ILNP Bikini Bottoms

Bikini bottoms, ILNP

Here is a little swatch from ILNP ‘Bikini bottoms’. Such an amazingly gorgeous raspberry red/pink holo. The holo was hard to capture on film though, but it’s very deep in real life and the shine is beautiful. As always with ILNP holo’s the formula was excellent and I almost got away with one coat, but the second one added the depth to the color.

Since it immediately reminded me of raspberries I did an accent nail with little raspberries on top of Essie ‘Romper room’, but they look more like grapes. Never mind, it still looks cute.

ILNP Bikini Bottoms

ILNP Bikini Bottoms

ILNP Bikini Bottoms

ILNP Bikini Bottoms

ILNP Bikini Bottoms

ILNP Bikini Bottoms

Life gave me lemons

My first ever manicure with fimo. Fimo is a sort of polymer clay that you can slice to thin slices of whatever the fimo was designed to be. I got a bunch of pre-cut fimo fruits from Born Pretty Store, (use my code AMJ61 for 10% off) and I couldn’t wait to try them out.

I started with som lemons that I paired with – obviously – OPI ‘Life gave me lemons’ from the 2014 neon collection. And I striped it in chunky stripes with OPI ‘Alpine snow’ using nailvinyls from here. On my accent nail I did a gradient with China Glaze ‘Towel Boy Toy’, Essie ‘In the Cab-ana’ and OPI ‘Alpine snow’. Then I stuck the fimo lemons on with nail glue. I actually loved the outcome, it looks fresh and crisp like a lemon and really like the fimo. They are going to be a lot of fun to play with.

Life gave me lemons

Life gave me lemons

 

Palm trees on gradient

Palm trees on gradient, recreation of @piouh

Sometimes we gather round in the nail community and try to cheer each other up. My lovely French friend Dana aka. @piouh has been down so we decided to recreate her unique and gorgeous nails to cheer her up. I decided to try my hand at her gradient with palm trees.

🇫🇷 Gradient et Palmiers. 🌴 🇬🇧 Gradient & Palm Trees. 🌴

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So this is mine and how I made them:

  1. Use black polish or acrylic paint to make the silhouettes of palm trees and grass.
  2. One stripe for the trunk, two “branches” on each side of the top of the trunk and then squiggly lines for the leaves.

It’s not very important to be precise. Even though I wasn’t to happy with my palm trees, the end result looked nice anyway.

Palm trees on gradient

Palm trees on gradient

Midsummer flower wreath

Midsummer nails, tutorial

In Sweden we celebrate midsummers eve with dancing around a maypole decorated with the flowers that are in bloom. We eat a lot and drink ‘nubbe’ and sing bawdy songs and just celebrate the beginning of summer with loved ones. Since I’m not in Sweden this year I decided to do a flower wreath on my nails instead with seasonal flowers.

I started with a gradient of OPI Chillin like a villain, Essie Love every Minute and OPI Kiss me I’m Brazilian.

  1. Start with painting the leaves on the wreath.
  2. Outline them with darker green.
  3. Fill the wreath with all the flowers you want, I opted for some typical Swedish midsummer flowers such as marguerites, cornflowers and lilacs.
  4. Finish with your favorite top coat.

Good luck and have a wonderful midsummers eve to you who celebrate it!

The video tutorial can be found here.

Delicate gradient

Delicate gradient

Delicate gradient

Delicate gradient

Midsummer flower wreath

Midsummer flower wreath

Midsummer flower wreath

Midsummer flower wreath

Midsummer flower wreath

Midsummer flower wreath

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

Holo vacation nails

Aaaand I’m on vacation. What better way to celebrate that than lots of pastels and lots of holo. I made some sort of circular gradient with LimeCrime polishes: ‘Once in a blue mousse’, ‘Lavendairy’, ‘Parfait Day’, ‘Crema di Limon’ and ‘Pastelchio’. Then I topped two nails off with my holo top coat from Glam Glaze. On the other nails I used chevron tape from Nailvinyls to make the pattern and painted ILNP ‘Mega’ on top. I also added some studs from BornPrettyStore (use my code AMJ61 for 10% off) and of course ended it all with my trusted HK Girl from Glisten & Glow, the best top coat ever.

I’m so happy watching my nails, they make me want to sing ‘Happy, happy, happy…’. Sparkly and pretty and fun. Loving it.

And since I couldn’t really choose ONE picture you get a whole bunch.

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

Sparkly holo pastel gradient

And my daughter’s vacation request was a inflatable bathing ring and she is very specific on how it’s supposed to look and which colors to use. This is the result 🙂

My daughters request

My daughters request

Confetti nails

50k on IG plus simple confetti tutorial

Simple nail art today featuring neon confetti from BornPrettyStore, use my code AMJ61 for 10% off. I’m also celebrating hitting 50k followers on Instagram… totally unreal, with a giveaway sponsored by BornPrettyStore. Check my IG for details, clickable link on the left.

Here is the tutorial:

  1. Paint base color, let dry completely
  2. Apply nail tape, I buy mine from nailvinyls.com
  3. Paint second color, here I used Models Own ‘Flip Flop’
  4. Remove tape immediately.
  5. Top coat and sprinkle the confetti on top while top coat is still wet and sticky. You can place some more sprinkles by hand if you like.
  6. Top coat again to even out the bumps.

Good luck and party on!

Confetti nails

Confetti nails

Giveaway

Giveaway

Easy leopard hearts tutorial

For a wedding this weekend I was honored to be asked to do both the bride and maid of honor’s nails. I might get a picture of them later so I can show you. They were happy at least and that’s what’s most important of course.

I wanted something simple for myself so I grabbed some colors that matched my dress and I’m not too worried about conventions and keeping it safe; so I ended up with OPI ‘My vampire is buff’ and China Glaze ‘Flip Flop Fantasy’. That one is REALLY hard to get a good picture of since the camera really don’t want to pick up all that neon, but I actually think I came close this time. So this is my easy leopard heart neon mani:

Leopard hearts

Leopard hearts

Leopard hearts

Leopard hearts

And here is how I made them:

  1. Start with base color, I used OPI My Vampire is buff
  2. Take a dotting tool or bobby pin and make heart shapes. I used China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy.
  3. Outline the hearts with random black lines, not all the way around. I used a brush instead of a dotting tool for this because I like to have a bit more control over my lines. But you can make them with your dotting tool or bobby pin too. I used OPI Black Onyx.
  4. Fill in empty spaces with little black shapes.
  5. Top coat and clean up!

Good luck and have fun!

Flowers

Flowers inspired by @nailsbydaniellet and @mrcandiipants

This is a design that I made in a mani swap with Danielle @nailsbydaniellet, I loved hers so much that I really wanted to recreate them. She originally got the inspiration from Mr Candiipants and did her own twist to them. It’s such a fun technique where you are free to use your own imagination and doesn’t require a lot of precision. Of course you can use acrylic paint but I like the stickiness of polishes for this design.

Flowers

Flowers

Here are the colors I used:

  • OPI I Love Applause
  • OPI Fiercely Fiona
  • H&M Want a lemon
  • Essie Find me an oasis
  • Essie Truth or flare
  • Essie Hide & go chic
  • Essie The more the merrier
  • OPI Amazon…Amazoff

Tools you need is just a nail art brush that doesn’t have to be very fine since it’s going to be used in a dabbing, dotting motion.

So here is a tutorial for how I do them.

  • Start off with painting your base color, here I used OPI I Love Applause.
The base is prepped

The base is prepped

  • Then take the lightest yellow on your nail art brush and dab it on with making a circular shape out of the dabs. Don’t worry about making it pretty, it will come together in the end. Here I used H&M Want a lemon.
Lightest yellow first

Lightest yellow first

  • Take your next color and dab it over the first. Don’t cover it all up. Using different shades of yellow gives the flower more dimension. Here I used a slightly darker yellow OPI Fiercely Fiona.
Darker yellow

Darker yellow

  • Repeat the dabbing with the colors for the flower. Here I do a blue flower and I start with the lightest color first, and I don’t cover up the layers with my next color but keep some space for the different colors to peek through. Colors used for the flowers are Essie Find me an oasis, Truth or flare and Hide & go chic.
Essie Find me an oasis

Essie Find me an oasis

Essie Truth or flare

Essie Truth or flare

Essie Hide & go chic

Essie Hide & go chic

  • When I’m done with the flowers I paint some leaves blending my two green colors Essie The more the merrier and OPI Amazon…Amazoff. I also use the darker color to paint a smaller line in the leaf to create some dimension.
Paint the leaves

Paint the leaves

 

  • Finish off with your favorite top coat and you are good to go!
Top coat

Top coat

Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to experiment. You can always go back with a lighter color to correct if you are over zealous with a darker color.

Good Luck!

Flowers

Flowers

 

Inspired by a pattern from Joules, tutorial

Today I went slightly nautical but still within the floral theme if that makes sense. I was inspired by a pattern from Joules and a picture where they paired this floral print with a striped cushion. So here we go:

Start with a base of navy and white on different nails, I used Isadora ‘Blue Jeans’ on ring, pinke and thumb and OPI ‘Alpine Snow’ on the others.

  1. Outline the flowers with white to make them show up on the dark background.
  2. Fill in with chosen colors, I did one white and one pink. Shading done with others colors in the same spectrum.
  3. Add little dots with green and blue.
  4. Tape the white nails horizontally. Wait until the base is completely dry before adding tape. I use tape aka. nailvinyls.
  5. Paint the navy on top and immediately remove the tape.
  6. Wait a while before you top coat and use a very light hand to not smear the navy.
  7. Clean up with acetone around your cuticles.

Good luck and have fun!

Navy flowers & stripes

Navy flowers & stripes

Navy flowers & stripes

Navy flowers & stripes

Swedish flag tutorial

My Danish bestie Helene aka. @henulle did an amazing thing. When ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) released their summer collection 2014 I told her I wasn’t going to buy any. My polish account (amongst others) is seriously empty so I couldn’t buy any even though I’m such a sucker for holographic polishes and ILNP is one of my favorite indie brands. So she went along and got me the ones I wanted anyway. The sweetest thing ever and of course I shed a tear or two when she told me she had pre-ordered for me too. The nail community has really blessed me with so many wonderful friends, and they don’t even have to give me polish for me to love them to pieces.

When the order came Barbra at ILNP had made a mistake and sent me the yellow holo called ‘Funshine Smoothie’ instead of the blue ‘Summer Stargazing’ that Helene ordered for me. Upon contact she immediately remedied her mistake and sent away the blue one to me, and when I asked her what to do with the yellow one she told me to keep it. How is that for customer service for you? If I didn’t love Barbra and her work before, she certainly made sure I did now. Who am I kidding? I’ve been a sucker for her polishes since my first contact with them. But it’s so nice to get that kind of service, that extra something.

So I had been a little bit sceptic about the yellow when I first saw it, and wasn’t to keen on it. It seemed to shift a bit green for my taste. But when I used it, making a Swedish flag mani in honor of our national day June 6th, I was blown away. So gorgeous, I was surprised how much I loved it. I paired it with Isadora ‘Pool crush’, my favorite blue texture polish to make my sparkly, holo version of the Swedish flag.

  1. Paint base color, I used the holographic yellow ‘Funshine Smoothie’ from ILNP.
  2. Top coat and let dry completely. Quick drying top coat is your best bet for taping, well for everything actually. I use HK Girl from Glisten & Glow. 
  3. Tape a cross. I use nailvinyls from here.
  4. Paint the blue on top, I use Isadora ‘Pool Crush’. Always remove tape immediately after polishing. Since it’s a textured polish I don’t top coat afterwards. If you use a regular polish you should always end with a top coat.
  5. Clean up with acetone around your cuticles.

Easy and fun!

Swedish flag

Swedish flag

Swedish flag

Swedish flag

Swedish flag

Swedish flag

And there are some poor unfortunate souls on Instagram that comment that these are not the correct blue and yellow for the Swedish flag. No shit Sherlock! I get so tired of these kind of comments but try to be the adult and not tell them off in a nasty way. Wouldn’t it be nice though if the flags were sparkly and holographic?