Thursday, September 19, 2013

#MTVnailChallenge: 4. Green & Flowers

Hello there lovelies! Is anyone else also having such awesome weather at the moment? It is cloudy but very warm here in Pretoria and man, I wish it would just rain! I really, REALLY like rain! The sound, the smell, the's awesome!

Anyhoo, nails to show and a #MTVnailChallenge to keep up with!

4. Green & Flowers

I would be lying if I say this was an easy topic! Okay, it was an easy topic but I really struggled
with ideas for some reason. I'm not a big flower person but I love green so I badly wanted to nail this topic! This was my third and easiest attempt but I'm genuinely happy with the results!

Nail Polishes used:

  • WOW Nail Polish #393
  • China Glaze Starboard
  • OPI Fresh Frog Of Bel Air

Tools/Other Used:

  • Dotting Tool
  • Silver Studs

I started by laying down 2 thickish coats of China Glaze Starboard on my thumb, middle and ring finger and 2 coats of  WOW Nail Polish #393 on my pinky and index finger. When this was dry, I went in with my dotting tool and WOW Nail Polish #393 and made easy little flower shapes on my ring, middle and thumb nail. In the middle of the flowers I just put a small blob of clear thickish nail polish and placed the studs into place. Too round everything off, I added a coat of OPI Fresh Frog Of Bel Air on my index finger and pinky.

Like I said, I was quite chuffed with the results! It feels very “me”. Plus I got to add studs! STUDS! So yes, I struggled quite a bit but it was worth it. Oh, and random much, but how awesome is OPI Fresh Frog Of Bel Air's name??

Please remember to go check out all the other lovely ladies who are taking part. They are working their butts off and it will totally be worth your time:

Ordinary Misfit

For The Love Of Nail Art

Mama Zombie Mumbles

Polished Tickles & Beauty

Passion For Polish

If you would like me to swatch any of the colours you saw in today’s post, please let me know via email or drop me a comment below. More than willing to oblige!

Lots of mad love...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

#MTVnailChallenge: 3. Yellow & Animal Print

Good morning loves! Knowing you guys, you are probably all super rocking so I'm not even going to ask! So let's just get right into it, shall we?

Firstly, we have three people that have joined us in the #MTVnailChallenge! *gasp* We are taking over the world people! Kicking ass and painting nails! Yeah! So just giving a shout out and a warm fuzzie “Welcome!” to Megan from Mama Zombie Mumbles, Tyler from Polished Tickles & Beauty and Jade from Passion For Polish. Please go check these ladies out to see what they have come up with so far!

3 . Yellow & Animal Print

Nail Polishes used:

  • Tip Top Nail Chic Lemon Fuel
  • Tip Top Nail Chic Sun Kissed
  • Tip Top Nail Addict Coffee Bean

Tools Used:

  • Thin nail art brush

I kind of struggled to come up with an idea for this theme! I didn't want to do any more leopard print or tiger/zebra print for now because I've done both quite recently, even though I could've brought in some sick color combinations with leopard print and yellow (Can you say “pastel”?!) so I decided to go for a simple giraffe mani!

I started out by laying down 2 coats of Tip Top Lemon Fuel. When this was dry I just added 1 coat of Tip Top Sun Kissed over the base to make it pop nicely! I went in with Tip Top Coffee Bean and my thin nail art brush, which is dying on me by the way *sobs* and made the outline for the giraffe prints. Then I just filled them in using the same brush and Tip Top Coffee Bean. To make it look a bit neater, I just went in again with the thin nail art brush and Tip Top Sun Kissed between some of lines.

I don't mind how this came out but in my mind it could've been a whole lot better and neater! But practise makes perfect! So off to the drawing board (or nail beds) we go again!

Please go have a looksie at all the other girls attempts today! You will not be sorry, their work is always spot on and gorgeous!

For The Love Of Nail Art

Ordinary Misfit

Mama Zombie Mumbles

Polished Tickles & Beauty

Passion For Polish

If you would like me to swatch any of the colours you saw in today’s post, please let me know via email or drop me a comment below. More than willing to oblige!

Lots of mad love...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

#MTVnailChallenge: 2. Orange & Stripes

HI! *waves* I honestly think it is going to snow today! Because it's cold?? No! It's coolish here in Pretoria but in a nice way. No sign of snow though! Why then? BECAUSE I HAVE A POST UP BEFORE 11.30AM! What?? Yip, snow...or the apocalypse! Something is going down!

As you know I'm taking part in the #MTVnailChallenge with my lovely ladies, Ordinary Misfit and For The Love Of Nail Art. For more information regarding the challenge, you can check out this post.

2 .Orange & Stripes

Nail Polishes used:
  • China Glaze Recycle
  • Tip Top Nail Chic Solar Flare
  • Avon Apricot Mystery

Tools Used:
  • Dotting tool
  • Thin nail art brush
  • Striping tape

I started out by laying down 2 coats of China Glaze Recycle on all my nails, except for my thumb. On my index finger, ring and pinky I then placed a few strips of striping tape and went over it with 1 coat of Tip Top Solar Flare.

On my ring finger, I made a few “groups” of dots with Avon Apricot Mystery and my dotting tool. When this was dry, I then made a few random “C” shapes and squiggles with my nail art brush on the “group” and Tip Top Solar Flare to make vintage looking flowers. In between I placed a few dots with Avon Apricot Mystery and Tip Top Solar Flare just to fill up the space a little bit. Lastly, I just layed down 2 coats of Tip Top Solar Flare on my thumb to finish off the look.

This didn't come out to bad in my opinion! Tip Top Solar Flare made my camera completely spazz out because it is so deep and bright but in real life, the grey and orange went beautifully together!

Please go check out For The Love Of Nail Art and OrdinaryMisfit for their amazing takes on today's theme! And while you're at it, please join in and let us know! Would love to see them all!

If you would like me to swatch any of the colours you saw in today’s post, please let me know via email or drop me a comment below. More than willing to oblige!

Lots of mad love...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

#MTVnailChallenge: Red & Polka Dots

Hi there lovelies! I'm not going to say a lot today as I am very excited to get into today's post! So let's get to it!

Myself, Michelle from Ordinary Misfit and Voni from For The Love Of Nail Art decided a little while ago we wanted to do a challenge together. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to tackle the #31DC2013, so we decided to create our own little version of that called “The M.T.V. Short Nail Art Challenge” or #MTVnailChallenge (M for Michelle, T for Thea and V for Voni)

As you can see, we basically took the first 2 sections of the 31 Day Challenge and combined them to make this shorter challenge. We will be posting every Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks so stick around, take a look at all the weird/awesome/amazing things we come up with and if you want to, join in with the the hashtag  #MTVnailChallenge!

1. Red & Polka Dots:

Nail Polishes used:

  • WOW Nail Polish #393
  • China Glaze Grape Pop
  • Nubar Competition Red

Tools Used:

  • Dotting Tools (Large and Medium ended)

I started out by laying down 2 coats of WOW Nail Polish #393. When this was dry, I made random dots with the large end of my dotting tool, switching between China Glaze Grape Pop and Nubar Competition Red on each finger. When the dots were dry I then just switched the colors around on each finger, making smaller dots inside my large dots (Dot-ception!).

I really like how this came out! It kind of reminded me of an octopus's skin...please don't ask me why because I have no idea! I blame my allergy medicine...

Remember to go check out Ordinary Misfit and For The Love Of Nail Art for their awesome take's on today's theme!

If you would like me to swatch any of the colours you saw in today’s post, please let me know via email or drop me a comment below. More than willing to oblige!

Lots of mad love...

Monday, September 9, 2013

Tip Top Nail Art Concept: Saran Wrap Nail Art

Hi there lovelies! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I had a pretty decent one. Was just irritated and annoyed because I'm struggling a bit with a bad skin allergy and it's really just making me feel crappy and out of it. Had to go for blood-tests today and I was TERRIFIED! But I survived...WIN! And this is my happy place so I won't let it get me down!

Before I get into today's post, I have a little bit of news. I will be taking part in a nail art challenge called the “M.T.V. Challenge” with For The Love Of Nail Art and Ordinary Misfit for the next few weeks. It's a combination of two of the categories from the “31 Day Challenge” that a lot of bloggers are attempting at the moment but it's just quite a bit shorter. If you would like more information on the challenge or would like to join us, you can read about it HERE.

Now on to le good stuff...

I've been taking part here and there where I can in the Tip Top South Africa Nail art concept for the past few weeks and it has really been a blast! I took part again this week and the concept was Saran Wrap nail art. When I saw the technique, the first thing I though was “water”. Also, I've really been missing Durban a lot lately so I decided to take the mani from there...

Nail Polishes used:
  • Tip Top Nail Chic Black Forest
  • Tip Top Nail Chic We Have An Agreen Mint
  • Tip Top Nail Chic Blue Meets Green
  • Tip Top Nail Chic Cha Cha Cha
  • Tip Top Nail Chic Meringue Surprise
  • Tip Top Nail Addict Cafe Cafe
  • Tip Top Nail Addict Secret Road

Tools Used:
  • Small thin nail art brush

    From Left to Right:
    We Have An Agreen Mint, Blue Meets Green, Cha Cha Cha

    Left to Right:
    Meringue Surprise, Secret Road, Cafe Cafe

I started out by laying down 2 coats of Tip Top Nail Chic Blue Meets Green. This next step I did finger by finger. When this was dry, I layed down a thin coat of Tip Top Nail Chic Cha Cha Cha and immediately went and pushed up and down lightly with a crumbled piece of saran wrap over it.

I went in with a thin nail art brush and drew the basic shapes of the shells and starfish with Tip Top Nail Chic Black Forest like I saw in this tutorial over at Coewless Nails. When the shapes were dry, I filled them in with the various colours and the nail art brush. To finish the shells and starfish off, I just lined them all again with the nail art brush and Tip Top Nail Chic Black Forest.

This mani made me feel so happy! Had a little bit of the sea on my nails and it definitely reminded me of summer, sun and fun!

If you would like me to swatch any of the colours you saw in today’s post, please let me know via email or drop me a comment below. More than willing to oblige!

Lots of mad love...

Friday, September 6, 2013

Leopard Print Skittlette

Hi there loves! I hope everyone is doing well! I can't complain too much on my side. Is it just me or did this week absolutely zoom past? Mine did but I don't mind because it's my birthday month! YAY ME! We're also going into my favourite time of the year, September right through to December. I get really excited because I know I'm going to see most of my family end of September and I also see my sisters quite a few times in this stretch of time. So yes, I'm generally a very happy camper this time of the year.

Now on to today's post...

I'm posting a very simple leopard print skittlette mani I did more than a month ago. I wasn't too happy with how the ring finger's clean-up turned out so I let it lay in my emergency folder for quite a while. But I was browsing through the file this past week and I thought it was actually a really nice mani so I decided to post it, uncrisp clean-up line and all.

Nail Polishes used:
  • Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • WOW Nail Polish #393
  • Tip Top Nail Chic Jazz Berryblue
  • OPI Get Your Number

Tools Used:
  • Small thin nail art brush

Looki! Mini Bottle!

I started out by laying down 2 coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White on my ring finger, middle finger and thumb. When this was dry I made random blotches with Tip Top Nail Chic Jazz Berryblue using the bottles own brush. I then went in with WOW Nail Polish #393 and a thin nail art brush and made random C and U shapes. To round it off I added a few random dots and squiggles between the blotches.

On my pinkie and index finger I just layed down 2 (I think it was 2) coats of OPI Get Your Number.

I adore animal prints! Okay, I would never wear it in my clothes or anything else but I dig it on my nails! And the color combos can be insane if you just let your imagination go a little bit! I already have another one planned out again after doing this post so...TO THE MANI CAVE!

If you would like me to swatch any of the colours you saw in today’s post, please let me know via email or drop me a comment below. More than willing to oblige!

Lots of mad love...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Let's Get Personal! Tag

Lovelies! Hi! No, I'm still alive and kicking! Just a teeny tiny bit behind with pretty EVERYTHING except my teeth growth, and that stopped happening years ago! But I missed you and will hopefully have a nail post up by tomorrow.

Okay, so before I get into today's post I first want to wish Michelle over at Ordinary Misfit a happy happy birthday! Hope you have many more my friend, and that it is only filled with love and blessings! 

Today's post is also kind of Michelle's fault because she tagged everybody who has a blog last week in her "Let's get Personal" tag and well, *points up* I have one! Hi-five to me!

So without further interruption and before I get distracted by all the cute Cheeseburger kitties on the internet I give to you...

Do you have any pets?
They're not technically “mine” but our family has 2 doggies, Sussie (a miniature maltese) and Jack (a cross-breed jack russel).

Name 3 things that are physically close to you.
My cellphone, a note book and 7 different color highlighters...yes people, I need 7 different colors!

What’s the weather like right now?
Today is really nice, warm and sunny! Spring has kind off sprung!

Do you drive?
No...don't judge me okay! I really want to get my license!

What time did you wake up this morning? sucked so bad! I think my body hates me after this weekend and the past two days of forced early awakenings!

When was the last time you showered?
This morning! Squeaky clean jelly bean!

What was the last movie you saw?
Ooooooh, I had a movie marathon with my best friend on Sunday! “The Avengers”, “Iron Man 3” and “Rise of the Guardians”! Haven't done that in years! My last movie I watched at a cinema though was “Skyfall”. Last year November! What??

What does your last text message say?
FNB :) Rxxx.xx paid from cheq a/c.... Dear FNB, there is nothing :) about paying ones damn debts! Stupid smiley face...

What’s your ringtone?
Depends...I like having personalised ringtones!
Family: Happy Tree Friends theme song
My fiance: Bush - Come Down (from the chorus part)
Friends: South Park theme
Random people: Deep Purple - Burn

Have you ever been to a different country?
No, but I've been to Bloemfontein and they're about 10 years behind with everything so that should count, right?? *dodges pans* I'M ONLY KIDDING BLOEM! But no, never been to a different country!
*Disclaimer: Really Bloemfontein, you're pretty rock solid! I like you aight! And I've also been looking for an excuse to use the word “aight” in a blog post and you just gave it to me! DOUBLE WIN!*

Do you like sushi?
Okay...I am actually going to say this, even though it might cost me...I do NOT like sushi! At all! Nope, can't fake it. And it isn't like I only tried it once. Things tend to grow on me if I try them a few times but sushi just never have. I'm sorry!...Also, I just had a visual picture of sushi literally growing on me! Thank you brain! You just had to go and traumatize me for life, didn't you?!

Where do you buy your groceries?
Whatever is the closest and whatever is on special! I am a sucker for a good special!

Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
Not sleeping tablets in that sense but I've taken Natura drops and stuff like that to help me sleep during exams because when I stress or am in a new environment, I really struggle to sleep!

How many siblings do you have?
I have 2 older sisters....they are AWESOME! Seriously! I'm really lucky!

Do you have a desktop computer, laptop or an iPad / Tablet?
I have my laptop, Lappie! How original is that name?! Falcor was already taken by Never Ending Story! How epic would that be though? “THIS IS MY LAPTOP, FALCOR!” *thunder strikes in the background while Slash plays an mind exploding guitar riff*

How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
24...I ain't even mad! Haaah, I used the words “aight” and “ain't” in one post! I'm on a roll today!

Do you wear contacts or glasses?
Glasses. I really like them!

Do you colour your hair?

Tell me something you are planning to do today.
I have naked nails at the moment so definitely doing a mani tonight!

When was the last time you cried?
Last week Monday. My dad went in for a sinus operation and it really scared me!

What is your perfect pizza topping?
That is hard! Seriously! Salami and mushrooms...

Which do you prefer – hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
I don't know...bacon burger? Not an option? Damn...Hamburger I guess...

Have you ever had an all-nighter?
I've been a video gamer most of my life so yes, I've had plenty!

What is your eye color?
It is brown but my one eye has this one section that is green! I like it!

Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
Hells yes! Pepsi is sweeter.

What do you order at Starbucks?
No Starbucks in SA

What’s one thing in your closet that you cannot live without?
I live 80% of the week in tights. You can dress them up, dress them down and wear them in all seasons!

What’s one thing that most people probably wouldn’t know about you?
Ummm...not that much actually! I'm a pretty open person most of the times. One thing though that I guess is kind of embarrassing is I sleep with a monkey pillow in my bed. It used to be a big teddy bear but in high school my mom bought me this monkey pillow-like thing and I still sleep with him! He's so cute!

Name one thing that you want to do before you die.
Go and experience the San Diego Comic Con.

What’s one food that you cannot live without?
Candy...that's a food right? No? ...Chicken. I LOVE chicken!

What quote / phrase do you live your life by?
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” - Oscar Wilde

Don't get me wrong, I love fashion! But to me this quote goes past fashion in the sense of clothing. Fashion is also other peoples behaviours and the way they do things. Don't change or form your believes and passions around other peoples “fashions”, they are probably going to end up changing it anyway.

What’s your number one most listened to song right now?
Uuuuuuuu...Okay, I'm going to name the 1st three songs I play when I listen to music through my cellphone because there isn't just one at the moment. Oh, and none of them are recent!
Bush – Machine Head
Panic! At the disco - Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off (Legit! That's how long the songs name is!)
Nirvana - In Bloom

What kind of style would you define yourself as having?
I don't really have a specific style. I wear what I like, whether it's a graphic t-shirt and chucks, or tights, a loose top and flats. Guess you can say it's pretty relaxed!

What is your favourite number?
7...13...25...AAAAGH! The pressure! Don't make me choose!

Name two hobbies.
Playing X-box and nail art

Name two pet peeves.
1. I hate to hear people eat! I don't mind when your at a dinner table or in a group and people eat. But when you sitting somewhere and someone eats fruit and they make those slurpy noises and...uuuugh, just no! Same with crunchy eating noises! Hate it!
2. Intolerance! I'm a firm believer in “each to his own”. Just let people be, as long as they're not hurting anyone. (Isn't it ironic how I just moaned about people's eating sounds and then say we should just tolerate each other??)

What is your guilty pleasure?
Listening to peoples accents! I love different accents. I swear, I will try and keep someone as long as possible on the phone if I hear they have a different accent than what I'm used to. Must be why I like watching BBC so much...


So that is me getting personal! I really hope you enjoyed it! Yes, I probably got a little bit too personal but hey, sharing is caring!

If you haven't done a personal tag post yet, consider yourself tagged! And then come share it with me! Would love to get to know my fellow bloggers better. Non-bloggers, you are more than welcome to comment below and get personal in that little space!

Lots of mad love...