Friday, 19 September 2014

Alphabet Challenge: V is for Lilypad Lacquers Vixens Wear Violet

Okay so let me warn you this is a majorly moany post which is totally unfair as the polish I have to share for you is STUNNING!

So today I am showing the next polish in the Alphabet Challenge, first let me say how hard it was to  find a polish starting with 'V'. I know you all will prove me wrong now and name a million polishes I own starting with 'V' but for the love of all things holy I couldn't find anything for what seemed like forever!

So this is Lilypad Lacquer Vixens Wear Violet which is one of the first Lilypad Lacquers I have ever tried.  This is a violet grape purple with a amazingly high amount of  course holographic sparkles and some small microflakies which in indirect light shine almost golden. Sadly I couldn't capture those in my swatches as I had to use my flash to get decent photos.

  Formula wise this polish this polish applies amazingly, it is almost opaque in one coat. My swatches show two with HK Girl topcoat. 

So lets address the elephant in the room, I trapped my finger in the door a at the start of the week, it was really swollen and painful for ages. Owchie! To try and stop the pain I ended up cutting down my nails as far as I can. They will grow back soon enough I guess...

More worringly my application of this polish wasn't great, my hands have been shaking all week and it makes applying polish much harder than it needs to be (as well as trying to take photos with a steady hand!). My only bugbear with this polish is that as it is so opaque that it stains my cuticles a little bit. You can see the purple marks from where I have tried to clean up a bit with some acetone if you look closely.

Look at that holographic rainbow! This polish is just so pretty, I am speechless!

Anyway you can find the rest of the manicures done as part of this Alphabet challenge (by some fab British Bloggers ) over at The Hub!  Go check 'em all out!
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Beat The Signs of Aging with Syno-Vital (Review)

Recently I was sent these sachets of Syno-Vital from the brand Modern Herbals which can help slow down the signs of aging.

Voted best VMS (Vitamin, Mineral Supplement) product of the year 2012, I was interested to see what these sachets were like!

Syno-Vital is high strength Hyaluronic Acid.  What is that I hear you ask? Well... Hyalurnan (HA) is important for retaining water and transporting nutrients around the body it is a natural liquid found in the synovial fluid in the joints, eyes and skin and starts to decrease with age (especially in those over the age of 50). These sachets help provide a replacement for lost HA. 

Therefore the potential benefits include your joints, skin (including minimising wrinkles!), hair and eyes!

As stated on the Modern Herbal site "HA is becoming the must-have ‘miracle molecule’ in a bag, chosen by many to help slow down the aging process."

You will receive thirty sachets containing 5ml of product. The liquid itself is colourless, odorless and tasteless and should be added to water once a day. Therefore one box will last for month.

While I tried a few sachets myself and can verify no adverse effects being in my early twenties I couldn't really see any obvious benefits. However help was at hand in the form of my Father-In-Law Richard who graciously decided to be my Guinea Pig and also take these sachets with me.

So each day we both took a sachet with water. Within just over a week Richard had said that he felt that his joints weren't so stiff, particularity in his knees. This was great news. After three weeks, Richard was reporting that he felt it was also helping with his aching back and was looking at purchasing more sachets (as I had been taking them as well we didn't have a whole month's supply).

 When I next spoke to him about Syno-Vital he has bought two additional boxes (two months worth of products). He had additionally recommended it to his mother for her arthritis.  Normally he is a many of few words but he spoke very positively about these sachets and how noticable the effect of taking them was. One of the main points he spoke about was how easy these were to take and how it was so easy to get into a routine of just having one sachets in the morning with breakfast. I think I can safely say that we both would highly recommend this product. There are also loads of positive testimonies about these products online (including Amazon).

  A one month supply (30 x 5ml sachets) costs £29.99 and is available from health stores nationwide.  or visit 

The inclusion of this graphic means that the product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy.
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Monday, 15 September 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Sapphire

September marks the second anniversary of the start of the Digital Dozen. This manicure was suppose to go up last week but with my new job I find myself coming home and just falling asleep, it is inspired by Sapphire's which is the birthstone of September.

This manicure features a dry brush stroke design in as many differing shades of blue as I could find. (I am not going to name them all but you can see them in the photo below). I found using all the same colour didn't give as much definition as my last Brush Stroke manicure but I quite like the subtle effect of this.

I like the flashes of holo you get from some of the polishes used here. It really adds and interesting feel to the manicure.

You can see the other manicures done for this challenge by following the links below. You can also enter our massive giveaway with over 50 prizes by following this link!
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Thursday, 11 September 2014

U is for Color Club Uptown Girl

Today I am bringing you the next part of the Alphabet Challenge. I am so close to the end if this challenge now, looking back at the first photos I can see how much I have improved over the course of this challenge as this is actually an older photo from the vault- can you tell? Anyway today is the letter 'U', I am going to show you Uptown Girl by Color Club.

Uptown Girl is from  the Rebel Debutante from way back in 2010. It is a dusky mauve colour, that is quite different from anything else I own. This is three coats, I could probably have gotten away with two coats but now my nails are a little bit longer I didn't want any visible nail line. This polish dries to a nice shiny finish even without topcoat but as always I used Seche Vite to help this last!


You can find the rest of the manicures done as part of this Alphabet challenge (by some fab British Bloggers ) over at The Hub!  Go check 'em all out!
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Digit-al Dozen China Patterns

A modern gift for a two year anniversary is China or China Patterns. As the Digit-al Dozen is two this month today's theme is China Patterns.

The base of this manicure is my Cotton inspired manicure from day two which you can find here. I then decided to freehand some flowers in the traditional light blue which is Barry M Blue Moon.

This is quite a subtle manicure but I quite like it. I did find it quite hard using such a light colour to be able to really get lots of detail into my flowers, but then again I am not the best at freehand art.

Anyway you can check out the other China Pattern manicures as well as pastel themed manicures done by the British Nail Bloggers in the links below!

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Cotton

Cotton is seen as the gift given for a second anniversary, so considering the Digit-al Dozen is now two of our themes this week was 'cotton'. I am so sorry my manicure is so boring.

I decided to do a subtle saran manicure using a unnamed Cream polish and then Barry M matte White, annoyingly it is so subtle my camera has struggled to pick it. I swear these aren't just white nails!

I'm going to let the photos talk for themselves, if I had more time I would have freehanded a cloth pattern on here.

You can check out the other manicures done by the Digit-al Dozen (hopefully they are more exciting than mine) below!

Have a great day!

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Monday, 8 September 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does things that comes in pairs: For Every Twit there is a Twoo

The Digit-al Dozen is celebrating two years of being amazing. There is a giant Giveaway and this week we are doing nail art based on the number two!

Today we are doing art based on things that comes in pairs. I know that technically owls are solitary but as I found out recently the Twit-Twoo of a owl is actually a call and a reply, and that is what I have based my design on.

The base of this manicure is Barry M Gelly Blueberry, I have then used these super cute nail art decals from The Born Pretty Store (called Nail Art Water Decals Transfer Stickers Cute Animal Owl Elephant Pattern Sticker BOP125/124 and item number # 15559 if you wanted to search manually).

My 'trees' were done using Zoya, Trxie, Mitzi and Veruschka and several sizes of dotting tool, I simply overlaid my dots to create a tree-like pattern.

Here you can see the full range of designs that you get on the decal sheet, annoyingly I forgot to photograph this before I cut out the designs I wanted.  I like the fact you get a range of sized decals so even for smaller nubbins like mine you can still get decals that fit well.

I found these decals also very easy to use, simply snip them and place them in water for 30 seconds until the decal slides from the backing. All you do then is position it on the nail and topcoat to make sure it is full adhered to the nail.I used Seche Vite.

Arn't these owls so cute! If you are a fan of owls I would highly recommend these decals! 

 You can see what the other members of the Digit-al Dozen are doing by following the thumblinks below.

Remember you can get all your nail art products as Born Pretty- they stock so much! and if you are planning to order  don't forget you can get 10% off your order with the code "BA5X31" which is also on my blog sidebar.  

The inclusion of this graphic means that the product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing.

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The Digital Dozen does a giveaway!

It’s been 2 years since the Digit-al Dozen first got together, and although we’ve had a few different line-ups in that time, one thing has remained constant  - our love of nail polish and nail art.

To celebrate, we are holding a legendary Giveaway featuring 51 prizes.  To all our brilliant sponsors,we can’t thank you enough for helping us set this up for you, our amazing readers.

Because we have a large amount of sponsors, they all have different shipping policies.   When you start the Rafflecopter, you will be asked which country you live in, because some prize sare only available in certain places. Ready?  Here’s the list –


·        Above The Curve - Summer Destinations 2014 – 4 polishes
·        A Liquid Lacquer - 5 polishes
·        Alter Ego Nail Enamel - 4 bottles
·        Black Dahlia Lacquer – 4 bottles
·        Celestial Lacquers - 6 bottles
·        Cupcake Polish - $25 gift card
·        Delush - 3 bottles
·        EllaGee - 4 bottles
·        Lacquistry - 4 bottles
·        Literary Lacquers - 6 bottles
·        Indigo Bananas – 6 bottles
·        Serum No 5 - 4 bottles
·        Vivid Lacquer - 4 stamping plates
·        Girly Bits - 2 bottles
·        Jindie Nails - 6 bottles
·        Superficially Colorful - $25  GC
·        Darling Diva Polish - 4 bottles
·        Llarowe - $50 GC -
·        Amazing Chic Nails - 2 bottles
·        Mrs. P's Nail Potions - $15 gift
·        Black Sheep Lacquer - 2 polishes
·        Renaissance Cosmetics - 3 full size bottles (in stock items only) and mini cuticle oil
·        Laquerlicious Nail Polish - 3 neon toppers. Beat The Heat, At The Lake and Lemon Limeade.
·        Nayll – 4 bottles of custom made polishes – you get to make your own!
·        JORD Watch; $129 voucher
·        $85 GC from The Digit-al Dozen, to a nail e-tailer of your choice
·        tube of Liquid Palisade from Kiesque
·        Nailed Kit decals set

·        Daphine Polish - 5 bottle Summer holo collex
·        GlitterDaze - 4 bottles
·        Gothic Gala Lacquers - 5 bottles
·        Karma's Kiss Lacquer - 4 bottles
·        Love Angeline – 2 Gemstone polishes
·        LynnBDesigns- 5 bottles
·        Majestic Lacquer - 3 bottles
·        Philly Loves Lacquer - 4 bottles
·        Savoie - 4 bottles
·        KBShimmer - $35 electronic CG
·        6 Harts Polish - 2 polishes
·        Overall Beauty - nail art tape sets (with different colors nail tape) with nail wheels and nail art decals plus a bottle nail polish (mystery color ), and a set of Overall Beauty Minerals ( 6 colors)
·        BKD - Space Sauce Teardrop Shaped Nail Polish Pendant Necklace - Nail Polish Jewelry
·        Shimmer – 5 bottles

US & Canada Only
·        Smokey Mountain Lacquers - 4 bottles
·        The Polish Bar - 4 bottles
·        Canadian Nail Fanatic – mystery package of 6 bottles

·        Quirk Polish - 3 bottles one of kind unreleased polishes 
·        All one prize – 1 x Freckles polish, and Freckles Polish Necklace, and 1 x bottle from Laquerdaisical
·        All one prize - Stellar Polish -  1x polish and ring, 1 x bottle from Little Lost Ones
·        Pretty Quirky 2 x full size bottles 'Stole theBouquet" and "Deva' , PLUS 1 x bottle from R+ R Lacquers
·        a voucher for a personalised planner from Personal Planner UK
·        a zip up pouch with set of brushes and dotters plus a selection of nail art: nail stickers, flat gems and rhinestones from Nailtopia

That’s an enormous list, isn’t it!!  How exciting – ok, so you know what you need to do, enter the rafflecopter and we’ll let you know on September 25th(or thereabouts) if you’re a winner.

The Giveaway will close at 11.59pm GMT on Tuesday September 24th.  If you are a winner, we will let you know which prize you have won, and then we will then put you in touch with your sponsor to claim / choose your prize (some sponsors have provided specific prizes; some will let you choose your own polishes).
Good luck !!
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Friday, 5 September 2014

T is for A England Tristam

Today it is time for the next post in my Alphabet Challenge series. Today we are onto the letter T, I decided to use A England Tristam, which is a utterly beautiful blue based violet.

Like all A England polishes this is a delight to apply, it just melts onto the nails like butter on toast and dries quickly to a subtle holographic shimmer with a bright blue flash.

This is two coats with HK Girl topcoat.

My photos with flash really brings the holographic qualities of the polish to the forefront. This polish is just so flattering on my nubbins too!

You can find the rest of the manicures done as part of this Alphabet challenge (by some fab British Bloggers ) over at The Hub!  Go check 'em all out!

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Findhorn Flower Essences Sweet Dreams Spray: Review

Today I have a review of a product by Findhorn Flower Essences which is a small company of handcrafted products which are made from flowers grown in the Scottish Highlands.

The Findhorn range encompasses a wide variety of different 'Elixirs' for a wide variety of health and wellbeing issues. You can see the whole range on offer at their website here. (Personally I think the Prosperity one is something I should invest in!)

Anyway... today I am reviewing one of the products from this range. Namely the Sweet Dreams Flower Essence Spray. This product is design to do exactly what you think it would from the name- help you have a relaxed night's sleep. I love the description of this product on the Findhorn site:

"Sweet Dreams can help calm your energies and restore natural rhythms, with the result that you find balance and peace of mind.

Sweet Dreams is made by combining flower essences of Birch, Grass of Parnassus,Lady's Mantle, Scottish Primrose, and Valerian."

 Firstly let me say I love how the spray is presented, it comes in a cardboard box which looks really professional. I love the fact the box represents the product, not too busy and the colour scheme is calming and relaxing.

The spary itself is 25ml and has a pump action atomizer that is easy to use. The instructions for this are simply to spray directly into the mouth, skin or aura as required! I have used other sleep sprays which you spray into your pillow and found the scent far too cloying when you are trying to sleep and almost distracting so I really love the idea of this product. 

You can see here that it is actually alcoholic and is 11.6% vol.  This is probably why it had a herbal brandy-like taste to it when I sprayed this into my mouth. This isn't a issue for me but is something to keep in mind if you are tee-total for example.

My review has taken me a little while to do because I wanted to thoroughly test to see if this works. I have been using a spray or two of this every night before sleeping and have found myself in a more relaxed state before going to bed. Once I am asleep I can't say if my sleep has been any deeper because of this product but I do feel well rested in the morning.

In conclusion this is completely different sleeping product to any I have tried before and from using it I can say I have slept better as a result. I would recommend trying this if you have not had success with other sleeping products as it is so different. Furthermore I feel much more confident using this product knowing it's natural origins than a lot of other pharmacy sleeping products.    

Do you have a hard time sleeping in the evening? Is this a product you would consider? Let me know by leaving a comment!

The inclusion of this graphic means that the product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing.
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