I have a serious glitter addiction. I tried to convince myself that I didn’t need Rainbow Connection because I already owned Milani Gems, but the whole “it has bigger bits of glitter and pretty colours” won out in the end and I caved and bought it (and I had to console myself somehow for not being able to find Zom-body to Love). It’s so pretty and I’m really glad that I ended up getting it. And really, you can never have too many multi coloured glitter nail polishes to choose from!
China Glaze Light As Air, OPI Pink Of Hearts Pink Shatter
I love shatters. It’s by far the easiest way to get awesome looking nail art, without needing any special skills or tools. If you can paint your nails, you can rock fab looking shatter! I found with this particular shatter, the thicker your layer was, the more dense the colour ended up as, and of course the bigger the cracks were!
The other reason why I absolutely adore having shatter on my nails is because of all the little things you can discover in the patterns it makes. Like finding animals in the clouds, I always seem to ‘see’ something in shattered nails. (and food, weird houses, furniture and cars)
So what did I see in these nails? If I list everything you’ll think I’m a crazy person! In this particular mani there’s lots of things, including an old lady wearing a scary cape, elephants walking in a row and a flailing sea monster!
Essence Blue Addicted
Whoa! I was so excited to find Essence in my local Target the other day and the thing that had me the most excited was that they had this polish! Blue Addicted is from the Colour & Go range and is a pretty spot on dupe of Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe (or so I have been told. I don’t have AtU to compare it with sadly). It’s just a crazily beautiful polish. It looks like a seaweedy under-sea sparkle-fest on your nails. And for only $2.55 a bottle how can you say no? I even went back to get a second bottle since it is only 5mls.
Look at that glitter!
As you can also probably tell, I cut my nails. This blog isn’t called Little Nails for nothing! Trying out the whole squared shape thing, usually I like them super rounded, but I thought I’d try something different!
China Glaze Strawberry Fields, BYS Black Nail Striper
In an attempt to do something fabulously bright and summery to celebrate the beginning of summer I ended up with this on my nails. And I reckon it’s awesome! I used China Glaze Strawberry Fields, which I got a few weeks ago, but hadn’t actually used yet for a full mani. It may just be my favourite pink from my growing collection of nail polish. During my hunt for a ‘summery’ colour I realised I don’t actually have many pinks, reds or purples. I do have about a million ‘almost black’ polishes though. I think dark colours always look great on shorter nails.
As always, I just can’t cope with plain ol’ painted nails. I need some glitter, or some shatter, or something awesome, so I jazzed it up with some cool stripes after seeing an awesome mani on a random beauty website, which featured photos from Nail It. You can see Nail It’s original post here. It’s really simple, just lines, and great for if you’re practising using a nail art brush or a striper.
P.S. Since this photo was taken I’ve cut my nails. This length is the absolute longest I can get my nails to without them driving me crazy or breaking. Prepare yourselves for my little short nails next post.
OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Hot & Spicy, OPI Fiercely Fiona, China Glaze Custom Kicks, BYS Black Striper
Oh, how I love the whole tribal, aztec thing that’s in right now. This mani is quite similar to another I did, just with different colours. It kind of reminds me of oranges and lemons!
OPI Excuse Moi!
After my Houston Purple Glitter mess I thought I’d go with a glitter that I knew was guaranteed to be amazing. Excuse Moi! from the OPI Muppets collection is so beautiful. All pink and glittery, and multi coloured glittery too! Everything I love about glitter is in this polish, and it was a dream to apply too. While photographing my nails, my cat joined in the fun by attempting to eat my mini bottle of Excuse Moi! He seemed quite annoyed when he realised it was not edible, or even nice tasting. Actually, it probably tasted like nail polish remover. Sorry kittycat!
OPI Houston We Have A Purple, Essence Make It Golden, Milani Gold
You can buy Essence in Australia!!! At Target!!! And I’d never even known! I’d been eyeing off a few Essence polishes for a while after seeing them on the interwebs (mainly on Nailside) but I was pretty sure the brand was only available in Europe. So imagine my surprise when there they were in my little country town’s Target! They only had the Colour & Go range (not the Nail Art Twins that I so desperately wanted). I managed to limit myself to three – Make It Golden, Blue Addiction and You Belong To Me, but for only $2.55 a bottle (only 5ml, but oh well) I may have to go grab a few other colours!
My original plan with this mani was to use Houston We Have A Purple as the base and then just put one coat of Make It Golden over the top. But… the glitter mad part of my brain decided that it just wasn’t enough glitter, so I added a coat of Gold and instantly I knew I’d gone too far. Never thought I’d say it, but there was too much glitter! This mani didn’t last long because of the over-glittering, also I banged my hand and put a massive dent/hole in one finger just after taking this photo so I would have had to do some serious damage control if I was to keep it on. Just easier to do another mani. And a good excuse to paint my nails twice in one day!
OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Sparrow Me The Drama, OPI Panda-Monium Pink, OPI Jade Is The New Black, BYS Black Striper
I am in love with my stripey thing. I’ve been using it a lot lately, mainly just for stripes, but I thought I should test myself on some round shapes and this is what I ended up with. It’s spring here in Australia and my Mum’s garden is bursting with roses and colour so I’ve been wanting to have spring, flowery nails constantly! I have no clue how all the clever nail art people out there get their perfect, tiny thin lines on their nails. This was tricky enough!
China Glaze Below Deck, China Glaze Light As Air, Ulta3 Gold Rush Fever, BYS Black Nail Striper
After seeing Nailside‘s awesome striped nails I was inspired. And while these look nowhere and perfect as hers, I still like them! I wore these to a friend’s 21st birthday party over the weekend and the colours sort of matched my dress. Also I really wanted to try China Glaze Below Deck. I used it as the base in this mani and it’s such a beautiful colour! I guess it’s my version of a neutral- dark, but not black or some crazy colour! They’re a little worse for wear in this photo, it took me three days to get a chance to photograph them!
China Glaze For Audrey, OPI Rainbow Connection
China Glaze Custom Kicks, China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve, China Glaze Snow Globe, China Glaze Skyscraper (over Blue Year’s Eve), OPI Mermaid’s Tears, OPI Planks A Lot, Face of Australia White Gold.
I was in Sydney over the weekend and managed to do the fabulous Sculptures by the Sea walk, and man the ocean is lovely to look at! This is my attempt at ‘mermaid nails’. They didn’t really come out the way I wanted, and it seems I was slightly too eager in my top coat application. While I was in Sydney I desperately wanted to get OPI Zom-body to Love, just for the glow in the dark-ness, but it seems that it might not be available in Australia! To console myself I picked up the mini Muppets set and a regular size Rainbow Connection. I still really want the glow in the dark polish though!