Tag Archives: Pink

May. 25.

Manicure Monday: Heart Accent Nails

prairie-thWith being on such a fitness mission recently, I haven’t been putting much time into doing my nails. However, I recently got some nail vinyls from Prairie Charms, and I figured that the best way to show them off was to actually use them. So, today, for Manicure Monday I present to you my Heart Accent Nails.

Firstly, I needed a bright colour to use for most of my nails. To work with the pink hearts, I chose a bright pink polish, in the form of Ladies & Magenta-Men from OPI. This was a lovely polish to work with, and is one of my favourites, offering great workability, and solid colour in two coats.

Then, to provide a background on which the accent can really pop, I pondered, black or white. White could work, but I chose black, knowing that the gold and pink would really stand out against the dark background. The black polish I went with is from Wet n Wild’s Wild Shine range, and is simply called black creme. Again, this is an easy to work with polish, and was perfect in 2 coats (I love polishes like this)

After a little drying time, it was time to sort out the accent nails, which I did on ring finger and thumb of each hand. To start, I took a gold stripe vinyl (these come in packs of 20 – 10 thin, 10 thick – I used thick stripes here) and applied it diagonally across the nail, before adding a pink heart into the centre of the nail. It is useful to have a tweezers handy to aid placement, but there is a little give to allow you to reposition slightly, at least until you press them down. Then, there is no moving them!


Finally, to add a little bit of bling, I added a layer of topcoat (this seals over the vinyl designs) which allowed me to place a little jewel from a PS Love nail art wheel. A second layer of topcoat, across all nails, finished the job.

And here is how it all looks!



I’m really liking these vinyls for simple to do, great looking nail art. I don’t think I would do them across all 10 nails in one go, as you would use them up very quickly. As an accent nail though, these are perfect! What do you think?


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Mar. 24.

Tried Tuesday: Sleek Pout Polish

tt-sleek-thI seem to be gathering a collection of lip balms (not that I am complaining, they’re handy to have). Most are clear. Some are scented various ways, but the one I am looking at today is tinted. A tinted lip conditioner it calls itself, but that’s just the same as tinted lip balm. It comes from Sleek MakeUP, and is their Pout Polish, in the shade Pink Cadillac.

Now, normally, when I think of a tinted lip balm, I think of something that may be vaguely a particular colour in the pot or tube, but which makes no difference to your lips when you apply it. And that’s a pity, because one that is actually TINTED could get a lot of love. Hopefully this pout polish lives up to expectations.


The first thing you see is that it is a pot. I am not really a fan of pots, but I can live with it. It’s understated, tells you exactly what it is, and that’s it. It’s also surprisingly large, with a hefty 10g of product, for just €5.50. I like that. Bang for your (euro)buck is always good, if the product inside is good too.


And here is the shiny goo that awaits. I say goo in that it is soft, but don’t worry, you’re not going to jab your finger right through it, unless you’re really trying to. It’s also pink. Not just pink, but screaming bright “you’re never going to have to guess what colour I am” PINK. Yes, it is safe to say this is tinted. Very tinted.


This Pout Polish is so tinted that you can certainly see it on your lips, while it has another plus to it. It is sheer enough, that you can apply it with your finger without worrying too much about the tint being visible around your lips too. It is cushioning, and soft, and makes my lips feel wonderful while wearing it.

In the couple of times I’ve worn this, I’ve become quite a fan. It is becoming one of the three things I reach for when I want a put together face without having to really put together a face, along with mascara and BB cream. It requires no effort to apply and instantly makes your lips look happier. I may be adding a couple more of the 13 available shades to my collection soon.

What do you think of tinted lip balms? Are there any shades of Pout Polish you recommend? Let me know in a comment!


*product was provided for review

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Mar. 23.

Manicure Monday: Perfectly Pretty Pinky Coral

mm-pinkcoral-thThere are some times you don’t want a manicure with bells and whistles. No glitter, no art, no flashing lights or gimmicks. Sometimes all you want is a pretty colour to go on your nails. This is one of those weeks. I wanted something bright and springlike, just to give my nails a pop of colour. Looking at my swatchboard, I came across Flamingo from Champney’s Christmas 2014 box, which at first sight dragged me in as a perfectly pretty pinky coral.




This one came as part of a set of 5 polishes and a base/top coat, sold in Boots in the run up to Christmas, and sold off after, which is where I picked it up (I do love bargains). This one drew me in as being ideal for what I wanted this week, as it was a bright, pinky coral, not bright enough to need sunglasses, but bright enough to acknowledge that yes it’s spring and my dark colours are not needed right now.

Coverage with this was okay, but not great. I could have gotten away with two coats if I was in a hurry, but I got better coverage with three. Once the top coat went over the top though, everything got evened out nicely, leaving a delightful glossy finish.

And of course, we must ask how it looks. Here it is, three coats and top coat, on my decidedly pale digits, without and with flash.

Without flash

Without flash

With flash

With flash

I think this could be a great summertime colour, when your skin has a bit of colour to it too. Or, I could break out a self tan and not need to wait for the sun. That is quite tempting, I think. What do you think, and importantly, what colour do you have on your nails right now?


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Oct. 06.

Manicure Monday: Pink Ribbon Nails

pinkribbon-thAs I may have mentioned in last Friday’s post, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While Friday was about painting everything pink, today is just about my nails, with this super quick and easy mani, incorporating the symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness, the pink ribbon.

For this mani I needed two colours, one for the pink ribbon, and the other for the background. Wanting the ribbon to be the centre of attention on the hand, I decided to go with a nude pink for the background, opting for one of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range in 160 – Shall We Dance, which is in itself a brilliant neutral shade. Then, for the ribbon and the accent thumb, I wanted something glittery and stand out, which came in the form of a polish from Nails Inc, shade 082 – Buckingham Street. As it is a clear base it can be a little tricky to work with, but the glitter is so fine that two coats were enough on the thumb to achieve full coverage, while I used a fine paint brush with copious amounts of polish for the ribbon.



And here is how it turned out. The nude base really does allow the glittery pink to shine through, and it really is glittery, even if the bottom photo, taken with flash, doesn’t really show it. The ribbon also is the first thing you pick up on, which worked out exceptionally well.

And again, to repeat what I said on Friday, please do what you can to support Breast Cancer Awareness month. Wear something pink, paint your nails, buy a pink ribbon, or text pink to 50300 to donate €4. Anything that can be done to raise awareness or funds is always going to be welcome.


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Oct. 03.

Face Friday: Paint It Pink

pink-thIt’s October, and that means it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Specifically today, the Irish Cancer Society are asking people, men and women to Paint It Pink and paint Ireland pink through social media, raising awareness of Breast Cancer. As I am sure it has affected many of us, both directly and indirectly, it would be a shame not to take part, so I painted my usual Face Friday post pink, with these results…





  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (40 – Light Ivory)
  • Blush: Benefit – Benetint
  • Powder: Maybelline – Fit Me Powder (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (01 – Light)


  • Brows: NYX – Eyebrow Cake Powder (04 – Auburn/Red)
  • Primer: MUA – Pro Base Eye Primer
  • Shadow: MUA – Stargazer Palette (Shade 2)
  • Shadow: Natural Collection – Shadow Single (Sea Shell)
  • Shadow: Earth Spirits – Shadow Single (501 – Rose Petal)
  • Shadow: Sleek – Celestial Palette (Solar)
  • Shadow: Sleek – Celestial Palette (Galactic)
  • Liner: Physicians Formula – Shimmer Strips Kohl Liner (Brown Eyes)
  • Mascara: Wet n Wild – XXL Lash (Black)


  • Lipliner: Rimmel – 1000 Kisses Liner (004 – Indian Pink)
  • Lipstick: Rimmel – Full Volume Liquid (Unknown Pink Shade)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E23, E32 – Shadows
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Shadow
  • Blank Canvas – E30 – Brows

Pink Eyes, Pink Cheeks and Pink Lips (I was missing a pink foundation or face paint). I do of course encourage EVERYONE to get involved, both today and throughout all of October! If you haven’t yet painted it pink today I would encourage you to get to it and paint your nails, your face, your house, your husband, your brother, your boyfriend, your father (in law) or your cat (maybe not the last one) PINK! Post the picture on social media under the hashtag #PINKPICS and text PINK to 50300 to donate €4. Hopefully through awareness and support posts like this will no longer be required, but until then, please do try and get involved!


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Aug. 25.

Manicure Monday: Pink Gradient

mm-pink mani-thIt’s amazing how many colours actually fall under the colour “pink”. It’s something that nail polish addicts like myself use all the time to justify purchases. Yes I have a pink nail polish, but I don’t have THAT pink, in that finish, from that brand. It’s also the mechanism I’m using for this weeks Manicure Monday, where I pick out 5 complimentary pinks to form a pink gradient manicure.

First things first. I need to pick out the 5 polishes I’m going to use. After a bit of poking through bottles, and swatching on paper side by side, I chose the final 5, which are:

  • Thumb – Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer – 180 Hot or Not?
  • Index – OPI Nail Lacquer – Ladies and Magjenta-Men
  • Middle – Revlon Nail Art Neon – 100 Atomic Pink
  • Ring – Inglot Nail Enamel – 817
  • Little – 17 High Gloss Nail Polish – Pinking Shear

Then came actually painting the nails. This involved a bit of time, as different formulas and different finishes needed a different number of coats, ranging from 2 for the Catrice and OPI to 4 for the Revlon.

Finally, here is how it looked at the end. Top picture is without flash, while the bottom picture is with.

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pink mani-flash

I like the idea of the gradient manicure. It is ideal if you want to wear a particular colour, but don’t know what particular colour to go for. If you get a nicely matching set, it can look very well put together. In fact, I’m currently scanning my shelves to see what other colour groups I can work with. What do you think?


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