat.

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Nail art of the week: Nautical nails

I was feeling inspired last week when it came to my nails and I had quite a bit of spare time on my hands so I went back to the drawing board with my nail art pens.

Looking through the WAH Nail Instagram page for ideas I came across Margot Robbie’s nautical nails that she had done for her holidays.

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I chose the base colours as close to their design as possible, red, white and instead of black I went for a dark blue and a light blue. My favourite nail was the anchor detail with white stripes, super simple and effective. The blue and white striped nails actually have different backgrounds and definitely could have been neater!

I added a cute wheel from other nautical nail art I’d spotted and a gold accent for the ring finger just for a little pizzazz. I really loved the colours together and would definitely just wear them together without any nail art!

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Nautical nail art

Vogue Today I’m Wearing picks Malaika Firth

A few years ago I used to be obsessed with Vogue’s online feature Today I’m Wearing, I’ve not visited it for years because they had a short run of people I wasn’t that enamoured with.

But revisiting the feature now I’ve missed out on the likes of Alex Wek, Arizona Muse, Mira Duma, Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse just to name a few recent ones.

And as I was on Vogue earlier today I saw my favourite new model Malaika Firth. She appeared in easily 50+ shows during fashion month back in February from Topshop, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana to H&M, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton.

I love her off duty sporty model look, she’s British and scarily born in 1994. Meh.

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“Tonight I’m taking my mum out for dinner so I’ve opted for my Y-3 heels. My style is quite casual so I’m wearing Rag and Bone jeans and my jumper is from Joseph. My friendship bracelets are from Daisy Jewellery and the bag is Michael Kors – I love this colour, it makes me look forward to the summer!”

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“I have castings today so I’m collecting my book from the agency. My cropped tee and jeans are both from Topshop. I have heels in my bag but when I’m running around I usually wear my Doc Martins. Despite the sunshine it’s still not too warm so I have my Burberry blanket to keep me warm. It was a gift from last season’s show and I love the fact it has my initials embroided!”

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“Today I am wearing this amazing Kate Spade shirt – love the car print!! I am going for a print clash with these Sandro shorts and shoes by Sophia Webster.”

Nail art of the week: Feelin’ blue

It’s been a while since I bought new nail varnish colours, and for some reason I always end up buying colours I definitely don’t need. After finally getting round to buying Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat I was dying to paint my nails to see how fast it really dried (very fast). I highly recommend this for people who struggle to not do anything after painting your nails…!

I bought a couple of shades of blue from Barry M’s ever growing Hi Shine Gelly collection, and because it was 3 for 2 in Boots it’s impossible not to take advantage so I also bought a Rimmel 5 in 1 base coat too!

But I came home and realised that I literally have about 8 shades of blue in my nail varnish collection so was inspired to just do a simple ombre on my nails that way I get to use my new nail varnish as well as some old favourites!

From thumb nail: Huckleberry, Sugar Apple, Blueberry, Blue, and Turquoise. Simple yet effective!

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Blue ombre nails

And then I also recreated a previous nail art design with two old shades of blue and a simple black accent. Half and half is pretty simple to do just pick the best colour to go as your base and then add the other colour on top and finish off with a black rectangle!

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Blue on blue

Nail Art: Round-up

I’ve not been on top of my nail game this past month, I’ve lost a little of my inspiration which means less nail art. So it means going back to tried and tested designs like this leopard print (which admittedly isn’t very neat) teamed with some cute pastel nail shades.

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Pastel leopard print nails

This was just a random design after buying a colour from the new Barry M Aquarium collection, I’m still not sold on the colour but it looks really nice when the sun is on it so I can see this colour being one for summer weather!

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Disco nails

A little bit more adventurous and took a lot of time to get these butterfly effect nails right.I think the colour from above works really well on my accent nail and kind of gives the effect of a shimmery butterfly wing. I used Barry M nail art pens to draw the shapes of the wings and dotted them to give them the effect. Not sure I’d have the patience to do these again!

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Butterfly effect nails

Met Gala 2014 ‘Charles James: White Tie and Decorations’

This year’s Met Gala theme was in honour of Charles James, a British-born fashion designer known as ‘America’s First Couturier’. So you’d think that the dress code of ‘white tie and decorations’ would be pretty straightforward to follow.

I mean I was expecting so many big puffy ballgowns long sleeve gloves and jewels dripping everywhere. It’s just a shame that so many celebrities flouted the dress code and just treated it like any old red carpet event, I mean I guess I go on about the theme every year, but why is it so seemingly difficult to stick to a simple rule?

There was such a mish-mash of looks for the Met Gala 2014 that I’m not sure where to begin. For some attendees they went all out and worked a ballgown to the max. Sarah Jessica Parker, Arizona Muse and Karolina Kurkova were stand outs for me. From SJP’s over the top hair do, the extravagant graphic print train adorned with Oscar de la Renta’s signature in red and those white gloves; Karolina Kurkova wore the best Marchesa of the night (Katie Holmes looked a hot mess in her yellow confection) of course this gown was made for an event like this, could you imagine it on any other red carpet without people claiming she was being OTT… And Arizona Muse looked beyond perfection in a gorgeous red Ralph & Russo creation from their debut couture collection which I simply adored.

SJP // Karolina Kurkova // Arizona Muse - Being Oreo

At first I was very much on the fence with Emmy Rossum’s Carolina Herrera gown, it reminded me a lot of Lucy Liu’s Golden Globes 2013 dress which I fell in love with at first sight. This yellow floral design was very much in keeping with the theme and it was very spring-like, so well done Emmy because technically you ticked all the boxes. I really liked Hailee Steinfeld’s Prabal Gurung monochrome dress, but again it struck similarities in shape with Sandra Bullock’s Golden Globes dress from this year, maybe tried and tested works for this designer now but I miss the drama of his RTW collections. Another designer that absolutely sticks to a tried and tested formula is Zac Posen, his signature red carpet gowns are unmistakable, however his teal creation that Liu Wen wore was stunning.

Emmy Rossum // Hailee Steinfeld // Liu Wen - Being Oreo

Honourable mention must go to Greta Gerwig who could have easily been missed had it not been for her modern take on couture in her Theory by Olivier Theyskens’ one shoulder monochrome gown. Also to the Topshop girls who worked the theme to a T, with Kendall Jenner, Toni Garn, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman all looking like sheer perfection in their respective looks. Ever since Topshop created that first stand out Met Gala look for Ginnifer Goodwin in 2011 they’ve just gotten better and better at this event.

Greta Gerwig // Topshop girls - Being Oreo

Now for those with the best plus ones. The ever flawless and with hands down the best accessory ever (her hubby), Blake Lively. It’s so nice to see her back to her best and also with Ryan Reynolds who so often eschews these types of events. Another couple who worked the magic of the Met Gala red carpet was David and Victoria Beckham in her own custom design. I liked their return to that matchy matchy best because it proves how far they’ve come that they can still rock it without the horrors of the past rearing it’s ugly head. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield also looked adorable on the red carpet together, with Emma in a cute two-piece pink Thakoon look and let’s not forget my absolute faves Josh Jackson and Diane Kruger in a very pretty Hugo Boss dress.

Blake and Ryan // David and Victoria - Being Oreo

Diane and Josh // Emma and Andrew - Being Oreo

Obviously Beyonce killed it like only she knows how in one of her favourite designers, Givenchy. What elevated this look was that netted veil and dark lip, some may say so what Jennifer Lawrence wore a half veil last year but I say so what this is Queen B we’re talking about. Another one of my favourite looks came from the ever sexy Olivia Munn, she wore a yellow very very very deep-v Diane von Furstenberg dress which admittedly erred on the slutty side but the girly hemline and cute Hollywood curls helped her veer away from that. But I mean when you look as good as she does and is as smart, funny and clever as she is I can only say WOW. Jessica Alba was like a golden goddess on the Met Gala red carpet also wearing Diane von Furstenberg. I am in absolute awe of her make up though, that bronzed smokey eye is literally the perfect look ever. FLAWLESS.

Beyonce // Olivia Munn - Being Oreo Jessica Alba - Being Oreo

Of course I can’t go onto the best of the rest without including Lupita Nyong’o. Her stylist, and Prada for that matter, did not get the dress code memo because she turned up in a 20s style flapper dress complete with jewels, feathers, a headpiece and brown slip dress. Of course she secured herself some column inches from this get up but I think I’ve come to the conclusion that in the search of something epic to follow up the Oscars Prada gown they’ve gone way off book and came up with this. But guess what, Lupita is fashion’s dahling at the moment and she can more than get away with this by sweeping it under the rug and adding it to her very very small pile of mishits.

Now someone who just added to her big massive long list of mishits and mishaps was Katie Holmes, and that hot yellow mess she called a Marchesa gown. When will she ever learn?!

Lupita Nyong'o // Olivia Munn - Being Oreo

 For more red carpet fashion visit my Met Gala 2014 Pinterest board!

 

 

All images from Zimbio

Solange may just be the better Knowles sister

You know maybe I’d never say it out loud if you asked me, but yes I think Solange Knowles is the better dressed sister.

*GASP*

Don’t get me wrong I am a huge Beyonce fan. Anybody who knows me can contest to that fact and the seven times I’ve been to see her perform in concert. But she’s only just started to get to grips with her own style and look, and even then she rarely veers away from Topshop coordinates

Solange on the other hand is so unique, original, fresh, bright and colourful. She likes to rock her natural hair which really makes her a good role model for black and mixed race women who may not be so confident about wearing their natural afro curls (i.e Me). And that’s something I’ve always found jarring about Beyonce, that she insists on dying her hair an unnatural blonde. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve longed for blonde white hair when I should have been looking to Solange for my hairspiration.

What I love about Solange is her absolute undying love for colour. Her utmost favourite colour at a guess would be yellow. Which she looks divine in, but most recently she’s taken to another citrus shade – orange.

Her performance at the first weekend of Coachella was mostly talked about because of the surprise (and pretty awesome) appearance of her ridiculously famous sister. But what really caught my eye was that head to toe orange look, which inspired my latest list for Shopcade.

Solange Knowles Coachella look

Be inspired by Solange’s juicy orange look via my Solange loves Orange list:

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