Lady Luck is Berry Intense

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Hi everyone. Happy Hump Day! Halfway through the week already! A while ago I did galaxy nails for the very first time. One of the polishes I used in that mani was Nubar Berry Intense. It seemed like such a beautiful shade and I felt I needed to wear it again to really do it justice. The small sponged areas just did not show it off enough. Sally Hansen Lady Luck from the Gem Crush collection has been standing in my untrieds for AGES. I just never knew what to wear it with. When I saw these two polishes standing side by side, I knew I had found the perfect combination! Let us get to it.


I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 thin coats of Nubar Berry Intense on my thumb, index and pinkie nails. Berry Intense is a dark purple toned pink with a soft gold shimmer. I think “berry” describes the shade quite well. I’m not actually sure if it is pink at all…but berry isn’t exactly a colour, so I’m going to go with that. The golden shimmer is not extremely obvious on the nail, but it is there. On my ring and middle fingers I painted 3 thin coats of Sally Hansen Lady Luck. Lady Luck is a clear polish packed with glitter. I managed to reach acceptable opacity for what I wanted to do with the 3 coats. There are loads of dark pink microglitters and larger silver holographic glitters throughout. Once the glitter nails were dry I used zig zag guides that I bought from Born Pretty Store (purchase here*). The zig zags are quite big and I only managed to fit one onto my short nail beds. On my middle nail I painted over the guide and the rest of my nail with Tip Top Armour Plate and removed the guide immediately with a tweezer. On my ring nail I painted a coat of Berry Intense over the the guide and the rest of the nail, counted to 10, painted another coat and removed the guide immediately. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:





You can clearly see the gold shimmer in the bottle on the first photo. The silver nail is rather eye catching and people quickly noticed it and commented on it. The contrast between Berry Intense and Lady Luck is barely there though, so you could only see the zig zag if you looked really closely. I liked the way this turned out, although I will probably choose colours with more contrast if I do something like this again.


What do you think of this mani? Do you like zig zags?


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A short while ago I found this blog. Tam writes so honestly. Her posts are raw and it was not long before I was in tears. I dug through her links to old posts and she really gave me some food for thought. She talks about healing, about self love and about your body not being the enemy. She paints pictures of you mistreating another human being the way you mistreat yourself. Those pictures are terrifying. Her blog really resonates with me. I have joked before that I have an eating disorder, but the “wrong one”. It is no laughing matter. Self deprecation in the form of humour has been a coping mechanism for me. No eating disorder is funny. Whether you suffer from bulimia, anorexia or compulsive eating resulting in obesity. Tam talks about being conscious when you eat, something which I have a lot of trouble doing. I will eat without realizing how much food I am putting into my mouth and suddenly realize what I have done when it is too late. She talks about being kind to yourself, something I am most definitely not. Since reading about it I have found myself saying the nastiest things in my head. Why am I doing that? So many reasons. So many excuses. Why do I let what happened to me in the past, define who I am now? It certainly is easier to go through life without reflecting, without being present, but the results of this could be dangerous for me health wise. I don’t have any nagging health issues right now that I am aware of. I have no diagnosis of blood pressure, cholesterol, insulin resistance, etc. I don’t want to wait for it before I make a change. I am not going to go on a diet. I am not going to join the gym again. I won’t be banting. I am going to stop being an asshole to myself and take it from there.


In our CT Meetup goodie bags we got a voucher to go to a spa and The Stiletto Mum decided to organize a spa day for whoever wanted to come. This gave us all an opportunity to get together again and use our vouchers at the same time. There would be a jacuzzi involved. My first thought was “OMG NO!”. Clearly we are going to be required to wear bathing suits and I do NOT want to be seen in mine. I made a comment along these lines on the Facebook post inviting me along with the others. All the comments were positive and encouraging (along the lines of “What the hell are you on about, suck it up!” – in a nice way). A light bulb went on for me. I am likely by far my worst critic. What I was doing here was projecting my own insecurities and my own body issues onto everyone else. “I don’t want you to see me in a bathing suit, you’ll go blind! I’ll scar you for life!”. Really. Would I say that to someone else? Would I tell someone else “I don’t want to see you in a bathing suit, I’ll go blind! You’ll scar me for life!”. That really changes things, doesn’t it? How can I be so nasty to myself? Why treat myself like that when I would not treat someone else that way? This way of thinking has started to creep into my mind since reading Tam’s blog.


This is going to be an ongoing process. This is not something I can fix overnight. I will take one step forward and two steps back, repeatedly. I will continue to read Tam’s blog, because I am going to need reminding. All.The.Time. Tam also talks about words having power. I really think that there is truth to that. I need to be kind to myself and to others. From a young age I’ve said (mostly to my mother who called me selfish) that I need to look out for number 1, because nobody else will. The irony is, I haven’t been looking after number 1 all along. I have been an absolute bitch to number 1. Why, I don’t know.


With awareness comes change.


When we went to Avalon Springs this year, I decided before the time that I was not going to fret about how I looked in my swimming costume all weekend. I was not going to look around to see if someone was staring. I still wore cycling shorts underneath my costume, because I am not an unreasonable woman 😛 It was freeing. I swam with my children and walked around in the sun allowing myself to dry, instead of throwing a towel or robe over myself the moment I left the water. I don’t even know if anyone noticed. I didn’t feel ashamed to be alive, healthy and to play with my children in the water. I have come to realize I need to stop robbing myself of my own quality of life.


So slowly, I will start to change myself. Stop treating the symptoms and try to treat the problem. Maybe I’ve been trying to do it ass backwards all my life. Hopefully this time I have found the right path. Hopefully I will stay on it and if I don’t, I will not berate myself and I will find my way back. This will be an ongoing process and I will update on how it is going. If you can spare some time, go and read Tam’s blog. It is truly inspiring.



Throwback Thursday

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Hi everyone!  With October dawning upon us, I thought I’d post a quick throwback Thursday of my breast cancer awareness nails I did last year. I was and still am super proud of them! My pin of this mani on my nail blog Pinterest board has started getting some attention again, which gave me the idea for this post. Here they are:


Breast Cancer Awareness Nails


You can find the original post with details on how I did this and polishes used here. I had no idea how I would do anything this year that even compares because I loved this mani so much. Did you see my Breast Cancer Awareness nails that I posted yesterday? If you missed it, click here 🙂

Are you doing anything for the cause this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails 2014

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Hi everyone! October is here and it is widely known all over the world as Breast Cancer Awareness month. I thought I would kick October off with a Breast Cancer Awareness mani 🙂 Let’s get on with it!


I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of L.A. Girl 3D Effects Dazzling Pink on all of my nails except my ring finger. Dazzling Pink is a gorgeous pink scattered holographic polish. It is very pigmented, even the 1st coat looked good. I firmly believe you don’t judge a polish by the first coat, but this one was great even then! It also dried very well. On my ring nail I painted 3 coats of Tip Top Melting Marshmallows. Once my index nail was dry I stamped over it using my essence white stampy polish and the right hand image on PUEEN 41. I used the interlocking hearts to symbolize how everybody has been touched by some form of cancer at some point in their lives. I painted a regular top coat on my middle nail and used 2 mm pastel pink round studs I purchased from Born Pretty store (purchase here*) to form the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon. I was quite pleased with how it turned out! Over the Melting Marshmallows on my ring nail I painted a coat of L.A. Girl Sprinkle from their Splatter collection. Sprinkle has bright pink and matte white glitter in varying sizes suspended in a clear base. This is definitely a blob and spread glitter. I sealed it all in with Seche Vite. I added a macro shot of Dazzling Pink to show you the holo goodness 🙂 I realize the polish itself is out of focus, but my camera completely freaks out when I show it sparkly things. The result:


Breast Cancer Awareness Nails

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails


L.A. Girl Dazzling Pink Macro



I finally got the light tent and camera lenses I ordered. I am still getting used to them and learning how to get my lighting, etc right so please bear with me while I improve on my photos 🙂 I really loved how this mani turned out! I really am very chuffed with it 😀 I also think the Sprinkle looks awesome over Melting Marshmallows! Almost like the O.P.I. Breast Cancer polishes for 2014 layered over each other. I really wanted that set, but now I’m thinking I don’t need it!


What would the point of all this be if we didn’t do something more than just “create awareness”? I think there is sufficient awareness about cancer, like I said before…everyone has been affected or knows of someone that has had cancer. Personally, I lost my grandfather to cancer almost 4 years ago. More recently, this year @sanitashimmy‘s godmother passed away from cancer that started in her breasts. Cancer touches us all in one way or another. To donate to the Breast Health foundation, I sent an SMS to 40158 with the keyword nailcancer. SMS cost R20.00. Below is a screenshot of my confirmation SMS:




As always, early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. Examine yourself! Have yourself checked. If you are not sure how, you may check out this link which has pictures and an explanation on how to examine yourself in 5 steps. Did you know that breastfeeding helps reduce the chances of developing breast cancer and the longer you breastfeed the better the benefit? Of course there are never any guarantees, but it is nice to know that breastfeeding also has health benefits for me and not just my child/ren.

I hope that those that are able will also help to donate to this cause. Thanks so much for reading!

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Avalon Springs 2014

For the past 4 years we have gone to Avalon Springs with my in laws for a weekend away. My father and brother in law celebrate their birthdays in September, so it is always around that time of year that we go. It is a lovely resort with hot springs and jacuzzis and we always enjoy it. We stay in the mountain chalets which are beautiful self catering units. They also include housekeeping services and you can order some room service if you wish. The outdoor braai (BBQ) facilities are lovely and each chalet has its own jacuzzi a stone throw away. It is quite a mission to get to the chalet from the main pool area as they are literally situated on the mountain slope and it is a steeeeep climb!  They do have a golf cart that transports guests to and from chalets which is especially handy when you have luggage. I climbed to our chalet twice over the weekend and my legs definitely felt it! The rest of the time I either had Gabby with me or some form of shopping/luggage to carry, so took the golf cart up.


We arrived on the Friday evening around 18:00, everyone else was already there. I unpacked, but it was already getting chilly, so we didn’t swim upon arrival like we normally do. The next morning we headed down to the hotel for their buffet breakfast which is always a hit. Gabby destroyed half an omelette, while Elijah was so excited about swimming he barely ate. I took advantage of the bulk bacon and blue cheese on offer 😛 We went shopping in town for food supplies for the rest of the weekend and swam before we all had a braai together. We have discovered that Gabby does NOT like swimming. She is okay in the bath, but we had to pick her lip up off the bottom of the swimming pool. She absolutely hated it! I’m not sure why, but hopefully she will outgrow this.


I actually didn’t get to take many photos. I was too busy relaxing and enjoying myself. Elijah was off on his own mission often, so most of the photos I got are of Gabby. I did, however, get to spend some one on one, quality time with Elijah which I rarely do and it was lovely. I think I should make a concerted effort to do so more often in future. Since Gabby has been born I have spent the majority of my time with her (breastfeeding has contributed towards this, more so in the beginning) and Elijah and I don’t get to be alone together. Here are a few pics I managed to snap:



Morning swing


Blowing out the candles with our uncle


Could she get any cuter?


Little poser with ouma


Baby ducks!


All in all we had a good weekend. Coming back home was traumatic. Our Monday started with checking that all the towels, cutlery, crockery, etc for our unit were still there and packing up all our stuff. Somehow we couldn’t fit everything we brought back into our suitcase! We managed to stuff everything into the little gaps we could find and ventured down the mountain again. We decided to make a stop at Boogaloo’s house in Swellendam. It took us an hour to drive there. I thought it was on our way to Montagu, but it turns out it is about an hour out of the way. When we got there Boogs was meeting with a client and the meeting went on for loooooong. The kids got tired and cranky and we decided that we needed to leave. I didn’t want to disturb Boogs while he was with his client, so I had to send him a message to say goodbye. I felt so bad! Our journey home from there was 3 hours, instead of 2 which was frustrating. I just wanted to be home. About an hour in the kids started going nuts. Gabby was tired and kept crying. We stopped off for some food and after eating and chucking most of the food out onto the back seat Gabby finally dozed off and a little later Elijah did too! The rest of the journey was quiet and peaceful 😉 When we arrived home it was time to unpack everything and prepare for back to work/school the next day. I also had to do my nails, so it felt like a Sunday night which sucks!


The little break was a lovely change of scenery, but it doesn’t matter where you go or how awesome it is, it is always good to be home!

Weekend Away Nails

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Happy Friday everyone! For our weekend away last week I was quite undecided about a mani. I eventually settled on wearing textured polishes, because it is possible to “patch” chips and tip wear. I thought this would be ideal for a weekend in the water. This mani was very simple and quick to do.


I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 4 thin coats of China Glaze Teal The Tide Turns on all my nails except my index and middle fingers. On those I painted 3 thin coats of Shell We Dance? Teal The Tide Turns was quite sheer. After 3 coats I felt it needed another one and I regretted adding it because it wouldn’t dry properly and didn’t ‘texturize’ nicely. In hindsight I should have done 3 slightly thicker coats for opacity and optimal texture. I will certainly do this when I use it again. It is a gorgeous green polish with green glitter, while Shell We Dance? is a pinky coral colour with pink glitter. Obviously there was no top coat involved here. The results:


China Glaze Shell We Dance Teal The Tide Turns


This mani felt so…simple to me. I guess I am used to having some sort of pattern or something flashy. It felt like solid colours and even though the colours were different, it didn’t feel fancy enough. I am weird, no? These nails survived my first swim beautifully, but the next day they chipped very badly. I actually didn’t even bother repairing them as we were leaving the next day and I was going to do a new mani anyway. I also wasn’t going anywhere else in the interim, so nobody was going to see 😛


Do you ever do your nails and feel they are too boring?

Jackson’s Polish

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Hi everyone. Happy Heritage Day to all my South African readers! It is a public holiday here for us, but I am working some overtime. Hopefully I won’t be stuck in the office too long. We’ve been away the past weekend and it was a crazy time. I will totally write a post about that soon. I needed a mani to tide me over between my regular Wednesday mani day and Friday morning when I would do my nails for the weekend away.  I looked at my untrieds and decided to use a polish I wouldn’t mind wearing only for a short while. I picked up a Revlon Expressionist duo called Jackson’s Polish and tried it out.


I started out with my regular Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted two easy coats of the polish side of the duo on all of my nails. It is a orangey red colour. The formula was really easy to work with, it glided on. This colour reminds me of watermelons for some reason, so I’ll reach for it if I ever decide to do watermelon nails 😛 I thought I would attempt swirly patterns with the striping brush, but I didn’t wipe enough polish off of the brush on my first attempt and as I laid it down it covered about half my nail with polish. I started over with that one and abandoned the idea of swirls and decided to do actual stripes. I kept both hands rested on the table and moved my nail instead of my striping brush and still managed to make them skew. Tsk. I added some gold studs I bought from Born Pretty Store and top coated over everything with Seche Vite. The result:


Revlon Expressionist Jackson's Polish


Initially, I hated. it…but you know what? It isn’t that ugly at all! I am kind of bummed that I messed up the stripes and I’m not sure why I did. If I could do Superman nails with a striping brush, surely I could do some straight lines?! I wish there was a bit more contract between the two polishes, but it isn’t too bad. I really grew to like them and did kind of wish I could keep them on a little longer, but I had to get around to my weekend nails before we departed.


So you like these nails and the colours? I couldn’t decide if this was red or orange. What do you think?

Sand Dolla Make You Holla – Dance Baby

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Hi everyone. Happy Friday! When this post goes live I’ll probably still be snuggled up in bed, only to fly out of it a little later to pack for our weekend away in Montagu. We’re going to Avalon Springs for the weekend with the in laws. It has become a tradition for us to go every year and I’m really looking forward to it! I’ll be sure to blog about how it was 🙂 Onto the nails! I was really in the mood for a texture and I had two untried textures on my shelf. Let’s have a look.


I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 thin coats of China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla on all my nails except my ring nails. Sand Dolla Make You Holla is an off white/very pale pink texture polish with pink, blue, green, gold and silver glitter. It looked a little sheer to me and I felt I needed a 3rd coat to even it out and reach full opacity all over the nail. As with all my other China Glaze textures it dried beautifully. On my ring nails I painted 2 coats of China Glaze Dance Baby. Dance Baby is a gorgeous purple toned pink creme which applied like a dream. After it was relatively dry I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and a dotting tool to place dots in a circular pattern. I used essence wanna be your sunshine to make yellow dots in the center to complete the flowers and went back in with a smaller dotting tool to fill up the blank spaces with white dots. I sealed in the ring nails with Seche Vite. Unfortunately one of my flowers dragged when I put on the top coat. Poo. The result:



I really love how this turned out. It felt so soft and feminine. It seems that Spring is inspiring me! As always I loved playing with the texture on my nails. I know texture isn’t for everyone, but I really like it. It also stops me from playing with my cuticles which is a good thing! This mani would be easy for anyone to do. You can use a lot of household items as a dotting tool if you don’t have one. A ballpoint pen, bobby pin, toothpick, pencil, head of a pin or anything small with a point can be dipped into polish and dotted onto your nail. If you’re not sure, try on a piece of paper to see what size the dots will come out with different tools.

What do you think of this mani? Would you give it a try?


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I have an AMAZING giveaway for you today! I teamed up with some of the international bloggers on a Facebook group I’m part of called Hobby Polish Bloggers. We’ve decided to do a Facebook only giveaway, meaning you’ll just need to like Facebook pages to earn entries. The prize is actual cash dollars in your Paypal account that you can spend anywhere on the internet that accepts Paypal! Anything you want! Check it out:


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Thanks to all the ladies that helped sponsor this giveaway! Here they all are:


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Tag You’re It! The Summer Edition

The Stilletto Mum tagged me in her post to answer some questions and to tag 3 other people. You can read her post here.  So here goes!


What is your favourite thing about Summer?

I much prefer summer over winter. I would rather be hot than cold. So the warmer weather is really up my alley! My favourite things about summer are sandals and neon/bright nail polish.

Do you have a favourite Summer drink?

I really like fruit juice mixed with Sprite Zero. It’s like fruit juice with bubbles!

Is there a location you like to go to each Summer?

For the last 3 years we have gone to Avalon Springs in Montagu for a weekend away with the in laws between September and November. We’ll be going this weekend again! 🙂

Favourite makeup look for Summer?

I wear the “natural” look a lot. Basically foundation, powder, mascara, eye liner and a lip colour. This is my go to all year around actually 🙂

Dresses or skirts?

Skirts. Especially now that I am still breastfeeding. I can’t very well lift my whole dress up to pop my boob out, now can I? 😛

Sandals or ballet pumps?

Summer is sandal season!

Do you prefer to wear your hair up or down for Summer?

Up. It is cooler!

Deep smokey eyes or bold lips?

Both! But not at the same time! I alternate the two.

Favourite perfume for Summer?

Clinique Happy, Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison, Issey Miyake (original). I wear these year round too.

Last but not least, favourite music for Summer

I am usually rocking out to whatever is popular in the season. Summer usually spells poppy dance songs and I am okay with that.


Now I get to tag people 🙂

  1. Angel
  2. Painted Fingertips
  3. Because I can