Manicure: Sparkly Rudolph

Manicure: Sparkly Rudolph

I’ve been working solidly the past few weeks, so although I’ve kept my Instagram up to date, my blog has fallen on the wayside. I saw this tutorial on Beautylish the other day and I couldn’t resist. I had all the different coloured polishes handy in my possession.

I used Sephora by OPI Merry Me and Bys French White as a base. I didn’t have any of the spotting tools, so I improvised with a bamboo skewer. I used OPI Tickle my Francey for Rudolph’s face, and OPI My Private Jet for his sparkly antlers. His eyes I kept to a basic black called Misfit by MAC.

Sparkly Rudolph manicure

I love the way it turned out. It is such a simple and adorable design, and the sparkle adds an extra something. I’ve worn it for a week already and haven’t gotten sick of it yet – so that says a lot! I’ve received a lot of compliments on these, but I’m itching for a change.

Sparkly Rudolph manicure

Until next time…

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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

Random life happenings

Random life happenings

I will admit that I am suffering from an extreme case of Monday-itus. The weekend seemed so jam packed with things that all I wanted to do this morning was sleep in. I can’t even remember what I did over the weekend. All I remember is the visit to Sculpture by the Sea, where we walked a fair distance from Bondi back to Coogee. There were some pretty interesting photos that I’ll save for a separate post.

The boy is in the process of furnishing his soon-to-be apartment so Saturday was spent at King Furniture umming and aahing over their large range of couches. Who knew there were so many decisions – size, shape, colour, fabric, fabric protection, brackets to convert it into a bed. The list goes on. Anyway. We decided on one. It looks pretty.

We bought a cheesecake the other weekend from Pasticceria Papa in Haberfield. Let me just say that they have the best cheesecake in Sydney. No question. They do amazing cannoli’s too. I love the traditional ricotta ones. They are best eaten fresh when the pastry is crunchy.

Pasticceria Papa cheesecake

They have a huge array of cookies and cakes. If this isn’t heaven, it is something pretty close. Although I spied these little puppy(?) meringues and I wasn’t quite sure about them.

Pasticceria Papa

I couldn’t decide which shade of purple to paint my nails, so I went a bit nuts and did them all different hues. It is a sad, sad day when you can’t decide which of your purple polishes to exclude from your crazy purple mani.

Crazy purple mani

I hope everyone else had a relaxing weekend!

Manicure: Konad Light Bronze review

Manicure: Konad Light Bronze review

I bought a few Konad polishes – not a necessity for nail stamping, but something that I find easier when I do my nails in a rush. Plus there are so many lovely pearlescent and metallic ones that are too hard to resist. I used Konad Light Bronze in this instance, which looks more like a gun-metal grey.

Light bronze konad nail stamp

I love this effect overall. I’m not sure if nude was the best choice for the base as in some light, it made my nails look a bit dirty. The polish itself picked up every little detail from the design. I found that the little sparkly particles would get stuck in my nail plates – requiring a good scouring with a cotton pad and a decent amount of nail polish remover.

Light bronze konad nail stamp

It was a bit of an issue getting the silver bits off of my fingertips, but they came off over time. I’ll definitely be using this polish more often, perhaps on a darker base.

Manicure: Nude Flowers

Manicure: Nude Flowers

Apologies I’ve gotten behind in my blog posts! I made a visit to the annual coffee festival the other day, so I have a bunch of photos from there! I got super wired, but how could you not with $2 cups of coffee. I’ll post them up soon hopefully! As per usual, life has had made a bit of a hectic turn, so I’ve either been working hard, or just relaxing, and nothing in between.

In other news, I can’t believe that it is August already. It just seems as though time has flown by so quickly. Before you know it it will be Christmas again. Sigh.

I’ve had to tone down my nails as of late. The corporate environment doesn’t look kindly upon brights or glitters. I stuck with my go-to nude, Tickle My France-y and stamped a floral design over the top in white Konad. That reminds me, I should really look into obtaining more Konad polishes. I’m quite impressed with how well they work.

Manicure: Inverted Tiffany Blue

Manicure: Inverted Tiffany Blue

Time for another mani! I was feeling a little more brighter this time around and went with China Glaze’s For Audrey. This Tiffany-esque blue is frequently in my colour rotation. It is just an easy colour to wear, despite its bright bold hue. I opted for BM-310, a plate with an inverted design.

China Glaze For Audrey

I decided I’d do a feature nail on my ring finger. I admit I do like how the other nail stamps seem understated in comparison to it.

China Glaze For Audrey

Until next time!

China Glaze For Audrey

Manicure: Make Up Store Siw Hologram

Manicure: Make Up Store Siw Hologram

I won’t lie to you, I’m easily swayed by anything that sparkles or glistens in the sun. I was in need of a bit of rainbow sparkle, and when I saw Siw at the Make Up Store, I couldn’t resist. It is a lovely baby blue polish made up of micro hologram flakes.

It applies smoothly and completely after maybe about two coats. I discovered that these polishes are named after members of staff at the Make Up Store. There were holos in the same family, but with a different base colour. There was pink, white and green, which made my choice even harder!

There are a few cons with this polish. Any top coat I put on dulls the hologram effect significantly. I resorted to no top coat, which meant my polish lasted for about a day or two at most. I’m pretty brutal with my nails. It is a shame, but I guess it is worth it for those special occasions!