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I Heart Friday

Hello Lovely People!

Guess what, it’s Friday! I couldn’t be happier for the weekend and a long deserved rest (who am I kidding, it’s St Paddy’s Day).

I decided to do something simple and cute, it’s about time. I’ve had the same polish on for close to two weeks (with a bit of a touch-up here and there). I used a Modi nude that I have from Korea and Sinful Colors white (loving the Sinful Colors btw).

I hope you all like my simple mani. Wishing everyone a happy Friday and a fun-filled weekend.

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French Floral Decals

Happy Tuesday everyone! Every day brings us closer to the Festive Season, the end of the year and yet another year to come. Can you believe it??

I’ve been very busy with work lately. I also can’t wear outrageous nails to work (I wish I could!). So I did a very simple French style mani, with a little floral decal or two (leftover from Korea)Β to spice it up!

I used a Modi white and a Face Shop glitter topcoat (all from my time in Korea).. I know what you are thinking, and yes, I do need to go shopping in South Africa and top up my polish collection πŸ™‚
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Breast Cancer Awareness

Polish Alcoholic and Beauty Expression have an awesome giveaway running for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which was in October. I was very keen to participate, it’s such a good cause and I’ve been wanting to do a BCA mani this October. Slightly late.. but the Giveaway is still running until the 7th of November, so check out the links and get involved.

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It’s Movember Baby!!!

It’s that time of year again folks! That suspicious stubble chilling on your boyfriend/crush’s top lip just gets longer and longer, thicker and darker. Eventually, you have to think to yourself: “Something is going on here!”. And you would be right. It’s Movember baby!

I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but Movember is a pretty big deal in South Africa. I was looking at the website and it is so well done, I just had to do a mani! They’ve really gone all out this year making the website look grungy, masculine and funky. Really, it’s just full of wolves, snakes, lightning bolts, etc. Check out the international Movember website here.Β 

So all the men out there (not sure how many will be reading a nail art blog) pledge to grow your mustache this month to promote awareness for testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental illness. It’s hard to believe that all the hairy faces this month are actually growing their ‘tashes for a cause. But what an awesome way to initiate conversation and increase awareness.

Here is my mani (you kind of have to see the website to understand, so check it out):

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Halloween Challenge: #3 Things that go BUMP in the night!

Fresh off the press! I’ve just finished this mani and I’m very happy!

The theme for today was “Things that go BUMP in the night”. I decided to stick with one type of monster and just make a little family of them on my fingertips. I think they are more adorable than scary… What do you think? Which is your favourite.. the “baby” on my pinky nail is definitely mine!

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Polka dot and lace

I know this is off-topic (I am supposed to be posting a Halloween mani today), but I didn’t get a chance to do my Halloween mani last night. I’ll try do it asap πŸ™‚

In the meantime, here is a fun little mani I did this week. I wore it to work, so it couldn’t be too outrageous. I used Tip Top Solar Flare for the base and Tip Top Cream Puff for the polka dots. I also added some lace stickers that I had lying around from Korea.

I really like it.. Hope you do too! πŸ™‚

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Halloween Challenge #1: Scary Movies

The first of the Halloween Challenge, and I must say, I’m extremely excited! I love how it came out and I hope you all love it too!

I decided to do one of the “classic” cheesy scary movies, Scream. I watched Scream 4 over the weekend, although most of the horror came from the terrible script and acting, a part of me actually enjoyed it! I love, love, love how this mani came out!

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Check out the challenges to come:

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And all that I can see…

Our new apartment has a beautiful lemon tree hanging over our balcony. I just couldn’t resist doing a lemon manicure! I mean, all you nail artists out there would have done the same, right?

So I did a very simple lemon-style manicure. I started with a white undercoat. I used a dotting tool to make some circular/oval yellow shapes. I then used a nail art brush to paint on some cute lime green leaves. Topped off with some brown dots and lines to give more detail. What do you think?

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Now that I’m settled in (well, two out of three suitcases are unpacked), I’m going to try be more active with my posts. I’m looking forward to doing some awesome, creative manicures and tutorials in the near future! – I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!


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My friend’s wedding, work, work and new nails!

It seems like I’m always starting with an apology for not writing for so long. So lets keep with the trend: I’m SO sorry I have been so scarce. I miss blogging so much!

I’ve been extremely busy at work, but I’m loving every minute of it. Everyone is so nice and friendly. I’m learning so much and I’m thankful every day for ending up where I have.

In between the work, work and work… I went to one of my best friend’s weddings. It was so exciting because it was my first close friend to get married. I hear that from here onwards it’s the “wedding season” where I’ll be attending lots of weddings. Exciting times, but still awaiting my invites from my friends (hint, hint… hurry up and get married! I love weddings!).

So we made the long trek, (it was 1000 kms away – for the Americans, I’m not sure what that is in miles.. but it’s far) for the weekend. What makes it even worse is that we drove down to save money. So, it was a busy weekend, and a very quick visit!

Long story short: the wedding was BEAUTIFUL, I had tons of fun and I saw my family for the first time in about 16 months. So I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Here’s a picture of me and the bride (one of my dearest friends). Doesn’t she look stunning?!

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I’m really over-the-moon happy for her and her new hubby. They are adorable together and they are going to be amazingly happy.

Here is a picture of my friends and I at the wedding. We hadn’t seen each other for over a year. These are my best friends from primary (elementary) school!

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And.. because this is a nail art blog after all, I decided to throw in a picture of actual NAILS.

Please remember that I haven’t got it together to make a new light box since I moved back to South Africa, so this picture doesn’t do it justice and you can’t see the colours. It is a lot of tans, whites and blacks anyway… I tried to so a leopard print with lace. Not sure if I really like it, but I’m happy for now πŸ™‚ Just excited to be posting again.

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I promise I will have my life together ASAP and I will post more nail pictures. I hope you are all well, I miss the blogging world a lot..

Have a great week everyone!


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Interview nails

I want to start this post of by thanking The Nailinator for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I have already done a post on it, but I’m am still flattered, honoured and appreciative πŸ™‚

I’ve officially entered the job hunt, and those of us who live in South Africa know just how challenging that can be. I was thrilled to receive a call only 2 days after posting my CV on an online job searching site. So, the following day (Thursday this week to be exact) I went in for an interview.

Now, I couldn’t go rocking a pink, blue and generally lumo water marble or some other extroverted nail art choice. So, I went the tried and tested french manicure route. I did add a little silver sticker, which I LOVE, that I got in Korea. I also went for a nude undercoat as opposed to the traditional pink. I’m very happy with how it looks! I’ll have to wait and see how the interview went. I have a different interview on Monday, so I hope that goes well. I’m excited to start working and to start my career. This may be the first of many more “career nails” to come. But I promise to still do outrageous, colourful designs on the weekend! πŸ™‚

Here it is, I hope you like:

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