Saturday, 30 November 2013

Fragrance Direct Friday (on Saturday) & Festive Nail Art

 Hi guys, today I have the last (for a little while anyway) instalment of Fragrance Direct Friday and my first festive mani this year.  This weekly feature will be going away for a little while, but instead, I will be posting about some fabulous budget polishes from elsewhere around the web on Saturdays.  I have some really great shades that are quite hard to find swatches for online, so I'm looking forward to sharing all those beauties with you in the weeks to come!

Friday, 29 November 2013

#33DC - Day 30 - the same pattern in different colours

 Hi guys!  I'm back today for Day 30 of the #33DC and the prompt for today is: the same pattern in different colours.  I decided to go with a vertical pastel rainbow gradient, and some silver stamping.  I love how subtle this turned out, even though I used 6 different base colours!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Indy's Indies - What's your favourite colour?

*Products in this post were discounted in exchange for review.
Hi guys, today I have another stunning polish from Indy's Indies to show you, this is What's Your Favourite Colour?  This was a Limited Edition and is currently sold out on etsy, but Danielle has hinted that she may add a couple more to the shop over the weekend, so make sure you stalk her etsy and/or facebook if you would like to snag one for yourself.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

#33DC - Day 29 - your favourite pattern

 Hi guys, sorry I didn't post yesterday, I was working on some nails, and time just flew by.  It was almost midnight before I even realised, but I think it was worth it.  I'll be posting the mani on Sunday so you can decide for yourselves then. : )  I am back today though, with Day 29 of the #33DC.  I'm so sad that there's only 4 more days after this, I have enjoyed this challenge so much, and it has really pushed me to be better, and more adventurous.  I am hoping I'll have time to join in on a Christmas challenge soon though, so hooray!

Monday, 25 November 2013

#33DC - Day 28 - Lines

Hi guys, sorry today's post is a little bit late, but I'm back with Day 28 of the #33DC and the prompt for today is lines.  This is another mani I have had planned out in my head for ages, but when it came time to actually sit down and do it, I had a different idea that I liked more. 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

My 10 Favourite Nail Polishes

Hi guys, today I have something a little different for you.  This week, a load of the British Nail Bloggers have been posting about their top ten nail polishes, and I decided it could be fun to join in.  After much deliberation, I decided I had to do 2 separate top ten's.  One for indies and one for mainstream polishes.  This will be a picture heavy post!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Fragrance Direct Friday (on Saturday)

 Hi guys, welcome to the weekend!  I don't know about you, but I am seriously looking forward to Doctor Who tonight!  I'm gutted that I haven't had time to do any DW nails yet, but I may do some tonight when it's finished anyway : )   Before that though, I have this weeks installment of Fragrance Direct Friday.  I'm sad to announce that next weekend will be the last one of these features for a little while, but don't worry, I will be doing a new, as yet un-named feature, with lots of bargain's from elsewhere around the web, in it's place.

Friday, 22 November 2013

#33DC - Day 27 - a mani with 3 patterns

Hi guys, I'm back today with Day 27 of the #33DC, and the prompt for today is a mani with 3 patterns.  I think this was a hard prompt to be honest.  You want some continuity between each nail, but you don't want it to look too busy at the same time.  I actually did this mani in totally different colours at first, but I wasn't very keen on it, so I decided to try again last night with a simpler colour scheme.   I'm glad I did, as I much prefer this version, but I do have photos of both in this post : )

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Indy's Indies - Ding-a-Ling

 Hi guys, I'm back today with another stunning polish to show you from Indy's Indies Christmas collection.  This is Ding-a-Ling, which is silver holographic bell shapes and fine silver holo glitter in a clear base.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

#33DC - Day 26 - something from pinterest

 Hi guys, I'm back today with Day 26 of the #33DC and the prompt for today is something from pinterest/your inspiration board.  This was a tricky one for me, because up until a few weeks ago I didn't have one : D  I ended up choosing to do a (very) simplified version of this AMAZING mani by Robin Moses.  I'm gonna be honest here, and say I am so not happy with this mani.  If you want to know why then meet me after the jump!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Indy's Indies - Crushed Candy Cane.

 Hi guys, today I have another gorgeous polish from Indy's Indies Christmas collection to show you.  This is Crushed Candy Cane, and I was lucky enough to win a mini bottle of this in Danielle's recent giveaway : D  I am in love with this polish, it does seem very Christmassy, but at the same time I think you could wear this all year round. 

Monday, 18 November 2013

#33DC - Day 25 - a new technique for you

 Hi guys, I'm back today with Day 25 of the #33DC and the prompt for today is a new technique for you.  I decided to be brave, and attempted a water marble design.  You can read about how well it went (or not) after the jump!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Tell Me About It, Stud!

 Hi guys, just a quick post today to show you some awesome studs I picked up from ebay a couple of weeks ago, hence the title.  This seller has a few other varieties, and I have been back since and bought more so I'll show you them when I receive them.  The seller did accidentally send me the wrong item, they sent some gold and silver foils, but after contacting them, they have refunded my money, and let me keep the foils.  Shipping from Hong Kong took under 2 weeks, they use Standard Delivery rather than Economy like most HK sellers on ebay.
These are the studs from the smaller wheel, and as you can see they're all holographic bar one, which is more duochrome than holographic.  I used the pink heart studs in this mani recently, and I can't wait to use the others!   This wheel was £1.25 here with free shipping.

 These are the studs from the larger wheel, and these are a lot bigger - they're 0.6cm x 0.6cm. 
Sorry the picture's a little blurry, I had nothing to rest my arm on whilst taking this; you should have seen the state of some of the other photos : D
I've never seen studs like these before, but I'm looking forward to using them, I think they're really cool!  This wheel cost me £1.88 here with free shipping.

I am definitely getting some more from that listing.  They have loads of neon studs on it too, and the spiky conical studs that are completely impractical, but so freakin awesome!  (Can you tell I bought some)

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Fragrance Direct Friday (on Saturday)

 Hi guys, hows your weekend been so far?  Sorry this post is so late, I was really busy this afternoon, and time just kind of got away from me.  Anyway, today for Fragrance Direct Friday, I have just 1 polish and some nail art, but as you can see, it's a stunner!

Friday, 15 November 2013

#33DC - Day 24 - mani with the colour you own the most of.

 Hi guys, I'm back for Day 24 of the #33DC challenge, and the prompt for today is to do a mani with the colour I own the most of.  I thought this would mean a purple mani, but after a quick look on my polish spreadsheet, I have 41 purples, and 49 pinks.  I think this is largely because at the beginning of my polish obsession, I bought a few massive bundles of polish from ebay which included a lot of pinks.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Haul Post

 Hi guys, it's time for another haul post : D  I have quite a bit this time around, I found a lot of bargains last month, including a 30% discount for MoYou London (expired now unfortunately) and it was very hard not to go crazy on there.  I think I've been quite restrained all things considered (not sure the other half would agree though)  I do have quite a lot of pictures for you though, so be prepared.  (MoYou plates are at the bottom if you can't wait)

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

#33DC - Day 23 - Geometric

 Hi guys, sorry I didn't post anything yesterday.  I've got the flu and am feeling super crappy at the moment.  It's also why I didn't have it in me to re-do that middle finger with the crazy smudging.  This is my mani for Day 23 of the #33DC, and the prompt for today is Geometric.  This is another style of nail art I haven't dabbled much in, so I kept it simple and went for something I knew would work out.

Monday, 11 November 2013

#33DC - Day 22 - 3 colour gradient + pattern.

Hi guys, I'm back with Day 22 of the #33DC and the prompt for today is: 3 colour gradient + pattern. This is actually my second mani for this prompt.  My original idea ended up being way too summery : D  I don't mind though, in fact I'm actually quite pleased, I love the way these 3 colours work together so I guess all is well that ends well.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Majestic Swirls with MoYou London

 Hi all, hope you're having a good weekend so far.  Today I have the first mani I wore from my new MoYou plates.  (I will be doing a separate post showing you them very soon)  I was trying not to spend too much this month, but I ended up buying 8 plates, in 3 separate orders.  I guess that's what happens when you try and limit yourself to 2 or 3 plates.  I'm just glad I can get free shipping within the UK!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Fragrance Direct Friday (on Saturday)

Hi guys, and welcome to another instalment of Fragrance Direct on Friday.  Today I have 3 polishes to show you, and, as you can probably tell, some nail art too.  Swatches can get boring when you see too many, so I'm trying to mix it up a little : )

Friday, 8 November 2013

#33DC - Day 21 - Europe (Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland)

 Hiya guys!  I'm back for Day 21 of the #33DC and the prompt for today is Europe.  I was unsure on what I wanted to do for this prompt for ages, but once I got this idea in my head I was determined to see it through.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Just a Quickie!

Hi guys, I'm afraid I don't have any nails for you today, I'm coming down with the flu, and feel like total crap so I hope you'll forgive me!  However, there's something that came in the mail today that I really wanted to share with you guys. 
Whilst browsing Fragrance Direct, I spotted these Body Custards here for 99p each, and with scents like that, how could I not pick a couple up.  They also have a Lemon Meringue and a Strawberry Cheesecake one, however the chocolate souffle is already out of stock.  I have a pretty blocked nose, but even I can tell that they smell amazing!  I haven't got around to properly testing them out yet, but I just wanted to post these in case anyone loves sweet food scented cosmetics as much as I do : D

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

#33DC - Day 20 - A pattern from your wardrobe

 Hi guys, I'm back today with Day 20 of the #33DC, and the prompt for today is a pattern from your wardrobe.  This was one of the mani's I have had planned from the moment I read the prompt.  I had recently bought some awesome leopard print leggings, but they were a bit too tight for me so I haven't actually worn them least I get to rock them on my fingers for now : D

Monday, 4 November 2013

#33DC - Day 19 - Follow someone's tutorial

Hi guys, I'm back today with Day 19 of the #33DC, and the prompt for today is to follow someone else's tutorial.  I have wanted to try out this tutorial from The Nailasaurus for ages now, so when I saw this prompt I knew exactly what I wanted to do. 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

A-England - Lady of the Lake

Hi guys, today I have a swatch of a stunning polish that has been sitting in my vault waiting to be posted for a while.  This is A-England - Lady of the Lake, and this was the gem of the month for October.  After checking the website though, it hasn't been updated yet, so if you're really quick you may still be able to get it for £6 with free UK shipping here. : D

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Fragrance Direct Friday (on Saturday)

 Hi guys, I'm back for another Fragrance Direct Friday (on Saturday) post, and since I've been bombarding you with swatches over the last couple of weeks from UK Indie Month, I figured I would do some nail art for this weeks FDF.

Friday, 1 November 2013

#33DC - Day 18 - Mani featuring 2 patterns

 Hi guys, sorry this post is so late, but we had a power cut earlier, so I was stuck in the dark with no Internet access for a few hours.  Anyway, today is day 18 of the #33DC and the prompt is a mani featuring 2 patterns.  My original plan was to do a half leopard/half zebra mani, but after I put the base colour down this idea just sort of developed and I went with it!

Indy's Indies - Baubles, and Snow is Falling!

 Hi everyone, and welcome to Friday : )  Today, I have some more UK Indies for you to feast your eyes upon, and these 2 are from Indy's Indies Christmas collection. I actually bought 4, so will be showing you the other 2 sometime later in the week.   I love Christmas, I'm definitely a 'creature comforts' kind of girl, and love cuddling up in front of the telly, drinking tea, and hiding from the weather in cosy pyjamas with the OH.  Plus, everything becomes sparkly and pretty at Christmas; what glitter addict wouldn't love it? : )

UK Indie Month - Magic Goose - Electra

 Hi again gorgeous people.  Sorry it's so late, I've had a pretty busy day today and didn't realise how late it had gotten.  Anyway, the next UK Indie I have to show you is Magic Goose - Electra.  Electra is made up of small lilac holographic glitter, larger purple hexagonal glitter, and turquoise holographic stars.  I've layered 1 coat here over La Femme - Party Pluto which is a deep blue with purple shimmer.  I will have to swatch this alone for you at some point, it's stunning!