Friday, October 31, 2014

#ablecaw14 Week 7: Trick or Treat

Halloween is here so what better time to post my second Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge manicure than today! The second theme of this week was of course Trick or Treat, so I wanted to do something Halloween-ish. However, I already did one Halloween nail art manicure and I really didn't want anything too obvious, so I decided to do a bit different Halloween manicure this time.

I did want to use these quite traditional Halloween colors, orange and black, but I didn't want to do any pumpkins or such, so I decided to use some water decals instead. I also really wanted to use China Glaze Riveting for this manicure, since it really is my favorite orange polish and it's been a while since I've used it, so this was the perfect time to get it out from the helmer and on nails. 

I'm actually bit worried that I will at some point run out of Riveting, so I decided to save it a bit and paint a coat of orange under it. That's why I started this manicure with a coat of Essie Orange, It's Obvious. Then I did a coat of Riveting and on top of those I applied a black water decal on each nail. These decals were a bit curved so you end up with a neat half moon manicure. I decided that my mani still needed something, so finally I added some black dot glitters to that half moon line. 


Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Essie Orange, It's Obvious! 1 coat
China Glaze Riveting 1 coat
water decals
dot glitters
Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat

This sure isn't an obvious Halloween manicure, but to me the reference is still there. And once again that Riveting looks just so devine! I'm not really planning on celebrating Halloween in any way since it's not that big of a deal here in Finland anyhow, but it's still nice to have nails that match the day, at least somewhat.

How about you guys, are you celebrating Halloween and do you have nails to go with the day?


 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#ablecaw14 Week 7: My Blog

It's about time to start the Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge posts of this week since it's already Wednesday and I haven't posted neither of this week challenge manicures yet. I wanted to save the Halloween theme to the end of the week, so today I'll share with you my nails with the theme My Blog. We had this same theme for our last local blogger meet and I did a gradient with water decals then, so I didn't want to do the same thing all over again. 

I started thinking about how else might my blog look like on nails and then I thought I should probably do water marbling with white and green or blue since those are the main colors of my layout but they are also the colors that I have used for water marbling several times. So that's really something you might think of when you think about my blog. Also a big part of my blog is everything shimmery and glittery, since I do looove everything sparkling, so of course I needed to add some sparkle to my manicure. Here's what I came up with.


For this manicure I first painted all my nails, except my pinkies, white with two coats of OPI Angel With a Leadfoot. I wanted to try out the other water marbling technique where you leave your design to dry in your marbling cup and then when it's dry you can cut a piece of it that you want to place on your nails and you just seal it on place with a coat of top coat. This was my first time trying that and I'm not sure if I like that technique any more than I like regular water marbling. Surely it's less messy and you can easily do several nails from one design but somehow I found it little hard to get the design neatly on my nails. Maybe I just need more practice with that!

Anyhow, I did the water marbling with the same OPI and Essie Naughty Nautical. Of course I also had to top my water marbling with a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust because without it these nails wouldn't suit the theme. If you browse through all my water marbling manicures, you'll see that I have Fairy Dust over majority of them. So I really just had to use it here too. I also wanted to do couple accent nails, so I covered only half of my ring finger nails with the water marbling design and then the other half with Dance Legend Sahara Crystal texture called Mountain Snow. I used that same polish on my pinky nails too. Finally to get some more sparkling going on I also added some glitters from OPI I Snow You Love Me on my ring nails.

I really love this manicure though I'm not sure if this looks totally like my blog. But then again, this is really a great manicure and I love doing water marbling and I also love every part of this manicure, so I say this is totally suitable manicure to the My Blog theme. 


Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
OPI Angel With a Leadfoot 2 coats
Essie Naughty Nautical
Dance Legend Mountain Snow 3 coats (pinky)
China Glaze Fairy Dust 1 coat
OPI I Snow You Love Me
Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat


What do you guys think, does my manicure look like my blog on nails?


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Nail Art with Julep Tutorial

I have my first Halloween themed manicure for this year to share with you guys today. There will surely be at least one other here in my blog this week since one of the two themes of the Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge this week is Trick or Treat. But today I wanted to share you my Halloween manicure that was inspired by Julep's Halloween nail art tutorial.

I was contacted by the Community Outreach Coordinator of Julep about their halloween nail art contest. They want to see your spookiest, halloween-inspired nail designs and to make it even more fun, they've put together an exclusive Halloween nail art tutorial, which I'm sharing with you today also. But first I want to show you my nails that were infact inspired by the tutorial, but I changed couple of things as I wanted to make the design my own way.


For this manicure I first applied two coats of A England Tristam. Then I did the outlines of the super huge moon with yellow Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art pen and then I colored the moon with OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana. After it was completely dry I painted the fence with OPI You Don't Know Jacques! and a fine nail art brush. With the same brush I also finally did that kitty using Essie Licorice as my black polish. Finally I sealed the whole desing with a coat of Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat.


I'm not really best at free-hand nail art but I really liked how this manicure turned out! My cat is a bit crooked, but oh well, it's still cute if you ask me... :D

Here's everything I used for the manicure:

Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
A England Tristam 2 coats
Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art pen Yellow
OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana
OPI You Don't Know Jacques!
Essie Licorice
Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat

And here's Julep Pick of the Litter tutorial that I was inspired by:

If you are inspired and do this or some other Halloween nail art, don't forget to tag your pictures and be sure to also check out Julep's new nail polish colors.

Unfortunately the actual promotion is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada, age 18 or older at the time of entry, but that doesn't of course stop you from using the tutorial even if you are not eligible to take part of the contest.

Have you guys done any Halloween nail art yet or are you planning to do any?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Essie Pinking About You and Take It Outside

Today I wanted to share with you my picks from two Essie collections that came out this fall. I only picked one polish from Essie's actual fall 2014 collection and also only one polish from Essie's Breast Cancer Awareness collection from this year. However, both of these are really beautiful polishes and I thought I should share my swatches of them with you guys.

The only one that stood out to my from Essie's Pinking About You BCA collection was this cutely charming soft pink glitter which is the namesake of the collection. Pinking About You has a mix of different sized soft pink hex glitters in a clear base. It's not the most unique one out there, but it's still super cute! I have here one coat of the glitter over Essie Take It Outside (and a coat of top coat on top), so as you can see it has really nice glitter payoff. It was really easy to apply and the glitters went easily just where you wanted them and I think it gives you the perfect amount of glitter just with one coat. I only got couple of those largest hexes on my nails, but I wasn't really trying to catch any, so if you fish for them I bet you can get more.

I'm really happy that I decided to get this one. Eventhough I sometimes feel like I don't really need any more glitter toppers, there's still always room for a cutie like this one. And I didn't really have anything like this in my stash before.

You already probably figured out that Take It Outside was my pick from the fall 2014 Dress To Kilt collection since I used it under Pinking About You. Eventhough I have quite a few light taupe/beige polishes I still felt like I needed this one as it looked so pretty on other's nails. And I'm really happy that I decided to get this one too, since the color is really gorgeous and the formula was great also! Mine had that thin US brush and still this was very easy to apply and it only needed two coats for full coverage. It's really an awesome polish and if you haven't gotten this one already, I highly recommend it!

So all in all, I'm very happy with my picks but I'm still pondering if I should get Style Cartel also... What do you think? Did you guys get any polishes from Essie's fall collection or the BCA collection?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low Collection Comparisons

I posted my Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low collection swatches a while ago and today I have some quick comparisons of all the polishes from that collection. I tried to pick up everything that I have or have had that was even somewhat close to the colors of this new winter collection. I was most interested in how the colors compare to some other older Essie colors, so the majority here are Essie polishes, but I also added some other brands if they seemed to fit. I did these comparisons pictures with swatch stick since that way I could also include some polishes that I don't own anymore. I have saved all those stick from the polishes that are long gone just so that I can use them for comparisons, so they were really handy here.

When I swatched these Essie winter 2014 collection polishes I felt like they weren't really the most original colors out there, but somehow I didn't find any spot on dupes from my collection (past and current) for any of the polishes. However, some were really close calls and I'm pretty sure if you own one you don't really need the other. But let's look at the pictures!

So first is Essie Tuck It In My Tux and I have compared it to Essie Vanity Fairest, OPI Don't Touch My Tutu and Essie Blanc. Tuck It In My Tux is a white jelly and that said, Vanity Fairest and Blanc aren't really anywhere near to it since Vanity Fairest isn't white and Blanc is creme. OPI's Don't Touch My Tutu is pretty similar, but Tuck It In My Tux has better coverage (I have two coats here of each polish) and also the color looks a bit more white, probably because it coveres more than the OPI. 

The closest one that I could find for Essie Back In the Limo was another Essie from this year's spring collection. Spin the Bottle seems to have a bit similar color, however it is really more creme whereas Back In the Limo is more jelly. Also Back In the Limo is a bit more pink-ish whereas Spin the Bottle is more brown-ish. Essie's Resort Fling and Vanity Fairest don't really come anywhere close to Back In the Limo.

I don't have any Essies that would be similar to Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low, but I have owned couple other polishes that are pretty close to it. OPI's Designer...De Better looks somewhat similar, but it still has quite different color because of those bronze specks. China Glaze Gossip Over Gimlets is even more close to Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low but it's not dupe either as it also has some brown-ish specks in the mix and they stand out more than the ones in Essie. They all do have quite similar look however and you can't really notice those different color specks on nail, so if you have one of these other two, I'm pretty sure you won't need that Essie.

I grabbed pretty much anything I could think of and still I didn't have any dupes for Essie's Double Breasted Jacket. The one that comes closest is Style Hunter, again from the spring 2014 collection, but it's not a dupe either as it is a bit more brighter. 

I don't own any exact dupes for Jump In My Jumpsuit either but Essie's Twin Sweater Set from fall 2013 collection is really really close. They do have a slight color difference and Twin Sweater Set seems to be just a tad darker, but like I said, they are really close ones and if you have Twin Sweater Set already, you definitely don't need Jump In My Jumpsuit as they have really similar formula too.

Bump Up the Pumps didn't also have any dupes in my collection. Essie's Hip-Anema and OPI's Race Red are clearly more red and Bump Up the Pumps looks pink compared to them. Essie's Sunday Funday and Cute As a Button are more warm toned compared to Bump Up the Pumps and Zoya's Wendy is more brighter.

That's it, I hope these were helpful for you guys and see you soon!
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