Fingerprints

Morning! After doing my previous circuit board mani with the new BM plates, I couldn't resist trying out another plate, and went for the fingerprint image. I went with skincolors, but while I did so, I thought of doing a crime scene inspired mani with that image as well! Imagine the images with splatters or drips in a bloody red, a dusted fingerprint and caution tape, ... I might end up doing that some other time, but today I'll just show you these instead :)


OPI My Very First Knockwurst with Kiko Golden Rose, Bundle Monster plate 414 and Trind Matt.


My skin on the top of my fingers doesn't look so nice here, I'm sorry about that, but getting all that green off my nails gave me slightly stained skin, yikes! But oh well, I did enjoy the result of the mani, yet another great image on that new plateset :)

Have a great day!

Bundle Monster CYO plate collection with an Inspired by... mani *pic heavy*

Hey everyone! Bundle Monster recently held a contest where people could submit a design, and the winning images were combined into Bundle Monster's Create Your Own collection! I think it's a great thing what BM did there, not just listen to their customers but really get them involved, and the result is a set I am loving straight away!

As usual with Bundle Monster, the plates have a protective blue foil at the front, which comes off easily, and a protective cover at the back. The plates come in a sturdy resealable bag, so if you don't have a folder to store your plates or anything like that, you can simply keep them in the bag they come in.

I added a little jump because this post is quite pic heavy :) Click below to see the plates!

Barmy Blue Julie

Good morning! My H&M order just arrived while I started working on this post, so I'm gonna keep it short before I'm gonna see what fits, gotta love ordering clothes! (and well, anything else for that matter =))

Rimmel London Barmy Blue with Shimmer Polish Julie.

Rimmel London Barmy Blue with Shimmer Polish Julie.

Rimmel London Barmy Blue with Shimmer Polish Julie.

Julie is a mix of glitters in various shapes, sizes and shades of blue, green, purple, gold, copper, red and silver. And I might've missed some here even! I used 3 coats on my ringfinger, and then I used the brush with barely any polish on it to dab it onto my tips. Just keep dabbing on some more while you have very little polish on your brush, easy peasy!

Rimmel London Barmy Blue with Shimmer Polish Julie.

Rimmel London Barmy Blue is one of those rich blue colors, slightly brighter than the pics above show, and I used 2 coats of it. The swatch below is without top coat.

Rimmel London Barmy Blue

You can buy Shimmer Polish on the website or on Etsy, for Rimmel retailers you can have a look at the Rimmel London website (or on their Dutch site) to see where it's sold near you.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!


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Basil update

Morning! I wanted to post some more nails from the vault, but after seeing all the nice comments to my previous post about Basil, I figured you wouldn't mind a little update instead :) Still just having phonepics, little things can spook him big time so I'll just leave the cam with moving parts and weird sounds for now!

Basil is doing ok, he had some big setbacks in the last few days, but luckily yesterday afternoon he started to turn around again. One of the setbacks was caused by me taking him out and putting him in a travelling cage so I could clean the bench properly, after that he wouldn't get near me anymore, not even when Dewey was around :( Poor thing went back to being terrified and growling and hissing loads. That he escaped a few times during good moments didn't help either, he's somewhat used to a house, just not to humans, so I have to be careful when getting him out it seems! If he gets the chance he'll just hop off my lap (and then I can't approach him anymore, had to lure him back in), but at the same time I have to learn him to not run from me inside ánd outside the bench. Managed a few times later yesterday, with the help of food and Dew :) Small steps will hopefully go a long way! Right now he's going nuts with a toy, and when he's really having his crazy moments, he growls loads too! I dunno if it's just from having his crazy time, or if he's growling at something, like the toys, or to himself, the cage perhaps? No clue! But I do know I ain't attempting to touch him then, haha :D


Dewdew doing his adorable thing, so cute how he is to kittens!


This was on one of his first days here, I couldn't even put the blanker in the box completely, because as you can see, he's not exactly relaxed here.


Cutie with shiny paws ♥


Here he saw Dew on my desk, you'll have to imagine to poor meows with the pic, aww! I have some pillows on the side of his cage so I can sit there with him (although right now he still finds that quite scary if I'm on the side instead of the front) and a bedsheet to cover the cage, but he and Dew seem to enjoy to pull it off, lol!


Perhaps Batman would've suited him more than Basil... =D


Being petted is secretly quite nice! I gave him a used basket from my cats, and placed it at the front of the bench, in the hope that he'd relax and snooze there, making it easier for me to pet him. That turned out to be a good idea in the end, but getting that basket in the cage... >.<



Dew joined him in the basket to give him a wash :) First reaction if I touch him: ears flat, but he didn't move back here (he still does that often so I can't even touch him) and he quickly got all relaxed again, never stopped purring either ♥


Here he fully enjoyed my cuddles and Dewdew's washing, I tried to pet his chin but he just rested his little head on my finger, aww!


Yep, that's nice alright! :)


Practice outside of the cage, I'm ready to grab him again but decided to give him a very short time with just Dew and him.


Yep, if Dew decides to wash a kitten, there's no way it can get away from him, he'll just hold it in place, lol!


More practice outside of the cage, this time with some food :) His eating goes SO much better already! He might throw a little hiss at me but nothing impressive, and I can just touch him when he's eating. Also practiced with candy, his first reaction was not to eat it, then he improved to wanting it and harshly slapping it and pulling it towards him, then he started to be more gentle when poking the candy instead, and right now he doesn't always use his paws anymore but just eats them near my fingers. This morning he even ate some from my hand!


Hopefully he'll keep improving like he is now, and that he'll start to trust me more. Right now he still runs from me fairly often, and then I need food/toys/Dewey to help me, but there are more and more moments as well where he just lets me pet him without any help ♥ I also hope he starts to trust me more so I can make his life more comfortable, little things like changing a foodbowl still can give quite a reaction, although it does go better already. But there's of course a lot more to do than changing a simple foodbowl, like cleaning his litterbox (daily problem) or cleaning the basket (not even attempted yet) or the cage (which gave a setback). I'd prefer to clean things completely every day, but that's not a good idea yet, so I'm trying to balance things out.

Seeing a kitten like Basil, and knowing there are loads more like him out there (my local shelter has a bunch of kittens like him atm, but they also have kittens that are just born and already without mum, sick/injured kittens, and a whole bunch of healthy and social kittens too), just breaks my heart. Because of that I do feel the need to use this space to address the problem.
So if you read this and haven't neutered your cat, I hope you'll (re)consider doing so! I'll quote myself from an older fosterkitten post: "If you have a cat and think it would be fun to have a litter of kittens, please consider the huge amount of animals still waiting for a loving home. Neutering your cats is always a good thing (also to prevent certain health and behaviour issues later on) and you could instead have a look at your local shelter for a foster option :) That way you can still have the joy (and the wrecked house, lol) of having kittens! They usually get neutered by the shelter as well, so they won't add to the problem later on either." 

Right, Wall of Text, oops! Next time I'll be posting nails again, but I hope you'll enjoy this too! Thanks for looking and have a great day :)

OMGNailStrips Psychedelic Zebra

Hey all! Last month I showed you the Love strips by OMGNailStrips, I also tried the Psychedelic Zebra strips but didn't post them yet, so today it's this zebra's turn!


Just like last time, I had little problems with the application. I did use a bigger size on my thumb this time, but as you can see, I didn't get it to fully cover the sides. I don't like it so much when there's a bit of stained nail peeking out from the strips, but luckily there's enough different sizes in the package that I can say this was my bad =)


OMGNailStrips can be bought on their website, and you can check them out on Facebook as well. The strips cost $6,89 per set, but they now also offer a 4pack for $20 or a 10pack for $45.

Back to Basil, thanks for looking and have a lovely day! :)


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Here, kitty kitty...

Hey all :) As I mentionned the other day, I picked up a new fosterkitten, so I won't be showing my nails today. But I can assure you, he has some too, lol! This poor little guy comes from a TNR (trap-neuter-return), where they catch stray/feral cats, neuter them and place them back out again, or if possible, try to socialize them. This kitten was found with his brother, sister, and his mum, but mum really was too wild so she's neutered and back to where she came from. The 3 kittens went to a fosterhome about 6 weeks ago, and the shelter quickly gave that home 2 friendly kittens as well, to help the 3 scared ones adapt. The 2 other ones did adjust and will hopefully go up for adoption soon, but this one stayed scared and unapproachable. The shelter was hoping he'd react better to a home where they have friendly adult cats, to give the good example, and that's how he ended up with me!

Unfortunately I have to start from scratch with him, which means he's locked up in a bench. He's around 13 weeks old, and a kitten that age doesn't want to be locked up, I feel really sorry for him as well :( But it's for the best, and in a matter of days he has already taken so much tiny steps forward with the help of my Dewey! Also a few steps back, but the positive improvements outweight that by far! Ahh it's so great to see how one kitten from a TNR became an adult cat that helps other TNR kittens ♥ Without his help I wouldn't have managed to do much yet at all, but when Dew's around he's so loving Dew that he forgets about me sitting there as well, and omgomg I even got to pet him today! But as soon Dewdew's gone, he's back to ears flat/big eyes/growling and ready to attack (and he slaps fast :P). So the goal is to have him relaxed around me with ánd without Dew around, and when that's the case, he'll get more space. We'll take it one step at a time, but because of his age as well, I want to work with him as fast as he can.

Blablabla, I can continue sharing but lets not do that, I'll update my foster kitten blog soon if you wish to read more, but for now it's picturetime! :)


When I got home with him, I opened his cage and he instantly flew in the corner of the bench, poor thing. (and no, my walls ain't thát purple, my cam can't handle the warm color well :P) Especially with cats like this it's best to not look at them, or if you do look at them, blink slowly and often with both eyes. I took my phone instead, so I could keep an eye on him on the screen instead of looking directly at him.


While he was hanging there he freaked out my girls with his panic meows and growls, but Dew doesn't care so much about all that and the kitten quickly spotted him.


Aww! Dew worked his magic and he relaxed a little. Unfortunately Dew removed the towels I had hanging over the bench, and the kitten got more stressed and started hissing at Dew in the evening as well. During the night I woke up a few times from the most sad meows downstairs :(


But yesterday he seemed to be doing a bit better and was crazy about Dew again, and here's why it's so important to have friendly adult cats around a kitten like this, he needs to see they come to me and I pet them and such! The fact that he stayed there in that corner within a day, really gave me a lot of hope, he's improving SO much faster than expected!


Yesterday he also took another huge step, eating while a human is nearby, and I even managed to take it one step further by placing my hand against the cage (he's a bit aggressive about his food). He's really doing amazing, so much better than what we expected as well :)


Dew's being so great with him, that kitten tries to throw himself at him, pokes him loads, and he just sits there ♥ At times he looks so wise at me, like he understands that I need him to help :) But at other times he's just interested in the kittenfood and sees the bench as a huge activityboard where he can fish out food, lol!


OMG! Man, I was so excited when I managed to pet him! I had my hand against the cage a few times last night when he was trying to cuddle with Dew, so he rubbed against my hand, and I was telling a friend later that I was looking forward to the day I could actually touch him myself. And this morning I had my hand in the cage and I ended up petting him a few times already!! ♥ Slightly nerve-racking as well to actually touch him, he might be small but I know what kittens are capable of if needed, haha, but we both started to relax a bit and enjoyed it a lot! He's really doing so well already :)


But unfortunately, as soon Dew's out of the picture he'll look at my hand like it's the most vile thing he's ever seen :D And he'll just attack my hand if I make a wrong move or move in too far in the cage. If I just walk around he gets spooked every time, if I get closer he starts to growl and hiss and is ready to charge, and then it takes a while before he relaxes a little, such a huge difference to when Dewey's around! I have to clean his litterbox later, and that'll be a challenge because that's right next to his safe box, and he doesn't want me there at all. But I'm sure we'll manage with Dew's soothing presence and again, he's doing so much better than what I expected, and I'm looking forward to the day I can give him more space :)


And luckily I found a type of candy he likes which will help a lot, and he also likes to play, even when it's my hand inside the cage! :)

Fostering a kitten like this is SO rewarding, it costs me a lot of energy but every little step feels like a huge one, and I'm gonna do my best to socialize him as well as he will let me ♥ And he has the most beautiful, shiny black paws! Gotta love shiny black fur on cats :) Last thing: he needs a new name! The previous fosterhome named him after Ivan the Terrible, and I want to name him after something brave or innocent or something sweeter than that at least :P I was thinking of Basil, it means brave as far as I know, but if you have suggestions, please share!!

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend!

China Glaze Monsters Ball - Preview

COME ONE, COME ALL: YOU’RE INVITED TO THE MONSTERS BALL

China Glaze® Introduces Six Limited Edition Shades for Halloween 2013


Los Angeles (September 2013): This October, you’re invited to celebrate with the ghosts and ghouls at the darkly decadent Monsters Ball, hosted by China Glaze®.  Attended by spooky sparkles and tantalizing textures, you’re sure to have a hauntingly good time with this limited edition six-piece collection shrouded in mystery and dripping with lavish color.

Dance the night away in six colors and finishes perfect for All Hallows Eve:

·         Howl You Doin’: Shadowy purple glitter
·         Bat My Eyes: Ominous gold glitter
·         Boo-Gie Down: Multi-sized orange, black and white glitter
·         Fang-Tastic: Mysteriously mixed up green, blue and magenta glitter
·         Bump In The Night: Hair-raising black texture
·         Ghoulish Glow: Glow-in-the-Dark top coat

Image clickable for an enlargement

Ideal for creating holiday manicures that are a true work of art, the China Glaze® Monsters Ball display features artwork by renowned artist Abigail Larson, best known for her illustrations inspired by the various things that go bump in the night.

China Glaze® Monsters Ball will be available in October 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores.

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, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

Exotic George from the vault

Hey everyone! Here's another one from the vault, a simple stamped mani with an image that you might have seen around already, but I don't think I have used it before myself. It's one of those lovely swirly images, can't go wrong with those if you ask me! ♥ It's a Bundle Monster image, and in case you didn't know yet, Bundle Monster is bringing out yet another plateset, this time a fan-created set! I think it's great that a company looks at what their customers want, or even gets them involved like this! You can see the entire set here, and lucky me gets to review them, so you'll be seeing them on my blog soon as well, yay! :) Anyway, here's today's mani!


China Glaze Exotic Encounters with A England Saint George and Bundle Monster plate  314.


I almost forgot how much I adore Saint George, I guess that's the downside of a big stash, you easily forget what beauties are hiding in there, haha! But I'm sure I'll be wearing it as a full mani soon again now :)

On a sidenote, I'll be picking up a new foster kitten later today, this time it's an older kitten that's currently in another fosterhome. It's been there for a couple of weeks with it's brother and sister, and they started to adapt well and can hopefully be adopted soon, but this little guy stays scared :( So we hope that my adult cats can give him the good example and that he'll learn that humans aren't so scary afterall! I'm excited to go pick him up, but the downside is that I'll have to keep calm around him at the start here, and not go OHH KITTY! straight away :D

Cya soon, most likely with kittenpics! Take care :)

Essence Beauty Beats & Metal Glam - Preview

Hi guys, here are the previews of 2 upcoming Essence collections! And I asked last time if you would prefer to see a preview with just the nail stuff or also the make up, several of you preferred the latter, so these are the full previews :) As usual, you can click the images for an enlargement!

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First up is beauty beats – girls on tour with Justin Bieber, which will be available from November till mid December.


Nail polish: groupie at heart - as long as you love me - i’m backstage - baby, baby, ooh! €1,89
Paperprint: transfer solution €1,89 - paper print design with pictures of Bieber €1,39
Eyeshadow: baby, baby, ooh! - as long as you love me - i´m backstage €1,69
Shimmer powder: swaaag! €3,39
Lipgloss: i´m backstage - groupie at heart - eenie meenie €1,99
Blush: groupie at heart €2,59
2in1 eyeliner: has a fine side and a wide side, the biggest fan €2,99
Hairties: set of 2 €1,99

Well, to put it nicely, I'm not exactly a Bieber fan :P But I'm sure the fans will enjoy this Limited Edition, and I hope for them that these paper prints will work better than the one I tried. The images of the polishes don't make me go yay either, nothing we haven't seen before!

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Next we have metal glam, this LE will be available in November and December.


Nail polish: gold digger - glamour girls - petal to the metal - steel-ing the scene €1,89
Gold topper: steel-ing the scene €1,99
Eyeshadow: steel-ing the scene - glamour girls - petal to the metal - golden eye €2,59
Stick on eyeliner: petal to the metal €1,99
Highlighting powder: gold digger €2,99
Lipgloss: glam-me - best dressed - petal to the metal €1,99
Blush: glam-me €2,89
Stick on jewels: she’s so glamorous €1,99
Nail stickers: glam-me - she’s so glamorous - silver star €1,99

Considering the price of the gold topper I think it's safe to say that it isn't a gold leaf top coat but just a golden glitter, shimmer or perhaps some flake glitter. I'm somewhat interested in these polishes, for the simple fact that metallics often work well for stamping, so I'm curious to see how pigmented these are. Not that I need more stamping polish in these colors, but I haven't figured out yet how to explain that to my inner hoarder! ^^

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What do you think of these LE's? Anything that caught your interest? :)

Shimmer Polish Candace

Heyhey :) The polish that I'm showing today is from Shimmer Polish, and as usual with those, it really is one of a kind! But I have to be honest, I wasn't so sure about this one, because golden holo glitter isn't my cup of tea and mixed like this it looked to be a little too much for me. But I ended up liking it more than I thought I would, and I think it'll make for an excellent festive sparkly tips mani! Imagine this sponged on a black or white base for example :)

Shimmer Polish Candace

Shimmer Polish Candace.

Shimmer Polish Candace

This mix has various sizes golden and golden-holographic glitter and small black and fuchsia glitter. I used 3 coats with top coat to get this result. What do you think of the combo gold & holo?

Shimmer Polish Candace

You can buy Shimmer Polish on the website or on Etsy.

Have a nice day! :)


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BornPrettyStore bowknot decals

Hi guys! BPS send me some bowknot French edge water decals for review, and I went for a simple mani with an accentnail with one of them. Here's how that looks!


Rimmel London Celebrity Bash with a BornPrettyStore bowknot decal.


The decals come in 3 colors and various sizes, they're easy to apply and water decals like these are a great way to quickly make something special of a simple mani! :)


What do you think of these bowknot decals? You can find them at BornPrettyStore and a sheet with these bowknots is only $0.99. With coupon code ABJ61 you'll get another 10% off :)

Thanks for stopping by & take care!


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From the vault: chunky black gradient

Good morning! Today's mani is one from the vault, and to create this look I taped off my fingers and used a thin coat of a chunky glitter on about half of my nails. Because I wiped off the brush a lot, I mainly got small bits of glitter on my nails. Then I applied the polish to my placemat, and used an orange wood stick to place larger chunks on my nails, to fill in the gradient. I finished the mani with top coat, but some glittery bits were a bit stubborn and it could've used a second coat to seal them in more :)


Catrice Be Natural with Cirque Neko. 


Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Green snakeskin

Morning! Reviewing the DRK plates gave me loads of ideas for manis, and here's one of them!


China Glaze Cherish, A England Dragon, China Glaze Jolly Holly, plate DRK-C and Trind Matt.


For this mani I started with Cherish as base, then sponged some Dragon on top with Saran wrap, and finished with the stamping with Jolly Holly. And I'm sure it doesn't come as a surprise that I mattified it, haha! But here it's shiny as well :)


Thanks for stopping by :)

Guest post for My Polish Stash

Today's post is a guest post I wrote for Sabine, for her lovely blog called My Polish Stash! You can check out my post by clicking here or by clicking the image below. Thanks again for having me there, Sabine :)


DRK plates B/C/D1/D2

Hi guys! As you might have seen already, I received some DRK plates for review. And let me tell you straight away, they're awesome! :D These plates have all kinds of images, and they're huge compared to the average stamping images, so that makes them great as well for people with longer nails. But also for people with shorter nails, because I know I'm not alone on having too big thumbnails for a lot of images! No more doublestamping needed with these :)

The plates come with blue, easy to remove protective foil on the front, and a protective cover on the back. They're not completely smooth on the edges, but nothing that can harm you, so I really don't care much about that!


I left the images below quite big, if you'd like to see more detail of the plates, please click them for an enlargement! They're not crispy sharp anymore then, but I wanted to reduce the size of the images a little.


Oh man, where to start, look at all those swirly patterns! And I really like as well how they added 3 different sizes of some of the smaller images, making them suitable for all your nails instead of having a flower that's tiny on your thumb and way too big for your pinkie.


This plate offers more small images in different sizes, and look at the bricks, postage stamps, snake print, and those doggies! Especially loving the bamboo and top left image!


But the awesomeness doesn't stop there, these 2 ruler shaped plates have some great images as well! A cat version of the doggy image on plate C (and for the people that have DRK-A, that cat image has butterflies as well, these are just cats in various positions), an Egyptian themed image, puzzle pieces and a braided image, ...

But from all the images there were a few that I really LOVED straight away, one of them was a dotted image from plate B. I did a simple stamped mani with it, tried out another China Glaze for stamping which worked fine, and here's how that looks!

Color Club Uptown Girl with China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine and plate DRK-B.

Color Club Uptown Girl with China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine and plate DRK-B.

Color Club Uptown Girl with China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine and plate DRK-B.

Look how well that transferred! The images are also fairly deep, which means you have a little more time to place them on your nails (a shallow image gives a very thin image on your stamper, which dries even faster). And I did all 4 nails without cleaning the plate in between, that's some impressive detail transferring right there! I am SO excited about these plates, and yes I easily get excited about new plates, lol, but if there's something that makes me love new plates it's when they inspire me straight away! And these did just that ♥

I told you before these images are big, right? This might give you a good idea of the size of these things, and I kept my nails fairly long for this review, lol! And if I want to transfer an entire image, I'll have to get a bigger stamper first!
This can be a bit of a downside as well though, because my nails are obviously too tiny to fit the entire image, and it might be a little trickier to get them all straight. But I'm very happy to see a brand offering plates with various styles, larger images for all you ladies with longer nails :)


And you may have seen this comparison before, but I updated it to add that it's not just plate A which has those big images. What I measured is the average though, some images on all these plates are a bit smaller, and there's also a bunch of images that are even bigger!

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

You can buy these plates online, in the Esmalteria da KK webshop for R$49 for the bigger plates, R$20 for D1 and D2 combined. You can also find them at the Ninja Polish webshop, for $23,50 and $14,50. And lastly, you can find DRK on Facebook as well :)

What do you think of these plates? Have a lovely weekend and thanks for looking! ♥


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