Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Nails - Simple Stripes

One of the presents that I got for my birthday was a set of striping tape from my friend Mae. She knows how much I love nail art so it was the perfect gift especially since I have never ever used it before. I love striping tape and I've seen so much beautiful nail art that's been created using it but I've never got round to having a go at using it myself so I was very excited to give it a go!

Something I quickly found out using striping tape is that it is very fiddly and almost impossible to use if you don't have a pair of tweezers on hand to help you out. Another pain is cutting the stripes to the right size or trimming them while they're on your nail, but with a pair of nail scissors it isn't too difficult. Overall compared to using sellotape striping tape is a lot easier, prettier and a lot more versatile.

Eleanor xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunday Nails - Tribal Whites

Tumblr is a great place for nail art inspiration and it's where I found my inspiration for this weeks nail art. When I saw this design as I was scrolling through my feed it immediately caught my eye and I knew I had to try it out, it reminds of a tribal print but more modern rather than ethnic if you know what I mean!

To create this nail art I simply used a white nail art pen, nothing too complicated but you will nail a steady hand. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Eleanor xx

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

What I Got For My Birthday 2014

A week today I turned 17 after months of patiently waiting and feeling like a baby compared to my friends whose birthdays are all before mine.But it was worth the wait and I had a lovely day in Birmingham with my family, visiting my sisters new house and doing a bit of shopping, I was also very lucky to receive some beautiful gifts from my family and friends which I'm going to share with you today. 

Disclaimer - I am extremely grateful for everything I received for my birthday and in no way am I 'showing off' (who would even do that?). I personally enjoy reading these posts so I thought you might be too!

My friends and family know I am obsessed with makeup and beauty products so it was no surprise that a lot of the gifts I received were items of makeup! First my sister bought me a Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow quad that is so beautiful that I nearly screamed with joy when I unwrapped it, she also bought me a pug makeup bag which is absolutely adorable but I stupidly forgot to photograph it! My friend Harriet went on holiday to Italy over the summer and while she was there she picked up me some lovely bits from Kiko's new collection including a gorgeous eye shadow palette and a Kiss Balm, I love Kiko but its quite difficult to get hold of in the UK so I'm very exited to try these products! My friend Hannah bought me a Mac Lip Liner in Spice because she knew how much I wanted it so that I could line my lips like Kylie Jenner. Then my other friend Louise bought me a lovely little Benefit gift set so I can try some more of their products, Benefit gift sets are great products and I've bought this for friends in the past so I was so happy to finally receive it myself!

I then got a cute little candle and incense set from my friend Helena and then my friend Ellie got me a new phone case from Converse because mine was getting very battered and tatty, as well as also getting me some lucky charms from America.

My favourite ever Disney film ever is The Little Mermaid so of course my friend Steph got me the best pajamas ever: LITTLE MERMAID PAJAMAS!

As well as a makeup bag and an eye shadow palette my sister also bought me this beautiful black lace skirt from Topshop that I've wanted for ages and there is no doubt that this skirt will feature in a future outfit post.

And my final present to show you is my present from my parents: a new bike! I've needed a new bike for years as I grew out of my old one when I started secondary school and as my friends and I have started to go on more bike rides it finally seemed worth me getting a new one. My new bike is the Pendleton Somerby Limited Edition Hybrid Bike from Halfords and I am in love with it, it is very comfortable and perfect for what I use it for!

Thank you so much to everyone who wished me Happy Birthday on twitter, I had a lovely day and I'm hoping that my future birthday's will be as good if not better than this one!

Eleanor xx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sunday Nails - Chevron

One of the best things about turning 17 is that I can now learn how to drive. While I'm sure it'll be a scary experience, being able to drive will make my life so much easier and give me a lot more independence so I'm very excited to start my lessons! 

I'm so excited that everything I see has started to remind me of driving, for example to most people today's nail art is just a simple monochromatic pattern but to me it looks like road markings or signs.

To create this nail art I painted my nails white and then used cellotape and a black nail varnish to create the chevrons, I then finished it off with a matte topcoat. Does anyone have any tips on how to stop nail art smudging when you use a topcoat? Because as you can see in the pictures when I added the topcoat it slightly smudged the nail art and made it not as sharp.

Eleanor xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday Nails - Pastel Perfection

Despite having a very monochromatic and sometimes boyish wardrobe I'm still a girly girl at heart. I love the colour pink, unicorns and glitter which is why I love this nail art so much because my nails look like unicorn poop. I was going to do some sort of birthday nail art on top of this base to celebrate my 17th birthday on Wednesday but this was just to pretty to cover up with balloons and cake.

To create this pretty tie dye effect I painted my nails white and then using various pastel colours, dot them randomly in a cluster on a sponge and then sponge the colours onto the white base coat using rolling motion. I then finished it off with a cheap £1 glitter topcoat, that catches the light and sparkles beautifully!

Are you a girly girl or a tom boy when it comes to your personal style?

Eleanor xx

Friday, 22 August 2014

August Wishlist

August is by far my favourite month of the year. Summer sunshine, bank holidays, foreign holidays and my birthday: August has got it all. As we are approaching the end of August we are also fast approaching my 17th birthday which has come very quickly if I do say so myself, so quickly in fact I haven't had time to post a August/birthday wishlist. 

With every 'wishlist' I do, they are things I would personally buy if I had an unlimited amount of money that I choose to share because you may find it interesting (I know I love reading other bloggers wishlists) and not a post about me asking my family and friends to buy me things. I just wanted to make that clear.

Anyway onto the wishlist...

Missguided Strappy Heeled Sandals - £24.99
For months on end I have been saying that I'm going to buy myself some black strappy heels but I still haven't gotten round to it. This pair from Missguided is perfect and reasonably priced as well so I have no excuse not to go order them right now!
F Scott Fitzgerald Classics - £14.99 each
The Great Gatsby is my all time favourite book and I've lost track of how many times I've read it, but surprisingly I've never read any of F Scott Fitzgerald's other books. When I do read them though I have a feeling that I will fall in love them so it would be nice to have copies of them to read over and over again. These gorgeous penguin classic editions make the books even more special and will look gorgeous sitting in my room when I'm not reading them.

Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit - £24.50
Finding a good concealer is a very tricky job, especially when you have heavy bags under your eyes and acne all over your face like I do, as sometimes your average concealer just isn't good enough. I've heard lots of lovely things about the Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit in the past so it would be interesting to see how it fairs on my problematic skin.

Topshop Black and White Ripped Jamie Jeans - £42 each
The best thing about having a sister (apart from having a best friend for life) is being able to share their clothes. So when my sister bought the black Topshop ripped Jamie jeans who also got to wear them? Me! The only problem is with sharing clothes you eventually have to give them back but I've fallen so in love with these jeans I need to get myself a pair, not only in black but also in white of course!

ASOS Duster Coat - £60
Ever since I saw Kylie Jenner wearing this exact blue duster coat from ASOS I have wanted it, but of course as soon as Kylie Jenner wears something it sells out! After months of waiting it is finally back in stock on ASOS so I can buy it, over draw my lips and thus pretend I am Kylie.

What are you lusting after this month?

Eleanor xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Nails - Granite

GUILTY BLOGGER ALERT! So I'm sorry for being a bad blogger this week and not posting at all until today, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Just to give you a little update on my life at the moment; I can't remember if I mentioned it or not but a couple of months I got a temporary job at Clarks Shoes for the 'back to school' period, while I enjoy it I have been working five days a week and then on my days off I've been either meeting up with friends or doing college work. This week I also got my AS Level results which were a pleasant surprise but with all the excitement I forgot about blogging.    

Now I've explained my absence I can now explain this Sunday's nail art. After seeing a blog post featuring monochromatic marble nail art (if I remember whose it was I will link it here) my love for marbled nail art was rekindled and I was desperate to give it a go myself. But you see the thing it with marble nail art it's very hit and miss, on one nail it will look amazing but the next it'll look like a big blob of paint, that is why some of my nails look better than others. But overall I love the effect and using black and white has created the look of a piece of granite which I think is pretty cool!

I hope everyone who got results this week got what they wanted and if you're waiting for GCSE results good luck! 

Eleanor xx

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Nails - Do You Want To Go To The Seaside?

There is nothing more summery to me than the beach. When I say the beach I mean a beach like that in the film The Beach, not beach as in what you will find at Western Supermare e.g mud, and with my Instagram being filled with hundreds of pictures of beaches how could I not do a beach themed nail art?

To create this nail art I first created a colour gradient using a sponge, then used 2 different shades of acrylic paint and a paint brush to create the palm trees and then stuck on some gems using a clear topcoat. 

Have you been to the beach yet this summer?

Eleanor xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Back To School Wardrobe Staples

One of the biggest differences between Sixth Form and Secondary School is that you are allowed to wear you own clothes everyday. As I found out last year the transition from uniform to your own clothes is surprisingly stressful: choosing an outfit everyday, trying to avoid outfit repeating and the manic morning panic of trying to find the clothes you want 5 minutes before you leave the house because you were to lazy to plan your outfit the night before (guilty). Since the majority of us can’t afford to have a wardrobe the size of Carrie Bradshaw's, a capsule wardrobe will be your Sixth Form saviour. Having interchangeable basics that form a capsule wardrobe will allow you to create hundreds of different outfits and transition from uniform with ease. Therefore I have compiled a list of basic items you need in your Sixth Form wardrobe.

A Good Pair Of Jeans
Easy to style and a safe option if you are stuck on what to wear; a good pair of jeans will last you years. To find ‘a good pair’ look for a style that suits your body shape and jeans that are made from a high percentage of cotton as high percentages of polyester will result in jeans that stretch out of shape and sag a lot quicker.

A Little Black Dress
Parties are a big part of of Sixth Form social life and there were be a few throughout the year. A LBD is essential for a party but it’s versatility also allows for it to be smartened up for a formal occasion or dressed down for everyday wear.

A Basic Tee
The great thing about a basic t-shirt is that there is one to suit everyone: long sleeve, short sleeve, round neck or V-neck, your perfect t-shirt is out there. Once you find it, you will be rewarded as it goes with everything, yes I mean everything. It also never looks like you tried too hard when picking something to wear giving off that effortlessly cool vibe.

The Crisp White Shirt
There will probably come a time when you need to dress up smart and a crisp white shirt is perfect for that occasion. But do not doubt the white shirt as it can also be worn on an everyday basis if its styled more casually. Just roll up the sleeves, keep it unbutton around the neck and untucked with a pair of jeans and you are good to go. Alternatively style it with a bright and colourful statement necklace to keep it smart but not avoid looking like you are going to work.

The Leather Jacket
Leather jackets are the perfect in between jacket that can be worn all year round. It’s a timeless classic that goes with everything, this means it can easily be chucked on top of any outfit as you’re running out the door to perfect your look.

While this is a back to school type post I think that these should be wardrobe staples for everyone whether you're in school or not! What are you wardrobe staples?

 Eleanor xx

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday Nails - Clean, Sharp and Simple

My favourite type of nail art are always the modern, fresh and clean cut designs rather than the complex arty designs that I sometimes do. It's because clean cut geometric shapes never look garish and I think they fit in more with my clothes and style. So when I saw that a/w's nail art trends were minimalism and neutrals, while flicking through the latest edition of company magazine my heart leaped with joy.

This nail art was inspired by that of Prabal Gurung and DKNY and the nail art seen on the catwalk at their a/w shows. What nail trends will you be supporting next season?

Eleanor xx