Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Julep's Guest Post: Pumpkin Nail Art

Today is officially Halloween and if you have some time to spare, here is a very easy and surprisingly fast nail art you can do! A week or two ago, Julep had asked me if I was interested in providing nail art for them! Of course I said yes. The first time didn't really pan out, so I am ecstatic to say that this time it did! If you're interested in check out the tutorial, mosey onto Julep's blog to check out my guest post: CLICK HERE! 

I will be providing them two more nail art for them. One of them is going to be part of their Sunday Manicure Series and the other is going to be Pink Inspired nail art. The latter will be using the nail polishes that I won from the Breast Cancer Awareness contest! If you're interested in seeing my whole Julep collection with these new addition, stay tuned! I can now say it has made up 60% of all my nail polishes. 

Also, if you haven't seen my Halloween Costume, check it out HERE. I think it's been a pretty huge hit with everyone who seen it! 

More pictures after the jump! 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Costume for a Nail Addict

So the weekend before Halloween is when all the big parties take place. I don't recall doing anything on Halloween last year besides heading to Church Street in Toronto's Gay Village to check out the festivities. I am always extremely WOWed when I'm there because they all put such a tremendous effort into their costume, so it's really awesome to see. I hope the rain isn't going to be too heavy, because I would like to go again.

Anyways, this year I was all over the place in terms of what I wanted to be. I knew I needed a costume because I had my friend's Halloween party on Saturday that I said I would attend. I was dead set on being PSY, but I couldn't find a partner in crime to be the dancing kid in the wifebeater, air hump elevator guy, or the yellow suit guy. Then while I was at work on Friday, I came up with an idea of being a nail polish for Halloween. I knew I didn't want to be a round bottle like OPI and Zoya, so I opted to be a Julep polish for its nice straight lines!

I asked my friend Amy to see if she was willing to be a nail polish with me if I made her costume and she told me immediately that she was up for it! So I began to sketch what I envisioned. This is also to plan for what materials I would need and how I was going to make it. When I finished up with my 10 second sketch, I sent the picture to Amy.

Luckily there was a Dollarama near my home so I was able to pick up Bristol Boards, Double sided tape, Ribbons, and regular tape. Initially I wanted to create 3 costumes so my other friend Jessica would get one as well. But due to time constraints and the work put into it, I only did two for Amy and I. Luckily Jessica literally had 10 other back up costume to choose from. Anyways, I realized I bought WAY TOO MANY bristol boards than I needed. I bought 20 when I only needed 6, so I need to find ways to use up the other ones since I can't refund it. 

Want to see how our costumes turned out? Check it out after the jump. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Nails


On my giveaway post, I asked "what kind of nail art would you like to see on my blog?" A lot of people requested Halloween nails! My initial ideas were gory nails or rotten nails, but unfortunately I didn't have the colors for them. I tried mixing some polishes together, but it didn't achieve the color that I wanted. I turned to google for some inspiration, I looked up a general Halloween nail art and then character themed nails. If you're long-time reader of my blog, you know how I like my nail art complex. The ones that are shown in the top images of Google were way to cute for me, so I ended up googling individual characters. So this was what I came up with! I honestly think this is one of my best work. It took quite a long time to do and my neck actually hurts, but I think it worth it. I hope you like it! 

Pumpkin, Zombie, Wicked Witch, Dracula, and Frankenstein

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Born Pretty Store Review: Striping Tape

A couple weeks ago, Born Pretty Store contacted to see if I was interested in trying out one of their products! Of course I said "yes" and decided to check out their colorful striping tapes. Born Pretty Store is a Hong Kong based online beauty shop full of nail art products, cosmetics, and even some tech gadgets! They also have contact lenses, eyeshadow palettes, fake eyelashes and so on! The cost of their products are similar to wholesale price and they come with free international shipping no matter how much or how little you buy. Yup, free international shipping no matter where you live that's pretty unheard of these days. They accept all sorts of different paying methods from credit card, bank transfer, and pay pal!

The nail art striping are $8.99 for a package 12. The more you buy, the more discount that is given to you! The striping tapes that I've been looking at were about $1.99 each at other online stores, but with Born Pretty Store, it's about $0.75 each! The products got to me about 2 weeks after I was notified that the product was shipped. Not bad especially since it's coming from Hong Kong. So my overall experience has been great. I'm actually looking into getting these nail tips and perhaps begin selling my nail art! What do you guys think? Would any body be interested?

If you're interested in checking out Born Pretty Store, please click HERE.  You can get 10% off your entire purchase by typing the code NVL91

Keep reading to check out some striping nail design ideas.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails Part 2

Check out my Followers Appreciation Giveaway! Click HERE to check it out! 

A couple days ago I completed a set of breast cancer awareness (BCA) nails that was super easy to do. When my best friend Alex saw it, we started talking about other "Cause" nails that we can do. Expect me to create something for Movember! Anyways, I told her I wanted to do another breast cancer awareness nails and told her my idea to create "Puzzle nails" that incorporates a BCA theme. I'm not too sure what the technical term for it is, but it's when you put all 5 finger nails together to essentially create a "bigger image", like a puzzle. Anyways, rather than describing, why not show it to you!

The three fingers with the bodies represent different body shapes (curvy, fit, and skinny) because breast cancer affects any women no matter their shape and size. On the pinky, I painted the pink ribbon for the representation of the cause. Finally on the thumb, it has a woman's head when put above the body fingers, it creates the "big picture". Want to see how it looks, read on! 

Monday, October 08, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails

Check out my Followers Appreciation Giveaway! Click HERE to check it out! 

Happy Thankgiving to all my Canadian friends! I hope everyone is stuffed with turkey and other good food. My parents aren't a huge fan of Turkey, but I had a nice Chicken dinner cooked Chinese style! I was stuffed nonetheless! I love being home and having home-cooked meals.

Anyways, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I was at a Starbucks in my hometown when I came across a donation box. I made my donation and was completely inspired to create a nail art for the cause to do my part in raising awareness. Whether it is to help people become more aware that it's important to go in for a regular check up or to remind them to make a small donation to help fund research for a cure. I know there are ways to donate online, so if you prefer that method, google it up! For Canadians, you can make online donations through

This is a very simple nail art that everyone can do! Keep reading for the tutorial. 

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Followers Appreciation Giveaway!

Winner: Congratulation to HELEN W! 

Whether you follow my blog and my nail art posts through GFC, HelloCotton, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, I just want to thank you all for your support and kind comments. On November 30 will be my 1 year Blogiversary! I remember calling my friend Katrina out of the blue and telling her, "I think I'm going to start a nail art blog". When I first started, I was a bit shy at telling people about my blog, especially my personal network of friends and acquaintances. But once it gained momentum, gained a decent number of followers and attracted several hundred page views per day, I became more proud of my little website. Anyways, I wouldn't have kept this blog up if it weren't for the readers coming on here to check my stuff out. So a big thank you goes out to all of you.

Now onto my giveaway!

Yes, the Crimson Amulet Palette was given to us in our September Canada Glossybox. I'm slowly trying to use up all my make-up that I already own and I know I won't get to this palette for a while. Since I know I won't get around to using it, perhaps one of you will! In addition to the palette, I'm going to throw in one of my favorite products, a classic pink Travalo (perfume atomizer), as well as a color changing nail polish from Del Sol!

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