December 30, 2012

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful

While we haven’t been hit with weather quite as bad as Quebec and Montreal… central Newfoundland is still getting a fair amount of snow. Friday brought a lot of snow, and my family and I spent most of Saturday clearing off the lake for ice-skating (you may have seen if you follow my instagram account - @kelsiesnailfile). We got an hour of skating in yesterday, just in time for another 10-15cm of snow that it’s calling for later today.

So during my hours indoors I decided to try out the elmers glue “peel-off basecoat” that other bloggers have been raving about. I’ve had an old bottle of seche vite cleaned out and filled up with glue for months now and every time I decided to add glitter to a manicure I forgot all about it. But this time of year I find I especially want to use glitter so I took it along with me from St. John’s to my parents house and here we are.

I put one thin coat of elmers glue and let it dry clear, I was very surprised at how fast it dried.

Then I painted one thin coat of China Glaze White on White. Did a gradient using White on White & BarryM Blueberry IceCream. I sponged on Color Club glitter (not sure the name specifically) and then freehanded the snowflakes using BarryM Cobalt Blue and added a glequin to the center of each.

I typically paint my nails every day or two days, but my polish rarely lasts past two days. With the peel off basecoat I didn’t make it 24-hours. Pieces chipped off the next morning when I put my socks on… sad to say but the peel off basecoat is not for me. The only time I might use it is if I’m doing my nails in the day for that night. On the plus side it really did make glitter removal easy. 

Stay tuned for my new years creation... I've been brainstorming all day! :) 

December 28, 2012

Cult Nails Flushed

I have been lemming after Max Factor Fantasy Fire for ages now. Mostly because of it’s gorgeous purple-blue tones and shine…. Until now.   

Cult Nails Flushed layered over one coat of Cult Nails Time Traveller achieved the exact purple-blue tone I was looking for. This combination is phenomenal!! As usual Maria… you have outdone yourself! 

Keep reading for a few swatches of this beautiful polish and some stamping (of course!)

Direct Sunlight

As mentioned above this is one coat of Cult Nails Flushed over one coat of Time Traveller, no top coat.

Outdoors taken in the shade

As beautiful as this polish is I couldn’t leave it alone so I added a simple stamp from BM-314     and stamped with Konad special silver polish.

I wish I had the money to buy every cult nails shade they have… I have never been disappointed by a Cult Nails polish :)

What’s your favorite cult nails polish… Have any of their shades been different than you expected once you received them?

December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I would like to take a minute to wish all of my lovely readers and their families a very Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy new year!! :D

Santa was very generous to me this year :)   Today I have for you a sweet and simple manicure to accompany my Christmas haul post.

Presents! Once again inspired by the Nailasaurus (seriously need to stop being such a copy cat now).

I used Jordana Ruby Slippers as my basecoat for my new Cult Nails Bitten. Then I stamped the ribbon bow from BM-317 using special black stamping polish from then added ribbons using Jordana Black. I painted a thin inside line of the black lines using a new pier 1 imports polish Platinum Spark. And topped it all off with Seche Vite.

And you may be wondering why my photos are so much better than usual? No? I finally got my hands on a new camera!! :D  Santa brought me the Olympus Pen mini for Christmas… and while I’m just getting used to the manual focus and various other settings on it, it is still significantly better than the old camera.

I’m only going to show you my Christmas haul that is relevant to the blog… so I of course had to include the polishes I got… There were only a few… but my sister got me the Behind Closed Doors collection from Cult Nails!! :D

Bitten, Disciplined, Coveted, Afterglow, & Flushed

 And one of my aunts got me these three lovely colors from Pier1Imports among a few other goodies :)

Platinum Spark, Iridescent Moon, & Vibrant Teal

I have really been relaxing and enjoying the holidays at my parents house. My mom, sister and I went skating on the lake and my grandmother is visiting for a few days.. it is a much needed vacation from the chaos of work/school. I still have a few manicure ideas I will be working on over the next few days and I have been racking my brain for new years ideas.... stay tuned! 

December 23, 2012

Christmas 2011 Flashback!

I have a question for all of you nail art enthusiasts out there… can you remember any one particular manicure that inspired you to try nail art yourself?

I can! :)  As I mentioned many times before, Sammy from The Nailasaurus was my initial inspiration to start blogging. And it happened exactly one year ago. I was google-ing some ideas for simple Christmas manicures when I stumbled upon her 12 days of Christmas nails... that is when I discovered this amazing world of nail blogging. The manicure that caught my eye was her “Let it Snow” design… and of course, I recreated it!

So today I have a special treat for you. You get to see one of my first nail art designs and my recreation of it from this year. It blows my mind how far I’ve come in a year… so I wanted to share it with all of you.

First up is my design from last year:

Can you believe the mess? This was before nail art brushes, dotting tools and acetone clean-up. I created most of the details using a toothpick and a nail art Deco polish that comes with a small brush. I can’t remember specific polishes other than the navy blue (because I used the same one this year), Nicole by OPI Loyalty to Royal-ty.

And this years design:

The White is Jordana French White Manicure and I painted a little glitter here and there with Jordana Rhinestones. I added star studs from born pretty store because I didn’t have star glitter. The nose is Cult Nails Scandalous and the scarf is China Glaze Adventure Red-Y. The buttons were painted using a dotting tool and Jordana Black.

Amazing the difference one year makes… this is one of my favourite Christmas designs :)

And Sammy, along with many other talented bloggers, continue to give me inspiration for my own nail art. 

December 22, 2012

Home for the holidays!

It is 7:00AM and I will be hitting the road for home in a couple hours (yay 5 hour drive with my parents, sister, and 2 kitties)... but I just had to post beforehand, 1. because I have been a bad blogger lately and seriously neglected you guys, & 2. because my parents house has VERY limited internet and it's way easier to do this now rather than later.

Today I have a cute manicure to show you that I wore to a party last week... I took pictures the next morning but this week was so crazy with work and christmas shopping I just kept forgetting to upload and actually post about them. (again,  bad blogger)

Better late than never...

I wore a blue striped shirt to the party and wanted to match my nails as much as possible. When I found this design on pinterest I just fell in love with it so I decided to recreate it despite having much shorter nails....

And leave it to pinterest to link to no where... Sadly I do not have the original source for this photo. I tried to google Laida Nails but didn't get anywhere. Please, if anyone knows the original source let me know. 

*EDIT: As one of my lovely readers pointed out it is actually Saida Nails. On the left hand side bar of the web page there is a winter tutorial book you can purchase that includes a tutorial for this design. For this reason I will not be doing a tutorial for this look because I feel it would be violating their copyright laws. 

I started with a clear basecoat, then painted a thick stripe of NYX Ink (navy blue) diagonally on my nail. Second I painted the Jordana Silver Glitter in a V shape. Third was Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Calypso Blue in a cloud-like pattern in an opposite diagonal to the navy blue. And I topped it off with Jordana French White Manicure and used a nail art brush and dotting tool for the detail.
Had to use a few coats of Seche Vite on this one to flatten the many layers of polish out.

As mentioned before, I have all kinds of ideas for christmas themed manicures.. but now it seems I have limited time to do them. I intend on getting a few more done while at home, but internet could possibly give me a bit of trouble (we will see). And through all the chaos this week my nails were bare and as a result I had a really bad break while packing last night, so my designs will be on shorties... Anyone else hate what the cold, dry weather does to their nails?? :(

And... I can always save a christmas design or two for next year (since we lived through the apocalypse and all). Happy Holidays to you and yours... my next post will be from my parents cozy home/cottage in central NL :D