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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Space Cadet

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The other Orly nail polish I own is Space Cadet, a duochrome polish with a sheer grey-ish base. In the bottle this is amazing. You can really see the pink/gold shift. On the nail I wasn't won over by it. It's pretty sheer so I decided to layer it over Orly Liquid Vinyl. I decided it wasn't something I would like to wear as a full manicure so I did a curtain nail design seeing as its fairly quick and easy to do.


Here I have on 2 coats of Orly Liquid Vinyl, 2 coats of Space Cadet and 1 coat of Essence Soft Touch matte topcoat. 

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A stripe of luck

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Some super short nail art for today. I started off with 2 coats of Nails inc Bluebell. Once that was fully dry (important when using striping tape!) I sectioned off the nail. I painted half of the nail using Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in "Plum Luck". On the other half of the nail I added Essence Nude it. 


I have to say I really enjoy doing this design even though it takes a bit of patience. I have done a few of these now using all different colours but I really liked this one in particular. I'd say a Christmas version would be pretty unusual if you didn't want to go for the traditional Christmas manicure. I'll probably try one out if I remember. 

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Orly Liquid Vinyl review

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I've been coming to the end of my bottle of Essence Black is back for a while and I decided it was time to try out a few other black polishes to see if any of them would fair better. I like the Essence one a lot but it seemed to get pretty bubbly towards the end which is a huge pain when you are trying to do nail art of even if you want a plain black manicure. Bubbles ruin everything! The first black I decided to try is Orly Liquid vinyl as it seems a lot of people rave about it as being a top black polish. 


Here I have on 2 coats of Liquid Vinyl on its own. The formula is quite thin and it gets really patchy. It dries pretty quickly but the finish looks awful without a topcoat,as ye can see in the swatches above. It looks so scratched and crappy and that's just after painting my nails. It doesn't hold a candle to my Essence polish. Also something weird I noticed, after a few days of wear it seemed to thin out on my nails it looked like I had bald spots even though the day before that it was perfect! It's the strangest thing.  I wouldn't waste my money on this polish. It's not worth the money or the hassle with the formula and the finish. 

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Twinsie Tuesday- Least favourite polish

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This weeks theme is to pick your least favourite polish at the moment. I picked out Catrice Captain Sparrows boat. This isn't a bad polish by any means. It photographs horribly too, it looks so much better in person. The brush strokes are magnified on camera which is a shame. It looks perfectly fine on the nail but out of all the other polishes I own, this is one of my least favourite at this very moment in time. 


I have on 3 coats of Captain Sparrows boat. The formula is fine. It's a tad on the thin side so if you have longer nails you may as well throw on 3 coats or else there will be bald spots. It has a pretty blue sheen to it in certain lighting but mostly it's a gunmetal grey colour. I don't think I'll wear it as a full manicure at the moment but it might make a fun accent nail with a glitter topper. I'll have to play around with it and see.


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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