Manicure: Winter blues

Manicure: Winter blues

I remembered to take some pics of my latest stamping adventures the other day. I seemingly have ventured down the blue path with my bags and purses, so in an effort to remain somewhat coordinated, I decided to do a winter blue manicure.

I purchased the Winstonia plates a few weeks ago and have been itching to use more of them. Each plate is seasonal, and so I selected a winter-esque one from the Christmas plate (W120) on the far right.

Winstonia 120

My base colour is Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue – this has been my go to blue shade this season. I can’t get over how bright and vibrant the colour is. It borders on a slight purple tinge, which probably explains a little of my bias towards it.
Blue stamp nails

I need a little more practice in stamping on a straight line. Hah. They progressively become a little more angled as you go from left to right. Not sure why that is how it is, but yes. I need to stamp more!Blue stamp nails

I finished off with my usual layer of Seche to make it nice and shiny. I’m debating what my next manicure will be now. I’m leaning towards alternating to a glitter mani now! (AND I’m so glad that it is the last month of winter!)Blue stamp nails

My redeeming grace(s)

My redeeming grace(s)

I’m struggling to keep my head above water at the moment. I’m essentially procrastinating as I type this, but a girl’s gotta have an outlet. I can never imagine what it is like to be busy when I’m idle. If that makes any sense whatsoever. I’m quite thankful to be busy – it’s always good to keep your mind occupied and have deadlines and targets to aspire to. I must remember to keep drinking water though. Being busy often causes me to skip the essentials.

Two things that did keep me relatively sane today are my current manicure (spots, stripes and florals) + my bright blue Ant that I brought in with me today. I rarely have green mani’s so it was a nice refreshing change. Not sure about the red flowers though. I might change that soon. I generally don’t bring the Ant with me to work, but I felt like a bit of colour in my outfit.

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On the food front, I popped by Lorraine’s Patisserie today to try a pie. It was lovely and delicious and flakey. The beef pie is more tomato-ey than gravy-ey as H pointed out, but I still really enjoyed it. It was a teensy bit on the oily side, but it made up for it in taste. I also went to Sassy Red earlier in the week for nasi lemak. I think this I’m OD’ing a bit on the comfort food this week.

FOOD

Anyway, I hope everyone’s week is a bit saner than mine is at the moment!

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: 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!

Hot n’ Not Tuesday

Hot n’ Not Tuesday

Easter nails

What’s Hot

  • Remixing my nail polish. I discovered that the purple bits were beginning to show tip wear (which annoys me endlessly). I removed the purple and replaced it with a white, pink and navy concoction. I’m obsessed with nail stamping and I can’t deny. (。・_・。)
  • The numerous little tomatoes that are sprouting up in my garden. They are slowly growing bigger and bringing the stems down, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is so satisfying to grow your own veggies! I bought some more soil to extend my garden. I’m still awaiting any appearances from the elusive zucchini fairy.

What’s Not

  • It seems an ever-growing trend that people chime in even though they don’t know the entire story. They offer their opinions even when it isn’t needed. Really now, kindly get your facts straight before you proffer your primitive thoughts. I guess it is inevitable, haters gonna hate. All I know is I’m not going to stoop to your level.
  • How wind shield washers at the stop lights have evolved for the worse. I encountered not one, but TWO of the highly evolved variety. They splash a dollop of soapy water before you can even protest, then insist that they are giving you a ‘freebie’ and that if you could help out even for a dollar, it would be great. Seriously?
Manicure: Easter inspired

Manicure: Easter inspired

I’ve been keeping my nails somewhat neutral for the past few weeks just because, and I felt like a bit of a change. Of course it had to be purple. And metallic. I’m beginning to see what colour tips I favour over others. I didn’t think I had any favourites, but there you go! The mid-season sales have started in the malls and shopping centres. I’ve tried to do my best to stay away, but there are times where I just cave in. Exhibit A: a few days ago, I bought work clothes at 50% off. I try to justify this to myself as a necessity. Reality is, I have too many clothes.

I decided on doing a cute little chick for my feature nail. I debated long and hard on whether I wanted to stamp the rest or do some polka dots. You can see for yourself what I decided on. I can’t believe that it is almost a quarter of the year over! I gave up chocolate for Lent. It has been trying at times, but it really makes you reflect on the sacrifices that were made for human kind and it just brings you back to the roots of Easter. I won’t harp on too much about that. I’ll just say that I’m looking forward to the chocolate at the end.

More photos after the jump.

Happy Easter everyone!

Easter nails

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Manicure: Gun metal grey

Manicure: Gun metal grey

I couldn’t stand how my previous mani was wearing (it was getting a little chipped and a little too bright for my liking in general), so I changed it. Hah. I’m just all up for frivolity these days. I’m pretty brutal with my nails so it doesn’t really come as a surprise that I find the need to change them often. I looked through my giant box of polishes for something I hadn’t used in a while. I found OPI’s My Private Jet hiding in the corner. It is a dark grey metallic polish with lighter grey flecks throughout. It appears to have a slight hologram in the bottle, but it isn’t really apparent on your nails. More photos after the jump!

OPI My Private Jet Bundle Monster

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