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Friday, 31 May 2013

Big Fat Lazy Photo Dump!

I've had barely a second to sit down lately and am so exhausted. That, combined with a lack of enthusiasm/inspiration/motivation and my general bad mood, means I just haven't been able to blog, etc.

With that in mind, here is a lazy post of what's been on my nails for the past couple of days.

Rimmel 60 Seconds "Ethereal":



And with China Glaze "Fairy Dust":




2True Colour Quick "Shade 18":



Matching a cat toy:




And with Rimmel "Disco Ball":




Aaaaaand I'm done. Please stick with me folks. I am taking a bit of a step back from daily blogging for now so don't be alarmed if I go AWOL - I will be back, you can be sure of that, as I have some exciting things in the pipelines - but I can't commit myself to such regular posts as I have done in the past. I hope you understand <3

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Collection Hot Looks "All That Jazz"

Hello peeps. I have another polish from my mini Superdrug haul to show you today. Collection Hot Looks "All That Jazz" is a dark brownish greyish sort of colour with slightly chunky silver shimmer. Formula was very good, as I have come to expect of Collection's Hot Look nail polishes recently - easy to apply, well pigmented, and opaque with two coats (it would have been acceptable with one tbh but I never leave it at just one coat). I still am not overly keen on the brushes, but for the teeny, tiny price, you really can't go wrong with this range.

Pictures show two coats, plus base & top coat:





As you can see, I've had to file my nails down today. They've pretty much lost the plot lately and just will not behave. Even now I'm not happy with them, I can't get them straight and even, and lately my ring finger nail (on this hand) just wants to point in a completely different direction that the rest so this side-on shot looks ridic! Cue sad face :(

Also, I know I have quite a few comments on other posts that I've yet to reply to - my loves, I always try and reply to all comments but please don't feel offended if it takes me a while or I never get round to it - I read and appreciate each and every one but just for now, life's gone a bit downhill and I'm struggling to keep up with it all and stay perky. I hope you understand <3

Thanks for reading, and please come back again soon :) x



Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Gradient Nails with Nails Inc & China Glaze

Hello everybody! How are you all diddling? Today's manicure was partly inspired by my mum. I didn't know what to do with them today (other than use pink in some way shape or form as it's Pink Week at All Things Nails), and she suggested a gradient, so I said "Ok!".

I started with two coats of Nails Inc for InStyle "Power Pink", a purple-toned pink creme:





And then, using Power Pink and Nails Inc "Duchess Street", I did a gradient on all ten nails, and then applied a layer of China Glaze "Fairy Dust", plus top coat to finish:






What do you think? Before I applied Fairy Dust this looked such a stinking old mess I was quite embarrassed, but thankfully now it's finished it doesn't look too bad, and it's certainly very pretty if you ask me.

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x



Monday, 27 May 2013

Barry M "Cyan Blue"

Hello dearest readers, how are you all? Today's nail polish is one from a very teeny haul (of three!) from Superdrug on Saturday. All cosmetics are on three for two so I treated myself. 

Barry M "Cyan Blue" is a very bright slightly greenish-blue creme polish. The name descrbes it perfectly really - it is cyan blue. Formula was pretty much perfection itself - a true creme, rich and smooth, intensely pigmented, easy to apply, and flawless in two coats.

Pictures show two coats plus base & top coat:





What do you think? If you ask me it's the perfect antidote to a dull, dreary, rainy bank holiday Monday!

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x



Sunday, 26 May 2013

Nails Inc "Bloomsbury Way" & Stamping with Pueen

Hello my dears, how are you all? I'm having a pretty shitty weekend all things considered, so please forgive me but this post will be very word-lite - I just can't be bothered.

Nails Inc "Bloomsbury Way", a very pale, icy pink creme polish with a slightly dodgy formula. Two coats, no top coat:





And some messy heart stamping using Nails Inc "Monmouth Street" and Pueen plate 1:




Thanks for reading, and come back again soon x



Saturday, 25 May 2013

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots "Shooting Stars"

Today's nails come to you courtesy of a lovely girl named Sarah, whom I met over at All Things Nails. She very kindly and generously offered me a nail polish which she knew I wanted, as she had no use for it, and it arrived today. It's Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots in "Shooting Stars", a deep blue jelly with an assortment of black and white matte glitters. Formula was thick and gelatinous, but not at all difficult to apply. I've used two fairly generous coats on their own (with no base colour) and while my nail line is ever so slightly visible, I actually think it's a good thing and just adds to the gorgeous, juicy, squishy-looking jelly finish.

Pictures show two coats plus base & top coat:




What do you think? I really love how you can see the glitters in the first layer through the second layer - it's like looking into deep crystal blue water! Thank you Sarah for being so generous and sending this to me <3

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x



Friday, 24 May 2013

Attitude "Sage Green"

Hello my dearlings, and happy Friday! A few days ago on All Things Nails I set my fellow members a quest to find the perfect pale, dirty, sage green creme - kinda like OPI "Thanks A Windmillion" but paler. After a lot of suggestions (and a lot of rebuttals from me = picky madam!), I finally settled for Attitude "Sage Green", as suggested by lovely Harriet. It was £2.75 with free p&p from eBay, so I could hardly turn it down! When it arrived, it was perfectly clear that it was the exact colour I had been looking for, which made me very happy indeed.

It is, quite clearly, a pale (but not pastel) sage green creme - not a lot else to say about it, colour-wise. Formula is very well pigmented and thick, but not troublesome - it was very easy to control and stayed where I put it. I dropped the bottle before I went to paint my nails so it was a bit bubbly, but that was obviously user error. I applied two average coats, which dried quickly:





Before I applied it, I knew I just had to apply a layer of China Glaze "Fairy Dust" on top - I think the two go perfectly together :)






Do you like this sort of colour?

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x



Thursday, 23 May 2013

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Ciate "Cabaret"

Hi dears! Before I start on this post proper, I thought I'd let you all know I have joined the smartphone world and now have an Instagram account! It won't only be nails - I take an awful lot of pictures of my pets, and sunsets, and life in general - but I'd love it if you could follow me, and I'll follow you right back - http://instagram.com/annabean1983 (or click on the Instagram button on the right).

Now, nail time! Today's colour is Ciate "Cabaret", a rich, medium/deep, red-toned plum creme. I struggled to apply it as I only have a mini bottle and I just can't get to grips with the brush handle - I am too cack-handed. Formula is generally fine though, a little brush-strokey on the first coat, but perfect after the second.

Pictures show two coats plus base & top coat:






I bought a cover to protect my lovely shiny new phone and lookie, it matches! Not that that was planned or anything.... ;)



Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Double post! Black & White Glitter! Polish Roulette! Dots!

Howdydoo! I'm sorry for no blog post yesterday, I had quite a lot to do and time just ran away from me. So I have a double post for you today, although I am tired so it will be fairly word-lite.

Firstly is what I had on my nails yesterday! Here is one coat of Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots in "Chalk Dust", over two coats of Nails Inc "The Southbank", plus base & top coat:






And now on to today's manicure! It is another "Polish Roulette" day for me today. The colours chosen for me completely blindly were Nails Inc "Belgrave Place" and Sinful Colors "Timbleberry". I started by painting each nail alternately:




And then using a dotting tool, I added some random dots of "Belgrave Place" on the nails which are painted with "Timbleberry", and finished with top coat:




And there you have it, all up to date again!

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Polish Roulette - Two Colours, One Manicure!

Hello! It's the start of a new theme week at All Things Nails today, and I've been so looking forward to it! It's called "Polish Roulette", and the idea is to pick two random colours and create one manicure with them. I asked my mum to pick the colours for today, and I was actually really pleased with her choices!


Here are the two polishes she chose, Barry M "Peach Melba" and Nails Inc "Cumberland Street":






Saturday, 18 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins TAG!

Hello again lovely tings! Sweet Claire at Penny For Them tagged me in the Seven Deadly Sins post that is doing the rounds at the moment! I saw it on another blog and thought it was a great post, so I was really pleased to be tagged and have the opportunity to do this!

1. GREED: What is your most expensive beauty item?
 

I really can't think.... Apart from nail polish, I don't spend all that much on beauty products. I'm going to lump perfumes in with beauty - my favourite perfume is Versace "Vanitas" and it cost me about £40.... I think.....

2. WRATH: Which beauty item do you have a love/hate relationship with?
 

Foundation!! My skin is sensitive, flaky yet also oily, and also completely neutral-toned so all foundations are either too cool or too warm. As a result it's really hard to find a good one, yet I really, really wish I could as I do feel a bit unfinished if I've done all my other make-up and not bothered with foundation.

3. GLUTTONY: What brand makes up the biggest chunk of your make up collection?
 

Nails Inc, not a single doubt about that!! It's the brand that started off my love for nail polish and while I feel they've lost their way a bit lately, I'll always have a place in my heart for them.

4. SLOTH: What product do you neglect to use due to laziness?

 

I'm probably going to disgust you with this, but sometimes (a lot of the time) I just can't be bothered with washing my hair, it's so thick and takes so long to rinse conditioner out that it can sometimes take up to an hour from start to finish. Thankfully its very dry so it doesn't get greasy very quickly and I can get away with it, but I do feel very ashamed of myself :/

5. PRIDE: Which beauty product gives you the most confidence?
 

Nail polish. I know, it's predictable coming from me but it's true. I feel like a whole different person when my nails are painted. I'm quite shy and not very good with fashion/hair/expressing my style generally, so I love to let my nails speak for me and it gives me a real boost if somebody takes the time to a) notice them and b) compliment me about them.

6. LUST: Which item is at the top of your beauty wish list?
 

Actually I really want to try the Mally under make-up primer. My dear friend Hayley has recommended it to me and from what she says, it sounds like it may cure my aversion to foundation.

7. ENVY: What make up product / look looks great on others but not on yourself?
 

Lipstick. Can't do it. End of!

Now, I will tag the following three sweethearts:


Lisa
Louise
Melissa

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Lush Lacquer "Dream On"

Hi lovely loves! How is your Saturday? I hope the weather is a lovely where you are as it is here!

I have an unexpected, very happy, last-gasp contribution to indie week at All Things Nails today! I recently bought "Dream On" by Lush Lacquer from a lovely lady and fellow polish nut named Jennett and it arrived yesterday, just in time for the last full day of indie week! 

"Dream On" is a milky white base with blue, green, and purple glitters of varying shapes and sizes, some of which are matte, some of which are shiny. Lots of the larger glitters are stuck to the edges of the bottle so I did have to fish around for them, and still couldn't get that many on my nails, but nevertheless the effect the milky white base creates with the coloured particles is absolutely gorgeous. Whilst being a little thick in consistency, it's not fully opaque. I applied two careful, thick coats and in some lights my nail line is still sort of visible, but most of the time you can't see it, and I am happy to have left it at two coats - any more than that and I think the effect of the glitters peeking out through the base would begin to get lost.

Pictures show two coats plus base & top coat:







What do you think of this type of polish? I really love them, the overall effect always reminds me of icecream, and this one in particular looks as though it should smell minty in my opinion!

Thanks fro reading, and come back again soon :) x


Friday, 17 May 2013

Colour Pop "Pistachio" & China Glaze "Glitz 'N Pieces"

Hello my dearlings, happy Friday! Before I get onto today's manicure, I just wanted to say thank you to each and every single one of you - today I reached my first big milestone of one hundred blog followers, and I am so happy. I blog first and foremost for myself, as an outlet for my hobby, a way to keep myself occupied, and to archive my manicures. To know that so many of you also enjoy reading it and come back regularly just astonishes me, and I am so thankful for that <3

Anyway, on to the nails! Colour Pop "Pistachio" is a bright but almost pastel greenish yellow creme. Formula is a bit tricky - it's streaky and a little chalky, and is fairly slow drying, but with careful application I was able to achieve opacity with two coats. I bought this from New Look last year - I believe it's their own brand, but sadly they don't seem to sell them in my local store anymore :(

Pictures show two coats, no top coat (it's very difficult to capture accurately - it's brighter and slightly more green in reality):







And then, just because I felt like it, I added a coat of China Glaze "Glitz 'N Pieces" for an edgy "graffiti" look, and finished it off with top coat:







Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Thursday, 16 May 2013

French Manicure with OPI!

Could this be? Bean goes French?! Oui, c'est vrai! I have been thinking about trying a classic French manicure for a while now. I'll be honest, it's not really my thing, but I am so stuck in a rut I just don't know what to do. My lovely friend Louise (please check out her blog!) posted a picture on All Things Nails of her own French manicure today, and she inspired me to try it for myself.

The polishes I used were OPI "You Callin' Me A Lyre?" for the pink, and OPI "Alpine Snow" for the white:




I really wasn't sure about it to be honest. I love to see French manicures on other people, but I just don't know if I like them on myself - I prefer to be loud and bold with my nails. So to sort of make it more "me", and to hide the fact that it isn't perfect, I added a coat of OPI "Pirouette My Whistle" on top for some sparkle, and finished with top coat:




Are you a fan of the French manicure? I am well out of my comfort zone with this but I am going to stick with it - if nothing else, it's a change from the usual, and they say a change is good as a rest!

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Animal Print Stamping with Models Own

Hello there! Again I have something quite unscheduled to show you today. Yesterday's nails were pretty colourful, so I decided against the bright coral I had planned to use and instead went with something a bit more toned-down. 

Models Own "Nude Beige" is a lovely medium, warm-toned beige with a bit of a pink undertone. Certainly not a match for my skin-tone but I think nonetheless it's a lovely neutral, and my second favourite Models Own colour. Formula is unproblematic, not too thick, nicely pigmented, and opaque with two coats. However, as with all the Models Ownnail polishes I own, it has a very strong odour - not that I sit here sniffing it (which is very dangerous and not to be tried), it's just very obviously highly odorous. Anyway, on to the pictures!

Two coats, no top coat:






Once that was dry enough (which took no time at all), I stamped an animal print image from Bundle Monster plate BM-223, using Models Own "Purple Grey", and finished it all off with top coat:






I'm not sure what animal has this pattern in these colours.... Maybe a zebra with a bit of an identity crisis? But whatever, I really like the two colours together, and the manicure as a whole has a bit of interest to it without being too loud and in-your-face.

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Gradient Nails featuring JENsations "Rainbow Sprinkles"

Hello! I have something a little bit special (in my opinion) to show you today. It's indie week at All Things Nails, but I only have one true indie - JENsations "Rainbow Sprinkles". I can't make seven days worth of manicures out of it because it's precious and I don't want to use too much of it, so I thought I'd do one special manicure to make up for my lack of contribution, and here it is!

I started with two coats of Barry M "Prickly Pear" Gelly Nail Paint:




Then, using "Prickly Pear" and "Blueberry" Gelly Nail Paints, I created a gradient (which is far prettier and more obvious in real life - my cameras all think pale blue and lilac are the same colour):



And to finish it off, I applied one coat of JENsations "Rainbow Sprinkles", and top coat:


I'm really pleased with the end result, it's just such a shame it doesn't really come across too well in the photographs - if I could get you all here in my house to look at them with your actual eyes, that would be really cool, if a little cramped....!

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x




Monday, 13 May 2013

China Glaze "Stella"

Hello dears, how's your Monday? I'm in a bit of a nail polish rut. I don't know what to wear, and that which I do pick out to wear just doesn't really float my boat. I can't rely on theme week to dictate my choices this week as it's indie week, and I only have one indie polish! So I waded in to my collection and picked out an old favourite - a true classic which will always make me happy. What is it? It's China Glaze "Stella"! Stella is a beautiful plum/magenta shimmer polish. Formula is runny, and with one coat it looks like it'll never be opaque and even, but the second coat always sorts everything out. It really is a beautiful polish, but it's a bugger to photograph accurately on the best of days, let alone on a miserable, gloomy day like today! So I've provided a few differently-lit shots to give you an idea.

Pictures show two coats, plus base & top coat:


(Camera flash)

(Camera flash)

(Very cloudy daylight)

(Very cloudy daylight)

The flash-lit shots are far more colour accurate, but the naturally-lit shots show the depth of finish.

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x