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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday manicures


Whoo! Almost a week since I last posted! I guess time caught up with me, eh. 

Christmas is 2 days away, and for once I'm actually ready to welcome it with all my shopping done! I put up the tree on Tuesday, and we've put all the presents underneath it. I can't wait to see my Hun's face when he opens his main gift!! I really outdid myself this year, I think. 

Back to manicures! As promised, here are the manicures my sister-in-law and I wore to our men's job's Christmas party. 

 My sister-in-law's manicure

I forgot to take a picture of what I used, but I'll tell you. First, I put on a coat of Rimmel Base Coat Top Coat Plus. Then I put on 2 coats of Joe Fig. Then I painted half of the nail diagonally with Maybeline Salon Expert #700 Black Is Black. I painted the other half of the nail with Wet n Wild Wild Shine #435G Sparkled. Then I did the little dots with the same black. I topped it off with 1 coat of Nicole's Top Coat Pro.

My manicure
What I used
I started up with 1 coat of Sally Hansen 4-in-1 treatment, followed by 3 coats of Apple Bottoms Club Queen. Then I used  Nail Star Two-Way Nail Art Pen & Brush in green to make the leaves of the mistletoe, and added 3 2mm red rhinestones. I topped everything with a coat of Nicole's Top Coat Pro.

I enjoyed doing my sister-in-law's nails. It was different working on someone else's nails. I didn't quite know how to position her hand to make it easy. I'm super proud of the result, as you can see the lines aren't straight, and the little dots aren't the same shape and spaced the same. But she was happy with her nails and I was super excited to have done my first manicure on someone else! 

I'm not sure if I'll write another post before next week, so I want to take this opportunity to wish you guys the best Holidays, to you and all your family. ;)


GabZ ♥

Friday, December 17, 2010

Weekend Haul, Viva La Nail, Stamped Kisses


Since this will be pretty picture heavy, I want to apologize in advance. I have tons of new goodies I received/bought over the week, and I wanted to show you guys!

First, I want to say that Viva La Nail rocks, big time baby! Remember my last post about them? It was missing a water decal, and they kindly offered to send it to me. Well imagine my surprised when I got a whole new sample pack in the mail this week. I am so impressed with their customer service skills, and I will definitely buy from them again. Here are the stickers and decals I got this time:

Last weekend, I got to Rimouski, and while my sister-in-law was shopping for shoes, I went into the dollar store. Here's what I got:

 Ultra fine glitter!
 To store the glitter without a mess
 Different shape rhinestones

And when I came looking out for her in the Aldo, look what I found:
"Twilight Rendez-Vous Prune Givrée" & " Hit The Pavement Perfecto"

Now after that, we went to Winners. Have you ever been to one? Last time I went, I bought 5 Borghese polishes for $15.99, when the original price for just one of these babies is $13.99 at my local drug store. I think it's like the equivalent of Marden's in the US. Well this time, here's what I found:
Can you believe it?! Sèche Vite for $7.99! I thought I'd have to buy it online, as I don't have a beauty store in my area (the closest is like a 3hr drive..) So that's why I bought 2 bottles.

I also got these:

And this pack also came with 2 packs of stencils:

And then on Monday, I went to the mail box, and I picked up my stamper/scratcher combo:

So of course, with all these new toys, I had to try them on! Here's the mani I did 2 days ago:

This is 1 coat of Rimmel Base Coat Top Coat Pro, with 2 coats of Twilight Rendez-Vous Prune Givrée, 1 coat of Sèche Vite, stamped the kisses on BM02 plate using Hit The Pavement Perfecto, topped with another coat of Sèche Vite. I realize the stamping isn't that visible, but it's just because I thought that if I'd mess up the stamping, I wouldn't have to redo my mani. I have 4 nails with a little bandage, and I didn't want to spend time to redo them all again!

Twilight applied a little streaky for the first coat, but a second coat evened everything out. As for Sèche Vite, I have to say I now understand what all the fuss is about. Wow! By the time I was done my thumb, my pinky was already dry to the touch. The only downside to SV is the tip shrinkage.. It may just be a reaction to the Twilight polish, but I think I read another blogger having the same reaction. So.. If anyone has any tips to prevent the shrinkage, it'd be much appreciated!

So here's the giga post for tonight! Thanks for reading me, and for taking the time to come by!

Next, there will be the Holiday manicures I made last Friday, for the my Hun's and brother's Christmas party.

GabZ ♥

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

First water marble


Today, I present to you my first water marble. I did this at the beginning of last week, and though I'm not entirely satisfied with the result, I think it's pretty good for a first try.

Whole left hand

Left hand

Right Hand

Here's what I used:

- Rimmel Base Coat Top Coat Pro
- Sally Hansen New Lengths Ceramics - #02 White Tips
- Revlon Top Speed Lily
- Revlon Top Speed Jade
- Nicole by OPI Top Coat Plus
- Rhinestones

I find the technic quite messy, and I still have to figure out how to fit the design I want on my nails, but I enjoyed the process thoroughly! Too bad these colors were a little too transparent for a WM. I will try this another time, though, with other colors.

Up next, my Christmas mani, and my sister-in-law's mani for our huns Christmas party, from last Friday!

Thanks for coming by!

GabZ ♥

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Nicole by OPI Festive Fingers Contest Giveaway


I'm pretty sure you guys are pretty much aware of this right now, but I thought I'd post it, just in case. 

For more info, you can go here: Click! I participated with a very simple design (that I will post here in the next few days), but there are really great ones. Go check it out!

Take care,

GabZ ♥

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tools Haul & BM Plates

Hi, people! :D

The more I read blogs, the more I discover tips and tricks about how to care for my hands and nails. So I've decided it was time I review my nail care routine, and I used the Shopper's Drug Mart gift card I received for my birthday and here's what I bought:

Let's take a closer look, shall we? ;)

Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover & Quo Expert Cuticle Pusher/Scraper. Looking forward to try these! I'm hoping the cuticle remover will take care of my middle fingers. For some reason, the skin keeps on lifting on both sides of both middle fingers, and it might help a little. I did try the pusher/scraper on my thumb, and it seems to work pretty well.

Revlon Shape-n-Buff buffer file & Quo Ceramic Nail File. Haven't tried the buffer, but I'm pleased so far with the ceramic file. A bit harsh on the skin around the fingers, to I have to be careful not to press down on the skin. But it files neatly, and doesn't leave any "pieces" of nail hanging at the end of your nail once you're done.

Nailene Brush On Nail Glue. So much easier than drop glue! I can only find this thing at Shopper's. I tried at Jean Coutu, once, and they only had a cheap store brand that was all dried out. But this one works very well.

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning hand cream. This cream smells so freakin' good, I almost wanna like my hands! :P And it leaves my hands so smooth and moisturized.

Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion mascara. Now, I know this has absolutely nothing to do with hand/nail care, but I just wanted to put it out there that it's *THE* best mascara I've ever tried. My lashes get extended, extra curled, and I seem to have much more lashes than I do, without the incredible clumps and crumbles that I've experienced with other ones.

Also, look what came in the mail for me today:

Yep! My Bundle Monster Plates arrived today!! *Happy Dance* I don't have a stamp/scraper combo yet, as I've ordered them from eBay, so I can't try them on. It'd be so awesome if they could arrive this week, though!! I just can't wait to play with them!!

My Hun and my brother work at the same welding shop, and it's their party on Friday night. My sister-in-law asked me to do her nails too for the occasion!! :D I've never done this on another person before, so I wonder how it'll go! I'm so excited!! I've already posted my pictures on my Facebook, so she saw my "catalog" (if I can call it that, lol!) She isn't sure what she wants yet, but we'll take a look at that on Friday. So exciting, isn't it?

So, sorry for the long post, I was just really excited about all these things! But then again, I'm easily excited, so you can't go by me! :P 

Until next time, take care!

GabZ ♥

Monday, December 6, 2010

Viva La Nail Mani


I received my sample kit from Viva La Nail last week. (You can order yours here: Click!)

Notice anything? Yup, it's missing a water decal pack. I've written to Viva La Nail, and guess what? They're sending the missing pack to me! At first, I just wanted to let them know it was missing a piece, without really thinking about getting it. But I was happily surprise that they offered to send it my way, and for responding to me within 24 hours. 

I've tried the water decals first, 'cause they seemed so cool, and I had never tried any before. So easy, and look better than stickers. I chose the festive pack, and put a decal on my ring finger and thumb, over 3 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Manicure #440 Calypso Blue. Of course, I've put on a top coat (Nicole's Top Coat Plus). Here's what it looks like:

Here's the ring finger:

Here's the thumb:

Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with the end result. I will definitely incorporate them in future manis!

Thanks for coming by!

GabZ ♥

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December giveaways


Since I already posted an OT post about a giveaway, might as well do the regular post for the other giveaways I'm entering this week.

Enamel Girl is having a CSN & Holiday Giveaway, ending December 10th 5pm (Central). This is open to US and Canada only. In addition to a CSN gift card (that you can use within 200 stores online), you can receive this:

Bec's Beauty Buzz is having a Ozotic polish giveaway, ending December 5th. She's giving away 7 Ozotic holo polishes. Here's my favorite one:

Also Know As... is having a December giveaway, ending December 17th. Here's what you could win:

My Leetle Nails is having a very generous New Year's Giveaway, ending January 1st. Here's what you could win:

Polished Lyrics is having a Cyber Monday Giveaway, ending December 31st. Here are the goodies:

I Know All The Words is having her Holiday 2010 Giveaway, ending December 21st. You can win a $30 ELF gift card. Cool beans! Here's the picture she used:

Sparkled Beauty is having a Essie Nail Polish Giveaway, ending December 17th, at 11:59pm (AST). However, it's open to Canadians only, as per the sponsor. You can win either 2 Essie nail polishes of your choice, or a $25 gift certificate to use in their online store.

Juicy Nails is having a giveaway too, ending December 15th at midnight. Here's what you can win:

EDITED on 12/28 to add:

Okay, so after further thinking, I think I'm just going to do one post a month for the giveaways I'm entering. Otherwise, there are just too many posts about these, and I feel like people will think my blog is just about the giveaways I'm entering, and that's not what I want. So I will be editing each time I enter a giveaway, and post a time stamp with the edit I did.

Susie's Home and Hobbies is having a Christmas giveaway, ending December 22nd. There are 3 prizes to win: 1 for knitters, 1 for quilters, and 1 for nail polish lovers. Here are the

Nail.Art.Ongle is having her first giveaway, ending December 15th at 11:59pm. The prizes aren't determined yet, but I'll update as soon as she puts up pictures of her goodies! :D

Pinky-nailart is having her first giveaway, ending January 4th 2011 at 11:59pm. She does have a picture, but the right-click is disabled on her blog.. :( Go check it out, though!

Oh My Gosh is having a giveaway to celebrate 1 year of blogging, ending at the end of the year. Tons of limited edition goodies up for grabs:

The Student's Guide To Nail Polish celebrates her 100th follower with a giveaway, ending on December 15th. Look at these colors!
 EDITED: 12/09/10
Katrina's Nail Blog is having a giveaway sponsored by Born Pretty, ending January 7th. The winner will receive $30 to shop in the online boutique. 

EDITED: 12/18/10
Konad Addict is having a giveaway sponsored by Piggy Paint, ending January 1st. You can win a $15 gift certificate to use on their website. 

Emerald Sparkle is also having a giveaway sponsored by Born Pretty, ending December 23rd at 11:59 (GMT). You can win a $20 coupon, and there are 5 of these to win (so 5 chances)!

Babbling Brooke is giving away Phat Santa by China Glaze, ending January 1st at 11:59 (EST). Good luck!

OT: TodaysMama/GameStop giveaway

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family?
Health, prosperity, and what their heart can desire.

2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition?
We don't really have one. We're all grown up, living in different places, so Christmas morning isn't that different from other mornings. 

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be? 
World peace. And food, shelter, and good clean drinking water for all.

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
Spending time with the family.

5. What games did you play with your family growing up?
 Boggle, Lego, catch, tag, Scrabble, etc.

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
 Christmas lunch at my grandparents' house.

7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?
 Somewhere where there's sand and sunshine.

8. Check out GameStop and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year? 
a) PS3 Move. 
b) Hasbro Family Game Night 3
c) Zumba Fitness: Join The Party 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dry marble


Today's mani is my first try at a dry marble. I like the effect, but it could be better:

Here's what I used:

- Sally Hansen 4-in-1 treatment
- Sally Hansen New Lengths Ceramics - #02 White Tips
- 4 Nail Star Two-Way Nail Art Pen & Brush (purple, white)
- Rimmel Base Coat Top Coat Pro
- a toothpick

I like the effect it's done on my nails, though the toothpick went all the way through to the white base coat for the design. I did try to not press so hard, but it went through no matter what. But I even had compliments about this from a coworker and a lady at the hospital, so I was happy with it.

I think the 4 Nail Star polishes are no good for this type of nail art, though. By the time I was done painting the nail with the alternate colors, it had already started to dry, even if I had put on a lot of polish. Oh well! I will definitely try this again, but with different brand of polishes.

Thanks for coming! 

GabZ ♥