Back, and with lots of polishy goodness!

Hi everyone! I’m back home, and it feels so good to be wrapped up in front of my laptop posting & being lazy! It was a fun trip but I have to admit I was veeery bad- I really went overboard with the polish haulage- but I guess it’s good news for my blog, lots to post about. I was also expecting to have internet connection while I was there but my hopes were dashed- I’m genuinely sorry for being so late at replying to everyones comments!

So just to give a sneak peek at what is to come-

I have some fun NOTD’s for you all, including OPI’s Done Out in Deco which I wore the entire trip so I’m completely sick of the colour now, haha. I splurged on some great Essie’s which were super cheap compared to the prices salons here charge for them, some fun L.A. Girls polishes which I’ve never tried before and some other great colours from brands I’ve never heard of before. Swatches, NOTD’s and reviews are coming up! I also bought a bunch of super cute nail decals, so my NOTD’s will definitely be much more fun 🙂

I’ve also become obsessed with this brand called Cosmiss, I bought two shades on a whim because they were super, super cheap- and oh my goodness they glide on like butter (eugh, buttery nails, haha), utter love! I wish I’d gotten more 😦 I really shouldn’t complain though, I’m so happy with everything I got!

I’m off to upload all promised photos, I’ve really got my work cut out for me- It’s going to take ages to catch up on all my nail blog faves and comments so bear with me! The posting bonanza will be up by tomorrow 🙂

-P&P

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Very short hiatus

Hi everyone!! I just wanted to drop in and say I’ll be on a very short hiatus, I went on an unexpected trip I did not think would last for long, hence not mentioning it 🙂 It turns out I’ll be away from my precious polishes and blog for a few more days, I didn’t want to abandon it without an explanation! I’ll be back soon with all the fun things I’ve picked up on my travels 🙂

-P&P

(P.S. – sorry for not replying to comments, I’ll get to it as soon as I’m back!)

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My first award!

Thanks to the lovely NaiLz-iN-AuS, I’ve recieved my first blog award! 

The rules:1. Write five (5) interesting facts about the person who gave you this award.2. Jot down ten (10) interesting facts about yourself or your hobbies.3. Pick your ten (10) most deserving recipients and describe them.4. Leave a comment on the recipients’ blog to tell them they’ve been tagged.5. Paste the award badge in your side bar.

5 facts about NaiLz-iN-AuS:

*She has beautiful nails

*She always posts wonderful nail art, I can’t wait to try her watermelon manicure!

*She lives in Australia

*She is the sweetest! I got to know her while planning a swap and she’s a lovely girl 🙂

*Her birthday is on July the 11th, and we’ll both be the same age (21)!

 

Ten random facts about me 🙂

*I have a Shih Tzu doggie, the love of my life ❤

*One of my favourite hobbies is baking, I love making cakes/desserts/breads from scratch but I’m on hiatus for weight loss reasons, haha.

*To relax/unwind I knit, crochet and cross stitch- all my friends call me a granny!

*I’m fascinated by the 1980’s- the clothes, hair, music.

*My favourite colour is green.

*I’m a history nerd, I wanted to be an archaeologist for most of my life, but now I study English literature.

*I collect Russian nesting dolls.

*I love meeting new people and replying to all your comments, it really makes my day!

*I studied French for 4 years and still can’t put a coherent sentence together.

*My favourite city in the world is London- I’ve spent most of my holidays there since I was little and a lot of my family live there,  I love it to bits.

 

It looks like everyone I wanted to pass this award on to has recieved it already, so I’ll bend the rules slightly and just say that everyone on my blogroll deserves it, and all of you lovely girls who read and comment! All you ladies are lovely and there are so many wonderful blogs out there it’s hard to keep track! Thanks again to the lovely NaiLz-iN-AuS for passing on this award, and thanks to everyone for reading and commenting!

-P&P

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NOTD – ‘Cardinal’ French tips

Hi everyone 🙂 

While going over one of my favourite gossip sites, I came across this picture of a gorgeous Korean celeb with fabulous nails. I found out her name is Yoon Eun Hye, and I tried to replicate her red french tips using Cardinal by Nivea- a red creme I don’t use very often that has just the right opacity to do the job.

I think the look looks much better on her nails, but I had fun wearing them!

I freehanded the tips so they’re not the best- Also True Blood was on and I was SO absorbed with the TV that I didn’t notice my top coat dragging some of the red off, hence the red streak on my pinky… oops

 

Also, all of you fellow nail fanatics *must* check out Sophy Robsons blog! She is a celebrity manicurist in England who designs the most utterly fab looks for magazines and runways, her blog is full of inspiration! I came across it while looking for good polish retailers in the UK for when I travel in August, and I ended up spending ages looking at all the gorgeous ideas. After I tried this mani I saw her post about Sharon Stone in Casino where she sports red tips too, and I can’t wait to try the candy pink nails with red tips inspired by Sharon Tate in Valley of the Dolls. Enjoy!

-P&P

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NOTD: Glitter Cherry Blossoms

Woaah I’ve really let go of my ‘post once a day’ resolution! My internet issues turned out to be worse than I thought and I used the time to catch up on my reading and absorbed in all the sad news in the entertainment world over the past few days 😦

 

I do have some fun stuff in store- I was really gutted that I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on the new Nubar Going Green collection (green is my favourite colour!) and the new Lippman collection everyone’s been blogging about. Well in one week I located an etailer that ships Nubar internationally, a Nubar representative in my hometown (thanks to the amazing customer service on Nubar’s website) AND a CND store where I can get all my Solar Oil goodies! So excited, but I’m going to have to wait a while before splurging, haha- it’s been one of those months!

I visited a Korean cosmetics store at the mall that I usually avoid because of the CRAZY pushy saleswomen- it’s nothing against the brand, I just get really flustered when I’m followed around and bombarded with products 😦 I survived this time and left with this amazing glitter polish! The brand is called Missha, but I can’t seem to find a name for the colour I bought.

 

Unlike all my other glitter polishes this one is pure unadulterated goodness- no random flecks in a jelly base, my friends.

I was also really in the mood for a soft pale colour which I lack in my collection, so I picked up Silver Bullet by Rimmel- not silver at all in my opinion- a pretty pearly white that is opaque in two or three coats, though not the best application.

I was really nervous before my first yoga class last week so I busted out my new purchases and did a fun mani, painting my nails with silver bullet and keeping my ring finger blingtastic in pink with a white Konad cherry blossom . I love adding a bit of something on my ring finger to liven up my manicure, I only have 4 Konad plates so I’ve pretty much exhausted them, I don’t think I can handle a full Konadicure until I get some new designs!

It’s not one of my best applications, but it was fun and gave me someting pretty to look at while huffing and puffing through ‘downward facing dog’ during yoga class, haha

 

I hope you guys like it 🙂 I’m off to catch up on my favourite blogs!

-P&P

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NOTD- Sexy Divide

I haven’t used Essie products in a few years, so when I found out the nail salon at my gym carried the line I couldn’t wait to give their colours a try! Yesterday morning I got my nails done in Sexy Divide, a gorgeous dark purple with lots of shimmer- I love it 🙂 

Just a small request from you guys- what tips do you have for sending polishes in the mail? I’d love to take part in swaps but I’m unsure on how to pack things to send abroad and ensure safe arrival- any feedback would be much appreciated!

-P&P

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Finally- Glitter swatches!

I’ve blogged about the crazy fun polishes I bought from a Japanese discount store in my town, and with my internet on hiatus I finally sat down and took some pics of swatches in daylight to show all the glitter goodness! The polishes don’t have any names, so I tried to show the bottle in each photo since I already posted more detailed pics in the original post (that’ll teach me to show swatches & bottle shots in different posts)

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