Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Naturally marbled

I thought I could give marble nails another go.
This time I did two feature nails on each hand.

I definitely think my left hand is better! 

Natural Base Colour: Revlon Grey Suede 
Red Marbled: Revlon Raven Red

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Y'ellow... Spot ya later

I wanted to try something bright today! 
So yellow with Orange and Pink spots it is! 
(sorry about the not quite straight/even spots - I'm still learning)

Yellow: Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow
Orange spots: OPI A Roll in the Hague
Pink spots: Kleancolour Neon Pink

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fluro and shattered

So as you remember I recently got a lot of new nail polish.
I am finally testing some of the new colours out.

Super bright Green and Orangey Fluro!

these are Miki Unnamed nail polishes.
They are actually a really nice smooth formula and quite an opaque colour and reasonably priced!
Miki Green (2 coats)
Miki Orange (3 coats)

I then decided to spice the manicure up (and try out my new shatters)

To be honest I don't really love this look on my nails (well especially not for work!)
but the black over the bright colours was rather effective and had a very punk-rocker grunge look.

OPI Black Shatter
OPI Silver Shatter

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Green gradient

Today I asked MyLove what colours I should use, and he suggested two green tones.

So Gradient nails here I come.

I used my usual technique of painting a bright green base coat, and using an eye-shadow sponge to dab on dark green polish.

Bright Green: Miki neon green
Dark Green: Australis Here today gone tomorrow
Top coat: Sally Hansen Mega shine

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I love my frankie polish!

So I decided to put on my Frankie nail polish again,
because I felt like something understated and different,
and I love it! 

It's so fantastic! It actually dries matte which gives it a really unique finish and I added a little bit more purple glitter so it has a cute subtle shine to it.

This is the matte look (without top-coat)
This is with two layers of top-coat

And this was my Manicure for the day

Cute or what!?

Colour: Frankie My personal Franken (2 coats)
Glitter: Kleancolour Diamond Purple (1 coat on top of Frankie)
Top-Coat: Sally Hansen Mega Shine (2 coats - the shine sunk into the frankie colour a bit)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Electric and sparkly!

So again I felt like another simple manicure.
I also bought two new glitter polishes recently which I've been wanting to try.

I decided to do a sort of Ombre glitter look (with two feature nails)
I'm not so sure I like the look - I think I'll stick with one glitter per manicure.
Index: Kleancolour Diamond Purple (2 coats)
Middle: Kleancolour Diamond Purple (2 coats)
Ring: Kleancolour Diamond Purple (1 coat) and Kleancolour Chunky Holo Poppy (1 coat)
Pinky: Kleancolour Chunky Holo Poppy (2 coats)

Base Colour: Revlon Electric Pink (3 thin coats)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Peplum from day to night...

Wearing my new Peplum top today.

I paired it with a cute pencil skirt and cardi for work. 
and transformed it into cocktail hour appropriate by hitching up the skirt a little, removing the tights and adding some heels. 
check out the photos and let me know what you think?

Day wear

To Night Wear

Top: Glassons peplum top
Cardigan: Max blue and green stripes
Skirt: Portmans Purple tube skirt
Tights: Black Opaque
Shoes: Number One Shoe Warehouse Gold and Sequin heels
Necklace: Unknown long pearls and chain
Watch: Guess

A rainbow gradient manicure

I tried a new manicure today.
and it took a long time.

I did a gradient rainbow! 
do you like it?

First I painted my nails white (to make sure the colours were really vibrant!)

I then used an eye-shadow sponge to dab the colours on to my nails.
I began with yellow (because it was the lightest) and worked up and down from there

after all my dabbing efforts my nails looked like this.
I then used nail polish remove on a cotton bud to remove polish off my fingers.

I did try using a lighter and darker blue (but they didn't show up well) so ended up just using one blue.

Red: Revlon Revlon Red
Orange: OPI A Roll in the Hague
Yellow: Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow
Green: L.A. Colours Quirky Turquoise
Blue: Revlon Mint Fizz
Purple: Revlon Plum Seduction 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A red and tweed look

The week is getting to a close...
But don't worry - I haven't run out of outfits yet!

Dress: Max Tweed fitted dress (with leather look waist band)
Cardigan: Glassons Red Striped
Merino long sleeve underneath: Glassons
tights from England
Shoes: Hannahs
Necklace: a gift from MyLove

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A re-vamped manicure..

You may remember Sunday I had a Red Sticks and Stones manicure.

well today instead of doing something completely new, and wasting a perfectly good manicure I decided to just re-vamp it a little. 

I removed my slightly chipped index and thumb polish and
created two new feature nails (which actually show up sticks and stones better than I thought) 

What do you think of my "new" manicure?
Red: Sally Hansen Red Carpet (2 coats)
Silver: Revlon Pure Pearl (3 coats)
Top: Cover Brand Lacquers Sticks and Stones (dabbed on) 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A few new...

So I actually have quite a few new nail polishes I need to use.

I bought the bright pink of the left last week (after using a similar pink at a friends house) 
The pink next to it my mother bought back from England
The Revlon and OPI were on an epic sale at the warehouse (and who was I to say no?) 
and the MIKI on the right were gifted to me from MyLove's mother (as I've been wanting some brights for ages)

Left: OPI Silver Shatter
Right: OPI Black Shatter

Left: Revlon Powder Puff
Middle: Revlon Catty
Right: Revlon Midnight Haze

(Unnamed colours - I will name them myself)
Left: MIKI Bright Coral
Right: MIKI Bright Lime 

Left: Kleancolour Neon Pink
Right: Ciate Jelly Bean

Hopefully soon you'll be seeing some posts using these colours.
For now I'm reducing my nail painting per week as I don't have as much time 
(due to end of uni holidays - and start of real work)

The second day...

I was feeling pretty nautical.
and also very pretty.

Sorry about the poor exposure I took this after work
 (as my photographer was still in bed when I left)

Jacket: Max Scallop jacket
Top: K-Mart cowl neck striped 3/4 sleeve
Skirt: Max Navy blue pencil skirt
Tights: Marks and Spencers (England)
Shoes: Hannah's
Watch: Guess

Monday, July 16, 2012

Reddy sparkly sticks and stones

today I felt like doing something simple but that looked really cool.

Here we have it.

Red: Sally Hansen Red Carpet

Top Coat: Cover Brand Lacquers Sticks and Stones

A first day at work.

First day of work, First day of work.
(Saying this always remind me of Finding Nemo when he's all "first day of school, first day of school")

After all your helpful feedback I decided to wear my new dress with a bright (yet not too corporate) cardigan.

I wanted to arrive looking like I made an effort, but I didn't want to be too over the top 
(I decided I'd keep the  fully corporate wear to a minimum until I'd sussed out the work-clothing-expectations)

Dress: Portmans
Cardigan: Glassons
Shoes: Hannah's wedges
Necklace: Diva/Equip (I can never remember the difference)
Watch: Guess
black tights

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stripy and scalloped

I mentioned a shopping trip the other day.

This is another new jacket

super cute and chic for such an easy low effort outfit.

you must invest in a good jacket (or two) they're so easy to grab and throw on on the way out, and then definitely add a
 I-look-good-and-like-I-made-an-effort-even-when-I-didn't-really vibe.

Do you like my new jacket?

Jacket: Max Navy Scalloped edge 
Top: Glassons Long Sleeve Striped (Navy/white)
Jeans: Max Dark Denim straight leg (not quite skinny) 
Shoes: Hannahs Gold and Red flats.
Necklace: Gifted from MyLove's mother
Watch: Guess

Another attempt at Marble nails

Today wasn't quite a good as last time,
But I still quite like them.

I've had a few people asking how to do marble nails.
So stay tuned for a tutorial!

The Peplum Trend.

So apparently everyone is hitting up
 the Peplum trend.

The free dictionary says:

pep·lum  (pplm)
n. pl. pep·lums
1. A short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a jacket, blouse, or dress.
2. See peplos.

[Latin, robe of state, from Greek peplon, neuter of peplospeplos.]

while Peplos is:
pep·los  (ppls, -ls) also pep·lus (-ls)
n. pl. pep·los·es also pep·lus·es
A loose outer robe worn by women in ancient Greece. Also called peplum.


I thought this was rather interesting.

Well being the shop-a-holic I am, I had to get my hands on a Peplum top and try the style out for myself.
and I think it actually really suits me.
It comes it very nicely at the waist (my smallest part) and flares over my stomach (my largest part)

Definitely an investment for any hourglass woman! 

this one is from Glassons

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A nice new dress...

As you all may know I start my new placement/intern-ship/work experience on Monday,
and I'm still in deciding what to wear mode.

Yesterday I went shopping with some friends (again) 
I went to show them a dress I love at Portmans and that is when I saw the 
further 30% off sign
I went in, tried on the dress again, and still loved it.

So I bought it.

This is the dress, super cute peplum-ish waist, and super comfy jersey knit type fabric.
Thinking about wearing it to work on Monday...

Shoes are Hush Puppies
Guess Watch

An icy manicure

Today I am going Ice Skating with MyLove and his sisters.

I decided to do an Icy manicure in tribute to this - however, I have no pale blue.
so being a quick thinking person I decided to whip one up! 

I mixed Mabeline Marshmallow (silvery)
Australis Sky's the Limit
Revlon Colada Fizz
but this colour ended up being far too sheer
so I added 
Sally Hansen Naturel White
and more Australis Sky's the limit
and created this beautiful number.
I name her Cinderella

I didn't want a super plain manicure so decide to spice it up a little with some dots.
(this picture is without topcoat)
Pale Blue: My Franken Cinderella
Dark Blue: Australis Sky's the limit
White (dots): Sally Hansen Naturel White

Finally to finish the look off I added a sparkly top coat in the form of Revlon Colada Fizz

Friday, July 13, 2012

Black Friday!

So I'm not superstitious or anything,
but I decided since today is Friday 13th (Black Friday) I may as well embrace it!

I'm not sure if you can see, but this is a spotty manicure

Base Coat: OPI Nail Envy (2 coats because I like to have a thick base when I use dark colours)
Black: Australis Blackmail (2 coats)

Matte/Matte dots: Elf Matte top coat
Shiny/Shiny dots: Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat