31DC2014: Day 31-Recreation of Nail art by: Paulina’s Passions

Hello again 🙂

So here is the final post from the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge.

Cannot believe I made it to the end (We will just pretend I am not a few days late hehe)

I was seriously questioning my sanity the last few days.

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The challenge is tough, it really tests your creativity and skill.

Ok so we were supposed to honor nails we loved. I was inspired by Paulina’s Passions, this was actually the Nail Art she did for day 12 of the challenge.

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I used a few pretties:

  • Essence “A Piece of Forever” from the Twilight Breaking Dawn Trend Edition.
  • Catrice “Gold Leaf” Top Coat
  • TOY Maaji “Maaji’s Ocean”
  • TOY Maaji “Candy Bay”
  • SinfulColors “Snow Me White”

I also used Studs that I bought from Maskscara (A nail Supply store in Cape Town) and my striping tape from ebay.

So I really had fun doing this.

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I really like it 😀 but need to practice painting anchors.

Yipeee its over hehe, will do it all again next year for sure! Great test of skill & creativity.

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31DC2014: Day 24-Inspired by “a book”

Good Morning,

Sorry about the delay with this post. I was most annoyed.

Today is inspired by a Book. I tried to decide on a book to use but couldn’t. I had been playing with the Idea of scrapbook nails a while back but never thought much of it.

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The concept of scrapbook nails is to take nail stickers and create something different.

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  • Bundle Monster Nail Effects Tribal.

There was absolutely no polish used to make this mani.

The base of my nail art was a really old no name brand (I threw the cover away years ago) nail sticker in a holo silver.

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Overall I thought it looked pretty but I think the idea needs some refining.

What do you think? Great way to use nail stickers?

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31DC2014: Day 13-Animal Print

Good Morning my dear’s.

Today is yet another beautiful day 😀

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Today we make tribute to the animal kingdom. I love this prompt, I love seeing all the various animal prints used for inspiration.

Today I am doing good ol’faithful Mr. Leopard.

I couldn’t remember the last time I did a leopard print so thought I would try do it again.

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I used some very neutral colours:

  • Essence Colour & Go “Wanna Say Hello”
  • Essence Colour & Go “Go Bold”
  • Essence Colour & Go “1000 Miles Away”

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To me this is one of the easiest types of nail art to do, as no spot is the same! So how can you mess it up?

I normally go an buy 3 nail polishes and a dotting tool, I then print a little “how to guide” on leopard print nail art and I give that as gifts to people. Its pretty fun to make these packs 😀

What do you think?

What animal did you use as inspiration? Share your links.

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31DC2014: Day 8-Metallic Nails

Its a Metallic Monday 😀

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We are nearly at the end of the Colours section and then we move on to the Styles.

I don’t own very many metallic polishes but I do have a killer good gold so I decided to use it for today’s Mani.

I have seriously been loving the metallic’s & pastel colour combo’s lately.

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I decided on green & gold (Our Country’s International Sports Colours). I did a mani a while back for an event so I decided to recreate it here today.

The polishes I used:

  • Essence Colour & Go “Upper Green Side”
  • Tip Top “Go For Gold”

I used my biggest dotting tool so I could make bold dots.

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What do you think of the colour combo? I recently did something similar using the same metallic/pastel concept. I used Rose Gold & Pastel Pink.

I would love to see your metallic mani’s so share your links xxx

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31DC2014: Day 1-Red Nails

Happy Monday Lovelies,

So its finally here, Day 1 of the 31 day Nail Art Challenge. Yayness!

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Ok so I am kind of glad that day 1 is the only prompt I’m like “meh” about. I do not like red nail polish. I hate working with it, I always feel so uninspired to do anything amazing with it…

So I just did a Glitter Gradient.

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I used the following polishes to come up with the look:

  • Essence Nail Art Special Effect! Topper in 09  Copper’ize Me!
  • O.P.I in Chick Flick Cherry
  • O.P.I in OY-Another Polish Joke!

Lets see what I did.

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Not really feeling it but that’s ok, I have 30 more days to impress myself hehe.

Who else is doing the challenge? Share your links in the comments xxx

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[Review] Nail Candi: Nail Ring

Happy Wednesday,

So usually I do a comparison post today but I was playing with my Nail Candi nail ring last night and got inspired. The nail art I did is so pretty in my opinion so I couldn’t wait until Friday to share.

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I wanted to use colours the complimented the Rose Gold colour of the Nail Ring so I decided to use Revlon ColourStay Fall Mood and Tip Top Melting Marshmallow.

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I love how it came out, I just did random dots of Various sizes. I prefer Melting Marshmallow dots over Fall Mood vs. the other way around. What do you think?

Lastly I added the Nail Ring.

20140722_203936I think it looks very pretty.

I have a few concerns though…

Firstly when I first got all the Goodies from Nail Candi my nails were seriously long! So long that when I first tried on the ring, my nail was showing at the end of it. I definitely was not going to cut my nails at that point and so I left it to review at a later stage.

I also struggled with fit, my fingers are slightly thin so the ring didn’t fit on any of my fingers, it just slid down and looked silly really. I did bend it a little to get the finger space a little tighter but not too much to warp the metal.

I think that in terms of rings its very important to have a size scale. I don’t think a one size fits all approach works because we are not all one size.

Other than that I really love this trend! And would love to try other rings to see how they work for me.

All in all I give the Nail Candi nail ring a 3 out of 5.

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But this is only because of my skinny fingers and used-to-be Long nails.

What do you think?

If you would like to purchase these or see more of what Nail Candi has to offer you can check out their links below:

Nail Candi Website

Nail Candi Twitter

Nail Candi Facebook Page

Nail Candi Instagram

You can pop into your local Dream Nails or Sorbet salons, or see other stockists here

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Essence Newbies

Hi everyone,

I hope you are having a great Friday so far!

Today I have a few of the new Essence Polishes to show you. I bought these a while ago and have had them in my draft section for too long so I decided to share them with you before I forget about them.

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173 over the rainbow

This polish is stunning, its a duochrome made in Heaven! With a baby blue base mixed with teal, silver & lavender pigments, it shoots off the most beautiful shimmer! Sadly I found streaking to be a big problem, I just couldn’t get it to be one clean line, my brush strokes are pretty evident.

This polish is stunning in direct daylight! I used 2 coats, no top coat.

 

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03 glitz & glam

When I saw this on the shelf I was like “OMG that is so pretty” *adds it to haul… I love it even more over “Over the rainbow”. Don’t you feel like it gives off a Britney vibe? I don’t know, there was just something about this combo that threw me back to Britney-Pre-Drama aka the 90’s aka my entire childhood. #weird!

Ok so this polish looks great as a topper but also looks equally as stunning on its own… if you have patience to layer it, which sadly I did not 😦

Its filled with a variety of sparkling goodies, like green and gold micro glitter with a variety of small, medium & large pink Hex glitters.

I did 2 coats, no top coat.

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179 Roller Coaster

Roller Coaster is absolutely beautiful! Its a rich creme green with a subtle green shimmer, you would have to enlarge the image to see it :/ clearly… Sorry, the picture didn’t come out so great. eeek!!!!

I did 2 coats of this beauty.

And lastly I give you “Splash”

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I am so excited about this one! Its a stunner of note! But yet again I struggled with streaks and brush lines 😦

My nails do not actually give this colour justice, that’s why I included a bottle shot below 🙂 Its like a peacock in a bottle.

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Bottle Shot

I did 2 coats for this swatch and probably should have used a top coat but didn’t. #meep

Anyhoo, I have tons more new Essence polishes to show you, I just need to find a chance to swatch them.

All the Best

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