Old Bond Street

I’ve had such a hectic week this last week! Last Tuesday, I went back to college, to start at Nail Tech course, 8 weeks for gel nails, followed by 8 weeks for acrylics. I could have cried when I was told I’d have to have a couple of my nails filed down to practise the tips on each other, even the girl filing them down felt bad! I’m trying to stick with my right hand so I can keep my left for my swatches! I don’t like wearing tips, and broke one off pretty badly last night, so I soaked the other off, leaving me with two very short nails 🙁

Then, Wednesday. We travelled down to Manchester for the second leg of the Capital One Cup Semi Final, Manchester United v Sunderland. We were winning 2-1 on aggregate, and I think I went through every single emotion going that night! Just before half time, ex-loanee Jonny Evans scored, meaning that if we didn’t score, in normal time or extra time, United would go through on the away goals rule. Extra time came, and I could feel my Wembley dream slipping away, until the last couple of minutes of extra time, when Phil Bardsley scored against his former club, six years to the day since leaving them to join us. Bodies flying everywhere in the away end, we were going to Wembley, until about a minute later, when Hernandez scored, taking it to 3-3 on aggregate, and penalties (I’d lost total track of the score/away goals, and thought we were out at this point!) I certainly wasn’t looking forward to penalties, I only have bad memories from important penalty shoot outs, and it was time that changed. Obviously, being Sunderland, they missed the first two. Darren Fletcher gave United the lead, Alonso responded, Mannone saved Januzaj’s kick, Kiiiiiiiiiiiii scored. Phil Jones then missed his, meaning Adam Johnson could send us through, but De Gea saved. Thankfully it didn’t matter and Mannone saved Rafael’s penalty, sending us to WEMBLEY! Almost a week later and I still can’t believe I’m going to a cup final at Wembley, I’ve hardly stopped smiling!

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Saturday, we had another cup game, this time the FA Cup 4th round, against Kidderminster, which was a terrible game, but an early goal from Charis Mavrias secured our place in the 5th Round.

All that has given me very little time to swatch, but I should hopefully get a few done this week! Before I started college on Tuesday, I got a tweet from BeautyBay to tell me I was one of their winners for their #ShowUsYourNails competition, and I won the Nails Inc Autumn Winter collection.

This is the first one I tried from the collection, Old Bond Street, and I am in love. A stunning deep inky violet blue, with a glossy finish. My pictures show three coats, but I could have gotten away with two.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Hedonist

This is definitely one of my favourite nail polishes now! Hedonist is part of Model’s Own’s HedKandi collection, and is a neon coral/orange, with a matte finish, but the next day the matte effect seemed to have worn off, and the polish was more glossy. I only needed one coat, but it was quite thick, so my pictures show two coats, as it was quite messy! It dried really quick too.

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My photos don’t do this polish justice, it’s so bright! I found that if you look at your screen from a different angle, or tip your screen back slightly, you can see a bit more of the neon effect! I’m not a huge fan of matte polishes, but I love this. If you like bright colours I’d definitely recommend this, I don’t think they come any brighter!

Onto football, I now have a couple of empty months with no games to go to 🙁 today was quite a strange game! Sunderland v Manchester United, with us getting beat off United, and with five minutes to go, Manchester City getting beat off QPR, United fans celebrating, people getting ready to come out and build the stand for the trophy presentation, our game had finished, and with City at 2-2 the reaction at the final whistle was strange, no cheering from either fans, just everyone waiting on the news from the Etihad. Then City scored! Within a couple of minutes the United fans had gone from being over the moon to devastated and streaming out of the stadium!

So congratulations to Manchester City, it’s nice to see someone else winning the league, especially when City have been rather similar to Sunderland over the years, spending a lot of time being relegated and promoted. Now I’m just waiting for a sheik to come and buy Sunderland so we can win the league ha! 😉

Lyndsey 🙂