Sunday, 24 May 2015

Crumpet's Journal - Episode 6

Hi Goddesses



Wow, can you believe it's been 3 months since the last Crumpet's Journal?  That was a very deliberate decision on my part.  I had fallen out of love with blogging, decided to cut way, WAY back, and couldn't find ANY inspiration, and I thought that was quite a whiney story, so I held it back.



In summary, I've had a shit year, and it all just sucked the joie de vivre out of me.   Let me run it by you - just before Christmas, Mark's dad almost died, then I lost my job, looked for a job, finally found a job, wrote off my car, had flu, nearly lost one of the cats, and JUST when I thought I was getting to a point when I could start to breathe again, our landlord gave us notice to leave the property because she was selling.   Also, during all this, Mark has been pretty much ill all the time with flus and bugs, also got put on notice of redundancy and then last week, put his back out.  Seriously, the joy has been over-flowing in our house.



So there you go - all that sucks the energy out of you.   I'd get home in the evening and half the time, just stumble into bed.   Weekends would be spent asleep, or, more recently, packing.  For the first time ever, Digit-al Dozen got missed and I was *this* close to hanging up my blogging socks.


The only reason I didn't was because (ironically), I had items to review.  Not many, but it meant that at weekends, I had to squeeze some nail stuff in, and it reminded me that I do love polish, and painting my nails does calm me.  If only I didn't have to write those darned posts lol.



And now finally, at the end of this week, we are about to move house, and we'll have the weeks of rearranging and unpacking that that involves, and do you know, for the first time in about 3 months, I can't wait to sit down and spend an entire weekend painting my nails.  Finally, I am excited again.

Image of Back To The 70s - FULL 6 PIECE COLLECTION

Phew!  and why?   Well, I alluded to this last year when I had my little blogging breakdown, a rest is as good as a cure, and although this time it's taken a LOT longer, that rest has finally fed my appetite.  More importantly, shit is hot right now, and I can't believe the beauty of the collections that have been released.



So, in my mode of excitement, and celebration of finding a house (did I mention it took 7 of the 8 weeks we were allowed to find somewhere), I went on a little spending splurge this weekend, and THAT has got me psyched to hell.  Different Dimension, Girly Bits, Elevation, HARE, ILNP, Polish Alcoholic, Grace-full Polish, MOD Lacquer and my beloved Indigo Bananas, all on the way in their happy, HAPPY colours.  Along with the new Uber Chic plates, and did I mention how awesome some of the new MoYou plates are too?

NEON, the 10th Element - NEON set (9 polishes)

So, it looks like I will be back, when for the longest time I was half a Gone Girl.  For the next couple of weeks, I'll either be absent, OR I'll have managed to schedule some stuff I haven't posted yet.  Sadly, timing will mean I probably have to sit out the next Digit-al Dozen week, but after then, it's going to be all colours blazing, with lots of HAPPY manis over here.


See you on the other side :)  I'm glad I made it xx




Monday, 18 May 2015

A Little More Geometry - Literary Lacquers Cast From Stormhold

Hi Goddesses



Today's mani is an extra from Digit-al Dozen DOES Geometry Week, and features the stunning Literary Lacquers Cast From Stormhold on base.





I don't really know why this didn't make the cut.  I think I found the overall design a little less colourful than the others, even though the stamping is probably sharper than in some of the manis I did choose.





I splodged the base with a little bit of OPI Parlez Vous OPI and Grace-Full Nail Polish Maddison.






I then used Fashionista plate 04 from MoYou for the stamping, and I'm really impressed with how well this stamp stamped.



Ah, the purpleness!




Friday, 15 May 2015

Digit-al Dozen DOES Geometic - Little Fluffy Tips

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And welcome to the last day of Digit-al Dozen Week!  I still have a couple of other manis I haven't posted (told you I loved this theme lol) so stay tuned for them over the next couple of weeks.





Today features a mani which did NOT turn out how I expected, but accidentally gave a really cool twist to my stamping.





The base is the adorable Little Fluffy Clouds from Indigo Bananas, and the goal was to stamp in a blue and white mush-up using Uber Chic 1-03.  However, my polishes just didn't merge on the stamping plate, and at first I thought I had a great big fail.





Turns out, what I ended up with was somewhere between a half-and-half and a cool twist on french tips.  I wish I'd realised what I was doing sooner, because I much prefer the nails that look more like coloured tips!  Oh well, there will be another attempt soon :)




I hope you've enjoyed this Digit-al Dozen Week.  MoYou just released some awesome Illusion plates FULL of geometric patterns, and I can't wait to wear those.  Geometric will be back soon!  Lol.





Thursday, 14 May 2015

Digit-al Dozen DOES Geometric - Grace-Full Pavillions!

Hi Goddesses



Today I have a variation on yesterday's Uber Chic pattern.  This time I chose to stamp WITH colour rather than over it.






A few weeks ago, when I reviewed the glorious pastels from Grace-Full Nail Polish, I thought they were opaque enough to stamp with, but didn't have the time to test my theory.






This time I did, and picked Maria, Jacinta and Margaret.  






As you can see, they stamped admirably, and the only flaw with the mani is where it picked up some older colours on the stamp.  It took me 2 nails to realise, but I didn't have the heart to start again!




Don't forget to check out my other lovely ladies - 






Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Digit-al Dozen DOES Geometric - Indigo Bananas Pastel Pavillions!

Hi Goddesses



Another day, another mani featuring the gorgeous new pastel polishes from Indigo Bananas.






In this one, Cherry Blossom Roads and Saffron Revolution have made a beautiful smooth gradient baby :)  What I wasn't prepared for was how the shimmers in the polishes would play off each other, and how in the light I got a polish gradient AND a shimmer gradient.






The stamp is one from Uber Chic 2-01 which comes in an "empty" version (coming soon to a leadlighting post near you) and this semi-filled version.






I liked the drama of the black over the soft sorbet girlyness, and for me, this the ultimate geometric pattern, what I always think of when someone mentions geometric patterns.  And why pavillions?  Well, it reminds me a little of the domed rooves of pavillions so  ..... lol







Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Digit-al Dozen DOES Geometric - Indigo Bananas Is A Star

Hi Goddesses



If you read my review of Indigo Bananas's Spring 2015 Collection at the weekend, you'll be in no doubt about how much I loved it AND the brand.  






Today's mani is a mash-up featuring the green and blue polishes from that collection - The Land of Green Ginger and  Little Fluffy Clouds.





Because these polishes aren't super opaque, I did this gradient by just painting the blue on top of the green (you can see a more traditional gradient later in the week) - by the time the stamping was done, you couldn't see the join, and it looks for all the world like a normal gradient.






The stamp I adore.  It's from Uber Chic 2-02 and just looks phenomenal - I think this one will be getting plenty of outings this summer.









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