Thursday, August 30, 2012

Blog Awards - Liebster and Sunshine!


The blogosphere is alive with 'official' awards at the minute (like the Cosmo Blog Awards and Blog Awards Ireland) but I wanted to do a post to acknowledge the two awards recently given to me, because they were given by kind readers and it means a lot! I'm going to do both in the same post, and I'm not going to tag anyone to do either one, because I know some people love to do them but feel they can't if they're not tagged. Also, all the people I wanted to give it to have already been tagged! I therefore tag everyone who reads this post. If you do decide to do it, please link in the comments because I'd love to see your answers.

First is the Liebster Award from Colour At Your Fingertips. Thank you so much!

11 Things About Me

  1. I live in rural Ireland and quite frequently get asked 'what have you done to your nails?'.
  2. I plan shopping trips around chemists and what brands of polish are available.
  3. My pet hate is polish with no name. How hard is it to name a polish? Just name it a colour!!
  4. I frequently buy nail polish just for the name. See: Buffy the Violet Slayer.
  5. I loved Spectacular nail polish so much. I still yearn for my old Liliput, Oz & Rocky Horror glitters.
  6. I'm a picker. Nail polish never lasts on me more than a few hours without me picking it.
  7. I have about 30 polishes that I haven't even swatched yet, but still I buy more.
  8. I'm getting married in October and the polish excites me more than the dress.
  9. My left and right hands rarely match. Today they do, but only because I had to visit someone last night!
  10. When I was a teenager I used to poke holes in my nails & wear sun/moon/stars charms on them.
  11. I despise yellow nail polish, but I still buy it. WHY.
Now, I have to answer the 11 questions that were set for me!

What nail polish are you wearing at the moment?
GOSH - Ocean. For a great project that will be published on Saturday!

If you could only wear one colour varnish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Black, without question.

What colour do you have most of in your collection?
See, this surprised me, because I always thought it would be purple, but it's actually blue. Who knew!

As Autumn is fast approaching, what is your favourite nail colour for Autumn?
Honestly, I don't really go by the seasons, but I always like a nice bronze around Halloween!

Why did you decide to start blogging?
This is actually my third blog. I had a random one a few years ago, then a nostalgia one that I enjoyed (ran out of steam) and then this one. Although it tends to be mainly nails, I like having a rambly place where I can share ideas and thoughts and pictures. I've always written in notebooks or diaries and I see this blog as an online scrapbook/diary and I love it!

If you could only use one brand of nail products for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
Probably Essence. From nail files to treatments and polish, everything I've tried from their nail range has been brilliant and with everything costing a couple of euro, you can't go wrong really.

Would you rather leave the house with messy hair or messy nails?
I probably leave the house with messy hair AND nails most days, I'm an absolute clot - I just said to my Mum the other week, y'know those glamorous twentysomethings who look so groomed and put together? I've never been like that. I will always be the girl with a sticky-out hair and noodle on her shirt.

What is your go to favourite colour for everyday?
This "summer", surprisingly, it's been a coral/pink from the Catrice Revoltaire LE called "Colourbomb". I'm gonna swatch it later and show you what a great colour it is - I'm sorry I didn't pick up another one.

What is your most special polish and why?
Probably Chanel Graphite. It's my first (and only) Chanel polish, and it was the first thing I won in a blog giveaway (from CherrySue's blog). 

What is the one polish in your collection that you hardly ever wear, but can't throw away?

GOSH Lambada. It's actually so thick now that I can't use it, and I have other reds, but I can't throw that bottle out! I remember the day I bought it, I was going out that Saturday night and I wanted the reddest, boldest, brightest polish I could find. It was also the first 'expensive' polish I'd bought since I really got back into nail polish as an adult (GOSH polishes are a ridiculous price considering the formula, almost 9 euro/7GBP/US$11 here).

What polishes are currently top of your wish list?
Wet n Wild Pom Pom Kelly and Chick Magnet Zack from the Saved by the Bell collection. It's bad enough that we don't get WnW polish here, but the polishes are so elusive that nobody seems to be able to find them. I did find an eBay listing for Zack but the seller doesn't ship to Ireland and I've a feeling it's gonna go way up past $10, which is my limit for a collectible budget polish! And when I think about it, do I want them for the colours? Nope. They're just pink and green. I would probably never wear them. I want them for the names/Nickelodeon memories. I would buy an entire polish collection if they had Nickelodeon names - especially the SNICK shows! Clarissa, Kenan & Kel, Are you Afraid of the Dark, Ren & Stimpy, Alex Mack, All That.... I'm rambling.

So, one tag down, and in the words of Dave Grohl - done, and I'm on to the next one.

The Sunshine Award was given to me by the lovely Maria Veronica from Diamond In Rouge and it's a lovely award, thank you so much! Again, I'm going to answer the questions and I tag everyone who reads this!

What would you most like to change about yourself?
I'd like to be more confident around people. I get really paranoid sometimes that people won't like me or won't listen to me, and I wish I had a little bit more self-belief sometimes!

What is your theme song?
I'm gonna let shuffle answer this. Shuffle says that my theme song is..........Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. Shuffle overestimates my running ability.

One part of your life - a memory, action, etc. that you wish you could surgically remove from your brain?
None of it. The bad makes the good so much better.

What generation do you wish you had been a part of?
I wish I was a teen in the 80s, I have the perfect hair.

What was your favourite childhood toy?
Probably Barbies - my sister and I spent every waking minute playing with ours and sending them off on holidays or to doll weddings :)

What is your favourite housecleaning chore?
Ick... favourite? Well, my least hated one is..... oh! Mowing the lawn. I almost border on liking that one.

Do you have twitter?
Yes! I swear a bit (I've been trying not to) and I watch a lot of telly. You've been warned.

Any goals?
Do a nail tech course this winter, start driving properly before next summer... those two are my big ones at the minute. I wouldn't say no to some smaller jeans either.

Do you really drink margaritas all the time?
? Totally don't get this. I don't think I've ever had a margarita. I did once have a Mojito, but it made me sick. I'm a beer girl (hence the lack of smaller jeans).

What is the ugliest car you've ever driven and were embarrassed to be seen in?
Nothing embarrasses me, when you live with someone who's as blunt as a spoon you learn to get thick skinned! I've never driven an ugly car - despite the fact that I don't drive, I have actually driven before. Very short distances, mind. None were ugly - '91 Toyota Corolla, '93 Mazda 323f, and '97 Fiat Punto. I have a mental block when it comes to driving, when I'm doing it I'm fine but I work myself up into a knot beforehand. It's something I need to address this year!

Right, I think that's enough rambling and talking about myself for one post - thanks a million girls for the awards, much appreciated and I hope this post wasn't too long and boring.

Nails coming soon!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NOTD: TonyMoly Shooting Star (GS09)


It's turf season here at the minute, so every spare minute has been spent trying to get it home. This always means more nail breaks and less time to paint/clean/write posts/do anything. not bog-related. My ring fingernail has bitten the dust too, but on the bright side I can find my nails getting a little stronger since I started taking calcium tablets and using nail hardener (I just picked one up from Aldi's lacura range a while back).

I just had enough time this evening to swatch another of my recent eBay finds, my second Tony Moly polish. I bought 'Shooting Star' from this seller and I'd recommend them 100%.

'Shooting Star' is a milky lavender-toned polish with multicoloured glitters of various sizes, the large ones being blue, yellow and pink. I swatched it over one coat of Essence 'Enchanted Fairy' which is a light pink with lavender/blue undertones, similar to the base colour of 'Shooting Star'.

The formula was really good, and the glitter went on pretty easily. I think I used three coats of 'Shooting Star' but I could have stopped at one! It's almost like a jelly sandwich in a bottle, I had to stop myself from going overboard with any more coats. Despite the horrendous light, I did manage to get an outside picture:

It's such a pretty colour and I'm not really a pastel person. The Tony Moly milky glitters don't dry to a gritty texture either, this was super-smooth, I didn't use or need a topcoat. 

Look at the bottle shot, it's so pretty!

I'm officially in love with Tony Moly.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday Night Song #26


Right, a warning, this is X-Factor related again but it's not on purpose. I heard this on the telly last week and it stuck in my head so much I had to google the lyrics. When I found out it was by Little Mix, I was so surprised.

Little Mix originally started as four individual girls who auditioned for the UK X-Factor in 2011. Jade, Jesy, Perrie and Leigh-Anne all failed to make the cut as individual female soloists, but the judges saw their potential and asked if they'd be interested in going through to the next round as a group. They agreed, and the band Rhythmix was born. They had to change their name to Little Mix after some copyright issues, but it didn't affect their success - they ended up winning the competition, being the first group ever to win the show.

Leaving aside the usual tripe of a single that's pumped out right after the end of each X-Factor series (I can't even remember what it was), this is Little Mix's first proper single and it's an instant hit. One of my favourites of the summer! Here's Little Mix - "Wings".

Wings is available for download on iTunes from midnight tonight (GMT).

I promise there'll be no X-Factor related things next week!

Enjoy your Saturday night,

The 12 Days of Kleancolor Day 6 - Lavenbaby & Essence Peel-Off Base Coat!


The sixth of my Kleancolor swatches is a lovely lavender/lilac creme called 'Lavenbaby'. It reminds me of a polish I had when I was 12 or 13, it was a Rimmel one and had a name with 'delight' in it. Apologies about the light in these photos, time was not on my side yesterday evening!

Lavenbaby has a great formula, the best of all the Kleancolors I've tried so far. It dries to a gel-like, almost rubbery finish and it's really pretty.

Outside, fading light, sorry!

I got rid of the acrylic from my pinky nail, it was driving me absolutely bananas. Please bear with the tiny nail for a week or so, I've started taking calcium & vitamin D supplements (which half of the Irish population probably need right now, considering the lack of sun this year) so hopefully my nails will get a little stronger.

Outside, fading light, flash. Look at the formula! Brilliant. 2 coats.

Now, yesterday I went into Penneys (Primark) to get their exfoliating gloves, but was blinded by the Essence stand.They have a whole new range of polish, including a glow-in-the-dark topcoat, a new holo topcoat, lots of treatments & nail art stuff, colour change polish like the recent Barry M chameleon polish (in 4 shades) and this: a peel-off basecoat. 

Before you paint your nails, put on one coat of this basecoat. It's thick, and looks for all the world like PVA glue. It goes on like this:

The box states that it takes 10 minutes to dry, and it was fairly accurate - it took 12 minutes to dry. You'll know it's dry when it looks like this:

I put a coat of this on before I swatched Lavenbaby, but I think that this could really be a saviour when it comes to glitter polish. I grabbed the glitteriest (yes, it's a word) polish I own, Rainbow in the S-Kylie from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors collection. This is another of my Voldemort polishes (the ones I don't like to talk about where I own a polish, sell/swap it, then instantly want it again). 

I layered on 3 or 4 coats of Rainbow in the S-Kylie, and then I had to wait the whole night without picking my nails until I could get a decent picture this morning. It was like picker hell. Everytime I went to pick at a nail I had to remind myself of this post. I need a prize for willpower! Here's the picture I waited all night to get:

Outside, natural light

And now for the big question. Did the stuff work? Does the polish just peel off without damaging your nails? 

Well, yeah. It does. Now, it all peeled off fairly easily, but it did leave a kind of tacky residue behind, so this is definitely no substitute for nail polish remover. I definitely couldn't paint my nails again without doing some extra clean-up. Still, a nail polish remover wipe would get rid of the remainder. 

Would I use it again? When I'm layering on the glitters, I probably would. For everyday polish or swatching, I don't think so. I'll tell you when I AM going to use this, I'm going to use a layer of it on my wedding day so that I can change my polish really quickly for the next day. Great idea Essence, but if you can find a way to make the tacky residue disappear, then it's a winner in my book. Until then, it's a novelty. A picker's dream, but a novelty.

Have a great Saturday,

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The 12 Days of Kleancolor Day 5 - Kiss Goodbye


Ahh, Kiss Goodbye. This is quite apt, considering I've kissed a lot of things goodbye over the last few days (my  fridge freezer, my old polish storage, money, more money, my patience, my sanity, etc). I missed yesterday out, I know this - but there was a genuine reason. My new storage came and I got so excited I had to arrange everything immediately.

I promise I'll take lots of pictures when I'm finally happy with how things are laid out, because I know there are others out there like me who love having a virtual root through the drawers of others!

Back to the polish. Here's Kiss Goodbye.

Formula on this one was quite thick and the smell wasn't too bad. I don't know how to describe it - at first glance I was sure it had holographic particles in there somewhere but I'm not so sure now. I used three coats and it took flippin' ages to dry.

Inside, flash
See what I mean? I think it's the blue particles that made it look like a holo to me at first. Here it is outside:

Outside, no flash

And a close-up:

Outside, daylight, no flash

I took a close-up shot of the bottle during one of the four seconds of sunshine we had yesterday, everything's so much prettier in the sunshine!

I love how the blue stands out in it. A definite re-wear, and it (along with Holo Chrome) has made me want to  have a look at swatches of the other holo/glitters in the range. Very unique. 

Until tomorrow,

Monday, August 20, 2012

Wishlist August 2012!


There's no particular reasoning behind this post, I just love looking at other people's wishlists and I was playing with picmonkey collages, so here's everything I'd buy if I had spare cash right this minute!

A1 Sharon T-Shirt - from The Hairy Baby Clothing Company. Hairy Baby have a range of Irish-inspired t-shirts and hoodies with slang and quotes on them. This one comes from Roddy Doyle's The Snapper, which is not only one of my favourite film quotes EVER, it's my name. Yep. Want.

Dior Pure Poison Perfume This was the perfume himself bought me for our 1 year going-out Anniversary. It's my favourite perfume in the whole world.

Studded Boots from I could never walk in them. I broke my ankle in three places when I was 15/16 and heels absolutely kill me since, but I would still buy them to look at them. Knowing me, I'd probably end up crossing my feet and sitting on them, but still....

Purple 'Believe' Necklace from Disney Couture at truffleshuffle. I love this, purple's my favourite colour and it's a great word! Everyone needs to be reminded to believe x

Gryffindor T-Shirt from truffleshuffle. I LOVE HARRY POTTER. That is about the height of it. I did a massive re-watch at Christmas and I plan on doing it again soon, I cried buckets at Dumbledore and I developed a weird crush on Snape (and at times, Harry - only after the 4th/5th one, nothing weird) and I realised that J.K. Rowling is probably one of my favourite writers. Look at the universe that has come from her mind! Unreal.

'Undressed' Palette from MUA. MUA is a brand available at Superdrug. I've never even seen a Superdrug, let alone been in one. This is a supposed dupe for Urban Decay Naked 2 and I want it!

Nature Republic Snail Therapy BB Cream 50 in shade 1. I don't know where to buy this. eBay? I bought some Tony Moly polish recently and received a sample of this free, at first I didn't realise it actually had anything to do with snails (I thought it meant 'slow' as in slow release or something, duh) but oh my god. Shade 1 is the most perfect BB cream I've tried, it lasted ALL day and made me look healthy and gorgeous. Well, okay. Healthy and..... fresh. I find the whole 'snail' thing a bit hard to deal with but seriously, if I could get this here, I'd never use foundation again. It's THAT good.

Pumpkin Polish from I don't know where. I see these all over the internet every Halloween and I think they're adorable. I'm a Halloween freak and I love all things bat, witch, ghost and pumpkin. For all I know, the colours and formula may be crap, but hey. They're pumpkins.

Blue/Green Cross Body Bag from Littlewoods. I love bags, I love studs, I love blue/green and I love long handles. Nothing more to say. DIVINE.

So, there you have it. Late-night rambles and wants. Anything catch your eye?

The 12 Days of Kleancolor Day 4 - Neon Orange


It's really dull and overcast here today, so I immediately knew which of the remaining Kleancolors I wanted to swatch today. Neon Orange does exactly what it says on the tin - it's bright, it's orange, and it's most definitely neon in colour. It doesn't really have that semi-matte/rubber finish that other neons have, but it did take a while to dry.

This is not usually a colour I'd go for, I'm all about the blues, purples & blacks, but I'm glad  I got this one (my 7-year old son picked it online, orange is his favourite colour) because it's cheery and really summery. It will also make a great base for some crackle/croc polish during the winter. Here it is with 3 coats:

Inside, no flash

Outside, no flash, overcast

I used Essence 'Gold Fever' (which looks exactly like a microglitter version of China Glaze 'Electrify' to me) on an accent nail, I think they work well together:

Inside, no flash
I'm glad that this one is a part of my stash, I can do a lot with it! Also - the smell wasn't as strong with this one.

Are you a fan of orange polish?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The 12 Days of Kleancolor Day 3 - Holo Chrome


On to Day 3 of the Kleancolor swatches - this one's Holo Chrome. Now I know from reading Amanda's post over at Polishy of Truth that there are two versions of this - a blue toned one and a purple toned one. I'd say I defnitely have the more purple one, it looks purple in the bottle. Either way, who can complain about a blurple holo jelly? Certainly not I.

I used two coats, but it was so pretty and holographic that I could have quite happily lashed on another six. I think I'm getting used to the smell - I mean all my polish in the 90s were packed full of chemicals and the smell didn't bother me, it's just strange to have strong-smelling polish again. In fairness, this doesn't reek as badly as City Never Sleeps. I'm rambling. Swatches:

Inside, no flash

Outside, no flash

Inside, flash

Look at that holo! This is an amazing polish, and I am definitely going to put some of the other holos on my wishlist for my next Kleancolor order!

I ordered my Kleancolor from Joy's Cosmetics on eBay (and paid for them myself, I just really really love that seller) and she posts Worldwide.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saturday Night Song #25

I finally made a milestone in my SNS series - this is the 25th one, woohoo! (Sabrina voice)

The UK version of the X Factor is back on our screens tonight, and as much as I hate reality TV (with the exception of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, it's like an addiction, someone please upload Episode 4) I never miss the X Factor. I think it's because I genuinely love singing and I love music in general. I don't buy into the whole sob-story backed with Leona Lewis/Westlife aspect, but I do love watching people sing.

In honour of that, I'm going to pick one of the songs I would sing if I ever had an audition. This is a song I've sang hundreds of times (usually either at karaoke or just in the kitchen) and it's one of the songs that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, it has Slash.

Ladies and Gentlespoons, Sweet Child O' Mine.

I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a fan of Axl (or William) Rose, but nobody can deny he was one hell of a talent in his day. GnR are still one of my favourite bands, and this is still my favourite karaoke song (complete with pint-drinking during Slash's solo) by a country mile.

I remember this one time (at band camp) the karaoke man played the Sheryl Crow version for me instead of this version. His reason? "You're a woman, you're hardly going to do the Axl Rose version?" And that's the moment this became the song I would forever request at karaoke.

Enjoy the music, enjoy the X Factor (if you watch), enjoy your Saturday Night!

The 12 Days of Kleancolor Day 2 - Shining Sea


The second polish I've picked from the 12 is 'Shining Sea'. It's an amazing bright blue and I was afraid my camera would hate it, but I think I managed to get fairly accurate swatches.

Here is is inside:

It looks a little dull in the inside shot, but it's really anything but dull. It's SO bright, it has a foil-like quality to it and there are larger blue glitters in there too. 

This is more like it. You can see the larger glitters there if you zoom in, this was using two coats.

I really liked this polish, and I didn't find the smell as strong as the first one I tried. I'm not sure I'm in love with  Kleancolor yet, but I definitely like this one a lot more and there's no denying that the colour payoff is amazing. I loved this colour so much that I painted both hands - usually unheard of with me - and after a day and a half on my dominant hand there's only tipwear on one nail. Pretty good, considering I didn't use a topcoat!

Have you got a favourite Kleancolor?

Friday, August 17, 2012

The 12 Days of Kleancolor Day 1 - City Never Sleeps


I want to get out of my current habit of just buying nail polish for the sake of it, so I'm going to try and swatch as many of my untrieds as possible. First up is the Kleancolor haul I wrote about here, I'm going to do one every day for 12 days. Here's the first one - City Never Sleeps. I swatched it mainly over Fearne black.

A little word of warning about Kleancolor - the smell. They really are strong, so if you're using them, do it outside or by an open window. It doesn't put me completely off, but I don't think they'd be my first choice of polish from my stash to be honest. I don't know if this one was particularly bad or if they all are, I'll let you know. The colour payoff is fantastic - I swatched this one on its own on my thumb (three coats) and over black (one coat black, two coats glitter) on my fingers.

Inside, no flash

Outside, direct sunlight

Outside, indirect sunlight

I really like the colour of the glitter - it's a mix of pink, aqua and gold, and it builds up really well. It is gritty but a topcoat sorts that out in seconds.

That's the first one done, on to the next one tomorrow!

Have a great Rebecca Black day,

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Review: Original Sugar Velvet Manicure


At the start of the 15 Day Nail Challenge I was asked by the lovely girls at Original Sugar if I would like to try their velvet manicure. I had planned to include this in the challenge, but postage delays and time constraints went against me. I'm actually glad in a way, because it means I can give this a more in-depth review now.

I was sent a sample of the red, but they have 12 colours available. The powder is supplied in 5g bags and then in a little velvet pouch. You'll need a base coat, a nail polish the same colour as your velvet powder, a top coat and a large piece of paper. The paper's important.

Bag of red velvet powder & storage pouch

Full instructions are included. I used Revlon's 'Revlon Red' & Essence TC.
First, apply a base coat (I just used my usual no-name one) and then paint your nails using one coat of any nail polish in a colour that matches your powder. I chose the brightest, reddest red I have, 'Revlon Red'.

One coat of Revlon Red.
When your polish is dry, apply a topcoat. The instructions say to dip your wet nail into the bag of powder, but as I found out while using the GOSH nail glitters a while back, it's actually much easier to put a piece of paper down, pour the powder straight from the bag over your nail, gently tap your nail to remove the excess, then fold the paper and spill the powder back into the bag. No waste, no mess, and no awkward rooting around a bag.

When you've done that, do the other nails one at a time. Then sit back and admire.

To be honest with you, I thought I'd hate this. I wasn't a fan of the look when I saw pictures, and I didn't think it would be practical. But it's such a novelty. I've been rubbing my nails all over my face for the last two hours like a weirdo and none of it has fallen off. I can't stop looking at it, my 7 year old keeps asking if he can feel them, and the colour doesn't do it justice up there - it's so bright and cheery and RED.

Look, it's not going to be practical if you wash your hands a lot or if you are really busy, but I think this is going to be a huge trend for Winter 2012 and it would look amazing around Christmastime. My pinky looks a bit baldy up there but as ye know, that's an acrylic nail and the base coat always has a really strange effect on it.

It's so fluffy!

Verdict? I'd definitely use it again, I'm going to dig it out again around Christmas but the other colours are perfect for any time of year. There are some lovely bright neons there that would cheer up a dull day fairly quick - this definitely cheered me up today! Removal is, to be frank, a pain in the bum, so I've used the foil method normally reserved for glitters. I've always hated removing red polish anyway, I just find that it runs so much more than other colours.

You can buy the velvet manicure from at a price of 4.95 (pounds).

This sample was provided to me for review, but if I thought it was rubbish, I'd tell you.