Showing posts with label Etos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Etos. Show all posts

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Aluminum Mix

Hello again my lovely followers,

Recently I became a member of a beauty swap group on Facebook. I think it's a fantastic initiative!

My first swap was with a girl that wanted a Mavala polish and a drugstore brand polish my sister had given me because she had three of them. So, pretty painless for me really! She sent me her swap list and I spotted Nails Inc Cambridge Terrace. Cambridge Terrace! The swap was completed and I was thrilled to receive this beauty of a polish <3

After just staring at it for two days (two days! And no chipping at all!) I had to do some nail art with it. So, here it is:


Base is two coats of Cambridge Terrace.
- Thumb is some free-hand heart-thingy
- Index is one coat of NYC Rock Muse
- Middle finger is a Bourjois sticker from the Pshiit set
- Ring finger is drug store brand crackle
- Pinky is stamping using an Essence plate and Essence Stampy Polish

You can really see how gorgeous Cambridge Terrace is on the middle finger <3 My Geek said it was aluminum!


Would you ever swap cosmetics online?

Friday, 3 May 2013

Nail Fail Friday: Winnie the Pooh

Pretties, it's time for another Nail Fail Friday!

This time it's a Winnie the Pooh fail.
We went to Disney a while ago and of course I had to do my nails =D I checked online for some designs. This design is based on this mani by Polish Art Addiction. Yeah, I didn't do too good a job! As per usual, the problem was my lack of patience. And also time, because I did this in bed just before going to sleep. Come to think of it, these actually turned out quite well considering the circumstances!

I wasn't too pleased, but did some clean up in the car to Disney and rocked these nails anyway =)
The blue is Essie Bikini so Teeny.

Winnie the Pooh mani fail =(
I hope you enjoyed this Fail =)

Friday, 5 April 2013

Nail Art with Essence Kit

Pretties,

Beginning of the year Essence came out with the Vintage Disctrict LE. They have a new LE every month but not every LE is released everywhere =(
We were lucky to get the VD LE here. When I saw the promo on Facebook I knew there was one thing I couldn't afford to miss:
Photo: chicprofile.com
 (Picture found here)

Microbeads! Hexes! Glequins! I couldn't find the sets anywhere so my sister was sweet enough to get me both =) You may have spotted the beads in this mani. Am I using too much minty green these days?

Anyway. For this mani I used the gold foil that was in the set. It was horrible to work with. It just fell apart when I as much as looked at it. Sad face.


It doesn't look half bad in the pictures though =) Perfect for spring!


I used: Essence Vintage District Nail Art Decoration Kit, Rimmel Bright Back At You, Hema 01 pink (no name), Rimmel, Ultraviolet, Rimmel Sky High, Kiss stud, OPI top coat

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Inspiration: hand bag

Bought myself a fierce handbag... Made nail art to match =)


I used: Bourjois Lime Catwalk, L'Oréal Colour Riche 622 Sky Fits Heaven, Etos striper

Friday, 22 February 2013

Ezio Nails

Hello again =)
Posing on my leopard print handbag, the little rascal

Is there anything easier to find on the interwebs than cats? Cat movies, cat memes, cat nail art?

I have joined the craze! It was time to pay tribute to our geeky Assassin =)

Here he is, the inspiration for this nail art ->

Unfortunately he wouldn't pose like this for me as I was doing my nails, so I had to draw him from memory.


And here are my Ezio nails. As always- click to enlarge =)


The base is Catrice Steel My Heart. This is a brushed metal effect, you can see this if you enlarge the above pictures. I didn't like it all that much when I first wore it but it worked quite well as a base for Ezio =)
Black & white are stripers. The eyes are Boujois Lime Catwalk. CATwalk =D

Have you ever done any animal nail art? Or even pet nail art? =)

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentine NAC Day 10: Inspired

Pretties,

it's Day Ten of the Valentine Nail Art Challenge! Can you believe it's over?

For today the challenge was to do a mani that was inspired by one of the other participants. Wow, it was so hard to pick from all the gorgeous mani's =)


I decided to 'recreate' the Hearts mani from Rachael over at Racho's Nail Love:

Find her mani here.

This is what I made:

I loved how Rachael had struggled with the theme, then managed to find a way to incorporate the hearts into a mani that would still be true to herself. Kudos!
As you can see, I used slightly different colours. Also, my nails are way shorter ;-)

Well. That's it for this challenge. I had so much fun! And just a bit of frustration ;-) Thanks to datyorkLOVES for hosting this challenge =)

Don't forget to check the final entries for this challenge. The link thingy closed, so check out the links at Day 9 for more entries that might have been posted after it closed.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Valentine NAC Day 9: Ombre or Gradient

Just a quick post for Day 9: Gradient I did a gradient of two purples, finished with a coat of Fantasy Fire and a little heart.

I might add more text and pics to this post later- right now I just want to clean my nails and do the last prompt :-)


Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Valentine NAC Day 8: Splatter

Pfew, Day 8! And it's February 12th today, which means I have two days and two mani's to go. Thankfully I love gradients so that shouldn't be too hard. Shouldn't.

Anyway, the gradient mani is tomorrow. Today means Splatter. I had never ever done a splatter mani before. I YouTubed a tutorial, put cling foil over my mum's kitchen table, dipped my mum's finger tips in Vaseline and got to work.


Splatter mani- gone wild!
 Base for this mani are four 'squares' of different colours; minty green, hot pink, lavender and orange-red. I splattered over those colours with silver and mother-of-pearl polishes.

My mum absolutely hated it. 

Wouldn't leave the house with it. So we didn't really bother with proper clean up. I thought the effect was quite interesting so I am going to experiment with this some more. Yay!


Check out the other entries for Day 8:

Monday, 11 February 2013

Valentine NAC Day 7: Tape Mani

Pretties! It's Day 7, Tape Mani.

Tape mani's are not something I do very often. Hardly ever, in fact. But that's why I love these challenges; they make you do things you normally wouldn't! Like tapi mani's or *gasp* Splatter Mani's, which is Day 8...

I spent the weekend at my mum's. She was kind enough to let me do her nails =D So, here is my Tape Mani for Day 7 of the Valentine Nail Art Challenge:

I really regretted using the nail art glitter (a birthday present from GA Suze) because it meant the lines weren't all that crisp. But the overall look was pretty =) I was very happy with the heart, it really did look better taped than freehand lol.


I used: Essence Go Bold!, Essence Better Than Gel top coat, Etos nail art glitter

As always, don't forget to check out the other participants:

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Valentine NAC Day 5: Lace or Fabric

Day 5 of the Valentine Nail Art Challenge, yippie! And it brings us: Lace or Fabric. Ooooh!

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On to the mani. This was an all-round fail. I came home last night at 7 and had to do this mani, take pics, have dinner, bake and decorate 36 cupcakes (did I mention it's my birthday today?), do a birthday mani and be in bed by 10! So, yikes!

The theme was Lace or Fabric and I went for a bit of a naughty interpretation... The accent nail is the upper leg part of a lady wearing suspenders. 

Kids, look away!


I used: Rimmel Bare Necessities (how apt!), NYC Rock Muse, Etos striper

As always, check out the other ladies doing this challenge:  

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Valentine NAC Day 4: Love Letter

How is everybody keeping up? Still having fun?

Today I bring you Day 4: Love letter. Another fun theme! Here is my mani:

love letter manicure
Love letter nails

valentines day nail art

















Yup, I went there. I wrote a love letter to nail polish. It seemed fitting =)

I used: l'Oreal Colour Riche 602 Perle de Jade, Essie Blanc, l'Oreal Colour Riche 502 Purple Disturbia, Etos black striper, Sakura Pigma seinsei pen (0.4mm), Essence Better than Gel top coat

Check out the other entries dor the Valentine Nail Art Challenge:

Monday, 4 February 2013

Valentine Nail Art Challenge Day 1: Red or Pink

Whoop whoop, it's challenge time again!

This time I've joined the Valentine Nail Art Challenge hosted by the lovely Dahlia over at datyorkLOVES. There are ten prompts to complete before February 14th, so there is nothing lazy about this challenge! It still gives me some space to skip a day wihtout falling behind schedule, so I think I should be able to handle it. Can't wait to see all the entries in this challenge!

 

Day 1 meant pink or red. I gave you a sneak peek by posting Woodstock last Friday. Here is the finished mani! I was going for cutesie, but I think it looks more like I wanted to do something but couldn't quite do it. But My Geek thought it looked really cool, so maybe I'm just being a bit hard on myself =)



I used: Urban Decay Woodstock, Etos black striper

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Day 2: Hearts <3
And don't forget to check out the other entries for Day 1:

Friday, 25 January 2013

Cairo Love

Some time ago I bought some polishes and stripers using my Christmas giftcard. This is my first mani using those polishes and stripers =)

Striped Cairo love mani
The index finger is actually a press on. I have had to file my nail waaaay back =( But, this was a good solution and nobody even noticed =D


I used: Herome W.I.C Cairo, Herome W.I.C Perm, Etos black striper, Etos white striper

Friday, 11 January 2013

Graffiti Nails

Hi pretties =)

Last week I spotted this pink crackle polish. It stood next to a khaki polish and I just thought 'ooooooh they would look so goooood together!' so I had to get them both =)
I couldn't wait to try them, and decided to play with some patterns rather than just applying the crackle on the entire nail.

Pink crackle on khaki
I loved the effect! It reminded me of graffiti. Unfortunately I was in a hurry and didn't manage to add the black crackle to the other nails, as the thumb looked amazing in real life. I was at my mum's house so had to improvise without Queen Bee.

Have you ever used crackle polishes for nail art?

Thursday, 10 January 2013

New polishes

My boss gave me a webshop gift card for Christmas, so I went I ordered myself (a cookbook and) some polishes the other day. They arrived at the office today, yay!


L-R=> Max Factor Fantasy Fire, Herome W.I.C Cairo, Herome W.I.C. Perm, Herome I am sweet (waterbased) and two stripers =)

Can't wait to get home and try all these!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Christmas Gradient: Bloody Talons

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! 

I hope you had a great one and are not missing any fingers. I know I'm grateful the fireworks have pretty much stopped, as Ezio was one sad little kitty =( And I know the dogs back home must have been pretty scared as well.

As mentioned in the I'm BACK post, my mother asked me to do her nails a couple of times in Egypt. We had brought about 20 polishes between us plus I bought some there, so it was no problem ;-)

We started with a Christmas mani. Will post that one later. Then we did a gradient:

Bloody Festive Talons

She choose the colours herself and asked for a gradient. Sadly, as much as I loved this gradient, she didn't. She said it looked too bloody for her. Like she scratched and killed someone. I thought it wasn't all that bloody because the red was a gorgeous shimmer and it looked very festive combined with the gold.
She kept it anyway to see if it would grow on her, so kudos.

I snapped this picture on the beach, because is there any better lighting then this? <3


I used: Etos Long Lasting gold 001, Cybele 118 Fire Wave, Essence Better Than Gel Topcoat

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Merry Manicure

Woop woop! Time for a Christmas manicure =)

Since I cannot keep measure and buy just one item online, I have not been able to buy flocking powder yet. It always seems such a waste to buy one item and then pay shipping so I end up buying things I really don't need and not being able to buy my train tickets at the end of the month, grr.
So, when my Geek and I were at a garden centre a while ago, they had all this stuff to build your own model railway landscape. I found several interesting items (I'm always on the lookout for alternatives to things that are labelled 'nail art' as it seems things double in price once they are labelled that) including powders to be used for snow and grass. I used the snowflakes for the Snow White mani, here is the grass! 

I tried adding some decorations to the tree to complete the look but... Meh. I ruined it.



Fun fact: I used two different polishes for stamping: a local drugstore brand and OPI Just Spotted The Lizard. No difference here, will have to do comparison soon =)
The drugstore brand was actually a gift from GA Suze because it underwhelmed her so I can't wait to try it for real.


I used: Essence Do You Speak Love?, OPI Just Spotted The Lizard, Etos, green 'grass' powder for model trains.