Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Animal Print Nails: Tiger Print

I did these nails on my lovely friend Lexi! She wanted something spunky and bright so I thought why not try out another animal print manicure! We went for a bright orange base, added the stripes and added a matte topcoat to make the nails a little different. I love how they turned out, they look so soft and velvety!
Have you tried out these awesome nails yet? If you have let me know in the comments! :)

Becky x

Monday, 27 February 2012

Garnier Herbashine Review


I'd been wanting to do this for ages and never really had the guts, and suddenly last week something made me want to do it more than ever! I used Garnier Herbashine in 600: Light Brown.
I decided I wanted semi permanent just in case I didn't like the results. The dye smelled nice because it's ammonia free, also meaning it's less damaging to hair!
As you can see it's didn't turn out what I would call "Light Brown". I still love it though, it matches my eyes and my eyebrows and it doesn't wash me out. I think the colour will fade to a lighter brown in a couple of weeks (The dye is said to last 6-8 weeks).
I was a little scared that the dye would react with the professional highlights I've been having done for 2-3 years, but it really doesn't look like it has. My hair is lighter in some places (due to the highlights I think) but I feel this just gives a more natural effect.
All in all, I really recommend the brand and this colour to all blondes that want a little walk on the dark side! Fingers crossed it'll continue to look good through out the 6-8 week period!

I can't decided which colour I prefer yet, because they are so different! Therefore, thoughts?



Becky xx

Friday, 24 February 2012

Help me out ladies: Hair Dilemma!

Right, I have a hair decision to make! For several years I've been wanting to dye my hair a medium to dark brown, mainly because my natural colour is a mousy dark blonde and I'm really not a fan of it! I went down the road of blonde highlights for many years, making my plain hair look shiny and light! I've come to a point where I really want to see what I'd look like if I went darker instead of lighter. I want a semi permanent colour, something that'll wash out in a month or so.
My only worry is that my highlights will go a weird orange colour if I mess this up!
Therefore, I need your need! I have no knowledge in this field and I'm open to ANY suggestions!

This is the kind of colour I want to go for, so if you know any semi permanent hair dyes that give this look please let me know! The fate of my hair is in your hands xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Animal Print Nails: Zebra Print

This is the second mani in my new series, animal print nails! I don’t know what it is about animal print but I just lurveeeee them all so much! This one turned out miles better than I was expecting. I’m all about intricate, detailed nails so I thought this one might be a little plain and simple for my taste! Well, I got proved wrong by nail art once again! I think this is a kind of “less is more” manicure. You need to keep it as simple as possible! The less cluttered the nail is the more obvious the pattern becomes! I chose to paint this mani on a metallic silver base because I thought it would add a touch of shine and I love how it looks! The whole time I was wearing it I was looking down at my nails and feeling very chuffed, a bit sad I know! I loved them even more when my friend Sam (a guy) called them fierce! I think that this type of design could also be called Tiger Print if you did it on an orange base, I’m not sure what the difference is :). So there you go ladies, another animal print manicure for you all to try out!

Becky xx

Animal Print Nails: Fish Scales

This post is the first in a series! I'm really excited to be doing these animal print themed manis, they are very on trend and really cute, plus they're a fun way to add detail! My first mani in the series is this fish scale mani! I was inspired by the video below, I thought they looked gorgeous so I gave it a go! I must warn all you beginners, this mani definitely isn't the easiest one I've ever done. The outlining of the scales is quite time consuming and hard to duplicate on your dominant hand, so be careful before you start! You could always ask a friend to do it for you!
However hard this mani may be, I absolutely love how it turned out! It looks so intricate, and as always, the highest form of praise for me is people asking where I bought my stickers on my nails, and this happened twice! SCORE!

Give it a go, it's really worth the work!

Keep your eyes peeled for the next mani in the series: Zebra Print!

Becky xx

NOTD: Busy Bumble Bee Nail Art

Hey everyone! This nail art is a little bit different from what I normally do. It's a bit more cute I think :) I thought it was the perfect way to start my spring themed manis!
Keep your eyes peeled for a new series I'll be posting very soon, all about animal print! I've already started the manicures and they look amazing, I'm so excited to show you all! If you have any animal print requests be sure to post them in the comments and I'll do my best :)

Becky xx

Saturday, 18 February 2012

NOTD: Missori Inspired Nails

This nail art was some what inspired by Missori fabrics :). Although now that I've compared the two they aren't alike at all, you can kind of see where I came from! Hope you enjoy!
Becky xx

Friday, 17 February 2012

A loved up day well spent!

A slightly different post for me to do! I love reading lifestyle blog posts as well as nail, fashion and beauty ones so I thought I'd give it a shot :)
This Valentine's Day was the first one that I've actually been coupled up for, so I was really looking forward to it. Although I think that it's super cheesy, I've always wanted to spend it with someone special! Warning, this blog post may get a little soppy. I met my boyfriend on my third day of uni. I hadn't come to uni expecting to find someone, let alone find someone so quickly, but it's been amazing. He makes me laugh, he makes me feel loved, and I just love every minute. He's an utter goofball so I never have to feel silly about something I do, because chances are he's already done something sillier! Plus, he pays attention to my nail polish. What a guy !
He got me a charm for my Pandora bracelet that he got me a while ago, which is so generous! (the heart one). Basically, I love him to bits and as someone that used to think that Valentine's Day was just a stupid fake holiday for gooey people to display too much PDA, I'm actually a convert! I loved every second.

Instead of a romantic Valentine's Day evening, we agreed that we'd just chill out and watch iPlayer, which we love to do anyway - mostly because we're so lazy!
However, I volunteer for my SU so I spent the most part of my evening giving out free condoms and chocolates in the bar! I actually loved every second of that too, it was so much fun seeing people hesitantly circle the table looking at the condoms without daring to take some! I do love my people watching haha :)

I hope your V-Day went well as well, plenty more nail art coming soon! I'd also like to thank everyone for actually taking the time to read my blog. It means so much :)

Becky xx

Monday, 13 February 2012

Valentine's Day Nail Tutorial: Love Hearts

Happy Valentine's Day ladies! Here's a tutorial to celebrate the lurveeeee! No matter what your relationship status is, single, in a relationship or married, this tutorial is just cute and fun :)
°Start with a pink base!
°Choose 4 or 5 "Loveheart colours", pastels mostly, and paint "V" shapes on your nails to make little hearts!
°Now, with a nail art brush/pen/toothpick, write little messages in the hearts. The steadier your hand the smaller your messages can be, but I mostly stuck with "HUGS", "KISS" and "I <3 U". Simple!

Hope your all enjoy this mani, I'll looking forward to spending Valentine's Day with the boyfriend (even though that means missing out on my single friends Chinese and RomCom film night, so jealous haha). Hope you're surrounded by people you love tomorrow!

Becky xx

Thursday, 9 February 2012

NOTD: Matte Easter Egg stripes

I was having some fun the other day and came up with this manicure! It looks like Easter eggs, so cute! I started with a baby blue base colour, then painting the tip in that metallic navy blue (OPI Sahara Sapphire). Once that had dried I painted over that with OPI Mermaid's Tears. Once that was done I thought it looked a little bare so I took my nail art brush and painted a thin stripe :)
I love how it turned out!

On another note, does everyone have snow where they are? Literally everywhere in the UK has snow except for us *sob*. I think it's because I'm in the Lake District so it has something to do with the wind or something (I stopped listening when someone was explaining it to me haha).

Hope you all have a lovely day!
Becky x

Sunday, 5 February 2012

OOTN: Surprise birthday party!

My lovely friend Beth had her 19th birthday a month ago yesterday, but unfortunately no one was up at uni to celebrate! So as a surprise we put a small party together and went out. Here's my outfit! Please bear in mind the pictures are not fabulous as:

a) They are taken in my tiny ensuite bathroom
b) I had to take them with my blackberry because my camera died
c) Blackberrys don't have a timer!
*head desk*

Either way, despite the pictures, it was a really good night! It's freezing up in Lancaster so I have my trusty pair of tights on, and a coat and scarf of course!
The earrings are from ASOS, they're new and I wear them all the time (maybe too much, hmmmm..)
I have on a berry lip (fuschia-ish?) which happened to match my nails!

Hope your all like the outfit, speak soon xxx

(Us girls, always so attractive!)

Friday, 3 February 2012

NOTD: Matte Stained Glass Window

Just uploaded the only picture I have of this mani and realised that I took the picture before I'd cleaned up the edge. Fail. Sorry ladies! :)
As you can tell I did this mani before I cut my nails, but I think it's just so pretty :)
I'd also just like to say thanks to everyone who has been following my blog recently, it means so much to know you guys like what I post!
Hope you're all well, speak soon xx