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Pond manicure tutorial

Today I have some easy nail art which is fun to do. It’s the pond technique, I’m not sure who thought of it first but it wasn’t me šŸ˜‰ The idea of it is to layer a design between layers of a sheer polish, to give some extra dimension. This was also an excuse to use my new piCture pOlish ‘Hussy’.

After my base coat I painted one layer of OPI ‘So many clowns so little time’. As you can see it’s very sheer, but in this case it’s a good thing.

  1. I start by painting my shapes, in this case flowers on top of that one layer of sheer polish. I use piCture pOlish ‘Hussy’. I place them randomly and leave some empty spaces.
  2. Now it’s time for the sheer polish again and I paint it over the flowers.
  3. Next I paint new flowers on top and as I can see where the previous layers of flowers are placed I can place the new ones overlapping the other ones.
  4. I decided to embellish some more with Swarovski studs from the Nail Room.
    I place some top coat on a dotting tool, make a little blob where I want my Swarovskis. Then I can pick them up easily with the same dotting tool which has some top coat left, and then just place them. There are many ways of doing stud placements, this is one of them.
  5. Top coat, I use HK Girl from Glisten & Glow.
  6. Clean up with acetone on a flat/angled brush.

Good luck and have fun!

Pond mani sunshine

Pond mani sunshine

Pond mani lightbox

Pond mani lightbox

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Inspired by fashion

I paired up again with one of my favorite girls on Instagram; Danielle aka @nailsbydaniellet. We found inspiration from a fashion account called @thestylemob, they have really cute outfits and as a total nail geek everything can be translated into nail art. I don’t know why I’m so hesitant in picking out my acrylic paint, because when I do I like it so much. It’s so much easier to work with than polish. But it seems my love affair with polish just overrides practicality. Well, I’m getting there. It is so much fun.

The base is OPI Alpine Snow, and on my other fingers I have OPI Rumple’s wiggin.

  1. I start with two coats of white.
  2. Top coat with fast drying top coat, I use HK Girl by Glisten & Glow
  3. Then I use matte top coat on top to make a good surface for the acrylic paint to stick on. I use Essie Matte about you.
  4. Paint the flowers and stems with acrylic paint. You have to experiment to find out how much water your paints need to dilute to a nice consistency.
  5. I use pure color no9, from @stylishnailart as my brush.
  6. Top coat again. (I added lavender corners later to resemble the jacket worn over this flowery dress that was my inspiration, of course that is optional)
  7. Clean up around your cuticles with acetone on a flat/angled brush.

Good luck and paint away!

I hope you like it. I really enjoy these collaborations, in this case I love Danielle’s version more than mine.

Inspired by a dress

Inspired by a dress

Inspired by a dress

Inspired by a dress

@nailsbydaniellet

@nailsbydaniellet

#bestietwinnails

#bestietwinnails

Gradient tutorial with holographic shapes

I’m so behind with my blogging it’s ridiculous. So I’m just going to jump right into it and see if I can catch up eventually. Life, motivation and lack of inspiration happens in between. But this is something I like doing, so I’ll dig right in.

Today I did a gradient with holographic curves on top.

  1. I start with a base of OPI ‘Put a coat on’, a white base coat to make the neons pop.
  2. Next I paint OPI ‘Gitter off’ around my cuticles to make clean up easier. Wait until it’s dry before sponging. It’s dry when it’s translucent.
  3. I use a cut up make up sponge that I have wetted and squeezed the excess water off. Paint the colors in stripes. Here I use LoveAngeline ‘Daughters of Eve’, ModelsOwn ‘Beach bag’ and OPI ‘Down to the core-al’.
  4. Dab the sponge onto your nail, as many layers as you need to reach the saturation you want. Just let the layers dry a bit before sponging again.
  5. Top coat immediately after you are happy with your gradient. It will help with the blending. I use quick drying top coat HK Girl from Glisten & Glow.
  6. Remove the peel-off base coat around your fingers. (Not shown here because my phone ran out of storage space while filming)
  7. When the top coat is completely dry use nail tape for French manicures to create the curved shape. I use nailvinyls from here. Secure them properly around the edges to prevent the polish from leaking under.
  8. Paint your next color on top. I use ILNP Mega.
  9. Remove the nailvinyls/tape immediately and pull in the direction of the tape.
  10. Wait a little while before adding top coat to prevent smearing.
  11. Clean up around your cuticles using a flat/angled brush dipped in acetone.

I hope you enjoyed this, it’s one of those designs that are fairly simple but I can’t stop staring at my nails. Especially because it’s a beautiful summer day and perfect for holos. I really love Mega and it’s satiny sparkle.

Silver holo on neon gradient

Silver holo on neon gradient

Silver holo on neon gradient

Silver holo on neon gradient

Sheer tint flowers or popcorn tutorial?

I was playing around with my OPI sheer tints, and the end result looks more like candy popcorn than flowers šŸ˜€ but never mind.They are fun to play with and this is an easy design that doesn’t require a lot of precision.

  1. Paint a white base. I used OPI Alpine snow
  2. Paint the OPI sheer tints in small blobs, don’t take too much on the brush or it will be goopy. The shapes can be very random.
  3. Outline the flower shapes with a thin nail art brush and black polish. I used OPI Black Onyx.
  4. Finish off with top coat. I used HK Girl from Glisten & Glow.
  5. Clean up around your cuticles with a flat/angled brush dipped in acetone.

Good luck and have fun with it!

OPI Sheer tints

OPI Sheer tints

ThumbsUp Leopard Love

ThumbsUp Nail wraps

Today I’m happy to present some nail wraps from ThumbsUp Nail Wraps that was sent to me for review. I received a discount code for my readers if you would like to get some for yourself:

  • 10FORMAJA for 10% off

As I have never used wraps before I had no idea what to expect. So when I first unpacked them I thought that I could never fit them on to my nails since they are so small. The instructions were easy to follow and once I started measuring them it was no problem at all finding suitable sizes. They have lots of different sizes to choose from. Application was very easy and if I put them on a bit wonky it was just to lift them up and reposition them. I recently filed my nails down because of a bad break on my cinderella (dominant) hand, so there was a lot of excess wrap sticking out from my nail. But I wrapped them around the edge and just filed it off with a few downward strokes. Super simple.

Then I decided to put top coat on to add some more shine, this step was optional. But I think the top coat did something to the wrap and the surface wrinkled upp a bit. I tried both HK Girl and Seche Vite. I don’t know if it was just this version of the wraps or if they all react like this. Next time I will do them without the top coat though.

My final thoughts on these wraps on this first attempt areĀ much more positive than I anticipated though. The designs are cute and they are very easy to apply, so if you want a cute look without the effort, time consuming and messy part, I can really recommend these.

ThumbsUp Leopard Love

ThumbsUp Leopard Love

ThumbsUp Leopard Love

ThumbsUp Leopard Love

ThumbsUp Nail Wraps

ThumbsUp Nail Wraps


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Gradient with holo stripes and roses

Gradient tutorial with holographic stripes

Today I’m back to flowers. Sometimes I feel like a one trick pony, but hey, flowers are pretty so there you go.

First I start with base coat and one layer of my base color. Essie ‘Cocktails & Coconuts’

  1. I put OPI ‘Glitter off’ base coat around my fingers as protection for the gradient. Wait until it’s completely dry before your sponging. It’s dry when it’s translucent.
  2. I use a cut up make up sponge and wet it. Squeeze out the water and paint lines of the colors you are using. I have Essie ‘Cocktails & coconuts’ and ILNP ‘Bunny tails’.
  3. Dab the sponge onto your nail, wait until it has dried until next layer, and continue until you are happy with the blending. Be careful so you are not to eager between layers, that will drag the colors from underneath and create patches.
  4. When you are happy with the gradient top coat pretty quickly afterwards. This helps the colors to blend. I used HK Girl fast drying top coat from Glisten & Glow.Ā 
  5. Remove the peel-off base coat. Separate it from the cuticles first to avoid dragging.
  6. When the top coat is completely dry go onto the next step of placing the tape. I used nailvinyls from here.
  7. Paint your next polish, I used ILNP ‘Pixie dust’. Remove the tape immediately after painting.
  8. Paint your stem, leaves and roses. I paint the roses with three different shades of pink to create shading.
  9. Top coat again.
  10. Clean up with flat/angled brush dipped in acetone around your cuticles.

All done!
Good luck and have fun!

Pink and beige gradient

Pink and beige gradient

Gradient with holo stripes and roses

Gradient with holo stripes and roses

Gradient with holo stripes and roses

Gradient with holo stripes and roses

Counting sheep mani

Insomnia/counting sheep mani

This is a collaboration with my super talented and awesome friend Stephanie aka. @la_manisera. We have gotten to know each other through Instagram and I’m lucky to have ‘met’ her. We are both mom’s with kids who have diseases, which leads to many sleepless nights and occasionally insomnia. So Steph found this gorgeous picture from a make-up artist who does truly magical work; @tal_peleg, and it inspired us to recreate her image on our nails.

I love the result so much and I’m so happy to share it with you. I also did a little video to show you how I painted with my acrylic paint on top of a gradient to create this look.

Counting sheep

Counting sheep

Counting sheep mani

Counting sheep mani

Steph's insomnia/counting sheep nails

Steph’s insomnia/counting sheep nails

Bestie twin nails

Bestie twin nails

Counting sheep matte

Counting sheep matte

OPI neons 2014

Now I have swatched the whole OPI neon 2014 collection and I will share my thoughts on this collection with you. The collection is six new bright colors and introducing a new base coat called ‘Put a Coat On’, a white colored base made to make the neons pop.

OPI Neons 2014

OPI Neons 2014

First up I want to talk about the base coat; the sentiment is perfect. All neons need a white undie to make them pop, so having it in the base coat and skipping that first level of white polish would be great. But… here’s the thing, after trying it under the whole collection as intended I’m a bit underwhelmed. Since it’s tinted it behaves like a colored polish more than a base coat, it’s streaky and takes longer to dry than my usual base coat. And I’m a bit lazy and don’t want to put more layers than one of my base coat, so it really shows under the polishes if application wasn’t perfect. So the functionality is not was I hoped for, since I might as well put on a white base coat that is easier to apply evenly. I’m no expert applier though so if you’re talented with your brush it would probably work better. If you’re in a bit of a rush to put on your polish it drags the base coat with it too if it wasn’t entirely dry.

Now on to the polishes. I’ll start with ‘Push & Pur-pull’, a squishy sheer purple. I wouldn’t exactly call it neon but gorgeous color nevertheless and it’s really mouth watering. I had some trouble with the application of this one, since it’s so sheer that my clumsy base coat application really shone through. But it was the first I tried so maybe I got used to them after a while and figured out how to apply them better.

OPI Push & Pur-Pull

OPI Push & Pur-Pull

 

Next is one of the most neon in the bunch, ‘Down to the Core-al’. Its an orange-pink-coral shimmer neon. Make any sense? Well, it’s stunning and super bright. The shimmer adds an extra dimension and also makes it easier to apply. I don’t have anything like it so I’m happy to add this to my collection.

OPI Down to the Core-al

OPI Down to the Core-al

Next up is ‘You are so Outta Lime’, a wonderful green that doesn’t say neon at all to me. But I really love it. Application was good, two coats. This is also a needed contribution to my collection šŸ˜‰ aren’t they all though?

OPI You are so Outta Lime

OPI You are so Outta Lime

Next up is the other most neon-y in the collection; ‘Hotter than you Pink’. Like it’s coral counterpart this one too is shimmery with a purple undertone. Easy application and stunning. Very bright, love it.

OPI Hotter than you Pink

OPI Hotter than you Pink

We’re moving on to ‘Juice Bar Hopping’, a vibrant orange. Kind of neon but not quite. Nevertheless it’s also a gorgeous color and easy to apply. Makes me thirsty for a drink.

OPI Juice Bar Hopping

OPI Juice Bar Hopping

And last I managed to save my least favorite of the bunch, ‘Life Gave Me Lemons’. It’s a greenish tinted yellow, which is a kind of ugly color that can still look cute if you know what I mean. The application was a bit chalky but still ok. I have better neon yellows in my collection.

OPI Life Gave Me Lemons

OPI Life Gave Me Lemons

Overall I really like this collection even if it’s not as neon as I would wish. There are some real stunners in there, but also some disappointments. I would definitely not spend my money on the base coat. The rest I’m happy to give a home in my Helmer drawer, even if I will push ‘Life Gave Me Lemons’ slightly to the back.

I hope you liked this and that it was helpful in any way.

Pastel neon triangles on gradient, tutorial.

After some slacking from the blogging this weekend I’m back with a tutorial. At first I made a gradient with China Glaze ‘Grass is lime greener’, ‘Bottoms up’ and Essie ‘Romper room’.

On top of that I hand painted triangles in the different colors in a random pattern. I added an ice cream charm from Hex Nail Jewelry and a stud from Born Pretty Store ( Use my code AMJ61 for 10% off ).

I hope you like this bright and cheery mani as much as I do.

Pastel neon triangles

Pastel neon triangles

Pastel neon triangles

Pastel neon triangles

Forget me nots

Forget me nots on driftwood, tutorial.

This idea I had looks a lot better in person and was very hard to capture inĀ a picture since the wood effect was so subtle. But anyways, here you have it:

  1. Start with base color, I used OPI ‘My boyfriend scales walls’
  2. Use a liner brush for the planks, I used OPI ‘Skull & gloss bones’
  3. Lightly brush to make the patterns in the wood using the same color as above.
  4. Use dotting tool to make the flowers, OPI ‘No room for the blues’
  5. 5. Fill in the flowers with a lighter blue, China Glaze ‘Kinetic Blue’
  6. 6. Take a brush and lightly accent the petals with the darker blue again.
  7. 7. Paint the leaves, H&M ‘Jungle me’ and China Glaze ‘Grass is lime greener’
  8. 8. Dot the middle of the flower with yellow, I used OPI ‘I just can’t Cope-cabana’
  9. 9. Top coat, I used Glisten & Glow HK Girl
  10. 10. Clean up with acetone on a flat/angled brush around your cuticles.

Good luck and have fun!

Forget me nots

Forget me nots

Forget me nots

Forget me nots