Sunday, October 28, 2012

It's Alive

From China Glaze Halloween 2011 collection, here's It's alive. I love this color. It's so swampy and sparkly, my niece thinks it looks like witches brew. This was also my first time using the glue base and it worked really well. Hope you like, thanks for stopping by

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Optimus Prime Themed Glitter Acrylics Tips

So I recently used one of my custom glitter acrylic mixes to do my nails. This was my first attempt at freehand smile lines, and I think I did pretty good. The glitter was not that easy to work with, I probably should have practiced with some plain pink and white first, but oh well!

Left thumb: Could have been a little longer

Left hand: You can see i lost a few glitters along the way

Right Hand: Lol. Terrible but its a start!
I used the crystal pink from Born Pretty Store to make the glitter and cap the whole nail. I also refiled them a bunch cause I couldn't tell how fanned out they were till I saw the pics. Hope you enjoyed the pics :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Glam Polish 1500 Follower Giveaway!

Glam Polish recently hit 1500 followers, and to celebrate she is having an amazing giveaway featuring the upcoming China Glaze On Safari Collection.
Up for grabs is 6 polishes of your choice from the new collection! How awesome is that?!
All you have to do is be a public follower with GFC for up to 63 chance to enter. It is open to main land US addresses and Australia.
You can find all the details on Glam Polish, or click to ENTER

Acrylic mixes I made :D Pic Heavy

Here are a couple acrylic glitter mixes I made. They are so hard to photograph. Hope you like them.

My son actually picked these colors. He named it Optimus

Small blue glitter, small red glitters and small/med blue hex.

Small Green glitter, small/med green hex, and a pinch of small gold glitter

We call it Grassor

This mess is just a combo of all the small glitters i had. Horrid photo i know.

I will probably never wear this one but ill keep it for a bit.
So hard to photograph

I have already decided on which one i will use for my first free hand glitter tips, I'll post some pics of that soon. I also have a couple other mixes I made I may swatch in the future. What do you guys think about acrylic nails? Would you get glitter tips? What color combos would you like?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Little Fingers

So my latest partner in nail polishing is my niece Monica. She always wants to play nail polish store, paint her nails, my nails, my boys nails, or just about anything else! Here are a couple pics of her modelling just for fun <3
When the kids play batman she is always catwoman, so she wanted tiger nails :D
Such a ham <3
Well just thought I'd share, for her next mani she has requested something killer whale-ish, with blue stamping and pinkish (her words), lol. When I come up with something that fits that description ill make sure to post! :D <3

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Black and Gold NOTD

Base is Essie Licorice
BM223 stamped with CND Gold Chrome

Stripe Zoya Goldie and dollar store jewels

Friday, April 27, 2012

Born Pretty Review- Complete Acrylic system

I have recently started doing my own acrylic nails and was in desperate need of supplies. 
Of course my first stop was Born Pretty Store.

I ordered the complete system for $16.59 and was not disappointed!

The kit includes 3, 30 gram acrylic powders in clear, pink, and white.

They all came with an inside seal so there was no spillage during shipping!

75ml Acrylic Liquid & glass dappen dish (see first pic)
 So my number one concern when ordering this set was the acrylic liquid. I contacted Born Pretty to ask them if their liquid contains MMA, they replied that the factory said it was MMA free. In all honesty I don't know if I believe it, just based on the smell of the liquid. It is really terrible, and has a weird smell to it. I have never personally smelled a confirmed mma liquid but compared to other liquids I have used (NSI, Nailene, Kiss, and American nail) it smells even worse. Also its a clear liquid, which may throw some of you off if you are used to the standard purple liquid.
The powder is great, the pink and the clear, dry completely clear, you hardly need to buff them. The white powder, I find, requires a dryer brush for application, I got a lot of runny wet balls when first trying it out. Final verdict: I love the powders! They can be ordered individually for $2.99 and can be found here : Pink, Clear and White. You can also order all 3 for $5.71 here .

Now on to the brushes; These were the main reason I ordered this specific set.

Hideaway in the handle end.
Acrylic brushes size 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10
#2, 4, 6, 8 &10

 This set included 5 sizes of brushes, in sizes 2, 4, 6 (mainly for 3d acrylic art) 8 and 10 (acrylic nail application) They have a metal handle which doubles as a hideaway lid, I liked these as I wanted a brush with a little weight to it. They came in great shape, and while they are not the highest quality, they are good quality, and I can see these lasting a while with the proper care. I don't tend to put the 8 or 10 back into the hideaway cap just because its a tight fit, and I don't want crazy bristles, but the smaller ones are no problem.

Clear acrylic over 'natural' nail tips
Finally Polished!

Overall I am really happy with this purchase, and would definitely recommend this set for beginners, or anyone who needs practice and doesn't want to spend a fortune on their products. Hope you guys enjoyed this review!
You can find this set here -> Acrylic System 3 Colors Powder Liquid Dish W/ 5 Purple Brushes

Born Pretty has also offered Coupon Code TENOFFK31 for 10% off all purchases, and don't forget they always offer free shipping!

**These products were purchased by me! Although I wish they were free :p

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dragon Lady Nails 200 - 500 Follower Giveaway

Dragon Lady Nails is celebrating with an awesome giveaway!

 There will be 5 winners all together and each prize includes Polish, striping tape, 5 fimo canes and a cute glitter note book. 

Contest is open internationally to GFC followers. 
For more details click to ENTER

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pointless Cafe 1 year Blogaversary Giveaway!

Sheila over at Pointless cafe, has been one of my favorite bloggers for a while now, and she is celebrating a year of amazing posts with and equally amazing giveaway! 

Up for grabs is Butter London's Knackered and their 'Tops & Tails' set of base coat and top coat. This giveaway is open internationally. For full details click to ENTER

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Glam Polish OMG Giveaway

Glam Polish is celebrating 1000 followers with an amazing giveaway.... 

Contest is Open to Google Friend Connect followers in the US and Australia, you can find all the details on her page Glam Polish or Click here to enter.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Konad fail?

Here's my latest mani, I'm not happy with it but I'm running out of polish, so it stayed.
Base colour is 3 coats Zoya Jo, I'm undecided on this one, the formula applied ok, but it took forever to dry, and today its still gummy and easily dentable. I stamped with Orly Au Champagne, which I of course love. It came out sheer and pearly, exactly the way I wanted. The design is from Konad plate M74, and was actually the reason I wanted this plate. The thin lines didn't transfer very well, but that could be due to a variety of things.
Overall I like the look, its subtle and pretty, but my nails are definitely too short for this design. Bleh. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Nails of the day x 2

So I have been feeling super uninspired with my nail polish lately. My collection is tiny (comparatively)  and I've worn every colour/stamping combo i can think of without being tacky. BLeh!!!!!! Anyways here are my current nails
You can see a tiny bit of the holo sparkles
Super sparkly in real life.
For this I used Wet and Wild Metallica, topped with Nubar Hologram glitter. I stamped with Konad Special Black, and plate M65. This design gave me a whole wack of trouble, it took me about probably 25 tries to get all my nails done, and even then they are wonky. I don't know why.

Now here's a bonus picture. After years apart I recently reconnected with my life long best friend Nini, who I have known basically as long as I've been alive. So of course when she came to visit I had to pull out the nail polish bucket ( yes it's a bucket). Now your probably gonna be like what it's just another leopard Mani, but the best part of this pic (other than my lovely hand model) is the base colour. This is Color Club Electro Candy, and this is one of the few pics I've got where you can see the true colour, and I LOVE it, even tho I still kind of hate pink.

Now that Nini and I are back together so to speak, we are planning many more nail adventures together, including do it yourself acrylics, so stay tuned :P

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Smashleysparkles 100 follower giveaway!!

Ashley from Smashleysparkles is celebrating her 100 follower milestone with a phenomenal giveaway. Up for grabs is a brand new bottle of OPI DS Sapphire, a most elusive discontinued polish.

Picture courtesy of smashleysparkles
The giveaway is open internationally, so let's help her celebrate! Enter here: 100 Follower Giveaway!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Nails of the day / fav mani ever!!

I really think this is the best nail job I've ever done. I LOVE it, and have gotten so many compliments so far.

For this mani I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black Platinum for the base colour, then stamped the fishnet design from Konad Plate M57 with Zoya Trixie. I stamped the flowers from plate M60 with Princess special white, and added some dollar store rhinestones. I literally can't take my eyes off my nails, I totally impressed myself, lol. So I hope you guys like it :D

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dandy-Nails China Glaze Prism Giveaway

This is amazing giveaway from Dandy Nails feature 3 polishes from the brand new China Glaze Prism Collection.

Liquid Crystal, Full Spectrum, Optical Illusion
You have until February 14 to enter, find all the details here -> Dandy-Nails Prism Giveaway

Wish me luck, cause I NEED these in my life :p

Girls Night!!

So last night my sister Mel, and my bff Sarah came over for a little girl time. They wanted to do their nails which was fine with me, especially since Sarah is a Salonaholic, and almost never paints her own nails. 
Funny enough they picked almost the exact same things, and the little difference is definitely conducive to their personalities.

Sarahs Nails: OPI Fly & Konad Princess white

Plates M57 & M13

Mels nails: Zoya Jo & Konad Princess White, Plates M57 &M28
I like the skulls on Sarahs nails better, but Mel HATES them, they just aren't punk enough for her :P I'm gonna practice free handing anarchy symbols for her, for next time, lol. I'll let you guys know how that works out. As always thanks for checking my pics hope you like them!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Im a barbie girl O.o?

So I recently bought Seche Restore, and went on a nail polish saving mission. Most of my shatters were dry and the brushes were all gunky, so I added a few drops in hope that they would ungunk, and boy did they ever. The consistency of the polish was back to perfect after only 30 seconds and by the next day the brushes were completely chunky free. Needless to say I felt the need to bring them out of retirement, now without further ado, my Barbie inspired mani!

You can kind of see the Essie Pure Pearlfection

For this I used Color Club Electro Candy, OPI White Shatter, then topped it with Essie Luxeffects Pure Pearlfection, and Revlon Speed Dry Top Coat. I can't lie, I kind of hate Pink, but I really wanted to use the white shatter and for some reason I felt I had to put it over pink, so bleh. Hope everybody has a great weekend!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Blast from the past!

Lately I have seen a lot of blogs featuring old Sally Hansen polishes, many of which one of my sisters owned at some time or another, and it makes me sad. I missed out on so many awesome nail trends. One, however, I didn't miss out on was the original SH Chromes. When I was in like grade 9, these were the hottest thing around, and all the cool girls had them, me included. Anyways last night my bfffffff x10000 Sarah, was at my house for a mini girls date night and for whatever random reason we started talking about the chromes, and buying nail polish at garage sales. So she goes i think i still have one in a drawer somewhere, and low and behold the next day she shows up at my house with it, and its still in perfect condition!! So of course we had to do it up old school, check it out!!

No name on the bottle but its blue chrome

Bathroom lights- look at how shiny it is!!

You can see every knick bump and brush stroke

Im in love all over, lol, but seriously this is going with all my stamping stuff cause this is one is super wicko gross-o goody as my son would say. You guys have any old favorites from your younger years still lying around??

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Toxic Kitty

I don't know whats up with the animal print thing I have going on right now.

Base colour is Color Club Tangerine Scream from their Electro Candy collection, and I love it. Its a true safety orange with a really subtle greenish blue shimmer, and was fully opaque with only 2 coats. Once it was dry I stamped with Konad special black and plate M57. 
To me this color was just begging for some leopard spots, what do you guys think?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Another Zebra mani

When my last mani chipped off i was like i should try white with black stripes so here it is!!

The little stringies from the egde of the stamp flopped back onto my pinky nail
I used Orly Au Champagne which i LOVE - its a pearly white that dries to a satiny finish. I stamped the stripes with China Glaze Awaken and Konad plate M67. I would have loved to keep it with that satiny Orly finish, but i knew it would chip so i slapped some Seche on top. Personally i like this version better than the last, but my husband preferred the other one, oh well. Hope you all like it :D

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

For the Love of Flakies Giveaway!!

The dragon lady (who really is quite nice :P ) is hosting a giveaway. Up for grabs is 2 of the finger paints flake effects - Flecked, and Flashy. I don't have anywhere to buy these where i live so im really excited to have a chance to win, its open internationally, ages 18+
Check out her blog for a chance to enter. ->