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April Challenge – Day 22 – Neon

I hope your week has started well ! My shoulder pain is calming down, I’m still moving around like an old lady, but it’s a lot better than it was yesterday, so I even dare hope to be back to normal tomorrow !

I work right by a Lancel shop in Paris and they have a bag in their spring range that I am totally in love with – click the link here to see it. I could totally never afford it, and even if I could, well, I would really do something better with that money instead of buy a bag. So I’ll never own it, but if any of you ladies spot an imitation of this bag (even a bad one – actually, a bad one is less likely to get stolen!) please please let me know – I will love you forever !Especially if it’s not in real leather…

So, back to nails !

I don’t have many neon polishes – I count 3 exactly – so this was a struggle for me! I grabbed China Glaze’s Japanese Koi and did some fish scales. Not the best, but it could have been worse 🙂

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Which neons would you recommend for my stash, girls? Should I wait for the Neons on the Shore collection from China Glaze, or are there already some great ones out there?

 

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Short and Sweet in Texas 30 Day April Challenge

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Pre-Spring Challenge Day 6 – Sun

This time I’ve kept it rather simple ! One of my favourite mani styles at the moment is a ruffian mani, and it’s blissfully easy to do, which is great half way through a nail art challenge !

I’ve always wondered if a double-ruffian would be any good, and I’m rather pleased with the result ! I started with yellow, then orange, and finished with a neon coral, as that’s my favourite nail colour when it’s sunny outside 🙂

Day 6 - Sun

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Swatch – China Glaze – Japanese Koi (1014/606450)

It seems that this blog is getting some views, especially for Sephora and China Glaze swatches.

Here’s a new one, a summer neon before the weather turns sour : China Glaze – Japanese Koi.

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This polish is an orange neon, with that peculiar matt-glowing finish that neons have.

The first coat reveals this varnish to have a very thin formula :

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A second coat gives little more opacity :

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And a third won’t be enough to hide your smile line, either !

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So I went for a fourth coat. This is the time to say a couple of things : (1) I don’t like to put thick coats of polish on – they chip more easily and can bubble as they dry, which I hate; (2) I became fascinated with this varnish!
It dries so fast, I was on the fifth coat in half an hour – and I let each coat dry fully before I went for the next one – the first finger was dry by the time I painted the tenth!

The fifth coat wasn’t 100% opaque either :

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But it was still drying very fast!

I think I’ve already fully demonstrated the ‘natural’ finish, here it is with a shiny top coat :

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I love how this colour sets off a tan, and it dries incredibly fast to leave a luminous, matt finish. Also, even with so many coats, the formula is so great, it didn’t cake my nails unpleasantly either.

—update—

Here’s a natural daylight photo, see how neon this is?!

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