Saturday, May 26, 2012

Unsung Heroes

Hi guys, the blog (and my whole online presence in general) is out of action for a little while due to family circumstances - hope everyone is well and if you do one thing when you're reading this, give thanks or say a little prayer (if you pray) for anyone who is a full-time carer because I am getting a little glimpse into it at the moment and my God, it is not an easy job.

Treasure your loved ones,

S xx

Sunday, May 20, 2012

That Glenroe Feeling... Are You a Winner?

Ahh, we all know the feeling. Those of us of a certain vintage remember trying to feign an interest in the goings-on of Miley, Fidelma and Blackie while frantically trying to finish your Fractions in a copy sitting on top of an atlas left over from "Where in the World"  in order to prolong our weekends just a half hour longer - but I'm here to blast that Sunday night feeling out of the water for one lucky person!

I recently held my 100 follower giveaway - and now it's time to reveal the winner.

Drum roll please.............

The winner, as chosen by, is..........


Congratulations! I'll be in touch to sort out postal arrangements, but huge congrats and huge thanks to everyone who entered, and read, this strange little blog over the last year. 

Love you all xx

S xx

Sunday, May 6, 2012

NOTD: Nails Inc Bluebell & Essence Night in Vegas

Hey! I have been putting off NOTD posts for a little while because of a particularly bad broken nail (you know those ones that are half way down your nail? Ouch!) but things are on the mend and I thought this was too nice not to show you.

When you buy the June 2012 issue of InStyle magazine (in stores now), you also get a free limited edition Nails Inc polish in one of three shades specially created for InStyle. If you want a proper look at them, head on over to CherrySue's blog where she has really good swatches of all three shades.

The one I finally settled on was Bluebell, a gorgeous powder blue shade. While it's a gorgeous polish on its own, and one you should definitely pick up for summer, I had a couple of Essence Special Effects toppers that I was dying to try out. Particularly this one - Night in Vegas. Think Gosh Rainbow, Nubar 2010 or Essie Shine of the Times and you're about there.

One coat of the Essence over the Nails Inc looks like this inside with flash:

And outside, no flash:

It's a gorgeous effect, sometimes green-blue toned and sometimes orange-red. I can't wait to try it over dark polish properly - here's a quick look at it over Nails Inc Victoria on a nail wheel: 

Essence Nail Art Special Effects are available at selected Essence stands now - they retail for under €3 each. InStyle magazine is £3.80, and it was €5.60 in Tesco. Interesting exchange rate there, but that's another story altogether...

Have you picked up any of the InStyle polishes? Do you prefer to wear pastels on their own or do you like to jazz them up a bit? 

S xx

P.S: Don't forget to check out my 100 Follower Giveaway to be in with a chance to win some Essence, Catrice and Sleek goodies!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

***CLOSED*** 100 Follower Giveaway!

Right lads (well, this isn't really a post for the lads, but you are free to enter on behalf of your lovely womenfolk) as I mentioned in last week's SNS post, I have been working on a little giveaway to say thanks a million to all the people who read my blog. To celebrate hitting (now over) 100 followers on GFC, I'm giving this away to one winner:

Purple thing that they're lying on not included (gutting, isn't it) - but nice haul, non?

One lucky winner will receive the following:

1 Pair of the infamous award-winning Penneys Exfoliating Gloves.
1 Cute bright parrot necklace.
1 Cat ears ring.
1 Essence Colour & Shine Eyeshadow in 12: Milky Way.
1 Essence Lipstick in 44: Almost Famous.
1 Catrice Volume + Length Mascara in Black.
1 Sleek Blush in 926: Rose Gold.
1 Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in 578: Storm.
1 Essence Marble Mania Nail Polish in 04: Peaches.
1 Essence Nail Art Special Effect Topper in 02: Circus Confetti.
1 Catrice Nail Polish in 840: Genius In The Bottle.

Let's have a closer look, shall we? In the interests of hygiene, I'm not opening any of the products, so I've got stock pictures for you. With crap clip art. Kiss my ass, Instagram.

Click picture to enlarge!

Now, for the important bits. I'm not usually a "you MUST follow my blog" kind of person, but as this is a giveaway to celebrate followers, then... well, you must follow my blog to be eligible for entry. I was going to do the whole Rafflecopter thing but honestly, I can't make head nor tail of it so here's how to enter, everyone has two opportunities:


  • To enter, you must be a follower via GFC. Please leave your GFC name and e-mail address or some way to contact you in the comments. 
  • For an extra entry, tweet about the giveaway, eg "I just entered the 100 follower giveaway at". Paste the link to your tweet in the comments.
That's pretty much it. The giveaway will be open until 9pm on Friday, May 18th. I'll pick a winner afterwards using 

Best of luck!

S xx

All items are brand new and unused and were purchased by me.