NOTD – Wimbledon Fever!

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So, this week Wimbledon kicked off and as a huge tennis fan it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for weeks, and it’s when you know Summer has finally arrived. (The consistent rain delays are usually a giveaway of a British Summer)
Today I’d seen a really great post from Lucy’s Stash (it’s a fantastic nail art blog, you must check it out!) and was inspired by Lucy’s post to celebrate Wimbledon on my own nails.
I’m not going to lie, I’m not particularly talented when it comes to nail art so instead I’ve gone for a simple ode to the colours of the All England Club.

I used Rimmel’s 60 seconds polish in Pompous and Avon Nailwear Pro in Peppermint Leaf. I wasn’t really feeling a shiny finish for the look, so finished it off with a matte topcoat.

I’m determined to sport this look for the rest of the championships (Yes I’m a big tennis geek) so I’ll be interested to see how long it lasts without chipping!

One last thing… VAMOS RAFA! 😉

Thanks for reading! x

Weekly Wishlist #2

I’ve decided after a lot of spending, on a majority of things that I don’t need that for the next month I am going to try and avoid buying anymore clothes or make up. Quite frankly I have more than enough of both and I just think it’s about time that I start saving some money for the future. It also gives me a great chance to use up everything I already have cosmetics wise, and get some good use out of all the clothes that fill my wardrobe.

Having said that however, that doesn’t mean I can’t still wish for things so I’ll still be doing my weekly wishlist posts, just so I can lust over things even if it means I don’t actually buy them. All of the things I’ve picked this week are all under £20 which brings temptation, but I shall be strong!!!

Black Zara Shopper Dube – Ebay £11.99

A much cheaper and pretty impressive alternative for the ever so popular at the moment Zara shopping bag. I was pointed in the direction of this beauty by Gemma’s Haul video on YouTube. I think the quality looks decent and I prefer the smaller size of this than the Zara one. I’ve been looking for a decent black handbag that I can use everyday for a long while, but I going to hold off or at least maybe treat myself when I know I’ve put some money aside for my savings.

Topshop Nails – Valley –  Topshop £6

This has recently popped up in my local store, and if you’re a regular reader you’ll know I find it hard to resist a new nail polish! The beautiful mint green with silver sparkle running through it is just beautiful and is perfect for the summer. I think it would look great for toe nails with a cracking pair of sandals…that’s if we ever get the weather for them!

MUA ‘Undressed’ Palette – £4

I’m a massive fan of anything MUA, especially their eyeshadow palettes. So I was super excited when I found out they were releasing a new neutral palette. It’s an uncanny dupe for Urban Decay’s ‘Naked’ Palette and an absolute steal for £4. The pigmentation is amazing and the colours are just up my street. This is probably the most likely thing to be the culprit of me breaking my ‘no spending’ rule and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Sadly my local Superdrug’s range of MUA seems to be going downhill lately so I’m not expecting to see it in store anytime soon, so I might need to make an online order!

Coral Peplum Jersey Top – Topshop £16

I’ve been having a bit of a thing for peplum lately, I find it so flattering for my ‘lack of curves’ petite frame, because the shape gives an amazing illusion of curves. This particular top comes in a range of colours…dangerous, as it can lead to multiple purchases of the same top in different colours but that coral really caught my eye. I also really like the burgundy version as I think it will be perfect for the Autumn/Winter season that lurks upon us, i’m suspecting burgundy to be huge next season! I tried this on in my local store, and the fit was amazing and I actually think for Topshop the price is pretty reasonable too.

What are you lusting after this week?

Thanks for reading! x

Weekly Wishlist #1

I’ve seen quite a lot of people doing these sort of posts on blogs recently so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and share with you all, some of the lovely products I’d love to get my hands on over the next couple of weeks. More than likely I’ll have to wait until my next payday before I can treat myself to any of these things as I’m trying to save some money to go towards either a newer car or a new laptop…I can’t quite decide between the two at the moment. This will also help me keep track of things I’ve seen around the shops and online so that I know where I can get them once I know I can afford a cheeky splurge. I’ll try and do these weekly, as I do pop into the shops after work most days, so I’ve always got plenty to lust after.

Essie Nail Polish – Tart Deco (Superdrug £7.99)

I’ve been admiring swatches of this on quite a few blogs recently and think it’s just the perfect colour for Summer. If I was going anywhere near a beach this year, this would definitely be a must have on my toe nails. I’ve also recently purchased my first ever Essie polish, so live in expectation of this being just as enjoyable to use. A little on the pricey side though and I also have way too many polishes so think I’ll hold off for a while yet.

Vectra Blue Studded Loafers (Topshop £28)

I already have the nude leather look version with the gold studs and have worn them to death since I bought them. They are so comfortable! I absolutely adore the colour, as I love anything turquoise. The photo doesn’t do them justice as they look nothing like this in real life as they are definitely more of a bright turquoise than the pastel blue they appear here. My only issue with these would be the canvas material of them, as they probably wouldn’t be that practical in the ever predictable wet British weather, but I shall continue to admire them every time I see them in my local store.

Denim Sequin Front Hotpants (Topshop £35)

These are most definitely not something I would usually go for, but when I saw them in my local store recently they just caught my eye straight away. I’m not usually one for glitzy things, but I love wearing denim shorts and I just thought these were just awesome and are dressy enough to wear on a night out without being too out there, with only the front of them being sequined. I did try these on and for me the fit of them wasn’t ‘arse on show’ revealing so they were just right for me, as I like to keep my buttocks firmly out of sight (not that there is much to see, as I’m sadly not blessed with curves) Again what puts me off is the price, as they are pretty pricey for a pair of shorts…but the detailing of the sequins might just justify a purchase at some point in the future.

Mint Sleeveless Sequin Collar Top (Glamorous – £23.99)

I’ve been lusting after this ever since I saw Alix from icovetthee wearing it in her ‘Shopping the Stash’ video. I think the colour is just gorgeous and the sequin collar is just really cute. I was thinking I would pair it with the denim shorts I’ve already mentioned but worry it might be a bit too sequin heavy? What do you think? Finding this little gem might also have opened a dark place, as I’d never heard of Glamorous before, but they have so many nice pieces on their website I’m now mentally spending rather a lot of money every time I visit, and it’s definitely now bookmarked on my browser!

So there we have it… What have you been lusting over recently? Are there any fashion websites you would recommend?

Thanks for reading! x

 

NOTW – Adrenalin Junkie in Fiji

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It seems like ages since I’ve done a nail post, although its probably only been about a month or so. I’ve gone for a nail of the week post this time around, just because I’ve been sporting this look for an entire week and have been really impressed with the staying power of both polishes.

I purchased my first Essie polish a few weeks ago, and after all the buzz around the brand I was intrigued to try one out. I went for ‘Fiji’ which came as a surprise to myself because I’m not really one for pinks but I was really pleasantly surprised. It’s a really muted baby pink and looks so flattering on the nails. It even has the capability of making my very pale skin look less pale. I can only assume it would look beautiful on anyone with a tan.
I added a little something by using Adrenalin from Topshop on my ring fingers and was really happy with the end results.

You do need two costs of Fiji in order to get complete an opaque finish, one coat sadly leaves a streaky look. I also found the formula to dry relatively quickly and the big brush makes application a lot smoother and easier.

I think Fiji is definitely going to be a favourite over the summer months and think it will be my next choice for my toes!

Thanks for reading! x

Nail of the Day – Barry M ‘Silvery Lilac’

Two recent purchases are my nail colour of choice for today. Both are from Barry M and can be picked up in Superdrug in their current 3 for 2 offer on all cosmetics. I’ve always loved the texture and finish of Barry M polishes, so when I saw that they had released new shades to their collection I had to check them out.

As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with the shade ‘Silvery Lilac’ which has a duo-chrome effect to it with hints of silver, lilac and in certain lights you can even catch a little bit of teal too. It could easily pass off as a dupe for Butter London’s ‘Knackered’ but perhaps the Barry M finish is slightly darker but with a price difference of £10 I know which one I would go for. I would also say it’s quite similar to the Topshop polish from their ‘Sisters of the New Moon’ collection – ‘Hypnotic’  which again is more expensive than Barry M at £6.50. I have the Topshop polish as well, but found myself a little dissapointed with its staying power and colour payoff and in comparison, I found Barry M’s ‘Silvery Lilac’ a lot easier to apply, needing only 2 coats for it to be opaque, as opposed to 3 coats for a desired finish with ‘Hypnotic’. I also found Hypnotic to chip pretty easily so I’ll be interested to see how long Barry M’s alternative lasts for me.

To complete my nail look I’ve used Barry M’s ‘Matt White’ on my ring fingers. I was expecting the application of this to be streaky and messy but I was really happy with it. It did take 3 coats for my desired look though. White isn’t something I would use on all my nails at the same time out of fear of looking like I went a bit mad with a tippex pen, but it’s definitely something I’ll mix and match with other colours for a fresh Summer look.

I also used some cute nail stickers on my ring fingers. Purple habiscus flowers with silver gems. Habiscus flowers always remind me of summer. I picked up these nail stickers again from Superdrug and I think they look great just to add that little something to your nails, especially if like me, your not blessed with a steady hand to perfect nail art 🙂

You check out the whole collection of Barry M polishes here 🙂

Thanks for reading! x

NOTD – Add a Little Razzmatazz

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Good morning everyone! It’s 9:30am on a Sunday and I can’t even remember the last time I was up this early on a Sunday! I usually make the most of my days off work and really milk the opportunity for a lie in but seeing as I’m up early I thought i’d make the most of it and do a quick post.

I’ve been sporting this nail look for the past few days and I’ve had some lovely compliments on it from a few customers in work so I thought it was worthy of a blog. It’s my usual of painting my ring finger a different colour and using my favourite polish of the moment – Topshop’s RAZZMATAZZ which is a gorgeous lavender colour base with stacks of gorgeous multicoloured glitter. I’d wanted to get my hands on this for a while after seeing it around the blogging world for weeks before it had even been released, so as soon as I spotted it in my local store I grabbed it there and then with no hesitation.
I needed to apply 2 or maybe 3 coats in order to get the consistency shown in the picture and it leaves a more smooth finish to the nail as apposed to some glitters that leave the surface feeling rough.

I’ve paired it up with a polish I haven’t used for a while – Barry M’s Berry Ice Cream a cute pastel purple. Perfect for the spring trend.

I really adore these two colours together and think they compliment each other really well.

Have you got any favourite polishes at the moment? Or something you’ve had for ages and recently rediscovered?

Thanks for reading! x

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NOTD – Topshop Green Room

Today I thought I’d reaqainte myself with an old friend today and dig out the first Topshop polish I ever bought. Green seems to be becoming the ‘in’ colour this season, with many different shades of mint gracing the high street fashion at the moment which is a bonus for me because it’s one of my favourite colours. ‘Green Room’ by Topshop is a really bright mint/teal green, perfect for the spring and adding a pop of colour to your nails.
I never think there is anything wrong with adding a bit of sparkle to things, so I thought I’d top the look off with a glitter polish I picked up on impulse in Primark, only yesterday. I’ve never heard of this brand before, and I think they have only this week come into my Primark, but Angelica Nail Colour has a great range of colours…both in glitter and solid colour polishes.

I picked up the teal glitter in ‘Emerald Isle’ which works great as a top coat and applies really nicely and easily. What I like about it, is that it also doesn’t leave that rough feeling finish like some glitter polishes and is nice and smooth. If you were using it alone, I think you would need quite a few coats in order to get an opaque finish, but I definately think I’ll be using it most as a top coat to add that little something.

The Angelica Nail Colour Polishes are £2.50 for a 10ml bottle and avaliable in Primark and Green Room was £5

Thanks for reading! x