Tuesday 29 December 2015

Deletionista (Guest Post)

Hello lovelies! My guest posts continue with the lovely Emma - @deletionista over on Instagram, sharing her view on the massive world of Indie polishes. Read on to find out more, and for some gorgeous swatches.

While the lovely Becca (with the most amazingly long nails I’ve ever known *not even a little bit jealous*) is off enjoying her Christmas away, she offered some people to do a guest post, this is mine. I am Emma, Deletionista on Instagram and a self-confessed Nail Polish Addict.

The wonderful world of Indies…

Friday 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas! (Christmas Mani Collage)

Merry Christmas lovelies! I hope you're all having an amazing day, filled with lots of food and festivities! I will probably be super busy here in the U.S at my Dads. I have a quick post for the day itself with a collage of all of my Christmas mani's from this year. I didn't manage to do as many as I hoped before leaving for my holiday - oh well! Read on for a closer look at each and for links to their original posts.

Christmas Mani Collage @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 24 December 2015

Uber Chic Christmas Plate - FairyTales Nails (Guest Post)

Hello my lovelies, and Happy Christmas Eve! I'm sure you're all getting super excited! Today's guest post is from Kirsty over at FairyTales Nails. Me and Kirsty have become amazing friends through our love of nail polish so I had to ask her to post for me. She has the Uber Chic Christmas stamping plate to share with us, including some gorgeous swatches. Read on for more!

Hello lovely people, I am so honored to be writing this guest post for my lovely friend Becca while she is away. Me and Becca are both completely mad about Christmas so I thought the best guest post to do for her would be a review on the fabulous Uber Chic Christmas plate. It is thanks to my good friend Becca that I even own this plate, she picked it up from me from the fantastic She Sells Seashells. This plate was £11 which I think is a fabulous price, it is great quality just what we have come to expect from Uber Chic. 

Monday 21 December 2015

Lacquer_licious (Guest Post)

Hi lovelies! Today's guest post is from the lovely Louvaine - @lacquer_licious over on Instagram. I've admired her nails for so long and was super excited when she agreed to post for me - let's see what she came up with! As always, read on for more info!

Hello! My name is Louvaine, I'm a mum of 5 and a nail art lover and today I'm proud to be a guest blogger for the fabulous Becca!

For this blog post I wanted to try something new and decided to use some cute little Christmas tree charms that I bought from she-sells-seashells.co.uk. I've never used nail charms before!

Friday 18 December 2015

B Nailed To Perfection (Guest Post)

Hello lovelies. As many of you know, I'm off to America to spend Christmas with my Dad and his family. I have guest posts from some lovely nail ladies to share with you while I'm away. First up is Bethany from B Nailed to Perfection with these gorgeous Christmas nails. Read on to find out more!

Thursday 17 December 2015

Christmas Holly Nails (November Nailbox Polishes)

Helloo! Today I've taken inspiration from the nail design tutorials included in November's Nailbox (post here). One of them shows you how to create a holly leaf manicure. I decided to do a similar design but stamped holly leaves instead of freehanding them. I used all three polishes from the box, as the tutorials originally intend. As always, read on for more info! 
Christmas Holly Nails @acertainbeccaa

Please ignore my lumpy little fingernail - it appears my teabag repair (post here) didn't go quite as well as I'd hoped!

Sunday 13 December 2015

Tea Bag Repair - I Broke A Nail :'(

Hello! Today I have a sad, unplanned post. I decided this afternoon that it'd be a great idea to clean the kitchen and wash up with only base coat on. Sitting down to do my nails after, I realised I had broken one, and on my swatch hand - how devastating! 

Normally I would deny it for a bit and then cut all of my nails down, but I didn't want to go away for Christmas with short nails. Instead I attempted a tea bag repair for the first time, and thought I'd let you know how it went. Here's a look at the break (my poor nail!). Read on to find out more!

Nail Break @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 10 December 2015

Ciate London 'Candy Craze' (Christmas Glitter Nails)

Hello lovelies! Today I have some super quick and easy Christmas nails to show you all. If you don't have the time (or patience) to fiddle with nail art brushes, vinyls, stamping etc then this is for you! I've gone for a super fun Christmas glitter over a plain black base. Read on to find out more!

Ciate London 'Candy Craze' Christmas Glitter @acertainbeccaa

Sunday 6 December 2015

Wintery Snowflakes (Models Own 'Asscher Blue')

Hello my lovelies. I hope you're all having a good weekend! Today I have another quick design for you, this time a bit more Wintery than Christmassy. I've seen a lot of people rocking snowflake designs and couldn't resist doing one myself. I decided to go for a bright baby blue with silver snowflakes to create a cold frosty look. Read on for more info!

Wintery Snowflake Nails @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 3 December 2015

Candy Cane (Peppermint?) Swirls

Hello lovelies! It's finally December and I'm feeling super super festive! I've got so many ideas for Christmassy nails - it's going to be a fun month! I decided to start with something simple and went for candy cane inspired swirls. After actually doing these I realised it's not a candy cane pattern, peppermint swirls maybe? Either way I think they're really festive and I love them! Read on to find out more.

Candy Cane Swirl Nails @acertainbeccaa

Saturday 28 November 2015

November MeeBox - Taupe To Mee

Hello lovelies! Today I have the November MeeBox to show you. This months theme was 'Taupe To Mee'. I have to admit I wasn't 100% sure what colour taupe actually was, although a browny beige tone came to mind. After a quick google it wasn't much clearer! I'm not really a fan of nudes or browns so was hoping some dusty lilacs or pale yellows would creep in. Let's have a look! Read on for more info and some quick swatches.

November Meebox - Taupe to Mee @acertainbeccaa

Wednesday 25 November 2015

November Nailbox Unboxing - Festive Fingers

Hello! It's officially that time of the month again - happy nailbox day! This months box has a festive theme and I could not be more excited! It's getting super close to December and I have to say I'm starting to get into the Christmas spirit. The treats in my nailbox definitely help. Read on for a closer look at everything inside!

November Festive Nailbox @acertainbeccaa

Tuesday 24 November 2015

She Sells Seashells Mega Christmas Mystery Box

Hello lovelies. I have an exciting post for you today. She Sells Seashells have released another seasonal goody box, this time for Christmas. I really loved the Halloween (post here), so there was no way I wasn't getting my hands on one! There are two options, the Christmas Mystery Box and the Mega Christmas Mystery box. The mega box has three extra items and is the box I have to show you today. Read on to see everything inside!

She Sells Seashells Mega Christmas Mystery Box @acertainbeccaa

Friday 20 November 2015

Movember Nails! (Picture Polish 'Peaches n' Cream')

Hello! Today I finally have the nail art I was planning when I put on Nails Inc 'Uptown' (post here). I wanted to do some simple moustache nails for Movember (or 'No Shave November') but it wasn't really the base colour I was after. I started again with a new base and ended up loving it. Read on for more info!

Movember Moustache Nails @acertainbeccaa

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Rainbow Connection Haul (Glam Polish & ILNP)

Hello lovelies! I recently placed my first order (yay!) with Rainbow Connection and it's far too pretty and exciting not to show you all! I haven't worn any of these gorgeous polishes yet but they will definitely be popping up soon, either individually as I wear them or as a collective swatch post. Read on for more pictures and for names/details of each polish!
Rainbow Connection Indie Polish Haul @acertainbeccaa

Monday 16 November 2015

Nails Inc Gel Effect 'Uptown'

Hello lovelies! Today I have some quick swatches of Nails Inc Gel Effect 'Uptown' to show you. I wasn't sure whether or not to post this as I don't like it! I love it when others are honest and post polishes they don't love so I thought I'd do the same. Read on for swatches and to find out why I don't like it!

Nails Inc 'Uptown' @acertainbeccaa

Saturday 14 November 2015

Danglefoot Polish - Mystery Grab Bag

Hello! Around two weeks ago, the lovely Hayley from Danglefoot Nail Polish offered a couple of mystery grab bags on her Instagram page. I somehow only have one other Danglefoot polish so I couldn't pass up my chance to get a few more! The three beauties in my grab bag were 'Long Hot Summer', 'Think Pink', and 'True of Heart 0.1'. Read on for more info and swatches!

Danglefoot Polish 'Long Hot Summer', 'Think Pink' & 'True Of Heart 0.1'
Danglefoot Polish 'Long Hot Summer', 'Think Pink' & 'True Of Heart 0.1'

Thursday 12 November 2015

Opulent Essences - Hand & Nail Exfoliant Scrub

Hi lovelies! The lovely Sharon and Zoe over at Opulent Essences kindly sent me a sample of their hand and nail exfoliant scrub to review. I'm always looking for new things to add into my nail care routine so I was super excited! As I don't use cuticle eliminators, I find a scrub really useful at getting rid of any dry skin on my hands. Read on to find out more!

Opulent Essences Hand & Nail Exfoliant Scrub @acertainbeccaa
Opulent Essences Hand & Nail Exfoliant Scrub @acertainbeccaa

Tuesday 10 November 2015

NET Cancer Awareness - Pink Zebra Mani

Hello lovelies! I'm back after a long weekend away at a family reunion and have some fun bright nails to show you all. The lovely Emma over at Em's Little Corner suggested a mani link up for NET cancer awareness day. NET (Neuroendocrine Tumours) is a rare form of cancer that not many people are aware of. I hadn't heard of it before Emma's suggestion - showing that she has raised awareness already! The theme was pink zebra to match that of the NET Cancer Day website. Read on to find out more!

NET Cancer Awareness Pink Zebra Mani @acertainbeccaa

Tuesday 3 November 2015

September Nailbox 'Creepy Colours' - Swatches

Oops! This is a bit late! I've had Septembers nailbox for nearly six weeks and haven't done a proper swatch post (see my unboxing here). The Creepy Colours theme gave us three polishes perfect for Halloween designs throughout October. Read on for more info and full swatches! 

Saturday 31 October 2015

Recap of Halloween 2015 Designs

Hello again! I wouldn't normally post twice in one day but as it's Halloween I had to make an exception. I wanted to show you my nails for the day (see my previous post here) but also wanted to do a quick recap of all the fun and spooky designs I've done throughout the month. Read on for full pictures and links to the main blog post for each design.

Halloween 2015 Nail Designs & Manicures @acertainbeccaa (A Certain Becca Nails)

Halloween R.I.P Nails - China Glaze 'Don't Let The Dead Bite'

Happy Halloween! I've been enjoying Halloween designs all month and I'm a bit sad that the day itself is here already. On the plus side, all of the ideas I have left can be used next year so I won't have to repeat designs. I've managed to squeeze in one final spooky mani for today. As always, read on for more info!

Halloween R.I.P Nails @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 29 October 2015

October MeeBox - Lucky Dip Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness)

Hello! I have an exciting post for you today. Yesterday I received my first MeeBox, a UK based nail polish subscription box. I signed up after seeing the contents of Septembers box (and regret not doing it sooner). Octobers theme was 'Lucky Dip Pink' for Breast Cancer Awareness month, with 10% of all sales going towards the charity Look Good Feel Better. Read on to find out more and to see what was in my box!

October Meebox - Lucky Dip Pink @acertainbeccaa

Wednesday 28 October 2015

October Nailbox - Autumn

Hi lovelies! This month has gone so fast. It doesn't feel like it was long ago that I was showing you Septembers nailbox, and now I have Octobers! This months box has an Autumn theme full of 'warming hues'. Read on to see what's inside!

October Nailbox - Autumn @acertainbeccaa

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Halloween Candy Corn Gradient

Hello lovelies! Today I have something a bit brighter, while still sticking to the Halloween theme. I've been loving all of the candy corn inspired nail art over on Instagram, and thought I'd recreate some myself. Being from the UK I've never tried candy corn, but I didn't let that stop me! Read on for to find out more.

 Candy Corn Gradient Nails @acertainbeccaa

Sunday 25 October 2015

China Glaze 'I Love Your Guts' (& 'But Of Corpse' Nail Fail)

Hello lovelies! I really liked my simple mani using China Glaze 'Getting To Gnaw You' (post here), so decided to try out more polishes from the Apocalypse of Colour Halloween collection. Today I have the two textures from the 2014 collection to show you - 'I Love Your Guts' and 'But Of Corpse'. Read on to see more!

China Glaze 'I Love Your Guts' & 'But Of Corpse' @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 22 October 2015

Nail Buff Polish Storage Case

Hello! The lovely people over at Nail Buff have been sent me one of their polish storage cases to review. These are designed to hold up to 48 bottles  - that's a lot of polish! As always, read on to find out more.

Nail Buff Polish Storage Case @acertainbeccaa
Nail Buff Polish Storage Case @acertainbeccaa

Wednesday 21 October 2015

China Glaze - Getting To Gnaw You

Hi, sorry it's been a while! I was away in Leeds for the weekend and came back ill. I haven't even wanted to do my nails (horrifying, I know!). I finally sat down to do them yesterday. I dug out the China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour collection (Halloween 2014) and opted for a simple swatch of 'Getting To Gnaw You'. As always, read on for more info!
China Glaze 'Getting To Gnaw You' @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 15 October 2015

Halloween Ghost Nails

Hello! Today I have another Halloween design to show you. I used some nail vinyls and a dotting tool to make some super cute ghosts! These were really simple and easy to do, keep reading for more info!

Halloween Ghost Nails @acertainbeccaa

Wednesday 14 October 2015

XL Marshmallow Stamper Comparison - MoYou London vs. eBay Unbranded

Hello lovelies! Today I'm going to be doing a quick comparison of two stampers. A friend of mine showed me an eBay listing for an XL marshmallow stamper for only £1.99. I decided to get one to compare to my MoYou London XL marshmallow sticky stamper - I paid £9.99 (including two stamper heads). Read on to see how they stamp!

Marshmallow Stamper Comparison @acertainbeccaa

Sunday 11 October 2015

Hot Pink with Lilac Flowers #wearitpink

Hihi! Today I have another pink mani for Breast Cancer Awareness. This time I wanted something nice and simple, so I've stamped some pretty lilac flowers over a hot pink base. As always, read on to find out more!

Hot Pink with Lilac Flowers for #wearitpink @acertainbeccaa

Saturday 10 October 2015

Love Me Beauty Unboxing - Lottie London Polishes

Hello lovelies! Today I am unboxing my first Love Me Beauty box. I'm not normally interested in beauty boxes as I don't wear make-up. But Love Me Beauty differs from normal subscription boxes - they let you choose your own items. After checking out their boutique and finding nail polish, I was convinced. Read on to find out more and see what items I chose!

Love Me Beauty Subscription Box @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 8 October 2015

Halloween Splatter Nails

Hello! I've got another fun Halloween design for you all today. I had so much fun when I did my crime scene/murder mystery nails (post here) that I wanted to recreate something similar. I decided to do a simple splatter design with several Halloween colours over a black base.

Halloween Splatter Mani @acertainbeccaa
I did consider doing a white base to make sure the splattered colours would show up, but I don't think it would look as Halloweeny - and I felt the contrast against the black might actually make the bright colours stand out more. Read on for more info and to see each stage!

Sunday 4 October 2015

Cute Skeleton Stamping (over Pink Ombre Gradient)

Hello lovelies! Today I have another Halloween design for you, stamped over yesterdays pink ombre gradient. I was planning to do a completely new design, but how cute are the little skeletons?! Read on for more info!

Cute Skeleton Stamping @acertainbeccaa

Saturday 3 October 2015

Pink Ombre Gradient

Starting a blog really has inspired me to experiment a lot more with nail art. I've been wanting to do a proper gradient for a while. I tried quickly on one nail nearly a year and a half ago and never again since - until today. Being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I went with a pink ombre look. Read on to find out more!

Pink Ombre Gradient @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 1 October 2015

Halloween Slime Monster Mani

I told myself I wouldn't do any Halloween designs until the 1st October, and the day is finally here! A few weeks ago Kirsty over at Fairytale Nails created some green slime nails (post here). I never would have thought of using a blood drip design to look like slime! Using her mani as inspiration, here's what I came up with. Read on for more info and to see how I did it!

Halloween Slime Monster Mani @acertainbeccaa

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Pink Mani Link-Up for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Show Me Your Pinks! - Breast Cancer Awareness Month (& Link-Up)

As many of you will already know, October is breast cancer awareness month. That little pink ribbon will start to pop up everywhere, as well as lots of pink manicures over in the nail polish world.  I myself will be sporting pink nails throughout October. To find out more about the cause itself head over to Claire's post at her blog 'Penny For Them' here.

As a sort of introduction I thought I'd show you all my pink polishes. Read on for more info and find out how you can get involved! (Link-Up party can be found here)

Show Me Your Pinks @acertainbeccaa

Monday 28 September 2015

Crabtree & Evelyn Ultimate Nail Exchange

Until recently, I had no idea that Crabtree & Evelyn even had a nail polish range. That was until I stumbled across this post a good month or so ago:
Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer Exchange @crabtreeuk

I then completely forgot about it. Woops! Luckily the offer is still on! All you need to do is take any polish (except a Crabtree & Evelyn one) to exchange. I grabbed an old gloopy and separated polish and popped in store. My local store (Cardiff) only had a a few polishes left. Read on for more info and swatches of the polish I chose!

Sunday 27 September 2015

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Glitters

Hello! I have a very exciting post for you today! Barry M have treated us to even more new polishes, this time in the form of two Gelly Hi-Shine glitters - 'Sparkling Amethyst' and 'Sparkling Ruby'. These are the first Gelly Hi-Shines to have glitter and I really hope they won't be the last! I have both of them to show you today - read on for more info and swatches!
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Glitters @acertainbeccaa
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Glitters @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 24 September 2015

A-England - Order of the Garter

A-England is a brand I've been following for a while, admiring the very royal feeling English theme. A few weeks ago I took advantage of their September Festival offer and finally placed my first order. I opted for the letter L: 'Order of the Garter' and 'Gloriana' along with a third polish of my choice - 'Crown of Thistles'. 

Today I have swatches of 'Order of the Garter', a deep royal blue with a lighter blue shimmer running through. Read on to find out more!

A-England 'Order of the Garter' @acertainbeccaa

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Wednesday 23 September 2015

September Nail Box - Creepy Colours

It's my favourite day of the month again - nailbox day! If you haven't heard of nailbox yet, head over to my August post here for more details and pricing information. Septembers box's theme is 'creepy colours', containing three Halloween inspired colours "sure to combine great for a ghoulish glow". I hadn't even heard of two of this months brands before - read on to find out more!
September Nailbox - Creepy Colours @acertainbeccaa

Tuesday 22 September 2015

She Sells Seashells Halloween Trick & Treat Box - Unboxing

She Sells Seashells have recently released lots of fun Halloween stock including a trick or treat surprise box. Limited to 30 boxes, each one contains £25 worth of themed nail art goodies as well as a few tricks and treats for just £12.50. If that's not enough, one box will have a surprise £10 eVoucher, and two will have a £5 eVoucher. Without hesitation I ordered one - I have it here to show you all today. Read on to see inside!

She Sells Seashells Halloween Trick or Treat Box

Sunday 20 September 2015

Girly Bits - A Stripper Has Been Sleeping In My Bed

If you read my previous post - The 'All About Polish' Tag, you would know that I have been branching out my collection and trying lots of indie brands. Recently, I managed to get my hands on several Girly Bits Cosmetics polishes. The first to catch my eye was 'A Stripper Has Been Sleeping In My Bed'. This was a special release for Girly Bits' 2nd anniversary. Read on for more info and swatches!

Girly Bits 'A Stripper Has Been Sleeping In My Bed' @acertainbeccaa

Saturday 19 September 2015

The 'All About Polish' Tag

My favourite YouTubers have done another collaboration video - this time including Jess (jessFACE90), Amy (Nailpolish BabyyNinety), Lindsay (Lindsay Does Nails), Holly (MissHollyBerries), Zenorah (Zenorah/ZENnetwork) and Hannah (Hannah Eve Nails It). I love their collabs! They've come up with the 'All About Polish' tag, with 10 questions based on nail polish. I decided to answer them all myself. This might get pretty long, so let's get started!

Thursday 17 September 2015

OPI 'Amazon Amazoff' & 'Live. Love. Carnaval' (NailPolish.co.uk Review)

I can officially say that this is a press sample! The lovely people over at NailPolish.co.uk sent me two full size polishes to review. They even let me choose my own polishes. I chose two OPI's - 'Live. Love. Carnaval' and 'Amazon Amazoff' which dispatched on Monday and arrived Tuesday morning - less than 24 hours later! Read on for more details and swatches!

OPI 'Live. Love. Carnaval' & 'Amazon Amazoff'

Monday 14 September 2015

Pond Manicure Update - Matte Topcoat

Hello everyone!

On Saturday I posted my first ever pond manicure, done in support of Glam Polish's #bluemanisforalopeciaawareness event. If you missed the post (or are new to my blog, hi!) check it out here. I absolutely loved the final look - so much so that I'm nowhere near ready to take it off! Here's how it looks after the few days wear: 

Pond Mani - Several Days Wear @acertainbeccaa
It hadn't chipped at all, but some of the shine had faded. To get a few more days out of the design, I decided to switch it up a bit. Now I wasn't sure whether adding subtle glitter (e.g. China Glaze's 'Fairy Dust') would work, and I wanted to try something new. So instead I reached for a matte topcoat. Click below to find out more and see how it turned out!