Sunday, November 25, 2012

My new topcoat

I decided to make myself a holo topcoat. Why I didn't think of this before is beyond me! I love holographic nail polish and I've seen enough holo topcoats. Sometimes I am far from the sharpest knife in the drawer, and this is one of those times. I wanted to make a few bottles up for friends of mine so I made a rather large batch, and I ended up with just shy of 8fl oz left for myself. That is a LOT of top-coat, the equivalent of 16 regular sized bottle of polish to be exact, so I think it will last me a good while! Here's some pics for you:
                                                   One humungous bottle of homemade holo
                                      Two humungous bottles(because one just isn't enough!)

                        A size comparison pic. The bottles next to a regular sized bottle of polish.

      A couple of 'before and after' swatch pics. Unfortunately, I didn't do the colours in sequence. Sorry about that!


So. What do you think? Not bad, huh? I like it anyway. I think it'll last me long enough to get sick of the sight of holo nps.......or not. No, maybe not!
Anyway, I'm going to keep this short and sweet, so I'm off until my next post. Stay safe, be happy, and I'll see you in the near future! Loads of love,


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Apologies for not posting.

I've been somewhat stressed out since my last post. I find it upsetting that people jump to conclusions and judge when they haven't heard both sides of a story. I know it's easy to judge, but I do my best not to judge anyone until I've heard all there is to know. I'm human, I make mistake as does everyone else on this planet, but theft is not one of them. Anyway, enough of that crap.

I have an amazing topcoat to share with you, but I'm going to keep that until my next post, when I will start afresh with this blog. No more about this matter I've been talking about after this post. I hope you're all keeping well, and that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was sick, nothing new there!
Anyway, I'll see you all soon. Stay safe, be happy. Loads of love.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I've said this before...

but I have to say it again. This has been a bad year for me in many ways. My health, my marriage in major ways, and things that have happened in the np community in more minor ways.
Some of my packages to others have gone astray. Don't ask me why, I don't know. Blame USPS. Blame other postal services around the world. I've had parcels I've sent go missing from time to time before. I've had parcels I was the recipient of go missing from time to time before.

When I've been the sender, as soon as I possibly could I've tried to correct the situation.

I need to say this. I think that if I were a swaplifter, not only would I NOT try to correct the situation(after all, that would mean that I had intended all along not to honour my side of the deal), but I would permanently ignore the person I had swapped with! I wouldn't message them, why would I? I'd make no effort to contact them at all, and I'd make no effort to make things right.

One particular person believes that I never sent my end. Wrong. Not only did I send my end(admittedly, the initial parcel was delayed due to my health,) but when the person concerned advised me that they hadn't received the first package, I actually sent a second parcel. In the midst of all this bear in mind that I'm in and out of the hospital, I also move to another state due to the breakdown of my marriage (which ended very abruptly during one of my hospital stays) I lost the paperwork! It happens. Especially considering my move!

Anyway, the person I'm talking about tells a lot of people that I never sent her anything. I know I did. Here's what happened. On the first 2 parcels, I wrote the address down incorrectly. It was either the city, or a number, something like that. I remember it was one thing, I just don't remember what(I had too many other more important things going on in my life)It wasn't the entire address that was wrong, it was one thing and one thing only.

Now I've just sent this person a 3rd parcel. I kept her in the loop as much as I possibly could. This person decided to tell the community of a certain forum that I'd sent her nothing. Wow. Because she can read my mind, right?

It really doesn't make sense that a person who had deliberately set out to cheat someone else would tell her what was going on! It doesn't make sense that the would-be cheat would then send a 3rd parcel(this time I sent her proof of shipping straight away, my mistake the first 2 go rounds, but like I say, things happen.) 

It doesn't make sense. If I'd deliberately set out to cheat you, I sure as heck wouldn't keep you in the loop about my intent, and I sure as heck wouldn't attempt to make the situation right!

When parcels to me have gone missing in the past, the only time I was positive that there was foul play was when the other person made no attempt to contact me, and no attempt to rectify the situation, despite numerous messages from me. If, on the other hand the sender has kept me in the loop, and has 'righted' the situation, I know they're honest!

Now, why this why this person thinks I'm not honest is beyond me. It doesn't make sense. I've tried to make the situation right by sending her yet another parcel because she told me she didn't get either of the first 2. I've sent her proof of shipping. I don't know what else she wants! I don't know why she would tell others of the situation other than to cause drama, and to cause trouble. Simple as that. I now think she actually got the first 2 parcels. I don't know how, but why else would she try to make out like I was the dishonest one to others? It sounds a lot like a pre-emptive strike to me. That's all I can say.

I'm not a cheat. I live by the saying "do as you would be done by." I'm not saying any more about this after this post. I'm done. I'm sick of it. Mistakes happen. People who are innocent try to make things right with others. That's exactly what I've done. If I offend you, or if you're one of the people that has decided I'm in the wrong, so be it. I can't change your mind, and quite frankly I don't want to. I can't prove my intent to do the right thing. Also, you've decided what you want to think about me. If you don't like me, don't read this blog.

Anyway, I've had my say. I've talked it out. I've told you my side. I hope to see you next time I post. I really do. In the mean time, take care, be safe and try to be happy.


A little bit of haulage...

I got paid a few days ago, and I decided I needed a little pick me up! My idea of a bit of cheering up involves shopping, not always, but a lot of the time. So, I went online, and hit a few stores. The first one, I'd surfed plenty of times, but had never shopped at was
Their prices are amazing, and they have a fine range of goodies. I placed the order on the 6th November, and received them today, the 8th. How amazing is that? In 2 days, my order was placed, picked out of their warehouse, packed(very well, I hasten to add) and shipped in that short period of time. 10/10 8ty8beauty, you deserve it! I bought myself some Color Club np's(gotta love those Color Club's!) Here's some pics, and descriptions of what I got:
                                                  1)      The Color Club crew
                                                          2) The holo's
                                                             3) The rest
                                                       4) Holo swatches 
                                                        5) Other swatches

1) The whole purchase lined up. From left to right:
     Harp On It
     Blue Heaven
     Cloud Nine
     Personal Stylist
     Wing fling
     Berry And Bright
     Glitter Wonderland
All of these polishes are gorgeous, but. The holo's are absolutely spectacular. These 4 holo's are from their new collection, and I am seriously regretting not getting all 6. Trust me, next payday, 8ty8beauty, here I come! All of the polishes applied smoothly and evenly(holo's included,) all are absolutely packed with colour. Just gorgeous. Especially when you consider the price. $3 for the regular np's and $8 for the holo's. How cheap is that???!!!

Pics 2, 3, 4 & 5 are self explanatory.  Simply amazing.

Next up is a small but important haul from This purchase is(obviously as you'll see, lol!)  stuff for my frankening and indie supplies:



1) Sixty 1/2 fl oz np bottles.
2) Four 4 fl oz np bottles
3) Pearl rhinestones
4) Paisley rhinestones
5) 4mm SS ball bearings

Like I said, a small but important haul!

Anyway, I think that's quite enough for one day. It feels good to be back on track with this blog, and I really hope that you are all enjoying it as much as I am. I'll see you all next time. Mean while, you all take care, stay safe and be happy!

Loads of love,

Monday, November 5, 2012

Christmas is around the corner...

...again! Can you believe it? Where oh where does the time go? I guess it's an age thing, because I swear that when I was a youngster Christmas took forever to arrive. Now it seems like a few days go by from the previous Christmas, and we're back in the holiday season again!

So. Are you prepared? I'm not. The only person I consistantly shop for throughout the entire year is my sister Nicola, and that is because I always try my best to spoil her rotten. I'm not going to put any of the things I've bought for her on here, for obvious reasons. Her birthday is in December too, and as we live in different countries I tend to put gifts for both in one box, but I never palm her off with a combined Christmas/birthday present, I think that is so mean!

I went on a bit of a shopping frenzy via the internet, mainly for my 'sister from another mister' Kelly. She's another one that I really try to spoil. This year I want it to be really special for her as her hubby just deployed to Afghanistan for a whole year. Doesn't that suck? I mean, I've done it myself, and I know us military wives are very strong and pretty much all of us survive it, but that's not to say that it's easy, it's really not. Especially around the holidays. Again, I can't post any teasers in case she see's this post. Sorry KK, you gotta wait 'til Christmas day and see what Father Christmas brings for you!

I think I've said this before, but my husband Steve decided he'd had enough of our marriage after 12 years and bailed out in April, so he's one less to buy for, not to mention that I will no longer be buying for his family. That's down to him now, he no longer has a personal shopper.

I have to buy for my youngest nephew, Sam, my brother Fabian. I have to get Nicola's and Sams shipped to England. The cost of shipping is more often than not more costly than the gift itself. How crazy is that? I remember one year spending roughly $300 on shipping alone!!!
Fabians has to go to Canada...unless he decides to come and visit me, which might be on the cards! C'mon Jimmy, (Fabian) you know you want to see me, lol! And that's pretty much it. I don't buy for the rest of my nephews, I can't afford it. I don't buy for any more of my friends, ditto(much as I would love to.)

I'm getting there, slowly but surely. I'm trying not to go crazy on the spending. It's a totally different kettle of fish this year in comparison with last year, pretty much purely because of financial constraints. I hope they all like what I get them. I really do!

Anyway, lovelys, enough from me. We'll chat again soon. Stay safe. Get that Christmas shopping started!

All my love,