Go Gradient Gal!

Start from the top left hand corner and work round it like a clock.

1. Base coat – for obvious reasons.

– Apply a light coat.

2. Choose your colour scheme. I chose pink but I’ve seen it done it blue and orange and they look equally amazing!

– Get the lightest colour possible you can get your hands on. Most use white but as I didn’t have white, this pale pink was the closest (and I feel it works just as well!)

3. Apply the light colour all over your nail.

4. Take the next shade up. I chose my OPI strawberry shade nail varnish.

5. Mix with the lightest shade you used in stage 2. (Two to three drops of each should be enough for both hands). – I used a plate to mix on and a cocktail stick to mix with.

– Apply this about a third down your nail so 2/3rds are covered.

– Make sure each layer is completely dry before applying the next (or it’ll get messy!)

6. When dry, choose the shade darker than step 4. I chose my OPI shade ‘You’re a Pisa Work’ which i absolutely adore. Drop about 3 droplets of your darker shade onto the mixing plate.

7. Mix this with the remains of what you’ve been using. Add a drop of the original light varnish if needed.

8. Choose your next colour. and repeat process – This time covering only 1/3 of your nail.

9. It should look a little like this. Don’t worry about any mess – It is easily removed with a good varnish remover and precision brush.

10. You can get darker & darker but I decided to finish with a purple as this is a gradient of pink. I mainly did it because a lot of my pinks are very similar shades, so to create a thorough gradient I went with a lilac shade into a darker purple.

11. This is my lilac from OPI – shade ‘Panda Monium’.

12. Mixed into this deep purplePamplona Purple.

13. Back to top coat. Make sure you leave it dry for longer than usual.

NOTE: I’m not going to lie, it’s a little fiddly but I did manage to do it first time. If you find it difficult, don’t be disheartened – give it a try – afterall; practise makes perfect!

London Fashion Week 2012: Nailed it.

Try something different with your nails – in the name of fashion! #LFW

A few seasons ago, the biggest dilemma we had with nail polish was whether to pick the dark pink or the barely there pink. Then the term ‘nail art’ exploded, we found ourselves saying goodbye to ‘it’ colours and here we are, with a basic rule of ‘anything goes’.

London Fashion Week 2012 showed us that nails are making their mark on the fashion scene. It’s like their clothes are wearable art, but this, this is nail-art – and it’s fabulous!

You can play around with nail varnish; from a different colour on each nail, a sheet of separate glitter and even the new magnetic effect.

Your nails are your accessory when you can’t find that perfect ring, they beautify your hands when that bracelet just doesn’t quite go and they add something extra to your natural outfit with minimum effort.
Statement nails were a BIG summer hit and thanks to the thousands of different colours, styles and effects, the only difficult bit is choosing your look. Now it’s just getting bigger and better!

Clash them, match them, alternate them; they are your personality. Whether you want a quick fix of the cheap stuff or you want to dab your finger in the more expensive liquid, your nails can be the cherry on the cake if you choose well.

Shade: Strawberry, for OPI – £7.99 @ http://www.thelondonperfumecompany.com

Designers such as Victoria Beckham, Donna Karen and Alexander McQueen embrace such designs to enhance their beautiful creations.
Forget about the bag, shoes and lip gloss – your nails are the most fashion-forward thing to concentrate on.

The action going on inside Somerset House during London Fashion Week 2012 proved that nail polish is making its mark on the fashion scene. It’s like their clothes are wearable art, but this, this is nail-art – and it’s fabulous!
Last week we saw London bring the biggest and the best to the world of fashion! Themes of ‘an irreverent English country garden’, energetic print, geek-chic and numerical themes blasted through the catwalk and everybody took immediate note.

I’m not saying you should put such extravagant pieces of elegance on your little old nails, nor pull out those rhinestones on your Topshop ring to superglue them onto your pinkies, nothing of the sort – but next time you’re browsing the nail varnish on your next makeup shop, go a bit crazy and think outside the box. Veer away from your usual monotone bus-red. Because next year, regardless of the rubbish British weather reports, it’s going to get even hotter.

This black shatter is a MUST-HAVE beautybag buy to get the ultimate quirky nail-art. £7.99 @ http://www.thelondonperfumecompany.com

You will get that feeling of achievement when you look down to your pretty polished pinkies, smile and think to yourself: nailed it.

It’s quick fashion at your finger tips. Literally.

Take a look at these inspiration pieces all found at BARGAIN prices on www.thelondonperfumecompany.com – I am loving OPI at the moment. They are professional with a purse-friendly price-tag!