Saturday, 28 February 2015

Hey, Swatch It! Models Own Colour Chrome Collex, pt 2

Hey y'all!

Happy Saturday!  Today I'm back with the second half of my swatch-a-thon with the Models Own Colour Chrome collection, this time showcasing the green, blue, and purple end of the color spectrum.  To see the first half, check yesterday's post where I showed the silver, pinks, and golds.

Friday, 27 February 2015

#dressgate #thedress - What color are my nails?

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When I woke up this morning, almost the very first thing I saw in my social media feed was referencing some huge debacle that the internet had while I was sleeping, about the color of #thedress and the two camps who saw it differently.  Over the course of the day, the rest of the UK picked up the debate and I decided I couldn't let it go without commemorating #dressgate with some nailart.

Nail art based on the dressgate thedress what color is this dress debate that rocked the internet.

Hey, Swatch It! Models Own Colour Chrome Collex, pt 1

Hey y'all!

As promised, I'm back today with part one of the 10-shade Models Own Colour Chrome collection.  I picked these babies up in the 50% off sale during the launch of the collection, and have decided to break this review into two posts because dear-dot-can-you-imagine a 10-piece review from me?

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Please stand by...

Hey y'all!

We're having technical difficulties.  Okay, more like time difficulties.  On the bright side, I'm getting the entire Models Own Colour Chrome collection swatched for you, and will have it posted in two parts Friday and Saturday, so in the meantime...

Monday, 23 February 2015

Multichrome Black Lace nail art

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On Saturday's swatch I showed you a beautiful multichrome shifting polish.  While multichromes are certainly beautiful on their own, after a couple of days, even they can begin to feel a bit "blah."  Today I'd like to show you how a little bit of creative stamping can up your mani game and extend the life of a mani for at least a couple more days.

Lace stamped nail art over multi chrome color shifting polish.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Hey, Swatch It! ILNP Peace (H)

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Happy Saturday!  For today's Swatch It, I have another gorgeous Ultrachrome polish from ILNP, made extra special by the addition of a bit of holo sparkle!  This is the holographic version of Peace.

Swatch and review of the holographic holo version of ILNP Peace.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Following PINstuctions: Bacon Pancakes!

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It's been a while since I did my last Pinterest challenge, where I follow the PINstructions to see if I can replicate the results as claimed.  This past Tuesday was celebrated as Pancake Day here in the UK, and I had the idea to test a pin that I've been drooling over for a long time: bacon pancakes.

Following PINstuctions series to make bacon pancakes for Pancake Day.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Marbling with Permanent Marker (Sharpie) Nail Art

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Happy Ash Wednesday?  Since today's holiday didn't really inspire me to do any nail art, I thought I'd look forward to tomorrow, which is the start of the Chinese New Year.  This is the year of the sheep or goat, and that didn't really inspire me much either, but I wanted to try a new technique that has been making the rounds of the nail artist community recently, which is the hot new trend of using alcohol-soluble inks for nail art.  You can purchase the inks in bottles at craft stores, or more economically you can look in your office supplies and find permanent felt-tip markers, most commonly known under the brand name of Sharpie.  What I ended up with didn't really look very Chinese New Year, but it still looks pretty cool.

Permanent marker Sharpie marble nail art design.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Guest Post for Roz's Nail-Scapades

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I'm guest posting over at Roz's Nail-Scapades!  Head on over there to check out the full color version of this look!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Chrome stamping over glitter bling nail art

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Once again, another holiday has completely snuck up on me, and for no good reason other than I've just been in my own little world, but that's okay.  Last year I was quite surprised to discover that Mardi Gras isn't a "thing" as we 'murkins know it in the UK, but they call it "Pancake Day" and the premise is pretty much the same.  I got my ingredients together over the weekend, and tomorrow I'll be griddling up some fluffy pancakes for dinner, because yum!  While today's nail art isn't exactly traditional for Mardi Gras, I think the festive flair and spectacular blingyness make it totally appropriate for living it up on Fat Tuesday tomorrow.

Festive colored chrome stamping over glitter base.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Hey, Swatch It! OPI DS Reflection

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Happy Valentine's Day!  Wow, it feels like it's been forever since I've done a Swatch It Saturday for you!  I'm happily back today with a gorgeous holo from the OPI Designer Series, Reflection, and I think it's a perfect color for today's Hallmark holiday.  Check it out.

Swatch of OPI DS Reflection.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Obligatory Pink Hearts Valentine's Day Stamped Nail Art

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I'm not sure how Valentine's Day manages to sneak up on me every year.  I imagine it has a lot to do with not being a big celebrator of V-Day, and also a deeply ingrained dislike of all things pink and "girly" but I felt a bit obligated to at least give y'all one cutesy VD look that's super fast and easy (so you still have time to replicate it for tomorrow).

A textured pink and coral stamped Valentine's Day nail art of full-nail heart images.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Striped Coral Accent Nail Art

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Models Own recently had a 50% off sale to coincide with the launch of their new Colour Chrome collection, which I purchased (swatches coming soon!) along with a few other bits and bobs while I was at it.  Among those bits were two of the Diamond Luxe collection shades, Carat Coral and Oval Plum.  Since I'd been longing for a bit of warmer weather (and maybe an impending trip back to Texas), I decided to brighten up my nails with the coral shade, and then added a bit of nail art as an accent.

Models Own Diamond Luxe Carat Coral swatch with striping tape and rhinestone nail art accent.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Magical Mondays - Ford Anglia meets Whomping Willow

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Ahhh... it's nice to feel myself returning to a "normal" posting schedule.  I'm going to be reverting back to the M-W-F nail art schedule, with Swatch It on Saturdays - a schedule I haven't been on since November, before the 31DC and the 12DOC challenges that consumed the past two months!  Also, my goal is to get a tutorial up on YouTube every 2 weeks for now, until I get faster with filming and editing videos (it takes forEVER!).  Today, though, the focus is all about my monthly collab with Cat of Belle Glamour, and our mutual love for all things Harry Potter.  This month we decided to pay tribute to one of our favorite scenes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - when Ron and Harry fly Mr. Weasley's flying Ford Anglia right into the Whomping Willow in their effort to get to Hogwarts on time!

Ron and Harry fly Mr. Weasley's flying Ford Anglia right into the Whomping Willow

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Achievements: Unlocked!

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I'm SO excited to announce that in the past two weeks, FixinToFaff has over 1,000 Facebook subscribers, and over 500 IG followers!  I felt it was cause for a celebration, and I've been holding onto some goodies for just such an event, so let's talk about GIVEAWAYS!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Hand Care You'll Love: Sunny's Body Products

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Being a nail blogger basically means people are going to be scrutinizing your fingers, and as such, we probably put more effort into making them look nice than the average person.  We all have stashes of potions and epoxys to keep our cuticles moisturized and our skin smooth and glowing, and every blogger has her (or his) own array of swear-by products but we're always on the look-out for that magical balm that will work, feel good, and smell great.  Because I knew I was going to be doing a number on my hands with that month-long challenge I just wrapped up, I decided ahead of time to invest in some new stuff to try to help my hands in shape during all those polish changes.  Thank goodness I found Sunny's Body Products!

Review of Sunny's Body Products sampler pack with cuticle oil, miracle balm, hand butter, and sugar scrub.