Jessica Nails Phenom 'Precious Collection' Review

Sunday, 4 December 2016

PR Sample
Jessica Nails have released some stunning main line collections this year (Pop Couture, Polished In Pastels, Into The Wild) but I have yet to feature anything from their 'Phenom' range.


Phenom is Jessica Nails at home Gel manicure system, it promises up to 10 days of wear with a Gel like shine and with 45 colours to choose from, it's got something for everyone. Now I can't comment on the lasting power of this range, but the shine is extraordinary and the formula is a dream to work with.

Christmas Tree Nail Art

Friday, 2 December 2016

O Christmas Tree!
O Christmas Tree!
How Lovely Are Your Branches!


.. sing along with me for today I have a very festive post for you. Yesterday (the 1st of December) I donned a Christmas jumper, opened some onion rings (tradition) and put my tree up. It's only phase one of operation 'Deck The Halls' but it's the main phase and one I look forward to every year.
For the first few years of living with my boyfriend, we would go and choose a real tree. However one year we discovered that he suffers with 'Christmas Tree Syndrome' (*scroll to the bottom to know more) and so now we have an artificial one.


Monthly Favourites - November 2016

Thursday, 1 December 2016

So here we are, the end of November. I can't tell you how excited I am for December. If you haven't guessed, I'm crackers about Christmas. I feel like I have been waiting for December to roll around since the weather started turning cold back in September. However before I get carried away with whats to come, I need to reflect on November.

In terms of my blog it was a mixed bag. I ignored it the first half (busy work life and family commitments) and then the second half I powered up and got some posts out. I love blogging, I love reading blogs but sometimes my enthusiasm for it comes and goes. Oh well.

Nail Related Favourites

Favourite nail polish
Fine Flicker from Models Own Glitterball collection (reviewed here) and Icicle from Barry M's free gift with purchase set from Superdrug (reviewed here) are my favourites this month. Both are packed with holo glitters are both are beautiful. I know that as the festive season gets in full swing, I'll be wearing them both a huge amount.



Nail art I've created this month
Another busy month nail art wise and a total of 20 manis created. I really got into my stamping this month and took every opportunity to practice and play around with the plates and stampers that I have. I also ordered a few new ones (Christmas themed) so that come December I'm ready to roll out the festive manis. Again I took part in the #clairestelle8nov challenge but I also participated in the #pcanovember16 challenge over on IG (read my overview post here). There we're a few extra mani's too.

#clairestelle8nov - my faves are the mermaid and geometric designs.


#pcanovember16 - my overall fave is the flowers.


Other nail art I've created in November - my fave is the fireworks night and candy cane nails.


Swatches I've done this month
I have to admit, that November was a little lacking in swatches. However I actually have a ton of swatch pictures lined up and ready to go next month, I just never got around to editing the posts. I'm also waiting on a couple of polishes to be delivered to finish up collections I've partly swatched, so again, once they arrive I'll be able to finish the posts and get them out there.


Favourite blog post I've published this month
My favourite post has to be the Candy Cane Nail Art post I published on the 26th November. Thanks to my new stamping ability, I've managed to create the kind of candy cane nails I've been dreaming about for years.


Favourite blog posts from other bloggers
Polished Polyglot - Tartan Pattern Nail Design [26 GNAI]
Do you ever see a nail a design and wish that it could instantly appear on your nails? Well this happened when Natalia posted her incredibly beautiful Tartan nails for the 26 GNAI challenge. Wow. I have now ordered some new stamping plates in the hope that I can create a similar look, I'm in love with tartan and need it on my nails.

Red Heads Paint It Better - Autumnal Gradient
Laura-Louise is such a talented blogger and her nail art is always gorgeous. On the 17th of November she posted a gorgeous gradient using Barry M's Molten Metal range and it immediately went on my 'to try' list. It's beautiful and would be gorgeous worn alone or as the base for some sparkly Christmas nail art.

Any new nail brands I've discovered this month
A whopping 3 new nail brands this month. Two came from my MeeBox subsciption (review here). One I'll be purchasing from again, and another I wont. 'Ard As Nails 'Taking A Dip' was such a lovely polish and I will def look to purchase from them again. Miami Deco 'Miley What's Good' was nice enough, but due to the size, packaging and obscene price, I'll never be buying from the company.

I also worked with CICI&SISI (a nail stamping brand - review here and here) and I have to say, acrylic plates are my dream. I find them so much easier to work with than the traditional metal ones, that I am already counting down the days until I place an order for some new ones.


Any new nail care items I've discovered this month
No, I've been using my favourites and although my Nail Care Routine post is a little out dated (it's on my update list), I still use most of the products mentioned there.

Non-Nail Related Favourites

Favourite moment in November
At the beginning of November my sister came to visit for the weekend and we spent so many happy hours walking around shops, touring all the supermarkets, popping in and out of B&M, Toys R Us and The Range. We grabbed lots of Christmas presents, had fun catching up and discussing 'sister' things and generally having a fab time. The memories of that weekend still fill my heart with happiness and I just wish we could do it more often.

Christmas Haul - from a solo Primark visit after my sister left.

Another notable moment was a family dinner I had with my mum, her husband, my other sister and my Aunt and Uncle. I rarely get together with them and so when I do it's really lovely. My mum filled my car with Christmas presents, we swapped advent calendars and discussed Christmas plans. It was such a lovely was to spend a cold and wet Saturday afternoon.

Favourite food
I've been enjoying hot food. Hot oats for breakfast, hot soup for lunch and hot casseroles and roasts for dinner. I've even had a crazy amount of hot chocolate and so far from the shops, my fave is the Mint one from Costa.


Favourite song
Christmas songs - all of them. I have a playlist on my spotify with 85 different Christmas songs on and it's been on repeat most of the second half of November. I have no shame about this and I can't wait to continue playing it throughout December.

As for non-Christmas songs, it has to be 'Winter Prayer' by Iron & Wine. This song is beautiful and although it's a little sombre, I love listening to it.

Favourite book
I've started re-reading 'The All Souls' Trilogy by Deborah Harkness so my favourite book is 'A Discovery of Witches'. This is such an amazingly written series and I can not thank my mum enough for introducing it to me a couple of winters ago, you can see how well loved my copy is. If you love fiction, specifically fiction involving supernaturals, you should give this a go, it's excellent.


Favourite movie
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Wow I thought this movie was excellent, I loved the characters, the plot and the insight into a different part of the Wizarding world. I can not wait for what's next to come and I hope that as the movies play out, we'll get closer to the Harry Potter timeline.
On a side note, I've often wondered why JK hasn't written a series of books on a young Dumbledore. His time at Hogwarts and then after sound incredible (from what you garner through the HP books) and I for one would love to know more.

Favourite TV show
I have been loving that Planet Earth is back, wow this series is immense, The opening show featured baby marine iguanas and racer snakes - that was something to see. Big Bang Theory is back and so far I have been loving Sheldon and Amy living together and I can't wait until Bernadette has her baby.
Finally I have started watching Gilmore Girls again on Netflix. I enjoy this show, however I can not have it on if I am trying to focus on anything. There is so much talking! However as a show to watch while I'm blogging or chilling, it's perfect and I am enjoying re-watching it. It's been years and years since I originally saw it and then once I'm done, I'll watch the new shows.

So there we have it. I feel like November was a month full of highs and lows and although I don't share my lows, they happen and it's been a struggle at times. However I am too excited for what's to come in December to wallow. As I'm finishing off this post, I'm surrounded by the glow of fairy lights from my tree, I've got a fresh cuppa in my Snowman mug and I have the taste of Lindt chocolate in my mouth from my advent calendar. I feel 'cosy'. December will def bring tons of festive nail art, lots of review posts and no doubt, lots of non-nail related Christmas posts.


Who's excited with me?

Please let me know some of your November faves in the comments. Do we have any the same?

Thanks as always for reading, I really appreciate it.

Vicky xx
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