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Celtic Glow

Hello! I hope you’re having a good weekend! I didn’t manage to do nail art for Fluid Friday this week, although I did get as far as making the decals. Friday was a very busy day and I didn’t even have time for lunch. I put the final finishing touches on my dissertation and it’s ready to submit. For realz, this time! I can hardly believe it; it’s been stewing for years and a long time coming. Hopefully with that out of the way, I can focus on what’s truly important in life and participate in Fluid Friday each week!

Now, I’m nothing if not seasonally-appropriate in my colour choices, so today I have this warm-toned, autumn-hued mani for you:

This is one of my favourite manis that I’ve done all year, maybe even ever. It is yet another one that I did months ago; I’m still playing catch-up from a period a couple of months ago when I was doing a lot of nail art and not blogging as much.

The base is the ethereal Tonic Polish Alchemy, described as a rose-orange-gold shifting multichrome with a blue/purple shadow base and sparkling holographic microglitters. To me, it mostly comes across as a pinkish-brown multichrome base with a strong gold shift. I can see hints of the “blue shadow” but don’t quite know how to describe it. There’s no apparent blue anywhere, but you catch a glint or an overall deep blue inclination. It is a unique colour for sure, and quite ethereal in its glow. This is from Tonic’s Holiday 2016 collection – when I saw all the swatches of this collection back in December 2016, it put Tonic on the map for me and to this day remains my favourite group of polishes by this brand!

Over two coats of Alchemy, I reverse-stamped two images from Creative Shop plate-72, and Moyra stamping polish SP-17 (Vanilla). I filled in the image with AEngland Proserpine, a rich deep teal holographic polish.

I wish I had done a better job of scraping, since the lines didn’t turn out quite sharp. I’ve been working on my scraping recently; it’s my biggest weakness in stamping.

If I recall correctly, I wore this mani for a full week, I loved it so much! What do you think of it? I’ve been trying to get faster at reverse-stamping – it is one of my favourite nail art techniques but I used to feel too lazy to do it. I’ve done a lot of reverse-stamping this year though, so it’s not quite such a tremendous task in my head anymore. Also, I found out using a detail brush makes the job a lot easier than the dotting tool I was using prior to this.

That’s enough rambling from me today. Baby ACD is taking a nap, and as soon as she wakes, we’re off for a second round of strawberry-picking. The strawberries we picked last week were so delectable, we went through them all within a couple of days! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and, until the next post, keep cool!

5 thoughts on “Celtic Glow

  1. My mom got some berries somewhere local the other evening, and they were incredible – tiny and juicy and real? Holy cats, they were delicious, I could have eaten the entire flat. Strawberry picking in this heat, though? You brave! And covered in sunscreen, I hope, because this past weekend was brutal.
    I loveity love love these nails – that Tonic polish is the exact shade Merida’s hair would be in Brave (yes, animated hair!)
    All the congratulations on your dissertation, that must feel SO wonderful. I used to love (and sometimes hate) that feeling where you’re *right* at the end of a school project and freedom is within your grasp, and you can’t stop thinking about all of the things you’ll do the second you don’t have to think about X exam or paper any more. That was a good feeling. 🙂 That I’d just turn around and then spend the next week napping was totally besides the point, although I hope you get a moment to nap, too, and revel in your awesomeness. Napping can’t just be for the wee babe!

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    1. Oh wow, you know where she got them? Ours were a new variety they’ve brought in this year they said. They were as large as small apples but delectable! Just like the tiny ones we get every other year.

      Haha, we were slathered in sunscreen – Baby practically looked like a ghost! We have no respite from the heat bc she loves nothing better than being outdoors. She’s also growng into the temperamental toddler phase, so often we’d rather she be distracted. Guess this weather won’t last very long anyway, so we might as well enjoy it.

      The feeling hasn’t sunk in yet. I’ll give it a couple of days haha.


        1. Okay! She got them from Produce Depot (probably the one on Carling and Merivale) but they were from a farm in Ile d’Orleans, which is about five clicks outside Quebec City. So not remotely local! But they’re brought in local, and ding dang, they were GOOD.

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