CND Vinylux – Grapefruit Sparkle

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Hey hey hey, what’s crackalackin’? I recently bought some CND Vinylux polishes off eBay. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse: buy 5, and get a free topcoat. Sold! I already have lots of CND Shellac polishes, which last 2 weeks and need to be cured with a special lamp. The difference with this polish is that it’s supposed to be a weekly polish, painted on as you would normally. It doesn’t need a base coat either. Me being me spent ages picking the perfect colours to add to my collection.

I chose ‘Grapefruit Sparkle’ as I’d wanted something quite subtle for a while. It’s a bit sheer, even after I applied 3 thin coats, but I still really liked how natural and pretty it looked on my nails. It applies and dries nicely, with a smooth, shiny finish.

I didn’t give it much of a chance to last, as I impatiently wanted to try out my other colours. It removed fairly easily with nail polish remover containing acetone though!

Here are some tips for applying this polish (or any polish for that matter):

  • Use a cuticle softener and then push back your cuticles to ensure full coverage of the nail plate. Getting polish on your cuticles will ruin the look, but you want to get as close as you can for a professional finish. Mine don’t look great in this picture as I didn’t have a softener.
  • Make sure your nails are totally clean before application. This means using a product like Scrubfresh (type it in on eBay) or acetone to get rid of dirt and grease. Your polish won’t last as long if your nails aren’t clean.
  • Use a dehydrator to get rid of oil. This is optional but I think it helps.
  • Carefully lip over the free edge of your nail to seal the polish and make it last longer.
  • Use a cuticle oil when your nails are dry to nourish your skin and nails. It makes nails look nice and shiny too!

If you haven’t used these tips before, you should try them. You’ll notice a huge improvement in the way your nails look and last. Trust me, I’m a beauty therapist! I’ll be regaling you with tales of more Vinylux nail adventures in the near future. Toodlepip!

The Snow Leopard and the Fireworks

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20141109-192244-69764947.jpgIntroducing to you all the new love of my life; my snow leopard print fur coat! It’s so warm and snuggly and was an absolute bargain at £45! I think it looks way more expensive. I’d wanted a leopard print coat for aaaages, but felt a bit scared of looking too ‘Kat Slater’. The snow leopard style is a little more subtle, so it’s perfect for me. I wore it for the first time to watch Shugborough fireworks, along with my fave sassalicious over the knee boots.

Snow Leopard Print Coat – George @ Asda.

I’m currently lying on the settee with about 7 Christmas candles burning, watching Disney’s Hercules and contemplating what to have to eat. Chinese or Thai? Pizza or kebab? Fish finger sandwich or burgers? I just can’t decide!

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