Saturday, 30 November 2013

November #instanails

Here's my favourite nail-related instagram pics from last month. :) You can see a shot of the Julep Gem Collection in all it's glory at the top, as well as a few designs I wore that never made it to the blog. The middle left shot is Essie Toggle to the Top, which is a gorgeous shade for winter. 

If you want to see more you can check out my instagram for larger pics and more info! As always, feel free to leave links to your own instagram account in the comments of this post so I can check it out. :)

All nail art represented here and elsewhere on my site (unless indicated) is my intellectual property and Copyright © ProcrastiNails 2013. Please do not link/re-host elsewhere without asking.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

A Mani with Hearts and Dots and Cute


This look was inspired by my current phone case, which is in my opinion the cutest thing in the world. :) I free-handed the heart (look how chubby and cute it is! sldfjsdfs) so it isn't perfect, but I still think this is a supercute look!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Tutorial // How I Remove Glitter Polish! (The One Cotton Ball Method)

Hello hello! A quick tutorial for everyone today... Swatching the colours in the Gem Collection has obviously required a lot of practice removing glitter, and I thought I would share the method I use with everyone... I'd say the whole process takes about 7 minutes, and when you compare that to how long you usually take to remove glitter one finger at a time I bet you'll be impressed! (Unless you already use this technique, in which case you'll be like "Ahhhh, yes.")

Detailed steps below the cut!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Julep Gem Collection 2013 [Part 1]: Mary, Jordan and Jasmine

Today we start a series of posts swatching the lovelies I got in the Julep Gem Collection. :) I'm going to be doing these 3 at a time, and you can expect to see about a post a week. Today we have the first three from the cool end of the spectrum: Mary, Jordan and Jasmine. I've decided to swatch everything in this collection without undies, so what you will see is a look at the actual polish as-is in real life. Which so far? Doesn't often match up with what it looks like on the site. So that's interesting.

(L to R): Julep Mary, Julep Jordan and Julep Jasmine as pictured on Julep.com

Friday, 22 November 2013

80's Inspired Laser Mani! Zip Zip Zap!

Today you have a look I made playing around with two of the colours that came in the Julep Gem Collection: Echo and Jasmine! I don't know what's up these days, but I can't seem to sit down and make a "normal" looking mani design these days... Everything is tacky and glittery and wonderful. I actually made a design the other day that I labelled "The Tackiest Mani In The World. Legit." Maybe it will see the light of day eventually, maybe not.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013


Eeeeeee!! You guys, I WON! I've never won anything nail-related before, this is so exciting!! :D Thank you to everyone who voted for me, it was such a shock to get the email telling me I won... There were so many great entries! If any of you other lovely people out there are Mavens and haven't entered this contest before, I want to encourage you to do so! They run it every month on their facebook page, and the winner gets a $100 giftcard for Julep.com!

So thanks to this, you can expect to keep getting swatches and reviews of Julep products/boxes for a least the next 5 months. ;) 

Thanks again everyone!! This seriously made my year. 


All nail art represented here and elsewhere on my site (unless indicated) is my intellectual property and Copyright © ProcrastiNails 2013. Please do not link/re-host elsewhere without asking.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Swatch-It Sunday: Essie Belugaria

People either love this polish or hate it. Me? I love how it looks, but I HATE the trouble I have putting it on. It's more difficult than any textured polish I've used, hands down. But I like how it looks totally black from one angle (like the pinky in this shot) and yet shows off a riot of colour from the holo glitter from another angle! Love love love. :)

Thursday, 14 November 2013

31DC12: Julep Dotted Tips!

This was a creative take on this part of the challenge... Polka dots! I decided to do a delicate dotted design on the tips rather than a standard dotticure, and I'm happy with how it turned out. All of these shades are from my November Julep Maven box, and this was also my entry for this month's #MyMaven contest on facebook. :) (UPDATE: I'm a finalist for the Julep contest! Awesome!! If you can, head over to facebook and look at all the entries and give me a vote if you like mine best!)

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

My Julep Maven (Nov 2013) Boho Glam Box! Aisha and Alexandra (+ Lola and Sheila Add-Ons) Swatches and Review [pic heavy]

Julep's on the ball this month! My box got here the first week of the month, which is awesome. Usually I have to wait longer and end up seeing everything that everyone else got on instagram before I get to see mine in person (damn you for being based in the states, Julep!), but not this month! :)

It was a tough call this month when it came to what box to choose. The collection was called the Right At Home Collection, and most of the shades were deep and subtle fall colours (which I love). In the end I went with the Boho Glam box which contained lip gloss in Charming as well as Aisha (the lovely deep wildberry) and Alexandra (the white blonde). I also picked up Lola (a deep blue satin/matte finish) and Sheila (the cherry red) as add-ons. I love all of these colours!!

One last note before we get on to the full post: as you're going to notice, my nails are back to nubbins. I debated if I wanted to swatch now or wait until they grew back, but decided in the end to screw it and just swatch anyway. And I'm surprised at how much I don't hate them this length. They might stick around for a while! :3 Also: don't forget to enter my first giveaway! It's open until midnight on Friday!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Swatch-It Sunday: Mariah Carey Collection Liquid Sands Ft. Get Your Number and Can't Let Go

I picked up a mini set of the liquid sands from OPI's Mariah Carey Collection from earlier this year, and never go around to posting the swatches. So today I'm sharing two of my favourites: Get Your Number (a gorgeous bright sparkly blue) and Can't Let Go (a deep shimmery purple).

Friday, 8 November 2013

31DC12: Gradient Newspaper Nails

Yes, I am indeed still finishing a challenge from 2012... Yikes! Haha. Today I have my fill for Day 10: Gradient. I finally decided to try my hand at newsprint nails, which I did on top of the gradient. The print came out a bit splotchy, but I find that I like the look! :) It's more the idea of newsprint rather than a direct image of it. Hmm!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Posh and Sparkling Pink Glitter Tips

Bright pink is not a colour I wear often. I find it bright and a bit tacky and childish. So when I was at the store and picked up a bottle of Rimmel Posh Pink, I had to ask myself "What in the world made me decide to get this and now what am I gonna do with it?!"

The answer to the first part was that it's one of the only Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro polishes I don't already own (I love both the consistency of the polish and the size of the brush) and it was on sale, and the answer to the second part was "Breast Cancer Awareness Mani!" Yes, I realize I'm posting this in November, but this mani was done in October (as you can tell by the length of my nails) and I just haven't had time to get to the pictures until now (and maybe I forgot I had them... oops). So enjoy!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

I gave in. I have no willpower when I'm ill.


Sigh. I may have just bought Julep's Gem Collection from the Secret Store. I thought I could resist it until the store closed at midnight. But in the end the Maven price of $42 (regular $168) got to me. So. Guess you can look forward to swatches of all these lovelies coming up in the next couple of months. :)

What I'm getting:
  • Mary - It Girl: Full-coverage silver microglitter
  • Jordan - Boho Glam: Full-coverage silver gunmetal multidimensional glitter
  • Jasmine - Boho Glam: Starry night blue with silver microglitter
  • Angela - It Girl: Deep sea blue molten
  • Carly - Bombshell: Full-coverage Malibu blue multidimensional glitter
  • Bette - Bombshell: Electric neon purple crème
  • Barbara - Classic with a Twist: Full-coverage magenta multidimensional glitter
  • Echo - Bombshell: Magenta red iridescent multishape glitter glaze
  • Kenya - Classic with a Twist: Red berry microshimmer
  • Oscar - It Girl: Chic gold multidimensional glitter
  • Hilary - Bombshell: Full-coverage copper multidimensional glitter
  • Paris - It Girl: Holographic multidimensional glitter top coat

This collection has two of my favourite Julep polishes ever (Paris and Angela) which I happen to already have, so I guess I'll have to find something to do with the duplicates..... ;) Speaking of, if you haven't already checked out my current giveaway, it's open until November 15! Get those entries in, lovelies!

Did any of you Mavens out there give in and get some holiday goodies from the Secret Store? Not a Maven but looking forward to seeing some of these polishes swatched? Let me know!

Till next time! xx

Saturday, 2 November 2013

October #instanails


Here's the round up of my favourite nail-related instagram pics from October. The Captain America-esque nails in the top left corner that I did for Jill were some of my favourites this month. Also, that's my Julep Forget-Me-Nots blooming below! Ahhh, so exciting.

See my instagram for larger pics and more info! As always, feel free to leave links to your own instagram account in the comments of this post so I can check it out. :)

Thanks for visiting! xx

All nail art represented here and elsewhere on my site (unless indicated) is my intellectual property and Copyright © ProcrastiNails 2013. Please do not link/re-host elsewhere without asking.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Crackle-y Fall Pumpkins!


Today we have some quick shots of a mani I did last night for fall... Because November is fall, not winter! (I was shocked at how quick some of you jumped from Halloween to winter manis between last night and this morning!) Well, that's not gonna be me. I still have a few looks using fall's colour palette that I want to share. I'm hoping to hold off on winter/Christmas manis until Dec 1st. :)

This is the type of design I meant in my Julep Crackle Craze post when I talked about using crackle polishes in a different and creative way. See, they're still useful for art even if the crackle trend is over fashion-wise! ;) If I had done these for Halloween I could've put little faces on them and made them jack-o-lanterns. Maybe next year.