Get ready for it - I have TWO manicures for you today! While I had given myself a pretty cool one at the beginning of this week, I bought a new shade yesterday and couldn't wait to try it on... so I didn't. Anyway, let's get started! Manicure number one started with "Iceberg Lotus" by Nicole, with some "Nicole... Spotted!" on the tips (that's the first pic), but I found this was a little on the boring side, so I used my Sally Hansen nail pens to add some silver and black leopard spots (second pic), which I was fairly satisfied with. I should also add that with that vibrant green it will absolutely stain your nails, so use base coat! I use Seche Natural, which did an impressive job of blocking stains.
In the third picture is my latest manicure, where I used Lise Watier's "Fun in the Sun". I haven't used Lise Watier polish before, so this was something of a test run. The colour dried just a liiiittle bit more red than in the bottle, and the consistency is on the clear side, but after two coats it looks quite nice. While I have a Revlon polish that is very close in colour to "Fun in the Sun", I can't say I regret getting it... it's just such a great summer colour!
As a last note, you'll notice a book in the background of the last pic - that's Empire of Illusion, which I am trudging through and fully intend to review as I am almost done and it has been a fascinating read. Unfortunately I have found over the last few months that I've developed something of a literature ADD. Once upon a time I was the type of person who chose a book and then read it cover to cover, and only ever read one book at a time (otherwise I found it distracting). However, since completing my degree (yay!) I have a new-found inability to focus on just one book. Perhaps my brain is nostalgic for the days where I had 30 different books to read a semester, but regardless the effect has been clear: I am part-way through at least five different books right now, which is why my book reviews have been non-existent over the last little while. I have finished reading several books (I'm not THAT slow a reader), but they're just not review-worthy. Anyway, I'm rambling. The point is, reviews are coming!