Where's Wally Nails!

Hey lovelies,

We had another work do last Friday, and my team dressed up with a Where's Wally theme. Of course I had to do my nails to match!


My stripes are fairly awful - I must invest in striping tape for when the urge to do nail art takes me in future! But I was really pleased with them overall. Here's what I used:

Basecoat: OPI Nail Envy + Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu!
Thumb: OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls, 3 coats
Index: Zoya - Sooki, 1 coat
Middle & Ring: OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls, 3 coats + Zoya Sooki stripes
Pinky: Zoya - Sooki, 1 coat + Color Club - Art Of Seduction, 2 coats
Topcoat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

What do you think?

X
Lani

Square Stud Guest Post From Polish Armoire

Hey lovelies,

I'm busy moving house at the moment, so today let us welcome Grace of Polish Armoire, who kindly agreed to guest post for me.

Hi all! I’m Grace from the nail blog Polish Armoire and I was happy to offer to write up a guest post for Lani who I met via the NZ Polish Addicts Facebook group.




This was the first time I used studs and I had a bit of help from the NZ Polish Addicts group with the colour scheme for this mani. On my ring and pinky finger I’ve used 3 coats of Hungry Asian Twenty Eleven which is a dark purple jelly polish with various sized red hex glitter. On my index and middle finger I have used 2 coats of China Glaze Ruby Pumps which is a vibrant glowing red jelly with red micro-glitter that can be opaque in one careful coat. The studs are 3mm square studs from Cult Nails though you can also buy similar studs from eBay at a cheaper price. I found that the studs closest to the sides of my nails were raised up slightly due to the curve of my nail so it really depends on individual nail size and curve as to where it’s best to place studs.



On the thumb I used 3 coats of the light blue jelly polish NYX Pistachio and added one coat of Glitzology Baby Dragon on top. I thought it appropriate since I acquired Baby Dragon from one of Lani’s polish destashes! Baby Dragon contains various sized fuchsia, purple and forest green glitter as you can see in the macro above. Unfortunately my camera seemed to see the reflection of the green square glitter as blue but I can assure you that Baby Dragon does not contain blue glitter.


I’d like to end by thanking Lani for giving me this opportunity to guest post on her blog. If you liked what you saw you can follow me on the Polish Armoire Facebook page or any of the other social media links located on my website www.polisharmoire.com

Covergirl Intense Shadowblast - Beige Blaze Swatch & Review

Hey lovelies,

This is a tale of unexpected awesomeness. I received this in a bulk lot on Trade Me and wasn't expecting much. I raised my eyebrows at the packaging's claim of being a primer and an eyeshadow at the same time, but resolved to try it once before destashing it.

I tried it out... and fell in love. I have chronic trouble with eyeshadow creasing. Using the Shadowblast as a base helps my eyeshadow pop and it lasts and lasts. It makes a great inner corner highlight too!


The eyeshadow comes in a lipgloss style tube, with a sponge applicator. I think a brush style applicator would have been a good idea here, as I find the sponge a little clumsy, but I can make do.



The shadow itself is a pretty shimmery beige with a hint of gold. It has a smooth creamy consistency and is mostly opaque. I like to apply a thin coat all over my lid and let it set for a few seconds before using a finger to even out the colour and blend out the edges.


Here's a simple look I did using Beige Blaze as a base and inner corner highlight. If you search 'Beige Blaze' on the blog, you'll find a heap more looks with this eyeshadow because it's rapidly become a staple in my make up bags! 

Thanks for stopping by!

X
Lani

Epic Mail Spam!

Hey lovelies,

Gosh I can't wait to be all done moving into our new house. It's such a cool house and I'm dying to settle in and make it our own. I'm also looking forward to being done with all of the limbo of half packed possessions and not having any time for blogging! I'll try to schedule some posts over the next few days, but for now, witness my mail & haul spam from the last few weeks.


Since we are moving, I packed all my mini OPIs into a box with tonnes of newspaper. Unfortunately, Noel grabbed said box and THREW IT ON THE GROUND, completly shattering my bottle of OPI Ali's Big Break. I posted about it jokingly in our polish group on Facebook and the lovely Harriet came to my rescue, offering to send me her own bottle that she didn't need. What a sweetheart! Thank you again, Harriet!



I finally scored longtime lemming Prelude To A Kiss by Orly on Trade Me along with Jealous Much. They were a bargainous $9.50 for both, love it!


I raided Michaela's ongoing destash and scored Cult Nails Ay Poppy!, Ana Hickmann Paixao, W7 Mosaic, BB Couture African Queen and Charlotte Russe Pink Perfection. Mosaic and African Queen had been on my wishlist for a long time!


I nabbed some goodies from Steph's destash too - some adorable nail stickers, Misa Office Polish-Tics, a Winmax sheer shimmer and MAC Pink Burst lippy.


These items for review from KKCenterHK arrived a few weeks ago, but I forgot to photograph them, whoops! The blush is very pigmented, I have worn it a few times already, and the eyeshadow looks gorgeous. Hopefully I'll have reviews up in the next few weeks!


I found Geradium by Lime Crime on Trade Me, huzzah! Next I must have Coquette and Poisonberry! 


I hauled some more pretties from Skatestuff on Trade Me. Left to right, we have Maybelline Colorsensational Vivids Vivid Rose, Maybelline Color Sensation Red Revolution, Essie Butler Please, Covergirl Lip Perfection Spellbound, Wet n Wild Megalast Matte Lipcolor Stoplight Red and Revlon Diamond Lust Night Sky. 


I bought The Balm Nude 'Tude palette from one of the girls in our make up group on Facebook. I've used it a few times already and I'm loving it!


I got China Glaze Glitter All The Way from my friend Emily's destash, Missha JBL01 from Ebay and Nubar White Polka Dot from Annemarie & I's ongoing swap. They are all so gorgeous!


I got this black skull & crown scarf from this Ebay seller after seeing Mandy from Prettymaking post about hers. It's just so cute!


Finally, I received a big box from MUA as I ran our most recent group order in the polish group. Funnily enough, no one ordered any polish! ^_^ There was a tonne of stuff, but this is my selection: Power Pout in Runway, new shades of their blusher in Bubblegum, Candyfloss, Cupcake and Marshmallow, Matte Perfect Foundation in Fair (unfortunately too dark!) and a back up of their BB Cream in Shade #1 Light.

Phew! Thanks for bearing with me :)

X
Lani

Matching manis! + PANZ Copycat Mani

Hey lovelies,

For once I'm posting my PANZ mani during the week for the challenge! This week our Facebook polish group did copycat manis - inspired by or a copy of an existing mani. I took inspiration from ChitChat Nails' famous Skittlette manis - Marta has done an awesome how-to post here.


Thumb: Orly - Ma Cherie, 2 coats
Index: Orly - Ma Cherie, 2 coats + Cult Nails Studs
Middle & Ring: China Glaze - 2030, 1 coat + OPI - Goldeneye, 3 coats
Pinky: Orly - Ma Cherie, 1 coat + China Glaze - Pure Joy, 2 coats


Noel wanted to have his nails done too, so I did them to match! He's such a funny boy. He got a coat of Orly Ma Cherie on his pinky, index and thumb, and China Glaze 2030 on middle and ring fingers. He also got a wee dab of OPI Goldeneye over 2030.

My friend Emily said it looked like my mani was Avengers inspired, wish I'd thought of that! I don't want to take it off! Must skittlette more!

If you're in NZ and keen to join the polish group, you can request access here. We're really friendly :)

X
Lani

Happy Birthday Noel!

Hey lovelies,

Just a quick post today in honour of my special little guy: it's Noel's 2nd birthday!


Words cannot express how much I love this little boy.

X
Lani

PANZ Nail Polish Challenge - Brights, Glitter Gradient and Jelly!

Hey lovelies,

Here are my manis for the last 3 weeks of the nail polish challenge some of the lovely ladies in the polish group I'm a member of on Facebook and I are participating in.


First up, we have Brights! I used...

Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu! Basecoat
+
Ulta3 - Pink Hibiscus, 3 coats
+
Daring Digits - Popped! 2 dabbed coats
+
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat


For the glitter gradient, I went with something subtle...

Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu! Basecoat
+
Australis - Flip Flops, 3 coats
+
Sinful Colors - Pearl Harbor, 2 dabbed coats
+
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat


Finally, for the jelly mani I tried out a jelly sandwich. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to take a photo of this mani right away, so you can see a little tipwear here :s

Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu! Basecoat
+
Revlon - Victorian, 2 coats
+
Lynnderella - Matter of the Heart, 1 coat
+
Revlon - Victorian, 1 coat
+
Lynnderella - Matter of the Heart, 1 coat
+
Revlon - Victorian, 1 coat
+
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat

If you're in NZ and keen to join the polish group, you can request access here. We're really friendly :)

X

Lani

Random Polish Spam!

Hey lovelies,

Poor neglected blog! We've found a sweet new place and I haven't had any time to sit down and blog in between organising and packing... hopefully I'll get some guest blog posts organised soon though :) In the meantime, here's some random polish spam!!


Milani - Hi-Tech, 4 coats


Nubar - Pink Flame, 3 coats + LA Girl Fruity - Strawberry Delight, 1 coat


Nicole by OPI - Yellow It's Me, 4 coats


LA Girl Rockstar - Heavy Metal, 2 coats


LA Girl Rockstar - Heavy Metal, 2 coats + Lush Lacquer - Flippin Out, 1 coat


OPI - I Have A Herring Problem, 3 coats


OPI - I Have A Herring Problem, 3 coats + Kleancolor - Winter Wonderland, 1 coat


Models Own - Aciied, 4 coats


Avon - Violetta Sparkle, 3 coats


Avon - Violetta Sparkle, 3 coats + Mode - Nailholic, 1 coat


Butter London - Victoriana, 2 coats


Butter London - Victoriana, 2 coats + Wet n Wild Coloricon - Speak When Spoken To, 1 coat


OPI - Wooden Shoe Like To Know? 3 coats


LA Colors - Cactus, 2 coats


Wet n Wild Coloricon - Born Into Privilege, 3 coats


Revlon - Mistletoe, 2 coats


Revlon - Mistletoe, 2 coats + Glitzology - Falloween, 1 dabbed coat


Spoiled by Wet n Wild - Cougar Attack, 3 coats


Color Club - Glitter Wonderland, 3 coats + Snowflakes, 1 coat


LA Girl Rockstar - Punk, 4 coats


LA Girl Rockstar - Punk, 4 coats + Kleancolor - Starry Blue, 1 coat

Hope you enjoyed this spam :)

X

Lani

A FOTD with Noel :)

Hey lovelies,

Sometimes Noel likes to help me with FOTD pics, here is the help he gave me on Monday :)



FACE
MUA Matte Perfect primer
MUA BB Cream Shade #1 Light
MAC Select Cover-Up NW15 concealer
MAC Studio Sculpt NC15 foundation
MAC Bite Of An Apple blush
MAC Perfect Topping MSF

EYES
Covergirl Intense Shadowblast Beige Blaze as base
MAC Fairylite pigment all over lid
MAC Sunnydaze pigment in crease/lower lashline
MAC Vanilla pigment as highlight
Australis Curve Ink eyeliner
Miki Intense Colour liquid liner
Bourjois 1001 Lashes mascara

LIPS
Australis Siren lipliner
Revlon Fire & Ice lipstick




Thanks for stopping by!

X
Lani

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