Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A England-Briarwood: My Red Addiction.

So I like collecting polish, but I'm not one of those people who has 1000+. I tend to keep my collection to under 300, which in the normal people world is insane already. I pick and choose what I own carefully, which is why I have so few polishes I don't love. This is also the reason I have so few similar polishes. Unless it's a colour I use a lot chances are I will have no dupes or even close to dupes.

Unless it's a deep, vampy red with shimmer.

This is the only colour I have a hard time not picking up. It just makes me melt as I love most reds in general. They just have an umph factor to them. A England Briarwood from the Burne-Jones Dream Collection is no exception. It's that deep vampy, shimmery, pigmented red, filled with scattered holographic glitter. Done in a way that only A England could do it. Keeping with A England tradition, this polish has AMAZING formula. I used two coats, but I could have gotten away with one. And photographing this beauty was sooooooo hard. Pictures do not do it justice!

If you are a red lover you NEED this. And if you need a vampy red in your collection, I suggest this be the one you snag! Here are all the places that sell A England: http://www.a-england.co.uk/where-to-buy/

 Light box
 Natural light bulb flash
Artificial light bulb flash

Thursday, 13 November 2014

A-Z Challenge - Copy Cat: Watercolour Flowers

It's that time of the week again! Time to do the A-Z Challenge. This week the letter was C and we had to go off of Copy Cat. For this manicure I decided to recreate someone elses mani with my own twist.

This is actually something that I had saved on my phone and was going to do eventually. It's originally done by the amazingly talented _lastrega. Mine was done using acrylic paint and white polish. The one thing I was trying to do was get my flowers to look solid, but bleed together. It kind of did that on my middle finger, but because the flowers dried quickly it was hard to bleed them.

I'm super please with how these turned out. I wasn't even going to wear them as a proper manicure, just some quick art. Does any one else ever do that every now and then? Just do art for the sake of art and then take it off right away?

Without Top Coat
 With Top Coat
 The Original
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Saturday, 8 November 2014

A-Z Challenge - Bold: Nefertiti and the Nubbins

So my original idea went out the window after a few screw ups(I blame the short nails), but I am happy with what I settled on. The theme for this week is Bold. So I chose to take my inspiration from someone who was bold. Nefertiti.  She was the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten, and together they reigned at what was one of Ancient Egypt's most wealthy periods as well as creating a new religion. I doubt someone who was timid could do that.

ETA: I started this post on Thursday and intended to post it that night BUT I was super busy getting ready for a show. As soon as I took the photo for instagram I just took off the mani w/o taking proper photos. So you'll a)Have to forgive me for being late 2)Forgive me for the photo.

ALSO as you can see for the first time since I have been doing my nails(4 years), I had a break bad enough that they all had to go. Now they are uneven and blah. #prayercircle.

Here is the bust. The colours are a bit faded, but then again that's what a few thousand years does.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Friday The 31st!

I have today manicure from one of my favourite horror series, Friday the 13th! My favourite movies from the series would have to be the first film, and Jason X(EVERYTHING IS BETTER IN SPACE). For this I kept it simple. I did a forest and cabin scene on most of my nails, because everything leads back to camp Crystal Lake. And of course I had to include the iconic hockey mask.



Anyways I hope everyone is having/had/going to have a great and safe Halloween!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

A-Z Challenge - Angles: Zombie Stitching

For the first time ever I'm going to try and do a challenge. One of the reasons I have never attempted one before is because a lot of them involve posting a manicure every day or even a few times a week. Which is something I can't guarantee seeing as (let's be real) I'm a little all over the place when it comes to posting. So the challenge I am doing is the A-Z Challenge. It is once a week(aka something I can stick to) and each week the prompts are the next letter of the alphabet. Today we have Angles.

I had actually decided last week that all my post this week would be Halloween related. So when I was trying to come up with an idea I went back in time(literally) and decided this would be the perfect time to redeem myself and recreate something I did almost 2 years ago to the day.

I guess you would call this Zombie stitching. The original version I did was shameful. I know it was two years ago, but even back then I knew that the original was a big flop. The current one is leaps and bounds better!

I started off with a base of Essie's Sew Psyched(just like in my original), then I did all the places the flesh was separating in red acrylic paint, followed by the stitches is black acrylic paint. Then I topped it off with Born Pretty's matte topcoat, and finished by going over the wounds with Cult Nails Quench to give it more of a wet blood look.

So tell me what you think of my recreation! And while you are at it go tell the other people participating in the challenge how much you love their manicures!

Here is the original from 2 years ago. *facepalm*

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Haloween Classic (On my RIGHT hand as well!!!)

I feel like this is something almost everyone does at one point or another. A graveyard scene. I actually did one last year(but let's not talk about that mess). This year I decided to do a gradient. I was at first conflicted. Do I want a purple gradient or a black gradient? I ended up stumbling across a graveyard manicure that wasn't a gradient but it used only black white and gray with the only colour being a pumpkin. So I decided I would do my original idea in a black gradient and the only colour would be the jack-o-lanterns features.

I also decided not to tell you who I was inspired by. I was having trouble finding their blog when I was trying to find a link so I could credit. Long story short, the reason I couldn't find any was because they had deleted all their accounts because they had been caught stealing peoples posts.

So I would like to credit this to whoever that person probably stole the idea from.


Here is my right hand. I'm really happy with it as it's the first time I have done nail art using my non dominant hand(not including lines using tape or dots).

Monday, 27 October 2014

“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”

Today I have a simple manicure that was inspired by Wacky Laki's Frankenstein manicure. Loved how this turned out. It was SUPER simple and took no time and all. The green polish is Sinful Colors Hey, You! and the black accent nail is Orly Liquid Vinyl.

I only just realized October is almost over. I'm mostly sad about this because I feel like I didn't immerse myself in the Halloween spirit enough. And by immerse I mean I didn't watch enough horror films. I know I can watch them during all the other months, but there is something special about watching horror movies in October.

Cell Phone Photo(You can see the stitches a bit better)

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