April 16, 2014

Play Date

One final day of studying, and one last final exam tomorrow stands between me and FREEDOM from my first year of Physiotherapy :) It has been the most stressful year of my life by far but also amazing how much I've learnt... and in a few weeks I will start my first clinical placement :) 

So needless to say all is well in my life and I hope all of my lovely readers out there can say the same.

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Today's manicure is sweet and simple because I've been short on time lately what with hours upon hours of studying :P

The lovely purple (orchid) colour is Essie Play Date.

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And the glitter is Essie Set In Stones.

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April 12, 2014

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Collection + Nail Vinyls sample

It's like Cult Nails nail mail shows up at my door every time I'm at my most stressed... it's perfect :) I'm either in the middle of exams (like now) or just finishing a practical exam or midterm and in the mood to sit back, relax and do my nails. The timing is always spot on... and the Casual Elegance Collection is no exception. It showed up at my door just a couple of days ago and I couldn't wait to sit back and try them all out...

This mini-collection (3 bottles, regular sized) also came with a Nail Vinyls sample, so you can see my step-by-step process above.

My base was Casual Elegance: A pale lilac creme that is VERY camera shy. The above photo and below, right photo are the most color-accurate (minus my orange skin). It tends to want to photograph blue.

Next, I created a gradient using Intriguing. This one was only hard to capture because I was trying to stay color-true for Casual Elegance and the gradient started to disappear on camera.

I threw in a swatch of Winter's Light so you could see this beauty in all it's glory. Supposedly it's the purple-blue cousin to Hypnotize Me (one of Cult Nails earlier lacquers). Marta Warmuz of Chit Chat Nails also layered this one over Vicious and topped it with a Matte finish and it's stunning!

 After creating the gradient, I applied the Nail Vinyls on my ring and pinky fingers, painted over them with 2 coats of Winter's Light. Removed the vinyls while the polish was still wet and topped it off with Seche Vite.

 This collection is gorgeous! Each polish is limited edition from Cult Nails and Intriguing is already sold-out. So head over to Cult Nails to pick up Casual Elegance or Winter's Light if you're interested, before they're all gone. If you're new to Cult Nails you can get $12 off your first purchase of $24 or more if you follow this link: http://r.sloyalty.com/r/trnOlEEVImyW

April 11, 2014


Last week, @pantone featured a lovely piece of art on their instagram account that was created by @jessillustrator

I immediately decided I HAD to turn it into nail art! :) 

Base coat is Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Royan Blush. The sponged on colors are: SH Salon Manicure I Pink I Can, American Apparel Pink Ladies, and China Glaze Peachy Keen. The branches were painted (and could use some practice in my opinion) with OPI Black Onyx and a thin nail art brush.

If you get a chance, check out @jessillustrator on instagram. She has some beautiful art work that might just inspire you! :)

April 9, 2014

Altered State of mind

I'm at a loss for words today so I will just leave you with my nail art... :)

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 Base is OPI Black Onyx topped with piCture pOlish Altered State from the limited edition collection. Stamped with Barry M Gold Foil and BM-023.

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I love this polish from the LE collection, and how it changes colours depending on the lighting :)