31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 14

Happy Valentines! I hope you are all remembering the special people you love.  When I was younger Valentines was a day where high school was unbearable; all the popular girls walked round with their flowers and gifts and all eyes were on the people with nothing. Which usually included me. However,  my dad always did a fabulous job on February 14th and everyday, in fact. His girls were all told how much they were loved, and this confirmation is one of the reasons my husband and I don’t really celebrate Valentines Day. We already know how much we love each other, and we’re pretty confident that we’ll be each other’s valentine every day.

Anyway, onto today’s theme, which is FLOWERS. For this design I tried something I’m not very confident with, which is allowing nail to be seen. I really like the way they came out though – I would wear these all week if I could.

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One thing I have learnt since using my light box … I’m probably somehow related to Frodo Baggins…. I have really hairy fingers!

I used a mini Cairuo (pictured,  but I can’t find it because I have a super sneaky kitty who steals) to create a choppy tip and then used a green striper to randomly put grass and lobger stalks in. Then it was off to my dotting tool and Jordana White & Boy oh Boy, and a little unnamed purple mini from LA Girl to make the flowers. My 123 Selection polish aptly named Yellow completed the flowera and voilà! It’s cutesy, fun and puuuuuuurty and I love it!

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31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 12

STRIPES was another one I had grand ideas for and then failed. This is another quick post and then tomorrow you get a proper decent one because I loooooooooooove the nails I have for day 13!

Here I used Jordana Lavender Fields and White  Jordana Pop Art Stripers in Purple Impression and Modern Art, and Cairuo #10.

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In other exciting news, I was away for the weekend and when I got home Hubby had started making me a light box! There’s still a few things we need to tweak, but you’ll get my first. Light box photos tomorrow!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 6

Hi-de-hi! Its a public holiday here today and the sun is sunshining. Yay! Quicky post today cause I’m about ready to get out in the vitamin d.

Today’s theme is VIOLET.  I loosely interpreted this as purple because violet is a really hard colour to define.  I chose three Jordana polishes for this gradient look – Purple Punch as the base on all fingers but the middle, Purple Glam and Mardi Gras. Purple Glam was the perfect addition to this mani – its vibrant as a topper and full of glitter.

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I tried to create a point if difference on the middle finger using Mardi Gras and Purple Glam instead. I’m pretty happy with how this worked out but I can’t wait for tomorrow… I have something super cute planned.

Cairuo Swatches, NOTD & Elusive Right Hand shots

Morning! Now that school is back for many children and teacher, I have a little more time on my hands… until said children get sick, pass their bugs onto their teachers and I get called in to ‘save the day’ as one dear friend called it recently after I lamented the fact that I generally get paid because of other’s misfortune. (Take a deep breath – I know that was a long sentence!) I decided that since I had the house to myself this morning that I would blast Ellie Goulding and paint.

I swatched my first Cairuo colour the other day, and now I have two more for you. To save your eyes and my fingers, the application of these two polishes are very similar to the first; smooth, silky creme finish with a quick drying time and strawberry-ish scent on drying (or maybe that’s just me, but I swear they smell). Photos show 2 thin coats plus a top coat.

First is Color 14, which is a dark blue/grey colour that occasionally looks almost purple/grey. It’s a bit odd, but I actually really like it.

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Next colour is Color 10 – a little candyflossesque pink. Not usually a colour I’d go for and definitely not a colour I’d wear by itself, but kind of sweet.

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I dressed this colour up today, which might be a little silly since tomorrow I start my 31 Day Nail Challenge. If you’re doing a nail challenge, or want to join me, please let me know!

I’ll leave you with my Nail of the Day, inspired a little by this one here, although my dots new nowhere near as precise! In addition to Cairuo 10 I used Jordana White, Lavender Fields and Cairuo 29, and topped it off with a thick topcoat to smooth it all out.

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Drumroll for the right hand please…
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Skittle Mani

Heylo loves. I am so excited. So incredibly excited. In fact, I am so excited that I just about can’t sit still. Which is okay, as long as I don’t bump my nails. Why? Why am I so excited?? Because I’ve just completed my very first skittle manicure, that’s why.

Stephanie at Sincerely Stephanie Nails is running a skittle manicure contest here And when I saw it, I knew I had to enter. Now, I’ve been planning, worrying, obsessing  over this for almost two weeks. I knew I wanted to include my favourite ever nail design, which is the vintage rose, but that was about it – I worked out a colour scheme, and then left it all to percolate.

Today I finally sat down and made a decisive move. I wanted to go for a slightly vintage look to go along with the nails. Here is what I came up with… *deep breath*

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Eeek! I am so insanely happy with how this came out. I used a whole lot of polish for this too… almost as good as my 2013 nails. I’ll leave a list of polishes below if you want to see what used. Otherwise, I suggest you get your tooshy over to Stephanie’s blog and enter!!

*thumb: Jordana Lavender Fields, Pop Art Stripers in Artsy Purple & Purple Impression, L.A. Colors Art Deco striper in white
*pointer: Cairuo #10, Kleancolor V.I.P
*middle: BC co. Shade 16
*ring: Jordana White, Cairuo #10, Revlon Electric Pink and BC co. Shade 16
*pinky: Sally Hansen CSM Dorian Grey, Jordana White,  Cairuo #10, Jordana Lavender Fields and Pop Art Striper Artsy Purple

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. 

Little Loves – Tutorial.

True to form, 2 days later, and the polish is off – just in time for a request from one of the students at the school I’m working at, and my first tutorial! This design is super, SUPER easy, and the technique I use is one of the first I learnt. For this tutorial, I used four colours, and my base/topcoat. This time round, they were all from Jordana. I used Tough Stuff Base & Topcoat, White, Lemon Tropic (which I have a curious feeling may be the wrong name for this colour), Lavender Fields and Purple Glam. You certainly don’t need to use these colours – any will do, so long as your accent colours really pop off the base colour!

This post is about to get picture-heavy … just sayin’!

I started with a coat of white polish (after my base coat) simply because the next colour I planned to use is really sheer – you don’t have to do this! This was Lemon Tropic, which is actually a really light blue with a pearlescent effect. I used two coats of this over the white. 

Once that base colour is dry, you’re ready to add in the details. You’ll need a toothpick or dotting tool for this (I’ve lost my dotting tool, so tooth pick it was!) What you do here, is create hearts of different sizes. The way I do this, is by drawing ‘v’ shapes with the toothpick dipped in polish, and then the bigger I want it, the longer the lines, or the more I fill it in. I generally use one toothpick per colour per hand, as the nail polish dries and goes thick and makes a little head on the tip if the toothpick that stops me from getting the really clean lines.

For my hearts, I used two purples – Lavender Fields, which is this lovely, soft lilac colour, that I could wear all day, everyday, and Purple Glam, a deep, dark purple filled with little glitters and bars. This nail polish I’m not a particular fan of – the colour I adore… the staining not so much. It is one of the few polishes that stain my nails, so I’m hoping it’ll behave on top of three other coats of polish!

Finally, using a new toothpick, dip it into white polish, and gently pop in a few polka dots around the hearts. Finish it all up with a happy, shiny top coat, and voila!

I love this cute, girly style – and I hope you do to! It’s super easy to recreate … so long as you understood my instructions!

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So I’ve been trying to get this right since I first started doing nail art. The first couple of times were disasterous messes – not pretty at all – the polish either sank to the bottom, or it all just looked hideous. Then today – boom! It worked. I started with my basecoat (currently Jordana’s Hard as Nails Base and Topcoat), and painted my nails white. Once that was all dry, it was off to the tap to get me some water. I sat down with my polishes – Lavender Fields by Jordana, and a pale green by BCco (found at Kmart, which was geniously named Shade 16. -_-

Into the water they went, and YES! It worked the way it was supposed to, colour spreading out over the surface of the water. Once I’d got it looking like I wanted it (pulling the sides in with a toothpick) I went ahead and dunked all five fingers in. Because I’m impatient. Subsequently, the clean up left much to be desired… but who cares – it worked! On went another coat of my base/top coat, and then a little slick of KleanColour’s Aurora, which is the prettiest clear polish with pale pink and iridescent glitter, and the odd star thrown in. Another top coat, and voila. I’m in love.

I’ll probably say that a lot.