31 October 2014

Halloween Nail Art #3

Happy Halloween Guys!

I got a bit creative with the final Halloween nail art! I basically did a Pumpkin, a Vampire, Frankenstein, Eyes in the dark and a Ghost for this nail design and it's all so easy to do. And if you want you can use one of the designs I've done and make it your own! I really love my Frankenstein design so you could paint all your nails green and on your ring finger paint Frankenstein, how cute would that look! You can do the same for any of the others as well.


How I did it:

I used:
*Base Coat
*Orange Nail Polish
*Black Nail Polish
*White Nail Polish
*Green Nail Polish
*Top Coat
*Dotting Tool


1.) So like I always do I cleaned my nails and filed them to the shape I wanted before applying a base coat. I then painted my nails like this to indicate where each design would be. I left my ring finger clear because I had another idea in mind but then I thought the spooky eyes would be quite cute so you can go ahead and paint your finger black.



2.) I then started with the pumpkin. To do the pumpkin I used my dotting tool and black nail polish to draw two triangles for the eyes and then drew the shape for the mouth. You can do what ever shape you like for the mouth, you might want a more scarier looking pumpkin or a cute looking pumpkin, it's completely up to you!



3.) I then created the Vampire. I should have maybe painted my finger black for this but it worked with the white as well! Just draw a triangle coming down from your cuticle and fill it in with black nail polish using either the nail brush or dotting tool. I then dotted to black eyes using one side of the dotting tool and then used white nail polish with the other side to dot smaller dots to make the eyes look more defined.


4.) Next I did Frankenstein. He's my favourite of this design and he surprised me in a way. I used my dotting tool and black nail polish to create jagged lines for the hair and filled in any gaps if necessary, I then drew a line across the middle of my finger with the same dotting tool and nail polish and then dotted two eyes below the line. Then like I did with the Vampires eyes, I used the other side of the dotting tool and using white nail polish I dotted on the two black dots to make the eyes stand out more. What amazed me about this though is for some reason the eyes gradually started to turn yellow a few hours after completing the design, I don't know how but I think it made it look really effective and a bit more spooky!



 5.) I had something else in mind for this finger but once I got to doing this finger I had this crazy idea of doing spooky eyes in the dark and I thought it would look cute and it was so easy to do! It's exactly the same as the Vampire and Frankenstein eyes only this time you dot the bigger dots with the white nail polish and then dot the smaller dots with the black nail polish. Easy!


6.) A scary ghost was for my little finger and it couldn't look any cuter! A majority of the designs have the same eyes so I dotted the eyes the same. I then basically dotted a small dot in the center for the mouth and dragged it slightly creating a spooky mouth! 


7.) I then applied a top coat to all my nails as this makes the design last longer and avoids chipping.

And there you have it! A very spooky Halloween nail art and also the final Halloween nail art of 2014! Where has the time gone!? I'm not really one for Halloween which is why I've lacked a bit on the stuff for Halloween, but yesterday me and my family carved our pumpkins for the first time which I shall include in tomorrows post so stick around for that! 

I hope you have a very spooky and safe Halloween! 
See you in my next post! 

What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

30 October 2014

October Favourites 2014

Hey Guys,

It's that time of month again! The time when I share with you all the products and all sorts I've been using throughout the whole month. My last monthly favourite post for September I had a problem with the lighting due to the fact that I was coming home late and the lighting wasn't good enough, however I am currently on half term from College so everything is okay now! It even gives me more time to come up with ideas and it also makes me more active more!
But anyway, on to my monthly favourites!



For this month these are my monthly favourites:


So to start with 

I've mentioned this NYC Big Bold Volume Lash Mascara many times in my blog before. It has appeared in my December 2013 and August 2014 favourites and its now again appearing in my October favourites and I still love it for the same reasons, I'd be doomed if they discontinued this mascara! It's still in Superdrug for £3.99







I've always used this powder from the Seventeen Collection in Boots and was £3.99. Now I don't know about you but personally I think powder is the most annoying form of make up, but don't get me wrong this powder is definitely a long lasting powder and I love it but it just crumbles into little pieces and when you try and pick them up off the floor or off of yourself they just make even more of a mess! I tried changing to a Rimmel London powder because they didn't have my colour powder last time I went into boots and although the powder didn't actually crumble I found that the lid just kept cracking and then braking so I eventually didn't have a lid for the powder. So from now on I am definitely sticking to my Seventeen powder! 


Funny enough I actually got this in my stocking last Christmas! I've been using it since then and I still have some of it left considering its a travel size bottle! I use this mostly at college. It smells so nice and I feel like it really cleanses my hands. You can find this Soap and Glory Hand Gel in Boots for £2.50.









This is definitely another product that keeps appearing in my monthly favourites! I mentioned this moisturiser in my August favourites. So during the month of October I've experienced my face getting a lot drier, I wasn't using the Good Things Manuka Honey Moisturiser for sometime so I thought I would start using it again this month and it has helped a lot! It's still available in Boots for £7.99







This is the Vaseline Healthy Hands + Stronger Nails hand cream. I got this is in Superdrug reduced from £3.49 to £1.73. Being a hairdresser my hands are always in contact with water so they tend to get dry really easily and when I saw this in Superdrug I thought I should buy the hand cream to prevent my hands from getting dry. This hand cream smells so nice and leaves my hands feeling soft and I've definitely noticed that my nails are stronger! Definitely will purchase again and this will probably appear in another monthly favourite no doubt! 




I can't go anywhere without lip balm! I have about 3 bags with 3 different types of the Babylips lip balms. That way with what ever bag I take I will always have some sort of lip balm on me all the time. However this month in my College bag I've been using this Babylips Pink Punch all month. It really moisturises your lips and gives your lips a light pink tint which was a bit of a shock at first but now I've grown to liking the shade of pink. I got this a Superdrug for £2.99.






This obsession doesn't stop, and since my NYC Nail polish collection post in May I've probably added about 13 more to it! I can't help my self. This is a pastel grey colour that is 365 Velvet Chic. I got this in Superdrug for £1.79. It's like an Autumn grey so I really like this colour. Though it's not my Autumn colour for this Autumn, so keep an eye out for my Autumn colour post that I plan to post soon!









And that's it for my October 2014 monthly favourites. You can tell where I shop most for most of my products but some shops only sell that sort of brand. So let's see what November will bring us.

It's my birthday on the 8th of November so there will be a few birthday related posts or so. Stick around for tomorrow's Halloween final nail art post! I had so much fun creating it and I hope you enjoyed this post. 

Here's a sneak peak from tomorrow's post! 

See you then!

24 October 2014

Halloween Nail Art #2

Hey Guys,

Here's another Halloween nail art design! This one is so easy to do so you won't have to worry if you aren't very good at nail art, even I'm not that good at nail art! It didn't take me that long to do and it is ideal for Halloween. You can use any colour you want for this, I chose a dark purple and black for this but you are more than welcome to use which ever colour you like. I like the sound of black and white or maybe black and grey, I'd have to try them out thinking about that now!

This is what the design looks like. I'm not brilliant at nail art but I still thought I should show you anyway, because it is pretty easy to do.


How I did this:

I used:
*Base Coat
*Dark Purple Nail Polish
*Black Nail Polish
*Pink Dotting Tool

1.) As always I clean my nails and then file them to the shape that I want. I normally go for either square or round or somewhere in between! I then applied a base coat to my nails after that.

2.) I then painted the tips of my nails with the Dark Purple nail polish. You don't have to create a neat line for this part, I found that having small jagged lines made it look quite effective like grass, so don't worry about not having a dead straight line.


3.) Using the dotting tool, draw a cross. It's easier to draw a line straight down the side of your finger, this way it is longer and it won't be shorter than the line going across. Once you have done that you can draw the line straight across. If you start off small with the line you can adjust the length of it if you think the line is too small, rather than starting off big and then panicking thinking you've already ruined your nail art! You can then sill the design with a top coat!


And there you have it! A Halloween Cross nail art design. I really like the fact that it was so easy to do. I did a similar design to this last Halloween before I started this blog so I thought I'd bring it back this year and share it with you all. There will be more Halloween nail art coming soon, so keep an eye out for the rest! I hope you enjoyed this quick and small tutorial, let me know how you got on with it if you tried it! 

I'll see you in my next post! 

16 October 2014

Halloween Nail Art #1

Hey Guys,

So I have finally grown back my nails to a suitable length and I can now do nail art again. This is a great time as well because it's nearly Halloween soon, so what a great time to start Halloween nail art. 
I didn't want to start Halloween nail art now as it's only the 16th so I called this 'Pre Halloween' nail art. I love the fact that it gives a grungey feel when you look at your nails, it's like you have a black liquid dripping down your nails and it honestly looks so cute! And again, it's so easy to do! I'm going to try this with other colour and maybe around Halloween make it look like actual blood! I'm so excited!

This is what they look like



How I did this: 

I used:
*Black Nail Polish
*Grey Nail Polish
*Matte Top Coat (optional)
*A Pink Dotting Tool 

1.) So after cleaning my nails and filing them to the shape I wanted I painted all of my nails grey.



2.) After they have dried I painted the tip of my nail black. You can create this line either using the nail polish brush or the dotting tool, which ever one you find easiest. It only has to be a small line. 


3.) Once you have done that you can then move on to drawing the squiggly lines. You can do this how ever you want, big or small, I did mine all sorts of sizes and even joined a few together to make bigger drops. It doesn't matter if you mess it up either! I accidentally smudged one of my fingers and it actually made it look more effective! Not every drop is the same anyway so don't worry. 


4.) I used a matted top coat on my nails to sill the design, but you can use a shiny top coat. 

And there you have it! A 'Pre Halloween' nail art design! Something to get you into the Halloween spirit early! And it's so quick and easy to do! 


I'll be doing more Halloween nail art designs and I'll be numbering them, so keep an eye out for them! This is the 1st one! Make sure you follow me on Instagram @jessicarachelxo for more updates and sneaky previews of nail art designs before I upload them to my blog! If you try this then be sure to tag me so I can give it a like! 

See you in my next post! 

13 October 2014

Salon International 2014

Hey Guys,

As you may already know, I am currently studying my third year of hairdressing. Today my College took us on a trip up to ExCel London to Salon International 2014. I've been going to Salon International since 2012 so I'm pretty familiar with it and knew what to expect.





It was a fairly rainy day today, but turning up at College and getting straight onto the bus, getting stuck in a bit of traffic and pretty much parking up in the inside coach parking area that lead straight to the entrance wasn't too bad. I managed not to get wet, so I was happy about that!

Before going to Salon International it's hard to know how much money to take with you. I haven't been to Salon International on the Saturday or the Sunday so I don't really know what their price range is but what I do know is that if you go on the Monday, as it's their last day and they want to get rid of their items, everything is discounted by a lot!

Whilst I was walking around I managed to capture these photos. I was carrying A LOT of bags and my arms were hurting so much so I didn't take many photos but I did like the Tangle Teezer car they had on their show!





 So as I was walking around I managed to buy;

Purse - £10

Purple Zebra Print Scissors and Thinning Scissors
£25
Henna
£5
Patterned Apron
£6

Ashley by Ashley Roberts
Perfume

Forever Young
Peter Andre Perfume 
Forever
Peter Andre Perfume
 These 3 perfume cost me just £20!

Sample Argan Oil 


 I think I did quite well today considering everything was discounted and I got free samples of Argan Oil! And I love the perfume as well! I didn't need anymore hair equipment, only an apron to wear which I bought the transparent patterned one and the scissors were discounted to £25 so I couldn't leave without buying them! I really hope that this isn't the last time I will be going to Salon International as I always enjoy going every year but as I am studying my last year I don't think I'll be able to go next year which is a shame.

I hope you enjoyed my post and if you were at Salon International 2014 then I hope you enjoyed it as well! I have much more to come this month so follow me so you can be the first to know about it!

See you in my next post!







2 October 2014

Autumn Room Inspiration

Hey Guys,

Back in December last year I made a post where I transformed my dresser area from an Autumn theme into a Winter theme. You may have already seen a few 'sneak peeks' of my Summer theme that popped up in a few of my photos in other posts and I never got a chance to post the Spring theme or even the Summer theme one saying that, but today I thought I would do a post on my little area for you all and hopefully give you some inspiration as this is quite good for a Uni desk space area or where ever you want to do this in your bedroom!


It's fairly straight forward to do as it requires just printing and cutting out things. If you look at my December post you'll see that I've changed this area a lot! I now have two new shelves and I also found a cork board laying round the house so I thought I would put it to good use. I tend to change this area a lot as it gets fairly cluttered so I end up moving them onto the shelf above or in one of the dresser draws so by the time we get to the Winter theme you probably will end up seeing something new or something has changed! Haha.

This is how I created it:


Nothing really has changed from last years Autumn theme. I kept the same leaves in the draw that I printed out and I also kept the same photo because I still think it looks cute, but you can look on the internet for any type of leaves you want and print off any Autumn scenery you like to make it more you.
The thing that is different as you already know, is my Cork Board. You can purchase one from your nearest local store or if you already have one then that's even better! So basically I literally pin up reminders or cute photos that I find around. I even have the only photo we managed to keep of the cat we had when I was 8 years old! But anyway, I've basically made a calendar that I pin up every month and follow it through, it's a really good way to be organized! Normally I would buy calendars like the One Direction ones and wouldn't even use it, but I used Microsoft Publisher and chose of their calendar layouts and decorated how I wanted it to look. If you wish to do the same then it's a great way to get creative and organized! I started the whole calendar printing at the beginning of September because I found the cutest 2015 calendar that I will show later on in the future, and I got so excited to use it that I started making similar ones to prepare my self for the new one!


This is a little close up of my area. I used the mug that I got for Christmas to store my Sharpies! I still can't believe all 24 fit in there.
For the Cork Board, you can use any sort of pins you like, just pop to your nearest stationary store or supermarket to purchase some. I got mine at Morrisons for like 50p, though I have found cute animal ones around in different shops! But it's up to you what you want to purchase. I also keep a pack of post-it notes underneath the calendar to remind my self to do something. It's always handy to have post-it notes for anything!

I hope you enjoyed this Autumn Theme post. Autumn is by far my all time favourite season so I'm so glad I'm back to this theme on my dresser. You can follow me on Instagram @JessicaRachelxo so you can keep updated and if you try this then be sure to let me know, I'd love to see how creative all of you are!

See you in my next post!