Sunday, 8 January 2017

No Place Like Home - Meebox December Review + Nail Art

Hey everyone! I'm back with another Meebox review, this month's (well, last month's) box was themed 'No Place Like Home'*, and is of course based on the Wizard of Oz. It includes an amazing £63 worth of products for just £20, which include:

Kure Bazaar – Pigalle (RRP £14)
Zoya Goldie (RRP £11.50)
Leighton Denny – Jailbird (RRP £12)
MoYou Fairy Tale Stamping Plate (which is Wizard of Oz themed) – (RRP £5.99)
MoYou Stamper- (RRP £2.99)
NCLA Gingham nail wraps (RRP £13)
Ard as Nails – cuticle oil (RRP £5)

I love that there's always a theme to each box, but I think this might be my favourite theme so far. And of course there was no option but for me to create some Wizard of Oz nails with the polishes, I used all the products for this nail art, they all went so well together I couldn't resist.  


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Essie Periwinkle Stars

Honey I'm hooooommeeeee. I'm finally back! And I'm hoping this time I'm back for good. I decided to take a couple of weeks off to focus on moving house, Christmas, new year and just generally getting my life back in order. November and December were tough and eventful, but I feel like I've come out the other side now and I want to throw everything back into my blog. I've missed it a lot, this is my outlet, and I wish life hadn't got in the way recently, but I had so much to deal with that it was easier to let this aspect of my life slide a little bit. Now I'm feeling more normal and happy I'm ready to find my passion again. 

I've barely even painted my nails over the past 2 months, it's not just that I've barely been posting but I really haven't actually done any designs. I genuinely don't think I've stopped for 2 months though, I've kept myself busy every single day to cheer myself up and I've not had much time for anything else. However, I made some time to sit down the other day and just paint my nails. Nothing too extravagant, but something that says 'hey I'm back and I'm sorry for abandoning you all', and something that says 'this is still what I love doing', so I hope I've done that with this incredibly simplistic design. I actually even made the time to paint both hands (don't fall off your chair in shock) for the first time in months and months.  


Thursday, 15 December 2016

All That Glitters - Meebox November Review + Nail Art


Hey everyone! Everything is still super busy in my life, I'm moving house next Friday and I haven't even starting packing yet because I've barely stopped! And I've stupidly agreed to host people from work tomorrow evening at my house... why did I do that?! So as I'm sure you can imagine things are a bit hectic and blogging is having to take a bit of a backseat, but today I have a treat for you with this review of the gorgeous November Meebox, this month's theme is 'All That Glitters'* so of course it's absolutely chocka block full with glitter. This month's box contains:

Little Ondine - Rumba*: £11
A England - Crown of Thistles*: £11
Floss Gloss - Dime Piece*: £7.50
MeeBox Holo paper*: £2
Naio Nails Glitter pot*: £1.10
 
So it has a total value of £32.60 but it costs just £20, you can't really go wrong with that!

I was trying to debate what I could do to use all the products in the box, in the end I realised I would have to sacrifice at least one product and that had to be Little Ondine - Rumba, but I used the rest of the products in the box to create this fun glitter heart design.






Here's a quick shot of all the gorgeous products in the box!



To get your hands on next month's 'Wizard of Oz' themed Meebox, worth a staggering £60.. for just £20, you can visit their website, but be quick, it's going to go fast!

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

*some of the products in this post were provided to me for review but all opinions are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Essie Glitter Leaves

Hi All! Hope you're having a good December so far. I'm trying to get into the Christmas spirit, I'm feeling a lot better than I have been so I've even been able to sing along to a few Christmas songs. It's good to know that I haven't turned into a complete Scrooge! But whilst I might be getting into the Christmas spirit, it's still Autumn on my nails, with the gorgeous Essie Winter 2016 collection*. These were just a quick design I did to try and get myself back into the swing of things but I ended up wearing them for nearly 2 weeks, which wasn't exactly the plan! But it's a testament to how long-lasting these polishes are. 


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Morgan Taylor Floral Crowns

Hey everyone! I did hope my last post would motivate me to start posting regularly again, but unfortunately since my last post things got a lot worse in my personal life and I had to take some time for myself. I'm still not sure I'm ready to come back completely, I really hate not posting and I miss posting multiple times a week but for the moment I need to concentrate on making myself a bit happier again. I'll try and get back to posting regularly in the next couple of weeks because I'm really excited to start doing Christmas nails and I hope I can find the motivation.

I wanted to get something out there though, I've had a few posts sat in my drafts but I've had writers block when it comes to actually typing them out. These nails were inspired by the wonderful lbebeauty on Instagram. She always does such gorgeous designs with Gelish, and when I was sent the Sweetheart Squadron collection by Morgan Taylor, which is a dupe of the Gelish - Sweetheart Squadron collection, I knew I had to recreate one of her designs.


Sunday, 13 November 2016

All That Jazz - Homecoming Collection Review + Swatches

Hey everyone! I'm baaaaackk. I know two weeks isn't a super long time, but for me it's been ages, this is probably the longest I've not posted. I've always said I'd never take an unannounced break but unfortunately sometimes life gets in the way, and it's got in the way big time recently. I've not even painted my nails for 3 weeks, nevermind had the energy to post. But as I've said before, my blog is my escape and I need to make time for it and make time for me, so here I am. It's taken me 2 days to write this blogpost but I'm forcing myself to type it now before I go to sleep, and hopefully now I'll be motivated to be posting again. 

Unfortunately due to my unscheduled break I am slightly behind with posts, so today I've got a review of the stunning All That Jazz - The Homecoming Collection*. The collection is one of five different wedding inspired collections created to celebrate Jazz (the namesake of the brand) getting married. Each collection is named after a part of the wedding process, so there's The Proposal, The Bridal Party, The Honeymoon, The Homecoming and Happily Ever After. All the shades in the collections are perfect dupes for Gelish shades in nail lacquer form. I've already reviewed The Proposal here, and you can also see some nail art with The Bridal Party hereThe Homecoming* has some stunning shades which are absolutely perfect for autumn. Full review after the jump

Monday, 31 October 2016

Glitter Pumpkins

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you've all had a fun day dressing up. My work dressed up on Friday instead as Monday is a super busy day and we wouldn't have had time to play any Halloween games, so I didn't actually dress up today. But on Friday I was Wednesday Addams, which makes a chance from my usual cat outfit that I do every year! I of course had to post some nails on Halloween, and whilst they are more autumnal than scary, I hope you still like them!