Sunday, October 29, 2017

Avon Pink Illusions nail polish review

It is not secret that I am not a fan of the color pink. But this month is it Breast cancer awareness week that is being celebrated with pink. And I got these new Avon Pink illusion nails polishes that are a perfect way to celebrate this month of womanhood. A bunch of pinks on my blog will hopefully remind some of my readers how important check ups with your lady doctor is. 

Metallize me, this one is the hit of the year. I mean there are rose gold stuff everywhere. But it is a shade that is tough to create or take a photo of. For this swatch I applied 2 coats for full opacity. And the formula is very smooth when you apply it, if you apply it very carefully there are no streaks created from the brush. I rather like how this one looks, and the drying time is fantastic, but all Avon nail polishes from the Mark. line seem of a very high quality to me. So I expect only the best from them and this 1st shade did not disappoint me. 

Glam rock is a textured nail polish with a soft pink base. That features dark pink and blue shimmer while creating a 3D effect with pink grains. It reaches full opacity in 2 coats. The texture is not very hard core and a bit glittery that makes it a very fun color to wear. 

Sheer glow is the least favorite of mine. I do not like super sheer polishes and this one is crazy that way. It is a perfect bright pink, full of pure pigment and no shimmer. Which is nice if you like jelly pinks, but it was a nightmare to make it opaque. Here I applied 5 coats to reach semi-opacity. But I think it would be great to use in nail art that requires layers. And since it has 5 layers it didn't dry so well - all in all a nightmare. 

Digital illusion is the most interesting one of them all. It doesn't look pink, but the more you look at it the more you see this is a lavender type of base that has pink undertones. It shimmers blue sparkles, but the strongest shine comes from a pink/silver glow. It is very opaque so I think it was meant to be a top coat or a polish that amplifies the existing nail art. For this picture I applied 3 coats and the opacity still isn't perfect. 

Pretty in pink is the most classic of all the shades in the collection. A simple bright baby pink cream jelly that is full of pigment and has no shimmer. For the full opacity all I needed were 2 thin coats that dried very fast which made me very happy. The classic color makes me happy since I always need it for nail art so it is good to stock up. 

Here is a line up of them all. What I love about this is that you get all the hits in one collection. We have the metallic that is a rose gold which is bonus, a textured one, a sheer jelly one and some classic baby pink. And you can always mix and match them since at least 2 of them are very sheer and 2 are very opaque. 

The best part of it all no matter where you are from Avon is available to you! So visit their WEB PAGE and online store. Or if you like to be more in touch with all their newest updates follow them on their social media pages:


P.S.: Don't forget to check in with your lady doctor so you can get a check up. It is important to get regular check ins since breast cancer doesn't show up in specific symptoms until is too late. 

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

WitchCraft nails: Halloween love story

I know most people don't consider Halloween a sexy time of the year (OFC if you ignore all the slutty costumes). 
But I decided to showcase somewhat of a Transylvania sexy Hotel look. I wanted to create a look featuring a castle where all the monsters go for a honeymoon. 

So I created a manicure featuring 2 classic scary couples ... Dracula & Frankenstein. Surrounded by a romantic spooky castle. 

I used a black background but I introduced some green and burgundy into it since I feel like those are signature colors of Dracula and Frankenstein. I applied the stamps featuring Dracula and a victim, also Frankenstein's monster and his lady. I just hope it is visible enough ...

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For this manicure I used Yes Love Black to create the base. The colors that pop are China glaze Tounge & chic and OPI Diva of Geneva. The stamps are made with Barry M Silver foil, the plates I used were BM-S249 and BM-S248.

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For more Hallloween looks and a spooky make up competition visit Glam - express. 

Stay magical ...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WitchCraft Nails: Halloween sorrow

I love Halloween so much! And the fact it is acceptable to be scary only in this time of the year makes me sad sometimes ... so when I got this stamping plate with the weeping angel I wanted to make a manicure that revolves around it. 

Since sad angels are mostly featured in cemeteries I wanted to make a classic graveyard look, with a bit of red color splashed in. 

I also wanted to use my Layla color changing nail polish. So I doubled down on it when I painted the angel. So he will stay dark most of the time. When I created a back layer featuring the woods and a castle I also used the same polish. So they appear and disappear depending on the temperature of the nails. The rest are all normal polishes and stamping polishes. So the designs look different depending on your nail temperature.

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For this manicure I used S-he stylezone no. 333 as base. The rest are all stamping polishes from BPS named Red, White and Black. I also used Layla Black to Grey twice in the stamps. The stamping plates I used are MoYou London Gothic 5 and 1, BPL-031, BM-S304, BM-S205, BM-316, HD01, HD03 and HD04.

For more Halloween looks and competitions don't forget to visit Glam - express. 

Stay magical ...

TUTORIAL: Foxy nails

I wanted to create some cute animal themed nails for a while now. But I could not figure out what animal fits the Fall color scheme ... somehow a fox came to mind. The orange fur they have, reminds me of this time of the year. Therefore I created this cute but also low key glam look.

The most important thing you will need here are nail polishes that have round and wide brushes. For this manicure I used a lot of glittery and shimmery nail polishes since I wanted the perfect mix of classy and cute. 
The base nail polishes are Zoya Levi, Catrice Attracting camuflage and Noble nude. I also used some of them for the dot details. For the fox details I used Essence Wild white ways and Catrice Oh my goldness, they both come with thick round brushes that make the nail art easier. I also used Yes love Black and a random hair pin to make the dot details. 

Step 1: Apply base nail polish. I used a few different ones.
Step 2: Make a little half circle on the accent nail. Make sure to use a color that fits a fox fur. To make this circle with the brush of your nail polish. Just as if you would apply it on your nail.
Step 3: Make tiny triangles on top of the fox head. I also created some dots on the outer nails. I made them using a simple hair pin. I was careful with the application to make them in 2 sizes.
Step 4: Make 2 brush strokes with white polish. That was all I did since I had polishes with very round brushes. Add some smaller dots on top of the dots you already have.
Step 5: Make a thin line in the middle of the white spots.
Step 6: Apply 3 simple black dots to give the fox some eyes and a nose. I also made 2 more dots on each of the outside nails.

This look is suitable for any nail shape. An almond shape would suit the shape of the fox face. And if you wear a square shape than just create the fox on the other side of the nail.

How do you like this look? Does it look fancy and adorable all at the same time? I think it is a simple way to wear an accent nail. And even a newcomer to nail art you can create this look on both your hands.

For more looks visit Glam - Express.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

BPS Review: BP - 146 Skull Stamping plate

BornPretty Store is killing it with their Stamping plates game! And their stamping polishes are a dream, I can't remember when was it the last time I bought any stamping supplies from any other store. So when I got this skull themed plate I got so excited, and just in time for Halloween. 

The BP-146 Skull flower stamping plate is round with the diameter approx. 5,5 cm. It features 4 big patterns and 4 small ones. They are quite big, as you can see I used about half of the 2 patterns I used since I have quite small nails. 
The etchings are deep enough so they are easy to pick up. I had no problem with using them. I used a BornPretty Store stamping polish and a normal polish. They both worked well, but I must say I also used a BornPretty Store clear stamper. 

For the price of 1.29$ this plate is a steal and every goth nail artist dream. For my look I used the bottom big picture with colored in skulls, and then did my best to layer the black outlines of the skulls from the top design. So they look a bit like they were just colored in, very sloppy with some white paint. I love how this look turned out! <3 

For this base I used a mix of Essence Do you speak love, Groupie at heart and Sinful colors We're all matte here. The base stamps are made with Essence Wild white ways and BPS Black stamping polish. 

I adore the new BPS stamping plates and they are just as good as any others I got from them. So head on over to their store and don't forget to use the 10% OFF coupon RJL91 :)


Saturday, October 7, 2017

WitchCraft nails: Edgar Allan Poe

It is Halloween season! So let start it with a classic! :)

I understand that books aren't cool and even less poetry - I just don't get the kids this days! Is there anything better than curling up into your favorite blanket with a good book and ignore the world? And since this collection of nail art is called WitchCraft nails with slight gothic undertone I just had to make some nail art dedicated to the Big pimp daddy mac of melancholy vibes - Edgar Allan Poe.

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I wanted to make it look sad but also a bit gory since a lot of his stories are a bit on the bloody side. But since my favorite work by him is the Raven I need to make an homage to that work. I am so lucky that Bundle monster created a plate dedicated to him :) 

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For this manicure I didn't even use that many different items. Essence Caught in the middle as base. BPS Red and White stamping polishes, also BM-S241 stamping plate. 

And if you have the time check out this trailer to the movie The Raven, it was widely overlooked by my opinion. It is the story of Edgar Allan Poe but with the twist, he needs to solve the murders happening around him that were inspired by his works. 

Stay magical ...
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