John Lewis Bloggers Nail Art Challenge

I was contacted by someone from the John Lewis makeup team to ask if I’d like to take part in a nail art competition alongside some other bloggers. I am no nail artiste – and am in total awe of those that can do things like paint the whole cast of Sesame Street on their talons… I seem to be a bit shakey when it comes to the finer details on nails, and can just about manage a messy reverse manicure, as you may see later. I’m more a fan of ‘random’ nail art, as you may also see later!

All of the bloggers looks would be judged by someone from John Lewis, and the winner would win £150 John Lewis voucher – so of course, I said yes!

The polishes I was sent were Nails Inc – Trafalgar Square, a magnetic polish

YSL La Laque Polishes in 12 (Pure Pearl) and 19 (Fuchsia Pink)

and NARS Space Odyssey

We were told “Which polishes you use, how you use them and the number of looks you create is entirely up to you – you could even mix and match these with shades from your existing collection.” So I decided to run with that, and try every kind of nail arty kind of thing I knew. I can tell you now, I have never painted my own nails so often in one day – but it was so much fun!

Excuse the iPhone pics coming up – but these are the different looks I did using these polishes.

I used the YSL No12 with microbeads to create this look:

I used YSL No19 with NARS Space Odyssey layered over the top and pulled off with lace for this look:

I used both the YSL polishes with my black striper and dotter to make leopard print nails for this look:

And again I used both the YSL polishes to make marbled nails for this look:

I used the Nails Inc Trafalgar Square for this, then used Nails Inc Whitehall for the ring finger accent for this look:

I used NARS Space Odyssey with the black striper and dotter and black diamantes to create this look:

And lastly, I used YSL No12 and newspaper to create these newpaper print nails:

And there you have it – that was pretty much my day in photos! I hope you like them… I think all the looks are pretty self explanitary, but if anyone would like a tutorial for any of them then just shout!

Let me know what you think of the looks I have done – and check out the other entries too – Lipglossiping has done a gorgeous valentines nail look, and I’m looking forward to seeing what The London Beauty Review and A Beauty Junkie in London do with their polishes. The deadline is today so their looks should be up by tonight at some point.

Thank you John Lewis, for this fab opportunity!

01/02/12 – edited to add – the deadline is now mid February due to the original deadline being unrealistic for some of the participants. I think I will leave my entries as is, but if anyone has any wonderful ideas for me to add to it please let me know 🙂

Nails of the Day – Nails Inc Whitehall

Nails inc have recently added three magnetic polishes to their range – Whitehall, which is the gorgeous teal colour I am showing below, Trafalgar Square – silver and Houses of Parliament which is metallic purple.

This was the first time I had applied magnetic polish by myself – you have to paint your nails with one coat of the polish – which is very opaque, my nails were completely covered with that one coat. You then go back and apply a generous amount of polish to a nail, then hold the magnet (which in this case is on top of the lid) over your nail for 10-15 seconds to let the magnet do it’s magic. It’s really rather easy – a lot easier than the finished effect looks!

I wore this polish to a catwalk show I was doing the make up for, and literally every person that came into contact with me asked me what I was wearing on my nails, wanted to see it closer, promised they were going to go and get some as they were so in love with it! I have to agree that it is pretty amazing. Not only is it metallic, but it has an almost holographic, iridescent quality to it – there is so much depth to be seen. My nails were left extremely glossy and were evidently very noticeable!

You can purchase these polishes at for £13 each – nails inc are donating £1 from each sale of magnetic polish to youth charity The Princes Trust.

Have you tried magnetic polish yet? What do you make of it!?

The Saturdays launch FashionistA Magnetism Nail Polish

On Wednesday night I attended the launch of the FashionistA make up range, which will be coming to a Superdrug near you at the end of October! The Saturdays have created a range of magnetic nail polish for the brand, and were there to tell us all about it.

Each one of the girls has their own colour – Rochelle has ‘All Fired Up Red’, Frankie is ‘Notorious Silver’, Mollie created ‘Purple Me Up’, Una’s is ‘Ego Green’ and Vanessa has ‘Forever is Blue’. They seemed really passionate about the products, and told us they named them using the help from the titles of their songs! I was pleased to see that in all the photos of them in magazines I’ve seen recently, they’ve been wearing the Magnetism Nail Laquer by FashionistA.

There was a chance for us to have our very own Magnetism Laquer manicure which many of the attendees took advantage of. It was amazing to see the magnet working it’s magic!

 You basically paint your nails with the polish, and while the second coat is wet, hold the Magnetized nail magnet over the nail for about 8 seconds. I don’t know the science behind how it works, but it’s such a transformation! I had my nails done with Mollie’s ‘Purple Me Up’ and was really pleased with the results.

The only other magnetic polish I have seen is from higher end brands – and generally with the magnet on the lid of the polish bottle. FashionistA have decided to sell the magnet separately to allow for a whole range of different patterns, such as stars. They are very reasonably priced, with the polishes selling at £6 and magnet for £3. I have been wearing the polish for 2 days now and it’s still perfect!
As well as the amazing polish, we got to see the rest of the FashionistA range. They have many products which all looked fab.
One of my favourite things was the eye shadow/blush palettes – the eyeshadows and blushes can be bought singularly (for £4 each), or you can pop them out of their containers and put them in a 4-pan palette. There was a display stand, as one would see in store, showcasing all the wonderful colours and finishes…
You may be able to see in the photo that there in an offer saying ‘Buy 3 eye or blush shades – get 4th plus your palette FREE’ which is a fantastic deal! You get to hand pick your favourite shades to build a customised palette for only £12. 
We were told we could build our own palette so I had lots of fun swatching the shadows while I tried to make the very hard decision of which would make the cut! As usual I was going for the brown toned shadows – here are some that I swatched on my hand.
There were two palettes to chose from – red or black. I went for red, and finally picked my 4 shadows. Here they are out of the palette…
And here they are popped out and in place!
I’m really happy with the decision I made; I think they are gorgeous colours – and I just love how they glide on without being chalky or powdery.
So, keep your eyes peeled for FashionistA soon – I for one can’t wait to try out more of their products!