#ablecs15 Week 12: Out of the Comfort Zone

Water decals, turquoise, gradients, water marbling, blue and so on are definitely right on my comfort zone, but this time the theme was to do something out of the comfort zone. Well, stamping is definitely out of my comfort zone since I still suck at it. So with complete failure in my mind I still decided to go with stamping since it fit so well for this theme for me. Also to get me a bit further away from my comfort zone, I decided to use yellow as my main color and paint all my nails with it. So this was completely and totally out of my comfort zone as I don't like to wear yellow (at least not on all my nails).

The stamping went surprisingly well and I somehow managed to get pretty much the whole image on my nails. I had planned on doing the stampin only on my middle and ring fingers and after I succesfully got those done, I got the urge to stamp all my nails. But I really didn't want to ruin the manicure, so I decided to stick with just couple accent nails and leave the rest without any decorations.

Pretty much everything about this mani surprised me. First I managed to stamp and then I realised that I actually liked the manicure very much and that yellow didn't bother me at all. I actually liked the color on me. It's of course thanks to the one and only perfect yellow, OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana. It seems that it's an yellow that even I can wear and pull off. It has pretty nice formula for yellow, though this time I ended up using three coats as I wasn't really paying enough attention when applying my second coat, so I needed the third one to cover some spots here and there.

All in all, this whole mani was definitely out of my comfort zone, but somehow I really ended up loving it. Also, I stamped (pretty) succesfully, yay! It's not perfect, but it sure is good enough for me. ;)

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana (3 coats), Konad White for stamping
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: MoYou London Mother Nature Stamping Plate 05

But how about you guys, what type of things are out of your comfort zone?

#ablecs15 Week 11: Game To Play

Oh man, I'm barely in time to post the second challenge mani of this week, but I made it! I had big plans for this game theme, but in the end I just had to quickly do something in order to get it done at all.

The mani looks quite rushed and that's exactly how it was done, but in any case, at least I managed to do something. I think that my inspiration game(s) for the mani is (hopefully) quite obvious. I haven't really had time to play any type of games lately, but usually if I do find time to play some video games, it's one of the Super Marios for Wii. So it was quite obvious choice for me to use it as an inspiration for this game themed manicure.

Like I said, I had big plans of doing a more elaborate manicure and I was going to use Super Mario Galaxy as my inspiration, but in the end I didn't have time for that, so I just chose something pretty easy and quick from the games and painted some 1ups on my nails.

I used two coats of Essie Blanc as my base color. Then I did the faces of the shrooms with Essence I Nude It and the eyes with Essie Licorice and Blanc. For the green parts I used a mix of Essie Ruffles & Feathers and Mojito Madness and for the dots I used again Essie Blanc. I painted the 1ups with a small nail art brush (from Mereneid) and used a dotting tool for the dots. 

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Essie Blanc, Essie Ruffles & Feathers, Essie Mojito Madness, Essie Licorice, Essence I Nude It
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: small nail art brush and dotting tool

How about you guys, do you play any video games or other type of games? Which one is your favorite game?

Cadillacquer Breathe Me

Something quick and easy has apparently become a norm around here and once again I have a manicure with the same recipe to share with you today.

I haven't worn Cadillacquer Breathe Me alone before this eventhough I've had it quite a while, so it was about time to fix that. Breathe Me was really easy to apply and it covered with just two coats, so it's pretty perfect polish allround.

Water decals are always quick and easy, so once again I ended up using them. These gold ones are really pretty, but unfortunately they were really annoying to apply. They are thicker than what I'm normally used to with water decals, so it was really hard to get them to stick on nail, especially all the corners really didn't want to obey me at all. Of course after I got them on my nails and sealed them with a generous coat of top (and wore this mani for couple days), they were really hard to remove too as they are so thick.

At least the polish was pretty! I haven't swatched Breathe Me before, so of course I also wanted to share my swatch of it with you.

It's a gorgeous light dusty green with subtle holo and beautiful shimmer. I love the color, it's very pretty and quite unique too. And as it has that perfect formula also, so it's truly a great polish!

#ablecs15 Week 11: Blooming

I wanted to do some freehand nail art for a change and what better challenge theme to do it that Blooming which I of course interpreted as flowers on my nails. I wanted to try something that I haven't done before, so here's my first attemp on doing watercolor effect flowers.

I got the inspiration for this manicure from both Lucy's Stash and Will Paint Nails For Food, I just combined the ideas from both manicures into one. I used OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around as my base color and I did all the painting with acrylic paint.

I really like the overall floral look and I think I even managed to make the flowers look at least somewhat like poppies. I followed Lucy's Stash's tutorial and added a coat of matte top coat (I used Cirque one) over my base color to make it easier to paint over it, but somehow this didn't work very well for me. When I watered down the acrylic paint, it just didn't stick on my nails, it just vanished before my eyes... So I had to use a bit more paint that I wanted to and so my water color effect isn't really looking too water colored at all, but all the same, I really loved the look on my nails! 

I think this was one of my favorite manicures for a while, so I should really do more freehand painting. It always seems like too much work, but in the end this didn't take that much time and it was quite relaxing to paint the flowers. Maybe now I'll have enough courage to try those one stroke flowers somewhere in the future too...

Polishers Inc. - Negative Space

Yay, once again it's Polishers Inc. Sunday and we have great news also as we have a new talented member joining us! Simona from Light Your Nails! is joining us today, so now we have one Italian member also, how exciting! Quite a few exclamation marks, I know! :D

Today's theme is Negative Space and this time I wanted to do quite simple negative space design as I haven't really done any basic negative space nail art before.

First I used one coat of Sally Hansen Nail Rehab as my base coat. It's a good choice under negative space nail art since it gives your nails quite nice and natural color, it's like your nails but better. Then I taped my nails with some small single chevron nail vinyls and painted my nails with one generous coat of Deborah Lippmann Rolling in the Deep and then removed the vinyls. The one thick coat of RitD seemed to be enough, but under the bright lights it looks like I should have applied even more polish. 

For my accent nails I used first two coats of the same Deborah Lippmann polish. Then I topped it with one coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust and added quite a few nail studs trying to make it look like a bow. I got the idea for the bow from Anni from Yellow Nails. I really loved her mani with the bow rhinestone accent, so I decided to try something similar with nail studs. I think it looks pretty great either way and I surely will do this with some rhinestones in the future too.

This was my first time using Rolling in the Deep and I have to say I was a bit disappointed with it. It has that gorgeous subtle shimmer in it but it doesn't show up on nail at all. Also, it stained quite a bit which wasn't really a nice surprise when I removed the polish. Thankfully I managed to fix the situation (blue nails and blue skin) with some whitening toothpaste, but I would really prefer a polish not to stain my nails. Oh well, at least I liked the manicure and especially that bow accent. Definitely going to do that again at some point!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Deborah Lippmann Rolling in the Deep, China Glaze Fairy Dust
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Decorations: nail vinyls, nail studs

As always, remember to check out all the other Polishers Inc. manicures also!

#ablecs15 Week 10: Rainy Day

I have my second #ablecs15 week 10 manicure to share with you today! The theme for this one is Rainy Day and at first I had this idea that I'd do something bright and fun for the theme since that's probably something I'd do if I was painting my nails on a rainy day. But then I thought that I have never tried the cloud design by Nailside and I have always wanted to try it, so this was really the perfect theme for the look. I'm pretty sure you all have tried this already since this style was everywhere at some point, so I'm a bit late with this one, but better later than never.

As the theme was Rainy Day, I wanted to use some blues and greys for this look to make the mani suit to the theme. Of course this would look cool with some bright colors also or pretty much anything. I also wanted to use polishes with different finishes, so I chose one creme, one shimmer and one textured polish. I used my go-to grey creme, Essie Maximillian Strasse Her as my base color. I used two coats of it and then I did the first 'cloud' with Powder Perfect Hidden Well. Then I applied a coat of top coat and waited it to dry a bit. Finally I did the second 'cloud' with Kiko Sugar Mat Light Taupe (455). 

The design was fairly easy to do, thought I didn't get my clouds as round looking as I wanted. I should have probably chosen some polishes that have a bit smaller brush or at least a flat brush. Both Powder Perfect and Kiko have quite thick brush, so they weren't really the perfect choice for this look, but at least I still managed to just about do the design.

I surely will be doing this look again. It's fun, easy and good looking, I can't really believe I waited this long to try it!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Essie Maximillan Strasse Her (2 coats), Powder Perfect Hidden Well, Kiko Sugar Mat Light Taupe (455)
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl (used before adding the textured polish)

Picture Polish Enchanting

I'm so deeply in love with quite a few Picture Polish lacquers and it seems that I have ended up using them in quite a few manicures lately. The other day I needed something quick but pretty on my nails, so of course I ended up choosing once again a Picture Polish lacquer. I decided to use the gorgeous Picture Polish Enchanting as I totally adored it in the previous mani I did with it.

I used two coats of Enchanting on each of my nails and then applied a coat of top coat. Enchanting is such a pretty polish that I could have worn it happily alone, but I still wanted to decorate my nails with something, so I decided to go with some water decals - fast and easy. I added white water decals on each nail and then a coat of top coat and that's it. It was very quick and easy manicure, though it took a little bit more time to clean it up than I thought because those water decals were a tad too big for my nails and I had to remove the excess parts with a brush and nail polish remover and it really didn't want to come off.

All in all, I really loved this quick and simple look! The decals covered the beautiful polish maybe a bit too much, but on the other hand, you could still see the stunning shade under the decals and in the part that wasn't covered. I'm not usually too comfortable with green nails, but Enchanting is surely an enchanting exception, it's a stunner!

Unfortunately I was really busy and managed to take the pictures of this mani after wearing it for several days already, so it's not the freshest mani out there, but at least the polish lasted on pretty well, so I was still able to take the pictures altogether. Love love love that green! 

#ablecs15 Week 10: Dot Dot Dot

Oh my, it's already week 10 of the #ablecs15 challenge, so we are already past the half pont. This week's themes are Rainy Day and Dot Dot Dot, and I decided to start with the latter one since I had really clear idea what I was going to do for the dotting theme. Just recently Kelli from The Nail Polish Challenge posted her version of this manicure and I really loved it, so it was the perfect look to do for this theme.

Kelli's neon look was stunning, but I don't own too many neon polishes, so I just chose some colors that I thought would go well together. I didn't want to use white as my base color, so I chose Essence's I Nude It. It's a beautiful shade of polish, though I think it might be a tad too yellow for me. I bought it because I loved the subtle shimmer in it, but unfortunately the shimmer doesn't show up too much on nail.

For the dots I used of course a small dotting tool and several different polishes: OPI That's Hula-rious!, Color Club Blue-Ming and Essie Avenue Maintain, Bond With Whomever and Bottle Service.
I always struggle with getting the dots evenly and making them same sized. This time they aren't really too perfect either, but somehow I managed to do them pretty well. I really loved this look on my nails and this got me thinking that I should really do more these dotting tool manicures. This is such a fun look with the bright colors and the dots!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener and Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Essence I Nude It (2 coats), OPI That's Hula-rious!, Color Club Blue-Ming, Essie Avenue Maintain, Essie Bond With Whomever, Essie Bottle Service
Top coat: INM Out The Door
Decorations: dotting tool


#ablecs15 Week 9: My Newest Polish

I haven't bought too many polishes lately, but actually Essence just came available here in Finland recently and even here in my home town, so of course I had to go and buy at least couple. I think Essence is really one of the best affordable nail polish brands and I'm so happy that I can just go and buy their products now on whenever I feel like, I don't have to order online anymore or travel some other European country to do that. So big yay! 

The other one of the two themes for this week of #ablecs15 is My Newest Polish, so I chose to use two of my newest Essences for this theme as they really are the last ones I've bought at this moment.

We don't have that wide selection here, but at least something and I was happy that now I had the chance to buy some of those new gel nail polishes by Essence. I actually bought four different shades and a top coat, but I decided to use only two of them (+the top coat) for this manicure. I chose to use the vivid blue crelly called Electriiiiiic (hate that name!) as my base color and then the beautiful shimmery turquoise green called Prince Charming for the blobs.

Blobbicures have been really in lately, so of course I had to join in the game too! This was my first time trying this technique and it truly is incredibly easy and fast nail art. You don't really need anything else than couple polishes as you can do the blobs with the brush of the polish. I used a dotting tool for it just to have a little bit more control over the dots, but you don't really need to that if you don't want to.

This is probably a bit unusual color combo, but I loved it! I think these two shades looked really good together and they made this manicure really fun. Once again I was also really pleased with Essence's quality, both of these polishes were really great ones! Like I said, this is really one of the best affordable brands out there. I don't really like the design of the bottles and the brand isn't really very interesting, but the polishes are certainly worth of their cost and Essence has quite a few really beautiful shades in their nail polish line. 

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Essence Electriiiiiic (2 coats) and Prince Charming
Top coat: Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat

What's your newest polish?

#ablecs15 Week 9: Mint & Pink

The second #ablecs15 theme for week 9 is Mint & Pink and I'm going to start the week with that theme. I really love the combo of mint and pink and I've used it few times in the past. Usually when I'm mixing these two colors in my manicures, I tend to use very soft and delicate shades of mint and pink. This time I wanted to try something a bit different and use a very soft mint color with a touch of really bright and vivid pink.

Not too long ago I bought a few Delush Polish lacquers and among them were the new spring shade called Amazemint and the bright pink All That Glitters Is Not Gold from the Holidaze collection. These two were really the two perfect shades for this theme!

I used three thin coats of Amazemint as my base color. After it was completely dry I taped my nails with some nail vinyls from Vinyl It Up and then painted the triangles with All That Glitters Is Not Gold and then finished the mani with a generous coat of top coat. 

This was quite a simple look, but I didn't really want to cover neither of these polishes with more decorations since they are both such a pretty ones. Amazemint is truly a perfect minty spring shade and I love the mix of the light delicate minty base and the glitters. All That Glitters Is Not Gold is such a fun shade, so bright and vivid, it's safe to say that I love them both!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: IsaDora Peel Off Base
Polishes: Delush Polish Amazemint (3 coats) and All That Glitters Is Not Gold
Top coat: INM Out the Door
Others: Nail vinyls

Do you guys like the combo of mint and pink?

Polishers Inc. - Inspired by a Polish Brand

It's Polishers Inc. Sunday, yay! This time the theme was to be inspired by a polish brand and I knew immediately which brand I wanted to do. I've already done nail art inspired by my favorite mainstream brand (Zoya of course) for our Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge, so this time I wanted to choose one indie brand for this and of course I had to go with my favorite one: Cirque Colors.

I got the whole Cirque The Awakening collection for review last month and I already shared my swatches of the collection with you, but the polishes were really screaming to be used again in some kind of nail art. I chose to use two pretties from the collection: the beautiful bird's egg color Hatch and the delicate pink shimmer Love Stone.

I wanted to keep my mani simple and do something fun and edgy but also keep it elegant at the same time. That's really how I see the Cirque brand also, so I really wanted to try to make my mani look like it.

I used two coats of Hatch first on each of my nails. I wanted to add just a little bit color with Love Stone, so I taped my nails with Vinyl It Up vinyls and did a skinny single chevron on each nail with Love Stone and then removed those vinyls. Finally I just topped the whole mani with a coat of top coat.

This was really a simple look, but I totally loved it on my nails and wore it for several days! I loooooove Hatch, it's definitely one of my favorite polishes of 2015 so far and I adore the look of it. Love Stone doesn't really fall behind at all, it's such a beautiful one too!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener and Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Cirque Colors Hatch and Love Stone
Top coat: INM Out the Door

*I have gotten both of the polishes used for the manicure for review. For more information check out my disclosure policy.

Remember to check out all the other Polishers Inc. manicures too!

#ablecs15 Week 8: Happy Easter

I have the second #ablecs15 mani of week 8 to share with you today, just in time before the Easter Sunday which is quite fitting since the theme for this mani is Happy Easter. This time I didn't want to do anything too literal Eastery with bunnies and whatnot and instead I just choose some springlike shades and went with them.

I decided to water marbling for a change since I haven't done it in a while. I should do it more often as somehow I felt like I had lost my water marbling skills a bit. Also I managed even to brake my water marbling glass... I had used this old drinking glass for water marbling for years since it had a little crack in it, but now it's totally broken, so I'll need to find some other water marbling cup for myself. Oh well, at least in the end I managed to somewhat nice pattern. It might not be my best water marbling work but it's something!

I used Picture Polish Eerie on my thumb, index and pinky nails and also added some colorful nail studs on those nails. For the accent marbling nails I first did a coat with Essie Blanc to make the marbled colors pop out more. Then I did the marbling with Picture Polish Cyan and Eerie and Zoya Dillon and Daisy and finished the mani with a coat of top coat.

Even if this isn't any traditional Easter manicure, I think it suits the occasion perfectly! I really like all these springlike colors together, it looks really bright, fun and sweet. And I'm definitely going to do another water marbling mani soon, I just have to find that cup for it first...

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener and Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Picture Polish Eerie, Picture Polish Cyan, Zoya Dillon, Zoya Daisy
Top coat: INM Out the Door
Decorations: nail studs

Happy Easter everybody!

#ablecs15 Week 8: Monochromatic

I had way more ambitious ideas for my monochromatic manicure for the #ablecs15 challenge, but I just started in a new job this week, so I just didn't have time to do what I originally had in mind. I'll definitely do that mani at some point, but for now I have quite basic manicure for the theme.

Monochromatic, so basically all colors of a single hue. I decided to go with pink for this manicure and use one of my newest Picture Polishes for this manicure.

I did two coats with Picture Polish Paris. It's a bit sheer, so you might want to use three coats for absolutely full coverage, but since I was trying to save some time I did just two. It did cover quite well with only two, but you could still see the nail line a bit. To get some more pink hues to the manicure, I then applied some pink flower water decals and that's it. These water decals worked pretty well for this theme, since they do have several different hues of pink in them. Though they would have worked even better without the black outlines since they kinda ruin that monochromatic look, but let's just pretend that it's very very dark pink and not black... ;)

I really wish I have had time to do something more complicated for this theme, but like I said, at this point I just had to go with this one. There's really nothing wrong the mani though, it's a really pretty one and I loved it. I'm not completely sure wheter PP Paris is the best match for my skintone, but I don't really care as the polish is so pretty. 

I still have my Easter mani to do for this week and I have no idea what I'm going to do for that one! Hopefully I'll figure out something before it's too late...