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Mani Monday – Autumn Tips

I think I saw a picture of a similar manicure on Nails Inc’s website recently and I couldn’t get the combination of coral and burgundy out of my head so I knew exactly what colours I would be using on my nails this week.


I began with two layers of Fire Coral by ELF which is a vibrant shade I wear over the summer months.


Paired with that I chose Essie’s Sole Mate, my favourite autumnal berry shade. I bought a selection of nail tip stickers and decided to use my triangular ones for this look.

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All I did was place the sticker on the nail (about two-thirds of the way up), paint on a layer of the Essie polish, wait a few seconds then remove leaving a crisp line.


I sealed the look with my new bottle of Seche Vite and love how this has turned out! x


Mani Monday – Nude and Rose Gold Glitter

We did it – we finally caved and put the heating on meaning the cosiness factor has doubled in our house! I admit I had a hot flush about an hour after we turned it on but I always think it signifies a turning point in the seasons.


This week’s manicure is an old favourite teamed with a newbie (which may be my new favourite glitter polish.)


I began with a couple of layers of Innocent by ELF. This is one of my favourite nudes and I think it really suits my skin tone.

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To add a bit of sparkle, I applied a couple of layers of a new Essie glitter polish. A Cut Above is from Essie’s ‘Luxeffects’ range and has a good mix of larger, hexagonal pieces mixed with smaller glitter pieces suspended in a clear polish. Described as a ‘pink diamond’ colour, this is a beautiful rose gold when applied and I think it looks great with a nude base.

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Mani Monday – Essie Style Cartel

When I look through my nail varnishes, there are certain shades that keep appearing; mint green, coral, nude, grey and navy. I am always on the lookout for the ‘perfect’ version of these and that means testing out several colours and brands. In my latest search for the ideal navy shade, I bought Style Cartel from Essie.

Originally from the 2014 Fall Collection, this deep, inky blue is a very unique colour. In some lights it is a bright, cobalt blue whereas in others, it is a deep navy which looks almost black. I took photos in three different lights which I think shows the differing shades.

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I love these darker colours for Autumn and as always with Essie the application was great. I did find this chipped quite quickly (3-4 days) although maybe it was just a lot more obvious due to the darker colour. Either way, this will be a firm favourite of mine over the next few months – I’m looking forward to pairing it with a gold glitter over Christmas…is it too early for the C-word?! x



Sunday Catch-up #37

Hello! I was MIA this week as I spent three days away with my school on a residential trip. It was very fun but extremely tiring so this weekend has been very easy-going. We headed out to Bath Chilli Festival yesterday which probably wasn’t the best idea for me (I am a bit of a wimp with spicy food!) but Ian was a lot more adventurous and had the tears rolling down his face to prove it!

This week I have been…

Making: a blue cheese dipping sauce

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Going: to Bath Chilli Festival

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Wearing: my Hunter wellies again

Eating: Beef brisket and lamb wraps


Drinking: Chilli beer


Reading: In the Kitchen by Monica Ali


Watching: Gogglebox – so glad it’s back!

Buying: some hot sauce

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Planning: a healthy week of no-effort meals

Cooking: more BBQ food

Baking: nothing this week

Writing: to-do lists

Favouriting: this beautiful new glitter from Essie


Working on: running again (I’ve been a bit lazy lately)

Trying to decide: if it’s cold enough to put the heating on yet

Wishing: for more late summer sun

Enjoying: the great company of my colleagues

Needing: a three day weekend to catch up on life

Feeling: very tired


Giggling at: Ian trying the ridiculously spicy hot wings from the wings-eating competition



Mani Monday – Essie Mind Your Mittens


I may have had a mini Essie splurge recently and one of the shades I bought was Mind Your Mittens from Essie’s 2013 winter collection. This is described as a ‘black teal’ which I think is perfect as it is a very very dark green that can look black in some lights and a kind of deep blue/green/grey in others.


I love these deep shades and this one was opaque with only two layers.

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I can definitely feel myself shifting away from the summer corals towards the deeper, berry colours of autumn and winter and I can see this shade being a regular on my nails over the next few months.



Mani Monday – Essie Where’s My Chauffeur

Another nail varnish I picked up in America, this bright blue-turquoise is a really pretty shade.

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Two coats were enough for me and it had a lovely glossy finish to it.


I think the fact that this shade originally formed one of Essie’s Winter collections shows that although it looks quite a tropical, summery colour, it is one that will look good all year round. Another favourite in the collection! x



Sunday Catch-up #34

Well here we go for another academic year! I am shattered after having to set an alarm and get up early again but rewarded myself with a lie-in this weekend to recuperate. I have also been busy booking up weekends to see people and buying tickets to various events so I have some fun days planned in between work.

This week I have been…

Making: a big bonfire in our fire pit which we enjoyed with glasses of Pimms


Going: back to work

Wearing: my new Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – it’s amazing


Eating: at a new local pub

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Drinking: a perfect flat white


Reading: This Book Will Save Your Life


Watching: Educating Cardiff

Buying: more Essie nail varnishes


Planning: lessons again and feeling a bit out of practice!

Cooking: a prawn and basil risotto


Baking: some Bakewell cupcakes


Writing: healthy shopping lists

Favouriting: Anna’s new kitchen – I’m a big fan of the honeycomb tiles

Working on: time management

Trying to decide: if I should buy the Zara leather jacket I am currently lusting over

Wishing: for more pink sunsets sat outside


Enjoying: being back at work

Needing: more sleep!

Feeling: the change in seasons

Giggling at: how excited Ian and my brother get whenever we have a bonfire!