Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It Snowed!

It snowed today!  Light and fluffy snow.  But it didn't stay on the ground and melted all away in the afternoon.  Much better than the rain that we had yesterday.

Did this a couple of days ago, seems kind of wintry.  One coat  of Color Club Cold Metal, which was sort of unnecessary since the two coats of Color Club Jingle Jangle covered it up.  Stamped using Konad special polish in white using large plate B with an image that can be found on Konad plate M51.  Jingle Jangle is super sparkly but not noticeable in my pictures.  I really love the blue and purple glitters and I love the name Jingle Jangle too.  It's a bit like nonsense words that you might sing to yourself or something.

I bought Jingle Jangle in Color Club set along with another set from Winners last week.

Beyond the Mistletoe - Sultry Color for a Glittering Holiday and Backstage Pass - Glitter Shades to Rock the Stage.

And here's some others that I bought last week too.

A box of H&M mini polishes, three Gosh polishes - Black Passion, Blue Monday and Gasoline and some polishes from the aerie store - Pink Frost, Champagne Shimmer and Brownie Points.  Bought everything except for the Gosh polishes with a gift card and they were all on sale due to Black Friday sales happening on the Thursday before.  The Gosh polishes were also bought on sale last week but on a separate occasion when I had to stop by Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up something for my mom.

I am pretty sure I am set for a no buy in December, but I can't say I'll absolutely stick to it.  I'm already done my Christmas shopping and whenever I go grocery shopping I always stop by the Winners first.  And always to the polishes first too.  A habit I must break.  Early new year's resolution.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Double Yolks + Hex Polka Dots

Quick post befor heading out.

From the same carton of eggs there were more twin eggs.

Pretty awesome and jumbo eggs are freaky.


Two coats of Gosh Black Passion and the teeny tiny hex and rhinestones were used.  Black Passion looks alright with the hex, but I think it would have been better with Etude House Extreme Black or Eyeko Cosmic, a black with multicolour shimmer/glitter in it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Double Yolk

I thought this was pretty cool since I've never cracked an egg and saw two yolks come out.

Normally I don't take pictures of food cooking, but two yolks in one egg means picture time.

Comparison pic with a normal one yolk egg.

Pale looking breakfast sausage in the upper corner.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Half Moons and Reindeer

Recently lots of nail blogs were doing half moons, mostly from the 31 day nail art challenge.  Never did them on my own nails so I thought I would give it a go.

I started out with two coats of Barielle Swizzle Stix then I used some paper reinforcements to tape off the base of the nail and did one coat of Grape Escape.  The sides were kind of wonky so instead of doing the easier and less time consuming thing of just taking a nail art brush and filling in the wonks I used the mini hexagons to cover the wonks.  The tips were a bit messed up due to trying out Duri Dry and Shine Speedy Top Coat.

Didn't really like this on my nails.  Colours used, the hexagons, the moon-ness, I dunno, wasn't really a fan.


Lots of Christmas decorations and gift wrap have been put out on displays in stores now and most are soooo pretty.  I love pretty wrapping paper, but am refraining myself from buying any since I've still got wrapping paper that I bought like 10 years ago that I still haven't used.  And I bought quite a few rolls last year.  And I'm more into buying wrapping paper that I can use for all occasions now. And I like wrapping paper that's nice and thick and hard to tear.  The ones from ten years ago are superb quality, I love them and I haven't found any that has come close to the quality of those papers in years.  So I've been saving them.  Saving them for what I don't really know.  Bit of a hoarders thing going on.

One that I particularly liked that I saw at Winners, but did not buy, was a silver foil with purple reindeer pattern.  I don't have a purple that's dark enough for my liking to stamp with so I switched it up with red reindeers over a gold background.

Base was two coats American Apparel Gold Flash, stamped with Konad special polish in red and I used plate BM-214 for the reindeer image.  The gold is very bright in real life and maybe a tad too yellow for my skintone.  This is alright, but I think I'm gonna try frankening a dark purple stamping polish.  And I'm unsure about the stamped positions of the reindeer.  I kinda wish the image was smaller.  Or I guess I could paint on the reindeer instead.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

More New Polishes

My local Winners started stocking a lot more polishes.  There's now a couple of bins of polishes along with some nail displays of the China Glaze Let It Snow collection, Color Club crackle polishes, Duri Wine Tasting Party collection and Sally Hansen Fast-Dri polishes.  There's also a bunch of polish sets available from a bunch of different brands.  I saw a couple of sets of Barielle polishes available and since I've never tried them I decided to pick one up. 

The set I purchased included Grape Escape, Swizzle Stix, Do Unto Others, Blossom (looks more pink in real life) and Buddha-Ful.  And there was a another set that looked like it had some sheer nudes so I skipped them.  Here's a nail wheel swatch of the colours.

I think the flakiness of Buddha-Ful is hard to see in the swatches, but I have a mani for you see.

This was two coats of Buddha-Ful with Konad special polish in white stamped on with an image from Large Plate B.  The polish is pretty packed with flakes, but because the milky pink colour is so sheer I did two coats instead of one.  And because it's so sheer and I didn't really want VNLs I did the stamping.  Kind of crappy since I'm not so great with stamping nail tips. 

Here's what Buddha-Ful looks like layered over a couple of other Barielle polishes.

You can see the orange/green flakies better in this photo.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nail Venus Inspired + AA Metallics Stamped

Saw a design from the current issue of Nail Venus that I really liked and just had to do it.

Here is the pic of the nails from the magazine.  The copy I downloaded was cut off there so I don't know what the thumb nail would have looked like.  And this is what I did:

Super love!  Love the colour combination, love the look and love that it was super easy to do.

Thumb and ring - Two coats of American Apparel Dance, then I used Color Club New Bohemian to do the first chevron freehand.  I didn't have chevron nail guides and didn't cut up tape so I just eyeballed it.  The chevrons didn't have to be perfectly straight either since the gold stripe was going to cover up weird lines.  After New Bohemian I used American Apparel Make Up and lastly American Apparel Gold Flash for the gold lining.

Index - Three coats of American Apparel Dance, still has a bit of VNL, but I can live with it.

Middle - Two coats of Color Club New Bohemian.

Pinky - Two coats of American Apparel Make Up.

I didn't have any gold or silver studs to put on my nails so I finally found a good use for my larger hexagon glitters.  The gold hexagons looked best placed at the base of the nails so I did that for the index, middle and pinky fingers.

I will probably do this again in different colours.  I just love it.


Bunny Nails wanted so see an example of the American Apparel Metallic polishes stamped so here's a pic of them stamped on Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Black Satin.

At some angles it seems like the gold and silver polishes kind of look alike.  They all stamp very well, no gaps in thick lines.  Will stamp with them on my own nails soon.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Polka Dot Pumps w/Flowers + AA Haul

I didn't take very many pictures of this, so the pics aren't very good.  After 15mins of taking pictures and they all just end up looking the same, I stop and say, good enough.

Two coats of China Glaze Ruby Pumps, used the polka dots on large plate B along with Konad Special Polish in White.  I added some floral water decals. The decals have little dots too and didn't realize it until after I had put them on my nail.  So that's where the white dots that sort of arch come from.


On Saturday I went shopping and used my second American Apparel Teambuy coupon to buy some more polishes.  Though I think I should have saved it for later.  I was talking to the girls behind the register and they said that some glitter polishes were going to be arriving in stores soon.  They didn't know when exactly, but they said that the polishes looked pretty based on the pictures they had on their computer.  I  didn't see the pictures though as they couldn't swing the computer monitor around for me to see.  Oh well.  On to what I did buy.

Mostly neutrals and the metallic polishes.  Names are already in the picture but here goes:
Top - Make Up and Dance (this is actually quite sheer, wasn't expecting that and also a bit more pink in real life)
Middle - 7th and Alameda and Echo Park, I wasn't going to pick up Echo Park thinking it was close to Factory Grey, but completely different, they didn't have any Factory Grey on the display.
Bottom - Silver Jazz, Gold Flash and Bronze Dash, these were the polishes I wanted to pick up, very good stamping polishes, looks fantastic over black or other dark colours.

And here's a nail wheel swatch of the polishes, two coats each though really the metallic polishes were good with one.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Same Rub On Transfers

Used the same rub on transfer from the last set of nails I did, but this time I added some blotches of colours before putting on the transfer.

Base colour was three coats of NYX Girls Pistachio, the pink was a franken and the white was Kleancolor White.

I like this one quite a bit more than the previous one.  And yea, these transfers do seem like they could have been done freehand.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Super Quick

Quick post before heading out.  Found another decent rub on transfer sheet from the Dollarama.

So here's a mani that I did.

Two coats of Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac, forgot to take a picture of it.  I liked this quite a bit and didn't really use much of the transfer so lots more usage from it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lace Plate A34

Recently bought a new stamping plate with lace designs.

It's a very difficult plate to work with and the images are also quite short so I filed down my nails so that I wouldn't have to double stamp on all my nails.

Here's the first decent looking set that I did.

Doesn't look too bad.  Spent a long time trying to stamp it so that the image wasn't completely blurry.  Colour scheme reminds me of the Sally Hansen lace nail strips.  One coat of American Apparel Summer Peach (my photo makes it look beige, but it is more pink toned).  Kleancolor Black as the stamping polish.

Here's a second one I did with the same plate.

I think the results were better this time round. I was using a hot glue gun before taking pictures and the glue kind of ruined the tips a bit.  One coat of American Apparel L'Esprit and Kleancolor Concrete Gray as the stamping polish.