Wednesday, December 12, 2012

NOTD: Lac Attack - The Horcrux of It


A few weeks ago, I came across swatches of the fantastic Harry Potter themed Magical Musings collection from L.A. indie polish maker Lac Attack. The collection was a collaboration between Anastasia of Lac Attack and Kristen of Glitta Gloves - and it's amazing!

There are ten polishes in the collection, and you can see Kristen's fabulous swatches on the post that caught my eye HERE. The one I decided on was "The Horcrux of It" - I'm a sucker for a dark glitter and this one looked amazing. Shipping to Ireland was inexpensive and fast - polish plus shipping came in under e11, and I ordered on the 1st of December (launch day) and received it yesterday (December 11th).

Here's a close up of the bottle: 

"The Horcrux of It" is a sheer black polish with green & orange/mustard small glitters and larger green hex glitters. When I used this first, I swatched it over a clear basecoat and it built up nicely, but it wasn't as opaque as I wanted it. This time, I used two coats of Barry M black under it, and it turned out exactly how I'd hoped!

Two coats of Barry M Black and Two coats of The Horcrux of It
Excuse my stubby thumbnail, it split yesterday :(

Even though it was absolutely stunning as it was, I have a current obsession with matte nail polish so I added an Essence matte topcoat over the top and it was gorgeous.

I love it matte, and I'll definitely wear this combination again. I'll also definitely return to Lac Attack for another purchase - this was my first indie polish and it definitely won't be my last!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Snowflake Spam & Wedding Pictures


I am completely addicted to snowflake manicures at the minute. I don't know what it is, but I just love them. I did a burgundy/gold one yesterday and took pictures, but my memory card wiped itself so I don't have any swatches of it - but I used Wet n Wild Burgundy Frost (which I found in Heatons, of all places) and Barry M gold foil for stamping. I did a blue/white combo on Friday, and a black/silver one today:

Models Own 'Snow White' stamped with Sally Hansen 'It's All I Can
Blue' & Nails Inc 'Motcomb Street', Topper: Essence 'Prince Charming'.

Barry M 'Black' with stamped snowflakes in Barry M silver foil effects
and Chit Chat 'Rio' with Essence Matt Topcoat

The black one was inspired by a fantastic mani I saw on Fox Claws facebook page, it has become one of my favourites.

Now - I've had a few comments & messages about wedding pictures, and after a short chat with the husband, we've picked a few pictures that I can leave up on the blog - neither of us would be over the moon about putting our pictures up online but we're as nosy as the next person so here you go!

Me & My friend Grainne

Check out my biker boots ;-)

The hubby's wedding transport!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

NOTD: A-England Tess D'Urbervilles & Barry M Gold Foil


This was originally just going to be a swatch post, but I added an accent nail because frankly,  plain nail polish completely bores me. I kept it festive with gold & green, the green coming courtesy of one of the recent Gothic Beauties from A-England: Tess D'Urbervilles.

I haven't read Tess of the D'Urbervilles but I have just ordered it online and will read it as part of my classic novels challenge in the 30 Before 30. By the way, if you're ever looking for a book online and you're not sure which sites have the best value, is a fantastic site that trawls through all the usual book sites to find you the best deal. I use it all the time!

Back to the polish, Tess is a gorgeous black-based polish with an amazing green shimmer, just check it out in the bottle:

I used two coats of Tess over a basecoat, and then due to aformentioned boredom I taped off my ring nail and gave it a coat of Barry M Gold Foil, Essence Space Queen and a trio of green rhinestones.

It looked black in almost every photograph I took (and there were a LOT), but once I got into direct sunlight, Tess came to life.

There aren't many polishes I'd tramp around a frozen garden chasing the sun for, but Tess is definitely one of them. It's a stunning polish and I've a feeling it won't be my last A-England (sorry bank). - Actually that reminds me of something my husband said the other day, I bought a few polishes in Dealz (awful selection, but managed to unknowingly find some of the Prabal Gurung Sally Hansens) and he said "You bought polish? You must have enough now?" Man, please.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

30 Before 30 - #1 Introduction & Franken.


This isn't a standard nail polish, craft, music or book post so you're welcome to skip it if you want, but I just really wanted to do this!

Next June, I turn 30. I look at all the things I have achieved in my life so far and I'm happy - but there are so much more things I want to do. I don't know how 30 got so close without me realising, I suppose I still think I'm a teenager - I certainly don't feel like an adult yet, despite being the mother of an 8 year old and being married!

One of my favourite blogs is Breige's over at Rare Opal, and I was so inspired by her "25 before 25" series that I knew I wanted to do something like that before I turned 30. I'm desperate for lapsing into daydreams and wishing half the day away, and this time I want to actually make things happen for myself instead of sitting here thinking "maybe one day..." so, I've decided to do a "30 Things Before 30" list. I'm going to make a separate page on the blog for it, and I'll do a little post every time I tick something off. I'm really looking forward to it, and if you can think of any way to cross something off the list, please let me know!

Since I started writing this list last week, I was hoping to tick one thing off:

7: Franken my own nail polish.

We all know about my obsession with nail polish names, and in the absence of a proper Buffy the Vampire Slayer collection, I decided to franken my own. I got an old Essence Colour & Go clear nail polish, an old Essence purple eyeshadow, and a crapload of Hong Kong's finest glitter courtesy of eBay. A paper funnel, a good ol' shake, a bit of acetone to take the labels off (and the entire silver colour off the cap) and what do you get?

The name is from one of my favourite episodes, Tabula Rasa. It looks pretty nice in the bottle, doesn't it? Sigh. Can you guess what's coming? I almost wasn't going to bother watermarking the next one, because nobody in their right mind would want to pass this off as their own, but in the interest of honesty.....

All kinds of yuck.

I'm not giving up that easily, though - a visit to the bargain Essence colour & go basket is in order and I will make an acceptable franken if it kills me!

I'll post regular updates on my "30 Before 30", feel free to ignore as many of them as you want to!