Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Collection - Review & Swatches

Monday, 30 March 2015

Welcome To The Funfair is Leighton Denny's spring 2015 collection and since they released it 6 weeks ago, it's been at the top of my 'to buy' list. However 4 weeks ago they announced a competition to win the entire collection and I won (along with many other gorgeous entries).

The collection consists of 6 colours; 4 cremes, 1 glass fleck and a glitter. The collection on first glance appears a little standard colour wise, however look again as you couldn't be more wrong. The glitter has a stunning pink shimmer and the peachy nude is an amazing colour I don't have anything similar to in my collection.

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish Collection

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Competition Entry

Ticket To Thrill is a beautiful peachy toned nude creme. At first I didn't think I'd like this polish but once I had it on I realised just how beautiful it was. I have no other polish like this in my collection and I know that it'll be a staple this spring. I used 3 coats and topcoat for the swatch below.

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Ticket To Thrill'

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Ticket To Thrill'

Kiss Me Quick is a gorgeous bubblegum pink creme. I love these type of bright pinks. I used 2 coats with topcoat for the pictures below.

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Kiss Me Quick'

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish Kiss Me Quick'

Helter Skelter is a beautifully bright red creme which has a sneaky little orange undertone. I didn't realise just how bright this was until it was on, I am loving this polish so much, it was good to go in 1 coat but I used 2 coats as it brightened up the finished colour, I added topcoat for extra shine.

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Helter Skelter'

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Helter Skelter'

Love On The Carousel is a bright fresh turquoise creme. Its a really nice colour which will see you through to summer. I have seen a lot more people wearing blues on their nails this year so I know this will be a fave. I used 3 coats with topcoat for the photo below.

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Love On The Carousel'

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Love On The Carousel'

Scream To Go Faster is a stunning royal blue with a pink/purple glass fleck which adds a gorgeous shimmer. I had such a hard time capturing this polish, Although the polish is gorgeous in the bottle and on, these photos do nothing for it so I advise you to try it for yourself. I used 2 coats and topcoat for the photos below. The glass fleck shimmer is really clear in the macro, but it's very obvious on the nail, just not in the photo.

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Scream To Go Faster' with gloss topcoat 

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Scream To Go Faster' with gloss topcoat 

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Scream To Go Faster' with gloss topcoat 

I also added a matte topcoat to see if the pink shimmer would appear any better in the photos.

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Scream To Go Faster' with matte topcoat 

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Scream To Go Faster' with matte topcoat 

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Scream To Go Faster' with matte topcoat 

Loop The Loop is a beautiful mix of multisized sky blue & peach matte glitter with a pink shimmer (similar to the glass fleck in Scream To Go Faster) in a clear base. I used 1 coat with matte topcoat to show off the glitter and shimmer. You can see the shimmer clearly in the macro shot and I just want to say it's stunning on the nail.

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Loop The Loop' over Ticket To Thrill

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Loop The Loop' over Ticket To Thrill

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Loop The Loop' over Ticket To Thrill

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Loop The Loop' over the other 4 colours

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Nail Polish 'Loop The Loop' over the other 4 colours

Overall I think this collection is brilliant. The names, unique colours and mix of finishes are really fun, something that's great to see from a brand like Leighton Denny. It would be difficult to choose a favourite but I love Ticket To Thrill, Loop The Loop and Love On The Carousel. 

Leighton Denny Welcome To The Funfair Faves 'Ticket To Thrill', 'Loop The Loop' & 'Love On The Carousel'

You can buy the collection from Leighton Denny online here for £55 or get the individual colours for £11 each here.

So what is your fave colour from this collection? Do you think you'll be getting any of these?

Barry M Teal Tips with Ovacome 2015

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Throughout February and March Barry M have been running a campaign in support of Ovacome called #tealtips. During these months for every bottle of Pacific sold on BarryM.com, 50% of the sale has been donated to Ovacome.

Ovarian cancer is the 5th most common cancer among women in the UK. It is essential that we are not only aware of the diseases that can affect our lives, but we raise as much money and awareness as possible so that other women are given the education and care that they need to survive.

Angelina Jolie hit the headlines this week after announcing she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to reduce her risk on getting ovarian cancer. This comes 2 years after her double mastectomy. There couldn't be a woman in the world that would draw more attention to this form of cancer than Angelina.

A lot of causes get support from the nail community and it's great how we can all rally together through our love of polish.

So onto the polish part, you can wear Pacific or Teal to support Ovacome and tag your nails with #tealtips.

Pacific is a gorgeous blue-teal duochrome and is this years polish of choice for #tealtips. I reviewed it and the other original Aquarium nail paints here.

In case you have it you could also wear Teal, it's a discontinued Barry M nail paint but it's gorgeous. I have tracked it down on Nail Polish Direct and you can still buy it for £3.95 here.

So, for the few days that remain of March, go and buy Pacific from BarryM.com here for £3.99 and get a new polish while feeling a little smug as 50% of the proceeds go to charity.

Friday's Fashion Feature - ASOS Colourblock Dress

Friday, 27 March 2015

Hooray for Friday.

Since Spring hit us a week ago, I have been loving the blooming daffodils, pastel nails and looking to introduce a little colour into my wardrobe. This has obviously led to hours and hours of online shopping and during my search I have found lots of items that have been perfect nail art inspiration.

Among that search I saw this beautiful ASOS Midi Colour Block Dress. The colours are fresh, and the length means it can be worn even on the freshest of spring days.

I went straight for my Barry M Speedy Quick Dry nail paints (collection review and swatches here) in Pit Stop, Kiss Me Quick & Pole Position. I used the new Gelly Cotton as the base and then added the coloured blocks in a similar pattern to that found on the dress. I wanted to be able to recreate the mesh block but I do not have a transparent white and although I played around a little, everything I did looked pants.

Here is the final mani, What do you think?

You can buy the dress from ASOS here for £45.00.
The Barry M nail paints are available from Barry.comSuperdrug and Boots priced at £3.99 each.

Color 4 Nails - Crystalline Nail Veil Review

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Happy Thursday all, I can't believe it's nearly the weekend already. I am planing a quiet one but I do want to go and see Cinderella and maybe do some shopping, polish of course. How about you?

The new (ish) must have product on the nail scene right now is a latex based, peelable liquid that's perfect for helping clean up when you create gradients. There are a lot of other uses for this product, e.g. I've seen people use it for marking out designs on the nail (similar to vinyls) so if you're not into gradients I am sure you can still find a use for it. The original product like this that I knew about was Liquid Palisade, however it had such a hefty price tag that I made do without it.

Now there are many and thankfully cheaper versions available and today I have my fave to show you, the brilliant Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil.

Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil

Although the colour is a little scary, it's actually very helpful to have it a bright colour because it goes transparent when dry. You paint your nails the base colour and then apply it around the skin on your nail so that it covers as much area as you need. I am usually quite messy when doing a gradient so you can see I have used quite a bit. You know it's dried because the bright yellow dims and goes transparent.

Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil

Then I applied the gradient as normal and once I had finished I just peeled off the Nail Veil and voila ... almost clean fingers. It took hardly any time to clean up with a brush and polish remover, which makes a nice change as I usually either never do a gradient for fear of the clean up, or when I do it takes ages and a huge amount of cotton buds and remover to clean up the mess.

Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil

Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil

I can not get enough of this product, it costs only $6 so around £4.50 and the postage is very quick, I received my bottle within a week of dispatch. I know that I will be making great use of my bottle of Nail Veil and I already have lots of gradients planned out. Buy yours here now, you won't be sorry.

WARNING - this product contains LATEX so only use it if you are sure you are not allergic.

Happy 1st Birthday

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday ThePolishList, Happy Birthday to me,
*wishes for lots of new polish!

1 year blogging and it's passed so quickly. I have learnt many things I need to do, and not do. Here's my first ever blog post (here) if you fancy a read.

As I move into year 2, I want to branch out into other areas, maybe include some recipes and other beauty products. I love nails and I will continue to do lots of nails but I also have other passions and I would love to include them here from time to time.

So here's to another year, I will launch a few competitions soon in celebration both here, on my IG and on Twitter so keep an eye out for those.

Floral Diasy Mani on Yellow Ombre

Monday, 16 March 2015

Happy Monday, I know for a lot of people Monday is a miserable day and today really didn't help itself as it was grey, cold and wet (come on and give yourself a bloody chance). However I woke up this morning and despite having a bad back and feeling a little sorry for myself, was determined to make the most of it.

So to continue on a sickeningly upbeat note I though I would create some bright floral nails tonight. I have been wanting to wear an ombre mani for ages, I just needed to decide which colour to use. I never really wear yellow on it's own so I thought I would dig out of my old yellows and go from there.

I used Models Own Banana Split, Sinful Colors Unicorn, Essence Wanna Be Your Sunshine and Barry M Yellow for the ombre.

Yellow Ombre Mani

I then added the polkas using Barry M Pink Punch. I always use acrylic paints for the florals (see this post here which explains why) and voila.

Daisy Floral Mani on Yellow Ombre using Barry M Pink Punch & Yellow

Daisy Floral Mani on Yellow Ombre using Barry M Pink Punch & Yellow

What do you think? I know the first day of spring is approaching fast and I am actually looking forward to having sunnier, warmer days. I am sure you'll be seeing many more floral manis from me!

5 Basic Top Tips for Nail Artists on Instagram

Saturday, 14 March 2015

I love Instagram, I have been using the app for years. My boyfriend first introduced me to it 162 weeks ago, that's over 3 years of IG lovin'. It has helped me hone my nail art skills. introduced me to so many amazing people and offered me the chance to pursue something I truly love.

My first nail post was 1 week after I started and here it is ...

... wow, everything about this makes me a little shivery. The pose, lighting, background and clean up is all wrong. I was such a noob! I started posting ONLY nail pics on my account 2 years ago but only seriously upped my nail game 1 year ago, just before I started my blog. I have seen the nail community grow and grow over this time, the talent on show is unbelievable and I love how we support and help each other grow.

However I have also seen the dark side of this community and it's not sparkly at all. I hope these 5 tips for nail artists will help some make better use of this amazing social media platform and stop others from committing what I like to call IG nail crimes.

1. Be Kind. 

I know for most of us this doesn't need to be said, however there are a lot of people who think that because they're hidden behind a keyboard they can say whatever the hell they like. This is NOT the case. For most people, a lot of love and time is put into their designs so it can be devastating to have nasty things said about it.

If you have nothing nice to say, scroll on and ignore. Constructive feedback is so different to 'eww your nails are gross' and 'I hate this design' which are both comments that have been left on my feed. 
You'll also find people will follow and like your images the more love you spread over IG. It can only be a win/win for all.

2. Natural Light is your friend. 

I know a lot of us create designs in the evening so it is not always easy to go outside and use natural daylight, A lot of people also think having a good lighting system is expensive and I just want to say, it isn't. 

I often get asked what equipment I use and it's simply my iphone 5, a white background and a daylight (white) bulb in a desk lamp. As ever, eBay is your friend and it's filled with daylight bulbs of all shapes and sizes so you can easily find one for under £5 for any lamp you have at home. The difference it makes to your photo quality is remarkable. Go now and buy one.

3. Credit, Credit and Credit. 

Plagiarism is a nasty word but one you find crops up a lot in the nail community in all forms. 

  • There are people who delete watermarks and claim the pictures are theirs. 
  • Other people copy your design and don't credit the original artist (I really hate this), recently there has been the case of the stolen designs of some top nail artists by a press on nail company which takes this to the extreme. 
  • Lastly some people will re-post your picture and not credit. I firstly think they don't know how to credit so let them know in a firm but friendly manner. However if you've told them how (and with the new editing ability it should be done asap) and they still won't do it, you can block and report them for 'Intellectual Property Violation'. Luckily IG has your back and these issues are usually sorted very quickly.

4. Keep Nails Tidy.

There are a whole host of products out there that will help your take care of your nails and hands and I suggest you try as many as you can until you find the best ones for you. Read my skin care post here for the products I love to use. Using them frequently will keep skin moisturised and nails strong. No one likes to see crusty, dry cuticles and broken skin. However we're also human so if this does happen, just edit it out of the picture using an app and the every fab 'blemish removal' tool. 

Also be aware of your nails and how they look in pictures, mine curve so I make sure to keep them a certain length so it's not visible. It may be great that you can grow them inches long, but no one will appreciate looking at them if they're curly and oddly shaped. The same goes for if one breaks, I've seen people post pictures with one nub and 3/4 other inch long nails. Go get a tip put on or file the rest down. If the corner chips off, ORLY Nail Rescue can help you re-sculpt it so you don't have to file them or lose your favoured squared shape. Lastly, use a cotton bud or brush and polish remover to clean around your nails and cuticle. Its amazing how much this affects your photos.

5. Don't Spam.

This really annoys me. STOP with the 1st, f4f, like for like or tagging me in pictures of your own work or of accounts that promises new followers. It only pisses people off and causes them to delete your comment and block you. Most people use IG to follow, like and comment on pictures they personally like. I love finding new accounts but won't be forced or told to follow certain people. There is a fine line between self promotion and slapping people in the face with your 'new nail account <--- follow here'.

If you want lots of followers you need to put the time and effort into growing an account people want to see work from. Hashtag your pictures and hope you get featured by some big accounts, comment and interact with others, like pictures of your field and always tag/credit your work with brands and those that have inspired you.

So these are basic my top tips, I am pretty sure that most of you will know and do all of these. However for some it may help. What do you think? If I were to add another 5 what would be your suggestion?

While I'm on my high horse I want to add in one more IG nail crime that I am not tolerating on my feed. So only read on if you want to hear more.

Recently a lot of large, popular nail accounts have started to promote a certain detox tea. I'm not going to name names but I would find that at around 11pm my feed would be full of the same images and for many reasons I don't agree with it. Firstly, they do not make it clear they are being paid to do these posts, which in the UK is now law, but they are also promoting a product that is a big fat lie. 

Detox is a term which has been thrown around for years to sell products that don't work to people who don't know better. As a scientist there is nothing that gets me riled as much as factless, unproven mumbo jumbo. I will advise you to read this post HERE if you are uncertain what it means and why people have it so wrong. You can not detox your body as it's not toxic, also these teas are not cheap and are advertised by skinny girls or muscly men which give the illusion that by drinking them, you in turn will look like them ... again not true. I could rant on and on but I won't.

All in all the whole business would, day after day, get to me so much that I was at risk in breaking my Number 1 rule in this post. So I unfollowed each and every one of these accounts. Please don't think I am against people using their hard earned work for financial reward because I am not. I just think this is nonsense and these girls/ladies have taken this on because they can (thanks to their followers) and are seeing dollar signs instead of sense. They are continuing to support the misconception about 'detox' by advertising a product that their younger, less wise followers may spend a fortune on. End.

Danglefoot Nail Polish Vintage Collection - Review & Swatches

Friday, 13 March 2015

Danglefoot Nail Polish is another great UK indie polish maker who creates beautiful polishes and ingenious collections. I first became aware of Hayley and her lovely polishes when I saw her Roald Dahl collection launch back in January and have kept a close eye on her since then. You can imagine my delight when she asked me to swatch her new collection then.

So the new collection I am talking about has been inspired by some vintage bedding, star wars for anyone wondering. Who knew laundry could give you polish idea? The Vintage Collection is a beautiful 3 piece made up of shimmery muted colours that look like they're right out of 1930.

Danglefoot Nail Polish Vintage Collection

First up I have Buttons & Bows, a silky cornflower blue polish with blue shimmer. I used 2 coats plus topcoat for the swatch, although the polish is shiny enough without topcoat, it's just my personal preference.

Danglefoot Nail Polish Vintage Collection Buttons & Bows

Danglefoot Nail Polish Vintage Collection Buttons & Bows

Grandma's Dress is a really unique colour that has an almost metallic finish thanks to the micro red glitters and hits the vintage theme right on the head. I would describe this as rosewood with red undertones. It took 2 coats for full coverage and I used topcoat to make the unusual finish really pop.

Danglefoot Nail Polish Vintage Collection Grandmas Dress

Danglefoot Nail Polish Vintage Collection Grandmas Dress

Lastly is Golden Oldie which is a sandy colour with golden shimmer. I used 3 coats plus topcoat for this polish as I also find nudes need an extra coat to really stand out.

Danglefoot Nail Polish Vintage Collection Golden Oldie

Danglefoot Nail Polish Vintage Collection Golden Oldie

So what do you think of these 3? I think they make a gorgeous collection and I love that the classic nail colours (red & nude) have been given a vintage twist. Hayley sells her nail polishes through Etsy and offers this collection in 2 sizes. Shop them here & with prices starting at £10 for the 3 minis, it's a purse friendly treat you can afford to get yourself even though we're weeks from pay day!

If you do buy them, you can expect to get your polishes wrapped in such an amazing way that you might not want to open them. I know I left mine on my desk for ages before opening it as it felt like a real present,

Danglefoot Nail Polish Vintage Collection Wrapped Up

You can find Hayley aka Danglefoot Nail Polish on:
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