Monday, 19 April 2021

Spring Nail Designs




I love Spring... I adore Spring! It just feels like a fresh start, like everything is getting brighter and it makes me feel so much more positive. This year in particular, I have felt such a huge wave of positivity. Maybe it's because I've been through so much over the last 18 months and now we're coming out of the other side of everything. The blue skies, brighter days and flowers popping up to give a bit of colour feel really symbolic. 


I love to add a pop of colour and I'm usually sporting a bright shade or two on my nails. Spring gives me that little boost to really get creative and mix things up a bit. 

So here's a few looks I've been trying out lately-

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Pastels in Spring? Revolutionary, right? 
I love pastel shades all year round and the combination of a few thrown together just looks so cute. This pastel rainbow look is my favourite and it's so simple too. It even made me feel ok about my nail having a chip in it!

The colours I used from left to right-

Revlon 100 buttercup, Barry M Sugar Apple, the total bargain that is Wild-er-ness by RimmelModels Own Pink Veneer and Royal Botanical by Nails Inc on my thumb.



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I love this colour combination, there's almost a mermaid feel to it. These are all Barry M. 
From Left to right -
Barry M's Gelly High Shine in Greenberry, Then Blueberry from their regular nail paints, followed by and Blueberry and Prickley Pear (both Gelly High Shine polishes). You can really notice the difference in the shine with those Gelly High Shine polishes here. 



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I admit, I got a little creative and have been told to rest as much as possible so this gave me a good excuse to sit still for a while.
I turned to the turquoise Gelly Hi Shine polishes again (Greenberry and 'The Way you make me Teal' which is the darker shade).  but added Orly Scenic Route for a pop of pink and combined it all with a touch of glitter. I kind-of like it! 


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Lilac is one of my favourite colours, I really should try and get to lavender field this year! This is a fairly simple one, starting with the classic ballet slippers from Essie on my index finger, Essie's lilacism on the middle and little fingers. I jazzed up the the ring finger with some silver glitter on top of Illamasqua's Speckled which is lilac with navy blue specks throughout it, a favourite of mine over Easter as it looks like mini eggs!


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Lastly I had to add one that reflected that weird old weather we've been having. Snow, rain, cloud... a heatwave? Who even knows what's around the corner? So this look is a mixture of pastels and neutrals and I think it works. 

On my thumb is the pretty pastel pink Romper Room by Essie, A gorgeous shade from Nails Inc called Lilac Love which was actually a freebie with a razor if I remember rightly. Next to that is Queen Street Nail's Inc, followed by Misty Grey by Models Own. The flash of peachy orange on my little finger is Palm Peach by Bourjois. 

Funny story, I was finding the link for the peach shade and the picture being used for it looked familiar, turns out it is my hand! They took the photo from my blog when I first reviewed it back in 2015. It's been removed now but it was pretty amusing to see! 


I'll definitely be playing around with some more nail looks and brightening things up a lot more as we head into summer.





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Friday, 9 April 2021

March Favourites



I've realised that I keep looking at each month as my 'new normal'. There seem to be constant  big changes and I guess it's been nice to separate it all and take everything in small pieces. It could all be very overwhelming. M went back to school after having a year off, he's settled back in like a dream. It was a bit weird for me to adjust, homeschooling has been a big thing in my routine for the last year and although I don't do school runs myself, I go in the car with him and sort everything for both of the kids in the morning. Little M is not-so-happy about not having her brother around and there are tears each morning but that was to be expected. She'll get there. 

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As I mentioned in the February favourites  post, my health hasn't been great. This month has been full of tests, pretty scary meetings with doctors and planning for the future but it's all working towards things getting easier in the long run. I've been absolutely overwhelmed by the love from friends and family and also everyone online too. My insta-fam have been absolute angels and have kept me going. People knock social media but I've had such a great support and advice from people I now consider friends. That has been a huge thing for me this month, I've really felt the love and it's helped me through a very tough time. I'm sure I'll go into this all in more detail at some point soon, in the meantime let's focus on something more upbeat and look at my March favourites.


What I wore-
It's Springtime and I'm thrilled! I am always keen to get out the Spring wardrobe, in fact I didn't even pack it away last year as we were inside most of the time anyway so I wore shorts and vest tops a lot. Typically, although it's Spring, there have been some chilly days (hello... snow flurries the other day? what was that about?) so layering has been key. For me this is a combination of crop tops and shirts. 




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What I ate- 
As I mentioned, I've been feeling the love massively. My wonderful friends know my love for Millies Cookies and sent me a giant one. Honestly, I was dancing around the flat (nothing new there to be fair, I dance a lot!) I was so happy. It went very quickly, I can tell you that much. 

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What I read-
Anything and everything to do with all this health stuff. Lots of research. I still haven't finished the book I was reading last month, but I have a feeling I'll have plenty of time to read it in April.


What I bought-
Things needed brightening up and I love a striking nail shade so I picked up this lovely little neon nail polish from Revolution. IT was only £4 so I'm definitely going to check out more of their shades. 

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What I watched-
It's another 'social experiment', my favourite type of show to watch. The Circle. I've been a big fan since series one and after the celebrity version was over in a flash, I was ready for the original format. It's all about using your online personality to become popular and win the show. Some go in as themselves, some are playing a character and they're all trying to suss each other out. Personally, I would like Andy to win but there are a few of them playing a very good game. 


What I used-
My hair has really suffered lately, it really wasn't taking in the nutrients it needed so I've been using hair masks and have swapped my conditioner to the SOS Kiss of Life conditioner by Aussie. It's recommended for damaged hair and repairs and restores without having to leave it on for ages. My hair certainly feels a lot softer after using it and it smells good too. 

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The next month is going to be BIG for me. We are talking life changing.  It's going to be a big challenge and a lot for me to get through but I'm trying to keep positive and power through the way I usually do. I'm resilient, I have incredible people around me and I know I can get through this. See you on the other (helpfully less cryptic) side!





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Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Revolution Neon Nail Polish



My two year old likes to play with my nail polish. I guess a box full of little colourful bottles looks exciting to her. She actually helps me pick a shade from time to time, other times she just rummages around, naming colours (red, pink etc, not like 'bewitching coral' or ballet slippers'.. not yet anyway.)
  But one day the inevitable happened; one of those brightly coloured glass bottles fell to it's death. I was less bothered about the pink stain on the floor than the fact that this was a polish I couldn't replace. Models Own polishes haven't been in circulation for a couple of years now and they were my go-to when it came to Summer brights.


This casualty in particular was 'Bubblegum' from the Neon Ice collection of 2013. A shade that gets a lot of wear in the warmer months. It's been buried under various dusky pinks, nudes, greys and navy's that have taken preference while it's been a bit grey outside. 

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We're heading into Spring now and I'm already thinking of brightening things up a bit so I made it my mission to find a replacement. 

Luckily, on a trip to Superdrug to pick up a few essentials (Imperial Leather peach-scented shower gel and some cotton buds, if you must know) my eyes were drawn to the neon bottles of nail polish on the Revolution stand. 

I admit, I haven't tried a great deal from Revolution, and their nail polishes had never crossed my mind so I'm glad I noticed them.

 "One of these could be the answer to my prayers..." 
I thought to myself, dramatically.

 For £4 it was worth a shot anyway!


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There were six shades to choose from. I immediately disregarded the yellow, green and purple (though the purple is very nice and I may have to go back for it!) and took a closer look at the three shades, 'Boom Boom', 'Sizzle' and 'Bang On'.
'Boom Boom' was a neon orange, where Model's Own's 'Bubblegum'  was more pink toned, so that ruled that one out. 

Under the bright lights of  the store it was hard to see a big difference between 'Sizzle' and 'Bang on' so I just bit the bullet and sent with 'Sizzle', from memory it looked like it was pretty similar to what I was looking for. 

It turns out I didn't get the shade just right, this is definitely learning more towards coral than pink. I think I'll be going back to pick up to 'Bang On' to see the difference, I suspect it will be more on the pink side and more along the lines of what I was after. I'm interested to compare them, either way because they looked almost identical in the bottles on the shelf. 


I do really love this colour and will definitely be wearing it over the Summer. It's the perfect shade for tanned toes. I'm really impressed with the pigment, it only needed one coat and lasted really well too. A tip for making neon shades really pop is to apply them over a white base. In this case it makes a slight difference but it really is bright when worn alone. These nail polishes are also enriched with avocado oil, which helps to nourish nails while you’re wearing them. It’s worth mentioning they are also 100% vgan and cruelty-free too.

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So although this wasn't exactly what I was after, I'm really pleased with my purchase and will definitely be trying out a few more nail shades from Revolution. It was a nice mini adventure anyway, we have to see things this way during a pandemic!



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