2.26.2014

NOTD - China Glaze 'I Herd That'...

Ello ello lovely readers!

Gosh its been a wee while hasn't it? Life has been a tad on the crazy side lately, I honestly don't know whether I'm coming or going, hence why the blog has taken a back seat, the mojo got lost there for a bit. I'm ashamed to admit that at times I've been so preoccupied that I've even had...*looks over shoulders*...*whispers*...BARE nails. Shhh! O_o But that little blip has been puts to right with immediate effect! Phew!

Today I've a beaut of a polish to share with you, not only is it just so puurdy but its been a perfect polish for me this week on account of it being a beautiful glitter thus super quick in application & drying! This little pretty is a China Glaze & goes by the name of I Herd That from their On Safari fall 2012 collection.


I found this lovely sparkler in the Sally's discount bowl, another fab place to seek out polish bargains! And what a sparkler it is, I Herd That is a beautiful burnt, coppery bronze & golden glitter polish that dries to a matte finish giving the effect of gorgeous sultry sands on your nails.


Here I've applied two coats to get an opaque finish, not bad at all for a glitter! And of course drying time was super quick with the matte glitter finish which I juts love *swoons* I later on applied a coat of topcoat to not only smoothen out the glitter but often a glitter can completely come to life with a simple coating of gloss & I Herd That was no exception!


Come evening I was delighted to discover a few holographic glitters mixed up in there as well with all that bronzey gold goodness! I think its safe to say I definitely have a new fav glitter on the block ;)

Thanks as always for reading lovely ones! Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya!


2.16.2014

NOTD - Asian Print Inspired Nails with Deborah Lippmann Stop & Stare!

Hello campers & Happy Sunday greetings! Hope you're all having a lovely one so far!



I'll be spending it my favourite way which of course involves plenty of relaxing, reading, eating, tea drinking, all that jazz. Plus the legs need a bit of rest after yesterday as it was the night of my darling friend Ayshe's wedding celebrations who looked, it goes without saying, absolutely incredible & I was so over the moon to celebrate her big day with her. Though as mentioned I think I may have over exerted myself a wee bit, I fear my days of dancing till the sun comes up are behind me! o_O



I decided to dig out one of my favourite red Asian outfits for the celebrations last night & naturally needed some suitable wedding nails to go with. I was feeling in the mood for some nail art so using my outfit for inspiration, created these Asian print design nails using the beautiful Deborah Lippmann's Stop & Stare.



I managed to grab this Lippmann in a pack of 3 from TK Maxx for a bargainous £8 which, seeing as these polishes retail for £18 a pop, was an absolute steal! Now even to me £18 is a hell of a lot for a polish, it would have to be pretty incredible & I have to say Stop & Stare really is a gorgeous polish, not only is it a beautiful red jelly, but the formula is just brilliant. So easy to apply, drying time was super quick & the finish was gorgeous! Still on the bench as to whether I'd fork out £18...but there is no doubt it is a quality polish!




Here I've applied 3 coats Stop and Stare to get an opaque finish as it is a surprisingly sheer yet glossy jelly. No matter though as each coat applied so well. Also photgraphing red is an absolute pain! Stop & Stare is a lovely bright cherry red. Once dry I then reached for my nail art pens. I started off with my Barry M pen in Black to create the curved design on the side of the nail.




Next using my Models Own nail art pen in Gold I applied some dots along the edge of the design following the pattern. I still felt it needed something more so I added a pretty green stone to each nail as well.




Finishing with a nice thick coat of topcoat & wedding mani done! Hope you liked the nails my lovelies! Thanks as always for reading & enjoy the rest of your weekends!


Lotsa love to ya!




2.08.2014

NOTD - Valentines Dotticure with Models Own White Light HyperGel!

Ello ello cherubs, happy weekend to you! And boy am I glad to see it! Though judging by the waterfall that is currently happening outside my window, it seems a hibernation weekend is in order. Its all good, we have the necessary supplies....food, films, blankets, bed...boom! ;)

So my lovelies, how many of you succumbed to the temptation that was the Models Own 50% off sale? *raises hand* Yup the sale was an event I'd been waiting for most anxiously so that I could not only stock up on nail art pens but also nab some of those new Hyper Gels!
However after I hauled I realised that I didn't get the White HyperGel...I mean that's just nuts...how could I NOT get the white? So in the words of Britney Spears, Oooop I Did It Again & what do you know ANOTHER teensy weensy haul happened before the sale ended ;)


But all is right with the world as I now have the shade White Light which was the first Hyper Gel to get a test drive with this quick little Valentines themed manicure whilst also just having some fun with dots for today's post!


I started off with two coats of White Light & let me just say if the other Hyper Gels are like this one then I'm a happy bunny! I always worry with gel effect polishes that the formula will be gloopy but that's not the case at all with these. Application was lovely & smooth & the finish is just so gorgeously glossy & opaque in two coats, I love it!


Then for the easy peasy arty bit I simply added a heart in the centre of each nail using Nails Inc St James for my red & a dotting tool, placing two dots next to each other before joining at the bottom to create a heart.


Using the same red & my Models Own nail art pen in pink I just surrounded the heart in swirls of dots to finish. Not forgetting a nice thick coat of top coat to seal & shine & that's it! :)


Hope you liked the Valentines themed mani dolls! The Models Own polishes retail for £5 and are available online. Have you tried the new Hyper Gels?

Lotsa love to ya!


2.03.2014

NOTD - Candy Stripe Nails!

Greetings to you lovely readers! Did you all have a lovely weekend dears?

This weekend saw myself & my lovely blogger pals Grace & Safira head off on a wee little road trip to Southampton to celebrate with Ayshe & some other fab ladies for her Hen Weekend! Yup, my buddy Ayshe is getting married & in a few weeks no less! Not only that but afterwards she will be relocating to Oman, exciting! I'm a mixture of sad that Ayshe will be so far but also so happy & excited for my friend & the new adventures that will come her way & I wish her the best of luck!

Speaking of blogger friends, you may recall from my previous post the package of treats that darling Chelle spoilt me with for Xmas. Included in the package was the divine Pastel Collection from Face of Australia that literally had me drooooooling! I couldn't wait to get those pretty pastels on my nails & picking one was just too darn hard so I used the bunch in this Candy Stripe mani...

I am so completely in love with everything about this design which incidentally I first saw on Chelle's blog! Not only is it so eye catching but quite possibly the easiest nail art ever! All you need is your base colour(s) & a white nail art pen, in this case I used Models Own which are my favourites! Now on to those pretty pastels....


On my thumb I used two coats of Castle On A Cloud, a dreamy pale lilac crème with a very subtle hint of shimmer giving it a certain specialness.