HOW TO: OMBRE NAILS

So you’re probably expecting some super complicated method which requires equipment with o-u-t-r-a-g-e-o-u-s-l-y long names that you can only purchase from the specialist of locations…like China, or something. Let me tell you, I got everything from Poundland. And I’m proud. *play non-existent patriotic Poundland theme tune*

All you will need (from Poundland) is:

  1. A small make-up sponge
  2. Nail varnish (duh)- 2 colours+
  3. Nails, preferably…

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So without more-a-do, lets p…um, lets start.

STAGE UNO:

1Apply a thick white base coat. This will enable your ombre colours to be more prominent, and also mean you will need less coats of them- leaving you more time to Snapchat pictures of your swanky ‘new‘ nails to people who quite frankly couldn’t care less, but hey, they’re cool.

**WARNING: YOU MUST ENSURE YOUR WHITE BASE IS COMPLETELY DRY BEFORE MOVING ONTO STAGE TWO, OR ELSE…I SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME…(of smudged nails- DUN DUN DUUUUN!)**


STAGE DOS:2

Paint the make-up sponge with the 2 or more colours you want to blend together in your ombre, one immediately below the other.

(Take note: Poundland make up sponge, I repeat, POUNDLAND MAKE-UP SPONGE)


STAGE TRES:

3Align your chosen colours on the make-up sponge with your nail, so that the colour on the bottom is the colour you want at the base of your nail.

Position the sponge as if you were about to skip to step four, (don’t, that’s rude), to check you are happy with the positioning and the ratio of colouring, blue to pink, in this case. ()


STAGE CUARTO:

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Applying a slight pressure, dab the sponge onto the nail in the position decided in step three/ stage tres.

Use continuous ‘dabbing’ motions moving the sponge very slightly- this will blend the two colours together, so don’t panic if you move the sponge from the original position at any point, as this will help the increase the gradient ()


STAGE CINCO…Y HAYA TERMINADO!

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As it is the nails you want painted, I highly suggest you clean the perimeter of the nail with a cotton bud, to avoid looking like you have obtained some highly infectious multi-coloured disease.

And there you have it, or them in this case…OMBRE NAILS!


Thank you for reading, or even just looking at the pictures. I hope my little ‘tutorial‘ (<lord, I hate that word.) on potentially the most simple process in the entire universe helped you in some way, somehow.

S x

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THE FAULT IN OUR SCARS|| flaunt your flaws 

Everyone has them, even the queen (shocker!). Whether it be from an unfortunate encounter with a lamp post, a marking of birth (birth mark, they’re called birth marks…), or the outcome of a traumatic period of your life, they’re there. A four letter word- scar– a word that spend less than a second on the lips, but a lifetime on the hips (*comes to the realisation I have just re-spoke the script of a dieting advert*)…no no, sorry, lets re-iterate: a word that takes 50 milliseconds to say, but a lifetime to go away. A scar:

scar
skɑː/
noun
1. A mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed completely.
“a faint scar ran the length of his left cheek”
Or as Connor Franta (*promo warning*-he’s an O-U-T-R-A-G-E-O-U-S-L-Y A-M-A-Z-I-N-G- youtuber, check him out here) defines it:
“Scars are daily reminders of something that happened to us- usually something significant. We should appreciate their presence, or at least acknowledge them and see them in a different way. It’s a unique marking and part of my identity.”
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It is a unique marking and part of my identity“. Oh the undying inspiration. But it’s a fact; no one else has that scar, that birth mark, or that ‘flaw‘ exactly were you do. Its UNIQUE, ONE OF A KIND, is makes you YOU. It’s like a limited edition bottle of Coca Cola Life in Tesco that they will only ever be one of- and you have it.
I have 8 scars, situated in all locations of my body. A birth mark, 2 scars on my arms- one on each in exactly the same place, a little weird funkay thing on my forehead, 3 in a row on my leg (sounds like the game- cool.) and a delightful little pentagonal one on my knee cap. But they don’t bother me. Why? Because they are so insignificant when placed in context. Why waist my life away worrying about a mangled, dis-orientated Happy Potter enthusiast scar on my head when I could be worrying about how much Nutella is left in the jar, and whether or not there will be any left by Sunday…
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To all the many millions of readers I currently do not have (*preys to self*), I thank you for taking the time to thoroughly depress yourself by reading my hopeless attempt at a seriously serious topic. I realise the reality is something along the lines of: (1) see nutella jar, (2) skip to end hoping for Nutella giveaway competition, (3) realise its a below bog standard blog, (4) quietly leave.

But if you are here, or somewhere, or something, I thank you anyway.
Sx

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK MASTER GRAPHIC LIQUID EYELINER: REVIEW| YAY OR NAY?

So this is undeniably an eyeliner, so I can start of by saying it lines the eyes…sometimes. Its temperamental nature leaves a nice ‘bold’ INVISIBLE  line above the lashes, completely contradicting the whole nature of the product. The packaging states:

“Liquid marker eyeliner for a bold graphic look.”

Without the ‘bold graphicness‘, the eyeliner is shaping up to be the equivalent of that sold in Poundland (*POUNDLAND PROMO: EYELINERS, MASCARAS, LIPSTICKS FOR ONLY £1, ROLL UP ROLL UP*).

However, on the rare occasions that it actually decides to do its job, the result can be somewhat satisfactory. As promised, the liner ACTUALLY LINES THE DAMN EYES, providing a bold, striking black line. The sloping head shape also aids application, and allows multiple styles to be easily drawn onto the eyelid. It looks a little something (exactly) like this:

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So once you’ve actually got some colour out of the thing, you prey it will last until you are 71 to recoup the stress of the whole damn painful process. Well good news, although it pains me to say, the line is incredibly long lasting…providing you don’t wash for the next 7 decades. Waterproof is not a nature withheld by the product, and so any moisture may provide you with a larger line than desired, and covering a lot more of your face then anticipated…

Other pros of using this product run along the lines of: its bold black colour (when it is so kind to show its face…or however you mould the expression to fit a non living object- oh lord), its flat base, its resistance to clump, and last but most certainly not least it was made in Italy. I always get excited by the thought of a guy with a 10 foot moustache ringing cowbells making eyeliner pens- normal right?

….And the final look is one of about 10,028,264,739,102,837 ways to wear this type of eyeliner, but preferably don’t follow this striking but quite frankly overpowering example:

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(I think the emphasis is on the precision of the line, not the fact she now has a 50/50 white:black ratio eyelid…)


Thank you for reading, passing by, or for just about anything I could find to thank you for!

Sx