24 May 2012

Sari mani-a?

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Hi guys!

I used to think nail art would look good only on long nails. Till I visited www.fingerspolishmania.com. This nail art addict has got really short but beautiful nails. And she does what she calls 'funky' french. 
One of her recent posts reminded me of a silk sari my mom owns. It is a beautiful peach intervowen with gold threads and a brown pallu with holographic sequins.
Since I am new to blogging and do not know if I can upload a picture of the manicure without offending her, do visit http://www.fingerspolishmania.com/2012/05/my-designer-holo-mani.html to check the manicure.

And here are a couple of shots of my ma's silk sari....

Part sun, part shade:

One with the pallu (drape):

And the design on the pallu:

A closer close-up:

Isn't the holographic sequins awesome? One would think brown is such a dull colour. But it makes for an awesome combination with peach. What do you guys think?
Don't forget to comment.


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21 May 2012

Day 5: Jelly sandwich

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Today is day 5 of the nail art challenge thrown by Puja Malhotra of cutenailstudio.blogspot.com. The theme is copycat. While I have not deviated majorly from the artwork, as you can see below, I have not followed the instructions to the tee.

Take a look at the original (http://www.doridavis.com/essie-marshmallow-milani-gems/): 

And here's my creation:

Another shot (now you can see the shooting star, cute ain't it):

Yet another shot :)

As you can see I have stamped the jelly sandwich with a shooting star on the ring finger. I love how the sandwiching has toned down the glitter enough so I could wear it to office (yeah, I work crazy hours but the dress code is pretty relaxed).

The colours I used:
VoV White (for the white base)
NYX Carnival (multi glitter filling)
LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds (silver glitter filling on the ring finger)
Revlon Powder Puff (for the top white coat)
Stamping: Konad plate m33

Thank God, it is the last of Puja's challenge because I just do not feel like changing this mani for a week.
Though I am also sad to see the challenge end as I connected with many lovely bloggers out there.

Go check out the other challengers at:
Pavani Reddy at http://megaliving.net/

Don't forget to comment if you liked/disliked my manicure.

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18 May 2012

Day 4: Bow-wow!

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The fourth challenge thrown by Puja Malhotra of cutenailstudio.blogspot.in is bows, not the ones to string arrows, you silly! Bows are ladylike embellishments. And who can be more ladylike than Minnie Mouse :) White on red polkas always remind me of this gentle, brave, bold beauty. So, here's my inspiration and creation for today's challenge.

Minnie Mouse...

My manicure...

With a little embellishment

The colours used:
OPI Just A Little Rosti At This (Deep Red french base)
Colorbar Exclusive 76 (Black bows)
VoV white (for dots)
NYX Carnival (for the bling in the bows)

While I personally am not in love with bows, here is a site (Update your fashion wardrobe with bows) I stumbled on how bows can boost your fashion quotient.

Please excuse the imperfect nails and the bad photography. But do comment on how you liked this take on bows.

Do not forget to check out the other challengers at:

Pavani Reddy at http://megaliving.net/

Thank you 
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14 May 2012

Day 3: Dripping chocolate

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Sweets, toffees, cakes, ice-creams: This is the third challenge thrown by Puja Malhotra of http://cutenailstudio.blogspot.in. After thinking a lot, I knew I had to do something with chocolate. I had some pretty candy cane and lollipop nail art stickers, but I felt it would be just 'too easy' for a challenge.
 Having racked my brains, melting in this summer heat, I decided to take a walk, landed up at the local ice-cream parlour and found my inspiration in a chocolate-covered butterscotch cone. Without much further ado, here is what it translated into.

Sprinkles on the accent nail and thumb...

Please excuse if the photographs aren't up to the mark. I am learning. Tips are welcome :)

Now, the inspiration for my mani: {This is a Google version, of course! Who keeps an ice-cream waiting? ;) }

The colours used:
Maybelline Colorama in Nude for the base colour
Street Wear Shine Divine in Chocolate for the drip
Maroni Yellow and VoV stripers in light blue and red for the sprinkles

I was determined to be one of the first ones of the challengers to post my manicure this time, so that I make up for my delayed first post. I am pretty happy with what I achieved. What do you guys think?
Show me some love. Comment on this post and join me if you like my work :)

Do check out the other challengers at:
Pavani Reddy at http://megaliving.net/

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13 May 2012

Konadlicious' giveaway

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What a wonderful feeling it would be to have 3,000 followers. Carli managed to achieve it pretty easily. And why not? After all, she is a vintage pinup ;)
Go check out http://konadlicious.b!logspot.in/2012/04/konadlicious-500-awesome-3000-followers.html?spref=tw to sample her generosity for her followers!
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11 May 2012

Day 2: Hip, Hip, Hippo

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Hi friends,

Day 2 of Puja's nail challenge at http://cutenailstudio.blogspot.in/ is animals. I decided to try a reindeer nail art, I even succeeded at executing the idea, then disaster struck.Long story short, I created another mani. What? Take a look...

It's a Hippo! Can you see it? A colleague who saw this photograph in my camera thought it was a cow :P Well, there were no other photographs to get a second opinion because the moment after I took this picture, I smudged the mani. Was I having a bad day, or what? Anyway, I am glad I got at least one photograph to show you. But I vow to do this once again. It is just so cute, how can I not make another attempt :)

The colours used:
Mauve brown (for the face) VIP 33
VoV white striper for the eyes and teeth
VoV bright blue striper for the ear accent
Colorama blue for the mouth
VoV black to highlight the eye.

Do check out the other challengers at:
Pavani Reddy at http://megaliving.net/

Thank you :)
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9 May 2012

Glitter Obsession's giveaway

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Kaki at Glitterobsession.com is hosting a giveaway to celebrate her 1,000-follower mark. She is offering awesome prizes, for international readers too!
She is offering four prizes:

Prize 1: Revlon Whimsical & Sinful Colors Cinderella 
Prize 2: Julep Anne, Orly Fowl Play, Revlon Scandalous, Milani Totally Cool
Prize 3: Essie Luxeffects Collection 
Prize 4: Sally Hansen GEM crush Collection

The giveaway ends on 6/8/2012. Go check out it out at http://www.glitterobsession.com/2012/05/giveaway-time.html.

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Day 1: Going dot-ty

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Dots! This is the first of the nail art challenges thrown by Puja at cutenailstudio.blogspot.in

Like she advised, I am keeping it simple :). Black and white. There's nothing more simpler.
So, here goes nothing!

Ta da! Too simple? Frankly, I am just grateful that I managed to post something. First I could not get decent pictures. This, I made do with my mobile phone o_O. I have been trying to upload my creation since yesterday but was quite unsuccessful due to my finicky internet connection. Finally, luck favours me :)

Colours used
VoV White
Colorbar Black 
VoV silver striper
VoV top coat
Two gold flower stickers (for the thumbs)
And a blunt pencil to add the white dots B-)

I had no base coat so I used the top coat as base :P. Am I the only one who does that or are there others out there like me?

This is my first attempt at nail art. So, what do you thing of the design? I would love to read your comments.

Thank you :)

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7 May 2012

Nail art challenge

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Just when you think of how advanced India has become, thanks to the fast computers and faster bandwidth, it goes and betrays me :( 

I was trying to join Puja Malhotra's nail challenge at Cute Nails and the computer just wouldn't let me enrol myself through the comments section. Weird, to say the least.

Anyway, happy news, I have put in my name today. I really really hope she adds me. Even if she doesn't, I think I will pick up the gauntlet just for the heck of it :) 

Puja is very encouraging and excellent at nail art. Check out her blog at cutenailstudio.blogspot.in

I have been trying my hands at nail art but I haven't posted anything online. Maybe this is the push I need to get started. Well, like Puja mentioned, this challenge is for all who love to challenge themselves. Win or lose is secondary.

Here are the rules for the challenge which will stretch for five days. 

A new post on a new theme

May 7: Dots

May 10: Animals

May 14: Sweets, toffees, cakes, ice-creams

May 18: Bows

May 21: Copy cat. The participant needs to copy a nail art uploaded by someone else and post the original and the copy!

The participants can use any colour, technique, stickers, fimo, rhinestones... anything. 

Oh, I just realised that these are not 5 consecutive days but spread over weeks. Phew! That IS a relief. I was wondering if I was taking on more than I can handle, also considering that I do not have special nail art tools and decorations. Now, I feel confident. Thank you Puja :) 

Wish me luck people!

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1 May 2012

Midnight Manicure giveaway

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Another day dawned pink, glowed orange  and set in the cool blue moonlight. And I realise that I have found only to browse through the works of other bloggers, and not create one of my own. Yet. Hopefully.

I am new to this world but I felt like Alice in Wonderland when I stumbled upon this! Midnight manicure is holding a giveaway but it is about to end. So all you nail polish/art lovers, get over to http://www.midnightmanicures.com/2012/04/midnight-manicures-one-year-blog.html fast and try your fortune. Best of luck!

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