Sunday, 30 September 2012

Essie Power Clutch and Models Own Pink Fizz Heart

Hello people! In classic British fashion, I love a good bargain. So I was loving life when I found Essie Power Clutch in TJ Hughes for just £2.99. OH MY! This is a really lovely shade of grey and as with all Essie polishes, has a really nice formula.
Today's mani was 2 coats of Essie Power Clutch. Once it was fully dry I used tape to create the stripes on my middle finger with Barry M Matte White. I then used Barry M Baby Pink for the heart detail and index finger and covered that with Models Own Pink Fizz. I'm really not a girly-girl so this is a nice change from the usual nail art I'm used to.

Oh, and my pinky is growing back well :)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Max Factor - Fantasy Fire and Intense Plum

I know way back in the beginning of the year there was mega hype over Max Factor's Fantasy Fire. Naturally, at the time, I bought it like so many other nail lovers. This polish is almost a dupe for the long discontinued gems Clarins 230 (Unicorn Pee), which would be way out of my price range even if it was still available!

Fantasy Fire is a multichrome shimmer which shifts from red to copper to gold to green in different lights and it's ah-mazing! Turns any polish into shimmery glimmery awesomeness. I couldn't stop looking at my nails for a long time after I got this polish. This swatch is over 2 coats of Max Factor - Intense Plum, which I recently bought and is what prompted this post. I'm kicking myself I didn't take pictures of the polish alone, it's so yummy. I'll edit it them in later when I next wear the polish :) And I finished with a coat of NYC In a New York Minute.

Oh, and I'm a sad bunny today. My pinky nail broke! Look how sad it looks, all short and whatnot! I was going to take the pictures using my right hand but she is very camera shy. This has become more wordy than I intended so I'll just crack on with the pictures..

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Reverse Half Moons

I'M BACK!! I finally got my charger working, can I get a woop woop?! Oh how I've missed blogging. Seriously, felt like I'd lost a limb!
This is a mani I did for my first day on my masters course. I'd never done a reverse half moon but I really like how it turned out. This is one coat of Barry M Gold Foil and then two coats of strategically placed A-Engand St George (obsessed with this polish!) and I placed some Hex Glitters for a simple accent. I finished it with two coats of NYC In A New York Minute. I really like the colour combination on this one.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Laptop down!

Hey guys!

I don't know how it happened but my laptop charger has broken and so I'm unable to upload any posts as yet, hopefully I'll have it fixed by the weekend when I'll be able to continue with my posting! Thought I'd let you know that I'm not ignoring you :) x

Thursday, 13 September 2012


Something fun today. LADYBIRDS! I'm trying to hold onto summer for as long as physically possible. I HATE the cold. HateHateHate. This is definitely summer on my nails. 
I used two coats of an unnamed The Colour Workshop red and used black and white acrylic paint with a dotting tool and striper brush for the details. And topped it with two coats of NYC In A New York Minute.

Annnnd one with a cute little butterfly from my back garden, just for fun :)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Justice for the 96

"On 15 April 1989 over 50,000 men, women and children travelled by train, coach and car to Hillsborough Stadium to watch an FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. It was a sunny, warm, spring day and one of the high points of the English football season.

Hillsborough was a neutral venue, like so many stadia of its time a mix of seated areas and modified standing terraces. As the match started, amid the roar of the crowd it became apparent that in the central area of the Leppings Lane terrace, already visibly overcrowded before kick-off, Liverpool fans were in considerable distress.

In fact, the small area in which the crush occurred comprised two pens. Fans had entered down a tunnel under the West Stand into the central pens 3 and 4. Each pen was segregated by lateral fences and a high, overhanging fence between the terrace and the perimeter track around the pitch. There was a small locked gate at the front of each pen.

The crush became unbearable and fans collapsed underfoot. To the front of pen 3 a safety barrier broke, creating a pile of people struggling for breath. Despite CCTV cameras transmitting images of distress in the crowd to the Ground Control Room and to the Police Control Box, and the presence of officers on duty on the perimeter track, it was a while before the seriousness of what was happening was realised and rescue attempts were made.

As the match was stopped and fans were pulled from the terrace through the narrow gates onto the pitch, the enormity of the tragedy became evident. Fans tore down advertising hoardings and used them to carry the dead and dying the full length of the pitch to the stadium gymnasium.

96 women, men and children died as a consequence of the crush, while hundreds more were injured and thousands traumatised."

                                - The report of the Hillsborough Independant Panel 

Today, more than 23 years later, an independant panel have reported their findings into what happened in the events leading up to the diasaster and in the aftermath. The panel concluded that South Yorkshire Police and the ambulance service made "strenuous attempts to deflect blame" for the deaths of the 96, and that 41 of the 96 fans who died had "evidence that they had potential to survive after the period of 3.15pm" if the emergency response had been adequate. An original inquest ruled that all those who lost their lives were dead or brain dead by 3.15pm, meaning the failings of the emergency services after that time were not scrutinised.

The 394-page report concludes that police and ambulance service statements were changed in an attempt to avoid responsibility for the failings of crowd control that were the primary cause of the disaster. Key findings of the report can be found here.

I count myself lucky that I was born 12th April 1989, at 3 days old my dad didn't go to the match that  fateful day. But for other families they were not so lucky.

The people responsible for the covers up regarding Hillsborough now need to be held accountable for their actions. This report symbolises the beginning of the end in the fight for justice campaign for the 96 individuals who needlessly lost their lives at a football match.

John Alfred Anderson (62)
Colin Mark Ashcroft (19)
James Gary Aspinall (18)
Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16)
Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron (67)
Simon Bell (17)
Barry Sidney Bennett (26)
David John Benson (22)
David William Birtle (22)
Tony Bland (22)
Paul David Brady (21)
Andrew Mark Brookes (26)
Carl Brown (18)
David Steven Brown (25)
Henry Thomas Burke (47)
Peter Andrew Burkett (24)
Paul William Carlile (19)
Raymond Thomas Chapman (50)
Gary Christopher Church (19)
Joseph Clark (29)
Paul Clark (18)
Gary Collins (22)
Stephen Paul Copoc (20)
Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23)
James Philip Delaney (19)
Christopher Barry Devonside (18)
Christopher Edwards (29)
Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34)
Thomas Steven Fox (21)
Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10)
Barry Glover (27)
Ian Thomas Glover (20)
Derrick George Godwin (24)
Roy Harry Hamilton (34)
Philip Hammond (14)
Eric Hankin (33)
Gary Harrison (27)
Stephen Francis Harrison (31)
Peter Andrew Harrison (15)
David Hawley (39)
James Robert Hennessy (29)
Paul Anthony Hewitson (26)
Carl Darren Hewitt (17)
Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16)
Sarah Louise Hicks (19)
Victoria Jane Hicks (15)
Gordon Rodney Horn (20)
Arthur Horrocks (41)
Thomas Howard (39)
Thomas Anthony Howard (14)
Eric George Hughes (42)
Alan Johnston (29)
Christine Anne Jones (27)
Gary Philip Jones (18)
Richard Jones (25)
Nicholas Peter Joynes (27)
Anthony Peter Kelly (29)
Michael David Kelly (38)
Carl David Lewis (18)
David William Mather (19)
Brian Christopher Mathews (38)
Francis Joseph McAllister (27)
John McBrien (18)
Marion Hazel McCabe (21)
Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21)
Peter McDonnell (21)
Alan McGlone (28)
Keith McGrath (17)
Paul Brian Murray (14)
Lee Nicol (14)
Stephen Francis O'Neill (17)
Jonathon Owens (18)
William Roy Pemberton (23)
Carl William Rimmer (21)
David George Rimmer (38)
Graham John Roberts (24)
Steven Joseph Robinson (17)
Henry Charles Rogers (17)
Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23)
Inger Shah (38)
Paula Ann Smith (26)
Adam Edward Spearritt (14)
Philip John Steele (15)
David Leonard Thomas (23)
Patrik John Thompson (35)
Peter Reuben Thompson (30)
Stuart Paul William Thompson (17)
Peter Francis Tootle (21)
Christopher James Traynor (26)
Martin Kevin Traynor (16)
Kevin Tyrrell (15)
Colin Wafer (19)
Ian David Whelan (19)
Martin Kenneth Wild (29)
Kevin Daniel Williams (15)
Graham John Wright (17)

Monday, 10 September 2012

I wanna see your Peacock!

I love the peacock nails that have been trending in the nail blogging world for a while. They're colourful, fun and you can use just about any colour combination. I stuck with the classic peacock feather colours for this mani.
I used Essie Feed Me base coat, I bought this to try to combat my peelies. I then used a base of Rimmel 60 Seconds At Ease on some fingers and Wild Couture Nailed It Black on the others. For the feathers I used a combination of Rimmel 60 Seconds Green With Envy, A-England St GeorgeBarry M Magnetic Blue, Barry M Gold Foil, W7 Purple Paradise and finished with two coats of NYC In A New York Minute.
I love how this turned out, shame about my terrible cuticles! MUST.MOISTURISE.MORE!!

Friday, 7 September 2012

A-England St George swatch and hex qlitters


Apologies for my lack of posts this past week, I've been super busy decorating, preparing for my sisters return from America and it was my boyfriends birthday yesterday so I made him an awesome cake (pictures to follow!!)
I was ridiculously excited yesterday when my A-England St George from The Legend collection arrived and then my hex glitters from the Born Pretty Store came this morning so, naturally, I wanted to play with them both!

I thought I'd show you the awesomeness of St George on it's own. It's holographic; need I say more?! Definitely one of my faviorite polishes ever.

I then added the glitters, or qlequins as Sammy at the Nailasaurus calls them, to my ring finger using this tutorial by Sammy herself. It didn't work out as well as I'd hoped, it's very fiddly to get them in the perfect honeycomb shape but it's a funky look all the same. I topped the ring finger with Seche Vite to smooth it out.
And here is the amazing cake I spent 3 hours baking yesterday. There was even melted galaxy chocolate in the buttercream. Om nom nom!