Would you believe that to achieve the perfect set of false nails it will cost you less than £5?!
Even more incredible is that the nails themselves will only set you back £1!!

Now If I had £1 for every single time I’ve received comments and compliments on my nails well... 
I'd be swimming around in my money filled pool right about now laughing maniacally at my new found riches.
Ok maybe that is a little bit of an exaggeration but you get the point, IT'S A LOT!

"What are these fabulous nails you speak of?!" I can almost hear the chanting.
Well, they're Primark. Yes you read that right, PRIMARK!
The holy grail of budget fashion and now beauty.

Similar to this post here where I talk about my undying love for Primark fashion, I also cannot express enough just how much I LOVE their false nails range!

(Let me take a break here to point out that in no way am I being sponsored by Primark for this, I am just a massive fan and an extreme Primani addict! 
But hey Primark, if you’re listening, walking talking advertisement here, let’s do business 😉 )

I’ve been using the Primark nails for about 2 years now but it’s only been in the last 6 months or so that I’ve been practically LIVING in them! 
Mainly because I have gotten so lazy with doing my acrylics and these are just always so much quicker to pop on
and can last about as long as a set of acrylics do.




All you really need to get the perfect set of nails every single time.
 A pack of Primark false nails (£1), a decent nail glue (Nailene £2.79) and a nail file (Pack £1.09). Plus all of this will cost you less than £5!

On average I find these nails will stay on for about 3 weeks before a nail will pop off and even then I just glue the escaped nail back on to make the set last even longer!
I can usually make a set of these nails last me an entire month before I decide to take them off for a breather.

Now the Primark packs do come with nail adhesive which will work well but I personally find that using the Nailene Ultra Quick works better. 
It's a stronger glue and makes your nails last even longer.
Nailene Ultra Quick Nail Glue does exactly what it says on the pack! 
It's SUPER adhesive and sets in seconds and is one of the better brands of nail glues that I have used.
Want to know how to get the best out of your falsies?

Scroll down for the in depth How To!


YOU WILL NEED:

Hands – Your own, someone else’s, whatever floats your boat! 
You've got to practice somehow
False Nails – Head down to your local Primark to pick up a few sets of nails! 
They’re bound to have something available but if you really want a jaw dropping selection go to the Bristol or London Oxford Street stores.
Nail Adhesive – To ensure those bad boys stay well and truly glued to your natural nails opt for the Nailene Ultra Quick Nail Glue
Nail File – Grab a pack of Emery Boards from Superdrug for less than £2



FIRST THINGS FIRST

Open up your packet and marvel at your soon to be new nails!

Once you’ve recovered from all that excitement it’s time to start size matching.

Now being ‘cheap’ nails they are not numbered on the underside of the nail tip, so in terms of matching up nail sizes
I find it best to carefully remove the nails that have been stored in the middle of the pack, as these have usually been paired up on top of each other.
So for example the largest sized ‘thumb’ nail pieces will most likely have their corresponding twin directly underneath.
If you take the nails apart two by two this means you are more likely to have matching sets of nails for your left and right fingers.
Also the nails displayed in the circular part of the packaging have a size match with the nail sat directly opposite them so that you can use these too.  

SIZE ME UP

Select a pair of nails that look as though they will match (maybe start with the thumb and work your way along) 
and roughly place one of them on your nail starting at the base of the nail bed near the cuticle. 
NOW DOES IT FIT?
You’ll know whether it is a perfect fit or not as there won’t be too much over hang either side of the nail/equally not too much nail showing on each side 
and the base of the falsie will almost cup your nail bed as though it were made for you!
To check you haven’t got too much visible natural nail, whilst holding the false one in place, 
pull the skin down from the sides of the nail to check that it looks covered.

I tend to clear out the nail sizes that most definitely do not fit and keep them to one side.
Turn the plastic lid of the packing upside down and chuck them in there.
TOP TIP: Keep hold of the spares though as you never know when you might need an emergency nail fix and any larger nails can always be filed down to the right size.

Once you feel as though you have found the right size for your thumb nails, 
place these falsies to one side on top of each so you can keep the matching pairs together. 
Remember that even if you can’t find an exact match the next best thing to do is choose a nail that is ever so slightly bigger as this can always be filed down to fit.
Move on to the Index fingers and so on, repeating the size matching process until you feel you have found the right set of nails for your hands! 

Line up your chosen nails ready for the application.



RESHAPE

This is the point where you will need to go back and file any of the nails that were slightly too big. 
I usually always have a few that I need to reshape, mainly because I’m a perfectionist and just want them to look like they were my real nails!

Take your nail file and lightly shave off some of the edges of the false nail. 
Don’t forget to keep checking the size with your natural nail to make sure you haven’t taken off too much!
If necessary you may also need to reshape the base to match your own cuticle.


PREP THE BASE

Give yourself a mini mani. Push back those cuticles, file rough edges and buff away any loose/dead skin.
I will also usually file the edges of my nail inwards slightly to reduce visibility of the natural nail once the false one has been applied.

Before you start gluing, prep your natural nails by filing away the top layer with the coarse grit side of an emery board. 
This technique is used for acrylic nails as the freshly abrasive nail surface then gives the acrylic something to cling on to, making them last longer.
Therefore I use this method for glue on nails too as I feel as though it helps to prolong their wear.



I'M STICKING WITH YOU

Now for the fun and potentially sticky part. Time to glue on those fabulous falsies!

Now as it says on the Nailene packet, this glue sets in less than 3 seconds and it is just that quick! Super. Glue.
There have been many incidents where I have stuck my own fingers together and had to peel layers of solidified glue off of my hands and nails.
Which was secretly rather satisfying.
So the phrase a little goes a long way could not be more accurate here. 


Start with your thumb (left or right it doesn't matter) and pick up the carefully selected thumb nail size that you placed out earlier.
Now turn this over so that you have the curved underside of the nail showing.
Here you will only need to put glue on the bottom third of the false nail, near where the cuticle will meet.

Take your nail glue and carefully squeeze a few drops out onto the base of the false nail.
Use the nib of the applicator to smooth the glue across the entire width of the nail to make sure every angle is covered.

PLACEMENT IS EVERYTHING

Now hold the false nail in between your index finger and thumb, near the top so as to avoid getting in contact with the glue.
Carefully flip this over. 
Line it up with the cuticle and base of your natural nail and place down. 
This is the point where if you think you’ve misaligned it you will literally only have seconds to quickly pull it off and place it again!  
Press down on the newly applied thumb nail for about 5 seconds to hold and secure it in place. 
I would also use the thumb on my opposite hand just smooth out across the nail, to make sure the glue gets evenly spread around underneath.
If necessary you may need a bit of tissue on hand to wipe up any glue that may have escaped out of the sides of the nail upon application.

That’s the first nail done! 
Time to move on to the index finger and follow suit. 
Same method again carefully flip over the false nail once the glue has been applied and align on to your natural nail, press down to secure!
Repeat until you have completed the first hand and then move on to the next!


TOP TIP: After every few uses of the nail glue use a bit of tissue to quickly wipe up the excess glue from around the applicator nib.
Too many times I have had to go out and buy more 
because the cap has been impenetrably cemented on to the nozzle, due to excess frickin’ glue!!


On average the whole process should take less than half an hour.
Unless you happen to be watching Netflix at the same time and absent-mindedly glue a nail to your knuckles.

Depending on how much of a rush you’re in you could stick them all on in less than 10 minutes, I’ve done it on a train before and the result is still pretty good.

Now go forth into the world with your snazzy new nails and sashay, away!  
💅
😍
💖


I've been home for almost a week and Ibiza just seems like a distant memory to me now.

No more cocktails, no more dancing the night away and no more
stumbling home at 6am from the clubs!
I had 6 days of partying it up with my girl gang and I rocked the glitter look at every available opportunity.
It's safe to say I'll probably still be washing glitter out of my clothes, hair...everything
for weeks to come!


Now I didn't want to buy just any old glitter, I wanted that chunky, mixed sized, sparkly, fabulous glitter
that has been all over the festival/party circuit lately.
So I trawled through eBay and found these cute little pots of assorted glitter which were perfect for the week and I still have quite a bit left over!

I also ended up buying a Primark glitter body art pack for £2.50 a few days before heading out to Ibiza
and the body glitter glue that came with the pack ended up being my go to for fixing my creations to my face!
Mainly because it was transparent and dried pretty quickly, without leaving too much sticky residue.



This was my first attempt at the glitter eyes look so I had to make do with what was around the house at the time in terms of an adhesive, a pot of vaseline!
Body glitter glue is ideal but Vaseline still works pretty well if you use a light thin layer and pack the glitter on to stop it from showing through too much.

GLITTER ME UP
Using a small flat brush, pick up a thin amount of vaseline and draw out the shape you want on your face with the product.
I found it best to dab with the brush instead of swipe so as not to smudge my foundation into a blurry mess!
Whatever shape/size you have covered with the vaseline will be the area that the glitter will adhere to the most.
So for example here I decided to line underneath my eyes into a curved wing. 

Taking a thicker fluffy brush (depending on how much glitter you're going for) ever so lightly press this into the pot of vaseline.
This will allow the brush to pick up more glitter from the pot before applying it to your face.
Select your pot of glitter and dip in! Make sure you have a decent amount of glitter on the brush as there will be some inevitable fall out.
Now pat the glitter all over the area you covered with vaseline, concentrating on areas where you want it to be thickest.
Repeat until you have filled out your chosen shape.

If you're using body glitter glue the same process applies, just work quickly before it dries out! 







For finishing touches you can decorate your creation with some face gems! 
A pair of tweezers works best for precise application as even the smallest fingers can be elephantine when trying to pick up gems!
Note: A little bit of body glitter glue can help to seal the gems down if they don't seem to be sticking.

Sparkle on baby! 


GLITTER ❯❯ EBAY (BUY 3 GET 3 FREE)
ADHESIVE ❯❯ VASELINE or BODY ART GLUE works best
GEMS ❯❯ EBAY or PRIMARK
BRUSHES ❯❯ PRIMARK & SPECTRUM COLLECTIONS B06 brush
HEAD CHAIN ❯❯ LAMODA

MAKEUP

FOUNDATION ❯❯ L'OREAL INFALLIBLE 24H-MATTE (13 Rose Beige)
EYEBROWS ❯❯ ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIPBROW (Ash Brown)
EYESHADOW ❯❯ KIKO COSMETICS in 139 + BODY SHOP Brown shimmer shade
EYELINER ❯❯ BARRY M
LASHES ❯❯ EYLURE 149
LIPS ❯❯ PRIMARK VELVET MATTE LIPSTICK CRAYON in BLUSH £2 

So as the title suggests I'm going to give you a sneak peak into my swimwear collection for my up and coming trip to IBIZA! 
Just 5 days to go until I will be soaking up the sun on the White Isle, sipping cocktails and dancing the night away with my gals!
I'm more than just a little bit excited.


Shopping for swimwear is one of my favourite parts about prepping for a holiday but trying to find something that suits my shape
and doesn't make me feel like a beached whale, that is still half the battle.

I'm 5ft 2 and average a UK size 12 (tits & ass), however my waist is smaller (8/10) and often swimsuits in a 12 are too baggy round the middle for me
but these suits below are a great example of a good cut and shape for an hourglass figure!



The deep plunging neckline and high leg combo are the main feature here
as I find with enough supporting material up top you can really show off your ASSets!
Also the higher leg allows for more of your butt to be framed and gives the illusion of longer legs.
If you've got it, shape it and flaunt it!

This black tassel plunging neckline swimsuit is the perfect fit and shape for any curvy figure.
Especially as it is available in different cup size options! Support for the ladies in this suit is on point!
I actually went for the Size 10 D/DD in the end as I found the 12 a little too baggy round the middle and hoped I could get away with a 10.
Luckily once I tried it on I realised that the leg comes up high enough that you don't need to worry about it completely covering or cutting into your bum
and the cup size makes fitting the jubblies in a breeze!
Also worth noting that I chose to size down on the cups here as there is no padding in this suit so the 'cupping' is a little more generous.



I'm a huge fan of South Beach Swimwear, last year I ordered one of their Plunging neckline suits for my trip to Thailand and it fit like a dream.
Plus the patterns and styles are to die for.
So naturally when I saw the ASOS end of summer sale I pretty much just filtered my search for South Beach items!
Until I found this baby.
Now if this doesn't scream Ibiza Glam then I don't know what does.

Again this one is a size 10 as it fit comfortably enough for me around the bum.
But there is a fair bit of material at the top so if you don't have much in the way of boobs then this will be flapping about all over the place!
You could still tie it tight round your neck, just don't bend forwards too much!


STYLISH SWIM

It's no longer 'dorky' to sport a swimsuit down to the pool or on the beach, especially since there are so many sexy varieties
of plunging, cut out, mesh, lace up suits to choose from!
Gone are the days of whipping out your strap me in Speedo and looking like you're about to hit 50 laps of an Olympic pool.
Your only problem now? Those interesting tan lines.



(Size 12)

(Size 12)
(Size 12)




OCEAN BEACH IBIZA HERE I COME!!


SWIMWEAR
Black Tassel Plunge Swimsuit ❯❯ Wolf & Whistle @ ASOS
Iridescent Neon Sequin White Swimsuit ❯❯ South Beach @ ASOS
Blue Mesh Cut-out Monokini ❯❯ Boohoo
Red '52' Plunge Swimsuit ❯❯ Boohoo
White '90' Plunge Swimsuit ❯❯ Majestic @ ASOS

ACCESSORIES
Turquoise Stone/Gold Body Chain ❯❯ River Island @ ASOS
Silver Chest Piece Body Chain ❯❯ ASOS own brand

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