Monday, December 31, 2012

A Real Mermaid and A Kitten

I know I said "see you next year!" already, but I had to post this (the base of my NYE mani)
Spoiled Are Mermaids Real?
With Flash

Gothic Lolita Getting Whirled Away

A quick NOTD post today.

I loved the graphic black & white against the lovely purple!
Have you tried layering this glitter over your favourite polishes yet?

Thanks for stopping by - I'll catch you next year! LOL

Monday, December 24, 2012

What to expect in 2013

Howdy all! In case you missed me (or didn't know I was away! LOL) - I'm baaaa-ack!
Thought I should stick my head out and just let you know what to expect on the blog after the holidays. 

First of all, let me say "Thank you!" for all your lovely holiday (vacation and Christmas) wishes. 
We had a fantastic time in Bali (and I will show you all of the OPI goodies I found!!).
Also I am planning to dedicate January to showcasing some more Australian brands
(since January 26 is Australia Day).
I will also continue the to follow the two challenges (Where in the world? and The Battle).
Not sure if I should put the Blog Sale page up again - I'd love to hear your opinions on this!
Also, there was a lot (I mean a whole lot!) of nail mail waiting when we got back,
including Secret Santa presents - so I'll do some posts on that!
Of course, Nikolai and Cat will be appearing on the blog too!

Here are some pics of our holiday:

That's about it!
I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year's!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Exotic Stamping Encounters

Can you believe I am still in Bali?! it seems like it's been ages!
But I am not complaining))) I even picked up some OPI's - addiction's hard to beat!

Here is a recent NOTD:
Natural Light

Friday, December 7, 2012

The BATTLE (Nail Polish) Challenge - Week 5

Hello! I am still on holidays, but here is a quick post for the next theme -Pretty vs Punk.

Hope you like it!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Montley and the Drummer

Hi lovelies! I am off on vacation for a couple of weeks,
 but I have some posts prepared that will be popping up intermittently ))

I have a quick NOTD to show you today: this is China Glaze Little Drummer Boy
topped with Finger Paints Montley
(my first and only FP sent by the lovely Gosia from Life in Color -Thank you!) 
I love this CG too - one coat and I am very happy))

Natural Light
With Flash
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Showing my 'stache - Glitter (Part Two)

Today's post is a glitter explosion!!!
I dug out all of my rainbow (multicolored) glitters!!! 
Seems I am a magpie))

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The BATTLE (Nail Polish) Challenge - Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of the challenge! Today the theme is Neon vs Pastel.

This time I decided to combine the two. Keep reading to see the results!

Blogger Collaboration Series: My Take

You may have seen my recent guest bloggers taking inspiration from jewelry,
(Teneil, Christine, Lacqueerisa and Julz) so I thought I would jump in as well.
Here is a pair of earrings that I got from Diva:
 I took the colour "idea" from the jewelry, but I didn't try to replicate it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blogger Collaboration Series: My Little Beauty World

I am pleased to welcome Taya from My Little Beauty World to the blog today.
Please make her feel welcome and, of course, don't forget to have a look at her page!
Taya is the last guest blogger in this series; but it was so fun I may do
a similar collaboration in the future. Drop me a line if you'd be interested!

ALL the #nailmail!

If you are on Instagram you have probably seen this hashtag floating around - it's one of my favourites. 
This means someone has received a package (from an online order, or a blog sale or a swap) 
containing some pretty bottles! 
Today I thought I should show some of the amazing stuff that I have received,
and acknowledge the wonderful people who have sent it to me.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winter Patterns

Hey lovely ladies!!!
Take a look at my guest post for Danielle at Totally Nailed.
I did some winter appropriate designs for her blog since it's cold in the UK!
Be back tomorrow with another stash showing! Thanks for stopping by!

Glitter me this, glitter me that

Today I thought I would show you some more glitter!!!
When I was reorganizing  my stash not too long ago (here) I found some glitters that looked similar,
so of course, I had to compare them!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Showing my 'stache - Glitter (Part One)

Time to bring out the glitter!
Google Images
First part is glitter in a coloured base. 

Making your $$$ work

Let me start off by saying: "Hello, my name is Natalia and I am a shopaholic!"
I am also stingy. The dilemma is how to make these traits co-exist. 
Short answer - spend a little, get a lot! This is where these little beauties come in:
All-A-Flutter (2012 LE Easter)
These retail in Australia for AUD$14.95 (ranges from $6.95 on clearance to $16.95 in some pharmacies).
(Not that I would EVER pay full price for ANYthing)
Today I will show you how to get 2 (yes, TWO) full manicures and pedicures out of the box.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Showing my 'stache - Black

Today I will show you some of the BLACK section of my 'stache.
Although usually my motto says: "Black is boring!" - it's good to break the rules once in a while.
Besides, these black polishes are anything but boring. See for yourself!
Also, I need your help - see question at the end of the post.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Where in the World - Day 14 France

Today I'm inspired by France!
I knew I wanted to do something food related, then I came across these:
They look adorable, and perfect for using all my recent pastel purchases!!
Too bad I have never been to France or tried macaroons((

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The BATTLE (Nail Polish) Challenge - Week 3

Today's installment of the challenge is Pink vs Purple!
I have lots of both colours and love to wear them equally, so this was a tough one.

In the end I decided to post some swatches from a recent NailMail from Brazil.
(Warning! cuticle horror ahead - continue at your own risk)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Showing my 'stache - Orange & Coral

This next part of the series is a surprising one - for me anyway!
I have a whole lot of orange and coral nail polish!!! Why? How? - No idea!

I only ever wear it on my toes, but it' would be a great way to add a pop of colour 
to a stamp on my nails (maybe I should try it LOL)

Update on a previous post

Just a quick update on a previous post.
A couple more colours from TBN I picked up and a star magnet.

First up is Drawn Together.
Direct Sunlight
With Flash
Lamp Light
 I can't say enough great things about this polish! 
The formula is amazing and the hidden shimmers start to dance in the sun light. It is very rare to find a magnetic that is a lighter colour, let alone one that reacts so well! I would absolutely recommend this to everyone. Planning to wear it as a normal polish (opaque in one coat).

And the other one I got is Opposites Attract.
Direct Sunlight
With Flash
Lamp Light
 This one is a bit thicker, but nothing a few drops of thinner won't fix))
I like the glimmer of green in the gold! 
But it didn't hold the design as well as some of the other brands.

I got these at a chemist (2 polish plus a magnet for $7)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Showing my 'stache - Grey

This series of posts has really helped me understand my preferences better!
I really like grey - turns out it's my favorite neutral))

Grey Moustache Clip Art
There will be a few more installments before the month is out, including black, silver and gold.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Showing my 'stache - Red

Time to show you my true colours yet again.
As you can see the colour of the day is RED!

Red Moustache Clip Art
Classic yet  modern and very versatile!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Where in the World - Day 13 Netherlands

Today I have yet another stop to share on the worldwide challenge adventure!
I used this image as my reference for the design:
It is also my first attempt to create a splatter effect, without the mess))

Blogger Collaboration Series: Lacqueerisa

I am pleased to welcome the lovely and talented Lacqueerisa to the blog today.
Please make her welcome and make sure to follow her blog for more spectacular designs!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Showing my 'stache - Yellow & Green

Today's installment of the stash showing will feature Yellows and Greens!
I also want to say "Thank you!" to all who like these posts -
they are so simple to "write" I feel like I am cheating)))

Blogger Collaboration Series: Nails at 2 AM

I am pleased to welcome a very creative lady to the blog today: Christine from Nails At 2 AM.
When I came across some of her designs on Instagram, I think my jaw dropped (literally!)
and I knew I had to invite her to take part in this series.
Please make Christine welcome and don't forget to check out her amazing work.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Blogger Collaboration Series: Tee Bee's Nails

I have recently asked a few of my fellow bloggers to help me create a series of designs inspired by jewelry.
I must say the response has been overwhelming and I am very grateful to all that have taken part so far. 
If you have not received a request from me, but would like to take part, please send me an email - 
I would be very happy to include your work too!

The kitten and the Helmer

Today I will show you the "before and after" of my storage system.
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a preview already.
A very thorough inspection
In case you don't know, the Helmer is "kitten-approved" (or rather "kitten-proof") storage solution.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Where in the World - Day 12 South Africa

I wanted to do something bright and colourful for South Africa,
then I found this picture to inspire my design:
I guess it was more the colours, than the shapes, that attracted me.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bloggers that inspire me

During my meeting with Mai from Nanna Nap last weekend we got to talking about what and who
inspires us, so I made a short list of bloggers that got me into nail art (not literally, because
I have never met them, but indirectly though their beautiful pictures)
The Polishaholic is my number one source for swatches of collections
The Nailasaurus - Sam is very creative (check out her Michael Kors inspired studded nails!)
My Simple Little Pleasures - Colette is my first love - she is THE water marble guru! Love her kitty too))
Oooh, Shinies! - Bregje is the master of stamping (I tried it because of her!) bonus - lots of kitty pics!
Let Them Have Polish! - Chris is funny and adventurous
Nails and Noms - Rie has great designs and also amazing recipes
ChitChatNails - Marta's photos are stunning!
Nihrida - has a great collection and I love the reviews (obsession with Essence started here) plus lots of cats!

So there you go - some of my favorite people online! I'm sorry if I missed someone, this is my opinion only and if you have someone you admire greatly - please let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!

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