Thursday, 17 April 2014

OPI Absolutely Alice - You're All I Ever Wanted

If you didn't catch it that was an N'Sync reference in the title. I didn't want to do it but it was the only thing that popped into my head.

I'm going to let you guys in on a little something. Despite the fact that I don't post as much as I used to I still do my nails just as often, and still collect photos. So I'm constantly sitting on a pile of posts that are weeks behind. Oddly enough, this polish, is one of them.

I don't know why I didn't post this sooner, because I was over the moos(That's a typo that I like) excited when I put this on. Absolutely Alice is from OPI's Alice in Wonderland Spring 2010 collection. Now this was before I really got into polish, so I missed out on it. It was the first polish that I saw online that I needed to have.  So long story short I bought this 2 years ago for $27 USD(It's technically the most I have paid for a polish. I don't count more expensive things like Chanel because I bought all mine at retail value) and this is the fist time I'm wearing it.

Application was a breeze. All I needed was 3 easy coats. Although I could have used 2, but with new polishes I prefer trying them out with thinner coats. The blue and the gold micro glitter work perfectly together. Sadly this is one of those colours that will never be as good in photos. Even though I spent quite a bit on this I do not regret it at all!

 Added some art after a couple days

One more thing. If you participated in the Nail Polish Canada Easter Nail Art Challenge you should head on over here and do the peer vote. Vote for me and my bloody bunny nail art :P

Saturday, 12 April 2014

How many coats of polish do you think this took?

If you guessed 53, you are wrong. Which is hard to be because it's written directly on the photos. Yes, that right there is 101 coats of polish(well 100 in Robyn's case as I had top coat on in there because I wanted to keep it a bit classy).



 Robyn's coats got larger and started to flop over, whereas mine got smaller each coat.

All the polishes that were used.

I'm just going to cut to the chase and address some questions and comments that people will probably have.  This also includes a removal video:


Thursday, 10 April 2014

This Isn't Your Grandmothers Easter Manicure Part 3

Today I have for you a recreation of a manicure I did two years ago! As you all know by now I REALLY like Monty Python, and am permanently scarred for life because I can't see them all live. And for the past 2 years I have done an Easter manicure inspired by the sketch troupe. Two years ago I did a manicure inspired by the The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog from film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, one of mt favourite films of all time.  This year I decided to recreate it!  The one main difference was the bunny. He is much cuter and throwing and eyeball. Awwwwwwwww.

This time around the egg nails look a lot better(even thought most got covered in blood).  I think the colours suit Easter a bit more. Apart from the white base, the eggs were done almost entirely from acrylic paint that I had mixed. The bunny accent nail was done with a base of Orly Liquid Vinyl and paint. I like it A LOT better this time round :P

I also decided that this would be my entry for Nail Polish Canada's Easter Nail Art contest!  So please head on over there and vote for me. I will also lower you taxes if you vote for me...I wont.



 Before the blood
Comparison

And just in case you don't know anything about Monty Python:

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

SPORTS...'n' stuff - The return of the Wiki Series

So I decided to not do an April fools thing this year.  If you forgot, last year I pretended to have an AMAZING giveaway, only to reveal it was fake. I can safely say people reacted strongly to it.  If I'm going to do April fools, I'm not going to play around.

Today I have something that is not blue! I noticed the past few posts have been very blue centric.  Today I bringing back the Wiki Series! If you don't know what that is it's something I did last year.  Essentially if you are short on nail ideas you go to Wikipedia, and click 'Random Article'. You get 3 tries at most, and out of those 3 random articles you choose the one that inspires you the most.  From there you do a manicure inspired by the article. You can choose more than 3 articles if you get something you really don't understand, or something that's not nail inappropriate(no one wants to see your D-Day nails).

When I searched the random articles this time round I got the 1969–70 European Cup Winners' Cup.  Even though I don't follow sports I was really excited about this.  Mainly because this is one of the few sports I know a bit about even though I don't watch. When I was reading the article I saw that the winners were Manchester City F.C., I immediately knew I needed to do Man City nails, because I knew exactly what I waned to do.  I really wanted to do Manchester City kit nails. I ended up doing the ones they wore for the 1967-70 European Cup, which as you can see were black and red and the goalkeeper in green. The whole manicure was done using polish(Revlon Red Carpet, Sinful Colors Hey, you!, Orly Liquid Vinyl), and striping tape.

Despite the fact that I don't care all that much about sports I actually really liked this and was sad to take it off.  Even though it was inspired by sports, it still worked well as a general manicure.



 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Essie - Lots of Lux: Forbidden Love.

So I will be honest.  I'm not a huge fan of Essie.  I only have a few of them, but in order for me to buy an Essie I have to REALLY love it... or get it for free.  Currently I have 5 Essies.  One I loved until I wore it because it stained like craze. Two of them I bought because I did in fact like the colours, and to this day I still like them.  Then I have one that I got for free, which I like because it was free.  Finally there is this polish, Lots of Lux.  I am IN love with it.  It is by far on of my favourite polishes I own.

Now buying it was a magical experience.  When I see a polish I'm thinking of buying the first thing I do is look up swatches.  Even if I'm in the store and the bottle is in my hand.  I always want to see how it looks as a full manicure.  Here's the problem with this colour.  In photos and when looking at it in the bottle the colour looks AMAZING.  But in photos the polish always looks kind of grainy, and sand like.  For me a nice textured polish should not look like sand thrown into polish or stucco(textured polish that does not have shimmer in it tends to look like this)  So I was torn, a grainy polish, but a stunning colour. I decided I just needed to have it.  It was too pretty to pass up... and it was on sale :P

When I got home I applied 2 easy coats of this polish, and I was blown away.  This rich, bold blue, that was filled with what looked like gold, green, and purple glitter was even prettier on the nail than in the bottle.  I think the problem with photos is the fine glitter does not photograph well, and because the texture is so fine up close it does look a bit grainy.  Long story short this polish does not photograph well, and you all need to buy it NOW!

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! Hopefully you can still find it because I THINK it was limited edition.

Does anyone else here shop for polish with their phone out?  Checking reviews in the store.



Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Sinful Coloor New Wave + I think I'm telepatic

So I have some polish AND art for you guys today!

First up I have Sinful Colors New Wave.  I bought this at a warehouse sale with George.  The weather was something like -30 and it was WINDY.  And yet you could not keep us away from those polishes.  It was totally worth it.  I would honestly say this colour is the closest I have to a Nine/Ten TARDIS blue.  It's a deep navy blue, but it's a bit dusty in real life.  The formula was excellent, I almost didn't need a second coat.



Then I decided I need to add some art to it, and for the first time ever I got out a piece of paper and started to draw some designs on it.  One of them involved tape, but I didn't really like it.  After doing this for a while I was out of ideas.  So I decided to lurk the interwebs for inspiration.  That's when I came across this manicure by Nailside after searching 'Gold nail art'.  It was actually the same design I had drawn, but it looked much better off of paper.  I have seem post from her before, but had never seen that specific manicure.  So that is how I telepathically took her idea.  Or would could have just both come up with the same design, but that answer is too easy.  To achieve this look I cut out triangles out of scotch tape.  Then I used a piece of striping tape on either side of it.  Then for the Gold I used Milani Gold Glitz.


 The ring finger had a bit of a bubbling incident :/

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

I don't love you?

So generally I don't post my fails, or things I just don't like.   Now just to clarify fails to me are things I look at and say "That's really not pleasant to look at".  Things i don't like are more along the lines of "You look ok, but I'm not feeling you".  This manicure originally from January, fell in to the I don't like it category.   I thought it looked just ok on the nail, and I just hated it when I photographed it.  But this morning I was going through photos I had that I never posted when I came across this the photos again.  And I can honestly say I didn't not like it nearly as much as I did before.  I can't say I love it but I'm pretty sure I like it now :P

Oh and I used OPI's Dating a Royal and Glow Up Already!

Do you share things you just feel meh about?



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