Friday, 31 August 2012

3 more parcels posted!

 Proofs of posting. Could this be your package? Expect it Monday/Tuesday? All UK addresses today.


Thursday, 30 August 2012

Blog sale news...

1. First proof of today's posting! I think the ladies to whom these parcels are addressed can see enough of their addresses to be reassured BUT nobody else will be able to identify them. That's the theory!

2. There are plenty of polishes still available.

3. I can invoice you if you have already ordered and would prefer it OR...

4. Go to paypal and pay ja  _  latham at hot mail dot com and choose Personal and take it from there.

5. Have a nice day, everyone. It's my birthday. #GETTINGaBIToldNOW


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Blog sale

CG (all standard sizes are £2) + an Illamasqua
Cowardly Lyin, Soft Sienna Silks, 1st Mate, Classic Camel, Pelican Grey, Mistletoe Kisses, Illamasqua Bacterium £3, mini CGs all £1.50 - CG in the City, Urban Night, Midtown Magic, Ahoy, Skyscraper, 1st Mate, Life Preserver

Nails Inc all £2
Chester Terrace, Hays Mews, Augustus St, Barnsbury Rd, Kingly St, Drury Lane, The Hurlingham, Battersea Power Station, Captivating Selfridges

Models Own all £1.50
Sterling Silver, Blue Moon, Lemon Meringue New, Champagne New, Green Flash, Lili's Pink, Baby Blues New, Champagne

OPI all £2.50
William Tell, Not Really Waitress New, Going Ape-ricot, Rising Star, Rally Pretty Pink, Tapas This, Red Shatter, Overexposed South Beach, Samoan Sand

OPI MPJ (£4) and Too Hot To Hold 'Em Pink £2.50 + 4 OPI minis (green, 2 white, black) for £3 Nails Inc minis ( red creme and gold) for £2, Orly Purple Pleather £2, Jessica Victorian Crush £2

Urban Decay (all £1.50) Brick House, Twisted, green silvery foil, LD Petites minis set of 4 £5, Max Factor Fantasy Fire - 2 of them left at £1.50 each

OK, I just ran out of patience and time. Here's a list of the rest. Some of them are new but I've priced them all as used. That means only ever swatched once. So essentially they are new except where indicated. I'm sure I have featured many on my own blog but you could maybe google anything you are curious about?

Price bands
A £2 B£1.50 C£1
  1. Essie  Minty Candy Apple A
  2. Essie Lily Pond A
  3. Essie Ruby Slippers 80% full C
  4. Essie mini Bossa Nova C
  5. Essie Braziliant A
  6. Color Club Slow Jam A
  7. Color Club Groove Thang A
  8. Color Club Electronica A
  9. Color Club 4 minis - black white green red (from a Christmas set) £4
  10. Misa Disco Queen A
  11. Misa High Waist Hue B
  12. Misa Ghetto Fabulous B
  13. Illamasqua (unnamed red) jelly/creme C
  14. Nubar Blue Hydrangea A
  15. Nubar Vaso A
  16. Nubar Tan Me 80% C
  17. Nubar Hot Yellow A
  18. Nubar Petunia Sparkle 90% B
  19. Nubar Verde A
  20. Nubar Wildlife A
  21. BB Couture Love Drunk A (If you don't have BB Couture then you SHOULD)
  22. BB Ravager A
  23. BB Eve A
  24. BB Spellbound A
  25. BB Joker
  26. BB Kelly's Green A
  27. BB Impact Driver A
  28. BB Studio 54 A
  29. BB Tuxedo Night A
  30. BB Santa's Sak A
  31. BB Bullfighter A
  32. Cult Nails Let Me Fly A
  33. Cult Swanbourne A
  34. Cult In A Trance A
  35. Cult Living Water A
  36. GOSH Holographic (original and new) £4
  37. GOSH Silver Star B
  38. GOSH Rainbow A (flakies)
  39. Sally Hansen Spectrum B
  40. Sally Hansen DVD B
  41. Sally Hansen Mudslide B
  42. Sally Hansen 2 nail art pens red and silver £3
  43. Nars Bohemia £5
  44. Claire's Dream Catcher A
  45. Hard Candy Hick A (these are fairly HTF)
  46. Hard Candy Erogenous A
  47. Hard Candy Cosmic A (has the plastic ring with it)
  48. Leighton Denny Diamond Ivory £3
  49. LD Diamond Rose £3
  50. LD 4 minis Natural White, Steel Appeal, Provocactive and Miss Behavin' (red white blue black) £5
  51. 3 Kiss nail art paint stripers black white silver for £3
  52. Nox Twilight Citrus A
  53. Nox Wine & Dine A
  54. Nox Talon A
  55. Revlon Street Wear Burnt B
  56. Butter London Rosie Lee £2.50
  57. Finger Paints I've Been Framed A
  58. Diamond Cosmetics Blue Diamonds B
  59. DC Diamond's Diamonds B
  60. DC Amethyst & Diamonds B
  61. DC Pink Flaminglo C
  62. L'Oreal Coral Starfish B
  63. L'Oreal Yellow Seahorse B
  64. Barielle Swizzle Stix A
  65. Barielle Jess' Champagne Toast A
  66. OK, these (from 66 to 78) are all Barielles - Gelt Me To The Party A
  67. Cashmere Or Loose Me A
  68. Aura Angora A
  69. Slate Of Affairs A
  70. Beaches & Dreams A
  71. Sailors Delight A
  72. Lemondrops A
  73. Blossom A
  74. Falling Star £3
  75. Expressive A
  76. Belly Dance A
  77. Polished Princess A
  78. Make It A Latte A
  79. Ciate My Fair Lady C
  80. Pop Beauty Nail Glam Violetta B
  81. Pop Beauty NG Eleven C
  82. Pop Beauty NG Twenty Seven C
  83. Pop Beauty NG Sparkly B
  84. Pop Beauty NG fine red glitter C
  85. Barry M Dusky Mauve x 2 A
  86. Barry M Mint Green A
  87. Barry M Green Glitter C
T & Cs
  • Paypal only (prefer to be paid as 'friend' to avoid fees but I can't force you!)
  • Will post anywhere in the world but check with me for postage costs first if you're out of the UK and I'll personalise a quote for you
  • I'll post no later than 2 days after being paid
  • I'll get proof of posting ( bog-standard 2nd class) OR you can request 'signed for' if you email me
  • Any questions now or ever email me on
  • P&P in the UK is £1.50 for 1 item - sorry it's so expensive but blame the Royal Mail - but add 35p for each additional item
  • They'll be in proper padded bags 
  • State what you want in the comments box. First come, first served. My paypal is linked to the email address above. If you're UK and you are happy with standard postage then just pay and I'll send out to you. If your paypal ID is wildly different from your blogging ID please let me know so I can match you up.
  • Hope I've covered everything!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Tomorrow 5pm - don't forget!

100+ polishes for sale!

  • Paypal only (prefer to be paid as 'friend' to avoid fees but I can't force you!)
  • Anywhere in the world but check with me for postage costs first if you're out of the UK and I'll personalise a quote for you
  • In the UK I'll publish different postage rates for bulk purchases
  • I'll post no later than 2 days after being paid
  • I'll get proof of posting ( bog-standard 2nd class) OR you can request 'signed for' if you email me
  • Any questions now or ever email me on

Monday, 20 August 2012

The 100 many polishes is TOO many?

I'm going to have a blog sale starting next week: Tuesday August 28th at 5pm. May include any or all of these....

I'm very interested in a movement called 'Labour Behind The Label'. I'm always banging on about ethical buying and decent pay and conditions for workers. One of their campaigns is '6 items or less'. Here's an example of one of their recent campaigns - you choose 6 items of top clothing for Lent (40 days). Shoes and accessories are extra and not limited but the core 6 could be: 2 tops, jumper, skirt, trousers, dress. Quite a few fashion bloggers have done this. Yes, you can wash them but those are your 6 items. Live with it if you can! And I'm going to try this soon. Rags is one such blogger who has done this and she links to others. For the actual website.

So on the reducing consumption theme - could I get by with a core collection of only 100 polishes? Should I? I think I just may try it and eliminate everything else from my stash. Could end up being a VERY big blog sale!

Is there anything you'd like me to include in the sale that you've seen me blog about? What's the absolute minimum you could get away with in polish or lippie or tops?

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Oldies but goodies....

Oldies - Jessica tints RH (which confusingly I have put on the left) and Bourjois Prune Virtuelle LH  (sadly discontinued as it is slightly holo and rather good)
  • Why are gradients nearly always top to bottom and hardly ever side to side?
  • BLOGSALE NEWS: The blogsale will appear here Tuesday 28.08.2012 at about 5pm - taking me ages to sort out and I'm going to Iceland on the 23rd so I'd better wait until I get back - there will be about 150 polishes
  • I had toyed with the idea of doing it over a few days as there are so many but I feel that for budgeting purposes and P&P calculations it's better to do it all in one go 

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

When black is not the new black - or even the OLD black

Lancome Piha Black with Catrice Prismatics on little finger with Flormar 004 on ring, 002 on middle and 001 on index
  • In short - layering over black (2 coats)
  • These Multidimensions are now £2.24 each plus P&P for a 12ml bottle
  • Well worth it
  • It's a Turkish brand - ever tried it?

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Let the (blog sale) fun and games begin! (Soon...)

I have to photograph the beggars first!

There have to be at least 150 here...
  • From Orly to OPI
  • From Bourjois to BB Couture
  • Fromm Essie to Nubar via Illamasqua and Leighton Denny
  • I'll give you notice - about 3 days
  • It'll be payment via paypal
  • Anywhere in the world - if out of the UK then email me for a P&P quote, please
  • I'll get proof of posting but if you want 'signed for' then please request it
  • Phew - better get busy taking pix and pricing them up....

Monday, 13 August 2012

See the lovely silvery glass fleck?

Lancome Piha Black
  • No. Me neither!
  • Not on the nail anyway - in the BOTTLE for sure but on the nail? Nah.
  • It's a lovely glossy polish and nearly opaque in a single coat
  • BUT....
Not selling it though as I need a black and I quite like this one. Unless anyone desperately wants it. But why would you when the fleck that's so seductive in the bottle fails to materialise on the nail? But I have seen swatches where it works better than I have managed to achieve.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Oo, look at the muck in 'ere!

Gradient with 3 Jessica tints/jellies
  • Sorting my stash for keep/blogsale/carboot
  • Put the jellies in the blog sale box but may have changed my mind
  • Saw a gradient with some newish American Apparel polishes (sheers as they call them) and wanted to try it so here it is
  • I like it
  • Many bottles haven't been used in years - hence the dust!
  • Have ordered 4 of the American Apparel when I meant to have stopped polish purchases - doh!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

I am the 'Eddie the Eagle' of nail art! *

Behold. I will prove it.

* Eddie Edwards who came last in the Olympic ski-jump in 1988 but was widely feted for being a good egg. For anyone who isn't British and wonders why this is admirable I shall explain. He was a chubby little chap from the noted snowsport resort of Stroud (!) who had to wear glasses all the time due to being very long-sighted and these invariable got fogged up in the cold air meaning he couldn't see. Despite this he persisted and consequently gained great admiration and respect from those of us Brits who do love an underdog. That's probably all of us. Yes?

  • It's the wrong kind of blue for a kick-off (Nubar Hydrangea)
  • The silver on the index finger turned out pink and I have no idea why!
  • The gold is the wrong gold (Barry M)
  • So much wrong with it I can't go on
  • However in the spirit of British jolly-well-done-anyway-ness I have awarded myself a gold medal with the accompaniment of a traditional British Diamond Jubilee headband rather than a little bunch of flowers
Feel free to congratulate/commiserate/condemn!

Happy Olympics-Nearly-Over to you all!


Friday, 10 August 2012

Bring me sunshine!

And lo - the sun shone!

Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours (probably called Popcorn) + a zhoosh of Flormar 001
  • The scratches and dings are my fault as I rushed out shopping too soon after application
  • For a yellow I reckon it would be fine in 3 coats and that's not at all bad for a yellow
  • Especially for cheap polish
  • Of course these probably wouldn't be cheap if upscaled to 15ml bottles
  • But you know what I mean
  • Running rings round myself now!
  • A suitable polish for a bright day

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Now that's what I call a quality polish!

Smooth Sailing 2 coats
  • I love this
  • The index finger is actually Barielle Slate of Affairs with CG Fairy Dust due to me making a mess with SS and I think the Barielle will deserve its own post in due course so I won't say any more about it
  • I always come late to collections because I wait for them to be reduced
  • Very rarely do I buy anything current because I'm so damned tight
What about you? Get all the latest polishes as they are released OR do the canny-shopper thing?

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Silver spoon - with which I was not born...

The star-thing is an old spoon - or WAS!
  • Recycle
  • Reuse (never know which is which)
  • Had the date of daughter 2's wedding engraved on this piece
  • Made from a vintage silver spoon - old forks are used this way too
  • Added couple of 'silver' cheapo stretch bracelets - one with leather thongs plus 'coin' plus heart
  • Sourced from ebay (cheapies) + indie artisan-jeweller 
  • Back in the day I would never have put tat with better quality but those days are gone!
  • Actually my father was quite comfortably placed when I was very little but those days too were quickly gone - he wasn't good with money
You from a privileged background (the proverbial 'born with a silver spoon' if any readers don't know the saying) or not so much?

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

I'm a forensic scientist...

Blah de blah original dirty French + 1. Hypnotize me and 2. Let Me Fly
  • In my head I so am!
  • As I suspect is everyone else who reads crime fiction or watches junk TV
  • To tidy up my dirty French from the other day I added some Cult layering
  • And looked and thought 'Eeeeew, I bet corpses look a bit like this! Maybe.'
  • Like I said - I'm no forensic scientist (in this life)
  • It looks like a fascinating job but it's probably really dull IRL
YOUR dream job?

Monday, 6 August 2012

I like blue hydrangeas the best!

Blue Hydrangea
  • I'd wanted this for a long time
  • The shimmer doesn't come across though so I added Flormar 001 to enhance it
  • It was a streaky nightmare and that's another reason for the Flormar
  • But it's a pretty polish and not too lobster-claw-inducing
What pastel blues are easy to apply w/out streaks? D'you know of any?

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Dirty French my way...

Jessica Skin Deep + Cult Living Water + some mattificaciousness
  • Read a post entitled 'Dirty French'
  • Had nude nails so thought I'd muck them up a bit
  • Dare I say it looks better IRL?
  • Apologies for cuticles - don't think I've bothered with them over the hols
  • The diagonal is quite deliberate btw
I am on 6 week holiday now. Another 4 left. How much do you have in the way of hols? Would you like 6 weeks or would you get bored?



Saturday, 4 August 2012

Grenadine Tonic - queen of cocktails

Bourjois 1 seconde gloss Gel + OPI Red Shatter
  • Fair to say I didn't cover the tips properly
  • Day I got back from Hrvatska (Croatia) and had to replace old mani
  • Yes, it's a jelly and the jelly-haters outnumber the jelly-lovers (I think)
  • It's neither orange nor red and I can't say I like it - it'll be a quid in the forthcoming blogsale
  • But I DO like cocktails - why have I never drunk cocktails before!!!!
  • Really developed a pash for them this hols - especially those with grenadine/apricot/blackcurrant
  • The barman in our fave Croatian bar was coked up to the max, I swear - maybe that's what made the cocktails so good......
  • Can't remember the cocktail names - it was allegedly a Cuban-style bar so all the names were themed
  • But I can remember liking the results
1 To cocktail or not to cocktail?
2 What to try and what to avoid?


Friday, 3 August 2012

B's 1st birthday...

I just love this grand-daughter of mine.
Enough said.
Except my grandson is a sweetie-tweetie-pudding-pie.
And - if your own kids are driving you crazy these holidays just hang on in there until the grandchildren arrive! It's worth it! ;o)


Thursday, 2 August 2012

Brooch: the subject....

(Ya see what I did there?)

An angelic cow with a halo and a harp! I think it's a harp. Who cares? It's cute!

My ebay brooches
  • For someone who doesn't wear brooches I just bought a lot of brooches
  • All pre-loved
  • The angel is for my mother - I always buy her angel-related stuff these days
  • Felt I needed a brooch or brooches to jazz up my wedding outfit (which was pretty low-key) hence the bunch of brooches
  • Did you know that 'angel' means messenger in the original Greek?
  • The cow and the 'dog' were 99p bargains
  • The others were a lot (a technical auction lot kind of lot) of bits'n'bobs
Are you a brooch-person?

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

This is me...

  • Except I'm not quite so good-looking obviously but...
  • I am British like the fella above (tick)
  • I am also hugely indifferent to the bleepin' Olympics (tick)
Put it like this - a coupla chicks who like little boats did fast boating and a bloke who likes bikes is going to ride very fast round London or somewhere and may ride a bit faster than some other geezers. In addition some women who balance on things and jumping about a bit did balancing and jumping about. WHY am I not ecstatic about this unlike (allegedly) the rest of the 59, 999, 999 citizens of these isles? WHY?

It must be wonderful to be so outstandingly good at something even if it isn't especially useful or creative but . . .well done to them for training really hard and all that but . . . has it not all got a bit out of hand? What with the cheating (badminton), the weeping (fencing), the taunting (twitter), the ludicrous amounts of money wasted spent on the whole enterprise?

The Olympics leave me cold these days. I can rouse the odd spark of enthusiasm and interest (though it hasn't happened yet) for some events - usually if an underdog excels (SO British) - but it really leaves me distinctly underwhelmed.

What about YOU?