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Random manicures while I wait…

My due date is only days away, and I’m just waddling around the house waiting for the baby to pop out. Since I can’t do any heavy housework, my days are mostly spent baking and/or painting my nails. (Not at the same time!)

I’ve been changing my polish a lot lately, because of course it’s extremely important to have the perfect manicure when I’m in labor! ;)
At least I’ll have something pretty to look at, right? Here are a few of the manis I’ve been sporting lately, in no particular order.

Sonoma Nail Art 20.000 Leagues Under The Sea over nailstation haute voltige

SNA 20000 leagues under the sea 2

SNA 20000 leagues under the sea 1

 

China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling with nail stickers

rdsticker2

rdsticker1

 

All That Glitters Arose From A Sleep

ATG AFAS2

ATG AFAS 1

 

China Glaze Shower Together stamped with Make Up Store Greta

holostamp2

holostamp1

 

Sonoma Nail Art Tallulah over Essie Not Just A Pretty Face (matteified)

SNA tallulah 1

SNA tallulah 2

 

Which one is your favorite, and what would be your ultimate manicure? :)
I still haven’t found mine, so I guess the search continues! That’s what’s fun, right?

China Glaze Shower Together with sponged gradient and Lynnderella Thank Blue

Recently I had a great swap with Kesha from Nail Polish Obsession. One of the polishes I got in this swap was an oldie, but goodie, China Glaze Shower Together. This beautiful teal creme was released with the Ecollection for spring 2008. I don’t own anything like it, and I absolutely love it!

Shower Together was nice and easy to apply. The formula is a tiny bit on the runny side, but nothing bad. It looks kinda jelly-ish on the first coat, but it’s creamy and opaque in two regular coats.

I can never leave a creme mani alone, so I decided to try a sponged gradient √† la The Nailasaurus. I don’t have any pictures of this, because I suck, but check out Sammy’s awesome tutorial for how to do it. This method creates a smoother, more airbrushed gradient look compared to the sponging technique I’ve showed you earlier. I used China Glaze Calypso Blue for the blue tips here.

So finally, I just had to futz with this mani a little more. (Is it just me, or do you guys too feel like you need three components to a “nail art” mani?) I added a coat of Lynnderella Thank Blue!, a turquoise glitterbomb from the Funny Money collection. I’m totally and utterly in love with how this looks, and my head is spinning with the possibilities of other gradient/glitter combos!

How do you like this combination? What other pairings would you love to see? Check out my spreadsheet (click “Stash” in the header of the blog) and let me know in the comments if you have any ideas!

The ABCs: X for Xtravagance

I guess I didn’t think this ABC thing all the way through, because these last letters are proving really difficult to write about! Well, at least I get to use my imagination and creativity, and that’s not all bad.

Last week, my husband and I went to see “The Hunger Games”. I don’t think any nail polish enthusiasts could have missed hearing about this movie, China Glaze even made a collection based on it! (I have to admit I hadn’t even heard about either the movie or the books it’s based on before China Glaze released their collection, so for I kinda got the information the other way around.)

Anyway, I couldn’t help but notice the gorgeous manicure worn by Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket during The Reaping.

I’m positive I’m not the first and probably not the last who was inspired by the colorful citizens of Capitol, but I just loved this mani so much and I couldn’t wait to make my own version of it.

I decided to take it even more over the top, in true Capitol spirit, so I used Milani Purple Gleam as a base and Lynnderella Change sponged on the tips. A truly xtravagant and Effie-worthy manicure!

Purple Gleam was easy to apply, albeit very thick and glittery. But it’s a One Coat Glitter, so that’s expected. I had to use two coats to get it truly opaque, though. I’ve also used a buttload of topcoat, because these are thirsty glitters!

Are you often inspired by movies, books or other art when doing your nails?

The ABCs: V for Variety Pack

I’m sorry that this post is so late, but when I got to V in the alphabet, I was faced with the same dilemma as earlier, I didn’t have an untried polish starting with V. So instead of doing a rerun of Zoya Valerie, I decided to do a random spam post, or a “Variety Pack” as it were. Since I had to wear and swatch a bunch of stuff for this post, it took a little while longer, but I hope it’s worth waiting for!

I won’t say much about these polishes, I’ll just let the pictures do most of the talking. Enjoy!

Essie Mademoiselle, 2 coats.

Essie Mademoiselle sponged with Orly Rock-It and Petites Pink Diamond. Heart strass from Claudia Cosmetics.

Essie Lapiz of Luxury, 2 coats.

H&M Lady Luck, 2-3 coats.

Sinful Colors Zeus, 2 coats.

Lynnderella The Telltale Heart, 1 coat over OPI Don’t Touch My Tutu!, 3 coats.

Thanks for looking!

Neon Striped Zebra

I know Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time for wintery colors and finishes, but this is the darkest time of the year up here, and I had a craving for something really bright, loud and summery. I was inspired by this tutorial, so I picked out my most obnoxious colors and went to it!

I’ve used Color Club Pucci-Licious, IsaDora Miami Blue, China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Illamasqua Rare and OPI Who The Shrek Are You? for the “rainbow” background, and Konad image plate m57 with GOSH Nero for the stamp.

I hope this colorful mani brightened your day, and remember, there’s only one more week until winter solstice!

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