Friday, 18 April 2014

The Book Look- The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman

Hey all,

Neil Gaiman is a a pretty big deal when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy books/comics. I came across his work a while back but I only really started to look into it seriously when I saw that he had written a book with Sir Terry Pratchett entitled Good Omens. To be fair I thought I would review one of his own books and so I picked up a copy of The Graveyard book.

The Graveyard book focuses on the early life of Nobody Owens (aka Bod) who was raised by ghosts in a graveyard after his family was brutally murdered. Definitely not your average storyline! The story covers some of his adventures within the graveyard as he grows older and his eventual move outside of the graveyard where he is no longer protected. Eventually he meets the man known as Jack who killed his family and is on the hunt for the boy that got away.

Throughout the book Nobody Ownes has a good few mini adventures which are tied fairy well into the story as a whole. I found it a fair bit slow for the first 3/4 of the book. I liked the idea of the story but in reality it did nothing for me. I wasn't keen to read the next page and I never had the urge to skip ahead to make sure my favourite character lived (I'm brutal for doing that) The last 1/4 of the book had me enthralled however and I couldn't put it down from that point on. The ending had me in tears as it wasn't your usual "and they all lived happily ever after" kind of story. It genuinely moved me and I had to put the book down a few times to muster up the courage to read on (This is how deep I was into the story at this point!)

One thing I would highly recommend reading is the Newberry medal acceptance speech Gaiman included at the end of the novel. I normally skip them but it was one of the best speeches I have ever come across. If you only take one thing from this review I really hope it's to make it your mission to read that speech, I promise you it is worth it.

Overall The Graveyard book had an easy to follow story line, it had a nice twist at the end that was unexpected, the graphics included throughout the book were a complete surprise and I loved them! I wish more authors would think to include them in their novels (particularly those working in the sci-fi/ fantasy genre)  and the last part of the book was absolutely gripping. The speech at the end deserves a read (I think that made the book a bit special to be honest) I still want to read more from Gaiman but I'm kind of iffy on what to pick up next. I had high hopes for this book given the amazing reviews I had read on it but it was a bit of a let down for me personally. If ye have any recommendations then please do let me know!

For my nails I kept with the same colour scheme that features on the cover of the book. I have on 2 coats of Nails inc Motcomb street (deep navy blue) on each nail. Then using striping tape I marked off 3 nails before adding on Sinful Colors Sugar rush (light blue) and Barry M Denim (denim blue) and a topcoat. For the accent nail I replicated the gravestone featured on the cover of the book using white acrylic paint. This is by far one of my favourite designs I have ever done! I'm really pleased I was able to do the cover some justice because it is a beautiful looking book.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Despicable me- Gru and minion nail art!

Hey all,

I've some nail art to show ye today. Seeing as the weather is picking up I thought it was time to do a nice fun design but I couldn't think of anything to do. After watching Despicable me 2 I thought I may as well give the minions a go! To make it a bit more fun I decided to add Gru into the mix. I loved Gru in the second film, he's so much fun (especially during the party scene)

To start I applied 3 coats of Illamasqua Monogamous to all my nails abar the ring finger. Then using a mix of NYC Lexington yellow and Barry m Denim I added on some polka dots. For the Middle nail I outlined Gru's face with black acrylic paint and some blue paint for his eye.  I filled in the outside with black paint. For the Minion nail I started off with 2 coats of White nail polish, NYC lexington yellow for the yellow, the black is acrylic paint and the silver is from the Kiss nail paint sets. I topped it all off with a topcoat to keep the design from chipping for a few days.

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Kiss me I'm Irish (not Brazilian)

Hey all,

Today I have one of the new polishes from the OPI Brazil collection to show ye. I'm sure ye guessed from the title that it's Kiss me I'm Brazilian, a pink creme that a few people passed on seeing as it's not all that unique. I don't normally buy pink nail polish but I liked this shade a lot and I don't have a dupe in my stash.

The formula was ok. Pretty standard for an OPI polish. I needed 3 coats for full coverage. The first two were streaky but the third evened it all out nicely. It's a nice bright pink creme. Nothing special but that's what I was looking for. The colour changes a lot in different lighting. The picture above was taking in direct sunlight. It is really bright in person, almost veering onto neon. It doesn't really suit my skintone to be honest but it will look nice as a pedicure so I'm happy out with it. I've had it on for 2 days now and I don't have any chipping or tipwear so far. I did use a coat of Sally Hansen insta-dri on top so that could be helping to keep this polish in tip top condition.

Also the name is awful stupid! Everyone knows it's "Kiss me I'm Irish" so how they got away with throwing this together I'll never know. They must have been struggling!


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Gifted polish

Hey all,

Today's Twinsie Tuesday post we were told to pick a gifted polish. I'm very fortunate to have made some amazing polish friends since I started blogging so I had a few gorgeous polishes to pick from. I decided to go with 3 in the end.

I started off with 3 coats of Essence You belong to me (I showed ye this polish last week if you want to check that post out here) Then I added on Barry M Amethyst around the cuticle in a reverse gradient to all the nails but the ring finger. Instead of a reverse gradient I added on 2 coats of Amethyst before topping the entire manicure off with a matte topcoat from Hardcandy. Glitter nail polish and a matte topcoat is the best combination! The glitter looks amazing and you can see the various colours in amethyst far more clearly that you would when you use a glossy topcoat.

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra

Monday, 14 April 2014

Spring polka dots

Hey all,

I'm a big fan of polka dots, although I generally prefer them to be linear I thought I try out some more random looks and mix in a few different colours. I started out with 3 coats of Sally Hansen Complete salon manicure in Tahitian Sunset. Then I added on Blue Streak and Aria Red-y, both from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon line. These were all included as part of the Spring Summer collection although 2 of them are re-releases.

 I still prefer linear polka dots but I really like this method too! You don't have to be as precise but I do think there has to be a mix of big, medium and small polka dot for it to look nice. The best thing about it is the fact you can mix a whole heap of colours and it'll still look like there was some kind of method to your madness.


Friday, 11 April 2014

Another Sparkler

Hey all,

My last little play around with holographic polishes for a while I think. As much as I like them I still get bored with them :P I do have to say that these are my favourite ones though so they still get a lot of love (especially in nail art but they really deserve to be shown on their own)

Here I have on 2 coats of Color by llarowe Beat it with 2 coats of Color Club Cloud nine as an accent nail. The holo in Cloud nine has a stronger holographic effect and it really sparkles in the sun. Quick and easy to do and as I don't bother with a topcoat in case it ruins the holo effect I can pretty much be out the door in a couple of minutes.  Although in fairness I always paint my nails the day before I go anywhere to avoid any smudges or rushing and not having time to do them. It's just a far safer method.


Thursday, 10 April 2014

An oldie but a goodie

Hey all,

Sometimes I completely forget about the older polishes in my collection and they end up sitting there for a fair while without much use. It's hard to organize polish in a way that you can easily switch them around and give fair use to each colour. One polish I haven't worn in a while is Essence You belong to me. I think I've had this on the blog a few times now but it's always good to update the swatches and keep them fresh.

You belong to me is supposedly a dupe of China Glaze For Audrey. It's that tiffany like shade with shimmer. The formula is grand, it needs 3 coats and it dries in a decent amount of time. This has been discontinued but you can get a dupe fairly handy. This colour has gone a bit out of fashion lately. I rarely see anyone talking about it. It's a nice polish for spring though so I'm sure it'll pop up sooner or later.

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