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4.24.2014

The Lonely Prince


I recently received my Moyou-London plates, and just had to try them out. So I made this little nail art with the Fairytale Collection Plate 08.
I was having some starting problems with the new plastic scraper, but after a few errors and tries, I think I nailed it (pun intended).


I used Barry M - Dragon, and Barry M - Blueberry for this manicure. (follow the link for more about the polishes used, as this is a second day mani) I isolate the handsome young man, and stamped him over Blueberry, and used the veins and roses on the rest of the nails.




Doesn't it just look like he is lonely, looking out for his princess?

Moyou-London Haul

I am so excited over this haul. I wanted to get a couple more plates, but the ones I had my eyes on were sold out, so I only bought a modestly number of four plates. I am planning on doing another haul from Moyou-London soon. Their plates are amazing, so pretty and innovative.

I bought two of their Scholar Collection Plates, one Fairytale Collection Plate and one from their Sci-Fi Collection. I also added their stamper and scraper, on recommendation from Mishka over at Lacquer or Leave Her. She is such an enabler, she is awesome.



There you have it, everything I bought. I will be doing a little video on those plates, and you can find them (when they go live) at my YT-channel. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss it. 

First up I want to show you the plastic scraper and stamper, below you can see it compared to my Konad set. 

Moyou-London scraper and stamper next to my old Konad stamper and scraper.


The large stamper is the same size as my old Konad one, the with of the scraper is the same, but the Konad scraper has a larger area to place your fingers. Being used to the Konad scraper, I find the Moyou-London one a little bit small, but it's just something to get used to. The stampers from Moyou-London is super shiny, and feels a bit oily to the touch. It might been some filing, but I have never done that before, is it really necessary? Any tips and opinions on the topic is appreciated. 

On to the plates. 








I love the design of these boxes/sleeves, they are so pretty. Such a genius idea that each of these plate collections has their own girl featured on the front, and that they all have special names. Like the Sci-fi girl is called Lilu. Cute. 

Do these plates fit in the Bundlemonster plate storage?


If the Moyou-London plates did not have the white backing, they would slip into the sleeves in the Bundlemonster plate storage, as you can see on this picture. So as for how to store them, I would suggest using the boxes/sleeves they come in, or a baseball card holder.

How large are the designs/plate?


Here you see a standard Konad plate over the Moyou-London plate. It's 2 mm wider than the Konad one. On the plates that has full nail images like the Sci-fi Collection, the images are the same size as the Konad ones. 

But which plates did you get?


Kidding, I got stills for you. 
Often when I see people buying plates, I often wonder, what made you buy this specific plate (on in the case where someone buys ALL THE PLATES). So, I will stop after each plate and let you know what i think. 


Scholar Collection Plate 01. I have been wanting a plate like this for a while. I'm quite nerdy and just love this mathematical plate. You got equations, pie, Pythagoras, did I mention pie?  


This plate really was a no-brainer, I had to have it. Fairytale Collection plate 08.  The prince and the princess. As a HUGE Disney fan, this plate was shouting at me. I love the roses, the swirlies, the different royal embroiderer designs. So pretty.


Scholar Collection 02. I wanted to buy the entire Scholar Collection. I love books, and this plate really has it all. Quotes from Romeo and Juliet, ink spatters, a little Alice in Wonderland, and a feather pen. Writer to be or not, this is such a pretty plate. Those ink splats can also be used as blood splats, you know. Endless opportunities. As supplements the Fairytale Collection plate very well. 


Last but not least. The Sci-Fi Collection 06. This was the only plate in the Sci-fi collection i really felt the need to have. The rest of the collection is very childish, and not really my style. I feel that my Cheeky Summer Collection plates covered that area well enough for me. This plate has everything a computer geek needs to do her nails appropriate to her hobbies. You have motherboard designs and all sort of things. Awesome! This is a 1337 - plate. 

Hope you girls are having a great day. I will be back with a manicure from these plates soon. 

4.23.2014

Barry M - Dragon

Today I have a very soft and girly manicure. It's my new Barry M - Dragon, with an accent using Barry M - Blueberry. When I fist bought Barry M - Dragon I thought it was going to be a very soft pink, and was surprised to see that it has some shimmer in it. Not much, but a little hint of shimmer.

Both from the Gelly collection.
Blueberry applied very smooth and nice, while as I was having more trouble with Dragon. I suppose it's fitting for the name... it did bring the dragon out in me. I think I ended up having to use three coats of Dragon while as I only used one coat of Blueberry. My main problem with Dragon was that it didn't even out properly, and after two coats I could still see a VNL. So after those three coats, it dried sloooowly.

I'm very happy with Barry M - Dragon though. That must be said. Time will tell if it stained my nails or not, being a blue, and all...

I kept looking at my mani wondering if I should do some nail art on it. What do you girls think?
I am open for suggestions.





4.22.2014

My little Boots Haul

There is always one of those 3 for 2 offers running around, and this time I wanted to take advantage of the offer on Boots (UK). Basically anything in the makeup isle at Boots was on this offer. In terms of hauling, this is just a little one.

I  have been eyeing the Gelly Collection for a while, and purchased Barry M - Watermelon a while back, this time I bought a bunch of others from the collection, as well as some of the Silk Collection.

From the Gelly Collection
Barry M - Blueberry
Barry M - Dragon
Barry M - Lychee
Barry M - Plum

From the Silk Collection
Barry M - Meadow
Barry M - Blossom



I might go back and purchase more from these collections, but will see how they work for me first, this specially goes for the Silk Collection. I'm in love with how awesome Barry M - Watermelon was, so hoping the rest of the Gelly's are as awesome. Will systematically work my way through these polishes as the days come, so watch this space for some swatches and nail art with them.

I want to add some more white to Barry M - Lychee, I think that would be the perfect background for paper/newspaper manicures. If I do, there will be a franken post about it.

As you can see, I also bought another Nail Rock, I have quite the selection of these now, so I might have to try them out at one point, just waiting for the perfect moment. Well... it's like they say. There is no such thing as a perfect moment, you have to create it.

Hope you enjoyed my little haul. I will be back tomorrow with some swatches for you ladies.


4.21.2014

The Secretary's - Franken - Beauty in the Beholder

This is the story about how a polish named "Beauty in the Beholder" came to life.

I have always wanted to make a polish with this name, and for a long time I have been wondering what such a polish would look like. When +Michelle Chouinard  from Lacquer of Leave Her! told me about Nayll.com (from whom I have recently ordered two glitter polishes from), this polish-name came back to me. As for how and what on the glitter polishes, that's a story for another time. 
I was looking at the shimmer options on Nayll.com, and thought to myself: "that blue looks exactly like something I got, and so does that grey there. I wonder if they make a good match". So I went ahead and mixed them right up. 

I also made another franken polish, with a slightly different combo, still with the same gunmetal grey colour as base I will have it up later this week. So in order of all things polish, for this, I mixed equal parts of BeYu - 377 and NYC - 272 Bowery Black. I then added a little gem to the polish bottle. 

Franken by The Secretary's Nail Art - Beauty in the Beholder

Franken by The Secretary's Nail Art - Beauty in the Beholder

There you have it, another franken by The Secretary's Nail Art. That makes it a total of four polishes that I have franken'd in my life. What do you think? Do you franken your own polishes sometimes as well?
Let me know in the comments below.

4.19.2014

The Girl Behind The Blog

I haven't been blogging a lot lately, cause I have been busy with another project. Modelling.
I was told to keep my talons neutral, so they wouldn't be a distraction from what we where actually trying to shoot, so my nails have been naked quite a lot lately. And that's very sad. Very very sad.

But I got some great pictures to show for it, and I wanted to share them with you.
I have selected one picture from each photo shoot, to ensure variation and to keep it interesting.
Hope you like them!











4.17.2014

The Easter Eggs Hatched

Since Easter is all about bunnies and chickens, I present to you:
Squee Ember the cutest bunny in Bristol, UK.


Used with permission from Squee, and Sam Ember.

Today I have for you an Easter Egg manicure. I don't really celebrate Easter, but I love holidays, so I am throwing myself into this one as well.

Last year I did three different Easter manicures, all using the same background polish.
Field of Marigolds
Easter Nails - A skittle Adventure
Easter Nails

I have been on the lookout for a really good yellow polish for this years Easter manicure. I even bought a yellow texture! 
But even so, when it was time to do Easter nails again, I  am tempted to go for the same polish as last year. I managed to stay away, and opted for this B*O polish instead, that I bought from Born Pretty Store. It's called 62, and it's more like an orangey-yellow.

I used 3 coats of B*O - 62 for this manicure and finished it off with Sally Hansen - Sugar Coat - Sugar Fix. I also added some wings, eyes and beak using Nordic Cap - NP07, Sinful Color - Snow Me White (I have also bought myself a backup of this polish as it's running very low), and Wet n Wild - Black( I really need a backup of this, very soon)








Happy Easter Everyone!
For more Easter-manis click here.

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