Sunday, November 25, 2012

Where In the World: RUSSIA

Hi beauties!!

How are ya?!  Are you ready to travel again?  Today's voyage takes us all to Russia!

I've been to Russia a few times, but the most memorable time was a few years ago when I went to climb Mt. Elbrus.  My friend and I stopped at Moscow for a day and after the climb we went to St. Petersburg.  I remember being amazed by all the beautiful architecture of these cities.  Today's mani is based on one of the Pokrovsky Cathedral which stands in Red Square in Moscow.  Ever since I remember I've always wanted to see it with my own eyes, and finally I did!!  I included my inspirational picture at the very end of my post.



I used a few different polishes for this manicure.  My index and middle fingers are painted with OPI "Midnight In Moscow", a gorgeous, vampy dark dark burgundy filled with all kinds of red shimmer. Two coats for opacity.  I love it!!
My ring fingernail was covered with 2 coats of OPI "Jade Is the New Black".  As the name indicates, it's a dusty jade green creme.  It's definitely the type of green I'm not afraid of wearing!!
Finally, I painted my pinky nail with 2 coats of OPI "GoldenEye", gold sparkly flakes of perfect formula!


I proceeded with stamping to achieve the look of the Cathedral.  I used Konad White and Mash-45 design for the zigzag pattern on my middle finger.  Then I used Color Club "Harp On It" and the design from RA-106 for the vertical 'waves' of one of the domes.  I also sponged my index finger with some "GoldenEye" for an extra bling.  Check it out:




One of the souvenirs I brought back from Moscow was a replica of a Faberge egg that Russia is so known for.  And since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought that the Egg would make a perfect object for me to pose with!!




What do you all think?  Hindsight 20-20, I probably should have painted my middle finger white and then stamped over it with a dark red.  Here is the original picture I based my mani on:


I hope you all enjoyed today's visit to Russia!!  Don't forget to check out what other participants of the challenge came up with!!

17 comments:

  1. A perfect interpretation! I love the replica of the Fabergé egg. It's so beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Helena!! I couldn't decide on the egg, I stood there for good half hour trying to pick my favorite!

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  2. oooooooh yes, I also wanted to see this church in my own eyes, and finally I did!!
    Your mani is beautiful and it's easy to see your inspiration, although I think you could have stamped all your nails ;-)
    I will give you credit for the full nail stamp though. It turned out amazing!!!

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    1. Thanks Jin!!! I'm still a little shy with the full nail stamping, at least to take it out in public... :)). I didn't get to go inside if the church, they had some renovations... Still loved it on the outside though!!

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  3. I love everything about this mani! Great interpation! I've been dying to use that Zig-Zag pattern on Mash-45 as well. All the polishes used are amazing, including JITNB, which is one of my all time favourites!!! (See I told you I loved everything about this lol) and YAYA I can comment again :)

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    1. Ohh thanks so much, I'm so glad you like it!!! And yes, I'm very happy you can comment again too!!!! :)))

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  4. Gorgeous, Gosia. Amazing pictures, perfect colors, lovely attention to detail.

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  5. Wow, this is amazing! I think your mani is a great interpretation of Russia and Pokrovsky Cathedral! :-)

    ~ Yun

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  6. Love this mish mosh manicure!!

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  7. It looks stunning! You did an amazing job with your stamping!

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    1. Thanks so much Mandy!!! I couldn't help but dig out my Faberge egg too! :)

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  8. I am speechless - this is absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job!!!

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