30 November 2012

Guest Post at Beyond Beauty Lounge

Many thanks to Mercedes for having me as a guest at Beyond Beauty Lounge! I did one of my favourite techniques for this post, a saran wrap manicure, along with a little bit of how-to.

saran wrap nails

I'm a touch late in posting about it here because my last post kinda had a specific slot it needed to occupy (100th Post Giveaway, y'all! ;p), but for more, please check out Beyond Beauty Lounge!

29 November 2012

100th Post Giveaway

This giveaway has ended. Many thanks to everyone who visited and entered!

Today marks my 100th post on Did My Nails! I wanted to do something fun to mark the occasion, so I'm having another giveaway to say thank you very much to everyone who has stopped by, maybe left a comment, even decided to follow. I've said before that I'd probably still be doing this, even if it was just me looking at pictures and remembering that time I did that thing, but having you guys drop in makes it so much more fun. Sincerely, thank you very, very much!

And yes, words are nice, but so is free stuff, so without further ado...the goodies!

100th Post Giveaway

100th Post Giveaway

I couldn't decide on a giveaway theme, so there's a little bit of everything (and much of it sparkly). Polishes included are China Glaze It's A Trap-eze!, Color Club Wish Upon A Rock Star, Claire's Candy Shop, 2 Sasatinnie polishes (teal green and FCGL002, the Orly Fowl Play dupe I posted about here, 2 Sasatinnie minis (gold and lt blue shimmer), and OPI Nail Envy Base Coat. Also, in addition to the polishes, I'm including a set of nail art brushes, a pair of dotting tools, and an OPI crystal nail file.

As before, this giveaway is open internationally, and there are just a couple of requirements to enter. One, be a public blog follower of Did My Nails via Google Friend Connect (GFC). Two, please leave the best email address with which to reach you so that I can contact the winner. There's also an entry for posting about the giveaway on your blog/site, but that's totally optional.

This giveaway will be open for 2 weeks, after which I'll email the winner. S/he will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. I can't take responsibility for you receiving the email, so be sure to check your spam folder. I'll also post the winner's name here on DMN. More boilerplate, please have a parent's permission to enter if you're under 18 because I'll need a full name and address for mailing out the swag. If I think of anything I missed, I'll be sure to add it here, but that's probably enough blah blah blah...time for the widget!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you again, so very much, for visiting Did My Nails!

27 November 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Oldest Polish

The TT theme today is our oldest polish, and I have a tie on my hands (ugh, that is such a horrible, unintentional pun, but imma leave it. forgive me.). Five and a half years ago I wasn't that into nail polish. I wore acrylics for a while, then switched to gel, so the few polishes I owned then didn't make the journey with us when we moved to the other side of the planet. Once I realised I wanted to change my nails more often than my gels needed, though, I started collecting polishes of my own again, slowly at first, until it exploded into the full-blown and no doubt healthy obsession it is today.

The first polishes I picked up, maybe four and a half years ago, were from the drugstore downstairs, and the only polishes they had then were by a brand called Australis. I grabbed the two brightest ones I saw, which turned out to be foils (not that I knew what that was), and since they tie for my oldest polish I decided to wear them together as a gradient.

foil gradient nails

I'd forgotten how incredibly brilliant these colours are! The orange on my tips is called Orange Crystals, and the pink is...I couldn't even guess, other than maybe Pink Crystals, because the label is long gone. And checking the Australis website didn't help; their polishes don't even come in the same bottles anymore.

foil gradient nails

I expect both of these to find their way back into my ever-expanding rotation, but I don't see myself doing a gradient with them again. First, because I'd forgotten just what a pain cleaning up a foil gradient can be, and second, because while I love this manicure to pieces close-up, the orange and pink actually blended into each other so smoothly that just from an arm's length away I can't even tell they're two separate colours anymore. Still, I was definitely impressed at how well these applied. Very even first coat that built up nicely, and the sparkle off these foils is amazing. Would totally try Australis again.

Memory Lane was a pretty short stroll for me. I'm betting some of other Twinsies' polishes date back a whole lot farther!

Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jenn at All That is Gorgeous...
Jenna at I'm Still Thinking...
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

26 November 2012

Oktoberfest in November

Ein prosit! Now that November is almost over, I'm finally posting my Oktoberfest nail art! We actually did go in November, though--back on Saturday the 3rd--to the German Bierfest at the Marco Polo Hotel, here in Hong Kong. Glasses were raised, chickens were danced, friends were made from Japan and Australia, and nails were painted for what has been an annual tradition since we moved here.

Oktoberfest nail art

My thumbs were OPI San Tan-tonio pretzels dotted over Zoya Dove, with Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond "salt" on top. The German flags on my index fingers are a simple tape block of OPI Need Sunglasses?, Revlon Fire, and China Glaze Liquid Leather.

The middle fingers are my favourite, even if I probably should have done them the other way up. Whatever, hooray for beer nails! The amber yellow is Jaune trendy by Bourjois, with glitter Revlon Gold Jewels "bubbles" over it. The tips are dotted with both OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and China Glaze White On White.

Ring fingers are attempted lederhosen, which is what the most excellent band that plays our Oktoberfest wears. Theirs are brown, but I don't have a brown striper. Thus, bright green lederhosen. And my pinky nails are Revlon Coastal Surf blue and random nail art striper white to match the tablecloths at the event. (I wanted to do the blue/white Löwenbräu diamond pattern, but that just was not going to be happening in the time I had left before the party, so...the tablecloth.)

Oktoberfest nails

Already looking forward to next year...eins, zwei, g'suffa!!

24 November 2012

Moustache Nails Tutorial

I met Rachel Read through her blog, Through The Looking Glass, where she blogs about beauty and nails, good eats, and life in Hong Kong. She's also the editor of local lifestyle website Sassy Hong Kong, and when she asked if I would write a tutorial for them on moustache nails in honour of Movember, I was thrilled to accept! And also really, really nervous because I am far from an expert. Fortunately, Rach is far too classy to mock my shortcomings, and the resulting article is now running here: Movember Mani -- our easy how-to guide.

Movember moustache nails

She also encouraged me to feel free to post it here as well, so if you're interested in having a peek, there's a slightly edited version after the break!

22 November 2012

Darling Diva Polish Apple Crisp

Since I'd already done a bit of nail art this week I decided that for actual Thanksgiving I'd wear Apple Crisp, by Darling Diva Polish, over Revlon Muse.

Darling Diva Polish Apple Crisp swatch

I love the mix of glitters in Apple Crisp! There's green, red, brown, and translucent white in several shapes and sizes. The larger glitters are matte, but the smaller ones have so much sparkle! This is also is the first scented polish that I've actually enjoyed. Apple Crisp is infused with a vanilla sugar scent that, a day later, still smells warm and delicious.

Darling Diva Polish Apple Crisp swatch

How cute are those large, red "apple" pieces?! And I love the balance of the bold, pretty brown and the soft, translucent white. Apple Crisp applied smoothly, with a good consistency. I'm wearing two coats here, with just a little bit of extra dabbing to fill out a couple of spots. I used two top coats, one of Gelous, followed by Seche Vite, and everything was smooth.

I have a couple more polishes from Darling Diva to try soon, and if they wear anything like Apple Crisp, I expect to be very, very happy.

21 November 2012

Guest Post at Tuxarina

With the untimely death of her computer, Kelly of Tuxarina put out a call, and I was very happy to pitch in with some nails that have been on my to-do list for way too long.

nail art dots

See more at Kelly's blog, Tuxarina!

20 November 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Thanksgiving Nails

Hurtling along the holiday corridor, this week's TT theme is Thanksgiving-inspired nails, and I can't think of anything more "Thanksgiving-inspired" than a good old fashioned handprint turkey.

Source: kaboose.com
Also, every American kid who's ever been 6.

Every children's art class in America has no doubt been hard at work this past week perfecting their handprint turkeys with which to wow loving parents who still have last Thanksgiving's masterpiece on the fridge. I still remember the first time I made one, that awe-inspiring moment when the hand I'd traced onto construction paper, like, totally turned into a turkey before my very eyes. I was an artist! An artiste, even! So for today's Twinsie Tuesday manicure I decided to have a little fun with this time-honoured staple of American arts and crafts.

I started with a skittle manicure of some of my usual suspects: OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys (dk. brown), Jessica Mint Mojito Green, OPI Need Sunglasses? (yellow), Revlon Top Speed Fire (red), and OPI In My Back Pocket (orange).

Thanksgiving nails

After that, things got a little silly.

OPI You Only Live Twice

From the OPI Skyfall collection, You Only Live Twice is a beautiful raspberry magenta polish with a gorgeous glassfleck shimmer. I very nearly passed this one by, but I am so glad that I didn't!

OPI You Only Live Twice swatch

16 November 2012

Guest Post at GoingtotheShowing

When my fellow Twinsie Anna invited me to do a guest post for her I was thrilled to accept! She always has such lovely swatches and layering combinations, does brilliant nail art, and she has thoroughly enabled my burgeoning indie addiction. Plus, she's a stone cold sweetheart.

footprint nail art

See more at Anna's blog, GoingtotheShowing!

The Hungry Asian Belle

I have been bitten by the indie bug, and hard. In the past couple of weeks my first orders of indie polishes have come in, and I've been giddy and giggling and wide-eyed with delight. There may have been some dancing of the goofy variety; I can neither confirm nor deny this. I knew exactly which polish I wanted to start with, though, because it shares my middle name.

The Hungry Asian Belle swatch

This is Belle, by The Hungry Asian, and I love it.

13 November 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: 3D Nails

Today's TT theme is a 3D manicure. In trying to decide what to do for it, I was telling Husband all about Ash's magnificent mushroom and mentioned some of the ideas I'd had. I was standing in front of a planter of flowers with "that look" in my eyes, but knowing my schedule over these few days, he made a rare appeal for sanity. "Sanity," I thought. "That's so crazy, it just might work!"

They may not stack up to a garden of flowers in bloom, but these nail studs were still something new to play with, and I'm actually pleased with the results!

China Glaze Midnight Mission with silver studs

11 November 2012

Remembrance Day Poppies

Today is Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day in the US, and even simply Poppy Day for the flowers traditionally worn in Commonwealth nations on the 11th of November to commemorate and honour the fallen soldiers of WWI, WWII, and other military conflicts around the world.

This morning, as a small tribute, I decided to wear poppies on my fingertips.

Poppy nail art for Remembrance Day

07 November 2012

Jelly Sandwich: Paloma and Teenage Dream

I was so excited for the Zoya Gloss Collection. After seeing swatches of these three gorgeous jellies, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them! So, dreaming of all the deliciously squishy jelly sandwiches I would make, I stalked my local store's website for updates and was lucky (and speedy) enough to grab all three...Even staying on top of the new arrivals, I literally walked out with the last complete set they had. Phew!

For my first jelly sandwich manicure from this set (and I suspect there will be many, may more ;p), I chose Zoya Paloma and OPI Teenage Dream.

jelly sandwich with Zoya Paloma and OPI Teenage Dream

I love, love, love this combination!

06 November 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Canadians' Choice

For today's Twinsie Tuesday theme our two resident Canadians, Ash and Anne, split the group in half, each giving her team an assignment. I actually don't know what Anne's group is doing yet (can't wait to find out, though!), but we, the proud members of Ash's cadre, were assigned some winter-themed nail art.

Winter is my favourite season for several reasons, chief among them being snow, so for today's winter-themed nails I decided to do some snowflake nail art.

snowflake nails

03 November 2012

China Glaze Winter Holly

From Halloween nails, straight on to Christmas! After doing nail art for five days in a row, I was really in the mood for a swatch of new polish, and as luck would have it, the new China Glaze Holiday Joy Collection has arrived. I picked up a few of them, mostly the glitters (no surprise there), and first choice to try was easily Winter Holly.

China Glaze Winter Holly swatch

China Glaze Winter Holly is a gorgeously rich, forest green glitter polish. The glitter is so fine that it almost feels like sand and flows very smoothly onto the nail. Essentially matte without a top coat, it also has subtle glints of golden, holographic sparkle.

01 November 2012

Sugar Skull Nails

Halloween may be over, but I had one more "spooky" nail art design in me. After seeing those adorable transfers in the OPI So So Skullicious mini-set I decided to try my hand at some sugar skull nail art for Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

sugar skull nail art

Traditionally a Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead is observed during the first two days in November to honour and celebrate those who have passed away. As part of the festivities and remembrances, decorative sugar skulls are among the offerings given to welcome the spirits of the departed.

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