NOTD - Autumn Leaves...

Why hello there lovely readers!

Oooh its been a while! Life's been all kinds of manic of late & with it the blogging mojo seemed to have gone a bit awol as well. Sometimes a wee break is good though & I’m glad to finally catch some down time & get my blog back on. Tis also a glorious bank holiday weekend huzzah! I've booked an extra couple of days off as the bestie & I are off for a much needed spa break on Monday which I cannot wait for. Bring on the pampering! :)

Now it seems as though summer is well & truly over judging by the clouds of late, however I’m not too disheartened, as much as I love summer, I do have a soft spot for autumn time or fall with its abundance of colour & cooler temperatures calling out for long walks in the country, crunching leaves underfoot. Which is why I reached for a polish I purchased yonks ago on Etsy for the exact reason that its completely perfect for the season...Coco Allure Autumn Leaves...

Am I right? The colours of all the different glitters completely brings to mind the beautiful colour changes of the leaves that come with Autumn, so stunning! Etsy is a VERY dangerous place for polish lovers, you can find so many beautiful indie polishes & unfortunately its not the cheapest addiction as shipping charges can make the wallet wince! However an occasional treat to oneself isn't the end of the world eh..?? ;)

Autumn Leaves is a stunning mixture of hexagonal, square & round glitters all of different sizes & the variety of fall colours are just utterly swoon-worthy with its golds, coppers, burnt oranges & reds...I can't stop staring at its prettiness!

I decided to apply it over a red & pale gold base to really bring out the glitters, the red polish is a nameless one unfortunately that was gifted to me & the pale gold is a vintage Revlon 118 Carat.

The glitter itself is fabulously dense, I applied two coats to each nail & the glitter distributes really well on the nail despite the large sizes. Its like the nails have been dipped & rolled around in freshly fallen leaves! Finishing off with a nice thick coat of topcoat to smooth out the glitter.

This particular polish from the sellerI purchased from isn’t currently available at the moment unfortunately but there are literally tons of indie polishes worth checking out on Etsy. Like I said, shipping charges can make one weep a tad, especially if from the US, its definitely a dangerous addiction & one that will need serious discipline! ;)

Thanks for reading lovelies! Enjoy your long weekends & catch up soon!


NOTD - Lady Like...

Hullo there cherubs! Having a good week I hope, fear not halfway point has been reached & the weekend is almost in our grasps huzzah! Though to be honest I don't know why I'm so excited as I'll be working this Sunday...*cue crash land splat to earth* Oh well, at least I'll get the time back double, silver linings & all that jazz ;)

Now you really cannot go wrong with a nice nude toned mani, elegantly sophisticated, looks fab & goes with everything. I'm sure it comes as no surprise when I say I love my glitters & pow wow shades, however I find myself being drawn to natural/nude tones a lot more of late & one brand that does nude well (yes I'm aware of how many times I'm saying nude...o_O) is Essie, in particularly this divine shade Lady Like...

Ain't it a pretty one? I confess Essie isn't a brand I'm hugely familiar with, often bypassing, actually for the very reason because of its many natural shades. But seeing as I'm now loving them I find myself joining the Essie love party a wee bit late!

Essie Lady Like* is a beautiful mauve toned nude polish, delicate, feminine & pretty it looks divine on, I absolutely adore it. The formula as well is fabulous, smooth application in two coats that dried nice & quick.

I would happily wear Lady Like all by its onesie but me being me I couldn't help getting a bit of the nail art on, this time adding a random swirly henna/branch like pattern using my Models Own nail art pen in silver.

I love the silver & mauve together & I can definitely see a lot more Essie polishes finding themselves into to my stash...could it be possible that I can see into the future & possess the foresight?!

Hope you liked the mani lovelies. Essie polishes are widely available on the high street but can also be found on Chemist Direct, an online retailer that has a wide range of beauty/cosmetics for bargain prices. Thanks for reading dolls!

Lotsa love to ya!

Disclaimer - product featured was sent to me for my consideration. I am not affiliated with the brand nor paid for this post, this review has been as always my 100% honest opinion! :)


NOTD - Cartoon Roses

Ello ello lovely readers & a happy weekend to all of you! Can you believe we are in August already?! This year really does seem to be flying by!

Today I have some fun floral nails with a twist to share with you...Cartoon Roses! This design was inspired by the superbly talented @m_a_tom who I've been following on Instagram for a wee while now & am a big fan of her fab nail art skills! I saw this design she created & immediately thought...yup...I need to have me a go of those...so here we go!

I love how it gives floral nails an interesting & completely different take with the bold colours & black polish used for the detail making it really stand out.

I started with my base which was two coats of Rimmels Lose Your Lingerie, part of Rita Ora's little collab with Rimmel. I only picked it up as there was a buy one get second half price dealio going on when I went to buy my regular face powder. However I'm so glad I got this as its the most divine pale, almost white pink. Really lovely! It does state on the bottle that its a one coat polish yet I definitely felt the need for two!

For my roses I decided to reach for a few of my Models Own Hyper Gels, as the shades are so nice & vibrant. Simply using the brush that comes with the polish I just added a splodge of blue (Blue Glint), pink (Cerise Shine), coral (Coral Glaze) & yellow (Barry M) to each nail.

Then for the detail I used a nail art brush & black polish to create the swirly petal like  design, then added on some black polka dots randomly over the rest of the nail.

To finish I again went in with the nail art brush & some green polish (Models Own Green Tea) to add a few leaves to my roses. Last step was a nice thick coat of topcoat to seal & shine.

I loved this different take on roses, hope you did too lovelies! Thank you @m_a_tom for the inspiration! Thanks as always for stopping by lovelies! Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya!