My Vision’s Gone Dotty!

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and since its close (okay, I start counting down again from November 1st, so to me, its close) I had to do a manicure of the Halloween Trick or Treat Staple- DOTS! In my neighborhood growing up, you couldn’t hit one house without scoring yourself a pack of these chewy gooey delicious little gems. So, in honor of the upcoming day:

Don’t Be A “Not”… Have A Dot!!

For this manicure, I started out with one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat and two coats of Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud on every finger except the thumb, where I used three coats of OPI’s The IT Color. I then proceeded to use OPI’s The It Color for the yellow dots, OPI’s Chop-Sticking To My Story for the Orange Dots, Nina Ultra Pro’s Salsa for the green dots, Essie’s A-List for the red dots, and a mix of A-List and Lavender Cloud for the pink dots. I used Orly’s La Playa for the Blue lettering and highlighed everything with Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud. I finished up with two coats of Seche Vite.

I love this manicure but it hurts my teeth just looking at it!

Also, I promised you a surprise (on Twitter) and here it is! I tend to… spill… acetone and nail polish (occasionally) on Rafik’s and my coffee table (with two end tables it was $20 so I’m not dying out of guilt but I felt pretty bad), My dad must be cringing if he’s reading this- this isn’t the first table I ruined (which explains why nail polish was banned to the bathroom when I was growing up :-[]) So, being the supportive man Rafik is, he agreed to let me paint the top instead of being upset! That way, I can get paint on it ON PURPOSE! I had totally different ideas for this, but I like how it turned out.

The table itself is all black and very geometric, so I love how it turned out because the color ends right at the top edge so it looks kind of neat.

What do you think?

Also!!! I’ll be hosting a great giveaway when we hit 150 followers so spread the word and stay tuned!!!!!

I’m A Basket Case For You!

Happy Anniversary, Hayati! It’s cold and rainy out so we decided to stay in. As such, it reminded me of the days when I was little and my brother and I would make those potholders out of rings of stretchy fabric when it was rainy out and we couldn’t play outside. So, today’s design was inspired from those potholders! They also remind me of basket weaving, hence the post title:

I’ll Never Weave You

My sweet kitty wanted to get in on one of the pictures and I couldn’t resist posting that one as well….

For this manicure, I used one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat (Orly Bonder is up on my MUA account for swap if that’s your base coat and you’d like to swap for it) and then two coats of Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud as a base. I used Sally Hansen’s Rapid Red  for red, OPI’s The IT Color for yellow, Orly’s La Playa for Blue, and Nina’s Ultra Pro in Salsa for the green. I topped it off with two coats of Seche Vite and wham, bam thank you ma’am, I was done. As you can tell, as usual, this is freehanded. The proof is in the pudding when you see how the ring finger is a little less than perfect, but that’s what makes it mine :-)
And here are the lovely children:
As you can see, they’re basket cases for one another, too.
I’m going to do the doting mother thing and tell you, we’ve had Storm (Gray tabby boy) for 1 year in July and Angel (Ginger female)’s been ours for 1 year since the end of August. They were both rescues. We got Storm when he was 12 weeks and nursed Angel back to health since she was 6 weeks. Both were left on the side of the road to die and we adopted the straight away! They love each other and we love them! Since I study storms, we named Storm that for me, and Rafik grew up with a ginger named Angel so we saw the blonde halo on her head and named her Angel for him. They’re the light of my life.
The Halo: Storm has one too but I don’t have a pic of it:
I caught her mid-smile…. ;-)


He slept while she stared at him..

By the way- new giveaway at 150 followers! Spread the word!

Pharoh Pharoh!

September 12th, 2010 (tomorrow) is Rafik’s and my 2 year anniversary, so to prevent myself from spending allllll day on a design for him tomorrow, I spent allll day on a design for him today! He was born and partly raised in Egypt and so I felt like doing an Egyptian themed design for him. He also got me onto watching Desperate Housewives (which he’ll say I have to remove that fact from this post but I won’t) and in the introduction, they have a great Egyptian scene. It must be fate because it made for a cool nail design!

Happy Anniversary, Hayati!
(Inspiration Picture from Desperate Housewives Intro)

For this manicure, I started of with a (new) coat of Orly’s Bonder base coat (sold out of OPI!!!! :-() followed by two coats of Essie’s Body Language. I then dabbed on China Glaze Twenty Four K for the patina look. I used OPI’s Espresso Your Style! for the brown, Sally Hansen’s Rapid Red for red, Orly’s Enchanted Forest for green, Orly’s La Playa for blue, Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud for white, and two coats of Seche Vite Top Coat to finish.

Just as a side note: While I like Orly usually, and Orly Bonder is okay, I prefer the OPI base coat because my polishes dry super fast over it. Then, the seche dries rock hard. With Orly Bonder, it took MUCH longer to dry the polishes, and as a result, even after I applied Seche, the manicure was gummy for a while.  By the time I write this up, my nails are usually rock hard with OPI base coat, but with Orly base coat, I actually ruined the pharoh’s hair (it’s fixed now) by dinging it. So the verdict? I like Orly but OPI has my heart.

But Rafik REALLY has my heart. So happy anniversary, Hayati!

Also!!! We’ll be having another giveaway when we get to 150 followers!!! So spread the word to your friends and family because you know it will be good!

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