Thursday, 18 October 2012

How To- Cath Kidston Inspired Nail Art

Hello Lovelies, hope your having a great week!
I have decided to post a long awaited nail art how to as alot of people asked me to do one from this post link and the fact its my most "liked" picture on my instagram @zoelou_


This one i have for you today is pretty similar because they are both flowery so you can kinda use the same technique , with this one i have just gone for a more Cath Kidston inspired floral pattern.



Products used Nail Polishes...
Maybelline express manicure base coat and top coat, Nails Inc Instyle peach sorbet, Maybelline Forever strong porcelain pink, O.P.I Pink Flamenco, Models Own snow white, Models Own utopia, Rimmel Black cab, Bellapierre neon green, Essie Absolutely shore.
Equipment...
Boots 4 way nail file, Burt's Bees cuticle cream, 1 Kirby grip (you'll see), Loccitane hand cream, Models own nail art pen (only used for brush)


Now i know this looks like alot of polish to use but its purely because i mixed a few together to make a certain shade, aswell you will need a plastic tray or pot of some sort to put your paint on i used an old plastic tray i got some false nails in to use.


Step 1.
Just do your basic nail polish routine, mine is to file and buff to make my nail beds smoother so the polish goes on well and lasts longer then i use cuticle cream.
Then you apply your top coat.

Step 2.
You can do these any base colours you like really, personally i think pastel is better because it makes them more girly :).
I used Nails inc Instyle peach sorbet on my thumbs and pinkys, then Essie absolutely shore on my fore finger and ring finger and Models own on my middle finger. Now wait to dry.

Step 3.
I don't own a dotting tool :( so i used a make shift one by using the little ball bit on the end of a bent Kirby grip i dipped it in Models Own snow white and dotted it on my pinky fingers trying to keep the dots even by using the same amount of pressure on each dot (more pressure bigger the dot).

Step 4.
Next is the fore finger stripes i used my models own nail art pen purely for the brush i just cleaned the brush in nail polish remover (good tip if you don't want to splash out on loads of different nail art pens) i dipped the brush in Models Own snow white and put 3 stripes down my nail then another 3 with the colour Nails inc peach sorbet.

Step 5.
Down the middle fingers i used my Models Own snow white and painted on a medium size white stripe and then used the nail art brush to do a thin wiggly pattern each side of the stripe so it looks almost lacey.

Step 6.
On the thumbs i did a few small random cloud looking patterns in Models Own snow white with the tip of the Kirby grip dotting it around in that shape to have more control than you would a brush.
Then around those cloud patterns i used the same paint and Kirby grip to do the tiny dots.
(make sure you clean your grip in nail polish remover before you use another colour).

Step 7.
The Roses
To do the roses i put a little light pink (maybelline porcelain pink) and a fuchsia pink (OPI pink flamenco) and mixed a bit of that colour together (make sure you leave a bit of those colours un-mixed) 
I then dabbed my Kirby grip in the mixed pink paint and did some small dots joined together in un-perfect circles in the middle of that i added the fuchsia pink and dotted some lighter pink in there too to give the rose effect to it.

The Leaves
I didn't have a leafy looking green so i did some mixing to get mine but all you need to do is use the Kirby grip to make some tiny green leafs next to your roses (make it random).


You can do step 7 on your thumb finger in the centre of the cloud shapes, middle finger down the centre white stripe and on your ring finger if you want it like mine or you can mix it up and do something different.

Step 8.
Wait to dry and apply topcoat to make it all lovely and shiny.. oh and most importantly to protect your hard work :)

I hope this helps to achieve this look its pretty hard to describe how to do it with words but i hope it makes sense, if you do try this look or your own take i would love to see it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on my nail art so pop me a comment.

Thanks for reading
Love Zoe x

Monday, 15 October 2012

L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil For Coloured Hair (Review)

Hello lovelies! hope you all had a lovely weekend.
This week I'm back on the blogging so you will see more posts from me now, it feels pretty good to be back on it, i have missed your blogs and all your lovely comments.
To kick things off again I'm starting with my new found love which is the L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil.


I know this product is not such a new thing now but i only discovered this a few weeks ago and i absoloutely love it! i have used morrocan oil before and i loved that too but the price put me off a bit so i was on a mission to find another hair oil i got this one and the VO5 miricial concentrate, and in my opinion i found the loreal one to be far better.
The bottle looks lovely and expensive aswell as its clear glass with a burgandy pump lid (being a magpie that i am this obviously catched my eye...ooh shiny!) 

This product makes my hair feel so healthy and its gave a lovely shine i was amazed! i knew it was the hair oil doing the trick purely because when i washed my hair once i forgot to apply the hair oil and my hair felt and looked totally different not in a good way.
The only thing that put me off this hair oil is the smell...its VERY strong smelling in the bottle but strangely once in the hair it smells nice.

About the product-what it states
The Extraordinary oil can be used in 3 different ways..
~ Before shampoo for extra colour protection
~ Before Styling to protect and transform your hair
~ Or as a finishing touch for softness and luminous colour

If you cant read the text on the bottle it states "A precious blend of 6 flower extracts with nourishing properties for luminous colour and sumptuous softness" sounds very appealing doesn't it :)

How i use the product 
I apply 2 pumps of the hair oil after washing my hair, straight onto my lengths and ends while wet then style as normal, i have not tried this in the other ways as of yet but i would only choose one step at a time because you do not want oil overload on your 
barnets! greasy hair not a good look.

I was expecting this product to be thicker like the Moroccan oil i guess, but it is rather runny (just so you expect this if you are buying) 

For a "drug store" hair oil it can be rather pricey at £9.99 you can buy this here
But you do get 100ml of product which makes it worth it as it will last you a long time.

Have you tried the L'oreal Extraordinary Oil? What are your thoughts? Whats your faveourite hair oil?

Thanks for reading 
Love Zoe x


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

I'm back :)

Hello lovelys, I have to admit I have had a little break with the blogging as you can probably tell, but I'm back on the ball now :) I have lots of new things to show and tell one of them being I have new hair again! I cut my own fringe how daring :0 x

And I'm also happy to announce I'm pregnant 22weeks to be exact.
I'm happy to be back on the blogging I've missed it hope you have all been well can't wait to hear from you Zoe x
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