Just wanted to do a little post about my nails as I’ve not done a nails post for god knows how long! The truth is that actually my nails have been so crap for a couple of years and despite trying so many products I’ve given up for now and have been getting acrylic extensions after seeing Tiff’s work on Facebook.
Tiffany Adamou runs Cutie Cuticles from a lovely little purpose built nail room in her house, it’s warm and cosy and most importantly, clean! If you’re looking for acrylic nails in Exeter, then look no further.
You’ll get a warm welcome when you visit Cutie Cuticles because Tiff is lovely, she’s so friendly and chatty, if you struggle meeting new people she’ll put you at ease immediately, but most importantly she’s brilliant at her job. Nothing is too much trouble and she’ll go out of her way to make sure you have the nails you really want, each nail is shaped and polished to perfection, if she’s not happy with something (which doesn’t really happen!) but if something isn’t quite right, you won’t leave until it is perfect. You can’t beat that for customer services.
As well as doing acrylics, gel polish manicures are also on offer with prices you can’t beat. A full set of acrylics will set you back £25 and includes your gel polish.
Pleased to say as a result of having my nails done, I feel better and I’ve made a new friend. I wouldn’t go anywhere else so if you’re in Exeter be sure to check out the Cutie Cuticles Facebook Page for more information.
I love these cute little nail stickers from Sparkly Nails. Each is white flower design and each has a tiny diamante as part of the design. I find white nail stickers quite tricky as I’m never sure what colour to use as the background but in this case I went for grey (China Glaze Pelican Grey).
They look really cute but I did find these quite tricky to apply. Sorry no, not apply, to remove from the backing, when I gently peeled them of the plastic backing sheet, three of them broke, leaving half the design behind which was a shame. But I still had loads left to work with so I was able to do a full manicure.
Love the tiny diamante’s they just add something to the design. These are really cheap, £1.50 and there are several design to stick on! I love nail stickers, they are just the perfect way to jazz up a bog standard manicure So head over and check them out here.
*Disclaimer – Sent for review purposes*
Now I have to admit they would look better on longer nails than mine, but they are so simple to use and so so cute I couldn’t resist having a go!
Firstly, the Vintage Rose Ovals on a Rococo polish, Sandrine.
And then the Floral Bows on stripes. Awful stripes, remind me never ever to attempt stripes on my own nails again, but the bows are cute!
All you need to do is polish your nails as usual and stick on with nail glue, and that’s it. I thought that they’d either catch on everything or that they’d just fall off easily but neither was true, they stayed put until I picked them off. I was also concerned that when using nail glue on natural nails I might damage my nails, but it wasn’t the case for me. They left a tiny bit of nail glue residue which I just buffed off.
So pretty and really effective and cheap way to add a bit of nail art. These were provided to me by Sparkly Nails who sell lots of different bubble charms and they are all £1 for two charms.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
I’ve got a few little nail art bits to show to you today. Now before reading on, do bear in mind that nail art is not my forte!
Left – Sapphire Chunky Hex Glitter and Right – Silver Flitter Glitter Strips (both £1.65 each)
If you have skills you can do amazing things with these two little pots of joy. I can’t even begin to tell you how sparkly these are and your only limit is your imagination. Of which I have none so I’ve just stuck them on my nails to show you how incredibly shiny they are!
Oh oh oh these are GORGEOUS. Don’t look too closely at my photographs because I had a top coat malfunction but what a gorgeously simple way to get eye catching sparkly nails with minimum effort.
Easy peasy, do your base colour (a French Manicure in my case), stick the stickers where you want them to go, then top coat. Hey presto beautiful nails that are just a bit different.
All of the above have come from sparkly-nails.co.uk who I highly recommend for nail art goodies. They have everything you can possibly want at brilliant prices so head over and take a look.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
I never imagined I’d wear nail art pearls on my nails, it’s almost the antithesis of my style, which is mostly black, with the odd skull and stud thrown in for good measure…and I certainly didn’t imagine this would be my favourite manicure for a long time, but it is has been.
I was sent the cream 2mm pearls and the pink hollow heart pearls along with a few picker uppers to review by Sparkly Nails and I wasn’t sure what to do with them. After a little thought I decided a simple french manicure would be the best way to show them off.
The picker uppers just need dampening and then you can pick up your pearls and place them with ease. I personally chose to do my french manicure, add top coat, place the pearls and then add more top coat.
In this case I used the new Guerlain Gel Top Coat which is insanely good and this manicure lasted 5 full days with no chips, in the end I removed to try something out!
Anyway, the pearls are beautiful, pretty and easy to use and really cheap, a fantastic way of changing up your nail art.
Do head over and take a look at lots of pretties at Sparkly Nails!
*Disclosure – Press Samples*
If you love a bit of nail art, or if you’d like to do a bit of simple nail art but have no idea where to start then today I’ve got the perfect kit to show you!
The Rio Complete Nail Art Discovery Collection contains pretty much everything you need to put together as many nail art looks as you like, the boundaries are only limited to your imagination really, and if you have no imagination, well then there’s plenty of ideas included!
What you get is a 2 in 1 top and base coat, loads and loads of different rhinestones, 3 nail art pens, 3 nail polishes, a stamping plate as well as the scraper and stamper, gold glitter, 3 nail foils, nail clue, orange sticks, cuticle pusher, nail art brush, application stick, an instructions manual and an informative dvd along with a little leaflet with inspirational ideas.
All items can be used on either natural nails or nail extensions and all are pretty straightforward to use. The only item I struggled a bit with are the nail foils but I think they just require a bit of practice if I’m honest. Other than that I tried all the items int he kit and all are fab. A perfect starter set or gift for a teenager!
Now for the bad news, whilst I have tried all the products and created some looks, none of my pictures came out as my camera was on a weird setting (I blame the kids!) and I didn’t notice. And to be honest, I didn’t have the heart to do them all again. I like nail art but I don’t like it THAT much hah!
So this is a review of the kit but alas without any pictures of the kit in use sadly. Trust me though it’s a great little kit!
The Complete Nail Art Discovery Collection retails at £29.99 and you can purchase it from Rio Beauty here along with lots of other nail art goodies so do take a look!
*Disclosure – Sample received free of charge for review purposes*
When I got these two sets of decals through the post at first I didn’t really think they were my cup of tea and I wasn’t at all sure what to do with them but in the end I ended up loving both sets so I thought I’d share with you today. Nail Decals are a really cheap way to get effective nail art, and there a loads of designs available from Sparkly Nails, all of which are a bargainous £1.55 for a sheet.
The first set I tried were the Purple Posey ones. At first glance these aren’t my cup of tea at all, so I was trying to think of a way to funk them up a bit when I decided that Estee Lauder’s Dilettante would be a perfect base for them rather than the predictable french manicure or pale pink and I have to say I loved them!
The second set I got had me even more flummoxed. Delicate Twirls in gold. Well the obvious choice for them is over black but I didn’t fancy that. Then I thought I might try orange. But that wasn’t really appealing to me either when I suddenly decided I wanted no colour at all underneath.
Simple and effective.
The decals are really easy to use, cut out a design, peel off shiny protective sheet, dunk in water for a few seconds, slide off backing paper and onto nail and then top coat! Love it. Highly recommend both the product and the supplier, Sparkly Nails is a fab shop for all things nail art!
*Disclosure – items received for review purposes*
Nail Rock’s Frou Frou collection is going to be an acquired taste I think. However, I’ve given the fruits a test run and for a statement nail, they’re really quite cute. I couldn’t quite get as far as sticking lollipops all over my nails but the cherries and the orange slices looked – um, interesting!
I’m afraid it’s an absolute photo-fail as my camera just couldn’t pick them up in decent enough detail on the nail, but since they come with a stick of super-type glue, they stay on pretty well – I only lost mine rootling around under sofa-cushions for the TV remote!
If you love the Japanese trend for 3D nails – knock yourself out! You can find them for £6.99 HERE
*Regular readers of Lady of the Lane will know Charlie is taking some time out to recover from an operation, so this post is brought to you by Jane at Britishbeautyblogger.
I couldn’t resist making another little Fushigi Shop order when I saw that two new types of nail stickers had been added. I’m not sure if it’s the packaging or the stickers I like most, either way, they are lovely things to get in the post. I’m in danger of fawning so much I sound stalker-ish, so lets just look at the pictures.
And because I love them so much I had to put the Fushigi Botanica stickers on straight away and I chose the gorgeous Mavala Lemon Cream as a base.
The Mavala Lemon Cream you can buy from Beauty Bay for a bargain price of £3.50 and of course the nail stickers came from the Fushigi Shop where you’ll find a whole host of pretties.
*Disclosure – The Polish was a PR Sample*
If you don’t follow the amazing http://www.worshipblues.com/ then I urge you to do so. It is categorically my absolute favourite blog and has been for a long time now. It’s charming, whimsical, and beautifully photographed and Yasumi is lovely.
Anyway, it’s no surprise that Yasumi is a multi-talented individual who creates beautiful things and sells them via her website The Fushigi Shop. Beautiful beautiful things that are often unusual and one of a kind. Mostly jewellery but not exclusively and when I saw she’d been creating nail stickers I had to make a purchase. In the past she has created many things I’ve wanted to own but I’ve always got there to late and found them sold out, I got my order in quickly this time but these nail stickers are now out of stock but I’m hoping she’ll restock or come up with more designs in the future.
I want to just stop a minute and rave about the attention to detail the packaging of these nail stickers. Actually no, I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking.
The nail stickers were £3 for each set plus a nominal postage charge which I find staggeringly cheap given the packaging, the little handmade envelope, tag, ribbon, sticker and so on. As I say, both sets of stickers are currently out of stock but please do keep checking the Fushigi Shop as new items are added quite often.