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essence You Wow’d Me Again

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Hi everyone! I have a very simple mani to show you today. I did this one during the holidays to tide me over for the week. I did a review mani on the same day and didn’t have time for anything complicated. It was still super pretty though. The essence polish you’ll be seeing here is a gorgeous duochrome. I absolutely love the fact that essence releases these kinds of polishes. Duochromes are as scarce as chicken teeth over here and you can’t beat the price point. Take a look…essence You Wow'd Me Again and Make Up Gallery Purple Glitzessence You Wow'd Me Again and Make Up Gallery Purple Glitzessence You Wow'd Me Again and Make Up Gallery Purple Glitzessence You Wow'd Me Again and Make Up Gallery Purple Glitz

I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 easy coats of essence You Wow’d Me Again on all of my nails. As you can see from my photos the shift is really obvious on the nail and it is gorgeous! People that¬†looked at my nails were in awe watching it shift from purple to green. It is a little bit brush strokey, but it didn’t really bother me. I have recently come to learn that sponging on polishes that show brush strokes prominently will eliminate this completely. I still haven’t tried it, but my fellow bloggers have and the results were awesome. On my ring nail I painted 1 coat of Make Up Gallery Purple Glitz (gift) over You Wow’d Me Again. You could probably get this glitter polish opaque in 3 – 4 coats, but I tested it on my nail wheel and for this mani I decided I liked it better layered. Purple Glitz consists of small purple glitter with larger holographic hexes throughout. as with most glitter polishes it was on the thicker side, but I didn’t find it too difficult to work with. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

What do you do when you’re short on time, but can’t stand to leave your nails bare? (totally me!)

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Color Club Eternal Beauty

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Hi everyone! Today I have a simple stamped manicure to show you. I actually took photos of this and completely forgot to edit the photos, or that I even had them. When I was going through my phone deleting old photos, I came across it again. So I guess this qualifies as a “from the vault” post. Let me show you what I came up with.Color Club Eternal Beauty Stamped with BP-L003 and M Polish Dancing in the StreetsColor Club Eternal Beauty Stamped with BP-L003 and M Polish Dancing in the StreetsColor Club Eternal Beauty Stamped with BP-L003 and M Polish Dancing in the Streets

I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Color Club Eternal Beauty on all of my nails. The formula on Eternal Beauty is just as good as all the other Halo Hues I’ve used. Glides right on and was perfection at 2 coats. The holo pay off is amazing, again something you come to expect with Color Club and their Halo Hues collections. I wish I could own Harp On It! I digress. I used M Polish Dancing in the Streets and bornprettystore BP-L003 stamping plate for the staming. I stamped the reversed image on my ring nail. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I think holo polishes are my absolute favourite. I prefer linear holos to scattered, but any holo goodness will warm the cockles of my heart. It doesn’t hurt that this entire mani is my favourite colour too ūüėČ I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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OPI 50 Shades of Grey

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Hi everyone. Happy New Year to all! ¬†The mani I have to show you today was created with polishes from the OPI 50 Shades of Grey collection. When my friend Leebeesa popped back into South Africa for an unexpected visit she brought me a mini set of the collection as a gift. Although I’m not a fan of the books so much, I did enjoy the movie. I didn’t love their choice of leading man for the role of Christian Grey, but I don’t really care enough about it to complain. Let me show you the mani I did using these polishes.OPI 50 Shades of Grey Nail ArtOPI 50 Shades of Grey Nail ArtI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Romantically Involved on all of my nails. The formula on this was great, but since I have mini bottles the application was a little more tricky than it would have been with a full sized bottle. I used a fan brush and My Silk Tie (silver), Dark Side of the Mood (dark grey) and Cement the Deal (light grey) to brush across my nails. I placed a rectangular silver stud on my ring nail for accent. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I was quite pleased with how this turned out. I haven’t done a fan brush mani for such a long time. I would love to hear your thoughts on the mani as well as the book and the movie!

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New Year’s Nails

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Hi everyone! I have another bornprettystore review for you today. This mani doubles up as my contribution for New Year’s nails as well :) I received a gorgeous charm to review. They come in different colours, you can view and purchase them here. I actually like all of the colours, but I opted for the gold since you can reuse them and I thought they would be more versatile overall. Let’s see what I came up with :)bornprettystore Nail Charm Reviewbornprettystore Nail Charm Reviewbornprettystore Nail Charm ReviewI started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black on all of my nails. Once they were dry I used a piece of latex make up sponge and L.A. Colors Dizzy to sponge on the glitter gradient on all of my nails except on my ring finger. I don’t think I would have been able to get this glitter dense enough with the brush without the polish building up a lot of clear base, which is why I opted to sponge it on. On my ring nail I attached the charm using nail glue. I sealed in everything with a coat of Seche Vite.

I really love this charm! It is so cute! I might just get myself the other colours as well. This charm is quite large. I see that the width and length are specified on bornprettystore’s site, but they don’t mention how high the charm is, so I took a picture to show you:bornprettystore Nail Charm ReviewAll that being said, these did not bother me at all. I have had nail charms that get stuck in my hair or bother me by bumping against things, but I barely noticed these on my nail. If I somehow manage not to lose them I will definitely wear them again! I would also like to mention that they are not completely flat at the back, they are curved to accommodate for the c curve of your nails. This helps the charm adhere better. Would I recommend these? I definitely would! You can find bornprettystore at the following locations:

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I would love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments down below! Don’t forget that you can use my discount code for non discounted items :)

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To all my readers, I wish you the very best for the year ahead. I hope that you remain safe and enjoy your time with your loved ones as the festive season starts winding down. Thanks for reading :)

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bornprettystore Nail Studs Review

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Hi everyone. I have another review from bornprettystore for you today. I’ve never really been drawn to this type of stud before, so it was a gamble for me to review them. I am not particularly creative when it comes to studs. This mani is no different on the creativity side, but I really loved how it turned out. I actually did this mani purely for the review and knew I was going to take it off immediately. After I saw how it turned out I was actually disappointed that I had to remove it. Let me show you what I did.bornprettystore Nail Stud Reviewbornprettystore Nail Stud Reviewbornprettystore Nail Stud ReviewI started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Rise and Shine on all of my nails. Rise and Shine dries to a matte finish and I really liked the idea of keeping it matte. I used my GOSH matte top coat over Rise and Shine and placed my studs while the matte top coat was still wet. I chose Rise and Shine because these studs reflect both green¬†and pink. They are so pretty and I thought it would look lovely with this teal shade. You can see on the first photo how well they go together :) There are 4 different shapes of studs in this wheel and I’ve used them all here.

I have tried these studs with a different mani before and tried placing 2 studs per nail, but it didn’t look great at all. I took it off immediately and went back to the drawing board. I also top coated them when I had 2 per nail and everything ended up looking big, bulky and plain ugly. I did say I’m not great with studs, right? I really loved how this look turned out though. So beautiful! Love these? You can purchase them here. You can also find bornprettystore on their website and social media channels:

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Hollywood

So, this is not the kind of post I usually write. It’s um…personal, but I’d like to think of it more as a public service than something that I am embarrassed by. A long while ago I read a post on Scary Mommy about getting your nether regions waxed. As these posts usually are, it was hilarious. It was also fear inducing. “I will never”, I vowed. You know what they say though, never say never. So, since there is a photo of me next to the word masochist in the dictionary, I decided ’tis the season to be hairless and made an appointment for said wax. I tried to make an appointment to have it done at our beauty therapist at work, but she was fully booked and was then going on leave. I was not deterred, although it would have been a perfect opportunity to back out.¬†I have a friend who is a beauty therapist and we had discussed it before when I was putting feelers out about it. Best part? She could come to my house. So we set up an appointment. I told her numerous times that I am literally terrified of doing this. I’ve had my legs/underarms/eyebrows waxed before and I know how much *that* hurts, so venturing into more sensitive areas was very, very scary. She laughed it off and said I’ll be fine. I did not believe her. Before reading any further, you need to know that I’m a huge wuss. I don’t like pain. I can’t even stand to be poked in the arm. At the hairdresser I used to brush my hair myself because I would literally want to cry when someone else did it. I am “pull sensitive” when it comes to my hair…so this was a really great idea, wasn’t it?

The day of the appointment arrived and I had managed to push the thought out of my head for most of the day. As the time crept nearer, the tension was undeniable. An hour before she was scheduled to arrive I popped two tablets containing ibuprofen and paracetamol as a precautionary measure. I’ve heard that this might help. For those who don’t know, painkillers don’t do anything to your pain. They simply raise your pain threshold so that you are no longer aware of the pain until they wear off, so it seemed like a good course of action.

She came over to my house a little bit early, so I delayed her with a smoke break and something to drink, nervous that the painkillers had not kicked in yet. We chatted and plugged in the machine to melt the wax, etc. “Are you ready?” “No. Yes. No.” How could I possibly be ready?! I had already paid the morning of the appointment, so there was no getting out of it now. I checked my modesty at the door. Since the therapist was already a friend, conversation flowed easily, despite my nerves. She announced she was going to use a combination of strip and hot wax. Hot wax doesn’t require any wax strips to remove it. It is my understanding that strip wax is supposed to hurt more than hot wax, but I’m no professional. Before we even started I told her that she is not to tweeze anything under any circumstances. Having a bunch of hair ripped out at once is obviously going to be torturous, but ONE BY ONE? Absolutely not! She said nothing as she twirled her wooden stick to gather the string of wax that had formed while removing it from the melting pot. I gritted my teeth at the realization that¬†she was about to slather that onto me.

She started with the strip wax at the top. She ripped it off and firmly placed her hand on the area that she had just waxed. This pressure helps for the initial pain and it really does offer some relief. I had anticipated that I would scream. I did not. I may have sworn, but not nearly as loudly as I thought I would. After the shock of the first strip, it was actually completely okay. I asked her if this top part hurt more than the down below part. Somehow it made sense to me that it would. She said yes, it does usually hurt more at the top/more exposed area. As she worked her way down, she switched to the hot wax. I’m not going to lie, the warmth of the wax as it was being applied was actually quite pleasant. Everyone loves to be nice and warm, right? Well, that was just getting it on. She needed a few extra hands when she got into the parts that are more curvy and she instructed me as to what to hold and where. The first side she pulled the wax from, I may have said a few choice swear words. I’m like HELL NO. This definitely hurts more than the top! She assured me the other side wouldn’t be as bad. I didn’t believe her. She was right though, the other side didn’t hurt as much. She just kept applying and ripping wax off and during the process I actually became used to it. Maybe I was just numb, but it was completely tolerable. She whipped out tweezers and started removing strays that the wax didn’t seem to want to grip and at that point, I didn’t even mind.

I was very surprised at how well I handled it, considering my paralyzing fear beforehand. It really wasn’t that bad. Actually, I intend to maintain it. Pain wise, it was not nearly as bad as I had imagined. Our appointment was on a Friday and on the Sunday she came back to see if she could remove some of the finer hair that didn’t want to come out on the Friday. My expectation was that things would be very smooth, as if there was never anything there to begin with, but that isn’t the reality of it. It’s pretty damn smooth for the most part, though. I didn’t take any painkillers on the Sunday and the waxing was effortless. To be fair, there wasn’t much for it to pull out, but I was totally fine the entire time, so I’m not even sure if the painkillers were completely necessary.

The next day you will be sore. Apparently it is only really so the first time, but it is very sensitive around there. I was advised not to wear underwear and to wear loose fitting pants for a few days to prevent any chafing. I was quite aware of the area the next day and also became very aware of how often Gabby likes to kick me there while we are nursing. By the second day it was much better already and the subsequent wax on the Sunday didn’t make it worse at all. Would I recommend it? Yes. I would. Should you be scared? No. You shouldn’t be. If a wuss like me can do it, so can you! They say the first time is the absolute worst and after that it will be much better.

If you’ve ever had this done, I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below :)

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Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Kiss

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Hi everyone! I have another gift from Pish Posh Polish to show you today. Yes. I know. The epic nail mail is the gift that keeps on giving! I was totally blown away to find a Deborah Lippmann polish in my gift box. I had heard of the brand via the international blogging circuit, but never ever thought I would own one! Honestly, in the bottle this polish did not give me the feels and I used others ahead of it that I thought I would like more. When I finally got around to using it, it was love at first coat. This polish is SO beautiful it is definitely on my favourites in my collection list.¬†Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's KissDeborah Lippmann Mermaid's KissDeborah Lippmann Mermaid's KissI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Kiss on all of my nails. Mermaid’s Kiss is a rosy pink glittery base with a strong pink shimmer and dark pink glitter throughout. Man. Wow. The pink shimmer in the polish is strong and you can easily see it, even though the base is gold and sparkly. The formula on this polish was great. I didn’t have issues with controlling it and didn’t even really need to clean up. Always a huge bonus for me. On my ring nail I used OPI Chic From Ears to Tail and a dotting tool to dot flower petals and in the middle I dotted Maskscara Gold Finger for the centers of the flowers. Usually I would do more than one accent nail, but I couldn’t bear to cover up any more of this gorgeous polish. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I must say, few things please me more than being surprised by a polish. I really love painting and falling in love with a polish while I do so. There’s something special about that for me. I absolutely adored wearing this polish and will definitely look for an opportunity to wear it again.

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Christmas Day Nails

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Hi everyone! I know I said you’ve seen the last of the Christmas manis, but I wanted to show you what I wore on Christmas Day :) When my friend Leebeesa was visiting from Ireland she brought me a few nail related gifts. She knows how much I love Christmas and brought me some gorgeous Christmas 3D nail charms. They really are beautiful!¬†3D Christmas Nail Charms3D Christmas Nail Charms3D Christmas Nail CharmsI started off with Tip Top Miraculous Results as my base coat to protect my nails. On my index, middle and pinkie nails I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Ruby Glisten. Even though I used this polish more than a year ago, I remembered that it was a cuticle flooder. The formula on this polish is very thin, so I was very careful not to put too much polish on my brush to ensure I don’t end up with red polish everywhere. This polish has a gorgeous red shimmer that isn’t evident in the photos, but can be seen in person. It really is a gorgeous vampy red! On my ring nail I painted 2 coats of Zoya Tomoko (gift). Tomoko was my Zoya lust have and I keep using it because I really do love it very much! I sealed all my nails in with Seche Vite. I attached the charms with nail glue. I only wore them for the day and took them off because I’m afraid of losing them. I have very recently lost a charm I was quite fond of so I’d rather err on the side of caution now.

I really loved this mani, the colours are gorgeous and with the charms it turned out to be a very Christmassy mani indeed! ¬†I really hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas with loved ones, even if you don’t celebrate I hope that my readers enjoyed their day regardless.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments below :)

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Candy Cane Christmas Nails

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Hi everyone! I have my final Christmas mani to show you today :) I love doing striped Christmas designs. Last year I chose to do them in red and gold, but this year I opted for the more traditional red and white.¬†Candy Cane Christmas NailsCandy Cane Christmas NailsCandy Cane Christmas NailsI started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I thought I was very clever with this mani and started off with Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby as my base colour. I knew that I would flood my cuticles terribly when using vinyls and that Ruby Ruby would stain them.¬†I also knew that the white I would be using is really opaque and I wouldn’t have any issues covering up the red. Sometimes I don’t fail at this nail thing! I laid down only 1 coat of Ruby Ruby and waited for that to dry. On my ring nail I dabbed a coat of L.A. Girl Speckle which contains red hex glitter, matte white glitter in 2 different sizes. On the rest of my nails I used straight nail vinyls that I received for review from We Heart Nail Art and painted one thick coat of essence wild white ways over them. I removed the vinyls immediately and sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I’m quite happy with how these turned out, although I think the stripes should have been a bit different, perhaps spaced differently. These nails were pretty eye catching, probably because of the white and I received lots of compliments on them.

If you celebrate Christmas, a very merry Christmas to you and yours! I hope that all of my readers have a most blessed and safe festive season!

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Neon Christmas Nails

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Hi everyone! I have a very different Christmas mani to show you today. It’s no secret that I love neon nails. I was trying to figure out what Christmas mani to do next and realized that I don’t ever recall seeing neon Christmas nails. I think the reason for this is fairly obvious. Neon polishes are considered summer colours and since the northern hemisphere dominates Christmas symbolism and it is winter there over Christmas time, neons don’t feature. Look, I’m fairly certain I am not the first to think of this, but I think it’s time that our summertime Christmas has it’s moment :) Let me show you what I came up with.

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I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. All of the polishes used here are from China Glaze.

  • Flip Flop Fantasy (orange)
  • That’s Shore Bright (purple)
  • Peonies & Park Ave (pink)
  • Highlight of my Summer (green)
  • Fairy Dust (topper)

I used nail vinyls that I purchased from BecauseIShop.co.za to create this mani. If you noticed that the Christmas tree looks a little wonky, it’s because the vinyl tore as I was trying to remove it. The tree has a few places where the detail is very fine and in one of those twirls the vinyl tore mid nail so I had to use my tweezer to lift the firmly stuck down vinyl from my nail and I had to try and fix it with a dotting tool. I didn’t do the best job, but I didn’t have time to redo the whole nail. Of course I had no issues with the tree vinyl on my Cindy hand. Go figure. ¬†I topped all my nails¬†with a coat of Fairy Dust, if it doesn’t sparkle it isn’t Christmassy enough, right? I would also like to mention that Flip Flop Fantasy is not colour accurate in these pictures. This neon freaks out my camera every time. It is the most gorgeous orange though, my favourite ever ever. I sealed my mani with a coat of Seche Vite.

I would love to hear what you think of this very non traditional Christmas mani in the comments below!

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