Friday, February 27, 2015

Dim the Lights.. It's Floral Time!

Hey everyone!

Haha.. uhhh.. my post title is killing me right now. My pals and I (my sister in particular) use the 'dim the lights...' line a lot, but originated from 'American Pie', and it definitely does not end with 'it's floral time', but it is cheeky and I am going with it.

We have been having some very strange weather lately - yes, even for the prairies in Canada. We had a dream January (we had days that were above 0.. we had melting in January), which led to some extreme temperature lows in February, but compared to some winters, I almost feel like this was a cakewalk for a winter. And, it is intense how quick the turn around in temperatures have been. -30c on Saturday overnight.. and then up to -2c on Monday.. oh.. ok weather. Let's do this!

Because of these 'balmy' temps, I think of spring, and spring makes me think floral.. so.. here are my first set of floral nails for 2015.


I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • butter London Trout Pout
  • China Glaze White on White
  • OPI My Favorite Ornament
  • OPI Chillin' Like A Villain
  • OPI Cajun Shrimp
  • Nails Inc Queen Victoria Street
  • Color Club Twiggie
  • Little Brush
  • Dotting Tools
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I just really wanted to use Trout Pout again.. haven't used that gem in awhile. Then I decided to stay in the colour family for the flowers (roses?) and Chillin' Like A Villain and Cajun Shrimp fit the bill. Love these. Oh, and I needed gold in there just because.

Got a wealth of compliments on these.. and many thought they were jamberry (that is my fave kind of compliment) and a wealth of people lately have been telling me to start doing gel/acrylics.. who knows.. maybe some year I will learn?

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Blues

Hey everyone!

I am positive that I have mentioned at least 8 million times how blue nail polish is my favourite. I feel like it compliments my skin tone the best, or, at the very least, I feel very confident when I sport blue polish. Just on of those 'quirks', I suppose. Anyways.

When I came across THESE NAILS by Sensationails4u, I was like 'yup', but immediately slapped some polish on to my nails. I changed it up a smidge because I do not have nail vinyls (plus I probably would not use them correctly and ruin lives) so I free-handed the lines and was not pleased with the lack of crispness.


I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • China Glaze License & Registration Pls
  • OPI Gargantuan Green Grape (yeah, believe it!)
  • China Glaze White on White
  • Dotting Tool
  • Little Brush
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I want to go on a sort of mini-rant, but not a rant at the same time. One of the first.. oh.. 20 polishes I ever bought was the "original" formulation of OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, and I was OBSESSED with that gem.. then, it was down to less than a quarter of the bottle left.. it was all thick and goopy - even nail polish thinner could make it workable. THEN. I saw that GGG was available using my points on NPC, so I went for it, and was thrilled when the package arrived because I knew I would be replacing a favourite.. only.. it was not the same polish! It is.. like.. blue. Um. Duuumb! I mean, like my sister pointed out, it is still a nice polish colour, but it was not the colour I expected it to be. BUT. Then I can use it in manis like this, and it is rad. So. Rant in the fact that I no longer have that particular shade in my collection, and non-rant because it is not a total loss.

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

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bubblegum Abstract Canvas

Hey everyone!

A pretty easy mani look for today.. I feel like I don't use my 'topper' polishes enough.. because then I feel like I am not really hand painting anything.. but honestly, some of these toppers are just too pretty. Like the one I am about to share with you.


For this, I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink
  • Emily de Molly Abstract Canvas
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

A super easy, but really eye catching, and cute, mani. Love.

See you all again soon!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Opal Nails

Hey everyone!

I would say a week or two ago, a gal had posted in the nail polish group on facebook about an opal and transitioning that look to nail art. I was like 'oooohhhh.. pretty!' and decided to give it a go.

This is what I came up with..



I apologize for the weird colouring in some of the photos.. I was trying to get Shine of the Times to cooperate, but that did not happen - clearly.

I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Formula X for Sephora Brazen
  • China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Barry M Blueberry
  • Formula X for Sephora Unmistakable 
  • Essie Shine of the Times
  • Saran Wrap
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

My method for this was to do a saran wrap approach and toss a flakey topper on it. I loved how these looked when they caught the light - but not when I wanted to capture photos. It looked rad.

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

You Are Outta Lime! + Where's My Blanket???

Hey everyone!

A few weeks back, I wanted to stop in at a London Drugs on our (the dude and I) way to grocery shopping as they had those large storage bins on at a really good price. We went. I got a bin. And 2 on sale polish. After we got home, I had them sitting together on my desk, and was like 'hey, these work together!' and so I made it happen.


Please excuse the smudge. I decided to stake the photos shortly after painting.. and I always fumbled my camera. I decided to go with a smudge instead of dropping my camera. I think it went really well for me!

I loved both of these polish right off the bat. The green is great - it took 2 coats to make me happy, but that is kind of what I expect from polish, period. Then the topper.. how fun!! Different sized black matte glitter and then some random orange and yellow bits? Uhh, yes, thanks.

I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • OPI You Are Outta Lime!
  • OPI Where's My Blanket???
  • HK Girl Top Coat (probably why my nail smudged.. this top coat and I do not get along).

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

Monday, February 16, 2015

Secret Peri-Wink-Le, Splattered

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you some nails inspired by YoungWildandPolished - and I am OBSESSED with these nails. Splatter nails and dots? Yes, please.


There is just something about dots and splatter nails mixed together that says 'I am very put together, but I am also a touch crazy'. Love this combo.

I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • China Glaze White on White
  • China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • Straw
  • Dotting Tool
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Both splatter and dots are very easy to do.. just with splatter nails, make sure you have a good area to work with and are prepared for some clean-up.. unless you have that really rad latex stuff for around your nails. Love these nails!

See you all again soon.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Nails - 2015 - Set 3

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you my final set of V-Day inspiration nails.. and these are my favourites! I was inspired by lieve91 on instagram by THESE NAILS.


I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Formula X for Sephora Brazen
  • China Glaze White on White
  • China Glaze With Love
  • OPI Shorts Story
  • Tiny Brush
  • Dotting Tool
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I. Freaking. Love. These! Look at the adorableness! Mini-arrows.. Valentine's Day.. pink.. red.. solid!

That is all for my V-Day looks for 2015. Maybe you gathered some inspiration from my inspired looks? If so - post in the comments! I would love to see!!

See you all again soon.