Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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 see! Then tomorrow, when I get home from work, that is what I will spend a solid chunk of time doing!

Til tomorrow my dear readers..

Oh wait.. I was able to snap a cute photo of Ben this evening.. He was actually not squawking at me.. He might look a little disheveled here.. I woke him up for a seed and I love when I do that and he curls up in my hand.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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, Polish Pauper, Bright Lights, Big Color, Ash-Lilly, Aly Loves Lacquer, & ManiCured!***

Monday, November 28, 2011

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, Polish Pauper, Bright Lights, Big Color, Ash-Lilly, Aly Loves Lacquer, & ManiCured!***

Sunday, November 27, 2011

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!***

Saturday, November 26, 2011

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, Orly Oui and Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air.

Little upset about Glitter in the Air.. I tried to apply it quickly yesterday (quickly meaning I had an hour to allow my polish to sit..) and after that hour, I was doing my hair and my nails were not dried! WTF?! With my trusty seche vite and all. Grrr!!

Welp, see you all tomorrow!!

***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!***

Friday, November 25, 2011

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 Addict, Polish Pauper, Bright Lights, Big Color, Ash-Lilly, Aly Loves Lacquer, & ManiCured!***

Thursday, November 24, 2011

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 book one to book three.. And that was not getting to read them as often as I would have liked aka all I wanted to do was read them!!

***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!***

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 23 Inspired by a movie

Ugh. So many movies to choose from.. THEN once I decided on a movie.. I failed my way through a few nail ideas.. Then I was like 'oh, derp!' and did something simple.. Or so I thought it would be. Except that I screwed up the placement of two items.. BUT.. I think that is ok. PLUS I was running out of time and needed to get these bad boys done so I could go study.



Yeah. I went with Home Alone. I have a very special place in my heart for the movie (ok, and the second film!!) Plus I kind of love Macaulay Culkin.. And the character Buzz McCallister. I first went with a bunch of little elements that make up the movie.. But I kept messing something up and restarting.. That was getting to be a large mess. I finally decided to go with the house that is on the cover. I placed the chimney on the wrong side and technically the blue should be darker.. But ahh well, I tried! I do believe The Daily Nail did Home Alone nails at one point in time?

I used Essie Mesmerize as the base, the some Essie Silken Cord and Orly Spark to finish it up. Again, could have been better.. I spose I should try a bit harder. If I didn't have exams and assignments looming over my head, maybe things would be better.. AND I know I shouldn't use excuses as everyone has something going on in their lives at any given time. Merp! I'll do better.. I'll try!

***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!***

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 22 Inspired by a song

I would have probably had some more trouble doing this one.. But then about a week and a half ago, my brother told me that Troy from Community (played by the excellent Donald Glover) had a rap album about to be released and that is has been doing it for awhile, etc..

Of course I had to scope some of the songs. There are 2 that I absolutely love.. And the rest are also pretty great. He is nerdish (seriously, some of the lyrics are just.. nerdishly awesome!) and explicit and just excellent.

Anyways. I decided to use the song 'Heartbeat' as my song choice because it fits this heart monitor mani I have seen before that I really wanted to do on myself.. Did and done!



I used Orly Liquid Vinyl and Essie Silken Cord. I decided to skip the lines on my thumb as I tried to see how I could align my thumb with the rest of my fingers for photos and yeah, wasn't happening.. So sad little hearts is what you get via the thumb!

I have been trying to take some photos without the thumb involved.. But it feels weird to me. I think I will always have to be a thumb-in-photo-includer. Yah.


This is my inspiration song.. Again, I am warning you, it does contain some explicit lyrics.. But really, are there any better type of lyrics? (I mean, explicit lyrics are great as I feel that sentence does not make any sense..)

AND I love his whole album and now I am slowly collecting some of his "older" tunes as well. Love. Him.

Ok, /endfangirling

***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!***

Monday, November 21, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 21 Inspired By Colo(u)r

I had to add the 'u' in.. Otherwise I would go mad.

I remember seeing Rebecca @ Rebecca Likes Nails post about being inspired by a colour - and that was that you could go with the name of the polish and go from there.

I didn't have a particular polish in mind.. BUT I have been wanting to use Revlon Starry Pink.. So why not, right?



I wanted to toss a photo up before I did anything else.. Just because I am not a huge fan of pale colours on me.. And yet I really love this all on its own. BUT.. I was like 'starry pink ehhhh.. stars it is!'



I know, not the greatest of stars, but the more I look at this.. Like, right now as I am typing this.. I really like it! I could have gone with white as well, but I figured the pink would be more adorable and fitting. My "stars" could be better, but just go with it.. I was a little pressed for time!!

I hope everyone is having a good Monday! See you for day 22!!

***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!***

Sunday, November 20, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 20 Water Marble

Sweet, sweet lord.. I am going to issue the world's most apologetic apology EVER.

I. Hate. Water. Marbling.

I suck at it. It does not matter how many tutorials I watch, I never seem to learn. I think I get worse at it every time I attempt it.

AND, I tried to do it with sparkly polishes, as I thought it would look super bad-assed, and no.. It doesn't.

I am already envisioning losing 10 followers tomorrow (please don't leave me - I swear I will do better!)

And.. I love you all? /endapology

View the photos, if you must/if you dare.




I used Essie Show Me The Ring (not shown in the photo) as a base, then I used Quirius The Arabian Nights, Diamond Cosmetics Blue Diamonds and Diamond Cosmetics Amethyst & Diamonds.

I honestly have nothing else to say about this disaster.

Please cue day 21.. PLEASE!

***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!***

Saturday, November 19, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 19 Galaxies

Oh. YES!

I think I can honestly say that galaxy nails are becoming my favourite thing to do nail-wise. I mean, yes, this IS only my second time doing them - but what is there to not enjoy?

I know I applied my sponging with a heavier hand this time - but I think it still looks like it should - and I like that!




I think these photos might have a tad blurry - I do apologize for that! I have a "new" set-up for my photos and I will have to work out all the kinks.. Or maybe just start taking more photos.. 4 doesn't seem to be cutting it right now!

I used: China Glaze Haunting as a base (must say: this polish is stunning! Yeah, I know, just black with some silver glitter - but it really is close to perfection - especially for a galaxy mani!), followed by some sponging of a mini bottle of white OPI polish, Zoya Pippa, mini orange OPI polish, & OPI Ogre-The-Top Blue.

The next time I do a galaxy mani - and it will probably be sooner rather than later - I am going to try some greens and purples. I have seen some photos using those colours and it looks amay-za-zing!

Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!! I am terrified of day 20, just sayin'!

***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!***

P.S - I have to give a little shout-out to two of my excellent friends, Gordo & Porter - thank you for reading this on the regular and giving me irl feedback! You two are the best <3

Friday, November 18, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 18 Half Moons

What I planned to do for today, in theory (aka in my mind), seemed amazing; I still think it would look amazing if I spent more time doing it and, well, if I used a different method.

I bring to you the Half Moon challenge nails.. I would have to say that so far, I am most disappointed with these nails..



Yeah, gross. Ugggh.

I used some China Glaze Liquid Leather and my newly acquired OPI Gettin' Miss Piggy With It.

To make up for my lackluster skillz here, enjoy a photo of my new children..


Chatters must have been having some sort of deal when I bought these.. I brought the bag excitedly to my sister and was like 'guess what I bought?!' and she immediately guessed the Muppet collection polish.. But, the first thing I pull out of the bag was a top coat. My face dropped. Second bottle, base coat.. WTF?! I don't buy OPI top/base coat.. Then I checked and it really was my bag.. Oh right, I am saying they must have been having some sort of deal where you get the top and base coats.. Moving on..

We have: Divine Swine, Gresh Frog of Bel-Air, Gettin' Miss Piggy With It, & Rainbow Connection.

Cannot wait for tomorrow.. GALAXY nails!! Eee!

Now to waste a few more hours until it is movie time. Yes, I'm a Twi-Hard! Have a great Friday everyone!!

***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!***

Thursday, November 17, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 17 Glitter

With Christmas right around the corner, I decided to bust out a newly acquired glitter from the China Glaze winter collection..

I couldn't decide whether I should put it over white, black or gold.. Maybe even green.. I finally decided on red as it seemed more, ehm, festive?



Annnd I realize NOW that I didn't snap bottle shots. I'm soooorry!! I.O.U!

I used a base of Essie Lolipop followed with 3 coats of China Glaze Twinkle Lights.

This was a tad strange to apply. For whatever reason, my index and pinky fingers are glitter bombed, and the rest of them look 'meh' - same amount of coats and everything. I even noticed it while painting and I didn't do anything differently.

It is a fairly basic glitter - yet it is fun because it is all Christmas-like.

***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 & ManiCured!***

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 16 Tribal

This day I was quite excited for as I have never attempted Tribal print nails.. I don't hate what I did - BUT - I feel like I could have done a lot better.

Next time, right?!



I used: China Glaze White Out, Orly Sol Cabana, OPI Ogre-The-Top Blue, Essie Lolipop and China Glaze Liquid Leather.

***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 & ManiCured!***

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 15 Delicate Print

I knew the exact polish I was going to use as a base as soon as I read this days' challenge: Essie Chinchilly. A couple of weeks ago, my best friend's sister tweeted something about a perfect fall day including coffee and Chinchilly - and I remembered how important to me it was that I obtain that colour - yet I have never really WORN it.




As I said before, I used Essie Chinchilly as my base, then I used Konad polish in white along with BM plate 201.

I need to become better at stamping, then this look is going to be perfection.. I quite enjoy it!

***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 & ManiCured!***

Monday, November 14, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 14 Flowers

I see the word flowers - and with nail art - I think of roses.. Because they are fairly easy to do and they are effective..



I used: OPI Mod About You as the base, then I applied dots of OPI Sparrow Me The Drama, CC ?? and China Glaze Rich & Famous and swirled them together. Then I did some 'details' with OPI Alpine Snow. I also tossed on some pearl beads for kicks..

I have to say, this is the sweetest mani I have ever done. I don't mean like 'oh man, sweet!' but I mean like, 'girly' sweet. And I kind of really like it.

***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 & ManiCured!***

Adopt A Polish

Hey everyone - I know, a break from the 31 Day Challenge - so you KNOW this is important stuff!!

I was sent some information about a website the other day - and I just couldn't view everything via my blackberry.. Now that I'm home with my desktop computer and able to view everything, I knew this was something I would have to share with you all immediately!

The information I was sent is about a website called 'Adopt A Polish' and I was wondering what the what that was all about.. Then reading the concept behind the site.. I died.. It is amazing!!

"Every day, thousands of nail polishes are abandoned or abused. They are not sickly or old, they are fine new polishes, stuck on a shelf because they are forgotten or out of season. All they desire is to be used, and maybe taken for a night on the town in return."

Seriously? This is the first paragraph within the press release - I knew I was sold on the idea!
I love the idea of nail polish needing to be adopted.. I think it is a cute idea (NOW, do not get me wrong.. I don't think animals or children being neglected/abused is a 'cute' idea, but nail polish = cute) and one that I needed to share with all of you!

"One current nail polish, Charleston, held back tears while describing his life, 'I spent two years of my life stacked in a dark room crammed together with thousands of others just like me, hundreds pressing down on my shoulders at any given time. I'm a shimmer, and I have never seen the sunlight in my life. Oh and don't be started on CND Shellac, I just can't keep going as long, why would any women want me?'"

"Please don't let the agony go on any longer than it has to. The first round of adoptions closes December 31st. Apply to Adopt a Polish at http://www.adoptapolish.org/category/current-adoptions"

Basically.. What are you waiting for? Come up with a great application of why you'd make the perfect parent to a forgotten about polish.. Maybe you'll use that colour to adorn your nails and then go out for a picnic.. Or use it to go out with your blind date set-up.. OR.. Well, you get the idea! This is open to Canada and the US.

OH! This also introduced me to the website www.nailpolishcanada.com (they are sponsoring Adopt A Polish) - I went perusing the site.. UHM! Deborah Lippmann polish is on there. The only place I have ever found them was in West Edmonton Mall. I am kind of dying. They also have 'Bad Romance' still up for sale. This is going to be a very Merry Christmas for me!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 13 Animal Print

Good ol' Animal Print nails..

Of course I was super excited about this.. And I knew I was going to do cheetah/leopard print nails.. BUT I decided to do it a different way (ok, it was a print off of a tunic in the November issue of InStyle magazine) and I kind of don't like it.. In photographs. It looks a lot different to me irl. Ahh well, such is life!



I used: OPI Ski Teal We Drop, Color Club Nomadic Nude and China Glaze Liquid Leather.

I think the thing I dislike about the photos is that there is barely any distinction between the base colour and the black and then the nude colour is too.. nude. Just bad colour selections on my own. Ahh well.

THESE photos are also going to give away what I have been up to. I am leaving in the morning for a few days and had to do some days of the challenge in advance.. Why they will give me away is that I clipped all of my nails down. I had an extremely low break on my thumb nail, and was finally able to get it cut down to the break - but I hated how short it was compared to all the other nails. Bleh. Oh well, I always love having extremely short nails and my nails grow fast anyways.

Anyways.. Have a solid day everyone!

***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 & ManiCured!***

Saturday, November 12, 2011

31 Day Challenge: Day 12 Stripes

Ugggggh stripes. This should be easy. It is easy.. Yet I still managed to mess it up.

Continue onwards to the photos.. If you must..



One thing when I'm doing my nails: I have ZERO patience. Usually it always works out.. No matter what I do. And this time, it didn't! Grrr! I'm using these lovely colours and I am dragggggggging the base colour. What a goon! Way to ruin a simple stripe mani, Dee! Geez!

I used: Color Club Shabby Drab (base), Color Club Rad Nomad and OPI Alpine Snow for the stripes.

I would like to make a note.. Rad Nomad might be my new favourite nail polish name. I love to use the word rad and the fact it is used on a nail polish? Perfection!

***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 & ManiCured!***