Nail Art Contest: Inspired by Nature

I haven't hosted a contest before, time to change that! I had to pick a theme for this contest, and I decided to go for nature. Think of a colorful sunset, fresh green leaves, a bright blue underwater world, ... Nature can be a great inspiration for nail art, and I'd love to see how it inspires you!

- Only 1 entry per person.
- You can enter with an older design.
- The design has to be on your own nails.
- Nail foils, water decals, stickers and full-nail products alike are not allowed. Besides that, anything goes!
- You can have animals as accent, but the main theme of your mani should be nature.
- This contest is open internationally and closes on 27 March.

The prize:
One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Apothica, sponsored by Inlinkz!
The winner will be picked randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win.

How to enter: 
Please use the Inlinkz tool below to enter. If you posted your design on your blog, please use the direct link to your post in the tool. If you don't have a blog, you can upload your photo to a free image host, like Photobucket, ImageShack or Flickr, and use the URL you get from that site instead.

Thank you Inlinkz and good luck all! :)


Hang Loose with Purplelized

Hey all, I probably won't be posting much in the coming period, because I might have a house, yay!! I'm sooo excited! :D I have to wait for another week, then I get to go look at the house and decide if I want it or not, but I know how those houses look so I'm pretty sure I'll be moving soon :) Time to pack all my precious bottles as well then, lol.

Essence Hang Loose with Catrice Purplelized, Red Angel plate 109 and Essence Soft Touch.

And here it is without the matte TC.

Enjoy your Sunday :)

Half stamped

Hi everyone! As you know, I almost always stamp with full nail images. But most plates have smaller images on them as well, and plate sets come with plenty of smaller images. So I have quite a few plates that I rarely ever use, with a lot of nice images! Now I plan on using smaller images a bit more often, and hopefully it'll become easier to stamp those little ones straight as well. The image that I picked today is like a half full nail image and that's how I stamped it as well. What do you think of it?

China Glaze Sweet Hook with Color Club Wild At Heart and Konad plate m51.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Guest post for ChitChatNails

As you might know, the lovely Marta from ChitChatNails is visiting her family in Poland, and during her absence she has a bunch of guest posts on her blog. She asked me as well and my post is up today :)

Take care!

Herôme W.I.C. Toulouse, Bordeaux and One Minute Dry Spray - Review

Hi all! Herôme World Inspired Colours will come out with a new limited edition every 2 months, and the first one of the year is W.I.C. France. I received 2 of these for review, together with Herôme One Minute Dry Spray, and today I tried it all.
My swatches are without base- and top coat.


Almost a 1-coater, I used 2 here. I didn't expect this to be satin matte, that was a nice surprise as it dried up! Because it's not chalkboardy matte, it doesn't dry as fast and you can take your time with the application. Will have to try this one for stamping as well :)


I used 3 coats for the photos because they showed VNL (visible nail lines), but 2 was enough. It photographs brighter than it really is, and it's pretty and flattering, but not an original color.

I tried the One Minute Dry Spray with this polish, you have to wait 1 minute after applying your polish, and then spray it on each nail for a maximum of 3 seconds.
Now I have quick dry drops from a different brand, but I don't like those, they leave a greasy layer on my nails and fingers. This spray has olive oil-extract and vitamine E to moisturize your cuticles, so I thought it might leave a greasy feeling too. But as you can see on the pics, there's nothing greasy about my nails or fingers! My cuticles feel nice and soft, and as the spray mentions, the polish looks shiny after using it. And the polish is almost completely dry after spraying, I could rub with my fingers over the polish with quite a bit of pressure, but pressing another nail in it did give a dent. I haven't found a quick dry product yet that doesn't have that, so I think it works well.

I almost always use a quick dry top coat, to seal in my nail art or to make a mani last longer, but I think it can be handy when you're going for a quick mani or for speeding up the waiting time with taped manis. Overall, I think it's a nice quick dry product, it's easy to use and does what it says, but I do think it's quite expensive. Although I have no idea how long this bottle will last, it's €9,95 for 75ml.

Here are the other polishes in the W.I.C. France LE.

Thanks for stopping by and take care!

The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.

Flowers on pink

I was in the mood for something bright and happy, so I went for one of my favorite flower images on a pink base. And that combo did the trick, I'm gonna stamp more often with white on a bright base! :)
As usual, my camera makes this kind of pink look a lot lighter than it actually is, annoying! This one is more dark fuchsia, which makes the white flowers stand out even more.

 OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips with Konad White and Bundle Monster plate 224.

What I dislike about Konad White stamping polish, is that when I add top coat it leaves some color in the top coat, making the basecolor a bit lighter. I've tried different top coats, but they all do that with this specific stamping polish. Do you know a top coat or a different white stamping polish that doesn't do that?

Thanks for stopping by and take care!

Guest post for Life and Polish

Hi all! I've done a guest post for the lovely Liz from Life and Polish, so have a look there! :) Thanks again for having me on your blog Liz ♥

Have a great weekend all!

China Glaze Capitol Colours - Preview

With THE HUNGER GAMES about to begin, Capitol citizens can show their support for their chosen district through China Glaze®’s exclusive Capitol Colours nail polish collection.  The collection combines rich crèmes, soft shimmers and bold glitters to create the limited edition 12 shade nail polish collection inspired by the most anticipated movie release of the year.

The China Glaze® Capitol Colours collection includes the following shades:

·         Dress Me Up – A stripped down dark rose pink crème
·         Foie Gras – Decadent dark crème taupe
·         Fast Track – Soft sandy brown with a gold metallic shimmer
·         Hook and Line –Pearlescent light grey
·         Stone Cold – Matte slate grey with shimmer
·         Smoke and Ashes – Black-based teal with multicolored shimmer
·         Agro – Moss green with gold shimmer
·         Mahogany Magic – Reddish-brown crème
·         Harvest Moon – Crystalized copper shimmer
·         Riveting – Bright orange shimmer
·         Electrify – High-wattage gold and ruby red glitter blend
·         Luxe and Lush – A high octane flaky overcoat

The release of the collection follows the debut of the China Glaze® Capitol Colours consumer and beauty trade advertising campaign featuring the story’s Effie Trinket, who is assigned by the Capitol to escort and prepare the Tributes from District 12 for the 74th Annual Hunger Games.  The ad features the tagline, “What will you be wearing to the opening ceremonies?,” encouraging fans of THE HUNGER GAMES to support their favorite tribute and district by wearing a corresponding shade.  Full-page ads will run in the March issues of teenVOGUE, People Style Watch and InStyle.

China Glaze® Capitol Colours will be available in early March 2012 at salons and specialty beauty retailers including Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA stores, coinciding with the release of THE HUNGER GAMES in theatres March 23, 2012.  Individual shades retail for $7.  The collection will be available in a 12-piece counter display as well as open stock colors.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter:

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

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Show us your wedding mani idea!

Nono, I'm not getting married, but one of my readers, Priem, is! Congrats to her :) Of course she needs a lovely wedding mani that day, but she's not sure yet what she wants besides a nude polish as base. I barely have any nudes, so I can't suggest much, but I'm sure you guys can help!
So we'd love to see what you would go for, it can be any kind of mani, but preferably one with a nude polish. If you have a pretty nude polish and would wear it on itself, that's fine too!

If you'd like to show a mani, please send 1 picture of your mani, including the polish/product name(s) and if you want, a link to your blog, to:

You can of course post the mani on your own blog as well, or send in an older mani that you think would be perfect. Every mani will be added here, with a link back to whoever made it and hopefully we can give Priem (and maybe some other people) some great ideas :)


You can click all images for an enlargement.

Allesandra shows her own wedding mani, which was a shimmery white as base and white crackle top coat. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos, Allesandra! :)

Séverine is showing her own wedding mani as well, grey tips with white stamped bows.
Opi base coat - Essence Movie Star - Konad White and Konad m59
Séverine doesn't have a blog, which is a shame I'd say! :) Thanks for sharing!

Kim suggests Color Club Incognito, and this mani makes me want to try out more nudes myself! Thanks for this addition to my wishlist =)

Courtney gives a French mani suggestion: use your wedding color(s) as the tip color.
Essie Not Just a Pretty Face - Pure Ice First Time on the tips
Thanks for joining in, Courtney!

Manon shows us a French mani with a twist, she stamped a delicate lace image on the tips.
OPI Samoan Sand - Konad White - Konad m57
Thanks for sharing! :)

Camilla shares her golden ivory bridal design, and here you can see how she made it.
Max Factor Whispering Ivory - striping tape Holographic gold - big golden glitters (hexagons) - golden rhinestones
Thank you for joining, Camilla!

Viviana went for sponged tips and an accent nail with little stamped hearts.
Max Earth - sponged with China Glaze Visit Me In Prism - stamped with 2 Essence magnetics polishes
Thanks for sharing Viviana!

Nail Diva shares her mani with freehanded lace tips and a little glitter.
 Jordana Touch of Pink - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White on the tips and for the lace (done with a toothpick) - La Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer Silver Glitter
Thanks for joining in! :)

Eugenia went for some toothpick marbling (as she explains here), you can fit it perfectly with your wedding colors by changing the accent color.
China Glaze White on White - Essie My Way - Essence Rock It, Baby - Nfu.Oh 50 for the accents
Thanks for sharing, Eugenia!

Kelsie put all of her ideas in 1 mani, each finger has a different idea and here you can read how she made it.
Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cafe Au Lait - Finger Paints paper mache - Finger Paints black expressionism - L.A.Colors Art Deco Silver Glitter (silver lining on ring finger) - Sally Girl Sparkle Effects silver glitter (on index finger) - Orly Shine on Crazy Diamond (on top of middle finger and pinky) - Orly Coffee break (lining on flower)
Thanks for sharing all your ideas! :)

Mona Lisa Is Staring Back

Hi all, here's a mani that I did a while ago :) The basecolor for this mani has a gorgeous shimmer, but the polish was way too sheer. The Ultimate Nudes bottles say "first stroke subtle coverage, second stroke higher coverage", but with just a few coats the result was oh so streaky, yikes! I ended up with 4 coats and had it dry overnight. So yeah, lovely color and all, but I don't think I'll ever wear it again, heh.

Catrice Mona Lisa Is Staring Back stamped with Bundle Monster plate 10 and Konad White polish.

Thanks for looking!

Blogger Inspired Mani: Chloe's Nails

It's been a while since I did a Blogger Inspired Mani, I have some ideas but every time I tried one, it just didn't turn out the way I wanted. Chloe's Nails was one of those, but today I gave it another go and this time it went better :)
It's great to see Erika from Chloe's Nails back to blogging, she does some awesome manicures! When I think of her I instantly think of funky French manicures in all kinds of colors, and I wanted to go for the one with the sheer pink with black tips and accent nail. So that's what I tried a while ago, but my nails are just too stained to get away with a sheer pink. Yellow/pink nails just aren't so charming, eek!
This time I went for a covering pink instead, and that did the trick. I used my Konad black for the tips, because it covers in 1 coat and the tips won't get too thick that way. I added a little sticker as accent and finished the mani with Seche Vite to give it that crazy shine.

China Glaze Something Sweet with taped tips in Konad Black and an Essence sticker as accent.

The edges aren't as clean as I'd like (I was a little bit too slow with removing the tape), but if I freehand my tips it usually looks like I tried to make waved tips, so I'm happy with how this turned out =)
You know I love to keep my manicures in the same colors, but I'm really enjoying this pink/black combo, it's such a fun mani! What do you think of the result?

Some of the OPI Holland polishes - Review

Hi all! Today I have swatches of 3 of the polishes from OPI's Spring/Summer collection Holland for you.
As always, my swatches are without base- and top coat.

Gouda Gouda Two Shoes
Take a walk on the wild side with this robust rose.

The base is rose but it leans a bit reddish brown as well, and it has a lovely subtle copper shimmer. I've added a picture in sunlight, because as you can see, it looks more peachy then and the shimmer is more visible. It's one of those colors that I go for when I'm in the mood for something calmer.

Kiss Me On My Tulips
A smooch-worthy shade of hot pink.

I don't think this is the most original color, but that doesn't make it any less fun to wear. Summer on my nails!

I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!
This sassy steal-blue shimmer means business!

This one's my favorite of these 3. A grey-ish blue base that's packed with a silver/golden shimmer, gorgeous!

These polishes applied nice and easy, and covered well. I used 3 thin coats of each polish, but I could've gotten away with 2 thicker coats.
The collection doesn't scream Spring/Summer to me, but I really like it as a whole, it feels like there's something for everyone in there. Soft colors, shimmers and brights, and even a very dark one. And the polishes have some of the best names I've seen :) Have a look at the preview that I posted a while ago if you want to see more of this collection.
What do you think of these?

Thanks for looking and have a lovely weekend!

The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.

4 of the new Catrice polishes

This morning I went to the store, hoping they'd have the new Catrice stuff, and I was lucky! The majority of the display was updated, but some polishes still had the old version of it. I didn't mind that too much though, it made it a lot easier to choose =) Here are the ones that I took home!

All swatches are without base- and topcoat.

Heavy Metallilac
2 coats

Oh my, is this gorgeous or what! It does show some light brushstrokes, but with a color like this I couldn't care less ♥

Genius In The Bottle
3 coats

Well hello there, wannabe Péridot! I don't have the real thing to compare with, but considering that Chanel Péridot costs almost 10x as much, I think it's close enough either way :) Again some visible light brushstrokes, but the 3rd coat evened things out a bit more. The darker bronze color shows up better irl.

Karl Says Très Chic
2 coats

I only tried 1 Ultimate Nudes polish before, and even though that was a pretty color, it didn't cover well at all and using it as a sheer polish looked terribad. So I was a bit hesitant to try this one, but after looking at the brush of this polish and some other Ultimate Nudes in the store, it looked like this one would actually cover well. So I took it home, and I'm glad I did! It's a soft and delicate looking rose colored polish, but it's darker than my pics show.

Put Lavender On Agenda
2 coats

When I saw this on pictures I wasn't sure if I needed it, I thought it was maybe too similar to some other taupe polishes. But it's more purple than I thought, and it's pretty!

I think Catrice added some great new colors and I'm sure I'll end up with some more of them, but I'm not completely positive. They changed the brush, and I don't like the new one! It's bigger and softer, and the application just gets a bit tricky for me with these kind of wobbly wide brushes. It did get easier the more I swatched, but I don't think I'll get fully used to it. Too bad!

The 2 cremes look boring next to the duochromes, but they make me think of stamping straight away and I'm sure they'll make great bases! What do you think of the new Catrice polishes?

Thanks for looking :)

Minty NOTD

Heya :) For today's mani I used one of the Essence plates, but I can't really say that I love those. They have some nice full nail images, but I always seem to have some issues with them, I think they're a bit less deep than some other plates. The smaller images that I tried worked fine though, but you know I love full nail images!
The polish that I used as base is really mint colored, but I couldn't capture it today. I guess it has some to do with the beautiful wintery icy blue light outside ♥

 Essence Kings of Mints stamped with China Glaze Adore and an Essence plate.

Thanks for looking!