Thursday, December 18, 2014

Countdown To Christmas: 7 Days aka Oh, The Weather Outside Is Weather Take 3

Hey everyone!

I think some of these post titles are going to basically become mini novels - hopefully people are okay with that.

I figured why not kick off this rad countdown series with one of my personal favourite nail art creations of the holiday season.. plus, its name plays homage to one of my top films Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Paul Rudd, my future brother-in-law, thank you for being you.

Moving onwards.

I first debuted this look in 2012 - you can see it HERE - then I did it again last year - seen HERE - and I did it again now. BUT. I changed it up ever so slightly. I already have a look that I am recreating that is a gradient, so I figured why not use the colours in the saran wrap method? Did and done. I love it!


I used:
  • China Glaze Spontaneous
  • China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le
  • OPI Pirouette My Whistle
  • China Glaze White On White
  • OPI Don't Touch My Tutu!

Want to recreate this look? Or do something similar? Alright, here are my tips for this look:
  1. Paint your nails in your lightest shade (China Glaze Sweet Hook)
  2. Once the base is dry, blob on any colours you want, including the base colour (China Glaze: Sweet Hook, Secret Peri-Wink-Le, and Spontaneous)
  3. Blot with a mushed up piece of saran wrap, and keep blotting until you are happy with the result - side note: sometimes you might need (want?) to add more polish and try again. It happens.
  4. Paint some fun glitter over top to give it a little extra (OPI Pirouette My Whistle)
  5. Totally optional step, but I tossed a sheer milky colour on top to just soften the whole thing up (OPI Don't Touch My Tutu!)
  6. Paint on the snowflakes - there are many, many tutorials all over the web, or just paint on whatever you'd like - your nails, have fun!

See? Not too terribly difficult to do. Could you imagine this kind of look with blues? Or the classic green and red for Christmas? Endless possibilities!

See you all again tomorrow!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Countdown To Christmas

Hey everyone!


Just a quick post to announce that, just like my Halloween series, I am going to do a Christmas countdown nail art style. Starting officially tomorrow, I will counting down the days to Christmas, and why better way to countdown then to use nail art? Right? Yeah!


Also, I figured to make this announcement post, I should use the rad image plate I was sent. This was sent to be from Nail Polish Canada (seriously, love that site to order nail polish - it is usually cheaper than I can get in the stores, plus I don't have to worry about traveling to a store, and the polish I want being sold out. Shopping in my pjs?! Sold! Plus, super fast (and cheap!) shipping). This is BM-H02 snowflakes image stamped with China Glaze OMG, over top of Orly Liquid Vinyl, and some smattering of China Glaze Dancing & Prancing.. and then I mattified it with Essie Matte About You.

That is all for right now.. see you again in a few hours to kick off My Christmas Countdown! Kicking it all off with a classic tomorrow..

Friday, December 12, 2014

Navy, Gold, and Sparkly

Hey everyone!

How can you go wrong with that trio?

Answer: you can't.

I was not quite sure how I wanted to use THIS PLATE from Born Pretty, but I picked up 2 new babies the other evening from Winners, and knew what to do with them.


I used:
  • China Glaze One Track Mind
  • China Glaze Unlabelled Gold Glitter
  • Orly Glitz 
  • BP-03

I did two coats of the blue, even though I could get away with 1, and two coats of the unnamed gold glitter. Then I stamped with Orly Glitz.. and I am left with a very whimsical feeling mani. Though, I still feel this is quite holiday appropriate. I didn't think I was going to like this image stamped, but I really kind of love it. Must invest in more of these large images on plates. They just look amazing!

If you are doing some shopping for nail art goodies on Born Pretty, use the code AHB10, and save yourself 10%!!

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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Cutest Spider.. Ever.

Hey everyone.

Yes, that is a legitimate statement, this will be the cutest spider, ever. And, for those that know me, you know the repulsion that spiders invoke in my core. I do a tap dance and basically scream/cry/try to sell my soul to the devil, anything to get away. I even barter with the spider. Like, if they disappear when I turn my back, we can pretend that we never crossed paths. It never works. The last spider I encountered even charged at me. That is enough of that story.

When I stumbled across these beauties on Born Pretty, I was like 'yes, please', and they were the item I was most excited for.

Now, I only pasted the spider to my nail for these photos. They, unfortunately, have this weird bump on the back, so they cannot adhere flush against your nail. I want to keep them for a fun special occasion mani.. so that is why it was only applied for this mani. BUT. This mani was specifically planned to showcase this little bad boy.


Guh! This mani is just so pretty/girly.. and distressed.. and spider-y, all at the same time! So good.

I used:
  • OPI Don't Touch My Tutu!
  • Essie Rock at the Top
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • Spider Gem

I did two coats of Don't Touch My Tutu! then did some 'sandwiching' with Rock at the Top (love this!!), then, I did the whole distressed water marbling with Liquid Vinyl. I love the whole look of this. I even switched back to my holy grail base coat-top coat pairing of China Glaze Strong Adhesive Base Coat-Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.. and I got 5 days worth of wear! It has been monnnnths with only a day or 2 while using the Glisten & Glow stuff. Apparently me and those 2 just do not mesh, which was upsetting as many people rave about it. Ahh well!

That is all for today. If you go check out the Born Pretty store, and want to pick up some rad nail art goodies (honestly, who doesn't?!), use the code AHB10 at checkout and save yourself 10%.

See you all again soon!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Black + White Triangled

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you another post with some Born Pretty goodies!

I picked out these gold triangle studs from them, and knew I wanted to keep the look very 'modern' or 'sleek', so that I did.


Simple black and white nails, with the gold triangle as an accent. I swear, in real life, these nails did not look.. so.. blah. I got many, many compliments on them. I also waited 3 days to snap photos. Oops!

I used:
  • China Glaze White On White
  • Formula X For Sephora Dark Matter
  • Triangle Studs

You can find the awesome triangle studs HERE, and, when perusing the store, please feel free to use the code ABH10 during check out to get 10% off of your order.. because.. who doesn't like to save some cash??

Out of the 4 nail art goodies I received, these are my favourite so far! Check out my previous post using the star decals HERE and watch out for the next few days for my other posts.

Allllso.. my dude and I already exchanged our Christmas gifts. He bought my a camera!! I am super pumped about it. My next post will have photos taken with the new camera! YAH!

See you all again soon!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Full Mini Star Design Print Nail Art Water Decals From Born Pretty

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you a post featuring some neat star decals from Born Pretty.

There were two setbacks from making this amazing. One is user error, and one is a decal mishap

I took the following items.. aka these nail decals, and my painted nails..



 And created these..


They look pretty rad.. but two issues.

1. The pink stars.. did not show up pink.. or this hand or my other.. I did a wealth of tests. I have had a full set of decals from the store do this to me. They go on backwards. And this was even following the full directions.. using the blow dryer and everything. A touch disappointing. That is why on this hand (my photographing mitt) I only went with one "pink" star.. because I didn't want white stars all over the place.. although it does kind of look interesting.. like.. a pink 3D effect. Anyways. 

2. I should not have topped with Seche Vite. Why? Well, it ate away at the decals - seen most noticeably on my index finger. It also ate away at the outside. Who knew Seche Vite was so potent? Still love it though. I probably should use a base coat clear polish next time instead.

Despite these 2 mishaps, I still quite like the nails as a whole. The decals are cute - even the solid decals, though I am partial to the stars with dots. I just love dots!

These are used like most water decals, follow the directions on the back.. plunge in water, apply to nail, blow dry, etc. I like water decals. They add extra activity without being a lot of extra effort. So long as your nails are dry. I remember one time, back in my very young days, when I didn't wait for my nails to be dry.. not a good time. 

You can scope these decals out HERE - and hopefully have better luck with the cute pink stars. 

Oh, and the polish base colours are:
  • Thumb = FxFS Brazen
  • Index = China Glaze Lemon Fizz
  • Middle = OPI My Favo(u)rite Ornament
  • Ring = Barry M Gelly Blueberry
  • Pinky = China Glaze Highlight of My Summer

That is all for today -- see you all again very soon!

P.S - Free Shipping.. and.. a nice discount of 10% if you use the code AHB10. Who doesn't love a nice deal??


Friday, November 28, 2014

Greyed Gradient

Hey everyone!

Do you even just feel.. grey? Because I sure do. And not in a depressed kind of way, but just that a grey polish is the one polish that will solve all your nail problems for the day. That is what happened here. I didn't know what to do, exactly, but I knew that it had to revolve around grey nails, and one polish in particular: Orly Mirror Mirror.

I went with my gut, and was pleased I did.

I did my two coats of this gem, then looked at my desk, saw a glitter polish sitting around, and knew what I should do. Gradient.


I used:
Orly Mirror Mirror
China Glaze Dancing & Prancing

I got a lot of compliments on these.. I think it is because that glitter really gets it moment to shine because of the super neutral background. Who doesn't love that?

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