Day 28: Inspired by a Flag

Here’s my mani inspired by the blue-black-white of the Estonian tricolour. 🙂

I painted my nails with Alix Avien’s No 60 and then sponged on China Glaze’s Liquid Leather and BYS Royal Blue.

Quite like this one! 🙂 Thanks to the sponging, it looks like a more pastel and summery version of the flag…



Day 25: Inspired by Fashion

Almost there! Just six more tasks to go. 🙂 Here I am, using one of my favourite colour combos on my nails — orange and teal.


For this I painted my nails with two coats of Alix Avien No 180 and then after it dried used the taping method to add Manhattan No 870.

I love this combo! And the polishes — vibrant, but somehow muted at the same time. 🙂


Day 21: Inspired by Colour

Finally! The last decade of the challenge. Probably the easiest and most difficult at the same time as all the tasks are very much up to interpretation. 😉

Here’s my take on inspired by colour — in this case inspired by warm tropical beaches. 😉

I painted my nails with one of the most unique blues in my stash — Alix Avien No 179.

This is the perfect polish to represent a warm sunlit ocean! The base is a murky greenish aqua with tons of bright lilac-y blue shimmer and some pieces of black “shimmer”.

I’m absolutely in love with this polish and since it wears really well as well, I kept it on for three days and probably gonna go for four. 😉


Day 17: Glitter

Oooh, I was looking forward to this! I mean, I dislike glitter removal with a passion, but I’ve been wanting to try a glitter sandwich for ages. 🙂

So, I painted my nails with Alix Avien No 156, which is a gorgeous coral jelly.


Then I added a coat of the multicoloured glitter in OPI Rainbow Connection and another coat of No 156.

I absolutely love how this turned out! 🙂


Day 15: Delicate Print

Here’s another one where I knew even before the challenge what I wanted to do. I’ve been wanting to do this colour/pattern combo for ages and the delicate print task finally gave me the opportunity.

This is two coats of Alix Avien No 60 — the first polish ever I have to get a second bottle of because I’m running out (I blame the black and white challenge 😉 ).

I stamped this using Barry M Cobalt Blue and one of my favourite Konad plates.

Ooh, sweet china. 😀 And I’m half-way through the challenge now. 😀 😀


In other news, I’ve been running injury free for a few weeks now (also did a race last weekend) so I’m starting a half marathon training plan next week. Also defending my Master’s next week. Busy week.


Day 9: Rainbow

I really need to step up with this challenge. While doing this, I’ve accumulated so many new polishes this past week that I can’t wait to try that I’m a little bit frustrated…

Here’s day 9: rainbow nails!

I painted my nails with two coats of Models Own Beth’s Blue — a gorgeous periwinkle pastel creme. (I have so much love for this shade!)

Then I used a toothpick dipped in a variety of polishes (China Glaze Hey Sailor! – Alix Avien No 180 – SH Mellow Yellow – Sinful Colors Innocent – Alessandro Turquoise Ocean – SpaRitual Circle of Life – ChG Flying Dragon).

I had kids call this “rasta-nails”. 😀 I think we need to re-examine what rasta means with them. 😛


p.s. I picked up my first MAC lipstick today — Impassioned — and I think I am absolutely in love. My previous everyday lippe was Make Up Store’s Pout, but I wanted a change for the warmer weather… and Impassioned makes me so happy. 😀

Black & White Challenge – Day 10

I decided to try and go out with a bang for the final day of this challenge. 🙂 So I did something I have never done before — freehand nail art. And to make it even more complicated as I don’t own any nail art brushes, I used a toothpick. :p

Here’s my entry for Day 1o – Black and White.

I painted my nails with two coats of China Glaze’s Pelican Gray — a light gray with a hidden shimmer and then went to town using little wooden toothpicks. I used Alix Avien No 60 — a white creme — and Nubar’s Stronghold — a dark gray creme — for the roses. And then a toothpick dipped into China Glaze’s Liquid Leather — a black creme — for the leaves.

This was my first time trying roses as well, so I hope they’re recognisable as ones even despite the grayscale colour scheme. I’m really excited to try them with colours this spring as well as they weren’t nearly as difficult as I expected. 🙂

This was an awesome challenge to participate in and I’m happy I did. 😀 Time to bid adieu though and move back to colours for the coming spring/summer.

You can find more information on the challenge, plus all the bloggers playing along HERE. 🙂