Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Red Lace Nail Art

Great idea doesn't always mean that the result is going to be as great. That's basically what happened with this mani I'm going to share with you guys today. I'm not sure if I'd call this a total fail as I did like the elements and I didn't hate the look, but this wasn't really what I had originally in my mind.

Just as the title suggests this was supposed to be red lace nail art look, but I'm not completely sure if it looks anything like lace... I didn't have a clear vision of a pattern and I didn't google any lace patterns to use as inspiration. Looking back I really should have done that, maybe then the finished look would look more like lace. Oh well, thankfully I'm not Russian, so I don't need to be perfect.

I used two beautiful Essie cremes for this look. The nude is of course Sand Tropez and the red is Jump In My Jumpsuit. Sand Tropez is clearly my favorite nude polish and it's alarmingly running out. I'm going to need to buy another bottle asap! Jump In My Jumpsuit was THE perfect red to be paired with Sand Tropez, it's a tad darker than a basic red but still not too dark. I'm pretty sure I have criticized Essie for making too many basic red cremes, but while choosing the red for this mani, I was quite happy to own so many Essie reds. I could easily find the exact color that I wanted, not too light, not too dark, just perfect.

I didn't really think about making something that would suit the upcoming Valentine's Day, but now posting this mani, I can see that this look would suit the theme quite easily. So yay, I managed to do a theme mani well ahead of the actual date for once! Let's not focus on the fact that it wasn't planned...

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab + Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Essie Sand Tropez (2 coats), Essie Jump In My Jumpsuit (2 coats)
Top coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Flash

Have you guys already done Valentine's Day nail art looks or are you even going to do any?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

FUN Lacquer Happy Ending

Today I want to share one truly stunning polish with you guys! It's a gorgeous purple that I could easily add to my favorite polishes list.

This beauty is of course FUN Lacquer Happy Ending from their New Year 2016 collection. It's a stunning purple with golden holographic flakies and pink/copper shimmer. I couldn't really capture the holo effect fully in this with my artificial lighting setting, but the polish looks so pretty even without it. It has a perfect formula too: I only needed two easy coats for full coverage.

I bought this one from the recent FUN Lacquer sale and I'm truly happy that I did, though I'd say it's totally worth the full prize too. It's truly such a beauty!

Purple was my favorite polish color couple years back. Lately I've been more into other colors, but Happy Ending really reminded me how beautiful purple polishes can be. If you don't own this one already, I highly recommend checking it out. It's one of those polishes that you need to see yourself to truly appreciate its beauty.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Night Is Dark and Full of...Snowflakes

Sometimes all you need is a gorgeous polish and some really simple nail art to achieve a beautiful manicure. Or at least this has been my go to receipt for succesful manicures for the past months. I have one of those cases to share with you today.

I used Cadillacquer The Night Is Dark and Full of Terrors as my base color. It's a beautiful dark blue jelly with blue and silver glitter. It's a bit sheer with the first coat as it is a jelly, but it builds up nicely and it's very easy to apply. I used three coats here.

Then I just added one MILV snow flake water decal on each of my nails and to finish the look I also added one nail art crystal in the center of each snow flake. So simple, but so pretty!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab & Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Cadillacquer The Night Is Dark and Full of Terrors
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: MILV water decals, nail art crystals

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Foxy Paws Lambada & Bailando

First of all I'm really sorry about the unannounced break I just took. You know, sometimes life just happens and that's that... But now I'm back and I'm gonna stick with the schedule again as I've found it very helpful! I already have quite a few posts planned for you guys so I'm sure I'll be able to easily fall back to the same schedule I had going on here previously.

Today I wanted to share something bright and fun in the middle of the winter. I know it's not the season for these as these two are from a summer collection but I don't really care as these two really deserve a post right here and right now.

First one is Foxy Paws Lambada, a really bright and fun color! I've seen it described as lime green or neon yellow but to me it's not really neither of those exactly, rather something in between a bright lime green and neon yellow. It has a beautiful scattered holo effect going on and it sure is a prefect color for a summer collection but it works just fine in the middle of the winter too. It's a bit sheer, so I used three coats here with a coat of top coat, but it was fairly easy to work with.

You all know I'm not the biggest fan of yellow polishes so this is slightly too much for me on its own and I'm not really sure if I would wear it like this. But as a accent color or part of some fun summery nail art for sure! However, if you are even fairly into yellow/lime green polishes, you should definitely check this one out, it's totally worth it!

The second one is Foxy Paws Bailando, a perfect warm neon pink shade with scattered holo. Both Bailando and Lambada are of course from the same summer collection inspired by those summer party hits that I'm sure everyone knows. Usually these type of warm bright pinks aren't the best match with my skintone, but I LOVE this one! As soon as I got it on my nails I was sold, it's such a beautiful color and yet again definitely the perfect shade for summer. I totally know what I'm going to wear as my pedi color all next summer.

Both of these have similar type of formula, so I also used three coats of Bailando with a coat of top coat here. Bailando is definitely my favorite out of these two, I love it!


Si señor, of course I had to put on Bailando from Spotify while writing this post and now I can't get it out of my head... ya ya ya

Bailando bailando amigos adios, adios el silencio loco

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It's Awesome... in Theory

Once again I wanted to do something I haven't done for a looooong while, so I dug out my nail art striping tapes and decided to do something with those. Do you guys even remember them? They were a mild hit many years ago before any nail vinyls and such. Lately it seems that no one is using them anymore and I quite quickly remembered why... But first, let's take a look at the mani I did with them.

I started with one coat of Gina Tricot White so that the gradient colors would pop out more. Then I did the gradient using Picture Polish Winter and Autumn, both such beautiful polishes! I still had to do quite a few coats to get the colors to show up properly, but I think the white base helped a little. After my gradient base was dry I started taping my nails with silver striping tape.

The actual taping of the nails was quite easy. I remembered it being way more nerve-racking that it really was and I managed to do my nails quite quickly. I also tried to be super smart and I used a little bit of nail glue to secure the ends of the tapes on the tip of the nails. Then I also did two coats with top coat and I really thought the tapes would stay on my nails at least for a day. But no, they didn't! Only after an hour or so I started noticing that some of them were already sticking out. I still tried to fix it with a little more of nail glue, but it didn't really help. I didn't have time to do another mani, so I went to work with some of the tapes sticking a bit out, but nothing too major. After a full day of work though I only have couple tapes left... So yeah, I don't think I'll be using these type of tapes any time soon. But hey, at least I have a great excuse to change the manicure (like I ever needed one).

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: KBShimmer Basic Training
Polishes: Gina Tricot White (base), Picture Polish Autumn, Picture Polish Winter
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: silver nail art striping tape

Do you guys still use these striping tapes or are they just collecting dust in drawers like mine were?
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