Holo goodness from ILNP

I ordered some polishes from ILNP¬†and today I’m trying the first of them, a pink holographic called ‘Pixie dust’. I’m speechless. It’s so pretty that I can’t stop staring at my nails. Not much to say, I’m just going to show you.

ILNP Pixie Dust

ILNP Pixie Dust

ILNP Pixie Dust

ILNP Pixie Dust

I also got the opportunity to do my neighbor’s nails and she also fell in love with the ‘Pixie dust’, didn’t get a really good picture though. But you can really see the holo shift there.

Mix and match pink nails

Mix and match pink nails

Mix and match pink nails

Mix and match pink nails

 

Gold white gradient

Chinese New Year nails

2014 is the year of the horse. What better way to celebrate that than to put it on your nails? Yes, that’s right, no better way. And I’m officially the nerdiest person ever. I’m not even Chinese, but I think we should cling to every reason to celebrate something. Cheers!

I did a white gold gradient first which I thought was so pretty that I took a picture of the nails like that first. Colors used are a new white called Nordic Cap which my readers Johanna and Malin told me about. You can find it in some supermarkets here in Sweden and it’s really cheap. It would be fun to find a cheap nail polish that I like… a novelty for me for sure. So my first gradient was with that and Isadora ‘Gold Sparkles’. For my second layer of gradient I changed it up a bit and used OPI ‘Ski slope sweetie’ to add some shine to the white, ‘My favorite ornament’ and ‘Love.Music.Angel.Baby.’ to add some depth to the gold. I’m very pleased with the result, easy but very glamorous I think.

After that I painted the horse aka. 2014 with a black Sharpie. Also very easy. I like that ūüôā

Gold white gradient

Gold white gradient

Gold white gradient

Chinese New Year, Gold white gradient

Holo chevron

Silver holo and grey chevron

Holo chevron

Holo chevron

I made a quick silver holo to grey chevron, because I wanted to try out a new polish from Kicks, a Swedish beauty store. The polish is called ‘Dry chalk’ and dries to a matte sandy finish. I thought it looked really cool in the store and that it was useful for nail art. But now that I tried it on I’m more meh, it’s too ugly even to be cool. Probably never going to use it again. If anyone reading this wants it, feel free to contact me ūüėČ

The holographic polish is the wonderful ‘Harp on it’ by Color Club.

Nautical nails

Those who know me from Instagram knows that I have a fascination for nautical patterns. I love the crispness and freshness about them. And I’m once again transferred to summer days, on a boat and a mild summers breeze. Are you with me? So it’s a lot of stripes, some stars and some other random pattern that just happened.

For the stars I had had some loose glitter stars that I just painted white and blue. For the colors I have to tell you about the new white I’m trying out. It’s Sally Hansen Xtreme wear ‘300¬†White on’. I’ve only used it a couple of times and so far I’m really liking it. It’s nearly a one coater if you are generous with the first coat. So I have high hopes for it. Let’s just hope it stays ok and doesn’t clog up too fast. The other colors are Essie ‘After school boy blazer’, ‘Sand tropez’ and OPI ‘All I want for Christmas (is OPI)’. Today I think I made friends with the tape again, so we’re on speaking terms for a little while.

Nautical nails

Nautical nails

Glitter gradient

Since my goal today was to do something darker, I took off my neon and started over. Adamant that I was going to do a darker hue today. So I whipped out OPI ‘Vampsterdam’ and OPI ‘Rainbow connection’ and did a glittery gradient that I matted down with Essie ‘Matte about you’.

It turned out pretty enough but I’m left with the feeling that a really old lady threw up some sparkles on my nails. If that makes sense. Which it doesn’t of course. But I don’t like it. I should stick to the colors that speak¬†to me, and not force something on my poor nails who gets to endure polish on, polish off. Day after day ūüôā

Enough rambling, here are my old lady nails.

Glitter gradient

Glitter gradient

Glitter gradient

Glitter gradient

Gradient squares

This morning I woke up and had dark colors on my mind. I wanted to use the darker shades so I’m not going to be tired of the brights for spring and summer. And what happens? A neon gradient with black squares. Seriously, sometimes my hands and brain are not communicating, at all. I guess it’s because I need the neons, pastels and brights to light up the grey swedish winter. We don’t see the sun much here.

So I used China Glaze ‘Flip flop fantasy’, Dance Legend unnamed neon orange, and LimeCrime ‘Peaches & cream’ for the gradient. China Glaze ‘Fairy dust’ over that and then OPI ‘Black onyx’.

I used @jewsie_nails tutorial on how to use the nailvinyls to create a square pattern. Mine became a little crooked and messy, but I like the idea.

Gradient with squares

Neon gradient with squares

Chevrons aka. squevrons

Today was inspired to try a design called ‘squevrons’by the creator @nailsbyjessiek. She is the queen of chevrons and recently spiced that pattern up a bit making a square too, hence the name. Duh ūüôā

I’m having a love affair with nailvinyls, because they are so good and make you look like you know what you are doing. The colors I used are Essie ‘Mint candy apple’, ‘Naughty nautical’ and OPI ‘Love.Music.Angel.Baby’. And the cute little charm is from Hex Nail Jewelry.

Before I put the final touch on the ‘squevron’ I took some pictures too, and I actually like that look better with these colors. But today was all about doing the new thang…

Chevron with nail charm

Chevron with nail charm

Chevron

Squevron

Square chevron

Squevron

Indie polish Drip Drop Nail Paint

I’ve had my eyes on Jessica’s newly started nail polish line from the beginning. But she doesn’t ship internationally, yet… Lucky me I have a fellow nail nerd friend in the US that let me ship to her address so she could send it instead. ¬†Even if I do love my OPI’s and Essie’s I’m also all for supporting small businesses that makes their own product and I help fellow nail polish enthusiasts make a buck. Head on over to Jessie’s store: Drip Drop Nail Paint if you are based in the US.

And because Jessica is the queen of water marble I had to try to make an accent nail with a marble design. I’m actually happy with how it turned out. The polishes are called ‘Stairway to heaven’ and ‘Pink’. They are really easy to work with and so pretty. I’m happy to recommend them to anyone.

Drip Drop Nail Paint 'Stairway to heaven' & 'Pink'

Drip Drop Nail Paint ‘Stairway to heaven’ & ‘Pink’

Drip Drop Nail Paint 'Stairway to heaven' & 'Pink'

Drip Drop Nail Paint ‘Stairway to heaven’ & ‘Pink’

Simple stripes

Today I needed a palate cleanser after all the detailing. I did a stripe mani but my tape was annoying to work with, it didn’t adhere as well as I wanted. I guess I’ll have to buy nailvinyls for this too, they are fabulous to work with and I feel spoiled when having used them and then having to revert to regular tape. Spoiled rotten.

For this mani I used OPI ‘My boyfriend scales walls’ (again…) and Essie ‘Cocktail bling’. I absolutely love that color and great opacity too. Two thin layers does the trick. After posting this simple manicure on Instagram I got positive feedback from Essie. My oh my, that really boosts the spirits. So I’m strutting around at home feeling pretty pleased with myself today. And yes, I am that nerdy.

Stripe manicure

Stripe manicure

Hang in there

After my Minecraft nails i needed something cute. And I’ve had this image of a greeting card from goodpaper.com¬†for a while. They have the cutest designs that really inspire me to try to recreate or interpret them on my nails.

For this design I painted a background color first with Essie ‘Who is the boss’ and then I¬†blobbed on some Essie ‘Lapis of luxury’ and ‘Lilacism’ and I smudged them with saran wrap to get the uneven haphazard background. The kitty was painted with ¬†OPI ‘My very first knockwurst’,’If you moust you moust’ and ‘Black onyx’.

'Hang in there'

‘Hang in there’

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