Friday, 29 November 2013

Picture Polish Polka Dots

Hey there!  I hope my American friends are now stuffed with turkey and enjoying all the Black Friday sales.  Has anyone got anything good from all the nail polish sales?  Up here in Canada it's just a regular work day though we do have some sales.

Today is the first time I'm showing you a dotticure!  It's not the best ever but I liked the colours so I thought I'd share anyways.  For these I used Picture Polish Violet Femme with Mellow Yellow polka dots.


Thursday, 28 November 2013

DNA Nail Art

Hey there!  Now I recognize that today's post is going to appeal to approximately 0.00001% of the population but I was so proud of it I just had to share it.  I even posted a picture of my nails on my personal Facebook which I've only done once before (for my Breaking Bad nails) since a lot of my friends are scientists too.  So here you go with a science lesson and the geekiest nail art ever...DNA nails!


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

OPI Eurso Euro & Max Factor Fantasy Fire Swatches

Hey there!  I have a really quick post tonight.  I've heard so many references and seen so many pictures of Max Factor Fantasy Fire but was sad to learn it was only available in the UK (or maybe in all of Europe...I'm not sure).   So when I heard that Max Factor Fantasy Fire was available at Color4Nails I had to buy it right away.


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Winter Wonderland Nail Art

Hey there!  My city has been absolutely slammed with snow lately!  We got 50-55 cm (20-22 inches) last week alone.  To put that in perspective, our average annual snowfall is 124 cm so that much in a week was a bit much.  But, in an effort to see the bright side of things, I took a little walk with my camera that inspired today's nail art.



Monday, 25 November 2013

Emily de Molly Serenity & Simplicity Swatches

Hey there!  I hope everybody had a good weekend.  I really wanted to share some nail art I did this weekend but I just didn't have time to edit the pictures yet.  Hopefully I can get on that tonight so for now I'm going to show you a couple of Emily de Molly polishes I've bought recently, Serenity and Simplicity.

Emily de Molly Serenity

Emily de Molly Simplicity

Friday, 22 November 2013

Marble Nail Art

Hey there!  Today's manicure was inspired by one of my best friends...hi Susan!  Susan has been painting her nails for as long as I've known her.  The first time I met her way back when we started high school 20 years ago (yikes!) I distinctly remember she had black nail polish on.  Back then I thought that was very strange.  Nowadays I love black nail polish and the girl that was wearing it.   We text each other pictures of our nails and last weekend she sent me a picture of a water marble she had done and one of her nails looked like real marble to me.  So, because I'm a big copycat, I was determined to try out some marble nail art.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Enchanted Polish Dream On Swatch

Hey there!  Today is the first time I'm showing you an Enchanted Polish.  If you've never heard of Enchanted Polish, it's an indie brand that causes such excitement in the nail polish community that anytime there's a restock it's almost guaranteed to break the website and make normal, happy women turn into fierce tigers.  It's really nuts.  But I've jumped on the bandwagon and, because Nail Polish Canada opens their restocks to Canadians only for the first hours of a release (to prevent their site from crashing), I've managed to snag three of these polishes, altogether.  This is Dream On, a Nail Polish Canada exclusive shade.


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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Crayon Nail Art

Hey there!  If you follow me on Instagram you know I'm in mourning today...for my thumb nail.  It cracked on Friday and I tried to repair it with my Orly Nail Repair Kit but I guess my repair job failed and this morning it snapped right off.  Luckily it's not on my picture hand so I guess there's a silver lining.  RIP thumb nail.  You'll be missed.

Anyways, enough with my silliness.  Today I want to show you some nail art I did on the weekend that I thought was cute.  I was out with a good friend of mine last week and he said he thought someone should do the Crayola logo on their nails.  While there are some people that are good enough to do the actual logo, I'm well aware that I'm not quite there so here's what I came up with instead.  I have a three year old niece who visits a lot so I even had a box of crayons to use as a reference.


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Esmaltes Da Kelly Swatches - Loosho, Phoenix, Slice Of Life and Thabata

Hey there!  Today I have a few swatches of an awesome, underrated, indie brand, Esmaltes Da Kelly.  Maybe it's just me but occasionally when I wear a bottle of nail polish from a brand that either I haven't used before or haven't worn in a while, I (re)discover a love of it and I wear the same brand over and over again.  This is what happened here.


Monday, 18 November 2013

Night Sky Nail Art

Hey there!  A couple weeks ago I was walking home from the post office (picking up nail mail, of course) and the sky caught my eye.  It was at that early time of night when it's dark out and you can see the moon and a couple of stars but there's still light from the sunset.  I saw it and thought that'd be a great idea for some nail art.


Edmonton before 7 pm...the nights are getting too long!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Candy Nail Polish Review

Hey there!  Today I want to show you guys a brand new Canadian indie brand from Montreal, Quebec that I came across on Instagram.  Since I'm all for supporting indies and Canadian business I got in touch with the creator of Candy Nail, Kim,  about placing an order.  Here's what I received on Friday...

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Quick Dry Top Coat Comparison

Hey there!  Tonight I want to show you something a little different for me.  Last weekend, out of curiosity, I decided to do a comparison of the quick dry top coats that I own.  I compared Glisten & Glow HK Girl, KBShimmer Clearly On Top, Orly Sec 'n Dry, Rica Glossy Glam and the old favorite Seche Vite for dry time, glitter smoothing and stamp streaking.  Ideally I would have compared wear time but I never keep a manicure on to test that one.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Dragon Nail Art - Part 2

Hey there!  As promised, I have the second of two dragon looks that I wore last week.  For this one, I used a polish that comes from a collaboration between Celestial Cosmetics and Color4Nails, Mother of Dragons.  With a name like that, of course I had to add some dragons!


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Dragon Nail Art - Part 1

Hey there!  Today I want to show you a complete copycat manicure.  I saw some Dragon scales on Nail Polish Wars awhile back and knew I had to try them myself, especially knowing my love of A England polishes.  Then I received my Scaly Things plate (MM21) from Messy Mansion and then I REALLY had to try them!


Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance Day Nail Art

Hey there!  It's Remembrance Day here in Canada (and in all other Commonwealth countries) to so I tried some poppy nail art using acrylic paints.


Friday, 8 November 2013

Textured Snowflake Nail Art

Hey there!  It's snowing here in Edmonton again but I'm trying to embrace the snow by doing what I'm sure will be the first of many snowflake looks this winter.  For this one I used two textured polishes from the OPI Bond Girls Liquid Sand collection, Solitaire and Tiffany Case.


Real snow.  Terrible lighting.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

A England Jane Eyre & Perceval Gradient

Hey there!  I have a confession to make...I have a thing for any red & black combo.  It's always so striking to me.  I've always been too lazy to do a red and black gradient because of the intimidating level of clean up.  Red and black are always nightmares to remove from my skin.  But I sucked it up and finally did one.  Here's the results.


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Brush Stroke with Stamping

Hey there!  Today I want to share my first attempt at a brush stroke manicure.  This is an easy technique involving (almost) randomly painting on small areas of colour with a nearly dry brush.  Then, simply because I love to stamp, I stamped a cut out flower image on it.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Emily de Molly Turbulence Swatch

Hey there!  Today I have a quick swatch to show you of an amazing glitterbomb, Emily de Molly Turbulence.  Emily de Molly is an Australian-made indie brand known for it's amazing glitter suspensions (hello, have you seen the Forces trio?!) and Turbulence is no exception.  It's a blue jelly filled with glitters of all shape and sizes.  Diamonds, circles, hexes...oh my!  I think the diamond-shaped glitter is so cool!  I've never seen another polish with diamond glitter.


Monday, 4 November 2013

Glitter Rainbow Nails

Hey there!  Since yesterday was a snowy, stay indoors kind of day, I tried something I've been wanting to try for awhile.  Laura at Polish All The Nails is pretty much THE queen of glitter placement and I'm always in awe of her manicures so I wanted to try to do an (easy) version of a rainbow gradient.


Sunday, 3 November 2013

Dance Legend Robots vs Humans

Hey there!  Welcome to November.  Hopefully yours hasn't started as snowy as mine has.  It snowed approximately 10 cm in the last 24 hours here in Edmonton.  I'll post a picture of what today looked like at the end of this post.  I guess it's time to start wearing socks *sad face*.

Tonight I'm going to show you a more fall-appropriate manicure than a winter-appropriate one.  This is Dance Legend Robot vs Humans with images from PUEEN33 and PUEEN40.  I've never shown a Dance Legend polish before but I don't know why because it's a great brand.

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