Monday, 31 March 2014

Titanfall C101 Nails

I've done it again, and it may just become a habit, I've matched my nails to the Titanfall C101 Lanyard that came in the March Loot Crate.

Last month I matched my nails to the Catbug Bowtie that I received in the February Loot Crate and this month, when I saw the Titanfall Lanyard (based on the Titanfall C101 Controller), I knew I had to do some Titanfall C101 nails.

This has actually taken me 2 attempts because I had planned out these nails before my nail breakages and so had to try and fit them on half sized nails. The first attempt wasn't terrible but the orange bits on the index and middle finger just looked a little bit too wibbly wobbly for my liking.

My favourite part are the hexes on the ring and pinkie. 

I hope there is an item in the Loot Crate each month that I can draw inspiration from, because receiving a box full of awesome, which then leads to an awesome mani = a lot of awesome. I love awesome.

Polishes Used: Barry M Matt White, Barry M Gelly Mango, Barry M Black, Barry M Grey, Sally Hansen Dorien Grey and Rimmel Grey Matter.

Hope you like this mani.


Friday, 28 March 2014

The Lacquer Legion: Lucky

Today is the day for The Lacquer Legion month 3, and the theme for this month was 'Lucky'. 

I sense your confusion on how this mani relates to that theme, we'll let me explain. I don't consider myself to be a lucky person in the sense that you would normally think of. I don't get big breaks and I don't have loadsa money, I don't win things very often and my health is pretty poor, so in the normal sense, I'm not lucky. BUT, I 'thank my lucky stars' everyday for what I do have and that's where the galaxy nails came from, they are my lucky stars.

I'm fairly certain that I have never done galaxy nails before on the blog, although I have attempted them before and was never happy enough with those attempts to post them on the blog. 

I grabbed a handful of polishes that I thought would go well together and started sponging away, some bits went a bit wrong but ultimately, I think it was a success. 
I took my inspiration from the master of galaxy nails- Sammy from Nailasaurus  We're Not Worthy Smiley . Sammy does a tutorial for Galaxy nails here and here is my all time favourite Galaxy nail art of hers.

Polishes Used: Barry M Black, Barry M Diamond Glitter, Barry M Matt White, OPI Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI, Barry M Prickly Pear Gelly, Barry M Cyan Blue, Rimmel Pulsating and Maybelline New York 461 Copper.

You may also notice that my nails are super short, I had some major breakages on both my thumbs, then the next day, I had even worse breaks on 3 of my nails on my left hand (photo hand) so decided to take them all down short for a while.

If you are interested in taking part in The Lacquer Legion each month, check out their Facebook page  and if you would like to check out the other amazing mani's that people have done for the Lucky theme, then search #LLlucky on any social media site.


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Babiandie Boots from

When I saw these boots, my first thought was 'Lookilike of Jeffrey Campbell Lita boots' and for those of us that just can't stretch to the £120 odd, these boots from are great at only £9.80.

The boots are Black Suede lace ups with a purple toned burgundy chunky heel. The heel is 4.3 inches high and the boot has a concealed platform of 1.5 inches.

Now you would think, at a tenner, these boots would show their price but they just don't. They're pretty sturdy and I have put them through the motions to test it. I gave the heel a good few tugs and got not movement. I've walked around in them, caught the heel on things, tripped and fallen over (that was not intentional but it happened because I'm a klutz). Pixel has had a good old roll around with them and there are not falling apart at all.

Going back to me being a complete klutz, I do fall over, I'm about as steady as a baby giraffe,

and one of the things I always notice on cheaper shoes, is that they seem to not put any grip on the bottom. I've had numerous pairs of shoes and boots that whenever you try to walk in them you nearly break your neck sliding everywhere because they didn't put any grip on it.

Not the case on these, as you can see in the picture above, there is crosshatch grip on the heel, then the front part has kind of a rubber plastic grip in 2 parts. the main part of the base has a wavy lined grip and the front part has a different type to give that extra grip as you take your steps.
This was a huge plus for me, yes I fell over in them, but I didn't slide then fall, I tripped which is a completely different issue and relates back to my likeness to a baby giraffe.

This is the best picture I could get with me wearing them. Is it just me or do my ankles look huge? Having walked around in them as much as I physically could, I can honestly say that these are surprisingly comfortable. 

As the company is based in Hong Kong, I guesstimated that their sizes would run a bit on the small side, so size wise, I went for a 39 (UK size 6) which fits perfectly. I should point out that I am a size 5, that might be helpful information for you to know at this point. So if shopping on SammyDress for shoes, I recommend looking for a size up from yours.

There is only one downside that I feel the need to tell you about and it isn't a permanent thing.

When the boots arrived and I took them out of the box, they had quite a strong plasticy/ factory smell to them. Hubs said it remind him of walking around the market. A few days of airing out next to an open window and the smell has gone, unless of course you put your nose onto the material and sniff like a madman, but it has gone, so if you were to buy these, don't let that instantly put you off. I'm sure there is probably a spray you can get for suede shoes, but this is my first ever pair of suede shoes and i didn't want to risk spraying them with anything, luckily the natural way worked.

These boots are a bargain and are well worth £9.80, there are no defects on them and I would even go as far as saying that they are of a much higher quality than shoes and boots from places like Shoe Zone.

You can buy these boots here, they currently only have them in size 36 for Black or in size 38 for Camel. They have other versions on the site e.g patent leather but they also have thousands of other beautiful shoes and boots for really low prices, its a shoe lovers heaven. Go on, have a browse, you know you want to.


*The boots in this post were sent to me for review, everything else mentioned was purchased by myself. All opinions expressed are my own, honest opinions.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Loot Crate: Titan

So this is the second month we have been with Loot Crate and I'm even more impressed with them this month. Not only is the overall all theme of the box pretty freakin' epic but the postage this month was even faster. 2 DAYS, that's all it took to get from the US to the UK. I swoon at this achievement mainly because the whole postage system within the UK sucks big time.

But the swoonage is not what you are here for though is it? I'm guessing you'll want to see what was in this months box, well here ya go then.

The theme of this months box is Titan which is a mix between Titanfall and Attack on Titan, they also threw in some St Patricks Day candy. I love candy/sweets so woooo, plus we all love a little added extra.

Here is a little mash up of the product pages from the magazine. I love the fact that on the back of the magazine it says 'Team Loot Crate (we love you)' that's a really nice touch, I don't know if this was on the back of the last magazine, I might have to have a little look and see.

Here is a little close up of the cover of the magazine, it is some pretty awesome artwork and if you like this then check out their imgur image of an extended version which could be used as a wallpaper.

The first item in the box is an exclusive, 

Titanfall t-shirt (Respawn Entertainment & EA).

This Titanfall shirt cannot be found anywhere else. Based on the shirt that was previously only available to the development team, this comfy piece features the Titanfall logo and pilot within a Titan. We think it makes for a great design for any gamer or geek.

Here is a close up of the full design. 
This is another t-shirt that Hubs seems to have gotten dibs on, for now anyway. 

Attack on Titan Manga:1 (Kodansha USA Publishing & Random House)

Not familiar with Attack on Titan or only had a chance to watch the Japanese language series? We've included the manga that started it all. While it's read in reverse like all Japanese literature, it's in English and full of lots of bonus content not seen in the series.

I was informed by Hubs that the book is not back to front but that this is the way that all Japanese Manga books are. I've never really been into manga before but I think i might try and read this book to see how I get on with it.

Titanfall C101 Lanyard  (Respawn Entertainment & Loot Crate Labs)

We worked on this design ourselves, based on the official C101 custom versions of the console and controller. We knew you'd love this futuristic design- we typically use our own lanyards at shows, for badges around the office ad more. Wear it with pride, pilot!

We have loads of lanyards about the house, you could say that at one point we were collecting them (yeah I know, we're strange), this one is lush and will happily be added to our collection.

Attack on Titan- Scouting Regiment Wristband (GE Animation)

Wear your Scouting Regiment wristband and like those brave ones who venture beyond the walls, think of yourselves as the proud looters who are on the front lines with us, seeking out the best geek and gamer gear.

I bagsied this straight away. It is all kinds of awesome. Basically, it is a sweatband. The wristband itself is a brown towel like material with an embroidered patch on one side.

Attack on Titanfall Magnet (Loot Crate Labs)

You asked for another magnet, so we've delivered. Here we've taken Team Loot Crate member Zacks awesome cover art and turned it into a magnet you can put on display! Show your looter pride and appreciation for 'Attack on Titanfall' by attaching this epic collectible inside your Titan cockpit, on the side of your three dimensional maneuver gear, or on your refrigerator.

You can't really argue, the artwork this month is fantastic. The magnet is of course, already on my fridge. It went on straight away and will never leave it. ever.

Titanfall Premium Strategy eGuide (Prima Games)

We've worked with Prima Games to provide you with the PREMIUM version of their eGuide. We've also included a few tips and hints straight from the guide on page 8. Let Prima games give you a headstart and help you dominate on the battlefield!

Hubs had already redeemed this code before I'd had a chance to see what was in the box, he was on it like Sonic. 

Loot Crate: Titan Collectible Pin Badge

As always, we have the collectible pin badge, this time showing a black and white version of the Attack on Titanfall artwork.

As you know, me and Hubs basically share our Loot Crate each month and we divide it based on who likes what. Even though most of this months box was more something that he would want, it doesn't sway me on the fact that Loot Crate is awesome. Again the amount that we paid has been more than exceeded by the value of the items in the box. 

If you like the idea of receiving a box full of nerdiness every month then I urge you, nay, order you to go and sign up now, which you can do by clicking here, this is my referral link so if you would rather not go through the referral link you can click here to go direct.

I also recommend following Loot Crate on Twitter or Loot Crate on Facebook, you can pick up hints from them about what will be in the next box, they also do some nerdtastic giveaways which you might want to be a part of, if your not in it, you can't win it.

They've said next months box is going to be a bit more varied and now I can't wait. 

Do you know of any similar nerdy box subscriptions?


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Born Pretty Eiffel Tower Full Nail Stickers Review

I've only ever tried full nail wraps twice before quite a while ago, and both times they went horrifically wrong. I thought it would be a good time to try again and so I decided to have a go at these Born Pretty Store Eiffel Tower/Parisian nail wraps.

Nail wraps are a good way to have beautiful nail art, without taking up a lot of your time, I found the previous ones I had tried were to thick to smooth out over my curved nails, but these ones were just the right thickness and stretchiness to get them on and smoothed out over my nails. 

In the packet, you get 2 strips of 7, and they range in width. The last 5 on the strip were the perfect width for all of my fingers, with only slight side trimming on the pinkie.

If you apply them slightly wrong, they were quite easy to lift back up and try again. I did end up with a few air bubbles or folds here and there and managed to smooth most of these out with my nail easily, although I was a little paranoid about doing so because of the possibility of ripping them. Luckily this didn't happen.

Once applied and smoothed, I snipped off the excess from the end and used a nail file to smooth over the edges and corners, this was much easy than I imagined it to be, there was no snagging or pulling on the sticker on the nails.

On the packet, it then recommends doing a UV seal, I didn't do this, in fact, I honestly couldn't tell you how to do this. I don't own any UV nail products, so instead, I added a coat of Seche Vite to see how this would fare. It worked pretty well, apart from a little bit of lift on one or two around the cuticle area where I hadn't gone far enough over the nail from the wraps, but once that was applied and dry, any air bubbles or folds that were left over had basically disappeared. 

Removal: I tried 2 ways of removal with these, the first, I found an exposed part of the wraps and grab it with a pair or tweezers and proceeded to peel it away. Because of the Seche on top I got a few rips but nothing that made this method of removal difficult. This did leave behind a sticky residue on the nail, which then came off with nail polish remover.

The other method of removal was to go straight in with nail polish remover, this proved to be the more efficient of the 2. The decal came away easily with a few rubs over the nail and left behind no sticky residue.

The experience with these wraps has been a success and now when I see a pretty set of nail wraps now, I will probably buy them instead of being put off by previous experiences. There are 2 things I would note as cons with these wraps though. 

Number 1, they are way too long, the excess after they had been applied was about half of the decal, so not only is there a lot of wastage but you lose a fair amount of the designs to the excess and my nails are pretty long, so I couldn't imagine people realistically having their nails twice as long as mine. 

The second con, which is more of a personal preference, is that I would prefer the images to be on the decal the opposite way. I like my designs to have the bottom along the open edge of my nail and I could probably do this by trimming the opposite end of the nail wraps into a curve but I would worry that I would butcher the sticker.

These decals are available from Born Pretty Store here for $1.99 (£1.20) a set and come in 2 other beautiful Parisian designs. Of course, you can get 10% of your entire Born Pretty Store order by using my code CBAQ10 at the checkout.

Do you use Nail Wraps often? Would you recommend any?


*The nail wraps in this post were sent to me for review, everything else mentioned was purchased by myself. All opinions expressed are my own, honest opinions. 

Friday, 14 March 2014

Born Pretty Gradient Sponge Stamper Review

Gradients and sponging are one of those things that should be easy in nail art but sometimes can be a bit of a pain in the ass. If like me, you have trouble gripping smaller pieces of foam or squeezing tweezers to hold the foam for an extended amount of time, then this will be perfect for you.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

KBShimmer: Candy Cane Crush

This is the second of my KBShimmer purchases from Harlow&Co

Candy Cane crush is a glitter topper with a mix of red and white hex glitters in loads of different sizes, all suspended in a clear base.

Like KBShimmer Grayscale, the glitter comes out on the brush quite generously and this makes it easy to get fantastic coverage with only one coat.

Over Black, the red and white really stand out, it kind of makes me wish I had done an Umbrella Corporation logo on one of my nails.

When I purchased this polish, I must have just seen the picture and added it to the basket, I must not have read any of the item description, because, for about an hour after applying it, I thought someone in my house was eating really strong mint chocolate or something along those lines, then it suddenly dawned on me that the smell was coming from my nails.

Candy Cane Crush is scented with a Vanilla Peppermint fragrance, it is quite strong but quite delicious and faded only slightly the longer I had it on, cue me, sniffing my nails like a crazy for the next couple of days.

It's fairly acceptable to have this much of an urge to nom a nail polish right?

Of course, the next thing to try with it was a matte topcoat, and of course, it is gorgeous. I must admit though, I do prefer this one with the glossy look.

KBShimmer polishes are available from the KBShimmer website for $8.75 each or if international, from Harlow&Co for $9 each.


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Holla @ the Holo with Born Pretty Holo Studs

There are now studs for every occasion available on Born Pretty Store which is awesome, because it means you can pretty much incorporate studs into any nail art you do.

These Holographic Studs grabbed my attention straight away. I love, love, love Holo, it's so sparkly and I can't help myself when it comes to adding holo to my nails. I think I may have gone holoverboard with this mani though.

The studs are slightly on the larger side compared to most other studs available on Born Pretty, so my plan of a sort of half shield effect didn't really go to erm...... plan, I probably should have checked the size before I went ahead with it

The studs I went for were the 3mm with Holographic lines going across them. In normal lighting, the studs look like plain silver studs, with a sort of etched lines look. It's when you get into certain lighting that they start to come alive.

You can never really go wrong with the studs from Born Pretty, these are great quality and not one of the studs in the packet had any imperfections. They lay basically flat on my nail and with a coat of Seche Vite on top, not one of them has fallen off.

This is them under white light, I did have a bit of a chore trying to photograph the Holo, not just in the studs but in the polish as well, not sure if it was me, the camera or the lighting but the holo is definitely there peeking out a little.

Today decided to be a nice day here and the sun has been out all day, so at the last minute, I decided to snap a few pics in direct sunlight on my IPhone. The quality isn't perfect but look at that holo, drool.

If I had to have any buggie bits with these at all, it would be the packaging, as you can see up top, they are in a flimsy plastic bag which is stapled to a piece of card, once the staple has been removed, the bag comes away but you can't close it because the sticky bit at the top of the bag had been stuck to the card. I know it's probably a cost thing but I would much prefer them to come in one of those little screw lid jars that other studs come in.

For the rest of the mani: 

Thumb, Index and Pinkie I used GOSH Holographic Hero.
Middle and Ring I used Barry M Black.
And for the flowers on the middle finger I used GOSH Holographic Hero, Born Pretty Holo #11, Born Pretty Holo #8 and Born Pretty Holo #3.

Fancy 10% off your Born Pretty Store order? Just enter my code CBAQ10 at checkout and remember, it's free delivery worldwide!


*The studs in this post were sent to me for review, everything else mentioned was purchased by myself. All opinions expressed are my own, honest opinions. 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Catbug Nails

Just a quickie post tonight but I really wanted to show you all how adorable these turned out.

So I received my first ever Loot Crate last week and you can see me gush about it here. In the Crate, one of the items that stood out was the cute Catbug bowtie by Black Tie Geek.

And I decided to do my nails to match. 

The pink is Collection 2000 Hot Looks Siren, and oldie but a goodie, it is a pretty bright pink with a kind of white sheen.

Then I used Barry M Gelly Blue Grape for the spots.

For my middle and ring fingers, I used Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream for the base colour.

I used the Black Barry M Nail Art Pen for all the black details.

I hope you like them.