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Ready for Christmas

Feels like there are a couple of dozen manis in my folders I haven’t gotten around to posting this year. Probably feels that way, because it’s true. ๐Ÿ˜›

Still, with this mani I’m not playing catch-up as I added the top coat minutes ago and now all I need to be completely ready for Christmas is to bake myย gingersnaps. ๐Ÿ˜€

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So, not having done nail art for a long time, I was just overflowing with ideas for what I wanted on my nails for Christmas.

And when there’s a difficult choice to be made… go with everything. ๐Ÿ˜€ So, skittles it is.

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BeYu No 209 with BYS Pot of Gold – China Glaze Hey Sailor! tipped with Twinkle Lights – China Glaze Midnight Kiss stamped with red and tipped with OPI Rainbow Connection – China Glaze Ruby Pumps on the pinkie

My thumb was the deep yellow of Pupa No 088 topped with Twinkle Lights and Pot of Gold.

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I love every single nail! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

That said, I’d forgotten justย howย gorgeous Ruby Pumps is! It’s been over a year since it was on my nails and with all the fascinating multichromes and stuff coming out lately, it’s easy to forget such a classic. But seriously. It has to be one of the most beautiful polishes ever made. Not even kidding. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope everybody is enjoying their holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚

MLV.

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Psychedelic Measles?

Um, yeah.

I tried to make my previous mani of Mellow Yellow more wearable and even more fun for the weekend and came up with what is probably my strangest mani to date.

Kinda looks like my nails have the measles.ย  And you know what, I love it!

I toned down the warm yellowness, by stamping it with Models Own Beth’s Blue — a periwinkle blue pastel — using Konad plate m65. Could have stopped here, but that was too subtle and low key for what I had in mind. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I used my trusty dotting tool and Essence Surferama to add berry pink dots to my nails. Finally, I added yellow rhinestones on some dots.

This is just so much fun!

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Easter Konads

I had so many ideas about what I wanted to do for Easter. I could not make up my mind, so I ended up doing a whole bunch of them at once. ๐Ÿ˜›

I started out with pastel skittles (and boy, were the pastels difficult to choose as I have so many I love).

Eyeko Pastel, O.P.I Rumple’s Wiggin, Depend No 210, Eyeko Vintage

I’m also wearing the same Depend yellow on my thumb. All are three coats except Rumple’s Wiggin, which is two.

There was never sun today, but after this pic, things got pre-thunderstorm dark, so I appologise for the high ISO grainy nature of the next pics. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I went to work with two BM plates, Konad m65 and Depend’s White Crackle Effect.

I used White Crackle on my thumb, Alessandro’s Turquoise Ocean for the blue, China Glaze’s Grape Pop for the purple, Konad White for the white and Manhattan No 87D for the darker dusty mint.

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Swamp-Green with a Hint of Rocks

I am enamored with my mani of American Apparel’s MacArthur Park. But I decided to pimp it up a little.

I used Essence’s Break Through and Konad plate M57 together with purple rhinestones.

I don’t usually do wear tests — don’t have the patience — but I’ve been wearing this for three days and not a hint of tip wear yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ Like.

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Desert Leopard

I finally got my hands on Konad plate m57! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been oos for ages at the local importer. Well, to celebrate, I had to use it immediately, of course.

I started out this mani with two coats of an amazing Alessandro polish from their fall collection — Desert Rose, which is a sort of light warm grey with just the barest hint of beige and hidden silver and golden shimmer.

I’m not kidding when I tell you this is one hell of a gorgeous neutral.

I stamped it with the leopard spots pattern from plate m57 using a black Flormal nail art polish.

Then I filled in some of the spots with a cool gold nail art polish also from Flormal. (I love their nail art polishes!)

Meow! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Polka-Dot-Red

In the endless debate between polka-dot or stripes, I change my mind daily. Today, it’s polka-dots. ๐Ÿ™‚

I started out with two coats of China Glaze’s High Roller — a classic medium jelly-creme.

Then I added white polka-dots using Konad White Special polish and one of the BM plates. This is where things got iffy, as the Konad White bled quite a bit when I added my top coat. I haven’t experienced this often, and I’m gonna blame the fact that my top coat is getting old and quite thick and not so easy to apply. I need to get a new bottle before it ruins any more of my manis.

I added black tips using China Glaze’s Liquid Leather.

I like the idea. I didn’t like how messy my execution was. So I only wore this for half a day.

However, I do want to try this again one of these days. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Independence Day Nails!

Happy Independence Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

For my international readers, 24th of February is the Estonian Independence Day. And the days prior, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my nails for this holiday.

This is the Estonian flag:

A simple blue-black-white tricolour. At first, I thought I’d do a tape mani with these colours, but then I decided to go for something more subtle and girly. ๐Ÿ™‚

I started out with China Glaze’s Flyin’ High — a light-medium blue creme. This actually is a bit too light for our flag colour, but I only thought later that I had more suitable cremes in my stash.

Then I used a Flormal Nail Art polish in black to give myself black stripes just near the end of my tips. This was my first time using any sort of nail art brush and it was nerve wrecking! They didn’t come out all that even, but thankfully, according to my plan they’d be mostly covered.

And finally, I used one of the Bundle Monster plates and Konad Special polish in White to give myself diagonal lacy French tips.

This actually came out pretty much exactly like I wanted, so I’m pleased. ๐Ÿ˜€

V.