Christmas Penguin Nail art Tutorial – Guest Post!

Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
Hi everyone! I’m Mali and I blog over at Maliberry Makeup.  Nat kindly invited me to write a few guest posts for her over the Christmas/Winter period and I’m kicking that off with a quick nail art tutorial!  I adore painting my nails and coming up with fun designs, and today I’ll be talking you through the steps to get fun little penguins on your nails.  I actually got the idea from these from some falsies I saw in Primark, although I tweaked the design slightly and added my own touches.  These are perfect for when you want festive nails!
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
You’ll need:
Black nail polish
White nail polish (the more coverage the better)
Gold nail polish (yellow/orange would also work)
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
I also used a plastic surface to blob nail polish onto – you can see some polish from a previous gradient manicure on mine!  You’ll also need a dotting tool which you can get quite cheaply on eBay or in places that sell nail supplies.  You don’t strictly need a dotting tool: you can use a toothpick, pinhead stuck in a pencil eraser or even a pencil lead to make dots!
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
Firstly, paint your nails black 🙂  Use a quick dry topcoat so you can move on to the next step sooner.  I actually laid down my black base the night before
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
Next, take your white polish and paint the belly of the penguin. Start the curve of the polish lower down than you normally would, making sure to leave a ring of black around.  I went a little too high with the white on my pinky finger but it’s okay!  Don’t worry if this isn’t perfect – it will give your penguins character
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
Next, blob out your white polish onto the plastic surface.  Use the dotting tool to create little white dots on the line of black above the white belly.  I always do some practice dots before attempting them on my nail!  Again, perfection really isn’t necessary here and your penguins will have their own personality if their eyes are a little wonky 😛
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
While you wait for the white dots to dry, go ahead and blob out some gold polish on the plastic surface.  Use the dotting tool to add feet at the base of the white belly.  Add a beak below the eyes – simply drag the dotting tool slightly to create a longer shape
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
The white dots should be dry enough to add pupils now!  As you might have guessed, you create these in exactly the same way: blob out black polish and grab your dotting tool!  My dotting tool is double ended and I used the smaller end to create these delicate black dots but using less pressure also gives a smaller dot if you don’t have different sized tools.  I tried to make the penguins’ pupils all look in different directions!
Now, you could absolutely stop here and seal your penguins in with topcoat.  However, I wanted to take it a step further.
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
You’ll need nail art lacquers in your choice of colours – I went for these red and green Color Club Nail Art Lacquers which come with an inbuilt striping brush.  You can also use normal polish and a separate striping brush!
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
I added a little scarf to the penguin on my ring finger by painting a base of green and then adding red stripes.  Very Christmassy!
Once your nails are completely dry, add a coat of topcoat for shine and to protect your hard work.  A matte topcoat would add a fun dimension too.  This entire manicure probably took me about 10 minutes and is very simple.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂 Thanks for having me Nat – be sure to let me know if any of you do try this for yourselves!
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November Wish List

It’s November… Really? This is probably the quickest year I have so far seen and it’s really quite scary. It only felt like yesterday when my boyfriend and I were starting to get ready to celebrate our first Christmas together and now Christmas is next month. Scary or what?

I doubt very much I will be buying much this month as I really do need to save my money for Christmas and also for things I ACTUALLY need. If I buy anything for myself it’ll be more so as a “Ooo I have spare cash, TREAT TIME.” which we all do, don’t try and deny it ladies (and gents!).

In all fairness Christmas IS just around the corner and if I end up buying things it won’t give my boyfriend and family any ideas on what to buy me.

So here is a wish list of things I MIGHT (but probably won’t) buy.

  • Crowded Teeth Fox Coin Purse.

My holiday is due soon and I really want to make sure I get everything ready for it as soon as I can, this is including some clothing as well as other bits and bobs. I have the wallet to match this purse and I’d really like this purse to take with me on my holiday. I don’t particularly want to take my big wallet with my on holiday as it’s full of store cards I can’t really use abroad. However with a nice little coin purse I can use it for my euro coins and notes, as well as a few cards. This is currently in the sale and if it’s still available after Christmas I’ll definitely pick it up! I nearly bought the shoulder/tote bag to match this design but I left it… I would have bought it but I didn’t like the design, sadly.

  • Iron Fist Rotten Smile Oversized Raglan T-Shirt.

I’m a huge fan of Iron Fist and have been ever since they brought the brand over to the UK about 10 years ago. Their clothing is perfect for someone alternative like me and are great quality for great prices. They currently have a huge sale on their website, as well as some new pieces, including this one. I’ve been after some new oversized t-shirts for a while now, especially for university as I like to be comfortable and this just looks so snug! I really do like the print on the front too, as it does really look rotten with the cartoons smile! It’s just a nice spin on the smiley face. I would of course take this on holiday to wear in the evenings with shirts or over a bikini.

  • The Body Shop Glazed Apple Hand Cream.

I LOVE hand creams at this time of year and due to my eczema they’re also a life saver. I have 3 L’Occitane hand creams to keep me going throughout winter, but I like to have some lighter formula hand creams to carry around with me in my bag. I love The Body Shop’s hand creams for this and my current favourites are their latest Coconut and Strawberry ones. For Christmas they have brought out a new collection, Glazed Apple and from what I have heard, it smells delicious! I already want the majority of the collection but I really have my eyes set on the hand cream. To have my hands smelling like apple Hubba Bubba is a dream come true and the sooner I get my hands on this, the softer and better smelling they’ll be!

  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire.

I’m a massive nerd, always have been and like most nerds, I love Pokemon and have done ever since Pokemon Red and Blue came out. I never bought the original Ruby and Sapphire games on the Game Boy Advance and I’m quite sad that I missed that era, but I was just too in love with the originals to buy any of the Advance games. However now The Pokemon Company have re-released the games out on the 3DS, which I own and love! So I will be getting my hands on this game possibly the day it comes out in November… But I’m not 100% sure I will or not, as Christmas is coming and if someone wishes to buy me that game, then so be it. BUT I can’t wait to play it! I played a demo a few weekends ago and it was really fun to play.

  • Oasis Strawberry Playsuit.

I have been eying up this playsuit for quite a while now and I remember being out with my friend Poppy when I saw it. “Get it!” she told me, but I told her I would wait for it to be in the sale, as at nearly £50 that was a lot of money for me. Now it’s less than £20 in the sale AND in my size! So I’ve actually already ordered this, but alas it can still be on my wish list. This is a gorgeous playsuit and very lively with the red strawberries all over it. I love playsuits and have been looking for some to replace the standard skirt/shorts and t-shirt. ALSO because I want to wear them on holiday as it’s just so easy to throw a playsuit on for the daytime and evening. I can’t wait to wear this out one weekend too with a cardigan, a massive coat, thick tights and boots.

  • Iron Fist Ship Wrecker Bikini Set.

Another piece I want for my holiday! I have two swimming costumes ready for my holiday, but as of yet not a bikini set, and I know I’ll need one for when I want to tan and have lazy days lying in the sun. I wanted to go for a nice bikini that resembles me and I really do think this one does that perfectly! As well as that it’s Iron Fist (who I’ve already stated I love) and it’s in the sale, so I can’t really go wrong with this one. The bikini top would look amazing under a sheer t-shirt, or even teamed up with a pair of denim shorts.

  • The Lacquer Lab Limited Edition (For Halloween) Polish in Teen Witch.

This nail polish is beautiful, and stunning, and all words that mean good! It’s very Halloweeny and whilst a lot of people would buy this, wear it on Halloween and never again, I would wear it all the time! I’ve just never seen anything like this before, and I doubt anything like this will be brought out anytime soon. I can see me buying this for myself as a treat as this month gone hasn’t exactly been stressful but the past couple of weeks I’ve felt a tad run down and crappy. Brit Nails has done a review for this polish over on her blog, which you can check out here.

So, that’s my wish list for this month! I can’t see me buying much off of it due to Christmas coming up, but I really do want the nail polish as it’s just so gorgeous… Watch this space!

What are you lusting after this month? Make sure to  let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and see you soon.

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OPI Peanuts Collection (For Halloween) – Review

Do you remember back in August when I wrote a post about this collection, and how excited I was for it? Well as you can see I FINALLY have my hands on the collection and since getting it I have loved it so much!

My Mom knew how much I wanted this set and on a shopping trip out she spotted it and picked it up for me, which I am quite pleased about as I didn’t even see it in the shop she bought it from! My Mom is so lovely when it comes to little things and since university started she has seen how stressed and tired I am lately, so her buying me this was just so sweet of her. What are Mom’s for though?

She didn’t tell me how much she paid for it but I’ve seen this for sale online for nearly £12.00, which isn’t cheap but personally I feel it’s worth it, especially as I was planning to buy this next week after being paid but alas, I don’t have to now.

I knew I had my eye on two of the shades from this collection, those being the glitter polishes which are called Where’s My Blanket??? and To Be or Not To Beagle. When I was swatching these and taking pictures I was super excited about applying them to my nails as they’re such fun shades for Halloween, as well as autumn.

Also I want to just say how cute is this little picture on the box? As well as the cartoon on the left hand side of the front? I love the packaging for this and I won’t be throwing it away anytime soon!

As you can see you get your four nail polishes, all in 3.75ml – 1/8 Fl. Oz. which is the standard size for the 4 pack of nail polishes. BUT as well as your polishes you also get some nail art decals which are super cute and I WON’T be using them anytime soon. They’re too cute to use.

The names of the four shades (from L-R) are:

Good Grief! – The sunny yellow of Charlie Brown’s favourite t-shirt.

Where’s My Blanket??? – Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin in this orange and black glitter.

WHO ARE YOU CALLING BOSSY?!? – This stormy black is no match for Lucy’s raven hair.

And finally To Be or Not To Beagle – Snoopy’s happy-dance of colours in a joyful glitter.

I’ll go into further detail about each polish after each swatch!

Good Grief! Is a sunny yellow nail polish with a cream finish and really is bright! It reminds me of the sort of shade I would wear as a young teenager during the summer with glitter polish on top! This will work wonderfully with Where’s My Blanket??? applied on top for an autumn feel. I found when applying this it was a tad on the streaky side but I think that’s just a personal issue. I’ve painted my nails with two coats on these images. It’s a very pigmented colour and looks lovely! I won’t lie though, out of the four shades this is my least favourite and isn’t really a shade I would opt to wear on a day-to-day basis. I painted this on my toes when I first got the set and it looked like I had jaundice… Not a good look!

Where’s My Blanket??? Is a wonderful glitter polish with various different sizes of black glitter throughout, as well as bigger pieces of cream yellow and orange glitter too. This is a perfect glitter polish for autumn due to the yellow and orange glitter throughout and would look perfect over a light or dark cream brown shade and due to that I can see me wearing this a lot this autumn season. As well as that this will also work perfectly over the top of Good Grief and WHO ARE YOU CALLING BOSSY?!? which I can see me doing in the future. This is a really easy glitter polish to apply and it dried really quickly too! On my nails I painted two coats, although if I wanted more glitter pay off I could have painted another coat. I currently have this on my toes and it looks really pretty. This is definitely my second favourite in the set!

WHO ARE YOU CALLING BOSSY?!? This is the perfect black nail polish! It’s a gorgeous cream black with gel like shine and is probably one of the best black nail polishes I’ve ever had and trust me, I’ve had a lot! I grew up wearing nothing but nail polish from the age of 14 until about 21 and I really do miss wearing black nail polish. It’s such a bold shade that you can team anything with and this is no exception. I painted two coats of this on my nails and that was more than enough as this is such a strong and pigmented black. This will work wonders with both Where’s My Blanket??? and To Be or Not To Beagle painted over the top which I wanted to wear this week, but due to work it would be a bit much so sadly I just had to stick with one of the glitters. I can see me wearing this a lot over winter more than autumn as with glitter polishes over the top it will be wonderful! This is also my second favourite polish as it’s just such a wonderful black! Well done to OPI for this one.

To Be or Not To Beagle this is such a fun nail polish and I don’t think I have ever seen a glitter polish like it to date. It contains small and large pieces of black glitter, as well as strips of black glitter BUT it also contains large pieces of rainbow glitter which just makes me happy! This glitter is just like a punch in the face for how different it is from most glitter polishes out there and I already know I want a standard sized bottle of this. This is two coats on my nails and I could have carried on to make sure I had loads of glitter packed onto each nail but two seemed like a good number. This will work perfectly over the top of various coloured polishes but I think it would work nicely on top of both Good Grief! and WHO ARE YOU CALLING BOSSY?!? Most of all I really want to try this over a white cream or a nude nail polish as I think it would look so pretty, especially for winter. My favourite out of the collection by far and I have it on my nails right now. Oh by the way, I couldn’t pick two pictures for this polish as I just wanted to show off how many different colours are in the glitter!

My overall opinion of this collection? A lovely collection for Halloween, even though an orange polish would have worked better than a yellow… In my opinion anyway!

The glitter polishes work perfectly, especially Where’s My Blanket due to the orange and yellow glitter and it will definitely be my nail polish for autumn now.

I personally feel they could have done more with this collection but alas they have so many collections coming out at the moment that they probably didn’t want to go overboard, which is fine.

I was super excited for this collection and has it been worth the wait? HELL YEAH! I love the collection so much and for the rest of autumn I’m probably set now for when I fancy wearing something nice.

My favourite in the set is definitely To Be or Not To Beagle and my least favourite was Good Grief!

Was it worth the money my Mom paid? I would say so yes! If you know someone who loves Halloween and they also have a birthday in October or just after Halloween then this will be the perfect present for them I think Or even someone who loves Peanuts like I do. This is something special to add to my collection and it’ll be loved very much.

So, what do you think of the Peanuts Collection? Will you be buying it?

Hey maybe you already own it, if so which is your favourite shade?

Leave me your answers and any questions you have in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re all well

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September Wish List

Boy time is flying for 2014! Soon enough it’ll be 2015, woohoo! So with another month, I bring to you another wish list. This one has certain themes to it, some holiday themed, some just nail themed. Either way I need to save money, only a few little treats now! There are some other bits and pieces I want to get my hands on but when I will is another story.

September Wish List

  •  Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Melange (from the Once collection).

This nail polish is stunning and one that I know already that I need in my collection! It’s described as a “golden teal, matte finish” and something beautiful that I don’t have in mu collection. It’ll be gorgeous to wear for autumn and winter and with the matte finish it’ll look even better in my opinion! I’ve only owned one Illamasqua nail polish, Raindrops (review here) which is a gorgeous shade. Illamasqua’s formula for their polishes are great and I’m really surprised I don’t have more of their polishes. This isn’t cheap at £14.50 but I’m sure it would be worth every penny and I really can see this becoming a permanent shade to their collection.

  • Superdrug Croyde Cable Cardigan.

I spotted this cardigan a couple of weekends ago when I went to visit my friend Gabriella and we both awed at how beautiful it was. Soft, warm and a gorgeous burgundy colour we both fell in love… Luckily I restrained myself from buying it, or asking my boyfriend to lend me the money for it! I know I will buy this eventually as I just can’t help but need it, my friend Poppy even wants it now after I shared it on Instagram! This isn’t cheap and I’ve found it on websites for well over £50! I’m sure it wasn’t this much in the shop that my friend and I found it in. Either way, I’m going to be good and save my money up for a while… To buy this of course! No I joke! But with autumn upon us in less than 20 days, I’ll probably need this for those chilly evenings that will soon be upon us.

  • Matalan Spot Print Tankini Style Swimsuit.

As I’m due to go on holiday at the start of January I’m after some new swimwear, especially a costume as whilst I may look okay with clothes on, I don’t look so pretty without them and quite frankly I hate my stomach! For swimming and such I want to invest in a nice swimsuit to paddle around the pool in, and what better way to go than with a swimsuit that has tummy control! Melon Lady recently shared this in a haul on her YouTube channel and I fell in love with it, it looks vintage and gorgeous and I can rock this with a pair of shorts whilst walking around the shops too if I really want to. At £15 this is a bargain and I need to get my arse to a Matalan soooon if I’m in any hope of picking this up.

  • Loungefly Disney Ariel Turquoise Glitter Embossed Bag.

This bag is beautiful and since I set my eyes on it, I want it. However this isn’t available in the UK… Yet! I have wanted one of these bags for a while, but with the Hello Kitty print on it, however I never found one I actually really wanted so I left it. However this bag is beautiful in many ways. Ariel is a mermaid and thus already amazing and the fact this is glitter AND turquoise makes it double amazing! I would love this bag in time for my holiday, as from seeing them in the flesh, these bags are HUGE and you could probably fit everything in there. I really do hope this comes over to our English soil, as soon as it does I’ll be buying it!

  • OPI How Is Your Dane? Nail Lacquer (from Nordic collection).

I won’t lie, I only really want this nail polish because of the name… Well that’s the main reason anyway! Otherwise the shade of this nail polish is beautiful and one I’ve been after since the summer, ready for autumn and winter. My boyfriends name is Dane (as regular readers and people who know me will know) so when I saw the name of this it made me giggle like a little kid but when I saw the shade, it’s like OPI knew I was after a chocolate-brown. OPI’s description for this shade is “Pass up this cinnamon coffee? You’re barking up the wrong tree!” which is really nice in a weird way. This isn’t cheap, like most OPI polishes but I want some staple shades for autumn and winter this year and I think this could be one of them, it’d look gorgeous with some glitter over the top!

  • Loungefly Hello Kitty Mustache Coin Purse.

I have wanted a coin purse for a while, but one that matched my wallet… My old wallet that is. However now I have my new one, there is a chance for me to get the coin purse to match my current wallet. However I fancy a change and when I saw this coin purse online in Beadesaurus’s sale I thought it looked gorgeous and reminded me of a Hello Kitty wallet I wanted ages ago! As I’ve already mentioned my holiday is coming up in the New Year and I don’t really want to take my huge wallet with  me abroad, so I’m thinking of picking up something like this instead. Something I can just keep my money, cards, receipts, etc inside with no worries.

  • LiP SMACKER Red Velvet Lip Balm.

I recently found out that Lip Smackers cake flavoured lip balms will finally be coming out in the UK and I’m quite excited. You can’t go wrong with a flavoured lip balm and for anyone who doesn’t know me, I LOVE red velvet and quite frankly anything and everything that tastes and smells just like it. I don’t really need another lip balm, but what would another one hurt to keep in my hand bag or on the side of my bed, huh? There are loads of flavours from this Cupcakery collection coming out, such as Strawberry Sprinkle, Birthday Cake, Berry Buttercream, Vanilla Coconut, Salted Caramel, as well as Red Velvet. I’m excited for this collection and I’m sure I will mention more about it in the future.

  • OPI Peanuts Collection Mini Pack.

I’ve made a post about the Peanuts collection that OPI will be bringing out for Halloween, you can read that post here. I am SO excited for this collection to come out! As soon as it becomes available to buy, I’ll for sure be picking it up.

  • Adventure Time Jake Phone Case.

I spotted this on eBay when I was having a look through all the Adventure Time bits and pieces listed on there. I love this phone case, it has a quote from Jake on it which says, “Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something” and I LOVE it! I’ve been feeling pretty down the past year and it hasn’t really gotten any better, but this quote does make me feel like it’s not just me who is out there struggling to get things right first time around. I’d love to have this case to look at everyday, every time I feel crappy and hopeless. It’s less than £8.00, which isn’t bad really when you think about it. My boyfriend wants the same case too, so if we were both to pick them up we would match, which is always nice.

So that is my wish list for September! I really wish I could buy everything off of the list right now, but money. xD

What’s on your wish list this month? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and have a great weekend.

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OPI Peanuts Collection For Halloween 2014

I can safely say I have never been so excited about any collection as I am about this one. Peanuts have teamed up with OPI to bring us this collection for Halloween 2014 and I am counting down the days for it to land in the UK.

As a child I watched Peanuts on and off and I have a fond memory of when I first discovered it. I was watching Mary Poppins with my Dad and accidentally changed the channel to an episode of Peanuts which my Dad changed back to Mary Poppins after discovering my error. I was somewhat gutted as Peanuts being a cartoon I began to enjoy the few minutes it was on for and ever since then I have loved that show.

Since this collection being revealed and posted about on pretty much every beauty blog out there, I’ve started to watch Peanuts episodes and films again, and realised how much I loved it as a kid. I love it so much I even have my little Snoopy dog who sits on my bed. He’s so snuggly, nice to cuddle when you crave one and no ones around.

ANYWAY back to the amazing nail polishes!

Peanuts by OPI brings to life Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip characters for Halloween 2014. Inspired by “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the four new limited edition nail lacquer shades include seasonal yellow and black crèmes, as well as two black-based glitter hues.

“‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ is a classic, beloved film,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “Peanuts by OPI celebrates the fun, youthful nature of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy with four limited edition nail lacquer shades designed to capture the spirit of Halloween. With two crème and two glitter options, you can switch between a cheery yellow or chic black look, or try adding a layer of glitter for a unique finish.”

There are four polishes in the collection:

Good Grief – A bright yellow shade, the same as Charlie Brown’s t-shirt.

To Be or Not To Beagle – A glitter polish with pretty much every colour of the rainbow inside! OPI have said “Snoopy’s happy-dance of colours in a joyful glitter.”

Where’s My Blanket??? – Another glitter polish but this one has black and orange glitter running throughout, perfect for Halloween!

WHO ARE YOU CALLING BOSSY?!? – A black creme polish that is meant to signify Lucy’s black hair.

If you wish to see swatches of these there are actually quite a lot out there on the internet now, but here’s a couple I shall link you to:

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swatchandlearn (Good Grief) & (To Be or Not To Beagle)

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 beyondblush.com (WHO ARE YOU CALLING BOSSY?!? & To Be or Not To Beagle)

As well as buying these all in their full-sized individually you of course can but them in their mini forms in a gift box, which also comes with stick on nail decals too! I think these will be what I pick up, as let’s face it, I won’t use the full size polishes and if I really want to get one shade in the full size I already know it’ll be To Be or Not To Beagle.

These are said to come out in September, but seeing as they’re available over the pond already then I assume we won’t have to wait TOO much longer for them to arrive here.

I assume they’ll also be the same prices as usual £11.95 for a full size bottle and about £13.95 for the mini set.

I can’t wait for these to come out, soon as they do I’ll be buying them!

What do you think of this collection? Will you be buying?

Hope you enjoyed this post, until next time take care all!

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OPI Muppets Most Wanted Mini Collection – Review

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As you may have seen on my last blog post that I bought myself some goodies when I went to Bristol earlier this month and this nail polish set was one of them!

This set came out (I think) in April for the release of the Muppets Most Wanted movie and when it first came out I scoured many blogs to try and find reviews and swatches for it. I happened to find a mixture of good and bad reviews for the collection as a whole. I myself found some positives as well as negatives with the mini collection that I’ll be talking about on my review today.

From the start I knew I wanted two of the shades in this collection, those being Miss Piggy’s Big Number and Kermit To Speak.

To start this post I just want to say how much of a bargain I snapped these up for! They RRP for £13.95 but I picked these up in TK Maxx for £9.99. As I stated in the title for this post, these are mini OPI bottles so they all come in and as you can see you get four polishes in this set.

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In this set you get four polishes, all at 3.75mL – 1/8 Fl. Oz sizes each. In the Muppets Most Wanted collection overall there are eight shades, so the fact I have four of them makes this mini set a pretty damn good set!

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In this set you get Miss Piggy’s Big Number (sapphire blue), I Love Applause (sheer pink), Kermit Me To Speak (rosy mauve) and Chillin’ Like a Villain (sheer nude). The other polishes in the Muppets Most Wanted collection are Gaining Mole-mentum (shredded light pink and gold glitter), Int’l Crime Caper (sheer white with a pink shimmer), Let’s Do Anything We Want! (pink glitter and white glitter in a clear base) and Muppets World Tour (white, silver and multicolored glitter). The whole collection is gorgeous and was brought out for OPI for spring, which is really does fit into perfectly.

Over two weeks I got to try each of these polishes out and I just knew I had to review these for the fact I adore two of the polishes in this set, feel like I will grow to love one and have come to be rather disappointed with another.

ALSO I hope you appreciate that it took agggges to get the pictures for this post due to having to paint my nails so much for it… But I didn’t mind and I enjoyed it. 😛 Think my fingers hate me though after all the nail polish remover!

I apologise by the way for the mucky application of these polishes but I painted and took pictures of all these on the early hours of this morning so I was rushing to get this done quickly so I could snooze.

SO onto the review! I’ll be talking about each polish in slight detail with all the important parts in there and such.

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Miss Piggy’s Big Number is described as a sapphire blue, which is pretty accurate! It’s a gorgeous shimmery blue that shimmers mostly blue in the light, with the odd purple but that is only obvious in some lights. To paint this on and get a good coverage I painted 3 coats. This took a good 3-4 days to chip too which I thought was good as that was without a top coat! This is a very sheer nail polish but the more coats you paint, the more build-able it gets. I love this polish, there’s nothing bad or wrong about it and I bet it’d even look gorgeous painted over a black or a navy nail polish!

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I Love Applause  is described as a sheer pink  which is definitely accurate, but there’s sheer and there’s what this is, streaky! This was the biggest disappointment of the whole set and when I pained this on my nails the weekend gone I was really quite sad that it had applied so badly and wondered if it was just due to the fact I was rushing to go and meet a friend. However I tried again to apply this to my nails and it did the same thing again. It applied streaky (as you can see) and it just looks disgusting and like I haven’t or don’t even know how to paint my nails, I applied 4 coats to my nails to get these pictures, you CAN get away with 3 coats but 4 seemed to look a little better. The only good news about this is that it didn’t chip in the couple of days I wore it on both occasions, which isn’t so bad! I don’t know if this is just my bottle that is painting this way or just the polish itself but either way I’m pretty gutted seeing as this is an OPI polish and these in their full size retail for the same price as I paid for the four miniature sizes.

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Kermit Me To Speak is described as a rosy mauve and whilst that is correct I’d like to explain it in a better way. 😛 Basically this is a mauve/purple shade that turns green in the right light. I applied 3 coats on this picture, but I think you could apply another one if you wanted the colour to stand out a little more. This is my favourite polish out of the set and I wore it during my weekend away in Bristol. It chipped after 2-3 days which was rather disappointing but I imagine this is due to not having a top coat on over the top. I know I’m going to wear this loads during the autumn and winter seasons that are upon us, but hell I’ll wear it throughout the year! This is a beautiful shade and was the one polish out of all eight in the collection that I really wanted. If you buy one of the shades from this collection, let it be this one! I know if I ever see the full size cheap I’ll be snapping it up.

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Chillin’ Like A Villain is described as a sheer nude shade and a gorgeous nude shade at that! It has peach undertones to it which are definitely office friendly! This was another one of the polishes in the collection that caught my eye as no matter how many coats you apply of this, it’ll always look lovely. This is 3 coats in the picture but with just 1 coat it looks lovely and something I think I’ll rock in future when I fancy wearing polish but nothing OTT. This didn’t cheap the couple of days I wore it which is nice as it definitely means it’s office worthy. It does streak a little bit but not half as much as I Love Applause does! I think if I painted another coat it would go a little less streaky and more smooth looking. I was going to wear this today for mine and my Dad’s belated Father’s Day celebrations but I won’t lie, I’m too lazy to wear any nail polish today!

My overall opinion of this collection? A beautiful little set for people who want polishes for both day and night, especially if you work in an office! The more metallic shades don’t last as long on the nails as the sheer shades but I’m sure a top coat can fix that.

My favourite in the set was definitely Kermit Me To Speak, my least favourite was by far I Love Applause.

Was this worth £9.99? Totally! I’d prefer to pay £9.99 for four polishes than the same price for one, although that being said I would so pay that price for Kermit Me To Speak as it was so worth it.

I don’t know if these are all over the TK Maxx’s in the UK, but I know Bristol had at least five in stock when I was there but of course that was nearly two weeks ago now!

So, what do you think of the Muppets Most Wanted collection? Would you pick it up?

Hey maybe you already own it, if so which is your favourite shade?

Leave me your answers and any questions you have in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re all well

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MAC Archie’s Girls Collection Double Trouble Nail Lacquer – Review

Last Sunday (not yesterday) I got to see my best friend as we went out for the afternoon to go and watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as she hadn’t seen it yet and we’d both gone to see the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when it first came out.

As I hadn’t seen her since just before Christmas she hadn’t yet been able to give me my birthday present, so no time like the present (ha!) she brought it with her to give to me before we went to watch the film and it’s one of the loveliest presents I could have received!

She said to me as she handed it to me, “I looked at your blog for some inspiration so I hope you like it!” and when I opened the two gifts in the bag I discovered a gorgeous MAC make up bag from the Archie’s Girls collection as well as the product I will be reviewing today, Double Trouble nail lacquer, also from the Archie’s Girls collection!

Back in February last year when the collection came out, I picked up Daddy’s Little Girl lipstick (review here) and to this day it is one of my favourites to wear and now I have another two Archie’s Girls pieces to add to my collection!

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Like all of the Archie’s Girls pieces, Double Trouble comes in this lovely white packaging with a picture of Archie and the two girls Veronica and Betty on the front of the box and the name of the product on the top. The packaging is gorgeous and I know I’ll be keeping the nail lacquer in the actual box!

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The bottle itself is probably one of the loveliest I’ve ever come to use so far. OPI polishes have lovely packaging, but bloody hell do MAC do a good job! The lid it white and on the bottle there is a picture of Veronica, whose shades were all dark in the Archie’s Girls collection, whilst Betty’s were all lighter and more natural looking shades.

When I go to open the polish itself the top screws off lovely, which I know isn’t exactly a selling point, but something I noticed and rather liked… I am a nail polish and lipstick nerd, I apologise!

The brush is also lovely and with a few strokes the whole nail is covered! The brush isn’t too thick, but it isn’t too thin either, a great size and it picks up a lot of product, which is a good selling point to me too, alongside the cap screwing off and on lovely.

Finally, let’s get down to the shade of this polish! It’s a gorgeous dark blue fountain ink pen colour, which I think is beautiful! I love a good dark nail polish, especially a blue colour and this will be gorgeous to wear all year around! MAC described this shade as “deep navy” which is pretty accurate! I don’t know what finish this is, but I have read online in reviews that it is cream based, but personally I can’t see that myself. I would have said it was more of a gel looking polish, but maybe that’s just me! It took two coats to get it looking good and it dried really quick too, which I liked a lot as I was actually in a hurry when I painted this on my nails.

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The colour you get in the bottle really does come out that way on the nails, which in some cases I find doesn’t happen with some polishes, which is a shame. I love this nail polish though, it’s a gorgeous dark blue and one that you can wear throughout the year with other shades, as well as with glitter!

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As you can see on the pictures, I applied a holographic glitter to my ring finger, this being Snowflakes in the Air by OPI. My Mom bought me this recently in a gorgeous top coat gift set, as well as a mini Mariah Carey gift set, I’ll be showing these off soon in a post.

The glitter itself looks gorgeous applied over the nail and it took a good two coats to get it looking this sparkly! I actually loved wearing these two polishes together and I know I’ll be wearing them again really soon!

My overall thoughts on Double Trouble is nothing but positive! As a MAC fan you probably know that any of the Archie’s Girls collection isn’t available anymore, as the collection came out about a year ago. My best friend picked this up and the make up bag she bought me from an outlet shop. She also picked something up for herself too! I don’t remember what the shop was called, or where she went but she said how it was full of cheap MAC, as well as other high-end brands. I plan to go soon for a look!

Well I hope you enjoyed my review for Double Trouble, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments down below.

Also if you own this polish, do you love it, hate it, etc? Let me know your thoughts in the comments too!

Until next time, take care all and I wish you all a good week, seeing as it’s the last in January.

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