I love pigs, I’m slightly obsessed with them. One day I will have a pet pig — maybe a kunekune like I used to play with when I was a rural kid — and will basically exist in a state of perpetual squee. So, I decided to do myself a pig-themed manicure and get some practice in with my dotting tools and free-handing.
I made the mud splatters with various sizes of dotting tool (US$2.15 with free shipping for a pack of 5 from this ebay seller), the pig with a mix of dotting tools and fine-tipped brushes (US$2.84 pack of 15 mixed, ditto) and added the light blue holo hearts (US$1.49 for wheel of 12 colours, ditto) using an orange stick with a little base coat on it to make it sticky. I love the result!
For the ring fingers of both hands I used 2 coats of OPI Over The Taupe (a milk chocolate with a hint of grey), and on the rest of my nails 3 coats of NYX Girls Girly (a vibrant candy pink that can apply a bit sheer). The pig’s body is NYX Girls Sweetest Pink (a baby pink that builds to opaque) with OPI It’s All Greek to Me ears and nose (a vivid, hot fuchsia shimmer with a reddish tint). I dotted Orly White Out eyes, and Over The Taupe pupils and nose holes (and mud splatters).
I’m still using my Seche Vite top coat until my bottle of Poshe arrives (the smell of SV has really started getting to me, and apparently Poshe does the same shiny quick-drying job while being 3-free). I’ve switched base coats, however, to Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat. I’m getting far less staining and darker polishes are much easier to remove. It’s a bottle I bought in a chemist a while ago and then forgot about, unopened, in a drawer *cough*. Apparently it doesn’t work so well as a top coat, but I love its brush. Truly, it has the perfect wide flat brush. The same can’t be said for NYX Girls polishes’ tiny brushes, but I love their colours and they’re cheap and good quality so I’ll deal.