Monday, January 26, 2015

As Seen On TV - Theme Week!

This is exciting as now starts the first ever theme week here in my blog! While doing the #ablecaw14 challenge both me and Mirka really liked the As Seen On TV theme and we both had quite a few ideas that we wanted to do about that theme. So when Mirka started talking about doing a theme week with the same theme, I immediately wanted to join in too, so we decided to do this theme week together. 

This is going to be very simple: we will both post one manicure per day starting today and ending on Sunday. As the theme is As Seen On TV, all the manicures will have something to do with, surprise surprise, TV and we have actually chosen some more specific genres and such that we will do each day. All the other manicures will be about specific TV series except today as this is the kick off day and we thought it would be great idea to do something more generic but still of course TV releated for this first day.

I had the idea of this no signal themed manicure in my head since the As Seen On TV challenge manicure as it was something I thought about doing then but decided to go with that Big Bang Theory manicure then instead. So it was clear that I really wanted to try to do this for our theme week.

If it's not totally clear, I took my inspiration from those sceens that you get (or at least used to get) if your TV doesn't have any signal. So for my thumb, index and ring finger nails I tried to do something that looks like static on TV, though I'm not sure sure if I succeeded completely but paired with those color blocks I think you can still get the idea. 

I did those static screen nails with dotting tool and using Essie Licorice and Maximillan Strasse Her and OPI Angel With a Leadfoot. The color bar nails I did with paintin my nails first with a coat of white (AWaL) and then I taped my nails several times using nail vinyls and doing one or two bars at the time. So they did take quite a while to do and some patience too since I always had to wait for the previous one to dry before doing the other color. I could have painted these with freehand too, but I wanted the edges to be as sharp as possible.

 I used quite a few polishes for this look, so here they are all:

Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Essie Licorice
Essie Maximillan Strasse Her
OPI Angel With a Leadfoot
Essie Hip-Anema
Color Club Blue-Ming
OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana
Essie Bouncer, It's Me
ulta3 Tahitian Lime
Color Club Wicker Park

So I there will be a post every day during this theme week and I'm going to post them always at 6 PM (EET). Mirka at Nerdic Nails is doing the same, so remeber to check out also her daily posts!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Foil Nail Art With China Glaze Nice Caboose! and Zoya Margo

Yay, I have something other than blue and silver for you guys today, this time I decided to go with purple for a change. Also it has been forever since I've done anything with nail foils, so I decided to do a quick and simple nail art using some foil and two beautiful purple polishes.

I used China Glaze Nice Caboose! for my thumb, index and pinky nails (two coats) and Zoya Margo for my middle and ring finger nails (2 coats also). Margo looks clearly lighter in the bottle than Nice Caboose! but on nail  they weren't really that different and if you don't look too closely, you can't really tell the difference. Nice Caboose! has that beautiful magenta shimmer which is quite visible in the bottle, but it wasn't that noticable on nail or in the pictures, though you can see that there's something more going on there than with a regular creme. Both polishes had quite awesome formula, they applied really easily and both needed just two coats for full coverage.

When my base colors were completely dry, I applied some clear polish quite carelessly to here and there on my middle and ring fingers and then I stuck the foil into it. I repeated that couple of times to get more foil on my nails and also to get that shattered look. The foil I used had this gradient color from magenta to blue and lighter blue in itself already, but of course you can get the same look with using two or three different colored foils instead. I think I've bought mine from Born Pretty Store some years back. To complete the look I also added some nail studs on my other nails.

I really liked this look, it's simple but it's really pretty too! I also liked wearing purple for a change as I've had quite blue/turquoise/green phase going on and I had almost forgotten how good purple polishes can look too. I should really use those nail foils more often too, they are such an easy way to do some nail art.

Products used
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: China Glaze Nice Caboose!, Zoya Margo
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Decorations: foil, studs

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cirque Mirror Mirror, NYFW and 8 Crazy Nights Skittlette

Oh Cirque Mirror Mirror! How I waited to get mine! I actually ordered it quite a while ago from Cirque and they shipped it as quick as usual (which is really quick!) but there was some weird delay apparently because of the Finnish postal service (tracking showed that my order was sitting in Helsinki almost a month eventhough it had arrived from the US within less than a week) and so like I said, I had to wait quite a while to get mine and I was little worried that it was lost or something. 

But the story had happy ending and I finally got mine and I have actually wore it already three times since! Yup, first time I just had to try it alone, then after that I did a quick gradient with it and Cirque Epoch. I did take pictures of that mani too, but they didn't turn out so great. Anyhow, I also just got my Harlow & Co. order with Cirque NYFW in it and I really wanted to combine it with Mirror Mirror into a manicure. So I wore Mirror Mirror third time and this time I managed to even get some pictures worth sharing with you! 

In addition to Mirror Mirror and NYFW I also had Cirque 8 Crazy Nights in my untrieds, so I decided to combine it to this manicure too. I used Essie Urban Jungle under it and then did just one coat with 8 Crazy Nights. For my index, pinky and thumb nails I used two coats of NYFW and picked couple glitters on each nail from 8 Crazy Nights. For my ring finger I first used two coats of Mirror Mirror, then I applied smART nail art stencil over it and painted parts of the nail with NYFW and then removed the stencil.

The blue shade of NYFW is jus stunning, I'm so in love with it! It's gorgeous deep shade and as the formula is something between jelly and creme, it has beautiful shine and depth. The formula was pretty great as it coveres pretty well with just two coats, but it was little bit on the thick side.

8 Crazy Nights is also a stunner! I think it's quite unique one and I love the fact that it has both matte and shiny glitters in it as well as some holographic ones. And it's mainly blue and turquoise, so of course I love it.

I don't think I need to say too much about Mirror Mirror, I'm sure you all have already read quite a few of praises about it. As lame as it sounds it is truly one of those polishes that you have to see yourself to truly appreciate it as the beauty of it doesn't really translate into pictures. I tried to take some swatches of it, but my camera just got too spooked about all that mirrorlike shine and it didn't really know where to focus eventhough I tried. I included on picture of it alone here, but like I said, this is really something you have to see yourself.

I have two coats here with base and top coat and there might be still some tiny bald spots in between those silver flakes, but that didn't really matter in real life since you can't really see those because of all that shine. I think Mirror Mirror looked really good by itself too and if I ever need something quick but showy, Mirror Mirror is the one I'll choose. It is fairly easy to apply, though it has quite different formula compared to regular polish as it is packed with those silver flakes. Removing this is another story, so I have always worn this over IsaDora Peel Off Base to ease the removal quite a bit.

Like I said, all these three are gorgeous polishes and I highly recommend them all, at least if you like blue and silver! Mirror Mirror and 8 Crazy Nights are limited edition polishes and they are currently out of stock at least on Cirque's own store, so if you want them and see them somewhere, you should definitely get them before it's too late. They are surely worth it!

By the way, I think this was my third manicure with blue and silver within a short period of time... I seem to be stuck with this color combo, but it suits so well these cold and wintry days.

How about you, are you already sporting all those spring colors?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Snowflake Nail Art

I know Christmas is long gone already but somehow I never posted this snowflake nail art manicure that I did for the Sokos event before Christmas. First I thought I wouldn't even post it, but I had already edited the pictures and all, so you just have to bear with me this one last Christmassy manicure. 

And here you can see the reason why I didn't really want to post this: I managed to smudge the design with the top coat. But I really loved the red and gold gradient look here, so let's focus on that instead! I used the same polishes here that we used in the Sokos event too, so the red one is Lumene Apple Basket and the gold one is We Care Icon Golden Comet. I painted the snowflake with We Care Icon True White and I used Mavala Minute Quick-Finish, so be aware, it can smudge your design.

I really love how the gradient looks with the red and the gold, they make so pretty reddish shimmer together! Also the red color of that Lumene is really stunning! It is very pigmented, basically one-coater, but then again it also get quite stuck on cuticles and such if you aren't careful with it.

I also posted a quick tutorial for snowflake nail art, you can check it out here if you haven't seen it already. If you combine it to some other colors, like blue, you can get more wintry look instead of this Christmassy look. 

Maybe this manicure can work as an inspiration for you next Christmas, eh...

Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Lumene Apple Basket
We Care Icon Golden Comet
We Care Icon True White
Mavala Minute Quick-Finish

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Polishers Inc. - Safe and Sound

It's time for another Polishers Inc. manicure, yay! This time the theme is Safe and Sound and the idea was to do a mani that you do when you have to get it just right and don't want to take any chances. I went with my true comfort-zone manicure: gradient with water decals. This is really the one thing I always do if I need to make my mani just right and I can usually make this work at least 99% of the time.

Lately I've been quite into Picture Polish lacquers, so I decided to use two of those pretties for my manicure. I first did a coat with Siren Song, beautiful mint with silver shimmer. Then I did the gradient using Siren Song and Enchanting, which I just received this week and I'm loving it! It's a gorgeous shade of emerald green with some tiny shimmer in it. It's so pretty!

This time I didn't want to use water decals on all my nails, so I just did couple accent nails and added those white water decals on my ring finger nails and on my thumbs. This is a quite simple manicure, but gradient and water decals truly work every time!

It's definitely not surprising manicure coming from me, but it sure is safe and sound.

KBShimmer Basic Training
Picture Polish Siren Song
Picture Polish Enchanting
Glisten&Glow HK Girl Top Coat

Don't forget to check out also all the other Polishers Inc. ladies' Safe and Sound manicures.

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