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St Patrick’s day

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Miss Ashleigh Kryptonite KBShimmer Get Clover It Isadora Gold Crush

My St Patrick’s day mani

We don’t celebrate St Patrick’s day here in Sweden, not anything I’ve heard of, but of course I have to wear green nails today to honor all my friends all over the world that do celebrate today!  Read the rest of this entry

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Purple skittlette with a bow

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Purple skittlette

Purple skittlette

It’s time for “texture Tuesday” and today I’ve done a purple skittlette with Isadora “Fresh Linen” (from their new spring collection) on my pinkie and thumb, textured “Cotton Candy”, also from Isadora, on my long finger and pointer and Make Up Store “Lina” on my ring finger where I also placed a bow (bought from Light in the Box).

Cute and girlie

Cute and girly

I just love how this mani turned out ❤ It’s cute and girly, and yes, sometimes I like it girly even though I’m over 40 years old(!) I guess the girl in me never disappears *lol*
I love how the different purples complement each other. I like doing skittlettes, it’s a fun way wearing more than one nail polish in the same mani 🙂

Mani with a bow

Mani with a bow

I don’t know if you see that I’ve got a slightly different nail shape? I’ve filed them more rounded. Maybe I’m going for a more almond shape in the future?! The main reason for changing my squovals into this is that I had difficulty writing on the keyboard, and as I work as a secretary that’s not a good thing. So, what do you think of the new shape?

My unloved ones part 2

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Yesterday’s blog post was about my unloved polishes. I think everyone whos into nail polish has them. The polishes we have, don’t use, wont use but still can’t get rid of, they might come handy one day.

This trigged me, I thought,”hey, you must come up with something so you can use them”. So today’s blog post will be about those unloved ones but paired or altered into something better. But a few of them I can’t stand at all so those I just skip! My blog – my rules!

These are all the polishes.

My unloved ones

My unloved ones

Here we go:

I started with Kicks Nail Lacquer “Miss Preppy”, a blue shade I’ve never worn. I really don’t know, I thought it would look dull or something. I decided to pair it with a unknown (no label) Models Own polish.

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Kicks Nail Lacquer “Miss Preppy” + unlabeled Models Own

 

I started out with two coats of “Miss Preppy”. Actually, to my surprise, I liked it on it’s own!

Kicks Nail Lacquer "Miss Preppy", 2 coats, no top

Kicks Nail Lacquer “Miss Preppy”, 2 coats, no top

Then I added one coat of the unknown Models Own Polish. This turned out really good, I think.

Miss Preppy + unknown Models Own

“Miss Preppy” + unknown Models Own

Next polish I wanted to try was Isadora “City Khaki”. A khaki green polish I’ve bought on sale but never worn. I decided to pair it with KBShimmer “Spot Sign”, a glitter topper with leopard spots!

Isadora "City Khaki" + KBSHimmer "Spot Sign"

Isadora “City Khaki” + KBSHimmer “Spot Sign”

I really don’t know why I bought this polish, when would I ever wear a khaki colored polish? This polish just say nothing to me.

Isadora Wonder Nail "City Khaki"

Isadora Wonder Nail “City Khaki”

But definitely more fun with leopard spots!

Isadora "City Khaki" + KBShimmer "Spot Sign". An improvement!!

Isadora “City Khaki” + KBShimmer “Spot Sign”. An improvement!!

Next up was ESSIE “Eternal Optimist”, a vintage pinkish polish. Maybe some Rainbow Honey will cheer it up?

ESSIE "Eternal Optimist" + Rainbow Honey "Sakura Matsuri Namesake"

ESSIE “Eternal Optimist” + Rainbow Honey “Sakura Matsuri Namesake”

A nice polish, but I think it’s a “old lady shade”. Not really my cup of tea! I’ve worn it once.

ESSIE "Eternal Optimist", 2 coats, no  top

ESSIE “Eternal Optimist”, 2 coats, no top

Rainbow Honey “Sakura Matsuri Namesake” is a cute glitter topper that I think compemented the boring ESSIE.

ESSIE "Eternal Optimist" + Rainbow Honey "Sakura Matsuri Namesake"

ESSIE “Eternal Optimist” + Rainbow Honey “Sakura Matsuri Namesake”

Next up is a polish I so want to like, Isadora “Peachy Colada”. It’s really a pretty shade, but not on me, at least not when I don’t have a tan. Besides it will apply a little streaky. But everything gets better with a little “Fairy Dust” doesn’t it?!?

Isadora "Peachy Colada" + China Glaze "Fairy Dust"

Isadora “Peachy Colada” + China Glaze “Fairy Dust”

First up is two coats of “Peachy Colada”. Not a good color on me!!

Isadora "Peachy Colada", 2 coats, no top

Isadora “Peachy Colada”, 2 coats, no top

Then I put some “Fairy Dust” on … an improvement.

"Peachy Colada" fairy dusted!!

“Peachy Colada” fairy dusted!!

Finally I have a Zoya polish named “Bijou”. I bought it in USA on vacation this summer but I was so disappointed when I tried it, it is so sheer … like nothing I’ve ever tried before or after. Who would have known that such a pretty shade would be such a disaster?

Zoya "Bijou", MIYO "Venus",  Formula X "Solar Flare" and China Glaze China "Fairy Dust" ... what will I do with these?

Zoya “Bijou”, MIYO “Venus”, Formula X “Solar Flare” and China Glaze China “Fairy Dust” … what will I do with these?

I started with one coat … added second and even a third coat …

One coat, total disaster :(

One coat, total disaster 😦

Not much better with two coats ...

Not much better with two coats …

even with three coats it's too sheer

Even with three coats it’s too sheer

Three coats and still too sheer. What to do? Make a gradient of course!!

Messy before clean up, but easy with "Liquid Palisade" from Kiesque

Messy before clean up, but easy with “Liquid Palisade” from Kiesque

The finished gradient

The finished gradient

I was a bit sloppy when I made my gradient, because I had done so many swatches in a very short amount of time so I thought I’d add “Fairy Dust” on top. Every gradient becomes lovely with “Fairy Dust” 😀

A bit "Fairy Dust" added makes the gradient almost perfect!

A bit “Fairy Dust” added makes the gradient almost perfect!

This was a fun “project” to do. I challenge you to take your unloved polishes and make some nice manis with them. If you’re on Instagram please tag me on your photo of your manis with the hashtag #nillasunlovedchallenge

My unloved ones

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I was tagged by a sweet friend on Instagram to show polishes that I have in my stash that I never use, dislike but can’t get ride of or give away. They might come handy one day, you never know!?!! 😀

My unloved ones

My unloved ones

In the photo:
♦ Zoya “Bijou”, such a lovely color but too sheer formula, I’ve never used it.
Delush Polish “Moves like Jagger”, a lovely blue glitter polish, but every time I try to do a mani with it the nails get too thick and I remove it. It seems I can’t get friends with it’s formula. The swatches I seen with it is lovely though … maybe some day…
♦ Kicks Nail Lacquer “Miss Preppy”, too dull blue, I’ve never used it.
♦ ESSIE “Eternal optimist” is just the wrong color for me, I’ve worn it once.
♦ Nails Inc “Chelsea square” is a weird glitter topper(?) I haven’t figured out how to wear it and I just don’t like the polish. I don’t know why I bought it.
♦ Isadora Wonder Nail “Peachy Colada” is a gorgeous peach shade but a bit wrong for my skin tone and I don’t like the formula, it applies streaky for some reason. Creme formulas from Isadora usually is very good so I don’t know what’s wrong with this one.
♦ Isadora Wonder Nail “City Khaki” is a polish I bough on sale and I don’t know why I bought it?!? When would a wear khaki colored nail polish
♦ OPI”Muppets world tour” is really pretty but somehow I never grab that bottle when I will use a glitter polish. I’ve used this polish for my mum’s nails though.

Do you have any unloved ones?

My year in polish etc., a summary of 2014, part 2

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Here’s part 2 of my year summary of 2014.

I love apple blossom!

I love apple blossom!

May started with sunny weather and I wore appropriate apple green polish – Model City Polish “Margarita Time”. Unfortunately I didn’t post more nails on my Instagram feed 😦

In May I also got my first (and only so far) tattoo done, I got a gift certificate for a  tattoo on my birthday and now it was time to have it done. I loooooove dragonflies so of course it had to be a dragonfly tattoo!! The dragonfly symbolizes “carpe diem” to me, like YOLO (you only live once) but in a more subtle way and this is the perfect tattoo for me to remind me to live my life the way I want to live it because I only have one life …

My dragonfly tattoo

My dragonfly tattoo

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Rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom at Sofiero Castle

In June I posted more pics of polish than in May … but my nails were quite short (I hadn’t yet discovered Simply Pure Oil from Bliss Kiss).

Neon shades is part of summer so of course I had to try at least one neon from OPI’s neon collection. “Juice Bar Hopping” with white undies.

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Neon orange “Juice Bar Hopping” from OPI

I bought my very first polish from Chanel and felt very luxurious wearing it. Taboo is a gorgeous shade but it would have looked even more luxurious with longer nails.

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Chanel “Taboo”

Of course I wore indie polish as well. This is Crows Toes exclusive polish for Edgy Polish “An Edgy Ocean Dream”.

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And I rocked a gorgeous skittlette 🙂

Skittlette with Isadora "Coral Crush" and "Purple Crush" and My Ten Friends "Hailing Frequencies Open"

Skittlette with Isadora “Coral Crush” and “Purple Crush” and My Ten Friends “Hailing Frequencies Open”

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The beach in Manasquan, NJ

In July it was holiday time and the whole family flew to the States. 10 days of relaxing at the beach, shopping, going on rides at amusement parks and sightseeing.

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The swing at Jenkinsons boardwalk in NJ.

We started out in Manasquan, NJ and ended the trip with three days in the big apple, NYC.

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I came home with a lot of polish … 😀

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Some of my nail polish haul from the US

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Nubbins with Chanel “Atmosphere” and Zoya “Monet”

After my US-trip my nails were back to nubbins. I had gel nails done at a beauty salon and I can’t say that I was very pleased with the result. The day before I got back to work again I struggled for two(!) hours to get rid of them. No, gel nails isn’t my cup of tea.

In August I did my first gradient, not the best result but not the worst either.

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Gradient with ND Lacquer “Lily”, Isadora “Bridal Pink” and “Flip Flop” and Duh Nail Polish “Spotted Elephant” as accents.

I was inspired of @the_matchbook on Instagram to do apple nails. I’m so proud of this manicure. I think it’s so cute!

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Apple nails with ESSIE “Fifth Avenue” and Mavala “Wind Breeze” and some Fimo apples.

I bought some new stamping plates from Moyou and played with them. I really like these blue “roses”. It’s always nice with China Glaze “Fairy Dust” on top, don’t you think?! Any mani will look better with “Fairy Dust”! 😀

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White nail polish stamped with ESSIE “Avenue Maintain” and a coat of China Glaze “Fairy Dust”.

And it was time to bring out the more darker shades at the end of the month. I love fall colors!

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Isadora “Autumn Leaves”, a gorgeous fall color.

Stay tuned for part 3 of this year summary …

My year in polish etc., a summary of 2014, part 1

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2014 was a very special year. It was the year I really got into nail polish for real. Most pictures in this post is from Instagram taken with my mobile so the quality isn’t that good but it’ll have to do anyway.

In January I bought my first polish from OPI(!) It was “Bubblebath”, a lovely nudish pink/beige.

OPI "Bubblebath"

OPI “Bubblebath”, my first OPI polish

In January I also took my first stumbling steps into to the world of Indie polish!! I bought my first bottles of indie polish from Edgy Polish. Thank you Katarina for creating such a lovely shop!

My first nail mail from Edgy Polish, Jan 24 2014.

My first nail mail from Edgy Polish, Jan 24 2014.

In February I bought more polish of course (both mainstream and indie brands) and I also tried some nail art techniques for the very first time.

Cool/corky polish bottle from Bootie Babe. The shade is called "Butt or Brickle"

Cool/corky polish bottle from Bootie Babe. The shade is called “Butt or Brickle”

My first “ombre nails” in different blue/aqua shades.

Ombre nails with different textures in aqua shades

Ombre nails with different textures in aqua shades

My first attempt of free hand painting for Valentine’s day.

Valentine's mani, my first try out of free hand painting

Valentine’s mani, my first try out of free hand painting

Cute cat design with dotticure and free hand painting.

Cat nails inspired by @reemajarrar on IG

Cat nails inspired by @reemajarrar on IG

In March I continued to explore new techniques. I bought my first stamping plates.

Leopard nails

Leopard nails done with a Konad plate

My first Moyou plate

My first Moyou plate

A semi good result

A semi good result

In March I also turned 40 and I decided I will be “40 and fab”! I had a really good party that I will remember for the rest of my life

Party nails - A England "Perceval"

Party nails – A England “Perceval”

In April our cat Morris moved in with us. He’s a Devon Rex and he’s such a little sweetheart. He loves to sleep in bed with me under the covers, he loves to sit on our shoulders and loves cuddles.

I love you Morris!

Morris 3 months old

Morris 3 months old

Playful Morris

Playful Morris

I'm the King of this house!

I’m the King of this house!

Of course I painted my nails in April also.

Delush "Frost Bitten, Twice Shy" over Isadora "Zinfandel"

Delush “Frost Bitten, Twice Shy” over Isadora “Zinfandel”

I also bought a lot of make up.

Make up haul in April

Make up haul in April

Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 of this year summary …