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Instagram Diary…

I got a little carried away writing posts yesterday and completely forgot to upload my Instagram Diary. A day late but here it is.


1. Vanilla Latte and the Book Thief. perfect train journey.

2. In London at Queens Theatre Shaftsbury Ave, wait to watch Les Mis.

3. Les Mis wall mural. 

4. Mine and Mamma Smith’s cheeky lift pic.

5. Can I just live here please? Lovely houses in the grounds of the Tower of London.

6. New Topshop Jamie jeans.

7. Chunky spiked necklace.

8. Oasis bag.

9. Pink floral notebook.

10. Lilac lipstick? Yes or no?

11. Barry M varnish in Teal.

12. Saturday selfie. 

Jemm xoxo

P.s. Look out for my #100HappyDays post later today.

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Polish Post #13: Colourful Corner Dots

I know it’s autumn (or is it winter now?!) and I know it’s always ‘in’ to stick with the seasons trends, but in these dreary months it’s nice to find a little bit of brightness from somewhere so why not put it on your nails?

This design is not too in your face, is super easy to do, and is relatively quick to achieve. Three reasons to like it right there!

I used

L-R Essie Nourish Me Base Coat, Essie Fiji, Modela Own Gold Rush, Models Own Bubblegum, Models Own Fluro Orange, Essie Jamaica Me Crazy, Rimmel Super Wear Top Coat, Dotting tools (Amazon)

You can use whatever colour combo takes your fancy for this look, it really is up to you, also if you don’t have any dotting tools don’t worry, you can use a tooth pick or the end of a kirby grip. 

First off start with your base colour and give your nails a few coats (if it’s pale you’ll need to.) 

Wait for your base colour to dry then take your dotting tool, dip it into your first colour (I chose gold) and dot it onto your nails in a corner pattern. 

Then take your next colour (orange) and start building up the design.

You don’t really have to wait for your dots to be bone dry before adding another colour, just give them a few seconds to go tacky. You also don’t have to give each dot it’s own personal space. Overlap them so they look clustered together. Take your next colour (pink) and add this to the design. I also changed  my dotting tool so the dots would be different sizes.

To complete the look add a final colour (dark pink) and overlap this over the top of some of the existing dots and fill in any obvious empty spaces.

Be generous and add two-three layers of top coat to protect your handy work. Et voila!

Jemm xoxo



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Polish Post #10: Rainbow Leopard Print

Today we’re going to create these pretty rainbow leopard print nails. This is the first time I’ve tried this particular design and I have to say I’m rather taken with it. I purchased some rather bright Models Own polishes and wondered what designs would work with them so decided to give this a go. With the weather being so dreary what better way to brighten your day than with some rainbow brights on your fingers?!

Here is what I used:

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L-R: Essie Nourishing Base Coat, Models Own Snow White, Models Own Bubblegum, Models Own Balearic Cool, Models Own Toxic Apple, Models Own Purple Passion, Models Own Fluro Orange, Models Own Nail Art Pen Black, Rimmel London Pro Wear Top Coat.

I also used a dotting tool. These are so easy to get hold of, I got a set off Amazon for next to nothing. However if you don’t have any dotting tools don’t worry, you can still create this design by using a cocktail stick or a Q-tip.

Start by filing your nails into a nice neat shape and giving them a lick of base coat. As we’re using white as a background colour you may need two or three coats to get the opacity required.

Once the white polish has dried take your dotting tool (or whatever you are using) dip it into your coloured polishes and dot onto each nail. I did a dot of each colour on each nail. 

Wait for these dots to dry as you don’t really want them smudging. Then using the black nail art pen go around the outside of the dots like this:

Once you’ve gone round all your coloured dots go back and fill in any white spaces on your nails with leopard print lines and dots like this:

Again wait for the black polish to dry. Putting top coat straight onto the nail will definitely cause the black pen to smudge and ruin the whole look. Give it 5 mins, better safe than sorry, then load your nails up with 2 top coats to really protect the print. 

And you’re done!

Jemm xoxo


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Polish Post #9: Galaxy Nails

Those of you who read the very first polish post on here will have noticed that it was about galaxy nails. Not really anticipating how popular these kinds of posts would be I didn’t post up a step by step of how I created the galaxy nails, just details of what polishes I used etc. Since then I have received lots of requests asking how I create the galaxy design. 

So never one to disappoint, here is my take on the galaxy nail trend.

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L-R: Essie base coat, Models Own In The Navy, Models Own Snow White, Barry M Vivid Purple, Rimmel London 60 Seconds Pulsating, Models Own Bronze Age, Bourjois Glitter, Rimmel London Pro Super Wear top coat.

You will need:

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L-R: Make Up sponge, Paper towel, Dotting tool

Begin by giving your nails a base coat, I’m loving Essie’s Nourishing Base Coat at the minute. After only a couple of uses I’ve already noticed a difference to my dry, weak nails. Then colour your nails all over with either a navy blue or black polish (I obv chose navy.) If you opt for the blue you may need a couple of coats to get the shade just right.

Once your background colour has mostly dried take your make up sponge (you don’t need to use the whole sponge, using some scissors just snip off what you need) and dip it into some white polish. Dab it off a little so it isn’t overloaded then sponge onto your nails. I did so diagonally across each nail.

Next, using the same method, dip your sponge into some purple polish and sponge it along the edges of the white.

After the purple it’s the pink polish. I apologise for not being able to see the pink very well in the picture. The polish I used has a bit of a shimmer to it and no matter how hard I tried, flash on or off I couldn’t get it to show up very well on camera. But it’s the same principle as the purple. Dip in your sponge and dab the pink randomly onto the white. The beauty of this design is that the messier it looks the better the overall effect, so don’t worry about being neat.

The last colour I used was a bronze/gold. Once again get some polish on the sponge and this time dab it over the navy (or black) and along the edges of your nails.

Next up you’ll be using the dotting tool. If you don’t have dotting tools you can alternatively use the white Models Own Nail Art Pen or a regular cocktail stick would do the job nicely. Whatever you’re using you need to put put on some white dots in little clusters, these will represent your stars. 

You’ve come this far and don’t want to ruin it now so give your nails a minute or two to dry off before adding a fine layer of glitter polish to add some sparkle to your galaxy.

Once this is set, give your nails a coat or two of top coat to seal in and protect all your hard work.

To jazz up this design even further you could add a glitter nail, like so.

Jemm xoxo


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Polish post #8: Dotty

This is the first time I’ve tried out this particular design and I have to say, I’m loving it! It’s something that looks totally different from a normal polish and you know you’re on to a winner when a design is this effective and this simple to achieve.

Anyone who has a set of dotting tools can create this look (if you haven’t go to Amazon, thats where I got mine but you can get them all over the place,) it really is so incredibly easy. All thats required is dipping your tools into some polish and dotting them on your nails. Simples!

My dotting tools

To make this design really stand out I used quite a few polishes, all in different colours:

L-R: Essie Nourishing Base Coat, Essie Lovie Dovie, Barry M Vivid Purple, Topshop Gone Fishing, Models Own Gold Rush, Essie Thigh High, Models Own Snow White, Models Own Fluro Orange, Models Own Bubblegum, Rimmel London Top Coat.

(Click on any of the images to make them larger)

To begin with I gave my nails two covers of Essie Base Coat to give the background of my nails a real shine, then taking my largest dotting tool I dipped it into Essie Lovie Dovie and placed it on my nails like this

And thats pretty much the basis of the technique right there! I then began to build up the dots using all the different sizes of my dotting tools, they really don’t have to be in any particular order. Next up was Barry M’s Vivid Purple, then Topshop’s Gone Fishing and Models Own Gold Rush.

I then kept filling up the empty spaces with Essie’s Thigh High, Models Own’s Snow White, Fluro Orange and Bubblegum.

It’s up to you how much coverage you go for and how many dots you put on, I was happy with leaving small gaps and letting my nail show through as I think this adds to the overall affect. I then gave my little masterpieces a couple of licks of top coat to really seal and shine the design.

And hey presto! You’re done. The reason I love this nail idea is that you can change it up and make it look different each time. On this occasion I went mad with the colours, picking all different hues, but what about trying a colour scheme? I also think it will be a long laster where chips won’t be that obvious as thats just the nature of the design, so it’s perfect if your nails need to look jazzy and perfect for a while.

Jemm xoxo


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Polish Post #7: Candy Stripes & Florals.

Since we are in the midst of such glorious weather (wonder how long it will last?) I decided to fashion up my fingers with something a little more summery. And what says sunshine and summer better than some brightly coloured florals and candy stripes.

Here is how I achieved this nail design. 

L-R: Essie Nourishing Base Coat, Essie Sand Tropez, Models Own Bubblegum, Topshop Gone Fishing, Models Own White Nail Art Pen, Rimmel London Pro Matte Finish Top Coat and Models Own Black Nail Art Pen. Dotting Tool.

I began by giving my nails a base coat, I then painted on two coats of Essie Sand Tropez.

Using the fine brush end of the white Models Own nail pen I  painted three evenly spaced stripes on each nail. Start at the base of the nail and carefully bring the brush to the tip.

Wanting my nails to look quite summery I chose a neon pink (Models Own Bubblegum) for my florals. Once the stripes have dried (about 5 minutes) I then blobbed on the pink polish in a circular shape. I put two flowers on my thumb and ring fingers. Using the dotting tool I then flicked on some green leaves (Topshop Gone Fishing) next to my flowers. Again leave for a couple of minutes to dry.

Then using my Models Own black pen I went around the outside of my pink florals and added a few lines and dots to the insides to really define them as flowers and make them stand out.

To finish off I added top coat, this time instead of using a shiny top coat I opted for a matte finish, to give them a bit of a different look. 

Ta-Da! Stripy, summery, flowery nails!

Jemm xoxo


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Polish Post #2: Florals & Polka Dots

With all this lovely weather we’ve been having I wanted to fashion up my fingers for spring, and on the day I decide to paint on some finger florals, it rains. Typical. 

I love this design as it looks super effective but its actually really simple to achieve. You can also mix up the colour combinations and make it as bright or as neutral as you prefer. I’ll probably stick with more pastel shades for spring then brighten this design up in the summer by using vivid hues and neons. 

These are the products I used:

(L-R) Sally Hansen Base Coat, Topshop Mannequin, Rimmel London Pulsating, Topshop Parma Violet, Topshop Gone Fishing, Models Own Nail Art Pen in Black & White, Rimmel Top Coat.

I started off by painting on one cover of base coat and then two coats of my chosen base colour which was Topshops ‘Mannequin’. I then added circular blobs of Rimmel London’s ‘Pulsating’ (to four fingers) and Topshops ‘Parma Violet’ (to one finger, creating an accent nail.) For the leaves I added little flicks of Topshops ‘Gone Fishing.’ Like This:

I then went round the edges of these blobs and flicks, defining them as flowers and leaves by out lining them using my Models Own black Nail Art Pen:

I added the white polka dots in-between the floral design using the white Models Own Pen and voila!:

I left the design a good 15-20 minutes to dry before adding any topcoat as I didn’t want the design to smudge, however once it was fully dry I added a generous two coats of top polish to really protect my floral work of art!

Jemm xoxo


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