Nfu.Oh #64

Thanks to a post from Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes I got in the mood for a holo, and I have posted about this one before, but that was without sunlight pictures. So here it is again, Nfu.Oh #64 :) It's even more in-your-face holographic irl! I used 3 sandwiched coats, no top coat on top.

Bindi was sniffing the bottle while enjoying the sun as well :)
Take care!

V-Gap Mani

My sister linked me an article the other day about the V-Gap mani done by Sophy Robson. She has some great ideas, I'll probably find some more inspiration on her site. Today I wanted to try out a V-Gap mani, but with a colored gap instead. And because I don't have such steady hands (or well, it's mainly my left hand that fails horribly) I used scotch tape.

I used 2 coats of Catrice Berry to start with, then took 2 pieces of tape, cut the corners off and placed them on my nails. I used China Glaze Harmony to fill in the gap and finished it with a square rhinestone and some top coat. Next time I'll place the tapes closer together for a slightly thinner line, but either way, this mani really makes your nails look longer! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Newspaper NOTD

My boyfriend and I had an awesome time as always while he was here, but yesterday I had to bring him back to the airport again, booo :( Today I wasn't really in the mood for a bright mani, and when I saw the newspapers that he left I decided to try out a newspaper mani.

I used 3 thin coats of Catrice Pebble Beach, cut out some strips of paper and placed them on my nails, then pressed a cotton pad with alcohol on top of that for a few seconds. I finished with top coat to seal it all in. It was so easy to do! The newspaper didn't transfer so well on some nails though, but I found that the more pressure I put on a spot the better it transferred, that's why some text is lighter than other parts. Now I know for next time :)

Have a nice Sunday :)

China Glaze Ruby Pumps

It's been a few days since I posted, because my boyfriend is here again :) The polish I wore when I picked him up is one of my all-time favorites, China Glaze Ruby Pumps. I used 1 coat of W.I.C by Herôme Amsterdam and 2 coats of Ruby Pumps, and of course some top coat.
My camera can't capture the awesomeness of this polish, it's a polish that you just can't help but stare at, love it! There's a little bit of tipwear on the pictures, that's because I didn't make them straight away but after 2 days including a day of travelling.

I'll be back again after the weekend, take care! :)


**This giveaway is closed!**

I wanted to do a thank you giveaway, because I really enjoy the whole blogging thing. Not just making posts, but also reading all the nice comments, and checking out other blogs and getting inspired by you guys. So yeah, thank you! :)
These are the polishes in the giveaway:

China Glaze Below Deck
China Glaze Recycle
China Glaze Life Preserver
(These are donated by China Glaze)

Essence Choose Me!
Essence My Boyfriend's Jeans
Catrice Spruced Up
Essence Watch Out!
Essence Matt Top Coat
Golden Rose Scale Effect 06

Color Club Alias
Color Club Total Mystery
Color Club Secret Rendezvous
(These are donated by Nailpolish Fashion)

As you can see, China Glaze and Nailpolish Fashion were so kind to donate polishes for this giveaway, thank you so much Alanna and Carla!
You can buy China Glaze in (online) stores like Nailpolish Fashion. Nailpolish Fashion also sells others brands including Color Club, Golden Rose, Konad and Nubar, and they ship to all countries in the EU :)

The rules:

1) To enter, please use the form below. Entries in the comments don't count!
2) This giveaway is open internationally.
3) The giveaway closes on 11 April 2011.

**This giveaway is closed!**

Catrice Pink Spring Stamped

I wanted to do another mani inspired by this bottle, just like I did with Walk In The Woods from the same collection. I didn't use white in it this time though, I thought the purple (no idea why the polish is called Pink Spring) and silver flowers were enough :)
I used 2 coats of Catrice Pink Spring and stamped it with Konad plate m73 and China Glaze Cheers To You. Cheers To You is my favo silver stamping polish right now, since it's not just a metallic but it has a foil finish (which becomes very clear when you're doing the cleanup and there's very fine glitter stuck on your fingers :P).

The weather wasn't working along when I made these pictures, but if you click the pictures for an enlargement the stamping looks less blurred. The mani is also a bit darker irl than it is on my pictures.

Thanks for looking :)

Blue Striped Mani

Lately I'm really into nail art as you probably noticed, and today I'm having a striped mani. It's lovely weather here so I picked some light colors to go with it.
I used OPI What's With The Cattitude? as base, then I made a stripe with H&M Blue and on top of that I made a small stripe with Essence Forever Mine. I used tape for the stripes but some were a bit too small so I polished those a bit wider without tape (I didn't have enough patience to redo the tape, lol). After that I added the rhinestones and top coat. I think I'll do this one more often :)

Take care!

Misa Glitz, Glamour, Smile For The Camera Stamped

Good morning :) Today I started with 2 coats of Misa Glitz, Glamour, Smile for the Camera. I love the color of this polish! It's really vibrant and as you can see in the bottle it sometimes looks more purple as well.
I added some stamping with Konad black and plate m69, and finished with top coat.

Take care :)

Green Taped Mani

I've seen this mani on a few blogs lately and I wanted to try it out as well, I think it gives a pretty cool result :) I used Catrice Sea of Green as base, when it was dry I taped it off, added another color, removed the tape and let it dry again. Rinse and repeat, then added some top coat and then I ended up with this:

Top left: Essence All Access
Top right: Catrice Sea of Green
Botton left: H&M Green
Botton Right: China Glaze Watermelon Rind

This is also a handy mani to get through your untrieds ^^
For more tape ideas, have a look at Chloe's Nails, she does great stuff with it!

Have a nice day :)

Grey Scotch Tape Mani

I wanted to try out a mani with the scotch tape that I got yesterday, to see if it works better than what I used to use. Masking tape doesn't give such crisp clean lines, and the standard tape pulls off the polish too easy. This one worked like a charm :)

I started with Catrice Pebble Beach and stamped it with China Glaze Awaken and Konad plate m65. Then I added the middle line with Essence Must-Have, followed by HEMA Metallic Grey and a layer of top coat. I added another layer of top coat later, as you can see it could use some more.
The result is something totally different than what I usually wear, but hmm, I think I like it. The lines are still not as straight as can be though, especially at the ends, but that's because I need some practice ánd some patience :)

Thanks for looking :)

Purple Rozes

Tonight I'm going out to dinner with my family to celebrate my parents' 35th wedding anniversary, and I wanted to do some stamping for that. I started with little inspiration and ended with way too many ideas, lol. Here's what I chose :)
I used 2 coats of Catrice Pink Spring (which unfortunately was a bit thick and goopy), stamped it with Konad plate m65 and Catrice Poison Me, Poison You!, and finished it with a layer of top coat. I think Poison Me, Poison You! is great, another shimmer polish that works for stamping.

The shimmer is barely showing here, and my ringfinger nail likes to pretend it's not straight, but I don't have time to make better pics omnomnom :)

Have a nice weekend!

OPI DS Extravagance

I've shown this one before, but it's a beautiful polish and deserves some more and better pictures :) So here it is again, 2 coats of OPI DS Extravagance and a layer of top coat.

Thank you for stopping by :)

Catrice Walk In The Woods mani

I bought Walk In The Woods because I didn't have anything alike, but I quickly found out it's not really flattering for my skintone. So I decided to add some stamping, and got the inspiration from the bottle.
The plate that I thought of straight away is still on my wishlist, so I chose BM plate 16 instead. I stamped it twice on each nail in Konad white, and used a dotting tool with China Glaze Cheers To You to fill in the hearts of the little flowers.

The Catrice is slightly darker on itself, when applying top coat the white stained a little. Not visible from the stamping, but I could see the color change a bit.
The result is a bit, hmm, how shall I put it :P I like the mani itself, but the color isn't really my thing I think. Or maybe I'm just not used to this kinda color. Either way, next time I'll give it a go with different colors instead :)

The color made me think of cappuccino so I'm gonna make me a cup of that, take care :)

Holo Franken: Shiny no. 3

I made a new franken today, a dark blue/teal holographic color. I was hoping the holo would be a bit more visible, but the bottle was full so I'll probably throw in a little bit more holo polish in it later on. That will alter the color a bit, but I'll see what it turns into then :)
It was pretty much a one-coater, but I used 2 anyways. I didn't use top coat since that can sometimes make holo a little bit less visible, and I didn't want to risk that with this one.

There's no holo visible in normal light, think away the holo in this pic and you pretty much have the color that it is then. That color didn't want to be photographed (I suspect it had something to do with me being half blinded by all the sunlight), so use your imagination! :)

These are the polishes that I used.
From left to right: Catrice En Vogue, Catrice Times Square at Midnight, Color Club Worth The Risque, China Glaze DV8, China Glaze OMG.
I used Worth The Risque as well because as you can see, my OMG isn't exactly full anymore and I didn't want to use too much of this precious polish.

Enjoy your Sunday!

OPI The Show Must Go On!

I have quite a few pictures today, but boy does this polish deserve it! I'm wearing OPI The Show Must Go On!, it's bright, shimmery, duochrome and has my name written all over it :) I used 3 coats and top coat.

The deep pink color in it didn't photograph well, but I got the orange in it at least :)

Bindi wanted attention when I was making these pics, I love her little soft pink nose! It doesn't feel that long but in a few months she'll be 9 years old already, time really flies with my cats :)

Have a nice weekend!

China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le - Review

When I was fixing my blog's theme I also had a look at my older pictures and felt there were some polishes that really deserve a better picture. So today I'm showing you one of those, China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le. I used 3 coats and added some stickers that Born Pretty Store kindly send me for review, and finished with some top coat. Here's the result :)

This picture is quite color accurate. Below you can see what my camera did with the color in most pictures. It's not that blue, it's just a PITA to capture :P

The edges of the stickers that you can see on my pictures aren't showing irl.

My first impression when I opened the little bag that contained the stickers wasn't so good, the smell of plastic hit me in the face! But after leaving them out in the open for a while that did go away. The stickers itself are cut out very close to the edge of the image, wich I find nice because it seems to make the edges less visible. Most images have enough of them on a sheet to use the same one on all your nails, which I find a plus as well.
They aren't very thick, which does make them a bit squishy, especially the little ones I used now were fragile and I lost a leaf here and there. But luckily they ain't as sticky as some stickers are, so I got them back in place without damaging my mani. And on the bright side, since they are so thin I just needed a thin layer of top coat to make my nails pretty smooth again.

These are the sheets of stickers that I got, loads of little flowers that'll make nice accents for a stamped mani. For the application of stickers I always use a little hobby knife like the one on this picture, it helps with precise placement and getting stickers off a sheet. If you have a hard time using stickers I'd suggest to try something like that :)

Close-up of some stickers.

You can buy the stickers at Born Pretty Store, an online store with a lot of nail art products. These stickers come in a random set of 10 sheets and cost $4.31 per set.

Thanks for stopping by :)

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