Monthly Archives: April 2011

Famous Nails – The Occasional Dish

Good morning readers,

I’ve been collecting pictures of celebrity nails for the past few days, squirreling them away and polishing them, choosing only the best for your delectation. So, pray tell, what has been going on in the world of Celebrity Nails?

Katy Perry

Now, what NYL blog post worth its salt could neglect to mention Katy Perry? Erstwhile singer of bitingly clever pop songs, now more famous for her bad-boy-gone-good husband Russell Brand and that video where she shot whipped cream out of her boobs. Whatever – I think she still deserves mad props for her incredible talons.

gold talons for her ET music video (dont try this at home, kids)

adorable candy stripe nails

ice cream sprinkle nails (she totes copied me on this one, FYI...)

not a nail picture per se, but isnt that peachy shade GORGEOUS?

(all images courtesy of Katy Perry’s much linked-to TwitPic)

Kiddie Nail Polish

Twice – not just once, but TWICE – this week, I’ve come across little girls, no older than seven surely, wearing high heels. Yes, high heels. Around town, shopping with their mummies, in their high heels. They were sparkly silver and sparkly pink respectively, in case you were wondering. But what is happening to kids these days?  They’re starting to adopt stereotyped gender roles younger and younger…  just check out these Hollywood mini-models.

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt... aged two (via

Zuma Rossdale... aged two (via

And did you all hear about the uproar recently over a little boy who likes to have his toe-nails painted in neon pink (Essie, s’il vous plaît)? I saw this on, and it kind of turned the argument on its head for me. If they want to paint their frigging toe-nails, let them paint their  frigging toe-nails. There’s a whole host of nail polishes designed specifically for kids (e.g. easily peeled-off, less chemicals used in the making). It certainly will not, as one wack-job Fox News contributor suggests, lead to inevitable Gender Identity Disorder in later life. Did Dr. Keith Ablow collect ten crisp packets to become a psychiatrist? Or perhaps he had the title bestowed upon him by the almighty Glenn Beck, co-author of his latest book.

watch out Glenn... playing with your son might turn him gay.

Charlie Sheen

I missed the whole Charlie Sheen “winning” meme, and tried my best to avoid media coverage of his recent public meltdown (it’s not entertaining to me, just kind of sad), but this drew my eye instantly.

Get "Winning" Nails with Charlie Sheens New Collection

On  – a Charlie Sheen-endorsed collection of nail polishes, with titles such as Duh, Winning and Bi-Polar. Unfortunately (or, perhaps fortunately) this collection was announced on the 1st of April, so it was a big fat APRIL FOOLS! It had me going there for a minute, I have to admit. The Tiger Blood shade looks like it would have been interesting…

Around the Celeb Nail World in Sixty Seconds

Here comes the quickfire round – some pic spam that I’ve been indulging in recently.

Annalynne McCord in fluorescent yellow (via

Alexa Chung with palm-tree nail art (via the

Fergie with fabulous fuschia nails (via

Scarlett Johannson sporting magenta in D&Gs summer campaign (via

Inspiring stuff! Now, I’m off to enjoy the sunshine of our premature summer, and top up the sunburn I’ve already acquired on my nose. Slán!



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Peachy Keen

This evening, readers, I have a spectacular Spring nail polish to showcase. I was in Dublin last weekend and was wowed by all the new products on the Essence and Catrice stands around town. I had to limit myself to two nail polish purchases, though, because my stash is getting ever so slightly out of control. I ended up buying an apricot from Catrice and a lemon-yellow from H&M. Here is Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer 520 Apropos Apricot.



knitting a ukulele cover

green green grass of home

There’s a little sticker on some of the new Catrice polishes saying “2X Coats”… which I assume to mean that two coats are sufficient. Hmm. I did three coats for the above pictures, and even then I think it could use a fourth. It certainly wasn’t enough after two. The formula is quite odd, kind of a watery creme. It wasn’t fun to work with, either, because it began to dry as I was painting which made it difficult to get even coverage. I’ll make an allowance because I love the colour so much, but still. *wags finger at Catrice*

Here are two more lovely colours I plan to jazz up my nails with in the next week or so…

spring summer loveliness

That’s (l to r) Catrice Apropos Apricot, 17 Fast Finish Pink Lemonade, and Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours Orange Crush.

In other news, my lettuce is growing! Check these babies out. It’s a loose leaf variety, meaning it doesn’t grow in heads but in individual leaves. I’m so proud I grew this from seed. *sniff* My babies are growing up.

in bloom!

I’ve been mad playing the ukulele recently. I only play basic songs with basic chords, with easy (not too low, not too high) vocals, but I’m enjoying it so much. I may have found my vocation in life (that is to say, annoying other people through song). There are so many songs I’d love to play but I’m not quite good enough yet – and one of them is Ukulele Lady as sung by Vaughn De Leath (and later, Bette Midler). There’s even a Muppet version of the song, which I’d like to share with you. It brings a little sunshine to my day 🙂

Until next time,


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Spring/Summer 2011 – Nail Trends

Welcome to the first Nail Trends post of 2011. Don’t expect too many of them, because the world of nail polish is a slow-mover when it comes to trends. Although recently there’s been an upsurge in the popularity of novelty polishes (e.g. crackle, scented, colour-changing), so I figured it was about time I did a little rundown of what will be making waves this season.

Crackle Polish

We’re all aware of this one by now – almost every nail polish range worth its salt has brought out a crackle polish. I remember being so excited about this last summer, waiting patiently for the Isadora Graffiti Nails range to come out in shops. Well, it finally has, and honestly I think it’s the pick of the bunch (disclaimer – have not tried every single crackle polish in existence so may not be a reliable authority).

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I tried a friend’s bottle of the deep blue one (hint – it looks AMAZING over bright yellow) and it left a clean, even crackle effect that was perfect on the first try. Barry M Instant Nail Effects is good too – probably the most easily accessible one since it’s available in Boots and Superdrug. They’ve also brought out some new colours for Summer – haven’t heard word if they’re decent, but… it’s Barry M, so they’re probably great.

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My cousin recently informed me that Boots 17 have just released a crackle nail polish (the bandwagon just got heavier). A quick Google search provided me with this: a platinum-gold metallic shimmer – interesting, and different.

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Essence are bringing out two crackle polishes as well, black and white, though no word if the range will be coming to Ireland. Still, gotta love the cheapy versions! (whisper – I hear Essence are releasing holographic polishes here in May/June! Woohoo!)

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Novelty Polish

I had a gander at these nail polishes the other day and, despite myself, I had a MAJOR urge to buy. Not just one, but them all. I was able to resist, amazingly – check these out; scented nail polishes from Revlon.

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It’s called the Scents of Summer collection (and was out in America last year… clearly it takes a whole 12 months for us to catch on across the water). So far I’ve only seen the lime green, the shimmery turquoise green, and the bright fuschia purple. The catch is, they’re only scented when dry, so you can’t exactly try before you buy. And, at 9 euro a pop, it’s squarely aimed at the adult market. Not sure if I’ll be trying this one out…

Mood polish – it’s existed for a while, but a new line (company?) has appeared recently, offering color-changing polishes for $8 a go.

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Nice, subtle colours, another novelty polish aimed towards adults rather than children. I like… but I don’t love. Anyway, there’s always Claire’s, because cute as it is, I don’t see myself wearing a mood polish more than once a year.

Spring/Summer Shades

I’m sure most of us have seen the latest Chanel campaign images, but if not, here’s a refresher –

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Chanel are major trendsetters when it comes to nail polish colours, and we can see how other ranges have been inspired by Chanel’s reliance on soft pastels and nude colours. For example, here’s a Spring 2011 range from Essence named Blossoms Etc. – not exact copies, but certainly inspired.


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There’s also Gosh’s romantic Less is More spring collection, which features two nail polishes in muted beige and earth tones – very pretty.


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Lastly, how beautiful is Catrice’s Spring/Summer collection, Urban Baroque? It’s all simple pinks and pastels, nude and elegant. Not thrilling, but understated and gorgeous.

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Nail Art

Where would I be without my nail art? Nowhere, that’s where, because I love it and it was a huge motivator for me to start writing this blog. For summer, I predict nail art will be fun and fancy-free – think cartoon characters, cupcakes, rainbows. Check out Wah-Nails for inspiration (though their designs can be a little repetitive – I guess if it ain’t broke, why fix it?). I want to link you to an amazing blog I found the other day – I’ll throw in some of the pictures on it for now but I strongly urge you go take a look – I fell instantly in love with the designs. It’s here, and here are some of the pictures I’ve been swooning over.

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So much inspiration! To the nail polish box!




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