Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Koldtec Ice Towel

Ok, lets start this post by saying that my photos of this are terrible but I did my best! And this is a fairly long post. Also, I bought this myself, this is not a sponsored post, nor has any of this been gifted.

By now, you may have seen me moaning about the heat, and I have not been as active during the Summer because the heat really knocked me for 6. In the UK, our houses are built to keep the heat in, not out, and we have no air conditioning, just fans that in the heat we've had are pretty ineffective. We just aren't made for or used to this heat and can't cope. That's us Brits in general. Now add Multiple Sclerosis into the mix, with Uhthoff's Phenomenon and it can be, for lack of a better word, shit.

Tomorrow is my official diagnosis anniversary. It's the day, 4 years ago, that I got the results of my lumbar puncture confirming that I did, in fact, have Multiple Sclerosis. I learned from Eliz of The Sparkled Life, that you should reward yourself, even in a tiny way, to help get you through what can often be a fairly depressing part of your year. So when Koldtec put up a fantastic deal at the beginning of the month, I jumped on it.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Born Pretty Summer Series Stamping Polish- AC06 Ariel Mermaid

Born Pretty Store Summer Series Stamping Polish AC06 Ariel Mermaid

I know what you're thinking, "the inspiration is right in the name of this polish, and you do a flowery, leafy thingy!" Well, yeah. Although called Ariel Mermaid, this polish is more turquoise leaning than the shade of Ariel's tail, so it didn't feel right. Any true Disney fan would understand. You understand, right? Oh no! Have I made a terrible mistake.
No! I stand by it. This is definitely a flowery, leafy colour. Bahahahaha.

As you may have gathered. Today I have this beautiful turquoise green stamping polish from the Born Pretty Summer Series of stamping polishes. And I have done some flowery, leafy nail art to show you that today.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Archie Gang

Espionage Cosmetics Archie Gang Riverdale Nail Wraps Plus10Kapow

I watch a lot of TV! It's one of the "perks" of being chronically ill, it means a lot of downtime with nothing to do, because I'm not capable of doing stuff. Before I got ill, I used to fill my spare time by reading books, but believe it or not, in my downtime these days, even reading a book is super difficult, and I need something to distract me from soul crushing moments of despair, so TV works for me.

Right now, I have gone back to Riverdale on Netflix. I watched season 1 a while ago and enjoyed it but something else distracted me from moving on to season 2 and I just never went back to it. Until now, when I couldn't think of what to watch after my last binge, this was on my list already and was easy to get back into.

So that's why I have decided to wear these absolutely adorable Archie Gang nail wraps from Espionage Cosmetics. Yes, I know I am talking about watching Riverdale on TV and my post title image is of my hand with the Riverdale comic, but I tried to take a photo with my hand in front of Archie's face on TV and...

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Born Pretty Store Melody Series Stamping Polish- Scenery

Marvel's HULK nails Nerdy Nails Plus10Kapow

I am so happy that the weather is much cooler now. It meas that I can finally be a slightly functioning human again. And I am doing my best to do so, starting with Scenery from Born Pretty Store.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Primark PS Mermaid Magic Nail Polishes in Coral and Aquamarine

Primark PS Mermaid Magic Nail Polish Aquamarine and Coral Swatches

I have no idea if Primark even still sell these polishes, I bought them a while ago and they have been sat on my desk, waiting to be swatched, and I just got round to it. These are honestly my very first Primark polishes and I definitely think I picked the right ones to start with.

Both polishes are sheer, jelly like polishes with a shimmer. Both looked great with 2 coats although still had visible nail line so if you want it to be more opaque a third coat would be best. All photos are 2 coats with no topcoat.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Buddy Block

Espionage Cosmetics Nail Mail Monthly Buddy Block Nail Wraps nerdy nails companion cube portal

"Hello and, again, welcome to the Aperture Science computer-aided enrichment centre. We hope your brief detention in the relaxation vault has been a pleasant one. Your specimen has been processed and we are now ready to begin the test proper. Before we start, however, keep in mind that, although fun and learning are the primary goals of all enrichment centre activities, serious injuries may occur. For your own safety, and the safety of others, please refrain from — *static* Por favor bordón de fallar Muchos gracias de fallar gracias *static* Stand back. The portal will open in 3, 2, 1..."
These Portal inspired wraps from the Espionage Cosmetics Nail Mail Monthly have been sat on my desk since they arrived, beckoning me to wear them. Now that the weather has finally cooled down enough for me to even attempt normal humaning, I decided to put them on and they are amazing!!!

Monday, 5 August 2019

Korres Gel Effect Nail Colour Watermelon and Royal Red

Korres Gel Effect Nail Colour Watermelon and Royal Red Swatches Sparkle PR
It has taken me way to long to get swatches done for these beautiful Korres polishes, kindly sent over by Sparkle PR. But now that we are having more British Summer like days (rain) I can sort of get things done here and there and wanted to get started with these first.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Born Pretty Geometry L003

Born pretty STore Geomtery L003 Stamping plate paper planes nail art Wikkid Polish Hello Sailor Pastel Neon

Yay! I finally did something. Ok, not technically if I'm honest. I did this nail art a little while ago and completely forgot about them, so I'm posting it now. But I had to go through the photos, pick some and colour correct and brighten, so yep, I technically did something today.

Anyway, I have the Geometry L003 stamping plate from Born Pretty to show you.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Blast from the Past

Espionage Cosmetics Blast from the Past nail wraps 80s 90s retro nails

It's been all about throwbacks lately, especially with Stranger Things 3 (which is amazing btw, have you watched yet?) and I had completely forgotten that I had these wraps in my stash, until I saw someone on Instagram wearing them and I dug them out. These are perfect for some 80s/90s feels. Who else still plays Pogs?

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Beauty Big Bang XL-070 Stamping Plate

Beauty Big Bang XL-070 BBBXL-070 Stamping plate skyline gradient nails Wikkid Polish Bring on Spring Pastel Neons

Are you bored of the Wikkid Polish pastel neons yet? Good! Because neither am I. I am getting so much use out of them at the moment, they just too pretty and now that I know they gradient nicely after this twin mani with @Nailastrophic, I thought using them for different sky scenes with this cute Beauty Big Bang stamping plate would be perfect.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Nail Mail Monthly: Heart of Mine

Espionage Cosmetics Nail Mail Monthly May 2019 Heart of Mine nail wraps Plus10Kapow

I am super late showing you these but I have to show you them because they are all gorgeous and the  Gaming Variant was one that I was super excited by and trust me, it did not disappoint. Plus, I am trying to catch up a little bit after the heat has been absolutely destroying my will to move or do anything of any type, urgh, Summer, am I right?!

Heart of Mine was the May Nail Mail Monthly theme from Espionage Cosmetics. Let's have a closer look at the variants.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Espionage Cosmetics World 1-1

Espionage Cosmetics World 1-1 Super Mario Maker nail wraps Nintendo Nerdy Nails 3ds

The Espionage Cosmetics wraps are so cool that I often find myself saving them for special occasions in the nerd calendar, like movie anniversaries, or game releases. And I don't know I you know, but Super Mario Maker 2 released yesterday, so this weekend is the perfect weekend to be wearing these amazing World 1-1 nail wraps.

Ok, before anyone says it, I know that Super Mario Maker 2 is not on the 3DS, but I'm poor and can't afford 2 yet so I have been playing Super Mario Maker. And even worse, I can't remember where I put my copy so I'm having to play Jim 3DS with his digital download. But I just wanted to clear that up before anyone thinks I'm a controller licking, fake gamer girl, I'm just a low income gamer girl haha.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Take Me To Your Neons

Neon alien nails inspired by Dorkface Blog's art, using the Wikkid Polish Bring on Spring Pastel Neons

I have been really enjoying using the Wikkid Polish Bring on Spring pastel neons, and when I was sat there at my desk, wondering what to do next, I saw the unused Moyou Tumblr Girl 08 plate staring back at me and I instantly remembered the awesome alien art (this one and this one) that Jemma from Dorkface Blog had done and so this neon alien nail art is inspired by Jemma's art. Jemma is bright and colourful, creative and awesome, so if you don't follow her then I highly recommend it.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

80s style Vector nails

80s style Vector nails Maniology M050 Game Over insert coin stamping plate

The Maniology Game Over: Insert Coin plates have some really cool images on them and some of them have really stuck in my head in the kind of way that, I really want to do some nails with them but have absolutely no idea what to do.

This vector image on Maniology M050 was one of those images. Until a few days ago, I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I Googled 80s vector wallpaper (imaginative, I know and this one caught my eye.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Uberchic Mini Take Me Out to the BallGame Stamping Plate

Uberchic mini Take Me Out To The BallGame stamping plate Baseball nails Nail Artisan

I was also lucky to receive one of the new, Uberchic releases from Alex at Nail Artisan. She very kindly sent me the Take Me Out to the BallGame mini plate. Now, I honestly have no clue in the slightest about anything to do with baseball, but this plate is the cutest! If I was a fan of baseball, it would definitely be on my wishlist.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Lina Meet Me At Bourbon

Lina Meet Me At Bourbon purple metallic stamping polish Nail Artisan

Look how beautiful this stamping polish is!!! I mean, come on!! This is another exceptional stamping polish from the Lina Queen of Carnival stamping collection.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Lina Love Beads Stamping Polish

Lina Love Beads Gold stamping polish swatch Nail Artisan

This is my very first Lina polish and honestly, I am 100% impressed with it, but I expected to be anyway, I have some of their stamping plates and they are pretty awesome too. Alex from nail Artisan very kindly sent me Love Beads, a gold stamping polish from the Lina Queen of Carnival stamping polish range.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever nail wraps from Espionage Cosmetics, designed by featured artist Jen Taylor.

Are you all having a good weekend? Mine has been nice and quiet and has had a distinct lack of stress, just what I like in a weekend. As usual, this weekend I have been wearing some nail wraps and this set is so cute.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Beach Please!

Maniology Mani X Me Mermaid MXM007 MXM008 Stamping Plate nails Barry M Fortune Teller

So these mermaid plates are from the May Mani X Me Express Kit from Maniology, but because I have been so slack I am only just getting round to using them. And while I pay for my Maniology subscription myself, some of the Barry M nail polishes in this mani were gifted to me.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Beauty Big Bang Butterfly BBBXL-068

Beauty Big Bang XL-068 BBBXL-068 stamping plate Butterfly nails Barry M Gradient

2 fun facts for you: 1) Butterflies are the symbol for Multiple Sclerosis. This is because when you look at the MRI of your brain, it looks like a butterfly, and because all the colours of butterflies represent the constant changing symptoms and unpredictable course of MS.

And 2) While I can (sort of) appreciate the beauty of butterflies, I get completely freaked out by all and any bugs, and this includes butterflies. I don't understand where it came from but for as long as I can remember, I have always been super afraid of insects. If any come near me, you will hear random noises coming from me and I will drop everything and (attempt to) run away.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Born Pretty Geometry L001 Stamping Plate

90s style nails using the Born Pretty Geometry L001 stamping plate

Today I have the Geometry L001 plate from Born Pretty Store to show you. Whenever I see these plates, I instantly think of the 90s and more specifically, the intros to loads of 90s tv shows, and so my nail art using these plates, always ends up being something very reminiscent of the 90s. Which I am definitely not complaining about, you know I love me some 90s aesthetics and I wish my all day, every day could be 90s everything.

What do you think of when you see these plate types?

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Espionage Cosmetics We Invoke Thee

I haven't managed to get much done in the last few weeks and I haven't posted any Espionage Cosmetics nail wraps so I really wanted to wear some this weekend and get back in to my routine, and I just couldn't resist these We Invoke Thee nail wraps.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Off With Their Heads

Disney Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts nail art Off with their heads

I have had this beautiful Queen of Hearts glitter from Charlie's Nail Art for a little while and have been trying to think of some fun nails to do with it, I've had a little bit of a nail art block recently to be honest, but then today I had a sudden spark and it turned out exactly how I wanted it to.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Glequin Daisies

Barry M Gelly Banana Split Swatch and Daisies Nail Art

It's not often that you'll catch me with flowers on my nails but Banana Split from Barry M was screaming out for some basic daisies. Of course, it's also  not often that you'll find me with basic nails, so I had to also add in some glequins for the centre.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Watermelon Nails

Barry M Gelly Blueberry Muffin and Pink Grapefruit Swatch and Watermelon Nail Art

I know I'm not the only one that loves a bit of watermelon in the Summer months and can you believe I have never done watermelon nails before? I know that the Barry M Gellys Pink Grapefruit and Blueberry Muffin aren't really traditional watermelon colours but they look so cute together and they are close enough that it really works.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Hakuna Matata Nails

Barry M Gelly Banana Split and Tangerine Swatch and Lion King Nail Art
As soon as I saw Banana Split and Tangerine from the new Barry M Gelly's, I knew I wanted to do an orange to yellow, sunset gradient, with Lion King nail art.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Barry M SS19 Gelly Nail Paints

Barry M SS19 Gelly Nail Paints Swatches

Barry M very kindly sent me a set of there newly released Gelly Nail Paints to swatch and try out and let me tell you, they are beautiful! I absolutely love the polishes from the Gelly nail range, not only are they glossy and fast drying, but they also stamp really well. These 4 new additions do not disappoint one little bit and they are the perfect shades for summery nails.

One little note: one of the main reason that I lost motivation is because my photos keep coming off my camera with a weird tint and no amount of colour correcting fixes some of them. So in some of these photos, they may be a slightly brighter shade than the actual polish or my skin has a weird tinge to it so that I could get the best colour on the polish. If you are a camera expert, hit me up, I have no idea what I am doing hahaha, I just use auto, then point and click!

But let's have a better look at these gorge polishes. All photos are 2 coats with no topcoat!

Monday, 27 May 2019

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Nails

Mystery Science Theater 3000 MST3K Nails Plus10Kapow

The heat has zapped all motivation and ability from me lately and I have really been struggling to do much of anything, let alone nail art. But I wanted to at least start this week being more productive and the best way for me to do that, is to do something I love.

Ever since I found out that Espionage Cosmetics did MST3K nail wraps for when the The Return was in the Kickstarter stage, I have wanted MST3K nails and since I haven't been able to find the nail wraps, I had to do my own. I am a huge fan of the show, both the classic and the newly revived. I really love Rifftrax too, if you don't know what that is but you're a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, definitely check it out, you won't regret it, oh and bonus, there's loads of Rifftrax on Prime Video so if you have that, you're on to a winner.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Nail Mail Monthly: Magic is Real

I am so happy that Espionage Cosmetics Nail Mail Monthly is back! There are always awesome and inventive wrap sets that come in the subscription! And the April Theme, Magic is Real, was no disappointment.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Barry M Fortune Teller Glaze Topcoat

Barry M Fortune Teller Flakie iridescent topcoat swatch and review

I have an absolutely stunning new addition to the Barry M Nail Paints to show you today. This is the Barry m Fortune Teller Glaze topcoat. This is a pretty photo heavy post, you have been warned.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Born Pretty Store Sea World L001

Born Pretty Store L001 stamping plate Aquaman Nerdy Nails

I have been fighting hard against a lack of motivation today and to make it worse, 75% of the nail art I had done this week looked shit on camera, so I have scrapped it all. So I am a bit bummed too.

Anyway, today I have this awesome Sea World stamping plate from Born Pretty to show you.