Something Exciting has Happened!

To all my Beautiful Readers and Subscribers,

Something exciting has happened …

I’ve moved my little blog over to it’s own domain name. I’m super excited because this is giving me the opportunity to have more control over my Blog, and what goes in/out of it. I would really love it if you would continue following me and my ramblings over to:

www.beyondthebasecoat.com

Because of the move, I will have lost my subscribers, so if you subscribe via email or your blogroll, please come over and hook up with me again!

❤ Sahra

p.s. Day 31 of the Challenge will be posted up there tonight – and here, just in case you miss the memo!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 16

Here we are, back on track. My hand only needed a day or so to settle down. I’m getting back on track with this challenge, and present to you TRIBAL. 

I’d spent ages looking for ideas for this, when it suddenly hit me. Why go for the bright designs most nail artists go for, when my country has some of the most beautiful tribal art I’ve ever seen.

Knowing I wouldn’t be able to hand paint these designs,  I started hunting for a design I could turn into a ink/water transfer. After finding it, Husband helped me resize it just a little larger than my thumbnail and Bob’s your uncle.

After painting my nails a plain white, I dipped my decals one by one into water and applied them to each nail, applying a little pressure then carefully lifting the paper to reveal the design.

Now,  I’m warning you, my decals didn’t go on perfectly – in fact, I only got whole nail coverage for this on one nail and that was on the middle finger of my right hand (which I did later and is a darker photo cause I used no lights… whoops).

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I really like how easy it is to get intricate designs onto your nails using this technique, and I love this artwork too! I found this image from Google, which links to this website. His art is pretty amazing!

What do you think of my (borrowed) tribal design?

My First Award!!

Yesterday morning, I woke up lamenting the fact that I’m not able to carry on with my nail challenge because of my defunct hand. And then I checked my emails. It had to be the best 6:15am email check ever. I had a notification sitting there, so unceremoniously, so innocently; I almost missed it. It was an email pointing to a post by Confessions of a Swatchaholic … and she nominated me and several other bloggers for this award.

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I jumped out of bed, did a little happy dance and pretty much beamed all day. I’ve only been blogging since the last bit of last year, so to be recognised by another blogger is really exciting!

Part of being nominated for this blog is to a) thank the one who nominated you, b) nominate 15 other bloggers (relatively new ones) & let them know, c) add the award badge to your post and d) divulge seven interesting or random facts about yourself.

So thank you Miss Confessions!! I didn’t even know you were following/knew about me, so thanks for finding me and deciding I was a worthy recipient ❤

Here are my 15 nominations, which was so so soooooo hard to compile! I could easily have had a list 20+ long. A few of my nominations may not be necessarily new (which I classified as having run for a year or so), but are new to me, and definitely worth a mention.

  1. Domestic Minxes
  2. Trine Marie
  3. Nailed it NZ
  4. Beauty Adoration
  5. Brijit’s Digits
  6. CraftyNail
  7. Nail Luxxe
  8. Wrapped n Glitter
  9. Nail Art for Funn
  10. Amoof Nails
  11. Polished Me
  12. The Silver Me
  13. The Polish Fox
  14. MaSucree
  15. Every Sensory

 

And finally, the 7 facts…

1. I always always ask for extra jalapeños.
2. In school I sucked at math, but aced chemistry… go figure!
3. If I was going to retrain it would be as a nurse.
4. I love Sailor Moon. She ignites fun memories of my childhood. I wish I had hair that I could style into meatballs.
5. I slept with my bedside light on right up until the eve of my wedding. I don’t need a light to scare the boogy man anymore, I have Husband.
6. I don’t sleep with a pillow – my cat commandeers it every night.
7. I often sing song lyrics in reply to questions, or if a phrase triggers a song in my brain.

 

You are all awesome – thanks for reading, subscribing, and just existing in general!

 

Cairuo Polish/NOTD

So yesterday I went for a little shop. I was quite pleased with my haul.

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The Maybelline was $5 and the Revlon was $8…. I love Postie Plus for parallel imports! I’ll swatch those two later. I also grabbed a few intriguing bottles of $2 polish from my local dollar store. I saw this brand come out there just before Christmas, and my mum got me a really sweet green in my stocking. The brand name of the polish is Cairuo.  It doesn’t make any claims about being 3-free, or anything like that, but I loved the colours I saw, and for $2 it can’t be that bad… right?

The colour I’m showing today is number 29… or #4520 … I’m not sure which number is the right one.

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But wowzers…. this was such a nice polish to apply. When I first opened it, it had a weird smell – as it dried however… oh my life. It smells like strawberries and bubblegum. Delish. I think because of that and the colour I might call this strawberry-gum.

It has a quick drying time, comparable to Jordana polishes, and a smooth finish. This is two thin coats.

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Inside with shoddy lighting

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I topped my ring finger with Kleancolor Fuchsia Glitter for an accent, which I think fits quite nicely.

I have two more polishes from this brand to swatch, so keep an eye out… and perhaps I might even expand my collection a teeeeeeny bit more?

Go-to Polishes & Chevron Nails

Ya know how sometimes you just get into that zone of having one or two polishes that you can’t help going back to? At the moment mine are Sally Hansen CSM Thinking of Blue, which I swatched the other day, and Jordana Boy oh Boy, which I love!

I’ve been thinking and thinking for the last few days about a design to enter into Sincerely Stephanie’s skittle nail art competition, but I have to say, aside for the colour palette I want to use, I’m at a bit of a loss. The competition ends soon, so I need to get cracking.

Tonight, therefore, I had a go at what I’m calling an almost-half-skittle, where I used two accent nails instead of just one. This was also my first time successfully using French manicure sticker guides. I lamented on Twitter about waiting for polish to dry, because I had to do my ring finger twice…. impatient me put the sticker on too soon and lifted a whole lotta polish off :-/

ANYWAY… here is the finished result. Using the aforementioned polishes, plus a coat of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Teal (which I reviewed last year and haven’t used since until now) on thumb, pointer and pinky.

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Please excuse both the quality off pictures (I only use my phone camera, and take pictures wherever and whenever instead of using a camera and lightbox) and the sad, sorry state of pinky nail…. We had a minor catastrophe last night.

So what do you think? Am I on the right track for Stephanie’s competition?

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:

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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!

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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.
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Sally Hansen Swatches

Hey fellow nail polish lovers. I’ve just got back from a really awesome afternoon with a bunch of girlfriends, having a fashion swap. I came away with a few good finds, mainly shoes and accessories.  I love accessories. One of the best things about this fashion swap for me, was that I took my polishes along and offered nail art throughout the avo. 

Yesterday I went nail polish shopping… the first since the beginning of December (aside from Dorian Grey). Today I have swatches of two of those polishes, both from Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure range. I’m managed to get these for $6 each.

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This is Without a Stitch. I. Love. It. I’m wearing three thin (THIN!!!) coats and i have full coverage. This polish is so sweet and understated – a soft beige colour that just in one day of wear had so many comments!

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Outdoors

The second colour I have to share with you is Thinking of Blue – oh my freaking nailloving goodness. I can’t get over this colour.

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In the bottle it looks like it might have a slight purplish look to it, but on, it is the nicest petrol blue colour EVAH.  I don’t own any other blue like this, and like Without a Stitch, the formula is perfect. I have on two thin coats, no visible nail line, and if we’re really going to be pedantic about it, one thicker coat would do it.

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Like…. seriously. These polishes couldn’t be more perfect. Besides the colours, which I love, the formulas are brilliant. No base coat or top coat is needed, and they are both a dream to apply.

Seriously…. I might actually start buying full priced Sally Hansen nail polish… I feel myself being converted….

Who likes Sprinkles?

I ran out of polish remover, which is tragic, because I won’t risk a manicure chipping without remover at hand. How sad is that. So I have bare naked nails. Surprisingly I don’t actually mind at the moment – it’s a novelty, and a chance for my nails to actually breathe.

Never fear, I have a couple of swatches and designs up my sleeve for the next little while that I haven’t shared with you yet. Like this one from a few days ago.

Remember these???

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Griffin’s Hundreds and Thousands cookies were my absolute favourite biscuit growing up… and I still love them. What I love just a little more is a polish that reminds me of them…

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I LOVE this colour. As you see, the lighting isn’t that fabulous, but those glitters… oh those glorious little glitters. This is L.A. Colors Candysprinkles. Such the perfect name. It’s a beautiful pale pink creamy polish with different sized red, blue, purple green, silver and gold glitters in it.

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This polish goes on and dries like a dream. I’m wearing 3 coats in these pics, but it’s opaque IBM two … I just like the added depth. It’d probably work beautifully as a one coat topper over purple or pink or even white, and in a jelly sandwich.

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I sealed it all in with a generous top coat, and had no sticky-uppy bits at all. Definitely my favourite polish at the moment …. and I’m not really a pink girl! I got this polish from Postie Plus, for $5. Not too bad, I didn’t think!