I’m moving!

Hello everyone!

Just to let you know I will be moving over to A Sparkling Finish!

Most things will be already over there, but please be patient whilst I change things around, and tweak bits, I’m not totally sure what I’m doing!

I’m also looking for a custom design, so if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know.

Lyndsey ๐Ÿ™‚

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TarasTalons

A few months ago, I applied to swatch and review some polishes from TarasTalons through Tara’s blogger application. Tara got in contact with me and asked if I would like to work with her, obviously I couldn’t say no and Tara kindly sent me a couple of polishes to feature on my blog (I’ll get on to them in a minute!) First, a little bit about Tara;

  • TarasTalons opened in April 2013, and is the UK’s longest trading handmade indie polish brand. All of TarasTalons polishes are one offs, limited edition or custom made.
  • Tara recently expanded to ‘TheTaraEmporium’ which is also a lifestyle, beauty and fashion brand, including nail art kits, jewellery, and handmade bath and beauty products.
  • Tara also launched her online magazine, TheTaraEmporium edit, featuring tutorials, reviews, interviews and more.

The two polishes I received from Tara were #datenight, and The Purpletraitor.

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The Purpletraitor is a gorgeous ‘blurple’ shimmer, the formula was great, my pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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#datenight is a pretty light green shimmer, with silver holo hearts. I applied three coats of the polish first avoiding the hearts, then placed them on after. They did require a little fishing with being larger glitter, but after giving the bottle a good shake it was quite easy to pick them out! My pictures show three coats with one coat of HK Girl.

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TarasTalons and TheTaraEmporium can be found hereย and her etsy shop here

You can also find her on Facebook and twitter, along with Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Flickr under the username; thetaraemporium

Lyndsey ๐Ÿ™‚

I was provided these polishes for review and did notย receive any payment.ย 

Inspired by The Oscars

If you happened to miss it, last Sunday night was the Oscars, but who could miss it when THAT selfie has so far been retweeted 3.3 MILLION times! I was in London for the Capital One Cup Final (blog to come soon!) but I recorded E! Live From The Red Carpet. I love to see what all the stars are wearing, and of course, their nails, with the mani-cam!

Zooey Deschanel’s nails from the 2013 Grammys – eonline.com

My favourite mani from the Oscars was Maria Menounos, who went for grey with black and silver triangle tip details. I loved the contrast between her light dress, and dark nails, and that they weren’t too in-your-face, but were still fancy.

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For my recreation, I used Barry M Grey, Nails Inc New York Noir, and the Andrea Fullerton Stripe & Sparkle in silver.

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Nude/pale pink nails seemed to be the popular choice at this years ceremony, with Anne Hathaway, Lupita Nyong’o and Lady Gaga all opting for pale shades.

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I used 3 coats of Elizabeth Street, and one coat of HK Girl.

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Lastly, another of my favourite from the night, E! presenter Kelly Osbourne’s pale nails with gold tips, giving them that subtle sparkle.

Kelly Osbourne – eonline.com

Obviously I don’t have almond shaped nails like Kelly, so I had more of a square tip. I also discovered I don’t have many glittery gold polishes, so I had to go with Models Own Disco Heaven, from the HedKandi collection, which is a gold glitter with iridescent blue glitter, on top of Elizabeth Street.

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Who’s mani was your favourite? Have you recreated any?

Thanks to Abbey from Julep for the blog idea, make sure you check them out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lyndsey ๐Ÿ™‚

Capital One Cup Final

Today is the day. The day I get to watch my beloved Sunderland play at Wembley, in a cup final. Something I never thought I’d see. But here it is! Win or lose, I’m so proud to be a Sunderland supporter today. Days like these don’t come around too often for us, and I will be savouring every minute of it. The walk down Wembley Way, which I last did 7 years ago when my dad took me too an England game. Sadly, my dad isn’t here to see us in the cup final, hopefully the lads can win it for him. Buying any piece of tatty memorabilia I can find, singing my heart out as the lads walk on to the pitch. I can’t wait.

Being my first cup final, I had to do something special with my nails, something which I have been planning since that emotionally draining semi final against Manchester United back in January. I ordered some water decal paper from craftycomputerpaper, along with some acrylic spray, organised the pictures I wanted in a word document (it took a few attempts to get them the right size!) and printed them on to the special paper, then sprayed it with three coats of acrylic spray.

The finished result isn’t perfect, I probably should have practised first, but I still love them!

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Have you ever tried making your own water decals?

Lyndsey ๐Ÿ™‚

Ha’way The Lads!

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Listen To Your Momager!

This polish is the sole reason I bought one of the Nicole by OPI sets I saw in TK Maxx. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know I love blue polish, and I have wanted this one for so long!

Listen to Your Momager! (I love the name!) is from the Kardashian Kolor Nicole by OPI collection and is royal blue shimmer. It’s gorgeous! I found the formula was a little thin, but it built up nicely. It also stained a little so I would definitely recommend a base coat!

My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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I’m also looking for the Nicole by OPI Modern Family collection, if anyone knows where I can get them in the UK, please let me know!

Lyndsey ๐Ÿ™‚

Push and Shove

Towards the end of last year, Gwen Stefani collaborated with OPI to create a collection of seven polishes. I wasn’t too excited about any of them, apart from Push and Shove, which is a silver chrome. It comes with a mini bottle of base coat ‘lay down the base’ and is intended for one night wear.

I started with one coat of lay down the base, followed by two coats of Push and Shove.

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Push and Shove is designed to be worn without top coat, but I decided to try it out to see what it was like with one coat of HK Girl. It did dull the finish a little, but it wasn’t too noticeable.

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I can’t comment on the wear of the polish as I only wore it for the swatches, but I love the look of the polish, especially for a night out.

Are you a fan of the chrome look?

Lyndsey ๐Ÿ™‚

Eternal Beauty

I recently picked up a couple of Color Club’s 2013 Halo Hues collection from eBay, and I managed to stay away from the blue, which is a first for me!

Whenever I’ve seen swatches of Color Club’s holos, I’ve always been impressed with the strength of the holo, and they’re all so pretty!

Eternal Beauty is a gorgeous purple with a strong linear holo. The formula was great, as was the wear, I took these pictures after wearing the polish for two days, and there was only some slight tip wear.

My pictures show two coats with one coat of HK girl.

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Do you have any of the Halo Hues collection? Which is your favourite?

Lyndsey ๐Ÿ™‚