This is a design I did a few weeks ago. I used Models Own Blush Pink topped with Indian Ocean for a bit of shine, and then stamped my pattern on top. It was nice and quick to do and I loved the result!
I wanted to try a more summery theme this week so went with a yellow/orange gradient. After trying gradients a few times, I’ve realised that I’m not very good at them, so I used my Nubar Polka Dot to draw attention away from how rubbish the actual gradient was! The colours I used were Mellow Yellow from 17 as the base, Showgirl by Ciaté for the middle bit and then Models Own Fluro Orange (which I picked up recently from Littlewoods) on the tips.
I love this nail polish (Disco Mix by Models Own)! It is completely opaque in just two coats and as it’s a glitter polish it stays put for ages. The only downside is that it is pretty hard to remove but I definitely think it’s worth the effort!
1. Sunny day for my day off.
2. Afternoon tea at The Intercontinental.
3. View from The Shard.
4. Cocktails in Giraffe.
5. Colourful macaroons!
6. Cupcake shopping.
7. Models Own Disco Mix.
8, 9 & 10. Linlithgow near Edinburgh.
11. Chocolate pasta!
12. Family meal at Center Parcs.
13. Reading in the sun.
15. Chalk art by my sister.
Sun cream – This year I’m trying the Piz Buin sun cream which can be applied to wet skin so will be good for using after a swim. I’ve also got the Oriflame Sun Zone Lotion for Face and Body which I plan to use on my face as it’s not quite as oily as the Piz Buin!
Insect repellent – I usually get horribly bitten on holiday (unless I am with my blonde sister – all the bugs love her!) so always smother myself with insect repellent. I used Ultrathon last year when I was in Kos and barely got any bites so have decided to use the same brand this year. I hope it works as well!
Deodorant – Everyone needs a good deodorant, especially when it’s hot and sunny. I am taking the Sure Maximum Protection with me which is twice as strong as most deodorants and doesn’t smell too strong.
UV protection for hair – My hair does not like hot weather! The sun dries it out completely and makes it even more frizzy than usual. I am really excited to use the Tints of Nature’s Seal and Shine Leave-In Conditioner which smells amazing and as well as being a conditioner also has UV and chlorine protection.
Foot file – To keep my feet looking smooth I am taking an S-Ped foot file. It’s a much better shape than other foot files so is easier to use.
Nail varnish – As you know I am addicted to nail polish. I tend to use a pale colour on holiday so that it’s not too obvious when it chips. This year I’m taking Models Own Indian Ocean which I got from Littlewoods. It’s a gorgeous colour and perfect for summer!
Shower gel – I love the new range of Radox shower gels! Coconut Kiss is my favourite scent but Berry Burst and Cherry Blast are lovely too.
Pink nail polish doesn’t usually suit my skin tone but I actually really like Models Own Pink Blush. I think it’s because it’s not a red toned as other pink polishes. I topped Pink Blush with Models Own Juicy Jules which is similar to the Nubar Hologram Glitter I have but the glitter particles are more obvious which I really like. I wasn’t sure about the combination at first – it looked a bit too girly with all the pink and the glitter but it ended up really growing on me I didn’t want to take it off! I got these polishes from the Models Own range at Littlewoods – they seem to have stopped selling the exact shades but they still have other pretty colours. There are actually lots of great nail products on Littlewoods.com, I am really tempted by these nail art pens!
I have two pieces of news for you…. First, I have discovered TK Maxx and their amazing nail polish section. I managed to pick up three Models Own polishes for just £5.99!! So cheap! They also have Leighton Denny and Nails Inc amoung others so I can definitely see a return trip coming on soon. Second piece of news, I managed to slice through my thumb nail the other day while making dinner. It hurt so much and now my poor nail is going to take ages to grow back so don’t be surprised if my thumb is missing from photos for the foreseeable future! Anyway, onto this weeks nails….I’m wearing one of my new purchased from TK Maxx, Models Own True Blue. It’s not my favourite polish – I think it looked a bit dull on my nails. It also wore on the tips really quickly. This photo was taken the morning after I applied it and you can already see tip wear so all in all I was a bit disappointed with this one.