sometimes you have a lot of errands to run one morning,

and sometimes that will allow you to regain a little bit of who you used to be and find that part of you that you thought you’d lost.

Me and photography have a complicated history. I haven’t just walked somewhere with my digital camera for a long time, and I certainly haven’t edited anything for a very, very long time. And although I had a little ghost in my head for the first few minutes, telling me I was doing it wrong, I kicked him out (when critics become ghosts, they’re not allowed to remain critics, I’m sorry) and kept going.

This is certainly nothing wonderful, but it feels a little bit like coming home after a very, very long trip.

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adventures in papercutting

so on my constant quest to find therapeutically intricate crafts to do, I stumbled across Paper Panda who is an artist making the most gorgeous paper cuts, and she sold a beginner’s kit, so here I went. I definitely still need some practice, but I think the last few turned out really quite nicely, and now I’m obsessively finding more templates to practice with ^^

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some bread happened

and please, let’s not talk about how my oven screwed me over :D:D:D

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R&R Lacquers excitement

R&R Lacquers are still without a doubt the UK indie I’m most excited for. Their formulas are outstanding, and their designs.. Well just have a look at this post, and upcoming swatches. When they released their spring collection I had to pounce, and I was also lucky enough to win one polish in their first ever giveaway, so this is one excited little haul I have here. Basically my next four manis are set, because I can not wait to wear all of these, and I never swatch just for swatching’s sake, that’s a waste of polish :P

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Birthday Cake

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Romanov

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Delphinium

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Shiso

Technicolour brushing

I just tried some dry brushing where I just threw a whole lot of colours on top of some white, and used a nearly dry brush to apply the colours. It’s a really cool effect, and although these colours are a bit out there, I think it’d be really nice with some coordinated pastels, for example.

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No more wrapping of foil!

For any of you who have ever used a polish with any amount of glitter in it, you know how much it utterly sucks trying to get it off. Many used the so called ‘foil-method’ to get rid of it. This is where you soak a pad in remover, and wrap it in foil around your finger. This works really well, but it is a complete hassle.

I found these little thingies on ebay, if you search for nail soakers, you’ll find hundreds of listings for them. They are super cheap, and although their intended use is to be filled with acetone before your fingers are put in them, but they work just as well as foil substitutes as they create a perfect seal around the finger. I can easily use one pad for four fingers, cut it in half and separate the two sides, and I’m in no way using as much remover as I would if I soaked. Just a little tip, I absolutely love these things, and they have completely changed my attitude to glitter polishes, as all hassle is now gone!

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I mean, come on!!!

This is just too pretty. I had to drag out the extra-closeups for this one. This is O.P.I Live and Let Die with a couple of coats of ELF Fairy Dust which together just looks like a forest of wonder. Can’t. Stop. Staring.

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Bonus: it looks awesome mattified!

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Ok, I’m warming up to textures

This is Kiko Glicine which I picked up in Rome, paired up with an unnamed glitter from Barbaric Girl, which got weirdly discoloured on a few of my nails… I really, really didn’t get textures before, especially not non-sparkly ones, but I LOVE this one. Crap.DSC_2512

 

 

Highly practical travel-mani

Before I went on my honeymoon, I filed all my nails down, because I know they’ll just break anyway as soon as I start lugging bags around. I used Model’s Own Models Own Amethyst with a bit of H&M Did I Tell You? on top. It turned out really, really nicely, and it pretty much stayed intact for the week, so job well done!

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Barry M Mediterranean

This is a couple of coats of the gorgeous Barry M Mediterranean layered over black (it really needs the extra opacity, unfortunately), with some swirly, white stamping on top.

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