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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Fishtail Plaits

Hello everyone! (I had to post this again as I had a few technical difficulties) Today I am going to talk about and try to explain how to create a hairstyle I am currently loving, which is the fishtail plait! Fishtail plaits are so nice for summer as they keep your hair out of the way but they look really creative and unique at the same time. I usually plait mine to the side as it is much easier to create a plait this way. They look quite hard to create at first, but once you know how to do it, it really is quite easy! It took me a while to get the hang of it, and mine still aren't exceptionally neat, but I can create them fairly easily and I also quite like the messier, softer look to my fishtail plait. They can be quite time consuming, as you have to use smaller sections of hair whilst plaiting, however I love the end result! I much prefer a fishtail plait to a regular plait.

How to create a fishtail plait:
  1. Move all of your hair over to one side and split it into two even sections (I am going to call these sections the 1st section and the 2nd section so it is a little easier to explain)
  2. Take a thin piece of hair from the back of the 1st section and pass it over to the 2nd section. (This thin piece of hair will now cross over all of the 1st section and will join the 2nd section)
  3. Now take a thin piece of hair from the back of the 2nd section and pass it over to the 1st section. (This thin piece of hair will cross over all of the 2nd section and will join the 1st section, almost forming a cross where both thin pieces of hair have crossed over one another)
  4. Continue steps 2 and 3 until you have plaited all of your hair.
  5. Secure it with a clear hairband.
  6. If you want a thicker plait, gently pull the plait from either side to create a plait that appears thicker and wider.
Your end result should look similar to mine which I created on my own hair in the picture above the instructions. But of course, everyones will look slightly different!

I really hope that the instructions on how to create a fishtail plait aren't too hard to follow, it is quite hard to explain how to create a fishtail plait but I've tried to explain it the best as I possibly can. Also, if you are stuck on trying to create your fishtail plait from my instructions, please leave a comment and I'll try to help you!

What's your opinion on fishtail plaits?

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints

Hello everyone! I finished all of my exams today which I'm so happy about, and I now have a three month summer break - so plenty of time for blog posts! I thought I would do a review of the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint. I own two of the shades, Greenberry and Blueberry (in the picture below, Greenberry is on the left and Blueberry is on the right, which you have most probably already guessed, haha!)

These nail polishes are absolutely amazing. The colour you see in the picture is the colour that comes out on my nails, which is great because some nail polishes look gorgeous in the bottle and on your nails show a completely different colour or effect. The colour is so bright and vibrant and looks amazing on the nails, which is perfect for the summer months.

With these polishes, you only need around two coats to achieve a great opaque texture on the nails. When applying, you will notice that the polish is quite thick, but once it has dried, the polish sets and gives you an amazing glossy finish. It actually looks very similar to shellac nail polishes because of the incredible high shine finish. So, the name of this product really matches up to the quality of the product!

I am currently wearing Greenberry on my nails, I've had it on for around 3-4 days now and I only have one very, very tiny chip, but apart from that it still looks like I've only had the product on my nails for one day, which is amazing! Greenberry is a gorgeous, vibrant turquoise/mint colour which I really like because turquoise and mint green are my favourite colours. Blueberry is different to a lot of other nail polishes I own, which is why I love it so much. It is a light blue with a hint of lilac. As these nail polishes are so thick and glossy, they do take a while to dry, and I can be impatient with this, however the finish I am left with is worth the wait!

I have to say, these are some of the best nail polishes I've tried because of the gorgeous summery colours, and I like the names of them too. All of these nail polishes have fruity names which makes them even more summery, haha! I would really recommend these nail polishes as they are very reasonable in price and the high quality glossy finish looks so nice on the nails.

Have you tried any of the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints?
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