4.27.2014

What I Wore...OOTD & NOTD - Daisy Daisy...

Helloooo lovely readers and a happy Sunday to you! Hope you're all having a lovely weekend?

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 ;)

One of the many things I love about this time of year is car bootys! I do enjoy a good trip down to our local car boot sale & hunting down treasures in many various forms, plus they can be a fab day out. This here dress was one such car booty find & set me back a grand total of £1...brand new. Can you see why one can love car bootys so much? ;)


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...


For my daisy nails I started off with a base of No7 Betty Blue, which incidentally I also found at a car booty for a couple of squids! Betty Blues is a beautiful deep navy blue with a lovely shimmer thanks to the presence of teeny tiny blue glitters mixed in. Here I've done two coats.


Then for my daisy's I dug out my Barry M Nail Art Pen in white & drew on about 3 daisy's on to each nail before adding a gold dot in the centre of each using Models Own 25 Carat Gold, then finishing off with a coat of topcoat.


One of my missions in the upcoming weeks is to tackle my jewellery stash. I've been saying it for ages but its something that really needs doing as I have so many pieces gathering dust that need loving! These pretty above knuckle rings are from Kukee, a super cute online jewellery boutique from which I've ordered some lovely pieces a few times & definitely worth checking :) 


Thanks as always for reading. Hope you liked the daisy themed post my lovelies! Are you a fan of car bootys?

Lotsa love to ya!

4.23.2014

NOTD - Essie On A Silver Platter

Greetings sweetpeas, how are you all?

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...


Grab your sunnies to protect those eyes, is that a cracker of a polish or what? I was innocently walking through Boots with the sole intention of picking up lunch ONLY I promise...then my polish radar kicked in big time...I could not ignore...& imagine my surprise when it lead me directly to the Essie counter, one which I tend to stroll right past! However this sparkling pretty drew me like the proverbial moth to a flame, so yup, away it came home with me!


I think On A Silver Platter is one of those polishes, you either love it or hate it, I definitely enjoy it greatly, its just so unique & different to anything I own. Despite its name, On A Silver Platter is a gorgeous pale gold polish made up of finely milled glitter which then has a major twist with the presence of stunning large holographic blue glitters mixed in. Dazzling!


Definitely got a bit snap happy with this one but the sparkle, specially from those blue glitter holos just makes me swoon. Here I've applied to coats for a nicely opaque finish which I've topped with a thick coat of topcoat to smooth out the rough glitter surface.


On A Silver Platter is from Essie's 2013 Encrusted Treasures collection which also includes another stunner, Lots Of Lux, which has now sneaked its cheeky way on to my wish list as well! But I DID use my Boots points to pick this up so feel no guilt whatsoever...may do the same for the other one ;)


Nothing like a spot o' sparkle to lift ones spirits :) Thanks for stopping by as always lovelies! Are you a fan of Essie?

Lotsa love to ya!


4.21.2014

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

Well hello there lovely readers! 

Are you all having a great bank holiday & in the obligatory food coma status everyone should be in after the Easter hols? Tis such a lovely feeling not getting those Sunday evening blues non? We'll just get them slightly delayed tonight instead ;)



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.



4.19.2014

Easter NOTD - Cheeky Chicks!

Greetings to you my chickadees & a 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...


For my base I used the gloriously sparkly Seventeen Juicy Neons Nail Effects in Yellow which, whilst a lovely & bright shade, was much sheerer than I realised & therefore needed a good three coats for good coverage. At least I know now for next time to use a base colour underneath. I do like the pretty glass fleck sparkles muchly though.


Next for the shells which were a bit higher up the nail than I wanted, I used my Models Own nail art pen in White for the cracked edge before filling out the bottom with NYC Pinstripe White. Because of the glittery textured base I had to do a few coats of the white which made my shells super thick industrial strength nigh on unbreakable eggshells...its a miracle the little chickys cracked through in the first place...


Finally to bring my chicks to life I simply dotted on two black dots, adding a smaller white dot inside for the eyes, before sticking on some tear drop shaped orange rhinestones for the beaks & a wee 3D touch.


Finishing off with a good few coats of topcoat & some drying drops to help speed up the drying time of the 50 or so different polish layers going on there & Easter mani was finally done...*wipes brow*


Think I might go lie down now....Thanks as always for reading lovely ones & enjoy the rest of your Easter breaks!

Lotsa love to ya!





4.16.2014

Easter NOTD - Duck Egg Nails!

Hullo there cherubs! 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!


I was sooo delighted with how these came out as I didn't expect it at all! Remember good ol' crackle polish? With all the many different types of texture polishes available now, crackle polishes have taken a bit of a back seat but I've definitely rekindled my love for them with this!


I just LOVE the colour combination of this, yes it even requires the use of capitals, it screams Spring as well as Easter to me! For the base I used Ciate Purple Sherbet, a pretty pale lilac that's quite sheer therefore needed a coupla coats for opacity.


Now that beautiful crackle topper from China Glaze, if I'd known China Glaze's crackle polishes were this great I would have made it my mission to own them all yonks ago! This particular shade which I found in Sally's is Crushed Candy & its not only the pale mint colour I love but also the way it crackles on the nail, creating such a pretty duck egg like effect whilst still showing plenty of the base colour.


A bit of topcoat for shine, bingo quick & easy Easter mani is good to go! Lets just pretend that I didn't happen to knock my thumb soon after finishing creating an annoying chip that I couldn't be done to rectify...O_o

Thanks as always for reading lovelies, hope you liked! Have you done any Easter nails? Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya!


4.13.2014

NOTD - Tribal Tips!

Happy Sunday to you my lovely readers, hope you are all having a good weekend?

Yesterday I headed to the capital for a friends birthday celebrations which included a most incredible Mad Hatters Tea Party at The Sanderson Hotel. You'll probably know by now that I ADORE going for afternoon tea, I also love all things Alice In Wonderland & having the two of those combined yesterday...amazing. From musical sugar boxes to intriguingly flavored teas (apple pie, strawberries & cream to name a few!) & of course not forgetting many delightful nom nom foodstuffs, everything about the experience was absolutely delightful, including the service & I definitely recommend you go!



Today I have some quick nail art to share with you lovelies featuring another beauty from Models Own & sort of continuing with the 'tea' theme I guess with the gorgeous Green Tea!


Green Tea had been on my wish list for yonks & I finally nabbed it in that most glorious of events, the Models Own half price sale a while back (please do another one Models Own...pretty please).


I do love my greens (the shade that is...foods...not so much) & Green Tea is a lovely vibrant green that actually surprised me by drying to a matte finish.


Whilst the matte look is definitely interesting, I'm a glossy gal at heart so went in with a coat of topcoat for some shine!


For the nail art touch I went in with my Models Own nail art pen & just kinda decided to go with the flow with this tribal/aztec vibes design on the tips, I do that quite often with nail art, starting a random design with no clue whatsoever & just hope for the best! Haha! But I'm happy with how these came out!


Finishing off with another slick of topcoat for extra gloss & mani done :) Thanks for reading lovelies! Do you prefer mattes or glossies? Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya!


4.06.2014

NOTD - Attention Seeker...

Greetings my fellow lacquer lovers! Hope you've had a jolly weekend, one that has, as always passed much too quickly for my liking! *wails*

Been a mellow yet most pleasant of weekends with a mixture of catching up with old friends & partaking in some much needed cake consumption (there will always be room for tea & cake) as well as helping a matey move in to her new place ...lets just say those sessions in gym came into use after all haha!... *clutches back*

So, I have a pretty swatch to share with you this fine Sunday eve my lovelies with this absolutely delightful offering from Leighton Denny that goes by the name of Attention Seeker...


And ain't it just? Attention Seeker is one of those divine deep burgundy wine shades, so sophisticated and oh so pretty. The formula of these polishes is just so lovely to work with, two coats of smooth application for a gorgeously glossy opaque finish.


I love the slight shimmer in there as well giving the polish an almost foil like finish, very eye catching & definitely making the polish true to its name as I was questioned a few times on what I was wearing! :D


To add a bit of extra jazziness to the mani, because you know I'm all for that, I added a coat of Models Own Hot Stuff from the Mirrorball collection to the ring finger as an accent, which is a funky mixture of vibrant pink, red & gold glitters of different sizes as well as a few holographic shards thrown in. Groovy.


Thanks as always for reading darling ones! Catch up soon!

Lotsa love to ya!

4.03.2014

NOTD - Vintage Roses With A Touch O' Gold...


Ello ello my lovelies! How's your week going for ya?

Boy am I pooped, work has been good but busy & I for one cannot wait for the weekend & catching some down time with friends & family. I don't know about you but I'm definitely feeling the clocks changing this week, normally I'm up & at them like Speedy Gonzales in the mornings yet this week I've been more Sid the Sloth, thus I am praying for that glorious rarity..the LIE IN...this weekend *prays*

I am seriously in love with this mani design I have to share with you today, it features one of my favourite things...FLORALS....& in fact I've loved it so much I've worn it all week & pretty much co-ordinated my wardrobe around it instead of the other way round...because I'm strange like that ;) It also features one of the fab Hyper Gels that I picked up, the gorg Naked Glow.


What do you think? This design was inspired by a fabulously talented IG account I follow @lauramerino12. She has some beaut nail designs & the moment I saw this I new I had to give it a try!


I started off with that divine Models Own Hyper Gel, a range which I am looooving! I used White Light for my Valentines Dotticure Manicure a while back, here I've used Naked Glow which is a fabulous nude & applied so nicely. I of course went for my obligatory two coats.


Next I added a few splodges of dark red on to each nail, about 3 per nail using Nails Inc Chester Square & the polish brush. The great thing about rose designs is the less neat the splodges are, the better they look!


I then added a touch of green for the leaves surrounding each little rose, using a random green nail art pen. To finish off the rose I went back in with the Naked Glow for added detail using a fine nail art brush, however I think these polishes may be too thick for that sort of thing, but in the words of Mastermind, I started so I finished!


Lastly, for a bit of pretty gold goodness I applied a thin slick of topcoat before quickly adding some pretty golden balls from my nail art wheels, in bunches of three to each nail. Another thick coat of topcoat to seal it all & finito!

Hope you liked the design my lovelies! Thanks for reading as always! Have you tried the HyperGels? Are you a fan of floral prints too?

Lotsa love to ya!