Saturday, July 23, 2016

NOTD: Greek goddess

It is finally Summer vacation time and most of us European girls love going to the Greek seashore. And the Greek goddess look is common all over Summer fashion magazines, therefore I decided to capture it on my nails. I ended up with these classic glam nails that I just adore. 


I realize it now if I had the straight edge tipped nails they would look even more amazing, but these are also very pretty. I was inspired by their clean marble architecture, with some gold embellishments and a turquoise stone that reminds me of the Mediterranean sea. Also white nail art always makes you look a lot more tan - keep that in mind ;)


For this manicure I used OPI Alpine snow as the pristine white base. The stamps are made with Models Own Chrome gold + Ya Qin An Grey and MoYou London Explorer 18 plate. And a mix of studs from Bornpretty store.


Don't forget to check out the web page Glam express where you can see a ton of other beauty posts by a lot of talented European bloggers. 

xoxo
gin

40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Nude + Color + Geometric

Is there any better color than glitter on this Earth? And matte rainbow glitters are the best kind of color! So that is what inspired me to make this manicure - than and these adorable triangle stamps <3 


The base of this nail art is OPI You're so Vain-illa. The glitters are Emily de Molly Abstract canvas. The stamps are made with Essence stamp me! black and hehe 056 stamping plate.


How amazing did this turn out?! I am so in love with my nails right now :)

xoxo
gin

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CICI & SISI Spring 02 acrylic stamping plate review

Time for another CICI & SISI acrylic stamping plate review, this time with some fresh Summer colors. In case you missed my 1st review of their other such plates you can see it HERE. I had my doubts at first but after the 1st try I was sold and now I can tell you that acrylic stamping plates are just as good as any other metal one. 


This is Spring 02 Acrylic stamping plate with a mix of patterns and their sizes. The plate size is 95 x 95 x 2 mm . The patterns come in 2 full nail sizes, 3 in single small patterns and most of the plate is taken over by a mix of designs. Most designs feature flowers, cats, plants, birds and hearts. 


I used the bottom pattern since I couldn't decide on any of the other patterns that are in the big picture. I love all the small animals and flowers but they just seem to Spring themed for this manicure. The plate was a dream to work with! These acrylic plates are amazing! Just like working with any other plate only the clean up is even easier and you don't end up with a smudged plate! The images are crisp and they pick up on the stamper with great ease. 


For this manicure I used China glaze Glow with the flow, Sun of a peach and Claire's Beach as a mixed base. The stamps are made with Cici & Sisi Spring 02 plate + Essence stamp me! White stamping polish. 


When you are visiting their ONLINE SHOP the lovely CICI & SISI offer a free acrylic plate with every Jumbo set purchase you make. So a great way to get a unique plate like the one featured in this post.


Besides offering an amazing collection of stamping plates and other nail art supplies CICI & SISI are hosting a fun Original plate design contest on their FaceBook page. Meaning anyone can enter and create their own stamping plate! Visit their FB page, read the rules and join in the fun! 

Visit all the other CICI & SISI web pages to find out more about this brand and get inspired by the nail art featuring their products:

xoxo
gin


*the items were sent to me for my honest review*

Monday, July 18, 2016

TUTORIAL: Geometric fire nails

A lot of nail art looks that are created during the Summer are neon based. But I choose today some colors that reflect the heat that is making the season so enjoyable.


I just can't pass up a good glitter combination and Zoya Pixie dusts are great for such nail art. Why? Pixie dusts and most textured polishes have a bit longer drying time which is great when you use striping tape. Therefore I used Kiko Taupe as a neutral base. The glitter polishes I used are Zoya Solange, Beatrix, Destiny and Chyna. The main tool here is striping tape. Also if you are not a fan of textured nails don't forget a big pile of top coat.




Step 1: Apply base nail polish. And make sure it is completely dry by the next step.
Step 2: Create longer striping tape pieces. And apply them on the middle of the nail. No need to put it on the geometric middle. It is just a guideline that will help with further square creations.
Step 3: Each nail has 2 pieces now. So split each of the piece at least once. Or more times, no need to apply them on the stern middle. If the squares are different sized the manicure will look more fun.
Step 4: Apply the 1st glitter nail polish. Make sure the colored squares all not all located on the same part of the nail.
Step 5: Do the same with the 2nd polish.
Step 6: Apply the 3rd polish you choose, still try to add it on such places so it is not to repetitive.
Step 7: Add the last of the polishes.
Step 8: Remove the striping tape. Firstly remove the small tapes then the horizontal long ones.
Step 9: If you don't like the texture effect to much apply a lot of top coat to smooth out the nails.


And this is the finished result. Now these are some spicy nails! They are proof that not all Summer manicures must be neon. I adore how these turned out <3


If you are on the lookout for some neon nail art or some other Summer trends visit the page Glam Express. 

xoxo
gin

Sunday, July 17, 2016

40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Insects

 Insects are gross!!! I don't like them - BLEHH ! I decided to go with the scarab design since that bug was the only that came to mind that does not gross me out too much. At least it was helpful to Aladdin when he was looking for the Cave of Wonders ;)


I love that the Scarab stamps from BM612 plate they look just like the old Egyptian designs. Therefore I decided to go with a oasis and sand dunes inspired background. 


Also look at how cute the little gold studs look - as if the bugs are holding them <3


The base colors are Essence Have a break, Barry M Key lime and China glaze Kalahari kiss. The stamps are made with BPS 6 stamping polish and BM-XL210 plate. The scarabs are made with BM612 plate and Essence stamp me!black stamping polish. 


xoxo
gin

Friday, July 8, 2016

40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Pink/Aqua + Fluid lines

Ladies I have no idea what 'fluid lines' mean in the land of nail art. But I am seeing so many amazing nail art on IG with tattoos near the nails and I wanted to give it a go. That still didn't help me enough to get a general idea as what the design should be. But then I saw my MoYou London Gothic 12 plate and remembered all the cool witch themed shows I have been watching and created this nail art.


One of my inspirations was my all time favorite witch show - American Horror story: Coven <3 


I wanted to create a manicure that was all textured nail polish, which fits perfectly to the stamps since some stamps get a bit weird if stamped over 3D polish. Also I was going for a look that makes it seem like the 'fluid lines' are part of the design. 


The 7 wonders are the 7 magic abilities the leader of the Coven in AHS must posses - this gif seemed like fun and like it matches this manicure.

source: tumblr
For this manicure I used China glaze Bump in the night, Bump & grind and Of coarse as base. The stamps are made with MoYou London Gothic 12 plate. The stamping polishes are Essence stamp me!black and white. The lines are my random eyeliners :) 


source: tumblr
OMG I think I bewitched by my own nails! Because I ADORE how this turned out!!! <3 


Here is the opening of another cool witch show Salem - trust me a show that has Marilyn Manson creating the opening and Xena (Lucy Lawless) as the bad guy is worth watching 

xoxo
gin

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Aussie Repair Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner review

Any of you who follow me on my other social media you might have noticed my hair never comes in only one color. I color it all the time so trust me I need a Repair miracle! And I got these 2 products by the brand Aussie a while back and I want to share my experience of them with you all. 

Even with all the colors that usually dry out hair, mine still gets greasy extremely fast. But the ends are always dry and splintered. So I need all around help :)  The bottle says it contains macadamia nut oil, jojoba - seed oil and avocado oil, also unfortunately it contains silicons. Therefore I didn't expect much help with my greasy part of the hair but I had high hopes for my dry ends. 


I was enchanted by the smell of both shampoo and conditioner! They smell like bubble gum and childhood dreams ;) Thou the conditioner has a few watermelon undertones. And the smell stays with your hair a while which I love. The shampoo has 300 ml and the conditioner 250 ml of liquid inside which lasted me about 2 months. The bottles have a very cool and spill free top so they are great for travel. These bottles went with me all over Europe.

 I tested this set while my work away in Germany in a very stressful time and this Aussie set relay helped. It wasn't a miracle, but I believe it helped with my problematic hair and made it more manageable. They still got greasy at the roots pretty fast but the ends were easier to work with which is half the battle. And I love the fact that the conditioner helped with me brushing my hair. And after a while of using these I feel like even the greasing process at the roots got a little bit slower.


So for all you who are looking for a fun smelling and quite effective shampoo and conditioner set check out Aussie products. They are a innovative company hailing from Australia with all types of hair products that feature a mix of exotic natural ingredients. For all my Slovenian readers you can get them in all DM stores and Muller stores.

Don't forget to visit their other social media pages - they post a lot of promotional and inspirational posts that seem like so much fun :)

xoxo
gin

*the items were sent to me for my honest review*
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