Monday, 8 April 2013

flower nail tutorial and Nailgirls polishes review

nailgirls 'yellow #2 canary yellow'* 
nailgirls 'teal #2 pale green-blue'* 
17 'mini skirt'

I was contacted by the lovely Megan at nailgirls the other day to see if I wanted to try out a couple of their nail polishes- and being the nail art junkie that I am, I obviously said yes as I'm always on the look out for new brands to try!
Nailgirls have lots of lovely shades in their colour range but the ones I chose were 'yellow #2 canary yellow' and 'teal #2 pale green-blue' (it would of been nice if they had some cute names but oh well!). The brand nailgirls was created by sisters Jo and Lynda when they realised the amount of nasty chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde and DBP that could be found in most of the nail polishes from bigger brands that many salons were using. Jo and Lynda decided to set about creating a new brand of nail polishes that are free from all of the nasty chemicals and that is where nailgirls was formed! They are also vegan friendly, not tested on animals and the packaging is recyclable- yay!

To try them out I have decided to do this cute floral design which is perfect for spring and summer- it's super easy to do and would work with loads of colour combinations! It's really simple to recreate but I included a tutorial at the top so you can follow along as I know people generally like it when I do that! I used a large dotting tool to do the circles (DIY dotting tool post here) but if you wanted you could always do the flowers smaller and fit more on your nail but I thought I would go for something a bit different to what I've done before so I decided on doing a large flower in the center of the nail instead.
I didn't use a base or top coat with these as I wanted to see how well they lasted on my nails and so far it has been over two days without any chips (I posted a photo to my twitter @islaay_x yesterday if you wanted to take a look for yourself) but I will update this post in a couple of days to let you know how long they lasted!
The green is very 'mint candy apple' ish and it a perfect pastel for spring and I can imagine the yellow would look amazing with a tan in summer! They both applied really easy and they both are very opaque (the yellow was much better than I was expecting as I thought it could of been quite watery but it wasn't at all!). Also the brush is quite long and a really good shape which makes the application process much easier!

Nailgirls polishes are priced at £10.50 each which puts them in line with the likes of OPI and Nails Inc. but what really sets them apart from the rest is that they don't have all of the nasty ingredients which the other brands do like I mentioned earlier so if you want lovely polishes without the bad ingredients then nailgirls is the brand for you! As a reader of my blog you will be able to receive a 20% discount with the code 'ISLAAY20' when placing an order at nailgirls (they have a great range of colours and they also have matte and glitter polishes too!) so now there's no excuse not to give them a go!

I would love it if you could recreate these and send me a photo as I love seeing them! I had loads of people recreating my easter bunny tutorial so thank you so much if you did! 

although the nailgirls polishes were sent to me for reviewing purposes this does not affect my opinion on them and my review of them is 100% honest as always


  1. your nails are always so beautiful!

  2. Definitely going to be trying this design out! It reminds a bit of fried eggs haha! xxx
    Amy |

  3. these look amazing Islay :) x

  4. such a lovely design! xo

  5. So pretty :)

  6. These nails have to be the cutest!

  7. Loving the new layout Islaay! Great to see you did these! They look even better in bright colours!

  8. such good nail colours, I really want to try a yewllow and white one. Love the new blog layout as well xx

  9. Gorgoeus nails, very preppy :)

  10. cute! love the design!!

  11. Hey pretty - I love those nails and what an easy tutorial on how to re create them! I'm definitely trying this. They look super cute!

    Lots of love, ✿


I would love you to leave a comment on my UK beauty, fashion and nail art blog to give me your suggestions for posts, nail art tutorial requests and any other questions or comments you have.