Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TUTORIAL: African Summer

Summer is slowly ending and I just can't get enough of the Summer heat. I know most people don't like it and it can be damaging to the environment. But I wanted to make a manicure as a thanks to the Sun for a lovely season ... Remind me to recreate this mani in December when I will be cursing the snowfall and the bitter Winter cold :)

For this manicure you will need 3 strong and opaque base colors and one sheer glittery one. I used Zoya Darcy, China glaze Home sweet house music and S-he stylezone 320 as the 3 opaque base polishes. And I used Zoya Linds as the sheer glittery one. I know Zoya is a bit on the pricey side, but you can get sheer glittery polishes from any type of cheaper cosmetics line. They are more common than opaque glitter polishes. I also used a black stamping polish and a stamping plate BP-L010 both from BornPretty Store. If you are in the mood feel free to free hand draw any type of hot Summer motives.  

Step 1: Apply one shade on half the nail. No need to be super precise.
Step 2: Apply the other shade, once more no need for precision.
Step 3: Apply the 3rd color, but down the middle, with a dry brush technique. It took me a couple of layers of dry brushing the red over the lines, to cover them all up and make them opaque. 
Step 4: Brush the glitter over the middle red line.
Step 5: Apply the stamps over the base gradient. 
Step 6: Time for clean up and top coat. It might need a bit more top coat since the layers of polish might dry a bit bumpy. 

I hope you like this look and take some time to appreciate all the hot weather that we are getting, since snow and the cold will be here in no time #sadface

Don't forget to visit the page Glam - express to see more Summer beauty looks. 


Saturday, August 12, 2017

BornPretty Store Review: BP-L079 Stamping plate

Guys I am addicted to the show Black sails! And then I saw this amazing 'treasure map' plate from BornPretty Store and I knew I need it in my life!
But first can we just talk about how amazing their new web shop looks now? You have to see the new sexy transformation of their page? Everything is very sleek and so easy to use - of you didn't like the interface before this will make your shopping experience a lot easier.

So for this review I have BP-L079 Stamping plate. It features designs that look like treasure maps and sea charts with the traditional compass or steering wheel flourish that you can find on the edges of the map. So you can use them to create treasure maps or star charts manicure with a galaxy base. 

The plate comes in a pretty floral sleeve, and covered in protective foil. I removed it so you can see the actual designs. But don't forget to see the BP-L079 plate on the original site where it is drawn out in vectors and full of pictures of other ladies that reviewed it, to make your shopping easier. 

The entire plate size is 12 x 6 cm. But the pictures come in 3 shapes/sizes, 4 x 3 cm, 2,5 x 3 cm and 5 x 3 cm. But the designs have quite big spaces in between the images, so it takes some coordination and planing when you apply them. A sheer jelly stamper comes in handy here so you can exactly see where the image will land. 

I just had to take a photo of my nails with my favorite pirate book - don't you just love the contrast? <3 

The images are etched to perfection and easy to use. I used only BornPretty Store Stamping supplies - meaning I used their black stamping polish and stamper. I recommend that combination. I made 2 nails with classical stamping and 2 nails with decals made out of the stamps. As you can see the results are amazing - once more BornPretty Store is on top of their game when it comes to creating high quality nail art items for affordable prices. 

For this manicure I used Bienvenida a Palm Beach by Essence and Catrice It is all I can blue as the dimensional blue base, sprinkled with Essence I <3 my gold pumps glitters. The stamps are made with BPS Black stamping polish. The decals are painted in with Avon Gold nail art pen. The little cross is made with Essence Na rock. I used a bit of top coat at the end since the decals dried a bit bumpy. 

So if you are on the constant hunt for nail art supplies visit Bornpretty store Nail art department and stack up on some of these beauties. And while you are there use the 

At the same time don't forget to visit their other social media sites where you can see the review of the other bloggers that work with them, or you can see their many Giveaways and New product announcements.

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

NOTD: Simple marine nails

What do mermaids wear on their nails? Or what do sassy Sailors wear? I would like to believe something like this. I create a lot of over the top and 'busy' manicures, so from time to time I want to wear something simple and timeless. 

I used glittery gold that reminds me of a perfect beach sand. And its brother that is a mix of gold and blue, it looks like water passing the sand. On the other 2 nails I used a very jelly blue full of stars that look like some of them are submerged in tropical waters. 

For this manicure I used Zoya Juvia, Levi and Bay as base nail polishes. The stamps are made with Color club Kissmet and p2 Golden edge. The plate I used is MoYou London Festive 43

For a matching make up look check out the page Glam - express where you can see the works of great make up bloggers from all over the world. 


Monday, August 7, 2017

TUTORIAL: Shark week nails

It is Summer time and I bet a lot of ya are spending it at the beach. The only beach I am seeing this Summer is on the show Black sails and during Shark week. OFC I didn't create this mani on time for the actual Shark week ... Story of my life. But I wore it during my personal shark week - it is how I call my special lady time of the month - since I turn into a crazy monster and there is blood everywhere :)

I know this mani looks a bit much - but it is so easy to do even a first time nail artist will have no problems creating it. What you need are pigmented and bright nail polishes and a dotting tool, and one thin brush
For the sea water background I used OPI Rich girls & po-boys, Avon Sea my nail and Kiko 295. The blood is made with Essence Kiss of the mermaid and Do you speak love? And the Shark details are made with Avon white nail art, Catrice Londons weather forecast, Essence Purple sugar and a generic black polish. 

Step 1: Apply base nail polishes, depending on what you want on them. Blue for the sea, grey for the shark.
Step 2: Apply blue in the dry brush technique, the tutorial to it is all over my blog. Make a pink part for the sharks mouth. It is just like painting an invisible small nail.
Step 3: Once more, but with a different shade of blue make more brush strokes to give the sea dimension. Create 2 big black dots on the edge of the nail, make sure a part of the dotting tool is off the edge. 
Step 4: Make random thin white strokes all over the blue nails, to give the sea some foam and waves. Create small white dots in the eyes of the shark to give it life. 
Step 5: Start making thick and big dark red dots on your blue nails. We will stack them in layers so they seem like actual blood in the water. Use the white nail polish to trace the edge of the pink mouth. It will help with finishing the teeth later. Create 2 small triangles on the top of the mouth, they will be guidelines on how to set the other teeth in his mouth. 
Step 6: Make these same triangles down the line of his mouth. Also add more big red dots, they will be the base.
Step 7: Paint in the white triangles. If you think you can't do it, just use your dotting tool. Now it is time to add even more red dots with the bright polish. But make sure they are in clusters and of different sizes, so it looks like blood in the sea is dissolving. 
Step 8: Time for clean up, if there is any since as you can see there isn't much of a mess. Also apply a generous coat of top coat, since the nail art techniques used here can dry quite bumpy and unevenly. 

So you can see this is very easy to make, and if you set the steps a bit differently than I did here, you can finish this very quickly. Also if you have stiletto nail shape, it will finally work for you, since it is a perfect frame for a shark head :) 

Don't forget to visit Glam - express to see more Summer beauty looks from bloggers all over the world. 


Friday, August 4, 2017

NOTD: Rose Quartz crystal

You all know I don't like wearing pink! I don't like anything pink. But if you tell me that pink has a meaning - maybe even a magical meaning - guys I am on board! 
Anyone who knows a bit about witchcraft or any kind of crystal healing they know that rose quartz - a light pink colored natural crystal - enhances any love spell or intent. 
And since I believe that everyone needs a bit more love in their life these nails are the perfect way to summon it without wearing a pink crystal around your neck :) 

I realize I did not 100% capture the crystals I hold in my hand. But I like how it turned out anyways. It is a great way to wear pink even if you don't like it, since you know it channels something important. In case you are wondering how I made these nails you can check the tutorial about this technique HERE. 

Also Rose Quartz is an important character in a cartoon Steven Universe that I adore. In case you want to learn more about it or my nail art dedicated to it check my nails art HERE

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For this manicure I used a mix of Catrice Crush on matt, S-he stylezone no. 155, Essence English rose and Sinful colors Mad matter. Also a thick coat of matt top coat since I think that makes the nails look more raw crystal like. 

In case you want to see more pink inspired nail art and make up looks don't forget to check out the page Glam - express

Stay magical ...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

NOTD: Heart vs. Mind

Life is all kinds of difficult . . . I have been recently going through a lot of personal stuff and when I took the time and thought about it I figured out it is all about who to listen - your Heart of your Brain? That is what came out of it - it is a bit different I know, but I wanted to tell a story. 

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I know the look is a bit ghoulish - just think of it as a cute pre-Halloween manicure. I wanted to use my new fun 'anatomicaly correct' stamps of a heart and brain. I free hand drawn the V.S. since I wanted to convey the idea of them being in a constant fight. At the end I added a 'dead guy' which I think is the result of the other 2 fighting. 

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For this manicure I used Essence Wild white ways as base. The stamping plates I used are BM-S248, BM-S316 & BM-S241 in combination with Essence stamp me!black stamping polish. For the little color pop I made some color splotches under the stamps. I used LA Girl Love notes, Catrice Cote D' Azur - Flair, Essence English rose and Kiss of a mermaid

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Still a bit confused about my life in general - but I do feel a bit better in sharing my problems with ya all :) 
I hope you guys at least enjoyed all the artwork that I got inspired by and quite the few giggles, so everything wouldn't be so gloomy :) 

If this post was a bit to depressing and ghoulish for you visit the page Glam - express where you can see some more beauty and fashion posts with none of the dark 'questions about meaning of life' undertones ;)


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TUTORIAL: Amethyst geode nail art

My recent hobby is to collect the most shiny and colorful crystals I can find. And I also noticed that there are quite a few geode inspired manicures out there. Do you guys know how rare it is for my hobbies to match the current beauty trends? So I just had to jump on this band wagon right away! 

Here is a comparison photo - this is my favorite amethyst chunk and this is where I got the idea for the colors. 

For this manicure you will need a dark matt nail polish to serve as the shell of the geode, I used Essence Moonless night. Than you need a bunch of different colors to make the layers of the crystal. I used a mix of holo, glitter and jelly shades called Color club Eternal beauty, Essence I see ice and Avon White nail art polish. You will also need at least 2 preferably textured polishes for the center of the geode. I used Zoya Lux and Carter. No top coat required this time :)

Step 1: Apply the base nail polish.
Step 2: Make vague outlines with the grey polish that will transition from the outside of the geode inside. This line will also serve as the guideline that you have to paint in.
Step 3: Make the same lines but with the white nail polish. 
Step 4: Apply the purple holo polish, so the transition from the sharp outside colors into the glitter purple ones in the center.
Step 5: Apply the dark textured glitter on the remaining space left in the middle. 
Step 6: Apply the remaining glitter in the middle, but don't over do it or it will lose the feel of the geode. Also this is the time for any clean up. As you can see there is minimal mess. No top coat required.

I think the finished look turned out quite accurate and full of different finishes and textures just like any real geode piece. 

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. For more glitter make up and nail art looks visit Glam - express.

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