Monday, November 30, 2015

Essence Advent Calendar

This year a lot of the cosmetics companies released their Advent calendars. It is crazy I've never seen that many before. And since Essence is one of my all time favorite brands I decided to buy their advent calender. It is a big thing that has 24 spaces filled with nail polish goodies! I won't post them here but follow me on my IG ACCOUNT there I will post 1 per day as December unfolds and you can see what this big box of beauty contains :) 

If you don't like SPOILERS DON'T SCROLL BELOW!!!!


What I posted here is a quick shot of the swatches of all the polishes that are inside - I decided to keep some but after the holiday craziness I will host a giveaway featuring a lot of the polishes from here since they are so unique and an adorable semi-mini size! They are perfect to share with my followers :) 

Happy Holidays


Friday, November 27, 2015

40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Cartoons & Comics/ D. Gray - man

Cartoons and comics translate in my world into Anime and Manga. And the one that affected me the most to a point that is my all time favorite ever is D. Gray - man! It is so skillfully made that every frame moves me and inspires me a lot more than Sailor moon or One piece (the animes I posted about before)

This manga is a bit like Full Metal Alchemist only darker, sadder, but so much deeper and beautiful. Each individual story is created in a way that brings out of me the most sorrowful feelings but at the end due to the nature of the characters inspires me to be more hopeful. The author had a lot of issues in the past years to a point that the manga stopped being published *that news crushed my soul* But recently she is slowly making a come back and the entire D. Gray - man fandom is holding it's breath for her new work 


Here you can see the main character Allen Walker - a character that is one and the other one the picture elow, both dark and light - but none since the story is not yet done ... 

For my inspiration I used the things of the show that had the biggest impact on me and are connected to the main character. There are so many amazing creatures lurking in this show I could take a year and make manicures just dedicated to this show :)
As you can see for the inspiration I used Allen's eye tattoo, the face of a Noah with their trademark yellow eyes and cross scars, the melody notes of the 14th song and the skin of a victim that was attacked by an akuma

Here you can see the main character Allen as he looks like in the Anime. Also you can see his eye tattoo that constantly changes shape. 

These are the Noah clan - the bad guys of the show. I can't even describe how cool they are! They are evil but so amazing you can't just hate them. And to make everything more difficult but so classic D. Gray man each of them has 2 looks and 2 different personalities <3

For this manicure I used Golden rose 101 for the nude base. The white base and nail art is made with Essence White wild ways. The black details and the stamp are made with Essence stamp me black. The plate I used is YH810. The yellow I used for the eyes is Julep Lexie and the red is Dashica Red.

Here you can see all the openings of the show - watch them and tell me that they don't give you goosebumps <3


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NOTD: Plaid nail art

It is getting cold outside. Meaning it is time to get your favorite scarfs or sweaters out of the closet. And I decided to make some nail art that looks like a fun and fuzzy sweater with some 3D embellishments :) 

For this manicure I used Essence Wild white ways and Golden rose Carnival 11 polishes as base. To make the plaid pattern I layered stamps made with QA96 stamping plate. The polishes I used to make the pattern are Ya Qin An no. 21 and 15, also BPS stamping polish no.8. Also I created a 3D plaid pattern using some long and dot studs. 

This manicure was made for the page Glam-express. It is a great source to get some amazing ideas for NOTD and MUOD :)


Friday, November 20, 2015

40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Grey + color + Water marble

The nail art gods must hate me since in every challenge I get wrapped up into there is a Water marble portion. I hate this technique so much I just don't have the energy to rant about it right now - so as always I will cheat using nail stamps :)

For this manicure I used Essence Wild white ways and China glaze Lemon fizz to make the base linear gradients. Then I stamped over it with Catrice London's weather forecast and hehe 040 stamping plate. I used China glaze Matte magic as a top coat and an opal gem that I got from Ladyqueen beauty.

I don't relay like this nails since I am sick of water marble patterns. But I am hopeful that one of these days I will stumble upon a nail art challenge that does not require a water marble manicure :)


Thursday, November 19, 2015



It is that time of the year again! My blog turned 3 years old a while back! And I hit 1K followers on IG! Also the world seems to get darker with each day so I decided it is time to make a massive INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY happen!!!

It is time to give back to you all who make my blogging path so far so amazing! So I decided to share an entire mini Neon Polish yer Hoovers collection and some extras with you all. All you need to do is enter the Giveaway on the Rafflecopter below and you are done :)

Here you can see the prize (how cute and unique are these?)

Some boring RULES here:

  • You must be 18 or more to enter.
  • The giveaway goes on from 19th November until 1st of January. 
  • The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by me. If the price will not be claimed in 48 hours I will randomly choose another one.
Another look at the amazing prize ;)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, November 16, 2015

TUTORIAL: Gold 3D stars nail art

The Holiday season is upon us. Here in Europe (where Thanksgiving is not a thing) Christmas decorations are everywhere. Therefore I got into the spirit and prepared a subtle nail art tutorial to slowly get you into the spirit of things :) 

What you need for a manicure like this is a dark polish for base I used OPI Do you have this color in Stock-holm?. And I also used Matte Magic by China glaze as top coat so the contrast is stronger between the polish and the nail decoration. I got the he square glitters and the dark caviar beads from Bornpretty store. Don't forget a tool that will help you place the decoration. I used a normal dotting tool.

Step 1: Apply the base polish and Matte top coat.
Step 2: Choose the part of the nail where you want the full gold flower. There apply 2 gold flat glitters on opposite parts of where the flower will be.
Step 3: Add 2 more glitters on each of the blank spaces that are left after applying the 1st two glitters. And then 2 more to finish the flower.
Step 4: If your nails feel empty add more gold glitters on the edges of the nails. But only add half the amount of glitters so the nails don't look to full.
Step 5: Feel free to create any amount of flowers on your nails. I didn't  do all the nails the same since I felt it would look better if the patterns would be random.
Step 6: On each of the full flower (that is made of 6 glitters) add a gold flat stud. It is also a great way to hide any imperfections that can occur while placing the glitter.
Step 7: Add the black caviar beads in all the spots that still feel empty. I added them in all kinds of ways to show that there are a lot of different ways to apply them on top of a pattern such as this.

Here is the finished result and I think it looks spectacular! It is festive but still a bit dark which is how I like my nail art :)

This manicure was made for the page Glam - express which is a great source for more beauty tutorials. So don't forget to visit. 


Friday, November 13, 2015

40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Your job

Right now the job that gives me most pleasure is beeing a blogger. And getting free fun nail art supplies and trying them out makes me a lot happier than my other work.

So here you go some blogging work :)

Today I am swatching the Bornpretty store stamping polish no.9  It is a sky blue polish. I was a bit sceptical that it will be opaque enough over a black base. So I once more used the ultimate test. The polish passed without a problem. As you can see it stamped flawlessly over both. 

This blue seems perfect to me to create a nice and romantic winter inspired nail art. I wanted to create something that looks like winter winds. I found 2 very similar patterns only that one looks a bit more edgy and the other a bit more rounded. Here you can see the result.
As base I used Sinful colors Wisp.  And the studs I got from BPS.
If you are visiting Bornpretty store and their Nail art department don't forget to use the 10% off code RJL91.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Review: Essence Merry Berry LE

It is time for Fall and XMas collections to hit the stores. And Merry Berry by Essence is their recent limited edition. 

Here you can see what I choose to review. And I just had to make a cute little photo of them under a kawaii XMas tree ♡

This is the promotional art for the collection. It gets me all exicted for the upcoming New years parties.

Here you can see the lipstick I choose "Let the berrytailes begin". 

I made some quick swatches. It is a berry purple that is based on red pigments which makes it a vibrant color and not a cool purple. A perfect vampy shade for the season. It does not dry completly matte thou.

This is "The masked ball" let me first swoon over the bottle. It is so festive and perfect! They seem right at home under some miseltoe. The shade here is similar to the lipstic above. A vibrant berry purple that has a surface fuschia sheen and a deep blue shimmer that was a bit hard to capture. It has an amazing forumla that was opaque in one thick coat.

"I love my Golden pumps" is the only top coat in the collection. And it is a dupe to their old Metal glam LE and that was the reason I got it since I was running a bit low on it. Why you ask?
This polish has an amazing sheer base filled with gold shards. The gold crystals come in different shapes and sizes but the application is easy. It is packed with glitter so much that for the swatches below i needed one thick coat of it over the previous "The masked ball".

So for all the ladies getting some supplies for the party season or looking for some nice stocking stuffers Essence Merry Berry limited edition items are a great way to go. 


NOTD: Woodland creatures nail art

It is time for Autumn nails and I was inspired by all the forest leaves colors and all the cute creatures that wonder around the woods getting ready for Winter. So that was the inspiration for this manicure and I think they came out great and so adorable :)  

As base on the outer nails I used Essie In stitches. The other nails have a mix of Catrice Goldfinger, Orango bloom and  Essence Inti inka, Last night a cookie saved my life.
The stamping polishes I used are Mundo de Unas Dark green, Bornpretty store Orange, Essence stamp me!black and Kiko Gold.
The stamping plates I used are MM08, BPS05, MoYou London Princess 4 and Festive 8.

This post was created for the lovely ladies at Glam express a page full of all kinds of beauty inspirations that will get you ready for the upcoming season.


Friday, November 6, 2015

40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Black & white + Tribal

I was very impressed by all the new tribal patterns in the latest Bundle monster  collection. And now it is time to make them shine. Thou tribal is not a pattern that is prominent in this winter time I still tried to make the manicure seem festive ;)

For this manicure I used Barry M Gold foil as base and over it I added Essence Make it golden. For the other two nails I used Essence stamp me!black and white to either use as base or to stamp with. The plate I used is BM603. And I added some nail studs from Bornpretty store.

I love how these turned out and I had a lot of fun making these festive tribal nails :)


Monday, November 2, 2015

40 Great Nail art ideas Challenge: Halloween / Kindred the Eternal Hunters

Once more I am late in this challenge but here is my Halloween entry. I choose to create a manicure that is inspired by the new League of Legends champion Kindred. I choose them because as you can see below they are both wearing masks and I feel like that what the holiday is all about. 

At the same time OMG I love this champion so much!!! They are 2 complete opposites paying as one a Lamb and a Wolf non the less! They even talk to each other and cooperate! I am so happy and excited to add them to my collection :)

Here is my inspiration - Kindred The Eternal Hunters

I wanted to create their masks and the details on lambs bow and a flurry of arrows since that is what they use :)

Here you can see them in game <3 

For this manicure I used Color club Harp on it and Beyond to make the gradients and the gradient stamps. The masks are made with Sinful colors Wisp and Wet n Wild Darkest hour. The blue details are made with Emily De Molly Indigo flow. The stamping polish I used is Mundo De Unas Blue. The plates I used are BP28 and BM606.

Here is a cute little teaser that shows a little bit of their creepy nature and you can hear their voices talking to each other as they do in game <3

My favorite Kindred quote in game (said in 2 voices) :
''Never one ... without the other.''
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