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Day 10: Gradient Nails

Ok, so the easy part of the challenge is nearly over. πŸ˜‰

Here’s my day 10: gradient nails.

This was sorta inspired by strawberries. πŸ˜€ But a lot messier than I’d first intended… still need to practice those gradients quite a bit (and pick up a makeup sponge while I’m at it!)

Two coats of Orly Fresh, tips sponged with Barry M Fuchsia and Lumene Soul Shaker.

Tomorrow the second decade of the challenge starts — all about nail art — and colour me a bit scared. πŸ˜‰

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From the Vault: Night Party

This is from a while back, as I’m still in love with my baby blue mani. Been wearing it for three days now. πŸ™‚

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This is two coats of Lumene’s Night Party — a brown shimmer with opalescent green to red flakies.

I loved the application of this polish. The combo of brush+formula is really good in this one. However, I feel like I would have loved this polish even more if it had been a brown jelly base instead of the brown shimmer base which sorta hides the flakies a bit.

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Shattered Heart

So, another little homage to Valentines Day. πŸ™‚ This is three coats of Lumene’s Soul Shaker — the most beautiful cool fuchsia foil I know — under a thick coat of Depend’s Red Crackle Effect.

Very interesting in real life. I love the contrast between pink and red and sparkly foil and flat matte.

Sorry for the messy cuticles! This red crackle is slightly annoying to clean up. The only downside, really, and one that I can live with. πŸ™‚

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Top Five of 2010

After some serious decision-making, here are my favourite polishes from this year. It was difficult enough to make the decisions so these are in no particular order.

Sally Hansen X-treme Wear Mystic Lilac

Orly Space Cadet

Essie Going Incognito

Lumene Trouble Maker

Alix Avien No 187

Also, honourable mentions of summer polishes I don’t have pictures of: China Glaze Watermelon Rind, Alessandro Turquoise Ocean, Orly It’s Not Rocket Science and Halley’s Comet (with its army of dupes).

Have a great time today! πŸ™‚ And I’ll see you next year with a brand new giveaway.

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Haulish Post!

Taking a break from your regularly scheduled manicure post, I present to you The Haulish Post! a.k.a. What I Got in the Mail Today. πŸ™‚

Some time ago, I sawΒ  swatches of this gorgeous coppery-bronze shimmer polish with flakies from the Finnish brand Lumene online. And to my devastation, I couldn’t find it sold anywhere! Lumene is sold here, but apparently this particular line — Quick & Chic — not. 😦

So the lovely Parakeet from Finland sent it to me as a pressie! πŸ˜€ Thank you so much! It’s exactly as beautiful as I expected and I can’t wait to wear it.

This would have been totally enough to make me happy, but there was more! I also received a big swap package of US drugstore polishes that I’ve been craving for a while and/or that Sparks picked out for me.

Check out what I got to open:

 

By the way, only one of the polishes was China Glaze — a decant of Grape Juice that she sent me to try out. πŸ™‚ The rest were totally drugstore goodies.

Can you guess what polishes I got today?

Eeeeee! So excited! I can’t wait to wear each and single one of them.It’s like Christmas has come already. Thank you so so much, Sparks!

And next week I’m expecting two packages from Asos with my first Barry M, Models Own and Ciate polishes, plus some water decals and nail stickers from Viva La Nails.

With the over-the-knee-deep snow outside, it’s definitely Christmas season. And I have a fun idea for my first advent manicure this weekend. πŸ™‚

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Lumene Soul Shaker

After the disturbing discovery that I had only one pink in my collection — Eyeko’s Punk — I really needed more. And what better polish to get than one called Soul Shaker from the Finnish brand Lumene. This from their Nail Styler series and comes in the same mini-bottle as Trouble Maker (which you can win by entering my giveaway).

Their finish is also similar, but Soul Shaker isn’t as multi-coloured. What it is, however, is a vibrant fuchsia foil. It’s like a sparkle party on my nails. πŸ™‚ Unfortunately, the lack of sunshine outside didn’t let me capture the polish in all its glory.

This is two coats of the pink pretty.

Like I expected from Lumene, the polish had a small and stiff flat brush, which I actually really liked for application on all my nails except the pinky. The brush was simply too wide for that. πŸ˜› The formula was nice; I used two coats of the polish to get the opacity I wanted.

One coat of China Glaze Fast Forward helped it to have slightly above average drying time.

To my surprise, I’m really liking these Lumene Nail Stylers, I just wish they came in a bigger bottle as $6 is pretty steep for a 0.14 fl.Oz bottle. 😦

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Lumene is a Finnish drugstore brand available in most Scandinavian countries and Estonia.

Lumene Trouble Maker

Enough of cremes, let’s look at a foil! I first saw Lumene’s (a Finnish brand) Trouble Maker in a store a couple of weeks ago. I passed, because in the store lighting it reminded me too much of OPI’s Lu-Certainly Look Marvelous… Well, I was wrong; they’re nothing alike.

I saw it again when Alizarine wore it the other day. I ran to the store, and it was still there, Lumene’s Trouble Maker (all pictures are click-able):

Look at it! It’s a medium grey base with golden and blue shimmer. It’s so unique and so beautiful.

It’s in a 4.5 ml mini-bottle. That fact alone is horrible about it. Lumene’s home page justifies the tiny bottle by saying this way you have the chance to finish the bottle before it dries up…. pfft! Haven’t they heard of thinner.

I painted my nails with it:

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