Thursday, 23 July 2015

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Healthy Hoof - Naked Nails

I bought Healthy Hoof by Gena from Nail Polish Canada which I received in the mail a couple of days ago. It is an intensive protein treatment that is supposed to moisturize and nourish nails and cuticles. It said it will heal splitting, peeling nails, so I am hoping this will help me out.


The directions are to massage into nails and cuticles daily. I have been doing this for three days now on my naked nails. I figure this would work best without any polish on at all. I plan to do this for at least 7 days, maybe 10 to give my nails a chance for this to work. I doubt this will stop the damage that is already there, but it may help to nourish the new nail growth, which hopefully won't split and peel anymore. I stopped pushing my cuticles back about nine months ago, as I had read that doing that can create brittleness and damage to your nails. I honestly believe it has been helping, as my nails are not peeling as much as they use to. So now I am trying to be more active with moisturizing my cuticles and hands in general.


The product seems good and absorbs nicely into the skin and nail. I had just applied it a few minutes before taking this photo this morning. I am happy with the product so far. Maybe if I'm super lucky it'll help reduce the ridges on my nails that are so obvious in this photo. ;-)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Lily of the Valley

I have so many nail art ideas I want to try and this has been one of them. I know where I live it will be a few months before the leaves start to grow and the flowers start to bloom, but I can still paint it on my nails.
I did a sponge gradient to represent spring and then painted the lily of the valley plants and bell flowers over top.
The sponge gradient was done using Avon's Sweet Mint and Vintage Blue. The lily of the valley plants were made with Avon's Garden Green and French White Tip.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Copper Jubilee

I was watching the first part of "Going Postal" and of course I noticed the nail polish that the woman from the Golem shop was wearing. It was a deep red with what appeared to be a copper glitter to it. I thought it was gorgeous, and having gotten a copper glitter recently (I'm surprised I didn't have one already), I had to give it a try!
The red polish just seemed to seep into my skin, and no amount of scrubbing during clean up was able to remove it all. My clean up doesn't look the best. Please accept my apologies. The sunlight was very yellow this morning, so I hope you can tell the glitter is copper in colour and not gold.

The polishes I used were Avon's Cherry Jubilee with Showstopper Copper over top.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Metallic on Matte

Well, let me apologize for the mess my cuticles are in and that I wasn't able to do the best clean up job. I have such trouble cleaning up dark polishes. Sorry about that.

So I tried to do a metallic polish on matte base for today's design. Seriously, it was not my intention to end up with a design that looked like battling sperm. Sorry about that. lol

Ah, the thumb nail turned out the best out of all my nails, in my opinion. What was interesting is I used one of the suede nail polishes from a collection from Avon, for the base colour and it usually turns out to be fairly matte when it dries anyway. Today however, I wanted to try my new matte top coat out, so I used it over the suede polish. What is interesting is that this particular colour of the suede polish has a silvery finish to it normally, but with the matte top coat over it, the silvery look turned red which adds a gorgeous depth and more darkness to the polish.

Nail polishes used for today's design are Avon's Soft Violet, Sally Hansen's Celeb City and Avon's Lucky Penny. The matte top coat (not pictured) is from O.P.I..

Monday, 9 March 2015

Smoosh Attack Style

Well, this week's NPQ challenge is to do a new nail art style called Smoosh Attack. It is usually done with stampers, but I don't stamp, so I used tin foil and plastic food wrap.

Basically, you chose the colours you wish to work with and a base colour to make it stand out nicely first. I choose white for the base colour and selected peach, dark purple and medium green for my smoosh colours. Then I started out like I would for a gradient design, by placing a drop of polish of each colour onto the tin foil. Next, I took the plastic wrap and pressed it down flat onto the polishes so they blended ever so slightly. I then pressed this and smooshed slightly onto my nails.

I let them all dry, then did clean up, because this style is very messy. Added top coat and was done. This reminds me of the splatter technique, but it is a little bit different.

Today's polishes are Avon's French White Tip, Revlon's Provoke, Avon's Midnight Plum and Nail Treats' Emerald Green.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

This Morning's Dream Nails

Well, you may have noticed that I haven't been exactly inspired for my nail art lately. In fact, I haven't been very motivated to do my nails at all, although I have been buying new polishes. haha --> addict

So, it was a refreshing change to wake up with a nail art dream this morning, and to find I had all the colours of polish to pull it off! The first thing I did was to pull out all the stuff I needed and get to work. It was nice to be inspired and enthusiastic about doing nail art again.

It is a grey and snowy day here today, so not the brightest light for the photos, but they are okay. You may notice my thumb nail peeking up in the background and that it is painted the same as my pointer and pinky. These nails look much better in real life without the benefit of the macro setting on the camera for extreme close ups. In the dream, I think it was more of a plain silver glitter over the black polish, but I wanted something more funky and went with the holographic type glitter.

I know this photo is completely blurry, but I thought the glitter looked fun like this!

The polishes are Avon's Decadence and Licorice. Over the black, I used Sally Hansen's In The Spotlight glitter and some gems from a pack I got from Avon.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Dot Dot Dot...

Well nothing great, and a simple design. It's okay, but I'm not thrilled with it.
Just pink polish with black  dots.
I used an old pink shimmery polish with no name and Licorice both from Avon.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Copper

I found new polish while at the doctor's office. That may sound strange, but it is a new clinic that has opened up at the Superstore! So of course, after my appointment I went shopping and I knew I was being naughty, but I had to check out what nail polish they had. I'm an addict, I can admit it. The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, right? ha ha Only, I don't plan on a recovery from this. ;-)

I discovered the Joe Fresh line and found some adorable polishes that I didn't already own. Well, since I didn't have them already, I had to buy them to bring them home. I love them. Today I am sporting the Copper polish, which is amazing. It can look gold, copper or a blue-green depending on the angle of the light, so sometimes it looks like tarnished copper on your nails. Beauty!
I had tried to take different photos to catch each colour separately, but this photo showed them all in one shot, so I'll stick with this. This is all one polish, two coats of the Joe Fresh Copper. It is simply the angle of the light that makes my nails look like there are two colours on it. That is the colour shift of this polish. I am really happy with how the polish looks in the bottle in this pic, too, because it can be so difficult to capture the true quality of some polishes sometimes. :-D

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Gradient Hearts

Obviously, I did these for Valentine's Day coming up, but I also covered the Weekly Challenge on the NPQ (Nail Polish Queens) which was to do a gradient. Nail Polish Queens Community Link <-- click the link to see the community or better yet join!



This isn't the greatest job, but it'll pass as good enough for me. haha I knew I wanted to make gradient hearts, but figuring out how I could do it, wasn't easy. I was going to go the tape route and cut out a heart shape of a piece of scotch tape, but that was a fail. Then I thought maybe I could cut out a heart shape from the sponge, but I figured I'd just mess that up. It dawned on me that a decal might work, so I gave that a shot. 
 
I simply did some gradient sponging of the two pink colours over a clear base on parchment paper and let it dry. I then peeled the polish off and tried my best to cut it out into a heart shape. Well, as you can see my hearts are slightly warped, and I made errors trying to stick them to the nail, too. But, ah, whatever, I think they look okay.


Today's polishes are Avon's French White Tip, a very old Single Stroke pink polish that I do not know the name of and Seduce Me Strawberry. I wanted to use the bold, bright colours, as I don't tend to wear them.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Sparkly!

Well, I tried to capture the gorgeous hologram sparkly microdots that look fabulous in the sunlight, but my pictures are a fail. :-(  I just couldn't show how fantastic they look. *sniff*

I am still sporting shorties, as my nails are having it rough this winter. Part of the problem may be that I am not the most self-pampering person, so I tend to neglect moisturizing and lots of nail care or skin care. You are correct, I should be more conscience about that, especially since I do a nail art blog. I try.
I used Avon's Celestial from their cosmic collection, which is supposed to hologram effect, but you can barely tell, even in direct sunlight. It's a nice colour though, and I thought it would be appropriate for this cold winter weather. I also thought it would be a great base colour for my new Northern Lights hologram top coat by INM. I used two coats of the Northern Lights as one coat just wasn't enough hologram sparkle for me!! :-)

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Tropical Treat

Well, my nails are in terrible shape and my cuticles aren't much better. However, I did purchase some new nail polishes online anyway. They were on sale. Of course, having new polishes I have to try them out.
(I apologize that my nails don't look very nice.)
This polish is Tropical Treat from Nubar. It is a very sheer polish. I am wearing two coats of it. It is a soft purple-pink colour, but in direct sunlight there is a reddish sparkle to it, that took me by surprise. I hadn't realized the polish did that, before I bought it. This is a lovely polish, for those days when you want something almost bare, but with a dash of flare.