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Peachy Gradient with Flowers

So I got into my head that I wanted to do a subtle gradient for a change. I used Essence I care for you and Moyou London White Knight, and I loved the result! Nudes are tricky for me, since my coloring is so pale – it is difficult to find a shade that is not too brown, or too yellow. This peachy shade is perfect!

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Essence I care for you, Moyou London White Knight

I added some flowers from Moyou London Suki-02 plate, using Kiko 496. Kikos are not really meant for stamping, but I’ve found that they work very well for it.

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Moyou London Suki-02, Kiko 496

I mattified the result for good measure with Lumene Matt top coat, and I am loving these! I could wear this for days! (pardon the dry nailbeds)

…which I won’t, because #smooshynailsunday is upon us again, which means I have to take these off today in order to have time to do the smooshy. Nooooo! Haha!

Oh well, I’ll just have to do these again, soon. So lovely!

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#smooshynailsunday – blue, orange, violet

So this week’s colors were blue, orange, and violet, and I used all Picture Polish line: Alice, Autumn, and Nemesis:

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Picture Polish Alice, Autumn, Nemesis

It turned out a bit messy – maybe due to the amount of scatter holo in Autumn and Alice, but I wanted something sparkly! It’s okay, but not my favourite. Adding anything to this proved impossible, so no add-on this week. Nothing seemed to fit!

It’s probably due to my uninspired-ness lately; I’ve had a headache for past three days, and really not feeling up to anything complicated. Also, there’s a few exam resits next week, and it’s totally stressing me out! Let me tell you, grammar and history of English are not too easy!

But hey! Good news is that I figured out a topic for my bachelor’s thesis! Now I’ll just have to start writing my research proposal…

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#smooshynailsunday – one year anniversary!

So this week #smooshynailsunday is a bit special – it has been going on for one year! The colours chosen to commemorate this were black, white, neon yellow, and shocking pink:

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TonyMoly Cotton Candy Collection pink and yellow, Rimmel Black and Picture Polish Bright White

It turned out very impressionistic! I like it! It kinda reminds me of candy:

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Yummy

And to make it extra special, the prompt was to add a topcoat of glitter or something shiny:

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With a top coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust

Now, I was meaning to add some stamping, but it did not go very well. It looked a very cold mess, so I didn’t take any pictures and just removed the whole disaster. Oh well, at least I had pictures taken before!

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F.U.N Lacquer New Year 2017 Collection

So I went a bit crazy. I saw this collection on Instagram and it just hit me: I must have it. I’m not even exactly sure what it was about it! I rarely buy full collections, since it would get very expensive, and there’s always some shades I don’t like.. but this was a hit. I could instantly think of a half dozen nail designs.

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F.U.N Lacquer New Year 2017 Collection

Here’s one of them!

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F.U.N Lacquer Magic Stone, Unicorn Island, Evening Gown

I love gradients, so it was an obvious first choice. I didn’t do anything special, this was more of a testing the polishes out. And they delivered. It did take quite a few spongings, since the polishes are jelly-type, but hey, what I would not do for gradients! Oh and this is way more rainbow-shifting-holographic-goodness-y in real life, I loved this so much!

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#watermarblewednesday – Oil Slick Watermarble

This week’s prompt was “oil slick”, and it is THE reason I joined the challenge this month! I had NO idea what an oil slick watermarble was, so I did some digging in Instagram, and it is gorgeous. There weren’t many posts under #oilslickwatermarble, but I did find an awesome tutorial. Most of the pics were rainbow hued, so I decided to use something more subdued:

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Polishes used: Kiko 379, 523, and 345.

LOVE. For some reason it kind of looks like aurora borealis. Awesome effect.

I added some China Glaze Fairy Dust on top to make it look more like the night sky:

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Topped with China Glaze Fairy Dust

The technique is very easy: you just drop polishes in a cup of water as usual, to form circles, but rather than drawing formations, you dip your finger in the middle of the rings. Then you clean up the surrounding polish and sloooowly begin raising your finger from water. There were few variations to this technique: some did it in a way that they slowly raised the whole finger out of water (the polish slides off, forming these awesome slicks), but the video I used as a instructive method had the nail raised halfway out and then dipped in again. Well, you can see it better in the link above. Easy. Fun. Interesting.

But there is one thing to warn about: use a ton of liquid latex (or “peely stuff”, as it seems to be better known as) because this is messy! When you do more common styles of watermarble, you draw the polishes into formations, and this thins it out – in oil slick, there is a LOT of polish on your finger! So much that it drips off, which makes the effect.

All in all, I will definitely do this again!

Have you tried this technique?

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#smooshynailsunday – pink, blue, and dark purple

The Smoosh is upon us again! This weeks prompt was, like the title says, pink, blue, and dark purple. Well, it was periwinkle instead of blue, but I didn’t have the inbetween color. Anyways:

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Pink and blue are TonyMoly. They don’t have names on them, but they were from Cotton Candy collection. Purple is Essence Amazed by you.

Dreamy, no? For some reason they make me hungry.

I added some wacky owls, and mattified the result with Lumene Matt top coat:

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BP-L019

For some reason, I had near impossible time trying to pick up any images from the plate with black stamping polish and a clear jelly stamper, but with white no problems at all! With black I had to use some super old semi-squishy to get a crisp image. This has happened before, and it mystifies me. If you have any idea what’s going on, feel free to enlighten me.

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Golden snowflakes

Okay, so today I will present to you my LEAST favourite nail polish of the moment. Cadillacquer’s Julia:

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Cadillacquer Julia

Looks pretty, no? Well looks can be DECEIVING. Julia is a quite sheer cream off-white, with golden shimmer and small flakes. The trouble with Julia is that it requires four layers to be almost completely opaque. FOUR x.x. That’s a pain in the ass. And because there are so many layers, the shimmer and the flakes also pile up. If you google swatches of Julia, you’ll see quite ethereal and angelic whites, but I honestly suspect that those swatchers have sponged a layer of Julia on top of a white polish.. Cos my efforts have never looked like that. It’s either that or photomanipulation. Or both.

I want to like this, I do, but I can’t. The idea is cute, and the excution not so cute.

I topped it off with the previously-mentioned new Bundle Monster snowflake plate, with Essie’s Good as gold (now there’s a trustworthy polish. For stamping. Metallics are awful for full nail application).

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BM-XL482

It’s a cute plate, and a very busy-looking one, too. It’s a nice design though! And time-appropriate as well, since we now finally have snow. And cold. Today was 20 degrees below, and I had to do grocery shopping. It was not nice!