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31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 3 – Yellow Nails!!


Happy Sunday Everyone!!

Today I’m back with Sam and Cris for Day 3 of the 31 Day Challenge 2012 with our yellow nails! Yellow is one of my absolute favorite nail polish colors so I had a lot of fun trying to come up with what to do. Now that I think about it, I should have done yellow cupcakes or something since today is my birthday. Ah well, hindsight and such. 😛

And once again I’m typing this in the middle of the night so let’s keep my intro short and sweet. 😉


31DC2012 Day 3 – Candy Stripe Yellow Nails

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Day 3 Yellow Nails - 8
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May I present to you, mah candy nails! Well, I think they look like candy anyway. 😛 I started off with 1 coat of Finger Paints Catwalk Queen, a murky mustard yellow creme. Catwalk Queen is one of my favorite yellows, and I love that it’s usually a one coater for me. My bottle of it has turned some scary brownish orange color but the polish itself still looks the same. O.o
Day 3 Yellow Nails - 10
Day 3 Yellow Nails - 11
Then I used a medium-sized striping brush and added Cult Nails Feel Me Up (a daffodil yellow crelly), Catrice Sunny Side (a gorgeous yellow shimmer, thanks again Andrea!), and Essence Mellow Yellow (a pale yellow creme).
Day 3 Yellow Nails - 1
Day 3 Yellow Nails - 2
Day 3 Yellow Nails - 3
And theeeeeeeennn I decided that I wanted to use my A48 nail plate some more. 😀 This is the same nail plate that has the koi fish on it that I used for my Day 2 nails. It had this patchwork stitch pattern on it that I thought was super cute and I think it looks pretty awesome with the different yellows in this manicure. :-)
Day 3 Yellow Nails - 4
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I used Milani White on White (surprise, surprise…) for the stamping. I think this nail plate and I have a lot of fun stamping in our future. 😀

That’s it for Day 3! Don’t forget to check out  Sam and Cris’s blogs to see their Day 3 nails!

P.S. Anyone watching the season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead tonight!! I know I am and I cannot wait to see Michonne in the flesh!! 😀

Layering Experiment No. 8 – A Walk In The Park With A Dragon


Hey Everyone!

Today I’ve got a layering combo that I wore the last week. I wanted to try out my new Bundle Monster plates that I’d just received in the mail, and do another layering experiment while I was at it. 😀

I forgot to take pictures right after I did it so the photos of this look are after I’d been wearing it for a few days. I apologize for the mild tip wear. 😛

If you’re confused about the title for this post everything shall be explained after the jump. 😉


Essence Colour3 A Walk In The Park Duo + A England Dragon + Essence Colour & Go Make It Golden

Essence Colour3 A Walk In The Park Duo + A England Dragon + Essence Colour & Go Make It Golden
Essence Colour3 A Walk In The Park Duo + A England Dragon + Essence Colour & Go Make It Golden
Essence Colour3 A Walk In The Park Duo + A England Dragon + Essence Colour & Go Make It Golden
I started out with 2 coats of A Walk In The Park, a lovely teal creme which is part of the Essence Colour3 duo that was sent to me by the lovely Deborah (thanks girl!). 😀 Then I added 1 coat of Stop For An Ice Cream (also part of the Colour3 duo).

After that dried, I stamped over it with the Bundle Monster BM-210 Plate using A England’s Dragon. Next time I need to use colors that contrast a little more. Subtle stamping can be nice, but this one is so subtle that you can hardly see it! 😛

Finally I topped everything off with 1 very light coat of Essence Colour & Go Make It Golden. ^_^
Essence Colour3 A Walk In The Park Duo + A England Dragon + Essence Colour & Go Make It Golden
Here’s a macro shot for you to check out. You can see the stamping a little better and the gorgeous flakies that are in Stop For An Ice Cream. I loved the way this turned out. But you know I’m a sucker for blue, greens, and flakies. 😀

That’s it for today everyone! I hope you enjoyed this layered offering as much as I did. ♥

NOTD: Freehand Cloud Manicure with Essence Vampire’s Love Collection


Hey Everyone!

Just a quick post today, sorry it’s so late! The amazing Jeanette (aka The Swatchaholic) was kind enough to send me the Essence Vampire’s Love Collection, and my oh my are these polishes gorgeous! Expect to see swatches and a review very soon. 😀 I’ve been wearing The Dawn Is Breaking (a beautiful light grey polish with black flecks and silver shimmer) for a few days now and decided to try my hand at Nailside’s Freehand Cloud Manicure using some of the polishes from the Vampire’s Love Collection.


Vampire’s Love Cloud Manicure

Nailside "Clouds" Manicure with Essence Vampire's Love Collection
Nailside "Clouds" Manicure with Essence Vampire's Love Collection
Nailside "Clouds" Manicure with Essence Vampire's Love Collection
This was SO incredibly easy to do, and I love the way it turned out! I need to work on making my edges nice and round, but for a first try I’m pretty pleased with myself. :-)

Polishes Used:

Essence – The Dawn Is Broken
Essence – Into The Dark
Essence – True Love

And in other excellent news, I just started an apprenticeship at a local salon to become a licensed nail tech! I had orientation today and tomorrow will be my first full day there. The first 6-8 weeks will mostly be textbook work and other “boring” things. But after that I get to do practicals and work on real people. I’m super pumped! And I’m also going to be super tired, since I’ll have to put in 20 hours a week at the salon to graduate on time on top of working my usual 40 hour weeks at my regular job (midnight shift)…

But it’s gonna be so so SO worth it. 😀

31 Day Challenge: Day 13 (Animal Print)


Hey Guys!

Today is day 13 of the 31 Day Challenge (Animal Print). This is going to be a quickie post because I am running low on time today. I kept it simple, I used the m57 tiger pattern to layer Konad Special Polish in White over 3 thin coats of Pool Party by Essence. I LOVE Pool Party, it’s a beautiful cheery blue filled with glass flecks. And y’all know I love glass flecks. 😉


Day 13: Animal Print

Day 13: Animal Print (Essence Pool Party & Konad Special White)
Day 13: Animal Print (Essence Pool Party & Konad Special White)
This was a bit of a rush job and I smudged my pinky and pointed finger a bit, but overall I think this stamping worked out pretty well. I always come back to this tiger print stamp, it’s so versatile!
Essence  - Pool Party
Essence  - Pool Party
Pool Party on its own. I had a lemming for this polish for a long time and I’m glad I was finally able to get my hands on this gorgeous blue. It really does look like a reflective pool of water. 😀

That’s it for today, sorry this post is so short on words! 😛 Now head over to Cris and Sam’s blogs today for their Animal Print manis for today! ^_^

More Essence Colour & Go – Swatches & Review


Mellow Yellow, Can't Cheat On Me, Choose Me!, Irreplaceable

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday. I’m a bit of a mess at the moment. I had to bring my cat Clarence (orange tabby) to the emergency vet yesterday and he has to stay there until Monday at the earliest. He has an obstruction of some kind and I won’t have an update on his condition until some time later today. So if everyone could keep him in your thoughts that would be fantastic. :-(

Anyway, today I have the rest of my Essence Colour & Go polishes that were sent to me by my friend Dana. I don’t know why my bottle picture is so murky looking, disregard that and scroll down to the lovely swatches. 😛

All swatches shown are done with Seche Vite top coat and SH Nail Quencher base coat.


Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow
Mellow Yellow
Mellow Yellow is your standard light, but not pastel, yellow creme. It applies a bit streaky like most yellows, and if you don’t wait a few minutes between coats you will get cuticle drag. This is three coats.


Irreplaceable is a beautiful nude beige that is packed solid with gold shimmer. This is three thin coats. Click the macro on this baby for a better look at the ridiculous amount of glitter in this one. :-) While the color is great, I’m not sure it’s doing too much for my skin tone. I did tan a lot this summer so I’ll have to try this one again once winter is in full effect.

Can’t Cheat On Me

Can't Cheat On Me (no flash)
I’m really not sure why this one is named Can’t Cheat On Me, there must be some story behind it. *shrugs* This one is a silver polish with an extremely subtle scattered holo effect. It’s so subtle, that you really can’t see it all that well in this photo.
Can't Cheat On Me (with camera flash)
You can see the holo particles a little better under camera flash, but it is still a very subtle effect. Clicking this picture will give you a better view. Can’t Cheat On Me was very sheer, this is three coats but you can still see a little VNL (visible nail line).

Choose Me!

Choose Me!
And here’s my favorite of the bunch, Choose Me!, a memorizing blue polish filled with green and gold shimmer. This one was also pretty sheer, at three coats you can still clearly see VNL.
Choose Me!
But doesn’t it look familiar? If you own Zoya Charla or OPI Catch Me In Your Net or Orly Halleys Comet… Then you know what I’m talking about. These three polishes are basically dead on dupes for Choose Me! Iris at Pimp My Nails has a comparison of Choose Me! and Charla, but search the web and you’ll quickly see that they all look the same. Choose Me! is by far the most inexpensive one to grab though I like the formula and opacity of Charla more.
Choose Me!
Click on this picture to get a shimmer overload! I just love the effect that this polish gives, it looks like I’m staring into the ocean. One important thing to note about Choose Me! or any of its dupes, they will ALL stain the crap out of your nails so take that as a warning. I used a super thick base coat when I swatched this and did not experience any staining. But I only wore it for a very short time. My friends who also have Choose Me! have not been so lucky, and I know from personal experience (and green nail beds) that Charla stains like crazy. 😛

Final Thoughts:

Overall I really like these little Essence Colour & Go polishes. They’re super inexpensive and the variety of colors is quite nice. Though each bottle is quite small they all have wide, normal sized brushes which make application quite easy. I do wish that I could find them outside of Ulta stores, since I don’t have one where I live I have to order online or rely on friends to send me goodies. :-)

Also, if anyone knows where I can find Essence Pool Party I will love you forever, I have been lemming after that color since the dawn of time. 😛

Purchase Info:

Essence Colour & Go polishes can be purchased at Ulta stores nationwide, and also on They retail at 99¢/ea for a .1 fl oz bottle.

Layering Experiment No. 5 – I Like by Essence & Servin’ Up Sparkle by OPI


Essence 'I Like' & OPI 'Servin' Up Sparkle'

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Today I’ve got a beautiful layering combo to share with you all. I combined three coats of I Like, a beautiful shimmering seafoam green by Essence, with one coat of Servin’ Up Sparkle, the layering glitter that comes with the OPI/Serena Williams Glam Slam!  Summer 2011 Collection. I still have to swatch that set, but I’m being a slowpoke. 😛 You can see more swatches of I Like over at my guest post on Also Known As…, a blog run by the lovely Kellie Gonzo.

Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat were used for these swatches. Also, click the images to enlarge them (and drool).


I Like (Essence) + Servin’ Up Sparkle (OPI)

Essence 'I Like' & OPI 'Servin' Up Sparkle'
Ever since I put this polish on I have been craving sweets at my local bakery. This combination reminds me of cupcakes covered with blue frosting and sugar sprinkles. ^_^ Vanilla Could Cake and French Macarons have been haunting my dreams. 😀
Essence 'I Like' & OPI 'Servin' Up Sparkle' (w/flash)
Here’s a picture with flash, it shows off the hidden shimmer in I Like a bit more.Essence 'I Like' & OPI 'Servin' Up Sparkle'
I really love this combination. The holographic round and hex glitter in Servin’ Up Sparkle adds an ethereal look to the already beautiful ice blue shimmer in I Like!


Meet Chauncey

Lap Cat

And to end this I’d like to sneak in a picture of one of my fur kids, Chauncey. He’s a Poly-dactyl/Hemingway cat, which means he has a few extra toes (he has ‘thumbs’ so his front paws look like mittens :-)). He is the sweetest cat in the world and a total mama’s boy, he will follow me room to room just to be next to me when I’m home. 😛 His current favorite spot is on my lap when I’m using my desktop. Normally he has his head resting on my right hand (making it hard to control the mouse, heh) but he was curious about the camera in my hand. 😉

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post! :-)

Guest Post on Also Known As…


Hey Everyone!

Today’s post can be found over at Kellie Gonzo’s lovely blog, Also Known As… I had the wonderful honor of doing a guest post for her. Go check it out!! 😀

Click the picture to be brought to my post. ^_^


Adventures in Konading – Leopard Spots


Konad Stamp m57

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I received my Konad stamping kit in the mail earlier this week and I immediately had to try it out. My first attempt was to do a gradient with a stamping pattern over it. I quickly remembered that I’m not very good at free-hand nail art, so that was a huge fail. 😛 After that I decided to keep it simple and chose the leopard spot stamp from the m57 plate. I think I did a pretty darn good for never using the Konad system before. Onto the pictures!!


Peach Leopard?

Leopard Spots
Leopard Spots
I recently got overzealous with my nail filing and brought them down to super short nubbins, so bear with me as they grow back out. 😛 I used the white Konad special stamping polish that came with my kit for the spots, What Do You Think? by Essence for my base color, and Rouge Andalou by NARS for filling in the leopard spot pattern. :-)
Leopard Spots
Here’s a picture of both hands, mostly because I wanted to test out the self timer on my camera and also to show of my favorite opal ring. 😉

Konad Stamp m57
Here’s a close up of the m57 plate, it’s got quite a few nice patterns on it so I’ll have to play around with it more. I want to use the french tip ones once my nails grow up a bit.
What Do You Think?
Here’s What Do You Think? all by itself. It’s a nice peachy coral by Essence that I got as part of one of my blog sale buys. ^_^ This is two coats. What Do You Think? is a dupe for Chanel’s Orange Fizz, so that killed a lemming for me and I spent a fraction of the $25 Chanel price tag. 😀

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed my first experience with Konad stamping. I think it’s a fairly quick and easy way to spice up your manicure. I have to experiment with it and see which regular nail polishes work well with the system, but I think that will be part of the fun. ^_^

Purchase Info:

Essence nail polish can be purchased from for $.99/each, what a steal! You can buy Konad supplies from and the Born Pretty website (listed under Nail Art Stamping).

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