Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Born Pretty Holographic Stamping Polish: Flaming Fireworks

I am actually really loving having short nails at the moment and I am tempted to keep them short for a while but I haven't decided yet. While they are short I am still going to try and bust out the huge review pile I have going on. So up today is this pretty stamping polish from Born Pretty.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Espionage Cosmetics Barrel Blast


Yep, so the inevitable happened, I had a fall and broke my nails! I am surprised I managed to get them as long as I did to be honest and the length was probably part of the reason they broke so easily. I am fine otherwise though so don't worry, and I am kind of feeling the shorter nails.

What better way to dress up newly short nails than with a set of Espionage Cosmetics nail wraps?! And because Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released yesterday I have gone with the Barrel Blast set, gotta give DK some love.

These were exclusives for Cartridge Compact backers so unfortunately you can't buy these *BUT* Espionage Cosmetics have a series of amazing sales happening at the moment and you can get some awesome pretties for fantastic prices. Plus, if you use code PLUS10KAPOW, you can get 15% off an order of $25 or more!!! Grab yourself or your loved ones some awesome nerdiness for Christmas!

Have you bought or been playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We haven't got it yet but we will be and I am most excited about having Adventure Mode back!


Friday, 7 December 2018

Born Pretty Glitter Thermal Peel Off Polish: Playmates


Taking a break from Christmas nails today because I have this gorgeous polish from Born Pretty to show you. This beauty is Playmates from their Glitter Thermal Peel Off range.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

BMGLITZMAS Santa Claus is coming to town


One of the huge benefits of being a parent during the Christmas season is that you get to test all the toys and food to make sure it's "safe" for the kids and you just generally have a "fuck it, it's Christmas" attitude. But one of the major downside of this season as a parent or someone who is generally around kids is germs. Especially from kids at school, the transfer of germs is crazy and even if a kid isn't sick, doesn't mean they aren't some sort of carrier of illness. Kian is a definite carrier and in this house, the germs can sneak up on you no matter how proactive you are with cleaning, you WILL get sick. Having an autoimmune disease can mean that getting "normal" sick causes a huge domino effect with all your other symptoms.

So today I have been a bit meh about pretty much everything. I have barely moved and just want cake! I am however, determined to be better for Christmas so am going to listen to my body and take it easy.

Which means that this is my last mani for BMGLITZMAS but I absolutely love this gradient and I have absolutely NOT done it justice here. It is so sparkly and pretty in real life and I am so ready for Santa to be here already.

Polishes used: Barry M Fashion Icon, Holographic Flare, Black Forest, Ginger, Nutmeg, Siren, Cotton and Plumpy topcoat.

Stamping plates: Uberchic Christmas 01 and Uberchic Christmas 02 (I took the "Ho" from "Oh Holy Night" and did the "Ho Ho Ho")

All polishes used are currently available from the Barry M website or from Superdrug.

Do any of you still do the ISS sighting on Christmas Eve? If you have no idea what I am talking about. The International Space Station does a pass over on Christmas Eve and as long as the sky is clear, you can see the lights and you can tell the kids that it is Santa. Pop over to this dedicated website closer to the date and you can see the times that it will be visible from where you are. This has been something that has brought great joy and excitement to Kian for years, I highly recommend it if You have young kids!

Are you excited for Christmas now? Yeah, me too!


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

BMGLITZMAS He sees you when you're sleeping, he Knows when you're awake...


Today's BMGLITZMAS nail art is one that is done quite often but I do love to see this type of Santa mani each and every year because it is so festive, so simple and everyone tends to have little variations. Plus, you can do this with just the nail polish and a bobby pin, and that is exactly what I did.

Polishes used: Barry M Siren, Cotton, Black Forest, Majestic Sparkle and Plumpy topcoat.

So for the, lets call it fluff, I dabbed out a blob of cotton onto my nail art mat but you can use anything for this, cellophane wrappers, old plastic cards, shiny card or paper, the lid from a coffee cup, literally anything, I gently dabbed one of the rounded prongs of the bobby pin into the polish and used it to do the dots and then I used the polish brush to fill in any gaps at the open edge of the nail.

I also used the bobby pin to do the glitter belt buckle and I even pulled off the little nobble at the end and used the exposed end to do the outline of the Santa hat on my thumb. They're pretty handy things to have you know.

Have you used a bobby pin in any of your nail art?