Thursday, 27 November 2014

Mr Nutcase Custom Phone Cases

*Picture Heavy Post*

When I saw the opportunity to test out a Mr Nutcase phone case I jumped at the chance. I love having loads of different phone cases, I'm kind of like one for every mood, one for every outfit, kind of person and I think having cases that you design yourself is a fab idea. You can put personalised designs on pretty much everything now so why not your phone case and they make great gifts too.

Monday, 24 November 2014

KBShimmer Snow Way!

KBShimmer Snow Way! Macro
I have never had as much trouble getting true colour on photos than I have with KBShimmer Snow Way! I'm not sure why it was but the whole image was either too grey or the polish colour would be perfect but my skin would be bright red. So I apologise for the lobster skin, it was the best I could do to show this beautiful polish.

KBShimmer Snow Way! with no topcoat
This is the second polish from my initial 4 bottle purchase of the KBShimmer Winter 2014 collection (there are another 4 on their way). Snow Way! is a pale, sky blue crelly packed with multi sized matte white glitters. It also has a subtle holographic shimmer. The polish gives the look of snow falling against a blue sky.

It was opaque in 2 coats and the dry time was fairly quick. The above photo shows 2 coats with no topcoat.

KBShimmer Snow Way! with one coat of Seche Vite and some nail art
Of course, I had to add some wintery nail art again, so this time I added some fir trees by sponging on Barry M Gelly Watermelon and a Snow Man Using Barry M Matt White, the scarf is done using Rimmel Luna Love Space Dust.

The polish was smooth with just one coat of Seche Vite.

KBShimmer Snow Way! with one coat of Seche Vite and one coat of OPI Matte Topcoat
Glitter packed crelly polishes always look awesome matte so I had to try it and like KBShimmer Totally Tubular I definitely prefer this polish with no topcoat at all but it does look pretty awesome matte.

Bought from Harlow and Co for $9 CAD a bottle (not including postage to the UK).

Have you bought any of the KBShimmer Winter Collection yet?


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Nerd Block Classic November 2014

We have been getting the Nerd Block Classic for the Boy for a few months now and you may have noticed the lack of posts about the Nerd Blocks, this has been because even though the Boy has been ecstatic about them, as parents and grown ups, we haven't really been that impressed, In fact, up until last month we were seriously considering cancelling it or swapping to another subscription. 

But last month something changed and the products in the box seemed to be of not only higher quality but also higher value. It was almost like before last month Nerd Block weren't really putting too much thought into curating the products but decided it was time. There were some great items in the Block last month and I even pinched one for myself (the Arkham Asylum Patient Notes Post It block).

This months box has been even better and although at time of writing the post the Boy still hasn't seen it, I know he will love every item, and by every item, I mean possibly minus the watch which I may pinch again, don't judge me, I'm only human and my weakness is awesome nerdy items.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Bundle Monster CYO 2014 Plate Set

Yay! This is the 2nd Create Your Own Bundle Monster Stamping Plate Collection, phew, try saying that 10 times really fast when you are drunk. So just in case you not aware, the Bundle Monster create your own sets are made up of designs submitted by fans, it's quite a long process, the submissions started back in March and they whittled it down and created them and they released about 2 weeks ago.

Just like last year, I submitted a few designs, you might as well have a go and for each design that is used in the finished collection, you get one free plate set. This year (technically) 4 of my designs were used. 

So I'm going to show you each plate, then which were my designs, see if you can guess on the way through and then I'll show you my favourite designs, then a mani that I have done using the plates. It's picture heavy so be warned.

Friday, 14 November 2014

KBShimmer White Here, White Now

1 coat of KBShimmer White Here, White Now 

KBShimmer recently released their Winter 2014 Collection and all the polishes are freakin' gorgeous, I want all of them but to be on the safe side I only bought 4 (Royal Mail only allow a maximum of 4 polishes in one package), well, 4 for now that is.

I'm doing individual posts on them because they are so lush, I have to wear them for a few days at a time at least. 

So this one is White Here, White Now and gah is it beautiful. If I could have only bought one polish from the collection, it would have been this one and I knew it straight away when I saw the swatches.

White Here, White Now is a snowy white textured polish. Although I would say this isn't a classic textured polish as the base is a crelly style and the textured effect is given by the multi sized matte white glitters.

Application is great, but you do have to be precise or not too messy around the cuticles as clean up can be a bit of a bitch because of the glitters, so it is best to save yourself some time here.

With one coat (as in photo above) the polish is beautiful and dainty and although it looks a little patchy in places, it kind of works and so you could get away with just the one coat.

With 2 coats the polish is perfectly opaque and really does look like snow. It can also be great for doing a small blanket of snow on the open end of your nail for some winter wonderland nail art.
 The trees were from Bundle Monster BM-407 and stamped using Konad Black onto bare nails, then topped with Barry M Diamond Glitter, that was then topped with one coat of OPI Don't Touch My Tutu and finally, I added KBShimmer White Here, White Now at the end.

I honestly expected the removal of this polish to be difficult (tested on the middle 2 nails to add the nail art) but removal difficulty level was somewhere in between normal polish and textured polish. 

I am going to wear this polish so much this Winter, it is undoubtedly my favourite textured polish ever, in fact, it is very close to being my favourite polish ever, I have the winter wonderland style nail art on at the moment and I don't ever want to take it off, everytime I think about removing it I get sad.

I'm gushing here aren't I but look at it! I have seen loads of people saying they have had snow already and I'm proper jealous, I love snow and we probably wont get any here again this year, it would be awesome if we did.

What do you think about this polish? Even if you don't like textured polishes, would you wear this polish during the Holiday season? 


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Halo MCC Nails

Pretty much exactly 2 years ago I did some Halo 4 nails when Halo 4 came out and with the release of Halo Master Chief Collection yesterday, I decided to take the opportunity to kind of re-do my Halo nails and see how much of an improvement I had made in these last 2 years.

I'll be honest, even when I was about half way through this mani, I was stressing at myself because I didn't feel there was any improvement, but I think I was being too hard on myself and I really, really like this version of my Halo nails.

'Halo: The Master Chief Collection delivers the entire story of the Master Chief for the first time on one console. Play all four games at Xbox One visual fidelity and 60 fps, including a fully remastered Halo 2: Anniversary. Featuring campaigns and multiplayer maps from Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Halo 2 Vista, Halo 3 and Halo 4, plus access to the live-action digital series Halo: Nightfall and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta'

Chances are, if you are a gamer, then you have played at least one Halo game, for me, the favourite was Halo 2 on the original Xbox. The man specifically purchased an Xbox One for the release of Halo MCC but because we haven't managed to get a second controller yet, I am yet to play it, but hopefully I will soon.

What is your favourite Halo game and have you had any play time on Halo MCC yet? 

I said it last time and I'm going to say it again- 'Spartans don't die, they just go Missing in Action'!


Friday, 7 November 2014

My Mani for Movember

This is the first ever Movember mani I have done.

Movember was started in 2003 in Australia and as of last year, 21 countries took part officially. They have raised £346 million since 2003 but the awareness they have raised about men's health has been even more phenomenal.

Even more people take part every year and like Breast Cancer awareness month (October) it is doing wonders for getting awareness out there and raising money for research in several different areas of men's health including testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health.  

Items used for this mani: 
Moustache nail wraps from Born Pretty
Barry M Matt White
Barry M Glitterati Rockstar
Konad Black Stamping Polish 
One red round glequin from Born Pretty

I got to use my Moustache Monocle design from the Bundle Monster CYO collection, I also used the I from the 'I <3 Geeks' design to kind of make it into an I <3 Moustaches nail,

If you want to get involved in raising awareness but can't grow a moustache, find creative ways to get one, for example, printable moustaches, jewellery in the shape of a moustache, moustache mugs, cat-staches or simply just hold your (or someone else's if that is what you're into) hair across your top lip, then take a selfie and post to social media with the #misstache.

You can also donate here through Movember or here through cancer research.

Have you done a mani for Movember?


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Magazine Freebie: Nails Inc Polishes from Glamour Magazine

You may have already seen this but it's too good of a deal not to share, so just in case, Glamour Magazine are giving away a free Nails Inc polish with every copy. There are 4 colours available, the 3 shown in the picture are Marylebone Mews-a pink/grey nude, Hanover Square- a vampy wine red and Wigmore Street- a deep plum purple. The 4th shade is a classic red called Tate. 

The polishes are full sized at 10ml and retail for £11 each so are definitely worth the £2 you pay for the magazine. I bought 3 copies, amounting to £6 to get the 3 polishes shown in the picture.

There is also a 20% of H&M gift card (minimum spend of £20) so will be a great help for Christmas shopping.

To top the freebies off, inside the magazine there should be a Body Shop gift card that could be worth £3, £15, £100 or even £1000, I say should because in all 3 of my copies the card was absent and I have seen online that other people have had the same issue, but this is a great voucher if you get it.

Overall a fantastic lot of freebies and worth the £2 spend, in shops now.