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!
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!