Sunday, April 18, 2010

Evil Shades ROCKS!

Hello my darklings!

Very recently I ordered a tiny haul from the very lovely Evil Angel (one of the Wicked Vixens!) who owns her own makeup company called Evil Shades.
If you haven't seen her stuff before, check it out here.

You're back? Okay!

Last night I decided to play around with everything I got! Are you ready for this?

Friday, April 16, 2010

You can't polish a turd....

Hello my darklings!

Sorry for my absence of late, I've been ridiculously busy lately, what with working and... working. Haha!

Another reason I've been away is I had a bit of a problem. As you may have known I had a tear in my right thumbnail below the quick, I'd been using pieces of tea bag as a silk wrap replacement, but the inevitable happened, I didn't buff it down quite as much as I thought I had and I snagged it, tearing across.

I hate having my nails mis-matched lengths. So I've been reduced to this...

I'm just kidding!

I really hope all of you can tell the difference between bitten and cut nails!

Okay back on topic... sort of... 

Here's what they REALLY look like!

My sad little thumb... :( 
You can see how stuffed up it is... 
No more pics of this until it grows out more!

My inpiration for this was partly all the cute pastels I kept seeing around easter, as well as having Nubar - Milk Chocolate Creme turn up. I'm not sure about using it for day-to-day polish, but boy, I'll use this guy for nail art for sure!

What I used:
Thumb and pinkies: Eyeko  - Lilac Polish(The only Eyeko so far that agreed with me! Yay!)
Forefinger: Franken
Middle: BYS - White
Ring: Eyeko - Vintage
Chocolate: Nubar - Milk Chocolate Creme
Rhinestones: Konad Nail Art Stones


Oh and the title of this post is from me worried that chocolate would look more like... well... you get the picture.
My photography lecturer in Uni used to used the phrase "turd polishing" a lot. It means when you start with a piece of crap, you can spend ours and hours polishing and refining it, but in the end, it's still a piece of crap.

One day he was looking at what I was working on, shook his head and for the billionth time...
"You can't polish a turd"
Not missing a beat I looking him in the eye with a manic grin and said
"Maybe... but you can roll it in glitter!"


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Eyeko... dangerously close to being in my bad books....

Hi everyone!
Some good news - looks like i'll be temping again for the next couple of weeks! Yay!
Anyway - on to the polish.
Now, this was the one I was looking forward to the most... a bright electric purple...
While mucking around on polyvore (while wearing the Vintage - I was inspired by Nihrida's polyvores!) I made a set to encompass the purpley awesome I was expecting...
Purple Punk & Gothic
Ahhh... yummy purple, maybe set off with some black and white....

Unfortunately I got THIS....

What... the... heck? It actually CHANGED COLOUR from what was in the bottle... I managed to scrape one last use out of my dying bottle of Seche so I know it wasn't that... I'm also at a loss to explain the weird bubbly texture thats going on (if you can't see, click the above pic to figure out what I'm on about)

Just to make my point absurdly clear, look at the above photo. The purple on the left is the bottle of polish. On the right, my nail covered 3 coats of that exact polish.

Application on this was way better than the Vintage polish, but not worth it for a boring berry shimmery creme. Blech. And yet the bottle colour was so awesome!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Vault 101: Nude franken and first foil!

Hi everyone!

I'm cleaning out my little stack of posts to do before moving onto new stuff!
This was a franken I made out of Essie - The Naked Truth, I was never going to use it again as it was, and wanted to see if I could get it closer to my skintone, unfortunately my skin is multiple colours, not one!

Pretty darn close! This is 3 coats, it's still a little sheer as you can see, but no where near as bad as it was!
I also had some foils turn up from eBay, so I decided to give them a go!

 These may not have been the best choice for a first try, as because they are clear it was impossible to tell if they had transferred or not...

Hrm, not too bad for a first try! It looks a lot less shonky in person, trust me!
NB: I've since had a go with another foil that didn't have a transparent backing and the results were MUCH better...

What other nail art do you want to see?
(Hopefully not more mutant painted fishes...)


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Do not adjust your monitor...

Hi everyone!
I just had to be one of the first to show you these!
This is the Black Crackle set from BYS!

Sorry about the messy cleanup - using straight acetone wouldn't budge the crackle polish! I had to SCRUB it off with the brush, making it look a little messy. Next time I'll just be more careful with my application, not in the dark while watching TV!

I noticed I use a lot of black and white, looking back through my old posts I was suprised to see how long my nails have gotten! They've always been quite long, but this is by far the longest they've ever been! Here's a comparison photo...

Holey moley!

Though I love how long they are at the moment, they are starting to get awkward, not to mention feeling weak and "wobbly" - something I've never had before! So there may be a nubbin-isation in the near future...

Also, thanks again to the VERY lovely Jacie from You've Got Nail - what a sweetheart! It was so lovely to finally meet another nail blogger in person!
I also got a couple more from her - but you'll have to wait until I try them to find out what they are!

More posts lined up! I'm excited!
Also, don't forget to vote in my poll! After all, I want you to enjoy my blog as much as I do!


Friday, April 9, 2010

Who's a Wicked Vixen?

Hi everyone!
If you check my sidebar you will see we have a NEW member in the Wicked Vixens - PowerLifterChick!
Seriously, check this girl's blog out! Check ALL of the Wicked Vixen's blogs out!
Because these girls ROCK and they rock HARD dammit!


Fast and dirty poll

Hi guys!
Sorry for the severe lack of posts of late, I've been super busy!
It's 4.15am right now, and I have another job interview tomorrow!

So anyway I have a little poll in my sidebar that needs attention!

I promise to be back to more normal (ish) posting soon!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I can haz youtubes?

Hi everyone!
So I was playing around with makeup last night, taking a billion photos as i did so (I usually go way too far and end up looking like a drag queen!) so I turned my pics into a mini tutorial.

Do you like it?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that's why I don't have a boyfriend.

Hi guys!
The quote above is from Lucy Liu - it cracked me up the first time I saw it!

Anyhow! Here is a little something that arrived in my mailbox on friday...
Eyeko's Vintage Polish!

NB: I am desperately running out of Seche Vite, meaning until the new bottles get here you're gonna have to deal with ugly bubbly top coat again. *sigh*

The colour in the above pics is pretty true to life, except its a teensy bit more green. It looks kinda blue here. My camera went funked up at the idea of photographing this one. :(

I really didn't enjoy this, I left it on for a couple of days purely to make it worthwhile... application was pretty damn awful, though apparently it's better than the old formula, which must have been a total nightmare. The colour is pretty as hell, but it was quite sheer, and with my long nails and the tiny bottles, doing three coats used up about a third of a bottle!! Mostly this is because it won't let you do a thin coat as it was so goopy.
But the colour is hella pretty, although next time I think I'll franken my The Face Shop mint green to make it a bit darker and more blue, the application of it was better and considering price and availability, I probably wouldn't buy it again.


Monday, April 5, 2010


Hi everyone!

OH.. MY... SWEET... GOD...
Could this be any more lush?

Okay how I did this one was apply Manglaze - Fuggen Ugly all over the nails (as you saw yesterday)
Then I took some of those french tip stickers, the flat ones not the curved ones (I think they're for toenails?) and cut them in half. 
I then stuck them onto the other half at a 90 degree angle while still on the backing paper, peeled the whole thing off and stuck it down on my nails, then applied Manglaze - Hot Mess over the tips.
Look pretty awesome I reckon!

Because I had two different finishes to work with here I thought it would be a good chance to do a matte top coat comparison. Here's what I ended up with!


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Manglaze love!

Hi everyone!
This is what I wore for most of last week - yes in a corporate office - no one seemed to care so I went with it! I had a package in the mail from the VERY amazing Tiffani. This is - of course - Manglaze Fuggen Ugly. It is DIVINE.

Mattified shimmery goodness! *drool*

Go outside I hear you say? Okay!

Application on this was awesome - I've never worked with matte polishes before but I always crap up matte topcoats, need to get used to the fast drying idea! But just look... look... now I have a secret to tell you... come closer... closer...

*whispers* I didn't do cleanup on this...

Not that you could tell from it being all jacked up around my cuticles... blargh... but yes... manglaze is a dream... I'm off to buy more! Ta ta!

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