28/09/2015

Roasted veg, chicken wrapped in Bacon

Hey guys! 

So today's post is a little bit different, if you hadn't guessed already it's food related! I've recently rediscovered sweet potato, I tried it ages ago as chips and didn't like it at all. Then something made me buy one the other day and I roasted some and made mash with the other half and really liked it. So I bought another one this week... Along with a Butternut Squash which I've never tried before! So tonight I decided to do Roasted Veg with Chicken wrapped in Bacon with a Garlic and Herb sauce. 

What you need:

For the Roasted Veg (as much as you think you need!) 
Butternut squash 
Sweet potato
Peppers
Carrots  

Chicken Breasts for however many people you're cooking for 
Philadelphia 
As much Bacon as you need to wrap around the Chicken

As much French Roule as you'd like (or a Garlic and Herb cheese, Boursin or an own brand one works just as well!) 
5 tbsp Soured Cream
1/2 Milk
2 tbsp Cornflour + a little water to mix it with 

Starting with the Roasted Veg...

I put all the Veg in a roasting pan with about 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil giving it all a good mix. Cook at 200 for about 20-30 minutes. 



For the Chicken Breasts, I sliced them in half and put Philadelphia on one side, smooshed both sides of the chicken together and wrapped it in bacon then put it onto cook at about 180 for 30 minutes (after 20 minutes (or when the bacon is crispy) put foil over the top. 

For the sauce I put the Galicy Cheese into a pan and added the Soured Cream, then the Garlic Powder and some Parsley. When the cheese has melted add the Milk, after a few minutes take a ladle of the sauce out and put it into a separate bowl. Mix together the cornflour and the water and then add it into the sauce that you put into the separate bowl, put that back into the pan and heat it through again, you'll see the sauce start to thicken, turn off the heat when this starts to happen! 

I bought some frozen spinach and defrosted it right before I served up the Roasted Veg and mixed it in with it all. 

Pop it all on the plate and you're ready to eat! ☺️ 
I put Pink Himalayan salt onto my Roasted Veg and it was amazing! 




Let me know below if you try this out ☺️
Jemma xox 



27/09/2015

Orions Belt/Damsel - Starrily

Hey guys!

Today I want to talk about the polishes I received last week from Starrily. I preordered Orions Belt in July and purchased two others alongside it (Damsel and Ultima). I wasn't really expecting to wait 3 months for it to turn up however... a month after I ordered I was getting a little concerned as the status of my order was still 'Paid' so I messaged their Facebook page and was told that the glitter had only just arrived as they had to have it made etc, they even gave me a $25 gift code for waiting, which was extremely generous of them, and thats the last i heard, no dispatch email, nothing.. So i decided to do a little fishing. Their Facebook page had gone very quiet which made me a bit more concerned... So i went onto Instagram and had a look through the Starrily hashtag and discovered the Owners Instagram and then discovered that she had just bought a warehouse to make all the polish in so I let them off as they were in the middle of getting it ready to move into hahaha. I just wish the status on my order had changed from Paid to Dispatched!

But in all honesty, the 3 month wait was SO WORTH IT! I painted my nails with Orions Belt first and it was absolutely beautiful. After a few days I added a coat of Damsel to give it a bit of a whooooomph (which it really didn't need, I just needed to do it.) And here is the outcome below... Unfortunately the Sun was nowhere to be seen but I took pictures in two different light settings. 


Under my Naturalight w/Flash

Just with Flash
On the nail the Glitter is VERY smooth, even without topcoat. We've all experienced the 'scratchy' glitter at one point but this felt more like the OPI Liquid Sands! But I still used Seche Vite to topcoat my nails and it felt super smooth afterwards. My manicure lasted about 4 days before tip wear started to appear, but that can be easily solved by just filing your nails down a tad! Its definitely a polish I would consider wearing if I was going away with no time to paint my nails for a few days!

As for removal, I used the foil method, which I try not to do too much as I sometimes get Eczema on my hands and I don't really want to set that off! But for Glitter like this, its something I had to do.. Otherwise I think I may have gone a little insane trying to get it all off haha. It didn't really take me long though and if there was some Glitter remaining on my nail after i'd pulled off the foil, it was easy to scratch off gently, it was like the Acetone had removed the Suspension Base and left the Glitter just sat on my Nail. 

I would highly recommend getting these if you want some SUPER sparkly polish! I can't wait to use Ultima, and maybe some Sharpies alongside it... Starrily is currently closed as of 27/09/15 as they've had a large increase in Orders, otherwise I would have added the links to each polish I got! 

I'll be back in a few days with some Stamping! 
Stay safe lovelies.
Jemma xox



24/09/2015

Improved Orange and Red Aztec Nails



Hey guys!

Ah its been so long... I was meant to post these a while back too! Anyway.. if you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen the picture below before as i posted it just a few weeks ago after finding it again.. I did them about 3 years ago and i actually used acrylics for the gradient.. *hangs head with shame* I thought they were amazing at the time and was really proud of the pattern i did on top of it... 


But its amazing how much difference practice can make...




Ta daaaa! This time around I used Nail polishes for the gradient on a good old sponge! Shades used were she's pampered and Fear & Desire both by Essie.
I used Black acrylic for the pattern along with my Pure Color 10 brush.

Much. Better.

So I guess this is where I say, if you're a newbie at nail art, keep going, keep practising, you will improve!! I mean the nails i do now are no where near perfect but even I can see I've definitely improved :')

Anyway, i hope you like them as much as i did at the time! Pretty sure i wore these for a good week hahaha

Hope you all have a good Friday!

Jemma xox

18/09/2015

Stamping using Moscow and Excalibur (PP & A-England)

Hey everyone!

My mojo left me again, thats why there hasn't been any nail posts recently! Managed to get it back a little bit by doing some stamping. 

I've been trying to work out which of my polishes work well with stamping and which ones don't! I found a silver metallic polish that works quite well, well enough for me anyway haha, if you hadn't guessed, that polish is Excalibur by A-England. 


I painted my nails with Moscow by Picture Polish then stamped over it using Excalibur and one of my plates from the Born Pretty Store, you can purchase the same plate here AND its currently half price at $3.00 (literally £1.75 or something...) 

As you can see Excalibur stamps fairly well but its not perfect! I've let my nails go a little bit recently, especially my cuticles but i'm back to taking care of them now so they should look a bit better soon!

I know this is short but I hope you've enjoyed it!

Jemma xox

07/09/2015

Reverse Stamping - Aztec Style!

Hey guys!

I've literally been obsessed with my UberMat the last few days, its just amazing! I had another go at Reverse Stamping, overall i'm happy with how they turned out but they could have been A LOT better!!



I used an Aztec themed Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate, you can grab it here for $5.99. I used MUA Pitch Black - the same as last time! The white is Whitewash also by MUA. I also used Acrylic Paints again. The studs were also from the Born Pretty Store. 



I'd planned on doing all 10 nails with the Aztec Pattern but when i placed the first 'decal' on my middle finger it was wonky so i decided to take it off and then i got tired so i left my forefinger and middle finger white and decided to add the studs and i'm actually glad I did that as I love these! I'm thinking now that all 10 may have just been waaaaay too much!

I don't know about you, but i've been really cold recently, so don't be surprised if all my manis start getting darker and more Autumnal haha, anyway thats all for today. I hope you like these! Let me know below if you do :)

Jemma xox

04/09/2015

Reverse Stamping using the UberMat


Hey lovelies!

Can't believe its Friday again and we're now in Autumn, um where did Summer go?! It went way too quickly! I do love Autumn though so it can come at me now, Pumpkin Spice Latte please ;) I'm looking forward to doing some Autumnal Nail Art as well!

Last Friday I ordered an UberMat from UberChic Beauty ($14.99 + postage which is a flat rate of $10 to the UK) it arrived on Wednesday all the way from the states... Yes, it took just 5 days to get here!! Absolutely amazing. And so is the Mat. Its literally opened up a whole new world of Nail Art for me. I now have a tonne more uses for my Stamping Plates as well so I decided to try out Reverse Stamping.

I'm so pleased with how my first attempt turned out! The only bit which was a bit tricky was actually placing the 'decal' on my nail. I used Seche Vite to make it with and the whole thing kept curling up when I was trying to press it onto my Nail, but I got there with the help of Tweezers and my Fingers, I just need a bit more practice as i ended up with a few air bubbles and creases but you can hardly see them. 

For anyone who doesn't know, Reverse Stamping is literally picking up the image with your Stamper and leaving it there then colouring different parts of it in with paint to add colour, adding top coat on top of the whole thing and then leaving it to dry. When its dry you peel it off and place it on a just Top Coated Nail. 
With the UberMat you paint the top coat onto the Mat first instead and then Stamp over it, thats the way i've been doing it anyway! The UberMat is fab because is allows you to do 10 or more, lets call them decals (because thats what they basically turn into!) at a time just depends if you want to use the printed nail as a guide. 



The plate I used is from the Born Pretty Store and is currently $2.99 you can purchase it here. Its one of my favourite plates, lots of florals and patterns perfect for Reverse Stamping. The Black I used to Stamp with is Pitch Black by MUA. To colour in the design I just used a bright blue Acrylic Paint. The Lilac i used is a Hypergel by Models Own and its called Lilac Sheen.

I love how these turned out and I can't wait to do more designs, the possibilities really are endless now.

Jemma xox