I’ve been busy for a while (putting it mildly). I know. Sorry.
Anyway, I’m participating in this 30 nail challenge and thought it’d be a good idea to post my interpretations here. Here’s the challenges:
I’m not going to do it in 30 days, because that’s just silly. Whenever I change my polish, I’ll move on.
So here is Day 1: Your favourite polish. This wasn’t my original thought for my favourite polish – I was going to start with China Glaze Riveting next week, but then I put this combination on and WOW! I love it
This is a england Avalon (2 coats) under Max Factor Fantasy Fire (2 coats). I’m in love, although my poor photography skills aren’t doing it justice. I wholeheartedly recommend a england nail polishes – they apply like butter and the colours… Yup, they’re that good. I hear they even stamp well, but I’ve not tried yet. I’ve got Avalon, Tristam and Lady of the Lake. Because I’m totally predictable and love purple.
I’m not sure what to pick for day 2, honestly, as normally polishes become my least favourite for reasons of application not colour/finish. I do have one idea….
Being a big fan, I bought all of the Hunger Games nail polishes. This is Riveting (2 coats) with a gradient of Electrify on the accent nail. Then I free handed flames in black. Actually I preferred it without the flames – I want a flame Konad plate. Is there one?
I’m also holding my new foundation – Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (somewhat of a mouthful) which I am a big fan of. It’s incredibly runny, so I have no problems spreading it on my face and gives me a good medium coverage – I still need concealer on blemishes but not much. I also like that it’s not too matte.
And here’s my last Christmassy manicure. If you’ll excuse the chips and wear, I’d be grateful - didn’t get to take a picture till 10 days in!
This was China Glaze Glittering Garland with Andrea Fulerton striping polish in white stamped over with a Bundle monster plate snowflake. This needed more glitter.
As a blast from the past, here’s a manicure I wore during Advent.
This used China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Barry M white with a striper brush from a green polish, and my beloved dotting tool. Then Seche Vite over the top of everything – and yes, I am holding a GIANT bottle of top coat. Please don’t zoom in on this one as you can see where I was a bit pushed for time and everything smeared. Weirdly, the Seche Vite also had a crackle effect on my (not pictured) thumb. It’s never happened before or since…
I love Ruby Pumps and get compliments on it every time I wear it. It’s so shiny and glittery. Just go out and buy it already! I think I have one more Christmas themed manicure for you and then I’ll showcase some of my new purchases and gifts since I last updated you… about 2 months ago!
Meanwhile, if anyone would like to get hold of a couple of Lynnderella polishes for me, I’d love it as I fear I have become obsessed with Change, Snow Angel and Connect the Dots. You can buy it at llarowe.com on January 4th. Y’know, just FYI.
A quick update on an old manicure I never got round to posting – this is one from the Model’s Own Beetle Juice collection – Emerald Black, with Nubar 2010 over the top. A really nice duochrome colour – green/black and then the flakies on top of that? It reminds me of oil slicks
So, here’s my Christmas manicure! It’s using Zoya Sooki, with a coat of OPI’s Getting Miss Piggy with it on all the fingers except the ring finger. I then used tape and Model’s Own Sterling Silver in a shameless copy of a tutorial I picked up on Pinterest by Nailside. Topped it all off with a couple of diamantes (because I’m just that classy) and a couple of coats of Seche Vite. A week later and my diamantes are still stuck firm.
Also featuring in this pic is my Christmas present from the husband – a set of three handmade 22 carat gold rings with gorgeous ruby, sapphire and emerald stones. I loooove them, and they match the gold of my wedding ring. I’ve got some posts backed up with other recent manis so I’ll get posting over the next few days before I’m back to school!