NOTD: Glitter wedge tape mani

I warned you there’d be tape manis! 😛 Sandwich dissection:CND Stickeyulta3 Gold Rush Fever (gold shimmer)Milani Gems (chunky rainbow glitter)ulta3 Confetti (fine fuschia/gold/blue glitter, to try to give a more defined “edge” at the cuticle)Orly Bonder (smoothes the glitter out so well!)Seche Vite(dried overnight)(tape wedges added)ulta3 Orchid (cool purple with gold shimmer)(tape wedges removed)Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Tasty glitter macro: All …

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Flashback: Big 3 – DBP

I’ve decided to finish off the Big 3 (maybe even Big 4!) series I started on at the beginning of this blogging journey, and thought revisiting my original DBP post would be a good way to start – read on… If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients list on the back of any of your cosmetics, you’ll see a massive …

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NOTD: Circusy nails with added elephants!

I thought I’d try something fun in between all the sober-ish manis I’ve been doing… NOTE: I am not a Republican! I’m Australian, it didn’t even cross my mind that elephants were associated with the GOP until I finished… I just like elephants! 🙁 The base is a franken I made from ulta3 Spring Shower. I love light blue, but …

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Artsy Wednesday: Rainbow nails

Hi everyone! After a brief break last week, it’s time for another… This week the theme is rainbow nails! I was struggling to think of something rainbow themed that would still be wearable, so I just painted a rainbow french mani… but to jazz it up a bit, the main nail is matte but the tips are glossy. Check out …

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Q&A: Why does nail polish stain your nails yellow?

  Q: Why does nail polish stain your nails yellow? A: As you might’ve guessed, it’s the coloured pigments in the nail polish! Generally, the pattern is that the staining is darker at the tip and fades towards the cuticle. It’s a bigger problem when the dyes are dissolved rather than suspended in the polish (e.g. with stearalkonium hectorite). If …

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Revlon Apple-tini Fizz

This is just a quick post to show you a swatch of one of my new favourite polishes: Revlon Apple-tini Fizz, a light green jelly full of iridescent flakie bits. It’s pretty cool over white (ring finger) and by itself (middle finger)… but it really comes alive over black! Shimmery and amazing – I think I can count more than …

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Lab Muffin guide: AHAs vs. BHAs

Alpha and beta hydroxy acids are chemical exfoliants which are in many of our cosmetic products… what’s the difference between them, and which one should you use for what? First off, “alpha hydroxy acid” and “beta hydroxy acid” are proper organic chemistry terms! “Hydroxy” means an OH group (also known as an alcohol group). “Acid” means a carboxylic acid: “Alpha” …

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DIY whipped body butter

I bought a tub of unrefined shea butter recently, and I’ve been rubbing little bits into any rough patches on my legs whenever I had an opportunity. Unfortunately, it’s hard to use since it’s grainy as hell (a result of being heated and cooled in transit), so I finally decided to do something with it – I made some lovely …

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