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We’re open for business!

That’s right, tell your auntie, your cousin and your mama too… Phresh Paints is open and we wanna paint you!

You’ve seen the designs on the blog, now you can get them for yourself! If you want nails adorned with fabulous custom designs that are guaranteed to turn heads then look no further! Email paintme@phreshpaints.com or join the FACEBOOK GROUP and get your bookings in NOW!

The service is mobile, so we come to you! Read on for more information…

♥ Prices range from £10-£25 depending on designs

♥ Discounted prices for group bookings

♥ £20 minimum on all bookings

♥ Shape, Bottom Coat & Top Coat included

I definitely recommend booking in groups. Not only is it cheaper, but it’s more fun! It’s always great to get together with your friends and have a girly night in while you’re pampered!

Great for Hen nights, birthday parties and a cool theme for kids parties too!

Spread the word and make sure you contact me to get your bookings in early!

Check out www.PhreshPaints.com and join the FACEBOOK GROUP to see photos for design ideas & pricing.

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Where dreams come true

Of course, I’m talking about Disney!

My friend Jenny came to visit me last week and we happened to get a bit nostalgic and started to watch some old Disney movies, which being me, made me want to put some Mickey and Minnie loving on my nails. So voila, the result of an hour and a half poring over my nails with a paintbrush dipped in several colours of acrylic paint. I’m proud to say that Mickey & Minnie are all HAND PAINTED by myself – Jenny is witness to this!

Jen opted to pay homage to our favourite female mouse in a more subdued fashion. She had an impending interview to attend and didn’t want to look like a weirdo with Mickey Mouse on her nails… I guess it’s just me who doesn’t care when I go to interviews with every colour of the rainbow on the end of my fingers?

If you look closely, Minnie’s bow is adorning the pinkies! Adorable 🙂

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Smiley happy faces

I was working on Big Brother last week and I had to look after the contestants before the launch and prepare them for their time in the house. As there were over 80 finalists, we were all put into teams… Mine was the Yellow team. Unfortunately, being in team yellow also meant having to wear a bright yellow t-shirt at all times, so to make it more bearable of course my first thought was to add more bright yellow to my being… Smart, right?! LOL… Well if you can’t beat em, join em. My yellow smileys went down a treat and they made me cheerful every time I looked at them, which is always a bonus when you’re working 15 hour days!

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There’s Nothing Like This

Over the weekend I had the privilege of performing poetry at a wedding. The groom was a gentleman I’d been working with last year and after coming to one of my performances, he had asked me to write a poem for him and his Fianceé that could be read at their wedding. The only requirements from is side was that the poem had to contain the words ‘I Love You So Many’ as that’s what they say to each other. So, off I go to write this poem, which turns out to be entirely based around the phrase. It’s pretty cheesy but just the kinda thing couples in love, LOVE!

Turns out he and his Fianceé loved it so much that they both cried when they read it and asked me to perform it for them at the ceremony. Which brings us to today…

It was a lovely wedding, the poem went down a treat and to top it all off, @NappyNubianPoet (or Carol Ohemaa for those in the real, non-twitter world) was my date, so I had great company too! For those that are interested, here’s what I wore:

It’s a little 1950’s esque number from River Island. Of course, I couldn’t disappoint on the nail front. I decided to go matching, so here we have the cherries on mint green look:

Oh, and did I mention that Omar performed at the wedding too?! Yes, THE Omar. The *sings* ‘There’s nothing like thisss’ Omar! (Hence the title of this post)

Don’t worry, we didn’t let him get away without getting photographic evidence (click ’em to see bigger)

Carol & Omar

Me & Omar

All in all, a great way to spend a Saturday & it was SO beautiful to see two people so in love and so happy, on such a special day, among their family and friends. It was wonderful to witness it and an honour to be a part of it.

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Floral

As you can see from the looks of THIS post, my second attempt at floral roses has proven much more sucessful! I did them on my friend Lauren first (adove) and I loved them so much that I had to have them myself too (below).

I picked up some acrylic paints at a craft shop recently as I’d heard they were much more effective and user friendly for nail art than polish. It’s true – I used a paint brush and lilac paint for the detail on the roses and it made them look much more realistic.

The base on the one above is Mint Candy Apple by Essie and the one below is a mint green colour by H&M. The base purple of the roses is Bright Purple by Barry M and the lilac & black are basic acrylic paints that you can get from most craft shops. I recommend picking some up!

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Loving the Lilac

Lilac is so hot right now! It’s everywhere and is definitely the colour of the moment, along with minty greens. I decided to put the two together with this little leopard number. You know I love a bit of lep and it’s so easy to do when you’re in a rush and want something funky on your nails!

I LOVE this H&M mint green colour. It pops more than Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, while still being that lovely shade of mint green (even though it looks more turquoise here). The lilac I used is Spontaneous by China Glaze. It’s a also got a bit more pop to it than other lilac colours, like Essie’s Lilacism.

I used the same lilac for this simple design on my mum. She likes something a bit more toned down but still with that sparkle factor to make her nails look different from the norm. I liked this one:

The smooth, shiny-ness is courtesy of Seche Vite! 🙂

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Seche Vite, I love you.

When I saw all of the other nail bloggers going on and on about Seche Vite, I didn’t get what all the fuss was about. Mainly because I didn’t own this genius little top coat. I picked a bottle up from Sally’s a few weeks ago and I don’t know how I ever lived without it! It dries almost instantly to a ROCK HARD finish. Never again will I go to bed with semi-dry nails and wake up to lines and fingerprints embedded in the polish. It goes on so smoothly and doesn’t smudge the polish underneath (which is great for nail art designs) and the sheen on the finish is SO shiny too – my nails look almost wet!

If you haven’t got a bottle of this stuff, get it now! The polish lasts longer, the drying time is MUCH shorter and the finish is beautiful!

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