Monthly Archives: September 2010

Baby It’s Gold Outside

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Who doesn’t love it? Now that we’re in the big bad recession, ads have been popping up urging people to exchange their gold for cash – and I think I can safely say that gold is in short supply in these parts. So, in other words, it’s the perfect time to cheer yourself up by adding a little bronzed bling to your nails.

This little beauty is the inventively named “Gold” from Barry M.


Application was beautiful, and the formula was thin but nicely pigmented. I did 3 coats and topped it with a clear coat of Essense 01 Absolute Pure.


Take a look at the close-up:

click me to magnify!

As bling-tastic as this colour is, I found myself getting a little bored with my nails. After about twelve hours or so, to be honest. It just wasn’t cutting it. So I tried a wee trick courtesy of Lynnie at Check out the link first, then peer below for my cheap imitation…


Leopard-print nails! I’ve been swooning over the pictures of hand-drawn leopard manicures on Wah Nails and when I read Lynnie’s tutorial, I decided to give it a lash myself. It’s not that difficult to do, and it does look pretty cool… if you squint your eyes and look from a distance 😉

the slightly less glamorous right hand

(notice the white blobs on my thumb and middle finger? I helped my Dad paint the kitchen. Luckily regular nail polish remover whipped it right away!)

Gold seems to be a bit of a thing in the nail polish world, especially since gold Minx is both popular and expensive – some people seem to be opting for the more pocket-friendly alternative. Check out Gosh Gold for a cooler, more silvery colour, Chanel Gold Lamé for a more bronzey tone,  Topshop Gold Dust for a near-dupe of Barry M Gold, or Essence Gold Rush for some budget bling. I am aware I have overused the word “bling” in this post by about, like, seven times. I don’t care. BLING!!!

Now, what I’d REALLY like is some actual gold. Well be still my beating heart when I saw this in the paper last week:

*husband not included

Dammit… Well, thus begins the hunt! Maybe I can use my sparkly nails to lure one into my den… *flies off to fantasy-land*…

~ nua eabhrac



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Nail Inspiration, Part I: Katy Perry

Now whether you’re a fan of Katy Perry or not, you have to admit – the girl has great nails.

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Poor old Katy has rather fallen by the wayside in recent times, thanks in part to the effervescent whirlwind that is Lady GaGa. Gagaloo has left a trail of dust in her wake that seems to have swept Katy away, leaving her a poor man’s substitute. She kissed a girl? Well, GaGa had a Bad Romance. And she wore Coke cans in her hair while answering the Telephone. Far more interesting.

In any case, Katy has struggled to remain relevant to kidz in the hood, and her nails have become a convenient canvas for showing how hip she still is (or is trying to be). She regularly appears at award ceremonies and launches wearing the most ridiculously awesome manicures, and frequently tweets pictures of her latest nail bling. Want evidence? Feed on this.

queen of bling

pretty polka dots

bejeweled at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2010

the Union Jack for British bf, Russell Brand

cutesy floral Minx

Oompa Loompa Minx!

Jealous much? All these pictures were sourced via Katy Perry’s twitter page, by the way (, where you can find a handful more pictures of her blinged out nails, including a Minx manicure of her own cat, Kitty Purry. Minx is a favourite of Katy’s, as you can see in the pictures above. For those not in the know, Minx is a kind of veneer that is placed on the nail, ready-made – no mess, no fuss, no drying time required. Amazing, but EXPENSIVE – but definitely worth a try. The most popular Minx designs in recent times have been the gold and silver chrome ones, as modelled by rival Lady GaGa in the video for Love Game:

silver Minx

In fact, Lady GaGa deserves her own nail inspiration post, so keep your eyes peeled dear blog readers!

In the meantime, Katy Perry has gone rather quiet on the manicure front, at least where her once-frequent twittering is concerned. Could this be the reason?

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Tut tut. Come on Katy. Make with the TwitPics! We want more nail inspiration!

Anyway, Katy Perry gets the New York Lady seal of approval 🙂

UPDATE: More on Katy Perry and the Russell Brand takeover-makeover!


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A Grey Old Time

Well hello there!

I’ve been meaning to update this for aaaaages but have been attacked by a serious case of the Lazies this week. I have so many swatches to update I think I’m going to need a notebook to keep track of them all. Luckily, this nail polish stood out for me. But not in a good way. This is Rimmel 60 Seconds 805 Grey Matter.


This polish is from the new 60 Seconds range, with a chubby, curved  X-press brush for “1 sec application”, or so the bottle purports. On the back, one discovers that this is actually a “one-coat nail polish”. First of all, the formula was horrible. Really clumpy, and gooey – it had a consistency similar to that of honey. One coat might have sufficed if I was more careful with application, but I did two, followed by a thin top-coat of Essence 01 Absolute Pure.


In all fairness, I do love the colour. The big problem, I guess, is that it just didn’t dry properly. Or at all. Look at the dents and fingerprints and smudges! Horrible!! (p.s. these photos were taken the day after I painted my nails)


I haven’t tried any other shades in the 60 Seconds range, but I would be willing to – Rimmel often have gorgeous colours, and maybe I got a dud bottle. Most bloggers who reviewed Grey Matter had nothing bad to say about it, and I don’t like to jump to conclusions, but… seriously disappointed with this one.

Of course, I will try it again, in the vain hope I can make it work 🙂

admiring my baby sunflowers

~ nua eabhrac


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