Polish Storage!

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Good evening!

I have a bit of an issue tonight. See; Good Kitty likes to torture me by pushing me off my own pillow in the night, and I wake up with a super sore neck :( so I can’t do nail art tonight – I just can’t look down very easily! Normal service will resume soon.

In the meantime, I thought I’d make the most of it to show you my new polish storage system. I’m quite proud, as I DIY-ed it myself!

A lot of polish enthusiasts swear by the Helmer (35€ or about $40 from Ikea) – apparently it’s compact but roomy. Well, not me! I’m not putting my beautiful polish away in a drawer! And also, it really wouldn’t go with the rest of our furniture.

Other polishistas go for the racks, like you have in salons; but where I am, I couldn’t find any that would be delivered for less than a small fortune. Besides, we’re in a rented flat, so don’t want to make too many holes in the walls if we can avoid it. So, last time we went to Ikea (it’s just down the road from us, very handy!) and got some new shelves (just 25€ /about $30 each), the mister-to-be agreed I could find a way to fix up some polish racks in there. And we found these - exactly the same colour as the shelves, and only €5 (about $7) each !

So, with the help of a few brackets, wood screws and extra-strong glue (just to be sure!), I whipped up some storage :)

Lookie!

Polish Storage

I do have a further 4 racks in another set of shelves, to accommodate all the China Glaze, and other brands, that I have, but this one is the main storage :)

Up top I have a deep shelf (just above my eye level, I’m quite tall for a girl) – a square vase for all my brushes and nail art gubbins, my lovely Shimmer polish is up there too, with the bottles of brands that I don’t have many of (I like to collect brands en masse!). Then the first polish rack is for Models Own.
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Under that we have the indie shelf – from left to right - Fanchromatic Polish, Different DimensionBlack Sheep LacquerDarling DivaPhilly Loves NailsNorthern StarPretty & PolishedPolish Alcoholic and Pixie Polish. It’s a bit of a shame that the racks, because they have a high lip, hide the bottles a bit, but at least we know they won’t fall off easily…

Under that rack, we have one with HerômeKikoCiaté and Barry M… and then a deep shelf again with A Englands, Zoya and my nail art pens.Polish Storage -002

Then, to lighten it up a bit, I transferred over some display cases I already had, with the brands I keep in there – mostly boutique brands – OzoticPicture Polish, GoshILNPNCLA and Butter London… and any bits and bobs that I haven’t taken the time to tidy away yet ;-)

Polish Storage -003What do you think? How do you store your polish? When I was young, my mum kept hers in the fridge (it was kinda fun to look through when I was supposed to be having my breakfast, heehee!) – she had read somewhere it kept the polish from getting thick over time.

 

#NAILlinkup Favourite Indie

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Darling Diva Blonde Tornado

This prompt is the one I’ve struggled over the most!

Thing is, I freaking love indie polish! I have a lot of Picture Polish A Englands and ILNPs, but… They’re kind of bigger than indies, right? So I’ve decided they don’t count – they are more like boutique brands (don’t ask me what the difference is). And, of course, my actual favorite indie is Polish Alcoholic. After all, Sabrina is a sweetheart and her polish is awesome. But, I used my favorite quite recently. So, I decided to go for Darling Diva. After all, it’s one of the first indies I discovered, and it is super gorgeous!

I have a few that I love, but Blonde Tornado is the one that I love the best. The colour is hard to describe, I think the best I can do is : a copper-rose foil with golden undertones and a tonne of holo.

I didn’t want to cover it in nail art, so I just added a few studs. They drove me crazy! So fiddly… and as I type this, I just lost one in my hair!  Continue reading →

OMG Nail Strips

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OMG Nail Strips Crow

OMG Nail Strips – product kindly provided by company for review. All views are my own. For more information, feel free to check out my disclosure policy.

Although I believe that most nail art can be achieved with enough time and patience, sometimes a quick fix, like using nail strips, is by far easier! So I’m really pleased to have some to show you today, from the nice people at OMG Nail Strips . I was allowed to pick which ones to try, and these crows really jumped out at me – seasonal, Gothic, and I would never manage to freehand something like this! I paired them with Butter London Old Blighty, a saturated brick red gelly. And the nail strips didn’t fail me! Continue reading →

#naillinkup – Textured // Zoya Matte Velvet + Pixie Dust

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L-R : (Matte Velvet) Loredana, (Matte Velvet)  Verushka, Dove & (Pixie Dust) London

L-R : (Matte Velvet) Loredana, (Matte Velvet)  Verushka, Dove & (Pixie Dust) London

I’m not the greatest fan of textured nail polish. I like the look, but I prefer my nails to be smooth. So really the only one I have is Zoya London. I grabbed a couple of matte polishes to go with it, and a shiny one (Zoya Dove) that I used a Spectraflair top coat over to set it off.

 

Please excuse the scratches on my hands – the cat needs to take antibiotics. He’s a good boy, but they don’t taste great…. so he tries to push my hands away. I mean, I could have edited the scratches out, but really… I didn’t want my hands looking all plasticky and weird (like the Zoya promo pics, haha!).  Continue reading →

China Glaze x Different Dimension

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Different Dimension Inner Goddess

I was kinda lacking inspiration for today’s mani. I mean, I wanted to make my nails all pretty, but I couldn’t really think of what to do with them exactly. So I grabbed a few nice polishes, moved the cat (who has taken to sleeping on my keyboard, I don’t know why!) and set to work.

I really wanted to use some dark colours, but still have some sparkle, so the indie polishes I chose to use are all about sparkle! And the cremes are all fantastically high-pigmented, deep colours by China Glaze.

From left to right : China Glaze Charmed I’m Sure (a deep purple), Different Dimension Inner Goddess (a pretty topper with iridescent glitter),  China Glaze Prey Tell (extremely dark red; on my little finger), Different Dimension Black Dahlia or Black Delilah (it’s called Dahlia on the site, but Delilah on the bottle!) and China Glaze Queen B (a deep, creamy blue).

China Glaze and Different Dimension Inner Goddess Black Delilah

 

It looks like Different Dimension have moved away from Etsy and over to the Big Cartel platform instead. The site looks pretty awesome! And I’m glad they are still carrying these polishes, they are both awesome – and my bottles date to a couple of years ago. So you know they won’t go bad or anything! Black Dahlia or Black Delilah (I checked the label twice to be sure!) is just an accent nail on my ring finger. I love this polish! It’s holo and iridescent – wicked!! And so cute, how the iridescent topper looks slightly different over each colour <3

Different Dimension Inner Goddess

China Glaze x Different Dimension

 

Different Dimension Black Dahlia

Different Dimension Black Delilah

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Philly Loves Lacquer (Great Odin’s Raven!) + I Love Nail Polish (Indie Go)

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Nail Polish Bottles Philly Loves Lacquer Great Odin's Raven! ILNP I Love Nail Polish Indie Go

Back in the spring, I participated in a surprise polish swap over at Rational Creature. I loved the polishes that Amy Lynn sent, but wasn’t really feeling them for the spring. So now I’m happy to present my very first Philly Loves Lacquer polish - Great Odin’s Raven! . Well, I only used it on my little finger (over black), but it inspired the rest of the mani, with the cool association between the dark blue and black.

The other nails are ILNP Indie- Go stamped over with a cobweb pattern (by that -rude- brand that doesn’t want to be name checked by lowly hobby bloggers any more, apparently!), and I am so happy that I saved this little gem for the autumn. It just wouldn’t have felt right to wear this mani before October :)

Am I the only crazy, or do you have any polishes that you only feel are appropriate at certain times of year?

Cobweb Nail Stamping I Love Nail Polish Indie Go Continue reading →

#NAILlinkup Splatter!

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NailLinkup Splatter Foils -

I love messy nail art the best!

So I’m super happy to do splatter nails again (I have prepped a few fake nails for Hallowe’en by splattering red acrylic paint over super pointy nails, too). This time, I pre-painted some sticker backing sheets (just leftover ones from stickers I’ve used) in white, then splattered nail foil glue across. When that had time to go tacky, I stuck some gold foil across it, and repeated the process with pale blue foil. Then a lick of topcoat. And that’s where it got complicated. You see, when you prepare nail decals, they need to be really well dried. And so I put them somewhere safe (basically, away from cat fur) to dry overnight… and I forgot where they were! duhhhh. So I would have like to do this yesterday, but finally found my pre-painted decals this morning, cut them out with a craft knife and stuck them down on white nails. A bit of clean up, photos, and several cups of tea, and here we are! phew ^_^

(also, totally in love with Jack Garratt after hearing him on Zane Lowe’s radio show – you might want to check that out!)

NailLinkup Splatter Foils

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Picture Polish Vampire + Ozotic 504

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PP Ozotic 504

Good evening!

Just a quickie today. The blog sale went down super well, thank you! so if anyone else wants to help me clear out my stash, the link is here, you are welcome to pick up anything that catches your eye :)

Since I reorganised my polish a while back; I’ve been on a bit of a mission to sort out some oldies but goodies! and today I decided I need to use a Picture Polish! So, despite the fact that it’s still gloriously warm and sunny here (well, 23°C isn’t bad!) I picked (Bite Me!) Vampire - so sultry!

It’s just a shame that it’s not great at hiding the tips… though that’s only really obvious at this angle :

Picture Polish Vampire

and since I was worried I might be losing my touch (!) I did a very simple nail art, a black base and then Ozotic 504 (not sure if the Ozotics are still available!) to make some shimmery triangles coming up from the cuticle :)

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October Themes for Nail Art Idea Linkup #NAILlinkup

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October is here and you know what that means for the nail art community- vampy nail art, spiderweb designs and lots of orange nail polish! Yes, we go a little crazy this time of year, but we wouldn’t want it any other way! We hope you jump on the Halloween bandwagon with us because we have some fantastic themes for our monthly Nail Art Ideas Linkup. Do one theme, do them all, or do them out of order. Our N.A.I.L. linkup challenge is flexible! So let’s take a look at our October prompts…

NAILlinkup October 2014 Nail Art Challenge EN 480

Theme 1 - SPLATTER Nail art can get real messy at times, but that’s part of the fun, right? Splatter some colors on your nails and show us your unique design!

Theme 2 - TEXTURED Textured nail polish is so trendy right now. Find a textured polish in your stash and create a beautiful & bumpy manicure for this prompt.

Theme 3 - FAVOURITE INDIE Do you buy indie polishes? There are so many small indie shops that create one-of-kind lacquers that really impress. Show us your nails using one of your most coveted indies. A simple swatch is ok, nail art is optional for this one.

Theme 4 - PUMPKIN Pumpkin carving, pumpkin pies, pumpkin Starbucks, pumpkin nails…. there’s no escaping it in October!

Theme 5 - SPOOKY The only rule here is that your nails have a frightening feel to them. Happy Halloween!

How to Enter the October N.A.I.L. -

  1. Paint your nails using the suggested theme.
  2. Post your pics on your blog, instagram, tumblr, etc.
  3. Enter your post into our inlinkz below so everyone can see your pics.

SPLATTER

TEXTURE

FAVOURITE INDIE

PUMPKIN

SPOOKY

Do one of the weekly themes, or do them all. It’s up to you! The dates for each week are only suggestions- you can post your nails whenever you want in October and you don’t have to do them in order. We encourage everyone to join in no matter what platform you use- blog, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. Don’t forget to share your nail pics via the inlinkz. These inlinkz will be open all month for entries. You can use hashtag #NAILLINKUP on your social media and please feel free to share our October graphic.

OPTIONAL FOR BLOGGERS- here’s the html if you’d like to add the inlinkz galleries to the end of your blog or tumblr post.

NAIL ART IDEAS LINKUP is hosted by Brijits Digits, Craftynail, Eeeek Nail Polish! and Nail That Accent!. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all! You can also read more info about our monthly linkup on our blog links below. We look forward to seeing your nails this October!

happy painting,

Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!

Lindsay from Nail That Accent!

 

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