Category Archives: Event

So Sorry

I have been away for soooo long and just wanted to say sorry, and thank you to those who’ve stuck around.

The good news is I’m pregnant! The bad news is it has completely drained my energy for blogging.

I hope to have a little more energy now I’m in the second Trimester and have already lined up some new posts.

Thanks again for understanding guys 🙂

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North West Nails Meet – a peek in the goodie bags

Meet up goodies

My first thought when contacting polish brands for goodie bag content was to ask Tara’s Talons. Tara is a blogger and indie polish maker who has always been friendly and approachable and most importantly creates some wonderful polishes.You can check out my most recent review of some of her polish here. Tara kindly donated some of bottles of loveliness for every blogger who attended, in a variety of colours, and discount vouchers too!

Taras Talons VillainTara Polish glitter cuTarasTalons Polish

The polish I received was the lusciously deep purple sparkle of Villian. It’s the perfect autumn colour and I can’t wait to try it out. I also got a bag full of glitter pieces in a shimmering mix of colours and textures.

Bag of nail glitter

Rio Nail Art has been a firm favourite of mine for so long and I was delighted when they not only offered to send nail art pens and discount voucher but also two competition prizes. Each attendee received a black and a a white nail art pen. The nail art possibilities are endless with these pens; a fine line striping brush and a metal nib, great formula and cleaner pin all make for great results (especially compared to cheap alternatives).

Rio Nail Art Pens

Some of my first furores into nail art were about 20 years ago using brushes similar to these. I’m going to have to get my thinking cap on to create some nail art to show these off to their full potential.

Another of my favourite British brands is She Sells Sea Shells. My all-time favourite nail decal came from them (see my unicorn mani here) and I was delighted they offered some of their new nail stickers for the bloggers to test out. There are zig-zags, straight lines, curves and the ultimate – unicorn heads! They come in an array of bright colours too so will easy to spot among my nail art supplies.

SheSellsSeaShells Stickers

As if it couldn’t get better the lovely Annette of Rainbow Connection donated discount vouchers. The site sells an assortment of indie polishes from all over the world (and ships across Europe). If you haven’t already visited I suggest you check out the site now.

Although not technically part of the goodie bags I feel compelled to mention Guppy Graphics here. Sophia a local graphic designer kindly designed the logo for the event. She creates blog designs, webiste, logos, etc. You may have seen her work on The Hotel Inspector logo. If any bloggers out there are looking for a redesign check out her website.

NWNMEET Logo

Once again I’d like to say a big thank you to all the people and brands who have shown their support. Here’s hoping the next meet up is even bigger and better.

North West Nails Meet

NWNMEET Logo

Hello lovelies,

Today’s post, as promised, is all about the North West Nails Meet I organised. The meet was last month (sorry I’m late posting this – the big move and lack of internet made posting impossible) and was held at The Sir Thomas Hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Table layoutTable set up

The venue itself is one of my favourites. Unlike some city centre hotels it has a really relaxed atmosphere and female-friendly bar. They host lots of lovely events from Chick Flick Thursdays to Tribute nights and I’d highly recommend them to anyone. It’s also a great central location to meet the girls for afternoon tea (right across from the Met Quarter).

NWNMEET Venue

North West Bloggers were invited to meet for drinks, cakes and a good old nail natter. I love connecting with other polish fans and it’s nice to have someone who I can chat to about holos, frankens and helmers without looks of confusion. I would love to organise another event in the future for all those who couldn’t make it this time around – keep your eyes peeled for more meet up news in the coming months.

The highlight for me was finally meeting Cecilia from Nailipedia. She was a real help in organising the event and such a lovely person too. Can’t wait to plan a trip to Sally’s soon!

Cecilia (left) & I (right)

Cecilia (left) & I (right)

We organised a nail art competition with prizes provided by Rio Nails – first prize, an awesome nail art starter kit, went to Cecilia for her stud-embellished black and white nails. Our loose theme was ‘Germany’ as they were the world cup winners.

Black and white stud nails

The winning manicure

In keeping with the competition theme I did my own nails in the colours of the German flag using a simple dry brush technique cross-hatched across the nail. This is the perfect mani for anyone wanting to punk up their nails in a hurry.

Fire brush mani

The biggest thanks to She Sells Sea Shells, Rio, Rainbow Connection, Guppy Graphics, and Tara’s Talons, for their support. I will be posting separately on these awesome brands and what we got in our goodie bags but I was really overwhelmed with their generosity.

I can’t wait to have myself a shopping spree using the vouchers from our goodie bags – what polish to get…?

The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge: FAQ and Other Information

Hello there,  it’s that time of year again. CHALKBOARD has all the info in the link below.

The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge: FAQ and Other Information

http://www.chalkboardnails.com/2014/08/the-31-day-nail-art-challenge-faq.html

(Via Bloglovin’)

I may take part again this year. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Let me know if you’re taking part too!

GIVEAWAY!

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My first giveaway is up on Instagram if you lacquerheads want to check it out:

http://instagram.com/lush_nails

Good luck all! Open to UK and European residents only (sorry) x

AWOL

Hello all,  just a quick note to say sorry if I’ve been a bad blogger lately. We’re moving house shortly and what with all the planning, packing, etc etc. The house is in a complete mess and I can barely find my socks these days let alone my nail supplies!

I hope you’ll forgive me and I promise I’ll have some awesome posts to come when I’m back (including all the goss from the nails meet #nwnmeet)

Please don’t unsubscribe or forget about LUSH nails, I’ll be back before you can say supercalifragilisticexpiallydociuos!

Anna xxx

North West Nail Meet

 

 

 

Northwest Nails Meet

So it’s fast approaching. The nail blogger’s event of the year! (ahem, if I do say so myself)

Seriously though, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be hosting a nail blogger meet up. Not only a meet up but an EVENT; there will be goodie bags, a nail art competition with some awesome prizes, possibly even a cake or two!

All this is taking place at the awesome Sir Thomas Hotel and some of my favourite brands have kindly supported us. I won’t give too much away but I promise all those attending will have a great time.

If you’re coming – I can’t wait to meet you!

If you’d still like to come but haven’t yet received an invite message me here asap!

If you’re a nail supply/polish maker, seller, distributor and want to be involved also get in touch here asap!

If you can’t make it this time but want to see how we get on check out #nwnmeet on Twitter and Instagram

Thanks to everyone who’s helped out so far. Exciting!

 

Independents’ Day

 

Hello there lacquer lovers,

If there’s one thing we love more than nail polish, it’s Indie nail polish. Those hard-working, independent polish makers tug at our heart (and purse) strings with their creative polish offerings.

So what better time to feature one of my favourite indie brands than today; Independents’ Day!

No, I didn’t forget to spell-check; Independents Day is a national campaign to encourage shoppers to support independent retailers. What easier way to do so than sit back, put your feet up and visit your favourite brands online.

The polishes I have to show you today are both from Tara’s Talons. She was one of the first UK Indie polish makers I was aware of and has a big presence in the nail polish community.

The two polishes I purchased from her site are: Fairy Brains and Spring shower.

Fairy Brains is an amazing cacophony of girlie glitters; jam packed full of pink butterflies, blue micro glitter, lilac round and hex glitter and white flowers, all suspended in a clear base.

Fairy Brains

The formula was a winner. I got good glitter coverage from repeatedly stroking the brush in one direction, WITHOUT dipping back into the bottle. The scent was very strong and chemically, but it’s not something that would put me off.

Fairy Brains Thumb

NYC & Tara's Talons

Pink Fairy Brains

TarasTalons Fairy Brains

The glitter combination in this is delicious. The metallics catch the light with dazzling brightness and the bright pink butterflies offer a pop of colour and fun. I’d recommend layering it over a base colour but the possibilities are limitless. I will certainly have fun coming up with new colour combinations.

I confess I was first attracted by the name but this polish is so much more than just a pretty name.

Spring Shower is a dark lilac crème filled with small/medium hex glitters of amethyst, pastel pink and white, and micro glitters of neon pink and white.

Spring Shower

TarasTalons Purple

The formula was perfect. A generous amount of glitter glides easily from the long, slim brush – so no need for the dabbing and fishing around you get with other glitter-packed polishes.

Spring Shower Glitter

Spring Shower on it’s own is quite sheer. If you hate VNL (visible nail line) you might want to do what I did and add a base colour. This will also preserve your precious indie polish as you’ll only need one coat!

The pictures here show one coat of ModelsOwn Grape Juice and one coat of Spring Shower. I didn’t use a topcoat but if you hate the uneven feel of glitter polish you might want to smooth it down with a thick coat of top coat.

Taras purple

Even without a top coat this polish wore really well – 7 days wear and there was just one slight chip!

I purchased both polishes online at www.thetaraemporium.co.uk (Fairy Brains £6.50 and Spring Shower £3.50)

There’s also currently 50% off with the code: SUMMER

There’s also free shipping on orders over £20

Amazing!

Have you tried Tara’s Talons polishes? What’s your favourite indie polish brand?

 

Sunshine Blog Award Nomination

 

Hello lovelies,

Today I’d like to say a great big thank you to Lauren of The Adventures of a Nail Artoholic for nominating me for my very first blog award; the Sunshine Blogger Award!

Sunshine Award

I am so pleased that someone out there is not only reading this blog but enjoying it. I hope to keep improving things around here so please keep checking back to see what’s new and feel free to offer any advice. My brain has all these ideas but my tech skills are sadly lacking.

Here are the five simple rules* of the Sunshine Award:

1. Display the award logo on your blog


2. Show appreciation by acknowledging the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post


3. Share 7 random, interesting facts about yourself


4. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and happily pass on this award, making sure to link their blog into your post


5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know that they have been nominated

I’m not great at writing things about myself; what do you guys want to know? Anyway, here are my seven random facts (I’ll let you judge if they’re interesting!):

  • I just bought my first house!

  • I studied English Language with Creative Writing at Lancaster University (“Bowland ’til I die”)

  • I love watching make-up tutorials online but never attempt any myself

  • I have a nut allergy

  • (*whispers*) I don’t like animals

  • I’m a big Batman fan

  • I lived in Florida when I was four

There are 20 categories in total but all my nominations come from the Best Blog on Fashion/Shopping/Beauty category (specifically nails). I love the idea behind this award so much as it helps bloggers not only connect with others they might never have found otherwise, but also is an opportunity to show the other bloggers your appreciation for all their hard work.

Without further ado, my nominees are:

  1. For the love of nail art – http://vmoller.wordpress.com/

  2. The bubbly brunette – http://thebubblybrunette.wordpress.com/

  3. Polished Tickles and Beauty – http://polishedticklesandbeauty.com/

  4. Lisionok2004’s blog – http://lisionok2004.wordpress.com/

  5. Taneja’s Bride – http://tanejasbride.com/

  6. Pocket Money Polishes – http://pocketmoneypolishes.wordpress.com/

  7. NAILEYMABOB – http://naileymabob.blogspot.co.uk/

  8. Ninja Blossom Nails – http://www.ninjablossomnails.com/

  9. Timeless Topcoats – http://amberleynolan.wordpress.com/

  10. Sparkles and Statutes – http://sparklesandstatutes.wordpress.com/

  11. Nuthin but a nail thing – http://www.nuthinbutanailthing.com/

  12. The Crumpet – http://www.the-crumpet.com/

  13. Sincerely Stephanie – http://www.sincerelystephanienails.com/

  14. Spit & Polish – http://spitpolish.blogspot.co.uk/

  15. Lacquerheads of OZ – http://www.lacquerheadsofoz.com/

I am so happy to be nominated and to be able to participate in this award -thank you again Lauren. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit more about me and I hope you manage to find a few more quality blogs to follow too!

*There are variations on these rules but I am following those set down by Lauren who nominated me

 

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