Monthly Archives: September 2015

Nail Tutorial #1 – Bold Stripes


Hey Guys,

So today I thought I would do a nail tutorial. This tutorial is called “Bold Stripes” as it is simply 3 stripes on your nails. It’s really easy and simple for beginners but also has a really nice look to it. Obviously, I’m not a nail artist but thought this would be nice anyway 🙂 Let’s get on with it!

What You Need:

  • fotor_(4)Two nail polish colours (I used Rimmel London 809 and 17 Fast Finish, Nightshade)
  • Sellotape
  • Scissors (to cut the tape)
  • Nail polish remover

Step 1:
Use nail polish remover to take off any chips of nail polish left on from before and then apply a base coat. For me, I didn’t put a base coat on as I find that it chips easily, however you can apply one at this step.

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Apply the base colour. I used Rimmel London 809 Darling, You Are Fabulous!. Apply two coats to allow the colour to pop out. I also switched the colours around on my ring finger as an accent. For this, I used the 17 Fast Finish in Nightshade.

 

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Wait for it to dry and then take a strip of Sellotape and cut it into thirds (it doesn’t have to be exact), and place across the middle of each nail. You don’t want it to be too small though as you still want to see the base colour bellow it.

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Paint the second colour (for me the 17 Fast Finish in Nightshade or Rimmel London 809) over the top of both the tape and the nail. Apply a couple coats to allow the top coat the same boldness as the bottom one.

Tip: If your bottom colour is darker than the top one, you will need to paint a few layers
to make the top colour stand out more.

Step 5:
When the nail polish is about half dry, carefully pull off the tape to reveal the bottom colour.

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There we go! You can use any colours you want, I just used back and gold because they are very contrasting, which I really like. This also works with pastel colours or vibrant colours as well.

Thanks for reading and I’ll post again soon!

~Spike

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Pretty Little Liars Season 6a Finale (Spoilers)


Hey Guys,

So recently, the mid-season finale of Pretty Little Liars has aired and there has been a lot of controversy as to the big reveal. If you have not seen the episode, STOP READING HERE AND WATCH IT BEFORE YOU CONTINUE.

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Right, I think that was a decent enough spoiler warning. Anyway, I thought I would give my opinions on it.

So I had mixed feeling on the finale personally. I found that ‘A’ was very anti-climatic and almost a let down. I feel like there should’ve been a more interesting person than Cece as I feel that she didn’t really have enough of a motive to target the girls. I understand her story for hating her Dad but then why the girls or Ali?

Cece as ‘A’ in Pretty Little Liars Season 6a finale

Also, not a big fan of the fact that she dated Jason. Fair enough, Jason didn’t know they were related but I’m pretty sure Cece did and I think that’s a bit messed up. The transgender story line was very interesting however I think that it has been one of the topics causing controversy. Personally, I don’t feel like I can say an accurate statement about the accuracy or how it portrays transgender people but the general opinion that I got from fandom blogs and tumblr is that it was a very negative portrayal.

The final ending as well was very confusing as it’s set a couple of years into the future and the girls run into a classroom in a panic. I found this quite confusing as it seemed rather random…

Overall, I found this episode kind of anticlimactic as it was just watching Cece telling the story about why she was ‘A’ and there wasn’t very dramatic moments. There were also a lot of plot holes that I can only hope are filled in future episodes.

Thanks for reading and I’ll post again soon 🙂

~Spike

Pretty Little Liars #1 Book Review


pllHey Guys,
(NB. this was meant to be posted last Sunday. I’ve been really busy so apologies for the lateness)

So today I will be reviewing the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. As many people, I have seen the TV show and have been loving it (review on my reaction and thoughts on the season 6a finale up soon) so I thought it would be great to read the book and see if it’s different and what they changed. So on with the review!

Book Title: Pretty Little Liars
Author: Sara Shepard
Date Published: October 1st 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Overall Rating:
4.0 star

Blurb:
Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back?

My Review:

This book is the first in a series following four teenage girls as they go through high school receiving anonymous texts by a complete stranger, reminding them of all the bad they have done before. This brings their group closer as they are constantly reminded about the night when their best friend Ali disappeared.

I did like a lot about this book. I found that the characters were very realistic and relatable for people who have gone through a lot in their life. It shows how all of us have secrets and how much we try to keep the things that hurt us locked down. As I watched the TV show before I read the books, I did already know what would happen. However I really liked the different timeline in the book and how it was in a more first person description in the book. I felt that it really allowed me to get more connected to the characters and allowed me to form more of an understanding. One thing, however, that really shocked me about the TV show is that they changed Emily’s whole family. Her Dad stays at home, she has 2 siblings and she isn’t coloured. It brought about a whole new diameter between Maya and Emily’s Mum in the book that isn’t able to be conveyed in the TV show.

Some of the things I didn’t like were the fact that it was quite slow paced. The space of the entire book was only about an episode and a bit of the TV show. This kind of disappointed me as I wished that we got more going on than there actually was. But other than that, it was a really good and interesting way to see the story from a different media.

Overall, anyone who loves the PLL TV show should read this as it provides a really interesting retelling of the story. There is some language in it so probably if you’re 13+. I gave this a 4.0 stars as I really liked the depth of the characters yet I found it rather slow at point.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

~Spike