Thursday, August 6, 2015

Essie Peach Side Babe Nail Art

I already shared my swatches of the whole Essie Peach Side Babe collection, but I like I said in my swatch post, I really liked the cohesion of the collection and wanted to combine some of the polishes for some fun nail art. I did this really simple look using four polishes from the collection and some nail vinyls from Mi Nails.

*press sample
First I used two coats of Peach Side Babe on all my nails except my middle nails as for those I used two coats of Pret-A-Surfer. Then I just used these Mi Vinyls fishtail stencils to tape my ring finger nails and painted the sections with Pret-A-Surfer, Salt Water Happy and Sunset Sneaks.

I think this look shows how well these polishes do go together and I could have actually even used all six of the polishes from the collection for the look and it would have probably still looked really good. The colors compliment each other so nicely! I wanted to keep the mani really simple, so I didn't decorate the other nails in any way, I just wanted to enjoy the pretty shades and have that one accent nail.

I think I still need a little bit of practice using those stencil nail vinyls as my lines are anything but straight. Nevertheless, these vinyls were really easy to use and I didn't manage to make a huge mess with these eventhough the lines are quite thin, yay! I haven't actually even tried to make the fishtail look before as it just always seemed like too much of a work and I'm not really the best in painting straight lines. With these nail vinyls it was quite easy job to do the look and you don't have to layer so many coats over each other as you can just paint one section at a time. Essies wide brush wasn't actually the best choice for these quite small sections, but I think I still managed to do a decent job.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polishes: Essie Peach Side Babe (2 coats), Essie Pret-A-Surfer (2 coats), Essie Salt Water Happy, Essie Sunset Sneaks
Top coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Flash
Others: Mi Vinyls fishtail nail vinyl stencils

Do you guys like a simple look like this or would you have added some decorations to the other nails too?

*All the Essie polishes and the nail vinyls were provided to me for review. For more information check out my disclosure policy. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Dotty Skittlette

The other day I once again needed something quick and easy on my nails and I also wanted to use couple untried polishes for a manicure. Skittlette is always an easy way to include more than one untried polish in a manicure, so it suited my purposes perfectly. 

I used two coats of Dance Legend Termo 162 on my thumb, index and pinky nails and three coats of Zoya Bar for my middle finger nails. For my ringer fingers I first did the base with Essie Blanc (two coats) and then I did some dots using of course a dotting tool and the same polishes from Dance Legend and Zoya. Finally I just added a coat of top coat over everything.

I've had that Dance Legend Termo 162 for a while and I actually bought it second-handed and it's supposed to change color depending on temperature or the warmth of your hands and fingers, but it didn't have such a strong color changing effect anymore. There was still somewhat visible change from pink to purple-ish shade, but I think I prefered the pink look anyhow, so I didn't mind that the polish didn't change the color so much.

Zoya Bar is the other polish in this manicure that I hadn't tried before. I bought this one also a while ago hoping that it would be the perfect nude texture polish for me, but unfortunately it looks a bit too yellow on me for my liking. Nonetheless it's a gorgeous polish and I'm pretty sure it would look perfect with slightly different skintone. I used three coats of Bar for my manicure and I wanted to make it look a bit more sparkly, so I added a coat of top coat over it. It's such a chunky textured polish, that the one coat of top coat doesn't take away the texture effect but it makes the glitters shine a bit more.

Overall this was pretty basic manicure, but I still very much enjoyed wearing it for few days!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Dance Legend Termo 162 (2 coats), Zoya Bar (3 coats), Essie Blanc (2 coats)
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: dotting tool

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Essie Summer 2015 Peach Side Babe Collection - Swatches and Review

I'm a bit late with this but I'm going to share my swatches of Essie summer 2015 with you anyhow. I'm of course hoping that there's still summer left as it feels like the summer hasn't even started here in Finland because of the weather. Maybe we'll have some hot summery days in August (*fingers crossed*). At least I'm pretty confident that it will be sunny and hot hot hot in Barcelona where I'm going soon! Maybe I can find the perfect weather to wear some of these polishes from Essie Beach Side Collection there.

I got the whole collection for review and mine are again those Finnish/European version Essies with the wide brush and possibly a tad different ingredients and formula than the US Essies.

*Press sample
Chillato is a pale yellowed pistachio green creme. I've read that people have had issues with the formula of Chillato, but mine was fairly easy to apply. I used three thin coats and those gave me full coverage. I'm quite sure that this would be difficult to apply with the thin Essie brush, but thankfully I have the wider brush version, so it wasn't hard at all to apply it. This was infact a surprise favorite of mine, I really loved the fresh look that this gave on my nails. It looks quite yellow on me, but for some reason I didn't even mind that! I'd say that this is definitely more of a spring shade for me, but somehow it still works as a summer color just as well.

Peach Side Babe is a peach creme that looks almost like a light coral or something like that. It's a beautiful lighter shade that isn't pastel or chalky or anything like that. It's a bit streaky so I would definitely recommend using three thin coats if you are going to wear this alone. I was going to use this as a base for nail art, so I went with just two coats and a coat of top coat. 

Peach shades are sometimes difficult for me as they tend to look wrong against my skintone, but this has pink undertones in it, so even I can wear this. It's a perfect summer shade for those hot summer days that are still hopefully ahead for us. (I know, I know, I keep talking about the weather. Forgive me, but I'm hoping that if I keep talking about it, the summer will still come here in Finland too...)

Pret-A-Surfer is a slightly dusty blue creme with pretty great formula. This is pretty much an one-coat wonder though it did use two coats here just to be safe. It's a beautiful color and definitely a must-have for blue-lovers. 

Private Weekend is a bright white with subtle shimmer. Oh man, I was so hoping that Essie wouldn't do these invisible shimmers any more. If there's shimmer in the polish, of course we want to see it on nail too, right?!? I get that adding shimmer might make the formula a bit better than if it was just a regular creme, but if I'm promised shimmer in the bottle, I really want to see it on nail too. The white base in this one is so bright that it really makes the shimmer disappear almost completely. This would have been such a beautiful color if the shimmer was just slightly more visible. I used three coats here, it was a quite streaky.

Salt Water Happy is a pale light blue creme. It's an unique shade with a nice formula. Usually pale light shades like this have at least somewhat difficult formulas, but this one was quite easy to apply and it needed only two coats for full coverage. 

Sunset Sneaks is a bright crimson red creme. It's not a true red, weirdly enough it looked a bit orange on me, though I'm quite sure it infact has some pink in it. Either way I think this is more wearable even for those who don't like to wear true bright reds.

I really like the cohesion of this collection, the shades look like they go very well together and it would be so easy to combine any of them or even all of them for some nail art. This collection didn't really feel so summery to me at first glance, it rather looked like a spring collection. Then again, I do like the fact that Essie did come up with something different for this summer and now that I've tried all the shades, I could see my self wearing them all easily as summer colors and majority of them are actually pretty perfect summer shades. Surely they aren't really anything that we haven't seen before, but most of them are still very much worth having. The two blues, Salt Water Happy and Pret-A-Surfer are definitely must-haves from this collection. They are gorgeous shades and have really nice formula. Peach Side Babe is another hit for me and surprisingly I loved Chillato very much. Sunset Sneaks could be the perfect pedi color for summer. Private Weekend is the only one that gets a pass from me because of the disappointingly unvisible shimmer and because the formula wasn't really too great either.

As this is the summer collection, these have been in the stores for a while already, so you should head out and get yours if you want. 

Which one of these is your favorite? Do you guys have any tips regarding our trip to Barcelona: what we should see or do, where we should eat or shop or anything at all? I'd be very happy to hear if you have any tips at all!

*All these Essie polishes were provided to me for review. For more information check out my disclosure policy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Neon Water Decals

Water decals are definitely one of my favorite nail art decorations and I'm always happy if I manage to find water decals that are a bit more special. Don't get me wrong, I do love those regular flower water decals and all sorts of feathers, lace patterns and all that, but it's still nice to have something a bit different once in a while. So when I visited Mi Nails in Turku earlier this year and spotted some neon water decals, I just had to buy one sheet so I could try them out.

I did this mani a while ago already, but I haven't posted it since it was a bit of a failure. I do like those neon water decals very much and I still like the fact that they are a bit different, but somehow we didn't really get along when I tried to apply them on my nails.

I used two coats of Essie Take It Outside as my base color. Then I cut some pieces out of those water decals and tried to apply them on my nails. For some reason they didn't want to stick though and I had to work quite hard to get them somehow stick on my nails. I also managed to ruin them a bit more when I applied a coat of top coat over them. Nonetheless, the mani looked pretty good from the distance, but of course you can see all those flaws in these close-up pictures.

Flaws or not, I still liked this manicure very much. I'm always into the combo of nude/neutral colors with some neons, the neutral base makes the neons pop out even more. This could have been really the perfect summer manicure, I just wish we'd have those perfect summer weather to go with this mani.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Essie Take It Outside
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Decorations: water decals

Neons with neutral colors, hot or not?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Gradient Angles with Zoya Island Fun Cecilia and Talia

I have a quick nail art look to share with you guys today. I got the idea for my manicure from this beautiful mani by Suvi from Passion for Nails. I really loved Suvi's original look, it reminded me of rose petals or something like that, but since I didn't want to just copy the whole idea, I thought I'd give it a little spin and make a different look with the same technique.

Press sample*
I used my favorite off-white polish: Essie Urban Jungle. I did three thin coats with it and applied a coat of top coat and let it dry completely. Then I just taped my nails with some single chevron nail vinyls and sponged some Zoya Cecilia and Talia next to the vinyls. Finally I just removed the vinyls and added a coat of top coat.

Cecilia and Talia look really gorgeous together, they both such beautiful colors! I did this look in a bit hurry, so I didn't use too much time trying to blend them together to make the gradient effect more smooth between them, but I don't think that matters too much. I liked this look quite a bit and I even got some compliments when I wore this manicure.

I will share my swatches of Zoya Cecilia and Thalia later with you guys since I haven't posted those yet. However, I already shared my swatches of Zoya Paradise Sun collection, so if you haven't seen those yet, check them out here. 

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Essie Urban Jungle (3 coats), Zoya Talia, Zoya Cecilia
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: nail vinyls

* Zoya Cecilia and Talia were provided to me for review. For more information check out my disclosure policy.


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