Sunday, 29 December 2013

Recent NOTDs

So I have been playing far to much Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim over the holidays to keep up with blogging but I have been painting my nails, honest! First up is the manicure I sported for Xmas Day and the Boxing Day blood donation/sales (I usually do both!). It's Maybelline ColorShow Brocades "Rosy Rosettes".

Such a shit name; should have been something like "Mrs Clause's Drawers" or something, that would at least be funny... Anyway it's amazing in real life, soooo sparkly :) This is 2 coats with MegaShine. It already chipped on Xmas Day but  wasn't so bad for Boxing Day. However whilst watching Robocop (the original!) at night, two huge chips came off. I spent the next morning trying to soak it off... You'd think something that chips so easily would be easy to remove but nooooo.

And in the sales I scored two OPIs in John Lewis - they are having a mega-sale on their OPIs just now - £5.75 for most colours!! That's on par with trade prices :) Leads me to believe they are not going to stock OPI any more though.... Anyway, I picked up two super glitters, this one and "When Monkey's Fly".

I decided to do my main mani as Bloom "Molly" cause.. I love it?.. This is 3 coats to bring out the depth of the duochrome. "I Snow You Love Me" is a painstaking polish to apply - you're better off picking out the glitters with a toothpick... Oh well, for £5.75 I ain't complaining!!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013


I decided I wanted to do an accent nail manicure this year for Xmas so here it is :) I used 1 coat of Color Club "Revvvolution" for the nails (black holographic polish) and then painted 3 coats of Color Club "Magic Elf" in a basic triangle shape. I attached a silver star on the top of the 'tree' from the Nail Rockits set and then put a few colourful crystals on for baubles. Subtle yet Xmassy! :) For a more in-your-face version use a light base colour for the nails, maybe a silver foil/glitter?

Enough indulgence into nail art, I better get cracking preparing for the Xmas dinner....

Sunday, 15 December 2013

XMAS NOTD #: Sephora "Gold Fever" gradient

I decided I wanted something glittery, but nude?.. So I did 2 coats of Essie "Vanity Fairest" after trying to whiten the staining on my ring fingers but it's really deep and stubborn. I then did 3 coats of "Gold Fever" but feel I should have 'tipped' the very tip of the nail with something more opaque gold, such as OPI "Goldeneye"? But no matter. It still blings seriously so I'm happy! :) The brush on the Sephora polish overloaded few times so it was a bit messy. I put on a thick coat of MegaShine to seal the whole thing. Wonderful - reminds me of an torrentially rainy day shopping on my honeymoon in Copenhagen and how it was still such a lovely holiday despite the rain! :)

EDIT: It may not look it here but this is extreme bling! It attracted A LOT of attention from colleagues, sales assistants and random people on the bus. People do go crazy for a sharp-dressed nail...

Thursday, 12 December 2013

XMAS NOTD #4: Nails Inc "Aspen"

I decided that I needed a hot red for Christmas Jumper Day (my jumper features red) so I turned to my hottest red - "Aspen" :) I keep forgetting what an excellent polish this is, and how poorly it photographs...

This is 2 perfect coat over base coat and a layer of Megashine top coat. I *loooove* this polish!!! I will show you it with my jumper tomorrow!

And an update on the Isadora Peel Off Base Coat. It totally works. Just lift the polish off from a corner and voila - it pops right off! I am sold! :D It did however stain my nails a weird greeny-yellow?.. Maybe it was just in conjunction with these polishes? But I can live with that if it means that a solid glitter comes off in 2 sec as opposed to 20 mins+ of soak/scrub...

Oh yeah and the new issue of Nail It! arrived today...

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

XMAS NOTD #3: OPI "Jade is the new black" with Isadora Holographic "Glowing Beetle"

So, the Topshop flaked off. I'm not joking. It did. Big, huge flakes. One is still stuck under my work keyboard...

But lucky for me, a HUGE xmas parcel arrive from my folks today with lots of cool things from Sweden :) Including two new Isadora holographic polishes with matching Peel Off Base Coat and a snazzy pair of outdoor mittens. Anyway, I chose this combo to cheer me up. And it did until I saw the photos. They are all crap?? The camera just doesn't capture the fantastic sparkle from this polish! "Glowing Beetle" is a mix of green small glitter with large square holographic glitters in a clear base. OMG. It's amazing!! I will try and maybe get a video of it in daylight instead of these crappy photos.

I used 2 coats of polish here, apart from my accent nail where I used 1 coat of "Jade is the new black" and 2 coats of "Glowing Beetle". I smothered the lot in MegaShine top coat and now I'm gonna watch 'South Park' with some Swedish sweets :)

Monday, 9 December 2013

XMAS NOTD #2: Topshop "Fantastical"

Wow, been so busy lately!!I picked this up the other day while Xmas shopping, but I am not sure how I feel about it?... It's rather thick and I am not sure if it is supposed to be a textured polish or is just overly glittery-gritty?.. And it is sooooo streaky. And it balds easy. And the light pink doesn't suit my skintone. It looks thick and goopy on my nails.

Ugh. I really hate it. My verdict: - save that fiver and buy a fancy coffee instead. The only thing "Fantastical" about this polish is how disappointed it made me...

Thursday, 5 December 2013

GUEST REVIEW: Bleach London 'Bruised Violet'

Lina-Elvira sez.. my fave Zombie-Bunny has a little review for you all of something exciting I wish I could try too!

So my dear and most awesome friend Lina-Elvira bought me this fabulous feast for the eyes hair colour. And as usual she asked me to write a short review of it for the trouble... Nothing is just a gift with her ;)

First off I have to say it smells quite lovely, and that is coming from someone who is allergic to most perfumes and such. The cream is easy to apply and does not drip at all. It says in the instructions to leave it in for about 15 minutes, but I would say at least double the amount of time is needed for a deeper colour. Bleaching your hair, if not blonde to begin with, is a must if you want to fully take advantage of these stand-out colours. I double-bleached mine the day before I coloured it with my 'Bruised Violet'.

It turned out a really nice and dark violet on my hair and I love it! After a couple of washes it fades pretty quickly and after four washes it has turned more teal than violet (the colours are hard to show in pictures). Since I only decided to colour parts of my hair, the bottle will last me three to four times. One bottle for semi-long hair would suffice I think, but I can't say for sure. The cream covers my hair perfectly and I have very fine Scandinavian hair which is hard to colour thoroughly with most cream colours.

I really like this stuff!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

XMAS NOTD #1: OPI "Goldeneye" with "Shatter the Scales"

I picked up "Shatter the Scales" in Poundworld for £1! Absolute bargain! So then I decided I was going to bling it up with a luscious coat of "Goldeneye" underneath :) I thought this would be very Xmassy with the green over the gold, but it actually reminds me more of dragons' scales form a fantasy movie?... Anyway, love it!

This is 2 coats of "Goldeneye" and then a thick coat of "Shatter the scales" over the top. I sealed it with a thick coat of Megashine to bring out the bling! :)

I put up my first batch of Xmas decorations today - the candle bridge in the kitchen window! Can't believe it's only 24 days til Xmas!!! :) Wooot!!