Saturday, 28 May 2011

Across The Universe...

Phew!! The lengths I go too to bring you guys a new mani...aha just kidding!! Sadly the glittery effects of the Disco Barbie mani were short lived, so jonesing for my next fix, I changed my nails again!! Still on a bit of a blue kick and infinitely craving glitter I came up with this bad boy...

Just when you thought Across The Universe couldn't get any better, it was hit by a meteor shower of sparkling Swarovski's and BAM!! This baby was born...

This polish by Deborah Lippmann has got to be one of my all time favourites!! It's incredible!! It's like the night sky fell down and landed on my nails. What can I say, no picture can do this polish justice!! I just couldn't resist that little something extra though to make it my own.

Aside from being so darn pretty it's also a really good polish. The Jelly formula is great, it coats evenly. It's easy to get even glitter distribution without to much fuss. It dries quickly. I like the brush...heck I even like the bottle!! I have absolutely no complaints...other than maybe the price, and that it's not so easy to get your mits on in the UK! But apart from that...I LOVE IT!!

Whats your favourite polish...or brand...or even colour? I'd love to know :D

Speak soon xx

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Disco Barbie Had A Baby...

Told you I'd be back soon with a new mani!! As you all well know, there's been a distinct lack of colour in my life for the last two weeks, and possibly even worse than that...NO GLITTER!! So in a desperate attempt to rectify this problem I came up with a new mani, and I think you'll agree it covers all the bases. There's colour, there's glitter, and just to make sure it was totally over the top there's a couple Swarovski's chucked in for good measure too!!

I LOVE IT!! I feel so much more myself again now. It reminds me of a sparkly blue disco dress I used to have for one of my Barbies when I was a kid. Not brave enough to don one of these I seek fulfillment in my later life by replicating it on my nails instead. What can I say...I guess a part of you never grows up :D

I'll no doubt be back tomorrow with another new mani to show you...

Speak soon xx

Monday, 23 May 2011

Shellac Attack...The final update!!

Hurray!! Day 14 has arrived!! Wow this has actually been even harder than I thought haha. Keeping the same nails on for two weeks when your a nail freak is not easy let me tell you. I've come close a few times to just taking it off...not because it was wrecked, but more because I was so damn bored!! But I didn't, I persevered in order to show you what it looked like two weeks in. So without further ado here are the pics...

As you can see there is regrowth. This gets a bit annoying as it starts to catch on things, and if your a picker like me it's temptation overload. And there's definitely some ghosting now, which I really don't like. But to be fair it is two weeks in and that really is to be expected. The tips have started to wear a little bit, but there's nothing major. No chunks or chips missing, which you've got to admit is pretty darn good. It's still really shiny too! I have to apologise for the pictures though. I didn't realise the lighting was so bad and by the time I'd uploaded them I'd already taken the Shellac off to do my next mani, so I'm afraid they'll just have to do.
You know I really can't say enough good things about this stuff, it really does what it says on the tin. As long as you don't bore easily then this could be the product for you! In an attempt to alleviate my boredom I'm going to practice some nail art with it, maybe then I'll be more inclined to wear it for longer? Next time I'll post a colour too so you can see how that wears. But for now I'll be getting over the fact that I've had the same nails for two weeks by having a different mani every day haha! So expect a few nail related posts this week...

Speak soon xx

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

And the award goes to...

Wow!! It's like the Oscars around here! I've never been more flattered, I might actually be blushing a little bit! That's because I've recently been given a couple of blog awards and I just wanted to say a great big Thank you!

Firstly I wanted to thank Jess over at Weighing Down On Beauty. Some time ago Jess was kind enough to award me with The Versatile Blogger Award. Unfortunately due to an ongoing problem with my reading list, the problem being that it completely disappears for over a week at a time, I didn't know about this straight away. And since catching up I've been waiting for an opportunity to thank her...THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH JESS!! :D

And secondly I wanted to say a huuuuggggge thank you to Starryskies over at The Beautiful Life Of The Girl Next Door who awarded not one, but TWO awards!! The Kreativ Blogger Award and The Stylish Blogger Award. THANK YOU SO SO MUCH Starryskies!!

As the rules for the three awards are different, one asks for 7 facts and 15 bloggers and the other 10 facts and 10 bloggers, and because I've messed up I'm just going to do 10 facts and 10 bloggers for all...hope this is ok :D

So here we go, 10 facts about me...

1) I come from a big family, the youngest of FIVE!! I have two brothers and two sisters and I love them all...even when they are being mean! I have a cold at the minute and my brother says I sound like Yoda!! Please! I was trying to talk to him the other night and he kept doing impressions of me as Yoda! I couldn't get a sensible word out of him. It did make me laugh though. I absolutely love having a big family :D

2) I'm not married but I've been with my partner for 13 years. We don't have any children yet but we do have a little chocolate Burmese kitty called Fudge. I think we might be getting him a friend soon...I am not a crazy cat lady though.

3) When I was little I used to decorate eggs with my Nan, we'd make them into little people and hang them on our Christmas tree haha. I miss my Nan.

4) My favourite thing to wear is Pyjamas! I think nothing of getting in to my pj's in the middle of the day. I'll be sat there with a full face of make up on, my pj's, my fluffy moo cow slippers and my leopard print dressing gown...the mister shakes his head at me but I don't care haha.

5) Oh that's another thing...I love animal print! My friends despair of me and one of them calls me Bet Lynch. I do like to go a bit over board when I go out with her though purely because I know it drives her mad hehe.

6) I have a 30 Year old Niece!! I have several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews too, but Chel's the oldest.

7) I currently have purple hair with bright pink slices through it. I think I've had every hair colour under the sun. When I was at school it was blonde, then for a very brief stint it was barbie pink! After that it was black, then brown, then back to blonde. Finally I settled on red/purple some years ago and have stuck with different variations of this since. I love getting my hair done!

8) When I was little I used to be very very shy. I wouldn't say boo to a goose! This is NOT the case anymore haha.

9) My friends are very dear to me, I've had some of them for years! 28 to be precise! It takes me a long time to let people in, but when I do I'm loyal to the death.

10) I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Waltzers! I could spin around for hours. They just make me laugh so much :D

And now for the 10 bloggers that I'm passing these awards on to...

The M Face
Beauty For Thought
All You Desire
Dear Makeup Diary
Weighing Down On Beauty
Stay Beautiful
Unique Desire
Makeup By Danisaddiction
Beauty By Kayla Shevonne

Phew!! So there you have it. Hope you all enjoy your awards, don't worry if you don't want to respond...I've awarded them because I think y'all truly deserve them anyway.

On another note...It's nearly my one year Blogiversary!! Think a little giveaway might be in order to say thankyou to all my lovely followers. I really appreciate the support :D

Speak soon xx

Monday, 9 May 2011

Shellac Attack Update!!

So here we are on day seven (just counting on my fingers to check that's right haha) and it's still going strong! I hope you know how much this is driving me crazy...I never have the same nails for this long! All in all the mani is wearing really well. I'm only just starting to get the tiniest bit of tip wear, and when I say tiny I mean TINY! My nails grow very slowly so there's not a lot of re-growth showing yet which is great too...I reckon I could actually get a lot longer than two weeks out of one of these mani's from a re-growth point of view! There is a touch of ghosting though where the white has grown beyond my natural smile line. I really don't think it's noticeable to any normal person though, I think it's probably me just being really picky haha.

So anyway, on to the pics...

So what do you think? Good eh! To combat the hum drum of the two week French mani I might go crazy and do a crystal one next...something totally over the top :D

Speak soon xx

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Two Faced (Or Three or Four...)

I was going to post a new look today, but my eczema has been playing up this week, so instead I thought I'd show you some of my face charts. Whenever I have a new idea I scribble it down on a piece of paper...the problem with that is I HAVE LOT'S OF IDEAS!! Much to the Misters dismay there are endless piles of paper all over our house :S Drawings in pencil, pen, felt tip, makeup...basically anything I can get my hands on to draw with! Couple this with my addiction to 'post it's' and you've got a problem! In an effort to combat this problem (and keep the mister sweet) I got myself a little book to scribble my ideas in. I LOVE my little book and will quite happily spend the afternoon drawing away to my hearts content. The problem is that drawing the face charts has become almost as important as doing the looks :S I still have tons of paper everywhere because I sketch my ideas in rough first so I can make sure they work before I put them into the book!! Crazy right? Poor Mister haha maybe one day we will have a tidy house. Whats that saying...a tidy home is the sign of a boring mind? Haha that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

Anyway here's a few of the face charts. Some of them may look familiar, but some are still to come...

I can't wait to do this one!! I've got a model lined up already, I just need to set some time aside to do it!! I'm going to sculpt all the little leaves out of acrylic and make the cross too...

I still really want to recreate this look I did at Muse...

I'm doing this one on my friends beautiful daughter Demi, she's gonna be perfect for it. I love Callow Lily soooo much :D

I designed this one for my sister-in-law cos she was dressing up as Boy George. I've been fascinated by his look since I was a kid.

This was a failed attempt at a competition entry. I didn't manage to pull it off in person, but I liked the idea.

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the next few...

Anyway hope you like them. Does anyone else have a look book? I'd love to know it's not just me that belongs on 'How clean is your House' haha

Speak soon xx

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Shellac Attack!!

I haven't done a nail post in a while, cos I've been really busy lately and haven't had time to change my nails as much as I'd like so I've been wearing Shellac. I didn't post any of the looks as they've just been plain old colour mani's (even tho they have been very beautiful). But then I got to thinking why not...I could do a shellac post and update on the wear throughout the course of the two weeks!

For those of you that don't know about Shellac, it was the first gel/polish hybrid. It applies like polish but wears like gel. It's chip resistant for up to two weeks, has zero drying time and a long lasting mirror finish. The product is from CND and I've been loving it ever since it came out about a year ago. It's definitely my most popular service in the salon, and I have people who have had up to FIVE WEEKS wear out of it! That said, it's not for all! Some of the stylists in the salon found it didn't really last that well for them, but part of me wonders if that has something to do with the colours they use on clients hair?

So anyway here it is...

I decided to do a French mani, which is unheard of for me because I love my colours! I don't know...I just fancied something different! I was in a bit of a rush though, so I'm affraid it's not perfect!

Like I say though, I do change my nails A LOT!! But I'll try and persevere with the same mani for as long as I can so you guys can see how it wears.

I took some without the macro setting on my camera so you could see that the colour is not as grey as it looks in the other pics...

So what do you think? Have any of you had a Shellac mani? How did you like it? How does it compare to the other Gel polishes on the market? Let me know.

I'll be back with an update so you can see how it's going!

Speak soon xx

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