Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sportswomen can't have pretty nails! Ok sometimes!

Backdated post for a design I did sometime in January.

My lovely friend Emma was complaining to me that because she plays netball with a team, she cant grow her nails or really do much to them at all, this made me feel really bad! So at the beggining of a week when her team had no matches, I took advantage of the opportunity to give her some pretties!

The base of this mani was done with one of my lovely cheapo's brought from Europe, I found it in a bargain bin in a discount chemist warehouse, and have never seen it anywhere else ever, not even in other branches of the same franchise of chemist warehouse! The brand is Chresy (weird name) and considering they cost next to nothing they were really fantastic polishes, I bought sooooo many of them, but the vast majority are stuck in my storage unit :(  I named this mani ''Emmarald Dragon'' after I stamped a dragon scale pattern using Deborah Shine Tech number 71, and plate BM208. Then I gave them a final coat of Australis Crystal Colour Top coat with lovely holo flakes, and some rhinestones for extra sparkle!

Apparently when sportswomen finally get nice nails, they REALLY appreciate it, Emma top coated this mani everyday and a got a whole 8 days wear out of it before it started to chip!

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013


Backdated post for a design I did sometime in January.

So the only thing that I am more obssessed with than nail polish, is shoes! I have a modest collection of 25 pairs of heels collected in my mere 6 months in Australia. Yet this is nothing compared to the 200+ pairs of heels I have waiting for me in my storage unit of wordly possessions in Europe. (The same storage unit where the rest of my nail collection awaits too GAH!) Hopefully the contents of that storage unit will be shipped to me soon. Anyways, I digress, back to shoes, no nails! or is it shoes!!? It's both! YAAAAAAY!
I am very fortunate to have a wonderful husband who appreciates a nice pair of heels as much as I do, and so what does he secretly order online and have posted to me while he's visiting his family in Brazil but desires to make me smile during his long absence? These bad boys!

And smile I did! Inspired by these beauties I just had to do a mani to match of course! (Please excuse my fading sun tan, my british skin just isn't cut out for bronze!)

With my trusty masking tape I did neon pink corners on a peachy gold base, and spent hours picking hex glitters out of a glitter polsh! Now for random obscure cheapo polishes: I have no idea what the gold base is, its that cheap the brand name has rubbed off the bottle, though I believe it may actually be the same brand as the neon pink despite being in a completely different bottle, but dont hold me to that.

Anyway the neon pink is YSNY which is a spanish brand, which is really good quality despite being so cheap that I bought it in a chinese shop for 1 euro, and this is colour number 12. I pulled the gold hex glitters out of a bottle of Australian brand BYS, million dollar baby (and how much do I <3 K-mart?) 

I believe I may have to do more mani's based on the shoes in my collection, infact, I'm not sure it can be avoided. 

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Something sophisticated

Backdated post for a design I did sometime in January.

So for this mani I wanted to do something sophisticated, I had been doing a lot of stuff with bright colours, gradients and sparkles, and wanted to tone it down and do something neutral but still interesting, and I really loved the result I got.

I believe the base I used was Maybelline Express Finish number 634 (which wasn't very opaque and I had to do 3 or 4 coats), and stamped with Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine, Number 7. using plate BM201. Once I had done the base and it had dried properly, I taped off a corner of my nail with masking tape and stamped the exposed area, then I removed the tape and defined the 2 areas using black striping tape, and finished each nail with a black crystal.

Now I know I said I love budget stuff and most of my polishes you may never even have heard of, and already from the first post I'm brand name dropping, but keep in mind that if I do possess costly brands it's only for one of 3 reasons:

1: It's one of the the few polishes I brought with me to Australia, which means I bought it in Europe at a much lower price than what you find in Australia.
2: I found it in a bargain bin at a cut throat price.
3: It was given to me as a gift!

In this case, my lovely brand polishes were found in a bargain bin at some random chemist in Australia. Yay bargains!

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