28 September 2012

Revlon Radiant and OPI Fly

Teal is one of my favourite colours, and I'm a total sucker for glitter, which means I pretty much have no choice but to love Revlon Radiant.

Revlon Radiant and OPI Fly

I'm wearing two coats of it here, over OPI Fly. They're both the slightest bit greener than I was able to capture, but they're so well suited for each other--practically a perfect match! Radiant is predominantly made up of small, teal glitters, but it's also sprinkled with medium glitters in silver and green. It could probably be built up to wear on its own, but I love this layered look.

Revlon Radiant and OPI Fly

Radiant is one of 4 Revlon glitters in my current giveaway!

25 September 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Colour of Your Car

Welcome to another Twinsie Tuesday post! This week we're supposed to paint our nails the same colour as our car. Only I haven't had a car since we moved to Hong Kong over 5 years ago. What I have instead is taxis. Lots and lots of taxis.

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I could easily have painted my nails a bright red and called it a day (would have made my day a lot shorter, that's for sure), but I decided to get a little creative and try some Hong Kong taxi nail art instead.

Hong Kong taxi nail art


24 September 2012

150 Follower Giveaway

This giveaway is closed. Thank you so much to everyone who visited and entered!

After crossing 150 blog followers and 15,000 pageviews earlier this week, I decided it was high time to have my first giveaway! Thank you so, so much to everyone who has visited Did My Nails! Nail blogging has been so much fun, all thanks to you guys, so I thought this would be a good time to express my gratitude by giving away some stuff. Yay, free stuff!



Details after the break...

22 September 2012

Fifteen Polishes for Fall

Happy last day of summer!! I know it's not everyone's idea of a cause for celebration, but after months and months of sweltering heat, I'm really looking forward to a break in the weather. So, happy almost-autumn to me. (^_^)

With summer drawing to a close, some of my fellow Tuesday Twinsies and I were talking about polish picks for the changing season and decided to put together some posts about it. With Ash in charge, we set the limit at 15 polishes to represent not only specifically autumn colours but also some of our transitional picks from summer to fall.


My picks (and a lot of pics!), in no particular order, after the break...

18 September 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Rainbow

Before I start on today's manicure I'd like to say a quick but sincere thank you to everyone who has visited Did My Nails. Yesterday marked both 150 blog followers and 15,000 page views, which obviously couldn't have happened without you guys stopping by. To celebrate I'll be announcing my first giveaway later this week!

But first, today's Twinsie Tuesday nails, and this week's theme is Rainbow. Not only am I down with another icky, congested cold, but after two huge nail breaks on my photo hand in the past 24 hours (the horror!) I definitely needed something a little bright and cheerful to pick me up. This theme just might have done the trick!

rainbow gradient nails

17 September 2012

Guest Post at Amandalandish

Today is my first ever guest post, for Amanda of Amandalandish! I started with a gradient in mind, but things went in an entirely different direction... 

purple and teal sponged manicure


As satisfying as it is when a plan comes together, sometimes it's fun just to play around and see what happens instead. For more, please visit Amanda's awesome blog!

16 September 2012

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream

I finally found the Deborah Lippmann counter, and the first one of her polishes I had to have was Mermaid's Dream.

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream swatch

I'd fallen so completely in love with all the swatches I'd seen of this little beauty online that I kept trying to talk myself down before I put it on, telling myself not to be too disappointed if it didn't live up to all my expectations, but it was every bit as pretty in person as I hoped it would be.

13 September 2012

Sally Hansen Grass Slipper

Even though I'm ready for some deep, rich autumn colours, I keep coming back to the bright shades of spring and summer like this one, Grass Slipper, from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line.

Sally Hansen Grass Slipper swatch

I think I'd love it for the name alone, but I'm crazy about the colour too. This springtime, grassy green has a touch of acid/neon lime that really gives it an extra kick.

11 September 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Copycat Manicure

Today's TT theme is a copycat surprise! With names drawn like Secret Santas, the assignment was to copy a manicure posted by another Twinsie. Everyone else got assignments via Elfster, but since I was new Twinsie on the block and came in late I got to pick my name out of a hat. And I picked...Chelsea!

Chelsea has so many beautiful swatches and layering combinations on Nailed, but one that particularly caught my eye was this one from June, featuring China Glaze Recycle and OPI Pirouette My Whistle.

China Glaze Recycle with OPI Pirouette My Whistle

I've had both of these polishes for a while and love each on its own but never thought to put them together. Recycle is a great medium grey, not so dark that it overpowers the delicate, somewhat translucent glitter of Pirouette My Whistle but still dark enough that it contrasts nicely and shows off the little micro-glitter pieces that sometimes get lost against a lighter polish. It also gives it a little bit of a grungy look, which I really, really like. Very cool combo, Chelsea!

China Glaze Recycle with OPI Pirouette My Whistle

I'm extra excited this week to see what everyone else did for this assignment! Because she posted hers early, I already got to squee at the awesome interpretation Ashley did of the dandelion nails I posted a couple of months ago. And with double-duty this week, she also did some fabulous Hunger Games nails a la Tara!

Oh, and while I'm on the subject? Happy Birthday, Tara! It's officially okay to rip into that nail mail. ^_^



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

10 September 2012

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money

It's so sparkly! Here's a polish I wore a little while back, Big Money from the Sally Hansen Gem Crush line, a full-coating glitter in soft, shimmery gold with brilliant lavender highlights.

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money swatch

08 September 2012

Sinful Colors Cinderella at Disneyland

We just spent a couple of days out at Hong Kong Disneyland, and I couldn't think of a more appropriate polish to wear there than Sinful Colors Cinderella.

Sinful Colors Cinderella swatch

Cinderella has been all over the nail blog world for what seems like ages. If you aren't familiar with it, it's a soft, semi-sheer blue with a pretty pink shimmer. It's also one of those polishes that's hard to do justice to in pictures because the shimmer is so much more prominent than I was able to capture. But not for lack of trying!

04 September 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Fugly Colour

Today's theme for Twinsie Tuesday turned out to be a tricky one: a manicure in a fugly colour. Fugly usually means reeeeeally, really ugly. But were we supposed to pick a polish that's just plain awful, or was the idea to find something that's so weirdly ugly that it somehow manages to be awesome?

I just recently used my best "uglyawesome" polish, China Glaze Zombie Zest, and it was too soon to go back to it already. Then I remembered I had an untried, an impulse, bargain buy I was hoping would also fall into that same category, Love Impact LP32. Unfortunately I think it may be just plain blech. But hey, either way, theme success!

Love Impact LP32


Kalahari Zebra Stripe Nail Art

Now that I've done a crazy, spotted poison frog, I thought it was time to try my hand at a saner, hopefully simpler animal pattern and give zebra stripe nails a try.

zebra stripes nail art

With China Glaze Kalahari Kiss already on my nails, I just grabbed a white nail art striper and went for it. It turned out to be easier than I expected! All I did was take turns painting from each direction, sometimes splitting the line like a fork in the road, and just trying not to leave any big gaps between stripes.

zebra stripe nails


Kalahari Kiss is such a pretty, banana-beige colour, and I thought, "Safari collection? Zebra stripes? Why not?" But now that I look at it, the combination could also pass for "wood grain." Maybe next time I'll put a little actual planning into things, but every now and then it's fun to leap without looking. ^_^

03 September 2012

Sasatinnie P632 Rose

Again with the lackluster polish names! I picked up Sastinnie P632 Rose because just looking at the bottle, I had no idea what it would actually look like, and that kind of intrigued me. Was it a metallic, a foil, a shimmer, even a (shudder) frosted pink straight from the 1970's? The answer is...yes? And I love it! Almost love it, that is. But more on that in a minute. First, a picture!

Sasatinnie P632 Rose swatch


01 September 2012

PCOS Awareness

Today's nails are dedicated to Nory, who has inspired and organized a group posting today for the start of PCOS Awareness Month. PCOS stands for Polycistic Ovary/Ovarian Syndrome, a surprisingly common endocrine disorder and hormonal imbalance affecting as many as 10% of women. Thought to be primarily caused by a resistance to insulin, PCOS is a leading cause of infertility, but that's a secondary symptom. Main symptoms can include weight gain, irregular or excessive periods, excessive hair growth (while the hair on your head may actually be thinning), fatigue, depression, acne, and the somewhat-mislabeled ovarian cysts for which the syndrome is named.

There isn't an actual cure for PCOS, but diagnosis, treatment, and some lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in managing it, as well as greatly improving the health and daily life of those affected by this condition. To that end, Nory suggested doing "PCOS Awareness" nails today to get the word out, to encourage women who might be affected to seek diagnosis and treatement, and to let them know that they aren't alone.

PCOS awareness nails

The prospect of PCOS can be daunting, but proper management can make all the difference. For more information on PCOS, and for community support, you can visit the following:

PCOS Challenge
PCOSupport

Facebook Groups:
PCOS Foundation
PCOS Awareness
PCOS Diva

And of course, Nory's personal blog about her fight against PCOS, Nory's Journey to Health.



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