Saturday, December 31, 2011

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..


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 comments, otherwise I know I picked correctly!
I hope everyone had an excellent 2011 and has an amazing start to 2012 - like I said, I have high hopes for this new year!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

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! Before I talk more about that set, I will tell you what else I bought.. I actually bought 2 lip products.. I am not a huge lip product person.. I have a bunch, but I don't use a lot and if I do remember to put something on my lips, it is Blistex.. BUT, my sister has this thing for red lipsticks lately.. I am not sure about me and full on red.. but I think I can handle these gems. I was wearing one when I got home to do a test run for NYE make-up.. LOVE IT! Anyways.. The other products are NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Place Vendome, Sephora Retractable Eyeliner in Shimmer Bronze*, and Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Tease.

*I have an eyeliner pencil from MAC that I adore.. Unfortunately it was limited edition back in the day and nothing is quite like it (to me).. My friend had this colour swatched on her hand and asked my opinion on it.. I think my heart stopped. It looks so similar to my beloved nubbed pencil! We both ended up getting it. I think I told her she was a genius.. Porter, if I didn't, know this: you're fantastic!

Ok, so more about these gems.. We have Sephora Collection full-sized Advanced Lash Booster. I have used a Sephora brand mascara before - loved it! I look forward to testing out this bad boy.. And it is full-sized = awesome! Then we have:
  • Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara. I haven't tried a mascara by UD yet.. This one has a curved brush.. I am not a huge fan of those.. But I love their eyeliners and, of course, their eyeshadow.. I am currently awaiting the arrival of my naked palette 2.. Fingers crossed for next week!!
  • Too Faced LashGASM. Another brand I haven't tried mascara from.. Though I do love their eyeshadow.. It has one of those skinny plastic-y brushes.. I am also not a huge fan of - but - I look forward to giving it a whirl!
  • Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash = love! I already told my sister that once I snapped photos for the ol' blog she could have this sampler. I already own a full-size tube, love it, and when I need more, I will just repurchase.
  • bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara - again, haven't tried this brand for mascara.. BUT the brush is a BEAST and I love it! I have this thing about mascaras having a monster for a brush.. It makes me happy? Well, I just like them, is all.. Uhh.. Yeah!
  • Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara - I have never heard of this brand before.. The brush is sort of like that plastic-y type I hate, but a little bit different.. We shall see.. Ahh! The wand reminds me of the new L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lash mascara that I bought a couple weeks ago. I didn't really dislike that wand, so maybe this will be alright as well.
  • Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara  - I always pass this brand in Sephora, and see that Argan oil is a major essential to the line, which I think is great.. And the brush? HUGE! A probable love.
  • Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara - when I bought my True Blood inspired Tarte eyeshadow palette, it included a mascara.. I quite enjoyed it.. I have high hopes for this gem.
  • Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara - ok, never heard of the brand and the brush is freakin' weird! It basically has 3 nubs to it.. I just don't even know.. We shall see about this!
  • Stila Full-Size Forever Your Curl Mascara - I have a few Stile products.. So I was kind of excited that this brand had the other full-sized product in this set.. But the mascara has a strange scent. I have a problem with mascaras that smell 'off'.. I swear that is all I smell all day. The brush is tiny and meh. I will probably try it, but at least I know if I dislike any of these bad boys, I have a mother and sister who will happily take them off of my hands.. Particularly the ma - she is happy with any make-up and I've become a make-up snob.
I have a lot of mascara testing coming up here. I might even keep you all posted if I find something I love-love-love!

I hope everyone has a great whatever time of the day you happen to have stumbled upon my post - talk to you all soon!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

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 up a little awhile ago that I knew I had to replicated.

The Nailasaurus posted these adorable reindeer nails.. And yeah, instantly knew I needed to have those painted on the old nails. Done.. I wish my Rudolph nose was a little more.. noticeable though. Ahh well.




I was trying to make some of the shots rad and take them in front of the Christmas tree.. Not my greatest of choices, but ehh.. The thought was there!!

And I'll include a photo of Bennie.. Because he is adorable and was loving the camera lately.


Alrighty, again, Merry Christmas! And have a great rest of the day (:

Saturday, December 17, 2011

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 lather on lotion 5+ times a day, plus my medication for eczema and I'm still left with gross hands. LE SIGH!**

I apologize about the thumb.. I actually sort of gouged my index fingernail on my other hand, and I was able to salvage him on that finger, but the remnants had to stay on the thumb.. Only part I don't like about this mani!

I used Orly Spark and Orly Liquid Vinyl for the eyes, Orly Sol Cabana for the beaks, OPI Over The Taupe on the thumb, Color Club Rad Nomad on the index finger, OPI Ogre-The-Top Blue on middle, OPI Mermaid's Tears on ring, and OPI Sparrow Me The Drama on the pinky. I also mixed OPI Alpine Snow with all the colours used to make their belly area and then just dots with the base colour.

I think I have 3 people that want me to re-create this on them so far, and I am actually happy about it! These nails are adorable and I'd be more than happy to share that adorable-ness with others!

I hope everyone is having a great day - and will have a fantastic weekend!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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 would you call it?
I would call it G&G.. It reminds me of the days playing Railroad Tycoon with my dad (aka me teaching him how to play!) and we always named our company G&G (Gloeden & Gloeden, our last name).. I feel it has rad name. I guess that is what my company would be. A line though? Something nerdy and referencing movies or books. I would probably name the colours after my favourite movie murderers.. awkward?

6. What nail polish colour does not compliment you?
Actually, my Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air does not suit me at all! It makes my pale skin look too zombie-esque when worn alone. I layered it over What's With the Catitude? and it looks better..

7. What nail polish colours do compliment you?
I don't really hate any colours on me.. But that doesn't mean they compliment me.. BUT, I figure I'm a "winter" colour wise, so, any rich tones.

8. Name two of your best nail art friends.
I would say my sister for irl nail art friends.. Though I do have friends that are getting more in to painting their nails and such - it seriously makes my heart smile! And online? I'd say Li Lian of shortwidenails - she is such a sweetheart! We have had some good correspondence over the years..

9. What was the best nail polish gift you've ever received?
I'd say when I won the Polish or Perish anniversary giveaway. I don't really enter too many giveaways, but I did enter that one and won.. I got so many nail polishes - and brands that I would otherwise never get my mitts on!

10. Make a speech about thanking the blogger who tagged you.
Alex won one of my Revlon nail polish giveaways.. It finally arrived to her! She is a sweetheart and I was happy to be in contact while we anxiously awaited those gems to get to her! Not only did I get to know her a bit, but I found a new blog to follow - always a bonus!!

Now for the five blogs.. well, you all should know by now how I am with these bad boys. If you're reading this and haven't been tagged YET, well, then, TAG! Do this (:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

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!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

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 can get back to normal. I want to start filming tutorials again soon.. I want to start posting AT LEAST once a week.. I need to start backlogging posts or something. Thanks for sticking with me through these 31 days. I look forward to the rest of this year with all of you (:

EDIT: What a jerk.. almost forgot this two days in a row!!

***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!***