Day 30: Inspired by a Tutorial

There’s this awesome two-tone tutorial that I’ve been meaning to try, so why not now? ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s my take on saran wrap nails as shown by Nailed It.

I painted my nails with a coat of Models Own Grace Green (how I had I forgotten that this gorgeous green is a fast-drying one-coater?) and then used the technique to add a marble in MIYO Perfumed Raspberry.

I really like how this turned out! What I also find interesting that next to the pink, the green looks more like a cool grey and the bright raspberry pink looks like a darker berry pink… ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m pretty sure I want to try this with a lighter-darker shade of the same colour… or pastels. ๐Ÿ˜€ Or neons! My! The possibilities! ๐Ÿ˜€

Almost there! Now, what will I do for task 31 — repeat of my favourite mani… No idea yet, as I love so many of these in the challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚



Day 20: Water Marble

Here’s the watermarble day of the challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I mean, they were pretty, but I could always think of a polish I already owned which was pretty much the same. Ditto with theย gorgeous Alessandro summer collection full of stunners. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚


Day 3: Yellow

We have reached the third day of the challenge, and in honor of the upcoming (hopefully) sunny weekend, my nails are yellow. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is two coats of the beautiful yellow creme with subtle shimmer that is MIYO’sย Peacock (should be named Banana though ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) dotted with Essence Sundancer.

I’m pretty pleased with this! ๐Ÿ™‚

And I submitted my Master’s thesis to the department today, so yay! for that. ๐Ÿ˜€


Golden Raspberry

I finally got around to visiting MIYO’s stand of perfumed polishes, and this time I walked away with the pink one.ย ย Raspberryย is a bright and saturated raspberry pink with tiny gold glitter and a somewhat synthetic raspberry scent.

It is slightly cooler in real life. And I’ll be completely honest with you — I got seduced my the golden glitter. I have pinks in my collection, but I don’t have one with golden micro-glitter! It definitely works and makes it more interesting.

As with other MIYO polishes I’ve tried, this was again a one-to-two coater and the dry time is totally ok. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lasts decently as well, seeing as these pics were made at the end of second day of wear.

The scent is there, and as I said slightly synthetic feeling, but not overpowering or distracting.


It’s Mango Season

Here’s the second of the two MIYO scented polishes I got for Christmas. And I kinda wish I’d worn it before, for the Christmas season, as the colour is perfect for that. Mangoย is a yellow based evergreen green with tons of golden shimmer. Very very pretty. Even though the scent should be mango/papaya, for me, it wasn’t different from the previous polish I tried… still a pleasant if generic fruity smell.

Unfortunately, these kinds of yellow-based greens give me a major case of lobster hands. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Still, it’s a truly beautiful polish, just not the best for my skin tone…

Upside? This a great application one-coater! Very pigmented. This means I can use it for stamping. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m still enjoying my experience with this (relatively) new to me brand… they have an interesting if small selection of polishes and I hope they’ll expand it soon. ๐Ÿ™‚


I Smell Paradise :)

So, I finally got around to trying out one of the MIYO perfumed polishes I got for Christmas. (And I find it really difficult to type one-handed as my cat has decided to sleep on my one hand and a part of the keyboard :P)

First up is Tropical, named so for the scent, not the colour, I think. It smells a bit fruity and flowery at the same time. Pretty strongly as well. I thought it would be less as it dried and when I added my top coat of China Glaze’s Fast Forward, which has a strong smell as well…. But every time I move my hands near my face I get a whiff. Thankfully, I like it.

Enough about the smell! On to the colour, which is a lovely baby blue with hidden lavender shimmer. The overall effect is something between a cornflower blue and periwinkle. So pretty! I have several baby blue cremes and baby blue cremes that lean lilac and there’s of course the baby blue with hidden blue shimmer… but nothing like this. I like it in winter and it’s gonna make a great spring polish as well. ๐Ÿ˜€

The formula was nice enough at two coats that I’m considering picking up some more from this line…

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€


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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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