Saturday, 18 August 2012

Bored Of Your Nail Polish Collection? Here's Three Ways To Achieve A Unique Look!

Red, black, pink, green, sparkly and crackled, we all have a nail collection that's filled with all the colours under the sun, or in my case to probably match every outfit hanging in my wardrobe. However sometimes I get bored with a simple colour and although I've tried crackled polish and bright neon colours, I wanted something more.

I started to investigate what else I could do with my nails and found these three funky styles below which I fell in love with.

1: Newspaper nails

How to achieve the look: First paint your nails white, then dip each one in surgical spirit and hold a newspaper page over the top until the print has come off. This may work with magazines as well.
Go experiment! 

2: Sunset Nails

Tip: Don't put too much polish onto the sponge and wait until the polish is completely dry before removing the excess around the edge.

3: Nail decorations

I went into my local pound store and discovered these gorgeous little nail decoration sets. There was one with stars, hearts and flowers and one filled with tiny butterflies and dragonflies. I couldn't resist getting both!

To achieve the look: First paint your nails with a colour of your choice. Then paint a top coat of clear nail varnish onto the first nail, take your deco and push it onto the nail until it sticks. 
Repeat with each nail and once they are all firmly stuck, then go over each nail again with another coat of clear varnish. 

What funky nail styles have you recently discovered? Feel free to post a link to your recent nail posts too!

Recent news from Charm-eleon: Our French fancy hair slides and iced gem hair slides are now online! Grab yours here:


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Yummy Recipe Post: Chorizo And Crisps Tortilla

As a change I thought for a new blog post I would share a really yummy recipe I've recently discovered! - Chorizo and crisps tortilla (the cheat version)

The tortilla is really simple to make and goes perfectly with a light salad and coleslaw when the sun's out, or French bread and baked beans on a more rainy day. 

The ingredients you need are the following:

  • 25 g bag of good quality crisps
  • ½ onion
  • 200 g chorizo sausage
  • Olive oil for frying
  • A pinch of table salt
You could also add peppers, herbs or real sliced potatoes for a more authentic spanish taste. 

How to make it:

1. Slice the onion thinly and fry on a non-sticking pan with a splash of oliver oil over a high heat, stirring from time to time. 

2. Add the chopped chorizo and cook for a further 2 mins. 

3. Mix the crisps with the onion, chorizo and eggs and season with salt. If possible pour the mixture into a jug or bowl and leave to soak for at least 30 mins.

4. Wipe the pan and bring back to the stove over a medium heat. Drizzle olive oil and pour the tortilla mixture into the pan  and lower the heat.

5. After 5 minutes, cover the pan with a plate (always wider than the pan) and, holding it tight with your hand, flip the tortilla onto the plate. Then slide the un-side-cooked tortilla back into the pan.

6. Serve whilst warm. 

If you have any delicious recipes you've discovered be sure to share them with us below! 

Besides cooking yummy things at Charm-eleon towers we've been busy working on some new products for the site and if you're a fan on Facebook or a follower on Twitter you would know that we've recently released a sneak peak of our new charm collection. Here it is again below:

In this pic: Mini mint choc chip ice cream, Glittery cupcake, Sugary doughnut and Colourful macaroon charms - there's plenty more to come too. With these gorgeous little miniature charms, you now have the freedom to take charge and design your own bracelets and necklaces or even treat your phones and bags to a little colour!

If there's anything you'd like to see in miniature form, why not contact us and we'll see what we can do? Email us at or contact us on our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

The food jewellery possibilities are endless!



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