22 June 2016

How To Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer


I don't know about you but the one thing I can't stand is when you go to the effort of painting your nails, making sure they look perfect and then like 3 days later they are so chipped that you have to take it off and start again.
So years ago I started to experiment with different ways to make my nail polish last longer and protect my nails too and I stumbled upon this method and have been using it ever since and I thought today I would share it with you all.

So here are the few simple steps to achieve the perfect long lasting manicure...

Step 1 - File your nails to your desired length.  I find that the less jagged, catchy edges you have the more likely your nail polish is to stay on and the less likely your nails are to break.  I keep my nails short as I like them that length when I wear polish. I use these cheap nail files you get in boots as they are my all time favourites.

Step 2 - Buff your nails.  This Leighton Denny nail buffer is the best one I have ever used.  It has three parts to it, the shine side which you can see in the photo above and on the other side are the other two parts to smooth your nails and the ridges on them too.  Buffing your nails once or twice a month keeps your nails in good health and helps the nail polish look better and smoother too.

Step 3 - Ok, so this is where my special method starts.  I use the Nails Inc Basecoat with Kensington Caviar and paint one coat of it on my clean dry nails after buffing them.  This protects your nails from the nail colour so your nails won't get stained over time and the caviar in the basecoat helps nourish your nails, makes them stronger and more resilient to breaking too.  It also helps the colour stay on longer. Make sure this is fully dry before going on to Step 4.  It should only take a couple of mins.

Step 4 - Paint on two thin coats of your chosen nail polish shade.  You can use any colour, any brand you like and it wont affect this method of prolonging the life of your polish.  Most techniques for making your nail colour last longer normally involves using a certain nail colour brand or something but I think the things you put on your nails before and after the colour matters more.  This is my favourite nail colour ever at the moment its from CND Vinylux polish in the shade Cake Pop, it's the most perfect light candy pink, you can buy it HERE.

Step 5 - After your two coats of nail colour are completely dry (and that's really important if you do step 5 when your nail colour is still wet or tacky then it won't work) Paint on one coat of Nails Inc Top Coat with Kensington Caviar.  This dries in 45 seconds and again is infused with caviar which helps your nails stay strong and also gives your nails a really beautiful wet look/shine. 

Step 6 - After you have painted on Step 5 then paint one coat of Seche Vite over the top.  It doesn't matter if your Step 5 polish hasn't dried fully when you put this on as its a quick dry top coat.  This really locks in your polish and dries your nails fully in a matter of a minute or so.  This also leaves your nails with a beautiful shine.

And there you have it, 6 steps and a beautiful manicure....

I know this sounds like a lot of time and effort but I have been doing this for years and years now and because every single polish you use in this method (apart from your chosen nail shade) dries in around 45seconds to a minute then it honestly takes the same amount of time as it normally would to paint your nails.  I get mine done in around 10mins but the best part of all is that your nail polish will stay on for at least 10 -14 days.  I will get a full 10 days without a chip, like not one and even then its normally just at the edge of a nail and I can normally get a full two weeks with only one or two teeny chips.  The other benefit of this method is when your ready to take off your polish you can normally peel it off in one go rather than using nail varnish remover.  You can just start peeling at the corner and your polish will come off without any tugging in the shape of your nail which is also pretty fun!

If your having trouble with keeping your nail colour on for a long time or your nails are breaking and splitting then I can't urge you enough to try this method.  I love it so much and I never apply nail polish without doing it like this.  I have tried so many other combinations of base and top coats and nothing works like these all do.  I know that Nails Inc can be expensive but there are so many deals on buying them as a duo and they last for such a long time.

I hope this helps you and your nails, let me know if you give it a go and how you get on....

P.S I have the old bottles of Nails Inc that's why they look different and the base and topcoat can look pink but it goes on your nails clear.

20 June 2016

The Patterned Top


Top - Only at ASOS
Shorts - Glamorous at ASOS
Sunglasses - VANS (All the VANS style seems to have sold out as I got mine a few years ago but HERE is a pair that looks the exact same)

1.  So these denim shorts have become the new camel fedora on my blog it seems...

2.  I fell in love with this top as soon as I saw it on ASOS a few weeks ago.  I'm not super big on patterns as I feel they look a bit overwhelming on me but I love this one and the sleeves are a thing of dreams, so pretty and delicate.  Normally tops like this, that sort of swing style just doesn't suit me as they make my top half look so much bigger than it is and the amount of material just doesn't suit my shape but there is something about this one that somehow works on me and I like it.  I have bought a few things from the brand Only at ASOS in the past year or so and I really rate it.  Such nice styles, good quality and really good prices too.

3.  I took these photos a few days ago when it was still lovely and sunny outside which seems to have disappeared now.  Although the lack of good weather has at least meant that I can catch up on all my favourite TV shows right now.  When its sunny I try and be outside all day and night to take advantage of the weather so I tape all my tv shows and when it rains I sit and catch up on them all, do you guys do that too? Are you all watching Big Brother and Love Island? I'm loving BB this year, so many big characters . Who are all your favourites?

Hope you all have a beeeautiful day...

17 June 2016

Book Review - Four Weddings and a Fiasco By Catherine Ferguson


Four Weddings and a Fiasco* by Catherine Ferguson
"Katy Peacock lives a life as colourful as her name.
As a wedding photographer, she spends her days making other people smile as she captures all sorts of fun and capers at celebrations that range from the wacky to the wild.
But her own life isn’t looking quite so rosy. Her mum is acting out of character, her menacing ex is back on the scene, and she is torn between two gorgeous men. And that’s before we even get started on the trouble her sister is causing . .
As Katy weathers the ups and downs of the season, she revisits problems from the past, discovers new friendships and finds that four weddings and a fiasco have the power to change her world beyond measure."

Can I just start off by saying how pretty is this cover though?  Ah I know we are all about not judging books by their covers but that colour is just so on point and pretty.
Anyway on to the actual important bit, the story....

This was such a fun read, I read it over a couple of nights and it was just a really lovely fun, light read.
It follows the story of Katy and her life as a wedding photographer and the trials and tribulations that she goes through in her life.  I found myself really rooting for Katy, she is such a funny character and there are so many situations that she finds herself in that you will find yourself giggling away at.

Even though this is a very light read it has a lot of heart and that's what I think separate good chick-lit with the bad.  So many books follow that similar format but as you know it doesn't always work out and your left with a pretty boring, predictable read but thankfully that is not the fate of Four Weddings and a Fiasco.  This manages to have a really strong story running through it that keeps you wanting to turn the pages and find out what’s going to happen....

When there is so much awfulness going on right now in the world I think sometimes you need a book like this, right? Something that you don't have to think about and that you can lose yourself in for a few hours and it will make you laugh and smile and think of summer.

This definitely should have a place on your summer holiday reading list!
Let me know if you've read it already and if you’re a fan?

You can buy it here from Wordery and get free delivery on you order too.

15 June 2016

The Over-Sized Denim Jacket


Denim Jacket - New Look
Denim Shorts - Glamorous via ASOS (P.S They are in the sale for £12 right now)
Tee - American Apparel

1. I have been wanting a denim jacket for so long.  I was so particular with the kind I wanted though and it was so hard to find the perfect one.  I wanted basically a Levi's trucker jacket, without the crazy price tag.  I found that so many jackets that were billing themselves as that were actually really thin and more like denim shirts. But thankfully I found my perfect one from New Look.  Its proper old school 80's denim, it has lots of  little cuts and holes in it which gives it that more vintage feel and I love how over-sized it is.  I sized up one size to make it even bigger on me too as I really wanted it to be super over-sized and I love the colour too, really washed out looking!

2.  Also like where did Glamorous come from? I mean out of no where it went from being a sort of boohoo type clothing brand to being the brand of my Bohemian dreams.  I want everything they sell. Such beautiful styles and I really rate the quality too. These shorts are so beyond comfy, they have an elasticated waist and I love them!

3.  Life tip number one - Don't put fake tan on when its so damn hot and humid outside or your tan will slide off your skin and pool around your wrists see photo 5 for proof...ahhh....

13 June 2016

#GilmoreGirlsBookClub Book Four - Pygmalion

Hello lovely people,
So exciting as it's Gilmore Girls Book Club time again and today we are talking about Book Four. 
As always you can read what all this #GilmoreGirlsBookClub shindig is about in my
Original Post HERE.

And you can have a read all about
Book One HERE
Book Two HERE
Book Three HERE

So on to the book...

Book Title - Pygmalion

Author - George Bernard Shaw

So who is this George dude? - George Bernard Shaw or GBS for short was an Irish Playwright and critic born on 26th July 1856 and lived until he was the grand old age of 94.  He wrote over 60 plays, won an Oscar and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.  He is thought to be one of the most highly regarded writers and playwrights and is said to be second only to Shakespeare, pretty high praise, right?  GBS was also pretty famous for his views on well everything really.  He was a pretty outspoken guy with some controversial views for the time that he was living in. He spoke about everything from politics, religion, language and just about everything else that you can think of. 

What is Pygmalion all about - Pygmalion is a play about a phonetics professor called Henry Higgins who makes a bet that he can turn a bedraggled cockney flower girl called Eliza Doolittle into a believable duchess for an ambassadors garden party by teaching her how to become what is perceived as 'the perfect lady' with great manners and a (posh) polite speaking voice.

What's with the name- The play is named after the Ancient Greek mythology character Pygmalion who fell in love with a statue that he carved and then it was brought to life, so you can kinda guess where the story in the play goes...

What I thought of the play- I first read Pygmalion back in high school, I think I was in maybe 4th or 5th year of school so I was probably around 16 or 17.  I honestly can't remember why I read it in school, I know I read it and wrote about it for something but literally no idea why.  I know that we were allowed to pick any book we wanted and i'd heard so much about this and really wanted to read it so picked it. Also not gonna lie, I knew it was a play and it would be way shorter to read than any book, just being honest haha!  I really loved the story then and I really still love it now.  I feel like it's the basic idea of so many books and romcom's that I love too and I think that's what drew me to it originally.  I love reading or watching the original source of inspiration for so many of my favourite stories.  I love GBS's writing (seriously my quote board on Pinterest is full of his words) I think his words more than stand the test of time and because his ideas and views were so beyond his years I think so much of the ideology in his work and his ideas for society still are as relevant today.  I think this is a really lovely, funny, sweet, quick story that is a definite must read.

So where's the Gilmore Girls link - In Season 3 Episode 13 which is called 'Dear Emily and Richard' Lorelai and Rory sing a song from My Fair Lady which is based upon the play Pygmalion.

Did they make a movie of the play? - The Broadway musical My Fair Lady and film of the same name are both based on the play Pygmalion, although My fair Lady has a different ending to the original play.  One of my all time favourite 90's movies 'She's All That' is loosely based on the play as is the book and movie of the same name The Duff (which are also both awesome).  To be honest so many other books and movies that I have watched are based on GBS's original idea of changing your appearance and personality to be accepted into a different social circle or society that your used too.  I think the idea is sill as relevant, interesting and current today and the amount of stories that Pygmalion has inspired is pretty phenomenal.

Favourite Quote - “I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins, because he always treats me as a flower girl, and always will; but I know I can be a lady to you, because you always treat me as a lady, and always will.”

Some Book Club questions -
-Why do you think Pygmalion is still relevant today?
-Do you like the ending in My Fair Lady better than the plays ending?
-Who would you pick to play Eliza in a modern day version?
-What's your favourite quote from the play?

I really hope you enjoyed this months review.  As always you can join in the chat by commenting below or messaging me on twitter or instagram.  If you use the hashtag #GilmoreGirlsBookClub then you will be able to see what everyone else thinks about the play too!

Let me know what you think below and i'll see you same time, same place next month for Book Four which is The Collected Dorothy Parker...

You can buy Pygmalion on Wordery  for £2.88 and get free delivery too.
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