Friday, July 13, 2012
Day 7- Black and White
Day 8 - Metallic
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
|Top Row- what I ordered~ Emerald Black, Golden Green, HedKandi Ibiza Mix, Purple Blue, HedKandi Disco Heaven Second Row- My surprise RAK- The Champagne Box Set~Sterling Silver, Lili Pink, Mystic Mauve, Champagne, Gold Rush and Green Flash.|
|My Original Models Own haul. 2012 Beetle Juice Box set|
Thursday, June 7, 2012
|Ozotic 509 (silvery holo) China Glaze First Mate under Blue Years Eve, Revlon Get Reddy, Sally Hansen Crushed Gems in Showgirl Chic for the bling. Red striping tape and two sizes of fimo cane Union Jack. Seche Vitae is holding it all together.|
I plan on doing a second one this week for The Queen's Birthday long weekend. I think it might involve real crystals and some stamping of crowns.
Friday, May 25, 2012
|Ulta 3 Honolulu under Konad Stamping White topped with Seche Vitae Spectra Flair Franken|
Day 4- Green
|OPI Nikki Minaj Collection- three coats of Save Me over Fly.|
Day 5- Blue
|Ozotic Mish Mash 533 with 531 for the feature nail. These work best over black.|
|Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Revlon No Shrinking Violet.|
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Here's the sparkly pink proof.
|Revlon Cotton Candy (a gift from The Mama- thanks Mum), China Glaze Fairy Dust for all over shimmer and BYS Glitterazzi Starlette for the gradient. Topped with my much loved Seche Vite.|
Le sigh they were just getting long here. I nubbinned my nails a couple of day ago. I miss my long talons but they were splitting. I guess it was the last of the grow out from before I knew about using quality base coats and non acetone remover. The remaining nail is healthy strong and unsplit. I aim to keep them that way by giving them one day off each week with just a coat of my Sally Hansen Miracle Cure Strengthener.
PS The Sweet Libertine Sale is still on. Jump on the bargains and your last chance to get colours like the beautiful about to be gone forever X Marks the Spot.
I use this pot of gorgeous a lot. This shimmery lilac pink can look dressed down and work ready with neutrals or princess pretty with sparkly silvers and a splash of purple.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Vice #1 Nail Polish (well Duh!). I have the big love for the finger paints. My collection numbers over 400 and they are all beautiful. Having pretty nails makes me smile. Researchers released information a couple of years ago proving that smiling leads to genuine happiness and other research proves that happiness extends your lifespan, improves your over all health and boosts immunity to disease. Therefore my nail polish is good for me.
|Happiness (and good health) is Layla Purple Galaxy Magnetic Polish with a Seche Holo top coat made from Spectra Flare.|
Vice #2 Eyeshadow, specifically Sweet Libertine's beautiful boutique mineral eye shadows click their name to see for yourself. These little beauties started me on the road to caring about how I look. Before I discovered them I stuck to the same purple pink cream eye shadow that made my eyes itch topped with some sad grey eyeliner and clumpy charcoal mascara. I looked the same day in day out, morning and evening. I also lacked confidence and barely kept up with keeping my regrowth in check. I just couldn't be bothered
The day I got my first package in the mail from Sweet Libertine something magical happened. I started to want to live up to these beautiful colours, for the first time ever my eyelids didn't itch when wearing make up. I played with my look and started to want to take care of myself. These wonderful little pots of potential beauty changed my life and gave me self confidence.. They work as eye shadows and as an eyeliner when mixed with a drop of water. Their staying power is legendary- especially if applied wet. Putting on make up in the morning is something to look forward to doing not a chore to get done. I now have around two hundred colours, including glitters. I've made myself a make up station in my study where I sit and pamper myself daily.
The Sweet Libertine range is original, all mineral with no additives like talc to create itchies. They're having a sale right now to clear their retired colours. Get in and get them before they're gone.
Last of all I'd like to give a shout out to my new favourite Blog. Vintage Musings of a Modern Pin Up Click the title to check it out. I just discovered it a couple of weeks ago. Carli has 3000+ followers. Her gorgeous Blog features nail polish and a whole lot of retro chic. There's a competition over there right now to celebrate her 3000th follower. Pop in and enter while you're over there drooling over the vintage pretties.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I decided to be literal and add fimo orange slices to accent fingers.
This is two coats of NYC Colour Peachy Keen, a singel coat of Ulta 3 Crystalina, tips Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl and Cloud 9. Seche on top as usual.
|Sorry about the lack of clean up. After smearing and redoing it all twice I just want it over with and off. It's dinged all over the place and thicker than 80s acrylics.|
It took forever and looks chunky and gluggy so it's definitely coming off tomorrow. I have an idea for the yellow that might actually make me forget how much I hate yellow nail polish.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Day one is red. I decided to go for a holo red because my GlitterGal red has sat in my drawer for months untried. I haven't had much success with any of my GlitterGals lasting more than a day. True to form it chipped by midday the day after I applied it (which was around 10pm the night before)- less than 24 hours after application despite a coat of Seche, wrapping on every layer and babying my nails. In an effort to make the minuscule bottle last longer I undercoated with a metallic red that usually has excellent staying power before applying a single coat of GlitterGal. I'm going to have to stop being hopeful about this stuff. The formula just has no staying power. I really wanted it to work this time. It would be nice to give an Aussie company a good review.
|NYC Colour (The Heat Group) Ruby Shoes as underwear for GlitterGal Red Holo. Ruby shoes is a gorgeous metallic red with fantastic one coat opaqueness. |
|Obligatory blurry shot to show off the holo flare. It's really pretty, pics don't do it justice. So sad that it's a one day wonder.|
Monday, February 27, 2012
This is my first mani using my new Instant Holo Top.
|NYC Colour Australia Purple Monkey topped with Polka Dot, Instant Holo Seche, BM 206 Plate, Konad Special Polish, Silver Glitter.|
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
|Right Thumb- Rimmel 60 second in Green, Born Pretty nail art jewels, China Glaze fairy dust and Seche top.|
|Left Thumb- NYC Colour Purple Monkey under Ulta 3 Grape Shimmer, teeny beads from Born Pretty and of course China Glaze Fairy Dust and Seche top.|
Saturday, February 18, 2012
|Gliiter Gal (Pink) under BYS Quake topped with Seche in a vain attempt to keep this on for a few days. Black lace decal from Born Pretty. Check them out- they are bargain Grand Central with FREE SHIPPING.|
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Rorschach Test
Give me a mani that uses black to enhance or accent your look. Black lace or Pinstripes? Get your nads on! This is a great way to ease into black. I want to be seeing Rorschach all over your fingers.
So here's my attempt
Thursday, January 26, 2012
For more information about traditional owners in the Sydney area visit Barani, a site that explains it all really well.
The Union Jack (the flag of Great Britain which is a whole bunch of flags united) in the corner of the Aussie flag was done using the BYS Red and White Nail Arts. I painted the white section first (St Andrew's flag representing Scotland) starting with the cross in the middle then adding the diagonals. I added the red diagonals next (St Patrick's flag for Ireland) being careful to leave the white frame for the cross in the middle which represents St George's flag (England). Then I added the middle of St George's cross in red.
The seven pointed federation star, which represents our six states and The Australian Capital Territory, was made by placing a big dot of white below the Union Jack then using the stiff bristled brush to smudge out the points. Next I put the stars of Southern Cross, our famous constellation visible anywhere in Oz. These were also smudged dots, the main four stars should have seven points with the smaller star having only five but I just went for star-like.
Next step was to add the Southern Cross to my ring fingers using BYS Silver Nail Art Polish. I smudged out some points with my stuff bristled flat brush, coated all nails thinly with NYC Silver Sparkle Added the bling to the southern cross then topped with Seche.
Happy Australia Day everybody! We're celebrating Australia's multi cultural heritage by having croissants for breakfast. We're out of Vegemite so it will have to be with jam. We'll be having Chinese take away for dinner to celebrate the contribution of the Chinese people during the gold rush days. There's iced lemon myrtle tea, which is a bush tucker flavour, and Japanese mochi cakes for afternoon tea (no significance for mochi cakes- we just really like them). Lunch will involve meat pies and lamingtons -fair dinkum Aussie tucker.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The stamp is a Bundle Monster plate. I didn't write it down and seeing as I am a cushion for a rather large kitty right now I won't be getting up to get my stamping kit to look at the number. It's from the second set released on Amazon. The white is a Konad special stamping polish.
Happy Pink Wednesday.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
- I have a bit of a backlog of mani pics so I'm posting this lot in a batch. This is my Funky French Collection. I discovered BYS Nail Art polishes. They have this wonderful long brush that practically paints the stripe itself. This lead to a mini Funky French Obsession.
First we had the teal mani. All colours are BYS plain colours range. There were no names on the bottom of the bottles.
- Seen here with my Sweet Libertine lip balm. They have THE BEST range of mineral eyeshadow in the world. I have over one hundred and fifty of their overshadows. They're that good. It stays where you put it all day. Even if you happen to be running around on a melting hot day. I apply mine using a brush, mixing the eyeshadow with a tiny drop of water in the lid. The colours are a little brighter when applied wet and have longer staying power. They also make stunning eyeliners.
Sweet Libertine gives out samples if you send a stamped self addressed envelope. If you're a mineral makeup newb don't bother with the samples. I highly recommend jumping in and getting one of their really reasonably priced beginner's sets to start you off. And don't forget to grab a mineral veil while you're there. If you're a mineral foundation person they're great for balancing out those too yellow colours that are a problem with some mineral brands. On those days when I'm wearing a conventional foundation I use a mineral veil to set the foundation and extend it's longevity. It goes without saying that Sweet Libertine is my hands down favourite mineral veil. There are rumours that Sweet Libertine might have a foundation in development. I can't wait.
- Funky French #2- Flirting with a Dotting Tool
- The pink is a BYS scented. I think it's Floral. This time I taped off the top, painted a BYS black stripe across then ripped off the tape before it dried.
- After drying add a stripe of BYS Striping Polish in White and another in Chrome Silver.
- My pointer was done using a medium sized dotting tool.
- The dot feature on my ring finger used the second smallest tool.
Funky French #3 NYC all the way!
The Purple colour is Purple Monkey the tip is Polka Dot- very sheer but shines up nicely over an opaque colour. The strip is my trusty BYS Chrome Striping Polish.
I used the usual tape and paint technique to get my tips straight.