Day 7 – Inspired by a Tutorial

I’m sporting nubbins in this post. Well, my nails decided it is too long and broke on me while I was painting my nails for this 9 Day Nail Art Challenge. Nubbins or not I must forge on. LOL!
I decided to do my nails based on this tutorial from Sarah from Chalkboard Nails. Sarah always has gorgeous swatches on her blog and her nail art is just drool-worthy!
Back to todays nails.
I always love leopard prints on my fingers but so far I have only used a stamp to do so. I always avoid free handing it because I am afraid that it would not come out perfect. Yea, I’m weird like that.

I pinned this tutorial since the day it came out but I never tried it till now. And now I think to myself – Oh My Gawd, why was I so scared before! LOL!

I used Mrs Claus I got from my grab bag from 365 Days of Color as my base color. Mrs Claus is a raspberry jelly with gold shimmer in it. I kinda like the color but it  turned out to be a little sheer for my liking.  I am wearing 3 coats of Mrs Claus on my nails. If you look carefully you can still see my nail line underneath the spots.

The spots are done with Skin Food Pedicure Sparkle in Gold and wrapped with OPI Black Onyx.

Sonnetarium Hong Bao

This was actually the manicure that I wore for Lunar New Year. I took the photos but never found the time to edit and post them. I was really busy visiting and munching on snacks the whole time!
I started off my manicure with 2 coats of Etude House LUCIDarling Shimmering #5, a bright red with shimmer in it, and topped it off with Hong Bao by Sonnetarium. Hong Bao 紅包 stands for the red packets which unmarried people a.k.a me get during the Lunar New Year.



Hong Bao 紅包 is a orangey red jelly polish packed with gold and black hexes and a dash of gold shimmer in it. It definitely changed up the base color a good bit. For the better that is! Though this manicure is super simple, I did get quite a few compliments on it! So..Yay!

Now, back to sitting in front of the TV with New Year cookies. Ta~

Day 5 – Valentine’s Day Nails

Valentines Day isn’t my favorite holiday but I do love reds and I do love trying something new 🙂
I have been wanting to try this design out for the longest time but never attempted it because my nails were quite stained and this designed required me to show off a whole lot of nail. Since my nails are much better than before I thought this was the best time to pull this look off!
I wanted to do somthing different from the pin. Instead of having it all in the same color family I decided to go for contrast! I did this manicure with striping tape instead of regular scotch tape as in the pin but I think it turned out fairly good with this color combination.



I used OPI Big Apple Red and Goldeneye and topped it off with my quick dry top coat from essence. Bad move!


Can you see it in the photo below?

 

How about now?

Something went funky with my top coat and I got this dark stripe of red on my middle finger. Just the middle finger even though I used the same topcoat on all my nails :S It is apparent in some photos but not others too. LOL.

Owh wells, I still like the overall effect very much. Gold and red is definitely a winning combination in my books!

Neon No-Go

I finally decided to bust out my Deborah Lippmann Run The World (Girls) mini’s today. My first pick from the box – Party Girl. Party Girl is a bright (neon) pink polish that dries to a matte finish. Very interesting if you ask me.
Unfortunately, Party Girl was really very, very sheer on my nails even at 3 coats. It was a tad streaky for me too. The end result looked like I dipped my finger in red dye trying to make red eggs for Chinese New Year!
I tried to salvage it by adding a red glitter on it but, gaaahhh, I picked the wrong one. I applied one coat of CrowsToes Hell Hath No Fury but the base color and glitter just did not go together well 😦
Owh one more thing! Party Girl photographed really funny. I had a bunch of them I took without flash and instead of pink it looked really orange. Like a deep neon coral!
Funny eh?

Half Moon Nails Updated!

I picked up a POPbeauty polish from Sephora the other day. I have always been eyeing them but as long as I could remember, they always were priced at RM49 (~£10/USD15) a tad on the expensive side if you ask me. But when I saw them going for RM29 (~£5.90/USD9.25) I knew I had to buy them. Even if just one of them.
 
I grabbed this gorgeous red glitter polish which I now know as Xmas from the POP beauty website. I thought it looked a lot like China Glaze Ruby Heels which I still do not own.
 
What to do when you are wearing a red mani and just purchased an awesome red glitter? Why, top the existing mani off with some glitter of course!
Xmas looks even more gorgeous on my nails that it did in the bottle! It gave my half moon manicure a lit from within quality! I think I only applied one coat on all my nails but somehow it seems like my middle and ring finger has more glitter in them than the other two fingers.
I have to post this photo I took with flash! *drool*

I just love bargains! And this is definitely a winner in my books 🙂

Day 2 – Half Moon Nails

I haven’t done half moon nails in a long time. I wonder why.. Hmm..
Today I topped off Calypso Gold with a Splash polish that I have, Splash 10 to be exact. 10 is a rich bold red creme polish but upon application 10 seemed like it is a jelly. Weird right? I only needed 2 coats of it to cover up Calypso Gold though.
One thing I found facinating about 10 is that although it has fully covered Calypso Gold the shimmer from Calypso Gold could still shine through it!
Gorgeous or what?!

Trelly’s MISC Polish – Dance Education

One more giveaway polish on my blog today!
This is Dance Education from Trelly’s M.I.S.C Polish. It is a clear based polish with red square and hex glitters, black square and bar glitters as well as white bar ad small squares.
I love the combination of colors and glitters here. I am not usually one for bar glitters but somehow the ones in Dance Education doesn’t bug me much!

I layered  only one coat of Dance Education over Zoya Dove, a grey cream which I love! I actually went back and forth while picking the base color for this polish. I wanted to layer it ovver something that can show off all the different glitters in Dance Education. Do you think picked a good color?

I love how these glitters came together. Although I have seen polishes in the same color combination before, this is definitely a one of a kind polish in my stash 🙂