This is a really long overdue post. I won this set about a year ago from a giveaway that Wande held on her blog, Wandes World. Literally, the moment I received this, I suffered two really terrible nail breaks, one on each hand, and covered the offending nails over with false ones, meaning that sporting sheer nail varnish wasn’t really an option.
The Pink collection is a selection of polishes that OPI released last Spring/Summer. They always add a few Soft Shades to the range at that time of year, probably for all the brides of that year to consider it as a manicure for their upcoming wedding (although these seem to be kind of baby themed). So, nails more or less grown back, let’s take a look shall we? Unless you loathe sheers of course, in which case you should probably look away now…
I Think In Pink. Three coats on the first two nails, two on the others. A nice rosy pink. Nice. If you like this kind of thing.
It’s A Girl. Sheerest of the sheer. A kind of “my nails but better” look? Not really. It makes my visible nail line look green and my tips look yellow. Ugh.
Pink-a-doodle is a better one on me. Just. I can see this being really popular for French manicures. A nice soft pink. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it either.
Isn’t That Precious is really, really dull. Two coats on the first two nails, three on the other two. It looks better with the two coats, but again, doesn’t excite me. Similar to Bubble Bath. You don’t need both.
So. That’s about it really. If you like sheers or can’t wear crazy colours then go get yourself some of these. They’ll certainly make you appear groomed and polished whilst also being totally and utterly inoffensive or obtrusive.
I’m really happy to bring you today’s 20 Questions. Marina is the author of the amazing MakeUp4All blog, of which I am an avid reader. Not only is her blog absolutely excellent and one of the best beauty reads around, Marina also puts together an online magazine filled with the latest trends, looks and tips. I don’t know how she finds the time – I am in awe. Oh and she loves all the TV I love too. A big Just Nice Things thumbs-up. Check her out here.
1) Why did you start your blog?
I really love make-up and wanted to share my love with others. I never had a personal blog/journal and I would never have one but I liked the idea of sharing about makeup and beauty with a bit of a personal touch.
2) How long have you been blogging for?
It has been two and a half years this month.
3) What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I love the freedom it gives, I can write whatever I want and whenever I want. I also like talking about make-up and communicating with people who share the same interests. Blog ( plus Twitter and Facebook) is a great place for interacting, I’ve actually met some very lovely people through my blog. I also love getting comments, who doesn’t?
4) What frustrates you most about blogging?
My least favourite thing about about blogging is probably taking photos as I am not so good at it and, to tell the truth, I don’t really enjoy it. Wish I had a photographer taking photos for my blog There are other things, too, but I prefer not to concentrate on the negative.
5) How much time a week do you spend on your blog / reading other people’s blogs?
It depends, usually at least 15 hours per week. I never heard of beauty blogs before I’ve started my own so it was a nice discovery. Now I enjoy writing my own and reading the blogs of other people.
6) What advice do you have for aspiring beauty bloggers?
I would say that the most important thing is to ask yourself: “Why do I want to start a blog and what things I want to concentrate on?” Don’t get disappointed when it’s not working out as you wish it would, it takes time and hard work. It is always nice when you are friendly!
7) What other hobbies/interests do you have?
I like everything connected with culture (I’ve even studied culture and arts at university), Scandinavia and Vikings. I am a huge fan of music. I used to visit so many concerts and festivals in the past. I still do but not so often. I also like to read.
8 ) How many bottles of nail varnish do you own?
Not that many as I’ve started loving nail polish just recently. I used to have only red, crimson, purple and black in the past and repurchased only those shades. But now I have around 50 nail polishes which is a lot for me.
9) Do you set yourself a shopping budget, or do you purchase on an as-and-when basis?
I usually plan a “splurge” ahead but I still buy some products here and there.
10) What is your favourite make-up brand, and why?
These days I really like BECCA and Hourglass because all their products (that I’ve tried) have an exceptional quality.
11) Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?
I don’t wear make-up when I need to go to the shop or just for a walk in the neighbourhood, you know? But I always wear make-up when it comes to work/business meetings and nights out.
12) What is your favourite beauty product and why?
I always have a hand cream with me, so I guess this would be the answer. I have hand creams in all my bags and all over the place. I always use a hand cream after I’ve washed my hands and during the day.
13) What is your favourite nail varnish of all time? (yep, only one!)
I really love Illamasqua Alarm, a hot flame red, I use it very often.
14) Tell us about the best holiday you’ve ever been on.
I can’t think of the best holiday, to tell the truth. It should be the one when I’ve spent 10 days at the seaside with my friends three years ago.
15) What would be your ideal day off?
It would start with a lovely breakfast outside in the sunny weather, going to the cinema, theatre or an art museum. Would love to visit a nice spa and spend several hours there and then I would like to sit on the balcony reading a book with some snacks or going to a nice restaurant with my close friends. It would really depend on my mood.
16) What is your favourite TV show?
I don’t watch TV…But I like watching those “girly shows” like Desperate Housewives when I am by myself.
17) What music do you enjoy listening to?
I LOVE music! I listen to the music pretty much all the time and have a huge collection of albums which I’ve been getting for years and years. I like extreme music the best so I better keep the names to myself I also love music with a cultural and folk influence. I could go on for ages, to tell the truth…
18) What is your favourite food?
19) Where would you most like to visit in the world? (money no object)
There are so many places that I would love to visit obviously, but I would love to properly travel across Scandinavia (several months I’d say, to feel the atmosphere of the North in it’s all beauty), there are so many places to see and do. That would be awesome to see Norwegian fjords and to see everything that is somehow connected with the Vikings and, of course, I’d love to visit some music festivals as I love Scandinavian music. I hope this dream will come true one day!
20) Tell us a secret…
When I was little I used to “paint” with my mum’s make-up, usually I would paint the walls or myself.
Thank you, Marina! Remember, if you have a blog and would like to answer our 20 Questions, please send us an email to the usual address.