Nail Art: Aztec Attack  

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My nails this week. Monochrome Aztec and crosses!

Lacquer used:
• Essie Chinchilly
• Barry M White
• Sleek Makeup Eclipse

Tradeshow: Beauty UK Birmingham  

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I received an invite card for Beauty UK with my Scratch Magazine subscription, I have never been to Birmingham, thought why not. I love daytrip, it also gives me an excuse to have dinner at Lasan as well! You can read my rest of the Birmingham daytrip on my personal blog.

Beauty UK, Hall 6, Birmingham NEC
This is my first tradeshow I've ever been to, upon arriving, it was a venue packed with ladies with big hair, Fanta coloured skin, falsies and super high-heels, I initially thought I have just walked into "The Only Way is Essex" audition – I was out of place, but at the right place.

NSI is one of the vendor and they're also Sparitual's UK Rep
There were lots of vendor for nails, tanning, some make-up, alternative therapy etc. Of course I was most interested in nails. Included UK rep for OPI, Essie, ChinaGlaze, Zoya, Orly, Sparitual, Konad and even fauxnad to name a few. I was especially excited to see Sparitual and Zoya since they are more difficult to track down in the UK. Of course this year's hottest vendors were amongst nail foils such as Kooky and Minx, Gels and Soak Offs and of course Crackle nail varnish! (Incidentally, Barry M has just released many crackle colours!)

Sparitual display at the show
Sparitual Mind Body Spirit Matte Collection
I would have gone wild at this show, but had to control and only pin down to buy the essentials or wish list items. From Sparitual, I bought a shimmer nude matte colour named Mind from the Mind, Body, Spirit collection, and also another cream one named Sage. I also picked up a bottle of Bearberry Smoothie Cuticle Remover and Red Berry Splash Hand Soak from Kaeso.

One of the more popular vendors, Kooky foil wrapped nails design
 Of course, one of this year's most hottest trend is foil wraps. Any vendors with these were heaving with customers. Then it's down to price war, there was one unique company that actually can print your designs but minimum order is 10 sheets. I haven't tried them before, so I was curious. There were a few demonstration on the applications. I bought a few plain ones to play: hologram and gold sheets. I wasn't keen on some of the designs as I preferred stamped or freehand designs but thought the foil metallics were worth buying and it's something one can't achieve with any varnish.

ChinaGlaze booth
Lots of falsies too!
There were also other new trends and services, one that left me bemused was "Tooth Fairy" – Bling for your teeth! It literally puts that sparkle on your tooth. It wasn't cheap. Why?! I don't get it. (Although, I can see Katie Price having one). They also sell other bling stickers for your hair and clothing etc.

Is this for real?!?

Yes, Essie at trade prices! I bought four from my wishlist: Chinchilly, Sand Topez, Sew Psyched and Turquoise & Caicos. I know they're not from the latest collection but I've want these for ages! The vendor also gave me a Seche Viche bag.

Lots of Zoya too!
My first Zoya: Jules, Gemma and Envy. I can also scratch Envy off that wishlist.

I managed to find the ladies from Scratch and was lovely finally to meet Helena! I was telling her how crazy this show is, she said "wait til the Olympia show in September". Oh dear! I better start saving!

General shot at the show
There were also lots of unknown brands. I bought three of these Y.C.C.: white crackle, gold and a hologram glitter varnish. Other items I purchased: cuticle pusher, trimmer clip and scissors. Lots of nail art glitters!

My Tiny World – Ought to be one of my favourite vendors at this show
My Tiny World has got to be one of my favourite vendors at this show. They make the most amazing slices and the most glittering glitters! They are a family run business, all products are designed and made in England. I won't say more about them in this post, because this company definitely deserve a special feature. So watch this space!

Slices tasters kits, in case you're bad at slicing and wants variety
Ooo! Fruit slices! I predict a Stella McCartney fruit dress SS11 manicure coming on this blog in the VERY near future!!!!!

This show was nuts, it was endless. I had to skip through lots in the end as the purchases were getting heavy and I was getting tired. How naive was I to think I'll only stay at the show for 2 hours and spend the rest of the time checking out Birmingham? I ended up staying for a good 5 hours at the show and only managed a quick walk around the city centre on route to Lasan. At least I know now what to expect for Olympia in September!

Have you been to one of these trade show? What was your experience like? Worth going? Can't be bothered?

Nail Art: Prada SS11 Manicure  

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Let's start my comeback post with a manicure inspired by this season's Prada collection! All varnishes used were from Barry M. The pink in person is much, much brighter than how the photo turned out. I especially did this manicure before I headed off to Beauty UK trade show in Birmingham last weekend. I will post more about the trade show in the next few posts.

Here's another look:

What do you think of this designer manicure? What's your favourite Spring/Summer manicure?

Random: MIA but Back for Good  

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Dear readers,

I apologise that I haven't been posting for a while – a long while – this was due to a whirlwind crazy few months in my life and a really bad neck/shoulder injury, I couldn't move nor type for a long time. I am on the road to recovery and I hope to be back posting next week. I also hope to get inspiration from up coming shows I'll be attending at London Fashion Week!!

Stay stylish & stay tuned,

Elsie x

Nail Art: Guest Manicure – Angela's Demure Elegance  

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Woohoo! First of all, I would like to thank my readers and followers to make my first 50! To thank you all, I'll be hosting a giveaway! The official giveaway will be announced next week (give me the weekend to source what goodies I'll have for you! Lots of you commented that they can't find crackle polish, so at least ONE item of the giveaway will be the Barry M Instant Nail Effect! Will try to hunt one down for it, it's starting to sell out everywhere!) Okay, onto the manicure...

Angela is back for another guest manicure appearance. She will be a bridesmaid wearing a bright orange dress. The fascinator she's made for the occassion was Chocolate brown with greige accents. I instantly thought of using Butter London Fash Pack, and I thought the micro gold shimmer will be great for this occassion.

Lacquer Boudoir - Nail Art: Guest Manicure - Angela Demure Elegance

I decided to Fauxnad BM20 and BM21 a few random fingers with Sally Hansen Pat on The Back. But thought it was still missing something, then I clicked, "WE NEED MORE BLING!!!!" I quickly place a drop of my newly purchased Gold Glitter Nail Art Striper on a plastic card, then use a flat brush and graced on gradation on a few random fingers. Here's a closer look at her left hand:

Lacquer Boudoir - Nail Art: Guest Manicure - Angela Demure Elegance

This is her right:

Lacquer Boudoir - Nail Art: Guest Manicure - Angela Demure Elegance

Lacquer Used:

Base Colour:Butter London0035Fash Pack3 coats
Gradation Colour: Nail Art Striper Gold Glitter 2 coats
Stamp Plate:Bundle Monster BM13Bundle MonsterBM20Botanical Swirl
Bundle Monster BM13 Bundle Monster BM21 Botanical Swirl
Stamp Colour: Sally Hansen Salon 4120-57 Pat on the Back 1 coat
Topcoats:Seche Vite83005Dry Fast Top Coat1 coat

Fairly simple. Butter London Fash Pack as base colour for all fingers. Left hand, stamp BM21 Botanical Swirl on thumb and similar pattern from BM20 ring finger. Right hand, stamp BM21 on index and BM20 on pinky. With a flat brush create Gold Glitter gradation to left middle and pinky, and right thumb and ring finger. Topcoat. Done.

What do you think of this manicure? Have you been a bridesmaid? What outrageous colours do you have to endure? Any crazy bridesmaid stories?

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