Thursday, 29 September 2011

BEAUTY | RIMMEL LYCRA PRO IN 393 DESIRE

I bought this for a night out last weekend, I was wearing a black dress and wanted a suitable colour to go with it. 'Desire' is a gorgeous reddy brown colour with a hint of shimmer, I took two swatch photos as without the flash I don't think it caught the shimmer very well, but I know how people appreciate natural sunlight photos too.

rimmel-lycra-pro-393-desire

I can tell you now, the coverage of this particular shade is absolutely amazing (I can't speak for the whole range as this is the only one I have tried). I was in a massive rush when I was going out so I only had time to do one coat, this polish looks amazing just with that one layer. Obviously if you layer it up, the colour will be darker and probably last longer on your nail.

The application of this polish is amazing, Rimmel have decided to use a 'Maxi Brush' for this product for 'Mistake Free Application'. I was in a rush and this brush made it so much easier to apply! 


So rather than faffing with a thin brush and having to do numerous strokes and re-dips, this brush means that you can apply polish in 3 strokes (or less, depending on the width of your nail) and I didn't have to re-dip at all! I do believe that the Rimmel 60 Second polish has also had a brush overhaul, but it's a 'precision' brush... I must try that.

Without a shadow of a doubt I would buy more from this range, yes. I did grumble to myself a little when I bought it as it was £4.59, I'm used to buying Rimmel I <3 Lasting finish at £2.99 but the lycra one is definitely worth the price tag, I think.
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Monday, 26 September 2011

BEAUTY | MAC BLUSH IN 'STYLE'

This is the first of my posts featuring products from my duty free haul; First up is the MAC Powder Blush in 'Style'. I've been looking for a peachy coloured blush for a while now, I was going to use up the rest of my No.7 one first but I couldn't resist the Duty Free offering. As I mentioned in the haul post, the lady at MAC was less than helpful, and I felt as if she really didn't want to assist me at all. I knew I wanted a peachy shade but I didn't know whether a matte look or a shimmer would suit me best. The lady said this was an 'inbetween' shade; not matte but not too shimmery



I have to say, I do love it. It's just what I wanted; it doesn't go 'OOOSH' look at me I have peach on my cheeks... it does give a really nice subtle glow; a nice alternative to bronzer for paler ladies and a nice change for those with a darker complexion. The No.7 one was way to pink for my liking and I don't want to look like a pot doll. 

Everything about this blush is fab, the texture, ease of application; everything is good in my opinion; no complaints at all.

You can buy this from MAC's online store or Debenhams for £19.50
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

BEAUTY | AZTEC NAIL ART TUTORIAL

Last but by no means least in my guest blogging series is Paige from Nailsaholic, she has a wordpress blog (first one I've ever read, to be honest). If you're into nails, then this is definately a blog for you to watch!
Todays nail art is my absolute favorite nail design. Aztec/Tribal designs are so in right now, so why not give them a go on your nails?

aztec-nails

aztec-nails

I made these nails using a striper brush, dotting tool, and a small brush. Sounds pretty easy?
It is! 

1. I painted my nails with Sinful Colors: Snow Me White, to give a good base, I then used Essie: Lapis Of Luxury to paint my whole nails with.

2. I took a striper brush, and painted a stripe 1/4 of the way up from the bottom of my nail using a contrasting colour. I used China Glaze: Shocking Pink (Neon)

3. I then used a striper brush again to paint a black line above the pink, I used Sinful Colors: Black on Black.

4. I left a gap and then painted a white line using Sinful Colors: Snow Me White about halfway up the nail.

5. I left another gap and painted another white line, 2 black lines were painted around the white line.
The detail was then added with a dotting tool and a small nail art brush.

Aztec/Tribal nail art is one of the easiest nail arts to do, if you make a mistake, you can easily cover it with a line and make it look like it was supposed to be there. You can also change it to your personal preference and make it as 'in-your-face' as you want!

Hope you have fun trying to create some aztec nails!

Paige
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Monday, 19 September 2011

BEAUTY | HOW TO PROTECT DRY/SENSITIVE SKIN

The one and only skincare post by my guest bloggers is by Daisy from Pretty Green Tea, she has a lifestyle blog and takes amazing photos!

Hello everyone, Daisy here from the lifestyle blog; Prettygreentea. This is a guest post for Jade about what products to use if you have dry skin and sensitive skin. If you are from the UK you will know that we are already experiencing a little colder weather at the moment, though it does chop and change from day to day. When the weather gets cooler my skin becomes very dry, but also when it is really hot it also becomes dry, so my skin is always dry... So I tend to use really thick creams and moisturising products all through the year. I also am allergic to many products and chemicals, my skin reacts to them and becomes very sore. I have tested many different products in order to find ones that are kind to my skin. 

The products I am going to share with you are all products I have been using over the past year, purchased more than once and ones which I think are good value for money. 

Lovea Bio Burkina Shea Nourishing Body Balm
This is a very thick nourishing balm, it is by one of my favourite brands ; Lovea Bio. They are an organic brand so there is no fear of any horrible chemicals being in the balm which may affect your skin. The balm is very thick and fantastic for putting all over your body, I immediately feel my skin feeling soft and less dry, especially in the morning which is when it is at it’s worst point. I also use this before I go to bed, it’s smell is lovely and relaxing and I let it works it’s magic through the night.

I usually go for fragrance free products but as all Lovea Bio products are natural that means the beautiful smell they give off are perfect for my skin and I haven’t had any reactions thankfully. You can buy this brand from www.mypure.co.uk or if you live near me (a little town in Suffolk) there is a lovely little independent shop that sells all organic skin care products. If you do live in Suffolk I can give you the details of the shop. This tub actually arrived for me today, I made a little order of goodies from Mypure as I was running low on body cream. This nourishing balm is £6.49 which I think is a good price for a body cream which is kind to my skin, lasts a good few months (especially with the amount I use) and is made from organic products and not a chemical in sight. 


Day face cream : Botanics
I have used the Botanics range for quite some time, I usually try new products from the range when it is on 3 for 2 in Boots. I have found that this face cream with marshmallow and SPF15 in has been really good for my skin. It is another lovely thick cream which soaks into your skin to give it lots of moisture. People who do not have sensitive skin may find it too thick for a day cream. For those of us with dry skin and also sensitive skin this face cream is a dream. I have personally had no reactions to my skin from using this and I have been buying this for about a year now.


You can get this for £6.12 in Boots, which I think is a good price for a face cream, I often alternate what I use and sometimes spend more than this on a face cream, so I think this is quite cheap for really good moisturising cream. I recommend waiting for the 3 for 2 offers, there is always others things you need so saving a little money is a bonus.

Night cream : Comvita Replenishing Night Moisturiser
It took me a while to decide if I was going to include this night moisturiser, it is a little more expensive than the other products I am recommending to you, but I only use this or the Estee Lauder Night repair gel which is also another expensive product. I decided I would share this with you because I know what a pain and upset it can be when you wake up in the morning with dry and sore skin. Comvita Night Moisturiser costs £30.00, which is expensive but it has lasted me a good few months and I use quite a good few squirts of it each evening before bed. This is another thick cream (I bet your sick of reading that, but it has to be when you have dry skin) which quenches your face as soon as you put it on, it works it’s magic through the night and my face feels less tight when I wake up in the morning. I am always open to trying new night creams, as I mentioned before, I find that if you use the same products for over a year then your skin can become used to them, so I try to mix it up a bit and use other products (such as the Estee Lauder gel). If any of you know of other fab night creams then I would love to know which they are.


General cream: ASDA Dry skin cream protect
I think this cream is about 70p, you can pop it in your handbag and use it through the day, I always wear tights and of course that can dry your legs out, so sometimes I have to go and pop a bit of this on and it is just so handy and cheap. I use it as a hand cream mostly, when I don’t have any hemp cream (which is from the Body Shop). I am waiting for that to go on offer actually, then I will stock up on it for winter. 


I decided to keep this post simple and just focus on body cream, face, night and hand cream. I do have some favourite eye creams and a cream I use before swimming, but I didn’t want to bore those of you who don’t have sensitive skin. I can always give you more information for anyone who is interested; you are welcome to email me.  
I hope you have all enjoyed my guest post for Jade and can take away some useful information from it.
Daisy
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Friday, 16 September 2011

BEAUTY | MUA EYESHADOW IN SHADE 13

Day 3 of my blog takeover, today we have the lovely Amy, known for her funky outfit posts, gorgeous makeup looks and her cool little profile picture. 

Hi guys! I’m Amy from Paperbacks & Postcards which is primarily a make-up blog but I also post about fashion and books/films too – basically all the things that a 22 year old girl likes! At the moment I’m really enjoying posting new eye looks that I’ve come up with when playing with my vast collection of eye shadows, and thought I’d show you my favourite eye shadow today and a few ways that you could use it.
The eyeshadow in question? MUA Shade 13. It’s one of the pearl finish shadows and is a lovely deep blackened purple/aubergine. It looks black most of the time but the purple shines through in some lights and looks really pretty! It blends really easily too which is always a bonus!
Yep, my favourite eyeshadow is one that cost me £1. Bargain. 


Look 1
First up I did a dark smoky eye which is my favourite type of make-up to wear on nights out.


What I did:

1. Pack Shade 13 all over lid up to the crease.

2. Take a Black shadow and place this in the crease & Outer V.
3. Blend this out with a fluffy brush so there are no harsh edges.
4. Take Shade 13 under the lower lashline and blend this out a little.
5. Add a tiny bit of a pale purple shade in the inner corner - to highlight this area.
6. Apply black eyeliner to the waterline and upper lashline.
7. Curl Lashes and apply black mascara.


Look 2
For the next look I decided to create something a bit more interesting, using a gold shadow all over the lid and the purple in the crease. I really like this look as it’s still smoky but bright at the same time.


What I Did:
  1. I packed Woodwinked by MAC all over the lid, but any old goldy type shade would be perfect!
  2. I added Shade 13 in the outer v and blended this into the gold.
  3. I took the purple into the crease a little and blended this out too. Make sure that you don’t go too far in towards the inner eye.
  4. I repeated this until the purple was intense enough for me.
  5. I then placed some of the purple along the lower lashes, again not going the whole way along the eye.
  6. I blended the edges of the purple colour to give a smoky effect.
  7. I used a bright gold pigment on the inner corner of my eye to highlight.
  8. Finally I added black eyeliner to the waterline and some black mascara.
So, there we have it. Two eyeshadow looks using my favourite eyeshadow – MUA Shade 13. I hope you liked them and if you’d like to see more eyeshadow looks do check out my blog – Paperbacks & Postcards.
Thanks to Jade for letting me take over her blog for a bit!
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Thursday, 15 September 2011

BEAUTY | MUA LIPSTICK SHADE 2

Day 2 of my guest blogging series and here we have Daniella, if you like a blog with a bit of everything on it then Madame Gourmand is definitely one for you to follow! She posts about anything from food to complementary therapy - some really interesting stuff!

Hello, My name is Daniella and I write the lifestyle blog Madame Gourmand, I was thrilled when Jade said I could write a guest post for her readers, I will be writing about lipstick today and I hope you enjoy reading it! 

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t heard of the brand MUA, if you’re a beauty blogger you will know that the brand is very active on both twitter and facebook and are quick to interact with customers. 
MUA certainly found a niche in the market when they launched their range of affordable products including the professional range.  I’m a bit of a makeup snob and prefer higher end products like Chanel, Dior and YSL, having said that I do like a bargain and whilst browsing the stands at Superdrug picked up this MUA lipstick in shade 2.


I‘d prefer the colours to be named rather than numbered but that’s just personal preference and has nothing at all to do with the actual product. 

The packaging is very simple, a black tube with silver detail, surprisingly it doesn’t actually look cheap and you certainly wouldn’t be embarrassed getting this out of your makeup bag to apply in public.  If you have ever purchased one of the MUA lipsticks you will know that the compartment at the bottom of the tube which looks like the colour indicator houses a small sample of the lipstick which you can apply with your finger.


The colour is a cross between a plum and a pink, I guess this will look different on each skin tone, at the time of application I was wearing tinted moisturiser only and looked quite pale.  In my opinion the plum tones seem to be more prominent on my skin however when I wear false tan the colour looks slightly pinker. 

The pigmentation is good however the staying power is not great and I found the product was quite drying. 


For £1 I guess you get what you pay for, I would personally prefer to pay more for a pigmented, moisturising and longer lasting product.  If you’re on a tight budget this would be perfect for you. 

The MUA lipsticks are available from Superdrug for £1 at the time of writing, 10 shades were available online.
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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

BEAUTY | MAVALA DARING PINK NAIL POLISH

So here is the first of my wonderful guest posts, this one is by Liloo from 'Le Petit Jardin de Liloo'. Liloo is best known for her Nails, Eyes and honesty. Her daring looks are a refreshing change, she likes to experiment and never fails to please her readers. She's also on twitter as @Tsunimee, she's really lovely, go follow!

Mavala Daring Pink

They say 'One man's trash is another man's treasure'. This expression couldn't strike a chord more than now. When I saw Mavala Daring Pink (159) nail in a beauty blog sale, I just had to have it.

If you're new to Mavala, they are a Swiss company, specialised in nail care. Behind their mini polishes (bottles contain 5ml of product) a refreshing concept: Little pots of colour that won't dry out before you reach the bottom. The company also prides themselves to create nail polishes which are free from parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal.

Despite all this goodness, I've never really indulged in Mavala. The first Mavala polish I tried (a present from a friend) didn't wow me. Most of all, I couldn't help but thinking that £2.99, whilst remaining ultra affordable for a nail polish, was a little bit steep for just 5ml. Until Daring Pink came along...


Daring Pink is a gorgeous bright pink nail polish with a strong iridescence of blue. The shade is nothing unique. I am ashamed to confess that I own 3 other bright polishes with vivid flashes of blue. Nails Inc ‘Montrose Place’, Rimmel ‘Pulsating’ and NYC ‘Love me’ are very similar but Daring Pink is a different kettle of fish altogether. Application was a dream and in 2 coats I was able to achieve a perfect finish.




None of my other pink with blue shimmer nail polishes are so easy to apply and cute to look at. The travel size of the bottle is adorable and I am totally, madly, deeply in love.


My love story with Mavala has just begun and I can't get to try more shades. Do you own Mavala polishes yourself?

Which shades should I treat myself with next?
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Monday, 12 September 2011

BLOGGING TIPS | HOW TO MAKE A GOOD TUTORIAL

Tips taken from a #bbloggers chat in September 2011

One of the questions asked was: What do people prefer, blog tutorials or video?
Answer: No majority; do what you are comfortable with. If you like doing both, then do both... that way you please both types of reader!

What did the bloggers say?

@PerishStorm: Worst is when you're watching a tutorial and the person disappears out of shot to apply eyeliner/lashes. I need to see that bit ! #bbloggers

@BeautyU: I like tutorials that use sketches and words. Helps to see face/eye/lip shape better and more adaptable for every face shape #bbloggers

@Shuttershimmer: I like to see tutorials feat. exclusively either drug store or high end products #bbloggers

@Katiexhai: #bbloggers i get put off by REALLY long tutorials. Anything over 15 mins i find myself skipping parts which kinda defeats the point.

@Beautycfw: #bbloggers I love nail tutorials if you can see each separate step :)

Blanket Tips for both Blog and Video Tutorials:

State exactly what products are used; add a list of substitutes, if you can

Try not to use discontinued products

State where the products were from and how much they cost

Try and vary which brands you use in one tutorial, unless it is a specific Mac tutorial, try and use other products where possible

Tips for Blog Tutorials:

Use pictures and text - people like to see a description of what's going on

Only use clear images; to get the clearest possible make sure you use the 'Macro' setting on your camera

Have a tutorials page on your navigation or sidebar - it makes it easier for people to find them!

Add the finished image onto your dashboard, it should attract people.

Tips for Video Tutorials:

If you have a blog, post a summary of your video with a link to it

Try and strike a balance, cut the chitter chatter but put some personality into it, rather than having a scripted set of step by step instructions

Show your technique as best you can

Start from scratch (bare faced) if you can, especially for full face tutorials

Try and zoom in at appropriate moments

If you are a regular vlogger, invest in a tripod, it makes camera positioning a lot easier

As for WHAT sort of tutorials people want to see, there was everything from hair, to day looks to bright and sparkly looks. I say do what you are comfortable with and feel you are good at, there will always be someone who wants to know how to do a specific look. The more tutorials you do, the quicker you learn what works and what doesn't.

Other blogging tips:
What makes a good review
How to personalise your blog
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Monday, 5 September 2011

BLOGGING TIPS | WHAT MAKES A GOOD REVIEW

This post is from September 2011 - call it 'retro blogging tips' if you will...

This weeks #bbloggers topic was chosen by Sophie; What do you think makes for a good review? What do you think is essential?

It seemed like a popular topic and from what I can gather, beauty bloggers got a lot out of this hour!

The clear messages, mentioned by many people:

The main point, which came up time and time again was that it is vital to be HONEST, whether its sent to you or you have bought it. If you are worried about bad feeling between you and a PR company, @Thechapblog recommends telling them that your review won't be such a good one.

Photos are a must, and readers prefer photos taken by yourselves rather than stock photos, many people trust the review more with original photos. 

Take photos in different lights if you can; this provides a more accurate impression of the product

EXPLAIN - don't just say it's 'amazing' or its 'rubbish,' we need to know why

Chatty styles of writing seem to be preferred but also try to be concise and to the point

Include your hair and skin type within the post; or have it in another section and link to it. What works for one skin type, may not for another! Also mention whether the packaging says it's suitable for sensitive skin.

Some product reviews can benefit greatly from before and after photos; especially foundations, to show the coverage etc.

Price of the Product - this is vital to most people, they also want to know whether it is worth the money or not.

Where to buy the product - links to store websites can also be very helpful as some people do not have easy access to some products in their local towns/cities. Maybe mention international availability if you can.

Description is important; tell your audience what the product looks like, smells like and feels like

Some products need to be tested over a period of time to get a good impression; especially skincare. Many bloggers suggested using these types of products for around 28 days before reviewing. That way you will know the effects on your skin; whether good or bad.

Products such as Nail polish should be reviewed after around 3 days, and foundation for a day to be able to assess staying power.

Swatches are good, but try to use the product in its intended place to give readers a more accurate impression... especially lipstick as it can look very different on hands than it does on your lips!! 


Individual Tips and Opinions:

@Makeup_Savvy: Accurate swatches that look that the exact shade of the product and if you can't you should link to another blog that does!

@MissBuBu26: If you've been sent a PR sample of a product not yet launched, state it! Saving others the hassle of trying to find it in store

@nnj4eternity: include -in quotes- what the manufacture claims the product does, then I say if I agree or not! I think it adds a little extra!

@beauty_diaries: If I do review any earlier I call it a 1st impression post & do a follow up 3-4 weeks later

@cutthroatonline: I'm a big fan of texture descriptions and pictures, especially in skincare products like exfoliators.

@H_beautylicious: 1-2 sentences don't cut it for me on reviews; i like nitty gritty, detail - gives me a real feel and understanding for a product

@fashionCHICsta: Don't forget the ancillary products: Talk about included applicators (even if you didn't use them). If the included applicators are crap - tell me so I can buy something else WHILE i'm at at the store, not a second trip

@TheChapblog: I think you have to remember that a review is that persons personal opinion. If they hate it you might love it, may work for you

@breezeybeee: I like comparison posts too, or at least recommendations to what could be similar but at less/more price

@londonlipgloss: at the end of the day whether u bought it or not u are influencing other peoples decisions, so be honest and maintain integrity

@notamakeupsnob: I don't really like reviews of Limited Edition products which are no longer available - they're a bit pointless in my opinion.

@MrLippie: If you're going to write a review, try & make it personal. It's not a science paper - it's your experience & opinion 

@beautycfw: I like reviews that recommend what skin types the product would be best for!

@prettyboutiquex: I like it when reviews are laid out in sections or paragraphs, makes them ALOT easier to read!

@FashionCHICsta: Include discussion about the vessel in your review: Does the cap lock tight; will it leak or will product to dry out?

  
My personal favourite tweet from a company: @MUACosmetics said 'We love to see honest reviews on our products - even where it may be a little less positive it gives us something to work on'

There were a few hazy points such as 'should you include a rating of 1-5'... there was no real majority feeling so I say if you like doing it, carry on!

When it comes to length of reviews, a few people said that it's a good idea to summarise as well as go into the detail as some people want to read the nitty gritty whereas others just want to know the important points.

On a final note: Many people also asked about what products they should review, and to that I say: Review what you want to review, don't do something because everyone else is; be original... I think your readers will love you for it!

This is not a definitive do's and don't list when it comes to reviewing, each and every blogger has their own style; if it works for you then there is no reason why you shouldn't carry on!

I hope you can take something away from this weeks #bbloggers chat, I know I definately have!

Other Blogging Tips - 
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Saturday, 3 September 2011

BEAUTY | LIZ EARLE CLEANSE & POLISH REVIEW

After debating a lot, considering whether to try a new product (which meant spending more than £5!) and running the risk of breaking out, I finally bought Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. And I'm delighted that I did!

Not only did I receive the 100ml bottle of cleanse and polish in a lovely little reusable zip-up bag with 2 muslin clothes, the lovely people at Liz Earle included a 50ml bottle of Instant Boost Skin Tonic which is worth £5!



This product is different to any skincare product I've ever tried before, not only because it feels lovely after use but also in the way it is applied. It comes with an instruction sheet as its not just a case of slapping it on and leaving it to soak in, ohhh no no no. In my opinion the application process is a much nicer experience, much like part of a salon facial. 

Firstly, it smells lovely. Not a sniff of a harsh chemical, it smells so fresh; exactly what I want to put on my skin. On reflection I'm thinking that my constant breakouts may be as a result of using crappy chemical-ridden products. Liz Earle prides herself on using natural ingredients; Cleanse and Polish contains rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil. Secondly, there are 2 main steps to application instead of just rubbing it in and leaving it you massage into the skin and then soak the muslin cloth in 'hand hot' water and wipe away the cream (and hopefully the skin impurities aswell!). 


As far as consistency of the product goes, its really nice and creamy... A little goes a long way I found. On the instructions it says 1-2 pumps of product, so I imagine this 100ml bottle will go a long way, even when used morning and night like the instructions say. I have to say, this product wasn't what I thought it would be (not in a bad way), I expected a fine gritty cream but only because the name has the word 'polish' in it. It was a pleasant surprise when I found it was a smooth formula!!

The Instant Boost Skin Tonic was just the icing on the cake, just a sweep over the face with a loaded cotton button et voila! My skin felt alive, instead of dull and oily like it normally does!  

I definitely recommend Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as an introduction to the brand. If you are a little weary of whether you will like it or not, you can buy a 30ml tube for £6.50
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Thursday, 1 September 2011

BEAUTY | LEOPARD PRINT NAIL ART TUTORIAL

Look at these! I saw them on Rominataur's blog and had to have a go. I never thought I'd have a steady enough hand for nail art but these are so easy to do!
I received my Models Own order this morning and instead of doing a 'haul post' I decided to do something constructive with the stuff I received (plus I only actually bought 4 things, so not really a haul!).

leopard-print-nails

To create this nail art I used the Wah nail art pen, Models Own Blooboo (Powder Blue is very similar) and OhMyGOSH mini nail polish in Nude Champagne (Models Own Nude Icing looks very similar). Unfortunately the Wah nail art pen is no longer available, however you can get similar pens like this set of Rio classic nail art pens.

Tutorial:
1. Paint your nails with a base colour (preferably a light nude shade) 

2. Pick up a light blue shade and do rough dots around the nail, don't have too much nail polish on the brush otherwise the dot will end up too thick and won't dry properly. 

3. Using a nail art pen or tool, draw little C shapes around the blue dots and add some more rough C shapes around the nail.

Thats it!
(let the polish dry in between each step, otherwise it'll be a smudged mess)

The key with this design is not to be too precise, since when were leopard prints all the same? You can do as many dots and dashes as you like, it's down to individual preference; that's what I love about this design, no two are ever the same. Don't worry if you don't have a steady hand, especially when using the nail art pen, I found that instead of doing a solid line it was easier to do tiny little joined up dots.

Have you tried any nail art with a nail art pen? If so link me on Twitter, I'd love to have a look!
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