Sunday, 25 November 2012

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

I must be going through a pink phase! Because after OPI The Living Daylights, I was searching through my box of tricks (untrieds) when I alighted upon this Picture Polish Twinkle, the free gift I received when I bought their Sugar and Beam Collection recently. And I am amazed I haven't reached for it before! Its a beautiful cool pink leaning lilac with a subtle shimmer running through it, picked up in the photos where the sunlight has hit my nails. It has also joined Wisteria as a must have polish.

So on to my mani, two coats of Picture Polish Twinkle with one coat of OPI Mad As A Hatter brushed on the top part of my nail followed by one coat of Seche Vite. This combination is so girly and I loved it so much I'm still wearing it now! four days later without a chip or scratch and I'm loathed to take it off.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Living Daylights!

Yes its that time of year again when we have our Annual Shindig at a Very Swanky Location! This year I happened to be staying overnight nearby, so of course that meant I was taking more than one choice of shoes, jewellery etc etc. -And more importantly what was I going to choose for my mani? oh the indecision of it all! Two days before, I bought some new polish just in case I had nothing (as if you can believe that) that would do the job justice!

I tried all the blues to see which matched my dress perfectly and decided upon Models Prefer Skinny Jeans a deep blue indigo perfect in two coats. Topped by two coats of OPI Living Daylights part of OPI's new James Bond Skyfall collection. In case you haven't realised yet this new OPI collection is my new favourite. And then the obligatory Seche Vite top coat.

OPI The Living Daylights is the glitter bomb of the Skyfall collection, it has turquoise, copper and silver medium size hexs that are super glittery and very reflective. I sparkled all night, which might have had something to do with the wine I was drinking! But, more likely due to my mani.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Girly Retro Nails-

Back in the day, this was my mani of choice, usually as a french (pale pink and white) though! But I bought OPI's So So Skullicious 2012 Halloween set and the first colour I tried was the pink A-Rose from the Dead. For those that don't know I'm not really a pink person, as in, I don't even possess clothing in that hue, so this was a complete outside of the box decision! And let me tell you they were Pink, bright Barbie Pink! So what could I do to tone it down a touch? I stamped!

So two coats of A-Rose from the Dead, and stamping with Models Prefer Little Black Dress. Followed by a Seche Vite top coat. I actually wore this mani all week, and its only when I saw the pictures I realized that my stamping is not the best.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Interruptions For An Important Rant!

Its rare that I post anything here other than nail polish swatches, sometimes there is a back story to my polish travails, and sometimes not.
One of the motto's that I have grown up with and believe in whole heartedly is "Stand Up and Be Counted" This motto more than any other helped me in my law career. So here is my "Stand Up and Be Counted" piece.

One of my friends on one of the forums and/or web page communities I belong to posted a picture of her fabulous nails in a less than stellar picture. Which unleashed a campaign of hatred and bullying. Which is having a devastating effect on her.

Can you believe a grown woman can think its OK to come up with a slogan which includes "or die" and not only that but we should all clean up our manicures "or die" I mean seriously, we are talking about a manicure here a harmless, possibly frivolous, activity which gives each of us enjoyment. But more importantly that woman and her cohorts have taken it upon themselves to be both judge and jury to decide who is guilty and presumably "die" for their less than perfect manicures.
In all fairness she did then post an explanation: Not a retraction or sorry but an explanation to attempt to explain away the inexplicable.

So that's OK then, its not your place to call anyone out by name, BUT in your previous article before the proverbial S*** hit the fan it is OK to point out their flaws! NO a hundred million times NO. I'm sorry this is not OK and it will never be OK.

None of us are perfect and here is my imperfect purple mani to show my support for NO H8

I still hate this picture!


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Celebrating Winning With Pretty Serious VT100

So what did I actually win? Well I chose the winning horse in the Melbourne Cup! Green Moon which is a big deal I believe in Australia, (rather akin to the UK's Grand National, without the jumps) And, yes there is an And to this story. My husbands favourite football team in the whole wide world Celtic beat Barcelona on Wednesday morning which is also a big deal apparently! And their colours are grass green and white hoops. So when I did my mani on Tuesday night I needed a green to reflect my winning and I thought why not support my husbands team at the same time... the only nail polish to fit the bill was Pretty Serious VT100 a beautiful, very lively grass green colour with teeny gold flecks showing wonderfully well in the bottle in these pictures.

So on to my mani, two coats of Pretty Serious VT100, one would have been enough as this polish covers extremely well, but I always do two! Plus a Seche Vite top coat. I'm so glad I bought the "Hello World" collection, all the colours are so beautiful, and you too can also avail yourself of the beautiful cosmetics and polishes at Pretty Serious Cosmetics, a wonderful line started by Kas a nail polish blogger.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Back In Love With OPI

Well  here's a first, for the first time I have worn the exact same mani twice in a row! And how did this come about? I bought part of the new James Bond OPI Skyfall Collection, and this is Goldeneye. A very bright gold which has a touch of orange about it. Unfortunately its only showing the orange here, but trust me its a lot more golden in real life.

I've not been too enamoured with OPI's collections based on Countries, I don't know why but they just did not appeal to me. The finish is very much like Picture Polish's Sugar Collection being dark yellow gold and orange glass flecks in a clear base. This was three coats and no top coat, as I find that detracts from the three dimensional effects of the glass flecks.


A shade picture which shows the correct colour in the highlight part of my ring finger.