Hexxed

I had these two nail polishes as a gift and quite liked the look of the blue shade so wanted to try it out.

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The design is a simple plain colour base with purple hex glitter over the top.

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Unfortunately the hex glitter wasn’t very dense and so I really had to blob it on to get enough glitter.

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The problem with this however was that I ended up with a lot of air bubbles in the clear layer holding the glitter.

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Overall though I think the two polishes went well together.

Mint Sticks

This week’s design is a simple stripy ring finger look using two different colours and striping tape.

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I decided I wanted to use green and so I painted my ring fingers in two coats of a dark green shade with a bit of shimmer to it.

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Then on all the other fingers I painted two coats of a lighter green shade.

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I decided to go for a minty green shade. The particular one I used is called ‘Meadow’ from Barry M’s Silk range.

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On the ring fingers I placed several lengths of striping tape on each nail going in the direction from the nail beds to the tips. I attempted to make the gaps in between the same width as the tape.

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I then painted over the ring fingers in my lighter green shade, and made sure to remove the striping tape before it had chance to dry too much in order to leave me with this stripy design.

Satin and Pearls

For this design I tested out the satin top coat by Avon. In their brochure it is advertised as a matte topcoat with a pearlescent shine to it. In the bottle you can also see this effect.

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I painted all nails except the ring finger in a light pink. The ring fingers I painted in yellow.

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On the ring finger I added a few pearl effect nail art gems and a pink tear drop shaped gem.

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On the other fingers I used the satin topcoat. I have to say I was a little disappointed. It just looks like a matte top coat. If you look closely you can see a little shimmer in it but that was about it.

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I would probably just use this as a normal matte topcoat. I also found that on a couple of nails the odd small white lump had formed in the top coat as it dried.

Glitter Stripes

Originally I was going to add stripes to all the nails, but I was short on time and messed up a bit in my rush. In the end I settled for just doing the ring fingers.

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I painted all nails except the ring finger in the same colour. I went for a shimmery glittery blue shade. For the ring fingers I went for a gold in the same style of polish.

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It is essential that you make sure each coat of nail polish is given enough time to dry fully, other wise you risk pulling off the base colour when you peel off the striping tape. I put strips of tape at random angles over the ring finger nails.

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Next I painted a black polish over the ring finger nails. Before it has chance to dry too much, remove the tape. I suggest trying to remember the order in which you layered each strip of tape so that you can remove it starting with the top most strip.

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I found if I was not careful to remove the tape in this way then I risked messing up the perfectness of my lines, which I ended up doing a little until I had realised this.

Raspberry Smoothie

For this smoothie I took the seeds from one pomegranate and a small tray of raspberries. I then added some pineapple juice and blended everything together.

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As well as tasting great with fresh fruit, I find making smoothies is a great way to use up fruit that’s starting to get a little bit old. It’s also good for fruit you might normally find a bit too tart on its own. Personally I don’t add any sugar to my smoothies to sweeten them, but the fruit juice you use can add sweetness to the overall taste.

Foil Spots

This one was a simple dotty design using a plain background and foil effect dots in curved rows.

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First I painted all nails in 2 coats of a dark purple shade.

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Then using a medium sized dotting tool and a silver foil nail varnish, I added a row of dots curving along one bottom corner of each nail.

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Next I took a very slightly bigger sized dotting tool and a lilac foil effect nail varnish to add another row of dots above the silver row.

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Lastly I did the same again, but this time with a gold foil effect nail varnish and a bigger sized dotting tool.

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I then finished everything off with a coat of top coat.

Kiwi Smoothie

For this smoothie I took two kiwi fruits and half a honeydew melon. I then added the desired amount of pineapple juice and blended everything together.

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I have a small hand blender that I use, and I find with this it’s better to use fruit with the skin removed. I have tried smoothies with fruit such as nectarines, blueberries, plums and peaches. However I find that you are left with bits of skin left intact. Personally I don’t really mind this, but I know the texture would be off putting for some.

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The jug I use my mom got me from ASDA. It has a clip on lid with a small lid at the front to make it easy to pour into a glass. It is also designed for fitting into the door of your fridge making it perfect for keeping your smoothies fresh and cool for a few days. I usually add enough juice so that when everything is blended together the jug is about half full. This gives me enough smoothie for about 3 tall glasses full.