My Halloween manicure

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I think this is the first time I have ever done a Halloween manicure that I actually wore on both hands for Halloween.  I did a mix and match each nail just to make it a bit more interesting. I don't think this would work for normal everyday manicures but it's nice to push out the boat a bit. 
I started off with 2 coats of China Glaze Riveting on my index and pinky finger. On the middle and ring finger I have on a plain white base.

 For the witch hat I used Essence Black is back and OPI Goldeneye (just like the manicure from Wednesday). 
The monster is done using Essence Black is back and China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard (an excellent polish for the monster! It made him stand out and it looked like it was glowing) 
The spider is just Essence Black is back and Kiss nail art striper in Silver. Pretty basic.
For the pumpkin I used NYC High line green and Essence black is back for his face.


It didn't really take all that long to do this manicure. I think using the right base colour makes it so much easier. I did the exact same design on my other hand and I love the way it turned out. Although I'm not a huge Halloween fan I must admit the nail designs are really interesting (even though people assume you bought stick on nails and refuse to even entertain the idea that you painted them yourself! I suppose that's a pretty nice compliment to get)

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A Halloween gradient

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A not so obvious Halloween manicure for today. I tried my least favourite nail art look. I like the overall look of it but I hate doing it. It's messy and rarely turns out the way I want it to. I based it on the basic colours of a punpkin. I have to say I do like the overall look but not enough to make it a weekly thing. 

Using a make-up sponge I mixed Nails inc Atomic and OPI I just can't cope-acabana. It took a few layers to build up the colours making them opaque. It's probably better to layer them over a white base. It just makes life a whole lot easier. To make it all gel together I added on a matte topcoat.


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Witch hat nail art

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Keeping on with the Halloween theme I decided to try out some witches hats. You only need striping tape and a little paint brush for this manicure and you can pick whatever nail polish combination you like. I went with a textured polish, a creme and a glitter.

 I started with 3 coats of Zoya Beatrix. I waited a good while to let that dry as it isn't the quickest drying polish in the world. Using 3 stripes of tape (two down in the shape of a triangle and one across marking the brim of her hat) I painted on Essence Black is back. Once that had dried I used a small paint brush and added on the buckle using OPI Goldeneye.


I love this manicure. It was a bit time consuming but that was mainly down to Zoya Beatrix taking so long to dry. I have tried it with other polishes and it didn't take half the time. 

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Twinsie Tuesday- halloween theme!

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This weeks theme is a bit odd. I don't think I have ever been scared or creeped out by a nail design so I just went with a basic Halloween theme. I tried something different and I picked out an Alien design that I though would look pretty interesting. 

I started off with 2 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Blue Streak. Once that had dried I used a dotting tool and added in Catrice Acid/ Dc for the head, a basic white polish for the eye-ball and Essence Black is back for the pupil. I topped it off with a coat of Essence Soft touch matte topcoat.


I'm really pleased with the way it turned out! It's a nice easy design to do too. I'm not a fan of Halloween but it's fun to do themed nail art for the occasion.


 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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A whimsical accent

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I found these pictures of a manicure I did a while back. I think these were for a Twinsie Tuesday post but I ended up changing them at the last minute. Not sure why but there you go. The teal polish is the aptly named "Teal" by Barry m. This is 3 coats with a matte topcoat. Unfortunately I banged one of my fingers off of the camera just before I took these pictures and I ended up with a gouge on my index finger. 


The middle nails are made up of 1 coat of Barry m Cyan Blue followed by one coat of Whimsical nail polish by Pam in "Seuss". Again I topped this off with a matte topcoat. Pretty simple manicure but mixing two different polishes makes it stand out a bit more. 

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Seeing Stars

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This was supposed to be a future Book Look manicure but it didn't come out the way I had envisioned. I hate when that happens! It all looks grand in your head but on the nail it looks like a huge mess. I did end up cutting some of the stars in half so they would fit on my nail. Sometimes having short nails is a pain when you are trying to add on some 3d bits.


I started off with 2 coats of Catrice Lucky in Lilac. I added a single star onto each nail. For the accent nail I put on a couple of pink ones and finished it off with a matte topcoat. I put on a clear topcoat on the other nails. I do think the matte look suits those 3d stars. It kills some of the shine  that the stars had so they are easier to distinguish.

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Plumdog Millionaire

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Easily one of my favourite polishes at the moment, Catrice Plumdog Millionaire is the most recent addition to my stash. I think it's one of the most unique textured polishes I have come across given the mix of glitters that sparkle beautifully on the nail. When I saw this in person I knew I would be getting it, The pictures don't do it justice (which is odd as my camera is usually pretty good with this shade of purple) but trust me, if you come across this polish you really need to get it.


I have on 3 coats of Plumdog Millionaire. I have to say I'm not keen on the name. It's not the best one they've come up with! The polish is amazing though. The end result isn't really gritty. I'd say it dries a bit bumpy but it's not hugely noticeable. The wear time is outstanding. I wore this for a week straight and only ended up with tipwear at the end. It's all the more amazing given the fact that I was incredibly hard on my nails that week. I was sure I'd have to change my nails after a day or two but it was perfect. 


This is how plumdog millionaire looks with a topcaot. You can see the gorgeous blue and pink glitters more so here. You can see the glitters without a topcoat but they really stand out here, like a little galaxy on your nails. These pictures were taken at the end of the week, just before I took the polish off. See what I mean about the wear? I could easily wear them for another couple of days without a bother. Honestly one of the nicest polishes I have bought in a long while. I think it's pretty appropriate for Halloween too!


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