Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Top 15 of 2014

Hey everyone!

As per every year for the last.. 2? 3? I do my own little round-up at the end to just share the manis that I personally treasured the most. The best part is that every year, I get to pick an extra one.. so this is fantastic! I am not entirely sure how many manis I posted (and didn't post) for 2014, but it seemed like a substantial amount when I was perusing the posts. BUT! I narrowed it down to 15. So. Here it goes. My personal top 15 of 2014.

In no particular order..


How could I not involve a look with this polish? I just love it. I am about half way done it.. I have had a backup bottle in my mitts on multiple occasions, but always put it back because it isn't necessary - yet - but will be soon. This blue is perfection.. and to pair it with pinks? Well, that is elementary.

This cheekily named polish was probably one of my favourite purchases for this year. My sister had sent me a photo of this amazing ombre (which I mention in the original post) and I had to recreate it with a little extra character. Plus - winter.. it was fitting.

These are probably my favourite set of nails of 2014, just sayin'. They are cheeky, fun, and cute. All things that I constantly strive for, yet don't always achieve. Plus, pin-up vibe, anyone?

The 31 Day Challenge was actually a very great time for me this past year. I think I made 3 picks from that month long extravaganza! And, I mean, who does not love banana nail art? This time I went with a less in-your-face base colour, and added some yellow glitter bits - hey.. why not, right?! Love these.

See? I said the 31 Day Challenge was a big deal for me. I loved these. Neon pink. Black. Gold. Snakeskin. Perfection!

Of course I had to include my favourite type of nail do-age in here. Galaxy nails. You cannot go wrong. Ever. I always tell people who look at them and wonder how to can just layer on polish after polish and have it look 'this neat'. Have fun - be wild - they will always be crowd pleasers.

Rainbow leopard print.. ... ....

I remember when I was sent these water decals, I was talking to my sister.. and said I had created this perfectly 80s water colour base and was going to toss the decals on. All she said was 'can you title the post 'I'm truly sorry, but I mustache'. Her wish, my command.

These were the nails I personally sported for Halloween. They are gross, and that is what I am all about. Love these!

I cannot watermarble to save my soul, but I sure can do that faux watermarble where you spray some alcohol on the polish and then dip your nail in - pretty much fool proof, so, ahem.. moving on! I figured this kind of dainty gold glitter look would turn bad ass with that method and a cute little pearl spider. I was correct.

I tossed these in here because: neon pink, skulls, GLITTAH, and, most importantly, spikes. Just punky perfection!

I love these.. yes, they were a redo of my own because the original colour palette I chose just was not appealing enough to my eyeballs, but this was. Plus, the splatter nails look like jawbreakers. Kind of a big deal.

I still remember seeing the inspiration photo for this. I was like 'yes, YESSSSSS!' because.. gold flakies are just so.. that thing that is needed. If I could, I would gold flakie all the things. Seriously.

These turned out so much better than I thought they would. Pretty much every person that looked at them thought they were stickers (ok, maybe not so much my thumb, but 4/5 is good!) and I just.. they scream Christmastime. Just feel goodness all around.

Ok, I had to include these. I really like them. Plus, I want to share a story that still leaves me.. puzzled. I was contacted by a rep for mod cloth. Rad! She said to choose a dress, and do nails inspired by it. Ok, awesome. She contacts me a couple days before she wants them done, photographed, and turned in. Ok, no problem. She sends me constant email reminders.. ok.. I get it. I am on it. I submit them.. and am never responded to again. Maybe they weren't good enough to be featured? But my thing.. why hound someone for something and then just bugger off. Left a rather odd taste in my mouth. Great nails, though.

That is all for my Top 15 of 2014! I hope you all had an amazing 2014. Me? Not so much. And 2015 is not off to a good start.. but hey.. that is life.

I have also decided (as of this afternoon) to do this..

So keep your eyes peeled for that bad boy beginning on the 2nd. Have a safe and (hopefully) rad start to 2015! At least my nails can have a good time.

See you next year ;)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Countdown To Christmas: CHRISTMAS DAY Nails.. 1 day late.

Hey everyone.

Well. I did it. I failed. I apologize. I allowed my sickness to overcome my will to do my nails. I rocked naked nails for Christmas.. though, I did sleep for basically 18+ hours of the day, sooo not too many people had to see my naked nails. I plan to be better by Saturday aka tomorrow, as that is when I am spending time with my family. Le sigh. I was sick last Christmas, and just did a repeat this year. Lame. Next year I would like zero illness, thanks.

Anyways. On Christmas eve I stopped by a store that my friend manages because.. I felt I needed to give myself another Christmas gift and get some more boots. Found a pair, and then as I was leaving, she mentioned me doing reindeer nails. Now, there are those really fancy Far Isle stag-print reindeer, or cheeky cartoony reindeer. At the time, I didn't ask her to clarify, but, I went with cheeky for today. Plus, my nose would not give me enough time to do anything too lengthy work wise as it needs to be blown every 2.358 minutes. Dumb.

I used THIS PHOTO as my inspiration, and just added a holiday classic nail polish.. which I believe my sister actually bought this one.. I stole it. Sorry Lee-Lee!


I used:
  • China Glaze Party Hearty
  • Essie Little Brown Dress
  • Essie Mink Muffs
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • OPI Coca-Cola Red
  • China Glaze White on White
  • Little brush
  • Dotting tools

Some of my reindeer look a little crazy, but I am quite ok with that. They make me smile.

Thanks for popping in to check out my Countdown to Christmas nail art series, it means a lot. Hope you enjoyed them, and maybe even tried a few yourself.

See you again real soon with another post! I sincerely hope everyone had a great Christmas, no matter how/where/when you celebrate it. Or not. I just hope you had a good festive time. There we go. And, done.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: 1 Day aka Holly Nails

Hey everyone!

Just sneaking in with this post.. it has been a crazy last couple of days, and I was worried if I started the series before actually 'finishing' all looks, I would get caught at the end.. I sort of have, but, I did just complete this one.. so that gives me a few hours of today, and some of tomorrow to do my Christmas nails. A friend today gave me the idea of what to do for the nails I sport on Christmas. I like it. I will go with it. You shall see tomorrow.

Enough babbling, on to the nails.

Using this PHOTO as inspiration, and my smART nails nail art stencils, I came up with this..




I used:
  • China Glaze White on White
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • butter London British Racing Green
  • OPI Coca-Cola Red
  • OPI My Favorite Ornament
  • Dotting tool
  • Little brush
  • smART nails P105

I actually quite like these stencils. Though, I did cheat - slightly. I was not waiting for the holly sprigs to dry, so I just used a dotting tool to create the berries. But. All in all, a very simple way to achieve a very intricate look. Minus my lines. Let's not pay attention to those wonky gems.

Merry Christmas eve, everyone. See you again tomorrow to share with you the nails I will personally be sporting for Christmas day. Have an amazing sleep and I hope Santa brings you rad gifts.. or, my favourite thing, time with your loved ones!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: 2 Days aka Christmas Lights Nails

Hey everyone!

I am sure most are super familiar with the Christmas lights nails.. if not.. take a quick mo here and google it, I shall wait.

Right? Seen them many a-times, correct? Well.. I figured why not do them?

To my recollection, I have never actually done these nails. I also figured that despite my best planning efforts, my last look, the one for today, and the one for tomorrow all started with a white base. So. For this one, I did the 'french tip' version. I like it. Simple, yet fun!


I used:
  • China Glaze White on White
  • OPI Coca-Cola Red
  • Formula X for Sephora Radioactive
  • China Glaze Sunday Funday
  • Zoya Pippa
  • Little brush

That is all for today -- sorry for the brief post. I am getting this all done rather late, and my alarm is set to go off rather early. Ohh life!

See you all again tomorrow!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Countdown To Christmas: 3 Days aka Sweater Nails

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you some snazzy Christmas Sweater nails. I wanted to do these other sweater nails that had a stag print to them, but I needed to do these before we were going to head to the dude's family gathering. Well, I rushed to get these done, but, he ended up quite ill, so we did not end up going. I could have done the other nails. BUT! I like these guys. They are based off of THIS PHOTO, but I had to change it up and add some gold.. anything to make them have more activity, really.

I used:
  • China Glaze White on White
  • OPI Coca-Cola Red
  • butter London British Racing Green
  • OPI My Favorite Ornament
  • Little brush
  • Dotting tool

That is all for today. I realize my lines are a little wonky here, but you get the general idea behind these nails.. right?!

See you all again tomorrow!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: 4 Days aka Purple Penguin Nails

Hey everyone!

For today's nails, I figured I would do something cheeky and cute.. I thought maybe a snowman.. maybe a reindeer, but then I stumbled across this PHOTO and was like 'a penguin, yes!'


He looks pretty dapper in his little scarf, I do have to admit that.

I used:
  • China Glaze Creative Fantasy
  • Pirate Polish Multipass
  • Lime Crime Lavendairy
  • Zoya Arizona
  • China Glaze Sunday Funday
  • Formula X for Sephora Infatuated
  • Little brush
  • Dotting tool

That is all for today.. see you all tomorrow - we are now in the home stretch!! Are you done all your holiday shopping??

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Countdown To Christmas: 5 Days aka Winter Wonderland

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you nails that I have recreated based off of nails that one of my nail art idols created a couple years back. They are a glorious wintery scene, and I am obsessed with them. You will see why if you check out her post HERE. She even gives a full tutorial, so you can follow and create them yourself, and reap all the compliments. I probably received at least 80 comments/compliments on them - not even kidding.



Aren't these so pretty? I feel like the gradient background just makes this 83% more awesome.

I used:
  • Formula X for Sephora Infatuated
  • China Glaze Sunday Funday
  • Formula X for Sephora Omni
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • China Glaze White on White
  • Dotting Tools
  • Cosmetic Wedge

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

Friday, December 19, 2014

Countdown To Christmas: 6 Days aka Easy Christmas Trees

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you a look that I have admired for years, but never gave it a shot.. mostly because it uses tape, and I cannot do tape very effectively. But. When a friend sent me the link this year, I was like 'wait a tick, I don't have to use tape.. I can just freehand this..' so I did.

This is a look done by Blue Tape and Nails, and you can find the link for the full post RIGHT HERE.

She even includes a full tutorial on exactly how she did hers.. which is awesome, and creates a muchos smoother appearance than mine. Tape, why must you be so elusive to me?


I used:
  • OPI Skull & Glossbones
  • butter London British Racing Car
  • OPI Fresh Frog of Bel-Air
  • Star Glitter

That is all for today -- I shall see you all again tomorrow!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Countdown To Christmas: 7 Days aka Oh, The Weather Outside Is Weather Take 3

Hey everyone!

I think some of these post titles are going to basically become mini novels - hopefully people are okay with that.

I figured why not kick off this rad countdown series with one of my personal favourite nail art creations of the holiday season.. plus, its name plays homage to one of my top films Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Paul Rudd, my future brother-in-law, thank you for being you.

Moving onwards.

I first debuted this look in 2012 - you can see it HERE - then I did it again last year - seen HERE - and I did it again now. BUT. I changed it up ever so slightly. I already have a look that I am recreating that is a gradient, so I figured why not use the colours in the saran wrap method? Did and done. I love it!


I used:
  • China Glaze Spontaneous
  • China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le
  • OPI Pirouette My Whistle
  • China Glaze White On White
  • OPI Don't Touch My Tutu!

Want to recreate this look? Or do something similar? Alright, here are my tips for this look:
  1. Paint your nails in your lightest shade (China Glaze Sweet Hook)
  2. Once the base is dry, blob on any colours you want, including the base colour (China Glaze: Sweet Hook, Secret Peri-Wink-Le, and Spontaneous)
  3. Blot with a mushed up piece of saran wrap, and keep blotting until you are happy with the result - side note: sometimes you might need (want?) to add more polish and try again. It happens.
  4. Paint some fun glitter over top to give it a little extra (OPI Pirouette My Whistle)
  5. Totally optional step, but I tossed a sheer milky colour on top to just soften the whole thing up (OPI Don't Touch My Tutu!)
  6. Paint on the snowflakes - there are many, many tutorials all over the web, or just paint on whatever you'd like - your nails, have fun!

See? Not too terribly difficult to do. Could you imagine this kind of look with blues? Or the classic green and red for Christmas? Endless possibilities!

See you all again tomorrow!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Countdown To Christmas

Hey everyone!


Just a quick post to announce that, just like my Halloween series, I am going to do a Christmas countdown nail art style. Starting officially tomorrow, I will counting down the days to Christmas, and why better way to countdown then to use nail art? Right? Yeah!


Also, I figured to make this announcement post, I should use the rad image plate I was sent. This was sent to be from Nail Polish Canada (seriously, love that site to order nail polish - it is usually cheaper than I can get in the stores, plus I don't have to worry about traveling to a store, and the polish I want being sold out. Shopping in my pjs?! Sold! Plus, super fast (and cheap!) shipping). This is BM-H02 snowflakes image stamped with China Glaze OMG, over top of Orly Liquid Vinyl, and some smattering of China Glaze Dancing & Prancing.. and then I mattified it with Essie Matte About You.

That is all for right now.. see you again in a few hours to kick off My Christmas Countdown! Kicking it all off with a classic tomorrow..

Friday, December 12, 2014

Navy, Gold, and Sparkly

Hey everyone!

How can you go wrong with that trio?

Answer: you can't.

I was not quite sure how I wanted to use THIS PLATE from Born Pretty, but I picked up 2 new babies the other evening from Winners, and knew what to do with them.


I used:
  • China Glaze One Track Mind
  • China Glaze Unlabelled Gold Glitter
  • Orly Glitz 
  • BP-03

I did two coats of the blue, even though I could get away with 1, and two coats of the unnamed gold glitter. Then I stamped with Orly Glitz.. and I am left with a very whimsical feeling mani. Though, I still feel this is quite holiday appropriate. I didn't think I was going to like this image stamped, but I really kind of love it. Must invest in more of these large images on plates. They just look amazing!

If you are doing some shopping for nail art goodies on Born Pretty, use the code AHB10, and save yourself 10%!!

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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Cutest Spider.. Ever.

Hey everyone.

Yes, that is a legitimate statement, this will be the cutest spider, ever. And, for those that know me, you know the repulsion that spiders invoke in my core. I do a tap dance and basically scream/cry/try to sell my soul to the devil, anything to get away. I even barter with the spider. Like, if they disappear when I turn my back, we can pretend that we never crossed paths. It never works. The last spider I encountered even charged at me. That is enough of that story.

When I stumbled across these beauties on Born Pretty, I was like 'yes, please', and they were the item I was most excited for.

Now, I only pasted the spider to my nail for these photos. They, unfortunately, have this weird bump on the back, so they cannot adhere flush against your nail. I want to keep them for a fun special occasion mani.. so that is why it was only applied for this mani. BUT. This mani was specifically planned to showcase this little bad boy.


Guh! This mani is just so pretty/girly.. and distressed.. and spider-y, all at the same time! So good.

I used:
  • OPI Don't Touch My Tutu!
  • Essie Rock at the Top
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • Spider Gem

I did two coats of Don't Touch My Tutu! then did some 'sandwiching' with Rock at the Top (love this!!), then, I did the whole distressed water marbling with Liquid Vinyl. I love the whole look of this. I even switched back to my holy grail base coat-top coat pairing of China Glaze Strong Adhesive Base Coat-Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.. and I got 5 days worth of wear! It has been monnnnths with only a day or 2 while using the Glisten & Glow stuff. Apparently me and those 2 just do not mesh, which was upsetting as many people rave about it. Ahh well!

That is all for today. If you go check out the Born Pretty store, and want to pick up some rad nail art goodies (honestly, who doesn't?!), use the code AHB10 at checkout and save yourself 10%.

See you all again soon!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Black + White Triangled

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you another post with some Born Pretty goodies!

I picked out these gold triangle studs from them, and knew I wanted to keep the look very 'modern' or 'sleek', so that I did.


Simple black and white nails, with the gold triangle as an accent. I swear, in real life, these nails did not look.. so.. blah. I got many, many compliments on them. I also waited 3 days to snap photos. Oops!

I used:
  • China Glaze White On White
  • Formula X For Sephora Dark Matter
  • Triangle Studs

You can find the awesome triangle studs HERE, and, when perusing the store, please feel free to use the code ABH10 during check out to get 10% off of your order.. because.. who doesn't like to save some cash??

Out of the 4 nail art goodies I received, these are my favourite so far! Check out my previous post using the star decals HERE and watch out for the next few days for my other posts.

Allllso.. my dude and I already exchanged our Christmas gifts. He bought my a camera!! I am super pumped about it. My next post will have photos taken with the new camera! YAH!

See you all again soon!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Full Mini Star Design Print Nail Art Water Decals From Born Pretty

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you a post featuring some neat star decals from Born Pretty.

There were two setbacks from making this amazing. One is user error, and one is a decal mishap

I took the following items.. aka these nail decals, and my painted nails..



 And created these..


They look pretty rad.. but two issues.

1. The pink stars.. did not show up pink.. or this hand or my other.. I did a wealth of tests. I have had a full set of decals from the store do this to me. They go on backwards. And this was even following the full directions.. using the blow dryer and everything. A touch disappointing. That is why on this hand (my photographing mitt) I only went with one "pink" star.. because I didn't want white stars all over the place.. although it does kind of look interesting.. like.. a pink 3D effect. Anyways. 

2. I should not have topped with Seche Vite. Why? Well, it ate away at the decals - seen most noticeably on my index finger. It also ate away at the outside. Who knew Seche Vite was so potent? Still love it though. I probably should use a base coat clear polish next time instead.

Despite these 2 mishaps, I still quite like the nails as a whole. The decals are cute - even the solid decals, though I am partial to the stars with dots. I just love dots!

These are used like most water decals, follow the directions on the back.. plunge in water, apply to nail, blow dry, etc. I like water decals. They add extra activity without being a lot of extra effort. So long as your nails are dry. I remember one time, back in my very young days, when I didn't wait for my nails to be dry.. not a good time. 

You can scope these decals out HERE - and hopefully have better luck with the cute pink stars. 

Oh, and the polish base colours are:
  • Thumb = FxFS Brazen
  • Index = China Glaze Lemon Fizz
  • Middle = OPI My Favo(u)rite Ornament
  • Ring = Barry M Gelly Blueberry
  • Pinky = China Glaze Highlight of My Summer

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

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