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.

You may have noticed that my blog has changed in that time. My lovely boyfriend bought me a new template and then did some extra coding for me. Relle for Lazy Lacquerista helped me out and I also got some extra information from the Every Little Polish website. I love the new colour theme, it makes me feel happy so I hope you like it too.

Anyway, onto the real reason for this post, 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. This mani is also my entry for Nail That Accent’s OMD2 nail art contest.

Alpine Snow base

First I put on two coats of OPI Alpine Snow. It’s a good white creme that should be in every polish collection. 

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. I got the idea to use this from @jamylyn_nails on Instagram. The natural light photo is the most colour accurate of them all. 
Natural light


Yesterday I received a birthday present from Doni (@donsnailobsession on Instagram). Included were two very cute rings that I wore all day. They are so cute and thoughtful. 
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? 
Alinta McMurdo