nail art · nails of the day

Candystriped Nails

I feel like this is an actual pattern on a candy paper, but for the life of me I can’t think of the candy. It bugs me.

On sellainen kutina että tämä saattaisi olla ihan oikea karkkipaperi, mutta en kerta kaikkiaan saa päähäni että mikä karkki se on. Häiritsevää.

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In any case, let me tell you: clear jelly stamper and a stamping plate with overlapping patterns make my life so much easier. I’ve tried to do stripes before with striping tape, but that was SO annoying. Not to mention messy. Hence, I wholeheartedly recommend this Feeling shapely! 01 plate to everyone – stamping worked like a dream, and there are just so many options with that plate. I might stay on this geometric pattern train for a while, just so you know.

Jokatapauksessa, voin kertoa että elämä muuttuu paljon helpommaksi kun on clear jelly stamper ja leimalaatta jossa on toisiinsa sopivat kuviot. Olen ennenkin yrittänyt tehdä raidallisia kynsiä teipin avulla, mutta se on ihan uskomattoman ärsyttävää ja sotkuista touhua. Tämän johdosta suosittelen kaikille tätä Feeling shapely! 01 -laattaa – leimaus toimi kuin unelma, ja se mahdollisten yhdistelmien määrä on valtava. Ihan varoituksena, geometrisiä kuvioita saattaa näkyä aika paljon lähiaikoina..

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I used Moyou London Black Knight and Essie Good as Gold for stamping. The base color is MooMoo’s Signatures Palace in the Moon, which is a lovely, lovely turquoise. The picture below shows three easy coats with top coat.

Leimaukseen käytin Moyou Londonin Black Knightia ja Essien Good as Goldia. Pohjalla on MooMoo’s Signatures Palace in the Moon, joka on ihastuttavan kirkas turkoosi. Alimmaisessa kuvassa on kolme lakkakerrosta päällyslakan kanssa.

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Thanks for reading! (and if you know this candy please tell me!)

Kiitos kun luit! (ja jos tiedät mikä karkkipaperi on kyseessä, kerro ihmeessä!)

Tallenna

nails · smooshynailsunday

Smooshy Nail Sunday – Red, Pink, Yellow, and Beige

This Sunday I had a bit more successful smoosh! I wasn’t sure about the combo at first – yellow and red? With beige, of all things? But happily it turned out okay:

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Moo Moo’s Signatures Fire Rooster, Chang-E, Tony Moly Cotton Candy Yellow, OPI Be There in a Prosecco

The result reminded me of ice cream! As kids, we used to eat these tricolor ice cream packets, and when it melted a bit in the bowl, it looked a bit like this.

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Konad red stamping polish, Hehe plate 088

I added some flowers for good measure. This is actually my entry for clairestelle8’s monthly challenge for 11th of this month: the prompt is “flowers”. So you get to see these first and don’t tell anyone I’m multipurposing my nail art! These will go up on Instagram on the 11th, right on schedule *wink*.

Oh, and a shout out to Moyou London’s Smudge-resistant Top Coat! I tested it out with the Konad red stamping polish, because I know it stains and spreads LIKE MAD, if I’m not careful. Not one smudge, and I used the top coat literally right after stamping! It takes slightly longer to dry than quick dry top coats, but if you’re worried about spreading, I can recommend this. And who says you can’t add a quick dry top coat on top of this?

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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?

 

nails · review

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?

nails · review

Moo Moo’s Garden of Eden

I have a confession to make: I bought Moo Moo’s Signatures’ Garden of Eden purely because of the description:

Moo Moo still can’t forget about the paradise after reading some books about it from library.

(the review is at the end of this post, I’ll ramble a bit first)

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MooMoo Signature’s Garden of Eden

It got me thinking: which books exactly did Moo Moo read? Because, as it happens, I am supposed to be writing a course diary right now with the theme of Garden of Eden. Maybe we read the same books! Let’s guess wildly!

Bible would be the first choice, I suppose. That’s where it all began. Now this was not a required read on my Literary Landscapes course, but I do know the basics. Cradle of humanity, paradise where all animals lived in peace with each other, and humans ruined it all. Serpent and Eve, everyone knows this story. With the infamous bite, we lost the eteranal life and gained wisdom. I always thought this was a bit dubious: why did wisdom mean that they started wearing clothes? Was it a symbol for progression? Why is innonce nakedness?

Biblical version of the Garden is also depicting possibly the real Jerusalem, or the promised land. This might be one and the same, since what Jesus (or whatever his name was) fought for was the actual, real promised land, on earth. He wasn’t talking about Heaven, but real land for Jews. Divine garden of Zion was also called Jerusalem. It gets a bit confusing. Maybe that is why Moo Moo can’t stop thinking about it?

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Green holo with tiny green flakies and shimmer. Part of Fantasy Winterland Collection.

From religious texts to fan fiction: John Milton’s Paradise Lost. His Paradise is a wild, hostile place:

So on he fares, and to the border comes
Of Eden, where delicious Paradise,
Now nearer, Crowns with her enclosure green,
As with a rural mound the champain head
Of a steep wilderness, whose hairie sides     
With thicket overgrown, grottesque and wilde,
Access deni’d; and over head up grew
Insuperable highth of loftiest shade,
Cedar, and Pine, and Firr, and branching Palm

This is where Satan at first looks upon Eden. It’s protected by wilderness, overgrown and grotesque, as if to make outsiders feel unwelcome. Which Satan of course is, the poor thing. I always found Milton’s Prince of Hell quite a sympathetic character. What did Moo Moo think about him?

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But this is all quite bleak. So… maybe all Moo Moo wants is a vacation? Garden of Eden is an actual place, after all, and Tigris and Euphrates still exist. (There’s some debate about Pishon and Gihon) Things are a bit… hectic in Iraq, Syria and Turkey at the moment though. Don’t go there, Moo Moo! There are nicer countries! Coasts of the Black Sea are nice, I hear.

Okay, this gets wilder by the minute! Maybe we should get back to polish review: I’m not usually one for green polishes, especially this near to Christmas. At first glance, the polish looked a basic fir tree green, but when one takes a closer look, it gets interesting! There’s tiny flakies and shimmer, and sometimes it looks darker, like it’s near black just beneath the surface. The holo is very subtle and nice. All the pictures are two coats with a top coat, which was plenty for good coverage. The formula was nice too. Turns out I like this! How about you?