Pancreatic Cancer Awareness - Nail Art Challenge Roundup

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

This month I have taken part in the #pcanovember16 nail art challenge over on Instagram, organised by Debbie (@ladyandthe_stamp) and Jayne (@starryeyed83). Pancreatic Cancer is something with has tragically touched both their lives and when they announced that they would be running this challenge, I immediately wanted to take part.

IZ Movember Nail Art Stickers

Sunday, 27 November 2016

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As November draws to a close, it dawned on me that I have yet to create any 'Movember' nail art. In fact when I think about it, I don't think a mustache has ever graced my nails. I tried to freehand some mustaches, but they turned out awful, like truly terrible.

Thankfully a gorgeous package landed on my doorstep on Thursday and it luckily contained some adorable mustache nail art stickers from IZ Beauty, I considered myself saved.

Candy Cane Nail Art

Saturday, 26 November 2016

With December fast approaching I have been starting to prepare for Christmas by buying lots of yummy treats for the 'Christmas Cupboard' (this year it's an old chest of drawers in our spare room). I have picked up Roses, Heroes, Quality Street, and loads of mint chocolate as it's my fave (After Eights, Thornton's Mint Selection, Matchmakers etc) but there is one thing noticeably absent from my minty hoard, Ghiradelli's Peppermint Bark.

As I haven't been to America this year, I haven't managed to grab any and as I'm not a millionaire, I am not prepared to spend the small fortune it costs to get it shipped here. 

Barry M - Free Gift Limited Edition Nail Paints from Superdrug

Friday, 25 November 2016

Ho Ho Ho - no you're not going crazy, I really have written a second post today, I did allude to the fact there may be another post today in my first blog post and here it is. In fact I feel a little like Santa (hence the Ho Ho Ho) in that I'm giving you such a treat of a post here, well at least I think so.

The other day my sister messaged me and asked if I'd seen the new Barry M's in Superdrug, a sentence that usually gets my heart racing, however I was convinced she was mistaken. After all I had attended the Barry M AW16 press event and thought I knew about all the new releases. So after a bit of questioning, which was difficult because as she's not a major nail polish obsessive like me, she took no photos, didn't know the names of the shades or what colour they were. All she could tell me was there was 2 and one was sparkly - great, consider the case closed (*insert sarcastic rolling eye emoji).

26 GNAI - Winter Warmth

Happy Black Friday, have you had a successful shopping day? I only grabbed a few Christmas presents but the most exciting thing that happened today was bagging myself a free Daisy Dixon watch in their Black Friday giveaway (my sister also got one which was amazing), anyone else get one? Actually that was a lie, there's another more exciting thing that happened, but for that you need to check back later, possibly tomorrow, dependening on when I get my swatches done.

Today I have another of the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas manis and for a change it's actually being posted on the correct day.

Nails Inc AW16 - Nails Inc Gel Effect: All Fired Up Collection

Thursday, 24 November 2016

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Back in 2014 Nails Inc brought you the first nail polish range packed with Kale. Then earlier this year coconut oil was added for extra moisture. Now there's a new superfood for your tips: charcoal.

But why charcoal I hear you ask? After all it's not really a superfood and like you I'm sat here wondering how some dusty black lump of carbon is suppose to help my nails. However charcoal is a powerful detoxing ingredient and it's been introduced to these polishes to help protect our nails against environmental toxins and pollutants, by combating free radicals.

CICI&SISI Christmas Party 03 Plate Review

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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Put your fave Christmas playlist on, grab a glass of mulled wine and snuggle up in your cheesiest of Christmas jumpers because things are getting festive tonight!

I was recently contacted by CICI&SISI and asked if I fancied reviewing some of their plates and of course my answer was a very enthusiastic YES. Now if you've followed me for a while, you know that stamping is a recent string to my nail art bow, so I'm happy to have any opportunity to try out new plates and practice my very shaky technique.

Models Own Glitterball Collection

Monday, 21 November 2016

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Another Monday and another week closer to Christmas (internal cartwheels). I am also only 10 sleeps away from putting my tree up and with the onset of December I am beginning to feel that my nails need to get a little more festive too.

Queue Models Own and their new Glitterball collection. Now unless you've been absent from social media for the past week, you'll know that last Tuesday Models Own announced (very surprisingly) that they were sneaking another new nail polish collection out. I was very excited by this news and even more excited when they turned up on my doorstep later that week.

26 GNAI - Blue & Silver

Thursday, 17 November 2016

So this post is super over due (like many these days), however I wanted to catch up on it so here I go.
I decided to join in with Crumpet's Nail Tarts 26 Great Nail Art Ideas, firstly as I love being directed with nail art. Although I like to think of myself as a creative, artsy type, I actually really struggle to come up with random themes (these challenges therefore help focus me) and secondly, I have been feeling like I need to inject some more nail art onto my blog.

I actually started this challenge back at the end of October when I posted my Halloween In The Wrong Colours mani. Today I have the first prompt, Blue and Silver (which should have been posted back on the 14th October), oops.

MeeBox October 2016 - Sugar Skulls

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Hello all, today I have a review of MeeBox's October box. I'm not sure why it's taken me this long to post my review, after all this box came out a LONG long time ago.

This is the first time in a while that I personally handed money over for a MeeBox and with that in mind I had much higher expectations. I have been loving MeeBox this year but have to say that this box didn't tickle my fancy like the others have. I just 'liked' everything and that's a very dangerous thing. However I am fully aware that this is my personal opinion, there's nothing wrong with the products, they just didn't excite me like some others have.

Monthly Favourites - October 2016

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Whaaaatttt???!!! How on earth is it November already? How on earth am I sat here writing up my October favourites? This month (like all the other's I've written favourites post for - July / August / September) has gone super quick. However I'm so excited that next month is Christmas, super squee.

Nail Related Favourites

Favourite nail polish
This month it's another double winner as I really couldn't decide between 'Let Your Hair Down' from Leighton Denny's Roaring 20's Collection and Primark's AW16 Gel Effect in 'Feisty'.

Both these polishes are stunning and are individually very unique to my collection. I'm very much in love and have been wearing these to death the last month.

Nail art I've created this month
So this month I took part in #clairestelle8halloween challenge on IG and made myself do lots of independent nail art. I actually went into double digits and completed a grand total of 19 different nail designs (I've only got 17 designs to show you because the other 2 from my MeeBox Pumpkin Spice nail art post, were posed rather oddly and didn't look right, OCD formatting at it's best).

#clairestelle8halloween nail art - my faves are the pumpkins and the bats.

Here's my last mani's GiTD reveal, it's not a great quality image as my camera on my phone freaks out in low light, however you can still see it and that's good enough for me.

Other nail art I've completed in October - my faves are the stamp decal ghosts and pumpkins!

Swatches I've done this month
Like with my nail art, I totally upped my swatching game (yes I just sly smiled at myself, after last month (see September faves) I'm feeling rather proud). In the collage below I have only put those swatches which I've either blogged about or shown on my IG account. Behind the scenes I have around 12 other swatches ready to go, so keep an eye out next month (actually this month) for them.

Yes I know I've not done as many as I thought (see my Autumnal Nail Mail & Haul post), however those I've missed are coming up in November.

Favourite blog post I've published
So this month I manged to post every other day, something that hasn't happened in a very long time here on The Polish List. As a result I have far too many to pick between and consequently I've been changing my mind a lot. However I think it has to be the review of Barry M's AW16 Coconut Infusion Collection.

The reason I picked this is because I had so much fun styling the photos with the coconut and autumnal leaves, that and the fact the colours were incredible.

Favourite blog posts from other bloggers

A Nail Polish Addiction - TAG / Breast Cancer Awareness
This was such a lovely post and I especially enjoyed the fact it was chock a block full of pink polish. Hayley did a great job at narrowing down her pinks and I also saw a couple I need to pick up. I joined in with this TAG and you can view my top 10 pink polishes for Breast Cancer awareness here.

Coewless Nail Polish Blog - NOTD Coraline
Eva is a magician when it comes to nail art and these Coraline nails are stunning. She did an incredible job with all the characters, but my favourite has to be Other Wybie, his button eyes are perfect.

Any new nail brands I've discovered
Thanks to MeeBox's Pumpkin Spice box, I managed to try both C&E Clementine and Nude No1 by Lauren B Lacquer and later in the month I was sent some Annika nail colours to try from The Edge Nails.

Any new nail care products I've discovered
I've been wracking my brains for this one and don't think I have.

I can't let this month pass without mentioning a couple of things. Firstly a certain #worldpastaday manicure I created. I have never had a manicure create a stir quite like these did on IG, and although not everyone understood or 'got' why I stuck bits of spaghetti to my nails (why read captions hey!), it was fun to see the response all the same.

2.5k new followers gained

What I find even more funny is I very nearly didn't post these nails and when I did I thought I'd get a few 'pity' likes from my current followers :)

Secondly this is the month I finally put in some serious hours and started stamping - yay. Can you believe it's taken me this many years? Well I'm finally on my way to being a nail stamper and with a little more practice I know I'll get a few issues straightened out.

Non-Nail Related Favourites

Favourite moment in October
In October I had a whole week off and enjoyed every moment. I decorated the house for halloween which was lovely, however there was one lovely day where I woke up early and took myself off to IKEA to grab a 4th Helmer. I also met up with my family for lunch and finished the day off with a long luxiourious bath. It's these kind of days that I love and I can still remember how cosy and warm the whole day made me feel.

Favourite food
I wait for October to roll around every year because Kipling release their Fiendish Fancies and I totally love them. Over the month I picked up 5 boxes (I have 3 left to get me through November/December) because when these delicious orange cakes are gone, it's another year until I can have them again!

I also made some chocolate crispy cakes this month (how amazing are these things!). I hadn't made these in years and I'm not sure why, they took minutes and tasted amazing.

Favourite song
Freedom by Beyonce has been my go to tune this month, it's so motivating. I blast this as I drive to work, while I shower, as I clean the house, in fact at any time I need to boost my energy levels. Beyonce - you are amazing!

Favourite book
I have been loving Meik Wiking's 'The Little Book of HYGGE - The Danish Way To Live Well'. What's really interesting from reading this, is that I'm a total hygge nerd and never realised it. It's the perfect book to pick up and while reading through the sections I've been examining what really makes me happy, it's been an education.

Favourite movie
As it's been the month of Halloween this goes out to all my spooky faves - 'A Nightmare Before Christmas' 'Hocus Pocus' 'The Witches' and 'Coraline'. Spot the Fiendish Fanices! :)

Favourite TV show
Victoria (now finished) and Poldark. Yes I know it's another double winner but as both of these shows have been getting me through that dreaded Sunday night downer for the last 7/8 weeks I had to mention them. I love a good period drama and am looking forward to 'The Crown' starting on Netflix in a couple of days (fingers crossed it's good),

So there we are, I love rounding up my month and reflecting on all my favourite things. Please let me know your favourites from October, especially if they're the same as mine. I am so excited we're now in November, I've had the Home Alone soundtrack on while typing this and have picked up lots of fun Christmas bits in B&M & Sainsbury's this morning (including a Christmas countdown elf - it's 52 days if you're interested).

Vicky xx
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