Monday, September 29, 2014

#ablecaw14 Week 3: The Heart of Autumn

Another week of the challenge, another manicure! The weather has been more fall-like here lately, so it's perfect time to do the first one of this week's challenges called The Heart of Autumn.

A while ago, I saw this beautiful manicure done by Dimavarien where she had stamped a gorgeous tree on her nails and that image really stayed in my head. I'm still quite bad with stamping and I don't own any plates that would have a whole tree in them, so I couldn't really do that manicure same way that she did. But when I originally saw it, I immediately thought about doing something similar as freehand nail art and with just some nail art brushes, and that's basically what I did for today's challenge. Of course because I wanted to add some color to my autumn manicure, my tree also needed some leaves.

I started this manicure with two coats of Essie Maximillian Strasse Her. Then I did the tree and the branches with nail art brush and Essie Mind Your Mittens. After that I added some leaves with nail art brush and three of those Zoya fall 2014 polishes: Teigen, Autumn and India.

Somehow I have managed to do nice manicures for this challenge so far, and this is really no exception: I really like this one! And I'd say this certainly counts as autumn manicure, doesn't it?! I think the challenge has really made nail art easier, you don't have to figure out inspiration just by yourself as the challenge gives you at least some guide lines on what to do. Now that I said this, I have a feeling that my Something Blue will not be as successful, but we'll see about that later this week... I do have an idea for that manicure too!

By the way, those fall Zoyas are really really awesome! I swatched them all already and I will share my swatches tomorrow. I'm just really in awe of this whole Entice part of the collection, it's so gorgeous!

Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Essie Maximillian Strasse Her 2 coats
Essie Mind Your Mittens (tree)
Zoya Autumn, India and Teigen (leaves)
Color Club Top Coat

Do you guys like my idea of The Heart of Autumn?

Disclosure: I have gotten all the Zoya polishes and both Essies for review. I have gotten Sally Hansen Nail Rehab from a goodie bag of our meet. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall 2014 Nail Polish Trends

On Friday I had the opportunity to participate in a really fun evening since Sokos Joensuu threw a trend night for some local bloggers. We got the hear about some current fashion, make-up, cosmetic, hair and of course also nail polish trends and I thought it would be fun idea to share some of this information with you guys also. I think you might be most interested about the nail polish trends, so here comes a short overview about those based on the trend night.

Of course some of the trends seem to come and go regularly each year. When fall is approaching at least I tend to reach out for more dark and down-to-earth colors and these also seem to be the trendy ones each fall. Blue toned colors have been very popular lately and this is also the case with fall polishes as there are quite lot of blues in all the fall collections but also blue toned greys or blue toned purples. The other hit seems to be all those different brown colors, especially brown cremes.

In the trend night we heard that fall starts with those down-to-earth dark colors and then later in the year all those darker metallic shades will come to play too. Zoya Entice & Ignite collection is a really good example of all those fall trend colors. I'm always into everything shimmery and metallic, so to me the Ignite side of the collection is a really big hit! I got all six polishes just the other day for review, so I'll be sharing my swatches of those soon. To get onboard with the brown fall trend I also asked to review Nyssa as it seemed like a perfect milky chocolate colored creme. Zoya also has three PixieDusts for this fall and I have one of those to share with you later too.

Essie's Dress To Kilt or OPI's Nordic collection are of course also good examples of all those trendy fall colors. OPI has quite many gorgeous browns in their collection and it also seems that in addition to all the down-to-earth colors, there are also some brighter ones for fall too, like Suzi Has A Swede Tooth, My Dogsled Is A Hybrid and Can't aFjord Not To from the same OPI collection. Essie's Dres To Kilt trusts on those muted earthy colors, but I'd say my favorite from that collection is lightest one called Take It Outside.

Not really surprisingly when we'll move towards the holiday season, there will of course be more sparkling, metallic and shiny colors.
This seems to be the case every year as all these that I just randomly picked out here are from past collections. I'm not one to complain about anything glittery or shiny, so I do look forward for this year's holiday collections.

Another trend that is coming back once again is matte polishes. Those were really big hit few years ago and they really didn't even go away, but now they seem to be coming back even more.
Some brands are making different colors with matte finish or something similar, like satin finish and such. But really the best way to do this trend is buying a matte top coat, that way you can make all the polishes that you already own matte. I currently own two matte top coats. BK Super Matte is from Born Pretty Store and eventhough it is already couple years old, it still works very well. The other one is L'Oreal Matte and I think it also gives quite nice matte effect. I have previously also had Essie Matte About You which works really well too.

On that trend night we also got to see what is currently trendy in fashion too, so of course if you don't want to just paint your nails with one single trendy fall color, you could take some inspiration from fall fashion. At least stripes, animal and other kind of prints are a big hit now and also mixing all those together. Other big trend in fashion seemed to be normcore, but I'm not really sure how one could interpret that on nails, maybe just doing nothing or applying only matte top coat on your bare nails. I surely won't be doing that though, but still, fashion trends can give you some great nail art ideas!

I do love these fall trends and I can't wait to try those Zoya fall polishes, but I also often wear just what I feel like regardless of the nail trends or fashion trends. But I have to say that I was so happy about this trend night even, finally we had a happening for bloggers here in Joensuu too! Thanks again to Sokos Joensuu and especially to Mari for organizing this event!

How about you guys, what do you guys think about current nail trends? Will you be rocking those this fall?

*Disclosure: I have gotten all the Zoya polishes for review. I have also orginally gotten both of those matte top coats for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Friday, September 26, 2014

#ablecaw14 Week 2: Neon

I have the second manicure of week 2 of the Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge to share with you guys today! I already showed you my Peculiar Inspiration manicure as the other challenge of this week, so I have the Neon challenge left. Here's what I came up with for this one:

I have had this one neon and glitter manicure pinned in my Nail Art Inspiration Pinterest board for quite a while and I have been wanting to try it myself for so long. The manicure was made by the very talented just1nail and I did my manicure quite similarly though with a bit different polishes and colors.

So first I started this manicure with three thin coats of China Glaze I'm Not Lion and I also applied couple coats of top coat over it to make it smooth. After it was all dry I taped my middle and ring finger nails with single chevron NailVinyls and then I did the gradient with Essie Sand Tropez and China Glaze Japanese Koi. I did one neon gradient manicure with these two polishes a while ago and I really loved that color combo so I thought it would be also perfect for these challenge nails with the addition of I'm Not Lion.

I really really liked this manicure, I thought it looked so much fun and the combo of sparkling glitter, neon and nude looks really great together! I should definitely wear I'm Not Lion more often too, it's just such a gorgeous polish! I thought these nails were also perfect for cheering up my mood since the weather hasn't been too perfect here in this past week. I did already priefly turn to some more fall appropriate colors, but somehow I feel like these neons suit better for this dark and rainy weather. Maybe though I will try to move towards more fall colors in my next manicures, at least next week we do have a fall manicure task in the challenge.

Sally Hansen Nail Rehab*
China Glaze I'm Not Lion 3 coats
Essie Sand Tropez (gradient)
China Glaze Japanese Koi (gradient)
Color Club Top Coat

How do you guys like my take on the neon challenge?

*Disclosure: I have gotten Sally Hansen Nail Rehab from a goodie bag of our meet. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cirque Kontiki Collection Manicure + Tutorial

I just recently bought all three Cirque Kontiki Collection polishes and I couldn't wait to try them, so I played around with them a bit and came up with a easy and fun manicure. I also did a quick tutorial of this manicure to you guys, so I'm going to share that too in this same post. But first, let's take a look at the manicure I did.

Very colorful and fun, right? The Kontiki collection has three gorgeous polishes in it: Thicker Than Water, Midsummer Night and Dear Dahlia. I used all three in this manicure as well as beautiful glitter from Emily de Molly called Bellisima. I got my inspiration for this manicure from Instagram, from ermahgerdperlish's awesome manicure with Polish Pushers Sheer Perfection collection. Of course my manicure looks quite different since these Cirque Kontiki polishes aren't as sheer, but I just wanted to try this with these three polishes. 

I also wanted to show you how I did this manicure, so here's the quick tutorial:
 1. Put some dots of different polishes on a plastic
2. Swirl the polishes together with a toothpick or something similar
3. Apply your base coat and coat or two of a glitter polish
Wait for all the polishes to dry (the ones on the plastic and on your nail)
4. Paint your nail with a coat of top coat (it's best if you do one nail at time)
5. Carefully peel your homemade decals from the plastic
6. Stick your decal to that still sticky top coat on your nail
7. Press the decal gently on your nail with your finger
8. Apply a coat of top coat
9. Clean the excess polish with a brush and nail polish remover

When you are finished with one nail, then of course repeat this to all the others one at a time.

I did my decals so that they were right sized for my nails in the first place, but if you do them bigger, you might want to cut them a bit before placing them on your nails. Though it's always best to cut them slightly bigger than your nails so that you have a little room to work with.

I quite liked this look, though it has somewhat that late 80's or 90's vibe to it. But maybe that's a good thing, I don't know... Anyhow, this was fun and colorful manicure, just right to brighten up my days as the weather hasn't really been too bright in these past couple of days. 

I will certainly do my swatches of these Cirque polishes later, so don't worry, I'm going to share those too with you. I just had to play around with these polishes a bit since they looked so gorgeous in the bottles!

What do you guys think of this manicure? And how about the tutorial, did you find it helpful and would like to see those here in the future too?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nail Polish Battle: Zoya Rocha vs. OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours

I have another Nail Polish Battle for you guys today! This time it's between two beautiful red/orange.

Zoya Rocha* is from summer 2014 collection Tickled & Bubbly and OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours* from spring 2013 collection Euro Centrale. They do look pretty identical in the bottle, so we'll see how they look on nail!

On nail they do look really similar too. There's maybe just a slight color difference as Rocha looks a tad lighter than Paprika, but the difference is really really small. They do vary a bit formulawise as Rocha is a bit thicker and Paprika seems to be just a bit runny and sheer. Therefore I think that Rocha applies a little bit better, but that of course depends how you like your polish formula. As Rocha is thicker it also coveres a bit more than Paprika. I only needed two coats of Rocha whereas I had to apply three coats of Paprika. But then again, I think my coats weren't even between these two since the formula of them is different.

I think the color of these is really lovely bright reddish orange and eventhough they do have slightly different formula, they both are really quality polishes. They both have that tiny shimmer in them and that probably helps to make these easier to apply than regular cremes. That shimmer doesn't show up on nail though, not with Rocha nor with Paprika. They are both lovely and you're safe with either one of these, but you certainly won't need them both!

Final Verdict: Since I liked Zoya's formula a bit better AND I pretty much always choose Zoya over OPI, My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours has to go and Rocha will stay.

Which one do you guys prefer?  

*Disclosure: I have gotten OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours from a goodie bag of our meet and I have gotten Zoya Rocha originally for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.
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