Showing posts with label NYC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NYC. Show all posts

Monday, 11 February 2013

Valentine NAC Day 6: Dotticure

Day 6! We're getting there. I am desperately trying to catch up actually, but I will not fail this challenge *shakes fist violently in the air*
Day 6 means Dotticure. I suck at dotticures. I don't know why but my dots are never regular. I have a pretty good dotting tool, so I guess we can only put it down to impatience. Le sigh.



As you can see, Day 6 also brings us the return of the Spongebob Ball (plus here) ;-)
From the pictures it looks slightly like the purple hearts have holes in them, they don't. I suppose the colours were just too much a like in the sunlight =)

I used: Maybelline Ocean Blue, NYC Supernova, Cybele purple
Model: GA Suze

Don't forget to check out the other Valentine Dotticures:

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, 18 December 2012

Metallic Gradient


I did this mani on my mum. She's slowly discovering nail art, and now she wanted me to do something that she could do herself next time. So I went with the super easy, always fantastic looking gradient. I explained it to her as I did it and we're both confident she'll be able to do it herself. Can't wait to see the results!
Already I am quite proud to see her with these nails!


Click to enlarge
How cool is the Spongebob she is posing with? Lol. It belongs to my nephew.

I chose to combine these two colours as I wanted to do something somewhat bold. Not pale blue -> blue or something like that. I let her choose between three colour combinations and this is what she picked. I think it looks quite festive =)


I used: NYC Full Metal Jacket and a wine red metallic NYC colour, of which I have forgotten the name =(


*Scheduled post due to holiday in Egypt*

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 =)

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Smokey Rock Muse

Last month I bought NYC Rock Muse Smoky Topcoat (LE). These 'smoky topcoats' seem to have been around before but this was the first that caught my eye. And with my Geek being a massive Muse fan, I had to get it ;-)

The base is a sheer gold polish from Hema, a Dutch department store. I didn't expect it to be quite so sheer and with a more purple shine, so I hadn't worn this until I decided to try it with the Rock Muse topcoat. Here is the base:

Base, in sunlight

After three layers of that, I added one layer of Rock Muse:


I thought this looked AWESOME! Rock Muse has been called a dupe for OPI Metal 4 Life (Nicki Minaj) but I wouldn't know. I am sure I will wear this combo again, especially seeing as I have this Hema polish I have no other use for =)


I used: Hema (no name), NYC Rock Muse topcoat

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Splatter Stamping

Hi!
Sorry for the hiatus, I've been feeling a bit under the weather. This first reflected in not being able to finish a mani and then not being able to muster the energy to go online and post. I'm not quite there yet, but it's getting better =)
And can I just say how different cats and dogs are?! Whenever I'd been ill at home, the dog(s) would cuddle up to me and not make a peep or move an inch until I indicated it was okay and they would give me tender kisses. This kitten however... It's like it's thinking "Yay, you're HOME! Look at all the mischief I am up to!"

Oh well. On to todays mani.

Splatter, splatter =)

Okay, I have no clue why this picture was turned upright when uploading. And to be honest, I can't quite be bothered to find out and correct it. Apologies. Also, Queen B is docked right now so I used my other controller for the picture =)
So! The mani. I have been attempting stamping for over a year now. I can never do it! I have tried different, sets, brands, polished, the lot. I just have no talent. I keep trying every now and then, and when this looked... not all that bad, I decided to just add some polish to make it pop more =)

I added this flash picture to show Dive Bar better. All in all, I thought it was a fun autumn mani! And I was quite pleased at how well Lexington Yellow looked on Dive Bar.


I used: Essie Dive Bar, NYC Lexington Ave, Essence stamping polish, Essie Too Too Hot

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, 5 July 2012

Festival nails: Copper Glitter Gradient

A few days delayed but here they are- my festival nails! With my Queen B ;-)

Yay for glitter!

The picture really doesn't do it justice.
I was a bit unsure at first because I felt the copper tint made my nails look sickly. However, I got used to it quickly =)

Copper'ize me is just the prettiest. It's a mainly copper glitter with specks of yellow, white, magenta, red, blue and green. Here's a close up so you can see all the different colours of glitter that are in there:
How many colours can you find?

I used: Essence Copper'ize me, NYC In a New York Minute top coat

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, 12 June 2012

EURO 2012 Nails

So EURO 2012 is in full swing and boy is this an exciting tournament! I love football so I'm watching quite a few games. We actually have an office pool so it's a load of fun!

I started the tournament with an orange mani, inspired by the Dutch team. This is their jersey and a very angry looking Rafael van der Vaart.

                                         

If you ask me, orange isn't the easiest colour. I find it can look tacky, especially if you have longer nails. But who cares, it's EURO 2012! I even decided to spice things up by adding a little glitter gradient. I love this orange colour (Watch out! by Essence) because it has a gold shimmer. I would have to say the flash picture is more true to life than the daylight picture.









Daylight picture







Flash picture










Funny how my fingers look slimmer and longer in the flash picture! My nails have been growing like crazy lately, lucky me :-)

I used: Essence Watch Out!, Essence Copper'ize me!, NYC In a New York Minute top coat, nail art rhine stones