Thursday, July 21, 2016

Swirled Blues

Hey everyone!

Ohhh man.. I have a solid.. 3-5 mani backlog going on, so shall we actually get some of these posted? I think so!

My nails right now have been chopped down, so looking at these longer gems makes my heart a little sad - but they will get back to the length/shape at some point.


I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Formula X White Matter 
  • Essie Viva Antigua!
  • Essie Loot The Booty
  • Sandwich Bag
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Have I mentioned lately how much I love sandwich bag manis? They are always so easy to do, and the payoff is always awesome.

That is all for today! See you all again soon!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Chillato & Sandy Claws

Hey everyone!

Today I will share with you guys a mani in which I combined Essie Chillato and Girly Bits Sandy Claws, which also features the use of some stencils from MND Vinyls.

Pictures speak louder than words.. so.. shall we?


I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Essie Chillato
  • Girly Bits Sandy Claws
  • MND Vinyls (HERE & HERE)
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I don't really recall using 'Sandy Claws' before this mani.. it is.. such a stunning polish! I don't know how else to describe it without saying it is.. like.. rose gold, without the rose.. which would make it just 'gold', but it isn't just gold.. it is.. beige gold? Bronze gold? Whatever it is, it is amazing!

That is all for this evening -- see you next time!!


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Dainty Roses

Hey everyone!

I just finished up my nails for today - and immediately wanted to share them.

I picked up a bottle of Formula X Dainty yesterday and really wanted to put it to use - but didn't know what I wanted to do with it. Then I remembered these water decals from LadyQueen and it was settled.



I also decided to re-shape my nails back to be more almond-y.. such a good decision!

I used:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
Formula X Dainty
Rose Water Decals from LadyQueen (scope them HERE)
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I actually had a very easy time using these decals. The last set I used from LadyQueen applied upside down/backwards (so inside of having the image show up top, it would show the white backing, which I had to quickly flip before they settled on to my nail.. I expected these to do the same) - but no, super easy to apply. Just make sure that you apply them exactly as you want them to sit. These gems are unforgiving! They settle in suuuper quick and you cannot manipulate them.

I had pictured them being smaller, which, I could have cut out singular roses and applied them that way - I was going to do extra dots on the nails, but I just applied these in full, and I love it!

Also, I wanted to show a comparison shot of Dainty to White Matter to show that Dainty isn't just a white polish.. where White Matter is a perfect stark white, you can clearly see that Dainty is a tinge warmer. It isn't so in-your-face whiteness. I love it - and the name is perfect for it.


So.. what I am saying is that you do, in fact, need both.

That is all for today! See you all again soon!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Diaster Nails That Turn Out Rad..

Hey everyone!

Technically I have a different mani that I should share with you all first - but I just finished these nails, and despite it going in a completely different direction then I had planned, I really like these.

My plan was to get really get patterns with the hairspray on the polish whilst in the water.. buuuut.. I am not sure if the mist wasn't fine enough, if my water was the right temp.. too many variables on what went wrong. My plan was to have these really acid-y-marble-y white, grey, and black nails. But. Since that was not happening, I decided to add hot pink in the mix - and ended up with these very.. grunge-y-abstract-y nails. Still a win!


I even included my left hand.. just to show how different they all are. My favourite is my thumb on my left hand.. but that right pinkie is giving me solid vibes as well. Right middle.. we need to have a chat.

I used:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
OPI Alpine Snow
Orly Mirror Mirror
OPI Black Onyx
Orly Neon Heat
Hair Spray
Water
Easy Peel Latex
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

So, you see, even a fail can turn into something rad!

Have a great day everyone -- see you again soon!!



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dainty Blue Floral

Hey everyone!

Ok, I absolutely lovvvvved this mani - BUT! I must have rubbed my hands on to my PJ pants whilst wearing lotion before the photos - all the photos showed copious amounts of black fuzz all over my nails and cuticles. Ugh. I was able to find one photo that was not too bad.

I got the idea from Nails 'n' Bobs - had it saved on a pinterest board for quite some time!

I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Formula X White Matter
  • OPI It's A Boy!
  • OPI You're Such A Budapest
  • Girly Bits It's Hoop To Be Square
  • OPI Jade Is The New Black
  • Dotting Tool
  • Little Brush
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

So pretty, and girly.. just love them!

Hope you are all having a rad day - see you again soon!!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Peach Sparklers

Hey everyone!

Even though I have been "moved in" to this casa for like.. 2 months now, I still have not finished unpacking all my nail polish... I know - that is bad! But, I am trying to catalogue what I have as well. It is a timely process. And I am superb at procrastination! It will get done.. I want to say this week - but let's not get too crazy!

Anyways.

As I was bringing them all out of a bin, I came across some gems that I knew I needed to use together..


 I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Ellegee Beach Bum
  • GOSH Girls On Film
  • ESP Nail Vinyl (that is what I have written on the back)
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Just a super simple, girly, and cheeky mani! I really liked my nails at that length.. now they are just getting to the length where they like to break - and then I just clip them right down to nothing.

Fingers crossed that my diligent slathering of cuticle oil & cream at night helps them stay long! Or just at the length they were here.

That is all for now -- see you all again soon!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

LadyQueen Water Decals - Feathers

Hey everyone!

Today I have some water decal nail art to share with you!

LadyQueen got in touch with me again, and asked if I would be interested in picking out some water decals, and giving them a go - which of course I said 'yes' to!

I got 3 sets (you'll see the others later on..) - and decided to use the dark purple feathers first. (you can scope out the set HERE).

I started off with a base of OPI You're Such a Budapest, and then applied the decals.

My only complaint..

They all go on backwards.

Like, after you soak them in some water, and apply to your nail, and sponge the backside, you take away the paper backing, and you are left with an upside down decal - but thankfully I just quickly manipulate them with tweezers, grab hold, flip them, then put them in place! It is an extra step, and one you have to be fairly quick about - but they do work. I will have to see if the others do that as well. Because, if I am going to use something else to do nail art (ie: decals, stickers, vinyls, etc) I expect it to cut down on the extra work.. otherwise I'd rather just do it all by hand, honestly.


The plus side.. they do look really nice - though they do not last. This was after 13 hours of wear time, and if you look at my index finger, some of the decal is already gone.

For the extra work in having you flip every decal over, it isn't really worth it wear-time-wise. But, if I had some event to go to, where I only wanted my nail art to last for that particular event, I would rock these again.

I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • OPI You're Such a Budpest
  • LadyQueen Decals
  • Tweezers
  • Sponge
  • H2O
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

That is all for today. See you all again soon!