Showing posts with label Freehand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Freehand. Show all posts

Friday, 6 December 2013

Dramatic Mrs. Santa

Hi pretties!

It's december already, can you believe it?! Time for Christmas-related polishes and nail art.
Since my mother, sister and I will be back in Egypt for Christmas, I won't be doing Christmas nails on the day(s). But now! Here are the first. And YES! My brushes from BornPrettyStore finally arrived. Check my thumb to see my fist experiment using them =)



If you look closely, you will see Let It Glitter! Santa Baby is not just different sizes of red glitter, but also black hearts. I love it! This is two coats.


I used: OPI Alpine Snow, Hema red polish (no name), Essie Licorice, Let It Glitter! Santa Baby.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Halloween NAC Day 2: Pumpkins & Jack O'Lanterns

Day two of the Halloween Nail Art Challenge!

Day two brings us Pumpkins and Jack O'Lanterns. I have so much love for pumpkins <3 We have one of those lights shown above at home. So I was pumped (ha!) to do a mani themed around them!

Pumpinks/Jack O 'Lanterns are orange. Orange is a colour most (normal?) people don't have in their stash. Every year, I 'realise' I don't have an orange polish and panic. Until I actually check my polishes. Ahem.
Oops. Seems I have no shortage of orange polishes ;-)

  • First, I drew circles with Essie Meet Me At Sunset on my nails. 
  • Then I took my nail art brush and used OPI He's My Boo (Spookettes set) to make the circles into pumpkins.
  • Then I applied Rimmel Blue Vogue around the pumpkins to make it look like night.
  • Then I used l'Oréal Banana Pop, Essence Get The Fever and Essie Licorice to make it look like there was a light inside the pumpkins. I'm not entirely happy with the effect, but if you don't look so closely (for example if you just look at my nails in real life), it looks alright.
  • Finally I used a nail art brush to apply Miss Sporty Check Matte on top of the Blue Vogue, to give it that satin-y, velvet-y feel dark nights can have.

Yes, I purposely placed my watermark there to camouflage my cuticles ;-)

I really enjoyed this prompt! I'm a bit wary about the next prompt: Things that go BUMP in the night. Well, check back the day after tomorrow to see if I managed to come up with anything!

Check out the other participants below:

Monday, 21 October 2013

Halloween Nail Art Challenge: Scary Movies

Helloooo and welcome to prompt one of the Halloween Nail Art Challenge! I know I'm a bit late but I promise Day 2 will be right on time (as in, tomorrow).

Day 1 meant Scary Movies. Yeah. I hate scary movies. They scare me! After asking around a bit and not being happy with any of the suggestions (most people suggested the mask from Scream or intricate designs that I knew I would never be able to do), I knew I needed to think outside the box. So, I went with an Ouija board design! Because, let's face it-  each movie that features an Ouija board teaches us it's Not A Good Idea.

For those of you unfamiliar with Ouija boards, here is an example:
Source: Wikipedia
Fun fact: when researching designs for Ouija boards, I learned that the heart-shaped thingy that moves over the board is called a Planchette. Who knew? Not me.

From Wikipedia:
The Ouija board (WEE-jə) also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words "yes", "no", "hello" (occasionally), and "goodbye", along with various symbols and graphics. (....)
It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood) or movable indicator to indicate the spirit's message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. Participants place their fingers on the planchette, and it is moved about the board to spell out words. (...)
Mainstream religions and some occultists have associated use of a Ouija board with the concept of demonic possession, and view the use of the board as a spiritual threat and have cautioned their followers not to use a Ouija board.
Despite being criticized by the scientific community and deemed superstitious by traditional Christians, Ouija remains popular among many people.
So. Here is my mani:
Believe me, I will be thrilled when my nail art brushes arrive, hopefully next week. If you look at my pinky finger, you'll know what I mean.
I was expecting the planchette to pop out more as I matted everything else. Unfortunately, no such luck.

I used: The New Black Gold Grenade, OPI German-icure by OPI, Essie Licorice, Miss Sporty matte top coat

I loved this first prompt of the challenge! So exciting do do another challenge and can't wait to see what everyone else has come up with.
Check out the other participants below
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Monday, 7 October 2013

World Animal Day

Hi pretties! Did everyone have a good weekend? We went to a gaming exhibition kind of thing (mani to follow), had dinner with friends in a town between where they live and where we live, then ended the night with a pub quiz.

Last Friday was World Animal Day. I hope you were all extra nice to animals around you, maybe you even visited a shelter and/or donated some food or toys? Were you all rocking some cool animal-themed manis?

Here is my World Animal Day mani:
Yeah, the zebra kinda looked weird so I kept going back with my striper only to make it worse. I really liked the frog and tiger print though!

And here's a bonus picture of Ezio. Hey, if you're sick of him yet, just let me know. 
He is very interested in our robot vacuum cleaner (Sammie). Here he is waiting until it's time to get vacuuming again. Honestly, this robot is a win-win. The house gets cleaner while I'm doing my nails (bye bye, guilty conscience) and the cat is entertained. I can only recommend it!


I used: Rimmel Aqua Cool, black striper, L'Oréal Colour Riche Banana Pop, Hema orange polish (no name), Rimmel Rain Rain Go Away. l'Oréal Color Riche 404 Scarlet Vamp, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin up, Essie Licorice, nailgirls white polish, Miss Sporty Matte topcoat

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

#HePicksMyPolish September Challenge

Soooo, The Sparkle Queen came up with a cool challenge: #HePicksMyPolish.


Since I am always bugging my man to do my nails (he's a fantastic artist) but he refuses (it's not manly and all that), I thought this would be the perfect way to... Ease him into it! Ha! He agreed to do it, thought it was fun even. I was going to post this before the weekend but something very exciting came up (more to follow!) so it had to wait.

So. Step 1 was easy. Since all my polishes are on display in our living room!

Step 2. My guy is always home before I am. He texted me to say the three polishes were waiting for me when I got home. He also cooked for me before he left for band practice. It was a good night!
He picked a Cybele polish that is a dupe for OPI Tomorrow Never Dies (if you ask me), Nails Inc Cambridge Terrace and Bourjois Lime Catwalk.

Step 3. Well, here is the result:
Easy Nail Art Challenge
Click to enlarge
I have to say, when I first saw the polishes, I wasn't sure how I was going to pull it off. The Cybele and Nails Inc were perfect together, but to add the Bourjois? Gasp.

Step 4. Well, I shared here. I also shared in the Facebook group. Check it out!

Step 5. The polishes are listed in Step two. He= my man. Even though he dumped my ass at the beginning of summer, he soon realised his life sucks without me, so HA!
Yeah that's just me acting all tough. I am thankful everyday that he came to his senses and we can make each other happy again.
Free tip for those of you who are in a relationship: communication, communication, communication.

I really enjoyed this challenge. Even though it's almost October, I am definitely going to be doing this again. The next 'he' might be my nephew, I'm sure he'd be honoured!

Check out the other participants below:

Friday, 26 July 2013

Supersoaker nails

WHOOP WHOOP! Kings of Leon have released a new single. So obviously I *had* to celebrate with a mani =) I did this real quickly, as in, within one minute. I don't even remember why I was in such a hurry, hmm.

This is the cover for the single (do singles even have covers? Or should I say 'this is the illustration your MP3 player will display'?):

Go buy it nooooow! =)


I did this mani, well, accent nail:

Supersoaker nails manicure
Summer with KoL!

Again, I did this very quickly and I also took the picture without checking it on the computer, so it's not as clear as I would like. Now I'm thinking I should have done a gradient as well, orange-yellow-mint, like the word supersoaker in the pic.
Anyway, I like that nobody know what it means and I can still get my fangirl out ;-)


When was the last time you did 'fan'-nails? Am I too old, at 30? =(

I used: Hema mint polish with shimmer, L'Oréal Colour Riche Banana Pop, Nails Inc Cambridge Terrace

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Kings of Leon Nail Art

Hi there!

Maybe you knew from my profile pic, but I am a HUGE Kings of Leon fan. I urge every one of you to go and check out songs OTHER than Use Somebody, Sex on Fire and Notion. I call those the Hellish Trinity because those are the songs everyone knows and every cover band plays. Don't get me wrong, they are great songs but Kings of Leon have so many amazing songs. Wilder, more bad-ass, laden with raw emotion, stuff like that.
And the amazing ballad Arizona which is actually about a beautiful prostitute in a whorehouse in Arizona. I wrote that bit in white as to not offend anyone. Select it with your cursor if you are curious!

I was lucky enough to see them live two years ago, and last weekend I got to see them again <3 They are doing a European tour this summer and played a festival nearby. So of course I had to do Kings of Leon nails! I came up with the idea of using the US cover for Only By The Night quite quickly. However, after some practising I realised I was never going to do this on ten nails. So My Geek helped me with some design suggestions. This is what I ended up with =)

Kings of Leon nail art easy
Kings of Leon nail art <3

For your reference, this is the US album cover:


It's two birds of prey locked in battle. Yeah. Good luck with that. It takes a more talented nail art enthousiast to pull that off.
So I just used polish thinner to get a water colour effect, which unfortunately doesn't really come across on the photograph. Several people noticed and complimented me, though =) The golden circle thingies were like tiny discoballs on my nails <3 The sun really played with them.

Here are two pictures of the evening:

Click to enlarge. I'd like to think Jared (<3) made eye contact here ;-)
Have you ever done your nails as an ode to your favorite band/artist? I'd love to see them!

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, 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? =)

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Mum's Accent Leopard

First up let me apologize for the quality of the picture. I have been having some trouble with my camera. I hope this will be fixed soon =(

My mum and younger sister visited us a while back =) It was lovely to finally be able to show them were we live. It's a 2,5 hour train journey each way, so unfortunately we don't see each other as often as we would like.
Usually I go to see them and do their nails using their polishes, or maybe I will bring a couple. This time, they had a choice of all my 125 polishes which was a bit overwhelming ;-)

Leopard nail manicure
Mum's new mani
My mum picked Essence Grey-t to be here as a base. It'ss a creamy grey with a pink shimmer. As you can see, the shimmer is real delicate but it did show in real life.

Even before my mum chose a colour I wanted to do a leopard. By doing it as an accent nail, she accepted it without protest =D I hope she kept it for a few days =)

What do you think? Lovely and understated or bland and boring?


I used: Essence Grey-t to be here, Rimmel Grey Matter, Essie Licorice

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.

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 NAC Day 3: Kisses

Yup, Day Three already!

Day 3 means: Kisses. Naturally, the first thing that came to mind were lips, lip prints etc. However, I wasn't quite happy doing the first thing that came to mind so I thought some more and this is what I came up with =)


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

Apologies for just one pic. It was a pain to photograph as the black kept reflecting any light source, breaking up the design. I hope you can still see what it is meant to be.
Also, I know my nails are not shaped at all, I was going to grow them to file them straight, but I think I'll do something else. Just can't figure out what. The problem is that my left index finger keeps chipping so as much as I love the nail shape like it was here, it never lasts long.

I thought my entry for day three was a lovely and subtle Valentine's mani! I can't wait to see what the others have done, be sure to check them out:

Valentine NAC Day 2: Hearts

Day two of the Valentine Challenge! And the theme for day two is: hearts. Yay! You can't go wrong with hearts =D

I actually did this mani over the weekend but didn't manage to post so I'll be posting day two and three today =)

Check out my subtle but glam twist on the classic French mani.


The purple is L'Oreal Colour Riche Purple Disturbia. I am really impressed by the Colour Riche polishes. I've only had two 'misses', the others are gorgeous <3 They are fairly pricey (6,10) for the small size (5ml), but we often get promotions like 1+1 free. Last week it was 3 for 10,- =D

I used: Essence A Piece of Forever, L'Oréal Colour Riche Purple Distubia

Check out the other entries for Day two:

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

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Stolen Snowman Mani

It's been snowing like crazy these past two weeks, so finally it felt like it was time for the Snowman mani I stole from the lovely Kristine over at Pink & Polished. Her mani was the December 9th prompt for the 12 Days of Christmas challenge. I loved it so much that I have been wanting to do this ever since =) She encouraged me to do it, so, here it is, at last =D

My take on the design
The original design by Kristine

As you can see, my version is the lazy girl's take on the design ;-)

And here is a bonus picture of Ezio being all suspicious about the first snowfall of the year:


I used: L'Oréal Colour Riche 622 Sky Fits Heaven, Essie Blanc, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Disco Ball, Essence Get The Fever, black sharpie, star sticker

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Floral One-Stroke

Hello pretties,

Florals. I never do them. I think I did flowers only once before. So this mani was long overdue =)

For Christmas my sister GA Suze got me Essie Head Mistress and Miss Fancy Pants. I wore Head Mistress for a day and I love it. You can never have enough reds <3 But, after a day, plain nails bore me so I needed to spice them up.

I don't know why, but I decided to add flowers. When I gathered my colours, I thought 'hey, why not try this one-stroke technique I read about a while back?'. Yeah. Big fail. But- I didn't feel the mani itself was a fail, so it's not a Nail Fail Friday.

floral abstract nail art
Floral one-stroke
 *click to enlarge*

Actually, this picture is true to life- my fingers are still quite tanned from the Egyptian sun.

1. So, I did this art on a 24hrs-old base (two coats) of Head Mistress.
2. Then I placed a drop of white polish on a sheet of plastic.
3. Right next to that, I placed a drop of dark blue polish.
4. I dragged my nail art brush through the middle, so either side would pick up one colour.
5. Then I gently made half circles on my nails, forming flowers. I quickly realised I was doing it wrong/it wasn't working out, but I liked the watercolour-like effect so I decided to continue.
6. I then added Miss Sporty Check Matte.
7. On top of that, I added yellow flower hearts and green leaves/stems. Which means those were shiny when the rest is matte =)
Like I said, I like how it turned out even though it wasn't what I was going for.

Since I had been experiencing some chipping before my vacation, I got Sally Hansen Hard as Nails this weekend. I'm very curious to see if it will improve my nails, as chipping is basically the only problem I have with them. Lucky me =)
I only have some major drama going on around my thumbnail right now, which is slowly healing with the help of creams, oils and overnight band aids.


I used: Essie Head Mistress, Rimmel Blue Vogue, Essence Stampy Polish White, Miss Sporty Check Matte, Cybele (green), Etos (yellow)