Nubar Reclaim

Just a quick post outside the challenge. I have already done those delicate print challenge nails, but I will post them tomorrow. Today I have one really amazingly pretty polish for you, that I think you've all seen quite many times, but it deserves all the attention.

Yeah, I'm talking about Nubar Reclaim, awesome green holo that even I love and you all know I'm not usually a big fan of green polishes. Reclaim has really nice linear holo effect and it was opaque with just two coats, so if you ask me, I think this is a perfect green holo. And if you're a holo lover like me, you should get this from somewhere, this is really a must-have polish.

Giveaway reminder

You have time until tomorrow to enter my Facebook giveaway, so don't forget to go to Polish This Facebook page and enter! Here's the prices you can win:

Also remember to enter the giveaway here in this blog, click here to learn more. That one will end on November 6th.

Day 14: Flowers

It's another day of the challenge and today the task is flower nails. I have just few Konad plates and some of them do have flower desings but instead of Konad I decided to try some freehand nail art, though I had to keep it quite simple because of my lack of freehand skills. But here's the mani anyway:

 And here are the polishes that I used:
From left to right: Orly Bonder, Glitter Gal Black 3d/Holo, Color Club Ultra-Astral, Mavala White, L.A. Colors Art Deco nail art liner white, China Glaze Bad Kitty and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.

I couldn't get proper picture of that Glitter Gal polish just because there hasn't really been any sun for couple of weeks or so. But I promise to wear it again sometime when there is some sunlight and take some pics, because the holo effect looks really amazing at least in the bottle.

I hope you all liked today's challenge mani, day after tomorrow's task is tribal print and I have no idea how I'm going to do that...

Day 13: Animal Print - Misa Grey Matters

It's day 13 and time for animal print nails, but first I want to remind you to participate in my giveaway and also my Facebook giveaway.

I'm not really a big fan of animal print in anything, so I have never done animal print nails. I was first thinking of doing something different and trying to find some cool animal print (like some frog or lizard with cool colors) but then I decided that I should really try to do the 'traditional' leopard print manicure, because I wouldn't probably try it ever if not now with this challenge. So I checked out Pampered & Polished leopard print mani tutorial and tried to do one myself.

And here it is.. I think I managed to catch the look even though this is not nearly perfect or as neat as I've seen other people do. But this was my first try and I'm really not good with free hand nail art either, so keeping that in mind I think I did pretty good. At least it looked kind of cool from distance, lol. However, I don't see myself wearing this look very often, I guess animal prints aren't just my thing.

The base color for this manicure was Misa Grey Matters from their Surreal Escape Winter 2011 collection and the black is e.l.f. Black and for the dots I used Color Club Ultra-Astral. I knew I needed to have Grey Matters as soon as I saw Scrangie's swatch of it. And she was soooo right, it looks so cool, like bird eggs, just like she said.

Day 12: Stripes

It's time for another challenge manicure and this time it's a stripes mani. I wanted to do a scotch tape mani once again, so I did quite wide stripes and I also wanted to do something sweet and girly, so here it is:

So I used Misa As Pink As You Please and China Glaze Frosty (two coats each) and then of course topped it off with top coat. This didn't turn out like I had in mind, but I thought that the outcome wasn't so bad either. It reminds me a bit of ballerinas or something girly like that.

Day 11: Polka Dots

It's day 11 of the challenge and so it's time for some patterns, and today that means polka dots. I've never done polka dot nails before, can you believe that? It's just because I'm not very fond of that pattern or how it looks on me, because believe me, I've seen many great polka dot manis, but somehow it's just not the look for me. Anyway, I think this is part of the reason why I wanted to this challenge in the beginning, I think it's agreat way to challenge my self to doing something that I wouldn't normally do. So without further ado, here's my polka dot mani:

Once again I decided to use some purple polishes, just because I thought they might make me more comfortable with this look. I think my mani turned out to be okay and the colors worked nicely together. I also wanted to add little something, so I did one nail with purple rhinestones. My base color for this mani was P2 Gracious and I did the dots with OPI Pamplona Purple using a dotting tool. 

Btw, remember to participate in my giveaways here on blog and Facebook.

It's giveaway time!

Yesterday I started my Facebook giveaway (click here to Polish This Facebook page to learn more or see yesterdays blog post), but today it's time for giveaway here in my blog too. I really enjoyed my previous giveaway, I thought it was quite fun to do, but it's been a while now since I had that, so I figured it was time for a new one just to thank all my old and new readers. I hope you all like it!

This time there will be two winners. I just want to quickly remind you that I'm still doing my studies at university, so I'm constantly on student budget, so these prizes won't be so huge that some blog have. But I've bought everyhting with my own money and everything is new and unused. So, let's see the prizes, right?

Prize 1 has two Catherine Arley polishes (667, 677), GOSH Bright Passion, Eveline Happy Colors #600, 10 fimo canes and a cuticle oil (pomegranate).

Prize 2 has two Kleancolor Chunky Holo polishes (Teal, Candy), two China Glaze polishes (Skate Night, Black Mesh crackle polish), 10 fimo canes and a cuticle oil (orange).

You get one entry by participating to the giveaway, but you can also get extra entries too. Those extra entries are voluntary and you can do only one or both or none. I also added question about your home country to the end of the form just because I'd like to know where my readers come from, but answering that doesn't give any extra entries or isn't in any way mandatory. Also there's a comment box at the end if youd like to say something, but again that's not mandatory or doesn't give any entries.

So here are the rules:
1. You must be a public follower via Google Friend Connect, new followers are of course welcome. Let me know your GFC name and your e-mail, so I can easily contact the winner. (1 entry)

For extra entries:
2. You can post about this giveaway or put it in your giveaway page or sidebar. You can use one of those pictures too. Please provide a link. (3 entries)
3. Add me to your blogroll or if I'm already there, please provide a link. (1 entry)

First winner drawn will get the prize they've marked as the one they would rather win and the second winner drawn will get the one that's left.

The giveaway is open internationally! To participate just fill the form below.

This giveaway will end on 6th November 2011 9PM (EEST). 


Facebook giveaway!

I thought it was time to do a little Facebook giveaway to thank you all who follow Polish this! at Facebook. One lucky winner will win some nail art and care products:

2 cuticle oils (strawberry and kiwi), 10 fimo canes, 2 manicure sticks, set of half pearls and 3 nail sticker sheets.

The giveaway is open to all everywhere, all you need to do is like Polish This facebook page and then comment below my post (at Facebook) about the giveaway with your all-time favourite polish for fall. Just log on to Polish This facebook page for further instructions and all the details. Just to be clear, this giveaway is in Facebook, so if you want to participate, go to Facebook and comment there.

Good luck to all with the giveaway! And don't worry if you don't use Facebook nor want to, I'm going to do a little giveaway here in the blog too and that will probably start tomorrow or so. :)

Day 10: Gradient

So I'm at day ten of the 31 Day Challenge and it's time for gradient nails. I really like to do gradient nails, it's quite easy and the look is usually quite cool, so I was excited about today's challenge.

I wanted to do a purple gradient mani just because I haven't done one before and also just because I happen to loooove purple polishes. I think it turned out nicely, I really enjoy this look so much that I'm still wearing it after two days, which is quite long for me as I tend to change my manicure very often, and I don't want to take it off.

I used four purple polishes for this and of course one glitter polish and topped it of with one coat of quick dryer. Those purple polishes were: Wild and Crazy Pinky Promise, China Glaze Señorita Bonita, GOSH Gasoline and Sinful Colors Daddy's Girl, the glitter polish is Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope.

Essence Thelma & OPI Mad as a Hatter

I love OPI Mad as a Hatter and I know many of you do to. I've worn it over light purple but never over darker purple polish, so a while ago I thought it really was time to do that. 

So here I have two coats of MaaH over one of Essence twin polishes called Thelma. I knew this combination would work and I wasn't wrong. This was really a nice look. But sometimes I worry about using MaaH as I don't want to use it too much and get the bottle empty. I should have probably gotten a back-up of this, but I'm glad that I at least have this one. 

And if you're wondering, my nails look longer because I took these pictures some time ago when I still had longer nails.. 
Here's Thelma by herself (two coats):

Day 9: Rainbow

It's day nine of the challenge and time for some rainbow nails. I got my inspiration for these nails from Polish Freshie's post about pastel stripe sponge mani. She posted this mani last spring and ever since I've been wanting to do my own version of it and, well, it really suited for today's theme.

This mani was very easy to do and I think it looks really great. I just sponged each nail twice over the base color (Essence Found My Love) and then added some glitter and top coat. It's quite many layers of nail polish but those sponged layers aren't very thick so it dried up nicely too. I have to say that my cuticles and fingers in general are looking very dry, sorry about that. It was the moving and all, I haven't had time to take care of them, but I promise to try to do better now on, lol.

Here are the polishes that I used:
(From left to right) Essence Found My Love, China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, Misa As Pink as you Please, Golden Rose 164, China Glaze Papaya Punch and Color Club Starry Temptress

Orly Bubbly Bombshell

Tomorrow I will show you my rainbow nails for the 31 Day Challenge, but today I have a glitter bomb to show you. I know I'm a bit late with this, as it is from summer collection (and I just yesterday talked about fall/winter polishes), but I took these pics some time ago and now I thought I should really share them already. Better later than never, right?

This is Orly Bubbly Bombshell and I have three coats here. I'm quite a glitter junkie and as soon as I saw the first pictures of this I knew I had to have it. I'm not really sure why I didn't post this earlier because I really liked it. It's glitter and it's purple (or deep fuchsia) so it's probably no surprise that I like it, I think it's also nice that it has two different sizes of glitter in it, it makes the polish more interesting. The removal wasn't too bad either, of course it's quite hard as this is a glitter polish, but it wasn't impossible.

Zoya Crystal

I have one Zoya polish for you today, that I think you've all seen quite many times already, but it is so pretty that it deserves all the attention.

So this is Crystal and as you all probably know by now, I'm not usually very fond of blue polishes, but somehow I really liked this one. Maybe it's because it's not really strickly blue as it has a lot of gold foil glitter. Crystal was part of Zoya's winter 2010 collection and it surely is a perfect color for winter. I know many are bummed out because the summer has ended and now it's fall and cold and all that and soon it's already winter, but I quite like all seasons and what's better way to get ready for fall or winter than trying out polishes that fit the season. Though I'm a bit bummed out too, because this inevitably means that I will have less and less light to take photographs and there will be so little sunlight. But then again, there are so many nice fall/winter/holiday collections on their way too..

Day 8: Metallic - a-england Merlin

I'm alive... lol. I'm really sorry that I've been silent for quite long time. As I told you before, I was moving to a new apartement, but it got delayed a bit as there was some repairs that needed to be done in this new place. So we had to delay the moving, but I had already packed everything (all my polishes too) and so we had to also live with all those boxes for a week. So it was a bit stressful, but now we have been here at the new apartement for couple days already and have managed to get all the things to their right places, so it's all good now.. And I finally have a Helmer too, so now my nail polish collection feels really organized! As a result I can finally continue with the 31 day challenge, so it's day eight and time for metallic nails.

So this is three coats of Merlin by a-england, no base or top coat. I ordered this (as well as Tristam and Lady of the Lake) when a-england had their free shipping campaing, and I'm really glad I did. I know this polish isn't particularly unique, but I really like the quality of a-england polishes and the names and the bottle desing are also nice. These are a bit expensive for my taste (student budget), but I really wanted to try these polishes. Can't really say anything about the removal as I only swatched this and removed it when it was still wet, but I can imagine that there is a need for foil method removal here.