31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 29

And we are winding down so quickly!  Let me be completely honest with you – I have really enjoyed this challenge,  but I am soooooo ready to enjoy the design on my nails for more than a few hours.

Like today’s INSPIRED BY THE SUPERNATURAL nails. I’ve actually managed to get 2 days wear out of these, cause I did them early … sneaky aye!

My favourite verse from the Bible is from Psalm 91:11 –  “He shall give His angels charge of you to keep you in all your ways.” It was with this verse in mind that I created today’s look, with the help of this tutorial, for the wings. This nail artist is amazing, by the way, and it makes me feel a little inferior looking back at the video now and what is on my nails.


I used 2 coats of Cairuo 16 and then one coat of Jordana Lemon Tropic, which is a sheer shimmery blue. Using a paint brush and Miki #17 I made the shape of the wings. The inside feathers of the wings were done in Jordana White. The nails with the wings got a fine coat of Jordana Silver Glitter, and some small individual glitters on the tips of each wing.

All the other nails got a glitter gradient with Jordana Silver Glitter, and Jordana Silver Jewel ( I think… it was left on the table and I think le kitty stole it :-/).






I’m actually stoaked with how these came out, and I’m totally going to try this again sometime once I have proper brushes …. my crappy little $2 shop ones are just not cutting it anymore!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 24

Today’s theme is INSPIRED BY A BOOK. I really struggled with this one, not because I don’t read but because I read copiously. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but couldn’t execute it in a way that did my favourite series of all time, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, justice.

I went to another book I really enjoy…


The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor is a book I bought a few years ago while I was looking for books to share with potential classes. It has however become one of those books I go to again and again when I have nothing new to read. It follows the ‘real’ story of Alice in Wonderland – Alice is actually Alyss, the Cheshire Cat is a lean mean killing machine. I highly recommend it!

I chose not to replicate the cover, but to incorporate some of the main colours from the sleeve here. Starting with one coat of Cairuo #14(I’ve used so many of these since I started this polish, but they are genuinely amazing for $2!) I then randomly sponged on a light blue – QY #27, an orange – Cairuo #24, and a gold glitter – Miki #19.





I really like how these turned out, and it was nice to do something a little less complicated than the last few days!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 17&18/Nostalgic Nail Lacquer Swatch/More Awards!

Hello my lovely readers – I was determined to get this post up for you, despite the fact that my hand is going to feel like it wants to fall off after this. I’m not entirely sure what I did to it, but I’ve been suffering inflammation and pain across the back of my hand and wrist, which has made it really hard to do simple things like wash my hair, or text properly. Believe it or not, this post is mostly being typed up with my left hand. It’s slooooooow. And this is going to be a long post, if you hadn’t worked that out from the number of things in the title >.<

Anyway, there is a reason I wanted to get this up, and its because on Thursday I got my first ever international order, and an Indie brand to boot. Nostalgic Nail Lacquer makes the most delectable shades of polish, that I am sooooo excited to say I now own two bottles of. I was so excited when I got my order (I made Husband drive me to the depot because I initially missed the drop off) that I did a quick paint in the car…


The little honey I want to show you today, is called Possibly Maybe; it is sweetest baby yellow jelly filled with purple, green and silver glitters. My swatches are showing 6 (yes six – this polish applies thin and dries super quick, so it really didn’t bother me to use so many) thin coats with only a base coat. I wanted to show this little beauty in it’s purest unadulterated form.  Can you tell I’m in love?









I died a little inside every time I looked at this gorgeous creature, and I’m definitely glad I endured burning pain in my tendons to apply it. Having said that, I have two days worth of Challenge posts for you, which both use Possibly Maybe a) because I couldn’t bear to take it off, and b) because I couldn’t bear to take it off.

Day 17’s theme was GLITTER – which was easy enough! I just swapped up some fingers by applying Miki #25 underneath, aside from the ring finger.


I went out with some friends, and found a chocolate (Vodka and Lime! *drool*) that matched my mani!




Day 18 (today’s) is supposed to be HALF MOON … buuuuuuut I couldn’t find my French Manicure stickers, and couldn’t get any ring binger stickers (you know those paper strengtheners we all used before kids started taking their school work in on USB keys and laptops) and so I had to improvise. Using ordinary sellotape I just taped off the bottom half of my nail, and threw on a coat or two of Cairuo #21. It’s no where near straight, or beautiful – just go and put Half Moon Mani into Google Image Search and you’ll see what I mean, but … never mind.




Finally – The gorgeous Nailluxxe nominated me for the Sunshine Award – I’m totally honoured and a little bit in awe of two nominations in just about as many days.

The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!




The questions Nailluxxe posed me and my fellow nominees (check them out – I did, and discovered a whole lot of new bloggers to follow!), and my answers are below:

1. How did you come up with the title of your blog?

– -Funny story – Husband and I both came up with it in the car one day. We were brainstorming names for businesses, and I said (jokingly) “if I had a nail polish shop I’d call it beyond nails, or something…” and then he replied “what about beyond the – what is that stuff that you put on first called?”

“Base Coat! Yes! Beyond the Base Coat” … and that was how both name and blog were born, since the name was too good to waste floating around in my brain.

2. Flowers or chocolate (gift)?

– -Flowers any day

3. Relaxed beach holiday or crazy city break get-away?

– -Beach holiday – I love the beach, the sun, and the water.

4. Favourite thing about blogging?

— Being as silly as I want, and the awesome people I keep meeting through it!

5. Beauty product you can’t live without?

— Uhh… I’m not really into beauty products, aside from polish, but I guess it would probably be pressed powder for mah shiiiiiny face.

6. Most embarrassing song on your ipod/in your music collection?

— One Direction – the “that’s what makes you beautiful” one … I swear it’s the only one of theirs I have, and it’s not even their version, it’s Glee’s. Which I suppose is the next most embarrassing playlist I have – 159 Glee songs..

7. One thing you hope to achieve in the future?

— I would love to make a living out of blogging, but since I don’t see that happening any time in the near future, the next thing I hope to achieve is to be a Mummy.

8. Best thing you purchased in the last 3 months?

— uuuuuhhhhm… I haven’t really bought anything in the last three months aside from my Nostalgic order which I am in LOVE with.

9. Describe your blog using ONLY three words

— Budget But Beautiful (that’s not too big headed is it?)

10. Thing/person/memory that puts a smile on your face after a tough day?

— Easy; Husband and Kitty. No arguments there – they never fail to make me smile.


And without further ado, the blogs and bloggers who inspire me, and make my day just that little bit better, and whom I want to nominate for this award are:


  1. Nail Mania
  2. Color Coated
  3. Polish You Pretty
  4. Tips and Top Coats
  5. Lekker Lacquer
  6. Nail Polish Anon
  7. Twenty Six Nails
  8. Intense Polish Therapy
  9. Lani Loves
  10. Leona Carolina


And their questions are…

1. What was your favourite Childhood TV program or movie
2.  What is your current guilty pleasure besides polish/nail art/beauty related products?
3. Are you a summer or winter person?
4. If you had $500 to spend on anything you wanted what would it be?
5. What has been your most frustrating blogging moment
6. Who is your most hated villain character of all time?
7. What is your go to comfort food?
8. What hopes and dreams do you have for your blog?
9. Kitties or puppies?
10. If your life was a movie what genre would it be, who would play you?


Phew! 4 hours later, and this post is finally ready to go. I’ve got something special for you tomorrow, so long as my hand doesn’t decide to pack it in again!


31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 1

Here you go ladies and gents, the first of my 31 day nail challenge. I wish this post was longer, but we’re about to have a launch party for our new business…. so without further ado, I present to you,  RED…




Will update tomorrow with all the sordid details.




Main red was QY Color # 28, a sheer-ish jelly.

❤ accent on pointer is with LA Colors Berry

Ring finger glitter is Kleancolor Red Hot

Pinky is covered in fine red glitter I picked up from the $2 shop.


Mmmm… Jelly Sandwich…

Just a quickie today. My nails hate me, and are short again. One of the polishes I got the other day was this one:


With flash

This is V.I.P from Kleancolor. It’s a really sweet clear jelly that has a slight orangy-pinky tinge to it. It’s packed with glitters; tiny silver ones and slightly larger red and silver holo hexes.

It’s definitely a topper – you couldn’t get opaque coverage with this, but it is perfect for making a jelly sandwich!


This is V.I.P and Jordana’s French Manicure in Soft Pink – it’s a super sheer polish that I don’t use very often because I find it really streaky, and the drying time sucks. It worked brilliantly with V.I.P though. I’m layered it this way: Soft pink, V.I.P, soft pink, V.I.P, soft pink … plus top and base coats…. that’s a whole lot of layers. Like Shrek. But much prettier.

You are my Sunshine…

So today I went and spent some time with my amazing Aunt, who is a nail technician. She let me sit in on a client’s visit, and watch how she applies acrylic nails… Who knows… Maybe this is something I might branch out into later? She also fixed up my nails a little, and I just had to give my newly shaped and buffed nails a little makeover.

I tried about three different things before finally convincing myself I didn’t need to do anything complicated. I ended up with something to reflect just how excited I am about summer coming.


This little something just makes me so extremely happy. Yellow is such a delish colour, that just screams joy to me. Not to mention, just the other day I had a very special little boy sing me “you are my sunshine, my only sunshine…” So that makes me just extra happy.

I started off with my base coat, then dived right in. The first colour is from the 1,2,3 selection called Yellow which is just a generic $2 shop cheapie. It goes on like a cheapie too. It’s thick and gluggy,and I will probably end up adding a little thinner to it soon. The next was from Miki, a gorgeous butter yellow, that sadly has no exciting name – just No.25. Both these polishes took about three coats to go opaque, but the Miki polish has a much nicer consistency than the other. Finally, I plopped on a couple of layers of Kleancolor’s Gold Caviar. Gold Caviar is a thick yellow jelly that is jam packed with tiny gold glitter, and larger gold hexes. I really like that with this one I don’t have to layer it so much that it never dries, it is that full of sparkles.

I topped it all off with a fast drying topcoat, and am now revelling in the warmth of the sun… On my fingers.