Author: marta  //  Category: BornPretty Store, Konad, L.A Girl, Sally Hansen


Today is Day 9 of the 10 Day Challenge, and it’s all about our “Favourite Colour Combo” for a manicure.

I am lucky to be doing this challenge with three other super talented Ladies who are trooping through this mini Challenge and rocking some great manicures!:

Carolina from Colores de Carol

Marketta from Pink Polish Addict

Tera from Nails in Nippon

If you’re not a follower of their’s already, head on over to their blogs to check out their “FAVOURITE COLOUR COMBO” NAILS and show your support :D

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My post today is not so much my ultimate colour combo, but a guideline to my what MAKES a perfect duo for me:

1) A light cream polish (preferably a nude or pastel)

2) A metallic or shimmery accent polish/stamping polish

It’s that simple! For example, I love a baby blue or mint green paired with a dark metallic brown (if memory serves me correctly, Carolina will be featuring this very combo today).  I however, will be showing you a peach and silver combo ;)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do !

This is my first attempt at a ruffian manicure and because I didn’t have those little french tip strips, to use as a guide, I had to freehand the peach shade over the silver.  I painted both hands (because I wanted to wear this look and see if my left hand is up for this “ruffian” challenge; believe it or not, both hands looked decent for a first attempt and I braved to venture outside of the house with these nails ;) ).

I did spruce up the ruffian manicure a little with some Konad stamping :D

Base: one coat of Sally Hansen Celeb City

Ruffian Look: was two coats of L.A.Girl Dainty

Stamp: Konad plate m51 and Sally Hansen Whirlwind White.  I then added dots with the BornPrettyStore dotting tool and Celeb City

Top: one coat of Seche Vite

If you find the above look a little too busy, you can skip the stamping and just wear it as a plain ruffian manicure:

I really am a fan of the shimmery/metalic against the cream background…

So that’s that for Favourite Colour Combo Nails ;) Now go check out Carolina’sMarketta’s and Tera’s Manicures :)

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What is YOUR favourite colour combo? How do you like to wear it?

Have you tried the ruffian look? Thoughts?



Dainty Little Number

Author: marta  //  Category: BundleMonster, Konad, L.A Girl, Revlon

Another awesome PINK WEDNESDAY!!! And on Wednesday’s We Wear Pink!  I will confess however, that I wore this manicure last Wednesday when I went to pick up my cousin Kamil at the airport.  He is visiting my family and I for a month :) Now onto the pinkness…

… A while back during a routine stop at Suzy Shier (I really like this store for the affordable and really neat costume jewellery), I stumbled upon a display of L.A Girl nailpolishes.  Each shade retails for $5.00 or you can buy two for $8.00.  Having never tried this brand I asked the sales Ladies if they had a chance to play with the polishes and they both said that they were very surprised with the quality of this brand… well I wasn’t just going to take their word for it, I had to test it out myself.  I decided to bring Dainty home with me.

Dainty is a peachy cream that required three easy coats to achieve full opacity.  While I did notice a bit longer drying time, I was able to excuse that for the finish which contains silver miniscule micro-shimmer.  Indoors this shade looks like a muted milky pink; outdoors, in sunlight, it picks up a bit more on the peachy-orange.  I don’t know why I didn’t have a shade like this before!?  I will also add that I wore this manicure for over three days and the polish lasted with only one minor ding (for me this is really good); which speaks well for a cream polish IMO; I will definitely pick up a few more shades from this collection.

I first stamped all of my nails with BundleMonster plate #209 and Revlon Espresso. Espresso is a deep brown thick cream polish with silver macroshimmer.  I’m not sure whether it was the stamp, the TopSpeed Revlon polish, or a combination of the two but my stamper didn’t want to pick up the whole image… I really struggled with this one, and in trying to rush the spread-scrape-stamp-transfer process I didn’t stop to allign the stamp properly on my nails; the result being very close to a FAIL.  I tried to save the ‘ooops-spots’ by using  Konad plate m57 (selecting only two of the three flowers on the image); and then fishing for glitter in SOPI Traffic Stopper Copper.  I wish that the stamping didn’t have so many flaws because it really was a pretty manicure combo IMO… from far away it looked nice …


(against the fabric of the dress I was wearing that day) :)

And lastly I want to share a photo of my oldest, Olivia, that Peter took while we were at the cottage… this is one of my favourites from their daddy-daughter photo shoot, but you can see more on Peter’s blog by clicking here.

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