Day 27: Inspired by Artwork

I’m back! A little bit of shopping done too. πŸ™‚

And I wonder if anybody else has ever taken over two months to do this challenge, but I’m nearly there. πŸ™‚

Just three days to go and here I am getting inspired by my favourite flowers and the artist who probably has painted them most famously.

I started by painting my nails with my all time favourite light blue — OPI What’s With the Cattitude? — and then added random circles of darker blue with China Glaze’s Flyin’ High.

After that, I taped off uneven parts of my nails and painted them with Essence Sundancer. Then I added sunflower water decals.

I really love how summery this is!

Though this kinda makes me want to wear What’s With the Cattitude? on its own again soon. πŸ˜‰



Black & White Challenge – Day 2

Here’s my entry for Day 2 –Β White on Black.

Β For the second challenge, I used two coats of Eyeko’sΒ CosmicΒ Polish for Space Age Nails. This polish is so pretty it makes me sad that I didn’t get a backup while it was still possible to buy Eyeko polishes. 😦 Here it is without top coat:

Β I mean utterly stunning. πŸ™‚ To add the “white” part of this challenge, I used white rose water decals that I received from Viva La Nails. I like how delicate the white lines are — they’re there, but don’t hind the lovely tiny holo glitter ofΒ Cosmic.

Mmm… makes me so happy spring is almost round the corner and I can look at this mani in actual sunshine tomorrow. πŸ™‚

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


Travelling Nails

I finally got around to it and downloaded the nail pics I took of my vacation mani into the computer.

This mani lasted me eight days until it chipped and then I took it off.

I used OPI’s What’s With the Cattitude for the base, then sponged the tips using American Apparel’s L’Esprit and added Viva La Nails water decals on top.

Here it is again on the sixth day. As you can see, no chipping, but my cuticles are looking ragged. πŸ˜›

Bonus: my vacation pedi of Orly’s Halley’s Comet. The least ickiest toe pic I managed to take. πŸ˜‰

Since I got back, I’ve been wearing BYS Mood Polishes, so I’ll try to gather my thoughts and pics of them as well and share them with you as soon as I can.


A Black and Gold Festive Mani

It’s a wonder I could put off wearing one of my new Ciate polishes even for a day, let alone two. πŸ˜‰ But here one of them is now, as part of my next Holiday mani.

I decided to start out with the namesake of the entire set, Twilight, which is part of Ciate’s fall line together with Fade to Greige this year.

Twilight is a gorgeous one-to-two coater black base with tons of golden glitter. The glitter seems to have some sort of a flaky instead of a chunky finish to it making the surface of the polish rather smooth already even without a top coat. I like. πŸ˜€

I did all my nails with two coats of Twilight and did my ring fingers with China Glaze’s Midnight Kiss, the blonde-gold foil from the current Holiday collection.

Black and gold. A very festive combo for me. And to tie it together a bit more, I decided to add very simple black kinda cut-out-rose water decals from Viva La Nails to the golden ring fingers.

I just love the look. πŸ™‚ Scroll down a little to have a look at a close-up of these nails.

Now, back to Ciate’s Twilight. This was my first time wearing a Ciate polish, and WOW.

Not only does the bottle look beautiful (look at the little bow!) and the polish, but it’s of absolutely great quality. The brush is superb in my opinion; similar to the wide OPI brushes, but a bit more delicate or fan-like. Very easy to control. And the polish formula is very opaque and easy to use. Twilight seriously was a dream to apply. Love. πŸ™‚


You can purchase CiatΓ© products at their official site. I recommend checking out the gift sets and outlet sections. πŸ˜‰

Viva La Nails Water Decals

Guess what arrived in my mailbox yesterday? If your guess was Viva La Nails water decals and nail stickers, you’d be right. I’ve never used nail art decals of any kind, so I was really excited to receive these.

As you can see from the photo, there were three types of raised stickers (I love the black-and-white-ribbons with bows, so nice for the season) and three types of water decals. One coloured and two black-and-white. If you look at the left most package, it’s not half-empty, it just has the same design in white on one side and black on the other. πŸ™‚

For my first experience with these, I decided to use the purple-lilac coloured water decals.

Can you guess what polish I decided to use for my base? πŸ™‚ Essie’s Going Incognito as I absolutely adore this polish. It’s been one of those unexected love affairs and I’ve worn it thrice since purchasing it. Quite a lot for me.

Since it was my first time, decided not add flowers to all my nails, but two on both hands. The package itself contains 20 decals of various sizes (taking into consideration nail size differences :)) so enough for two full manicures.

I followed the instructrions on their website on using these water decals, and I must say it was even easier than I imagined. I ran into no problems and entire process took very little time. The only time consumer was waiting for my base nail polish to dry completely before adding the decals. πŸ˜‰

I used one coat of Seche Vite on top of the decals for that entirely smooth and glossy look. I love how they just meld to my nails with no indication of raised edges or anything like that.

This is how the detail looks really close up. I don’t think I’ve ever taken such a close-up of my nails before.

But look at the amazing airbrush-like detail, and how uniform everything is with the rest of the nail.

I must say that I’m a convert. I’m filling up my cart at Viva La Nails as I type this. So many choices, so many choices.

As a bonus, the company ships from Latvia, right next door, so packages get here fast.


p.s. Are you as in love with the green-purple combo as I am? πŸ™‚

These products were sent to me free of charge as part of the Viva La Nails Blogger Sample Pack. So, if you’re a nail blogger, check that out. πŸ˜‰