Thursday, June 9

Lacquer and War Paint.

i'll be moving all my makeup and nailpolish posts over to my new blog and keeping this one strictly for the yarny side of my life.  come join me at Lacquer and WarPaint!

Sunday, May 29

Sally Hansen HD in DVD

i am in love with this polish.  it is very sheer, i layered it over one coat of Sinful Colors Daddy's Girl and i still had to do three coats to get opacity. 

never the less.  this is a really perty blurple! 

on my ring finger the glitter is Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in Strobe Light.  and the hearts on the ring and pinky were fished out of Nicole by OPI's Love Your Life.

i have been thinking a lot about starting a whole new blog for the makeup and nails and just keeping this one for the yarn and maybe some personal stuff now and then.  i'm pretty sure i'm going to do it.  the decision is made, what's holding me back is coming up with a name for the polish/makeup blog.  i have even thought about doing a give-away of some Joe Fresh Twilight to the person who can help me name the new blog.  it is a very real possibility... pending a trip to the store tomorrow to grab a bottle or two of Twilight.  *crossing fingers* they have some :)

Saturday, May 28

Two, for the price of one!

i've fallen a little behind on keeping up the blog with my nails!  here are the last two manis i've done.

Color Club Alias with OPI Black Shatter (pardon the not so neat application of the Shatter, i didn't want to over brush it and wreck it):

today i'm wearing Joe Fresh's Twilight.  finally got around to trying out my only flakie!

aaaaannnndd... my cell phone got a makeover.  she's currently wearing China Glaze Ruby Pumps with Nicole by OPI's Let's Get Star-ted:

i got a little crazy on the inside.  when i have time or the motivation i will be fixing this paint job!

Wednesday, May 25


well.  kinda!

this is the manicure i sported for a few days this week.  my very first scotch tape experiment.  base colour (purple) is Color Club Alias.  the red colour on the tips is OPI's The One That Got Away.  and the stars are from Nicole for OPI's Let's Get Star-ted.

up close... on this nail the polish seeped under the tape a little.  really noticable in the picture, but it wasn't as apparent in real life:

with flash cuz it brought out some of the glitter.  glitter is gooooood:

i'm thinking about starting a blog specifically dedicated to nailpolish and makeup.  yay or nay?

Thursday, May 19

Color Club

this is my first Color Club purchase.  i found this set at Winner's for $12.99.  worth a try?  sure, why not!

this is the Alter Ego, Keep it Under Cover set.  from left to right: 909 Alter Ego, 910 Secret Agent, 911 Total Mystery, 912 Alias, 913 Ulterior Motive, 914 Masquerading and last but not least Vivid Topcoat.

after getting it home and opening it up i must admit i'm a little disappointed that the bottles themselves aren't labeled with their colour names.  i'm going to have to buy some stickers to write the names on and stick to the bottles before i throw out the packaging.  i know it will drive me nuts if i do a manicure to share here and have to google the colour name!

Tuesday, May 17

Senorita Rose-Alita

okay.  it won.  i had to remove the day old Joe Fresh polish and replace it with Senorita Rose-Alita.  the glitter hearts are from Nicole by OPI Justin Bieber Step 2 the Beat of my Heart.

 (i really should have moisturized the cuticles before taking the pics huh :\ )

Monday, May 16

Rexall (a Canadian drug store) has nailpolish on sale this week… 40% off. so i bought a few.

in order of appearance:
-Nicole by OPI Justin Bieber line (ugh, i know) Step 2 the Beat of my Heart.
-Nicole by OPI in Love Your Life
-Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in a mystery purple (i can’t find a name tag on it anywhere)
-Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Snappy Sprinkles (it’s like a birthday party in a bottle!)
-Sinful Colors (which i’ve never seen in my town, and Rexall only had 3 bottles of it) in Daddy’s Girl
-Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Midnight Blue. in the bottle it is such an amazingly deep blue shade.

the heart glitter with flash cuz it really shows off the colours of the Justin Bieber formula:

i showed my fiance the Justin Bieber bottle.  he got a good laugh out of it and then asked me to go back and get more.  huh??  his best friend's daughter is 12.  apparently she is the world's biggest Bieber fan (aren't they all?).  so i went back and picked out two bottle for her.  i do remember her mentioning she liked purple, so i decided two purple glittery polishes should do  i hope she likes them.  even if she already has them (being the world's biggest Bieber fan already).  and i stopped in at the beauty supply store next door and grabbed some OPI.

from left to right: Justin Bieber's Step 2 the Beat of my Heart and One Less Lonely Glitter.  OPI: Meet Me on the Star Ferry, Senorita Rose-alita and from Katy Perry's collection The One That Got Away:

i am most seriously tempted to remove the polish i applied yesterday to put on some Senorita Rose-alita... it has this awesome golden sheen that i just can't capture with the camer in the lighting i have available at this time of day.

here's what i'm wearing right now:

Joe Fresh in Orchid and Persian Blue.  Seche Clear base coat and Seche Vite top coat.

after looking at the photos i see that the Orchid could have used a third coat.  it really doesn't show up in real life, but through the lens of the camera its pretty obvious. but on the bright side, i am getting better at application... it's not as messy as it used to be!  :)

Monday, May 9

i'm so broken!

about a week ago my left thumbnail broke.  spectacularly.  yay.  i had to cut it right down to the nailbed.  okay.  it's just one nail.  and it's a thumbnail, the rest of my nails aren't terribly long, so i could hide it.

and then today the middle finger on my right hand developed a large split in it.  a split that started a the edge and then grew into my nail bed.  so cutting that nail short wouldn't solve the problem, it would just leave me with another stubby nail.

i have never done serious nail repair before.  usually i cut them all down to nothing and start over.  but i've been having far too much fun with nailpolish to let that happen this time.  so i went off to wal-mart and bought a brush-on gel nail kit.  it comes with a bunch of tips (i went for short, i can't figure out how to function with long nails) so that if another nail breaks i have the kit ready to go and repairs done in a snap.

all laid out, ready for nail surgery:

the stuff took about an hour to stop feeling tacky.  i did cut down the tips after applying them to match the length to my natural nails.  here is the middle nail all done and drying:

not the neatest job.  but i give myself some props, it was my first go at applying a tip at home.

and, now, the look i'm currently sporting:

China Glaze Ruby Pumps (2 coats... and i just couldn't get a good picture of the depth of the sparkles).  Nicole by OPI in Let's Get Star-ted on my ring fingers.  i had to fish the stars out of the bottle... a bit of a disappointment, but i saw a bright side.  it gave me the opportunity to place the stars exactly where i wanted them.  one by one.  lol.

more... and more.... and more!

so… i found a store in a city near mine that sells discounted nailpolish and makeup. they seem to carry a lot of discontinued colours. and they had a 20% off sale yesterday. and we were going right past the mall they’re located in to visit my family for mother’s day… so how could i resist??? also… i seemed to be on a bit of sparkly kick.
here’s the low-down:
  • China Glaze in Ruby Pumps and Snow Globe
  • Funky Fingers in Fancy Brigade (gold), Sakura Glow (light pink with small glitter), Out of Orbit (darker pink with big glitter). i’ve never used this brand of polish. i hope it’s okay. i couldn’t resist the glitter!
  • KleanColor minis in Techno High kit. Metallic Pink, Metallic Yellow, Metallic Purple, Metallic Jungle, Metallic Navy, Metallic Brown (boy they were creative with the names huh). another new brand to me. couldn’t resist the price and colours. i have no self control!
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City.
  • Gosh Purple Heart. i’m a little disappointed. it’s an awesome purple green duochrome in the bottle, but not so much on the fingers.
  • Claire’s Mood colour changing polishes in pink and purple. these should be fun to try out :)

and with the flash.  it sort of makes the glitter sparkle more :)

Friday, May 6

Cotton and Chroma blanket part two

i'm really loving the colours of the Chroma :)

so much that they kinda inspired a manicure! 

all polishes are Joe Fresh. grey is Fog, blue is Persian Blue, purple is Orchid. Seche Vite topcoat.

Monday, May 2

Cotton and Chroma baby blanket

i'm making this one up as i go along.  the white is a cotton from a huge cone my mum gave to me.  the coloured yarn is KnitPicks Chroma in Roller Skate.  i only have one ball of the Roller Skate, i'm thinking i may order a second to make the blanket bigger.

yes... it'll probably end up a baby blanket.  yes... more kids of my own may be in the very near future.  so with some luck it might end up being a baby blanket for my own new offspring!  otherwise it will end up on Etsy for sale :)

and: more nails!

thumb and index: OPI The Show Must Go On. middle finger: OPI Let Me Entertain You. ring and pinky: OPI Ali’s Big Break. black dots: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Black Out. Seche base and top coats.

 i've been wearing it a few days now.  i haven't touched it up at all and it's only started to chip a little at the tips today.  i'm going to let it because i have to remove all polish tomorrow night anyway... i have a medical procedure Wednesday afternoon.  fun. fun.  :\