Sunday, 28 December 2014

Beauty: New Years Eve Nails

How to create show-stopping nails for New Year’s Eve

Whether you are partying with pals, spending the evening with family or having a night in with your partner New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated times of the year. Everybody from around the world pulls out all the stops to create a memorable night as we say goodbye to the past year and welcome in the new. Whether you have your night planned or still have to organise your evening make sure you have the perfect New Year’s nails that will have you bringing in the New Year with style.

From full on glitter to just a little sparkle, you don’t have to go big just make sure you go bold; check out below for the top 5 show-stopping nails perfect for celebrating the New Year.



1.       Sparkle Berry; Purple Rain by NARS, £15 with Diamond by Barry M, £2.99
Purple and silver are an ultra-modern combination that always works for a party, the combination of this shimmering purple with the small particles of sparkling Barry M glitter looks great with either just one layer or few to build it up, offering a fuller effect.

2.       Baby You’re a Firework; Black Out by Rimmel, £3.69 and Chasing Rainbows by O.P.I, £11.95
A rainbow of glitter on a bold black base looks great on all nail lengths and shapes. The black foundation acts as the night sky and the multi-coloured sparkles twinkle like bursts of brightly coloured fireworks.

3.       Press On; Vamps by House of Holland, £9
Stiletto nails are having such a moment right now, seen on the like of Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and Rita Ora the pointed shape is both sophisticated and show-stopping. These hot red set with jewelled embellishment are the perfect accompaniment to any cocktail dress or party ensemble. House of Holland has many others to choose from just head over to the website to check them out.

4.       Here’s to 2015; Midnight Cami by Essie, £8 with Models Own Nail Art Pen, £4.99
Simple yet effective, any jewel inspired polish such as a deep pink, royal green or rich red looks beautiful on short, smart nails. In particular this opulent navy shade is a perfect polish to use as a basis to create any sort of New Year inspired nail art. Models Own have numerous nail pens available but the silver and gold metallic are perfect for the party season.

5.       Champagne; Nude Créme by Orly, £9.50 and Boom Boom Pow by Deborah Lipman, £14.95
The combination of the shimmering nude and sparkling gold tips make for an unbeatably chic and wonderfully New Years themed manicure. Use the nude to cover the entirety of the nail and this luxurious gold glitter polish on the ends to echo that of a sparkling glass of champers. 

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Beauty: Christmas Nails

The perfect nails for Christmas; from metallic and magic to sparkle and snow

Christmas is less than a week away and with those last minute presents finally wrapped and put under the tree it’s the perfect time to give yourself a merry manicure. If you’re not ready to rock the full on Christmas jumper or wear the musical earrings that sing every Christmas tune out there then why not just add some festivity to your fingernails?

If you can book yourself in for a cheeky Christmas nail makeover before the 25th then fabulous, if not then do not fear as nailing the decorative designs has never been so easy. Check out the top 5 nails perfect for the most wonderful time of the year

The ultimate Christmas nail choice has to be the rich Santa Claus red with a dash of sparkle, whether you decide to go for a red glitter or add some extra sparkle with a gold overlay or gold shimmering tips it’s a sure-fire way to make the simplest of outfits festive

For the snow queen in all of us a pale pink shade dotted with sparkling nail gems of any kind is a simple yet feminine Christmas manicure that looks even better on stilettos nails. Layer up the pink for a strong but sweet colour, wait for it to dry then simply apply the self-adhesive gems for a manicure fit for a royalty.

There are so many different tools available on the high street now that all you need for creating some cool nail art is patience and steady hand!
This glittering blue from Revlon is the perfect setting for a snow inspired design; four coatings are needed with glittery lacquers to ensure you have perfect pigment. Once the polish has dried use the Barry M pen to create whatever snow inspired pattern you like; whether it’s a flurry of snowflakes or falling stars it’s time to get creative!

To make your nails look as though they are covered in tinsel with twinkling fairy lights apply this metallic emerald green by Nubar and top off with Barry M’s superbly named Christmas Tree varnish.  The two will create a dazzling array with the purple, red and gold sequins shining just like baubles on a tree.

5. Christmas Star; Gold Enamel by Guerlain
If you want a more subtle approach, nothing screams Christmas quite like a polish that is as shimmering, smooth and beautiful as liquid gold. This designer hue from Guerlain is a chic, stylish yet delightfully Christmas inspired lacquer that will have you shining brighter than the star atop of the tree.

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