Hubby’s Revelation & Under the Sea Design

Two things …husband decided yesterday that he wanted to have a go at painting my nails. I dutifully took off ny peacock feathers, re-basecoated and got everything out for him. I was going to take photos. I didn’t. Because within five minutes my cuticles were flooded with polish, and he’d given up. He said he finally understands why I can do my nails three or four times in one sitting, and that it’s actually pretty difficult… he has a newfound appreciation for what I do. But oh, his face when he realised he was making a mess was so sad and precious. Love that man!

So I’m super excited. Tomorrow I’m going to Kelly Tarlton’s with the holiday program I work for. I haven’t been to this amazing aquarium since I was really really little… and I can’t wait! In anticipation, I painted an underwater scene on my nails.


This was loads of fun to do, and I’m really proud of them … however… I woke up this morning with shrinkage and sheet lines 😦

I’m desperate to keep them in for tomorrow… so guess who’s not doing dishes today!



I told you I wanted to dress up Dorian! I can’t for the life of me remember where I first saw this design, and I’ve been asking some of the ‘famous’  bloggers I follow (make sure you check out what blogs read… some AMAZING nail artists!!) but I haven’t been able to find where I saw this first.


Since I was already wearing Dorian Grey (from Sally Hansen) all I did here was take a white polish (Jordana White) to make a diagonal tip. Then on the edge of the white and grey line I put three grey dots – pinkie only got two – and then just a few grey dots on the white side. I repeated with the white, putting the dots so that it makes this little interlocking puzzle look. It was all finished up with one coat of Jordana Quick Dry topcoat (cause I’m impatient) and also a coat of Jordana Quick Shine topcoat. Quick Shine is really thick and sticky, but it creates the nicest, smoothest, hardest feeling finish to the nails.

I REALLY hope these last at least until the weekend… and that I can find out where I got the inspiration from so I can give credit!

EDIT: Thanks Janet for hunting the original post for me … this is where I saw it:

Dorian Grey

Here’s a little post for you about a polish I found today. I have been looking for a decent grey since I started doing my nails… and sticking to my under $10 budget, I’ve found nothing. Until today.

Ladies… meet Dorian Grey. I am in love.


This grey has the slightest green/blue tinge to it, and I adore the way it looks on my nails (which are super short after a mishap at new years). It’s a really thin formula, and I’m wearing four coats. It’s super smooth, and so easy to apply. This Sally Hansen polish has the coolest round tip brush that made getting close to the cuticle but not all over it a breeze!

Apparently this polish (from the Complete Salon Manicure range) needs no base or top coat…. so my nails have no underwear on, but I couldn’t resist and put a coat of Jordana Quick Shine Topcoat on.

I might dress this up tomorrow, I’m thinking maybe a polka dot gradient…?

Happy New Year!

I know, I know… it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been having serious issues with uploading.

Here today though, I’ve got a wee pic of the nails I’ve done to celebrate 2013. I’ve used a 13 different polishes, and I’m doing this on the run, so I’ll update this soon with names.


EDIT:: Here’s the list of colours I used here…
THUMB: Jordana Pink Power, Boy oh Boy, Raspberry.
POINTER: Kleancolor Sea Ice & a $2shop glitter
MIDDLE: Charm Limit number 33 & Kleancolor Chunky Holo Poppy
RING: Kleancolor Black & L.A Colors Confetti
PINKY: Jordana Green Glow & Kleancolor Gold Caviar.

Numbers done in Kleancolor Black & White, and topcoated with Jordana Quick Dry top coat.

Matte Goodness

My MATTE! Ugh! I just about died once I got this on my nails. This is just a quick little post, but I still wanted to share.

Here’s Jordana’s Mint Candy, three coats, with the ChiChi Matte Top Coat, and L.A. Colours Art Deco in Quirky Turquoise.

I just LOVE how the top coat dullifies the amount of light allowed to reflect off the nail.

Watch out for my Twilight inspired nails, in celebration of it’s release … going to the midnight screening! Woo!


Holo Review and Mini Haul.

Hello my friends! Yesterday I had a little mini-splurge on polishes. Husband was not totally impressed… but never mind! One thing I was really excited to find was a Matte Top Coat. I’ve seen Matte top coats on other blogs I’ve been reading, and after looking for them in stores here in NZ with no luck, I had resigned myself to having to buy online, which I don’t really want to do that much … I have enough trouble controlling my spending with cash in my hand! Anyway, wandering around yesterday I popped into Farmers. There are no words to describe the pitch at which I squealed when I walked past the ChiChi stand. It. Was. There. I didn’t care how much it was, I was going to get it. It was actually pretty reasonably priced, at $16.99, but it is by far the most expensive single item I’ve purchased for nails in the last year. I’ll get around to posting a blog especially dedicated to this marvel, but today I want to share with you two things – my mini-haul from yesterday, and a review on one of the colours.

‘Scuze the kitty in the background… he refused to move! From left to right, the polishes I got were: Chichi- Matte Top Coat, Jordana Pop Art stripers in The Artist and Artsy Purple , Jordana Raspberry, Pink Power, Boy oh Boy, and Mint Candy, and finally Kleancolor Disco Ball and Chunky Holo Teal. I love them all, and went so far as to have one on every nail to check them out last night, but I’ll do swatches a little later on.

I have on my nails right now though, this: 

This, Ladies and Gentlemen (cause I KNOW I have at least one of you guys reading this…) is  Chunky Holo Teal. And I am not so excited with it anymore. Inside the bottle it is amazing, and deep teal colour that shimmers with all the holographic glitters, going from orange to green to blue as you turn the bottle. What you’re seeing here, if four coats. Yes, four, and it isn’t even opaque. This makes me sad, that it’s not really a colour to wear on its own. The base colour however, might just have the right shade to go with anther blue polish, but phooey. I wanted it just by itself. The polish itself goes on like a dream. It’s not gluggy, it doesn’t clump at the tip of the nail, like I’ve found is the case with some glitters, but oh my word does it STINK! Definitely a polish to put on in a well ventilated room. I do like the way the holo’s change colour though, and outside I keep catching myself turning my nail to get the sun.

So that’s that. It’s pretty, but a bit disappointing.

What’s not disappointing though, is doing a mini-stocktake. For me this means I pull out all my polishes, arrange them according to colour, and then revel in the rainbow in front of me… and try to avoid Benji. 

Beyond the Basecoat


This blog has been created to share my slightly uncontrollable obsession with nail polish and more specifically – nail art. This little adventure started about 3 months ago, when I stumbled on some videos on YouTube, that I decided to try out, and ‘lo and behold, the spark ignited. Over the last few months, I have collected close to 80 nail polishes…

In fact, the box I bought at Labour Weekend now wont close!

And all almost exclusively under $4.

That’s right – I’m doing it on the cheap. I don’t see the point in spending exorbinant amounts of money (… just forget for a moment how many polishes I said I had, and PLEASE don’t do any math) on bottles of polish, when I can find ones that are just as good for sometimes a tenth of the price.

Typically I change my polish every 2-3 days – simply because I get really upset when a mani starts to chip, so it’s time for a new one, and giving myself a new design every other day stops me from biting my nails, which I have done habitually since I was little. Sometimes I even paint my nails more than 3 times in one go … especially when things don’t go according to plan! From now on, my goal is to post at least one picture of every mani I do, with a little explanation – who knows … maybe one day I’ll be ‘blogfamous’?