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!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

This Reminds Me Of My Best Friend

Hey everyone!

I am not sure if I am just a really strange person.. I mean, ok, I know I am - but maybe this has happened to someone else: does your mani ever remind you of a person in your life? or just a person in general? This particular mani happened to remind me of my best friend. I still have not pinpointed as to why I felt this way.. buuut.. it happened!

Anyways. The best of this whole situation.. when I sent her a text to tell her, she wasn't like 'ew, weirdo' or 'freak' or any other strange label.. though I would have accept them as compliments, but I digress.. RIGHT! Ok, no, she said 'that is so endearing'. Ah. She gets me! And this is why I have loved her since she first spoke to me in kindergarten (I was the new kid in class..) - and we have been talking ever since. Man. Gord, if you're reading this: you're the bee's knees, and the cat's pajamas!



I just adore this combo. I used:


I could never choose just one polish as my favourite - that is basically impossible - but, Load is definitely in my tops! I just adore it.. right down to its freaky fun name!

Then top it with some gold and rose gold/bronze shard glitter activity? Take my money!! Oh, right, they already have.. well.. this is awkward.

How about a photo of Load all on its own? Guh. I am not worthy!


Siiiigh. Well. That is all for today! See you all again real soon.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Matte Black, Gold, and Leopard

Hey everyone!

One of the many, many things I adore about my sister is her sending me screenshots of nails I should do - especially when she is working night shifts.. I wake up to random texts and then random images. Real day makers!

She sent me an image the other week.. and I was like 'hey.. yeah.. I rarely do matte nails - why not?!' and I was not disappointed!

I followed the watermark to the facebook page of Tweetii Sweetii - and found some rad gems along the way! A very talented gal - go check out her FB page HERE


And this is my take. I kind of really like the concept.. minus the fact that I could not make a straight line to save my life. BUT! Besides that, I quite enjoy looking at these beauts!

I used:


Also.. side note: I have decided that the G&G combo is not cutting it.. it sounds like the culprit is the base coat. My nail polish has been chipping within 24 hours since switching to this combo. I really enjoy painting my nails, but every day seems a bit excessive (for me, anyways).

And a side, side note: if I can remember which website I bought my gem polish from, I will provide linkage. For at least my first post using it. Just saying!

All righty.. well.. that wraps up this post!

See you all again soon!!