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My Favourites of 2011

I think I have been saying this to anyone that will listen.. So I am obviously going to say it here also: where the freak did the year go?! I swear it has been on fast forward! Not that I am complaining.. I have really high hopes for 2012 - might as well get it started!

Since we are heading in to a new year, I figured I would do what I did last year and pick my personal favourite manis that I did in 2011. I couldn't settle on 10.. I had 11.. But then 12 made more sense as we're heading in to 2012.. SO, I give you my 12 favourite manis of 2011 - in no particular order..


Nice Set of Hooters These Nails Are Bananas Inspired By Artwork Inspired By Fashion Day 14 Flowers Day 9 Rainbow Snakes! Snakes? Where Have I Heard the Name Snakes Before?! Rainbow Dots Inspired by Kayla Summer Zebra Sponge Iron Fist Zombie Sea Spray Yellow Gold Bracelet These are my personal favourites.. Did you see your favourite mani that I did this past year? Or was there another that you liked more? Let me know in the c…

Fish Scales

I came across THIS TUTORIAL  and loved how it looked.. Of course I had to give it a whirl. Now, I do like the results, I just wish I would have layered them a bit more.. Next time, rightttt?




For this I used a base of Butter London Toff, then dots using that, as well as China Glaze Spontaneous, OPI Chatters Me Up, Zoya Kelly  & ELF Moonlight. I was pretty happy that my good pal knew what I was trying to go for today.. I was also pretty pleased with our shopping trip!

Continue reading to see my mini-Sephora haul!

--Make-up Talk Starts Now--

I went shopping with my good pal today, and we were going to the mall that has Sephora in it.. She of course promised me that we could go in! I was actually really looking forward to it.. The last few times I had been there, I actually walked out empty-handed.. That almost never happens. Anyways..


The first item that we both ended up getting is the Sephora Favo(u)rites LASHSTASH.. Uuuummmm.. 10 mascaras (2 regular size) for $34?! Yes please! Befo…

Merry Christmas!!

Good afternoon/evening/whenever you happen to be reading this..

MERRY CHRISTMAS! How the freak did it get to Christmas already? I swear this whole year was on ultra-speed mode or something. Insanity!

I am not sure about the rest of you, but the weather here has been extremely nice.. I don't ever remember having a winter quite like this. I mean, we're taking care of a dog right now.. And I was out in the backyard with him.. In a t-shirt. Here.. In Saskatchewan, Canada.. Whaaaaat!? And there is next to no snow. I mean, I have always been a firm believer in a "white" Christmas, but this was a really nice change of pace.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas - I know I have! I actually just got back from work, and, I have to say, it was a great shift! Now to just relax.. I can handle that!

I decided to not do a bunch of Christmas nails this year.. Which is kind of upsetting in a way.. I should have still done them. Ahh well, next year, right?! BUT! There was some posted …

Nice Set of Hooters...

...I meant the owls!

My sister said this about my nails when we were out last night.. and I died. One, because it is a hilarious quote and two, because I love Dumb & Dumber..

A few days ago, while cruising around pinterest, these adorable owl nails were pinned.. I knew I had to do them as I have friends who love owls and they are still quite 'trendy' - but I figured I could recreate them and have people still know what they are! All bonuses.

Chalkboard Nails was the blog that they were linked to. While reading the post, I found out that she found them at Cingy Blogs Nails also via pinterest..

I really wanted to use reinforcements to make the 'horns' look more even.. But I think I might have tossed them out the other day with a wealth of papers I sent to the recycling bin.. Ugh. So, freehand it was!



**Must apologize about my horribly dry hands. Nothing is working for me this winter, and this is actually a fairly nice winter thus far. My hands are destroyed and I lathe…

The Nail Polish Tag

The rules are to answer the 10 questions, pass this tag onto 5 bloggers, and to make sure the bloggers you tagged know about this!
1. How many polishes do you have? I would say under 200. I am currently working on a spreadsheet, so hopefully I will be able to give a legit answer soon!! EDIT: Hah.. ugh. 248 + 33 that I took out because I don't ever use them.. plus many, many minis. A lot more than I thought I had. Whelp, time to add more!
2. What is your favourite brand of polish? I am going to have to say China Glaze.. But I do hold Orly in high regards as well.
3. Do you like crackle nail polish or do you hate it? I quite enjoy them.. I just don't use them too often. Only when I'm in a rush and need something to toss on to my nails to make them seem fun!!
4. What is your first nail polish brand? It was probably Maybelline.. Or Cover Girl Crackle polish way back when. I saved some of my babysitting money to purchase it.
5. If you were to have your own nail polish line, what…

These nails are bananas!

At least that is what they are supposed to look like! I saw this awesome photo posted on livejournal and instantly saved them to my inspiration folder. After all the activity with the 31 Day Challenge, I decided they would be my first nails to do!




I used China Glaze Rich & Famous as well as China Glaze Golden Opportunity AND Orly Liquid Vinyl.

Then, last weekend, I did a little shopping damage. Most of it is from Sephora.



I will have some photos using those new gems soon.. And I have been working on setting up my collection in to a spread sheet.. Then we (myself included) can actually know how many polishes I own. I have received a few e-mails asking me about my "number".. Yikes!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I ran around all day and Christmas shopped with my sibs. Now to study and pass out!!

31 Day Challenge: Day 31 Re-create your favourite challenge

Ohhhh no, no, no, NO! Did you think I would give myself the satisfaction of re-creating MY favourite challenge? Nope, not at all. I went back and looked at all my failboat attempts and decided to try to DO better. Did I do better this time? Sort of. I had more fun.. There was a smidge of deception here and there, but mostly fun.




Just tossing this out there.. I liked it better with the tape on.. I thought the tape looked the best. So, this compared to my other attempt - better, right? Please? It is far from perfect.. Butttt.. I kind of like it.. Ok, seriously, the idea is amazing, I just cannot for the life of me execute it correctly. And my index nail was out for murder.. The first time I went to dip it in to the polish/water, nothing stuck to it.. The second time it did, but for some reason the bottom right corner looks like it was eaten away by acid.. No idea what went on there.

Anyways.. friends, the 31 day challenge comes to an end now.. It was exhausting, but I loved it.

Now we c…

31 Day Challenge: Day 30 Inspired by a tutorial

Day 30... YESSSSS! 1 more day! 1 more day! Seriously, I did not think this would be, um, as challenging as it actually has been. It is kind of a bittersweet point in time: it has been really great posting every day, but, I kind of hate that overwhelming, deadline-y feeling EVERY DAY! I only like that for assignments and exams.. Anyways.

One discretionary note.. This tutorial is incredibly adorable.. My take on it? I could not draw a star to save my soul tonight. I apologize. Blah!



I think one thing this whole challenge has taught me is: I need to work on my skillz. I feel like a good 25% of what I posted was not very good work. I better get my butt in gear and come up with some quality posts.. I want to end the year off on a high note!

So, for tomorrow.. Recreate your favourite challenge.. Is it what I have done? Someone else.. I have no idea! What would you all like to see me do again? I have an idea of what I would like to do again.. but please, let me know what you'd like to se…

31 Day Challenge: Day 29 Inspired by the supernatural

I didn't really know what to do for the challenge today.. I thought about aliens.. space.. galaxy nails were already covered.. Ohhh.. I know: crop circles.. Those are kind of supernatural-ish, right?


Ok, so they don't really look too crop circle-y, but, you get it, sort of.. right? Please?!

I did these really quickly as my study notes are all calling me.. I'm legitimately sick (trying desperately to fight it off!) and just a general feeling of 'blah' has taken me over.

Also, for tomorrow.. It is going to be posted LATE! I have no time to do them this evening.. Then tomorrow, I have work, come home, review for my exam, write exam, have a meeting for work at 9:00, then hopefully AFTER all that I will be able to do my nails and have everything edited and posted up before midnight. I'm exhausted just thinking about tomorrow!!

***The following blogs are also doing the 31 day challenge right meow - you should check them out!! Zara, Life and Polish, Manicure Addict,

31 Day Challenge: Day 28 Inspired by a flag

I'm sorry Canadian flag. I'm slowly dying. I have no idea where this cold came from.. but it can go away.. this week has too much activity already in it - I have no chance to "rest" until Friday afternoon some time.. So if you can just hang out until then, that would be great!

And to all of you.. I apologize for 2 reasons. 1. I did this in 2.58 minutes and 2. it looks like garbage.

Hopefully I will stop sneezing/blowing my nose/trying to tear out my eyes long enough to do tomorrow's challenge. BLEH!


I also apologize that I didn't go to my room and my light "tent" to take these photos. My room has my extra comfy bed in it.. And if I go anywhere near it right now, I am going to dive-bomb in and not come out. I did this in the name of my academic quest for greatness.

Have a good evening all - see you for day 29!

***The following blogs are also doing the 31 day challenge right meow - you should check them out!! Zara, Life and Polish, Manicure Addict, P…

31 Day Challenge: Day 27 Inspired by artwork

I figured I would show these photos before I show you the artwork they are based off as they look amazing without seeing the image they are portrayed from (did any of that make sense?)

I finally had to tell myself that I'm being INSPIRED by the artwork, not necessarily doing an exact replica. Once I got that through my head, it wasn't so bad!

There is the picture I based them off of.

I didn't even bother taking a photo what all that I used.. It was way too many! If you want to know about a particular colour - say the word and I will tell you!!

Have a great day - see you all on day 28!

***The following blogs are also doing the 31 day challenge right meow - you should check them out!! Zara, Life and Polish, Manicure Addict, Polish Pauper, Bright Lights, Big Color, Ash-Lilly, Aly Loves Lacquer, & ManiCured!***

31 Day Challenge: Day 26 Inspired by a pattern

I knew what pattern I would be choosing before I even knew I had to be inspired by one: snakeskin. I have no idea why, but I am obsessed with it! I don't think I would ever own a snakeskin top or pants, but maybe booties or a clutch.. maybe.. Tough to say! But I love it on my nails.

I didn't do sponging this time like I did the last two times I have done it.. I think I like it better with the sponging - it adds more depth.




Before I say anything more.. I have to mention that the polish I wanted to show up for this day totally did! Color Club Snakeskin.. REALLY?! Why did I not own this polish already!? DY-ING! I love it and it was perfect for this particular day. I highly doubt I will ever do a snakeskin mani without using Snakeskin - just sayin'!

I started with a base of OPI Skull and Glossbones, then I stamped Essie Mink Muffs first followed by Color Club Snakeskin using BM plate 215.

I also wanted to show off my new children: Essie Cocktail Bling, Color Club Snakeskin, Or…

31 Day Challenge: Day 25 Inspired by fashion

Inspired by fashion huh.. Well, here goes..

First I am going to show you all that I used.. We have: China Glaze White Out, OPI A Grape Fit, China Glaze Golden Opportunity, Essie Silken Cord, China Glaze Entourage, OPI What's With The Cattitude, China Glaze Rich & Famous and Orly Liquid Vinyl.

What could I have possibly done with this wealth of colours.. Why, these bad boys, of course.





The pattern is one I found by Betsey Johnson and knew I had to give it a whirl for this particular day. Yeah, looking back there are a few things I would have done differently.. But I kind of like it. AND you can even tell that some of them are gun - score!

Hope everyone is having a stellar day! See you for day 26!! (there is a particular polish that I ordered that would be so fitting with the pattern I want to do for day 26; fingers crossed that it shows up!!)

***The following blogs are also doing the 31 day challenge right meow - you should check them out!! Zara, Life and Polish, Manicure Addic…

31 Day Challenge: Day 24 Inspired by a book

Any guesses?



Ok, maybe these will mean nothing to all of you.. BUT.. The book I decided to go with is 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins.

I actually found an image online of someone that had done them online! The photo I have is a thumbnail, it is excruciatingly tiny - and it is watermarked, but I cannot read it for the life of me - if anyone knows who I am talking about, lemme know!!

I didn't take a photo of what I used as it is a whole wealth of polish, but, I will tell you: Orly Sol Cabana (orange), Orly Spark (yellow), Orly Mirror Mirror (grey), Orly Glam Rock (gold), Orly Glitz (gold), Orly Liquid Vinyl (black), China Glaze Midnight Kiss (gold) and Essie Silken Cord (red). Zoiks!

My favourite nail was the bird, then it looked le suckage and I kind of fell for my fire nail.. Such a great series of books! If you haven't read them, DO SO! They are amazing! And the movie comes out late March - you have plenty of time to read all three.. I think it took a week from …