Negative space and Floral Tutorial

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Its still summer in Britain, although the weather’s been really crappy the last couple of weeks.

To brighten up this dull, grey day, I decided to do  pink mani with a white negative space freehand floral design on my ring finger.

Here’s how I did it:

1) Start with a completely dry nude base.

2) Place striping tape horizontally on your nail and paint over it with white polish. Remove tape immediately

3) Clean up around your nail if you need to with an angled brushed dipped in acetone.

4) Create two/three petals in the upper corner of your nail. Once they’ve dried for a couple of minutes, outline them with a darker shade and add a couple of lines on petals.

5) Seal with topcoat

6) Apply a dot of glue and add rhinestone to your flower and surround it with gold caviar beads.

Thank you for reading.

Love,

Bee xx

Easy Rock Cakes Recipe

Rock cakes are simply the easiest cake to make, so easy, anyone can make them, Children love making them too as from start to finish takes no time and this recipe is pretty foolproof, so there is a great sense of achievement. Very soon they are on the plate, all lovely and warm and ready to be eaten. My mother in law (who knows a thing or two about baking), loved it so much, she even asked me for the recipe! Here’s the recipe: Ingredients

  • 226g self-raising flour
  • 113g demerara sugar plus some for sprinkling (if you don’t have any, granulated sugar works just as well)
  • 113g butter
  • 113g dried mixed fruit (currants, sultanas, peel etc.)
  • 1 egg
  • a splash of milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (if, like me, you are cinnamons biggest fan, then add a whole tsp instead of half.)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175C. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and then add the ground mixed spice and the cinnamon. Mix through well.
  2. Next, add the margarine and mix to resemble fine breadcrumbs with your fingers. Add the sugar and mixed fruit then mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Pour a beaten egg into the mixture until it comes together to a sticky, dough ball. You made need a little milk at this point but add it a splash at a time.
  3. Place the mixture in generous lumps on a baking tray and then sprinkle with sugar. Don’t smooth them out too much at this stage as they look much better when cooked, if they remain lumpy.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10-20 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. (normally I would check at 10 minutes with a skewer as I like mine very moist) Then Enjoy! They are perfect with cups of tea and coffee and delicious with clotted cream when still warm from the oven!!

Thanks for reading! Love, Bee xx

Geometric Lines Nailart Tutorial

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Hey Lovelies!

Sorry my post is late, my little man is not very well and with my husband away in Dubai for business, Its been hard finding time to do anything.

So for today’s manicure I decided to do something different. Wasn’t sure what to call this type of design  but how cares if it looks good, right?!

My manicure was inspired by the lovely @badgirlnails She is a very talented lady and very popular on instagram. If you love doing your nails and feeling a bit uninspired, you should check out her instagram.

1) Start with a completely dry white base. Place a few strips of striping tape criss crossing your nails or which ever style you prefer.

2) Paint any colours which work well together (I used Ciate’s cabaret‘big yellow taxi’ and ‘headliner’) randomly onto a latex-free makeup sponge and dab them onto your nails.Repeat this process 2-3 times (I only done this once, because I didn’t have much time),with a few minutes drying time in between coats.

3) Remove the tape immediately after your final sponging coat.

4) Clean up around your cuticles. I used a q-tip and an angled brush dipped in acetone.

5) Seal your design with a top coat.

If you have any questions, give me a shout!

Have a lovely day y’all!

Love,

Bee xxx

Revlon ‘Plum Night’ nail polish tie dye grungy effect nailart

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These are the nails I am wearing at the moment. The nail enamel is Revlon – 799 Plum Night! This little beauty I picked up from Poundland (yes, I did!), which I was so pleased about as they retail at around £6. 50 at Boots. I love the colour and you can get away with just applying one coat. I do find that its quite runny, but I cant complain as I only paid a pound for it!

I decided on a simple tie dye grungy effect design on the ring finger using Revlon plum night, white nail polish and a metallic turquoise.

To recreate the nailart which you could do with any colours which work well together, this is what you do:

1) Paint your nail one coat of white, let it dry.

2) Repeat step 1.

3) Drop chosen nail polish colours randomly on your nail.

4) Take plastic wrap and press it on the nail then remove.

5) Let nail dry completely before applying top coat.

Thank you for stopping by

Love,

Bee xxx

Benefits of cuticle oil

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Using cuticle oil  is essential to my nail care routine. If you have never used cuticle oil or have never heard of cuticle oil, I will explain why using cuticle oil is good as part of your nail care routine and the benefits of using it.

The main purpose of cuticle oil is to deeply moisturize the cuticle,  the skin and surrounding nail area. It also helps increase circulation in the nail bed and can stimulate new nail growth. When cuticles or the surrounding nail are extremely dry and cracked, to the point of separation of the nail area from the cuticle, the oil provides quick repair and protection. The oil deeply moisturizes the area, repairs the nail, stops the cracking and eventually allows the nail to reattach.

I am a trained manicurist and have used many different cuticle oils over the years, but have to say that CND Solar Oil is by far my favourite and I have been using it for the past 2 years!

The award-winning cuticle oil is infused with jojoba oil and vitamin E. I use a drop of Solar Oil on each nail every day and found that my nails were stronger, healthier nails and it hydrated cuticle area.

Unfortunately, CND Solar Oil cannot be purchased direct from CND (US) or Sweet Squared (UK) as they only deal with professionals, however, some nails salons does sell them to clients.

Let me know if you use drugstore cuticle oil and your thoughts on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment on this post.

Thank you for stopping by.

Love,

Bee  xxx

Nails of the day

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Today, I want to share the manicure I am wearing at the moment.  I have purchased Rimmel’s 60 seconds Super Shine in Danny boy blue about 2 weeks ago and have to say that I absolutely love it! For £2.99 you cant really go wrong with this nail polish. It  delivers on the shine factor and best of all, you don’t have to wait a lifetime for your polish to dry.

On my middle finger I applied Barry M’s Matt White, using a nail art striper brush, drawn a  diamond shape with silver nail polish and Rimmel’s danny boy blue.

On my ring finger I’ve applied a base coat and used Ciate’s Tinsel Trail and individually placed the glitter on my nail.  All my nails was then sealed with a top coat and gems added for a bit of extra bling.

What colour are you rocking on your nails?

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment on this post.

Thank you for stopping by, have a good day y’all!

xxx

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#ManicureMonday – Easy Floral Nailart Tutorial

Step by step tutorial on how to create this floral nail art

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I know that I have not posted anything for a while, but I am in the process of moving house and as all mums knows, trying to pack boxes whilst having a toddler running around unpacking everything you packed, can be even more hard work!

I  thought I would do a floral nail tutorial for #manimonday. This is super fun and also super easy to do. To make this bright and colourful, I used a variety of colours.

Things you will need:

White Nail Polish

Nail polish colour/s of your choice for flowers

Gold nail polish

Foil

Dotting tool / toothpick

1) Apply base coat to all your nails.

2) Apply x1 coat white nail polish to all your nails, allow to dry. Repeat this step once  your nails are dry.

3) Drip some of the your chosen nail polish colour onto the foil and dip your dotting tool into the nail polish

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4) With our dotting tool, place four dots on your nails  to form the petals of your flower.

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5) Dip into gold nail polish with smaller end of the dotting tool and place this in the middle of your flower. Allow the design to dry.

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6) Apply top coat to your nails

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Voila! You ready to show off your beautiful floral nails!

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment on this post.

xx