Thursday, 11 August 2011

Guest Blog - Jennifer, Marisa's Little Sister

Evening everyone, it's me.

Sorry I haven't posted in forever, but I've been really busy studying lately and I haven't had time to sit down and write a post. I know I mentioned that I would try to have a guest blogger (aka my sister) come in and do some posts, but I haven't really gotten that functional until now. I had my first final today, and my next (and last one) will be next Wednesday. I have a bunch of photos edited that I'll post up throughout the week, so we won't be going completely postless again anytime soon!

Okay, enough babbling. Here is my sister.. who is eager to tell you about lots of things. Smart things. Nail polish things. Maybe she'll throw in some facts about murderers from the Forensic Psychology textbook she's reading. Okay. I'm not going to edit this either, unless something really really bad happens. Okay. Sister time.

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer and as you know, I'm Marisa's little sister. Okay, so just to introduce myself, I'll share some information about me.

I'm currently 14 years old and attend high school in Vancouver. I have many interests that include reading, doing my nails, baking, and playing sports... especially hockey and soccer. I'm a HUGE fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins (I know, I live in Vancouver where the Canucks are pretty much worshiped yet I'm loyal to the Pens) and hockey in general. Forensic psychology and criminology interest me and since I'm on summer vacation with nothing better to do, I sometimes accompany Marisa to school. My favourite part is borrowing books from the library because attending lectures where I haven't been educated enough (and not old enough, either) to comprehend what the professor is saying can, evidently, be extremely boring. I'm reading a book on forensic psychology and criminal law at the moment, and I must say that it can be quite interesting reading about the psychological profiles of psychopaths and other criminal offenders. Nail polish and nail art has never recently struck an interest in me as a hobby until recently, just like Marisa. I do have to say that I've been doing my nails extremely frequently now in the summer because I just simply have nothing else to do, but I thoroughly enjoy it. Okay, enough about myself. I have a tendency to speak a lot and go on and on about the most random things ever, which can be a good and bad thing, depending on the circumstances.

There will be various pictures in this blog post, so I'll start with my swatch of OPI's Grape..Set..Match from the Serena Williams collection.

 I have to say, this is a very pretty deep, royal purple colour with a nice shimmer to it. It's very pretty as well in the shade, where it appears to be a blue-y purple, and also in the sun, where it looks more like a purple-red.

Next up, I have some marble nails that I've done before. I actually quite like water marbling. I decided to try it when my friend asked me to do them, and I learned how by the countless number of tutorials for it on Youtube. The process of it all is extremely fun, but the cleanup is, in my opinion, the hardest part. I know that to make it easier that people will tape their fingers to prevent the polish from going onto their skin, but I am simply too lazy. Needless to say, I think the results are very cute!

These are coffee inspired marble nails. I used three polishes: Cult Nails' Cruisin' Nude, Espresso by Joe Fresh, and Snow by China Glaze. I always thought that those cups of coffee with those patterns stirred into the foam on top were really cute.

This was my first attempt at water marbling, and now that I look back on the pictures these nails remind me of old-fashioned lollipops. The colours are very cute and summer orientated. The colours I used were Snow by China Glaze (as a base), OPI's Japanese Rose Garden, and Something Sweet and Sugar High by China Glaze as well.

Next up:

These were nails that I decided to do on my nails on one of my 'creative' days. They're quite plain and simple, but the pastel colours add a cute touch. However, my friend (coincidentally, the same one who requested I do marble nails) commented on this photo on Facebook with slight discontent! He said, "you should have done blue dots on the pink and pink dots on the blue!" Oh well. Although he does has a point, I think it looks decent enough as it is. I used For Audrey and Something Sweet by China glaze, along with two fine tipped colour club polishes and In the Spot-light Pink by OPI as a base cover.

Last of all:

These nails were inspired after I was scrolling through my friends' Facebook albums and I came across a blurry photo of an acquaintance's that showed her nails after getting a 60 dollar manicure. I think 60 dollars is an outrageous amount of money to spend on a manicure, acrylic nails or not, when you can do something similar at home. That prompted me to do something similar to what she got. I never intended on doing these nails to say, "Ha! You got your nails done for 60 dollars and I did them myself for free!" but I've always wanted to do something nice and somewhat elegant on my nails and that picture was what got me to do it. The polishes I used were:
In the Spot-light Pink - OPI (as a base cover)
DS Sapphire - OPI
Gold - LA Colours
Fairy Dust - China Glaze
I Lilly Love you - OPI
Servin' Up Sparkle - OPI
There were actually a lot of polishes used on something that didn't look too complicated, but I did do a lot of layering to have something like a gradient sparkles effect. 

Well! This has been a very long post, if I do say so myself (from the eyes of an inexperienced guest blogger). You can say that I have taken a water hose and ended Marisa's posting-drought by guest blogging. I hope I'll be able to post more, as this has been quite fun to do.

Bye for now!
- Jennifer


  1. I love the coffee-like marble manicure but I worry that too much polish is "used up" in marbling... And you're right... The cleanup is a lot of work. I do ADORE your gradient manicure though. Absolutely breathtaking!!!! Just bought I Lilly love you... So, will have to try it ;)

  2. Aw, thanks Marta! It means a lot to me to have someone like my nail art, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. ;)

    - Jennifer


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