Showing posts with label O.P.I. Show all posts
Showing posts with label O.P.I. Show all posts

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Don't you just just love Halloween? I love any holiday that brings light in dark times and I love vampires and creepy lore stuff so Halloween is a double win for me!

The design for my Halloween mani had been in my mind for some weeks and I actually practised one two weeks ago. However, as more and more Halloween mani's kept appearing on the webz, I changed some nails. Some designs on Tumblr were just too darn cute to ignore!

My mani is now a combination of own ideas and copied ideas. I know, blood drips, pumpkins and black cats are not exactly original but I did come up with the ideas myself =)

Halloween manicure
Creepy stuff!

Sorry about not uploading the high res pic, I did a sloppy clean up job. You can click to enlarge, however.

You can find the tutorial for the vampire by JauntyJuli here, for the teeth by BeautyChocolat here. Yes, I realise I do these things upside-down, that's just how I prefer them =) Also, I have seen similar designs online. I am truly sorry if someone else is the original artist, but I used the above tutorials so those are my sources. I will link if you have reason to believe this was your design.

Also, I have been comparing Essence Better Than Gel top coat and Essence Gel Look top coat, and I think they are pretty much the same! Which is good news for me =D

Fun off-topic fact: we were having dinner with my Geeks family, and his sister told me how her son had told a friend that I had 100 polishes, but I threw out a blue one he liked so now I only had 99 left. My Geek laughed and said it would be best if we didn't tell the kid I have since bought new polishes ;-)


I used:
Thumb: Rimmel Blue Vogue, Essie Licorice, OPI Ridiculously Yellow
Index: Impulss 005, Essie Licorice
Middle: Essie Licorice,
Essence Stampy Polish White, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up
Ring: Rimmel Ultraviolet, Essie Licorice, Essence Stampy Polish White
Pinky: Essie Blanc,
l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin Up

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

YAY Germany!

October 3rd is the Day of German Unity. Pretty big deal! And since I have German heritage, I thought it would be acceptable to break my no-buy month in order to buy a polish from the Germany Collection! ;-)

Yay! Free topcoat!
Straight out of work I went to the store at the central station, because they are opened outside of office hours plus they have OPI. Faced with all the prettiness, I couldn't decide between German-icure by OPI and Schnapps Out of It!. I love the mini collections by OPI but I wasn't too impressed with the mini's for this Germany Collection.

So, ignoring my weeping wallet, I decided to just get both polishes. After all, 1+1=Unity ;-)

I got a great suprise at the register:  they had a promotion 'Buy 2, get a free topcoat' so YAY! Free full size OPI topcoat.

Stamped!
 

I spent much of the weekend playing with them, and I was amazed at how great they look stamped! I have never ever stamped anything near this well.

Sorry, no clean up, I was too excited to try something new ;-)

So after playing for a bit, this is what I went with for the rest of the weekend:

Proper mani
Two pures, two gradients and a drip.
German-icure is such a rich colour, it's so pretty <3. It looked pretty good after one layer but I went for two just to be sure. Here is a close up:

Oooh, shiny

Schnapps Out of It! is a great colour for work I would say, not too bold but still funky.


I used: OPI German-icure by OPI, OPI Schnapps Out of It!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Hello from France!




Essie Too Too Hot, OPI Ridiculously Yellow, OPI Formidably Orange

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

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, 19 July 2012

Neon... Skittle... Cracked!


Let me just give you a minute to gaze at this mani.




Isn't the coolest? I couldn't wait to try out my neons (as I mentioned in my previous post about the poor Copper Latte) and decided to go for a skittle*.

Strictly speaking the white is not a neon, it is a basecoat included in the Outrageous Neons set to make the colours *pop* even more. But since I have five fingers and four colours for each hand... It's not too far of a stretch, I'd say.

When I finished my Skittle, I was slightly overwhelmed and worried what my boss would say... Here's why:
 
Neon Skittle with flash

And I know you're thinking 'what were you expecting? You bought NEON colours!' but after looking for them for so long and now seeing them in the bottles, I wasn't expecting the result to be this.... Neon.

Neon colours are always a challenge for cameras and computer screens. So I decided to take one more picture, twilight, no flash to show just how popping these colours are!

Yikes!
As you can see, I had already decided to do the cracking when I thought of taking the picture. I was slightly worried that the neon would be lost after adding the cracking top coat, but luckily it is still there <3.

If you want to try this mani, I would recommend that you use the O.P.I topcoat before adding the cracking top coat, as it improves the results. For reference= pinky was without topcoat, other fingers with.


I used: OPI Outrageous Neons, Claires Crackle topcoat, OPI topcoat (included in neon set)

*Skittle= The classic Skittle Manicure is made of at least two nail polishes which are also applied on the full nail. The colors don’t have to be in the same color family. Basically like the candy Skittles which this nail look is named after. - The-Swatchaholic.com

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.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

We All Need It

Love, love, love

Okay, before you go all 'my goodness she's orange! Gosh look at the state of her cuticles!' I will tell you that this picture wasn't supposed to be. The light is flash only so hardly true to life. It was taken at night, in the dark. So why? Well, my Geek writes music. He sent me a message with a recording of him playing with piece of music he's written for me. Naturally I wanted to send him something sweet in return and I had just done this earlier, wasn't happy with it but hadn't removed it. It's hardly composing a piece of music but it's the only thing I have that comes close to a talent!

I used: O.P.I Number One Nemesis, Essence Stampy Polish White, Essence Nail Art Stampy Set+ extra plate, matte topcoat.