30 September 2012

Stamping on Sunday: French Tips

I struggle with using the French tip stamps, as you can probably tell!

Base Polish: Barry M - Black Multi Glitter
Stamping Polish: Stargazer - Silver Chrome
Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 216

29 September 2012

Top Ten: Hair Do's

Looking at these photos from the past year you really can see how much I have managed to lighten my hair from black, and the problems I had getting it the same colour from root to tip. Not exactly blond but still lightened. I am going to have a foray with the colour plum again for autumn / winter. 

I recently had to cut two inches off my length because of bleach damage, so until next year I am avoiding the bleach. Then bring on operation violet hair again next year!

Straightened and down          Straightened half up

Tied back, with a bit of a twist

Slight wave          Nautilus Knot

Braided and weaved                    Curls

Some sort of low side bun

Just down, without being straightened          Some sort of side plait

28 September 2012

Nails: Smirnoff Vodka

I actually collect vodka bottles, special snazzy, limited edition ones not your super cheap price ones!

These are your standard Smirnoff ones. Of course I have many others but Toffoc and Blavod etc don't go with this particular post...

Mazel Tov!
(good destiny)

27 September 2012

Swatch: W7 - Metallic Jupiter

This is a duochrome polish which is very difficult to photograph! It flits between green, navy, purple, a nice almost a petrol on water polish if a little blackened.

Finish: Duochrome
Brush Type: Standard
Opacity: Two coats
How Much: 15ml

26 September 2012

ABC Nails: C is for Crackle

I've not used crackle polish in some time, and so here we are...

Base Polish: Max Factor - Blue Odyssey
Crackle Polish: MUA - Broken Arrow

25 September 2012

52 Week Challenge: Grey

Final week in this year long nail challenge, once again I was going to try and do something clever but being what seems like the only woman in the UK who hasn't read 50 Shades of Grey thought against it.

Base Polish: George @ Asda - Witchcraft
Glitter: Barry M - Jewel Britannia

Review: Lush - Twilight Bath Ballistic

"Let the sun set around you as you let go of the day and drift off to a world of dreams. 

If you are struggling to sleep, then this is perfect for using in the evenings. With lavender oil for when you need a bit of extra help to wind down. 

We’ve added visuals to this bath to help your mind let go and embrace the night time. Twilight dissolves to create a growing sunset that gradually gets darker until you are finally left with the glimmer of stars"

This is a bath ballistic from Lush, I wasn't actually keen on getting this originally because I thought it was related to the movies Twilight and a whole load of glitter.

I quite liked the pattern on the ballistic, it isn't too clear in my photo but it has stars and moons printed on. I imagine that is what Lush mean when they say adding visuals to help you embrace the night.

Didn't look too glittery from the outside but once it went in the bath it was clear there was going to be a glitter bomb explosion. These again didn't pick up in the photos.

Made the water slightly dusky pink, and the scent was a lavender but not that harsh scent. I used this when I needed to switch off and while it did help I don't think it was down to this particular ballistic. 

Nice enough but not something I would repurchase. If you like pink and glitter than I imagine this would be something for you.

£3.20 - Lush

24 September 2012

22 September 2012

Swatch: Color Club - Mrs Robinson


Finish: Neon violet
Opacity: Three coats
How much: 14.5ml
Brush Type: Standard

Mrs Robinson over a white base, really makes it pop! Although the top coat I used has shrunk the polish but not the base which means it doesn't look as good as it should. 


21 September 2012

Nails: Bridal Veil Dots

A England - Bridal Veil
GOSH - Holo

20 September 2012

Swatch: Orly - Sunglasses at Night

Orly Sunglasses at Night is part of the Flash Glam FX collection. All of the polishes in this collection are really different, designed to be layered over the top of another polish. I think that they are quite similar to a lot of indie polishes which are out there.

Difficult to photograph, which is why I have a video further down. Over ELF Black.

Sunglasses at Night is basically a holographic strand polish in a sheer watery grey base, perfect for layering over black. Was a bit of a pain to work with as any flitter type polish is, that was because the bits of glitter were extending past the end of the nail. Really like Orly polishes as the bottle has a rubberised lid which makes it so easy to open, and to keep it in your hand for perfect application.


Out of focus to show of true holo strands

Bottle shot

19 September 2012

ABC Nails: B is for Bee Nails Fred Butler Recreation

For the nail art challenge B I was going to do beach balls, however when I saw these nails on The British Beauty Blogger Blog I had to try my hand at them. Marian Newman for Fred Butler SS2013, bee's with sharp stingers.

[Picture from R.Lanji at www.ryanlanji.com]

Nails are the same as clothes, if you look at any fashion show chances are no one is going to wear the outfits.  Designers take bits from fashion shows and turn them in to something wearable, in this case the nails aren't wearable this is just a recreation of something from the catwalk.