on Wednesday 24 October 2012
Much to my approval the style of the underground skaters that the fashion world loves so much has reemerged as a strong tend for the Autumn/Winter 2012 Season. Dark greys, mauve burgundies and burnt oranges reflect the colours of the season so well and add to a crisp effortless look created by these amazing pieces. Grunge jumpers and skull print tee's add to the darkness of the season, while light feminine skater skirts balance off the look.

Skater Steez

  1. Vans Authentic Wool Dark Shadow £52.99 | OFFICE
  2. Chain Pocket Dip Skater Skirt £22 | TOPSHOP
  3. Stone Oversized Diamante Skull Print T-Shirt £14.99 | NEW LOOK
  4. Oxblood Speckle Skater Skirt £16 | TOPSHOP
  5. Black Belted Ponte Skater Skirt £12.99 | NEW LOOK
  6. Knitted Textured Grunge Jumper £36 | TOPSHOP
  7. Obey Draft Beanie £25 | OBEY
  8. Herschel Heritage Backpack £55 | SIZE?
  9. Blazer Hi Suede Vintage Dragon Red £66.99 | OFFICE

Skater Steez Yay or Nay?

on Sunday 21 October 2012
In my cartoonishly derived world nothing reminds me more of a parisian afternoon, than a pastel french stripped manicure. Pastel colours are so light and feminine, not to mention the fact that the easily blend into any season. The light dreamy colour's tend to compliment London's dreary grey skies and elongate what seems to be the  shortest nails on the planet! Without further a due (I've always wanted to say that) here's the tutorial. 

Tutorial Time!

Step One - Remove Old Nail Polish

This ones a bit of no brainer, but nonetheless a clean nail surface is highly important, if you want you're manicure. (If your looking to skip the obvious skip to step 6)

Step Two - File Nail

File nails in one direction... one direction (see what i did there), filling in multiple directions causes the different layers of the nail to split causing peeling which leads to nail breakage. Also you may buff the nail, to increase the adhesiveness of the polish, just don't over do it... unless you want paper thin nails. 

Step Three - Apply Nail Treatment

Nails,just like every other aspect of your body, need nourishment. A nail treatment from brands such as Revlon, Sally Hansen and Essie will help to make nails less brittle and strengthen them. Or if you want to add olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or a thick lotion to the nail to soften your cuticle. 

Step 4 - Push Cuticle

Using a cuticle pusher or if your as ghetto/rachet as me an old bangle, push your cuticle back a little to give nail polish a neater appearance when applied.

Step 5 - Clean Nails

Once you've allowed the nail treatment to soak in, you'll need to remove the excess oils of the nails to allow for a clean dry surface for the nail polish to adhere to. Some people use nail polish remover to do this, I personally find this far to drying so I just use plain old water and a cloth to rub off as much as possible. 

Step 6 - Base Coat

Apply a good base coat, at the time of this tutorial I was using Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Camelia, even though it was self leveling and gave my nail polish a great glossy surface. It stained my poor nails the ugliest shade of yellow, so it's important to buy an actual base coat that prevents nails from staining. I'm currently using GOSH Nail Hardener.

Step 7 - Base Colour

To get the parisian look, apply a two coats of a pastel nail polish to your nails, or you can chose any other colour you wish if you just want stripes. I am using Revlon Top Speed in Lily.

Step 8 - Stripes

Using a white striper polish, L.A Colours, carefully draw lines vertically down the nail. I find it easiest to draw a line down the middle then work my way out on either side.

Step 9 - Top Coat + Clean Up

Once the nail polish is dry use what is in my opinion the best top coat ever, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri and seal the design in. If your like me and mess your cuticles up with polish you can use a Q-tip and nail polish remover.

Tip: Wait till you have a shower, the warm water softens the cuticles and dead skin, meaning you can just rub off all the excess nail polish.

Enjoy your manicure!

Leave pictures in the comments to show me your results.

on Thursday 11 October 2012
Several nail trends have come and gone, but none has been more impacting than the vintage blue trend. Its soft almost pastel like nature makes it stand out, regardless of what outfit you're wearing. Lucky for most it compliments all skin-tones, without make people look extra pale or extra dark. Last but not least, I think we all can admit we feel slightly more hipster whilst wearing it... is that so bad?

I feel like Look Beauty's attempt at this trend is by far one of my favorites, the established the perfect turquoise balance without leaning too much into the world of mint green. This blue perfectly suits darker skin-tones, which is rare to find and managed to grab the attention of loads of stranger who wanted to know what colour it was!

Look Beauty packaging is so chic and vintage looking, and most importantly big. The trendy container packs in a large 10ml. Personally, I think they are worth £5 as they as Look Beauty's Nail Pops are high quality on trend shades that dry flawlessly. My only complaint is that the gold paint on the nail polish caps seem to peel after a while, again I don't know if this has to to with the way I store them.

The formula of the polish itself is beautiful, thick constancy that applies onto the nail rather creamily and smoothly in just two coats. It dries fairly quickly to a high gloss and doesn't seem to chip easily, but that might be down to my base coast and chip coat.