Giweaway / Contest Reminder!

Would you like to win some these or maybe something other?! The upper picture is just an example what you could get by winning our nail art contest / giveaway! 

We are giving away 50 CAD gift card to Harlow&Co. and the prizes of the nail art contest are really great too: 50 USD gift card to ILNP, 20 EUR gift card to The Nailista Shop or 2 MoYou London stampin plates of your choice + stamper and scraper.

All you need to do is one manicure with one of the #ablecs15 challenge themes and you can participate both in the giveaway and the contest! This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY, but you all better hurry as you have only little over 24 hours left to participate before both the giveaway and the contest closes!

Click here to read more about how you can participate. You can find all the themes you can use for both the giveaway on the left sidebar and I added the challenge picture with the themes at the end of this post too. Like I said, everyone can participate in this, it doesn't matter if you haven't participated in the Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge more, just as long as you do the one manicure. You have still time to do this and I definitely would like to see all you participating! The prizes are pretty awesome and I would definitely join in if I could.


#ablecs15 Week 16: Geometric

Can't believe it's already here: the final day and the final mani of #ablecs15 challenge! Spring has gone by so fast while doing this challenge and I have to say that once again I really enjoyed doing this with all you guys. It was so amazing to see even more people participate this time and I've spent quite a few moments admiring all your challenge manicures in Instagram and in all your blogs. Unfortunately I haven't had enough time to comment your manis as often as I would have wanted to, but believe when I tell you that I have really enjoyed seeing all of them and I'm pretty sure my co-hosts of this challenge, Mirka and Katjamaria have also! At least we all had amazing time with this challenge and I hope you all did too! 

By the way, you have still time to participate in our challenge giveaway/contest if you haven't done it yet. And remember, even if you only do just one challenge manicure, it's enough and you can just enter that one in both the giveaway and the contest. But hurry, they will both end tomorrow! You can read more about them both here.

But I still have one challenge mani to share with you guys! The last theme left for me is geometric and since this was the final manicure, I wanted to do something a bit more special than just a simple manicure, so I dug up some striping tape and spent quite a while taping my nails.

I ran into this beautiful manicure and tutorial for quite a while ago and I knew immediately that I wanted to try it, so ever since I've been saving it for this challenge theme. Today I finally got the chance to actually give it a try and I'm so in love with this look! In fact this was easier to do than I thought as I was sure I would go insane having to use this much striping tape. Sure it took a while to do this, but in the end it was quite easy to tape all the nails. I think those single triangles on my index and pinky nails took more time than the other nails as it was so hard to get those where I wanted them to be.  

As I said, I'm totally in love with this look! I think it looks really cool and I have to say that I really love these three Essie Flowerista polishes combined together. They look pretty amazing, don't they?! 
I used Essie Blanc (three coats) as my base color. The other three polishes that I used were Essie Blossom Dandy, Flowerista and Garden Variety and in addition to these I also used quite a lot of nail art striping tape, a make-up sponge and a little bit of patience. I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing this mani for the entire week next week, I love it so much!
Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Dermosil Smoothing Nail Foundation
Polishes: Essie Blanc (3 coats), Essie Blossom Dandy, Essie Flowerista, Essie Garden Variety
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: nail art striping tape, make-up sponge

I will surely do a roundup post of all the manicures I did for the challenge and we (me, Katjamaria and Mirka) have the pleasant (but also probably quite hard) job ahead of us as we have to choose the winners of the challenge contest. But remember, you have still little over a day left to participate!

#ablecs15 Week 16: I Do

Oh my, it's the last week of our #ablecs15 challenge! Time has just flown by, it feels like it just started and now we are already at week 16. Oh well, at least I have still two challenge manicures left to share with you guys.

Also, I have to remind you that don't forget our awesome contest/giveaway! It's ending soon, but you have still couple days left to participate and the prizes are pretty great if I may say so!

As for this week's challenge manicures, I started with the wedding theme called I Do. I wanted to do something quite simple but still very pretty as that's how I would do my wedding nails. White and lace are pretty much the two most obvious choices for wedding nails and at first I thought I should think of something else, but in the end I just decided to go with those two as they felt like the most natural choice for this theme for me. 

I used two coats of Essie Sugar Daddy as my base color. Then I just applied some white lace water decals on each of my nails, sealed them with a coat of top coat and that's it. First I was going to add some sparkle or something, but after I just added those water decals, I was loving the simple and clean look so much that I just decided to keep it this simple.

I actually loved this look on me even though I didn't go to any wedding with these nails and I definitely wasn't getting married. It's such a simple look, but I thought it was really beautiful too!

I've had quite a few weddings to go to (as a guest) for past couple of years and I actually have two weddings coming up this summer too. For the first time though I might have the chance to do the nails for the bride as my brother is going to get married and his fiancée is of course going to need a manicure for the wedding. Hopefully I'll have the time to do the wedding manicure for her as that would be kinda awesome!

Polishers Inc. - Glitter Gradient / #ablecs15 Week 15: Holographic

It's Polishers Inc. Sunday today and I also had to do the second mani of week 15 for #ablecs15, so I decided to combine these two into one manicure and one post. The theme for Polihers Inc. today is Glitter Gradient and the second theme of week 15 of #ablecs15 is Holographic, so those two combined together means of course a glitter gradient with holoraphic glitter.

I used Essie Romper Room as my base color. I did three thin coats with it and then I applied a coat of top coat. After my base was fully dry I sponged on first some China Glaze I'm Not Lion and then after that I added just few glitters from OPI Snowflakes in the Air on each nail.
Glitter gradients (and gradients in general) are definitely one of my favorite nail art styles: so easy and simple to do, but still always so pretty! I really like the combo of I'm Not Lion and Snowflakes in the Air together, they both sparkle so beautifully.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Gina Tricot Base Coat
Polishes: Essie Romper Room (3 coats), China Glaze I'm Not Lion, OPI Snowflakes in the Air
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl

Don't forget to check out all the other Polishers Inc. manicures from the links below!


Essie Spring 2015 Flowerista Collection - Swatches and Review

Press sample*

I believe I promised you yesterday my swatches of Essie Flowerista collection, so here they come!

Like I already told you yesterday, I'm really in love with this collection! The colors are great and these have pretty great formula for cremes. But let's take a look!

I have no base coat in all these swatches, but I have one coat of Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat over all the polishes.
Blossom Dandy is quite obvious shade for a spring collection, but nevertheless it's very pretty mint creme. This has pretty nice quality for a mint creme, I used two easy coats here. Sure Essie has done some pretty similar shades in the past (Fashion Playground, Mint Candy Apple) but this one leans more towards blue than green, so it's a bit different than for example MCA.

Flowerista is a gorgeous reddish plum. This has really amazing formula, it practically covers with one coat. I did two just in case. This is stunning shade and I don't have anything quite like it. I loooove this one!

Garden Variety is a bit tough one to photograph, it tends to look a bit too blue in the pictures. It's a beautiful blue teal. I used two easy coats here. This is really really pigmented, so it might stain a little, so remember to use a good coat or even two coats of base coat under this one. It's stunning shade and another favorite of mine from this collection.

Perennial Chic is peachy nude. I think this is quite close to Essie Spin the Bottle, though this one might be just a bit more peachy. I used again two coats but this time I had to use a bit thicker coats as this one is a tad more sheer, but it applied really well still. I don't think this is totally the right color for my skintone, but oddly I still quite like it.

Petal Pushers is another stunner, it's a beautiful shade of smoky grey with blue undertones. It's another one with pretty perfect formula too, it practically coveres with just one coat. Once again I still did two just in case. This isn't probably the most typical spring shade, but I'm totally in love with this one. It's very flattering and I will surely be wearing this again soon!

Picked Perfect is a warm almond brown and it's another one with the same perfect formula. It coveres with two easy coats and goes on very smoothly. It's also very flattering shade, I'm pretty sure this would look even more perfect with just a tiny bit of summer tan.

All in all it's probably quite obvious that I really like this collection. I think it has great selection of beautiful hues for spring: vibrant and strong statement colors complimented with some more office-friendly shades. I think my favorites were the two bold colors Flowerista and Garden Variety but I also really loved the gorgeous grey Petal Pushers and the gorgeous tan shade Picked Perfect.

Which one of these is your favorite?

Disclosure policy: I have gotten all these polishes for review. For more information, please check out my disclosure policy.

#ablecs15 Week 15: Keeping It Simple

The theme for today's manicure, Keeping It Simple, sounds simple enough, but somehow it proved to be a bit difficult. As a nail polish blogger it can be sometimes difficult to know what really is simple when it comes to nail art. Usually we bloggers are used to doing more complicated stuff and so something that looks simple to us, isn't really simple at all. 

Well, I really wanted to do proper Keeping It Simple manicure and use this theme to create nail art that really is simple enough for everyone to do. So I decided to do this look that everyone can do even if you just own couple nail polishes and don't have any nail art tools or equipments.

I used Essie Perennial Chic from sprin 2015 Flowerista collection as my base color. Then I just simply did some really basic dotting tool flowers on my middle and ring fingers with three other Essie polishes from the same collection. I used the namesake polish of the collection, Flowerista and Garden Variety for the petals and Picked Perfect for the centre of the flowers. As I said, this is really a design that you can do with just couple polishes and no tools. I of course used four different polishes in total, but you can do this with just two colors. I also used a dotting tool for this. It's a great basic nail art tool and I highly recommend to everybody, but you can still do this even without any dotting tools. You can use pretty much anything that has similar tip in it as a substitute. Pins, pens, bobby pins, you name it, as long as it has that round tip, it will work just fine as a dotting tool.

Last weekend I got to participate in this huge beauty and nail polish bloggers' meet-up and we all got the whole Essie Flowerista collection to take home in our goodie bags! I think that this is pretty awesome spring collection, I love all the vibrant colors for spring. I already swatched all the polishes, so I'll have my swatches to share with you tomorrow and I'll talk more about the collection then!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Gina Tricot Base Coat
Polishes: Essie Perennial Chic (2 coats), Essie Flowerista, Essie Garden Variety, Essie Picked Perfect
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: dotting tool

What do you guys think, is this simple enough?

Cirque Colors Juicy Collection Swatches and Review

Provided for review*

It's already past mid-May, so it's practically almost summer, right?! Right, I just wish the weather was even just a bit summery, as it certainly isn't at least here in Joensuu right now. So if the weather isn't helping us to get to the summery mood, I'm pretty sure these polishes will! I have a stunning summer collection from Cirque to share with you guys today! 

The Juicy Collection has six beautiful vivid holographics in it and they all need just two coats for full coverage. The formula is pretty prefect, it's not too thick but not too thin either, so these are really easy to work with. I used two coats of each polish in my swatches and I didn't use any base or top coat. Keep in mind that I take all my pictures in a light box, so the holographic effect isn't as strong in my pictures as it might be in direct sunlight.

Concord is a royal purple holographic. This is such a beautiful shade, definitely a must-have for all purple lovers!

Framboise is a raspberry pink holographic. It's definitely a juicy color and it just screams summer to me. I think this would be pretty perfect pedicure color too.

La Tropicale is a green teal holographic. This was my instant favorite in the bottle and it sure didn't disappoint on nail either. I think this might have the strongest holographic effect of the bunch. It's simply stunning!

Limoncello is a lemon yellow holographic. This is certainly another juicy color and it definitely made me thirsty for some fresh lemonade. I'm not usually too big of a fan of yellow polishes, but I would wear this in a heart beat. It's yet another perfect shade for summer!

Royal Hawaiian is a bright cerulean blue holographic. Well hello there gorgeous! This is definitely my favorite out of this collection, it's even better than the gorgeous La Tropicale. The shade is such a vivid blue and it's quite unique too. It's sometimes hard to find polishes with strong colors and strong holographic effect in the same package, but this certainly has them both.

Valencia is a mandarin orange holographic. What can I say, it's yet another juicy shade! If you have been looking for the perfect orange holographic then you should definitely try this one. It's a gorgeous shade and once again perfect for summer.

All in all it's pretty safe to say that I love this collection! It's has six perfect summer shades in it and I love the fact that the holographic effect doesn't make the colors look less colorful as that's something that many times happens with strong holographic effect. Even if you own quite a few holographics already like I do, I think you should still check out this collection. My favorites are Royal Hawaiian and La Tropicale but also surprisingly Limoncello, which says a lot as I only owned two yellow polishes before this one.

The Juicy Collection is already available at Cirque's website. You can also click here for a big list of stockists. If you want to know how these new holos compare to some older Cirque holographics, you should check out this post on their blog. Also don't forget to follow Cirque Colors on Facebook and Instagram for latest news and releases.

Which one of these is your favorite?

*All polishes in this post were provided for review. For more information check out my disclosure policy.

#ablecs15 Week 14: Matte

The second theme of this week is Matte and I have to admit that this time I took the easy way out with the manicure and I just did a mani and added some matte top coat over it. It's definitely matte as the theme required, but ideally I would have wanted to do some gorgeous matte design for this theme. Then again, this is a great example of mani that works really well as matte as well as regular shiny manicure.

This is actually the mani that I did for this weekend when I was visiting Turku and went to this huge beauty blogger's meetup. I had awesome time there and I think my mani was pretty perfect for the occasion! 

I first used one coat of Essie Tuck It In My Tux as my base color. Then I added a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust over it to give the mani some gorgeous sparkle. Then I did a quick gradient by sponging some Dance Legend Holy Diver over my tips and I also added some white water decals. Finally to make this mani suit the challenge, I of course added the coat of matte top coat. I used my favorite matte top coat: Cirque Colors Matte Look. 

I went to the meetup with the shiny version of this manicure and then when I got back home I added the coat of matte top coat. Now looking back I have to say that I should have made it matte in the first place! It's looked really pretty shiny too, but somehow it looked even more special as matte to me.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Essie Tuck It In My Tux, China Glaze Fairy Dust, Dance Legend Holy Diver
Top coats: Glisten&Glow HK Girl, Cirque Colors Matte Look Top Coat
Decorations: water decals

#ablecs15 Week 14: Animalistic

My idea for this Animalistic theme was quite simple: I have plenty of butterfly water decals, so what better theme to use some of them than this one. 

I wanted to add something else to the manicure than just one base color and the decals, so I decided to do a gradient. First I did two coats with the soft pink Color Club polish called Bermuda Beaches. Then I did the gradient using the pink one and a peachy Color Club called Tiny Umbrella. Both of these polishes are from Color Club winter 2015 collection called Ticket To Paradise, but they aren't really very wintry colors, so they were quite perfect for spring-like or even summery manicure. These are quite sheer and jelly-ish polishes, so I had to sponge them on my nails quite a few times. After the gradient was dry I added those butterfly water decals, some dots with dotting tool and Essie Blanc and Licorice and a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust aswell.

I have to say that it seems that I'm not really too into butterflies on my nails, at least not like these water decals. I didn't really like this mani at all, it just didn't fit me. The water decals looked really silly alone, so I tried to fix it by adding some dots and Fairy Dust, but even those didn't help. Also for some reason I even managed to get some color off from these water decals... I don't know what happened, maybe it was when I applied my top coat over them, but it certainly doens't look too pretty. Oh well, at least I liked the gradient base!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Color Club Bermuda Beaches and Tiny Umbrella, China Glaze Fairy Dust
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Decorations: water decals, dots with dotting tool and Essie Blanc and Licorice