Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Renegade

By Styx. This is probably one of my favourite tunes of all time. I am not entirely sure why.. But it is!

Yesterday I had painted my nails purple ala OPI A Grape Fit! And then added black stars on each nail.. Then went off to a hockey game with my lovely mitts on.. When I took them off? The stars were taking bites (seriously) out of the lining in my mitts. I was not impressed. Although I loved how it looked.. I think it would be more suitable for summer as the little stars won't try to nom on everything!!

After I removed the look (sorry, I didn't even snap a photo :\) I decided that I should paint my nails with one of my new polishes.. Sooo.. Grey seemed like a good colour choice to me. Kind of fits my mood as of late. ORLY Mirror, Mirror was selected.. But me being me.. I couldn't just leave my nails as polish without some sort of embellishment..

I went through my nail art folder.. It is huuuuge!! And found this image:




I loved the little floral details.. Reminded me of Old Wallpaper.. So.. Old Wallpaper was born. I also decided to try using acrylic paint and a paintbrush for this.. And I have to say, I absolutely loved this method! I think I will have to buy a set of mini acrylic paints just for my nail art purposes!!

Here are the photos.. I even included a shot of my right hand.. I have to say that using a paintbrush was really weird! I don't have a problem with a polish brush on nails or a paintbrush on canvas, but this one threw me off.. Some practice is needed..


 
 


Luckily I keep looking at my left hand, haha! Not entirely sure why, but I absolutely LOVE this look.

Well, thankies for stopping by - have a wonderful Wednesday!!




  • gildedangel - Thank you! I thought it would be kind of fun.
  • Velvet - Thank you.. I am slowly starting to feel not so terribad! And I think it looks pretty nice as well (:

Monday, January 25, 2010

Casey's Song

By City & Colour. I like to think that my iTunes shuffler really seems to know me. I have been listening to tunes for the past hour and it has played more slow tempo-saddish songs for me. Because it knows how blah I feel. Dallas Green is a super talented artist.. City & Colour is his solo work, and it is really great. Have a listen!!

So this demon illness that I have has changed its course. I figured it was a sinus infection due to the fact that my head felt like it was going to explode. Now it isn't so much about my nasal area but my throat. Which worries me the most. If I get a head cold and stop it before it gets to my throat area, I'm in the clear. Fingers crossed for laryngitis or brochitis.. I am not interested in pneumonia right now.

I know I should be resting, but I was asleep for 12+ hours already. I spose I could go read.. Have a new book, yay!

Oh riiiight.. Nail polish!! Just a quick photo of a quick look that I put together so that my nails wouldn't be nekkid during work yesterday.




Yes, that is the 'broken' thumb nail.. It is lame because no matter how much SH Hard As Nails I put on, that little part is.. squishy? Mainly because it isn't really nail. Urgh! Ahh well.. This look is just CG Liquid Leather and CG Doll House. I am kind of in love with this glitter polish!! Later today I will try that aluminium foil way to take off glitter polishes.

I hope everyone is having a marvelous Monday!




  • gildedangel - It doesn't really hurt, it just sucks! I guess I will have to wait for my nail to grow out a bit then cut it so that it is all nail. The waiting game is no fun!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Stripper

By Soho Dolls.. I am not entirely sure why I enjoy this song so much.. But I do! Maybe because the female singer is almost monotone? Who knows! Oh, plus it ties in to my love of soundtracks.. It is from Gossip Girl and it is on the OMFGG Vol. 1 album. If you're interested, check the music player off to the side there.

I am going to keep this post to a minimal.. I am currently trying to nurse myself back to health. I have some doozy of a cold. Bleh. BUT, I just wanted to say that my transdesign order arrived! Yay!


Essie: Lollipop & Mint Candy Apple; OPI You Don't Know Jacques! Suede; ORLY: Mirror, Mirror, Glam Rock, Iron Butterfly & Solid Gold; CG: Doll House & Solar Flare.

I know these are all polishes that have probably been posted to death, but I am quite pleased with my random order (:

My mom grabbed Doll House and was like 'this will be a expletive to get get off..' and then brushes some onto her thumbnail and 'oooooh'ed'. I am pumped to try them all out.. I did get to test out Mint Candy Apple. I had wanted to get away from showing you all my chipped nail polish action, but I decided to show you all this one because I had a nail accident at work and this happens to be the only picture that sort of shows it off..




Ok, I circled the 'accident' in pink there.. When I work managing shifts, you're in charge of laundry for that part of the shift (normally about 3 loads..) The housekeeping staff was a bit behind during the day, so I figured I would be super helpful and do an extra load or two.. WELL.. When I was putting rags and such into the washer, one of the snaps from the mop cloths grabbed a hold of my nail.. And tore it. It looks like a polish chip, but I am actually missing a chunk of nail. There is a definite ridge. It took a layer or three.. Not too impressed.

I am going to try filing it down and I am going to use CG Liquid Leather and CG Doll House and hide it for a few days. Sigh.






  • gildedangel - Thannnnk you.. I am looking forward to getting my mitts in on all of that stuff as well. Once I am feeling better and can actually sit and play I will be happy!!
  • Velvet - Thanks doll. She is still holding on. It makes me feel bad.. BUT! She is being enticed to eat with her favourites (bananas, Ritz crackers, apples and nibs). I am looking forward to getting to play with all of that stuff as well!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

My Dollar Nail Art... Haul

BAH! I am really not a huge fan of the word ‘haul’, but synonyms for the word are really no better.. I guess I could say ‘order’.. BUT then again the word ‘haul’ is so widely used across the interwebs that I wouldn’t want to mess with what people know. /endminirant.


I woke up today to find my ORDER from Dollar Nail Art sitting for me on the counter. My last five days have been pretty sad.. My favourite (I say this with heavy guilt because you should never play favourites when it comes to your ‘children’) rabbit has been starving herself. Needless to say we keep her upstairs with us and just watch movies and snuggle her to give her body warmth and entice her to eat her favourite treats. I felt horrible every time I left the house to go to work. Sorry.. Just had to toss that all out there. I have been sporting a sadface for five days now.

I was pumped this is finally arrived.. Now I am just waiting for my transdesign order (fingers crossed that is arrives tomorrow!!)

First off, I have to say the packaging was awesome!! It was extremely protected which I really appreciate.. Even though none of these items are breakable (well, for the most part!)

Alright, on to the photo fun!





Striping tape. I have always done the stripes by hand, but sometimes when I am trying to be my best at being precise it goes horribly (wobbily?) wrong! I ordered the set of ten tapes, which includes:
  • 1 Roll each 648x1/64" Black, Gold, Silver
  • 1 Roll each 648x1/32" Black, Gold, Silver
  • 1 Roll each 324x1/64" Patterns A, B, C
  • 100 pcs. Striping Tape Strips
Pretty excitng! I cannot wait to test these bad boys out.. Plus I think they will last for quite some time. Price is $8.50 for the Striping Tape Set.





Next is the Laser Strands in Silver. I only ordered the silver because I wanted to try it out.. Plus I had already decided on all the striping tapes.. soo.. now looking back at the website, I really want the Rainbow Laser Strands as well!! You get 75 strips for $1!!




Silver Dot Foil!!!! I have heard great things and not so great things about foil nails, but I knew I needed to try it myself!! 5ft of any transfer foil is only $1! Plus you can order the foil adhesive for $1 as well. I reaaaaally want to try this out, but sadly my foil adhesive froze during delivery, so the consistency will never be workable. They included a piece of paper warning that this could happen and I just have to contact them and they will reship. I will contact them, but I don't know how long I can wait.. To be honest, the adhesive smells like Elmer's glue.. I might just get creative on my own.. You never know!!




One of my favourite shapes is stars.. So of course I had to order these gems!! Each package of 100 stars is $1, but I couldn't decide.. SO! I ordered the set of 10 coloured stars for $8.50. You get:
  • 100 AB Stars (pearl-like)
  • 100 Aqua Stars
  • 100 Black Stars
  • 100 Blue Stars
  • 100 Gold Stars
  • 100 Green Stars
  • 100 Lavender Stars
  • 100 Pink Stars
  • 100 Red Stars
  • 100 Silver Stars
Super cute! Again, something I cannot wait to try..

And now for my absolute FAVOURITE thing.. This was the item that actually made me go 'I have to order all of this stuff!!'





Now, I have been DYING to do lace nails.. But everytime I find 'lace' it is so thick and it just ruins everything.. I found LASER LACE! Once I saw this, I knew I needed to get the set of 10, no questions asked. Again, the set of 10 was $8.50. You get:
  • Laser Lace AB (pearl-like)
  • Laser Lace Aqua
  • Laser Lace Gold
  • Laser Lace Hot Pink
  • Laser Lace Lime
  • Laser Lace Lemon
  • Laser Lace Neon Orange
  • Laser Lace Raspberry
  • Laser Lace Sky Blue
  • Laser Lace Silver
Laser Lace Hot Pink and Lime have already stolen my attention completely!! I seriously want to slap on some polish and play with the lace but I am trying to wait until tomorrow just in case my TD order comes in so then I can use a new colour. I have a feeling that it won't happen.. Sigh.

OK! Sorry for that year long post, I just had to share this with all of you.. I have posted links all within this post, but just in case my 'subtle' hints weren't working, you can go to http://dollarnailart.com/ to check it out for yourselves! And no, I did not get sent these items for free, I paid for them and am just raving as a completely happy customer!!

I hope everyone has a majestic Monday - I am off to snuggle with my rabbit (:

Oh, this is her..


Her name is DJ which stands for Dewey Jr. because she looked exactly like her dad. The only difference was her size and that little white crescent of fur on her side. Looking at this picture is making my eyes all misty because right now she is literally skin and bones and it breaks my heart. She was always my go-to snuggler.. She wouldn't snuggle with anyone else.. And now I am probably going to lose her. If any of you ladies (or gents) out there have pets in your life, I want you to go give them a hug or a kiss (or both!!) and tell them that you love them. I am going to go do the same to mine.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Quick 11:45pm Shop Attack

I know.. No music title post.. Geez!!

 
Only because I just updated iTunes and need to restart before I do anything else.. And then I would be picking the song title manually and that is just not fair at all!!

 
Last night when I got off of work, my brother picked me up and was like 'We have to run to Shoppers'.. HEY! No problemo.. I love that place! So after my marathon shopping the other day and not picking up a single polish.. I of course went down the polish aisle of the store.. They still had their Insta-Dri polishes on for $3.. I nabbed two of them + a 60 Second Top Coat by Rimmel.. Thought I would give it a whirl..

 


 

 
Now, we know I am not one for swatching new polishes.. Plus I am already wearing my Russian Navy Unsuede-i-fied polish action. SO! I rigged something up.. And this was the best photo I could come up with..

 


 

 

 
Not the greatest.. But I tried! Both of these have 2 quick coats.. Green is my favourite colour, so I obviously love this one.. But it was Uptempo Plum that caught my eye at the store first.. Deep plum-purple with tiny light purple flecks? PERFECT!

 
Now on to what I am currently sporting..

 


 


 

 

 
I love this polish.. But I decided to add a top coat this time to totally change it up.. Not going to lie.. I am kind of in love with it. I got tons of compliments on it at work.. And I didn't even do a design this time! I think it is because it is all shimmery and gorgeous.

 
Whelp, time to stop procrastinating and actually do some cleaning up around here. 6 cages.. here I come!

 
Have a whimsical Wednesday all (:




  • gildedangel - Trust me, it was difficult! I did actually look at some polishes in certain places, but the prices are so weird at all these different shops. I would be like 'this is a terrible price!' next place would be even worse and so the day went on. Don't get me wrong, I honestly do not care about price too much, but why would I pay $11 for a drugstore polish.. Might just be me, heh!  

Friday, January 8, 2010

Two of Hearts

By Stacey Q.. My enjoyment of soundtracks has come up a time or three.. And here it is again. This is from the Hot Rod soundtrack.. It is used for a punch-dance inspired scene that I never get bored of! A fun dancey kind of song. Visit the music player off to the side to hear it if you're interested at all!! **Edit: Apparently mixpod doesn't have the song.. Plus I might have already named one of my blogs this.. whoops!**

Sooo.. I bought (a replacement) bottle of SH Insta-Dri polish in 'Lightning' the other night.. I was getting sick of not having my go to yellow anymore..

But what to do with it? I was just going to do this cute look with alternating black and yellow nails with the yellow nails having black dots.. Then I rememberd the 'Insert-colour-name-here Insanity' looks..

A quick reminder:







Thus, my current mani was born:










I really am trying to get back into the groove.. My skills are a bit lackluster still, but I'm trying!! I will probably have to re-do them either tomorrow or Sunday evening at the latest.

The idea originally comes from a youtuber by the name of LOVE4NAILS, she posts video designs weekly, so make sure you check her out if you haven't done so already. Also, I know what I do isn't exactly like hers, but this is my take on them.. It works for me (:
For now I am going to relax and probably head to my bed to continue my reading of 'The Lovely Bones'. I spent 6 and a half hours out shopping today (I know, crazy) - want to know the CRAZIEST part though? I didn't buy any nail polish!! BAH! What is wrong with me? Oh well, my craving of nail polish should be satiated this week (Transdesign order countdown!!). Phew. Loooong day!!

I hope everyone had a FANTABULOUS (yes, I did say fantabulous) Friday and will have themselves a WARM weekend (I say warm because apparently we're going to warm up to -7C, which is about 19F.. better than this -30 business, bleh).



  • gildedangel - Thank you doll!! I adore them!! I actually bought them a new toy to play with again.. Although I keep buying them toys with bells on them which they love to ring at all hours of the night. I am not complaining though! And thank you, I don't really have a problem with short nails, I love them, I just get mellow about them sometimes because I'll have this beautiful long nails and one will break and there goes all that growing out work!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I'm On A Boat

By The Lonely Island feat. T-Pain. Wow.. I just opened iTunes so I could click the play button to see what my title would be.. And it chose this. The reason for the wow? My nails are blue.. Blue.. Water.. Haha.. Ugh! I have been up since 8am.

Yesterday after I finished posting, I decided to remove my last look because it was so badly chipped and basically illegal. As I was removing the polish, I was looking at some of my nails.. They have some splits on the sides and one of them had this weird break that basically made it look like rolling hills. Anyways, I got crazy with the clippers. Goodbye nails! New Year, fresh start? Right? Yeah, I'm going to go with that.

I am not overly impressed with my work here, but I am so happy to be back in the nail painting saddle again. It feels better. I feel better! FINALLY! I think I can hear a hallelujah choir behind me.

Photo time!









And, because my nail paintage wasn't the greatest, I will toss in two photos to up the 'cuteness' factor on here.




These are our new pets - they are degus and their names are Bennie (bottom) & Jet (top). They are lovely little creatures. My mother, sister and myself stopped into this petstore one night.. just to look around.. And we saw these two. We instantly fell in love, but we didn't really need any new pets. After we got back into the car, we all looked at each and pulled back up to the entrance of the store. It was well after 9pm, so they were closed and the employees were all going home, but we told them we would be back. It had to be these brothers, or none. We found a cage, bought a bunch of treats/supplies, and got them. Coming up with names was the hardest part.. Then we were up with them.. And I said 'What about Bennie and Jet?' - they work perfectly - except Bennie is like a Jet and Jet is more calm like a Bennie. Phew, enough story hey? Oh, just one more thing. I am sad that Bennie is missing some of his tail (his mother probably got a hold of it when he was a baby) but at least we can tell them apart!!

Oh, and something new! I decided that since you lovelies take the time to comment, that I should take the time to acknowledge you.. You're all the reason I came back. Thank you all.




  • gildedangel - Thank you! I agree with you, the first one in that post was my fave as well!!
  • Lucy - Thank you doll - it is great to be back!! My skin has been pretty brutal, even my prescribed 'lotion' isn't working. I actually tried some Aveeno lotion again the other night, and my hands are hand-model quality.. Well.. almost. heh. AND! You'll have to let me know what you got in your order!!
  • Doo - Thank you - that one is my fave as well! I am glad you like that polish - it is amazing! I decided to order one other suede (or it might have been two..) but I really like them!!
  • Skye - Thankies (:

Monday, January 4, 2010

Checking Out

By She Wants Revenge. Interesting musician who some say has the same kind of sound as Depeche Mode.


Oh, um, hello! How are all of you? I cannot believe how long I have actually disappeared for. I see my last post was on December 2.. And I am still coming to terms that I haven’t posted anything in a month. That is ridiculous! If I happen to still be in some blog rolls, then thank you for that, and if not I totally understand.

I could try to explain things that were going on, but it basically comes down to me not feeling like actually doing my nails for awhile there. I would slap on a colour and that was it – if I put on any colour at all. I was in that whole zombie-mode that I had talked about once before. Then one afternoon I looked at my nails and saw how boring they were.. Then I realized that I missed doing that little extra.

I am wondering if it is just the Christmas-y time of year that I go through some sort of ‘funk’, who knows. Not to say I didn’t have a great Christmas, I totally did! My favourite Uncle was here, I rekindled a friendship, I hung out with the sibs (playing wii), I bought 2 nail polish (haha.. but seriously.. a replacement ‘Alpine Snow’ and ‘Russian Navy Suede’ – which I love by the way!!)

I was actually watching ‘Julie/Julia’ with my mom and sister on Saturday night, and while she was blogging, I realized that I missed blogging.

I am hopping that I am going to be back and just booming with activity, but we’ll see. Hopefully at least once a week for now!!

I finally charged the battery on my camera and found out I had some photos from two other looks before I took a hiatus. OH! And we also got pet Degus, I will snap some better photos of them and then tell you all about them. They are FANTASTIC!

Ok, on to the photos..








I apologize for all the chip-age. Work (in the past month especially) was a beast to my nails! I have actually noticed my nailpolish chips easier now. My sister has said the same thing about hers, even though we both use top coat. Time to change brands I spose.

I have an order from Trans-Designs being shipped out today, and I basically have my next order already made out.. Will post more about that when it arrives!

OH! Also, I have been looking at Zoya polishes more now, I want to try them out!! Does anyone know of a site that will ship to Canada that also sells Zoya polishes? I think that is about the only way I will get my mitts on them. Guh.

Have a magnificent Monday everyone!!

P.S - I will add this song to my music player a bit later. I hear the wii calling my name!!