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