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The Greenwich Mummy | Manicure Mondays

Polish:
Gold – H&M nail polish in ‘The One’
Black – L.A. Colors nail polish in ‘Black Velvet’

Colour:
Black and Gold

Rating:
4/5

Price:
£2.99 each

Ease of application:
Easy/Medium

Drying time:
15mins touch-dry, 30mins fully dry

Why I like it:
This is a new technique that I love to do. It’s called a crescent moon design as the base colour (gold) peeps through the nails which I’ve made it contrast against the dark black polish. It’s a twist on the traditional french tips technique. It’s easy to do, just a little bit fiddly to get the crescent moon (smile line) nice and neat.

Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature

How My Shellac Nails Looked After Two Weeks…

CND Shellac
Photo Credit: Google Images

So two weeks ago, I had my nails done with CND Shellac in Tropix. I am happy to say that two weeks on, they’re still pretty good! Shellac is definitely worthy of a try if you haven’t had a chance to try them yet. I’ve converted my youngest sister to it as well as her friends already. 🙂

Here’s the photo from my #ManicureMonday post last week:

My Shellac's Still Staying Strong
My shellac 4 days after application

Please excuse the excessive shine, I had just applied the cuticle oil around my cuticles. I actually painted these about 4 days before I posted it up – you can tell slightly as the polish has grown away a tiny bit from the cuticles.

Here is the photo of them 12 days on, almost two weeks after application:

My Shellac After Two Weeks
My shellac 12 days after application

Sorry it’s not a great image (indoor lighting + iphone = crap images) but you can see from the nails that they have grown out more and the free edge has also worn away slightly which can be typical if you are very heavy-handed like me and do a lot of things without hand protection i.e. washing up without gloves, picking or scraping objects with your nails. It’s still just as shiny as the first day of application.

The photo doesn’t do the nails much justice, I will try to upload a better photo soon! I can’t wait to take this colour off and do another colour now. I really love CND Shellac and hope I’ve made you want to try out a gel polish too! You really don’t have anything to lose and if you, like me, like to get your nails done regularly but hate the chipping/smudging/drying time then it’s time to try out the gel polishes. I can’t comment on the other brands out there like OPI’s gel polish or Gelish etc as I am very loyal to CND. AS a nail tech, I find their system really easy to use and hassle-free.

Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature

Monday Morning Catch Up #13

Woo hoo! What a week it’s been?! We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather – some days were a bit unbearable with temperatures soaring to over 30 degree Celsius in London. A little too hot for my liking to be honest but it was great to get some nice sunshine.

Unluckily, on Friday LO came down with Hand, Foot & Mouth disease – a virus that mainly affects children and symptoms include blisters on the hands and feet, white patches/spots/lesions on the tongue and ulcers inside the mouth. After seeing the GP, they told me that as it’s a virus, nothing can really be done about it apart from trying to encourage LO to carry on eating and drinking, keeping his mouth clean by brushing regularly and to give him liquid paracetamol to help with the pain. If the ulcers become infected (secondary infection) then he’d need to see the doctor again to get antibiotics. I am hoping it doesn’t get to that stage.

So this weekend, we’ve just been indoors. LO’s been really cranky and clingy since he came down with HF&M however when he is feeling a bit better, he is playing like normal which is good news. On Thursday I took LO to the children’s playground at Greenwich Royal Park. It was brilliant and not too busy, probably because it was a Thursday evening. Here’s a few snaps from our evening that day:

Monday Morning Catch Up

Monday Morning Catch Up