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#NailLinkup – Easter themed pastel & black nails for the Nail Art Ideas Linkup

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! I have a huge case of the Sunday Night Blues, personally. It’s hard when you work long hours during the week. I have been so tired this weekend, that I don’t feel like I really made the most of it… And it’s already over 😦 #Naillinkup Easter Nail Art - Illamasqua  - Copy

Anyway, we’re now only a week away from Easter! Which was very fun when I was living back home in a big family, I remember carting home dozens of chocolate eggs for the kids! But now I’m older and living far away from home, it’s not so much fun. Until nail art gets involved! So, this mani was inspired by the Illamasqua Speckled Egg polishes, which I bought last year and wrote about here. They’re still my only Illamasqua polishes, since they are very hard to get hold of here in France.

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I wanted to do an Easter bunny, but without being too ‘cute’, so a black silhouette seemed perfect! I did it over two Ciaté polishes – Candy Floss and Ferris Wheel – with a Barry M Nail Art Pen.#Naillinkup Easter Nail Art - Ciaté Ferris Wheel  - Copy

And, although I loved wearing this mani glossy, it was even better once mattified… Well, I think so, anyway!

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If you do Easter nail art this year, we would love it if you added your mani to our linkup! You don’t have to be a blogger – there is an option to upload a photo from your computer, too!

The link is here (click on the little blue fella) : 

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Ciaté Hoopla + Nails Inc Stratford + Mash Nail Art Pen

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Hey lovely ladies, it’s the week-end!

I prepared a few photos last weekend, but didn’t get to post anything sooner, as I’ve been working my backside off! I was at work until 9.30pm on Wednesday and 11.30pm on Thursday 😦 bad times. Don’t feel too sorry for me, though, because I got today off! We went to the Salon d’Agriculture in Paris, which is a big, crazy, busy agriculture show.

Even though we went in the middle of the afternoon, it’s the school holidays, so it was very busy. Still, after we managed to find a parking spot, usable toilets and a sandwich, we felt a bit more zen about it, and really enjoyed it.

It would be impossible to see everything (especially when it’s so busy, you can’t get anywhere fast), but we saw some beautiful cows (some of them are so big!), ate some delicious specialties from France and abroad (duck sandwiches, Caribbean coconut sorbet, …) and I tried some nice wines and beers (and liqueurs too!). Of course, we also made the most of the opportunity to bring lots of lovely stuff back – macaronscharcuteriechouchen, fruits confits, honey, … Continue reading

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MoYou-London Suki Collection 05 Nail Art Stamping Plate

Gosh, it’s only Tuesday! I wish this week would go a bit faster, since I’m not working on Friday…

I got totally addicted to the stamping plates that MoYou-London kindly sent me to review. So, at the end of last year, I put through a big order of ten more! This plate is from the same series as two that I already own – the Suki Collection – it’s number 5 in the series, and did not disappoint!

This plate has XL images. Even though my nails are pretty short at the moment, they are quite wide too, so these XL plates are just great for me!

The images are rectangular, so if you feel intimidated by the plates where all the patterns are mixed up, it’s a good option to go for 🙂

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Armistice Day Nail Art (Poppies & “Bleuets de France”)

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Happy Monday!

We’re lucky in France, Armistice Day is celebrated with a public holiday. Of course, I did a 2 minute silence as a mark of respect (and thanks). Whether you’re working or off today, I hope you have (or had) a nice day 🙂
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I did this nail art this morning, to wear throughout the day. I used poppies, which are a symbol of Remembrance Day in the UK (some even call it Poppy Day). And the blue cornflowers are known as ‘bleuets de France’ out here in France. They are the French symbolic flower for Armistice Day. I think it’s nice that they’re both common field-flowers, so they act as a reminder all the time 🙂

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The pale blue is Ciaté‘s Ferris Wheel and the red is Boudoir. The bigger outlines are with the bottle brushes. The darker blue details are with a MASH nail art pen, and the black is a Barry M Nail Art pen. To get the edges of the cornflower hazy, I went over the dark blue with the light blue bottle-brush (which I had wiped off well).

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Nail Art Ideas Linkup – Breast Cancer Awareness

Good evening! This week sure is going by fast, isn’t it! I hope everyone else is having a good one 🙂

Today’s mani is for our first October theme for the Nail Art Ideas Linkup.

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I bet you’re all hearing a lot about Breast Cancer Awareness at the moment, October is the Internationally recognised month for talking about it. Well, let’s not be prudish!

I also bet that a lot of women reading this already check themselves. That’s wicked. But if you don’t, please consider starting! I totally get that some women aren’t comfortable with their bodies and some women may just not know how to do it. Yet, it isn’t difficult and doesn’t take much time. Check this link to learn how.

Any kind of cancer is awful and traumatic, but the earlier you notice it, the more chances you have of surviving. And no, it isn’t common for young women to suffer from breast cancer. But it can happen. So check your breasts anyway. The more you are familiar with them, the more easily you will spot any lumps.

Don’t just give them a squeeze though, ladies! You need to massage deep into the tissues to feel their texture, and the best way of knowing if something is wrong is by doing this regularly, so don’t be shy! Advice varies from once a week to once a month, but just go for however often you remember to. If you do this often, you are more likely to notice if something is wrong. And if you find a lump, don’t panic. But do take it seriously. Go check with a doctor. I know it’s a hassle, but it’s worth it!

I don’t think that this is the case in all countries, but out here in France your regular family doctor will check your breasts – only every 18 months or so. You don’t have to let him/her. And I get that it’s embarrassing. But you know, doctors don’t study for nothing! They might notice something that you have missed. And it’s not painful, and is very quick.

If you are a blogger and have done a BCA post, do feel free to leave a link to it in the comments 🙂 oh, and check here for advice, support and information Continue reading

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