6 October 2015

Zombie Love A Pretty Serious Production

I have never been a fan of "all things scary", I am the person that hides behind the couch when the big orcs in Lord Of the Rings comes on... to my defends I was 13. My imagination is far too good, and I scary myself on a daily basis, don't need the help from scary movies.

I am a fragile little butterfly. You may call me a wuss now. It's okay. 

When I saw the Uber Chic Zombie Love stamping plate I knew I had to own it. I am not sure exactly why, as I don't really like Zombies...

During my  #51in15 (a challenge in which you try to play 51 games in 2015, that I completed in June), I came across a lot of boardgames with a Zombie Theme. This warmed me up to Zombies, so while I am still not okay with the movies (except Warm Bodies), I am starting to see the fascination.

I recently got my hands on some Pretty Serious nail polish. This is an indie brand that I have been wanting to grab for awhile now, and they got some pretty awesome stuff. Today I have Pretty Serious - Gruesome Groom for you. A mossy green with red hex glitters, and there was no need for fishing, and applied like no other. I used two coats. 

Sections used from Uber Chic - Zombire Love LTD stamping plate

I stamped using Maybelline - Bleached Neon - Citrus Collide, as I just got it from Poundland, and was on my desk. I am pretty happy with how well it stamped. 

Pretty Serious - Grusome Groom stamped with Uber Chic - Zombie Love LTD stamping plate

Pretty Serious - Grusome Groom stamped with Uber Chic - Zombie Love LTD stamping plate, posing with Zombie Dice a Steve Jackson Game

I had to pose with my favorite Zombie Game, Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson.

What do you think?

1 October 2015

Misslyn - Smoothie - Kiwi Bomb

Today is the 1st of October, someone please wake that guy up, September is over!
That's a great song actually.

Over to something completely different. My nails. That are coated in a Kiwi Bomb that is refusing to show up true to colour on camera. Spaß! Not!

Misslyn - Smoothie - Kiwi Bomb

It is shown here with 2 coasts and as you can see on my ring finger there is still some visible nail line (VNL). The colour is actually a little bit more on the green side, I would not call it a kiwi green though.
This is a German brand, that I picked with me while on holiday, I did not see the rest of the Forbidden Fruit collection. There is also a berry and a pink in this collection, 87M - Sweet Blackberry and 87N - Yummy Cherry. For those of you wondering.

It was easy to apply, and it was very fun with the black glitters in the mix. I was hoping it to be more like the Accessorize - Dragonfly and the Speckled collection, but the green and the black micro glitters are so small that they blend in with each other.
I was a bit disappointed by this polish and had excepted more from it, but hey ho, can't be everyone's taste. I think this is one of the first times I have actually not liked a polish ones it got on my nails.

29 September 2015

piCture pOlish - Kryptonite by More Nail Polish

Back in 2012 there was this piCture pOlish Collaboration Collection, oh how I longed for the polish called Kryptonite. It has been on my lemming list for as long as I knew of its existence.
I was thrilled when I saw that a girl was selling ALL her polishes, and sadden as she no longer found joy in nail polish as a hobby. So I decided to give some of her polishes as loving home. A place where they would be hugged once in a while. Shown to all my friends. Loved and cared for.

That is how, piCture pOlish came to my home.
When the mail man knocked on my door Saturday morning, I did a little dance of joy when I found this polish in the parcel. 

piCture pOlish -  Kryptonite by More Nail Polish
The picture was taken in natural lighting to really show of the gorgeousness of this amazing nail polish. I considered doing some nail art over it, but I could not do it. Searching for this polish on Google shows me that others felt the same way. This needs to shown off in all it's glory.

If you were to do some nail art over this polish, what would you have done?

28 September 2015

Get ready for Autumn / Fall with me

It is that time of the year again. The weather is getting colder, and you start longing for tea or a cup of hot cocoa, cosy sweaters, and scarves.

You might find yourself reaching for more orange and brown shades in your manicures and clothes.
Maybe you prefer more vampy shades on your nails now that it is getting darker around us.
Make plans for movie night with the girls, or board games night with the kids.

What ever you have planned for this autumn I wish you the very best. May your nails never chip, your cuticles be soft and the weather not too cold.

Coordinate your manicure with your favourite take-away coffee cup.

The preparations 

As I live in Northern Ireland now, and no longer in Norway, it means that the preparations for autumn are a bit different that I have been used to.  I still have to pull out all my scarves, and I practically live in my parkas, and wear woolen socks at home all the time.

I always make sure I got plenty of moisturizers around the home, office and in my bag. I use argan oil whenever I can and got a bottle in my bag and one at my desk at home. I have decanted some Lush - Lemony Flutter in a sampler sized jar that I use with the argan oil. First I apply Lemony Flutter and after that has soaked in, I apply the oil.

Lush - Lemony Flutter - Cuticle Butter

As it is not always practical to use oils in the office, since I more or less use the keyboard all day, I have a jar of Burt's Bees - Hand Salve Baume Pour Les Mains. I apply this maybe 1-4 times a day depending on the humidity, if any of my coworkers are running a fan, or windows being left open.
The struggle is real. I will sit here with woolen socks up over my knees and someone will sit across me with a fan on them in a T-shirt.

I find that if it is raining a lot, I dry out a lot more, and the only thing that can save my hands from cracking up is Body Shop - Hemp Hand Protector or it is does crack up Body Shop - Hemp Intensive Hand Protector.

Autumn / Fall manicures

I know some of my readers are published and unpublished authors, and hobby writers. Last year I did a manicure that I named " A Writers Manicure". This is for all of you attending NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. November is fast approaching. My dear friend Mishka has found a book that can help you write a first draft in 30 days effectively. 

NaNoWriMo manicure - A writers choice

I have been diving in my Archive and pulled out some forgotten designs that will take you in to Autumn. From a Movie Night manicure, traditional autumnal colors like burnt orange, mustard and green, to brighter choices with swirls and free hand flowers (Prado Red Sunflowers).

Autumnal manicures by Secretary's Nail Art

If stamping is not your choice, I also gathered some that only requires a dotting tool, like this fruit basket manicure, two polishes and a sponge for this green chrome with golden tips or just a glitter topper. Maybe these will get your ideas spinning. 

Autumnal manicures by Secretary's Nail Art

Sometimes we don't have the time for nail art at all, and opt for single colour instead. For those of you, I gathered my favorites for Autumn in this collage. Dark greens, vampy shades, or simple black with glitter.

Autumnal nail polish shades by Secretary's Nail Art

Let me know in the comments below what your favorites are!
If you want to know which polish was used for any of these pictures, just ask and I will answer as soon as I can. Make sure you click the "notify me" box to the right when adding your comment.

The Peanutized Secretary version

26 September 2015

A England - Dragon

One of my favorite brands of polish in the indie world is A England. So as we are getting closer to the end of September here, I wanted to make sure that atleast one of them was featured during this month of indie-polish-focus. 

This is one of my newer A England purchases, and I have seen a couple more that I want from the brand, that will be my Christmas present to myself.

The polish I wanted to show you today is A England - Dragon.
At the time of writing this post, A England - Dragon is currently out of stock. 

This mossy green nail polish is absolutely amazing.  So rich in colour, it could be applied in just one coat. I choose to use two just to be on the safe side.  

They also work for stamping. So you know.

A England - Dragon

A England  does not ship outside of UK, but you can still get your hands on these polishes, as there are several distributors that can help you out.

I have been wearing this polish for a week now, and it's a bit sad to take it off and use something else. I am sure you will love the next polish I got to show you. Maybe even just as much as this one.
That is, if you are a green-lover like myself.

25 September 2015

Girly Bits - PAA Scandinavia Custom - Scandilous

Last year, the Facebook group for Scandinavian Nail Polish Lovers also called PAA Scandinavia, decided to get a nail polish that would be ours. One that we could join around and love, together.
Several month of discussions and asking different makers, the choice landed on Girly Bits, and she made us Scandilous.

If you are from one of the Scandinavian countries and not a member, follow the link and join us. 
They might be the best group of enablers I know.

Girly Bits - PAA Scandinavia Custom - Scandilous is a very lovely shade of blue, and it has some small hex glitters in it. I think it looks perfect with my pale skin.

Girly Bits - PAA Scandinavia Custom - Scandilous
I noticed the reflection of this polish on my desk while working, with tiny shiny lights dancing over my desk as I was typing. I wanted to amp it up and added some glitters.

Ages ago, I bought a stack of loose glitters to use for nail art, today is the first time I use it. Like any good hoarder, I have kept it in my stash all this time, for this moment.

Nail Art Stack Pots from New Look (2013) - blue hex glitter

I added a couple of them using a fanbrush while the topcoat was tacky. After I was happy with the result, I added another layer of topcoat. I am amazed over how well this polish and glitter help up. It survived a couple of rounds doing dishes and handling laundry.

Now when I type in the office there are tiny reflections all over my desk. Quite lovely distraction.

Reflection of Girly Bits - PAA Scandinavia Custom - Scandilous with added glitter


21 September 2015

Holographic whiteout

I recently got a pop-up lightbox, but haven't set up my lightbox stuff yet, as I am still waiting to get the light sorted. Still daylight enough around these parts to get some decent shots.
So I decided on giving a holo polish a go.

I had gotten my hands on a Nfu-Oh polish. Nfu-Oh-065 actually.
Sky blue holo.

I found it to be streaky, and not at all too my liking. I think I have been spoiled with great A England holographic polishes. Too bad they don't got a sky blue, but they do have a  cerulean blue (sorta the same, right?) so I might need to get that. 

Despite the application hiccups and the 4 coats (still showing bald spots darn it)...
I think it looks good. 

I even did some stamping over it, but as I used white, it was completely washed out by the holo-ness. 
I used the Bundlemonster - Polynesia - BM - XL109, a bird and palm image.
If you want to see my review of the plate, check out this post. 

I have been wanting to get my hands on Nfu-Oh polishes for awhile, as I LOVE the bottles, but the experience was not all that awesome.

Nfu-Oh - 065

I suppose this is not really an indie polish, so you will have to excuse me there. There will be plenty of indie polishes on it's way.
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