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Keeping it Sparkly

I’m catching up! This was a quick one from December. I needed an out-the-door in a few minutes mani and there’s really nothign as quick drying as a chrome and crackle top.

Could have kept it to just chrome, but that’s too unforgiving on my damaged nails. 😦

 

 

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Here’s China Glaze Millennium with Isadora Pink Fame on top.

IMO, Pink Fame is still the most stunning glitter crackle top coat invented. It’s so insanely sparkly with the holo glitter and the cool light pink. Perfect with silver. 😉

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Besides being eye catching, this mani was pretty much dry by the time I finished with the last nail. Can’t ask for more than that! 😀

MLV.

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Lilac Stamped

Is it just me or is my blog pink? Seriously. It just changed into pink overnight and despite all my colour settings being blue (and refreshing them etc.) I can’t seem to change it back. What the … WordPress?

That said, I just couldn’t resist one more day of A Lovely Secret. It’s so pretty! So I decided to update it with a zebra stamp using China Glaze 2030. And then a matte top coat. 🙂

Yup. I’m definitely enjoying how this turned out. There’s just something about the combination of these pale cool colours and matte+chrome.

I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have a hard time taking this off!

MLV.

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Midsummer near Mediaeval monastery ruins.

Day 8: Metallic

Metallic nails… the horror!  I’ve never been much of a fan.

The first connection I have when I think of metallic is chrome, and this is what I put on for this part of the challenge.

This was a coat of China Glaze’s Metallic Muse — a light teal chrome. I added diagonal tips using 2030 — a cool gold chrome.

The idea was to better hide all my nail imperfection under a thicker coat of chrome polishes, but I can’t say this really worked. 😛

I like the combination of colours and the fact that these polishes were super fast-drying. But I can’t say I’ll ever be a fan of chromes on my nails.

MLV.

Hideaway

Soo… chromes. I have a few. 🙂 And I really like them in theory — the whole metal nails look and quick dry-time deal. Unfortunately, I think they don’t love me much in return as so as with the last time I wore a chrome polish, after an hour or so of looking at the irregularities and ridges on my nails, I added a crackle polish on top:

Now, this look… I can get behind. 😉 Two coats of the beautiful cool gold chrome from China Glaze 2030 topped with the baby blue with silver mico-glitter from Depend — No 5007.

I just really like the blue and gold combo in all variations, I guess.

MLV.

My Concession to Halloween ;)

So, as Halloween is not really celebrated here, I didn’t want to do anything over the top and went with a really subtle design. I hope. 😉

I used one coat of Ciate’s 3 AM Girl — a near black navy creme — for my underwear. Added a coat of Alix Avien No 187 — a gorgeous dark blue jelly with tiny pieces of silver glitter that is sadly discontinued.

Ungh! Trust me, this Alix Avien is very very pretty!

Well, then I went Halloween on it with China Glaze’s Millennium  — a silver chrome — and the spiderweb image from one of the old Bundle Monster plates.

Too busy, right? So I added a matte top coat. 🙂 And voila!

And there you have it.

Happy Halloween! 🙂

MLV.

p.s. Still reminding you to check out these pics of my home town! 🙂 http://zenitlenses.wordpress.com/

Cherish Candy

This one is again from sometime mid-summer. Once upon a time I bought China Glaze’s Cherish — a light green chrome polish — for stamping and never got around to using it. Oops.

So I decided to give it a whirl on my nails at least.

I think this was two coats. The application was a bit problematic it being a quick-drying chrome with a tendency to streak… but nothing really bad. 🙂

Since I don’t really like how well the chrome look shows all the imperfections and ridges in my nails, I added China Glaze’s Crackle Glaze in Crushed Candy on top. 🙂

Honestly? I really do prefer Isadora and Depend crackle polishes… I had a hell of a time to get the CG one to crackle at all. Worth the effort though. 🙂

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Seafoam Chrome

I bought China Glaze’s Metallic Muse ages ago for stamping. I think I’ve only used it once for that purpose though. 😛

So, today, I decided to give it a go as a full mani. I love the colour — a green tinted blue — and the finish is really interesting for me as well. I was really afraid this would turn out extremely brushstrokey, but as it dries, the brushstrokes disappear.It also has extremely fast dry time. 😀

There was one little thing I failed to think of though. At one coat, this is a highly unforgiving polish. I can see all the ridges and imperfections in my nail plate.

If it weren’t for that, I’d really love this polish.

V.