NOTD - Essie On A Silver Platter

Greetings sweetpeas, how are you all?

Hope you're having a good week! Despite its delightful shortness I'm still feeling the tiredness today & my remedy for this? A good dose of SPARKLE to revive oneself again, so that's what I've got to share with you today & boy my loves what a sparkle it is! Behold...Essie's On A Silver Platter...

Grab your sunnies to protect those eyes, is that a cracker of a polish or what? I was innocently walking through Boots with the sole intention of picking up lunch ONLY I promise...then my polish radar kicked in big time...I could not ignore...& imagine my surprise when it lead me directly to the Essie counter, one which I tend to stroll right past! However this sparkling pretty drew me like the proverbial moth to a flame, so yup, away it came home with me!

I think On A Silver Platter is one of those polishes, you either love it or hate it, I definitely enjoy it greatly, its just so unique & different to anything I own. Despite its name, On A Silver Platter is a gorgeous pale gold polish made up of finely milled glitter which then has a major twist with the presence of stunning large holographic blue glitters mixed in. Dazzling!

Definitely got a bit snap happy with this one but the sparkle, specially from those blue glitter holos just makes me swoon. Here I've applied to coats for a nicely opaque finish which I've topped with a thick coat of topcoat to smooth out the rough glitter surface.

On A Silver Platter is from Essie's 2013 Encrusted Treasures collection which also includes another stunner, Lots Of Lux, which has now sneaked its cheeky way on to my wish list as well! But I DID use my Boots points to pick this up so feel no guilt whatsoever...may do the same for the other one ;)

Nothing like a spot o' sparkle to lift ones spirits :) Thanks for stopping by as always lovelies! Are you a fan of Essie?

Lotsa love to ya!


Product Love - ELF Pink Lemonade All Over Color Stick & Golden Peach Facial Whip!

Well hello there lovely readers! Are you all having a great bank holiday & in the obligatory food coma status everyone should be in after the easter hols? Tis such a lovely feeling not getting those Sunday evening blues non? We'll just get them slightly delayed tonight instead ;)

Today I've a couple of long standing make up loves of mine to share with you lovelies from the brand Eye Lips and Face aka ELF, an online brand of interesting & even more appealing, budget beauty products. There is such an enormous range of products to try, some a bit hit & miss but along the way I've discovered a couple of pretty ace gems that I have repurchased many a time, solely these two...All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade & the ELF Facial Whips.

I was so happy to discover these little tubes of wonder that are the Facial Whips, which are basically cream highlighters that give the skin a most pretty glow.
I blogged about the Lilac Pearl shade which I do believe goes by the name of Lilac Petal now, yonks ago, which I absolutely love, mostly due to the fact that its a fab dupe for the much more expensive cream highlighter High Beam from Benefit. This shade Golden Peach, I love to use with my bronzers & peach blushers as it gives a beautiful & healthy holiday golden glow to the skin. And the price? £1.95..how can you not love these?

The All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade has been repurchased quite a few times now by moi, I absolutely love cream blushers, the lazy bum in me just loves how they are much easier to apply without the need of a brush! Pink Lemonade is a lovely pink shade with a delicate shimmer therefore works as both blusher & highlighter.

I love the compact twisty top design as well, I simply dot on the blusher on the apples of the cheeks so that I bear an uncanny resemblance to a cabbage patch kid, then using my fingers, blend out across the cheekbones. They do say that you can use the All Over Color Stick on the eyes & lips as well but I personally find it too drying so just stick to the cheek usage.

The All Over Color Stick also retails for the fab price of £1.95. Bargain city baby! Definitely worth a try, you really can't go wrong for that price. ELF products can be purchased online, however I have heard rumors that an ELF make up store might be happening soon?

Thanks as always for reading lovelies, have you tried any products from the ELF range?

Lotsa love to ya! 


Easter NOTD - Cheeky Chicks!

Greetings to you my chickadees & a Happy Easter weekend! Hope you've all made a start on the chocolate over indulging that is an absolute necessity on this holiday, I plan to feel like a complete heifer before the day is through so I'd best get started!

Now brace yourselves lovelies for the complete & utter mani fail I'm about to throw your way today you lucky things you. I wanted to squeeze in another quick Easter themed mani so literally threw this one together & it was pretty much one of those situations where once I started to realise this mani was going downhill fast, I had already reached the point of no return, there was no going back, I simply had to continue & finish. So here we go dears, some rather psychotic looking cheeky chicks...

For my base I used the gloriously sparkly Seventeen Juicy Neons Nail Effects in Yellow which, whilst a lovely & bright shade, was much sheerer than I realised & therefore needed a good three coats for good coverage. At least I know now for next time to use a base colour underneath. I do like the pretty glass fleck sparkles muchly though.

Next for the shells which were a bit higher up the nail than I wanted, I used my Models Own nail art pen in White for the cracked edge before filling out the bottom with NYC Pinstripe White. Because of the glittery textured base I had to do a few coats of the white which made my shells super thick industrial strength nigh on unbreakable eggshells...its a miracle the little chickys cracked through in the first place...

Finally to bring my chicks to life I simply dotted on two black dots, adding a smaller white dot inside for the eyes, before sticking on some tear drop shaped orange rhinestones for the beaks & a wee 3D touch.

Finishing off with a good few coats of topcoat & some drying drops to help speed up the drying time of the 50 or so different polish layers going on there & Easter mani was finally done...*wipes brow*

Think I might go lie down now....Thanks as always for reading lovely ones & enjoy the rest of your Easter breaks!

Lotsa love to ya!


Easter NOTD - Duck Egg Nails!

Hullo there cherubs! Hope you're all having a tip top week, the weather is slowly but steadily picking up, work is good & the countdown has already begun for the beauty that is a four day Easter weekend, also giving two very delightfully shortened weeks in the process! *happy dance*
A wee bit concerned I haven't consumed me an easter egg yet though, plenty of the mini variety but those little uns hardly factor, this is something I plan to rectify greatly in the upcoming days...

Speaking of Easter naturally brings me on to the subject of today’s post...Easter themed nails! Unfortunately I can't seem to find the time lately to do any nail art but I am definitely going to try at the weekend! However I realised after doing this mani how much it resembled duck eggs, which is kind of an Easter theme right? Hey presto quick & easy Easter nails! All ya need? A base colour & some crackle polish!

I was sooo delighted with how these came out as I didn't expect it at all! Remember good ol' crackle polish? With all the many different types of texture polishes available now, crackle polishes have taken a bit of a back seat but I've definitely rekindled my love for them with this!

I just LOVE the colour combination of this, yes it even requires the use of capitals, it screams Spring as well as Easter to me! For the base I used Ciate Purple Sherbet, a pretty pale lilac that's quite sheer therefore needed a coupla coats for opacity.

Now that beautiful crackle topper from China Glaze, if I'd known China Glaze's crackle polishes were this great I would have made it my mission to own them all yonks ago! This particular shade which I found in Sally's is Crushed Candy & its not only the pale mint colour I love but also the way it crackles on the nail, creating such a pretty duck egg like effect whilst still showing plenty of the base colour.

A bit of topcoat for shine, bingo quick & easy Easter mani is good to go! Lets just pretend that I didn't happen to knock my thumb soon after finishing creating an annoying chip that I couldn't be done to rectify...O_o

Thanks as always for reading lovelies, hope you liked! Have you done any Easter nails? Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya!