Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tiff's Guest Blog Series: Lilac Lovely + Dancing with the Stars + Spider Woes

Hey guys so I tried to do a few swatches for you today but I had a little trouble... then more trouble... So this sucks, but I'm going to show you anyway. So the first polish I have is Lilypad Lacquer's "Lilac Lovely". It is a beautiful purple holographic polish that is a bit of a tricky chameleon in that it looks kind of "blurple" (blue-purple) in the shade. But honestly its so pretty I don't even care if its difficult to describe!

So my troubles began when I forgot to give my pinky finger a third coat of polish and didn't see the bald spot I left. It's only sort of noticeable. Whoopsy.







Then part way through taking pictures I bumped my pinky on a flower. And got a big ol' gouge. Crap. But at least you can the chameleon thing I was talking about!



So next I swatched Jindie Nails "Dancing with the Stars" on top. This is one coat dabbed on without top coat. 


And I managed to get one decent picture before I encountered this scary beast. And he/she scared the living shit out of me. It was green. GREEN. I thought it was a harmless little bug. Nope. Nope nope nope nope nope nope. Its a spider. It's green spider. I counted the legs. Spider. Gaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. SO naturally I crashed into my camera in my haste to get away from this terrifying beast. Naturally. And of course I got a huge gouge in my index finger. But I went back and got a shot of him as proof. With the help of a lot zoom. There was no way I was getting that close to it. Nope. So enjoy the rest of the truly awful gouged pictures. Sorry!






So minus the gouge, I actually like this combo a lot. Dancing with the Stars is a white, black and hot pink mix of almost every glitter shape known to man. There are stars, moons, hexes, circles, diamonds, like everything but bar glitter (not my favourite anyways). The base is clear with a scattered holo, although its not visible on top of lilac lovely's linear holo. My only whine is that I found a few big, white rectangular glitter chunks that kind of reminded me of left over pieces from cutting out other shapes. I picked them off or avoided them altogether. Nothing to really worry about! Anyways, this combo kind of looks a little Halloween-ish, maybe Witchy? I dunno but I like it. Hope you like it too! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Swatch: Rainbow Honey Midnight Fountain

A couple weeks ago I was having a terrible time and needed a pick-me-up colour so I went through that backlog of Rainbow Honeys from my last order. Midnight Fountain is fantastically gorgeous. Admittedly it was a little difficult to work with. The glitter is VERY chunky but the payoff is wonderful. I really wish I could get just the pure jelly, like dang. This is three coats.

These first two photos are from my blackberry and they're not QUITE colour accurate.



But these ones! My iPod pulled through =3









The colour definitely made me feel better, especially when it matched my eyeliner ;D

Photo from my instagram

Tiff's Guest Blog Series: Nail Polish Canada Halloween Contest Entry!

Hi everyone! I FINALLY have my contest entry ready to go!! This idea is one I've been playing with for a whole two weeks to get right. When I heard that American Horror Story I was inspired to do a creepy, vaudeville, dark circus theme!! I've actually ran a few trial runs of this manicure in the last weeks, and it's finally perfect. I'm so in love with how this turned out! If you interested a wrote up a teeny bit of an explanation of how I did the nail art and the colours I used at the bottom of the post!

I really hope you guys like my entry and if you do PLEASE PLEASE vote!! Every vote means the world to me! :) Thanks for checking out my art!! (If you do vote please put it as "alira23.blogspot.ca -Tiffany")

















The two colours I used were OPI Taupe-less Beach and L'Oreal Haute Couture Red, I also used black, red and white dollar store stripers. Taupeless beach was mixed with white and sponged for the marble effect.


All the artwork was painted onto saran wrapped CD cases and then transferred onto my nails. These are my left over trials!
At the suggestion of Kate from Fishing 4 Beauty I added this to a Halloween link up! Check it out for some ideas on spooky manicures!




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nail Polish Canada Halloween 2014 Nail Art Contest :D

FINALLY some nail art! I have been so unmotivated lately and BUSY too. Currently working three jobs actually (all part time) but luckily none of them really has rules against outrageous nail colours...

On that note, this is actually one of the least outrageous designs I've tried.

First things first, my friend gave me Julep's Oxygen basecoat which I've been using a little bit. My nails do feel smoother and look better btw... Maybe I'll do a bit of a review later.

Anyway, I have to get this post up hence why it's being posted ASAP.

Okay, I started with the basecoat and then my plan was to matte the nails and use shiny topcoat to draw some spiderwebs and well... that didn't work. So anyway, here's my almost nude nails in case anyone was curious. (WarPaint Mattify)



I have been totally enamoured of "negative space" manicures and I really wanted to do something like that. After trying the shiny topcoat thing and failing, I wished I had something shiny but nearly invisible to mimic spider silk in the light and then I remembered I have rainbows in a bottle. I used the Gosh Holographic Hero.


I used one of my bornprettystore.com brushes. The lines aren't very thin but this design is subtle.


Except of course the little buddy one my thumbs, using Essie Licorice.



Teehee. I don't mind it. Won't win me anything but you can check out the entries here and vote for your favourite <3

At the suggestion of Kate from Fishing 4 Beauty I added this to a Halloween link up! Check it out for some ideas on spooky manicures!


Tiff's Guest Blog Series: Psst! I Love Wallis!!

Hey guys! I’m back with another fall-ish pol-ish for you LOL! I’m really lame, I know. This one is Butter London “Wallis”!! This polish has been on my wishlist for a while now and when I found out Sharra had it, I NEEDED to borrow it! :D So “Wallis” is a gorgeous moss green with a gold shimmer that makes it so glowy and shiny.

As soon as I got outside and took one look at this polish it just screamed “photoshoot me!!!” LOL SOoooo I went a little picture happy! Hehehehe! Sorry I’m not sorry! :P


So this is two coats of Wallis without top coat:













Check out my new friend!! Handsome isn't he/she?!
So basically Wallis is all kinds of gorgeous! I was concerned that it wouldn't match my skin tone very well, but I actually think it's very flattering! I still haven't given this one back to Sharra. Hehehehe I just want to wear it once for reals and then I'll give it back! But I'm just so busy trying different Halloween nail art, I haven't found the time yet! I'm really excited about some of the ideas I'm trying. Can't wait to show you guys =D

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tiff's Guest Blog Series: Fifth Post


Hi everyone! I’m back with my guest post series! The last polish I have to show you that Sharra gave me is Rainbow Honey’s “Papillion”. This one is from the Midnight Garden Collection. It is a glitter topcoat with a mix of pink and purple holographic glitters and big pink holographic butterflies. There is also a micro-glitter that looks maybe holographic in the bottle?? I’ll confirm that further down.

For the base color I chose a light periwinkle blue from Essie called “Lapis of Luxury”. This one is fairly sheer actually (I forgot it’s sheer before I put it on). I ended up using two coats (the second very thick) to get it opaque enough to be a good base color. I believe this color is always available from Essie so I think you can get it at most drug stores. I really like it, its kind of airy, light and feminine because it’s sheer. 




So I’m kind of in love with this combination. I didn’t want to take it off! I’m still unsure if the micro-glitter was holographic or not because the sun disappeared. Sorry. The last picture shows the colour the most accurately (my camera struggles in low lighting).  Application was a breeze, the glitter spread evenly and it was not difficult to fish out the butterflies. "Papillion" is still available on Rainbow Honey’s website if you like it as much as I do! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swatch: Essie Licorice + Nfu Oh 51

OH SHARRA'S BACK. For a couple posts anyway, I couldn't put off posting when I have pics of my own forever but Tiff is having a blast and I don't think she's going to stop soon =3 I am going to tell you here it is pretty great to have a nail friend so close. There has already been a swap where I offloaded my doubles and got some awesome polish in return, one of which is featured today.

For the last seven years (you read that right) I have relied on a single black to sustain me, Revlon Blackest Black and recently (as of two years ago?) Essence Black is Back. Tiff generously provided me a replacement in the form of Essie Licorice and oh my the formula is divine. I used two coats and it went on like butter! (Haha, speaking of butters, Tiff nabbed mine to try at home, hopefully we'll see that pop up soon!)





Not much to these photos of course, just your basic black.

I can't leave you with just that after leaving the Blahg alone for so long though, so I'm going to show you one of the polishes Tiff let me borrow. Check this out!


This is Nfu Oh 51, a multichrome flakie in a purple jelly base. Over black, it looks a lot like Essie Shine of the Times (though admittedly weaker).




I think part of the appeal of this polish is the gorgeously elaborate bottle. Not gonna lie, I definitely want it. If anyone empties one of these and wants to send me the bottle I would be totally happy to find another use for it.



Beautiful.

In obvious news, it's Halloween pretty soon and that means some contests! Send me ideas! Show me your nails! The Facebook Page is always yearning for pretty photos!

Tell me how your life is!