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Sweets For My Sweet (Tooth)

Recently, I learnt of a new stamping technique where one ends up with very original DIY nail stickers.  Of course I had to try it out!  It took a LOT of nail polish since I was literally painting every tiny detail but you can decide if the results were worth it:
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Lacquers used:
L Jumbo Plate #XY14
OPI Black Onyx
OPI Alpine Snow (white)
OPI Zom-body To Love (g-i-t-d green)
China Glaze Papaya Punch (orange)
Kleancolor #143 Pastel Yellow
Kleancolor #139 Pastel Pink
Kleancolor #141 Pastel Blue
Essie Lollipop (red)
Seche Buttoned Up (purple)
Skin Food Queen’s Baking AVL01 Raisin Mousse

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Gone Dotty – Super Mario Mushrooms

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Happy Monday everyone, hope you had a good weekend!  This is part 3 of my Gone Dotty series (Part 1 & Part 2 here) & following in my oldskool games mode, I made some mushrooms.  :D  Just FYI for those of you who don’t know your Super Mario, the red mushroom makes you big, the blue mushroom makes you small, the green mushroom gives you a 1up & the yellow mushroom with the red dots makes you GIGANTIC…  The brown angry one is a Goomba. :D
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Lacquers used:
Fantasy Polish Charm (nude)
Essie Red Nouveau
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear #420 Pacific Blue
Kleancolor #17 Neon Green
OPI The ‘It’ Color (yellow)
OPI Alpine Snow (white)
OPI Black Onyx

Gone Dotty – Pacman

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This is part 2 of my Gone Dotty series (you can see Part 1 here) & I went oldskool for it.  This mani took FOR-EVAH because it was a multi layered, super loooooong dry time piece (I know, I’m a masochist, I keep doing this to myself) but I was super happy with how it turned out so all is good.
Oh if you want the tutorial for this, let me know in the comments section & I’ll make one.
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Lacquers used:
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel #460 Blacky O
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear #420 Pacific Blue
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength #350 Heart To Heart (red)
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel #439 Crème De La Crème (pink)
OPI In My Back Pocket (orange)
OPI The ‘It’ Color (yellow)
OPI Mermaid’s Tears (green)
OPI Alpine Snow (white)

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Gone Dotty – Moleskine Minnie Mouse

Hey everyone, how was your weekend?  Mine was awesome for 2 reasons – 1stly because we had 3 days off & 2ndly because my sister came back from a long backpacking trip & brought me goodies!
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So today, I took my inspiration from a brand new Moleskine journal in a dotty Minnie Mouse print.  Can you spot my hidden Minnie?
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Lacquers used:
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel #460 Blacky O (black)
OPI Alpine Snow (white)
Essie lollipop (red)

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold Review
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This is the origins story of Vlad the Impaler, son of the dragon, & the most famous vampire in history.  Played by a suitably growling yet melancholy Luke Evans (dear God, that man has some seriously drool-worthy cheek, jaw & hip bones), it tells the story of Prince Vlad, a former Turk hostage/soldier returned from war & bloodshed to lead his people in peace.

That is, of course, till the Turks led by his frenemy Sultan Mehmed II (played by a guyliner sporting, heavily accented Dominic Cooper), demands that 1000 boys including Prince Vlad’s son be delivered to him to as conscripts for his army. Outnumbered but refusing to surrender his son & citizens, Vlad in an act of desperation, seeks out alternative means to defeat the formidable Turks.

Drinking the blood of an ancient vampire (played by a very charismatic yet grotesque Charles Dance) allows Vlad access to some seriously formidable powers (transformation, strength, healing, etc) but only for 3 days – provided he doesn’t succumb to the thirst & drinks blood which makes the transformation permanent.  So while laying waste to the Turk army, Vlad struggles against the beating hearts of his people & the delicious jugular of his devoted wife.

Pros:  The story shows Vlad incredibly HUMAN – a loving husband, devoted father & benevolent ruler which is a nice depart from the usual bloodsucking fiend he’s normally portrayed as.  CGI was TOTALLY JAW DROPPINGLY AMAZING.  Great pacing & decent acting all round by supporting cast.  Good suspense scene on whether he would or wouldn’t bite & a solid, yet open ended ending.

Cons: Jerky motion editing during the close up fight scenes were a bit of a let down (but that’s my personal opinion) .

Overall I’d rate it at 8 out of 10.  Very good, dark action genre film with effects best watched on IMAX where possible.  :D
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Now for the nails – I payed tribute to Vlad’s blue/gray dragonskin armour & blood (this is a vampire movie after all), first by texturing the blue/gray polish then adding the bloody effects over.
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Lacquers used:
OPI Cuckoo For This Color (teal)
OPI Russian Navy (dark blue)
OPI Skulls & Glossbones (gray)
Essie Wicked (red)

Dracula Untold opens today, Thursday 2nd October, so go watch it!

L.A.R.K. Scarf

Hey everyone, it’s day 2 of L.A.R.K.‘s 3 day SALE & you don’t want to miss it!

So today, I have for you folks a lovely Hot Air Balloon (scarf)!  The design was hand drawn by my friend Miss L.A.R.K then printed onto a large (100cm x 177cm) piece of fabric…  There are smaller scarves with different designs but this was my personal favourite.
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Lacquers used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear #420 Pacific Blue
Essie Huckle Buckle (periwinkle)
OPI Funny Bunny (off white)
OPI Alpine Snow (white)
Essie Cute As A Button (coral)
OPI Sparrow me The Drama (pink)