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December 23, 2011

Christmas mani

I used: China Glaze Jolly Holly, my favourite X-massy green.
I stamped holly with Bundle Monster plate no. 14.

Merry Christmas everyone!


December 16, 2011

Day 21. Inspired by BLUE

I was truly inspired this time!
As soon as I saw the theme I instantly had an idea: each nail different, but all including dark blue Pure Ice French Kiss.

Lets start from the thumb: half of the nail theme color and the other half Basic Beauty no.71.
Point finger: half of the nail  Hot Topic medium blue matt polish with the other half in the theme color.
Middle finger: theme color as a base and Essence Blue Addicted on top.
Ring finger: China Glaze Sea Spray with theme dots. By the way I looove Sea Spray and I recommend it to all light blue lovers- one coater with stunning shimmer...
Pinky: just theme color.

The result is a bit complicated, but special mani. So many people noticed it and I always take it as a good sign.

What's your opinion? Is it too much?
Did I put on too many polishes or do they fit in just fine?
Please comment more, dear readers, even if you don't like it, I'll take it as an advice and try to improve next time, but without comments I might start to think noone reads this littlle blog of mine :(
And special thanks to the ones who comment regularly, they'll know who I'm talking to...


December 15, 2011

Day 20. (The worst ever) Water Marbled Nails

Hello again!

I decided I just wasn't talented for WM... :(
I tried four times and each time it gets worse, not better! Since the task was WM I gave it another try.

Now I wish I hadn't...
Apart from cleaning the whole mess after: polish stuck up everywhere, on my fingers, below the nails, on the desk and so on..., the final result was so bad I almost decided not to even show it to you.

But since the challenge must be done, and I have no intention of repeating WM (not ever again in my life), I'm showing you this tiny photo of it, just so you can get the picture of what I'm talking about.

Remember: I'm NOT proud of this! :)


December 13, 2011

Day 19. Galaxy nails

When I completed this mani and told my boyfriend I did galaxy nails, he asked me: which galaxy? I almost smacked him with a hammer :)
But after he saw them he said these were the best nails he's ever seen on me... I was so pleased, especially since this idea came to me out of nowhere.

This is supposed to be our galaxy, including Solar System . On the thumb we can se the Sun and closest planets. On point and middle finger planets that are further away from the Sun, and on ring and pinkie finger the rest of the galaxy including far away stars and star nebulas.

Of course, it's not easy to put a whole galaxy on my five little nails, but I think I got the point, do you? :)

As a base I used Essence I love my jeans (perfect one coater black with tiny silver shimmer) on which I stamped  with Sally Hansen Chrome polish. For sparkles and nebula I used Milani Blue Flash and Milani Gems as well as silver shimmer polish from Smart Girls Get More.

Oh, and I also started to shape my nails back to square-ish. I like them better this way and I felt they were strong enough and they won't break  like they used to... They're not all even because it's hard getting from totally oval nails to totally square without clipping half of the nail's length, but I'll get there soon!


December 10, 2011

Day 18. Half moons

Now something according to my taste, after that glittering mani that really wasn't my style.

Half moons with one of my favourite colors: China Glaze Jolly Holly from last year's Christmas collection.
I wanted that polish since I first saw it, but I didn't satisfy my whim and order it right away, no, I thought the love would not last... But it did and I got it few months ago in a swap.
This is the first time I'm showing it to you, but the third time I'm wearing it.

It's perfect shade of deep green with multicolored shimmer (you can see that really good on the photos taken in the sun).
For half moons I used She 230.

 And in the sun...
I can't decide if I like it better in the shade or in the sun. What do you say?

 I love how this combo looks Christmas-like. Especially with this Advent wreath we have on our dining table. The colors fit just perfect!

I'm sorry I didn't post for so long, but I had some family situations and it was impossible for me to spend an hour cropping photos, writing post and writing few meaningful words.

Hello to my new followers as well!


December 5, 2011

Day 17. Glitter

I don't own many glitters since I only wear those for some celebrations and events like New Year's Eve. I hate taking it off. Altough I know there are techniques to remove the glitter, it's easier to put on some other polish than strugle with glitter!

But since the challenge told glitter, I had no choice but to take out one of my few glitters and remove the dust from it.
Milani Blue Flash, or One Coat Glitter  is really dense, almost one coater. But I did two, anyway. I also added darker blue glitter polish from Yolizul. It didn't change the color at all, it just added some depth.


November 30, 2011

Day 16. Tribal print

I had no idea what to do for this challenge!
So I experimented... I did two whole, complicated manis before this one and I wasn't satisfied with them.

This is the third luck and I'm pleased everyone I met yesterday guessed what it was supposed to be.

For base polish I used Essence Sundancer and with scotch tape I added two surfaces of Essence Chacalaca (dark blue).
Then I used tip painter with some unknown red polish to paint red stripes and dots and the same with P2 Elegant (new version) for beige stripes and dots.

I find this mani very eye catching and everyone I met yesterday while wearing it asked me how I did this. Even the boys at my college, who usually don't notice anything, asked me if that's supposed to be tribal or native print.

All I can say is: in almost a year of doing various manicures this was the hardest one I've ever done. It took me an hour and a half, painting, drying it enough for using scotch tape without pulling the polish off and drawing the stripes and dots... Lot of effort and I'm not that overwhelmed by the result.

What do you think? Worth the trouble?


November 27, 2011

Day 15. Delicate print with All Hail McQueen

Delicate for me means something hardly visible, subtle and gentle.
I find Butter London All Hail McQueen polish just fit to that description.

And since the main theme is print, I chose this delicate, lace-like print in a color just slightly darker than base color. I used Sephora Smurf for stamping.

Now, a few words about the polish (All Hail McQueen).
I'm not satisfied at all!

When I found out I'm about to get this polish in a swap, I was thrilled! I wanted this polish for so long!
But after first application I was dissapointed.
It took three coats to achieve full opacity (it dried quickly, but still...), the tipwear was visible after less than 24 hours and the holo effect wasn't at all visible.
Acording to swatches available on the internet I expected a deep, beige holo polish. But holo effect was minimal, or, should I say not visible at all.

 But a pretty color anyway. Just not worth the price.


November 22, 2011

Day 14. Flowers

Base polish: Avon Deluxe Chocolate
Stamping polish: Sally Hansen Opal Chrome

I had so many beautiful ideas for flower mani, but these cold autumn days made me change my mind and choose this brown base polish instead.
Flowers are usually connected with pastel and bright colors. But who could resist to this nice brown color with gold shimmer? Not me!

I just loooove brown polishes, too bad they're so unpopular. I'm still searching for a decent replacement for OPI's Holiday Glow. Does any of you, dear readers have any idea of some cool brown polish you'd like to recommend to me?

Please ignore the 'tipwear', it's just those damn fast dry Top Coats... In this case, it's Poshe, but all of them just pull your polish off the tip of the nail. It annoys me so much that I don't use them anymore. I'd rather have my hands in the air for two hours than have nails like this. It looks as my mani is a week old, when, in fact it's just few hours 'old'!


November 16, 2011

Day 13. Animal print with Leopard mani

Hi everyone!

As much as I like stamping, I wanted to do this mani on my own. I used thin brush from Essence's tip painter to create a black rim over the brown polish.

But unfortunatelly, it would have been better if I did it with Konad, since noone recognised it was a leopard.
I got all sorts of comments, once again, and the most common one was that it resembled grains of coffee!

What do you think? Leopard, coffee, or something else?

And one photo on direct sunlight

I believe the main reason for this was the color of the base polish.

While P2 Elegant (new version) is a perfect nude/neutral color, it just isn't a leopard's coat color.
I searched in my polish collection, but I couldn't find such a color (wow, I can't believe there is a color missing in my stash!) so now I'm in search of it.
Elegant is really what it's name says: super subtle and elegant! The opacity and application was more than great for that type of color. One coat would have been enough, but I did two for the photos.
I also like durability of the polish. It's the third day now, and still NO chipping or tiwear! Wow!

For spots I used Essence Always Hippie, and for black rim Manhattan's black creme polish.

I went outside my apartment to take photos and in front of the building several neigbour's cats decided to join me.
I took some photos of them, too, and they're so cute that I just have to post them here!

Whiskas cat:

 Re-mix your stile cat:

I love how funny this little guy turned out! Garfield's head and neck, and the rest of the coat orange fighting with black!


November 13, 2011

Day 12. Stripes

I kept this mani simple and easy.
Just blue polish with silver stripes.

 For blue base I used Pure Ice French Kiss and for stripes my standard konading polish: Sally Hansen Opal Chrome.

My nails are now so long that old Bundle Monster plates' whole image is not big enough to cover them, and that's why you can see large blue spots near the nail's root.
But I'm not complaining! :)  It's a reason to order new plates!

And I have to share with you what I had for lunch today: stuffed mediterranean squids with ham and cheese with french fries and tartar sauce!

And for the end I must say I really like what Emerald Sparkled did for her Stripes days, take a look:
Burberry Mani

As a great fan of this sample I can't wait to try something like that myself. I hope she won't mind me copying :)


November 11, 2011

Day 11. Polka Dots

First I'll show you my inspiration:

I'm a nature type of person and I will always choose a walk though the forest than a walk through a shopping center.
I enjoy hunting for mushrooms and identifying them. I took a course few years ago and since then I can recognize around 20 types of mushrooms with 100% accuracy.

Did you know there are only 15 poisonous mushrooms in Croatia? And this one, Amanita muscaria isn't really as dangerous as the rest of them. I mean, it isn't eatable, but you won't die if you eat it by mistake. Altough with this kind of color you would have had to be blind if you'd mistaken it for any other mushroom.

And here's my mani, that reminded so many people of this amazing mushroom.

This was one of the easiest manis I did, but it was so noticeable and lots of people praised it.

I used Deborah 161 (red) and Essence white Stampy polish for dots. I tried to do dots with BM plate, but the result was more like old fashioned tablecloth than a mushroom. Dots had to be larger and irregular.
So I used hairpin's point to make the dots.

I am at a great phase of my nail world: I like my mani and the length of my nails. They have never been longer and I have to thank Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle for that.
I also like the shape of my nails and when I look at the photos of my square shaped nails from last year I'm seeing improvement.

I hope I didn't cast a spell on my nails with what I've just said...!