Colour Change Floral Stamp Nails

For this design I was trying out a new stamping plate and polish from Born Pretty that my brothers got me for my birthday.

The base for this design is a colour changing polish. I found that the colour change is quite subtle from a darker purple to a lighter purple to be very noticeable. However I found if I ran my nails under very hot water it did start to change to more of a pink shade. Most of the time though my nails are just too cold to see any difference.

The colours itself however are nice as purple is my favourite colour. I also love the inclusion of the silver glitter in multiple sizes as it makes for a prettier base for designs. I used 3 coats of this to get a proper coverage on the nail but it is very quick drying.

On top of this I stamped floral designs in white. The plate I used is BPX-L019 which has various pretty floraly type designs.

I used 2 of the different designs from this plate to stamp onto each nail. I tried to make the placement different on each nail so that it wasn’t all just the same for each nail.

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Chameleon Pink Nails

So here is the last of the Chameleon nail paints from Barry M that I have tested out.

This one is a dark pink shade that turns to a dark purple shade wherever you use the top coat.

My favourite thing about these nail paints is that they make doing designs less messy, especially when using your less dominant hand. This is because when trying to do detail you can end up getting it on your skin in the process. However it is not that noticeable if the colour you are using is clear. Another thing I love is that they have a metallic finish to them.

What I don’t like about these nail paints though is that they are less durable. This is because you can’t use a topcoat over the whole design to prolong its life because obviously that would change the whole design to the same colour. Also you could say that you are restricted to the colours that these nail paints come in.

What are other people’s thoughts on these nail paints. Do you love them or not see the need for them?

Chameleon Lilac Nails

So this week I got around to trying out another of the Chameleon effect nail paints by Barry M. This time I tried out the lilac shade.

I decided on a simple “V” shaped stripe pattern for the colour change. The original colour is a light lilac, which changes to a darker purple shade when you apply the top coat. I used a thinner brush to add the pattern.

Despite deciding on a simple design, I still feel it looks quite effective. The other bonus of this is that it makes adding the design to your dominant hand slightly less difficult. When adding the top coat, you will notice that some nails will be much darker in colour. However this is nothing to worry about as the colour evens out to the same shade on all nails once everything has dried fully.

One other thing I really love about these chameleon shades is the metallic finish to them. The colours look gorgeous on their own before adding any design with top coat.

Chameleon Britannia Nails

My most recent Barry M purchases have included their recent Chameleon releases. With these you apply the chameleon nail paint and then instead of coating the whole thing with top coat, you just add it where you want to create a design. Wherever the top coat comes into contact with the chameleon coat, it will change colour. They currently have 3 different colours, and the one I am showing you in this post is the blue one. This changes to red when you use top coat over it.

Now your first thought is probably that you could just paint red nail paint over a blue to make a design, which is true. However the thing that stood out to me the most about these shades is that they all have a kind of metallic finish to them which is a bit like the finish you get from the magnetic nail paints before you use the magnet on them. Also when adding designs to your nails I find it can sometimes be difficult to not get any onto your skin/cuticles whilst trying to add the detail for designs that go to the very sides of the nail. With the chameleon effects you do not really have this problem as any that goes onto your skin would just look clear. Therefore I think it can help when trying to do quite fiddly complex designs.

In the design I have done, I decided that instead of just using topcoat to make some stripes, I would use a clear nail paint with glitter in to add a bit of sparkle. The nail paint I used is also a quite recent release from Barry M called Jewel Britannia. I decided to purchase this because I liked the fact that the glitter sizes and colours were mixed. I thought that the colours would also be perfect to use with the particular chameleon shade that was used also.

I found the consistency of these paints were quite thick, but they dry quite quick also. One problem is that because you can’t protect the entire nail with a top coat, it is slightly less durable than what I normally get from Barry M. However the wear is still fair. The photographs in this post that are above this paragraph were taken 24 hours after painting them, which was after a day at work and also a little jewellery making, and there was no sign of any wear at this point. The below picture was taken from my naff phone camera, which is why it is so blurry. However you can still make out some of the sparkle of the glitter, caused by probably the only sunshine this summer that I managed to capture. This was taken while I was waiting for my brother to finish work and was about 72 hours after painting them. There was a bit of tip chipping by then on some fingers, but the two shown in the picture still looked perfect.

Colour Changing Candle

I’ve wanted a new scented candle for my room for a few weeks now but kept forgetting to pick one up, so when I noticed a load of candles in Asda the other day I decided to pick one up. I soon noticed one of the Air Wick candles stated that it changed colour.

As a fan of colourful things I became interested so decided to try it out. They do about four different scents in this particular candle but I thought the ‘Precious Silk and Oriental Orchids’ scent smelt about the best as its a nice flowery scent and not too strong smelling like some of the others.

On the way home I couldn’t help but wonder how it changed colour. I thought it must have some special wax that reacts to heat to make it change and that it would change slowly. However after getting it home and lighting it I soon realised that there must definatley be lights inside due to how it changes so easily.

I still wasn’t 100% sure though. Mainly for the reason that I thought the heat from a candle would be too much and too dangerous to have so close to lights and batteries. Also to look at the candle when lit, you can’t see any outline of anything being inside of it. However looking up the candle on the Air Wick website confirmed that this is true.

As you can see from the short video clip below, it is so relaxing to have the light off and just watch it change, which is great to do after a stressful day at work.

It also smells great, and although it cost £3, as this was the same amount as a normal scented candle I felt it was worth it. Below is a picture of the packaging.