Here piggy, piggy, piggy

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A manicure without any striping tape for once! Even I needed a break from it at this point. Instead I went with my old favourite combination; polka dots and an accent nail. I picked out on of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gels in Pretty Piggy. I couldn't resist doing some nail art given the name of this polish! I have on 2 coats  of Pretty Piggy. The formula is pretty good. They are quite glossy on their own two which is great (although I've come to expect that kind of finish from Sally Hansen polishes. They are amazing)


On my other nails I have the Sally Hansen Miracle gel in Redgy. Just like Pretty Piggy I needed 2 coats for Redgy. I love these two colours together, I freehanded the pig face with a small paintbrush and Redgy, using a plain black polish and a white polish for the eyes and nostrils. I topped it off with a coat of the Miracle Gel topcoat which did make the design run a bit which was annoying. In person you don't notice it really but it still bugs me!

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So much for my Happy Ending

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Another striped manicure! I really went through a phase of using striping tape, even though it can be really frustrating to work with. I decided to mix a few different styles with this manicure. There was no real reason for this, I just thought they'd be interesting on the nail. I think it looks pretty good though.  The only annoying thing is the thickness thanks to all the glitter. It's not bad by any means but it is noticeable which kind of ruins it for me, especially on short nails. 


I started with 2 coats of Essence Happy Ending, a hot pink creme with a pretty good formula. After striping off the nail I added on Essence Time for Romance. This was pretty thick as it is an older polish. It's still beautiful though. On the other nails I didn't bother with the striping. Instead I dotted on Happy ending in a typical polka dot pattern. On the ring finger I used Essence Hello Holo for a bit of sparkle.It is a pretty busy manicure!

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Light and Dark nail art

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This is another version of the striped manicure I showed ye last week or the week before. This time I decided to play around with some textured polishes to see how they would work with this type of design. 

I started with a base of Catrice Raspberry fields forever. This looks red in the pictures but it really is a true raspberry creme. It's one of my favourite raspberry nail polishes. The formula is great! Two coats and you are good to go. Once that was dry I added on the striping tape.


On  top of Raspberry Fields Forever I added Barry m  Kingsland Road (Pink) and Station Road (yellow). The blue is Nails inc Motcomb street. The manicure came out fairly smooth despite having a mix of textured polishes in the mix. The only problem I had was in getting the lines to look crisp. The textured effect really does not work well with striping tape if you are looking for a perfectly straight line.

On the whole though I think it looks pretty ok!

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Twinsie Tuesday- Mani orders

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Today we have another "mani orders" theme for the Twinsie Tuesday group. My order came from a few people to make it a bit more interesting. In the end I was given OPI Every month is Oktoberfest, a white polish and Barry m Amethyst. 

I started with a base of OPI Every month is Oktoberfest. This is 2 coats. The formula is pretty good! Sometimes I do need to add on another coat but it's a beautiful polish and it dries quickly so the extra coat isn't really all that big of a deal.


I striped off the ring finger and added on a plain white polish on the tip and 2 coats of Barry m Amethyst to the base. I think all three polishes work pretty well together. The fact that the Barry m polish is a clear base glitter really helps. It makes it so much easier to use alongside other polishes.


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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Hay Day nail art

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I love Hay Day, it's such a fun little game. I started this manicure with 1 coat of Barry m Cyan Blue. I sponged on Barry m Blueberry Ice cream. Once that was dry I finished it off with another layer of white polish at the tips. I hate doing gradients at the best of times but it is a nightmare with blue polish! Thankfully clean up wasn't too horrific this time around.


For the chicken I kept the base plain with a coat of white polish. I freehanded the chicken using a small paintbrush. The red is Max Factor Red Passion and the orange is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Tahitian Sunset. I love the expression on the chickens face!

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Feeling Sleepy with Essence

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A quick swatch for today. This is one of the older polishes I have. Sleepy is from the Essence Snow White Collection that was released the year before last. It's a light blue creme with a hint of shimmer but it doesn't really translate onto the nails. Nevertheless it's a nice, pretty polish. I have on 3 coats as it was a tad bit streaky. 


Again I used the Essence Soft touch topcoat to seal it all in. I really like the end result. There's just somthing about matte toppers that make you nails look so eye-catching. 

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Twinsie Tuesday- Unseen University

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 I am so pleased with this weeks Twinsie Tuesday challenge. When I first read the prompt I was like "ugh this is not going to be fun" but thankfully I kept with it. I don't have a typical favourite football team BUT at the last minute I thought of Terry Pratchett's book "Unseen Academicals" which is based on the Unseen University's football team. 


I started with a base of Illamasqua Monogamous, 2 coats, on all of my nails except the middle finger. Then I striped off the nail and pained on Orly Liquid Vinyl. Again I striped off the nail and added on Max Factor Red Passion. On the middle nail I used a plain white polish. I striped it off to match the referee's shirt and painted on Orly Liquid Vinyl. I topped it off with Essence Soft Touch matte topcoat. 


I really enjoyed doing this manicure I have to say. I love the Dicworld series so any chance I get to do a Discworld themed manicure makes me pretty happy.


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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