Wednesday, 29 June 2011

PW Cult Nails Iconic

It's Pink Wednesday and I'm rocking Cult Nails Iconic. I am in loooove with it, I know I say that all the time but this truly is my favourite pink ever!





Konad Plate: Born Pretty M78
Base Colour: Cult Nails - Iconic
Konad Colour: Miss Sporty - Zodiac
Top Coat of NYC


Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Nautical Nails

I've been looking for a nice navy blue polish for months since I caught on to the nautical trend for summer and after finally finding one yesterday, I was inspired to create a nautical nail look. I found this bargain in Asda as part of their George Make Up range for £1 (normally £1.75), the colour is Bloom.
I used some really old Collection 2000 polishes for the white and light gold, they don't even have names. The red is Barry M Raspberry and for the Anchor, I used Sally Hansen Chrome in Amber. I'm running perilously low on this so if anyone knows any gold/bronze chromes that I can get my hands on in the UK, please please please let me know because I'm getting desperate!



Top Ten Award (with pictures)

Huge thank you's go out to Varnish Me Up, Whitney from Elemental Styles and Breigh from Gettin' Girlie for tagging me with this award.


Here are the Top 10 award rules:
1. Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog.
2. Put the Top 10 Award logo on your blog.
3. List your top 10 cosmetics.
4. Choose 10 bloggers to tag, link to their blogs, and let them know.

My Top Ten


Vichy Dermablend Foundation
I use this as a concealer

Maybelline Dreamy Creamy Foundation

E.L.F. Cream Eyeliner in Black

E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit in Medium

Jerome Alexander Mascara

OPI Original Nail Envy

Perfect Girl False Eyelashes in Curvy
I think these are now branded as 'Brit Rocks' 

Garnier Pure Toner

Asda 'Young Skin' Matte Finish Moisturiser

Vaseline Essential Moisture



I tag all of you. Leave me a link below if you've already done this award because I love seeing all the products everybody loves, even though my bank balance might take a beating from it!

Monday, 27 June 2011

Branching Out

Exciting news! I am now on YouTube! I uploaded my first video a few days ago and plan to make plenty more. The plan is to do nail and EOTD tutorials on occasion. I'm not making any kind of commitment to making videos and this blog will still be my priority, videos will just be something fun on the side.

Branching out to YouTube is something I've been meaning to do for a long time although I never had the equipment before. Now that I'm home for the summer, I can use my Dad's camcorder! 

So here is my first video! It's a short step-by-step of Konadding. When people ask me how I get the designs on my nails, I struggle to explain and I've been searching for a short and sweet video showing the absolute basics of the process but I can't find one so I just decided to make my own.
I know the lighting is bad but as with anything, it's all a learning process and I'm sure my videos will improve with time and practice.



EDIT: I have now removed the video from YouTube but fear not... I made a better one! You can see it here.

Does anyone have any requests for videos they would like to see from me? Any particular looks that you are wondering how to recreate? I have a few ideas but I'd love to do stuff that you guys actually want to see. Please leave any suggestions in the comments or get in touch on Twitter :D Thank you!

Sunday, 26 June 2011

I'm a Peacock, You Gotta 'Let Me Fly'


Any Mark Whalberg fans in here? Every time I hear the name of this polish, the scene from 'The Other Guys' comes straight to mind and I have to stifle a little giggle!


Konad Plate: Born Pretty M79
Base Colour: Cult Nails - Let Me Fly
Konad Colour: W7 Black
Top Coat of NYC



Saturday, 25 June 2011

Just a Sprinkling

I picked up this new  No7 polish last weekend just before my £5 off No7 voucher expired. I noticed that they have quite a few new shades and the 'Speed Dry' colours are gone, or rather replaced with 'Stay Perfect' equivalents, and every bottle is decorated with a 'New brush and formula' sticker. I loved the formula on this and the brush has a domed end which is much better than the old brushes which were long and thin with a square end.
I love this colour! It's a summery turquoise and I was worried it would be too similar to Barry M Cyan Blue which I already have but I can definitely see a difference which I can't describe. I just know it's different. But maybe I'm seeing things to justify buying this colour!


Base Colour: No7 Stand Back
Models Own Juicy Jules and E.L.F. Twinkle sponged on


Thursday, 23 June 2011

My Kind of Cool Aid

My Cult Nails order arrived last week and I had to go and pick it up from the sorting office because there was a £13 customs charge to be paid. If you're in the UK and are thinking of purchasing polish from a country outside the EU, consider yourself warned about these charges. I was hesitant to buy these polishes in the first place because it's quite unusual (actually, unheard of) for me to spend so much on polish and in the end they worked out at £9.50 each which makes me cringe every time I think about it!

Wow, way to start on a bum-note but don't get me wrong, I am really, really happy that I decided to bite the bullet and buy these. I went for My Kind of Cool Aid and Iconic from the 'Inaugural' Collection and Let Me Fly and Cruisin' Nude from the 'A Day At The Races' Collection. Every single polish applies like a dream and is perfect in two coats.


Konad Plate: Born Pretty M76
Base Colour: Cult Nails - My Kind of Cool Aid
Konad Colour: BYS - Glittering Purple
Top Coat of NYC


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Purple or Purple?

I'm going to see Jimmy Eat World tonight! It's very exciting, I just wish I knew more of their songs, haha! I was going to sell my ticket but since Blink 182 have postponed their tour I decided to go to this show because otherwise, I won't have been to a single one this year :(



Plate: Bundle Monster BM201
Base Colour: BYS La Di Da
Stamp Colour: BYS Glittering Purple
Top Coat of NYC


Sunday, 19 June 2011

EOTD 5

I moved home from University today so everything is all over the place and I don't know how I'm going to fit two rooms worth of stuff in to just one! It's incredible, the sheer amount of 'stuff' that you can accumulate. Seems like not much of it is actually that important but I still feel like I need it all!


Primark Prime of Your Life - In The Pink
MUA Eyeshadow - Shades 1, 6 and 7
E.L.F. Cream Eyeliner - Metallic Olive
Jerome Alexander Mascara




Friday, 17 June 2011

Forever Alone

I didn't stop whining all day today. All my friends are starting to move home for the summer but I'm still here so there's not much to do and all I want to do is party! However, I have quietened down a bit this evening. Me and my housemate had a delicious Chinese takeaway and we're just chilling in front of the TV waiting for Made In Chelsea to come on. I know it's a terrible show but it's so addictive and I'm starting to actually like a few of the characters.



Plate: Bundle Monster BM225 and BM222
Base Colour: Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours - 320 Pop Fiction
Stamp Colour: NYC Nail Glossies 243B
Top Coat of NYC

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Models Own Utopia and Purple Smash Up

It's Pink Wednesday and after a few weeks since my last PW post I'm back with a brand new polish to show you!

I don't have very many light colours in my stash at all, and even fewer are pastel shades. I decided to pick up this colour from Models Own since the summer is coming and I want to wear some brighter, more jolly colours on my nails! I wasn't sure if I would like it but I really do and I've worn it quite a few times since I bought it.

The formula isn't great on this polish which I can only describe as pasty. There was a lot of dragging and splotchiness but it's such a pretty colour that I can put up with its pitfalls.

3 coats of Models Own Utopia
Top Coat of NYC

While I was in Boots I noticed a lone bottle of Purple Smash Up on the shelf so of course I grabbed it straight away. I was really surprised to see it as I didn't know the colour ones were released yet, let alone that you could buy them in store - I thought you'd only be able to get them online - so I think I was just in the right time at the right place but I'm still puzzled as to why it was there because this was at least a week ago and as far as I'm aware, they only launched online five days ago.

I think the Models Own Smash Up polishes are the first decent crackles that are readily available here in the UK, especially now that there are quite a few colours to choose from with more on the way. The Barry M Nail Effects just don't do it for me because the colours are so boring and basic.

3 coats of Models Own Utopia and NYC top coat
Coat of Models Own Purple Smash Up
2 top coats of NYC

If you enlarge the picture, you'll see that this polish is metallic. There are tiny pieces of blue, purple and even pink glitter.



Monday, 13 June 2011

Join The Dots

I've spent my evening getting ready for tomorrow's day trip. Some friends and I are going to a theme park called Drayton Manor which is about two and a half hours drive north and I am so so so excited! I always like to be prepared for these kinds of trips so I already have my rucksack filled with a packed lunch, spare clothes, camera and all the other standard day trip paraphernalia!


Plate: Bundle Monster BM211
Base Colour: Rimmel Blue My Mind
Stamp Colour: Collection 2000 Moonlight Shine
China Glaze Adore for the dots
Top Coat of NYC




Saturday, 11 June 2011

Shake Me Down

Sorry I haven't properly got back in to my blogging routine yet. I though that once I finished my exams I would be back to posting regularly but things are still very hectic. Anyway, I'm sure you're tired of hearing my excuses so I won't give you any more. Just know that I'm slowly but surely getting my blog-mentum back!



Plate: Bundle Monster BM210
Base Colour: Rimmel Wear Max Desire
Stamp Colour: Miss Sporty Zodiac
Top Coat of NYC

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Mixing It Up

I had my last exam on Monday and it's such a relief to resume normal human activities like sleeping and eating! And of course it means I can get back to blogging more than once a week. Thank you to everyone that has liked my new Facebook page. I'm still working on getting lots of pictures up and just deciding how best to organise it!


Plate: Bundle Monster BM201
Base Colour: Barry M Bright Purple
Stamp Colour: Miss Sporty - Zodiac
Top Coat of NYC

Sunday, 5 June 2011

The Nailasaurus Has A Book For Its Face

Exam revision procrastination has reached an all time high today and I decided to create a Facebook page for The Nailasaurus. I was going to make one after my exams anyway but I needed a distraction today. You can click here or on the Facebook button in the sidebar to visit and 'Like' the page.

There's some really good music surfacing at the moment so I thought I'd share some of my new favourites with you. These are the songs I've been playing on a loop since yesterday.
Paramore - Monster
Nicola Roberts - Beat of My Drum
Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar

Quite an eclectic mix there but some really good tunes. Have a listen if you've got time today


Plate: Bundle Monster BM203
Base Colour: Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish - Go Cobalt
Stamp Colour: GOSH Metallic Blue
Gems from eBay (Seller)
Top Coat of NYC


What's your favourite song of the moment? 

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Cat Got Creamed

Does anyone remember the bottle of Manhattan 610k polish that's on a tour of the world? It visited me here in the UK last October (post here) and is currently at its 9th stop in Illinois, US with Melanie.
If you are interested in playing host to this polish and being part of the adventure, visit Melanie's post here to put your name down. You do need a blog where you can post your mani but that's the the only requirement.

Todays nails were heavily, okay wholly, inspired by Marta's recent post over at Chit Chat Nails which you can see here.


Plate: Bundle Monster BM221
Base Colour: E.L.F. Desert Haze
Stamp Colour: L'Oreal LaquiResist Black Bean
BYS Astro Gold for the spots
Top Coat of NYC


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Reprise

This W7 polish is one of my all time favourites. I had a bottle of this all the way back when my collection was 15 strong but unfortunately it went all lumpy and weird so I had to chuck it. I thought you couldn't get this colour any more but I spotted a bottle in a bargain shop that sells all kinds of odds and ends and snapped it up right away!



Plate: Bundle Monster BM208
Base Colour: W7 Purple Passion
Stamp Colour: GOSH Metallic Purple
Top Coat of NYC


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