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St. Patrick's Day 2014

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By A Lacquered Affair · March 17, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

aka St. Paddy's Day
"Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland." - Wikipedia

Hello lovelies!

This is the third consecutive  year I've done a St. Patrick's Day manicure. What can I say? I love the luscious green, love it paired with gold and love the tradition and folklores.

This year, I've gone a little simpler. My previous manis in 2012 are here, and 2013 here.

The polishes involved in this year's mani are:
Polishes for St. Patrick's Day 2014 Mani
(from left)
♥ Essence Sure Azure
♥ Essence Bashful (Snow White collection)
♥ Girly Bits Magically Delicious
♥ a-england Dragon (top)
♥ a-england Holy Gail (revamped, bottom)
♥ Essence 04 One Kiwi A Day (Fruity collection)
Base for St. Patrick's Day Mani
The base layers:
♥ Index and pinky: 3 coats Girly Bits Magically Delicious
♥ Middle: 3 coats sponged gradient with Essence 04 One Kiwi A Day and Sure Azure
♥ Ring: 2 coats Essence Bashful

Girly Bits Magically delicious has a light green jelly base, and if not for the concentration of glitter, the nail line would have been more visible. I'm not too concerned about it, and love this polish on its own. The large square gold glitter did require some skillful fishing to get it out of the bottle. It had to be positioned on the flatest part of the nail, or the edges stick out, like it did on my index fingernail.

Essence Bashful applied seamlessly in 2 coats. Love the gold shimmer peeking through the forest green.

Over the middle and ring fingers, I stamped images from Bundle Monster BM-H05, from the holiday 2013 collection - clover leaves with a-england Dragon and a Celtic knot in a-england Holy Grail.

The finished look, topped with 1 coat of Cult Nails Wick Fast topcoat (I've re-discovered my love for this topcoat):
St. Patrick's Day Inspired Mani 2014The clover leaves did not transfer onto the stamper and nail fully. I'm still in need of a lot of practice (or magical skills from the stamping divinities that be).

So, how is everyone celebrating St. Patrick's Day, and what's on your nails?

Till the next post, sláinte!

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Polish Days #12: The Number 5

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By A Lacquered Affair · May 8, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

| faɪv |
"Five is a number, numeral, and glyph. It is the natural number following 4 and preceding 6." - Wikipedia

It's another Polish Days post once again, where, once a month, a nail polish obsessed group of bloggers crack our heads about a theme set by Hannah/ Polly Polish, and post our interpretations in synchronicity.

Hmm, once a month...this is the 12th installment...Polish Days is 1! *glitter/ confetti/ speckles/ feathers in the air*

And the theme for this month is anything revolving around the number 5. Even Sesame Street can be considered!
Polish Days #12: The Number 5While thinking of the nail design for this theme, I searched on the various ways the number 5 is represented or illustrated. And so came about the introduction image above, made up of the various representations of 5. There's Latin, Greek, Tamil, Korean, Thai, binary and even a barcode. But there's no way I was going to toil over freehanding some of those symbols on my nails. (Okay, time was short too.)

I went for a straightforward, minimalistic approach this time round, and decided to illustrate 5 common ways of conveying the number 5. Narrowed down to these on all 5 nails:

Polish Days #12: The Number 5Clockwise from the thumb: 5 o'clock, face of a dice, counting days in prison/ captive, 5 fingers, roman numeral 5.

Polishes/ materials used:
♥ Base coat - NailTek Foundation III
♥ ManGlaze Matte Is Murder - 2 coats
♥ ManGlaze Mayonnaise - 3 coats
♥ Black felt tip marker

I went matte all the way with the matte maestro (ManGlaze) to give a classroom and street feel to the mani, a mix of child's play and juvenile. The marker was used over the 3 nails with white Mayonnaise as base, and Mayonnaise was used over Matte Is Murder on nails with black base.

On the index finger, Mayonnaise was applied thicker, so when semi-dry, the dots sink in with slight pressure applied with the felt tip marker, like a dice.

Last look:
Polish Days #12: The Number 5, with ManGlazeSee, even Joe Simko's illustration on ManGlaze Mayonnaise's bottle wants in on this Polish Days action with her five fingers/ nails.

In case you're curious, ManGlaze is available on their website or Amazon. They do not ship internationally, but international folks can get their fix from Shoppe Eclecticco.

This Polish Days theme opens a very wide door for interpretation. Wondering what the other lovelies came up with? Check them out below..

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Till the next post, toodles! *gives a 5-finger wave*

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Polish Days #11: 7 Deadly Sins

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By A Lacquered Affair · April 10, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

7 Deadly Sins
"The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, is a classification of objectionable vices (part of Christian ethics) that have been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct Christians concerning fallen humanity's tendency to sin. The currently recognized version of the sins are usually given as wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony." - Wikipedia

Welcome to another Polish Days post! This is the 11th installment and I still get excited for every new monthly theme. And this month's theme is WICKED!

Polish Days: 7 Deadly  SinsThe 7 Deadly Sins; where ever does Hannah (Polly Polish) come up with the inspirations?

Keeping it short and (hopefully) simple this installment. Oh, guess the quotes from shows and lyrics I added for kicks, if you can. *wink*

Let's start with...

Polish Days: 7 Deadly  Sins, Wrath"You people seem to respond best to violence."

Featuring:
♥ a-england Lancelot
♥ a-england Camelot
♥ Red acrylic paint
♥ Loose red hex glitter

The red glitter peeking through the near opaque, blackest red Lancelot depicts anger seething. I tried stamping a shattered image with red acrylic paint on the middle finger, but that didn't work out. Painted over it instead, with the red raging eye on the ring finger.

Polish Days: 7 Deadly  Sins, Gluttony"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!"

Featuring:
♥ a-england Camelot
♥ Rainbow Honey Hoof Wrassle

Went with a drip mani, which reminds me of sickly rich, thick sauce. Love the golden shimmer and glitter bits in that burnt orange Hoof Wrassle! THe cupcake was stamped with BM-307, one of my glutton obsessions.

Polish Days: 7 Deadly  Sins, Greed

“What’s worth doing is worth doing for money.”</p>

Featuring:
♥ a-england Camelot
♥ a-england Holy Grail (new edition)
♥ Coloured rhinestones

Gold and gems. Who doesn't need more?

Polish Days: 7 Deadly  Sins, Envy"Girls want to be her. Boys want to be with her."

Featuring:
♥ a-england Tess d'Ubervilles
♥ a-england Camelot
♥ Green acrylic paint

'Eye' envy... freehanded.

Polish Days: 7 Deadly  Sins, Sloth"Today I don't feel like doing anything. I just wanna lay in my bed."

Featuring:
♥ a-england Galahad
♥ a-england Morgan le Fay
♥ White acrylic paint
♥ Black acrylic paint

White acrylic paint and Morgan le Fay were dabbed on lightly with a Q-tip. Freehanded 'he-who-lazes-all-day,all-seasons-with-his-mind-in-the-clouds'.

Polish Days: 7 Deadly  Sins, Lust"Is it lust, or is it love?'

Featuring:
♥ a-england Lady of Shalott
♥ a-england Tristam
♥ Red acrylic paint

Attempted a fishnet stocking effect by stamping an image from BM-310 with Tristam on the middle finger. Hmm, that didn't work out. *blows kisses*

Last, but not least...

Polish Days: 7 Deadly  Sins, Pride"Mirror, mirror, on the wall..."

Featuring:
♥ a-england Ophelia
♥ a-england Princess Sabra
♥ a-england Camelot
♥ Darling Diva Polish Dangerous Driver
♥ Gloss 'n Sparkle Purpetual Darkness

A glitter gradient (my fave!) of Purpetual Darkness over Ophelia on the index and middle fingers. A hand mirror with Tristam and Dangerous Driver over Camelot on the ring finger, and Purpetual Darkness over Dangerous Driver on the pinky.

It was difficult to decide to remove 'Pride'. Love deep, dark purple combinations. After all, pride is the root of all sins. What is/are yours?

Check out what these lovely sinners have to share:

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Have a great mid-week!!

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Polish Days #10: Vintage

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By A Lacquered Affair · March 13, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

| vin-tij |
"representing the high quality of a past time" - Dictionary.com
Polish Days: Vintage"A new post so soon?" Why, yes, lovelies! Couldn't miss this March installment of Polish Days. This month's theme is Vintage. This can be interpreted in a couple of ways - a vintage polish, print, object, trend or decade.

The Inspiration
| ke-bah-ya |
"A Kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination that originates from Indonesia and worn by women in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore, southern Thailand. It is sometimes made from sheer material such as silk, thin cotton or semi-transparent nylon or polyester, adorned with brocade or floral pattern embroidery. Kebaya usually worn with a sarong or batik kain panjang, or other traditional woven garment such as ikat, songket with a colorful motif." - Wikipedia

I was inspired by the Peranakans - descendants of 15 - 16th century Chinese immigrants to this part of the world, British-colonised Malaya (now known as Malaysia and Singapore independently). This unique community became very localised and, through intermarriages, adopted the customs of the Malay Archipelago.

There are several styles of the kebaya, still worn today in ceremonies, special events or daily lives. Many regional designers still draw inspiration from this traditional wear, but I was drawn to this elegant-looking one:

The Manicure
This mani was almost given the 'Outtakes' stamp of disapproval. I'm not thrilled about it, but I didn't have the energy to re-do it. So here it goes...

Very much like putting the kebaya ensemble on, the first step is an underwear. And this is OPI Malaysian Mist (what an apt polish name for this purpose!):

OPI Malaysian MistIndex finger and pinky: 2 coats, middle and ring finger: 1 coat</p> <p>

I rarely wear clean nudes when there are so many interesting choices, so I'm surprised how much I'm liking Malaysian Mist.

Over this, a combination of polishes were used to layer over the corset and kain batik (the bottom wrap).
Polish Days: VintageHere's the breakdown:
Corset - Zoya Kennedy topped with OPI Designer...De Better!
Batik - Serum No.5 Call It A 'Treuse, lines using acrylic paint, dotted with Isadora Forest (thanks to a dear friend, My Nail Polish Online)

Elegant, it is not. The batik portion of the mani turned out looking abstract and off, far from anything resembling a batik print. For the life of me, I can not have the steady hand to freehand details on such a small space. How some nail artists do it to perfection is an absolute amazement!

The next step was fun, though initially nerve-wrecking as it's by luck if the effect came out right or not - stamping.
Kebaya-inspired nail art for Polish Days VintageSheer kebaya - Topshop White Witch, a sheer white that reflects purple iridescence, filled with tiny gold flakies
Floral-patterned embroidery - OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls stamped with BM-312
All nails topcoated with INM Northern Light Hologram Top Coat "Gold"

Close-ups:

Kebaya-inspired nail art for Polish Days VintageIndex finger: 'Sheer kebaya top with floral-patterned embroidery'
Kebaya-inspired nail art for Polish Days VintageMiddle finger: 'Sheer kebaya top with floral-patterned embroidery over kain batik'
Kebaya-inspired nail art for Polish Days Vintage
Ring finger: a sparkly 'kain batik, with scallop hem of the kebaya blouse peeking'

Last look:

Kebaya-inspired nail art for Polish Days VintageKebaya-inspired nail art for Polish Days Vintage

I saw thumbnail previews of the other lovely participants' nails, and I'm so excited to check them out. Feast your eyes:

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What vintage look would you like to have/ have you done on your nails?

Till the next post, lovelies...

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Polish Days #9: Nature

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By A Lacquered Affair · February 6, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

| ney-cher |
"Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic." - Wikipedia

Polish Days: Nature
A big HELLO lovelies!

I've not been able to blog for what seems like eons. I've got a couple of posts drafted but could never complete them decently to hit that 'Publish' button. And now, another Polish Days is already here! I missed the previous one due to a trip to Hong Kong, so I'm determined not to miss this one.

This month's theme was inspired by (or a show of disdain for) the weather situation. It's been snowing unexpectedly for some, hot for others. Here in Singapore, there was a bout of very rainy days, then hot and humid again.

Before we go into the actual mani, I have to share my love for this polish - OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, the base for this mani. It was highly recommended by Polish Me, Please on several occasions. I'm close to ditching Alpine Snow, and wanted to give it a try. It did not disappoint!

OPI My Boyfriend Scales WallsSeen here in 2 coats without topcoat, this off-white creme applied much better than Alpine Snow. Just a tad streaky on the first coat, but leveled out with a second coat.

The Inspiration
I cracked my head several times with this theme. The intepretation and possibilies are wide! It's a double-edged sword, but that's the beauty of Polish Days.

I knew I wanted colours, so...

Polish Days: NatureTopped with 1 coat of Seche Vite

The splotches of colours were dabbed on using Q-tips. The red, orange and yellow represent the tropical heat, where flora still flourishes, represented by green.
The middle finger is pretty much our local climate, I guess; hot, wet (blue) but with much greenery all year round.
It ends with the pinky being painted with a picture of cold, wet and dark. Mother Nature is depicted by stems and tree trunks. She can be light and fluffy, or menacing at times.
The mani ended up having an abstract look, which grew on me.

Close-ups:

Polish Days: NatureIndex finger (before topcoat)
Polish Days: NatureMiddle finger
Polish Days: NaturePinky

All colours were applied using acrylic paint.

Keeping it short because I've got to get packing for another trip.

To all those celebrating the Chinese New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!
And I still won't be around, so Happy Valentine's Day to all in advanced! Be back soon! Till then, have a wonderful February!

Here are the other lovelies and their take on Back To Nature:

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Polish Days #7: Bling

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By A Lacquered Affair · December 5, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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"expensiveand flashy jewellery, clothing, or other possessions... also bling-bling, by 1997 U.S. rap slang, "wealth, expensive accessories", a sound suggestive of the glitter of jewels and precioud metals" - Dictionary.com

Well, lovelies, here we are at a new Polish Days post. Wasn't it just last week that I did one? I swear I thought I did. *scratches head*

Hannah (Polly Polish) recently got engaged! While brainstorming for ideas for the next Polish Days, her fiance guided her to this month's theme, Bling (in reference to her acquired dream ring). This leaves lots of room to play with, whether to go festive and Christmas-y, or just all glittered and flashy.

My take:
Polish Days Bling-spiration

Estessimo TiNS The Spicy PinwheelEstessimo TiNS The Spicy PinwheelEstessimo TiNS The Spicy PinwheelNails Inc. Burlington Arcade over Estessimo TiNS The Spicy PinwheelNails Inc. Burlington Arcade over Estessimo TiNS The Spicy PinwheelNails blinged up with rhinestonesBling around a heartPolish Days: Bling
Something's different from the usual posts. I can't quite put my finger on it.

Anyway, most importantly, if you're cringing from the flashiness, my work is done. Here are the other lovelies getting their bling on:

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Have a good midweek folks!

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Polish Days #6: MAN-icure

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By A Lacquered Affair · November 7, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Movember
"...(a portmanteau of the word moustache and "November") is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives... The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health." - Wikipedia

Polish Days MAN-icure

I'm back with another Polish Days post, lovelies! I'm always anticipating a new theme, and seeing the varied intepretations translated on the nails. This month's is no exception.

So, last month was largely about Breast Cancer Awareness, and we were overwhelmed with lots of pink manicures in support of the cause. It's the guys' turn this month, where the Movember movement takes place, and moustahes (or the depiction of) in all forms takes the stage. In support, this month's Polish Day's theme celebrates men - MAN-icure. (I can't help but read it as 'Man I Cure", hehe.)

I've decided to go with the more obvious and spot a moustache, or 4, on my nails. This is the polish crew involved in this MAN-icure:

Etude House Lucid Darling Sparkling 01, Estessimo TiNS 033 The Spicy Pinwheel, ManGlaze Matte Is Murder, Jade PsicodelicaFrom left: Etude House Lucid Darling Sparkling 01, Estessimo TiNS 033 The Spicy Pinwheel, ManGlaze Matte Is Murder, Jade Psicodelica

Of course, I had to throw in a ManGlaze...it befits the theme!
(ManGlaze and Jade were purchased from Shoppe EClecticCo, in case you're interested.)

Polish Days MAN-icure, Movember

The breakdown:
(all over 1 coat of Poshe 4-in-1 Strengthening Basecoat)

Index - 1 coat Lucid Darling Sparkling 01, 1 coat TiNS 033 The Spicy Pinwheel, moustache - black acrylic paint
Middle - 2 coats Matte Is Murder in a sponged gradient over 3 coats Psicodelica
Ring - 3 coats Psicodelica in a sponged gradient over 1 coat Matte Is Murder
Pinky - 2 coats Matte Is Murder, moustache - Lucid Darling Sparkling 01

The gritty surface of the index finger with the fine but dense glitter polish base made it a challenge to get clean lines of when drawing in the moustache. I kept going over the moustache with more acrylic to get it even, so it looks thick, unintentionally making it seem almost 3D!

Polish Days MAN-icure, Movember

I went with a mix of sparkly, glittery and holo and matte finishes to juxtapose glam, a touch of grit and edgy. Now that I look at it, it feels like a couple; guy (with moustache) in a sharp, tailored tux, lady in sparkling gown, arm in arm at a ball.

More 'staches:

Polish Days MAN-icure, Movember

The reverse gradient pair of finger nails had the moustaches in contrasting polish drawn in as well, for a full moustached tips. I'm getting a feel of a train conductor (or Monopoly's Uncle Pennybags) in a lavish first class coach during the Gold Rush era...

How are you showing your support this month for Movember?

Here's how the other Polish Days mates are doing it with their MAN-icures:

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Polish Days #5: Sentimental

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 10, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

| sen-tuh-men-tl |
"expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity or nostagia" - Dictionary.com

Hi again this week, lovelies!

I'm surprised at the shorter intervals between blog posts this month, despite being crazy busy at work and home! Sometimes, I'm glad some of these challenges and events exist. They bring people together, facilitate the discovery of more amazing polish people, and push you to the limits to get polishing/ posting!

Not too many photos for this installment of Polish Days as compared to words, I'm afraid (let the yawns begin).

I've chosen my 2 oldest polishes for this installment, because one came to my possession in hope of being an alternative 'back-up' for the other. These were pre-polish-obsessed days acquisitions, ie. when I was a muggle (as The Subtle Shimmer usually puts it).

Paul & Joe 06 Framboises
A pink mauve creme with the loveliest formula that glides on effortlessly in 1 coat (2 if one is obssessive). It is said that all Paul & Joe polishes are scented with their signature soft floral scent, and contain nourishing ingredients from a blend of Vitamin E, jojoba seed oil, and chamomile extract, among others.

Paul & Joe 06 Framboises

This was my very first polish splurge, in 2008. I've been loving Paul & Joe for its charming, vintage romantic floral motifs, and the occasional incorporation of cats into their themes. There was no way I could afford their clothing with designer label price tag, so I looked to their cosmetics when I was searching for a polish closest to this next polish.

Dior (unknown)
This is a pearlescent shade of dusky mauve, with blue and purple shimmers, and a frost finish (a no-no in my post-polish-obsession days). Brush strokes are unavoidable with this finish. It is so old that the label on the other side is completely faded, and there's no trace of the name or number to identify it.

Dior (unknown)
This little baby was a gift from a friend/ classmate some 7 to 8 years ago after she came back from Hong Kong. To receive something with a designer label was a huge deal as a struggling student. But more than that, it meant so much to me as she was trying to cheer me up. Those few years were the roughest that, sometimes, buried me to the lowest depths. But I was also thrusted to some of the highest points in my life then - all life experiences that no wealth can buy.

So this kinda of reflected my time then - I cringe at the shade and finish, especially now, after being exposed to a wide variety of amazing shades and finishes. The formula has gotten difficult to work with. But I treasure it because it is a meaningful gift and a luxury (kinda, back then, maybe now still, since I do not own polishes from designer labels).

Here's 1 coat of both (2 on the middle finger) without topcoat:

Paul & Joe 06 Framboises and Dior (unknown)
Alternate from left: Dior (unknown) and Paul & Joe 06 Framboises

I got the finish and shade so wrong, I really did not know better 4 years ago (and, sometimes, even now). And here's a feeble attempt at colour-blocking, freehand:

Paul & Joe 06 Framboises and Dior (unknown)

They do look pretty sweet together, but alone, too 'granny' even for me. But they are definitely staying put in my stash. These are polishes of sentimental value to me, though not what got me hoarding. Now, that is another story to be told.

So, what's your polish story? These ladies have their own too!

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Polish Days #4: Geometry

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By A Lacquered Affair · September 5, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

| jee-om-i-tree |
"...a brand of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space...considered in the classical world to be part of the Quadrivium, a subset of the seven liberal arts considered essential for a free citizen to master." - Wikipedia

Polish Days Geometry

I'm back with another installment of Polish Days, lovelies! Polly Polish has got our creative juices flowing again, this time for a geometry-themed manicure. While the theme presented a wide range of possibilities and applications, the dilemma was narrowing the choices down.

The Inspiration
The theme made me reminisce my diploma years, when I was quite obsessed with infusing the 60's op art and pop art influences into some of my design projects. The art styles are catchy yet clever, imitates life yet tongue-in-cheek.

Photo Source

Audrey Hepburn Pop ArtPhoto Source

The Canvas
To create a stark contrast, the base polishes were matte white and black. The polishes of choice - ManGlaze Mayonnaise and Matte Is Murder.

ManGlaze Mayonnaise and Matte Is MurderOn pinky, middle and index fingers: 2 coats ManGlaze Mayonnaise. On ring finger: 2 coats Matte Is Murder

After having to deal with a streaky white base that is OPI Alpine Snow in my National Day Pride mani, I recently got Mayonnaise after strong recommendations from The Frenzied Polisher, mindpolish and ManGlaze. This was a perfect opportunity to try it out. It took some fast and steady strokes to get it smooth as it dries very quickly. I messed up the index and had to re-do it.

Matte Is Murder still applies nearly flawlessly. But enough review talk, back to the main task at hand.

The Shapes
I stamped on the gradient dots in black with Ulta3 Black Satin (thanks to LacquerCareFactor for this one-coater black) using Konad image plate m60 over Mayo.

Polish Days Geometry: Gradient Dots

The diagonal placement wasn't intentional, but a miscalculation on my part on the first nail (still very much a noob at this). Rather than have it re-done, I just followed suit for the other nails.

Over Matte Is Murder are rhinestones in rainbow gradient, in an alternate placement.

Polish Days Geometry: Rhinestone in Rainbow GradientAnd altogether now:

Polish Days Geometry

No top coat was used for this manicure.
Another shot in the sun:
Polish Days Geometry

Outtakes
Things did not go as initially planned with this mani. I had a couple of failed attempts with some of my nails, and thought it'd be a little fun to share.

Instead of having gradient dots on the rest of the nails, I thought it'd be fitting and a little quirky to have numbers on one. Freehand-ing is my kryptonite, so I stamped them on.

Polish Days Geometry: Outtakes 1It looked out of place and a little plain, so I removed it.

The Geometry theme also brought The Big Bang Theory to mind, one of my favourite sitcoms. So I tried to incorporate the show's logo into the mani. On the thumb, I thought I'd give freehand a go.

Did I mention freehand-ing is my kryptonite?

Polish Days Geometry: Outtakes 2
And this was done using The Face Shop's Nail Art Pen. Eeks!

The Polish Days entourage has grown significantly! Here are the other participants showcasing their Geometry themed manicures:

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Polish Days #3: Olympics

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By A Lacquered Affair · August 8, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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"The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions.The Olympic Games are considered to be the world's foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate. The Games are currently held biennially, with Summer and Winter games alternating, meaning they each occur every four years." - Wikipedia

Polish Days: Polish Olympics

We're in the midst of the London 2012 Olympics, lovelies! Are you avidly following the Games? This third installment of Polish Days falls in the middle of the Summer Olympics, perfect event for a themed manicure.

An overwhelming flow of ideas of Olympics-inspired images went through my mind for a couple of weeks. Not practical or achievable on my tiny canvases and limited skills. I narrowed down to the most promiment images of the Games (in my opinion) - the Olympic rings and medals.

I used multi-surface acrylic paints for the rings for a few reasons - I don't have certain colours in polish form, the viscosity and opacity of a set of paints is consistent, and the drying time is longer (ideal for a beginner like me).

I contemplated between a metallic finish or an ombré for the medals. Either was a no-go. So, when in doubt, go with glitter!
I used loose hex glitters in 3 shades, each representing the medals in gold, silver and bronze, in an exaggerated inverted French tip placement.

Also, as a noob, I figured I was bound to make several bad strokes and mistakes that require clean-ups, so I skipped using any base colour to avoid re-doing an entire nail.

Here's an indoor shot at night under fluorescent light:

Olympics-inspired Nail Art for Polish OlympicsOn the middle finger are bands of colours of the Olympic rings, topped with same-coloured loose hex glitter (except for yellow). The tip was finished with a glitter gradient in Estessimo TiNS The Spicy Pinwheel; a dense mix of tiny square and irregular-shaped champagne gold glitter in a clear base. Bubblies are essential for celebration!

The rings...they were applied using a tiny straw with its end dipped in acrylic paint. Familiar with Yakult straws, anyone?

They were finished with a layer of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.

Here's another shot indoors the next morning:

Olympics-inspired Nail Art for Polish OlympicsA few glitter pieces had fallen off during sleep. And it had to be the gold. So much for representing the top winner. Lesson learnt: photograph nail art immediately and in one session.

Here's a parting shot in the sunlight:

Olympics-inspired Nail Art for Polish OlympicsSeeing them glisten in the sunlight makes my heart flutter and all the initial reservations and frustrations worthwhile.

Check out the other fabulous Polish Days members' pretty digits, donned in their Olympics-inspired best:

Have a great week!

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.

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