Twinsie Tuesday- Neutral nails

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A pretty basic design for this weeks Twinsie Tuesday challenge. I wasn't 100% pleased with the outcome of this manicure so I ended up adding on some colour and a bit of nail art. I'll show ye that in another post. Back to today, we were told to do a neutral nail theme which is hard enough I think. Neutrals nails are a bit boring in my opinion. I'd sooner go with a plain bright polish rather than make a huge effort doing nail art with neutral polishes that you don't tend to notice on the nail. They all blend in pretty well with each other.


I started off with Ciate My fair lady. This is 3 coats. Then I striped off the nail and added on Barry M Lychee. The tape pulled off some of the polish on the ring finger even though I left the base polish to dry for ages before even attempting to do some nail art. It's so frustrating! I added on a matte topcoat so the 2 neutral colours would stand out a bit more than they would with a glossy coat. 


 Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

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You're my dandelion

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A while back every one seemed to be mad into doing Dandelion inspired nail art. It kind of slipped by me and I never got around to giving it a go. I was playing around with some polishes recently and I ended up with this dandelion themed manicure and I kind of like it. It's a bit abstract (especially from afar) but sometimes nail art is more fun like that. Maybe it's just me.


I started off with 2 coats of Lac Attack Puddle Jumping. I really love the blue flecks in this polish. It turns a semi boring colour (grey isn't all that amazing on the nails in my opinion) into something really interesting. It makes such a good base for nail art but it's also incredibly pretty on its own. The nude polish is Illamasqua Monogamous.  I think the ring finger came out the best. It's crazy how the simplest nail designs can be the hardest to perfect!

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The Book Look- Can't Stand up for sitting down by Jo Brand nail art and book review

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Can't stand up for sitting down is the highly anticipated release from Jo Brand. This is the follow up to her memoir "Look back in hunger". It is 353 pages long and you can find it on Amazon and The Book Depository.


Part 2 of Jo Brand's memoir concerns the later half of her career. Brand starts to take her comedy career seriously, leaving her stable job as a senior sister in a hospital. We get small glimpses into her family life and the ups and downs that made her who she is today. Having thoroughly enjoyed the original book, Look back in hunger, I couldn't wait to get started on Can't stand up for sitting down. You can see the original review I did on Look Back in hunger as well as the nail art here.


It was disappointing. I laughed out loud a lot during the first book but I don't think I even managed a smirk with this. It was basically a list of all the things Brand likes and dislikes mushed into a book. I wouldn't say it was boring but I found myself reading it just to get it finished. It doesn't hold a candle to the original which was interesting, full of very funny and some very sad tales from her early years. You  get to know a lot more about her political views and what she thinks of other comedians. Brand recalls some of the earlier shows she took part in and what she actually felt whilst doing them. You realize that not all shows are how they appear. One comment about countdown really shocked me but apparently it was big news in the UK at the time. It did make me rethink the show although I wouldn't say I was an avid viewer to begin with. I was interested to learn that she took part in quite a few tv shows and comedy sketches. I had assumed Brand had always remained in the Stand up comedy camp and didn't dabble in other areas. 

Overall I gave Can't Stand up for Sitting down a 2 out of 5.  It was ok but I was expecting more so it didn't live up to my expectations. I hoped she would talk a lot more about her family life (how she met her husband, how she juggles life as a comedian travelling up and down the country with 2 young kids etc) but she merely mentions them in passing and that's it. I did read a few reviews on the book before I got it which mentioned the fact that it was more of a big list and not at all like the first book but as with most things, you have to try it for yourself to really form an opinion of it.


For my nails I started off with 2 coats of Barry m Blueberry ice cream. This is actually a 4 day old manicure but it made the perfect base for this look so I left it on. I added on some polka dots using Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Right Said Fred (red) Barry m Greenberry and an unknown white polish. The silver is the Kiss nail art striper and the blue that makes up the half moon is NYC Hudson Breeze. 


All of the colours I used in this manicure appear on the cover of the book in some shape of form. I really like my nails, it's a shame that I had to take it off so soon after doing it. I think the colours really went well together. It's not often I wear a lot of blue polish. Apparently some people think blue polish is "tacky" although I completely disagree.

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Rocking some bourbon

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I wore Misa Bourbon on the rocks at the start of last week. It's one of the few polishes that I would wear non stop for a week or 2 without feeling the need to change it around. The only reason this didn't last a week is because walloped my finger off of a table or something and it chipped a bit at the top. I knew the chip would get worse if I left it (I would pick at it until it did!) so I changed them. I swear if I put on a polish I don't really like it won't chip at all (despite my best efforts) but when I really like something it'll crack and chip like there's no tomorrow. 


These swatches were actually taken last October which is hard to believe! I honestly thought they were from July. I don't know where the time goes. Either way it's just as pretty now as it was back in October. I have on 2 coats with a coat of the Sally Hansen inta-dri topcoat.

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Essence gel nails at home - Happy ending with glitterland accent

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Next week I have a full review of the Essence Gel nails at home kit including a first impressions and wear test. For now I thought I would show ye the manicure I achieved using the kit. I have on the peel off base coat from the gel nails kit, 2 coats of Essence Happy ending which is a beautiful pink creme from their colour and go range and the clear gel topcoat. For the accent nail I used 1 coat of the Essence Gel nail at home Wow effect gel topcoat in 04 Glitterland.


This was taken right after application and you can see how glossy it is. I didn't use a topcoat over the accent nail and it looks amazing. The glitters look like they're are suspended in the gel rather than just falling flat on the nail. Like I said I'll have the full review next week (it's a long post) but let me know what you think of the finished look below.

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Twinsie Tuesday- Accent nails

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A nice easy challenge for this week as part of the Twinsie Tuesday group. This is a great group for making you branch out and try new designs and use polishes you normally don't get much use out of. This time I just went with the flow. I had absolutely no plan and no set polishes to use. I started off with 2 coats of Nails inc St James. Even though red isn't my favourite, you wouldn't believe the amount of it I go through in a year. 


For the accent nail I did a little window design. I used some white paint for the outline. I filled in the rest with Essence Black is Back. I thought it needed something else to make it really stand out as an accent nail. I rooted around in my stash and out popped China Glaze Snowglobe (which is amazing and I completely underestimate how pretty it is). I dabbed that into the middle giving it a nights sky kind of look.I topped it off with a matte topcoat to make the glitters in Snowglobe really stand out. 

That's all for this week. I look forward to seeing what the other ladies came up with for this challenge. 


 Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

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Sally Hansen Miracle gel (110) Birthday suit swatch and review

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This is the last polish I have to show ye from the new Sally Hansen Miracle gel polishes that are being released in Ireland this month. This is the shade 110 Birthday Suit. Unfortunately the formula on this one isn't great. I needed 4 coats for full coverage but I will say that you'd never know it needed that many coats unless someone told you. On the nail it looks perfect,not at all thick. Birthday suit is a light beige creme. Like all the other polishes I have tried from the Miracle Gel line it is very glossy on its own but a topcoat will help prolong the wear time.



Unless you are absolutely in love with the colour and you're willing to put up with doing 4 coats then this is probably one to skip. I'll end up keeping this as a pedicure polish as I do like the colour a lot but I paint my nails at night and I'm sure they'd end up smudged in the morning. I don't tend to have a lot of time to spare to allow them to dry fully when I do 3 coats never mind 4. 

So that's it for my Sally Hansen miracle gel review. Let me know which colour was your favourite and if you plan on picking any of them up once they are released. I have seen swatches of a beautiful brown that I hope to pick up when I come across a stand. I think this is one of the best Sally Hansen collections so far in terms of colour choices. They really went all out with this one and it payed off.

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes and topcoat cost €9.99 each. You can pick up a duo pack for €14.99 which included one colour and one topcoat. There are 18 shades in this collection and they'll be available in Ireland around mid September.

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**Product was provided for review**

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