31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 23

A bookworm, lost in her own little world, but strong enough in character to fend off a chauvinistic he-man; a prince once with a distorted view of his own importance, now trapped in another body until he can learn to love; a tale of understanding and patience; a tea pot, a clock, porridge, some wolves and a rose.

Can you guess today’s MOVIE INSPIRED nail design?


Image from fanpop.com

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite Disney Princess Movies. I really connect with the idea of love with no conditions and with selfless sacrifice.

So here are my nails…


Thumb and pinky are done in 3 coats of Jordana Super Star, pointer finger is Belle’s dress, using Cairuo # 15, and individually placed gold micro beads over thin ruffles in Super Star. The middle finger is the rose – 3 coats of Jordana White Pearl and then CR #52 and LA Colors Lime for the leaves and stalk. Finally the ring finger is Beast’s coat and cravat, done with a base of White Pearl and then 4me #18 done free hand to leave a triangle of white, Jordana Super Star to line the coat, and a wee blue gem from a big pack I got from a friend. Phew! These designs are getting so much more complicated!




I am really super proud of this design, which is a good thing because it could be staying for a while… I’ve run out of polish remover!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 22

I am super excited to share today’s manicure with you. I’ve had a ton of compliments on it, though mostly from 9 year olds who had no idea what it was representing. INSPIRED BY A SONG was the theme, and I’ve been planning this since I first started this challenge.

The song I was inspired by was…

Sailor Moon!

You betcha the Nineties was the best decade for kids T.V … and I was Sailor Jupiter, thank you very much!

Here is the design I did on my left hand:




Sorry for the photo spam… I did these late last night and was rushed to get pictures before I chipped the design, so photos were taken in some random places…. we won’t go there!

This is all free handed, with no striping tape or anything. All the gem stones in the bows are from the $2 shop, and the collars are outlined with Jordana White, which I had to use with a toothpick in lieu of my striper cause I can’t find it :-/

For Sailor Moon (thumb) I used Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue for the collar, the bow was in an unnamed red mini from LA Girl. Sailor Mars is using the LA Girl mini and Jordana Lavender Fields for the bow. Sailor Mercury’s collar is in Cairuo #16, with Thinking of Blue for the bow, Sailor Jupiter’s collar should have been darker, but I don’t have a dark green creme, so it was LA Colors Lime, with Cairuo #10. Finally, Sailor Venus was with my newest Cairuo, #24, which is a totally gorgeous orange. Remember Day 2? I hate orange usually… but this one is awesome!

No pictures of my right hand today, but I just painted a full nail of the corresponding colour from the left.

I’m feeling pretty excited about tomorrow’s nails… I’ve just finished them and am so amped to show them off tomorrow!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 21

Here it is, the first of the “inspired by” series, and perhaps the most vague – INSPIRED BY A COLOUR. While researching this day I saw that many bloggers struggled with a clear definition of this one, and I’m with them.

I decided to go with a colour that I love and whose name instantly inspired an idea which coincidentally incorporated the colour. Win!

The colour I chose is Kleancolor Titanic, a deep red with subtle darker undertones. The moment I saw it it reminded me of Rose’s “jump” dress from the film.

Together with my sparkly black/holo striper (The Artist – Jordana Pop art) a plain black striper (Black Mark, also Jordana) a single black rhinestone and a sharpie I pulled together this look, which I was over all fairly happy with:


The sharpie was a new trial for me, to see if I could get the filigree work small enough… with a bit more practice I reckon I can!

These nails however, really didn’t want to be photographed.  I tried outside, flash,  lightbox, and even in the bathroom… none of these pictures really capture what I tried to do with this goooooooorgeous colour.  Ah well, this is life.






31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 20

This is the one I’ve been dreading.  WATER MARBLING. I don’t understand how some people can make it look so amazing… mine just looks “bleh.” If you want a tutorial on this, look to anyone but me! You can find one by Colette from My Simple Little Pleasures here, and then you totally need to subscribe to her channel and her blog!

Short postie, since I dont like this and will not be gushing about it. I used Sally Hansen Dorian Grey for my base, then used Dorian, Jordana Bright Blue & Mint Candy (a favourite, but I discovered it’s too sheer to show up in this, other than a really fine shimmer in places) and Cairuo #15.




Aaand a right hand shot…

Tomorrow starts the most complicated of the challenges… the INSPIRED BY themes. Wish me luck!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 19 + tutorial (galaxy nails)

I love the stars. I love the awe inspiring beauty of the vastness of space and the unfathomable expanse of it. Space speaks to me of the unknown, possibilities and my own childhood conclusion that the universe we live in did not happen by chance.

I’ve wanted to do this design for a long time. I tried it once before I started blogging, but I hated the way it turned out. Today I’m still not entirely happy, but how can you truly capture such breathtaking beauty on such a small canvas?




There are a lot of tutorials out there for how to achieve this look, but I wanted to add mine to the collection.

You’ll need teeny bits of sponge and tweezers – I found this much easier to use than a whole sponge between my fingers.


And some polishes that reflect the type of nebula/galaxy you want to create. I used Kleancolor Black and Black Out (I genuinely adore this black glitter polish!), Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue, Jordana Raspberry & White, and a sticky as QY glitter polish.


I started off with just one coat of black, then did a slick of Black Out.



I could have quite happily ended here, but I didn’t. Taking my blue polish, I sponged on random spaces. You might need to go over a few times to show up.


Then my pink/purple over top, but not right out to the edges.


Finally I added in the white and went over with the glitter finish.


I’m definitely going to try this one again sometime.

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 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).




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.


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!


31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 15

Not a long post again, and one with bad news. I’ve bunged up my hand,  and am finding it super difficult to painta plain coat of polish on, let alone do a design and write a long post about it. I’m probably going to be out for a few more days with the nail challenge, but I do have day 15 for you, which is DELICATE.

For this design I tried to emulate dew drops on a spider web. I don’t think I quite got there, but I was happy with how it came out. 



I used an Avon polish called Rave as my base colour (which a friend gave to me and I officially love) and Kleancolor Love is in the Air for the dots.

I do have some super awesome amazingly exciting news to share with you too, but that deserves it’s own post later.