My Nail Polish Collection

Howdy.  Today I thought I’d show you my nail polish collection.  I love nail maintenance (although I am dismal at actually painting them) and nail art (see: https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/nails-101/ and https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/nails-102/ for some mild mannered tutorials!) so thought I’d share my ‘collection’ with you.

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So this is how I store my nail polish.  Not particularly exciting or glamorous, just in an Ikea box on my dressing table.  But when I went through and sorted them all, I was pretty impressed with my collection!  It’s the kind of thing that builds up without you really noticing.

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And voila!  I sorted them into 3 categories (loosely following Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain for aesthetic effect..!), plain bold block colours, effect polishes and my trusty clear top coat beauty.

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I remember buying my first ever Barry M nail polish, I think it was about £3.50 in Topshop Oxford Circus when I was about 12.  I think it lasted approximately four hours without chipping and then that was it for me, reputation tarnished!  Until a couple of years ago when the Hi-Shine Gelly range came out.  I bought a couple in a Boots offer because I adored the colours and that was it, hooked!  I also love Model’s Own and their ranges, like the pastel and neon ranges you can see here.  OPI is a personal favourite when I’m feeling like a big spender, and all the extras are just individual ones I like the colours of, or got free somewhere!

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These are my ‘specialty’ polishes if you like, for when you need to add a little glitz and glamour to your talons.  As you can see, predominantly glitter based!  Most of my nights out are pretty impromptu affairs  so what happens to be on my nails usually has to do, but when it’s a planned event like a big night out or a party, that’s when the glitter or the confetti comes out.

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And say hello to my favourite top coat!  I got this free with something at Sydney Airport and have never looked back.  It leaves a beautiful shiny and glossy look and avoids chipping for days.  A must have!

So there you have it!  My nail polish collection, what are you wearing on your talons this season?!

Instagram Persuasion

So after a fair few months of ranting about how Instagram is just a tool to make everyone who’s not cool, appear cooler than they really are and will ever be, alas, I am a convert.  I whizzed back from Thailand to the new gorgeous Samsung Galaxy S3 phone and downloaded every app going, including Instagram.  Meh, can’t hurt giving it I try, I thought.  I’m hooked.  I’m a social media whore, I really am.  You name it, I have it, and I LOVE it.  Instagram included.  I won’t go as far as telling you all to download it, but I will flaunt my most recent snaps.

My gorgeous new phone, complete with new Aztec phone case (an absolute BARGAIN off Amazon – head there for any technology covers you might need) and frenchie nails, done myself I might add.  Oh, seeing as we’re here.  Use a white nail striper to paint the ends of your nail, it doesn’t need to be tidy or neat.  Next, take a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover and tidy up the white end shaping it to the shape of your nail.  A couple of coats of a very light pink and voila, frenchies!

What a momentous morning!  I casually come downstairs to make some scrambled eggs for breakfast and crack an egg and … two yolks!  Now what are the chances of that happening?  I was a little perturbed by the overwhelming yolk against the minor egg white so I thought I’d crack another one and BAM, another two yolks!  Now, what are the chances of that happening?!  I had no choice but to take a photo and tell everyone I met about it for the next week.

This is seriously one of my favourite hair styles.  I call it … The Donut Head.  You scrape all your hair into an obscenely high pony tail before putting a sponge donut (available from Boots, Claire’s Accessories, any hair and beauty store really) over the top of it.  Next you put your hair fully around the donut, making sure none of the sponge can be seen before securing it with a hair tie.  Back comb your hair for added volume.

This is my gorgeous new Minnie Mouse tee from Urban Outfitters complete with a necklace I haven’t taken off since Thailand, love it!

I couldn’t resist, more nail art!  Start with a base coat of any colour you fancy, before adding stunning stripes over the top, of any colour you fancy – easy really!

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