31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 11

Another quickie, but this is the start of the patterns section of the challenge. Welcome to POLKA DOTS.

I used my yummy chocolate Cairuo as base, and Jordana 5th Ave & Sally Hansen CSM Without a Stitch for the bubblies. It totally reminds me of Aero Bubbly chocolate. I love.

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31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 5

BLUE. That is pretty much how I’m feeling about today’s theme, and the fact that since I don’t have a light box (yet) I’m relying on the weather to help the pictures look half decent… today the weather hasn’t cooperated.

I had this brilliant idea of what I wanted to do, but it failed. I’d seen a really cool ruffle manicure tutorial here, by Chalkboard Nails did that I wanted to replicate. We were doing fine… until I went and put my top coat on.
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I was soooooo disappointed that it smeared, after I’d taken literally 30mins just on the one nail, that in a fit of rage that’d make the Hulk jealous, swiped it off.

So then I had another idea. That also failed, compared to what I wanted, but that is the mani I’ve ended up with to show you.

Here is my ill-fated attempt at a bubble gradient (must stalk more blogs for tips on this!)

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I used 3 thin coats of Cairuo #16 (blueberry scented!!) for the base, which was a lot brighter than I expected, and Sally Hansen CSM Thinking of Blue and Jordana Lemon Tropic for the bubbles.

While I really didn’t like this particular design, I had lots of 8-10 year old girls squeal over it…. so I guess it didn’t fail completely?

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 4

There are some themes on this list that I knew exactly what I wanted to do straight away, and GREEN was one of them. I don’t even know if I’m doing this whole colour theme stage if the challenge right – I simply cannot have just plain nails, so instead I’m using the colour theme to inspire a manicure that uses it as the base colour, just like I did for the last three days … and if that’s not how I’m supposed to be doing it, then too bad!

Yesterday I wrote about using a new scented nail polish from Cairuo; at first I was really sad that I wasn’t going to be able to wear them until after this challenge was done, but then I realised that I’d bought yellow, green and blue without remembering the themes for the next few days – which were yellow, green and blue – so these posts are also acting as my first try of the polishes too – excuse me if I rave a little.

The green I’ve used today is ‘green tea’ scented, and while I’m not an expert on green tea, it certainly smells (not in an offensive way either!). BUT the real bonus is the fourth polish that I picked up. A gorgeous pale brown colour. I only bought it to add to my small number of neutral shades but – oh my word – IT SMELLS LIKE CHOCOLATE. I kid you not.  I sat there waving my fingers under my nose until I got odd looks from the Husband … so I proceeded to shove them under his nostrils as well. He concurs.  ^.^

Anyway, here it is – to me, the quintessential symbol of spring time, and all things girly- Cherry Blossoms!

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Today’s design was inspired to two amazing nail artists – one whose video tutorials on YouTube first inspired me, and so is partly responsible for my blogging now and another that I’ve just recently found, but love to follow. Here are the links to this tutorial by Kayla Shevonne and this one by CutePolish. These two ladies are seriously amazing, and I suggest you mosey on over and check them out.

I used Cairuo #21 as the base, and #32 for the branches, which I drew on with my small dotting tool (I really need to get some thin nail art brushes!). The cherry Blossoms were done with Jordana White, and Cairuo #10 for the pink center. I had heaps of fun doing this manicure, and I’m loathe to take it off … I think this will be the hardest part of the challenge for me – creating something I really love, and then having to wipe it off. Expect to see re-creations somewhere along the line!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 3

Cheeeeeeese! That’s all I could think of when I saw today’s theme,  YELLOW. This manicure was inspired by @maagsdinwiddie on instagram. A little while ago I saw this cute mani she did, and for the life of me I can’t get a link here… BUT MAKE SURE YOU CHECK HER OUT- she’s pretty much amazing.

Anyway, what better than to test out the new, yellow, scented (!!!) Cairuo polish I bought yesterday. Colours used are listed below.

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Om nom nom… little lactose inrolerant mousie had a nibble!

POLISH LIST
Cairuo #15 (it smells like oranges O.o)
Sally Hansen CSM – Dorian Grey
Cairuo #10
Jordana- White
Jordana Pop Art Striper – Black Mark

Cairuo Swatches, NOTD & Elusive Right Hand shots

Morning! Now that school is back for many children and teacher, I have a little more time on my hands… until said children get sick, pass their bugs onto their teachers and I get called in to ‘save the day’ as one dear friend called it recently after I lamented the fact that I generally get paid because of other’s misfortune. (Take a deep breath – I know that was a long sentence!) I decided that since I had the house to myself this morning that I would blast Ellie Goulding and paint.

I swatched my first Cairuo colour the other day, and now I have two more for you. To save your eyes and my fingers, the application of these two polishes are very similar to the first; smooth, silky creme finish with a quick drying time and strawberry-ish scent on drying (or maybe that’s just me, but I swear they smell). Photos show 2 thin coats plus a top coat.

First is Color 14, which is a dark blue/grey colour that occasionally looks almost purple/grey. It’s a bit odd, but I actually really like it.

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Next colour is Color 10 – a little candyflossesque pink. Not usually a colour I’d go for and definitely not a colour I’d wear by itself, but kind of sweet.

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I dressed this colour up today, which might be a little silly since tomorrow I start my 31 Day Nail Challenge. If you’re doing a nail challenge, or want to join me, please let me know!

I’ll leave you with my Nail of the Day, inspired a little by this one here, although my dots new nowhere near as precise! In addition to Cairuo 10 I used Jordana White, Lavender Fields and Cairuo 29, and topped it off with a thick topcoat to smooth it all out.

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Drumroll for the right hand please…
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Cairuo Polish/NOTD

So yesterday I went for a little shop. I was quite pleased with my haul.

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The Maybelline was $5 and the Revlon was $8…. I love Postie Plus for parallel imports! I’ll swatch those two later. I also grabbed a few intriguing bottles of $2 polish from my local dollar store. I saw this brand come out there just before Christmas, and my mum got me a really sweet green in my stocking. The brand name of the polish is Cairuo.  It doesn’t make any claims about being 3-free, or anything like that, but I loved the colours I saw, and for $2 it can’t be that bad… right?

The colour I’m showing today is number 29… or #4520 … I’m not sure which number is the right one.

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But wowzers…. this was such a nice polish to apply. When I first opened it, it had a weird smell – as it dried however… oh my life. It smells like strawberries and bubblegum. Delish. I think because of that and the colour I might call this strawberry-gum.

It has a quick drying time, comparable to Jordana polishes, and a smooth finish. This is two thin coats.

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Inside with shoddy lighting

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I topped my ring finger with Kleancolor Fuchsia Glitter for an accent, which I think fits quite nicely.

I have two more polishes from this brand to swatch, so keep an eye out… and perhaps I might even expand my collection a teeeeeeny bit more?