Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wicked Game

By Chris Isaak. I have loved this song for many, many years but did not have it on iTunes.. The other day my dad was saying that the CD I made for him a few years ago is finally starting to skip, so I imported all the songs and burnt him a new disc.. I forgot how many awesome tunes that CD had - one of them happened to be this gem. I fist pumped!

 
Soooo... Last night during the hockey game (Go Canada!!) I decided I would work on my nails during intermissions.. And I also decided that it was time to give OPI Jade Is The Black a go. MY GOODNESS!! I FREAKIN' LOVE THIS SHADE.. with my skintone that is. Plus it is in the green family and greens, plural, are my favourite colours/shade family in general.

 
I just didn't know what to do with my nails.. I mean, JITNB is gorgeous on its own, but that is so not me. Which made me grab another green that I adore, Orly Mint Mojito.. That still didn't make me go 'oh, I know what to do now!'

 
I grabbed a sucky silkline colour I have.. The only reason it stays around is for the brush.. I use it for any other polish.. Good times.. I dipped the brush in some Mint Mojito and just started painting lines.. Which turned into.. Well.. Allow me to show you..

 
 
 
 
It turned in to what I like to call the 'Minty Jade Criss Cross'. Looking at this photo, I am most disappointed with my painting skillz on my index finger, but oh well! I kind of love this. I forgot to snap a photo of my middle finger pre-polish, but you can see it is on a weird slant.. The nail is actually lifted on that side. I have no idea how I did this.. I think I beat myself up during sleep time.. I have awoken at times with scratches on my face and arms and a black eye once.. I wouldn't put it past myself..

 
Anyways! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday! I am off to finish laundry and glance at my messy room and walk away from cleaning it.. Sounds like a good day to me!!

Your Comments.. Answered!!
  • Tierney - I cannot wait to see what you do with it - or at least your take on cupcake nails, I know you'll do awesome!
  • gildedangel - Thankies doll.. I am kind of jealous that you got to enjoy a cupcake and I got to look at cupcake nail art.. heh! 

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Cupcake Tutorial

Finally huh.. I posted my Readers Challenge a few posts back, and I actually got a challenge from Tier asking for cupcake nails. I posted a picture of what I had come up with, and she liked it, so onwards I went with the tutorial.

I had planned to do this awhile back, but work got all crazy.. Intestinal flu for all.. Good times (sarcasm!)

Anyways, I apologize for the picture quality. I am looking into constructing a light box to see if that will help. I think it should. And there was a slight mishap which I will explain once we arrive at that point.

 
  
  
  
  
  
Here is where the problem happened. I was allowing the nail some drying time before I would pop it onto my own nail to snap a photo.. My nail painting station/art station is in a very bad spot aka the floor.. My mother happened to stroll into my room.. AND buh-bye nail.. It got rolled over and smooshed and blah! So this was the original nail, which I do like better in one way. I went with a different method for the cupcake bottom this time around, I think I like the defined lines better.. But to each their own. 
I hope this helped in some way to show you how to possibly do cupcake nail. Another way I thought would be cute would be to have your nail a cupcake-y colour, then have a mini cupcake painted on to the nail.. Maybe I'll do that some day.. We'll see!!

I need to paint my own nails again soon here.. It has been.. 3 days of nakedness!! Scary! But I did some damage to my middle nail.. I will try and snap a photo, I have been filing this mother down, but you can still see that I snagged it on something, lifted the nail bed a bit. Blergh! Ahh well.. 

Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday!!

Your Comments... Answered!!

  • Tierney - I really like the toothpick method as well. I stayed far away from it due to intimidation, but am glad I finally gave it a whirl! Nice and easy!!
  • shortnails - Yay Canadian bloggers!! I am always happy to find them myself to find out where they possibly get their polishes from.. Because we do not have any major suppliers, and those that do carry the brands I want, basically commit murder on the pricing!!
  • Musicalhouses - Yay! I hope you do try it out, it is really a bunch of fun!
  • shortnails - How you explained it is pretty much exactly what I did. There are some videos on youtube that you can check out for methods and such - but I think you have it down already!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Extra Large Update + Reader Challenge!

I will try to keep the type-age about day to day life to a minimum.. I have a bunch o'photos to share. Here goes..

Here are the nail decals I made to go towards my Valentine's Day mani, buuuut.. I used them and I love the idea of making your own, but I ended up taking off the look because I absolutely hated it. It was almost 11pm the night before (I had to work at 7:15am) but I needed to have my nails painted.. So..
These gems were born. I am suuuuper sorry I didn't get a better photo of these.. I finished at about 11:30 and went straight to bed. I was quite happy with my hearts (made them with my best pal, the bobby pin!)

These were the nails I sported just before my V-Day mani.. I wanted to try out that whole toothpick deal.. I actually really liked this and could not stop looking at my nails. I love when you do a look that you cannot stop looking at. I will do with different colours and such some other day.. Plus I think I might want a base colour first.. I'm thinking red with the black and white.. We'll see!!


My new children! I have actually had this for over 10 days!!!! and never posted them.. Horrible, I know! I am still trying to think of the perfect look for JITNB and DSP.. But I decided I just HAD to try For Audrey, so here is what happened..


I am a little ticked that I put on my top coat so quickly on my left hand (re: smudging on my thumbnail) but I wanted to return to the living room and watch the rest of the hockey game.. Urgh! Ahh well.. I posted my left and right hand because this is a look where I like the right hand better.. AND! I love For Audrey on black! So excellent! Speaking of For Audrey, I think this polish was overhyped for me. I was sooo pumped to finally get my mitts on it.. And I was thinking when I slapped on this polish that time would stand still.. It didn't. I like Mint Candy Apple more. Ahh well, I am still pumped to have this gem as a part of my collection!!


I did receive a challenge! It was from Tierney and it was to try and do cupcake nails. This is what I came up with.. Is this is sort of close to what you were thinking of, I will totally post a tutorial - let me know! If not, I have one other idea..

Phew! Update complete!!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Mr. Brightside

By The Killers. Again, my iTunes is choosing a song that is actually quite fitting. The nails I am posting are fairly bright.. Haha.. Sorry, had to! I loved The Killers album Hot Fuss, but have been less than thrilled about their last two.. Which is upsetting, but I still have Hot Fuss to go off of, and there isn't one song that I skip through when I listen to the whole album - that is always a good sign!!

I am actually going to show all of you something else that I do when I am going to do my nails but not at my computer desk.. I saw the original image for this on another site and totally forgot to save it.. I just grabbed an index card and drew it out and then closed the window (silly Dee) - so if any of you happen to come across it, let me know! Or if I find it again, I will post it up.. It is way better than mine.. I had a serious case of shakey hands going on and could not make a straight line to save my life!! Oh, and I added another 'tutorial'.. I really need to figure out a better lighting situation.. Anyways! Photo time:










I seriously had random people grabbing at my hands all week.. Which isn't as strange as it sounds!

Also something strange.. I pretty much have another post to do right away.. I actually have things prepared early! I will either do it tonight or tomorrow as it isn't a V-Day look because I'll have to post that up either tomorrow or Sunday - phew!

I also received a challenge that I am super pumped about.. I will include my first 'draft' of that idea in the next post because I liked it but am not overjoyed about it.. Plus I used a fake nail because I had just done this look.. I want to do it on my own nails and all that jazz.

Whelp, I hope everyone is having a freakin' fabulous Friday!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Reader Challenge + A Quick Look


Reader Challenge.. I can hear a you all asking ‘what is the reader challenge?’.. Well, I am not so sure it is a challenge, but more so for some reader input!

The Challenge is for my lovely readers out there (yes, you!). Have you ever come across a nail art image that you are too scared to try/just don’t know how to go about doing it? WELL! I will try it out for you. I can post up tutorial pictures of how I went about doing it so that you can either just see it done (to the best of my ability) or learn some easy routes to trying it out yourself.

I don’t believe in difficult methods. I think things should be simple yet effective. In my perfect world (aka my mind) I feel being ‘challenged’ at least once a week would be great, but I’ll settle for every once in awhile. I will leave this challenge up on the side bar so that it will always be a constant reminder.

There are a couple of ways to go about this. First, you either have to send me a photo of your idea or just explain it and I will draw it out and double check to make sure it is what you were thinking of. Second, sending your idea and or picture to me – it can be done via e-mail (delaynee88@hotmail.com) or just leave it as a comment and I will get to it.

I am not sure what the response will be on this, but I was working on my nails last night while gaming and figured I would issue this ‘challenge’ and see if anyone would take me up on it.

I don’t care how difficult it is.. I will post the photos up even when I fail – I am trying to have no shame!!

I think it could be a lot of fun.. So please, any crazy/fun/silly/pretty/ugly nail art designs you have come across.. Challenge meeee!! I have a lot of images myself, but I’d like to see what others can come up for me to try.

Thankies for your time!


Now for some quick looks.. My mom had asked me if I would paint her nails for her.. So of course I did! It is like a sickness.. I will people to ask me to do their nails! She said I could do whatever with whatever colours.. But the last time she said that and I tried to use red, well, it didn't happen. Using CG II, Orly Glam Rock, Black SilkLine and my trusty bobby pin..





She is really happy with them and so am I. It allowed me to practice 'cheetah print'. Then, since painting her nails again reminded me of the red nail polish debacle, I decided to use red on myself. I used Essie Lollipop, OPI Alpine Snow, Black SilkLine and my trusty bobby pin..




The bows are not too impressive.. Anyways.. There was my quick (massive) update!
 
Enjoy the rest of your magnificent Monday!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Poster Sale

I know.. Not a song title.. Actually, it could be, but if it is, I have never met this tune!!

I used the title 'poster sale' because I went to a poster sale this morning with my sister. The university here holds an annual poster sale.. I have never gone and neither has my sister.. And she REALLY wanted to scope it out. So I agreed to go with her.. And it was AH-MAH-ZING! I quickly snapped some photos of my purchases.. But first I will show you my nails..



I wanted to use OPI Mad As A Hatter, but wasn't entirely sure how.. So I went accent nail. This was boring to me, so I added a diagonal stripe of MAAH.. And silver tape.. The tape came off before I went to sleep last night.. I didn't even snap a photo because I was so angry. I was even angry enough to painstakingly take off the polish without using the foil method. Anyways, a new look I will put on later this afternoon. I am thinking red.. with dots.. and bows.. I have seen some new YT vids (:

Ok.. Poster pictures! I am really excited about these. My mom was like 'why would you buy a bunch of posters?' I told her they were an investment in artwork for my future home/apt/condo/etc.. Plus I told her we'd be framing them soon.. That seemed to get her to leave me alone about them!! I only bought 4.. well, it should have been 5.. But when I got up there to get my posters, they were sold out of one of the images that caught my eye the most! Grr.. Oh well.. I could probably recreate it myself whenever I feel like picking up my paintbrushes for something besides my nails. My sister bought a whooooole bunch, but I will just show mine!


This was the first poster I chose.. Now, I am not one for blatant advertising.. Nor am I the type of person to have my home littered with images supporting companies that I hardly own any of.. BUT! The lady walking in that amazing plaid skirt and jacket? LOVE! Plus it is a black and white print.


Here is the second gem I chose. I have actually seen images similar to this one.. But I needed to own it. Again, black and white with a pop of colour.. Totally my thing!


Third choice.. Umm.. The green in the background matches my walls perfectly! I was like 'eeehhhh.. I don't really need it..' and my sister was like 'it matches your walls, plus I know you want it, write it down'.. So I did. And am super happy that I did!


Anyone else notice a trend in what I like? Pops of colours! I looked at so many NYC skyline prints and posters.. And was like 'I don't really need them'.. I probably saw this one in 5 different sizes.. Then when we were waiting in line to hand in our tickets, it was displayed once again.. It was like a sign. I had to have it!

The whole morning was amazing! I am kind of disappointed in myself that I have missed out on this sale the past few years.. I have never seen so many great images on display in one place.. Unless it was a gallery. I cannot wait for next year!!

I hope everyone has a FIERCE Friday.. OH! I should be getting my polishes today.. I requested 2 colours from the new OPI collection.. And CG polish.. I am not going to announce colour names - I don't want to jinx myself!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

By Sir Elton John. I love him!! I don't like all his songs, but the tunes I do like I end up playing a ton. Like this one. It is just so good! For some reason it calms me down. I think I have listened to it over 100 times in the last few days.. Since my beautiful little baby DJ passed away (sadface x 1 million.)

Hello lovelies!! I have a post with a slight tutorial with it. When doing this tutorial business I noticed something: my camera is terribad!! We have been together for.. 3 years now I think.. And he is just so outdated. My sister bought herself a camera around Christmastime that has 12.whatever mega pixels and the picture she takes are STUNNING! My little bad boy here has 7.2, which isn't terrible, but I am wondering if someone has done something to my camera and hasn't told me :(

Plus I think I should look into building a lightbox for my photos as well. Maybe I will get on with that today.

PLUS! I am going to making another post hopefully later today with an idea I thought up yesterday! Ok, now to the photoy-goodness..
The Inspiration

What I Used


The Finished Look

The Steps

I am not sure if the guide will be helpful, but I figured if someone saw this wacky look and wanted to know how to go about executing it, I would lend a hand! I used a bobby pin for the dots and just went for it. I came across this photo (it was just an image littered amongst many others from a Japanese nail art magazine) and I knew I had to try it.

For the most part I do really like it.. I think the black 'strap' is strange though.. Not to say I don't like it.. It is just really different!!

Oh, and a quick snap of what I picked up at CosmoProf the other day..
Alrighty.. Time for me to go do some cleanup.. And not on my nails (heh) - and I tried clean up around the edges with acetone.. Black polish + acetone = angry stained skin!!



  •  gildedangel - Thank you doll! I will let my sister see that comment - she will be pleased!
  • Danielle - Thank you for assuring me I am not totally out to lunch!! And good eye - there is some tiny pink 'particles' within the polish!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Creepy Mannequin Polish

So I decided to leap upon the band wagon and test out 'mannequin' hands. The reason I bought the polish? One of my co-workers came up to me yesterday at work and was like 'the new OPI Tokyo collection is out.. you should pick up some of them' and slapped her CosmoProf card down on the table. I pretty much gasped.

Sadly, when I arrived, the collection isn't going to be available until Wednesday.. So I grabbed CG II and Liquid Leather (replacement) and a few random top coats and base coats. I was a bit underwhelmed by their selection this time. OH! And I also bought a replacement white silkline polish. I might remember to snap a photo or three later on.

When I arrived home from that venture and starting to get ready, I had about 2 hours before my friend and I were going to see a movie, (we saw Legion by the way), so of course I had to do my nails. And of course I grabbed CG II.



This actually freaked me out.. In some lights, it did look like mannequin hands. When I reached out to grab things, I seriously scared myself. So.. I added some quick detail..




It helped. My nails didn't bother me as much anymore.. I took it off when I got home. Has that ever happened to anyone before though? Actually being bothered by the polish you're wearing? Leave me a comment and let me know.. I mean, I know I am a little strange, but I cannot be THAT strange.

Oh.. And.. The other night my sister was saying she had no inspiration for her nails.. So I welcomed her to check out the bulging folder that I have of nail art ideas. She was so pleased with what she had done.. And I was happy with how excited she was. I asked her if I could snap a photo and post it on here. She said of course.



Tuxedo nails! Cute huh? She is suuuuper pumped with her work.. So those of you reading this, if you have the time, leave her a comment that I can show to her!!

I hope you all are having a magnificent Monday - welcome to February!!




  • gildedangel - haha, you're a doll! Thank you! I am looking forward to perfecting my use of acrylic paint and paintbrush on nails.
  • Danielle - Thank yoooooou!! I received lots of compliments from.. lots of random people!!
  • thriszha - oooo! I would be super excited to see your take on it!! I am happy to be saved as a reference picture (: