Monday, 21 July 2014

Nail art: Multiple accent nails

We’ve all seen it lately – the accent nail. Meaning you paint one nail on each hand in a different colour to the other nails.
I’m taking this further, and am opting for multiple accent nails, but in matching colours.
The nail polishes I’ve used for this particular manicure are:
Barry M Berry Ice Cream
Barry M White
Zoya Pixie Dust Carter

The Zoya Pixie Dust colours are textured polishes that are like pure glitter, or almost like sand. They’re hard to remove afterwards, but it’s absolutely worth it! You can usually keep this nail polish on for 2 weeks, as it sits so hard and doesn’t flake.
To start off, I planned which nails would be painted in what colour, as I wanted the manicure to be well mixed up, and perfect looking.
The lilac hue of the Barry M Berry Ice Cream polish was going to be my main colour, so I started off by painting a few nails in this colour as a base. I really love this hue, and it’s perfect for spring and summer!

I then continued by painting the base for my remaining nails in Barry M White, and Zoya Pixie Dust Carter.
All nails needed two coats of polish, as the polishes are quite watery. You can see the difference between one and two coats in the photos above.

I wasn’t satisfied with just plain colour on my nails though, even though they were different colours. I wanted them to match even more, and therefore I added some polka dots with the help of my dotting tools, on a few chosen nails. I focused on the Berry Ice Cream and the White nails for this, and did the polka dots in the opposite colour.

And the result? Well, you can see it in the photos below.
I am really happy with the outcome of this purple and white multiple accent nails manicure, and think it would suit any season. You can obviously do it with different colours and match your mood or the time of year.
What do you think?
Are you a fan of accent nails?

Monday, 7 July 2014

Bohemian inspired summer fashion

Aaah… summer!
Is there anything nicer than having your arms and legs out, and airing your bare toes in a pair of strappy sandals – all without freezing! :)
I bought a new, flowy skirt the other day and had to take it on a debut walk around town this weekend. I just love bohemian inspired (or gypsy if that’s what you want to call it) skirts, and this dusky blue one made me fall hard and fast in love at first glance.
It’s a layered hanky hem skirt with a leather-look tie belt in tan from New Look. Oh how I love it! You can alternate the height of the waist as you want, and normally I would wear it a bit lower down, but I opted for a higher waist this day due to what I’m wearing it with.

The white bodycon crop top is from Boohoo – I love this shop as everything is really affordable and come in tons of different colours. 

I’m also wearing a pink and silver necklace from Crystal Age with the stone Rhodochrosite. This natural stone is believed to “lift the spirits, help us express our feelings and improve friendships. It is also said to be very healing, especially for the heart, lungs and circulation.”
It matches the bag pretty perfectly, don't you think? 

And talking about the bag… To add a bit more colour I’m accessorising with a dusky pink faux leather shopping bag from Accessorize. Yes, the one I had my eyes on the other day – I actually bought it in the end! 
 
And to top it all off I’m wearing a pair of mauve sandals of the strappy lace-up kind – also from New Look – and my trusted Ray Ban aviator sunglasses with brown lens and gunmetal frames when the sun peeps out from behind the clouds.

Me and my new boho skirt had a wonderful day in town.
What are your favourite fashion pieces this summer?
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