Five things

Five things

Let me tell you, I’m glad that this short week is almost over. It feels like a full week and I’m ready to have a drink or two by the end of tomorrow. So, with that in mind, here are five random things that are making me happy this week.

Nars blush

ONE. A pretty (and untouched) Nars blush. In cactus flower. I’m liking the cream blush thing – this is my first foray into non-powder blush territory and I gotta say, it ain’t half bad!

After work wine

TWO. Impromptu harbour-side drinks. Enjoying the last few remnants of summer and the long days that comes along with it. There is nothing more relaxing than having drinks whilst sitting next to an amazing Sydney view.

bunny

THREE. My Easter bunny (disguised as an albino bat) manicure. I want to redo it but I haven’t had time. The glitter however makes me happy every time I look down at my nails.

Yellow liliesFOUR. Pretty yellow lilies that just seem to smile at you when you look at them. Really. They just look so bright and happy and cheery. And I want to stare at them all day. Except that I have work during the day. So I don’t get to stare.

coffee

FIVE. My daily soy latte(s) from Mecca Espresso. I really like my coffee. That’s probably an understatement. But. I really do. Like it. There are days that I don’t have a coffee, but most days. I do have that cup of coffee.

What gets you through the working week?

Manicure: Steely grey

Manicure: Steely grey

I haven’t had much time for nail art in my life lately. It’s mostly been the work-home-sleep cycle. As soon as I get home, its usually time to make dinner, eat, then work on my latest DIY-tassel project. Not that I’m complaining. Anyway. I’m into simple manicures these days. Ever since doing my nail swatches, I’ve realised how many similar shades I have in different finishes. I opted for neutrals today, a cream grey and a metallic grey.

I’m pretty happy with it – i.e. I haven’t yet had the urge to stamp over it or change it to a different shade. I used M.A.C On the Prowl and China Glaze Platinum Silver. I might stamp it on the weekend. Maybe…

Hello Kitty MAC on the prowl

Hello Kitty MAC on the prowl

Manicure: Silver ninja stars

Manicure: Silver ninja stars

With little to no time between work and other commitments, I did a quick nail stamp mani last week. I had a lilac base on my nails already – China Glaze Light as Air. I love this shade as it is just a whisper of purple.

I contemplated stamping with an eggplant purple colour, but felt it was too overpowering for my mood. I ended up using Konad Light Bronze – a shimmery silver colour. What looked like a geometric pattern on the metal plate turned into funky ninja stars on my nails.


Ninja stars

Ninja stars

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Manicure: Robin egg speckles

Manicure: Robin egg speckles

Well. More like reverse robin egg speckles.

I was a bit exasperated with my nails over the weekend. I had painted them with Orly Pink Whisper which is more of a pearly white than a pink. It was all streaky and just not working for me at all! I tossed up whether to take it all off and start again or just to stamp over it. I opted for the latter and ended up with this.

Robin egg speckles

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I can barely notice the ugly streaky finish. I used three different shades of blue. China Glaze For Audrey, China Glaze Flyin’ High and Kit Up Beat. Here is the obligatory claw shot.

Robin egg speckles

It catches the light and the blue is always a different shade each time I look at it. I’m a fan of the more subtle stamps. I’ll be trying more of this colour combination in the new year me thinks. But in the meantime, I think it’s time to start on some Christmas nails.

Robin egg speckles

Manicure: Pink and silver stamp

Manicure: Pink and silver stamp

Happy Melbourne Cup day! The only day where it is socially acceptable for ladies to wear pieces of birds atop their heads without ridicule. As you can tell I’m not super into horse racing. I can’t say I’ve ever completely understood it. I guess you have to be a little into gambling to understand (I don’t even buy lottery tickets).

For this mani, I did a Nutrimetics girly rose pink base on my nails, and stamped with Konad Bronze. As I’ve discovered before, the bronze appears more cooler toned, and on the silver side rather than the warm gold tones. I’m still really obsessed with my Bundle Monster nail plates. I have so many untried patterns.

Pink and silver nail art stamp

This particular pattern had little tiny circles in a grid-like fashion. I think it looks very different up close, and a little further away. There is more order to the pattern when looking from afar.

Pink and silver nail art stamp

I like how the silver responds to different light. I needs to find more combinations to go with this Konad light bronze. Loving it!

Pink and silver nail art stamp

I hope everyone else had a lovely Melbourne Cup Day, and that if you placed any bets, you won up big!

Manicure: Two tone houndstooth nail stamp

Manicure: Two tone houndstooth nail stamp

I love the houndstooth pattern that came with the last Bundle Monster set. It’s a large, clear pattern and is just so striking and dramatic (I’ve used it a bunch of times in the past). I was a bit sick of my orange and bronze nails, so I decided to do a two tone stamp.

Manicure: Two tone houndstooth nail stamp

This time I used China Glaze Light as Air for the base, and stamped with a combination of Revitanail Coral Cascade and China Glaze Spontaneous.

Manicure: Two tone houndstooth nail stamp

I used Spontaneous and Light as Air a while ago for a similar manicure, but I thought I’d mix it up for a little something different. I wasn’t sure whether I’d like how bold it would turn out, but with the weekend nipping at my feet, I had no real qualms trying it out.

Manicure: Two tone houndstooth nail stamp

I was a little apprehensive about how bright and in-your-face it came out, but it is slowly growing on me. Not sure if I’ll keep it until the working week. We’ll see.

What do you think of bright polishes?

Manicure: Hologram tape art

Manicure: Hologram tape art

I rarely venture outside of my comfort zone of nail stamping, so on this one occasion, I decided to do a nail tape art thing. I’d spied the technique used mostly on Nailside, which has some pretty rocking manicures.

This one was basically doing a few layers with a triangle tape pattern repeated on the tip. I used China Glaze Spontaneous, Bys White and a Make Up Store holo on the top. It sort of reminded me of a peacock feather.

Tape nail manicure

You can see the stupid sock creature I made a few years ago in the background! I really should do more sewing these days. I was slightly uneasy about my nails, mostly because of the slight imperfections in the crispness of the line.

Nail tape manicure

I suppose practice makes perfect and I should try tape manicures more. One thing that discourages me from it is the amount of drying time you need. This needs a lot of patience! Patience which I’m not sure I have… But that’s a different story.