Saturday, 23 June 2018

Champagne Shine Duo - Review Nails Inc

Hello, it’s Summer and at last some Sunny Weather in UK☀️
I’m hoping you’ll enjoy the Polishes I have for review over the next few posts.  
I was so excited to see Nails Inc had released more Dazzling Duos for us to enjoy after last years success with the popular ‘Sparkle Like A Unicorn’ Duo. I reviewed here... 

I dived straight in and ordered a few pretty sets priced at £15 each, well how could a girl resist! 
I’m starting today with The Champagne Shine Duo. 

First up is ‘FIZZ-ICAL’.
Now I just LOVE Nails Inc Rounded Brush, my nails are slim so I can get away with 1-2 strokes! Best brush ever...
I applied 2 coats which offered a nice opacity. 
Iridescent flips of Peach Pink/Gold and in some light Metallic Orangey Yellow/Gold. 
Not my usual choice of colour, though I like this lots. 
There is a presence of micro air bubbles! My Fault... 

The next polish is ‘Straight to My Head’! 
Again I applied 2 coats which gave me a lovely opaque finish. 
I’m totally in love with this Classy Nude/Sandy Shade. With a multitude of glistening holos in lots of stunning rainbow hues that everyone will adore. 
It’s certainly popped my cork, straight into my Top 10 all time favourite polishes. 

Base Coat - OPI Nail Envy
Top Coat - Seche Vite 

I hope you love this duo, there’s another beauty coming soon. 
Jenny x

*All Items used are my own

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Bunny Nails - Stamping

Hi, I hope you all had a Happy Easter & Bank Holiday. 
I was a little late with my Easter nails because my original design which involved the reverse stamping technique didn’t come out as planned! 
I’m still finding stamping can be a bit hit & miss, which is really disappointing when you plan out a design, make decals (which takes me ages) just for it to turn out a mess...

Anyway onwards and upwards I went for a simple design which was just plain stamping and it worked, phew!
I Love Bunnies🐰 & Pink💕

I started with a base coat of OPI Nail Envy.
I used White Knight by Moyou London on forefinger & pinky. This is 2 coats, it has great opacity being a stamping polish and I found it quick to dry.
Next I applied Woke up in Wonderland by Nails Inc on middle & ring fingers. This is 2 coats, it’s a dream to apply with the wide rounded brush. The shine is outstanding, but most of all I love the yum yum bubblegum like shade. 

Onto the stamping...
Using Moyou Nails Stamper & Scraper...
I Stamped over the Pink nails with White Knight by Moyou London. 
To stamp over the White Nails I used Apartment for Two by OPI, it’s a slightly darker pink and was more visible.
Stamping Plate is from Moyou Nails 457 Easter. As you’ll see from the photo, there’s lots of gorgeous images on this little plate. It’s suitable during Spring/Summer too with there being flowers in pots and watering cans, little hearts, grass etc
I used a very fine dotting tool to make the bunnies eyes.
Finished with a Top Coat of Seche Vite!

So, I hope you like this cute little mani. 
Maybe I’ll master the art of making decals soon haha. 

Jenny x

*All products used are my own

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Month of LOVE 💗

The Month of Love

Hi All,
So February is more than halfway through, I hope everyone enjoyed Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day. I didn’t do anything to celebrate it, although My Mr & I did exchange gifts this year. I received a Beautiful Set of 3 Yankee Candles which I’ve been eyeing up for ages, very very happy girl!

Onto nails, I love pale pink colours on my nails and decided on a base colour of OPI's Let’s Be Friends from the Hello Kitty - Collectors Edition. 
It’s subtle, feminine & romantic, the perfect background for some stamping I had in mind...
I started with a base coat of OPI Nail Envy Original.
Followed by 3 coats of Let’s Be Friends. With the shade being so pale, this amount of coats was required to gain full opacity. 
Wait until each coat is touch dry before applying the next. 
I finished with a Top Coat of Seche Vite.

Valentine’s Day Nails 💗
I left the stamping until the following day, with Let’s Be Friends as the base.
I Stamped over with Apartment for Two by OPI (Roses), Rose Gold by PS Nails Primark (Hearts).
Stamping Plates I used are from Clear Jelly Stamper CjSC-12, this is a Christmas Plate but has a few other images that can be used all year through. 
It’s a layered plate which means you add layers to your image as I have with the hearts. First I picked up the Rose Gold Hearts and followed with the image of the outline in Pink. 
Born Pretty Plate L029 has a lovely selection of flower patterns, I thought the Roses were spot on for Valentine’s!
Completed with a Top Coat of Seche Vite over the stamped nails and voila!

So I hope you like this design, I think it’s simple but pretty. 
I’ll be back soon with more cuties. If there’s something in particular you’d like to see then please ask. 
There’s lots of ways to contact me...

Jenny x

Instagram @Paintedbypinky
Twitter @Paintedbypinky

*All items used are my own

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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Catch A Dream - My return to blogging!

Welcome to my 1st post of 2018!

Thank you! I’ve reached 10,000 views. Fan-Flipping-Tastic, it’s all down to you lovely people who have supported me in my first 18 months of Blogging. I’m very grateful indeed and to show my appreciation I’ll be hosting a giveaway very soon...

It’s been 6 months since I last wrote, I’ve been suffering lots of pain due to deteriorating orthopaedic problems. To top that off my memory has began to let me down badly, this is from the medications I take. 
I’ve started to write on numerous occasions, only to be stuck with words, not knowing what to write, then scrapped it. Even replying to a text some days has been ridiculously confusing. 

Well now I’m back, positive and determined to blog as often as my body & mind will allow, even if the posts are short and sweet I’m sure I will get a great feeling of having achieved their completion. 

I would like to gradually catch up on the Manis missed during my break as well as new creations. If you’re a follower on my Instagram you may have seen some of them. 
I’m going to start with one of my favourites from the beginning of November.

‘Catch A Dream’
Base Coat - OPI Nail Envy Original. 
I started with a black base using OPI Lady in Black x 2 coats. 
I added Born Pretty Chameleon Flakies (#39759). I’ve been itching to try these! 
Advice when you lift the inner lid, do it carefully and don’t breathe too heavy, they go everywhere. I applied using the eye makeup sponge that came in the pack. Add as many or as little as you like for lots of different effects. 
The Dream Catcher nail sticker come on a sheet of varying designs from Born Pretty (#41137).
I think it gives a completed look to the mani. 
Top Coat - Seche Vite.

I hope you like the design, it was fun to create and not too difficult. 
I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

I’ll be back soon lovelies, 
Jenny x

Instagram @paintedbypinky
Twitter @paintedbypinky

*All products used are my own

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Cancer Awareness Manicure

At the beginning of July, 120+ Nail Polish Lovers/Bloggers were brought together on Instagram by Chloe of @tippedoffnails
It was a honour to be invited to take part in the #cancerawarenesscollab which would be featured on Instagram on 2 July. Chloe also participated in The Race For Life on the same date, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. She herself was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lyphoma in 2016 and thankfully beat it. An incredibly Brave young lady. 

There are various colours of ribbons representing different types of cancers. 
I eventually chose a Lavender colour scheme to represent all cancers. I've lost a loved one to this terrible illness which is one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with.
Yet on a positive note more people are surviving their fight, like Chloe. 
It's important to support Cancer Reserch UK to help others & their families, if you're able to make a donation, no matter how small, please do so. Most of us have family/friends who are or have been affected by this, help find a cure. 

For my design I used OPI Purple Palazzo Pants & Alpine Snow, 2 coats of each covered to full opacity. I placed 5 crystals on my middle finger, sealing with top coat. The Ribbons are stamped using plate BP26 from Born Pretty and Big Bling Stamper from Big Jelly Stamper. I love this stamper, it picks up much better than any other I've tried to date.
This Manicure lasted well over a week…

To see all of the other lovely designs created for this Cancer Awareness Collaboration and the Beautiful Collage featuring everyone's work, search #cancerawarenesscollab on Instagram. 
Be sure to check out Chloe's Instagram @tippedoffnails and her blog it's full of reviews, swatches & beautiful nail art x

Thanks for reading,
Jenny x

Instagram @paintedbypinky
Twitter @paintedbypinky 

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Summer Pretties from Leighton Denny

Hi Lovelies, 
After a long break due to health issues, I'm happy to be back. 
I'm sharing today, two gorgeous polishes from Leighton Denny
If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen photos of these swatches.

First up is Skies in Bloom, a cute pastel blue polish. 

These photos were taken after 4 days of wear.

Next is Mines a Rosé, I’d describe as pale coral/pastel peach. 

The brush isn't as wide as I'm used to, I found it to be fairly easy, using the 3 stroke method. 
The Formula of these cream polishes is lovely to use, they are highly pigmented giving my desired opacity in just 2 coats. Very shiny without top coat, however I always use topcoat to prevent chipping and lengthen longevity. 

I used Leighton Denny Crystal Top Coat to complete these manicures. They lasted between 10-12 days which I'm delighted with. Both polishes are perfect summer colours I will wear often.
Base coat - OPI Envy Original

I have a few more untried shades and glitters of this brand to share in the coming months. 
Thanks for reading,
Jenny x

*Products used are my own

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sparkle Like A Unicorn - Nails Inc

🦄 Unicorn Lovers 🦄 
Let me transport you to a land where the sky is shimmering with iridescent fairy dust. Unicorns are flying elegantly above the clouds and every believer will find their pot of treasure at the end of the Rainbow!

That treasure comes in the form of a Limited Edition Treat from Nails Inc - Sparkle Like a Unicorn Duo of Nail Polishes. 
As soon as I received an email informing me these had been released early online only, I knew I had to have them! 
Look how gorgeous the packaging is, the purple box goes so well with the beautiful holographic features of the Unicorns. 

I'll start with Rainbow Wishes - A charming duochrome polish which takes on many soft alluring looks depending on the light. I started with just 2 light coats which resulted in a coverage that was almost opaque. 
The look is quite a pale purple/pink/blue colour shift which is so pretty.

I added an additional coat later in the day, this made a quite a marked difference. In natural light the coverage is opaque with a much darker colour. The shift between shades and shine really are spectacular. 

Onto Dream Dust - This Rose Gold duochrome polish has shades from a dusky rose, flipping through to the shiniest 3D textured/flaky gold, with a slight purple offering in some light positions.
I applied just 1 coat for a fully opaque coverage.
This polish is very beautiful indeed, a firm favourite.

The cost of this set is £15 for 2 x 14ml bottles. This is a great price as most of Nails Inc Polishes are around £14 each when newly released.
These have sold out on the Nails Inc website, however if you're quick, Debenhams (direct link) have them in stock at the same price!

I hope you love this set as much as me...


*Products used are my own

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Ciaté London - Mani Marker in Beauty Queen

Happy April, 
One of my favourite months of the year, with nature bursting into new life and beauty all around us. The weather has treated us quite well this week. I visited a local nursery over the weekend and bought some pretty pots and Oriental Lily Bulbs, I adore Lilies, my favourite flowers.  

I'm a bit behind with todays review. My friend Susan who blogs at Sparkling Magpie, sent me a gift a couple of months ago. She thought I might like to share my opinion of Ciaté London's Mani Marker with my readers. Absolutely - Thanks Susan x
You should check out her website, she writes about Jewellery, lots of lovely sparkly pieces at

The colour I received is called Beauty Queen, it's a bright fushia pink, perfect!

Ciate says:-
Use on bare nails only for even application
Step 1: Shake well and push the nib down for 45-60 seconds to release product
Step 2: Apply one coat of colour only onto bare nails, making sure to keep the same pressure from cuticle to tip
Step 3: Once dry apply glossy topcoat

I followed the above steps, it did take closer to 2 minutes for the polish to fill the nib. 
I found it difficult to get close enough to the sides of the Nails with the first few attempts, but as I got the hang of positioning the tip it became easier. 

Applying the same amount of pressure to get the Polish even all over was rather hit and miss, I ended up with some slight streaking. The manicure looked rather flat until I applied top coat, which gave it a nice shine. 
Due to the thinness of the formula, the ridges and imperfections in my nails were very noticeable. 
It started to peel after the end of the 2nd day which disappointed me. It would have lasted longer with a base coat I've no doubt. 
The colour is much pinker (same as that on box) than shown in the photo below, it came out looking more red than pink for some reason (my fault)!

RESULT - For a quick mani, it does exactly what it says on the box. Great if you can't wear bright colours to work and you're going straight out with your girls. You can apply anywhere, the quick drying formula means you're good to go in a few minutes. Very handy to have in your bag for unexpected emergencies when you need to glam up quickly. 

So there you have my take on the Mani Marker!
Have you used this product yet? What did you think?

Catch you soon,

Jenny x

*Products used are my own

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Happy Floral Manicure

Hi again,
We've had some lovely sunny days this week, I spotted the first daisy of the year sitting pretty in my lawn. That and the smell of fresh cut grass inspired me to paint a bright cheerful mani. Such a shame it's tipping down with rain today!
This type of nail art is really simple, you just need a dotting tool and your choice of at least 3 colours of polish.

I used
Astor Cosmetics Quick N GO! in number 326 for the base (green)
Rimmel London UK Lasting Finish in Cute as a Kitten Heel (yellow)
Nail Art in I Live in an Igloo (white)

Firstly I painted 2 coats of the green base coat to all but my ring fingers, for these I used the yellow polish.
When dry I began the flowers... drip a small amount of white onto my nail mat (you can use foil), the flowers are made up of 5 dots joined together. You can practice on a piece of paper first. I did have to regularly renew the white as it dries fairly quick and becomes gloopy.
When the white dots are dry, I applied the same technique with using the yellow, placing a single dot in the centre of the flowers.
Next the ring fingers - I used the dotting tool and placed random green and white dots half way up the nail.
Wait for the dots to dry completely before applying top coat to prevent smudging.

I really love the look of this design, it's come out just as I imagined. The colours work well together.
I hadn't used Astor Nail Polish until now. The formula has great coverage, the brush is lovely and wide, making it a dream to apply the polish. It goes on smoothly in just one or two strokes, I will be buying more for sure!

Base Coat - OPI Nail Envy Original
Top Coat - Seche Vite

I hope you've enjoyed this quick blog, see you all soon lovelies...

Jenny x

*Items used are my own

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Sponge Marble Manicure

Hi Ladies,

Today I'm trying out a Sponge Marble Manicure.
I've picked a lovely mix of Pink, Grey & White Polishes. Let's get started...

Preparation, break a small piece from a make up sponge. You'll also need a piece of foil or manicure mat and a tweezers to grip the sponge.
I applied 1 coat of the pink shade I decided on as a base. It covered really well, for this type of manicure it didn't require any further coats.
Next step, I dripped some grey polish onto my mani mat and pressed the sponge into the polish. I dabbed the sponge a few times before applying to nail to ensure the transfer wasn't to thick.
Then gently pressed the sponge over my nails to make a marble pattern I was satisfied with.
I repeated the previous step with the white polish, this time sponging a much smaller amount of colour onto the nails.
Dry for a few minutes, top coat and you're done! Simples...

I used
Base Coat - OPI Nail Envy
Models Own - Pastel Pink (Sticky Fingers)
Itsy Nails - City Girl (Grey)
Nail Art - I Live in an Igloo (White)
Top Coat - Seche Vite

I love the pink and grey together, although this mani would look great with all pastel shades. It's super easy to create and I love the effect.
What do you think? Will you be trying this, let me know how it goes.

Much love,
Jenny x

*Products used are my own

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