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Yardley Quick Dry – Moonlight Magic Swatch

This is the second Yardley Quick Dry (Limited Summer Edition) polish that I bought. You can see the Summer Sun swatch here. This range of Yardley Quick Dry polishes, as far as I know, was only released in South Africa. I got it on sale, so I assume that it’s from last season. I still like it though (and, who can resist a sale??).

This colour is called: “Midnight Magic”. I really love this colour! It’s got a beautiful, midnight blue, rich colour. There’s also a subtle violet shimmer which I love. What do you think?
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Compared to the yellow that I swatched a few days ago, this takes much fewer coats to cover the nail completely. The Summer Sun yellow took 3-4 coats! This covers nicely with only 2 coats.

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It’s easy to apply (again, loving the applicator brush shape and size) and the consistency is good. All in all – I like! Here’s a summary of my thoughts on this polish:
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I added some studs to spruce it up a bit..
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Moon Sugar Decal Review

It’s the last day of 2013 and I thought I’d end off the year by doing something that I’ve been meaning and wanting to do for a while. David from Moon Sugar Decals contacted me and offered a free sample of their nail transfer decals for review. You can visit their site here.

I was very impressed that these were sent all the way to South Africa, no problem. I received them a while ago and I’ve been so excited to try them. I’ve put together a short How To as well as a review of the product and my experiences.

I’m going to skip ahead to the final result, as I think it’s really great. I’m so happy! If you want to know more, you can read further. Here is the final mani:
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Here’s the finer print for those of you who want to do this at home:

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I received 2 types of decals: A skull rose design and pink Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbons. The decals come in long strips with between 10 and 13 decals (my skulls had 10 and the ribbons had 13).

This is what you will need to do a decal/transfer manicure:
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Step 1:
First things first, you need to apply a base coat and whichever undercoat you would like. I used Revlon COLORSTAY “090 Sorbet” for the accent nail. The other nails have Revlon “Sparkle Aplenty” on them. Paint the required number of coats and wait for them to dry completely.

Step 2:
Now, the first thing I noticed that was different from other transfers I’ve used is that you do not need to remove a top plastic layer. The plastic later on top actually has the design attached to it (so don’t tear it off).

Cut the decals as close as you can to the image.

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Step 3:
Using your tweezers, dip your decal into the warm water.
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Step 4:
Place the transfer on your nail and slide it off.
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Step 5:
Paint two coats of top coat on top of the decal. And that’s it! Easy 🙂

What do I think?
All in all, I was impressed with the quality of the transfers. The detail and clarity of the images are amazing once they are on your nails. The only confusing thing is the transparent layer on top which was different to what I was used to. I didn’t know to cut it so close the the image. But hopefully my trail and error will help you with yours.

I would really recommend these decals, the product is great and they have a good selection of different images.

You can visit their website: www.moonsugardecals.com
You can like the Moon Sugar Decals Facebook page.


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Breast Cancer Awareness

Polish Alcoholic and Beauty Expression have an awesome giveaway running for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which was in October. I was very keen to participate, it’s such a good cause and I’ve been wanting to do a BCA mani this October. Slightly late.. but the Giveaway is still running until the 7th of November, so check out the links and get involved.

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Halloween Challenge: #6 Free for all

Happy belated Halloween to everyone! It’s not widely celebrated in SA, but I’m sure it was huge in the US.

These are a bit late, but it’s the final day of the Halloween Challenge and it was a free for all. I’ve seen this style of manicure a few times this Halloween and I love the idea. I did a sunset/evening landscape with gravestones, an eerie tree and some mist. I hope you all like it!

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Thanks to Kitty’s Painted Claws and Racho’s Nail Love for creating this challenge. Check out all the other participants by clicking the link below:

 


 


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Halloween Challenge: #5 Trick or Treat

Hello there lovely people!

I must be honest, this is not my favourite mani! But, for the sake of the Halloween Challenge, I’m going to post it. You can let me know what you think….

I tried to create a really subtle candy cane stripe effect. I also had a brilliant (or not so) to add that fluff as stripes. Naturally, it went everywhere! So now that I’ve managed your expectations, here it is:
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Halloween Challenge: #4 Gothic

I hope you have all had a fabulous weekend! I’ve had a very relaxing and restful one.

Here is my design for the “Gothic” theme. I’m not sure if it’s really Gothic, but I tried! I used a Modi deep red that I had from Korea (number 68 – my Korean is quite rusty, but I think it’s called “Riding Hood”). I left some of the nail natural. I also went a bit gem-crazy. It’s nice to go over the top once in a while 🙂

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I hope you all like! Remember to check out the other bloggers participating in this challenge. Click on the InLinkz link below to see what the others have done.

 

 


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Polka dot and lace

I know this is off-topic (I am supposed to be posting a Halloween mani today), but I didn’t get a chance to do my Halloween mani last night. I’ll try do it asap 🙂

In the meantime, here is a fun little mani I did this week. I wore it to work, so it couldn’t be too outrageous. I used Tip Top Solar Flare for the base and Tip Top Cream Puff for the polka dots. I also added some lace stickers that I had lying around from Korea.

I really like it.. Hope you do too! 🙂

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