Monday, February 23, 2015

Julep "Joanna" with Emily de Molly "Bellissima"

Hello lovlies! Staying warm, I hope? Windchill in Toronto at the moment is -26C. But at least the sun is out! And the days are longer as we head into spring. :)

Today's mani is Julep's "Joanna" with a glitter accent of Emily de Molly's "Bellissima". I've been wearing dark shades for months and felt like something lighter. :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Essie "For The Twill Of It"

I decided to pull out an untried polish from the back of my stash for today's mani. A mini bottle of Essie's "For The Twill Of It".

Update! Part 2 :)

So what happened to make me stop the 28 Days of Red mani challenge? I threw my back out and couldn't sit up for about a week. I was in a lot of pain (I can't take strong pain meds because of allergies). So it was lying flat with my knees up on a heating pad for days. No way could I do manicures like that! Either way, I'm absolutely 100% ok now. I debated whether to pick up where I left off in the mani challenge but I think it wouldn't really be a successful challenge because I missed so many days. That being said, I will be back to mani posts today (stay tuned!).

Why the back spasms? Some of you know I was an RN in critical care/trauma and a few years ago a violent patient assaulted me at work. I have nerve/spinal damage in my neck & left shoulder (which is why I can't go back to nursing, unfortunately). Sometimes that manages to trigger muscle spasms down the length of my back. No idea why, just one of those things. It's rare (last time it happened was when I was in Paris in 2012!). Fingers crossed it stays a rare thing! Not fun!

I hope you enjoyed the 10 days I did manage to get done for the mani challenge this month. I know I had fun, red is my favourite polish colour! I might sneak in a few more reds this month just so I don't feel bad about dropping out so early. ;)

Unfortunately, I also cut my nails short again -- I prefer them really long but I've been doing a lot of writing/editing (I wrote a novel in November, starting another). It's just easier to type with short nails. It doesn't mean they have to be boring though! I still have a million untrieds and I can't wait to share them with you!


Friday, February 13, 2015


I currently have a personal situation that needs attention and will be unable to finish the 28 Days of Red mani challenge. I will also be taking a temporary break from the blog.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

28 Days of Red! Day 10: Dior "Star"

Today is kind of a crazy day for me. As many of you know, I used to be a critical care/trauma RN but nearly 3 years ago I was assaulted by a violent patient and ended up with a permanent disability. I LOVED my job but could no longer do patient care so I've been on disability. Last year I went to grad school (but took this year off on medical leave) in a totally different area (Masters of Information Science). In December I resigned from the College of Nurses of Ontario -- a heartbreaking decision but I needed to slowly cut the ties. Today I finally lopped off the final thread and resigned from the hospital I was working at (they had me still technically employed by them but I was on "medical leave"). Next month will be 3 years since my injury and it was time to let it go. It was SUCH a hard decision, you have no idea. But I think it was the right decision. So lots of emotion today -- hopefully onto something amazing! Here's to new beginnings and fresh starts!! *hopefully!*

Anyway, onto nail stuff! Today I selected a gorgeous polish -- Dior's "Star". Funny I'm listening to one of Madonna's new songs from Rebel Heart, "Iconic" and this polish matches the song. How perfect! In fact, a few of the songs match. <3

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Monday, February 09, 2015

28 Days of Red! Day 9: Zoya's "Posh" -- but glossy!

Okay, so today's post is kinda cheating. The theme is "topcoated matte" -- but the only matte red I have is Zoya's "Posh" (yesterday's polish) so for today I just put on a thick layer of Seche Vite and there ya go. ;)

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

28 Days of Red! Day 8: Zoya's "Posh"

Yay! Finally caught up! *happydance*

Ok, today's theme is "matte polish". I LOVE matte polishes so a red matte is perfect! I selected Zoya's "Posh" for today's mani.

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28 Days of Red! Day 7: Half Moons? Picture Polish "Frank-n-Furter" & "Columbia"

Still playing catch up but I'll post days 7 & 8 today and we'll be fully caught up. :)

Today's theme was "half moons" -- except when I tested the idea on one nail it looked terrible so I did a French mani instead. Looks better. I'm not sure skilled when it comes to nail art, unfortunately! For whatever reason I thought I could do the half-moons thing but it just wasn't working. Boo.

Anyway, for this mani I used 2 of the Rocky Horror Picture Show polishes by piCture pOlish -- "Frank-n-Furter" & "Columbia". It makes me want to watch the movie again even though I've seen it 600x!

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

28 Days of Red! Day 6 - Julep's "Fazia"

Still playing catch up!

Today's theme was "metallic" but this one is more of a shimmer than a metallic red (I think I used all my metallic reds in previous posts!). I selected Julep's "Fazia". I LOVE it!

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28 Days of Red! Day 5: OPI "Stay The Night"

SO SORRY for getting behind on these posts. My back went into spasm a few days ago and I've been lying flat on my back in bed in tears. I couldn't sit up so doing nails/blog posts was out of the question. So far I'm ok today. We'll see how it goes but I am hoping to get up-to-date today.

Today's theme was "sand". I don't have many textured polishes because I cannot stand the feeling of texture (I'm hypersensitive). If I do wear them I just gloss over them with a lot of topcoat so they are smooth. This one isn't really red but it's the closest I have to red in a texture. OPI's "Stay The Night".

This post is picture-heavy because I show the same mani with and without polish in various lighting.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

28 Days of Red! Day 4: Trind "Burgundy Red"

More snow today! Not crazy snow, just pretty snow. :)

Today's red theme is "crème" so I selected Trind's "Burgundy Red" (aka "CC176"). I love a good red crème and this one did not disappoint!

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

28 Days Of Red! Day 3: Julep's "Martina"

How has your year been going so far? Sticking to those resolutions or do you need a new plan? ;)
I didn't make any resolutions this year (aside from a 12-month no-buy! And so far, so good!). I figured that psychologically it would be better to start mini improvements each month of the year than trying to tackle one big list in January when the weather sucks and you're still recovering from holidays. Winter is tricky though, at least here. Blah weather makes you feel tired & less motivated. I don't suffer from seasonal mood swings (my depression doesn't have a seasonal preference!). Hard to shake it though.

Anyway, onto to today's red! The theme for today was a full-coverage glitter. This one kinda counts. I expected it to be mostly glitter in kind of a clear base but it was red glitter in a red jelly base. It was an untried for me so I wasn't sure. Either way, it is Julep's "Martina".

Monday, February 02, 2015

28 Days Of Red! Day 2: Picture Polish "Bridget"

Happy Groundhog Day! I am quite certain the groundhog is frozen solid under a massive pile of snow, so more winter is ahead. Obviously, we've been in a blizzard since yesterday and it's still going strong. Crazy snow!

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But today's red theme is "holographic". I was going to go for a linear holo but I think I'll save that for later. Today's mani is piCture pOlish "Bridget", a gorgeous red scattered holo.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

28 Days Of Red! Day 1: Orly's "Rock It"

So yay! February 1st! Tomorrow is Groundhog Day which is hilarious to me. Gotta watch the movie for sure. :) This month is gonna fly by and then we'll be into March -- that much closer to spring! Last year winter dragged on & on here, it was awful. Don't get me wrong, I love winter and MUCH prefer it to summer, but after a while you get eager to see some green stuff.

Today's red "theme" is "shimmer". I selected Orly's "Rock It". I think I'm a bit rusty at the daily mani thing, need to step up my game! At least my nails are starting to grow out!

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