Monday, 25 February 2013

Barry M Textured: Kingsland Road

I had my eye on the Barry M Textured Polishes from the minute they were released, but I've been trying to restrain myself. However when I went into Superdrug for some 'essentials' the other day, I couldn't help but pick one up. Of course I went for the pink, as it's the one I feel I will wear most often! (Says the girl with a gazillion untried polishes). Anyway onto the swatches!

These were taken after a day's hard wear of the polish! I spent the evening after painting these making clay pots for a friend for a drama performance. Which is why they may look a little messy. I think they survived pretty well though! I really like the texture of the polish, and I think the best thing about these polishes is that they've paired the hard texture of the polish with such dainty little colours. The results are beyond stunning. When I finally have more money I will hopefully be scooping up more of these polishes. Until then I will simply lust after them!

Have you tried the Barry M Textured Polishes?

Another Liebster Award!

I've been nominated by the lovely Jetti of Wood and Chocolate for yet another Liebster Award. I'm sure this is my 3rd nomination. I am truly flattered for each and every one. Check out my other award posts here and here.

I've already done the nomination part before in my original post, so I won't do that again. Mainly because I simply don't have the time to at the moment. But I will do the random facts and the questions!

11 Facts About Me:

  1. I am currently dealing with a serious heartbreak
  2. I'm a secret baking goddess
  3. I eat far too much McDonalds
  4. I am a MASSIVE fan of The Wanted
  5. I dream about celebrities all the time
  6. I want to work on the set of Doctor Who
  7. Eastenders is one of my favourite TV shows
  8. I love spending hours trawling the internet
  9. My Xbox 360 is probably my most prized possession. (After my laptop)
  10. I'm originally from Berkshire 
  11. I have NO idea what I am going to do when I graduate.
The Questions Jette Asked me:

1. What do you do professionally and why?
I am currently a Student. Studying Film and TV. One day I would like to work in the media, but we'll see. I just enjoy creating films, from the planning all the way through to the finished product (even though it can be stressful!).

2. Are you happy?
Yeah I am at the moment

3. Is your life what you thought it would be and if so why?
I don't really know how to answer this as I am about to go through a major transitional period in my life. I can't really answer this yet.

4. Who do you turn to
My mum is the person I normally turn to, or my best mate Ellie. Both are really understanding and I feel I can talk to them about anything.

5. Have you ever done something to scare yourself and what was it
I've done plenty to scare myself. I don't think talking about it on my blog is a good idea though.

6. Best moment of your life
When I got engaged when I was 17. I don't regret it in any way, and I was so happy at the time.

7. Worst moment of your life
When my granddad Gilbert died. I was so close to him. It still hurts now when I think of all the things he is missing. I'm sure I'll cry on my graduation day because I know he would have loved to have been here.

8. Favourite food
Extra cheesey pizza!

9. 3 things to take to a desert island
The internet, a laptop, and unlimited cheesey pizza's

10. Dogs or cats?
Dogs. But I like cat's too!

11. What is your aim in life?
I just want to be happy, and to not have to struggle for the things that I want in life.

So there you go! Thanks again Jette for the nomination, I'm honoured that so many people like my blog!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Greige Gardens with added Fairy Dust

Hello rose petals! I hope you are all well. I can't believe I'm actually posting two nail posts in the same week! It's nice to finally be back. Today I bring you a polish that I managed to find in Poundland. Sally Hansen in Greige Gardens. I snapped up 3 Sally Hansen polishes in total that day. Another of which I used in my Minty Chip post. Today I finally received my own bottle of OPI Nail Envy. I've been hearing so many good things about it for such a long time and I've been meaning to buy it for so long. This week though with my nails back on the road to recovery, I decided that I wanted to keep them that way and finally bought a bottle. I ended up with the Matte one as it was £2 cheaper and I couldn't see a reason not to save the £2! Anyway I decided that I'd start my trial of Nail Envy today so natural I had to remove Minty Chip and paint my nails again!

This is two coats of Sally Hansen's Greige Gardens. I couldn't just leave it plain though so I added Miss Sporty Sparkle Top Coat in Amethyst Dust. This manicure is cute and simple and I really love it, especially the little dash of glitter that I added! I couldn't believe my luck picking up these Sally Hansen polishes for a mere £1 each in Poundland. I definitely recommend that you keep an eye on the makeup sections of that store just incase any more brilliant polishes turn up!

I know I haven't done any of my features for about a month, but I've been waiting for my nails to grow back. I'll try and get a few lined up but I expect that I'll be quiet in March due to filming commitments for My university project! I'll try to post as often as I can, but don't expect much!

Let me know what the best bargain is that you've ever bought from Poundland in the comments.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Minty Chip Swatch!

Hey there everybody! Here I am with another post! I am so glad that my nails are back in action! I'm still steering clear of false nails until my nails are a little longer, but then I guess I won't even need them! I finally caved and ordered a bottle of OPI Nail Envy, so hopefully that will help my nails along too!

So today I bring you a swatch of a Lush Laquer polish today. I can't remember if I've mentioned them on this blog before but I bought 4 mini polishes: Minty Chip, Party Hearty, Fuzzy Peach and Thanks a Latte. I haven't really had a chance to wear them yet (much like a lot of the polishes I own). When I looked down at my nails today and saw the polish was chipped I jumped at the chance to paint my nails again. I immediately went for the Sally Hansen in Green Tea that I snapped up from Poundland the other week, and then I remembered Minty Chip would go perfectly on top! I was right it was a match made in heaven.

I'm actually impressed that I managed to get these taken in natural light! I ALWAYS paint my nails too late to be able to get pictures in the sunlight, but today I managed it, and I'm glad I did. It really shows off this polish. This is one coat of Minty Chip over two coats of Sally Hansen Green Tea. I finished it off with Sally Hansen No Chip topcoat to seal in the glitter. With my nails looking so good at the moment, I doubt this polish will last long before I want to paint them again! I feel like I'm rediscovering my love for nail polish all over again! I would definitely recommend that you check out Lush Laquer on Etsy.

Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Nude Matte Swatch

Hello my little rose petals! I'M BACK!!!!! My nail are looking a LOT better, I dare not use the word healthy to describe them yet though. It took much longer than expected to grow back that stubborn nail that I damaged. Anyway on with the post!

Today I bring you two polishes from E.L.F cosmetics. I am a massive lover of E.L.F because I believe them to be fantastic value for money, in fact I did a couple of post on my old blog which you can check out here, here, and here. I got an email from them letting me know that they had a massive sale on, so I thought I would just have a browse, but not buy anything. Of course I ended up buying a few things. Including their Nail polish in Innocent and their Matte Finisher top coat, both just a pound each! How could I resist.

This is two coats of innocence finished off with the Matte topcoat! It almost looks like I'm wearing nothing at all right? It looks better in natural light, but of course once again I painted my nails too late and missed out on the natural light! I've lusted after innocence for a long, long time, but I could justify buying it before, but when I saw it for a pound I knew I had to snap it up. Matte is another thing I have been meaning to try for a long time, but I couldn't seem to find any matte top coats, so I saw the E.L.F one by chance when I was having a look through the sale and snapped it up. I must say I really like the matte effect, I'll definitely be sporting it a lot more often!

I did buy a few more products in the sale, which I'll be writing about shortly over on my personal blog so keep your eyes peeled! Also I now have Instagram, so feel free to follow me :)

Let me know if you snapped up anything in the E.L.F sale! I'm so glad to be back and I can't wait to get more posts up for you guys!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Guest Mani Monday: A Teenage Shopaholic

Hey there my little rose petals! Today I bring you a guest post from the lovely Diva of A Teenage Shopaholic. My nails are much MUCH better now so I am hoping to bring you a few posts over the next week. We'll see.

Hi there, I'm Diva from The Teenage Shopaholic and I've got a guest post for you today while Alyssia's nail recovers! 
So, after thinking about what to do, I decided to do something a bit different. After swatching the new MUA Fur Effects here, I thought about what adding polish on top of it would look like...
MUA Fur Effects
So I tried it out! And here it is:
I freehanded the silver chevrons using Barry M Silver Foil, which is an awesome one coater and added some cute red square gems at the tips. 
The polish applied quite smoothly but obviously dried to a sort of bumpy finish. I love the colour combination though, it like a 'royal' sort of colour set.
Its strange but actually looks quite funky!
Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you liked it! x
I love this mani! It's so cute! For some reason this mani reminds me of shoes... don't ask me why, I have no idea. Anyway Thanks again to the lovely Diva for doing this post for me! I hope you guys have enjoyed!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

Hey everyone! My nails are still in horrific condition so my lovely friend Rachel is doing a Valentines post for me. I hope you enjoy!

Hey Nail Nuts! Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you all had a little something special from your beloved. I hope you don't mind me taking over Alyssia's blog for today. I'm Rachel from over at Phoenix Nails please feel free to check out my blog.

Anyhoo, I've got a Valentine's mani to show you guys today, it's a real simple but pretty mani. I hope you all like it, let's have a look at my mani shall we??

I didn't want to go with the usual Valentine's colours so I chose this super pretty polish from Accessorize as my base colour. It's called Pink Spice and it reminds me a little bit of Models Own Pinky Brown Beetlejuice polish, but this one has purple tones to in it.

I'm really pleased with how this came out and I think it's pretty enough that it can be worn anytime of the year not just for Valentine's Day. What's Valentine's Day without a couple of hearts?? I have a lot of Love to give today so I thought I'd give my nails the word LOVE to show you all how I feel.

I know, I know, I do get a little bit mushy on days like today! Lol.

Anyhoo guys, I really hope you like this mani.
Thank you for having me today.

Until Next Time........

What I Used:
Accessorize polish in Pink Spice
Rio Nail Art Pens in Red
Rio Nail Art Pens in Black
Base Coat: Collection 2000 2in1 Base Coat & Ridge Filler with Keratin
Top Coat: Collection 2000 2in1 Top Coat & Gloss Enhance

Thanks so much to Rachel for doing a post for me! Be sure to check out her blog and follow her! I promise, promise, PROMISE I'll be back soon, my nails are looking a little better today, I think i'll be back by next week at the latest! Until then enjoy my guest posts!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Versatile Blogger Award!

Hello everyone! I got nominated for a versatile blogger award by the lovely Kat of Kat Stays Polished! So here are the rules:

  1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging
  2. Let them know that you have nominated them.
  3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  4. Thank the bloggers who have nominated you.
  5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog
I've had a hard time of finding people to nominate so I won't be doing the full 15 but here are my nominee's:
  1. NailzbyKaylz
  2. PurplePolishFairy
  3. GossipGirlTalks
  4. Lane's Laquers
  5. Phoenix Nails
  6. What Rach Loves
  7. xoxkissablebeautyxox
  8. LoveLiefs
Unfortunately after trawling the internet I only managed to find 8 blogs. I'll do better next time I promise!

And here are my 7 random facts:
  1. I love horror films.
  2. I'm not a huge fan of cake.
  3. I couldn't live without mature cheddar cheese.
  4. I physically can't bite my nails.
  5. I'm perpetually lazy.
  6. I want to live in LA.
  7. My family is the most important thing to me in the world.
Thanks again Kat for nominating me! I'm so proud of the way that my blog is progressing! Since November I have gained 52 followers! That's way more than any of my blogs have ever had before, I am so proud! Thanks to everyone who follows and read's my blogs!

Guest Mani! Lucky Dip #2

Hey there my little rose petals. My nails are still in horrific condition and as such I am getting some of my lovely British Nail Bloggers to help me out and write a few posts for me! First up I have the lovely Emma of Em's Little Corner! I challenged her to take on my Lucky Dip mani, so let's see how she got on! To check out my original Lucky Dip mani, click here.

Hey everyone!  This is the first time I’ve ever done a guest post, so I was honored to be able to do this post for Alyssia.  

Today I’m doing a “Lucky Dip Mani” and followed the instructions in Alyssia’s previous post.  The number which came out for me was three, so I picked three polishes from my stash, one from each drawer of my helmer: at the moment I only need three drawers for polish.

The first three that came out were China Glaze Creative Fantasy, Boots No7 Totally Teal and Models Own Snowflake.  As I didn’t see much hope with this combination due to how many coats Creative Fantasy needs, I doubled up and dipped again.  The next polishes which came out were a-England Princess Tears,  Ozotic 526 and a W7 Mystery Polish which I got in a set from TK Maxx that doesn’t have a name.  I knew I had to use at least three, but managed to use all of them except the Ozotic.

I decided to do a skittlette mani, featuring a gradient using Princess Tears and the W7, a dotty nail using Totally Teal over Creative Fantasy, a plain nail of Totally Teal and layer Snowflake over Creative Fantasy for the final nail.

I was really happy with the gradient nails, I would never have considered pairing these two.  If I was choosing a purple and teal to combine I would probably have gone for brighter colours, but all in all it didn't come out too bad.

Thanks again to Alyssia for having me!

Wow I love the mani that you came up with Emma! So cute and the gradient turned out amazing! I'm kind of gutted you didn't find a use for the Ozotic polish, but mainly because it looks so stunning in the bottle! I love that you managed to use two colours that you wouldn't normally put together and turn them into something cute and wearable! Thanks so much for doing a post for me!

Be sure to check out Emma's blog here, and feel free to take on the Lucky Dip Mani yourself!

I promise I'll be back soon!

Thursday, 7 February 2013


Apologies that I've been away for a little while. I'm still trying to grow my nail back after that horrific shaving accident that I had, and I'm trying not to wear false nails too much as I realised how bad the glue is for my little pretties!

I hope to be back in action soon, in the meantime feel free to enter my Giveaway, and I'll try and get some content up for you guys asap.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Birthday Nails!

Hello there my little rose petals!

Two posts in one day! How exciting, well it is my birthday so I thought I'd keep you busy! Today I bring you what I am wearing for my birthday nails. I wanted to keep them simple, mainly because I didn't have a lot of time to do them, and secondly because sometimes a little bit of simplicity is lush.

Onto my nails!

This is two coats of My Viking Boyfriend by Glitzology Beauty, over two coats of Collection 60 seconds hot looks in Show Off. These pictures really do not do this polish justice. My Viking Boyfriend has tiny silver glitters, small blue glitters and then larger hexagonal silver, navy and blue glitters. It is beyond beautiful, the perfect polish for my 21st Birthday! Blue is my favourite colour and I love glitter, what could be better?

I actually got these Glitzology Beauty mini's before Christmas but haven't actually tried the yet... WHOOPS! I will get around to it, it's on my list!

Anyway I definitely recommend that you go and check out Glitzology Beauty on Etsy, the polishes she makes are amazing, nothing short of stunning and it's definitely worth having a couple in your possession! I've got a few more on order and I won't stop there no doubt!

Righty oh, I'm off to enjoy more birthday celebrations! Busy day today!

Birthday Giveaway!

HELLO EVERYONE! I am 21 today... I literally cannot believe it. I don't have the words...

I've written a proper birthday post over on my personal blog which you can check out here.

So to celebrate me reaching this glorious day I am launching a GIVEAWAY! Due to current problems that I've seen people having shipping polish from the UK internationally I'm afraid that this giveaway will only be open to UK residents. I'm so sorry! I hope that when everything gets sorted I'll be able to run an international giveaway, but I just don't want to risk the good being destroyed like I've heard some have been.

Anyway now that's out of the way ONTO THE PRIZE!

From left to right: GOSH Holographic Hero, Miss Sporty Metal Flip in Fiery Blaze, MUA Fur Effects Powder in Fluffy Bobbin, and Collection 60 seconds Hot Looks in Parma Violet.

All of these will be given away in one prize! I will draw the winner on the last day of February, and they will have 48 hours to respond to me before I draw another winner! 

I know this is only a little giveaway but I wanted to keep it short and sweet for my first one until I grasp exactly what I need to be doing! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! Good luck :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 1 February 2013

January Haul!

Hey there my little rose petals!

Believe it or not I haven't bought ANY polish this January... Until TODAY! I waited until the last day of January and boy did I go a little bit mad! Unfortunately I don't have time to swatch them all but I'll show you what I've got and try to swatch them when I can!

Everything I bought today came from Superdrug, except the three Sally Hansen polishes which I snapped up from Poundland!

Miss Sporty Glitter Top coat in Amethyst Dust (£1.99), Miss Sporty Goth Me Up Topcoat (£1.99)
I actually meant to buy a black polish but I misunderstood what the Goth me Up polish was, it's actually supposed to transform polishes and make them darker when used as a top coat. 

Collection 60 second Hot Looks in Dusk (£1.99)
I love this colour! It looks much darker in the bottle than it does in this picture!

2 True Glitterati Shade 3 (£1.99)
I saw someone blog about this the other day and knew that I had to have it! I have a couple of other glitterati shades and I've worn one, but I really need to get on swatching the others!

Barry M Gelly: Blueberry, Grapefruit and Plum (£3.99) 3 for 2 in Superdrug
I've been meaning to jump on the Gelly bandwagon for a long time, mainly because I needed some more stamping polishes and I heard that these are good!

MUA Fur Effect Nails in Boo Boo Fluff! (£3) 
I already own this in Fluff and Cuddles and used it in one mani so far you can check out that post here. Blue is my favourite colour though so I knew I had to have it!

Sally Hansen, Complete Salon Manicure: Greige Gardens, Green Tea, Navy Baby (£1 each)
I was surprised to see quite a collection of Sally Hansen in Poundland when I went in today, it's definitely worth a look! These were my favourite three.

So there you go! After a pretty spend free January I went and blew it all on literally the last day of the month! I did say I wasn't going to buy any more polish until I had NO untrieds left... hmmmm can't see that happening somehow! It's my birthday on Saturday so I will be expecting to receive a couple of polishes from my family! 

ALSO on Saturday I will be announcing my Birthday Giveaway! WOOO! I was going to wait until I had 50 followers but I'm going to be 21 so I thought I should celebrate a little bit! There will be 1 prize up for grabs, but unfortunately due to uncertainty with international polish shipping at the moment it will only be open to UK residents. Keep your eyes peeled!