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Simple chocolate swirl

So, the pink base of my last manicure started leeching into the white french tips after about a day. It was quite odd and I probably should’ve taken a photo, but that didn’t occur to me until after I’d taken it off.

A simple one this time: chocolate swirl.

OPI "Sand" Diego with m64 and Konad Princess Chocolate.

OPI "Sand" Diego with m64 and Konad Princess Chocolate.

Candied silver

I don’t have the words to tell you how much I hated this pink and silver concoction when it was done. But, it was done and I thought it might grow on me so I left it.

Max Factor Candy Pink, m64 and Konad Silver

Max Factor Candy Pink, m64 and Konad Silver

(Don’t get me wrong – I adore Candy Pink when I’m in the mood for it, and I really thought I was, but alas no.)

I felt slightly more kindly disposed to it this morning, in the aftermath of Bathurst, beer and barbecue, but the feeling was fleeting and by this evening I’d decided it had to go.

Start from scratch, or just try to rescue it? Last night’s beer dictated rescue, so I gave it a quick lick of white across the tips and konaded the smile line.

Voila!

Max Factor Candy Pink, m36 and Konad Princess Chocolate.

Max Factor Candy Pink, Nutrimetics French Tip White, m36, Konad Silver and Princess Chocolate.

(Yeah, it’s a bit wonky and smudged on one nail, but I can live with it.)

Lovely leopards

That this orange on orange leopard print is so hard to see (and photograph!) automatically bumps it to the top of my ‘favourite subversive work konads’ list.

Orange on orange on orange...

Orange on orange on orange...

It wasn’t, admittedly, the look I’d intended to achieve. I thought OPI’s Brisbane Bronze would be browner and Konad’s Pastel Orange would pop more… more of a reverse leopard print than tone-on-tone. In the bottle, the colours look miles apart.

I think I’m most enamoured by the interplay of shimmer and flat colour. A happy accident!

OPI Brisbane Bronze, Konad Pastel Orange and m57, topped with Sephora hardening and strengthening serum.

OPI Brisbane Bronze, Konad Pastel Orange and m57.

Lovely as tone-on-tone nails are, however, I was really hankering after some leopard print nails for tonight’s Roller Derby match. Since I found myself cheering inexplicably for Brutal Pageant in the first clash, I thought I’d show Smash Malice a little love this time.

Delightfully not subtle.

Australis Gold Lurex, Konad Princess Polish in Chocolate and m57, topped with Sephora strengthening serum.

Australis Gold Lurex, Konad Princess Polish in Chocolate and m57.