Half and Half

My photos for this post ain’t all that. I did not realise that they turned out quite meh. When I was taking them I actually though tthey looked wuite good on the camera screen. Who knew that beige, brown and gold together would be so hard to photograph. 😦
Anywyas, this is a dressed up version of yesterdays manicure. I topped off My Vampire is Buff with Cult Nails Tulum and painted wispy lines down the seam with Skin Food Gold Sparkle.
I really liked this combination, I actually wore this manicure for a good 3 days before I removed it. It’s also kinda funny how the gold shimmer in Tulum has gone into hiding next to the gold polish. The gold shimmer was the reason why I picked Tulum for this nail art in the first place.
I would say maybe I picked the wrong polish to paint down the middle. Don’t get me wrong, Gold Sparkle is a gorgeous color! But’s its formula, being somehat a cross between glass flakes and glitter, made it difficult to hide the part where the two colors meet. As you can see in the photo below, it actually looks like there is gold only over MViB and not Tulum.
I definitely would re-do this manicure. With a different choice of polish of course! Maybe some metallics or shimmers on the sides and a nice creme down the middle.
What do you think?

Reindeer Games

I’ve got a LynB Designs polish for you today!
This is Reindeer Games by Jenna from LynBDesigns. I got this from quite a while ago and kept going back and forth on which base color I should use. I fianlly decided to go with the most natural color I can think of for a reindeer – brown.
Reindeer Games is a reindeer in a bottle as the maker says on her description. The red hearts represents Rudoiph’s nose and the black hexes for it’s hooves. There are tons of brown micro hex glitters and a good spash of gold holographic glitter to represent reindeer fur. And of course what are reindeers without snow (white shards) right?

I can’t really reacall but I think this is 1 layer over Cult Nails Tulum – my only brown polish for now! I did have to fish a little to get hearts on all my nails. But if you don’t mind a heart or two only you actually do not have to do much work to get them.

The gold shimmer in Tulum played really well with the gold holo glitters in Reindeer Games don’t you think?
 
I’m sure you can already see the holo glitters showing off themselves in the photos above. But hey! I just HAD to include a blurred photo for it’s so dreamy~
 

Day 6 – Gradient Nails

I done a few different types of gradient nails before. Let me see, I have done – glitter on creme gradients, glitter-glitter gradients and creme-creme gradients. Today I have something different from the gradients I have tried before, a metallic on creme gradient.
My choice of polishes for this challenge are Essie Mink Muffs and China Glaze Poetic.
I started off with 3 thin coats of Mink Muff and sealed it in with some Seche Vite top coat. After about 15minutes I picked up my make-up sponge and began sponging on Poetic. I kinda messed up my thumb but learnt from there and did the rest of my nails just nicely.

I did not use a top coat after sponging because I like the difference in the texture of the 2 polishes. I do not on any OPI Liquid Sands polishes but the gritty effect created by Poetic does resemble it a little. Or maybe it’s just me that is seeing it that way :/
Hmm…

Essie – Mink Muffs

I’ve got a quick little post for you today!
But before I continue I would like to apologize for being absent yesterday. It’s been really buy the past few days and will be busy the next few days too! I may not be able to post regularly the next few days. Do forgive me for that.
On to the polish!
I have Essie’s Mink Muffs for you today! Brown isn’t my color but when I saw swatches of this little beauty I knew I was going to get my hands on it one way or another! I stalked online shops to no avail but finally bought it at a blog sale! For less than half of what I would buy regularly! 😀
Mink Muffs is a gorgeous rich chocolate brown! It’s like I have melted chocolates on my fingers. LOL. It covered nicely in 3 thin coats. Though looking at these photos I think I may only have two coats of polish on it :S
What is your best blog sale purchase?

Color Club – Cherubic

I am kinda late to hop on the holo polish bandwagon. I had a few Ozotic Holographic polishes but they did not work too well for me. I grabbed some Glitter Gal holos at a discount somewhere mid last year and then some Color Club Halo Hues during a Christmas sale last year. It took me long enough but I finally have them up here for you to see!
I have 2 holo polishes for you today! One Glitter Gal and obviously one to-die-for Color Club. I guess you gals know which one I like over the other.
Can you guess which is which?

I used Color Club Cherubic on my pointer, middle and pinky fingers and Glitter Gal Suede on my ring finger. I honestly thought that they would be more similar than this judging from the colors in the bottle but I guess I was wrong!

As you can see from the two photos above, Cherubic wins hands down in the holo category! I love the rich brown in Suede but I really thought that the Holo would show up more. Maybe it’s just me because I have seen many awesome shots of Suede on the internet!
After about a day I decided to go all Cherubic!

So pretty!

Even I, with my crappy camera, could capture the rainbows in this polish! *win!*

I heard that the Color Club Halo Hues stamp well. Although I suck at stamping I definitely have to have a go at it! What do you think?

Fozzie Owls!

This is the mani I came up with after the previous mani was all covered in sheet marks!!
I was still feeling the brown-vibe and decided to bust out OPI Warm and Fozzie for this mani. I knew that I wanted an accent nail but did not know what to do until I saw this tutorial from MissJenFabulous from Polish and Pearls and knew immediately that I was going to do owls!

I have always avoided delicate nail art because I was afraid of messing up. But after watching the video I was surprised how easy this was!

The colors I used in this mani:

OPI Warm and Fozie

OPI Alpine Snow

OPI Black Onyx

Cult Nails Feel Me Up

Sally Hansen Sun Kissed

Artistry Bronze



Owl on my ring finger was looking to the left.

And the owl on the thumb say ‘Whooo?!’

I just couldn’t resist not posting another photo!

Cult Nails – Tulum, Stamped!

I did this mani in 2 parts. I painted the base color, Cult Nails Tulum, first and waited almost 2 hours for it to dry before stamping on it. I used a gold stamping polish I bought quite some time ago and topped it off with Essence Quick Dry Top Coat, waited a good 30 minutes and went to bed.
To my horror I woke up to this:

I am sure that Tulum was dry before I stamped on it. I suspect that it is the top coat I used! I never do learn my lesson do I! LOL!

This manicure actually is quite pretty before it was covered in sheet marks. The gold stamping matched the gold shimmer in Tulum.

I added another coat of top coat trying to salvage this mani but unfortunately the dents were too deep.
I really should chuck the essence top coat in the bin but I feel it isn’t really necessary. It did work once or twice before.