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March Nail Anarchy Challenge

Hi everyone! VROOOOOOOOM! There goes March. WHAT?! Yup. There goes March. It is downhill to winter for us from here…and it is that time of the month. No, not “that” time. At least payday was on Wednesday, whoop whoop! Today I have the March installment of the Nail Anarchy challenges to show you. This month it was Sanita’s turn to choose our theme. I haven’t linked to her blog, cos there is nothing there yet. I doubt that is going to change anytime soon…since she is pregnant and having a BOY in June, she hasn’t been painting her nails since just before she found out she was pregnant. I wonder what will happen to her polish collection….Anyhoo…she picked “Blue” as her theme. This didn’t surprise me since she is a fan of blue everything. Here is what I came up with:

March Nail Anarchy Challenge

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Rubybox For The Chill of It on my index and middle nails. Once that was dry I stamped over it with the left hand image on PUEEN 45 using Essie Coat Azure. On my ring an pinkie nails I painted 2 coats of China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze. Stop! In the name of love! This polish has been on my lust list since I fell in love with polish and discovered China Glaze. I simply couldn’t get it from my China Glaze supplier, they told me it had been discontinued and they couldn’t order it anymore. I then noticed some of my nail blogging comrades managed to get their hands on it recently and I asked my supplier to try and source it for me…and they did! This polish was on the lust list for 2 years! Needless to say, it did not even touch the untried shelf. I painted it only my nails the day I got it. It was TOTALLY worth the wait! It did not disappoint me ONE BIT. The formula is great, it has a stupendous glitter pay off and isn’t it just beautiful? I could go on…but in the interest of brevity, I’ll leave it at that ;) I sealed everything in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal.

I would love to hear what you think of this mani in the comments :) Check out the inlinkz below to see what the other ladies came up with :)

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When Life Gets Tough

In the last two months or so my day to day life has changed dramatically. I have a very hands on and involved husband. He helps me tremendously with the kids and running the household. He has been stuck in a dead end job for many years. He didn’t earn a bad salary for the line of work he was in, but there is just no room for growth or any opportunity for promotion or even doing something different in the company. I have always been the breadwinner in the household and he has done his best, but if the things I hear are true this kind of thing bruises a man’s ego. Apparently men have a primal instinct to provide. I don’t really know, I’m not a dude. So just over 2 years ago he decided to try and do something to get himself into a better position.

His father is a truck driver. Has been for over 30 years. He had spoken about wanting to drive trucks before, but I didn’t know how serious he was about it. Before I knew it he was writing his learners and we were booking driving lessons. He only had 3 and aced his code 14 or EC. He applied for and obtained his PrDP (Professional Driving Permit) and the job hunting began. For 18 months he hounded company after company. I would send out his applications to firms on a daily basis using details he had collected by browsing career websites and cold calling numbers on trucks. He never let up. He was turned down time and time again because he had no experience. Then he decided that his license clearly wasn’t enough and he went to get certification to transport dangerous goods and again aced the test. Rinse, repeat. He would often bring up the job hunt over a beer with whoever and not too long ago he mentioned it to someone in our complex who works for a trucking company. This guy put a good word in for him with the boss and they let him come in to drive and show what he is made of.  The week that he spent training/driving was really rough. He left the house at 5:15 in the morning and came home after 19:00/20:00 and one night after 21:00. After 4 days of driving they put him alone on the truck and even got him to come in on the Saturday and gave him a truck to complete deliveries with no co-driver. He worked from early the morning till after 17:00 that Saturday. He came home with stories about driving trucks and how scary/complicated/dangerous it is that left me cold. If there is one thing I can say about my husband it is that he is an excellent driver. I trust him with our lives. He is by far a better driver than anyone I know. So the fact that he was driving well didn’t surprise me at all, but I felt like I barely saw him all week. Some nights he made it home just in time to kiss the kids goodnight. He was informed that he could start working there and that he would be on probation for a few months. He finally got a job after all his hard work. It was hard for me and for the kids. We missed him so much.

This job never felt “right” to me. He explained to me that the truck he was driving had no working indicators and the speedometer also didn’t work. That just didn’t sit well with me considering he was driving over mountain passes! He would also only earn overtime after working for 10 hours. The company is 35 km away from home in one direction. I had to pick him up a twice late at night with the kids in the car. Not ideal. The guy that put a good word in for him also told him that he always gets his pay on time, but hadn’t seen a payslip for the 8 years he had worked there. That kind of “under the table” thing doesn’t sit well with me. I’m a stickler for rules. I shut up and sucked it up, because I knew he needed the experience and that he is chasing a dream. I knew how hard he had fought just to get a chance.

On one of his days off that he took to sort out paperwork and resign from his old job, he took a chance and drove to a huge distribution center close to home. At first they wanted to turn him away, but one of the guys there told him to come in and take a driving test. It was scheduled for a Friday, but they moved it up to the Thursday. I happened to be on leave on the same day to get my hair done and run some errands. I took him to the distribution center early in the morning and went off to go about my day. He was the only one that passed the driving test. The next thing he knew they were taking his fingerprints and making him an access disk. He had landed the job! I was ecstatic! It is only 8 km from home and is a big retail chain, so much more stability and structure than a fly by night tax evader, no? He had to start the very next day at 2:30 AM! We immediately went out and bought a him a scooter (motorcycle) so that he could get to and from work independently. We don’t even know what his new salary will be, but I’m pretty sure he is going to be earning enough overtime to bridge any gap there might be in what he is earning. I don’t know whether or not there will be more money coming in. I freaking hope so, considering how much less of him we see. Despite it not being about the money, fair is fair. Sacrifice should equal reward.

We are a little frustrated at the moment since he doesn’t get called in to work every day. He gets paid by the hour as he is not a permanent employee, so no work, no pay. He asks to work every day, but a lot of days there isn’t work for him. It looks like we’ll come up short in the budget again this month and it is really stressful. I work with the finances and I am a worrier by nature, so it really takes an emotional toll on me. Apparently they will be appointing permanent drivers really soon. We can just pray and keep the faith that he will be permanently appointed in which case he will get a basic salary plus overtime.

That aside, I now have to do the things he was doing plus whatever I did. I’ve always been against him doing long distance driving. I don’t care about the money. Money cannot buy your children’s childhood back. Money cannot buy missed events, missed memories. Money does, however, pay school fees/rent/child care/new winter clothes for the kids/groceries. Here’s hoping he will be permanently appointed very soon so that we can be guaranteed at least his basic salary as an income.

Cross all the bits please!

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Emily De Molly Seeing Red

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Hi everyone. I’ve found it! I’ve found the stand out polish in my collection. I’ve found the polish I want to be buried in. Next time someone asks me which polish I would grab in a fire, I will have an answer for them! That is, by the way, the most unfair question. Polish addicts usually have large collections of polish because they LOVE ALL THE COLOURS. LOVE ALL THE FINISHES. LOVE ALL THE PRETTIES. Don’t ask them to choose. If they could choose just one or a few, they wouldn’t have so many to begin with :P This polish was another gift from my Belgian friend who also bought the polishes I featured here and here. Love him long time! Let me show you this beauty.

Emily De Molly Seeing Red

Emily De Molly Seeing RedDo you need a moment? You probably need a moment. Breathe. Good? Good! I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and painted 3 coats of Emily De Molly Seeing Red. I could probably have stopped at 2, but I was hypnotized by this incredibly gorgeous polish. Seeing Red is a rasberry red linear holographic polish. The formula was perfection, I had no issues. I added triangular studs from Born Pretty Store (press sample) and stamped my index and middle nail with BP-03 (press sample) and Sinful Colors Black on Black. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. You want to see it in the sun, don’t you?

Emily De Molly Seeing Red in the sun

Emily De Molly Seeing Red in the sun

You’re welcome. I wore these nails to the CT Mom Blog Meet and driving all the way there was a serious hazard. I couldn’t stop staring at these while I was driving. Another mani I was seriously bummed to take off.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this polish in the comments below :) Can you see why I’m obsessed with it?

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Omega Emerald Isle is all about that base

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Hi everyone! Today I have another Omega polish to show you. This was sent to me by the lovely Gael from Glamore Cosmetics for review and swatching. I have two sets of photos to show you today. I struggled with this polish when I first swatched it. Let me show you the first set of photos:

Omega Emerald Isle with Tip Top Base Coat

Omega Emerald Isle with Tip Top Base Coat

You can clearly see bubbles in the polish here. Above is 3 coats over my Top Top base coat with no top coat. I brought the polish to work and asked 2 colleagues to swatch it as well to eliminate application and environmental factors. Neither of them had bubbles. I was quite bummed because that meant it was me, right? I painted badly! For those of you that don’t know, adding too much polish to your brush and painting too many strokes can result in bubbles. So I figured I probably had too much polish on the brush or overworked it and resolved to swatch it again.

Enter Ordinary Misfit who also had a few Omegas to swatch. She noticed with one of the polishes she also had bubbles. We chatted about it and she figured out that we had both used a Tip Top base coat. When she swatched her Omega again, she used an essence base coat as well as Tip Top and over the Tip Top base coat she had some bubbles again, but over the essence base coat she didn’t have any. It occurred to me that the ladies that swatched for me at work weren’t wearing any base coat at all. I decided that I should paint my next swatch with no base coat. I did exactly that:

Omega Emerald Isle  swatch no base coat

Omega Emerald Isle  swatch no base coat with top coat

 

Much better, no? Shown above is 3 coats with no base coat. The first picture has no top coat, the second is topped with Dashing Diva Top Seal. Emerald Isle is a gorgeous dark green metallic polish. It is a beautiful colour! The formula is on the thinner side, but I had no problems applying the polish at all and I didn’t flood my cuticles while painting. It seems very sheer on the first 2 coats, but builds up nicely to the deep, rich green seen above. I can’t wait to pull this polish out come Christmas time! You have already seen how I “upgraded” this mani in a previous post, here is the photo again:

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I would love to hear your thoughts on this polish in the comments below :) Have you ever found that specific base coats don’t seem to do well with some of your polishes? I’ve never had a problem with this base coat before, so it never occurred to me that it would cause any issues. Huge thanks to Michelle for helping me figure it out and restoring my confidence in my painting ability!

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Hashtag DTOWedding

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Hi everyone! I have a special post for you today :)  One of the Nail Anarchy members is getting hitched! This afternoon, in fact! SO MUCH OF EXCITEMENT! A little heads up, I changed my nail shape. Completely. I have a few posts drafted with my previous nail shape, so you’ll be seeing a mixed bag until April. The back story is that I have been struggling to file my nails correctly. I have some weird curvy nails that only curve on one side and my nails also seem to expand and contract throughout the day, causing them to look like they have been filed skew, which they probably were although they might have looked even when I filed them. So I decided to ditch the shape and try something new. I was trying to fix them to the point where I was unintentionally heading to stilettoville. In other words, I proper messed them up.  So my sidewalls are still a little slanted and I’m growing that out now, but I’m trying out the squovals and giving them a fair chance. I digress.

Thea from Madness Nails is getting married! She has been out of action for a while because of the wedding plans and other things going in in her life. I am really hoping that she’ll be back in the saddle after her honeymoon because she is stupid talented and I LOVE her nail art! A bunch of us got together to do a mani for her to celebrate the occasion. We were told what the themes and colours for her wedding are and given free reign. This is what I came up with:

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I combined the colours for their wedding, part of the theme (swallows) and the rings given to each other to put together this mani. I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and painted 2 coats of Nubar Berry Intense on my pinkie and ring nails. On my index and middle nails I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Once that was dry I used a swallow decal I bought from Lucky Star Style on my middle nail. I used the saran (cling) wrap method to dab white onto my pinkie and Berry Intense on my index nail. On my ring nail I overlapped two “doughnut” studs  purchased from Born Pretty Store (purchase here*)to represent interlocking rings and their union. I added a rhinestone to make her ring sparkle :) I sealed it all in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal and voila!

Happiest of wedding days friend! I hope it is everything you dreamed of!

We’ve arranged a linkup for everybody taking part, check out everyone else’s manis below!

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Bridal Nails with Hean Wedding Garden Collection – 639

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Hi everyone! Today is the final post of the Bridal Nails series using the Hean Wedding Collection polishes which I purchased from Glamore Cosmetics. Today I’ll be showing you 639 which is a very sheer peach jelly polish. I knew the moment I swatched this on my wheel that it was going to be too sheer to layer to opacity. Let me show you the swatches.

Hean Wedding Garden 639 swatch

Hean Wedding Garden 639 swatch

Shown above is 4 coats over a base coat with no top coat. I had no application issues at all and the polish dried well, even 4 coats in. As you can see it dries with a gorgeous shine, even without top coat. Even though I top coat everything, that is a huge plus for those who do not. Regular readers of my blog know that I don’t like visible nail line, despite that I think this is actually gorgeous! A subtle french if you will, without the added effort ;) It is also a good neutral shade that would be good if you want to tone your nails down for an occasion. It is also a nice palette for some nail art. I knew using a glitter over this would obscure the visible nail line, but since I’ve already used glitter in one of these posts, I went with flakies this time.

Hean Wedding Garden 639 Bridal Nails

Hean Wedding Garden 639 Bridal Nails

I used my usual Tip Top base coat and painted 4 coats of 639 over that. I layered 1 coat of the flakie side of Revlon Satellite from the Moon Candy collection over that and sealed it all in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal. I really liked this polish with and without the flakies. It is just so soft and feminine. It feels so strange for me to say that since I think visible nail line just makes it look like you didn’t bother to do enough coats to cover it, but I’m willing to admit this is an exception!

What do you think of this polish? Do you mind visible nail line? Please let me know in the comments below!

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I really hope you have enjoyed this series :)

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Bridal Nails with Hean Wedding Garden Collection – 642

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Hi everybody! Today I have the penultimate post in this series for your viewing pleasure :) Today I’ll be showing you another one of the collection that I purchased from Glamore, number 642 which is the soft pink in the collection. Let me show you :)

Hean Wedding Garden 642

Hean Wedding Garden 642

 

Shown above is 4 coats of 642 over a base coat with no top coat. 642 is a very soft pink with a very subtle shimmer. It dries well and as you can see it has a nice shiny finish once dry. This is the first one that I struggled with a bit formula wise. Although I was able to reach opacity in 4 coats, it didn’t self level very well and I still felt like some spots were uneven. I absolutely refuse to paint more than 4 coats if I’m not layering or sandwiching polishes, so I stopped at 4. I actually really think nobody would notice or you could layer it over white if you’re as full of nonsense as me ;) I knew  exactly what I wanted to do to accent this mani and here it is:

Hean Wedding Garden 642 with decals

Hean Wedding Garden 642 with decals

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and painted 4 coats of 642 on all of my nails. Once that was dry I layered some rose decals that I purchased from Maskscara onto my ring nail. These decals are actually individual roses and I accidentally stuck 2 over each other on my other hand and I really liked the way it looked, which led to me layering these. I sealed it all in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal. I really love the result! I also like this polish more with a top coat over it.

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I would really love to hear what you think of these in the comments below!

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No Antibiotics for 6 Months

Hi there! Early in September last year I wrote about wanting to try and get my children off antibiotics. You can read my concerns and thought processes at the outset here. A little over a month later, I wrote this post about how it was going. At the time it seemed such a short space between the posts, but my kids were on antibiotics so often last year that it wasn’t completely unwarranted. Just the other day I was going through my Timehop and realized that it has been an entire 6 months since either of my kids have had any antibiotics!

For the past few years I have been ill myself in February, usually with bronchitis. Like Elijah I am prone to chest infections and when I do get them I get asthmatic symptoms. I managed to skip the chest infections this year during February. The kids are doing okay too! We usually all get sick together. I’m convinced I pick up their bugs. Rudi is usually the only one that is okay. That man’s immune system is as strong as an ox! There have been sniffles, coughs, vomits, tummy bugs and insect bites in the last 6 months, but nothing that needed a doctor’s attention. Gabby hurt herself in the park a few weeks ago and we went to the emergency room to have it looked at. It was a Sunday night and I was beside myself because I had never seen her so inconsolable. Not even boobs would calm her down. She had been hanging from overhead chains in the park and likely somehow hurt her wrist while doing so. We gave her some painkillers, but she couldn’t/wouldn’t move her arm or let us touch it and it completely freaked me out. Fortunately the waiting room at the ER was quite full and before we got a chance to see the doctor the painkillers kicked in and she was right as rain. Dodged an expensive bullet there! She was completely fine the next day. Go figure.

Looking at my medical aid statement from last year (I can’t see further back than the current month), March, April and June were particularly bad months for us with the kids seeing the doctor very often. I know from my Timehop that we were all sick in February as well. I expect some illness around the change of season and in winter, but I’m hoping we’ll be able to treat the symptoms with over the counter meds and allow them to heal themselves as far as possible. Hopefully the sniffles and ailments won’t blow up into infections as they have in the past. Obviously I won’t endanger them or not take them to the doctor because I’m afraid he’ll give them antibiotics. I will take them if I think it is necessary. I’m just going to try not to run to the doctor first thing. This is the first time we’ll be going from summer to winter without our pet cat. I really feel that having the pet hair and dander in the house contributed to our illnesses progressing into infection. The kids would pick up the snots and it would get worse until they had full blown bronchitis/throat infection or the likes. The children they acquired these germs from wouldn’t need antibiotics and recovered without medical intervention. This is what led me to believe that environmental factors played a role in our constant doctor visits. We will soon find out if my gut feeling was right.

I must just mention that our spring season starts in September and March is our last month of summer, so we’re heading straight into the change of seasons which usually wreaks the havoc on our bodies and medical savings. We’ll have to see how it goes this year. I already feel like it is going better since we haven’t gotten sick this year yet. I’ve used the medical aid to go for a check up at the gynae and Rudi has gone once for a back problem as well, but the medical aid is untouched otherwise. I’ve been buying our over the counter meds cash to try and save the medical aid for when we are strapped for cash or at least so that it can last a little longer into the year.

I’ve been having problems with what seems to be a severe back and neck spasm. I’ve been going for physio because I figured after two weeks of taking anti-inflammatories and painkillers that I better fix the root cause. I’m desperate to get it sorted out. I even had some dry needling done, which only gave me temporary relief. I’ve had the shocky machines and even traction!

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See? Traction.

 

I’ve taken painkillers on and off in the last 3 weeks (this is after the 2 weeks of constant meds I mentioned), but I’m finding their side effects less bearable than the pain, so I’m sucking it up. I’m starting to wonder if I’m not wasting my time with physio and whether I shouldn’t actually see a chiropractor. I’ve never been to one, but I know it will cost a lot more than they physio I’m currently paying for out of pocket and I’ll have to claim those treatments from the medical aid. Wish me luck!

Do you worry about antibiotic use? Does your medical aid last all year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Bridal Nails with Hean Wedding Garden Collection – 640

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Hello everyone! Today I have the 3rd installment of my short Bridal Nails series using the Hean Wedding Garden collection. Today I have 640 to show you. Let’s dive right into the swatches :)

Hean Wedding Garden 640

Hean Wedding Garden 640

Shown above is 3 coats over a base coat with no top coat. 640 is a mint polish that has a strong suggestion of blue. I found that my perception of the colour changed if I held my nails against different backgrounds. Next to a soft blue it looked very green, next to a teal, more minty. You be the judge ;) This polish was quite opaque, but I still felt it needed 3 coats to even out the colour and cover any unevenness. As you can see it dries to a nice shiny finish even without a top coat. As usual the formula was really good and I didn’t have any problems. As with all the others I wanted to add something to this to make it pop. I thought a nice glitter accent would go beautifully with this polish and this is what happened:

Hean Wedding Garden 640

Hean Wedding Garden 640

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and then 3 coats of 640. I topped off my middle and ring nails with one coat of essence glorius aquarius and sealed it all in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal. I wasn’t sure if this look was subtle enough to be considered bridal, but we’re not all french manicure kind of girls, are we? I know of someone who got married in a tutu and a denim shirt. Let us unleash the funky brides! I got married before I was into nails and I had a plain french mani on my fingers and toes for my wedding day. This is the most classic look, but times are changing and I hope to inspire some fun bridal nail art for future brides :) Bridal does not have to be boring, plain or muted :D

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What do you think of this look? Do you think you could/could have rocked mint and glitter on your wedding day? Let me know in the comments below!

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Born Pretty Store Review – Rhinestones

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Hi everyone! Today I have a Born Pretty Store review for you :) Today I’ll be reviewing some rhinestones from their store. I mention Born Pretty Store all the time on my blog. It is my one stop shop for nail paraphernalia. They seriously have everything you can think of. I have more studs than I’ll probably ever use, dotting tools, decals…you name it! I digress. Let me show you the wheel:

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I really love the great selection available here. There are 400 x 2 mm rhinestones in total. Normally when I purchase rhinestones they come in a wheel that you just have to turn to line up the opening in the plastic with the segment you need. This wheel was a little different and I found myself stumped. My nails were wet and I didn’t want to scatter rhinestones all over the place, so I was being really careful, but I just couldn’t tell how to open it. I handed it to my husband who immediately figured out that you just need to slide the clear plastic to the side to open up all the segments. I felt like such an idiot! Now at least you don’t have to if you come across a wheel that opens this way. Yes. I’m blonde. LOL. I created a mani using them and thought I would move outside of my comfort zone and use rhinestones that I would not normally see myself using. This is what I came up with:

bornprettystore rhinestone review

bornprettystore rhinestone review

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of Omega Emerald Isle. I applied a top coat and used that to secure the rhinestones while it was still wet and then sealed it all in with another generous layer of Dashing Diva Top Seal to keep the rhinestones in place. I was a bit worried about the star rhinestones annoying me and getting caught on things because of where I placed them, but this was not a problem at all. All the rhinestones stayed in place for several days as I went about my normal daily life. You can purchase this wheel by clicking here. If you are not registered with Born Pretty Store, you can use my affiliate link to register by clicking here. Don’t forget I also have a discount code you can use :)

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