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Recent nail art..

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I love these 2 designs. Anna took inspiration from some Japanese nail art magazines I bought for her. I have quite a small nail bed and can’t really keep long nails as I am not the most delicate dainty person around. Worse now that I have a precocious toddler. These magazines have so many designs for the smaller Asian nails which is perfect for me. It also helped Anna diversify her nail art designs.

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There is another one but I can’t find the photo for now. I don’t remember where I kept it cause I didn’t take the picture myself.

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This is the only picture I have of that nail art that time. I broke my nail already before this and it was patched up for this nail art. It hurt like ! $@# cause it broke right in the middle. This time though since it was already broken it broke easily at impact as it grew out.

Anyway, I just wanted to add something to my blog as I have been quiet for quite some time. Between being a full time mum and working full time, I hardly have time to breathe. I make the most use of my alone time whenever I can to catch up on mostly nonsensical things like watching TV shows late into the night, trying to go to the gym or other appointments like my nail and dentist etc. I also try not to be on the phone or the computer too long if I have my girl with me. I am already almost always stuck to my phone for messages  and emails which I have to reply if I am not in the office. In a way, the phone makes it easier for me to be at home with my girl and still work but it is sometimes disruptive. Oh well….I should be really thankful that because of this I can work from home.

Toodeloos! Till the next post.

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Comeback nails!

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It has been a while since I did my nails. The last time I did anything was just before I gave birth to make myself feel better. I was a huge whale and I couldn’t reach my feet to cut my nails and I was so hot most of the time (more like burning) that I couldn’t be bothered with body cream. So I had horrible nails.

I enjoyed getting my nails done in Asia also for their spa treatments. Bloated legs feels so much better in warm water and massage. I felt better about myself too which is a plus considering I am a waddling whale. I was so huge that everywhere I went, they thought I was having twins. YES! I was that huge!

I take care of my daughter myself so she is perpetually with me. She goes wherever I go. So when we finally got a babysitter (only since last month) o jumped at the chance to make an appointment for my nails. I am so glad Z can stay with D without us. Freedom!! So far, we have only used her about 8 times.

At the appointment, Anna, my manicurist extridinaire said she had to give me “forget me not” bears for little Z as a come back present. My first nail art back must be a tribute to her. I ❀ them! Don't think Z can appreciate them yet but I can! The bears are so cute! She is such an amazing artist, This woman is!

Beside the hand, mouth and foot disease taking over my hands they actually make the whole ordeal bearable. πŸ™‚

I have the next appointment already booked! Hehehehe!

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My claws for July, August, September 2012

This is the wittiest title I could come up with for an update on my nails. Will there be enough witty titles to do updates of my beautiful nails? But for the moment nothing matters. I will think of it when I get there in 3 months time. πŸ˜›

For July

flowers for July

I have gotten different feedbacks on this design. Some say, from afar it looks like butterflies. I think they are leaves or flower petals. I don’t really know what they are but I like them. Who cares what they are? They are beautiful. It is art! πŸ™‚

For August

nails, purple, pink, flowers

August is purple, pink, colourful and flowers month

I ❀ ❀ this design! I absolutely LOVE this design. I didn’t take a picture of my right hand but every nail’s design is different! I love the colours! I love the design! It is colourful! I love everything about this design! I think you get the idea that I really like this design. *grin*

For September

Grey nails

Blinged up grey nails!

My amazing manicurist continued the “every nail design is different” theme for this month’s nail design too. This time she added a crystal bling to each nail. This time we chose grey because it was one of the few colours left that I have not sported on my nails yet. The others areΒ  black, white and some neon colours. I had a green neon design before. I liked it too!

So, there! The update of my claws for the past 3 months! See ya again in 3 months time!

Toodeloos!

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Ok, while writing this I am getting so distracted by the show “Hoarders” on tv. The only thing that I can think of is “How in the world can someone to live in these conditions?”. I know that this is a sickness which I will never be able to understand. I am thankful that even though I am lazy I still keep my place clean. Or at least get someone to help keep it clean. Maybe because I AM lazy but I like it clean that I don’t make a mess wherever I am. I try to be as minimal as possible so that I can keep the dirt and the cleaning to a minimum. Not many ornamental stuff around as I don’t like to dust them one by one.

It is so sad to see people suffer from this sickness. My heart goes out to them. I am sure it is not easy for them to deal with it. 😦

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Mousey’s Nail evolution!

After reading a blog post from Misha Janette on nail art in Japan, I was inspired to finally blog about my love for nail art. Not to say I have not blogged about them before, I have, here. It was just a description of my nails more than a blog about nails. My love for nail art didn’t just come overnight. It was a long road. πŸ˜›

It all started when I joined the airline. In my airline we had to have our nails painted red at all times when at work. We were even given a colour palette to adhere to. Being a little tomboyish before I joined, I knew nothing about make up nor nail polish. I just slapped them on when it struck my fancy and away I go. Now I had to learn how to not only paint my nails, it had to be clean without any smudges or dents whatsoever. Then, I had to learn how to make the nail polish last during the flight and not chip with the heavy duty work that we had to do on board. Also because red looks really ugly on very short stubby nails, I had to keep mine a little longer. I tell you, it was a nightmare! because it chipped badly during flight, it had to be retouched during flight. Then when we landed, I had to take it off and repaint them before the next flight out. I had to let my nails breathe between paints. All this painting and taking off of nail polish did not help my nails. And those stains!! *0*

It was a steep learning curve. I shopped around for good nail polish that won’t burn a hole in my pocket.I went through maybe a bottle a month. Max 2 months. Good base and top coat nail polish was a must and highly sought after so that my nails don’t stain. I also learned how to paint with my left hand and not make a mess. Normal nail painting in itself is an art. Over time, I can paint my nails and it will dry right through (meaning it won’t get scratch or “dented” when I move around) all in a hour!! An achievement! I can still do that! I can even do french manicures on myself! *proud*

I also have an arsenal of nail care and hand care products. I have cuticle oil in a nail polish bottle in the office, in a stick for the handbag and a tube of hand cream everywhere! In my handbag, in my office, at home and next to my bed. I am obsessed! with my nails, that is. πŸ™‚ I have a drawer at home dedicated to my nails. When my manicurist was sick for almost 6 months last year, I went crazy shopping for nail colours. I couldn’t go around with my nails all naked. It felt funny. Makes sense? I bought the most amazing colours too! most from O.P.I, some from Revlon. My top 2 nail polish brands. For nail care, Sally Hansen wins hands down! Even their nail polish remover is still the best in the market, to me.

I didn’t find any nail saloons that I really liked.Β  Either they were too pricey or their manicurist was not as spectacular as mine. 😦 I did try the expensive ones out too but, they were just meh in quality and limited in creativity. Though I would love something like this one here, it hasn’t really caught on here in Italy. So my manicurist has forgotten how to do these. She can do the blings and draw free hand but not those clay-like designs anymore (are they called those? I forgot. If I google them, I will get distracted and NEVER finish this post). Though I did tell her I will be her guinea pig if she likes. πŸ™‚

Cherry Blossoms

Aren’t they pretty?? I do admire the amazing works these nail artists do on little tiny canvasses of our nails. *tabik* (salute) When I find an amazing nail artist like this, I would love to go try them out some time. Although I love nail art, I don’t think you will see me sport anything like this next picture. I think they will be too cumbersome to go about my daily life with.

This season’s sherbet colours? πŸ™‚

Can you see the amazing details on those little babies?? Also, these designs are not my style but…they are pretty! πŸ™‚ But…if I lived in Japan I would probably be able to get away with something similar and outlandish. Even now, people stare at my nails. Not just because it is colourful, the work on it is amazing! Not the usual, minimal, french manicure inspired type of designs which almost everyone goes for here. Boring! bleh! Next few photos will be some of the design my fabulous manicurist did for me. I even had a neon green one before, which I LOVE!! I didn’t document all of my different nail arts. Just this few. I think I will update them as I go along…I know, I said that the last time too in my last blog. I will definitely try harder this time. I promise!

March- asked for the blue/black theme to match the wedding theme

for May/June

Balloons inspired

I patiently waited for her to get better and when she did, I jumped right back in! I give a carte blanche with the design. I have no colour restrictions, though she gets worried sometimes and asks me if it is ok she uses neon orange or this shimmer or that. I am like, “go right ahead man! anything!” I always look forward to my nail appointments. I have even bought her some Japanese nail magazines, steered her toward some nail websites so maybe someday she will give me something really outlandish? who knows? I have to admit though, there is a local nail magazine that is quite interesting. But so far I haven’t seen the same outlandish art yet on them. I think they will get there soon.

Now I have to just wait patiently for my next nail appointment which is very soon!!!

By the way, these are all gel on my own nails and not acrylic. πŸ™‚