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Thursday, 17 April 2014

25% off on Etsy - Easter Weekend

I just discovered promo codes on Etsy so its 25% off when you enter CHICKFEVER on checkout until Tuesday 22nd April, woop woop!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Afternoon sausage bathing

Odie doing her duty and bringing the cute

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

“Reading is a bit like hallucinating.” - N.Filer, The Shock of the Fall

I just finished 'The Shock Of The Fall' by Nathan Filer, tricky to get into at first as its from the perspective of a guy with schizophrenia, but definitely worth it in the end. It's a little depressing but very clever and I like the way the main character (Matthew) remembers his dead brother by considering his atoms in everyday objects. Might have to read it again.

I've had a run of pretty good books recently so was struggling to find something else. I asked a friend I trust on recommendations and they came up with "IT" by Stephen King. I haven't read any King yet but have seen a few movies. If you think the films aren't all that scary then the book is a different story. I've been sleeping with the light on since I started and there is a lot left to go. Not for sensitive minds and those who want to keep a watch on their electricity usage. I'm going to stick with it and keep an eye out for clowns.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Acrylic Nails - 1st attempt

I'm trying to get my head around how people are doing all those really good DIY manicures at the moment so I'm going to start with messing around myself. I was quoted £50 (!) for my nails to done in a local nail salon so I thought I would give it a go myself first. It's something that will take a few attempts to get right. I did actually try one time before this and spilt the glue all over my desk - nail fail. So be careful as this glue is lethal if it gets anywhere you don't want it to, it looks so innocent in that little bottle.

Here are the bits I've got so far

False nails: £1.89 eBay
80 grit nail file 80p local Sallys
Acrylic nail glue: £2.79 eBay (2 bottles)
Tweezers (found I didn't use these much in the end)

You can snip the little tabs off these nails with scissors and then file them down to shape, check them against your finger to see which fits best

Some will fit right without any shaping, or at least thats what I found with the little finger, I'm not even sure I was putting the right shape on the correct finger. Prepare to spend at least an hour doing this as these are shaped by filing them with the 80 grit file.

This glue in particular runs like water so be careful, the bottle is light and easily knocked over so I was a lot more careful with it this time. When I knocked the glue over I thought throwing tissue paper on it would clear it up (erm...) and it started to sizzle and smoke (!) so its probably best to leave it to dry if it spills as it should dry clear. 

I thought I would use tweezers to stop the glue sticking to my skin but found just making sure you glue the end that goes to the base of the nail and avoiding the tip (so you can pick it up) works. This glue dries in seconds so you have to be really fast closing the bottle and getting the nail on (hold down for 15 seconds) The brush almost dries and sticks to the nail as you paint the glue on!

Here it is on, you can shape some more on the tip once its stuck. These acrylics seem to be a little transparent

They were done in about 45mins - 1hr, not perfect, but not bad for a first full attempt. I want to work more on shaping around the cuticle. I think I might have to look into gel nails next

They feel pretty secure, although it does feel weird. I filed them fairly short as I've got pretty long fingers and hands as it is! Links to a good tutorial/method are welcome

Bell x

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Colour Contact Lenses

I bought some coloured lenses from Pinky Paradise a few weeks ago and have finally got around to trying them out. I got the GBT Green and the Venus Eye Blue.
I normally wear contacts and I'm a -2.50 so I'm use to putting them in (just about) but if you are new to contacts you will find this tricky ( I still remember my first time) so be careful not to drop them on the floor. I also use an alcohol antiseptic hand gel between taking them in and out as I've been told off recently by the eye doctor man for not being nice to my eyeballs.

They arrived to my UK address really quick and you get tracking too. This is what the set looks like when it arrives

You get a little hippo eye case for keeping them in and each pair of lenses come in a jar. Now be careful with opening these jars, because once you lose the metal pull and find you have to prise the rest of the top off it gets pretty dangerous. I cut my thumb doing this, so avoid using contact with the skin if you find you have to pull the bendy metal lid off with your hands. You then pour the contacts into your hippo's and you are good to go.

Photo's have not been enhanced and I didn't Photoshop my skin so you can get the best idea of how they look in natural light. Their website shows real life examples of people wearing them off Facebook too. I naturally have hazel (green/brown) eyes which will be the first pic.

My eyes with no lenses (natural colour hazel)

My eyes with the Venus Blue lenses

My eyes with the GBT Green

Hope this gives you an idea of how they turn out and I haven't scared anyone. They are comfortable enough but not something you would wear everyday more for one off occasions ;)

Bell x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Skinny Dip London

I treated myself to a Skinny Dip phone cover last week. Much respect to this new brand for making covers for Samsung handsets as us androids always get left out! Vannessa at Skinny Dip was quick to respond to e-mails and gave great customer service! I bought from the website. You can also buy their items from TopShop too. My phone is wearing the Samsung S3 perspex Sunset Case. Course I had to do a skinnydipselfie too - Bell x

Phone Case: Skinny Dip London. Dress: River Island. Shoes: Vivienne Westwood x Melissa. Nails: a mess (sorry)