Sunday, 30 December 2012

Two Blue

Oh dear, my unswatched pile seems to be growing and growing. So many polishes, so little time. Today I've swatched two bird with one stone though!

First up is two coats of Sally Hansen ~ Himalayan Blue.

Sally Hansen Himalayan Blue

Then on top of I that I put 1 coat of Angelica ~ Angel. Wow, I love this polish! The photos really don't do it justice, such a beautiful all over pink shimmer.

Angelica Angel

Angel looks to be similar to Models Own ~ Indian Ocean, I don't own that one though so am only going on pictures I've seen. What do you think?

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Giveaway!

It's almost christmas day! This is my absolute favourite time of year. I love the sparkly snuggliness of it all. So in the spirit of christmas I'm holding my first ever giveaway.

The Prize

Please keep in mind that this is my first time running a giveaway so if I've missed anything please let me know and feel free to ask questions!

  • The giveaway is open internationally
  • If you're under 18 you must have your parents consent
  • There will be 1 winner who will be notified by email. If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours I will choose another winner and so on
  • I think all other details should be all on the rafflecopter form, hopefully you all know how it works by now!

Good luck and Happy Christmas everyone! x

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Nails: Christmas Mix 'n' Match

Yay! I found some time to get something festive done on my nails! Well christmas is my favourite holiday. Sorry about my atrocious stamping, really need to practice getting my placement better.

Christmas Nails

Here's what I used
Revlon ~ Powder Puff
Color Club ~ Gingerbread (I think?) ~ Index
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri ~ Rapid Red ~ Stamping
Sinful Colors ~ Serena and Chloe ~ Pinkie

Friday, 21 December 2012

Nails: Revlon ~ Powder Puff

My brain is so full of christmas I'm not sure I can form coherent sentences today so I'll keep it short and sweet. I've got a swatch of Powder Puff from Revlon for you. This is three coats of it here, application is ok, it's a little thin. If I wasn't so lazy I would have done another coat as there's still a tiny bit of visible nail line.

Revlon Powder Puff

It's white with very subtle blue shimmer and a matte finish. It reminds me of porcelain. From other swatches I've seen it looks really pretty if you add a shiny top coat too.

I've used this as the base for a christmas mani so hopefully I'll get time to upload that this weekend. I'm going out for my work christmas lunch this afternoon, the menu looks so yummy, I can't wait! Hope everyone has an awesome day C:

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Best of British 16/12/2012

British Nail Bloggers

This week I joined the British Nail Bloggers group on facebook, here's my first weekly roundup :)

Emma has taken on her polish nemesis Fantasy Fire at Emma's Little Corner.

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing has been continuing her month of Christmas themes with Snowman nails. There's a tutorial too!

Danielle has some Christmas nail art this week with Snowflakes, Candy Canes and a festive Glitter Gradient over at Totally Nailed

Rachel has been doing the 12 Days Of Christmas Challenge over at Phoenix Nails

It's all about Christmas again this week at Pie's Eyes. A Christmassy French Manicure and some Christmas Stickers & Glitter are two of the featured festive designs, why not head over and check them out to get yourself into the Christmas spirit!

Beccy has been testing out her lastest indie polish purchase, Hare's King of Carat Flowers, at Two Days Slow

Jo at Northern Nails is showing off her mani she did for her outing to the , Good Food Show, in Birmingham a few weeks ago!

Kerrie gets festive this week with lots of Holiday themed nail art, including a holographic tape manicure go check it out!

Nada, adds some bling to her nails to create Blinging Skittles! check it out!

Alyssia of Rose Tint My Nails has been a busy bee this week! Continuing with the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge and swatching polishes that she received in a grab bag from Polished Criminails! So go and take a look!

Kerry at JustTalkNails does a glittered Candy Cane manicure for the run up to Christmas.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Two Gingerbread Houses and a Mini Army

What time is it? Gingerbread time! It's that time of year that I spend hours making gingerbread houses that I won't even eat. Other people enjoy them though and that's what counts. Also they look cute.

Gingerbread Houses

This year I thought I'd make a few smaller ones so I could distribute them between more people. In my mind I thought they would come out smaller than they did, I ended up with only two out of one batch of dough. I probably could have squeezed three out of it but instead I made a bunch of cute mini gingerbread men too.

Gingerbread Men

I found some nice cellophane gift bags in poundland of all places! I felt a bit bad putting the little men in there though and tying it up, I thought "they won't be able to breathe, they'll suffocate!". Silly me XD

Gingerbread Men Bagged

I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in me sharing the template I used for the houses this year as I made it myself? Leave me a comment if you would and I'll make a printable version of it.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Nails ~ King of Carat Flowers

Yay, indie polish! Here's my first polish from Hare ~ King of Carat Flowers. This is two coats over Rimmel ~ 402 Dream which is a very pale grey.


There's so much going on in here and it's so unique, I love it. I'm sure the bottle shot describes it much better than I could with words.


It was also pretty fun getting hold of this, refreshing/waiting for it to go up on their etsy store and then....mad rush, buy buy buy! Like a virtual version of a hoard of people stampeding into a store when they open for a huge sale!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Skincare Routine - Back to Basics

Recently I've been having some trouble with my skin, developing a nasty patch of acne on my chin and generally just being more spotty. I think that it's probably hormonal and related to the contraceptive implant I got a few months ago although that may just be coincidence. It's been making me feel really self conscious, I'm almost 28 and I feel like I've got worse skin than most teenagers! And my normal skincare routine didn't seem to be helping one bit so I decided to try something different.

I researched a whole bunch of things to try and decided to start with the cheapest option and work my way up from there if needed. I remembered reading on Makeup Savvy some time ago about cleansing with soap and cutting out all other products so this is what I started with and it's really been helping!

I've been using Pears Transparent Soap, washing my face first thing in the morning and last thing at night (most days, considering how lazy I normally am I think I've been doing well!) and then putting on a small amount of moisturizer in the areas that feel like they need it. No more specific cleansers, toners or face washes.

My main problem area has stopped spreading and is clearing up, I've still been getting the odd small spot but no more huge ones like before. So I'm going to carry on with my soap only cleansing, it's better for my skin and my wallet! :D