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Fowl Play

Time to revisit an old non-favourite that has now redeemed itself. That happens to me sometimes — dislike of a polish turns into love for a polish.

This is why I hesitate to give away polishes I haven’t liked that much. 😛

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Orly Fowl Play is a good example of this. For some reason I felt really… meh… about it the first time I wore it (despite loving it in the bottle) but this time…

I’m *really* liking it!

It’s squishy and interesting and just in general a fun vampy cold season polish. 😀

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Voila! In with the old! 😀

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It’s snowing insanely again, so it’s nice to remember the almost reasonably bare ground of only a couple days ago.

 

The Two Reincarnations of a NYE Mani

First of all: happy new year all! 😀 Secondly, my main resolution that relates to my online activities is definitely to try to update my blog more often. I mean, I still do my nails with alarming frequency… no reason why I shouldn’t upload the pics.

When I was over at my mum’s for Christmas, she went about reading predictions and horoscopes for 2013 (she’s into things like that 🙂 ) and while I knew nothing about the lucky colours for the brand new 2013 before…

I remembered my mum saying that combinations of purple and silver were the luckiest thing. So that’s what I went with for my NYE mani.

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I did my nails with the perfect purple creme of China Glaze’s Grape Pop (still a favourite!) and sponged on an old purple-y multicoloured glitter polish and my ring finger with the accent of Orly Out of This World complete with silver studs.

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I adored this mani and wore it for three days. And then yesterday decided to update it keeping the accent finger. I love the studs!

I used an old favourite here as well — China Glaze Grape Juice and kept the purple theme.

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I adore Grape Juice, but I’m sadly now out of it. Maybe enough left for an accent nail or two in the bottle, but no full manis with it anymore. 😦

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*sigh*

So, which do you like more? 🙂

MLV.

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Kicking Off the Christmas Manis

With a combo of green, of course.

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Sinful Colors Happy Ending and Orly Meet Me Under the Mistletoe and my trusty dotting tool bring you this Season’s mani. 🙂

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Been a while since I’ve worn green… quite like it! 😀

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No fancy pictures, just the latte that makes my December. 🙂 Nothing like cozy cafes and warm spicy drinks to make you love the season.

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 29: Inspired by the Supernatural

Oooh! Almost there! So when I thought about this task of the challenge, I immediately thought dark and gloomy and possibly ghosts or the like… But to be honest, it’s the summer, and I don’t want to do dark and gloomy.

So.

Flubber!

I painted my nails with two coats of this über-cheap light green scattered holo I picked up at a random store a couple of years ago. It’s called HoloNails 3D H8.

Then I used a dotting tool and Orly’s Fresh to add the flubber tips.

Love it!

Even if today’s not the best day for holos… there’s this amazing thunderstorm outside. Flashing and flashing. My cat’s face is priceless and she refuses to leave my lap, my thighs will bear the marks of her claws for several days now. 😛

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Day 14: Flowers

Ooh, I was looking forward to this task — flowers! 😀 And hello, summer.

I painted my nails with two coats of the beautiful OPI I Don’t Give A Rotterdam and added colourful roses using my tried and true toothpicks.

For the roses I used Essence Sundancer, Orly Va Va Voom and China Glaze Hey, Sailor! The leaves were Orly Fresh and SpaRitual Yes, I Can!

I’m really enjoying the contrast between the muted base colour and the almost neon of the flowers. Makes it very wearable with all sorts of outfits. 😉

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Day 10: Gradient Nails

Ok, so the easy part of the challenge is nearly over. 😉

Here’s my day 10: gradient nails.

This was sorta inspired by strawberries. 😀 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. 😉

MLV.