Good Morning ABC's, I'm so excited to share with you new nail enamel shades coming up in C16 (we'll be there before you know it!) from the Mark & Avon True ranges. First up, The Pink Illusions Collection under the Mark Nail Style Studio range, a selection of 5 blush pink shades: And then we have 6 new shades from the Avon True Colour collection, all with a pearl/shimmer finish: An d finally , The Mineral Crush Collection under the Mark Nail Style Studio range, textured matte glitter which will dazzle up with a glossy top coat, great for the party season: And yes, I NEED them all! Which are you tempted by? Toodles, Wendy Woo the Nail Guru
Howdy ABC! Welcome to the latest instalment of easy peasy nail tutorials, this week it's all about the Dots! A doticure is a mani comprising of dots/spots, let your imagination go crazy with this style, there are no rules. I have a set of dotting tools which I got from Ebay, easily available for £1. A set usually comprises of 5 double ended tools with varying sizes of ball shaped ends. However, you don't need to use special dotting tools, you can use anything from a hair grip, toothpick, orange stick, expired ball point pen, a sewing pin, you get my drift. Before I apply dots, I always test the polish and dotting tool on a piece of paper to see how workable it is, ie consistency of the polish, how much pressure to apply etc. I always do a bit of a test on paper before applying to my nails. Dab a brush load of the polish onto a piece of paper that you want to dot with. With your dotting tool, dip into the polish which is on the paper and dot onto your nails. Sometimes you can get more than one dot from the polish on your tool. Dot quite quickly, ie don't hold the tool onto your nail as it'll dry and smudge. You might need a bit of practice just to get to grips with how to work with the polish and tool but it is very easy and a fairly fast method. Once you've done all the dots, let them dry before applying top coat. Applying top coat when the dots are wet will cause them to smear. Here are the two designs I'm going to show you. Red & Gold Doticure Base - Avon True Colour Naked Truth Dots - Avon Metallic Effects Gold & Avon Nailwear pro+ Grape Goddess I firstly applied the gold dots along the centre of my nails, then applied the red dots Blue Doticure Base - Avon Mark Rain Washed Dots - All Avon Mark - Just Beachy, So Jelly & Olive-It I used different sized dotting tools for each colour. I started off with the largest dotting tool and painted the green dots, then medium in blue, and filled in any gaps with the small in purple I hope you've enjoyed this week's challenge, please feel free to share any pics you have of your doticures Next Week - Gems Toodles! Wendy Woo the Nail Guru
Good Morning ABC's!! It's the 8th week of my series of nail art challenges, wow, it's flown by! Today's challenge is striping tape, which is easily available on Ebay and is inexpensive. It's a very narrow tape which comes in lots of colours and is usually metallic. It can be used to decorate your nails or in this instance to create a nail art design where you paint over the tape and then remove it to reveal a different colour underneath. First of all, I painted my nails in an assortment of colours, from thumb to pinky we have Sapphired Up, Emerald City, Daysie, Orange You Crazy & Parfait Pink. I let my nails dry for a good few hours before applying the tape. I applied 3 strips to my nails And then painted over the top with Charcoal Smoke. I immediately removed the tape with tweezers and removed them in the reverse order that I applied them on. This is because the tape is layered on top of itself, you need to remove the last one you applied first to prevent pulling on the others. I removed the tape from the top of my nail down to the base. I also did one nail at a time as you don't want the top nail polish to dry as it will drag when you remove the tape. I let the top colour dry a little before applying a top coat to prevent smearing. I hope you found this tutorial interesting and please feel free to share your striping tape designs here. Toodles! Wendy Woo the Nail Guru
Today I'm reviewing Avon Color Trend Fashion Nail Enamels in Candy Pink & Pout.
From Brochure 12, Avon boasts new and improved shades, packaging & formula for their basic yet fashionable Color Trend range. There will be 12 hot shades with a new cool sky blue named Bliss.
Candy Pink is a sweet sugar mice pink, with Pout being a creamy latte shade. I applied 3 coats for full coverage, my thumb nail is particularly ridged and needed 3 coats (note to self, buy Avon Ridge filler!). The formulation and brush are good, however, I would say the Mark Gel Shine range is more pigmented, hence needing 3 coats for both shades.
The Color Trend Fashion nail enamels have a glossy finish, all photos are without top coat, and are chip resistant. They come in bright pink & orange packaging and are 8ml. Oh,and did I mention, they are £1.50 through C11 - C13 - grab yourself a bargain, it'll be hard not to!
Good Morning ABC!!! It's a wonderful fresh morning, the sun is out and there are a few light clouds, let's hope the sun stays out. Last week we had lots of rain (come on summer!) which brings me onto the new weekly challenge - Clouds. This isn't about painting your nails with fluffy white clouds, it's a term used for creating a scalloped tip, usually 3 colours. The scallops being the edge of the cloud rather than a whole cloud. It's also a great method for reviving an old mani when the tips have chipped or worn. No special tools or equipment needed. With your nails already painted your base colour, apply the 2nd colour in 3 strokes, it's just the same as painting a coat of polish except for starting half way down your nail with each stroke lower than the previous. Wait for the 2nd colour to dry and repeat with a 3rd colour and seal with top coat. The colours I used are all from the Mark Gel Shine range, Sweet Pea, Just Beachy & Sapphired Up Hope the weather is lovely where you are, without a cloud in sight, apart from on your nails! Next weeks challenge - Dots Toodle Pips!!! Wendy Woo the Nail Guru
So here's my stash, there's probably about 800 and it's ever growing - I can't help help it, I love nail polish! And of course my collection includes many Avon Nail Polishes. Take a look at my addiction........
Gooooood Morning ABC's!!!! What a lovely sunny Saturday morning it is, I hope it's a lovely sunny weekend for all of you Today's easy peasy lemon squeezy nail tutorial is applying gems to your nails, and in this sunny weather, they are going to be bling blingtastic! There are a plethora of nail gems in various shapes, size & colour, I'm using a mixed coloured wheel of 2mm round gems which are readily available on Ebay for £1 and are flat backed. The wheel lid has an open section which you turn round to the gems you want to access, a bit like a tub of salt. I poured out navy, green & turquoise coloured gems onto a piece of paper and used a damp orange stick dipped in water to pick up the gems. I painted two coats of Mark Gel Shine Olive-It . I picked up the gems one at a time and placed on my nails while my top coat was still wet, once they were all in place I gently pressed them down onto the semi set polish. Don't worry if the nail polish crinkles a little, when you apply your next top coat to seal the gems it will smooth out most of the wrinkles. Nail glue can be used as a more secure option, but I find for a night out, applying and sealing with top coat is sufficient. I hope you've enjoyed this week's challenge and look forward to seeing your gem-encrusted manis. Next week - Stripping Tape Toodles! Wendy Woo the Nail Guru
Hello ABC peeps! It's June, it's summer and....it's raining - oh hang on we are in the UK - lol! And that's why we have lush green countryside. Some of you will be jetting off on your summer holibobs and some of you might have already been. Sunbathing under palm trees, laying on the sand with the sound of the waves tumbling on the beach, book in one hand, cocktail in the other! Or, if like me you'll have a staycation this year but that doesn't stop you from painting your nails and today I'm going to share with you a beautiful blue shade from the Mark Gel Shine range named Just Beachy . It's like dipping your nails into the ocean or reaching up to a clear blue sky. Just Beachy is a bright bold blue, dare to wear on your toes? As with all Mark Gel Shine nail enamels it great formulation, well pigmented, glossy formulation, a nice slim cap to make it easy to hold & apply, 10ml bottle. After a few days, I revived my Just Beachy nails with pointed silver tips using Avon Metallic Platinum Petal and I'm really pleased with the combo. I've received confirmation directly from Avon UK that all Avon's nail polishes are 5-Free (free of: Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor). Happy holibobs everyone!
Hello ABC Pretty as a daisy just about sums it up for this shade of nail enamel from the Mark Gel Shine Range - named 'Daysie'. This shade is like the centre of a daisy, or the warm summer sun. Daysie is a pretty soft pastel yellow, perfect for summer nails and great on toes, especially with a tan. The formulation is opaque and full coverage with 2 coats. 10ml bottle, nice slim cap, decent brush and glossy finish. I've received confirmation directly from Avon UK that all Avon's nail polishes are 5-Free (free of: Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor).
Today's review is for Avon Gel Shine Nail Enamel named Nudeitude, a creamy neutral shade. This super creme shade wasn't transferred over to the new Mark range, however, if you like this soft colour keep your eyes peeled for it in sales leaflets and First Look clearance section for Reps. Nudeitude is opaque, full coverage with 2 coats. Great formulation, a nice slim cap which makes it easy to hold and excellent formulation. Whether your nails are long, medium or short, you'll have a cool smart manicure with this awesome shade. 10ml bottle
Hello ABC! Following on from my previous review for Rose Gold from the Avon True Nailwear Pro+ range and with the nail enamels appearing in C10 at a special price of £3, I've used this opportunity to share with you the very pretty and delicate Inspired Iris . Inspired Iris is one of 3 new shades, a soft lilac/pink with shimmer. I applied 3 coats to intensify the colour and sealed with top coat. At £3 a bottle you really can't go wrong, great quality and super formulation. 10ml bottle, good brush and nice slim cap. I've received confirmation directly from Avon UK that all Avon's nail polishes are 5-Free (free of: Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor).
Hello ABC! With the Avon True Colour Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamels making an appearance in C10 at only £3 a pop, I've used this opportunity to share with you the very elegant and ladylike shade Rose Gold , from the collection, a rosy peach with shimmer. I applied 3 coats to intensify the colour and sealed with top coat. It's such a pretty peach (Pretty Peach - now that's a blast from the past!) The bottle & brush are the same as the Mark Gel Shine range of nail enamels, bottle size 10ml. When I first saw this shade it reminded me of Dazzle Pink from the Mark Gel Shine range, but if you have a look at the two together, they are quite different, but similar with their shimmer frosting. Rose Gold has a rosy hue, where Dazzle Pink is more peach. I've got a healthy collection of the Mark Gel Shine range, I think the same is going to happen with the Avon True Colour Nailwear Pro+ range! Ooopsy! At £3 a bottle you really can't go wrong, great quality and super formulation. I've received confirmation directly from Avon UK that all Avon's nail polishes are 5-Free (free of : Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor).
Good Morning ABC! We're into the fourth week of the Weekly Nail Challenge, where has the time gone! Thank you all for taking the time to browse, join in and share your manis and hopefully pick up some useful tips. As we have come to the last challenge on the list, I've created another list of challenges - hooruh! See final photo at the bottom of the post. So onto this week's challenge - half moon. The lunula (little moon in Latin) is the crescent-shaped whitish area of the bed of a fingernail or toenail. The lunula is the visible part of the root of the nail. The half moon mani is a play on the half moon area of your nail, a curved shape at the base of your nail with a contrasting colour covering the rest of your nail. It's a bit like doing a french tip only lower down. Now using the curved circular stickers raided from my mum's craft box, I applied the sticker to the base of my nail which has already been painted in Avon Metallics Platinum Petal and sealed with top coat. It's a good idea to apply top coat as removing any mistakes with the contrasting colour will be easier to clean up. Make sure you nail is completely dry before adding any sticker or guide to your nail. Apply your contrasting colour, Avon Mark Gel Shine So Jelly And immediately remove the sticker. Tidy up and seal with Avon Top Coat, easy peasy lemon squeezy! Hope you've enjoyed this week's challenge, please feel free to share your images, I love seeing your designs Onto the next set of challenges - wooohoo Have a super weekend Toodle pips Wendy Woo the Nail Guru
Good Morning ABC!! It's Saturday and a new weekly nail challenge! This week's theme is Ombre & Skittle nails, where you wear a different colour on each nail. Ombre - A shading of the same colour, usually from light to dark Skittle - Like the Skittle sweets, a different colour in each nail but they don't have to be in the same colour family Ombre Mani - Thumb to little nail Dazzle Pink, Bittersweet, Spiked Punch, Cerise-ly, Fabulous Skittle Mani - Thumb to little nail Roses Are Red, Orange You Crazy, Citronized, Emerald City, Sapphired Up Hope you enjoyed this weeks challenge, I look forward to seeing your Ombre/Skittle manis, please feel free to post your pics below. Next week - Half Moon
Greetings ABC! Last week I reviewed a couple of gorgeous reds from the Avon Mark Gel Shine range, today it's the turn of a couple of hot pinks. Parfait Pink - a bold Barbie pink, wonderfully bright and a super summer toe colour Very Berry - the name sums it up brilliantly, a dark plummy pink, chic and stylish, again a fab colour for toes I applied 2 coats without top coat to show you how glossy the are, however, I applied top coat afterwards for durability. The nail enamels themselves dry quite quickly. And as I've mentioned before but I'll mention it again for any newbies, I've received confirmation directly from Avon UK that all Avon's nail polishes are 5-Free (free of: Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor). Bottles are 10ml, nice slip cap which makes it easy to hold, decent brush and excellent formulation. First up - Parfait Pink Next up - Very Berry Are you a pink kinda gal, which is your all time fave Avon pink polish? Toodles Wendy Woo The Nail Polish Guru!
Good Morning ABCs Welcome to the 2nd of my easy peasy tutorials showing you some basic nail art designs and effects, this week sponged gradient. Using two or more colours with a sponge to create a blended gradient, and as like the previous Challenge for french tips, it's a great way to revitalise an old mani. My nails were already painted the berry shade. Using a sponge, any sponge, bath, make up, kitchen (thrifty me uses a kitchen sponge, the one you buy in a pack of 20 with a scourer on one side), paint the nail polish in stripes, it doesn't matter if they overlay this will all add to the blending of the colours. Pat/dab onto your nails, it is messy and you'll need to clean up after. Sponge one set of nails and repeat until you build up the depth of colour you want to achieve. Using nail polish remover and a make up brush I tidy up and remove the polish on my skin, I know Avon does a natty nail polish corrector pen which would be handy at this point. Apply top coat and the blended shades will merge together and you have a unique gradient mani in whatever colour combo you like. For this mani I used Avon Mark Gel Shine Very Berry & Purplicious Thanks for joining me in the Weekly Challenge please share your photos of your gradient manis to this post. I hope you are all having a super dooper bank holibobs weekend and I'll see you next week for Ombre/Skittle nails. Bye for now, Wendy Woo The Nail Guru
Today I'm sharing two shades of luscious red from the Avon Mark Gel Shine Nail Enamel range. Red Velvet - a soft warm red with shimmer, very elegant, one of my fave shades Wine and Dine Me - a classic rouge noir, deep and decadent vampy plum All swatches are 2 coats without top coat to show you how glossy they are. Both regular nail polishes with a gel effect shine. Avon's nail enamels are 5-Free (free of: Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor). Excellent formulation, 10ml bottle, nice slim cap and a decent brush. Another good quality about this range of Avon's nail enamels is that they don't take ages to dry and applying top coat prolongs the wear. So are you a red kinda gal? First up, Red Velvet, applied like an absolute dream, I love love love this shade, and it provides great coverage Next up, Wine and Dine Me, I can't help feeling a little bit like Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction wearing this smouldering red
Good morning and welcome to the new Weekly Nail Challenge. Every Saturday I'll post a basic nail art theme and 'how to' guide and hope you'll share your themed mani in the weekly post. Week 1 - French Tips Classic French Tips have a nude or pale pink base with a white tip, but you can play on that and mix and match your base & tips in any way you fancy. If your current mani is getting tired but you don't want to remove it, what better way to revive an old mani by adding contrasting coloured tips. Here's my mani and how I did it: A professional manicurist will paint the white tips with a brush, however, I prefer using some sort of guide and in this case I raided my mum's craft box and found these circular stickers - perfect! You can also use ring binder reinforcements, masking take, sticky tape etc. Just make sure your base colour has a top coat is completely dry, otherwise, your base colour can get pulled off when you remove the sticker. Always apply a top coat to your base colour, that way if you do make a mistake with your tip you can wipe it off with a little nail polish remover without damaging the base colour. Apply the sticker, paint your contrast colour and remove the sticker immediately. Do one finger at a time, if you allow the tip to dry with the sticker still on your nail you could pull/smudge the tip. For the pointed curve on my thumb and middle finger I used two stickers - simples! The nail enamels used are Nudeitude for the base and Lavender Sky for the tips. I hope you've enjoyed this very basic tutorial, please share your french manis below and let me know how you created them. Next Week's Theme: Gradient
This is Galaxy from the Avon Nailwear Pro+ range. A steely grey shimmer polish. This is two coats without topcoat. I got this cosmic grey from Avon Brochure 1, 2017 as a set of 3 with Midnight and Starburst for £6 - that's £2 a bottle!! Also included was a gold pattern card gift pouch, although the present was to myself I can use the pouch for someone else. The polish applied beautifully, good formulation, decent brush and dried quickly. I've received confirmation directly from Avon UK that all Avon's nail polishes are 5-Free (free of: Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor). 10ml bottle. To the pics....... Below is the complete set. L-R: Midnight, Starburst & Galaxy And here's the page from Avon Brochure 1 that lured me in to buy this wonderful set. If you're an Avon Rep these colours are available in First Look for Campaign 10, in the clearance section at £1.50 each
Hello ABC and any avid nail polish/nail art lovers! I'm going to start a weekly nail art challenge, starting Saturday 22nd April 2017 and run it for 4 weeks. If it's a success I'll run it a bit longer and add some additional themes. Every Saturday I will post the challenge and a few photos, I would love you to add photos to my post of your nails of the design in question. There's no timescale as to when you can add your themed design and it's not compulsory to do it every week. I hope some of you will join in and have some fun with your nails and maybe pick up some tips along the way. All designs will be fairly basic which most people should be able to achieve. And what better way to show off our Avon Nail Polishes!! Bye for now, Wendy (Nail Guru)
Today I'm sharing two shades of sultry grey from the Avon Mark Gel Shine Nail Enamel range. Moondust - an uber cool light grey, a super neutral shade Charcoal Smoke - an elegant dark slate grey All swatches are 2 coats without top coat to show you how glossy they are. Both regular nail polishes with a gel effect shine. Avon's nail enamels are 5-Free (free of: Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor). Excellent formulation, 10ml bottle, nice slim cap and a decent brush. Another good quality about this range of Avon's nail enamels is that they don't take ages to dry and applying top coat prolongs the wear. So which shade is your perfect grey? Moondust & Charcoal Smoke Moondust Moondust Moondust Charcoal Smoke Charcoal Smoke Charcoal Smoke
I'm so in love with these new gel shades!!! This creamy natural color is so chic and goes with everything!
Which one will you be trying? Shades below are I Pink I Can, Berry Nutty, Moody and Violaceous
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