Showing posts with label Nail art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nail art. Show all posts

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.

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 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:

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:

Friday, 1 February 2013

Fancy Studs AT LAST!

Pretties!

How do you feel about 3D nail art, stickers and studs? I love the possibilities and have been looking for studs for absolute ages. Finally I have found a set, in a funky, old-fashioned drug store in our part of town. I am so happy!

I tried them out as soon as we got home. Because they were more pricey that I had hoped, I was really hoping the quality would not be a let-down.
I love to combine bold and neutral, so I went for a greige and gold studs.

Kiss studs stickers nail
Miss Fancy Pants +studs


Close up

Sorry for posting two such similar pictures.

These are the studs. As you can see, they are from the brand Kiss. I have good and bad products from Kiss, this seems to be a winner =)
They are stickers. The edges on the square stood out a bit but I fixed that with top coat. 

For this mani I used three coats of Essie Miss Fancy Pants, the studs and two thick coats of Essence Better Than Gel top coat.

And now it's time for a confession: one of my previously posted nail arts was one from the archives. I kept my nails like this for no less than four days! I lost no studs and the polish only chipped on my right thumb <3

Can't wait to use these babies again, get the set if you see it somewhere!



I used: Essie Miss Fancy Pants, Kiss Nail Artist metallics (stickers), Essence Better Than Gel top coat

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Golden camouflage

How dangerous are train delays?! With all those shops at railway stations, it's just too easy to spend money.
I had to wait half an hour the other day and found the drugstore at the station had reduced prices on l'Oréal and Maybelline polishes. I managed to ignore the Maybelline display but couldn't refuse a 50% off l'Oréal Color Riche Luxembourg Garden. I've since read it's supposed to be a dupe for Chanel Black Pearl? I don't have that one (have you seen the price label on it?) so I wouldn't know, but from swatches I'd say it looks pretty similar.

I found this pic by Tumblr user batsarequiet in Google cache:

batsarequiet.tumblr.com

I applied two coats, then used an eyeshadow applicator to sponge on a gold Miss Sporty polish. For the accent nail, I applied one coat of the lush The Man With The Golden Gun.
To even out the sponging, I applied one coat of Better Than Gel Look top coat by Essence. This was the result:


Even if it's not the same gold tint, I liked it a lot.


I used: L'Oréal Color Riche 608 Luxembourg Garden, Miss Sporty gold shimmer polish (no name), OPI The Man With The Golden Gun.

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, 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.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Lazy Day 15 Day Fifteen: Inspired by Another Blogger's Mani

Day Fifteen, we've made it you guys! I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed taking part in this challenge and seeing everybody elses pieces of art.

This was inspired by the tutorial over at Lydia's Nails. So thanks, Lydia! =)

Feather mani

I used L'Oréal Colour Riche Soft Chinchilla as a base. My mum liked it so much she has since asked me to buy it for her as well =) I can't tell you how proud I am of her. She's a busy grandma and still wants her nails to look funky.

And that's it for this challenge! I can't believe it's over. I had a blast and have discovered some amazing blogs that I will definetely continue to check. Thanks for all the inspiration guys =)
Please take your time to check out all the other amazing bloggers that did this challenge with me after the jump. I promise you won't regret it!

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*:

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Twelve: Fairy Tale

Hi!

Day Twelve of the Lazy 15 brings you a scheduled post since I am at an event in Paris with my boss. Yeah, I know, poor little old me! ETA - seems I didn't schedule this after all, oops!

So, for the theme fairy tale I almost went for Fairy Tails, the beloved toys from my childhood. It was too hard in the end though so this post is just a 'regular' fairy tale mani =)

The theme is Snow White and I think the picture needs no further explaining =)


If you weren't lucky enough to own a Fairy Tail in your youth or had just forgotten about them, this is what they looked like:



I used: Essie Licorice, Essie Blanc, snowflakes from craftstore (meant for miniature railroads), l'Oréal Color Riche 404 Scarlet Vamp, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up, Essence Jungle Fever, Essence Edward's Love

You may have noticed I have recently begun adding watermarks to my pictures. I'm not really worried people will start stealing my pictures (if people want to, they will just remove the watermark, just ask Nailasaurus Sammy), it's more that I've noticed people often come here through Google Image search =)

Next stop: Friday, Guilty Pleasures. Ooooooooh! And as always, 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*: