Shopping with Del, and More Awesome Water-Marbling!

28 Jul

Yesterday Miss MaSucree and I decided to meet up on her day off and go shopping together in the city! With my limited spending money I had to try to be restrained, but I still managed to get quite a few things I’m quite excited about ^_^

I promise, at the end you get to see some totally awesome water marbled nails (that I’m completely vain about).

Our first stop was Smith & Caughey’s, which was having a massive sale! It was extremely difficult, but I managed to restrain myself to just one polish, and some rose-scented sachets for in my clothes drawers. This winter has been quite damp and our flat doesn’t have the best insulation, so everything tends to get a bit musty. They smell lovely, and were down from $20 to $8, so I’m happy.

Don’t stress, I’m showing you the polish. It’s OPI Designer… De Better! from the 2011 Muppets collection. I haven’t tried it yet because I don’t want to take off my marbled nails, but I’ve been swooning over online swatches for ages. I’m quite pleased that I’ve gotten my hands on it now for only $15 (as opposed to around $25). It looks to be a pretty champagney silvery foil with bronze flecks in it, yay!

After we had escaped the hordes of sale-incensed women, I dragged MaSu to Gifts Galore in the MidCity Arcade, a totally cute Asian giftware shop. It’s all cute plushies and stationery ^_^ I went in there with the distinct purpose of picking up coloured strips of paper >_< Because I’m awesome. And I use them to make theeeese:

Paper stars ^_^ I don’t really have a reason for making them, it’s just soothing to do when I’m watching tv at night. Maybe one day I’ll put them in a cute glass jar and gift them.

Anyway, then we made the ever-fatal mistake of visiting Miss Vivian at Exotic Shoe World (in Atrium on Elliot), and of course I came out with a pair of totally cute shoes that I’m completely in love with.

MaSu did not escaped unharmed either, she came out with a new pair of heels. I loooooove my new suede-look fringed Oxford loafers! They are super soft and comfy :3

Then, (and this is totally interesting), I went to buy new socks. I’m including this only to point out the ridiculous tomato-patterned ones that MaSu forced me to buy XD

Then we visited the lovely ladies at Makeup Direct (who see us all-too-often), and picked out two Isabelle Dupont polishes to test. I’ve got an Isabelle Dupont lipstick that I’m quite fond of, and MaSu has about a million of them. So now I want to see what the polishes are like! I picked up #222, a nudish champagney beigey shimmer (wow, I’m good at describing…), and #270, which is an interesting-looking mix of red, green, blue, silver, and a smidge of gold glitter.

Then to the Body Shop, because I had a $10 voucher to use before it expired. I already have like 3 different scented spritzes from the Body Shop (I’m a hoarder and I like variety), but when MaSu got me to try the Satsuma one I couldn’t just walk away. It’s so lovely and refreshing and bright and fruity and springy! Yum :3


And last but not least, (and possibly most excitingly), we found some cheap magnetic polishes to try!! I’m always quite cautious about polish fads (I was the same with shatters too), because they get done so often that I get sick of them. And yet I still wanna try them for myself… My solution is to find a cheap alternative. Then if I confirm I like it, I feel more comfortable about going out and paying more for the better brands. Anyway, this is #10 (pink), #15 (red), #13 (orangey-red), and #11 (champagney bronze). Woooo!

*ahem* That’s all the shopping >_< Onto my shopping nails-of-the-day!

After my first (quite) successful water marbling attempt, I was very keen to give it another go!

This time I went for a much different palette – blues and greens. I already knew that Jordana polishes work very well for marbling, so I opted for three more ^_^


This is Jordana Sapphire; Boy Oh Boy; and Mint Candy. Boy Oh Boy is actually more green-toned than this photo is making it look, but hey what can you do.


And here is the glorious result! I know that Boy Oh Boy stains like a mother, so I was extra careful to apply a base coat, two coats of white polish, AND a fast-dry top coat before I even thought of letting it near my nails. Worth it!


Here’s proof that I do indeed do both hands 😉

I received SO MANY comments about these while we were out! I thought it was quite funny because I’m so used to seeing much more impressive water-marbles and other impressive nail art, as I spend so much time online, and in my opinion these are cool but still quite noob. But New Zealand is seriously lacking in the awesome-nails department and to be honest most girls I see don’t even wear polish. I guess this vibrant look kind of stood out.

*happy sigh* See why I don’t want to take them off? I know I will soon though. I always do… Two days is a stretch for me >_<

So ta-dah! What do you all think? ^_^

Until next time (it probably won’t feature shopping, because I’m poor now).

-Del xx

20 Responses to “Shopping with Del, and More Awesome Water-Marbling!”

  1. everysensory July 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Love them! And what a good days shopping effort 😀 Love your rings, too! 😀

    • domesticminxes July 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      Hehe the rings on my ring finger I wear 24/7, and the one on my middle finger is my current favourite ^_^ It’s handmade, and I bought it at a market for $8 😀
      It’s terrible how getting a pretty sweet shopping haul makes me want to shop all the more though!!

  2. Jessie August 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Oooh yay, another NZ nail blog!! Awesome water marbling, I’ve never managed to get them that good. I like that you’re not a nail polish snob – 90% of my collection are no-name brands but they work just fine.

    • domesticminxes August 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      Hi Jessie!! Wow I LOVE your blog! It’s so hard to find fellow NZ nail bloggers, I wish we had a bigger community like the States or UK bloggers do >_<
      I find that I'm often to poor to be a polish snob… Though even if I had money I doubt I'd start avoiding the cheapies. I love my no-name polishes, you'd be surprised at how quality some of them are! By staying away, polish snobs are missing out on heaps of opportunities for awesomeness 😀
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting ❤
      -Del xx

      • Jessie August 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

        Aw thanks! Yeah I haven’t found many, but at least it means that we’re special for doing it :). Although I hate that there’s not a lot of quality nail art supplies in NZ, and ordering online takes so long.
        Same here with being too poor, both my husband and I are students :/. I think MIKI and Jordana are my favourite cheap brands!

      • domesticminxes August 9, 2012 at 9:22 am #

        My husband and I only became non-students at the start of this year (we graduated in May), he’s found a good full-time job but I’m still looking. Le sadface, no spending money for me.
        100% agree about the lack of nail art supplies. It sucks being online and seeing all the awesome and so easily affordable stuff people overseas have (and their variety!!), and having to pay out the arse for shipping to get it here. All the nail art stuff I have I’ve ordered online, as well as my relatively vast China Glaze collection. I hate waiting for delivery!!
        My favourite cheap brands are Jordana, Kleancolor, and CR. I recently bought some of the CR magnetic polishes for $4 each, and was pleasantly surprised that they actually worked. Huzzah!
        I wish I had your nail art skills, but I’m notoriously bad at drawing so tend to avoid characters and highly detailed stuff. Maybe I should keep trying, after going through all your posts I have insane nail-jealousy! Hehe ❤

      • Jessie August 9, 2012 at 9:54 am #

        Eek, I’m worried about not getting a job next year too! I just found out I’m through to the second round in the Fairfax journalism internship (if you’ve heard of that) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that. Omg the shipping is so annoying. I just bought four china glaze polishes on ebay and asked for a combined shipping cost – he took a measly $4 off, making it $18! Crazy!! So it was $41NZD which was a bit annoying. Still cheapish though. Oh that’s good! I got some magnetic nail polish (CR) too, but it didn’t seem to work… maybe my magnet didn’t work, because I also have an LA colors one (I think it’s that anyway) and that works perfectly.
        Aw thank you! I’m no where near as good as some people though – google nail nerd. But yeah, you should try! My first posts are shocking haha, so it shows you can improve.

      • domesticminxes August 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

        I’m sure you’ll do fine with specialised study like journalism. I, on the other hand, did a stupid degree in Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese language. Not actually much use at all in the real world.
        Exasperation with my 18-year-old self will get me nowhere.

      • domesticminxes August 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

        (Oh also I find that China Glaze works out cheaper on Head2Toe Beauty!)

      • Jessie August 10, 2012 at 11:00 am #

        I only did a BA though, wish I had done a Bcomms. But Oh well. I’m sure you’ll still find something with your degree! Translators and that are important, or international relations career. Fair enough though. I started when I was 19, and changed my major heaps before I settled. And thanks, I’ll check out that site!

      • domesticminxes August 13, 2012 at 11:11 am #

        Hehe nothing wrong with a BA, that’s what I’ve got. Whereabouts are you studying?

      • Jessie August 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

        I’m at Massey in P.N. And yeah, gotta love the BAs!

      • domesticminxes August 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

        Oh cool, one of my friends is down there getting her veterinary degree 🙂

      • Jessie August 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

        Oh cool! I know one person doing vet but other than that it’s a whole other world lol. Where did you study?

      • domesticminxes August 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

        Up here in Auckland, at Auckland University. I didn’t want to go too far from home hehe >_<

      • Jessie August 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

        Haha yeah same, I’ve been in the same town my whole life too 🙂

  3. LynnVo August 15, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Wow! Great marbling! I still have yet to try water marbling, but it seems difficult. You did an amazing job, love the colours you chose

    • domesticminxes August 15, 2012 at 10:02 am #

      Hiya! Thank you so much for your kind words ^_^
      Water-marbling can be a bit of a hit-and-miss thing. I’ve made some great manicures with it, but then I’ve also had some spectacular fails too. The main thing is to make sure you find polishes that work! In my experience, thinner and slower-drying polishes work best. Thick or fast-drying ones won’t spread properly or will mess up when you draw the pattern in the water.
      If you can set aside some time for it, you should definitely have a sit down and experiment with it a bit. I had been putting it off for months and months but finally caved when I had a day off and nothing to do. Worth it!!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting ❤
      -Del xx

      • LynnVo August 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

        Thanks for the tip!! I will definitely have to find some time to try it out multiple times. Great blog! keep up the good work =D


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