Manicure: Orange crush

Manicure: Orange crush

I’m so glad the sun has decided to show up today. That solid week of rain was such a bummer. I’ll admit it was fun to wear the gumboots and stomp in all the puddles (as if I were five again, hah). But coupled with the non-stop rain and freezing cold, it just got exhausting. It just ain’t fun. I picked up a few new polishes from the Priceline sale a few weeks ago. I got some new ones at the Glam Polish sale too, but we won’t talk about that now.

I used Sally Hansen’s Crushed Xtreme Wear stamped with a Konad white polish. The rainy week left me deprived of a warm summer’s day so I thought a little bit of citrus would brighten things up a bit. I’m pretty impressed with Sally Hansen polishes. I wouldn’t have given them a go if it weren’t for the fact that they were down to 2 bucks at the Priceline sales.

Orange manicure

Orange manicure

So insanely obsessed with nail stamping these days. I just wish I had more time in the day week to keep up with how often I change my mind about the patterns. ANYWAY! So glad it is Friday tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great end to the week! Xx

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: Purple houndstooth

Manicure: Purple houndstooth

I’ve toyed around with the houndstooth pattern from the Bundle Monster set on previous occasions and I’ve loved the clean, bold, crisp pattern it leaves on my nails. I decided to take it a step further and played around with the colour schemes. It isn’t a secret that I’m in love with purple. I chose two shades from China Glaze, and I’m pretty happy with the combination.

Lilac houndstooth nail stamping

I left my ring finger bare for a bit of contrast and starkness. I tend to wear lighter polishes for longer since the tip wear bothers me a lot less.

Lilac houndstooth nail stamping

The base lilac shade is CG’s Light as Air, and the stamp colour is CG’s Spontaneous.

Lilac houndstooth nail stamping

Needless to say I’ll probably be repeating this combination again in the future.

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: White stamped black

Manicure: White stamped black

I went to Priceline late last week and spied some Orly polishes on sale. Super cheap, but they only come in selected shades at selected stores. So if  any Sydney girls are interested, the Sydney City Westfield store has a whole rack of them. I picked just one colour, as I was a bit apprehensive about the quality of the polish not having tried Orly before. I chose Whisper Pink, which is a subdued pearly pink shade (it looks more white to me). I love that it has just the right amount of shimmer.

Not being one to leave things alone, I debated whether to do a rainbow stamp on each nail. Then I realised how stupid this would look in a corporate setting, and I opted for basic Konad black. I did an accent nail on my ring finger and used Bundle Monster series 2 plates.

More pics after the cut! 

Orly Whisper Pink

I did them in a little bit of a rush, so as you can see, I’ve not gotten a clear image. This would ordinarily bother me immensely, but I seem to be dealing with these imperfections a little better these days.

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Manicure: Stripes on my nails

Manicure: Stripes on my nails

I put a duo chrome purple on my nails last week. I thought I better enjoy the duo chrome for a while, and tried to leave it alone. I eventually got bored of it. I can’t stand plain nails any more. I don’t think it is a good thing, as it is a highly time consuming exercise. That said, I’m probably quicker at stamping, and doing my nails now than I was when I first started. But still. I decided I’d preserve the Ozotic duo chrome, and added a pink stripe over the top. I used a layer of OPI’s Grand Canyon Sunset and finished with Seche Vite.

Please excuse the quality of the photos. This week has been incredibly lazy for me and my editing skill have seemingly gone out the window. More photos after the jump.

Purple duo chrome

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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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