Stained grass

It’s a weird time in my house at the moment, but my nails are still intact, so I’m still painting! Here we have Barielle A Banquet For Ava (£9.99 for 5/TKMaxx), a lovely 2-coat deep teal creme, underneath Zoya Opal which is a dense green/blue flakie top coat which I am officially in love with.

With flash.

With flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Sadly, as with so many teal shades, the Barielle polish stained the hell out of my nails and fingertips, even with base coat. When will I ever find a non-staining teal? Do they even exist?

…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!