Thursday, 29 September 2016

Gelish Green Daisies

Hey everyone! I'm super excited today because I've just got the new iPhone 7. I've never had the up-to-date model, I've always been at least one model behind and I decided to treat myself this time around. I'm definitely an iPhone lover, no one could ever persuade me to change to another brand, and all my other products are Apple too, even if that does make me a sheep! And on the subject of nature (see that smooth movement of topics) today I have some floral nails using Gelish for you. I seem to create a lot of nail art with gels at the moment, but it's because it makes it so much easier to go wrong as you can just wipe off any mistakes! These were super simple to create and were more a result of me messing around that anything else. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Pink Half Polka Dots

Hey everyone! Hope you're all having a lovely week so far. I've spent my evening baking cookies as we're having a bake off at work tomorrow. Luckily that means I can't eat them all, which I would usually as they are super yummy! Today's nails are some that I created ages ago, probably February time. They're simple but effective and I love this half and half polka dot look. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Nails on Holiday: Majorca

Hey everyone! As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I have another nails on holiday post for you all today. For those of you who haven't seen my previous posts on this and don't know what I'm talking about, I basically take pictures of my nails in front of things on holiday, you can see all my previous nails on holiday posts here. I really love doing these as they are great for me to look back on as a kind of holiday diary, but they are also great as a way for you all to nosy into my holiday! I do sometimes get funny looks when I'm taking these pictures but it's worth it for the post at the end. If you want to know more about my nails see here for my post yesterday. This is quite a lengthy post so I won't blame you if you don't read it all, but for the nosy readers out there hopefully you'll enjoy it!

This year me and my boyfriend decided to go to Majorca. We decided quite late on that we were going to go on holiday because we thought originally that we couldn't\shouldn't afford it because we've just moved into our first house. However we decided to go anyway because we were both craving for some time away and we spent ages poring over holidays before we finally settled on a hotel in C'an Picafort, Majorca for September. By the 9th we were excited and prepared to fly that weekend, when we received a call that our hotel had overbooked and we would not longer be able to stay there (it turns out that all that time poring over hotels was pretty fruitless). However, they had decided to upgrade us to a hotel in Alcudia instead. We were upgraded from a 4* to a 5*, so we were pretty excited as 5* hotels are very much out of our budget. 

We weren't told much about our room or what to expect from the hotel so we went with pretty average expectations. However, when we arrived we were completely blown away. We were staying in the Viva Zafiro Alcudia and it was absolutely gorgeous. The hotel has recently been revamped so everything is bright, clean and sleek. It was 1am by the time we got to the hotel so we were both pretty tired, but we decided to just have a peek on our balcony to see the view. When we got out onto the balcony I was confused to see some steps leading up toward the roof so I decided to explore, only to find that we had our own rooftop balcony with a jacuzzi! I'm sure for some of you my excitement over that seems silly but I was so happy and to be honest we barely moved from our rooftop sunbeds the whole holiday. We went down to the beach a couple of times and lay by the main pool once or twice but we mainly stayed up there and chilled out which was amazing. This does mean that there isn't a great variety in pictures I'm afraid but hopefully you still enjoy reading. Unfortunately the hotel is a (thousand pounds) out of our price range so we probably won't be able to stay there again as much as we would like to, but if you have the money I would 100% recommend it!

This was our bed, which was great to come down to for a bit of a break in the air-conditioned room having been on the roof for a while. 

We had a view of the hotel and pool area from our room which was great until evening when the entertainment was on. We didn't really fancy going down to watch any of them as we wanted to chill out together and watch Netflix by the time it came to the evening. However our room was pretty much right in front of the stage (see just above my fingers) and so it was pretty loud. 

As I said, we spent a lot of time on our balcony, in and out of the jacuzzi. The only thing is because it has such a small surface area it tended to get pretty hot by mid-afternoon and so it wasn't exactly refreshing to sit in fully but it was nice to dip your legs into and it was especially nice in the evening once the weather had cooled a bit. 

On the first couple of nights we took advantage of our all inclusive by having a few drinks at the bar. I stuck with my trusty gin & tonic (which was huge) and Luke tried some cocktails. Quite often on all inclusive holidays it's only local alcohol that is included but at the Viva Zafiro this didn't really seem to apply. There were of course a few wines and more expensive bottles of alcohol that weren't included but they had a great selection.

The food was also absolutely amazing, I didn't take any photos of it because I often didn't take my phone down to meals or I was too busy eating to take a photo. But there was so many options to choose from and even for a fussy eater like me there were plenty of options. 

On the second day of our holiday we decided to take a walk out of the hotel for a change of scenery and we headed down to Alcudia harbour. We spent a bit of time ogling the yachts (... if only we were millionaires!) and looking in souvenir shops along the beach front. 

On the Wednesday we spent the afternoon lazing by the pool rather than on our roof. I don't know if it's because we went quite late in the year but our hotel was pretty quiet so you didn't have to worry about fighting for sunbeds, and you could turn up at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and still get a good spot, which is exactly what we did.

The sunbeds were huge, big enough for both of us to lie on and read our books, and it was so relaxing. We chose a spot on a terrace above the pool so that we weren't being splashed and we stayed there for hours, resulting in my first sunburn of the holiday (to be honest I was surprised it took so long, I usually look like a tomato on day 1).

Unfortunately toward the end of the week the days were pretty cloudy. We had been hoping for amazing weather as that was how it had been the week before (according to weather apps) but it didn't really get any hotter than 29 degrees in the week and toward the end of the week it was 24 degrees when the sun was out but it was actually quite chilly when the clouds were covering it (especially because I'm always cold). We are binge-watching Pretty Little Liars at the moment (which I really wasn't expecting to become so addicted to), and our hotel had amazing wifi throughout so we spent the cloudy hours in our room watching Netflix. If my mum reads this she'll criticise me for wasting my holiday, but it didn't feel wasted as were still relaxing and there wasn't anything we felt like we should be doing more, especially as we chose not to book any trips this time around and just have a week of relaxation.

On the final day the sun was showing itself at intervals so we decided to take a trip down to the beach again and have a walk and we ended up walking for miles. We decided to walk along the sea front, but it goes on forever and we didn't really feel like stopping so we walked for a mile or so and then we doubled back on ourselves but this time we walked through Alcudia which runs adjacent to the sea front and stopped at some souvenir shops to get gifts for everyone back home. 

Whilst we didn't do much for the week, that was exactly what I needed. It felt like a long time since I'd had a proper break as even when we've been on long weekends away to Edinburgh and London this year we've done a lot in a short timescale and we've ended up exhausted, so it was great to refuel and do nothing for an entire week. I definitely have holiday blues now though, especially after writing this and reminiscing over what a lovely time we had. I only wish that I could afford more than one holiday a year/ I had enough days to take off from work so that I could do this more often, but I know that I'm fortunate to be able to afford to go away at all and I make the most of it whenever I do.

Hope you liked my incredibly lengthy travel journal + the nails. Well done if you managed to read the whole thing.
 Let me know in the comments whats you thought!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Detailed Gelish Florals

Hey everyone! I'm still in denial that my holiday has come to an end and that it's officially Autumn, as much as I love cozy jumpers, and having an excuse to have the heating on (I'm always cold) I really wish we'd had more of a summer in the UK. But, my holiday isn't quite over until I've shown you my holiday nails, plus my 'nails on tour', so for today's post and tomorrow's post my holiday can live on. 

Whenever I go on holiday I use it as an excuse to wear gels. Because I have to (and like to) change my nails so often, whenever I review gels I usually do so with a peel off basecoat so that I can swatch a few at once without the lengthy removal process. So it's always nice to be able to wear a design for a bit longer, without the risk of them chipping or peeling after a few days. I spent ages choosing a design to do because I wanted them to be a design that I'd want to wear for a while but also look good in my 'nails on tour' pictures. In the end I settled on this design I found on Pinterest. I didn't stick with the colour scheme or the design 100% because I wanted to make it my own but I really loved how it turned out, and I still have them on my nails now, 2 weeks later (although I'm hating how much they have grown out I just haven't had time to take them off). 

I purposefully chose a design that matched up with Gelish colours I owned because I absolutely love their gels and I knew I wanted to use them. The pink (which is actually more of a coral) is Watch Your Step Sister and the light pink/nude base is Tan My Hide. Then I used Watch Your Step Sister again for the pink flowers, and I used Arctic Freeze for the white flowers. The yellow and brown are done using regular nail polish because I don't own any yellow or brown Gelish shades. Finished with a coat of Gelish - Top It Off

I'm really pleased to see how far I have come with gels because when I did my nails for my holiday last year they didn't last the whole week and they started to peel from the cuticle after a few days. I don't know if that's because I was in the pool more than I was this year but I'd also like to think it's because I'm finally starting to get the hang of gels. When I first started doing them I expected them to instantly last, and for me to instantly be good at them, but it definitely doesn't work like that. Even after having training with Gelish themselves it was a process to learn what works best for me and to better myself to the point that they last a long time. Some of my friends have had their nails on for weeks and weeks and it makes me so happy to see. So I'm really proud that I still have these on two weeks later with no signs of peeling, even on my non-dominant hand.

I also managed to paint both hands which I was super proud of, especially as they looked pretty similar when I'd finished. Unfortunuately I couldn't get anyone to take a decent picture (just can't get the staff these days!) so this is the best I can show you.

Tomorrow I'll be posting my nails on tour pictures, if you don't know what that is you can see my previous nails on tour pictures here for an idea of what to expect.

What do you think of the design? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Gelish Sweetheart Squadron Collection [Partial] Review + Swatches

Hey everyone! I've been getting used to being back at work after a nice relaxing week off work, so I'm feeling pretty exhausted today. Luckily I have a 4 day weekend coming up so I only have one more day of work before more relaxation! 

Today I have a couple of the shades from the new Gelish Sweetheart Squadron collection to show you. The whole collection is gorgeous but I have Looking For A Wingman* and Up In The Air-Heart*  reviewed for you today. It's such a great collection for autumn, and there's a shade for everyone in there. Full review after the jump.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

It's Floral Time

Hey everyone! I'm currently burning myself on a sunbed so today's nails are some florals that I created ages ago, December last year to be precise. You will have actually seen a version of these as I went over them with Barry M - Nail Art Pens after this stage. Looking back I think I actually prefer them like this, but I chose to promote those and then I felt like I couldn't post these straight after, and they ended up forgotten in a folder. We might be approaching autumn but I'm still in Summer mode (what with being on a sunny holiday and all), so these are still in season in my head at least. Plus, you can't go wrong with some good old florals, and sometimes simple is best. 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Pink Gellac Starter Kit Review

Hey everyone! I've made no secret of the fact that I really love gels, I find them really interesting to work with after years of working with polish (that's not to say that I still don't love polish), and whenever I'm approached with the chance to use them I jump at it. So when Pink Gellac reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try their LED M Starter Kit* and their latest Uncovered collection*, I was super excited to receive them. This isn't my first experience with starter kits, I did a full comparison of a number of brands here when I first started using gels, but it was interesting to try it out now I know a bit more about gels. My full review is after the jump, I'm going to lay it out as I did my previous comparisons so that you can compare them against each other.