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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.

 

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Deep Grey

I’m not even gonna… So I have been polishing my nails. I have been taking photos. And I just haven’t gotten around to transferring most of them to my computer yet. 😛 Mea culpa.

Still, despite that, I have couple of weeks worth of polishes to post about. 🙂

Here’s one from SpaRitual’s spring collection.

This is Deep — a beautiful dark grey creme with hidden purple shimmer. The idea is just lovely. But what would make it even better is if the shimmer were just a tad more noticeable on the nail as well.

Mostly, it just looks like a dark grey creme. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…

If I could just for the life of me figure out, why this was in the spring collection?

The polish is definitely more fall/winter…

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Speaking of “deep”… here’s a bog lake in the evening from a hike a few weeks ago.

Day 30: Inspired by a Tutorial

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

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… 😛

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

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. 🙂

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June Haul

Ooooh! Finally a non-challenge post. 😀 So… here are the polishes I picked up in June (even despite my polish-buying slump 😛 ).

I have no idea when I’ll have the time to wear these though… my untrieds pile is nearing 50 by now. o_0

Teeez Free and Cool, Catrice Dirty Berry and Genius in a Bottle

LCN (unnamed/numbered), Look by Bipa Special Effect Metallic Holographic, Essence Wake Up! and A Lovely Secret

China Glaze Stone Cold, Fast Track, Liquid Crystal and Glam-More

China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard, Sun-Kissed, Surfin’ for Boys, Flirty Tankini, Love’s a Beach

Whooh! So, what where your favourite purchases for June?

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p.s. My second Mika show and still as awesome as I remembered! My feet still hurt from all that jumping yesterday. 😀

Something OPI…

…for a change.

I got OPI’s I Don’t Give a Rotterdam ages ago and I absolutely love it. The funny thing is that had to get this and I Have a Herring Problem, but honestly, without having them side by side I cannot tell much the difference.

Obviously, I Don’t Give a Rotterdam is more muted periwinkle than muted teal, but it has the same gorgeous cool gold flecky glitter.

I really like it when OPI steps out of their comfort zone of red-pink-neutral. And that they’ve been doing it a lot lately. 😀

In other news, I feel like another challenge. So, starting May 1st, I’m embarking on the classic 31 Day Challenge.

Anybody wanna join?

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Holland Herring

OPI’s I Have a Herring Problem is the polish I was most excited about and I’m glad to say it’s exactly what I expected. 🙂 The base is a nice very muted grayish  teal with a flecky golden shimmer.

When I finally saw the Holland collection in the store, I was really surprised how close this was to I Don’t Give a Rotterdam and nearly only got one of them… I’m glad I didn’t. 🙂 Two coats, and the perfect OPI formula.

Can’t wait to try the rest of these flecky pretties from OPI. 🙂

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p.s. It’s snowing. In April. Seriously. 😮

Black & White Challenge – Day 10

I decided to try and go out with a bang for the final day of this challenge. 🙂 So I did something I have never done before — freehand nail art. And to make it even more complicated as I don’t own any nail art brushes, I used a toothpick. :p

Here’s my entry for Day 1o – Black and White.

I painted my nails with two coats of China Glaze’s Pelican Gray — a light gray with a hidden shimmer and then went to town using little wooden toothpicks. I used Alix Avien No 60 — a white creme — and Nubar’s Stronghold — a dark gray creme — for the roses. And then a toothpick dipped into China Glaze’s Liquid Leather — a black creme — for the leaves.

This was my first time trying roses as well, so I hope they’re recognisable as ones even despite the grayscale colour scheme. I’m really excited to try them with colours this spring as well as they weren’t nearly as difficult as I expected. 🙂

This was an awesome challenge to participate in and I’m happy I did. 😀 Time to bid adieu though and move back to colours for the coming spring/summer.

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

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