Showing posts with label Essie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Essie. Show all posts

Friday, 30 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Thirteen: Guilty Pleasure

Day Thirteen! We're nearly there guys!

The full theme for today was 'Inspired By Your Guilty Pleasure'. This was a hard one. I have so many guilty pleasures lol. But, right after nail polish, I suppose my biggest guilty pleasure would be vampire novels. From Twilight to Black Dagger Brotherhood and from Anita Blake to Immortals After Dark, I've read them all. Some blood, some lovin', some tortured men and tough heroines, and I'm hooked. Fittingly, the first book in the Anita Blake series is called Guilty Pleasures, so I took that as a sign! Here's what I did:

Anita Blake nails

So. Anita Blake.
Anita Blake is the title character and protagonist of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton.
The series takes place in a parallel world where the supernatural exist alongside regular humans, with Anita's jobs including the re-animation of the dead as well as the hunting and executing of supernatural creatures (mostly vampires) that have broken the law.
The supernatural beings are considered to be citizens with most of the rights of regular humans, which is sometimes the focus of some of the strife in the series.
The novels follow Anita's ongoing conflicts with the supernatural as she attempts to solve a variety of supernatural mysteries, come to terms with her own abilities, and navigate an increasingly complex series of romantic and political relationships.
As the series progresses Anita's perspective on the supernatural changes, as the character initially sees the supernatural predominantly as "monsters" to be fought and later grows to see them as communities to be protected and as potential love interests.
- Wikipedia


I started with black French tips to set the mood. Then I got freehanding =)
  • For the thumb I made a crucifix. Anita has a silver crucifix that is very dear to her.
  • Index finger: Anita's favourite animals are penguins. She has a stuffed little penguin named Sigmund that gives her comfort when nothing else can. Her penguin collection is a recurring theme throughout the series =)
  • Other than vampires, Anita deals with a variety of were-animals. My middle finger represents all those.
  • Ring finger: Yeah. Uhm. Anita has a nice collection of guns. As you might see, I have been fortunate so far in life and have never seen a gun up close.
  • Pinky: I really wanted to stick with the black-silver theme so I was a bit lost at what to do for the last finger. Then I remembered another book in the series is called Obsidian Butterfly, so I stamped a butterfly. Only this morning did I remember Anita loves black coffee so I should have gone for that! But well =)
I messed up with the top coat. I applied it before everything was dry so I suffered some streaks and bubbles. Then I waited a day before I took the pictures because it was dark out by the time I finished, and there were some wear marks already. But well.

My favourite nail was the thumb. I absolutely adored it!
Crucifix
I used: Essie Licorice, GOSH Holographic Hero, Essie Blanc, Essence Get The Fever
Don't forget to check out the other people doing the challenge after the *jump*:

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Twelve: Fairy Tale

Hi!

Day Twelve of the Lazy 15 brings you a scheduled post since I am at an event in Paris with my boss. Yeah, I know, poor little old me! ETA - seems I didn't schedule this after all, oops!

So, for the theme fairy tale I almost went for Fairy Tails, the beloved toys from my childhood. It was too hard in the end though so this post is just a 'regular' fairy tale mani =)

The theme is Snow White and I think the picture needs no further explaining =)


If you weren't lucky enough to own a Fairy Tail in your youth or had just forgotten about them, this is what they looked like:



I used: Essie Licorice, Essie Blanc, snowflakes from craftstore (meant for miniature railroads), l'Oréal Color Riche 404 Scarlet Vamp, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up, Essence Jungle Fever, Essence Edward's Love

You may have noticed I have recently begun adding watermarks to my pictures. I'm not really worried people will start stealing my pictures (if people want to, they will just remove the watermark, just ask Nailasaurus Sammy), it's more that I've noticed people often come here through Google Image search =)

Next stop: Friday, Guilty Pleasures. Ooooooooh! And as always, don't forget to check out the other people doing the challenge after the *jump*:

Monday, 26 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Ten: Mythical Water Creatures

Day Ten of the Lazy 15, only three days late. Yikes! I promise I will post Day Eleven today as well. It was a catching-up weekend.

So. Day Ten. I love Egypt with a passion. I have previously done a Sunset in Gizeh mani. Now it's time for another Egyptian mani =)

The theme for day ten in the Lazy 15 was 'Underwater Creatures/Water Mythical Creatures'. So I went with....

Hapi, Egyptian Nile God. Read all about him on Wikipedia! You will also find the pictures there that I based this mani on.

Hapi nail art

I used the colours that represent Hapi, freehanded a Nile Delta and my Geek wrote the hieroglyphs that spell his name on my thumb <3 I can't tell you how proud I am of this nail!

Hieroglyphs
The freehanded Nile Delta didn't come out quite as I had hoped. I mixed some shimmering pigments into Rimmels Bare Necessities to make it look like a dessert, then sponged some green where the Nile makes the land fertile. Finally I used Essie Dive Bar to draw the Nile itself.

Nile Delta

As you can see, I wasted no time on clean up. I was too stressed about being so behind on the challenge! Also, I realised that I'm going to Paris Tuesday and Wednesday to attend a fair, so I have to prepare Day Twelve as well. Why is this called a Lazy challenge?! ;-)


I used:
Thumb: Essie Blanc (which is getting thick =(), Staedler pigment liner
Index finger: Rimmel Bare Necessities mixed with some Essence Smell the Caramel pigment powder, Essence In The Jungle, Essie Dive Bar
Middle finger: blend of Rimmel Blue Vogue and Essie Bikini so Teeny
Ring finger: same blend as middle finger, Essence Sunshine 4ever, Essence In The Jungle
Pinky: Essence In The Jungle


Don't forget to check out the other people doing the challenge after the *jump*:

Friday, 23 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Nine: Disney movies/characters

Day Nine!

So I didn't manage to post Wednesday after all. Which means I am now officially one challenge behind, yikes! I hope to catch up this weekend. Apologies.

Only one picture turned out okay. Ish. Which is such a shame because the mani looked FAB! I was planning on taking more pics later, after proper clean up and final touches, but then my migraine decided to say hi.

Anyway, here it is, my Disney mani:

Flit from Pocahontas nail art

It's Flit! I just love that cheeky little hummingbird. Pocahontas I think is the only Disney movie I've only seen once, and I'm clueless as to why I haven't seen it more often. I even had a poster of Meeko when I was younger. Hmm.

As I mentioned before I've been suffering some breakage which is really messing with the overall look =(

Phew, now that I have posted this, I already feel less behind =) I hope to post Day Ten tomorrow or Sunday, and then to be back on schedule for Day Eleven on Monday =) Thanks for the patience! =)


I used: Rimmel Bright Back At You, L'Oréal Color Riche 210 Shocking Pink, Essie Allure, Essie Blanc

Don't forget to check out the other people doing the challenge after the *jump*:

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Eight: Dessert

Apologies, this is two days late =( I had the worst migraine of my life on Monday, and I couldn't bear looking at a computer until this morning. I hope you understand.
Luckily I did two days of the challenge over the weekend, so I should be able to post day nine today as well. Because I am now behind on schedule, I didn't take the time to crop the pictures or add a watermark. Also, I am already stressed about day Eleven now that I am no longer ahead of schedule =(

Day Eight of the Lazy 15 meant: Dessert. I expect to see lots of lush drippy cupcake mani's! Can't wait to check them all out =)
Myself? I went for a yummy Black Forest Gateau.

Yum. Black Forest Gateau. (pic: Weightwatchers)

My nails weren't really as yellow as they look here...

Black Forrest Gateau nails, yum!

I made this mani by following the steps below:
1. Get out your tools - tape, scissors, dotting tool, eye shadow applicators, tweezers and polishes.
2. Cut a piece of tape to make it look like a bite. Remember, this will be the 'eaten' part, so shape it like that. Cut other pieces of tape to form a triangle (aka piece of cake) on your nails.
3. Place the tape over your nails. Apply polish.
4. Using tweezers, quickly remove the tape before the polish has a chance to grow tacky!
5. Allow polish to dry. If necessary, add another coat.
6. Place a dollop of white polish on a smooth surface. I like to use tape for this.
Blend white and a drop of yellow polish an a smooth surface.
7. Sponge the mixture onto the edge of the nail to look like a dollop of whipped cream.
8. Dot a dark, rich red onto the whipped cream.
9. Inside that, add a smaller dot of a bright red.
10. Inside that, add a tiny dot of white. The effect should make it look 3D.
11. Add your favourite top coat!

I used: Essie Chocolate Cakes, Essie Blanc, Models Own Lemon Merengue, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up, l'Oréal Color Riche 404 Scarlet Vamp.


Next up is Day Nine: Disney. Ooooh, I <3 Disney  =)
And don't forget to check out the other people doing the challenge after the *jump*:

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Six: Favourite Colour

How impossible is this challenge?! Favourite colour! I'm not sure I even have a favourite colour. And if I have, that doesn't mean it's my favourite polish colour. Grmbl. So for this one I had to think out of the box!

And I went for... Essie Chocolate Cakes. Hellooo, the name is Chocolate Cakes. And hellooo, it looks *just* like chocolate <3 It might look somewhat reddish in the pictures (if you can look past all the reflections, goodness, and this is without top coat!) but it's seriously lickable =)

I have written before about how this was an accidental buy (case of mistaken identity combined with laziness and hurry) so it's quite lucky that I have come to love this polish so much.



Hardly an exciting, artsy manicure, but doesn't this look like I dipped my fingers in a chocolate fountain?

On a side note, I finally registred with Etsy today... I've been able to stay away from it for so long, but I bought some handmade jewellery (that sounds way more decadent than it is) today so I registred. I managed to stay away from all the frankens and indies though! For now...

I used: Essie Chocolate Cakes.

I was wondering if we need to add our blogs to the link thingy for every mani? I have only added my main url (once), but I've noticed some people adding a link for each mani. Are we supposed to do this?

Check back Friday for Day Seven: Feminine Nails. Yikes!
Also, you will find a list of all participants of the Lazy 15 Challenge after the jump.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Five: Galaxy Nails

Day five of the Lazy 15 Challenge has arrived, and it has brought us Galaxy Nails.

I had done these before, and I loved doing them again. This might just be the only day in the challenge I wasn't anxious about ;-)
I decided to use some different colours, just to see how much of a difference it would make. Also, I didn't use my sponges but some eye shadow applicators. However, I think the overall effect is so eye-popping that individual colours don't really matter!
If you're not sure how to do Galaxy nails: this is the tutorial I followed the first time, and I still follow that order of colours.

This was really hard to photograph, as you will see from the pictures. I really loved the mani though!

Galaxy mani
Click to enlarge


I used: Rimmel Blue Vogue, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Disco Ball, Essie Blanc, Essence Check me Out, OPI Tomorrow Never Dies, Sally Hansen Marine Scene, Essie Licorice, Essence Louise (from Twins series Thelma & Louise).

Check back Wednesday for Day Six: Favourite Colour. Also, you will find a list of all participants of the Lazy 15 Challenge after the jump.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Three: Dots

ETA: I have turned off captcha, so keep the comments coming =)

 Day Three of the Lazy 15 Challenge: Dots. I'm enjoying this challenge so much, I can spend hours just checking what all the other participants have come up with. So inspiring!
I am somewhat bummed however, because I desperately want to do a Assassin's Creed III mani but there's just no time :|

Well, on to today's mani. I had done dotting before and I'm quite happy with my dotting tool, so I was not too worried about this day. However, my design turned out to be somewhat more challenging then I thought =S

It was the first time trying my lap work space, and I can say I'm really happy with it =)

I broke the nail on my index finger the other day so it's a bit weird-looking. I'll file it to a more pleasant shape tonight.

Holy Holographics, Batman!

Can you see what the pattern is? No? I feared so. How about this picture:

Just squint, you'll see it
Still no? Okay =( This was my inspiration:

Can you see it now? Maybe if you squint a bit? Ring finger is hearts, middle finger spades. Yes. S-P-A-D-E-S. Oh well. Better luck for the water marble =(


I used: GOSH Holographic Hero, Essie Blanc, Essie Licorice, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up



Wow, look at how many people are doing this challenge now! Awesome. Check them out after the jump, you'll be inspired.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Don't you just just love Halloween? I love any holiday that brings light in dark times and I love vampires and creepy lore stuff so Halloween is a double win for me!

The design for my Halloween mani had been in my mind for some weeks and I actually practised one two weeks ago. However, as more and more Halloween mani's kept appearing on the webz, I changed some nails. Some designs on Tumblr were just too darn cute to ignore!

My mani is now a combination of own ideas and copied ideas. I know, blood drips, pumpkins and black cats are not exactly original but I did come up with the ideas myself =)

Halloween manicure
Creepy stuff!

Sorry about not uploading the high res pic, I did a sloppy clean up job. You can click to enlarge, however.

You can find the tutorial for the vampire by JauntyJuli here, for the teeth by BeautyChocolat here. Yes, I realise I do these things upside-down, that's just how I prefer them =) Also, I have seen similar designs online. I am truly sorry if someone else is the original artist, but I used the above tutorials so those are my sources. I will link if you have reason to believe this was your design.

Also, I have been comparing Essence Better Than Gel top coat and Essence Gel Look top coat, and I think they are pretty much the same! Which is good news for me =D

Fun off-topic fact: we were having dinner with my Geeks family, and his sister told me how her son had told a friend that I had 100 polishes, but I threw out a blue one he liked so now I only had 99 left. My Geek laughed and said it would be best if we didn't tell the kid I have since bought new polishes ;-)


I used:
Thumb: Rimmel Blue Vogue, Essie Licorice, OPI Ridiculously Yellow
Index: Impulss 005, Essie Licorice
Middle: Essie Licorice,
Essence Stampy Polish White, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up
Ring: Rimmel Ultraviolet, Essie Licorice, Essence Stampy Polish White
Pinky: Essie Blanc,
l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Galactic Tips

Hi again!

Days are getting shorter and darker. So even though I don't consciously want to, I have been using darker colours (I am fixing this today, I have my Models Own Lemon Meringue at the ready!).

After getting Holographic Hero (aka The Polish That Broke Me) last week, I couldn't stay away from it. I HAD to try it out again and again!

Stamped star nail art
Click click click to enlarge

I really liked the texture. So even though I had learned it doesn't show holo when you use a top coat, I used Holo Hero rather than a silver polish.I was going to leave it at that but then I decided to stamp a star on top =)

I made this mani by following the steps below:
1. Use the brush of your polish to make three stripes on each nail. I do this by starting with the longest stripe. Place the brush on your nail, push it down ever so slightly to give the stripe the rounded edge. Then pull the brush up, as you would if you were adding a 'regular' coat of polish.
2. Then do the shortest stripe, and lastly the middle one. Repeat for each nail.
3. Let the polish dry. At this point it is not essential that the polish is even, as you are going to stamp over it. It is better to just use one coat and let it dry completely as to not get problems when you're stamping.
4. Stamp the silver/holo polish on. You'd best use the tip of a sponge so you can easily follow the pattern of the black polish. Allow the stamped polish too dry, which shouldn't take too long.
5. Get out your stamp set and stamp away! I'm still a novice at this whole stamping thing so I got some half stars and free handed the missing points. Hopefully, you won't have to ;-) Allow to dry.
6. Add your favourite top coat!

I was thinking about adding some glitter but decided against it in the end.

stamped star manicure
Galactic Tips aka Stamped Star Mani

For my stamping I use Essence Designer Set. These sponges are the best I have found so far, make up sponges are just too fine and tend to pick op the polish. Or maybe that's just the make up sponges in the shops I have tried. Anyway, the Essence sponges are cheap as and I'm happy with them =)
Essence stamping sponges
Picture: Essence EU


I used: Essie Licorice, GOSH Holographic Hero, Essence black stamping polish, Essence Gel Look topcoat

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Simple Chic

A French manicure with a dotted twist =)

I started this mani by just dotting Catrice Dirty Berry and Rimmel Ultra Violet on two coats of Essie Allure.

Picture with flash
I decided it just wasn't quite cool enough so I added some more dots in a lighter shade of purple.

Picture without flash
Quick, easy and it looked quite fancy =)

I used: Essie Allure, Catrice Dirty Berry, Rimmel Ultra Violet, Essence Dress for a Moment

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Inspired by D.I.Y Nails

Just a quick mani today.

Pink & white
This was inspired by (stolen from?) D.I.Y Nails. You can see her mani here.

Finally a use for my L'Oréal Marie Antoinette as it's just too sheer for me to wear it 'pure'. This mani looks pretty cool matte as well =) The picture is without any topcoat, Le Vernis is awesome like that =)

Also. How my hands are starting to suffer from this weather and this kitten!

I used: Essie Blanc, L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis202 Marie Antoinette

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Rainy Sunrise

First, let me apologize for the quality of todays picture. It turned out darker than expected and I didn't check it before removing the polish *facepalm*.

Inspired by a rainy sunrise, let me present to you:

Rainy sunrise, click to enlarge


It's not that obvious, unfortunately, but it is a gradient of bronze, pale blue, grey and dark grey. I leave the house every morning at 7, so now that it's autumn, it's still dark out and quite often rainy. I enjoy looking out the windows and admire the early morning sights =)

This particular sight was one morning, and I saw a bird perched on a fence on top of a building. The silhouette was actually not this dark, but I decided to give the black silhouette thing another try after I loved the Sunset in Gizeh mani so much!



I used: Essie Blanc, Essence pigments Smell the Caramel (more about these pigments soon!), Rimmel Grey Matter, Essie Licorice

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Bye Bye Summer =(

*Sad face*
Summer is definitely over where I am =( We did have some warm sunny days October last year so who knows what's to come, but right now, it's rainy, cloudy, windy, sometimes even stormy. No wonder I'm sick.

So, I wanted a cool, festive mani to celebrate the summer, as it was a good one =) I decided to go for a beachy scene. I even tried my hand at stamping again and it went perfectly! Until I somehow managed to pull the polish and thus ruined the ice cream stamp =(

Shimmery beaches

Blah, poor pulled ice cream =(

I took these pictures before applying any top coat. Unfortunately, this meant any bumps and bubbles I hadn't spotted real-life, showed up nice and obvious in the pictures =( Oh well.


I used: Essence Gold Rush over Rimmel Bare Necessities, Sally Hansen Marine Scene over Rimmel Aqua Cool, Essie Too Too Hot (stamping), l'Oréal Jet Set 202 (starfish)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Splatter Stamping

Hi!
Sorry for the hiatus, I've been feeling a bit under the weather. This first reflected in not being able to finish a mani and then not being able to muster the energy to go online and post. I'm not quite there yet, but it's getting better =)
And can I just say how different cats and dogs are?! Whenever I'd been ill at home, the dog(s) would cuddle up to me and not make a peep or move an inch until I indicated it was okay and they would give me tender kisses. This kitten however... It's like it's thinking "Yay, you're HOME! Look at all the mischief I am up to!"

Oh well. On to todays mani.

Splatter, splatter =)

Okay, I have no clue why this picture was turned upright when uploading. And to be honest, I can't quite be bothered to find out and correct it. Apologies. Also, Queen B is docked right now so I used my other controller for the picture =)
So! The mani. I have been attempting stamping for over a year now. I can never do it! I have tried different, sets, brands, polished, the lot. I just have no talent. I keep trying every now and then, and when this looked... not all that bad, I decided to just add some polish to make it pop more =)

I added this flash picture to show Dive Bar better. All in all, I thought it was a fun autumn mani! And I was quite pleased at how well Lexington Yellow looked on Dive Bar.


I used: Essie Dive Bar, NYC Lexington Ave, Essence stamping polish, Essie Too Too Hot

Monday, 10 September 2012

Warrior Princess

Hello again! 

So, I'm back from my holiday, it was a great week. I sorely missed my polishes though :-( I'd taken only a handful of them + my favourite topcoat but I missed browsing my stash and sitting down to paint, or being able to translate any kind of inspiration into nail art immediately. Anyhow, I'm back now!

On to todays mani:

Yes, please do click to enlarge =)
I have no idea what made me name this Warrior Princess. Maybe because I feel quite cool and tough with this on my nails?

Anyhow. We came back from France Saturday night. I treated my nails with some TLC (being Essence nail oil, drug store hand cream and KOH calcium base coat). I had had some bad news Friday night so I cut my nails short and removed my polish (does anyone else do that? I feel bad and first thing I do is cut and clean my nails), discovering a nasty reddish discolouration. This was a first for me from an Essie polish :-( So this made me decide to wait 48 hours before applying new polish. Naturally I never made the 48 hours. After 42, I applied Essence Peel Off base coat. Review is coming later this week aka as soon as I remove this mani to show you some pics of the results!

So when Sunday evening arrived, I got up to grab Essence Iced Latte. But it was gone! I moaned and whimpered at my Geek for a few minutes until deciding to go ahead and use Rimmel Bare Necessities instead. Of course, he would tell me it's virtually the same but we all know it's not even close ;-) In fact- here's a picture of my two favourite nudes (ha!):

Iced Latte and Bare Necessities in the shade
Iced Latte Swatch here

I wanted to combine nudes and metallics. I grabbed Dive Bar and went for a thin French manicure style. That sort of bored me... So I added some spice by adding the vertical line. That was such an improvement! However, I still felt it wasn't finished. So I grabbed Mrs and Mr Glitter and my dotting tool and added three specks (one of each colour in Mrs and Mr Glitter) on each nail. I added Essence Quick Dry topcoat instead of Gel Look because... I haven't found my nail travel bag yet! We've been unpacking and doing laundry and honestly we didn't pack much, so I'm afraid it's somewhere in the car :-(
Mrs and Mr Glitter
I had to wait until morning to take the pictures but I spent a good part of the evening staring at my nails adoringly ;-)
When I photographed them this morning, they actually reminded me of The Whale Tail by The Nailasaurus. This was not intentional, but I suppose having seen this mani before, it's very well possible it was stored somewhere in my subconscious. Either way, I'm all for linking to great mani's by great artists so go and check it out!

And this morning, I found Iced Latte! It had been in its usual spot all along! *facepalm*

Can you tell I missed blogging? Ha!

I used: Essence Peel Off basecoat (review coming later this week), Rimmel Bare Necessities, Essie Dive Bar, Essence Mrs and Mr Glitter, Essence Quick Dry topcoat

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Hello from France!




Essie Too Too Hot, OPI Ridiculously Yellow, OPI Formidably Orange

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Leopard nails

In my previous post I mentioned I was sporting a leopard mani. I was going to take pictures and post later that night, but the weather has been dreadful ever since :-( Only dark clouds.



Okay, so this is probably not the best leopard mani you have ever seen. However, I just loved the colour combo <3 Definitely worth remembering =)

One thing I like about this picture is that it shows the awesomeness of Essences Gel Look topcoat. Look at that pinky! Look at that index finger!

I used: Rimmel Grey Matter, OPI Riotously Pink, Essie Licorice, Essence Gel Look topcoat

Monday, 27 August 2012

Mandar-eenie so Teeny


Yes, I AM BACK! And so happy =) Time for a new mani!

Major clean-up was needed...

If you're thinking 'Goodness, this looks like a three-year-old did it', well, you are correct =)

We went to Disney last week (<3) and I suffered some serious breakage =( So during the ride home I peeled off my Pooh mani (peel-off basecoat ROCKS) and decided to cut my nails and give them a day to breathe. However, the next day my mum asked me to paint her nails and my nephew saw. So he wanted to do my nails! I couldn't be more proud of him, as he decided to use two colours, not one. He must have been paying attention to my mani's! <3

Right now I'm sporting a leopard mani, will take picture tonight with my Queen B and post =)

He used: Essie Bikini so Teeny, Essence ³ dancing in the streets

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

3D nails, yay!

Black white nail art
Black, white, rhinestones <3

This weekend I found some sticky rhinestones in the crafts store, so I decided to try them out! This is my first ever attempt at 3D nails and I am amazed at the lasting quality.

I didn't clean up, because we had friends coming over for diner and would go play racquetball the next day, so I took the pics as soon as possible because I feared the mani might not last all that long. However, three days later, the rhinestones are still firmly in place! I have only changed the other nails =).

Also, I made my first franken! It's the holo glitter on my middle finger. It's quite awesome and I will show better pics in the next few days. As soon as there's some sun...

This was the last mani using my drug store brand black, as is had suddenly gone bad =( I bought Essie Licorice as a replacement and so far so good.

I just stuck the rhinestones in the wet polish, no topcoat. Showering, playing racquetball, cooking, sleeping, have not effected them at all. Actually I'm thinking of adding some more at the sides!


I used: drug store brand black, Essie Blanc, my first franken (yay!)