My Nail Space…

My Nail Space

Come in, come in.. make yourself comfy… grab a cuppa & take a seat! I think we’re due a catch up, don’t you?

So finally I grab myself a hot minute to start work on an exciting feature, My Nail Space! If you’re anything like myself then I’m sure you’ll enjoy having a good nosey about any beauty or nail related interiors… and if you’re a nail tech in search of inspiration for your own little nail bubble then Waa Hoooo – you’ve come to the right place *excited air punch*  as we’ll be regularly showcasing a new nail room for you to feast your eyes on! So whether you’re in the beginning stages of setting up your own space or simply love taking inspiration from others; this is most definitely the series for you! And what better way to start than by having a snoop around my very own work area? So let’s get started….

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***THE AREA***

My nail room at home

Okay… so it ain’t high-end, nor will it win any interior design awards, but I BLOOMING WELL LOVE IT! I’m blessed enough to have a good sized spare room with beautiful wooden floors (easy for sweeping up mountains of glitter and nail dust) – the seaside view is super pretty too. It’s bright, airy, cosy but yet has lots of great natural light from morning to afternoon and is relatively easy to keep clean. I love everything a blank canvas to add pops of colour into with ornamental trinkets. As I’ve only moved in (less than 3 months ago) I’m still in the process of hanging pictures and deciding what wall art I’d like – yep my to-do list never stops growing, one of these days I’ll FINALLY get it finished *dramatic eye roll*

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One of my absolute favourite pictures is this button frame. I used to make button bouquets when I owned my bridal suites so I’ve always got lots of super cute buttons lying around. When I rediscovered an unused Ikea frame I had stashed away I decided to get creative and make myself some fun & funky wall art. It’s totally unique to me and a great feature that adds so much colour. It was cheap & easy to make too – you really don’t have to spend a lot to make your space totally personalised to your tastes!

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***THE DESK***

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Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a total Ikea addict – their prices are just too darn good! And if you can’t already tell, I adore white – it’s clean, bright & goes with pretty much all my additional decor pieces. This desk was an absolute bargain… it’s the Adils Linnmon desk and costs £35! Yep, £35! Not bad eh? I also purchased an Alex 5 drawer set (£50) that sits perfectly underneath it, giving me lots of drawer space for all my nail essentials!

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Unfortunately my exact chair doesn’t seem to be available any longer however if you’re looking for a similar design I’d recommend the Janinge chair (£40) or perhaps the Adde chair (£10) if you’re looking for something on a slightly smaller budget. What a bargain!

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*** THE STORAGE***

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Considering I already have a stock room for Nail Sugar I’m pretty blessed in terms of storage, however, my everyday nail essentials fit neatly into both the Alexa drawer set & a little chest of drawers I’ve had since I was a baby!

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I’m ridiculously sentimental with stuff like that so I bought some furniture paint and gave it a total makeover. It’s kinda shabby chic looking, but again I love it. Not only is it useful, it has such a sentimental value to it – perfect for storing all my overflow/extras in such as lint-free wipes, photographic backing paper etc.

Whereas the Alex drawers stock everything I need to reach for when I’m in the process of doing nails such as tips, forms, primers, gel polishes, acrylic etc.

My next venture is to get a gorgeous display stand for all my jars of super sparkly Nail Sugar glitter – I’m thinking more a library of bling… sounds good, right? 😉

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There you have it folks, a quick tour around My Nail Space. I would love to read your thoughts in the comments below so do say a quick howdy!

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Cute Miniature Wall Frames for your Beauty or Office Space…

DIY Cute Miniature Beauty and Office Frames

As a few of you already know, I’m in the final stages of a fun DIY project at the moment… transforming our spare room into an office/beauty space. As my creative juices are well and truly flowing I find myself rolling up the sleeves and tackling a few little crafty projects, just to add some cute personal touches to my new workspace. One of my favourite projects this week has been this easy peasy transformation of these dinky little Ikea frames I had lying in the bottom of my craft drawers…

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After many months of feeling unloved and abandoned from lying in the bottom of my craft drawers, it was finally time to dust them off and bring them to life by incorporating some really simple but effective artwork. So if you’re looking for some inspiration to bring a sprinkling of creativity to your walls why not give this a go? It’s a 15 minute project that will undoubtedly add a touch of girly glamour to any bare looking wall area.

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Set of four mini ‘Tysslinge’ Ikea frames

An old magazine

Watercolour pencils

Fine tip paint brush

Pencil

Small scissors

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As my new space will be used for both blogging & beauty, I wanted a variety of colours, themes and textures rather than one particular subject. With the frame inserts being so tiny (8x9cm) I thought I’d take to the pages of some old magazines I had lying about that were ready for recycling.

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1) For the first frame I decided to use some simple magazine text. I thought this would tie in rather niftily with the vast amount of typing I do – kinda keeping in with the blogging ‘editorial’ style theme. Once I found the text I wanted I lightly drew around the frame insert, cut it out and popped it into place. Voila – job done!

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2) For the second frame I wanted something a little more cosmetic related. After browsing through the beauty section of the magazine I stumbled across an image of raw eye shadows – perfect for the gal who’s addicted to shadow palettes 😉 Again I repeated the step of placing the frame insert over the image and drawing around the outside with pencil before trimming and slotting in into place.

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3) For my third frame I decided on something quite patterned that would compliment a few of the nik naks I have scattered around the room itself. I’m all for florals and ‘shabby chic’ so when I spotted this floral printed suit in the fashion directory of the magazine I knew it would add a subtle hint of nature-inspired femininity.

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As much as I enjoyed the easy-peasy task of picking different patterns and styles from the magazine, I’m always a fan of creating something handmade. For my fourth frame I decided to add a personal touch by paying homage to my creative streak & sketching something simple. My instant thought was a set of lips, not only due to my cosmetic drawers being laden with glosses and lippies, but also because of my step into YouTube that has enabled me to gain the confidence to chatter in front of the camera. Of course, anyone else looking at the frame will assume it’s just a drawing of a set of lips but it means a little more than that to me 😉

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For this I used my Faber Castell watercolour pencils. I absolutely adore this set, as it give you the freedom to draw free hand however once finished you can transform your drawing into a watercolour painting by simply running a dampened brush over the artwork. It’s quick, easy and totally mess free = win win win!!!

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How cute are these? Such an affordable yet effective way to add a little touch of personality to any beauty area or work space…

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These mini Ikea Tysslinge frames also come in a choice of colours & finishes should you prefer black, white, wood or metal effect – the choice is entirely up to you. So why not put your old magazines to use or create some personalised drawings to brighten up your office or beauty space?

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Are you a fan of beauty-inspired art projects? Have you created anything recently or are you feeling the itch to roll up the sleeves for some DIY crafts of your own? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below sodo stop by and say a quick hello 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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10 Photography Backdrop Ideas for Budding Beauty Bloggers…

10 Photography Background Ideas for Beauty Bloggers

Coming up with stunning but simplistic & affordable photography backdrops can be a bit of a struggle even for the most creative amongst us. However throughout my blogging journey I’ve managed to uncover a range of effective background ideas that can often be found around the house, or for minimal cost. Who needs to spend all their hard earned cash on budget draining equipment when you have these pocket friendly idea’s close to hand…

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old calendars

As a huge fan of recycling anything particularly pretty, there’s no better way to make use of old calendar pictures than to unleash your favourite pair of craft scissors and give them a new lease of life by using them as some pretty backdrops. Floral & patterned ones can be particularly effective, so next time you’re shopping for a new calendar keep in mind to choose a complimentary themed one that will eventually end up as the perfect selection of backdrop images!

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Clinique palette

If you love the idea of an editorial, high fashion or edgy look to your images then magazine features can set the perfect scene. If you’ve already ditched your stash of old copies then I’d encourage you to treat yourself to a sparkly new glossy. Vogue & Marie Claire usually have pages full of beautiful text and striking images for you to take your pic from. If ‘soft & romantic’ is more your thing, then there’s nothing prettier than a stack of well worn books to add a sprinkling of quintessential charm to your feature. Give it a go, you just might be surprised how well it can work.

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Craft Paper

These are one of my favourite background staples. Having a craft drawer literally bunged with stationary goodies I’m never in short supply of some pretty paper to display my cosmetic goodies on. Keeping a selection of high quality paper sheets can really help your photo’s come to life. Available from all good stationary or craft stores, these are usually sold in single sheets for (approximately) 50p each or in a pad format which hosts a wealth of different designs to choose from.

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Wallpaper Rolls

Pretty much every hardware store has a wall paper department filled with rolls of pretty designs that you can request a free sample off. This is a great alternative to buying craft paper if your budget is limited or you’re doing a specific themed feature that you might have no use for in the future!

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wooden floor

Might sound a little strange initially but spending a few quid on a few sample boards from your local flooring store can be a great way to give your background some superb texture or the impression that you’ve a gorgeous table at home that’s showcasing your items perfectly. One of my favourite styles is a shabby but ‘oh so chic’ white-washed look that can really help the colour of your products pop on such a neutral backdrop.

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lacey fabric

Fabrics can create a gorgeous backdrop particularly if you fancy the idea of forming different heights (or platforms) for displaying a multitude of products. Unlike paper displays, fabric can be washed (which is particularly handy if you’re a bit of a clumsy fool like myself) or if it simply gets grubby with continuous use over time. Why not support a small business by taking a trip to a local textile shop to view the selection of fabrics on offer? Incorporating materials such as a sumptuous lace can give a luxurious look and almost vintage theme to your blog photography. Alternatively you could try something fun & eye catching or otherwise completely neutral to avoid distraction. Just remember to steam or press any fold lines & wrinkles before you begin your set-up!

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Sometimes taking to the great outdoors (weather permitting obvious ladies!) can be a incredibly inspirational, especially if you’re showcasing any natural or organic products. A local beach, the woods or even your back garden can really get the creative juices flowing. A great benefit is that it doesn’t cost a dime and the natural day light will really help to capture the colours in their truest form!

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I personally find that using a mirror can be especially effective if you’re photographing a singular product that may look a little lost on it’s own as the reflection of the mirrored setting will add some interesting depth and definition to your image. Just make sure you’re shooting from an angle that doesn’t show your camera lens. However pleeeeease make sure you give it a clean before camera clicking… grubby mirrors with smudged finger prints don’t make for pretty additions.

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Earlier in the year I rolled up my sleeves & created this really colourful heart shaped button picture. It was super easy & such a fun project to work on, however what I didn’t realise at the time was how darn handy it would turn out to be for photography. Although it hangs on the wall above my vanity table, I usually just lift it off when I need it for photographing… no hassle, no fuss & it’s always to hand! If you want to find out how to make your own just *click here* for my easy peasy tutorial.

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Here’s a pic of the button picture in action; it’s quite a pretty backdrop wouldn’t you agree?

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Props and products

This is probably one of my most popular posts to date, particularly for those who really are limited for space & don’t want to spend a fortune on costly professional photography equipment. Creating your own mini photo studio is the ideal solution that’s super handy for taking great pictures against a simple backdrop. I painted mine white however if you’d prefer a different colour or patterned paper then why not give it a go?  If you’d like to check out the tutorial just *click here* to get creating!

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What’s your favourite backdrop for photography? Have you any suggestions of your own you’d like to share? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to hear them in the comments below so do stop by & say a quick howdy!

Cheerio Chums…

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