MoYou nails: Stamp on Nail Art

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At a beauty event in London recently, I watched a nail art demonstration and was completely blown away. In a matter of seconds, plainly polished nails looked delicately hand painted with intricate floral detail. I’d never of known the designs were created using a stamp if I hadn’t just witnessed it. DIY nail art can be so much fun, but the thought of getting brushes and dotting tools out (as well as needing a spare couple of hours!) can be off putting. So, although utterly impressed, at the time I was sceptical. Would I be able to  grasp this new technique and recreate the lovely look?

YES! Having played around with my new MoYou nails sets for a few days, I can honestly say the brand – which successfully launched internationally this year – is beyond amazing. The website has such an wonderful range of adorable nail plates, polishes and sets, each with their own charm and character. This has been one of the most fun at-home beauty reviews I’ve ever done and I’m looking forward to building upon my little collection.

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Premium set & Kitty set from MoYou nails

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Kitty set

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How to use:

Step 1  Choose the design you want from the plate and apply nail polish over the image.

Step 2  Use the MoYou scrapper to remove excess polish. IMPORTANT: Hold at a 45 degree angle with the ‘MoYou’ logo facing up. Be careful not to apply too much pressure (I’m quite heavy handed so this took me a while to realise the gentler the swipe the better the print).

Step 3 Softly roll the MoYou stamp over the image (just once) and it will pick up the design.

Step 4  Roll the stamp thoroughly from side to side.

Step 5  Apply a top coat for a long lasting shiny finish and add rhinestones as you like.

It’s as simple as that!!

Beautiful, easy, quick, long lasting and affordable! MoYou nails is my new beauty hero!
The pictures in this post don’t even do the end results justice. When look down at my nails (even as I write this post) I can’t believe I did them myself. Love ’em!

Premium set is 44.99 Includes; 5 nail polishes, 1 top coat, 6 image plates, 1 stamp, 1 scraper, 1 rhinestones pack and 1 corrector pen.

Kitty set  is £24.99 Includes; 1 nail polish (black, 1 stamp, 2 image plates, 1 stamp, 1 scraper

Nail polishes & Accessories Start from £3.75

All available at www.moyounails.com

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Avon calling!

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Spread the word, Avon is officially hot! Even though Avon brochures have been floating around for 128 years, now is the first time I actually think of Avon as a reputably chic brand. I guess the whole door-to-door beauty buying thing has always had the stigma (to me at least) of a community of older women buying ‘smellies’. Please don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Avon! Getting inexpensive quality makeup, hair products and skincare goodies delivered right to your door? Why the hell have I always considered Avon a guilty pleasure?!… Not anymore. A girl in my building recently became an ‘Avon lady’ and (although she didn’t use the infamous catchphrase) she handed me the latest book. Enter my new Avon addiction. I’d forgotten how fun it is flicking through the pretty pages of (affordable) new cosmetics, and hearing the knock on your door when they arrive. I literally sprinted from my front room. For my first order (since being a pre-teen ordering via my lovely mum) I was surprisingly very… no VERY restrained. I picked up four Gel Finish nail enamels, in Sheer Love, Creme brûlée, Dazzle and Sterling. – This might sound a little odd but I swear whatever outfit I’m wearing when I shop for nail polishes, it sub-consciously influences my decision. It was most definitely a pale sweater when I ordered these.

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So, here’s the verdict…

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Sterling
This one’s by far my favourite. I love cool metal colour,alone and multi mixed with the pink shades. It’s got a slightly dull shine, but in a good way.

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Dazzle

This is a great girlie shade of pink without being too close to the million pink polishes I already have. It’s super shiny even without top coat (as pictured). It took two coats to get the right colour consistency.

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Crème Brûlée

I chose this one as it looks like it would go with pretty much anything (clothes and other nail polishes). The first coat looked pretty uneven and transparent, although the second coat did the trick! It looks quite elegant and simplistic when worn alone.

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Sheer Love

They got the name right! I really adore the soft nude/pale pink hue. Although, like real love, it took loads of effort and time to get it right! The first two coats were far from opaque. But, with a steady hand and a light third and final coat I got the look I wanted!

These generously sized pots are just £3.50 each for 12ml. I can’t wait to order some more colours!
Which one’s (if any) do you like?

Find out more at www.Avon.uk.com

I’d love to hear what you lovely lot think of Avon!

Beauty Spotter… it’s app-solutely fabulous!

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If, like me, you have a bit of an Instagram and Pinterest addiction (lunch breaks disappear as you swoon over gorgeous hair, makeup and nail trends you vow to try), brace yourself for Beauty Spotter. The UK’s first mobile app for hair and beauty salon discovery launched in App Store just last week- I’ve been totally hooked ever since.

To celebrate, BeautySpotter held a fab five day pop up event at BOXPARK, Shoreditch, with complimentary makeovers.

Me with the gorgeous Gemma Bellman (CEO of BS) and Ross McLaughlan (celeb hairstylist at Jones & Payne)

 Getting made-over with the gorgeous Gemma Bellman (CEO of BS) and Ross McLaughlan (celeb hairstylist at Jones & Payne) at BoxPark

But, don’t worry if you missed it this time, as Beauty Spotter will soon be spreading nationwide with pop up salons cropping up in cities up and down the UK.

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I was lucky enough to head over and meet Gemma Bellman, Founder and CEO of Beauty Spotter.
Gembels (Bellman’s BS profile name) came up with the fantastic concept when preparing for her own wedding day. “None of my friends were married yet, so I couldn’t really ask around”, explains Gemma. “Wadding through Google Images and individual websites looking for wedding makeup and hairstyles, seemed to be my only option. Starting with nothing is really hard.”

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What makes the Beauty Spotter app unique is that you can window-shop your favourite ‘look’ and then actually ‘book’, as the app connects you directly with the salon and stylist who posted it. Beauty Spotter lets us search by style, occasion, trend, area, brand and name so the perfect ‘look’ is in reach. Genius!

My Beauty Spotter Style:

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Hair – Sleek waves, created by the lovely Ross McLaughlan, stylist at Jones and Payne, (who styled locks at the Brit Awards this year) using Unite Max Control Spray and Unite Session Whip Mouse.
Ross’s top tips – Use a playing card to stop those manky heat infused hair clip indents. And, spray hairsray into your hands instead of directly to hair for subtle hold. (He had to keep telling me to ‘stop touching it’, as the curls might drop… oops). Thanks, Ross!photo

Nails – Courtesy of Glossin Nails’ Jessica Thompson, using OPI Light My Sapphire polish (which Jessica also used on Jourdan Dunn’s nails a few nights earlier for the ElleUK Style Awards!)

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