NOTD │ Bright Summer Manicure with ORLY Terracotta, Luxe and Rage

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Hello lovelies,

here’s a manicure I’ve been wearing recently. I’ve applied two coats of Orly Terracotta nail polish (tbh reddish coral is not the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word terracotta) and then I applied one diagonal line a the tip of the nail with Orly Luxe. After it dried, I applied the other diagonal line in the opposite direction with Orly Rage.

I like how this notd turned out. Usually they are better as an idea, but this one was a success.

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xoxo Tamara

NOTD: Glitter gradient manicure with Born Pretty Store Glitter Set

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Hello lovelies,

I apologise for my absence which was due 2014 FIFA World Cup and Formula 1 being on the same weekend. I’ve spent the whole weekend in front of the TV and currently I’m waiting for the USA vs. Portugal match and I’m trying to figure out how to watch two matches simultaneously tomorrow.

Now, let’s go back to what this blog is about. Several weeks ago I received the items I’ve picked from Born Pretty Store and this 12 Bottle set of glitter* was among them. The iridescent glitter is available in many shapes – small glitter dust, hexagonal glitter, shape glitter, caviar pearls, stripe glitter and rhombus shaped glitter. Ever since I’ve gotten into nail polish I wanted to try out glitter dust and I’ve spent hours browsing the e-bay in my search, but all the results turned out to be too expensive and/or not offering a nice color variety for something I might not like.

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This set contains twelve tiny bottles and retail for $4.12. Even thought the bottles are pretty small, each contain more than enough of glitter. The glitter in my set slightly differs from the one on the site which might be due to monitor calibration. Anyway, I received the following colors: silver, yellow, green, purple, white, red, gold, turquoise, bright pink with cold undertone, orange, bright pink with warm undertone and dark blue. You can get it here and you can use my code TSG10 for 10%off.

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I decided to store the bottles in a tiny jewelry box – I removed the padding and the box turned out to be the perfect size for the bottles. This way I can keep them all in one place.

Now, onto the manicure.

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At first I planned to use the glitter over white, but in the last moment I picked Golden Rose Fantastic Color in #152. I used a flat nail art brush from e-bay to apply the glitter. I tapped the glitter, trying to create the gradient. I used yellow, orange, pink and purple glitter. I wasn’t sure how the glitter will react with the top coat, so I snapped several photos of the mani without the top coat. It’s a good thing that I did it as the top coat dulled the colour of the glitter – the iridescence makes them lean to the green side – the top coat has made this feature even more prominent.

No top coat:

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With top coat.

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I like how this manicure turned out, especially without the top coat when my nails look as if I dipped them in sugar.

xoxo Tamara

NOTD Color Club Halo Hues

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Hello lovelies,

here’s the manicure I’ve been wearing for the last week. I used Color Club Miss Bliss (pinker) and Halo-Graphic. I am again amazed by the strength of these holos and I do not regret buying them. They show the rainbow in very low light, but sunlight makes them explode – so much that my camera had a trouble capturing the beauty.

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What polishes have you been wearing?

xoxo Tamara

NOTD Essie Butler Please stamped with Color Club Antiquated (+ testing of Born Pretty stamping plate)

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Hello lovelies,

I know I have swatched Butler Please recently, but it is such a striking blue that I had to wear it again. However, I got bored quickly and couldn’t thought of how to spice up the manicure until I remembered that I have a new, never tried Born Pretty stamping plate. It is one of the big plates which you can find here for $5,99 (mine is #4).

I used Color Club Antiquated for stamping – it is pretty pigmented and transfers well. However, I’m not that happy with a manicure and that’s mostly because of the plate – the designs are simply too small and too narrow for my nails. The dimensions of the design are approximately 1,3 cm * 1 cm. At the moment, my nails are the shortest they can get and the design doesn’t even manage to cover my tiny pinky nail. It is really a shame, because the plate is good – I had no problem with picking out a design. I’m glad I didn’t pay much for it (I bought it with a credit I had), but now that I know the size, I won’t buy more.

No flash photo to show the stamping:

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Flash photo:

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Here you can see how big the whole design is on my thumb nail:

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P.S I just browsed Born Pretty site and saw that holo polishes cost well over $12. WTF?!?! I certainly won’t buy their holo polish again, especially not when I can get 15 ml of indie holos for $10.

xoxo Tamara

Valentine’s Day NOTD (OPI & New CID)

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Hello lovelies,

I hope you are enjoying Valentine’s day, whether as a couple or single.

Here’s a quick and simple Valentine’s day manicure. When I got OPI Nothin’ Mousie ‘Bout It, I knew I’ll want to use it on st. Valentine’s day. I first layered 2 coats of New CID Strawberry Gateau, followed by one coat of Nothin’ Mousie ‘Bout It. The hearts from OPI are pretty difficult to get on a brush, so I put the flaky part on all nails and then managed to fish out several hearts as an accent nail.

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And here’s my 2 in 1 gift which is both for Valentines and 8th March – Van Cleef & Arpels Precious Oud fragrance from their Collection Extraordinaire.

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Happy Valentine’s day and thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

NOTD: China Glaze Mango Madness and Eveline Mini Max #807

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Hello lovelies,

I’m still uninspired as ever when it comes to manicures – partly because of the lack of time and partly because of my laziness. This is a manicure I worn several days ago. I worn Eveline Mini Max #807 which I covered with two coats of China Glaze Mango Madness.

Mango Madness was actually a slight disappointment – from the photos I thought I was getting a flakie, but instead I got a color shifting glitter in an orangey base – it actually looks a lot like an orange version of Essence’s Party Princess. However, I love it in this combo more than I though I would.

P.S. I went a bit overboard with clean-up – the gap didn’t look so large in real life. I just can never get it right.

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Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

Quick NOTD: OPI If You Moust You Moust & Depend #363

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Hello lovelies,

I’ve been going through my photo folders looking for swatches I still haven’t published and ran into a quick manicure I did recently. I used OPI If you Moust You Moust and Depend #363 for this manicure. I actually wanted to put Depend in my “To use up” box, but first I wanted to see how it looks over lighter nail polish (you can see the swatch and how it looks over dark polish here).

I like the way it turned out. Surprisingly, Depend warmed up OPI. Here are several more photos.

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Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara