Hi there 🙂 As it started getting colder and my mood started getting gloomier I really felt like doing a dark mani. I was really in the mood to wear black polish, which is unusual for me. I have nothing against black polish, but it isn’t the first colour I would reach for when I’m indecisive. I was mulling over how I could make black more interesting and knew it was the perfect opportunity to bring out some glitter! Glitter makes everything better, right? Well…it doesn’t make polish removal better, but usually it’s worth it 😉 Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of essence black is back on all of my nails. This black isn’t super opaque, so you do need 2 coats to finish it off. On my ring nail I painted a coat of Sinful Colors Green Ocean. Drawing inspiration from the green and blue shift in the glitters and flakies, I decided rather than just use it over all my nails I would do some stamping to compliment it. I used my PUEEN 26 stamping plate with M Polish Pish Plashin’ Around (blue) and Get Lost (green) to stamp on my pinkie and index nails. On my middle nail I added a green and blue rhinestone. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I was really planning on being lazy and just slapping on some black polish with glitter over it when I sat down to do this mani, but I sure was glad I got a jolt of inspiration from Green Ocean. I loved wearing this mani so much! I also happen to know that Green Ocean is my bestie, Pish Posh Polish‘s, favourite Sinful Colors polish…plus the blue stamping polish was named after her, so I dedicate this one to Pishy! I would love to hear your thoughts on this one in the comments below 🙂
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Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend 🙂 Today I want to show you a stamped mani I did with a plate that I am kind of obsessed with. This bornprettystore plate is half covered in gorgeous paisley type designs. I couldn’t get it out of my head until I stamped it. I want to stamp it in ALL THE COLOURS EVER. I want to stamp it over and over again. I’m wonder if I can stamp other items with it. I really love it. I’m so in love with this type of design I ordered myself the new Bundle Monster Shangri-La Master set of plates from me to me for my birthday 😀 Let me show you how this turned out.I started off with my usual L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 3 thin coats of Color Club Alias on all of my nails. Alias is a purple polish with very fine but dense flakies. It was quite sheer, but built up beautifully in 3 thin coats. In the bottle this has quite an apparent colour shift, but it was completely lost on the nail, I couldn’t get the shift to show up no matter what angle I tried. It is still a GORGEOUS purple though, it reminds me a lot of Sinful Colors I Love You. Once my nails were dry I adhered the 2 rectangular rhinestones on my pinkie and index nails with top coat. I stamped over my ring and middle nails using Tip Top Armour Plate and BP-10. Even though the plate has the paisley patterns in an “infinity” design (meaning there are no spaces between the patterns), I chose to use the edge of the design that has some spaces in between the intricate patterns. I love the twirls at the edges and felt the paisley was more apparent this way. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I’m really loving the dark purples this winter, aren’t I? I seem to keep reaching for them over and over. OOPS! I’ll try to diversify…depending on what is lying in my untried pile. I know for a fact there is at least 1 more darker shade of purple waiting to be pulled out. What do you think of this mani? Do you like paisley patterns? Let me know in the comments below!
Hi everyone! That title is such link bait! LOL. It is actually the name of a polish I’ll be showing you today 🙂 It was my bestie’s baby shower over the weekend and I wanted to do a mani for her. Not for the baby, but for her. It wasn’t hard to pick out a colour since she is a blue fanatic and I had a gorgeous blue foil polish in my untried pile. Let me show you what I came up with:
I started with my usual Tip Top Base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of essence I don’t need money, honey onto all of my nails. I don’t need money, honey is a stunning blue foil that is perfect in just 2 coats. The formula was a bit tricky for me. The polish seems to dry quite quickly, so you need to apply it carefully in order not to create bald spots. Also try not to overload your brush with polish. Rather paint thinner coats as too much polish will flood your cuticles and leave brush strokes. There is by no means anything wrong with the formula and I don’t hate it, but these tips should help you get a gorgeous finish. I also had some staining on my skin, but nothing a quick scrub with a nail brush couldn’t sort out. Once my nails were dry I used essence black stampy polish and the right hand image on PUEEN 44 to stamp onto all my nails except my ring nails. I chose this image because she loves anything damask 😉 On my ring nail I placed a 3 mm rhinestone from a wheel I reviewed here (Press Sample). I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I absolutely adored these. I’ve figured I actually really love a full foil finish mani. The brushed chrome effect really appeals to me. What do you think of this mani? Do you like foil polishes too?
Hi everyone! Whenever I go to an event, I usually try to wear my nails to either match my outfit or the theme for the event. Unfortunately, the opportunity isn’t always joyous. In this case my dear brother (from another mother) lost his life partner to cancer. The year following his diagnosis was challenging for Boogaloo, but he stood by Henry and cared for him until the moment he took his last breath. The doctors did not think he would survive until Christmas, but he held on until just after Easter when he was finally released from his suffering. I was fortunate to be able to take time off work in order to attend Henry’s funeral service, which took place on Friday, 10 April at a Catholic church where Henry and Boogaloo lived in Swellendam.
Rudi and I drove the 2.5 hours to get to there. As it was during the day the kids could stay by the day mother and it also afforded Rudi and I some time alone together. The service was lovely and Boogaloo added beautiful touches. Each guest was presented with a laminated pamphlet and a pack of tissues as they entered the church. The pamphlet explained the proceedings, contained the lyrics to the hymns that would be sung and had letters written by family and frienda published in it. On the back cover was a description of the rare type of cancer Henry had.
After the service we went to Boogaloo’s house and spent some time with him. Before we realized it the day had slipped away from us and it had gotten too late to collect the children before bedtime. The day mother graciously agreed to take care of the children overnight. The trip unexpectedly turned into a mini getaway. We departed early the next morning to fetch the children.
The funeral was really a celebration of Henry’s life. In honour of Henry I painted my nails in one of his favourite colours. The last time I did my nails for a funeral I stuck to a much more traditional/darker palette. This is what I came up with:
The blue used here is essence electriiiiic. This polish is lovely and almost a one coater. The rhinestones are from Born Pretty Store. My ring nail is double stamped with the left bottom image on PUEEN 47 using essence black stampy polish and Tip Top Armour Plate. Everything is sealed in with a coat of Seche Vite.
What do you think of these? Would you wear bright, bold nails to a funeral?
Boogs, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Henry’s family. May he rest in peace x
Hi everyone. I’ve found it! I’ve found the stand out polish in my collection. I’ve found the polish I want to be buried in. Next time someone asks me which polish I would grab in a fire, I will have an answer for them! That is, by the way, the most unfair question. Polish addicts usually have large collections of polish because they LOVE ALL THE COLOURS. LOVE ALL THE FINISHES. LOVE ALL THE PRETTIES. Don’t ask them to choose. If they could choose just one or a few, they wouldn’t have so many to begin with 😛 This polish was another gift from my Belgian friend who also bought the polishes I featured here and here. Love him long time! Let me show you this beauty.
Do you need a moment? You probably need a moment. Breathe. Good? Good! I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and painted 3 coats of Emily De Molly Seeing Red. I could probably have stopped at 2, but I was hypnotized by this incredibly gorgeous polish. Seeing Red is a rasberry red linear holographic polish. The formula was perfection, I had no issues. I added triangular studs from Born Pretty Store (press sample) and stamped my index and middle nail with BP-03 (press sample) and Sinful Colors Black on Black. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. You want to see it in the sun, don’t you?
You’re welcome. I wore these nails to the CT Mom Blog Meet and driving all the way there was a serious hazard. I couldn’t stop staring at these while I was driving. Another mani I was seriously bummed to take off.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this polish in the comments below 🙂 Can you see why I’m obsessed with it?
Hi everyone! Today I have another Omega polish to show you. This was sent to me by the lovely Gael from Glamore Cosmetics for review and swatching. I have two sets of photos to show you today. I struggled with this polish when I first swatched it. Let me show you the first set of photos:
You can clearly see bubbles in the polish here. Above is 3 coats over my Top Top base coat with no top coat. I brought the polish to work and asked 2 colleagues to swatch it as well to eliminate application and environmental factors. Neither of them had bubbles. I was quite bummed because that meant it was me, right? I painted badly! For those of you that don’t know, adding too much polish to your brush and painting too many strokes can result in bubbles. So I figured I probably had too much polish on the brush or overworked it and resolved to swatch it again.
Enter Ordinary Misfit who also had a few Omegas to swatch. She noticed with one of the polishes she also had bubbles. We chatted about it and she figured out that we had both used a Tip Top base coat. When she swatched her Omega again, she used an essence base coat as well as Tip Top and over the Tip Top base coat she had some bubbles again, but over the essence base coat she didn’t have any. It occurred to me that the ladies that swatched for me at work weren’t wearing any base coat at all. I decided that I should paint my next swatch with no base coat. I did exactly that:
Much better, no? Shown above is 3 coats with no base coat. The first picture has no top coat, the second is topped with Dashing Diva Top Seal. Emerald Isle is a gorgeous dark green metallic polish. It is a beautiful colour! The formula is on the thinner side, but I had no problems applying the polish at all and I didn’t flood my cuticles while painting. It seems very sheer on the first 2 coats, but builds up nicely to the deep, rich green seen above. I can’t wait to pull this polish out come Christmas time! You have already seen how I “upgraded” this mani in a previous post, here is the photo again:
If you want to buy Emerald Isle click here. You can also find Glamore Cosmetics on their other social media channels:
I would love to hear your thoughts on this polish in the comments below 🙂 Have you ever found that specific base coats don’t seem to do well with some of your polishes? I’ve never had a problem with this base coat before, so it never occurred to me that it would cause any issues. Huge thanks to Michelle for helping me figure it out and restoring my confidence in my painting ability!
Hello lovely readers! Today I have my third last Christmas mani to show you. I’ll be publishing my December Nail Anarchy mani on Christmas Eve and my Christmas day nails sometime next week. Somehow this year I felt like I had more ideas than time, but there is always next year to do more Christmas stuff. Wow. Christmas is in this week and I’m already talking about next year’s Christmas manis. Let me pull myself towards myself and show you what I’ve done 🙂
I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat. I painted all my nails with 2 coats of Tip Top Armour Plate. Armour Plate is my favourite silver foil and stamps like a dream too. This really is my go to silver and I’m hunting for a back up of it now that Tip Top is closing down. On my thumb, index and pinkie nails I painted two coats of L.A. Girl Speckle. Speckle is from the Splatter collection and has sparkly red and matte white hexes with smaller white hexes suspended in a clear base. You definitely need to blob and spread this one. I used a striping brush and essence roller coaster to paint holly leaves on my middle and ring nails. To accent the leaves I used the same brush and Tip Top We Have an Agreenmint. I finished off by adding 3 red rhinestones between the holly leaves to represent the berries. I sealed it all in with 2 generous coats of Seche Vite. The result:
I’m quite pleased with how these turned out considering it was my first attempt at holly leaves. What do you think of these? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!
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Hi everyone! I am part of a Whatsapp chat group of South African polish lovers. We show each other our nails, we bounce around ideas, we joke around. It is just a fun group of ladies together, all with a love for polish and nail art in common. Somehow in one of our chats one day we came up with an idea for a monthly nail art challenge. One of us picks a theme for the month and everybody else does manis inspired by the set theme and posts on their blogs. We plan to post on the last Friday of each month (that’s today!) and will have Inlinkz at the bottom of our posts so that you can see all of them 🙂
November’s theme was chosen by Briget and she chose “Outer Space”. If you Google “outer space nails” you’re going to get wall to wall galaxies. Everyone else can’t be wrong, no? 😉 I wanted to do a little alien thing, but someone beat me to it…so I ended up doing a galaxy in my favourite colour 🙂 Let me show you!
I started off with a double base coat of OPI Nail Envy. I painted all my nails with Essence Elves Like Lilac. Once that was dry I started sponging a few different colours over the base to create the cloudy “galaxy” effect. I sponged with the following essence polishes: that’s what I mint, purple sugar, hello marshmallow (original) and Elves Like Lilac again. After the sponging was done to my satisfaction, I painted one coat of the glitter side of the Revlon Milky Way duo from their Expressionist collection. The glitters in Milky Way are irregular glitter shards or flakies. These are iridescent and really beautiful! Flakies can stick up, but an extra layer of top coat will help for that if you don’t like sticking up bits. I added a few dots for stars using a dotting tool and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. On my middle nail I placed a small, clear crescent moon shaped rhinestone and on my ring nail a small, clear star rhinestone. I sealed everything in with a generous coat of Seche Vite. The result:
How is that for a purple galaxy?! I really loved how these turned out! They are a bit more blingy than I intended, the flakies seriously shine at any angle and combined with the Seche Vite it makes for a very shiny mani indeed! Galaxy and random sponging manis hardly ever turn out the way you imagine…I’m not sure exactly what I thought it was going to come out as, but I really liked the result.
What do you think? Do you like this mani? Be sure to let me know in the comments and to check out the other posts in the linkup below!
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Hi everyone! Today I have a review for you from one of my favourite places to shop online – Born Pretty Store! If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would have seen that I often feature nail art using supplies I have purchased from Born Pretty. I was thrilled when they accepted my offer to review for them! They offered me full nail water decals to review. I was a little apprehensive since I had purchased full nail water decals from them before, but I struggled to use them and they were gathering dust in my drawer. Since our post office has been on strike forever and a day it took a full two months for the decals to arrive. I was very happy to finally receive them and enlisted the help of a seasoned blogger, Emily who blogs over at Very Emily, and she gave me some awesome tips that really helped me to apply these decals. The application and use of the decals was the same for both sets. Let me show you!
I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. For the nails I planned to apply the decals on, I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Both of these decals had a white background around the designs so applying white undies was a good idea. I painted complimentary colours on my accent nails and thumbs. I will state the polishes used for each under the photos. I also used two coloured 2 mm rhinestones, also purchased from Born Pretty Store (here), placed vertically close to the cuticle on my accent nails. Once my nails were dry I set to work applying the decals. Something that I was very nervous about was trying to figure out how to cut them to size before applying them. I am completely useless at it. Emily advised me that they don’t need to be perfect as you can also clean them up using a clean up brush and acetone. Eureka! I cut the decals out to match the size of my nails. I removed the plastic film over the decal and held them in water with a tweezer (the instructions say to use warm water in winter). After about 10 seconds the decal slides off the cardboard backing allowing you to apply them to your nail. The decals are quite sturdy and I wasn’t worried about tearing them at all. I dipped my nail into the water and placed the decal over my nail. I used some paper towel to absorb excess water and blew on my nail to dry the decal further. Once most of the water is removed the decals become somewhat sticky which prevents them from slipping around. I used a nail scissor to cut off the excess at the tip of my nail. I left a tiny bit of decal at the tip and wrapped this around my nail and held my clean up brush dipped in acetone under my nail, this “melted” the decal slightly and let it stick. Instantly wrapped tips! I cleaned up around my cuticles as usual with a brush and pure acetone, also removing any part of the decals that were out of place. I did not want to top coat them with Seche Vite as I was afraid it would wrinkle the decals as Seche is known to shrink. Emily advised me to use a non fast drying top coat and once it was dry to use the Seche Vite over it. This worked perfectly! The results:
Accent nail is 3 coats of Maybelline Portebello Pink (gift) – Purchase decals here.
Accent nail is 2 coats of Revlon Revlon® Red – Purchase decals here.
After figuring out how to use these decals the application is fairly easy and I can’t wait to dig out the previous decals I ordered to use them! I was SO in love with these and receive loads of compliments. A friend called me out and texted me in the middle of a meeting saying ‘Stop staring at your nails!’. I just couldn’t help it! They are so beautiful! Decals take your nail designs to another level. I love the variety of designs and the colours and detail you can achieve using them.
Born Pretty Store is a one stop shop for nail art supplies and they sell a host of other items as well. Whenever I have had to interact with their customer services I have had good service from them. I have never been dissatisfied with anything I have ordered from them and recommend them to friends often. If you are not a registered customer, I have an affiliate link in the sidebar that you can use to sign up. I also have a 10% discount code that you can use to get 10% off any non discounted items. Born Pretty Store ships worldwide for free! I pay $3 for a tracking number as my postal service likes to lose things, but I don’t think $3 is very much at all.
You can check out Born Pretty Store on their website and social media channels:
They run weekly competitions via their Facebook and Instagram accounts, be sure to check them out!
Happy Friday everyone! I decided that I’m going to try and rock pink nails for the entire October. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to do this. I certainly have enough pink polish (it is my favourite polish colour), but I am known to get bored easily I might grow tired of wearing pink nails for an entire month! It is still early days, but I have just about run out of pink untrieds. I might just dip back into my holo stash now that the sun is finally shining! When planning this mani it was my intention to stamp (again). I then realized that I might not have stamped for a while, but there are so many other nail art techniques that I haven’t done for much longer. This mani was done mid week, so it needed to be something quick and easy and so my idea for a cling (saran) wrap mani was born. Lets get to it 🙂
I started out with my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of Revlon Post Modern on all my nails except my ring finger. Post Modern is another duo from the Revlon Expressionist collection. I only used the regular polish (not the striper) side for this mani. Post Modern is a very light pink polish. It was very sheer. I wasn’t completely happy with the coverage, even after 3 coats. An extra coat might have solved the problem, but there is a slippery slope between 3 and 4 coats. Just like I experienced problems on my 4th coat when I did this mani, I felt a 4th coat here would make it nearly impossible for this polish to dry properly and would start getting thick on the nail. On my ring nail I painted 2 coats of Catrice Light Your Fire from the Créme Fresh collection. This is a gorgeous pink polish. It is very pigmented, but unfortunately it is very frosty. Ordinary Misfit sent it to me recently as a gift and I have it on good authority that it stamps well, so even if I am having a bad application day and can’t apply it streak free – at least I can stamp with it 😉 Once my nails were touch dry I used a piece of cling/saran wrap that I had frumpled up into a ball and painted the polish directly on to it. I dabbed the excess polish off onto some paper towel and then dabbed it onto my nails. If you get too much polish onto your nail, use a clean part of the cling wrap to pick some of it up! I really struggled to use the Post Modern for this. I suspect because it is so sheer, the polish coming off wasn’t opaque enough to give the effect nice definition. Because the pattern is random, it is difficult to try and do more than one coat. I blobbed a lot onto my nail just to get it to show up, so the ring nail doesn’t look great. I really prefer the marbled effect on the other nails. I added a clear triangular rhinestone at the cuticle on my middle and ring nails and sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:
I love this mani. I really liked the way this shade of pink looked on my nails. Maybe I’ll make it through October with pink nails, after all. Maybe. I was super sad when I had to take this off. I’m definitely going to do more cling wrap manis soon! With all the colour combinations the possibilities are endless! You could even use 3 colours. Woo!
What do you think of this mani? Anyone can use this super simple technique and step up their mani to another level. Would you try it?