Tuesday, June 29, 2010

♥ Claire's Yellow Brick Road & Franken plus $1 store nail gems ♥

Claire's Yellow Brick Road with Yellow Brick Road Franken

Here is an easy and cute way to stretch a mani - I always end up doing some diagonal design, and this time I wanted to use patterned scissors. I also experimented with blue tape, I had to apply it to a the backing from a mailing label to cut it. The scissors I used were not that great and it was difficult to cut through both materials. Both the blue tape and the mailing labels had the same result. There was very little gooey residue and very little seepage.

The base of this mani is 3 coats of a franken I made using Claire's Yellow Brick Road and Billie French White. The chicks at Claire's gave me the side eye when I bough 4 bottles of this....  I have whipped up so many cool frankens with this polish = I wish I bought more!!!!! I actually wore this plain for a whole 24 hours before I decided to jazz it up. I applied the patterned nail guides I made then swiped on 3 thin coats of Claire's Yellow Brick Road which pooled substantially at the nail guides, but is only noticable up close..... very, very close.

  Because Yellow Brick Road is a neon it dried super duper fast and super duper dull.... when I was sure it was dry I removed the nail guides, and applied a coat of clear polish before I applied 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat. Viola! This was a perfect mani for the gloomy morning we had - thankfully we got some sun so I am not gonna complain

Also I found some awesome nail gems from Dollar-rama...... These were the last two unfortunately otherwise I would have grabbed a few extra - BLACK nail gems = yeah!  THESE WERE IN THE CRAFT SECTION ♥

Below; these cute crystal wheels were only $1.00 CA each! they were the last two ( grrrrrrrrr ) I love all the neat clear ones below - the squares and rectangles are different . They are low profile too, which means less snagging on clothes and other things I was totally psyched to see BLACK crystals but there is way, way less of those than the other colours..... I will have to start stalking DollarRama again, I am trying to avoid it but I really really want to find some more of these.
$1 CAD @ DollarRama -

$1 CAD @ DollarRama -

And an E.L.F. eyeshadow brush.....



L - Claire's Yellow Brick Road R- Franken made with Billie White and Claire's Yellow Brick Road

Because these scissors are not so great, I removed 1/2 of a mailing label and stuck the tape on this area to cut it. Trying to cut this blue tape on it's own was impossible with these wavy scissors. This was my first try using blue tape......its the same result as the mailing labels.

I like this kind of nail art.... I can easily do it on my RIGHT hand♥

Franken I made using Claire's Yellow Brick Road and Billie French White. This is 3 coats, and there is a little streaky-ness. This dried soooooo fast, almost as I was applying it. Because the two polish's I used were both satin/matte it needed 2 coats of T.C. But first I applied a coat of CLEAR polish, this Billie White often gets picked up in my T.C., so I am taking preventative measures now......



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Monday, June 28, 2010

♥ Nail Fetish 'Grape Going' & Nail Fetish Skittles ♥

 4 thin coats of Nail Fetish Grape Going and 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat.

Frosts with glitter in them go together like nuts and gum - WHY????? Why do NP companies do this? The base colour on this is extremely pretty, so its forgivable. Who thought that frosty-ness plus glitter would work well together?...... there are too many competing elements that sorta diminish the beauty of these three things and each is beautiful on their own..... just not together. The base colour, though - wow! I would love to have a 'real' polish just like it; minus the frost and glitter of course.

I did a skittles of all 5 Nail Fetish polish's I found at 'A Buck Or Two' dollar store in my town. I remember these when they were readily available in stores ( Shoppers Drug Mart ) they also had quite an assortment of coloured false nails in cool shades like vampy purples and hunter greens.....

Indoor fluorescent

Indoor fluorescent

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Indoor fluorescent



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L to R - Grape Going, Lizard, Gravy Train, Gothic

L to R - Gothic, Gravy Train, Lizard, Grape Going

Thumb is Crush a sparse holo glitter, layered over Lizard

L to R - Gothic, Gravy Train, Lizard, Grape Going, Crush

Cloud cover


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

♥ Pink Holo Glitterpocalypse ♥

Pink holo glitterpocalypse.

So basically to do this, I just applied a clear coat of polish and sprinkled the holo glitter over it. Twice. I made sure to use a clear polish that I would not mind getting glitter into; becuase whenever I do a glitterpocalypse there is always glitter everywhere. I also layed out a piece of wax paper to catch all the glitter, and even vaccumed when my nails were fullly dry.

Back to the how to. I applied a coat of clear polish then sprinkled the glitter onto it, when it was beginning to dry I GENTLY used a soft fluffy make-up brush to press the pieces of glitter into the polish as well as to brush away glitter stuck to my fingertips and around my nails.. When that was dry, I applied another coat of clear polish, then sprinkled on some more glitter. I gently used the pad of my finger to squish the glitter into the drying polish before I applied a top coat. I ended up using 2 thick coats of Nailene Top Coat, and before I put the brush back in to the bottle= I wiped it off on the wax paper to ensure that no glitter particles made their way into the top coat bottle. Even though I have specially reserved this bottle of Top Coat for manis like this, I still made sure no glitter found it's way into the bottle.

So there were  many many coats of polish involved here. I applied this over a previous mani, becuase I was taking these false nails off shortly after this - and THERE IS NO FRIGGEN WAY I WOULD WRESTLE WITH THIS GLITTER TRYING TO REMOVE IT.

I don't think I would add this much embellishment to my nails and then try to remove it - whenever I wear a heavy glitter polish I try to coordinate it with the removal of my false nails..... and I hardly ever wear glitter on my toes anymore - even though I know you can do the tin foil thing. I am being alot kinder to my nails and cuticles!!!

So if your thinking about doing a mega glitter look like this - do it on false nails that will run their course and be easily removed  ( or you can gently remove them by soaking in water for a little while ) or snip them down and soak your nails in acetone. Just apply Vaseline or a barrier creme to your finger tips before either type or removal♥

Anyhoo- here is a few more photos - I am looking forward to using the deeper purple holographic glitter in this package. I  found this at Micheal's craft store ( on sale of course $1.39 ) just after Easter time.  I barely put a dent in the small package of pink glitter I used for this glitterpocalypse. I feel I get a better glitter pay-off by doing the sprinkle thing, than using an actual glitter polish.

painted nails waiting to get glitter-ed up


Hazy, not cloudy, Skies

Indoor flo

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

♥ Purple Chrome Ruffian ♥

My mani yesterday was really pretty and I am a little reluctant to follow up that post with this. This is 2 thin coats of Sally Hansen Chrome Moonstone followed by 2 thin coats of Naturistic's Super Chrome in Deep Violet. I followed that with 1 coat of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat.

I made the ruffian by using Nailene curved french tip guides.... I tried to do the ruffian free-hand but I just cannot do a great job with it. These 2 colours look really pretty together. They both dried ridiculously fast. I have worn this Naturistic's Super Chrome in a full mani HERE. Many of these Naturistic's Super Chrome  polish's have very similar shades to the Sally Hansen Chrome polish's.

I have seen the AVON purple mirror shine shade and a sorta looks like this Naturistic's Super Chrome in Deep Violet..... Does anyone out there have any swatches of Avon mirror shine polish's or know where I could find some?

Below Naturistic's Super Chrome in Deep Violet 3 thin coats & 2 coats of T.C.

Sally Hansen Chrome Moonstone

Stuff I used

Apply Nailene Tip Guides at base of nail for ruffian.................

2 thin coats of Naturistic's Deep Violet