Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Pastel Cloud Nail Art with M&S Limited Collection Polishes

Hi everyone!

I know it's strange for me to post on a Tuesday, but I did my nails tonight, so I thought I would do a 'Nails Of The Day' post. 

I went shopping on Sunday, and I bought three polishes from the Marks and Spencers Limited Collection polishes. 

I love it when Spring is on the way, because all the pastels come out to play, and I LOVE pastels.

The three I picked were Pale Lavender, Pale Peach and Mint.  I was also missing a super-pale blue in my collection, so I went into Superdrug and picked up Rimmel Lasting Finish in Sweet as Sugar, and Barry M Blue Moon.  For this manicure I used the Rimmel, and will try the Barry M another day.

I wanted to test ALL the colours out, so I decided to do a pastel skittle.  To make a different colour on all 5 nails, I added Max Factor's Mellow Yellow, which was already in my stash.

I was undecided whether to do polka dots, stripes, or a cloud manicure.  In the end I went for the cloud, and here's what I ended up with:
Cloud-Manicure
Apologies for the slice across my cuticle on my middle finger.  I was reaching into the kitchen drawer for the tinfoil, and the serrated edge on the clingfilm box caught me, ouch!  I couldn't photograph my other hand because my index finger on my right hand has an even worse injury, deary me.

So, I actually planned this mani out.  I put the most 'normal' colours, i.e. the lavender and peach on the two largest nails.  Then, I wanted the two most similar colours, the green and the blue away from each other, and the same with the green and the yellow, so the positions just slotted in nicely.

For the clouds, I used the 'next door' colour.  I moved over one nail each time, so the peach is on the main part of the middle finger, but the end of the ring finger, and so on.  All in all I'm pleased with the way it turned out.  Here's another pic:
Pastel_Nail_Art
I was mightily impressed with the Marks & Spencer polishes.  First coat was slightly streaky, but you expect that with a pastel.  Two coats was enough for opaqueness and they dried nice and fast.  Not bad at all for £3.50.  If they did free shipping they'd be sold out in no time at all.
 
The Rimmel blue was a pain.  This is 3 coats and I still had VNL.  I hope the Barry M is better.  I already knew the Max Factor was a pain, it was gloopy when I got it, and I thinned it, and it's still not a very nice consistency.  It goes bald at the cuticle, and goes streaky no matter what I try.  But it was the right shade for this so I perservered.
 
Here's what the skittle looked like 'nude'  As you will see I did have a bit of chipping by the time I thought to take the pics, 24 hours on.  It didn't have a topcoat and I'm pretty tough on polish as I type all day so this really wasn't bad going:
Pastel-Skittle-Manicure
Lastly, here's a line up of the polishes.  I've remembered to include the brush this time, I keep forgetting.  It was a flat style one, and quite stiff but not too bad.  I would have preferred it to have been slightly rounded at the tip, so it loses half a mark for that:
So there we have it, todays NOTD.  Which finger colour combo is your favourite?  I think mine is the ring finger, the blue and peach really work nicely, but I actually quite like them all.  Hopefully I can manage not to get bored of this one until the weekend!
 
Until next time...
 
MASPOOASE x x x
~Wendy~

15 comments:

  1. Oh I love these pastel fluffy clouds. Those M&S bottles are so cute!

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    1. Thank you so much! The bottle shape was nice and stable as well as cute, I thought it was a bit weird when I first got it, but while using it the shape actually made alot of sense. Lots more pastels to come! x x x

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  2. I can't pick a fav nail! Wendy I love these... I wish pastels would suit me better but they make me look all mucky!!! I do like blue moon tho... I went through a phase last year of being unable to do a mani without it. Fab. And again... Major nail envy! They're so perfect and square. I'd hate on u if I didn't like u so much! Xxx

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    1. Awww thank you! I can't rock the reds like you can so it all evens out in the end. I have nail bed envy on you so we're equal! I'm struggling to save my index nail at the mo, it's got a few peeling issues grrr pesky weather! Eventually I'll learn not to do the washing up or de-ice the car without gloves on! x x x

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  4. You got Blue Moon! Yay!
    I need a new bottle, going into Manchester tomorrow, Superdrug is right at the place I have to walk past..Ouch.
    That was my purse
    Gorgeous idea and well executed x

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    1. Thanks beautiful! I haven't tried it yet, sounds like it's gonna be a keeper! x x x

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  6. Your nails look FANTASTIC! such a cute idea, if only spring would hurry up. x

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    1. Thanks Claire, you're right I wish it would HURRY! x x x

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  7. Wow!! I'm impressed, these look super...love the colours too!! Well done :) xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I really liked them, will try something different with these same colours later on in the Spring I think x x x

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  8. I really like the M&S beauty and make up range. My favourite nail polish from the limited collection is 'leaf'!

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    1. Leaf? I didn't see that one, will definitely look it up next time I'm in there, thanks! x x x

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  9. These look really nice, I've never really branched out that much and tried the M&S make-up etc, I think I should have another look!

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

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