Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Stepping Stones

Hello to all my new followers!! Thank you for joining up and entering my giveaway.
The giveaway has boosted my numbers quite a lot  in the past few days and it's so nice nice to have you here and I hope you'll all come back and visit in the future :D


Plate: Bundle Monster - BM10
Base Colour: Revlon ColourStay - Always Romantic (you can win this colour in my giveaway)
Konad Colour: Nails Inc - Victoria
Top Coat of NYC

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

♪♫ When I was 17...

I had wrists like steel. And I felt compleeeete ♫
Sorry, I just love that song

Plate: BM16
Base Colour: Ulta3 - Gooseberry
Plus: One coat of BYS - 38 Tinkerbell
Konad Colour: Miss Sporty - Zodiac

Monday, 28 June 2010

Fields of Pink

Has anyone had any trouble with their Bundle Monster plates where the design just doesn't transfer onto the stamp. I know this happens with Konads and you are supposed to lightly file the stamper but I tried that and I think it's because the designs aren't engraved 'deep' enough into the metal. I'm wondering whether to contact Bundle Monster about it to see if I can get my duds switched.


Plate: Bundle Monster - BM16
Base Colour: BYS - 201 Tickle Me Pink
Plus: One coat of BYS - 38 Tinkerbell
Stamp Colour: BYS - 14 Glamourpuss
Top Coat of NYC

Check it out...
My university was featured on Today's Big Thing a few days ago. I don't know how widely known this site is or if any of you know it. I like to check it every few days - some of the videos are really funny.
Anyway, it's just a quick video of someone interrupting a lecture in a very bizarre way. And it's the hall where I had all my Maths lectures this year!

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Tinkerbell? More like TinkerSWELL

I discovered a very interesting effect yesterday when I was painting my nails. I didn't have time for a konadicure but I didn't want 'plain' nails so I decided to add a coat of BYS Tinkerbell on top of the black polish I was wearing.

Now, this polish looks like creamy pink glitter, and on its own, it is, so I was expecting it to add a very subtle light pink shimmer. But when it was on, it made the black look like a diesel blue with shimmer. And I LOVED IT. So if they have it in stock next time I go to my BYS shop, I will add a bottle to my giveaway.

So here is today's konadicure. I went with the Tinkerbell again, this time over navy blue - to get a steely blue result.


Konad Plate: BM20
Base Colour: Barbara Daly Make Up - Tattoo
Shimmer: BYS - 38 Tinkerbell
Konad Colour: W7 - Black
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Saturday, 26 June 2010

Giveaway - My favourite things - NOW CLOSED

I was originally going to do a giveaway at 50 followers, but that came and went really quickly and I didn't have anything to give away. Then I was going to wait for 75 followers or 100 blog posts, but I'm just too excited. So here it is...

My first giveaway. And it's very exciting, for me at least. And I hope you all like the stuff that's up for grabs. The theme is My Favourite Things because this is my ideal giveaway and I want to keep all of this stuff for myself!

The Rules:
1. You must be a follower.

And that's it.
To be entered just leave a comment and be sure to include your google friend connect name and email address.

Hit the jump to see what's up for grabs and how you can earn easy extra entries.

Good news first...

I have been blogging alllll morning trying to get the post ready for....

MY GIVEAWAY.

Yep. It will be up tonight and I hope you will all enter and tell all your friends!!
So I hope that will make up for the fact that there may not be a konadicure. If I have time between now and when my friends get here, I will get a new one up. But I can't guarantee anything.

Cherry On Top Award


Rules of this award are:

1. Thank the person who gave this award to you.
Thank you Kathy and Dionela

2. Copy the award and put it on your blog.
Done

3. List 3 things you love about yourself.
I always surprise myself with what I am able to do.
In University this year, I had to do a Maths and Stats module. For example - I haven't done maths since I was 16, and I had to drop it in my first year of A-Levels because it was too hard. But I managed to pull it off this year and it ended up becoming one of my favourite topics.

I'm creative.
A lot of people were shocked when they found out it was my ambition to become an Accountant. Everyone expected me to pursue Photography. To be honest, so did I until I found out I could get in to a good businees school with my qualifications in Photography, Media Studies and IT.

I'm really independent and always have been.
I try really hard never to be too dependent on anyone and I'm not afraid to do anything on my own (but I draw the line at eating in restaurants and going to the cinema). I have friends who won't do much by themselves and it really limits you in life.

4. Post a picture you love.

I took this picture as part of my work for A-Level Photography. I should've got an A, but my teacher didn't like me. ARGH.


Thanks again Kathy and Dionela. I love this award. It was fun to do and I love reading other peoples'. I feel like I know everyone that little bit better once I have seen their answers.

I tag:
Marina
Meg

Friday, 25 June 2010

♪♫ Would you risk it for a chocolate biscuit?

The title's not relevant but I was just listening to the Tinie Tempah song and I can't get that line out of my head.


Konad Plate: M64
Base Colour: BYS - 81 Blue Dance
Konad Colour: NYC Glossies - 243B
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P.S I made cookies yesterday from a new book I found - 1 Dough, 50 Cookies. All the recipes look really tasty and easy so if you are a cookie/baking fan, I would recommend it.


I know, I know. It doesn't look that appetising, but they are sooo moreish.

Oh, and the title has just become relevant! Haha.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Starry Evening


Plate: BM21
Base Colour: Jay Jays - Thrillseeker
Stamp Colour: China Glaze - Adore
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Pink and Swirly

This is one from aaages ago. I just found it as a draft that I obviously forgot to publish.


Plate: BM20
Base Colour: Glo Baby Glo from Primark - The Purple One
Konad Colour: Sally Hansen Chrome - 04 Garnet
Top Coat of Beauty UK (Reluctantly)

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Leafy Green

Sorry I haven't posted for a few days. My family is away on holiday and I have the house to myself so it's been very busy around here ;)


Plate: Bundle Monster BM19
Base Colour: BYS Metallic Green
Stamp Colour: NYC Glossies - 243B
Top Coat of NYC

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Corner Decal


Konad Plate: BM11
Base Colour: BYS Metallic Purple
Konad Colour: Miss Sporty - 203 Zodiac
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Friday, 18 June 2010

TigerStyle

This is another from Carli's giveaway. I love this one - it dries matte and bright orange but I put a top coat on to preserve the stamping and it turned a slightly darker, blood orange.


Konad Plate: M57
Base Colour: Jay Jays - Ablaze
Konad Colour: L'Oreal LaquiResist - 198 Black Bean
Top Coat of NYC

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Well this is embarassing...

I'm normally a very organised person but this poll thing has me completely stumped. So, sorry, I feel bad for messing you all around. Anyway, the mani is blue because the last time I checked, before the second poll broke, blue had the most votes.



Plate: BM02
Base Colour: BYS Metallic Blue
Stamp Colour: George@ Asda - No. 35 Frost Bite
Top Coat of NYC

I've started stashing goodies for my giveaway. There is no theme - I'm just picking up stuff here and there that I like and think all of you will like. At the moment, there are 11 polishes and some bits and bobs. I'm also going to take a leaf from Carli's book and ask you what sweets/chocolate/candy you would like to try from the UK. And don't worry, it will be very well organised!

The giveaway so far:

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Steel Stripes

Argh. The stupid poll has broken again. I don't know what I've done to break it but I'll leave it there and see if it fixes itself. As it stands, Blue had the most votes last time I checked so it will be blue unless it starts working ☺

Here is another from last week...


Plate: BM20 
Base Colour: L'Oreal LaquiResist - 837
Stamp Colour: Miss Sporty - 203 Zodiac
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BONUS: Strawberrylicious

Here is a bonus mani from last week before I had my biting session. There will be another one up later.


Plate: BM05
Base Colour: Collection 2000 Hot Looks - 35 Dynasty 
Leaf Colour: BYS - 78 Fern
Strawberry Colour: Kristen - No. 35
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PS. Don't forget to vote on my poll for Friday's colour .

Get your vote on!

Now you guys have to vote for which BYS Metallic I will use in tomorrow's Konadicure.
I literally love all the polishes I got from Carli so I need some help deciding which ones to show you first!


Vote on the sidebar ►
I had some trouble with the other poll so I'm going through Blogger. My sincere apologies if you already voted on the other one.
Voting will close at 9.00am (GMT +1) on Friday 18th

BlueJayJays!


Plate: BM10
Base Colour: Jay Jays - Thrillseeker
Stamp Colour: Stargazer - 118 White
Top Coat of NYC

Giveaway Win. Yay

Here are all the amazing polishes I won in Carli's giveaway.

A selection of 6 BYS Metallics
(Go here to vote for which one I should use tomorrow)


 
BYS Cracked Finish - Purple
BYS Matte - Grey

Rimmel 'I ♥ Lasting Finish' - 064 Funky Diva
Ulta3 - Gooseberry


 Jay Jays':
Ablaze, Raven and Thrillseeker

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

I know it's been a while...

Sorry there was no post yesterday. I just moved out of my Uni flat and back home for the summer so everything is chaos! This is the first time I've been able to get to my computer as it's been buried under the pile of junk I managed to accumulate this past year. Haha.

I haven't even had time to do my nails (*cry*) but I'm very nearly done sorting through the mounds of clutter so I will aim to post a manicure tonight but apologies if I don't manage to.

On a lighter note - I won Carli @ Konad-licious's giveaway of Australian branded polishes a while back and the package arrived today. As you may know if you are a regular visitor to this blog - I love love love BYS polishes - and more than half of this giveaway consisted of BYS so I was very excited!!

Peace out and wish me luck with the clutter!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Polka Dot Playtime

I know this design isn't as neat as normal but I love this combination. I used the Bundle Monster polka dot plate so I had to double stamp on most fingers which was quite tricky to line up. So I tried to neaten it up with some black on a brush after.


Plate: BM19
Base Colour: Glo Baby Glo from Primark - Yes Cyan! 
Stamp Colour: W7 - Black
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Pastel Palette


Plate: BM05
Base Colour: Barry M - 308 Berry Ice Cream
Stamp Colour: Collection 2000 Hot Looks - 33 Button Moon
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Saturday, 12 June 2010

Totally Teal


Plate: BM07
Base Colour: No7 - 115 Totally Teal 
Stamp Colour: China Glaze - Adore
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Friday, 11 June 2010

What fruit is this?

I don't actually think there is a blue fruit. I remember watching a Blue Peter once where they said that we are immediately put off food if it is blue in colour and if you think about it- it's true. There are hardly any blue foods and definitely not 'natural' ones. The only blue food I can think I've ever seen is sugary stuff like sweets and icing. Any thoughts?

Anyway...

This is a new colour I picked up at Asda when I went looking for some new storage for my polishes.
It was marked at £1.50 but came out at £1 ($1.45) at the checkout - I love it when that happens.


Plate: BM04
Base Colour: George@ Asda - 49 Hoax
Stamp Colour: NYC Glossies - 243B
Top Coat of NYC


I bought a plastic drawer set to house my collection - there are 4 drawers just the right size for most of my polishes but some of the taller bottles have be laid down. Like Sally Hansen's and No7's.
It is just big enough to hold everything and the bottom drawer is dedicated to base/top coats and extra bits and bobs like all my plates, files and brushes etc.

It was about £7 ($10) and no doubt I will be buying another one soon to keep up with my ever-growing stash.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Sugar MoMA


Konad Plate: BM11
Base Colour: NYC Quick Dry - 238B1 MoMA
Konad Colour: Miss Sporty - 203 Zodiac
Top Coat of NYC

For any make-up fans in the UK

In this week's more magazine (the one with Lily Allen on the front) there is a voucher for a free Barry M Dazzle Dust @ Superdrug worth £4.50. The magazine is only £1.50 and you can chose from any of the shades.

I popped in today to get one (I chose No. 39 - Tan) and also came away with two new NYC polishes:

A new top coat - 'In A New York Color Minute' Quick Dry
Hopefully it will live up to my favourite NYC Top Coat that I can't find anywhere :(

and

Colour No.238B1 - MoMa (Konadicure up in a sec)

Which were two for £3.50.

Haul from Marina

Marina (beautyandthebeast) from Forever The Ugly Duckling offered to send me a few of her polishes that she no longer used so of course I accepted and I'm chuffed with the polishes she sent me. Here they are...

From left to right:
My first ever China Glaze - Adore
At least I think it is. When one of my bottles smashed, the polish got all over this bottle and when I was cleaning it off, all of the ink came off the sticker on the bottom!

Collection 2000 Hot Looks - 33 Button Moon
See here for a Konadicure

Barry M - 304 Mint Green
See here for a konadicure

Barry M - 150 Red Glitter

2true - Shade No. 6

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Sorry

Just a quick post to say there won't be another post tonight. I went to a theme park today and spent 7 hours just driving so I'm exhausted. No time to do a manicure like I thought there would be - I'm about to pass out on the keyboard!

Night night x
Sorry there was no post yesterday. I got barred from the Internet!
In my university residences (I think it's 'dorms' in America), if you try to use Peer to Peer software like Vuze, or any other bit torrent - you get your internet access suspended for an hour.
Since the Vuze logo is really similar to the Photoshop one, I clicked on that by accident and got myself locked out just as I was getting ready to post this :( It's not even the first time I've done that either, haha.

Last night I went to see 4.3.2.1 which is AMAZING. Got to be the best British film I've seen in ages. Definitely worth a watch. And the soundtrack was really cool too so I'm gonna get that a.s.a.p.

Anyway, there should be another post later if I can control my clicks tonight and avoid another ban.

I know this look really similar to yesterday's colour but I promise it's different!


Plate: BM12
Base Colour: Collection 2000 Hot Looks - 33 Button Moon (Courtesy of Marina)
Konad Colour: George@ Asda - No. 9 Cloudless Sky
No Top Coat, just Sally Hansen Dry Kwik

Monday, 7 June 2010

Freshen Up

The beautful Marina @ Forever The Ugly Duckling sent me some of her old polishes that she doesn't get any use out of anymore. I will get a picture up tomorrow but for now, here is a manicure with one of the Barry M's.


Plate: BM05
Base Colour: Barry M - 304 Mint Green
Stamp Colour: NYC Glossies - 243B
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My First Casualty

When I visit home, I take a small selection of polishes with me in a small cosmetics bag.
To my astonishment, when I got back to my flat, I opened it up to find this...

Pinky and his poor victims...

It's the first time I've ever seen a polish bottle broken. I'm guessing it happened when I was packing up and I threw the bag across the room trying to get it in my duffel on the bed, but it crashed to the floor :(

It's no biggy - it was nearly all gone anyway - but it was a good polish for stamping, which aren't always easy to find.

Anyone had much experience of breaking bottles?

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Mirror, mirror on the wall...


Plate:  BM07
Base Colour: Barry M - 293 Grey
Stamp Colour: Stargazer - 118 White
Glitter: W7 - 5 Silver Dazzle

Daaaahling... Mwah


Plate: BM02
Base Colour: L'Oreal Jet Set - 225
Stamp Colour: Miss Sporty - 203 Zodiac
Top Coat of Beauty UK

Friday, 4 June 2010

Untitled


Plate: BM12
Base Colour: Carla di Roma - 62 Grape Wine
Stamp Colour: Stargazer - 118 White
Top Coat of NYC

Thursday, 3 June 2010

I can think of no original title when I look at this...

...but I don't like leaving posts without a title - it makes it easier for referencing :)

Plate: BM21
Base Colour: W7 - 35 Blue Lagoon
Stamp Colour: Stargazer - 118 White
Top Coat of NYC

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Houndstooth FTW

I love this manicure, it's so simple but really striking.


Plate:  BM19
Base Colour: Stargazer - 118 White
Stamp Colour: W7 - Black
Top Coat of Beauty UK

Toga Toga

I think this would be such a great manicure for a toga party.


Plate: BM11
Base Colour: Collection 2000 - 82 Toffee Gold
Stamp Colour: W7 - Black
Top Coat of NYC

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Oogle



Plate: BM19
Base Colour: Maybelline Ultra Lasting - 173 Nude Mauve
Konad Colour: BYS - 204 Glittering Purple
Top Coat of NYC
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