Friday, 29 June 2012

Gay Pride Toronto 2012 and Canada Day

Fairly unusual of me to post a new mani on Friday, but this one is fairly important to me; since seeing that July 1st is Canada Day and this week is Pride Week in Toronto. As a full-blooded Canadian born and bred girl and being damn proud of my country, I naturally had to show my support.

I'm a complete supporter of Gay and LGBTQ rights movement. I think it's only fair to allow people to love who they love freely and openly, no matter what. So I rainbowed up my nails accordingly to the LGBTQ flag. I had to add in the little Canada Flag since Canada Day is also super important.

Colours Used:
"Hey Sailor" by China Glaze
"Frostbite" China Glaze
"Flying Dragon" China Glaze
"Lickety-Split Lime" Sally Hansen
"Lightning" Sally Hansen
"French White Creme" Wet n' Wild

Monday, 25 June 2012

Dry Marble

Simple dry marbling today, its technically just needle dragging, because I wanted to water marble but it wasn't working, so this was better. Colours used are "Fast Track" and "Smoke and Ashes" by China Glaze from the Capitol Collection.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Flashback Friday: Chevron French

Sept/03/2011 to Sept/05/2011
Simple white roses on a black chevron french. Base colour is "Sheer Pastel Nude" by Kleancolor with "Liquid Vinyl" by Orly for the tips.

Monday, 18 June 2012

La Fresh Review (Photo Heavy)

Due to the fact that this weekend we learned how to blend nail tips; which resulted in my nails being destroyed, I'm posting a review instead of new art, seeing as I need to give my nails some healing time.

So today I'm reviewing La Fresh by Ecobeauty's Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover Pads:
In my May Glymm box, I received two of these little packets. They maintain that they are 100% biodegradable (which is wonderful) and they come in a "Fresh Tuscan Orange Scent". The packaging on them is cute. On they sell a pack of 18 for $9.99 CAN.
Close up of the front.
As you can see, they have the size listed on the front, and make the claim that one of these 1.875" by 2.75" pads will clean ALL ten of your nails.
Back of packaging. Click to see full size photos.
Close up of the Ingredients.

Close up on the directions.
 Here's the back of the packaging, with the ingredients, cautions and directions, plus the barcode, etc.
The actual pad. Still folded.
So this is the pad after removed from its packaging. It was a bit moist, it felt more oily than wet, and it has a large diamond weave texture to it, which I'm sure helped with scrubbing away the polish.

Now, to test their claims I took removed this mani (from last week's Flashback Friday):
Removed on June/15/2012.
As you can see the Black Roses did not last very long. This is before I went near them with the Nail Polish Remover pads.

After cleaned; my bare nails.
  So, I proceeded and following their directions I managed to get rid of all the nail polish; a couple down sides to these pads: they took FOREVER a min 20 minutes of scrubbing to get it all off; the scent was too strong for me(it smelled nice, but I'm allergic to a lot of artificial fragrances); I had to use both pads for both hands, and still some polish was left over. On the plus side, my nails, cuticles, eponychium and skin didn't feel dry and tight after using them.

The pads after.
As you can see, by the end of it, they look war-torn. They've been through a serious battle with my nail polish hahah. They were falling apart by the end of it, and I realize they aren't soaked with polish, but I found that after about 4 fingers the pads had dried out and weren't working all that well which was why I broke open the second pack.

So my final verdict on these is this: I would not purchase these, ever. 
  •  Biodegradable
  •  Nice scent(albeit a tad strong for me)
  •  Leaves my skin and nails feeling moisturized

  • Pricey
  • Don't hold up well
  • 1 pad did NOT clean all 10 fingers as promised; still had to use regular remover to get rid of remnants
  • Took too long for my liking to remove
I hope you enjoyed this review, and found it helpful and possibly informative. Thank you for reading!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Flashback Friday: Pink Roses

Base colour is "Shocking Pink (Neon)" by China Glaze, with one coat of "Fairy Dust" on top of the index, middle and pinky fingers. I painted some little black roses on my ring and thumb nails.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Susan's Pedicure (Warning: Feet photos)

I apologize in advance for those of you who hate feet.
But, I had another client today; this time is was my friend Sam's darling Mom; Susan!
She was so excited about the end result of her toes, it just made me smile :)

Both feet.

Close up on the big toes.
The base colour is "Flying Dragon(Neon)" by China Glaze, with a lovely glitter fade done using Essie's "A Cut Above". Susan loved that glitter, and like myself is a fan of bold, blindingly bright colours. Needless to say she couldn't stop staring at her toes after they were done. Enjoy!

Friday, 8 June 2012

Flashback Friday: Up All Night

Aug/07/2011 to Aug/14/2011

Here we have "Up All Night" by China Glaze. It's a beautiful navy shade, I added some hand painted gold roses for some fanciness.

Monday, 4 June 2012


This week I went for something simple, since I've had a lot of heavy art nails lately. Here's a raptor skeleton for you. He looks more like a dragon to me, but w/e. The base colour is OPI's "Cozu Melted in the Sun".

Friday, 1 June 2012

Flashback Friday: Tarnished Gold - Crackle

July/12/2011 to July/23/2011
"Tarnished Gold" China Glaze Crackle Edition, with "Seduce Me" as a base colour. I've never been much of a fan of crackles personally, I think they look messy.