Thursday, May 30, 2013

Neon Love

Happy Thursday! I am so excited the week is almost over. I'm going away for the weekend and somehow whenever I have plans the week seems to go by SO slowly, so the fact that it's almost here is wonderful!

As I mentioned before, summer is almost upon us, which has me pulling out gradients and neons. I love neons. Every drawer in my Helmer has about 3-5 neons in it..at least. I am a little obsessed, but my favourite one of all time, hands down, is China Glaze Shocking Pink. I would actually wear this ALL the time if I were forced to (please never let that happen..but still..)




I just love looking at this bad boy. It also wins serious points with teenage boys, as I found out while wearing it supply teaching. I was amazed they noticed, and basically after a 2 minute discussion about my nails I was "the cool supply teacher" and  they were wonderful for the rest of the day. So clearly, my secret weapon is now to wear neon nails every day!

Thanks for reading <3

Monday, May 27, 2013

Purple Gradient Re-Do

Happy Monday loves! I can't believe we're at the end of May already, I have no idea where this month has gone! However, I can't wait for summer to begin, I have bought so many dresses and plan to live in solely dresses if possible..but it needs to warm up so I can wear them!

So, I mentioned I was not impressed with my gradient skills, but I really wanted a purple gradient, so I decided to try it again and use a smoother makeup sponge to lessen the sponge marks. I used NCLA As If! and China Glaze Grape Pop once again, and then stamped over it with BM 201 and Cult Nails Nevermore.




I loved how this gradient turned out & it made me confident to try more, so no worries..more gradients in my future!

Thanks for reading and have a great Monday <3

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Beginning of Gradient Madness

Happy Wednesday! I love 4 day weeks, they make the week go by so quickly! I spent the past weekend basking in the sun, since it turned out to be warmer than I expected and I can't wait to do it again this weekend, so hopefully the warm weather continues!

So, on instagram, SO many people started posting gradients...which obviously made me want to try one out..but I am not so great at them yet..this is one of my preliminary attempts..and I used a kitchen sponge, which in hindsight, is not the best, since it shows a lot more texture and the gradient isn't as smooth. I should probably relegate the kitchen sponge just to glitters!

I used a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, then NCLA As If!, and China Glaze Grape Pop.




So, this one didn't turn out the best, BUT never fear...gradient fever hit..and I definitely have another 2..maybe 3 more gradients to post...maybe more!

I hope your Wednesday's are turning out wonderful! Thanks for reading <3

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ozotic 531, Another Holographic!

Happy Sunday Everyone!
For those of you in Canada, hurray for the long weekend to continue!

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I have a very large test coming up and I started feeling very unenthusiastic about nail polish. I was still painting my nails but nothing exciting or worth sharing...or sometimes they chipped before I could photograph and I just didn't feel like repainting.

Anyways, this week I'll keep it short and sweet. It's been getting warmer, sunnier and generally nicer out, so once again I reached for one of my holo's. This is a new to me but not new to you guys. Elizabeth posted this on the blog way back when and now I have it! It's beautiful and very unassuming until you hit the sunlight!

Unfortunately after I put this on, it was not very sunny, so these photos are light box ones, oh well! This polish is a beautiful duo chrome holographic polish. In the shade it's a pink-y brown leaning green gold, and in the sun, the linear holographic really comes out to play!

oh so sparkly


trying to show the color-shifts, much more present IRL
Well that's all for me...sorry I'm not terribly exciting. Hopefully once I'm finished this test my nails will be a whole lot more crazy!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pink and Grey

Happy Saturday and Happy Long Weekend (if you're in Canada!) This is what we consider "the kick-off" to  summer! I'm up with my boyfriend, hopefully enjoying the warmer weather and maybe even the beach!

This is a quick post, I did these nails a while ago, after staring at some colour combinations on the internet and pinterest. Light pink and gray seem so spring like. I added a BM stamp in a sheerer white, Sally Hansen Whirlwind White, to keep with the "lightness".




I hope you all go out and enjoy the weekend.

Thanks for reading <3

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jade Hypnose

Happy Thursday! Sorry I missed out on yesterday, I had a wicked headache so thankfully I didn't have to work. I slept/lounged around in a dark room..so thrilling!

Like I said before, the sunshine and beautiful weather has made me reach for holos, which I rarely wear in the winter. Jade Hypnose is such a beautiful blue holo. I wore this for about 5 days because I couldn't bear to take it off!





I hope you're all looking forward to the upcoming long weekend! I can't wait!

Thanks for reading <3

Monday, May 13, 2013

Neon and White Skittles

Happy Monday loves! I hope you all had a great Mother's Day with your mom's, (or your kids)! I went to my boyfriend's nephew (and now godson's) baptism. It was interesting to say the least, but we went out for a nice dinner, then I finished off the day huddled in my bed watching TV, since we experiences sleet, rain,wind and some snow yesterday, crazy!

I've been wanting to play with my neon's and holo's and so I took the opportunity of some shortened nails to wear a neon! I used OPI MBSW and Cult Nails Nevermore and BM plate 201, with accent nails of China Glaze Towel Boy Toy. Sadly my topcoat is not the most stamping friendly...but I'll be stocking up on some SV soon, so it'll work out.




Happy Monday Loves! <3

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Saturday!

Hi loves & Happy Saturday! Sorry this post is a little late, I forgot to prep it before I went to bed last night and then I spent this morning chauffeuring my boyfriend around town (he didn't bring his car home) and I just dropped him off at the dentists. He is not very happy, as he has at least 4 cavities that need drilling and they'll probably find more. I don't know how he has any teeth without fillings left to be honest!

Anyways, because it's been so sunny out recently, I've been pulling out my holo's more often since they are SO pretty in the sun. I know I've worn and blogged about this one before but DS Sapphire is just so awesome. My 8 year old cousin LOVES it..but she never wants to wear it on her nails...just stare at the bottle haha! You might also notice I filed my nails down a touch..they were getting just a tad too long so I tried to bring them down to a manageable length!




I hope your Saturday is wonderful and Thanks for reading! <3 :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Green Paisley

Happy Wednesday Loves! I hope you're all having a great week, mine is just flying by. I actually can't believe it's Wednesday already. My sister came home last night to visit for a few days, I'm happy she's here & we'll get to hang out! I miss her since she lives 2 1/2 hours away from me :(

This manicure is from awhile ago, it seems pretty uninspiring to me but I was trying to get back into the swing of stamping, so I picked a random polish & a random plate and here we are! I used China Glaze Starboard as the base and the paisley print from the BM 300 series stamped in Cult Nails Nevermore. Sadly my Seche Vite is getting really old and it bubbles a lot, even though I've thinned it..so there are a couple of "popped" bubble marks :(



Again, another short & sweet post. I don't have too much to ramble about these days sadly!

Thanks for reading <3

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lilac and Gold

Happy Monday loves! I am trying to get back in the blogging mood, I watermarked/cropped a bunch of photos this weekend and I actually have "pre"-picked polishes to wear this week (in no particular order), a number of those may be holographic or neons ;) So hopefully this gets me back into a routine, work is picking up again, since it's the end of the year, but also peak season for sports/clubs/trips in High Schools around where I live so supply teaching is busy (thank goodness!)

It's been so beautiful out, so much sun, warm weather, and that always makes me want to wear something glittery or shiny on my nails to catch the sunlight! I paired NCLA As If!, a lilac purple, with China Glaze I'm Not Lion, a gorgeous gold glitter. It was such a pretty combination, I got lots of compliments from strangers and students!



So pretty, but so simple. I'll probably do this style of manicure often this summer, since I love how cremes look with this glitter!

Thanks for reading & Happy Monday <3

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Layla Hologram Effect

Good Morning Sunday Readers!

I have had a crazy busy week, and crazy weekend, that's why this post is a bit late today. My roommate and one of my best friend over the past two years has left to go teach in Australia for the next 6 months, so my Friday was a bit bittersweet, and then Saturday I was up and about visiting family and then back to work!

Since it's been so sunny and amazing outside this obviously calls for holo polish to be worn!
For the past 3 days (yes almost no chips!) I have been wearing Mermaid's Spell by Layla. I tried the layering method, to put a few coats, then top coat, then more coats and top coat and the polish has really held up!

This polish is only slightly dulled by my topcoat but it's still gorgeous!

A quick snap in early morning light

really shows off the rainbow hues

Love this color


So there you have it! I definitely can see a few more holographic colors being worn this week ;) How was everyone else's weekend? <3

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