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Best of 2013

Happy New Year to everyone. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support in 2013 and I look forward to a year filled with even more mani’s in 2014.

So, what better way to bring in the New Year than to look back at the year past? I’ve chosen a few mani’s from my blog from 2013 based on the following criteria:

  • Most viewed post
  • Most comments on a post
  • My favourite tutorial
  • My favourite mani
  • Most popular mani of all time (not necessarily 2013)

Most viewed post in 2013: Good ol’ French Manicure 🙂
This proves that classics are still popular!

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Most comments on a post: Halloween Challenge: #3 Things that go BUMP in the night!
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(Thank you to all who took the time to comment and give feedback on this manicure)

My favourite tutorial: Hand-painted Roses
This was inspired by Katy Perry nails that I saw online. I love how they turned out!
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My favourite mani from 2013: South Africa: Ndebele Manicure
With the recent passing of Tata Mandela, this manicure has had special importance for me. It really portrays the colourful, vibrant nation that South Africans come from.
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Most popular mani of all time (not necessarily 2013): Ombre Nails Tutorial
This was from 2012, but is still extremely popular with viewers.
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A close second (which has really surprised me) is the Arsenal Fan nails I did. I did these because my boyfriend is a huge fan, so I thought it would be fun. I constantly get views on this and I would love to do another version in 2014.
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Thank you for all the support, kind words, advice and feedback from 2013. I’m looking forward to this year, meeting new bloggers, learning, trying new things on my blog and improving it even more. That’s it from me. What are your favourite posts on your blog from 2013?

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Moon Sugar Decal Review

It’s the last day of 2013 and I thought I’d end off the year by doing something that I’ve been meaning and wanting to do for a while. David from Moon Sugar Decals contacted me and offered a free sample of their nail transfer decals for review. You can visit their site here.

I was very impressed that these were sent all the way to South Africa, no problem. I received them a while ago and I’ve been so excited to try them. I’ve put together a short How To as well as a review of the product and my experiences.

I’m going to skip ahead to the final result, as I think it’s really great. I’m so happy! If you want to know more, you can read further. Here is the final mani:
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Here’s the finer print for those of you who want to do this at home:

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I received 2 types of decals: A skull rose design and pink Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbons. The decals come in long strips with between 10 and 13 decals (my skulls had 10 and the ribbons had 13).

This is what you will need to do a decal/transfer manicure:
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Step 1:
First things first, you need to apply a base coat and whichever undercoat you would like. I used Revlon COLORSTAY “090 Sorbet” for the accent nail. The other nails have Revlon “Sparkle Aplenty” on them. Paint the required number of coats and wait for them to dry completely.

Step 2:
Now, the first thing I noticed that was different from other transfers I’ve used is that you do not need to remove a top plastic layer. The plastic later on top actually has the design attached to it (so don’t tear it off).

Cut the decals as close as you can to the image.

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Step 3:
Using your tweezers, dip your decal into the warm water.
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Step 4:
Place the transfer on your nail and slide it off.
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Step 5:
Paint two coats of top coat on top of the decal. And that’s it! Easy 🙂

What do I think?
All in all, I was impressed with the quality of the transfers. The detail and clarity of the images are amazing once they are on your nails. The only confusing thing is the transparent layer on top which was different to what I was used to. I didn’t know to cut it so close the the image. But hopefully my trail and error will help you with yours.

I would really recommend these decals, the product is great and they have a good selection of different images.

You can visit their website: www.moonsugardecals.com
You can like the Moon Sugar Decals Facebook page.


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Little Bow – Tutorial

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a lovely day filled with delicious food and quality family time!

Here’s a quick post and tutorial that I wanted to do after I posted the “Gifts/presents” post for the Christmas with FLP challenge.

This is what the end result looks like:
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If you want to try this mani, here are the steps:

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That’s all from me for today. Short and sweet.

Wishing you all a happy New Year!


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Christmas with FLP: Christmas in your country

Happy Christmas Eve to everyone all over the world! Today marks the end of the Xmas with FLP challenge. It’s been a pleasure doing this challenge with Polished Tickles and Beauty, For the Love of Nail Art and Bubbly Brunette.

When Voni from Polished Tickles and Beauty and Tyler from For the Love of Nail Art and I were chatting about making a challenge, we wanted to make sure that there was a day when we could express our experience of Christmas in South Africa. Whenever we see Christmas manicures online, they are always blue and silver with snowmen and snowflakes. But growing up in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is very different. Usually Christmas day is about 30 degrees Celsius (or often raining), but we never, ever have snow. Christmas day is usually a beautiful summer’s day around the pool with family. What is it like where you live?

The final day of the challenge has been described as “Christmas in your country” so that everyone all over the world can portray their own country.

I’ve done a bit of an African take on the traditional Christmas tree, with a nice South African sunset in the background. I hope you like 🙂
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I originally just did a tree with a sunset, but then I decided to bling it up a bit. Here is the original:
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You can look at all of the manis that have been done for this challenge by clicking on this InLinkz group below:


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Christmas with FLP: Christmas Movie

I absolutely love this movie and Tim Burton. I did this movie last year as well (you can look at it here) but I just couldn’t resist.

Here’s the Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and Sally mani (it has a nice ring to it, hey?):
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You want to know how I did it??? Here’s a photo tutorial of the steps.
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Remember, today is the last day of the challenge. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go look at what all the girls have done so far. Check out the other bloggers (Polished Tickles and Beauty, For the Love of Nail Art and Bubbly Brunette).

You can look at all of the manis that have been done for this challenge by clicking on this InLinkz group below:


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Christmas with FLP: Cute Christmas animal

Last year I did reindeer, and I had a lot of fun. You can check them out here. I’m not quite sure if this really counts as a “Christmas animal”, but I couldn’t help myself. I put Christmas hats on them, but still not sure if they are animals. I think minions are adorable, so I decided to give it a shot.

So here the little Christmas minions are:

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The other girls have done some adorable Christmas animals, you can look at them here:

You can also look at all of the manicures for the Christmas Challenge with FLP this far. Click on the InLinkz link below:


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Christmas with FLP: Gifts/presents

If you haven’t noticed yet, I am extremely behind on this Christmas challenge. I had a friend’s wedding last weekend and we had lots of guests staying over, so needless to say very little nail art was done. The others have been doing some awesome manis, remember to check them out (Polished Tickles and Beauty, For the Love of Nail Art and Bubbly Brunette).

So, I’ve made it my mission this weekend to catch up! This post was supposed to be completed a week ago, but I’ve finally managed to do it. I really liked how it turned out. It’s super simple to do, but so cute! I hope you all like it.

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You can look at all of the manis that have been done for this challenge by clicking on this InLinkz group below: