Gucci Flora anniversary edition with matching nails and sunglasses.

Gucci nails

Sometimes you find a pattern that you just have to put on your nails. Gucci just released an anniversary limited edition of Flora, that arrived at Parfymeri1. Then I discovered that my Gucci sunglasses had the same pattern inside so of course I had to make my nails to match.

Gucci Flora anniversary edition with matching nails and sunglasses.

Gucci Flora anniversary edition with matching nails and sunglasses.

It’s been a long while since I took the time to do something so detailed and intricate on my nails and I might have cussed a bit when I realised what a task I had given myself. In the end though I’m very happy I did it and I’m so proud of the result.

Gucci Flora anniversary edition with matching nails and sunglasses.

Gucci Flora anniversary edition with matching nails and sunglasses.

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My first live feed

Yesterday I was at Kinnarps in Norrköping, my home town. They had a ladies evening with local businesses invited to promote their products to the guests, and Parfymeri1 where I work was one of them and I got to tag along. 
I decided rather than doing treatments I was going to have a hand model to demonstrate some nail art on. She had an idea of doing a live feed on Facebook. Said and done, that’s what we did. A bit scary and out of my comfort zone but lots of fun. You can find the videos here

This is the before picture, My has a clear gel overlay that we did the day before. 

She was an excellent model and filmer. And this is the end result. I used only CND Shellac colours, ‘Cream Puff’, ‘Aqua-intance’ & ‘Digi-teal’. 

If you watch the videos, please leave a comment here or on Facebook so I know if it’s something you would like to see again, and what I should improve on. 💙

Flowers & bling

I’m loosely inspired by an artist on IG called @hestianails and I took her gel design and modified it for me, using nail polish and acrylic paint. When I see all these amazing artists doing beautiful gel/acrylic designs I really want to learn with those materials too. Maybe I will one day, but for now I will have to make do with the products I know how to use.

As before I’m fascinated by the watercolor look, and this time added some bling to complement the soft flowers. I received some gorgeous ss 14 Swarovskis from PinkNovelera that sparkle like crazy. Usually I don’t bling my manis much, so this is different for me. But I really like it and I can see myself doing something similar if I’m dressing up.

Here is how I did it:

  1. Base is Essie ‘Baby’s breath’.
  2. I then diluted my acrylic paint with a lot of water and painted one petal at a time, soaking up excess water with a dry brush in between petals.
  3. I used both dark blue and purple and let the petals overlap in places. I also added some mint green shapes of some kind.
  4. I added some lines in the middle to create depth to the flowers.
  5. After that I blobbed on some top coat and added some bling with my wax picker. Swarovskis and caviar beads placed at random to make it a little bit haphazard.
  6. Top coat, clean up around your cuticle lines with a flat/angled brush dipped in acetone!

Good luck and have fun with this design!

Flowers & bling

Flowers & bling

Valentino rockstud nails, tutorial

Inspiration is everywhere, and I’ve seen so many pictures of these gorgeous heels from Valentino.

Valentino rockstud neon yellow

Sadly I don’t own them and I expect I’ll never will 😦 so the next best thing is of course to paint them on my nails.

Here is how I did them:

  1. Base is one coat of OPI ‘Glints of Glinda’ and one coat of quick dry top coat. I use HK Girl. Wait until this is completely dry before the next step.
  2. Next I cut up a french mani tape to create a slight curve and a t-strap in the middle. Nail tape is from nailvinyls.com
  3. Fill in with a nude color, I used Essie ‘Urban Jungle’
  4. I then place the studs in my sticky nail polish. If you want them to stay on for a couple of days I recommend nail glue. I use a wax picker to place my studs.
  5. For the tip I painted neon yellow ‘Bikini’ from Models Own.
  6. Clean up an top coat!

I really like how they turned out. Maybe one day I’ll have heels to match…

Valentino rockstud nails

Valentino rockstud nails

Feather nails

I’ve  been doing some holo manis lately and taking advantage of the sunshine. So this time I made a gradient out of three holographic polishes from ILNP; Princeton, 1st & 15th and Rehab. And on top of that I added random feathers with acrylic paint. I’ve never attempted life like feathers like this before but I’m so pleased with how they came out. Especially the thumb and pinkie.

This is how I did it:

  1.  I paint the outline of my feather first with pretty well diluted acrylic paint.
    2. I fill in with “feather”-like brush strokes, excuse the pun 😉
    3. It’s easiest to make them thin and translucent first and then go over the design again where needed. Instead of piling on thick from the start. This way the thin feathers will be noticeable.
    4. I end with some stray feathers in the bottom to make it fluffier.
    5. Top coat and you are good to go! I use HK Girl from Glisten & Glow:
    http://glistenandglow.bigcartel.com/category/hk-girl-top-coat

Hope you enjoy this and good luck!

feather nails on holo gradient

feather nails on holo gradient

feather nails on holo gradient

feather nails on holo gradient

Roses and dots, easy tutorial

I did a maniswap with Lisa aka. @loudandlavish, a very talented and sweet sixteen year old. I wish I was that good at her age. I chose to do her neon dotticure with roses on top because I adore dots, neons and roses. Cute and easy, sometimes that is what we need.

Here is how I did them:

Start with base color, I used Dance Legend ‘Best Vacations’.

  1. Add dots with dotting tool/bobby pin. I like to do one row at a time so its easier to place them evenly.
  2. My roses I start with a medium pink and just make a big blob where I want them.
  3. I go back with a darker pink and make small c- shapes to outline the petals.
  4. Then I use my lightest pink to highlight, and blend the colors together slightly.
  5. Finish off with adding some leaves where you like them. I use two green colors.
  6. Add top coat and you are good to go!
roses & dots

roses & dots

Green stripes with pink accent

Green stripes with rhinestone bow, tutorial

Hello, today I have some crisp and fresh green stripes for you paired with OPI ‘Sorry I’m fizzy today’ and a rhinestone bow from Born Pretty Store. Use my code AMJ61 for 10% off.

The base is OPI ‘Alpine Snow’ with HK Girl quick drying top coat on that is completely dry before I started.

  1. When the surface is completely dry I used my nail tape from here and put them on to make irregular stripes.
  2. I then painted the stripes with China Glaze ‘Grass is Lime Greener’ and OPI ‘You are so outta lime’.
  3. The nailvinyls/tape has to be removed immediately and pulled off in the direction it’s fastened.
  4. Wait a little while before putting on top coat and I used a light hand to avoid smearing.
  5. Finish up with cleaning up the mess with a flat/angled brush dipped in acetone.

Good luck and have fun!

I’ll also include a picture of the white base before I put the stripes on because it’s just so crisp and delicious with a good white color.

White & pink

White & pink

Green stripes with pink accent

Green stripes with pink accent

Green stripes with pink accent

Green stripes with pink accent

Watercolor blueberries

Watercolor blueberries, tutorial

Now is the season starting for blueberries here in Sweden and I really enjoy eating fresh picked berries, even if the picking process itself is a little tiresome and most often paired with annoying mosquitos.

The base is a gradient with Essie ‘Urban Jungle’, OPI ‘Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around’ and ‘Taupe-Less Beach’. Pinkie and thumb are OPI DS ‘Lapis’.

  1. As usual when doing watercolor effect I start with mattifying my base using Essie ‘Matte About You’.
  2. I water down my acrylic paint so I can get excess water to dab off with a dry brush. I blot the brush on a piece of paper now and then to get rid of the liquid.
  3. I shadow with a darker color that I also blot a little to blend the colors.
  4. I add some white highlights to my blueberries.
  5. Seal with favorite top coat. I use HK Girl from Glisten & Glow.

Good luck and have fun!

The gradient base and ring from @ka_yee_or

The gradient base and ring from @ka_yee_or

Watercolor blueberries

Watercolor blueberries

Shiny orchids on matte background

Orchids for @crisalvarado17

As we’ve done before in the nail community, we rally some online support when someone is having a rough time and this time it’s Cris’s time. Since she is the flower queen I decided to make a flower mani in my attempt to show my support and try to cheer her up.

I really wanted to try to make a shiny/matte design to see how it would come together and here is how I did it:

  1. I started with Essie ‘Spin the bottle’ and I mattified it with Essie ‘Matte about you’.
  2. Next I outlined the flower petals and stems with acrylic paint.
  3. For the petals I used OPI Sheer tint ‘Don’t violet me down’ that I first diluted with thinner to make it easier to work with. Then added some more thicker color to make the colors a bit shaded.
  4. After that I added some white acrylic paint.
  5. I topped it off with painting on my favorite top coat; HK Girl by Glisten & Glow just on my design to make a shiny/matte contrast.

Hope you like it and try something similar!

Essie 'Spin the bottle'

Essie ‘Spin the bottle’

Shiny orchids on matte background

Shiny orchids on matte background

Shiny orchids on matte background

Shiny orchids on matte background

Ikat pattern

Ikat tutorial

Since my lovely friend Helene aka @henulle got me some of the ILNP summer collection at the same time as she bought hers, we decided to do a twin nail design featuring one of our new polishes. What we finally decided on was to make an ikat pattern, neither of us had made one before so it was long overdue. As out main color we chose the stunning green holo ‘Rehab’ and made two nails with ikat pattern.

  1. Paint your base color, i used OPI ‘Skull & glossbones’
  2. Paint the shapes with squiggly lines, I used ILNP ‘Rehab’
  3. Fill in with next color, here I used Models Own ‘Bikini’
  4. Lastly I outlined with black squiggly lines. OPI ‘Black Onyx’
  5. Top coat and clean up.

This is one of these designs where you don’t have to be precise. Just have fun with it and squiggle away!

Ikat pattern

Ikat pattern

Ikat pattern

Ikat pattern

@henulle

@henulle

Bestie twin nails

Bestie twin nails