Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Grey Scaled Cheetah

Or Grey Scaled Leopard.. Who knows.. Something from the cat family..

I was sorting through my untried drawer (well, I have some polishes that are untried in a drawer along with some other nail art/polish supplies.. I don't have enough new stuff to need a whole drawer.. though that would be kind of neat.. and intimidating.. anyways!) and I saw that Essie Cocktail Bling was still hiding in there. Um, Dee, why? You love grey polish.. I obviously had to do something to remedy this non-usage of this grey bad boy.

I used Essie Cocktail Bling, followed with some dots of China Glaze OMG and accenting/dots with my trusty China Glaze Liquid Leather (Orly Liquid Vinyl is hiding on me.. and it displeases me greatly!) and I also used a dotting tool that was sent to me from Born Pretty.

I have to say.. Cocktail Bling is a very intriguing grey to me.. It is almost hints at a lilac-y colour in some lights.. And I am not a huge fan of lilacs, but as a colour, I like. And I feel somewhat dismayed.. OMG is sitting at the 50% mark.. I think it will have to go in to hiding and only be used for special occasions, unless I come across another bottle somehow.. The stress!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rainbow Snakeskin aka Rainbow Tire Prints

I know, the title is a little strange.. But stick with me, and I will explain.

I really wanted to do something rainbow-esque the other day.. Yet my BM plate 215 was calling my name (aka the snakeskin pattern).. Then it suddenly hit me: sponge on a wealth of colours and use the pattern on top. YEX! (and I legitimately mean 'yex' - just say it in place of 'yes', believe me, it is fun!)

What I had wanted to do was have my colours all sponged on top of a yellow base, then use grey and black layered stamping action.. Though when I tried the grey on my pinky, I hated it and just went with black. Now, it is sort of distressed in some places.. And at some points in time, it still looked like a snakeskin print to me.. Then, I was like 'no, this is something else.. but what?' THEN I thought of the obscure movie 'Rubber' and my nails resembled tire impressions.. Everything made sense to me for the rest of the day after that.

I know, I'm strange. Moving on..

I used Orly Spark as the base, followed by some sponging of OPIs Ogre-the-Top Blue and Who The Shrek Are You?, then some Orly Sol Cabana, and finally China Glaze Heli-Yum. Then I used BM plate 215 with some Wet n Wild Black Creme.

 My only remaining question: what do you see? Snakeskin? Tire print? Something entirely different - sorry, could not resist.

Have a stellar Sunday pals - it is now time for me to start up my work week.. ugh.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Haute Nails

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by an awesome lady named Jessica Taylor, and she asked me if I would be interested in doing a review of her product - nail polish strips! I then went on to check out her website and ask her which design she really liked - I knew instantly which strips I wanted, but I went for her suggestion anyways.. She mentioned the Maggie which was a really great suggestion as they were the strips I was most eying up! If there is one design I always fail miserably at replicating, it is houndstooth. Done!

They arrived in the mail a few days ago - and I mean, come on, nail mail, of course I was excited!!

The kit includes 20 nail strips in varying sizes, an orange stick/wooden stick, and a nail file. All for $10 - kind of an amazing deal in my opinion!!

Now, of course I was too excited to put these bad boys on that I wasn't really thinking.. I had dishes and that to do.. And you all know my stance on wearing gloves.. Big mistake!! My other mistake was not taking photos right after my application. I did some patch work on my thumb nails as I ripped some off, and I lost a chunk from my ring finger.. BUT.. I must say I am really surprised how well they held up.. And this is without top coat no less.

I do apologize about my extremely dry hands in the photos. My hands hate me this winter.

While my after work photos may not do these strips justice, I have to say - they are beautiful! I think polish strips are great things to have.. I often get asked when I go out if my nails are done using strips, of course I get the open-mouthed shocked look when I say they aren't, but, most of the ladies complementing my nails are wearing the strips - so they are a very popular trend.. I think Haute Nails has a great selection AND I like the fact that quite a few of them are glittery! Who doesn't love that??

And honestly, $10 a pop? Yeah, I will be ordering more! Jessica started her business at home, and is starting to branch out and has been selling to companies AND she is great to talk to. My suggestion? Go look at the strip selection and snag some for yourself!!

Product provided to me for review.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Konad Plate m84

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Michelle at Nail Polish Canada - and she asked if I would be interested in reviewing a konad plate.. When I saw the photos of them, I knew immediately which plate I wanted.. m84 - the middle image was all I really saw: STARS! I love them.. And have a tremendously hard time actually paining them (oh, you'll see..)

It showed up to me late last week, and I have been thinking a lot about it ever since. I had a bunch of non dish washing shifts this week, so I knew it would be the time to bust out that beautiful plate and test it out.

Now, after my adventure with Half n Half nails, I wasn't quite ready to give them up.. So I went with half China Glaze Lemon Fizz and half China Glaze Sweet Hook. I liked them already.. Then I had to go in with my sub-par stamping 'skillz', but, believe it or not, this has netted me the most comments by people so far this year.. I also was impatient and have some dragged areas - but, the image itself is amazing. As you can see.. via my thumb.. I had an area of blank space, and instead of trying to just stamp on some stars, I freehanded.. With a dotting tool. Not so pretty, but no one really seemed to notice.

I love the idea of the stars.. I can see me adding this in to my next go with galaxy nails!

Also, when I was first glancing at the plate when it arrived, my mom pops around my shoulder and says 'can I get you to put those bows on my fingers?' - I was like 'what bows?!' - yeah! Adorable bow on the plate as well. Geez! See? I was so enthralled with the stars that I didn't even notice the other images. The bow, some really gorgeous flowers and some hot lips. Not going to lie, I lucked out!

I think it would be a really great plate to own, especially with spring right around the corner - the flower images scream spring manis with pastel colours - just saying!

You can scope out the rest of the konad plates they have to off by clicking HERE

Product provided to me for review.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Half n Half Nails

I have been loving this PHOTO  for a long time via tumblr, so when it showed up on some boards via pinterest, I knew I had to recreate it. Not going to lie: I love it!!

Out of the numerous pink polish I own, I decided I wanted to try out Pink Friday from the OPI Nicki Minaj collection. At first, I hated it.. It looked really gross with my skin tone, and usually pink polish and myself are close to bff status, so I was a bit upset and was prepared to start over with a new pink.. But I told myself to suck it up and add some Turquoise & Caicos and move on with my evening.. It worked. I like them together - it makes me not hate that pink with my skin tone. Case closed.

I already sort of mentioned what I used, but for safe measures: OPI Pink Friday, Essie Turquoise & Caicos, and Orly Liquid Vinyl.

Speaking of pinterest, is it weird that I almost cried when I found people repining and liking photos from my blog? And I mean cry tears of joy.. For whatever reason, I find it amazing that people repin what I do.. Which, I mean, I'm a copy artist for 98% of what I post.. I'm not creative enough to come up with my own designs, but the fact that people like them anyways is kind of a big deal to me!!

Have an awesome Friday loves!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sort Of Valentine's Day Nails

I say 'sort of' as I feel these could just be worn whenever.. OR, if I wanted them to be really V-Day-ready, I could add some red, or some hearts, and then it would be fitting. I do apologize in advance.. I went off to work and forgot to take a photo in the morning.. So my hands and that are peel-y, and my nails don't look as nice..

What these started as were splatter nails.. I thought splatter V-Day-esque nails would be rad.. But I could not get the splatter action to work. I had some blobs of polish on my nails.. So instead of start over again, I quickly grabbed my nail are brush and went to work making random strokes with the brush here and there. And my verdict? Kind of awesome.. In fact, I really do like these bad boys. I know, the photo might not do them justice as they were beaten up at work, but trust me: they did look great at one point in time.

I used OPIs: Mod About You, Kiss Me On My Tulips (still hilarious), Sparrow Me The Drama, as well as some Orly White Out.

Well, that is as close to Valentine's Day nails as I am going to do.. Though there has been some amazing stuff out there! I hope you all have a great day and I will see you again soon!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

New Kids + Nail Fail

I wanted to make a quick post to show my new children off.. I picked up 6 babies the other day.. Kind of excited to introduce them! Plus, yesterday was the worst day I have had in nail painting in a long, long time. Nothing worked for me. Today was better, but these will be posted up closer to Valentine's Day.. Anyways, moving on!

Yay! New kids!! Here we have OPI: I Don't Give A Rotterdam, I Have A Herring Problem, Kiss Me On My Tulips (side note: I have to stifle hysterical laughter every time I see this name.. I seriously have the maturity level of a 15 year old boy. I love it!), and A Roll In The Hague. Then we have China Glaze: Gaga For Green and Techo.

I knew I wanted to do something with IDGAR and IHAHP immediately.. Mostly to prove my dad wrong.. He said they are the same colour. They are not. But.. My idea failed.. I think the next time I want to use striping tape, I will size them before hand so they fit perfectly.. Even with tiny sewing scissors.. I couldn't snip them enough.. And then of course there is just me.. Tape, fimo canes, rhinestones.. I have to pick at them! Ugh.

I like everything about this.. Minus the fact I couldn't leave the tape alone or quite get it to be perfect enough. And my gouged thumb nail, otherwise, I loved this. Will revisit some time.

Then there is this.. I love this! Minus the tip wear and the fact that the photo is blurry.. BUT.. I was getting ready to go hang out with my bff last night, and the index nail on my non-photographing hand was ruined! The polish came clean off. I was pretty pissed off.

Oh well, such is life.

I am not even sure why I am posting these fails up.. I think it is to show that not everything works out as perfectly that it sometimes looks in the photos.. There are mishaps along the way.

I will be back with some V-Day-esque nails in the next day or three. Take care til then!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Domo Nails + Goodies

I am actually really excited to share this mani with everyone.. I alluded to it a bit last week. I didn't know what to do with my nails and had sent a message to my sister asking what I should do - she quickly messaged me back saying 'DOMO!!!!' while I was sending a text about the base colour I was wearing. I said I would do them next week (aka now) and I actually stayed true to my word.

I know I have seen these gems done over on The Daily Nail and I saw a photo floating around on tumblr where the girl alternated between Domo and dots.. So I decided to do a bit of both. I like Domo and I like dots.. Ahh yes, an accent nail: done!

I love these.. Yet when I scope the photo.. I'm like 'ew, the teeth! ew, this, ew, that!' but in reality I think they look fine irl.. AND I did get a wealth of compliments when I was at Sally's today.. So I figure my photo-critical mind is just a jerk. End of story.

I used OPI Over The Taupe as a base, then I used Essie Lolipop for the mouth, Orly White Out for the teeth and eye glare, and Orly Liquid Vinyl for the base of the eyes. I also used my trusty brush* and a dotting tool from Born Pretty.

*Ooh my trusty brush. Ugh. There was a stray fiber working against me last night, so I nabbed my scissors and made a little alteration.. And somehow that minor snip seemed to totally change the precision of my brush. I was getting pretty close to tears. Seriously. I knew that I wanted to make a mad dash over to Sally's the next day (aka today) because I'm on to my last bottle of Seche Vite and freaking out!

Of course they only had one bottle of that magical stuff left. I did buy that Out The Door top coat while in Edmonton. Hate. It. I swear it took a solid hour to dry and ew, it left a strange finish to my nails. I get that people will like one thing and others will like another.. I stand by Seche Vite. I should know better not to get anything else. With that being said, I did also grab a bottle of Orly Sec n Dry top coat.. I will try it. I just know when I can stock pile my baby, I will be content!

I also grabbed my fifth (maybe 6th?) bottle of China Glaze Liquid Leather my sister said the other bottle was running low. She prefers that.. I do still love it.. but Orly Liquid Vinyl is starting to steal my heart. I also got China Glaze First Mate - I think it is the right kind of blue I have in my vision.. You'll see! I also got some silver bullion beads AND I found a set of brushes that I might be content with.. My only wish is that they weren't floral printed.. But I can live with that. I also bought a pumice stone.. My hands from doing dishes are gross (in my opinion) - everyone else tells me my hands are extremely soft.. Maybe it is just me? Who knows! Oh, and some orange sticks.

I was hoping they would have some other fun Orly polish.. Or some from the China Glaze electropop collection in store.. I guess I will just have to put my order in with Nail Polish Canada instead!

Someone had asked me a month or two ago if I was still getting the luxe box monthly - answer: yes, I am! I just didn't know if anyone wanted to see.. But I had it sitting by my desk and figured I'd take a quick snap shot. I cannot wait for this week to be over. I have an exam and a final exam and then I will have some breathing room. My room looks like a battle zone.. Don't even get me started on my untried drawer - yikes! Anyways!

The January luxe box was kind of rad - it had a secondary box called a bath and body box, which had the razor and shampoo/conditioner packets in it. Plus, they had a bottle of China Glaze nail polish - of course I'm insanely happy.

It included: Yves Rocher Italian Mandarin Shower Gel (I will explain the scent once my sense of smell returns..), China Glaze polish in Sugar High (awesome because I love pink polish AND I don't own it already), DDF Advanced Firming Cream, and Kerastase Chroma Riche Treatment Mask.. Oh, there was also some Seattle's Best Coffee tossed in - I left that upstairs for the coffee drinkers.

Phew! What a novel-esque post. If you made it all the way to the end, you're awesome! There was another story I was going to include in the post about talking with my dad about business cards and .com'ing this gem up, but I will share that some other time!

I hope you're all having a great weekend! I am going to go do some more homework and try to get a wealth of sleep tonight. I have officially been sick for 2 weeks now; I'm exhausted! Take care!!