Derby Day Nails

Today was that day again, derby day. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know when it’s time for Sunderland to play Newcastle, I have to have red and white themed nails!

A little about the game first, because we won 0-3 (again!) Fabio Borini started the scoring with a penalty, followed by an Adam Johnson goal less than 5 minutes later. Jack Colback completed the scoring late on, securing our 3rd consecutive derby victory!


I’m up there, close to the line of orange stewards on the left!


It was my friends first away derby, I think he enjoyed it!

For my nails, I got my inspiration from pinterest, and used Julie G Hot Cinnamon, and OPI Solitaire.



I’ve got quite a lot to get swatched at the minute, mainly because of Models Own’s huge 50% off sale, and my massive haul! If you haven’t already, make sure you don’t miss out, even their new HyperGel’s are included! The sale ends February 4th.

Lyndsey 🙂

Kelvin Bleu

Yesterday I posted my derby day nails, and mentioned that I expected us to be hammered by Newcastle. The players decided to prove me wrong and won 2-1! It’s only October, but we’ve had a pretty abysmal season so far, having only won one point from eight games, so when it came to the derby, I’d pretty much accepted defeat before the game even started. At least that way, I’d avoided a week of sleepless nights and pre match nerves! Supporting Sunderland really can drive you crazy at times with all the ups and (mainly) downs, but days like yesterday (and the game back in April) really do make all the heartache seem worth it.

Sunderland went 1-0 up just 5 minutes into the game, with a close range header from Steven Fletcher. Newcastle equalised just before the hour mark when Debuchy bundled the ball past Keiren Westwood from close range. Then the magic moment. 84th minute. Free kick taken quickly by Steven Fletcher inside his own half, passed to Ki, forward to Jack Colback who found Altidore, quick pass to Fabio Borini, who then found the top corner of the net with an absolute screamer!



John O’Shea then decided to provide us with a last minute heart stopping moment with a dodgy back header which nearly went over the top of Westwood, but he just managed to back peddle in time!

Anyway, on to my nails for anyone who comes here to see them, rather than read about football!

Kelvin Bleu was one of the Polished by KPT polishes I’d pre-ordered from Rainbow Connection, and it was the one I was most looking forward to getting. Kelvin Bleu is a thermal polish, with a scattered holo, that is light blue when warm, and a gorgeous deep blue when cold. I used three coats, with one coat of HK Girl. Unfortunately my camera struggled to pick up the warm colour, so the best ones I have are couple of poor photos that I snapped with my iPhone.


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Lyndsey 🙂

Derby Day Nails

It’s that time of the season already. Derby day. Sunderland v Newcastle. It’s been a while since I mentioned football on my blog, mainly because I’m totally fed up with it. But, derby day calls for some red and white nails, even though I’m pretty sure we’re going to get thrashed. Hopefully they’ll prove me wrong and I’ll be over the moon again like last time.

I just went for something simple this time, OPI The Impossible with Solitaire as an accent nail, topped with two coats of HK Girl.




Lyndsey 🙂

Gradient Tutorial

On Sunday, I was in London again for the last game of the season (boooooooo :() Tottenham v Sunderland. Unfortunately we got beat (and I missed the goal!) and now I have a long summer with no football. No doubt I’ll spend even more time doing my nails! I had an hour to spare when I got to London before I had to meet everyone in the pub, and managed to spend that whole hour in Victoria’s Secret! But I did get a free umbrella, worth £70! (I don’t know why anyone would pay £70 for an umbrella!)


Its been a while since I first did gradient nails, so I decided to give them another go, and do a quick tutorial while I was on, even though there’s probably much better tutorials than mine!

Start off by painting your nails white, I used two coats of Models Own Snow White.

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I use a make up sponge, they’re cheap to buy, and don’t have any large holes in like other sponges sometimes do. I then cut it up so its just larger than my nail.

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Paint the sponge with the polish, you need to be quite generous, as it sinks into the sponge. I used Barry M Greenberry, Models Own Lilac Dream, and Pastel Pink.

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Dab the polish onto the nail, side to side, and then slightly up and down to blend the colours together.

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It is very messy! But that’s quickly cleaned up with a cotton bud, brush and pure acetone.

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I also added some tribal nail art using the Barry M nail art pen.


Lyndsey 🙂

Clowning Around

The party with Paolo continues! It’s 10 years since I first started going to watch Sunderland, and I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited as I am at the minute, even though the season is nearly over! Today, I was back at the Stadium of Light for Everton v Sunderland. It’s crazy to think the last time I left the SoL three weeks ago, Martin O’Neill was sacked and everything was looking gloomy. Paolo turned up, and beat Newcastle on their own turf for the first time in 13 years. Next up, Everton. A team we haven’t beaten at all in TWELVE years. Not once. So, I had never seen us beat Everton. Surely Di Canio couldn’t beat both Newcastle and Everton in the space of 6 days? Of course he could! Another lovely goal from Stephane´Sessegnon secured the three points, and we’re one step closer to safety. The passion Paolo Di Canio has brought to Sunderland is incredible, and I think everyone is proud to be a Sunderland supporter again. There’s still a month left in this season, but I already cannot wait for next season!


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On to my nails! The second polish from my Lush Lacquer haul, Clowning Around. This polish is all sorts of amazing. Who could not love neon glitter? Clowning Around is bright, multi coloured, different sized hex glitter in a clear base. The glitter went on really nicely, some of the large pieces were a little stubborn, but they were pretty easy to fish out. My pictures show two coats over Models Own Snow White.


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I’m also very excited because my new Barry M nail art pens arrived this morning! (Grab all 4 on Nail Polish Direct for £17.95) so I’m going to be testing them out over the next few days! Has anyone else tried them?

Lyndsey 🙂

Spun Sugar & Derby Day Delight

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What a crazy 16 days it has been to be a Sunderland supporter! 16 days ago, Sunderland sacked manager Martin O’Neill after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. The following day Paolo Di Canio was appointed as manager, and a media storm followed. Di Canio’s first game resulted in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but everything felt a lot more positive after a good performance. April 14 was a day I’d been dreading for a long time. This year is the tenth year I’ve been going to watch Sunderland, and in those ten years, we’ve only beaten Newcastle once, and there has been a couple of humiliating defeats. In all honesty, I had prepared myself for another defeat, any last bit of confidence left me when I saw the team line up and Connor Wickham was out through injury, meaning we were left with Gateshead-born Danny Graham, who once said he would stay as far away from Sunderland as he could if he club ceased to exist.

I took my seat high up in the sky, with my legs still feeling like jelly from climbing 14 flights of stairs, and my stomach doing somersaults with nerves, and my fear of heights.

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As expected, the atmosphere was brilliant, lots of singing, but you could feel the nerves! After a couple of penalty shouts, and a nasty, dangerous challenge by Gouffran on Adam Johnson, the breakthrough came in the 27th minute, a great finish from Stephane´Sessengon. Cue wild celebrations in the crowd, and from Paolo Di Canio!


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A couple of minutes after taking the lead, Simon Mignolet pulled off a brilliant save from Papiss Cisse, and Sunderland went into the break at half time winning 1-0. I still wasn’t confident. On our last trip to St James’ Park, we were winning 1-0 at half time, and Shola Ameobi came on to score the equaliser in the 90th minute. I’d have been even more worried if I’d realised Shola Ameobi had come on to replace Gouffran at half time, but I only found this out today when I watched the game again on TV.

Around 10 minutes in to the second half, Elliot came on to replace Krul, after the Newcastle goalkeeper landed heavily and dislocated his shoulder. An hour into the game, Cisse had the ball in the back of the net, but to our relief it was (wrongly) disallowed for offside. Alan Pardew’s reaction when he finally realised it had been ruled out was priceless. This was luck we usually don’t have, especially in derby games.

With 15 minutes left in the game, Adam Johnson went on a brilliant run and fired the ball into the top left corner. 0-2!


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Another crazy celebration from Di Canio!


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I began to believe that we could actually win. There was still the chance that we could implode, but as the seconds ticked by, this became less likely. Just over 10 minutes until full time, and I was happy celebrating a 2-0 victory, when BOOM! An absolute beauty of a goal from David Vaughan sent us wild once more, and gave us the victory, along with those incredibly important 3 points. I nearly burst into tears!



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I have never seen any Sunderland manager since I’ve been going show such passion for us, and going so crazy on the touchline. Even when we sang ‘Paolo, give us a wave’ he gave us a wave and then a fist pump!

I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of the players than I was yesterday. Players that will now be spoken about in years to come. People still talk about Gary Rowell’s hat trick against Newcastle in 1979, Niall Quinn’s header in the rain at St James’ Park in 2000, Keiron Richardson’s free kick at the Stadium of Light in 2008. In years to come, we’ll still be talking about those three brilliant goals, and of course, Paolo Di Canio’s wild touchline celebrations. Thank you Paolo, for instilling passion and belief into the players and fans once again.

Away from football now, last Thursday I had 6 inches chopped off my hair! It feels super short at the minute, but it’s made a huge difference to how knotted my hair gets, even when tied up my hair before would end up with massive knots in it. I was out in Durham again for my friends birthday, and wore a spiked pocket leather skater dress from missguided.


For my nails, I attempted spun sugar for the first time, using Ciate´Mistress, and Barry M Matt White. Spun sugar was actually harder than I expected, mainly getting the polish to the right consistency. But I loved the finished look, even though it’s not perfect.



I did have to add a top coat, just to make sure it lasted for three days. The 3D effect disappears with top coat, but I still loved it, and it lasted until derby day, even going crazy I only chipped a tiny bit off!



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 🙂


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.

From left to right: one coat, two coats, three coats, three coats.

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!)

Louis Saha and Stephane Sessegnon

Adam Johnson and John O’Shea

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.



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.


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


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 🙂