Bloody and bruised nails

Do you guys remember day 20 in the 31 day nail polish challenge (the watermarble prompt) where I told you that I had a water spotting attempt that looked like bruises and blood that I didn’t want to use for the challenge?

I saved that attempt to show you as an abstract halloween design instead. I think it looks just gross enough to pass for a gory halloween look – what do you think?

 

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Polishes used:

  • Essie – Cocktails & Coconuts
  • Essie – Hide & Go Chic
  • Essie – With the Band

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Picture Polish (Mini-)Haul

I think my Picture Polish wish list is miles long by now – I am seriously in love with the brand and the polishes they create that are so unique and different from all others while using a 5-free, vegan formula. To be honest, I’ve never tried any of their creme polishes, but that is only because their glitter/flakie polishes are the best – and they are always easy to remove without any hassle (unless stated otherwise on their website).

When they released a bunch of new shades in september 2017, which included the most perfect fall color ever (Foxy), I couldn’t wait any longer and I had to cross some polishes off my wish list. I only got four this time around (+ a clear jelly stamper because I haven’t had any luck with other clear stampers in the past), and I still have at least as many on my wish list, but I’ll get around to those another time. I had hoped to snatch up ‘2001’ as well, but while I was waiting for them to restock ‘Merge’, the shade was retired 😦

Anyway, here are the four polishes I got this time around. Continue reading

Review: Stamping guide template

Contains product sent for review

I am in no way a stamping expert, but I try to improve all the time and do nicer and nicer things with stamping. I was given the opportunity to review a cool ‘gadget’ that takes stamping to the next level.

This stamping guide template from Born Pretty Store allows you to only pick up parts of an image to create cool effects. It comes in four different versions. The one I got looks like this:

Born Pretty Store Stamping Guide 1

You place it on top of your stamping plate after you have scraped the excess polish off. Continue reading

Blue Leaves and Glitter

These nails were my first attempt at blue nails for 31DC2017, but I scrapped them because they weren’t completely to my liking. However, I still wanted to show them to you, because they actually took quite a while to do 😀

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Polishes used:

  • OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Color Club – Take me to your chateau
  • Vivien Konder – Blue
  • W7 – Crushed Pineapple
  • Color Club – Beyond the Mistletoe

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31DC2017: Wrap Up

With this post, I conclude this years 31 day nail polish challenge! I always feel a little bit proud of myself when I finish it, because it really is A LOT of work, and especially towards the end, you just want to be done with it. I think there are some good manicures here – overall, I think I was more pleased with last year’s challenge, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

Here you can see all of the 31 manicures – if you want to take a closer look at one of them, the headings are links to the original posts. I will talk about my personal favorites in the bottom of this post.

Day 1 – Red                                Day 2 – Orange                               Day 3 – Yellow

1+2+3

Day 4 – Green                                Day 5 – Blue                                  Day 6 – Violet

4+5+6

Day 7 – Black & White                      Day 8 – Metallic                             Day 9 – Rainbow

7+8+9

Day 10 – Gradient                     Day 11 – Polka Dots                       Day 12 – Stripes

10+11+12

Day 13 – Animal Print                    Day 14 – Flowers                     Day 15 – Delicate Print

13+14+15

Day 16 – Geometric                        Day 17 – Glitter                        Day 18 – Half Moons

16+17+18

Day 19 – Galaxies                            Day 20 – Water Marble             Day 21 – Inspired by a color

19+20+21

Day 22 – Inspired by a song      Day 23 – Inspired by a movie      Day 24 – Inspired by a book

22+23+24

Day 25 – Inspired by fashion  Day 26 – Inspired by pattern  Day 27 – Inspired by artwork

25+26+27

Day 28 – Inspired by a flag                             Day 29 – Inspired by the supernatural

28+29

Day 30 – Inspired by a tutorial                               Day 31 – Honor nails you love

30+31

My favorites are:

What are your favorites?

[31DC2016: Wrap Up]

[31DC2015: Sum Up]

[31DC2014: Wrap Up]

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31DC2017: Day 31 Honor Nails You Love

I have had this screenshot in my phone for a long time of a mani by Clelianna, but I’ve always postponed recreating it because it was done with a decal that I didn’t have. Well, now that I’ve wanted to do it for so long, but still don’t really do decals, I decided to just try a freehand it, and I think it turned out pretty well! Of course, the shade of blue glitter polish that she used was retired by Picture Polish just days before I had a chance to buy it 😦

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Polishes used:

  • Essie – Truth of Flare
  • OPI – Got Your Number
  • Depend – 5042

[31DC2016: Day 31]

[31DC2015: Day 31]

[31DC2014: Day 30+31]

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31DC2017: Day 30 Inspired by a Tutorial

I’ve watched a lot of nail art tutorials over the years, but I don’t do it so much anymore, because I can more or less figure out how it’s done from looking at a picture, but every once in a while, a manicure captures me enough that I’ll watch the tutorial even if I have the technique guessed beforehand. This tutorial by HannahRoxNails was one of those cases, because I really love the look!

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Polishes used:

  • Sally Hansen – Rule of Plum
  • Essie – Watermelon
  • Pieces – Peach Whippe Matte

[31DC2016: Day 30]

[31DC2015: Day 30]

[31DC2014: Day 30+31]

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