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Cuticle Care

One of the things I took into consideration when I started doing my nails is taking care of them and improving the overall health and appearance of my nails. Tip Top Nails South Africa has a great Facebook page and frequently posts information to help teach followers to take care of their nails and to educate their fans about nail care.

 

My nails have already come a long way. I have been taking Biotin supplements for several months and have definitely noticed an improvement in the strength of my nails. Initially the Biotin was for my hair, but my hairdresser said it would improve my nails too. This was later confirmed on the Tip Top page with one of their updates. My nails no longer bend backwards at the slightest touch (what a relief!). In fact, I can’t remember the last time that happened! One of the hints Tip Top preaches like the gospel is to moisturize your nails, nail bed and matrix (the part below your cuticles) to improve the health of your nails. It is recommended that you use a good cuticle oil to moisturize at least twice a day and definitely before bed. I had an ‘Obey your body’ cuticle oil and this didn’t seem to make much difference, so I bought myself a Tip Top cuticle oil:

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Tip Top Cuticle Treatment

 

I paid R79.00 for my cuticle treatment and you can pick one up at any Clicks store. I found mine at Durbell pharmacy which has recently started stocking the Tip Top nail care range. They have not yet branched out into selling the actual Tip Top nail polishes.  Since I have purchased my cuticle oil I have used it religiously. I have also purchased myself a pair of cotton gloves from the essence range (R30.00 from Dischem). I put the gloves on after oiling to aid the process and to avoid getting oil on everything I touch.

 

Ordinary Misfit first mentioned Lush Lemony Flutter to me. She was bummed that she couldn’t get her hands on it because Lush had only opened one store in Africa and it was in Cape Town. Luckily, that’s where I am! I did some research and Googled reviews on it and so many people love it. As with everything there are a few haters out there, but the large majority of the reviews are glowing, so I decided to purchase some. I made a special trip to the Lush store at the V&A Waterfront. I phoned ahead of time and they kept it aside for me. A good thing too. I could just walk in, go up to the counter, pay and run out. You do NOT want to get caught in a Lush store with time and money on your hands. You *will* walk out there much poorer. They are not cheap, but their bath and body products are OH SO DIVINE! They have testers around the shop and while I was standing at the counter I picked up a solid hand lotion which was moulded into the shape of a hand. It looks like a small soap, but you rub it between your hands and it feels like a hand lotion. I did this absentmindedly and after we left I realized how amazing my hands felt and smelled.

 

Anyway, onto the flutter! The Lemony Flutter was a little pricey. R95.00 for 50g, but I think it is going to last a long time. It is made from all natural ingredients, so it expires about a year after it is manufactured. It is packaged in recycled containers and each container has the ingredients list and a sticker showing you who made your product (all products are handmade)! I think that is very cool. My tub looks like this:

 

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Lush Lemony Flutter made by Patricia

 

Lemony Flutter smells like…you guessed it, lemons! It smells like real, raw lemon though. It smells like lemons picked from the tree or the smell of crushed lemon leaves, not an artificial lemon scent. Once you start massaging it into your hands (I specifically massage it into my cuticles and nails) the cream becomes more like an oil which takes a while to absorb.  It is also recommended that you put this on before you go to bed to let it absorb throughout the night. I put my Lemony Flutter on every night before I go to sleep and put my gloves on over it. I don’t know how well this is going to work in summer since the gloves can feel a bit warm. When I arrive at work in the morning I apply cuticle oil, do a quick rub in and put my gloves on for about 30 minutes as not to get oil all over my keyboard and mouse. At night in the shower I take some soap and a nail brush and scrub my nails and cuticles up to my first knuckle. This helps to remove dead skin and stimulates blood flow at the matrix of your nail where the nails are developing and helps improve the condition of your nails and cuticles.

 

My cuticles are slowly improving. I’m struggling with them, but I really am doing everything I possibly can. I’m hoping over time I can have beautiful, soft cuticles like some of the nail bloggers do. I find when I do a mani and work with acetone my cuticles dry out A LOT. I wash off the acetone as quickly as I can to prevent it from getting too bad and oil as soon as my mani is dry. It takes a day or two for my cuticles to start looking better. I also apply lotion after I wash my hands since working with water dries out your skin. Silly, no?

Just before I did my last mani I filed my nails quite short. Shorter than they have been for a while now. My nails are prone to splitting/peeling and I wanted to get rid of all the splits. Apparently splits in your nails are similar to splits in your hair and will just split further and further if you don’t nip it in the bud. I’ve also started filing my nails instead of cutting them. Sometimes I would watch my nail layers split as I cut them with the clippers, so once I got over the strange sensation of filing my nails and switched to the correct nail file,  it has become quick and easy for me to file them. I just know that all this extra pampering that I am giving my nails will improve their condition even further and hopefully result in less splits too!

 

Do you take care of your nails/hands?

Nail Art Tools

Nail art is so much fun. This is the first true hobby I have ever had and I am really enjoying it! I have found a creative outlet when I didn’t even know I needed one and need it, I did. Since I’ve started doing my nails and nail art I am much more positive and happy in general. I have something to look forward to that is just for me. I don’t know how to explain it without sounding utterly selfish. I think everybody needs a guilty pleasure, something that makes them happy. I have finally found my “thing” :) I don’t want to become a nail blogger at all, but I do enjoy doing my nails and I like to share what I’ve done. I want to share the joy and if anybody else is interested in giving it a whirl I’d like to show them things I’ve learnt that can help them. Some nail art looks so difficult to do, but when you break it down into steps it is fairly easy. A lot of people have commented on my manis and said they could never do anything like it and my response is usually that they should not underestimate themselves! If I can do it, anybody can! YouTube has some awesome tutorials that show you how to recreate manis step by step. Almost everything I’ve done has been copied from somewhere. Almost.

 

 

So if you want to make certain effects you need a few tools. The most commonly used nail art tool is the dotting tool. It can be used for so many different things! The truth is, you don’t need an actual dotting tool to create dots, stripes, hearts or whatever. You can use things you have in the house! You could use a bobby pin, ballpoint pen or a toothpick! Of course I wanted a dotting tool. I won a polka dot set from Ordinary Misfit‘s blog which included a dotting tool and 3 mini polishes and I later bought myself another dotting tool. They come in a variety of sizes. The black one is the one I won and the pink  one I purchased from Planet Nails.

 

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Double sided dotting tools

 

 
For more intricate art or special effects you’ll need special brushes. The first brush I purchased was a fan brush. I had seen a fan brush tutorial on Siobhan’s blog and I really wanted to try it. Recently I purchased a 12 piece brush set from Maskscara to do more intricate nail art or at least to make it easier for me. The butterfly I did was really hard to manoeuvre with the dotting tool. I haven’t decided what to do with my brushes yet, but I’ll think of something! I see the set also came with an one sided dotting tool.

 

I also have 3 striping brushes I bought from Planet Nails. Stripers are used for lots of different techniques, but mostly as their name suggests, for stripes. I have only used one of these before to fix up lines on the mani I did for my mother’s 50th birthday. I needed a really small brush to clean up some mess ups and it worked a treat.

 

This purple thing is referred to as a picker upper. It is designed to pick up rhinestones and studs. I bought it to pick up the little shiny heart I had purchased, but it didn’t really work for that. I don’t have any rhinestones or studs to try it on, yet ;)

 

I have a really broad white nail file I bought at Planet Nails. This is the best nail file I’ve ever used. It is a 100/180 grit nail file. 180 grit is the best to use for natural nails. The higher the number, the finer the file. I think I paid R12 for it. It files my nails beautifully and takes length off easily which is important for me since I have started filing instead of cutting my nails. Below my nail file you see my UBU gel eyeliner brush. One of my most important nail art tools. I use this brush to clean polish off my cuticles where I have messed or painted on them. You don’t have to be great at painting your nails if you have a brush like his to help you clean up and perfect your mani. I dip this brush into acetone, lightly touch it to tissue paper to get rid of excess and the paint my fingers where I don’t want the polish. I wash this brush with soap and water after each use.

 

 

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From left clockwise: 12 piece nail art brush set, striping brushes, picker upper, nail file and gel eyeliner brush

 

 
Below is a picture of the first fan brush I bought. You can see it is much smaller and the bristles are much closer together than the fan brush in the set pictured above. I also bought some tip guides that you stick onto your nails to do perfect French tips. I don’t know about you, but I’m not good enough to freehand those yet! They were also quite cheap. I paid about R15 for 60.
 

 

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Fan brush and tip guides

 

 
The last nifty gadget I received as a gift from Sanita for my last birthday. It is a nail polish bottle holder. It holds your bottle steady and at an angle while you paint. This is really awesome for when your polish starts running low. It tilts the bottle which coats the brush with polish which is hard to do with an upright bottle which is half empty. It is plastic and quite flexible to accommodate different bottles. I have tried both my Tip Top Miraculous Results and Essie top coat bottles in it with no problems.
 

 

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Nail polish bottle holder

 

So if you have any inclination towards painting your nails and adding some funk to your mani, hit Pinterest or Google some tutorials. You would be surprised at how easy some things are to do! Please feel free to share your manis with me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (links in the sidebar).

 

Enjoy!

Untried Polish Challenge – In Season

Spring has sprung in South Africa! Sometimes it feels like it hasn’t really, but we are getting a few warm (even hot) days here and there. The air is starting to smell like summer and my hay fever has started acting up. All signs that the seasons are changing and terrible winter is crawling back into the hole where she belongs. I prefer summer to winter. I hate getting cold.

 

Anyway…onto the nails. Pastels are lovely and seasonal for Spring. I bought a gorgeous lilac pastel in my first batch of China Glaze purchases and was burning to use it. I had a few ideas for art as well and managed to execute them all to my satisfaction.

 

As usual I started off with my base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted all my nails with two coats of China Glaze Tart-y for the Party (don’t you just love the name?). I cleaned up my cuticles with acetone and my gel eyeliner brush while I let my nails dry a bit. I must say I painted the China Glaze on quite thickly (unintentionally so) and I was quite impressed with the fact that it didn’t bubble at all. Once I was finished cleaning around my cuticles I used my Revlon Chroma Chameleon Rose Gold polish and my fan brush to fan some stripes over my ring fingers. I simply dripped some of the Rose Gold polish onto a non porous surface, dipped the corner of my fan brush into the polish, dragged the brush over a clean surface and painted it from left to right across my nail. I did this a few times to darken the lines it made and to make sure that I had lines from cuticle to tip. I missed the parts near my cuticles and tips the last time I did fan brush art, so I was aware of it this time. I also painted my L.A. Colors Dizzy glitter polish over the Tart-y for the Party on both my middle fingers and finished off by using the saran wrap method to create a marble effect on my index fingers. I sealed everything in with my Seche Vite top coat.

 

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Untried Polish Challenge – In Season

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Close up

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In the sun

 

You can see the art effects quite well in the sun picture above. I don’t normally take pictures in the sun, but I wanted to show how the Rose Gold effects turned out. This picture also really shows you how the saran wrap art turns out. I like it a lot and it is so easy to do.

 

Can I just say that I am absolutely in love with my Seche Vite top coat? My nails are knock proof SO fast. It actually gives me a little more time to do art/mess around before Rudi starts getting impatient. Waiting for me to do my nails is one thing, but waiting for them to dry irritates the crap out of him! Technically I haven’t told him how awesome my Seche Vite is, just in case there is a nappy situation that I’d like to skip :P

 

What do you think? Have you/would you try any of these techniques?

 

Untried Polish Challenge – One Colour

I have had magnetic nail polish lying around for ages. Actually I bought it the day before I went back to work, so about 3 months. It feels like I have been back at work forever though. Leebeesa also brought me some from Ireland. When I saw the category “One colour” in the untried polish challenge I knew I wanted to use the magnetic for it. It may only be one colour, but it wouldn’t be boring!

 

The magnetic polish Lebeesa bought me is a blue/grey color. I decided to use my essence polish since I’ve worn quite a lot of blue lately. This is the polish from Ireland:

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Magnetic polish Leebeesa brought me from Ireland

 

This polish has the magnet built into the lid of the polish. The patterns made by this particular magnet are chevrons, indicated on the magnet:

 

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The magnet is built into the lid

 

essence sells their magnets separately, allowing you to buy different magnets, without having to re-purchase the magnetic polish. So if you have one colour you love, you can change the look depending on the magnet you use.

 

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essence magnet

 

My essence magnet is a star, only indicated on the little pouch it comes in. Better not lose that. i started off with my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. Magnetic nail polish dries a bit more quickly than regular nail polish, so you need to paint one nail and use the magnet before moving on to the next nail. I tried to use the magnets on alternating nails so I would have one star, one chevrons and then star again. That didn’t quite work out. The star magnet just wouldn’t work for me. You could barely see that something had changed on the nail. The centre of the star would always form at the base of my nail and the “rays” would go towards the tip. It looked stupid. The chevrons came out pretty cool though. My first attempt:

 

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essence witch you were here, star and chevron magnets used

 

Fair warning. Wait for the magnetic polish to dry before doing a top coat. It lessens the effect if you top coat while the polish is still wet. I decided to redo the “star” nails. I wasn’t happy with how they turned out. I also didn’t top coat the nails that I did over and the effect is much stronger. I waited till the nails were completely dry before doing the top coat and it didn’t affect the patterns. Second attempt (ring and index finger not top coated):

 

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essence witch you were here – chevron magnet used

 

I think this is a pretty cool effect! You should see this baby sparkle in the sun! I will definitely hang on to my magnetics and this chevron magnet. I am quite disappointed by the star magnet though and I don’t think I’ll use it again. I even tried moving the magnet into different positions, but it made no difference. Sanita has used the star magnet before with much more success. Ordinary Misfit and I were speculating that the pattern might be to big for my small nail beds. It isn’t impossible. I’ve just recently laid my hands on essence magic red carpet which is a stunning red magnetic polish. It is so pretty!

 

 

This is a very easy, quick way to get some cool art going on your nails. What do you think?

Gap Cover

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Rudi needs to go and have his wisdom teeth out. They have been bothering him for a while now. One of them broke through the gum I think about a year ago and became infected. We didn’t have the money to fix it then since there is quite a large co-payment for the operation. Now one of them is pushing his rear most molar out towards his cheek. His molar is cutting into his cheek and causing him pain. Of course, the medical aid savings are done for the year, save a handful of GP visits.

 

I phoned the medical aid and it was the same story. If you go into hospital to have them removed there is a dental admission fee of R3650. Not pocket change we have lying around. He has to go into hospital, the dentist told him it could not be done in the chair. I took out gap cover a long time ago and decided to give them a call. I thought they only cover hospital costs if doctors charge over and above medical aid rates. That’s not true! They also cover co-payments! We will have to pay the amount upfront and they will reimburse us after the fact.

 

I am so glad I took out gap cover. This probably means they will also cover the next colonoscopy I go for. I’m kind of overdue for that. Meep.

 

I’m also glad Rudi will be able to go and get this sorted out. He has been suffering with it for a while now. He pays his share of medical aid all year long and this is the first time he will use the hospital benefit and finally get some value for his money. Shame, he is a bit scared. He has never been for an operation before. The man still has his tonsils! We were already together when my wisdom teeth came out in 2001. I remember waking up in the middle of the night in pain and Rudi fetching me an ice pack in the kitchen and bandaging it to my cheek to help. I hope he has forgotten how painful it was for me. It was no fun!

Maskscara

I was lucky enough to be able to go to Maskscara again to go and spoil myself with some more China Glaze goodness and to acquire the holy grail of top coats which I have wanted since the moment I heard about it! The ladies had kept my order aside for me as I didn’t want to risk them being out of stock since I only go out to that area once a month when I go to my La Leche League meetings. Here are the things I got:

 

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China Glaze Lubu Heels

 

The last time I went to Maskscara I wanted this polish, but since I already had six others, I felt too guilty to get it. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since, so I figured it was definitely something I needed to add to my collection!

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China Glaze Are You Jelly?

 

My first jelly polish. I have plans for this one. Wait and see :)

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China Glaze Astro-Hot

 

A *pink* holographic polish! *dies* I cannot WAIT to wear this!!

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China Glaze When Stars Collide

 

A purple holographic polish! My first two proper holo polishes! Also very excited to wear this one!

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Seche Vite top coat and Seche Restore polish thinner

 

Seche Vite top coat is used by nail artist all over the world. Obviously there are some people that don’t like it or prefer other products, but this is a winner for the large majority. What really drew me to this top coat is it’s fast drying properties. It penetrates all the layers of polish you are wearing and dries them within minutes. Knock proof nails! Who doesn’t want that? It also has nice shiny finish. I have seen this retail on a website for R700! Maskscara sells them for R60. Seriously. Go get some! I think I’ve mentioned before their China Glazes retail for only R55 (salons usually sell them for R120 – R150!). I bought the Seche Restore because every girl knows polish goes thick and becomes unusable at some point. With this polish thinner you simply add a few drops and your polish is as good as new! Seche Restore is the only thinner that can be used on Seche Vite, but can also be used on any other polish. An investment, really. Considering how many polishes I have! My Essie top coat has already gone gloopy, so I have an opportunity to test out the Restore, but I’m inclined to rather use my Seche Vite top coat now :P

 

Which one of these is your favourite? Do you own/want any of them?

 

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Untried Polish Challenge – Was A Gift

A while ago Leebeesa went overseas and she brought me some polishes back. She brought me a magnetic polish (which I haven’t tried yet) and a cracking polish. Although strictly speaking the cracking polish was from Johannesburg whereas she got the magnetic in Ireland. The cracking polish is an electric blue. A stunning colour, really and it cracks very well. I’ve looked at crack polishes before and never purchased them. Leebeesa commented that she hadn’t seen me wearing it yet the other day so I decided it was time to whip it out and give it a test run.
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I could have put various polishes underneath the crack, but settled on a silver foil polish. This silver is one of the L.A. Girl mini polishes I won from Ordinary Misfit‘s blog quite a while ago. This silver is a one coater. You can add a second coat, but because I knew that I would be painting over it with something else I didn’t bother. Since the crack is a startling effect on its own, I decided not to accent it at all. I just painted one coat of the silver on all my nails and then a coat of the cracking polish over all my nails. The cracking polish literally dries while you are still busy painting it on. I was painting carefully as I was quickly doing it at work and I didn’t have anything to clean up. By the time I got to my third stroke the first two were already drying and cracking. The final look:

L.A. Girl silver mini foil underneath WW blue cracking polish

L.A. Girl silver mini foil underneath WW blue cracking polish

Blue cracking polish

Blue cracking polish

 

 

Cracking polish was very trendy a while back. Most brands ranging from essence to China Glaze have some variation of cracking polish. You get them in a wide variety of colours from black to glitter. Some crack on their own, others require a sort of top coat to make them crack. To me, crack looks very untidy. Almost like chipped polish. Sometimes there are big pieces of polish that are left with no cracks. It is so very unpredictable and nothing you can control. That being said I received one or two compliments on the effect. Another person said if they didn’t know it was intended to crack they would of thought the mani had been neglected. For me, not a good look.

 
So while some people may like cracking polish, I don’t think it is for me. If you do like it, it is an easy way to look like you’ve put effort into creating your mani with virtually no effort at all. What do you think? Do you like cracking polish?

Untried Polish Challenge – Glitter

I knew that I wanted to try my China Glaze Some Like It Haute as soon as I could and I was really glad that the Untried Polish Challenge had a glitter category. When I saw this swatch in the store I just kept on going back to it and I knew I had to have it. It is the most beautiful dark grey polish packed with iridescent  glitter and micro glitter. I absolutely LOVE how it looks. It reminds me of a mirror ball. It would be great for a night out dancing or any glitzy, glamorous event. Since I don’t actually attend any of those kinds of events or go out dancing, I’ll just wear mine to work :P .

 

I started off with my usual base of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I then painted on two coats of the China Glaze Some Like It Haute on all my nails, except my ring fingers. To accent the mani I decided to have a solid dark grey polish on my accent nails. I didn’t have any before I won the Revlon Moon Candy polishes. Supernova in the range has a dark grey polish as part of the duo. I was going to make a glitter tip on the accent nail, but abandoned the idea because I liked the way it looked as it was. Some Like It Haute was a nightmare for me to work with. The polish was very thick and difficult to paint onto the nail. I really struggled to try and spread it evenly. Some nails were opaque in one coat, others had bald patches. At some point I felt like I was plastering the polish on instead of painting it. It dragged over the edge of my nail in a sticky mess in some instances. It was also a nightmare to clean up. The texture of this polish is very gritty, probably because of all the micro glitter and glitter. Glitter polishes are usually difficult to clean up, but the grittiness also caused issues. My clean up job doesn’t look great on this mani. In contrast, I found the Revlon polish glided on like a dream. I haven’t used a Revlon polish that has such a nice formula yet. I’ve read the expression “went on like butter” on other blogs and this is really how it felt. I finally know what that means! I found the brush a little bit difficult to work with. The duos tend to topple over when put upright, so Revlon has designed the container so that you can pop out whichever polish you are working with. Like so:

 

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Revlon Moon Candy dismantled

 

That is great as it prevents the polish from toppling over and spilling, but leaves you with only a small lid to hold onto to control the brush. Perhaps that is what caused my issue. The Revlon was also a one coater! I was really impressed with the formula and pigmentation of this polish. Also surprised because I’m not a huge Revlon fan.

 

I sealed my mani in with my brand new Seche Vite top coat. The Seche Vite brush is very narrow and doesn’t really fan out when you press it down. Couple that with the uneven surface of the glitter polish and application was not easy. It did, however, deliver on its promise to dry my mani super fast. About an hour after I painted I needed to do a nappy change that would of knocked any mani into kingdom come, but my polish came out unscathed. That was impressive! I can’t wait to try it on an art mani.

 

The fruits of my labour:

 

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China Glaze Some Like It Haute, accent nail Revlon Supernova

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China Glaze Some Like It Haute, accent nail Revlon Supernova – with flash

 

 

I posted a pic with flash to try to show off the sparkles. It didn’t work so well, but let me tell you, it is sparkly! This mani is far from perfect. There are a few areas that I could of improved on, but considering the difficulty I had applying this polish I don’t feel it looks bad. I may try to thin the Some Like It Haute before using it again. I assume the polish is the consistency it is to keep the glitter suspended evenly, but it might be worth extra coats if the application is better. I still love this polish. The flashes of sparkle from the glitter are so beautiful. I keep seeing different colours.

 

You may or may not have noticed that my nails are quite a but shorter than before. I went to purchase myself a tried and trusted cuticle oil (from Tip Top) and Lush’s Lemony Flutter cuticle butter. I decided to take a bit of length off my nails together rid of splits and breaks to start them on a clean slate. I was reluctant the take off the length, I prefer how my nails look long, but sacrifices have to be made :P I’ll be doing a review of the Lemony Flutter at some point in the near future. Here’s to healthier nails and cuticles!

 

What do you think? Do you like glitter polishes?

Busy Weekend Ahead

This weekend promises to be jam packed full of activity. No rest for the wicked!

 

This evening I plan to make a stop at the pharmacy to pick up a Tip Top cuticle oil. The one I am using seems to be sub-standard, which sucks because it was freaking expensive! It was palmed off on me by one of those Isreali hotties that sell the dead sea crap in the malls. All cuticle oils are not created equal! My cuticles take a beating because I work in water a lot (washing dishes, bathing the kids, washing my hair, etc) and of course the use of acetone when I do my manis dries them out even further. Using cuticle oil also really improves the health and strength of your nails, so having a good one is a really good idea for someone like me with weak, bendy nails. Somehow when I am using my ‘Obey Your Body’ cuticle oil, even if I oil them religiously, the skin around my nails still seems dry/flaky and I get hard bits at the edge of my nails that makes me want to bite them.  Biting cuticles is a no no! I’d really like to take care of them and a good cuticle oil is the best start.

 

On Saturday I will be making a turn at Maskscara to pick up my order. I’ve ordered Seche Vite and Seche Restore. Seche Vite is like the holy grail of all top coats. It dries your entire mani within minutes and apparently the finish is super shiny and smooth as glass. Sounds freaking fantastic, right? Right. The Seche Restore is a polish thinner that you can use on any polish (including your Vite) should it become gloopy. My Essie top coat has already gone gloopy and I’ve been meaning to get a polish thinner for a while now. I’ve also reserved some China Glazes for myself. Are You Jelly?, Astro-Hot, When Stars Collide and Lubu Heels. Are You Jelly is a jelly polish. I don’t have any of those. Astro-Hot and When Stars Collide are holographic polishes. I don’t have any of those either! I passed up on Lubu Heels the last time I was there and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since then, so I decided to get it. After I stop in there I’m going to a La Leche League meeting with PrincessIce. I really enjoy these meetings and try to go every month. Once the meeting is over I’m heading off to the V & A Waterfront to visit Lush. Lush makes a cuticle butter called Lemony Flutter. It is raved about everywhere. Of course some people don’t like it, but apparently it is one of the best cuticle treatments ever! It can also be used for other dry spots like elbows, heels and knees. It is a bit pricey, but apparently lasts an age. There are only two Lush stores in Africa, one in the Waterfront and one in Cavendish. So I’m really excited about getting my hands on some for my shabby cuticles and Rudi has some dry spots on his knees that could really use some love. Regular body butters just don’t seem to help. Lemony Flutter has more oils in it than Iraq, so I’m pretty sure it will make a dent in the dry skin for both of us.

 

Sunday Rudi has another dart tournament or whatever. He will be gone ALL DAY. So I’ll have the kids and will have to make a plan to entertain them while he is out. At least this time we’ve got electricity, so I won’t have to worry about running out while he is gone!

 

What are your plans for the weekend?

Untried Polish Challenge – Cool

I was at home on Wednesday and was going to do a glitter mani with one of my untried China Glaze polishes, but as so often happens I dreamed up a mani while still in bed and completely changed my mani plan.

 

With the last nail mail Ordinary Misfit sent me for my birthday she included two bottles of blue Sinful Colors polishes. She had picked these up at Ackermans. Ackermans sell Sinful Colors for the bargain price of R19.95, but for some reason there are never any names on the bottles. It is usually easy enough to Google for the names, but in this case the names of these colours have eluded both Michelle and I. So I won’t be able to tell you the names of the base colours I used, but I have included a photo of the bottles. The colours are practically identical, but one of the blues has a green shine from certain angles. If you know the names of these colours, please let me know!

 

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Sinful Colors – Blue on the left, blue with green tinge on the right

 

Blue was an obvious choice for the ‘Cool’ theme. I knew I would use the Sinful Colors Michelle had sent me when I saw it. I decided to try the ‘saran wrap’ nail art technique and try to do butterfly wings I had seen on Pinterest on my accent nails. I thought the blue with the green tinge would make perfect butterfly wings.

 

As usual I laid down a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted all of my nails with the Sinful Colors blue polish except my ring fingers which I painted with the other blue with the green tinge.To give my nails some time to dry before doing any art I used my UBU gel eyeliner brush and some acetone to clean up around my cuticles where I hadn’t painted well or wanted cleaner lines. Using my black mini polish and a dotting tool, I outlined the butterfly wings. It took me a long time. I would of preferred using a brush as I think this might of been quicker and worked easier for me, but I don’t have one yet. I would of liked the edges of the lines to be smoother too, but this is really difficult for me to achieve with a dotting tool. I painted the tips of my nails black around the outline using the regular polish brush. After that dried I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and a small dotting tool to make the white dots. By this time the rest of my nails were good and dry and I could use the saran wrap (we call it cling film in South Africa) technique on the rest of my nails. I found this technique super quick and easy. I dotted my Revlon Chroma Chameleon Rose Gold polish onto some paper, dabbed some saran wrap that I had crumpled into a ball into it, dabbed off the excess on some paper and then blotted it onto my nail. I really love how this effect came out! It looks like gold marbling on the nail. I don’t think the photos really do it justice at all. It is very subtle and looks much more awesome in person. The colours go so well together! I wasn’t keen on this gold polish on its own, but it would look awesome using this technique over so many other shades. I’m definitely holding onto it! I finished it all off with a Tip Top top coat.

 

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Untried Polish Challenge – Cool

 

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Untried Polish Challenge – Cool

 

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Untried Polish Challenge – Cool

 

Overall I am pleased with the results. I may try the butterfly wings again with a lighter colour underneath when I have a nice nail art brush. After I did this mani I went to have a nap and managed to completely crush a butterfly wing and linen printed the rest of my nails. I literally peeled my nails off my shirt when I woke up. Because of the effect the damage isn’t too obvious and I was able to repair the butterfly wing. Luckily I had already taken photos! I’ve posted photos with the scarf and bottles because I really couldn’t decide what looks best. What do you think?

 

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The best picture I could get of the marbling effect