Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Baby Cambridge Inspired Nails!

Hi all! I have a quick post for you today, I would have posted this a week ago but have been caught up starting uni again and working, the joys of study haha. I was ecstatic to hear the news that Kate had given birth to a baby boy, I was jumping around the house for days! I decided to wear my new Inglot shade, #687, which is a gorgeous bright blue, in honour of Prince George's birth! 

#687. I also had to use Butter London's Pitter Patter as an accent nail, how could I resist!? This shade was so easy to apply, I loved it. This was two coats of both #687 and Pitter Patter and I think they work so well together! One downside to the Inglot shade was staining :/ I took it off and my nails were (and still are!) yellow :( Interestingly enough, Pitter Patter left no trace of staining whatsoever and it is the much darker colour! I have had this problem with blue shades before which is such a pity as it is fabulous!

I am sorry that this was such a quick post, I am waiting on an order from Born Pretty Store which includes stamping plates etc. I have never tired any nail art so I can't wait to give it a shot :) Hopefully I get that soon and I will have an abundance of posts for you. I may have gone to the shops yesterday and purchased Inglot #304 (I am obsessed now). It was $8 and is a beautiful pink/orange shimmer shade, cant wait to try it!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this! I have already grabbed all the magazines I could get my hands on to do with Prince George's birth :P I am so happy!!! 

Have a great day, Em x 

Monday, 22 July 2013

Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamel - #664 Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, I know I did! So, on Saturday morning I spent about an hour looking up swatches of any Inglot Nail Polish I could find. They had been on my want list for a while and as a present to myself for passing all my uni exams (YAY), I decided to go on an Inglot spree. I dragged my brother to the shops (he dragged me to the tattoo parlour beforehand, no ink done, just ideas, it tempted me again I will say that though) and ended up buying 5 polishes, one from their normal range and 4 from the O2M Breathable Range (some were 50% off, I need to go back there and search for some more) and I am so happy with what I got! 

Here are four of the polishes I chose! They don't have names unfortunately, just numbers (kind of reminds me of sheep and cattle, just get a number and no name LOL). These are #387, #687, #636 and #615. I got the purple for 50% off which I was so pleased with! Now onto the one I am wearing now...The bright green!!!

This is #664, or as I have dubbed it, "Electric Lime". It is a gorgeous, bright, easy to apply green with a hint of shimmer. The shimmer didn't transfer to the nail as you see in the bottle which was a pity as it looked amazing! I tried looking outside and was turning my hand in all different directions to try and find some shimmer. I saw a tiny amount but the top coat seemed to have dulled it a bit. This was 2 coats with a top coat. It applied like butter and the brushes are fantastic. I asked the girl who was helping me if there was any trick to the O2M formulated ones but she said just use it like a normal polish and it will be thicker so you'll need less coats, which is completely true! 

I love the bottles of these O2M polishes! They are described on the Inglot website as "contains the Polymer KS_02, which allows moisture and oxygen to pass through to keep nails in the best condition. Does NOT contain toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or camphor". I thought this was a great idea and was so keen to try it out! I havent taken this off yet so don't know about the condition of my nails, whether this polish has made a difference or not I can't be sure! I thought for a bright green this would be thin and shocking to apply but it was just like a normal creme. Amazing! I am not a huge green polish fan but this one I don't mind, its not as bright in real life as in the photos, was very tricky to capture! 

I tried to capture the shimmer in the bottle but it didn't work as well as I thought. Oh well! It is there though! Lol. I have had no problems with chipping or anything, the staying power is great! I am up to day 3 of wear and only have very very slight tip wear.  

I was really impressed with the Inglot colours. I can't believe I have never stopped by their stall before, the shopping centre we go to is about 10 mins from home and believe me, mum and I are there a lot haha. We may go back today actually and if we do I am checking out the 50% off container again for sure! These were quite expensive, the pink, as it is from their normal range, was $16 and the O2M colours were $21 (one was 50% off remember! LOL). I think it is cheaper online in the US but only by a few dollars which isn't too bad. If you haven't tried these give them a go, even try just one and see if you can stop there! They have a huuuuge range of colours (next time I will try and take a sneaky photo of the polish display for you) and believe me, I took ages deciding which ones to get! I hope you enjoy this and try some Inglot colours for yourself! Just google Inglot and you will be on your way!

Have a beautiful day, I have another week of holidays, wahoo! :D

Em x 

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Two posts in one day, has to be a record! :P The lovely Jayna from The Sequined Nail has nominated me for the Versatile blogger award, thank you Jayna!  

Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Include a link to their blog
3. Select 15 new blogs to nominate
4. Let them know they have been nominated
5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

7 Things About Me:
- I am a sucker for blue and purple nail polishes
- I really really really hate snakes (we had one in our backyard once)
- I love going to the movies 
- I eat pasta for dinner nearly every night (well not that often but I LOVE pasta! :P)
- Polishes with names relating to anything London are a must have for me
- I have a niece and nephew, they are ratbags!
- I never wear black/dark clothes, always bright colours and t-shirts

My Nominees:
Lacquer Reverie
London Varnish
Colourful Cupcake Cat
Ten Little Nubs
The Clockwise Nail Polish
Polish Art Addiction
Imperfectly Painted
The Polish Playground
I Heart Pretty Polish
The Lacquerologist
Another Polish Blog
The Crumpet
Lacquer Or Leave Her
Tiki Barbie
UK Nail Runner

I hope you enjoy reading my second post for today

Em x 

OPI "Can't Let Go" Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I am back!!! It has been way too long since I did my last blog post that was actually related to nail polish! :P Today I have for you my first, yes first textured polish! It is a liquid sand from the Mariah Carey Collection by OPI. I can't believe it took me so long to jump on the textured bandwagon, I am in love with this polish! As you probably know, I went for a quick visit to Melbourne over the weekend and stayed with friends. I had to get some polishes of course! I stopped at the OPI counter and saw this one just sitting by itself and thought wow look at that purple! Textured too, why not! I didn't know it was part of a collection until a wonderful girl on Facebook let me know! Can't Let Go is a lovely purple base with large and small pieces of glitter and shimmer, totally diva like, just like Mariah :P Here are my swatches!

Can't Let Go. I adore this purple it is fantastic! Application for this was a breeze. I am not a glitter polish person so wearing this was completely out of my nail comfort zone! The formula was great, I thought with glitter it would be gloopy and hard to work with but it was the absolute opposite. I didn't have to do any clean up! So happy. Yes, the brush was wider and fatter than I like but I am getting used to the OPI brushes now and the brush didn't affect my application at all!!!

This had such a great shimmer to it! Slightly blurred so you can see that! There is even some red in there which you can't see on the nail but the photo shows it wonderfully! Some of the larger glitter pieces were dispersed a little unevenly, on my pointer finger I seem to have heaps but on my little finger I actually have no larger pieces. This is the only "bad" thing I have to say about the polish and really, it doesn't concern me in the least! 

Bottle shot. So so happy with this! See the blue shimmer that comes out too! Love it. I was tossing up between this and one of the Bond Girl polishes and so glad I decided on this. My love for purple won me over, along with the fact I had never heard of this polish before and I can now see myself becoming a glitter polish fan too! 

The colour in the bottle was quite close to that which transferred onto the nail so I was very pleased! The texture of this liquid sand is so cool! I can't stop playing with my nails lol. I used two coats of Can't Let Go with a base coat. I thought without a top coat it would chip so easily and I would lose the effect of it right away but so far so good! No chipping or anything yet, another bonus!

I took this shot outside just this morning. The weather here at the moment is cold, dull and raining so not too bright but you can see the matte look of the polish and the texture. I did the dishes last night and everything and the polish has completely stayed in place. You can see the amount of hexagonal purple glitter on my pointer compared to the other fingers but I like it! 

I will leave you with one of the many pictures I took on my trip. This little koala posed for the perfect camera shot. Most photos I took on my phone, so when I figure out how to get them from there to my computer I will show you some more :)

I love my first liquid sand polish. OPI is steadily becoming a brand of polish I love again (not loving the price here, thats for sure! This one cost me $19.95!). Can't Let Go is the perfect mix of purple, shimmer and glitter and I am so happy with it. Fabulous in every way, they have done a great job with this one. If you haven't tried it, you really should give it a go, the finished look is just stunning! Next on my OPI wishlist is Yoga Ta Get This Blue (if anyone has this and wants to swap/sell, please let me know!!!). What OPI polishes do you love? 

Have a beautiful day and I will be back soon, I have missed blogging and nail painting so so much! Fingers crossed I won't have to work until Thursday so I can play with another polish before then :P 

Em x 

Monday, 8 July 2013

I'm off Interstate!

Hi everyone!
Just a quick little post, I am off to Melbourne tomorrow until Saturday so won't be blogging at all this week! Hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you when I get back! I will show you all some photos, yay! 
Em x 

Monday, 1 July 2013

Photographs :)

So, during exam time I haven't had many chances to properly paint my nails so I thought I would take some inspiration from a dear friend Melissa from Lacquer Reverie and show you some random photos I have taken. Hope you like them and this gets you through until my next nail related post! (I hope you don't mind Mel!)

This was one of the first photos I took with the camera I got for my 21st birthday :) When the lavender bush out the back was actually alive and the bees were having the time of their lives. 

An icing flower from my 21st cake. 

The table decorations from my birthday. Taken with my new camera, I was so happy to get this as a present!

This is the koala I was talking about to you Mel :P Taken with my phone camera so a bit blurry but this was one of the decent shots I got!

A duck at uni. They are so used to people it is crazy. They take food out of your hand and climb all over your lap. One even tried to get into my uni bag :P

I went to Sydney about a year ago with a good friend of mine and we visited Taronga Zoo. The elephants are gorgeous :)

Such a beautiful day in Sydney. Our hotel was across the Sydney Harbour Bridge so we walked across it into the city each day, it was fantastic! This is the Opera House I managed to capture :)

I will leave you with this one :P Mum and Dad got me a voucher to be a zookeeper for a day at the local zoo, was the perfect present for me! We got to feed the giraffes, they were amazing! This one loved saying hello!

I really hope you enjoy this post and it gives you a bit more insight into me as a person :) I will be back soon with a polish post! Have a great day!!!

Em x