a geeky nail artist with a crafting streak and an obsession with all things beauty

Month: April 2015

It was an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka-dot bikini

Hello Lovelies! I’m reviewing some water decals I was sent by Born Pretty today! I’d actually never used water decals before, they were way easier to use than I thought they’d be, I thought you had to press them onto your nails like a tattoo, […]

I must not tell lies

Hello Lovelies! I’ve had in my head that I’ve done tons of Harry Potter nail art, but apparently the last time I had some on my nails was way back in 2012! Don’t know how on earth I managed to go so long without, but […]

Ghibli Universe Nail Art with Born Pretty Nail Art Brushes

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I was sent some snazzy new nail art brushes to try out from Born Pretty, and since I’ve been on a Studio Ghibli kick lately, I freehanded some various creatures from the Ghibli universe to test them out.

Right to left is a soot sprite holding a chunk of coal, No-Face, Calcifer, the mini forest sprites from My Neighbor Totoro, and Totoro himself. They were inspired by this doodle I found on tumblr. My base is China Glaze Oxygen with a very thin layer of China Glaze Liquid Crystal dabbed over. The creatures were done with a mixture of polish and acrylic, and I finished off with a shiny topcoat.

Here are the brushes themselves, there are two liners, a square brush, and a short detailer, that’s the one I used for these nails. I did all my detailing with that one brush, the only other thing I used was a dotting tool for Calcifer’s eyes. I love the floral pattern on the handles, and they came with protective plastic tips so they won’t get banged up in my nail accessory case. The bristles cleaned up very nicely with nail polish remover. I think these will be a wonderful addition to my nail art arsenal! Here’s a link to their product page if ya wanna check them out. And here’s a 10% off code just for you: ALBK31

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Mish mash of a skin routine

Hello Lovelies! Snooping through other people’s skin routines is always entertaining for me, so I figured why not do one of my one? Now it’s not so much of a routine as a grab bag, I’m pretty irregular about what I use everyday. But these […]

Mini Posts: Blue China Stamping

Hello Lovelies! I have a bit of tip wear in these pics, I bet you won’t believe how long these nails stood up for! I painted them Thursday before I left for the con, and took these Monday because I’d somehow totally spaced out on […]

Cosplay pics from Cherry City Comic Con

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I haven’t had a good old fashioned picture dump in quite awhile, and since I have tons of pics from Cherry City Comic Con last weekend, I thought I’d share some with you!
I pulled out Nyotalia!England for day one, and then I wore my new TARDIS outfit for the first time on day two.

Tardis (a.k.a me) and the 11th Doctor


Me as Nyo!England
Cecil Baldwin

River Song and 11th Doctor

11th Doctor

Beaker was a judge for the costume contest!

Aurora and Catwoman

A magnificent Evil Queen and me

I found my double!

Wirt from Over The Garden Wall

Jasmine, Cinderlla, and Snow White

Stevonnie from Steven Universe

The cutest little Chihiro from Spirited Away

The awesome Denmark

Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter stole her lollipop

Sailor Moon!

I’ll post some pics of the goodies I got in my next weekly wrap up, thanks for visiting with me!

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Lilla Rose Flexi-Clip Review & Giveaway

Hello Lovelies! I seem to be on a roll with these hair posts lately, haha. I’ve finally found something that I can put my hair up in a bun with besides my trusty spin pins! A couple weeks ago the lovely Elizabeth (she’s an independent […]

As free as a bird, as neat as a word

Hello Lovelies! About a month ago, I won a stamping plate of my choice from Beautometry from Newsie Nail Novice’s blogiversary giveaway.I chose Messy Mansion plate MM-14, it’s my first Messy Mansion plate too! Since I have my new peel off base coat, I went […]

China Glaze Japanese Koi (a.k.a holy cow that’s orange)

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This has to be the brightest polish I’ve ever worn, while I was digging through the clearance at Sally’s the neon bottle popped out at me from way back in the messy rack, and I snagged it along with the rest of my haul.
I used a base of Wet n Wild Wild Shine French White Creme as “undies” and then went with two coats of China Glaze Japanese Koi plus topcoat.

If it’s even possible this polish is way brighter irl, it was pretty overcast when I took these pics. I now understand the neon craze, this is very fun to wear out and about! It has great wear time so far too, I’m on day four and not a chip to be seen!

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Arvazallia Argan & Macadamia Oil Hair Line Review

Hello Lovelies! I have very thick long hair as you might remember from my last hair post, and it gets oily pretty fast so I’m always on the hunt for the perfect shampoo that’ll work for me. I was offered some of Arvazallia’s (that’s a mouthful […]


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