Saturday, 31 August 2013

Mish Mash Challenge: Music

Happy weekend, everyone! I'm a bit late with my Mish Mash Challenge entry this week, the theme is music. I was tossing around ideas before I settled on this one! My inspiration comes from the band Jamiroquai and their song Little L, here's the artwork from the single:

I used 2 coats of Orly Liquid Vinyl on my thumb and pinky nails. On my index nail I used 3 coats of China Glaze White Out. Once dry I used Glam Nails nail art pen in Jet Black to draw on the little buffalo man.

On my index and middle nails I used China Glaze For Audrey in the top corners and Nail It! Cornflower on the rest of the nails. I then added a streak of Ulta3 Fruit Punch. Once dry I stuck on pieces of striping tape and painted over them with Orly Liquid Vinyl. I then removed the striping tape to reveal the colours beneath.

And to finish off, here's the Little L video clip

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Bone Season

Hello hello! Today I have a manicure to share that was inspired by a book receiving a lot of hype right now! The book is The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I was going to go to the launch last week but didn't feel well. Here are the nails I did!

On all of my nails exlcuding my index, I started with 2 coats of Ulta3 Hollywood. On my index nail I used 2 coats of Ulta3 Lily White.

On my middle and ring nails I used a thin brush and Ulta3 Sizzling Red to paint the petals of the flower. I then used Ulta3 Lily White to add the circle in the middle.

Finally on my index nail I used Ulta3 Gold Rush Fever and a thin brush to paint the symbol, as well as the arrows on my middle nail.

This one was fun to do, I love a cover with a good graphic that can easily be transferred into a bookish manicure!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Polish on Parade (6)

Welcome to another edition of Polish on Parade - my weekly polish haul

I have one gorgeous polish to share this week. I contacted the owner of Sayuri Nail Lacquer to find out if their range is cruelty free & vegan and I'm happy to report they are! Currently the ingredients list includes carmine but they didn't end up including carmine in their polish formula and new labels will show this in the future.

I received Ganguro as part of a birthday present and it is so pretty! Ganguro is a white jelly base with pink and orange pieces as well as gold glitter in bars and small rounds.

I used 2 coats of it on my middle and ring nails for this skittlette. On my thumb and index is 2 coats of L.A Colors Color Craze Hottie and my pinky nail was done with 2 coats of China Glaze Angel Wings.

I loved this look, it's perfect for the almost-spring weather we've been having! And I'm really keen to place and order with Sanguri so I can try out some more of their lovely-looking polish!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Mish Mash Challenge: New Nail Art Technique

Evening all! It's week four of Kimber's Mish Mash Challenge and the theme is a nail art technique that you have never tried before. I chose to do a caviar mani as I just purchased some kits!

I found out about the BYS caviar kits thanks to Haylee from Dry, Dammit! and just had to have the same one that she used: Prom Queen.

I started by painting my nails with 2 coats of the included polish, BYS Prima Ballerina. After the second coat I dipped my ring nail into the pot of beads and then lifted it out. Maybe I had waited too long because there were small gaps where beads had not stuck to the polish.

I was only going to do one nail but then I had a brilliant idea! Make a stencil out of paper in the shape of a heart - foolproof! Wrong - the beads stuck to the paper and the heart shape was all wonky so I ended up coating my nail in beads.

Even though this didn't work out as planned, I liked the look, especially the shade of the polish, it's a lovely neon pastel pink. The beads spent the day falling off and I ended up removing this mani as soon as I got home, but I plan on giving it another go soon!

And now I'm off to check out what the rest of the gang did!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Fairytales for Wilde Girls

Morning! Today I want to share a mani I did for a wonderful new novel, Fairtytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near. The cover is gorgeous, as are the illustrations inside, and I was determined to try this cover as a manicure, despite being worried I could not do it justice.

On every nail apart from my middle one, I used 2 coats of Nails Inc. Kensington which is a rich, dark bottle green. On my middle nail I used 2 coats of Picture Polish Nude.

On my thumb and pinky nails I used a small brush and Barry M Mushroom to do the branches and added China Glaze Kalahari Kiss to give them texture.

On my index nail I painted the mushrooms using a fine brush, China Glaze White Out and Ulta3 Cherrylicious. I added the dots with a dotting tool.

On my middle pinky I used a fine brush and Orly Liquid Vinyl to do the bunny, and I dotted on his eye and nose using the same red and white mentioned above. I was really happy with how Bunny turned out but I can't say the same for the next nail..

Finally on my ring nail I wanted to paint Isola. I did everything but her face, using China Glaze White Out for her skin, China Glaze Kalahari Kiss and Ulta3 Pale Dahlia for her hair. Then I attempted her facial details about 3 times but I just did not have anything fine enough to let me do detailed eyes, a nose or a mouth so I gave up and gave her 2 dots for eyes and a small smile. I'm sorry, Isola - she looks nothing like you!

And that's it - overall I'm happy with them and I knew from the beginning I was never going to be able to capture the look of Isola from the cover, but they were fun to do :)

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Polish on Parade (5)

Welcome to another edition of Polish on Parade - my weekly polish haul 

Today I'm chatting about Aussie brand BYS and their caviar and glitter dust kits. I found out about them thanks to Haylee from Dry, Dammit!

BYS Prom Queen Caviar Kit featuring BYS Prima Ballerina
BYS Fashionista Caviar Kit featuring BYS Roller Coaster
BYS jane Bond Caviar Kit featuring BYS Black Satin
BYS Tiffany Twinkle Glitter Dust Kit featuring BYS Steel a Kiss

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Mish Mash Challenge: Metallic

It's week three of the Mish Mash Challenge hosted by Kimber's Lacquer Korner! This week the theme is metallic.

A local chemist had some polish on clearance for $1 each so naturally I stopped by to check out their stock, I picked up Kleancolor Metallic Black and thought this was a good chance to try it out.

I decided to do a skittlette and started with 2 coats of Kleancolor Metallic Black on my thumb and index nails.

On my middle, ring, and pinky nails I used 2 coats of Natio Stardust which is a pretty metallic coffee colour. Over this I stamped using Kleancolor Metallic Black and Cheeky plate CH33 - the pattern looks like little cogs so I figured that suited the metallic theme, too!

Finally on my pinky nail I added 4 metal studs that I purchased from ebay. They were listed as black studs but they look more like graphite or charcoal.

I really like this look, it's not as bright as I'd usually choose to go and I was happy to discover another polish that works well for stamping :)

Monday, 12 August 2013

Mish Mash Challenge: Taping

Evening all! I'm a little late but I have my Mish Mash Challenge entry for this week to share with you!

This week the theme was taping and I wanted to give zigzag stripes another go because my experience with craft scissors and tape didn't work out so well last time!

I wanted to try out some of the new polish I received last week, starting with Salon Perfect Kaboom - matte blue & green glitter in a clear base. I layered 2 coats over 2 coats of Ulta 3 Lily White on my middle and ring nails, and I also painted the rest of my nails with the same white.

For the zigzags I used a new pair of pinking scissors and Scotch tape. I added strips to my nails and painted in between with another new polish: WnW Listening to Blue Reed. The zigzags didn't have the clearest lines so I neatened them up with a fine brush.

Here's a closer look at Kaboom - it's an awesome polish!

And that's it for me this week, I'm looking forward to catching up on what everyone else did!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Polish on Parade (4)

Hi everyone! I'm back with another Polish on Parade haul :)

This week I received a parcel from Thuy at The Painted Ninja - we arranged to do a polish swap and hers arrived on my b'day :) I received some amazing polish:

American Apparel Peacock
SpaRitual Strength
Color Club Wild and Willing
Salon Perfect Kaboom
Salon Perfect Zapped
Butter London Dosh
Butter London Shambolic
WnW Grey's Anatomy
WnW Caught on Sapphire
WnW Quartz of Course
WnW Penny for Your Thoughts
WnW Who is Ultraviolet?
WnW Lavender Cream
WnW The Clock Strikes Orange
WnW Listening to Blue Reed

Thank you, Thuy!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Skittlette: multicoloured waterfall nails

Hey all!

I've been enjoying creating skittlette manicures, inspired by Marta at Chit Chat Nails - they're a great way to mix up your manis and incorporate different textures and patterns.

Today is my birthday so I wanted to create some bright, festive birthday nails! I took inspiration from Sammy at The Nailasaurus who has done some lovely waterfall manicures.

On my thumb and index nails I used 2 coats of Ulta3 Eighties Fuchsia - I have two bottles of this that look slightly different, I used the pinker version.

On my middle, ring, and pinky I used 2 coats of Ulta3 Lily White. I followed that up with stripes of Ulta3 Eighties Fuchsia, Carrp Top (orange), Jelly (green), and L.A Colors Color Craze Sea Siren (blue). On my pinky I added two coats of Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday.

I was really happy with these, they're so bright and fun, plus I love the waterfall nails - they look like bright streamers :)

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Mish Mash Challenge: Purple

Evening all! I was first introduced to Kimber's Lacquer Korner via Chantelle at A Polished Prance and I saw that a new polish challenge has started and I happened to do a mani the other morning that just fits the theme for the week: purple!

For this skittlette I started with 2 coats of Ulta3 Lollypop Lilac on my thumb, index, and pinky nails

On my middle and ring nails I used 2 coats of Ulta3 Melted Marshmallow followed by dots of Lollypop Lilac.

And finally I added a coat of Ulta3 Twinkle Toes to my pinky nail - it's silver glitter in a clear base.

I'm really excited for this challenge and I'm looking forward to the theme this week!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Polish on Parade (3)

Hey everyone! I'm back with another Polish on Parade haul :)

Ulta3 Stop the Press
Ulta3 Show Stopper
Ulta3 Gossip
Ulta3 A Lister
Ulta3 Triple Threat
Ulta3 Outasight
Ulta3 Glamourpuss
Ulta3 Celebutant
Ulta3 Infamous
Ulta3 Striking

Friday, 2 August 2013

The Sky So Heavy

Edit: this post now contains a review and a bookish manicure.

The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn
Published July 24, 2013 by UQP
Source: the publisher
Rating: 5 stars
From the blurb: For Fin it's just like any other day--racing for the school bus, bluffing his way through class, and trying to remain cool in front of the most sophisticated girl in his universe. Only it's not like any other day because, on the other side of the world, nuclear missiles are being detonated. When Fin wakes up the next morning, it's dark, bitterly cold, and snow is falling. There's no internet, no phone, no TV, no power, and no parents. Nothing Fin's learned in school could have prepared him for this. With his parents missing and dwindling food and water supplies, Fin and his younger brother Max must find a way to survive all on their own. When things are at their most desperate, where can you go for help? This haunting dystopian novel thrillingly and realistically looks at a nuclear winter from an Australian perspective.

The Sky So Heavy is Claire Zorn’s debut novel. Set in the Blue Mountains and then Sydney, the story revolves around seventeen year old Fin Heath and his younger brother Max. Life is normal for them, if you ignore the threat of nuclear war, until one day Fin wakes up and the world has changed – snow is falling, the electricity is out, his parents are gone.

I loved this book. I loved it so much that I read it in about three hours – I was unable to put it down and from the moment Fin gets a panicked call from his mother my heart was racing and it did not stop.

Fin is an average guy in his final year at high school. He lives with his dad, his young step-mum, and his younger brother. His mum left them two years ago for a job and a boyfriend in the city. Fin has a crush on classmate Lucy Tenningworth and their teasing and flirting was adorable and amusing. Fin’s devotion and protection of his brother and later Lucy was admirable, he steps in when no one else will be there for them. I really liked the depth of his character, he has a hobby (drawing) which he continues to do during the war, and he also turns to music; rationing out his iPod battery so he can listen to a song a day.

The setting was vivid, I could easily picture snow falling in an isolated small town in the mountains, as well as their dangerous journey to Sydney. The actions of the characters felt realistic; the stockpiling of food, the fear, the time frame – it all felt well thought out and thoroughly researched.

The book has been billed as similar to Tomorrow, When the War Began and it definitely had a similar vibe, as well as feeling similar to The 5th Wave (minus the aliens). If you like these two books, then you will like The Sky So Heavy, because it is even better! If you had issues with The 5th Wave (the most common I've read about are the insta-love and the POV switching) then you will be pleased to know that there is no insta-love as Fin and Lucy were already friends, and the story is told from Fin’s perspective only.

I liked that we got a snapshot of life before the nuclear winter hit, we saw Fin at school, at home, his dad’s attitude towards them, and his friendship with Lucy. We also got some history on Arnold ‘Noll’ Wong and the racism and bullying he’d been subjected to since year three.

The book has a lot to say on our present situation involving asylum seekers, it definitely left me thinking about the attitudes we see here, and the similarities between the fence that goes up around Sydney, and the way we guard our country against people seeking refuge.

Like all books involving survival, I started to consider what I would do in the characters’ situation, here are my top tips:

1. Hide your food supplies around the house, not just in the kitchen. This way, if people raid your house, they won't get all your food
2. Raid your local school - the canteen will have supplies
3. Be compassionate, help others, stick together

The Sky So Heavy is a thrilling and thought-provoking read. It highlights a lot of the issues we're seeing in our country at the present time while providing the reader with an engaging story.

Seeing as Fin has such a love of music, I thought I'd pick a song to pair with the book. I was listening to this the other night and not only did the mood seem right but the lyrics "oh no, not me. We never lost control" really stood out to me. Here's the Nirvana version of The Man Who Sold the World (bonus: Dave in a skivvy!)

Thank you to the lovely people at UQP for my review copy.

Happy Friday! Today I want to share a mani that matches the cover of one of my new fave books! The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn involves a nuclear winter and the cover for this is so atmospheric.

I started with a base of Barry M Gelly Watermelon - it was the perfect deep green shade to match the patches of sky.

I took a make up sponge and dabbed on Ulta3 Lily White followed by Zoya Dove. I concentrated on tip and up to the middle of the nail. Then I sponged Ulta3 Black Satin onto the top third of each nail and along the tips.

For the kids I used Glam Nails nail art pen in Jet Black and roughly drew the shape of the 4 of them.

And finally I used a dotting tool and Ulta3 Lily White to add the snow

I really loved these! I don't always feel that way about how my book manis turn out but I really liked the depth that all the sponging created and I found myself staring at these often.