• Hi everyone!

    They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, so I hope Deborah of Love. Varnish, chocolate and more…. doesn't mind this version of the beautiful manicure she did recently.

    When I saw the picture on her blog, I couldn't help myself... I had to try these colors myself! Unfortunately I have baby sized nails instead of her gorgeous long ones so I could only make one circle of dots but I still loved the results.

    indoors, no flash
    I actually had most colors Deborah used, so I started with my regular base coat (OPI Natural Base) and after that painted on two coats of OPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around to get a completely opaque base. One coat of Seche Vite to speed up the drying and to keep the base protected in case I had correct errors and after that I could start my dots. I used one big dot of Catrice First Class Up-Grape, a small partial circle of Catrice Metalight (Metallure collection) and a larger partial circle of OPI Alpine Snow. Another coat of Seche Vite and my manicure was done.

    The nude base makes me feel really sophisticated and the colors of the dots only add to that feeling.
    I really loved my nails like this.

    Have you ever copied a manicure you saw online?

  • Hi everyone!

    I couldn't decide what polish to try first: Liquid Sky Lacquer Glass Slippers (a lovely baby blue holo) or Emily's Sky is Always Blue (a beautiful deep blue holo)... so I used them both in one manicure.

    My first surprise: Glass Slippers is a textured polish!
    My second surprise: Emily's Sky is a jelly!

    This is what I ended up with:

    Liquid Sky blues - indoors, no flash
  • Hi everyone!

    I was not too big on brown nail polish, but this one came as a gift from Singapore and how can one resist a polish called Chocolate Obsession?

    Liquid Sky Lacquer Chocolate Obsession is a wonderful chocolate brown holographic one-coater...
    Yes, you read that right: I needed just one coat to get complete coverage!

    Liquid Sky Lacquer Chocolate Obsession - indoors, no flash
  • Hi everyone!

    I just received the OPI Nordic collection and when I unpacked OPI With A Nice Finn-ish and saw it next to the colors on my nails, I tought it looked even better than the light gold color of Honey Rider. So I painted With A Nice Finn-ish over it to see what that looked like.

    indoors, no flash
    Because Honey Rider is a liquid sand polish and I didn't take it off, the textured finish can still be seen and I actually like the warmer color of With A Nice Finn-ish better with the pink of OPI I Love Applause and the burgundy of Illamasqua Charisma.

    Which version do you prefer, yesterdays manicure with OPI Honey Rider or this one?

  • Hi everyone!

    I planned on cleaning out my desk (read: finally put all the polishes on it back where they belong) but my eye fell on three polishes that were standing close together: OPI I Love Applause, Illamasqua Charisma and OPI Honey Rider. They looked pretty good next to each other and the best way to see what they really look like is a skittlette, right?

    So instead of organizing, I sat down to paint...

    indoors, no flash

    I painted OPI I Love Applause (Muppets 2014 collection) on my ring and middle fingers. Illamasqua Charisma was used on my thumbs and indexes and I painted my pinkies in OPI Honey Rider (Bond Girls collection). After that I topped all fingers but my pinkies with Seche Vite and made dots using Charisma and Honey Rider.

    I was afraid the manicure would be too girly but to me Illamasqua Charisma gave it just enough maturity to keep me from putting pigtails in my hair :)

    Do you like skittlettes or do you prefer each nail to be the same?

  • Hi everyone!

    My love for dotted nails continues, but apparently my nails don't love it as much as I do.
    I already had to cut them after accidentally banging them against the wall and breaking two nails on my left hand, but this afternoon I managed to tear off the nail of my middle finger half way down my nail... ouch!! :( So I cut the other ones even shorter, but not even close to the shortness of my poor middle one, which means my Cinderella hand will be in the spotlight until my left hand looks presentable again...

    Making her debut in a green dress, may I present... my right hand!

    Green dots - indoors, no flash 
  • Hi everyone!

    I love nail polish, but nail art is an entirely different thing... so when Debbie (aka The Crumpet) announced a course for the beginning nail artist, I jumped at the chance to learn basic (and not so basic) techniques.

    One of the things I really like, are dots, especially random sized and randomly placed. I don't have long nails (in fact, they are toddler sized or even smaller) so I didn't think it would look nice but imagine my surprise when I started to get compliments on my manicure. An added bonus is that it doesn't take very long to do a manicure with dots either. The first time I tried, it took me 20 minutes but a few weeks of experience brought that down to 10 :)

    So without further ado, here are my dotted nails.

    Dots in red, black and white - indoors, no flash

    I used two coats of OPI Angel with a Leadfoot (Ford Mustang collection) after I put on a coat of OPI Natural Base. A coat of Seche Vite after that to make sure that my base was dry but also because small errors when making the dots can be erased with a small brush and acetone without taking off the white base.

    The dots were made with OPI Queen of the Road (Ford Mustang collection) and OPI Coca Cola Red (Coca Cola collection) and I finished with another coat of Seche Vite after letting the dots dry for a few minutes.

    These nails made me smile every time I looked at them :)

    Do you like dotted manicures?