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Tape Mani Monday: Essence sand effect polishes

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As you may be aware, Essence’s Sand Effect polishes recently made it to South Africa. There are 3 shades – a nude, a red, and a dark grey – and all 3 got added to my collection. Today I’ve done some nail art featuring the red, Me & My Lover.

essence sand effect me & my lover tape mani with pearls over tip top nail addict baby cheeks (more…)

Born Pretty Store Tribal Textures: Swatches part 1

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A few weeks ago I received my very first order from the Born Pretty Store. Of course, I couldn’t resist their textured polishes, so I got the set of 12 colours! I’ve broken the swatches down into 3 posts so I’ll show you the first 4 colours today.

Firstly, a note about the formula. It varied from one polish to another, but in general they were thick and VERY slow-drying. I recommend using these only when you have plenty of time to do your nails or they will get messed up! Some were only a little slower than normal polishes while others really took forever. Some were also thicker than others and with a creme polish there might have been a minor disaster, but it didn’t bother me all that much with the textures. I also think it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a few drops of thinner. It was mostly the darker colours (not in this post) that had the thicker formula, so these were slow-drying but not that bad. Shown below are 2 coats of each polish.

On to the polishes! First up is number 01. The polishes don’t have names, only numbers. This is a white texture with silver glitters.

botn pretty store tribal texture 01 white (more…)

Tape Mani Monday: Criss-Cross reciprocal gradient

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Another Monday… another tape mani! This is by far the best thing about Mondays!

Back before I started the blog, I tried a simple reciprocal gradient with just straight lines. I was really proud of it at the time, but unfortunately I didn’t photograph it well and I didn’t clean it up, but I loved the concept so I decided to try it again, this time with criss cross lines 🙂criss-cross tape mani reciprocal gradient with tip top nail chic grape to meet you, essie in the cab-ana, sinful colors cinderella (more…)

Galaxy Nails

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This one is coming from the vault… Back in September, when I was busy with the 31 day challenge, I forgot to copy my galaxy nail pictures from my camera. Not wanting to miss a day, I posted some pre-blog galaxy nails which were never meant to see the light of day. Somehow, I never got around to posting the galaxies I’d actually done for that day… Until now!galaxy nailsI decided to make each nail a different colour, which meant I used a LOT of polishes. I have seen some incredible galaxy nails and these can’t compare, but I was pretty happy with them at the time – perhaps just because I love being colourful!


Guest Post: Siobhan from For the Love of Nail Art

Hi everyone! Today I have another AMAZING guest post for you. Siobhan from For the Love of Nail Art has done some really beautiful nails for this post 🙂 She is another South African nail art blogger and I LOVE her blog, I highly recommend you go check it out! On to the nails!


Fearless Butterflies and Sugar Skulls

I don’t get asked every day for guest posts from people who aren’t close friends so it was an incredible honour when Kerry asked me to write for her, purely because I’d been following her for a little while and got to love all her art because she’s so fearless. She’s making water marble her biatch!


Denim Zip Nails

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Ahhh, Friday! Almost time for another chilled out weekend 🙂 In that spirit, I’ve got some fun denim nails to show you today. Tip top Rikki Brest I Luv Denim duoFor this, I used the Tip Top Rikki Brest I Luv Denim polish duo. I don’t usually like duos since I prefer the normal bottles, but when I saw this one I couldn’t resist. I am in love with these colours, especially the darker one. I think the finish is what is usually referred to as ‘satin’ – it’s neither matte nor shiny – and really helps to bring the denim vibe across.


October Tri-Polish Challenge Part 4: Halloween

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This is the fourth and final manicure for this month’s tri-polish challenge using orange, yellow and green. Halloween isn’t really a ‘thing’ here in South Africa, but for those of you that it’s a bigger deal for, Happy Halloween! And enjoy my Halloween-y nails!sponged essence colour & go flashy pumpkin, wanna be your sunshine, and we rock the green, stamped with tip top nail chic armourplate and essence stamp me! black with plate QA26 (more…)