Sunday, October 26, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 27: Julep's "Marla" with silver stamping

Ok, so I'm doing this post a bit early. It will be my last mani post for October. I'm cutting out early so I can get ready for NaNoWriMo which starts on Saturday. If anyone else is doing NaNo, feel free to add me as a buddy, my username is "madricka". It's my first time doing this and I'm super excited and getting very nervous as it gets closer. I'm sure that's normal. No?

For this final mani the theme is "Witchy Woman". I wanted to do something elegant and not in-your-face Halloween or scary. I selected a new polish, Julep's "Marla" and stamped silver flying witches on the ring finger. Perfect! :)

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 26: Cauldron Brew - Essie's "Belugaria"

So one of the polishes I won in the Nail Polish Canada Great Polish Giveaway 2014 is Essie's "Belugaria". In the bottle it looks like an innocent black with some large holographic glitters in it. Nope! On the nail it's a VERY thick chunky textured polish. Like the craziest I have seen. So for today's mani challenge ("Cauldron Brew"), I figured it was the perfect time to wear this polish! I also decided to mix it up and do some stamping and rhinestones on the middle finger. Crazy Halloween nails!

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October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 25: Warm Mittens -- stamping over Ciate's Velvet Manicure

Yes, behind again! Seriously though, I did 3 manis yesterday and I'm just drained from doing so many back-to-back mani challenges. This month has been my absolute favourite so far but I think I'm done after the 27th. I will be forfeiting the last 4 manicures of this challenge. Why? I need to get ready for NaNoWriMo. My brain is wanting to focus on that. Plus I want to get some "spring cleaning" done. I've already put all my summer stuff away and pulled out the winter stuff. But the apartment is kind of a mess. I want to do a nice big thorough cleaning before NaNoWriMo starts so I can just focus on that rather than being distracted by a messy house. Does that make sense?? So yeah, as much as I LOVE these mani challenges (obviously, I've done so many in a row!) I need time to get other stuff done. Believe it or not (I'm sure you believe it), daily manis, photo editing and blog posts are very time consuming. Letting go of the last 4 days of this month was a hard decision but I think it's ultimately the right one for me. :)

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That being said, I will be posting sporadically throughout November. No mani challenges!! But I have a few products to review and it's not like I plan on rocking bare nails throughout November or anything. November is also my birthday month (the 29th), hoping to get my 50,000 words done before that so I can celebrate guilt-free! I also plan on coming up with a super awesome, crazy sparkly December mani challenge. :)

Anyway, for Day 25: Warm Mittens I thought it would be the best time to pull out my grey Ciate Velvet Manicure kit. I bought it at a discount chain store last year and haven't used it yet. I decided to go a step further and attempt stamping over it. That was kind of a fail but it's still fun to try. :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 24: Wool Socks

Ok. I think I took this one a bit literally -- wooly socks are fun! -- and the final results just make me laugh! I had a bit too much caffeine (1 piece of Awake Chocolate and 1/2 of a Diet Coke, I'm SUPER sensitive to caffeine!) and was jittery/shaking when I did this so it's kinda messy... but it's still funny!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 23: Sweater Weather - OPI's "I Don't Give A Rotterdam"

Day 23 is "sweater weather". Of course my brain is elsewhere so while I matched this shade to a particular sweater, I didn't even think to take photos of the mani with the stupid sweater. Go figure. It wasn't super matchy anyway, more complimentary. :)

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October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 22: Lap Blanket - Kit "From Paris With Love"

Yes, I missed yesterday and I'm a bit late today. Busy getting ready for NaNoWriMo! Yes, I will be writing a 50,000 word novel in November. Are you doing it too?? If so, add me as a buddy on the NaNoWriMo site! My username is madricka. That being said, I will not be doing any mani challenges throughout November but I'm hoping to still get the odd mani and post up and maybe a quick review or two.

In the meantime there's still another left of the Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! If you want to know more about it (or get in a bit late), click here!

For Day 22's theme "lap blanket" there is only one real lap blanket around here and it happens to be red! (yay!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 21: Teacup - OPI "My Boyfriend Scales Walls" & Julep's "Daria"

Two years ago today my Uncle Bob died. He was training for a race (Ironman) and cycling a well-known route in Penticton, BC when he hit a rock or something and went head-over-handlebars. He was wearing a helmet but broke his neck and sustained a severe head injury and died before medics could get there. He was a veterinary specialist, and a super awesome person -- the kind of person who brings light and love into everything he does, a rare quality. I'm missing him hard today. So this post is dedicated to him, Dr. Robert Mason. <3


For Day 21 of the Amazing Autumn Mani challenge, the theme is "Teacup". I have a favourite teacup (who doesn't??) and decided to tackle this challenge head-on. I was surprised at just how perfect the results are! 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 20: Ear Muffs -- Zoya "Storm" & Picture Polish "Storm"

So this one was tricky because I don't actually own ear muffs. I should. It gets wicked cold here! I can never find ones I like (though browsing through images to find a pic for this post -- which I was unsuccessful -- I found a few that were super cute!). If I did have earmuffs, they would be black (duh) and not have any animal bits in them (no fur, cashmere, angora or wool). I also don't want them to look huge. I'm kinda fussy like that.

But anyway, I went with 2 different polishes called "Storm". Seriously fun there!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 19: Plaid PJ's - Picture Polish "Shocked"

This one is pretty fun for me since I'm nearly always clad in plaid pj's when I'm at home. Yes, I ALWAYS wear pyjamas at home, all day/all night. Why? Because it's comfy! And because I have cats and who wants to get kitty fur on your "outside" clothes?? I find outside clothes too binding and jammies way more comfy so yeah, that's what I do. I hate it when I see on tv people wearing outside clothes, and even shoes, indoors. Seems strange to me. Why do you need to wear shoes in the house??

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Anyway, I attempted to emulate a specific pair of plaid jammie bottoms and this is how it turned out!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 18: Howling Winds - China Glaze "Dorothy Who?"

Ok. So I know today was supposed to be "dark grey" to represent "Howling Winds" but when I was swatching this shade the other day I knew it would be perfect for today's theme!

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So yeah, the whole Wizard of Oz/howling winds/tornado/Dorothy thing was just too hard to resist. Plus this is a new polish for me and it's SO PRETTY, I was dying to try it!

Friday, October 17, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 17: Cinnamon Bun - Revlon's "Autumn Spice"

Since starting this mani challenge I've wanted to use this particular polish, it's perfect for fall! Gorgeous colour AND it's scented with autumn spices (smells like sweet cinnamon and nutmeg, yum!).

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Oh, and I cut all my nails back!! They were getting a bit long and uncomfy to type so I cut them shorter. They feel soooo weird!

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 16: Naptime - Ciaté's Chinchilla

Yes, this post is a day late. Yesterday was all kinds of madness. But there will be 2 posts today! Woo!

For Day 16, "nap time" (dusty blue) I selected Ciaté's "Chinchilla". This was a tricky one because I LOVE dusty blue shades and have a million of them, but wanted to use an untried polish. So this is a new one for me! :)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 15: Corn - Cirque's "Chrysopoeia"

Halfway there! :D
This month has been soooo much fun! I absolutely love the challenges and the colours I selected!
Today's was interesting because hey, pasty pale ladies do not wear yellow very well. But it's CORN, how else to show it. Well, this ended up working out kinda nicely!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 14: Wellies - Julep's "Ledi"

Day 14 already, nearly the halfway point! I'm actually really enjoying this month. I'm thinking of taking next month off from mani challenges though. I'll be up to my eyeballs in novel-writing for NaNoWriMo and won't have time for daily manis and blogging. I'm sure I'll get a few posts up but not everyday and I don't want to commit to something I really can't deliver on. December will be fun though, I'll have to come up with something holiday-themed!

As an aside, I contacted DavidsTea head office to find out when exactly the "24 Days of Tea" calendars would be released and to confirm price (since they sell out so fast). They are indeed available in-store and online on November 1st and will be $34.50 (CND). I asked if they were new teas or similar to those in previous calendars and they said it would be a new selection. So yes, get ready! I'm super excited about this!

Ok. For today's mani I went traditional with the Wellies idea and did a pearly black.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 13: Ugg Boots - OPI's DS Classic

I hope all my fellow Canadians have had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. For those of you who don't know, Canada has their own Thanksgiving holiday that has nothing whatsoever to do with the US Thanksgiving holiday. It's also not nearly as big of a holiday here. It just means everyone gets a Stat Holiday today and everything is closed. :)

This one was weird because I don't own Ugg boots and never had a desire too. I think they make women look like they have stumpy legs, but that's just me. I know some people love them and I'm sure they're warm. I'm just more of a cruelty-free boot-wearer I guess.

Anyway, for today's mani there were a number of shades I considered going with but settled on OPI's DS Classic (DS stands for "Designer Series").

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 12: Lucky Penny - Cirque's "Stella"

I had a few ideas on how to go about this particular mani. I kinda went extreme and I'm not sure how I feel about the outcome. I'll explain more after the jump!

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October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 11: Pumpkin - Cirque's "Sanguine"

Sorry I didn't get this up yesterday. Life. :/

For Day 10: Pumpkin I chose a different kind of orange. I have SO many orange polishes, though I'm not really an "orange" kind of person (pale people can't really wear warm colours, it just doesn't work). But this one changed my mind completely. I think it will change yours too!

Friday, October 10, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 10: Storm Clouds - Julep's "Stevie"

It's October and that always means rain and storms -- at least in my part of the world. It's the changing over of summer into fall and the cooler temps send the birds and butterflies south and turn the leaves a million shades of awesome. I love fall! Even the stormy days! Makes me want to cozy it up with scarves and sweaters and lattes and books. It's a nesting time and there is NOTHING I love more!

For Day 10: Storm Clouds, I chose Julep's "Stevie" -- kind of a gunmetal bluish grey metallic shade. I've had it forever, eyeballed it in the bottle, but never wore it!

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 9: Apple - A England's "Rose Bower"

Day 9 is "apple (red)"… yay! one more excuse to slather on some red polish! (yeah, like I need an excuse!!). I ended up going with a NEW polish (well, new to me), one from my Nail Polish Canada Polish Giveaway prize -- A England's "Rose Bower".

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 8: Grape - OPI's "A Grape Affair"

Day 8 of the Amazing Autumn Mani challenge is "grape (purple)". I have SO MANY purples I could have used but I really wanted to go with OPI's "A Grape Affair", it seemed so perfect!

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 7: Wet Sidewalks - NCLA's "Rock Solid"

Day 7 already?! What?! And "wet sidewalks"… how appropriate considering it's pouring rain out at the moment! I was busy earlier and couldn't do this mani/post until now so the photos will be a bit different than my usual. I had to work with the lighting I have! I selected NCLA's "Rock Solid" because it's totally that perfect "wet sidewalk" look in my opinion. I had a good one for "wet asphalt" (NCLA's "My Dad Invented That") but it was too dark for sidewalks. :)

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(evening light, pouring rain so cloudy but some light?)

Monday, October 06, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 6: Chai Latte

It's been so cold this weekend I'm thinking it's time to pack up the tank tops and pull out the sweaters. Summer seemed to fly by this year! Not that I'm complaining, I MUCH prefer fall/winter over summer. I can't tolerate the heat/humidity/sun of summer AT ALL, it just makes me feel sick. But I love cold, an excuse to bundle up and be cozy. :) I love snow (so pretty!!) -- but I'm a winter baby (my bday is Nov 29th) so that might have something to do with it!

Today's challenge is "Chai Latte". Tricky since I have never had a chai latte before! I had to look up pics to see how brown they are, lighter/darker. I guess the milk makes them lighter? I did the best I could -- at first I wasn't so sure but in the end I kinda like how it turned out!

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 5: Wine - Revlon Parfumerie Bordeaux

Yay! Day 5 of the mani challenge! Today's shade is "wine (burgundy)". I had to stretch that a bit because I was dying to use Revlon's Parfumerie in "Bordeaux" because it's wine-scented & has been an untried in my stash since I bought it last year!

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 4: Night Sky - Cirque's "Tibetan Nights"

Yay! All caught up now!

Day 4 is "night sky" and I HAD TO pick one from my Nail Polish Canada polish prize and go with Cirque's "Tibetan Nights", you'll understand when you see it!!

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October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 3: Acorn - Julep "Minka"

Almost caught up!

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Day 3 is "acorn" -- so many colours I could have used. For a combination of reasons, I went with a reddish brown matte polish (Julep's "Minka"). Reddish brown acorns and red squirrels! yay!

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 2: Crunchy Gold Leaf - Enchanted Polish "Autumn"

Still playing catch up!
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This was a tricky one! Do I go with gold? Like a true gold polish? That didn't feel right. I looked at some nude holos but that didn't feel like "fall" to me. I decided to go with Enchanted Polish's "Autumn" and I think it worked out perfectly! :)

October's Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Day 1: Moss - Cirque "Lichen"

WOW!!! I'm SOOOO behind in this month's mani challenge! Rest assured, I do have a valid reason I promise to post several manis today and be fully caught up within the next hour!
Wednesday was the 1st of October -- the day I received my prize package from Nail Polish Canada -- the unboxing took me a really long time and I ended up with a migraine and muscle spasms in my neck and trapezius muscles (I have a work-related injury from caring for a violent patient who assaulted me, I have daily chronic pain but certain things cause flare ups that take several days to resolve). I wasn't able to sleep Wednesday night -- most likely a combination of pain/spasms and excitement from the package arriving. Thursday and Friday were continuations of migraine and spasms. Today is the first day I feel "normal" (no migraine but still muscle spasms, though they are less intense). SO, today I've been playing catchup and will be posting the first 4 manis of the October "Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge!" both here and on my Instagram.

So, for the first mani of this challenge, the theme is "moss". I chose "Lichen" by Cirque and think it's absolutely perfect!


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Nail Polish Canada Polish Prize -- It's Here!!

Ok, so several weeks ago I won Nail Polish Canada's Great Polish Giveaway 2014! Since then I've been waiting patiently (or trying to be as patient as possible!) for the prize package to arrive (200 polishes!!). Well, today was the day!

(videos & photos after the jump!!)