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Butter London – Bramble x Blowing Raspberries

Hey darlings!

I hope everyone had (or is still having!) a nice long weekend! Are there any readers in places that don’t have bank holidays for Easter?

I decided to take an unplanned break from blogging over the weekend. It did me a lot of good! I decided that it would be better to blog less, but better, rather than to push myself to post 5 times a week. My schedule will be slowing down a bit in a few weeks, so I’ll pick things up again then. For the next couple of weeks, you’ll still hear from me 4 times a week, I think 😉

I didn’t even go to the gym until this morning! I’ve been really committed to going 3 times a week since the end of December, but I took 6 days off, and this morning’s workout was much more satisfying – and sweatier! So overall I think the break was worth it 🙂

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Nail Art Ideas Linkup – Autumn Trees

Woah, Thursday already ladies! That’s good, that means it’s Friday tomorrow 🙂

I was going to do a swatch for you tonight, but then this idea popped into my head for ‘autumn trees’ for the Nail Art Ideas Linkup. I’ve been following the entries, and couldn’t work out how to do it ‘my way’, so I was pleased to come up with this! 

The base colour for the French is one of my own – Fools Gold

Autumn Trees

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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.

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Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate VL 001

I’ve got quite long nails, and wide nail beds to boot, so stamping plates are a bit tricky for me to find, especially full cover !

So I was so pleased to find that Vivid Lacquer sells some lovely ones, the full cover patterns are 2 x 2 cm (0.78″), so perfect for big nails like mine 🙂

Each plate has 9 motifs, which means zillions (by my calculations) of combinations. I’ve decided to show you three from VL 001 (currently sold out) first of all.

Sorry for the changing lighting in these photos, the weather in the Paris area is crazy right now – we’ve had 28°C sun, super dark green clouds, hail, thunder, lightning and torrential rain today !

 

The first photo is a little fuzzy, I went for an all over stamp. I have wonky fingers so it’s tricky to align these patterns sometimes, and as you can see, I’m not the best stamper in the world…

Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate VL 001

Still, these plates give a great finish, the definition is just wonderful, and the patterns are super original!

Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate VL 001

For this one, I totally didn’t wait properly before I top coated (naughty naughty!) but I still love how it came out, even if it did streak a bit… Maybe not so office-friendly though, this one…

Vivid Lacquer Stamping Plate VL 001

 

I’ve got two more plates to show you from Vivid Lacquer, and am sorely tempted to order some more !

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