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My Birthday Nails


I haven’t had a chance to blog over the last fortnight because my health has taken a turn for the worse. You can read about what I got through on my sick days in my previous post A Day In The Life Of Lyme.

Yesterday was my birthday. I was dreading my birthday because on my 18th birthday I had hoped for a healthy 21st, and then on my 21st I hoped for a healthy 25th. So my 25th certainly wasn’t healthy but I enjoyed the day thanks to my family. I even got to do my nails, well one hand anyway. Today I was able to do the other hand and add to the mani. I really love the end product. Be prepared for lots of photos because neon’s are so hard to capture.

Alpine Snow base

First I put on two coats of OPI Alpine Snow (Note: OPI is NOT cruelty free).

In light box
In light box – colour enhanced to show actual neon colours

Then I decided to use four China Glaze neon’s from the Sunsational collection for a dry brush mani. The four colours I used are Bottoms Up, Neon On & On, Sun Of A Peach and That’s Shore Bright. Chalkboard Nails was the first to do a distressed mani and has a tutorial for it. The basic idea is to wipe most of the polish off the brush and then paint it on to the nail in different places. It is easy nail art for those of us with shakes, just use similar colours so that they blend together. If you add topcoat straight away it looks more watercolour like than mine. I waited to put in top coat because I wanted the drag lines on my mani.

In natural light – most accurate colour
In sunlight
In light box
In light box
Macro in light box
Then I added Chicks Rule by Polish Me Silly. It’s a glitter topper with various sizes of matte neon glitters in pink, orange and purple. The natural light photo is the most colour accurate of them all.
Natural light

I really love this combination. It’s so bright and fun. Do you like this manicure? Will you be doing your own dry brush nails?

Love, Alinta


  • Squeaky Nails 04/07/2014 at 1:04 pm

    Ooh, the matching glitter top coat is a great touch!

  • Alexandria Brady 04/07/2014 at 10:10 pm

    That an awesome was of shaking up that tutorial, and that topper is super cute!

  • cristinanails 04/07/2014 at 10:34 pm

    Very beautiful manicure this

  • phonakins 05/07/2014 at 10:42 am

    Happy Birthday! Here's to a year of great nails even if the health doesn't keep up xxx

  • Dancing Through Sunday 05/07/2014 at 9:49 pm

    How fun! I love having my nails done, and extra fancy for special occasions. Youre look amazing!

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