Thursday, 20 August 2015

Mandatory Mani

I feel like this is a mandatory manicure for anyone that has pointy nails. Watermelons. You just have to do it at some point. So this is my time/I wanted to do it before it started to feel like autumn.

I started with my base of Running in Circles then with acrylic paint I added the pink and white. Finally I painstakingly added the black glitter which is Ninja Polish Sticks and Stones. That took the longest time, trying to pick out the small black glitter from the white glitter. Love how it looks even though he glitter was a pain.


Here's running in circles on it's own. I have actually swatched it before, but this is too pretty to not show again!


Monday, 10 August 2015

These nails have been approved by Spider-Man

So the other day I was a HOT MESS. I did a really pretty eye look in the morning, but I was in rush and I forgot to put on mascara. So when I was out I bought some really cheap NYC stuff. THEN I realized I forgot to put on deodorant(and I need it guys, Old Spice Sweat Defence in After Hours is a life saver), sooooooo I went out and found a cheap bottle of Dove's deodorant for men(I hate how woman's deodorant smells), and bought it. FINALLY when I went home that night from the boys place, I wore my shirt inside out, IN PUBLIC. And just so you know this shirt is literally a different colour when it's inside out(The shirt is just a mass of colours thrown together and when it is inside out the pattern is still there, but it looks like a faded yellow and blue shirt).

So in the spirit of unplanned things happening here is a manicure I didn't plan on doing :P

This popped up on my tumblr dashboard yesterday, a pretty, pretty, Prada, purse, photographed by Maurizio Di Iorio. And I knew I had to do something inspired by it. This whole look was done using tape(minus the blue), because I'm not skilled enough to draw perfect lines. I started with a base of China Glaze's Stoked to be soaked. Then I taped off half the nail with scotch tape and added OPI's Over the Taupe, then with striping tape I added the yellow, which is Sinful Colors Pull Over. Finally I added Sally Hansen's *Pacific Blue for the tips. It is safe to say myself along with Spider-Man like my nails.




*Pacific Blue is SUPER deceptive. It is not that intense in real life. Although a lot of swatches look that intense, that is how it photographs a lot of the time. Yes, it is vibrant, but it's not that vibrant.

Friday, 7 August 2015

This is sort of a makeup post, but not really.

Well I have had another one of those weeks where I think I updated recently, but the reality was it's been a week. Anyway, let's get down to business. So I only started really wearing makeup in January. Before that I would only wear it if I HAD to. Now I wear it pretty much any time I leave the house. Now I'm no pro, but I think I'm decent, but I do feel a little iffy when I go into cosmetic stores. I always think they see my makeup and think "Wow, who invited Baba Yaga?". I mean I'm sure they don't say that but if there is anyp lace I feel insecure about my skills it's in a cosmetic store. The one place I feel the most awkward is Sephora, because I feel like everyone there is on point. Well a couple days ago I went in with some of my cousins and when we were checking out the lady behind the counter asked me about my makeup look, because she loved it! This is a first for me, having someone at Sephora take an interest in what I had on. It made me feel fantastic!

What does that all have to do with the manicure? Well since I have been getting into makeup I have been lurking a lot of makeup accounts. Some of these artists are soooooooo creative and I love looking at their work. Even though they sometimes do crazy stuff that I could never do on my own face, I can still use it and translate it to my nails. Like today, I have this manicure inspired by makeup artist Alene Filippova. This look caught my eye immediately when I scrolled past. I just had to put it on my nails :)
 For my nails I started off with a black base, then I top coated it. I then added tape down the centre, and with a fan brush, brushed on the gold(Which is a nameless Dior). Once I removed the tape I top coated it again, put another strip of tape down the centre, and with the fan brush added the red(Revlon Red Carpet). Finally I top coated the whole thing. I did it with and without matte topcoat. I think I like it better shiny as the matte dulled the red.



So tell me. Do you like the makeup? What are some of your favourite products?

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Emileeeeeeee!

Guys where I am is always so hot, and it's horrible. I feel sticky all the time :( I hate summer and I hate the sun. I really do. But you know what I do love? Singer/songwriter MIKA! This post has nothing to do with him, minus the fact that the polish sort of has the same name as one of his songs! Close enough!


Today's polish is brought to us by the Born Pretty Store. Now none of these polishes have individual names, just numbers. But the way it works is each girl has 3 polishes accociated with her name. So you can also get Emily in a red and peaches and cream colour.

Let's talk about the obvious first. The bottle. I can't deny it, it is super cute and the bottle alone makes it a great addition to any collectors stash. My one problem with the bottle is because Emily is so tall the brush is super short. Not only that, but at certain angles Emily's torso hides the nail you are trying to paint, which was a bit annoying for me, but I imaging it would bother people a bit more who didn't paint their nails as often.



The colour is beautiful. It's a shimmery pink/silver, that also looks like it has a bit of blue! Application was great, I used 3 coats for the sake of the photograph, but if I wasn't photographing it, I would use 2 coats. Now this formula is promoted as a safe for children polish that has no smell.  I'm going to be honest with you, I have no idea if that is true. The writing on the box it came in isn't in English so I couldn't tell you if it was actually safe for kids. But I will say it had a smell, a really strong one. It reminded me of Kleancolour polishes, which if you have ever smelt, you know they smell like poison. Polishes like the peel off one which were also promoted as non toxic pretty much had no smell to them. This was the total opposite.



While the polish itself may not be to everyone's liking, it is for sure something pretty that you can add to you display :) And it's currently on sale now here for $4.99 USD! And don't forget out 10% off coupon code EAL91 works on the whole site!


Ps. Here's the Mika song! Although I prefer the French version of the song "Elle me Dit"

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine - Audrey Hepburn

Today I have some Audrey Hepburn decals for you guys. When I saw these on the Born Pretty Store website I feel in love with them. For me I think it was because the dress had this water colour thing going on. And I can not get enough water colour! It also had words on the sheet, but they were all misspelt. I think I can still use the "Beauliful" one if I just put a line across the l, but I don't think "Angd on eaoth" can be saved.


Application was easy, just cut out what you want to use, dip it in water for about 20 seconds(I did it while holding onto it with tweezers), and then carefully slide off and place it on your nails. I did notice these seemed to be a bit more fragile than other decals I have used in the past, so just be careful. Also I found the smaller decals(a la pinky nail) didn't translate as well on to the nail because a lot of the details were lost. Over all though I like these, and you can never go wrong with nail decals! And then to jazz it all up a bit I did a dark purple accent nail as well as dark purple borders.


If you would like a set, head on over here and you can get them on sale for only $1.99 USD! And don't forget to use our 10% discount code (EAL91)! Because saving money is cool! And you can use it on the whole site!


*Product sent for honest review

Thursday, 23 July 2015

It is NEVER too early for Halloween!

Well today is the last day in the Wiki Challenge, and I am on time! Huzzah! This week the wiki article was Horror Icon, which I was super excited about. Halloween reminds me of autumn and I love anything that reminds me of that. Also Halloween is an excuse to binge watch horror films, which I love as well.

I was actually a bit stumped when I was trying to think of something to do. I had ideas, but they were all of horror icons I had already done manicures with and I wanted something new. So I decided to go with The Mummy. The funny thing is I have never seen a mummy movie, ever. No real reason why I haven't, just never really been interested I guess. But I have tinkered with the idea of doing mummy nails before, but ended up doing something else. So this seemed like the perfect chance!

For this I started with a base of black. Then I just added a drop of brown acrylic paint to some white paint to make the off white bandages. To finish I added more brown and sponged that on top and added red eyes. I love how it turned out and it was SUPER easy to to.

Hopefully I will be able to do some new challenges soon. Because even though I am late some times or I miss weeks they are still great ways to come up with new stuff!


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

This is definitely not a-peeling: Peel off polish attempt #2

Well we can't say I didn't try. Today I have another peel off polish for you from Born Pretty Store it's by a brand called Témix. In the bottle it is beautiful. It's a goldish green that reminds me of Chanel Peridot but with holographic glitter.

Like it's counterpart from yesterday also dried quickly, but it also dried super bumpy. I'm not sure if it was air bubbles or fine pieces of glitter. To me it felt quite rough, which leads me to think they were fine pieces of glitter from previous layers. The formula was also brush stroke-y, but I was expecting it with this type of colour. Despite that it was not obvious at all once it dried.



This time around I used a base coat, and for one nail(which I forgot to photograph) peeled horizontally as someone suggested on Instagram. Overall the results were the same as yesterdays polish, and peeled the base coat and my nails. It's most noticeable on my ring finger.


It's safe to say I think I will be staying away from peel off polish. But if you do want to try this, you can get it here for $12.51 USD. And if not Born Pretty has zillions of other nail products that are fantastic! Remember to use Varnished Valkyrie's 10% discount code 'EAL91'!

*Product sent for honest review
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