12.28.2012

Glitter Polish Removal Made Even Easier With The PVA Glue Technique! Feat. Topshop Dark Night...



 Hellooooo  & Happy Friday my beauts! For those of us who had to grudgingly return back to work after Xmas…HUZZAH! And for the rest of you lucky lot who managed to nab the two days off, hope you’ve had a lovely prolonged break!  

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know that I am a fan of the glitter. Yup, I do love a bit o’ sparkle action on my nails, sometimes when doing a simple mani I often can’t help myself, by going in with a glitter to add some dazzle & jazz it up! But there is that one teeny tiny tedious thing about glitter polish…it ain’t half a pain in the arse to remove! But fret not dear ones as there are ways to get past all that scrubbing, screeching, hair pulling that usual comes with glitter polish removal! First is of course the blessed FOIL TECHNIQUE which I’ve blogged about in detail HERE. Fab way of getting that glitter of nicely.  However for this it is ideal to have some time going spare which I know a lot of us don’t have! Enter at this point this fab other technique I discovered whilst perusing some of my fav nail blogs & saw a lot of the lovely ladies doing…the PVA GLUE method! I’m clearly late as usual to jump on this bandwagon as it’s been around for a while but my god is it fantastic! The glitter simply just peels off the nail, no more scrubbing & damaging those nails! Yay!  

For this all you need is some PVA Glue which is available from most stationary/art shops, a brush & your glitter polish of choice…


Place a blob of the glue on to some card or paper & using the brush apply a coat of the glue on to the nail as you would a base coat…


The glue will take a couple of minutes to dry depending on how thick you apply it (I piled on far too much the first time!) but you’ll know when it is as it dries smooth & clear.


Next you’re ready to apply your glitter polish, for this I dug out this absolutely beautiful Topshop polish that has caught my eye many a times & goes by the name of Dark Knight.


Dark Knight is a stunning mixture of blue & silver glitters in a blue jelly base, so gorgeous! Of this I applied two coats.


Once you’re ready to remove the polish, just grab an orange stick & starting from the sides, lift of the glitter from the nail. Because of the glue, the glitter polish should just peel right off & on some nails the whole coat came off in one go!


Once the glitters off you’re left with clean, polish free nails ready for the next mani! 


After using this technique a lot over the past few weeks I’ve learnt a few things along the way too. Firstly this method would most suit if you want a temporary glitter fix! A couple of times I did it & went to work with the mani still on then half way through the day I found I’d lost a nail or two, in that the polish had peeled right off! So this would be absolutely perfect if you want to rock a glitter mani for a night out/birthday/party etc. Just pile on that glitter, & then simply peel off the next morning! Another tip though if you do want it to last a bit longer is to apply a base colour underneath. I’ve done this a few times too & managed to get a couple of days wear. Also I was bit anxious at first at the thought of applying glue to the nails, but like I said, I’ve been using this technique a lot over the past few weeks & my nails are absolutely fine!

So that’s it dolls! Another quick, simple & super easy way to remove glitter polish! *happy dance* Now us glitter addicts can fulfill our needs more often & get our sparkle fix! Woo!

Thanks for reading as always. I’d love to know if you’ve tried this technique too & what you thought! 

 Lotsa love to ya!

 

10.19.2012

NOTD - Gone A Tad...Plaid!



Happy Friday sweetpeas!  Hope you’re all good & well :D 

This week I found myself in the mood for some arty-ness on the ol’ nails, of course it also had to be something easily attemptable for le retard that is moi…an important requirement when it comes to nail art designs to try ;) So I did what I usually do & one of my favourite pastimes, which is have a browse-y through all my favourite nail blogs (of which there are SO many!) in search for inspiration…& I found it! At none other than my pal Chelle’s blog, who has all her fab nail art designs displayed in a most fantabulous gallery…gosh this girls gots skills ;) And it seems we both seem to have gained inspiration from one another as she recently did the Mermaid Gradient Nails I blogged about recently too!  High five sister! :D

Anyhoos the design of hers that I wanted to have a go at & attempt was Plaid Nails! Not only do I love the pattern, but the colours used are perfect for this time of year…


10.09.2012

I Pity The Foil!...Easy Peasy Glitter Polish Removal! (PIC HEAVY)

Hello lovely readers!

Aah glitter. How I adore you. The way you sparkle & shimmer & makes ones nails glimmer so prettily…*sighs*…but damn if you aren’t a pain in the backside to remove. At least you were…until I discovered a most awesome method that allows you to come off nice & smoothly, involving certain baking supplies, plus a few extra bits & bobs, waving bye bye to those dark days of sitting there scrubbing away with cotton wool removing a layer of my nail in the process. 

Hi my loves! Apologies for the title there…a little private joke for Hayley & Saf involving an amusing typo when discussing this topic on Twitter that had me in stitches…what can I say? I’m easily amused. ;) So yes, I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that I am a fan of the glitter polish…having pretty glittery nails makes me happy ;) However I’m asked quite often about HOW I remove the buggering stuff off my nails as it IS known to be quite a chore. Well no more dolls! I’ve had a few requests for a post on glitter polish removal & seeing as quite a few of my recent NOTD’s have been glitter based, I thought this would be the perfick time! Hope you enjoy & find it helpful!

                                                            A Quick BEFORE Pic...

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the ‘foil method’ of glitter polish removal & that’s the method I use. It really was life changing…okay slight exaggeration perhaps but it REALLY is brill. Plus the method I use has an added step which makes it EVEN easier to come off, all you need is ten pieces of foil large enough to wrap around the nail (mum has ceased asking me what I’m cooking when I’m retrieving some from the kitchen), cotton wool pads which I cut in half (must think economically now), nail polish remover & the item for my added step which is a cheap nail polish. Oh & a few spare minutes of course! :D


10.07.2012

NOTD - Bronze Glitter Gradient

Good afternoon my lovely readers! 

Are you all having a good Sunday? Just got in from a good ol’ hearty birthday pub lunch where a lot of food was consumed…perhaps too much…& now I could happily sleep till the end of time. Or at least till tomorrow, when I have to go to work *sad face*

Yesterday saw me visiting London town again with my buddy Saf, where we attended the London Blogger Meet organized by the lovely Emma who is jetting off to Oz at the end of the year the lucky thing! It was held at The Warwick Pub & really was so much fun; I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in yonks! An afternoon spent doing some of my favorite things, eating, chatting, & hanging out with bloggers…AWESOME GOOD TIMES. Met so many lovely ladies too whom I really hope to see again very soon in the near future :D


9.27.2012

Product Love...ELF'S Shimmering Facial Whip! :D


Ello ello sweethearts! Tis almost the weekend! Can I get “woohoo!" with a "hallelujah praise the lord!" thrown in please :D I actually have the day off tomorrow but will still be popping in to work for a while to study…how’s that as dedication for ya? A tad depressing too perhaps but at least I know at work I will ACTUALLY work instead of being a complete & utter lazy bum at home, easily side tracked by the lure of online sales… Plus I need to get some bits & bobs together as I’ll be heading to the country with the bestie for a spa break on Sunday, cannot wait! A couple o’ day’s doing absolutely sod all AND getting pampered whilst doing so? Yes please! :D

Today I have a favourite product of mine to share with you, one I just adore & am so glad to have discovered, as not only is it a great quality product in my opinion, but has saved me lots of money’s (that can be spent elsewhere) as it’s so cheap! And that’s always a good thing non? I’m talking about ELF’s Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Pearl, which is a lovely liquid highlighter that adds the most gorgeous glow to your skin…


4.20.2012

Conceal Me! Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage & Garnier Roll-on Concealers...

Hiyaaaaaaa! Happy Friday sweets! DAAAAYM was this week long or was this week long? Now to get on with enjoying the weekend…well as much as this ermm slightly skint blogger can till pay day that is…*cough!* Had a few bills here & there to take care of (oh the joys of being a grown up) but that beautiful day of the month we all love shall be arriving sometime next week so will just have to hold on tight & not succumb to any of the MANY (oh so very many) lemmings I’ve had till then! One thing I’m muchos happy about though is that I’ve recently finally paid off my little brum brum of a car Rolo (yes he has a name) which I bought about a year ago, wooo!  Happy days! Tis really a great feeling ya know, getting that delightful letter in the post containing such nice news….plus that lovely sensation of feeling like you’ve actually achieved something! ;D

On to the post me lovelies, if you’re a regular follower of my blog, then you’ll probably remember moi mention the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer quite a few times, when doing makeup looks for weddings, evening do’s etc?? I’ve had quite a few requests from you lovely lot on doing a more in depth review on it, only huuuuuge apologies for the delay! So here we go, better late than never non?? ;) 

Before talking about the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage however, I really want to give another product a mention, one that is definitely up there at HG status & also a concealer of sorts? Tis the fab Garnier Caffeine Anti-dark Circles 2in1 Roll on Concealer in the shade Fair & is a product that I use every single day without fail, love it that much I do!