Thursday, 30 April 2015

A 2 Z: Y is for You

Hey world wide webbers! Today is the penultimate A 2 Z Blog Series post and i can't quite believe that, can you?! It has flown by so quickly! 

Anyway, our prompt this week is "Y is for You". I don't suppose i'll be alone in interpreting that to mean "me", so of course i absolutely HAD to use the polish I designed in collaboration with Freckles Polish - "Anna Bean's Spring Greens"!

I chose today to apply one coat of Anna Bean's Spring Greens over a pale green creme, China Glaze "Re-Fresh Mint", which was actually the colour which inspired my Freckles Polish collaboration! :)

As always, the A 2 Z Hub Page is where you will find everybody else's contributions, and please come back next week for the final installment of this series, meep!!!

Thanks for reading :) x

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Rimmel Velvet Matte Purple Opulence & Stamping NOTD

Hey friends! Just a quick nail of the day post for you today!

Rimmel Velvet Matte "Purple Opulence" is a rich, vivid purple shade which dries to a matte finish. I applied two coats:

And then I stamped a lacy image from Born Pretty plate BP-02 in white, and finished with a layer of matte top coat to mattifiy the stamping:

Thanks for reading! :) x

Friday, 24 April 2015

Violet Rose Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Hello everybody! Before I begin, I would just like to express my heartfelt thanks to those of you who responded to yesterday's blog post. I didn't write it for sympathy, I wrote it merely to let the world know how special Scrappy was and still is to me, but to know that so many of you read it and enjoyed it (if enjoyed is really the right word) really means so much to me, so thank you.

Now, on to a little more of an upbeat post today, in the shape of some swatches of new and existing Violet Rose nail polish shades! I have three to show you: one of which is already available; the other two of which will be available sometime next week. 

Shall we have a look? Purchase info after the pictures!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

A 2 Z: X is for eXtra Special

Hey friends. Today's post is going to be an emotional one for me to write, so bear with me. I apologise if it brings you down or upsets you, but I have to do this.

Today's A 2 Z theme is "X is for eXtra Special". I wasn't sure what to do at first, I was thinking along the lines of using a polish which is special to me, but I couldn't pick just one. Then it hit me. There is one thing more special, more precious to me than anything else, and that is my beloved, sadly departed dog Scrappy. Scrappy was born in August 2008. He was the most amazing, happy, joyful dog you could ever imagine, and we spent two of the most wonderful years of my life together. Until, in October 2010, Scrappy became unwell. We had to watch him suffer greatly, see the life drain away from him as he became paralysed from his waist down. It wasn't until almost two ago months later that the vets were able to finally diagnose his problem, by which time it was far too late to be able to help him: he had an inoperable, incurable tumor inside his spinal cord. He was by then far too weak to even contemplate surgery, that is if it would even have helped anyway - it was in a very high risk area and he had already totally lost control of the lower half of his body. So, to my utter despair, we had to do what was right in that situation, and end my little bean's suffering. He was put to sleep on December 6th 2010, and a part of me has been missing ever since. He was my soul mate, I loved him like I never though possible and for those two painfully short years, I was the happiest I have ever been. I rarely speak about Scrappy, but I think about him constantly, not a day goes by without me remembering his beautiful face and the endless joy he gave me. It still hurts me just as much and I am in floods of tears as I type this, I miss him so very very much.

So with that in mind, here is my "eXtra Special" manicure, inspired by Scrappy's beautiful angel white and black splodged coat, and his odd blue eye:

(This is Scrappy's Snoopy toy, he loved it treated it like a baby during his final weeks with us)

And here is a little collage of pictures of my Scrappy bean :)

Check the A 2 Z Blog Series Hub Page by clicking here, and come back next week for another installment.

Thanks for reading x

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A 2 Z: W is for Wild

Hey internet! Today's A 2 Z theme is "W for Wild". My two initial thoughts for this theme were "animals" and "wild colours". With that in mind, I started planning a zebra print stamped manicure using neon colours on a white base. However, I decided I wasn't happy with this idea and went off in another direction instead, so today's A 2 Z: W is for Wild manicure is inspired by wild flowers, namely dendelions! If you follow me on Instagram you will probably have realised by now I have an addiction to photographing wild flowers, especially macro shots of dandelion seed heads, so this manicure was destiny really :)

Pictures first, product info after!

Products used: Orly Bonder; Models Own "Beth's Blue"; No.7 "In The Stars"; MoYou London Pro XL plate 06; Sally Hansen French Tip White; Seche Vite.

And a bonus collage of some of my recent photographs of dandelions :)

No mama Bean today sadly, she had a wonderful idea which I was really looking forward to seeing, but I think she ran out of time.

Don't forget to check out the new A 2 Z Blog Series Hub Page, and come back again next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x

Thursday, 9 April 2015

A 2 Z: V is for Valuable

I'm gonna keep this week's A 2 Z blog post short today, it's too lovely outside to be sitting here typing.

For "V is for Valuable", I chose a polish with a valuable sounding name: F.U.N Lacquer "Million Dollar Dream", of which I applied two coats over a gold base for maximum coverage and impact. Enjoy!

And mama Bean has also gone gold, using Barry M "Gold Foil Effects" and "Treasure Chest" :)

As always, check the A 2 Z Hub Page for everybody else's interpretations, and come back again next week for another installment.

Thanks for reading :) x

Thursday, 2 April 2015

A 2 Z: U is for Unusual

Hello peeps! Today's A 2 Z prompt is "U is for Unusual". I knew immediately what I wanted to do for this - use one of my many beloved "unusual" shades, but when it came to choosing which one, I just couldn't - I love them all! So I picked my favourites and created a skittle manicure, which is also fairly unusual for me as it's not a look I usually go for!

Names of polishes will be after the pictures!

Bonus unusual prop - baby glow in the dark dragon! :D

Polishes used:
Thumb: China Glaze "Mahogany Magic";
Index: China Glaze "Westside Warrior";
Middle: China Glaze "Trendsetter";
Ring: Nails Inc "Fenchurch Street";
Little: Nails Inc "Hampstead Gardens".

Please check out our lovely new A 2 Z Hub Page where you will see everybody else's contributions, and don't forget to check back next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x