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Waterfall Nails

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Hi everyone! Today I have my first attempt at a waterfall mani to show you. I was really in the mood to wear a red polish for a change and spotted Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge standing in my untried shelf. This polish was one of the gifts my friend Leebeesa sent me for my birthday. She has recently married the love of her life and moved across the ocean to Ireland.Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge Waterfall Nail ArtSally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge Waterfall Nail ArtSally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge Waterfall Nail ArtI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as my base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Racy Rouge on all of my nails. In the bottle this polish looked like it leaned pink, but it is very clearly red on the nail. It is quite opaque and I may have gotten away with 1 coat, but I did 2 anyway. The formula was good, although I had to adjust a little to the brush in this bottle. The brush is wider than normal brushes, but not quite as wide as the essence brushes. I actually like wider brushes as it’s easier for me to cover the entire nail in less strokes, but you can easily overload your brush with polish and flood your cuticles so you need to balance that out. As the name suggest the polish dries fairly quickly, so I didn’t really have to wait much to start with my waterfall nail art. This is the first time I have tried this technique. I used essence As Long As You Love Me, Tip Top Armour Plate and Sinful Colors Black on Black with a striping brush to fill freehand the stripes. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I actually got quite a few compliments on this mani and really enjoyed wearing it. I would love to hear what you think in the comments below 🙂

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Essence #lucky and Sally Hansen Fruit-ta-ta

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Hi everyone! After 4 back to back black manicures I needed some colour in my life! After Michelle from Ordinary Misfit fame shared a recent polish haul and alerted me to a sale at Dischem I was itching to buy some polish. My bestie who had just given birth needed something  from the pharmacy, I offered to get it 😉  I picked up a few polishes, including the 2 I’ll be showing you today. This is what I came up with:essence #lucky and Sally Hansen I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of essence #lucky on all of my nails. Lucky is a very opaque bright pink creme. It is practically a one coater, but of course I can’t stop at 1 coat. This polish had the great essence formula that I am accustomed to. It went on smoothly and self leveled very well. It also dried well. On my middle and ring nails I used the “blob and spread” method to apply 2 coats of Sally Hansen Fruit-ta-ta. Fruit-ta-ta consists of matte white, pink, red and black glitter suspended in a clear base. This one was on sale. The glitter in this polish is quite sparse, so I ended up getting quite a bit of base on my nails, which really slowed down drying time. In hindsight it would be a better idea to sponge this one onto the nail. On my index and pinkie I placed two 2 mm studs purchased from bornprettystore (purchase here and here*) near my cuticles to match some of the colours of the glitter. I sealed it all in with 2 coats of Seche Vite to try and dry the glitter nails and make sure the studs are secure.

I’ve changed the background colour in my photos from white to black. I feel it eliminates some of the red in my skintone which I struggle with in my pictures. I don’t want to mess around with the colours of my photos too much for fear of destroying the colour accuracy of the polish, so this was a better solution in my opinion. I really loved the photos in Blingfinger‘s blog looked against the black background and this inspired me to try it in the first place. I would love to hear what you think about the change in the comments below!





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Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate Review – BP-26

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Hi everyone. I have yet another Born Pretty Review for you today! I’m on a roll, right? This will be the last one for a while, so I hope you enjoy it! It’s no secret that I am a huge stamping fan and I am so impressed with Born Pretty Store’s stamping plates. When I first started out they seemed to be hit or miss, but now I every single plate I use that I have received or purchased from them is awesome. I have previously reviewed Born Pretty Store plates here and here. I also use a stamper I purchased from them myself. This is the one I use:

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You can purchase it here*. I really love this stamper! I went from struggling my bum off with a relatively firm stamper, to great success with this squishy stamper. My nails are soft and bendy, so if I put pressure on the nail with a firm stamper while transferring the image, my nails give way and the image doesn’t transfer completely. This stamper head is big enough to cover my entire nail, the squishiness of the head also means that the image is stamped over my entire nail with the right amount of pressure, so even into the cuticles on the sides as the stamper gives way instead of bending my nail. I do need to prime the stamper head regularly though, but it takes me less than 30 seconds and is totally worth it.

Let me show you the plate I received to review. When you receive the plate it has a blue protective film over it to protect the plate during shipping. It looks like this:



Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP-26

Before you start stamping you need to remove the film. It removes really easily, you can just run your fingers over the edge from bottom to top and it will lift. Don’t do this while your nails are wet as the film is quite clingy and will ruin your nails! The plates also have backing which helps dull the edges of the plate so that you don’t cut yourself while handling them. I wipe down all my plates with acetone before each use.


Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP-26

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP-26



I stamped all of these images onto a piece of paper using Sinful Colors Black on Black. What you see below are my first attempts at picking up and stamping the images. I didn’t redo any of them so that I could illustrate how easy this plate is to use. After applying the polish to my clean plate, I used an old plastic gift card to scrape the excess polish from the plate at roughly a 45 degree angle. I pressed down directly with the stamper, as it is nice and squishy I didn’t need to roll it over the images to pick them up. The results:

Stamped with BP-26 from Born Pretty Store

This plate is going to come in super handy for awareness manis! It is one of the reasons I chose this plate. I’m so over trying to freehand awareness ribbons it isn’t even funny 😉 Of course I couldn’t just show you the plates, I created a mani using the heart/club image:

Sally Hansen Hard-Core Party stamped with BP-26

Sally Hansen Hard-Core Party stamped with BP-26

Sally Hansen Hard-Core Party stamped with BP-26

I started off with a Tip Top base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen Hard-Core Party on all of my nails. This is a beautiful light pink creme. It could have used an extra coat, but I knew I was going to stamp over it, so I stuck with 2. I painted 1 coat of essence space queen over Hard-Core Party. Space queen is a holographic glitter topper suspended in a clear base. The photos do it absolutely no justice. It is gorgeous! I used essence crazy fancy love to stamp the image on all of my nails and sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

It’s actually quite funny, while I was creating this mani loadshedding kicked in and I had to finish it off in the dark! Our power provider had switched from stage one to stage 2 unexpectly, so I was a bit surprised at the sudden outage…I was a bit peeved to be honest. Considering that these were done squinting, I don’t think they turned out too bad. I took a pic of my working conditions:

Loadshedding Nails

Anyway…I just received a pile of stamping plates that I ordered from BPS and I can’t wait to try them all out. Have you ever tried Born Pretty Stamping plates? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Christmas Nails



Hi everyone! A very blessed Christmas to all my readers who celebrate. To those who don’t, I hope you’ve enjoyed the day off and to those colleagues that stand in for us so that we can have the day off, thank you!

I just wanted to pop up a post to show you my Christmas nails, so it is going to be short and sweet 🙂

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat. I painted my thumb, index and pinkie with 1 coat of Revlon Red. I really love this red creme. It is very opaque and the formula is pretty good. Over Revlon Red I painted 1 coat of Golden Rose red glitter. I just can’t find a name on this bottle, but I can tell you I bought it at Clicks and that they still carry the brand. This glitter has different sizes of red hex glitters suspended in a clear base. You could get it opaque on its own in about 3 or 4 coats, but since I didn’t have too much time on my hands I decided to give it undies because I didn’t want to have too many coats to dry. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen Sugar Fix. I have been absolutely obsessed with this white texture this December. The formula is really great and it dries superbly. My intention was to just leave it at that, but the white looked very stark, so with a little help from my Nail Anarchy friends I decided to stamp over the white. I used China Glaze Santa Red My List and the top image of PUEEN 38 to stamp over the dried texture. I sealed in the glittery nails with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:


This mani really looked better with the stamping over the white and I remembered that I bought this white specifically to stamp over. Duh. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it myself.

What do you think of this mani? How was your Christmas/holiday? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Brilliant Blue Snowflakes

I referred to my struggles trying to paint snowflakes in this post. I would, however, not be deterred! Even after I was extremely frustrated trying to freehand the snowflakes on my previous attempt, I tried a different brush and regular polish instead of acrylic paint and watched quite a few YouTube tutorials to try and do better. Let me show you what happened.

I started off with my regular Tip Top base coat. I painted 2 coats of L.A. Girl Brilliant Blue on all of my nails. Brilliant Blue is a dark blue scattered holographic polish from the L.A. Girl 3D collection. The formula was good and I didn’t have application issues, although this polish dries fast and if you go over the same spot twice too quickly it will create a bald spot on the nail. The texture felt like a jelly when applying it. I borrowed this polish from my friend. It is one of the 3D polishes I passed up on since I’m not really a fan of blues and personally I don’t feel that I *need* it in my collection. There is nothing wrong with it, but personal preference prevails. Once that was fairly dry I used a striping brush and Sally Hansen Sugar Fix white textured polish to free hand snowflakes. I went to shower and when I scrubbed my nails I brushed most of the polish off of my middle nail. I repainted it and then free handed the snowflake with Tip Top Armour Plate and the same striping brush. I sealed in all the nails that didn’t have texture on them with Seche Vite. The result:

L.A. Girl Brilliant Blue with free hand snowflakes

I was really MEH about these. I didn’t feel the snowflakes came out very well, more specifically the white one. I think the textured polish is perhaps a little thick and I wasn’t able to get thinner lines using it. I think the silver snowflake turned out much better! Perhaps because it was my 5th attempt. All that being said, I will most likely rather get a snowflake stamping plate before I attempt snowflakes again. Guys, snowflakes are really hard to do! Hats off to people who can get them looking decent just by free handing them!

While I was photographing this mani, Gabby ran into the room. I put down the polish to pick her up and put her on my lap and she promptly stuck her hand in my lightbox and picked up the bottle. She wanted in on the action! It was so hard to get her to sit still, but…

Gabby Nail ModelHow cute is that?! 🙂

What do you think of my snowflakes? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading 🙂


Christmas Minions!

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Hi everyone! How on EARTH are we halfway through December?! Can someone please just sit me down and explain this to me? I just can’t even!  Anyhoo, since I started doing nail art, so many people have asked me to do minion nails. At some point it seemed like everyone  was doing it and I was never really extremely inspired to try it myself. At least not until a colleague posted this link to my Facebook timeline. You can find a video tutorial for these on Youtube, here. It is not the first time that someone has posted minions to my timeline and it is not the first time someone has asked that I do them. So finally, here it is. My most requested nail art, with a Christmassy spin!

I started off with my regular Tip Top base coat. I painted my thumb, index and pinkie nails with 2 coats of Revlon Revlon Red and my middle and index with 3 coats of essence wanna be your sunshine. On the yellow nails I went in with Revlon Red to paint the hats and the coats on the top and bottom of the nails. I used a striping brush and Sinful Colors Black on Black to paint stripes on the yellow nails as well as the red nails. I also painted small smiles for my minion’s mouths with the same striping brush. I used an L.A. Girl silver mini and the striping brush to paint belt buckles over the black stripes on the red nails to turn them into Santa belts! I used the same silver and my largest dotting tool to make large dots on the black stripes to form the base of the goggles that the minions wear. At this stage I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. I used a slightly smaller dotting tool and Sally Hansen Sugar Fix white textured polish to fill in the trim on the hats and the jackets of the minions. I placed a dot of nail glue on the silver dots and attached googley eyes that I had purchased from a craft store to finish off the minions. The result:

Christmas Minion Nail Art

I really love these! I think they turned out great for a first minion attempt and I really enjoyed wearing them. The googley eyes were so much fun to play with! I also liked the textured trim, just a little something different to give the look a bit of dimension. The googley eyes are about 3 mm high, so I figured I would make a little more of the design 3 D by incorporating the texture as well 😉 When I showed these to Elijah and asked them what they were he said ‘I know! They are Gru’s cousins!’ I had to laugh!

I really hope you liked these as much as I did. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Lady Luck is Berry Intense

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


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





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


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


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When Sanita told me she found Sally Hansen Gem Crushes on sale I asked her to pick up Lady Luck and Be-Jeweled for me. I was super excited to lay my hands on them, and was extra excited about Be-Jeweled because it is a purple glitter bomb!


For this mani I started off with OPI Nail Envy as my base coat. Leebeesa had an almost full bottle that she didn’t want anymore and thought of me. I was so very stoked! I would buy this base coat for myself if I could afford it, but it is out of my price range, as are most OPI products. I painted three coats of Sally Hansen Be-Jeweled on my thumb, index and pinky nails. This glitter is quite sheer, but opaque in three coats. You can still see through it if you hold your nails up to the sun, but isn’t apparent when just looking at your nails in regular light. Be-Jeweled is a fine purple glitter packed with slightly larger pink glitter hexes. The glitters have the most amazing holographic sparkle! I couldn’t stop staring at my nails while turning them from side to side to catch the light. People must think I’m really crazy! Anyway, I painted my middle and ring nail with two coats of China Glaze Gamer Glam. Once that was dry I used essence colour and change in sweet surprise and the top image of my PUEEN 36 plate to stamp on those nails and sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. Sweet surprise is one of the colour changing polishes from essence. I found mine marked down in a discount bin at Dischem and I’m not sure if they are still available. The colour changes when you top coat it. This one changes from light pink to a darker pink. The purple glitter in the gem crush and Gamer Glam are very similar and I wanted to wear them together. I had the idea to somehow represent the pink glitter on my accent nails and using pink to stamp with seemed perfect. I first tried to stamp with Sinful Colors Sugar ‘n Spice, but you could literally not see the stamping at all, so I had to shift gears and find another pink to stamp with and it worked out rather nicely. Even though I had to adjust my plans mid execution, this mani turned out to be exactly what I had in mind so I was very happy with the results. I took quite a few pictures to try and do it justice, but I don’t think the pictures show the true beauty!










What do you think? Would you wear a glitter polish as blingy as this?

Hoo Hoo!

How about another nude and neon mani? How about we throw some texture and a decal in there? Yes! Yeah ok. I don’t know how to introduce these posts very well. I ordered decals from luckystarstyle a while ago while trying to get my hands on Superman decals for Elijah’s birthday.  One of the decals I ordered was an owl. They had them in different colours, but I decided to order the brown one because it was more…”realistic”. You know, like my shocking pink leopard print is “realistic”. Wah. I also recently acquired the L.A. Girl nude texture called Sandstorm. I thought I could pull off a ‘woodsy’ mani with the owl, the texture and a green. I only have a dark, glittery green and a neon green. The neon won.


I started with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted three coats of China Glaze Highlight of My Summer on my thumb, middle and ring nails. On my index and pinky I painted two coats of L.A. Girl Sandstorm. Once my nails were dry I added the owl decal on my middle nail and painted a top coat of Sally Hansen Insta Dri on my green nails. The results:





Cute, right? I have complained in the past about the drying time of the L.A. Girl textures. I have  the gold Sands of Time texture and the green one called Green Sand. I have linked to the posts where I used those polishes. This one was completely different! It dried just as well as my China Glaze textures. I was very happy with that. When I spoke to Ordinary Misfit about this she agreed that her green and gold L.A. girl textures took longer to dry than the nude and purple (I have yet to try my purple). I’m not sure why that is, I’m just glad that this one dried better. I actually really adore this nude texture. The colour is superb and the texture is nice and rough. I can see myself wearing it as a full mani.


What do you think? Do you like these colours together?