Quick and Easy DIY Homemade Hand Scrub!

Hey there lovely readers!!

Now this time of year can have a harsh effect on our skin, especially our hands, making them cry out for a bit of extra attention. Hand cream is a Holy Grail product for me, I go through tubes of the stuff! I always carry it around with me, keep one by my beside & on my desk at work. I think I may do a post on a few of my favs if you'd like to see that? :)


NOTD - Models Own Ebony Green

Hello there lovely readers! 

You may recall Models Own did their 5 polishes for £20 offer recently which I couldn't not take advantage of! 


Xmas NOTD - Snowflakes!

Hey lovely readers!

Before signing off for the holiday I thought I'd sneak in one last Xmas manicure! I hope you liked the ones that have been rolled out this year including a FestiveDotticure, Christmas Wreaths, Santa Claus Nails, Christmas Trees & Peek-a-boo Polar Bears. For my last Xmas mani I decided to go for some Snowflakes :)


Xmas NOTD - Peek-a-Boo Polar Bears!

Hello there lovely readers!

So seeing as we still have us a few days till the big Crimbo lets roll out another festive mani shall we? Today I have some cute Peek-a-boo Polar bears to share with you :)


Xmas NOTD - Christmas Trees!

Hello there lovely readers!

Today’s festive mani comes in the form of some Christmas Trees :) I did a Christmas tree manicure last year as well, using the cello tape technique to create the design however this time I decided to just freehand them :)


Xmas NOTD - Santa Claus!

Hello there lovely readers!

I hope you're all having a great Saturday. With Xmas literally just around the corner now I want to try & squeeze out as many festive manis as possible so here we go me dears, Xmas nails number three are dedicated to the dude himself...the big red...Mr St Nick Santa Claus :)


Xmas NOTD - Christmas Wreaths

Hello lovely readers!

Coming at you with a festive mani today in the form of some Christmas Wreaths :) Incorporating all the reds, greens & golds definitely got me in the festive mood with these nails & I loved wearing them! This design was inspired by the fab Chalkboard Nails.


ImPress Peacock Print Press On Manicure

Hello there lovely readers!

Returned from holiday last week with the obligatory holiday blues *sniffs* Twas an amazing trip though, we got to see so many beautiful places in the western Mediterranean on our cruise, highlights being the incredible Pompeii & the leaning tower of Pisa! Naturally much food was consumed & I am seriously having a difficult time reverting back to a normal eating routine! Especially hard seeing as I don't believe in diets...


Halloween NOTD - Cobweb Tips!

Happy Halloween my fellow ghouls & goblins! Hope you all have a good night however you may be celebrating! Keeping it low key meself, as I'm just too exhausted from Ram & I's Brussels adventure yesterday which FYI was amazing & then some. Such a wonderful place to visit & the chocolate covered waffles were as divine as everyone said they would be! ;)

I couldn't resist squeezing in one last Halloween manicure, especially as this one is probably my favourite out of the whole bunch! So coming last in my Halloween mani series but most certainly not least...Cobweb Tips!


Halloween NOTD - Frankenstein Nails!

Hullo there lovely readers! 

Time for another Halloween mani my dears! I love this time of year so much as it gets the fun creative juices flowing plus it also allows me to get some good usage from those particular shades that to be honest with you, I wouldn't normally reach for, which is definitely the case with today’s mani...Frankenstein Nails!


Halloween NOTD - The Nightmare Before Christmas...

Hello there lovely readers!

Finding myself fully getting into the swing of all things Halloween with another mani to share with you today! 


Halloween NOTD - Chanel Dripping Blood Nails...

Hello there lovely readers! 

So October is here at last in all its glory goodness which means one thing in my book...Halloween manicures! Amongst other stuff sure but yeah...its all about the Halloween nail funness to be had...until Xmas arrives that is! You can check out the Halloween manis I did last year HERE.

I thought for my first Halloween themed mani I'd go down the dripping blood route which is always fun...with a slight twist using an image I remember seeing on Instagram yonks ago using the Chanel symbol. So here we have some Chanel-esque dripping blood nails...

So my loves it turns out that free handing two backwards C's is actually pretty darn hard didn't ya know? So hopefully you can at least figure out that it was the Chanel symbol I was attempting here haha!

First up let me mention this absolutely scrummy nude base colour for my mani, Nina Ultro Pro in Rum & Reggae. I found this brand in Sally’s recently, on sale for just a few squids & there’s nothing I love more than trying a new brand of polish! And this does not disappoint, smooth formula, great brush & perfect application in two coats in the loveliest creamy beige I think it may be my new favourite nude!

I then grabbed a nail art brush & used OPI's I Sing In Color from the LE Gwen Stefani range. This also happens to be another bargain sale buy from Sally's. Whenever I pass one I always pop in to visit the sale section to hunt down any prettys! I Sing In Color is a stunning vampy red black brown gloss, perfect for blood tones...

After (rather abysmally) drawing my Chanel C's I then just used a dotting tool & some more of the OPI & added on 3 drips to each nails plus a few extra blood droplets.

Finish with a coat of topcoat for shine. I definitely need to practice my free handing C's but overall I'm still pretty chuffed! Can't wait to roll out some more Halloween manis! Will you be going all ghoulish on your nails? Thanks for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


NOTD - Owl Nails!

Hello there lovely readers!

Another cheerful mani today dears, is it strange that I like to use my nails as therapy? Don't get me wrong, I go down the normal route of stuffing my face silly with sweet foodstuffs when one needs an uplifting boost but I do enjoy putting something jolly on my nails to make me smile which these did, so without further ad(H)oooo...Owl Nails! *sorry*


NOTD - Butterfly Wing Nails & Tutorial!

Hello there lovely readers!

Its been a wee while since I've done a step by step nail art pictorial so I thought I'd rectify that today with some Butterfly Wing nails :) 
I've seen this nail design many times & its one I've been itching to try. Not only is it super pretty but so easy to do as well!


NOTD - A Hint Of Minty Freshness...

Hello there lovely readers! 

Hope you're all well & enjoying the much welcome prolonged sunshine we seem to have been blessed with :) The past week saw yours truly celebrating becoming another year older with a rather lovely mini break in Brighton with my buddy Ram. It was our second time visiting & we both have just fallen in love with the place even more so if possible! A couple of days spent in the sun by the sea eating good food was just the nicest way to celebrate this year :)

I normally like to get my nail art on & do a suitably birthday vibe mani however what with work being so crazy of late I find myself going down the simple quick nail art fix route these days! But sometimes simple is good & I do love reaching for the rhinestones to create quick yet quirky nails. So this was my birthday mani this year!


My Polish Swatch Book...

Hello there lovely readers!

Now I'm sure it comes as no surprise when I admit that I own...um...quite a FAIR amount of nail polishes O_o Especially when little situations like the above occur often! ;) And I'll confess that it has come to a stage where I find myself reusing a lot of the same polishes thus leaving many unloved! So I decided to create my own little Polish Swatch Book in which I'll swatch all new polishes I add to my collection so that I know what I have & can give the more unloved ones some proper usage! First I needed a pretty swatch book, naturally ;) This I picked up from WH Smith, I adore the design!


NOTD - Autumn Leaves...

Hello there lovely readers!

Oooh its been a while! Life's been all kinds of manic of late & with it the blogging mojo seemed to have gone a bit awol as well. Sometimes a wee break is good though & I’m glad to finally catch some down time & get my blog back on. Tis also a glorious bank holiday weekend huzzah! I've booked an extra couple of days off as the bestie & I are off for a much needed spa break on Monday which I cannot wait for. Bring on the pampering! :)

Now it seems as though summer is well & truly over judging by the clouds of late, however I’m not too disheartened, as much as I love summer, I do have a soft spot for autumn time or fall with its abundance of colour & cooler temperatures calling out for long walks in the country, crunching leaves underfoot. Which is why I reached for a polish I purchased yonks ago on Etsy for the exact reason that its completely perfect for the season...Coco Allure Autumn Leaves...


NOTD - Lady Like...

Hello there lovely readers!

Now you really cannot go wrong with a nice nude toned mani, elegantly sophisticated, looks fab & goes with everything.

I'm sure it comes as no surprise when I say I love my glitters & pow wow shades, however I find myself being drawn to natural/nude tones a lot more of late & one brand that does nude well (yes I'm aware of how many times I'm saying nude...o_O) is Essie, in particularly this divine shade Lady Like...


NOTD - Cartoon Roses

Hello there lovely readers! Can you believe we are in August already?! This year really does seem to be flying by!

Today I have some fun floral nails with a twist to share with you...Cartoon Roses! This design was inspired by the superbly talented @m_a_tom who I've been following on Instagram for a wee while now & am a big fan of her fab nail art skills! I saw this design she created & immediately thought...yup...I need to have me a go of those...so here we go!


NOTD - Turquoise Rhinstone Nails

Hello there lovely readers!

Feeling the turquoise vibes today with this manicure featuring a couple of those beaut Models own Hyper Gels & some pretty rhinestone goodness courtesy of Born PrettyStore... I think this may be up there with some of my favourite manis so far I am so in love with it!


NOTD - Neon Splodge Manicure

Hello there lovely readers!

Have your shades at the ready lovelies as I've got some super bright neon goodness coming your way today with this insanely bright mani which I have creatively titled “neon splodge nails”...unique huh?


NOTD - Cute Disney Alien Nails!

Hello there lovely readers!

So looks like Summer's finally found us in the UK, hurrah! But with it seems to have also bought the occasional lightening rainstorm! It does make dressing rather problematic no? But the glorious weather could not have come at a better time with my partner in crime Ram & I hot footing it down to Brighton for a mini holiday this week was which was just incredible. It was our first time visiting & we have fallen in love with the place so much we're already planning on going back before summer is through! :)

Got a fun little mani to share with you today darlings featuring those cheeky little alien cuties from a certain Disney Pixar movie I'm sure you are all familiar with...here's a clue...”The Claaaaaaaaaaaw!”


NOTD - Map Print With New Digitally Customised ArtPro Nails!

Hey there lovely readers!

Okay, so I'm pretty excited about today's post about my favorite topic...nails! I'm sure it comes as no surprise when I say that polish is my first love, however a new innovation in the nail salon world has come to my attention recently...digitally customized nails. Have you ever seen a print that you adore, a favorite dress or a piece of art, & thought “Ooh, I'd love that on my nails!”?, I know I have & now this can actually be possible thanks to the ArtPro Nail Printers, which are slowly finding their way in to nail salons all over the UK!

This fab system, which can digitally print any image onto natural or synthetic nails, first came to my attention via Twitter, were I found myself chatting with the lovely Wendy of Inailz, who are the distributors of the digital printers in Ireland. I was intrigued by the concept of them & so when Wendy kindly offered to send some customized nails for me to try...how could I refuse?! When it came to picking what image I wanted, I had a hard time selecting however I find myself a bit obsessed with vintage map prints at the moment, I just love them, so I browsed Google Images for a print I liked, sent it to Wendy & voila....hello pretty Map Print nails!

Seriously, how bloomin fab do they look?! I could not stop staring at them, the design is stunningly eye catching & I was simply blown away by the gorgeous detail! I think its safe to say I was excited...


NOTD - Chanel Inspired Quilted Nails

Hello lovely readers, hope you're having a good weekend!

Today I have some Chanel inspired quilted nails to share with you, this is a design I've wanted to try for absolutely YONKS & even though I'm not 100% happy with how they came out, for a first attempt I'm still pretty chuffed with the result & I hope you like them too!


Independence Day Nails!

Hello there lovely readers! 

Aaaah Friday...you've come...AT LAST. Lord this week has been all kinds of hell I can't even tell you, so I most definitely won't bore you with the details my dears, instead I've decided to get in the USA spirit of things with some Independence Day inspired nails in honour of our American cousins 4th July celebrations!


Seventeen Cheek Stamp Blush in Stare-Struck

Hello there lovely readers!

I've got bit of a gimmicky beauty product to share with you lovelies today, ain't they always fun? Now this was purely a makeup fix purchase to satisfy that urge we all get from time to time...some more often than others ;) So I hotfooted to the only place that could fulfil said urge, Boots! And it was here that my eye caught this cute little Cheek Stamp blush offering by the makeup brand Seventeen.


NOTD - Barry M Greenberry Gelly & Sour Apple Confetti!

Hello there lovely readers! Are you all having a lovely weekend? Its been such a beautiful day, the sun came out in all its glory & twas spent indulging in a delightful birthday afternoon treat catching up with a good matey. Afternoon tea never fails to lift ones spirits & I am now in a very ready to nap state, which means that it was very successful *thumbs up*

So a beautiful bright day calls for an equally beautiful & bright polish I say, therefore I'm bringing forth a yummy combination courtesy of Barry M today, the stunning Greenberry & Sour Apple


NOTD - World Cup Inspired Nails...

Hello there lovely readers!

The main topic on most of the country's mind at the moment is of course The World Cup & despite not being the biggest footie fan in the world, one can't help but get sucked into the excitement also. So I thought I’d contribute in my favourite way with some World Cup inspired nail art...


NOTD - Mint Choc Chip with Dripping Sauce Nails...

Hello there lovely readers! Hope you're all having a good weekend!

Warning...the following manicure may incur hunger pangs & ice cream cravings...or maybe that was just the case with me. 
You see, food brings me a lot of joy...so does nail polish...& when those two glorious things mix well then I'm pretty much in heaven. Which brings me to today's mani I have to share with you...some mint choc chip nails with dripping chocolate sauce!


NOTD - Mermaid Teal Glitter Gradient Nails

Hello there lovely readers!

Bringing a little teal goodness your way today my lovelies with this glitter gradient that has a slight mermaid vibe going on I feel with those ocean-y colours & features two pretty polishes from the brand Angelica which is available in Primark. Whenever I pop in to a big Primarni in London I always attempt to hunt down the polishes as my local one never has any!


NOTD - Comic Con, Cosmetic Cupcake Meet & KIKO!

Hello lovely readers!

Blimey tis been a while eh? Hope you're all having a great bank holiday weekend, no Monday blues, aren't they just fab?! Life's been a tad hectic hence the lack of blogging but can't complain! A coupla weekends back I finally got to meet my amazing blogging friend Chelle aka Cosmetic Cupcake. The lovely lady was passing through London on her honeymoon so we decided to meet & do our favorite things including getting our nails done at WAH, a spot of afternoon tea & shopping! Was truly ace to finally meet my gorgeous friend, I wanted to keep her here! I know I go on about it all the time but seriously one of the best things about blogging is the AMAZING friends made through it! :) 


NOTD - Psychedelic Florals with Models Own Polish For Tans!

Hello there lovely readers!

I've been absolutely itching to try out Models Own latest release, the eye dazzling Polish Tans Collection. Naturally I succumbed & bought them all on my last trip to Westfields Bottleshop where the highly skilled assistant hypnotized me in to getting them all...o_O I couldn't decide which pretty to try out first so decided to use the whole caboodle in today's mani...


NOTD - Paris & Dotticure featuring Collection 'Mardi Gras' polishes!

Hello there lovely readers & happy bank holiday weekend! I'm beginning to remember why this time of year is my favourite, not just with its delightful abundance of lovely long weekends, but the sun is starting to come out more & the world in general is starting to look just a wee bit more pretty...I'll stop now before I break in to song...

This week was delightfully shortened as my friend & I decided to pop to Paris for the day on the Eurostar. It still boggles my mind that one can travel to France & back all in a day! Of course the tube strikes didn't help but we managed to get there in one piece & spent a delightful day strolling up to Montmarte, exploring the streets & churches, having our portraits done by street artists & of course sampling the many delicious delights! All in all a truly ace day :)

With the Brazilian World Cup looming it seems that many of the up coming trends this summer will be revolving around much colour & carnival vibrancy! The make up brand Collection will most definitely be channeling these things with their upcoming Mardi Gras collection which consists of 3 fruity lip balms & 3 vibrant polishes....


OOTD & NOTD - Daisy Daisy...

Hello lovely readers!

Yesterday we were blessed with some glorious weather & ’twas spent doing one of my favourite pastimes, partaking in afternoon tea delights with much cake eating, tea drinking & catching up with my lovely blogger pals Saf & Fei who popped down to Windsor to visit. We do love our afternoon teas, we do ;)

My addiction to florals will never die & I adore the daisy print on this dress which I teamed with with my usual black tee & leggings combo as well as my fav black & cream Westwood-esque peeptoe heels.

I love finding nail-spiration wherever I can & this dress was no exception, once I saw that pretty print I thought yup, I'd like me some daisy's on my nails too...


NOTD - Essie On A Silver Platter

Hello there lovely readers!

Hope you're having a good week! Despite its delightful shortness I'm still feeling the tiredness today & my remedy for this? A good dose of SPARKLE to revive oneself again, so that's what I've got to share with you today & boy my loves what a sparkle it is! Behold...Essie's On A Silver Platter...


Product Love - ELF Pink Lemonade All Over Color Stick & Golden Peach Facial Whip!

Well hello there lovely readers! 

Today I've a couple of long standing make up loves of mine to share with you lovelies from the brand Eye Lips and Face aka ELF, an online brand of interesting & even more appealing, budget beauty products. There is such an enormous range of products to try, some a bit hit & miss but along the way I've discovered a couple of pretty ace gems that I have repurchased many a time, solely these two...All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade & the ELF Facial Whips.


Easter NOTD - Cheeky Chicks!

Hello there lovely readers & Happy Easter weekend! Hope you've all made a start on the chocolate over indulging that is an absolute necessity on this holiday, I plan to feel like a complete heifer before the day is through so I'd best get started!

Now brace yourselves lovelies for the complete & utter mani fail I'm about to throw your way today you lucky things you. I wanted to squeeze in another quick Easter themed mani so literally threw this one together & it was pretty much one of those situations where once I started to realise this mani was going downhill fast, I had already reached the point of no return, there was no going back, I simply had to continue & finish. So here we go dears, some rather psychotic looking cheeky chicks...


Easter NOTD - Duck Egg Nails!

Hullo there lovely readers! Hope you're all having a tip top week, the weather is slowly but steadily picking up, work is good & the countdown has already begun for the beauty that is a four day Easter weekend, also giving two very delightfully shortened weeks in the process! *happy dance*

A wee bit concerned I haven't consumed me an easter egg yet though, plenty of the mini variety but those little uns hardly factor, this is something I plan to rectify greatly in the upcoming days...

Speaking of Easter naturally brings me on to the subject of today’s post...Easter themed nails! Unfortunately I can't seem to find the time lately to do any nail art but I am definitely going to try at the weekend! However I realised after doing this mani how much it resembled duck eggs, which is kind of an Easter theme right? Hey presto quick & easy Easter nails! All ya need? A base colour & some crackle polish!