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Happy Birthday, Jamie

It is that time of the year again. Where celebrations of Diwali and Guy Fawkes happen around the country, but where our family takes some time out to celebrate Jamie’s birthday.

 

Today used to be an extremely sad day for me. It would loom for weeks and I would spend the good part of the day in tears, but time has brought healing to my heart. I no longer dread the 5th of November. Being blessed with two beautiful children has helped the healing process. I am ever grateful for that, but Jamie will not be forgotten. She was the one that started it all and the one who shifted my mind into mother mode, paving the way for her future siblings. Before Jamie I did not yearn for a child. I didn’t particularly want children, but Rudi did. Jamie opened up my heart to the possibility of being more than just who I was, to being a mother and set my biological clock to ticking.

 

I can’t speak of her personality or post a photo of her and sometimes I wonder if it is easier to have no living memories of her, all I can say is how she changed my life. She made me realize how strong and resilient I can be. She taught me that I can make hard decisions and that I can put my faith in God. She awakened the mother in me.

 

Now she is with my grandfather and I know that they would not want me to be sad. They would want me to be happy and pour my love into our family. That is exactly what I will do.

 

I can’t believe it has been 5 whole years since the most traumatic day of my life. 5 years that have been filled with tears, sadness, joy and laughter. Blessed with two beautiful new souls to care for. Jamie will always hold a special place in my heart for the role she played in my life and we will never forget her.

 

Happy birthday, angel x

Untried Polish Challenge – Cheapest

This is it! It is the last of my Untried Polish Challenge manis! I made it ALL the way through the challenge! I’m quite chuffed with myself! I still have a bunch of untrieds, but I’ve worked through many of them and quite a few of my untrieds are new, so it is a win overall!

 

This prompt was difficult. A lot of the polishes I had left I did not purchase myself, so I have no idea how much they cost. I recently received nail mail from my friend in Belgium. He helped me find a black and white glitter which you just cannot find here. While he was shopping for that he picked a few other polishes and added them to my gift :D I very much doubt that this polish is the cheapest of my untrieds, but since it was a gift and I didn’t pay for it, technically it was free ;)

 

I started off with my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of Maybelline Wine Shimmer on all my nails. Wine Shimmer is a jelly polish, so I decided to make a jelly sandwich accent with the L’Oreal Top Coat Confetti which is the black and white glitter my friend also sent to me. I painted one coat of the Top Coat Confetti on my ring fingers and then painted one more layer of Wine Shimmer over it. After some consultation with Ordinary Misfit, I decided to do another coat of the Wine Shimmer over the rest of my nails as there was still quite a bit of visible nail line. The formula of the Wine Shimmer was lovely. It was quite a bit thicker than my China Glaze Are You Jelly?. Are You Jelly? is quite watery, whereas Wine Shimmer felt like jelly that had set a little. I didn’t have any dragging problems on my second coat and didn’t need to wait for the first coat to dry a bit before painting the next one. It is quite pigmented and in the poor light quality last night I almost felt like I could get away with two coats, but after photographing my nails it seemed like a third coat was definitely required, which is pretty standard for a jelly polish as they are quite sheer. The colour does build up very nicely though. I am totally in love with this colour. It is a deep burgundy with a scattered holographic shimmer which is to die for. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I also like how the layer of Wine Shimmer over the Top Coat Confetti changed the colour of the white glitter to match the Wine Shimmer. I can’t stop staring at my nails. I don’t generally like dark polishes, or even reds, but this? In love! The Top Coat Confetti was also great. I could paint it on like a regular polish with great glitter payoff. No ‘blob and spread’ with this one! If I did find a spot that didn’t catch any glitter, I could just dip my brush back into the bottle and paint over it.  The results:

 

Maybelline Wine Shimmer with L'Oreal Top Coat Confetti sandwich accent

Maybelline Wine Shimmer with L’Oreal Top Coat Confetti sandwich accent

Maybelline Wine Shimmer with L'Oreal Top Coat Confetti sandwich accent

Maybelline Wine Shimmer with L’Oreal Top Coat Confetti sandwich accent

Maybelline Wine Shimmer with L'Oreal Top Coat Confetti sandwich accent

Maybelline Wine Shimmer with L’Oreal Top Coat Confetti sandwich accent

 

As lovely as the photos are, I don’t even think they do this colour justice. The colour is a bit deeper in person. I can’t rave enough about this polish. The formula was great, built up nicely and the colour is stunning! All I still have to judge is the wear time, but I’m wearing it right now so I can’t really say just yet. I only own one other Maybelline polish and I really enjoyed the colour and formula on that too. I’m not sure what their price range is since I didn’t purchase either of these polishes myself, but so far the brand has impressed me and they might be worth picking up if I can’t find something similar in a cheaper brand.

 

What do you think of this polish? Are you glad that the challenge is over now too? :P

Untried Polish Challenge – Neutral

What I was going to use for this prompt has changed many times during the challenge, but I eventually settled on a polish that I was dying to try.  I found this polish on sale at Dischem for only R29.00. It looked so pretty in the bottle, I had to get it. Just the other day I saw a picture on Pinterest and LOVED the polish…only to realize it was the same one that I had picked up and hadn’t got around to using! What a lovely surprise :) The polish I bought is Revlon Popular. It is another one of those polishes that looks exactly the same as another Revlon polish with a different name. In this case the swatches I have seen have also been called ‘Starry Pink’. The same thing happened with Facets of Fuchsia and Scandalous which I mentioned in this post. It is weird, but essence re-releases completely different polishes with previously used polish names, so who knows what these people are thinking.

 

Anyway, for me this shade is a neutral colour. It is so light it is practically nude. I started off with my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted three coats of Revlon Popular on all my nails except on my ring fingers. On my ring fingers I painted three coats of China Glaze Some Like It Haute. I sealed everything in with my favourite Seche Vite top coat. The results:

 

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Revlon Popular, accent nail China Glaze Some Like It Haute

 

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Revlon Popular, accent nail China Glaze Some Like It Haute

 

I don’t know if it is just me, but I think this light shade looks a little ‘off’ with my skin tone. It could just be me since nobody else has said anything about it or agreed, even when asked.

 

 

Do you remember I moaned to no end about my Some Like It Haute in this post? I decided to ask Maskscara about it and they said I could bring my bottle in to exchange it for another one since they hadn’t had any complaints about that particular polish. I took them up on the offer and went to swap it. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! My new bottle is perfect, the formula was great and it applied perfectly. I definitely had a dud bottle! So weird. Second dud bottle of polish I have been unfortunate enough to purchase. Both were replaced with no issues from the stores, which is a huge win for me! That being said, I fell in love with my Some Like It Haute all over again. I think it is one of my all time favourites (so far)! You can see how it sparkles and flashes a rainbow of colours in the pics.

 

What do you think of these polishes? Does the colour look funny or is it just me?

Breastfeeding – 9 months in

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He loves his sister

How precious is this picture? My beautiful boy and his sister <3 Melts my heart!

 

PrincessIce is 9 months old already! She seems pretty excited about it!

 

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9 months old!

 

I’m still breastfeeding PrincessIce. Never in a million years would I have imagined breastfeeding a baby for so long. I have learnt so much about breastfeeding and so many myths have been debunked for me. I had heard some of them so many times that I believed they must be true. I think that is why so many people fail at breastfeeding. Our families, friends and colleagues (although they mean well sometimes) also put pressure on breastfeeding mothers to wean/start on solids/supplement and many more. I have faced these pressures myself, but have always had a soft place to fall with La Leche League. No matter how many times I was made to feel I was doing the wrong thing, I could always go to my LLL leader (Kim) and she would calm my fears and give me evidence based information to assure me that I am, in fact, doing the right thing. Once a month I can attend a meeting where nobody looks at me like I’m an alien for breastfeeding my baby.

 

For me breastfeeding was never about me, it has always been about PrincessIce and her needs. At the moment there is no end in sight and I am okay with that. I could not imagine refusing to feed or comfort PrincessIce at my breast. It is also really convenient for me. Having bottle fed and breastfed a child I can say from experience that breastfeeding is so much easier. Yes, it is hard in the beginning, but with the right support the large majority of women can do it. Yes, I still sterilize and wash bottles (from my pumping equipment), but not nearly as many as I used to. Also, I may be able to quit pumping when PrincessIce is around a year old (my goodness! That is SOON!). That’s a total of around 7 months of pumping if you exclude the majority of my maternity leave. A lot less washing and sterilizing than with an exclusively bottle fed baby. Because we co-sleep I get a LOT more sleep than I did with Babyice. No getting up for night feeds. What a pleasure.

 

Feeds have become a lot shorter as PrincessIce feeds more efficiently and a lot less frequent too. Sometimes she will moan, literally take a few sips and be happy again, she just quenches her thirst. If she gets hurt or is upset, latching on immediately soothes her. Best mothering tool, EVER. I was told the day would come where she wasn’t permanently attached to my breast and I couldn’t believe it then, but it was true.

 

So our journey continues and we grow together. Each feed is a special time for just the two of us and I need to remind myself constantly to treasure it because it will be over one day. I hope that it won’t end too soon, I am still loving the closeness and exclusivity of our relationship and I selfishly want to keep her to myself for just a little bit longer.

 

She is sick (again) at the moment. Ear and throat infection. Of course after I bragged about how healthy she is she has made it her mission to make me a liar. At midnight she was burning up and I gave her our last suppository. She then got rid of it about 3 minutes after I administered it. I gave her oral medication. I tried to calm her by feeding her and she bit me. Hard. I cried. It really hurt. Rudi said ‘Well then you must just put her on the bottle!’. For just a moment, it became about me and I considered it, but just as quickly as the thought entered my mind it left again. She is unwell, she is in pain…her ears and her throat hurt and I’m trying to put something in her mouth that will require her to swallow. I get it. I know a lot of women draw the line at biting and will stop breastfeeding because of it, but there are ways to deal with it and I will explore those first. She has never bitten me maliciously or mischievously. Onwards and upwards!

 

I don’t know myself anymore! I have turned into a breastfeeding, baby wearing and co-sleeping mother. I never would of thought!

Untried Polish Challenge – Most Expensive

This prompt was a little tricky. Some of my untrieds were gifts and I’m not sure how much they cost. So I had to choose something I paid for. Technically this isn’t the most expensive polish I have ever bought. My most expensive polish is my nails inc. topping lane which I paid R120.00 for . Eep. I swatched it here. I did really love it and don’t really have buyer’s remorse. I would be hard pressed to pay that for a polish again though. I pay R55.00 for all my China Glaze polishes, so I could basically pick any one of them for this prompt. I really wanted to try my Lubu Heels. It was now or never. 

 

My assumption is that this polish was named for the Louisbouton shoes as it is a black jelly-like base with red glitter. Makes sense, no? 

 

I painted two coats of my regular Tip Top Miraculous Results base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of China Glaze Lubu Heels on all of my nails except my ring fingers. I painted Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby on my ring fingers. I used my essence french glam stickers to make a lacey French tip over the Ruby Ruby on my accent nails. The results:

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China Glaze Lubu Heels, accent nail is Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby

 

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China Glaze Lubu Heels, accent nail is Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby

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China Glaze Lubu Heels, accent nail is Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby

I must say that the camera picks up the red glitter in the Lubu Heels very well. It is not as apparent in real life. People that have seen it have assumed I am wearing black polish with a red accent. The following photo is a little closer to the real life effect:

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China Glaze Lubu Heels, accent nail is Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby

Although the glitter is very apparent in the bottle:

 

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China Glaze Lubu Heels bottle shot

 

I still like this polish. In the right light it is really gorgeous. The black is a little sheer though, as it needs to be in order for you to be able to see the glitter. In the sun it can look a bit patchy and some of the black looks grey (the same as my Revlon Scandalous that I swatched here). I’m wearing two coats with a top coat in the photos above. All in all I am a bit disappointed that the red glitter doesn’t *pop* more and I will definitely layer this next time to avoid the grey patches, but I won’t put this polish up for The Polish Swap. I’ll hang on to this, but I think I’ll wear it again in the winter when the darker shades are all the rage.

 

What do you think?

Untried Polish Challenge – Newest

You get such a variety of nail art techniques. I’ve wanted to try doing a “jelly sandwich” for quite some time now. I really love polishes that look like jelly sandwiches, without the need to layer polishes. My Born Pretty Store glitter polish that I swatched here is a good example of this. These kinds of polishes are not common here in South Africa, so if you don’t order them online then you just have to improvise.

 

I bought myself a true jelly polish from Maskscara on my last trip there. China Glaze Are You Jelly? It is a gorgeous neon purple. The word ‘jelly’ again refers to the finish of the polish. Jelly polishes are very sheer and often translucent (just like jelly! Or jello if you’re in the states) when only one coat is applied. This jelly is nicely tinted, but still sheer and it builds up nicely as you apply more coats. I also recently purchased an essence glorius aquarius special effect glitter topper. Technically this was purchased more recently than the China Glaze, but they both qualify as recent purchases. So it was time to make myself a sandwich!

 

As usual I started off with my base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I proceeded to paint a coat of Are You Jelly? on all of my nails. The first coat looked terrible. The polish is quite thin, but for me this made application easier. It was very patchy and streaky. I know by now not to judge any polish by the first coat. When I went back to start on my second coat I experienced some balding where the brush pulls off the first coat of polish, so I waited a while to give the first coat a little more time to dry. The second coat already started looking better, but I would not have been happy with just 2 coats if I was wearing this on its own. I think you would probably require about 4 coats for it to look perfect. I painted on a coat of glorious aquarius on all my nails. Another glitter that you need to use the ‘blob and spread’ method to get good glitter coverage on your nail. Once I had added this to all my nails I wondered about whether it was too much. I kept thinking ‘disco nails’. They were very blingy. There was nothing for it though and I went ahead an painted a coat of the Are You Jelly over the glitter. I was careful to make the top coat of jelly as even as I could. I sealed it all in with Seche Vite. The results:

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My first jelly sandwich

 

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China Glaze Are You Jelly and essence glorious aquarius

So that you can get an idea of how sparkly the glitter is before it is layered under the jelly:

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essence glorious aquarius bottle shot

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essence glorious aquarius sparkles

 

I was really glad the jelly muted the glitter a bit. I love glitter, don’t get me wrong, but there is such a thing as too much glitter. This was definitely too much glitter before I put the jelly on top.

 

Neons are notorious for not photographing well and this is no exception. This purple is bright! At first I was uncertain about this mani. The first thing I thought when I saw it was that it probably wouldn’t make it onto the blog, but after wearing it for less than a day I can confirm I am totally in love with it! I love how it looks like the glitter is floating in the polish and this bright purple is making my heart really happy. What do you think? Do you like jelly sandwiches? What do you think of these colours together?

Vaccinations

The kids are much better, but I’ve come down with a cold. Luckily not bronchitis and I’m not feeling man-fluish about it, so I’ll just ride it out. First time this season I’m having a stuffy nose. Hay fever is probably contributing to that.

 

I took PrincessIce for her vaccinations. I took a leave for the day in order to take her and then  she woke up with a low grade fever the morning. I know they usually can’t get vaccinated when they’re ill and I was afraid they wouldn’t give her the shots, but they did. She screamed from the time I brought her near the table where the vaccinations were done. While I undressed her and we weighed her and measured her. On the one hand it was a good thing. The screaming couldn’t get any worse as they injected her so even though she was clearly distressed it didn’t feel like the injections hurt her as much if that makes any sense. I wondered if she had a sense of the place. If she had a memory of the room or the nurse. I couldn’t understand why she screamed so much. After it was done I breastfed her for about 3 minutes and all was right with the world again :) With Babyice we used to struggle to soothe him after vaccinations. Boobs are amazing.

 

At the clinic they told me if you gave birth in a private hospital/have medical aid the government will no longer supply vaccines to you. You will need to pay for private stock. So because I pay R3900/m for medical aid (excluding my gap cover), that must mean I can afford vaccinations too, because medical aid never runs out. I am certain this will result in less children being vaccinated overall as less conscientious parents won’t pay thousands of rands for vaccines they used to be able to get for free. Government is struggling to meet the demand for free vaccines. They need to make a plan! I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. The next vaccinations at 12 months are “optional” and not covered by the government schedule so I will need to pay for those anyway. Ching! We took Babyice for all his vaccinations and PrincessIce shall have them too.

 

I’ll be going to La Leche League and Maskscara this weekend. Very excited! I hope I feel a bit better soon :)

Breast Cancer Awareness Nails (Untried Polish Challenge – Creme)

I have had a pink polish lying among my untrieds since Ordinary Misfit sent it along to me with my birthday gift. I intended to use it for the creme category of this untried challenge. For those that don’t know, creme refers to the finish of the polish. What is a creme polish I hear you ask? Definition provided by Peachy Polish from their post called Polish Dictionary:

Creme:   A creamy, opaque polish with a glossy finish.  Usually opaque in 1-2 coats.

I also wanted to do a Breast Cancer Awareness mani for October and I figured I could combine the mani with my Untried Polish Challenge.

 

As usual I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of Rimmel Portobello Pink on all of my nails. I painted 3 coats on my pinky and thumb for it to even out to my satisfaction. This pink has a beautiful subtle shimmer that I did not notice in the bottle. As I would be covering the rest of my nails anyway I stuck to two coats on the three middle fingers. I added a coat of essence mr. big glitter from the twins range on my index and ring fingers. mr. big is a gorgeous dense glitter with red, pink and iridescent micro glitter. The red and the pink together is really pretty! I think three coats of this would make it opaque. I only used one coat and got loads of glitter onto the nail. I noticed other people doing Breast Cancer Awareness manis and most of them showed the breast cancer ribbon.  I don’t have any decals (or stickers) for a ribbon and I didn’t trust my freehand skills to paint a ribbon. So I started plotting a way to depict the breast cancer part of things without having to do the ribbon. Then it struck me! I decided to do “bra” nails :) I searched on Pinterest and Googled and found very little to work with. There were only one or two examples to be honest, but they gave me enough of an idea for my concept. So I whipped out a nail art brush and dotting tool and set to work with my black polish. I only used the nail art brush to make the outline of the bra cups. I didn’t feel it worked as well as I would of hoped. Instead of painting like a polish brush the lines came out as if I was painting with a dry brush. So I used these lines as a guide and filled in the rest with the polish brush. I used my dotting tool to make dots around the cups to try and make the bra look lacey. I also used my dotting tool to make the bra straps for the same reason. After a little feedback from Michelle I decided to add polka dots and some more detail to the “lace”. I also stole a large glitter hex out of my Tip Top Rocky Road to add some sparkle to my bra. I sealed everything in with my beloved Seche Vite top coat. The result:

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness mani (Untried Polish Challenge – Creme)

I even managed to capture the gorgeous shimmer on the Portobello Pink. Look between the bra straps on this photo:

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness mani (Untried Polish Challenge – Creme)

 

Isn’t it pretty? I was glad that I was able to do a breast cancer awareness mani without compromising the challenge. I’ve been pretty strict with myself about it and am not doing any other manis until I’ve completed the challenge. People KEEP trying to get me to do Despicable Me minion nails! I don’t particularly want to, but might consider it once the challenge is over.

 

As for the breast cancer awareness. People, check your boobs. That goes for guys too. Check your pecs. Self-examination and early detection are vital for surviving breast cancer. Sometimes lumps are harmless and sometimes they are not. As you may have noticed I have become very pro-boobs in the last year or so and my breasts have taken on an entire new meaning to me. Did you know that breastfeeding for a year can reduce your chances of breast cancer up to 1/3? That is staggering! It also reduces the baby’s chances of breast cancer later in life. So for those of you who have the opportunity, don’t waste it. Get the help and support you need to breastfeed! For those who don’t, keep up with the self examination and don’t be afraid to go to the doctor if you find something. It does not have to be a death sentence. If there is anything weird going on with your boobs (swelling, redness, hardening, sensitivity) go and get it checked out. Cancer can present in many forms.

 

I hope you liked this mani! I am very proud of it myself :D

Untried Polish Challenge – Three Colours

I had a day’s leave on Friday and was torn about what to do with my nails. I considered using my jelly polish, but I was chatting to Ordinary Misfit about it and then remembered that I’ve been wanting to try water marble nail art. Michelle recommended I watch SimpleLittlePleasures video channel on YouTube. She is a water marble genius. Her tutorials are short and to the point. She does amazing things. And so I decided to do the three colours category of the challenge.

 

I painted all my nails with my Tip Top Miraculous Results base coat to protect my natural nails. I then painted all my nails with MUA I < 3 u. I painted three coats on my thumb and pinky for opacity and two coats on my three middle fingers as a base for the marble. I let that dry and then put sticky tape around my nails to try and minimize clean up. I had a foam cup filled with water standing out for a few hours. It is important that the water is room temperature in order for the technique to work. l alternated Tip Top Purple Reign and Tip Top Sexy Bikini dripping the polish into the water, forming a bullseye. I was having trouble getting the polish to form a drop in order to drip it into the water. Michelle advised me to wipe one side of the brush which forces a bead to form on the tip of the brush. Worked like a charm! I took a toothpick and gently dragged it through the bullseye to make patterns.

 

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Once I had a pattern I liked I placed my nail parralell to the pattern and dipped it into the water. I used the toothpick to pick up the polish that remained on the surface of the water and slowly lifted my finger out.

 

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I recommend you watch a YouTube video if you have trouble visualizing what I am explaining. The result:

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I am quite chuffed with how it came out! I think it is good for a first try :) My middle nail is my absolute favourite! I’m sure with practice I can get them all stunning like that!

 

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I enjoyed playing around with this and really like the result. I was scared to try this as it is notoriously difficult to do and I didn’t want to do it over and over again to get a result that I liked. I was pleasantly surprised though and will definitely do it again when I have some time on my hands.

 

What do you think of his kind of nail art? Would you try this yourself?

Untried Polish Challenge – Ugliest

This was not difficult for me at all. When I had to pick an ugly mani, colour immediately came to mind. It was easy for me to see one I didn’t like among my untrieds.  I did not buy this for myself, it was part of the prize I won. I won the entire Revlon Moon Candy range and there are three colours in there that just don’t do it for me. This is one of them.

 

Cosmic is a yellow-green-brown creme duo polish with the creme on one side and glittery flakes suspended in a tinted base on the other. The creme reminds me of a colour that might be used in camo. That is putting it nicely. This colour reminds me of poop and I know poop! I’m faced with it on a daily basis. Here is a bottle shot:

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Revlon Moon Candy Cosmic

A usual I started off with my base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of the Cosmic creme on all my nails while trying not to throw up. Once you paint two solid coats of the creme it resembles a chocolate brown colour. I still didn’t like it. The green-yellow nature of it only really comes out in the sun. I thought some sparkly glitter might redeem it and I painted the flakes over my three middle nails. No cigar. The flakes are tricky to spread. You need to use the blob and spread method and sometimes it is difficult to control how many come out. I got way too many out on my left hand. I prefer less. The results:

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Revlon Moon Candy Cosmic (less flakes)

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Revlon Moon Candy Cosmic (more flakes)

 

Sorry, I realize the second image is a bit blurry. This was honestly the best one I could get of my left hand. My right hand is obviously a bit shakey with the camera.  This colour also had shrinkage issues with my Seche Vite. I forgot to wrap my tips with the polish, but wrapped them with the Seche and they shrank back pretty badly. I only wore this mani for a day before I had to take it off. I really hate this colour a lot. Honest review! And when I took it off?

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See? Poo!

 

If you don’t hate this colour, it is amongst the polishes I’ve listed for The Polish Swap. What do you think? Would you wear this colour?