Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sea Spray

I could not handle even 24 hours of just a polish.. I had to add SOMETHING to it..

I couldn't figure out what.. Then, after going to the gym with a pal and watching RED, I decided to play 'The Biggest Loser' on kinect.. I kept watching the water in the background, which led to what I painted on to my nails..



I admit, I apparently had the shakes last night.. I couldn't do any type of lines to save my life! All I did was take a white polish (I believe I used CG White Out), I placed a dot in a different position on every nail, then followed the dot out with lines.. I do like this.. It is tres simple, but effective. Maybe next time I attempt it, I won't be so shaky!

Have an awesome Thursday everyone! I have some errands to run, followed by painting and putting a room back together.. Should be fun!!

I am on the hunt for OPI Black Shatter - Thanks for the tip Alyssa!! - I plan on having it in my possession by the end of the day!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Nail Wheel Swatches

I finally figured out what to do with the package of nail wheels I bought..

I normally buy a few new (to me) nail polishes every month.. Sometimes I mention them, sometimes I don't. What I am really good at, however, is hiding them in my 'to try' drawer and totally forgetting about them..

Today, while out and about, I happened to stop in at Winners.. And right in the 'beauty' section was a set of Color Club polishes (the Pardon My French collection) - I have never seen them available there (although I have heard of them being around from time to time..) so I immediately snapped them up.. Even though I wasn't a HUGE fan of the shades. There was also a trio of e.l.f brand polishes.. I hummed and hawed over them, but ultimately ended up purchasing them.

Now, after being home and putting a swipe (or three) of the polish on the nail wheel.. I am extremely happy with my purchases.

Now on to the photos..

 The pretty CC polishes.. There is: Pardon My French, I Believe In Amour, Hot Couture, Oh Naturale, Turn The Other Chic, Take Me To Your Chateau and Si Vous Please.
 The e.l.f polishes.. They are: Moonlight, Royal Purple and Dark Navy. Also, I for some reason, took horrid photos of the wheel, so cut-off there is CC Pardon My French.
 Shown here is CC I Believe In Amour, Hot Couture and Oh Naturale.
 Shown here is CC Turn The Other Chic, Take Me To Your Chateau and Si Vous Please.

 And this is what I am currently sporting. It is CG Sea Spray. I knew I would probably be racing around running errands AND I really hate running around with naked nails.. I didn't do any designs/nail art because I knew I would probably be painting later.. But I do really like this colour and want to add a little something to it.. What should I do!?

Now time to address comments as I haven't done that in awhile. Sorry for the lack of nail art in this post.. I will try to get something else up by the end of the week - I promise!!


Comments from Line Time
  • theVEROblog - Thank you, it actually bothered me to have to remove it.. I really liked the orderly mess of it!
  • jaljen - Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  • Katt - Thankies for the tag (:
  • Ash-Lilly - Thanks!!
  • theVEROblog - Thankies for the tag as well (:
Comments from Stylish Blogger Award
  • theVEROblog - I read yours and was like 'I hate onions too! Must add to list!!'
  • colorfulbottle - Ahh thankies for the tag as well - I will have to add your name to the post (:
Comments from Cheetah Madness
  • Steffie - Thank you.. I also like them.. A nice subtle approach.. Although I cannot complain about rainbow-in-your-face cheetah print either.. Hmm..
  • Vixxan - I do too!!
  • shortwidenails - Bah! I knew I was forgetting a photo of something in this post! I will definitely snap a photo of it.. I actually really hated the pen at first.. But after playing around with it (and remembering to go over the design a few times for coverage) I kind of like the pen. I should get it in white as well! They have a wealth of different colours available!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cheetah Madness

Cheetah/Leopard print items are EVERYWHERE lately.. And I for one, really, really, like the trend. Although I am not sure why as zebra print has always been my go to (love me blacks and whites!)

I think I finally was able to replicate a cheetah print that I.. well, like. I was looking on WAH Nails and saw this Fan Submission and LOVED it! The image instantly went to my inspiration folder and I could not stop thinking about it.

So, to help ease my troubled mind, I used the image and came up with these bad boys:



I used: CC High Society, CG Ingrid, Sally Hansen nail art pen and a dotting tool (which was sent to me for review from Born Pretty)

I am a touch disappointed in myself for not trying out either of these polishes before as I really am quite fond of both!! They are lovely!!

Ugh. Of course I would choose to blog when I have to run - I will answer comments next time! Take care everyone!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

The Stylish Blogger Award Rules
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

I was tagged by two awesome ladies for this award. EDIT: HUGE thankies to KattVeronicaColorfulbottle

7 Things About Me:
  1. I am currently awaiting my acceptance letter for school. I think I finally found something I really want to do! I will share more later as I really do not want to jinx that acceptance letter!
  2. I read. A. Lot. I actually keep track of the books I read.. I am hoping to actually get to 50+ books this year.. I only made it to 42 last year! I blame surgery getting in the way.. I enjoy excuses!
  3. I have a fondness for exclamation marks.
  4. I despise onions. I will actually sit and pick them out of my meal.. Even if they are tiny. Yet, I will eat an onion ring or two.. And that is all onion basically. I am strange.
  5. I have lost a lot of weight within the last 5 months. I don't notice it a lot.. Then you try on something that is sizes and sizes smaller and I have to choke back a sob. It isn't so much the amount, it is just the changes in everything. I am strongly in like with myself.
  6. I might have one of the strangest travel ipod mixes around.. It goes from The Talking Heads to The Roots.. Extremely slow/sad tunes to uptempo techno'y songs.. And I enjoy every minute of it!!
  7. I personally believe I have one of the most functionally 'dysfunctional' families ever.. I would never trade a moment I have shared with them.. Even the terrible times, as they helped to shape our closeness. Also, the friends that I have kept for many years.. They are my family as well.

I am awarding the following blogs:

Here is where I am bad with awards.. I never know exactly who I should tag.. I mean, what if I tag 15 people and someone else is like 'she is such a magoon.. why wouldn't she toss me the award?' - I would feel horrible! And I really do not enjoy that feeling. SO! Here is my proposal.. If you haven't been awarded this award and you want it.. Take it from me as an award.. Because honestly, anyone that follows me (I follow back!) - then you're obviously rad and I enjoy your blog!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Line Time

Hey everyone!

Just a quick post, as I am fairly sure these nails will be gone-zo after tomorrow, which makes me a sadface, but such is life. I apologize for the chips already. Work.. Ruins everything.. But I also like money.. Such a rude cycle!



I got the idea for these gems HERE and came up with.. well, that which you see above! I like that her lines are more.. free? Despite my best efforts to not follow a pattern, I still see a slight pattern. I can never just let go! Some day.. or week.. or month.. year maybe?

Also.. Watermarking.. The little corner watermark that I used in these or the old diagonal action I used in some of my old posts.. Lemme know!! 

I used: Orly Mirror Mirror, CGs Peachy Keen, Re-Fresh Mint and Lemon Fizz as well as OPI Shorts Story.

The reason I tossed in my base polish and top polish is to show I have swapped for now. I usually use China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat - and I still absolutely love it - but I am seriously falling for this Nail Life Gripper polish. Lesigh. So nice! I will be going back to my Seche Vite top coat asap though.. This Barielle speed dry is just not cutting it! Also, with Seche, I can do my designs/art and instantly apply. With this bad boy, I allow my work to sit for a few moments before applying (to give it a fair shot) and it still DRAGS the polish. Lame!

Also.. I am such a genius (note: sarcasm) I LOST the battery charger for my new camera. I have seriously searched every conceivable place for it.. So disappointed in myself. For now I have to use my old camera (which I had graciously handed over to my brother, then not so graciously took it back.. for now!) I went to Best Buy to try and buy another charger, but they are ridiculously expensive (plus, at the time, I was extremely sick and had a gross coughing fit in the store.. I keep it classy).. Thank God for ebay is all I have to say. I am hoping to get the set I ordered some time next week.. Fingers crossed!!

I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend!!





  • jaljen - Thank you.. I think I agree with you.. I am glad to have been unsafe for once (:
  • Zara - Thanks.. I agree, the design that was made was amazing.. I am happy to be able to do a slight replication!! And with colours that I really like!!
  • Danielle - Thank you, thank you!!
  • DesertNails8 - Haha! Yes! That is exactly what it is! Coughing up a lung with the ever so classy 'lung butter'.. The cough isn't as frequent now, but it is still just as terrible. I am almost thinking I am dealing with pneumonia.. Fun fun!
  • Lacey - Thank you, glad you do (:
  • shortwidenails - Ask and you shall receive.. I do warn you though.. It is pretty scary! I tried to organize it a time or three.. Serious business! I don't have done out in deco.. I was going to use A Grape Fit (as it is what I have) - Did I mention a polish that I love that I need more of? There are many!!
  • ABOP - Yay! Thank you so much.. I am happy that my recreation didn't disappoint!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Olive Mod

Hey everyone! Sorry it has been a little while since my last post. I have been busy and then extremely sick. I am still the latter part.. Fun times!!

I never did get a photo of my last manicure.. Super annoying. I really didn't like it, but I did get a ton of comments/compliments on it. I will have to do it again. I used a polish that I quite like and need to order more of.. ANYWAYS! Onwards to today..
***Not My Photo***
I kept looking at this photo in my inspiration photo.. And wanted to do it.. And I knew which purple I would use, etc. Then I remembered my 'untried' polish drawer calling out to me..

So I yoinked Essie Sew Psyched out of the drawer.. Grabbed a white (OPI Alpine Snow) and a green (CG Jolly Holly) and got to work.


And this was born. I really like Sew Psyched, I am not so psyched on the overall look though. I really wanted to use black and white, but that is so safe! Oh well! It has been fun to wear regardless. I will probably have to do something new tomorrow anyways. I have a bunch of cage cleaning, tidying up, cooking and baking to do today.. Plus more death coughing. I feel that entitles me to painting my nails tomorrow.

I hope everyone is having a great week!!


  • ABOP - Yay! Thank you so much (:
  • shortwidenails - That is a fantastic idea! I just might have to do that!! I hope the tutorial makes sense and I cannot wait to see what you come up with!!
  • wahab - Yes.. Glowsticks are great. Yay marketing!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Yellow and Gold Bracelet

What do these 3 random colours have in common?



Other than the fact that they don’t really go together?

They are what make up the next manicure I am going to show you all!!



I got the idea from a bracelet I saw in an InStyle magazine from 2008? Maybe 2009? It could have even been 2010.. I am not entirely sure. I know I have mentioned my ‘inspiration folder’ within my computer, but what I have also started is a ‘real life’ inspiration folder – it now is a complete page within the folder! Yay! Means more tutorials.

Wait.. Tutorials? Oh right! I filmed how I went about making this manicure. I hope you’ll watch and enjoy – and maybe test it out for yourself? I would love to see the results; maybe with some other colours? Anything!

While I am speaking of video tutorials, Li Lian of shortwidenails had asked about my roses manicure I did HERE.. I actually filmed a video quite awhile back, but I, of course, didn’t upload from the camera properly and deleted everything.. I got a chance to re-film about a week ago and just found the time to do a slight edit and get it done. You can check that out HERE.

3 videos now.. 2011 is already looking promising for video filming. Any looks that I have done in the past that you would want to see as a video tutorial? I would be happy to oblige in any type of request. You can leave me a comment here on the blog or toss me an e-mail!

I hope you all had an amazing day!!

**I haven't answered any comments in the last little while, so I will just address them all right now!!**
  • Trincess - You really should! I think you would do an amazing remake of that mani! Maybe next Christmastime?!
  • DesertNails8 - Thank you! I agree - I like it in any light conditions! I have already recreated that look on my mother.. The sister is asking me to do it for her as well! Seems to be a crowd pleaser!!
  • shortwidenails - Glad you're alive! It has been quiet without you!! I think that is actually my favourite as well.. Or Old Wallpaper.. I like both of them for different reasons. I imagine it would - I was looking at Dorothy Who? the other day.. But grabbed CG Atlantis instead!
  • Doo - I am glad you like that one - it is really fun and easy to do.. I think I will have to mess around with other colour combos! Awe, thanks. I can honestly say I enjoyed painting each and every one of them! 
  • shortwidenails - Haha! I love that! Glitter polish is a real life saver! I think I now remember why I have never used them again.. Give it another 6 or so months and I'll try them again.. Only to be disappointed! I am excited to test out Atlantis.. Just have to think of something to do with it.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome 2011

With a photo of my nails.. And some goodies I have picked up in the last few days.

I guess I will first start off with my fail NYE mani. I was so pumped to finally try Essie Little Brown Dress that I completely forgot that it was NYE. Duh. I just decided to sponge on some glitter ala OPI Sparkle-icious.. Then I added some star shaped glitter. I didn't totally hate it, but, I forgot to press the star glitter in to the polish.. It started lifting pretty badly. I had enough time at the end of running errands that day (yesterday) to snap a photo before the horrid removal process.


One of these days I will give Little Brown Dress the love and attention that it so deserves.

After I took off that disaster.. I was flipping through the InStyle January magazine.. And found this..

EDIT: This is where the scan of the image/article WOULD BE.. Now add in that my scanner is being extremely lame. Hopefully I can get it working asap.. Then all will make sense!!

It is Ruffian-esque.. But with some colours that I kind of like.. I of course had to test it out. I used CG Liquid Leather and Rimmel Lasting Pro Finish Steel Grey. After my shift today, I came home.. Have some very minor tip wear (and that is after working in the dish pit - yay!!) and I decided to finally test out a matte top coat. Second photo is with CG Matte Magic top coat.



Now some photos of goodies I have picked up in the last few days..
 Essie polishes in Sew Psyched & Merino Cool
 
 Orly Rage, CG Atlantis, Nail Life gripper base coat (LOVE!) and Orly Ridgefiller
Pack of 10 nail polish and art wheels, A.S.P (All Season Professional) 'Manicure Saver' - it grips the cotton balls for you.. I'm thinking it will be great for cleaning konad plates! A 10 pack of DL professional brushes and Tropical Shine mini 4-way buffer.

Yeah, I finally went to Sally's Beauty Supply.

Anyways, that is all for now! Hope everyone is having a great start to 2011! I am going to go watch a flick or play some kinect.. Or.. something!!