Tuesday, 2 September 2014

31DC2014 Day 2 - Orange Nails

Day 2 - Orange Nails

I generally don't wear oranges (or yellows) because it just looks weird with my skin tone, but I love how these turned out!!!  I started out with a vertical  holo gradient using "Trip" and "Tantrum" by Celestial Cosmetics. I used the lighter shade (Trip) on the sides of my nail then the darker shade (Tantrum) down the middle. It's not very noticeable, but it's there. Then I stamped over the top using black polish and Nailz Craze plate NC05.

Lighting: Inside with flash
Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

-Bettina

Monday, 1 September 2014

31DC2014 Day 1 - Red Nails

Day 1 - Red Nails.

Here we go! Day one. So far so good.

I do love my reds! I decided to go for something simple, French tips. Not exactly sure why I wanted to do this but the idea had been in my head for awhile. I was sort of going for a false nail, acrylic look. I guess I nailed it because I had to convince some people that, "No they are not fake.Yes, I am sure these are my real nails."  For my base I used "Sugar Coated" by Ulta3 then for my red tips I used "Coven" by Glam Polish.   Not a whole lot of sunshine to capture the sparkly tips so I have photos in my light box.


Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


-Bettina




31 Day Challenge 2014

It's that time of year again, and I must be crazy! I have decided to take part in the 31 Day Challenge again this year, despite my full to do list including my university assignments and swatching (can't wait to share some of the new collections coming up)! Last year was my first year and it was really fun, difficult to find nail art time every day but it was worth it.

So here is the challenge...



Due to day too day life I usually don't have time to do nail art then also blog about it in the same day. So with this in mind I plan on doing a post every few days... that's not cheating, right?

Feel free to join in!

Also check out Drama Queen Nails as she has a brilliant post including tips on how to make it though the challenge!

Also, special thanks to Chalkboard Nails for the challenge picture!

-Bettina

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Powder Perfect Body Products

I love Powder Perfect polishes, but ever since I knew that they also sold body products, such as scrubs and lotions, I wanted to try them. I finally brought some of their body products and I love them!




I picked up a large tub of  Tropical Paradise Sugar Scrub that was on sale. I found that it didn't have much of a tropical scent, but I could smell the ingredients, a raw brown sugar scent. No major complains about the scent though. I love my body scrubs and this one is unlike any that I have used before. It was a little harder and dryer than I was expecting it to be, but that turned out to be a good thing. A full finger full was enough to do my whole body in the shower. It scrubbed really well and felt moisturizing as well as cleansing. It also lasted a long time. I have found that some scrubs kind of just scrub away before you even rinse it off, this one lasted the distance until I rinsed it off. After all my scrubbing my skin felt amazing! 





I also purchased the Birthday Cake Sugar Scrub and Body Balm. The scrub is the same as the other one, including the scent. The body balm was so much nicer than I was expecting it to be. A little went a really long way and it melted into my skin like butter. I chose the birthday cake scent as I was hoping for something sweet and subtle, which is exactly what I got.




Lip balm and cuticle balm tubes were my final purchase. I love the lip balm! It feels so nice and moisturizing. It doesn't feel waxy and it lasts quite awhile too. After it fades away it also doesn't leave my lips feeling dry. In the past I have found that some lip balms are great when you put them on, but they don't last long then make your lips feel dry after. I assume this is so that you keep using their product. The cuticle balm is also really nice. I went with the one in the tube because when I have gotten one that come in little pots my nails are too long and it always end up under my nails. This tube style cuticle balm is a convenient alternative. It is so handy to have in my bag, the only thing is that the cuticle balm and the lip balm come in exactly the same packaging so I have to tell them apart by scent. 


-Bettina

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Are You Jelly?

Do you know that Powder Perfect has a small selection of China Glaze Polishes for sale?! This is excellent, as I can hardly ever find China Glaze polishes where I live. This vibrant, squishy purple is called "Are You Jelly?"  This is a fabulous jelly polish. You could easily use two coats of this polish, but I like to cover up my visible nail line as much as possible so I used three coats. On my accent nail I stamped with  BM-414 and Konad black stamping polish over "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors. Then I went in and filled in some of the triangles using the China Glaze polish and the lead lighting technique. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

I had to include my close up shot of my accent nail. It's not perfect, as you can clearly see. Oh well, nobody is perfect, right?  I would like my nail art to be perfect though.

Lighting: In light box

Hope you like this design!

Go and check out Powder Perfect for some China Glaze polishes as well as some of their other brands!


-Bettina

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

My nail care routine

At one point or another I am sure that every nail blogger has had some sort of post where they describe their nail care routine, well now it's my turn. My poor nails have been a bit neglected. The cold winter weather and drying acetone are not helpful in trying to maintain nicely moisturized cuticles and fingers. My last post on here showed how bad the skin around my nails is, so while giving them the TLC that they needed I thought it might be fun to document my process then blog about it.

I use many different products from scrubs to lotions from day to day. Most of the time what I reach for depends on my mood. My routine isn't always the same either, it depends on how bad my nails are and the pampering time I have available.



Today's first step giving my nails a quick fine to get rid of any rough edges, then it is on to the cuticle remover. I don't often do this step but my cuticles have gone a bit wild so it is time for a touch up. I am using Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover.




After the cuticle remover has had time to do its job I push back my cuticles and remove any dead skin.

Next it's time to scrub! My all time favourite scrub is Rub Rub Rub by Lush. I really like this one because it has a lot of fine granules perfect for a deep, intense scrub.  I have gone through so many tubs of this stuff. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good body or hand scrub. Yes, it is blue!



After scrubbing to my heart is content I rinse my hands using warm water. While rinsing my hands I also use a nail brush, just to scrub them a bit more.

Today I decided to use my little bottle of liquid gold because my poor little hands are in need of some intense moisture. Nutrimetics Vitamin Oil is by far the best oil I have ever used on my cuticles. Some of my other favourite products include Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter by Lush and Invite Vitamin E Cream.


I should have taken a before photo to compare with my after shot. So much better after some intense TLC.


Once my cuticle oil has had plenty of time to sink in it is time for a strengthening base coat. My base coat of choice is currently Herome Extra Strong Nail Hardener. I have previously used O.P.I. Nail Envy and this one is quite similar. I believe that your skin, hair, nails get used to products after using them for awhile and then don't work as well as when you first started using the product. That is partly why I swapped to this base coat. So far so good, hardly any breaks since I started using this strengthening base coat.



That is roughly my nail care routine. It changes depending on what I feel like using and how badly my nails and skin has been neglected, but the above mentioned products are some of my personal favourites.

What are some of your favourite products?

-Bettina

Two Polishes, One Mani

Me and wonderful nail buddy, Ellie (IG:@nailpolishaddicited1), recently did a nail mail swap. She sent me some wonderful polishes, even some from her own indie brand Bella's Touch Lacquer. I decided to try out two of her polishes at once in one cute and simple mani. I used "Death by Dusk" and then "Crystallize" as my accent nail.

"Death by Dusk" is a beautiful thermal polish with flakies. The thermal change is from a soft purple when cold to a pale blue when warm. I used two coats and a glossy top coat over the top. I didn't even remember that this was a thermal polish when I put it on until I went to wash my hands!

"Crystallize" is the perfect polish for an accent nail. It is a clear base with tiny silver glitters. I like this one so much more than I was expecting to. Other polishes of this type are often too dense for my linking so when applied it is very thick and sometimes clumpy. This one has a perfect formula. I like to work in thin coats, rather than slapping on a thick coat. Since the formula is thinner it requires a few extra coats, but it is totally worth it! Since the formula is thinner it is also a lot more versatile as it can be used as a glitter topper too!

Lighting: In light box

The thermal transition was a little difficult to capture on the nail so I have a close up. You can see a subtle transition on the nail but the best comparison is between my nail and the purple bottle in the background.


Lighting: In light box


I regret not taking a close up of "Crystallize" as well, I think a close up of it would have looked really awesome. Oh well, I am use to be using that polish again soon as it is the perfect polish for glitter accent nails!

-Bettina

P.S. Please excuse my super dry skin and cuticles!