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What Happens When I Shop… And Some NotD

28 Jan

Soooo now that I’m employed again and I can shop… I’ve kind of gone nuts in the last week or so! I’m waiting on packages from: Paris Sparkles, Glitzology, Head2Toe and 2 packages each from Born Pretty Store and MUA. Then today MaSucree and I went out shopping and I came home with 18 new babies. Woops! Wanna see?

haul08The whole darn lot! In my defense… the four in the middle I stole from MaSu (technically the OPI was my Christmas present).

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My Very First Knockwurst from the Germany collection, my Christmas present from MaSu because she knows how much I love me some nudes ๐Ÿ˜€

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Nfu.Oh #65 (omggg holo!) ; Nfu.Oh #68 ; China Glaze Luxe & Lush

These were a few that MaSu was a bit meh about so I took them off her hands. I love holos and I’m always keen for a backup of something as awesome as Luxe & Lush!

haul04Mink & Diamonds ; Fiery Diamond

I only have 4 Sally Hansen polishes and they are all from the Insta-dri line, so I’m looking forward to trying these two out! I picked these up for $2 each (!!!) at a cosmetics sale outlet in New Lynn.

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Aurora ; Neon Purple

A couple more Kleancolors that I didn’t already have and picked up for $3 each at a dollar store in Lynn Mall. I have seen Aurora used in so many beautiful manis in the blogosphere so decided I needed my own, and Neon Purple has a pretty subtle shimmer that said “buy me, woman!” when I looked at her.

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Cocktail ; Candy Sprinkles ; Mistletoe

Yes, I already have a bottle of Candy Sprinkles. But it’s so lovely and I’m terrified of running out so I’ve gotten a backup while they’re still available! Cocktail seemed like a pretty soft girly glitter, which I don’t have many of (I usually get outrageous glitters), and Mistletoe looked so odd I had to have it!

haul06w7 polishes: Metallic Jupiter ; Metallic Mercury ; Metallic Neptune

Ever since MaSucree posted about her w7 hauls I have been stalking Postie stores searching for them, but alas! To no avail! So when I had to opportunity to stalk the very store she found them in, I went a bit nuts. They had all the things I wanted and more…

haul07w7 polishes: Metallic Mars ; Metallic Saturn ; Metallic Venus ; Cosmic Green

I couldn’t resist the awesomeness.

Anyway, wasn’t that fun! I can’t wait to try all these out and hopefully (eventually) get some swatching done. It’s much harder now to fit in swatching with full-time work and a terrible lighting set-up at night. I may need to look into making a lightbox or something! It will be strange because I’ve always preferred swatching with natural daylight. But we’ll see what happens ๐Ÿ™‚

And so as to leave you with something other than pictures of bottles, here are the nails I wore out shopping!

notdKleancolor Ocean Wave (metallic blue) + China Glaze Pizzazz (rainbow glitter) + Nfu.Oh #03 (sheer white jelly).

I freakin’ love this effect, to me it is *somewhat* reminiscent of the Nails Inc. Sprinkles polishes that I’m still desperately lusting after. Sometimes I have to make do with the hundreds of bottles I have here at home. So sad ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lates!

-Del xx

Pst… I also bought a new mascara, 2 rings, some earrings, and a new dress while we were out… But I thought it was enough to show you all the polish ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Big Ol’ Potful of Random from December 2012

23 Jan

Haaaai guise! I know I gave you a smidgen of an update a few weeks ago (oops) but I think I’m over being such a terrible blogger. In December my family and I suffered a tragic loss and it really had a negative effect on my desire to blog about stuff. It’s been a tough time and things still hurt, but I’m focussing on happy memories and I’ve been putting a lot of energy into my job, which I started last Monday. If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen my status saying that yes, I’m still painting my nails every day, but sometimes I don’t catch them on camera! (Like today – woops! I’ll have to re-create today’s look for you at a later date, it was fantastic and gained me many a compliment at work).

Anyway, as a result of my negligence I have quite a backlog of photos to show you. Today’s photos are all from December, with one from November chucked in.

Enjoy!

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2 coats Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, 1 coat China Glaze Glitter All the Way (this one’s from November)

02dec

2 coats China Glaze Exotic Encounters, 1 coat Nfu Oh 56

Terribly terrible photo, but lovely combo!

03decI received a package from I Love NP: Up to Snow Good and Something About Merry

04dec2 coats China Glaze For Audrey, 1 coat I Love NP Up to Snow Good

05dec2 coats Orly Dazzle, 1 coat I Love NP Something About Merry

After this I drastically chopped off my nails, eep!

06decAnd this is what I wore to the funeral. She would have loved it โค

2 coats China Glaze Trophy Wife, Liquid Leather for flowers, and rhinestones from BornPretty Store.

07dec2 coats Mode Vicious Venom, gradient using China Glaze Pure Joy and Golden Enchantment

08decChristmas Day nails (awful photo!) using Jessie’s tutorial, China Glaze With Love, Kleancolor White, Jordana Black Mark, and Revlon Gold Coin.

09dec2 coats LA Colors Candy Sprinkles

Ta-dah! Wasn’t that fun? A mish-mash of random crap is always awesome. You’re welcome!

See you all next time โค

-Del xx

Nail Mail and More Christmas Fun!

5 Dec

Sorry for the lack of posting! As I said last time, lots on my mind! I keep putting off posting because I’m waiting for loooots of packages and I keep hoping they’ll arrive. Today I receivedย one from new indie maker, Daily Lacquer! After stalking Ami, I had to have Makoto from the Lovely Moon collection, so I ordered her ๐Ÿ˜€ Look at the adorable packaging!

packagingWell-wrapped in bubbles and encased in a cute bag with hearts on it ^_^

makoto01And here’s Makoto! A mix of green and pink glitters (hex, bar, square, heart, and moon shapes) in a clear base, Makoto was inspired by Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon! As a girl growing up in the 90s, Sailor Moon was a staple in my tv diet. I now have a desire to get the rest of Maggy’s Lovely Moon collection, they all look super amazing and I can now confirm that the formula is great ๐Ÿ˜€

One awesome surprise was the fact that Maggy threw in a little mini bottle of an unreleased mix called Tink Pink:

tinkpink01It’s a clear base with pink and silver holo hexes, hearts, and butterflies. Adore! I can’t wait to see my niece’s reaction to it as well ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m not sure whether this is a part of an upcoming collection, so I’ll be keeping an eye out on the Daily Lacquer Facebook page for updates! Super happy with today’s nail mail ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, I thought I’d also share what I’m wearing on my nails. I’m making an effort to venture out of my comfort zone by wearing reds more (fuelled by Christmas fever), but I had to have the old familiar glitter gradient.

snow01This is two coats of China Glaze With Love with a gradient of Glistening Snow (both of these are from the 2012 Holiday Joy collection), and a top coat of Fairy Dust to finish off and add more sparkle.

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Bit of tip wear there, my bad! I’m sad that you can’t see how sparkly this was, but the weather has been complete butt lately (summer my arse!) so there was no sun to bring out the beautiful holo of Glistening Snow and Fairy Dust.

Anyway, I’ll try to make more of an effort to share more often. I’ll have to get some swatches of my new Daily Lacquers for you!

Love you guys :3

-Del x

Pst… I got a new job! I’ll be starting in January ๐Ÿ˜€

Winterlicious Tag and NotD

30 Nov

Ooooh! V tagged me in her Winterlicious post, so I guess I better get onto it.

Like her, I’ll probably talk about spring/summer favourites a bit as well, since we have Christmas in summer here in NZ (I know right? You northerners don’t know what you’re missing!).

Favourite winter nail polish?

Now that’s just cruel. Don’t make me… You know what, I’ll tell the truth. I’m not that big on seasonal trends when it comes to polish. I wear everything all year round!

Favourite winter lip product?

I’m not a glosser, nor a lipstick-fiend like MaSucree. In winter (and all year round), I stick to simple lip balms or a nude lipstick. My favourite lipsticks are Jordana Nude and Natural, and NYX Round Lipstick in Hades. My favourite balms are anything and everything, though at the moment I’ve been hoarding various flavours of the Maybelline Baby Lips balms.

Most worn winter clothing piece?

Leather military-style boots for sure! I bought them my first winter season at Overland, and they’re still going strong โค In summer I’d have to say maxi dresses, I could live in maxi dresses! Most comfortable things ever.

Most worn winter accessory?

Definitely scarves. Different scarf every day. In summer I tend not toย accessoriseย too much aside from the necklace I wear every day, and earrings.

Favourite winter scent/candle?

My husband frowns upon candles so I’ll ignore that, and I don’t have specific ‘winter’ or ‘summer’ scents. But around Christmastime I go nuts hoarding Cranberry Joy scented products from the Body Shop.

Favourite winter beverage?

I’m a tea drinker all year round. All the flavours, all of the times.

All-time favourite Christmas movie?

I dunnooooooo. I liked Elf? And Nightmare Before Christmas is a given. Plus I always loved Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Favourite Christmas/holiday song?

ALL THE CHRISTMAS SONGS, ALL THE TIME! All of them. Everywhere. Don’t judge me!

Favourite holiday food/treat?

Gosh I feel like I’m being kinda repetitive in my answers, but everything!! Om nom. I love Christmas ham and sparkling grape juice :3

What is your favourite Christmas decoration this year?

Well I love Christmas decorations in general, so this is another “errr…. all the things” moment. But I guess that I bought a really cute clear plastic Christmas tree that has a colour-changing LED inside it, and it’s powered via USB. So it sits on my computer desk and I plug it in at night and feel festive ๐Ÿ˜€

What is at the top of your wishlist this year?

I would have to go with “nail polish”, “money for nail polish”, and “new clothes for my new job”. Yay!

What are your plans for the holidays this year?

Well the Husband and I always spend Christmas morning with my (very large) family, before heading off for lunch with his immediate family, then an afternoon/evening thing with his extended family. It’s a full-on day (we both have big families with a lot of kids around!), but we’re always stuffed full of amazing food and feeling rather content by the end of it ^_^ Aside from that, I’m hoping to spend a few hours with my little sister and brother before Christmas (they live in another town). And the Husband and I have a trip booked at the beginning of January to visit Wellington, as we’ve never been there ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s a holiday season I’m 100% looking forward to!

 

So yay, this was fun. But I don’t wanna leave you with no pictures of nails, so have a picture of the nails I wore to an interview last week ๐Ÿ™‚

Free-handed chevrons! I should have used tape but was feeling too twitchy and impatient. Anyway this was China Glaze Dress Me Up, Liquid Leather, and Champagne Kisses. I wanted something neutral but still a bit funky, and this is what I came away with. Ooh, also I thought I’d show you what happens when I have to take photos at night with terrible lighting…

One day I’ll have a good camera and the funds to sort out some decent lighting. One day!

Anyway, I henceforth tag MaSucreeย and Ami! Get going guys, I wanna see some Winterlicious Tag posts lickity-split!

Love you guys ๐Ÿ˜€

-Del x

Winter Green NotD

27 Nov

Quick post to share what I had on a few days ago, before I head off to do a spot of Christmas shopping (squee!).

This is Revlon Emerald City (one coat), with one coat of China Glaze Winter Holly on top, then a generous coat of Seche Vite to get that shiny smooth goodness. I ADORE China Glaze’s new micro-glitters, but they dry quite textured and I like ’em smooooth as glass. Ami has just reviewed Nail Pattern Boldness’s Glitter Food, and I think I might have to get a bottle!

I’m super happy I picked up Emerald City, it is the perfect underwear for Winter Holly when I can’t be bothered doing 2 or 3 coats of glitter. It made removal a lot easier having the base as well. And they are just the perfect match!

*happy*

Any of you think you’ll be picking up Winter Holly (if you don’t already have it)?

-Del x

Pst… It feels funny calling this “Winter Green NotD” because we’re just getting into summer here and it’s quite warm today!

I Love Shopping with MaSucree

26 Nov

Hi guys! Sorry for the random disappearance, but I’ve had things on my mind for the past week and felt too distracted! However, MaSucree was making me feel guilty about my slackness so I thought I’d do a small post to show off the small haul I got last Friday when we went on a little shopping trip ๐Ÿ™‚

First up is the 3 China Glazes MaSucree was de-stashing that I decided to claim:

L-R: Elephant Walk ; Glitter Goblin ; Jungle Queen

She’s such a weirdo for not liking glitter XD

After lunch we stopped in at the new Typo store on Queen St and I scored a 2013 diary for $8 ๐Ÿ˜€

Pretty ๐Ÿ˜€ Then I picked up the Cranberry Joy body spritz from the Body Shop because it is the best thing ever and I hoard Cranberry Joy things because they’re limited >_< And THEN I got hayfever pills and dry shampoo from the pharmacy, but that’s boring so no photos.

Next is some OPI shatters I picked up when the Warehouse had them on sale for $5 each (as opposed to $25-odd). Score!

L-R: Silver Shatter ; Turquoise Shatter

I really wanted Gold Shatter but they were already sold out! Maybe next time ๐Ÿ™‚

And now a lovely Revlon from Postie ๐Ÿ˜€

Revlon Emerald City. I’ve had a hankering for this one since I saw Jessie’s swatch, so I picked it up when I came across it!

Last but not least we went to Farmers because I needed some new pressed powder :3

I like the ZA ones so that’s what I got… And scored a free compact too! ๐Ÿ˜€ I also picked up a new eyebrow pencil because my old one was old and gross. It’s Rimmel London in Hazel. It’s one of the lightest brow pencils I’ve come across but I still have to be super careful with it because my brows are quite light >_<

So yay for mini shopping spree day ๐Ÿ˜€ This was over a week ago, but I still haven’t had a chance to try all the polishes yet. I’ll show you when I do ๐Ÿ˜€ I also have some more polishes coming in the maaaaillll and I recently took part in a group buy of Nfu.Ohs and Orly polishes with the NZ Polish Addicts group on Facebook, so soon I will have my first ever Nfu.Ohs!!! Super excite to share them all! I’ve also been busy buying up a storm for our “Polish Elves” thing in the same group, basically it’s a Secret Santa thing but we send polishes ๐Ÿ˜€

This polish addicts group is both amazing and a nightmare! Because they keep convincing me to buy when I know I shouldn’t ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I love them all really :3

-Del xx

Nails and Tea!

15 Nov

Hurrah for random mix of stuff and things. Not too sure where to start… Hmm…

Ooh yes let’s start with the nails I did for my friend on her birthday! These aren’t the best photos, but you can get a basic idea. Please keep in mind that this is only the second time I’ve ever attempted to attack someone else’s nails!

I’m not really sure what these are, it was a design that wasn’t really planned out. It just sorta happened as I was playing with a new striper (LA Colors Silver). Let’s go with fireworks? Yeah. We only put rhinestones on the bottom corners because she uses her hands a lot and we didn’t want rhinestones on the tips!

Bad bad photos, but I’m pretty pleased with the nails! The base colour was China Glaze Want My Bawdy.

Next up I wanna show you what I’ve been getting through these last few days! The above ^^ friend recently went to Sydney and bought me back some teeeea! Because tea shops here are butt and I fell in love with theย Tea Centre when we went there last year on our honeymoon. So I gave her a list and some money and begged her to bring me home some tea :3

  • Yorkshire Blend: “Traditional blend of Sri Lankan black tea.”
  • Chai Vanilla: “Black tea, vanilla, cinnamon, liquorice, orange peel, fennel & cardamom.”
  • Glรถgg: “Black tea with cinnamon, orange peel, almond pieces, ginger pieces, cloves & cardamon.

  • Christmas Tea: “Black tea with almond pieces, orange peel, apple pieces, cornflowers, cinnamon & cloves.”
  • Amaretto: “Black tea with almond essence & finely diced almond pieces. (Marzipan flavour)”
  • Turkish Delight: “A black tea with those sweet flavours of Rose and Vanilla. ย This subtly sweet tea can be enjoyed anytime but is especially nice with ‘Afternoon Tea’ or after dinner instead of a dessert and certainly comes with less calories.”

If you’re not drooling by now, I don’t know if we can be friends anymore ๐Ÿ˜› So far I’ve tried the Yorkshire Blend, Amaretto, andย Glรถgg. And I have not been disappointed at all! ๐Ÿ˜€ Om nom nom nom teaaaaa โค

ANYHOO! Last up is the nails I did on myself the same day I did my friend’s. This started out as basic striper testing before starting her nails, but eventually turned into thiiiis!

They’re like… dragonflies or something :3 Sorry about the tip chips, I took this photo over a day later so they suffered from housework chore syndrome. Still super cute though! Polishes used were China Glaze Liquid Leather, LA Colors Silver striper, and Jordana Star Designer silver glitter striper. And little rhinestones from Born Pretty Store ๐Ÿ™‚

And yes, that’s my right hand :3

Yaaaay!

Soooo, anyone in Auckland… I’m open to do your nails if you come visit me and pay me some money ๐Ÿ˜‰

-Del x

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