Sunday, February 24, 2013

Laid Back 31 DC - Day 7 - Ombre or Skittles

Hello everyone!

Confession: before I painted these nails.. I had bare nails for TWO DAYS.. in a row. I don't even remember making a full day with bare nails in the last.. well, couple of years. I honestly had zero ideas. Once my sister got wind of me not knowing what to do with my nails, she said 'do those roses on one nail, and cheetah print on another..' and then I thought 'hey, skittles are the next thing on the challenge list.. I can totally skittle with those ideas.' Because. To me, the whole "skittles" nails means they are all different, but related. She suggested hot pink polish. Done.





Products Used:
Nail Life Gripper (base coat)
China Glaze Sugar High
OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips
Daisy Nail Lacquer Sachet Pink
Ninja Polish Girly Floam
Rainbow Honey Pinkie Promise
China Glaze Liquid Leather
Brucci Lime Green
Brucci Roberta's Green Garden
Orly White Out
Gold Studs
Dotting Tool
Little Brush
Poshe Top Coat


Wow. Typing out the list of products used was a beeeast. Stick with me here, and I will go through what was used on each finger, and, if I bought them via a specific website, I'll link it up.

Thumb: China Glaze Sugar High & gold studs.. and some super glue and Poshe top coat.

Index: China Glaze Sugar High, Daisy Nail Lacquer Sachet Pink (from my amazing pal Silver!!), China Glaze Liquid Leather & dotting tools.

Middle: China Glaze Sugar High & 3-5 coats of Ninja Polish Girly Floam

Ring: China Glaze Sugar High, Orly White Out, Daisy Nail Lacquer Sachet Pink, OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips, Brucci Lime Green (no label..), Brucci Roberta's Green Garden, & dotting tools.

Pinkie: China Glaze Sugar High & 2 coats of Rainbow Honey Pinkie Promise.

These seem like they would be highly labour intensive, but I think I spent maybe 40 minutes max on them. And. I absolutely love it. They all work together, but are still completely different. Did I ever mention that I adore my sister??

Take care until next time!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Laid Back 31 DC - Day 6 - Favourite Colour Family

Hello everyone!

Day 6.. favourite colour family.. now, I know what some of you (who have been followers for awhile) will expect me to go with greens.. because, well, green is my favourite colour. This is a true fact. BUT. In the nail polish world.. my favourite colour family.. is.. BLUE. I have yet to come across a blue polish that I don't like. True story. I feel like all the shades compliment my near translucent, pale skin. 

I followed (sort of) this awesome TUTORIAL to create my blue fishtail nails. Oh, and I love them.




Products Used:
Nail Life Gripper (base coat)
Essie Bikini So Teeny
OPI No Room For The Blues
Nails Inc. Baker Street
Poshe Top Coat




I really, really like this.. especially on my recently shortened nails. It makes them look pretty awesome (if I do say so myself)

I actually look forward to doing this a bunch of times with other colour combos. This is fun and easy to do - but it looks like it is a lot of work. Those are the best kind of manis!

Take care everyone - see you again soon!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Laid Back 31 DC - Day 5 - Purple

Hey everyone!

Sorry, I'm a day late here.. I swear I will get the majority of these posted on time - I honestly don't even have a legitimate excuse as to why I don't get these posted in time. Please forgive me!






Day 5 is purple.. I chose two different purple polish.. and went with interlocking dots.. I can't stop doing it - it is a problem!



Products Used:
Nail Life Gripper (base coat)
a england Guinevere
China Glaze Creative Fantasy
Dotting Tools
Poshe Top Coat


Simple, effective, love. I assure you that my next go for this challenge, 'favourite colour family', I will not use an interlocking dots mani!!

Also, I did a guest post over at Imperfectly Painted the other day.. you should probably go scope it out! I will show you a preview photo..


Take care until next time!!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Laid Back 31 DC - Day 4 - Pink

Hey everyone - today I bring you "day 4" of the laid back 31 day challenge.. and.. I feel like this can be a two-for-one type of post.. this can totally work for a Valentine's Day look! Yay!





Products Used
Nail Life Gripper (base coat)
China Glaze Sugar High
OPI Mod About You
OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips
Cult Nails Wicked Fast (top coat)


I followed this pin and really quite like the results. Though next time, I am going to let more of the "second layer" show.. but that is about it. I really enjoy it - and all the pinks used make it super girly!!

Remember to check out the other activity from the 31 DC participants!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Creme De Menthe

Hello everyone!

Before I do a little intro on what I will be sharing with you today, I first want to kind of ask a question of you all.. I posted on the blogger help forum, and have yet to receive any type of response.. Anyways.. I feel like a total jerk.. I keep going on to other people's blogs with the full intent of leaving a comment.. but after I have typed out my comment.. and hit enter.. nothing. It is like I'm signed out. I check now when I load up a blog. The top right corner stays to sign in or register.. yet I am "signed in", but I cannot comment or anything. It is very frustrating. I don't know if I picked up some sort of, well, some sort of something.. but if I come across something in my blog roll, and want to leave a comment, I want to LEAVE A COMMENT, and I cannot. I use firefox as my browser and refuse to use anything else. Help? Has anyone had a similar thing happen? Any fixes? I'm desperate! Who has two thumbs and just fixed their problem? THIS GUY!

Ok. On to the good stuff.

When I spoke about Silly Lily Polish J-E-L-L-O the other day, I did mention that I bought another polish from her.. and I am going to share it with you all right meow. I was scrolling through her items, and saw a few that could have been my second polish, then I laid eyes on this gem and it was all over. It is Silly Lily Polish Creme De Menthe and I personally love it.




Products Used
Nail Life Gripper (base coat)
Silly Lily Polish Creme De Menthe
Cult Nails Wicked Fast (top coat)




A pale green jelly base, green, green, and green glitter, and matte white glitters? Um, I feel like this was designed for me!

My application might not have been the best - I honestly need to thin it just a touch (mental note: do that asap or you'll forget!) but I honestly just love this polish. I did get a few compliments on it - and some one thought I did all the little white dots by hand. Apparently people think I have some serious talent!!

Now - I want to just talk a bit more about these bottles.. I really like them! I like the shape of them, I like how they were packaged, I just liked them a lot.


 First, when I took them out of the box, they looked something like this (obviously much nicer.. I ripped them out of the little baggies before I could take photos.. I'm impatient!) - I already liked how they were wrapped in bubble wrap and then placed in a little bag.. it seems like some thought was put in to rather than 'whelp, bubbled wrapped - slam dunk in to the box!' (I'm not complaining about that either - the main thing is bubble wrap.. I just like the extra thought here).

Next, I like the bottle shape. They aren't round, or square, they are octagons! I love it! I don't have any bottles that are in an octagonal shape - and I really quite enjoy it! I know.. what a loser getting all worked up about a bottle shape, but it is just delightful!


I'm a stickler for little details.. might I mention this one.. a little sticker on the top of the cap? I pretty much geeked out at this point. There are indie companies with  beautiful bottles, labels, etc, but this actually warmed my heart.


 Oh, and then, when you have a child weeping (which he does pretty much any time I'm not focusing all of my attention on him) when you're doing "work", you bring them over, and they photo bomb every shot until you give them your hand and allow them to scope out the camera. Bennie, why must you be oh so cute?

I was not sent these polish for a review, I bought them on my own accord, I just wanted to share with you all how pleased I was with these polish. Even the shipping to Canada seemed quite quick - which is always a plus in my books! Check out the shop HERE - there are some absolute gems over there.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Laid Back 31 DC - Day 2 & 3 - Silver & Gold

Hey everyone!

I am sort of cheating on this one.. I didn't want just post up a picture of a silver and a gold polish, or of the polish with some glitter top coat.. and I didn't want to incorporate any other colours.. what to do, what to do! Oh, combine them. Great!




Products Used
Nail Life Gripper (base coat)
NOPI The Next CEO
Joe Tin
Dotting Tool
Cult Nails Wicked Fast (top coat)


Super simple nails, but they actually look pretty rad in real life. The photos are all right.. I did see this idea via pinterest (the nails are half black with silver dots - I didn't pin it before my computer decided to restart from new downloads.. sigh - but - when I stumble across it again, I will toss the link in here!)

That is all for now. See you all again soon! 



Thursday, February 7, 2013

There is always room for J-E-L-L-O

Seriously, there is.

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you an impulse buy polish that I'm insanely happy to have indulged in.. Though my application isn't the best (I got a little carried away with the polish and my top coat, thus leading to some bubbling.. if you can look past that though - true gem!)





Products Used
Nail Life Gripper (base coat)
China Glaze Lemon Fizz
Silly Lily Polish J-E-L-L-O
Cult Nails Wicked Fast (top coat)



This whole impulse buy started from this POST. When the polish arrived in my hot little hands on Tuesday, I really wanted to use a similar pink for my base, as it looks absolutely adorable, but I just wanted to use my favourite yellow ever and then top it all off with J-E-L-L-O. So I did.

I did end up getting a wealth of compliments on it - probably because it just looks like 'fun' slicked on to my nails. I really like this combo. I legitimately feel happy looking at these gems.

I got my bottle of J-E-L-L-O HERE, and I will do more of a review of it all when I do a post on the other bottle of polish I picked up.. I mean, it felt weird only ordering one bottle of polish..

Also.. a side note: is any one of my amazing followers a Fall Out Boy fan?! If so, aren't you as excited as I am?! I love their new song. What a great week - filled with a ton of work, fun nail polish goodies, and music! Yay!

I hope you're all having a great week so far.. and I will see you all again very soon!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Valentine's Day Nails: Look 2

Hello everyone!

Today I have my second look for Valentine's Day nails. When I did my nails the other night for the Laid Back 31 Day Challenge, I did the whole interlocking dots mani, and figured it would be perfect for Valentine's Day! ..and that is the crazy story on how look 2 was born.. a real edge-of-your-seat tale, I know.



 


Products Used
Nail Life Gripper (base coat)
China Glaze With Love (red)
Lime Crime Parfait Day (pink)
Dotting Tools
Cult Nails Wicked Fast (top coat)


I really, really love this whole interlocking dots deal.. It looks like there is some major work done, but in actuality, it is just a wealth of dots. Who doesn't love dots?

I think there will be another one, maybe two (time depending) Valentine's Day looks for you all. Back to the drawing board for those.. Have a great day everyone, and I will see you again soon!!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Laid Back 31 DC - Day 1 - Black & White

Hey everyone!

Technically I am a little late on this.. I really wanted to be a part of the laid back 31 day challenge.. but, silly me, I didn't pay attention to see the start date.. Which was on Feb. 1. I really am quite dummmmb sometimes, but that is besides the point.

I knew exactly how I wanted to start the challenge.. I knew the look I wanted to go with for black and white.. then I saw that a couple of the other gals went with the same thing.. but I still really wanted to try it.. but.. why not mix it up a little? So, I did.






Products Used
Nail Life Gripper (base coat)
China Glaze Liquid Leather (black)
Orly White Out (white)
Cover Brand Sticks 'n Stones
Sponge
Dotting Tools
Pearls


I was sooo excited to use this TUTORIAL - and it is easy, effective, and excellent! I actually think this has inspired my next Valentine Day's nail look.. yup, it definitely has.

Anyways!

Thumb & middle fingers are the awesome interlocking dots, my index and pinky fingers are sponge-tipped opposite colours (you can't really see it) and then topped with some Sticks 'n Stones, and my ring finger needed to be covered in pearls. Seem logical, right?

Well, I feel a bit more relaxed now.. I'm caught up! Yay!

See you all again soooon!! Have a great night!

Oh, and check out the other participants, past & present!

Valentine's Day Nails: Look 1

Hello everyone!

I bring a Valentine's Day nail look to you today. I honestly meant to have this post up yesterday, but, some times things just don't work out the way we have planned them!

With that being said.. My "plan" for the next couple of days (up until Valentine's Day) are to post up some Valentine's Day themed nails.. I mean, why not, right?!

This first "look" is super simple. I picked out a wealth of pink nail polish and topped with some glitter. Genius!



Products Used
Nail Life Gripper (base coat)
OPI Mod About You (thumb)
OPI Sparrow Me The Drama (index)
OPI Elephantastic Pink (middle)
OPI Shorts Story (ring)
OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips (pinky)
I Heart NP Animal Cookie (over all the nails)
Cult Nails Wicked Fast (top coat)


Simple. Girly. Valentine's Day-y.

Basically, my idea to inspire those of you looking for inspiration: take some pink polish, and top it off with a glitter - can be pink glitter, can be any kind. Just something girly, and fun!

I have two polish from I Heart NP.. and now I desperately want more. Such a problem! (:

Have an awesome day everyone, and I will see you again soon!