A little bit of leopard manicure

I don't think I've mentioned it on my blog yet but I'm currently doing my nail technology certificate II so I can become a fully certified nail tech!! Most days I still enjoy being a nurse but I thought it was time to take my skills and my little business (Cosmetic Cupcake Nails!) to the next level and see where it'll take me. I'm learning so much and loving the course but it's 2 nights a week and all day Saturdays leaving no time for much else including working on my blog. I wore this mani for a full day at work before I even got a chance to take photos! Only when I went to edit my pics did I realise that it was all scratched up. FAIL. To the naked eye my mani still looked fresh but my trusty macro lens doesn't miss much which is unfortunate in this situation!

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I used 2 coats of Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer Charleston's Flame from the Feathers & Pearls collection on all nails except for my accent nails where I used Discreet from the Thrilling Me Softly collection. I added random spots of Charleston's Flame onto my accent and then outlined the spots and added random c's using Models Own nail art pen in black.

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I'm off to crash x) thanks for looking!

Pastels and triangles manicure

I forgot to post this mani from a few weeks ago oops! I wanted to use some of the Barry M Gelly polishes I picked up in London on my honeymoon and thought I'd do a somewhat geometric mani. It didn't really turn out how I wanted it to because my stamping for my accent nail was a huge fail and so are my photos but oh well. Bring on Summer and the long days of beautiful sunshine!

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What I used:

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Pinky and thumb: I used 2 coats of Barry M Huckleberry and added black studs in a triangular design to the middle and bottom of my nails.

Ring finger: I used 1 coat of Cult Nails Tempest and stamped triangular design from Bundle Monster BM 402 using Konad special polish in black.

Middle finger: I used 3 coats of Essie Ignite the Night (thanks to my sis for this glitter!)

Index finger: I used 2 coats of Barry M Rose Hip and added black studs in a triangular design at the top of my nail.

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I find I need to stamp regularly or else I lose my skills and end up with major fails! I also need to update my stamping collection too and get some Moyou plates and also indie plates. Any recommendations?? Thanks for looking as always!

Red and white sweater manicure

It's cold and rainy in Sydney tonight which is the ideal weather for a lazy night in on the couch. It's also the weather for a sweater manicure! I haven't polished my nails in like 3 weeks and when I don't have time I like to do a tried and tested mani and the cheats way is to stamp. I did this exact same combo when I first hauled my Nailz Craze plates but I never posted it on my blog so it was time to recreate the mani!

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I used 2 coats of Cult Nails Tempest as my base and stamped sweater design from Nailz Craze plate NC03 using Scratchers Iron Red stamping polish. I decided to mattify it and and covered it all in a coat of Essie Matte About You. It's by far my favourite matte topcoat but my bottle is soooooooo old I had to I had to add a few drops of Seche Restore to it haha. I think it's about time for a new bottle oops!

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I hope you're all having a fab weekend so far! Thanks for looking as always and don't forget to enter my last belated 4th blogiversary giveaway here!

Belated 4th blogiversary giveaway: Favourites giveaway!


Thank you for entering!

Winner will be announced shortly

The last week of my belated 4th blogiversary giveaways is late unfortunately as I've been unwell but better late than never!! This week has been absolutely crazy at work which hasn't left much time for anything and as usual I'm so unorganised haha. This last giveaway is a little random but it consists of some of my favourite products!!

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One lucky person will win:

Chanel Peridot
OPI Damone Roberts 1968
Face of Australia Screen Siren collection
Face of Australia Glossy Lip Crayon collection - Apple crumble, Raspberry Coulis, Berry Brulee, Peach Parfait and Pie A La Mode
essence color & go polishes - hello marshmallow!, here's my number, crazy fancy love, me & my lover, date in the moonlight, misty rusty and absolutely blue and essence studio caring nail oil
Chapstick All Things Sweet lipkit
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sorbet
Revlon Girly

A huge thank you to Face of Australia for providing the Screen Siren and lip crayon collections for the giveaway!

How to enter:
- simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget thingy below!

Ts & Cs apply:
- open internationally
- must be 18 years and over to enter
- ends 24th August 2014
- winner must respond to notification email within 48 hours


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Chapstick All Things Sweet lipkit

These Chapstick All Things Sweet Lipkits have been lighting up Instagram lately and obviously I had to hunt them down for myself. I mean CAKE BATTER LIP BALM seriously. Oh yes.

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The lip balms come in collectable tins and are available in 7 different cute designs inspired by sweets. My favourite is the lovehearts candy one! The tins are a great way to carry your balms in your handbag or to store small items like bobby pins.

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There are 3 lipbalms included in each kit - Strawberry, Cake Batter and Pomegranate Gumdrop. The one I was most interested in was Cake Batter of course and it doesn't disappoint. It's vanilla-y and smells good enough to eat. Pomegranate Gumdrop doesn't really smell like pomegranate to me but it has a candy fruit scent to it however I'm not sure I'd buy it on it's own if it wasn't in the lip kit. I'm sure you've all used the Strawberry at some point and it's still sweet and fruity.

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Overall: These are yummy and a must buy for the cuteness factor. They aren't the most moisturising lip balms but hey when they smell this yummy and you get change from $10 it doesn't really matter!

Details: The Chapstick All Things Sweet lipkits are available now from Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and Woolworths stores Australia wide for $8.99 and apparently they'll be available at Priceline soon too. For a full list of stockists head to the Chapstick Aus Facebook page.

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Thanks for looking as always!

China Glaze Surprise collection giveaway winner!

What a long week. How can it seriously be August already? Anyway, a quick post to announce the winner from week 2 of my belated 4th blogiversary giveaways! Thank you to everyone that entered! The winner of the China Glaze Surprise collection is:

Sharon S!

Congratulations! I've emailed you and please make sure to contact me in the next 48 hours or I'll have to redraw the winner..

If you didn't win this time not to worry! There's still a few hours left of my nail art book giveaway ;)

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