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

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?

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Sinterklaas/Santa Clause

Yay, you guys! It's almost Sinterklaas! I'm so excited that I did a cool Sinterklaas-mani.

Santa Clause nail art
Sinterklaas
Isn't he a cutie? And it was so much easier than I expected.

Response from the people around me has been so great that I might just use this design around Christmas, I'll just change the hat to make him more Santa =)

There was a 2,- discount on Rimmel polishes so I bought Ruby Crush from the Precious Stones collection. I had spotted it before, but I'm still trying to not buy each and every single polish I set my eyes on. But hey, when there's a discount, it would be a shame to miss out, right? ;-)

I like this polish. The bottle boasts 'High coverage glitter nail polish' (in ALL CAPS because apparently, that's the Rimmel way to communicate) that looks best when applied in two coats. I used three just to be sure. But how cool is a glitter polish that is opaque in just three thin coats?!


I used: Rimmel 002 Ruby Crush, Essence Stampy Polish white, Hema 01 pink (no name), L'Oréal Colour Riche 611 Sky Fits Heaven, Essence A Piece of Forever, L'Oréal Colour Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up, sharpie pen (for pupils)

Monday, 3 December 2012

Lazy 15 Day Fourteen: Where I am From

Day 14! Wow wow wow! Only one more to go =) Today's theme was Where I am From. This was harder than expected. Because, where am I from? I'm probably overthinking this, but it's all a matter of context.
My mum was born in another country as my dad. His parents were also from two different countries. So although I am not technically *from* all those places, they are in my heritage, so to speak. And I could use it all for a mani, yay!

Also. Ask my colleagues- I am from a city one hour away. Ask my neighbours- I am from another city one hour away. Ask my friends- I am from a city two and a half hours away. Ask my grandma- I am from the neighbouring country. Ask our Egyptian friends- and they might say I'm from Europe. So yeah. Loads of options to choose from, which didn't make it easier!

In the end I decided to go with the most recognizable design =)

Where am I from?  =)

Can you guess where I am from? Or rather, which (part of which) country I live in? I'm sure you can =D
Oh and the middle finger is a cow, in case you were wondering...

PS An alien would probably say I'm from Earth, to add another option to the mix ;-)


I used: Rimmel Sky High, Essence Stampy Polish white, L'Oréal Colour Riche 622 Soft Chinchilla, L'Oréal Colour Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up, L'Oréal Colour Riche Sky Fits Heaven, NYC High Line Green, NYC Lexington Yellow, Hema 01 pink (no name), sharpie pen, matte topcoat

Please take your time to check out all the other amazing bloggers that did this challenge with me after the jump. The list has been cleaned up, so that should make it a lot easier =)

Friday, 30 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Thirteen: Guilty Pleasure

Day Thirteen! We're nearly there guys!

The full theme for today was 'Inspired By Your Guilty Pleasure'. This was a hard one. I have so many guilty pleasures lol. But, right after nail polish, I suppose my biggest guilty pleasure would be vampire novels. From Twilight to Black Dagger Brotherhood and from Anita Blake to Immortals After Dark, I've read them all. Some blood, some lovin', some tortured men and tough heroines, and I'm hooked. Fittingly, the first book in the Anita Blake series is called Guilty Pleasures, so I took that as a sign! Here's what I did:

Anita Blake nails

So. Anita Blake.
Anita Blake is the title character and protagonist of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton.
The series takes place in a parallel world where the supernatural exist alongside regular humans, with Anita's jobs including the re-animation of the dead as well as the hunting and executing of supernatural creatures (mostly vampires) that have broken the law.
The supernatural beings are considered to be citizens with most of the rights of regular humans, which is sometimes the focus of some of the strife in the series.
The novels follow Anita's ongoing conflicts with the supernatural as she attempts to solve a variety of supernatural mysteries, come to terms with her own abilities, and navigate an increasingly complex series of romantic and political relationships.
As the series progresses Anita's perspective on the supernatural changes, as the character initially sees the supernatural predominantly as "monsters" to be fought and later grows to see them as communities to be protected and as potential love interests.
- Wikipedia


I started with black French tips to set the mood. Then I got freehanding =)
  • For the thumb I made a crucifix. Anita has a silver crucifix that is very dear to her.
  • Index finger: Anita's favourite animals are penguins. She has a stuffed little penguin named Sigmund that gives her comfort when nothing else can. Her penguin collection is a recurring theme throughout the series =)
  • Other than vampires, Anita deals with a variety of were-animals. My middle finger represents all those.
  • Ring finger: Yeah. Uhm. Anita has a nice collection of guns. As you might see, I have been fortunate so far in life and have never seen a gun up close.
  • Pinky: I really wanted to stick with the black-silver theme so I was a bit lost at what to do for the last finger. Then I remembered another book in the series is called Obsidian Butterfly, so I stamped a butterfly. Only this morning did I remember Anita loves black coffee so I should have gone for that! But well =)
I messed up with the top coat. I applied it before everything was dry so I suffered some streaks and bubbles. Then I waited a day before I took the pictures because it was dark out by the time I finished, and there were some wear marks already. But well.

My favourite nail was the thumb. I absolutely adored it!
Crucifix
I used: Essie Licorice, GOSH Holographic Hero, Essie Blanc, Essence Get The Fever
Don't forget to check out the other people doing the challenge after the *jump*:

Monday, 26 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Eleven: Fireworks/Bonfire Night

Guys, this challenge is killing me! I don't know how you all do it. Where do you find the time?!
I finally caught up this weekend, phew!

Day Eleven is Fireworks/Bonfire Night. I figured if this worked, I knew what to do for NYE!
I did these nails on my sister, who was kind enough to model so I saved some time during this challenge <3
I came home and noticed the pictures were kind of blurry, gosh, picture-taking sure is my weak spot in this challenge!
Bonfire nail!


I used Essence Jacobs Protection as a base colour. This is from the Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part Two LE so I was really looking forward to trying it. It worked really well for this theme as it's a dark purple with yummy shimmers, but application was hard. It's a runny polish on a wide brush and it needed three coats.

  
After Jacobs Protection had dried completely, I drew a fire on the thumb using Edward's Love from that same LE and some red.

On the other fingers I drew some fireworks. Silver and a shimmery aqua for index and ring fingers, purple glitters and a dark blue for the middle finger and pinky.


Sorry, I just *had* to get that Spongebob in here.


I actually don't know which colours I used beside Jacobs Protection and Edward's Love, as I used my mother's polishes (!).

That's it for Day Eleven! Check back Wednesday for Day Twelve: Fairy Tale. And as always, don't forget to check out the other people doing the challenge after the *jump*:

Lazy 15 Day Ten: Mythical Water Creatures

Day Ten of the Lazy 15, only three days late. Yikes! I promise I will post Day Eleven today as well. It was a catching-up weekend.

So. Day Ten. I love Egypt with a passion. I have previously done a Sunset in Gizeh mani. Now it's time for another Egyptian mani =)

The theme for day ten in the Lazy 15 was 'Underwater Creatures/Water Mythical Creatures'. So I went with....

Hapi, Egyptian Nile God. Read all about him on Wikipedia! You will also find the pictures there that I based this mani on.

Hapi nail art

I used the colours that represent Hapi, freehanded a Nile Delta and my Geek wrote the hieroglyphs that spell his name on my thumb <3 I can't tell you how proud I am of this nail!

Hieroglyphs
The freehanded Nile Delta didn't come out quite as I had hoped. I mixed some shimmering pigments into Rimmels Bare Necessities to make it look like a dessert, then sponged some green where the Nile makes the land fertile. Finally I used Essie Dive Bar to draw the Nile itself.

Nile Delta

As you can see, I wasted no time on clean up. I was too stressed about being so behind on the challenge! Also, I realised that I'm going to Paris Tuesday and Wednesday to attend a fair, so I have to prepare Day Twelve as well. Why is this called a Lazy challenge?! ;-)


I used:
Thumb: Essie Blanc (which is getting thick =(), Staedler pigment liner
Index finger: Rimmel Bare Necessities mixed with some Essence Smell the Caramel pigment powder, Essence In The Jungle, Essie Dive Bar
Middle finger: blend of Rimmel Blue Vogue and Essie Bikini so Teeny
Ring finger: same blend as middle finger, Essence Sunshine 4ever, Essence In The Jungle
Pinky: Essence In The Jungle


Don't forget to check out the other people doing the challenge after the *jump*:

Friday, 23 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Nine: Disney movies/characters

Day Nine!

So I didn't manage to post Wednesday after all. Which means I am now officially one challenge behind, yikes! I hope to catch up this weekend. Apologies.

Only one picture turned out okay. Ish. Which is such a shame because the mani looked FAB! I was planning on taking more pics later, after proper clean up and final touches, but then my migraine decided to say hi.

Anyway, here it is, my Disney mani:

Flit from Pocahontas nail art

It's Flit! I just love that cheeky little hummingbird. Pocahontas I think is the only Disney movie I've only seen once, and I'm clueless as to why I haven't seen it more often. I even had a poster of Meeko when I was younger. Hmm.

As I mentioned before I've been suffering some breakage which is really messing with the overall look =(

Phew, now that I have posted this, I already feel less behind =) I hope to post Day Ten tomorrow or Sunday, and then to be back on schedule for Day Eleven on Monday =) Thanks for the patience! =)


I used: Rimmel Bright Back At You, L'Oréal Color Riche 210 Shocking Pink, Essie Allure, Essie Blanc

Don't forget to check out the other people doing the challenge after the *jump*:

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

GA Suze: Silver Lining

A new mani by Suze! It's been a while.



Silver Lining
This is a freehand striped mani. Freehand! I wouldn't even be able doing this using tape I'm afraid.

I really love how clear the silver is over that dark purple. Impressive! I'm pretty sure I have Silver Surfer myself, will have to try it again soon!





Suze used: Rimmel 610 Pompous, Gosh 541 Gasoline, Essence Nail Art Silver Surfer, Essence top coat

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Love 2

Just a quick thumb mani (rest of my nails had bloodred tips).




I used: Essence French Tip Painter, Essence Make it Golden, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Rainy Sunrise

First, let me apologize for the quality of todays picture. It turned out darker than expected and I didn't check it before removing the polish *facepalm*.

Inspired by a rainy sunrise, let me present to you:

Rainy sunrise, click to enlarge


It's not that obvious, unfortunately, but it is a gradient of bronze, pale blue, grey and dark grey. I leave the house every morning at 7, so now that it's autumn, it's still dark out and quite often rainy. I enjoy looking out the windows and admire the early morning sights =)

This particular sight was one morning, and I saw a bird perched on a fence on top of a building. The silhouette was actually not this dark, but I decided to give the black silhouette thing another try after I loved the Sunset in Gizeh mani so much!



I used: Essie Blanc, Essence pigments Smell the Caramel (more about these pigments soon!), Rimmel Grey Matter, Essie Licorice

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Bye Bye Summer =(

*Sad face*
Summer is definitely over where I am =( We did have some warm sunny days October last year so who knows what's to come, but right now, it's rainy, cloudy, windy, sometimes even stormy. No wonder I'm sick.

So, I wanted a cool, festive mani to celebrate the summer, as it was a good one =) I decided to go for a beachy scene. I even tried my hand at stamping again and it went perfectly! Until I somehow managed to pull the polish and thus ruined the ice cream stamp =(

Shimmery beaches

Blah, poor pulled ice cream =(

I took these pictures before applying any top coat. Unfortunately, this meant any bumps and bubbles I hadn't spotted real-life, showed up nice and obvious in the pictures =( Oh well.


I used: Essence Gold Rush over Rimmel Bare Necessities, Sally Hansen Marine Scene over Rimmel Aqua Cool, Essie Too Too Hot (stamping), l'Oréal Jet Set 202 (starfish)

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Leopard nails

In my previous post I mentioned I was sporting a leopard mani. I was going to take pictures and post later that night, but the weather has been dreadful ever since :-( Only dark clouds.



Okay, so this is probably not the best leopard mani you have ever seen. However, I just loved the colour combo <3 Definitely worth remembering =)

One thing I like about this picture is that it shows the awesomeness of Essences Gel Look topcoat. Look at that pinky! Look at that index finger!

I used: Rimmel Grey Matter, OPI Riotously Pink, Essie Licorice, Essence Gel Look topcoat

Monday, 27 August 2012

Mandar-eenie so Teeny


Yes, I AM BACK! And so happy =) Time for a new mani!

Major clean-up was needed...

If you're thinking 'Goodness, this looks like a three-year-old did it', well, you are correct =)

We went to Disney last week (<3) and I suffered some serious breakage =( So during the ride home I peeled off my Pooh mani (peel-off basecoat ROCKS) and decided to cut my nails and give them a day to breathe. However, the next day my mum asked me to paint her nails and my nephew saw. So he wanted to do my nails! I couldn't be more proud of him, as he decided to use two colours, not one. He must have been paying attention to my mani's! <3

Right now I'm sporting a leopard mani, will take picture tonight with my Queen B and post =)

He used: Essie Bikini so Teeny, Essence ³ dancing in the streets

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Ocean Scene by Chalkboard Nails

Yup, another mani by someone else. However, it's looking like I might be back to posting my own manis next week, yay!

Chalkboard Nails is a website I love to check every now and then. Sarah posts nail art and tutorials as well as swatches. She updates daily, wow!

When I saw this ocean scene nail art, I was simply blown away. Blown. Away. 


You can find it here. More Chalkboard Nails awesomeness on her website and tumblr.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Sunset in Gizeh

Click to enlarge <3

This mani is my homage to Egypt! It is such a magical country, I just love going there.
Pictured is a sunset behind de pyramids at Gizeh. Next time I'll try a camel!

I edited the right hand ring finger into the picture because it is slightly different from the left hand one.

This was my first silhouette which was kind of daunting. However, it was quite alright, you need mainly patience to do this.

If you have never done a gradient before, check out this tutorial and you'll be making the prettiest gradients in no time!


I used: Essie Allure ('bare' nails),  NYC Lexington Yellow, OPI Formidably Orange, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up, drug store brand black polish, OPI top coat

Thursday, 12 July 2012

After Ten

So much chocolate <3
Is there anything yummier than chocolate? 

For this mani I was inspired by... The polish I mistakenly bought. Yup, that's right. I was going for Decadent Dish but the lighting of Essie displays here is dreadful, shop was closing and there was a wrong bottle where Decadent Dish was supposed to be. Darn you, lazy shoppers!

Anyway, I noticed my error on the train and was inspired by the colour! I had also bought Allure (they don't sell Marshmallow over here, the one I actually wanted) and seeing them together I instantly thought of After Eight chocolates. The yummy chocolate squares with the runny mint inside. Mmmm. For the ring finger I though of Mint Crunchie (which I never liked, but my sister did)

Can I just say that Essie Chocolate Cakes really looks just like molten choc inside the bottle? <3


I used: Essie Chocolate Cakes, Essie Allure, Rimmel Bright Back At You, Essence A Walk In The Park, Essence Check Me Out

As for the piece of choc I am holding... Chocstar.nl

Thursday, 28 June 2012

A flowery dress

- Scheduled post due to absence -

My Geek and I had a wedding to attend. Being the girly-girl that I am, I had to go and buy a dress for this occassion. I was thinking of just leaving my nails a nude colour as I love Rimmels Bare Necessities (it's in my profile pic as well), but in the end I couldn't resist and let the inspiration from the dress just flow :-)

Yay!

I adored this mani so much that I kept it for several days! Having a dishwasher rocks- my manis last so much longer these days!








I used: Rimmel Bare Necessities, Essence Stampy Polish, Rimmel Blue My Mind, Models Own Lemon Meringue


And in case anyone wondered... I bought the dress at Primark!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Crash Test Mani

Crash Test Mani and Queen B in sunlight
Wow! I am sooo pleased with this mani! And the picture, I think this might be my 'thing'. Posing with my controller aka Queen B!

My Geek is in a band named Beezwax. A friend sent me a picture of a buzzing bee mani for their performance. I'm not even going to try and find the original source, there's so many extremely similar ones around the web. Anyway, I did the bee mani on a set of fake nails for my friend and planned on doing my own nails later. However, there was no time and I fell ill *sad face* so this is what I ended up with. It's not exactly a buzzing bee, it kind of reminds me of those crash test dummies! The colours look so cool together :-) This is three layers of Bright Back At You, and two of Lexington Yellow and the black polish. No topcoat!

This is how the Bee mani worked out:
Buzzing Bee mani just before last touches and filing - Picture by Sanne

I did the base colour (Rimmels Bright Back At You, two layers) a day before I did the accents and I really like the colour. Also received some compliments which is always nice ;-) It just brightens your day just looking at it.

Bright Back At You reading a book on the train


I used: Rimmel Bright Back At You, NYC Lexington Yellow, drug store brand black

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Black & Blue Matte

So so sorry about the yucky edges and cuticles. This mani was three days old when I took the picture. I love matte top coats but they seem to do nothing for the lasting period of the polish :-(






Left Essie Bikini So Teeny, right Rimmel Aqua Cool











Bikini so Teeny is my first bottle of Essie polish. In the bottle, silver specks are clearly visibile, but after applying these seem to disappear. It basically looks just like Rimmels Aqua Cool once it's dry. Which I already own. So yeah. Big disappointment.


As for the black: I just <3 a matte black!

In unrelated news I got myself a new bottle of white stampy polish. I just love the stuff so you'll be seeing loads of white (details) here :-)

I used: Essie Bikini so Teeny, drug store brand black polish, Essence Matt top coat, Essence gel look topcoat (ring finger)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Black & Gold: Glitter

In a sequel to Black & Gold mani: I present to you Black & Gold: Glitter!

Ooooh, shiny!
I was trying my newly acquired O.P.I Spider-Man polishes and I was really impressed with the Number One Nemesis. It has a green undertone which you wouldn't think from seeing it in the bottle! I must do a swatch some time. I kept that on for about... 24 hours before I started doodling again and this was the result!

I actually took several pictures but the light was terrible (did we just skip summer?). So I'm only posting this one, as it shows how cool and flaky Essence Make it Golden is.

I used: O.P.I Number One Nemesis, drug store brand black, Essence Make it Golden, no topcoat.