31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 25

Today’s theme got me stuck for a moment or three. I’m not the most aware of fashion trends, and my own wardrobe leaves a lot to be desired at this point in time. So what does one do when they need to present nails INSPIRED BY FASHION? They jump on Google Images.

I bought a new Cairuo polish the other day (actually, 3 new ones) in the most grape-purple (#13) I’ve ever owned, so I really wanted to use it… I searched Purple Fashion, and came up with this gorgeous dress: image

Here is my tale of the frustration that comes with using tape to create a design. I knew I wanted to use Jordana Lavender Fields as the purple contrast to the Cairuo polish, and I knew I wanted to try using tape to create the pattern. After painstakingly cutting my tape (actually, my friend Ashlee did that) to size, and laying the tape in the right pattern on each dry nail, I painted a coat of Lavender Fields over and then pulled the tape straight away, since that’s how I read you get clean lines.

It only worked on one finger. Just one. I don’t know why. With all the other nails the polish pulled, and I very nearly threw a temper tantrum, until I realised I had 2 purple stripers I could use on the other nails. So, using 4 purple shades all up, here is today’s design:

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The stripers were Purple Impression on the pointer finger and Artsy Purple on the others, both from Jordana Pop Art.

I’m definitely going to try the tape idea again, maybe once the challenge has finished.

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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:

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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.

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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!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 9

I have a confession to make. I’m several days ahead of schedule… on my nails right now is day11s design. I’m sorry. Don’t hurt me. See the thing is I did today’s design, and liked it for about two seconds. I am really trying to push boundaries with what I might feel comfortable wearing, but I got way too adventurous :-/

The theme for today is RAINBOW and geeeeez… I think I achieved that no problem. On day 5 I tried out the ruffle look and was disappointed when it smeared, so I tried again for today’s one.
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I was really happy with how they turned out but I was just a little bit uncertain of wearing that on all ten nails for a decent amount of time.

For this I used 7 polishes, and I’ll list them in rainbow order. .. ROYGBIV …

QY #28
Jordana pop art striper Edgy
Cairuo #15
LA Colors Lime
LA Art Deco Striper Sky Blue
Cairuo #14
Jordana pop art striper Purple Impression

Let me know what you think – what’s the riskiest design/colour you’ve ever done?

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 2

Hello again, and hello to a theme I’d rather not do. ORANGE. Orange does not like me, and I don’t like orange… hence why I only have 2 oranges in my collection.

I have to admit, this mani might be a bit lackluster… last night was a big night launching Husband’s new business, which I’m excited for, and will be utilizing in the next little while… which I’ll tell you more about in the next couple of weeks.

Since only I own two orange polishes, I went with the nicer of the two, Jordana Mango, and since I can’t bear to wear a colour plain at the best of time, let alone with a colour I’m not really sold on, I added a tiger/zebra stripe design in Jordana Pop Art Edgy, my only orange striper, just to add some subtle difference.

So here you go…

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Thanks all for reading…. I woke up this morning to 1150 all-time views… which got me rather excited.

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

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.

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

Peacock Feathers – tutorial

Hello again. Today I have a tutorial for you on how to achieve a look like this:

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These are my peacock feather nails, inspired by a picture from Pintrest (peacock feathers). The peacock design reminded me of summer days at a local regional park where my family used to spend a lot of time when I was a teenager. There were these two peacocks who had free range if the park, and it was always a great delight to catch sight of one of them fanning out his tail. It was a fairly simple design, but it took me about 45minutes to complete. Starting off with a basecoat, paint your ring fingers white ( I’ve used Jordana White).

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I left all the other nails bare until after I’d finished this finger, because I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do on the others! With a black striper polish (mine is Kleancolor nail to toe in Black) make a slightly curved line across the nail. Wherever the thinnest part of the stripe is is where you’ll make the peacock dots. Then from either side of the big line draw in some smaller lines.

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The next step you can choose to do with a dotting tool or cotton bud, but I did mine just with the very tip of my polish brushes. The colours I used are in brackets. Taking a gold polish (Jordana Super Star) make a dot near the tip of the feather, then do the same with a green ( L.A. Colors Lime) a turquoise (Jordana Boy oh Boy) and a dark blue (Kleancolor Shining Sea).

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Once this was done I decided more spots were needed, so I painters the rest of my nails in two coats of Boy oh Boy.

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Then repeating the steps I used for the peacock feather, I made dots on my other nails.

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The last thing I did was get out my black striper again and make slightly curvy, interconnecting lines around the peacock spots, and finished off with a coat or two of Quick Dry to smooth out the bumps. I would love to see if you try this out!

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.