Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Femme Fatale 'Belle' & 'An Immortal Soul' Beauty & the Beast Nails


Today I've got some nails I did to celebrate the release of the new Beauty & the Beast film to show you.

I used Femme Fatale 'Belle' (as this polish was made for this design) from the Enchanted Fables collection. It's a gorgeous tan brown polish with heaps of gold shimmer. I paired it with an accent nail of Femme Fatale 'An Immortal Soul' from The Little Mermaid collection. This is a stunning gold glitter with all manner of gold glitter & shimmer with a hint of copper. I used three easy coats for both polishes.

I couldn't have a Beauty & the Beast mani without some roses! I used the Color Club 'Roses' stamping plate with Color Alike 'Red Dragon' stamping polish and my Fab Ur Nails Jumbo Stamper. No problems with pick up etc... I topped it all off with a coat of HK Girl.

I love these nails and I loved the film as well!

Everything I used for these nails is available on Rainbow Connection UK right now!

Thanks for visiting,

Have a lovely day,

Helen xx

Monday, 24 April 2017

Nail Mail Monday


Today I've got some Nail Mail to show you,

I picked up these pretties from Rainbow Connection UK last week.

From Left to Rights is Picture Polish 'Free' & 'Mermaid' & Illyrian Polish 'Charming'.

I also picked up this Creative Shop stamping plate. Such fun designs!

I couldn't resist the new UberChic Unicorn stamping plate from Nail Artisan. So cute!

Thanks for visiting,

Have a lovely day,

Helen xx

Thursday, 13 April 2017

'Overwatch' Tracer inspired Nail Art


Today I've got some inspired nail art to show you.



'Overwatch' is a first person shooter game by Blizzard that lets you play colourful characters and run around shooting stuff. Much fun! I've been super addicted to it for the last few months and Blizzard run events for specific times of the year like Christmas and Halloween etc... This year they did a Chinese new year event and released lots of new in game items for characters to wear and say etc... These nails were inspired by this gorgeous skin they created for a character called Tracer.

It's matte black with metallic roses on.

For these nails I used a base of Models Own 'Black Swirl'. This a a metallic matte black polish and was 2 super easy coats. Very fast drying as well!

For the stamping I used the Color Club Rose Stamping Plate, Color Alike 'Cherry Lollipop' stamping polish and my Fab Ur Nails Jumbo Stamper. I was a little worried about the plate but it worked perfectly!

I loved these nails. Just so pretty and they came out just how I envisioned them.

Thanks for visiting,

Have a lovely day,

Helen xx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Femme Fatale 'Euna' Swatch & Review


No Nail Mail this week but today I have an absolute stunner from Femme Fatale to show you!

'Euna' is a thermal polish from the Enchanted Fables Collection. It's a gorgeous dark khaki green when cold and a soft rosey pink when warm with stunning gold shimmer. I love this! This was 3 easy coats and HK Girl Top Coat, The thermal was really sensitive too.




How beautiful is this!

Thanks for visiting,

Have a lovely day,

Helen xx

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Walking Dead Nails & Walker Stalker Con London 2017 Review


No Nail Mail this week but with The Walking Dead Season 7 finale upon us I thought it was a good time to post my Walker Stalker Con London 2017 review and obviously nails were done for the occasion! 

I posted a review in 2016 of my experience at the first Walker Stalker Con London, I had a General Admission ticket last year and although I still had an amazing time the queuing etc... did take away from my enjoyment a little so this year I splashed out a bit for a VIP ticket!

The VIP ticket gives you perks such as faster queuing over GA. Priority panel seating and we got in an hour and a half earlier than GA which was a much more relaxing experience than last years craziness. 

Walker Stalker have a 'will call' on the Friday before the weekend starts so we picked up the tickets early to avoid the queues on the Saturday. Will Call was SO! well organised this year and only took around 10 minutes to pick up the VIP admission tickets - Straight to the desk because we had priority queuing and then picked up my photo op and autograph tickets which took about 45 minutes - No priority queues for this.   

We arrived about half 8 for the doors at 9. The Platinum and Gold VIPs were let in first and then us. The hall at Olympia was so much better laid out this year. Pictures below:

This was the convention floor with the merch in the centre and autographs around the sides and on the upper level with the panel seating to the back of the hall and a big open floor space next to it. Last year this was where the photo ops were but they had been moved into the back hanger creating a much more open feel. Last year was a claustrophobic nightmare! This year I don't think I felt too 'crammed in' the whole weekend. I know they sold less tickets this year as well and I think they hit the nail on the head with numbers.

Hall with just VIP attendees.

Photo Ops and second panel stage to the right of these lines.

There was new artwork for lanyard passes as well this year. How cool is that zombie!

First thing Saturday I had my Norman Reedus Autograph. These were pre-sold for GA & VIP this year which meant a much less crowded Norman line. Much more relaxed. I still waited around 3 hours as Gold & Platinum had priority. I was lucky that Jefferey Dean Morgan came to say Hi! Safe to say my mind went blank as soon as I met Norman and ended up talking about blood sugar levels and didn't show him my nails. I'm hoping next year I'll be lucky to snag another autograph and maybe not become a mute next time! Norman was lovely though, and hugged me!!

After this we went to a few panels and looked at the merch and also managed to fit in a Lauren Cohen Autograph in the afternoon. She was lovely but definitely doesn't spend as long chatting to fans as Norman so her line moved very quickly. We walked straight through with our VIP Passes.

The cos players this year were awesome and really added to the experience, There was also a scare maze with professional zombies and a photo booth for pictures, I didn't try this as, as much as I enjoy The Walking Dead, I would have been a complete wuss with the jump scares!

Sunday we arrived around half 9 and went straight in. We were hoping to get a sketch from Charlie Adlard but the queue time was too long so we went and watched some more panels instead. I had a Photo Op with Norman in the afternoon. It was fairly well organised this year but the Photo Op security people were very loud and unhelpful. We had to wait quite a while but Norman is often running late so I was expecting it. The Photo Op is very fast, like 30 seconds. I probably won't get any Photo Ops next year as I preferred the autographs where there's time for some interaction before being moved along.

We spent the rest of the day watching panels and looking at the merch. I think I could have got some more autographs if I'd wanted but the prices had gone up quite a bit from last year and I enjoy the panels so didn't want to miss any. Next year I might try for some more autographs depending on who's announced.

Overall I was so pleased Walker Stalker had taken on all the complaints from last year and frankly I think sorted all the problems! VIP was definitely worth the extra money. Less queuing was definitely appreciated and the priority seating at panels was great as I love that aspect of the con. The early entry made getting your bearings much less stressful. The merch was much better, both quality & quantity. The Volunteers did an amazing job and seemed much better informed than last year. My only complaint was that despite being let in at 9 most of the stars didn't arrive until 10 meaning the hour I was hoping to maybe squeeze some easy autographs in didn't really happen. Also the pre-sale autos for Norman & Jefferey way overran and people were there past closing time as the tried to fit everyone in. I had a group A ticket so this wasn't an issue for me but the later groups ran very late, nightmare if you had trains to catch etc... Credit to them both for staying well into the evening to see everyone though. They have such long crazy days!!

Also I think I'd now like all my nail pictures to be posed on Norman Reedus if that's ok! Best place my Right hand has ever been!

Got my VIP ticket booked for next year already!

So onto the nails! I always find my Walking Dead Nails turn out similar to ones I've done before but I just really like this design!!

I used my trusty OPI 'My Boyfriend Scales Walls' as a base and dry brushed using Models Own 'Red Lustre' & 'Raven Red' for the blood effect.

I used stamping plates Uber Chic 'Zombie Love 01' Sugar Bubbles '001' & Creative Shop Plate '35'. I stamped with Colour Alike Black Stamping Polish and my Fab Ur Nails Jumbo Stamper.

I topped it all off with a coat of HK Girl Top Coat. So Shiny!

If you've got any questions about Walker Stalker Con feel free to comment or contact me on my social media.

Here's hoping our favourite characters survive the Season 7 Finale!

Thanks for visiting,

Have a lovely day,

Helen xx