I’ve Fallen in Love…With More Clothes!

Yes I know I haven’t finished the rest of my Ireland blogs yet, I’m easily distracted. Distracted by sheinside.com *swoons*

I stumbled across this clothing website and I’m just in love with their stuff and the prices are…actually not too bad after the shipping fee has been added on! I thought I would put together this little blog post to show some of the things I am rather fond of on here right now. They have a nice variety of styles from casual to adorkable to dainty prettiness and a lot of the designs I haven’t seen before. I have found lately that most of the usual sites I check out have the same stuff across the board. I won’t chat about everything you see as, even though I love a good waffle, it may be a bit much for one post. So I will just chat about a few pieces but I will leave all the links to each piece at the bottom for your browsing pleasure.

Oooo check me out and my collage skills…

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“Oh it’s all so pwiddy!”

Short Sleeve Cartoon Dinosaur Print T-Shirt

Yes dinosaurs are beautiful too. Who doesn’t love a good dinosaur based piece of clothing?!? I sure do and I just love their cheeky faces. Being in the industry I’m in I would happily rock up in this with a pair of skinny jeans and my black converse. ROAR!

DinosaurTshirtThis cutie is only £8.20. Say what?!?!

Apricot Short Sleeve Deer Print Loose T-Shirt

This little bargain is a steal and I was just drawn to the soft floral sleeves and the beautiful deer illustration on the front. I would either wear this with skinny jeans and ankle boots or tuck it into my black quilted skater skirt with booties/converse.

Blue Lapel Short Sleeve Floral Pleated Dress

Now I love a good peter pan collar look whether it be a top, a dress or blouse with a layered jumper. I was lured in by the beautiful blue print and the detailing on the collar. I actually do not own a collared dress but I would love to add one to my collection. I would keep this simple with mid heeled open toes shoes and minimal accessories. This dress speaks for itself without needing extra bling (do people still say bling?!). Loving the hair style on the model as well.

Mint Green Lapel Double Pocket Longline Wool Coat and Black White Notch Stand Collar Long Sleeve Oversize Houndstooth Coat

I have two very similar coats in this post. I love love love an oversided longline coat. I tried getting one last winter but I struggle getting coats that fit me. I’m a size 10 and 5’7″ but I always find that I have to go up 1-2 sizes just to get the sleeves to reach past my wrists as well as fitting across my back without feeling the stress of the arm seams wanting to split. Me Hulk! However getting the bigger sizes means they usually swamp me in the waist region. Anyone else have this problem? Or just me? These coats are so versatile and can be worn with both casual and smarter ensembles. There have been many pastel versions of these coats this past Spring, especially pale pinks but I do love this mint green version to brighten up the day.

Grey Black Long Sleeve Mickey Hooded Sweatshirt

I know I’m not supposed to be spending money *she says staring at an unopened ASOS parcel on her desk* but I really really would love to own this. I’m a massive Disney/animation/film fan and have been ever since I can remember. This just looks so comfy and I adore the little ears on the hood. I would wear this with skinny jeans/leggings and my flats/converse. It has a very unusual zipped pocket along the front too which would be so handy for keeping a tiny purse and your phone in rather than carrying a bag. Want want want!

Black Vintage Floral Chiffon Kimono

All I have to say about this is:

“I bloody love a good kimono jacket”

Black Spaghetti Strap Lace Chiffon Playsuit

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*wolf whistles*

Just wow! Isn’t is beautiful. I would have to pluck up the courage to go out in this as the lace makes it look a little more like lingerie but my it is gorgeous. As it looks like it would be quite short I would probably wear this with my black flatform midi heels and maybe team it with a floral kimono, like the one above. This would be a great for summer drinks or a BBQ party.


I hope you liked my Sheinside favourites post today and enjoy perusing through the site yourself. It’s an American based company so if you are from the land of foreign like myself they have delivery options here.

Speak to you guys soon

-MooFace-


Short Sleeve Cartoon Dinosaur Print T-Shirt – £8.20

Apricot Short Sleeve Deer Print Loose T-Shirt – £7.32

Blue Lapel Short Sleeve Floral Pleated Dress – £18.45

Green Double Pockets Waffle Knit Longline Cardigan – £17.42

Mint Green Lapel Double Pocket Longline Wool Coat – £28.23

Black Long Sleeve Zipper Split Slim Blouse – £12.30

Grey Black Long Sleeve Mickey Hooded Sweatshirt – £12.19

Black White Notch Stand Collar Long Sleeve Oversize Houndstooth Coat – £27.96

White Contrast Lace Long Sleeve Loose Blouse – £10.25

Black Vintage Floral Chiffon Kimono – £9.22

White Batwing Sleeve Polka Dot Chiffon T-Shirt – £11.07

Black Spaghetti Strap Lace Chiffon Playsuit – £11.27

Candy Coloured Nails

Well hello there,

I fancied doing something a little more weird and wonderful this week. I’m still trying to get perfect crisp lines using scotch tape so I thought that I would continue to practice and incorporate this into an edged design. I’ve gone for a bright, contrasting colour palette with a touch of sparkle.

The colours I have gone for today are:

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After giving my nails a little tidy up with a nail file I gave them 3 good coats of the Seventeen’s Lemon Tart. Because of it’s light colour, I found I needed to add that extra coat to give it a nice solid look.  I let my bright summery nails dry whilst I caught up on a cheeky bit of Hollyoaks (don’t judge me!) and a quick cuppa.

Once these coats had dried I generously applied the Barry M glitter polish to my ring fingers. Man I do love this polish! The bits of glitter are random sizes and shapes which creates this awesome mosaic effect. These pieces really catch the light. You may also need a couple of coats of this to get a full glittery coverage.

Make sure the yellow coat is completely dry before applying strips of scotch tape. If it is still slightly damp, you risk ruining the yellow side of your nails. With small strips of tape, I applied them to alternate sides of my nails. So each nail would have the yellow and purple of different sides. Apply the Parma Violet polish to the uncovered side of your nails, make sure you go right up to the edges and along the tape. With two coats applied, use tweezers to remove the tape whilst the polish is still wet. This should give you nice clean edges. My tape sadly wasn’t stuck down 100% in certain places, so parts of my lines are a little wavy. Practice makes perfect.

Allow this new purple coat to dry before applying a top coat of matte polish. I’m still addicted to this mattifying top coat. It just creates a lovely soft finish to your nails. Ta Da…

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There you go, crazy candy coloured nails for the week ahead. Rain or shine, these digits will sure brighten things up a bit.

Hope you have enjoyed my colourful nails for this week :D I have included links of where to buy each of the polishes I have used today. Apologies for the lack of a Parma Violet link, this polish isn’t available anymore but there are many other brands that are selling similar colours.

-MooFace-

Chevron French Manicure

Today I produced two looks for my newly short nails. My first look is a lovely simple chevron design that isn’t too in your face but adds a subtle shine to your nails.

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I decide to use Seventeen’s Lasting Fix Nail Colour in ‘Silver Kisses’ for the shimmery chevrons. I cut 20 little strips of tape, 2 for each finger, and had my tweezers at the ready for taking them off. I find using tweezers to remove the tape a lot easier once your nails are covered. I placed the strips on to my nails to create this chevron design and then added a few generous coats of this silvery pink hue. I peeled the tape off when the polish was still wet to create nice clean edges. You can either leave your nails like this or add a little drama to the ends.

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Once this design had fully dried I decided to try giving my self a negative french manicure. I applied Seventeen’s Sparkly black nail colour to the tips. For some reason this polish doesn’t have a name on the bottle. I found this a little more difficult than usual as my nails are a lot shorter than I’m used to. My nails got a little ruined whilst hiking and camping in Ireland. This design reminds me a bit of a tuxedo, would just need to add buttons and bow tie I think hehe.

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What do you think? I would love to try this design again but with bolder more contrasting colours. I feel this would give it more of a wow factor.


Products

Seventeen’s Lasting Fix Nail Colour in ‘Silver Kisses’ – £2.99 


Hope you enjoyed my two little designs today.

-MooFace-

In Coach Entertainment – London to Holyhead

I’m going to start off the Irish Adventure blogs with this little beauty. It’s not an insightful post about breathe taking views along the M6 but a cracker of a story about some of our fellow coach buddies. This is the tale of feet, fights and frustration.

Just our luck that the day we had booked our coach was actually the hottest day of the year so far. We stood melting at the bus terminal, desperately wanting to board the bus so we could find relief from the heat with the air conditioning. Sadly the AC was warm and pitiful. It was like having a Labrador gently pant on your face. When I say face, the AC controls wouldn’t actually span to reach where a person’s face would be, but just fell on to the top of the seat in front. It was going to be a long and stuffy coach ride for sure.

Now the girl behind me decided that the best way to pass the time on this long 8 hour journey would be to chat loudly to her mum on the phone right behind my face. Constantly kicking the back of my chair as she wriggled around in her uncomfortable seat. That’s when it appeared. Out of the corner of my eye I saw something move in through the small gap at the side of me. Nudging my elbow with such stealth. It was…this girl’s bare sweaty foot! AAHHHHHhhhh cringe!

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I just stared at it, her toes wriggling with the freedom from her shoes. My whole body just slid towards Nick, pressed against him I just couldn’t look away. Like a deer caught in the headlights. My eyes wide, I didn’t want to take my eyes of it in case it came closer. Luckily my announcement of disgust to Nick must have been overheard by this foot’s owner and it quickly whipped back to the personal space where it belonged never to be seen again. Phew! I can’t stand my own feet let alone other people’s and on hot sweaty days it’s even worse! Ew!

I thought the foot saga was over, however that was just the beginning. Let me introduce to Constable Dry. This older gentleman was American and resembled a teenage skater. I think he felt so at home in this oven on wheels that he decided to hang his sweaty socks on the back of the chair in front, turning them every so often to get maximum airing. If this wasn’t grim enough, he then pulled out a mini first aid kit, brought one of his feet on to his lap and worked away at his nails and blisters. Awwww come on, seriously! I shrank in my seat, keeping myself well within my chair comfort zone, praying that no foot remains would fly off in my direction.

Nick had warned me when we queued for the bus that last time he was on one of these cheap coaches that there were a lot of “interesting” people on board. Now the true stars of the coach show were two lovely girls who we named Hulk and Yan. We both knew they would be entertaining coach companions when they barged their way through the isle to the back seats carrying a massive crate of cider and a big bottle of cheap plonk. A couple of hours in you could hear that the alcohol was taking affect. As they chatted loudly to each other, we couldn’t help but listen. Well they didn’t really give us much choice. They bickered about past fights with each other and started blaming each other for the way they act after one too many Lambrinis. The bickering soon turned into arguing. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up having a full blown fight” I said to Nick. But they soon quietened down and carried on consuming their beverages.

Our first stop was to be in Manchester, to drop some people off and to pick up new people who were heading for the ferry. We were about half an hour away when Yan started yelling from the back to the driver. “Stop this bus, I want a fag!” “You can’t keep us on here forever” “Why aren’t you going to Manchester, are you a fucking idiot?” These rants continued for a good 10 mins before she decided to wake up a passed out Hulk. Scuffling and yelling could then be heard from the back. As everyone turned around, we were all faced with a full blown fight. Yan was leaning over Hulk and laying into her. Hulk was positioned on her back and was driving her foot straight into the chest and face of Yan. Some guys near by tried to pull them apart but there was no stopping them. As Yan turned around to face the rest of us we were shockingly greeted by two large, rather beaten breasts! Yep you read that right, her boobs had fallen out of her dress. As she drunkenly swayed, she stuffed them back in and continued to fight. The bus finally pulled over and the commotion settled. As the driver made his way to the back of the bus, Yan, with just one boob out this time, grabbed her bags and declared that she was vacating. Again she elegantly put her right boob back in its place, grabbed the bottle of plonk and made her way to the bus stop situated just outside of Manchester city centre. They must have been heading to the city for a night out with friends or something, least she didn’t have far to go. Hulk, opened a fresh tinny and sank back in to her seat.

In Manchester as we waited for the new passengers to finish boarding, we realised that Hulk was still with us. She wasn’t terminating here but carrying on to Holyhead and I’m guessing the ferry to Ireland…without Yan. So Yan was stuck on the out skirts of Manchester, over 2 hours away from the ferry port, on her own. I’m sure that when the alcohol wore off and the bruises took hold she would definitely be regretting leaving the coach. When the bus engine came back to life after it’s brief rest, everyone took their places and attempted to get “comfortable” to catch a couple of hours sleep before the early morning ferry. Hulk re-boarded the bus and to my shock she was carrying ANOTHER box of cider. Why on earth would she feel the need for more booze, and she was drinking alone this time. Me and Nick prayed that she would just fall into a sleepy boozy state for the rest of the journey. 

“MMMMMMAAAAAAAAAAA” “AAAAHHHHHHH” *chewbacca noises*

we were all awoken by what I can only describe as a wookiee being strangled, and the unfortunate sound of cans being crushed and thrown around. I slowly looked around to the rear of the sauna mobile to see these two legs on the floor between the chairs. They were flailing around and by the sounds of it, the rest of her body was doing the same. She was wearing a green mini dress, and all the writhing around on the floor had caused her drunken arse to escape the hem line. Boobs and bum in one coach journey, what a treat ay! ha ha. All the booze had caused her to turn into this monster, in to…the hulk. A girl seated near by to her, just leaned in and said “You’re a disgrace”  Everyone was sick of her antics and was just desperate for this journey to be over. She continued to moan, drink and fall around on the floor until we got to our final destination.

I quickly packed up my belongs and got off the bus as soon as I could. I was met by the cool welsh air, which was such a relief from the stuffy heat. As I went to check us in for the ferry, Nick hung around outside the coach to see what would happen to the hulk. Would she have to be carried off? Would the police turn up? Would she hulk smash her way through the side of the coach? No, weirdly she just casually walked off like nothing had happened. Her dress was back in its place, her bags on her back, she just wandered off care free in the opposite direction to the ferry port.

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she said to the coach driver

Where the hell was she going? I do hope Yan and Hulk found each other again.

I know it sounds like I have made all this up. How can all this happen in just one coach journey?!? I can assure you that these events did actually take place on our journey. Why not give it a go…take one long megabus journey and see what stories unfold. hehe.

After a quick freshen up, teeth cleaned and hair brushed we were ready for the next leg of our journey.

…to be continued

-MooFace-

I’m Back – Farmer Tan Included

Hey there,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I literally got back from sunny Ireland this morning…and came straight from the bus station to work. Grim! Even after a shower, I just can’t seem to shake the 8 hour coach journey off me. Double Grim!

My current plan of action is to head home, unpack (by unpack I mean to just throw my clothes in the general direction of the wash basket) and snuggle up in my pjs with a cheeky dominos takeaway. However I will be blogging mine and my fella’s Irish adventures over the next couple of weeks.

Stay tuned and you’ll get to read about fisty cuffs, forest trails and tribulations, wild camping and you’ll find out whether we actually did it…did we complete the Wicklow Way?

Oh check out my left over manicure from the holiday…ha ha! B. E. A. UTIFUL right? Get this girl some nail polish remover…stat!

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Until next time you lovely people.

-MooFace-

 

 

Can You Guinness Where I’m Heading To?

The last time me and the fella got post holiday blues we found ourselves in the door way of STA travel with our debit cards in our hands and adventure in our hearts. We spontaneously booked a pair of return flights for Bangkok with the plan to spend 6 1/2 weeks travelling through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and back to the Thai islands to finish of our whistle stop tour. This was actually before getting it approved at work. “Yes that’s approved, you two can book your flights now” Ermmm yeah sure, it’s not like we had already done that, that would be crazy, right?!

If you’d like to read all about those adventures you can find them on my fella’s blog that I used to share with him before I ventured out into the world of moo. His writing is hilarious and very clever, I’m sure you’ll enjoy sugartothebrain. You’ll have to venture back to late 2012 early 2013 for these shenanigans…but feel free to read through his other stuff as well.

So this week it wasn’t so much holiday blues but constant work blues. After a pretty stressful end/start to this year, only managing to find time for a short break in Paris before literally getting back and moving flat, we haven’t stopped working since. Our Asia adventure meant that upon returning early last year we were only left with 6 working days to last us 11 months!! 11 months!!!! In our industry even having bank holidays off is a rare gem of a treat. When the New Year bells tolled we were blessed once again with 20 whole glorious days to take. Flashes of white sandy beaches, cocktails by the pool and reading my kindle in the sunshine flashed before my eyes. I could already feel the sun on my skin. However because we are saving for our BIG adventure, our holidays this year would have to be small and budgeted. It is now July and it got to the point where we both just needed a week off, away from our dark office rooms and bright monitors to get some fresh air, recharge our batteries and clear our minds of particle caches, render farm errors and deadlines.

Let’s walk across Ireland”

Said my fella with such eagerness. He got so excited by this idea that he pretty much started planning it in his head before I even had a chance to process this challenge. He wasn’t surprised to have his idea met by a wide eyed vacant look.

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Walk across Ireland….as a holiday….for 7 days. Was he mad? He tried doing this a few years ago but decided to do it in October when the weather was atrocious. I still remember his daily texts about rain, blisters and cold nights in his tent. This was not really my idea of a holiday.

He knew it would take much persuading to get me to agree to do this, but he has some kind of special ability to sell ideas to me. 90% of the time I’m so glad he has as they have turned out to be brilliant ideas. At work I was bombarded with google map links, pictures of rolling green hills and idyllic locations that we could see on our way and many messages telling me how amazing it would be. He was slowly changing my mind. Mmm it could be quite nice to get out the city and go exploring. There he did it, before I knew it we had the week booked off and the coach tickets purchased.

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So…the plan of action. We will be catching a coach there on a Friday afternoon. My plan is to take many packets of sweets, some tunes and maybe a couple of travel sickness tablets to help me nod off. My friends will agree when I say I don’t really need these, I can sleep through anything and anywhere much to their annoyance, but just to be on the safe side. I need to be full of energy when we get there. We shall arrive in Dublin in the wee hours of the Saturday morning where, after a can of redbull, we shall venture south and head straight out of the city. Hopefully the sun would have just graced us with it’s presence so this should be a nice start to the adventure. Our route will hopefully take us 7 days, down past Wicklow Mountains National Park, through Waterford and with any luck end up in Cork the following Saturday. After a day of exploring this city, and a night in a hotel with an actual BED, we will be heading back to Dublin on the train for our last day of Irish antics before getting the coach back to foggy London town. Arriving at 8am Monday we will be going straight to work HA HA! Sounds crazy right?

I am beyond nervous though. When I was younger I never went on camping holidays and at festivals I am always one of the weirdos who is up at 6am with a terrible hangover just so I can get a warm shower. We will be wild camping, each having a solo tent (this bummed me out a little at first) so toilet facilities and showers will have to be au natural in the wilderness. I really need to locate my unused she-wee that I bought for travels.

The world is your toilet Steph!

- My fella

I’m annoyingly not one of those people that look good in the wilderness. I can’t seem to get away with having greasy hair and a baby wiped face. My barnett doesn’t go all wavy and beachy like and me trying to attempt a french braid is liking asking a dog to separate skittles. I may have to ask one of my talented friends at work to do it before I leave and try and keep it in for the whole 7 days, just layering on the dry shampoo each morning. Think this will work? Me neither ha ha.

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So I’ve purchased a few essentials: a pair of hiking boots, waterproof trousers (it’s Ireland, I’m bound to need these), a waterproof jacket, a nice warm fleece for those chillier evenings and a new sleeping bag as my current one is so old and thin that I might as well wrap myself in cling film, would probably work better. I’ve picked up my travelling backpack and have made a neat little hiking pile on the floor of our flat. I have to admit, as nervous as I am, I am rather excited. A whole week, just me and him and the friendly people of Ireland that we meet along the way.

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So what do you guys think? Any camping style advice? Any Irish sites we should visit along the way? Anybody actually done this before? All comments/advice are very welcome.

-MooFace-

Fresh as a Daisy

Last weekend I traveled home for a long overdue visit to see my friends and family. I hadn’t seem them in months so I was really excited about seeing all their beautiful faces. I went to a housewarming BBQ which actually turned into a surprise wedding reception. My friend’s Mum and her partner Mark have spent the last 7 years building their dream home from scratch, mostly doing it all themselves with the help of friends and family. They bought this plot of land, knocked down the old fishing house and built from the foundations upwards. Saturday was to be their big house-warming party, allowing us all to enjoy their hard work. Friday afternoon my friend was meeting up with the rest of her family for dinner, with a strong feeling her Mum and Mark were going to announce that they were engaged. They have been together for around 12 years but have always dismissed the idea of getting married. Well their announcement was that they had got married that very morning to everyones delight. My friend and her family were thrilled for them. The BBQ then turned into an amazing casual wedding reception for them both, just with close friends and family. The weather couldn’t have been better either! It was a wonderful celebration.

Check out the views from the top balcony.

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I have known these girls for many many years and I love that we can all be so busy with our lives but when we get together its like we only saw each other yesterday. We chat, we laugh and dance around the same way we did when we were still in college. We are growing up, but it is exciting to hear all about the new things happening in their lives. Some of my friends have new homes of their own, one is newly married with a bubba on the way, one has been travelling and is settling back into English life and starting new job opportunities and it was great to hear they are all doing so well.

So on the Sunday we chilled out after maybe one too many rum and cokes and caught up with my Mum, my Brother and my Sister-in-Law. As we relaxed in the garden and whilst my fella snoozed off the remainder of his hangover I decided to paint my nails in a style that would reflect my weekend. Blue sky, sitting in gardens surround my flowers…blue daisy nails it is then. Apologies for my photo quality in this post, I had to leave my Canon in London due to lack of room on the bike, so my Iphone had to do.

I found the most amazing thing in boots the other day. Barry M have a Matte Nail Paint Top Coat!!! So instead of buying matte nail polishes I can make any of my colours matte with this beauty. I decided to try it out with this design. For my base coat I used Seventeen’s lasting fix in Mint Choc Chip and for the flowers I used a combination of Barry M’s Nail Paint in White and Seventeen’s Quicker Slicker colour in Lemon Tart.

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Once the lovely sky blue coat had dried I took a scrap bit of newspaper and poured a little bit of the white on there. You don’t need loads but this is just easier than trying to get it from the polish bottle. You take a pin, and dip the flat top into the white. Make five white blobs in a circle on your nail. As I have rather large nails I can fit between two to three daisies per nail. Once you have placed all the daisy petals on one nail, wipe the excess of the top of the pin. Place the pin into the middle of one of the blobs (not too heavy) and sweep the pin into the centre of the group of dots. This will create a petal effect. Do this for each of the petals for each of the daisies. Once all your petals are complete wipe the top of the pin clean and pour a little bit of yellow nail polish onto the newspaper. Dot on yellow nail polish to the centre of all your daisies. Allow this to dry completely before adding a top coat to seal your daisies in. Here is where I used the matte top coat for my nails. I loved the end result, they looked slightly like nail stickers. The flat end of a pin is really handy as a dotting tool for nail art. Next time I’ll try to do more of a step by step guide in photos for you all.

What do you think?

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I’m off back to my hometown next weekend for another housewarming celebration with my friends, this will also be a birthday celebration for the new home owner so should be a good laugh. It’ll be just after 4th July…mmm maybe Independence Day themed nails next week guys and girls?


Products

Barry M Nail Paint in White – £2.99

Barry M Matte Nail Paint Top Coat – £2.99

Seventeen’s Quicker Slicker Colour in Mint Choc Chip (seems to be the same as the old Lasting Fix polish) – £2.99

Seventeen’s Quicker Slicker Colour in Lemon Tart – £2.99


Hope you enjoyed my little weekend breeze. Until next time.

-MooFace-