Easter Nail Art

I hope every one had a good Easter! I’m a few days late with this post! I did these nails last Thursday, but I haven’t had time to blog about it! On Good Friday I had lunch with some of my family, Saturday I was at the Stadium of Light for Sunderland v Manchester United (after losing my season ticket!) then on Saturday night, our manager, Martin O’Neill was sacked! I was pretty gutted about that, I was over the moon when he got the job, but unfortunately it just hasn’t worked. I do think the timing was bad though, it either should have been weeks ago, or at the end of the season, hopefully we can stay up. Then Sunday, after watching the football with my dad, half my family turned up! My German cousin is over here visiting for a week with one of his friends, so I decided to take them (plus my other two cousins) for a quick look around the Stadium of Light, followed by a trip to the arcade!

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Then on Monday, we appointed our new manager, Paolo Di Canio, which sparked a mass political debate, and was all over the national press. I know very little about politics, but agreed completely with one of Di Canio’s quotes; ‘We are not in the Houses of Parliament, we are in a football club.’ Regardless of his beliefs, I will continue to support my football team. As far as I’m concerned, he’s there to keep us in the Premier League, he’s not running the country. There’s a good article over at What’s Occurring? on the whole matter.

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Tonight, my German cousin and his friend were at my house again, to watch the Bayern Munich game, along with my uncle, and one of my other cousins, and whilst half watching the football, I painted my cousins nails, with some blue ombre dots.

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Finally onto my Easter nails! My inspiration came from Peachy Polish, and I used Models Own Beth’s Blue, Lemon Meringue, Jade Stone, Fuzzy Peach, Pastel Pink, Lilac Dream and Snow White. All apart from Snow White make up the Models Own Ice Cream collection.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Happy New Year & 2012 in review

Happy New Year everyone!

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has visited, read, commented and followed by blog since I started in March! I hope you all have a great New Year, and I wish you all the best for 2013.

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Snowmen, Snowflakes & Southampton

For the weekend, I did some more Christmas nail art. I’m a little obsessed, and I’ve had my Christmas Day nail art planned for a few days! I didn’t want to do anything too fancy, so I went for a snowman accent finger, and snowflakes. I used Barry M Silver foil effects, Models Own Snow White, Models Own white nail art pen, and acrylic paint for the snowman.

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On Saturday, I had a 4.30am wake up, followed by a 6 hour bus journey to Southampton, St. Mary’s being the 39th football stadium I’ve visited. Always nice to tick off a new one, even if it is 300 miles away!

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Thankfully, the long journey was worth it, and Sunderland won 1-0, with another goal for Steven Fletcher!

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They were a very important 3 points for us, especially with some of the games we have coming up. It also meant we could have a bit of a Christmas party on the bus home, plenty of drinks and food, and songs!

Tomorrow I’m going to catch up with the remaining days of the Mini Mani Month, then relax for Christmas, I can’t wait!

Lyndsey 🙂

Dangerous Affair

Day 2 of the Mini Mani Month, a day late due to spending most of yesterday on a bus, I quickly opened the door of the advent calender, then it was off to Norwich (more about that later.)

So, behind the second door, was Dangerous Affair. I didn’t look too closely at it when I opened it, and in my sleepy state I thought it was more of a red-brown colour, but when I looked properly, it’s a deep raspberry red. I’m not a massive fan of bright reds, so this is a great shade for me.

The pictures show two coats without top coat, and the polish applied really well, and dried quickly.

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Back to yesterday, which started with a 3.45am alarm after getting very little sleep, I left the house around 5.30, and our bus left at 6.15. We then wasted almost an hour going around different villages picking people up. Our usual supporters branch didn’t have a bus on, so we were with a different branch, and to me, a branch should have 2-3 pick ups, max. Not 6-7 like they did. It was a nightmare. On the way home was even worse, it was like being on a service bus. Dropping one person off, then dropping someone else off another 20 yards down the road. When you’ve been on a bus for nearly 6 hours and its midnight, the last thing you want is another hour added to your journey going down back rounds and around little villages. We won’t be going with that branch again, that’s for sure! Nice people, but that was just a nightmare. Rant over.

Once we (eventually) arrived in Norwich, we stopped off at The Fat Cat pub a couple of miles from the ground, for about two hours. A really nice pub, friendly locals, and some very bizarre real ales. My dad was drinking something called Bitburger. Sadly just Diet Coke for me!

We made the short journey to Carrow Road, and I had to have a quick look in the club shop, to pick up a couple of things for a friends work colleagues Christmas present. I always like to see what other clubs sell (which is a little weird, I know, but I like to compare with what Sunderland have) and Norwich sell one of the most random things I’ve seen at a football club, a Rubik’s cube!

Once inside the stadium, we got to have a quick chat with a friend from Sweden, who travels over to see as many games as he can, and I also met a girl named Claire, who was from California! Although she was studying in Cambridge, so she didn’t have too far to go!  That’s one of my favourite things about football, especially away games, meeting lots of new people from all over the place, whether it’s in person or through twitter.

It was also my first visit to Carrow Road, making it the 38th football stadium I’ve been to, which means I’ll hit 40 this season, as I haven’t been to Reading or Southampton before.

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The first half of the game was very disappointing, Sunderland were very poor, and went 2-0 down, until somehow,Craig Gardner managed to nick a goal back just before half time. The second half was like watching a totally different team, massively improved, and in the end, I have no idea how we didn’t get an equaliser. If only the team that came out in the second half had come out in the first half too. But, we have Chelsea next week, so nothing much to worry about there…

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Lyndsey 🙂

Amethyst

A few months ago, Barry M released their Jewel Glitter Collection, Amethyst was the one I wanted to try the most, and when I eventually found it, it didn’t disappoint!

Amethyst is packed with purple, pink, turquoise, gold and black hex glitter, and it is like a party on your nails. If you’re looking for a Christmas nail polish, this is perfect! The glitter is so dense it was fully opaque in three coats, and dried really quickly. The only problem I found was that I had to have a lot on the brush to actually cover an area of the nail. As with most glitter polishes it dries with the bumpy texture, fixed with a layer of topcoat.

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As you can see from the last picture, my cuticles are looking horrible and dry, so I’ve ordered some Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme to try and solve this problem, being out in the cold at football at the time probably isn’t helping!

Over the last few days I’ve been at two football matches. On Sunday I went to London for Fulham v Sunderland. This meant a 4.30am wake up call, after only managing to get four hours sleep, leaving the house at 6.30am. The only benefit of being out of the house this early was the beautiful twilight sky (shame about the lamp post and road sign!)

We stopped off at Woodall services, which meant one thing, Starbucks Christmas cups! I’d just fallen asleep before we stopped so I wasn’t thrilled about going out in the cold!

Once we made it to London, we went straight round to the pub we usually visit when we play Fulham, The Crabtree, which is just a short walk from Craven Cottage, and whilst we were there, a guy came round with the FA Cup which you could have your picture taken with. It was a lot heavier than I expected! I’ve now been able to hold the FA Cup, the European Cup, and the Division One trophy 😀

On to the game, we were in row 4, not the best seats, I like being at the front, but at Craven Cottage the first few rows are virtually pitch level, so it’s very hard to see what’s going on, especially if you have tall people in front 🙁

But that didn’t spoil anything too much, Sunderland won 3-1! With goals from Steven Fletcher, Carlos Cuellar, and a beauty from Stephane Sessegnon.

Yesterday I was back at the Stadium of Light for the U21s derby against Newcastle, which ended 2-2; Sunderland were 2-1 down but a late equaliser from Craig Lynch sealed the draw.

After Sunday, I can’t wait to get to get back to the Stadium of Light on Saturday, when Sunderland take on West Bromwich Albion, and I’m feeling positive for once. We haven’t had the best start to the season, and I still can’t believe we scored three goals, and had three different goalscorers!

Lyndsey 🙂

Nails Inc Lucky Dip

My latest lucky dip from Nails Inc arrived yesterday! As I mentioned in my previous blog, I was worried about getting the same as last time after a lot of other people had this problem, but luckily I didn’t. However, I did notice on the invoice it says ‘May 12,’ so Nails Inc have used the left over lucky dips, and I think they should have stated that they’d be doing that. On to the polishes, the polishes seem to have a very autumnal colour scheme about them, and they aren’t usually colours I’d gravitate towards, but that’s what I like about lucky dips, trying new things and maybe finding something you love.

All of the swatches shown are without top coat.

Brooklyn is one of three polishes inspired by the tv series ‘Mad Men’ and is a pearly nude, which has a purple-ish shimmer (seen in the third picture). Brooklyn needed three coats, but it dried quickly, with a glossy finish.

Fitzmaurice Place is a hot pink with a gold shimmer, it applied really well and I only needed two coats. It dried quickly with a glossy finish.

Madison Avenue is another polish from the Mad Men collection, a very deep forest green. Madison Avenue only needed two coats and dried quickly with a glossy finish. This definitely isn’t a colour I’d usually go for, but it’s a nice alternative to black. I’d like to see what it looked like with Electric Lane over the top.

Portland Place is gorgeous shade of teal, which only needed two coats. It dried quickly with a glossy finish.

Victoria Gate is possibly my favourite from the lucky dip, a lovely plum colour, which only needed two coats.

Westchester is the third and final polish from the Mad Men collection, and is a dark glossy red.

Yesterday, I went to Sunderland to take part in the ‘Biggest Team Photo’ at the Stadium of Light. Anyone who had bought the new Adidas home shirt could take part, then the players came and sat in the stand, to make it a massive team photo. I’m looking forward to seeing the photo in a couple of weeks after being freezing when it was being taken! Here are a couple of pictures I took as the players arrived;

I also got to meet some of the players afterwards (if anyone can recommend any software that could unblur these photos a little I’d appreciate it!)

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Lyndsey 🙂

Paint Your Pinkie Pink

Hi everyone! I’ve had such a busy couple of weeks I haven’t found time to write a blog! If you read my last blog, you’d know I recently spent three days in London, then when I got home, I was back for two days, then back to London for West Ham v Sunderland! I’ve also been getting back to the gym, and last night I was on the road again, down to Milton Keynes for MK Dons v Sunderland. Busy bee!
I had a great time in London, even though I was exhausted from walking around so much! I was a bit gutted when my camera decided not to work when we went on the London Eye though. Here are a couple of pictures from when I was there.

One of things we did first was go to Selfridges, where the Nails Inc team were painting pinkies pink for Breast Cancer Campaign, so me and my friend Michael (doesn’t he looked thrilled?) had ours painted. They also convinced me to buy some nail polish (not that it takes much convincing) but they had a 3 for £22 offer on, and Nails Inc polishes are usually £11 each. They were the only polishes I bought in London though, so I think I did well!

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We also had a trip to the Tower of London, my favourite part had to be The Crown Jewels, as they say, diamonds are a girls’ best friend!

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One of my favourite things was Ripley’s Believe it or Not, so much fun, although a lot of things seemed to make me jump! My hair glowed in the UV light in the Black Hole!

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I didn’t get great pictures on the London Eye, but this was one of the best my phone took.

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I think my highlight of London had to be Victoria’s Secret. I’m so happy they’ve finally opened a store in the UK, and the one in Bond Street is amazing. I’d been after some of the PINK range for a long time, but never wanted to order from the US in case customs charges ended up being as much as what I bought! I’m hoping they’ll have a UK website at some point. I’ll post pictures of what I bought over the next few days, now I have a bit more free time!

Lyndsey 🙂

 

 

Leopard Print

Yes, more leopard print! I think I may be getting a little addicted to leopard print. It’s just so simple, and the colour combinations are endless. I’m going to London for three days tomorrow, so I was looking around for some nail inspiration on Pinterest, and found a great orange and white leopard design, which I decided to do my own spin on. I’ve been wearing Hedonist over the weekend so I didn’t want anything too bright!

I used Nails Inc Chalk Farm, Models Own Snow White, and my Models Own nail art pen.

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Over the weekend, I was so happy to get back to the Stadium of Light for a Premier League game! Our first game against Reading was called off because of a waterlogged pitch, and cup games aren’t the same. We drew 1-1 with Liverpool, with Steven Fletcher scoring the opening goal for us, and Luis Suarez equalising for Liverpool.

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After the game, as we were leaving, I took this shot of the Stadium at sunset.

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I’m really looking forward to going to London tomorrow, it’s not often I get to go as a proper trip, its usually just football, which is a few hours in a pub, the match, then straight home! I’m very excited that Victoria’s Secret finally opened on Bond Street! I plan on trying to get some Christmas shopping done too, and I’m going to try and restrain myself from buying too much nail polish, although with a trip to Selfridges, the OPI, Models Own, and Nails Inc Paint Shop counters might be too hard to resist!

We have a lot crammed into three days, including the Hard Rock Cafe, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, the Tower of London, the London Eye, and the London Zoo. I expect my feet to be dead by Wednesday! The only annoying thing about it is I come home, then a few days later I’m back in London when Sunderland play West Ham! Trying to fit everything in my suitcase is hard too! It’s only a small suitcase (honest!) so it’s a bit of a pain, especially trying to fit more than one pair of shoes in it! The trip home could be interesting if I go on a bit of a crazy shopping spree!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Lyndsey 🙂

Leopard Print

I’ve been trying to give my nails a breather this week, they’re still quite badly stained, so having them polish free was a challenge! I also broke my index finger nail. I’ve only been growing my nails properly since I started my blog, before that I always liked them short, this was my first major nail break, and I wasn’t happy! I know some people like to file all their nails down if they break one, but I just couldn’t bear it!

For the weekend I decided to have a first attempt at leopard print. I used Ciate´Purple Sherbet (one of my favourite polishes now), Nails Inc Notting Hill Gate, and Barry M 47 Black. I used my dotting tools, and I love how they turned out! I’ll definitely be doing this again, there’s endless colour combinations!

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Tomorrow, the Premier League is back, and I cannot wait! I’m going down to London for Arsenal v Sunderland, and although I’m not very optimistic, I’ll be happy to have football back! The Emirates is also one of my favourite grounds, especially the padded seats. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the early start, our bus leaves at 5.45am. The weather is expected to be around 30°c too, it’ll be like going on holiday!

I hope everyone has a nice weekend 🙂

Lyndsey 🙂

Union Flag Nail Art

Yesterday I wrote about my Olympic nails, and as soon as I did that I chipped some of the gold polish, so I decided I’d re-do all my nails, and have Union Flags on every nail. I used the same colours as I did previously, and doing every nail took absolutely ages! Especially doing my right hand, as I am right handed, so doing anything on my right hand always takes a lot of effort! It was definitely worth it for me though, I love how they turned out!

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I also picked up this Links of London Team GB bracelet while they’re half price in Argos!

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I was a little disappointed to see Team GB’s women’s footballers lose last night, and exit the competition after they did so well in all their other games, and Sunderland supporting Steph Houghton getting a few goals. Hopefully they’ve Inspired a Generation and will only get better. It’s been great to see Team GB picking up more medals though, gold in the cycling last night, gold in the rowing this morning, and later on, Jessica Ennis may *fingers crossed* be picking up gold in the heptathlon.

Lyndsey 🙂