Thursday, 27 February 2014

Golden Oldie Thursday - Orange

Whilst I was looking at my collection of nail polish I realised that I don't own many Oranges, only three in fact!  I thought about why this was and had a moment of clarification. I don't like the colour orange, I don't like the orange squash and I'll only have the odd glass of orange juice (without bits) on very rare occasions. I don't eat oranges and don't have anything orange in my wardrobe. Why hadn't I noticed this before?

Todays nails are Models Own, Golden Peach, A pastel shad of orange which is shimmery and pearly and needs a good three coats to get an even coverage. I added a matte topcoat, Rimmels Matte finish and it changed the look completely. I like it so much more after I applied the matte topcoat.

Orange nails GOT

Orange nails GOT

Orange nails GOT

Orange nails GOT

Golden Oldie Thursday - Chevron

**I'm a week late with this post! Oopps, I thought that I'd scheduled it and that it had posted on 20th but it wasn't until I was writing out todays GOT post that I noticed it sitting I my drafts!**

I know I've said this before but I hate doing Chevrons!! I just don't have steady enough hands to place the tape in just the right place. I've kept the design as simple as possible but yet I've still managed to mess up. I was in a hurry to add topcoat, I've smudged the blue and its dragged across the white lines!!  arrgghh when will I learn to wait longer to ensure that everything is properly dry.

The white bass layer is No7, Snowflake and then I've used Collection 2000, BMX Bandit which is a teeny tiny bottle, only 8ml. Its on my favourite list and I'm on the hunt for a similar replacement but I've not found anything similar.

Blue Chevron GOT

Blue Chevron GOT

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

I've recieved an Liebster Award, not just one but two!

I'm very grateful to have been nominated twice for an Liebster Award. Its a wonderful way of acknowledging fledging blogs and spreading the love.  

I was nominated by the wonderful Tracey from Bite No More and by lovely Ivy from Nails of Blue 
This It's a chain designed to help blogs with less than 200 followers get noticed. The rules are:
  • If you get nominated you must acknowledge the blogger who nominated you 
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger who nominated you asked
  • Nominate 11 people who have less than 200 followers and create 11 questions for them to answer
  • Let the 11 nominees know that you are nominating them 
11 random facts about me:
1. I'm tall, very tall. 6ft in fact
2. I love food. Meat, bread and cheese are my three weaknesses
3. I used to work in childcare, I have a NVQ level 3 qualification.
4. I'm obsessed by mint chocolate!
5. I completed a qualification in acrylic nails but I need to keep practicing as I've not done it in such a long time
6. I love sleeping, I love my bed
7. I love all things that are vintage, social history, taxidermy, natural history and weird science related.
8. I'd love to get married, I've been with Andrew for nearly 8 years.
9. I have a very very limited sense of smell almost non-existent
10. I'd love to own a dog but my current house is just too small :(
11. I'm re-taking my GCSE Maths, 12 years after doing it for the first time! 
Questions from Tracey:
1. What inspired you do start a blog? I wanted to keep a record of all the nail art I did. 
2. When someone comments on your posts, do you always reply? Yes. I don't often get a comment so Its great when I do!
3. Have you ever had any negative comments? If so how do you react? Nothing negative
4. What's your favourite season and why? I love Spring time because its the start of new things, leaves on trees, blossom, spring flowers, blue skies and it also mean my Birthday is just around the corner, 1st May
5. If you could be any animal, what would you be? A cat, defiantly a cat. I'm happy to admit that I'm selectively social and don't mind being by myself 
6. If you could change just one thing in your life, would you? For my hair to grow faster and to be stronger and to not have any greys?! That's three, but all about one thing! 
7. Do you enjoy blogging? Or has it taken over your life? I enjoy it but find it hard to make time for it.
8. Has anything good ever happened to you because of your blog? Not yet, but there is still time :)
9. Sweet or Savory? Savoury all the way
10. Would you, or have you got a second blog? Don't have the time for another blog
11. Where do you see your blog 5 years from now?
 Good question! I think it all depends on how things progress with technology and social media. for example Instagram and twitter

Questions from Ivy:
1. Which nail art technique do you love, and which do you hate? I Love a gradient and I Hate doing chevrons. I just cant seam to get the hang of them, I love them on other people though.
2. What's your favourite polish colour and finish? I love a good pastel with a matte topcoat.
3. What's your most prized polish bottle? My Illamasqua, DWS its the best grey ever!
4 .Which nail polish blog you could never unfollow? The Crumpet this was the first blog I found and one of the main reasons I got into nail-art and blogging.
5. Do you prefer sweet or savoury snacks? Savoury all the way
6. What's the thing that makes you squee? Surprises from family and friends, knowing that they are thinking of me just melts my heart. 
7. Do you have a favourite internet meme? ?
8. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? To fly, to travel so freely would be heaven  
9. How do you spend your Saturday nights? At home, with good food, a movie some wine and then a hot bath. Pure Bliss 
10. Have you ever performed anything in public? I was in childrens choir when I was in primary school, but nothing since - public speaking makes me anxious.
11. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? I'd love to travel across America.

Now its my turn, here are my 11 questions:
1. How long have you been blogging for?
2. What are you wearing on your nails right now?
3. How many polishes do you own?
4. How do you store you polishes?
5. Are you a morning person or an evening person?
6. Do you have a favourite brand of polish?
7.What do you do for work?
8. Are you a book lover or a film fan?
9. Are you a Tea, Coffee or Hot chocolate drinker?
10. Describe your perfect holiday.
11. What time is it right now?

And the 11 blogs I'm nominating are:
Style Those Nails
Little Night Flower
Life In Lacquer
Knitty Nails 
The Nail Snail
Lethal Lacquer
Nikkis Nail Files

Thank you for taking the time read and please check out all of the above bloggers.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Golden Oldie Thursday - Valentines

Golden Oldie Thursday (on a Saturday!) Valentines

St Valentines day was on Friday, and the name on this challenge is Golden Oldie Thursday, so I am a little late in posting this, bit life just got in way :)

This week I've been working the late shift at work which means finishing at 10pm so fitting in time to do new nails, taking photos and drafting a post can get a little tricky. I managed this on, only two days late :) lol

I've used Sally Hansen, Diamond Strength, unnamed red. Super glossy and applies great. Only two coats needed for this lovely bold red. The flash makes it seam a little thin in places but you cant see this in 'real life'  I've added a tiny pink hearts to each nail, this is my 'nod' to the valentines theme. I'm not keen on the valentines but I was surprised by given a lovely bunch of flowers, with one glittery rose in it. sounds strange but looks nice.




Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge - Valentines

It was St Valentines day on Friday and everyone was in a good mood.

I'm not the biggest fan of valentines day, It all seams to forced and commercial but I'll still join in, just a little bit :)

I've used two coats of Ted Baker, unnamed pink and Pretty, Gold flaked top coat. This Ted Baker polish is stunning, it looks amazing in the daylight and I always get compliments when I wear it. The colour is like a bright clean pastel. reminds me of a combination of three things, candy floss, marshmallows and Barbie.   

Using Barry M Nailart pen in White, I added an outline of a heart to my ring finger to join in with the valentines theme.

Please check out my intagram account by searching its_linzi or by searching #busygirlnails  to view everyone doing the challenge.
Thank you xx



Thursday, 6 February 2014

Golden Oldie Thursday - Green

The prompt of green really got me stumped. I did initially think of doing a green skittle but I didn't have enough greens for each finger! So I opted for a three coloured ombre.

I've not done a sponged gradient/ombre for a while and to be honest I've missed it! I've used in order of darkest to lightest: Models Own, Green Tea. Models Own, Top Turquoise and Models Own, Jade Stone. To finish it I went for a Matte topcoat, hoping that it would soften and blend in the colours a little.

GOT green Ombre

GOT green Ombre

GOT green Ombre

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge - Blue

Week four is all about Blue in the Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge.
I have a love/hate relationship with the colour Blue. It looks great on but wow is it hard work to take off. I was given a Nails Inc set for Christmas and inside was this stunning blue named Baker Street. Wow this blue is great, it gave great coverage in just to thin coats and its super glossy and smooth. very impressed - I cant wait to use the others that came in the set.
I added a thin layer of Models Own, Banger to add a little interest and excitement. I picked this little treasure up in their recent 50% off sale.

Please check out my intagram account by searching its_linzi or by searching #busygirlnails 
Thank you xx

Nails Inc, Busy Girl Nails, Blue
Nails Inc, Busy Girl Nails, Blue

Models Own, Busy Girl Nails, Blue

Models Own, Busy Girl Nails, Blue

Models Own, Busy Girl Nails, Blue

Model Own 50% Sale Haul

I just couldn't resit the recent 50% sale from Models Own. As you know I'm a big fan of their polish so when they announced their 50% sale I was straight on it. Im looking forward to trying them all but I am now seriously running out of room to store my collection. How do you store yours? Hidden away in draws and/or boxes or on proudly displayed on shelves? 

From left to right.
Golden Peach, Pukka Purple, Snowflakes, Banger, Emerald Black.
Mermaid Tears, Sparkler, Disco Mix, Coral Reef, Indian Ocean, Gold and Silver NailArt Pens and Express Dry.

Models Own 50% Sale Haul