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My boyfriend painted my nails…..what do you do when you just can’t decide what colour to paint your nails….. Oh I know ask your boyfriend to choose. Hmmmm I soon as I asked him I suddenly thought “Is this a good idea?”. It was too late I gave him control.

So he didn’t actually paint my nails he just helped this indecisive lady decide what, and how to paint my nails. The first thing he said was” how many can I choose” (oh lord!) “how ever many you want” I told him. “Ok, I choose this one, because my eye was first drawn to it, (the lilac polish), this one because it’s bright like summer (the neon yellow one), and this one because it looks saucy (the berry coloured varnish)” . He totally got involved I rate him for that, but he wasn’t actually done. He then told me what order he wanted me to paint my nails: two lilac, the middle finger should be bright berry colour, then the next two finger and thumb yellow.

So that’s what I did, but me being me I had to put my own twist on it. so I embellished.

  • To create the angled straight lines at the tips of some of my fingers I used the nail foil tapes as guide lines and then peeled them off.
  • I used a sponge to create a stippled effect.
  • To create the dots….. well a dotting tool of course.

bright nail tutorial

On one of my index fingers I used the Mariah carry Gold flakes polish but I thought that this ended up looking like crap, other than that it was bright and fun. Thanks BF you crazy guy.

Products used:

leonard nail choice

Nina pro: Calypso of the heart

China Glaze: Lotus Begin

Seche Vite: Opulent

O.P.I : Pure 18k white gold and silver top coat

I hope you enjoyed

Should I let my boyfriend do other beauty related things for me??

For more tips, tricks, how- to’s and reviews, stay tuned

Tilly xx


rimmel lips illusion eyes

As I was on my way to the supermarket I accidentally (ahem) stopped by at super drugs, which is where I purchased this Rimmel Lasting Rush Colour Lip Balm, and these Glam Republic Illusion Eyes. I hadn’t seen a stick on eyeliner before, but the ones I chose had sparkly black glitter, so I couldn’t resist having ago. They are all reduced at the moment to about £1, so I thought even if they are rubbish it’s not such a loss.

Illusion eyes 2

They are very simple to use, measure it to the length of your eye and trim it down carefully if it’s to long, peel the plastic backing off to reveal the sticky side, it also comes with some glue for extra adhesion, then place along the top of the lashes. And Ta Daaa….

illusion eyes

These are so much easier to apply than false eyelashes, but I didn’t think the glue they provided was up to much, so I used my duo eyelash glue instead, this seamed to work quite well. I think for a first attempt I put them on pretty well although next time I think I would place them a little higher on the otter edge and use eyelash glue along the hole of the eyeliner not just the corners. I then decided to go for a cycle…. don’t know if that was such a good idea, it was pretty hot out. The left eyeliner decided to peal itself off in the inner corner, which is when it poked the skin of my eyelid, it was very scratchy and as I hadn’t brought any glue with me, on my leisurely jaunt, I pulled them both off. I think if they aren’t glued down properly my fear is that because they are pieces of some kind of plastic that they might get a bit stabby on the eye area. I think this is why they got reduced.

I will have another go with the smaller size left in the pack and see how I get on but I don’t think i would re-purchase, not unless they made them softer. It’s a shame because I really liked the over all affect, especially the glitter, I couldn’t really notice they were on after a while, but I don’t want to end up with a blood shot eye. For a pound you could give it ago but other wise I think this is just a miss.

Lip Pencil

I bought this Rimmel Lasting Rush Colour Lip Balm at the same time and I love it, I have been wearing it everyday, I like that it is slightly opaque like a lipgloss, but with better staying power. It looks like a jumbo sized crayon, it is a creamy texture and finish; it lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. I’m always looking for natural day time colours and this one really suits my skin tone and my natural lip. I bought the colour “I Want Candy” it’s a soft rosy colour. This was a good buy for sure,and it was £5.99 well worth it.

Tilly x


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I stopped buying  O.P.I, as it’s expensive and I always thought it took that little bit longer to dry  meaning inevitably I would smudge !! Argggg I hate smudging all my efforts. I just want to have pretty nails!!

However I have been lured back in by O.P.I  in the past year, I had forgotten how thick (in a good way) the varnishes are. One coat is practically enough. The quality is wonderful, and coupled with my seche vite top coat I don’t have to worry about drying time.

This vibrant summer berry colour is gorgeous.  In this photo I only used one coat of base and one of Koala Beary.

Make-up loves………. OPI Koala Beary

I also did a post about this varnish coupled with the Mariah Carey limited edition “Pure” which has white gold and silver leaf in it. check out the look here

opi brazil collection

We all know it’s coming, the World Cup 2014!!! yeah…….. I’m not gonna lie, football isn’t really my thing, but I do get involved in the world cup fever. Even if you aren’t into football, what a great excuse to base a nail varnish collection on Brazil, one of the most colourful diverse countries in the world. So cheers to the world cup for bringing me Brazil O.P.I.

There are two Brazil Mini collections out, this one and the “sands”. I chose this one as I love all the colours. I find it quite hard to find greens and blue nail polishes that compliment my skin tone, I am quite yellow, and certain colours toned green/blues make me look like I’ve got jaundice (not to flattering). But this deep warm green AmazON…AmazOFF is really flattering against my skin tone. I decided to couple this Green up with the bright orange by the name of Where Did Suzi’s Man-go.

opi brazil green

Love this!!

I also created another nail look with the remaining two polishes. The first is my fave’ Next Stop …The Bikini Zone it’s a shimmery ,purpley,silvery, sparkly wondrous polish, I think it looks like a little galaxy in a bottle. Combining this with Kiss Me I’m Brazilian (don’t mind if I do) this colour is smoking hot, a bright burst of fresh Pink; and these two side by side I think look rather exciting. The quality and consistency of all these O.P.I’s are as ever really smooth with a strong application of the colour.

Opi Brazil pink copy

What’s your favorite?

Hope you enjoyed

For more tips, tricks and reviews Stay tuned….

Tilly Li



China Glaze Nail Art

I recently purchased some more China Glaze ( I know as if i needed more polish) but this stuff is sooo cool. I thought these two varnishes were just pretty colours with a fine glitter but I was wrong they are so much more than that.

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I was feeling fresh faced and happy as the sun was shining outside my window. I had just painted my nails a glossy pink and metallic periwinkle blue, and I thought ‘this looks great I should do this on my eyes’ and that’s exactly what I did.


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I am Smitten with Seche Vite….. Ok worst joke ever!!! I am not ashamed, I’m still rolling with it. This beautiful colour is a bright red with a slight orange tone to it; very retro and glam. Every time I look at my nails all I can see is a beautiful pop of colour.

This polish is of a good consistency. You could practically get away with only one coat as it goes on thick but is really smooth, with a good brush head. Of course I use my fave seche top coat to finish it off, the world’s fastest drying top coat ( so they say).

A worthwhile buy, Seche have a beautiful range of colours. Make-up loves Smitten!!

P.s On the Seche website it says that this colour is a bright pink orange with a shimmer, but that’s not at all like the one I have so I am not sure if it’s the same. I bought mine from Sallys but they have stopped stocking this range in shops but still have it on their website:click here. The code on the bottom of the bottle is 69235 (just in case).