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Hi & Welcome to my blog. im Kerri. Busy mommy to Alex & Wynter, Nail varnish addict, Nail art lover, Complusive hoarder of Make up, Bargin Hunter, eBay shoppaholic, Mostly eccentric with a little bit of crazy thrown in for good measure... Come say Hi and thank you for viewing my blog!!!

Monday, 24 September 2012

NOTD

This NOTD design happened purely by accident.
I had a new toy to play with and was purely having a little experiment.
I laid the base coats for a different design entirely but then I kind of went on a tangent, and I'm actually quite pleased with the final look.





With previous nail art designs I had major problems using nail varnish or my nail art pens to do certain techniques, either the coverage wasn't great or they were unworkable due to the drying time especially when using my doting tools.
So I had a little brain wave, I decided to buy some acrylic paints. Just a cheap set of colours off eBay you can find here.








I used Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamel in No 28 as the base coat then using various doting tool sizes I used a selection of different colours overlaying each other, once that was dry I applied 2 coats of L & M Glitter Top Coat No 23 to give it a bit of a sparkle.






I will definately be using the acrylic paints every time I do a design now as they apply brilliantly, drying time is good and can be mixed to make uncountable shades of every colour.



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Saturday, 22 September 2012

NOTD



My NOTD is the nail art I did for Breast Cancer Awareness.





I used Sally Hansen HD LCD as a base coat.Due to the colour being very sheer I used 3 coats of this.Once that was dry I used manicure guides to mark out my tips then painted Jessie's Girl Cupcake to give a twist on a French manicure.I then hand painted silver glitter on to the join.






On my ring finger I used a bright pink nail art pen to draw on the pink ribbon design.Once that was dry I hand painted a pink glitter over the top, and finished it off with a clear gem and plenty of top coat for a lovely shine.





 




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Little bit of tender loving care.

One thing I don't get enough of is sleep, this is caused by many reasons.
My children, my anxiety, general stress of life and having an over active mind during the quiet times, so on average I get around 4 hours sleep a night.

Due to this I suffer from incredibly dark circles and minor puffiness under my eyes. Even though I have suffered from this problem for years I have never brought any treatments to try to lessen the problem, solely relying on concealers to cover the dark marks.
Due to one reason or another I have started to wear less and less make up.So it became time I tried a eye treatment instead.


I chose Pure Cucumber and Caffeine eye roll-on manufactured by Sublyme Cosmetics.This retails for £1.99.






I chose this item because the packaging is striking in the respect it has a very modern look and looks like a quality brand.I also have used Pure products before so saw no reason to not give this a try.

The formula is enriched with cucumber extract and caffeine to help soothe and stimulate tired skin under the eyes and reduce the appearance of under eye bags.It also includes Vitamin E which is vital in helping to ease inflammation, keeping the skin smooth and soft whilst protecting skin tone.

Using the roller ball to gently massage the formula in to the skin under the eye to encourage drainage of fluids that cause puffiness and refresh tired eyes.






The formula itself is a fragrance free clear liquid that has a cooling sensation when applied,  I would probably keep this item in the fridge to keep it at a low temperature. Over the course of the application I could feel the skin under my eyes firming up, I agree it reduces puffiness although after a couple of applications there are still dark marks under my eyes.

Only time will tell if it reduces them to such a degree for them not to be noticeable.


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Friday, 21 September 2012

TOTD




I have 2 TOTD today as I just couldnt chose between them.

 These tracks are a new addition to my play list

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.





Amelia Lily - You Bring Me Joy






David Guetta feat Sia - She Wolf




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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Who needs flat packed anyway?

 It feels like forever since my last post but this week has been hellish what with builders ripping my apartment complex to pieces and generally making a nuisance of themselves, on top of that being my "time of the month" and generally feeling lethargic and grouchy. I could have quite easily curled up in a ball and died....but now I'm back on the ball (hopefully) and have got some serious catching up to do.

So here goes..........


I have never been particularly girly, yes I like playing with make up, nail accessories and clothes to an extent but that's about as girly as it gets.

Excluding all of that there is one thing I've been wishing for, for so long and that is a old fashioned dressing table.One with big mirrors, draws and compartments.

Up until a few days ago that desire was kind of just simmering in the back of my mind.That was until I dismantled my sons cot that was taking up considerable room in my bedroom.
Suddenly there was a huge gap that was crying out to be filled and the need for a dresser was over whelming.

I had no idea what kind of style I wanted, I just knew i wanted one and pronto!!

Armed with a reasonably sized budget and a open mind I started having a look around on various sites late one night when I couldn't sleep.

I found a gorgeous one that was in my area on eBay that didn't have long left and was currently at a stupidly low price of £1.02. That's where I came across a dilemma.It was collection only and I don't have a car.I thought my friend wouldn't appreciate a text at 2am in the morning begging a favour, so with a heavy heart I passed it off.

By the time morning came curiosity had got the better of me, back onto eBay I went expecting the price to have rocketed way over my budget.
I was surprised to see it still at the low price and with 2 hours left on the auction, so after a few hurried conversations and phone calls to borrow a car the decision was made to put a bid on it.

I kind of did everything arse about face as per usual, soon after I bid on it I started worrying it would be way to big to fit in the car.
I emailed the seller to get the dimensions and passed them onto my friend, and of course I got the answer I was dreading. It was too big!!!

I honestly thought I was going to have to detract my bid, until my friend had a brain wave.Ask the seller if I payed their petrol would they deliver it and they said they would as they only lived 10 minutes away from me.

The only other thing I had to contend with was actually winning the damn thing.
As the auction got closer and closer to finishing I kept hiking up my bid thinking that a big bid would be put on it at the last minute and i would loose it.

Much to my surprise I won it, and not only did I win it but I got the biggest bargain of my life.

The final price I paid for it was £1.24, so including the petrol costs I paid a grand total if £11.24.






So let me tell you about it, it's a 1960's handmade art deco walnut veneer solid wood dresser with 3 independently moving mirrors. It has 4 large draws and a smaller draw compartment on the top.






After a little TLC it has a gorgeous shine and for the age of the dresser it's in fab condition so has been well looked after. The only down side is the mirrors are showing age spots so I am currently looking for ways to repair them (any ideas most welcome) or at a later date to replace them entirely.

I think I could really get into buying old furniture now as there are some real gems out there going unseen. and for ridiculous amounts of money.

Now I just need to decide what I'm going to fill it with.....


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Sunday, 16 September 2012

New Layout

Just want to say a massive thank you to Anthony at One Dark Day Studios for my new layout, header and blog button.

I love it!!

If anyone is interested in getting a commission done for any blog related designs.Leave me a comment and I will pass on your details. Or contact @sillyscribbler on twitter for more information.








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Friday, 14 September 2012

NOTD



I can safely say my mojo is definately back, as are the extensions...lol

I used a clear base coat as the base colour, with my tips marked out with manicure guides I painted them with Sally Hansen HD Nail Colour in Laser, once that was dry I used Technic Carnival glitter top coat over the blue except for my ring finger.

I then added a clear gem to the tip of the point and pink gems on the outline of the point on my ring finger







Laser & Carnival  





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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Is it bedtime yet...


Had a serious bad day today, and my mojo is on an all time low.

From the minute my eyes flew open at 6am this morning because of my little boy crying I knew I was in for a bad one.

My Internet shop was late, had an important meeting with estate management regarding the business and my little man was over tired so acting like a monster. All I really wanted to do was veg on the sofa with a cup of tea.
murrayslawannex.com

Seriously harassed mommy today, the hair is normally a clue as to what kind of day I'm having....

Perfectly done = Good day                     
Sticking out in every direction = Bad day

Part of my bad mood stems from not getting what I want , when I want it...namely gorgeous little gifts that I had treated myself too that haven't shown up yet??? As soon as my postman pushed that one measly letter through my letter box, my day got even worse, I had to force myself to not rush to my balcony and hurl abuse at him as he walked back up the path...pffft!!

Finally I have the peace I have so desperately wanted all day, kids in bed and other half out for the evening....and I just cant be bothered to move....chipped nails and bushy eyebrows included...lol

So hopefully I can pass it off as just the bad day that everyone gets every now and then, get some sleep and hopefully wake up in a better mood tomorrow.

Hopefully???

Maybe??

Please?

Desperate times...

As some of you have probably seen from twitter I am getting increasingly frustrated with the lack of expected packages hitting my doorstep.

So out of desperation I have dug through my archive for previous nail art pictures I have done this year.




 
 
 


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TOTD


I give thanks to Phil from britrockarmy for introducing me to a vast amount of excellent music written and performed by unsigned bands.

This track is one of my favourites from Cancel The Astronauts a unsigned band from Scotland.


If you want to be put in an upbeat mood this is the track to do it......

...listen out for their debut album Animal Love Match being released next week.









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Monday, 10 September 2012

Moving Day


As I have said before my nail varnishes and accessories currently live in a draw in the kitchen but it is far too much hassle sorting through them just to find a specific bottle or pot of gems.

So I have done 2 things, I have moved them to my bedroom and now have there own shelf to bask in fabulous glory and I had a fun evening last night being a bit crafty decorating a tin for all the tools and accessories I have.

I starting off by scouting the top of my kitchen cupboards for the perfect sized tin, the type that you think you will save just in case and they only generally get used for school fete offerings.lol. Well for once they actually came in useful and was the perfect size and shape.


Other brands are available.lol





I decided to have a go at painting and blinging it up about as a mini roll box just isn't cool.
First I used a normal emulsion to paint over the design, leaving the shoulder plain metal as it looks effective.
Once that had dried I used a black gloss paint suitable for metal and gave each side 2 coats.








Once this had dried I began to build up my design, I chose the Galaxy design, as I think it looks so pretty and relevant to what the tin will be used for.
I used grey, white, purple and blue paints, and generous helping of glitter,
Then using large gems to decorate the edge of the design.






I then filled it with everything I use that normally get lost.





 
 Finally I was ready to put everything in place but one thing I definately have realised is that I don't have just enough bottles on that shelf yet.







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One Lovely Blog Award

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I have been awarded the One Lovely Blog Award by Sandra author of  
beauty balm




There are five guidelines for accepting the award:-
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
3. Tell them seven facts about you.
4. Nominate 15 bloggers for the award.
5. Contact the bloggers you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated.





Seven facts about me :

1. I have far too many bags and shoes

2. I couldn't live without social media especially twitter

3. I admire high end products from afar

4. My favourite past time is surfing eBay

5. I have a seriously large collection of Me To You bears

6. Nothing makes me happier than make up, nail products and a good book

7. I am proud of my blog and what I have achieved so far





My list of nominees are:

5.  LOL 



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Saturday, 8 September 2012

NOTD



My latest batch of nail gems arrived today and I was excited to try then out, although time was limited.So I did a simple design using OPI Black Satin and OPI Big Red Apple as the feature nail.Using black gems to form a simple cross design.


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Pure BB Cream

I recently trialled a Maybelline BB cream and was impressed with the product but due to the price tag it went into my ever growing wish list of products I wanted but couldn't necessarily justify buying right now.





Whilst out shopping purily by accident I came across the Pure BB Cream Daily All In One Blemish Balm made by Sublyme Cosmetics with a more reasonable price tag of £1.99 for a 30ml tube and decided to pick one up and give it a go.

I picked a medium shade as I prefer a slight sun kissed look to my skin.






One thing I am is suitably impressed.

I wasn't really expecting much from the product due to the price so I am thrilled that it works for me so much so I went back and bought another as a back up.

For such a cheap BB Cream the box is very informative and I would say as well packaged as a higher priced one.

This cream does all that the better established brands do:

•Anti-dark shadows camouflage treatment
•Evens skin tone
•Blurs Imperfections
•Smoothes fine lines
•Flash radiance
•Hides redness

The formula contains mineral pigments to give a natural look whilst giving coverage of spots and smoothing fine lines.

It also includes Collagen, Avocado Oil, Allantoin and Aloe Vera to help moisturise and fifteen the skin.

The cream can be used as a foundation or make up treatment for any problem areas.

I have been using it as a foundation but because it is so light and the coverage is so good I have been able to get away without using a heavy powder over the top apart from a simple sweep of coral blusher. It does not have the heaviness and almost greasy consistence of some foundation and the transfer loss is minimal with this cream.Theres nothing worse than foundation stains on clothes.





It is refreshing to find a foundation that is light weight on my skin especially on these hot summer days I don't feel like my make up is melting off my face.lol


The only negative I have found with this cream is that there is no stated SPF factor included within the formula but this is easily solved with a quick spritz of factor 15 applied 10 minutes before.

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Thursday, 6 September 2012

NOTD

Well it came to that time again when my extensions had to come off to give my natural nails a breather and a little pamper

I took this opportunity to try my new polishes I had purchased recently and already spoke of on my blog.




I started off with Bourjois No 28 which is a dark gunmetal grey, nice colour but a little dull so I decided to have a play with 2 other polishes I have not used properly yet even though I have had them a while.




I used sally Hansen HD Nail Colours in Laser which is a sparkly blue and LCD which is a sparkly pink. Both have a considerably thin consistency so if they were used alone they could almost be wishy washy but with the grey underneath it definately makes them pop and I love the way they sparkle and change colour in the sunlight, almost iridescent which unfortunately doesn't show up so well in the picture.


Simple but definately effective.


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Bargains, Bargains everywhere




My mini haul from today





Pure BB Cream in Medium £1.99





Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque 69p each

Strawberry Souffle Moisturising & Purifying Masque
Hot Chocolate Pore Cleaning Sauna Masque
Cucumber Anti Stress Peel Off Masque




Intensive Rejuvenation Foot Pack Booties 79p





VO5 High Volume Extra Strong Weather Resistant Hairspray £1.99


(How cute are these, just had to have them!)
 Pack of 12 X 2 Pocket Tissues 12p each


All these items were bought from my local Home Bargains Store and have not up to now been tested.




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Nice for the price

That time has come around again where my money is literally burning a whole in my pocket, it needs to be spent now, now, now.

There were a few things I needed to add to my make up collection so I headed to cosmeticsfairy.co.uk for my guaranteed budget beauty fix.



City Colour Blusher in Coral 99p

I am getting a little tired of having the same look day in day out and since I had trialed the Maybelline BB cream I quite liked the freshed faced look but I had no blusher to go with it only bronzer so my first purchase was for a more natural looking glow was a coral blusher.



Prestige Lipliner in Darling 95p




Another necessity was a red lipliner to go with the Rimmel Lipstick I bought, I found it really hard to control the bleeding colour due to the richness of the red so I'm hoping that lining my lips first will fix that problem.





Well that's it for my must haves, but a few other things caught my eye and its obvious I have no control...lol...and luckily they didn't break the bank.


Sally Hanson HD Nail Colour in LCD 99p



Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish No 28 99p


Wet N Wild French manicure Guides 25p



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