Nails: The Cara Delevingne-Inspired Manicure

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This nail look by @NailArtistMartha was inspired by the gorgeous new Chanel campaign that stars Cara Delevingne. I desperately want to do some kind of “get the look” makeup video based on the new campaign image (I would love to know what Cara has woven into her hair!) so no doubt we’ll be returning to this manicure for that, too. I really like the single accent nail with the block of contrasting colour! Very chic.

opi glitzerland review

Martha reversed the colours in the campaign look, using a beautiful pale gold for the base colour and a glossy, classic red for the ring finger accents. I’m not usually into metallic nails but I think that this gold shade from OPI, Glitzerland, is just gorgeous. Just enough shimmer and a non-brash, almost-creamy kind of golden tone.

opi glitzerland review

Martha said that the consistency of the polish was lovely and it applied very well. Two coats gave a truly glitzy finish – “it definitely does what it says on the tin”. After two coats of Glitzerland, Martha took her red polish (Mavala’s London) and created the accent nails. “This is more simple than it looks”, Martha said, but she still hasn’t seen the true extent of my nail-painting ineptitude, so that statement isn’t entirely true! Martha’s tips for painting on the statement curve? “1) Try to paint the line all in one go. Hesitating can make your hand shake! 2) Don’t overload the brush with polish as you can end up flooding the nail.”

opi glitzerland review

I had a little go at this and found that if you make the curved line slightly higher up the nail than you want it to eventually be, you can always take it down lower and cover a messy line if you go wrong! That’s the coward’s way out – those with some conviction can just go on in and paint that confident, bold curve… (Disclaimer: I’d had rather a lovely glass of (quite strong) Chianti before I attempted my nail. Those who are serious about getting the perfect accent nail may want to avoid the Dutch Courage and be 100% compos mentis.)

opi glitzerland review

Martha went one step further with her Cara-inspired manicure and added an extra accent in Mavala’s Black Oyster polish. I love this look! There’s something very retro about it – it reminds me of old YSL Opium adverts and also of peacock feathers. I’ve loved every step of this manicure, actually; the pale champagne-gold, the red accent and then the black tip. This would make an excellent holiday manicure, don’t you think? Those amazing shades against tanned skin? I may have to pay Martha a visit and get her to mani me up before I go to Greece…

You can find OPI’s Glitzerland online at Amazon here or at Beautybay.com where it has been reduced from £11.95 to £7.17. Both options have free delivery. Please do follow Martha on Instagram – and any crazy nail requests, please leave a comment below! Thanks once again to Martha and also to the lovely Roseanna for quite literally “lending a hand”. (Or two.)

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Game of Thrones, Handbag Contents and Sparkly Summer Sandals…

game of thrones season 5 premiere

I went to the Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere last night; if you follow my posts regularly then you’ll know that I’ve developed a bit of a “thing” for Game of Thrones. In a way, it’s entirely inappropriate considering my current state: I should surely be cooing over fluffy lambs and searching for patchwork baby blankets and learning some lullabies. But no, I sit watching one of the most ridiculously violent and overly-sexual television programmes that’s ever graced our screens. No butterfly lamps and rabbit sleepsuits for me – I want to watch men thumbing out each other’s eye balls and strange red-haired women burning people at the stake.

game of thrones season 5 premiere

Anyway, I waddled along to the premiere, trying to look as dignified as one can do when they have a girth that equals the equator. To compensate for the fact that my dressing options are becoming so limited, I decided to go for full-on glitz and glamour: a floor-length sparkly gown (the Galaxy dress from Tiffany and Rose – they do excellent maternity stuff for special events and weddings) and gorgeous accessories from Jimmy Choo.

game of thrones season 5 premiere

Because if anyone does glitz and glamour consistently well, it has to be Jimmy Choo. When they pull the stops out, they are completely unapologetic about it. And I kind of think that – when you’re spending a fair whack on a little bag or some special shoes – you want things to be unapologetically “look at me”. My Jimmy Choo sparkly ballet pumps make me smile every single time I wear them – they are just so…out there!

game of thrones season 5 premiere

I had to go for flats because a) I couldn’t risk falling over and b) the dress actually looked better sweeping the floor (or red carpet, in this case!) rather than hanging an inch or so above it. I wore the Wyatt sandal in gold (here); there’s some serious hardware going on with these, so I didn’t feel any less done-up, considering I’d skipped on the heel height. Wearing them really made me yearn for summer; these would be the most amazing summer holiday shoes if you were off to somewhere swish. I mean, you wouldn’t want to be scaling rocks in them or wearing them to go crabbing, but for a chic long weekend somewhere sunny they’d be perfect.

game of thrones season 5 premiere

The clutch is the Camille, though I can’t seem to find this particular finish online. Spacious enough to fit my iPhone 6+, a few makeup oddments (Zelens concealer, Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Golden Peach (bit too pearly for me, but texture is beautiful) and a cereal/flapjack bar from Pret. Which I ate, obviously, because if anything comes within a few feet of me I’ll eat it. I decanted the important parts of my purse (some cash, my AMEX card, driving licence) to save space, but I’d say that the clutch is big enough to get all of the essentials in. In other words, it’s not one of those ones that’s impractically small.

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Overall, a very pleasing outfit combo. I just regret not being able to get any really clear and sharp photos; the lighting was awful. ie: non-existent. Very gloomy and fire-lit and atmospheric, which is great for creating a bit of anticipation but crap for capturing your sartorial efforts!

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Kracie Japanese Sweets

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I’m going totally off topic here because there is so little beauty news (until my email explodes at around 9am tomorrow morning!) but my current non-beauty obsession is the Kracie Japanese Sweets kits. They’re so bonkers but a lot of fun and just, well, amusing to do. I will warn you ahead that they don’t even taste very nice (to a western tongue).

Kracie Japanese Sweets

Although the instructions come in Japanese – I had a super helper from Twitter who translated the back of the box for me (@nicintokyo) – they’re not really complicated. Once I’d understood via Nic that you just fill the empty portion of the carton with water and add the enclosed sachet of powder to

Kracie Japanese Sweets

mix up a paste, I was off. Everything is included, from little spoons and icing bags to sprinkles and wafer cases (if needed). And, as you can see, there are plenty of diagrams to follow.

Kracie Japanese Sweets

I started off with the ice cream one, and then had a very enthusiastic over-ordering session so now I have boxes and boxes of Kracie Japanese Sweets kits!

Kracie Japanese Sweets

This is the inside of the Pizza kit – I wouldn’t start with this one because it’s quite complicated; I’m not looking forward to working this one out! If you do fancy trying Kracie Japanese Sweets, I’d start with the ice-cream set because it’s really easy and very, very cute.

The taste, by the way, is a bit sweet wallpaper paste. I know it’s probably a soy paste of some kind and it’s fairly safe to say that you can throw away the healthy-eating book on these, but it’s interesting to try, at least, and not exactly horrible.

The kits aren’t expensive, starting at a couple of quid, but mine took a long time to arrive in the post – about three weeks. If you want to try the ice-cream set, it’s HERE. Otherwise, just key in Kracie onto amazon.co.uk and everything available pops up.

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Specsavers Vet

Specsavers Vet – A vet finds himself in a high-pressure situation when a routine examination of a cat turns into an emergency. But is everything as it seems?