Friday, 30 March 2012

Bubblegum Pink and Blue

Polishes Used:
Bubblegum Pink- Sally Hansen
Blue It- Sally Hansen

Stamp plate used:
Bundle Monster 204

And a pink rhinestone! 

This navy blue is awesome, so I tried pairing it with the most opposite colour I could think of. It was a very flashy manicure, so not for the faint of heart! :)

Ring finger close-up:

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Giveaway at Canadian Nail Fanatic

Look at these monster sized plates! Head over to Canadian Nail Fanatic's web site to enter the giveaway. Lots of stuff to be won plus (something I think is EXTRA cool) she will also send three polishes of your choice! Any colour, almost any brand. 

Why are you still here! Go!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Little haul...

Some new additions to the collection:

Some Like it Haute- China Glaze
(No name)- Cosmetic Arts
Black- Art Deco
Purple Sparkle- Art Deco
White- Art Deco
Neon Pink- Art Deco
In the Spotlight- Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen's Mellow Yellow

I ADORE the colour of this polish, but sadly the quality leaves something to be desired. It is the only Sally Hansen product I have purchased that has come out crazy bubbly. And it's not just my application. It's bubbly on each coat but the top coat does make it look much better. I'm thinking I'll go buy a quality polish of the same colour. :)

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Archie Comic Manicure

I love this manicure. It is so cute, and people always comment. 

Polish used:
Whirlwind White- Sally Hansen Insta-Dry

Right hand

Left hand

And I've even made my own how-to video! Enjoy....

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Pink and Brown Half Moon Mani

Polishes used:
Bubblegum Pink- Sally Hansen
You Don't know Jacques!- OPI

I did the old "reinforcement sticker" trick for this manicure. I was pretty happy with the results. The corners could have ben a little cleaner though. (Tip: If you are new to "tape-manis" you don't want to let the polish dry too much before peeling off the tape, otherwise it is going to make a real mess. Also, make sure your bottom polish is COMPLETELY dry or you will rip everything off and you'll want to scream! lol)

I only did 1 very thick coat of "Jacques" since I had to take up the reinforcements shortly after.

I played around a lot with this mani as well. Below are photos after matting the polish, and after 1 coat of Shine of the Times by Essie. 

With 1 coat of Matte about You by Essie.

With one coat of Shine of the Times by Essie.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Spring Giveaway at Chalkboard Nails!

Sarah at Chalkboard Nails is having another great giveaway featuring some "not-for-sale" polishes by three great indie polish makers: LaquistryAll That Glitters and Pretty and Polished

Click here for details and to enter. Good luck!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Floral Green Mani

Polishes Used:
Mermaid's Tears- OPI
White Konad Polish

Stamp Used:
Bundle Monster plate 210

Still kind of St. Patrick's day festive, but a little less cheesy! I'm really fond of this mani.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

St. Paddy's Day Mani

Polishes Used:
Mermaid's Tears - OPI (one coat)
Fresh From of Bel Air- OPI (two coats)

Didn't think I was going to do a St. Paddy's Day mani, green just isn't for me, but alas, I am weak and here it is.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Wet Cement- Sally Hansen

This is just a really great grey. It looks great as the base colour for stamping, and is one of those polishes you can wear with any colour clothing. (Not clashy, ya know?)

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Blue and White Stamp

Polishes Used:
Whirlwind White- Sally Hansen
Blue It- Sally Hansen

Stamp Used:
Bundle Monster plate #213

The "Blue It" is a pretty decent stamping polish. It came off the stamper perfectly, but it got a little "draggy" in the top coat. 

Friday, 9 March 2012

Curvy Detail on Nude

Polishes Used:
Samoan Sands- OPI
I'm Fondue of You- OPI
White Out- Sally Hansen

1. Base colour.
2. With a medium domed paint brush, paint three lines next to each other, in descending heights. (Depending on the thickness of your polish, you may want to add a second coat.)

3. With a thin brush outline the shape.
4. Top coat!

Here is a photo of the brushes I used so you can get an idea.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Moon Over Mumbai- OPI

It might be way too boring for some, but this is my #1 all time favourite nail polish. (I love my light colours!) Going to need to purchase a replacement bottle soon since this one is almost empty...

Monday, 5 March 2012

OPI's Spring and Summer Collection: Holland

OPI's latest collection was released last month. I find the selection is not quite as colourful as their summer collections usually are, but of course there are one or two I can't wait to get my hands on. (Notably: Did You 'ear About Van Gogh? and I Have a Herring Problem.) Swatches below. 

I Don't Give a Rotterdam!
Gouda Gouda Two Shoes
I Have a Herring Problem
Wooden Show Like to Know?
A Roll in the Hague
Red Lights Ahead...Where?
Kiss Me on My Tulips
Pedal For Suzi!
Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI?
Did You 'ear About Van Gogh?
Thanks a WindMillion

You can virtually try on the polishes on OPI's website here.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Leopard Print Mani- Pink and Grey

Polishes Used:
Wet Cement- Sally Hansen
Fuchsia Power- Sally Hansen
Black Out- Sally Hansen

This is one of the easiest manicure I've ever done. Even my right hand looks great!

How To:
1. Pain your base colour and allow to dry.
2. Dull the tip of a tooth pick by tapping it down a few times and make funny splotches with you second colour.

3. Partially contour the edges of your blotches. (Black polich looks best on the ones I have seen.)
4. Top coat!

I decided to try matting this mani a day later, and was pretty pleased with how it came out!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Woo hoo! First Haul Post!

So my order came in today from Nail Polish Canada. I finally got myself some real stamping polish, I think it is going to make my life much easier. But of course I couldn't stop there so I picked up a few more things I had been eyeing, including Essie's "Matt About You" and the Holy Grail of top coats "Seche Vite. (I've been using Duri's "Brush'N Go" which is easier to find where I live, and it's a pretty good dupe for Seche Vite if you can't find it.)

I had a really great experience with Nail Polish Canada. I phoned in with a question about my order and they called me back promptly on a Sunday. They have TONS of selection and I will be buying from them again!!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Sage Mani

Polishes Used:
Sage- Love & Beauty

Love & Beauty is the brand that Forever 21 has been selling, so I picked up a bottle to give it a try. (Plus they sell for $3.80 so whats the downside?!) My thoughts: not terrible, not amazing. The application was great, but I found it a little "see through". I would buy the brand again but choose a colour without shimmer, as it's usually the shimmer that makes polishes thinner than others.

Purchase them on-line here!