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Todays manicure is inspired by my latest love in fragrance – Valentina by Valentino. I do not fall for perfume easily, I’ve been wearing Flower by Kenzo half my life but this is irresistible.
Valentino says about this fragrance: From this sensual, insolent beauty, this blatant femininity that eludes conventions, two master perfumers, Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morillas, created a fragrance as a tribute to today’s Valentino woman. With attitude, sophistication and unexpected characteristics, the bouquet of Valentina blends an irreverent Italian floral oriental in which each facet reveals a paradox. Calabrian bergamot is a hymn to exuberance and freshness, shaken up by the insolence of white Alba truffles. In their trail, jasmine, Amalfi orange blossom and tuberose celebrate radiant beauty, while being offset by the rebellious delight of wild strawberries. Finally, the nobility of cedar is seduced by the captivating sensuality of amber… Valentina marks out a solar, unexpected trail, classic yet modern.
The bottle looks like this (official picture):

The manicure and the fragrance both have the same qualities for me – the feeling of the comforting known (in the case of the manicure, the sponging and the dots) and yet just slightly out of my comfort zone, the manicure being pink and the fragrance being sweet. And yet everything falls into place perfectly.

I used an extravagant amount of polishes for this. The base is OPI Bubble Bath (the old version), tips and rough sponging are done with OPI Japanese Rose Garden, then one layer of Nubar Brilliant, dots with China Glaze Snow and to finish it off, a layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust sprinkled on top.
Aahh yes. Now, where is Valentina?