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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Simple Easter/Spring nails

For today a look that can work great for Easter and Spring.
Nothing special...just stripes.
Not a steady hand? Tape is your answer!
The design is exactly the same as my couch pillows :D
 

 
Polishes used:
- Only You White French
- Only You 113 Banana Split
- Kiko 311 Electric Pink
- China Glaze 1156 Mimosa's Before Mani's
- Bourjois 06 Adora-bleu
- Pink Tease (part of a Pastel set, no name/number)
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cute bunny nails

I just love bunnies and they're perfect for coming Easter.
Therefore another bunny nail art.
 
But first things first.
I got the chance to finally try the last polish I purchased from Big City Nails which is an Indie polish.
 
Big City Nails - Pearly Pastels
 
 
 
Pearly Pastels is a light pink pearly polish filled with white and pastel glitters in different sizes and shapes (bar glitters, hexes, squares and rounds).
I thought this would make a perfect Spring lacquer.
 
Hereby my swatch:
 
Maybe you've read it before but I'm actually not really a fan of these kind of polishes.
Mostly because I don't really know what to do with it.
Should you wear it on its own or as a topcoat/accent?
I'm lost!
Above is on its own with 3 coats and picture taken in shade. 
The glitters (maybe due to travelling and laying around) had sunk towards one side of the bottle.
Shaking didn't really work so I used a cotton swab to swirl everything around.
Application was smooth but the pearly base is a bit streaky and this shows, especially around the larger glitters which makes it look less like a smooth surface (see ring finger for example).
Although the pearly base is very light it does tend to hide the also light pastel glitters.
It's not a bad thing as many crelly, jelly glitter polishes do this.
I have to say that this polish is more beautiful in real life but it is my less favorite purchase of the three.
 
To make a better opinion of this polish I also tried to top it over something else.
 
Kiko 311
 
Kiko 311 is a bright pink with a subtle shimmer.
This is two thin coats and in the sun.
 
For the nail art I topped Kiko 311 with Pearly Pastels and as accent I free handed the cute girly bunny with acrylics.
 
 
As you can see Pearly Pastels also works perfect as a topcoat.
I also love the Kiko 311 peeping around the cuticles...it's an interesting look!
 

Cute Easter bunnies with velvet

Let's start today with yesterday's mani :D
Having some sick kids around makes it hard to do anything else besides taking care of them.
 
Therefore Yesterday'mani was a quickie.
Not my best but I still think it's cute :D
 

 
I've started with two coats of Bourjois 06 Adora-bleu and applied a topcoat to speed up the drying time.
Then I used the same topcoat as glue for the green velvet making the field. I worked one nail at the time.
Then I used a striper brush and Rimmel 840 Blue Eyed Girl to paint the bunnies and let it dry completely.
Again I took the topcoat, this time making larger dots as glue for the bunny tails which is actually light blue glitter velvet.
I chose blue for Autism Awereness month but if I had to do this mani again I would have used cotton for the bunny tails.
I finished by painting small flowers on the velvet field.
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter nails

I'm interrupting my Autism nails for Easter nails.
Easter nails are fun to make and won't be of any use when I post them after April right?
So, I'll probably be doing some Easter nails for the next couple of days.
 
I'm not sure if today was a good day.
Almost every nail art I've done in the past was with the use of polish only.
Today I finally discovered acrylic paint and I'm not sure if I want to go back to polish anymore.
The benefits:
- No more polishes drying out as they are only used as lacquer
- Unlimited colors cause you can mix the acrylic paint anyway you want
- Cheaper than polishes
- More efficient. You come a far way with a little acrylic paint. When it dries out...simply add some water and it's good to go again.
- Easier to correct. Acrylic paint can be removed with water. When you mess up...wash your hands and you can start all over again.
 
I knew all of this before but it always felt a bit like cheating...
Artists use acrylic paint; nail artists use polish.
 
But I'm not sure anymore...
What do you think?
 
Here are my first Easter nails for this year:
 
 
 Polish:
- Bourjois 06 Adora-bleu
 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Splatter nails

Today I have some blue and white splatter nails for you.
I made these with the purpose to matte them for the NPQ challenge.
I'll show you the shiny and matte version and have to say: the matte is the best!
 


 Polishes used:
- China Glaze 818 Snow
- Max factor 37 Prussian Blue
- China Glaze Matte Magic

The splatters are made by dipping a cut drinking straw in the polish and giving it a short, full blow.
Repeating the process when I wasn't satisfied yet.
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blue nails with hearts accent

I'm having such an off-day.
I think I did about 15 designs today but it just didn't work for me.
I had no inspiration...and was even a bit done with the blues.
 
But whilst I was making dinner I suddenly remembered this picture I saved with hearts and I just went for it.
 
 
Polishes used:
- Maybelline Color Show Brocades 222 Beaming Blue (nails and 4th heart at the bottom)
- H&M Nail Polish Blue (accent background)
- L'Oréal Color Riche 624 Island in the sun (1st heart from the top)
- Big City Nails Are you feeling blue? (2nd heart)
- Big City Nails The sky is the limit (3rd heart)
- Maybelline Color Show 661 Ocean blue (outline hearts)
 
 
 
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Disney Frozen Olaf nail art

Today I have another beautiful polish from Big City Nails
This one is called: Are you feeling blue?
 
Let's start with some swatches:
 
Picture taken with natural light.
 
Picture taken with artificial light
 
Are you feeling blue? is a beautiful shimmery blue polish with green undertones making it lean towards teal.
This duochrome polish has a satin finish.
I used two coats in the pictures above. First coat was quite streaky and didn't went on smooth.
Surprisingly the second coat made it opaque and a lot less streaky. Nothing a topcoat can't solve.
Pictures above are without topcoat.
Two out of three polishes are gorgeous...can't wait to try the last one...but that one has to wait till after my Autism challenge.
 
Now, for the nail art.
 I've been asked many times to make Frozen themed nails.
I actually bought the movie for my kids and they love it (and mommy too!).
However it's not really the time of year anymore to make nail arts with snow, frost and ice.
But I make an exception with this polish and this challenge.
 
Are you feeling blue?
Olaf will make you smile!