Halloween Nails

A few days ago, my cousin asked if I would do her nails for Halloween, so I went looking for a few ideas, and practised some on a nail wheel. I did a few last year, but tried out a few different designs this year.

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I decided to do my own nails as well while I was on, and this was what I came up with.

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I think the only one I was a little disappointed with was the ‘Boo!’ on my right hand, because I’m right handed and struggled to write it with my left!

And these are how I did my cousins nails.

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For both mine and my cousins, I used Barry M Block Orange and Black, Models Own Purple Blue, Pukka Purple and Snow White and Ciate´Mojito. I also used Barry M Lychee and red acrylic pain for the dripping blood on my little finger, and I used OPI Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? for the base on my cousins right ring finger. For all of the details I used the Models Own nail art pens.

The ‘patchwork’ nail was inspired by The Nailasaurus, check out the tutorial here.

Have you done any Halloween inspired nails? I love all the possibilities there is!

Lyndsey 🙂

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Mix & Match

This mani was party inspired by The Illustrated Nail’s Couture de Minnie designs. I wanted something quick and easy, and loved the red and pink colour scheme.

I used Ciate´Mistress, and the pink Barry M nail art pen. I was a bit eager with my thumb and the pen caused the polish to drag a little as it wasn’t completely dry.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Spun Sugar & Derby Day Delight

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What a crazy 16 days it has been to be a Sunderland supporter! 16 days ago, Sunderland sacked manager Martin O’Neill after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. The following day Paolo Di Canio was appointed as manager, and a media storm followed. Di Canio’s first game resulted in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but everything felt a lot more positive after a good performance. April 14 was a day I’d been dreading for a long time. This year is the tenth year I’ve been going to watch Sunderland, and in those ten years, we’ve only beaten Newcastle once, and there has been a couple of humiliating defeats. In all honesty, I had prepared myself for another defeat, any last bit of confidence left me when I saw the team line up and Connor Wickham was out through injury, meaning we were left with Gateshead-born Danny Graham, who once said he would stay as far away from Sunderland as he could if he club ceased to exist.

I took my seat high up in the sky, with my legs still feeling like jelly from climbing 14 flights of stairs, and my stomach doing somersaults with nerves, and my fear of heights.

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As expected, the atmosphere was brilliant, lots of singing, but you could feel the nerves! After a couple of penalty shouts, and a nasty, dangerous challenge by Gouffran on Adam Johnson, the breakthrough came in the 27th minute, a great finish from Stephane´Sessengon. Cue wild celebrations in the crowd, and from Paolo Di Canio!

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A couple of minutes after taking the lead, Simon Mignolet pulled off a brilliant save from Papiss Cisse, and Sunderland went into the break at half time winning 1-0. I still wasn’t confident. On our last trip to St James’ Park, we were winning 1-0 at half time, and Shola Ameobi came on to score the equaliser in the 90th minute. I’d have been even more worried if I’d realised Shola Ameobi had come on to replace Gouffran at half time, but I only found this out today when I watched the game again on TV.

Around 10 minutes in to the second half, Elliot came on to replace Krul, after the Newcastle goalkeeper landed heavily and dislocated his shoulder. An hour into the game, Cisse had the ball in the back of the net, but to our relief it was (wrongly) disallowed for offside. Alan Pardew’s reaction when he finally realised it had been ruled out was priceless. This was luck we usually don’t have, especially in derby games.

With 15 minutes left in the game, Adam Johnson went on a brilliant run and fired the ball into the top left corner. 0-2!

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Another crazy celebration from Di Canio!

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I began to believe that we could actually win. There was still the chance that we could implode, but as the seconds ticked by, this became less likely. Just over 10 minutes until full time, and I was happy celebrating a 2-0 victory, when BOOM! An absolute beauty of a goal from David Vaughan sent us wild once more, and gave us the victory, along with those incredibly important 3 points. I nearly burst into tears!

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I have never seen any Sunderland manager since I’ve been going show such passion for us, and going so crazy on the touchline. Even when we sang ‘Paolo, give us a wave’ he gave us a wave and then a fist pump!

I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of the players than I was yesterday. Players that will now be spoken about in years to come. People still talk about Gary Rowell’s hat trick against Newcastle in 1979, Niall Quinn’s header in the rain at St James’ Park in 2000, Keiron Richardson’s free kick at the Stadium of Light in 2008. In years to come, we’ll still be talking about those three brilliant goals, and of course, Paolo Di Canio’s wild touchline celebrations. Thank you Paolo, for instilling passion and belief into the players and fans once again.

Away from football now, last Thursday I had 6 inches chopped off my hair! It feels super short at the minute, but it’s made a huge difference to how knotted my hair gets, even when tied up my hair before would end up with massive knots in it. I was out in Durham again for my friends birthday, and wore a spiked pocket leather skater dress from missguided.

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For my nails, I attempted spun sugar for the first time, using Ciate´Mistress, and Barry M Matt White. Spun sugar was actually harder than I expected, mainly getting the polish to the right consistency. But I loved the finished look, even though it’s not perfect.

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I did have to add a top coat, just to make sure it lasted for three days. The 3D effect disappears with top coat, but I still loved it, and it lasted until derby day, even going crazy I only chipped a tiny bit off!

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Lyndsey 🙂

Valentines’ Nail Art

I’ve been slacking with my blog lately! I’ve got plenty of posts to catch up on, but I’ve got myself addicted to watching Bones on Netflix, and I just can’t stop, so I’m going to catch up with a few posts over the next couple of days. I also broke my middle finger nail right down, so I was waiting for it to grow back a bit, couldn’t file all my nails down! I also got myself some nail wheels, and I’m looking forward to trying out some nail art designs with them 🙂

Last night I did my Valentines’ Day mani. Now, I’m not a fan of Valentines’ Day at all, I personally think its a money making scam, and everything you can buy is tat that you’d never want any other day of the year, and no, I’m not just a bitter singleton! But, it is a great opportunity for some cute nails! I decided to go for hearts combined with leopard print. I used Nails Inc Elizabeth Street, Ciate´Mistress, and the Models Own nail art pen.

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Barry M have also created their own range of texture nail polishes, (along with their new collection of gellies) which are out in Superdrug tomorrow (14th) and Boots on the 20th, and after trying the Leather and Skulls (and falling in love with it) I can’t wait to try these out and see what they look like.

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Will you be trying any of the textured polishes?

Lyndsey 🙂

Red & Gold Half Moons

I tried the half moon manicure a while ago, and I wanted to have a go with more Christmas colours. I used Ciate´Mistress, and Ladylike Luxe.

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I love how this turned out. It’s very Dita Von Teese!

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Lyndsey 🙂

Angel Wings

Behind door number 6 of the Mini Mani Month, we have Angel Wings. This has actually been on my wish list for a while, but every time I went to purchase it, it was out of stock!

Angel Wings is a pearly white shimmer. I don’t wear white polish that often, and when I do it’s usually only for nail art, it looks too much like Tipp-Ex for me, so this is the perfect alternative, it’s so pretty and shimmery! It matches the weather outside at the minute with all the snow and frost we have!

I found I needed four coats for full coverage, and you do have to be careful when applying this, as brush strokes are very prominent. It also looks a lot better in person than in pictures.

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I think this polish would be a great alternative to a French manicure for a wedding, and it’ll definitely make a great base for a lot of different polishes.

I’d also like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after they announced Kate is expecting their first baby. I’m a huge fan of the Duke and Duchess, and adore Kate’s style, if I had the chance to raid anyone’s wardrobe it would have to be hers! I wish her all the best, and I hope she doesn’t suffer with hyperemesis gravidarum for too long, as it sounds like an awful thing to go through.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Pluto

Pluto is one of the two polishes I picked up from Topshop last week, which I spotted when I was browsing online. Pluto is a purple hex glitter suspended in clear polish. It’s very similar to Barry M’s Lavender Hexograms, minus the silver microglitter (and Barry M’s is actually square glitter, so I’m not sure why it’s called hexograms!) I wore it over Ciate´Purple Sherbet.

This was three coats, but even after that there was a very sparse areas, which I had to dab the glitter on to. Very time consuming, but I do think it was worth it, this is definitely a top coat polish though, it would take forever to layer it up fully!

Pluto is available from Topshop, and online, priced £6. They have some gorgeous colours.

I also managed to find three of the new Barry M polishes I was after today, yay! I’ll be swatching them soon, because Amethyst glitter looks absolutely stunning!

I’d love some help from fellow bloggers too, I’d love to know which indie polish (that can be shipped to the UK) you would recommend 🙂

Lyndsey 🙂