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Thursday, 26 February 2015

A 2 Z: P is for Pale

Hey internet! Look who has broken her promise of blogging more than once a week already, it's meeeee!! Sorry. Life and all that. Anyway, here is the next installment of the A 2 Z Series. This week's letter is P, which represents the theme of "Pale". 

I have gone for a very simple manicure using pale nail polishes. Shall we have a look?






Products I used in order from first to last:
Orly Bonder base coat;
Boots 17 "Woo Me", two coats;
OPI "Pirouette My Whistle", one coat;
OPI "You Callin' Me A Lyre?", one coat;
Seche Vite top coat.

And now for mama Bean! I'm afraid I can't remember the name of the minty green polish she used here, although I know it is from MUA; the glitter is Barry M "Diamond Glitter".




Don't forget to check the A 2 Z Hub Page, and come back again next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x


Thursday, 19 February 2015

A 2 Z: O Is For Old

Hey friends! Another Thursday, another A 2 Z installment! This week we are on the letter O, which represents "Old". Instead of just using an old polish, or one with the word "Old" in its name (I have a few of those!), I chose to use a polish which is the colour of old gold, reminiscent of a precious, golden relic unearthed in some archaeological dig somewhere. What is this polish, you ask? It's AEngland "Holy Grail", of course, and here it is!

Two coats, no top coat:





And then I stamped an ornate, brocade-like image from MoYou London Fashionista plate 07 & Barry M Gold Foil Effects, which gave the overall manicure the look of some beautiful, sumptuous old curtains, the sort which might be found in a stately home (angled my nails away from the light 'cause it's the only way I could photograph the stamping):





Now let's see what mama Bean has opted for this week! She chose to apply a base of Nails Inc "Southwark" and stamp an Egyptian headdress image in gold, because the Egyptians are pretty old, are they not? :D





As always, the A 2 Z Hub Page is where you will find everybody else's contributions, and also why don't you take a look at this post, a mid-way "How are we all doing so far?" post compiled by Charlie of Pocket Money Polishes!

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

Thursday, 12 February 2015

A 2 Z: N is for New

Hello friends! Today's A 2 Z brings us to the letter N, and the prompt "New". I have gone for the easy option, and used, among other things, my newest polish: L.A. Colors "Flurry" to create a pretty, celestial manicure. Let's go!


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Zoya "Lillian"

If you follow me on Instagram, there is one thing you will have come to realise in absolute certainty: I love my pets. I have two dogs, and two cats, and they are literally my whole world, so when I noticed that Zoya has released a nail polish with the same name as one of my pets, I absolutely HAD TO HAVE IT. It arrived today and of course a blog post was a must!

The polish in question is Zoya "Lillian", a pale, slightly dusty duck egg blue/green - I can't quite place the colour, it sometimes looks more blue, and sometimes looks more green, and is an absolute bugger to photograph, but regardless, it is beautiful, and it shares its name with my pretty little cat Lillian, which is all that matters to me! 


So here it is, Zoya "Lillian", two coats with base & top coat (Orly Bonder & Seche Vite, FYI):





And here is my kittycat Lillian, because yay cats! :D



Lillian, meet Lillian! 

(^^That's yesterday's manicure on my nails, I took this picture before applying "Lillian", stupidly)

If you were able to, would you buy a nail polish solely because it shares its name with your pet/child/significant other etc.? :)

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

Thursday, 5 February 2015

A 2 Z: M is for Multicoloured

Howdly doodly folks! Today's A 2 Z blog post is brought to you by the letter M, and the theme "Multicoloured". As is quite often the case, I had a last-minute change of mind, from a pastel gradient (which requires effort) to some multicoloured glitter toppers (no effort), because lazy Anna is lazy.

So for this manicure, I decided to start with a lovely pale grey base, to act as a nice contrast against the colours. The grey I used was Models Own "Misty Grey", and here it is on its own - two coats:


And for the multicolouredness(?!) I decided to layer two different neon glitter toppers from Stellar Nail Polish: "Rock-A-Hula Baby" and "Viva Las Vegas", which I kinda ruined with my haphazard splodgy application = bubbles ahoy:




And then finally I added a coat of Freckles Polish "You Make Me So Matte"matte top coat:



Don't forget to check the A 2 Z Hub Page to see what everybody else is up to, and come back again next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x



Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Neon & Nude Gradient Stamping with Models Own

Hello internetters, how are you today? Well I promised I'd try and blog more regularly, so here I am with a NOTD post for you! It features a technique which I have so far avoided for the simple reason that I had always assumed it was more complicated than it actually is: gradient stamping! I also recently placed an order from Models Own during their half price sale, and that order consisted of the entire Polish For Tans neon pastel collection, and two lovely neutral shades (Misty Grey and Utopia). Having seen The Nailasaurus' gradient stamping tutorial video the other day, I knew I had to try it as soon as my beauteous bargains arrived, so I did!


I started with a base of Models Own "Utopia", two coats of pale putty perfection in a bottle:



And then, using the afore-mentioned tutorial, Models Own "Flip Flop" and "Sun Hat", and Cheeky plate CH7, I created this neon and nude gradient stamping manicure:






What do you think? I am really pleased with this, and I will be employing this technique a lot more in the future now that I know how flippin' easy it is!

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