31 July 2013

Lac Attack Sale including international shipping!

Hey all,



Just a quick Sale alert for ye. The Lac Attack sale is starting tonight and will go on until august 3rd. Anastasia will be closing the shop for a little while after to sort out a new website. A fair few polishes that are going to be discontinued will be included in the sale so this is yer last shot to pick them up. An important point to note is that this time only there will be international shipping available from the Lac Attack store itself. Great news for all of us living outside of America! The sale will start at 8pm EST tonight and finish at 1pm EST on Saturday. International shipping will cost $9 for the first bottle and $1 for any additional ones BUT if you think that is expensive keep in mind there will be a huge discount on the polish itself so it will work at a good price. That price also includes insurance as Anastasia isn't a fan of shipping internationally without it. I'm hoping I get some polish tonight :D I adored the Spring Fling collection so I'm dying to try out some more from Lac Attack.

Let me know if ye pick any polishes up in the sale, I'd really love to hear from ye.

Cuti-CLUE-les

Refined and Polished

Hey all,


Just a quickie to let ye know I guest posted over at Refined and Polished  earlier this week. If ye get a chance I'd love it if ye gave it a read.

Cuti-CLUE-les

30 July 2013

Twinsie Tuesday- Something new

Hey all,


The theme for today is Something new. I decided it was a good opportunity to try out leopard print nails but with an added little twist to keep it a bit more interesting. I went for the Snow Leopard and I decided to add on an accent nail so I painted on the Snow leopard's face.


I started off with 2 coats of OPI Skull and Glossbones. Then using the Barry M nail art pens I randomly added on the half-circles. I filled them in with white paint (I don't have a white nail polish at the moment) The Snow leopard's face is all done using acrylic paint form the Born Pretty Store. I topped it all off with a coat of Essence Gel-look topcoat.


Don't forget to check out the other Twinsie's posts and see what new thing they tried out this week:



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

Cuti-CLUE-les

29 July 2013

Monday Sundae

Hey all,


I wasn't really sure where I was going with this manicure but it came out fairly decent so I thought I might as well show ye. These were taken a while back but I still remember the polish names (thankfully! otherwise this would be an awful short post)


The yellow is Nails inc Summer Place, the blue is Barry m Blueberry ice-cream and the coral in Catrice Pimp my Shrimp. To make the edges look a bit cleaner I went over them with the Kiss Nail art striper in silver. I topped it all off with a coat of Essence Gel look topcoat.


 Even with a few hiccups (See blue section on index finger) and not being focused enough to get my sections in equal proportions, I like the way this turned out. The mix of colours really appeals to me for some reason.

Cuti-CLUE-les

25 July 2013

Nude pictures of an Elf

Hey all,


Today I have my first ELF nail polish to show ye. I know they are on the cheaper side but I never think to get a bottle. This is mainly down to the fact we don't have them in Ireland so I'd have to order them online. Given their brush I have to admit I was wary. Thankfully they turned out to be far better than expected. This is simply called "Nude". Not very original but it's better than a number!


The formula was really good. 2 coats gave perfect coverage. It dried very quickly which I am delighted about because I adore the colour. It has a touch of pink in it and it just looks so good. I'm tempted to say it's my favourite nude nail polish. I had a decent collection of nudes but this is pretty gorgeous.


I need to google some more swatches of ELF nail polishes. I know they do a fair load of discounts and free shipping days so I want to be prepared for the next one :P ELF are also cruelty-free so that is a huge plus in my books.

Cuti-CLUE-les

24 July 2013

Birthday Nail art

Hey all,


My birthday was about 2 weeks ago and these are the nails I made up for the day. I kept it fairly simple as neons are eye-catching enough on their own. I'm not big into birthdays and this year was no exception. None of my friends actually remembered this year. What a lovely bunch they are :P Thank god I have my family around.  I had planned on getting a special nail polish for the day, Sephora by opi 18k topcoat, but unfortunately it was sold out everywhere :( That was a bummer.



I used China Glaze Love's a beach on my index, middle and pinky fingers. 2 coats gave perfect coverage. On my ring finger I did an accent of China Glaze flip flop fantasy, 4 coats. For the dots I used both China Glaze flip flop fantasy and love's a beach as well as China glaze I'm with the lifeguard. I went for the smaller dotting tool as my nails are quite short and I think it looked better. I finished it off with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-dri. I'm still in love with this topcoat! Amazing altogether.


I repeated the same pattern on my right hand so they matched. It was a tiny bit messier but it looked grand from afar. I kept this on for well over a week. Some people commented saying it was the nicest one I have ever done so that was nice :)


 Ye have no idea how hard it was to get this shot on my own. I had to balance the camera on books and cases and set it on a timer. Nightmare :P I also met up with Audrey from The Nail Affair  . She was a proper blogger and actually took a picture of our nails on the day. Give her blog a read when ye get a chance, she has collected some amazing nail polishes of the last while.

Audrey's instagram

Cuti-CLUE-les

23 July 2013

Twinsie Tuesday- Splatter!

Hey all,


Splatter nail art is not my favourite to be honest. I have tried it a few times and I never really get the result I want. Nevertheless seeing as today's challenge was a splatter design I had to give it one more go and see how it went. I only copped on at the end that I used all Barry M nail polish for this design.


Barry m Mushroom is the base polish. It's fairly opaque but I put on 2 coats just to be on the safe side. Then I put a layer of vaseline around my cuticles and sides of my nails. I really hate cleaning up after splatter/ mater-marbled nail designs. It's so fecking awkward. Then using a straw I started off with Barry M Greenberry, a gorgeous aqua polish from the Gelly collection. Then I added on lychee from the same collection and I finished with Papaya which also stems from the gelly collection.


I finished it off with a coat of Essence Gel look topcoat and that's all there is to it. I'm still not fond of the splatter deisgn but sure it's always worth a shot. Check out the other splatter posts from the rest of the Twinsie Tuesday ladies:


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

Cuti-CLUE-les

22 July 2013

Feeling Rosy

Hey all,


I am exhausted. The weekend really wiped away all of my energy. I definitely need to get a good sleep tonight! You wouldn't mind if I was busy like but I was doing feck all in fairness. Today's post was based on an experiment. I eventually found my stamping kit so I had to try stamping with the rose stamp again. I think it worked out a bit better this time!


My base is Sinful Colors Timbleberry, 2 coats. This is a gorgeous pinky coral with a slight jelly finish to it. It is so pretty in real life. I can't wait to wear this polish again. For the stamping I used Julep Gayle, a very opaque plum polish which is similar to Catrice Plum play with me. As you can see the rose design came out far better with this polish so maybe the red I tried in this post wasn't a great choice in hindsight. There are still a few noticeable flaws but I do think the Born Pretty M65 stamp is worth picking up.


I tried, I really really tried to do some neat funky french tips but they just aren't working with me. I love Fingers polish mania . Her designs including the funky french always seems to work out well on her nails. I mentioned in this Tag post that french tips aren't really my thing but I do think it's worth practicing just in case I ever have to do it on someone else's nails.

How do ye feel about french tips or funky french manicures?

Cuti-CLUE-les

21 July 2013

The Nail Polish Tag

Hey all,

I was tagged by Anne-Marie from GirlFridays beauty blog and although I try not to post at the weekend I think it's a nice, fun post to read through (and I'm up watching Plants vs Zombies 2:It's About time game-play on youtube)

Favourite nail polish company?
Hmm that's hard. It used to be Catrice or essence but honestly their recent releases haven't really wowed me at all. I'm getting far more into China Glaze so we'll go with that for the moment! Glitter or no glitter?
No glitter. I like looking at it and when I see swatches of glitters I always *need* them but rarely wear them. Glitter is something I really have to be in the mood of wearing.
 
A rare sight 
OPI, China Glaze or Essie?
China Glaze for sure. I only have a handful of mini OPI polishes so I can't really judge the brand on those alone. I have 2 essie polishes- one glitter one creme, and honestly I don't think they are worth the money. They seem to separate fairly rapid. I'll have to try a few more from Essie and OPI in the future. When do you change your nail polish?
Whenever it chips or I want to get some swatches/ nail art done. I try to keep my nail polish on for at least a week. That way I get good wear out of the polish (which in my mind justifies buying them)

What’s your favourite colour to wear on your nails?
I'm not really fussed to be honest. Some days I'll stick with pink and other days I'd be sick of the sight of them. It really does depend on my mood! At the moment it's Misa Bourbon on the Rocks which is a burgundy polish with a gorgeous red shimmer. Anything polish with this shimmer is my favourite :P Darks or brights?
A bit of both but I have to admit I seem to pick more bright than darks at the moment. We've been having such a nice summer so it just seems more appropriate to pop on a really bright creme or a neon. What do you have on your nails right now?
I have bare nails at the moment. I'm just after finishing some nail art posts and I want to give my nails a break for the night. I'm thinking of putting on Misa Bourbon on the rocks in the morning though. Seriously love that polish. I need more polishes with the shimmery look. Any recommendations? Let me know ASAP!


Matte nails… In or out?
Out. I have a matte topcoat and I don't think I've ever used it abar from a couple swatches. I just don't like the effect on me. Maybe I'm using the wrong kind of polish but it does nothing for me.

French Manicure?
No. I don't see the need for them when I have so many pretty polishes in my collection. Unless it's a funky french (which even then I'm not overly fond of but some can look amazing) but on its own I couldn't be arsed with it to be honest.

Favourite Winter colour?
Ohhh now that's a toughie. I can't even remember what I wore last winter. I don't tend to stick with one colour or finish depending on the season. Again I pretty much go with whatever takes my fancy at the time. I'm predicting shimmers will be my go-to this winter though. I'm a bit weird and try to go with polish that has a festive name like China Glaze Holly-Day etc. Pretty much one of the reasons I buy those kinds of polishes (I wore China Glaze Blue Years Eve on New Years eve just because of the name. Sure how could you not like!)

I'm not going to tag anyone but if ye want to give it a go, please do! 

Cuti-CLUE-les

20 July 2013

Camomile make-up removal collection from The Body Shop

Hey all,

Given the heat we've had lately, it's no surprise that cleansers are being promoted left, right and center. There is nothing better than cleaning your face after a searing hot day and feeling refreshed and clean. I've been trying out the new camomile makeup removal products from the Body shop over the last few weeks and I am seriously impressed!


First up is the Gentle eye make-up remover suitable for all  skin types. This retails for €12.50 for a 250ml bottle.The packaging is gorgeous and really brightens up my desk. This claims to be "soothing and non-oily" while "gently removing make-up from lashes and lids in seconds". Although I was very dubious I have to say this worked incredibly well. I slapped on a heap of mascara, eye-liner and cream eye-shadow and this cut through the lot in seconds. I managed to get it in my eye a few times (I'm fierce clumsy) and it did not sting at all. I have very sensitive eyes so I'm glad this lived up to its claims. It has a pleasant scent but it's very faint. This is also suitable for contact-lens wearers. Loved this!


 The camomile sumptuous cleansing butter  was the item I was most excited about trying. I love balms and butters. Although it may seem pricey at €14.95 for a 90ml tin, a little goes a long way. The second you started rubbing it on it melts into an oil so it covers a larger portion of skin. I've used this around 9 or 10 times already and I've barely made a dent in it. Again the smell is lovely and it cleared off the foundation quite well .I don't use blusher/ bronzer and I keep my foundation very light with just one layer so keep that in mind if you are known to pile it on a bit. Personally, I'd sooner use this as a regular facial cleanser. It left my skin incredibly soft and washing it off with cold water was so refreshing. The cleansing butter is suitable for all skin-types.


Lastly I have the Waterproof eye and lip make-up remover. This is a dual-phase formula that you  shake to activate (Left: Unshaken, Right: Shaken). I tried this on both eyes and lips and again just like the other eye make-up remover it worked brilliantly. Depending on the lipstick formula you use it can spread it about a bit so take it handy when removing your lipstick. On the eyes thought it worked perfectly. It literally took seconds to remove what took 10 minutes to apply (I'm awful slow at applying make-up, I get distracted far too easily)  This is also suitable for sensitive eyes so it doesn't irritate or sting.

Overall this is a great collection. One of the best things about the Body Shop is their dedication to creating good quality products while maintaining their cruelty-free promise. This range will also include a 100% organic cotton Muslin cloth  retailing for €3.90 and a silky cleansing oil retailing for €17.20. The entire range will be available instore from July 25th.

Cuti-CLUE-les

19 July 2013

Super Mario Toad nail art Tutorial

Hey all,

I thought I'd end the week with a little tutorial. I'm going to try and get a new tutorial up each month so let me know in the comments if there is something you'd like to see in particular. This month I decided to go with Super Mario's Toad because he is a little dote and I love his face. This is really easy to do!


Start off with a nude base so his face has some colour. I went with Essence Cookies and Cream, 2 coats.


Then for the outline of Toads face draw a kidney bean shape around your cuticle (for his hat). Then draw two lines straight down for his head.


Next you have to fill in his mushroom hat. Draw three half circles on the left, right and in the centre. It doesn't have to be perfect because we'll be filling them in with a bright red in a minute.


Using nail the bytch lick or ish bytch (bright red) I used filled in the half circles with a dotting tool. As you can see it's fairly messy but don't worry about that just yet.


Next you fill in the rest of his hat with white paint. At this point you can fix up the half circles to make them look a bit neater. Then you have to give him eyes (so he can see) and a mouth (so he can breath) I used a dotting tool for the eyes. For the mouth I did a little moon to make it look like he was smiling.


Then using the black paint you go over the outline to  make him stand out a little bit more.


I went ahead and filled in the extra space with black polish but you can do pretty much any colour now that his face has a noticeable outline.


For the rest of my nails I used his clothes as inspiration and kept on with the polka dot theme.  First I dotted the blue using a medium sized dotting tool (you can pick whichever size you prefer) and Essence Grumpy.



Then using the same dotting tool I followed on with 2 rows of yellow dots using NYC Lexington yellow.


 Top it off with a coat of your favourite topcoat (I went for Essence Gel look topcoat as it is super glossy) and that is the manicure all done and dusted! Fairly straightforward right?


I took these pictures a few weeks back so ignore the shorter nails and crappy skin. I started using a new handcream after this and it has really helped. So that's it for tutorials this month!


 Cuti-CLUE-les

18 July 2013

Holo-block

Hey all,

I mentioned a few posts back about comparing Color Club Cloud nine with a regular silver holographic polish. On its own Cloud nine does not appear to have an incredibly noticeable lilac tinge to it so it can look like a normal pale silver holo. You really see the difference when you compare it with other holographics so I used it in a colour block manicure.


I already had on two coats of Color Club Cloud nine. Amazing formula, no dragging and it dried super quick. I then section of half of each nail and put on a coat of GOSH Holographic (original). I topped it off with a coat of Sally Hansen Ista-dri. It did dull the holographic effect but once the topcoat dried it reappeared so don't let that put you off.


You can definitely tell that Cloud nine has a lilac base now! It really stands out when you pair it with a silver holographic. While I like GOSH holographic, I definitely prefer Cloud nine given the fact the holographic effect is stronger, the formula is better and I like the colour :P It's a bit more lively than just a plain old silver holographic.


Cuti-CLUE-les

17 July 2013

Feeling dot, dot, dot

Hey all,

I am still in the polka dot zone. I have finally copped on to the right technique that makes the design actually look like it matches :P


I went with a base of Barry M Berry Ice cream. This was seriously one of my favourite polishes back when I first got in to painting my nails. I still love the colour but I hate the fact that it is a 3 coater. At least it dries fairly quickly. I thought Barry M Blueberry ice-cream would be the perfect polish to dot over the lilac. Seeing as they are from the same collection I'm surprised the formulas are so different. Blueberry ice-cream is opaque in one coat (I always do two but that is handy!) I used the biggest dotting tool for this design.


I topped it off with a coat of Essence Gel look topcoat. I love the way the bigger dots look. It cuts down the time it takes to do the manicure but it still looks pretty good. I wish I included an accent nail but I'll try that out next time.

Cuti-CLUE-les

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