Friday, August 26, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Inspiration








This week's 40 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge theme is inspiration.





I have to admit, I'm far less creative than I wish to be. Most of my inspiration for my manis I get from other nailbloggers. I follow a lot of blogs, and I couldn't name a single favorite. One I like a lot is the Nailasaurus, so I chose one of her tutorials for today's mani, her real white marble nail art. My result isn't as stunning as hers, but for a first try, I'm quite happy with the outcome. My polishes are P2 So Innocent (white), P2 Eternal (black) and Catrice London's Weather Forecast (grey). One coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top protected the design.






 







Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lacke in Farbe und bunt - Mittelgrün





Lacke in Farbe und bunt is a weekly nail polish challenge by Lenas Sofa and Das Jahreszeitenhaus. Each week they have a new color scheme, and this week's color is medium green.





My base color is Jessica Standing Ovation, a duochrome shimmer. Standing Ovation shifts from green over teal to blue, if you look at it in a straight angle it's just green, so I guess this fits the prompt ;-) I used three coats for opacity.






For the stamping I used MoYou London Back To The 20's plate 05 and P2 Eternal. One coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top finished this mani.



















Monday, August 22, 2016

Born Pretty Store Cuticle Oil





Today I want to show you a cuticle oil Born Pretty Store offered me. Thank you so much, Born Pretty Store! (and yes, these are naked nails, eeeeek!)


I got rather dry cuticles, so using a cuticle oil on a daily basis is mandatory for me to keep my cutiles in shape. I've been using this oil for two weeks now, and it's not better or worse than other brands I tried. It comes in a square 10ml bottle and has the typical yellow oil color. It's not scented, so it doesn't really smell. I like scented products, but if your skin is sensitive, it's probably better to go without any added fragrances. Sadly, the ingredients are neither marked on the bottle nor the product page, so I can't tell you what's in it. If your skin is sensitive, I'd honestly suggest not to go with this one, but with a product you know what's in it. I didn't have any problems with it though, my skin agreed well with it.  It you want to try this cuticle oil, you can get it here for 3.64 a bottle.

I apply the oil every night with the brush of the bottle on my cuticles, let it sink a little and add hand cream over it. On the picture you see (or don't, a thin layer of oil is almost invisible) a thin layer of oil on my cuticles.









For more nail art items, check out Born Pretty Store (use the code below for a 10% discount)




The cuticle oil offered for reviewing purposes. Again, thank you very much, Born Pretty Store!



Friday, August 19, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Orange








Orange is this week's 40 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge color, my personal pattern prompt is tribal.





This one's really simple: three coats of Max Factor Bright Orange, a black stamping with P2 Eternal and MoYou London Tropical Collection plate 18, plus one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.














Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Black Orchid Stamped





Another stamped mani for today, and another ILNP polish :-)





My base color is ILNP Black Orchid. "Black Orchid is an absolutely gorgeous deep burgundy / purple holographic polish. It's simply stunning under any type of light, indoor or outdoor." (Source: ILNP) I used three thin coats for opacity.





For the stamping I used L'Oréal Chrome Shine 349 and Bundle Monster plate BM-XL206. One coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top finished this mani.











ILNP polishes are available on Etsy and at their own shop.

 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Born Pretty Store Nail Vinyls






Today I want to show you some nail vinyls Born Pretty Store offered me, thank you so much Born Pretty Store!





I started with three coats of ILNP Mountain View. "Mountain View is a fresh, forest green holographic nail polish with incredible depth and subtle blue undertones. Complementing the wonderful array of holographic pigments are a unique combination of metallic bronze flakes for a seriously impressive manicure that’s unlike anything you’ve ever worn." (Source: ILNP)




When my base was completely dry, I stuck the nail vinyls on my nails

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As you can see, they're pretty large, surly big enough for any nails. There are nine round and three french vinyls, I could use every vinyl twice. They peel easily from the blach sheet they come with, all the cutouts remained on the sheet, so no fiddling with them. Then I added one generous coat of Barry M. Gold Foil and removed the vinyls. Ine coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top gave the mani a smooth finish.

If you like the vinyls, you can get theme here for only 1.69$ a sheet










ILNP polishes are available on Etsy and at their own shop.

For more nail art items, check out Born Pretty Store (use the code below for a 10% discount)




The nail vinyls were offered for reviewing purposes. Again, thank you very much, Born Pretty Store!




Friday, August 12, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Things In The Water









Things in the water are this week's challenge theme. Of course, animals aren't things, but I still went with fish...





My base color is Essie Viva Antigua, a turquoise shimmer. I used three coats for opacity.








Then I stamped a wave pattern using MoYou London Surf's Up and MoYou Sailor Collection plate 06.

For the koi I used P2 Eternal, Essence Va-Va-Voum and Über Chic plate Far East 01 and made some stamping decals. One coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top held the decals in place and protected the stamping.
















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