Thursday, January 30, 2014

GOT Polish: Blue Matte and Holo Dots

This GOT polish dots themed manicure features an oldie glitter topper and some play with matte and sparkle.
Essence Hello Holo sat in the untrieds for a LONG time. And if I say a long time, it's not about days or weeks, rather months or years... Somehow I thought nothing much about it, but it really is a nice and sparkly topper.
 I begun the mani with two coats of Catrice How I Matt Your Mother.
In accent fingers I added some dots with Essence Nail Art topper in Hello Holo.
The thumb got a coat of Hello Holo, topped with Essence soft touch top coat.
This manicure was inspired by some other blogger - and I'm so bummed I can't find the design anymore!! Please shout out if you have done something similar in the past! I'd love to give you the credit!
 I like to wear dark colours when I occasionally file my nails down to nubbins. I feel the dark plums, deep burgundys and blackened colours look too heavy on real talons my nails so often are - I'm a bit lazy in keeping them short :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TPC: Corral de Campanas

My last Tri Polish challenge manicure in January  is actually the first I made. Oh technology, how easy you make it to deceive others...
We celebrated the New Year -and the beginning of the no booze January- with an extra special wine, Corral de Campanas by Quinta de la Quietud. The hubby suggested I paint my nails in the style of the label – what a great idea!!
Base here is Nails White, two coats. On it I painted random dabs with OPI From a to Z-urich, Essence Colour&go Wake up! and OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear.
Lastly (but not leastly haha) I added the lines with a fine nail art brush and Mavala black.
Although I messed up a few points, I was quite happy how the mani looked compared to the original. I'm looking forward to February and more wine labels to get inspired by!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

GOT Polish: Blue Pirouette

The blue themed post in the GOT polish challenge is dedicated to a non-blue polish – one of the prettiest glitter toppers ever: OPI Pirouette My Whistle. If you own it, this is the kind of manicure you're going to do, sooner or later. And, believe me, it pays off...
 I paired it first with a blue jelly polish.
I proceeded like this:
a coat of Essence Cool and the Gang
a coat of OPI Pirouette my Whistle
a coat of CatG
dabbings of PMW
a coat of Seche Vite
Just admire the depth!! Such blue! Very jelly! Wow!
I couldn't stop myself here - although I maybe should have. I added an accent finger with iridescent glequins in the left hand, and China Glaze Snow Globe in the right.
I'm useless in glitter placement, sorry! I need some more excercise...
Finally, I aimed for some kind of a seabed effect with the stamping. The pattern is from the DRK-A plate, stamped twice: first with Essie Fair Game, and then with Orly It's Up to Blue.
Some more Seche Vite, and I was ready (to regret I didn't stop earlier..)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TPC: Squishy Water Marble

The third Tri Polish Challenge post still features the only yellow polish in my travel stash: Rimmel Lemon Drop. Try to bear with me!
 It's been a long time since I did a water marble. The main reason, I think, is that the water where I lived simply wouldn't cooperate. Now that I'm back in Spain, I simply had to try one.
For this marble I used OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear and the ubiquitous Rimmel fruities Lemon Drop. I painted the base with Lemon drop, but it turned out so streaky even after three coats, that I came to think of a marble. And I'm glad I did!
 The marble is far from perfect, but I like how squishy the mani looks. Like fruit candy! Omnomnom...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

GOT Polish: Rays of Light

This is my most fitting manicure ever to post for the GOT (golden oldies thursday) polish challenge, where the theme today is 'stripes'.
 I had the base polish in my untrieds for a year or so before using it for this manicure – and then I forgot all about the manicure and the pics, so that all the material you're seeing here ha been lying in the vault for a year or so. Definitely an oldie!!
The base is two coats of Essence Crazy Good Times Candyction – an awesome jelly-ish brightest red with glass flecks. Why on earth did I let this polish stay untried for so long?!?
I then sponged on some random spots with Primark unnamed neon yellow polish (stinky as heck!), did a cris cross pattern with striping tape, and topped them off with Finger Paints Winter Sky. I used a coat of SecheVite to smooth out the surface.
It may not be the prettiest manicure I've ever done, but it's definitely one of the most... hmm... original? Interesting? Personal?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TPC: Dot dot dot

And here comes my second take on January Tri Polish colours. I'm still going strong with the only yellow polish I have in my travel stash...
For todays challenge I made a simple dotticure ombre - which turned out a bit controversial.
The base is Rimmel Fruities Lemon Drop, and the dots were made with Revlon Red gradually mixed with Lemon Drop.
I had high hopes the mix would become the orange creme I don't have here with me. I have never been so wrong! You should have seen my facepalm, when I saw the mix was turning into pink!!
I hope this is still passable for the January Tri polish challenge, where the colours were red, orange and yellow! I mean, it's still made with yellow and red polishes only! What do you think?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

GOT Polish: Pink Barbed

Another challenge for me this year is participating in the Golden Oldies Thursday a.k.a. GOT polish challenge. The idea is to show some love to our golden oldies, polishes that we've had for a long time. You can read more at the Crumpet. My participation also has something to do with me moving temporarily out of the country and having to choose only a fraction of my collection to carry with me. But you will hear more of that soon...
The first theme in this challenge was 'Pink'. Lucky me! This polish (and her sisters – I had to buy the whole line) are ones I've had for a looooonnngg time. Every time I use them, I love them, but then I somehow forget about them. Shame on me, because they_are_awesome!
The pink here is Manhattan 51k. It glides on like butter, with absolutely no streaking, running, bubbling or anything like that.
Why do we start taking these perfect and faithful polishes -and sometimes people- for granted, forgetting to be thankful for their existence?  That stops right here! Thank you, all you lovely readers, lovely polishes and all my dearest ones, just for being there!
Ok, back to the business!  For this manicure I stamped on barbed wire from BM323 and used a kitchen sponge with Mavala white to the tips. Voilà! Now let's see what the others have been up to..

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Orange in a Sandwich

One of the projects I've got for the new year is to catch up again with the Tri polish Tuesdays run by the Crumpet. And here is my first manicure in January colours: red, orange and yellow.
I started out with two coats of IsaDora peel off base coat. Then I painted on two coats of OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear and sponged on with a moist sponge some Revlon's Revlon Red. This phase looked delicious!
 Then I added a coat of a yellow glitter topper: Formula X for Sephora Mind Blowing.
Lastly I sandwiched the glitter between coats of Y'all Come Back etc. And added two coats of Seche Vite. So altogether there was 10 coats of polish on my nails! Wow! No wonder they felt a bit thick...
 This was fun, I posted it in time, and I am happy. I've deserved some Lindor while I look what the others have done this Tuesday :)