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Redoing an Old Mani – Pink Owls

So the last prompt in clairestelle8 Instagram challenge for April was redoing an old mani, and I knew exactly what I wanted to redo: my first stamping attempt. I had, of course, painted my nails in the past, but this stamping business was something new. Born Pretty plate 54 was actually the first stamping plate I ever bought, and it holds a place in my heart still. The owls are so cute!

Tämän kuukauden viimeinen kynsihaaste clairestelle8 Instagram -haasteessa oli vanhojen kynsien uudelleentekeminen, ja tiesin jo kuukausi sitten mitkä haluaisin tehdä: ensimmäiset ikinä tekemäni leimaukset. Kynsiäni olin lakkaillut melko tiheään ennenkin, mutta tämä leimailu oli uusi juttu. Born Prettyn laatta 54 on itseasiassa ensimmäinen ikinä ostamani laatta, ja sydämeni kyllä sykkii sille vieläkin. Pöllöt ovat vaan niin pirun söpöjä!

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Here are the original nails that I did back in, well, almost exactly two years ago. They’re… uhm.. well *I* was proud of them then! Looking back now, I do cringe a bit: quality of picture, those cuticles! Live and learn, indeed!

Tässä sitten ne originaalit kynnet, jotka taiteilin, no, näköjään lähes tismalleen kaksi vuotta sitten. Ne ovat kovin.. miten sen nyt sanoisi.. no olin ainakin silloin kovin ylpeä niistä! Nyt kun katsoo, niin vähän tuo kuvanlaatu ja nuo kynsinauhat ottavat silmiin! Kyllä tässä on jotain oppinut parissa vuodessa!

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I really don’t remember what I used for that first mani – I know I don’t have either the pink or white anymore (the pink might have been Lumene). For the recreation I used my latest and bestest pink, OPI’s Apartment for Two, and stamped with the usual White Knight.

En todellakaan muista mitä käytin tuohon ensimmäiseen yritykseen – pinkki saattoi olla Lumenen, mutta kumpaakaan lakkaa ei enää löydy varastoista. Uusintayritykseen käytin viimeisintä lempilakkaani, OPI:n Apartment for Two:ta, ja leimaus tuttuun tapaan White Knightilla.

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Question of the day: do you remember your first mani?

Päivän kysymys nyt onkin: muistatko vielä ensimmäisen lakkasi?

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Super Pink Dotticure

I haven’t done dots in a while – and now I think there’s enough to last for a while! Clearly I got the spotted fever…

Pilkkuja ei ole tullut tehtyä hetkeen – mutta nyt on sen verran pilkkuja että luulisi riittävän hetkeksi! Oikea pilkkukuume iski.

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For this pink masterpiece I used / Tähän mestariteokseen käytin:

  • Essence Color Boost – Instant Friendship
  • OPI Apartment for Two
  • Kiko 363
  • Lumene Dark Berry/Viinimarja

And a couple of different sized dotting tools, both Essence I think.

But just a note about this new Essence Color Boost -line: it boasts “1 coat & go”, but I have not met a pastel that did not need at least two coats, and this is no exception. I had to put three to get it fully opaque. It was also somewhat streaky – would not recommend.

Sekä tietenkin muutamaa erikokoista pilkkutikkua, molemmat taisivat olla Essencen.

Mutta vielä sananen tästä Essencen uudesta Color Boost -lakasta: se väittää olevansa “1 coat & go”, mutta en ole vielä tavannut pastellilakkaa joka ei vaatisi vähintään kahta kerrosta, eikä tämä ole poikkeus. Tämä vaati kynsilläni kolme kerrosta. Lakka ei myöskään tasoitu itsekseen hyvin, vaan voi jäädä aika raitaisaksi – en suosittele.

Are you a fan of dotticures?

Pidätkö Sinä pilkutuksesta?

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Smooshy Nail Sunday – Pink, Purple, and Aqua

The title says it all. Actually it was neon pink and neon purple, but hey, I don’t own… neons. Bit too bright for me! I made do with OPI line: Apartment for Two, Suzi and the Seven Dusseldorfsm and Gelato on My Mind.

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OPI Apartment for Two, Suzi and the Seven Dusseldorfs, Gelato on My Mind

The result was kind of.. mystic! I like it!

And here’s what I stamped on top of it. I used Moyou London Suki 16, with OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay. The polish is not really meant for stamping, as you can see from faintness of the lines, but I think it went well in any case.

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You know, it feels weird to say here are my nails of the day when these were really done on.. Friday and Saturday! And um, this is a scheduled post too. Sometimes I think it’s odd to “speak” in present here when these are done days ahead. Do you ever get that feeling?

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PINK! Nails

Again it is clairestelle8 challenge time, and today’s prompt was PINK! (caps lock not mine!) I had just bought OPI Apartment for two from kauneudenkauppa.fi Valentine’s Day sale (lots of full sized OPI shades for 4-6€! I ended up buying six altogether), which turned out to be VERY pink in real life, so it seemed fitting.

The picture shows three coats, but I would’ve managed with two if I hadn’t done all sorts of stuff around the house before taking a picture. It is very pigmented.

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I stamped on top of it with Moyou London’s Candy Floss, and the image is from their plate Flower Power 03.

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OPI Apartment for two, Moyou London Candy Floss, Flower Power 03

I am So in love with these. At first I thought Apartment for two would be a garish pink, as they easily are, but it is actually the perfect shade. My new favourite!