Queen's Day nails

Heyhey, tomorrow it's Queen's Day here, so you'll probably see a lot of orange and red/white/blue nails on Dutch blogs in the coming days! I had several ideas for my nails, but I wasn't really in the mood for any of them, I guess that's also because orange just isn't my kinda color :) While looking at different flower images (I wanted to stamp with white then fill in the hearts with red/blue) I decided to just go for orange on orange with a croc pattern instead. It won't last long I'm sure, not just because of the color but also because I'm still busy in my house and that's just not a good combo with nails!

China Glaze Papaya Punch with Catrice Rusty But Sexy and BM plate 224.

Enjoy your Sunday and have fun tomorrow if you're celebrating Koninginnedag!

How To: Sponging

With sponges you can create nice gradients, glittery tips, or an original base for crackles or stamping. And here's how you do it!

Materials needed:
- Polish of your choice (I'm using China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses, Kinetic Candy and Aquadelic here)
- Top coat
- A cleanup tool, like a brush or pen, and remover
- A sponge
- A placemat or some other surface where you can dab your polish on
- Optional: tape or vaseline/cuticle oil

Any kind of sponge will do as you can see, makeup sponges, a kitchen sponge, or an eyeshadow applicator. Whatever you prefer. And if the sponge's too big, just cut off a smaller piece.

Start with applying a basecolor and let it dry. Apply some polish to your placemat (or other surface), and dab your sponge in it. If there's too much on your sponge, dab it on the placemat before using it on your nails. Start working from the tip (1) further up (2 & 3). After you applied more polish to your sponge, start from 1 again. This way you'll end up with just a small amount of polish on your sponge when you're at 3, creating a nice gradient.
Make sure to sponge the sides of your nails as well.

When working with colors, I always use some of my basecolor on the placemat as well. A small error can easily be fixed by just blending in some of your basecolor. And again, if there's too much polish on your sponge, or the color isn't mixed well, just dab it onto your placemat.

If you sponge too enthusiastic, like I did here, it can happen that your base gets too soft again and you sponge it all off. Doesn't that look lovely? >.< But no worries, you might be able to fix it without starting all over! Just apply some of your sponging polish directly from the bottle with the brush onto the damaged area. Try to blend in the border a bit with your sponge, but don't go too far, or you'll just wipe it all off again. It probably looks like a big blob of color at the tip, but top coat often solves that!

Here you can see the result after a cleanup and applying top coat. If you had a little accident like I did on my ringfinger, make sure to have plenty of top coat on your brush, and polish the top coat floating (don't let the brush hit the polish).

I recently saw another way of creating a gradient, and I'm not sure who came up with it, but I've messed with it a bit lately and I think it's a great idea! So I wanted to share it as well :)

Start with applying a basecolor and let it dry. Cut off a piece of a larger sponge and apply your polish in stripes directly to the sponge. Dab your sponge onto your placemat and then on your nails. It's as simple as that! Just add more polish when needed, dab it in the sponge a bit, and before you know it, you have a straight gradient on all nails!
And if you're rushy like I was, and think you can apply it decent anyway, you'll end up with gradient fingers too! So yeah, don't think you can sponge this without making a mess, tape off your fingers (or use vaseline or cuticle oil) when using this sponging method.

The gradient you'll create like this is more straight and on a smaller area than when you create one with the first method, and the result reminds me a lot of the mood polish effect. This way is a lot faster (if you fix your fingers, that is) and easy to get even on all nails.

China Glaze Kinetic Candy with China Glaze Electric Beat.

Other tips:

- If you want to stamp over your sponged nails, apply top coat first. The gradient can be a bit bumpy, top coat will even the surface of the nails and that'll help with your stamping.

- You can of course sponge in any direction, I think sponged tips is most common, but sideways, diagonal or starting at the base works too. Or a different direction on each nail!

- I used 2 colors for all the examples above, but you can of course use more colors as well.

- You can also use stripes of polish on a surface you can polish on (like my placemat), then use a toothpick to make a gradient between the stripes and dip your sponge in your gradient, then sponge your nails. This way you can create a larger gradient area than shown in the last example above, where the gradient is on a smaller area, if that makes sense.

- Instead of using a sponge, you can also use plastic wrap (saran wrap, cling film) to sponge with. Apply the polish(es) on a placemat or something alike, dab a ball of wrap in it and sponge your nails with it.

- Instead of using a sponge to apply a glitter gradient, you can also use the brush of the polish. Make sure there's very little polish on the brush and dab from the tips to the middle (just like in the photo with 1-2-3 explanation above), so you end up with just a touch of glitter in the middle. Repeat that, but then only on parts 1 & 2, and then again on just the tips (1).

- For gradient stamping, have a look here! And for gradient stripes you can find my tutorial here :)

If you have any other tips, I'd love to hear them so I can add them here as well! :)


Heya! Let me start by saying thank you all SO much for all the Birthday wishes! That was really nice :) I had a great day, went shopping with my mum and got some nice things including a lovely coral red jacket which I can't wait to wear! But right now the weather isn't working along, it's not warm enough yet.
In fact, we even had some storm and hail earlier, which also ruined my plan of doing a How To today. When I gave up because it was too dark for decent pictures, the weather of course turned around and it became sunny instead! So I quickly applied a holo, I don't think I'll ever get tired of them!

China Glaze TTYL.

And yes, I lost a corner of my middlefinger nail. By the time I saw it, it was too late for a rescue, but luckily my nails grow fairly fast :)

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Glittery birthday mani

Heya! Today it's my 30th birthday (ding!) and I wanted to wear something fun and festive, so I went for Essence Circus Confetti on a pink base. My pics show it a lot less bright and colorful than it is though, it looks so much better irl! If you have one of those glitter toppers, try it on a bright pink sometime, I really ♥ this combo :)

China Glaze Dance Baby with Essence Circus Confetti.

My day didn't start as fun though, Dewey needs to have his pee checked and he didn't like to be locked up with an empty litterbox. I think the whole neighbourhood heard him, lol. I put him in a different room at some point, and there he calmed down a bit. So I hoped he peed, and well, he did, just not in the litterbox >.< So now I have a lot of bedstuff to wash, eek! Luckily not from my own bed though, but meh, I felt sorry for him cause I'm sure he didn't want that either. The next attempt will be with plastic litterbox filling, hope that goes better and that all is fine!

And here's the little furball, being curious as always I found him checking out my awesome new dishwasher (omg where have you been all my life) the other day!

Thanks for looking and take care :)


Hey everyone! I tried out the DRK-A plate again today, and what can I say, it works fine =) But I noticed I easily slide the stamp on my nails, smudging the image a little. It transfers fine to my stamp, so the problem must be the application to my nails. I'm not sure what's up with that, I guess I have to get used to a stamp that's completely full instead of having an image in the middle of it. Wouldn't know what else it could be! But I'm sure a bit of practice will fix that, and the top coat made it barely visible now anyway :)

China Glaze Kinetic Candy with Konad White and an image from the DRK-A plate.

Thanks for stopping by!

China Glaze Crackle Glitters - Review

China Glaze will come out with a new crackle collection in May, this time they're glitter crackles! Now I know a lot of you are done with crackles, and as you probably figured by the lack of crackle on my blog, I never really got into them in the first place. But these actually looked pretty interesting to me in the preview, and today I swatched them. Let's have a look!

 These are the 4 crackles in this collection.
All my swatches are done on a black base and with top coat.

Gleam Me Up

Luminous Lavender



The glitters dry matte, but as more often with glitters, top coat brings them to life again. They all applied very easy I have to say, the only one I had some problems with was Luminous Lavender. That one was a bit thinner and didn't want to crackle on several fingers, and after redoing those, it still didn't crackle well on my ringfinger and pink. I don't think it's the polish though (it cracked fine straight away on my indexfinger), and I don't have enough experience with crackles to know which caused this, but I assume my basepolish must've been too wet or dry.
I have to say though, Luminous Lavender and Glam-More made me think of the Nubar Sparkles straight away, only these are crackles of course. Luckily the crackles don't eat up as much top coat as those do, so you won't end up with this thick, icky layer of glitters on your nails (the main reason why I rarely ever wear them).

I think crackles can be an easy way to add some fun to your nails, but I'm still not fully convinced about them. But these are so shiny and sparkly, I'm liking them a lot more than I thought I would! I'm loving the colors and I'm definitely gonna try them on different basecolors as well :)
What do you think of these and of crackles in general?

Have a great weekend and thanks for looking!

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Catrice Cruise Couture - Preview

In June Catrice will come out with a new Limited Edition, Cruise Couture.

From left to right: Hi, Society! - Jetsetter - Welcome To Pink Tropez - Feel The Yacht Beat - Nautica

I hope the polishes look better irl, because tbh, on these images this LE looks pretty boring to me!

Easter skittles

Hi everyone! For Easter I wanted to do something different and went for a skittles mani, but I have to say I wasn't loving the result. Maybe I should've mixed the colors more instead of doing them like this, or maybe it was the color choices, I'm not sure, but I'll try it again sometime :)

From index to pinkie: China Glaze Something Sweet, China Glaze Sweet Hook, Essence Fall For Me, Essence Replay. All with an image from DRK_A and Konad White polish.

My hands and nails survived the moving well, but it seems they gave up right after, lol. Chipped nails and dry skin, ugh! With such things it's harder to resist my old biting and picking habbit, so today I'll be spending some time with cotton gloves and creme on, hope it improves soon!

Enjoy your day off today and take care :)

Nude lace

Hey all! After not polishing for quite some time it was hard to pick something, but then I found Catrice Nude from their current FeMALE collection. I don't have many nude polishes and this looked like a nice one, I think it can match with several colors. Nude is a soft touch polish, not fully matte but I liked the effect, so I finished with a soft touch top coat now as well. I think I liked the mani better when it was still shiny though, but those pictures didn't turn out so well, so I'm just showing it matte now =)

Catrice Nude with Red Angel plate 109, Konad Black and Essence Soft Touch TC.

I received the DRK-A plate and wanted to try it, but my short nails looked extra tiny next to these images. I mean, look at the size of those things! So I'll try that out some other time, when my nails are longer again :)

To give you a better idea of the sizes of full nail images from different brands, here are the ones that I have. As you can see, the BM set 2, RA, Konad and Essence images are almost the same size and I have no problem with any of those. The BM set 1 images are too small for my nails most of the time. I don't think I'll have issues with the size of the DRK-A images, but I'll probably just use like half of those images to prevent fully stamped fingers!

Please note: the up-to-date comparison can always be found at my Stamping Plate Sizes page.

Thanks for looking and take care :)

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OPI Minnie Mouse and Spider-Man collections - Preview

OPI’s All Ears!

OPI Announces New Limited Edition Minnie Mouse-Inspired, Nail Lacquers

OPI launches Vintage Minnie Mouse, including four limited edition nail lacquers, for summer. Created in honor of Disney’s beloved character, the colors encapsulate Minnie Mouse’s irresistible charm in playful, pretty shades of pink and red.
OPI is so excited to collaborate with Disney and draw inspiration from one of the world’s most popular characters,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “This collection brings together the expertise of OPI and the iconic style of Minnie Mouse to inspire the distinct palette of vibrant, feminine shades for summer Nails will pop against summer skin in these classic, saturated hues – holding their own alongside the bold prints of the season.”
The line features a pink crème lacquer, one frosted red shade, a shimmery fuchsia, and a heart glitter confetti:
Nothin’ Mousie ‘bout It
Don’t squeak it – SHOUT IT! This confetti light pink is tops!

I’m All Ears
Tell me how much you love this magenta shimmer.

If You Moust You Moust
You gotta pink what you gotta pink.

The Color of Minnie
You had this little mouse at “red.”

As with all OPI nail lacquers, Vintage Minnie Mouse by OPI contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
This limited edition promotion will be available beginning June 2012 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

In“Spider”ed Shades!

OPI Celebrates Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man” with Limited Edition Nail Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of six limited edition nail lacquers and a new Shatter, inspired by Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man. With an all-star cast including Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, this highly-anticipated series reboot opens in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.
OPI is so excited to work with Sony Pictures in welcoming Spider-Man back on the big screen,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “This film explores a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy that’s going to be both dark and sexy. The colors created for this promotion capture the movie’s exciting atmosphere, with standout shades like the deep shimmering blue Into the Night and the metallic golden green Just Spotted the Lizard.”
The film villain’s reptilian look can be replicated with a high-fashion twist by using the new deep green shimmer Shatter coat. Shatter the Scales is inspired by graffiti art and works when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Shatter the Scales from matte to glossy in seconds.
The line features six nail lacquers in addition to Shatter the Scales, ranging from white, coral and pink to mood-setting hues of blue, nickel and yellow-green:

Your Web or Mine?
The perfect pink for sticky situations.

Into the Night
This perfect midnight blue was made for prowling.

Call Me Gwen-ever
Girlfriend, be sure to pick up when this urgent coral calls.

Just Spotted the Lizard
Be seen in this reptilian yellow-green.

My Boyfriend Scales Walls
Climb new heights with this cityscape white.

Number One Nemesis
Show your metal in this sparkling nickel.

As with all OPI nail lacquers, these shades inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
This limited edition promotion will be available beginning May 2012 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

China Glaze Spark Your Summer Style - Preview

China Glaze® Introduces Four New Crackle Glitter Polishes for May 2012
Los Angeles, CA – (March 2012):  Sparkle all summer long with China Glaze®’s new Crackle Glitters collection.  Once again taking crackle technology to the next level, this third-generation polish pairs the edgy innovation of crackling nail lacquer with glamorous glitters.  The China Glaze® Crackle Glitters features four shimmering shades including:
·         Luminous Lavender: Luscious light purple
·         Jade-d: Radiant bright green
·         Glam-More: Bold fuchsia
·         Gleam Me Up: Bright sky blue

Create glamorously different looks with just one sweep of China Glaze® Crackle Glitters.  Layer over different base colors to create bold styles.  Use a lighter coat to create a fine crackle, a thicker coat for a deep shatter effect.  Brush sideways or on an angle to create different looks.  As versatile and edgy as China Glaze®’s biggest celebrity fans (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Nicole Ritchie and Kelly Osbourne, to name a few), China Glaze® Crackle Glitters add a spark(le) to one of the hottest nail art trends!

The China Glaze® Crackle Glitters collection will be available as open stock colors and four-piece counter display.  Individual polishes retail for $9 MSRP and will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in May 2012.

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: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze

China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

Collage of the Month: March

Hi everyone! Yesterday I moved and I also unpacked all my polish again (felt a bit like Christmas even tho it's my own stash, lol), and thanks to the help of my family who did an incredible job, my new house already feels a lot like home :) The cats are doing very well, Sue was brave and took the lead in discovering the new house, Dewey is usually very brave but he was panicking and took it the worst yesterday. But this morning he refound his usual curious nature and attitude and followed Sue, and he already checked out the whole house now too! Only Bindi hasn't been downstairs yet, she took it all surprisingly well but the stairs just don't make any sense and she's scared to go down. Hopefully that'll go better soon, but it hasn't even been a day now, so I'm SO happy with how they're doing! :)
There's still plenty to do and to unpack, but I should be back to posting more often again soon!

My Nail Art Contest was won by Nailstyle, congrats to her! Thank you to all who entered, ánd to InLinkz who kindly sponsored the contest!

Thanks for looking and enjoy your Sunday :)