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Chic Tapuz and Sinful Colors UFO

So we’re finally out of the Valentine’s manis and into regular stuff. For now. Easter is coming soon and I reckon I’ll probably do at least one Easter mani. Today I have a gift polish and a prize polish to show you. I received Sinful Colors UFO from my aunt, who had gotten it from someone else. Despite the bottle being about half empty, it was still in perfect condition. I had no idea what to pair it with until I received my Durban Polish Party prize from Ordinary Misfit containing Chic Tapuz.  Two oranges!

 

I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of Chic Tapuz (yeah, I don’t know what is up with that name either) on all of my nails. I painted one coat of Sinful Colors UFO on my ring finger and added a luckystarstyle decal on my middle nail. The first picture I’m posting is a more accurate reflection of the color of Tapuz. The second picture shows you how beautiful the UFO really looks. I sealed everything in with my Seche Vite top coat.

 

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This mani was the straw that broke the camel’s back with my Seche Vite top coat. I love it and loathe it. Some of the problems I experience with my Seche Vite is shrinkage – not only along the tips, but at my cuticles and the sides of my nails as well. Seche Vite is quite commonly known for shrinkage issues at the tips of your nails, but you can wrap you polish to prevent that from happening. No way to prevent it from happening elsewhere on the nail though. My middle nail with the swallows shrank very badly. I had to clean it up some more which left a huge gap between the polish and the cuticle. This just looked horrible in my opinion. It looked like I didn’t bother to paint a 1/4 of my nail at the cuticle :\ I also have issues with it sometimes not drying smoothly, or wrinkling.  You can see this on my index nail in the pictures. This may be an application error. I haven’t seen anyone else complaining about it, so I’ll put that down to my own technique. This could also be happening because my Seche needs a bit of Restore. I am currently on my second bottle of Seche Vite. Once the first one came to about 1/4 left, it became unusable. I used Seche Restore to thin it, but no amount of restoring would fix it so I had to toss it.  I started looking for another top coat that dries as fast, because I really need something that dries fast badly. I have found something that does rival the drying time of Seche and doesn’t have shrinkage issues. I’ll do a comparison post soon, because it just isn’t that simple, is it?

 

I really love the way the UFO looked over the Tapuz. I really want to find a way to use it again, but not sure what other colours I would want to layer it over. Maybe a nude? What do you guys think?

Success

As I’ve gotten older it has become more and more apparent to me how success means different things to different people. When I was younger success definitely meant making loads of money and having nice things. I think that living with my mother shaped this perception considerably. What other people thought of her was always very important to my mother and buying expensive things (mostly on credit) to present a life of opulence was something she did to impress others. Also taking her friends (and sometimes family) out to dinners happened very frequently and trading in her car every 2 years was standard.  It turned out to be her downfall. Later her family were made to feel that they “owe her” since they participated in making the debt by joining her for dinners or accepting gifts (even under protest). She once bought my grandfather a very expensive gift on his credit card. Tsk. But I digress!

 

For a long time I believed earning a good salary, driving a new car and having nice furniture meant that you were successful. I readily believed this until my very late twenties. Then I got married. I started my family. I expanded my family. I watched others around me making loads of money, but grasping at what I had without success. I started to realize that you cannot buy the things I have. I look at my life and I am grateful and feel extremely blessed. I still want the nice things. I still want a house with a bedroom for each child and a yard for them to play in. I still want a new lounge suite and wouldn’t mind having a newer car. I want these things, but I am not crying myself to sleep at night because I simply can’t keep up with the Jones’. I have things that money cannot buy.

 

I have a faithful husband. I have an intelligent, handsome and gentle son. I have a beautiful, mischievous daughter. We are all healthy. We have food to eat every night. We have a roof over our heads. We have beds to sleep in with warm blankets. We love each other. What more does my soul need? I have things that money cannot buy.

 

So while bucket loads of money (or at least enough for that house and a new car) would be really nice, I realize that I am extremely blessed. My world comprises of these people that I love immensely and nothing else really matters that much. I gripe when I have to work weekends/public holidays, not because we don’t need that little bit of overtime (we do), but because I am away from my family while most people get to spend their weekends/public holidays* with theirs. I miss them. I can always make more money, but I cannot buy memories. I cannot buy my children’s childhood back. I have things that money can’t buy.

 

What does success mean to you?

 

*Overtime is compulsory, so I cannot choose not to work.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

 

I promised you all a “traditional” Valentine’s mani and here it is! I was actually really stumped for this, until Ordinary Misfit found this pin which inspired my mani. When I said “traditional” Valentine’s Day I was actually referring to the colours. All the manis I have posted this month have had the heart thing going on, but no red and white nails. I was quite happy with how this turned out. It seems to be quite popular with those who “spot” it.

 

Let’s get to it! I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I then painted two coats of  Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby on all but my middle nails which I painted with two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I used a dotting tool and Snow Me White to make polkas on my nails and hearts at the tip of the dotted nails. Over the white middle nails I stamped the right hand image with my PUEEN 41 stamping plate and essence magic carpet magnetic polish (which stamps like a boss). I added a top coat and voila!

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Mani

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Valentine’s Day Mani

While I was happily snapping the pics of my nails, I was photo bombed!

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Photo Bombed!

 

How rude!  I think I’m going to have to do a lot more polka dots to practice and get them to look better. But overall I think it came out okay :)

 

I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day, whatever your relationship status. Remember to love yourself as well!

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)

 

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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?

Guest post by Madness Nails

Dear readers, don’t say I never do anything for you! Today we’re taking a break from my nails and gracing my pages with works of art by Thea from Madness Nails! I didn’t know how Thea was going to take my request for a guest post, but she was quite open to it and I was very pleased. I love Thea’s work and believe she is crazy talented. I asked her for a Valentine’s Day mani and this is what she came up with.

 

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Hi acidicice loves! Today I am TAKING OVER THE WORLD!!! Okay, actually I’m only taking over H’s blog for the moment but it’s a start right? You have to aim high is what I always say!   I was absolutely thrilled when H asked me to guest post on her blog today and create a Valentines mani. I am a straight out sucker for commercialized special days and not ashamed to admit it. Also, the mark down candy and gimmicky merchandise is right up my alley! V-day 2015 is sorted by mid February 2014…But now that I have finished talking a bunch of nonsense, let’s get on to it shall we?

 

I started by laying down 2 coats of WOW Nail Polish #393 on all my nails. When this was dry I went in with a large sized dotting tool and made angled dotted lines using OPI A Oui Bit Of Red, China Glaze Make An Entrance and Essence Free Hugs on my pinky, ring and index finger. On my middle finger I used the same three colors and made a heart shape using various sized dotting tools.   I hope you guys like what I came up with! Huge thank you H, for letting me invade your space for a bit and letting me imprint a bit of madness (Haaaa! I made a punny!) on your readers! And a HUGE thanks to your readers for tolerating this nutty stranger!

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I really love these nails! That dotted heart is just something else! Thanks millions Thea for coming over to my blog and splashing a beautiful mani all over here! You can be sure I’ll be inviting you over sometime soon again :)

Guest Post by Ordinary Misfit

Today I have a real treat for you! I guest post from Ordinary Misfit! I’ll hand over to her and post my comments after :) I also have a guest post up on her blog today, which you can read by clicking here.

 

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Hi lovelies,

 

I always feel so intimidated when I am asked to do a guest post for someone.  It is such an honour and a privilege and I am always worried I won’t quite be up to scratch.  That being said, I couldn’t pass up on a chance to feature here again.  So thank you Heather for letting me share something just for you.

 

I asked for some guidelines as to colour etc and they were fairly straight forward.  Pink, silver and lots of hearts.  I had this idea for a while and I knew it would be perfect for this post.  This is what I came up with.

 

I started off with two coats of Ice Box – Iva’s Berry Ice on my ring and thumb and Ice Box – Polar Lights on my pinky, middle and index.  Once that was completely dry I used my smallest dotting tool and Iva’s Berry Ice to make tiny little hearts in pink over the silver holo.  I then used my black striper to turn the pink hearts into leopard print and add a few extra black spots.

 

I then used Polar Lights and a bigger dotting tool to make the big hearts on top of the pink.  I then used my black striper to outline the big hearts and make a little accent spot inside.  Topcoat and you’re done.

 

I chose these colours and designs for a few reasons.  For one, I knew pink was Heather’s favourite polish colour (and was also part of the guidelines).  I also know she loves holo polishes.  We often talk about leopard print as well and she mentions all the time how she really wants to do it again.  Of course, she LOVES hearts too.  I think this is a combination of all her favourite things.

 

I wasn’t too happy with the outlines of the bigger hearts and wish that was neater.  I also had the hardest time to capture the holo.  It wouldn’t pick up in my light box at all (even though I did take photos there) so I had to take photos in the sun.  Even then, the holo didn’t seem that strong even though in real life it is a gorgeous strong holo.  It really was the first time I have had this problem.

 

What do you think?  Thank you so much for having me and letting me share in your space, Heather.  I really hope you like it.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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As usual Michelle has completely outdone herself! When I saw what she had done, I immediately knew that she had taken into consideration things that I love and mashed them all together to make an awesome mani! It is always so special how she considers little things like *my* favourite colours and designs I like :) Also…I kind of like how the outlines of the hearts are “rough”. Aren’t our hearts all a little rough from that time that it was broken and we had to put it back together? 😉

Thank you so much Michelle! What a pleasure to have you here :)

Sinful Colors Sugar N Spice and Glass Pink

Oh how I loved and hated this mani! I decided I wanted to use my panda decals that I bought from luckystarstyle. I thought they would be fitting for the Valentine’s Day theme because the pandas are holding hearts. I also wanted to use my new Sinful Colors Sugar N Spice and Sinful Colors Glass Pink that I had bought and figured out a way to use all these things together. Once I had taken out the polishes and decals I was inspired and pulled out my stud wheel as well. That is when the struggling began!

 

I started off with a base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Sugar N Spice on my thumb, index and pinky nails. It applied well and looked nice. I decided to accent all the Sugar N Spice  nails by adding a black stud near my cuticle. I absolutely LOVED how this looked. My troubles were with my accent nails. At first I tried to paint multiple coats of the Sinful Colors Glass Pink to opacity. Fail. 4 coats later the colour was still not opaque. After I added a coat of Seche Vite to dry it the polish was really thick on my nail and looked it too. Ordinary Misfit warned me that Glass Pink was really sheer and mentioned that it looked nice layered over Tip Top Melting Marshmallows. So I took off the 4 coats of Glass Pink and repainted my base coat with two coats of Melting Marshmallows. I painted one coat of Glass Pink over the Melting Marshmallows and sealed it in with a coat of Seche Vite to dry it quickly so I could apply my decals. I am not usually one for redoing nails when I stuff up. I would rather try to ‘fix’ whatever is wrong, but in this case I had to redo and my patience (as well as Rudi’s) was running out. The kids were getting restless and I needed to get done. So I decided that my nails were dry enough to apply my decals. I was wrong. I have used these decals before on nails that had been painted the previous day and had zero problems with them. I really think the issues I had were because my nails were not properly dry. I applied the decal, but when I stuck it down the polish was still soft underneath so I could only press down on the middle of my nail. Pressing it down over the curve of my nail would have been catastrophic. I rationalized that the decal would soften when I applied the water and stick over the curve. It did, but I still had to apply some pressure. Then this bright spark painted another coat of Seche Vite to get everything dry so I could attend to the whiny husband children. Somehow my top coat formed a big bubble on top of my nail. I think this was me trying to ‘float’ my brush (where the actual brush doesn’t touch your nail, just the top coat) and having too much top coat on the brush. At this point I was definitely not willing to redo them AGAIN, so I licked my finger and pressed down on the bubbles to make them more flat. Wah! I noticed later that this caused pink polish to ‘leak’ onto the decals. Oops.

 

I loved the idea of this mani. If I had not messed up the accent nails in execution I’m certain I would have loved it in its entirety. The Sugar N Spice nails with the black studs just tied everything in so nicely with the black of the pandas and the hearts the pandas are holding. I often find I learn something regarding technique when I do a mani. First lesson here, trust Ordinary Misfit when she tells you something is sheer! Second lesson, don’t do decals on nails that are not 100% dry. Third lesson, hurry up and wait! Fourth lesson, don’t push around bubbles (which there won’t be if you learnt anything from lessons two and three).

 

I took a few pictures in different light for you. You’ll notice the polish leak over the decal on my ring finger. I nearly didn’t want to put these on the blog, but in all honestly, they are cute and I thought maybe someone else could learn from my mistakes :)

 

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What do you think? Other than the polish leak the decals don’t look too bad in the photos. I definitely learned some lessons!

Itty, Bitty, Gritty

After Sanita stamped over China Glaze Unrefined, I immediately decided that I need to try stamping over a texture too!

 

Sick of all the pink and red Valentine’s manis? Look no further 😛 For this mani I used my China Glaze Itty, Bitty, Gritty texture which is a coral colour with pink undertones. I started of with a base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of Itty, Bitty, Gritty on all my nails except my ring fingers. There I laid down two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. In the hamper I won from Ordinary Misfit‘s blog one of the sponsored polishes from essence was a cracking polish. I was struggling to find something to accent the Itty, Bitty, Gritty with and when I spotted it I thought the colours complimented each other. I painted one coat of essence Crack Me Up! Peachy over the Snow Me White. Once the texture was dry I used my essence white stampy polish and the top image of PUEEN 43 to stamp on all my textured nails. The results:

 

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Itty, Bitty, Gritty

 

Oh how I love my China Glaze texture! I wish they would bring out more colours! The texture dries so fast in comparison to my L.A. Colors textures. I could stamp over this 30 minutes after I had painted my nails. I’ve knocked an L.A. Colors texture more than an hour after applying it. Don’t get me wrong, I love my L.A. Colors textures and they are beautiful, but it is frustrating waiting for them to dry! The China Glaze textures are a dream in comparison.

 

Remember how I talked about disliking cracking polish in this post? That definitely hasn’t changed. I thought I would give it another shot. A fair chance. I haven’t change my mind. The essence cracking polish didn’t really crack that much in comparison to the other one I have. I don’t love it. It is just so unpredictable and you never know how it is going to look. Whenever people see me wearing cracking polish and I tell them what it is, the reaction is ‘Oh! It’s supposed to look like that’. Clearly I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the effect.

 

What do you think of this mani? Stamping over texture, yay or nay? Is crack whack for you too?

Elijah turns 4!

Elijah turned 4 on Sunday. Four. FOUR. When did that happen?? I can’t believe how big he is and how the past 4 years have flown. He has enriched my life in so many ways. He has challenged me in so many ways! As much as he has frustrated me, he has taught me new things and filled my heart with more love than I knew I was capable of. Sometimes I feel bad for him. He was the guinea pig. The first child. The one I was super strict with. The one I wouldn’t allow to sleep in my bed for fear of never getting him out. The one I didn’t breastfeed for longer than 3 weeks. There are so many things I would have done differently, if only I had known. I did what I felt was best at the time and for that I am not sorry.

 

We threw him a big party this year. He wanted a Superman theme. While out shopping for the party I wondered over and over why he had not picked Spiderman. It would have been so much easier to find Spiderman decorations and themed party goodies. We managed to find some Superman stuff though. We had the party at the day mother’s house. I felt Elijah needed a big party this year. He has been oh so gracious with his sister entering his life. He has experienced big changes and taken everything in his stride. Setting up for the party with Gabby around proved challenging as she wanted to cling to me the whole time, but we managed.  I booked Elijah a superhero jumping castle. It was the most epic jumping castle he has ever had. It was huge and had space for water which was a blessing since it was stupid hot on the day of the party. He absolutely loved it! This is the first year that we’ve had a jumping castle for him that he has actually used. He was always afraid of it before. He thoroughly enjoyed it this year.

 

Superhero Jumping Castle

Superhero Jumping Castle

 

There he is in the red pants. I also ordered him a custom made Superman cape. He is always asking us to tie baby blankets/dishcloths/towels around his neck as a cape. Now he has one of his very own he can keep!

 

Superman Cape

Superman Cape

He loved it! Of course the cake had to be themed too. Elijah loves blowing out candles and while out shopping I found some relighting candles. I bought them immediately. I just knew that he would love to blow them out over and over again.

Superman Cake

Superman Cake

Blowing Candles

Blowing Candles

 

Get in my face!

Get in my face!

I was right, he really enjoyed blowing the candles out. The children watching also enjoyed the spectacle and giggled every time the candles sparked up again. So fun! I specially requested that the cake be red inside. All these little surprises just added up to make everything special for him. 

 

Elijah and I

Elijah and I

We had to take a selfie at some point, despite my make up having melted off my face. It was so very hot. Luckily the little bit of water and the roof on the jumping castle helped keep the kids cool. Every year we make a “punch” in a huge glass punch bowl. I take ice, fruit juice and Sprite Zero and mix them all up in the bowl. It is always a huge hit. 10 litres were consumed in just a few hours! Either it was THAT hot, or the punch was delicious. Or both 😉

 

Elijah’s paternal grandparents also attended the party and bought him a….

 

Bike!

Bike!

 

This is the second bike he has gotten from them. How cool are they? The party was exhausting. The kids all loved it. Clean up wasn’t a complete nightmare. It was lovely. Unfortunately Rudi missed the party. My car packed up the day before and he had to have a new alternator fitted after work on Friday. He only managed to get there just before 5 and by then all the proceedings were over and some of the children had left already.

 

His actual birthday was on Sunday. I had to work. Luckily he woke up before I had to leave for work, so he could open his present early. He had asked for a Spiderman electric toothbrush after giving my electric toothbrush a try and finding it ‘didn’t even hurt!’. He was really pleased when he opened it.

 

Spiderman Electric Toothbrush

Spiderman Electric Toothbrush

 

We decided to take him out for lunch on his birthday to his favourite restaurant, Panarottis. He disappeared into the play room and we had to drag him out for them to sing for him. He gobbled up his pizza and his complimentary birthday ice cream :) We took him to Reggies and let him pick out a few gifts within a budget. He chose a plastic sword, a race track with a car and a pinwheel. Gabby wasn’t really fussed with all the proceedings. As long as she was occupied, she didn’t mind all the attention her brother was getting.

 

Play Dough

Play Dough

 

I think he had a good birthday weekend. He was utterly spoilt and he really enjoyed everything. I can’t believe my baby is 4 already!

You Drive Me Coconuts

Welcome to February! It is the month of love (at least up until the 14th), so I’ll be sharing my Valentine’s Day themed nails with you. The manis that I have done thus far are by no means conventional Valentine’s Day nails, but they all have the love theme going on. I’ll see if I can fit in a more traditional one at some point before Valentine’s Day :)

 

I was really excited about this China Glaze polish. I really love most of the colours from their Sunsational collection and the fact that half of them are jellies is really up my alley! Not only is this polish a jelly, but it is shocking pink!  While I was looking around for inspiration I came across this mani from Let Them Have Polish. That was all it took for my mani to be born :) I also acquired As Long As You Love Me from essence’s Beauty Beats (Justin Bieber) collection. I thought the grey would contrast nicely with this shocking pink and decided to use it for accent.

 

I started with my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results and painted China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts on all except my ring fingers which I painted with As Long As You Love Me. I struggled a little with the formula on You Drive Me Coconuts. Even after 3 coats it just didn’t smooth out nicely. It was still very bumpy even though it was opaque. I only needed 2 coats of As Long As You Love Me. I painted a coat of Seche Vite on all my nails to quickly dry my mani and prepare it for stamping. The Seche did a great job at evening out You Drive Me Coconuts. Once I was happy that the polish was dry enough I used my PUEEN 35 stamping plate and stamped the left hand image with essence black stampy polish on all my nails.  I even had the presence of mind to turn the image plate when doing my thumbs so I didn’t stamp them upside down. Practice helps! I sealed everything in with another coat of Seche Vite. The results:

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You Drive Me Coconuts

The stamping isn’t perfect. I would have liked for the black to be more opaque, but in general I don’t think it is bad at all. I also really like the grey and the pink together and think the black stamping looks great on they grey too.

 

I hope I can figure out a way to get the black more opaque. I used a black stamping polish, so it shouldn’t be so faint. Maybe it is user error. I’ll do some research and see if I can improve :)