My poor nails!

So the nail on my middle finger broke the other day. It broke flat off and no tea bag tricks would help, so now I’m stuck with shorter nails for a while. What to do, what to do… nailart wise. My nails flake and break off really easily if I’m not wearing nail polish, so I added Opi Be there in a prosecco as an emergency measure.

Nice and plain.

Then I thought of @nailsbymedrek‘s nails that I liked on Instagram few days ago, and got inspired. They were cute and kind of retro! I recreated the look with different colours, but tried to keep the retro look.

Flowers were done with Kiko 496, 483, and 534.

As a top coat I used Rimmel’s Finishing touch, which unfortunately spread the colors slightly on some nails… but it’s barely noticeable!

What do you think?



Close enough

Okay, okay, so I didn’t do stained glass as the @clairestelle8challenge prompted for 20th. That was due to the small fact that I don’t HAVE stained glass stuff. I’ve been meaning to get some sheets of it, but well, it’s not really something that has top priority now. So I did the next best thing: CLOSE ENOUGH.


See? Sparkly stuff! For some time now, I’ve kept an eye out for Asian trends, namely Japanese and Chinese and South-Korean. It is so interesting to see how different the trends are there, how they use a lot more negative space, and how the shapes are different. This heart shape is fairly popular – at least I think so, not understanding Korean.. and glitter is popular. With stained glass, of course, but we went through that already.

Products used: Sirère polish Antifreeze, Rimmel Cheeky Chap, Essence Sandy toes & salty kisses.

Sirène Polish is a South-Korean brand, and Antifreeze was my first from them. It had nice quality, though black hearts were a bit scarce and hard to fish out. But that seems to be their nature. But to make things easier, they sent a packet of glitter separately with it!

Hearts and triangles.

By the Sea (and turtles)

This is a style I have wanted to do for quite a while. People have been painting water on their nails all summer, and I feel left out! But now, thanks to Instagram challenge month,  tables have turned. Lo and behold (this always makes me think of Nabokov’s Lolita):

Picture Polish Cherish, Opi Gelato on my mind, Essence white stamping polish, Essie Good as Gold, and images from BM-503 and Hehe 066.

They turned out very calming, nice and subtle. Makes me think of baby turtles digging their way out of the sand they were buried in as eggs, and finding the sea… though, apparently that happens at night time. But you know, it’s the thought that counts.

nails · water marble

A Diseased Dish

More challenge nails – originally I had planned to skip this, since water melon nails are done to death, but lo and behold, I ended up doing them. I had also planned on doing water marble instead of gradient, but it was just one of those days when water marble refuses to work. Water marblers everywhere know what I mean. Moon was possibly in a bad position, or the tides hadn’t come in, or I had been cursed by an evil sprite.. who knows? It wasn’t the day for it.

And since the previous water spotted nails were such a success, I did it on top of this gradient too. The result: a fairly… sick water melon. Or a water melon from Hell? What do you think?

Kiko 534, 288, 48, Essence Color Booster

I think I was hungry

…when I thought these up. Again, these are for the clairestelle8challenge, and the prompt was “tropical”. I was so sick of palm trees and flowers (no offense to those who did them, I just personally could not stomach doing them), that I wanted to do something a bit.. different. Besides, I had already painted my nails yellow and orange.

Kiko 279, 356

And here we are! EDIBLE tropical!

BM 503 & 504

Just to note: I have never eaten crab legs, not have I been to seas for about a decade. It’s two weeks into the new semester and I want a holiday already!


Antique jade and gold

Time for another challenge nails – the prompt for 6th was gold, and unfortunately I already used it last time, but never fear! I managed to think up another design!

Kiko 345

This Kiko colour was called Jade, and it’s drop dead gorgeous. I love this sort of dusty and stone-y muted colour! Sadly, it was really hard to capture on camera. In any case, a new favourite.

On top of it I added water spots. This was my first time trying to do it, and it was such a mess.. but eventually I got the hang of it. Luckily I didn’t die of hair spray overdose.

Water spots with Essie Good as gold

I love these! What do you think?



So as I mentioned, I’m taking part of the @clairestelle8challenge this month, which means that today  is Owl Day. (It should be every day.)


This owl plate from Born Pretty was actually the very first plate I purchased, back when I started this nail craze, which was maybe a year and a half ago? It is still one of my favourites! It stamps fairly well, though sometimes the images are a bit partial – that may be due to my technique, in all fairness.

Products used: Cadillacquer Lights will guide you, Essence Yummiiii!, Essie Good as Gold, BP-54

Now, I have two regrets:

  1. Flecks of gold in Lights will guide you do not show up in the picture. Stupid lighting.
  2. Next prompt in the challenge is “gold”. And I just used gold. Damn it. I will have to figure out something else.

Other than that, owls are always cute!