Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sally Hansen ~ Fuzzy Coat

Just another quick post about some new polish I tried out. I've had this one for awhile but never used it, except to sample on one nail when trying to pick what to use. 

So I thought I would give it a proper go this time. 
I used Loreal Paris nail colour 220 - "I will!" As a base coat. I then used the Sally Hansen fuzzy coat 800 - "Tweedy", adding two coats and letting it dry completely between. Finally I added Sally Hansen no chip top coat to seal it all off. 

I love the finished look, but I almost wish I had gone for one of the colours instead of black and white. It's certainly different and a really cool texture. It's a little too much effort for me though. I probably won't be using this very often, but that works for this interesting manicure, so I'm happy with that. 

What do you think? Do you like the textured nails or do you prefer simpler styles? How much effort are you willing to put into your nails? 

(Please excuse the photos, they were taken on my cellphone in horrible yellow indoor lighting and my big girl camera was out of charge.)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Sally Hansen Nail Products! ~ Review

 I had some extra care bucks to spend at CVS - reward cash for spending a certain amount at the store over the last quarter - so I thought I'd go and take a look.

At the front of the store there were a bunch of displays set up with new products, including a bunch of new nail polishes, nail art kits, glitter, nail beads, all sorts of exciting nail paraphernalia! I'm a sucker for fancy pretty nail thingies.

Two of the new products caught my eye:
Sally Hansen ~ Nail Art Tool Kit - $6.99
Sally Hansen ~ Big Matte Top Coat - $5.99

Included in the nail tool kit were two brushes - a super small precision detailer brush and a long striping brush, a marbling/dotting tool with two sizes on either side and a sheet of stencils.

I love little kits like this and I have wanted to own something similar for awhile now. I love nail art but I'm not particularly good at it just yet, and I had been using my paint brushes which just weren't cut out for the job.

I had a little play with the kit this evening and I am really quite pleased. The stencils work just as well as any stencil I've ever tried - which is to say, not particularly well... They never seem to stick quite right, but I was able to work around that. The detailer brush is awesome. Both it and the striping brush are stiff enough that they don't fold, flatten or separate too much and they keep the polish neat and tidy. The dotting tool is pretty neat too. I used the smaller of the two sizes, but I think it'll take me some more practice to get them looking perfect.

I then used the top coat over the art. The matte effect shows up once the top coat is dry. I used quite shiny pink and purple polish underneath and it worked perfectly. I suspect it might rub off a little easily, I found that I had a few patches after the first coat so I added another. I love it though, I'll definitely be using this a lot.

So, if you're into nail art like me, and you have access to these products I would recommend picking them up! They are easy to use and a lot of fun, definitely worth the money in my opinion.

What's your favourite nail product? I'd love some recommendations.

KD <3

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Here's to 2014!

So to celebrate, here is my obligatory New Year post :)

Basically sums it up nicely... (source)

I've never really been one to make New Years resolutions because I am really terrible at keeping them. However at the end of this last year I decided that there were a few things that I want to change. The resolutions that I have decided on are my goals that I have wanted to accomplish for awhile now. I need some variety and motivation in my life and I'm hoping that setting these goals will help.

1. I want to stay in contact with people back home more. It's really hard when the time zones are so different.

2. I want to manage my time better. Set schedules and stick to them. Have a daily routine that will hopefully help me organize myself better so that I have more time to myself to do more things that I enjoy.

3. I need to change my lifestyle. I need a better diet, to drink more water, and to stick to regular exercise. 

4. I want to accomplish more - blog more - finish the photography course that I started - read more books - play the violin more... This relates to number 2, so hopefully these will go hand in hand.

5. I want to explore. I've lived here for over a year now and haven't really seen much of the area. I also really feel that I need to get outdoors more and reconnect with nature.

6. I want to meet people and be more social. I don't make friends easily - I'm shy and awkward, and I have no clue how to meet people. I have friends in New Zealand but when I moved here I didn't know anyone. 

Well there we go. Now let's see how long this lasts. Maybe putting this out into the world will keep me accountable. 

If you're reading this let me know what goals you have for the next year. :)

KD <3
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