Teal and tip guides

Morning all! This mani didn't completely turn out as I'd like, and then I didn't know what settings to use to photograph the color right either, so I can't say I'm all that pleased with it. But I do like the combo, so shush it inner critic, I'm gonna post it anyway :P

China Glaze Millennium, Essence In Style, Essence Life Is A freeride and Viva La Diva #70

China Glaze Millennium, Essence In Style and Essence Life Is A freeride with Viva La Diva #70 and BornPrettyStore Super Matte.

China Glaze Millennium, Essence In Style, Essence Life Is A freeride and Viva La Diva #70

I am loving the glitter I used for my accentnails, it's bright blue and green - and definitely something to take to my photography course next month, and hopefully learn how to deal with it, haha! Very much looking forward to that :)


The tip guides I used for this mani are from BornPrettyStore, and they work fine! The reason I didn't get my beloved crispy clean lines is because I used 2 coaters, and I get issues with anything that isn't a 1 coater and taped manis more often!
It feels like a thicker layer of polish easier spreads a bit, making the lines somewhat blurry. Top coat will have a harder time making it all smooth with those thicker layers as well, so I used a matte TC on top of my usual TC, to make it less obvious. Next time I'd use these tip guides with 1 coaters to prevent both issues :)

These tip guides stick very well, in fact, I placed them on my skin first to remove the worst stickiness, before placing them diagonally on my nails. But you can of course also use them straight horizontally or vertically!

A package contains 28 tip guides and 2 half (those are straight on 1 side, the last 2 in the package). They come in 2 variations, these and a wavy version, and a package costs $1.58. And as always, coupon code ABJ61 will give 10% off :)

Thanks for looking and take care!


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2 manis with BPS QA92

Right, polish, stamping, making photos... time to get back to blogging again :) I'm starting with a stamping plate from BornPrettyStore, and 2 manis that are similar in some ways (same base, finish and plate, and both have a bit of a lace look) yet completely different!

Catrice C02 with Catrice Purplelized, BPS plate QA92 and BPS Super Matte

Catrice C02 with Catrice Purplelized, BPS plate QA92 and BPS Super Matte.

Catrice C02 with Catrice Purplelized, BPS plate QA92 and BPS Super Matte

And here's the plate I used for these looks! It came with protective blue foil on both the front and back, there's no other protective cover on the back, but the plate isn't sharp either. The images are of great quality, I had no problem getting good transfers! You can find this plate here, and it costs $2,99. In case you're going to order anything, don't forget to use coupon code ABJ61 for 10% off!


The 2nd mani, for which I used only half of the lace image. Yes, these images are nice & big! =) And of course I've added them to my Stamping Plate Sizes page as well :)

Catrice C02 with Konad white, BPS plate QA92 and BPS Super Matte

Catrice C02 with Konad white, BPS plate QA92 and BPS Super Matte.

Catrice C02 with Konad white, BPS plate QA92 and BPS Super Matte

It's always a bit weird to stamp when you haven't done so in a while, but I think that especially the purple mani turned out nice! Hope you enjoyed these looks, thanks for stopping by ♥


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Fosterkitten Colin

I hope you don't mind to see the same kitten over and over aaand over again, because this little sweety makes it near impossible to just choose say 5 pics! ♥ But I'll add a jump in case you're not so into cats :)


China Glaze All Aboard - Preview

Morning lovelies! I'll be back to posting nais (and maybe some kittens) again real soon, but first I have a preview for you of the China Glaze Fall collection, and some info about their new website. I always get excited when I receive CG previews, and this one didn't disappoint at all! Totally perfect for Fall, and with some unique polishes as well, curious to see more of them! How about you, does this collection get you in the mood for Fall as well?
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NOW BOARDING: LUSH, FALL TONES





Move full steam ahead with China Glaze® All Aboard collection

Cross-country train travel – it channels romantic images of club cars, elegant style, and travel at a less frantic pace. This fall, pack your bags and get ready for a colour adventure with the China Glaze® All Aboard collection. Inspired by vintage railway travel, the adventurous palette includes 12 new crèmes, shimmers and glitters, each filled with mystery and intrigue.

The China Glaze® All Aboard collection includes:

  • Don’t Get Derailed: Elephant gray crème
  • Choo-Choo Choose You: Purple/gray smoky shimmer
  • All Aboard: Purple crème
  • Nice Caboose!: Raspberry glitter
  • Conduct Yourself: Oxblood crème
  • Lug Your Designer Baggage: Brown crème with gold flecks
  • What Are You A-Freight Of?: Brown crème
  • Mind the Gap: Olive shimmer
  • Well Trained: Dark turquoise crème
  • One Track Mind: Navy blue crème
  • Loco-Motive: Gunmetal and red glitter
  • Stop that Train!: Rust red shimmer
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China Glaze® All Aboard will be available in September 2014 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide. In addition to open stock, 12-piece and 36-piece displays, the collection will be available in two six-piece sets, “Loco-Motive” and “All Aboard”.

Individual polishes will retail for $7.50 MSRP and the six-piece box collections will retail for $45 each.

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 (@ChinaGlaze), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze), #ChinaGlazeAllAboard.


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CHINA GLAZE® BUILDS BEAUTY COMMUNITY WITH WEBSITE REDESIGN
Leading nail polish brand brings together and inspires colour enthusiasts

Los Angeles (August 15, 2014)China Glaze®, a leader in innovative nail colour and technology, has unveiled a new look for ChinaGlaze.com. Responsive to mobile and developed with social traffic in mind, the new site is visually intriguing and demonstrates the extensive colour selection China Glaze® has to offer. The revamped site boasts a fashion-forward look and easy navigation, and is designed to promote products while building a community of colour enthusiasts through linking content, personalization, trends and inspiration. Focused on consumer loyalty, ChinaGlaze.com’s new design gives consumers an outlet to more deeply interact with the brand online and via social media.

Colour exploration was the basis for the creative development of the new site,” said Kristen Spaun, Director of Digital Marketing at China Glaze®’s parent company, American International Industries. “With the expansive colour palette China Glaze® has to offer, the colour possibilities are endless. The China Glaze® girl polishes her nails as an expression of how she feels or wants to feel; we wanted to bring that colour, passion and creativity into the site for our users to express themselves and inspire each other.”

Highlights of the new website include:
  • Seeking Colour – We are surrounded by beautiful colour every day. China Glaze® captures those moments of colour inspiration in the Live in Colour: Colour Quest section. From fashion and beauty to travel and lifestyle, and everything in between, users can browse by a specific colour shade or theme to spark inspiration. They can also upload their own colourful visuals and favorite nail art looks to add to the gallery.
  • On Trend: Visit the Trending section to view a live feed of trending content connected to China Glaze®’s Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter feeds – all pulled together in one place for easy navigation.
  • Nail Artist – Click through the What’s Hot section to get the latest nail art trends. Each design features step-by-step tutorials to easily recreate looks such as Half Moon, Polka Dots and Galaxy nails. Designs are sorted by Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced skill set, and feature suggested shades to replicate the look.
  • Beauty Beholder – Consumers can create a user account with the option to use their Facebook account login credentials to save their favorite China Glaze® shades and collection, create a wish list of shades and an inventory list of shades they already own.
  • Virtual Manicurist – In the Try On: Colour Studio, consumers can virtually try on any China Glaze® shade, customizing the skin tone, nail length and nail shape to match their own hand, and save desired shades to their user account for easy reference.
  • Responsive Layout – No matter the device, the new ChinaGlaze.com design optimizes and delivers the website in the best way possible.
Visit the new ChinaGlaze.com – live now – and get inspired! 

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. Follow China Glaze® on Facebook (facebook.com/chinaglazeofficial), Twitter (@chinaglaze), Instagram (@chinaglazeofficial) and Pinterest (@chinaglaze).

About American International Industries
For 42 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 Andrea, Ardell, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, DUO, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, It’s So Easy, Jeris-Lustray, Jerome Russell, LASH BeLONG, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Poshe, Prolinc, RAW, Salon Perfect, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

Catrice Check & Tweed - Preview

Morning all! Catrice Check & Tweed will be in stores from mid September till end October, here's the preview of this LE:

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Ultimate Nail Lacquer: London Calling - England’s Rose - Mind The Red! - Brit Chick - Hyde In The Park. € 2,99
Highlighting Powder: Flagg The Union Jack. € 4,49
Eye Brow Fixing Gel: Neutrally Brown. € 3,39
Quattro Baked Eyeshadow: London’s Eye - Town of Crown. € 4,59
Velvet Lip Colour: Queen’s BEAUTea time - Mind The Red! - Brit Chick. € 3,99

The tiny polish is Brit Chick I think, I always receive a preview file and a download link to pick up the images. That polish was shown in the preview but not a part of the download files, so I don't have a bigger version of it, sorry! Those polishes look like they could be interesting, but I'd have to see them in stores first :)

Sunny gradient

Hi guys! Here's the last scheduled post, it'll be a few days before I'm back again :) I showed this gradient in black & white on Instagram before, and asked what to do on top, stamping, glitters, decals? Fairy Dust was the answer! But I actually don't have that one, haha! I do have another similar holo glitter topper (at least, based on images I think it's pretty similar), but somehow I felt this gradient was too bold for such a cute glitter. So I checked with some other sparklies, doubted over a gold glitter, but decided on this black one, and I'm glad I did!

Sinful Colors Unicorn sponged with China Glaze Sunshine Pop, Papaya Punch & Ruby Deer, finished with JENsations Black Out

Sinful Colors Unicorn sponged with China Glaze Sunshine Pop, Papaya Punch & Ruby Deer, finished with JENsations Black Out.

Sinful Colors Unicorn sponged with China Glaze Sunshine Pop, Papaya Punch & Ruby Deer, finished with JENsations Black Out

Sinful Colors Unicorn sponged with China Glaze Sunshine Pop, Papaya Punch & Ruby Deer, finished with JENsations Black Out

Hope you like this as much as I do! :) Take care ♥

Inspired by... hydrangeas

My mum and dad have lots of beautiful flowers in their garden, and for me, the ones that are (literally as well) jumping out are huuuuge hydrangeas. This mani was inspired by those! I started with a light basecolor, then applied lots of different polishes in little dots and smudges on my placemat, dabbed in a sponge and sponged it on my nails. The result is a subtle sponged effect, and I finished it with a bit of sparkle and a matte top coat. Then I went to my parents and took these pictures :)

China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le & Electric Beat, Essence Absolutely Blue & No More Drama, Catrice Lucky In Lilac, P2 Poetic, W.I.C. By Herôme Aarhus, Trind Purple Sunset, Essence Glitter Top Coat and BornPrettyStore Super Matte

China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le & Electric Beat, Essence Absolutely Blue & No More Drama, Catrice Lucky In Lilac, P2 Poetic, W.I.C. By Herôme Aarhus, Trind Purple Sunset, Essence Glitter Top Coat and BornPrettyStore Super Matte.

China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le & Electric Beat, Essence Absolutely Blue & No More Drama, Catrice Lucky In Lilac, P2 Poetic, W.I.C. By Herôme Aarhus, Trind Purple Sunset, Essence Glitter Top Coat and BornPrettyStore Super Matte

Here's a closer look on the sponging that shows the various colors a bit better. Could've done with less colors I'm sure, but I was doubting and decided to just use them all =) The glitter topper is just subtle silver glitter, perfect for adding a soft finishing touch, and it's a simple but lovely polish if you ask me!

China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le & Electric Beat, Essence Absolutely Blue & No More Drama, Catrice Lucky In Lilac, P2 Poetic, W.I.C. By Herôme Aarhus, Trind Purple Sunset, Essence Glitter Top Coat and BornPrettyStore Super Matte

China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le & Electric Beat, Essence Absolutely Blue & No More Drama, Catrice Lucky In Lilac, P2 Poetic, W.I.C. By Herôme Aarhus, Trind Purple Sunset, Essence Glitter Top Coat and BornPrettyStore Super Matte

It's been a while since I did an Inspired by... mani, and I hope you like it :) Thanks for looking!

Mysterious gold

The polish that I showed yesterday just screamed for some stamping, and picking a color was easy, gold! Here's how that turned out:

L'Oréal Mysterious Icon with China Glaze 2030 and Lily Anna plate 09

L'Oréal Mysterious Icon with China Glaze 2030 and Lily Anna plate 09.

L'Oréal Mysterious Icon with China Glaze 2030 and Lily Anna plate 09

Love how this all came together on my nails! And love that image too :) I reviewed this Lily Anna plate, you can check it out here. And I couldn't resist a macroshot of this stamping :)

L'Oréal Mysterious Icon with China Glaze 2030 and Lily Anna plate 09

Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for looking & take care :)

Mysterious Icon

Hi lovelies! I'll be AFK in the coming week, but I do have some posts scheduled, and I still love to read your comments even though I won't have time to reply! :) I recently found a L'Oréal polish for sale somewhere (for the Dutch, I can't remember if I got this one from Action or Big Bazar), and it looked pretty unique in the bottle, unlike some of the other polishes you often find at such sales. At home I found out it covered in 2 easy coats, and looks unique on the nail as well, yay! Made me curious after more of their polish :) My swatches are with top coat.

L'Oréal Mysterious Icon

L'Oréal Mysterious Icon.

L'Oréal Mysterious Icon

I wanted to make photos with some pretty flowers, but quickly found out the polish looks more purple in the bottle than on the nail, and I felt this wasn't the best background for this color. But this pic shows the polish well, so wanted to post it anyway :) Below you can see it in sunlight, where the shimmer comes to life!

L'Oréal Mysterious Icon

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

How To: Patch a nail

Here's a How To I've been planning for a while, but either I forgot to make photos, or I simply filed my nails down when I had a chip/tear/whatever. But at last, one of my nails could use a patch ánd I remembered to photograph it =)


Meet my right indexfinger! And there's a sight I don't like seeing at all, I'm not sure what I did but my nail got folded so to say, making it very weak and I know it wouldn't take long before it would tear off. You can use patches on these kind of things, but if your nail has a tear, you could even help it grow out with a patch, without having it tear off completely. The right picture shows the patched nail.


Here's what you need to patch up a nail:
  • Remover
  • Nail files, I use a coarser one and a 3-way buffing file (yes, those are cat teeth marks on the end :P)
  • Scissors
  • Cotton pads or a similar product
  • Basecoat 
  • Nail glue *optional*
  • Nail wraps or an empty tea bag *not shown*. I've ordered these strips of wraps online years ago and I can't fully remember, but I think it was the cheapest silk strip shown here.


And here's how it works!
1) Use the remover and cotton pads to fully clean and dry your nail, and cut your tea bag or wrap to the preferred size. I think the pyramid tea bags work better than the regular ones, they seem to have a different structure and feel more like nail wraps to me. But the wraps have an advantage over teabags, they're a bit sticky already, which makes the rest of the process easier! I usually cut them smaller than the size of my nail, to prevent glue on my cuticles or making the filing harder near that area.
2) Stick the wrap or teabag to your nail.
3) Now you can take it 2 ways, either a quick and short-term solution: apply basecoat over your patch and let it dry, now you're good to go! Or a longer lasting solution: apply nail glue on top of the wrap, as shown here. Be careful though, that stuff is nasty on your skin, and a little often goes a long way :)
4) You can see when the glue starts to dry, the structure of the wrap is showing again.
5) Filing time! Gently file till you have a fairly smooth result, and no hard bits and pieces sticking out. I use a coarser file for the first bit, then smooth it with a buffer file. Don't file too much though, the goal is to smoothen it a little, not to file the whole thing off!
6) Apply a basecoat, or for an extra smooth result, a ridgefiller. Done!

To remove your wrap, either soak it with some remover with acetone, or gently file it down some more. If you're wearing polish on top of your patched nail and want to remove it, just be quick about it and the patch should stay in place. And I haven't tried it, but I suspect remover without acetone could help as well with making your patch last. If you went with the simplified version with basecoat only, the removal is of course easypeasy!

Hope this helps, thanks for looking!

Guest post for Lucy's Stash

Hi guys! I'm proud to be guest posting for the incredibly talented Lucie today! So head over to her blog to see my post, and I hope you'll enjoy it :) Take care!

http://lucysstash.com/2014/08/oooh-shinies-for-lucy-s-stash-holo-stamping-guest-post.html

Dance Legend Smoky collection - my 3 picks

Good morning :) After all the bright, colorful Dance Legend craziness that I showed you last month, I'm gonna end my DL swatches with something more calm & subtle: the Smoky collection. Or well, half of it at least =) I used 3 coats of each polish, no top coat, they simply dry up this glossy!

Dance Legend 1026 Cetraria

Dance Legend 1026 Cetraria.

Dance Legend 1026 Cetraria

Dance Legend 1026 Cetraria

Dance Legend 1026 Cetraria


Dance Legend 1027 River Of Time

Dance Legend 1027 River Of Time.

Dance Legend 1027 River Of Time

Dance Legend 1027 River Of Time

Dance Legend 1027 River Of Time


Dance Legend 1029 Cozy Sweater

Dance Legend 1029 Cozy Sweater.

Dance Legend 1029 Cozy Sweater

Dance Legend 1029 Cozy Sweater

Dance Legend 1029 Cozy Sweater

I'm not fully sure yet how to capture these muted colors well, they all look a bit darker and more grey (more like in the bottle), but I sure do love them! I think they look classy :) But Cozy Sweater was -as I feared a little- not really complementing my skintone. I think some stamping could help with how it looks on me. I'm sure all 3 will make great nailart basecolors, but they look lovely on their own as well!
I didn't have much experience with DL at all until recently, but what can I say, I'm a huge fan! Lalaloving the colors, the application, drying time, the amount of awesomeness they manage to put in a bottle ♥

You can buy this polish at the Dance Legend website, and you can also find them in webshops like Hypnotic Polish, which ships worldwide.


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Glitterazzi

Morning lovelies! The polish that I have for you today is one that made me very happy with my new camera, I've swatched this before and my old camera just couldn't deal with it. The combination of these flakes and the slightly shifting colors was too much it seems, it only picked up one of the 2! This time it went a lot better :)

Essence Black Is back with Catrice Glitterazzi

Essence Black Is back with Catrice Glitterazzi.

Essence Black Is back with Catrice Glitterazzi

Catrice Glitterazzi

The polish itself had a bit of a thick & gooey base, so I used an orangewood stick to place some extra flakes on my nails after applying a coat of the polish. I finished it with top coat to even that gooey base a bit, although I think it'll look better (thinner and smoother) when applying a thin coat of clear and manually placing all flakey bits and pieces. A lot more work though!

I've seen this kinda base in essence and Catrice polish a few times before, makes me a little hesitant to get more of their glitters. Did you experience the same with any of their glitters? Wonder if some thinner will work!

This seems to be one of the polishes that'll stay in the standard collection in the coming seasons (you can check out all the new stuff here!). I think it looks best on a dark base and it looks kinda festive as well, so I can totally understand why! :)

Have a great weekend and take care!

Essence hello autumn - Preview

I've already showed you the changes for Fall/Winter a few days ago, but besides their usual display changes, Essence will of course bring out more Limited Editions as well! This LE is called hello autumn (I still can't get used to no capital letters on their products, haha) and will be in stores from September to mid October.

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Nail polish €1,99: beauti-FALL red - meet my pumpkin - charlie seen in green - keep calm & go for a walk
Hair ties €2,99: #outdoor yoga
Lip cream €1,99: beauti-FALL red - keep calm & go for a walk
Eyebrow set €2,59: leaves are the new beef - walk in the park
Multicolour powder €3,39: autumn & the city
Colour adapting powder blush €2,59: beauti-FALL
Eye pencil €1,59: leaves are the new beef - charlie seen in green
Eyeshadow palette €3,89: walk in the park - keep calm & go for a walk

It's very obvious for what season this LE is, and even though I'm not nearly done with Summer, this does make me long for Fall a bit as well! :) However, the polish doesn't look very original or unique, so I'm quite sure I'll be skipping those. But I am curious about the powder! Apparently it reacts to the individual pH value of the skin and changes into a fresh pink shade with soft glow. In Summer I can wear a lightly colored powder, in Winter I need transparent, this could maybe help make the switch instead of having to blend to an in-between color. And if the eyeshadow turns out ok, I might pick those up too! How about you, anything that sparks your interest?

Edit, I totally missed that the polishes are thermal polish! According to the press release (translated): This polish changes color, just like the leaves in Fall. After applying the polish, the original colors shine red, orange, lightgreen, brown and gold in various nuances depending on the temperature.
Apologies for not giving you the correct info from the start! Reile, thanks for pointing that out, and yes this sure makes them a lot more interesting! :)

Collage of the Month: July

Lots and lots of Dance Legend awesomeness last month, it was quite a challenge to pick just 1 photo from those multichromes, haha! Especially Different View gave me a hard time (so I'll just sneak in a link here), I added 2 more pictures to that post later on, and that polish is so very different in normal and sunlight! Gorgeous either way though ♥ Anyway, I have just a few DL polishes left, so this month will have more than just DL spam :) And I'm starting with another Essence preview, check back later today for their take on Fall this year!