31 July 2014

The Book Look: Look back in hunger by Jo Brand nail art and Book review!

Hey all,

This weeks review is of Jo Brand's autobiography "Look back in hunger". The book was released in 2010 and it is 340 pages long. You can buy it from the Book Depository for €9.06 and Easons for €6.99 (ebook).


I rarely buy autobiographies but when I do I generally go for ones written by comedians. I don't like dreary "woe it me" tales. Jo Brand isn't one of my favourite comedians but I managed to get "Look back in Hunger" for €2 so I thought I'd give it a go. I am delighted I did because it is one of the best books I've read so far this year. Brand is incredibly funny. I rarely laugh out loud when I read a book but this really made me laugh. I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. 

The book is full of some very witty stories but also a few very moving ones. Her life hasn't been all rainbows and unicorns and I really admire her for including some of the crappier events that she has experienced. What's unique about her is that she doesn't write them looking for pity. A story is a story. That's not to say you don't feel for her, you really do. 
I really appreciate that she included pictures at little intervals in the book. I think that it breaks the book up nicely and you can put a face to a name. I think you relate more to a person when you can see little snapshots of their life.

I did think the end of the book was way too abrupt. I honestly thought that some of the pages had been ripped out and that I was missing out. Other than that it was a great book. It goes right up until she starts to really get into the showbiz scene so you get to hear more about her early life including her school days, college life, her relationships and her time working as a psychiatric nurse. It's funny how you assume that all comedians just went straight into showbiz but Brand had such a different life before she took to the stage.

Overall I'd give it 4 out of 5.  I really enjoyed this book. Jo Brand has some very interesting stories and she tells them very well. She's funny and she doesn't take life too seriously. Even if you are not a fan of her stand-up routine don't discount this book it's well worth a read. I will definitely buy the second part of this book which I just heard about thanks to google. Hopefully it's as good as this book was.


Now one thing that did not turn out as well as the book is the nails I did to go with it!


The cover of Look Back in hunger isn't great for nail art and the pictures found within are generally in black and white or have no outstanding designs that I could recreate. I decided to go with flower nails based on the earrings Jo is wearing on the cover. They didn't turn out the best and I'm kind of sad about that but hopefully ye won't judge the book based on my feeble nail art attempt.


I have on 2 coats of Catrice Acid/dc, a shimmery lime green. For the flowers I used Barry m Gelly hi shine in Dragon fruit and 17 Sweet Kisses. The leaves are made up of Catrice Sold out forever and NYC expert last in 267 Picnic on the Lawn. I used the matte topper from Essence called Soft touch.

 Cuti-CLUE-les

30 July 2014

Shark Attack!

Hey all,


This was a bit of a spur of the moment manicure. I have on 2 coats of P2 Color Victim in Artful which is 100% not colour accurate in these pictures. It is impossible to capture the true colour of this polish. It's a bottle green creme with an amazing formula. I wish we could get this brand over here.  Not only do I love the colour but the polish lasts so well  on top of that. 


For the accent shark I used Lac Attack Puddle Jumping for the grey. The white is just a plain white polish. The black is Essence Black is Back and the red is Max Factor in Red passion.  I used a thin paint brush for all of the shark and a dotting tool for its eyes. I kind of went with the flow on this one and didn't plan ahead. I kep it as an accent nail because I don't see myself wearing this as a full manicure. It's a bit OTT for me and I think it's more striking when you keep it as an accent.

Cuti-CLUE-les

29 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Interlocking nail design

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I'm not overly pleased with the way this turned out but it's the best of a bad bunch. I was really in the humour of doing my nails but I said I'd give it a go and try and get something done. I picked out 2 random polishes from my collection just to "spice" it up a bit. I tend to stick to a certain selection of polishes and I didn't want to get stuck in a rut. 


I started off with 2 coats of Catrice Goldfinger. This is a pale gold, very shimmery with a decent formula. It's not great on my skin-tone but when you pair it with a bold polish I think it works well enough. The purple is Catrice Heavy Metallilac and let me tell you, this polish is a thousand times better in person.No joke. It's a metallic purple (kind of obvious from the name) It's packed with a pink shimmer and it glows on the nail. It's beautiful! 


I used dotting tools to connect the design and on my accent nail I simply added on some striping tape over the gold and painted the purple on top. Pretty simple design to do and you can mix and match with whatever polishes that take your fancy. 


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
  Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Cuti-CLUE-les

28 July 2014

Hudson Breeze

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Hudson Breeze is a new to me polish from NYC. This is from their Expert last nail polish range which claims to last up to 10 days. Hudson Breeze is a slightly more toned down cobalt blue. It's not as bright or as deep as any of the other electric/ cobalt blue polishes I have tried. It's far more wearable I'd say. I haven't tried any of the expert last polishes so I was keen to see how the formula would be. These retail for around €2 depending on where you shop.


The formula on Hudson Breeze is insanely good. It's opaque in one coat, very easy to apply and it's pretty shiny even without a topcoat. Dry time is good, pretty much the same as China Glaze and OPI. The only negative is that the smell is pretty strong. Now it's not as bad as some of the older polishes like Stargazer but more noticeable than most other polishes. The brush is slightly wider than normal but not as thick or wide as the Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure range. 


 Overall I'm really surprised with how good this polish is! I love the shape of the bottle, the brush is perfect for me and you really cannot beat the formula on Hudson Breeze.  I have seen the odd NYC stand but they are pretty tiny so the selection is not great on them. If you come across this one definitely pick it up. It's one you'd get a lot of use out of and for the price you really can't beat it.

Cuti-CLUE-les
**Polish was provided for review**

25 July 2014

Dream dots for spots review

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A week or two ago I was sent out a box of the new Dream Dots for Spots to try out. Basically they are little round plasters that you stick on overnight to heal any spots you have. I was led to believe that the Dream dots would calm, clear and heal spots overnight after one use. That isn't really the case at all. I tried it a few times just to make sure I gave it a good go before doing the review and the results were disappointing for me. 

The first time I tried the Dream Dots I followed the instructions to a T. I cleansed my face, applied the dot as directed and left it on overnight. In  the morning the spot had actually gotten worse and was just as sore as it was the night before. This may have been that the length of time I had left it on was not enough although it was overnight (a good 9-11 hours from the time I applied it to the time I peeled it off) The other times I tried them the same thing happened. It says not to use in conjunction with any other spot treatments which would be find if the Dream dot alone worked to clear your skin but in  my case I had to follow on with other treatments to help heal and clear my skin.


I made the mistake of trying to pull the dot off instead of peeling away the borders and it hurt like hell! Peal away the borders when you want to remove the dot or you will regret it. On the plus side, you really do not need to worry about these pealing off during the night. Once you stick them on they are there until you decide otherwise. 
Another positive feature is that when you apply the dot, any redness you may have around the spot is practically invisible. I wore these during the day and you could barely tell that I had them on. On the leaflet inside the box they say the dot will turn white during the night as it works on the skin but not one of the dots I used changed colout which was a bit odd. 

Overall these didn't work for me. This may be down to my skin not agreeing with the products but I didn't notice enough of a difference after using them to really warrant buying them in the future. Something that really bothers me is the lack of listed ingredients on the box! Is it basically just a plaster with fancier packaging or what? I have checked out their website but again I can't find anything on it about the ingredients except that they are cruelty-free. They say they work overnight but you'll need to keep repeating the process over 3-4 days  to completely clear your skin. At that rate you probably won't  feel the box going and it would end up pretty pricey to keep replacing them when they run out (of course that depends on how often your skin breaks out). 

Dream Dots for Spots cost €14.95 for a pack of 24 dots. Shipping is Free worldwide when you order from their site.

Cuti-CLUE-les
**Product was provided for review**

24 July 2014

The Book Look: Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes nail art and book review!

Hey all,

The Book Look for this week is Sushi for beginners by Marian Keyes. It is quite a lengthy book at 564 pages and it was released in 2001. I've had my copy for a good few years now but you can buy new from the Book Depository for €8.83 or at TheBookShop.ie for €2 second hand.


Sushi for beginners focuses on the lives of 3 women, all from different backgrounds with different goals, and their struggles to come to terms with the changes in their lives. Lisa is a magazine editor with a bad attitude.  She does not take her relocation to Dublin, to set up Colleen magazine, very well and pretty much moans constantly throughout the book.Calling her self-centered is an understatement. Needless to say I didn't enjoy her character at all. 
Lisa's new assistant is the hapless Ashling. The author really tries to make you feel for her but I couldn't gel with her at all. She makes a heap of very stupid decisions and has a "pity me" attitude. Her "relationship" is a farce but still she goes along with it and convinces herself that she's in love when not 2 minutes beforehand she hated him. It's painful reading at times and you'd love to slap some sense into her. At times you would feel like she deserved what she got. She plays the innocent victim when she wasn't entirely honest from the start. 
Last but not least we are introduced to Clodagh, long time friend of Ashling who has it all. A nice house, a caring husband and 2 kids. Of course she's not happy with any of this and decides to look elsewhere to inject some fun into her life. She's the classic Bitch character and you can guess that it doesn't bode well for her perfect family life. 

Although the story is focused on the lives of the 3 women, the only character I enjoyed reading about in the entire 564 page book was the homeless boy named Boo. Unfortunately his story isn't really expanded upon. I think this is an awful shame and I would have preferred it if the author had at least gone into his life a bit more. I thought he would have played a bigger role as the story went on but it never really went anywhere. 
As the magazine's release date gets closer, the lives of the 3 women get even more hectic and complicated. The book can be a bit slow at times but it's a fairly easy read. The story is pretty simple to follow so if you are looking for a light bit of reading this will suit you just fine.

Overall I would give Sushi for Beginners 3 out of 5. The story was slightly predictable and the characters weren't my cup of tea. I do like Marian Keyes' style and I have another book waiting by her (Watermelon in case ye are interested) so I'll definitely give her books another go.


I kept the nail look pretty close to the design on the cover. Here I have on Barry m Pink Flamingo. I believe this was 3 coats. Then using a sponge I added on OPI Kiss me I'm Brazillian on top. For the accent nail I have Pink Flamingo as a base and I used some plain white polish for the chopsticks.  I added on a clear topcoat as the finish was fairly dull on its own.


 Cuti-CLUE-les

23 July 2014

My golden fair lady

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If you follow me on Instagram then you would (probably) seen this already. It's been a while since I pulled out Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilded lily but I didn't really want to wear it as a full manicure. In the end I settled on an accent nail and a gradient. Gradient's are probably the easiest way to wear glitter nail polishes without going completely OTT.


I started with 2 coats of Ciate My Fair lady. This is becoming one of my favourite nude nail polishes. It's funny because way back when I first got it I hated it! Thankfully I held on to it, it's perfect for my skintone. When that was dry I gradually added on Gilded lily. It's a fairly jam-packed glitter with a slightly thick clear base so I wiped the brush on the bottle a few times before dabbing it on the nail.  The accent nail is 3 coats of Gilded lily on its own. I didn't bother with a topcoat seeing as it was pretty shiny anyway.

 Cuti-CLUE-les

22 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- inspired by Nature nail art

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Twinsie Tuesday time! I swear these always seem so far away but they creep up on you overnight and then you panic trying to think of a fun design to do. I really liked the theme for this week. Nature inspired manicures can be so diverse and beautiful. Plus you can't help but be inspired by nature. I thought I would give Tree-bark inspired nails a try after seeing a stamped manicure a while back on A Girl and her Polish's blog. I don't have the stamp to recreate it exactly so I freehanded it.


 I started off with 2 coats of NYC Park Avenue. This is more of a taupe which I didn't realise until I had it on my nails. For the Tree-bark effect I used Barry M Mushroom. For the accent nail (the rings you see on a tree showing its age) I used the same colours alongside Misa Bourbon on the Rocks. This is one of my all-time favourite polishes. The red shimmer is so intense in person. I used this for the knots on the other nails. I wish I had a wider range of brown nail polish for this design! I think it would have looked far better with deeper, more wood like shades. The NYC and the Barry m polishes just aren't brown enough for what I had in mind.


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
 Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Cuti-CLUE-les

21 July 2014

A Summer Rainbow

 Hey all,


I have been meaning to try this design for ever and a day. I'm not sure what made me do it this time as opposed to all the other times but sure it's done now! 

I started off with3 coats of OPI I just can't cope-acabana. I was wearing this as a manicure so I just kept it on for this design seeing as I was going to use yellow anyway. Then I added on two bits of striping tape to each nail and painted on Catrice Meet me at coral island. When that was done I peeled off the tape and repeated the same process with Barry M blueberry Ice-Cream, Barry M Berry Ice-Cream, Barry M Mint, Barry M Peach Melba and Sinful Colors Sugar Rush.



It's not a hard design at all to do but it is really time-consuming. I think the end result is worth it though and it's a design you won't get bored off in a hurry so you'd get a week of wear out of it no bother. I love the way it looks, it's so eye-catching and fun! They kind of look like nail wraps (although those are a lot quicker to do!) I'm sure you could speed up the process by forgoing the striping tape and freehanding it but I like the lines to be crisp and I think it would have ended up really thick on the nail if I had used that method.

Cuti-CLUE-les

18 July 2014

The Body Shop's New Hand cream Collection

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Along with the Body Shop Fijian Water Lotus set I was also sent 2 of the new mini 30 ml hand-creams they released. I have the Shea and Homeymania scents/formulas. I normally use the regular full size version of these hand creams but I hate the packaging. It's like foil so it ends up squirting out all the handcream whenever I take the lid off. Once you press down it, there is no way of getting the shape of the tube back to normal so it got pretty messy after a couple of uses.

Thankfully the mini versions are in plastic tubes so you can squeeze out the amount you need without any waste. If you end up with too much you can always suck it back in.


They smell amazing and the scent lingers for a little while after which is nice. It's not overpowering for me so it doesn't bother me at all. I like that they are 30ml bottles as you can bring them around with you and not have to worry about them taking up too much room in your bag or on your desk.
On my normal, dry hands these work well. The formula is nice, not too thick or thin. It sinks in quickly although they feel like they have product on them for about a minute or 2 after rubbing the cream in. After that they just feel soft and smooth with a lovely scent. 

As someone who uses hand sanatizers a fair bit, it's important to have a good handcream to help with the drying effect from the alcohol. You can pick one of the Body Shop's 30 ml handcreams for €5.95. There are 8 scents available (Honeymania, Shea, Pink Grapefruit, Coconut, Strawberry, Satsuma, Mango & Moringa)

Cuti-CLUE-les
**Product provided for review**

16 July 2014

A Sweet Tart

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I've been trying to use my glitter polishes a bit more now that the summer is here. I have on 3 coats of 17 Sweet Kisses. I added on Smitten Polish Strawberry Tart to the tips. First I made sure to wipe off most of the polish in the bottle.  I do this because Strawberry Tart is a pink base with multi-cloured glitter. I don't have a polish that matches it perfectly so I try and grab as little of the base and a load of glitter in one swipe. This means the glitter transfers nicely onto the nail without the base making it look really streaky and apparent on top of the lighter polish I have on.


I liked wearing this mani. It's not something I ould normally for for but in the Summer I tend to branch out a little bit more. I love 17 Sweet kisses but I'm looking to find a polish that's just a little bit lighter. I thinking along the lines of Essie Fiji but with a better formula.

Cuti-CLUE-les

15 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- One stroke flower manicure

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For the Twinsie Tuesday challenge this week we had to create a one stroke flower manicure. I hadn't heard of this technique before now. After a bit of googling I realised I didn't have the brushes you would need to create the one stroke flower. Instead of using brushes I tried it with dotting tools and you get a fairly decent flower effect with them.


I have on 3 coats of Stargazer 103 (which I swatched last week). Once that had dried I added on an accent nail using F4 Oh Splat! For the flowers I dotted on Catrice Raspberry Fields Forever. Over that I added Catrice Sold out forever. I repeated this pattern one more and then filled in the rest of the nail with Raspberry fields forever. 

Even though it's a complete cheat mani, seeing as they still look flowery it's a fair compromise!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Cuti-CLUE-les

14 July 2014

Coral me Crazy

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I had some points saved up on the Born Pretty Store site so I decided to take advantage of the reduced price and get another one of their holographic polishes. After a fair bit of research I decided on the Coral/ Pink one which is labelled #4. I heard a lot of talk about this as one of the more unique holographic polishes they have on offer. This is mainly down to the colour which isn't all that common in holographic polishes I've found. Also, after reading a few blogs that featured this polish I found out that some people got a straight pink polish while others got a coral/pink version which is a bit confusing. I'm sure I got the right polish though so thankfully it all worked out this time. 


The formula on #4 is pretty good. I have on 2 coats and it's very easy to apply. Dry time was good too! The holographic effect shows up really well. It's not as strong as the Colour Club halo hues collection or GOSH Holographic (the original version at least, I don't own the new version) but it's still very noticeable.  I think I paid around €2 for this in the end. I would say these really aren't worth the money full price so always use a coupon or save up some points if you want to get one. As you can see in the top picture the bottles are teeny tiny (6ml). If you can get them for a lower price then I would recommend them, especially the more unique colours. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

11 July 2014

New! The Body Shop Fijian Water Lotus eau de toilette and Body lotion

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I am in love with The Body Shop's White musk smoky rose perfume so I was delighted to be sent out the new Fijian Water Lotus Eau de Toilette and Body lotion from the Voyage fragrance collection. This is new to the range and will be instores from July 31st.  The packaging on the Fijian Water lotus set is beautiful, it looks so fresh and clean and that's pretty much what you get when it comes to the scent. The Body Shop describe it as it having top notes of mandarin and litsea followed by a burst of Fijian water lotus flower, rose and marine accord. I'm not going to lie, I couldn't tell what any of these smell like alone never mind mixed together. I will say it's very fresh, almost like something you would get in a Spa but it's light, not at all overpowering. You wouldn't really say it was a particularly feminine or masculine scent. It's pretty neutral in my opinion. It is perfect for the day time but I don't see why you couldn't wear it going into night as well. 


The body lotion is a delight. I find the scent lasts ages even when using the body lotion on its own. It's light and thin so it sinks in quickly leaving my skin silky smooth. I really enjoy using the body lotions from the Body Shop, they help to extend the scent of the eau de toilette and they leave your clothes smelling lovely. As with most eau de toilette scents, Fijian Water lotus starts to fade after a couple of hours. I would say you are better off teaming it with the Body Lotion (or body butter for drier skin types) if you want the scent to last longer and you don't like carrying the glass bottle in your bag. If you are keen on bringing the bottle for touch ups during the day or night you should look into getting a travalo or any kind of travel perfume holder. It's a safer (and more lightweight) way to carry around a perfume in your bag.

The Body Shop Fijian Lotus collection will be released on July 31st. Included in the range is a perfume oil €11.95) Eau de toilette (€25.95) Fragrance mist (€11.95) Shower gel (€13.95) Body Lotion (€15.95) and Body Butter (18.95)

Cuti-CLUE-les
**Product was provided for review**

10 July 2014

Stargazer 103

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This is one of the first polishes I ever got. I don't even know if they make this anymore but it's Stargazer 103 (numbered polishe names are awful hard to remember!) I used to love Stargazer polishes but I don't see them around anymore. I actually haven't seen one in a shop for about 5 years so I'm pretty sure they either left Ireland or only a handful of places get them in stock.
This isn't the greatest polish in the world (at the time I thought it was the bees knees though) and it has an awful strong smell due to the chemicals that most nail polish companies used back in the day. Some still use them which is worrying. Anything that smells that bad cannot be good for you!


I have on 3 coats. It's pretty streaky looking but it's a nice enough polish. I do prefer creme formulas though so it's not one that I'll get a whole lot of use out of anymore (but then again you never know what might change- in a years time I could love it again) I also have the green version of this which I'm pretty sure is the exact same formula wise.

 The funny thing is I used to think this was the most outrageously brash and OTT polish colour in the world! Thank god that's not the case anymore. I used to stick with more "normal" colours but I'd be lost without the really bright polishes that they make now. It's far more fun to branch out with unusual nail polish colours and finishes that you wouldn't normally go for. Sure 9 times out of 10 no-one notices your nails anyway (unless you are a polish addict. You tend to notice these things!)

Cuti-CLUE-les

09 July 2014

Missled mistake

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This was a fairly simple mani in the beginning and then slowly over time it just escalated into a glittery concoction. None of it was planned (in fairness that's pretty much how 99% of my manicures are) I just went with it and ended up with this. It looks fairly basic right? See that yellow polish (which isn't as vibrant in person just FYI, the camera just made it pop for some reason) , it looks nice right? 7 coats of polish that took and it's still not opaque in person! Honest to god my hand was exhausted just trying to get that on. Thankfully it was cheap (came free with a magazine) but that shouldn't mean they can scrimp on the formula and make it crap and basically unusable on its own. It's called Misguided Missled I believe. It's grand as a shimmery topper over a different yellow polish but on it's own it's hopeless. 


 Thankfully the rest of the manicure was fairly straight forward. I have on 3 coats of Ciate Purple Sherbert (love this!) followed by 1 coat of Revlon girly. I think you can build up girly to be opaque on its own but it's far easier to just layer it. Plus is can look really chunky when the glitters build up. One coat is the perfect amount of coverage with this polish in my opinion. 
As with most glitter manicures I do, I added on a matte topcoat over Revlon Girly. I used a clear topcoat on the yellow polish which helped to hide some of the bald spots and streaks.

Question: Do you own a polish that you would gladly sit through 5,6,7 coats just for the end result? Let me know! My limit is 4 (Sally Hansen Gilded lily and OPI Goldeneye) I don't wear it all that often because of that (and the fact is a

Cuti-CLUE-les

08 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Stripes

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Stripes was the theme we were given for today's Twinsie Tuesday manicure. I decided to tone it down a bit and go for an all nude/light coloured polish design. It's not normally something I would do so it's good to change it up a bit from time to time. It's the only way you can really decide whether or not you like a particular colour or design combination. Normally I would use striping tape to get the lines a bit neater but honestly I think free-handing them is easier and you get a pretty neat line if you use a polish with a good brush. I find striping tape leaves an indent on the nail that can be hard to cover.


I started with 3 coats of Essence Iced Latte, a pink toned nude. Then on my ring finger I added on one coat of GOSH vanilla ice, a sheer shimmery white. I topped that off with a coat of Nails inc Glamour Glitter. One of the rest of my nails I added a stripe of Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure in Mauve along. When that was dry I added on a smaller stripe of 17 nail polish in Sweet Kisses.


 Don't forget to check out the other posts the Twinsies have down below.


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished


Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Cuti-CLUE-les

07 July 2014

Summer Swirls

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I've seen this style of manicure on pinterest a couple of times and after failing a few times trying to recreate it I finally got one to turn out ok! It's not perfect but it's a damn sight closer than the other ones I tried before. 
I started with 2 coats of Sinful Colors Happy Ending, an apple green with golden/lime shimmer. It's beautiful, far nicer than the camera chooses to show. Then using Barry m Lychee and a dotting tool I dotted on a swirl design leaving enough space to add Catrice Pimp my Shrimp on the inside.


I switched the same colours around on the thumb and I think I prefer using a light polish as a base. I think the swirl design shows up much better. Lesson learnt for next time I suppose!

Cuti-CLUE-les

04 July 2014

Storming the Aurora

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I have finally set up an instagram page for Cuti-CLUE-les. I know it took me long enough! Follow for little sneak peaks of what I'll be posting on the blog.


I realised the last day that I hadn't worn Zoya Storm in a while after seeing someone do a blog post on it. Normally black polish can be awful dreary and hard to wear mainly due to the fact that I get bored with plain polish so quickly! Storm is one of those special polishes that will suit any skin-tone and allow you to wear black nails without getting odd looks and questions as to why you're wearing a dark colour during the summer.This is all down to the holographic glitters that are packed into this polish. In fairness it's pretty dreary outside at the moment so black polish is definitely justified!
I have on 2 easy coat of Zoya Storm. The formula is flawless!


I wanted to see how Zoya Storm would look as a gradient with another polish from the same collection. I settled on Zoya Aurora, basically the purple version of Storm. Unfortunately the purple kind of faded and the holographic glitters completely took over the gradient. I really wish more of the purple had shown through. Don't get me wrong it is super sparkly, especially if you are out in the sun, but if I wanted a black and silver holographic gradient I would have gone with Essence Hello holo instead. At least the purple shines through a little bit so it wasn't a huge disappointment. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

03 July 2014

The Book Look- The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) ( #1 Cormoran Strike) nail art and book review!

Hey all,

Today's review is on The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. This is the first book based on the character Cormoran Strike. The book is 449 pages long. I bought my copy from The Book Depository



Cormoran Strike is a private investigator in real trouble. His practice isn't doing well, his relationship is rocky at the best of times and his leg is giving him trouble. Meeting his new temporary receptionist doesn't start off on the right foot and it seems like Strikes life, and business, is going downhill and fast. When a model falls to her death is seems like things are turning up for Strike. Unhappy with the circumstances surrounding his sisters death and the verdict given, her brother turns to Strike to get some answers. What starts as an easy case to make some money on soon turns into something a lot deeper than Strike or anyone else could have ever anticipated.

The Cuckoo's Calling is by far one of the best Crime/ Detective novels I have read in the past few years. Despite the ridiculous name given to the main character I could not find much fault with this book. The characters were interesting and well put together. You could see their growth and progress as the story went on and you really felt for them when times were tough. The book is rife with twists and turns, I didn't see half of them coming. They all played a role in moving the story forward. 

I wish it was longer, I could have kept on reading for another 400+ pages. I was 100% gripped! I'm delighted I didn't buy this the day it came out for the one reason that it took so long for the sequel, The Silkworm, to be released. I don't think I could have waited that long knowing how amazing the first installment of the Cormoran Strike books turned out to be. 

Overall verdict: A very well deserved  5 out of 5 . It's rare for me to like a book this much. It's one of my all time favourites. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. 


I love the cover of The Cuckoo's Calling. It's one of my absolute favourites. I started with a base of Sinful Colors Savage. Bad choice! This stained my skin so badly, you can even see it in the pictures. It took well over a week (maybe 2) to get rid of that. Definitely not a go-to polish for nail art that's for sure.I used 2 coats of Savage. Once that was dry I sponged Nails inc Summer place on to the tips of my nails. Using Essence Black is back and a thin brush I freehanded the fence , the silhouette of the man and the birds. As always a stray brush hair snuck it's way onto the nail once I added on a topcoat.

Despite the insane amount of staining, I really like the way this turned out! I have to say this is one of the books I put off reviewing because I knew the nail art side of things would be awful hard to do (If I managed to do it at all!) I adored the book and I'd hate to do a crappy nail design for it. The more I like the book the more effort I put in to do a nicer nail design! Although it doesn't always show or work out that way I'm glad it worked for this book. 


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