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, 26 July 2012

Foamy Oceans

*scheduled post due to city break*

After the disapointment from Essie Bikini so Teeny and the Chocolate Cakes/Decadent Dish blunder, I decided to try another Essie colour. Everyone deserves a second chance, right? =)
So I went and got Dive Bar. And dark blue with green and purple shimmer in the bottle.

Good news: in contrast to Bikini so Teeny, the glittering specks were very visible on my nails, yay!
Bad news: I couldn't manage to see any purple sheen once it's on the nails. Very disappointing =(
I had seen swatches like this one from Polish or Perish so I hadn't expected to not see any purple at all. It was a weekend with sun as well as a bit of rain so I kept looking at my nails constantly and from all angles but no luck.

However, I was very pleased with the mani and got some compliments, again, so I will definitely use Dive Bar again. I have just decided to prepare myself to get results that differ from what I expect when buying Essie. I was quite pleased with the Fingr's French pen, it cost a small fortune but thankfully the quality is immensely better than the Fingr's nail art pens.

I used: Essie Dive Bar, Fing'rs French Manicure Pen

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

I'm Not Scared

Newspaper nails have been all over the internet. But WHY would I want to wear such a depressing thing as a newspaper on my nails?!

Still, I thought it looked quite awesome (plus: any manicure with RUM is a win!) so wanted to try something like it.

My Geek writes songs with a friend of ours. I asked him what his favourite was, so he sent me the lyrics. I printed them (Xerox printer, 60grams paper), got out the rum et voilà!

The Iced Latte is a pinkish nude which is slightly darker than it seems in the photgraph.

If you have no clue how to do newspaper nails, check out this or this tutorial.

I used: Essence Iced Latte, Cuban rum, regular paper from a regular printer

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!

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

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Copper Latte

Woops, one day late! We had friends over for dinner last night, sorry :-)

This mani was real pretty- for the 2 minutes it was on my nails. I had spent a day preparing it but then came across O.P.I Outrageous Neons, so... I didn't quite finish Copper Latte as in cuticle clean-up etcetera, too eager to start with the neons!    

I <3 matte + glitter combis

I used: Essence Iced Latte, Essence Matt top coat, Essence Copper'ize Me

Monday, 16 July 2012

Guest Post: Mermaid Fest

Yippie, my first guest author! Please welcome my lovely sister aka Mummy of my darling Nephew <3 =)

Thank you Fabby for the honour to guest blog on your Nailed It blog! I have a thing with purple, white sparkly & shiny polishes. So my collection is a wide variety of shades of the above. However since I discovered Bourjois Metallic Turquoise eyepencils, I have found a "new blue"! I couldn't resist and went on a hunt for shiny turquoise & pale blue, including sparkles of course. Never thought I'd end up buying 2 Essie nail polishes simultaneously!

At home I sat in the sun and let the sparkle fest begin! In holiday spirit I decided to start with Essie Beach Bum Blue, added a layer of silver effects to give it extra shine!

Don't you just want to go for a swim?

They almost glow in sunlight <3
Compared to my toe nails, it really shows how the silver transforms the layer below.

To top it off I added 1 layer of Glorious Aquarius glitters (silver and turquoise) and a top coat to smoothen it up. It looks so awesome in the sun! The polishes play with the sun, appearing to change colours depending on the angle you look at it. I definitely
found another favourite colour combination!

Wow Suze, this looks like a winner =) Easy to do but it looks so... almost magical. I might just try this for my French Riviera holiday =) Thank you for the inspiring guest post!

Suze used: Essie Beach Bum Blue, Essie Glorious Aquarius

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