Friday, September 30, 2011

V-gap and OPI Gold Shatter


Hi guys! Yesterday I showed you my post with Orly Sweet Peacock, today I have the V-gap I made with it. First I mattified it with Essence Matt topcoat, which made it look stunning. Sweet Peacock is so sparkly that even with a soft, matte finish it still sparks like a gem. For the V-gap I placed triangles to cover up the blue and I applied OPI Gold Shatter on top. Gold Shatter is another new polish that arrived in my mailbox this week and I couldn't wait to try it out. Though blue and gold is always a win in my book, I'm not exactly crazy about this look. I like the colors but maybe there's just too much going on. Oh well, next time better :) What's your opinion?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Orly - Sweet Peacock


Hello everyone, this blue beauty you're looking at is Orly's Sweet Peacock from the Birds of a Feather collection. The moment I saw the promo pictures, I knew I needed this baby in my life. It's blue and a foil, can't say no to that ;-) It's just as pretty as I'd expected... A gorgeous, electrifying, shimmery, medium blue. It only needs two coats for full opacity, but it does dry a bit gritty, so I'd recommend using a fast drying topcoat, also to speed up the drying.
Besides Sweet Peacock I also bought Lucky Duck from the same collection. I haven't swatched it yet, but it looks really good based on the bottle, so I'm sure it won't be long till it appears here :) Which polish(es) did you get from the Birds of a Feather collection?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stripey accents


Hello everyone :) I hope you guys had a nice weekend like I did, we had some late summer weather the last couple of days and I enjoyed it very much.
For this post I have stripey accents to share with you. I'm wearing one of my latest purchases, China Glaze Concrete Catwalk. I love the dark shade of grey and the polish applies like butter, just two smooth coats and you're done. Tonight I added the red, stripey accents, using tape and P2's Fever, I love this polish too! It's a deep, shimmery red, very glamorous and I love how it pops against Concrete Catwalk. Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Outer Space Marble - A layering experiment





Hi guys! Today I'd like to show you a layering experiment I did a little while ago. I started with China Glaze First Mate, on top went Milani Cyberspace from the 3D Holographic collection, OPI Last Friday Night, Golden Rose #10 aaand... *gasp* ...matte topcoat. That's a mouthful. I really love the endresult, it looks like some kind of marble from outer space hahah. Quite interesting. Surprsingly Last Friday Night, which usually turns any polish into magic, was a bit unnecessary this time as it was hardly visible on top of Cyberspace. Golden Rose #10 on the other hand is just mind-blowing gorgeous! Pretty red flakies. In the bottle you can see them shifting from red to gold, to green and blue. But even after a zillion shots I wasn't able to capture the complete rainbow. A shame, because it's so pretty in real life!
I used many polishes to achieve this look, but surprisingly everything dried pretty well, because I only used one coat of each. And as I said, Last Friday Night could be left out the next time I do this. Have a great weekend everyone :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Turquoise pyramids


Hello everyone! How are you? I hope fine :) I'm alright, but something terrible did happen today! Somehow one nail of my left hand got teared a bit this week. I've been really good and didn't touch it for days but I guess the stress had taken over today, because I kept picking on it and now I've got a little nub there. Boohoo! So I made the rest of my nails shorter too to make it less noticeable. And so I won't be taken any pictures for a little while, because I don't like my nails this short :( But lucklily I still have a few manis from the vault for you. And today's post is one of them.
My basecolor is P2's Groovy. What a wonderful polish! I don't own many P2 polishes but my mom bought me some bottles a few weeks ago. I really loved the elegant shape of the bottles and I love them even more now when I found out how perfect Groovy was. It's a muted shade of teal, with a perfect creme formula and you can get away with one coat of it. Lovely! The next day I decided to add the 'pyramid' design, like I used in the 'military chic' mani. I used Wet 'n Wild Carribean Frost for it, which gave a subtle ton-sure-ton effect, I really like that shimmery teal polish :) And as my finishing touch I mattified the look with the sadly discontinued Essence Matt topcoat. Maybe I'll give China Glaze's Matte Magic a try when I'm through my back-ups. Anyway, enough rambling for today! ;) Have a great night!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mummy time


Oooh, it's time for the mummy design again :) Haven't done that one in a while! This time I was going for something chic and festive. As my base color I'm wearing OPI Russian Navy and on top of it I used China Glaze Silver Lining for the mummy design. Normally I wouldn't suggest using a glitter as a layering polish for tape manis, because most of the time they don't cover very well, but it all just depends on the density of the glitters. And Silver Lining has very dense glitter so not a problem for tape designs. It did leave me a gritty and uneven surface so to smooth it all I applied Essence Matt topcoat. Can't resist mattified glitter! Thanks for watching :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tutorial: Citrus design



Hi everyone, welcome to my citrus design tutorial :) I first made this design for my entry in the Good Enough To Eat contest at Nail Polish Art Addiction, a few months ago. The shape of a sliced citrus fruit has always amazed me for some reason, so for the contest I made this exotic, abstract pattern. A few of you dear readers requested a tutorial for it, so here it finally is :) Now go pick three delicious, summery polishes, your nail art brushes and do some nail art!


Start with the base color you like (if necessary with a basecoat underneath) and let it dry.
Then use your nail art brush and a contrasting, opaque polish or acrylic paint to draw a few circle shapes. Spread them evenly on the the surface to make a nice composition. Then devide each circle in 'slices' and round of the two outer corners of each 'slice'.
Clean your brush (or use a new one) and use a third color to suround each circle shape with a line, leave a small gap between the circle and the line, if you can. Then fill in the gaps with the same color and let the whole nail dry for a few minutes.
The surface is still a bit bumpy, so to make it smoother and protect your design, apply a topcoat. At last clean up the excess polish on your skin and you've got yourself a fresh and juicy design ;)

Tip: To clean your nail art brush(es), pour a little bit of nail polish remover in a small dish or the lid of the bottle. Let your brush soak in it for a few seconds and dab it a few times on a cotton pad. Repeat this until your brush is clean.

I would absolutely love to see your attempt on my design, so feel free to leave a link to your creation in the comment section!

Products I used in this post are OPI The It Color, Essence Let's Get Lost and OPI Dim Sum Plum.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Heavy layering experiment


Hello guys! For this post I have a layering combination for you. I had just bought a purple/fuchsia glitter polish from Claire's and used it over one coat of black (Color Club Where's The Soiree?). The glitter applied well and evenly, I really like that, plus it was a lot denser than I expected it to be. For a bit more color and contrast I added a coat of Essence Edward, this extremely gorgeous teal glitter. After that there was a lot going on, but I'm a true glittergal, so I'm in love haha. Of course I also applied a matte topcoat to share the mattified finish with you. What are your thoughts?
To get an up-close view of the glitters, just enlarge the pictures by clicking on them.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Military chic


Hello guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. This look was made a couple of days ago. I was wearing China Glaze Westside Warrior from the Metro collection. What a beautiful shade of green! The application was wonderful too. I loved it and couldn't stop looking at my nails, it's unlike any other green I own. But a few days later I got tipwear on several fingers, I was bummed because I didn't want to take Westside Warrior off... So what do you do when you want to keep a polish on your nails, but it's suffering from tipwear; you go for a funky French ;) I was just playing around with my tape strips when I finally got to this design, and I must say I like it a lot! Though the whole look has a military feel, the tips reminded me of pyramids. Pyramid tips ^^ The gold shimmer I used for them was H&M Golden Treasure. It's an antique shade of gold, very pretty and very nice for tape manis. The formula is smooth and it doesn't dry too quick :) And a little by the way, these pictures were made under my boyfriend's granny's lamp, which belongs to our appartment now. Apparently it's great in mimicing sunlight! And that's awesome, because it means I can keep taking my pictures, even in the winter! Regardless of the weather and whenever I have time to, hooray! Have a great night everyone and I'll see you soon :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Abstract stripes


Hello guys! For this post I have some freehand to share with you. I just got my new set of striper brushes and couldn't wait to try them out. First I applied Orly Pure Porcelain (the pink-ish off-white) as base color and then I used the brushes to add the rest of the colors, which were OPI Dim Sum Plum and China Glaze For Audrey. The 'black' you see is actually a very dark blue, China Glaze Ink, which comes in a bottle that already has a striper brush. The result looked alright, it just didn't really feel like 'me' :P Do you know that feeling? But it was fun to wear something different than I'm used to for once. What are your thoughts on this look?

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Tutorial: Cartoon heart




Hi everyone, welcome to my cartoon heart tutorial! After several tape method tutorials, I thought it would be fun to make one with a freehand design. It's a very girly and simple design that only takes little time to make. Use it for a few accent nails and it's a cute way to add something extra to your mani. So go get your brushes and let's do some nail art ;)


First apply your base color (if necessary with a basecoat underneath) and let it dry. Here I used a polish with a creme finish (China Glaze Sea Spray), but you could also use a shimmer or subtle glitter polish, to give the design more depth.
Then use a nail art brush to draw the shape of a heart with black nail polish or acrylic paint and fill it in. The advantage of using acrylic paint instead of nail polish is it's usually very pigmented, has a short drying time and it's easier to work with, because it has a smoother formula. Above all that, it's relatively much cheaper than nail polish.
I drew my heart at the tips, with a part of the shape cut off. This is to make it seem like it's 'floating'. But of course you can draw the heart anywhere you like, in the middle, at the top, big or small, it's all up to you.
After the black heart has dried, paint another heart in it with an opaque color of your choice. Most people would take a red or a pink for hearts, but because the heart shape is such a fun and recognisable one, you really could use any color for it. Just pick anything that goes well with your base color.

As a finishing touch, add a typical cartoon shine to the heart, by making one big and one small dot with a dotting tool.
Finally apply your topcoat, clean up and you're done! Pretty simple, right? :)

Tip: To clean your nail art brush(es), pour a little bit of nail polish remover in a small dish or the lid of the bottle. Let your brush soak in it for a few seconds and dab it a few times on a cotton pad. Repeat this until your brush is clean.

I would absolutely love to see your attempt on my design, so feel free to leave a link to your creation in the comment section!

Products I used in this post are China Glaze Sea Spray, black acrylic paint and OPI Dim Sum Plum.
  

OPI You Don't Know Jacques + Color Club Covered In Diamonds


Hi readers! The other day I showed you OPI You Don't Know Jacques. It's a very calm and subtle color, very beautiful, but I was curious to see it with just a little bit more sparkle. So here it is with a coat of Color Club Diamonds. I like the combination and love iridiscent glitter/flakies. They're sparkly enough to add a lot of magic to a dull mani but yet they're subtle. Sounds quite contrary, doesn't it? :P So a party for the eyes but too bad Covered In Diamonds has such a thick formula. It made my nails look thick and plumpy. And I guess another layer of matt topcoat over them won't help either, but I just had to see what it would look like mattified :) What do you think about this combo? Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Presents


A little while ago, my mom went to Germany and got me these pretties ♥
She knows how much I love teals and turquoises, so she bought three of those.
Can't wait to try everything out. Thanks mommy!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

OPI - You Don't Know Jacques


Hi everyone :) For today I have a swatch of OPI You Don't Know Jacques. A typical taupe that has been so popular in the past year. This fall you still come across taupes in many fall collections, though the attention goes more to the dusty greens and purples now. Nonetheless I wanted to show you You Don't Know Jacques. I bought it as one of my first taupes, or 'dirty colors' as I would've called them back then, haha. It was when I was just starting to get into 'nailworld' and I wasn't used to unusual colors like taupes yet. But they've grown on me and now I like them :)
You Don't Know Jacques is a darker, cool-toned kind of taupe, a very calm en elegant color. I wish the formula could've been more opaque, so I wouldn't have to apply three coats for full covergage, but the application was pretty okay so in the end it wasn't that bad. Thanks for reading!


Friday, September 02, 2011

Explosions with China Glaze Jitterbug


Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing great. I am :) As I mentioned before, I'm busy with school at the moment. My first days have been hectic and already pretty tough, but I'm enjoying it and it's good to finally feel like I belong somewhere, after years of not knowing what I was supposed to do with my life. Yay, me, haha. So this week's been busy, but one day I got home a little earlier and it was even still light enough outside so I could take these pictures you're looking at. I was wearing OPI's Big Apple Red, a stunning, superglossy red jelly. But the next day it chipped on one of my nails, so I covered it by using the explosion design and China Glaze Jitterbug. I adore that polish, it's supergreat for tape manis and the shimmer spices up any mani in a cool, elegant way. Have a great night and see you soon :)