Monday Amusements 24

Arranging my Christmas cards. My micro hifi, which I've had for about twelve years now, makes a great stand!

I've been so busy for the last week that I've hardly had time to look at the internet, but I'm finally starting to get all my Christmas stuff pulled together and soon it will be time to relax in front of the Doctor Who Christmas special!

On Tuesday I went to BB Bakery in Covent Garden, where the crockery is very pretty.

They have some really lovely cups and saucers and teapots, but it the decorations are almost too twee! Luckily the food is delicious, if pricey, a perfect lunchtime treat.

Afterwards we headed to Liberty to look at makeup. I didn't buy anything because I'm under a self-imposed make-up buying ban. I've been sticking to it fairly well, I haven't made any Aromaleigh or Fyrinnae orders and have resisted all but the most brilliant nail polish offers! However, I watched Lisa Eldridge's Colourful Glitter Party Eyes tutorial last night and now I really want everything she used! I have almost used up a couple of glitter eyeliners, so maybe...

I have been really enjoying the Dreams That Glitter 'Shop a Handmade Christmas' posts. I love discovering new independent online shops and daydreaming about placing large orders! Makeup Savvy's Christmas Decorations 2013 post also helped ensure I got my weekly quota of eye candy. One day, I will have my own tree...

Caroline Hirons, skincare expert, is hosting what I personally believe must be the greatest cosmetic-related series of giveaways ever, the 12ish Days of Giveaways.

Finally, Theo and Thea's Christmas 2013 in New York (via Cute Overload). Theo and Thea are cats :)


Monday/Tuesday Amusements 23

Christmas tree stage one!

Advent has begun and I've been so distracted worrying about presents and planning outfits I completely forgot about posting my Monday Amusements yesterday! And I'd been doing so well since I decided to make it weekly! Anyway, I realised earlier today and quickly put together a small but brilliant (I hope) selection of links for you.

'Tis the season to be sparkly, fa la la la la la la la la, and I want to make the most of it. I've been documenting my nail polish experiments on Instagram as usual, and greedily reading make-up blogs in search of festive inspiration. I'm wearing blue right now but will have gone gold by the end of the week, a la Blush. Feathers. Lipstick.'s Golden Fairy Dust Christmas Nails. I was planning to work my way through my greens and reds after that, but after seeing Do Not Refreeze's Snowflake Nail Art, I might go straight back to blue! Maybe if I practice I might be able to manage one nail's worth of snowflake art!

Next up, a few lists! Makeup Savvy has a list of all the gifts with purchase available when shopping in Boots this Christmas season. I will definitely be checking it when planning my shopping trips! Isn't it great when you get a GWP when buying things for other people? You can give them something extra for no cost...or keep it for yourself!

I may have posted this before as it's a year old, but it's amazing! 7 Ways To Spike Your Hot Chocolate as shared by Zoetica Ebb.

Less frivolous is A Thrifty Mrs' list, Gifts that will make a difference to those who are living on a tight budget. I think the suggestions are fantastic, I love slow cooked dinners, the meat is always so soft and delicious.

Finally, a corgi on a carousel! I doubt you'll want to watch the whole four minutes, but I couldn't stop laughing, the corgi seems to love it so much!


Nails of the Month November 2013, featuring Revlon, MUA, and Models Own

Revlon 'Star' (discontinued, I think, but try eBay)

I begun the month by applying two coats of 'Star' to cover up the mess that was Revlon 'Rock'. I see what they did there, releasing these two together. I don't think the combo really worked - 'Star' is made up of silver and dark purple glitter and the dark purple is difficult to see over 'Rock'. I decided to try it over white or lilac next time.  

MUA Shade 1 (discontinued but still available on the Superdrug website for £1)

This is a beautiful black blue with very fine bright blue glitter. Unfortunately it took three coats to look good, so next time I'll try using a black polish for the first coat, to try to make the bottle last longer and stop tipwear from occuring so quickly. 

Models Own 'Banger' from the Fireworks Collection (£5)

When the chipping got really bad I covered it up with this. I was surprised by how much I like it though it looks really 80s (bar glitter always does to me). It is pretty easy to apply, though sometimes an extra coat is needed to get an even amount over glitter over the nail. It also needs plenty of time to dry to avoid the smudging you see here! I bought a whole load of Models Own nail polishes to try when they had an offer on, so expect to see a lot more of them in Nails of the Month posts!

I'm not great at drawing so I won't be trying any complicated nail art, but I'm looking forward to wearing a lot more glitter in December! Will you be attempting any festive nail designs?
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