Pay Day Treats

Hey everyone!

Long time no see! It’s just been so hard to get back to writing with college and so many other things going on at the same time. So just thought it’ll throw together a little post about how fast money goes the day you get paid.

 

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Isn’t pay day like the most awaited day in your week/month? Because magically as that day approaches you realise how many things you have to buy and boom before you know your pay is gone. (usually on things you don’t even need)

One thing you need to know about me is that I’m obsessed with nail polishes since I stopped biting my nails. And with these recent purchases I’ve gone from 94 to 102 bottles… And that’s kind of impressive if you ask me for someone who had pretty much no nails 2 years ago.

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Beauty on a Budget: New buys

 Hey everyone! Today I want to show you some of my most recent beauty buys, a mini haul you could say. In advance sorry for the dirty makeup brush, forgot to take pictures before using it and haven’t washed it just yet. Some of these products I’ve been using for quite a while now so I’m currently working on reviews for those but got a massive haul coming up as well in a matter of days so that’ll keep me occupied for a while. I was going to write this post as little description of each of these but ended up with mini reviews, oops.

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Nails of the month: July 2015

Hello everyone! I decided to start doing a monthly review of the nail colours and designs I had in that month, called Nails of the month (NOTM). So without further hesitation, have a look what I wore during July.

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Firstly we have a blue ombre and a glitter ring finger. I stuck the glitter onto a layer of mod podge for easy removal and topped it with a top coat. For the ombre I used Collection 7 day wear nail polish 1.White Out as a base colour. For the ombre Continue reading

Day 27: DIY Ombre Nails

Hey y’all and welcome to day 27 of the 30 day blogging challenge! Today I will show you how to do ombre nails all by yourself and honestly, it’s super easy!

I’m right handed and can never paint my right hand without it looking ridiculous. Therefore lately I’ve been obsessed with ombre-like nails because the whole point in it is that it doesn’t have to be perfect! Happy days for me and all those of you who are really useless with their non dominant hand!

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New nail polishes!

Hello everyone!

Sorry I’ve been absent on this blog lately but I’ve been extremely busy with end of year college exams and barely had the time to sleep with all the last minute revision, never mind the time to write on the blog but I’m back and hopefully going to post a lot more often now!

On my last day in the big city I had to buy a few beauty roducts and some bits and pieces for my wardrobe. While in Penneys I picked up this lovely NYC Shine in a Minute nail polish in the colour 700 Staten Island Blue. It’s a lovely shade of blue, one I’ve been looking for in the last few months actually. The brush seems quite big and thick in comparison to some of the polishes I’ve been using lately but it easily reaches all the spots on my nails so I’m happy enough. Plus for something that cost less than 2 euro it’s amazing.

**excuse my nails looking all gross, just took off blue nail polish**

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When I was in Boots I saw they have an offer on some of the Collection nail polishes being ‘2 for 4 euro’. While they’re kind of small at 8ml I still went on with my purchase. I’ve always loved how other people’s nails looked with white nail polish on, be it an accent nail or whole hand. I tried it on myself but my previous white polish had below average coverage and took forever to dry and just couldn’t give me the effect I was after. So the second I saw this 1 White Out colour I knew I had to get it and try it out. For my second colour I chose 7 Orange Zest. While it looks rather reddish in the bottle it has an orangey red look on the nails and looks truly amazing.

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This is how the nails looked after one coat of each nail polish…

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As you can see they all need a second coat especially since I do a really thin coat for the first one so that I don’t have to wait too long to apply the second one. With the NYC blue one you could possibly get away with using one thicker coat but since it dries quick (it’s one of the ‘dries in 60 seconds’ one) it’s just handier to do two coats.

Here’s how the nails look after a second coat without using top coat.

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As you can see the Orage Zest looks more like red. To bring out the orange shade paint your nail with a white polish as a base and then use one coat of the orange colour. As you can see the difference is huge but to me both of the colours are fabulous so use whichever way suits you more!

I can’t tell you much about how long these last because:

  1. Haven’t properly tested them out yet
  2. I never wear nail polish for 7 days to test the Collection’s promise on the bottle.

but from what I have had them on my nails it seems to be that the NYC one is better lasting in my opinion.

As my nail polish collection is growing I’m on a hunt for a good black one and some neon colours so let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions! 🙂

Love,Sara xox

My nail story!

Hello everyone!

If you read my post ’Get to know me: 15 facts’ then you know I used to bite my nails.. Badly.. And if you didn’t, yes I used to bite my nails until they were all horrible.IMG_2108

My mam always told me that even as a baby I always put my fingers in my mouth and as soon as I could bite my nails- I did. This actually carried on into my childhood and teenage years. Even at 17 I was still a very stubborn bitter,  who simply couldn’t stop the habit. I’m not saying that I wasn’t ashamed of it or that I wasn’t hiding my hands so that people wouldn’t see. I’m saying that it’s a habit that is very hard to kick.

Why do people bite their nails? I couldn’t tell you. Some people do it because they’re stressed, others because they’re bored. I can’t exactly pin point as to why I did, because to me it’s something I’ve always done. One thing I am sure of is how badly it damages your nails.

FullSizeRenderHow bad of a bitter I was? Well… at one stage I managed to have literally a hole in my nail. How? No idea but it hurt for a while. I would have my nails bleeding on numerous occasions and most of the time at least one nail would be sore. Yeah, I was actually this bad.

Over the last few years I think I’ve tried literally everything to stop the habit. But nothing really worked until I met my nail technician.

At first I was trying the ‘choose one nail’ method where you’re supposed to pick a nail that you won’t touch while you can do whatever with the rest. Then after say 3/4 days or a week you choose another nail and now you’re keeping 2 safe. You’re supposed to continue this until all ten are chosen, marked, safe, whatever you want to call it. As you can guess this didn’t work for me but give it a try because hey, it could work for you.FullSizeRender (1)

‘Paint your nails, you won’t want to ruin your work’, while this might work for a lot of people it definitely didn’t work for me. Seeing something new, colourful, etc on my nails made me want to put them in my mouth even more and this is exactly what you don’t want when trying to stop biting your nails!

Then of course there’s the nail polishes which are supposed to make you stop biting your nails. I mean, they’re awful. They have this disgusting bitter taste when you bite your nail but hey, that goes away after a few seconds and you get used to it easily. Definitely another miss for me.

Turning to gel nails was the last possible option for me. I tried them on few occasions before but always ended up biting them off after +/- 2 weeks. Now, I’m not saying you should go get gel nails and you’ll stop biting your nails but that’s what worked for me.FullSizeRender (2)

**I’m not a nail technician so this is just my knowledge and could be wrong.**

You can get your nails extended on a tip (a plastic nail tip is stuck to your nail) or on a form (a sticker is applied around the tip of your nail and the gel is used to extend your nail, so that basically your nail extension is all gel without using the plastic tip). I’ve had both done and the ‘tip’ ones were always off within 2 weeks, where as the ‘form’ ones stayed on for at least a month. (even with my biting mastered) But again all of this depends on the nail technician and I was just lucky to find one who could take care of my nails and help me kick the awful habit!IMG_1084

I got my nails done on the form with her on a couple of occasions but always ended up going back to biting my nails once the gel ones were off. On my final try I got my nails done every month for 3 months and once I filed them off  I could easily fight the urge to bite them because let’s just say, they were super long, and I didn’t feel the need to bite them! I had to end up cutting them down to short nails because they were super weak. (due to years of biting and not the filing involved with gel nails because a good nail technician won’t cause loads of damage to your nails)

I’ve had the gels off on 1st of January 2015 and been letting my nails grow on their own without biting them off. I’m actually quite proud! While they’re still weak and break off easily I think it’s still an achievement to actually have nails for the first time in my life and not these little non-existent things on my fingers.

What I’m trying to say is take time to find the method that will work for you because it’s quite a shame when a grown woman has her nails bitten, it just doesn’t look very classy and hey, we all try to look classy, right?! So tell me what works for you in the comments below or share your story!

Love,Sara xox

Mini Haul March 2015

Hello everyone! I went on a mini shopping trip to Penneys yesterday and bought some real nice things! I also stopped at Boots to get some bleach for my much needing it roots. Pictures coming right up:

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  • #iwokeuplikethis or  #instagorgeous pillow cases:pillows

I am so so so so in love with those! It could be the pastel mint green or the little phrases but they’re just amazing! I couldn’t find a matching duvet cover but my local penneys is tiny so I’ll have a look in one of the City Centre ones and hope to find it! At 4 euro they’re a steal.IMG_1150

  • Ultra soft super skinny jeans in blue:

While I can never buy any sort of jeans from penneys, I got those in a size bigger, even just to wear them around the house because you don’t always get a 5 euro bargain.IMG_1142

  • Scented Candle:

Recently, I’m in love with candles. Scented candles to be more exact. And this pastel pink, Pink Grafefruit, candle from Penneys smells truly amazing, burns for ages and costs just a mere 1 euro! Amazing!

  • Flats, flats, flats:shoes

Being a size 7.5 I can never ever get any sort of shoes because many places don’t do half sizes. So I always end up buying size 8 shoes and well, these flats were a true and proper steal at their discounted prices. The blue ones have sort of a suede finish and would be a perfect alternative to high heels if you want to be comfortable all night! The cream and black ones are just ideal for that spring/summer weather once it gets kind of warm in Ireland. Either way, paying 5 euro for two pairs of shoes is an excellent deal.

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  • Jerome Russell BBlonde powder and cream peroxide: Having heard amazing reviews about it I’ve decided to give it a try, since my roots are way over-due at this stage. Plus I’m sick of all the dyes I’ve tried leaving a brassy shade on my hair, even after numerous washes with purple shampoo! I shall give this a try in a week or two and let you know of the results.IMG_1147
  • Sally Hansen polish remover:

I was running out on my nail polish remover and these were selling at ‘buy 1, get 1 half price’ so I got both the regular and strengthening version. Since I actually have nails, you’ll see me painting them like 50 times a week and the nail polish remover just disappears. I swear, you’d think I drink it, that’s how fast it goes. Hahahaha.

Well that’s it! Hope you enjoyed it and feel free to drop me a comment!

Love,Sara xox