Last weekend I went to London for two of the three days of Stylist Live. Unintentionally, I matched my nails to the show design at Olympia, with these Chevron Nails. I’ll share some images from the show, along with my nail art, so keep on reading and scrolling!
First up, the nails…
Polishes and tools
Nailtiques Formula 2+
Picture Polish Lakodom
Bundle Monster Classic Beauty BM-XL355
Painted Polish Midnight Mischief
In The Name Of Polish Too Turnt You Got Burnt and Two in the Pink
Rainbow Connection angled clean up brush
I started with my normal nail preparation routine, and then used Nailtiques as a base coat. Instead of a pure white base, I used the pale grey of Lakodom, which is a slight crelly glitter polish, if you look closely. This polish takes two to three coats to be fully opaque, but it’s definitely easier than working with white, which I always find a pain. If a white polish is pigmented enough to be opaque, it’s too thick to be nice to use.
I stamped in black, and I think I must be losing my stamping mojo! This time, I found it really difficult to pick up a clean image from the plate. So, my design might not hold up to close inspection this time…
After stamping, I used bright neons from the ITNOP Fun Days and Neon Craze collection and a dotting tool to fill in the circles of the design and then sealed it all in with Seche Vite.
I visited the show on Friday and Saturday, so I got the chance to hear some great talks and workshops. On Friday I was at the Thrive stage, listening to Anisah Osman Britton’s Quickfire Coding workshop, where I got some great SEO tips and inspiration to develop this blog. Later on, I listened to June Sarpong, Coco Khan, and Ateh Jewel talk about beauty and cultural appropriation on the Grow stage.
The next day I was back, but this time with my brilliant friends Kim and Lisa (go read their blogs too!). Lisa and I sat near the front for ‘Don’t Hate the Shake’ with Sofie Hagan, Harnaam Kaur and Megan Jayne Crabbe. The talk was brilliant and emotional, especially Harnaam’s description of her depression and suicidal thoughts. Megan was brilliant (I am loving her IG feed) and Sofie was hilarious (near the end she revealed all the cards she was holding were blank!).
I didn’t go crazy buying anything, although I did look closely at the Little Ondine stand a few times. I couldn’t quite justify buying any though, when a good peel off base makes any polish peel-off. While Kim was getting a manicure at the Diet Coke stand, I was chilling back and waiting for her, and chatting with the staff on the stand. When they saw my nails they offered to set me up a mani station at the bar!!
I’m still wearing these, a week later, but they are looking rather worn out now. I really like this design and the colours, and it was perfect for the show. I coordinated with a mostly monochrome outfit with a black leather jacket from Michael Kors. I’m not the most stylish, but I felt I fitted in well.
I’ll be trimming my nails down tonight following a break on my index (traitor!) and I’m contemplating a new shape…
I really want to go back next year, and hearing about Kim’s experience on Sunday, I might even splash out on a VIP ticket. See you there!