Dots & stripes

I have only once done a polka dot mani and the one time was for the 31 days challenge, so I really wanted to do a polka dot mani again. It isn't probably the most comfortable look for me, but it's fun to step out from the comfort zone once in a while. So here's what I ended up with:

So I used Snowcrystal Light Taupe and China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint for this one. My dot's aren't by any means perfect, so I really need more practice, but from normal distance this mani looked really fun. I didn't want to do the whole mani with dots only, so I decided to do a accent nail with some stripes. Hope you all like it!

Orly Fowl Play

Today I have a polish for you that you all have probably seen like zillion times already, but I'm showing it anyhow, because it's just a really pretty one!

My pics aren't really the best here, but anyways this is Orly Fowl Play, three coats. Really pretty one like I said. I think it's a must have for purple lovers like me, eventhough it isn't my favourite purple in the world. Oh, and how I hate Seche for dragging the polish from the tips even though I carefully seal them every time... I should probably just buy another Sally Hansen Insta-Dri because it doesn't do that to me.

Birthday water marble

It's my 25th birthday today and I wanted to do a special mani to celebrate the day. I haven't done a water marble for a while and I thought it would make a nice birthday mani. I took inspiration from Southern Sister Polish water marble tutorial, though I went for a bit different looking design.

I used OPI DS Extravagance, OPI DS Coronation, Lumene Have Fun and Essence Berlin Story for this one. I don't normally do water marbling with OPI DS polishes, but I thought that since this was a special manicure I could use them. And Extravagance is one of my favourite polishes of all time, so I really wanted to use it.

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 right hand

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic (one coat)

A new color combination for me

Lately I've been very fond of orange polishes and few days ago I wanted to wear some orange again. Then I thought I should combine it with some blue polish, as a little surprise for my boyfriend as I know he really enjoyes this color combination. And then I thought that silver would go really well with these colors, so that's how this manicure was born. Hope you all like it!

So for this one I first used two coats of China Glaze Papaya Punch, then added a coat of Wild and Crazy Shocking Pink and topped that of with some Seche Vite and waited it to dry. Then I painted the blue tips with free hand using Color Club Cold Metal. And after that was a bit dry, I added a stripe of OPI Silver Shatter and then of course added another coat of Seche Vite.

Snow Globe with Glitter in the Air

Just recently I managed to get some nice polishes from Carli's blogsale and one of them was a long time lemming of mine, Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air. I know that Revlon has a cheaper dupe of this, but it's almost impossible to get Revlon polishes here in Finland if one doesn't want to pay the prizes in e(vil)bay, so when Carli had the original one on sale I knew I had to go for it.

I did wear this already once by itself and liked it a lot like that too, but as I told you before, there was lots of things happening in my life so I didn't have time to take pictures of that mani until it was too late.. But I wanted to wear it again and this time I decided to use a light blue base color and also add another glitter in the mix too. Here's how it turned out:

I used Depend 251 as the base color (it's the only light blue that I have....) and then on top of that I added a bit of China Glaze Snow Globe and then finished it of with Glitter in the Air. I think this turned out quite nicely and the Snow Globe gave this a little twist, though it isn't so visible here in the pic. I don't usually wear anything light blue-ish (that's probably why I only had one light blue polish), but I really enjoyed this manicure.

Zoya Harlow

Sorry again for not posting for a while. I had all the good intentions to make and time some posts for you for the time that I was working, but then life got in the way. First I got sick, then started the another week of the job and I had again ten hours of work per day and then on top of this all my grandma died, so yeah, there was no time to think about my blog. But now we have a new president, so my job is done and I can now focus on my studies and of course on this blog again.

Today I have one really pretty matte polish for you, I think you've all seen this quite many times, but it deserves even more love.

I'm talking about Zoya Harlow, two coats here. It is truly a nice color and also quite easy to work with. It's a bit thick like mattes usually are, but nothing you can't work with. Really nice polish to slap on when you are in hurry and have no time to wait for a polish to try. Of course as it is a matte polish there's gonna be tip wear really soon, so if you want to avoid that you can try the layering with top coat (first one coat of the matte polish, then a coat of top coat and then when it's dry another coat of the matte polish). This should make it last longer, though I did use it, because I knew I would be changing my manicure soon enough.

Harlow is really pretty as matte, but it's also gorgeous with some top coat on.
I can't really decide which one I like better, it looks so good either way.