Friday, 31 January 2014

New! La Roche-Posay Effeclar Duo [+]

Last week I was invited by Lisa (from ThatLisaClare) to the launch of the new La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo product at the IceTank Studios. There I learnt all sorts of fun and exciting facts about their new project and got to play with all these fancy products.

You've probably heard of Effaclar Duo which was released in 2009 (seems a decade ago!) which was designed to eliminate severe skin imperfections and unclog pores.

La Roche-Posay has introduced Effaclar Duo [+], an anti-blemish cream that is formulated to target oily, blemish-prone skin. It is also clinically proven to correct the appearance of those pesky little blemishes. On top of that it also unclogs pores and refines the look of skin texture. They've even kept in mind the issue of sensitive skin. Also you see visible results in 24 hours! In 8 days, it is said that imperfections magically disappear and 4 weeks on you are left with a nice skin texture, unclogged pores and less oily skin!

To be honest, I'm not prone to acne, nor do I have oily skin. However, I might give it a go to unclog some pores to reveal some fresh skin! I shall update on that in the future.

Thank you to everyone for making the evening fabulous!

What are your thoughts on Effaclar Duo [+]? Have you tried it out yet?

Lots of love,

The Nail Polish Bible 


Monday, 27 January 2014

Daisies All Over

I absolutely adore floral prints (if you couldn't tell by now!) and this is one of my favourite looks when it comes to flowers! 

For this look I used a navy blue base coat which is "The Serpentine" by Nails Inc and for the petals I used Barry M's "White" and for the centre of the flower is "Yellow" by Barry M. I didn't use brushes to create this look, instead I opted for the end of paintbrushes. This not only makes it easier to recreate this look but makes it super duper fast to do too!

I'd love to know what you think of this look especially as it's coming up to Spring time and I'm looking forward to creating more interesting and pretty floral nail art! 

Don't forget to share the post with your nail polish buddies! 

Lots of Love,

The Nail Polish Bible


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Pink Rose Print Nail Art

I've gone and done it again, I have created another floral print because I'm obsessed!

I've gone totally girly and made it all pink, usually I use Barry M's Lychee as a base and go from there but this time I've used Nicole by OPI's "Reach Out". This pink is a candy-esque medium pink which looks even more gorgeous on the nail than the bottle! #win It has a gel-like consistency which gives it a beautiful finish. One coat of this appears translucent but I put on two coats for this design.

The colours I have used for the roses don't actually have names but just choose any light pink and a white to create the look. For the leaves I used MUA's "Pistachio Ice Cream" which is a gorgeous mint green which looks amazing as a single colour too. It's the perfect shade of green for this look because "Reach Out" is a candy colour and this compliments the colour theme. Only costing £1 you can't go wrong with it!

Here are a few photos of the look, let me know what you think!

Feel free to suggest any designs that you would like to see :)

Lots of Love,

The Nail Polish Bible 


Thursday, 16 January 2014

My Top 5 Manis of 2013

It's been a year of experimentation for me, but I've just about managed to choose my top 5 manis of 2013! I have been inspired by some amazing bloggers and YouTubers this year and hope I have inspired some too.

First up, and in no particular order, is my nude rose design which was also my 200th design that I've created! I adore, adore, ADORE this look and can definitely say it was one of my favourites of the year. The base colour is Barry M's Gelly in Lychee which is a perfect nude (for me!). The finish is amazing and as for the roses, I just chose two different shades of pink, one lighter and one darker, and created a rose print. 

Next up is one that I called Coral Mayhem. I love this look because it screams a part of my personality which is INSANE. I wore this to a birthday party and wanted something crazy and fun. The base colour is Barry M's Coral and I had some fun creating this. The index finger is a leopard print and the middle finger has a cute design with a stud placed at the tip. My favourite is the ring finger because I love the studs running down the centre of my nail. (I bought the studs from eBay).

Thirdly, is another floral print which I also fell in love with when I created it. It reminds me of a retro print and love the detailing of the flowers. I used an unnamed navy blue as a background and chose my favourite shades to create the flowers. For this look I used the rounded end of a paintbrush to create the petals and a toothpick for the centre of the flowers. I did one colour at a time, layered but also allowing some of the navy blue to peek through.

Another one of my all time favs from 2013 is this heart french tip on my pointed nails. I fell in love with this design and can't wait to recreate it for Valentine's Day. You can create this look with absolutely any colour you like. As a base I used NYC's 'Carried Away'.

Finally, these penguin nails were my favourite winter design. Do I even have to explain why??!! Look at the cuteness of them! This mani had lots and lots of compliments, I mean how can you miss such cute nails, haha! I used Barry M's Black and White and OPI's 'In My Back Pocket' for the beak and feet. I used a dotting tool mainly for this design and a toothpick for the smaller dot on the eyes.

What's your favourite design from this post? 
Share your top manis of 2013 with me too, I would love to see them!

Lots of Love,

The Nail Polish Bible 


P.S. Thank you to Lisa from That Lisa Clare for giving me this idea!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Nail Mail!

In December, I saw the fantastic offer on Ciaté for 3 wow kits for £30! I couldn't pass on a deal like that! 
So being the nail addict that I am, I jumped at the opportunity, forgot about my bank balance and treated myself (no surprise there)!
I ordered Very Colourfoil Manicure, Emerald Collection and Feathered Manicure.
Below are some pictures of the sets and what I think of them :) 
This Limited Edition Ciaté Wow Kit  is soooooo beautiful! I actually can't stop staring at it! The kit contains all you need to create flawless, foil-finish nails at home. It's way beyond a regular metallic, and the best part of it: you can get CREATIVE! I love the street-style look it gives but also the shimmery and girly look at the same time. 
The kit features a full sized Ciaté nail polish (yes you heard correctly!), foil glue, a nail wheel (for practice) and foils, you get 5 of each colour (Flash, Fizz, Feisty, Fling, Flirt, Frost).
Here's how to use the kit:
1) Apply 2 coats of your base Ciaté colour polish and make sure the polish dries completely
2) Dot the foil fix glue where you want the foil to be placed
3) Wait 1 minute for the glue to become clear then place the foil on your nail, shiny side up, press firmly and allow to “set
4) Strip away the foil quickly, leaving your foil “splashes” on nails where the foil has stuck to the glue.
You can add layers or go for a “mono foil” look, using just one foil colour.
I'll be swatching these pretty soon, but I can already tell that I'm going to LOVE it!
The second one on the list is a feathered manicure which I've been itching to try out! I finally came to my senses and bought the kit. I love the mix of the soft blue and the brown feathers, it created a toned down look (the complete opposite from Wonderland). Yet, it adds a little something special to your style. I can't wait to try this out and I think it would look best as an accent nail!
The kit comes with a 5ml Nail Polish in Chinchilla, which is a gorgeous dusky bluey-lilac-grey colour, a full size Speed Coat Pro, nail file blocks, scissors and feathers.
Finally we have the Emerald Collection that's taken me forever to buy (I don't know why!). What's better than Velvet, Caviar and Sequins all in one?! Emerald being colour of the year and putting it into a wow kit is such an incredible idea. The iconic shade embodies all things elegant and luxe and adding a twist of textures makes it even more beautiful. The collection comes with a full size (again!) Ditch the Heels Paint Pot, Velvet Shaker in Chauffer, a pot of sequins in Penthouse and a Caviar blend in Ball Gown. Of course the set also comes with a funnel, little black brush and mini tray to keep that mani in tip top condition. How cute would it be if I managed to create a velvet christmas tree with the velvet shaker! Mission set!
I think I am the most excited to try this kit out just because of all the stunning colours that are calling my name! Again, a swatch will be coming your way soon so keep your eyes peeled for a blogpost! 

Swatches will be coming your way soon! 
Lots of Love
The Nail Polish Bible xoxo