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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!)

Thanks for reading!

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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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PPSA Nail Challenge – Dark and Vampy

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Hi everyone! It’s time for the next prompt in the #PPSAnailchallenge 🙂 This entire month all my nail posts will be for the Polished Pretties South Africa Nail Challenge. Polished Pretties South Africa is a Facebook group started by the Nail Anarchy ladies and we decided to do a month long challenge and open it up to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of the group to participate, but if you have a love for polish, why not join our group anyway? The challenge is also not compulsory for group members. It’s all just for fun 🙂 Here are all the prompts and the dates:#PPSAnailchallengeI used to dislike dark polish. I’m not sure why, but I didn’t like the way it looked. Slowly that started to change and suddenly this winter, I’m wearing one dark colour after the other and loving it. It’s so strange to me how my tastes have evolved and how I have learned to appreciate things I thought I would never like. So, instead of rolling my eyes at this prompt, I was excited to do it. Megan chose this prompt, so I had to ask her what she meant by “vampy”. Apparently vampy can be loosely translated to sexy too. I had something just for it in my untried stash. Here is what I came up with:PPSA Nail Challenge Dark and VampyPPSA Nail Challenge Dark and VampyPPSA Nail Challenge Dark and VampyI started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Black Forest on my index and pinkie nails. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Sparkle Queen. Sparkle Queen is a black crelly with different sized silver holographic glitter. As this glitter looks like Tip Top Rocky Road to me, I decided to use that for a glitter gradient on the other 2 nails. Rocky Road is the same glitter, only it is suspended in a clear base. I painted a little bit of Sinful Colors Queen of beauty which is just small silver glitter in a clear base to start the gradient. I used the brush of Tip Top Rocky Road to try to fashion a gradient. I wiped off glitter and tried to catch it from the bottle neck, but it didn’t work very well, so I ended up taking glitter out of the bottle and trying to pick it up with a dotting tool. It still came out quite thick on the nail though. This isn’t the best glitter to use for a gradient, but it is one of my favourite glitter polishes. I just LOVE that silver holo sparkle! Despite the thickness I think it turned out okay. At first I didn’t like Sparkle Queen, but once I saw it in the day light I completely change my mind! I chose to use Rocky Road over Black Forest to show the similarities between the glitters. The formula on Sparkle Queen was a little bit thicker than a regular polish, but this ensured that the glitter was suspended well in the bottle and I had no problems getting them out onto my nails.

What do you think of this look? I would love to hear in the comments below. Don’t forget to see what everyone else did in the link up 🙂





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Toy Toggle – Review and Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! I have a very cool product to show you today. Lauren over at Toy Toggle has launched a new and unique product into the South African market which is locally manufactured and was developed by her. She asked if I would like to review it and run a giveaway for my readers. After checking it out I was left thinking “Why didn’t I think of that?” The Toy Toggle is an easy to use product that can save parents some frustration, time and even money. Basically it is a set of nylon straps and a silicone ring that hold toys/dummies and bottles together and off the floor. These straps can be attached to a high chair, pram or even your baby bag for extra storage.

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The silicone band fits most bottles and sippy cups and grips the bottles nicely, even when wet, to make sure they do not meet the floor when they are knocked over (or thrown off!) from wherever you have attached them. You can vary the length of the connector straps by interchanging the longer strap for a shorter one so that you can make provision for the height difference between say a high chair and a pram. You can also attach multiple toys and even a dummy along with the bottle/sippy cup as you can see above.

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I can’t tell you how many times we’ve lost a dummy or toy in a mall. Once my kids lost interest in whatever they were playing with in their pram, it wasn’t long before it was tossed out. I’ve also found numerous dummies lying in parking lots, in the mall and in restaurants (dummies belonging to other unfortunate mommies and their kids). Back then I paid R110.00 for 2 dummies. That’s a lot of money to just throw away, but throw them away they did. I’m sure it must be more expensive now. It’s also really handy that you can attach the Toy Toggle to your nappy bag for extra storage. Which mother does not need extra storage in their nappy bag? I know I did!

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Check out some of the funky colours you can order in the pic below. There are also lighter colours available. You can see all the available colours in their shop. If these had been around when my kids were a little smaller, I definitely would have invested in one (or more) of these!

Toy ToggleAre you guys ready for a giveaway? Lauren is giving away a Toy Toggle to 2 lucky readers! You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The competition is open to South African residents only. You can earn entries by showing Toy Toggle and me some love on Facebook and Twitter. The only mandatory entry is to leave a blog post comment telling me about something that your child has lost or tossed that could have been saved with a Toy Toggle! Good luck!

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Potty Training V 2.0

Potty training has started in our house again. Round 2! I skimmed over some blog posts from 3 years ago when we were potty training Elijah and it wasn’t a pleasant experience for me. It was our first time around and it wasn’t the mess necessarily that made me crazy. It was frustrating. I didn’t know what I was doing and it was hard. After a week of potty training at the day mother Gabby didn’t want to be on the potty at home. She would sometimes ask to sit on the big toilet, but she will just tear off toilet paper all the time and throw it in the toilet behind her, no other actions. We put her on the small potty, the typical one you would think to buy and it’s almost like it is too small or uncomfortable for her, so she gets off. We then purchased her a throne. Well, a plastic chair with a removal potty below. She doesn’t seem to like that either. She is regularly using the potty (also a chair type setup) at the day mother, but simply refused at home. I’m fairly used to the day mother getting things right with the kids that I simply can’t, but this is kind of something that needs to be done everywhere.

Cue week 2 at the day mother. Potty training was a little inconsistent at the day mother for that week as the day mother went in for an eye op and it was really just easier to use nappies and potty train off and on as she could while she was recovering. One night Gabby asked to sit on the big toilet again and I put her on the toilet and handed her some toilet paper to play with. After giving her the “last piece” I said to her in an exasperated tone ‘Gabby, you need to PEE in the toilet!’. She complied! I made a huge fuss, clapping, singing and smiles all around. She loved that. Over the weekend I again had success with her on the toilet. Lots of “hooray!” and arms in the air. I noticed that she really loves it when you get to the ‘hip hip hooray’ part after you sing happy birthday, so I thought this would make her happy and it did 🙂 I noticed that Rudi had never been present when she actually had success on the toilet and wondered if that was a coincidence. Turns out it was. He managed to get her to go to the toilet while I was at work. Progress! We still have several accidents a day at home, but the successes are so exciting that it really doesn’t matter 🙂 I spoke to the day mother yesterday and she was really impressed with how fast Gabby is progressing. I’ve also been impressed that Gabby asks to go pee in the evenings even though she has a nappy on!

Just like everything else with Elijah I was in a hurry for him to reach each milestone. I wanted him to do everything fast. I’m not sure why. Perhaps because I was excited for each new phase with him. I’m in no hurry to get Gabby to do anything. She can take her time. She is my last baby and is growing up way too fast. It’s amazing how everything differs the second time around from your perspectives to your practices. I’m also astounded how different my kids are. Yes, I didn’t think they would be exactly the same, but I didn’t expect them to be so vastly different either. For example: Elijah was never really interested in colouring in or drawing – he still isn’t. Gabby, on the other hand, woke me up at 3 AM the other day to “draw”. Luckily their table and chairs are set up in the lounge right by the couch and as it is still warm I grabbed my pillow and snoozed on the couch while she drew. It is really awesome since she already has a good pencil grip, whereas Elijah still needs a bit of help with that. I wonder if Gabby has inherited her mother’s artistic streak? I remember loving to sit down and colour in or draw when I was very young. Rudi also used to enjoy drawing when he was younger, although he hasn’t picked up a pencil and paper for the longest time. At least I still get to express myself through my nail art.

I digress!

I foresee that we will still be potty training for the next 2 – 3 weeks before she really hits her stride, but this time…I’m just going to go with the flow 🙂

Do you have any potty training stories? I would love it if you shared them with me below!

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

Blogiversary Giveaway!

Guys, my blog is NINE YEARS OLD! What? NINE! I can hardly believe it. There are very few things I have stuck to for so long. Blogging joins a short list of things I just keep doing. This blog has pulled me through so many things. Breaking up with My Evil Mother, the loss of our first child and the illness and death of my grandfather. There have been highs among these difficult times as well, not least of which were getting married and the birth of my children. Now that I have finally found a hobby and something that I am passionate about, it has spilled over here as well. Speaking of which, I’m running a giveaway to celebrate! The prize is nail related and I’m hoping you will like it!


I have a NailCandi nail ring up for grabs! If you’ve been reading my posts you will know that nail rings are the latest craze and if they are your thing, you could win this one:


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I will also add 4 polishes to the prize. I have used these polishes once and decided I did not want to keep them. They are still in perfect condition, they just do not appeal to my personal taste and I’m hoping that someone else will give them the love that they deserve. The 4 polishes are Revlon Sunshine Sparkle, WW blue cracking polish, essence me & my lover and Revlon Cosmic duo.

WW Blue cracking polish – swatched here

Revlon Moon Candy Cosmic – swatched here

Revlon – Sunshine Sparkle – swatched here

essence – Me & My Lover – swatch not documented (what?!)

Thank you to everyone who comes here to read what I’ve written. I appreciate the support and the time that you sacrifice to be here with me 🙂 Best of luck!

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Competition is open to residents of South Africa only.

Prize will be sent with a tracking number which will be provided to the winner when the package is posted.

Competition starts on Sunday 27 July, closes on 8 August and the winner will be announced on 11 August.

Falsified entries will be deleted.

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Cinderella’s Ice Dream

I bought Sinful Colors Cinderella a while ago, but after a disappointing run with Glass Pink I delayed using it. I knew it was also sheer and had no idea what to do with it. After Rudi made me a second polish rack (that deserves its own post!) and I managed to sort and display my untried polishes, I was inspired! Let me show you what I came up with.

I started off with a base coat of OPI Nail Envy to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of Sinful Colors Cinderella on all my nails except my ring and thumb. Cinderella was quite sheer, but built up well and I managed to get it opaque enough for me in 3 coats. Once the Cinderella nails were dry I stamped on them using essence wonderlicious green colour changing polish and the bottom image of my PUEEN 49 stamping plate. On my ring and thumb I painted 4 coats of Sinful Colors Ice Dream which is a silver glitter with slightly larger blue hex glitters throughout. I needed 4 coats of this for me to feel it was opaque enough and even after 4 coats it was not thick on the nail. Ordinary Misfit only used 2 coats to get hers opaque. I don’t know if our formulas/bottles/painting techniques caused the difference, but this polish is gorgeous and so worth it! The result:





I loved this mani so so much! Isn’t it pretty? Whenever I looked at this I thought of snow and cold. Maybe appropriate since winter is fast approaching *sob*. I was thinking of calling this a “Frozen” mani, but since I haven’t seen the movie I thought I’d rather play with the polish names 🙂 What do you think?

Copy Cat

Ordinary Misfit did a guest post for Lipgloss Is My Drug. The moment I saw it I *knew* I wanted to recreate it.  I decided to use the same colours and everything because it is just so awesome!


I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results. I painted 4 coats of China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts on my thumb and pinky and 3 coats on my middle nail. I painted 3 coats of Sinful Colors Charmed on my index nail and 2 coats on my ring finger nail. I painted less coats of the base polishes on the nails where I intended to do art to ensure the polish didn’t become thick with too many layers and because opacity isn’t *that* important where there is art to cover most of it. I used Charmed and a large dotting tool to make a heart  and some random spots over the You Drive Me Coconuts nail and I used You Drive Me Coconuts to make a heart and some random spots on my Charmed nail. I then used my smallest dotting tool and Sinful Colors Black on Black to make random spots and outline my other dots partially to resemble leopard print. This is basically an exact replica of Michelle’s mani (except this leopard changed her spots :P)






I really like how this turned out. I love everything about it. I also think doing one biggish heart per nail instead of a lot of smaller ones makes it much more obvious. Great idea Michelle! What do you guys think?

Highlight Of My Summer. Are You Jelly?

I got so much cool stuff for my nails from Born Pretty Store and also Pueen stamping plates (the Love Elements plate set). You can see a review and photos of the plate set on Ordinary Misfit’s blog here. We struggled to get our stuff through customs and there was quite a hefty pay in for the orders (Sanita and I ordered together). We waited quite a while for the parcels, but once they cleared customs we had them the next day. On the same day a rep from Maskscara came in to work and sold some goodies to the ladies there (including me, of course). I ended up with 5 China Glaze polishes and a spare Seche Vite top coat. What a day for nails! I got LOADS of studs, holographic polish, nail appliques and a dotting tool set…not to mention 24 new stamping plates in a cute leather pouch.


I couldn’t wait to use one of my new toys! I bought China Glaze Highlight Of My Summer which is a gorgeous neon mint green. I thought it would look great with my China Glaze Are You Jelly? I also had studs that matched both the polishes and that was the inspiration for this mani.


I painted a base coat on all my nails to protect them. I painted four coats of Are You Jelly? on all my fingers except my ring fingers. I know four coats seems like a lot, but jellies are really sheer and if you would rather not have visible nail line it takes a few coats to get it opaque. On my ring fingers I painted 3 coats of Highlight Of My Summer. Polishaholic moaned about the formula of this polish, but I honestly didn’t have issues with it. I even got away with a coat less than she painted. Perhaps she paints thinner coats than me. I did the studs one nail at the time. I used a regular clear top coat to prepare the nail for the studs and for the studs to “stick” to. I used a dotting tool with the tip dipped into clear polish to pick up and place the studs. It was quite tricky, but once I got the hang of it I managed to do it quite quickly. I used the 2mm square neon and square pastel studs that I bought from Born Pretty Store. I sealed everything in with Seche Vite. I used two coats of Seche over the studs to secure them well. This is the result:






I absolutely adored these nails! We went away for the weekend and I spent a lot of time in the water (we went to a resort with hot springs and jacuzzis). I was really chuffed with how well the studs stayed on. I was even able to scrub them! The polish started peeling off, but the studs didn’t budge. I ended up removing them when I removed my polish. I was quite impressed! The studs slipped off easily while removing my polish as normal. The remover took the colour off the studs, leaving them a shiny silver. If you were that way inclined you could keep them and re-use them as silver studs at a later stage 🙂 I love the ‘texture’ of the studs too. It felt like ‘cobbles’ on my nails.


What do you think? Would you rock these? Do you like neon colours?

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