Saturday, June 30, 2012

Green x Green

Most of the residents at my workplace also try to check out my nails (as well as my sister's nails) to see what we happen to be sporting on them.. There is one group in particular that ALWAYS makes sure to check.. And I happen to know that they HATE when I sport green nail polish.. Which is awful (for them) as green is my favourite colour and I happen to love sporting green nail polish.

So.. What did I do? I went green on green.


This is two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Grass Slipper, followed by two coats of NYX Enchanted Forest. Oh, and please ignore my middle finger nail.. I had (have) a vicious slash on the side of my finger.. The bandage that I was wearing decided to leave residue behind - that only went away with nail polish remover. Le sigh.

These two polish were actually sent to me by two gals involved in my birthday group. I have been meaning to publish a post about it all - but I had been waiting for one other package.. I seriously doubt it will ever turn up.. So I think I will do a bit more work on that post, then I will be able to share all its awesomeness with all of you!

I loved this - the group I mentioned earlier: hated it! A win for me (:

Have a great day everyone!!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Saran Wrap Mani

I re-pinned a photo I had found via pinterest (LOVE that site!) and it led me back to this blog post from Jems From Jenny (whom I am now following) - and, I will now say that I freaking LOVE this method. I have a wealth of colour combos swimming through my mind now.. Anyways..



This started off with two coats of.. wait for it.. it has been a lemming of mine for awhile.. kind of a big deal.. any guesses? ILLAMASQUA LOAD! I finallyfinallyfinally got my mitts on a bottle.. And now I know I will have to get another as a spare. I had meant to take a photo of it alone before doing anything else.. But it was late, and I was too focused on Law & Order: SVU to stop automatically working on my nails and snap a photo. I know, I'm kind of mean sometimes (:

Ok, so, two coats of Illamasqua Load, then you have to let your base colour dry completely. Then you slap on a layer of another colour.. I chose to use Butter London Trout Pout, then, before it dries (I just went nail by nail for this step), you take some saran wrap (cling wrap, cellophane, whatever you like to call it!), make sure it is bunched up, and dab your nails - some looked awesome with just one dab, others took two (or three), you can use your own judgement for that step.

Then, I had my gold flake top coat on the table (the mother had knee surgery just over two weeks ago - she wanted her nails painted - I wanted to make it fun, hence the top coat being there).. I couldn't leave it alone. I added a few flakes.. I wish I had left that step out.. I think I saw it playing out differently in my mind. Still love this whole thing though.

This technique is easy and actually not very messy at all. I actually think next time (which will be soon!) I am going to multi-colour this bad boy up.. Yes, yes indeed!

Have an awesome day everyone!!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Skittles Leopard/Cheetah

I found a photo via pinterest of a look that Chalkboardnails had posted up.. I had to do something really similar to it because 1: I am never let down by what she posts and 2: it was too awesome not to do!

I am not sure how this will look on some computers.. I'm on probably the most outdated computer I have personally ever used. I mean, headphones are not even being recognized yet - NO SOUND :( but at least I still had Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8 on here.. Heh.


My sister and I had to do a minor bit of traveling this week for work, so I took some polish with me and did these  on our first night at the hotel. I am surprised how well nail polish held up.. Mind you, I wasn't doing any housework or dishes.. I guess that really helped!

I used: China Glaze Lemon Fizz (thumb), OPI A Roll In The Hague (index), Essie Lolipop (middle), China Glaze Gaga For Green (ring), Essie Mesmerize (pinky), Orly White Out, Orly Liquid Vinyl, and a couple of dotting tools from Born Pretty.

I received something really exciting in the mail the day we left.. I will have to get some photos and use it soon.. It has been a lemming of mine for awhile and I'm SOSOSOSOSO ecstatic to finally have it in my collection! Look for that hopefully some time this week. Now I'm off to wallow in my 'I don't have my normal computer, everything sucks on this one!' moment. Take care!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Whomp Whomp

I have known for a little while that the power supply was acting up in "my" computer.. I just figured it would keep running for a bit longer.. But no. It decided to officially die earlier today. Earlier today when I was trying to start it up so I could get some posts put together.

I'm not sure how long it will be out of service for.. But, in the mean time, I will see what I can do via this computer that time forgot.. It is so outdated that it scares me.

I just figured I would give everyone a heads' up as I might not have a new post for a little bit here - but I'll be back soon, I promise!

And back to 399 :( Ahh well, a day or two with 400 was good times (:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Rainbow Leopard Nails

I am a fan of Kelly-Anne of Tiny Tangerines.. And when she posted these up, I bookmarked it for safe keeping. Last night I was scouring through all of my saved links and images.. I was so indecisive, until I saw these again - then I knew exactly what I had to do!



I used just a wealth of nail polish.. So, let's get started on the list: China Glaze Sugar High, China Glaze Heli-Yum, China Glaze Breakin', Essie Orange, It's Obvious!, China Glaze Lemon Fizz, BYS Yellow Sunshine, China Glaze Gaga For Green, Butter London British Racing Green, OPI What's With The Cattitude?, OPI No Room For The Blues, China Glaze Sweet Hook, China Glaze Spontaneous, Essie Shine Of The Times, and Orly Liquid Vinyl.

Lots of colours, lots of activity, lots of love!

Though I did wreck them while making supper this evening. LAME! But I guess that gives me an excuse to try out something that arrived today (ommmminous!!!)

Also.. I'M AT 400 FOLLOWERS! What?! I am so excited! I have to collect a few more goodies, then I can post up a little giveaway, awwwwe yeah!

Thank you to each and every one of you that has taken a glance or three at what I have ever posted - and then decided to click 'follow', you're all amazing, and I appreciate you all!

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Hello Kitty Mani For Stephie

A few months back, while on the P.A.A facebook page, a gal named Stephie had posted something about a birthday group. It sounded rad. I posted something about it sounding like fun, and she offered me to pick a month - just like that I was a part of something, no questions asked.

Stephie got a group of 12 people together in no time, and immediately got us all connected and interacting with each other. Now, when I go on to FB on my computer, my 'Dirty Dozen' group is the first thing I go check on. It is weird had quickly you can become attached to a group of people..

Well. Something awful happened yesterday. We were told that Stephie had passed away. I should have known something was off. I had not seen an update from her in a few days - but I knew she was visiting with her sisters, so I figured she was just really busy.

It is unbelievable how quickly a life can be taken away. I didn't actually (ok, in real life?) know Stephie, but I felt an instant friendship form with her. She was very loving and kind - and things in her life were starting to go in a good direction for her. So sad.

Silver (another awesome gal from the group) had mentioned doing a Hello Kitty themed mani in her honour to post up for today. I knew I had to do something for her. So Stephie, my nail polish loving darling, this one is for you!


I knew Stephie wasn't a huge fan of red, so I went with some pink activity instead. I also tossed on some glitter polish that she had sent me during my birthday month. Her presence will definitely be missed by all of us within The Dirty Dozen and the nail polish community.

Take care today everyone, and remember to tell your loved ones how much you love them - at any and all times that you have a chance.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sticks 'n Stones..

May cause me to go in to perma-happy mode? Oh, that isn't how that how thing goes.. Well, it is now that I have Cover Brand Sticks 'n Stones.

I actually based my use of this amazing polish off to two looks.. One was based off of Thriszha's amazing post from a little while back.. and the other bout of inspiration comes from a gal in my birthday group - Tina; she doesn't have a blog yet, but once she does - look out!!



See.. Thriszha had really vibrant colours.. And Tina used more pastel-ish colours.. So I kind of met them in the middle? I feel like this is actually kind of amazing.

I used a base of Orly White Out, then I did random stripes of colours using: NYC Lexington Yellow (which is a polish I acquired through one of my SnS muses *grin*), OPI What's With The Cattitude?, China Glaze Electric Pineapple, China Glaze Sugar High, and China Glaze Sweet Hook. THEN we have the pièce de résistance, which is Cover Brand Sticks 'n Stones aka my new love. White and black mixed glitter in various shapes and sizes? YUS PLEASE!

I was able to snag a bottle from ninjapolish a little while back.. As a matter of fact.. I was able to snag TWO bottles.. Because.. as I pointed out before.. I'm extremely close to 400.. not that that extra bottle has anything to do with that, or anything.. Wait, what?

Hope you're all having a fantastic day - and I will talk to you all again very soooon!!