Peachy stripes

Today I tried a new sugar crush shade from Isadora ‘Peach nectar’. I only used it on my accent nail because I was in the mood for striping too. ‘Peach nectar’ is a very soft sparkly polish, but also very sheer. I used four thin coats and in some lights there is still a visible nail line. So for opacity I would recommend layering it over a similar color. It is very delicate though and I think it would look stunning on a darker skin tone.

I paired it with Essie ‘Tart deco’ and ‘After school boy blazer’ on top of OPI ‘Alpine snow’. Oh, how wonderful a feeling to open up a new bottle of white polish. So smooth ūüôā

Peachy stripes

Peachy stripes

OPI sheer tints

OPI sheer tints with studs

Today I played around with the sheer tints again, I think the effect is so cute. I used them all on a base off OPI ‘Alpine snow’ and added my little triangle studs from the Nail Room.¬†Simple and sweet.

OPI sheer tints

OPI sheer tints

 

It’s a quick and easy way to make an abstract looking manicure with no effort. That’s always a great thing for those days when you are¬†not up for detailed nail art, and it requires no skill to look fabulous.

Shabby chic with prop

Shabby chic pattern

I wasn’t going to paint flowers today… well, never mind. Flowers it is, even if they are tiny. I did some serious mixing of patterns today and ended up with a cute vintage, shabby chic looking pattern. I used so many colors that I’d be happy to tell you about if you want to know. Please just comment on this post and I’ll tell you.

Since we got another glorious spring day I snapped some pictures outside. Do you like these pictures or would you rather have me take pictures inside and try to make them look more alike in posing and such?

Shabby chic sunlight

Shabby chic sunlight

Shabby chic inside

Shabby chic inside

Shabby chic with prop

Shabby chic with prop

Shabby chic outside

Shabby chic outside

Shabby chic outside

Shabby chic outside

Shabby chic outside

Shabby chic outside

Neon leaves

Neon leaves

Since I swatched OPI ‘Int’l crime caper’ I wanted to use it in a pond technique manicure. Where you paint in between sheer layers to create some dimension and a cool effect quite easily. I didn’t care much for the color by itself but paired with something else I thought it looked neat. I actually tried to film another tutorial and failed miserably, so that’s not happening today. The other color I used was Dance Legend ‘No 818 Best Vacations’ and OPI ‘Black Onyx’.

The layering effect didn’t show much but I still like the mani.

Neon leaves

Neon leaves

Neon leaves

Neon leaves

Neon leaves

Neon leaves

Neon leaves

Neon leaves

Neon leaves

Neon leaves

Holy holographics

When the sun makes an appearance there is reason to bring out the holos. First up is ILNP ¬†‘Princeton’ paired with Essie ‘Cocktails & coconuts’ from the resort 2014 collection. I also added roses, but didn’t paint them on today but glued them on. Roses from Born Pretty Store, link and promo code in the right column.

ILNP Princeton

ILNP Princeton

ILNP Princeton

ILNP Princeton

 

Next up is ILNP ‘Pixie dust’, will you look at all that sparkle! I love it sooooo much. I paired it with Essie ‘Romper room’, OPI ‘I just can’t Cope-cabana’ and¬†a cute rooster charm from Hex Nail Jewelry to add some easter feeling, it’s coming on sooner than you know. The background for the first picture is some marble laying around the old marble quarry, where I went again today. It’s just a wonderful place with gorgeous scenery, water and spring flowers. Soul medicine.

ILNP Pixie dust, Essie Romper room, OPI Just can't Cope-cabana

ILNP Pixie dust, Essie Romper room, OPI Just can’t Cope-cabana

ILNP Pixie dust, Essie Romper room, OPI Just can't Cope-cabana

ILNP Pixie dust, Essie Romper room, OPI Just can’t Cope-cabana

Rose tutorial

So my friends, I have done my first video tutorial. The quality isn’t very good and it might get blocked because of the music. This is my first attempt so we will see how it goes. There is definitely room for improvement, ha ha.

Please tell me your thought so I know how to improve if I try to make more in the future. I will have to figure out a way to film with my iPhone with good quality and not move out of the frame…

I’ll show you the end result first so you know what I was aiming for at least.

Roses on Essie 'Cocktail bling'

Roses on Essie ‘Cocktail bling’

More florals

My bestie in Costa Rica Cristina aka. @crisalvarado17 and I have a love of everything floral, so we thought it was time to do a design together. She is crazy talented so it was a bit daunting to do a design with her, but also a fun way to push my own boundaries and try to improve. I found a pattern on Shutterstock that we both fell in love with, so we made our designs out of that.

I used H&M ‘Want a lemon’ as base and painted the rest with acrylic paint. I bought some new ones on ebay and I really like them, they seem to be easier to work with. All in all I’m very happy with the end result. It was hard but fun and I love both of them.

Florals on yellow base

Florals on yellow base

Florals on yellow base

Florals on yellow base

Florals on yellow base

Florals on yellow base

OPI Sheer tints

When I saw these sheer jelly like top coats with a tint to them I was so uninterested. But when I found four minis at a good price so I thought I’d try them out at least. There are four different tints; an orange/yellow ‘I’m never amberrassed’, a pink/magenta ‘Be magentale with me’, a blue/teal ‘I can teal you like me’ and a purple ‘Don’t violet me down’.

I used all four of them and just dabbed a little of each color onto my nails, some overlapping too. They were really easy to work with and created a really cool effect with very little effort. They are a top coat so kind of sluggish in application if you understand what I mean. Not hard to use though, but if you want to top coat with regular top coat afterwards you will want to wait a while until they set. Clean up is a breeze though. These were a really nice surprise for me since my expectations were so low. Again my friend Lindsay aka. Nail That Accent! has an extensive post about it here.

I paired my design with a holo purple from Dance Legend ‘No10 Cosmic Rainbow’ and my fish spine from Hex Nail Jewelry¬†and studs from Born Pretty Store¬†¬†(use my code AMJ61 for 10% off).

OPI sheer tints

OPI sheer tints

OPI sheer tints

OPI sheer tints

Vintage flower pattern with dotticure

This is much more me than my latest post. I don’t feel comfortable with that glitter gradient. Lucky me I have two hands, so here is my leftie today.

I did a simple dotticure using LimeCrime ‘Milky ways’ and Essie ‘Truth or flare’, as an accent nail I did some taping and created squares where I painted some roses with different polishes. I’m really loving this look. I hope you haven’t tired of florals yet because I might do some more…

I also got my new light box in the mail, will do a separate post about that and it will be really fun to play with that.

Vintage flowers & dotticure

Vintage flowers & dotticure

Vintage flowers & dotticure

Vintage flowers & dotticure

Vintage flowers & dotticure

Vintage flowers & dotticure

Vintage flowers & dotticure

Vintage flowers & dotticure

Essie spin the bottle matte

Essie ‘spin the bottle’ in a glitter gradient

Today I wanted to try Essie ‘spin the bottle’ mattified. So I just did a simple glitter gradient with China Glaze ‘Fairy dust’ and OPI ‘snowflakes in the air’. I took pictures both with shiny and matte top coat, but of course the matte was what I was going for. The glitter gradient is a simple way to spice up a regular manicure and it can look really elegant. Unfortunately I think they are so boring to do, I would much rather sit with an intricate design. But I can’t deny that it’s pretty.

Essie spin the bottle shiny

Essie spin the bottle shiny

Essie spin the bottle matte

Essie spin the bottle matte