So, here’s my Christmas manicure! It’s using Zoya Sooki, with a coat of OPI’s Getting Miss Piggy with it on all the fingers except the ring finger. I then used tape and Model’s Own Sterling Silver in a shameless copy of a tutorial I picked up on Pinterest by Nailside. Topped it all off with a couple of diamantes (because I’m just that classy) and a couple of coats of Seche Vite. A week later and my diamantes are still stuck firm.
Also featuring in this pic is my Christmas present from the husband – a set of three handmade 22 carat gold rings with gorgeous ruby, sapphire and emerald stones. I loooove them, and they match the gold of my wedding ring. I’ve got some posts backed up with other recent manis so I’ll get posting over the next few days before I’m back to school!
I painted my nails especially for my birthday. These were OPI The one that got away stamped with Orly Luxe using Konad M57 – leopard print, and then a coat of China Glaze Golden Enchantment – a gold holographic glitter. And again, everything is topped with a big old layer of Seche Vite, the shiny glossy topcoat of the gods.
Clearly my tastes are not so refined. I’ve used all these polishes/stamps before so nothing was a surprise except that it appears I can’t keep a patch of nail polished on my middle finger of my left hand – it just keeps chipping off there. Very weird. Again, I couldn’t find my SD card and I wanted to get a photo before I ruined them, hence the stamping excess all over my fingers. I love how well Luxe stamps.
As for what I did for my birthday, well, I dressed as Bookaboo for my nephew’s 3rd birthday party.
I thought I looked excellent, but I was the only person visibly dressed up in the car on the way there and got some really funny looks!
Then we went to see Matilda the Musical, which was absolutely EXCELLENT. You should totally go. If, y’know, you live in SE England… otherwise it might be a bit of a trek. (Boringly, I changed my outfit) The music is written by Tim Minchin who is basically my favourite comedian ever. I just crack up, although I would suggest not YouTubing him if you have a nervous disposition.
Afterwards, we quickly stopped in to get a takeaway from MEATLiquor as I just can’t get enough of their burgers and deep fried pickles. OMG, so good. You should go, if you haven’t already. Seriously.
Plain colours get boring, dontcha think? I’ve just done a really quick and easy nail art look today inspired by the musical Wicked that I saw at the weekend. I’ve used China Glaze Jolly Holly, a dark emerald colour which I found in Sally’s for £1.50 – it has a silver cap instead of a black one which is a bit odd, a white striper by Andrea Fulerton I bought from superdrug and then the same striper brush dipped in OPI DS Coronation, which is an awesomely dense holographic glitter. I’ve not got anything bad to say about anry of them, really, and I was quite impressed with my dexterity, especially considering I’d not had a cup of tea yet when I did my nails. Google tells me the OPI polish is relatively hard to find but I wasn’t exactly looking for it, just happened to find it at the OPI nail bar in Selfridges.
And I have a little confession, I snapped one of my nails trying to turn off my alarm yesterday so now one has a false tip and gel overlay, courtesy of moi and also Tesco for supplying the goods. But I’m so proud – I bet you can’t guess which one it is!! Ok, must get back to singing (badly) along with the Wicked soundtrack and lesson planning. I’m such a multitasker.
I got Essie’s Matte about You in my polish-fest this week, and I’ve been applying it to everything, just to see what it’s like. I pinned a couple of looks to my Pinterest nail board using matte polish so I thought I’d amalgamate them and see how it went!
I quite liked it, although I’m not really a black-nail fan. This is China Glaze’s Liquid Leather and OPI Fiji Weejie Fawn, then I stamped using my black striper polish (it’s really pigmented, much better than CG or the Barry M black I have) and Konad plate m57. Matted everything using the essie polish, and then put a shiny top coat on the black tips. I liked it alright, but look at my index finger – a chip! I’d only had the polish on a couple of hours, and wasn’t doing anything particularly strenuous with them. Grr. Maybe it’s the top coat, not using Seche Vite is probably my downfall – I’m just too used to it wearing like iron.
The other thing I just have to tell you about, although you probably already know as I’m pretty much the last person in the world to discover it…. Lush’s Lemony Flutter cuticle butter. I love it. I’ve used it for a few days and hardly made a dent in the tub, so even though it was fairly pricey, I feel like it’s worth it, unlike the tub of Sally Hansen stuff that I used up in just over a week. I use pure acetone as my polish remover, so my fingers are as dry as the Sahara after a few mishaps with the nail art!
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or possibly not in the UK?), the News of the World, a long-running Sunday newspaper put out its last edition today, as they’ve been doing some probably illegal and definitely immoral and shady stuff. I got a text from my cousin (hi stave!) yesterday suggesting I put the last NotW on my fingernails, so I did!
Base colour is OPI Skull and Glossbones, and then I just dunked my finger in ‘Glens Exciting Vodka’ and pressed the newspaper onto my fingers. Topped it with Seche Vite and done! I put little mini headline banners on my thumbs and then text from the first ever NotW on the rest of my fingers.
Right hand: (which is the better one in real life)
I love this newsprint nails look and will definitely do it again in the future – it was really easy!
I’ve painted my nails just a plain colour because I start my new job in the morning! Terrified, although I’m sure it’ll be fine, but I think I’m allowed to be scared. This is Mermaid’s Tears by OPI, part of the Pirates of the Caribbean collection. I’ve decided I also want Steady As She Rose, Planks a Lot and Sparrow Me the Drama. Oops. Anyway, this is a dusky pastel green with maybe just a hint of grey in it on my skintone. I like it, but I’m not sure about on me, and it just looks so… plain after the nail art I’ve been doing! Just thought I should probably go a bit incognito, don’t want to stick out too much on my first day!
Sorry, the light was really rubbish today so it looks a bit rubbish – the colour is accurate though (on my screen)
When I got back last night, my husband had bought me the most beautiful pale pink roses for our third wedding anniversary, so today I set about creating a nail look inspired by my pretty flowers.
I used Barry M White (no. 66) nail varnish as my base coat, and then stuck on some cute little fimo roses, and added a coat of OPI’s I Juggle… Men, which gives it a really cute subtle glittery shimmer. And I really mean subtle!
A leopard print mani using OPI Fiji Weejie Fawn and some random black to stamp with, and one I did for my mum in honour of Armed Forces Day on saturday, using Up All Night (China Glaze) and Orly’s Luxe.
Am now dashing out the door to see Glee! Live!
I loooove fruit. Strawberries, peaches, and especially watermelon. I got my first watermelon of the year while food shopping today and I was instantly inspired. The green is Jolly Holly by China Glaze, pink is Do You Think I’m Tex-y by OPI and the black is China Glaze’s Liquid Leather.
I am in love with Do You Think I’m Tex-y and I’m really annoyed now that I only have the mini bottle. The colour reminds me of my wedding! I could do with something a bit more green for the green but overall I’m really happy – the polishes were easy to apply and everything went pretty much to plan, which is nice as this was my first freehand nail art. Even the tips were freehand AND my right hand doesn’t look too bad either!
See you tomorrow, when I hope it’s as warm as it has been today!