Sunday, 23 September 2012

Glitter Nails – A mixed bag.

Hay guys I'm still here, in case you were wondering. Unfortunately the posts are going to be a bit thin on the ground, for the next few weeks at least, because I am a little caught up in my new/old venture. I am designing a new blog at the moment. The idea came to me about a month back, whilst thoroughly engrossed in a couple of lifestyle blogs I thought “wouldn't it be great to share with you guys, and the world, a bit more of me?”. And thus the idea was formed. A lifestyle blog, still massively focused on all things beauty, but with a smidging of fashion, a smattering of fun and frolics and a whole dose of 'Life' as we know it. However don't despair, I will be giving you a fair amount of warning before pulling the plug on Nourish all together. There will be plenty of time for you all to scoot over to the newbie and I promise you wont miss a thing in the process.

Now I couldn't leave this post without anything beauty related so I thought I would show you my glitter nails. Oh glitter, how I love you! 

 (China Glaze - 842 Snow Globe, Nails Inc Special Effects - Glastonbury, China Glaze - 885 Mistletoe Kisses)

As you can see I went for kind of a mixed bag of glitter this time. We have greens, purple, gold and a bit of iridescent sparkle thrown in for good measure. I also used a new technique this time called Sponging. There are lots of variations of this technique (maybe that's a another blog post right there) but I used the most basic, which was literally taking a piece of sponge, dabbing it in nail polish and dabbing it on the nail. I used this technique to graduate the green up from the tip and blend it in a little. I have to apologise if you can't see the effect clearly, glitter is a nightmare to photograph. But believe me when i say, it really does look lovely in real life. 

So nice and quick and simple today and I will see you all as soon as I can.

Stacey x x

Sunday, 9 September 2012

A Wedding "Up North". Make-up.

So it was the day of the wedding and my self and Hubby found ourselves back at the MOB all suited and booted at 9.30am. Complete with camera equipment (Hubby was taking pics of the wedding preparations) and a few bits of make-up, you know that I just happened to have lying around ;0). Once Vicky was finished having her hair done I ushered her in to the ‘Relaxation area', AKA the back bedroom, where I had set up shop in front of the window (BTW the best possible place to apply make-up). I then shut the door and advised anyone coming in that this was a stress free zone. I love to do this when I am applying wedding make-up. It's such a stressful day and having time out while being pampered gives people time to relax and ready themselves for the day ahead. 


As always, for me wedding make-up is about enhancing natural beauty. Not necessarily staying away from bright colours but understanding what make-up a person normally wears and having a clear view of what they would like to look like on their "big" day. Obviously I already know Vicky so I was aware that she doesn't wear a lot of make-up normally. However I did insist on two things. A little colour on the lips and a scattering of individual eyelashes. 

Once the make-up was done (I may have spent a little time on the MOB as well) it was on to Wynyard Hall for an amazing day that I will cherish for ever. 

A sneaky picture of me to prove i was actually there. This is the only one you are getting though, cant be stealing any thunder now can I! 

All that’s left for me to say is: Vicky and Jonny I wish you all the happiness in the world and I love you both. Now let us all raise our glasses “to the bride and groom”.

Stacey x x

Monday, 3 September 2012

A Wedding “Up North”. Nails.

On the 26th July I was honoured and delighted to attending the wedding of two of the most lovable, caring and truly beautiful people that I have ever met. I have known Vicky and Jonny as a couple for 7 and a half years now and Vicky pre-Jonny for another 3 years on top. So let’s just say I have been waiting for this celebration for a while.

So the day before the wedding, and actually the day we moved house, the hubby and I trundled our sorry, lethargic bums up to Teesside. After wallowing in my own tiredness for a while and eating copious amounts of Chinese food at the mother figure’s, it was time to go to the Mother of the Bride’s (MOB) residence for the mammoth nail dressing challenge. 6 bridesmaids, MOB and the bride-to-be herself, the pressure was on! On entering the MOB’s my tiredness all but evaporated, to be replaced by a giddy girlishness and an extreme longing to wear my wedding dress again ;0)  

A few weeks earlier Vicky had sent me a picture of the bridesmaid dresses and I was on a mission to find nail polish to match. I already had a pink polish that I thought would match and I had found a gorgeous olive polish from OPI, but with two days left before ‘The Big Day’ I still had not found a polish for the blue dresses. So I decided to throw caution to the wind and custom blend a colour.

I started with a very tatty Nails Inc white (Whitechapel)  that had been abandoned in the bottom of my nail kit. I then added a little Ruby and Millie Blue 610C, OPI I Vant To Be A-Lone Star, Nails Inc Pembroke Close and Tudor Way. And then shake and blend, and blend and shake. Add a little of each colour here and there and Voila (the blue one, third in from the left).

(From left to right: Alpine Snow&You Callin' Me A Lyre? - OPI, The mix polish, Kensington Square Caviar - Nails Inc, Stranger Tides - OPI, Sweet Heart - OPI)

I am actually very pleased with how this custom blend colour turned out. I was a little worried that the consistency would not be right or that it might peel off the nails because of all the different brands that I had used. But it went on lovely and lasted like a trooper!

(From left to right: Mother of the bride, bridesmaids colours x3, the bride-to-be. I thought you might like to see how they looked together)

With the bridesmaids sorted the MOB went for a classic French polish which was chic and understated. The perfect choice to complement her pastel pink outfit (I have never seen pink look so elegant). And that was all……………………..Only kidding. We could never forget the lady of the hour! The bride-to-be decided to go with a beautiful, barely there nude. She was going to let nothing compete with her bejewelled princess dress, except maybe her shoes! So the night went by in a haze of polish, false nails and girly giggles and before I knew it, it was time for bed and the wedding day.

To be continued......................................................

Stacey x x