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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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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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Halloween Challenge: #3 Things that go BUMP in the night!

Fresh off the press! I’ve just finished this mani and I’m very happy!

The theme for today was “Things that go BUMP in the night”. I decided to stick with one type of monster and just make a little family of them on my fingertips. I think they are more adorable than scary… What do you think? Which is your favourite.. the “baby” on my pinky nail is definitely mine!

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Bliss, Sunshine… and ’70s style nails!

I’m loving being back in South Africa. Although it’s technically autumn, it’s absolutely beautiful weather. This inspired me to do a cheerful, summery nail design.

I’m loving nude at the moment, so I used that as the undercoat. I’m still using mainly my Korean brands, but I’m hoping to go shopping soon. We’re staying a bit outside of Johannesburg, it’s about a 15min drive to the nearest store. So I used a Modi nude colour, Modi white and a luminous blue and orange by Organic Farm (also a Korean brand that were super cheap). The only other thing I used was my dotting tool to make little daisies. Please excuse the pics, they aren’t 100% as I haven’t made a new lightbox yet. But I hope you can get the gist of it anyway.

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We have also been playing around with my camera trying to do some awesome water shots in the pool. So we tried a nail one. It’s not amazing, but I like the effect. I’ll definitely try it again 🙂

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And last, but not least: Here is a glimpse of the beautiful estate we’re currently staying on with my boyfriends parents. It really feels like a vacation and I’m trying to soak in all of the beautiful surroundings. This is a picture we took when we went on a golf cart ride around the estate the other day. I’m really so blessed and happy to be in such a pretty place!

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Bright blue…

I did this manicure today and I’m still deciding if I like it or not. What do you think? I thought it was kind of eye catching and different, so I decided to enter it as my second picture in Mommy Loves Nail Polish’s awesome Facebook contest, you can check out all the pics on her Facebook page.

About 80% of my polishes are in a box on their way back to South Africa right now, so I’ve got really limited colours to work with. I bought this blue about 2 days ago (just what I need a few days before leaving the country – more luggage!). But I couldn’t resist, it was less than $1, it’s a brand called Organic Farm and not bad for the price! This is a lumo deep blue. Then I stamped on top of it with Konad M83 and added some red gems. Hot or not? I’m still undecided.

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I really enjoyed taking this mani out on the town today. It was bright and the perfect nail art to have for the day I had. My boyfriend and I went to a theme park, Lotte World in Seoul. It was a lot of fun! I went on my first roller coaster and screamed my lungs out! I wish I had a photo of me on the ride, it would have been priceless! But here’s a photo of Lotte World anyway 🙂

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South Africa – Ndebele Manicure

In 8 days I’m going to be getting on a plane with 46kg of my life in a bag and moving back to South Africa. I’ve got a lot of mixed emotions about the move back. On the one hand I’m really excited to see my friends and family that I haven’t seen in a year. But on the other hand I’m unemployed and moving to the big city.

Anyways, it got me thinking about South Africa. I decided to to a manicure of Ndebele murals. They are famous for their beautiful, colourful patterns that they paint on their houses. I absolutely love it. I think it really shows how vibrant and unique South Africa is. We have 11 languages, and tons of different cultures in our country.

I used lots of different colours, and I couldn’t tell you how I did it. I just looked at a picture and tried to copy some of the designs. I’m also going to enter this in Mommy Loves Polish’s competition on Facebook, so please check it out and support this great competition.

Here are the pics of the nails, what do you think? I hope you like it..

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These are the pictures of the Ndebele designs:

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For those of you that are South African Nail Art bloggers, or would like to start, join the South African Nail Art community on Facebook at SA Nails.


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Water Marble Monday

Seeing as I’m officially finished teaching AND I’m trying to avoid packing up my whole apartment, I decided to give water marbling another try 🙂

I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Twisted Pink” and a blue from The Face Shop. I think that I’m getting the hang of water marbling because I only had to re-do one nail! So I’m really happy! Here it is:

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I love how each nail is unique and unpredictable. My favourite is the thumb. What do you think?

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