Friday, February 27, 2015

Dim the Lights.. It's Floral Time!

Hey everyone!

Haha.. uhhh.. my post title is killing me right now. My pals and I (my sister in particular) use the 'dim the lights...' line a lot, but originated from 'Road Trip', and it definitely does not end with 'it's floral time', but it is cheeky and I am going with it.

We have been having some very strange weather lately - yes, even for the prairies in Canada. We had a dream January (we had days that were above 0.. we had melting in January), which led to some extreme temperature lows in February, but compared to some winters, I almost feel like this was a cakewalk for a winter. And, it is intense how quick the turn around in temperatures have been. -30c on Saturday overnight.. and then up to -2c on Monday.. oh.. ok weather. Let's do this!

Because of these 'balmy' temps, I think of spring, and spring makes me think floral.. so.. here are my first set of floral nails for 2015.


I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • butter London Trout Pout
  • China Glaze White on White
  • OPI My Favorite Ornament
  • OPI Chillin' Like A Villain
  • OPI Cajun Shrimp
  • Nails Inc Queen Victoria Street
  • Color Club Twiggie
  • Little Brush
  • Dotting Tools
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I just really wanted to use Trout Pout again.. haven't used that gem in awhile. Then I decided to stay in the colour family for the flowers (roses?) and Chillin' Like A Villain and Cajun Shrimp fit the bill. Love these. Oh, and I needed gold in there just because.

Got a wealth of compliments on these.. and many thought they were jamberry (that is my fave kind of compliment) and a wealth of people lately have been telling me to start doing gel/acrylics.. who knows.. maybe some year I will learn?

That is all for today! See you all again soon!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Blues

Hey everyone!

I am positive that I have mentioned at least 8 million times how blue nail polish is my favourite. I feel like it compliments my skin tone the best, or, at the very least, I feel very confident when I sport blue polish. Just on of those 'quirks', I suppose. Anyways.

When I came across THESE NAILS by Sensationails4u, I was like 'yup', but immediately slapped some polish on to my nails. I changed it up a smidge because I do not have nail vinyls (plus I probably would not use them correctly and ruin lives) so I free-handed the lines and was not pleased with the lack of crispness.


I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • China Glaze License & Registration Pls
  • OPI Gargantuan Green Grape (yeah, believe it!)
  • China Glaze White on White
  • Dotting Tool
  • Little Brush
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I want to go on a sort of mini-rant, but not a rant at the same time. One of the first.. oh.. 20 polishes I ever bought was the "original" formulation of OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, and I was OBSESSED with that gem.. then, it was down to less than a quarter of the bottle left.. it was all thick and goopy - even nail polish thinner could make it workable. THEN. I saw that GGG was available using my points on NPC, so I went for it, and was thrilled when the package arrived because I knew I would be replacing a favourite.. only.. it was not the same polish! It is.. like.. blue. Um. Duuumb! I mean, like my sister pointed out, it is still a nice polish colour, but it was not the colour I expected it to be. BUT. Then I can use it in manis like this, and it is rad. So. Rant in the fact that I no longer have that particular shade in my collection, and non-rant because it is not a total loss.

That is all for today! See you all again soon!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bubblegum Abstract Canvas

Hey everyone!

A pretty easy mani look for today.. I feel like I don't use my 'topper' polishes enough.. because then I feel like I am not really hand painting anything.. but honestly, some of these toppers are just too pretty. Like the one I am about to share with you.


For this, I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink
  • Emily de Molly Abstract Canvas
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

A super easy, but really eye catching, and cute, mani. Love.

See you all again soon!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Opal Nails

Hey everyone!

I would say a week or two ago, a gal had posted in the nail polish group on facebook about an opal and transitioning that look to nail art. I was like 'oooohhhh.. pretty!' and decided to give it a go.

This is what I came up with..



I apologize for the weird colouring in some of the photos.. I was trying to get Shine of the Times to cooperate, but that did not happen - clearly.

I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Formula X for Sephora Brazen
  • China Glaze Sweet Hook
  • Barry M Blueberry
  • Formula X for Sephora Unmistakable 
  • Essie Shine of the Times
  • Saran Wrap
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

My method for this was to do a saran wrap approach and toss a flakey topper on it. I loved how these looked when they caught the light - but not when I wanted to capture photos. It looked rad.

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

You Are Outta Lime! + Where's My Blanket???

Hey everyone!

A few weeks back, I wanted to stop in at a London Drugs on our (the dude and I) way to grocery shopping as they had those large storage bins on at a really good price. We went. I got a bin. And 2 on sale polish. After we got home, I had them sitting together on my desk, and was like 'hey, these work together!' and so I made it happen.


Please excuse the smudge. I decided to stake the photos shortly after painting.. and I always fumbled my camera. I decided to go with a smudge instead of dropping my camera. I think it went really well for me!

I loved both of these polish right off the bat. The green is great - it took 2 coats to make me happy, but that is kind of what I expect from polish, period. Then the topper.. how fun!! Different sized black matte glitter and then some random orange and yellow bits? Uhh, yes, thanks.

I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • OPI You Are Outta Lime!
  • OPI Where's My Blanket???
  • HK Girl Top Coat (probably why my nail smudged.. this top coat and I do not get along).

That is all for today! See you again soon!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Secret Peri-Wink-Le, Splattered

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you some nails inspired by YoungWildandPolished - and I am OBSESSED with these nails. Splatter nails and dots? Yes, please.


There is just something about dots and splatter nails mixed together that says 'I am very put together, but I am also a touch crazy'. Love this combo.

I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • China Glaze White on White
  • China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • Straw
  • Dotting Tool
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Both splatter and dots are very easy to do.. just with splatter nails, make sure you have a good area to work with and are prepared for some clean-up.. unless you have that really rad latex stuff for around your nails. Love these nails!

See you all again soon.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Nails - 2015 - Set 3

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you my final set of V-Day inspiration nails.. and these are my favourites! I was inspired by lieve91 on instagram by THESE NAILS.


I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Formula X for Sephora Brazen
  • China Glaze White on White
  • China Glaze With Love
  • OPI Shorts Story
  • Tiny Brush
  • Dotting Tool
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I. Freaking. Love. These! Look at the adorableness! Mini-arrows.. Valentine's Day.. pink.. red.. solid!

That is all for my V-Day looks for 2015. Maybe you gathered some inspiration from my inspired looks? If so - post in the comments! I would love to see!!

See you all again soon.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Nails - 2015 - Set 2

Hey everyone!

Today I bring you another option of nails to do for V-Day. I was inspired by THESE NAILS inspired by polishbychelsey who was inspired by Ms. Jade.


I just love these - they are adorable. Well, obviously I would love them.. dots. Enough said!

I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • China Glaze White on White
  • China Glaze With Love
  • Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • Dotting Tool
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

That is all for today.. tomorrow I will bring you one final V-Day look.. and it is my favourite! I cannot wait to share it with you all!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Little Dots

Hey everyone!

This will be the last nail post for awhile... where my nails are longer.

Heh.

I had another low break on my left thumb nail, and was like 'eff this, you're all going!' and just clipped them all down. Which some would think is really upsetting, but I quite like having shorter nails. Small bonus for moi!

Anyways.

I was at London Drugs the one evening, perusing their nail polish, and they had a wealth of OPI polish marked down.. and one in particular caught my one - it was one in the Coca Cola collection that I had wanted, I just never got my mitts on it. That night, I did. And then this mani happened.


I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today
  • Sally Hansen Pacific Blue
  • Dotting Tool
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I love this peachy-pink and blue combo! With a smattering of dots? Perfecto!

See you all again soon with another post!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Day Nails - 2015 - Set 1

Hey everyone!

Sorry I have not posted in a bit.. I was sort of waiting to see if a February nail art challenge would be posted up.. and then I had a few posts just waiting.. and finally I was like 'edit those photos and get some posts going' - so, I shall.

I am going to hopefully do another set or 2 of Valentine's Day nails. I have approximately 10 ideas jotted down in a notebook, but I don't think I will complete that many. I figure at least another 1 or 2. Mayhaps 3.

I am not a huge celebrator of Valentine's Day.. like.. not couple-y things. My dude and I met 2 years ago on Valentine's Day.. and have mostly been together since.. so I guess that is cool? I just like to either do absolutely nothing, or hang out/go out with friends - which is what the plan is for this year. What is your Valentine's Day plans? Let me know in the comments!

So, for those of you going out, or even just staying in, but want fun nails - maybe you can gather some inspiration from these posts? Who knows.

My first set of nails is a classic (ish?) nail art technique: braid. You can scope out exactly how to do it HERE. I love it because when you are finished, people are like 'ummm.. how?' and really, once you start it, you realize how simple it is.. and how awesome it looks when finished.


I used:
  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Formula X for Sephora Brazen (light pink)
  • Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink (pink)
  • China Glaze With Love (red)
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Those are the polish I used.. basically for a braid mani, you need three colours, can be any colours you want, and just go to town. I promise you will love how it looks when you are all done!

See you all soon with another post!