The beautiful Jo Jo3jeans kindly organized a small list, a small pool, and Tequi provided a nice big logo to share with all! It’s great, is not it? And everything for an adorable girl!
Our theme is rock revolution, with only one constraint – at least one black nail
So I really wanted to use the polish that I did for Pmabelle ! The first time I heard about Pmabelle, she had contacted me to propose a black glaze with golden reflections, and I found it so nice, I put a flacon side for me too! Since then, I had the pleasure of learning to know her a little better, and she is adorable, she always thinks of others, so today we think of her
I hope everyone’s having a nice weekend I went shopping with the Bloke yesterday, so I’m catching up on 2 nail arts for the OMD2 Challenge today.
First up – dark nails. Nothing’s darker than black, right?!
This is another nice simple one, I put on 2 coats of Barry M Black Nail Paint, then a coat of a matte top coat (by Attitude, if anyone’s wondering). Then, all I had to do was use a dotting tool with some glossy top coat to make various sized dots. I love this look, I’m definitely going to try it again sometime! Check out the other dark nails in the gallery below (and maybe discover some new nail art blogs while you’re at it!)
I do enjoy having blue nails, it always seems to be the colour that gets me the most compliments ! So I have several great blue polishes. Today I decided to use Kiko 386 – Soft Pastel Blue. Well, this polish isn’t soft or pastel, but by golly is it blue!
I was inspired by our recent trip to Normandy. A lot of tourist souvenir stalls sell marinières. These are the blue-and-white striped shirts that French Navy personnel wear. Since Normandy is a coastal region, I guess that’s where the connection is
I’ll try tape sometime too, but I love this arty look, and even though they aren’t perfect, I’m pretty pleased with how well they went! That said, I’m glad I didn’t try to do more than a couple of nails…
It happens to the best (and worst) of us – a torn nail ! And it usually happens when you have a full set of nice long nails. But don’t fret, there is a fix! I’ve been using this method for a while, and it is a total life-saver. But I’ve learnt a lot through trial and error, so I thought this might be worth sharing
The buffer is very important – it must be at least 280 grit to be gentle enough. So 320 grit would be fine, but don’t be tempted to do this with a 240 grit – it is just too rough!
The glass nail file is also really important. If you don’t have one, try to find a file with very little cushioning. Not a nasty, cheap emery board or metal file – those should never be going anywhere near your nails – but a fine-grit zebra file will do in a pinch.
Long-nosed tweezers are super handy too, but you can do it with your fingers if you don’t have any. Don’t be tempted to try it with a pair of heavy-duty pliers! If you can’t pick up a rhinestone with them, they’re not delicate enough
This one caused me a bit of hassle, on two counts – (1) I had to google ‘plaid’ to work out what we needed to do sorry, but I live in France, where a ‘plaid’ is a blanket. Actually, I think we are supposed to do a tartan pattern. I hope so, anyway ! (2) my nail art pens wouldn’t work – I just couldn’t get an even flow. So please excuse the messiness of this mani !
I used mostly models own polish – the purple and the blue from the kaleidoscope box set
If you enter in this nail art competition, you can get extra entries (one per day!) in my 100 followers giveaway – click the image to check it out
Welcome to the Oh Mon Dieu Part Deux! The OMD2 is a 31 day international nail art challenge in July- with prizes! ! Anyone with a passion for nail art can join. For each of the 31 designs that you complete you earn a chance to win a prize in the end. You don’t have to participate every day in July, but the more days you enter the better your chance of winning a prize. In August we’ll pick 5 random winners from different areas of the world (it’s random, no judging)! There are only two steps to enter this challenge. But please make sure to keep reading and view our full description so you understand the dates, prompts, rules, and DOs & DON’Ts. Let the fun begin…..
This 31 day challenge is being hosted by the following ladies: Brijit from Brijits Digits, Jacqui from Craftynail, Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!, and Lindsay from Nail That Accent!.
But that would mean that our spooky and scary nail arts are almost over! So this is the time to unveil themes for next month (from Monday). You can make a nail art, all, and in the order you want (the dates are only for those that are motivated by deadlines). We are flexible!
I got nominated for a few blog awards, and although (I’m fairly sure) I took the time to thank the gorgeous ladies that nominated me, I haven’t found time to post about them! Actually, I have a horrible feeling that I’ve forgotten one, so if you nominated me and I haven’t posted about it yet, please let me know <3 Real Life is slowing down a bit now, and so I’ll be able to keep up better now!
So, the ones I think I haven’t posted about yet are (in no special order)…
Link back to the person who nominated you for the award
Answer all 11 Liebster questions given to you by the person who nominated you
Nominate another 11 bloggers to pass the award onto
Link back to the person who nominated you and thank them.
List 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know you’ve nominated them.
Thank the person who nominated you
Post the award logo on your blog
Share 7 facts about yourself
Nominate 5 or more other blogs that inspire you
…and I think (mostly because I already have the graphic – I could be wrong….) that I already blogged about The Versatile Blogger Award from Setu at the Nail Art and Beauty Diaries, if I didn’t – thank you honey!
Don’t worry! I’m not going to do a gazillion nominations and questions and stuff !
I’ll cut this down a bit, and do my nominees first. I think 15 overall is reasonable, no? If you want to see my replies to the questions, you can scroll down
For the Liebster Awards (you can choose the graphics you want to use, my darlings!) – some of them already have a Liebster, but I (personally) think it’s fine to get several! These nominees are for the simple reason that I love them and their blogs are gorgeous!
Bella from Seize the Nail
Cécile Anna from Nail Art Is Easy
Jax from Craftynail
Jemma of Eeeek! Nail Polish
Kitsu at Buy All The Colors
Luchessa from Beauty Expression
Sabrina the Polish Alcoholic
And (since these awards have very similar rules) the Shine On and/or Sunshine Nominees (pick the one you prefer!) – also gorgeous blogs, I don’t know you girls so well, so I can’t wait to hear your random facts !
Ashley at Life of a Housewife
Emma at Cambridge Nails
Eva from Flight of Whimsy
Q from Squeaky Nails
Rach from the Nailinator
Sanne at Nail Polish in my Eyes
Veronica from Veronica’s Cornucopia
Vic and Her Nails
7 random facts about me
I’m from a big family – I have 2 ‘full’ (same Mum & Dad) sisters, 1 ‘half’ (different Dad – but he’s my ‘real’ brother!) brother, 2 step-sisters and one step brother (my Mum remarried last year). I’m the oldest!
I love animals. Like, utterly adore them. We have 3 – Good Kitty, Naughty/Clingy Kitty and a dwarf rabbit. If we had the space and time, we would definitely have even more!
I listen to a lot of radio – mostly BBC Radio 1. It makes me feel at home, since I live France and my family is all back home in the UK
I drink a lot of tea. Like, 5-10 cups a day. Mostly Yorkshire Tea, but sometimes green tea or other types
I can happily live without chocolate, but don’t ask me to go without crisps. Or chips. Fried potatoes…. Mmmm!
In my (non-blogging) spare time, I look after my Etsy shop, knit, crochet, needle felt and fold origami. And I’m starting to make jewellery to give as Christmas presents!
My favourite favourite beauty product right now is Melvita Young Skin Sebum Balancing Fluid. My skin goes from breakout to breakout, but since I discovered this product a couple of weeks ago, it has calmed down a lot! Previously, I was using a product by LaRoche-Posay, then I found out they are owned by L’Oréal, who test on animals. I’d rather have bad skin than have my money go to torturing defenseless creatures!
My answers to Nail Polish in my Eyes Questions
When and why did you start doing nail art? I’ve always done nail art, more or less. I remember sitting around in the living room in the evening with my mum and my sisters (and later, my half-brother) and we would paint each others nails – I think we already tried dots and stripes and simple things back then!
What inspired you to start your blog? I have a huge nail polish collection and it was hard to keep track of, so I wanted to record it and swatch it all. Now I’m so caught up in nail art, I only swatch a couple of times a week – so at this rate, it would take a couple of years, at least!
What is your most frequently used polish? I try really hard to rotate them, but maybe Butter London Tea with the Queen
What is your favourite color to use in nail art? Black, since it makes for nice, graphic nail art
What technique would you like to master? One-Stroke. I’ve tried a few times, but it’s a technique that takes a while to get really good at!
What is your favorite nail blog to follow? I don’t have just one favourite. My very favourites are on my blogroll
Which design are you most proud of? that’s a hard one! Most recently maybe this one I did when I swatched Zoya Sailor -it’s actually quite simple, but very graphic, and it got a lot of compliments
What are your future blogging goals? I don’t really have blogging goals, other than try to bring out at least 5 quality posts a week. I guess I would do well to stick to a more regular schedule!
How many nail polishes do you have? I’ve not counted them. Hang on a second…. 70 China Glaze, 41 Butter Londons, 25 Barry Ms, 24 Models Own, 16 Zoyas, 15 Ciaté, 12 A Englands, 10 ILNPs, 11 Picture Polish, 8 Ozotics, and at least another 70 polishes from various brands… so about 300… Plus the 200 that stock my Etsy shop, and I have about 30 more hidden under the bed! So enough to drive my boyfriend mad, and still not enough to make me feel like my collection is big enough
Where do you get you inspiration from? Kind of everywhere. I try not to read too many other blogs, because I don’t want to end up accidentally copying, but they are, of course, a source of inspiration. Or magazines, films, books, and just random mooching around Google/Wikipedia
And for fun, if you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Is unstain-able nails a super power? That would be great, I always worry about that. Or teleportation. It would save me time, for painting my nails, haha
My answers to Vic and Her Nails Questions
Who or what drowned you in nail blogging? A Nail Art Challenge held by Mommy Loves Nail Polish and Polish Alcoholic back in February- it was the first time I really realised how many other nail bloggers are out there, and how we can all link up!
If you had to choose between neon or pastel to be used for the whole year, what will you choose? That’s a hard one! I would actually be okay with using everything but neon and pastel, because the colours I really couldn’t cope without are grey, black and red!
What’s your most used nail art technique? My most-used is probably just doodling on my nails with a nail art pen, but I go through phases – I had a ruffian mani phase, and a French mani phase. I don’t tend to do studs and stickers so much though, it feels wasteful to use things that can’t be re-used so easily.
What was the very first nail polish you bought? Oh gosh, I don’t even remember! I used to go buy nail polish in the local pharmacy on my way back from school… My addiction goes back a way… I suspect it was Collection 2000, and it was probably black. Or maybe it was Barry M? Those are definitely the two brands I remember from the furthest back, at least.
If you were prohibited to buy more nail polishes and only have one last chance to buy one bottle of nail polish (I know it’s hard but yes, just one!), what would it be? Illamasqua’s Aorta – I genuinely believe that if only I had that polish, my life and collection would be complete. But that’s what all addicts say, isn’t it?
Big city with tall buildings and high-tech life, or small village with farms and green forest? (And both of them have same nail art stores and internet connection LOL) Small village for me every time! I grew up in a village, and if it wasn’t so hard to find work, I would still be in the deep countryside.
What’s your I-can’t-resist-even-when-I’m-full food or snack? Crisps! I could eat crisps all day and every day!
If you had a time machine to travel to the past and future, what year would you like to be in? I would go back to the summer between college and uni. I don’t think I was happier then or anything like that, but there are a few things I would have done differently at uni.
A movie or series? A series. Movies are shorter, and I do like my evenings in watching TV. And if I had to pick which series – probably Eastenders!
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose? As above, haha – un-stain-able nails Or teleportation
If you’re an ice cream, what kind of ice cream are you? I’m lactose intolerant, so I’d have to be a sorbet… cherry is my favourite flavour, mmm!
My answers to Trine Marie’s Questions
Why did you start blogging? To keep track of my huge polish collection
What is your biggest blogging pet peeve? Spam. It really annoys me to spend such a lot of time – and let’s be honest – money too – developing my blog, only to have someone think they can comment for free advertising without even saying anything constructive. Everyone needs to start somewhere, but there is no better way of making me not want to read or promote a blog!
What do you like most about yourself, any why? I’d like to think I’m a generous person. I can be over critical, but I really hope I am as generous as I think I am, haha! Sharing isn’t always easy, but it is always rewarding
What is your favorite beauty product? Melvita Young Skin Sebum Balancing Fluid – it has finally made my skin manageable without having to use a medicated or harsh product <3
Which blogs do you read on a daily basis? so many! My favourites are on my blog roll
What is your favorite type of food? Anything fried potato. Or eggs. Or cheese. So I guess, bland stuff with plenty of carbohydrate and salt, haha, not great for my figure!
What are the top 5 things on your bucket list? I don’t have a bucket list. I’d like to develop my blog more. I’m so proud of so far I’ve got. And to keep working on my shop. And get a driving license and nail tech license – I guess ultimately, to be able to support myself financially doing something I love!
What is your favorite season, and why? the summer baby! Nothing beats sitting in the beating sun with a cocktail… And a bowl of crisps
If you could live anywhere in the world for one year, where would it be? Back in the countryside near Cambridge where I grew up. I’ll go back one day, but it’s so hard to find work we all have to make a living, right?
What is one thing you couldn’t go a day without? Tea!!!! (yep, I didn’t say nail polish) – tea is my breakfast, my comforter, my favourite drink in the world!
Who is your role model? I’m not sure I have one! There are a lot of people I admire, but I try to be the best I can be without really comparing myself to others
So for those of you getting a Liebster – here are your questions! It starts sensible and gets funny
What made you start blogging?
Where do you get your blogging inspiration from?
What’s your biggest tip for having a fabulous blog?
What is the one nail or beauty product that you couldn’t be without (be specific!)?
Have you told your ‘real life’ friends about your blog? What did they say?
If you couldn’t blog for a week, what else would you spend your free time doing?
What’s the last song you listened to?
What’s your favourite place to be?
Would you rather only be able to have cold drinks in cold weather, or warm drinks in warm weather?
If you could pick a super power, what would it be?
Would you rather have to wear your underwear outside your outwear, or have toilet paper stuck to your shoe all the time?
How to get a Free Car Insurance Quote in Oakville
If you are planning on getting a free car insurance quote in Oakville, it is always important to remember that you need to know what you want out of your coverage, and what kind of protection plan you would want to pick for you and your family. In case you don’t already know, insurance is a very important part of life, and this will be responsible for saving your life in times of an accident.
If you are lucky, there are some car insurance companies that will offer to give you a quotation for free, but if you do not know how to look for these types of companies, here are some tips to remember on how to get free car insurance:
Look for the broker that will be of benefit to you – if you are looking for a specific car insurance plan, brokers will be the best people to go to for advise. Before you look for a broker, make sure though that they have all the qualities that you look for, so that you can be sure that they can handle your financials, and guarantee that you, your family members and your car are protected appropriately. If you have already found one, you can ask them to give you a car insurance plan that will have all your preferred options when it comes to coverage, so that they can give you a free quotation. Brokers are good at giving people free insurance, so that they can asses the level of security that they need, especially if you are the type of person who is always accident prone, it will be a good idea to get car insurance as soon as you can from a broker that you can trust.
Ask a bank – if you are looking to buy a car from the bank, or at least ask for a loan from the pay for monthly amortization, after they have already allowed the release of the car, they will usually throw in a years worth of complimentary car insurance for the first year of purchase. This is a good deal, and sometimes people will take advantage of this, because it is not all the time that you can get free car insurance like that. If you are looking to renew your insurance plan with the bank you may do so, but you also have the option to continue with a well-known insurance company on the succeeding years.
Research online – researching online for reputable car insurance companies is your best option if you cannot seem to find a reputable one. Usually these companies will include free insurance quotations when you set a meeting with them. In some cases they will include a quotation application to their website so that you can select the plan that you want, so that the application can compute the amount that you have to pay per month or annually. Websites like these can be quite dangerous, so always make sure that you do your research and read up on the background that this company has. If they have good customers, good reputation, and good customer service, then they can be a reputable company to work with.
Mine was nice. I’ve been messing about a lot with jewellery making, and my new flame-thrower (soldering flame) arrived 🙂 I haven’t really used it yet, but I did light it up, and it’s very powerful! I’m a bit scared of losing my eyebrows…