Beauty Round Up: Naked Beauty

Hello Lovelies,

Gosh it’s been so hot here in London this summer, it’s been wonderful but it’s enough to make a girl want to wander about naked. Now, apart from enjoying going au naturel in your own home, there’s not much choice about wearing clothes when interacting in day to day life, however, that doesn’t mean your nails need to look dressed! I’ve herded my fave nudey nail colours here for your perusal, from pale pinks, peachy tones, mochas and deep brown to cover all skin tones. Whether they be glossy, matte, textured or sparkly, let your nails look naked.

Nudey Nail ColoursNudey Nail Colours by misshoneybare featuring a beige nail polish

Clockwise from bottom:

*Barry M Textured Nail Effect in ‘Kingsland Road’.

*Hard Candy Crushed Chrome Nails in ‘Crush On Copper’.

*Lime Crime in ‘Peaches Cream’.

*Illamasqua in ‘Purity’.

*Barry M Nail Paint in ‘Mushroom’.

*Megan Miller Nail Polish in ‘Ganache’.

*M.A.C Nail Lacquer in ‘Triumphant’.

*Butter London Nail Polish in ‘Yummy Mummy’.

*Rococo Nail Apparel in ‘My Cupcake Creme’.

Of course, you can forgo nail varnish all together and let them truly be in the buff. Shine them to a natural sheen using a simple nail buffer file. Well, that’s all for now, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

-x-

Look of the Day: #ZOMGBloggersBash Style

Hello Lovelies, just thought I would do a quick LotD post for the #ZOMGBloggersBash (I blogged about the actual event yesterday, read it here). I had asymmetric victory rolls in my hair but you can’t really tell in the photos. Oh well. I’ll just stick to the make-up.

I used silver shadow to my crease, added in a purple to the crease and blended out. I used black shadow at the outer crease and blended out to add depth. White shadow at brow bone.

Added purple/silver glitter to centre lid. A slick of black gel liner to top lash line. Silver shadow on lower lash line blended to black on outer edge. Corner false lashes for a fluttery effect.

Lots of black mascara. Finished off with a slick of true red lipstick, a matte brown shadow to contour the hollows of my cheeks, a beauty spot and strongly defined eyebrows. I chucked a load of hair accessories in for extra oompf and glamour for the evening. Glitter was my theme for the night and my sparkly spider hair clip topped it off nicely.

I painted my nails with two coats of Rimmel’s 60 seconds in 310 Red Carpet. I then dipped each nail into the same glitter I used on my eyelids and finished off with two coats of Seche Vite to ensure the nails were smooth to the touch.

I felt super glam with all that glitter. I think I will wear it more often from now on! That’s all for today lovelies, thank you kindly for reading! x

Nails: A (kind of) Leopard Print Nail

Hello Lovelies, just thought I would do a quick post on the nail look I wore to go with my Flaming EyesLotD. It kind of looks like leopard print which I was very excited about as it was really quick and easy to achieve. I used one coat of the Barry M Instant Nail Effects foil varnish in ‘320’ gold. I then added one coat of the Barry M Instant Nail Effects crackle varnish in ‘311’ black.

I topped it all off with a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat to seal it all in. It doesn’t look too leopard print like up close, but from a distance it kind of does and in a pinch, that is good enough for me. I love leopard print but I don’t always have the time (or patience) to paint on a proper 2 or 3 colour leopard print nail design.

Look of the Day: My Birthday Style

Hello Lovelies. Last week it was my birthday and the boy took me out for a day of adventures at the Natural History Museum. We then had some cake and then Thai food in the evening, bliss! Here is the make-up and hair style I wore for the day.

I applied eye shadow primer to start. I used a silver shadow from the upper lash line to the crease. I then placed a small amount of black shadow to the outer crease.

I then used a fluffy blending brush to diffuse it slightly. Blending into the crease and upwards. I then used a matte nude shade from the brow bone and blended it down to the crease to soften.

I brought the silver shadow to the lower lash line. I used the black shadow on the outer corner of the lower lash line and blended them together. I lined my lower waterline with white. I finished my eyes off with a flick of black gel liner and black mascara.

On my mouth I used a bit of soft pink lip stain with some lip balm over the top. I wanted my eyes to be the focus of this look.

My brows were defined using a taupe pencil, I extended them slightly and flicked them up a touch at the ends. I used a rose pink blush on my cheeks and used the black gel liner to create a small beauty spot on my upper cheek. I set the spot with black eyeshadow to make it last longer. I wore my hair in a sleek 50’s bob with an antique coloured rose on the side I had pinned back.

I painted my nails with two coats of a metallic Navy Blue from Barry M (colour 292). I stuck a skull and crossbone nail sticker (from Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique) on each pinkie. I topped the whole thing off with a coat of Seche Vite to seal it.

I had a great day geeking out and goofing off with Simon. Here’s to another fab Birthday! Thank you kindly for reading. x

How To: Quick and Easy Vintage Manicure

Hello Lovelies. Here’s a ‘how to’ post on getting a quick and easy vintage manicure much like the one you see Dita Von Teese sporting regularly (i.e. Where the half moon at the base of the nail is left bare). This technique is so quick and easy! You will need…

1. Plastic self adhesive ring reinforcements.

2. Your chosen nail colour.

3. Polish remover.

4. Cotton buds/Q Tips.

5. Top coat

For speed and ease I am leaving out the bare nail tip detail often created when doing an authentic 1940s manicure. I save those for special occassions as they are more fiddly to do. So, here’s what you do…

Stick the ring reinforcements over the natural half moon at the base of each nail. Make sure they are stuck down really well to avoid varnish going underneath.

Then apply the first coat of your chosen nail colour and allow to dry (I’m using Barry M nail paint in ‘Raspberry’). Once dry, apply second coat of nail polish.

TIP: It’s better to do two thin coats than one thick one.

Peel off the stickers after about a minute or so after the second coat has been applied. Taking them off while the polish is still a little wet will prevent them tearing the varnish off your nails. Clean up if you need to with a cotton bud soaked in a tiny amount of polish remover.

TIP: If a regular round head cotton bud is too bulky for cleaning up, try using a pointy tipped one instead. Or you could use an orange stick with a little loose cotton wool twizzled onto the end and soaked in nail polish remover.

Finally, finish off with a layer of top coat to seal the whole thing and to give a glossy finish (I used Seche Vite Top Coat).

And there you have it! A super quick and easy way to create a 40s style manicure. Let me know how you get on with yours if you give it a try.