Sunday, 14 October 2012

Clean up

No mani, just pictures of my stashhh! We went to Ikea (<3) last weekend and bought three Ribba's.
My Geek thought that was 2 plus 1 spare and that I was joking when I said I probably needed four now, five by the end of the year. Bahaha!

Anyway, he got to putting them up straight away and I got to filling them (sorted by colour and one for 'other' ie topcoat, base coat, crackles, glitters). And get this: they are in the living room! Ha! I'm so happy <3
I don't like the much-favoured Helmers for the simple reason that I want to see my polish. I love to just look at them and pick a colour (or two, or three...). You might say 'just wait till you have enough polishes to fill a Helmer' but you'd be surprised at how many polishes these three Ribba's hold right now! Last count was 200, but I haven't counted in weeks. This is a tactical decision, ignorance is bliss ;-)

Work in progress

These two... cupboards? Racks? Were originally upright next to each other with some space in between. My polishes were on top of the right in one big heap and I am juuuust too short to see the polishes at the back.
So we turned one of them on its side and voilà, plenty of room for polish!

I was going to take this as an opportunity to throw out some polishes that I knew had gone gooey. I ended up throwing out only Rimmel Coralicious and Essence Cool and the Gang. Man, I loved them both but they were three years old by now and had gone gloopy. *sad face* I was especially hesitant to chuck Cool and the Gang as Essence have since changed their entire series. Oh well. I wanted to go out and replace Coralicious, but then I remembered I'm on a no-buy =(

Adding a filter, look at how artistic I am

You can just see my mini editions at the bottom here (OPI Spiderman, OPI Outrageous Neons, Urban Decay Summer of Love, a crackle set).

Yeah, another filter, just because! ;-)
So far I'm loving it, and even my Geek has said it's an improvement to the room =) So, it's a keeper!

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

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

For April

Five year old April Jones from Wales has been missing for more than a week now. As I was horrified to hear, a family friend has since been charged with her murder.

This just breaks my heart. I can't believe there is such evil in this world, even though we are confronted with it day after day.

Her parents have asked everyone to wear pink ribbons as it was/is het favourite colour. They also released pink balloons and lanterns on the night she had been missing for a week, as a symbol of hope. 

This is my mani for April. May you be found soon, little girl.

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.


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!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Inspired by D.I.Y Nails

Just a quick mani today.

Pink & white
This was inspired by (stolen from?) D.I.Y Nails. You can see her mani here.

Finally a use for my L'Oréal Marie Antoinette as it's just too sheer for me to wear it 'pure'. This mani looks pretty cool matte as well =) The picture is without any topcoat, Le Vernis is awesome like that =)

Also. How my hands are starting to suffer from this weather and this kitten!

I used: Essie Blanc, L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis202 Marie Antoinette

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

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