Monday, 31 December 2012

NYE NOTD;; Shimmering Prisms! ♥♥

Hey everyone! Happy end of 2012! Are you excited for a fresh new year? I sure am, 2012 is so last year!

For new years I wanted something colourful, sparkly and fun on my nails, so I came up with this cool prismatic look. Check it out!
Natural Lighting

Everyone loves a rainbow! I love the impact of this look, and it was pretty simple to do, as far as nail art goes! 

Thursday, 27 December 2012

It's Swatchtastic- China Glaze Angel Wings! ♥♥

Hey guys!

Today I'm coming to you with a gorgeous glitter polish from China Glaze's holiday collection.

May I present, Angel Wings!

(Taken with flash)

This gorgeous shimmer explosion of a nail polish had a ridiculous wear time, and was constantly changing colour with the lighting. It had me staring at my nails all week long.

Monday, 10 December 2012

NOTD;; Snowflake Nails! ♥♥

Hey everyone!!

Going to school has put a bit of a creative cap on my nail art streak... Anything I put on my nails has to come off for class, so I haven't been putting too much work into them! The other night I was practicing my application on my roommates, and all the nail polish floating around made me want to do something wintery and fun. This is what I came up with!

It`s similar to a "Frosty Tips" look I did last year, but I switched up the angles and used a darker base blue for a more sophisticated look. Read on for the breakdown...

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Christmas DIY;; Bike Wheel Wreath!

Hey guys!

So the other day I was walking home from a walk with a friend, and I saw this poor old bike just sitting on the side of the road, with its tire just sitting on top of it, stripped bare, right down to the metal and spokes. For some reason I instantly fell in love with it, picked it up and walked it home.

A few days later, I got this brilliant idea to make it into a Christmas wreath!! Look what I made, I love how it turned out!

I felt like leaving the spokes out gave it more of a shabby-chic, trash-to-treasure look. I simply adore it. Click on for a step by step tutorial...

Friday, 16 November 2012

NOTD;; Mystic Embers ♥♥

Hey everyone!

This week I had an interview at Sally Beauty Supply, which was super exciting and I hope to hear back from them soon! However, when I got called in for my interview, it was the same day, and when she called, I HAD NOTHING ON MY NAILS OHMYGAWD!

In my efforts to come up with something unique and eye-catching in a matter of one hour, I came up with this combo, which I totally love! Check this out:


I'm in love with this combination, my favourite nail polish with my favourite flakie top coat!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

It's Swatchtastic! China Glaze's Awakening ♥♥

Hey guys!

So on top of the plethora of nail related items I got for my birthday last month, this nail polish was gifted to me by a very sweet work friend (Hi Serena! <3) and I am in LOVE. Check it out!


HOLY ASDFFGGJGHJHL. I LOVE duo-chrome polishes, so this colour is right up my alley. China Glaze, you've done it again!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

NOTD;; Birthday Nails 2012! ♥♥

Hey guys!!

I know, two posts in one day, right? I've been putting off these posts because I've been crazy busy for the last few weeks! 

So October 25th was my 22nd birthday, and I did these nails that morning so I could have something awesome and sparkly to look at during my celebrations :D Check it out!


I love this colour combination, and this orly polish is one of my favourite polishes in my collection, so it was an easy choice! :D

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Edward Scissorhands!! ♥♥

Happy (slightly belated) Halloween everyone!!

October has been a crazy month this year, what with work, getting set up for school, my BIRTHDAY, and Halloween, I've hardly had time to film or post anything! I've missed blogging, so today I'm going to jump back in by showing you guys my Halloween Costume!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

NOTD;; FRIGHT NIGHT!! My First Halloween Mani for 2012!! ♥♥

Hey everyone!!

Halloween is without a doubt my FAVOURITE holiday. I mean, why wouldn't it be? You can be whatever you want to be... and so can your nails!

Check out what I magicked up...

Totally fun right? I used that 2 minute marble technique again on the pinky and as the sky behind the tombstones, simply because it's SO COOL and it works perfectly!

Monday, 15 October 2012

NOTD;; Golden Gradient!

Hey guys!

Today I'm bringing you a really classy looking manicure that's so easy to achieve. I found this look very flattering, kind of teetering towards the festive holiday season... BUT we still have to take care of Halloween first! :D

Check it out!


It's like your nails got dipped in bubbly champagne! And it's all brought to you by a little friend I found already hiding in my vanity drawer!
What's that tool you ask? I bet you have one or two at your disposal right now...

Thursday, 4 October 2012

NOTD;; Play With Your Polish! ♥♥

Hey guys!

The other day I decided that since I loved the technique I used in my 2 minute marble video so much, I wanted to play around with it some more!

If you haven't seen the video already, you can watch it here:


Since I did dark reddy golds the first time, I decided to go opposite and mess around with silvery blues! 
I tried out a few different colour combinations to see what would happen. These are my test results:

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

NOTD;; 2 Minute Marble Nails!! ♥♥

Hey everyone!

So I found this super amazing new technique that takes absolutely no time and very little effort... Right up my alley!

Check out these beauties!


SO gorgeous, right? And it only took a little time and some saran wrap!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

It's Swatchtastic! Revlon's Brilliant Strength in Hypnotize! ♥♥

Hey guys!

Today I've got swatches of an amazing polish I picked up from Revlon's new Brilliant Strength collection. Check out this colour!!


It's called Hypnotize, and rightly so. This beautiful, yellowy antique gold has an amazing effect on the nails, and glides on like a dream!

Friday, 14 September 2012

NOTD;; Crosswires! ♥♥

Hey guys!


Today I bring to you a relatively simple nail look that has a really cool, versatile effect. Check it out!



I was really digging the look of white nails when I did this, so I didn't want to cover the entire nail. Woops, white after Labor Day! I'm just breakin all the rules.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Killer Combo NOTD ♥♥

Hey guys!

So recently I got a big haul of goodies from ELF, including 8 brand spanking new nail polishes (click here if you wanna check out my haul blog!) including one named Fairy Dust. Upon seeing this polish on the website, I fell in love, and it was the first one in my cart. When I got them, while I was playing around and swatching, I thought of this combination, and when I tried it out I kinda died.

LOOK HOW PRETTY

Slight wear and tear on this shot, I'd worn this to work already, but you get the point!

It's a combination of ELF's Fairy dust layered over top of Maybelline Color Show's Twilight Rays.


It's surprising the amount of orange and gold that shows through from the Fairy Dust, definitely not what I expected by looking at the bottle, but gorgeous nonetheless.

How do you like this look? Let me know in the comments if you try it out!

Until next time, stay polished!

Much love,
Dylan ♥♥

Saturday, 1 September 2012

ELF Megahaul! ♥♥

Hey guys!

So if you're an ELF Cosmetics lover like I am, you may know that they recently had a promotion where you spend $20.00 and get 8 free nails polishes.

8. FREE. NAIL POLISHES.

Within ten minutes of seeing this, my order was placed.

I was also surprised, it only took them a week to get my order shipped to Canada! I was very pleased.
Check out what I got!


Whoa, whoa, I know. Tons of stuff, right? Can you imagine that I got all this (plus a face powder and blush for my mom) for $36 shipping included?!?! Half of this is worth that much. Click on for a more in depth look at everything...

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

It's Swatchtastic! First Impressions: Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer! ♥♥

Hey there!

A while back I bought my first two nail polishes from Maybelline's Color Show line. I got them at a fantastic price of $2.97! For the price I wasn't expecting very much, but I was pleasantly surprised when I got around to trying them out! Here they are...



I got two different finishes to see how they would each apply, so I could get a better feel for the line.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

NOTD;; Tokidoki Inspired! ♥♥

Hey guys!

Today I'm coming at you with a look inspired by the brand Tokidoki - If you haven't heard of this brand, you've probably seen it (:



These are only some of the characters you'll see in the world of Tokidoki, crowding the face of all of their merchandise. It's basically an overflow of adorable japanese inspired characters. They've got all kinds of merchandise, I've got an agenda and a keychain from this brand. They've also recently started a like of cosmetics, available at Sephora. 

But let's get on to the manicure, shall we? Check it out!

This is the end result of my inspiration! Definitely a little simplified in comparison to the original, but I think it looks very "Tokidoki" (: I think this is the first time I tried writing on my nails, and it went pretty well, in my opinion!

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

NOTD;; Pop-Art Tribal Nails! ♥♥

Hey guys!


Today I come to you with this really detailed, really stand-outish nail look! I've seen tribal nails around more than a few times and I can't believe it took me this long to get around to doing them, but I finally did, and I'm in love! Check these puppies out...





REALLY bright and colourful, which brings that kind of pop-art feel, the combination of the two styles is super eye catching. If you have the time, this look is very fun to wear!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

It's Swatchtastic- Let's Get Up Front and Personal with OPI! ♥♥

Hey guys!

The other day I went birthday shopping for one of my BFFs, and while picking her up a few bottles of nail polish, I went ahead and picked myself up some as well, with the aid of a buy 1 get 1 half off sale! Check out the spoils...











Left: OPI's Up Front and Personal

Right: Misa's Going Co-Co Nut

I'm really excited, Misa isn't a brand I've ever tried before, and Up Front & Personal was a polish I bought for a friend's birthday another time, and loved it so much I had to pick it up for my stash!





Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Why I Am Who I Am. ♥♥

Today got me thinking.

There are places in my town that I can walk into and not merit a second glance, but there are some whose most common demographics seem to double take when I walk through the door. Simply because I'm not something you see every day in my town (which is quite developed, if I do say so, not a leading city by any means, but not a hick town), I get a lot of questioning glances and shocked faces.

It's understandable really, a man in my style of clothing wearing brightly patterned nails is not something you see every day, even in some of the more culturally varied cities. It just surprises me that in this day and age, diversity is still something that shocks and confuses people.

So I thought I would put this post out there. The lessons I've learned throughout my life have really helped me come to terms with who I am, and how to embrace my own self, regardless of the reactions and the questions I've faced, both from other people and from my own inner voice.

If there's one thing I can pass on that I know has helped me, every time I'm questioning why life is kicking me down, or why I should even bother carrying on, something I tell myself when I'm at my lowest...

You can CHOOSE to be happy.

Monday, 16 July 2012

NOTD;; Heat Wave! ♥♥

Hey guys! Long time no post! Life has been rather hectic lately, so I fear I've neglected my blog slightly, save for the weekly NOTDs. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things, I miss writing!

So today I'm coming to you with a really fun nail look that I've been loving since I put it on. I used the same technique as I did in my Acid Wash Nail Tutorial, but this time I used fiery colours to make this really cool... or should I say HOT... finish. Check it out!


People I've seen have been loving this look as well, and it's really fun and easy to do! It's also very appropriate, seeing as it's been super hot where I'm from (comparatively speaking!)

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

NOTD;; Calming Waters ♥♥

Hey guys!

So this time around when I went to do my nails, I wasn't in the fanciest of moods. I wanted something bright and fun that would cheer me up... and I thought, GLITTER, of course! There's no mood that can't be lifted by overdosing on glitter. This is what I came up with!

^Natural lighting^

I love this nail look, it's so beautiful in real life, and it's not even that hard to do if you're patient.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Dylan's Song of the Week;; Miami Horror! ♥♥

Hey guys!

It's been a while since I've done one of these... but I just found a new band, and I love adding these little tidbits of personality to my blog! Music has always been a huge part of my life. I always say my head's like a radio- There's always music playing in there. 

This week's musical addiction has been to Miami Horror, a really cool alternative electronic band that has a very different sound. It's that kind of music that sounds okay the first time you listen to it, then it grows on you and you can't stop playing it. Check it out!

Moon Theory


I love this song, it's that kind of chill that doesn't make you want to fall asleep. The two other songs I adore off of their album Illumination are Echoplex and Ultraviolet. Definitely been playing non-stop on my brain-radio. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Show me some comment love and share with your friends if you do!

Much love,
Dylan ♥♥

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

NOTD;; Neon Razorbeams! ♥♥

Hey everyone!

Today I'm coming at you with a nail look that is simple enough to achieve, but still has that edgy flair to it that I love. Check it out!


All of my friends said and I do agree, it's a little X-men-ish =P But I don't mind! I've been feeling a little left of the middle lately so I haven't been overly inspired, so I kept this one simpler than usual. I also didn't really want to cover up the purple, cause it's so damn pretty =P

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Damaged Hair? No Problem! Guest Post from Kerrie @ Gorgeous-Glamour


Hello! I am so excited to be doing a guest blog for Dylan! He is such a sweet guy and has always been a great encourager to me!

Several years back when my hair was dry, course just blah..I googled what I believed to be my hair type "dry,course frizzy hair". I read a few pages and I have no idea the site but after reading several things learned that I needed a product called humectant to help. This, along with not using shampoo anymore changed the life of my hair. Yes you heard me, no shampoo..unless my hair is very, very dirty. Aveda suggested this and it was one of the things that turned my hair around, my hair gets cleaned enough without it. Lucky me, Suave makes a conditioner with humectant and it's one of the cheapest you can buy. The expensive ones don't work any better..I really take the time to message my conditioner in and that helps a lot. Now deep conditioners, I do at times use some expensive ones.
HOW TO PREVENT/TREAT DAMAGED HAIR:

1) BEWARE of bleach! It is so drying and makes your hair brittle! I do highlight my hair with bleach but since I just do small highlights, it is ok. In case you didn't know, bleach has to grow out..it does not fade out. Back in the day when I wasn't aware of this, someone bleach the whole top of my head!!! They were trying to blend in overgrown highlights. BIG MISTAKE. It has been years and I have been coloring, then highlighting. Thank goodness it is grown out and I just highlight. So beware! I guess it's common sense, but back then- I just didn't know any better!
2) Use a comb, not a brush, on wet hair. Pulling and tugging, especially on wet hair, can cause major breakage. I use Suave detangler (at the dollar store!) to help the comb slide through the hair. Leave-in conditioner also helps, I like Garnier!


3) Regular trims will keep your hair looking nice, otherwise you will have to cut a big chunk off at one time when they get un ruly. I trim mine myself, but sometimes it is hard to get straight. When my hair is wet, I comb straight, then just take the ends and snip a little..bring the back to the front and get it as straight as you can. Once you practice, you will get the hang of it and save yourself some money going to the salon for just a trim! Always start with just a little, you can cut more but you can't un-cut!


4) Regular deep conditioners. A tip I learned years ago that seems to be the truth because it works for me...as your getting your hair wet for the deep conditioner, use as hot as water as you can to open your hair folical then once you are rinsing the product out, use as cold as you can to close them up. This tip really helps my deep conditioner soak in instead of just sitting on the hair. Make sure you message the conditioner in well too, especially those ends!

Here are some hair products that I love and work great for me!
Suave detangler - @ The dollar store
Proclaim Glossing polish @ Sally's around 3 dollars for the small bottle (The spray works well too!)
Garnier Fructis leave in conditioner @ Target 2.99
Suave conditioner with humectant @ Target under 3 dollars.
* Ion Color Sealer. Even though I don't use color anymore, just bleach..I use this! It makes your hair feel so good!! They usually have a 1 or 2 time use packet on the front counter, so you can try before you buy the bottle!



Extra tips for healthy hair:
 * Add a little olive oil to your conditioner, not much! You will notice your hair extra soft and shiny!
* How about a mayo mask?! YUP! It makes your hair feel great, now I do use shampoo to get the smell out! Cover with a cap and leave in about 10 minutes or so!
* Why not take a break from all the styling and put your hair in a cute ponytail or up-do. Have you been on pinterest lately, theirs a million how-to's! A polished ponytail always looks good- Add a little hairspray or gel around your hairline, then brush back and into a pony, keep those fly aways back and your hair will look more sophisticated!
* I have been using Marc Anthony's beach wave spray. My hair is curly and has a tenancy to grow like a chia pet during the day, using this along with hair serum and a little hairspray, keeps it from growing! You can make it yourself, just google HOW TO MAKE BEACH WAVE SPRAY the ingredients in the spray I bought and the do it yourself are the same, and so much cheaper!
* Do not forget a hair protectant. Any cheap one will do, or hair serum on your hair will help protect too..anything you put on before all that heat, so it burns the product-not your hair!
For my blog on how to grow your hair long, follow this link, http://www.gorgeousglamblog.com/2012/02/my-tips-for-growing-long-strong-hair.html



Well, I hope this helps you! THANK YOU DYLAN for posting this for me!
You can find me on the links before!
www.facebook.com/makeupartistkerrie We love beauty talk here!
THANKS DYLAN, YOU'RE THE BEST!!!
Please note that I am not licensed. Take all my advice at your own discretion.
-KERRIE

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

NOTD;; Steampunk Dreams! ♥♥

Hey everyone!

If there's one style I really love for its uniqueness and intricacy, it's Steampunk. The infusion of old-timey style and industrial pieces is precisely what inspired me to create this look. Check out my interpretation...


I tried something new and different with the chain on the pinky nail, with moderate success! 

And I must also give credit where credit is due- My friend Dan really wanted to play with my nail polish, so I let him do the artwork on the thumb nail (: I think he did a phenomenal job!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Nail Polish Haul Time! Zoya, OPI ♥♥

Hey guys!

So yesterday my roomie and I went for a bit of a shopping spree. I did my best to restrain myself, but
 THERE WERE SALES CALLING TO ME FROM EVERY STORE!!

So I picked up a few treasures. Here they are...


Such crazy deals!! I got each OPI colour for $6.95, and the Zoya polishes were BOGO 50% off! Big score!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Wedding NOTD;; Featherweight ♥♥

Hey guys!

So this weekend I was so fortunate to attend the wedding of a dear friend I've known since basically my first day of high school. The ceremony was beautiful, right down to the bubbles as they were leaving the altar (:

The theme colours for this wedding were orange and purple, and the overall theme was feathers. As you may be able to tell, it was not the most conventional wedding. This is how I interpreted the theme...


Excuse the slight wear and tear, picture was taken after the wedding (: These things stood up to some major dance partying!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Dylan's Song of the Week: MORE Gossip! ♥♥

Hey guys!

So this week I found out that the album for which Gossip's Perfect World was the first single (you can check out my post on that single >>right here!<< ) has officially been released! They marked the date of release by coming out with the video for their second single, Move in the Right Direction. I must say, I love this song even more than the first one, and the video is so fun! Check it out!


Beth Ditto (lead singer) always has the most interesting makeup looks and style choices, I love seeing what she's rocking at any given moment. Just looks at those blinged out brows!

The album is called A Joyful Noise. The rest of the album is really good too, especially Involved, and their slow song Casualties of War has such a somber aesthetic that I really love. If you like these two songs, you'll love the rest too!

Thanks for tuning in, and until next time, stay polished!

Much love,
Dylan ♥♥

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

What Art is to Me ♥♥

So, I have this shirt, it's one of my favourites..

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Whenever I wear this shirt to work or out in public, I always get compliments, as well as people really looking at and considering the image on this shirt. Furthermore, whenever I wear this shirt, I find myself looking at it in a passing mirror or a reflection in a window, pondering the deeper meaning in this print.

The conclusion I have come to is this: 
Art requires preservation.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

NOTD;; Mechanisms! ♥♥

Hey  everyone!

So today I was again searching for inspiration as to what to do on my nails. I had been feeling the darker colours all spring this year, and this time around I was far more inspired by my silvers and greys than any colour in my collection. It happens! Check out what I came up with:


I got inspired by metals and machines, how they form patterns within their inner workings that move together to create energy that powers our day to day lives. I referenced things like pistons, gears, and textured sheet metal to achieve this look.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Dylan's Song of the Week - Now, Now! ♥♥

Hey guys!

So I was going to do this post on an older techno song I know that I've been loving lately (Put your hands up for detroit!), but I literally just came across this song and I'M POSTING THIS ONE INSTEAD.

Now, Now is a three piece band that really reminds me of Tegan and Sara's styling, kind of merged with Metric's sound. I just... love it. So much.

Listen.


 Hope you love this as much as I do! I'm gonna go listen to this another five thousand times.

Until next time, stay polished!
Much love,
Dylan ♥♥

NOTD;; Scaled Down! ♥♥

Hey everyone!

So yesterday I had the day off, and I thought, "I haven't really done anything super awesome on my nails in a while. I want something good." So I did my research...

 and I found it.

(picture taken under natural lighting)

Believe me, it's pretty, but let me tell you, this piece took patience and a calm hand. If you're into it, however, the outcome is definitely striking.


I managed to film a tutorial on this look, if you'd like you can view that >>right here<< 

Monday, 30 April 2012

NOTD;; Black Magic! ♥♥

Hey guys and dolls!

For today's NOTD I've used two of my newest nail polishes that were sent to me by the fabulous Kerrie (check out my blog post >right here< if you haven't!) and I lovvvee themmm! Check out the look I created..

Who would be able to resist a little sparkle like this? (:

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Share the Love Sunday;; The Urban Umbrella! ♥♥

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to do a Share the Love Sunday, since I haven't in forever. I've definitely found some lovely blogs since we've last spoken, but this one blogger's style has really caught my eye.

Meet Bree, from the Urban Umbrella!


This girl has such a flair for fashion, her style always has classic components mixed in with unique additions that make the look her own. I always enjoy reading this blog! 

If you haven't already, make sure you go and check her out at


And tell her I said hi =P 

Until next time, stay polished!
Dylan ♥♥

Saturday, 28 April 2012

AHHHH OMG OMG NAIL MAIL!! ♥♥

YOU GUYS YOU GUYS YOU GUYS YOU GUYS

I GOT MY FIRST EVER NAIL MAIL!!!

So my good friend Kerrie from Gorgeous-Glamour was ever so kind to send me 3 bottles of nail polish, two I think that she won and one she had gotten for free, which was so kind and generous of her!! I still can't believe she did that for little ol' me (:

Check out what I got!

what a sweetheart (:

Monday, 23 April 2012

Dylan's Song of the Week;; Metronomy! ♥♥

Hey guys!

Recently I was introduced to a new band from the UK called Metronomy. Upon hearing their latest single The Look, I was hooked, but most of their other stuff was questionable at best. They had a few other toe tappers for sure, but this song has been in my head constantly for the last three or four days, and I really haven't minded. The video is pretty cool as well (: 

Enough rambling, check it out!


I absolutely adore this song, the ambient sound is totally one of my favourite aspects of music.

Do you guys have any brand new music that you can't get out of your head? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, stay polished!
Much love,
Dylan ♥♥

Dylan, Where HAVE You Been?! ♥♥

Hey strangers!

So I haven't posted in ages, and I miss you guys! I've been super busy, all my time has been taken up by a combination of working, painting my house and tending to birthdays and such all month.

What's more, since I've been painting, I haven't done anything overly extravagant on my nails for the past while, which is kinda lame, but I made up for it by using my favourite colours. I'll still show you guys though! (:

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Dylan's Song of the Week;; All New Gossip! ♥♥

Hey guys!

Gossip is a band I fell in love with about three years ago, I heard their song Heavy Cross on an MTV commercial and I immediately stopped everything and found out who they were. Since then they haven't had a new album, but this is their newest single coming from their upcoming album, A Joyful Noise. Check out the video!


Beth Ditto is an amazing singer, even though she's a tad bit crazy in real life! Their videos are so unique and their sound is like no other band I know, so I feel like they deserve some recognition. Hope you enjoy, and until next time, stay polished!

Much love,
Dylan ♥♥

Thursday, 12 April 2012

NOTD;; A Match Made in Heaven! ♥♥

Hey all!

So today I come to you with the finished design that was inspired by my latest purchase, Orly's Rococo A-Go-Go. You can check out the swatches in my previous post >>right here!<< if you'd like (:

This nail polish is so gorgeous on its own, I was having trouble thinking of a design to go over top that wouldn't take away from the overall effect. Finally one particular polish came into mind, and I decided that a gradient would be the most effective way to showcase these two polishes together. Check it out!
(under natural lighting)

These two polishes blend so well together, it's absolutely a match made in heaven. Read on for the breakdown...

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

I Couldn't NOT Buy It! Orly's Rococo A-Go-Go! ♥♥

Hey guys!

So yesterday after work I popped into my local Winners, just to check out the scene. They had just got a new shipment in that day, as I soon realized, so the cool new stuff was still there, and the older stuff was on sale!

I found a pair of teal jeans that I was hell bent on buying, but they didn't fit perfectly and as I was going through cash I realized that I had a lot of other things that needed buying, so I had to leave them in the store ):

NOTHING, however, was going to stop me from buying this polish. I always check out the health and beauty section, because they have amazing deals on nail polish and sometimes you find awesome brands among the junk. I'd been eyeing this colour up for a while, and when I saw it was on sale for $5 I practically tripped over myself! Ladies and gentlemen, meet Rococo A-Go-Go...
This picture was taken in natural light (crappy natural light, it's a gross day out...). This nail polish has a tendancy to change colour in every change of lighting, so this post is a bit picture heavy because I wanted to get as many of those shades as possible for this post!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

NOTD;; Easter Egg Splatter Nails! ♥♥

Hello everyone, and Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it! Otherwise, Happy Sunday!

This egg splatter inspired nail came to me MONTHS ago, when I bought Sally Hansen's Mellow Yellow, a light pastel colour, and I was trying to think of just what I could do with it. I thought this up, and I've been waiting ages to do it! Check out what I came up with...


Cute, right? Of course, as with practically all my other nails, as soon as I'm done I begin seeing things that I would change and ways to improve this work. A lot of the time I would take it off and redo, but this time round I was having a lazy day! I still think they're adorable. 

Friday, 6 April 2012

Dylan's Song of the Week: Old School Daft Punk! ♥♥

Hey guys!

Lately I've been looking for music to pump me up and get me going so I can have the drive to actually do stuff. This song has been one of those, along with the kind helping hand of Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga (:

Not only is the song awesome (as long as you don't mind repetitive lyrics), the video is hella cool too! Maybe one of these days I'll take inspiration and do a Daft Punk nail look... hmmmm...

But nonetheless, here's Around the World, one of my fave DP songs!
(Queue the sudden realization that Daft Punk has the same initials as me... so awesome)


Hope you enjoy!

Dancing the blues away,
Dylan ♥♥

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

NOTD;; Studded Reverse Mani! ♥♥

Hey guys!

Today I'm coming at you with a dark, edgy, but funnily enough spring inspired manicure!

I was looking through some articles on trends for nails in Spring.Summer 2012, and I came across the oh-so edgy reverse manicure in a dark eggplant tone. As soon as I saw it I simply had to give it a go, but I had to edge it out a bit. Check out what I came up with! (:


I had originally planned on doing a two-tone purple gradient, but I ran out of time =P Life has been hectic over the last month! But I do really like the studded detail paired with the sharp triangular shape at the cuticle, it gives the nail a more pulled together look to me.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Dylan's Song of the Week;; Gotye! ♥♥

Hey guys!

So I've been trying to think up blog posts to personalize up this blog a little bit so it's not all just nail posts. On top of some beauty posts I'm planning, I've decided to do a weekly post on my favourite artist and song of the moment, since I'm always listening to music and it's a really big part of my life. This week, I'm featuring an artist that I don't think is known well enough in the world, Gotye, even though the video I'm showing you guys has over 2.7 million views. I feel like I'm responsible for half of those views. But check him out! This is his song, Hearts a Mess.


The videography for this song is outstanding, and I love the sound and mood he's put to this melody. That pipe organ instrument gets me every time.

I hope you guys enjoy this song, if you do or if you already love Gotye as much as I do, let me know in the comments!

Much love!
Dylan ♥♥

Friday, 23 March 2012

NOTD;; Minted Silver! ♥♥

Hey guys!

So recently, due to resounding reviews that I've seen and people going crazy over this colour, I picked up Revlon's Minted at my drugstore the other day. Naturally, it was the first thing I wanted to play with out of the three I got, but I was a little bit at a loss as to what to do with it.

I wore the colour just by itself for one day, just so I could look at it and figure out my plan of action. Of course, since I always wear nail art, people at work were asking me what was wrong and if I was feeling okay, which was adorable. By the end of the day, I was inspired (somehow, in a store full of fabrics and textiles!) to work with mint and silver. This is what I came up with!



These nails are totally fun to look at, and they're a great, relatively simple design that can be executed well with practice. It's also super simple because it only involves two nails polishes and it's all straight lines, but it's still intricate and dynamic. 

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Guest NOTD;; Magic TCG Inspired Nails! ♥♥

Hey guys!

So, my friend Dan (my roommate's boyfriend) came over one night and decided he wanted to play with my nail polish. Being addicted to Magic: The Gathering, naturally he decided to do his nails in such a fashion. Apparently he used to paint his nails all crazy quite often, which makes me very happy. Check out his work, I must say I'm impressed!


It was a little awkward trying to get pictures, but we worked it out =P But check it out, he's rocking all of the Magic attributes! Just a little bit nerdy. When I told him I blog all my nail art work, he asked me to blog his nails for him, so here it is! Read on for the break down...

Thursday, 15 March 2012

NOTD;; KAPOW!! Graphic Inspired Nails! ♥♥

Hey guys! So these nails caused me a little bit of grief and a good chunk of time, but I wanted to get them as perfect as I could! Check these puppies out!

These nails were originally inspired by the graphic lines and movement in comic books, but it took a few twists and turns and went so much further than that =P I decided to skip the POW and BLAMO wordy type nails, because as awesome as that is, I think it's been done. I wanted purely graphics for this look. Keep reading to check out the breakdown! It's a big one, I used a combination of 11 polishes to make this look, holy jeez!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

NOTD;; Kinetic Sunshine! ♥♥

Hey guys!

I've been running myself around like crazy over the past while with moving in and everything, I never got to post this NOTD! It's simple, but I really wanted to use my two new China Glaze polishes. Check it out!


When I first put these polishes on my nails together, I thought they were blindingly bright. Adding the silver line in between helps to block the colours a little more and give them dimension. It was also the only thing I could do with the thirty seconds left I had to do my nails that night! =P

Friday, 2 March 2012

HaulnSwatch: China Glaze's Electro-Pop Collection! ♥♥

Hey guys!

So recently I went into my local BSO to pick up some gifts for a friend, and when I saw the electropop collection, I knew that some of them were coming home with me. It's exciting, these are my first legit China Glaze polishes!

I ended up only taking two. ladies and Gentlemen, meet Sunshine Pop (yellow) and Kinetic Candy (blue)!


The colours from this collection were all vibrant neons and brights, but the two I came away with , in my opinion, define the collection very well. Swatches after the jump!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Gift Wrapping... OUTSIDE the Box! ♥♥

Hey guys!

So I got really excited after wrapping my friend's birthday present (her birthday is today, she's a leap year baby!)   so I thought I'd show you guys. Look how pretty and sparkly!


Okay, so maybe I should explain a few things...

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

NOTD;; Coral Fixation + I Actually Use Twitter Now!! ♥♥

Hey everyone!


Quick sidenote, I've begun actually using my twitter account! I made one a while back but Twitter was dark and scary and I didn't really feel like it. Now I've figured it out and I'm looking to make some more twitter friends!


Come check me out, @Rivuletsbeauty :D

Over this weekend, I was lucky enough to have the long weekend off and Sunday/Monday with the house to myself. What's more, since it appeared I was having a weekend in, I thought, what a marvelous window of opportunity to give water marbling another college try?

Good thing I had all weekend.

But nonetheless, I persevered and finally came through the other end with... these!


They're definitely more subtle than the other marble I did, which you can check out right here!, but I love the effect.


Alas, yes, this took me forever yet again, but I took my time with it and worked through my issues, with my awesome kitten keeping my company and cheering me on, I came out the other side with pretty fingers (:










Sunday, 19 February 2012

Share the Love Sunday;; What Kimmi Did Next!! ♥♥

Hey guys! Today I'm coming at you with a blogger that's newer to me, but right from the get go, I've liked her style a lot. Today I was trying to think of who to feature for SLS, and she posted a new OOTD (Which you can see right here)that blew my mind and made me decide to feature her!

What Kimmi Did Next is a style and beauty blog that showcases Kimmi and her two adorable puppies, Mojo and Maggie. Her unique taste and outfit combinations are edgy and different, and I love just about everything she puts up.

Meet Kimmi (and Mojo)!


You should definitely go look into her. She's got a great writing style and is very fun to read.

Her blog:
http://whatkimmididnext.blogspot.com/

Her Twitter:
@WhatKimiDidNext

Her Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003492101109&sk=wall


Until next time everyone, much love!
Dylan ♥♥

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

NOTD;; Acid Wash Denim Inspired Nails! ♥♥

Hey all! This time around I got inspired by acid wash denim, and really wanted to do some nail art that spoke to that theme. In my musings for inspiration, I found a technique on youtube that involved layering your polishes and then streaking away at them with polish remover to get an acid washed look. Too cool for school, so obviously I had to try it out! Look at these puppies...



So neat, kind of like a tie-dye effect on the nails, and it's something anyone can do! Read on to learn more!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Valentine's NOTD;; We Found Love... & A VDay Collabo with April Bee! ♥♥

Hey everyone!

I've had these nails on for a few days now, and I LOVE THEM. I was dying to post this NOTD but I couldn't, because it's actually a Valentine's Day Collaboration with my girl April! I did a Share the Love Sunday on her, you can check that out right here! She's super cool and we get along swell. She did a gorgeous Valentine's Day inspired makeup mask tutorial that I will link here when it's posted.

But omg, LOOK at these nails!

his nail is inspired by Rihanna's song We Found Love she did with Calvin Harris. It's kind of a techno-alternative style for Valentine's Day, because I didn't feel like doing the lovey-dovey thing. You can check out the video tutorial >>>HERE<<< , or you can click on to read about how I did these nails!