30.5.14

the nail files: dot it to me!


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It's been a challenge on the nail front lately. Mostly because I haven't had a ton of time to troll Pinterest, but there's been the added challenge of repainting our kitchen cabinets, which have made wearing polish almost impossible. But not to worry because the painting is almost done. *eyeballs cupboard doors that are only painted on one side* Okay, so they're only about halfway done but still, that's progress, right? Haha!

And it was while I was painting that I noticed a clean line of dots on the drop cloth, thusly inspiring a new mani that I rushed inside to try. Fine, I didn't "rush" as much as I "walked" but that doesn't make for a good story. Ha! In any event, I found inspiration in an unlikely place and isn't that just the best? Hint: the answer is YES!

So here's what I ended up using:

I forgot to include Paper Mache by Finger Paints, which was the base colour.

At first, I was happy with the look of all the pretty sort-of-gradient colours but then I realized there weren't any sparkles. 


 So, to rectify that situation, I grabbed these:


And here's the final product!

 Inside, no flash.

To start, I did two coats of Paper Mache and when that was dry, I got out a medium dotting tool and got to work. Using both ends to make different sized dots, I started with the lightest blue on my pinky, At Vase Value, and then continued along with Too Yacht To HandleHighlight of My SummerIn the Lime Light, and then Shake Your $$ Maker. 

And after the Lack of Sparkle Calamity, I added a few glitter dots on my ring finger with Sparkling Garbage and picked out some bigger glitter bits from Mermaid Tale, breathing in a sigh of relief that it all worked out and I was shiny again. Haha!

Outside, no flash.

The lightest green and blue seem washed out in the outdoor pic but rest assured, they're bright and awesome in real life. I REALLY love the bigger glitter bits on the green dots, so I'll totally be doing that again, and the overall look of this mani is fun without being so bright that you need sunnies (is that better, Beth? Haha!).

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you all have an awesome weekend! And don't forget to link up! :)

23.5.14

the nail files: two polishes + two coats = too cute!


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We're all busy. It's just the way it is. And sometimes, that busy-ness affects how much time we can spare to do our nails. But just because you've only got about half an hour doesn't mean that you can't still have a super cute mani. Trust me, grab a bottle of your favourite quick-dry top coat and scroll down to see what just two coats of polish can do.



Outside, no flash.

I stated with one coat of Harmonious Mess on each nail. Then, I did a second coat of Harmonious Mess on my pinky, pointer finger, and thumb, while on my middle and ring finger, I did one coat of It's A Trap-eze! After letting it dry for about five minutes, I topped each nail with a coat of quick-dry top coat, cleaned up my cuticles and was out the door, running to the post office before it closed for the day.

Inside, no flash.

The built-in sparkles and sheer pastel blue-y of It's a Trap-eze! means that not only do you get a fantastic array of sparkles, but also enough of a base that you only need one coat of colour underneath (please note that you TOTALLY need a base colour or it'll take at least three coats for an opaque look).

In the past, I've used a baby blue base coat and I was delighted to see that the purple works just as well. And I'm totally being serious when I say that this entire mani, including dry time and clean up, was less than 30 minutes. Incredible, right? (Hint: the answer is yes! Haha!) I had kind of forgotten about It's a Trap-eze! and I'm surprised because it's such a fun and versatile polish! Funny how that works sometimes, eh?

Can't wait to check out what you're sharing this week! Link up and show off!



16.5.14

the nail files: summa, summa, summatime (almost)


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This past weekend, there were blue skies as far as the eye could see and it was a balmy 25-ish degrees. Yes, you read that right. It was basically the first nice day we've had in…well…six months. We sat outside, soaked up the sun (some may have even gotten a little burnt *eyeballs The Remix*) and generally loved life…and then we woke up on Monday morning to rain, which hasn't stopped since.

the greatest bartender on WWHL ever

So in hopes that the summer-ish weather will come back soon, I painted my nails in a super summer-y way with super summer-y colours. Haha! I love putting hyphenated endings on words. It's just the best-est. 


A little while ago, Nail Polish Canada sent me some rainbow honey nail polish to review and the STAND OUT STAR was magic cake. So, when I ran out of my little sample, I bought a full-sized bottle. Because, obviously. I mean, just look at it! It's amazing!! 

 Inside, no flash. 

To start, I did three coats of I'm With the Lifeguard (sooooo streaky), and then two coats of Skinny Dip, and Paper Mache. Why did I choose these colours? Because of the summer-y names, of course! Err…well, aside from Paper Mache and magic cake. Haha! After all the base coats were dry, I did 1.3 coats of magic cake, which means that I did one full coat and then filled in the gaps by picking out a few bits with a small nail art brush and applying them, where needed. 

Outside, no flash.

So the only weird thing is that the pink bits in magic cake are hot pink, not the purply-pink it photographs as. I guess it's kind of like China Glaze's Flip Flop Fantasy, in that it just doesn't look the same in pictures. Anyhoo, the pink in magic cake is a true hot pink and it's freaking amazing.

Also amazing? I'm With the Lifeguard. I've seen it for a while but didn't think much of it, but now that I have a bottle (shout-out to Sally's BOGO sale last month, haha) I can't believe I lived for so long without it. It's the brightest apple green ever and totally worth doing the three coats. It just POPS guys and gals! And it matches the flicks in magic cake perfectly! Woot!

So here's hoping that this weekend will have some of the same beeeeeeeeeeautiful weather we got last weekend! And if you're lucky enough to have a long weekend, HAPPY LONG WEEKEND!



15.5.14

when too much focus is a bad thing


Wanting something so badly that you can taste it on the tip of your tongue is a feeling that most of us can relate to. Whether it be pursuing publication, longing for that special someone, or even trying to drop a few pounds, the level of focus required to achieve any major goal is intense. That said, sometimes too much focus can be a bad thing.

Case-in-point, Pickle.

Our Yorkie, Mr. Pickle-pants, has always been fascinated with squirrels (read: chased constantly) but in our new house, that obsession has been taken to the next level. Why? Because our new property has chipmunks and apparently, chipmunks are the greatest thing of all time.

So, naturally, Pickle can hardly function.

Every morning, he scampers from the back door towards the bird feeder, where his formerly-loved squirrels feast on the bird seed that's fallen to the ground. Only now, instead of running into the trees, trying to chase them down, he goes past the bird feeder and takes a spot in the rocky waterfall, where he's convinced Mr. Chippy and his family live. 

The waterfall's not on, obviously. Ha!

Without fail, he goes to the same spot every time, CONVINCED that if he waits long enough, Mr. Chippy et al will appear. 

Spoiler Alert: This has never happened. 


No matter how hard Pickle stares, The Chippy Family remains hidden in the depths of the rocks. Pickle hardly even notices my laughter, or continuous photo taking, because he's so focused on the chipmunk-occupied hole that the rest of the world melts away. Now obviously, it's important that Pickle stays vigilant in his staring because chipmunks are fast and if he blinks too much he may miss them, but there's a significant downside to such intense concentration.


No, it's not severe neck cramps or escalating anticipatory anxiety, although both are most definitely present, but the greater problem is that extreme focus on one thing can prevent you from seeing the bigger picture. Sure, that may not seem like a big deal because, after all, you need to keep your eye on the prize, but consider poor Pickle-pants as a cautionary tale, because if he had taken just a little break to look around, he probably would have noticed that the very thing he'd been waiting to emerge from the rocks had also been staring at him...


If only my little Pickle-pants had looked slightly to his right, all of his dreams would have come true. Haha!

Lesson learned?

Although intense focus is required to achieve any major goal, sometimes, a slight shift in perspective can make a world of difference.

(ps. If you're wondering, yes, Pickle was again out at the waterfall this morning. Waiting…)

9.5.14

the nail files: go glitter, go!


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Slowly but surely, I'm making my way through the China Glaze SURPRISE! collection and this week, I'm featuring I'm a Go Glitter, which has small, bright pink hex glitter and larger hex bits in a light blue and light green. It wasn't a polish that I liked right away but on my seventh second trip to Sally's last month, I decided to give it a go. Bahaha, I'm hilarious. 




I started with two coats of each polish: I Vant to be A-Lone Star, Aquadelic, and Highlight of My Summer. When that was dry, I dropped some polish from I'm a Go Glitter onto the back of my nail jewel wheel (the point being that I dropped it onto something plastic) and, with a small, flat brush, applied one layer, moving the pieces around so they were in the right place. 



I took it easy on the glitter this week and I like the lower-key look it creates. Without all the overlap, you can still really see the base colour. Plus, it made it way easier to take off, which is always good. Haha! The pink hex glitter is bright and the other two colours work really well together, so this definitely another one you should think of picking up. Although, if you've been keeping up with the nail files recently, you know that I've been saying that about every glitter in the SURPRISE collection. Haha!

Have an awesome weekend, everyone! And don't forget to link up! :)


2.5.14

the nail files: i'm in NCLA nail wrap love


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Recently, I've seen some seriously cool nail wraps around but I've been hesitant to try them because, in the past, they've been a big ole flop. Now, it's not the wraps' fault that I have freakishly large and rounded nail beds that make make any type "wrapping" practically impossible, but because of my previous experiences, I haven't thought about using nail wraps in a really long time. 

However that all changed when a pair of nail wrap packs appeared in my mailbox from Nail Polish Canada (the best Canadian nail polish site ever--no duty and free Canadian shipping!). Not only were  they a brand I hadn't tried before, but the patterns were amazing! So, I decided to give them a go and man, am I ever glad I did because they are freaking awesome!!

YAY FOR FREAKING AWESOME NAIL WRAPS!


Before putting on the nail wrap, I did two coats of Paper Mache on my pointer, middle and pinky finger. For my thumb, I did two coats of Charged Up followed by one coat of Frenzy. To prep my ring finger, I did one coat of quick-dry top coat.


When the clear base coat was dry, I stuck the bottom of the wrap against my cuticle and then stretched it out to fit. A few presses later and it was done! Not a fold or bubble in sight! It was like a nail wrap miracle! Yay!

So look, I don't know what kind of magic NCLA uses to make their nail wraps but they were by far the easiest and best I've ever tried. And the look is way better than I'd EVER be able to do by hand or with tape (No streaking! Clean, crisp points!). Plus, after four days, there wasn't one chip or even a hint of peeling. So basically, what I'm saying is, you should probably buy some right now. Haha! But seriously, you totally should. To make things easier, just click here to see their other super fun designs! There are a ton of negative space options and using wraps is an excellent way of getting the look without all of the hassle. I mean, I think it took me two minutes to put the wrap on and one entire minute of that was dedicated to letting the base coat dry (it was a quick-dry). It's almost like your nails do themselves! And what's better than that? Haha!

So thanks to Nail Polish Canada for giving me these awesome nail strips! Finding new products that rock is the ultimate best!

And don't forget to link up and show off what you've been rocking!