Friday, 30 March 2012

Effie Trinket Inspired Nails

Effie Trinket Inspired Nails

Even though I haven't seen the Hunger Games film (or finished the book!) yet when I saw a movie still showing this nail design I thought it would be perfect for a nail art post. Elizabeth Banks wears a selection of dramatic and over the top costumes throughout the film including this more extreme blue nail design but the hot pink and gold gradient look worn during the reaping scene is really simple to recreate. I decided to go ahead and embellish them a little more with some glitter and sequins but the basic gradient look is very wearable. Here is my quick step by step guide:

Effie Trinket Nails Step By Step

You will need: pink polish, gold polish, a sponge, topcoat/basecoat, optional: sequins & glitter

- Apply a clear basecoat followed by an opaque layer of pink polish all over the nail.
- Using a sponge to lightly apply the gold polish onto the top half or 2/3 of the nail.
- Continue layering the gold concentrating more on the tip of the nail to create a more opaque look which fades out into the pink.
- Add a layer of your favourite topcoat either all over the nail to seal the finished design if you want to leave it here or just on the tip to provide a base to stick the glitter and sequins onto.
- If you want to add glitter and sequins use your finger or tweezers to lightly press them onto the tip of the nail and seal the design with another layer of topcoat.

As always let me know if you try out this design, I'd love to see!

Have you seen The Hunger Games yet? Would you wear an Effie Trinket nail look?
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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Topshop Crayons in Whisper & Ramble

 Topshop Crayons in Whisper & Ramble £7.50 each

Like most of the Topshop make up, the packaging of the Crayons is practical, pretty and good quality for the price. The lids click on securely so there's no chance of them falling off in your makeup bag (which is always a plus!) and the shape makes it easy to apply the product. I picked up the lighter shade Whisper when I was looking for a brightening colour for the inner corners of my eyes and it's perfect for that. On my way home that same day looking at the swatches on my hand I already knew that I should have picked up Ramble too. The third colour available is a yellowy-gold shade named Sunshower which I wasn't so keen on however it did work well for a video tutorial look that was posted on the Topshop website (which now seems to have now disappeared otherwise I'd link it!). In addition to the original three there is now also a fourth shade, a shimmery taupe named Mystical, which looks particularly lovely.

And the product itself? The crayons are creamy, soft, blendable and easy to use. (I usually draw directly onto the eyelid and blend out with a flat eyeshadow brush). The staying power is also pretty good and they don't crease too much although they don't have the same staying power as potted cream shadows. These two shades look beautiful used together as well as paired with Benefit's Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream as a base. I recommed snapping these up if you see them instore!
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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 56.

Triangle Ring £4, Pack of Mixed Bangles £25 : River Island
Teal Purse £24 : American Apparel
Speckled Jumper £26, Brogues £30, Skull Crop £12, Lace Bandeau £14, Bones Earrings £10 : Topshop
Pastel Satchel £8 : Matalan
Necklace $200 (approx £125) :  Collette Ishiyama
Mountainscape Tee £120 : Carven via my-wardrobe.com
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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Revlon Lip Butters

Revlon lip Butters in Sugar Frosting & Peach Parfait £7.99 each

I know I'm the millionth one to blog about these and you're probably bored of hearing about them by now but I like them so much I just had to join in and write a post. I haven't actually read any posts on these particular shades yet so hopefully someone will find this useful!
For me these are pretty perfect as I don't really wear lipstick on a regular basis and tinted balms like the NYX Color Lipbalms are my favourite everyday lip products. I'd recently been looking into alternatives to those as it's a pain to have to order them online and not be able to swatch them first so when I heard about the Revlon Lip Butters I decided they would be worth a try. 
I'd looked through lots of swatches online and settled on Peach Parfait being the colour for me (Emma Stone wearing it in a promotional certainly helped!) and luckily it was one of the few shades left in stock when I finally got to Boots. I ended up with Sugar Frosting as well purely because of the 3 for 2 deal but I'm glad I picked it up as it's the perfect everyday colour. The colours do apply very sheer, particularly the lighter shade but for me that's what makes them so wearable. They are a little more shimmery than I'm used to however I actually think that will be really nice for the Summer. They also have a subtle sweet vanilla scent which I love and the packaging is sleek but pretty. 

Although these are like balms I would say they are a slightly thicker consistency and aren't either actively moisturising or drying. Overall I really like the Lip Butters and will definitely be looking at some of the other shades when the full range is back in stock!

Have you tried any of the Lip Butters? What do you think of them?
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Thursday, 22 March 2012

NYX Girls Nail Polish: 209 Dorothy


As a polish to wear alone Dorothy is disappointing with it's sheer black base colour which even with three coats isn't opaque. However it would make a lovely glitter topcoat over a black, dark grey or even dark red base. At first I quite liked the idea of having a coloured glitter in a base polish that wasn't clear but then I realised just how limiting that is. I love how purse-friendly the NYX polishes are and I wish they were more readily available in the UK so I could look at them properly in a store before purchasing! Overall I think Dorothy is a nice polish but it's definitely not one of my favourites.

What do you think of NYX's Dorothy?

I purchased NYX Dorothy from www.beautyjoint.com for $1.99 (approx £1.25)
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 55

Denim Top £26, Fruit Rings £6.50 & Crayon in Mystical £7.50 : Topshop
Striped Bag £17.75 : Forever 21
Skull Bangle £265 : Alexander McQueen
Nail Polishes in 'Looks Great On You', 'Polish Me Happy' & 'Hunt Me Down' £2.99 each : H&M
Turquoise Maxi Skirt £37 : Miss Selfridge
Shoes £55 : Office
Lip Butter in 'Peach Parfait' £7.99 : Revlon
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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Tim Burton Inspired Nail Art

Polishes used: Rimmel Rapid Ruby, Natural Collection Nail Tip Whitener, ELF Twinkle, Calvin Klein Tutu, Max Factor Red Passion & Claire's Accessories Nail Art Pens

As you can see this week's nail art design is something a little different (and definitely not for everyone!). I have so many designs on my mental to-do list but this idea is something I've been meaning to get around to for the last month or so. Originally I was going to do a Nightmare Before Christmas inspired Jack Skellington design but then I thought 'why stop there?' and ended up drawing inspiration from a selection of Tim Burton films.

The first nail idea, the bird in the cage, comes from Sleepy Hollow which is probably my favourite Burton film. The Queen of hearts playing card design represents Alice in Wonderland, followed by the original idea of a Jack Skellington nail design complete with a sparkly Christmas light-esque background. For the smallest nail where there wasn't a lot of space for a fancy design I chose a classic black and white striped design inspired by 1988's Beetlejuice. The thumb nail design is inspired by Sweeney Todd so naturally it had to be a blood splatter!

What are your favourite Burton films?
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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 54

Mini Nail Polish Set £2.99 : H&M 
Osborn Loafers £150 : ASOS
Floral Leggings £12.99 : New Look 
Bark Silver Love Ship Ring £95 : Urban Outfitters
Geometric Necklace £12 : Gogo Philip
Bracelet £22 : Mango
Aztec Print Vest £20, Bag £48, Mint Shorts £28 : Topshop
Clutch Bag £195 : DKNY
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Sunday, 11 March 2012

Style Inspiration: Lemon Breeland


Look One is bold, bright, summery and fun. The actual dress worn in the episode is a Marc Jacobs creation and no longer available online but this Jaeger one captures the colourful, striped element of the original outfit pretty well. Unfortunately the colours aren't quite the same as the original and a lot of Lemon's outfits are very matchy matchy so I've made sure the shoes and cardigan are still co-ordinated. The shoes by Sam Edelman look like a pretty good dupe for the style Jaime wore on the show and would be great for adding a pop of colour to a more plain, t-shirt and jeans kind of outfit too.

 

A floral dress teamed with a cardigan, not forgetting a matching hair accessory of course, makes Look Two the most typical Lemon outfit of the three. As shown in look one plain, bold coloured cardigans are essential for recreating Lemon's style as she seems to have one to match every outfit! This one from Phase Eight looks super soft and is pretty reasonably priced too. Finding the right dress was tough so in the end I opted for trying to match the turquoise base colour rather than the floral print itself. 



Look Three is definitely my favourite, I love how the grey tones the outfit down a little and makes it more wearable. The dress pictured, by David Peck, is the same one worn by Jaime on the show hence the pretty heavy price tag but after searching high and low I couldn't find a good enough dupe anywhere else! The grey pumps from Topshop are extremely versatile and could be worn with pretty much anything plus the pointed toe is a cute detail. I also love how the deep red lip completes the look and establishes it as one of Lemon's more edgy outfits and NARS Red Lizard seemed perfect for that.


After writing several posts on Zoe Hart's style I've been asked to do a similar post on another Hart of Dixie character; Lemon Breeland. Lemon's style, like her personality, is the complete opposite of Zoe's and is a much more vintage and traditional than Zoe's city chic. Everything about Lemon's style is perfectly suited to her personality right down to her flawless porcelain complexion which I'm jealous of in every new episode. I wasn't sure whether to post this or not as I know compared to Zoe's outfits these are much less wearable looks for most people, myself included. Despite this Jaime King wears the outfits beautifully and they all suit Lemon's character perfectly plus I still had fun putting together the post so I hope you've enjoyed my selection of Lemon-esque items. If you'd like to see more of Lemon's outfits, or perhaps how to incorporate a little of her style into your everyday outfits, I'll turn this into a series (providing Hart Of Dixie gets picked up fro a second season!!) Let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more!

 Which look is your favourite? Who's style do you prefer, Zoe's or Lemon's?

Images of Jaime King as Lemon Breeland found on The CW Official Hart of Dixie Site 
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Friday, 9 March 2012

Outline Nails


Another really simple nail art design that has been doing the rounds on Tumblr recently is outlined nails. Although it creates a striking finish and is an interesting twist on plain nails it can be quite tricky to get those lines to look neat and tidy. This shows my first attempt which is pretty messy and this definitely isn't a design I think I'd opt for very often, I much prefer my triangles!

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my Domino Nails last week, did anyone try them out?
I'm trying to start posting nail art regularly so if you have any ideas or designs you'd like to suggest let me know in the comments!
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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Weekly Style Inspiration 53.

Bag £99.99 : Zara
Knitted Waistcoat with Skull Design £215 : Zadig & Voltaire
Nail Polish in Night Porter : NARS
Silk Blouse with Leather Trim £117.50 : Jonathan Simkhai 
Khaki Cardigan £36, Sequin Shorts £40, Earrings £5, Lipstick in Powder Room £7, Bralet £12 & Sandals £45 : Topshop
Skull Safety Pin Necklace $16/£10 : Laonato (Etsy Shop)

A couple of high-end pieces have managed to creep their way in this week as I stumbled upon them whilst looking for items for another post I've been working on. I think the blouse is beautiful, nude and black always make a great colour combination and these two textures are particularly perfect together. Since £117.50 is the sale price I won't be adding it to my wardrobe anytime soon but I look forward to (hopefully) seeing similar blouses on the high street in the future!
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Friday, 2 March 2012

Domino Nail Art


A super quick two step nail tutorial for you today. I hope you like it & as always if you try it out I'd love to see!

Step 1: Apply the base colours black & cream. 
(If like me you don't own a cream polish you can mix a little yellow in with a white polish!)
Step 2: Use a dotting tool, nail art pen or bobby pin to add the dividing lines across the centre then the dots and that's all there is to it!
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Thursday, 1 March 2012

New In @ Sawyer & Scout #4


These are the new items I've added to the shop recently plus the 'Make A Wish' necklace which I made today and will be popping on there very soon! What do you think of the new items?
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