Happy Emancipation Day Jamaica 2017!

Hello Everyone! Happy Emancipation Day! Whenever this time of year rolls around and i’m homesick to the extreme, and since this and Independence day fall within the same week so it’s normally a week long celebration. So i’m celebrating my way with nail art of course. See previous years mani for a mini history lesson.

Polishes used Zoya Pippa, Wyatt, Willa & Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Going Green, stamped with Plate BM-H14 using Zoya Goldie and coconut trees from plate Konad M29.

Thanks for reading!

-Kerri

 

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Updates…… and Stuff

Well…..

That’s probably the last time I posted anything here lol. Sooo hello, how’ve ya’ll been? Well life got interesting the last year and a half, there’s been ups and downs and Jesus take the wheel days but everyone has survived and came out better on the other side.

But even before then I had been slowing down with posting not because I no longer loved doing my  nails but I lacked the time, the motivation and the energy (more on this one). It started feeling like work and I started this blog to be a fun hobby.

Last year my mom had an ongoing problem and was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and she needed surgery and radiation therapy, there was never any doubt I was going to be there for her whichever way I could help. She’s a tough cookie but this was hard on her and for me hard to watch, I felt helpless. The good news is she is now cancer free WOOHOO!!!

Before my moms diagnosis I had found myself being tired all the time, I just told myself I need more sleep, the problem with that was I could sleep for sixteen hours, wake up and still be tired. Let me see if I can break down seven months into two paragraphs, here goes. Mom got sick and I focused on helping her, still tired but pushed it aside and kept going. Mom’s on the way to getting better and I can barely function (hid it from her she had enough to worry about), go to the doctor, did labs, results say i’m fine. Definitely didn’t feel fine, was convinced my body was trying to eject my animus.

Things got worse i’m more exhausted, I can barely walk, my body hurts, i’m falling asleep everywhere, started losing hair, menses gone nuts, blood count low, heart rate too high, doctor says no strenuous activity it’ll put too much stress on my heart and no flying (I had to fly to a conference the next month that was already paid for….just great.) Start eating iron tabs like candy, went for more extensive lab work. Flew to the conference (with restrictions and instructions from my doctor) Got a recommendation to see an endocrinologist, more labs and ultrasound, got a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Disease or Autoimmune Thyroiditis, who knew a little thing controlled so much of your bodies function. I’m medication and learning how to stay on the better side of fine, it’s a balancing act, i’m getting there.

So i’m back, there is no weekly schedule, I just want this to be fun for me again and hopefully fun for you too.

Thanks for reading!

– Kerri

 

Halloween Graveyard

Hello  Everyone! Happy Halloween! This is the only time of year I attempt to hand draw my nail art concept. I Sponged on several layers of blue, gray and green as a base, but it looked a little one dimensional and nature never is. So I added a yellow and a darker green to give it some life, I also used polishes with shimmer to simulate moonlight.

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Polishes used Zoya Carey (base), Zoya Talia, Harley, Daisy, Tracie & England Dragon (Gradient). Zoya Willa, Kelly, Darcy, Arizona & Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Going Green. (Landscape drawings)

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Thanks for reading!

-Kerri

 

Purple Royalty Watermarble

Hello Everyone! Purple is the color of royalty or do they say. I needed a fast watermarble so used a container that I could easily dip five fingers in and not get a mess.

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Polishes used for watermarble OPI Cosmo-Not Tonight Honey!, Planks A Lot, Eiffel For This Color. OPI My Private Jet for accent nail and rhinestones from eBay.

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Thanks For Reading!

– Kerri

 

Happy Independence Day Jamaica! 2016

Hello Everyone! This was a mani I did for Jam Dung AKA Jamaica Independence Day, Inspired by the Bob Marley classic One Love, and more than ever I think we all need unity.

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Gradient using Sally Hansen White On (base), OPI I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana, Green-Wich Village. Stamp on Pueen 37 using Sally Hansen Blackout and Heritage Red.

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Flag: Sally Hansen Lemon Zest, Going Green, Black Out.
Thumb and Pinky, base color Sally Hansen Going Green, stamped on Pueen 35 with White On.

 

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Thanks For Reading!

– Kerri

“ONE LOVE, ONE HEART, LETS GET TOGETHER AND FEEL ALRIGHT”.

Happy Emancipation Day Jamaica!

Hello Everyone, While i’m not in Jamaica to celebrate but I find i’m appreciating freedom lately and what it means to be truly free. August 1, 1834 marked a special day for Africans in British colonies it was the day they received freedom from slavery.

So to start out the week long celebration with a Jamaican flag inspired ribbon like watermarble.

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Polishes used for watermarble using Sally Hansen Lemon Zest (base),Mellow Yellow, Going Green, Black Out. Stamped on Pueen plate with White On.

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Thanks for reading!

– Kerri

In Jamaica, the Emancipation Declaration was read from the steps of the Old Kings House in Spanish Town, St Catherine, the country’s capital at the time.
The bill for the abolition of slavery in the British colonies received the royal assent on August 28,1838. It stated:

Be it enacted, that all and every one of the persons who on the first day of August one thousand eight hundred and thirty four, shall be holden in slavery within such British colony as aforesaid, shall, upon and from and after the said first day of August, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four, become and be to all intents and purposes free and discharged from all manner of slavery, and shall be absolutely and forever manumitted.
The passage of this bill in the British Parliament in England enabled approximately 311,000 enslaved Africans in Jamaica and hundreds of thousands more across the colonies the freedom for which many of their predecessors had fought and died. However, the Africans did not receive full freedom until four years later, as all slaves over six years old were subjected to a mandatory six-year period of apprenticeship. The ex-slaves would work – without pay – for their former masters for three-quarters of the week (40 hours), in exchange for lodging, food, clothing. medical attendance and grounds on which they could grow their own provisions. They could also, if they chose, hire themselves out for additional wages during the remaining quarter of the week. With this money, an ex-slave could then buy his freedom.

Green and Ivory Petals Watermarble

Hello Everyone! This mani was done last November and forgot to post it, i’m still loving it earthy goodness.

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Mini petal pattern tutorial.

Polishes used Gradient Zoya Yara, Logan, Remy and watermarble is Zoya Charlott (base), Zoya Anais & Finger Paints Pass The Picasso (not pictured).

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Thanks for reading!

-Kerri

​ A-England Polish Swatches

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Hello Everyone! I’ve always wanted to get these polishes, no idea what I was waiting on, I came across them on sale at whatsupnails.com for $7:35 the usual price is $10. Yay who doesn’t love a sale.

I somehow narrowed it down to 6 polishes, from different collections i’ve included the collection names that if like Pokemon you wanna catch them all you can. The formula for these are awesome, they apply so well, not streaky or patchy at all.

 A-England Polish

Rose Bower (Collection: To Emily Bronte): is a beautiful shimmering red polish, the holo effect is very subtle but still lovely. This is two coats with a topcoat.

Rose Bower

Briar Rose (Collection: Burne-Jones Dream): is and interesting color and hard to described, it’s red, but looks almost pink with a very fine holographic shimmer that looks very subtle.

Briar Rose

Dragon (Collection: The Legend): is a forest green holographic polish and hands down my favorite.

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Spirit of the Moors (Collection: To Emily Bronte): Is a beautiful blue polish with very fine silver holographic shimmer. oh and these stain nails so double up on basecoat. This is two coats with a topcoat.

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Crown of Thistles (Collection: Elizabeth and Mary): Is a beautiful deep purple, you could get away with one coat, but I did two to let the holo effect really come through and it’s close for favorite.

Crown of Thistles

Excalibur Renaissance (Collection: The Mythicals): Is a silver foil polish, it’s one of the smoothest silver polishes I have. It’s not streaky but can get that that way if you go over it with excessive strokes. I can stamp with it, watermarble with it, can be a one coater but this is two coats.

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Do I want more? you betcha!

Thank you for reading!

-Kerri

Golden Brown Vines

Hello Everyone! I wanted something quick and easy because it was late and I wanted to sleep, and also a palate cleanser after the previous bright neon polish manicure.

The base for this nail stamping is a black nail tint I made by adding a few drops of black polish in some clear topcoat (It drys quicker for stamping purposes). Over that I stamped on the vines using the brown polish and on top of that silvery brown. I absolutely love the effect.

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Polishes used Zoya Austine, Cinnamon & Pureen 33 Stamping Plate.

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I applied a Zoya coat of matte velvet top coat, it’s not absolutely matte it has a little shine to it.

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Thanks for reading!

-Kerri

Neon Watermarble

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Hello Everyone! Neonitist, it’s my recent sickness, but seriously though I have been wondering about my lack of polish buying enthusiasm. I stopped last month because I started buying neons like they were just invented. 😅

This watermarble is done from the Lou It Yourself, Bright Idea Neon Collection.

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These polishes are very vibrant but they dry a little fast and stops spreading on the water so I could only do so many drops before it wouldn’t spread anymore. When I added the extra drops anyway the colors got muddled. Exhibit A my nails, very few of them turned out like I wanted them to but I liked them anyway.

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Polishes used Sally Hansen White On, Lou It Yourself When It Rains It Pours, Avoid it like the Plague & Cat Got Your Tongue?

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Nail pattern how to after I figured out the polish.

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Thanks for reading!

-Kerri