A Passion for Nail Polish

…我有指甲油的熱情…


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Inspired by Wildfox

Here is a manicure that I did with my non dominant hand! I spent a really long time getting those speech bubbles and the lettering just right!

It was inspired by a cute blue one piece swimsuit from the 2015 Wildfox Swimwear line! Do you like the design?

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Zoya “Naturel” Look

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This is probably the easiest mani I have done,
while still including some “nail art”! It was inspired by Butter
London’s design for Lela Rose’s NYFW 2014 show. To start, I avoided
putting down base coat because I wanted a super clean look to the
mani – I’m not too concerned because Zoya is a 5-Free polish brand,
and the company advertises that it’s safe for new moms too. That’s
good enough for me, and I don’t leave my manicures on that long
anyway (too many ideas, not enough finger nails!
#firstworldproblems!) if you NEED base coat, or are using a more
toxic polish, I suggest you take the extra time to lay down some
base coat, let it dry completely before proceeding with the
following steps! With a regular piece of Scotch tape, I taped off
the bottom half (cuticle end, not at the tips) of my nail at a
diagonal angle. Then, with Zoya Cho I painted a thin coat on the
exposed nail. I ripped the tape off immediately to get crisp clean
lines. Once that first coat was dry, I carefully did a second coat,
keeping within the lines of my first coat to achieve more opacity.
Finally, top with a clear coat (I used OPI Top Coat, I don’t
discriminate that much between brands…) and you’ve got a super
shiny, über easy, and very chic looking manicure! Let me know if
you tried this, and if there are other NYFW manicures that inspired
you!!!


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Holiday Memories – Vote for me!!

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This is my final entry for the 2013 Holiday Nail Art Challenge hosted by Nail Polish Canada. The nail art was inspired by the movie “A Charlie Brown Christmas” – a short movie that is played in Canada and the US pretty regularly around the holiday season, and is almost constantly referenced to as an all time favourite Christmas movie.

 

I think that the idea of looking past the commercialization of our holidays and trying to discover or, for some re-discover the meaning of Christmas to them is a meaningful message to pass on. For some people, Christmas may hold significant religious meaning, while for others, it is purely a holiday off from work and the daily grind. It is best to be respectful of others beliefs and this is a great time to re-connect with old friends and say hello by sending a card.

 

My holiday memories are always filled with happiness – I have fond memories of exchanging gifts with friends and family, getting excited about snow on Christmas Day and spending time with loved ones. Tell me about your holiday memories! I’d love to know what you hold special at this time of year.

 

For my manicure, I started with a base of white and then sponged on Wet n’ Wild I need a Refresh-Mint. Next, I drew Snoopy, Woodstock, the sad Christmas tree from the movie, Charlie Brown and a holly using a variety of nail polishes from Zoya, Butter London, OPI and Nicole by OPI. Finally, I topped some fingers off with my new Revlon Heavenly top coat, and other fingers got a layer of OPI SugarPlum Faries *this is not a good top coat for nail art, because the holographic glitter is suspended in a tinted base!*

 

Let me know what you think of my manicure, and vote for me (entry #4!) by clicking on this link.

這個指甲藝術設計是以從一個可愛的電影! 我記得常常會打開電視讓後看到 “A Charlie Brown Christmas” 在電視播放。 在美國和加拿大,這部電影之重要性是非常深刻和有意義的,因為它提醒我們聖誕節不只是購買和接受禮物。

 

zhè ge zhǐ jiǎ yì shù shè jì shì yǐ cóng yī gè kě ‘ài de diàn yǐng! wǒ jì de cháng cháng huì dǎ kāi diàn shì ràng hòu kàn dào “A Charlie Brown Christmas” zài diàn shì bò fàng. zài měi guó hé jiā ná dà, zhè bù diàn yǐng zhī zhòng yào xìng shì fēi cháng shēn kè hé yǒu yì yì de, yīn wèi tā tí xǐng wǒ men shèng dàn jié bù zhǐ shì gòu mǎi hé jiē shòu lǐ wù.

 

這部電影提醒大家要想想十二月二十五號對我們的意義:我們可以有宗教意義的聖誕節,或者只是享受以與朋友和家人共度的時間。

 

zhè bù diàn yǐng t íxǐng dà jiā yào xiǎng xiǎng shí’ èr yuè èr shí wǔ hào duì wǒmen de yì yì: wǒ men kě yǐ yǒu zōng jiào yì yì de shèng dàn jié, huò zhě zhǐ shì xiǎng shòu yǐ yǔ péng yǒu hé jiā rén gòng dù de shí jiān.

 

你可能已經注意到我做了這個指甲藝術為 Nail Polish Canada 的美甲設計比賽。 這是最後一個星期了!請上網為我投票…請選者第4號!!

 

nǐ kě néng yǐ jīng zhù yì dào wǒ zuò le zhè ge zhǐ jiǎ yì shù wèi Nail Polish Canada dì měi jiǎ shè jì bǐ sài. zhè shì zuì hòu yī gè xīng qí le! qǐng shàng wǎng wèi wǒ tóu piào…… qǐng xuǎn zhě dì 4 hào!

 

謝謝大家!


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Long Time No See…

Non Dominant Hand Nail Art: Angry Birds during Christmas

Non Dominant Hand Nail Art: Angry Birds during a White Christmas

It has definitely been a while since I have written in this blog!I am back with a vengeance because I have caught the nailart bug – if you have been following my Instagram account you will notice A LOT of nail art (and the occasional dog photo interspersed in my pictures).Today, I wanted to share with you my Angry Birds + Christmas + Snow nail art design. This is the first official appearance of my “Cinderella Hand”!I am right handed, and my left hand desperately lacks the fine motor skills and dexterity for drawing on such a tiny canvas using nail polish. So, I used a toothpick to draw the birds onto a Ziplock bag. I let the designs dry overnight and then peeled each bird off the bag and placed it onto my nails. I can show you a tutorial if anyone is interested in seeing that process in action (or if you got confused by my explanation).

I initially started out with just the birds on different coloured backgrounds, but because I attended a “friendsgiving” dinner and washed almost all of the dishes we used during the cooking/preparation process, my nails had some major tip wear. I decided to add some red santa hats and snow!

I have entered this design into the 2013 Holiday Nail Art Challenge hosted by

www.nailpolishcanada.com

You can vote for me for the Week 1 Challenge, which has many talented nail bloggers showcasing designs that they drew for the Snow Theme.

不好意思! 我一段時間沒有公佈在這個博客上…希望你們可以原諒我!我最近生病了- 這是一個非常可怕的病,因為我浪費了很多時間支持這一個問題!bù hǎo yì si! wǒ yī duàn shí jiān méi yǒu gōng bù zài zhè ge bó kè shàng… xī wàng nǐ men kě yǐ yuán liàng wǒ! wǒ zuì jìn shēng bìng le – zhè shì yī gè fēi cháng kě pà de bìng, yīn wèi wǒ làng fèi le hěn duō shí jiān zhī chí zhè yī ge wèn tí!你有猜到我的病是什麼嗎?我不停的畫美甲design在我的指甲上!如果你們正在使用Instagram, 快加入我的帳戶:nǐ yǒu cāi dào wǒ de bìng shì shén me ma? wǒ bù tíng de huà měi jiǎ design zài wǒ de zhǐ jiǎ shàng! rú guǒ nǐ men zhèng zài shǐ yòng Instagram, kuài jiā rù wǒ de zhàng hù:www.instagram.com/themisspw

在這個地方你可以看一下我天天發布一些生活上的活動!

zài zhè ge dì fāng nǐ kě yǐ kàn yī xià wǒ tiān tiān fā bù yī xiē shēng huó shàng de huó dòng!

今天,我想與大家分享我最近的設計之一… 憤怒鳥 + 聖誕節 + 下雪! 我慣用手是我的右手, 但是我讓我的非慣用手為榜樣因為我用一個簡單的方法來畫出憤怒鳥的圖案。我下次可以示範給大家看!

jīn tiān, wǒ xiǎng yǔ dà jiā fēn xiǎng wǒ zuì jìn de shè jì zhī yī… fèn nù niǎo + shèng dàn jié + xià xuě! wǒ guàn yòng shǒu shì wǒ de yòu shǒu, dàn shì wǒ ràng wǒ de fēi guàn yòng shǒu wéi bǎng yàng yīn wèi wǒ yòng yī gè jiǎn dān de fāng fǎ lái huà chū fèn nù niǎo de tú yàn. wǒ xià cì kě yǐ shì fàn gěi dà jiā kàn.

我要參加一個美甲挑戰! 如果您想投票給我可一到這個網站幫我選票。

wǒ yào cān jiā yī gè měi jiǎ tiǎo zhàn! rú guǒ nín xiǎng tóu piào gěi wǒ kè yī dào zhè ge wǎng zhàn bāng wǒ xuǎn piào.

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Rose Nail Art Inspiration

http://www.rina-alcantara.com/2012/09/nail-art-blue-wave.html

Blue Wave Nail Art Design - Artistic Shot

http://workplaypolish.com/2013/06/04/visit-minnies-closet-opi-couture-de-minnie-nail-art/

Couture de Minnie Nail Art (workplaypolish.com)

These are the most beautiful designs I have come across recently! I think I’m going to give the roses a try and post the results this week.
What inspires you?
這是我最近看到最美的指甲設計! 我想自己試試,讓後把結果分享給你們看。

zhè shì wǒ zuì jìn kàn dào zuì měi de zhǐ jiǎ shè jì! wǒ xiǎng zì jǐ shì shì, ràng hòu bǎ jié guǒ fēn xiǎng gěi nǐ men kàn.


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Cutepolish #floraldoodle Design

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I was watching the video on YouTube (check out cutepolish’s YouTube Channel for fun designs!) and thought that I would give her #floraldoodle design a try.It was a little difficult to get the “doodles” to be as neat as hers and my sponging technique leaves a lot to be desired! I guess practice makes perfect… do you attempt nail art designs you find online? Or do you leave that to the “professionals”?I used Butter London “Fiver” as the base colour, as well as “Primrose Hill Picnic”, “Cheeky Chops” and “Jaffa” as the sponging colours. I really like the colour range offered by Butter London and the name/concept behind each of the polishes.

These polishes can get a bit expensive though… at $15.00USD a pop PLUS shipping and handling. I highly advise that you go to a store to see nail polish in person before you buy if at all possible… the cute names and swatches online may sway you to purchase a polish that you *thought* you wanted… but perhaps won’t impress you all that much once you open that long anticipated package.

You can check out the Butter London website for more details.

我在YouTube上看到 cutepolish 的花花美甲設計。 我本來想會很簡單,但是出來的樣子有點不一樣…下一次,我會盡量更整齊的搽指甲油的!

wǒ zài YouTube shàng kàn dào cutepolish de huā huā měi jiǎ shè jì. wǒ běn lái xiǎng huì hěn jiǎn dān, dàn shì chū lái de yàng zi yǒu diǎn bù yī yàng… xià yī cì, wǒ huì jìn liàng gèng zhěng qí de chá zhǐ jiǎ yóu de!

 

我用的指甲油是叫“Butter” 它比較特別的原因是這牌指甲油會使用英國歷史和目前事件作為指甲油的集合和名稱。

wǒ yòng de zhǐ jiǎ yóu shì jiào “Butter” tā bǐ jiào tè bié de yuán yīn shì zhè pái zhǐ jiǎ yóu huì shǐ yòng yīng guó lì shǐ hé mù qián shì jiàn zuò wéi zhǐ jiǎ yóu de jí hé hé míng chēng.

 

淺藍色: Fiver

紅色/橙色: Jaffa

褐色: Primrose Hill Picnic

黃色: Cheeky Chops

 

如果有興趣,可以看看Butter London的網頁! 它們目前有100不一樣顏色的指甲油!

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Marbled Nails

Lots of different brand nail polishes will be featured today… 今天我會用一些不一樣的指甲油品牌!
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My nail polish collection started with OPI’s “Be A Dahlia Won’t You” and OPI currently makes up the majority of my polishes.The OPI brush is flat and wide, so it makes application pretty easy. I find that the flat brushes prevents polish from dripping down the plastic part, making OPI nail polishes easier to control.The Wet n Wild polishes were purchased on sale during a trip to California, with “I Need A Refresh-Mint” as a must-have that a lot of people talk about as a common favourite.

Zoya “Emme” is the first (and only) nail polish I won from a giveaway! This polish has a metallic finish, so it shows some brush strokes after each coat. The great thing about Zoya is that they are a very health conscious beauty company.

The Zoya nail polishes are for natural nails and they contain no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or camphor. I think a lot of nail polish companies in Europe and North America are much more aware of the harmful effects of chemicals that are added to nail polish and they are actively trying to remove these from their products.

I hope that Asian companies will follow suit!

 

我在2012年開始收藏指甲油,慢慢從OPI挑選出來的第一瓶叫“Be A Dahlia Won’t You”。 我很喜歡OPI的刷子應為它不是圓的,是扁的(所以在適用指甲油的時候,多餘的不會滑下去…比較好控制!)

wǒ zài 2012 nián kāi shǐ shōu cáng zhǐ jiǎ yóu, màn man cóng OPI tiāo xuǎn chū lái de dì yī píng jiào “Be A Dahlia Won’t You”. wǒ hěn xǐ huan OPI de shuā zi yīng wèi tā bù shì yuán de, shì biǎn de (suǒ yǐ zài shì yòng zhǐ jiǎ yóu de shí hou, duō yú de bù huì huá xià qù… bǐ jiào hǎo kòng zhì!)

Wet n Wild Megalast 和Wild Shine 是美國品牌裡面比較便宜的指甲油。”I Need A Refresh-Mint” 是它們最有名的薄荷綠色。

Wet n Wild Megalast Wild Shine shì měi guó pǐn pái lǐ miàn bǐ jiào pián yi de zhǐ jiǎ yóu. “I Need A Refresh-Mint” shì tā men zuì yǒu míng de bò hé lǜ sè.

Zoya也是一個美國品牌,最有名的地方是它們的”4-Free”指甲油。我今年才發現有一些很傷身體的化學藥品在指甲油之內。我們常常插指甲的人要小心!要好好研究我們買的商品。看看可不可以避免這些會比較健康: 甲醛 (formaldehyde), 甲苯 (toluene), 樟腦 (camphor) 或邻苯二甲酸二丁酯(DBP,一種添加剂)。

Zoya yě shì yī gè měi guó pǐn pái, zuì yǒu míng dì dì fāng shì tā men de”4-Free”zhǐ jiǎ yóu. wǒ jīn nián cái fā xiàn yǒu yī xiē hěn shāng shēn tǐ de huà xué yào pǐn zài zhǐ jiǎ yóu zhī nèi. Wǒ men cháng cháng chā zhǐ jiǎ de rén yào xiǎo xīn! yào hǎo hǎo yán jiū wǒ men mǎi de shāng pǐn. kàn kàn kě bù kě yǐ bì miǎn zhè xiē huì bǐ jiào jiàn kāng: jiǎ quán (formaldehyde), jiǎ běn (toluene), zhāng nǎo (camphor) huò lín běn èr jiǎ suān èr dīng zhǐ (DBP, yī zhǒng tiān jiā jì).

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I’m starting to get some staining (darn red polishes!) so I like to double up on base coats… I’m not sure if I’m doing it right by combining the OPI Natural Base Coat and the Seche Natural. If you have any tips or comments please let me know! 我的習慣是要適用“底甲油”。我目前是在 86.shop 的復興分店買OPI的Base Coat,Seche Natural 是在加拿大買的。我會現上OPI讓後在上一層Seche當一個保護指甲的動作。

wǒ de xí guàn shì yào shì yòng “dǐ jiǎ yóu”. wǒ mù qián shì zài 86.Shop de fù xīng fēn diàn mǎi OPI de Base Coat, Seche Natural shì zài jiā ná dà mǎi de. wǒ huì xiàn shàng OPI ràng hòu zài shàng yī céng Seche dāng yī gè bǎo hù zhǐ jiǎ de dòng zuò.

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I thought that I could try the Marbled Nail look that I saw in a tutorial from Birchbox using just 2 coordinating (or clashing… whatever floats your boat!) colours and some plastic cling wrap.First, you lay down your base colour. I chose Zoya’s “Emme” and Wet n Wild “I Need A Refresh-Mint.Then, going forward with just one nail at a time, paint the second colour (I have OPI “Be A Dahlia Won’t You” and WnW “Blue Moon”) on top of the (semi) dry base colour. Immediately, take some scrunched up plastic wrap and lightly dab your nail so you can remove some of the second colour to achieve the marbled look.  I think you can wait for the base colour to dry completely before adding the second colour if you have loads of time on your hands.

Then put on a top coat and you are good to go!

Initially, I did a look with the blue accent nail. I thought the Wet n Wild polishes looked great together, but with the marble effect AND the pink polishes was a bit too much. I had to redo my ring finger nails before the end of the day.

在這個網站我看到一個很有趣的design: 大理石的指甲!你可以很容易實現這個美甲藝術設計~只需要兩瓶不一樣顏色的指甲油和保鮮膜就可以了!

zài yī gè wǎng zhàn wǒ kàn dào hěn yǒu qù de design: dà lǐ shí de zhǐ jiǎ! nǐ kě yǐ hěn róng yì shí xiàn zhè ge měi jiǎ yì shù shè jì ~zhǐ xū yào liǎng píng bù yī yàng yán sè de zhǐ jiǎ yóu hé bǎo xiān mó jiù kě yǐ le!

第一步:上地色。

第二步:上第二個顏色,讓後馬上用一小球保鮮膜(卷起來的!)去除多餘的指甲油。*指甲要一個一個來…不要讓第二個顏色幹哦!

第三步:上 TOP COAT

dì yī bù: shàng dì sè. dì èr bù: shàng dì èr gè yán sè, ràng hòu mǎ shàng yòng yī xiǎo qiú bǎo xiān mó (juǎn qǐ lái de bǎo xiān mó) qù chú duō yú de zhǐ jiǎ yóu. *zhǐ jiǎ yào yī gè yī gè lái… bù yào ràng dì èr gè yán sè gàn ó! dì sān bù: shàng TOP COAT

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