Moyou Nail Stamps!

I recently saw a nail stamping set in a pound shop but I didn’t like the designs so I didn’t buy it… but it planted a seed and I started looking into nail stamping.

I’m going to do another post about the nail plates I’ve purchased but today I’m going to write about 1 in particular. The Moyou Explorer Collection plate 21.
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http://www.moyou.co.uk/explorer-plate-collection-21.html
Image taken from the Moyou site as I had used mine before I realised I hadn’t taken a picture yet!

It cost me £4.99 and I bought it from the Moyou site directly, they do sell on Amazon as well.  This Moyou plate caught my eye because of the lotus flower and Om symbol designs, I’m very interested in Buddhism and it is something I try to incorporate into my daily life.

Anyway, onto the nails! I used OPI Suzi Skies In The Pyrenees as the base colour and Models Own Chrome Rose Gold for the stamps. I purchased a Konad stamper for £6 from Amazon which has worked really well.

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http://konad.pixafyhosting.com/konad-double-sided-stamp-set
Image taken from the Konad site!

Here are my nails:
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I really need to practise my placement! I love the lotus flower and Om symbol so much!!!

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Here’s a Buddha – I *think* this might be a Thai Buddha, I need to look it up – please leave a comment if you know otherwise 🙂

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This is my right hand, I got the Om symbol a bit closer to the middle but it’s still off. I think the leaf designs on the baby finger came out really well!

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Last one – a wonky lotus flower 😂

I definitely need to practise stamping but I’m actually really pleased and impressed with how these have come out!

Do you like to stamp your nails? Any favourite plates or tips and tricks? Let me know 🙂

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Illamasqua Monogamous

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Illamasqua Monogamous is a rubber effect nude nail varnish, it’s perfect for creating “mannequin hands”!

I love the rubber effect, it looks so soft, tactile and unusual ^_^ I used Illamasqua Matte top coat to protect it and it didn’t affect the rubber look and helped the colour last.

I found the varnish lasted well for a week with minimal tip wear and no chips!

Have you tried the mannequin hands look?

My Hallowe’en effort!

This year we had a little party for my 3 nephews for Hallowe’en. My elder sister came down with her boys and we all went to my younger sister’s house, it was so much fun to have everyone together!

My youngest nephew, aged 3, (eventually) dressed up in a Dracula costume from Asda. It had a mask and was so cute!

My middle nephew, aged 9, dressed up as a Zombie Gavroche from Les Mis (he is obessed with that film!)!

My eldest nephew, aged 12, has never liked dressing up so he just wore his normal clothes :’-D

My sisters both dressed up as witches and both had neon and black stripey tights! Ha ha! My mum dressed up as a queen witch!

I bought a skeleton onesie from Primark and skeleton socks and gloves from Asda.

For my face I used a mix of Illamasqua Rich Foundation in 115 and Dainty Doll foundation in the lightest shade. For my eyes, nose and cheekbones I used Boots Natural Collection eyeshadow, which worked better than I expected! For my lips/tooth lines I used Barry M in black.

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On my nails I used OPI crackle in black over the top of Sleek in meringue. Both of which I picked up at the pound shop!

We had a spooktacular time!

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Concrete proof of textured nails!

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Hello!

Today I have painted my nails with Nails Inc Concrete textured nail varnish in London Wall. The colour is hard to describe, it’s almost a putty grey colour and I guess it would be on the taupe side of things!

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Taken outside without flash

As you can see the texture is very rough and bumpy. I’ve worn this a few times and it always gets mixed reactions, but is intriguing and gets attention! It does feel rough and you have to be careful if you have an itch! I’ve not worn it at the same time as wearing tights; I do think it has the potential to snag.

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I have found that this nail varnish wears really well. I don’t use a top coat as this would stop it being matte and even out the texture. As a base coat I used 2 coats of Dr LeWinn’s RenuNail in sensitive. I’ve got to write a post on Dr LeWinn’s RenuNail treatment system and the sensitive maintenance varnish as I have been amazed with the results!!!
Nails Inc Concrete doesn’t chip on me and lasts about a week with minimal tip wear, which I spot touch up.

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Sneakily getting my beautiful wedding rings in the picture there 😉
I used to shy away from using grey tones when I had long nails, but for some reason this autumn I’ve changed my mind.

Do you think grey and darker colours suit short nails better?