Wednesday 30 September 2015

Pink Mani Link-Up for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Show Me Your Pinks! - Breast Cancer Awareness Month (& Link-Up)

As many of you will already know, October is breast cancer awareness month. That little pink ribbon will start to pop up everywhere, as well as lots of pink manicures over in the nail polish world.  I myself will be sporting pink nails throughout October. To find out more about the cause itself head over to Claire's post at her blog 'Penny For Them' here.

As a sort of introduction I thought I'd show you all my pink polishes. Read on for more info and find out how you can get involved! (Link-Up party can be found here)

Show Me Your Pinks @acertainbeccaa

Monday 28 September 2015

Crabtree & Evelyn Ultimate Nail Exchange

Until recently, I had no idea that Crabtree & Evelyn even had a nail polish range. That was until I stumbled across this post a good month or so ago:
Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer Exchange @crabtreeuk

I then completely forgot about it. Woops! Luckily the offer is still on! All you need to do is take any polish (except a Crabtree & Evelyn one) to exchange. I grabbed an old gloopy and separated polish and popped in store. My local store (Cardiff) only had a a few polishes left. Read on for more info and swatches of the polish I chose!

Sunday 27 September 2015

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Glitters

Hello! I have a very exciting post for you today! Barry M have treated us to even more new polishes, this time in the form of two Gelly Hi-Shine glitters - 'Sparkling Amethyst' and 'Sparkling Ruby'. These are the first Gelly Hi-Shines to have glitter and I really hope they won't be the last! I have both of them to show you today - read on for more info and swatches!
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Glitters @acertainbeccaa
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Glitters @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 24 September 2015

A-England - Order of the Garter

A-England is a brand I've been following for a while, admiring the very royal feeling English theme. A few weeks ago I took advantage of their September Festival offer and finally placed my first order. I opted for the letter L: 'Order of the Garter' and 'Gloriana' along with a third polish of my choice - 'Crown of Thistles'. 

Today I have swatches of 'Order of the Garter', a deep royal blue with a lighter blue shimmer running through. Read on to find out more!

A-England 'Order of the Garter' @acertainbeccaa

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Wednesday 23 September 2015

September Nail Box - Creepy Colours

It's my favourite day of the month again - nailbox day! If you haven't heard of nailbox yet, head over to my August post here for more details and pricing information. Septembers box's theme is 'creepy colours', containing three Halloween inspired colours "sure to combine great for a ghoulish glow". I hadn't even heard of two of this months brands before - read on to find out more!
September Nailbox - Creepy Colours @acertainbeccaa

Tuesday 22 September 2015

She Sells Seashells Halloween Trick & Treat Box - Unboxing

She Sells Seashells have recently released lots of fun Halloween stock including a trick or treat surprise box. Limited to 30 boxes, each one contains £25 worth of themed nail art goodies as well as a few tricks and treats for just £12.50. If that's not enough, one box will have a surprise £10 eVoucher, and two will have a £5 eVoucher. Without hesitation I ordered one - I have it here to show you all today. Read on to see inside!

She Sells Seashells Halloween Trick or Treat Box

Sunday 20 September 2015

Girly Bits - A Stripper Has Been Sleeping In My Bed

If you read my previous post - The 'All About Polish' Tag, you would know that I have been branching out my collection and trying lots of indie brands. Recently, I managed to get my hands on several Girly Bits Cosmetics polishes. The first to catch my eye was 'A Stripper Has Been Sleeping In My Bed'. This was a special release for Girly Bits' 2nd anniversary. Read on for more info and swatches!

Girly Bits 'A Stripper Has Been Sleeping In My Bed' @acertainbeccaa

Saturday 19 September 2015

The 'All About Polish' Tag

My favourite YouTubers have done another collaboration video - this time including Jess (jessFACE90), Amy (Nailpolish BabyyNinety), Lindsay (Lindsay Does Nails), Holly (MissHollyBerries), Zenorah (Zenorah/ZENnetwork) and Hannah (Hannah Eve Nails It). I love their collabs! They've come up with the 'All About Polish' tag, with 10 questions based on nail polish. I decided to answer them all myself. This might get pretty long, so let's get started!

Thursday 17 September 2015

OPI 'Amazon Amazoff' & 'Live. Love. Carnaval' ( Review)

I can officially say that this is a press sample! The lovely people over at sent me two full size polishes to review. They even let me choose my own polishes. I chose two OPI's - 'Live. Love. Carnaval' and 'Amazon Amazoff' which dispatched on Monday and arrived Tuesday morning - less than 24 hours later! Read on for more details and swatches!

OPI 'Live. Love. Carnaval' & 'Amazon Amazoff'

Monday 14 September 2015

Pond Manicure Update - Matte Topcoat

Hello everyone!

On Saturday I posted my first ever pond manicure, done in support of Glam Polish's #bluemanisforalopeciaawareness event. If you missed the post (or are new to my blog, hi!) check it out here. I absolutely loved the final look - so much so that I'm nowhere near ready to take it off! Here's how it looks after the few days wear: 

Pond Mani - Several Days Wear @acertainbeccaa
It hadn't chipped at all, but some of the shine had faded. To get a few more days out of the design, I decided to switch it up a bit. Now I wasn't sure whether adding subtle glitter (e.g. China Glaze's 'Fairy Dust') would work, and I wanted to try something new. So instead I reached for a matte topcoat. Click below to find out more and see how it turned out!

Saturday 12 September 2015

#bluemanisforalopeciaawareness - Blue Pond Mani

Today Glam Polish are holding an event for alopecia awareness. They are asking those to take part to post blue manis with the hashtag #bluemanisforalopeciaawareness. I decided to show my support with my first ever pond mani. More info including polishes used and a quick tutorial after the jump!

#bluemanisforalopeciaawareness @acertainbeccaa

Friday 11 September 2015

Nails Inc 'Seven Dials' Mix & Match Nail Art

A few days ago, I posted swatches of Nails Inc Gel Effect shade 'Seven Dials' (see here). I felt like the bright sunflower yellow shade would be a perfect base for a bit of nail art. I love adding flowers to bright colours, but I also fancied doing something different. As usual I made it up as I went along. Read more to find out how I did it!

Nail Art over Nails Inc 'Seven Dials' @acertainbeccaa

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Nails Inc Gel Effect 'Seven Dials'

Hello lovelies! Today I have Nails Inc 'Seven Dials' Gel Effect polish to show you. This was one of the shades included in Augusts Nailbox (see my previous post here). When I opened my box this was the first shade to catch my eye - so I'm not sure why it's taken me until now to try it out! Find out more after the jump.

Nails Inc 'Seven Dials' @acertainbeccaa

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Chi Chi Cosmetics Glitter Tips

After having Barry M's new 'Sprint Finish' (swatches and review here) on my nails for a few days, I fancied adding some sparkle. I picked out a bright chunky glitter, and ended up with these glittery tips. Find out more after the jump!

Barry M 'Sprint Finish' & Chi Chi Glitter @acertainbeccaa

Monday 7 September 2015

China Glaze 'Flip Flop Fantasy' vs. Models Own 'Beach Bag'.

China Glaze's 'Flip Flop Fantasy' is a summer staple in the nail world - if you don't already own the neon shade, you need it. When I finally got a bottle it instantly reminded me of Models Own 'Beach Bag' (from the Polish for Tans collection), so I compared the two over on Instagram. When Flip Flop Fantasy came in Augusts Nailbox (reviewed here), I decided to expand this into a blog post. Swatches after the jump!

Quick note: This is based on the newer version of Flip Flop Fantasy.

China Glaze 'Flip Flop Fantasy' vs. Models Own 'Beach Bag' @acertainbeccaa

Saturday 5 September 2015

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry - 'Sprint Finish'

For the Autumn/Winter seasons, Barry M released four new speedy quick dry nail paints (exclusive to Superdrug) and four new sunset nail paints (exclusive to Boots). For pictures of these new shades, check out the end of this post.

Today I have the new speedy quick dry 'Sprint Finish' to show you. Sprint Finish is a beautiful dark berry purple, shown below with two coats and no topcoat. Find out more after the jump!

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry 'Sprint Finish' @acertainbeccaa

Thursday 3 September 2015

Summer Ice Lolly Nails

Hello! So I know it's September, but I'm not quite ready to say goodbye funky neon nails. I do tend to wear bright colours all year round, but much more so in the summer months. I thought I'd do a final super summery mani before giving in to some darker autumn colours. Find out more after the jump!

Summer Ice Lolly Nails @acertainbeccaa