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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

31DC2015: Red Nails, a unicorn and dinosaurs

I took part in the 31 day challenge a little while back and though I posted it on Instagram daily, I realise I didn't post it on my blog, so here goes! I had a blast doing this challenge, and even fitted in a few extra designs in between.

The first day's prompt was red nails. I had tonnes of reds in my collection, but decided to go for this true red from Topshop. I only needed one coat for it to be opaque, which is always a plus.

I then went for the Origami stamping plate number 5 from MoYou London for the design. I love the little dinosaurs and unicorn on this plate! And I think it turned out really well here.

What do you think of it?

Monday, December 28, 2015

Poppy Daisy jewelled headpiece

It's been a busy few days, with Christmas, Boxing Day sales, and a family party at our house. We had all our relatives over for some food, drink and games and lots of fun! I wore a new dress I had made for Christmas - a dark green velvet dress which I adored and not too bad for a first attempt! To compliment it I wore this jewelled headpiece from Poppy Daisy.
I actually got this a few years ago when the brand were at the Clothes Show, wrapped it up carefully and then never found it again, until the other day when I went through an old  suitcase and found it in pristine condition. It's what I had wanted to wear for Christmas so it was perfect timing!

I can't find the exact headpiece, but they do have this similar one on their website. Mine is made up of multiple single bands, which I piled on top of each other to create a layered effect and I love it. My sister did say I looked like a fairy/ pixie!
My mum got me this fur cape, which went beautifully with my velvet dress and was super warm.
Hope you are all having a fabulous time with your families and enjoying your break. x


Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas nails - Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Green Berry

How was your Christmas? If it was anything like mine you would have eaten loads and soon after gone into a food coma while watching TV and playing games with the family. I did my nails super early, so I thought I would show you how I did them.

I did a base in green using Barry M's Gelly Hi Shine in Green Berry. I then used a silver from W7 to stamp a pattern from MoYou London's Mandala 3 plate. It's my favourite from the collection, and on this occasion I chose it as the design looks a little like a snow flake.

Hope you had a lovely day and are enjoying time with your family and friends. xxx


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

#PartyPolished Bonprix Luxe Sequin Dress inspired nails

 A little while back I was contacted by Bonprix, who have teamed up with Barry M, for a competition to create a nail look based on one of their party dresses - that was right up my street!

I had a look through and this Luxe Sequin Dress caught my eye - it's so sparkly and in my favourite colour - pink! It's also the perfect dress to wear in the run up to Christmas, especially if you have a dressy office party coming up.

I used a black sparkly base from Gosh called Night Sky, which has tiny specks of glitter. I then painted over it using pink acrylic paint to get the foundation of the flowers. I filled this in using Barry M's Socialite - a vibrant pink polish with minute specks of glitters in pink, purple and blues - It's such a pretty colour.
I added some black and gold using Rio nail art pens to accentuate the flower before topping with Seche Vite topcoat.
I actually love the design more than I thought I would. What do you think of it?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sunrise and Barry M in Peach for the Stars

Is there anything more beautiful than seeing a sunrise on a beautiful day? This was a particularly beautiful one that I had to capture when Aysh and I went to Eastbourne recently. The night before I had painted my nails this beautiful orange/ peach from Barry M called Peach for the Stars. I love it!
I love how glossy the polish is, especially when the Daylight Curing Top Coat is painted on. I kept this on my nails for four days chip free, so it did pretty well.
I tested out a recent purchase - a white polish that has a brush like a striper. This was a first attempt with it, but I will have another go with some more nail art to try out some more patterns. What do you think of the chevrons?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

MoYou London Explorer Set nail stamping kit

I've never used a nail stamper before. I've always been terrified of messing up the design or not getting it right and it being a total waste. My interest was piqued though when I spotted some designs by Moyou London. In particular, I wanted the Mandala plate, which came out last week. But in addition I picked up the Explorer set, because I loved the tribal designs on the plate before, and because the sets are good for newbies like me as it has the polishes, stamper and scraper in it too.
Plate number 27 was the one I was really looking forward to trying out. I also received plate 14, which I will review in another post. It came with three polishes, which are suitable for stamping. I went with the Turquoise Mint. It took me a few attempts, but I love how the designs came out, I loved the middle finger design so much that I used it on my thumb too.
As you can see the plate I have has 18 designs so there's plenty of opportunity to try out different designs and mix them up. For nails of my size the designs fit on perfectly, but if you have bigger nails you may want to go for designs that are bigger, and fewer to a plate.

I like how they turned out, and don't think they are too bad for a first proper attempt. I'm thinking of colour combinations and how I can use the other designs.

What do you think of them? Where are your favourite nail stamping tools from?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Get the look - Louise Thompson's white shirt dress

There's nothing more summery than an all-white look, and when I spotted Made in Chelsea's Louise Thompson in this white shirt dress from Forever Modo, I had to have a look for some similar ones.
Here's the version I found on the Forever Modo site (£27.99). It's an oversized shirt that would look great with jeans.
This Vila Shirt Dress (£40) has pocket detailing and a semi-sheer look. I love it's stepped-hem style too.
And lastly, this casual shirt dress from Topshop (£36) is an oversized style. It's also got a stepped hem and side splits.

So what do you think? And which would be your favourite pick?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Nails: Squiggles and Gosh's Night Sky

Since I got this polish from Gosh I've been wanting to try it out in a nail design to showcase it's subtle shimmer/ glitter. The base is Gosh's Night Sky, which was released before Christmas, and is my favourite dark polish at the moment.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Nailbox - May Box

I'm back with another Nailbox post, and I'm loving this one more than the first box I got! This one is the May box, which I'm showing you anyway so you can see what the July one will be like and see the variety you get and the types of products they include.
This included a nail tool and four full-size polishes from OPI, ORLY, Essie and Rimmel.

Inside the box I got:
Orly Fiery Orange Color Blast
Rimmel Lucky Lilac
Nicole by OPI Modern Family Alex by the Books
Essie Status Symbol
And an Elegant Touch Professional Cuticle Pusher and Nail Cleaner.
My favourite colour was the Essie, which was a beautiful shade of pink and painted like a dream. But I adored the Orly as I don't have anything like this in my collection and I loved the specks of glitter and holos in it.

The total value of the box came to around £34, which is pretty good for the £15 you pay for the box if you pay month-by-month, or £13.50 if you sign up for a year. 
Although the polishes are not from current collections I really did not mind or notice. I didn't have any of these in my collection and the quality of each polish was perfect. 

How to sign up?
Visit If you sign up before the 21st of each month you will get that month's box, but after that date you will get the next month's box. 
You can read my views on the April box here

Monday, June 22, 2015

Juicing vs blending - #CurrysIntroJuicing

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A few weeks ago I went along to a Joes Bloggers event to learn all about juicing. Juicing is very in right now and a very popular way to stay healthy. My first foray into juicing was two years ago when trying out the Jason Vale 7-day detox cleanse, so I was keen to learn more about it and its benefits. The event was with Curry's and Phillips and took place in Kings Cross, London. 

First up, we were given the yummiest spread of wraps and drinks - all healthy of course (!) as we sat down to get to know the other bloggers. Then we had a talk from Stephanie, the founder of Raw & Juicy, to talk about the difference between juicing and blending.

Stephanie's own journey is inspiring as she started the company in 2006. She was suffering from chronic fatigue which had her feeling unwell and sleeping for 14 hours a day. She was put on a combination of medication to try and fix the problem but they actually ended up adding to the fatigue. After doing some research she foudn that a juice fast was the best way to cleanse her system. She put together a plan for herself to do from him and it drastically helped with her health making her fatigue disappear. She found her passion and started the company.

So back to the juicing, quite simply, it is the extraction of juice from fruits and vegetables, which leaves behind the pulp. By removing the fibre it makes it easier for the nutrients to be absorbed into the body - were told it takes about 15 minutes! That's much quicker than if you were eating your food.

Of course, like anything there are negatives, and with juicing the bad point is that because the fibre contains 30% of the nutrients it leaves you with 70%. Without the fibre in your juice you body's digestive system is given a rest as it doesn't have to break it all down. I know from having tried a juice diet a couple of years ago that you can get hungry quickly when you start it, but as your body gets used to this the feeling subsides. Also, it'ss more likely to have spikes in blood sugar levels because of the sugar in fruit. You can avoid this by adding more vegetables instead.

On the other side of the coin is blending, which leaves no pulp and just blends the whole fruit and vegetables (and seeds/ nuts etc) together. By blending it all up the fibre is broken up and this makes it easier to digest than eating the whole fruit or vegetable. It releases the nutrients slower into the blood stream too. 

We were told that they are both different and be used for different reasons. I know from previously doing a juice cleanse that juicing alone gave me hunger pangs, my blood sugar was all over the place. When i started blending instead and making smoothies it kept me fuller for longer, but I missed making juices and felt 'cleaner' by starting my day with a juice. Now I have been combining the two  and like the variety of having them both. 
Now armed with all this information we watched a mocktail masterclass by The Cocktail Service. They used a Philips Avance Blender to blitz strawberries, raspberries, honey, lemon juice, cranberry juice and ice to make a 'Berries Matter' mocktail. It was delicious!
After the demo we had the chance of making our own mocktails. For the first one we cut up a melon, pineapple, kiwi fruit, bananas, a mango and ice. I loved this juice!
After this we used the Philips Viva Collection Juicer to make a juice using carrots and beetroot, and added to the blender with the avocado, celery sticks and ice. This was a lot tangier and not to my taste as much as the first one. 

I had a fun evening learning lots about juicing and blending and came away armed with lots of new ideas to try at home! With the sunny weather we've been having recently I am more inspired to try out some new recipes!

For more information you can visit: Techtalk with Currys - Juicing vs blending.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Max Factor Creme Puff Blusher in Gorgeous Berries

One of the few things I can't live without is a good blusher. Rosy cheeks do wonders for adding life to the face and making you look instantly awake. And when I saw this Max Factor Creme Puff Blusher I knew I had to have one! I went for the darkest shade in Gorgeous Berries, which is a beautiful pink colour.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Get the look - Towie's Lydia Bright

Towie was back on our screens last night as the gang headed to Marbella. It's making me realise that I am really in need of a holiday! I was loving Lydia Bright's look in particular. She looked chic in a white bikini and orange kaftan combo.

The bikini was from Pretty Little Thing and the bandeau top and strappy bikini bottoms cost £8 each.
For a similar style you can check out this multi-strap hipster bikini pant from Asos for £12.
And this Lucia Bandeau Bikini from Missguided was £17.99, but is now down to £5.69.
The kaftan is in a lightweight crepe material - perfect for the sunny weather and to use as a cover-up if needed. It costs £20.

What do you think of the look?

The Sunday post

I'm going retro and bringing back the Sunday post so I can have a bit of a chat about what I've been up to lately. Funnily enough these were one of my favourite posts to do, so hopefully you will like that I have brought them back.
I've had a busy couple of weeks behind the scenes as I have been working on my blog. You may have noticed that it has a bit of a new look.... and a new name! I decided to change it to something that was more personal to me, and what better than Safira Says?! I've also finally bought my own domain name after saying I would for the past four years. I personally like the fresh new look and think it looks more clean. A big big thank you to Pipdig for sorting it all out for me! I'm currently working on a revamped 'About Me' section so if you have any examples of some good ones I would love to see them.
Last weekend I went back to Wales for my younger sister's birthday. We went for a couple of games of pool before going for some food. I got rid of her under the ruse of asking her to check the ticket on the car while I set up a birthday surprise for her. She got the birthday song routine complete with candles in her dessert spelling out her name. Ahhhhhh!
I've been to a couple of events recently that I am in the process of writing up. The first was the Easilocks event, where I got my hair styled - I loved the look! The second event was a Joes Blogs event, #Currysintrojuicing, where we made some juices and smoothies and learnt all about their healthy benefits.
Looking ahead, Ramadhan will be starting this week. I'm sorting myself out and my cupboards so I am stocked up and ready to go. I expect I will be tired by the end of each day and the last thing I want to do is stress about cooking, so I've been browsing the latest Good Food magazine for some quick recipes that I can make to open my fast with.

Let me know what you have been up to this week :)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Afternoon Tea inspired nails

Last month I went for Afternoon Tea twice - yes, twice! I blame this on Aysh for getting me hooked on it again. After I had the bug after the first time, I decided to paint my nails in a suitably Afternoon Tea style to match my flowery dress.

For this look I went for two coats of Barry M's Speedy Quick Dry Polish in Road Rage. It's a beautiful muted mint green which I am loving for the summer. I drew on the pink flowers using a large dotting tool and making haphazard round designs. The colour was OPI's Kiss Me On My Tulips, which is my favourite pink of the moment - bright and vibrant. I then used a white, Ciate's Snow Virgin using a nail art brush to outline the details of the roses, before finishing off with a topcoat.
If I was picky I would add darker green leaves to the roses next time, but I was quite happy with the roses this time around, and it's gotten me lots of compliments since I've been wearing it.

What do you think of the design? And where is your favourite place to go for Afternoon Tea?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hashtag - OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips

Today's Monday Manicure post is inspired by hashtags. I've been sporting this OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips colour I got from Nailbox on my nails all week. To jazz it up at the end of the week I added some pattern using Revlon Buttercup, also from Nailbox.

I love the contrast between the two and how they look together. What do you think of the look?
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