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Panda Nail Tutorial

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Here is a tutorial on how to do some of my favourite nail art, Pandas. They’re really simple to do and I usually get a lot of compliments on them too!

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I use nail art pens by Rio now. I got mine from Argos, but I imagine they will be on eBay/Amazon. They make nail art a whole lot easier, plus the polish itself is good quality. This look is also possible without nail pens, just use the brush provided and cocktail sticks for the eye dots (and possibly nose.) I have done it by this method before, but I just find nail pens so much easier and stress-free.

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First I like to draw the outline of the head in white. I tend to use dots rather than a line as it’s easier to get the correct shape. You’re aiming for a vague semi-circle/oval shape here. You don’t have to be too pernickety with it, it always seems to work out fine. If you are not using nail pens you will likely find it easier to just skip this step and just draw the oval shape on and fill it in in one.

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Next you fill in the face shape. This is the base for the pandas head. You will want to wait for it to dry before doing the next step, or it will smudge everywhere.

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The next stage is to draw on 4 black circles to each nail. I try to square of the head end of the ear circles to make them more ear-shaped, but it doesn’t matter if they are circle either. Don’t stress yourself out too much doing this. The eye circles don’t even have to be circle or symmetrical, they’re just fur markings so they could really be any shape. If you are not using nail pens then just do a small blob of polish for these circles.

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I usually use black for the nose too, but this time I used pink to give it a bit more colour. Red would work too. You’ll want to try to make it a bit triangley or nose shaped. I usually do a line with a dot underneath to make the kitten nose shape. Sometimes they blend into triangles or blobs, but they look fine too. I think using pink does make the nail look a bit more interesting. If you aren’t using nail pens, then you will probably need a cocktail stick to do this, unless you are very steady with your hands and have a fine brush.

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Finally do small white dots inside the black eye circles, this will finish off the pandas eyes. Try to make them roughly central so the panda doesn’t look cross-eyed. Now you are done! I use this design quite often as it’s one of my favourites plus cute animals :3 And who doesn’t love pandas?

*~*Hope you love your panda nails!*~*

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Barry M Foil Effect and Limited Edition Pink Nail Polish Review

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I found the Silver Foil effect nail Polish in Boots, they had a deal going so I also got the Pink Polish for free. I think the Pink was a limited edition Christmas special colour. I really like both colours actually. They are both by Barry M.

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This is what the bottles look like. The cap of the pink one is really adorable. I like how they’ve made it look more special for a limited edition colour.

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Here is what each of the colours look like on. The Silver isn’t as much of a Foil effect as I hoped it might be. Looks like a lot of other Silver polishes. Still a very pretty silver colour though, and very shiny. It did dry very quickly, meaning that if the paint wasn’t applied perfectly you may end up with an odd texture on the nail.

The pink is super shimmery. The glitter in it is small enough that the nail still feels mostly smooth, hopefully meaning the cotton pad will not get stuck into it when I try to remove the polish.

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Here is a picture with flash on, this means you can see how shiny the paint is better.

My nails dried really fast, reducing the smudging risk and also no fingerprints on my nails.

I can no longer find the cost of the Foil effect on Boots :/ but Barry M is usually good value, and as the Pink came free I can’t speak on the cost side of that either. The Foil one is really cool and shiny, would go well with most other colours. The pink has created a very even coat so it looks like I’ve used expensive polish, It’s a shame that this one was limited edition because I really like it.

5 Beauty things that I Want in 2013!

While there are some things I will buy on Impulse, (Like cheap false eyelashes on eBay and nail polish) there are other things that I will want to buy and plan to later. Sometimes because they are more of an investment, sometimes for absolutely no reason. Here is a list of 5 Beauty things I want this year!

(Click on pictures for their original source/ In some cases where to get them!)

1) Elishacoy 3D Spin Cleaner

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Moving to a city and living in the communal squalor of Univerisity Halls really dulls your skin, lots. I initially thought that my skin was becoming more oily again and this was making it in worse condition, but then I noticed that most other people here have encountered the same effect. I usually use a foam cleaner on my skin and find that is the only thing (other than soap) that doesn’t make my skin worse so I do not want to change that, but then I found this gadget.

This strange spinning contraption basically is a brush for your skin, claiming to offer gentle exfoliation and more effectively cleaning skin. I suspect this means it will solve my dull skin issue. However, the price. It costs around Β£45 and that is a lot of money! Might just have to add this to the birthday list.

2) The Perfect Coverage

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I have yet to find the perfect skin coverage except for concealer, but this has led to me using it for my whole face (Not Ideal, I know.) I have tried so many foundations, but I have not been able to find a single one that suits me. I have oily skin but it also gets dry, I also need quite good coverage but I want it to looks smooth and silky. I think my best bet is to use my concealer sparingly and put a mineral powder over the top.

But nowhere in the UK has my colour! I have tried many beauty shops but the lightest colour they stock still comes up brown/orange on my skin, leading to the ever so unattractive neck line.

3) A Curling Wand

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I’ve never had my own curling wand before. Except for a Babyliss kids one that used steam to curl (which unsurprisingly hardly dented my hair.) I have tried many times unsuccessfully to borrow my sisters, but I have decided to learn to do it properly this year.

This is kind of a cheat, because I already got this last week with a Christmas Giftcard! I have not had a chance to use it yet, but I really am hoping it will create beautiful formed curls in my hair. This Remington Pearl one (Same as the one I got) I a reasonable price for what I’ve been told is fantastic, and it also comes with a heat protecting glove. Which seems ideal for the accident prone like myself.

4) Velvet Nail Polish

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I love special effect Nails! This velvet effect looks really awesome too, especially in Pink. It also looks really fun to create the effect using the two stage process. Only problem is that they seem to be pretty pricey.

5) Hair Chalk

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These Hair Chalks just look awesome! It means I can try out the rainbow tips I’ve always wanted but never had the confidence to dye straight away, and also see what I would look like with green or red hair. They look really fun and the effect looks more like it’s been dyed than those spray on colours, plus you can create a much nicer ombre effect on your hair. The main reason I want these is because I want to dye my hair properly to rainbow tips, so they are just for testing purposes. I am hoping to find just the colours I want instead of a large multi-pack so it should be cheaper.

Barry M Magnetic Nail Polish Review

I’ve wanted a magnetic polish for a long time and the other day I saw they had them at boots. ^-^

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I got the Barry M polish in the colour Neptune Sea. Its kind of a metallic grey with blue glitter in it. It is a pretty colour and I don’t have any other shades like it. It comes with a magnet that creates a kind of cross effect. Other shades had different pattern magnets so you can mix and match if you get more colours.

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This is what the polish looks like applied on before you hover the magnet over it. Its quite a nice silver/grey/blue colour. But the real effect is only shown after using the magnet.

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After the magnet is held over it for a short amount of time it creates this pattern. I found using the magnet really fun πŸ™‚ and each nail can look slightly different depending on the position of the magnet. It’s really easy to use, and I would say Idiot-Proof except for the fact that I dipped the magnet into my wet nails a couple times πŸ˜› And on some nails the pattern didn’t show up as well. That may be due to uneven distribution of magnetic particles as I didn’t shake to bottle between nails.

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I really like the final effect πŸ™‚ the nails dry pretty fast too. I definitely want to get another magnet and polish colour. This bottle cost me Β£4.99, but you do get quite a bit of varnish for that price. I think I still need some practice to perfect the technique, but I found it easy to get a really nice effect on my first try, and the colour catches the light really well.

Fimo Cane Nail Tutorial

Today I finally found my fimo canes ❀ So I made a tutorial on how to do Fimo Cane nails. This look goes well in a Hime Gyaru, Decora or Lolita outfit, or even just for a casual day.

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First I cleaned my nails and cut them. Then I applied a clear coat to protect my nails from any discolouration from the coloured varnish. The clear also helps when removing the polish.

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This is what the fimo canes look like. There are lots of different designs you can get, and it’s easy to find a large pack of them online for quite cheap. Try eBay or Amazon.

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The blade is sometimes provided with the canes or you can buy one from an art shop or online. Use it to cut the cane into little slices, the thinner the better.

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I always cut all the pieces I need before applying the nail varnish, otherwise it gets tricky to cut slices with wet nails and the polish can be smudged easily.

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I used Revlon Bubblegum-scented pink as my base colour. It’s a really lovely dark pink colour and when dry it does smell exactly like bubblegum. The smell becomes less obvious under a top coat but it’s still there. Any paint that goes over the edge of your nail can be removed later using a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover.

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I paint one nail with the base colour at a time, then use tweezers to stick the fimo slice onto the wet nail polish. I reckon if you painted the base colour then waited for it to dry, you could still use nail glue to attach the fimo slices, this would probably be more secure than my method but I don’t want to spend money on nail glue.

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Keep going nail by nail until you have completed your first hand, I always do my right hand first because I am right handed. This means that I don’t have to use my non-dominant hand while it has wet nail polish on it.

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I usually apply a clear top coat over my nails. I believe that this secures down the fimo slices a bit more so they will stay on for longer. It also gives it a nice glossy finish.

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And you are done πŸ™‚ Usually the fimo slices won’t stay put for more than a day or two since they can flake off while you are doing things. If you haven’t used fimo slices before then the sensation of having things on your nails can feel very odd. I really love the outcome, I think the 3D effect on the nails looks awesome and can tie in very well with any outfit.

*~* Hope my tutorial on fimo nails has been useful to you *~*