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January Nail Anarchy Challenge

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Hi everyone! It’s that time again! Can you BELIEVE January is over already?! I swear it feels like my life is going by in a blur. Remember how long the days felt when you were a kid? My husband and I were talking about it the other day and wondering whether the days feel long for our kids even though they are flying by for us. I digress! Today I have the 3rd Nail Anarchy challenge to show you. This month it was Mama Zombie‘s turn to pick the theme and she came up with Summer Skittles! As the month went on this theme caused some intense debate in our WhatsApp chat. Some of us felt that a true skittle means a different design on each nail, while others felt that different colours with the same design also counted. I threw out the question to a blogging group on Facebook and the consensus was that both count as skittles. I decided to do a different design on all my nails and I knocked 3 untrieds off of my list while I was at it! Woot! I really need to dig into my untrieds with every mani I do to try and stave off the guilt of buying more polish. It does mean my older polishes don’t often get pulled out, which is also a pity. How do people with thousands of bottles of polish manage?! Let me show you what I came up with for this challenge:

Nail Anarchy January Challenge

Nail Anarchy January Challenge

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of Nubar Prize on my middle, ring and thumb nails. Prize is a gorgeous dark pink polish with loads of holographic glitter scattered throughout. On my index I painted 3 coats of Nubar Amazon Coral and on my pinkie 3 coats of Orange Cream. Amazon Coral is a beautiful pink polish and Orange Cream is a light orange that leans towards peach (which is why I bought it). These were opaque in 2 coats, but I felt they all needed a 3rd to even them out. The formula on all of these polishes was great, despite needing 3 coats, they applied easily and the consistency was good. Once my nails were fairly dry I used a fan brush and Amazon Coral to fan the pink stripes over my pinkie nail. I used Amazon Coral and Orange Cream with my largest dotting tool to make the large dots on my ring nail and turned the dotting tool over for the smaller dots – I went over the dots a second time for better opacity. On my middle nail I used Amazon Coral and Orange Cream to freehand the stripes. The stripes also required 2 coats. At first I tried to stamp some white ice creams on my index nail, but it just didn’t look good, but it gave me the idea to freehand some ice cream on there. For the last few years ice cream has been a staple in our house during summer, because kids. I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White to paint the ice cream onto the tip of my nail. I used a striping brush with Amazon Coral and Orange Cream to fashion some sprinkles and added the cherry using my dotting tool and Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite and voila!

I really love how these turned out! I purchased these 3 polishes together, but at the time didn’t intend to use them in one mani. I did think that these were great colours for summer though and of course summer wouldn’t be summer without some holographic sparkle! It really helped that they were all standing together on my rack, which helped me picture them together.

What do you think of this mani? Please let me know in the comments below :) Don’t forget to check out the rest of the manis for the challenge in the inlinkz below!

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Potty Training V 2.0

Potty training has started in our house again. Round 2! I skimmed over some blog posts from 3 years ago when we were potty training Elijah and it wasn’t a pleasant experience for me. It was our first time around and it wasn’t the mess necessarily that made me crazy. It was frustrating. I didn’t know what I was doing and it was hard. After a week of potty training at the day mother Gabby didn’t want to be on the potty at home. She would sometimes ask to sit on the big toilet, but she will just tear off toilet paper all the time and throw it in the toilet behind her, no other actions. We put her on the small potty, the typical one you would think to buy and it’s almost like it is too small or uncomfortable for her, so she gets off. We then purchased her a throne. Well, a plastic chair with a removal potty below. She doesn’t seem to like that either. She is regularly using the potty (also a chair type setup) at the day mother, but simply refused at home. I’m fairly used to the day mother getting things right with the kids that I simply can’t, but this is kind of something that needs to be done everywhere.

Cue week 2 at the day mother. Potty training was a little inconsistent at the day mother for that week as the day mother went in for an eye op and it was really just easier to use nappies and potty train off and on as she could while she was recovering. One night Gabby asked to sit on the big toilet again and I put her on the toilet and handed her some toilet paper to play with. After giving her the “last piece” I said to her in an exasperated tone ‘Gabby, you need to PEE in the toilet!’. She complied! I made a huge fuss, clapping, singing and smiles all around. She loved that. Over the weekend I again had success with her on the toilet. Lots of “hooray!” and arms in the air. I noticed that she really loves it when you get to the ‘hip hip hooray’ part after you sing happy birthday, so I thought this would make her happy and it did :) I noticed that Rudi had never been present when she actually had success on the toilet and wondered if that was a coincidence. Turns out it was. He managed to get her to go to the toilet while I was at work. Progress! We still have several accidents a day at home, but the successes are so exciting that it really doesn’t matter :) I spoke to the day mother yesterday and she was really impressed with how fast Gabby is progressing. I’ve also been impressed that Gabby asks to go pee in the evenings even though she has a nappy on!

Just like everything else with Elijah I was in a hurry for him to reach each milestone. I wanted him to do everything fast. I’m not sure why. Perhaps because I was excited for each new phase with him. I’m in no hurry to get Gabby to do anything. She can take her time. She is my last baby and is growing up way too fast. It’s amazing how everything differs the second time around from your perspectives to your practices. I’m also astounded how different my kids are. Yes, I didn’t think they would be exactly the same, but I didn’t expect them to be so vastly different either. For example: Elijah was never really interested in colouring in or drawing – he still isn’t. Gabby, on the other hand, woke me up at 3 AM the other day to “draw”. Luckily their table and chairs are set up in the lounge right by the couch and as it is still warm I grabbed my pillow and snoozed on the couch while she drew. It is really awesome since she already has a good pencil grip, whereas Elijah still needs a bit of help with that. I wonder if Gabby has inherited her mother’s artistic streak? I remember loving to sit down and colour in or draw when I was very young. Rudi also used to enjoy drawing when he was younger, although he hasn’t picked up a pencil and paper for the longest time. At least I still get to express myself through my nail art.

I digress!

I foresee that we will still be potty training for the next 2 – 3 weeks before she really hits her stride, but this time…I’m just going to go with the flow :)

Do you have any potty training stories? I would love it if you shared them with me below!

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate Review – BP-17

 

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Hi everyone! I have another Born Pretty Store stamping plate review for you today :) After trying out the other plate I was sent for review, I couldn’t wait to give this one a try too! You can read my previous review here. The plate I’ll be showing you today has beautiful flowery patterns on it and can be purchased here. These are the images you will be able to stamp using this plate:

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So pretty! I chose to try out the bottom two images in the manicure I’ll be showing you. You will be able to see that the very thin lines and the thicker lines both stamp beautifully. I used my squishy stamper which I purchased from Born Pretty Store myself, it looks like this:

Born Pretty StamperThis is what I have previously written about this stamper:

You can purchase it here*. I really love this stamper! I went from struggling my bum off with a relatively firm stamper, to great success with this squishy stamper. My nails are soft and bendy, so if I put pressure on the nail with a firm stamper while transferring the image, my nails give way and the image doesn’t transfer completely. This stamper head is big enough to cover my entire nail, the squishiness of the head also means that the image is stamped over my entire nail with the right amount of pressure, so even into the cuticles on the sides as the stamper gives way instead of bending my nail. I do need to prime the stamper head regularly though, but it takes me less than 30 seconds and is totally worth it.

 

 

When you receive the plate it has a blue protective film over it to protect the plate during shipping. It looks like this:

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Before you start stamping you need to remove the film. It removes really easily, you can just run your fingers over the edge from bottom to top and it will lift. Don’t do this while your nails are wet as the film is quite clingy and will ruin your nails! The plates also have backing which helps dull the edges of the plate so that you don’t cut yourself while handling them. I wipe down all my plates with acetone before each use. I noticed that the images on this plate seemed quite deeply etched (which is a good thing!). With my other plates the cotton round just glides across the plates, whereas you can “feel” the images on this plate when swiping over them. I’m sure this makes it easier to pick up images as shallow etching can make things really difficult.

On the day I set out to do this manicure I received a very long awaited parcel from Mei Mei Signatures with polish that my a friend had sent me as a gift. My parcel took 4 months to get to me because of the crippling postal strike that we had and when I finally laid my hands on it I *needed* to use one of the polishes I received. Let me show you what I came up with:

Pretty & Polished My Friend Dahlia Stamped with BP-17

Pretty & Polished My Friend Dahlia Stamped with BP-17

Pretty & Polished My Friend Dahlia Stamped with BP-17

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of Pretty & Polished My Friend Dahlia on all of my nails. My Friend Dahlia is a dusty, medium pink polish with a very soft holographic shimmer. This polish is AMAZING. It practically applied itself. I still had some visible nail line after 2 coats so I felt a 3rd was necessary. It dries to a satin matte finish which is beautiful and it also dries faster than any polish I own. After painting 2 coats of base coat and 3 coats of My Friend Dahlia, I test stamped 3 times from the plate and I was able to stamp my nails without any smudging. I used Sinful Colors Black on Black and the image on the right to stamp my pinkie and index nails. I used the image on the left of the plate to stamp my middle and ring nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

Once again, this plate has impressed me! I had no problems picking up the images and both the thicker and thin lines stamped well. I must admit that I had never bought plates from Born Pretty Store before as they had received mixed reviews in the past, but they have definitely stepped up their game and I won’t hesitate to purchase plates from them now. I really enjoyed wearing this mani. I also think that these images would be really nice to try and leadlight with, but that isn’t something I’ve done yet, perhaps it is time!

What do you think of this plate? Have you tried Born Pretty Store plates before? Please let me know in the comments below!

As always, thanks for reading!

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Barry M Pacific & Atlantis

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Hello everyone! My mother’s cousin is around the same age as me and we grew up together. We were the only children around our age in the family that socialized with each other. A number of years ago she left the country to live and work in the United Kingdom. She is a CA and is now an official resident in the UK. She comes home to see her mother and do family admin about twice a year and I make a point of seeing her while she is here. She always spoils the kids with lovely clothes from abroad and this year she spoiled me too! She bought me 3 polishes, 2 of which I will show you today and an Essie Microdermabrasion Hand Refiner scrub. I was elated! She brought me Barry M polishes, a brand I’ve only been able to drool over online. I paired 2 of them for today’s mani. This definitely required more than 1 photo! Let me show you what I came up with.

Barry M Pacific Atlantis

Barry M Pacific Atlantis

Barry M PacificI started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 very easy coats of Barry M Pacific on all of my nails. Pacific is a duochrome which shifts between blue and green depending on how the light catches it. Regular readers of my blog will know that I am not a fan of blue polish. I also steer clear of duochromes normally because I feel that they can often look brush strokey, or at least that is how I felt about swatches I’ve seen. I instantly fell in love with this polish! How could I not?! It’s so nice when someone buys you something that you would never buy for yourself and you end up loving it! Once my nails were fairly dry I used a make up sponge to sponge Barry M Atlantis on my pinky and index nails. I suspected that my Seche Vite was wrinkling the suspension bases of glitter topper polishes, so I decided to sponge on the next one I used so that there is less clear base floating around on the nail struggling to dry. I was really glad I did because it took 3 coats of top coat to smooth out this glitter, the fact that I basically removed the base from the glitter probably contributed to this. Atlantis has big and small silver holographic hexes, purple and blue diamond shaped glitter and irregular pink snippets of glitter. I don’t really know what shape the snippets are, but you can see them clearly on my index nail in the pictures above. Make sure that the the snippets are lying flat on your nail as they can stick up and be annoying. I originally planned to do a glitter gradient with Atlantis on my middle two nails, but I just couldn’t cover Pacific. I actually loved it that much! I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. I really loved this mani so much. The other Barry M polish is called Christmas Tree and I am saving that one for Nail Anarchy’s Christmas in July.

What do you think of this mani? This polish is to die for isn’t it? I am so lucky to have received it as a gift! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below :)

Thanks for reading!

First Day of Grade 0!

Elijah started at a new school today. He is now attending the same primary school that I did. We took him to an open day last year and left there blubbering. I expected today to be more or less the same. I didn’t actually think I would be able to take him as I have a half day at work today as I have a gynae appointment in the middle of the day. Going to the gynae isn’t something you can do in a lunch hour, as you inevitably wait that long just to see him. I also had to drop Rudi off at work before I could go to work because I needed the car to get around. Because of this I didn’t think there was a way for me to take Elijah on his first day AND make the appointment, but Sanita (even with her porridge brain) came up with a plan. I made all the necessary arrangements and was so happy I got to take him!

At the day mother, ready to go!

At the day mother, ready to go!

Rudi insisted on getting Elijah ready for school at home before we went off to the day mother to drop Gabby. He wanted him to look nice and put gel in his hair. We went off to the day mother where the kids had breakfast while Rudi and I had some coffee and cookies that the day mother had baked. Before we knew it, it was time to go to the school. We anticipated some traffic and wanted to take more pictures, so we left a few minutes earlier. When we got there the school yard was milling with children returning to school and parents were standing around with the Grade 0 and Grade R kids waiting to walk them to class. We snapped a few pictures:

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Ready to go mom!

 

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So happy daddy!

Elijah ran into a friend from his previous school last year. They shouted each other’s names when they saw each other, ran to meet each other and hugged. It was so adorable! They were so glad to see each other again.

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Elijah and Dylan

They opened the gates and we walked Elijah to his class. He ran right in, sat down at a table and started playing with some toys that the teacher had laid out. He barely said goodbye. I really thought I was going to be a ball of snot at this point. I had cried at the open day, after all…but there were no tears. I can’t even tell you why. Maybe because I didn’t think I was going to be there and I was just happy that I had the opportunity to see him off.

Look! No tears!

Look! No tears!

 

I’m not sure if daddy is crying behind the glasses ;)

This might not be Grade 1, but for me this is the beginning of his formal schooling and his school career. I am excited. It is daunting as the flood of letters with requests for x, y, z…monies, school photos, all this begins here. We had a taste of it at play school, but I’m sure it will start becoming more labour intensive now that he is at this school.

Did any of you see your kids or family member’s kids off to school this year? Were you brave? Share your experiences with me in the comments!

Thanks for reading :)

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate Review – BP-03

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Hi everyone! I have a Born Pretty Store review for you today :D I really love shopping at Born Pretty Store for my nail art goodies. They are very reasonably priced, I pay a small fee for a tracking number and shipping is free, which is a huge relief as shipping rates from overseas to South Africa are really steep normally. They have sent me a few things to review for you. These items were sent last year in September, but due to hectic postal strikes in our country and a huge backlog at customs because of the strikes I only received my items this week. Today I have Born Pretty stamping plate BP-03 to show you (purchase here*). I was really taken with the rose images on this plate, so naturally they were my first choice to stamp with. These are the images you can stamp from this plate:

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP-03

When you receive the plate it has a blue protective film over it to protect the plate during shipping. It looks like this:

Born Pretty Store BP-03 Review

Before you start stamping you need to remove the film. It removes really easily, you can just run your fingers over the edge from bottom to top and it will lift. Don’t do this while your nails are wet as the film is quite clingy and will ruin your nails! The plates also have backing which helps dull the edges of the plate so that you don’t cut yourself while handling them. I wipe down all my plates with acetone before each use. I noticed that the images on this plate seemed quite deeply etched (which is a good thing!). With my other plates the cotton round just glides across the plates, whereas you can “feel” the images on this plate when swiping over them. I’m sure this makes it easier to pick up images as shallow etching can make things really difficult. I also used a stamper that I purchased myself from Born Pretty, it looks like this:

Born Pretty Stamper

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You can purchase it here*. I really love this stamper! I went from struggling my bum off with a relatively firm stamper, to great success with this squishy stamper. My nails are soft and bendy, so if I put pressure on the nail with a firm stamper while transferring the image, my nails give way and the image doesn’t transfer completely. This stamper head is big enough to cover my entire nail, the squishiness of the head also means that the image is stamped over my entire nail with the right amount of pressure, so even into the cuticles on the sides as the stamper gives way instead of bending my nail. I do need to prime the stamper head regularly though, but it takes me less than 30 seconds and is totally worth it.

So with all my tools handy, this is what I came up with:

Born Pretty Store Review BP-03

Born Pretty Store Review BP-03

Born Pretty Store Review BP-03

I am completely obsessed with the individual rose image! How GORGEOUS is it?! I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Meringue Surprise on all of my nails. Once that was dry I used Tip Top Volcanic Eruption to stamp the image in the centre on all of my nails except on my ring nail where I stamped the individual rose image on the top left of the plate. I had no problems picking up the images at all. They stamped beautifully. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I was actually really impressed with this plate and can’t wait to try the other images. I can imagine the stars being nice to use for a 4th of July manicure if you are that way inclined. I am also really looking forward to using the twirly image on the left in the middle! I’ll be sure to show you when I do ;)

What do you think of this stamping plate? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

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Purple Bow Peep you Treasure

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Hi everyone! The mani I have to show you today was inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest.  Unfortunately Liloo’s blog isn’t in English, but there sure are pretty pictures to look at and a picture was all I needed for inspiration. I decided to use different colours and I did not have enough clear rhinestones to make it look the same, so I replaced them with studs. This is my version:

Nubar Treasure Tip Top Purple Bow Peep

Nubar Treasure Tip Top Purple Bow Peep

Nubar Treasure Tip Top Purple Bow PeepI started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of Nubar Treasure on all of my nails. Nubar isn’t a brand we get consistently over here, so when I do spot them in Clicks I pick up whatever I like because I’m never sure when I will find them again. I really like Nubar polishes, I haven’t had a bad experience with them yet. Treasure is a light purple scattered holographic polish. It seems extremely sheer when you paint it, but it builds up really well. On my ring nail I used Tip Top Purple Bow Peep and the polish brush to add the creme on the tip. I just freehanded it. Once it was a little tacky I started placing 1 mm gold studs I purchased from Born Pretty Store (purchase here*) along the line dividing the polishes. When I got to the middle I added a 2 mm stud and then continued with the 1 mm studs. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I really loved this mani! The Nubar wore really well and I loved the soft purple that came alive in the sun.

What do you think of this mani? Do you think I did the original justice? I would love to hear your opinion in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

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Holiday 2015 – Pic Heavy

In the blink of an eye our holiday and the festive season are over. I took a week off from 5 January and returned to work on 12 January. We tried to fit in as much activity with the kids as we could during that week.

We started off the week by visiting my mother. That went exactly as I expected it to go. Nothing new to report. It left a bad taste in my mouth, but I really don’t want to get into it. She hasn’t changed, probably never will, so I have to make peace with that.

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wpid-20150107_144611.jpgOn the Tuesday we took the kids to the Two Oceans Aquarium. Darn it is expensive to get in there! We have gone every year for the past 3 years during the holiday, so it has sort of become a tradition. Elijah wanted to rush through the entire aquarium to get to the sharks. We also got stuck in the play area for a lot longer than we usually do. He momentarily forgot about the sharks. They had a great puppet show there which he REALLY enjoyed. I think it was the first one he has ever seen. He loved it! I was surprised that Gabby seemed to be very interested in the displays. When Elijah was her age he barely glanced at any of the tanks. Gabby is also a lot more fearless than Elijah. She stood right up against the glass of the shark tank as a shark swam by, whereas Elijah got so scared at one point that he rolled himself up into a ball on the floor and started to cry. Granted, his father had joked with him that he was going to throw him in the shark tank. On Wednesday we stayed home to clean as our housekeeper is ill and hasn’t been able to come to work.

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wpid-20150106_133725.jpgOn Thursday we took the kids to World of Birds. The weather was a bit miserable as it started to rain while we were there. Gabby was clingy and moody too. She had been an absolute pleasure at the aquarium, but on this day she was having none of it. She just wanted to be carried around. We went to Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay after our trip to World of Birds, but we weren’t even there for 20 minutes when we decided to leave again. The kids were super grumpy and by that time, so were we. I was pretty bummed as I was looking forward to spending some time there. I have fond memories of going there with my grandfather. He was also a keen birdwatcher so he was on my mind all day. I just knew he would have enjoyed such an outing.

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wpid-20150108_142805.jpgOn Friday I wanted to go to Butterfly World as I really enjoyed our last trip there. After seeing Elijah enjoy himself on the beach in Hout Bay the previous day, Rudi insisted we go to the beach. I had been avoiding going to the beach for a while. I figured I was being a brat and that I should just go with them. BIG mistake. The beach was freaking HORRIBLE. I am not a beach person. I have decided once and for all. It was SO windy and the wind made it cold despite the fact that it was a hot day. Half the time we were trying to prevent the new beach umbrella we had just purchased from blowing away. EVERYTHING was covered in sand. When we left every part of my body that I touched was covered in a layer of sand. We took a part of the beach home with us. I don’t even know how long we were there for, but it was too long. Gabby also hates the beach. She refuses to walk on the sand and even when I carried her to the water’s edge she seemed to be afraid of going in there (or of me going in there). The one cool thing about the beach? We got to see a lot of kite surfers setting up and going out onto the sea. The wind was definitely up for it and I’m not surprised they flocked to the beach. I would rather have watched them from the car to be honest. Can I have some cheese with my whine?

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On Saturday we had a kiddie’s party to attend which the kids thoroughly enjoyed! They had an ice cream cake at the party and I decided there and then that I want to get an ice cream cake for Elijah and Gabby’s birthday party next month. Yes. Party planning for that is in full swing as it always it this time of year. On Sunday my aunt came over with her family and we spent the day preparing to go back to work.

It was all over so quickly! Also, I need a holiday to recover from my holiday! Right now I’m focusing on getting everything ready for Elijah to go to his new school and then focus on the party planning. The kids went back to the day mother on Monday and it is also already time to potty train Gabby. I have not been looking forward to this! I’ll post about how that is going once we’re in the swing of it.

Did you have any leave over the festive season? Did you do anything fun? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading :)

We Have An Agreenmint

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It’s Monday! Not a particularly happy Monday. My husband and I both returned to work today. I only had a week’s leave and I am still exhausted! I’ll do a holiday post mid week for you guys. Today I have two new to me polishes to show you. I bought Tip Top We Have An Agreenmint recently and Taryn gifted me essence prom berry. I knew that prom berry was a good stamper and thought it would look good with the green. This is what I came up with:

Tip Top We Have An Agreenmint stamped

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and painted 2 coats of We Have An Agreenmint on all my nails except the ring finger. I’m not sure why the word “mint” is in the name of this polish, it looks pretty green to me. That aside, the formula was great. I don’t actually think I’ve ever used a Tip Top with a formula I didn’t like, so this just lived up to the experience I’ve always had with the brand. Once the green was dry I used the right hand image on PUEEN 36 and essence prom berry to stamp over all of the green nails. I had some trouble picking up the image and then had a brain wave and thought to prime my stamper. After two primes it was ready to go and picked up the full image. Gotta love it when you manage to problem solve instead of getting immensely frustrated ;) On my ring nail I painted 1 coat of essence prom berry. The bottle that I got seems to be a bit bubbly, but it isn’t too noticeable. I definitely didn’t need a second coat. It is beautifully opaque! Prom berry is a very dark purple. Unfortunately in most lighting it looks black. It is a really pretty purple and I wish that you could see more of that. Over prom berry I added 3 x 3 mm patterned studs that I bought from Born Pretty Store (purchase here*). I started with a square stud at the cuticle, then a round stud and another square at the tip. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

What do you think of this mani? Do you agree that this green is not minty? Be sure to leave me a comment below!

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a fabulous week :)

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L.A. Girl 3D Effect Sparkle Ruby

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Hi everyone! I’m still on holiday! Yay! Not for much longer I’m afraid, I’ll be heading back to work on the 12th of January. How about you? I have a stunning polish to show you today. I actually really love all the polishes I have from this collection. L.A. Girl has come out with so many cool “effect” polishes lately and I actually own quite a lot of them! I have quite a few from their texture collection as well as a couple of glitter polishes from their Splatter collection and a few of the 3D effect holographic polishes. The one I am showing you today is one of the scattered holos. Let’s get to it!

I started off with a base coat of OPI Nail Envy. I painted 2 coats of L.A. Girl Sparkle Ruby on all of my nails except my ring nail. Sparkle Ruby is a gorgeous deep red or maroon jelly polish with scattered holo particles throughout. This polish was quite opaque and I was able to get it opaque in two coats. It was also not a pain to clean up as some reds can be. On my ring nail I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black and placed 3 gold studs purchased from Born Pretty Store (purchase here*) from biggest (3 mm) to smallest (1 mm) from the cuticle upwards and sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. Well that was easy, wasn’t it? The result:

L.A. Girl 3D Effects Sparkle Ruby

I loved wearing this mani. When I thought of how to describe it, the word ‘elegant’ seemed fitting. I literally felt so polished with this on my nails, like a real lady ;) The holographic effect is also truly beautiful and has a lot of purple shimmers in it. I tried very hard to get a shot of the holo, but failed miserably. Pretty Girl Science has a couple of great swatches of Sparkle Ruby, Brilliant Blue and Teal Dimension from the collection in this post, head on over and have a look if you want to see the glorious scattered holos these polishes have to offer!

What do you think of this mani? It was simple to do, would you give it a try? Let me know in the comments below!

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