Monday, July 25, 2011

Rainbow Polka Dots Nails Inspired By Kayla

A while back, the genius Kayla, blogged about her amazing rainbow polka dots manicure. I knew, as soon as I saw it, that I HAD to copy it.. It was stunning! Then, last week, she posted up a tutorial. I already knew how I was going to go about doing it.. But having a tutorial always helps (:

And, I'm not going to lie.. I absolutely love how it turned out! - And side note: It took a smidge less than 25 minutes from start to finish. Love that!


I used: CG White Out, CG Rich & Famous, Orly Sol Cabana, Orly Spark, Color Club Twiggie, OPI No Room For The Blues & CG Spontaneous.

I also used a dotting tool, which was sent to me from Born Pretty.

I figured I would finally blog for a few.. Especially since I want to be around the computer right now. My sister and I ordered some feather hair extensions that are less than impressive.. I am currently in contact with the seller trying to remedy the situation. It has kept me from looking through my F21 order that came in today. Le sigh.

OH! I also bought a polish (the other day..) that I have kind of wanted for awhile now.. And once my friend told me that Essie polish was on sale at Shopper's.. Well, I jumped at the chance to own Essie Turquoise & Caicos.

The evening I bought it, I knew I had to wear it immediately. BUT.. I don't do so well with just polish.. And it was late and I had to work in the morning.. Ohh right. White Cap. LOVE this combo!



I actually loved this enough to use this combo for my toes. I think it looks fantastic together.

Now I think I am going to go try the newspaper mani that my best pal was talking about AND sporting last night! My rainbow dots are too chipped to get another day of wear :(

I hope everyone is having a great night!!




  • Claire - Thankies!! (:
  • Irishenchantment - Thanks doll! They worked well together!
  • ABOP - I agree!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Summer Zebra Sponge + Apothica Gift Card Winner

Hey everyone!

Two posts in a row.. I must be on a roll! That and I was kind of excited to share these gems with you all!

Last night I was desperately seeking inspiration, so I decided to just search 'nail art' via tumblr. Found a few other awesome photos for inspiration, but a colourful zebra manicure caught my eye the most. I knew it was what I wanted to do, colourwise, etc, but I didn't want 'stripes' of colour.. I wanted some sponge action.. Done & done!


I apologize for my nails being greasy looking. For whatever reason, my cuticles have been 100% super dry lately.. This leads to me picking at them constantly and them being even worse. Today, after work, they were grossly dry and I started picking.. So I decided to slap on some cuticle oil.. Then I figured I better snap some photos as I already have some signs of tip wear.. And I was doing easier work today.. That is my only complaint with sponging.. It looks incredible, but it always wears so quick!

I didn't snap a photo of what I used (sorry, I was overly excited to post this up!!), but I will tell you.. I mean, you've seen most of these bottles a time or three on my blog anyways!

I started with a base of Seche Vite Porcelain (I was practicing a French Manicure before actually doing my own nails - so it was handy!), I followed that with the sponging of: OPI No Room For The Blues, Zoya Pippa, OPI Who The Shrek Are You? & CG Rich & Famous. Once the sponging was done, I striped on some CG Liquid Leather with my trusty little brush.

I am kind of in love with my nails right now. Not only do I really like this, I am really enjoying the length they are at.. They will be monsters within another week.. Sigh!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend thus far! It is barely after 6:30pm and I am seriously contemplating bed.. So. Sad!

OH! I can now announce the winner of the Apothica contest!! First off, thank you to all that entered! I wish I had a prize to send to everyone.. Maybe some day I will have the funds to do so (:

Anyways! The winner was Zara over at Never Unpolished. It was weird/funny, as I was putting the numbers in to the generator over at random.org, I was like 'I bet the number 1 is never picked.. I mean, that would be kind of interesting..' and sure enough...



Again, thank you to all that entered! I am hoping to set a cap on a number (I am thinking 300.. It should take some time!!) and then I will hold my OWN contest.. Which means I should probably start collecting prizes asap here!

Friday, July 15, 2011

July Luxe Box

Hey everyone!

Today I am bringing you something not really nail polish-y, BUT, cosmetic-y that still does tie in with nail polish - you'll see!!

I am going to talk about the Luxe Box by Loose Button.. Last month I received my first box from them, but I didn't blog about it, but I did film a VIDEO. This time I decided to snap photos as I opened it so I could share it with all of you!!

During the month of May, I kept seeing mentions of something called a Birch Box.. Of course I had to look in to it.. I was so excited!! Deluxe make-up samples sent to you every month?! For $10?! SIGN ME UP! But, of course, they do not ship to Canada. Lame.

I didn't stop my quest there. I googled for a Canadian equivalent... and found one! It was Loose Button that introduced me to the Luxe Box! At the time, you had to sign up and be sent an invitation email to join. I received one within 24 hours and I put my order in for June, July & August. I also get to be a part of the 'founding members' section, so that is kind of neat as well.

Moving onwards.. I have been counting down the days since my last box was delivered. I was happy when my sister told me that it had arrived today.. Right after work (aka NOW) I snapped some photos and wanted to share with all of you asap!

If you're Canadian and are still waiting for yours and don't want the surprise ruined, x out now! Or, if you want spoilers/are just curious, continue on! Also, apparently, you lucky Americans will eventually get a chance to get your mitts on these gems as well. Not going to lie, if Birch Box ever became available to us, I would order both.. I'm like that!


This is what you're first looking at.. Gorgeous packaging.. And this time I didn't cut off the ribbon when cutting open the bubble packaging! Yay me! Then, once you remove the lid, you see the little "notes". I really like that it is personally addressed to you.. And that they spell my name correctly. Nothing bothers me more than when I fill out forms, and my name is still spelled incorrectly! Thank you Loose Button!

The little letter just mentions great products for the month and that they will contact you later to get feedback.. Then the note will give some information on the products you have received for the month..

I took two shaky photos of the note. They are quite blurry, so I will just tote down the information after the product photos!


YAY nail polish! And an Essie to boot.. It was basically worth it to me right then and there! Anyways, the products received are:

Essie Nail Polish in Silken Cord: "Today Essie Nail Polish has grown to be one of the industry's most popular professional polish brands. Due to Essie's long-lasting formula, Essie Nail Polish has been worn by many celebrities including Princess Kate Middleton on her wedding day." - Really? Well, despite almost throwing up with Kate Middleton being brought up (seriously, the Royal Wedding biz has been really annoying!), I was still happy with the polish! Nice colour too.


Next is a product by Proclaim, and it is Hair Oil Treatment: "Proclaim Argan Oil Hair Oil Treatment is uniquely formulated with Argan Oil and natural ingredients that condition, help repair dry, damaged hair without weighing it down, eliminate frizz and infuse brilliant shine." - I already use Moroccan Oil (same stuff) - so I know I will love this item! The stuff is incredible!!

Then it is a Stella perfume called Two Peony Fragrance: "Light and sparkling Pink Peony spiced up with black pepper comprise the top notes, while the base notes of amber, cedar wood and patchouli leave a warm and decidedly sensual dry down. A great spring/summer choice to add to your fragrance collection." - I smelt the bottle but didn't actually spray it yet.. I didn't like the scent, but maybe that will change once I actually legitimately try it.. It smelt too "adult" for my likings. I like sweet/fruity scents. Ehh.. If it doesn't work, the mother can have it!

Lastly, there is a product by Trucco and it says Pro Lip Liner: "Pro Lip Pencil can be used to sculpt, color, outline, and reshape the lips. Outline lips before applying lipstick to create shape and help prevent lipstick from feathering. Or use this product to fill in the entire lip as a base for lip color." - I was really excited about the lip liner! I have one that I love (from a different brand) so I have never felt the need to have another kicking around.. But if it is SENT to me.. That is another story..

I check the name.. It is called 'Ivy'.. Weird name for a lip liner, right? Ohh.. sadface, that is because it is an eye liner instead. AND it came like this..


After a quick sharpen, I was able to swatch it. It is a gorgeous green (this coming from someone that thinks every shade of green is gorgeous!) - yeah, it might not be a lip liner (for me, anyways..) but I am still happy with it!

All in all, I am very happy with my Luxe Box this month! Now to wait patiently for August.

I am going to be trying to French Manicure up my nails this evening.. For practice purposes! My good friend is a bridesmaid in her friend's upcoming wedding.. She wants all her bridesmaids to have French Manis.. She asked if I could one for her (saves major $$ from getting it done at a salon!) - of course I never sport them, but I can try! Any tips!?


  • The Nail Buff - Thanks! I thought so too.. I mean, I love me some full out animal print, but sometimes little hints here and there are pretty classy as well!!
  • Minty - Me too! And thank you!
  • Persnickety Polish -  Haha! Ok, I will agree.. Super long talons encased in a gold nail polish MIGHT look a touch cheap.. To some people.. I suppose to the sport-er, they look badassed! Thank you (:
  • Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty - Apparently.. I will go back to the salon I bought them at during the sale.. I can check out what they have in there and let you know!!
  • Claire - Thank you, me too! It got a wealth of compliments!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lighthouse Action + A Couple of Hauls

I honestly did not know what exactly to call this mani, so, I am calling it 'Lighthouse Action' only because it uses CG Lighthouse. I know, I'm clever! PLUS, I feel like I haven't posted up anything in forevvvvver and I owe you all!



Sooo, for this look I used: CG Lighthouse & WnW Black Creme along with a BM plate (I will put the exact plate number here.. Once I find where I put the plate.. ugh!)

It was something really easy. I was working as acting manager all weekend and realized at 10:30pm the night before that I needed my nails painted. Genius! That and I was trying to finish a movie that I fell asleep during a few nights before. I had heard many times over (via blogs!) that WnW Black Creme is a good black polish for stamping.. You know, you amazing bloggers never let me down! LOVE!

Now for some hauling that I have done recently. I don't believe I have mentioned any of these yet.. And if I have, I do apologize!!


I finally decided that I needed OPI Sparrow Me The Drama. When I bought a few other colours from the POTC collection, I picked up that colour for my 'bff' C, but not for myself. HUGE mistake! I went to the Chatters closest to me.. THEY WERE SOLD OUT of just that colour. Ugh. BUT of course the sales lady told me that OPI was buy 2 get a free top coat.. I always try to collect random top and base coats for the ma and sis (I keep shell out the money for the good stuff, so they belong to just moi!).. Anyways. OPI I Lily Love You & Over The Taupe called my name. Love them both! Then I went to another Chatters, the larger supply store that we have here. Thankfully they had OPI Sparrow Me The Drama.. And I spotted CG Lighthouse before I went to the till. I never turn down a yellow!

Then, last weekend here in S'toon was the 'original sidewalk sale' downtown. After my shift on Saturday, I hit the action with my sis, her bestie/my other little sister and we met up with C.. Of course I purchases nail polish.. And a couple other items.. Anyways!


The first three gems do not have colour names. They are by a company called Golden Rose.. I first nabbed the two blues and had to have both of them.. Mostly because they are beautiful! Then, my sister's friend HAD to point out that gorgeous green glitter. The photo doesn't do it any justice. It is seriously brilliant! Since this sidewalk sale was downtown, that meant we were by Midtown mall.. They have a Chatters within the mall that houses some Zoya polishes (thanks for the tip A!!)

Like I said before.. I can never turn down a yellow. I grabbed it first and saw it was 'Pippa', I hear that polish name mentioned so much.. Funny I rarely look at Zoya swatches because I know I don't have immediate access to them. I wish I would have looked at it more. I LOVE IT~ And next to it on the counter was 'Kelly', which I also needed to have just because.


I also grabbed CG Crackle in Latticed Lilac while I was there.. And then slapped it on over Pippa and Kelly. Gorgeous! I might have to actually get some more of the metallic crackles!

One more quick photo.. OPI I Lily Love You over some nail wheel swatches from before..


Here it is over: SH Silver Sweep, WnW Black Creme (love!), CG Rich & Famous (love!) and CG Lemon Fizz.

Phew.. Alright.. Enough of that for now.. I need to go get some sleep before work! I hope everyone is having an excellent week! I had two fabulous days off! My brother actually had today off (they were rained out.. Well, it was too damp for them to work).. So we had an impromptu day of mini golf (I won, but he won the free game!) and Ruckers action.. We picked sequins covered hats as our prizes!

I work the next 6 days, but 4 of them are managing shifts, so I should have my nails painted! Despite all the images I have saved, I lack motivation lately! Any ideas?

ALSO, I contacted the winner of the Apothica contest. Hopefully hear back on that soon so I can post up the winner!!

Take care.. I'm off to bed!! I will answer comments next time - I promise!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Just A Quick Reminder

That you have until Sunday night (11:59 pm GMT) to enter the Apothica Giveaway - sooo remember to get your entries in!! You have a chance to win a $25 gift card, I mean, that isn't too shabby, right?!

No nails to post up yet. I need to paint my nails before bed.. I have work and then a wealth of activities planned for tomorrow and do not want naked nails! I might have a post for you all tomorrow.. Buuut I would probably say to look for it on either Sunday or Monday!!

I hope everyone had a great week and will have an awesome weekend! Talk to you all very soon!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Golden Leopard + Goodies + A Question

Hello everyone!

It is nearing 2:30am, and I had to listen to a certain song at least 10 times before I attempt sleep.. But I didn't want to sit hear and bop around in my chair.. Then I remembered I could put together a post. PERFECT!

A & C - these nails are for both of you! I had my nails painted this way last weekend, but totally forgot to snap a photo. I had used CG Rich & Famous with OPI Mod About You for the spots.. I said I would recreate them. I just had to use gold as a base.. I was around some girls the other day that said gold nails look cheap. I tend to disagree. 



I am extremely brilliant and forgot to take a photo of what was used, but, I will just tell you and hope for the best! I used: CG Midnight Kiss & Essie Mink Muffs. I also used my black Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen and a dotting tool I got from Born Pretty.

I have had some other nails looks for the past few days, but it was stuff just using shatter polishes and a sparkly gem, etc, nothing spectacular hence the long wait in posts! You may have also noticed that my nails are chopped right off. I had a bad break on my thumb nail, but kept the rest longer.. Well, that lasted about a week.. Then yard work came in to play. My fault. I refused gloves 3 different times. Busted off my ring finger nail and that sealed it: the rest could be chopped off. Now we can watch these bad boys grow back!!




Here are some of my new goodies.. Well, two of them are just replacement bottles as mine are basically out. Anyways, we have: OPI Turquoise Shatter, SH Silver Sweep, WnW Black Creme, CGs Rich & Famous (second bottle) & Lemon Fizz (second bottle). Also just some gold glitter I bought to possibly use for who knows what - but something!

I also bought two packages of nail wheels to practice some stuff as well as swatch my new goodies - that way I can share them with all of you in a better fashion than just randomly months after I bought them.

I have more to share, but didn't snap the wheel photos of them. Next time, I promise!!

Remember to scope this POST and enter the giveaway!

And lastly, my question. I was looking at the Butter London polish page the other day. There are 3 that I really want (I won't mention names to sway people or to make people like them and MAKE me order them).. BUT! I want to know what all of you think about them. Even though our sweet baby Canadian dollar is one strong bad boy these days, the polishes will set me back $17 a piece, which is fairly (ok, seriously!) steep.. But I kind of want them. Worth it? Yay? Nay? Let me know!!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend, a good Canada Day - and I am hoping that my American readers have an excellent fourth of Joo-lie!!

EDIT: I will get these gems up as I feel like a jerk for having neglected these lovely awards I was given!!

“The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and
creativity inspire others in the blogging world.
The Sunshine Award is given by bloggers to bloggers
 as a way to spread the bloggy love.” 
Thank you so much to One Chic Bella & Anutka for this award! You're both too sweet!!
One Chic Bella  also awarded me with the Best Blog Award, the Blog Luxury Award and the Inspiration Award - THANK YOU!!!

The rules for this one are are:
• Link back to the person who passed you the award
• Complete the form below
• Share 7 random things about yourself
• Award 15 blogs
• Drop them a line and tell them about it
Name you favorite color – Green! Any and all shades!!
Name your favorite song – Bah.. Way too many! I am really loving ‘Moves Like Jagger’ by Maroon 5 right now, though.
Name you favorite dessert – I don’t really have one.. Umm.. I do really like cupcakes.
What makes you mad? – Work? Not having to work, but sometimes the people that you work with.. Just their ridiculousness at times. Such is life!
When you’re upset you… – I blast tunes and clean/reorganize my room; go for a stroll/work out, etc.
Your favorite pet – All of my pets are my favourites! There are the rabbits: Fonze, Cow & Lakai. And of course Bennie, the degu.
Black or white? – BOTH!
Your biggest fear is… - Driving. But seriously, losing any one of my immediate family. I would have to be institutionalized for a little while.
Your best feature is…  –  People always compliment my skin.. They must not be getting close enough, but I’ll take it!
Everyday attitude – Sarcastic.
What is perfection? – Non-existent.
Guilty Pleasure -  Movies, books and nail polish!

The 7 random things about myself:
I am going to try and post 7 random facts that I haven’t mentioned before.. Let me see..

  1. I broke my right leg in 3 places when I was 6 *almost 7* years old. I had a full cast all the way up to my hip for many, many months. It was brutal.
  2. Apparently (before people actually get to know me) – I come off as snobby. I honestly do not mean to be that way.. I think it is my way of protecting me? I have no idea! I swear I am actually really nice and have nothing to be snobby about!
  3. I go through phases in the gaming world. I like violent games, then more strategic, nerdish, sims, etc. Right now I divide my time between Railroad Tycoon 2 and The Sims 3. I am a RT2 champion as far as I am concerned.
  4. I am the most disorganized organized person ever. It could be a large stack of mixed up papers, but if you told me the document you were looking for, I would know exactly where it is in said stack.
  5. I think I am a clever comedic mastermind, yet in reality, my jokes are fairly lame. Or really pervish.
  6. My True Blood watching crew and I fist pump near the end of the theme song. We just started it, but I feel it is going to be an ongoing occurrence and I could not be happier!
  7. I am going to listen to ‘Move Like Jagger’ for the 15th time this evening and then go to bed! Awe yeah! I get to see Maroon 5 in concert in September.. And I’m overly excited for that!!
Phew! Alright.. You all know how terrible I am for tagging people back. I read so many blogs and love each and every one of them.. I can never just choose 15. My lists always get too long!! If you're reading this and are following me, then I am probably following you back (at least I better be!) - SO - consider yourself tagged if you made it this far! I want to know 7 new facts about you! And if you don't feel like making a full post - leave it as a comment and I will love it just the same!!






  • Minty - Thanks, I thought it was such a cute and colourful idea when I saw the ad! Figured it would be fun to recreate on thee old nails! And no, we definitely cannot be!!
  • Claire - Please do!! And WHEN you do - definitely send me some photos/post it up - would love to see it!!
  • Miki - I am going to go and do that right now so I can add them in on my next post (:
  • Angela - Thank you.. Ahh well, you cannot please everyone (:
  • Anutka - Yay! Thank you!! I will go scope out that award right away here!!
  • shortwidenails - I have been loving all animal print nails lately. You cannot go wrong with them!! My best buddy has a wealth of cute elephant figurines and such around her apartment, I can understand the appeal! I did change it - and thank you! I have been trying to take photos when I feel good about myself.. So that on my "down" days I can gaze at who I am now.. I look forward to exchanging more emails with you, as you're such a sweetheart!! And I think you should do it - would love to see!!