#ablecs15 Week 7: My Most Used Polish

Oh man, this mani... I normally wouldn't probably post this as I think it was such a fail from the start to the very end but I'm so busy that I don't have time to do anything else for this theme, so this will have to do.

The main issue about this mani was of course stamping (I'm gonna get to those weird abstract nails later, don't worry...). I don't even know why I thought it would be great idea to stamp when I didn't have that much time to use for this mani in the begin with. I guess I figured I could pull of two accent nails with stamping decals, that shouldn't be too hard, right?! Wrong, oh so wrong! The only polish I'm pretty much able to stamp with is Konad White, anything else and I'll fail. For my idea I really needed to stamp with black, so I figured that my Essie Licorice (it's one of my most used polishes for the theme you know) would work for it just perfectly as it's already a bit old and thick... Well, I just could get it to stamp, just nothing. Really, NOTHING! After trying over and over again with changing my technique every time I managed to get something on my stamper, but no where near the whole image. 

So finally after many attemps I just asked my boyfrind to stamp for me. Yeah, you read it just right! Why him you ask? Well, once before when I was completely failing with stamping (yet once again) he just came in and said, that he didn't believe it was so hard and so he wanted to try. And you guessed right, he succeeded prefectly with the first attemp. How frustrating. Sooo, I didn't want to give up on my idea for this mani and I asked him to try to do the stamp for me since I only needed two to make the stamping decals. And he tried and failed too, ha! But I immediately knew what he did wrong with his first attemp and I directed him a little and with couple more attemps he was able to get me the perfect image. So really the irony here is that I'm well capable to give advice on how to stamp, I just can't do it myself.

Then of course I colored the stamping decal with China Glaze Riveting (also one of my most used polishes for the theme) and the decal actually looked really cool until I tried to place it on my nail. I just didn't go as I wanted and there are some bubbles and wrinkles and everything. I guess I should have just given up by now... But no, I had to finish the manicure, so I thought I should make something really quick on my other nails. Something abstract maybe? Yeah, let's just sponge some Licorice and Riveting over white base (Essie Blanc, also one of my most used ones). And yeah, that didn't really work either. It just looks messy and wrong.

All in all, I'm pretty sure you won't be seeing me stamping for a while. But you already probably guessed that, right?! Lol.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener and Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Essie Black, China Glaze Riveting, Essie Licorice
Top coat: Zoya Armor and Fast Drops
Stamping plate: MoYou London Kaleidoscope 09

Is there some nail art technique that makes you guys crazy? 
Please tell me I'm not the only one struggling... :D

Sally Hansen Lace and Velvet - Swatches and Review

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I'm a bit late with these, but once again, better later than never! I got three new Sally Hansen Luxe Lace polishes for review and one of those new Velvet textures and I really wanted to show you these since the lace ones are pretty great glitter toppers and the velvet one has quite fun and a bit different texture effect.

I layered one coat of each one of the three glitters over a grey polish (Essie Maximillian Strasse Her). I have the white and light blue one called Crochet on my pinky, the white one called Eyelet on my ring finger and the black one called Ruffle on my middle finger nail. These are all really great toppers: you get just perfect amount with one coat, not too much and not too little either. I really love the mix of those tiny glitters with some regular sized ones and some really big glitters. It makes all these three really interesting! 

However, of course I wouldn't really call these lace one anything new, they are just pretty basic glitter toppers and I'm not sure if they really give any kind of lace look on your nails like they are supposed to. I wasn't really expecting anything like that, but then again someone might and then these could be a bit disappointing. However, if you take these as they are, regular glitter toppers, they are really great! I'm pretty sure that these type of glitters aren't always the most easiest ones to find in regular stores and among basic brands, so in that sense it's really nice that Sally Hansen is giving us these to play with.

I like all these three, but my favorite has to be Crochet. It's the most unique one out of these three and I could see myself using it for many different looks. It would work perfectly for some winter nail art, but also for some bright summer nail art and it's pretty perfect for spring-time too.

I own quite a few of textured polishes already, so I wasn't really that interested in these Sally Hansen velvet ones, but once again it's great that these are easily available for people who don't maybe buy so much polish online and all that. So I was quite happy that I still got this purple one called Crushed for review after all. The texture look and finish of these velvets is a bit different than in some other textured polishes. It's not so rough looking and the feel of it is really quite smooth eventhough there's still some texture effect going on. The velvet name is actually quite accurate, it's how this pretty much looks like.

The shade of this is such a pretty warm purple, but I had some difficulties with the application. I had to use three coats to get it on at least somewhat smoothly and I still ended up getting the polish a bit unevenly on some nails. It did cover pretty well with just two coats but I couldn't really leave it with that since it would have been even more uneven. I'm not sure if it was just me or maybe you should really pay attention when applying these to get them on smoothly as you can't really use a top coat to smooth it out later if you want to keep the velvet look.

Which one of these is your favorite?

*Disclosure: I have gotten all these polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy. 


Nämä Sally Hansenin Lace & Velvet -lakat ovat olleet myynnissä jo helmikuusta lähtien, eli ne löytyvät jo kaupoista, suositushinta on 9,50 euroa. Kokoelmaan kuuluu näiden neljän lisäksi kaksi muuta Velvet -lakkaa: nude Lush ja sininen Regal.

Zoya Spring 2015 Delight Collection - Swatches and Review

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Sun is shining here again so it's perfect time to share some spring collection swatches with you guys! Today I have the whole Zoya Delight collection to show to you. It's a six shade collection with three cremes and three metallic shimmers. All the shades are really spring-like and they all have that spring paste-like feeling eventhough some of the shades are a bit more birght than traditional pastels.

I actually already did a quick nail art look with four of these Delight polishes and you can check it out here if you missed it. But let's see those swatches now!

The first one is Daisy, a lemon merengue yellow metallic with turquoise flash. I'm not the biggest fan of yellow polishes, so this isn't really my type of color, but then again, the blue-ish shimmer makes this really look interesting and unique. This was a bit sheer, so I need three coats for full coverage. It was a bit patchy with the first coat, but the additional coats fixed that problem. You need to be a bit careful while applying this, since it's not the easiest one to clean up. The shimmer in this is the kind that will be all over your nails when you try to clean it up.

This one is called Eden and it's a bright medium pink creme. For some reason I had difficulties applying this evenly, so I needed three coats to smooth everything out. This is quite basic color and I'm not sure that it's the best match with my skintone, but of course it's a very pretty pink nonetheless.

Well now we're talking! This beautiful one is called Leslie and it's a soft pastel metallic lavender with turquoise flash. This had a pretty nice formula, so I had no issues with the application. It's a bit sheer, so I needed three coats for full coverage. With this one also you need to apply it carefully to avoid unnecessary clean-up and the shimmers all over your nails, but like I said, this had a nice formula, so the application was really easy. This was definitely one of my favorites.

This beautiful pastel blue creme is called Lillian and Zoya describes this one as faded aquamarine. It's a really nice shade of blue and very sprin-like, However, I had some issues with this one as it isn't really self-leveling type, so I had to use three coats to get it on smoothly. It also gave me a bit of lobster hands, but I think I'm still going to wear this as the color is so pretty.

Rayne is a blue metallic with the same turquoise flash. This is quite bright and fun color, it's probably no suprise that I love it! This had similar formula than the other shimmers in this collection; sheer with first coat and full coverage with three coats. I think this is fine color for spring, but it will certainly work perfectly for summer too.

Last but not least is Tiana, a pastel pistachio green creme. This is really a surprise favorite of mine, I love this color so much! This one had the best formula out of these all, it only needed two coats for full coverage and it was also nicely self-leveling. Did I already say that I love the color?! Oh yes, I did...

All in all I had a bit mixed feelings about this collection. To me Lillian, Rayne and Tiana are really gorgeous ones and I love all three of them, so they are really the winners of this collection. Lillian is also quite pretty one, though the formula wasn't the best and it's not the most unique color-wise. Then the last two, Daisy and Eden, aren't really my type of colors, so they were a little miss for me.

Which one of these is your favorite?

*Disclosure: I have gotten all these polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy. 


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#ablecs15 Week 7: Pastels

Look, it's only Monday and I'm already posting my first challenge mani of this week, yay! *Happy dance* Hopefully I'll be able to keep this going until the end of the challenge, so that I don't fall back to the old pattern of posting the challenge manicures just barely in time. But hey, it's already week seven of the challenge, time certainly just flies by! This weeks themes are My Most Used Polish and Pastels, and since I've been stuck with the pattern of doing the latter one always first, I thought I should just stick with that. So I have my pastel mani to share with you guys today.

I actually got the inspiration for this mani from another previous mani of mine, the music inspired Polishers Inc. creation that I did just couple weeks ago. Back then I did an accent nail with a rainbow pastel gradient, but this time I didn't want to do all the rainbow colors, so I just went with three of them. They are really soft shades, so the gradient isn't that obvious but it's there. I actually did it a bit angled just to give a fun look to the manicure.

I first painted my nails with a coat of white polish to make to soft pastel colors to pop out at least somewhat. I used OPI Angel with a Leadfoot for that. Then I did the gradient using Essie Go Ginza and Zoya Blu and Neely. I had sponge quite a few times to get the colors to show up. Then I topped all my nails with a coat of KBShimmer I Only Have Ice For You and added a coat of quick drying top coat. Finally I added some bow vinyl stickers from Vinyl It Up on my middle and ring finger nails and also some silver rhinestones over the bows.

I really love this look, it's so soft and delicate! It kinda reminded me a little bit of My Little Ponies or something like that, but I'm pretty sure almost all pastel manicures do the same thing. Those bow vinyls are really great too, way better than any regular nail stickers! 

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener
Polishes: OPI Angel with a Leadfoot, Essie Go Ginza, Zoya Blu and Neely, KBShimmer I Only Have Ice For You
Top coat: INM Out the Door
Decorations: vinyls from Vinyl It Up, silver rhinestones

#ablecs15 Week 6: I Thought I'd Never

My original idea for the other theme of week six of #ablecs15 was that I'd try some nail art technique that I would never normally try as the theme was I Thought I'd Never. The only problem was that I couldn't think of any new to me nail art technique that I wouldn't try at some point. So I had to figure out something else. I still wanted to go with the nail art technique angle, so I decided to use one nail art style that I have tried once before and I thought I would definitely not try again: velvet nails. 

One try with any kind of flocking powder was truly enough for me, it's just so not my thing. So I truly thought I would never use it ever again on my nails, therefor these nails do fit the theme perfectly. And I'm pretty sure I should have believed myself as I wrote with the first attempt with the velvet nails that they are really not my cup of tea. This experience didn't really change that, I think it just looks ugly on nail and it's really not that practical either.

I think it's not that surprising that this velvet trend passed quite quickly and we haven't really seen it since. Maybe the design I did isn't really helping either, but oh well. At least I managed to do something for this theme. 

I'd much rather share only my nails without that flocking powder. The mani actually looked quite good without it:
I chose two of my newest Picture Polish collection additions for this mani: the blazing hot pink Sizzle and the stunning blue shimmer Freya's Cats. I actually decided to combine these two for this mani also because of the theme I Thought I'd Never since I don't usually combine these type of colors together and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have done it without this theme either.

I painted two coats with Sizzle and then added a coat of top coat. Then I applied some smART Nail Art Stencils on my nails and painted over with Freya's Cats and then removed the stencils carefully and added a coat of top coat. Finally I just added some top coat on my ring finger nail and then added some of that flocking powder over it.
Even if I didn't enjoy this mani completely, both of these Picture Polishes are truly gorgeous! And they didn't really look too bad combined either.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener and Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Picture Polish Sizzle and Freya's Cats
Top coat: INM Out The Door and Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D Top Coat
Decorations: smART Nail Art Stencils, flocking powder

How about you guys, is there something you'd never do on your nails?

Zoya Delight Spring Nail Art

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I got the whole Zoya Delight spring collection for review and I'm going to share my swatches of all the six polishes with you next week, but before that I thought I'd share with you a quick nail art look that I did with four polishes from the collection. All the six polishes looked really delicious and spring-like together, so I wanted to combine at least some of them to a quick nail art look.

I used two coats of light blue creme called Lillian as my base color. Then I added just some simple dotting tool flowers using flowery pink creme Eden and soft lavender shimmer Leslie for the petals and blue shimmer Rayne for the center of the flowers. I thought this mani would look really good matte, so as a final step I added a coat of Cirque Colors Matte Look on top of all nails.

I really liked this simple look and I thought it really did look pretty great matte! The mani was certainly appropriate for spring and all the colors worked really well together.

Of course I also wanted to show you the shiny version of this look, so here it is:
It looks great either way, but I prefered the matte version. Like I said, this was just a quick and simple look, but still I really liked this mani very much. This also got me to a serious spring mood, so please spring, would you come already!?

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener and Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Zoya Lillian, Eden, Leslie, Rayne
Top coat: Zoya Armor and Cirque Colors Matte Look
decorations: dotting tool

*Disclosure: I have gotten all these polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.

#ablecs15 Week 6: Nothing But Purple

Oh my, it's almost the end of the week already and once again I haven't posted either of my challenge manicures of this week yet. Somehow I have ended up doing the challenge posts at the very end of the weeks lately, but I promise I'm trying to fix that. But in the meantime, I have my first mani of week six to share with you guys today.

The themes of week six are I Thought I'd Never and Nothing But Purple, and as it shows I decided to start with the latter one as it felt like a bit more easy one to do. Lately I haven't really been too into purple polishes, but couple years back purple was my definite favorite polish color. I can still of course appreciate great purples and I still own quite a few of purple polishes. For this purple mani I decided to go with some of my favorite purple Zoyas.

I used Zoya Neeka as my base color (2 coats) and then I taped my nails with some nail vinyls and painted half of each nail with Zoya Harlow and the other half with Zoya Carter. My first idea for pretty much every theme of this challenge is doing a gradient... Then I always think that well, I can't be doing gradients all the time, so I end up going with my second idea and lately that has always been some sort of tape manicure. Oh well, at least there are quite a few variations that you can do with nail vinyls and such, so each and every single one of my challenge manis don't look the same. But I'm still pretty sure I should figure out something else for next themes. 

Nevertheless, I quite liked this manicure. I love the combination of a shiny base color, a matte and a texture, I think they look really good together! This is a very simple look but all the different finished give it something extra. I'm also pretty sure that Zoya does the best purples out there, since I noticed that I own quite a few purple Zoyas and they are all pretty great. It was actually quite hard to choose only three purples for this mani!

By the way, that Harlow there is already quite a few years old, as I got it when Zoya first had these Matte Velvet polishes, but it still works just as new!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener and Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Zoya Neeka, Harlow and Carter

Of course I also had to try how this manicure would look with a shiny coat of top coat, so here it is:

It actually looks really good shiny too! However, I still think I prefered the original version with the three different finishes. Or what do you guys think?

Zoya Naturel Satins: Ana & Tove - Nail Art and Swatches

Provided for review*

Today I have two polishes from the Zoya Naturel Satins to share with you. I got Ana and Tove for review and I thought I should combine them together for some quick and easy nail art look, so I did just exactly that. I'm also going to share my swatches of both of these polishes with you later in this post, but let's first take a look at that easy nail art with these two.

So for this look I used the lighter shade called Ana as my base color. When it was fully dry I applied some nail vinyls on my nails making the triangle shape and then I applied a generous coat of the darker shade called Tove on my nails and then of course removed the vinyls.

Like I said, this was very quick and easy look to do and I think these two polishes look really good together! Eventhough it's a simple look, I liked it very much and I have to say that this kind of nail art really does make your nails look longer. I just recently had to shorten my nails quite a bit and this look really gave the illusion that my nails would be longer than they really are.

This Zoya Satin finish is a new one from Zoya. It's something between a glossy finish and a matte finish, so pretty much a semi-matte. I'm not really the biggest fan of neutral matte shades, I kinda need some shimmer or something going on in my matte polishes, but I was still quite intrigued to try these because of this different finish. However, unfortunately I have to say that I'm not completely happy with the formula of these. I struggled a bit with applying these, at least with Ana. These aren't really self-leveling and since you are supposed to wear these without any top coat, you really need to pay attention when applying these. I think the best way to do it is to first apply one regular coat and wait a bit. Then apply a bit thicker coat next since it's easier to get these to spread evenly this way. 
Ana is slightly pink toned neutral beige. Zoya describes this one as light toasted almond shade. I had to use three coats of this one since I was struggling a bit to apply it evenly. If I wasn't completely satisfied with the formula, I did however like this color very much. It's a beautiful neutral shade and gives very sophisticated look on your nails.

Tove is a dusty blue-toned grey. Zoya describes this one as a misty slate grey cream. This had a bit better formula than Ana and I only needed two coats with this. It's also quite beautiful shade of grey, very flattering shade indeed. 

So all in all, both are pretty gorgeous neutral shades, but still I'm not the biggest fan of this finish. I'd probably prefer these if they had some kind of shimmer in them, that would look gorgeous with this finish. Eventhough it did struggle with the application a bit, these aren't still impossible to apply, you just need to use the right technique. I'm quite sure I will be using these two in the future with top coat or as a base for somekind of nail art as they really are such beautiful neutral shades.

Which one of these two is your favorite?

*Disclosure: I have gotten all these polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy. 


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#ablecs15 Week 5: Textured

It's time for the second mani of week 5 of #ablecs15, just in time before the week ends, phew. I wanted to do something pretty simple and also use textured polish on all my nails. I didn't want to do only textured accent nail or something like that as that's really the one thing I've been lately using textured polishes for and since this theme was all about the texture, I wanted it to have a major role in this manicure.

I kinda had to use white and blue for these nails since I did go to see the last biathlon world championship races today and I did these nails for the event. So of course I had to have white and blue to root for Kaisa, right?!

Even with my hard cheering and my appropriate nails, Kaisa didn't win today, but hey, at least I had beautiful nails!

I knew I wanted to do some sort of tape mani with a white base and some sections with the blue texture, but I struggled with the pattern a bit. I didn't want to make anything too obvious flag-like, I just wanted to use the colors from our flag. So I googled a bit, came across with this picture and used it as an inspiration. Though in the end I ended up doing the pattern a bit differently.

I used OPI Angel with a Leadfoot as my white base. I did two coats with it and then applied a coat of top coat. After it was dry I taped my nails using nail vinyls from Vinyl It Up and applied one coat with Essie Lots of Lux and then removed those vinyls. I had really forgotten already how gorgeous Lots Of Lux is. Just look at it, such a stunning one!

Eventhough my mani didn't work too well for rooting Kaisa to the first place, I still liked this look very much! It certainly reminded me that I should keep using these textured polishes more even if the trend passed a bit already. I own several stunning textures and they do deserve to get on my nails once in a while.