Lavender & Coral

By Sarah Redman

IMG_3824 Lavander macaroon & coral nails

Lavander macaroon & coral nails

Our summer weather seems to be dwindling a bit so I thought I would share a bit of colour and a summer memory.

This arty food photo is obviously and instagram snap – my summer has been full of colour, sun and macaroons.

My nails are painted in Really Rio from Clinique’s A Different Nail Enamel range – retailing at £12.00 for 9ml.

The lovely lavander macaroon comes from a bakery in northern France and was part of a few sweet treats my parents bought back for my sister and I.

I hope you’re all enjoying the last of your summers!

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Spring glamour

By Sarah Redman

I have been experimenting with nail polish skills again. Surprise, surprise.

This time I have gone with a subtle lilac hue from Ciate: Sugar Plum. I gave my usual manicure a little twist with glitter tips in Confetti, also from Ciate. I loved this look, its simple yet adds a bit of party glamour to your every day spring nails. The glitter also goes rather well with my ring. Bonus.

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I am always looking for new ways to experiment with my nails and think I have found my next favourite thing…

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I have seen Ciate’s cuticle tattoos floating around social media and various blogs recently and they popped up on my Instagram feed the other day. Elle magazine’s post is in agreement with me, now I just need to save up and buy them. Weirdly enough cuticle tattoos are not in my weekly budget!

What are your favourite new twists to your traditional manicure? Will you be trying either of these styles? Or do you think cuticle tattoos will be the next big thing? Let us know and leave a comment, Tweet us a pic of your nails @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

Add some sparkle with space dust

By Sarah Hugill 

With christmas coming up who doesn’t want their nails to match the festivities? 

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I decided it was time to add to my polish collection. As you may have seen in a previous post, “Pearly pink for busy bees” I love Rimmel products, as they’re both reliable yet reasonable. Rimmel have recently released this “space dust” range for instant glittery polishes in a range of colours, but I went for this bright pink shade known as ‘Luna Love” in order to brighten up any outfit.  The coverage is great with the polish, even with one coat the colour is dominant! 

Have you tried the space dust range yet? Let us know @thesarahsblog 

Halloween Nail Art Inspiration

By Sarah Redman

Last year i missed Halloween as i was ill, so this year i am combating any illness with happy thoughts from my nails.

Below are a variety of nail designs for Halloween this year. You can do as i have and have something different for each nail or choose one (maybe it goes with your outfit?) and keep the theme across all your nails.

*Warning* you definitely need a steady hand for this, but give it a go. These are Halloween nails after all, so if the face of your ghost gets a little smudged then just call it artistic development and say its to make it look that little bit more scary…

20131025-194032.jpgThis first hand is my favorite, it was much easier to paint as i’m right handed. It also contains my favorite two designs the mummy face (on my thumb) and the monochrome ghost (on my ring finger). I think for Halloween i will be going monochrome and a mixture of these two designs.

20131025-201818.jpgThis hand i experimented with texture and colour, to be honest it was pretty fun. I also love how versatile my new Barry M nail foil is!

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I hope this inspires you to sort some quirky nails for Halloween – its not all about the costume.

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What did you think of these nails? Do you like the designs or would you be interested in tutorials from us? Leave a comment or Tweet us @thesarahsblog to let us know.

Hello there…

By Sarah Redman

Summer is coming to a close which means its time to go back to uni, so lately The Sarah’s Style Blog has been a little busy with packing, work and puppy duty. But hopefully from now on we will get more of a chance to blog… we are always surrounded by fashion, beauty and style so keep a look out for our new posts!
New nail polish, coats, shoes and jewellery to come…

Have you been busy or are you enjoying the change in seasons? Leave a comment and let us know or Tweet us @thesarahsblog

Hi Sweetie meet Grapefruit Fimo

By Sarah Redman
No literally. My Hi Sweetie Clinique ‘A Different Nail Enamel’ has merged with my new nail art fimo fruit.

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I have seen lots of nail art recently focusing on the tip of the nail, especially lots of pastel tips instead of the traditional white tip to the french manicure. A lot of these have based on a darker or lighter shade of the one on the tip or are on a nude base.

However i wanted to give my nails a bit of a break so after preparing the nails I just applied Rimmel London’s Nail Rescue Save Me and Rimmel London’s Stronger Try Harder Double Duty Base Coat to my nails. (I finished this look with top coat Rimmel London Pro Super Wear Ultra Shine Topcoat – see below)

Rimmel London Nail Rescue, Stronger and Super Wear

After they dried, I applied my new Clinique ‘Not Just Another Nail Enammel’ in Hi Sweetie (£12.00).

I then applied my Grapefruit nail art fimo from a set from Claires (£3.50) by painting one side of the grapefruit fimo with Topcoat and then placing on the nail.

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Lastly i finished with a Topcoat to seal the Grapefruit fimo to the nail and protect the polish.

Did you like this post or have you tried a new nail art style recently? Let us know and leave a comment or Tweet us @thesarahsblog

Candy floss nails

By Sarah Redman

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It may be a baby boy or Prince George as he is now named, but before he was born I got really into candy floss pink nails. I have been raiding my sisters growing collection of nail polish whilst on holiday and found this lovely shade from Barry M – Strawberry Ice Cream 309. I wouldn’t normally go for such a girly shade but I think the heat has got to me because I can’t stop reapplying at the slightest chip. Although it does take a fair amount to chip it… Nevertheless I owe her a new nail polish! #StoleHerNailPolish
Whilst this is not one of their Gelly range, which I love for its simplicity in not needing a top coat and sometimes not even a second coat #QuickNails, I still love the polish. The colour glides on well (in an air conditioned room, I attempted to paint my nails in 35 degrees centigrade – lets just say I won’t be doing that again), this colour is quite light so to achieve the coverage I wanted I did need two coats.
I’m looking forward to mixing this colour with some of my pastel tone polishes back home, for a dip dye effect or my latest magazine nail lust, the linear style (watch this space!)
Have you found a new colour for summer or are you a fan of Barry M? Let us know and leave a comment or Tweet us @thesarahsblog

Add some sparkle

By Sarah Hugill

Despite being suffocated in revision at the moment, there’s always time to try out some new polishes. In a previous post Boots bargain it featured Rimmels top coat, it’s simply a crystal clear polish with speckles of gold glitter, so is perfect with any colour!

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I teamed it with Boots No7 speed dry nail polish, in a shade of bright pink for a girly look.

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Have you tried Rimmels top coat? Let us know at @thesarahsblog or leave a comment below!

New Nude: Faded Glitter Tips

By Sarah Redman

My treat for revision the other day – nails. I am waiting on my delivery of Ciate nail ‘wow kits’, so I thought I would dig into my shoe box of nail polish [Yeah, they fill a large shoe box now…] and find something I haven’t used for a while and have some fun.

So here they are:

(Please excuse the poor state of my nails)

New Nude: Faded Glitter Tips

New Nude: Faded Glitter Tips

I decided to give the ‘nude’ nail an update, starting with Art Deco’s 294 Sparkling Beige Ceramic Nail Lacquer –  a Christmas present from the wonderful Josh Johnston, which I haven’t used in a few months. This colour has quite a sheer coverage, so I have three coats on, but it doesn’t feel heavy or peal or easily. The only thing worse than chipping – when you have too much polish on and it just gives up sticking to your nail.

Art Deco's 294 Ceramic Nail Lacquer

Art Deco’s 294 Ceramic Nail Lacquer

To give this shimmering shade a fun twist I have used Barry M’s 351 Yellow Topaz Glitter 247 Nail Paint – another Christmas present, this time from my sister Gracie Redman. This ‘colour’ as I have been informed by Jem Hill, apparently glitter is now a colour in girl world. But I figure if my parents can paint four colour swatches onto our dining room wall entitled ‘Frosted Dawn’, ‘White Cotton’, ‘All White’, and ‘Wimborne White’ and I still can’t tell the difference between these shades/colours (another debate for another time), then glitter can be a colour! But I digress, this colour is great for a top coat or as I have used it here, for a faded effect from the tip of my nail.

Barry M's 351 Yellow Topaz Glitter 247 Nail Paint

Barry M’s 351 Yellow Topaz Glitter 247 Nail Paint

I love this look, it’s subtle yet still gives your every day look a bit of sparkle. The nail polishes work well together and with the right base and top coat can last for days as small chips can easily be touched up or hardly notice with the pale colour scheme and the light reflection from the glitter flakes towards the end of the nail. The faded tip is a nail art technique I hope to experiment more with pastel shades over the summer months. Keep checking our blog to make sure you don’t miss out!

If you like this look or have experimented lately yourself leave us a comment or Tweet TheSarah’sStyleBlog @thesarahsblog

A productive day:

By Sarah Redman

Nail polish Revision

Taking a break from a bad PA revision session and end up buying two Ciate nail kits and a mint green Asos shift dress… oops!

A girl can never have too much nail polish. Fact.

Any guilty purchases you are enjoying instead of revision at the moment?

Nail polish Revision

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