I don’t know if you know this, but I’m a real sucker for nail varnish. I like all the new innovations that have come about in recent years like shatter, magnetic, matte and now textures – leather, caviar, cement, suede. I recently bought the new OPI Liquid Sand range which was created with Mariah Carey. It’s a pack of 4 minis in blue, red, purple and black with little glitter bits in it, and it dries to a matte sandy texture It doesn’t require a top coat either. Pictured are two of the colours and I hope you can make out some of the texture from the photos.
They’re lovely to put on. I’ve layered both the colours I tried with a similar block colour underneath so that I don’t have to keep layering – they’re like a jelly texture so fairly opaque, and they dry really fast. I can’t stop running my fingers over my nails because they feel so strange – but it’s a pleasant feeling! I’m really looking forward to trying the other two colours, but I’m wearing The Impossible at the moment and it’s lasting really well so far. I might see how long I can keep it on!
During our week off, G Man and I went to see his parents and he asked his Mum to cook a family favourite they call Nanny’s Stew. I’m sure you can work it out, but it’s called that because it was something their Nanny would make! It’s an Irish stew with beef and veggies and I’d been craving it for months. I pretty much inhaled it as soon as it was put in front of me, and went back for seconds even though I was stuffed. I also had hot chocolate fudge cake afterwards, but who’s going to say no to that, ‘eh? I’m hoping one day I’ll get the recipe for the stew so I can make it for G Man and any kids we might have one day!
At the end of last week, one of my oldest friends came to visit. We have a very bad habit of buying each other presents for birthday and christmas and then not seeing each other for 8 months. We then have to meet up and give presents to each other at odd times of year (see this previous post!) So we met up and swapped Birthday and Xmas presents (except I’d only bought her a Birthday gift….. red face!) I’ve said we need to stop getting each other stuff! Anyway, she came up trumps with my presents this year and she bought me an Orla Kiely recipe box with cards inside and a box full of Essie nail polishes. I love it all so much! 3 colours, a top and a base coat. I couldn’t believe it. She said she just trawled my Pinterest to see what I like at the moment – so it seems masses of unnecessary over-sharing does pay off 😀
If you read yesterday’s post you would have seen that I have been struggling with reading so far this year and not really getting into my current book ‘Gone Girl’. So yesterday afternoon I decided to pick it up and read about 250 pages. I’m hooked guys and gals. It’s a very intriguing read! So glad I persevered and I have not a clue what’s going to happen! On the subject of reading, today’s Kindle deal of the day on amazon.co.uk was A Winter Book by Tove Jansson for 99p. She was the same author who created The Moomin series and (as I previously said) I will write a blog soon about The Moomins and Tove (who, incidentally, illustrated the Swedish translations of The Hobbit – they’re worth a look!). Her first adult novel The Summer Book is on my wish list but I couldn’t not take up this offer! I’m really looking forward to reading it. I also got The Complete Sherlock Holmes for free and The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared for 20p. It’s been suggested to me for a while so I figured 20p was worth it! So now I have an Everest of books to choose from. I really have to get onto reading them!