Thursday, 27 December 2012

The tale of the ever changing Christmas manicure...

Happy Christmas all! Today we'll have a traditional christmas fairytale. The hero (yours truly) will go through endless amounts of polish trouble, but trust me - it all ends well.

This year for christmas, I wanted to do something special for Christmas eve. I started out with this a few days before christmas, loving this winter theme but I wanted to do something more christmassy.

Instead I decided to go for red, a colour I never usually wear but it is just so very christmassy. I decided to wear China Glaze Ring in the Red, a polish given to me recently by the lovely Line. Now, I don't have a picture of this step, but it was pretty red. I have had to retrieve pics for this post from where I posted them to friends, because I kept deleting my own pictures in anger haha!

So being uncomfortable with just the red, I tried stamping.

Looking back at this step, it's actually quite pretty but I was being terribly difficult, so I changed it.

I once again went with China Glaze Ring in the Red, and decided to add Lynnderella Happy Holodaze. Another quite pretty step, that I did not save a picture of. But being unable to leave well enough alone I decided to add half moons to the mix. For this, I used some terrible stickers from Essence, that both tore off the polish and let the green polish seep under. *sigh*

So once again I started over, and I was determined to create that epic christmas mani! It was getting a bit late, but I decided to once again go with the China Glaze Ring in the Red (bottle level quickly dwindling) and some tape trees, topped with Lynn Happy Holodaze.

This one I actually quite liked! But as fate would have it, the snow started falling and I was stuck at home for another day before I could go to my parents' house for christmas. An extra day with no plans? You gotta change your manicure! And trying to avoid the acetone nightmare that was the night before, I went for safe and ended up with this:

Obviously inspired by the falling snow, it was still pretty much back where I started! But I do love these. Nubar Faded jeans with Girly Bits Smurf Dance and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

And christmas came and it was good :)

As a bonus picture, this is the (slightly modernised) traditional marzipan candy I made with my nephews:


(and don't forget to enter my new years give away!)

Sunday, 23 December 2012

New Years Giveaway!

I've been planning this giveaway for a while, but I have been way too busy to actually do anything about it. And by busy, I actually mean lazy. Today the snow stopped me from going to see my family for christmas, and I found myself with time to spare - so here we are!

This is what I have up for grabs - two specially made Nailant polishes:
New Years Eve (Kinky Panties) and New Years Day (Sick in Snow)

These are inspired by a similar set I made for a friend, but as I never write down recipes for my polishes, they are unique. They do however have one set of fraternal twins living with a friend of mine.

First up is New Years Eve (Kinky Panties)

It's a blackened purple jelly with fuchsia shreds. Here is three coats.

Next up is New Years Day (Sick in Snow)

It's a sheer pale shade of off white, with brown and orange glitter. Not unlike.... well you know what I mean! It's quite sheer, and can be layered. Here is three coats with no undies.

And here is how you enter:

The contest is open internationally will end at midnight CET on new years eve.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Emily de Molly: Abstract Canvas

I love all the current holiday manis, and I really wanted to do one myself today but I just had to try out this polish. It is really special and has a lot of multicoloured bright glitter and some big round black glitters that really enhance the abstract canvas look.

I layered it over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, which is a slightly dirty white. I choose this to support the look and name of the polish and give it an abstract canvas effect. 

I love the brightly coloured glitter with the black glitter, it gives a very clean look even with the messiness of multicoloured glitter:

You can follow Emily de Molly on Facebook and she has a shop on Etsy here, but any shipping outside of Australia is by ground and takes a good few months. I bought mine from Shoppe Eclecticco a great new shop run by the lovely Annette. They also have a very helpful Facebook page.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

WellNails The North Pole is a real place - The rest of 2012 challenge

The snow is falling, the wind is cold and I have been eating way to much chocolate - this can only mean one thing: winter is here! The challenge this time, is Winter Wonderland!

...and yes, I do know that I was supposed to post this before december 12th, but my christmas calender candle is only at the 10th so it totally counts!

I wanted to get that icy blue wintery feeling, so I started out with OPI What's With The Catitude? from the Shrek collection. This polish is SUCH a diva - so beautiful and yet so utterly impossible to work with. Sigh. This is 3 coats.

To light up the darkness I have this wonderful glow in the dark polish from WellNails called The North Pole is a real place. And wow does it ever glow! This is what happened when I tried putting it away in a dark drawer with a few GitD friends:

It really does glow so much, the others just can't compete. In this very unscientific experiment it is shown with a GitD pumpkin, Ninja Polish Spooky Floam, Dollish Polish Spectral Pup and China Glaze Ghoulish Glow.

Lastly, I stamped a few silver snowflakes on top with Sally Hansen Insta Dri Silver Sweep.


Go check out the lovely manicures from the other ladies in this challenge:

The challenge was created by the lovely Sonja from Sunday Manicures
Also participating is: Charlotte from Passion4Polish
Shiny Rainbow from Rainbowify Me
Anne Mette from AMNegle

You can buy WellNails here: WellNails shop

WellNails is created by the wonderfully creative Charlotte from Passion4Polish, and she also writes about her polishes here and you can follow any news from her on her Facebook.

Monday, 3 December 2012

China Glaze Glitter All The Way x3

I got this lovely polish in a secret santa swap from the lovely Sonja from Sunday Manicures. She also got me a couple of other great China Glaze glitters, because she is just THAT awesome!

For maximum bling effect, I layered it over OPI DS Radiance.

The next day also happened to be the day my order from A Englands recent sale arrived, so I just had to try adding a coat of Morgan Le Fay. 

Because matte glitter is awesome, my last go at this mani was adding a coat of Essie Matte About You

I love this polish in all versions, and it certainly won't be the last time I use it to light up a room this winter!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Challenge post - movember!

Time for another challenge post!

Now sit back, relax, and imagine... imagine yourself further back in time, back to a better time and a simpler time... let's say friday. Well what a coincidence! Friday also happens to be the day I was supposed to post this mani, so the timing is perfect!

I did a german blue moustache mani - all blue polishes bought in germany. I used dotting tools for both eyes and beards.

You looking at me punk??

These are the polishes I used:

Catrice: Up In The Air, P2 Boat Trip, Essence The boy next door and I love bad boys.

Go check out the lovely manicures from the other ladies in this challenge:

The challenge was created by the lovely Sonja from Sunday Manicures
Also participating is: Charlotte from Passion4Polish
Shiny Rainbow from Rainbowify Me
Anne Mette  from AMNegle

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Girly Bits: Boo-berry

It is no secret that I love Girly Bits, and today I want to show you one of the polishes from the Halloween collection. Boo-berry is a beautiful purple jelly full of blue, purple and fuchsia glitter. The glitters look beautifully layered in the jelly. I layered it over China Glaze Gothic Lolita, but it could probably be opaque on it's own in 3 coats.

I tried it with some Essie Matte About You on top, because matte glitter is awesome. 

I really like thins look, it makes the different colours of glitters really stand out.

Girly Bits is available from Llarowe and from Girly Bits

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Jersey Shore Collection

This collection was made as a present, and to start with I just wanted to make a couple of polishes, but I got carried away and made five, because I was having so much fun!

Unfortunately, I don't have swatches of these, I swatched them on a nail wheel that has since escaped. If you see it running around, please call your local police so they can get back home safely.

Snooki is the bright pink polish, a bit too colourful and has all the odd shapes and colours in the book - just like Snooki.

The Situation: this is a colour changing polish, it's very dull on it's own, but when you make it socialize it suddenly has a lot more colour. It looks green, but actually changes more between red and gold. Completely unexpected, and never what it appears to be. Remind you of anyone?

Jwoww: Red, dark and vampy. Nuff said.

T-shirt time: that moment where they are ready to go, and they put on their fresh Tshirts at the last minute, so it's pristine when they go out fist-pumping. Why do I know these things??

GTL: The basic guido rule - you gotta keep up with your Gym, Tan and Laundry.

Disclaimer: this is all me totally guessing, cause I would never watch a tacky show like Jersey Shore. Obviously.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Love and understanding

November 8th has been chosen as a day where we group together in the nail polish community against bullying. 

As a family therapist, I meet bullying regularly and I see the damage it does to children. I meet the children on both sides, both the bullies and the ones being bullied and let me tell you - no one on either side is happy. The bullying creates hate and animosity and breaks down children every day. 

I always like to work towards something good as opposed to away from something bad, because I believe words are powerful and stick with us. So this post is dedicated to love and understanding, those are the words we want to stick around.

For my purple mani, I have chosen a pawprint stamp. I have chosen it because it symbolises the trails we as people leave when we interact with other people. Trails stick around even when we are not there to see them anymore. Everything we do leave a trail, so make sure your trail in life is full of love and understanding. Thank you.

I used Barry M Indigo as a base and stamped it with Barry M Chameleon Lilac 

In honour of this cause, Llarowe will be donating $2 for every purple polish sold on the site from 12am on Thursday, November 8th to 12am on Friday, November 9th 2012 to, an organization devoted to education to stop bullying. What a great excuse to get shopping!!

Check out the other lovely ladies with purple manicures

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Sorry I'm not home right now, I'm walking into spiderwebs... leave a message and I'll call you back!

"The rest of 2012" Challenge - Halloween #2

It's halloween! And this is the mani I am wearing for this very special occasion - because halloween 2012 is not just a day of horror and candy corn, it is also the official release date for Assassins Creed 3! So excuse me while I glue my nerdy self to the Xbox! Laters!

For this mani I used Manhattan 08S and I added Spooky Floam from Ninja Polish to an accent finger. I stamped the rest with spiderwebs from the DRK-A plate.

I will leave you with the awesome song that inspired this manicure:

Go check out the lovely manicures from the other ladies in this challenge:

The challenge was created by the lovely Sonja from Sunday Manicures
Also participating is: Charlotte from Passion4Polish
Shiny Rainbow from Rainbowify Me
Anne Mette  from AMNegle

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

"The Rest of 2012" Challenge - Halloween nails #1: Slutty Jack!

Challenge time again - I've actually made 2 halloween manis, so I'll show one today and then another tomorrow.

I started off with China Glaze Jolly Holly, a beautiful holiday green. 

Then I added two coats of this beautiful halloween glitter from WellNails called Slutty Pumpkin

Slutty Pumpkin was feeling pretty damn shiny, so I toned her down with a matte top coat, because matte glitter is awesome!

Now I loved this mani on it's own, but Slutty Pumpkin was feeling a bit lonely so I decided to give her friendly company by none other than Jack. To make him pop, I put him on top of Color Club What a Shock.

This was my first ever use of decals, and though it was a tiny bit wonky and smudgy I think it turned out pretty well and I will definitely be trying that again. 

Go check out the lovely manicures from the other ladies in this challenge:

The challenge was created by the lovely Sonja from Sunday Manicures
Also participating is: Charlotte from Passion4Polish
Shiny Rainbow from Rainbowify Me
Anne Mette  from AMNegle

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Girly Bits: Crunchy Leaves

Girly Bits is one of my favourite indies, they have great colours and formulas, and there is an amazing variety in the different polishes. What they all have in common is pure awesomeness. I think she adds it as a secret ingredient to every bottle.

I layered it over OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest. Crunchy Leaves is quite opaque on it's own, but I wanted to add the the dark red base. This was my first time trying Every Month Is Oktoberfest, and I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only is the colour even more beautiful than I imagined, it also went on very smoothly, and covered perfectly in one coat. Had I been wearing it on it's own, I would probably have added a second coat though, just because.

 In the end I stamped a few stars on top, just because I really like stamping these days.  

You can buy Girly Bits from the Girly Bits store or from Llarowe

Monday, 22 October 2012

Cover band: Love, Lace 'n Lawsuits

Ninja mail is the best mail, it really is. A couple of days ago I got this beauty and a bottle of Spooky Floam in the mail, and I can honestly say - there is no better way to start the day!

I have been on the lookout for a good matte white glitter topcoat for a while. I tried Nubars white polkadot, and while pretty, it just looked too silver for what I was looking for. Then I tried Crows Toes Bunny slope, and while that is truly a gorgeous polish it was still not at all what I was searching for. Because what I really was looking for was the original that inspired this nail polish, one that I was never able to get my grubby hands on. So when this was announced I jumped with joy, and I grabbed it the moment I had a chance.

Here is Cover Band: Love, Lace 'n Lawsuits.

Here it is, over OPI Swimsuit...Nailed It! I even love the bar glitters in it! And I have had so many complimentary comments on my nails these last couple of days with this manicure.

It's just stunning, isn't it? 

Which is a lot more than I can say for my nails, because even with basecoat, OPI Swimsuit... Nailed It! gave me a quite severe case of smurf nails. Oh dear.

You can buy Cover Band and all sorts of other awesome nail polish here: Ninja Polish