31DC2014: Day 29-Inspired by “the supernatural”

Are you ready to feel the spook?

I wasn’t sure at first what I was going to do but then I decided on an idea that is rather spooky.

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Being so close to October & Halloween I wanted to get practicing and so I decided to do a Haunted Graveyard Mani.

20140928_210957I tried to stick to a halloweeny colour palette.

I used:

  • Essence Colour & Go “Grey-T To Be Here”
  • Catrice “For Bright Guys”
  • Essence Breaking Dawn Part 2 “Edwards Love”
  • Essence Colour & Go “Black is Back”

20140928_210908I painted the light grey base & then did a gradient using “Edwards Love” then I painted on the haunted details. Right down to the dark moon and looming mists.

What do you say? Are you ready for Halloween? I know I am, Im busy hunting down a new challenge to do (See last years on here)

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31DC2014: Day 22-Inspired by “a song”

Good Morning 😀

Today is Inspired by a Song… I thought about it for a whole of 5 seconds and I knew exactly what song I wanted.

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Its sort of a depro song but man is it stunning! Its called “Black Roses” sung by Claire Bowen aka Scarlett O’Conner from Nashville (The TV Series).

You can see the video here.

Now my only problem was how to paint friggen black roses without just having black blobs on my nails…

 

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I  used the following polishes:

  • Essence Colour & Go “Grey-t To Be Here”
  • L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Liner “Bright Green”
  • Cina Black Nail Art Pen
  • China Glaze “Glistening Snow”

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I’m not so great at painting roses, so I just drew them.

What do you think?

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Saturday Seeds #5

Happy Saturday Lovelies,

Its so rainy and miserable in Cape Town at the moment, if you are currently experiencing the joys of summer can I come live with you? I really dislike the cold.

Anyhoo so today I have a new seed post for you.

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It’s sort of funny but I didn’t know that these are artichokes… Artichokes are food right? Not flowers? I was a bit shocked because they are beautiful! Lol I claim ignorance!

As you may have picked up I am a bit of a purple polish Luva! This just screamed “paint me”.

The Polishes I used are as follows ❤

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As you can see Essence dominated this week, they really do have an amazing selection of polishes at an incredibly affordable price.

For the sake of my sanity I wont type Essence 5 times lol so today just the polish names:

  • Grey-T To Be Here
  • Upper Greenside
  • We Rock The Green
  • Prom-Berry
  • Break Through
  • O.P.I. Planks Alot.

I decided to do a Skittle Mani.

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I basically painted each nail a different colour and then for the sake of uniformity I striped the Grey polish over. To finish it off I did a mish-mosh of dot looking flowers.

Im not going to lie, I am a bit rusty with a striper brush.

What do ya think?

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Saturday Seeds #4

Hello Again :D,

So I am back after a short catch up break with a new addition to Saturday Seeds.

I am so unbelievably in love with Today’s inspiration & Nail Art. Its my Favorite one to date!

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As you can see its filled with my Favorite Colours and it has some sweet little Zebra (Which reside on my lovely Continent of Africa). Have you ever seen a Wild Zebra before? They are just too precious!

I decided because this is such a pretty Picture, to pull my inspiration directly from the image and so I did a Zebra Print Mani… With a funky twist.

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The Polishes I used today are as follows:

  • O.P.I. Steady As She Rose
  • O.P.I. Lucky Lucky Lavender
  • Tip Top Sherbet Angel
  • China Glaze Galactic Grey
  • SinfulColors Lavender
  • Essence Absolutely Blue

I decided to use a Holo Grey instead of a Creme Grey to do my stripes, I think that is why its come out so funky!

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I painted a Base of O.P.I. Steady As She Rose and then sponged on the other colours in random places. I then used my liner brush and striped on the holo zebra stripes. To top it all off I did a top coat of Seche Vite and ta-dah!

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Essence Beauty Beats Swatches & a little Glitter

Morning Lovelies,

Today I have the Beiber Trend edition to show you. Its the last of the Xmas polishes from my mom.

This statement might land me in hot water with a few of you lovelies but here it goes…

I’m not a big fan of the Biebs, he has a few songs I enjoy but that’s about it really. Regardless of my personal feelings towards him my love of Polish overcame that and I got these.

01 Baby Baby Ooh

01 Baby Baby Ooh

This is my favorite from this collection, but then again when is a purple never my fav 😀

02 Im Backstage

02 Im Backstage

And in second is this pretty baby blue polish.

03 As Long As You Love Me

03 As Long As You Love Me

So far I am loving all the polishes in this collection, I love this Grey its very pretty. It falls right in the middle of the other Grey Polishes I own.

04 Groupie At Heart

04 Groupie At Heart

This is my least favorite polish from the collection. Its just another pink polish. I wish they did something more with it, like maybe add some black glitter or something! I had to add my own glitter to it to spice it up.

Black Dress White Tie

Black Dress White Tie

I actually squealed when I saw this on the Shelf! I have wanted a Black & white glitter for some time now! Its very new to the Essence Collection and is called Black Dress and White Tie. Its filled with various sized black & White Hex Glitter and a few smaller silver specks.

I am in love with it!

What do you think?

All the Best

xxx

 

 

Swatch Stick Project *Pic Heavy

Hello everyone 😀

Today I have something really exciting to show you… Well it was really exciting for me hehe!

I bought a bunch of swatch sticks so that I could have an easy reference system for my polishes.

400 Swatch Sticks

400 Swatch Sticks

I started by getting all my polishes in 1 pile and over the weeks as a polish was swatched it would be packed away so that I didn’t swatch it again (Lets just say I did double swatch a few… Wasn’t impressed!)

Polish Chaos

Polish Chaos

I didn’t really have any pattern in my swatching process, I literally just pulled up random polishes and went for it.

Most of the swatch sticks are 2 coats except the glitters and the very translucent colours.

The Swatch Line

The Swatch Line

I did one coat on each let them dry and then started again. I had to leave them to dry overnight so they wouldn’t get damaged.

Colour Coding

Colour Coding

My all time favorite part of the whole project was colour coding the swatches. I only had 8 rings to work with so it was a challenge to sit and sort them. I am slightly OCD in the sense that everything has to be colour coded! Even my clothes & shoes are colour coded!

Glitter Swatches

Glitter Swatches

What I love is now I can see what colours I need… For example I dont have any Black or White Glitter polishes… Now I need those lol! And I have very little Chunky Glitter polishes.

Black, Grey & Silver Swatches

Black, Grey & Silver Swatches

Purple Swatches

Purple Swatches

Blue Swatches

Blue Swatches

Green, Yellow & Gold Swatches

Green, Yellow & Gold Swatches

Orange & Red Swatches

Orange & Red Swatches (Sorry its Blurry)

Pink Swatches

Pink Swatches

Pink & Nude Swatches

Pink & Nude Swatches

The project as a whole was really fun! I did it to help alleviate the clutter in my room, I now know what I have and where it is.

Someone asked me what is the purpose of the sticks if I dont do other peoples nails… Well it helps see what colours are similar and which colours compliment each other. It will help to decide what colours to use for nail art too.

Now each time I get a new polish (or polishes) I can swatch it and slot it in where it belongs.

How do you keep track of your polishes?

I have a spreadsheet on google docs (see here) but I also have a Nail polish app that catalogues polishes by brand and then colour (I’m still busy adding pics to it, see app here {This app is for Android phones}) & now the swatch sticks too.

Like I have said before, there is loads of admin linked to Nail art blogging, these tools just make it so much easier to manage it all!

I hope you enjoyed this and got a few tips & idea’s for your own collections!

All The Best

xxx

China Glaze Xmas Haul

Morning,

Today I have my China Glaze Xmas prezzie from my Mom.

I know right, how delayed am I that I am only posting this now? But with the daily Essence posts I didn’t want to post these until those were done!

1148 Tart-y For The Party

1148 Tart-y For The Party

I am in absolute love with this colour! Its so beautiful!

1146 Keep Calm, Paint On

1146 Keep Calm, Paint On

Swoon… This mint polish is too beautiful! Both the above polishes are from the Avant Garden Collection!

1209 Galactic Gray

1209 Galactic Gray

I just had to have the Gray Hologlam polish!

1209 Galactic Gray

1209 Galactic Gray

I have 2 other China Glaze polishes but I have not swatched them yet, they will follow as soon as my nails grow back.

China Glaze really does do the most beautiful polishes but there are so many to choose from I end up spending at least an hour at Maskscara browsing the colours to see which ones I like. So to cut down on my browsing/indecisiveness I have decided to do my wishlist again!

I always try keep them short and sweet but lets be honest here who ever really has a short wishlist when it comes to polishes???

Here is my wishlist… Whats on yours?

All The Best

xxx