Sunday, 24 June 2012

Purse Friendly 'Tips' - 2 Manicures for £5 #1

Hi Everybody!

My name is Fay and you can usually find me over at Truly Polished but when I heard that Rachael was looking for guest posters, I jumped at the chance. Island Girl Insights is one of my favourite blogs and I'm so pleased I can contribute to it!

I am 21, I finished my law degree a year ago, and since then I've been a full time Mum to a now 8 month old little boy called Caleb. He really keeps me on my toes! I live with my boyfriend, well, I say live, but he works offshore so I spend half the time at home on my own!

Here's a photo of me, I thought I'd make it one with my son so you can get a real idea of me! Sorry I'm so squinty, it was really bright! But I love this photo!


I knew I needed a unique idea for these posts, and I think I've got one! I'll be doing a series of posts showing you how to do two looks for £5. I'll be spending £5 on nail supplies and doing one classic manicure with a twist and one nail art design.

Anyway onto the polish... Here's what I used.

Revlon Fierce, MUA shade 2, 2true shade 51, Revlon Princess 

I know what you're thinking, Revlon costs over £6 a bottle, but not these! I bought both bottles (and 3 others) at... Poundland!!! So they were £1 each! The MUA was £1 and the 2true retails for £1.99 but I got it in a 3for2 so it worked out cheaper! I also used a bit of sponge. I haven't factored it into the price because I'm sure EVERYONE has a sponge. Mine cost 50p in ASDA and it's a big yellow car washing one...

For my classic with a twist manicure I chose to do a dotty french and to eliminate the black. I painted my nails with the 2true blue, waited for it to dry and then used a normal biro I had lying around to do the dots. I decided to do two rows on my middle finger as an accent nail.

Here it is, I think it looks really pretty and girly, without being too girly!

Dotty french 

For my nail art, I wanted to do something I had never done before. I promised Rachael my nail art would be simple and easy to replicate and it has to be, because I'm not great at it. I chose galaxy nails. I'm a bit of an astronomy geek and this is right up my street. Honestly, the colour choice for this whole post was for my galaxy nails.

Here's my workspace:


Lots of colour experimenting went on!

And my inspiration, Barnard's Galaxy, courtesy of my Cosmos book!


Here's what I did:

Step one: I painted my nails black and waited for them to dry.

Step two: I sponged a light coat of Princess over the whole nail, then a more concentrated bit in cloudish shapes on each nail.

Step three: I sponged Fierce into the centre of the "clouds"

Step four: I sponged the 2true blue towards the outsides of the clouds.

Step five: I used a pen with Princess to make some little dots for stars.

All in all, the nail art probably took me 10 minutes maximum once I had figured out the colours. This is SO simple to do, but just one comment, the pink makes it. My first try used a champagne coloured shimmer with the blue and it really didn't work!

Now for some photos!


The finished product! 


I think it looks pretty spot on!

So there it is, two great (in my opinion) looks for £5!

I hope you enjoyed my first guest post, I'll be back soon with another! Thank you so much Rachael for this opportunity to write for you!

Fay xxx

21 comments:

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    1. I love them! Really want to try this out! xxx

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  2. Love your version of galaxy nails!!

    xo, Jersey Girl
    Your newest follower :) #bbloggers

    hairsprayandhighheels.blogspot.com

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    1. I love them too. I think I might have to try these myself soon too! Thanks for stopping by! x

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  3. Wow! They look incredible! You and your son are so adorable!

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  4. The galaxy nails are amazing! I didn't know what great effects you could get with a sponge!

    Love, Elizabeth xx

    http://butterflyboo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I used a sponge too for my gradient nails and the effects you can get are amazing! xxx

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  5. Both of these manis are so cute! Love your work space! I am going to check your blog out. Nice to meet you!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving Fay such a lovely comment xxx

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  6. The galaxy nails look amazing, i want to try these - I love Fays Blog :)



    www.charlotelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hehe me too! I will definitely try them when I get back :D xxx

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  7. woww, those galaxy nails are amazing! totally going to try those out!
    x

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    1. I'd love to see if you do! :) x

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  8. aww they look fab!


    raspberrykitsch.com

    xx

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment :) x

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  9. Wow they both look great! I def need to make more of an effort with my nails!!
    X

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    1. I used to bite my nails to the quick, until I started to make sure I kept them painted at all times. Then when I started blogging nails of the week, I knew I didn't want ratty nails all different sizes. It's helped me to look after them so much! x

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  10. Thanks everybody for your great feedback! I can't wait for you to see my next post! Xxx

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    1. I can't wait for it either! :D x

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  11. Oh I really want to try out some Galaxy nails! Other tutorials I've seen look quite complicated, but this sounds easy and looks good too yay!

    Lisamello xx

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    1. I am useless when it comes to nail art so I am all for easy tutorials! :D x

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