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The Birds! Black and Grey Hitchcock Inspired Nail Art!

Messy Mansion Plate mm14

The Birds!

I am still loving my new Messy Mansion plates! ๐Ÿ˜€ I have been wanting the Birdy plate for ages! And it really is as lovely as I thought it would be! ๐Ÿ˜€

You can find this lovely plate here!

As soon as I saw the plate I thought of the 1963 Hitchcock film The Birds! ๐Ÿ˜€

I started with a sponged Gradient using Grey from Barry M and Pumice from Sally Hansen, I let the polish dry a little on the sponge so it would look grainy.

I used black stamping polish from Konad, followed by a coat of Seche Vite, followed by a coat of matte topcoat, I used a coat of SV because my ELF matte topcoat just smears the stamped image really badly (which is why my thumb is hiding!).

Now I think it’s time to file my nails because typing is becoming a bit of a challenge lol! ๐Ÿ™‚


Matte Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Nail Art.

After all the experimenting with crackle polishes I thought I should let my poor fingers have a rest from the polish remover for a couple of days! I have been using loads of Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, and thankfully now I no longer have quite so crispy cuticles ๐Ÿ˜€

Today I found my e.l.f Matte topcoat! ๐Ÿ˜€ It was rather dried out and unhappy looking ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but with a bit of acetone and a good mix it is back to it’s very non shiny self! ๐Ÿ˜€

For this I started with a coat of Greige Gardens from Sally Hansen, when the first coat had dried I used the Greige Gardens and Amethyst from Sinfulcolors for the sponged gradient, this took three coats! The Cherry Blossom stamp is from Moyou Suki collection 02 I used Konad special polish for the image, One coat of Seche Vite to seal the image. Then when it had dried I applied my revitalized e.l.f. Matte topcoat.

I had forgotten how scratchy the brush is in the matte topcoat so I ended up using one of my larger nail art brushes to apply it.

I had also forgotten how much I love Matte polish! ๐Ÿ˜€


Nails inc. Swatches Franklins Row, St Mark’s Square, Old Bond Street, Cheyne Walk, Clifford Street and Oxford Street.

Today I have six rather lovely nails inc. polishes to show you Franklins Row, St Mark’s Square, Old Bond Street, Cheyne Walk, Clifford Street and Oxford Street.

Franklins Row, St Mark's Square, Old Bond Street, Cheyne Walk, Clifford Street and Oxford Street.

Franklins Row, St Mark’s Square, Old Bond Street, Cheyne Walk, Clifford Street and Oxford Street.

St Mark’s Square

St Marks Square

St Marks Square

This is a really nice lilac foil, really nice to apply, good consistansy and flow from the brush, fast drying, not as much pigment as I would like but it is a very pretty colour, this was two coats.

Clifford Street

Clifford Street

Clifford Street

Clifford Street is a lovely dark purple grey creme with gold iridescent glitter, it is lovely to apply, really nice consistancy, good amount of pigment, the gold glitter adds depth to the polish. there was some dragging while I was applying this polish, this was two coats that dried quickly.

Old Bond Street

Old Bond Street

Old Bond Street

Old Bond Street is a lovely mid grey with pink shimmer.ย  this is a really lovely polish, such a shame it is a limited edition it is great to apply and fast drying,

Franklins Row

Franklins Row

Franklins Row

Franklins Row is a dark purple with purple and blue iridescent glitter and blue shimmer. This is an amazing colour, so sparkly! This was three coats it has a slightly sticky consistency probably from all the glitter the flow from the brush is much slower and so is harder to apply than the others.

Cheyne Walk

Cheyne Walk

Cheyne Walk

Cheyne Walk is from the Mirror Metallic range it has a pink/purple metallic finish this too 3 coats. It is a very pretty colour, easy to apply, but slower drying than I would like.

Oxford Street

Oxford Street Matte

Oxford Street Matte

Oxford Street is a matte black this was one coat dried in a matter of seconds, a bit tricky to apply because it dries so quickly, but this is a fantastic matte polish, it states on the bottle that this won’t last as long as the other Nails Inc. products. Unfortunately this is a hard to find limited edition! It has lots of pigment so was very messy to remove.


Illamasqua Swatches in Poke, Snap, Faux Pas, Propaganda, Baptiste and Scorn.

Here are six lovely polishes from Illamasqua!

Scorn

Illamasqua Scorn

Illamasqua Scorn

This lovely Black has a wonderful satin finish, It is my favorite black polish! it dries in minutes and lasts for ages! I used one coat! with no base or top coat.

Baptiste

Illamasqua Baptiste

Illamasqua Baptiste

This is a lovely metallic dark purple, it’s almost a duo-chrome it’s so shimmery (almost but not quite) it has a very high gloss finish! This took two coats again with no base or top coat!

Propaganda

Illamasqua Propaganda

Illamasqua Propaganda

Apparently this polish is getting quite hard to find, I’m so glad managed picked this up when I did! This is a very dark blue jelly it’s almost black and incredibly high gloss, the formula for this is good but it does tend to drag if you are not really careful when applying it. This was 3 coatsย  in daylight 2 coats would be fine but my camera was picking up every brush stroke :/

Faux Pas

Illamasqua Faux Pas

Illamasqua Faux Pas

This polish has a rubber finish, it is a lovely mid purple with a grey base for some reason it is looking more violet from my camera. This was two coats the formula is really lovely, no streaking or dragging and as with all Illamasqua polishes it dries really quickly!

Snap

Illamasqua Snap

Illamasqua Snap

This is a lovely metallic shade, it has so much shimmer that i would say its close to a foil! this was one thin coat with no base or top coats, I have found that this is a really good polish for stamping!

Pokeย 

Illamasqua Poke

Illamasqua Poke

I absolutely love this colour! It’s a bright purple with silver shimmer and a satin finish, the formula flows really smoothly, it dries really fast and it lasts (on my nails) all week!


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