Belated 4th blogiversary giveaway week 3: Nail art book giveaway!

Happy Monday and welcome to week 3 of my belated 4th blogiversary giveaway!! This week I am giving away 3 of my favourite nail art books from nail artists I admire - Sharmadean Reid of WAH Nails and Madeline Poole. These books are chock full of step by step nail art tutorials so you can create their awesome designs yourself at home. When I try the designs out at home they don't look anything as precise and neat as theirs do but hey it's all about trying right!!

One lucky person will win:

The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art by Sharmadean Reid
The WAH Nails Book of Downtown Girls by Sharmadean Reid
Nails, Nails, Nails! 25 creative DIY nail art projects by Madeline Poole
(total prize value

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How to enter:
- simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget thingy below!

Ts & Cs apply:
- open internationally
- must be 18 years and over to enter
- ends 3rd August 2014
- winner must respond to notification email within 48 hours
- once the winner responds, I'll be ordering the prize from the Book Depository to be sent directly to the winner.

I hope you've enjoyed the giveaways so far! GOOD LUCK!

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Pretty please with a cherry on top manicure

When I'm in a nail art rut Japanese nail magazines always give me that nail boost I need. I haven't bought many nail mags this year actually so I made a trip to Kinokuniya last week to stock up on some mags. Kino has cut back on the number of nail mags they stock which is so disappointing - they didn't even have Nail Up! which is one of my favourites! I still managed to pick up 3 though phew.

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I saw this adorable cherry mani in S Cawaii! (which I've never bought before actually) and knew I had to recreate it. I love doing bright summery manis during winter and this is super cute and fun!! Plus it's a fruit mani and you know I adore those! ♥

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What I used:

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Pinky and index: I used 2 coats of Barry M Gelly nail effects Grapefruit and added a small gold bead to the bottom centre of my nails.

Ring fingers: I used 3 coats of OPI GoldenEye.

Middle and thumbs: I used 2 coats of Essie Where's My Chauffeur? as my base. To create the cherries I used a dotting dipped in Barry M Gelly nail effect Grapefruit and a small brush to paint the stems using Ulta 3 chocolate cake and for the leaves I used Barry M nail paint Mint Green before adding detail to the cherries using Cult Nails Tempest.

I should have chosen a brighter green because you can't really see the leaves unfortunately but oh well!

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My NOTDs will be a bit varied at the moment because I've resorted to using flash because I just can't take pics during the day. The hubby bought me a lightbox a little while ago but I haven't worked out my lighting for it yet. Hurry up and come back summer with your beautiful long days and bright light!

What do you think? Did I do the original mani justice? Thanks for looking as always!

OPI Damone Roberts 1968

OPI Damone Roberts 1968 is a shade I've wanted to own ever since I first started blogging. The limited edition polish was created in collaboration with US eyebrow king Damone Roberts and is one of the prettiest green polishes I've seen. Back then I wasn't as crazy about polish so I never got around to getting it as I couldn't justify the price + shipping. I even did a post to see if anyone wanted to do a group order to split the costs but no takers sadly. But when I found out he was re-releasing the polish this year for the last time I HAD to own it even though it was double the price it was in 2009. I didn't care!

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What they say:

OPI's "Damone Roberts 1968" Nail Polish was created by OPI in 2009 to celebrate the brand...Damone Roberts. The color was matched directly from our Beverly Hills & New York Salon walls in an effort to bring the unique pistachio tone, described by Damone himself as "a different green with undertones of a soft grey, and a warm brown that works well on every skin tone".

The masses seem to agree, as the color has sold out worldwide twice now. This polish is quite the hot commodity and bottles presently can be found on Ebay retailing for $75.00 each. We are proud to announce that OPI & Damone have teamed up for the third time to bring you a limited collector item quantity available Summer 2014.

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Damone Roberts 1968 is a soft mint green and having finally worn it myself now I know why it's such a sought after shade and I am totally and utterly in love with it. For starters the formula is ABSOLUTE perfection. Oh man I'm talking glides-on-so-smoothly-I-could-cry kind of buttery perfection. The shade has a gorgeous softness to it that I love and I think it would work well with most skintones. It dries quickly and to a high gloss shine. 2 beautifully even coats is pictured below.

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Close up:

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Overall: OPI Damone Roberts 1968 definitely lives up to the hype and I love love LOVE this mint green. I can't believe I didn't purchase it years ago! It's pretty pricey though but I'm a sucker for limited edition shades so it was worth the wait and price for me. I'm just so happy I finally own a bottle! I also picked up a few back up bottles too x)

Details: Available from and Damone Roberts salons in the US for $20US.

Is there a polish you've wanted for years that you've finally had the chance to own? There are so many more on my list but baby steps to tick off the wishlist! Don't forget to enter my 4th blogivesary China Glaze Surprise collection giveaway!

Thanks for looking as always!

Belated 4th blogiversary giveaway week 2: China Glaze Surprise collection!

Nothing says celebration like glitter so this week for my belated 4th blogiversary celebrations I am giving away the China Glaze Surprise collection glitters!! One person will score the entire collection which consists of I'm a Go Glitter, Don't Be a Flake, Shine-manigans, Glimmer-More, Create a Spark and Glitter Up. These large chunky glitters are pretty darn awesome and I would love to keep them for myself but I won't!

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How to enter:
- simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget thingy below. I much prefer doing things the old school way but it's time to update! Lets hope I use it correctly lol.

T&Cs apply:
- open internationally!
- must be over 18 years of age to enter 
- ends 27th July 2014


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