Thursday, 10 October 2019

Rosie 2009 - 7 October 2019

This is the post I dreaded writing.

My Rosie cat crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Monday 7th October 2019.

In August she got her annual yearly inoculations while there the vet recommended she have her teeth cleaned as they had some tartar build up, so we booked her in for that, however, when they xrayed her teeth prior to cleaning they discovered that her jaw was *moth-eaten*, while cleaning her teeth they also had a bit of pus come out of her lower left incisor, they didnt remove the tooth at that time as they thought her jaw was too fragile. She got antibiotics and pain meds and we went back in two weeks at which point they removed the tooth and sent it off for biopsy, Rosie was still eating and drinking ok and we were hoping it was just a bone infection.

Sadly on Friday 4th October she stopped eating and drinking and would just sit for hours in the one spot, we took her to the vet Saturday morning where she was weighted at 2.7kgs, she was given pain meds, a different antibiotic (she had a temperature) and an anti-sickness med plus fluids.  Saturday she seemed to perk up a tiny bit but we couldnt get her to eat or drink :(, Sunday she again didnt eat or drink and sat or lay in the one spot for hours, I kept checking on her and stroking her gently and telling her I loved her. We had an appointment for Monday morning and we brought her in, she was weighted again, she was down to 2.4kgs :(, her temperature was still very high and we knew she couldnt go on, she was obviously in pain, plus for a small cat to loose 300 grams in 48 hours was bad, so we made the heart breaking decision to have her cross the Rainbow Bridge.

She was taken away for a few minutes to have the line put in, then she came back and my husband and I cuddled her and told her we loved her very much, she had the injection and went to sleep for the last time, it was very fast :( we spent time with her still telling her we loved her.

We had adopted her and Tom (bottom pic, tabby) at the same time in August 2009, Rosie had been found in the grounds of a school in Tamworth and she was originally called Miss Rawlett after the school, we changed her name to Rosie as it suited her more. She had the best personality and knew how to flop on command, plus give heads bonks if we said dush.

Run free over the Rainbow Bridge Rosie :( love you.


Marble thermal nails


Happy Thursday

I bought a new stamping plate from Nail Artisan Cosmetics called Marble-ous :)

I started with 2 coats of Lavender from Wikkid Polish a stunning deep purple (cold) to light purple (warm) thermal that has blue flakies and holo sparkle.

I then used Marble-ous stamping plate from Nail Artisan Cosmetics, I used Models Own Chrome Gold first then Zoya Savita the darker purple, then Zoya Delia, all topped off with Bary M Plumpy Topcoat.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Fancy Gloss Prototype 3 with Plaid/Tartan stamping

Happy rainy Tuesday!

Today on the blog I have a lush thermal from Fancy Gloss with added tartan/plaid stamping to share with you.

I started with two coats of Prototype 3 a lush coral (cold) to apple green (warm) thermal, this was opaque in the cold state on the first coat but in the warm I still had a tiny bit of visible nail line so I added a second coat, great formula no running or pooling.

I then grabbed Pretty in Plaid stamping plate from Uberchic and using my Big Bling stamper from Clear Jelly Stamper added some plaid, I used Sally Hansen Sonic Bloom which as I hoped was a perfect match when my hands where cold but showed up beautifully when they were warm. I do love hidden stamping :) the Fancy Gloss dries matte, I added my usual Barry M Plumpy topcoat over the stamping then Barry M Matte topcoat over that.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Zoya Vesper

Hey there, happy Thursday!

Today on the blog I have a gorgeous purple to share with you, meet Vesper!

A Zoya a Day
Name - Vesper
Year - 2019
Number - ZP1010
Coats - 1
Finish - Creme
Collection - Sensual
Colour - Purple/Grey/Blue
Topcoat - Matte topcoat

Wow, look at this gorgeous colour, its purple, grey and blue all in one, another very cool colour from Zoya, seriously does anyone know how they do this? Please excuse the tip wear in the matte shot I took it after a lot of house work and typing.

This is Midnight Obsidian aka Obi, he's a rescue we adopted on Sunday the 8th September 2019. Hes a bit skitty but getting better, we're letting him decide on how far he wants to explore at the minute, he's accidentally met Rosie under our bed but there was no hissing or puffy tails, just a sniff and then they went to opposite ends of the bed.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Zoya Joss and Plaid/Tartan Nail Art

Hey there

Today on the blog meet Joss and I have some tartan/plaid nail art to share with you :) 

A Zoya a Day
Name - Joss
Year - 2019
Number - ZP1001
Coats - 2
Finish - Creme
Collection - Sensual
Colour - Pink/Nude
Topcoat - None

I love plaid aka tartan nails, I started with my usual two coats of Zoya Anchor basecoat, then I did 2 coats of Joss, excuse the messy swatch but I knew I was stamping so I didnt clean up prior to stamping, great formula, no running or pooling and almost opaque in one coat on my short nails. I then grabbed the three purples from the new Sensual collection which are (L to R in their pic) Ripley, Micheala and Vesper.  I used Uberchic Pretty in Plaid plate and my Big Bling stamper from Clear Jelly Stamper, as you can see they stamped really well, I then grabbed Fab Ur Nails Fun 21 plate and did some marble stamping on my thumbs, I then topped everything with Barry M Plumpy topcoat then Barry M Matte topcoat.

Also how come Joss is more mannequin hands matte than shiny?

I think they turned out great :) now I wish I could find a shirt with this colour combo!

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Zoya Sensual Fall Collection 2019


Today on the blog I have comparisons of the new Zoya Fall/Autumn Sensual Collection.

This is a picture heavy post.

A couple of things to note before we start, all pictures were taken in direct sunlight until Etta when the sun moved away from my window, these are my choices for what I thought were the closest matches, if you'd like to see another comparison let me know and if I have the polish I will do that comparison. The new polish is always first left and I thought that putting the swatch stick with the bottle shot would show you if the polish dries darker than the bottle, which some of them do.

I've tested  Ripley and Briar and they both stamp too.

So without further waffling lets go!

Left to Right

No dupes, in the bottle Joss looks very similar to Avril but on the swatch you can see that Joss has a browner undertone than Avril and is lighter than Addison.

L to R

No dupes, Kinsley is close to Jill in the bottle but on the swatch you can see that the undertone is yellower on Kinsley and Mary has that purple undertone.

L to R

No dupes, Foster is deeper than Dea and Mary has a purple undertone.

L to R
Briar (stamps)

No dupes, Briar has a much browner undertone than Liza who has an almost orange undertone and Monroe is very pink.

L to R

This was tricky, very close in the bottle and I dont know if my photo shows it but America is brighter than Renee and Margaret, Renee is also a shade or two lighter than Margaret. Reds like these are always hard as your naked eye picks up much more subtle changes.

L to R

No dupes, Rashida is much more deep and bold than either Elisa or Ember and Blair has a much more purple vibe.

L to R
Colbie (discontinued)

No dupes, Etta is deeper then Blair, Colbie has a brown undertone and Rihana has a much more red undertone.

L to R
Ripley (stamps)

No dupes, Ripley has more blue than Margo and Haven has even more blue than Ripley.

L to R

No dupes, I have absolutely nothing like Michaela, shes purple in some lights and greyer in others, utterly unique and stunning!.

L to R
Violet (discontinued)

No dupes, Vesper has this whole grey/blue undertone and I have nothing close, another stunning unique one.

L to R

No dupes, Natty is a grey blue, Ryan is pure French Navy and Elliot has a green undertone.

L to R

No dupes, I have nothing close to Ashton, oddly Storm looks the most similar on the swatch sticks but shes a black scattered holo.

So there you have it, my comparisons on the Sensual collection for Fall/Autumn 2019 from Zoya.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Zoya London and Juniper

Happy Friday!

Today on the blog I have two of Zoya#s textured polishes to share with you, meet London and Junpier :) 

A Zoya a Day
Name - London
Year - 2013
Number - ZP661
Coats - 2
Finish - Pixie Dust
Collection - Spring Pixie Dust
Colour - Grey
Topcoat - None

A Zoya a Day
Name - Juniper
Year - 2018
Number - ZP974
Coats - 1
Finish - Pixie Dust
Collection - Jubilee
Colour - Teal/Green
Topcoat - None 

Zoya pixie dusts are a textured finish polish, Zoya did different versions, the original style was very small grit texture they then did ultra pixie dusts, these having a much larger glitter particle in them with a much rougher texture, then there were magical pixie dusts, these were like a mix between the two, with slightly bigger particles than a normal pixie dust but not as big as the ultra pixie dusts.

The pixie dusts are ment to be worn without base or top coat, however, I always advise wearing basecoat to protect your nails from staining. While they are textured they dont remove like a glitter!

Both London and Juniper are the original small grit formula.

London is described as a fog grey with a sugared sparkle, this was opaque in two coats, no running or pooling. The manicure shot is the most colour accurate, a lovely lighter grey with silver sparkle shinning through.

Juniper is described as a sparkling teal with a subtle purple/green flash, formula was perfect with no running or pooling and opaque in one sweet coat.

I love a pixie dust for durability and also they are very quick to throw on, they work amazingly for toes too.

Left to Right Levi (Original), Bar (Magical) and Thea (Ultra), hopefully you can see the differences in the bottle.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Zoya Danica and Ray

Today on the blog I have a pair of lovely deep autumnal greens to share, meet Danica and Ray.

A Zoya a Day
Name - Danica
Year - 2018
Number - ZP973
Coats - 1
Finish - Creme
Collection - Jubilee
Colour - Teal/Green
Topcoat - None on swatch, Barry M Plumpy over stamping

A Zoya a Day
Name - Ray
Year - 2012
Number - ZP635
Coats - 1
Finish - Shimmer
Collection - Diva
Colour - Green
Topcoat - None on swatch, Barry M Plumpy over stamping

Danica is described as a full-coverage rich deep teal cream, this is another amazing one coat wonder, its deep dark and vampy, no running or pooling.

Ray is described as a dark blackened pine green with smooth, delicate silver and green frost shimmer, this one is also a one coat wonder but the first few strokes I was sure it was going to need a second coat then it deepened up and went opaque.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Zoya Karen

Today on the blog I have a one coat wonder to share, meet Karen.

Karen is described as a full coverage poppy red cream

A Zoya a Day
Name - Karen
Year - 2018
Number - ZP945
Coats - 1
Finish - Creme
Collection - Sunshine 2018
Colour - Red
Topcoat - None on swatch, Barry M Plumpy over stamping.

The formula on this was pure perfection, one sweet coat, no running or pooling and when I did a tiny bit of clean up I didnt look like I'd hacked my finger off.

I then had a play with a new plate I got from Clear Jelly Stamper, called cjs-46 which is a plate of swirls and twirls :) I used Zoya Danica (dark green) and Sally Hansen Mint Sprint (light green) to stamp with, all topped off with Barry M Plumpy topcoat.