Friday, July 30, 2010

Nubar Iris Dust

Hello,

After Purple Beach I went for Iris Dust, another Nubar duochrome. This one is pink/orange, and orange ain't my color at all, but for this polish I'll gladly make an exception. Combined with the pink it's great!
Unfortunately the application wasn't so nice, it was thin and sheer, so I ended up with 4 layers and flooded cuticles, yuk!

Just as with the purple in Purple Beach, I didn't manage to capture the real pink color in this one. The pink is more bright irl. But I'll let the pictures do the talking further :)





This is in the lightbox and it gives a better idea of how bright the pink is, but it's a bit more pink and warm irl.


Isn't it a beautiful duochrome? :)

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nubar Purple Beach

Heya,

Today I'm wearing such a strange color! Nubar Purple Beach is a purple/green duochrome with some other colors coming through as well. I used 3 coats and found the application a bit streaky, but it dried up fine. Picture spam inc!


It's an odd color, and I don't know where the beach is, but I do like it.


Here you can clearly see the green.


Most of the time it looks purple with green at the sides, like it does here. The purple is a bit more purple, but as usual, that color doesn't like being photographed.


And in the lightbox, not really color accurate. I'm not sure how the polish looks in the sun (after weeks of hot weather it's grey and rainy last few days), but I can imagine it will look a bit more like this.


I used masking tape and Essie Matte About You for this.


The line between the normal and matte doesn't show irl like it does on this picture, that's just the macro option being harsh.

Take care :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pure Petunia Konad

Hello,

My NOTD is Orly Pure Petunia stamped with Color Club Revvvolution and Konad plate m51.
I didn't use Pure Petunia before, but it's a gorgeous creme and I like it a lot.
The few other Orlys that I have are more sheer than I like, but this one covered in 2 coats. Some nails could've used a slightly thicker 2nd coat. Application and drying time were fine.


This was the first time I used the plate and I didn't transfer it well on my middlefinger. But I forgot to put a layer of top coat in between so wiping it off would've wiped off some of the Orly as well, so I left it.


Pure Petunia alone, in the lightbox. This is a bit lighter than it most of the time is.


This is how dark the Orly can look.


And here's it again stamped. Even though this pic is taken in daylight, it looks darker irl.
Unfortunately the holo in Revvvolution doesn't show up in the stamping, but it does look a bit sparkly, which is nice as well.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Flakies and a kitty

Heyhey,

Today I'm wearing 2 coats of China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le topped with 1 coat of Nfu.Oh #50.
Now I'm not so into blue, and this mani isn't really my thing. But I have to say, the flakies match nicely with the China Glaze.
The pictures aren't so great and I'm sorry for that, but I'll get to that later :)


In the lightbox. 


As you can see there's quite a lot of flakies on it.


I used to worked in the local animal shelter (cats and dogs), and lately it has been itching again to do something with animals. So recently I decided to sign up with them for fostering kittens, and today I got a call.
They had a 4 week old kitten that needed a temporary home, so I went and picked her up.
She's a bit scared and shy towards humans, but she is very interested in my cats and killing her toy mouse. She needs a lot of TLC, and when I'm no longer so scary, I'll introduce her to more stuff in the house.

So that's why I lost my attention for making pictures of my nails today, watching a kitten discover it's own tail is much more fun!
But, the kitten doesn't have a name yet. And to call her by her number sounds a bit odd, so she needs a name for the time she's here at least. Any suggestions? :)


Have a nice day!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Aaaahh! My eyes!

Hai!

Today I'm wearing Nfu.Oh #64, and this thing isn't just holo, it's HOLO! It is absolutely stunning, I keep looking at my nails :)

I heard the application was a bit sucky, but I didn't have too much trouble with it.
I found that if you use just a little bit of polish, you can easier pull bald spots into the previous layer(s), so I just used more polish. With enough polish on the brush you don't have to go over the same spot several times, and because it dries very fast, it doesn't matter if the coats are a bit thicker.

I used 3 coats of the Nfu.Oh and sandwiched it with top coat in between, because I heard that this polish can chip quite fast, like most holos do. So far I showered with it, did the dishes and cleaned a bit, and it's still perfect on my nails :)

The only downside so far is that I'm wearing this awesome holo, and there's no sun! But it's so holo, that it doesn't matter. I had a very hard time trying to capture the color without the holo, because it's pretty much always there.


This eye blinding polish also comes in the cutest nail polish bottle out there.


The polish dries up a bit matte, but it doesn't really show because the holo makes it looks shiny.


My pictures are taken in a lightbox, hopefully there's some sun later so I can take some pictures in the sun as well.


This picture shows the color of the polish a bit better.


And for this picture I tried to really show the polish without holo, which was hard. The quality of the picture isn't that great because of that, and still you can see the holo!


I also ordered the Nfu.Oh cuticle remover, because I heard a lot of good things about it. I never have issues with my middlefinger, ringfinger and pinkie cuticles, but my indexfingers and thumbs can be a bit stubborn.
The remover is pretty thin, and I think the bottle will last me for a long time.
I applied it onto my cuticles, and when I had it on my pinkie, I started to remove it from my thumb.
I used a rosewood stick to do so, and from my thumb and indexfinger I did get some stuff coming off. Those cuticles look much nicer now :)

Take care!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Subtle Konad

Hello,

Today I used Essie Demure Vixen stamped with Color Club Uptown Girl and Konad plate m69.
Now I find describing colors a bit hard, so this Essie maybe wasn't the best choice :P And because "it's pretty with a purple shimmer" isn't such a great description, I'll stick to Essie's own description.

Demure Vixen is an iridescent cocoa mauve, and I used 3 coats of it. Drying time was good, and so was the application. It's a very nice color, I don't have anything alike in my stash, but unfortunately the purple shimmer doesn't show up in my pictures.


Here you can see the shimmer in the bottle, it's a little bit more purple irl.



I stamped it with a plate I hadn't used before, but because of the warm weather the thin stripes dried way too fast. I'll use this plate again when it's a bit colder :)


I liked the color combination, but most of the time this is a bit too subtle for me.


Just like the purple shimmer in the Essie, I didn't manage to capture the real color from the Color Club (mainly in the bottle). But I have to say, I didn't try that hard either, because while I was making pictures, my Nfu.Oh's arrived.
I ordered the cuticle remover and holo #64, and I couldn't wait to see that awesome holo on my nails!

Have a nice day :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Essie Huckle Buckle

Heya,

Today I got a package and one of the polishes in it was Essie Huckle Buckle. It's a lavender polish which leans to blue/grey-ish, and it has a purple shimmer with a hint of pink. It's beautiful :)


With sunlight.


I used 4 coats and there's still some visible nail lines, so next time I'll layer it on something else.


In the lightbox.

I did not expect to like it this much! :) I'm curious on what color it'll look best layered, will try that out sometime soon.

Take care!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Franken: Shiny No. 2

Hey there,

Oh dear, it seems I made something that is impossible to photograph!
It's a rich, sparkly, purple polish, and nothing of that really shows well on my pictures :(
I tried it with my dads cam as well, his camera can capture it I'm sure. But it has like a million options and I didn't know how to use it properly, lol.

I used a lot of polishes, here you can see them all:


From left to right:
Depend 069, Catrice Wrapped Around My Finger, China Glaze Skate Night, China Glaze Stella, Nubar Petunia Sparkle, Zoya Alegra, CND Effects Amethyst Sparkle.

I didn't waste any polish this time and started with a completely empty bottle. I added little bit by bit, and took it slowly so I could see what I wanted to add, that's why I ended up using so much colors.
The result is a very sparkly purple, which leans to red or purple/pink depending on the light. I totally love it!
If you know how CND Effects Amethyst Sparkle and Nubar Petunia Sparkle look, you get the idea of the sparkles and the color of them in this franken. I'll probaby use the Nubar Sparkles more often in frankening, I only needed a little bit to add a lot of glitter :) 


I used 2 coats, and a layer of top coat because the glitters in it make it slightly bumpy.


When there's no sun it looks like a deep purple with shimmer, the sparkles only show when you look from nearby. The color is a lot darker than this most of the time.


With the sun on it, this polish comes to live.


I think this is most color accurate most of the time, now imagine a lot of sparkly goodness in it :P


And this is in the lightbox.

Hopefully I manage to capture it better sometime, because my pictures really don't do it justice. As you can see from the amount of pictures, I did try, lol.
And next time I just won't make my franken purple :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Awesome/Silly mani - Review

Hello,

I got Claire's Awesome/Silly Mood polish yesterday, and of course I had to try it out!
The color is a light pink when warm, and a dark pink when cold. There's a light shimmer in the polish which shows better when the polish is darker.
The application was ok, but a bit streaky, and I used 4 thin coats. The drying time was fine, and it dries up a bit matte, so I used a top coat.


Silly when warm.


Awesome when dipped in cold water.


My pinkie wasn't fully recovered from the cold water bath.


Played a bit with the lightbox. This is pretty much the color that my nails are right now, a bit in between warm and cold.


And here my tips were a bit colder.
On some pictures like this one, the edges of my nails look a bit red. I'm not sure why, but I have that more often.

As you can see, I added some water decals. I got them in the sample pack from Viva La Nails.
I've tried using water decals once before, but that didn't turn out so good (read: an easter mani with chick decals that ended up decapitated).
Last time I used them by placing the chicks on my nails, making the back wet until I could take the paper off (just like those fake tattoos when you're a kid). Those decals were a bit old as well, so I guess that didn't help either.

This time I checked the vid on the Viva La Nails site, and applied them by cutting them out and soaking them in a bowl of water for a few seconds. Then I took them out and placed the decal on my index finger, with my other hand I could easy take off the paper.
After that it was just a matter of placing it on my nails, pushing it in position and letting it dry. You have more time than I expected to get them at the right spot, so it's not too hard to get them all where you want.

I found the decals pretty easy to use, after doing the first few and getting the hang of it, it goes fast. Stickers are faster but those often have visible edges and once they're on your nails, they're stuck.
I'm not sure how easy they are to remove, but I assume it's easier than stickers. All in all, I liked using them. And now that I know better how to use them, maybe the remaining chicks get another chance next easter.

Enjoy your day :)


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Friday, July 16, 2010

China Glaze Tickle My Triangle

Hai!

Just a quick post today, because my mum is having her 25 year anniversary from her work, and I have to get ready soon and go there as well. My sister and I didn't want to bring real flowers because it's so warm and they won't last long now, so instead we made a bouquet of candy that she likes.
We made leaves out of foam sheets and put them and the candy on wooden skewers. Unfortunately some of the red candy made my fingers red as well, and I can't get it off completely lol, but the result was worth it :)

I'm wearing Zoya Alegra today, but I haven't made pictures of it yet, so instead I'll show yesterday's mani.
It's China Glaze Tickle My Triangle, a pink polish from the Kaleidoscope collection and I love it!
I'll let the pictures do the talking:




My sister also had a lightbox that she wasn't using, and brought that for me. That was really sweet :)
I have to mess around a bit with it to find the best settings for the lighting, but I think it'll be handy, especially when there's no sun.

Take care!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My first franken!

Heya,

The plan for today was to try out some of the sample pack I got, but I couldn't choose. And because I wanted to try out frankening for a while now, I decided to do that instead.

I bought a backup bottle from the polish I used yesterday, and started to mix a bit on the plastic placemat that I use for all the polishing that I do (I think it's ideal, you can for example clean your stamp on it and wipe it off later). I tested the results on paper and got a nice color, I used around 50% Casuelle and 50% Color Club Worth The Risque mixed with a bit of China Glaze OMG.

So I took the bottle and let out some polish until it was half full, and mixed in the Worth The Risque and OMG. That looked like what I aimed for, but when testing it on paper again, it reminded me a bit of China Glaze BFF.
Mine was more purple/mauve, and it was pretty, but for my first franken I wanted something a bit more special (I'll make that one some other time). So I wanted to continue mixing, and that learned me to start with less polish when frankening, because the bottle was full by then (d'oh) :P

I made it more dark by adding more of the Casuelle, and then I saw my new China Glaze Stella on my desk (gorgeous color, I might add), and added a bit of that as well.
I got a lot of nice shades (and a weak arm from all the shaking), and stopped because else I'd continue for a lot longer with a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. I enjoyed doing it, and will get some more bottles sometime.
The final polish was different than what I tried to make at first, and I'm not fully satisfied with it, but I think it's not bad :)

These are the polishes that I used. From left to right, China Glaze Stella, China Glaze OMG, Color Club Worth The Risque, and Casuelle purple.

Here's the result...


Tadaaa! I call it: Shiny No. 1.
Yes, I lack inspiration at the moment, and I suspect there will be more of these in the future, so I'll just number them!


It's a purple with a purple/pink shimmer, and a light holo, which isn't as visible on the pictures as it is irl.
It's a bit like the Color Club holos, but it was hard to capture, I guess that's because of the shimmer in it.

The application was fine, and so was the coverage. I used 2 coats and I think I could even use it for stamping. The drying time was good too.


As you can see one of my cats got tired of me making pictures, she wanted attention :)

Thanks for stopping by, have a nice day!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Purple NOTD - Review

Hello,

The mailman came today and brought me some shinies :) I got 3 new polishes, a Konad plate and a product sample pack from Viva La Nails.
I was suprised by their generosity, and the pack also had some nail art products that I've never used before, so that'll be fun to try out.

My NOTD was a polish from Casuelle, and as you can see from the bottle and the sticker on it that's half loose, it's a cheap brand. There's not even a name or number on it!
I used 3 coats, the drying time was ok, the smell of the polish was not :P But the color was better than I thought, I think it's pretty.
My nails are a bit shorter at the moment, after having a small chip I filed them all down. It seems they grow faster in the summer anyways :)

Not too bad, eh? :)



Then I used Konad plate m57 and Color Club Wild At Heart to stamp with. I found the result a bit soso (and the pictures as well, lol), I think I should've used a different color to stamp with.



Viva La Nails also added cotton pieces to the pack and I used them to remove this manicure.
They're little folded up pieces of cloth with holes in it, and when I saw it I didn't think they would be that handy. I mean, it might not leave little bits of fuzz that cotton pads can do, but there's holes in the cloth, surely that gets messy!

But I was wrong, not only did the cloth not leak any polish or remover on my hands, 1 piece of cloth was enough to clean all my nails. Look!

Eww :P

Even though I found them handy, with the amount that I use I'll stick to my cheaper cotton pads. I think these cotton pieces are nicer for a nail salon.

Now, with all the new polishes and nail art stuff, what to pick!
Take care :)


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