Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Splatter Floral Nails REDO

Hey everyone!

I posted THESE GEMS yesterday.. though I had one small problem with them.. they weren't quite the vibe I was going for. During the writing process of my post, I removed the polish (other than the glittttah) and re-did my nails.. to what I am about to post.

These turned out to be the exact vibe I was going for. I ended up being quite pleased with the results.


I like everything about them. AND! The splatter nails remind me of jawbreakers.. awwwesome! Yay? Nay? Why don't I just share the array of polish I used:

China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
China Glaze White On White
butter London British Racing Green
China Glaze Cranberry Splash
Orly Liquid Vinyl
China Glaze Lemon Fizz
China Glaze Highlight Of My Summer
Formula X For Sephora Flashy
China Glaze With Love
Illamasqua Load
Formula X For Sephora Infatuated
China Glaze First Mate
China Glaze Sunday Funday
OPI My Favorite Ornament
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Phew!

That is all for now.. see you all again very soon!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Splatter Floral Nails

Hey everyone!

Last night, after I did these nails and when I went to bed - I was quite pleased with my nails. When I woke up this morning, though, I wasn't overly crazy about them. I thought of a few things I could change so that I would really like them.. I am very tempted to take how I want them to look and recreate them before work.. I might just have to do it.

Anyways!


Really, there is nothing wrong with them.. I just sort of find them.. boring? Ah well! I used:

  • Lime Crime Milky Ways
  • China Glaze White On White
  • OPI My Favourite Ornament
  • China Glaze Highlight Of My Summer
  • China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • OPI Mod About You
  • Formula X For Sephora Infatuated
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I made the roses with a "main" colour and white, then I did the details with the "main" colour and black mixed together.

Again, I don't dislike these bad boys.. I am just not amazed by them! Also.. did you notice I had to chop off my nails? As soon as I acknowledge that my nails are getting long - and am like 'oooh my nails are getting long!' there is a guaranteed nail break almost immediately. Good times.

See you all again real soon.. I am working on a different take on these gems right now..

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In The Cab-Ana with Foie Gras, Celestia, and My Vampire is Buff

Hey everyone!!

Today I did some recreation nails with a glitter twist.. sort of.. anyways.. I loved THESE NAILS, but I don't love For Audrey. In fact, when I moved.. I believe instead of gifting that particular polish, I threw it away.. it has separated quite badly and I am just not a fan. I know, weird. It is China Glaze - I love China Glaze - but me and that particular polish are foes for life.

I grabbed the polish I was going to use - everything the same - except for For Audrey.. and did my nails. When I was finished, I felt they weren't quite finished.. I nabbed a Rainbow Honey glitter.. and that helped.


I used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Essie In The Cab-Ana
  • OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • China Glaze Foie Gras 
  • Rainbow Honey Celestia
  • Poshe Top Coat

I quite like these.. but I am kind of thinking I want something different now.. though I don't know what. I have some housework and possibly baking I want to do after work.. maybe I will chip something and have to re-do my nails. I find that happens a lot. I do my nails, then immediately after I want to do something else. It is a sickness, I tell ya. Anyone else like that?

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Baker Street Mix

Hey everyone!

It is no secret that I love blue nail polish - I am positive I have shared that fun fact many a-times.. (you know.. how green (any shade, ever) is my favourite colour, but in the nail polish world, I cannot turn down a blue!) that is still how it goes - BUT - I think Nails Inc. Baker Street is my favourite blue polish: 1. It is blue and 2. It is called Baker Street - hello?! Sherlock Holmes reference.. genius! I rest my case.

I came across this gem PHOTO via pinterest awhile back.. and thought that it would be a perfect recreation so I could bust out Baker Street.. and then I was like.. why not use some of my other top fave polishes?! Swell!


And these beauties were born. I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • China Glaze White on White
  • OPI My Favorite Ornament (phew - I wrote it without using 'u'.. that was unbelievably difficult, lemme tell ya..)
  • Nails Inc. Baker Street
  • Dotting Tool
  • Poshe Top Coat

I switched up my top coat this time - I was having trouble with same-day chipping while using my beloved Seche Vite - I am hoping it is just a bad bottle or something.. I have never had a problem with it before. This combo of base and top coat gave me zero chipping - I wore these for five days before I even started to have tip wear. Good times!

I will see you all again real soon with another fun recreation - I already have it picked out.. but I am having an internal debate. I have work in a few hours, and I have naked nails.. but there is a wealth of cleaning I want to do after work.. so it doesn't make sense to polish my nails now.. but I hate having naked nails. Sigh. The dilemmas we must face..

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I Kind Of Like Galaxy Nails

A lot.

Hi everyone!

Today I will share with you the first of what I am sure will be many posts of galaxy nails for 2014. I can never sport these gems enough. And, I have said it before, but I will say it again for good measure: I honestly believe you cannot do galaxy nails incorrectly. It is impossible. Even with these gems.. the yellow-y/green-y colour I used tinged some of the polish with its strange shade, but that didn't even upset me in the end. These are just that rad. True story.


 I used a small army of polish to achieve these mini-masterpieces that you see before you.. in absolutely no particular order, I used:

  • Nails Inc. Connaught Square
  • China Glaze White On White
  • China Glaze Fairy Dust (a must if you want super magical  galaxy nails!!)
  • Formula X For Sephora Zap
  • Formula X For Sephora Omni
  • Formula X For Sephora Eureka
  • China Glaze Cosmic
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • Sponge
  • Dotting Tool
  • Tiny Brush

Yup. That is what I used. Plus base coat and top coat.

Actually, speaking of which.. I don't know if my combo is working out too well anymore. I chip waaay too fast meow. Like, same day fast. Yeah. Tres annoying.

Favourite base coats and top coats in the comment.. annnnd.. go!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pink, Purple, and Blue Gradient..

I know, clever title..

Anyways..

Hi there!

Last week, while at work, I asked my gals how I should paint my nails.. Galaxy was the winner, but they wanted to see them in person, so that is for this week.. then I gave some other options, and they chose a gradient mani. No problem.

I apologize.. I took these photos after 4 days.. and apparently I dipped my fingers in acid before the photos.. my hands so look dry. Gross. But hey.. it can count as a post.. right?!


I used a base of Lime Crime Parfait Day, then sponged on more of that, plus Lime Crime Lavendairy and Lime Crime Once In A Blue Mousse. Then, when all was said and done, it did look lovely.. but it needed something.. bring in Formula X for Sephora Wham! and this look was complete.

That is all for today - see you all again soon!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blue & Black Mix

Hey everyone!

The other night I sat down with 3 nail polish.. and then it went to 4 because my mani just need something extra.. I went in not having a clue what I was going to do.. and everything turned out kind of rad in the end - except I made one major mistake. I painted my nail just before bedtime and ended up smudging my thumb nail during my sleep.

I have been polishing my nails for many, many year.. I know what happens when you go to bed with a not-so-perfectly-dry mani. I guess some things you just never fully learn. I'm a slight genius, I know.


I used: Formula X For Sephora Dark Matter, China Glaze Sunday Funday, Formula X For Sephora Turbulent, and China Glaze OMG.

Anyways.. that is all for today! I will see you again real soon..

Monday, January 6, 2014

Festive Floral Nail Art ala The Nailasaurus

Hey everyone!

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Sammy aka The Nailasaurus' nail art - I mean, honestly, who isn't, right?! I was pretty enthralled when I saw her Festive Floral Nail Art post.. and I immediately pinned them because I knew it would honestly only be a moment in time before I would replicate them.

Sadly, I (as I normally do) didn't take a photo right away.. so.. they are a little bit 'worn'. I even tried to use my watermark to cover a weird chip - I know, I am beyond clever.


Love these. The lady at the MAC counter said they remind her of pin-up nails - I couldn't agree more.

Thumb & middle finger: 2 coats of China Glaze White on White and Formula X for Sephora Flashy for the dots.
Index: 1 coat of FxFS Flashy then 3 coats of OPI Gettin' Miss Piggy With It
Ring: 2 coats of CG WoW, roses made with FxFS Flashy and butter London Knees Up, petals made using OPI Jade Is The New Black, and dots made with China Glaze OMG
Pinky: 1 coat of FxFS Flashy and dots with CG WoW

That is all for now - see you all again real soon!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Fave Manis of 2013

Hello everyone!

In 2012, I posted my top 12 faves of 2011, and in 2013, I posted up my 13 faves for 2012.. so.. I guess that means that you can now scope my fave 14 of 2013.

I told myself I was not going to do that whole 'wow - where did the year go?!' kind of segment, but seriously, where did the year go?! It was a whirlwind year filled with many ups and downs, but I could not be more happy than I am right now. Honestly.

With that.. it is time to see what I consider my favourite manis of 2013. There are really in no particular order via favourite-ness.. and I will post a link for each photo. Enjoy! And welcome to 2014!!

I had to cut out 3 extras.. and I thought getting to 14 faves would be difficult! I did a lot of nail activity this past year that I apparently really liked. Kudos to this guy.. er.. gal.. uhh.. you know what I mean!

Black and white day of a challenge.. why not go skittles.. and why not make it count? I really like the pearl accent nail. I didn't really get to sport these 'out', so I don't know how long the pearls would have held up for.. but I think I will have to try that again some time!
 
 Colourful Plaid + Tutorial
I had so much fun creating these.. and.. they were so eye catching that I decided to make a tutorial for them. Some of my lines look wonky in these photos, but I don't remember thinking badly of them irl. Good times!

I just find these really pretty.

Galaxy, Dots, Studs, and Floral - oh my! 
These were my birthday nails.. and I LOVE them. Everything about these nails make my heart smile.

 Colourful Gro Print
Fun, colourful, eye catching. All the parts that make a great mani in my opinion.

 Green Floral Mixed Nails inspired by The Nailasaurus
I picked these yesterday to go up.. and then weirdly enough I got 4 notifications of them being pinned/re-pinned on pinterest.. I think I made a solid choice in putting these gems into my faves.

 Splatter Nails
Fun and messy to create, but the pay-off is amazing. I cannot wait to do splatter nails again!!

 Fun Rainbow Nails
Again, heart smiling type of nails.

 Red Cheetah
That RED! Ugh. Seriously.. as I say in real life, it gives me a lady boner. 

 Sea Monster
This is a polish by Pirate Polish and it was too beautiful not to include. It looks this bad ass over black, that I am now wondering how great it would look on other colours.. hmm..

You really cannot go wrong with skittle nails. And pink.

 Dots & Skulls 
My bestie bought me that base colour as a birthday gift, and it just screamed out dots and skulls, so that is what I did.

 Summer Gradient with Leopard Activity
Um, the picture is sufficient on this one.

Ziploc Bag Nails
Who knew you could create a cool effect using a ziploc bag? I sure didn't - but you can.

These are my picks for my favourite manis that I did for the year.. I liked a few at Christmastime, but I ran out of spots.. whoops! 

Did I miss one that any of you thought was a top mani? Let me know!

NYE Nails + Happy New Year

Hey everyone..

You're going to, again, get two posts in one day. I had meant to snap photos of my NYE nails yesterday and edit and upload then, but, well, you know that thing with life and it wanting to get in the way.

I had an awesome NYE. I was celebrating a birthday, so basically I was not home all day, then, when I got home, it was time to do a quick tidy-up as we were suddenly going to be hosting a birthday/NYE bash at our place. Luckily it was a lot of fun - I hope everyone had an excellent time bringing in the new year, whether you were out partying, at a party, or just home with loved ones, or even home by yourself - everyone has their 'thing'.

Thank-you all for sticking with me through 2013. I think I went on 2 hiatus periods. Lame. I am hoping I won't do that this year. I strive to just continue on my merry way.. finding nail art I like, and trying to replicate it as best as I can, and then sharing it all with you.

Anyways. My NYE nails are what I consider 'classic NYE' nails. Black and gold.


I used Formula X for Sephora Dark Matter and Formula X for Sephora Out of Sight. I first went with a coat from about half of my nail towards the cuticle, then I dabbed the polish near the cuticle line to really get some gold chunks concentrated in that area. I liked them.

Well, see you all again in a few with my fave manis of 2013 post!