Top Manicures of 2011 — Part II

And here come my favourite more complex manis from 2011, be it layering jobs or whatnot. 🙂


Model’s Own Beth’s Blue stamped with SnowCrystal No 446 + yellow rhinestones.

From almost a year ago OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvellous and a glitter gradient with OPI’s Sparkle-icious.

Another very subtle glitter gradient using Alix Avien No 180 as base and Alessandro’s Long Island on the tips.

Leopard print using one of my favourite polishes of the year — Alessandro’s Desert Rose – for the base.

A layering combo from just last week: SpaRitual It’s Raining Men, tip gradient with China Glaze White Cap and one coat of China Glaze Snow Globe over all.

A very weird little thing using Sally Hansen’s Mellow Yellow for the base and then stamping and dotting and rhinestones. 🙂

A crackle combo that got soooo much attention. From me as well, as I kept on staring at my nails. China Glaze Sun Worshipper and Depend Crackle Effect No 5010 and a matte top coat.

A holographic tape mani using China Glaze DV8, Catherine Arley No 801 and Teeez Smooth.

And finally, a very simplistic rainbow nail accent mani with Misa’s Throw Me Something Purple Please on the rest of the nails. Simple, yet I adored it. 🙂

There you have it! 😀


Now, I just have to figure out what to do for New Year’s Eve. 😉



Top Manicures of 2011 — Part I

Ok, so this year I’ve decided to do posts of my favourite manicures in 2011 — both simple lacquer jobs and more complex ones. 🙂

Unfortunately, I haven’t taken photos yet of all of my favourite polishes, so the list gets honorable mentions sans pictures at the end.

In no particular order, the polishes:

China Glaze Pelican Gray – Adore this. Superb formula and the subtle shimmer adds a little extra to this very flattering cool gray. 

Alessandro Desert Rose — Warm gray with a hint of beige and a subtle shimmer. Very neutral, subtle, yet totally lovely.

Yet another one from Alessandro — Chocolate Flip. A yellowish tan creme with flecky copper and silver shimmer. One of the uniquest polishes in my collection.

H&M Blue My Mind. And that’s exactly what this colour does. 🙂 An impossibly intense and bright blue creme with a hint of purple.

NYX Girls Frizz Spots — The most obvious of my “space-y” polishes. Holographic hexagonal glitter of various sizes in a black base.

GOSH Gasoline — Incredible, almost duochrome purple polish somewhere between foil-glitter-glasslfeck. A classic for a reason. 

Alessandro Sweet Margarita — The only red on my list. This is orange and pink glassfleck shimmer in a cool red base. Ridiculous. Insanely sparkly. 

Alessandro Marvelicious Dream. Large flecks of antique golden shimmer in a black base. A classic idea, great execution. Enough said.

SpaRitual Howl. Too unique in idea to leave out. A multicoloured neutral microglitter polish. 

Isadora Pink Fame — The crackle polish of the year! A baby pink glitter crackle with large pieces of hexagonal holo glitter! OMG! 😀 Layered here over CG Pelican Gray.

BYS Colour Changing Polish in Glitter Purple. The most ethereal polish of the year. Pink-to-purple shimmer with subtle pieces of silver micro glitter. Fairy-tale princess nails! 

Teeez Outta Control — I couldn’t pick my favourite holo polish of the year, so this is one of the two. A linear purple holo. Yum! 🙂

Catherine Arley No 801 — A chartreuse holo polish. Love the colour! 🙂 The formula isn’t as opaque as Teeez’, but well worth the three coats. 


I also have to add China Glaze’s Skyscraper and Tinsel Town and Midtown  Magic… Orly’s Fowl Play… I just haven’t gotten around to photographing them yet. 🙂

COMING UP NEXT: The manis! 😉