Monday, August 11, 2014

Who Doesn't Love Splatter Nails?

Seriously.. I want names!

Hey everyone!

Today I bring to you one of my favourite methods of nail-art-doage... yeah: splatter!

I love splatter nails because there is no right or wrong way to do them.. they are messy/gorgeous fun, and they are all a bit different, but perfectly in sync all at the same time. Now I want to listen to *NSYNC. Anyways..

I used:

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue
China Glaze The Grass Is Lime Greener
Orly Neon Heat
Essie No Place Like Chrome
and a straw


I really like these gems. And splatter is just so much fun.. can be a touch messy, but always fun!

Have a great day, and I shall see you all again real soon!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Duri Rejuvacote Review

Hey everyone!

This post has been a long time coming, so, better now then, well, later!

Anyways. 

In mid June, my nails were in crisis mode. How they got to that state, I have no idea, I had not really changed anything with, well, anything. Yet my nails were straight from some demonic possession movie. They were splitting, chipping, infected, angry. Basically they were disgusting. 

Late June, I was mentioning it to my coworkers.. and low and behold, not even 2 hours later, I had an e-mail from a rep at Nail Polish Canada asking me if I wanted to review Duri Rejuvacote, and I quote: "Duri Rejuvacote is an award-winning nail growth treatment that's known to heal split, cracked, damaged nails within a few weeks. It helps you get naturally strong, healthy nails and can be applied as a base coat or top coat."

It was almost as if I had some sort of wire on.. these were the exact problems I had just been complaining about. Of course I immediately fired an e-mail back saying I would happily give it a go.

When I got home that evening, I did a little investigating on this product. It had pretty good reviews, and some of the negatives really stuck out to me: it smells terrible and it stings. One review in particular said that it burned until she removed it. I was a little scared. I did a little further investigating and found that it is not 3-free, so that went with why it had a harsh smell, and probably why it might sting as well. I was still excited to give it a go. I mean, worst case scenario: it really burns and I don't use it. 

When it arrived, I was suuuuper jazzed! Time to whip my ridiculously horrendous nails in to shape!



This was them on my first application. I figured to give this an honest go, I would just keep my nails as the snapped off shorties that they were.

AND! To my extreme surprise.. there was no burning. A little bit of a smell, meh, no biggie.. but I had my teeth bared just waiting for a sharp inhale from the excruciating pain that was about to befall my sweet baby digits.. and.. nada. I applied, and turned out the lights. Twas a good time!

Week 2.. I didn't take a photo as there was not too much of a change.. though my nails were just strong. I cannot really capture the strength of my nails in a photograph - sorry - but believe me, they were feeling great!


  
Week three.. some sweet growth, extra strong nails, annnd extremely dry cuticles! Now, I am someone that regularly has super dry cuticles, but this was probably 10x worse. I stopped using cuticle nippers many months ago, but I had to do a little nipping here.. they were lifting around my nail bed and just looked nightmarish. I am not sure if it was due to using this product, or the heat wave we were experiencing. I just rolled with it all because my nails were back to being strong like they have my whole entire life up until this past June.




This is week five/how my nails currently look. My nails grow quite quickly as a general rule, but now they are long and super strong! Strong enough for me to actually get to play with my nail shape. I usually don't mess with it as when I normally do, my nails will be like 'yeah, no, snap' and I restart. I am sort of doing some sort of almond-y shape. I really like it! And I have been sporting it for over a week with no problems. Fantastic if you ask me!

To me, this product is a complete gem! Sure, the not being 3-free thing isn't the best (I read somewhere there is a 3-free version..), but I can get past that as the results have been exactly what I wanted. I just put it on every other time I polish my nails and the strength remains. I could not be happier!

If you happen to be in a similar boat that I was in, please do not hesitate to give this product a whirl! It saved my nails in their moment of weakness!!

Go scope it HERE on the Nail Polish Canada website.. and maybe some other goodies when you're there.. I mean.. it is nail polish, after all.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pineapple Mani + Summer Nail Art Challenge Entry

Hey everyone!

I came across a tutorial for some seriously adorable nails.. and I knew I had to copy them immediately because the nails featured pineapples, and to me, pineapples scream summer.. and.. well, it is summer right now, so, it was basically the perfect time. Makes sense, right?!

I followed THIS TUTORIAL for the most part.. kind of took my own spin, but that is usually how that works, for me anyways..

Then, once they were done, I thought to myself: 'there is too much blank space', and I quickly added in some pink dots. Perfection!


I used:

  • Duri Rejuvacote (base coat)
  • China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Sally Hanse Pacific Blue
  • Lime Crime Once In A Blue Mousse
  • China Glaze Fairy Dust
  • Fan Brush
  • HK Girl Glisten & Glow
Also, the day I was first sporting these nails, I got a message from Nail Polish Canada about a Summer Nail Art Challenge - ahh fitting, these are a perfect entry for that! Two birds, meet one stone.

I did receive sooo many compliments on these nails! I even received a few comments asking if they were jamberry nails, and then when they found out I did them myself, they were sad because they wanted to order them. Ahh.. good times!

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

P.S -- if you have looked at these and thought 'hey, these are actually quite cute!' then maybe you could spare another moment, head on over HERE, and give me a little vote-ski? That would be rad!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mod Cloth Bubbly Beverage Dress

Hey everyone!

The other day, I was contacted by a ModStylist over at ModCloth and asked if I wanted to participate in a nail art challenge; the challenge? To do a design based off of one of the zillion dresses currently offered on the website. Uhh, yeah, I would love to do that!

Unfortunately, I had a very busy weekend and the post is due up by Monday, but I was able to sit down earlier and really go through the dresses that I had selected as inspiration. Then I figured I would choose a dress that I would absolutely, 100% wear. Then it was easy. Something black.. with white.. and dots! There were a few options, but I went with the Bubbly Beverage Dress.

At first, I did most of the nails just featuring one of the dot designs.. which was large dots with mini black dots running throughout, medium dots, and small dots. I was fairly happy with it.. then I decided that each nail should feature all dot designs (except for my pinky) and in the same triangular fashion. Awesome. I liked where I was going.. thhhhen.. I was like 'duh, I would definitely add in a pop of red', quickly change my ring finger to an accent nail of red. Perfect. This is how I would paint my nails if I owned this dress. Actually, I would sport these nails at any point in time.


I used:

  • Duri Rejuvacote (base coat)
  • Formula X for Sephora Dark Matter
  • Formula X for Sephora White Matter
  • piCture pOlish O'Hara
  • HK Girl Glisten & Glow
  • Various dotting tools
  • Tiny Brush

Now my question for all of you: what would be your choice of dress from the website, and how would you paint your nails? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Take care until next time!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014

Hey everyone!

Clearly if you're here, you're like me, and either absolutely love nail polish, or at least have a slight fondness for it. As long as I am going with that assumption, I am also going to say that you also love a giveaway.. and it is even better if it is a giveaway of nail polish! I know my eyes bugged out a bit when I received this e-mail from Nail Polish Canada talking about a ginormous giveaway - that only grows with the help of bloggers. Duh. Of course I am going to put in my two cents!!

I was asked to bring attention to this already rad giveaway, and then to nominate a polish - sure, I have zero problems with that.

The polish I choose to nominate for this giveaway is piCture pOlish Honey Dew. Why? 1. It is a shade of green. 2. It is bright. 3. It screams summer. 4. I don't own it, and that makes me really sad. I mean, look at it!

The more bloggers that get involved, the larger the prize gets.. how bad ass is that? I cannot wait to see other posts and see what other bloggers are nominating.. although I am kind of scared for my wallet.. unless I win, of course. Then I will have to possibly worry about more storage - I can definitely handle that!!

I will post up a couple items here.. one is a rafflecopter entry form, and the other is a button that keeps tabs on the growing giveaway prize. Pretty neat, right?!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway


 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summery Dry Brush

Hey everyone!

I know I have not quite nailed down the whole dry brush technique, but I am definitely having a wealth of fun trying to master it. I decided to go with a very summery palette the other day and was not really sure what I was going to do.. then this happened.. then some glitter top coats got involved.. basically it was a fuster cluck (see what I did there?) though I do quite like it.


I am the worst person alive.. I put away all the polish I used already. Siiigh. I do know that China Glaze White on White was my base.. and I know China Glaze Lemon Fizz and butter London Jaffa was used. I also know the two glitter top coats: Essie Set In Stones & Hard Candy Mom & Pop.

Actually, looking at this.. I would say China Glaze Heli-Yum was also involved. I think that might be all the polish. Thank you, brain, go rest now.

I actually suffered a nail break yesterday.. I was going to keep my longer nails for a bit.. but I had not worn polish in about 5 days.. so.. my nail was like 'here is your punishment, jerk!' and I had to accept that. Back to short nubs again - yay!

See you all again soon!!



Monday, May 26, 2014

Dotticure Featuring Baker Street

Hey there!

This mani was based completely on a drool-worthy photo from www.polishedprescription.com - and I couldn't be happier to recreate it using one of my hands down tops polish: Nails Inc Baker Street.

I received so many comments (compliments?) on this gem look. I also had two ladies at the clinic I work at, ask me if they were jamberry.. I had no idea what that meant.. must-look-up.. ahh, nail wraps. Awe, well, that was nice of them. That is what I assumed. Then, I had a bunch ask if they were acrylic, where I got them done, etc. When the various ladies found out they were my own nails, and that I did them myself, and no, they weren't stickers - they were astonished. I love those looks. How can something so simple evoke so many feels? Oh, right, because the colours are gorgeous together. Duh.


I used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat (side note: I'm sorry baby, I will never stray from your exquisite base coat'ing skills again!!)
  • Nails Inc Baker Street
  • China Glaze Bottoms Up
  • China Glaze Rich & Famous
  • Dotting Tool
  • G&G HK Girl Top Coat 
After my nightmare-ish chipping issues, I have swapped back to my holy grail base coat. Just a real treat! This colour combo is just.. everything. That is all.

Have a swell day -- see you all again real soon!