[Butter London] Fiddlesticks

Here is another mani I had applied shortly before Christmas (which at present seems ages ago 😯 ), Fiddlesticks. I had worn this raspberry/magenta pink with sparkling glitter particles a couple of months before, at the beginning of last year or so, and I liked it – but the weather was not good enough to take photos, as lighting in the flat was somewhat bad. So here is Fiddlesticks.

fiddlesticks

I have no clue how the name relates to the name of this colour – but it is pretty. 🙂 When applying Fiddlesticks, I had a little scratch on my ring finger, thus the plaster.

fiddlesticks

fiddlesticks

fiddlesticks

fiddlesticks

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[Essence] Let It Snow (Top Coat)

My favourite top coat for this season, imitating snowfalls. It’s packed with big white bits and smaller glitter particles in a transparent base. My daughter got Let It Snow for me, and so far, I’ve tried it over a couple of varnishes.

let it snow

My first pick was Pillow Fight (Ciaté), a grey shade with a tad of lilac/mauve.

pillow fight

pillow fight

Here is Let It Snow combined with another Essence, Goofy Blue (Snow Jam Collection of last winter). Goofy Blue has a shimmer of its own and contains flakies, so at first I thought it might be too much topping it with Let it Snow … but in the end, this is my favourite combo.

goofy blue

goofy blue

goofy blue

goofy blue

Close-up view.

goofy blue

Here it is over Essence Always On My Mint, a pastel mint shade with a slight shimmer. I liked this too, that’s probably the reason why I took so many photos!

mint

mint

mint

mint

mint

Close-up view.

mint

[Essie] Leading Lady

This has been the signature shade of Essie’s Holiday Collection of last year, Leading Lady. It’s a berry red with a jelly base containing glitter particles of different sizes.

leading lady

Two coats. Leading Lady actually reminds me of the varnish I’m wearing right now, China Glaze Ruby Pumps (although the latter is more red-based and has smaller glitter bits.)

leading lady

leading lady

leading lady

leading lady

Macro view.

leading lady

[Zoya] Blaze

I’m still there but having busy times, not only because Christmas is approaching. I’m very much enjoying my two Ciaté calendars, and I’ve also got another one with tea samples … I love it, since I missed it out last year. Currently, I’m recognising that we are having the first snowfalls for this year, as well as heavy storms coming up, but I haven’t gotten blown away yet, haha! One of my lovely followers, Dandygal, has given me the Liebster Blog Award; normally, I don’t accept awards, but most of the time, I still check them out and try to answer as good as possible, so I will have a look at that later.

For now, it’s an older swatch and Zoya Blaze, which had been given to me by my friend Judi this summer. That’s also why I had it on my nails sometime in August; I liked it, but to me, it’s more a Christmas shade (not only because it is part of Zoya’s 2012 Holiday Collection), so it fits better in the current season. 😉 Blaze is a raspberry holo, packed with silver glitter particles.

blaze

Two coats. I might have said before that both formula and application of Zoya nail varnishes are great.

blaze

blaze

blaze

blaze

Close-up view.

blaze