Nailart for funn!

A blog about nailart, creativity and life in general! :)


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Spoiled – I Gotta Confection To Make

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This is one of the polishes Greg sent me in a care package recently. It’s made by Wet n Wild.

Here’s the collection.

And if you don’t feel like clicking on a link here’s a pic! I like Uh, As If!

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The polish is loaded with very fine  glitter and has hints of green, blue, and gold. It dries super fast. I’m always curious when I get these types of polishes. I want to know how many coats it takes to make it opaque. That first picture is one coat.

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This is two coats. (above and below)

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You can still clearly see my nail under two coats. Ok, here’s 3!

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I stopped after three coats! Really, the extra coats didn’t make much of a diff to the depth of color. But it did nicely build up the glitter!

Now I’m wishing I had put on Modi Peel Off Base Coat under it!


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Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstinis

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Today I got a care package from Greg! It was so great, it made my day. 🙂

One of the things in the package was this nail polish.

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I had to try this polish on right away! I used three coats to get rid of bald patches. I love it, it’s so cute! I wore a teal green sweater today and my nails went really well with it.

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This is the range of Cover Girl Glosstinis.

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Yay for great partners!!!


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The Girl with the Butterfly Print Nails

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Here’s a look inspired by a beautiful dark blue dress I saw the other day. This Sephora by OPI polish (Opening Night) is a perfect match with it, and I think the butterflies add a little magic to the look. I used Konad stamping plate m21, and Konad silver stamping polish.

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The butterflies are really not that visable, it’s only when the light hits them, or if someone is really looking closely that they appear.

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I haven’t stamped in months, so some of the butterflies are a little askew. But this was fun, so I may have to go back to my stamps again soon. 🙂


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Studly

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This is my one and only Julep polish. Thanks to Julie from Short and Sweet in Texas for sending it to me in a swap. It’s called Minnie, and my mom’s worn it a lot more than I have! I greatly dislike how difficult it is to apply. It’s even harder to apply it on someone else’s nails. BUT, I do LOVE the colour. I mean, look at it, it’s amazing!

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My nails remind me of a cute sweater!

 

 

 

 

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These little beads are so much fun, I love the effect. I did of course manage to spill some all over my desk so I’m sure I’ll be finding them in the days to come!

 

 

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A couple of times I accidentally used a silver bead instead of a gold one, can you spot where?

 

 

 

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Milani Shady Gray and Tainted In Red

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These are my Milani polishes combined to make a gritty look! The red/orange colour is called 901 Tainted In Red and the Grey is called 906 Shady Gray. I like this look but this is not my favourite colour combo! My polish collection is really limited these days. I have a big box full of polishes on it’s way here from Korea, can’t wait! Until then I’m just working with what I have. It’s ok but it makes nail art a little more difficult!

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In other exciting news, I’m flying to D.C. on Monday to see Greg for two weeks!!!! (and Mika and Pickle!) Can’t wait!!! It’s only been a month apart but it’s so great to be going over! I’m gonna cuddle my pets so hard!! 🙂 (and Greg!) 🙂

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What do you think of the colour combo?


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Milani Nail Lacquer

 

 

 

 

First off, sorry for not blogging in a while. I was really sick with the flu last weekend and as soon as I got better I had to go straight back to work. But I’m back now and feeling healthy and I can’t wait to share more nail art with you! 🙂

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I’ve been really  wanting to try these Milani polishes for ages but I couldn’t find them in Ireland. Luckily, my favorite Texan girl sent me some in a polish swap! Thanks Julie from Short and Sweet in Texas. I tried this one out first. It so cool! I thought it would kind of have a leathery feel to it since that’s what it looks like in pictures but actually it’s just really really gritty! I will use my Modi Peel Off Base Coat under it in future!

 

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It’s really easy to apply. Dries super fast and doesn’t feel annoyingly gritty, it’s fine not too coarse  I love how it looks!

 

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Have you tried these polishes? Did you like them?

 

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Barry M’s Greenberry

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This is Barry M’s Greenberry. I bought it because I love these kinds of colors, they remind me summer is coming and they are bright and cheerful. This was no exception. I thought it might have been a bit dark when I applied it but I shouldn’t have worried! The color POPS off my nails, fabulous! (if I do say so myself) The polish was a bit streaky and I ran into the usual problem with streaky polishes, I put on too many thick layers and then it dents before it dries, anyone else do that?

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Since I knew I was gonna swatch them I HAD to do something with this polish! So I used OPI’s The Man With The Golden Gun. I think this is my most expensive polish!! And I’ve only used it twice, my mam loves it, she’s amazed that it has 18 carat gold in it. Hmm, maybe she likes it a little TOO much, better keep it away from her! Anyway, I think it looks pretty smart with that top coat.

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Finished day two of my job at the hospital! Tomorrow I only have a short day, it’s been great so far, staff are so lovely and the patients are fun and in good spirits! It’s really hard physical work but it’s rewarding and the time flies and I feel really useful which is great!! No hanging around the house for me!! I do miss not wearing nail polish though! It’s prob a good break for my nails.


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Gelly Hi- Shine Nail Paint by Barry M Pomegranate

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Last Monday I landed in Heathrow, was a little sad, not gonna lie! But one of the things that cheered me up was seeing a Barry M polish collection in Boots!! I bought three little beauties. AND they also have Barry M polishes in my local Boots!!! Expect to see more on this blog soon!! So far this is my fav. I have it on my toes as well! It applies really well the only problem was that one of the bristles  was longer than the rest so I had to cut that first. Apart from that, and the unimaginative name, no complaints with this polish!

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The colour of this polish is hard to describe. All pics were taken with the same setting on my camera, just in slightly different light. Sometimes, it’s a cherry pink type color, other times it looks almost red? I don’t know!

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Of course I had to mess with it! It looked great, but I wanted to see what my black and white Modi topcoat would look like over it. I really like the effect.

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Estee Lauder Lilac Leather – and then some lace! :)

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Ha, I think Greg is trying to tell me he’s gonna miss me! He came home with another  Estee Lauder polish yesterday! Perfect timing as I was ready to take off Narcissist. This time I used almost four coats because I wanted it to be really even across the nail. I love the color, but I didn’t want to do a straight up swatch so I decided to add french tips (Essie – blanc) and some lace nail stickers and oh yeah some jewels! I was really in the mood to decorate my nails last night! 🙂

Sheets of these lace stickers are on sale in most beauty stores here in Seoul, I love them! Tonight I’m heading out for dinner and a few drinks  so I’m glad I have girly nails for the occasion! 🙂

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My cuticles and skin are really suffering in this weather! I’m moisturizing but it’s just not enough! Maybe the weather in Ireland will be kinder to me.

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Estee Lauder Narcissist

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The other day Greg surprised me when he came back from the store with this polish. It’s my first Estee Lauder Polish and I love love love it! It glides on really smoothly.I only used two coats but in hindsight I should have used three. It’s a really pretty shade of creamy pink. This polish came from their Easter collection they also have a green and a purple in the store. Here’s a link to the collection. I think I might also get the purple one! 🙂 Honestly, it’s been on my nails 24hours and I may never take it off!!! 

On another note, this time next week I will be flying home to Ireland!!! I only have a little bit of time left here with Greg so there may not be a ton of posts in the next few days! (unless I get that purple polish!!) lol!

BTW if anyone can let me know what polishes I could pick up in Heathrow that’d be awesome! 

Thanks! Nic 🙂 

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Day 4 Pre-Spring Challenge Contest Flowers

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Today’s theme is flowers. I tried for ages to dot some on then I decided to use my transfers for the job! The weather here is Seoul is miserable! So it was nice to have a spring type flower mani to wear!

For this mani I used Face It Nail polish, it has no name. I used nail transfers for the flowers. I love how the poppy’s look with the peachy base coat. They are perfect for spring time! 🙂 2 3 4


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Tinsel Town Sephora by OPI (my swatch marathon) Part Two

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This is the second row of polishes.I feel they are more night-time polishes than the top. My fav subtle polish is Thyme For A Mani. My fav bold polish is Just A Little Dangerous.

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Just A Little Dangerous19 20

I Don’t Bite 21 22

Thyme For A  Mani23 24

Meet Me At The Disco25 26

Leotard Optional27 28

Merry Me 29 30

Break A Leg Warmer 31 32


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Tinsel Town Sephora by OPI (my swatch marathon!) Part One

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I picked this set up in Sephora when I was in Florida. I was REALLY excited to get home and swatch them all. But, there are a lot of polishes in the set and I got a little burnt out swatching them all! I tried them all on and then put the Only Gold For Me topcoat over all of them. I was really happy with the quality, colors, and range of the polishes in this set. It ticked all the boxes for me. I feel like it’s one I’ll turn to when I’m not sure which color to pick. Also, it’s great for me because I’m pretty bad to buy more subtle colors and this set has a few of those.

My fav subtle shade is A True Romantic. My fav bold color is A Cherry On Top. Enjoy!

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Already Famous 3 4

A True Romantic 5 6

What Aura Gonna Wear?7 8

And A Cherry On Top 9 10

S-Age Is Just A Number 11 12

I Think I Cayenne13 14

Read My Palm 15 16


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Ciate Caviar Mini Bar

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For this manicure I used Pom Pom (red) and Jubilee (caviar pearls).

This is a mini collection. It comes with eight mini bottles. Four polishes (5mls) and four bottles of caviar(10g). On the back it lists the picture and name of each bottle for quick reference.

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Not gonna lie, I squeaked a little when I got this! It’s just so damn CUTE!!! Plus I love the little funnel so you don’t waste the caviar.

From left to right the polishes are called: knickerbockerglory, pom pom, fit for a queen, and sand dune. The bottom row of caviar is called: prom queen, jubilee, hologram, and candyshop.

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It’s a great size and WILL be one of my carry on items when I fly home!


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I Know You Know Collection From The Lady Varnishes: Part One

I was very happy when the post came today. I received a package from the lovely Elissa and Kirsten of The Lady Varnishes. It contained six beautifully packaged sample sized bottles from their I Know You Know Collection, and a preview of their Because You Listen Collection, plus a bonus bottle of polish that comes when you order the whole collection.

These polishes, from left to right, are called: I Know You Know, To The Blueberry, You Know That’s Right, You Heard About Pluto?, Dazzle And Stretch, and Girl Needs A Doughnut.

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I have to say my first impression of this range of polish is very positive. I love how each bottle has a little charm on it, and the charm has a colored jewel which matches the shade of nail polish. It’s detail and personal touches like that which really make me feel that this collection is special. These bottles would make great little gifts for nail polish lovers and girly girls. All the polishes are 3-Free and cruelty free.

The Lady Varnishes is owned by two sisters Elissa and Kirsten. They are very approachable and friendly. I am always impressed when people find a way to do what they love and these two definitely have a huge passion for polish. 🙂 They’ve gone from experimenting with polish in their spare time to opening an Etsy store and starting collections!

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This polish took two coats and a little extra dabbing to cover less glittery areas. It’s a matte green glittery polish, with very fine green glitter, and larger white shreds. To apply, the polish is quite thick. This was great because it was easier to deal with than really watery streaky polish. I found it quite easy to evenly apply. There is a very healthy amount of glitter in each brush stroke. A bonus with all these polishes is the drying time, it’s super fast! This polish, although loaded with glittery goodness, wasn’t too coarse when it dried. I liked it because it reminded me of spring and freshly cut grass. 9 10

To The Blueberry

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Ok, to be honest I was a little nervous when applying this polish. I’ve had bad luck with blue nail polish staining my nails. Thankfully, this polish did not do that. It came off really easily with no staining. The best thing about this polish is the colour, it really pops! I don’t think it’s possible to capture how eye-catching it is in real life but I hope my camera came close. This polish required three coats to cover bald patches. The polish is a shimmery blue with black and super fine silver glitter. It just sparkles across the nail. Yum.

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You Know That’s Right

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I don’t usually go for lighter nail polishes, I seem to gravitate more to bolder colours. That may be about to change. Purple is my favourite colour anyway so this wasn’t really a hard sell! This is a very ladylike shimmery violet with purple, silver, and green glitter mixed in, that’s a great combo! This is a very cute polish that I think will appeal to most people.

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The lady varnishes can be found on facebook, Etsy, and their blog is also worth checking out!