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Fishnets and Desserts

I wasn’t feeling well the other day so decided to do my nails to perk myself up. Turns out this was a bad idea, as I screwed up my first three manis (I’m stubborn…), got very grumpy, and had to do something quick as I’d run out of time. This is what resulted. It’s a freehand fishnet stocking design with black french tips, and fimo dessert nail art decals I bought on ebay. As yet I don’t have any stamping equipment so freehanding it is. While being far from my best work it was fun to wear, good practice, and I didn’t mind that it was a tad uneven; I just thought of the stockings as being slightly laddered. Maybe there was a fight to be first to the desserts. Er, not that I’d do that…

I used: base coat of Sally Hansen Double Duty, 3 coats NYX Girls Bella (a classic sheer ‘French manicure’ pink), China Glaze Liquid Leather for fishnet details and tips, Seche Vite top coat. Bella‘s brush is the standard small NYX Girls brush, but I don’t mind it. It’s no OPI pro wide — though you’re not paying OPI prices either — but it’s easy to handle and lets me be quite accurate as long as I work fairly fast (though I also don’t feel rushed by it).


Click all to enlarge. Outdoors, overcast light.

Shown holding NYX Girls Bella.

My favourite nail - the cupcake. Indoors, halogen light.

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Muddy Pink Pig

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.

Click all to enlarge.

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).

On my left (dominant) hand, the pig's back-end.

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