I know, I know…I’ve been slacking on blog posts since I got home. I got out of the habit and I’ve been running experiments all week, or attempting to anyway. Let just say me and the program are not friends right now and I’ll fix it tomorrow. It’s been a bit of a mad week. I finally got my journal article fully published and it’s missing the abstract! Production glitch they say *facepalm*. Anyway my apologies, it’s no excuse, I shall try harder from now on :)
This is what I wore on my nails the week I was away. I love this polish, I actually have worn it on 3 separate occasions since I got it. It’s a pale pink base with fine pink/silver glitter and larger round hologram glitter. The polish is quite sheer so I first put on a coat of Eyeko Petite polish to give my nails a pale pink base and to disguise my nail line. I then put on two coats of Teenage Dream. It is definitely a glitterball polish, I really like it. The glitter on it’s own is awesome, but the hologram glitter really catch the light and reflect it, as you can see in the pictures, they reflect every colour in the rainbow!
This polish dries quite quickly, but the finish is a little rough so I prefer to add top coat. The polish lasts for ages. I had it on all week and only had chips on my thumb/index/middle fingers on my right hand on day 5, and they were only minor. Due to the pale and glittery nature of this polish I could touch the chips up and carry on wearing it for the rest of the week. This is a great holiday polish, it’s glitzy, pale pink nails go with most things and it lasts! I got quite a few compliments on them.
Do you like these kinds of glitters? I love the small, dense glitter and the larger holo glitter, I think they look great together. Although I don’t like the OPI Miss Universe idea, the Crown Me Already! polish looks like a similar polish but in silver, if it is I want it! :)
Hello! I’m back and blogging! Hopefully more regularly now the exams are over and I’m working again. I’m just temping for now, but it’s better to be doing something rather than sitting at home fretting about finding work! I have taken many a picture of my nails and other make up things I’ve used lately, but I’ve only just got around to taking them all off my phone and cropping them. I have enough pictures for about a month’s worth of posts! I have really been slacking on the blogging front *slaps wrist*. I’m all set now, back on the horse, upping the ante, not putting off until tomorrow what I can do today, out of the woods, into the clear, it’s a piece of cake, easy as pie, I’m fresh as a daisy. Ok I’ll stop…I love cliché phrases! I have a thing about them. I love how many they are and that people say them without realising and that you can have a conversation using only clichés and still convey meaning. I’ll stop beating around the bush… :P
I have a couple of pictures with my stubby nails, but they are horrible, so I put this mani up first because it’s much nicer and I have nails again! :D My favourite black polish is Eyeko Cosmic. It’s not a true black, it has lots of subtle multi-coloured micro glitter in it. Inside it looks plain black, but put a light on it and it looks lovely! I tried to capture the glitter in the pictures, the last overexposed flash picture kinda shows the amount of glitter. It’s a great polish, two coats to be opaque, fast drying and the glitter is fine enough so that it’s not bumpy. Also, it’s really easy to remove, no tin foil fingers with this polish!
I also added Mac Bad Fairy as an accent finger colour because it’s one of my favourite polishes and I thought it would look nice against the black. It’s a very thick polish and I find it needs 3 coats to look its best so it feels pretty thick on my nail, but it’s pretty so I don’t mind! Also, look how shiny and non-bubbly my nails are! Really love this Lumos top coat, you can even make out the reflection of my window in the first picture!
Sorry about the overexposure. I never use my camera flash for this reason, it makes everything look this way! It’s not so bad though as it does show the level of glitter in the polish and my middle finger looks quite cosmic and night-sky-esque.
I’m liking accent nails at the moment so expect to see a few more! :) What do you think of accent nails or multi-coloured nails? Do you like them, or do you prefer one colour? xxxx
I love this polish, it’s definitely one of my favourites. I have already made a post on Bad Romance, but I had stubby, short nails at the time so I thought I’d put up a better one! :)
Previously when I’ve used Bad Romance it’s needed 3 coats to make sure the black is opaque and it makes the polish a little too thick for my liking. So this time I first put on a light coat of Eyeko Cosmic and then 2 coats of Bad Romance. It’s a shame the black in Bad Romance completly obscured the glitter in Cosmic, it would have looked nice, but never mind, at least it left me with opaque black and the lovely purple glitters without having to do several thick coats of it.
I kept this on throughout revision time so I could look at my pretty nails when I needed a break for boredom! :P These are the last pictures of my long nails before the pre-exam chop down. They are staring to grow back, but they still look rubbish.
Right hand…it has more purple hexagons.
I thought I’d show you both hands because the right had more hexagons. That’s one thing to remember about polishes with chunky glitter or hexagons, you need to make sure you don’t have a finger with no glitter and others this loads! This polish pretty much looks after itself though, I didn’t have to fiddle with it too much to get the glitter to sit right.
I bought myself Across the Universe after finishing my exams, but I haven’t tried it yet. It looks awesome in the bottle though, I’ll put up a post of it soon. I have a cold at the moment, so I’m just sat around sneezing and coughing a lot, fun times! At least I have Spotify and Youtube videos to keep me entertained and occupied. Anything to distract me from this tickly cough! At least it stops me from dwelling on the uncertainty of my future…how gloomy a topic! I never realised how much I liked knowing what my next step was, i.e. school, college, work, uni…now what? I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a job when I was at school and I kinda hoped I’d of figured it out by now. Did/do you know what you want to do? Or am I the only weird person with no idea? :P
I recently bought this and one other polish in a blog sale from Jenni at nailPolishUK. It looked gorgeous in the bottle and from some swatches I googled it looked great too! It looks such a pretty pink in the bottle, filled with gorgeous multi-coloured, micro-glitter. The main colours I see in the glitter are green and gold, but it does depend on the light and angle. The base is a jelly pink and it needs at least 3 coats to be opaque. I could have easily put on another coat, but three seemed enough. Only if I held my hand up to the light could I see a visible nail line. It dried in a reasonable time, not very quickly, but for such a pretty glitter I don’t mind!
The finish isn’t too rough for a glitter polish, and I really liked the finish so I didn’t put a topcoat on (also all my topcoats are in the bin having annoyed me!). This polish lasted really well, as most glitters do. I had it on for 4 days and not a hint of a chip! To be honest I didn’t want to take it off, I really love the look of this polish. I’m interested to see what it looks like with a topcoat when my new one arrives.
This is my first BB Couture polish and I am impressed, I like the bottle and the polish is lovely and really nice to apply. I’ve seen a couple of other BB Coutures I want to pick up, they seem to have some great colours.
What do you think? Do you mind wearing glitter polishes without a topcoat? If it’s too rough I need a topcoat, but if it’s a fine glitter I don’t mind so much :)
Giveaway post coming soon! xxxx
Short post today, so sleepy!
I always wanted to try Eyeko Chi Chi polish. I love glitters and I don’t wear them enough. Chi Chi is a rosy pink glitter in a sheer pink base. It applies quite well and needs about 3 coats for the cover to be opaque. It dries pretty quickly for a glitter, which is always nice! Plus it was quite smooth after it was dry so I didn’t need lots of topcoat to make it smooth.
I put 3 coats on my ring finger to match my Nails Inc Pallmall polish. I think it jazzes up the more sensible look of Pallmall quite nicely. I think I’ll put it on all my fingers next time, it’s such a pretty glitter! :)
I added the glitter on just the one finger to test it while I was sat with hair dye on. I touch up my pink slices every 1-2 weeks, but so far I’ve normally had dark coloured polish on or at least I’ve not noticed this before. It might be the new dye, but look at my stained polish when I washed my hair dye off! That’s from only shampooing my hair! It’s a good job I have polish on all the time or my nails would be permanently stained. Maybe the pink dye would counteract the yellow staining from polish? Who knows! :P
The dissertation is nearly done! I just need to cut out 700 words and I’m finished! Easier said than done when you realise the word limit is 4000. Cutting out 700 words is a large chunk to remove without taking out important bits. I have a long night ahead!
I tried to finish before the weekend as I went to a wedding on Saturday, but it’s a beast of a document, so I’m still slaving away. The wedding was lovely though, very nice day, but after all the lovely weather the past few weeks it absolutely chucked it down! Now it’s back to lovely weather again, so unlucky for them! We weren’t really outside much so it didn’t really affect the day which is good though. It stopped long enough for them to get all the picture taken :)
Anyway I better get back to cutting out words! I’ll be so happy when I’m finished and can go back to reasonably normal stress levels! Hope you all had a lovely weekend! xxxx
I’ve had this as a draft post for ages and figured I might as well post it! :)
Before Christmas I went to Lush and bought some things, mostly from the Christmas range. My house was freezing over winter so I ended up not using much. I probably only had one bath and I’m sure I got out of it quickly! While in Lush I picked up Cinders, which was advertised to me by the little Lush helpers as a warming Christmas bath and “It has popping candy in it, but don’t eat it…”, obvious I look like someone who would need to be told this…
I also to picked up Snow Fairy as the idea of a shower gel with sparkles and a candyfloss smell made me happy, I had to try it! I also bought the Snow Fairy Lip Tint and a Iridescent Glitterbug Glitter Bar. There was definitely a sparkly theme developing on this Lush trip! Here are my reviews below:
Cinders – This is a warming bath bomb, smaller than other bath bombs in Lush. It smelt really nice and I had the water really warm. It was really nice especially with the weather being so cold. It has popping candy in it that fizz and when you take the half dissolved Cinders out of the water it really looks like fire cinders. I liked this bath bomb, it wasn’t a ‘wow, I must buy more!’ kinda thing, but it was nice…and no I didn’t eat it.
Lush says - Bathing with Cinders is like falling asleep in front of a log fire and hearing the crackling embers as the snow falls down. Warming cinnamon, refreshing sweet orange and almond essential oils will make your day every time you have a bath.
Snow Fairy Shower Gel – This smells lovely, looks cute and has lots of blue sparkles in the bottle. I love it! I have only just ran out of this a couple of weeks ago, so it lasted a crazily long time! It leaves my skin feeling soft and sweet smelling. :D
Lush says – Washing your body with the pink, ethereal fairy will make you smell like freshly spun candyfloss at a fairground, and your entire body will glitter with the magic of the fae all through the day.
Snow Fairy Lip Tint – I normally dislike any lip balms that come in a pot like this, where you have to stick your fingers in it and you get all sticky and the stuff under your nails etc, yuck! I like this lip tint though as it has a coconut oil base which is actually quite hard at room temperature and you have to rub your finger on it to warm it up. Plus it isn’t very deep so you don’t get all the goo under your nails either. I love the smell of it, it’s kind of a bubblegum flavour. Plus it is a cute bubblegum pink, it doesn’t leave your lips bright pink, but it does tint them nicely. Plus it isn’t too gooey that your hair sticks to it, but it is lovely and moisturising. Now I just have to stop licking my lips!
Lush says – When inventing the lip balm, Helen wondered what kind of things the Snow Fairies would eat, which led her onto a sugar confection idea of perfection. She combined moisturising butters with icing sugar and fizzing sherbet for sweetness and texture, and dried raspberries for fruitiness. After all, the fairies need sugar, too
Iridescent Glitterbug Glitter Bar – The lovely girl in Lush told me these are going soon and I think they have completely gone now. :( At the time I wasn’t too concerned, but now I’m upset because I really like it! I have be using this on my arms every evening, mostly because I love the smell! Does anything else in Lush have this smell? Anyway, since using this my arms are sooo soft and it smells so gorgeous in bed, and everything is now covered in the iridescent sparkles. I often wake up with them all over my face and when my OH came home from work the other day I realised he had some on his face! I’m sure that went down well when he was teaching students that day…woops!
Lush says - Our Iridescent Glitterbug has a beautiful scent of rose and neroli, which is made from the tiny flowers of a citrus tree, with a hint of sweet vanilla. It came from a ‘Glitter Phase’ that gave birth to some of our most magical products. It has shiny sparkles, pale bluish mauve fairy dust, with moisturising cocoa and shea butters to keep your skin smooth, soft and flexible. It’s shaped like a mystical scarab.
So there you go! I’ve only got half a bubble bar and a Butterball left in my Lush stash I need to go again and stock up! Any reccommendations?! :) x
I’ve had one of those weekends when you feel really crumby and just sleep and melt into a non-existance. I’m feeling better now…in time for Monday morning ofc :P
I’ve been watching lots of dvd’s this weekend and I’ve got back into watching excessive amounts of X-files after Channel One was axed by Sky last week. Where will I get my Star Trek fix now?! Bah! I was really enjoying watching the old early 90′s episodes, they were super cheesy. I’ve also been listening to David Ford constantly, my LastFm account makes me look a bit obsessive. :s I cannot wait till his gig at the end of the month.
I also developed a fascination with subtitles. I dry my hair in front of the TV in the living room. If I dry my hair upstairs the room gets to hot and I keel over. My hair is getting long and taking ages to dry so I’ve been putting the news on with subtitles while I dry my hair. Everyday without fail there are always mistakes in the subtitles. Some are just silly and don’t make sense, but sometimes you get a word that is wrong that changes the whole meaning of the segment and totally throw me. This one occurred this morning:
“The floods are already effecting poems in Australia.”
After my double take I saw that ‘poems’ should have been ‘homes’, but my brain had already decided that all these Australian poets were writing lots about the floods. It made perfect sense. The floods are absolutely horrible and I assume poets will write about them, but I doubt that would make international news…
Anyway back to random rambling that makes slightly more sense! :)
This is another random taping of nails manicure. I really enjoy doing these and they are a great idea when you have premature tip wear on the polish you have on, but are too lazy to remove it just yet. :)
Here is Eyeko Vampira as the base. I had some minor tip wear on my index finger, but I had to be quick to go ot to a birthday party. So doing the tips was a great answer to my problem!
I taped off the tips are random angles used Mac Bad Fairy. Over black Bad Fairy looks good with only one coat, which is quite important when using tape. I normally just tape it off, slop some polish on and take the tape off straight away. If you let the polish dry a little, the polish will probably come off with the tape, not so good when working with a polish that needs multiple coats.
I really liked the combo and I got quite a few compliments on them. Bad Fairy really shines under those harsh bar lights!
I would definitely do this combo again, but maybe do the tips all the same or another pattern, the colours really looked nice together! :)
Now for lots of pictures! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! :)
Recently Deborah Lippmann polishes are being sold by House of Fraser. I heard ages ago that it was going to happen, but it seemed to take forever to go live. However, luckily for me just I was getting stuck into a mountain of uni work it was officially put online! Without guilt I bought myself Bad Romance as a congrats to myself for completing and handing in my literature review. For £16 though, it was a pretty pricey polish! I had seen lots of pictures of Bad Romance and I loved it. I love black polishes, esp with glitter in, and this one has purple glitter and hexagonal pieces too!
The Deborah Lippmann bottles are quite nice as well. I like square bottles and this one is quite big. You get a lot of polish for your money at least!
The polish is a sheer, black jelly base with purple glitter and purple hexagonal glitter. They are both quite sparse and easy to layer. I put on one coat and it is really lovely to apply, but you definitely need two coats or more for the desired effect. After two coats you are left with a good black base with the glitters floating in the black jelly. With some polishes you can sometimes get horrible glitters that can sink into the base and look crumby, but this has a lovely effect with the glitter very visible, but still floating in the base. Its difficult to describe! It dries quite quickly and isn’t at all bumpy. You just have to be careful that it dries between coats or you end up moving the glitter around too much. It wasn’t too hard to make sure there was a even amount of glitter on each finger. It is really a lovely polish!
I wouldn’t buy a Deborah Lippmann polish normally due to the cost, but this is something special. It’s a nightmare to photograph without sunlight, but in the sun it looks gorgeous. I had lots of comments about this polish when I was wearing it, I think just because it’s a little different. I was dreading the removal, but it wasn’t too bad. I did need to leave a soaked cotton pad on my nails with the trusty tin foil method, but it was easy to remove after a minute or two. :)
All in all, this is a lovely polish! There are some similar style polishes by Deborah Lippmann such as Across the Universe which is the same as Bad Romance, but with a blue base and blue/green glitter. I’d like to get it eventually, but for now I think this will be my go to polish when I’m not sure what to put on. :)
EDIT – Apologises for lost comments due to a website disaster!
I am having a manic week this week. I’ve spent the last 3 days re-writing my literature review from scratch. It may have been a painful few days, but it’s all come together quite well! I’m pleased that I only have a few more hours of work to do on it and with 2 days left till hand in, I feel quite organised for once! W00t!
To celebrate I had a lovely pizza delivered and I am now finally going to watch Wonder Boys, a film a friend gave me to watch, with my Moskovskaya vodka. I feel quite relaxed for someone who has 2 big hand ins on Thursday and 2 exams next week. Maybe my stress levels peaked and are have been at this level for so long I have become accustomed to it? Meh. I’m sure it’ll be fine. Anyhoo, before I disappear for the next 2 weeks for exam time I have an old NOTD for you all.
This is Eyeko Vampira. I bought this awhile ago with Eyeko Cosmic, but I never took any pictures of it. It is a red glitter in a sheer black base which after 2 or 3 coats is opaque. It is very similar to Cosmic, but with red instead of multi coloured glitter. In dull light the colour looks plain black, but in the light you can see all the red glitter.
I really like this polish. Vampira and Cosmic are my go to polish for black nails because they apply really nicely and I like the the subtle glitter. I tried to capture the red glitter in the pictures, but it’s winter so light is limited. I have been trying to decide whether to invest in a daylight lamp. I want one not just for picture taking, but mostly because I’ve been getting eye strain from working in dull light. They seem a bit pricey though, they are about £40 on Amazon. Hmm, think what else I could buy for that :p
I wish any of you who are experiencing the pain of exam time good luck! It will all be over soon! I’ve scheduled a few posts for over the next 2 weeks, but I probably won’t be commenting or reading so many of your lovely blogs until the stress is over, which sucks :( Wish me luck and see you in a little while! xxxx
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! I had a fun time and I have eaten far, far to much! I don’t want to eat again till new year, but there is so much stuff in the fridge to eat before it goes out of date! If you don’t hear from me again, I’ve exploded! I can’t believe how cold it’s been, I’ve been watching TV from under a big fluffy blanket. I received my Twin Peaks DVDs on Christmas Eve, so I’ve been kept happy. My mum got me some awesome flurry boot slippers which I am never taking off, they are so warm and comfy! I hope everyone had a lovely, cosy time too! :D
Here is what I put on my nails for Christmas day. It took me ages to decide on what to paint my nails for Christmas. In the end I decided I was thinking about it too much and went for a Christmassy red with red glitter!
I used 17 Knockout Red as a base and Barry M Red Glitter on the tips. I only needed one coat of Knockout Red as it was opaque in one, which was great! I prefer one coaters from when I’m doing tips because I put an extra coat of topcoat on. I don’t like to have 6+ coats of polish on, I feel like some sort of polish monster, more polish than human!! :o
Anyway, after I let my first coat of topcoat dry I cut up some tape and just placed it at random angles and painted on a tip of Red Glitter, removed the tape and put a final topcoat on. It worked out pretty well! My tips look far better when I tape off the area, I’m so clumsy otherwise.
I hope you are all having a lovely Christmas week, keep warm and cosy! :D