31DC2014: Day 31-Recreation of Nail art by: Paulina’s Passions

Hello again 🙂

So here is the final post from the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge.

Cannot believe I made it to the end (We will just pretend I am not a few days late hehe)

I was seriously questioning my sanity the last few days.


The challenge is tough, it really tests your creativity and skill.

Ok so we were supposed to honor nails we loved. I was inspired by Paulina’s Passions, this was actually the Nail Art she did for day 12 of the challenge.


I used a few pretties:

  • Essence “A Piece of Forever” from the Twilight Breaking Dawn Trend Edition.
  • Catrice “Gold Leaf” Top Coat
  • TOY Maaji “Maaji’s Ocean”
  • TOY Maaji “Candy Bay”
  • SinfulColors “Snow Me White”

I also used Studs that I bought from Maskscara (A nail Supply store in Cape Town) and my striping tape from ebay.

So I really had fun doing this.

Day 31

I really like it 😀 but need to practice painting anchors.

Yipeee its over hehe, will do it all again next year for sure! Great test of skill & creativity.



Maskscara NAIL-iT Polishes

Hello Lovelies,

Happy Friday 😀

So my go to polish supply store Maskscara has created their own polish range. The colours are to die for awesome!

While I was there a few months back I picked up 3 of the colours and they are real eye catchers.

Let’s take a look shall we…


Usually I leave my favourite colour of a collection for last but I just can’t today, it needs to be front row!


Peachy Keen is my absolute favourite polish from their collection, it was the first one that caught my eye. It required 3 coats to reach opacity. Dry time was the same as most polishes.


I just had to use this polish to do a little nail art, I felt like super bling would work well.


I then moved on to Now U Sea Me.

It’s a very pretty baby blue polish. Its is pretty much the same as peachy keen, it required 3 coats and

dried well.


The last colour I bought was No Need to Be Nude.

I am not too sure why but I love buying Nude polishes, plus this name is just too awesome.


 This swatch was also 3 coats.

I didn’t top coat any of the above swatches as they were sufficiently glossy all on their own. I am quite impressed by the polishes.

Their formula was a bit on the runny side but that didn’t affect the dry time or overall look.

You can find more of the polishes on the Maskscara website.



China Glaze Xmas Haul


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


China Glaze 1163 Unpredictable

Hi Everyone 🙂

Since I have started the Xmas Challenge there have been many new followers on the blog, so welcome to all my new readers.

Today I have a swatch that has been begging to be posted for some time now.

Here is China Glaze Unpredictable.

1163 Unpredictable

1163 Unpredictable

I am absolutely in LOVE with this polish! Its a Peacock Mani just waiting to happen! (Watch This Space!)

I used 2 Coats of Unpredictable for this swatch.

It has a purple shimmer as well as the Green & blue you can see in the pic but low & behold I could not capture it!


Who loves this polish (me me me)

All The Best


Halloween Challenge- Trick Or Treat



How about both?

Halloween isn’t a massive holiday here in South Africa so we do not have any “Candy” synonymous with the holiday. I googled Halloween candy nails and mostly Candy Corn nails popped up. I decided to try them out but wanted to make them a little different too.

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

So I added my ultimate fear… Spiders!

This Mani made my nails look ten times longer which is awesome!

For this Mani I used:

Essence Colour & Go in 118 Little Miss Sunrise and in 145 Flashy Pumpkin, Sinful Colors 101 Snow Me White and my Cina Nail Art Pen.

What other Candy could you think of to do a Mani? Would love to try or see what you did.

All The Best



Halloween Challenge- Scary Movies


I am not the worlds biggest fan of Scary Movies! I will watch them but to be honest they scare me senseless! Anyway the other day my man and I watched “Maniac”, the new one with Elijah Wood. And it was a pretty slow but extra creepy movie! It made me want to shave my hair off… But no spoilers go watch it!

downloadSo this is the Scary movie I picked to use for my First Mani 🙂



I even went as far as changing my watermark to be all bloody.

While doing this I had a little giggle about the word I painted on my nails… I ran out of space as you can see but I thought it was pretty funny that my thumb says “Mani”.

For this I used only 3 colours, Essence Colour & Go 142 Grey-T To Be Here, LA Colors Art Deco Liner in NA914 Red and my Black Cina Pen.

What do you think of this bloody mani? Scary enough lol.

Go check out what Lekker Laquer did 🙂

All The Best


Textured Drip Mani’s

So yesterday I showed you the Textured Polish. Today I give you the Nail Art done using the Texture polish and a few others.

First I did a Textured Glow drip Mani!

Texture & Drips

Texture & Drips

It looks pretty plain right? Well then you turn off the lights…

Glowing Drips

Glowing Drips

Excuse the quality of the pic, it was the only one that didn’t blur…

Pretty cool right?

I used China Glaze Unrefined & BK Glow #13 (I still need to swatch this) to get the look.

Drip Mani

Drip Mani

For this mani I used China Glaze In the Rough as the Base colour and China Glaze Unrefined for the drips. I painted the drips a bit thick so it took a while to dry so I took a picture of it semi dry.

So I can now tick Drip Mani’s off my to do list.

Have you done a drip mani?

I would love to see it!

All The Best