Friday, November 16, 2012

Where In the World: SWEDEN

Hi chickies!!!

I haven't traveled with you for a while, so today seemed like a great day :). Today's voyage takes us all the way to Sweden!!

I've never been to Sweden and I really wasn't sure what to include in this mani. First I wanted to do nails inspired by Pippi Longstocking who was one of my favorite characters when I was growing up!!! Oh how I wanted to be Pippi, so tough and strong and smart!! I even dressed up as Pippi at one of out masquerade parties! (dont judge me, I was only 6 haha). But then I went through all my stamping plates and couldn't see anything that would even remotely look like Pippi's pigtails. You all know my awesome freehand skills and I really didn't want to explain my mani again (since none of you would have a clue what I put on my nails) so I've decided to go with my other fascination from this country: ABBA!!

I've always loved music and since my parents really liked ABBA I know a lot of their songs. One of my favorites is 'Dancing Queen'!! So here's my mani, based on this song! Read more after the jump on what polishes I used (and why) and what I stamped with to achieve this look!



First of all, I wanted to tell you why I used these polishes.  These beautiful holos are by brand Depend, made and available for purchase only in Sweden. Ever since I saw the swatches on peoples' blogs I've been drooling uncontrollably...  until one day when Helena of Lacky Corner offered to send them to me!!!  Helena lives in Sweden so she has access to this brand.  She got the whole holo collection for me...  what an awesome, awesome person!!!  If you don't know about her yet, run to check out her beautiful nails and nail art!!!

One of the polishes I used is Depend 2026 (yep, they're one of these brands that assigns numbers to their colors instead of actual names!), a gorgeous beigy nude holo that took 3 coats for full opacity.  No funny business basecoat, this will go on beautifully on top of anything!!
The other polish I used is Depend 2033, blue holo with green undertones, look how awesome it is!!!  Again, 3 coats for full opacity.


In order to portray music by ABBA I stamped the piano keys using Finger Paints "Black Expressionism" and plate BM-207.  And that raunchy looking lady is supposed to be a 'dancing' queen' in one of her dancing poses!!  haha!!  no, not a hooker approaching a car =)))  I took her from the RA-113 and also used Finger Paints to stamp with.




I hope you guys liked my interpretation of Sweden!!!  Thank you Helena for sending me these polishes again!!!  I love every single drop of each bottle!!

For more awesome Sweden manis check out my partners in crime:

14 comments:

  1. I could swim in all your holo polishes! Gorgeous!

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    1. Haha I know I have waaaay too many... But I love every single one!!!

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  2. Love it!!! Ever since isaw my first swatch of the depend brand I've been drooling -_- I even went as far as to email them and tell them they should come to the us LOL an if your wondering no, no they aren't :( lol this is such a beautiful mani!!! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kristine!!! Lol, that's so awesome you emailed them!!! Crazy company, don't they know we NEED their polish??!!

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  3. Great idea! I love Pippi Longstcking books when I was little (and I still love ABBA - great for long drive sing-alongs)

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  4. Oh my, you've caught up with me! This is bad. I have to get going on that UK mani but time is in my way.
    Having ABBA as an inspiration is a great idea! Although Pippi would have been interesting as well hehe. That image works so well with the song! And no, I didn't think it was a hooker lol.
    You are so lucky she got these holos for you! They are amazing!

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    1. haha I always thought it was weird having all these hooker-like girls on the stamping plates so I'm glad I found use for them!!
      And I got my UK done too!!! ha!! =)) I will post it on Wednesday!!! I feel like I'm going at a turtle speed!! I really like the challenge though!!!

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  5. Thank you so much for the sweet words! I really needed them right now. And ABBA that is a perfect way to make a Swedish manicure :) i love them to. Who doesnt?

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    1. You're very welcome, Helena, thank you so so very much for sending these my way!!! I really hope you're feeling better!!!

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  6. I LOVE this mani!!! Well, you did steal my idea and now I have to come up with a new one, but I LOVE it!!!

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  7. Heh, dobre - przeczytalam tylko 'Szwecja' w tytule i bez czytania posta szybko doszlam do zdjecia i moje pierwsze skojarzenie to bylo wlasnie 'ABBA' :D

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  8. Ha!!! That should just tell you you should get off your lazy ass (hey I'm just quoting you haha) and get on with the challenge!!!!! Haha :))

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  9. Oh super, tak sie wlasnie martwilam czy bedzie wiadomo o co chodzi, a nie ze namalowalam panienke luzno sie prowadzaca... :)))

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