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Ruby Glisten

Hi there. I’m sorry for my long absence last week. I am busy with a large post that requires wearing polish for a long time to test its durability and I don’t have mani drafts lying around. I also felt completely uninspired to actually write something…so instead I just didn’t. I am back though! I went to a family wedding over the weekend (I WILL actually blog about that!) and I wanted to match my mani to my outfit. I wore the same outfit I wore to the CT Meet Up blogger event *gasp* the scandal! Let me show you what I came up with.

 

I started off with a Tip Top Nail Chic Strength and Vitality base coat to protect my natural nails. I then painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Ruby Glisten on all of my nails. Ruby Glisten is a GORGEOUS red jelly-like polish packed with glitter giving it the most lovely sparkle.  I hadn’t painted my nails for 7 days when I did this mani. I don’t know if it was me or the polish, but I flooded my cuticles like there was no tomorrow. It was so very bad, so I spent a long time cleaning this one up. Once my base was dry I used Tip Top Armour Plate and the bottom image of PUEEN 26 to stamp on all my nails and sealed it all in with Seche Vite. The results:

Sinful Colors Ruby Glistens

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Look at that! Look again! How gorgeous is Ruby Glisten? So beautiful! I really loved this mani. I got loads of compliments on my nails at the wedding. Ruby Glisten is really a stunning red. I have been lusting after China Glaze Ruby Pumps for a long time, but the shop I buy my China Glaze from doesn’t stock it and there is nowhere else that I know of that sells China Glaze to the public. Ordinary Misfit did a comparison of the two here and I’m pretty glad I found this polish!

Huggies DryTouch™ Review

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A while ago I went to a Huggies event in Johannesburg where they announced the launch of their latest DryTouch™ nappies. I was completely amazed by the demonstrations of how quickly the nappies absorbed moisture and raved about them in this post.

 

I incorrectly received an old pack of nappies at the launch and the PR company was kind enough to replace them with the correct product. Shortly after we started using them we noticed that Gabby developed a horrible rash, only in the area where the “focused absorption” would be. The rash did not extend to her bum area. She was also on antibiotics at the time, so we dismissed it. Something we also noticed was that we would often find that her clothes were wet. Like the moisture had sucked out the nappy so fast it had sucked right through! Were we leaving her in the nappy too long? Maybe, but we had not changed the frequency between nappy changes at all, leading me to believe that the nappies were the common denominator. It happened more than once too. We had a lot of nappies to get through and the rash just would not go away, no matter what we used, which led us to change nappies again. It took some time, but the rash disappeared and has not resurfaced since.

 

These nappies will not be on my repurchase list, even if I find them discounted somewhere. I know not all babies will have sensitivity to whatever is in the nappy, but ours does and of course that is what matters. It is strange too since she has never had a reaction to any other nappy that we’ve tried (including the older Huggies nappies). Even though these nappies really absorb moisture well, they need to be changed more often in our experience and that affects my bottom line and will mean I have to buy more nappies.

 

So despite me being super duper impressed with the demonstrations, in practice these nappies just don’t work for us. Have you tried them? What do you think?

 

 

*****UPDATE*****

I thought it might be best to show  which packs I am referring to as there was some confusion about which nappies we were using. Here you go, note the DryTouch promotion on the front of the pack:

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Sherbet Angel, Your Present Required

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Hi everyone. Welcome to a brand new week! I am hoping that this week will be better than last week. With almost the whole household coming down with bronchitis it was a tough one.  The last time I got bronchitis I took so long to get better and was so miserable I even hated all the nail art I did. Let’s not go there again! I couldn’t decide whether I liked this mani or not, but it was one of those I fell in love with more and more while I was wearing it. Let me show you…

 

I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I then painted two coats of Tip Top Sherbet Angel on all of my nails. This polish is nice and pigmented. A beautiful pink creme. I think some people may get away with one coat, but I needed two for a nice even finish. It applied really well. I used China Glaze Your Present Required to create a glitter gradient on my ring and middle nails. I was going to try and pick out studs to wear by laying different studs which I purchased from Born Pretty Store* on my nails to see what would compliment the polish and glitter best. What I didn’t realize was that my polish was still tacky. I didn’t apply a top coat yet and as soon as I dropped the stud onto my nail it was stuck. I couldn’t move it without risking ruining the polish underneath…so what you see is the first thing I tried. I thought these pastel peach coloured studs would suit the glitter nicely and I don’t hate how it turned out at all. So even though it was an accident, it isn’t too bad. The result:

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How gorgeous is this glitter?? I absolutely love it! I’m not sure the gradient came out well on both nails…I’ll try harder next time :P I really love this pink though and the combination of all these things. What do you think?

*Born Pretty Store is currently having a stud sale! Up to 30% off! If you don’t have an account, you may use the banner on the right to register. This is an affiliate link. You can also use my 10% discount code on the other banner. Happy shopping!

CT Meet Up

On Saturday I attended the #CTMeetUp even in Cape Town hosted at I Love My Laundry in Cape Town. About 50 bloggers attended the event. I Love My Laundry is an actual functioning laundromat, but is also a restaurant. A first for me!  I was so confused when they said the event is going to be at a laundromat and when we arrived it looked like a restaurant…I only later realized that it is both! 

I arrived early, but luckily I wasn’t the only one. With a lump in my throat I walked up to three ladies chatting and introduced myself. We struck up a conversation and with a bang people suddenly started flooding into the venue and the space got noisy quickly! We all got some pegs to exchange for drinks which was included in our ticket price. We had a lovely chat to a public relations representative and answered/asked questions around blogging for brands. It was all very informative.

It was so awesome to meet some of the bloggers I have been following for years, some that I haven’t seen for ages and meeting new ones! It was SUCH a great vibe and everyone got on like a house on fire. It was such a cool event. We enjoyed some drinks of our choice, dim sum and baked cheesecake for dessert.

There were a ton of spot prizes and we each received an awesome goodie bag!

AMAZING SPONSORS

  • A Ring To It (@aringtoit on Twitter and Instagram) – 20% discount voucher
  • Tribe Coffee (@tribe_coffee on Twitter) – Ground coffee and coffee beans
  • My Smart Kid (@mysmartkid on Twitter) – A cute felt owl
  • Grootbos (@grootbos on Twitter) – A jar of honey
  • Saszli Chocolates (@saszlichocolat on Twitter and @saszliachocolates on Instagram) – Chocolate truffles – YUM!
  • Tip Top Nails (@TipTopNailsSA) – A base coat and a polish – WOOT! (ones I don’t actually own already!)
  • Heart And Home (@Heart_and_Home on Twitter) – I received decorative garlands
  • Lucky Brand – Discount at V & A Waterfront/Canal Walk stores
  • Optiphi – (@optiphi on Twitter) – I received a primer to apply before my foundation
  • John Frieda – (@johnfriedasa on Twitter) – Hair Repair Treatment – I so need this!
  • Romeo Foxtrot – (@romeofoxtrotdesigns on Instagram) – Cute bracelet – Check out her products on Instagram!
  • Coeval Contemporary Jewellery (@coeval_ZA on Twitter) – An awesome bag hook which I am already using daily at work instead of chucking my bag on the floor
  • Wakaberry – (@wakaberry on Twitter) – iPhone 5 cover
  • Revlon (@revlonSA) – Mascara and lipstick – what girl doesn’t want more pretty?
  • The Galileo Open Air Theatre (@galileo_cinema on Twitter) – 2 tickets for a movie, chairs and blankets. So excited!
  • Macaroon (@macaroonme on Twitter) – 10% discount on online purchases
  • Thyme Spa (@thymespacape onTwitter) – Voucher towards a treatment of your choice
How UTTERLY spoilt were we?! Thank so much to all the wonderful sponsors!
I really suck. I didn’t take any photos at the event because I was having SUCH a good time. I also didn’t get a chance to take photos of the stuff we got in our goodie bag either because the children accosted me when I got home and I had to peek and hide before everything was gone and scattered around the house. Lots of the other bloggers did not suck though and have put up posts with pictures. I’ll link to their posts below…so if you wanna see all the awesome stuffs, click the links!
I’ll try to update links to extra posts as they come in.
This was a most awesome event. Thanks so much to Cindy and Nikki who arranged everything and again, the awesome sponsors! I will definitely jump at the opportunity to attend another one!

Bastille My Heart

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For my birthday @sanitashimmy bought me O.P.I polish! I have one mini O.P.I that another friend gave to me, but I have never purchased any O.P.I polish for myself. She bought me one full size and two mini O.P.I polishes. I have never bought them for myself as they are much more expensive than the polishes I normally buy and I would rather buy 4 less expensive polishes that are also good quality. I think as with Essie, owning O.P.I polish has a certain amount of status attached to it. Since that isn’t super important to me, it isn’t something I *need* to have. It is certainly nice to have though :)

 

I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of O.P.I Bastille My Heart on all of my nails. Bastille My Heart is a dark red creme with a very subtle shimmer. It is a gorgeous colour that reminds me of ripe cherries. The word “delicious” came to mind while I was watching it dry. Yup. I was watching paint dry and quite enjoyed it at that!  Once my nails were dry I used Tip Top Hot Fudge and the left hand image on PUEEN 47 to stamp over all of my nails. The result:

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I really could not decide whether I liked this stamping or not. I couldn’t decide whether it made the polish look better than delicious cherries, or ruined it completely. I think the image that I chose didn’t sit well with me. It looked great on the plate, but once stamped it is hard to see that it is a bunch of interlocking cogs, even though the stamping didn’t come out badly at all. It did, however, make a statement. I wore these to the #CTMeetUp and the lovely ladies there dispelled any doubts I had about this mani with the compliments they kindly gave me. Thanks ladies! I really loved the formula on this polish. The first coat was okay as far as first coats go and the second one went on like butter. Love! It is also a really awesome red and I’m smitten with this shade! I may or may not also want more O.P.I now, but will keep entering contests until I finally win some because my wallet just can’t even.

And the winner is….

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Congratulations Rehana! I have sent you an e-mail requesting your postal details in order to send your prize to you.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. I know there were loads of ladies who wanted the nail ring…if you missed out on the prize you can find NailCandi at:

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NailCandi Facebook

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NailCandi Instagram

I really enjoyed hosting this giveaway and hopefully will be able to have another one soon.

Sugar Plum, Be Merry Be Bright

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I’m back after my birthday leave! Every year around and on my birthday I take leave. I don’t believe in working on my birthday. It is my special day and even if I do nothing at home alone, that is better than working! I really enjoyed my time off, but now it is back to reality. Since I got the glitter I will be showing you today I’ve been worried about what polish I would wear underneath it. There is an awesome post on KBShimmer’s website called The Dos & Don’ts of Picking Undies which really helped me with my choice. It also didn’t hurt that the the two polishes were standing next to each other on my untried shelf and I could tell they would look nice together ;)

 

I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results to protect my natural nails. I painted 4 coats of Maskscara Sugar Plum on all of my nails. This polish is really thin and a bit difficult to control. Depending on how you paint you might get away with 3 coats, but I really felt I needed a 4th coat to cover up thinner spots and to reach full opacity. I’m not sure if this colour is amazing enough for me to want to paint that many coats, but I powered through it for the sake of the glitter ;) Perhaps it would make a good leadlighting polish or good jelly sandwiches. On my ring and middle nails I painted one coat of China Glaze Be Merry Be Bright.  Once my other nails were dry I pulled out my new favourite stamping toy and PUEEN 31 to try my hand at stamping straight. This is something I have never been able to do, but with the new stamper I had more confidence and decided to try again. I tried out my Color Club Worth the Risque holographic polish to stamp with and it stamped like a dream! I didn’t get the stamping 100% straight, but it is much better than I’ve ever gotten it to be so with a little practice I should be able to ace it! I sealed everything in with my favourite top coat, Seche Vite. The result:
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I really like how this mani turned out. I’m stoked that my stamping is getting better and think the glitter pairing looks really good. Yay me! What do you think? Do you like this pairing?

 

 

 

Birthday nails

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Hi everyone! A special post today, it’s my birthday! I didn’t actually plan to blog, but along with my birthday wishes on social media people started requesting to see what I was wearing on my nails for my birthday. I buckled under the pressure ;) I leaked pictures on my social media channels and decided to post about them as well.

 

My blog got a bit of a make over. Did you notice? My friend Arkwife designed it for me. I’ve asked her to do a guest post about it since there are special touches that aren’t obvious that I would like her to document for me :) On to the nails!

 

I wanted to do a holographic gradient for my birthday. I pulled out some of my purple holos for this one! I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I used China Glaze When Stars Collide (closest to the cuticle), Electra Magenta and Gamer Glam on a make up sponge to create the gradient effect. Gamer Glad needed a bit of help with the polish brush as even 3 coats of sponging didn’t really help hide my nail line and it was still completely transparent. The other polishes were well coated so I just went in with the polish brush and it worked pretty well. Once that was dry I used Top Top Armour Plate and my PUEEN 34 stamping plate to stamp the silver flowers on the side of my nail. I added different coloured rhinestones to each nail in the center of the large flower and sealed it in with Seche Vite. The result:

 

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I really adore these nails. I wish the sun would come out so I could stare at the holographic effect these polishes have, but it usually rains on my birthday and today is no exception. We celebrated my birthday on Saturday with my family that came over for a braai (BBQ). I had mentioned to Rudi a few months ago that a rainbow nail polish cake would be awesome for my birthday. He asked me for the baker’s number and organized this:
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I absolutely LOVED it! The baker put such beautiful (and unexpected) details on the cake board. The cake tasted delicious too!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes and love I have received!

Balls

I wish I meant that figuratively. Having a child of the opposite gender can be challenging, especially when they suffer in a way that you cannot relate to.

Elijah complained of pain in his groin area on the way to the day mother the other day. Rudi checked him and noticed no redness or anything that raised a red flag, so he went off to the day mother and school as per normal. Later that afternoon I get a call from the day mother saying Elijah is crying in pain. She also examined the area and could not see anything alarming. It was very worrying that he was in so much pain though. He didn’t want to play with the other children because it was too sore. I asked her to administer pain meds and made a doctor’s appointment.

The doctor was glad that we brought him in as something like this should never be ignored. Torsion is a possibility and a very scary thing, so groin pain is a big red flag. Two doctors examined him and agreed that it wasn’t torsion, but likely a hernia. As it was already late in the day the doctor advised us to take him to hospital for a sonar to see what is going on inside, specifically with his left testicle as that was where the pain seemed to be radiating from.

Our medical aid is finished. We have started using the “extra” GP appointments we get over and above our savings, so we would have to pay for the scan. From there it would likely have been hospital, so no extra cost. The next morning, he claimed that it was no longer sore. We thought we would play it by ear and take him for the scan if the pain came back or continued. He went to school as normal and once he was back I checked with the day mother on a few occasions throughout the day and everything seemed 100% again.

This was rather a close shave. I was completely clueless about all these testicle afflictions, but have learnt a lot about balls in a short period of time. He likely got hurt somehow or took a knock and didn’t realize that is what had happened. I’m really glad we got it checked out, even if it turned out to be nothing.

Being faced with this I just realized that I cannot relate to him in this particular area at all. Luckily I could still connect with him on a compassionate and empathetic level. I could help him understand that we would do what we can to help him and make him better. For that, I am the best and while the physical pain has probably already been forgotten…I hope that he will remember that he can still come to me, even if we aren’t the same.

Secret Admirer, Shell We Dance?

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I just love it when polish names make for a cool blog heading! There are some really cool polish names out there. I didn’t actually plan the mani around the polish names, it was just a happy coincidence :) Let’s get straight down to it!

 

I used my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of China Glaze Shell We Dance? on my thumb, index and pinky nails. Shell We Dance is a lovely glittery texture from the China Glaze Sea Goddess collection. It is very pretty! The drying time and application were great, as with all my other China Glaze textures. On my ring and middle nails I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Secret Admirer. This polish is a black base packed with silver shimmer. I had just received my new squishy XL stamper from Born Pretty Store and was dying to try it out, so I pulled out PUEEN 43 and Tip Top Armour Plate to do some stamping on my accent nails. I did a few test stamps and decided that my stamper needed to be primed as it wasn’t picking up the images well. After I primed it, it stamped like a dream! All the stamps you see are my first attempts on the nail. I used the top and bottom image from the plate as they both have characteristics I wanted to test out. I absolutely adore how the stamper stamped right into my cuticles with no rolling motion. Because the stamper is so big, it covers my entire nail without me having to roll it. I have a suspicion I might be able to try and stamp straight lines and I will be attempting this very soon! I sealed the stamped nails with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

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I really enjoyed wearing this mani and LOVED the stamping. I was so impressed with the stamper that I ordered a back up immediately. I think the stamping may look a little grainy, but I am certain it is because the base has a strong silver shimmer in it and the stamping is silver. I quite liked this colour combo too and enjoyed playing with the texture. I did, however, feel it necessary to foil this texture off. I don’t mind that though and it foiled off faster than other glitters. I might also add that I did this mani on a Wednesday night and by Saturday had visible chips in the texture. Textures are fairly simple to touch up since you don’t need things to be smooth. The wear time was just a bit shorter than I am used to. Perhaps I was harder than usual on my nails. This only happened on one hand mind you, so that is a strong possibility.

 

What do you think of this colour combo? Would you wear something like this?