Monthly Archives: April 2012

Purple & Green Neon Half Moon Manicure

Today was my first time trying out a half moon manicure. It’s a look I really like and I had two polishes I’d yet to wear that I thought would contrast well together, so I gave it a go using some clear hole reinforcement stickers I picked up from Whitcoulls. I used Color Club Twiggie (a neon light green) and Wink, Wink, Twinkle (a neon fuchsia-purple with silver glitter). I’m really happy with the result and I love the these colours together!

Click all to enlarge. The colours are more vibrant in person, the green especially is brighter. A bit too overcast to capture it today.

Twiggie has a semi-gloss finish, not quite as satin-matte as many neons are. The formula was a bit goopy and I’ll be adding some thinner to it. It also easily developed sheer spots so I had to be careful and do a little patching. I used two coats. Wink, Wink, Twinkle I really love. The silver glitter is suspended evenly throughout the base and gives a lot of depth — you get some glitter on the surface, and some with that submerged look. The formula was easy to work with, very pigmented, and it dries to a typical satin-matte with a rather novel plastic look on the nail. I used one coat over the reinforcement stickers. The Color Club brushes are decent, perhaps a little small. Because I wanted longevity in my mani — I’m going to Wellington this weekend for A Large Pink Woman‘s engagement do — I added Poshe topcoat. But I’ve included a picture hopefully showing Wink, Wink, Twinkle‘s plastic-like satin finish below.

The satin plastic-like finish of Wink, Wink, Twinkle without topcoat. Pre-cleanup.

Click here for my picture of the bottles.

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Cadbury Caramello Cuties

So, Easter nails. There are a lot about at the moment, and most seem to have some kind of spring theme. That’s understandable for the Northern Hemisphere where Easter comes from, with new growth, the return of the sun, and associated historical fertility rituals and what-have-you. Down here though, it is of course Autumn; we shouldn’t really be having any rebirth type celebration at this time of year at all. So in light of this, but still wanting to jump on some kind of bandwagon, I decided to go with a theme of delicious chocolate. My favourite Easter eggs are Cadbury Caramello Cuties, small chocolate eggs filled with caramel.  Can’t go wrong with chocolate. Unless you’re allergic to it. And that would be a tragedy.

Bright sunlight.

The base polishes I used were: China Glaze Eyes Like Sapphires (sapphire blue with a silver shimmer), OPI Dear Santa (festive red with small red and gold glitter), OPI Rising Star (a bright, coppery metallic gold), a-England Lady of the Lake (medium purple with scattered holo). For the egg wrapper dots I used Kleancolor Pearl Silver (a slightly blackened metallic silver), and for the ‘Cadbury’ text Orly White Out. The chocolate shell of the partially unwrapped egg is China Glaze Foie Gras (a dark purpled brown) and OPI Over The Taupe (a dusty, greyed milk chocolate). Everything was finished up with two coats of Poshe top coat.

Unwrapped egg! Flash photo.

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