Monday, December 31, 2018

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Lisfranc, Polish hauls and Christmas 2018

Hello nail polish loving friends. It's good to still be here.  I thought I would quickly squeeze in one last blog post for 2018.  I'll admit that this year was a pretty light one around here. I'm still painting my nails with nail art at least three times a week, but just getting the photos edited and then something written up it is the main challenge.  Speaking of Challenges, I'm disappointed it didn't get around to completing the 31 Day Nail art Challenge this year.  With my two month vacation in the USA over September and October, it just wasn't something I was able to priorities. I have done about 10 manis from the Challenge prompts already, and I may end up doing the challenge in February or March maybe, once the new year settles in.

As I did last year for this blog post, I did a quick look back at the previous two years.  At that time I had done a recap of my Lisfranc foot fracture that I got as a result of my motorcycle accident two years ago.  I'm pleased to say that the scar on my foot is now nearly not noticeable, especially compared to the purple scars that were still evident in my post last year. It turns out my sandal tan lines are more noticeable these days. 

I usually post about a little polish haul at this time of year too, as it's my birthday in December, and I usually splurge a bit on some polishes around now.  This year I did a big Emily de Molly haul, she has some gorgeous duo chrome metallics at the moment and some great multichrome magnetics too.  I've wore a few of them already, and taken some nice pictures, which of course are unedited. 

Whilst we are still within the 12 Days of Christmas, I feel it's still ok for me to post my Christmas mani.  It's only just now that I've looked back at my 2017 post that I realized I did a very similar look two years ago.  The base polish is a special unnamed one from Sparkly Vernis from about 2014.  I wore it back at Christmas in 2014 where the photos look totally different because they were taken outside, whereas these ones were taken inside under a light.
With that, I fare you all adieu for 2018.  Many happy returns for 2019. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Digital Dozen does Holo - Day 4

For day four, I've moved onto the fine holo powder burnished into my nails.  Let me just say this took bloody ages to do, and the outcome is less than stellar! How about we called this, #WTFWasIThinkingThursday! But it's still better than tomorrow's fail look for you to look forward to!

I wish I had taken photos of this in direct sunlight, because it certainly looked better than these photos show.  I'm gonna stop now, otherwise I'm just going to continue to bag myself out, and I don't like doing that.  Let's all just focus of the pretty holo flame.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Digital Dozen does Holo - Day 3

Look, look, I did a double rainbow thing. First a gradient and then holo rainbows too! I'm loving this look so much, cause it's such 'me' nail art.

I recently grabbed a whole bunch of the JOSS creme polishes during their sale, I also think I bought the last of their stock of "Will Not", which is my absolute favorite white creme polish cause it's perfect in just one coat. I got them for about $4 each but these shades are now only $1.95 over on the Nail Super Store website.  For this gradient I used:
  • Red - Out of control
  • Orange - Space Shuttle Orange
  • Yellow - Yellow by Van Gogh
  • Blue - It's Blue. Period.
  • Green - Viridian Green
  • Pink - Fandango Pink

I then applied some nail foils and a thin coat of Orly bonder - which is decent sticky base coat that burnished powders seem to stick to quite well.  Finally, I burnished in some holo power and peeled the vinyls off.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Digital Dozen does Holo - Day 2

It's day two of holo week for the Digital Dozen and I have some blindingly holo nails.  I'm trying to use different holo finishes for all the nail art this week, holo polishes, rub in powders, scattered holo, and maybe even holo foils if I can get the new bottle of foil glue I bought to work for me.  

Today it's the scattered holo powered that I have burnished into a black base.  I then stamped a circular design on top, which sadly isn't centered on all my nails despite using a clear stamping. I really must be out of stamping practice at the moment.

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Digital Dozen does Holo - Day 1

So starts another Digital Dozen week, and finally another series of blog posts from me.  Also, in case anyone is wonder what happened to me doing the 31 Day Challenge during November, well yeah, life happened and clearly I didn't get around to it.  As it happens I am still working my way through the 31 Day Challenge prompts, I'm up to the Metallic prompt I think.  I will eventually post them all, but at the moment I'm just enjoying wearing all the nail art for at least a few days, rather than having to take off each design at the end of a single day.  Clearly I'm not going to get the entire challenge done before the end of 2018, but I do hope to start it before the end of the year.

Now onto today's nails.  I wore these last week on the 3rd of December, which was my Birthday. In classic 'me' style I went with a gold holo.  I added some art deco black stamping, and voila I was done.  The holo polish is actually just Lacquistry Amazeballz Extra fine with some holo powder rubbed in.

Now look at this beautiful holo stainless steel cup I got for my birthday. This is the gold one. I also got one called Merlot, White and Charcoal.  They are so stunning in the sunlight and perfect for us to use outside.  They also work great at insulating the drink to keep it at whatever temperature you need it, be it nice and cold or nice and warm.

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