Gosh there are a lot of different polishes in this mani! I was quite excited about Galaxy day, but I think it’s a mani that I’ll definitely have to try again. I did like how these turned out, and they were a lot sparklier in real life, but after doing them, I think that less would’ve been more.
Orly Liquid Vinyl, Ozotic 903, Ozotic 908, Ozotic 534, China Glaze Snow Globe, Milani Jewel FX Silver, Sinful Colors Queen Of Beauty
Essence You Belong To Me, China Glaze Aquadelic, OPI Fly, Milani Gold
Day 4 was green, and I was originally going to try and do some kind of leaf themed elaborate mani. I had planned to add more lines (little tiny perpendicular ones between these lines, like the veins on a leaf) but when I got to this point I liked it so I stopped. I did however add some glitter from Milani Gold to the corners for a bit of fun!
OPI I Vant To Be A-Lone Star, China Glaze Light As Air, Sally Hansen Celeb City, Milani Silver
Easter only comes once a year, so I’ve got to get all the Easter egg inspired manis out of my system! I was playing around with my new nail art tape, this time just using it instead of normal sticky tape. It is quite handy!
I hope you all had a lovely relaxing Easter and the Easter Bunny was good to everyone! I have to go put a Lindt gold bunny out of its half eaten misery now. Yum!
Milani Cyberspace, OPI Black Onyx, Bundle Monster BM-221
I sadly had a horrible afternoon at work today, my first not awesome day since I started my new job in January. It was insanely busy all day and ended with a potential disaster that had to be time consumingly averted so unfortunately I wasn’t much in the mood for nails this evening when I finally made it home. Usually in cases like these when I’ve got boring nails happening I’d almost always have some photos of a mani I’d done earlier in the week that was waiting to be posted, but alas, today was not one of those days.
I’ve been rocking my new holos all week and not really doing nail art because they’re just so amazing on their own, but unfortunately because of this sad sunless weather I haven’t been able to get any photos of their amazing rainbowness! Today I had on Milani Cyberspace from the 3D Holographic collection. Man are they sparkly! To jazz it up a bit and make up for not being able to capture the awesome holo in a photo I decided to stamp over it. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen black geometric patterns over holo polishes somewhere around the interwebs and always thought they looked amazing! This particular combination reminds me of something you’d see on a sci fi show. Or perhaps I just had aliens/outer space on the brain because the polish is called Cyberspace! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out in the end!
OPI Skull & Glossbones, OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster, Milani Gold, Essie Matt About You
Whoa, am I obsessed with Skull & Glossbones or what? I’ve only had it a few weeks and already I’ve used it at least twice a week! Which is an amazingly massive amount of usage for one nail polish! In fact, I’m using it for the mani I’m doing tonight! I just can’t get enough!
I’ve been seeing these triangular reverse french manicures (does anyone know what on earth these things are called???) on the interwebs and finally got around to doing one. My lines aren’t all that crisp because I was a little impatient, but from arm’s length they looked pretty cool!
For a bit of bling I used my dotter to pick one piece of glitter from Milani Gold and stuck it on the point. Then I mattified the whole lot!
Sally Hansen Celeb City, Milani Silver, China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve
These are my New Year’s Eve nails. Of course I had to use China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve, none of my other nail polishes are have New Year’s specific names so I figured it was a definite. I’ve always loved glitter accent nails and have recently seen a few reverse sort of accent nails, where the crazy glitter bombs are on all the nails and the accent nail is just a plain colour. So I blinged out all my nails and did a little gradient type thing over Blue Year’s Eve. I was trying to go for a glittery gradient like getnail-d’s accent nail on her mermaid nails mani but I kind of went a little bit overboard.
In other news… I’m moving from my little home town in the country to the big bad city! On New Year’s day I’m heading off to live in Sydney, which is why I’ve done my New Year’s nails a day early. I’ll be too busy packing tomorrow. Of course I’m taking all my polishes, and getting them through the six hour drive meant packing them securely. I had a cardboard box from work and some packing bubbles so I made a little double storey nail polish box to transport them. This photo shows about two thirds of my current collection, all snug in their little box.
China Glaze Grape Pop, China Glaze Recycle, China Glaze Heli-Yum, Milani Gold
I’ve been wanting to do a pointy tape manicure for a while now. I’d been waiting to find colours that go together nicely, and were opaque in one coat. In my Christmas haul of nail polish I got a heap of China Glazes, including Grape Pop and Heli-Yum. I was super impressed with how dense the colour was! Grape Pop was better with two coats, but Heli-Yum was a solid one coater! Finally! I had my matching one coaters for tape manis! I did this mani while watching a movie so I could give each coat enough time to dry before putting the sticky tape on it. Then, at the end for a little bit of extra flair I dotted on some glitter from a bottle of Milani Gold, from the Gems FX collection.
The one thing that confused me with this kind of layering tape mani was the tips of my fingers. Because I have such short nails I never wrap the edges (I think that’s what it’s called, when you sort of paint the tip edges too) because there just ends up being polish all over my fingers! So when I finished off this manicure I could see each layer of colour on the tips of my nails, and as they wore, the darker colours underneath became really noticeable. Has anyone else had this problem? The only solution I could think of for next time was to remove the polish from the tips of my nails before the last coat, so the last coat would be the only one on the ends, just like a normal mani. I guess I’ll just have to do another like this so I can see if that works!
OPI Black Onyx, piCture pOlish Festival, China Glaze Atlantis, Milani Gold
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
This was my Christmas Eve/Christmas Day manicure. I couldn’t wait to use Festival. It’s SO AWESOME!!! So many colours! I have to say… I may not need Cult Nails Clairvoyant now. Then I added a Christmas tree to make give it a bit more festive spirit. Festival was beautiful to apply, this was three coats. One of the things I really love about Festival is that it’s in a clear base, so you can put it over any colour and get flakie awesomeness without changing your base colour. Festival is made by an Aussie company called piCture pOlish. The girls at piCture pOlish were just lovely. I received a cute little email along with my order invoice. It makes you feel all nice and special when you get personalised service! While I was on their website I picked up a couple of Ozotic polishes as well. Prepare yourself for some awesome holo goodness and colour shifting glitter in the not so distant future!
Anyhoo, off to eat my weight in Christmas chocolate now! Have a happy and safe holiday!
China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic China Glaze Heli-Yum, Milani Gold, Essence Make It Golden
Nailside is so good at coming up with super easy tape nail art. This Christmas tree came from her Abstract Christmas Tree Tutorial. It’s so easy and so cute! I wanted to keep doing Christmas themed nails, but I just received a bunch of new polishes in the post and I wanted to try them out. So this ended up being less Christmasy coloured than my other Christmas manis. My nails are a mess at the moment. My job kind of kills them every day and it’s been so busy with the Christmas rush that they’re getting a real bang around each day!