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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?

Sinful Colors Rich In Heart and Sweet Dreams

I just love all the glitters I’ve tried recently, but sometimes it’s lovely just to put on a good, old-fashioned simple shimmer or glassfleck. These two Sinfuls hit the right spot for me, even if they’re very different from one another. One is a gorgeous vampy shimmer, the other is a beautiful, crisp glassfleck. I got them both in swaps, and I was positively surprised by both of them.

Sinful Colors Rich In Heart is a deep, dark red vampy shimmer. It reminds me of red wine, the color changes from a deep red to a mahogany brown at times. Such a sexy polish, I love it! I wanted to layer something over it, but I ended up wearing it for four days alone, because it’s such a stunner.

Sinful Colors Sweet Dreams is a blue-green polish with lots of fine silver glassfleck shimmer. It’s from the Girls in Pearls collection, which also contains this summer’s hit Cinderella. This is a very cute and summery color, it reminds me of a cool and soothing swimming pool.

Both of the polishes had a very nice formula, and they were both opaque in two coats. I love the Sinful brush, it’s flat and firm, I think it’s perfect!

Which “staple” polishes do you love to wear between glitterbombs?

 

China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling

The other day I broke one of my nails something fierce, meaning that I had to cut all my nails down to super nubs. (I can’t stand having uneven nails.) What do you do when faced with nubbinity? Bring out the vampies, of course!

I decided on another polish I got in the swap with Kesha, this is China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling. It was originally released in 2005 with the Visions of Grandeur collection, then re-released with the Fine Wines and Chocolates collection in 2007. It’s still available at TransDesign, so I guess it’s core now.

Ravishing, Dahling is a gorgeous deep burgundy red jelly, and it looks exactly like red wine. Very yummy, and very sexy.

The formula was a little tricky, it tends to be runny and it’s not easy to get even without dragging and bald spots. I did two thin coats and a third, thicker coat, which in the end evened everything out.

I love this color, and I’m so happy that I got to swap for it, because it turns out I don’t have any red jellies in my stash! In fact, I don’t own a lot of jellies, period, but I’m starting to rectify the situation. What’s your favorite jellies? Please comment and give me your best tips for jelly must-haves!

OPI Smitten With Mittens

OMG you guys, I’m so sorry for disappearing on you again! It seems like every time I set out to be more active on my blog, life takes a left turn and I get bogged down in stuff to do which leaves no time for doing nails or blogging. I hope I’ll be less busy from now on though!

Here’s a mani I wore a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been wearing a lot of glitters and indies lately, but sometimes you just want something simple and classic, you know? OPI Smitten With Mittens has been sitting in my untrieds drawer for a while, but when I laid eyes on this beautiful, gold-flecked red, I knew this was the perfect “palate cleanser” color.

Smitten With Mittens was released with the Holiday Wishes collection in 2009, which means it’s limited edition, discontinued and hard to find at the moment. I was lucky enough to find it at nailXchange’s blog sale a while ago, and I think blog sales or eBay are the best options if you want to get your hands on this one.

The formula and application is perfect, it glides on very easily and it’s opaque in two coats. If you want, you could add a third coat to make the color a bit deeper and richer, but I think it looks great the way it is as well.

The ABCs: S for Sara

I rarely wear red polish, but I always love them when I do. Red nails are classic for a reason, you know! I was happy when I saw that I had an untried red polish starting with the letter S, namely Zoya Sara from the Fire and Ice collection.

Sara is a real stunner, packed with lots and lots of glassfleck glitter that makes it look like it glows from within. It’s a very raspberry-leaning red, almost looking pink at certain angles. I figured out why, it’s because the glassflecks actually change from gold to pink! You can tell from the bottle in these pictures, see how the glitter is golden at the top of the bottle, but flashes magenta at the bottom? Gorgeous!

Please excuse the vampirish skintone in these pics, I just got my hands on a macro lens for my Nikon D90, and I haven’t completely figured out how to adjust the white balance and everything else perfectly yet.

Sara is a dream to apply, the polish glides on very effortlessly. You could probably get away with one thickish coat of this one, but I did two thinner coats to make the color deeper and more saturated.

I got this from Nailetc, where it’s still available for $8. (It’s listed as Sarah, though, my bottle says Sara. Scrangie mentioned the same difference between bottle name and Zoya spoon name in her post about this collection.)

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