Friday, January 10, 2014

Hello there.. 2014!

"We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney Company
- Happy New Year lovely people! -
Hello 2014, and hello there to you! This is my first post of the new year and it's oh so lovely to see new viewers on board! Just in case you're unsure of who I am, what I do rah, rah then feel on free to click here where you will be magically directed to my 'About Me' page - here you go, take it, it's yours, ah.
I hope you had a glorious New Year!

I wanted to create a little post with a handful of images from my New Year's night along with how I dressed my nails with all things sparkly and new! I've also done a little 'What I got for Christmas - Nail Varnish Haul' as I've seen a lot of Bloggers/ YouTuber's sharing everything they got for Christmas but instead of doing the whole 'shebang' I'm only doing a snippet, which I hope you find an enjoyable read/ view! Additionally at the end of this post I've written a little 'What to expect from my blog?' So stay on tuned to see what I'm bringing to 'withlovecharlottelenia' this year!

☆ My Near Year's nails! 
One of my many interests in the world is 'Nail Art', I've been in and out with it a lot in the past and recently created a Christmas Nail Art tutorial (if you fancy you can see that here! Even though Christmas is over..) I'm usually changing up my nails daily/ weekly with patterns, designs and glitter. So New Year's was no exception not to sparkle on up! Let me know if you would be interested in seeing more Nail Art tutorials from me (and if so what kind?) - I love doing them!
Left to right: Graffiti - Nails Inc. // Crush 346 - Barry M // Amethyst 354 - Barry M
I wanted to keep things glitzy yet simple for the New Year, as I was wearing all black this matte deep red was perfect, I love putting dark with dark! I received a lot of glittery nail varnishes for Christmas and you can never go wrong with sparkles! I had the same nail-ness on both hands, in the past I've written the year across my nails, for example last year I had written '2013' with my nail art pen over a bright green base colour, deee-lish.
Want to create this look? What I used:
Gems - New Look // Graffiti - Nails Inc. // Crush 346 - Barry M // Amethyst 354 - Barry M
A current favourite of mine, I've fallen in love with this 'Graffiti' polish by Nails Inc. I was just smiling away when applying it to my nails, it reminds me of being at a party with bouncy castles and balloons. Also in the past I've found it usually takes a good 3/4 coats to get the most effect from all the glitter-ness. However with this nail varnish I only needed to apply 2 coats for the above glittered look and the shine is so good I needn't use a top coat!

I purchased this little pot of gems from New Look, 12 pots of glitter/ gems and stars were all included in the wonderful £2 price - thank you sales! In the past I've brought lots of my nail art gems from eBay, such cheap prices and plenty for every occasion.

'What I got for Christmas - Nail Varnish Haul'
My Uncle and his family brought me this groovy selection of the 'Nails Inc' nail varnishes. I don't have any of this nail varnish brand so was really excited when I received these! I've only used one of the polishes so far but eager to use all the other colours soon! (Just tried out the light pink 'Foil' on my nail palettes, I don't own any foil nail varnishes and this one is so cool!)
- I was delighted to find all these Barry M polishes in my Christmas stocking from my parents! Keep on scrolling for a little Barry M review!
Limited Edition 348 // Amethyst Glitter 354 // Limited Edition 343
The far right Silver Glitter polish was an early Christmas present, it wasn't supposed to be.. I just got way too impatient. It's safe to say I am now obsessed. It's as sparkly on your nails as it appears here in the pot. I found myself constantly waving my arms around by the light - it catches so many colours!

'Amethyst Glitter', full of teeny round sparkly speckles, this looks great when applied over the top of a white base coat, if you're in a rush or feeling a little lazy! Although the pot shows many different colours I would say the main colour of this polish is purple, so if you're a fan of sparkly purples and deep blues then this is ideal for you!

The far left nail polish is a colourful-confetti-wonderfulness, I've really been enjoying this one, the colours consist of green, pink and purple. I would say to definitely add a clear coat over the top, the extra shine does it a lot more justice! Is it sad when a nail varnish makes you want to go to a party? This is the ultimate party polish!
What's your favourite sparkly nail varnish? (Whether that be from this small collection or one you have been trying out?)
Prickly Pear 336 // Crush 345 // Mocha 333
I was dying to try out the 'Matte' polishes from Barry M, as there is only a handful of the Matte colours available to buy I'd say these were the two I had my eye on. Out of the two I love the red, I would say the brown colour comes out very dark on your nails after two coats, I would have hoped it was a tad lighter, but it's still a great pigmented polish! I'll be using the Mocha colour for nail art detailing (needed this when I found myself painting Rudolph the Reindeer on my nails!)

I'm a huge lover for Barry M's 'Gelly' range and already have many of the colours myself. This innocent purple colour reminds me so much of summer and makes me feel ultra girly, applying three coats adds a smile to my nails! If you fancy having a peak, I created a very colourful Barry M 'Gelly' review in one of my past posts, you can find that here!

I'm currently wearing the 'Matte - Red Crush' on my nails, I'd say this is definitely my favourite nail polish at the moment, I'm loving dark colours and with it's deep red look and only needing to apply two coats, it's a really quick and easy go-to polish if you're in a rush and don't have time to create anything too fancy. It's also a lovely colour for this time of year, with it being all frosty and cold outside, a nice warm colour on your nails can make things seem less cold (works for me anyways!)

I hope you enjoyed that miniature 'What I got for Christmas - Nail Varnish Haul'. Let me know any of your favourite Nail Varnish 'must-haves'! Tweet me or leave a comment!

My New Years!
I spent my New Year's in Brighton with some of my closest friends, it was by far one of the funniest nights and we all had a wonderful time (well, I know I did!) From singing along to Destiny's Child, Tequila-ness and going to bed at 9am, a lot of lovely memories were made! Because I was taking pictures on my phone, they mainly came out smudged, too dark or made no sense.. But here are some which my phone and my friends phones successfully captured!
Myself, Robyn, Claudia, Rosie, Gurpreet and Hope - my old middle school 'forever' friends! // A cute lil Buddha
Myself, Rosie, Paige and Hope
Laughed oh so much, one of the best New Year's fo suuure!
I really did mean a handful of photos.. Seriously unsure what I was doing with my phone.. What did you get up to :)?

What to expect from my blog?
Up until now I've been posting little doses of everything, from beauty reviews to adventures and slices of fashion. I've never really posted about my arts and crafts etc. I've mentioned my art-ness in a few posts which you can see here: Pom Pom Tutorial // Screen Printing // Nail Art Tutorial. Although I've never gone to the extent that this is what I do, ever since I can remember I've been doing art, arts of all kinds! And so I'd like to start introducing a lot more of this to my blog, along with continuing my ongoing loves for beauty, lifestyle and fashion.

So, I'd love hear your thoughts/ input.. What would you like to see? Is there anything you'd like to create with a homemade touch but stuck for ideas/ etc..? I may be a helpful source! Tutorials/ card making or even a 'how to draw a goldfish' - I'm all ears, leave me a comment or tweet me. Keep your eyes peeled for more crafty tutorials, my artwork, adventures and lots more beauty/ fashion/ review juicy-ness! How does that all sound?

Here's to hopefully a wonderful year. 
I stumbled upon this little saying on Tumblr and just had to share it:
So, why not - be crazy, be a little weird and may you be happy and positive.

Thanks for reading and until next time!

With love, 
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  1. Lovely nail colours! Gotta love Barry M!

    Just found your blog and I love it! It's really good!

    I'm looking forward to reading more posts!

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic


    1. Aren't they! Yep you do, you just gotta love it haha.. Ahh thank you that's lovely to hear, got lots of new posts lined up, hope you enjoy! x

  2. ooh yes def do more nail posts!:)i love how you have photographed your polishes!i adore a bit of sparkle!!especially at new year!:)xx

    1. Ahh lovely I'm already planning for some more nail posts! Thank you! I agree, you just can't go wrong with sparkles! xx