Sunday, 14 July 2013

Swatch: Iconic Effect ~ Princess Drops

Guess what?! Finally we have indie polish makers popping up in the UK! *Fist pump*! One of these being Iconic Effect. I recently bought this polish, Princess Drops, and another, Pea Soup, from their first collection. Princess Drops actually sold out (2 days before I got paid, I was waiting to order!) but the girls from Iconic Effect were so lovely and helpful and told me if I ordered the other polish I wanted the would sort out Princess Drops for me the week after when they received more supplies ♥

Iconic Effect - PrincessDrops

On to the polish! Princess drops is a pretty pastel glitter polish in a clear base with a mixture of hearts, stars and flowers, slightly smaller diamonds, hexagons and tiny flecks. There's so much going on in here! The formula is fairly thin but I found this really helped me to get the big pieces positioned nicely. I've got one coat of the glitter on here and didn't require too much fishing or fiddling around.

Princess Drops - Bottle

For some reason I went a bit mad decided to put it over this horrible yellow I got in a set from H&M. I think it worked pretty nicely though and looks really summery.

Princess Drops - Close Up

And finally a close up of the bottle, such a pretty combination of colours.

There are only a couple of colours left in Iconic Effects etsy shop but they are currently planning there next collection so follow them on facebook for news and sneak peaks!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Swatch: Lush Lacquer ~ Birthday Cake

I think this has got to be one of my fave indie polishes, it was one of the first ones I bought and with a name like Birthday Cake how could I resist.

Birthday Cake Swatch

I've got two coats on here. It would probably have a bit more 'pop' with some white undies but I like it as is, a bit more subtle if that's possible?!

Birthday Cake

Lush Lacquer have got loads of gorgeous crazy neon-ness going on at the moment, it's a shame that with all the UK shipping troubles and steep price increases for postage I've been put off buying stuff for a while.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Swatch: Sinful Colors ~ Glass Pink

Yay, Sinful Colors available at boots in the UK?! And in the 3 for 2 offer, don't mind if I do. I was actually away in Nottingham when I was lucky enough to spot these as they weren't being stocked in the Leeds city centre store. Here's the first one I tried, Glass Pink

Sinful Colors - Glass Pink

This is 3 coats, it's really sheer so you'd need something underneath if you didn't want visible nail line. It's so pretty though, beautiful and shimmery.

I managed to snag Cinderella as well which is the one I'd really been lusting after, not been in the mood for blue nails though so haven't tried that one out yet,

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Swatch: Nails Inc ~ Primrose Hill

Yet another of my nails inc lucky pack polishes here, Primrose Hill. A gorgeous grey/purple quite similar to Barry M's Dusky Mauve although a bit paler maybe?

Primrose Hill - Swatch

This swatch is from a while ago, can't remember how many coats I used. Really love this shade though, for the first time ever I think I had a stranger compliment the colour!

Primrose Hill - Bottle

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Portal Companion Cube Dress

So here's what has been taking up all my spare time the last couple of weeks! My local Lolita group have been planning a themed fandom/geek meet for a while and it finally came around last weekend. I decided that I wanted to make a dress based on the companion cube from the Portal video games. It took a bit longer than I expected, I had to draft a new bodice block, but it was so worth it. I love it!!

Companion Cube Dress - Front

Companion Cube Dress - Back

And the meet was so much fun, everyone put loads of effort into their outfits, I loved seeing them all. I hope we'll have another fandom meet one day, I already have more ideas. Here's me wearing my dress.

Companion Cube Dress - Worn

I learnt a bunch of new techniques making this too - box pleats, encased shirring, modifying my basic bodice block. Usually I'm fed up with sewing after finish a project (probably because I usually leave things too late and end up having to rush *stress*) but not this time! I cant wait to do more.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Swatch: Nails Inc ~ Berkeley Mews

Urrgh, so I've been a pretty bad blogger lately! I've been really struggling with my energy levels and was ill again last week. But I haven't given up, I'm still here!!

After nearly two weeks of nude nails I fancied something really dark and bold so picked Berkeley Mews as my next nails inc to try.

Nails Inc - Berkeley Mews Swatch

This almost black blue has a subtle shimmery pop under the right light and only needs one coat for full coverage. I feel like this would look great with some stamping over it but don't think I'm going to have time this week unfortunately. There needs to be more hours in the day.

Nails Inc - Berkeley Mews

In other news I've started a sewing project! I'm making a Portal Companion Cube dress for the Leeds Lolitas Fandom/Geek meet in April, really hope I can get it finished in time, need to get a move on with it.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Swatch: Nails Inc ~ Gatwick

Gatwick from Nails Inc is a classic red shade with a matte twist. This isn't something I'd normally buy as I dont really see the point of specific matte polishes when I have a matte top coat. I was happy to have the oppertunity to try a matte finish from a different brand though.

Nails Inc Gatwick Swatch

I have one coat on my nails here. This is after a days wear and you can see there's already some tip wear and chipping on my index finger. It was also pretty messy to get off, red everywhere!

Nails Inc Gatwick

Despite the negatives I still like this polish, it's a great shade.



Friday, 1 March 2013

Nails Inc Lucky Dip Haul

I think it's safe to say this is the most I've ever spent on nail polish in one go before. Last week Nails Inc was running one of their lucky dip promotions, it's such a bargain, 7 polishes for £17 - so that's less than £2.50 each when they normally retail for £11+. I got two sets, Metallics and Special Effects, and since that was close to the threshold for free shipping I popped one of the sale polishes in my basket too.

So here's what I got!


Metallics: berkeley mews, cadogan lane, providence crescent, stafford terrace, montrose place, primrose hill, lanesborough place

Special Effects: kensington palace (magnetic), gatwick (matte), abbey road (holographic), london town (magnetic), the wyndham (glitter), camden town (crackle), farringdon (glitter crackle)

Also not pictured, my 'free shipping' polish - swiss cottage.

Can't wait to try these out, very happy with what I got!

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Swatch: w7 ~ Moondust

Right, back to business! Today I have a simple swatch of Moondust from w7.

w7 Moondust Swatch 2

It's a silver glitter with red and blue particles that give it a kind of faux scatter holo effect. I'm wearing two coats here.

w7 Moondust Swatch

It's very pretty but I get the feeling it's going to be a nightmare to get off. It has a rough finish despite the topcoat I put on. Moondust is the perfect name for it though, I feel like I have astronaut nails!

w7 Moondust




Friday, 22 February 2013

Friday Feels ~ 4

Hello! Sorry for no nail posts this week. Got hit at the beginning of the week with a cold and just didn't have the energy to do my nails, they were actually naked for several days! I'm feeling better now and my nails have colour again.

To make up for my absence this week, here's some of my favourite cat gifs.






Whilst were on the subject of cats this music video has been circulating this week.



And if you still haven't got your fill of cat related goodness I strongly recommend checking out Cat Gif Page and The Chives: Cat Saturday feature

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Sat-ART-Day Club - Dotting Tools

This weeks Sat-ART-Day club theme is dotting tools. I had something a bit more complicated in mind but I tested it on my right hand and wasn't really happy with it. I still need more practice with my dotting tools!

SatARTDay PolkaDot

I used my base from my previous mani, added dots in different shades of grey and finished with a matte top coat. I was actually pretty organised this week and got it done in advance instead of leaving it until Saturday evening!



Friday, 15 February 2013

Nails: Angelica ~ Twilight

Another Angelica swatch for you today. As I've mentioned before these are stocked in Primark, they also now have a web shop which stocks a limited selection if you aren't able to get them at your local store.

Angelica Twilight

Twilight is a slightly duochromey navy blue frosted polish with pinky purple undertones. I think it's really nice wearable colour, dark but soft. This is two generous coats.

Angelica Twilight-Bottle

Angelica have recently announced a new range of matte spring colours which look lovely, I've got my eye on the baby pink one in particular.




Saturday, 9 February 2013

Sat-ART-Day Club - Away With the Fairies

Week two of the Sat-ART-Day club, this weeks theme was 'Away with the Fairies'. Instead of doing a manicure that specifically featured fairies I tried to go for more of a fairies eye view of the world.

Away With the Fairies

It doesn't come across much in the picture but I've used a flakey top coat for extra sparkle. I'm actually pretty happy with how these turned out, I'm really enjoying this challenge, it's pushing me to be more creative!



Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Cirque ~ Your Hand in Mine

I have something special today, my very first proper product review! I was so happy to be picked by Sally from Sally Magpies as one of the bloggers to try out the latest addition to her stock ~ Cirque. I think I did a little flappy arm dance when I saw the email! Well, on to business.

Cirque - Your Hand in Mine

The official blurb from Cirque for Your Hand in Mine is "A soft white polish with a subtle rainbow shimmer". This sums up this polish perfectly. Consistency is pretty spot on for me, it applied really nicely and the drying time is great. It's quite a sheer polish so would probably make a good topper, I've used 3 coats here, although there is a little visible nail line it's almost opaque.

Cirque - Your Hand in Mine - Rainbow Shimmer
I've tried to capture the rainbow shimmer here
Click the image to view it full size

The full range of Cirque polishes are available in the UK from stockist Sally Magpies. Sally stocks a variety of imported polishes so you can buy without the worry of shipping from overseas or getting hit with import tax or fees. I have bought from her previously and will do again in future, she is really friendly and offers great service. You can usually get in touch with her on the Sally Magpies Facebook page if you have any queries or requests.

Disclaimer: This polish was sent to me for review, all opinions are honest and my own.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Sat-ART-Day Club - Amethyst Pattern Skittle

I've been wanting to join in with a group challenge for a while, however I know I would never be able to stick to one of the 31 days ones so when I saw the Sat-ART-Day Club on Crumpet's Nail Tarts recently I thought this one was worth a go! Here's my take on the theme Amethyst Pattern Skittle.

Amethyst Skittles
Polishes/Stamps Used:
No7 ~ Lucky Lilac (Index and pinky base)
Star Gazer ~ 235 (Middle finger)
Revlon ~ No Shrinking Violet (Ring finger base)
Barry M Gelly ~Plum (Index stamping)
Konad ~ Special White (Ring stamping)
BM-212 Stamping Plate

Hopefully I've done all this right with it being my first time! Check out the links below for the other awesome interpretations of this challenge.



Friday, 1 February 2013

Friday Feels ~ 3

My new sneakers from Japan arrived this week. They're from a company called Swimmer who basically sell various cute junk! They also have this amazing cat bag which I'm slightly in love with at the moement.


Wonderful local independent shop Life's Big Canvas is trying to raise some money so they can produce some beautiful cat necklaces inspired by the owners very own cats. More details can be found on their indiegogo page here or if you're in the Leeds area you can always check out the shop itself located at Bird's Yard.





Thursday, 31 January 2013

BMO Is No Robot

Mixing indie brands here, is that allowed?! Well I think they're a great match. I've used Pretty & Polished - BMO Me Up for the base colour and have Glitzology - Robots In Love on my accent nail.

BMO is no robot

It's really hard to capture the true beauty of these two. BMO Me Up has some incredibly subtle red and blue shimmer and Robots In Love is just packed full of holotastic glitters of all shapes and sizes including stars, diamonds and hearts.

BMO is no robot - blur

Glitzology are actually the newest addition to my indie collection and I have to say I haven't seen any photos that really convey how amazing these polishes look in real life. I have 4 shades from them and they are all soooo sparkly, they really live up to their name.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Best of British 26/01/2013

British Nail Bloggers

This week Emma was inspired by a game in amongst other 31 Day Challenges over at Emma's Little Corner and textured nails using salt!

Lyndsay at Pie's Eyes has been stamping again Glittery Tiger Stripes are this weeks offering.

Beccy at Two Days Slow has been working on her stamping technique with gold flowers on a purple base

Sue in Lacquerland has been playing with colour this week Lush & Lynnderella

Lou has been whipping out comparisons and dupes for Chanel Malice in the first of an irregular feature over at Painted Nails & Baking Scales

If your a lover of sprinkles check out Accessorize Dragonfly over at Wendy's Delights.

Danielle swatched the new Mariah Carey for OPI Liquid Sand polishes over at Totally Nailed and also took a step back in time and revisited an old mani, creating a new version this week!

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing has been polka dotting it up with some nail adornments.... Inpractical but CUTE!

Cris Cros has been trying out neddle marbling using her Barry M Gellies as well as trying out various untrieds

Friday, 25 January 2013

Friday Feels ~ 2

I've seen quite a few pastel glitter polishes this week and they're really piquing my interest at the moment. Perfect for spring

Top: Darling Diva Polish ~ Zoey Jane
Bottom: Gloss 'n' Sparkle ~ Unicorn Spawn

Another silly thing, sticking googley eyes on inanimate objects! Also known as eyebombing. Someone in the office I work in actually ordered some eyes so we could do this! Here's a few of ours


Hope everyone has a good weekend, I'm looking forward to a super chilled out one. I've picked up my pokemon cross-stitch again so I'm going to be working on that.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Nails: Gilded Flowers

My nails have been a bit plain lately, trying to get my untrieds and new polishes swatched, but here I've managed to use three untrieds and do some nail art/stamping that I'm happy with, yay!

Gilded Flowers
Polishes/Stamps Used:
Sally Hansen ~ Royal Romance
BYS ~ N66 Astro Gold
Barry M ~ Gold Foil
Pretty & Polished ~ Vampire Sing-a-Long
BM-221 Stamping Plate

I tried stamping with the BYS Astro Gold polish to start with but it was too sheer so swapped to the trusty Barry M Gold Foil. Royal Romance is a really interesting purple with a slight gold undertone which means it pairs really nicely with the rest of the gold in this mani. And I got all my stamp placement spot on for a change, can't wait to try more of my new bundle monster plates now. Going to enjoy this for a few days first though!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Friday Feels

Something totally different today! I've decided that I'm going to try and do a sort of regular feature on a Friday about things that I'm really loving this week.

Funniest thing on the internet, the latest bread based craze, Baguette Me Nots! Basically you replace an everyday object with a baguette and take a photo. Simple :D

Source

The song that is totally stuck in my head at the moment is You Keep Giving Me Love by Jenn D. Jenn used to be in a band called Soft Toy Emergency who I absolutely loved. Unfortunately they went their seperate ways a couple of years ago but now Jenn is going solo. I wasn't really that keen on her last single but I can't get enough of this one!



What's really got your attention this week guys? Let me know :)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pretty & Polished ~ Granny Smith

Earlier this month Pretty & Polished were selling some grab bags on their etsy store. Lucky packs/grab bags are one of the things I have a weakness for so I couldn't resist! They actually have some left if you're interested.

I ordered two of the 2 Minis bags, the arrived yesterday and I'm really pleased with what I got - Granny Smith, Martian Salad, Party On My Yacht and Power Cosmic. Greens aren't normally what I'd go for but the two I received are lovely and two glitter polishes, yes!

I liked the look of Granny Smith so much I decided to try that one out first.

Pretty and Polished - Granny Smith

It's a gorgeous metallic-y yellow green and it really does look like apples!

I've bought far too much polish already this month, my untried draw is getting almost as full as my tried so I'm going to try to put myself on a spending ban until I've got through a decent chunk of the untrieds. Hmmm, we'll see how that goes...

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Hits No Olimpo ~ Hermes

I can be a bit stingy when buying polishes sometimes, always checking my local discount shops and drug stores for a bargain, well I want to get the most for my money! But over christmas and in the January sales I splashed out on a few treats and things I wouldn't normally buy.

First of these was some holos from Sally Magpies as she had a sale on new years day. This was my first time ordering from her, it was so nice to be able to buy from a shop based in the UK! I bought Hits No Olimpo - Hermes and Hestia and Layla Hologram Effect - Cloudy Violet and Emerald Divine.

Hits Hermes

I decided to try out Hermes first and boy am I pleased with it! Definitely worth treating myself to this lovely polish.

I took the photo under artificial light. We don't really get the sunshine here in the north of England to show off holos at their best, especially at this time of year! Fortunately it still looks gorgeous even when the holo isn't being brought out. I'd say the golden colour is a touch warmer in real life.

Hits Hermes Bottle

This is one of those polishes where I catch myself checking my nails out all the time because it just looks so lovely. I'm really excited to try out the rest of my new purchases now too. I also bought the two a-england polishes on my wish list, Iseult and Morgan Le Fay, as they have a sale on right now for their second anniversary. Along with my new Bundle Monster stamping plates that just arrived I have a lot of new things to play with!

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Nails: Mathematical!

So happy my Mathematical set from Pretty & Polished finally arrived! I am a massive Adventure Time fan so when I saw these I absolutely couldn't resist. There was no way I could pick just one to try first so I tried five! These are all over one coat of white.

Mathematical

Man, I love these so much. The Young Hero (Finn) is my favourite I think, feel like I will get the most wear out of that one. Here's the bottles, I got the minis.

MathematicalPart1

I've got three left to try, especially looking forward to BMO Me Up, it has a beautiful subtle blue shimmer to it that doesn't come across in any of the photos I've seen.

MathematicalPart2

Who's your favourite Adventure Time character? I love the Ice King! He's so misunderstood, poor guy. And Lemongrab is great too, he makes me laugh!

Best of British 06/01/2013

British Nail Bloggers

Emma shows leather and holo finishes together for a rocking new year's eve mani and is currently taking on the 31 day challenge and particularly proud of day 5 over at Emma's Little Corner

Nada tried her hands at the magnetic gradient effect. What do you think!?

Over at Pie's Eyes, Lyndsay has some new stamping plates to show off the Princess collection and the Fairy collection , both from GALS

Q themed manicure? Q is for Quackers! Hardest ABC Challenge yet!

Beccy's been making the most of the christmas holidays and has nails in Blue and Pink at Two Days Slow

Alyssia has made some New Years Resolutions for her blog Rose Tint My Nails! As well as swatching Miss Sporty Metal Flip Polish! Check it out!

Kerry at JustTalkNails is really loving this new Garden Green from Avon, a lovely forest type green.

Lou was busy this week, playing with a new glitter polishe that will have stars in your eyes as well as on your nails

Anna of Anna's Polish Addiction has been enjoying Debbie Crumpet's 31 Day Challenge, her favourite mani so far being her first attempt at using microbeads on the purple day. She's also posted Revlon Facets of Fuschia.

Just a heads up , Jo at Northern Nails hasn't gone AWOL. her nails are super nibbins and not good for swatching , so shes hasn't been much with the posts this week , But Happy New Year and Welcome 2013 and here's hoping has a fantastic year!

Wendy at Wendy's Delights is showing us her fave nail polish effect Pink Magnetic with Circular Magnet go check it out!

The Crumpet began another 31 Day Challenge this month. Click here to see her amazing pink splatterfest for Day 4.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

The Liebster Award

So I've been nominated for the Liebster Award twice today! Go me :D One nomination from Kerry at Just Talk Nails and one from CrisCros at Naily Perfect.


The Liebster Award is for blogs with less than 200 follower. Here are the rules:

Each person must post 11 random things about themselves
Answer the questions that the nominator set for you, plus create 11 questions for the people you nominate to answer.
Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
Go to their page and tell them.
No tag backs!

Hmmm 11 random things about me, this is going to be hard

1. I love to buy tshirts almost as much as nail polish
2. I've never broken any bones
3. I love to roll katamaris
4. I recently bought spirographs for the office I work in
5. I love going to watch Ice Hockey
6. And roller derby
7. I can sleep just about anywhere
8. Mark Ryden is my favourite artist
9. I call the little orange thing on the Eon adverts Pooty
10. Strawberry creams are absolutely the best Quality Street
11. Dr. Buckles makes me lol. Stephen!!

Next my questions from Kerry

1. How many nail polish do you buy a month?
I have no idea, at least 2-4, more if I can afford it
2. How big is your collection?
I just counted yesterday, I have 90 + the 7 that arrived today
3. Do you collect anything?
Tshirts, nail polish and Lolita
4. What movie are you looking forward to for 2013?
All of the Marvel films, part 2 of the Hobbit
5. Any New Years resolutions?
Nope, I don't do new years resolutions
6. Favourite meal?
Roast dinner
7. What nail polish is next on your buy list?
a-england Isulet
8. What is your favourite finish?
Glitter
9. What is your favourite polish colour?
I don't think I have a favourite colour, I guess it depends on my mood
10. What's your favourite TV programme?
Adventure Time
11. What are you reading currently?
The Neuromancer by Wiliam Gibson

And from CrisCros

1.Where in the world would you most like to visit?
Japan
2. Marmite: love or hate?
Hate
3. How many polishes do you own?
I just counted yesterday, I have 90 + the 7 that arrived today
4. Do you any pets?
Two insane cats - see here
5. What's your favourite book?
The History of the Runestaff by Michael Moorcock
6. What house would you want to be in if you were a student at Hogwarts?
I have zero knowledge of Harry Potter, I'm a lotr girl
7. What's your favourite fruit?
Cherries I guess? I prefer veg
8. Who was your first celebrity crush?
David Boreanaz
9. What are you most afraid of?
Losing my loved ones
10. Are you a cat person or dog person?
Cat
11. What was your most hated subject at school?
Physical Education

My questions for the next lot!

1. Do you take as much care over your non-photo hand nails?
2. Favourite website?
3. If you could be any movie character who would you be?
4. Favourite animal?
5. Favourite word?
6. If animals became zombies, what animal would be the scariest?
7. Favourite tv show as kid?
8. Do you do anything else creative?
9. Sweet or savoury?
10. How often do you paint your nails?
11. Favourite thing about blogging?

And finally, my nominees

1. Economy Nails
2. Nails Noob
3. Glitter Infatuation
4. Lane's Laquers
5. The Teenage Shopaholic
6. Penguins Left Green Polish
7. Nuthin' But A Nail Thing
8. Pie's Eyes & Other Sparkly Stories...
9. Faithfully Polished
10. Polished Art
11. Horcrux Nails

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Two Days Slow on Twitter

I've decided to have another go at twitter, I've never really been able to get into it before. But now I've hooked it up with the Two Days Slow facebook page (so hopefully that will be a bit more active now too) and have a little feed on the blog it seems to make a bit more sense.

If you want to keep up to date with my occasional brain poots then please follow me. Post your twitter name here or tweet me and I'll follow you back :)

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

All Of The Pink

The hardest part of blogging for me - coming up with the titles. Urrgh, why is it so difficult?!

Christmas holidays are nearly over, back to work tomorrow. It's been great to have some time off and more time to chill and do stuff like paint my nails. Life feels like it's been pretty hectic the last couple of months.

Pink Party

This mani was inspired by The Polished Perfectionist, I wish mine looked as flawless as hers! At least I feel like my photography is getting a bit better.

Pinks

Here's what I used
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e.l.f. ~ Fair Pink
Nails Inc ~ Shoreditch
Color Club ~ Hot Couture (I think?)