How to | Splatter nail art

This post is a quick how to on splatter nails. It’s a super easy process and perfect for summer.

What you will need:
~ Base/Top coat ~
~ Four nail varnishes of varying colours ~
~ Cello-tape (optional) ~
~ Nail varnish remover ~
~ Cotton wool buds ~
~ Straws ~

Step one: Apply a base coat to protect the nails from any staining and apply a base colour. We chose to use a bright yellow (Avon nailwear pro+ in ‘Lemon Sugar’) but you can use any colour really, though if you’re going to use darker colours to splatter with we’d suggest you use a lighter base colour.

Step two: Next you want to cover the space around your nails with cello-tape - one strip above the cuticle and then a piece either side should suffice. This just makes the cleaning up process a bit easier however it is optional. 

Step three: Next you want to chose the colours you want to splatter across your nails - we used various colours from the Barry M gelly line. Three colours works best however you can chose as many you want to. To splatter them across the nails you need to dip your straw into the nail varnish - using a different straw for each colour -  and then blow across the nail (be sure not to blow too hard or you’ll cover the whole nail or get large blobs of nail varnish which will take a while to dry..we found this out the hard way..). As you can see from the picture above this process can get quite messy so make sure you cover your work surface.

Step four: Leave your nails to dry completely (this may take some time depending on how many colours you used and how big the ‘splats’ were). 

Step five: Remove the tape from around your nails - if you used any - and clean up around the edges by dipping a cotton wool bud into nail varnish remover.

Country bumpkins

Recently it’s been lovely and sunny in England so to mark the end of our exams Lucy and I laid in the sun enjoying the sunshine and went on a country walk seeing as we live in the back end of nowhere. As usual I had my camera with me so thought I’d share some of the pictures I took with you all. 

What do you do on sunny days?

~ Jade xx

Revlon nearly naked foundation | Review

I’ve been wearing this foundation everyday since it was released in the UK in February and for a high street foundation I am very impressed.

It’s fairly light coverage though it is buildable and is also lightweight which is great as I hate feeling like I’m wearing 3 inches of foundation especially with summer coming up as if you wear a heavier foundation you just feel like your face is melting - which is not desirable. 

Colour range is limited as there are only 10 shades available and it seems that not all stores stock every shade as my local boots and superdrug only stock the middle 5 shades, though the colours do range from light to fairly dark but are more yellow toned. 

This foundation is great if you have combination to oily skin (like myself) as it is relatively matte though not completely - which I like as although I don’t like to be shiny I don’t like being completely matte either as my face just looks dull. It also wears well and lasts all day but does move slightly and you may need to touch up with powder, however for £8.99 I don’t mind that at all. 

Nearly naked also has an SPF of 20 which is good for summer and I haven’t had a problem with flash back in pictures as of yet.

I prefer to apply this foundation with clean fingers as I find that it sits better on the skin but I have also used it with the real techniques buffing brush and get the same effect it just takes longer to work in - you also have to wash your brushes more regularly which is a task I like to avoid for as long as I possibly can. 

The packaging for this foundation is not my favourite. Although the glass bottle is nice it isn’t so good for traveling as it’s weighty and there is no pump to this foundation which is particularly annoying as you can never get the same amount onto the back of your hand each time and is easy to pour out too much - you think Revlon would’ve put a pump on the nearly naked after so many complaints from the absence of a pump on the colour stay foundation. 

Overall I really like this foundation - I’ve used up two bottles and about to purchase my third which never happens. It’s great if you’re on a budget and looking for a lightweight foundation particularly for the summer months if you have oily skin.

What’s your current foundation pick?

~ Jade xx

Photography information

Canon 600D with 18-55mm lens, Canon 24mm lens or Sigma 70-300mm lens. Canon EOS M with 18-55mm lens or Canon 24mm lens. Any edited photos are edited using Photoshop CS6. Picture source is given for any photo used that is not directly ours.