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Monday, 29 December 2014

Polish Comparison: Julep Nancy and Julep Celia

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Did everyone have a good Christmas, those who celebrate? :) I'm sure mine was lovely (though I can't speak to that now since I'm scheduling this post ahead of time before I leave to visit my parents and I haven't actually celebrated yet) and I'm sure any polish-related things I got you will hear about soon!

Today I'm doing a quick comparison between two metallic green Julep polishes. The funny thing about Julep is that when they release their monthly previews I look at the offerings and often say to myself: "But that looks just like x from last year! I don't need another polish that looks like that..." But surprise surprise when they actually arrive at my doorstep I often find that the polishes aren't actually that similar. (Whether that's due to mis-remembering the shade on my end or questionable official swatching on the part of Julep.) Julep Nancy and Julep Celia were two such polishes, and just for fun I decided to pull them together to compare.

So let's take a look!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Glitter and Stars Holiday Mani with China Glaze and Maybelline New York

Holiday nail art with stamped stars, glitter and studs using China Glaze and Maybelline New York nail polish and Cheeky plate CH52

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas if you celebrate! I know there probably aren't many people around on blogs today but I decided to share a festive look with you anyway. :) I'm wearing a more basic version of this look (no stamping or studs) on my nails to visit my hometown for the holidays but I decided to do a more jazzed up version to share with you because this is a nail blog afterall! We can't have boring!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

2014 Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar Swatches! [December 7 to 12]

Collage of the Ciate polishes in week 2 of the Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar

This post is a bit delayed but it's here now and that's all that matters, right? :) Today I bring you week two of my swatches for my Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar!

I'm revealing/swatching these daily over on instagram but I'm planning to do weekly swatch and review round-ups over here, too. So if you aren't following me over there (which you really should be - fun times over on instagram!) you don't have to miss out on all the fun.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Glitter Ornaments


My glitter fill is here! I knew I wanted to do something with hex glitter and after browsing instagram for a bit I decided to do a more Christmas-y recreation of a look by Laura Merino. It doesn't look nearly as lovely as hers but I still really like it - it's different!

I also posted an upside-down pic of this on instagram and was told they looked like flowers! Oops. Haha. They would be pretty sad looking flowers in my opinion, but hopefully they look better right-side-up as dangling ornaments. :)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Press Release: Introducing the MoYou London Geek Collection!

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It's Almost Friday! 

And here is a brand new collection for you!

Meet Siri, she's not anti-social, she's just not user friendly...

These 4 plates will be released this Friday the 19th of December.
Have a great day and Merry Christmas!
The MoYou-London Team

Monday, 15 December 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Christmas Ornament Stamping

*Some items in this post were gifted to me


You know what word starts to look weird when you say it/type it/look at it too much? Ornament. Trying saying it five times and then tell me it doesn't feel weird to say! Orrrnamentttt.

Anyway! The reason I'm talking about ornaments is because today's fill for The 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge is for Christmas decorations, and I decided to do some stamping with an awesome new plate I was gifted by NailPolishCanada.com for the holidays!

Let's take a better look...

Sunday, 14 December 2014

My Julep Maven (December 2014) Customized Box Unboxing, Swatch and Review!


Unboxing of my Julep December 2014 Beauty Box with two polishes and an eyeshadow.

Hooo-ey! This box was a roller coaster from start to finish! Unexpected highs and unexpected lows from the products I picked up, but that's part of the fun of subscription boxes right? :) The overall polish collection wasn't really speaking to me so I once again went with the featured beauty item and also picked up a new effect top coat. Add a punch of glitter to my selections (because New Years is coming up after all) and we're good to go!

Dollops of the Julep Silk Effect Top Coat, Chatoya and Zenith Eyeshadow
Silk Effect Top Coat, Chatoya and Zenith as pictured on Julep

Saturday, 13 December 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Festive Red and Green Colour Blocking

Colour blocking nail art using red and green Zoya over a glitter gradient base.

And I'm caught up! This is my fill for the red and green theme for The 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. I decided to do some colour blocking with tape and nail vinyls over a simple glitter gradient, and while it's not my best or most exciting design I still like it. :)

Check under the cut for more details!

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Five Golden Rings


What's a 12 Days of Christmas Challenge without a theme related to the song itself? :) The prompt was to use any line from the song and I decided to go with five golden rings symbolized by five stripes of gold across my nails. Love it!

Friday, 12 December 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Icy Blue Watermarble


How busy can I make a watermarble to hide the bubbles? Hella! Haha.

I'm slowly catching up on my 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge fills, and today I'm bringing you the art that was originally supposed to be done and up for December 9th - Ice Blue and White Colours. I decided to do a watermarble over my natural nails so there could be some peek-a-boo sections and as I mentioned above I decided to fill any irritating water bubbles that showed up (and there were a fair bit - oops!) with glitter and snowflakes. :)

Let's take a better look!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Santa Stamping

Skittlette nail art with a stamped Santa and textured polish

I'm a few days behind on my 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge looks but that's okay. :) Today I have my fill for the theme of Santa and/or elves, and I decided to go with a jolly little Santa with some snow and holly!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Press Release: The MoYou London Games Collection!

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MoYou London Games Collection Stamping Plate Character Image


It's almost Friday!

Meet Penny, it's all fun and games for her.
Come and play with us this Christmas,
Let the Games begin!

These 6 plates will be released this Friday the 12th of December.
Have a great day and Merry Christmas!
The MoYou-London Team

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Swatches // 2014 Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar - December 1 to 6

Ciate Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar Swatches

Hello hello! Exciting post to share with you today. This year I decided to pick up the Ciaté Mini Mani Advent Calendar - an advent calendar that has a mini nail polish (or nail art item) for each day until Christmas! Eeee! I saw a few people going through these last year and remember wishing I had one (but not willing to shell out for the price tag). So this year I decided to take the plunge and I am SO HAPPY I did! I've never used Ciaté polishes before and while they do all seem to need a full 3 coats to get rid of streaks I've been really pleasantly surprised by them. :) This year the advent calendar came in a really cute house-shaped box that reminds me of a doll house!

I'm revealing/swatching these daily over on instagram but I'm planning to do weekly swatch and review round-ups over here, too. So if you aren't following me over there (which you really should be - fun times over on instagram!) you don't have to miss out on all the fun.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Peek-A-Boo Snowmen


A day late with this one but that's because it honestly fought me every step of the way. I had an unexpectedly busy/stressful weekend so my creative mojo just wasn't flowing. A bit of doodling and eventually this is what I ended up with. Little winter snowmen peeking over from the tips of my nails!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Christmas Trees


It's the second day of fills for 2014's The 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge! The theme for the second fill was one you would expect to see in any seasonal challenge: Christmas trees! Who loves Christmas trees? I love Christmas trees! (Even though I've decided I'm not putting one up this year, boo. I guess the ones on my nails will just have to do!)

Check under the cut for more details!

Monday, 1 December 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art: Frozen Snowflake Flurries

Frozen nail art with a gradient and snowflakes using Zoya

December brings with it a bunch of exciting things! The first is that I get to start opening my Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar, and the second is that the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge kicks off! I haven't decided how to share the first item with you, but for the second you get to look forward to new nail art every other day until Christmas! Hooray! I'm really excited about some of the fills I have prepared/planned for this challenge.

The theme for December 1st is Snowflakes. (Those of you who follow me on instagram got a preview of this one the other day!) Let's take a better look at the gorgeous flurry of snowflakes that I created on my nails for this one. :)