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Am I Dead Yet?

Not quite. I switched from a computer to a tablet for my home web browsing needs (so much more comfy to have a quick look at things!) but the only hitch in that plan was my inablity to get photos from the camera to the tablet.

Oops.

So. Tons of polishes I’ve bought in the meantime, but haven’t gotten around to yet. As in, still trying to play catch up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Here’s the superb Gosh Galaxy which I picked up as part of my nail polish Christmas presents to myself. I oohed and aahed over it for a while, but didn’t bite the bullet as I thought that it would be too similar to my other “interesting-yet-neutral-colour-mix-foils” like SpaRitual Sacred Ground or Lumene Troublemaker or…

You get the picture. But I’m so glad I did get it eventually! It’s just so pretty! Subtle but effective. ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t really get the name though.

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*sigh* Prettiness! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Day 22: Inspired by a Song

Ok, so it’s supposedly summer, and I wanted to do something summery. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I allowed myself to be inspired by one of my favourite Beatles songs

I still wanted to keep it kinda low key (instead of psychedelic) so I started with a sort of blank canvas.

This is GOSH Miss Sweety, which is a gorgeous peachy nude and I always avoid it because I think peachy nudes don’t suit me… until I put it on for a layering or something and am reminded of how much I love it.

And then there’s a moment of regret I’m not wearing it on its own.

I went on to stamp red strawberries using China Glaze Hey Sailor and an older BM plate.


And then finally used my trusty toothpick method to add leaves and dots in Sinful Colors Happy Ending and Colorama Redcurrant Jelly to make the strawberries look more like… well, strawberries, instead of random red blobs of colour.

And there you go! I’m quite liking this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Black & White Challenge – Day 8

Almost done! This is quick and dirty as I put this together just when I was running out the door to watch The Hunger Games. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m back now and noticed I managed to take only one decent photo… oh well. But the film was worth it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s my entry for Day 8 –ย Sponging.

I did my nails with China Glaze’sย Liquid Leather and sponged the tips with the Alix Avien white cremeย No 60 and GOSH’sย Vanilla Ice — a sheer white glassfleck polish. In honour of “the girl on fire” I added Nubar’sย 2010 on top. ๐Ÿ˜€

You can find more information on the challenge, plus all the bloggers playing along HERE. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Black & White Challenge – Day 1

I felt like I was getting into a nail routine of “polish on – polish off”, so I decided to try my hand at this challenge. What pulled me in, is that I won’t have to post a challenge mani daily… this means I can experiment in peace and wear my beloved colourful nails in the mean time.

Here’s my entry for Day 1 –ย Black on White.

This was a true challenge for me. I haven’t done whole-nail stamping in ages. Lesson learned — choose a more opaque black polish. ๐Ÿ˜›

This was three coats of GOSHย Vanilla Ice — a sheer but very sparkly white glass fleck polish. Still VNL at three coats and I usually use this polish as an effect top coat, but decided to try it on its own today. It has these really pretty pastel multicoloured sparkles going for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I imagine at one coat, this is also a gorgeous French mani topper. Not my style though, so haven’t tried that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then I stamped it using one of the older Bundle Monster plates and a random black nail art polish, which was just a bit too sheer for the design to come out crisp.

This was every so slightly too blingy for my taste, so I added a matte top coat, which created an overall satiny wallpaper effect that you can see in the topmost picture. Quite like it now. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find more information on the challenge, plus all the bloggers playing along HERE. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Yellow Bombay

Ages ago when I did my Rainbow Week, I asked for recommendations of yellow polish, GOSH’s Yellow Bombay was one of the polishes I bought then, and now, I finally got around to trying it out.

Yellow Bombay looks amazing it the bottle — bright yellow shimmer with pieces of almost flaky yellow glitter. It seriously looks like sunshine in a bottle. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the nails, I needed three coats.

I guess this is one of those polishes I love in theory… and in the bottle. On my nails I have to say it really is too warm for my skin tone. Plus, some of the glitter in it dried weirdly, giving the polish a sort of gritty look despite generous amounts of top coat.

Damn my too pale skin! I really wish I could pull this off.

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Crackle Sparkle

Still continuing with the crackles here! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now, beware, this post contains my stained nails and a sheer polish. Just in case you don’t want to see that.

I used two polishes — GOSH’s Vanilla Ice for the base and Depend Crackle Effect No 5007 for the crackle top coat.

Vanilla Ice is a super sheer polish — flecks of silvery shimmer/glitter in a milky base. It’s a cousin to China Glaze’s White Cap, but the shimmer is whitish-silvery instead of golden.

I used three coats here and as you can see, this is still very very sheer. You can also see how yellowed the tips of my nails are, which kinda changes the colour of the polish. ๐Ÿ˜›

I wasn’t worried about the sheerness, though, as I added the Crackle Effect No 5007 — a baby blue with heavy silver shimmer.

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I kinda like this. I think it crackled well (though I’ve never had a problem with that) but it’s a bit too much. Too much shimmer, that is, and not enough contrast. Next time, I’m gonna try this crackle polish with either a creme polish or something darker underneath. Just a little too sweet this is.

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p.s. Vanilla Ice makes for an amazing sparkle top coat! ๐Ÿ˜‰