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LA Girl Sand Blast – Glissand

For those of you living in South Africa, the LA Girl brand is one of the few foreign polishes that are easy to find and reasonably priced. They retail for aboyt R35-R40 at Dischem.

I’ve bought a bottle or two (some were not so great), but I must say, I’m really impressed by this one! It’s the new Sand finish and it’s really impressed me. It has a beautiful, subtle glitter shimmer as well as that awesome sand texture. The colour is also absolutely stunning, it’s a deep peach which looks awesome on most skin tones. I bought the Glissand (GNL 164).

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Definitely recommend the LA Girl Sand Blast polishes! ๐Ÿ™‚


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Antique Roses

Hello lovely people

I am alive, despite what you may think with the lack of posts!

This is a quick one to say, Happy Friday to everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you all like these antique roses as much as I do! I’m loving wearing them and will take them out for a night on the town tonight ๐Ÿ˜‰

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That’s all! Have a great weekend everyone!


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Nail Art Weekly – Week 2

It is the second week of Danni from Gingerbread Smile‘s Nail Art Weekly challenge. The theme for this week is TV or Film. I must say, I’m a bit of a TV baby, so it was quite tricky to narrow it down.

I’ve always loved Marvel comics and the Avengers movie was just too awesome to have all the characters together. So, yes, you guessed it. I decided to do an Avengers manicure. I hope you like!

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Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers participating. You can see a list on Danni’s blog here.

Or check out #NailArtWeekly on twitter ๐Ÿ™‚


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Nail Art Weekly – Week 1

Hi All

I’m slightly late on this post, but very excited for the Nail Art Weekly Challenge that Danni from Gingerbread Smiles has put together.

The theme for this first week was clothing/fashion. What better inspiration than The Grammys? I saw Katy Perry’s dress and absolutely loved it. So here are my Katy Perry inspired fashion nails.

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Check out the other bloggers participating by clicking here.


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Yardley Quick Dry – Moonlight Magic Swatch

This is the second Yardley Quick Dry (Limited Summer Edition) polish that I bought. You can see the Summer Sun swatch here. This range of Yardley Quick Dry polishes, as far as I know, was only released in South Africa. I got it on sale, so I assume that it’s from last season. I still like it though (and, who can resist a sale??).

This colour is called: “Midnight Magic”. I really love this colour! It’s got a beautiful, midnight blue, rich colour. There’s also a subtle violet shimmer which I love. What do you think?
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Compared to the yellow that I swatched a few days ago, this takes much fewer coats to cover the nail completely. The Summer Sun yellow took 3-4 coats! This covers nicely with only 2 coats.

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It’s easy to apply (again, loving the applicator brush shape and size) and the consistency is good. All in all – I like! Here’s a summary of my thoughts on this polish:
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I added some studs to spruce it up a bit..
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Yardley Quick Dry – Summer Sun (Limited Summer Edition)

There was an amazing sale the other day at a pharmacy in South Africa. I must admit, I went a little overboard and bought a whole lot of polishes. I got some nice brands and I’m excited to review them.

Amongst the 12 polishes I bought (yes, 12), I got a Yardley Quick Dry – Summer Sun (Limited Summer Edition). I think that this particular range was only available in South Africa. There were six colours in the range. And I’m sure they are from last season if they are on sale.

I absolutely love this colour. It’s so vibrant and bright. It’s a really lovely shade of yellow. Here’s what the final outcome looked like:
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The consistency of the polish was extremely thin. As such, it was sheer for 2 coats, only on the 3rd coat did it finally become opaque. That said, it could have even had another coat! This was probably my least favourite part of this polish. See the photos of each coat below.
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My favourite was the brush that Yardley used. It had a circular tip which fitted the contour of the nail bed so nicely. My pinky just took one stroke and the brush formed a perfect semi-circle at the base of the nail. I liked this a lot!

Overall, here’s what I think about this polish.
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I couldn’t resist playing around a bit with this manicure. I took some shells that I bought in Korea and stuck some onto two accent nails.
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Here’s what the final mani looked like:

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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 olโ€™ French Manicure ๐Ÿ™‚
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?