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A Happy Accident

This mani came together as an accident and I absolutely love it. 🙂

Here’s the situation — huge chips on two nails, big evening out, half an hour to take off the previous mani and go out the door.

Naturally, I needed something amazingly fast drying. So I went for the amazing Golden Rose Mattes.

I painted my nails with Matte Velvet No 103 and since that wasn’t eye catching  enough… parked it up with Golden Rose Graffiti No 11.

And the whole thing took around 15 minutes until I was able to get dressed and move on to makeup. What’s not to love about an easy and fast mani that still looks like you’ve put some effort into your nails? 😉

Happy upcoming weekend! 😀

MLV.

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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?

MLV.

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

Playing with Texture

I always try never to show the same polish here in the same week, or the same month and usually not even the same year. 😉 However, this is the exception.

But, I’m also showing a polish I haven’t photographed before, so all’s good. 😀

I bought Orly’s Oui last autumn and really loved the cool purple-gold foil to bits and pieces, but somehow never really got around to showing it here.

Two coats and perfect application; I just love Orly’s foils. 🙂 Of course, I put this on because I was reminded of its existence by the Golden Rose crackle I wore the day before. They’re not identical, Oui is cooler in tone, but they are really really close.

And then I got the bright idea to try to layer near identical crackle and polish.

I didn’t use top coat, to keep the matte texture of the crackle polish. The effect is subtle, but really awesome I think. I’ve been staring at my nails all day, because at first glance it looks like a regular polish and then you see that something’s “wrong” with it and it’s just really nifty to look at.

I’m calling this an experiment turned out well. 😀

MLV.

Contrasting Colour

So over crackle, I am. Said it several times before. And then there are exceptions. Like Golden Rose Graffiti No 11. I picked it up about a month ago, because there was no way I could not after seeing it. This basically looks like one of those gorgeous gold-purple foils that came out last autumn from OPI, Zoya, Orly… you name it.

Ungh. I love this. I love the crackle and I love the contrast it makes with the intense green of Four Leaf Clover.

As most crackles (well, actually all I’ve seen) it dries matte, which makes for such interesting texture.

Looks almost antiquated. 🙂 And I have a few ideas how I’d like to wear it with this finish. However, today I want it to look like behind the glass of the bottle… so topcoated and sparkly it is.

So, what do you think? Sick and tired of crackles, or willing to make exceptions? And matte or shiny? 😉

MLV.

Black & White Challenge – Day 6

I’ve been really getting back into teal and blue lately, so for this mani of the challenge, I chose an old favourite.

Here’s my entry for Day 6 – Colour Base with White.

This was two coats of Snowcrystal No 446 — a beautiful blue-side teal shimmer with slightly bigger teal sparkle pieces. I seem to recall that this polish was a dupe for OPI’s Yodel Me On My Cell…

The colour is beautiful and it’s been way over a year since I last wore it, so it seems to me it was high time to revisit this pretty. 🙂 For the white I added Depend’s White Crackle Effect. I still consider Depend crackle polishes to be the best I’ve tried and as an added bonus they’re also the cheapest with the largest collection of colours available. 😀

Yay! Just four entries to go until completion of this challenge. 🙂

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

MLV.

Black & White Challenge – Day 3

I kinda feel like I’m cheating a bit today. But it’s such an amazingly pretty sunny day outside that I had to have a tad more than “a little” colour. 😉

Here’s my entry for Day 3 – Black Base with Colour.

It’s one of the first days this year that I’ve been able to take sunlight pictures. *sigh* No matter how good the lamp, nothing beats sunlight. 🙂

This time, I started out with Orly’s Iron Butterfly for my base. This is at two coats, and the silver glitter in this gorgeous matte polish is fantastic in direct lighting.

I would have been happy just wearing this polish, actually. But then I added two bright crackle polishes for the colour. I did a stripe down the middle of my nails using Depend’s lime green crackle effect (you can win this one in my giveaway, which closes in a week!) and then did the sides with China Glaze’s Broken Hearted. I think the colour work well together. 🙂

I did not add any top coats anywhere in the process as I wanted to keep the matte look of both Iron Butterfly and the crackles which dry matte.

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

MLV.

Matching

So. Word to the wise. Never, ever paint your nails late at night only in the light of the computer screen while watching a movie. Seriously. I don’t know what got into my head that I did that. I think as I was working with a nude polish, I figured how bad could it get? 😛 Um. Bad.

So you don’t get a picture of that particular mess.

I did, however, find one from ages ago on my phone. While I usually don’t match my polishes to my outfits… I have this dress that I adore and I wore it to death this autumn. And one of those times I wore it, I wanted my nails to match my dress. 😉

 

I believe this was two coats of NYX Girls’ Sour Lime and a coat of China Glaze’s Crushed Candy. Not a 100% match to the colours in the dress, but a cute combo nonetheless.

MLV.