Thursday, 30 April 2015

ILNP Blue Steel and Exodus

I have today to show you not just one, but two pretty blue polishes, both come from the ILNP brand.

Blue Steel is the first polish I am showing you and it is a lovely little light blue holo - and even if it wasn't so pretty, I just love the Zoolander referenced name.  This polish applies like a dream and blinds a little in the sunlight, just like a good holo should, ha.  Unfortunately, I did not get any proper sunshine to show you so you will just have to do with artificial sun-light.

This is one coat of the Knight and 2 of the polish.

I then added a little stripe down the middle with ILNP Exodus which is a dark blue polish with a blue shimmer running throughout.  I am not too tidy with my freehanding so I used my trusty Andrea Fullerton Dot and Flick in black to block the line off.    This is 2 swipes of Exodus and then one of the Shield to top it all off.

I was quite happy with how this turned out and I hope you like it too.  Unfortunately I bought both of these polishes a good which back in some kind of retirement sale if I remember correctly, so I don't think they are available and longer, but many more are on the official site, including something very magical sounding - and looking - called a holographic ultra chrome flakie!!  ;)

Thanks for looking and hopefully be back again soon <3

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Cadillacquer Cap'n Cook, Pink Teddy Bear and Dollish Polish Welcome to Rapture

I'm back with my first post, and hope its been worth the wait ;)  I was going to come back with the newest a-england I own, as I have already worn that pretty twice since receiving it, but silly me left it in my drawer in work, ask had taken it in to do my nails for a night out.

So I decided to show you another purple concoction to make up for not showing you the purple a-england.

Just a quick note that most of the polishes I will be showing you over the coming weeks/months may be no longer available, or were newish when I bought them but no longer are since so much time has passed.  But that doesn't make them any less worthy of a good show off :)

First, I start with Cadillacquer Cap'n Cook which is a subtle purple holo with a subtle shimmer too.  This is 1 coat of the Knight and 2 of the polish.

I then done my usual go to design when I want to jazz a polish up and I put 2 coats of Pink Teddy Bear - which is a black based subtle holo with an awesome pink shimmer - in a diagonal over Cap'n Cook.

Lastly, I topped the above with 1 coat of Dollish Polish Welcome to Rapture which is a great clear based multi coloured glitter topper and 1 coat of the Knight to seal it all in.

Well I hope this was a good post to pick to come back with.  I got a whole lot of swatching done this weekend but the posts will not be on any kind of regular basis yet unfortunately, but at the same time, I will try not to leave it too long.

I think these polishes were bought from a mixture of official sites and ebay (not for any crazy prices mind you) but my memory is a tad fuzzy on exactly what was bought from where as they have been on my shelf a while.  Unfortunately Cadillacquer is not able to ship internationally anymore *sob* but you can check here for a list of stockists.  For Dollish Polishes, please visit the official site where you can buy from, and it also has a list of stockist if you'd rather.

Thanks for looking and I also want to thank you all for your understanding and support of my last post <3 <3

Monday, 13 April 2015

Apologies and Explanations...

First and foremost, I want to start off with a big massive apology for my extended absence and this post is mainly for the apology, but also to try and explain a little about why I have been absent.

I think December was my last post and I just remember getting all busy in work and caught up in other festive things, as you do, and I kept thinking I would get back to here in the new year.

Now, why - you may ask - is is now the middle of April and this is the first you are hearing from me...

Well this may sound a bit silly to non fur baby owners, and maybe even a little silly to those who are but anyway, I probably owe you all an explanation, and it may be a little good for me to vent a little....

Not long into January, my baby girl cat, my Pandora, the namesake for this site, had what seemed like a little sickness bug, I was completely convinced she would perk up after a little visit to the vet for a check up and some tablets, but she didn't get better really, she just kept getting worse and in the space of a week she had gone from the cat I knew, to a cat that couldn't even walk by herself.  So one rushed emergency visit to the vet and one look from the vet and I knew it wasn't good.  Turns out she had kidney failure and the vet didn't think she would have even made it there if my Mum had been a little later in picking me up.  So long story short, I made the heartbreakingly difficult decision and got her put to sleep.  Now deep down I know it was the best thing for her as she was clearly suffering in those last few hours, but that doesn't make it any easier.

Well there you go, and you may ask why it has taken me nearly 3 months to say all this, and I honestly can't explain why it has been so hard for me to come on here and share this with you all but it has.  Maybe cos her darn name is branded all over my site, but maybe that will just be her little legacy or something....ha.

I know some of you will think I'm nuts for my cat being a reason, but I can't explain it any better than I have, and I understand not everyone will get it, but honesty is always best in my opinion.

Now to provide an update on when you will see some more nails around here, I have quite a few untrieds still sitting - including a stunning new release from a-england - and I really need to just sit and get them sorted through, I haven't even been painting my nails - except for occasions - at all this year.

So thank you all for bearing with me, and for any newbies that have joined, it isn't always so quite around here, I promise.  So just stick with me a little longer and I will try and get my act together and get back to showing you pretty polishes I have.

Becca <3 xxx

Oh and PS, I am not a non cat owner now, I still have my Pandoras brother, Lestat, to keep me on my toes ;) and here is not the greatest picture, but it is one that makes me smile so though would share.  Lestat is on the left and Pandora on the right....a rare picture of them letting me catch them on camera being nice to each other lol x