Inspired by The Oscars

If you happened to miss it, last Sunday night was the Oscars, but who could miss it when THAT selfie has so far been retweeted 3.3 MILLION times! I was in London for the Capital One Cup Final (blog to come soon!) but I recorded E! Live From The Red Carpet. I love to see what all the stars are wearing, and of course, their nails, with the mani-cam!

Zooey Deschanel’s nails from the 2013 Grammys – eonline.com

My favourite mani from the Oscars was Maria Menounos, who went for grey with black and silver triangle tip details. I loved the contrast between her light dress, and dark nails, and that they weren’t too in-your-face, but were still fancy.

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For my recreation, I used Barry M Grey, Nails Inc New York Noir, and the Andrea Fullerton Stripe & Sparkle in silver.

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Nude/pale pink nails seemed to be the popular choice at this years ceremony, with Anne Hathaway, Lupita Nyong’o and Lady Gaga all opting for pale shades.

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I used 3 coats of Elizabeth Street, and one coat of HK Girl.

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Lastly, another of my favourite from the night, E! presenter Kelly Osbourne’s pale nails with gold tips, giving them that subtle sparkle.

Kelly Osbourne – eonline.com

Obviously I don’t have almond shaped nails like Kelly, so I had more of a square tip. I also discovered I don’t have many glittery gold polishes, so I had to go with Models Own Disco Heaven, from the HedKandi collection, which is a gold glitter with iridescent blue glitter, on top of Elizabeth Street.

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Who’s mani was your favourite? Have you recreated any?

Thanks to Abbey from Julep for the blog idea, make sure you check them out! 🙂

Lyndsey 🙂

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Capital One Cup Final

Today is the day. The day I get to watch my beloved Sunderland play at Wembley, in a cup final. Something I never thought I’d see. But here it is! Win or lose, I’m so proud to be a Sunderland supporter today. Days like these don’t come around too often for us, and I will be savouring every minute of it. The walk down Wembley Way, which I last did 7 years ago when my dad took me too an England game. Sadly, my dad isn’t here to see us in the cup final, hopefully the lads can win it for him. Buying any piece of tatty memorabilia I can find, singing my heart out as the lads walk on to the pitch. I can’t wait.

Being my first cup final, I had to do something special with my nails, something which I have been planning since that emotionally draining semi final against Manchester United back in January. I ordered some water decal paper from craftycomputerpaper, along with some acrylic spray, organised the pictures I wanted in a word document (it took a few attempts to get them the right size!) and printed them on to the special paper, then sprayed it with three coats of acrylic spray.

The finished result isn’t perfect, I probably should have practised first, but I still love them!

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Have you ever tried making your own water decals?

Lyndsey 🙂

Ha’way The Lads!

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Derby Day Nails

Today was that day again, derby day. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know when it’s time for Sunderland to play Newcastle, I have to have red and white themed nails!

A little about the game first, because we won 0-3 (again!) Fabio Borini started the scoring with a penalty, followed by an Adam Johnson goal less than 5 minutes later. Jack Colback completed the scoring late on, securing our 3rd consecutive derby victory!

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I’m up there, close to the line of orange stewards on the left!

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It was my friends first away derby, I think he enjoyed it!

For my nails, I got my inspiration from pinterest, and used Julie G Hot Cinnamon, and OPI Solitaire.

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I’ve got quite a lot to get swatched at the minute, mainly because of Models Own’s huge 50% off sale, and my massive haul! If you haven’t already, make sure you don’t miss out, even their new HyperGel’s are included! The sale ends February 4th.

Lyndsey 🙂

Christmas Nail Art

Happy Christmas everyone! Hope you all have a great day!

Just a quick post about my Christmas nail art. I got my inspiration from Pinterest, and used Jess French White, Nails Inc Big Apple Red, Seven Dials, and InStyle Peach Sorbet, along with the Models Own nail art pens for the details.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Christmas Nail Art

I thought it was time I finally did some Christmas nail art! I got my inspiration from Pinterest, and a couple of nails are similar to what I did last year.

I used Barry M Retro Red, Models Own Nude Beige, Nails Inc Culross Street, and Jess French White, along with the Models Own nail art pens, and acrylic paint for the detail, topped with a coat of HK Girl.

I’m really happy with how they turned out, especially the Christmas lights!

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Lyndsey 🙂

Halloween Nails

A few days ago, my cousin asked if I would do her nails for Halloween, so I went looking for a few ideas, and practised some on a nail wheel. I did a few last year, but tried out a few different designs this year.

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I decided to do my own nails as well while I was on, and this was what I came up with.

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I think the only one I was a little disappointed with was the ‘Boo!’ on my right hand, because I’m right handed and struggled to write it with my left!

And these are how I did my cousins nails.

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For both mine and my cousins, I used Barry M Block Orange and Black, Models Own Purple Blue, Pukka Purple and Snow White and Ciate´Mojito. I also used Barry M Lychee and red acrylic pain for the dripping blood on my little finger, and I used OPI Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? for the base on my cousins right ring finger. For all of the details I used the Models Own nail art pens.

The ‘patchwork’ nail was inspired by The Nailasaurus, check out the tutorial here.

Have you done any Halloween inspired nails? I love all the possibilities there is!

Lyndsey 🙂

Born Pretty Mixed Studs

I was sent these studs for review from Born Pretty about a month ago, but hadn’t had the time to create a few different manis with them to show them off. I had to find the time to them individually so I could post them all in one review!

I received a box of mixed studs, which come in gold, silver and black, in various different shapes, including hearts, stars, triangles and squares. There is approximately 200 studs.  The studs had been a little mixed up during shipping, but that was easy to sort out, and the lid fits on tightly. The lid twists to the compartment you would like, so you don’t have to worry about spilling the whole box everywhere!

Some of the smaller studs are quite hard to pick up, so I would suggest using a wax pencil, it makes it a lot easier! They are easy to apply, I just stuck them on after applying the last layer of nail polish, and then sealed them in with a coat of top coat (apart from with the liquid sand polish, but they still stayed on for a few days.)

The only problem I found was that some of the larger studs don’t sit flat on the nail, so you have to bend them slightly, although they were quite easy to bend.

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This box is perfect for both beginners to nail art, and those who more experienced, as you can create a wide range of looks.

The studs are available at Born Pretty for $3.99 (about £2.50!) and they have free worldwide shipping. You can also get 10% off using the code below!

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Lyndsey 🙂