Back to Reality…TV

Back to Reality…TV is another polish from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor. It’s a dusty periwinkle with a pink shimmer (which my camera refused to pick up.)  It was a little sheer, but built up nicely.

My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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Lyndsey 🙂

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Strike A Pose

A few days ago I was in TK Maxx when I spotted two sets of Nicole by OPI, two sets of four, and five of the eight polishes were from the Kardashian Kolor collection, so at £12.99 a set I couldn’t resist!

Strike A Pose is coral-y red creme, with a glossy finish. My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Models Own Sale Haul – Part 2

Finally part two of my sale haul from Models Own! I’m late posting this because my delivery too longer than expected, and four weeks of having gel nails practised on me at college has pretty much destroyed my nails! Particularly my left hand, my nails are super short, and feel so weak and bendy. But, now they get some time to recover as there’s no more practising on each other until we start the acrylics after Easter.

So, over the last couple of days I’ve been swatching like crazy (I had about 30 polishes to swatch!) so I’m going to have a lot of scheduled posts to keep me going (and I’ll try and keep on top of it this time, although I always say that!)

Naked Glow HyperGel is a nude creme, perfect formula, with a glossy finish. My pictures show two coats with no top coat (I didn’t notice the hair on my ring finger until I was editing!)

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Red Lustre HyperGel is the perfect glossy pillar box red. My pictures show two coats with no top coat.

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White Light HyperGel is the only HyperGel I tried that I was a little disappointed with, I hoped it would be a two coater like the rest, but it was a little streaky, and needed three. My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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Absinthe is from the Velvet Goth Collection, and has a deep inky green base, with green and turquoise micro glitter, and larger green hex glitter. My pictures show two coats with no top coat.

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With one coat of HK Girl.

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Bora Bora is from the HedKandi collection, and is a gold micro glitter. My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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In The Navy is a deep navy blue jelly. The formula was good, but it stained around my cuticles so definitely needs a basecoat! My pictures show two coats with no top coat.

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Sophie’s Pink is a bright hot pink creme with a glossy finish. My pictures show two coats with no top coat.

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Disco Mix is one of my favourites from my haul. It’s a pretty purple and blue glitter, which built up well. My picture show three coats with no top coat.

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Freak Betty is one of the Models Own Artstix, made up from Betty Blue and Freak Out. I used two coats of Betty Blue and one coat of Freak Out, with no coat.

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Did you get anything from the Models Own 50% sale?

Lyndsey 🙂

Models Own Sale Haul – Part 1

I have quite a few polishes to blog about from the Models Own 50% sale, so I thought it would be easier to put them into two blog posts, rather than one massive one, or loads of individual ones!

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First up are three of the new HyperGel collection, which I absolutely love.

Blue Glint HyperGel is a bright sky blue creme. The formula was brilliant, great coverage in two coats, with a glossy finish.

My pictures show two coats with no top coat. I did have a slight issue with staining around the cuticles, so I’d recommend a base coat for this one.

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Turquoise Gloss is a light creme green. The first coat was a little streaky but the second evened it out perfectly.

My pictures show two coats with no top coat.

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Cornflower Gleam is one of my favourites, a gorgeous light, lilacy blue creme.  The formula was a little more sheer than the other two, and I needed three coats for full coverage.

My picture show three coats with no top coat.

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As you can see, the HyperGel’s have a great glossy finish. I’m really impressed with them, and I’m looking forward to swatching the others from my haul!

Amethyst is from the velvet goth collection. I feel like it should have a more unusual name when you look at the others from the collection! Amethyst is deep inky purple, with a mixture of different sized purple glitter, some small blue glitter, and dries to a matte finish.

My pictures show two coats, with no top coat.

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Like Valerian, I wasn’t mad on this matte, so I added one coat of HK Girl.

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Snow Mix is one of the Artstix. I didn’t realise when I ordered this that it was just Snow White and Ibiza Mix, which I have in bottles anyway, but never mind, with the 50% off it was only £3!

My pictures show three coats of Snow White, and one coat of Ibiza Mix, with no top coat.

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Did you get anything from the 50% sale? There’s still time if you haven’t!

Look out for part 2 of my haul in the next few days 🙂

Lyndsey 🙂

Derby Day Nails

Today was that day again, derby day. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know when it’s time for Sunderland to play Newcastle, I have to have red and white themed nails!

A little about the game first, because we won 0-3 (again!) Fabio Borini started the scoring with a penalty, followed by an Adam Johnson goal less than 5 minutes later. Jack Colback completed the scoring late on, securing our 3rd consecutive derby victory!

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I’m up there, close to the line of orange stewards on the left!

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It was my friends first away derby, I think he enjoyed it!

For my nails, I got my inspiration from pinterest, and used Julie G Hot Cinnamon, and OPI Solitaire.

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I’ve got quite a lot to get swatched at the minute, mainly because of Models Own’s huge 50% off sale, and my massive haul! If you haven’t already, make sure you don’t miss out, even their new HyperGel’s are included! The sale ends February 4th.

Lyndsey 🙂

Old Bond Street

I’ve had such a hectic week this last week! Last Tuesday, I went back to college, to start at Nail Tech course, 8 weeks for gel nails, followed by 8 weeks for acrylics. I could have cried when I was told I’d have to have a couple of my nails filed down to practise the tips on each other, even the girl filing them down felt bad! I’m trying to stick with my right hand so I can keep my left for my swatches! I don’t like wearing tips, and broke one off pretty badly last night, so I soaked the other off, leaving me with two very short nails 😦

Then, Wednesday. We travelled down to Manchester for the second leg of the Capital One Cup Semi Final, Manchester United v Sunderland. We were winning 2-1 on aggregate, and I think I went through every single emotion going that night! Just before half time, ex-loanee Jonny Evans scored, meaning that if we didn’t score, in normal time or extra time, United would go through on the away goals rule. Extra time came, and I could feel my Wembley dream slipping away, until the last couple of minutes of extra time, when Phil Bardsley scored against his former club, six years to the day since leaving them to join us. Bodies flying everywhere in the away end, we were going to Wembley, until about a minute later, when Hernandez scored, taking it to 3-3 on aggregate, and penalties (I’d lost total track of the score/away goals, and thought we were out at this point!) I certainly wasn’t looking forward to penalties, I only have bad memories from important penalty shoot outs, and it was time that changed. Obviously, being Sunderland, they missed the first two. Darren Fletcher gave United the lead, Alonso responded, Mannone saved Januzaj’s kick, Kiiiiiiiiiiiii scored. Phil Jones then missed his, meaning Adam Johnson could send us through, but De Gea saved. Thankfully it didn’t matter and Mannone saved Rafael’s penalty, sending us to WEMBLEY! Almost a week later and I still can’t believe I’m going to a cup final at Wembley, I’ve hardly stopped smiling!

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Saturday, we had another cup game, this time the FA Cup 4th round, against Kidderminster, which was a terrible game, but an early goal from Charis Mavrias secured our place in the 5th Round.

All that has given me very little time to swatch, but I should hopefully get a few done this week! Before I started college on Tuesday, I got a tweet from BeautyBay to tell me I was one of their winners for their #ShowUsYourNails competition, and I won the Nails Inc Autumn Winter collection.

This is the first one I tried from the collection, Old Bond Street, and I am in love. A stunning deep inky violet blue, with a glossy finish. My pictures show three coats, but I could have gotten away with two.

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Lyndsey 🙂

TarasTalons Advent Calendar Days 15-24

As I said in my previous post, I’m better late than never with these, and the final part of my TarasTalons Advent Calendar (minus the Christmas day polish, I’m full of cold and haven’t had a chance to swatch it yet!)

Rudolph is a shimmering, shiny orangey red (obviously!) My pictures show four coats with no top coat.

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12 Days is one of my favourites, micro green and purple hex glitter, and larger hex glitter. My pictures show two coats with no top coat.

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Bauble is coppery orange. My pictures show four coats with no top coat.

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Donner is a pretty lilac shimmer, with purple, green and holo glitter. My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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Cupid is a metallic gold shimmer with holo glitter. My pictures show 3 coats with no top coat.

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Vixen is a pale pink with a gold shimmer. My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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Santa’s Helper is a light green shimmer, with green hex glitter. This would also be a great St Patricks Day polish! My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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Mistletoe is light green shimmer. My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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Comet is a bright orange shimmer. My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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And last but not least, Letters to Santa is a frosty white with a gold shimmer. My pictures show three coats with no top coat.

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Lyndsey 🙂