6.28.2014

NOTD - OPI Brazil Minis Collection

Bonjour lovely readers! Hope you've all been keeping well despite having to dig out & dust off the old brollys this weekend, as alas it would appear the heavens have opened again! Good old English weather eh?

As the World Cup is currently being held in Brazil, it makes this lovely mini set of polishes I have to share with you today fit in quite nicely with the whole vibe of it, The Brazil Collection by OPI for Spring 2014.

OPI is a brand I've had a limited experience with as lets face it they're not the cheapest polishes on the block & there's many other brands/dupes available for a fraction of the price. However I am always impressed with ones I have tried & one thing I do love is these little box sets of mini OPI's available, which give a little taste of some shades from each collection at a very reasonable price.


The Brazil Collection consists of 12 shades altogether & in this CopacaBabies set you receive four out of the 12 shades from the collection. Next Stop...The Bikini Zone, Kiss Me I'm Brazilian, AmazON...AmazOFF & Where Did Suzi's Man-go?


One thing I have to credit OPI for is there absolutely fabulous polish names, I would just love to meet the person who comes up with them! The first two of the collection I was dying to try first were Kiss Me I'm Brazilian, a beautiful bright super girly pink creme & Where Did Suzi's Man-go, an equally bright & bold peachy neon crème. I just love both these shades, especially together as they remind me of fruit salad sweets!


The other two shades in the mini set include AmazON...AmazOFF, a really lovely rich forest green crème and Next Stop...The Bikini Zone, which was one of the more unusual inclusions in the collection with its unique duochromeness! I wasn't expecting to like it a great deal however once I applied...J'ADORE! A super pretty pale lilac, pink & gold shimmer its definitely an unique one!


The OPI Brazil Collection Mini Set is available for a super bargainous £9.99 from Chemist Direct, who have a wide range of beauty products from lots of brands including Chanel, Elizabeth Arden, Butter London & many more for reasonable prices & is definitely worth checking out!

Thanks as always for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!

Disclaimer - product featured was sent to me for my consideration. I am not affiliated with the brand nor paid for this post, this review has been as always my 100% honest opinion! :)

6.21.2014

NOTD - Barry M Greenberry Gelly & Sour Apple Confetti Combo!

Ell ello darling ones! 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...




Greenberry was one of those shades, the moment my polish radar even detected its presence I knew I had to have it... I find this happens quite regularly o_O But can you blame me? Just look at it!




Greenberry is part of Barry M's Gelly Hi Shine range & is a simply stunning & eye catching turquoise mint green, a most jolly polish for sure.

I applied two coats to each nail, formula as always with Barry M was great, very easy to work with despite being a tad thicker to create the gel like finish.




Next I used a couple of coats of Barry M Sour Apple to my middle & ring fingers. Sour Apple is from Barry M's Confetti collection & consists of super fine yellow & blue bar glitters. Bar glitter can be very hit & miss however I just love this combo, even more so as its a pretty identical dupe to the more expensive Nails Inc Brighton Feather Effect polish, win!




Do excuse the dodgy topcoat application there, was clearly rushing! Two pretty shades simply perfect for the summer months in my opinion! Barry M polishes retail for £3.99 & are available from Boots & Superdrug. Thanks as always for reading lovelies!



Lotsa love to ya!


6.16.2014

NOTD - World Cup Inspired Nails...

Hi there lovely readers! Hope your Monday's not too blue! I managed to book today off thankfully because as is the case with most Asian weddings, one usually needs a day after to recover ;) So that means tea on tap, plenty of sweet foodstuffs & a spot of bloggin! Perfick.

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...


For this mani I once again reached for the Collection Mardi Gras polishes that I used in my Spring Blossom Dotticure as the 3 colours of green, yellow & white were pretty much perfect for this!


I started with a coat of the white shade from the collection, White Out, for my base. Then using the Green With Envy & Canary Yellow shades on alternating nails I applied curved edge tips covering almost half the nail.


Then for my little footie touch I used a fine nail art brush & some black polish to create a (very bad!!) football like pattern on the remaining white.


Finishing off with a couple of coats of topcoat for shine of course. Hope you like the World Cup inspired nails lovelies! The Collection Mardi Gras polishes are now available from Boots & Superdrugs at £1.99 a pop. Bargain city baby.

Thanks for reading!

Lotsa love to ya! 


6.14.2014

If I Were To Have My Very Own Custom Made Polish....

Ello ello sweetpeas! Hope you're all having a lovely weekend whatever you're getting up to!

Now, I can say with confidence, that one thing that EVERY nail polish addict has thought about at some point is...if I could have my very own custom made polish, what would it be? I know I have & its definitely one of my dreams to have my very own polish one day! So when I received an email from the lovely people at Julep saying they were looking for inspiration for a new colour & were reaching out to us bloggers for ideas, which could lead to having our very own custom made polish, well...I couldn't help BUT get involved in the fun!

Julep is a US brand which I love & unfortunately only a own a few of thanks to a couple of lovely US chums sending some my way. The colour range they have is utterly gorgeous & the quality of the polishes that I’ve tried have been fab. If I lived in the US I'd no doubt go crazy, please come to the UK Julep!

Anyhoos, back to the subject of what MY custom polish would be...after pondering on it for a while I know that I would want something pretty, unique & with a bit of sparkle to satisfy the magpie in me. For my base I would want something soft yet shimmery & I immediately thought of rose gold foil like hues...


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Who doesn't love rose gold? Sophisticated with a slight antique vibe, very eye catching & I love foil polishes so that would definitely be the start of my polish, think Essie's Penny Talk or Julep's Zelda...


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Glitter would be an absolute necessity in the polish so naturally I'd go a bit cray cray whilst also trying not go too overboard. A shade that I think would go beautifully with the rose gold is a pale green like the glitter in this super cute necklace I picked up at Comic Con a few weeks back, I love it so much & has literally been worn non stop!

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But my inner magpie cannot stop there...to give a wee fairytale touch to the polish because I'm forever being told I'm away with the fairies... I'd also throw in a handful of magical holographic glitters...

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And lastly for a slight extravagant touch, a sprinkle of golden flakes swirled into the mix...

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And that I think would be my little potion mix for my dream custom polish...in fact that's probably what I'd call it too! Aysh's Pixie Potion! Haha! One day maybe it could become a reality...*sigh* You never know! :)

Thanks as always for reading lovelies! If you could have your very own custom shade, what would it be? I'd love to know!



Lotsa love to ya!

6.07.2014

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

Greetings 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!


Excuse me while I have my obligatory Homer Simpson moment...*mmmm ice cream* Ahem! Sorry, what can I say? I like my food & this just seriously had me craving a nice cool ice cream cone covered in sauce!


For this mani I dug out Models Own Magpie Green from their Speckled Eggs collection (RRP £5) of which I naturally grabbed a few, especially considering their fab dupe like quality of the more pricier Illamasqua ones! This particular shade in the collection is a beautiful pastel mint green crème with black glitter of different sizes giving the 'speckled' effect. Here I've applied two coats.


Next for the dripping chocolate sauce which got me far more excited than it would a normal sane person, I excitingly reached for one of my Revlon Parfumerie polishes (RRP £6.49) I recently picked up when Boots had their 3 for 2. I've been wanting to try these scented polishes for yonks & spent ages deciding which ones to get! This one was naturally a given....Chocolate Truffle...


And yes...this polish...when dry...smells just like CHOCOLATE. *dies* So it was of course perfect for my sweet themed mani here. Using a dotting tool I dotted on 3 drops on the nail before joining & blending on to the tips to create a dripping effect...not entirely happy with how it came out but hey practice makes perfect & I'll definitely be trying dripping nails again!


Finishing with a coat of topcoat & that's it, yummy nails good to go that you can inhale to your hearts content without fear of becoming delusional or passing out! Hurrah! Hope you liked the mani dolls, thanks for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


6.02.2014

NOTD - Pink Pansy on Grey Floral Nails

Howdy dearhearts! Urgh who else is feeling those Monday bluuuues? On a plus note we've arrived to June at last! Boy did that come round quick, though I would quite like to see some sunshine now if that's not too much to ask *shakes fist at cloudy sky*, because its like the LAW is it not? Sun MUST be present in the months of June & July, so sort it out pretty please Mother Nature ;)

You know I love me my floral prints muchly so that's what I've got to share with you lovelies in today's mani which features some pale pink pansy blooms on grey, hope you like!


I juts love combining grey with pink, the two colours compliment each other so well. And this completely reminds me of all the pretty pink blooms that come out every summer on the trees, so if its not feeling like summer in reality then I shall make it happen on my nails!


For my base I used two coats of Barry M Grey, an old favourite. Everyone needs a grey in their collection & I can't fault this un, lovely formula, quick drying & bargainous too. Two coats gives a nice opaque finish.


For my pink pansies I used Sally Hansens Pink Of Punch, a beautiful pale bubblegumm-y pink crème which I found in my favourite hunting ground Poundland. Using the brush that comes with the polish I just added 3 splodges on to each nail.


Finally for detail I used my Models Own nail art pen in white to add a few petals to my pansies before finishing with some green leaves using an old green nail art pen.


Not forgetting a nice thick coat of topcoat to seal and shine & that's it! Thanks as always for reading cherubs. Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya!