Monday, 27 May 2013

Minnie Mouse Inspired - China Glaze 'Hey Sailor'

One of the ladies at my workplace is now interested in what design I will have on my nails for the week. She requested a Minnie Mouse inspired look after seeing some designs online.

This is my interpretation that I wore last week. Since I didn't have a specific plate I have used bows, hearts and of course a red and white theme to recreate Minnie!

I have used:
Basecoat - Seche Clear
Colour on ring and thumb - two coats of China Glaze 'White Out'
Colour on remaining fingers - two coats of China Glaze 'Hey Sailor'
Top coat - Seche Vite
Stamping - Konad Special Stamping Polish in red and white
Plates - m59 and m79
Rhinestones in silver and orange

I like this look but I wish I had Disney themed plates to use, I think I could have made it really cute. They are now on order though (hope they arrive soon)! I think I will have to come back and re-visit this manicure at a later date and do a "Time Warp" post.

Also, I am well aware of how bad the white polish looks on my nails. I am still trying to figure out this "clean-up" business around my cuticles. It was especially frustrating with 'White Out' as I could tell where I hadn't fully covered the nail and the polish didn't smooth out like usual. Something to be aware of for next time.

I think sometimes I may be too fussy, as most people tend to comment on how nice my nails are, rather than the mistakes I can clearly see. Does anyone else experience the same thing?

Happy polishing!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

No More Google Reader - Bloglovin To The Rescue!

Hi everyone,

As some of you may know Google will be shutting down the Reader service soon.

I invite you to join me on Bloglovin :)

I find this type of feed so easy to use, as you can quickly see which of your favourite blogs have updated.

I hope that you will click the link to the right (as I don't update daily, this is probably the easiest way to see when I play with my nails haha) ------->

Hope I can inspire some of you to try new designs and have fun with polish!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Feminine & Floral - China Glaze 'IV'

It feels good to have polish back on my nails! I regularly go without polish every so often to let my nails breathe and strengthen them naturally. After cutting them down to "nubbins" they are finally a length that looks nice with polish.

I wanted something floral and feminine, yet still work appropriate. I have my first meeting with some prospective clients (eep!) so nice nails are a must. Rather than just a swipe of colour, I added some Konad as well. Sometimes small things can leave a big impression.

This manicure reminds me of Paris for some reason. I'm very happy with how this turned out although next time I will use the smaller rhinestones to make it a touch more dainty.

China Glaze m71 konad

I have used:
Basecoat - Seche Clear
Three coats of China Glaze 'IV'
Topcoat - Seche Vite
Stamping - Konad Special Stamping Polish in light silver
Image Plate - Konad m71
Pearl rhinestones
Sealed with Seche Vite

I find that this peach colour is perfect for work. Do you have a favourite work appropriate colour you keep going back to? I'd love to know what other colours I can try out!

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