Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Black and Yellow Flower Nail Art

Sometimes, no matter how great vision you have, the idea just doesn't translate on your nails like you pictured it would. I have one of those manicures to share with you guys.

So I had this awesome idea of grey based manicure with black and yellow flowers like I saw in some Instagram nail art pic for quite a while ago. That's pretty much what I tried to do here and I guess this somewhat looks like what I tried to do, but really it doesn't look anything what I had in mind. Maybe it's just the fact that I haven't really done freehand nail art too much lately... You know, as practice is the key for success with freehand painting. Maybe it's just how I placed the flowers, or maybe I should have just decorated couple nails and leave the others empty. I can't really pinpoint exactly what I don't like about this mani, but still I didn't really care about it at all.

I used Misa Grey Matters as my base color and I had to do three thick coats with it to get it opaque enough. I haven't used it for quite a while and I didn't really remember that it was such a sheer one. I also felt like it wasn't even as pretty as I remembered it to be... Maybe that's what was also wrong about this manicure. Anyhow, I painted the flowers using Essie Licorice and OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana.

I do really really love the combo of grey, yellow and black, but maybe I should have stuck to my original idea of doing something geometrical with these three shades. They sure would work perfectly for that!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polish: Misa Grey Matters (3 coats)
Nail art: OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana, Essie Licorice, small nail art brush
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A England Whispering Waves

I'm quite a bit late with this pretty I'm going to share with you guys today as you all have probably seen this at least a few times already. It's still such a beauty that I'm going to share my swatches of it anyway.

It's this gorgeous A England Whispering Waves that I'm talking about. It's a vibrant aqua shade with subtle holographic finish. What makes it more unique is that it has this beautiful slight duochrome effect as well with flash that shifts from blue to pink. The duochrome effect is quite subtle in real life, it's not really like I've seen it in some swatch pictures. But it's great as I love it just the way it is!

The polish has that perfect buttery formula that many other A Englands have, so it's really easy to apply. I used two easy peasy coats here with vase and top coat. It is quite pigmented polish, so you might want to use a thicker coat of base coat under this one or even two coats to be safe. It was still fairly easy to remove and I didn't end up with smurf fingers or anything like that.

It's definitely a shade right up my alley and it's probably not a surprise that I love this one! It's such a pretty shade that I also had to use it in a nail art and I already posted that mani earlier this week.

What do you think about this one? Do you happen to own it already?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Skinny Turquoise French

I've said this million times before, but sometimes the simplest looks are the ones that work the best. I have a great example about this to share with you guys today.

I've been sporting nude or nudeish looks pretty much through the whole summer. This time I wanted to keep the simple and nude look, but just add a tiny bit of color to the mix. So I decided to do this skinny french look with nude pinkish base color and some turquoise french tips.

I chose Essie Sugar Daddy as my pinkish nude base and I did two coats with it. It's definitely one of my favorite polishes that look like your nails but better. I currently have only the mini 5ml version of it and I'm already half way through, so I'll need to pick up a full bottle pretty soon.

For the skinny turquoise french tips I chose the gorgeous A England Whispering Waves. This is definitely a color that's right up my alley. I've done swatches of this one, but I haven't shared them with you yet. I think those deserve their own post, so I'll share them with you later. 

I really loved this simple look and even though you can see my own nail line in some of the pictures, that didn't really bother me at all in real life. I think this is such a chic but also at the same time a fun look, I'll definitely do this with some other color/colors soon. 

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polishes: Essie Sugar Daddy (2 coats), A England Whispering Waves (skinny french tips)
Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Idun Minerals Rosenkvarts

I have those favorite nail polish brands that I always keep going back to and buying majority of my polishes from them, but it's also nice like to try out new brands for a change. Today I have one polish to share with you guys from a brand that I hadn't tried before this.

Press sample*

This is Idun Minerals nail polish called Rosenkvarts. Idun Minerals is a Swedish mineral makeup brand and in addition to all those mineral makeup products, they also have a nail polish range. Their range offers 18 classic shades but there are some more trendy colors in the mix too. They also have a base coat and a top coat. 

This brand is sold in pharmacies at least here in Finland and the prize is somewhere around ten euros per polish. The polishes are 5-free and the mineral rich formula has ingredients like such as almond oil in it.

Rosenkvarts is a soft pink creme that almost feels like it has a little bit of a jelly formula with the first coat you apply. It isn't the most opaque polish out there, I used three coats to get the coverage you see in the pictures. It still does cover more like a creme than a jelly.

The bottle is a stylish square one with a square cap. The cap is removable, so you get that slimmer round cap that's easier to use while applying the polish. The brush is just the way I like them: it's on the thicker and wider scale and it's overall really easy to use to apply the perfect amount of the polish. The round cap is a tad shorter than I'd prefer, but it's still very manageable.

Overall I was quite impressed with this brand, even though Rosenkvarts isn't really my type of color and I probably wouldn't have bought it as I feel like it doesn't really go well with my skintone. It's really why I haven't tried this polish before although I've had it for over a year already. However even if this wasn't my type of color, I might very well buy some other shade from Idun Minerals.

Have you guys heard about this brand or even tried some of their products?

*I've got the polish from a goodie bag of a beauty event. For more information, please check out my disclosure policy.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cheating on Stamping

Hi guys, I'm back! I was originally going to take just a little break to enjoy my first ever paid summer holiday, but the break lasted longer than I thought. I'm sorry I didn't announce it beforehand. Anyhow, now I'm back and I have already scheduled and planned quite a few posts to share with you guys, so be sure to check back here again soon. From now on there will be new posts here every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 6 AM (EEST/EET).

You all probably know my struggle with stamping and that I'm not really good at it. A while ago I managed to do a somewhat succesful stamping manicure, but after that I haven't had the courage to try it again. I will much rather do freehand nail art or water marbling than try stamping as it's always so hard. So what do you do when you want that stamping look, but don't really care about stamping? Of course you use water decals that look like you have successfully done a stamping manicure.

I've used water decals quite a few times on manicures where you'd first think that it's stamping nail art rather than decals. I think this look was definitely one of those. If I didn't know that I used decals for this, I would have definitely thought this was stamping. Though I would have never ever managed to do the stamping so neatly and evenly with all the patterns lined on each nail.

I used Dance Legend Jack Frost as my base color. It's quite sheer one, so I used three thicker coats. With those three coats it covered pretty well, though the nail line was still somewhat visible. 

Then I just applied the whole nail water decals on top of each nail and finished the look with a coat of top coat. So easy and definitely way less messy than if I had tried to do this look with stamping.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polishes: Dance Legend Jack Frost (3 coats)
Nail art: Water decals
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl  
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