No.7 + GOSH

I have no idea what compelled me to put the two together but here you go:

It looks okay in this picture but irl it looked rly bad. Well I think it was just the contrast of the red against the very very pale holographic that made it look even more pale. My mum thought it was a fungal infection from a distance.
Anywho, I liked it at the time so there we go πŸ™‚ I used No.7 in Salsa 93 for the red (I’ve heard from Lina-Elvira’s blogpost that it is a dupe of Nails Inc. Aspen) and GOSH Holographic for the holographic ring finger (yes I caved… they were selling for half price in Superdrug! I think they still are…).
No.7 Salsa was mostly easily to apply although I found that if I was a little too slothful – can you believe that’s a word?! – in my application then it begun to drag a little, but otherwise it was good. First coat dried fast, this was two coats. However, the staying power was far from heavenly. To be fair, I do put it through a fair bit of stress during my paper round and I didn’t use a topcoat due to lack of funds, but this tipwear was after less than one day of wear. Hmm. Still at Β£2 (with another Β£5 off voucher I had) I can’t complain, and it really is a very sexy nail colour πŸ™‚
GOSH’s Holographic polish was just awful. I confess I didn’t find the application as bad as everybody seems to say, but it took 4 coats to get to this opaque state as it was very uneven. If I so much as touched it it decided to come off on my finger, reminding me of the powder on butterfly wings. Don’t touch butterfly wings, this results in their starvation and death. Also, it chips like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Not even with the Poundland ChitChat polishes (remarkably good for the price, but anyway…) did I experience such a horror. I’m just happy I didn’t pay Β£16 for it on eBay because, looking online, there are many much better holo’s out there with better properties full stop. However, this was pretty for the day πŸ™‚
That’s all from me since I’m getting sleepy. I wasn’t going to do this ’til tomorrow but I’m waiting for my nails to dry. This one’s exciting πŸ˜‰
Goodnight all πŸ™‚
Emma xxx
Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Hello! Today I got a lovely surprise… Lisa from “Makeup With Lisa” awarded me this:



This for me was a lovely surprise as my blog has barely taken off and it’s so nice to have some feedback. Thank you Lisa!!! πŸ™‚

So here are the guidelines:

With acceptance of this award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Tell us 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered new bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and let them know they’ve received the award(s)


Here are 7 things about me!
1. I share my life with the funniest, kindest, most loving man possible. Our age gap is 4 years and 4 months and I could not be happier. Everything about him feels right, he’s everything I could ever have wished for in a man, he’s not only my lover but my best friend and soulmate, I am one lucky girl. <3

2. I didn’t begin my nail polish obsession until early December 2010. How crazy is that? But once I get an obsession it’s stuck for good! 

3. I love colourful things, colour makes me happy. I suspect I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as I tend to get heavily depressed when the weather gets gloomy and that only really picks up when it’s sunny and warm. I love the colours of spring, summer and autumn, and I love the minimalism of the colours of winter. Such a pretty contrast between all of them.

4. I don’t tend to conform to fashion or fashionability, partly because I don’t like wearing or buying garments that I don’t like, and partly because I can’t really afford to anyway. It’s always nice when things I like come into fashion but my wardrobe doesn’t change according to trend or season, purely because I just like to wear things that I like, things I feel comfortable in, and things which make me feel good.

5. I love music. I mean, I LOVE it. I love nearly all genres out there. I don’t have a favourite band/singer/genre because I don’t like to limit myself. I listen to different music in accordance with my mood at the time πŸ™‚ I play the piano, cello, electric bass and acoustic guitar. 

6. I don’t have favourites in general. I think my poor Andy struggles to know what to buy me present-wise because I am just not consistent in my likes and dislikes. The truth is is I like many many things at one point or another, and my fluctuations in likes and dislikes seem to bear no real linkage to any changes in my life. I just can’t explain myself. Lol. 

7. I am a real dreamer. Seriously, I dream about 99% of the time, about the future, about what I want to get when we next go to Tesco, about how much I would like this or that food. It does get irritating, an hour into a Chemistry lesson, when I realise everyone else understands and I haven’t heard anything from the moment the teacher started talking. Oops πŸ™‚

And here are a few bloggers I would choose to mention, because I just haven’t seen that many ‘new’ blogs about, all seem well established! These blogs are the ones that I look to for advice and unbiased honesty about products, and the bloggers whose opinions I trust!

1. Nikki from Nikki’s Nails
2. Leanne from Do Not Refreeze
4. Louise from Affordable Treats
5. Charlotte from Charlotte’s Obsessions
6. Lina-Elvira from Pretty Perfect Beauty
7. Sabrina from A Little Obsessed

I’m fairly sure all of these bloggers will have received this already but it’s more as a token of appreciation than anything!

Emma xxx

Valentines Day (A Bit Late!)

Hello all, I hope you all enjoyed Valentines Day?

Andy and I just had a lovely sofa evening – my present to him was a magic coin thingy, he’s good at magic tricks so seemed pleased with his present (he knew what I was getting him since he asked for it lol). When I got to his house we went to Tesco and he bought me all the food of my dreams, yum yum! We then went home and had a lovely dinner, then snuggled up to watch ‘The Wolfman’ (very romantic…) at my request. All in all it was a truly perfect evening, as we don’t get much time to just enjoy each others’ company.

I didn’t have all that much time to do my nails as I did them at about 00.30 am on Valentine’s Day and was beginning to drop, hence the messy left hand. The right hand I blame on my left hand not being my dominant hand. Oh to be ambidextrous!
So here are my nails for Valentines Day πŸ™‚ :

In a halogen spotlight.
With flash.
For this I used L’Oreal Resist & Shine Titanium in 103, and then drew the pink hearts freehand with the Rio Nail Art Pen in the pearly purpley pink colour.
I really like the L’Oreal 103, it’s a very pearly, feminine colour, with largely a good application, not the best, but still good. These pictures were on the second day of wear of the L’Oreal, but the first for the pink hearts.
The Rio Nail Art Pen in pink was difficult to work with in that it was quite sheer and so I had to go over some of the heart, and ended up ruining a couple on my left hand. However it was the perfect colour combination with the L’Oreal 103 and so that I am grateful for πŸ™‚
Many people commented on my Valentine’s Day hearts which was an added bonus as my nails don’t exactly take centre stage with my friends!
Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day this year, for me it was really lovely

Love Emma xxx
Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.

2 x Diet Coke = Free Nails Inc Polish = Yes Please!

Diet Coke and Nails Inc. have collaborated this Spring to strike up a very purse-friendly deal in which one has to purchase two 500ml bottles of Diet Coke from participating Boots stores, and one will receive a lovely free 10ml (fullsize)Nails Inc. polish. There are four available colours: Heather Grey, Denim, Caramel and Plum. I might sneakily add that in Boots Oxford this Tuesday there were also two polishes from last year’s collaboration – I believe they were both ‘Milan’ (bright red).

During our trip to Oxford, I managed to drag Andy multiple times to multiple nail polish hoarding areas and requested his opinion on certain colours, multiple times. Having heard about the Nails Inc. offfer, we definitely had to stop off in Boots. When we got there there were just two colours on show: Heather Grey and Plum. Because I already own L’Oreal 603 I decided to opt for the Heather Grey (I am hesistant about spending money on potential dupes as my money supply is far from limitless!) so I stole this from the display and grabbed a couple of unsuspecting Diet Cokes, heading for the till. I always end up feeling fraudulent at the payment stage, like I’m doing something wrong by taking this free gift, or like the cashier is going to say sorry, you’re WRONG lol. You can find swatches of the other colours (sorry I can’t afford them!) by searching in Google Images.

I wasn’t so keen on the colour in the bottle as it seems halfway between Barry M Mushroom 310 and a pastelly-purple colour, which really does not appeal to the eye. However, upon application, I was needless to say more than pleasantly surprised:

So this is 2 coats and no top coat. First impressions were that this colour can either be identical to that in the bottle, or totally totally different, depending in what light you are in. I wore this to school and could not stop looking at my nails as they seemed a different colour every time! It is a really very unique muddy-purple. Having spent a lot of time trying to wade through endless stretches of heather I think I can safely say it is nothing like a lot of the more common heathers, but something in me can totally see why it has been named after heather. Top marks for uniqueness and a very subtly beautiful colour.
Application-wise, this was an absolute dream. I did this late at night and found that the first coat dried so very fast that I was able to do a second coat, which also dried super fast, so top marks on that one too. I know many people complain about the broad circular lid being difficult when applying the polish, but for some reason this really worked for me and I found it aided my usually-messy application skills. The brush was fine, nothing to write home about but easy to use and all in all I am very happy with this, especially for Β£2.40ish + 2 diet cokes! So so pleased I got this one over the Plum colour as I really feel that this one is very unique.

One slightly picky criticism is that the lid doesn’t seem to fit the bottle. It just overhangs ever so slightly but this really puts me off, maybe I’m just being overly perfectionistical (is that even a word?!) but it just gets to me, it looks so tatty! Oh well, I’ll put up with it for the lovely colour.

I also went in later this week for my work experience and treated myself to the lovely Denim colour, so keep a watch out πŸ™‚

Hope your week hasn’t been as stressy as mine has,
love Emma xxx

EDIT: Looking at photos, Heather Grey seems to be very similar to Nails Inc.’s “Bruton Street”… I don’t have it so can’t do a comparison, but check it out! πŸ™‚ xx

Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.

My experimental (as usual) face of the day :)

When I do my makeup, I usually don’t have anything in mind to begin with and just build up the colour on my eyelids according to what catches my eye at the particular moment in time.
Andy and I went to an 18th birthday party on Saturday, so here was my face for the occasion lol:
In the very natural, miserable typical English weathery light.. lol
Avec flash
Close-up with flash, so you can see the eyeliner πŸ™‚
The completed face of me! As it looks when you look normally at me. I think.
I wanted to wear a slightly party-ish look that I could get away with during the day, but really, if I’m honest, that didn’t play much part in my decision since it wasn’t a decision, more of a faff around with available eyeshadow colours lol.
What I used (facially!):
  • Chanel VitalumiΓ¨re Aqua Foundation (freeΒ sample in February edition of ELLE Magazine)
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in “Strip” used over the main eyelid.
  • Natural Collection Fragrance-Free Eyeshadow in “Barley”, blended with the UD eyeshadow, and dusted over the browbone. Also used lightly on lower lash line.
  • PrettyPink Makeup Palette Eyeshadows in a pale shimmery camel colour blended over the brow bone, a pinky mauve blended into the outer corners and a rusty brown on my eyebrows. I also used a dark purple for the liquid eyeliner with the transforming potion.
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Transforming Potion (for eyeliner)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Binge” worked into my lower lashes.
  • Urban Decay Big Fatty Waterproof Mascara
  • Natural Collection Juicy Lips Lip Gloss in “Pink Velvet”
On my nails (how could I leave them out!) :
Barry M Pure Turquoise 295 with N.Y.C. 105 Starry Silver Glitter over the top on my ring finger, just for a hint of partyishness πŸ™‚
So as you can probably see, I have a little bit of an obsession with Urban Decay. But to be honest, it’s with good reason – all the products last forever on the skin, seem to have unlimited supply in the product, and aren’t tested on animals, all at a fairly reasonable price for their quality. My only qualms are with the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, as I find they are all used up in a matter of weeks, due to their softness. Oh and the Eyeshadow Transforming Potion stings like aif you get it in your eyes but that doesn’t happen too often. And I’d rather it happened to me than the animals πŸ™‚
Hope you all had a good weekend,
Emma xxx
Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.