Stay frosty!

I got bored last night, and decided to break out the toys. So here it is, my first ever sponged glitter gradient!

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I started off with a base of China Glaze Tongue & Chic (£4.29/eBay seller: nailswestcom), from the new fall collection. It’s a gorgeous deep teal shimmer, which is about as close to a one coat polish I’ve ever seen, though the formula was a little on the thick side. I then sponged over a layer of Model’s Own Southern Lights (£5/Boots), a dense silver holo micro glitter, and then a final layer of ORLY Angel Eyes (£6.79/Beauty Bay), which is a blue micro glitter with slightly larger holo pieces.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

The result is pretty fantastic; I can’t stop looking at it. It’s so sparkly! I will definitely be repeating this one, probably for Christmas. Sponging turned out to be a lot easier than I feared, so I’m keen to try some 2 colour gradients in the very near future. My shaky hands prevent me from doing a lot of really skilled technical stuff, but I’m pretty sure I can get to grips with gradients!

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A little adventure

Artificial light.

Artificial light.

Natural light.

Natural light.

So, I’m at my mum’s for a few days, catching up on a little R&R while my son hits people with foam swords in a field. Each to their own. She’s been an absolute doll, and gave me a £10 eBay voucher she wasn’t using, which meant I could finally splurge on a basic Konad stamping kit and a few interesting looking plates to play with. I’m so excited, I’ve been drooling over stampers for ages!

Of course, I couldn’t even think about going away from home without doing my nails, so here is the second of my birthday polishes, Unpredictable by China Glaze. In the bottle, this appears as quite a strong blue/green duochrome, but on the nail, the blue is very pale and hard to capture; instead there is a definite gold shimmer to it under normal lighting. No matter, it is beautiful either way! This is two coats, but I think it could have used a third, as you can see a lot of brushstrokes.

…And better news!

So, as I said in my last post, it was my birthday party yesterday, which was utterly fabulous. The weather was gorgeous, I got to see loads of my brilliant friends, and we had a bunch of yummy food, booze, watched a double feature of Indiana Jones (Raiders and Crusade) and a jolly good time was had by all. But I have to say, it topped all other birthday parties, in that a bunch of my friends got together and bought me the most excellent present ever… and I’m gonna need to build a new polish wishlist, because they got me almost everything off it, plus a few things I didn’t even know I wanted! Yes, really!

L to R: Zoya Ki and Opal, China Glaze Unpredictable and Agro.

L to R: Zoya Ki and Opal, China Glaze Unpredictable and Agro.

L to R: Deborah Lippmann The Lady Sings The Blues, Butter LONDON Big Smoke and Thames.

L to R: Deborah Lippmann The Lady Sings The Blues, Butter LONDON Big Smoke and Thames.

L to R: A England Lady of Shallott and Saint George, Nabi Dark Purple 3D, Ocean Blue 3D and Purple Jumbo Glitter.

L to R: A England Lady of Shallott and Saint George, Nabi Dark Purple 3D, Ocean Blue 3D and Purple Jumbo Glitter.

Seriously, just look at this haul! I could not have asked for a better gift, and even better, there are still 2 more polishes to come! I had a bit to drink yesterday (duh), so I can’t quite remember which ones they are, but I’m sure they’ll be utterly amazing, just like everything else here. Seriously, I am so stoked with this, it was incredibly thoughtful, and I want to give extra special thanks to Denny for having the idea in the first place and rounding up contributors, and to Emma for doing all the research, hunting, and gathering, which must have been quite a task. Of course, mega thanks also go to EJ, Helen, Kath, Mat, Pir, Poggs, Sarah, Stu, Ursula and Red for chipping in. I am completely blown away by this wonderful gift, and I couldn’t be happier right now to know the people I do.

I am truly blessed to have such wonderful friends, and I love you all very much. I am going to have so much fun with all these!

 

Time to play!

smokeashesFirstly, let me apologise sincerely for the state of my cuticles in this pic. I spent most of yesterday arguing with a flat pack futon and my hands are now ragged and raw, but since I didn’t break a single nail in the process (win!), I figured it was manicure time.

Tonight is my podcast’s Rocky Horror Picture Show anniversary special, so I was going to go for something suitably themed, but I just couldn’t think of anything that I would be able to do with my stupid shaky hands, so I went with this instead. This is Smoke & Ashes from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection (around £4.60/eBay seller: salonsupplystore) a black base littered with tiny green and gold flakies, and Accessorize’s Ultra Marine Green (£3.45/Superdrug), a pale green with gold shimmer from the Oil Slick range on the feature nail. I’ve also decorated it with some round silver studs which were also an eBay grab, though I can’t remember how much I paid for them. I love this look, but now I have to find something to wear with it, argh!

Hope you’re all gearing up for an ace weekend, see you on the flipside.

Ride ’em, cowboy!

cowgirlupI’m on such a China Glaze trip at the moment. I can’t seem to look at a single shade without falling in love! This is my second grab from the Rodeo Divas collection, Cowgirl Up (roughly £4.60/eBay seller: salonsupplystore). I’ve said before, I’m not generally a pink person, but this is such a glorious colour, magenta with a teeny hint of blue, that I could wear it every day… well, maybe if I didn’t have so many other things to wear, anyway.

My first batch of Born Pretty holos arrived today, bizarrely the 2nd order, so I’m still waiting for the one I ordered on the 3rd of June. Oh well. I also got a massive batch of disturbingly bright, extra fine glitters, so I’ll be playing with them in the upcoming weeks too. Exciting!

On the road again.

Sure enough, I managed to butcher my dotticure by doing too much washing up, and then made a failed attempt at a lime green glitter effect, and then another failed attempt at a blue/grey half moon mani, and then a further failure at a blue flaky thing. Today was not a good day for my poor nails. I’d have left them bare for a change, but tonight I was off see Behind The Candelabra with my ladies, and I couldn’t go without a little glam!

wagontrailEventually though, I settled on what you see to the left, which is Wagon Trail by China Glaze (£4.59/eBay). It’s a warm black with a gold shimmer to it, and it’s divine! It even has a tiny hint of green in it. I used two coats for full coverage, and I have to say, China Glaze is fast becoming my very favourite brand due to the range of colours and the consistency and quality of the polish formula. Guess I’ll have to get some more then. Ahem.

I’m hoping to try out some slightly more summery shades soon, now that we’re getting the weather for it. Watch this space!

 

Whoops.

Well, so much for my embargo. I knew it wouldn’t last long, but two of my eBay polishes turned up this morning, and I just happened to be in Boots with time to kill (waiting for disappearing medication to show up – fun). On the plus side, I had a voucher for half price No7, and everything else in there is Buy One Get The 2nd Half Price at the moment, which softened the blow somewhat. My dotticure is still standing the test of time, day 4 now and have only had to do minor tip repair on one nail. Go me!

L-R: China Glaze Smoke & Ashes, China Glaze Wagon Trail, No7 Stonewash, Barry M Key Lime, Rimmel Out Of The Blue

L-R: China Glaze – Smoke & Ashes, China Glaze – Wagon Trail, No7 – Stonewash, Barry M – Key Lime, Rimmel – Out Of The Blue