Monday, 28 November 2016

My Work: Gold Sparkles

Beth came to me as a treat to get her nails done.  Due to the type of job she does, she didn't want anything that stands out too much in terms of colour but told me she loves glitter.
 

I used CND Shellac in Beau and then applied Lecente Glitter in Sleigh Bells (it was limited edition but hopefully it will return to their line at some point again, a good alternative would be Sand.) I used Shellac Clearly Pink over the glitter to seal it and cured it.  I then used my Lecente S1 brush and Shellac Cream Puff to pain the little stars.
 
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Beth seemed thrilled with the result of her "girly nails" ready for going ice skating tonight.  I do love the simplicity of them but they're pretty and festive.

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NOTD: Festive Navy

 
I am going to Las Vegas today and I wanted to do nails that are glitzy but also festive without being too Christmassy (if you get what I mean.)  I brainstormed what I wanted for a ridiculous amount of time as I don't know about you but my biggest pet peeve is having nails on holiday that I don't like because I can't change them! 

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I settled for navy (because you know I would have gone with red but I fought the urge!) so I chose CND Shellac in Indigo Frock as well as Silver Chrome and Beau.  I have Indigo Frock on my thumb, middle and little fingers.  I applied Silver Chrome to my ring middle and then a mix of Lecente Silver Holographic Multi Glitz and Spark Firework Glitter over.  Using the same two glitters I mixed a glitter paste and using my Lecente S2 brush to draw the detail on my thumb and Christmas tree on my middle finger.  Finally I used Beau and these nail art discs from Inglot on my index finger.  Sidenote: I've never used these discs before but they're super smooth on the nail and look fantastic.  I bought them from Poland last December and the name on the back says '32 Ozdoby do Ciala I Paznokci' if that helps.

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I really love these nails which is a relief so I can go away happy, I'm sure you all know that feeling!
 
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CND New Wave Collection



Finally there is talk of a new collection being launched with CND and it looks to be another exciting one.  The CND New Wave Collection is bright, bold with a little bit of a retro vibe.

Launching in January 2017, the collection consists of:
  • Video Violet
  • Pink Leggings
  • Blue Eyeshadow
  • Jelly Bracelet
  • Banana Clips
  • Ecstasy
     
All shades are available in both Shellac and Vinylux.
 
I do think the names are hilarious, taking me back to my youth (I'm an 80's child, what can I say) and I'm keen to see the finishes of each shade as you never know by these cartoon style photos really.  I think I may already love Blue Eyeshadow though as if it looks like the bottle, its going to be stunning.

What are your initial thoughts on this collection?

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Slim Down Sunday: Weeks 70 - 82

Honestly?  Where do I start?  This is the post I've been dreading but I've known it was coming.  I'm ashamed and heartbroken, I'm very annoyed with myself and I know I've let myself down.  I never know when I'm writing about myself what to share.  I'm an open person, if you ask me something then I give you an honest answer but I never know if anyone is that bothered about the person I am.  I'm not being funny when I say that either but I know you're mostly here for the nails and that's fair enough!  
 

Anyway, I've mentioned on my Facebook page and in passing I've had a tough year.  My life this year has done a complete 180 on everything I ever knew because at the start of 2016 I made the decision to separate from my husband after ten years.  Wow, just writing that down kills me because although it was my decision, he's such a lovely man but it just wasn't right.  We are both 31 and I knew that we were young enough to start again.  Is this an excuse - I'm not sure - as to why I've struggled once again with my weight.  I'm presuming it's an excuse but the reality is I have felt like I am just desperately trying to keep all aspects of myself in some sort of order and my weight has spiralled out of control again.  My personal life has been rocky as I worked out my next steps moving forward.

Separating after such a long time together is definitely a grieving process.  I am grieving for the life I had, the loss of that person that you knew so well and your world turning upside down.  Everything I ever knew has gone, like it never existed.  It's easy to forget that although it was my decision entirely in this case, I was only following my heart, being true to myself and I am still suffering a huge loss to my life that of course in time, will heal.
 
 
I am however, lucky enough to have met my lovely boyfriend Rich and together with my parents and a close handful of friends he has helped picked me up when I have fallen to pieces.  (Cue the tears at the thought, I'm such a girl.)  If you follow me on Snapchat (username- liverpoollashes) you'll know Rich pretty well as he's always on it.  Anyway, to add to all the changes going on, I've moved 200 miles away to near Cardiff to be with him but travel fortnightly back up north to keep my client base going there as well as try to see my family and friends.  I miss my cats terribly as we are slowly trying to make arrangements to bring them down here with me.

At the start of the year I had lost a staggering 76lbs (nearly five and a half stone) and I felt amazing and looked so different to what I looked like at the start of 2015.  I'm so gutted to tell you that I've put on a whooping 3 stone (42lbs) since the start of the year.  I'm so embarrassed that I have once again let my issues with food take hold of me again and I'm back to binge eating.  I know there's no point dwelling on it as I just need to kick myself up the backside and get on with it.
 

January 2015                                  December 2015
I have to tell you this which is almost laughable though, Rich himself has lost 7 stone and is now a Weight Watchers Leader in Cardiff.  I'm there at most of his classes so if you were local and joined we would have a hoot.  Anyway, despite him being a leader he still has his issues with food so understands me but I know he can't help if I eat in secret.  
 
I'm telling you all this because talking to you previously was how I got as far as I did.  I'm mortified  and heartbroken that I didn't manage to keep it going as I was convinced I had cracked it but as many of us know, take your eye off the ball and the weight creeps on.  I need put these weight gains to a grinding halt and start losing what I've gained.  I do however have huge obstacles ahead, firstly being that on Tuesday I am going to Las Vegas for a week.  Second of course is Christmas but I didn't let that stop me last year and continued to lose pretty much throughout.  
 
So let me tell you my plan, I'm back to calorie counting and I have been for the majority of the last week.  I could of course follow Weight Watchers - I am not currently a member but living with a leader if I decide to switch then I know he can guide me.  For now however, I will stick to what I know.  I need to get back into the habit of being more active again as I know this will boost my confidence as I do feel myself retreating back into my shell again and wanting to hide. 
 
I've written this post, not for sympathy as I have done this to myself but in the hope that it will trigger the strength to carry on once again slimming down.  I know that Vegas will be a struggle but hopefully I will eat more mindfully.  I have a lot to talk about and although I obviously don't want to make my separation completely public, I have even considered writing about it in a way to help others who may be going through the same thing.  I am also considering talking about what I refer to as my 'dark time' which happened back in 2012/2013 and when I actually started the blog part of LiverpoolLashes.  Please, if you think you'd be interested then either topic, direct message me on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat (@liverpoollashes) and if I have a decent response then I will.  You actually help me more than you'll ever know so I want to give back.  

I possibly won't get time for a Slim Down Sunday post next week as I'll be away but I am planning to be back up and running with it as of the following week, every week without excuses because clearly that's what I need to do, I need to beat this once and for all.
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year.
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
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Friday, 18 November 2016

NOTD: Geometric Rainbows

My nails were at that length that they were starting to rip so unless I have a special event on, it's time to hack them down and start again.  I do like having them short again for a while, it means that I don't dig into my eyeshadows etc when I'm applying my make up which is a novelty.  The only thing is, I just don't think any design looks as good as if it would if they were a little longer. That aside, there was no way I go bare nailed so I got straight into doing them.


Everywhere at the moment is the Lecente Rainbow & Chrome Powders and rightly so, they're gorgeous.  I found I couldn't resist going for the rainbow powder again over CND Shellac in Tinted Love.  If you'd like to see my post and video on the application - click here.

I actually wore them like this for the day and loved it but then returning back to my nail desk with a spare 15 minutes I then stamped over it with MoYou London Hipster Plate 07.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Focusing On: Lecente Silver Chrome Powder

I decided to do a focusing on post and video on the Lecente Silver Chrome Powder after so many of you enjoyed my Rainbow Powder version.  As I said in that post, I'm obsessed with having products in my kit that can create hundreds of different effects and since this is another one of them, I had to show you what I've come up with as quite a few of them are using shelf sitters for me.


I have to say I don't like it with yellow at all, as you'll see in the video I just don't think it does the colours any favours but everything else it works fantastic with.  I have also saw photos of CND Shellac and Wisteria Haze with the silver chrome finish and that's gorgeous too although I didn't do it in my video.

Here's the video - enjoy!

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Lecente Chrome & Rainbow Powder Application

I would say that chrome and rainbow powders are the biggest product to hit the nail industry recently and shake things up.  For a long time I've steered clear of them as many were not a cosmetic standard and therefore I would not even entertain putting them near any of my clients.  When Lecente announced that they were releasing their powders I was ridiculously excited and when they landed on my doormat a little while ago I was instantly in love.
Having not trying the application before I was concerned if I would get the hang of the application but I actually found it straight forward and these nails were my first attempt with my rainbow tips (click here)

I'll go through the steps:
  1. After full prep, apply base coat and then colour coats, curing between each layer.
  2. Apply a layer of Lecente Layer It and cure under an LED lamp for one minute or a UV lamp for two minutes.
  3. Apply your powder from the free edge by gently smoothing over the nail with the applicator.  
  4. Using a dry lint free wipe, remove any loose excess product to ensure it doesn't get caught in the bristles of the top coat.
  5. Apply your usual top coat ensuring you thoroughly cap the free edge, cure and remove the sticky layer.
I have filmed a 'focusing on' post just showing all of the gorgeous colour combinations that is possible with the rainbow powder, click here to watch it. 

I was delighted to do the application video for Lecente's You Tube Channel here:
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

NOTD: Rainbow Tips

When the Lecente Chrome & Rainbow Powders arrived on my doorstep it was odd that I didn't want to instantly do full coverage of them.  My friend Jade who is a nail tech too asked me why I didn't and I simply said to her that that was the obvious choice and I wanted something a little different.  
 


 
What that turned out to be was CND Shellac in Beau with the rainbow powder just at the tip.  I'm not a traditional French manicure fan personally, I don't think it's my style at all but something like this is really elegant and really easy to do.

I do however have a 'focusing on' blog post and video showing all of the gorgeous colours you can create with the powder, click here to watch it.

 
The video I have filmed for the Lecente You Tube Channel on the application of their chrome and rainbow powders is here.  I'll also be showing a video of these nails and how they move in the light on my Instagram.

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Focusing On: Lecente Rainbow Powder

I decided to do today's focusing on post in the new Lecente Rainbow Powder that was released this morning.  I love versatile products and since you can do so much with it I decided to get a load of different colours together and film a video to see exactly what this beautiful product can do.

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I've purposely chosen colours from every colour family so you can get an idea of what it would look like under each one of them.  The results, I think you'll agree, are truly breathtaking and I definitely have my favourites!

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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Pricelist / Salon Idea

You know that feeling when you see something and it suddenly is the perfect solution to something you've been thinking of?  Well if you haven't already read on my Facebook page, in the last six months I have moved 200 miles away to South Wales.  I still have a client base back up north so I return there for a few days every fortnight to see all of them as well as cram in time with my friends and family.  

 

Anyway, in the last couple of weeks we have moved into a new house down here.  It's pretty spacious and I now have a room downstairs to set up for beauty.  I work on a recommendation basis only for a small amount of clients here because as you know, I love everything beauty. I still have my summerhouse up north that has a very wooden cabin/ spa feel so it but this room I have chosen purples and rose gold accents for a clean but warm finish to it.  

Anyway, I spotted this frame in Home Bargains of all places.  It seemed to be in a section of rose gold items for Christmas presents.  It was exactly what I wanted because I always think it's good to have some sort of frame that either contains a neat format of your prices and/or any special offers or other important information that you can change where necessary.  It was only £3.99 and I think it looks super snazzy, almost like I bought it in Next or somewhere for a higher price tag.  I do actually like the text in the frame as well, it would make a lovely present.

I know this is a potentially random post but I thought it looked too pretty and elegant for me to not mention it!

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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

New Releases For Lecente Winter 2016

Theresa at Lecente told me that their winter 2016 collection was her favourite yet so I was ridiculously excited for my stash of them to arrive.  I'm pulling them out of the box one by one and if you'd have been listening in next door you'd have thought I was watching a fireworks display with my "oooos!" and "ahhhhs!"


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This collection is all about doing the classic Lecente colours that both their customers and the clients adore and they've uttered nailed it (no pun intended!)

I was going to pick favourites of mine to tell you but this is one of those collections where as it's like you're picking a favourite child and I feel mean on the rest as they're all winners!

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I was honoured to be asked to do their introduction video to the collection for their You Tube channel so to get up close and personal with them - click here.

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Monday, 7 November 2016

Focusing On: CND Shellac in Steel Gaze

I remember when CND Shellac in Steel Gaze was launched and I actually really liked it however that was a few years ago and I have only used it literally once or twice.  This shade has been highly requested for me to do a 'focusing on' post on it to see if I could come up with ways to jazz it up.  

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I have to admit that I gathered together glitters that were all sheer so they were either Lecente Stardusts or Iridescents because the colour isn't bad so I didn't want to mask it, I just wanted to make it more interesting.  I did find some good ones and a few that I wasn't too fussed on but I've put them all in a video for you to dribble over.

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

NOTD: Very Nude Nails

I literally called these nails their name because they are very nude for me and I don't "do" nude, there's nothing against it but I just prefer a colour normally.  I fancied something neutral today after removing black and red nails, sometimes you just need a clean slate, you know?
 
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Now call me fussy but the only nude I'll wear (even teamed with another colour which is the only way I normally wear it) is CND Shellac in Bare Chemise, all of the others I personally think they look really odd on me so that for me was my only option.  I team that with Lecente Glimente in Impact over the ring finger.  I made a glitter paste of Lecente Stardust in Galaxy to paint the designs on the thumb and middle finger.  I purposely choose to not do my usual of using CND Shellac in Silver Chrome under Impact because I really wanted an "all nude" look.  I used the Lecente D2 brush to paint the silver roses and thumb detail.  
 
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These nails are exactly what I was craving although it still is a bit weird looking down and not seeing a colour.  I never have bare nails so these are possibly as close to bare as I'll ever get.  I adore Lecente Impact over Bare Chemise and I can already put a decent amount of money on it that a certain handful of my clients are going to choose it on their next appointments.

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