Sunday, 15 September 2013

Celebrations! I've Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!

Hi Glossies! Today I'm doing something I wouldn't usually do, I'm not a fan of chain letter type postings but I've been nominated by three lovely different ladies so I thought it only fair to reply. Also it's nice to learn things about other bloggers, especially the ones who like me, don't have hundreds of thousands of followers. So the award is the Liebster Award.
If you're new to this award, it's basically a way for new bloggers to get to know each other. It is not actually an award, there are no judges and no special rules. If you get nominated you can choose to accept it and if you wish, pass it on. I believe when it started out, if you accepted the award you had to nominate 3-5 of your favourite bloggers who had under 3,000 followers. But as blogging has gone crazy the last few years that has gradually changed to nominating 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers. And the 'rules' are as follows:
  • You must link back to the person who nominated you
  • You have to answer the 11 questions provided by the person who nominated you
  • You must nominate 11 fellow bloggers with under 200 followers
  • You have to ask 11 questions to your nominees
  • You must make the 11 nominees aware that you have nominated them
  • You can include 11 facts about yourself if you wish
I was nominated by Jassy over at, Sammie over at and Kirsty over at So thanks girls. I don't want to be writing pages and pages of answers to questions because it will just bore you, so I'm going to answer a few questions from each of the girls (Hope that's not cheating, but it's only fair).
Jassy asked:
Morning or night person? I'm definitely a night person (even though I'm usually asleep by 10:30), I'm such a grumpy bear in a morning.
What one thing are you going to change about yourself this year? I'm going to be happy and merry this Christmas instead of being my usual Scrooge-like self.
Favourite cuisine and why? I've recently started loving spicy food, Mexican especially.
Sammie asked:
If you could travel to any country, where would you go? I'd go to Australia, I've always dreamt of visiting there.
If you had one wish, what would you wish for?  I would wish for my Uncle Stephen to come back to us, unfortunately he passed away of Motor Neurone Disease almost 6 years ago, aged only 36. I'd do anything to bring him back.
What's your favourite song of the moment? That would have to be Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine) by Klangkaarussell, it has the strangest name but it's so catchy.
What's the most expensive thing you ever bought? That would be my lovely little Phoebe, my Fiat 500. She's white and she's super cute. I love her!
and Kirsty asked:
What/who inspired you to start a blog? It all started for me when I was searching a beauty product online and Tanya Burr's blog came up as one of the results. I consequently started watching her videos on YouTube and it opened up a whole new realm of beauty related loveliness for me. I've been addicted to reading blogs and watching YouTubers like Tanya and Pixiwoo ever since. Once I stumbled across Catrine at I started to think about starting my own beauty/nail blog.
What are your beauty must haves? My beauty must haves are more skincare based, I can't live without my Bioderma, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and my Skinetica.
What item of makeup could you not live without? For me it would have to be mascara, on a lazy no makeup day, I think a little bit of mascara totally opens up the eyes and changes the face. And it takes a minute to apply.

What are your favourite pastimes/hobbies? I'm a bit of a health freak so I love my time at the gym, that's where I'm at most nights. After that I love making my nails look pretty.

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:
My questions for you lovely ladies are:
1. What are your 3 holy grail beauty products?
2. Do you prefer to wear heavy eye make up or a coloured lip? Or both?
3. What kind of blogposts do you like to read most? Reviews or tutorials?
4. What is your favourite brand of nail polish?
5. What is your favourite cleanser?
6. What is your favourite beauty brand?
7. What is your favourite nail colour to wear?
8. Who/what inspired you to start a beauty blog?
9. What are your three favourite blogs?
10. Describe your idea of the perfect day.
11. If you could get on a flight tomorrow, where would you fly to?
If you accept the award, leave me a comment below with the links to your answers. I look forward to reading them. Thanks again to Jassie, Sammie and Kirsty for nominating me and thank you to everybody for reading xxx

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Shiny Disco Ball Nails

Hi Glossies! I hope you're all well. I have some very shiny nails for you today. I went to see Jessica at Sheer Beauty in Cleckheaton yesterday for a little manicure. As I've mentioned before; I love to do different designs on my nails, but I'm not so keen at tidying up my cuticles. So every now and again I go to the salon for a manicure. Anyway, Jess was so kind to me yesterday that she gave me a couple of little treasures, she gave me the Jessica Hologram Chic Duo (which you can buy here). And the Glitzy Lips foil lip covers, which I can't actually find available to buy online other than on eBay, so check them out on there if you're after some.

The Jessica Hologram Chic Duo consists of a base coat called 'Retro Revival' and a holographic silver glitter called 'Disco Diva'. In the bottle the silver doesn't look holographic, but once it's on the nails it's like looking at a disco ball... hence my title for this mani.
The Glitzy Lips are actually foil lip covers for lip art, but I used them to try and jazz up my nails. It consists of a primer which is essentially a glue and a roll of holographic foil.
So on to my manicure, here's what I used to get my Shiny Disco Balls:
To start I did a light coat of OPI Nail Envy as always. I left that 5 minutes to dry before applying 1 coat of the whiteish appearing Jessica Retro Revival. I left that 10 minutes to dry and then followed with a coat of the Silver Jessica Disco Diva. Even after one coat it was pretty dazzling, but after drying I applied another coat and it was fully opaque.
Then I had a go at applying the Glitzy Lips on my ring fingers for an accent manicure. It says on the box to 'Apply adhesive to lips and let dry until clear. Apply desired length of foil to lips and remove quickly from one side to the other'. So I made sure my nails were completely dry before applying a thin layer of the primer to my ring fingers. I waited for it to go clear and almost dry, (about 3 minutes) before tapping the foil all over my nails. I found holding it down, smoothing it out and peeling off quickly didn't really leave much behind. So I tapped all over the nail and it appeared to work. This is what it looked like after applying my Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat.
With the Jessica Hologram Chic Duo it states that top coat isn't required, but I wanted to seal the manicure in for a few days so I applied anyway. I don't think it has affected the hologram at all, however I do think it has ruined the effect of the Glitzy Lips. They look really holographic and eye catching alone, but with the top coat they just look like silver tin foil. So I think if I use these again I'll leave the top coat off. However, the texture is still eye catching and makes the ring fingers pop. The first two photographs are taken in natural light, but it really doesn't do the polish justice. So the last photograph I took underneath the light and that looks more like a real life portrayal of the colours.
I'm very happy with my manicure, and I feel like a little magpie, I can't stop looking at them. I'm also really grateful to Jessica for giving me these, I'm sure they'll be used again in a Christmas sparkly manicure. So thanks Jess!
Have you tried any of the Jessica Hologram polishes? I believe there is a Gold and a Silver Top Coat as well as the Hologram Chic Duo. Maybe you've tried some holographic polishes from another range? I've wondered if these might work with normal polishes underneath. Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below. Or if you've tried these out leave me your links. I hope you're having a lovely weekend and thank you for reading xxx

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Newspaper Nails

Hi Glossies! I'm sorry I've been a stranger but I'm back and have a nail post for you. I thought I would give the newspaper manicure a go. It's only my first attempt and it hasn't gone perfectly but I still like it. So here's what I used:

(From left to right: Surgical Spirit, Nails Inc. Colville Mews, OPI Nail Envy, Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, a small bowl to decant the surgical spirit into, some cuttings from a newspaper)

I started by applying OPI Nail Envy as a base coat to all my nails. Then I chose Nails Inc. Colville Mews for my background colour as it's beige and I wanted it to look quite editorial and neutral. I did 3 coats of colour to get it to full opacity.

Next for the fun bit.... I dipped one finger into my bowl of surgical spirit (I bought this from a chemist for £1.30 for a 200ml bottle) for about 10 seconds before pressing one of my newspaper clippings onto the nail for about 15 seconds, being careful not to move the paper and smudge (this is where you could really use 3 hands). I repeated this process on every nail. To finish I applied my Seche Vite Top Coat.

As you can see from the last photograph, my right hand has come out better as I'd got the hang of how long to hold the paper on for. They're not perfect but I quite like that.
I like this look, it's something a little different but with minimal effort. My favourite kind of look! I want to try it with maps if I can find any that are small and detailed enough, I think that will look really interesting.
Have you tried the newspaper manicure? Or even tried it with maps? What base colours did you try? Leave me a comment below with your links as I'd love to see your attempts, or tweet me at @glossypolish / Instagram me at @rachaelsmith89
I hope you're all having a great weekend and thank you for reading xxx

Monday, 15 April 2013

NOTD - Ted Baker and Studs

Hi Glossies! I hope you're all well and had a lovely weekend. The sun has been shining where I live today and I had the day off work so it's been a real treat. I haven't had anything exciting on my nails for a few weeks now so I thought I'd do something a little more fun. In a previous post (here) I mentioned that a while back my Auntie had given me a few nail polishes as she gets her own nails done at the salon. Along with two Estee Lauder polishes she also gave me a polish from Ted Baker. It doesn't have a name or a number but in the bottle it has a likeness to Barry M Mushroom. Two coats on the nails and it looks more of a milk chocolate colour.

I started by painting 2 coats of OPI Nail Envy on all my nails. My nails have been worse the past couple of months than they have in years, they just keep breaking. So I had to file them all really short and thought I'd buy some of this to help them on their way as I've been wanting to try it for ages anyway. It is definitely speeding up the growing process and works as a great Base Coat.

Next I painted two coats of the Ted Baker polish on all my nails, leaving 10 minutes drying time between coats. I was impressed that it was opaque after 2 as I thought it would need 3. Then I applied my Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat. To bling them up a bit I added some studs that I bought from the Born Pretty Store (here). I dabbed a little bit of Top Coat at the base of each nail and then used a cocktail stick dipped in Top Coat to pick each stud up. I placed the stud onto my nail at an angle. Once I had applied one stud to each nail I covered the whole nail in another layer of Top Coat to seal the studs on.

So there we go, simple yet eye catching. And when asked a guy's opinion I was told they made him think of chocolate. Ha! I've had pastel colours on my nails for the last few weeks so it's nice to be wearing something neutral. I love the studs but not sure how they will survive the next few days! The formulation of the Ted Baker polish is really nice, I would definitely buy more of them. Have you got any polishes from there? Have you tried out nail studs before? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you got on with them. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Monday, 25 March 2013

NOTD - Easter Nails

Hi Glossies! Firstly sorry I've been a little absent for the last week or so. I just haven't had time to fit in my blogging and nothing particularly exciting has been going on my nails other than a one colour manicure. So I thought I'd do a little Easter themed design. Even though the weather outside is horrendous, (well it is here in West Yorkshire) I like to get the pastel colours out at this time of year and generally live in them until I absolutely have to stop when it gets round to winter again. 

So for this design I used Barry M Berry Ice Cream which is a pastel purple and Revlon Colorstay in Buttercup which is pastel yellow. Both are perfect for Spring and Easter if you ask me.

I used my usual Base Coat and then applied three coats of Barry M Berry Ice Cream to all my nails except my ring fingers on both hands, leaving 10 minutes drying time between each coat. I did the same thing for my ring fingers except I used Revlon Buttercup on those. After my 3 coats I waited 15 minutes to make sure they were completely dry; then I took my number 4 Dotting tool and used the larger end to create my design. I blobbed a small amount of Buttercup onto some cardboard and dipped the dotting tool into it, dotting randomly onto all of my purple nails. Then I did the same with Barry M Berry Ice Cream on the yellow nails. I waited 15 minutes again for them to dry before applying my Top Coat to seal it all in.

Excuse my red skin, I had just done the washing up in really hot water and quickly applied my hand cream before photographing my nails. I love this design, it is so cute and reminds me of yummy Easterness. Somebody told me it reminds me of Party Rings (those little biscuits with the holes in the middle that come in pastel colours) so I was happy enough with that. Also I don't get much use out of the Revlon Buttercup polish as it doesn't suit my skin tone on its own so it was nice to be able to use that colour. 

Have you tried any Easter nail designs? Do you have any ideas of designs you would like me to try? Do you struggle with using yellow polish? I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Monday, 18 March 2013

Follow Me on Bloglovin

Hi Glossies! So seeing as though we are saying goodbye to GFC and Google Reader in July I thought I would just keep you all updated on where you can follow me. I haven't quite got the hang of how to use Bloglovin yet but practice makes perfect and you can find me at I'm also on twitter so you can tweet me or follow me on @glossypolish. I have Instagram too @rachaelsmith89 if you'd like to follow me on there. I don't yet use any other platforms but I've seen a few bloggers using She Said Beauty and a few other sites, I'm not sure yet I may just stick to Bloglovin but if anybody has any recommendations for what to use then please let me know. How sad as it that we will no longer have Google Reader?! Have a good week and thank you for reading xxx

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

NOTD - Matte Vs. Glossy and Short Nails

Hi Glossies! Firstly it was a devastating week last week for me as my thumb nail on my right hand broke when I was filling up my beloved Pheobe (my car) with fuel. So when I went to the salon for my cuticles sorting out (I don't know the appropriate term for cuticle treatment in manicure's... possibly removing, there we go!) I knew it was time to get all my nails filed down to the same length. I usually shape my nails myself but I was already going to the salon so I thought why not get the lovely Jess to shape them for me. So I've gone from super long rounded nails to short square nails. My fingers feel short and stumpy but I'm sure my lovely nails will grow back soon enough. Moan over... sorry guys.

So on to my nail design. A few weeks ago my auntie gave me two Estee Lauder Nail Lacquers from the Pure Color range. She got them as gifts but she never paints her own nails so she gave them to me. I was like a magpie with a shiny object, the bottles on these polishes are so pretty; I would happily have a shelf full of them on display in my bedroom as they are just so eye catching. The colour I used in this design is E1 Black Iris. 

I applied my Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat to all my nails. Then I applied 3 coats of Black Iris, leaving 10 minutes drying time between each coat. Next I applied my Rimmel Pro Matte Finish Top Coat and again waited 10 minutes for them to dry. Finally I applied my glossy tips by using my Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat to the tips of my nails. I held the brush over my nail and rolled my finger rather than the brush so to keep the line as straight as possible. And this is how they look: 

The camera doesn't quite pick up the glossy tips as much as I would have liked it to but you can see it better in the second photograph. What do you think of my short squared nails? Do you like matte and glossy together? Do you have any of the Estee Lauder Nail Lacquers? I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx