OPI I just can't cope-acabana

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Today I have a bit of a disappointing  hugely disappointing polish to show ye. This is OPI I just can't cope-acabana from the recent OPI Brazil Collection. I wasn't really in to this collection but I heard such amazing reviews on I just can't cope-acabana that I had to get it. I love yellow polish  but we all know it has the worst formula in the world. It seems like every brand fails when it comes to yellow polish and do you know what? OPI is no exeption to this despite all the positive reviews for this polish.


Here I have on 4 coats of I just can't cope-acabana with an accent nail of Kiss me I'm Brazillian, 3 coats, also from the brazil collection. The formula on this is just like every other yellow polish I have tried- thin, watery, sheer and difficult to work with. It dragged a lot and it had bald spots even at 3 coats. I really don't know how people are getting this opaque in 2 coats, especially on longer nails. I had to cut my nails to the absolute shortest I could get them in order to get this polish to look ok at 4 coats. That's ridiculous! I am so let down by this polish. It's a nice yellow, it's not overly bright and it has a hint of pastel to it, but it's not anything spectacular that I would regular reach for and go through the pain of applying 4 coats for. I'm rarely so disappointed by a polish because I always check reviews before buying one. Sometimes you get caught no matter what you do. It really puts a damper on the excitement of getting a new polish.

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Spring gradient with a twist

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The last part of my Born Pretty Store reviews for this month. It took me a while to get around to this. Not for lack of trying but for lack of success in producing a manicure I could actually show ye. I was sent a pack of 3 small sponges to do some gradients / nail art with. I personally love the way gradients look but like a lot of things I'm no good at actually doing them on my own nails.  I think this was a pretty successful run even with the huge smudge on my pinky finger. I can't even remember how it happened but I know I wasn't best pleased with it at the time :P


For the gradient I started with 3 coats of Boots 17 Sweet Kisses which is my all time favourite shade of pink. The formula isn't amazing and it can take a while to dry but I adore the colour so I put up with it. Then using the sponge from Born Pretty I added on Barry M Berry ice cream to the bottom half of my nails. I then marked off the nail using striping tape and added on Barry m Rasperry. This was to ensure the gradient would be noticeable (the colours are very light so it was a bit hard to see the gradient). Then just for the sake of it I put on a little stud in the middle of each nail. I topped it all off with a topcoat and that's all there is to it!

For a pack of 3 sponges on Born Pretty you'd normally pay $1.99 but they are offer at the moment for $0.99 so it's a pretty good deal!



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Twinsie Tuesday- Matte / Gloss combination

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This weeks theme was easy in theory but I found it a bit harder to get it to show up on the nail. We had to do a manicure using both matte and glossy finishes. I don't think I have any matte polishes aside from neons (which aren't really matte, just dull looking) so I made use of my Essence Soft touch matte topcoat.


First I put on 3 coats of Boots 17 Sweet Kisses. Then I striped off the nail and added on Nails Inc bluebell and Barry m Mint green. Once it was all dry I put on a coat of the Essence Soft touch matte topcoat over the pink polish. Over the green and blue I put on a glossy topcoat. Unfortunately it doesn't really show up all that well on camera or in real life unless I stand in certain lighting.  I love the colours together but I wish the matte / gloss combination would have showed up. Maybe it only really works if you use a dark polish?


Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra

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The Book Look- The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is a a pretty big deal when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy books/comics. I came across his work a while back but I only really started to look into it seriously when I saw that he had written a book with Sir Terry Pratchett entitled Good Omens. To be fair I thought I would review one of his own books and so I picked up a copy of The Graveyard book.


The Graveyard book focuses on the early life of Nobody Owens (aka Bod) who was raised by ghosts in a graveyard after his family was brutally murdered. Definitely not your average storyline! The story covers some of his adventures within the graveyard as he grows older and his eventual move outside of the graveyard where he is no longer protected. Eventually he meets the man known as Jack who killed his family and is on the hunt for the boy that got away.


Throughout the book Nobody Ownes has a good few mini adventures which are tied fairy well into the story as a whole. I found it a fair bit slow for the first 3/4 of the book. I liked the idea of the story but in reality it did nothing for me. I wasn't keen to read the next page and I never had the urge to skip ahead to make sure my favourite character lived (I'm brutal for doing that) The last 1/4 of the book had me enthralled however and I couldn't put it down from that point on. The ending had me in tears as it wasn't your usual "and they all lived happily ever after" kind of story. It genuinely moved me and I had to put the book down a few times to muster up the courage to read on (This is how deep I was into the story at this point!)

One thing I would highly recommend reading is the Newberry medal acceptance speech Gaiman included at the end of the novel. I normally skip them but it was one of the best speeches I have ever come across. If you only take one thing from this review I really hope it's to make it your mission to read that speech, I promise you it is worth it.


Overall The Graveyard book had an easy to follow story line, it had a nice twist at the end that was unexpected, the graphics included throughout the book were a complete surprise and I loved them! I wish more authors would think to include them in their novels (particularly those working in the sci-fi/ fantasy genre)  and the last part of the book was absolutely gripping. The speech at the end deserves a read (I think that made the book a bit special to be honest) I still want to read more from Gaiman but I'm kind of iffy on what to pick up next. I had high hopes for this book given the amazing reviews I had read on it but it was a bit of a let down for me personally. If ye have any recommendations then please do let me know!


For my nails I kept with the same colour scheme that features on the cover of the book. I have on 2 coats of Nails inc Motcomb street (deep navy blue) on each nail. Then using striping tape I marked off 3 nails before adding on Sinful Colors Sugar rush (light blue) and Barry M Denim (denim blue) and a topcoat. For the accent nail I replicated the gravestone featured on the cover of the book using white acrylic paint. This is by far one of my favourite designs I have ever done! I'm really pleased I was able to do the cover some justice because it is a beautiful looking book.

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Despicable me- Gru and minion nail art!

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I've some nail art to show ye today. Seeing as the weather is picking up I thought it was time to do a nice fun design but I couldn't think of anything to do. After watching Despicable me 2 I thought I may as well give the minions a go! To make it a bit more fun I decided to add Gru into the mix. I loved Gru in the second film, he's so much fun (especially during the party scene)


To start I applied 3 coats of Illamasqua Monogamous to all my nails abar the ring finger. Then using a mix of NYC Lexington yellow and Barry m Denim I added on some polka dots. For the Middle nail I outlined Gru's face with black acrylic paint and some blue paint for his eye.  I filled in the outside with black paint. For the Minion nail I started off with 2 coats of White nail polish, NYC lexington yellow for the yellow, the black is acrylic paint and the silver is from the Kiss nail paint sets. I topped it all off with a topcoat to keep the design from chipping for a few days.

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!

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Kiss me I'm Irish (not Brazilian)

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Today I have one of the new polishes from the OPI Brazil collection to show ye. I'm sure ye guessed from the title that it's Kiss me I'm Brazilian, a pink creme that a few people passed on seeing as it's not all that unique. I don't normally buy pink nail polish but I liked this shade a lot and I don't have a dupe in my stash.


The formula was ok. Pretty standard for an OPI polish. I needed 3 coats for full coverage. The first two were streaky but the third evened it all out nicely. It's a nice bright pink creme. Nothing special but that's what I was looking for. The colour changes a lot in different lighting. The picture above was taking in direct sunlight. It is really bright in person, almost veering onto neon. It doesn't really suit my skintone to be honest but it will look nice as a pedicure so I'm happy out with it. I've had it on for 2 days now and I don't have any chipping or tipwear so far. I did use a coat of Sally Hansen insta-dri on top so that could be helping to keep this polish in tip top condition.

Also the name is awful stupid! Everyone knows it's "Kiss me I'm Irish" so how they got away with throwing this together I'll never know. They must have been struggling!

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Twinsie Tuesday- Gifted polish

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Today's Twinsie Tuesday post we were told to pick a gifted polish. I'm very fortunate to have made some amazing polish friends since I started blogging so I had a few gorgeous polishes to pick from. I decided to go with 3 in the end.


I started off with 3 coats of Essence You belong to me (I showed ye this polish last week if you want to check that post out here) Then I added on Barry M Amethyst around the cuticle in a reverse gradient to all the nails but the ring finger. Instead of a reverse gradient I added on 2 coats of Amethyst before topping the entire manicure off with a matte topcoat from Hardcandy. Glitter nail polish and a matte topcoat is the best combination! The glitter looks amazing and you can see the various colours in amethyst far more clearly that you would when you use a glossy topcoat.


Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra
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