Sunday, 13 April 2014

Nail Shields: Take Two

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I recently tried some nail shields from Hex Nail Jewelry and while they were alright, they looked funny with my square nails and were a little wide for my nail plate.

I got some advice in the comment section that I should wear them with the oval end at my cuticles. It worked!!! They look infinitely better, dare I say, "AWESOME!"

 Barielle Buddha-ful & Nail Shields



I like wearing them with a soft mani too.
Thank you to Arachne646 for the tip!


xxx
NPA

Friday, 11 April 2014

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Peach Hearts

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I did this mani for Valentine's Day, but was too lazy to post it.
I tried the  dotting tool 3 dot heart method. Someone posted a tutorial for it a couple years ago now, I can't remember exactly, sorry!





I used BYS Colour Change Salmon for the base and Essie Like to be Bad for the hearts.
I think my technique needs a little work but from a distance the hearts looked pretty cute!


xxx
NPA

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Nail Shield Review

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I broke down and bought a nail shield!!! I was so sure that they were a ridiculous trend, but the ones on Hex Nail Jewelry actually looked kind of awesome so I said, "What the hell?", and added two on to my order :)


Pahlish Sleep to Dream with Nail Shield





So it's pretty clear that this particular shield doesn't fit my nail well. My nails are just too narrow (and probably the wrong shape right now - oval nails are the ideal - maybe a little too short too!). The shield is somewhat pliable so I gently curved the nail shield so it didn't lie so flat, but it would only curve so much... Not enough for my narrows, but I believe it would be perfect for someone with standard sized nails. I always have trouble with wraps and fake nails being too wide for my nails too!

The shields and nail jewelry are way smaller and thinner than I had expected which is an awesome surprise!!! I was worried they'd all be too big for my nails, but I think most will look fine. I'll be posting more manis featuring the hex jewelry in the mid-near future.

Have you tried nail shields? Are you sold on the trend or do you have reservations? I'd love to hear about your experiences and/or opinions!!


xxx
NPA

Saturday, 22 March 2014

A Couple Cadillacquer Gems

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These are the other Cadillacquer polishes I got when I hauled the Breaking Bad Collection a few months ago.


Cadillacquer 9 Crimes



9 Crimes is a muted slate blue/purple gray glass fleck shimmer with matte white hex and square glitter. It's a bit different than I expected based on swatches I'd seen, but I'm feeling it. I applied 2-3 coats for full coverage.


Cadillacquer Now and Then



Now and Then (favourite girl's coming of age film FYI, oh and the Hairy Bird too!) is a white/palest purple crelly with purple & white flake shimmer and purple hex glitter. Yum! I applied 3 coats which made it a little too thick, so next time I'll stick with two generous coats.


Cadillacquer Slice of Life



Slice of Life is a medium orange based red with glass fleck shimmer. The coverage was pretty decent for a red - I think this was two coats. I'm a real sucker for red lacquers!

Cadillacquer is available here and at various e-stockists.


xxx
NPA

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