June 15, 2013

Around the World Challenge: London

Today has been a very productive day... I started out by visiting my sister at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (where she works - yay for a 20% discount!) and picked up a few things that I will take with me to Halifax when I move in the fall. Then I organized my upstairs closet and set aside a lot of things I will be taking with me... in 2.5 months - I like to get an early start :P    And then I finished off the day by having tacos, watching chick flicks and doing a pedicure with my beautiful little sister.

And of course, being the organizational freak that I am I made a list of things I will need to bring or need to buy for my apartment in the fall. (Mind you I haven't actually found a place to live yet - organized but not necessarily prioritized).

Anyways, I did manage to get this awesome manicure done on Friday... it just slipped my mind to post it today so it's going up ever so slightly late.

It is week 8 of the Around the World Challenge... and we are travelling to London!! :)

This Union Jack grunge nail art was inspired by Debbie over at The Crumpet nail art blog. The look has been pinned to my "nail art" board for ages and this finally gave me the opportunity to try it out myself! :)  (Keep reading to see this manicure with a wax top coat)

I started with a base of Barry M Cyan Blue (I swear I didn't even think about how perfect this was until now, Barry M was created in London!)... And then using a thicker nail art brush I created the messy brush strokes using Finger Paints Paper Mache and then Cult Nails Evil Queen. 

I also recently picked up a bottle of Wax That! top coat from Cult Nails and decided to give it a go... and I LOVE IT!!

The wax effect seems hardly noticeable in the photos because my flash gave off the illusion of a shine, but in reality it is very "wax-y". It leaves a perfect wax-like sheen to my nails without "drying" it out like a typical matte top coat would. I haven't seen a product like it... and I adore it!

That's all for now.. but don't forget to head over to Guilty as Charged to see the other London inspired nail art designs!