December 31, 2012

Favourite Nail Art of 2012

It's time for my nail art favourites of 2012. Manicures with something extra! I'd love to wear these again. And again and again... 

1. Peacock Inspired Nails. Love, love, LOVE this.

2. Polka Dots. This mani is so cheery and happy. You can't go wrong with dots, can you?

3. Pink Floral Water Marble. I overcame my fear of water marbling. ^_^

4. Rainbow Candy Cane Nails. Gradient stamping! :L

5. Dots 'n' Roses - Teal Version. So lovely.

6. Dragon of the Green Hills. Dragon is also perfect for stamping!

7. Shawn Loves French Roast. Still a big fan of sponged glitter tips...

8. Rainbow In The Air. Ahh, I just love everything rainbow.

9. Beware of the Cat. A little story on my nails... :)

10. And of course I had to include a mani inspired by one of my cakes: Quilted Purple!

That's it! Which manicure was your favourite? 

I hope you'll have a wonderful and festive day/evening/night and I wish you a fantastic and happy 2013!!!

December 28, 2012

Favourite Nail Polishes of 2012

Like lovely fellow blogger Bregje, I'm showing you two favourites posts this year, one with nail polish and one with nail art. A lot of beautiful nail polishes covered my nails, but these are my favourites of 2012:

1. Cirque - Dark Horse (shown over China Glaze - Awaken). One of Annie's amazing creations. I'm so excited about this brand!

2. Speciallità - Atena (shown over China Glaze - Cowgirl Up). I remember loving this so much! The prismatic polishes from Speciallità are beautiful and perfect for epic layering combinations.

3. a england - Ascalon. From The Legend, my favourite collection of 2012! ♥

4. OPI - Pirouette My Whistle (shown over Color Club - You Got Soul-Ar). Such a lovely and delicate glitter polish.

5. Layla Hologram Effect - Misty Blush. An unusual colour with an insane prismatic effect.

6. OPI - You Callin' Me a Lyre? I wear this one a lot and it just doesn't get boring!

7. a england - Dragon. Yup, another one from The Legend. What can I say.. it's a legendary collection. ^_^

9. Essence - Copper'ize Me (shown over Catrice - Caught On The Red Carpet). A nice suprise from Essence!

10. KBShimmer - Clown Puke (shown over China Glaze - Holly-Day). This one is so cool. Looks great over probably everything.

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for my nail art top 10! :D

December 24, 2012

Christmas Mix & Match Manicure

Christmas Mix & Match Manicure
I don't think I can express how much I love this Christmas mix and match manicure.. I had this idea in my head and it turned out better than I expected! The ingredients for this lovely combination: a juicy red colour, subtle stamping, a yummy candy cane design and I used Emerald Sparkle from China Glaze for the first time! Gotta love those little pops of green. 
China Glaze Millennium + Bundle Monster BM-323
I wish you a merry, merry Christmas! May God bless you and your loved ones.

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products used
pinky: HEMA #85
ring finger: China Glaze - Millennium, plate BM-323, Konad Special Nail Polish in White, silver rhinestone
middle finger: China Glaze - Emerald Sparkle
index finger: OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls, HEMA #85, striper brush
thumb (not pictured): same design as the ring finger

December 19, 2012

Quilted Purple

quilted purple cake
quilted purple cake with fondant flower
It's time for another cake-inspired-nails post! A so-called quilted cake was on my to-do list for ages and I finally decided my birthday was the perfect occasion to give it a go! The cake is covered with marzipan and the flower on the cake is made of fondant. It took me some practice and I have to say I'm kinda proud of it. ♥
quilted purple gradient
About the nails: the medium purple I used on most nails is China Glaze - Spontaneous. The colour on the accent nail is Grape Pop, another purple beauty from China Glaze (both look less blue-toned in real life). After Grape Pop was completely dry I added a raster of striping tape. To achieve the gradient look I sponged the nail surface with Spontaneous and a england - Guinevere. I removed the tape, added a couple of silver dots and a thick layer of top coat. Aah, so pretty! 
flower nail art
For the flower I used white acrylic paint. Before I added the black heart of the flower and the silver dots I sponged a little bit of Spontaneous in the middle. 

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December 10, 2012

Icy Nails with Shimmer Polish - Jennifer

Shimmer Polish Jennifer
HEMA 833 + Shimmer Polish Jennifer
Recently I received a package from Cindy with breathtaking Shimmer Polish nail polishes. It was hard to choose which one to wear first.. they're all so pretty! I decided to go for Jennifer. I love it, it's super sparkly and the colours are beautiful! Last Friday we had our first snow this winter so I was in the mood for an 'icy' mani. I used three coats of HEMA #833, a pastel blue creme, and I applied Jennifer just on the nail tips. I really enjoy wearing this combination, even after three days!
HEMA 833 + Shimmer Polish Jennifer
Shimmer Polish is available at Cindy's Etsy shop for $12 a bottle.

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December 4, 2012

Thank You!

Thank you for all the warm birthday wishes last weekend! It means a lot to me. ♥ I had a great birthday party with my loved ones, got beautiful presents and of course there was.. cake! I'll show you the cake I made  (+ matching nails!) as soon as possible.

work in progress

At the moment I'm busy with the decorations for my next cake. It's a lot of work, but I love doing it! I don't wear nail polish when I'm working on my cakes, but I hope there will be some time left to paint my nails this week.

Have a good day! :h

November 30, 2012

Glittery Birthday Mani <:o)

China Glaze Holly-Day + KBShimmer Clown Puke
China Glaze Holly-Day + KBShimmer Clown Puke
Today is my 26th birthday, hooray!! I wanted something super festive on my nails so I gave a clown permission to puke over my nails. :O I'm wearing two coats of China Glaze - Holly-Day and one coat of KBShimmer - Clown Puke.
KBShimmer Clown Puke
This glitter polish has it ALL. Love it.

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November 26, 2012

Layla Hologram Effect - Misty Blush

Layla Cosmetics - Misty Blush
Layla Cosmetics - Misty Blush
Layla Cosmetics - Misty Blush
Wowza, is that a rainbow explosion or what? ♥ In case you haven't heard: the prismatic polishes from Layla Cosmetics are the best! There is a great variety in base colours (16 shades) and the prismatic effect is just.. wow. I'm wearing two coats of Misty Blush over my beloved Aqua Base from Nfu Oh.

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November 21, 2012

Dotted French

Dotted French with Essie Body Language + OPI You Callin' Me a Lyre?
Something simple and classy for today. I was in the mood for nude-ish nails after wearing a lot of dark colours. So I applied three coats of Essie - Body Language. Beautiful colour! I should wear it more often, but my untrieds disagree, hehe. Later I added white dots on the nail tips with a dotting tool. I finished with one coat of OPI - You Callin' Me a Lyre? to soften the colour of the dots.

Hope you like it. ^_^ Thanks for watching!

November 15, 2012

a england - Beauty Never Fails & a england - Holy Grail

a england Beauty Never Fails + a england Holy Grail
a england Beauty Never Fails + a england Holy Grail
I always get very excited when I find new nail polishes from a england in the mail! Today I'm wearing two new shades, Beauty Never Fails (a black base with gold and olive green coloured flecks) and the revamped version of Holy Grail (a mesmerizing gold coloured foil). I wanted to combine these two sparkly polishes on my nails and I think it turned out really well! The formula of Beauty Never Fails and Holy Grail is excellent; both polishes are easy to apply in two coats. I used tape to create the "V" shapes.

a england nail polishes are available on the a england website.

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November 10, 2012

Flash Blacked Agra

Herome Agra + Layla Flash Black + Bundle Monster BM-205
The base colour I used for today's mani is Agra from Herôme. Agra is a dark greyish green coloured polish with a creme finish. Beautiful colour, it applies nicely in two coats. Now I finally got my hands on a couple of Layla Hologram Effect polishes, woohoo! Thanks for the tip, Meghan! ^_^ I was curious if these awesome prismatic polishes would work as stamping polishes. Well, they do. And it looks great! Everyone should try stamping with a prismatic polish some time, the effect is really mesmerizing. I used plate BM-205 and Layla - Flash Black to create the colourful pattern.
Herome Agra + Layla Flash Black + Bundle Monster BM-205
This picture is a bit overexposed, but I love how you can see the rainbow sparkles from Flash Black. ♥

Thanks for watching and enjoy your weekend!

November 6, 2012

Zoya - Shivon

Zoya Shivon + Bundle Monster BM-314
Zoya Shivon + Bundle Monster BM-314
Shivon is one of the first polishes I ordered online; this means it's one of my oldest nail polishes. Call me crazy, but I never felt like I hád to try it. Till today! Isn't it beautiful? The gold shimmer in this berry/burgundy shade is so intense.. it blew my mind. The formula was good. Two coats looked ok, but I ended up applying three to intensify the base colour. I added the lovely swirly stamp with Bundle Monster plate BM-314 and China Glaze - 2030.
Zoya Shivon + Bundle Monster BM-314 (close-up)
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October 31, 2012

Rainbow Sprinkled Free Hugs

Essence Free Hugs + JENsations Rainbow Sprinkles
I can't tell you how much I've missed my polished nails and blogging about it! The eczema on my fingers is not entirely gone, but it looks and feels much better. Thanks for all the sweet comments on my previous post. ♥
JENsations Rainbow Sprinkles
Today I'm showing you Rainbow Sprinkles, a super gorgeous glitter topper from JENsations. I love it so much, look how cheery and colourful! For this mani I dabbed the glitter only on the tips. The base colour I'm wearing is Free Hugs from Essence; I had to use three coats to get an even surface. Free Hugs has a deeper pink tone in real life.
Essence Free Hugs + JENsations Rainbow Sprinkles (close-up)
You can find Rainbow Sprinkles in Jen's Etsy shop for $8,00 (10 ml).

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October 15, 2012

Taking a Break + a england Tess D'Urbervilles

a england Tess D'Urbervilles (bottle)
I hoped to post earlier, but at the moment I have a bad case of dyshidrotic eczema on most of my fingers. I can wear nail polish, but using nail polish remover hurts like hell and worsens the eczema. So I have to take a little break from polishing (and thus posting, bluh). Hope to be back soon of course! I have a lot of inspiration and beautiful nail polishes to show you. The last polish I wore was Tess D'Urbervilles, one of a england's Gothic Beauties. I love wearing black and this is black with something extra: beautiful emerald flecks. Absolutely amazing! Love the formula, too. This is two coats plus top coat.
a england Tess D'Urbervilles
The Gothic Beauties are available now on the a england website (£9.00 for 13 ml).

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October 8, 2012

Vacation Pictures Sicily

It was hard to make a nice selection, but here they are. Enjoy! :)
The Cathedral of Siracusa