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A cat For Audrey

A bit long time no see. I’ve been a tad neglectful, a combination of forgetting to photograph manis before they chipped, my nails being manky from a lot of household work, and being completely uninspired by recently released polish collections. Seriously, just as one example what is up with the Amazing Spiderman Collection? I recoiled in horror at that coral frost. Paraphrasing a tweep, the only thing those shades have in common is that they all belong in the same clearance bin.

But anyway, on to my mani for today’s post. I’ve worn China Glaze’s For Audrey before as a water marble. It’s such a great shade I’m happy to wear it again and again! I really didn’t know if I’d like it initially — it’s very gimicky and I’m not into the whole Tiffany/Audrey Hepburn thing — but on the nail it is the most perfect shade of ‘Tiffany blue’ (i.e. a dusty baby blue/turquoise). I believe that those in the know don’t consider it an absolute dead-on dupe for the store’s patented shade, but it’s good enough.

For Audrey is more dusty and less bright in person, but my camera won’t capture that. Click all to enlarge.

For Audrey is an older China Glaze colour and has a great formula. Despite being light in colour it’s opaque in two easy coats. I used my regular Posche top coat and drew the design using my dotting tools and the following polishes: China Glaze Liquid Leather (black), NYX Girls My Sunshine (yellow – the moon), Orly White Out (white – cat’s eyes), Kleancolor Bite Me (red glitter – cat’s collar) and Kleancolor Pearl Silver (metallic silver – collar tag). I left my left (dominant) hand free of any designs out of both time constraints (friends stayed with us this weekend) and wanting to grab a photo of For Audrey by itself.

Inspired by one of my beloved boys, who wears a red collar.

This photo shows For Audrey‘s colour the most accurately, but it’s still more dusty in person.

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Grey Glitter Gradient

Grey day, grey nails. I don’t usually go for a large amount of grey and NYX Girls Perfect Gray was supposed to be my base colour for a tape mani, but when I saw it on my nails I fell in love. As my husband said, it’s a really elegant shade. I had to jazz it up a bit though, with a glitter gradient using NYX Girls Spot Light. I did this with the polish brush, it’s easy enough without having to tear up makeup sponges for a true gradient mani (the brush technique is the same as used for doing ‘syrup nails’).

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Perfect Gray was opaque in three coats and the formula was extremely easy to work with. It’s a shade darker on the nail than in the bottle, a dove grey with a hint of blue. Like rain clouds. This is also the first mani I’ve done that’s needed absolutely no cleanup (my practice is paying off).

Spot Light is one of my favourite glitters. The sliver hexagonal and small square glitter pieces flash rainbow holo and are densely packed into a clear jelly base. The holo appears in all lighting conditions, it’s the same on the nail as in the bottle, and it’s really easy to apply. I dabbed a bit but needed no fishing — the brush is covered in an even mix of glitter with each dip. The glitter pieces sit smooth on the nail with very little effort. I almost can’t believe such a great glitter polish was so cheap (US$1.99). This manicure was finished up with two coats of Poshe.

Hex and baby square glitter. In shade.

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