I ♥ NY

I ♥ NY

  At the end of October I went on a little trip to the States. I was presenting at a conference in California – but as these nails suggest I travelled via New York. My aunt lives in Manhattan so I had a lovely few days staying with her in her beautiful Chelsea flat and … Continue reading

Silver spatters

Silver spatters

Trying for something a bit classy, I produced this pale pink and silver manicure. I think I succeeded! The pink base on the spatter nails is Nails Inc Fitzrovia, the dark metallic grey is China Glaze Jitterbug and the lighter silver is Barry M Silver Foil. The pink glitter is another of the Barry M … Continue reading

Red and gold snowflakes

Red and gold snowflakes

This is the other Christmas manicure I’ll be uploading this year: very traditional colours, red and gold, and some stick-on snowflakes from Born Pretty Store (link on the right!) to boot. This manicure took me ages, not because it’s complicated but because I just couldn’t get something I was happy with. I put on and … Continue reading

Christmas reindeer

Christmas reindeer

I’ve been a bit behind on the blogging front lately (say, three months behind?!) as I’ve been working hard on my PhD – but don’t worry, I’ve been diligently documenting my manicures all the same. I have a bunch lined up to show you but I thought I would start (out of sequence) with a … Continue reading

Ain’t no party like a Green Room party

Ain’t no party like a Green Room party

These are possibly the funnest most party nails I have ever done! Something about the combination of pink, teal, glitter and gems just screams ‘GOOD TIMES FOR EVERYBODY’! The beautiful glitter on my thumb, ring and pinkie fingers is (of course) Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop, brought back by my lovely parents from NYC. As before, I … Continue reading

Grading between the lines

Grading between the lines

Just a quickie: I’d been wanting to try a striped gradient for a while so of COURSE I went for teal as it is far and away the colour of which I have most variants in my Helmer. I was happy with these, although as ever the close-up is unforgiving. From a normal distance away … Continue reading

Stars and stripes

Stars and stripes

More Born Pretty Store goodies on show in this American-influenced manicure which I thought was particularly cute! I used four different polishes in this manicure. The purple nails are a base of Nails Inc St John’s Wood (a medium periwinkle kind of purple-blue), over which I sponged Urban Outfitters Crowded (pale lilac) to get this … Continue reading

Holoh me oh my

Holoh me oh my

Wassup peeps? Here I am with another review of a lovely complimentary product sent to me by Born Pretty Store. This time I’m reviewing one of BPS’ own-brand nail polishes, in holographic teal. The polish comes in a small 6ml bottle (I’ve shown it next to a Barry M normal 10ml bottle for comparison). At … Continue reading

Disco in distress

Disco in distress

Apologies to my many keen readers (you know who you are) for the long hiatus: I’ve had a busy summer, including a lovely holiday in France, a Victorian literature conference at which I hosted a nineteenth-century-themed-pub quiz, and a house move during which I couldn’t access my polishes for a week. Anyway I am back and I … Continue reading

Punkyfish skulls

Punkyfish skulls

This week I was at a conference on Victorian Bodies and there was a lot of chat about grave-robbing, dissection and anatomy so that’s the inspiration behind these little numbers! They’re fairly jolly as skulls go, and they actually ended up reminding me of the brand Punkyfish; which I strongly associate with being in my … Continue reading