February 28, 2013

Review: Born Pretty Store 3D Bows

I'm back.. I have been since sunday, sorry for the short absence but my nails suffered a bad break while I was on skidoo and I've been swamped with school work since I got back (what I get for taking a week off I guess). My trip was amazing, I'm so glad I got to see friends I haven't seen in years and enjoy the winter wonderland that is my hometown :)

But now I'm back to reality... but also back to blogging which is great... today I have a review and a cute manicure to share...

I have been very apprehensive about 3D nail art because I tend to get annoyed and pick it off fairly quickly. So I've been easing my way into it by wearing studs or rhinestones on my nails. But this time I decided to be daring...


I chose to review the Bowknot shaped Rhinestones from Born Pretty Store. These are by far the "bulkiest" things I have ever glued to my nails, but I love them! This manicure stayed on for 2 full days (through 2 showers, and 1 dish-washing). The bows lasted longer than the polish (which started to chip part way through day 2).


I thought that I would get annoyed and want to pick them off but I actually forgot they were there. The only time I really noticed was when I pulled my fingers through my hair (my hair got caught around them). But that was a minor inconvenience as I don't pull my fingers through my hair often.

How to apply:
I painted the accent nail the same as I normally would, stamped it, and then added top coat (seche vite). I let the top coat mostly dry (for only a couple seconds - it dries fast) then I put a very small amount of rhinestone glue on the bow, and stuck it to the nail. Since the bows are quite large, I could place them easily with my fingers.

For comparison, I used only top coat on my right hand accent nail and stuck the bow on immediately, while the top coat was still wet. It was the first bow to fall off, but it did last the 2 days same as the other. All-in-all I don't think the rhinestone glue made that significant of a difference so I wouldn't worry if you don't have any (especially if you are like me and only wear a manicure for 2 days tops).

Another plus, the bows fell off at home and are still in perfect shape so I intend to recycle them again.


The shear nude featured is Revlon Embody, I stamped with Konad special black and BM-301. The wax-finish black is (of course) Cult Nails Fetish.

You can purchase the 3D bows from Born Pretty Store for $1.38 for 10 (with 12 colors to choose from). You can also find tons of other nail art supplies for ridiculously low prices, and free shipping!! So check it out!

And don't forget you can get 10% off with my discount code RTL91!



February 23, 2013

GUEST POST: Nails by Kayla Shevonne

Today I bring you the 3rd and final guest post... as I am returning to St. John's tomorrow :(

But I am very excited to have Kayla Shevonne here today!! If you haven't picked up on it already, my three guest posters were all from Newfoundland! And I've also had the privilege of meeting Kayla in person :) She was another huge inspiration for me when I started blogging and even my "labrador" themed nails were inspired by one of her amazing tutorials!

I will let her take it away...

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Hey everyone!

I'm Kayla from Nails by Kayla Shevonne and I'm very happy to be helping Kelsie out with a guest post today while she's visiting her hometown! Many of you know that her and I live in the same city, so I've actually had the pleasure of meeting Kelsie in person. It's always super fun to meet someone who shares the same passion as you. :)




Anyways, the mani I created for this guest post was inspired by some new studs that arrived in the mail this week. I ordered them from eBay ages ago and when they finally arrived this week, I knew I'd have to create a mani with them asap. I also decided to use one of my all time favourite colour combinations - nude and black. 


 The base colour here is my favourite nude polish - OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons from the Germany Collection. I've raved about this polish plenty of times on my own blog because it's really the perfect nude. I added the black stripes using a striper brush and Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme, and while that was still a little tacky, I went ahead and added a single gold stud to the base of each stripe.



 For my first studded mani, I'm really happy with how this came together! And I'm definitely heading over to eBay right away to pick up some other sizes and shapes of studs!

 I hope you enjoyed this mani! And I'd like to send a huge thank you to Kelsie for including me in her guest post lineup!

                                                                                                                                         

Another thing we have in common, I adore nude and black together! It's so elegant I love it! I'd also like to thank Kayla for taking the time away from her blogging time to do a post for me :)

AND if you didn't know already, Kayla is currently hosting a giveaway for the entire Layla Hologram Effect Collection! So head over and enter while you can :)


February 22, 2013

Transition Animal Print

Quick post today guys... I am loving my trip so far and I'm heading out on skidoo shortly :)

I saw this look on Chit Chat Nails a week or so ago... and Marta claimed she saw it elsewhere (but not sure where)... It's still a mystery so if anyone knows where the original idea for this manicure came from please fill us in :)


Two coats of China Glaze Pelican Gray, stamped with Konad special black and Mash-41 (index), fauxnad plate (middle), and BM-221 (ring). I really need to get my hands on Konad Plate m57 for the zebra and leopard print that would match the middle nail completely. (it's a lemming). 

And the lovely pink is Butter London Trout Pout (I adore this semi-neon shade)  


The 3rd and final guest post is scheduled for tomorrow... who could it be? :)

February 20, 2013

GUEST POST: Rebecca Likes Nails

I am so so happy to have a very talented blogger featured here today! When I first started my blog, this girl very kindly offered me some tips/tricks and was a huge inspiration for me (still is!). AND... I've had the pleasure of meeting her in person! She's a fellow Newfie blogger... so I had the opportunity to meet her when I bought a few polishes from her ages ago :)

So without further ado.. I present Rebecca from Rebecca Likes Nails!

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Hello Kelsie's Nail Filers! I'm Rebecca from Rebecca Likes Nails and I'm excited to be posting here today for you while Kelsie is on vacation.

Did you know that Kelsie and I live in the same city? Pretty cool!
I've never been to the part of our province where she is now though, too cold for me. (Actually it is too cold for me here, too. Remind me why I don't live in Florida?)


While Kelsie is off frolicking in the winter wonderland that is Labrador, I decided to do a bright and summery mani to warm up her blog a little!


Tada! I may have went a little dot-crazy. (And please excuse my little boo-boo... Winter is not being nice to my cuticles. Again... Why aren't I in Florida?)


For this mani I used the three polishes from Zoya's Mod Mattes trio:
Zoya - Phoebe (blue)
Zoya - Lolly (pink)
Zoya - Mitzi (green)

I love how quickly matte polishes dry - no need to wait before you stamp on top of them! 
I wanted this mani to be glossy though, so I added my favorite topcoat, Seche Vite.



I just recently got some plates from Mash that I wanted to try out, the dot image comes from Mash-48.
I did the stamping with Konad Special White polish and added the extra dot details with a small dotting tool (and lots of patience.)
Here's how it looked before the added dots:


I hope you guys liked my summery dots, and a big thanks to Kelsie for asking me to help out here while she is away! Hopefully she's having a lovely time doing whatever you winter-loving people do while I sit here in my heated blanket and dream of Florida. At least I have my nails to keep me warm..
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So cute! I am having a wonderful time doing what winter-lovers do... especially considering the city I live in is usually wet and miserable compared to the mountains of powder snow I have here :)  

I want to say a huge thank you to Rebecca for taking the time to do a post here for me today, maybe her summery dots will inspire an early spring :)   


February 19, 2013

She's a blaze!

Quick post today. My trip home is awesome.. I'm seeing friends I haven't seen in years.. and I'm hoping to get out on skidoo in the next day or so! :)

I created this manicure last week and put it aside for this week while I was away...


Two coats of Cult Nails Blaze on the index and middle nails. One coat of Cult Nails Fetish on the other nails. I stamped with konad special black and Mash-48.

Indoors - with flash
Artificial light - no flash

The wax-like finish of fetish reminded me of my phone :P

Indoors - wish flash - so glitter-y :D 
 Guest post #2 is coming up tomorrow so stay tuned :)


February 18, 2013

Send a Newfie to Space!

Today will be my first ever non-nail-related post. I try to stick with all nail-related things for the sake of consistency.. but today I have to make an exception.

A friend of mine has entered the AXE Apollo Space Academy (A.A.S.A) competition for a chance to go into space! Actual Space! "The 2 Canadians who secure the most votes will travel to Orlando, Florida to take part in the final selection process, Global Space Camp"

He is currently #33!! You can only vote once... so it's safe to say he has gotten most of his friends to vote so far and is now calling out to all of us to get the word out to more people.

So today I am asking all of you to please take a minute and hit "vote" for my friend Jamie and if you're feeling extra generous, share it on facebook and help make my friend's dream come true!!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!



February 17, 2013

GUEST POST: Phoebe Jane

Many of you have seen Phoebe's nails featured here before... she is my 13-year old cousin (and I always give her age because I'm constantly amazed at how gorgeous and strong her nails are and she's only 13!)   Almost every time we get together I paint her nails and often times post them on here :)

BUT... she also does her own nails on a very regular basis. She sends me pictures from time to time and I'm always impressed at her growing talent with both freehand and stamping manicures. And today you get a sneak peak into some of that talent! :D

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Hey guys! I’m Phoebe, Kelsie’s cousin. My nails have been on this blog before, but this is my first guest post and I’m so excited! I have always loved painting my nails, but I really started getting into it maybe two years ago, and am now obsessed.

And now, I present my nails!



I decided to do Valentine’s Day nails, since there are a lot of awesome things to do on your nails for Valentine’s Day. The problem was, I’m a terrible decision maker, and had trouble thinking of one thing to do. So, I decided on something different on every nail! Here is a list of the polishes that I used:

Finger Paints-My Art Belongs To You
Finger Paints-Expressionist Red
Finger Paints-Pink Imagination
Sally Hansen Ceramic-4601-16 (name was scratched off)
OPI-Alpine Snow
OPI-Black Onyx
Cina Top Coat



For the thumb and pinky, I just glued on some jewels that I had. For the index finger, I just drew the heart on with the OPI black, using a thin paintbrush. For the stamping, I used Bundle Monster 323 for the middle finger and Bundle Monster 311 for the ring finger.


I’m so happy that I got to do this guest post, and I hope that Kelsie will let me do more in the future ;) I hope you guys like it! See ya!



February 16, 2013

Home sweet Home

I'm so excited about today's post! :)  I'm home... in Wabush, Labrador...I have had this trip planned for months now. I haven't been back in about 3 years since my parents retired so I'm super excited!
I will be here for a week staying with friends... in the meanwhile I have a few guest posts lined up and a couple of filler posts.

In the meanwhile I've got my Labrador-themed nails for you today... I've been wanting to try this since I first saw the tutorial at Nails by Kayla Shevonne.


I followed Kayla's tutorial exactly as she did it. I also followed this DIY gel nail tutorial using Gelous (pictured below)... I wanted to see how long it will last.. I'll keep you posted.

I started with two coats of Gelous, then one coat of Barry M Blueberry Icecream. The gradient was created using Barry M Cobalt Blue, Cyan Blue and Blueberry Icecream, and then I added another coat of Gelous. The white is China Glaze White on White and the green is American Apparel Hunter. Topped it all off with one coat of Seche Vite! :)



Picture before top coat (just in case it caused any bleeding) 
Rarely seen right hand - mad left hand skillz :P


It was difficult getting the blue out of my cuticles after doing the gradient... otherwise I'd be 100% happy about this manicure... but that's the perfectionist in me :P


Stay tuned... I've got some awesome guest posts lined up! :)



February 14, 2013

Be My Valentine?

Happy Valentine's day to all of my lovely readers! :)

Sweet and simple post tonight, I was inspired by a facebook cover photo for this one...


China Glaze Innocence as the base...
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow mixed with American Apparel Trenchcoat for the "yellow"
Jordana Boy Oh Boy (turquoise), Pink Romance (pink stripes/dots), Pink Lemonade (hot pink)
Essie Little Brown Dress (stripes/dots and details on the love letter)



And this was the inspiration...




February 13, 2013

One Year Blogiversary!! + WINNERS!

HAPPY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY TO ME!! :D



I cannot believe it has been a full year since my first post! And WOW look how far I've come!

I'm gonna share with you a few stats before I move on to announce the giveaway and nail art contest winners...

As of Today:
I have written 206 posts (counting this one)
My blog has gotten a total of 281,659 pageviews
(not sure how accurate that is but I choose to believe it's true)

I have 657 GFC followers!
423 Twitter followers!
and 763 Facebook page "likes"!

This is amazing! In the last year I have completely fallen in love with nail art and this blog (more than I thought I would) and I can't wait for another year to come. Thank you all so so much for taking the time to read my posts and leave lovely comments... it really makes this all worthwhile!

Now.. on to the winners of my giveaway/contest!

The winner of my giveaway and recipient of $35 worth of Orly products from Beauty Stop Online is...

Tamala F! 

By the Way... the answer to my bonus question "what do I study in school" was Kinesiology. I would have accepted sport science or even Physiotherapy because I do plan on doing that when I'm done. It was a tricky one and I had quite an array of answers, but someone informed me I also left it on my youtube channel by accident so that gave it away to some people. Props to those who remembered :)

And before I announce the nail art contest winner, let me just say WOW! The entries to my contest were amazing! It was very difficult to choose one winner... but her manicure did stand out slightly above the rest... and the winner is....


Ria Marii from Brush Me Blush
She was inspired by the elephant/zebra/butterfly creature and did a phenomenal job of recreating it!

Ria wins $40 to Cult Nails!

If you would like to check out all the other entries you can do so on my pinterest board... if you don't see your entry there it is because some photo hosting sites and some blogs would not allow me to pin from there (if it is missing please leave a comment and I will try to figure something out).

Thank you all so much for taking the time to enter, and a HUGE thank you to Beauty Stop Online and Maria from Cult Nails for sponsoring the giveaway and contest!! :D

February 12, 2013

Blaze and Baker

If you haven't noticed already I'm kinda having a Cult Nails moment. I've used at least one Cult Nails polish in each post for the past week... I just realized that I had a couple I hadn't tried yet and of course I've been swooning over the 2nd anniversary collection since I got it.

Today is no exception. When I saw the baker/blaze combo that Maria posted on instagram/facebook I fell in love... Blaze hadn't even arrived in the mail.. but mark my word when it arrived a week later it was on my nails within a few hours.... and it is gorgeous!!

artificial light no flash
 While one of the simplest manicures I've ever done, it is one of my favourites! I wore this for two days (tried to push it to 3 but my nails don't last long before chipping)

artificial light with flash
Baker is one of my all-time favourite polishes (I even have a backup bottle)... but blaze is working it's way up there too! :)

artificial light no flash

artificial light no flash
 And one more picture for good measure... the next morning it seemed the weather even knew I was wearing a fantabulous manicure.. the sun came out and everything! :D

sunlight - rare to see this time of year in newfoundland :P
Stay tuned.. I will be announcing the giveaway and nail art contest winners tomorrow!! :D