Monday, 31 December 2012

Snowman!

First up, I would like to apologize for being absent the past few days. I had a guest over at my house over the holidays and had to play tour guide and bring him all over town. Literally. My nails were bare for 3 days and after it all I was so burnt out I spent the last 2 days sleeping it off.


I did a cute little snowman mani the other day just in time for Christmas Day. It's a little overdue but I do hope you will like it :)


My base color was Color by T.B.N. Stevealicious because I thought it would be nice for Mr Snowman to shine against a nice dark blue background! I used OPI Alpine Snow to create the snowman as well as the random, er, snowflakes on my other nails. I finished off Mr Snowman with a red scarf (OPI Big Apple Red), some coal for eyes (OPI Black Onyx), buttons (OPI Warm and Fozzie) and a small little carrot for a nose (Sally Hansen Sun Kissed)


I applied top coat a little too early and it smudged Mr Snowman's Scarf. Do you see what else is wrong with Mr Snowman?


Anyone?

I realised when I posted the photo above on Instagram that My little Snowman actually was missing a hat! I quickly went through my drawers and picked out OPI Skyfall to make a little hat for him.


Since I was going to apply another coat of top coat I also fixed up Mr Snowman's Scarf.


Much better now :)

Thursday, 27 December 2012

I won a giveaway! :D

I won a giveaway by Becky from Naked Without Polish not too long ago and the little package finally came in the mail late last week! :D

I *think* this is the prize I picked. How lucky am I to get what I hoped to get!


Anyways, to those who are in the US or Canada, Becky is having a Birthday Giveaway on her blog! Hurry on by to wish her Happy Birthday and to join in the fun. Her prizes are really awesome if you ask me :)

I have a giveaway of my own going on right now! Hop on over to this post to take part in it :)

Christmas Skittletes

I finally found time to sit down and write this post! It was a really busy Christmas for me! I had so much to eat I think I would need to go on a diet after this. LOL.

Anyways, I do hope all you girls had a great Christmas with your families :)

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I am sure you have noticed this manicure from a few days ago! The inspiration for this monotonous manicure was from Marta form Chit Chat Nails. She always posts the most interesting skittlete manicure which I love. A few weeks back, Marta had a Skittelete Manicure Contest so I decided to try my luck with this!



I took me a long time to decide what skittlette to do but I finally decided that I wanted to incorporate the new polish I got from my Glitzology Haul - Robots in Love.

I first painted  coat of Color Club Harp on It and topped it off with one coat of  Robots in Love to bring out the holo goodness in Robots in Love. I even managed to get a heart out for this!


I then proceeded to paint my thumb, index and middle finger with two coats of OPI Alpine Snow and, to avoid it looking to stark white, I topped it off with OPI Pirouette My Whistle.


This was a competition held before Christmas so I thought it would be nice to have a little Christmas Tree incorporated in it. So I did that with a nice grey - Zoya Dove - and some striping tape. I topped the litle Christmas tree off with a holographic star I fished out from Robots in Love. 2 quick coats of OPI Black Onyx on my pinky and I was good to go!


And while I was taking photos of it, I realised that I did an Ombre manicure! Ha!



Well, I did not win a prize in the Skittlette Contest but I sure did have fun coming up with the manicure. You should check out all the awesome entries and see if your favorites won!



The polishes I used were:
OPI Alpine Snow
OPI Black Onyx
OPI Pirouette my Whistle
Color Club Harp on It
Glitzology Robots in Love
Zoya Dove



Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Cult Nails Haul :D

I took the opportunity to grab more Cult Nails goodies while they were having the offer on grab bags!

I did not buy many colors this time. I pretty much decided this would be a good time to stock up on Wicked Fast top coat! (I grabbed 3). I also got a convert pack with Charlatan and Nevermore (not pictured) as well as Flushed, Afterglow and Disciplined from their new collection! Talk about being lucky!


This was what I had in my grab bag - another bottle of Flushed!!, 2 wheels of multi-colored square and rectangular rhinestones and 2 pots of metallic studs!


Not too bad eh?

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas! - and a giveaway :)


To all my readers, near and far, I wish you a very Merry Christmas! May all of you have a great time with your family and friends.

I've got a quick little poem I came across the other day for you:
I heard the bells on Christmas Day,
Their old familiar carls play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Aaaannndddd....
The giveaway is here!



I have an Etude House Milk Talk Shower Trio up for grabs. There are 3 scents in this trio which you can see below - Strawberry Milk, Choco Milk and Banana Milk. I personally have not tried this product out  but I can tell you that they smell heavenly! You can smell it even though it is sealed and in the box!



Click on the link below to fill up the Rafflecopter form to be in the running to win yourself this little trio!


Good luck ladies!

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Braids

It's Christmas eve already!!

I will be really busy today so this is going to be a really quick post!

I finally gave the braided manicure another go last night! It turned out quite nicely if you asked me.


I now know that the trick is to let the different colored stripes dry a little bit before moving on to the next to avoid pulling and dragging :)

I used:
China Glaze Passion (gold)
OPI Big Apple Red (red)
OPI Green-wich Village (green)

And to my readers who are in a time zone earlier than me - Merry Christmas!! 



Sunday, 23 December 2012

365 DOC Waking up in Vegas

*rare Sunday Update*

Well, I was thinking - What other way to spruce up a gold manicure for the holidays? And immediately, Waking Up in Vegas by Sunny from 365 Days of Color was calling out my name from it's little spot in the drawers.


Come to think of it - Vegas. Gold. How appropriate!


This is not a polish I would pick by myself. In fact, I got this from the Halloween grab bag that Sunny was offering. I got it on the 1st of November - right after my no buy ended. :P


Waking Up in Vegas is a glitter topper filled with black and white diamond glitters as well as smaller metallic red squares. It is not one of the more popular shades form 365 DOC but I think I am in love~


Application was OK. It is the kind of polish where the harder you try, the harder is it for you to get what you desire. I am wearing 2 coats + some fishing and dabbing in these photos. I believe that the shape of the bottle matters a little. I got this polish in the flat round bottles that Sunny was using before.


The diamond glitters in this polish lay really flat on my nails. Out of the many on my nails, only 2 were sticking out slightly. And those were the ones that I placed manually. If it was applied on with the brush, it stays put.


I used this combo on top of some PVA glue. And as you know, I do not have much good experience with a peel off base. But I got lucky this time! It all peeled off in one nice sheet and now resembles some false nail tips!


There are only 9 here because one of it popped off while I was in the pool! How fun! :D

*2 more days to Christmas!*

Saturday, 22 December 2012

OPI Goldeneye

OPI Skyfall Holiday Colection. Gold flakes and glass flecks. Need I say more? :P

GoldenEye is one of my few have to grab polishes of all the holiday collections that came out. I fell in love with it at first sight and vowed to get it no matter what! (which turned out to be a long long long wait because of Hurricane Sandy. But it was well worth the wait!)


Though gold, Goldeneye isn't your typical kind of gold. When I first put it on I found that I did not like it against my skin tone as it leans to yellow quite a bit. But as I wore it longer and saw it in different lights I started to fall in love with it!


In certain lights, Goldeneye looked a little bit more bronze (which I loved!) and in other lights it looked like a nice gold foil (which, well, I loved too!).

The formula may be a tad bit runny as compared to other OPI polishes but I found that it worked well for this polish. Unlike most polishes pack with glitters and shards and flecks, this polish glided over nicely and provided good glitter coverage. I used 3 thin coats of Goldeneye to achieve opacity.


Countdown to Christmas - *3 days*

Friday, 21 December 2012

Candy Canes...Again!

I showed you my right hand yesterday and now I am back to show you my left hand.

I am not one to always have both hands an exact match for each other. In fact, most of the time they do not match in design but the colors are often the same few polishes. Today is the day where they are similar in design but in different colors! -- Yay for striping tape!


I started off with the same base color (OPI Don't Touch My Tutu) and this time used 2 different greens to create this look. I used ulta3 mojito and Cult Nails Feeling Froggy for my accent nail.


I love how for both the polishes the color seems way different than I expected them to be! mojito turned out to be lighter and more neon than I expected and Feeling Froggy, well, this one was a good surprise to me. I was expecting Feeling Froggy to be quite light and thin because of it's jelly-ish properties but it really was this nice Christmas-sy green which popped against the white base.


I placed the striping tape differently this time and left less white space in the design. What do you think of it? Just in case you don't remember, here are both my hands side by side :)


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Candy Canes!

I finally got time to make me some Candy Canes! The ones that make your hands look awesomely pretty. LOL!

I started off with 3 coats of OPI Don't Touch My Tutu Stuck on some striping tape and topped it off with one coat of OPI Big Apple Red. It was a fairly easy manicure as long as you are patient and careful!


To make the thicker white areas, I placed 2 striping tapes next to each other and painted over it. But I think I did not place them close enough and some red polish seeped through and left small red lines in my design.


Red is one of the most challenging color to photograph if you ask me! Often times it would turn out far from what it is in my photographs! Just look at the 4 photos below! It's just like magic. Haha!










After about 8 hours of wear, I thought that my accent nail was kinda boring and decided to add some stripes in gold to it!


What do you think, gold or no gold?

Glitzology Haul!

I placed an order with the lovely Stacy from Glitzology not too long ago while she was having a $5 sale. I have always been drawn by her polishes since I saw them popping up on Facebook but never bought any due to shipping cost and currency conversion. But when I saw that she was having the $5 sale, I just bit the bullet and placed my order.

I do not regret it one bit!

From L-R: Cupid's Arrow, All or Nothing, Purple Rain, Baby Dragon, Crown Royal, Blue Lagoon, My Viking Boyfriend, Robots in Love

Stacy was really nice and really quick with shipping. She even gave priority to international order so that they would arrive before Christmas. Guess what - I believe that luck was on my side and my parcel came in just 8 days!

These glitter bombs got me drooling from the moment I saw them. I actually bought them for myself and as gifts but now I am thinking to keep them all to myself! Just kidding, no I can not keep them all to myself. If I do it means 

I believe she is still having a $5 sale going on right now until the 21st! Hurry on by her etsy shop before it ends. You definitely won't regret it :D

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

20 Followers!

I just realized that I have 20 followers!

It definitely isn't a big number but I am still so glad that there are 20 people out there that enjoy reading my blog! I am definitely planning to do a giveaway in a bit. It may not be polish related but I'll see what I can do :)

A big THANK YOU to all the lovely ladies who have been there from the very beginning!

I'll be back soon with the giveaway details~

xoxo
Louanne

Girly Bits Indian Summer

My choice of layering polish is my one and only Girly Bits polish - Indian Summer! Did you guess right?


Indian Summer is the September shade form the Girly Bits Calendar Girls Collection. It is a mix of pink, blue, periwinkle, copper and gold, in a sheer periwinkle base. Now do you see why I had to get Essie Lapis of Luxury?


Aside from having all those lovely glitters in it, Indian Summer also has a slight color shifting properties to it. The periwinkle base gives off a nice pink glow at certain angles.


In the shade, this polish reminds me of another glitter polish. Can you guess which?


Anyone?

It reminds me of Oceans Alloy from Hare Polish. They aren't the same definitely but quite similar to me.


And because I love this polish so much, I am just gonna leave a bunch of photos after the jump for your viewing pleasure!

Enjoy!


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Lapis of Luxury

I have been searching high and low for this and I finally got this polish!!

It was always a toss between China Glaze Secret Periwinkle and this but after many google searches later I decided to grab Lapis of Luxury instead.


Essie's Lapis of Luxury and it is a nice periwinkle blue which has a slight jelly formula. The first layer goes on really thin but a thicker second layer can easily even out the color. Lapis of Luxury reminds me of a nice evening sky just before the sun sets. *bliss*



This is 2 (thin) coats on my nails. I know there are some bald spots on my nails but I was thinking to layer something else over it so I just left it there. Do come back to morrow to see what I chose to layer over this.

Any guesses?