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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness manicure: blue and pink butterfly nails

I saw a post by Jessica of Be Happy And Buy Polish encouraging nails bloggers to commemorate Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month on 15th October with a manicure. Like Jessica, I too have lost two pregnancies, one at 6 weeks and another at 10 weeks. I had to endure the awful pain and grief […] Read more

33DC Day 7: Art with your oldest untried

Today in the the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge, it’s all about doing some nail art with your oldest untried polish. I have four polishes that I bought on the same day – back in September 2012 – that are still unused. I bought them all in The Original Factory Shop. I thought they […] Read more

In praise of HK Girl: the best top coat ever

I’ve tried a lot of top coats. Nine different ones in total. Some of them have been completely awful; some really great. And until very recently, I thought I’d found my perfect top coat. And then I tried Glisten & Glow HK Girl. And I can now say with absolute certainty that I will never […] Read more

33DC Day 3: Tape Mani

My two most recent polish purchases are L’Oréal Color Riche Amazon Flower and NYC Blue Sky (which, like every other bottle of it I’ve ever seen, is mis-labelled as Raindrop). As the two newest, they are swatched next to each other on a nail wheel. I thought they complemented each other nicely, so chose them […] Read more

Holiday nails

You may have noticed – or you may not – that I haven’t posted in a while. Well, it’s because I’ve been away on holiday to France for a fortnight. I had a fabulous time. We stayed in a converted barn in the Charente Maritime. It’s an area we’ve been to before, and love it. […] Read more

Easter pastel skittle mini egg nails

I wanted to do some Easter nails, but I’m not particularly religious, nor did I want cutesy bunny nails. So instead I thought I’d try to recreate some mini eggs on my nails. We love Cadbury mini eggs in our house, so why not?! I was a bit flummoxed when I looked more closely at […] Read more

NYC Mint Macaroon with gold glequins

I wanted to jazz up yesterday’s manicure a bit. Green really isn’t my favourite colour, and although I liked my nails, I didn’t like them enough to leave them plain. So I added some gold glequins (I still think they should be called hexaquins!). I’ve only added them to my ring fingers, as accent nails, […] Read more

Dotted flowers: Beauty UK Smokey Lilac, NYC Pinstripe White and W7 Cosmic Purple

So many polishes: so little time! My stash of untried polishes keeps growing. A month ago, I had 104 untried polishes. Despite manicuring my nails every two or three days, and proactively trying to get through those polishes, I have bought and been given loads more, so the untried number has actually grown: to 117. […] Read more