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Not Another Springtime Mani!

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Gothic Gradient Nail Art

I am so thoroughly not in the mood for “spring” nails! Pastel, pastel shades everywhere!

It’s definitely Spring, the plants are growing, the birds are singing and my cherry tree is covered in lovely flowers.

But I still want to paint my nails black! 🙂

This mani has roses, that’s kind of springtime(ish) yeah?

Gothic Gradient Nail Art

The gradient is Seance from Illamasqua, and Evil from NYC, the image is from Moyou stamping plate Gothic 03 and Hit The Bottle Black as Night.

I finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite then a layer of Illamasqua matte topcoat.

Gothic Gradient Nail Art

I realized earlier (while I was doing a spot of gardening) That my nails are to long! This is a bit gross but I could probably grow a decent sized potato from the amount of soil I had to clear out from under them! It’s also becoming increasingly challenging to pick up small things lol!

I almost chopped them all off earlier, but, I thought it would be fun to try some other nail shapes before I do! 😀

Dotty Watermarble Nail Art

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Dotty Watermarble Nail Art

My nails today where a bit of an experiment, I needed to something to take my mind off something rather upsetting that happened yesterday.

But nails first! I’ll say a little about what happened at the end of this post.

Dotty Watermarble Nail Art

I started off with a simple black and white french tip, I used A England Camelot and SinfulColors Snow Me White. Then using a large dotting tool I added the first layer of dots along the line of the french tip, then using a medium sized dotting tool I added the next lot of dots. After they had dried I applied a thick layer of Seche Vite.

For the watermarble I used OPI Color Paints. Magenta Muse, Purple Perspective and Turquoise Aesthetic. Then I finished it off with a coat of Illamasqua Matte Topcoat.

This mani ended up being way better than I was expecting! But you could get the same effect by stamping over a watermarble lol.

Dotty Watermarble Nail Art

My unhappy news (I’m not going to be offended if you want to stop reading now).

I had to have one of my Ratties euthanized yesterday 😦 Wednesday night he lost the ability to stand and started having seizures.

It my vet said that it looked likely that he had a very aggressive brain tumor, and that his symptoms would only get worse.

I know having him pts was the kindest thing to do, but I’m still shocked at how quickly it happened. Up until Wednesday he was one of the biggest, strongest, healthiest, bouncy ratties that lived here with me.

It’s very sad but I know he’s not in pain, and that he’s had the best life that I could provide.

Sleep well Mr. Seth. I’m going to miss you little buddy.

Purple Glittery Leopard Print!

Hey! 🙂

purple leopard print nail art

This is my first attempt at freehand leopard print! It seems odd that this is something I haven’t tried before, I think it’s because I have quite a few stamping plates with a leopard pattern.

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out, it’s not perfect, and my silver lines are a little bit wobbly, but I think that adds to the charm lol!

purple leopard print nail art

This is the stuff I used,

  • Sinful Colors – Mauve
  • Color Club – The Uptown
  • Chanel – Vendetta
  • China Glaze – I’d Melt Fop You
  • Seche Vite
  • Illamasqua Matte Topcoat
  • Thin Nail Art Brush

purple leopard print nail art

This took less than 10 minutes to finish, I think if I had chosen to do smaller spots it would have taken quite a bit longer. 🙂

I have to say I’m feeling a lot better, I think the horrid ills have finally gone! Yay! 😀


I’m Still Ill!

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I'm Ill Nail Art

Ugh I’m still ill! So far this year I have only felt well for around half a day (yeah, I know there have only been six days of this year so far) :/ and it sucks!

So here are some “I’m Ill and feel like poop” nails.

I'm Ill Nail Art

The base colour is Zombie Flesh from Dollish Polish. then I used Plate MM25 along with Hit The Bottle Black for the microbes.

The Bio hazard symbol is from Bundle Monster BM-418 I used Aglaia and Arete both from the 2true Metallica Collection. I did start off trying to line them up, but that didn’t really work.

I finished it off with a layer of Seche Vite then a coat of Illamasqua Matte topcoat.

I'm Ill Nail Art

I’m going to go back to being wrapped up in blankets on my sofa!

I hope you are having a much healthier week than me! 🙂

Born Pretty Cuticle Tattoo Review


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born pretty cuticle tattoo

Today I have my not so good experience with these cuticle tattoo things to share with you…

These have been sent to me for review from Born Pretty

The product is available here Cuticle Tattoo and if you use the discount code RPG10 you’ll get 10% off your order! 🙂

born pretty cuticle tattoo

So, how did I get on with this product? As you can see from the picture, not amazingly well!

born pretty cuticle tattoo

I followed the instructions on the packet, and I don’t know what was wrong, but the little tattoos did not want to stay where I put them.

I’ve never had to do fake tattoo herding before, hopefully it’s something I’ll not have to do again!

They just kept on lifting up at the edges, and then sticking to anything I tried to use to get them back to where they where supposed to be.

born pretty cuticle tattoo review

I have to say I’m not a fan of the shininess, maybe a little dab of translucent face powder would fix it. But then again my nail polish is matte which could be accentuating the glossiness.

The cuticle tattoos where really easy to remove, they came straight off when I washed my hands!

I have actually been putting off writing this post since last week, I don’t think I would have been so ummm diplomatic (lol) with my description of this product if I had written about it straight away.

Then it occurred to me (while I was typing) that these do have a redeeming use!

born pretty cuticle tattoo review

They do make really pretty half moon nail decals! 😀

Nude and White Matte Gradient

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Matte Nude Gradient Nail Art

After all the Halloween craziness I realized that my brain and my nails needed a bit of a rest, so for the past few days I have been wearing this very neutral gradient!

Matte Nude Gradient Nail Art

There is a little tip wear but it’s surprisingly not too bad, especially seeing as I have been scrubbing fish tanks and gardening!

I used three polishes for this, Modern Love from Deborah Lippmann, Snow Me White from Sinful Colors, and Illamasqua Matte Topcoat.

Matte Nude Gradient Nail Art


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