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 🙂

London

Last weekend I had a trip to London, mainly a trip for my birthday, so on Saturday I had a shopping day, Harrods, Selfridges (where I finally got to try Pinkberry – yum!) and Oxford Street. On Sunday we went to Fulham v Sunderland, Sunderland lost, but the lovely Phil Bardsley scored a brilliant goal, so it was still a good day! Then before we came home on the Monday we went to London Zoo, which was absolutely brilliant, and I’ll be posting some pictures of!

I did have a bit of a nail disaster on the way down though. This is how my nails originally started out –

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From my thumb to my little finger, this is Nails Inc Warwick Avenue, Nails Inc Brompton Place, Nails Inc Power Pink (free with InStyle Magazine), Barry M 308 Berry Ice Cream, and Nails Inc Chalk Farm. I then added Models Own Indian Ocean over the top of them all and I loved it! But, about an hour and a half into my journey I chipped a little bit off my index finger. I don’t think anyone would have noticed, but it was bugging me, so the first thing I did when I went shopping was buy nail polish, remover and some cotton wool for when I got back to the hotel!

I couldn’t resist the cupcakes from Harrods, I could have bought all of them!

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My favourite part of Selfridges, Christian Louboutin! I would LOVE a pair of these shoes, but I think £3500 is a bit out of my price range, but they’re beautiful!

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So, onto the zoo, which was brilliant, even though I was exhausted after 3 days of walking miles around London! I’ve picked out some of my favourite pictures (very impressed with my new camera!)

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I was amazed by Butterfly Paradise, having all those butterflies flying around you, and being able to get so close to take pictures, although it was a shame the prettiest ones shut their wings when they stopped flying!

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I loved being so close to the spider monkeys too, it was just a shame I couldn’t stay longer to get some better pictures of them.

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This was the birthday cake my dad got me, more than half has already been eaten!

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Lyndsey 🙂

Facets of Fuchsia

I picked up Revlon’s Facets of Fuchsia as part of Boots’ 2 for £10 offer, mainly because I had a gift card burning a hole in my purse, and what better to spend it on than more nail polish?!

I’m struggling to decide whether I like this polish or not, but I’m not sure why I don’t like it! I don’t know if its too dark, or not glittery enough compared to how it looks in the bottle, I just can’t put my finger on it.

This is just to show how the polish builds up. It starts very light with one coat, as shown on my index finger, two on my middle finger, three on my ring finger and four on my little finger. I decided to go for four coats as I wanted to try and get a bit more glitter on.

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So as I can’t decide how much I like this polish, I’ll leave it at that, and I should have decided by my next post!

And while I was writing this post, Titus Bramble posted this picture of him and some of the other players at Cheltenham, so I’m sharing my love of Phil Bardsley, who is fourth from the right, almost centre of the picture.

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Lyndsey 🙂