3.28.2017

NOTD - Pointed Angles & Polka Dots!

Hello there lovely readers!

Today's nail art was one of my "extreme acts of randomness....just go in with a few magic spells and hope for the best" type designs & features a simple geometric style with pointed triangles & a few polka dots thrown in for luck. I find the combination of sharp pointy edges mingled with with soft round circles strangely satisfying 

3.20.2017

Disney Nail Art Series - Beauty and the Beast!

Hello there lovely readers!

Now this is something that I have been wanting to do on my blog for the longest time & for various reasons prolonged but now I am finally on it huzzah! As you may know about me, one of my great loves is Disney. It played a huge part in my upbringing & still to this day I love nothing more than taking a break from adulting & indulging in a Disney movie marathon, immersing myself back into that magical world. One of my best holidays was Christmas spent in Disneyland Paris 4 years ago & I am yearning to visit Florida's offering one day. So it would only make sense to channel this passion of mine through another love which is of course....nail art!

I already have a few Disney themed manicures that I cannot wait to share with you, I'll be exploring all sides of Disney, both Good and Evil in my nail art series, so this will include not only Princesses but Villains & additional characters as well, if you have any requests then please do let me know! But to start off my Disney Nail Art Series I thought I would begin with of course the main movie remake that EVERYONE is talking about at the moment....Beauty and The Beast which I went to see last Friday!


3.16.2017

NOTD - Blue & White China Nails

Hello there lovely readers!

Now you know how much I adore my afternoon teas, the numerous reviews on here would be a dead giveaway...One of my favourite parts of a good tea, other than the food of course, is the pretty crockery used to partake. Call me crazy (many do) but I do feel a cup of tea tastes better when sipped from a pretty cup & saucer ;) I adore intricately patterned teacups & have a somewhat odd addiction you might say of accumulating said crockery, a habit that drives my mother bonkers as I guess it ruins the aesthetic of her neatly ordered cupboards with my random finds. There is a point of me talking about this topic by the way & that point leads naturally to my other addiction...nail art! 

Many times I've found myself inspired to create nail art using some of the designs I've come across on my teacup & saucer adventures.



3.10.2017

NOTD - Jewel Bloom Nail Art Tutorial

Hello my lovely readers!

A wee tutorial for you today, I want to try & do more step by step pictorials for you to show just how easy it can be to create fun & fabulous designs on your nails! My favourites this year so far have to be my Flamingo Nails, they just make me smile so much & I'm itching to do them again. But of course Mother Nature will play a big part in allowing this to happen & whenever she doth bestow upon me decent lighting & time for photos I will make sure to take advantage!


3.08.2017

NOTD - Marble Flames

Hello there lovely readers!

So I have recently rediscovered the love for dry marbling nail art. Still feeling somewhat daunted at even the thought of attempting water marbling, I WILL man up & try it one day I'm sure, but until that day arises dry marbling on the other hand is one nail art technique I am totally on board with. 


Not only is it super easy to do but the results can be so pretty as well. I love having a play around with different colours & tones to see which ones mesh well together. You can see some of my previous dry marbling manicures HERE.


To do a dry a marble all you need is two polishes, or more if you wish to have a mixture of more colours & a tool to create the marble. This can be either a toothpick, dotting tool or brush. You can have a peek at some of my previous marble nail art posts, in particular my favourite one HERE, where I've done some more in depth step by step pictorials on how to create this effect.


I personally prefer to use a brush as it allows you a lighter hand when marbling your colours together on the nail. Whenever I've used a dotting tool or toothpick I've always found myself pressing too hard & going straight through the polish to the nail bed.


The color combo I've used in this manicure is red & gold, I absolutely love mixing these two jewel tones together as the colours really contrast & stand out so beautifully creating a fab flame like effect.


My red polish of choice is Bitten from old indie brand Cult Nails, & was part of the Behind The Closed Doors collection, a stunning raspberry red glossy shimmer. This polish is just so gorgeous, I'm an absolute sucker for these kinds of gothic-y reds & I can't wait to use it again. Apply one coat of red & then apply your second coat ready to marble!


Whilst your second coat of polish is still wet, add about two drops of gold, here I've used Models Own 25 Carat Gold, & then using your brush or whichever tool you prefer, swirl the gold in to the red using light strokes, not blending too much that you lose the gold.


If you think you've applied too much gold you can always add a couple of drops of red & blend some more, careful not to overload the nail with polish though otherwise you'll end up with puddles of polish in your cuticles. 


Once you are happy with the design seal with topcoat. Done! I have lots of ideas floating around for some more marble designs so keep posted. Let me know if you give it a try!

Thanks as always for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


3.01.2017

Afternoon Tea at The Red Lion Henley On Thames

Hello there my lovely readers!

Pinch punch & all that jazz! How is it March already?! One of the things I will most definitely be continuing on this old blog of mine this year is reviews of my favourite pastime....afternoon tea! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do writing & of course experiencing them ;)

Now a lot of the afternoon tea reviews I've written about on HERE have mostly been experiences that can be done in London as there really are so many great ones to try in the capital.


However today I though I'd branch out of London for a moment and review a delightful afternoon tea my friends & I went to not long ago at the lovely Red Lion Hotel in Henley On Thames.


My friend lives in Henley & as I was dropping her off home one evening, we passed the gorgeously gothic looking Red Lion hotel sat by the riverside & I decided we simply had to come for afternoon tea here. Henley itself is just so quaint & pretty with its cobbled streets & pretty buildings, I could happily spend the whole day exploring its delights. So a table I booked & off we went!


My two chums and I arrived at the hotel & after a short wait we were taken into the lounge where our tea would be taken. The decor is very warm & homely with a mixture of table & sofa seating, which was lovely & we were fortunate enough to be able to choose where we wanted to sit, we opted for some of the cosy couches by the window so plenty of people watching could be done in comfort :) 


Once sat we were  asked what refreshments we would be wanting to accompany our food, I went for a pot of English Breakfast tea as did one of my friends whilst the other (who isn't a tea drinker) opted for a latte. We were given the choice to chop & change if we wanted which was nice, so I also enjoyed a nice pot of coffee at a later stage as well.


We didn't have to wait long at all for the Afternoon Tea itself to arrive, which it did swiftly in all its three tiered glory. The sandwiches offered were smoked salmon (always a good un!), egg mayonnaise & tomato & cucumber. Simple offerings to be sure & I won't lie, a bit of cheese would have been a nice inclusion in the tomato sarnies but tasty nonetheless. One of my friends is a vegetarian who also does not eat eggs, we mentioned this to our waiter who very kindly bought out more sarnies for her. 


On to the sweets....the scones were very generous in size & scrumptious in taste accompanied with the clotted cream and jam. 


For the final tier we had delicate slices of lemon drizzle cake, fruit cake & profiteroles with fresh cream and strawberry pieces which all went down an absolute treat!


Throughout the tea, our waiter would occasionally pass by and replenish our drinks as needed. We were able to enjoy a really nice & relaxed afternoon tea here for a pleasant couple of hours without feeling rushed at all, which is always the sign of a good afternoon tea in my opinion.


The Red Lion Hotel Afternoon Tea is just £19.95 per person, a very decent price for what was a lovely afternoon experience.

Thanks as always for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!