The top picture is OPI - A Roll in the Hauge from the 2012 Holland Collection. This is two coats without top coat. I like how pigmented this orange is. Its very bright and complements my skin tone.
The bottom picture is OPI - Extra-Va-Ganza from the 2010 Burlesque Collection sponged on the tips. Extra-Va-Ganza is a dense glitter that is mostly orange and also contains light blue, silver, pink, yellow, and green glitter.
I’m very proud of my first decent gradient. To achieve the look I used the sponging method and got better with each nail. Practice really does make (almost) perfect.
Spirited Away is one of my favorite animated movies. For those of you who don’t know, Hayao Miyazaki is like Japan’s version of Walt Disney. His movies are incredibly popular around the globe, and for good reason. Miyazaki puts incredible detail into the scenery, character costumes, and paints a beautiful story. Typically his films involve young women overcoming a rite of passage, and being stronger for it when all is said and done. (Although romance is sometimes a feature, there is none of that wishy-washy wait for your prince nonsense!)
For the movie manicure, I knew that I wanted to paint soot sprites, from Spirited Away. (Dedicated fans may feel compelled to mention that they are also briefly in Totoro…) I’ve seen soot sprites painted before, but often times they seem too “nubby” or bumpy… I wanted my sprites to have their shimmery heebie jeebie feel to them. To accomplish this, I stippled on my black polish with a round brush, then added a bit of a shimmery grey too. I think the result has that nice sooty, dusty feel!
Base: Butter London, Nail Foundation Basecoat
Accent: too many… sorry…
Main:Base of Cult Nails, Tempest. Sprites are made using Cult Nails, Never More and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 41 Gone Grey.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I had to google violet to find out exactly what color it is. Unfortunately, I don’t have any violet polishes in my collection so I went with this color instead.
Barry M - Bright Purple is my favorite creme finish polish. To jazz it up I added a few hex glitters. This photo was taken about 12 hours ago. Since then I’ve lost three of the hexes. On to the next mani!
So did the rest of you struggle with this one as much as I did? It took me ages to find a song, my boyfriend and I sat for 2 hours trying to find something that wouldn’t be to hard, and I finally came up with this one, inspired by Jessie js laserlights, if you’ve seen the video you know what I’ve done^^
Colours I used
China glaze Sunday funday