29.8.14

the nail files: flower power

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YAY! It's nail files day, which means that it's also Friday! 

Who else needs a cocktail after this week? 

Haha! I will always heart New York.


Anyway, this week, I was inspired by this pic.



Here's what I used:

And the mani!

Confession time: I did the flower on my middle finger first and it was too big to have opposing flowers. Whoops! I think it turned out well though.

I used two coats of Paper Mache as a base, on all fingers. For my ring finger, I followed it up with one coat of Gilded Chrome. And yes, I really do mean one coat. That glitter covers, y'all (shout out to Heather, who's gotten me saying this in real life despite being Canadian--haha!). 

The flowers were a bit trickier, because I wanted to have a bit of a fade. With a small, tapered nail art brush, I did the lighter colour first (At Vase Value  and Tart-y For The Party), starting at the corner of my nail and then going towards the other side. When all four petals were done, I went over the outer petals with the darker colour (Turned Up Turquoise and Queen B). For a little bit of sparkle, because sparkles make everything better, I used a thin liner nail art brush and Gilded Chrome. Then, I VERY CAREFULLY used Black Stripe Rite to do the border. Warning, if you're at all hungover, this isn't the mani for you to do cause you'll be too shaky. Haha! An orange jewel finished it all off and added a little more sparkle because I simply can't help myself. 


I freaking love the pants off this mani, guys and gals. The colours are so pretty and the white background makes it really pop. Plus, having Gilded Chrome all over my ring finger is pretty much the funnest ever. 

What are you rocking this week? Link up and show off. And have an awesome weekend!


22.8.14

the nail files: sugar & spice

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It's been a crazy week in the Happypants Household, but I was still able to do my nails. Shocker, I know. Haha!





I started with two coats of Wild Wisteria on my thumb, pointer, and pinky finger, while my middle and ring finger got two coats of Oxygen. To finish off my thumb, pointer, and pinky finger, I added a big circular piece holo glitter from I Snow You Love Me. 

My middle and ring finger required a bit more effort to create the glitter fade. On the top third of each nail, I did one coat of Sparkle and Snowflake. With the silver Rite Stripe, I dabbed on silver glitter along the bottom of Skarkle and Snowflake and down a little, so it didn't look like a solid glitter line. I added two rows of overlapping big circular holo glitters from I Snow You Love Me and then used the smaller hex holo glitters from Techno to fade towards the bottom of each nail. 


I think it's a perfect mix of sassy and sweet, hence the name of this post. The light pink and holo glitter is so princessy that I think it'd be too much with every finger. Not that I'm every scared of "too much," of course. Haha! But having the super dark purple as a contrast makes it work even better, I think. And man, when the sun hits the holo glitter, BLAMMO! Haha!

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15.8.14

the nail files: shark attack!

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This week, I was challenged by the awesome Daniela, to do this:



I'm not super into Shark Week, but I am into themes, so I decided to give it a go. And it turned out pretty well, I think! Yay!





And here's Chompers! (Hahaha, of course I named him.)


For the Seascape:

I started with one coat of I Sea the Point on my pointer, ring, and pinky finger, while my thumb got two coats. Using a triangular makeup sponge, I painted a stripe of Paper Mache with a stripe of I Sea the Point below, and then sponged it (happy, Bailey? Haha!) onto my pointer, ring, and pinky finger. It still wasn't quite opaque though, so I did two coats of the sponge. Then I did a coat of quick-dry top coat, to seal it.

With a narrow nail art brush, I painted random squiggles for waves with Margritte's Masterpiece and Wait N' Sea. The birds were done with the black Stripe Rite, and the shark fin used avenue maintain, with some highlighting from OPI's I Want to be A-Lone Star (not pictured).  

For the Shark:

No base colour, only clear base coat. With the brush from avenue maintain, I made a rounded triangle for the shark head. Then, I used Dance Baby for the inside of the mouth, and went over the outline with white Stripe Site, making small triangles and then filling them in, for the teeth. Two black dots for eyes finished it all off. 


This mani was a lot of fun to do, so thanks for the challenge, Daniela! And what do you think, did I nail it? Haha!

What are you rocking this week? Link up and show off!



14.8.14

book review: between

If you follow Megan Whitmer on Twitter (which you totally should) then you know she’s one of the funniest gals out there. So when she announced the release of her debut novel, BETWEEN, I just knew that I’d have to read it. And holy sheet, am I ever glad I did.

 Between

The story starts right away, which is always great, and soon, I was introduced to the Between—a place that’s between the mortal world and the magical realm. Megan was super freaking smart to make her MC, Charlie, an artist, because her artist’s perspective was perfect for describing both the Between, and Ellauria, the magical realm. The details filled my imagination, yet didn’t make me work for the imagery, which is the ultimate best kind of world building, in my opinion. Not because I’m lazy of course, but sometimes, too much description of a new world can stop the plot dead in its tracks. But that wasn’t the case in BETWEEN. Like, at all. In fact, the plot raced through each chapter, and oh what a plot it was! But I'm not going to tell you much about that because it's better you read it for yourself. You're welcome. 

Also? Yes, I really meant to write “sheet,” in the first paragraph of this review because it’s one of my new favourite non-swears, which often leaves the lips of one of the snarkiest and most relatable female heroines I’ve ever read. Is it weird that I saw some of myself in Charlie, who’s a 17-year old mystical being? Probably. But I don’t care. Because she’s awesome. (Yes, I’m aware that by that, I’m also describing myself as awesome. Take it as you will, ha!)

Charlie’s internal narrative was ducking hilarious, and it had me laughing out loud more than once. If only I could be as witty. Seriously. Like you know when, in real life, you think of an awesome retort hours, days, or even weeks later? That’s basically how Charlie speaks and thinks ALL THE TIME. And the creative non-swearing was not only placed in the most perfect of places, but it added an extra element that’s uniquely Megan (as I read on her blog once that she purposefully didn’t want profanity in her book.). That small and consistent bit of voice really added to the overall vibe. So Megan gets some props for that.

I’m slightly bummed that there was the still-creepy-and-will-always-be-creepy age difference between Charlie and Seth (her neighbour-turned-mentor), but thankfully, Charlie had some flirtatious moments with a boy who was more age-appropriate, and I enjoyed those awkwardly charged moments immensely.

So if you’re a fan of YA fantasy, you’re absolutely going to want to pick up a copy of BETWEEN. There’s magic, killer dialogue, amazing one-liners, and enough chaos to keep you turning the pages, which is why I read it in one sitting even though I had a ton of other stuff to do.


So go out and get it, people! Go out and get it now!


8.8.14

the nail files: neon + rhinestones = love!

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This week, I found inspiration in my overly rhinestoned jewellery collection.




To start, I did two coats of Paper Mache on every finger. When that was dry, I applied two coats of Celtic Sun to my thumb and ring finger, and two coats of set in stones to my pointer finger.


When the coloured and sparkly coats were dry, I got out my rhinestones and picked out three sizes of leaves. Arranging them like the rhinestones in the necklace, I applied them with the smallest first, at the base of my nail, and worked upwards. The squares on my thumb are all the same size, so I didn't have to worry about how they'd go down, and just placed them in the middle of my nail. 


A thick coat of top coat sealed everything, and after six days, the mani was still completely intact! I was amazed, considering how many rhinestones I had going on, but that top coat really kept them secure. Yay!


I really love the brightness of Celtic Sun and can you ever go wrong with rhinestones? Of course not. #alltherhinestones Haha! I think my pointer finger, with set in stones, is an excellent supporting feature finger, and it balances the sparkle-ness pretty well. Yay for fun jewellery that also makes for a fun mani! Woot woot!!

Have an awesome weekend, everyone! And don't forget to link up to show off your pretties!



6.8.14

minus 100 husband points

I hate washing dishes. But who doesn’t, right? The rubber gloves that make your hands smell funny afterwards; leftover bits of crusted grossness that you need a knife to chisel away; the devastation that comes from seeing your ruined manicure despite wearing the previously referred to smelly rubber gloves…all of it is just the pits. The PITS, I tell you! And when those dirty dishes have absolutely nothing to do with me? Well, it’s enough to send me right off a cliff…of sanity.

Over the years, The Remix and I have tried to work out a deal, due to my extreme loathing of washing dishes, wherein I take the lead on communally dirtied dishes, while he is solely responsible for the Tupperware and other containers he uses for lunch. Seems fair, in theory, but in reality, I end up washing his lunch dishes because I can’t handle the giant pile that accumulates next to the sink. 

But then, just when I’d accepted that marriage is about compromise and it really isn’t a big deal to wash a few more dishes even though they wouldn’t have existed if I lived alone, The Remix brought home this:


At first, I was all: That’s hilarious! I mean, it’s a ceramic version of a paper Timmie’s cup!


And they even included the top that looks like the plastic one, only in silicone. Hahaha! Well done, Timmies. Well done.

But then he said that it had to be hand washed. As in, it could never go in the dishwasher. EVER.


Now, we all know where this is going, right? Of course you do. Because it’s obvious. The day The Remix brought home that mug was the exact same day I washed it for the first time…which then inevitably led to me washing it on at least weekly basis, for the last year and a half. So imagine my surprise when, just recently, The Remix turned the mug upside down and took a close look at the bottom…


What the WHAT?! I've been washing this stupid mug BY HAND, FOR YEARS, and the whole time, it could have gone into the dishwasher?!?


He’s lucky he’s so awesome in every other area or I would have been calling a lawyer. Haha! But seriously. I thought I was going to explode when he read that. Oh the time I have wasted and the manis I have ruined, washing that freaking mug! So, naturally, his significant blunder resulted in a deduction of 100 husband points. He was sad, of course, but then I reminded him that I could have taken them all away because it was THAT BIG OF A BLUNDER, and he felt better after that. Haha!

Lesson learned?

Double-check all the potentially un-dishasherable products The Remix brings into the house. And by that, I mean reading any and all words, on any and all sides of all supposedly un-dishwasherable products.


1.8.14

the nail files: whatta stud


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This week, inspiration came from Miss Pop Nails' Instagram account.


Here's what I did!

For the base coat, I used two coats of Paper Mache. When that was dry (read: the next morning), I used semi-circle and simple chevron stickers to map out where Celtic Sun, Shocking Pink, and At Vase Value would go. Then, with a small, flat nail art brush, I applied all of the colours--two quick coats--and then peeled off the stickers.


 As usual, there was bleeding (*shakes fist*), but I managed to clean most of it up with a narrow nail art brush and some acetone. I sealed it all with a coat of quick dry top coat (HK Girl's Glisten and Glow for those who are interested, haha!).

It was still missing something, though, so I added two studs to the fingers with Shocking Pink.


I love how, when I'm inside, Celtic Sun is all: Hey, I'm neon yellow! But the second I step outside, it's all: HEY! I'M NEON YELLOW! LOOKATMELOOKATMELOOKATME! Haha! I love all the different shapes going on in this mani and the yellow really does make it all pop.

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