Friday, April 27, 2012

Cupcake Nails

Just a quick post to show you the nails I am sporting for my 30th birthday (which is on Monday, April 30th). I did these nails early because tomorrow I am having my birthday celebrations with my husband and friends. 


I just used a light pink and hot pink for the cupcake liner, white for the icing, red for the cherry on top and a chunky glitter polish from China Glaze (I forget the name of it) for the sprinkles - so easy!!
Stay tuned for a blog post on my birthday makeup. My friend Mel gave me MAC Red for my birthday so I'm going to find an outfit, eyeshadow and hairstyle to go with my red lipstick for my night out :).


Much Love,
April
xo

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cookie Monster Nails

1 more blog post and then I'll go to bed. This one will be short - I promise! These are my most recent nails: Cookie Monster! As I've said before, I work in an elementary school for 10 months of the year (I do wedding makeup and relax in the summer time). The excitement on the children's faces when they see my nails inspires me to do more children friendly nails. They love coming to my office to see what nail design I am wearing - its so cute! I love them :)

My First Tattoo

I've always wanted a tattoo but could never decide on what exactly I wanted. I thought of silverchair (my all time favourite band since I was 14) related tattoos but couldn't find lyrics I loved/meant something/would love to have on me for the rest of my life. It was also hard to find ones that weren't already done 100000 times. Back in February I saw a tattoo online that I instantly fell in love with. I'm not a die hard Tom Petty fan but I am definitely a really big fan of him! 

Reasoning for my ink
To make a long story short, I was a very passive quiet person. Throughout my life people would take advantage of that and walk all over me. I wouldn't stand up for myself because I was too scared so I'd just let it go. As I got older, it got worse. I even began struggling to cope with professional situations. I knew it had to stop because it was making me extremely unhappy. It took me a few years and Tom Petty's song "I won't back down" on repeat to get me through some hard times but I am finally in a comfortable place and I feel much better. And you know what? People stopped walking all over me! To honour my life change, an "I Won't Back Down" tattoo couldn't be more perfect. 2012 is also my "golden year"...I turn 30 on the 30th of April so its also kind of a 30th birthday gift to myself. Finally, 2012 is the year I will see Tom Petty live! If you're not familiar with the song here it is:


And here is my tattoo:


Alicia at Trouble Bound Studio did the ink for me - she's amazing!! You can see some of her artwork here: Alicia E Tattoo. My husband and I went through a font package he has and narrowed down to this font. I didn't want script or something that people couldn't read easily. I got it done on my left foot and I absolutely love the placement - you can easily see it in all my flats and heels. If you're thinking about getting a foot tattoo - it hurts! Mine only took about 15 minutes and it was very uncomfortable on such a bony soft skinned part of the body but it was well worth it. A lifetime reminder to never back down and be that passive person I used to be.


"And I'll keep this world from dragging me down; gonna stand my ground; and I won't back down" - Tom Petty

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Owl Nails

Here's another animal nail design for you guys! Its another one of my favorite animals - owls. They are so mysterious, silly, and beautiful all at the same time. I saw an owl nail design on Pinterest but they were all different colours - pink, green, blue, and purple. I wanted to do something a little more realistic so I used some brown and beige (OPI "Suzy Loves Cowboys" & OPI "Samoan Sand") for the body, OPI "Need Sunglasses" & OPI "Black Onyx" for the eyes and OPI "In My Back Pocket" for the beak. This is definitely one of my favorite designs so far. 
An owl will soon be a permanent part of me soon as it is my next tattoo  - I'll post a picture when I get it done :). Speaking of tattoos, I'm getting my first one this coming Monday. Its a surprise - I will post a pic of it as soon as I can (when its freshly done or when its healed). Thanks for reading :)


Much Love,
April
xo

Friday, April 6, 2012

Cow Nails

I was going to do another Easter design but didn't get time before I finished for Easter Break because I was busy celebrating my husband's birthday (which was on Wednesday). We had supper, cake and went to an Ice Caps (AHL Hockey) game - it was a lot of fun! I'll save what I had in mind for next Easter!


This next nail art has been on my list since I started doing nails. Ever since I was a little girl cows were ALWAYS my favorite animal. I had stuffed cows and memorabilia all over the place growing up. And to this day if I'm driving somewhere and see them I still get really excited. So here it is - Cow nails!
These were SO easy to make. I painted my nails white with OPI "Alpine Snow" then used a dotting tool and OPI "Black Onyx" for the spots, nostrils & eyes. And for the pink I used OPI "My Address Is Hollywood". Try it out!

Much Love,
April
xo

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring Chicken Nails

Here's another Easter nail design! We had a snowstorm here in Newfoundland yesterday (March 31st - I know!) and the road conditions forced me to stay inside all day - what a great opportunity to do some new nails! 


For this design I did some spring chickens. I just painted my entire nail yellow with Sally Hansen "Yellow Kitty", then painted a white tip with OPI "Alpine Snow" (I got a new one, this time not matte finish) and nail art brush to do a jagged edge to make it look like a cracked egg. I gave them some eyes with OPI "Alpine Snow" & OPI "Black Onyx" and a little beak with OPI "In My Back Pocket". I finished with Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat and painted the egg part with Essie "Matte About You" to make it look more shell like. Hope you like it :)
I want to shout out to one of my good friends because its her birthday today! She's spending it in Ottawa with her husband & Hey Rosetta at the Junos! Hey Rosetta just had an AMAZING performance and I am very proud of them. If you have never heard of them, please go listen! 


Happy Birthday, Kathy! <3

Much Love,
April
xo