Friday, 11 April 2014

Goodbye-ish .... for a while

Hi Goddesses

I hope you're all well.  The truth is, I'm not doing so good.  I feel this post has been brewing for a little while now, so here goes.

So far, I've had the year from hell.  Landed a great new job, then on the last week of January I caught flu.  It's only just gone, but it's left with me a cough that has given me a torn muscle in my chest, and a large prescription for codeine.  Oh and in all those 8 weeks I haven't had a single solid night's sleep.  Throughout that time, I tried to blog, but the truth was, all I wanted to do was sleep or nap to make up for my deficit, and if I DID find the time to paint my nails, editing photos and writing about it just seemed too much hard work.

There was also my huge milestone of achieving a million page views - once you hit your goal, then where do you go - and the ENORMOUS Giveaway that went with it, which was just exhausting lol.

And then yesterday I crashed my car.  Not a big crash, but a crash nonetheless.  I feel like it's God or the Universe shaking their fist at me and telling me to pay attention, so for once, I think I'm going to.  I think I need to just STOP.  I love blogging, I truly do, but not at the moment, when I know I haven't got the energy for it.

So I'm going to stop, for a month, and see how that goes.   I always thought my blogging might have a shelf-life (especially when you see other bloggers burn out), but I don't want to be one of those people.  Blogging makes me feel like a creative, and it allows me to write, but right now, I think it's more important that I can just veg in the evenings and read books or watch TV.

There will still be one or 2 posts, there has to be - everything I have been sent for review will be reviewed and posted, but nothing else.

I hope that by being proactive and checking myself into blogging rehab, I can avoid falling off the cliff and burning out alogether.

So, bye bye for now, and I hope this is not forever, just an extended little vacation.

All my love, Crumpet xx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Guest Post - Claire from Kerruticles

Hi Goddesses

Today's guest post is someone who I literally see getting better each month.  It's Claire, from Kerruticles, and you have seen her on this blog before.  I am always drawn to the simplicity of her designs and that single bold photograph.   She's one of those bloggers who make it look so easy .... and effortlessly classy :)


I was thrilled to be invited by Debbie to guest blog for The Crumpet. She is an amazing person who does so much for our lovely nail community that it is a real honour for me to be able to showcase some of my nail art on her awesome blog. I really wasn't sure what I was going to do for my guest post. I wanted it to be something different, or remarkable. Something worthy of The Crumpet; not just a run of the mill mani. Of course, putting that sort of pressure on myself meant that I just couldn't conjure up anything good enough to do. I was going to do a stamping decal. Then a complicated tape mani. Then I went blank. Finally, I settled for an abstract look. I saw a lovely, abstract pattern that wasn't too uniform and which I thought I could recreate on my nails. Abstract coral green black cream flowers for The Crumpet
I started with a base of OPI My Vampire Is Buff and then dotted the pattern on using:
  • China Glaze For Audrey
  • Barry M Papaya
  • OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • W7 Black
I made sure to wait a good long time before top-coating, so that it wouldn't smudge. I typically only ever take one photo to use on my blog, but felt that would be inadequate for Debbie, who does so many, so I did take another angle for once: Abstract coral green black cream flowers for The Crumpet 2 This is the pattern from which I drew my inspiration: [pin_widget url=""] After all the self-imposed pressure to perform, I think I did OK. Not brilliant, but OK. It's not stunning, but it's certainly different and I enjoyed wearing it for a few days. Massive thanks again to Debbie for having me on her blog.      

The Never-Ending Pile Challenge - Pastel

Hi Goddesses

Here we are with Day 2 of the Never-ending Pile Challenge.  I have to say, I am finding this really fun!

For today's pastel, I picked OPI Puerto Vallarta Violeta.  If truth be told, I don't have that many pastels sitting in Mount Untried, so this was an easy choice.

The facts - I bought PVV nearly a year ago from one of my favourite eBay sellers, who sells a lot of old OPIs.  I'd heard a lot about it being a classic shade, but in truth, it's a little too pinky-violet for me.

That said, it's very pretty, and very nice, and it looks like it's always wearing a soft filter haha.  Although it has a different tone to Sparrow Me The Drama, I love the latter enough that I know I don't need both of these.

I then stamped using BM-412, a conscious effort not to just reach for a MoYou plate haha!!

I wish the stamping were straighter, but I like how there's a cool retro 60s vibe to this pattern.

I will probably miss Friday's prompt (a random untried) as I am really struggling to keep the pace this week, but I will be picking the challenge back up soon :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Cadillacquer - By Night, Not Alone, The Journey and Survivor

Hi Goddesses

You will not believe this, but we have sunshine in the UK!!  Woohooo.  It's cold sunshine, yes, but it's bright skies, and that's always an excuse for happy.

As is a delivery of Cadillacquers, and I whooped a little song of joy when these were sent to me for review a few weeks ago.  They are from the new Seek The Fire Collection, and don't disappoint.  In a crowded market, Cadillacquer always stand out for me, with a love of colour and inventiveness that really sets them apart.

I'm saving my favourite for last, so let's start with By Night, a lovely dark denim subtly scattered holo, full of sparkle and light.

This has a thickish but excellent formula, so I am excited to see how it stamps!   The pigmentation is really intense, and overall the polish has a beautiful velvety apperance.

Not Alone looks black at first glance, but it's actually a forest green base - as green as green will go before it goes black - loaded with gold glitters.

This is a really dramatic polish (so nice to see Cadillacquer turning away from all those pastels), and reminds me very much of a green version of the now discontinued Fireflies.

This really sings of the twisted darkness, and I love how decadent it looks.  Not my personal favourite, but I do love the drama of this one.

The Journey is essentially By Night's twin, with the same subtle scattered holo effect.   

This time the base is much more blue steel, and it's illuminated by an amazing green light - like a will o' the wisp effect.

Again, the formula on this is thickish but excellent, but it's the phosphorescent fire that will have you purring here.

And so finally .... Survivor.  My heart skips a beat every time I look at this polish - it's pretty much THE perfect Crumpet polish, and I know I've said this a lot lately, but I KNOW this will still be tattooed on my heart come the time for Top 10 of the Year.

Where to start?  This polish is like all of eternity for me.  There's something of the galaxy to it, and I love how the intense purple base plays off against cold and warmer glitters.  And let me tell you, it's those cold violet glitters that lift this polish into "legendary" starus.

This polish is fathomless.  There's a depth to it that is stunning, and the tri-play of the purples is just bewitching.  If I had to wear one polish every day of my life?  Yup, I could wear Survivor, no question.   

Beautiful, rich, ornate and timeless - all at the same time.  Now THAT'S a polish.

You can purchase Cadillacquer HERE as well as at various other e-tailers.  I bought 2 more from the Seek The Fire collection, and you'll be able to see them soon.

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