Orange drops

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Orange nail polish is one of my favourites but it does not suit my skintone at all. Maybe it's down to the colour of my skin-tone or the polishes I have but I just don't love the way it looks on me. That doesn't stop me from buying it though. It makes for some beautiful nail art and I think this is one of the easiest ways to make orange work on my nails. 


I have on 2 coats of Nails Inc Atomic. I used my dotting tools to make the dripping design with China Glaze Riveting. Pretty simple! My hands are really dry and I can't seem to find a product that keeps them supple over a long period of time. They look great for a week of two and despite keeping up the same moisturizing routine they just fall back into a dry peeling mess after that. 

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Essence Rosewood Sticks review

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I don't come across cuticle care reviews all too often which is strange considering how important they are to look after when you spend so much time on you manicure. No matter how well you paint your nails, if you cuticles are looking ragged then the whole manicure will look off. I used to cut my cuticles but the started to look dried out and it was hard to get them right without your fingers ending up bloody or tender and red. 


So I started to just push my cuticles back and leave them like that. I have used a couple of different cuticle pushers, the most recent being a rubber tipped pusher. That works well but I find the rubber tip is a bit too flexible. I just recently started using  the Essence Rosewood sticks and they are a far better tool. I can push my cuticle back firmly and they end up looking far neater. 


Each stick is double ended. The slant end is used to gently push back the cuticle and the pointed end is for cleaning around your nail. You get 5 in a pack which costs around €2 (depending on where you get them). I like to have a few so I can keep one near me at all times. I can't tell ye how many times I've lost the other cuticle pusher I have and it always happens when I want to paint my nails so this pack of 5 will keep me going for a good while. 

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It's a me...Mario!

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This is one of my favoruite manicures to date. It took a bit of effort to do it but I really enjoyed it! Super Mario is one of my favourite games to play and visually it is one of the best games you'll ever come across. The colours are amazing and they just get better and better each year. I don't think this character will ever go out of fashion.


 They was quite a few polishes involved in this mani. I started with 2 coats of Barry M Blueberry ice cream. Then I striped off the lower half of my nails and added on Essence Nude it. The deeper brown on top and the blocks beside the coin box is NYC Park Ave. The greens are Catrice Run forest Run and Acid/dc.  The Coin box and the yellow on the flower power's face is OPI I just can't cope-acabana and the orange is Nails inc Atomic. The black is Essence black is back.


I took most of my inspiration from the game box and the game itself. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!

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A colour-wheel accent

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I've been wearing Zoya Paz a lot lately. It's not my favourite polish for a couple of reasons but the colour is just stunning that I suffer through the crap parts. I have on 3 coats of Paz and you can still see my nail line. I have short nails so I can see this being a huge pain in the arse for longer nails. It also takes a while longer than most to dry so it's not one to apply in a hurry. After wearing it for a week I decided to jazz it up a bit.


On top of Paz I have Sally Hansen Complete salon manicure in Right Said fred (red), OPI I just can't cope-acabana (yellow), Barry m Greenberry and Blueberry Ice Cream, Catrice Salmon and Garfunkel (peach) Barry M Berry ice cream and China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy (neon pink). For the tips I used striping tape on all the nails apart from the index which I had to freehand. 

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Twinsie Tueday - Sideways French

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If ye read my post last week you'll know this is my second attempt at a sideways french manicure. It's been a while since I used Essence hello holo so I picked that out. I wasn't sure what polish I should use as a base so I kept it neutral.  Given the fact I was using a holographic glitter I thought it might be a bit OTT if I went for a really bright base.


I have on 2 coats of Illamasqua Monogamous. I free-handed the sideways french using the regular brush that comes with the Essence Hello Holo polish. I added on a glossy topcoat. The rubber look that Illamasqua Monogamous looked a bit odd with this manicure so it was better to cover that up. 
This isn't a design I would do a lot. I'm not a fan of french manicures in general and a sideways french is pretty much the same idea. It was interesting to try it out a few times and get the hang of it at least.


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

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Love is polarized

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I thought I would get a lot more use out of China Glaze Love's a beach this summer but sadly that's not the case. It's a beautiful neon pink with lighter pink shimmer running through it. I'll probably use it far more during the winter which is a bit odd but that's what tends to happen with my neon polishes.  The formula on Love's a beach is pretty good! Two coats and it's perfect. It's dries quickly and I get a good few days wear out of it before it starts to look a bit worse for wear.


I added on China Glaze Polarized as an accent nail. The glitter in this polish is gorgeous, I really like the combination of colours. The formula isn't great. It's quite gloopy and thick so it's a tiny bit hard to work with. It does have good coverage though so one to two coats and you're good to go. I finished it off with a glossy topcoat to make the neon really stand out. 

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Side-ways french

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This was going to be a future Twinsie Tuesday post but I'm posting it today instead. I try and plan ahead some weeks and then when it gets around to writing up the post it doesn't suit the theme or I'm just not happy with the mani itself.  I like the way this looks but I think for a side-ways french manicure it should have been more curved to suit my nail shape. 


I have on 3 coats of China Glaze Kalahari Kiss. I used striping tape to mark off the edge. Colors by Llarowe Beat it is the charcoal holographic polish. It's pretty strong but it was a cloudy day so you don't really see half of the holo shining through. I think this looks pretty striking on my super short nails. I did end up growing them out a bit and trialing a square nail shape but that only lasted a week. My nails were not a fan of the shape!

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