Saturday, March 29, 2014

Review - Essence Magnetic Top Coat

Magnetic nail polishes were very popular when they first came out. A completely new hype of using a special nail polish and magnet together to get interesting designs on your nails. Essence had magnetic polishes for a few years now, they also had magnets, and the latest magnetic gadget was the magnetic pen, which I think came out last year.

But there's so much you can do with a specific set of magnetic colors. What about the other nail polishes that you have? That one favorite shade that you own and try to use in every nail art design possible, because it's just awesome? One of the new products Essence came up with lately is the magnetic top coat. And I couldn't be more happier about it. When the drugstore in my city finally had this top coat on the Essence shelf, I bought it without giving it a second thought. I wanted to test it, and I wanted to use it on my own set of polishes.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chevron nails tutorial (pictorial) -picture heavy-

Today I have a photo tutorial for you. Or as more commonly known: a pictorial.

I love chevron nail designs, and I find myself quite often browsing through google images and pinterest looking through the different designs that people come up with using the simple zig-zag lines. At the end of last year I bought me craft scissors to make decals myself, but because I discovered it doesn't cut through plastic, I put it aside and tried to find pre-made chevron stickers. No success with that. There’s only one seller on ebay who sells it at an affordable price, but they don’t ship to the Netherlands. So I just gave up.

The other day I was testing a new stamping plate (a review of that will come soon), and I did the testing by painting small rectangles on a piece of paper covered with scotch tape. The next day I pick up one of the polish rectangles, and I think of testing the craft scissors on it, and it worked! So today I made my chevron decals and I must say I am so happy about it that I decided to make it into a tutorial. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Melting jeans colored nail art

I haven't posted for a while simply because I have a cracked nail and I'm trying to fix it before it breaks. I will make a separate post about that once I get it patched properly.

As for this post, last week I bought the jeans sugar polish from Essence and wanted to try it out in combination with my other jeans colored polish from Catrice.

I must apologize for the quality of the photos. My tripod broke when I wanted to take photos, and so I took photos without it, thus resulting in some pixelation because I don't use flash and it was a cloudy day.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Metallic taping nail art

A couple of days ago I did the Nail Polish Challenge group's theme "metallic taping", and while I thought there was going to be a lot of silver, I ended up with pink, and kept it simple. And today I decided to share here as well.

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day nail art

Happy St. Paddy's day to everyone who celebrates it! While I don't celebrate it because it's not my culture, but I have friends who do. So I decided to do a nail art dedicated to this occasion.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stamping nail art using Born Pretty Store stamping plate #M83

In a previous post I mentioned that I have received the Born Pretty Store stamping plate numbered M83. My favorite pattern of it was the wallpaper looking one, and a couple of days ago I decided to use it in a full two-hands nail art (I had an appointment yesterday, so I kind of had to have matching nails on both hands lol)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review - Flormar Light Summer nail polish

On the 10th of March I finally managed to do something for the Nail Polish Challenge group that I'm a member of. The day's theme was "What was your last polish purchased?", and so I dug out the latest polishes that I bought. To my surprise (and a bit of pride at my self-control, as well) the last I had bought a new polish was in January when I went to Amsterdam to watch the NT Live production of Coriolanus (which was amazing, by the way).

So while in Amsterdam, I wanted to go to Flormar, a cosmetics company that opened a branch in the city center not long ago. I've read about it from a few Dutch beauty bloggers, and I wanted to see it for myself. After keeping myself from drooling over their nail polish collection, I decided to pick up two colors -that I didn't already own- to test.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Review - Etude House Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam

While this blog is exclusively nail art oriented, I couldn't pass the chance to share an amazing discovery for me. The Etude House Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam. Yes, you read that right, baking powder.

I got a sample pack from my bestie after she came back from a visit to Seoul, South Korea. At first I was confused about the baking powder part, but I was hooked after the first time of using it.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

American Football themed nail art - Enschede Broncos

My cousin plays American Football at one of the local clubs around here, called Enschede Broncos. Today they are having a home game against another local team. In a way to show my support, I decided to make football themed nail art, using something from the team logo. In this case, it was the horse.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Born Pretty Store stamping plate #M83

Today I have a new Born Pretty Store stamping plate to show. I loved the designs when I saw them on the website, and I loved them even more after stamping them on my nails!

Born Pretty Store stamping plate #M83

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Nail art inspired by fashion - Céline Spring 2014 Runway Show

This time my inspiration came from the Céline Spring 2014 Runway Show at the Paris Fashion Week. A lovely blue background with red brush strokes. Or at least, I think it's brush strokes. It looked so beautiful that I decided to try it out.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Striping nail art using non dominant hand

What do you do when you’re the kind of person who wants to try a certain nail polish and already have your non dominant hand already painted? Yep. Paint your dominant hand.

If you’re skilled at painting your nails on both hands flawlessly, I congratulate you. I often fail at achieving a similar look on both hands. My non-dominant hand is so shaky that I barely get anything done with it. And when I do, it’s a miracle!

Just like today’s nail art, which I have done using my non-dominant hand. It’s a miracle!

without top coat

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Nail art inspired by fashion - Tommy Hilfiger's Spring 2014 collection

I love browsing through photos of fashion inspired nail art. So, yesterday after I was done studying for the day, I went on an inspiration hunt. And ended up with a nice and simple dress from Tommy Hilfiger's Spring 2014 collection.