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Time For Romance

I bought my bottle of essence time for romance quite a while ago. I’ve been eyeing it on my dressing table for a while and really wanted to try it out. It caught my eye because it has micro glitter and larger hexes in. It is a coppery red/maroon colour. Not normally a colour I would go for, but the glitters clinched it for me. I love polishes with different sized glitters. This is also why I love Tip Top Rocky Road so much. So when I was trying to decide on my next mani, I googled some swatches for time for romance. I can often be found googling swatches! I found this post and absolutely LOVED it. I would never have thought of layering this colour over pink because it leans towards red for me. Thank goodness for Google and the clever people out there!

 

As usual I started off with Tip Top Miraculous Results as a base. I then painted two coats of Maybelline Forever Strong Busy Blush Tribepink. I must say I really loved the formula on this. It was almost perfect on the first coat, and was stunning on the second. I had no issues with dragging or anything. It really is a beautiful creme. I really loved the colour as well. When I was done applying this, I almost stopped and wanted to just wear the pink on its own. I had a plan though and I was going to stick to it. I’ll definitely wear this pink again!

 

Maybelline - Busy Blush Tribepink Swatch

Maybelline – Busy Blush Tribalpink Swatch

Maybelline Busy Blush Tribepink

Maybelline Busy Blush Tribalpink

 

I was a little disappointed that my time for romance brush was a little wonky. There were a few stray hairs on the brush and the bristles were kind of separated in places. I love essence brushes, so this was a bit of a let down. I’m sure I just picked a bottle with a wonky brush since all my other essence polish brushes are perfect. I was only going to do one coat of the time for romance like Ivana did on her post, but I found that I struggled to get the bigger glitter hexes out and even. I didn’t find that the blob and spread method worked on this, you have to paint it on like a regular polish, so I ended up using two coats to get even coverage of the bigger glitter. The base is also slightly tinted, so you could wear it on its own if you wanted, but you would need 3 – 4 coats for opacity. Adding two coats did cover the pink quite a bit as well, which wasn’t really my original intention. The pink base definitely does change the colour of the time for romance though and I am not sorry I layered it.

 

essence time for romance swatch

essence time for romance swatch

time for romance close up

time for romance close up

essence time for romance over Maybelline Busy Blush Tribepink

essence time for romance over Maybelline Busy Blush Tribepink

 

Do all these pictures above look the same? They really aren’t the same photo. If I take a picture with the flash on, you can see how much of the pink is still actually see through the time for romance…it looks horrible, but as you can see on the above pictures, it doesn’t really look anything like this without the scrutiny of the flash. Even if you look closely, promise :)

 

With the flash on

With the flash on

 

So even if you don’t *think* you see the pink through the time for romance, on some level you do. I wonder what it would look like layered over other colours. Might be nice over black.

 

This mani took some getting used to, but having worn it for a couple of days I love it more and more. The glitter has a lovely sparkle. This colour is fairly dark. I like pastels and light colours, but the sparkle this glitter has lights the colour up a lot, so it doesn’t feel as dark as it would look if there was no shiny glitter.

Purple Ombré Birthday Mani

I was really stumped what to do for my birthday mani. I considered doing a ‘cupcake’ nail art design, but that would be really predictable, now wouldn’t it?   So, I decided to try something I hadn’t tried before and incorporate two of my favourite things into it. Purple and glitter! My favourite glitter is Tip Top Rocky Road and I just knew I had to use it. I decided to try an ombré. I had been hesitant of trying this technique because of how messy it is, but hell, it’s my birthday right? So I bit the bullet. About halfway through doing it I had a meltdown and phoned Ordinary Misfit to whine about how badly it was going. I’ve read in many a tutorial that ombré doesn’t look good until you have done a top coat which ‘blends’ the colours, but even after I had done that I didn’t like it.

 

I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results. I then applied two coats of Tip Top Cream Puff  (off white) as a base. I cleaned up the Cream Puff to try and prevent a white border sticking out on the edges. I took my make up sponge and painted my 3 purple colours in lines along the sponge and then tried to sponge the colour onto my nail. Nothing. Nothing came off the sponge. Also, my base wasn’t properly dry, so the whole story was very tacky (lesson 1). I figured the sponge was maybe sucking up all the polish so I kept on re-applying polish to the sponge and attempting to sponge onto the nail. I did this over and over. It took a long time for anything to start coming off the sponge and sticking to the nail, despite my fingers being full of the stuff. It was somewhere here that I had the melt down. I was also bumping the Cream Puff layers. The lightest purple didn’t show up at all and at some point I started filling that in with a polish brush on some nails. I also wanted the darkest part darker on some of the nails so painted just the dark colour and sponged on the tips repeatedly. Man it was hard. Eventually I decided I had enough polish on all the nails and then did a top coat. I still didn’t like it. I felt like taking it all off, but I knew that Rocky Road just might save the day.

 

In progress - What a mess!

In progress – What a mess!

 

You can see in this photo that I was struggling to sponge right into the edge of my nail around my cuticles. It all looks very uneven.

 

After Top Coat

After Top Coat

After Top Coat

After Top Coat

 

My left hand came out quite crap, my right hand looked okay. I don’t think that it has anything to do with using my dominant hand (I’m left handed). You don’t exactly need precision or skill to sponge the polish on. These “before” and “in progress” pictures were never meant for publication, but I decided to post then so you could see what I was talking about.

 

 

Rocky Road hides a multitude of sins, including an uneven ombré, I’ll have you know. So I added a coat of Rocky Road…low and behold!

Purple Ombré with Tip Top Rocky Road

Purple Ombré with Tip Top Rocky Road

 

Purple Ombré with Tip Top Rocky Road

Purple Ombré with Tip Top Rocky Road

 

The above picture has an Instagram filter on it. I disclosed, so it’s not cheating :P

 

The holographic goodness that is Rocky Road

The holographic goodness that is Rocky Road

 

I followed a tip I had picked up on the nail blogs. While I was doing the ombré I put my bottle of Rocky Road upside down so that the bigger glitter hexes that may have sunk to the bottom could come back up to the top. It really worked! I didn’t nearly have to fish for glitter this time. I still needed to use the blob and spread method to make sure the bigger glitters weren’t all in one spot, but there were plenty big glitter hexes to go around!   After applying the Rocky Road my ombré looked great and I loved it!   I’m not sure if I’ll brave the ombré soon again. I was quite traumatized by the whole experience! The clean up was by far the easiest part. I think next time I’ll let my base colour dry completely and perhaps use an eye shadow applicator sponge instead of the big one (lesson 2). I think it will be a while though :P What do you think of ombrés? Have you tried it? Was it easier for you?

Estranged

So, on my birthday…for the first time in about 20 years, I heard from my father. My actual, biological father. He called me. To wish me. Of course, at that very moment, Babyice stepped on a toy he had not picked up and was screaming like a maniac the entire call and I struggled to hear what he was saying. Initially he said ‘You probably don’t know who is speaking’ and since I didn’t know the number I said no. ‘It’s your father’. Floored. I was probably a little less surprised than I would of been if I hadn’t spoken to my paternal grandmother earlier in the day and she had said something about telling him to call me. I didn’t think he would. After all, I have been in contact with his parents for more than two years, so why would he make contact now? He did. It is the first time I ever remember him wishing me. I’m not saying he never called me on my birthday when I was a kid, but I don’t remember that. I have very little memories of him. He also said that he would like to come down to Cape Town (his whole family is here), but that he spends most of his time working now. He said he has Whatsapp and that we could talk on there.

 

I sent him a few pictures of the kids. Told him how old they are, he asked for their birthdays. He then said he couldn’t chat as he had visitors and I left it there. I was very surprised to hear from him again the next day. And the next. Everyday since my birthday he has contacted me on Whatsapp. From what I can tell he commutes home (apparently about 42km) and he uses this time to talk to me. When he gets home he says goodbye for the evening and says we’ll talk tomorrow. I’m not sure if he is keeping our correspondence outside of his home environment for a specific reason. I’m not sure if his wife doesn’t know or if he (like me) values his time with his family in the evenings and doesn’t want to sit staring into his phone. Yes, I am also family, but this is something I can respect. [Update] Apparently his wife knows we are corresponding and approves.

 

I lay awake thinking about this last night. I have so many questions, but I don’t want to scare him away. Maybe it has taken him this long to make contact because he was afraid of the questions? Maybe he was afraid that contact with me meant possible contact with my mother? I don’t know.

 

The conversation so far has been limited to ‘catch up’ type conversation. He asked if my grandparents were still living in the same place. He asked how my mother is. He said he is sorry about my grandfather and the deteriorated state of my relationship with my mother (I wasn’t too specific, but told him that I had distanced myself from her). He told me about his commute home. I established he doesn’t have contact with my youngest half brother, but that my younger half brother who is 28 lives with him and his mother (he married her in the end). I asked for a photo of him and he asked for one of me. He still has to take one, but I sent him one of myself. I don’t know when we’ll get to the questions, but I’m sure he expects them. The short time that we chat in the evenings won’t even begin to cover it though. I’m treading lightly. [Update] He sent me a picture of himself. I don’t see me there. Maybe I’m not sure where to look.

 

Biggest. Birthday. Surprise. Ever.

 

Updates were added last night as this post was scheduled ahead of time. We had another conversation after the post was written.

 

Also, he sends me pictures like this:

 

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Sorry?


 

And this
 

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Wish you were here

 

Not sure what to make of all this.

Birthday

On Friday I was on leave.  I like to take a little leave around my birthday. I do it every year. Some me time. This distressed Arkwife somewhat since she had arranged a surprise delivery for me for my birthday. I arranged for a colleague to pick it up and Rudi fetched it from my building on his way home from work.

Surprise Delivery!

Surprise Delivery!

It was such a lovely surprise. It really made my day! Let me tell you, this Decadent Hot Chocolate with the dark chocolate pieces is the bloody business. Will be MOST awesome in chocolate chip cookies too!   On Saturday night Sanita popped round to bring me my gift. She bought me essence wanna be your sunshine nail polish, a backup of Tip Top Rocky Road (my favourite glitter, I wanted a backup bottle) and a nifty gadget that holds your nail polish bottle at an angle while you paint to make it easier to get that last bit out.   Rudi woke up earlier than usual on Sunday and made us bacon and eggs for breakfast. I got a kiss on the cheek as soon as I opened my eyes and a “Happy Birthday”. We were pressed for time though as we were on our way to church. We were late for church. So late that we had to sit separately as there wasn’t enough room in the mother’s room for all of us. Babyice was up and down in between me and Rudi the whole time. After church my aunt informed me that they would be late as there was another service her husband and son were to attend later the day.   We went home and I took Babyice to the park across the road to play while PrincessIce slept a bit. It was nice just pushing him in the swing, helping him navigate the monkey bars (I still have to hold his legs) and watching him slide. He also brought me some flowers for my birthay <3

 

Two Flowers from Babyice

Two Flowers from Babyice

Happy Birthday Mommy

Happy Birthday Mommy

Co-incidentally my favourite colour

Co-incidentally my favourite colour

These kids hey. They will melt your heart. My family arrived, even later than anticipated. They bought me a hand lotion that comes with a key ring and an Oh So Heavenly body spritzer gift set. We had a braai. They left. And that was it.  I decided to go big and buy some cupcakes for my birthday. On my credit card *gasp*. So at least there was cake.  I did receive a very surprising phone call for my birthday. I posted about it on SM, but I think that is a blog post on its own.   The previous day we also spent some time in the park. We had such lovely weather over the weekend.

Rudi and PrincessIce

Rudi and PrincessIce

 

Today Leebeesa gave me her gift. She bought me Essie Coat Azure nail polish, a pedicure set with some files and toe separators, a bangle that she made for me with some of my favourite purple heart beads and some nail art stickers.

 

That’s all she wrote.

Finally, My Brave Boy

If you follow my blog you would know about the haircut hell we’ve had with Babyice.

 

At some point I made peace with his hair getting as long is it is going to get and hoped he would outgrow his fear of getting his hair cut. Eventually his hair got quite long and it started to hang in his eyes. When this happened, the day mother and teenage girls there started nagging him about cutting his fringe. One day he suddenly said they could do it. His favourite teen girl cowered from it though in case she would mess it up and let the day mother cut his fringe, no more hair in the eyes. She also cut it skew. Rudi wasn’t very happy, but I saw this was a step in the right direction.

 

Fringe

Fringe

 

Someone commented on that picture that he was really looking like a girl. Fantastic. Just what we were going for! The next day he asked the day mother to ‘fix’ his fringe and she straightened it, he then asked ‘What about here?’ and indicated the hair growing over his ears. She didn’t have the confidence to cut his hair as she has no experience with it, but this gave us an idea. I remembered that she once had a hairdresser come to her house to cut her hair and I asked if she could arrange for them to come again. She did arrange for the hairdresser to come last Friday and promised Babyice a whole packet of his favourite biscuits if the lady could cut his hair. He was excited for the biscuits. We were excited for the haircut. She didn’t pitch. I was quite annoyed, not because his hair hadn’t been cut, but because we had psyched him up about it for days, only for him to be let down. The day mother shared the biscuits with the kids anyway.

 

She then made arrangements for the woman to come again. This time I didn’t get my hopes up, but when we went to fetch him yesterday, the deed was done!

 

Before and After

Before and After

 

I think he looks spectacular! Apparently he was very brave. He asked “granny” (the day mother) to hold his hand and didn’t cry or scream at all. We made a very big fuss over it. We’ve asked him whether we can take him to a hairdresser next time and he still says ‘no’. I hope that we will be able to coax him to have his hair cut elsewhere next time. I don’t really want to rely on someone unreliable again, although I am grateful to her for getting it done and doing such a great job :)

 

Of course almost everyone on social media prefers the “before” picture…but they don’t have to wash/brush his hair while he whines about it.

 

I’m very proud of him! :)

Negativity

After a conversation with a friend this morning I have gained some perspective on why I am so negative about my birthday.

 

I also realize now that one bad apple is spoiling the entire barrel. There are people who care that I’m having a birthday and they really do want to make it special for me.

 

With this in mind I am going to try and remedy the situation as much as I can and appreciate the people in my life that appreciate me.

 

Out with the freaking negativity!

 

 

It is almost my birthday…

…and I’m totally bummed that I’m not looking forward to it at all.

 

I used to love my birthday. A day just for me. I didn’t have to share it with anyone. Of course there was usually someone who would try to make the day special for me. Rudi doesn’t do Valentine’s Day, he didn’t know Women’s Day existed until I told him I will be working a week ago, we don’t exchange gifts on our anniversary and it seems the same goes for my birthday in our house. Rudi might get me a pricey gift, but only if I’ve dragged him to the shop and pointed at it. Never any surprise, never any effort. Hrrrmph. This year even my grandmother won’t be able to make it since she is staying by her sister till after her 60th birthday which is on the 8th of August (mine is on the 4th). My grandmother would at the very least bake me a cake. That would make me feel special.

 

My grandmother decided the rest of the family (my aunt, her husband and son) would come over to my place for a braai/potjie or whatever on my birthday. Rudi fell in with this, it’s right up his ally. I don’t like potjie. Nobody asked me what I want to do. Or if I want to do anything. I feel like I’m being a birthday grinch. Am I just ruining it for myself? My expectations are low because they have never been met and I’d rather just not expect anything. I don’t mean lavish gifts. I mean small thoughts. Small gestures. Just something that shows me that someone gives a shit. I always enjoy reading the birthday messages on Twitter/Facebook or the ones I receive on Whatsapp or via text. Those special thoughts just means that someone who didn’t have to remembered me on my birthday.

 

Is it childish to want to feel special on your birthday? Maybe.

 

Also, this year we don’t have any extra money. We’re actually short of money this month. Not only because we have a new baby in the house, but because Rudi just took his EC (code 14) driving test and had to pay for lessons and truck rental on the day. He passed! In the bigger picture this is fantastic because he has opened new doors for himself and new earning potential which will affect our household and family in a positive way. In the short term it means that I don’t even necessarily have spare cash to buy a cake for the braai I’m not sure about having. No. I can’t bake a cake. Even if I was able to make a cake that didn’t have a ditch in the center, I would still have to buy ingredients I don’t have…at which point I might as well have bought a cake since it will probably be cheaper. Actually…don’t have enough money for cake. Maybe I could get a cupcake and stick a candle in it. Sorry for my guests, only the birthday girl gets cake.

 

We’ll probably have the braai. My aunt has said she’ll bring a salad, some baby potatoes, chips and cooldrink. Catered. I’ll get us a garlic bread and no cake.

 

Meh.

Dotticure

My latest manicure is my favourite so far! I’ve been eyeing variations of this on Pinterest for a while now and I was worried about getting it right.

 

I used the following polishes:

 

  • Tip Top – Melting Marshmallows
  • essence – that’s what I mint
  • Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
  • Tip Top – Purple Reign

 

Dotticure

Dotticure

 

I started off with my usual base of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I then painted two coats of Tip Top Melting Marshmallows on all my fingers except my ring fingers. Some of my fingers required a third coat to cover up bald patches. Ordinary Misfit can do two coats with full opacity. I guess it depends on how you paint. I tend to get bubbles if I paint my coats too thick, so I err on the side of caution and paint thin layers to prevent bubbling. On my ring fingers I painted two easy coats of essence that’s what I mint. I then cleaned up my cuticles with a gel eyeliner brush and acetone to allow my paint to dry a bit before I started dotting.

 

I started dotting alternating colours by blobbing some that’s what I mint on a non-porous surface, dipping my dotting tool and adding random dots on the right side of my nail on my right hand. I did the same on my left hand, but this time aligned the dots to the left. I just dotted willy nilly in a random pattern and placed only a few dots. The idea was to have different sized dots so I applied pressure differently when dotting, resulting in smaller or bigger dots. A light touch made a small dot and a firmer touch made the dot bigger. Ensure you have lots of polish on the dotting tool for bigger dots. I didn’t dip my dotting tool every time I dotted, only as needed. I then placed some white dots on all my nails and some pink dots on my green nails. Lastly I dotted some dark Purple Reign dots on all my nails. I finished off with my Essie top coat and some essence nail art express dry drops.

 

I was very worried about making random dots. If you are doing polka dots on your nails and you don’t follow a pattern it looks really stupid (I’ve learnt this by trial and error), so I was really nervous just dotting randomly. I didn’t need to be worried since it looks freaking awesome. I think the fact that the dots are different sizes makes a huge difference. Just be sure not to put too many dots of the same colour together and let your dots dry a bit before painting your top coat as they drag. I did drag a few dots in this mani, but it isn’t too bad. Worst of all I dragged the darkest colour, which is the easiest to see! Maybe start with your darkest colour first so that it is plenty dry by the time you do your top coat. I have a few dotting tools with different sized points to dot with, but I only used two sides to make all the different dots. I found that using the pressure to control the size of the dot was all that really mattered. If you don’t have a dotting tool you could really make your own using either a toothpick, bobby pin, pin head or even a ballpoint pen.

 

All in all this manicure was SUPER easy and very quick! I will definitely do this or something similar again! I am totally in love with my nails and terrified that I’m going to chip the paint job too soon!

 

 

Close up

Close up

 

Spotty Dotty :)

Spotty Dotty :)

Both Hands

Both Hands

 

The last photo is quite blurry, I tried very hard to get a clear one, but I wanted to give you an idea of how this looked on both hands.

 

I love, love, love this mani! It was super quick and easy. What do you think? Would you try this?

Breastfeeding – 7 months in

Almost 7 months into my breastfeeding journey I am so happy and relieved I could get here. In the first few months, maybe 5, I wanted to quit almost every day. I didn’t hate breastfeeding, I’m not sure how I could hate quality time of the purest form with my baby. At least that is what the time feels like when I am feeding her. It was just hard. It took up a lot of my time and I didn’t feel comfortable doing it just anywhere. I still don’t. I still cover up in public. PrincessIce doesn’t love it, but it has become even more necessary now that she is so easily distracted.

 

I was feeding at the in laws one day, where I don’t cover up at all, when my sister in law walked in with one of her friends who I had never met. I was feeding PrincessIce and at the sound of a voice behind her she promptly let go of the breast and flipped herself over, swinging her top arm behind her to see what was going on, leaving me completely exposed. Nipple and all. Luckily this friend was a woman and I have started to “get over” the fact that my breasts are no longer the most private affair, so I didn’t bat an eye and I’m not sure anyone else did either. Maybe it really is all about confidence (something I usually have a short supply of anyway). With her being so easily distracted sometimes she doesn’t feed well at all, but I know she will make up for it if she wants/needs to at another time, possibly at night when everything is dark, quiet and nothing else interesting is going on.

 

The other day someone saw colic drops on a colleague’s desk. I had used these almost as fast as nappies when Babyice was little. Since he was bottle (formula) fed we struggled with winds and the colic drops really seemed to help. Since they are quite expensive,  I stocked up while I was pregnant with PrincessIce (not confident I would get the hang of breastfeeding), but ended up never using them and decided to re-gift them to another expecting mom who plans to bottle feed.  She commented that the colic drops were a lifesaver for her with her son too. I told her that I had no need for them this time around, despite using them a lot with my son as well and she said ‘Yes, but you breastfeed’ and carried on talking about her experience with the drops. It was a passing comment, made so quickly and probably without much thought, but at that very moment I felt so very proud of myself. Amazingly proud. Feeling this great sense of accomplishment really means a lot to me. Come to think of it, it probably wasn’t even meant to be a compliment. Just an observation on her part. Being identified and recognized as a breastfeeding mother made my heart swell.

 

Powered by breastmilk

Powered by breastmilk

 

PrincessIce is doing very well. She is growing wonderfully and suddenly putting on a bit of weight. The mixed feeding has probably contributed to this. She is a beautifully plump little baby now. Simply perfect! She is so much healthier than Babyice ever was. At her age Babyice had been on antibiotics every month for a few months and in a week or two she’ll be the same age he was when he got the Adenovirus, had to be hospitalized and had his grommets put in. We were regularly nebulizing him and feeding him antibiotics. It is no wonder yoghurt was one of his favourite foods. He had to have a lot of it! I would like to think that my perseverance in breastfeeding her has contributed to her staying healthy. Yes, babies are different, but I am supplying her wonderful antibodies through my milk that she would not be getting elsewhere.  I see so many poor moms struggling with their sick babies that were born around the same time as her and I feel so sorry for them. Having a sick baby is horrible. I know what that feels like :( Of course, Babyice is fine now and is also happy and healthy.

 

My babies

My babies

 

After the weekend PrincessIce seemed constipated and I decided to send some breastmilk to the day mother to replace her formula feeds. Since I have built up a stash in my freezer I was happy to part with some to help her tummy problems. She was making little marble poos in her nappy, which definitely indicates there is a problem. The day mother replaced her formula feeds with the breastmilk I sent and that very night her tummy went and she was fine again! In case you didn’t know, breastmilk is a natural laxative and I knew this would help her. I will do the same if she gets sick to give her extra antibodies to help her fight off whatever she has. She will also get probiotics through the breastmilk. I have learnt so much about breastfeeding and the amazing properties of breastmilk through La Leche League. The information they supply is well researched, evidence based and has never let me down. The milk I sent the day mother was everything I had pumped between 18 June and 30 June. She blew through it in 2 days.

 

Big girl!

Big girl!

 

I am quite comfortable now with my decision to practice mixed feeding. I know that I could never pump enough milk to send for her from day to day. At first I was terrified that she would start preferring the bottle/formula/flow and reject the breast. I harassed the day mother about paced bottle feeding to ensure she doesn’t try to wean. I am so grateful that she still happily drinks from me. My favourite time of the day is that first feed after we are reunited (or our “Hello” feed), just reconnecting with her. She doesn’t always drink, but sometimes suckles.  I cannot imagine refusing her or trying to force her to wean. I’ll respect her when she wants to. Yes, I’m considering self weaning! 9 months ago I’m sure I said there was no way I was going to be like some colleagues of mine that breastfed their children till they were 2 and beyond. At the time I didn’t understand the bond it creates and sustains like I do now. Also, it is the BEST mothering tool I have ever had! No matter what the problem is, I can fix it with a quick feed. I also never struggle to get her to sleep, although I must add here that we co-sleep and that helps a lot. It just couldn’t be easier. I find myself packing her food now, but it is still more convenient than packing formula AND food. I remember requesting boiling water from restaurants to warm up bottles and then having to wait to get them warm enough to feed to Babyice. It didn’t happen often, but sometimes it was a major schlep. I also remember outings sometimes running longer than expected and running out of packed supplies.  I do think that I will face a lot of adversity feeding PrincessIce after she has reached a certain age that people perceive as being ‘long enough’ and I’ll have to learn to deal with the comments and assvice that will come my way. It really isn’t anyone else’s business. I might even get resistance from Rudi, but I think he likes the fact that PrincessIce is in some way dependent on me. He is practically joined at the hip with Babyice and I think he is afraid that he is going to end up with two attachments!

 

So that is where we are at now and I hope that I will be able to celebrate more milestone months of feeding my baby!

 

Mr. Floppy and PrincessIce having a pow wow

Mr. Floppy and PrincessIce having a pow wow

I’m bluetiful

Yes, I am! :P

 

I have been eyeing one of my new essence polishes for a while. I picked it up on special at Dischem for only R9.99! The colour is called i’m bluetiful. It is a purple/blue shade with very fine silver glitter in it. My nails inc. topping lane has some stray blue/purple glitter in it and I thought these two would look beautiful together. I was right!

 

I started off with my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results and painted two coats of i’m bluetiful on all my nails except my ring fingers. I used the topping lane on those. I decided to test a theory of Ordinary Misfit’s and used my essence quick dry top coat instead of my usual Essie. Misfit thought that using a quick dry top coat of the same brand would mean quicker drying time than if you mixed brands. The same for matte top coat. essence usually dries pretty well for me if you do two thin coats. I did my nails at 9 ‘0 clock at night again so I didn’t really watch them dry or time them. I did wake up with badly linen printed thumbs which I just corrected with an extra top coat. Again, I must say how much I love the essence brushes. I don’t know if I am just getting better at painting or if the brush just really helps me not screw up. Either way, I had a lot less clean up to do this time around.

 

essence i'm bluetiful, accent: nails inc topping lane

essence i’m bluetiful, accent: nails inc topping lane

 

bluetiful mani

bluetiful mani

 

I must say, even though I paid a LOT of money for my nails inc polish, I don’t regret it. I really do love it. The glitter pay off is great. This is two straight coats of topping lane and it gives perfect coverage. In case you’re interested, it was R120.00 at Red Square.

 

Quite some time ago I bought tiny glitter hearts in an array of colours from Planet Nails and had a million ideas for what to do with them. I didn’t know how I would pick them up and place them though because they are so very tiny. I heard about a ‘picker uper’ and ordered one from Planet Nails. I waited about a month for them to get it in. They FINALLY did. So, of course I had to add a heart to this mani!

 

Picker Uper

Picker Uper

 

This tool is designed to pick up rhinestones, but you’re meant to be able to pick other stuff up with it too. I found with the first heart I placed, I picked it up, and the heart fell off the tool and onto my nail. Not where I wanted it or in the correct direction :\ When using the bigger side for my other thumb, it seemed to work better. I decided to only place one heart on each thumb because they are very raised and I wanted to test if they would catch or come off. I did put on a couple of layers of top coat to try and even it out, but there is still quite a bit of texture there. I don’t mind it though, I like to run my fingers over it absentmindedly. I think it helps me to go to sleep too (as if I need help).

 

Holographic Heart

Holographic Heart

 

Raised

Raised

 

That chip you see on the thumb? That happened in my sleep. Can someone please explain to me how you chip your nail in your sleep? I’ve never been very impressed with the essence quick dry top coat. This time around is no exception. It dries quickly and applies well, but it doesn’t really protect my mani like my Essie top coat does. I had tip wear on the first day of wearing my mani. Day 1! What the hell? I must admit that my nails are VERY long now and I am quite aware of them while I am typing. Bang, bang, bang on the keyboard. Perhaps this is contributing to the problem, but my Revlon mani that I had on before this I wore for 5 days before I noticed the tip wear and I’m sure my nails didn’t grow *that* much in 5 days. I’m not sure whether it is the polish, the top coat or my long nails, but my mani is already wearing and I’m bummed. I did it on Monday night and really hoped it would take me through the week. I’m not going to rush to take it off just yet, but I can’t see it lasting too much longer considering the wear I’ve had so far.

 

What do you think of these polishes? Would you buy them?