Acrylic Nails | My Experience

Hello lovelies,

Today I wanted to talk about nails! Have you tried out acrylics nails before? Maybe you wear them all the time or have never worn them at all!

In todays post I wanted to share my experience with acrylic nails, how I got on with them, what products were used and how well they lasted.

I got my first set of acrylics done when I was 15 I was going on holiday with my family and I thought it would be fun to try something a little different rather than the usual paint or shellac. I loved the whole experience of getting them done, the lady was lovely and chatty and I was really happy with the end result. My first set of acrylics cost me around £20 which I think is pretty good. The nails latest just under 2 weeks by this time they were beginning to lift and the sides, bearing in mind I was applying suncream and going in the pool daily for 10 days so I’m sure it had an affect on how long the nails lasted. I went for a coffin shape and they were pretty sort as far as acrylics go because it was my first time having them done. I was really happy with the colour it was a very bright coral which was a bit out of my comfort zone but I was glad I went for it. The nail growth underneath was pretty good although I will say my natural nails felt as though they had been weakened and were a little bendy which i was expecting as I had heard acrylics can do this.

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My second experience with acrylics was a little different i was a year older. This time it was the summer holidays and i thought it would be nice to try acrylics out again as i hadn’t had them for a while. The difference this time was that i went to a nail bar. The staff in the particular place i went to were very nice but not very chatty them seemed to talk amongst themselves most of the time which i was completely fine with. This was my first time going to a nail bar and i was pretty impressed with the appearance of the place, it was very clean and sanitary which is what you want. I picked a pink colour which i loved and went for a square nail as it was different to what id had done before. I thought the look of the nails was really good and they did the full set in about 45 minutes compared with my first experience which was about 1.5 hours. I believe part of the reason why they were faster is because the salon was using an electric file which of course is quicker than doing all of the filing by hand. I did think they were a little rough with my nails as the drill did get a little warm but it wasn’t anything the complain about. These nails lasted around 2 weeks also, as i went longer with the length i wasn’t sure if that would effect it but it didn’t seem to. I am unsure of the brand this salon used on my nails but the result was lovely. After having these acrylics on my natural nails were again a bit soft when i took the acrylic off but i filed them down so there wasn’t much chance of them snapping. I paid £23 for this set acrylics which i think was reasonably priced for a salon and the service they provided. Unfortunately i don’t have pictures of the first and second time i got acrylics as it was quite a long time ago but i hope the recent ones make up for it!DSCN1232

The next set of acrylics have to be my favourite. I went to a lovely little hairdressers/ beauty salon, i go to this salon quite regularly to get shellac on my nails. They had an offer going for 50% off of any nail treatments, so i jumped at the chance to try out a set of their acrylic nails. Without the discount a full set of acrylic nails would have been £30 and for the quality of the products i can understand why they charge this amount. This salon is one of the more expensive places to get your nails done but i believe for the service and the products it is worth the little bit more on the price tag. When i came in i was greeted and offered a hot drink which i hadn’t had before in any other place i had been to. Once i’d sat down the lady started a conversation with me and chatted to me throughout the whole time which was great as I’m rather shy these sort of situations can be awkward for me but i was made to feel very comfortable. I went for coffin/ ballerina shaped acrylics this time and the shade from CND shellac called unearthed which as you can see it a taupe/ grey colour that i loved. All of the products used to create these acrylics were by the brand CND, i really do think that this brand is the best for quality and my nail technicians application was great she spent a lot of time making sure i was happy before moving onto the next steps and so forth. These nails lasted me just over two weeks and i had no lifting and there was a little bit of growth at the top of the nail. All of the filing was done with a hand file so it wasn’t too harsh at all and the nail polish she added onto lasted the full two weeks with no chips or any sign of wear. 

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In conclusion i have been happy with every time i have had acrylics done, but some more than others. I really do think that if you pay that little bit extra you can get a better result in the end. With my most previous experience I didn’t experience and brittleness of my nails and they didn’t feel weak at all. In fact they actually felt a lot stronger which i found very bazaar as i went expecting the complete opposite so was very pleasantly surprised!

I really hope you enjoyed this post, it was a little different so let me know if you liked this more of a “story time” sort of post in the comments! I’d also love to know your opinion on acrylic nails.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty

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Matte Peachy Eye Look

Hello lovelies,

Today i wanted to show you how I created this particular look, I did a poll on twitter and most of said that they prefer matte eye looks so i want to try out more in the future and thought I would start with this one.

I used the  Revolution Reloaded Neutrals 2 palette I have shown you another look using this palette before and love using it so I thought I would use it again but show you a different sort of look.

I love this look and I am by no means a makeup artist or professional I just really enjoy getting creative and wearing different looks.

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Primer

Before I started I applied a little bit of primer onto my lids, the primer I used was also makeup revolution. It is a light porcelain shade so creates a good starting point. I like using this primer as I find it helps my eyeshadow to stay on all day.

Base

As my base colour I used the lightest shade in the palette which is a creamy white colour. As most of the shades in this palette are quite pigmented I didn’t use much to cover my whole eyelid.

All over colour

For the main part of the look I used a peachy pink colour all over my lid. I used a flatter sort of brush so I was able to pack the colour on neatly.

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Outer corners

For the outer part of my eyelid I used a slightly darker browny shade to darken up the look a bit and give it some depth. All of the matte shades in this pallet are really pigmented so only needed a small amount on my brush.

Inner corners

For the inner part of my eyelid before I applied any colour i went over it with a bit of concealer to really help the colour stick. I used the collection lasting perfection concealer in the lightest shade they have called ….. After I added the palest shade in the palette on top, I thought it would brighten up my eyes and complete the look.

Finishing touches

After I had finished with the eyeshadow I applied some mascara, this particular one is by Maybelline and is called lash sensational I am sure you have all heard of it. I went around the outside of my eyes with a wet wipe to sharpen up the lines and then put a little bit of powder on after cleaning up the lines.

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I really hope you enjoyed reading, let me know in the comments what you think about this look!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty

Smokey pink eye look

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Hello lovelies, today I thought I would show you how I created this smokey pink eye look.

For this particular look I used the Revolution Beyond Flawless eyeshadow palette. There are lots of pinks and purple shades in this palette so it was great for creating a smokey look with a pop of pink.

To start of the look I primed my eyelids using the freedom eyelid primer, I like to use this primer as it gives a good base and really helps the eyeshadow to stay on. As a base shadow I used the shade flawless all over my lid with the real techniques crease brush.

I then used the shade sand dune all over the lid, this is a mauve pink colour which is a nice colour to apply all over. In the outer third I applied some of the shade brunette, which is more of a browny mauve colour this shade blended together nicely with sand dune. For this part of the look I used the real techniques blending brush.

Using the same brush, after blending that through I then went in with a darker shade in the outer corner of my lid to darken the look up and make it a bit more smokey. For this is used a mix of bistre and blackest which are some of the darkest shades in this palette. You can really darken a look up with these shades so I went lightly first so I was able to build the colour up.

I then put some concealer through the middle and inner corner of my lid, this was so that when I added the shimmers shades i would get the best colour pay off and it helps the colour to stay on for longer. Once i’d blending the concealer in i used my finger and put the shade spice through the middle of my eyelid, this is a really gorgeous pink colour and it glistens on the eyelids when you’re in the sunlight.

In the inner corner of my eye I put a little bit of the shade mineral, this really brightens up the corner of the eye and i think completes the eyeshadow as it adds an extra glow.

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After I’ve finished applying the eyeshadow I used my new 17 liquid eyeliner to create a cat eye which i think worked really nicely. The colour was very pigmented and it was easy to create the flick. For mascara I used the 17 VaVa Voom which gave my lashes a lift and gave them an extra curl as I used lash curlers before applying the mascara.

Let me know what you think of this look!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx