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Lilac Dreams Comparision

Pale lilacs, lavenders and periwinkles are among the prettiest nail polish colours I can think of… And to my horror I realised that the SpaRitual polishes I bought ages ago were still in my untrieds. 😦

The first one I tried out on a dreary rainy summer day was SpaRitual’s Lucid.

Ungh. Isn’t it pretty? This is a pale very cool lilac with a strong hint of grey.

I also wanted to compare this to some other favourites of mine…

Models Own Beth’s Blue – SpaRitual Lucid – American Apparel L’Esprit – OPI Rumples Wiggin’.

As you can see, Lucid is basically a love child of Beth’s Blue and L’Esprit… though just a bit paler and the formula is sheerer requiring 2-3 coats to be opaque. It’s a very nice and easily controlled formula though!

Suffice to say, this joins my hall of faves. 😉

MLV.

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Day 31: Repeat of Favourite and Done!

I am done. I actually managed to complete this challenge (in 2.5 months, but still). Nobody’s more surprised than me. 😉

For my repeat mani, I decided on Day 14: Flowers.

It’s nicely in the middle of the challenge and, besides that, one of the few freehand techniques I feel competent doing.

I painted my nails with American Apparel’s L’Esprit. For some reason these sort of pastel lilacs are the most flattering nail polish shade on me, but I cannot wear lilac at all as it completely washes me out and clashes with my general skin tone and hair. 😛

After that, I proceeded to paint freehand roses with a toothpick using Sally Hansen X-treme Wear Mellow Yellow, Nubar Milk Chocolate, Orly Fresh and SpaRitual Yes, I Can!

I added a top coat too, as I didn’t bother to use one before the roses…

…but to be honest, I prefer the pre-topcoat textured version.

And there you have it! All 31 tasks done. If you wish to check out what I did, just click the “Challenges” tag above or the 31-days tag in the post. 😀

Ooooh, off to try my untrieds soon! Can’t wait!

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Day 20: Water Marble

Here’s the watermarble day of the challenge. 🙂 But before that, a little rant — I’m in a nail polish funk lately, it seems. I spent some time in Finland (hence the slight absence, sorry!) and dropped by some stores and looked at all the H&M, Models Own, Wet’n’Wild, etc polishes I’ve been craving…

And came back home without picking up a single one. 😮 I mean, they were pretty, but I could always think of a polish I already owned which was pretty much the same. Ditto with the gorgeous Alessandro summer collection full of stunners. 😦

 Kind of makes me want to shout: Aren’t there any original polishes out there any more?!

Enough of that, here’s my watermarble:

I used American Apparel L’Esprit for the base. Then I used L’Esprit, Essence Surferama and MIYO Peacock for the marble.

I think it turned out alright, but I’m not a fan of the waterbubbles on some of the nails. Also, Peacock turned out to be a bit too sheer — I wanted a pastel yellow to contrast the lilac and berry pink, but instead it looks like an off-white.

Still, considering I’ve done a watermarble only twice before… not too shabby. 🙂

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Day 16: Tribal Print

This part of the challenge gave me an anxiety attack already in advance. I know I don’t have any image plates with patterns I could use, so I knew this would mean freehand.

Eeek. Me+freehand does not equal a good combo.

In the end, I decided to keep it as subtle as possible while borrowing sorta tribal elements.

I painted my nails using the gorgeous and unique putty green that is Make Up Store Maria. Then I added uneven peachy-nude stripes using a toothpick
(again) and GOSH Miss Sweety. I painted on a zig-zag pattern using a black nail art polish from Flormal and then finally, added pea-soup green dots using American Apparel MacArthur Park.

It’s busy and subtle at the same time, and despite being a hot mess I kinda like it. 😀

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Day 4: Green

And here’s day four of the challenge: green. I actually looked at my tags one day and discovered that the colour I wear most often is green (or at least it’s tagged most often).

So I picked up an old favourite, the murky split-pea soup green creme that is American Apparel’s MacArthur Park.

I added a messy gradient using Orly’s Rocket Science — another polish that hasn’t gotten much love in the recent year or so. 😉 It was greener and less yellow-toned than I remembered, but still a pretty moss colour.

I love this challenge for making me remember polishes I haven’t worn in ages. 🙂

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Travelling Nails

I finally got around to it and downloaded the nail pics I took of my vacation mani into the computer.

This mani lasted me eight days until it chipped and then I took it off.

I used OPI’s What’s With the Cattitude for the base, then sponged the tips using American Apparel’s L’Esprit and added Viva La Nails water decals on top.

Here it is again on the sixth day. As you can see, no chipping, but my cuticles are looking ragged. 😛

Bonus: my vacation pedi of Orly’s Halley’s Comet. The least ickiest toe pic I managed to take. 😉

Since I got back, I’ve been wearing BYS Mood Polishes, so I’ll try to gather my thoughts and pics of them as well and share them with you as soon as I can.

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Vault: Most Inaccurately Named Peacock

I wore this polish sometime in early July after happening upon a new (for me) brand called MIYO. It has a line of about twenty different polishes in pretty interesting colours actually (plenty of blues and greens).

I picked up a polish from them named Peacock. And I actually checked the name on several different polishes, because a very pale pastel yellow creme is not what comes to my mind when thinking of peacocks.

For a pastel yellow, the application was good enough — opaque and even in three coats.

It’s a cute polish and I decided to make the mani even cuter buy playing around with dotting tools. I used American Apparel L’Esprit for the lilac dots and Alessandro Pretty Ballerina for the pink ones.

I thought it turned out quite adorable. 🙂

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Estonian ladies, I found MIYO polishes at Rosalind in Tallinn.