Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I've Got A Confession To Make...

I didn't post these last couple of days because Sunday was a great day, a very good day indeed. I left early morning for the beach and got the most awesome waves and some really nice weather.

Afternoon was also spent outdoors doing something amazing for the first time: tree-climbing (canopying?) and sliding. I have to thank BF for this one; the whole thing was his planning and, boy!, it'd been a while since I'd had so much fun exercising! Thank you, sweetheart <3

And if all that wasn't enough, we went out for dinner and caught the last session on the typical Summer movie at the theatre: Pacific Rim.
Which means: a blast of a Sunday but no time to post nor time to do my nails for the next day (I had nail polish on but no nail art).

And I ended up thinkin about my blog and how I've been doing things lately. And the truth is my perfectionism, when let loose, can be a hell of a hindrance for such moments, which are also what makes life so great!

I mean, I have a job already. I don't need to turn the blog into one, know what I mean? I guess somewhere along the way (and my blog isn't even that old, mind you!) I got obssessed with the daily publication, and that was fine, 'cause it worked for me at the time.

But now, I kind of feel like I've sometimes taken it too much as an obligation and less like an act of passion and challenging my skills and sharing of something I really love: nail art.

So, I guess what I'm trying to get at here is, I will no longer impose myself this hardcore schedule of a mani a day. Not to say it won't happen anymore, because I've got a feeling it will (like I said, I'm a perfectionist) but I have to take it easier, that's all :)

Especially because I can't take something fun and creative and try and make it a forced process, right? It just shouldn't and actually doesn't work that way ;)

Hope I haven't put you to sleep with so much talking and hope you're not too bored to have a look at today's manicure - which I find, if you'll excuse my cockiness, absolutely elegant and gorgeous :D


I started with a red base colour (which I haven't worn in some time): one coat of Bellaoggi Poppy Red (No.39).
I own nine already! Talk about brand obssession! :))


I then went for some tape manicure - which I haven't engaged in for quite some time - with a simple criss-crossing tip pattern, on my index, pinkie and thumb.
I used Purple Professinal No.18 for that - my favourite black polish ever :)

After that, I decided on some roses for a twin effect and went with white, using OPI Alpine Snow.


I tried a different process to add dimension this time, which meant using three different polishes for the petal layers on the roses.
It was my first time doing it and I really love how it turned out, don't you? :)


Lastly I added some black skinny leaves, as I didn't want to break the colour scheme of red and black, using the same Purple Professional No.18.
And to top it all I did some shadowing effect with gold (black & gold is a classic match :)), using Beauty UK Aztec.

Last but not least, a detail photo of the roses.
Sorry for the photo spam - can you tell I really loved this one? :)

Hope you like it as much as I do - leave my your comment about the whole thing: my confession and today's mani ;)
Hope you've started the week in the best possible fashion, lovelies!

Hugs & Kissies,
Mina *



  1. Wow!Wow! This is gorgeous!!! I like the colors and roses and accents and...and...everything!! :))

    1. Thank you so much, Anastasia, for your sweet comment :)
      So happy you liked it**

  2. :)

  3. és tão linda!!! ;) Vive e sê feliz, que nós ficamos à espera das tuas nail art ainda mais ansiosas/os o que até dá um toque bastante excitante à coisa. Olha que eu devo ser a tua fã número 1 loool :P Adorei o vermelho com a rosa cor-de-rosa e roxa... eu nunca juntaria essas cores... como fazia mal :O eheh beijinhos***

    1. Awwwww, Mommy!! Assim não vale! Obrigadaaaa :')
      E um dia destes ainda hei-de estar eu a comentar no teu blog :P hehehe

  4. Mariaaaa! O teu blog segue ao ritmo que entenderes e de modo algum és obrigada a publicar todos os dias :) Como dizes, a inspiração não surge por obrigação. Adorei as roses!! :) Kisses,


    1. Nem mais!! Tens toda a razão :)
      Obrigadaaaa **

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    1. Yey - happy that you do! Thanks, sweetie :)

  6. Que trabalho fantástico!!!!


  7. these really are elegant! I don't blame you for not posting daily, doing a mani a day must take so much time! i love your blog so i'm following you on bloglovin and on Pinterest too :)

    1. Thank you, hun! A mani a day was fine when I started the blog but now that I'm trying to improve my skills and such it's just too tiring and stressful ;)

      ps.I do quite enjoy your blog myself :)

  8. Wow! Beautiful mani!
    And honey, your blog is just your blog! Remember to keep it fun and not make it a chore :)

    1. Darling, I couldn't have said it better myself :)
      Thank you for your kind and sweet comment **

  9. wow, it's beautiful mani :)

    1. Thank you, Joanna. That's quite a compliment coming from you :D


You just made this girl smile! Thank you for your comment and for sharing your thoughts with me! :)

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