I started off with a base coat of OPI Nail Envy. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Melting Marshmallows on all my nails and a 3rd coat on my ring which I would not be stamping over. I used essence Crazy Fancy Love and the top image of my PUEEN 26 stamping plate. I used a 3mm clear pink rhinestone from Born Pretty Store as an accent on my ring nail. I sealed everything except the ring nail with a coat of Seche Vite.
For me the pink colour shift wasn’t very obvious when this was stamped, but I suspect that is because I was wearing it over pink and the surrounding pink dominated over the crazy fancy love’s. There were times that the stamping seemed to ‘melt’ into the background, perhaps that was when the pink was more apparent. If you look at the picture with the bottle below you can clearly see the colour shift in the bottle. This does not take away from how pretty I felt the stamping looked. I loved it’s subtlety, but it wasn’t so subtle that you missed it completely. A lovely mani which I really enjoyed wearing!
I generally need a day’s leave if I want to do a water marble mani, or at least I wait until I have a day off to take it on. When a leave day dawned and my nails were naked, I grabbed the opportunity to do a water marble again. There are tons of water marble tutorials online and loads of people can share the technique with you better than I can. My Simple Little Pleasures is a water marble genius and I often watch her videos to try and catch tips and figure out how I can improve my technique. It is worth the data!
For this mani I started off with a base coat of OPI Nail Envy. I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White on my index, middle and ring nails. I painted my thumb and pinky with two coats of China Glaze Tart-y for the Party. I used Snow Me White and Tart-y for the Party to create my bullseye on the surface of the water, used a toothpick to draw a pattern in the polish and dipped my fingers into the pattern one by one. I am by no means good enough at marbling yet to try and dip more than one finger at a time! I had a different colour scheme in mind when I started trying to marble, but none of the other polishes I tried would spread well in the water making it impossible to use them. Snow Me White was spreading well and when I tried Tart-y for the Party it spread like a boss, so I changed my entire plan for the mani. I taped around my cuticles and the tip of my fingers to try and minimize mess as this can be quite a mission to clean up if you don’t try to prevent it somehow. I carefully removed the tape and cleaned up with my clean up brush and acetone. I painted a coat of a glitter topper over my thumb and pinky. I wish I could tell you the brand or name of this glitter, but it was given to me by someone else and all she could tell me was that she bought it as some Chinese shop. No clear indication of brand and no name. It contains holographic lilac hexes, matte white hexes and white bar glitter. I loved this glitter so much I was able to see past the bar glitter which I normally steer clear of. I sealed everything in with Seche Vite top coat.
What do you think? Would you attempt to do a water marble if you haven’t already?
Sometimes, someone just reaches out and makes your day. It doesn’t even have to be someone you know. The world of social media has opened up a whole new world of connectedness (I am fully aware that is not a real word :P) and it is nice to know that among the internet trolls and people who pick fights from behind their screens, there are those that choose to encourage and uplift others.
This morning I woke up to a tweet that was sent to me after I posted a pic of my last mani onto IG/Twitter/Facebook. It really made my day and made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Here it is:
Thank you so much, Tiffany Markman, for your kind words and taking time out of your day to make me feel good.
When Sanita told me she found Sally Hansen Gem Crushes on sale I asked her to pick up Lady Luck and Be-Jeweled for me. I was super excited to lay my hands on them, and was extra excited about Be-Jeweled because it is a purple glitter bomb!
For this mani I started off with OPI Nail Envy as my base coat. Leebeesa had an almost full bottle that she didn’t want anymore and thought of me. I was so very stoked! I would buy this base coat for myself if I could afford it, but it is out of my price range, as are most OPI products. I painted three coats of Sally Hansen Be-Jeweled on my thumb, index and pinky nails. This glitter is quite sheer, but opaque in three coats. You can still see through it if you hold your nails up to the sun, but isn’t apparent when just looking at your nails in regular light. Be-Jeweled is a fine purple glitter packed with slightly larger pink glitter hexes. The glitters have the most amazing holographic sparkle! I couldn’t stop staring at my nails while turning them from side to side to catch the light. People must think I’m really crazy! Anyway, I painted my middle and ring nail with two coats of China Glaze Gamer Glam. Once that was dry I used essence colour and change in sweet surprise and the top image of my PUEEN 36 plate to stamp on those nails and sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. Sweet surprise is one of the colour changing polishes from essence. I found mine marked down in a discount bin at Dischem and I’m not sure if they are still available. The colour changes when you top coat it. This one changes from light pink to a darker pink. The purple glitter in the gem crush and Gamer Glam are very similar and I wanted to wear them together. I had the idea to somehow represent the pink glitter on my accent nails and using pink to stamp with seemed perfect. I first tried to stamp with Sinful Colors Sugar ‘n Spice, but you could literally not see the stamping at all, so I had to shift gears and find another pink to stamp with and it worked out rather nicely. Even though I had to adjust my plans mid execution, this mani turned out to be exactly what I had in mind so I was very happy with the results. I took quite a few pictures to try and do it justice, but I don’t think the pictures show the true beauty!
What do you think? Would you wear a glitter polish as blingy as this?
About a week and a half ago, my baby took her first wobbly steps! Of course, I had to Instagram them:
She is growing up so very fast. She is doing well on the immunity booster the doctor prescribed. She has had a fever that has gone away on its own and gotten a cold that hasn’t turned into a full blown infection. I actually really think the immunity booster has helped, as sceptical as I was about it.
Her personality has really started to blossom and come to the fore. She is mischievous and naughty! Just this morning she found one of my eye shadows, figured out how to open it and dispensed it all over herself and the carpet. In her defense, I gave her my make up drawer to play with, assuming she wouldn’t know how to open anything. My bad. She doesn’t say much yet, besides ‘ta ta’, ‘da da’, ‘mama’ and ‘dere’ (there). She points at lot of things, but not always very accurately. She is already picking up on how to throw tantrums from her brother. The other day we took something away from her and she pulled her face and started to cry. It may as well have been Elijah’s face. I-DENTICAL! I actually got a fright. I think I realized in that instant exactly what we have let ourselves in for!
Other than that I am still really enjoying her. We are still breastfeeding and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon. I really can’t explain it to someone that didn’t manage to breastfeed, or breastfed and hated it. Everybody has their own story. To be honest I didn’t like it in the beginning. It was hard, it was a chore, it was all me, all the time. At this point Gabby no longer has a dependency on me to be around. So if I need to go out for a day without her, or go to work on a weekend I don’t have to worry about her needing to feed. Since I’ve stopped expressing I also don’t have to worry about lugging a breast pump around or finding a place to express, or sitting with engorged breasts. It has simply become a non issue, but remained an invaluable parenting tool. For comfort and sleep time there really is no comparison.
Gabby and Elijah are still getting along very well. They can be too cute and can entertain each other for short periods which is awesome. They can be really cute together while they are sleeping too. Gabby likes to throw her leg over something/someone when she sleeps, it seems Elijah is also a pretty comfy leg rest:
On the flipside, I get asked ‘Mommy, can I hold Gabby?’ And this happens:
I’m enjoying being a girl mommy more than I thought I would. I especially enjoy playing dress up and adorning her in pretty things:
Every day I am grateful for my two wonderful blessings <3
A little while ago Madness Nails showed me a zebra stripe mani that she did and I immediately knew I wanted to try it. I practiced on my nail wheel and actually found the stripes really easy to do with a striping brush. I was shocked at how easy it was and how absolutely cool it looked when it was done. I was SO in love with these nails!
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted two coats of essence pink & proud on my thumb, index and pinky and two coats of Sinful Colors Black On Black on my middle and ring nails. I used my black Madame Zingara striping brush to make random V shapes and stripes starting on the left/right side of my nail towards the centre, lessening the pressure on the brush to make the line thinner before I stopped painting it. I used another short striping brush I bought from Planet Nails and pink & proud to make stripes on the black nails. I sealed everything in with Seche Vite and voila! Zebra nails!
I didn’t grow tired of these nails at all. They lasted about 4 days without a chip at which point I had to take them off to do my next mani. What do you think? Do you like animal print nails? I know a lot of people just don’t like it at all. I have to say, I am not one of those people!
A while ago I saw a swatch of Sinful Colors Rise and Shine on Siobhan’s Facebook page and immediately fell in love with the colour. It isn’t anywhere near my usual colour spectrum (read: PINK), but I really liked it and picked up a bottle when I spotted it in Clicks. I was in the mood for wearing something different and so this mani was born.
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results. I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Rise on Shine on all my nails except my rings which I painted with two coats of Tip Top Armour Plate. Once that had dried I used Armour Plate to stamp over the Rise and Shine with the top image of PUEEN 33. Thanks to Ordinary Misfit‘s fantastic Tuesday Stamping posts I knew that I could use Rise and Shine to stamp, so I used it to stamp the same image over the Armour Plate. I absolutely loved the Rise and Shine stamping over the Armour Plate. It is beautiful!
Rise and Shine dries completely matte, but personally I prefer it glossy, so I top coat it with my regular top coat. It really is gorgeous. No buyer’s remorse here!
The doctor’s receptionist called yesterday with my results. I really hate that. When I started asking her questions, she clearly couldn’t answer me.
The good news, it isn’t arthritis. According to her the doctor said the might be gout. I should continue with the meds and if it gets worse, doesn’t clear I should come back for more tests. The meds do seem to be helping with the pain, this morning I felt absolutely horrible though. Dizzy, nauseous and no ability to concentrate. I was in the loo a few times waiting for something to happen. I considered making things happen myself, but then remembered how much I hate throwing up. I feel a lot better now.
I don’t think what I have is gout. For various reasons. Only 1 – 2 % of the western population are ever affected by gout. Of that 50 % of cases present in the big toe area. If left untreated an attack of gout should clear within 5 – 7 days. I’ve been suffering for over a month. The area is usually red and swollen. I don’t eat a lot of red meat. I barely drink and if I do I usually drink red wine. I don’t eat seafood. I drink quite a bit of coffee and enjoy dairy products which apparently help with prevention. The only factor here that puts me at risk for gout is my weight. None of the other things make sense, so I really think this is not the correct diagnosis. At least I’ve ruled out arthritis and as far as I am concerned I’ve ruled out gout as well, but that leaves me back at square one.
So I’ll take the meds, I think I’ll skip the cortisone tomorrow and see if I don’t feel sick, or rather take them at night. If it doesn’t get better I’ll go back and see. Not exactly what I wanted, but at least not bad news.
I have been back to the doctor yesterday. More medical issues.
For the past month or so I have been experiencing severe pain in my joints. Although I feel it in most joints every now and then, my wrists are the most sore and it has gotten to a point where they hurt every single day. My ankles, knees, elbows and hips hurt sometimes, but not all the time and not too badly. The pain has started to interfere with my every day life. I struggle to screw open jars and bottles. Sometimes it hurts to pick up Gabby. Dressing her is a nightmare. I eventually relented and decided to have it seen to.
I was none too pleased that the doctor asked me to pee on a stick. I had done a pregnancy test around Valentine’s Day because I had a few symptoms, but these could also have been from the medication I was taking at the time for the bronchitis I had. I just wanted to be sure. Thank goodness the test was negative both times. We just really can’t do any more babies money wise. He poked me a lot and managed to find the exact spot in my wrist where it hurts. He has prescribed me meds, but I’m not sure yet if they will work since the painkillers and anti-inflammatories I tried to take before gave me no relief.
He is running blood tests for gout, rheumatoid arthritis and infection. If the results come back clear I am considering having my Mirena removed. If you want to be scared out of your wits, Google Mirena side effects. A lot of women have reported similar side effects and are usually screened for rheumatoid arthritis/Lupus when they go to the doctor. Sometimes symptoms surface as late as 4 years after having the Mirena put in. I discussed this briefly with the doctor and he said it was not impossible that my symptoms are caused by the Mirena and if the tests are clear I should discuss this with my gynae. I’m not sure if he will believe me, my gynae was quite positive about the Mirena having minimal side effects. Although it is a really convenient form of birth control, it isn’t worth being in pain every day. I do, however, want to rule out other causes first. I paid R2 000 out of my own pocket for the Mirena as it isn’t covered by the medical aid. Although I have gotten a year’s use out of it, it still has about 4 years left. By the time all these tests and doctor’s visits are done I’ll probably have used at least that much of the medical aid anyway.
We quickly discussed other birth control options in case I do have the Mirena removed. He mentioned the Nuvaring, but that is a estrogen and progesterone birth control method which could affect my milk supply while breastfeeding and may cut short our breastfeeding journey. I was very disappointed when he said I’ve breastfed Gabby for long enough and that 6 months is recommended. It really is sad when medical professionals are so ill informed. I did make mention of the fact that the World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 2 years of breastfeeding or until the child naturally weans. There are other birth control options, I’ll just have to suck it up. I will never get to breastfeed again in my life and the longer we continue to breastfeed, the more benefit both of us derive from it. Emotional and physical benefits. I could use the breastfeeding pill, but it much more unreliable than other birth control pills. I was warned with Elijah if I don’t take it at exactly the same time every single day I WILL get pregnant. I’m not so good with remembering to take meds, never mind at the same time every day! I’ll explore my options at a later stage if necessary.
The doctor may call me with results this afternoon, latest tomorrow. I’m so conflicted I’m not even sure what to hope for. Every outcome here has its pros and cons. I’ll keep you posted.
Ordinary Misfit does such awesome manis that sometimes I can’t resist copying her *exactly*. We both have a Revlon polish that has different names, but I’m sure they are the same if not very, very similar. I spoke about the polishes and my suspicions here. So when Michelle used her version for a studded mani (you can see it here), I immediately wanted to recreate it. Not only because it is a rocking mani, but because I wanted to see how similar our polishes are.
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted a coat on essence black is back on all my nails. On my index and pinky I painted a second coat of black. On my middle, ring and thumb I painted two coats of Revlon Scandalous. I painted a clear top coat on my index and placed the 2mm round studs from Born Pretty Store starting at the cuticle and working my way up. I did the same on my pinky. I sealed everything with a top coat. The results:
What do you think? It is a bit difficult to compare the polishes since we’ve taken photos in different lighting conditions, but I think the are very similar. Mine might also look a bit darker since I started off with a coat of black.