Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Lisa's New Year Hope List

Hello, and Happy New Year!

I hope you've all had wonderful holidays filled with fun and happiness. I'm not a party girl personally so I'm snuggled up at home with a yummy Chinese takeaway, and I wanted to do a little post with my hopes for the New Year (I don't want to call them resolutions, too much pressure!). Here they are:

1. Get well.

OK, I'm never going to be 100% well. But I'm looking forward to working with a mental health worker to try and tackle my fatigue and also to try and reduce the impact of my depression. I also need to remember to take my medicine! The goal is to get back to work and to be able to stay in work long-term.

2. Learn to manage money.

No more spending money I don't have, and that includes not falling for all the pretty polishes under the Sun! I endeavour to admire my fellow polishers' beautiful cremes, jellies and glitters without feeling the need to own the polish myself. 

3. Lose some weight.

I feel heavy and groggy which can't be helping my fatigue and general health :-) This is tied in with Hope #2: once I have my money in order I'll work out a proper shopping plan for healthy food. The WeightWatchers original points system works for me as I go off the rails without a lot of structure, so that is my plan.

2013 has really not been a good year for me. I've had several bad episodes of depression, been sexually assaulted, had a cancer scare, developed gallstones, had to leave work and my nanna passed away. On the positive side I started volunteering at a wonderful centre for a charity I'm passionate about. I'm also lucky enough to live with parents who support me while I'm ill. Here's hoping 2014 will hold good things!


Lisa xx

Monday, 30 December 2013

Mystery Manicure


There will be a nice surprise coming to Geordie Nails in the New Year, and this manicure is a hint! What could it beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?

Mysterious hugs,

Lisa xx

Sunday, 29 December 2013

The Geordie Nails 2013 Round-Up


2013 has been a year where I've really enjoyed coming up with manicures, being inspired by other polishers and buying way too much stuff! Following in the footsteps of fellow bloggers I've decided to do a little Top 10 of my favorite manis from the past year. You may be able to tell that I really like stamping ;-)

Here we go:

1. Bird & Glitter Manicure

I really love the idea of glittery accent nails with a little stamp, and Models Own's Blueberry Muffin has to be my favourite blue-purple, so this is a top manicure for me!

2. Stormy Sea Clingfilm Manicure

The clingfilm technique is a very easy way to get a beautiful effect on your nails. I tried an ocean-like colour combination and was really happy with it.

3. China Pattern French Tips

Towards the end of the year I developed a taste for French manicures that I'd really never had before! This is a stamped China pattern with full accent nails.

4. Letter to Santa Manicure

I decided to turn my new-found love for French into a Christmas manicure, and so here was my letter to Santa this year!

5. Pink Glitter Gradient

This is another technique where I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to do. Simple yet effective and very very sparkly!

6. Butterfly Manicure

The butterfly manicure is a real showstopper for me - when I saw it on other bloggers I just had to get the Nailz Craze plate to be able to have butterfly wings myself.

7. The Coffee Manicure

This is a special manicure in no small part because it includes real gold flakes! I'm also very attached to the Cheeky stamping plate used here <3

8. French Floral Manicure

I've included this manicure because feminine, floral designs on pale base colours pretty much sum up my style!

9. Black Lace Nail Foil

This was actually sent to me for review but it's made it into my Top 10 because it's a foil I can see myself using over and over again for delicate and pretty manicures. So romantic.

10. MoYou Manicure

And, finally, I've included this manicure because it uses my Christmas presents and because the birds and the transitioning pink background represent hope for the New Year to me.

Phew! I will be back with a little New Year's Resolution post and also a secret mystery surprise that I am extremely excited about! In the meantime I will be checking out everyone else's New Year posts. Hope you're having great holidays!


Lisa xx

MoYou Manicure


First of all, I beg your patience while I learn to use my new lightbox (one of the lightbulbs blew so that doesn't help). Thank you!

This manicure was done using some of my Christmas presents. The base polish is Dance Legend's colour changing polish no.178, so I get lovely dark pink tips from the heat reaction. For the stamping I used plates 01 and 05 from MoYou's Mother Nature collection. I stamped birds from both plates and accompanying flowers, and just dotted some gold onto them as a finishing touch.

I had a very average experience with my first and only MoYou buy, but these Mother Nature plates have turned my opinion around completely. The images are stunning and are etched flawlessly. I am very glad I gave MoYou another chance and asked for these for Christmas!


Lisa xx

Friday, 27 December 2013

Lisa's Post-Christmas Post!


I hope you had a really lovely Christmas and that Santa treated you well! I was extraordinarily lucky as my parents got me a new laptop; I've spent Boxing Day setting everything up and getting my head around Windows 8.

The nail goodies I was given are a Dance Legend colour-changing polish, three beautiful-looking MoYou stamping plates, white stamping polish and cuticle balm. I also now own my very own lightbox! This means that I'll be able to take more consistent pictures for the blog rather than relying on how good the light is in my bedroom or back yard. I'll need practice on how to get the best photos out of it, but to begin with here are a couple of my presents:

Once the holiday excitement is over I have an idea for a new manicure, and I will definitely be posting at New Year. I would love to hear how your holidays are going!


Lisa xx

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas from Geordie Nails!

Hello, and Merry Christmas!

I hope you have had a lovely, cosy Christmas Eve (or a more raucous one if you prefer!). I will be spending Christmas here at home with my very tiny family, and we will finally be putting a tree up on the day itself ~ we haven't been able to earlier as the cat tries to eat it, silly little thing.

Here is the manicure I've been wearing in the couple of days before Christmas. It is OPI's Play the Peonies with glitter accent nails of Nails Inc's Hammersmith and festive water decals sent to me by KKCenterHK.

It is now less than an hour till Christmas here in England! All the best to you and yours, I hope you have a wonderful day.


Lisa xx

Monday, 23 December 2013

Femme Fatale ~ Lime Thief

This post contains products which were sent to me for review :-)


Today I have for you a lovely indie polish by Femme Fatale Cosmetics called Lime Thief. Whilst not specifically a Christmas polish it is perfect for the season ~ a green sheer base filled with vibrant green and red glitters in varying sizes. A cross between holly and a Christmas tree!

Most people will want to layer Lime Thief over a solid green base colour as it is a sheer polish. However, I don't mind visible nail line and I do like to wear indie polishes in their "natural state", so my photos show 3 coats of Lime Thief on its own.

It really is vibrant - lots of lovely glitter showing through.

Femme Fatale are an online shop based in Australia specialising in sought-after indie polishes. They stock various indie producers' ranges including their own, which includes Lime Thief. They're currently closed for the holidays but check them out in the New Year!


Lisa xx

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Russian Doll Manicure


I hope you're all enjoying the season! It is so scary that Christmas is only 3 days away ~ where has all the time gone?!

Today's manicure uses the Russian dolls from Nailz Craze's NC03 stamping plate. There was no better place to start than with the creator of the plate herself, so I used Natalie from Nailz Craze's Matryoshka manicure as a guide. The result shows that I need practice but I definitely wanted to show you anyway.

I used OPI My Vampire is Buff as my base colour, and Barry M's Gold Foil on my thumbs. I then stamped the designs on and used Barry M's black nail art pen to fill in the eyes and the dolls' dresses.

Do you think I need practice?! ;-)

I do a lot of stamping but it's much more difficult where you have a specific image, rather than a pattern, that you need to get just right on your nails. I found the best way to stamp the dolls was to stamp from the tip of my nails downwards ~ but I still need to learn how to get the doll straight and not leaning drunkenly to one side!


Lisa xx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Christmas Teddy Water Decals

This post contains products which were sent to me for review :-)


Today I am wearing these adorable Christmas Teddy decals sent to me from KKCenterHK. I've just come back from a group Christmas dinner and I received tons of compliments about them, which is always lovely and made me smile a lot!

The sheet has 25 decals featuring teddy bears in 5 different festive designs. Application was easy as usual: 30-60 seconds dipped in water then positioned on my nails and pressed down into place. For my base colour I chose Models Own's Raspberry Crush, a very vibrant red. I was extremely pleased at how opaque the decals are on the nail, especially over such a bright colour. Here they are:


You can buy these from KKCenterHK's massive water decal selection here:


I am now going to stay nice and warm in bed with my laptop and a little ginger wine. I had 3 delicious courses at the Christmas meal and I am well and truly Stuffed. I don't think I can even move!


Lisa xx

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Starburst Blue Nail Foil


After my review on Monday of KKCenterHK's lace nail foil, I decided to delve into my existing small foil stash and try out another one.

It is said that Picture Polish's Revolution base coat for glitters is the answer to a huge prayer - a top coat that will not wrinkle, dull or destroy shiny foils! This I had to try. So I applied my very shiny Starburst Blue foil (over blue polish in case I left any gaps) then added a coat of Revolution. Here is the result:


There is a small amount of wrinkling but, by and large, the foil is as intact as when I applied it.

A small warning - I tried applying a coat of Seche Vite over the coat of Revolution on my thumb, hoping that Revolution would act as a barrier over the foil - and the whole thing cracked like a crackle polish! So it does have to be Revolution on its own.

Since Revolution isn't strictly a proper nail polish I do wonder what the wear time will be. Unfortunately I'll be changing my nails for a Christmas meal tomorrow but I'll be trying this again during the holidays to see how long the manicure lasts!


Lisa xx

Monday, 16 December 2013

The Blogmopolitan Quiz


I'm posting for the second time today because I like quizzes and wanted to do this one ^_^ It's called the Blogmopolitan Quiz and the template can be downloaded here. Thanks to Two Thirds Hazel!


Lisa xx

Black Lace Flower Nail Foil

This post contains products which were sent to me for review :-)


Today I have for you a manicure using this black lace nail foil from KKCenterHK. I normally review their water decals but spotted the foil on their website and it looked too good to be true; I had to get it!

Nail foil is a kind of transfer that is applied using a foil glue. It most often comes in very shiny, holographic colours but you can also get patterned designs like this floral lace. The best thing about non-shiny foils is that you can use top coat to seal the design and it doesn't affect the foil at all!

For application I first applied a very pale pink nail polish as my background colour, Crinoline by Sally Hansen. I then painted my nails with the little bottle of glue supplied and waited about 3 minutes for it to dry - you know it's ready when the glue goes from white to clear, or when you can feel that it's tacky to the touch. I then took the foil and pressed it onto the nail, making sure to press around the edges too. I finished the manicure with top coat. Here it is on both hands:

This is so "me" I can't even describe. It looks so French and romantic! I will be using it again and again and again.

To find a negative, the nail foil glue came with a brush that was too long for the bottle, meaning it was permanently bent out of shape. I had to cut the bristles so I could use it properly! That said, the glue itself was clearly very good as the foil applied fully with no bald patches.

You can buy the foil here, with the choice to buy it alone or with two different sizes of foil glue:



Lisa xx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Sally Hansen ~ Cha-Ching!


Today I'm wearing an ultra-festive glitter by Sally Hansen. The Gem Crush glitter collection may be showgirl inspired but the two I own are so perfectly festive. I bought them a while ago for £1.99 each at my favourite Eldon Square market stall (Which seems to have disappeared! Does anyone know where it moved to?), which is a great deal as I've seen them at full price in many shops since.

Cha-Ching! is a full-cover polish consisting of fine red glitter with larger silver pieces. Basically Santa in a bottle! It took 3 coats for full opacity but it applies thinly and only needed one coat of Seche Vite to be smooth. Here it is:

Isn't she a beauty?! Perfect for Christmas.

I've started having to take photos outside in my back yard because there is so little sunlight at the moment and it's hard to get a good pic indoors. We really are in Winter... I'm just hoping for a little snow now ^_^


Lisa xx

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Hello Kitty Winter Manicure


Today I tried out a Hello Kitty French manicure with a Winter twist... the end result didn't turn out as I'd hoped but I wanted to show you anyway!

The French nails are Sinful Colors Snow Me White over MeMeMe's Graceful, using page reinforcer stickers as tip guides. I used a dotting tool and a nail art pen to make the Hello Kitty face :)

The accent nails are Nicole by OPI's All Kendall-ed Up with snowflake stamping using plate BM323.

I didn't like the manicure because the stamped accents and the dotted Hello Kitties don't go together at all, even more so in the flesh. Perhaps as two separate manicures they'd fare better!


Lisa xx

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Christmas Decals!

This post contains products which were sent to me for review :-)


I'm not normally into Christmas, but I think making it along to the two festive markets in Newcastle has put me in the mood. I've been drinking lots of spiced Winter tea and hot ginger wine, bought a couple of presents and I've tried roast chestnuts for the first time ^_^

So I was extremely happy when I received some Christmas water decals from KKCenterHK yesterday! The ones I have on now are these Xmas water decals here. They come in a sheet of 25 decals with 5 different designs: a sleigh, a Christmas tree, a wreath, a moon and candy cane, and a wise man (or Santa, I can't decide!). I dipped them in water for 30-60 seconds then applied them over a base of a mislabelled light green Essie which may be called Shore Thing.

How cute?! I especially love the tall, slim designs of the tree and the wise man. Application was very smooth and simple; they adhered fully with no wrinkling.

You can buy the decals here:


I have another sheet of Christmas water decals to try so I will be back soon with another festive manicure :-)


Lisa xx

Monday, 9 December 2013

China Pattern Manicure


Today's manicure has a china pattern as French tips and full accent nails. Luckily there was enough sunlight to photograph this, although it's not as vibrant as in the flesh!

Here's a step-by-step of what I did:

1. Painted a sheer French base of MeMeMe's Graceful on my index, middle and pinky fingers.
2. Painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors' Snow Me White on my ring finger and thumb.
3. Gave the French base lots of time to dry, then used page reinforcer stickers as French tip guides.
4. Painted white onto the tips and removed the stickers straight away.
5. After drying time, stamped the pattern from MoYou's Pro 07 plate using Barry M's Blackberry. Used page reinforcer stickers again as quick guides so I didn't stamp over the rest of the nail.
6. Plunged my nails into cold water for 30 seconds to set the polish.
7. Top coat!


Lisa xx

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Remembrance Manicure


Today's manicure is a muted floral. I painted 3 coats of OPI's Don't Touch My Tutu! as a sheer white voile. I then used Nails Inc's Bluebell and my MoYou Pro 07 stamping plate to add delicate lilac flowers.

The manicure is purposefully subtle and light as it's in remembrance of my nanna xx

I'm trying to start using my very much neglected Facebook page again, as it seems that lots of people prefer to follow bloggers on Facebook. Here is the page if you'd like to follow:



Lisa xx

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Mind Manicure


Today is not a wonderful day as there's been a bereavement in the family. I wanted to show you this manicure anyway as it represents the charity I love and volunteer for. Mind is a mental health charity and does really great work, both in campaigning on a national level and in providing vital support services locally. Both myself and family have benefitted from their help. I painted my nails in Mind's colours as I was meant to go to their annual general meeting today, but I didn't make it sadly.

The manicure is a sponged gradient, a technique I struggle with. That said, this attempt is an improvement on my last go! I started with 2 coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White then swirled together the white with Barry M's Blackberry on a piece of scrap paper and applied it to my nail with a damp sponge.

I will continue to practise gradients as the effect is beautiful when it's perfected, as lots of inspiring bloggers have shown ~ the Nailasaurus comes to mind, and I've relied on her gradient tutorial when learning the technique.


Lisa xx

Monday, 2 December 2013

Letter to Santa Manicure


It's December already! Both my cat and I opened the first doors on our advent calendars yesterday (I got chocolate, she got cat treats) and I figured it was time to start wearing festive manicures! This mani has a "letter to Santa" theme.

For the French nails I painted a sheer base of MeMeMe's Graceful - this has been showing up a lot in recent manicures and it's my #1 recommended French shade. I used page reinforcer stickers as a tip guide and painted on Orly's Star Spangled, a sparkling jelly-red which came free with Cosmopolitan magazine this month. I added the white using Barry M's nail art pen.

For the accent nails I painted OPI's My Vampire Is Buff then stamped over a letter design by Bundle Monster. Everything was top coated and that's the manicure!

I'll try to think of more seasonal designs to adorn my nails for the rest of the month ^_^


Lisa xx