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Snowflake nails

So it’s my birthday tomorrow, and I’m SICK. I think? I keep sneezing and I feel quite bad, but NOT AS BAD as when I’m usually really sick. Maybe this’ll pass..

So you understand why I’m not quite up to doing fancy nails. There is just zero inspiration. I wanted something pink, so I went with F.U.N Lacquer’s Daydream (gorgeous), and then I was like, MEH, let’s go with snowflakes.

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F.U.N Lacquer Daydream, Moyou Black and White Knight, image from QA58

But then later today, I went to get the post, and lo and behold: my order from Bundle Monster had arrived. I got two plates from the new Winter Kingdom collection, and of course there is snowflakes on one of them. Maybe I should redo my nails? Even MORE snowflakes! It IS a lovely plate, the snowflakes are flowery and cute… you’ll see in a few days!

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#smooshynailsunday – Death to Rudolph!

So this week’s prompt was white and red and holo. As I didn’t have the last one, I substituted it with Essie’s Aprés-chic (I am really overusing it this season). The others are Moyou London’s White Knight and Moo Moo’s Signatures’ Fire Rooster.

The end result was.. well, more bloody than festive! Haha!

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Essie Aprés-chic, Moyou London White Knight, Moo Moo’s Signatures Fire Rooster

This amused me, so I decided to take it up a notch: I call this masterpiece In Loving Memory of Rudolph the Reindeer.

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Oops, there’s a smudge of peely stuff left.

Now, as you might not know this, we Finns eat reindeer at Xmas time. When Rudolph’s work is done on Xmas Day, on the dinner table he goes! Gobble gobble!

(technically, all Santa’s reindeer are female though. The males would have lost their horns at this time of the year.)

What did you think happens to him?

 

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Shattered gradient

I love gradients so much. This I did some days ago, when I wanted something red and purple. I used Picture Polish Autumn, Rose, and Nemesis (which is discontinued! Why, oh why…) The shimmer was so hard to capture – it was more shimmery in real life.

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Picture Polish Autumn, Rose, Nemesis

On top of it I ended up stamping with Bundle Monster XL-216.

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I like the shattered effect! And I love the color combination. Not really Xmassy, but hey, I never am!

(Seriously, I rarely am. I’m not really interested in Halloween, Thanksgiving, Xmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter or any of that sort. So I don’t really do seasonal nails.)

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Celestial animals

I love Gravity. I was so lucky to snatch it on a good price in a Facebook second hand nail polish market group (gosh that’s a long description. But it’s in Finnish so I had to translate – and it’s only one word in Finnish)! All the polishes are so gorgeous in the collection it belongs to.. Stupid Limited Editions, why are you limited? I was not so into nail art and polishes back in 2014 u.u. Picture Polish should bring them back!

ANYWAYS. Gravity is a “top coat”, meaning you layer it on top of darker polish, in my case Kiko’s black. The pictures show two coats:

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Picture Polish Gravity

I just love the color shift, don’t you?

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It is like winter sky at night. Darkest time of the year is on us.

And of course I wanted to ruin it with stamping.

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 Images from Moyou London Animal 12

I think I went a bit too glittery with Essie’s Apres-chic, IF that is possible. The theme in my head was “celestial animals”. Moyou London just released these animal plate series, I instantly grapped this one: I’m a sucker for Slavic influence. They remind me of the Russian fairytales I read as a child..

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I need a plainer silver stamping polish, though. That glitter gets everywhere!

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Moo Moo’s Signatures Fire Rooster and Chang-E review

So the Moon festival is long gone and Chinese New Year is still to come, but I could not wait to try these nail polishes from Moo Moo’s Signatures! Who cares about seasonality!

First up is the lovely Fire Rooster. Now, I’m a metal rooster myself, but I could take this as my signature colour.

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Moo Moo’s Signatures Fire Rooster

It’s a great red. I love reds and pinks and purples and everything. I think the description said that it has a bit of green flakies in it, but honestly I could not see it. This is red with golden holo.

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Red

It’s a gorgeous, wearable red! I will find much use for it. Two easily applied layers.

Next up is Chang-E, which is part of the Legend of the Moon Goddess line:

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Moo Moo’s Signatures Chang-E

The name is based on the myth of the Moon Goddess, which I love. I always love names with meaning or story behind it! And the colour is one of my favourites. Here in Finland we call this shade in general “marjapuuro”, literally translated as berry porridge. Here’s the shade:

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Pretty close, no?

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This is two coats – and ignore the nick in my middle finger, I applied this the day before taking the picture, and obviously I bumped it somewhere. Also, winter season is so dry, that every scratch leaves a mark, as you can see. I didn’t even notice that scratch.

But I really love the color – it reminds me of F.U.N Lacquers Daydream, which I loved too! I’m a sucker for this shade, I admit.

What nail polish name is your favourite? Do you pay attention?

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#smooshynailsunday – blue, silver, and bronze

This week has gone by so fast, I barely had time to do this prompt! I wanted to, because I thought the result would be interesting, but.. hmm. It does not look like I imagined it would.

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#smooshynailsunday

I used Essie Aprés-chic, Kiko 521, and bronze glitter from Etude House Princess Happy Ending Jasmine set. I think I went too metallic with the colours? It looks a bit frozen. Bit annoying, but then again, smooshynailsundays are for experimenting with colours.

I added some stamping:

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Turtles? Why turtles, you might ask. It’s because I had a cool turtle plate, OBVIOUSLY. That and the fact that I just did snowflakes last Tuesday. Tribal Turtles for the win! Ooh. That could be a thing!

And I’ve actually had turtles on my mind lately. I’m neck-deep in my course diary, and I’ve been talking about Garden of Eden, and that got me thinking about Darwin and Galapagos islands and dragons and could it also be a Garden of Eden, as he thought life started there? So turtles and dragons and sea and rocky islands have been floating in my head.

Thank Gosh this semester will be over soon.

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Independence Day Nails

It’s  the 99th Independence Day here in Finland, so I thought I’d do some thematic nails. Our flag colours are blue and white, and it’s winter, so that makes it… snowflakes? Yes. I added some flakes in silver too, to spice it up:

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I used: Essence I ❤ my blue jeans (the best dark blue there is), Moyou London White knight, Essie Apres-chic, with images from QA58. The stamping was super easy and images are so crisp!

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