Monday, 15 September 2014

NOTD: Essie "Angora Cardi" with Barry M Matte "Vanilla"

This is one of those manicures that when you have finished it, you realise the idea was better than the reality. I think it might have been better with the colours on the accent nail the other way round but I can't be bothered redoing it now!

I used 2 coats of Essie "Angora Cardi" and 2 coats of each colour on the accent nail. I used Seche Vite over the top. Oh well. It will have to do :) I might change the accent nail tomorrow night.

Friday, 12 September 2014

NOTD: Circuit Board Geeky Nail Art

So I was feeling like painting my nails on a Friday night... I did Isadora "Beetle Green" as a base; this is 1 coat (yes, 1 coat!). It is a dark green shimmer but it's a bit too 'nearly black' for me to love it. I then used two nail art pens to draw the pattern and dot on the gold. Not as steady as it could be but looks decent further away :)

The other hand looks decent as well, the lines are just a bit fatter :)

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Autumn Shimmer Skittle

This is what happens when a nail polishaholic goes crazy and can't make up her mind about what to wear on her nails... I think I might have done something similar before but can't find the exact post?

I used from thumb to pinkie:
OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous
Sinful Color All Mighty
Sinful Color San Francisco
Sinful Color Color Scare
Sinful Color Sugar Sugar

I used 3 coats on all of these to give a really deep colour, these are all quite sheer but very glowy. Can you tell I dug into my Sinful Color stash?... The photo isn't great, I will try to get a daylight photo tomorrow.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Bring on Halloween!!

So my Halloween Bath & Bodyworks Pocketbac arrived!  :) Very pleased it smells amazing! 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

NOTD: George "Kiwi Crush" Nail Art

For the end of the week I sported this rather snazzy manicure, it is two coats of NYC 1Min "Little Italy" (white) with 2 coats of contrasting George "Kiwi Crush" (mint) sugar textured polish. And then I decided I wanted to put some star studs on from one of my Nail Rockits kits. Quite awesome and lasted all weekend too!

I've got a poorly cat at the moment, He was in a fight over territory with another cat and sustained a nasty bite on the front of his shoulder. He's been inside since Wednesday afternoon with a restraint collar but it still isn't healing so he's off to the vets tomorrow. I have used a knee-length sock with dish towels inside as a comfy restraint collar - none of those horrid Elizabethan cones here! He's quite content but it's obviously hurting him today, probably not helped by me having to clean it with salty water to kill the infection.

Mummy's fur-baby...
Unfortunately tonight after washing the cat (no, he's good, just murmurs a bit) I couldn't be bothered doing a laborious manicure so I just put on some nail whitener and Seche Vite... I might change my mind after reading the new issue of Scratch Magazine... :)

Monday, 1 September 2014

NOTD: Barry M Matte "Vanilla"

This is another one of the Barry M's I got when it was 3 for 2 and the new Gelly polishes were released. I have loved it since I first saw it but I tend to wait for a special offer before I buy these, there's always a good offer somewhere on Barry M's :)

This is 2 coats and no top coat. The formula of the Barry M Mattes is a bit weird and can pool easily, flooding your cuticles. But if you're careful they apply beautifully in 2 coats. I found it has worn a bit on the tips today, but all my mattes do that for me. It also loses it's matteness a bit, becomes more of a satiny finish. But it still looks amazing :)

Today's bonus photo is of my hermit crab Zoidberg, after he won the roll-around fight with one of my other hermit crabs over the seaweed sheet! :) To my amusement I saw that Chalkboard Nails has done a crab manicure :D

Thursday, 28 August 2014

NOTD: Barry M Gelly "Mustard"

So the new A/W14 fashions are dropping into the shops, and of course, the A/W14 makeup is starting to pop up as well - such as the new Barry M Gelly colours! I am currently sitting with the window open listening to the rain outside and really feeling the autumn vibe coming on - my favourite season :)

When I saw them on display today it was really hard to choose one of these Gelly colours (it's 3 for 2 on all Barry M in Superdrug at the moment). I had another couple of Barry Ms I'd wanted for a while that I bought but I think I am going back for another 3 from this collection!!

This is 2 coats without top coat. It doesn't self-level as much as I'd like to start with, but it has settled more with a slick of Seche Vite. I love the colour!! It's grungy and mustardy but I love it. Totally autumnal.

Can't wait to get my mitts on "Cardamom", "Paprika" and possibly "Chai" as well... :) Check out nice swatches for them all here at BritNails and Imagination In Colour (I take no responsibility for buying splurges as a result).