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Beauty: The WAH Nails Experience

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As you may have gathered if you follow me on Twitter is that my Mum was down for the weekend, hence the lack of blog posts, and we generally did lots of fun, touristy things in London like going to art galleries, enjoying afternoon tea, a spot of shopping, you know Mother/daughter fun, and I also took my Mum to get her first real nail art. We tried it up North, but a flick and a diamante crystal doesn’t quite count, I wanted her to have a full-on crazy experience so I took her to WAH Nails in Topshop.

Granted I think going from a flick to full-on craziness at WAH Nails might have been a little too much, watching my Mum’s face as she looked at the giant menu of options which included having nails decorated with bananas, ‘pows’, skulls, and happy faces, was hilarious – she was a little overwhelmed to say the least.

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But the beauty of nail art and especially somewhere like WAH Nails is that they basically let you have what you want, whether that is just one statement nail, a couple of different designs mixed together, or full-on magic – you choose your colours and the design.

I was toying with the idea of getting the pop art ‘pow’ design on every nail, or the fade away leopard print something bold and a little OTT, but I decided to go for something more subtle, more me, which meant pink, bright pink, and a statement print, and in WAH Nails standards might seem a little boring – but I just love that it was still fun, bright, but not straight off the menu!!!

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Choosing my varnish was hard, they literally have a wall full, and lines and lines of pink shades, but I finally opted for OPIs ‘Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot’ a gorgeous neon pink that would work perfectly with black ‘Poison Ivy’ nail art. I could have had the design on all my nails, and I saw some that had and it looked amazing, but I just wanted my thumbs and a vine of poison ivy on my ring fingers and I think it came out beautifully.

wahnails-leaf wahnails-me-4wahnails-mum-ssMy Mum was a little terrified by the concept of a print, smiley faces, peace signs and basically everything on the menu, well that was until I suggest branding her nails with her initials. We both like things to be symmetrical and well with her initials being SS it was kind of perfect to have them drawn on her thumbs and I think the deal was sealed when she found a deep purple shade for the base, which in some lights looks black. I just love how the ‘SS’ design really stands out against the bold colour.

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What do you think of our tame WAH Nails? Would you have been more daring?

 

Golden Globes 2013: Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

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Who: Zooey Deschanel

Where: At the Golden Globe Awards 2013, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California

Wearing: A strapless red Oscar de la Renta gown featuring a sweetheart neckline and voluminous skirt from the pre-fall 2013 collection, teamed with a matching pearl necklace and bracelet, and a film-inspired manicure

Verdict: I always find Zooey adorable on the red carpet and tonight’s Golden Globes look is no different. I love the 1950’s vibe of this gorgeous gown as well as the vibrant colour, but what makes this look has to be the addition of the pearls – I do love a bit of Granny chic!!!

I also love Zooey’s nails – featuring a movie camera and film strip – she always seems to bring her personality to the red carpet.

This is a great look – do you agree?zooey-deschanel-nails

 

[Pics: Oscar de la Renta Facebook & Zooey Deschanel]

My Nails: A Fun, Colourful, And Random Manicure

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I must have over a hundred different coloured nail varnishes and I love getting my nails done and I am very lucky that most press days have amazing nail artists on hand to make my nails look pretty.

Last week I was invited to a breakfast preview of Olivia Rubin‘s spring/summer 2013 collection, more coming on that next week, and I course couldn’t resist getting my nails beautified by the very talented Mercedez aka Miss Merx Mani’s who you might remember did my amazing ball of wool nails early in the year.

Nails_olivia_rubin_dressInspired by Olivia Rubin’s ‘Fence’ Gate Dress, Mercedes painted my nails with similar shades starting with OPI’s ‘Do You Lilac It?’ as the base coat and then she drew on random shapes – from stripes to wavy lines, French tips, dots and splodges in OPI’s ‘Red My Fortune Cookie’.

I wouldn’t have thought about putting purple and red together but this combination really works and stands out and over the past week I have had some lovely comments about my nails. I love that each nail has a different pattern, Mercedes said it reminded her of sailing signal flags and I quite agree.

What I love about this manicure other than its randomness, is that each design isn’t difficult to achieve at home, granted a steady hand is needed but with a nail art pen I am definitely going to try this myself.

What do you think of my random manicure?

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Beauty: My Dulux Collective Passion Nails

One beauty trend that I hope never dies is nail art, I love trying out new styles, new colours and techniques, and I get excited when brands do their own nail branding for events. One of my favourite nail looks recently was from the Dulux Collective Passion event, not only did they have some cute designs, but the painting giants even made the nail varnishes from their spring trend colours.

The Dulux spring palette is a mixture of vibrant blues, radiant oranges and yellow shades, and my favourite was the in-your-face pink. There were lots of looks to choose from, either solid bold colours, stripes which were everywhere on the catwalk this spring, and texture-effect nails, which as well as being striking I love that they achieved the style using cling film, a trick of the trade that I will be repeating at home.

So what do you think of my Dulux nails? I am hoping that the paint giant teams up with a nail varnish company as I need this blue shade in my collection!

P.S. Don't you think this House of Harlow 1960 ring is incredible – more to come from this collection soon on the blog but I just couldn't help sharing.