2 September 2012

Best of British roundup - September 2, 2012

Another week with no posts! Shocking! Check out the lovely manicures below to make up for it.

British Nail Bloggers

Lucy from Lucy's Stash shows how to do a perfect Fishtail Braid manicure

The Nail Newbie tries a braided manicure too, but it is a peachy plait or a fishtail fail?

Emma's been feeling arty this week at Imagination In Colour, starting with a Purple Dotted Manicure and later a first attempt at 'brush marbling'!

Nada has been busy swatching the Orly Mineral FX Collection Fall 2011 sadly shes missing one of the polishes from the collection to make it complete!

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing has been rainbow gradienting it up!

Things have been looking a bit patchy over at Never Mind Suzi as Steph tries out some MUA polishes.

Wendy from Wendy's Delights has found W7 Magnetic Nail Polish at New Look in store & online!

A simple nail tutorial for seaside nails perfect for the last weeks of summer 2012 over at Enigmatic Rambles.

Abi falls in love with A-England's Perceval and doesn't seem to realise its not autumn yet.

While reviewing some of her recent nail buys, Ruth also created a simple blue matte finish with some striking gold tips this week!

Lyndsay from Pie's Eyes discovers some great stamping polishes from the UK High Street and shows off her latest ColorClub purchases.

Jo at Northern nails has been comparing some W7 and Color Club polishes.

PrettyKittyClaws went to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony and celebrated with a Saran Wrap Mani featuring the new OPI Germany collection.

Sam at Polished Art created some Paralympics nail art.

Rachel-Karina over at Polished Criminails gets ready to undergo the grueling 30 day challenge.

Kerrie at Pishposh and Polish is hosting a giveaway featuring some holographic and great British Polishes!

Laura at She Who Does Nails has been trying out her new stamping plates and rhinestones with a Tiffany-esque floral manicure.

Charlotte at Charlottes-nails broke her laptop charger this week so has only posted one challenge post for the lazy days of summer challenge

Sarah Louise plays with Laquistry's Placid on Acid over Nails Inc's Great Dover Street to create Sparkly Leaves! She also thought it would be a good thing to reorganise her polish stash....bad idea.

The Crumpet has been celebrating her birthday this week. You can see this purple ruffle mani as well as some of her favourite purples.

Alexis at Glitter Tips takes a step towards becoming the craziest cat lady by painting her cats portraits on her nails!

Vic at Glowstars.net has probably pushed her nail art obsession to the limit with her Carnival mani.

It has been loads of nailart week for Dimpal at Crazy Polishes with Sea Life and Flowery Water Decals mani.

26 August 2012

Best of British roundup - August 26, 2012

I'm still wearing the same nail polish I put on last Sunday *gasp* and I haven't even shown you that yet! Work was hectic last week and now I've got to the weekend I've got no energy left for creativity. Next week we should be back on track but in the meantime have a look at what the lovely ladies of this group have been up to.

British Nail Bloggers

The weather in the UK may have improved a little but not enough for Vic to justify running off to Cornwall to catch the surf. Instead she's made do with her Surfin' USA mani.

It's been KBShimmer Week this week at The Crumpet - 5 polishes, but which was her favourite?

Laura has been trying out stamping for the first time this week and was particularly fond of her classy black and silver floral design.

PrettyKittyClaws has been making the most of the sunshine by copying The Crumpet with a Red Holo Dotticure featuring Ozotics 518.

Helly at the Nail Newbie got her holo on with a purple holo gradient featuring OPI DS Original!

Charlotte at Charlottes-nails has been catching up with the lazy days of summer challenge with a ruffle accent nail.

Alexis at Glitter Tips managed to overcome a nasty case of nail art block with a Black and Gold NOTD inspired by her jewellery collection.

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing managed to get hold of some OPI Black Spotted and gave it a go over some bright NEONS.

Seeing as the British weather has been seasonably rainy, there has been a lack of barbeques this year. Unless it is in the form of nail art from Enigmatic Rambles.

Lou entered the Golden Jungle over at Painted Nails & Baking Scales, finding some new polish species to describe.

This week at Northern Nails there are Turtles in a Guest Post, also Jo has started a new series of posts called Mashups!

Emma's been busy swatching the new Barry M Burgundy Croc Effects over different colours on Imagination In Colour!

It's texture time in the BFF Challenge and Kerrie from PishPosh and Polish made great use of Heart-Shaped beads but was it a success?

Ruth had some fun with pastel colours and created some colourful zebra nails using her new stampers!

Steph is showing off. Peacock feathers in the (rare) sunshine.

It's been a special week for Allie and in celebration she's been wearing some Sea Green Glitter Birthday Nails.

Dimpal is absolutely loving these Fish Egg Nails. She also did Nicole's Me+Blue Mani.

Sarah Louise reviews LeaLaC's Stamping Plate XL - A. See the post for swatches and a manicure using her first Bettina Nail Polish.

Sam at Polished Art kicked off the 31 Day Challenge with a red leopard print mani.

Kerry starts the first of her Nails Inc Sprinkle swatches with Sweets Way.

19 August 2012

Best of British roundup - August 19, 2012

Welcome to the second Best of British roundup!

It's been a week of Themes over at The Crumpet - the new collection from 365 Days of Color and Red Week - which was your fave? Naturally Debbie wants to show everyone her Monkey See, Monkey Do mani: Britishness.

Vic got a little carried away with one of her Summer Challenge manis this week. Bumble bees suddenly takes on a whole new meaning. Perhaps you've already guessed...

Lou played with some of her polishes from a recent US Polish Swap and had a lot of fun!

Helly wears her heart on her nails with her Love Love mani featuring OPI Steady As She Rose.

Has Misha mastered the freehand acrylic paint flower on Enigmatic Rambles?

Abi celebrated her A-England haul with one of her favourite stamps at Volatile Varnish.

PrettyKittyClaws is feeling summery with a Summer Sunset Gradient and has been busy having a blogsale.

Emma put up her first giveaway of GOSH Golden Dragon after arriving back from a relaxing holiday!

Sarah played with some of her recent Tony Moly Glitter polishes and created a Yummy Strawberry Manicure. Also check out her swatches for Tony Moly's GS10 - Pinky Star, GS08 - Milky Way & GS09 - Shooting Star.

Jo has been real busy in the real World this week and has a rather empty blog. Busy Busy but if you check back later today you may find a suprise post! ;)

Steph showed us a few of her "favourite things". Also check out her attempt at some nail art =)

Kerrie over at PishPosh and Polish attempted Tribal Nails as part of her Black and White Challenge this week and is happy with the result.

Charlotte at Charlottes-nails has been swatching China Glaze Deviantly Daring from her recent polish haul.

17 August 2012

Fluorescent Friday

Happy Friday, everyone! Just a short post today to show you some W7 fluorescents I got in July. I wanted to be brave and try out some really bright colours - for me! - so here they are.

Left to right: Fluorescent Pink, Fluorescent Orange, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Green

I layered these over white to make them pop, as I've seen so many bloggers recommend that. The formulas are not too bad, a little goopy, but the brushstrokes are really visible to the naked eye almost like a frost finish. The pink and yellow were two coats, the orange and green needed three.

They are bright in the sun though, and you can't see the brushstrokes here. Huzzah!

Don't mind my thumbnail, I was practising the technique that Chalkboard Nails used for her abstract brush strokes manicure.

Overall I think that these are ok. The pink is by far the best formula and colour, with the least visible brushstrokes. I think these would be fun to use in a dotticure or other patterned design though. Maybe I should try some neons next - what do you think? :)

16 August 2012

Hoarding in a Helmer - minipost!

I went to Ikea last weekend and picked up a Helmer to keep my polishes in. Turns out, I could fill just over one drawer with bottles if I packed them in tightly. This means I need to buy more pretty polishes. Right?

97 polishes - it looks like so few, in these drawers! I've filled another one with manicure tools and cotton pads for now. What do you keep your polish in?

13 August 2012

Max Factor - Odyssey Blue review

I hope everyone made it through Monday unscathed? I fought the temptation to nap at work and even managed to get some work done. Huzzah!

Today I'd like to show you a polish that my lovely boyfriend put in our basket at Boots, after I picked it up to look at, then put back because I've spent my polish budget for the month. He was so proud of my restraint that he got it for me! This was a moment full of win, my friends.

Max Factor Odyssey Blue is from their Max Colours Effects mini polish range. The range of colours and finishes is great and I can't resist anything in cute packaging!

See that purple flash at the bottom edge of the bottle? Gorgeous! It's only the barest hint of purple once you get it onto the nails, but I love this polish anyway.

Application was good for a mini brush. This is easily a 2-coater in terms of coverage, but I went for 3 coats so the blue would be even richer.

It's a glass flecked finish, one of my favourite types. The flecks are a slightly lighter blue which gives this polish a fantastic depth of colour.

If you're looking for a rich, beautiful blue with a twist you could do a lot worst than to pick this one up.

These normally retail for £3.99 but Superdrug are currently selling them online for £2.99 each - fingers crossed that's still the price come payday! What do you think of Odyssey Blue? Are there any polishes from this range that you love?

12 August 2012

Best of British - August 12, 2012

British Nail Bloggers

Welcome to the first Best of British roundup! I've found some great news blogs since getting involved with this group, so I'd like to share them with you. If you're a British blogger and you'd like to get involved, let me know in the comments :)


It's been a busy week over at The Crumpet, with tutorials, Time Capsules and the start of a great new series, A to Z of Polish, beginning with A is for England.

Lucie has been busy doing nail art again! Check out her Aquadelic summer nail art dotticure over at Lucy's Stash.

Charlotte at The Colour and The Sparkle shared her first themed manicure: GB Colours.

Lou continued her obsession with all things magnetic on Painted Nails and Baking Scales with Barry M Super Nova.

The Nail Newbie is ready (for her kids) to go back to school with an apple for the teacher.

Enigmatic Rambles took on another nail art challenge this week and dabbled with textured deck chair nails too!

PrettyKittyClaws has been to the Olympics with a British Braid Mani.

Kerrie has been having fun over at PishPosh and Polish creating a Jelly Sandwich manicure with the new HITS MTV polish, Pink Pop.

Jo over at Northern Nails is Rocking a new mani and Rocking the town with photographic evidence! Rock on dude!

Charlotte's been celebrating her 20th birthday in style this week over at Charlottes-Nails with pretty pink fingers for her birthday nails.

Vic at Glowstars.net is still trying to master one stroke painting and her Summer in the Hamptons mani shows that she is at least improving.

Rachel-Karina over at Polished Criminails is bringing a much needed pop of colour to brighten up the British summer with these edible shades from the Beauty UK Candy Collection.

If you're a British blogger and you'd like to get involved, let me know in the comments :)

10 August 2012

My first themed mani: GB colours!

Ahoy there, and welcome to my first ever themed manicure!

Normally I just apply one polish - I've not even got round to a skittles/ombre/accent nail mani yet. When Barry M Jewel Britannia arrived in the post I knew I could only do it justice by using it in a Team GB colours mani, so here we are!

For the basic ingredients, we had:
Red: No 7 Salsa (two coats)
Blue: Barry M Navy (two coats)
White: Nicole by OPI Shop Around The Clock (3 coats)

Here are my base colours before clean-up. I wasn't too neat with coverage because it wouldn't matter once the glitter went on.

I got Salsa in a set of four, probably 4-5 years ago? At that time, I was only interested in 'funky colours' for nail polish and I have never used it. Felt really good to finally use it and even better to discover that I love the colour!

Shop Around The Clock is a really awful formula to use. The colour is watery and it drags instantly if you go over the same spot twice, so it took a lot of bodging. This is what happens when I buy a white online because I need one, rather than researching. I've got a few in mind to fill that gap but any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

Navy has great coverage in two coats but my bottle has quite a goopy formula and I normally have to put thicker coats on so I have enough to play with, which means extra drying time. I put up with it because it's a lovely, rich colour and it's cheap - being on a budget means I have to live with these things sometimes.

Onto the main ingredient:

Jewel Britannia really exceeded my expectations! I applied one generous coat for all of these photos.

It's packed full of sparkliness. Small silver, red and blue hex glitters are complemented by smaller red and blue glitter, but there's something extra there too...

...you might have spotted little rainbow sparkles on my nails...

...yes, this polish is packed with tiny silver holographic glitter! I am in love! This blurry shot shows the glitter best.

One coat of Seche Vite was enough to smooth the nail - if you like a perfectly even surface I'd go for two but it's not a topcoat gobbler. Here it is swatched alone:

One coat on the left, three coats on the right. My camera did not want to cooperate today.

You should also check out Kerrie of PishPosh and Polish's manicure featuring Jewel Britannia, which she did for a guest post at Caitlin's Creative Corner.

I really love this glitter polish :) I keep moving my nails around to see the holo sparkles! What do you think of Jewel Britannia? Own already, planning to buy, or not really your cup of tea?

6 August 2012

Nail Files: Bare All Tag

I saw a post on Painted Nails & Baking Scales about the Nail Files: Bare All tag and I've been saving the idea for a dry spell on the blog (which I've hit already thanks to the Olympics!) so today you get to see my nails in their birthday suit.

That's my nails fresh from a polish removal session. My cuticles were growing out, I had a few hangnails and most of my nails needed a reshape. I've been biting the sides of my fingers again too :(

Here they are after some cuticle work and a bit of TLC. Still in rough condition, so I need to stop stress biting soon. Filing into the correct shape is getting easier but my main challenge has been learning to file into a shape that matches the nail bed, not the white tips. Before I was wearing polish every day, I thought it looked weird not to follow the white tip shape, but it made my painted nails look odd. Everyone has to learn sometime, right?

I don't have perfect hands and nails by any means, but I'm lucky to have strong nails that grow well. I don't have the longest nail beds but I like the way they look, whether they're mid-length like this or down to the fingertips, so I'm lucky in that way too.

There's some staining going on, which I think is the beginning of what I hear is the polish addicts' curse - go without polish long enough to get rid of the stains (gasp, the horror), or maintain the stains by wearing polish to cover them. What a dilemma...I know what my solution will be!

There are some of my manicure things. I forgot to add the hand cream I mention below and the Boots Expert Nail Strength Solution that I use *facepalm* but there we go.

The Nail Files: Bare All Tag rules/questions:
  • Include a photo of your clean, product free, natural nails: see above for before and after shots!
  • Preferred length:  Short to Mid, because some of my nails spoon when they grow too long - the first picture above is as long as I let them get.
  • Preferred shape: Squoval, but sometimes they lean towards square by accident.
  • Favorite base coat:  Orly Bonder, but I haven't tried any other big-name basecoats yet.
  • Favorite top coat:  Seche Vite but again, I haven't tried any other well-known ones (recommendations for either, that I can pick up in UK for £10 or under, are welcome!)
  • Favorite cuticle cream/oil:  Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream
  • Favorite hand cream:  Ahava Dead Sea Water Mineral Hand Cream, which was a gift but can be bought from www.ahava.co.uk
  • Favorite nail clippers:  I use Boots ones if I'm taking off more than a couple of millimetres, otherwise I file them down a little.
  • Favorite nail file:  At the moment I'm using a large emery board, from Boots I think! Coveting a glass file having heard good things about them.
  • Favorite remover:  Cutex removers so far.
  • Self or professional manicure:  I do my own but try and go for a professional full manicure a few times a year.
  • How often do you polish:  It depends on how much free time I have. Since I started blogging, it's been about twice a week but the urge is growing to do it more often. I don't always have good light for manicures and end up removing them later without ever having photographed them, so I'm hopefully making a DIY lightbox this weekend to fix that.
  • Most wanted nail product: At the moment, it's the new gold flakes topcoat that Zoya released a picture of!
  • Be sure to include the nail files bare all tag in your post/video response

I'd love to see some of your bare nails - leave a link to your bare nails post in the comments if you make one and I'll edit them into the article :)

Thanks for the post idea, Lou!

5 August 2012

Liebster Award!

The lovely Jess over at Too Cute-icle has nominated me for a Liebster Award! Thanks Jess :)
Edit: I was also lucky enough to be nominated by Madison of Apple Lacquer, Kerry of Just Talk Nails and Kristina of Adore-A-Polish so a big thanks to them!
Edit #2: I'm going to answer their questions below as well, because I think it'd be rude not to! I've taken out duplicate questions though.

The Liebster Award is for up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, and it's a great way to spread some love around the blogging community.

The rules of this award are:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

Jess has set some questions for me to answer:

1. Why did you start playing with polish?
I've always enjoyed nail polish because it's the one beauty product that isn't affected by my eczema. I started really getting into it a few months ago when I discovered the 'nail art' tag on Tumblr. It's so inspiring to see what people can create with a few colours and some tools!

2. What is your favorite thing to do with your nails?Just applying plain old polish of any kind makes me happy. I suppose my favorite types to use are glitterbombs, duochromes, holographics, flakies - anything with a bit of bling.

3. Cats or dogs?
Oh dear, a hard question - I prefer cats but I'm really allergic to them! Much less allergic to dogs, but I got chased by some large dogs that got loose from a neighbour when I was about 3 years old, so I'm pretty scared of anything that barks. Small calm dogs are fine though!

4. Favorite thing to do on your day(s) of relaxation?
On an ideal day of relaxation, I'd drink coca-cola, eat popcorn and play World of Warcraft, though I'd fit in a manicure these days too. If money wasn't an object, I'd go to a spa for hours of treatments and then take my boyfriend out for dinner at our favourite restaurant.

5. Favorite food?? (RECIPE linkaaageee if it is a dish ;))
My favourite meal would be a giant dish of macaroni cheese, made with mature cheddar, topped with sliced tomatoes and crispy bacon bits, and served with petit pois. MMM. No link for a recipe, sadly.

6. What is your #1 Lemming polish?
Zoya - Ivanka, at the moment! It's not a rare polish but it's not easy to get Zoya polishes over here, without larger shipping costs (if I'm wrong and you know a website please let me know!)

7. What inspired you to turn your polish hobby into a blogging hobby?
I have a WoW blog that I really enjoy keeping, which got me involved in the WoW community and has made me some really great friends over the last year and a half. When nail polish looked like it was going to be A Thing(tm) for me, it just made sense to blog about this too and hopefully I'll meet some lovely polish addicts while I'm at it!

8. If you could design your own indie polish, what would it look like?
Hmm. I think it would be a teal-leaning turquoise base, with a subtle shimmer, containing opalescent flakies and medium size copper hex glitters.

9. House is on fire.  What do you grab to take out? Only time to grab one thing (weight is not an object, pretend you are super strong)
My cello, which was a birthday present from my lovely boyfriend. Everything else could be replaced, but that means the world to me.

10. Favorite song?
Mrs Potter's Lullaby, by Counting Crows

11. Favorite polish you own?
Chanel - Peridot, closely followed by Orly - Ingenue.

Madison's questions:

What is the landscape like where you live?
Leeds has some relatively big hills, for a city! This is the view from my balcony:

As you can see, it's not flat but it's not that hilly around here. Cambridgeshire, where I come from, is almost completely flat, so this amount of incline is enough for me.

What is your favorite type of pants?

What do is your dream job?
My dream job would be either a volcanologist or a storm chaser.

What is your absolute least favorite polish?
I have a peachy coloured mini Orly that I bought on a whim that is impossible to get right on my nails - it's for french manicures I think, and I'm awful at sheer colour in that way.

What is your dream date?
A really good meal, followed by some cocktails and a stay in a really swanky hotel suite!

What is your least favorite TV show?
I don't watch a huge amount of TV because I'm busy gaming most of the time. I used to get really irate hearing about Big Brother constantly, when it was on Channel 4.

What was your biggest nail polish fail?
I think my biggest fails are to come! For this question though, probably all the times I painted my nails when I was young because I'm sure there was polish everywhere, no clean-up, no cuticle care, no topcoat...I could go on. You don't really know much about all that at 15, as the eldest in the family :)

What was your first boyfriend or girlfriend like?
Crikey, that would have been a few years back! Nice enough I guess, because I never went out with horrible guys, but they're all an ex for a reason.

What's your favorite color for toe nail polish?
I prefer lighter colours rather than vampy ones for toes because my toenails are so weird and little. I have Essie Turquoise & Caicos on them at the moment and I'm loving it.

Kerry's questions:

How many nail polishes are currently in your collection?
97 - so close to 100, I obviously need to buy a few more...

When did your polish addiction begin?
About March this year. I thought it was one of my random fixations for a while and then realised it was something I really enjoyed reading and thinking about, so I started buying polishes and the rest, as they say, is history.

What is your biggest nail polish lemming at the moment?

OK, I actually got hold of Ivanka since I answered the first questions, so what I really want is Every Month Is Oktoberfest from the new OPI Germany collection.

Do you prefer summer brights or vampy darks?
I'm becoming more open to colours I wouldn't have tried even half a year ago, so I don't really have a preference any more. I like rich colours, but that can be a rich fuchsia pink or a rich navy blue!

Other than nail polish what beauty product can you not live without?
Lipbalm! I use Burt's Bees beeswax lipbalm because it's the only one that works for me. Their cuticle balm is great too.

What is your favourite type of nail art to do?

Come back and ask me again when I've got up the courage to try some! I like seeing mermaid tail, dotticures, and shaped tape manicures on other people.

What is your favourite and least favourite nail finish? (Duochrome, glitter etc)
Favourite so far has to be anything with flakies showing, and my least favourite is frosted polishes.

What is your best product for nail strengthening, growth? What base and top coat do you use?
See my Nail Files: Bare All Tag post for details on those!

Do you keep any back ups of your polishes?
I haven't so far, but I'm tempted to get a backup of Maxfactor Fantasy Fire. I'm a bit torn on backups - on one hand it's money I don't need to spend that could go on polishes I'll actually use, but on the other I'd be sad if I couldn't replace a much-loved polish. This will probably get figured out as I go on, and I expect I'll buy backups of limited editions or absolute favourites!

Kristina's questions:

What nail polish trend are you loving right now?
Block colour manicures, any shapes!

What trend does everyone love, but you despise?
I don't despise anything but I don't understand the really long, shaped-into-things false nails. An inch from fingertip to nailtip? Crazy.

If you could spend a month anywhere in the world, where would you go?

On an average day out (shopping or out for lunch), what is your shoe style of choice?
Ballet flats - pretty but comfortable.

What is one piece of jewelry that you can't leave the house without?
The ring my parents bought me for my 21st.

What is your guilty pleasure food item?
Popcorn! Salted/sweet/toffee-coated, just not buttered please.

What is the handbag of your dreams?
I'd love a Mulberry tote.

Here are 11 factoids about me:

1. I live in Leeds, UK with my boyfriend and two dwarf hamsters affectionately referred to as 'The Ladies'.

2. I'm 25 years old now, and still feel the same as I did when I was 18, although I'm a little tireder nowadays. I try not to get too jaded about the world, which gets harder as the years go on.

3. I have a BSc in Chemistry, and I studied at University of York. SCIENCE <3 I still miss living on a campus full of ducks, but the geese were terrifying.

4. I don't really like to sleep at nights. The only time my brain feels awake is about 7pm - 1am and it means my sleep pattern is always screwy.

5. Following on from that, I drink far too much coffee and coca-cola to get through the workday!

6. I work in University admin but I'm applying for a radiography degree in September \o/ it's tremendously exciting, even if it would mean keeping my nails short and possibly bare/natural-looking during placements.

7. I can play cello, clarinet and piano to varying degrees of mediocrity - not having lessons in cello anymore needs to change - and can bash out a simple tune on almost any instrument. Not the bagpipes or didgeridoo though, those are beyond me.

8. I have no appendix! Neither do I have any wisdom teeth (yet). Plus, my thumbs are a bit double-jointed:

9. I play World of Warcraft a lot! The two of us started in January 2010 and never really stopped. I'm an officer in a really lovely guild and we've had the privilege to raid with some great players for the last year or so. You can armory stalk me here if you play :)

10. I'm a bit fussy with cataloguing my belongings. Our DVDs and CDs are arranged alphabetically, with any series in chronological order. My nail polishes are sorted by colour in a rainbow, as a close as I can get it, and our bookshelves are sorted by genre and then alphabetically. Some people would say that's going too far, but really I don't know how else people find the things they want! Do they just...look for it? That's going to take too long, in this house.

11. Lastly, I'm a big fan of reading, especially the sci-fi/fantasy genre. I miss having a commute that I could read on because it's harder to fit in in at the moment.

My 11 questions are:
1. Why did you start your blog?
2. Has it been the experience you hoped for?
3. What about your blogging so far are you most proud of?
4. Who was the inspiration for your blog and its contents, if anyone?
5. What is your favourite social media tool? (eg Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook)
6. Who would you invite to dinner if it could be anyone you wished, real and/or fictional?
7. Who is your favourite author?
8. What are your other hobbies, apart from the one you blog about?
9. Sweet or savoury foods?
10. The one thing you'd like to own more than anything else?
11. The one thing you'd find hardest to give away?

Finally, I'm tagging these bloggers! I've tried to make sure you haven't been selected before:
1. AbbieNail
2. Cat's Adventures in Lacquer Land
3. Mani Curiously
4. My Nail Polish Addiction
5. My Nail Polish Online
6. Painted Nails and Baking Scales
7. Polka Polish
8. Polish Cart - post here
9. Six Feet In Heels
10. The Polished Zombie - post here
11. Young and Polished

Thanks again Jess, Madison, Kerry and Kristina! I'm honoured!

27 July 2012

Weekend Roundup: 28th July 2012

Once a week, I'd like to share my favourite links from the nail world and the wider internet with you! Let me know what you think of these posts and the things I've linked to, all ideas gratefully received.


My Posts
  • NOTD, 23/07/12
  • Swatch post of Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing

    Other Stuff

    Have a great weekend!

    25 July 2012

    Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing

    The promised swatch post! Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing is "A sheer layering polish, jewel encrusted just as Rarity would endorse, shimmering with opalescent flakes in purple and blue and a multitude of holographic and iridescent glitters" (official description). I think that's spot on! I can see giant flakes, large hex glitters in purple, medium hex glitters in purple, light blue and dark blue, and the promised holo/iridescent small glitters (all sizes relative to others, of course).

    This could be layered over so many colours - black, purples, blues, light pinks and nudes, white...it's stunning. Here it is on a nail wheel:

    Left: one coat of TWPT alone
    Middle: one coat of TWPT over Avon - Licquorice (creme black)
    Right: one coat of TWPT over Maxfactor Forever Strong Pro - Nude Rose (rose pink), which was too dark and muffled the smallest glitters

    All photos below are layered over Avon - Licquorice because that was the swatch it showed up on the best. In future I'll try it over some of the other colours I mentioned. I'll probably share the pictures, if you ask nicely.

    Some more pictures (some are duplicates of this post, can't go assuming you've all read both!):

    Firstly, look at that enormous flakie! <3

    So many colours!

    I ordered this in the 7ml mini size, so it's a cute little bottle. The brush is short and not as flexible as I'm used to but it didn't affect application.

    An out-of-focus picture that shows the enormous amount of rainbow-hued sparkle you get in bright sunshine (it was fleeting, sadly)

    Application is good, I applied one good thick coat of this glitterbomb. Minimal shuffling of larger glitters was required because I am a compulsive rearranger ;)

    I'm in love with this polish, I think I might end up ordering a full-sized bottle! All their polishes are 'big-3 free' and come in 7ml or 15ml bottles. What do you think? Do you own any Rainbow Honey polishes?

    23 July 2012

    NOTD: Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing!

    I was going wait until I'd done a proper swatch post for this polish before I showed you these pictures, but I can't resist sharing. I got three minis through from Rainbow Honey last week and only got chance to repaint my nails yesterday.

    Today's nails are Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing over Avon - Licquorice. Pictures below!

    Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing over Avon - Licquorice

    In the shade it's predominantly pink, purple and blue. An absolutely gorgeous glitterbomb.

    Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing over Avon - Licquorice

    This picture is out of focus but look at that giant flake of glitter!

    Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing over Avon - Licquorice

    Here it is in the morning sunlight, just before I went to work today - you have to catch it when you can at the moment. Once you get it in the sun you realise that almost every bit of glitter, big or small, has a holo effect to it, and your nails are covered in rainbow sparkles!

    Rainbow Honey - The Worst Possible Thing over Avon - Licquorice

    Finally, a picture in the brightest sunshine I could find. Isn't it just amazing? Next time I'm going to layer it over a navy or purple to see if/how that changes the colours. A proper swatch post and review for this will be up on Wednesday :)

    18 July 2012

    Returning to work made easier

    I'll be honest - I don't really like my job, but I'm grateful to have one when so many lovely people don't and I try to remember that on the bad days! It helps if you come back from a week off to a haul like this too:

    July polish haul from W7 and OPI

    L-R: W7 - Glittery Red, Glittery Gold, Glittery Silver, Blue Diamonds, Green Dazzle, Fluorescent Yellow/Green/Pink/Orange, Cosmic Latte, Glittery Black, with OPI - Plugged In Plum and DS Extravagance. Huzzah, new polishes! Sorry about the photo quality, my point-and-shoot is sometimes a bit subpar. I think a better camera is going on the birthday wishlist.

    OPI Plugged In Plum and DS Extravagance

    I picked up these OPI minis in the Lena White sale, partly because they were also offering free postage and I'm a sucker for that. I've wanted to try one of their DS colours for a while now and I'm pretty excited about swatching Extravagance!

    W7 mini glitter polish assortment

    Glitter polishes are a bit of a weakness of mine and these minis came in a set. The poor things don't have official names! There's a pink-red sheer with silver glitter (seen over a red creme in yesterday's NOTD post), a gold sheer with silver glitter, a clear with silver glitter and a dark grey sheer with silver micro glitter. That last one is similar to my OPI - Metallic 4 Life, but the OPI polish has different glitter sizes (and more of it).

    W7 fluorescents - pink, orange, yellow and green

    I wanted to try fluorescent/neon-like polishes as a bit of an experiment but didn't want to spend a lot of money on colours I may not wear, so I stuck with W7 as they were a very reasonable £1.66 each. I'm hoping to swatch these soon and will probably layer them over a coat of white to make them pop.

    W7 Green Dazzle, Blue Diamonds and Cosmic Latte

    Glitters! Not much explanation needed here, I loved the colours. Both are in a clear base so I'll probably layer them over something else. The last polish, Cosmic Latte, is another gap-filler for my stash if it makes the cut - I like it in the bottle but I'm not sure how well it'll suit my skintone. All W7 polishes were bought from Katys Cosmetics.

    Have you treated yourself this month? Tell me your favourite purchases!