Sunday Mani – seven – Buffy the Vampire Slayer inspired nails

Hello everyone,

today I want to show you a Buffy – The Vampire Slayer inspired manicure.
Well actually three manicures.

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For those of you who are too young to know this show, stop everything you are doing right now and go on Netflix or whatever platform you have in your country to watch TV shows.

Buffy was the most awesome show and my personal favorite when I was 13 until the show ended.
While Buffy was on TV nobody and I really mean NOBODY, not even my best friend, was allowed to disturb me.
If anyone called while I was watching my show, my mom had to tell them I will not come to the phone because of Buffy haha
Now you can imagine how much my friends liked that…..they didn’t.
I actually pissed them off pretty badly at times.

Anyway, I loved this show so much that I got blonde highlights in my natural blonde hair, bought the same earrings and clothes as Buffy and even carved my own stake.

Did I care what people thought of me? No haha

Well one thing I saw in the show was the nice “bloody” manicure that the Vampire Drusilla had in different versions.

Usually it was a red base with white french tips, sometimes she also had a black base and white tips.

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Here you can see Drusilla with her Vampire companion Spike.
Together they were quite a couple, I loved them because they were so crazy and also crazy in love with each other.

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Here you can see her with the black base and white tips.

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I thought it would be a fun to mix it up and leave the base natural and just paint the tips red.
I imagined her crabbing her victim so hard that her nails actually hurt the skin and turned red.
she was a very violent and strong Vampire so I thought this could have actually fit her.

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For those of you who still want to see a manicure close to the original, here is the black mani with white tips.
I did not edit these pictures too much, because of the white tips. Else they would have disappeared haha

For this manicure I used Essence black (144 black is back) and white (152 give me nude, baby), as well as Essies blanc on top of the Essence white.

Who recognizes Buffy’s Claddagh ring?

 

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Who knows the meaning of this ring?

The Claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). A “Fenian” Claddagh ring, without a crown, was later designed in Dublin. Claddagh rings, with or without the crown (most commonly with a crown), have come to denote pride in Irish heritage, while continuing to be symbols of love or marriage.

Claddagh rings may be used as friendship or relationship rings depending on the intention of wearer and, in the case of a gift, of the giver. There are three traditionally accepted ways of wearing the ring which may signal someone’s relationship status:

  1. When worn on the right ring finger with the heart pointing to the fingertip, the wearer is free of any attachment.
  2. On the same finger but the other way round, with the heart pointing away from the fingertip, it suggests someone is romantically involved.
  3. When the ring is on the left hand wedding ring finger, it means the person is married or engaged.

I got my Claddagh ring while I was in Dublin with my BF.

 

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And last but not least here is my favorite manicure. As you can see it contains a cross, the Buffy “B”, a coffin, and Buffy’s stake as well as a dead vampire on my thumb :D

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Now tell me, did you watch Buffy and/or Angel?

What was/is your favorite TV show?

Mara

☆『マラ』☆

[Review] The search for the holy grail of black and white polishes

Hello everyone,

do you know that problem?
You see all these pretty white and black manicures and need a good black or white base color?
Or you want to create the trend of simple white nails, but you don’t have the right polish?
I feel you. Since forever I am looking for a good black and white polish, but especially finding a good white polish is almost impossible.

Well I own a couple of each color but still haven’t found the “holy grail” yet.
Today I want to show you my black & white collection and tell you some things about them.

So here we go

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Black polishes from bottom to middle top

  • Astor – Nail Artist – Check Matte – 3309
  • Ciaté – Chalkboard Paint – 144
  • Essence – Colour & Go – 144 black is back
  • Maybelline – Color Show – 677 blackout
  • Manhattan – Quick Dry 60 Seconds – 1010N

Top Coats

  • Astor – Nail Artist – Game of Graphics – 3260 E
  • Astor – Nail Artist – Play the Graffiti – 3276 E

White polishes from top right to bottom

  • Catrice – LE Matchpoint – C04 The Winning Cream
  • Catrice – Ultimate Nudes – 03 Meet me a Paris
  • p2 – Color Victim – 030 virgin
  • Essence – Colour & Go – 152 give me nude, baby!
  • Essie – blanc
  • Astor – Fashion Studio – 274 Snow White

 

Astor Nail Artist - Chack Matte 3309 (Matt)

Astor Nail Artist - Chack Matte 3309 (Matt) close up

I saw this polish together with three other Astor polishes. (the white Fashion Stuido polish and two top coats for the Nail Artist LE).
I got this black matte polish about the same time as my Ciaté Chalkboard kit, so I was excited to see the difference, because Ciaté is pretty expensive with 10,- € each bottle, the Astor ones were only 3-4,- €.
Sadly this one from Astor is not really an alternative to the black matte polish from Ciaté.
This on here is kind of gluey, which I really don’t like in a polish. It makes it pretty difficult to get an even result.

 

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This black matte took some time/tries to get used to, but especially after I cut the brush a bit, it is easier now to apply.
The result of the matte finish is pretty nice and dries fast.

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Probably the cheapest in my collection. This polish was only 1,55 € and is, for that price, the best black polish I won. I still have to say that it get pretty gluey as well and after drying you can see bubbles, which I really really hate in a manicure.

 

Maybelline Color Show - 677 Blackout

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This polish is about 2,- € and same as the Essence polish, is a bit gluey. I don’t know what it is with black polishes, but they all seem to be creamy and gluey. I hate it because especially with black and white polishes you would want a neat application since every mistake would show up immediately. I don’t know why it is so difficult to get a good black polish that is not gluey. Maybe it is the same as with eye shadows, the more pigments you put inside, the more problems you get with the consistency.

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This polish is kind of old so I don’t remember the price anymore, but it is one of the smaller bottles, only containing 7ml. I always feel like it is almost empty because the brush doesn’t pick up enough color. As for the texture, same problem as with the others. It is creamy and difficult to apply.

Does anyone have a good tip for a nice black polish?

 

On to the whites

Catrice LE Matchpoint - C04 The winning cream

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This polish is actually pretty nice, but not right if you look for a super opaque white polish. It is more…..metallic I would say. On the swatch at the bottom of this post you can see what I mean. It has a good coverage after 3 coats, but it is not a white tippex kind of white^^
The price was also nice, I think about 2-3,- €.

Catrice Ultimate Nudes - 03 Meet me á Paris

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This polish is super sheer. No matter how many coats you put on, you will never get full coverage^^
But it is nice since it has a pink undertone / shimmer. A nice nude polish :)

p2 Color Victim - 030 virgin

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Let me tell you right away, this polish is not available anymore. I bought it looooong ago when I started looking for a good white polish, but was pretty disappointed. It certainly has better coverage, but is not fully opaque. You don’t get the pretty tippex white effect with this.

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This is one of the polishes I bought recently. I was really hoping this would be a good white polish, but sadly turned out to be shimmery and sheer. It is a nice polish, but not for the sake of having an opaque finish.

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This is the only Essie polish I own. I was kind of resistant to buy Essie polishes, because I usually don’t like to pay that much money on a polish (7,- €) I think there are a lot of other drugstore brands that are much cheaper and have probably the same or even better quality, plus I don’t like the colors of Essie. I think they are pretty boring. Why would you pay that much money for a boring polish? I don’t get it. I think Essie is simply super hyped but not really worth the money.
Anyway, I was searching for recommendations on the internet on good white polishes and a couple of people said that blanc is a good white polish. I tried it and must say it is a good white, that’s what I was looking for, but still it is very creamy and I think the brush is very messy. I even had to re-shape it and cut of some hairs because they were not the same size as the others. That from a 7,- € polish? a NO-GO!
Also it leaves you with bubbles after drying. I am not very happy with it, but decided to keep it since it is the only opaque white polish I found so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astor Fashion Studio - 274 Snow White (Glanz)

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This Astor white is also kind of nice but as well as the Essie polish it is creamy and the application is pretty difficult.
Like I said, this was also about 3-4,- €.

 

 

Astor duo 2

Here are the two polishes in the middle of the picture. I was really excited when I saw them at my local DM so I had to buy them!

Astor Nail Artist - Play the Graffiti 3276 E

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Astor Nail Artist - Game of Graphics 3260 E

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I tried them immediately the same night and got pretty sad :(
The look soooo nice in the bottles but it is so difficult to get the particles on to the nails.
I am not even sure which is worse. The first on has many small black and white particles as well as some striped particles and smaller and bigger black and white hex particles.
The second one has big black and white hex particles, some smaller ones and striped ones.
I must say they are equally difficult to apply. You also have to apply 2 coats of a clear top coat if you want to seal the annoying texture. But still, these are pretty polishes if you can get the designs on to your nails. Maybe use a toothpick or dotting tool.

Here are the swatches for all polishes.

One coat

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two coats

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Some of the polishes even need more than 3 coats. Not really ideal if you ask me.

What do you think? Do you have any recommendations?

Mara

☆『マラ』☆