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!


  1. Thanks for doing the tag Sharon! I've had a great time reading your answers for both awards :D
    You're such a humorous lady and I found some similarities between us when reading the "11 things about me" bit -- I despise polish with no name (irks the hell outta me so I eventually make one up) and I always peel my polish off :o

    1. Thank you for tagging me! It was a lot of fun to do. I make up names too, I can't fathom why someone wouldn't name them?! x

  2. I loved reading through all the answers to the questions and getting to know you a bit better xx

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, thank you for the award, it was a lot of fun to do :)x

  3. I love this type of post, it's lovely to get to know people a little bit better. The nail tech course sounds exciting! Have a great weekend xo

    1. Thanks Emma! Dying to do a nail course and there are a couple of distance ones and one local one I've been looking into. How great would it be to play with polish for a living! Have a great weekend too x

  4. I want to do a nail course of sorts but it wont be happening any time soon. Sounds like a fab plan though!

    Also, Rocky Horror polish?!?! :O

    1. There's loads of time to do 'em, you'll get there! The Rocky Horrors were awesome, I had Janet Schmanet :)

  5. I loved reading this and learning a bit more about you! Your writing style always makes me laugh, you're very funny!

    1. Aw thank you Amanda, glad I didn't bore anyone to tears! x

  6. Girl, I so loved this post! It was so much fun learning all that about you! I looked for those 2 wnw polishes, but of course they aren't here O.o so not fair.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Jenna! Haha y'know what, I think the main reason I want them (apart from the name) is because I know I can't get them. Ridiculous, I KNOW I would swatch them once and never wear them again, I don't even like that shade of green! Polish addictions, eh? :)x


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