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4.13.2014

Want my Bawdy in foil

The title made me giggle, so I had to use it. No I am not going to undergo some weird-ass spa-treatment. It is ofcourse, nail polish related. It's no other than China Glaze - Want My Bawdy, with silver foil over it, and some stamping.

I decided to use some of the foils I bought at TGR in Norway while I was on my Christmas holiday.
I am trying to do a manicure with everyone of these foils. I was asked if they all preformed the same. So why not try them all out (?)
The foil came in a set of 4 and it cost NOK 10 (£1). They don't require foil glue or anything, just a sticky surface. so polish your nails with the base colour you want, wait until it goes tacky and apply the foil. Easy as that. For the record of all things foil. I used Gina Tricot Basecoat and Topcoat for this manicure, like last time.
I have already used the other three from this set, and you can see that by clicking hereherehere, and here
The other reason for doing this combo, was the magical trick I just learned. How to avoid streaks on polishes. It's very simple actually. Sponge the last coat. Why didn't I think of that?!

I also added some nail stamping using Cheeky Jumbo plate 3  European Romance.

I used two coats of China Glaze - Want My Bawdy and then sponged the third coat. When it was tacky I added the foil, and added topcoat before and after stamping. I stamped using Wet n Wild - Black.

I was so proud over how well these swatches turned out, I had to add a few extra pictures of it, last time I tried this polish, I had streaks, and bubbles. However, I must add, the stamping I did last time was gorgeous. You can see the post here. 









Hope you are all having a great start on the Easter Weekend. I will be back soon with some Easter manicures.

4.12.2014

Pretty in Pink

My blogging feed has been full of girls doing foil nails lately, and it looks as if they are making a comeback, at-least within the polish-obsessed-communities. So, I am jumping on the wagon as well.

I decided on using some of the foils I bought at TGR in Norway while I was on my Christmas holiday.
I have already used one of them, and you can see that by clicking here, and here. , and here
The foil came in a set of 4 and it cost NOK 10 (£1). They don't require foil glue or anything, just a sticky surface. so polish your nails with the base colour you want, wait until it goes tacky and apply the foil. Easy as that.
For the record of all things foil. I used Gina Tricot Basecoat and Topcoat for this manicure, like last time.

I started using Kiko - 331 as base colour and then applied the foil. I am very pleased how this turned out.
In after-thought I wish I had gone with stamping those birds over this. The middle finger kinda looks like a bird, and it would be so cool with birds on the rest of the nails as well.





What do you think? Is foils coming back?
Let me know in the comments below.

4.11.2014

Golden Nails

I wanted to do some festive nails, Easter Week is almost here. I was struggling with coming up with something to do for a long long time. I got distracted over and over again. Reviews on Youtube, blogs, music, the list was endless on distractions today. The weather was fantastic as well.
I wasn't gonna let myself be beaten.

I decided on using some of the foils I bought at TGR in Norway while I was on my Christmas holiday.
I have already used one of them, and you can see that by clicking here, and here. 
The foil came in a set of 4 and it cost NOK 10 (£1). They don't require foil glue or anything, just a sticky surface. so polish your nails with the base colour you want, wait until it goes tacky and apply the foil. Easy as that.
For the record of all things foil. I used Gina Tricot Basecoat and Topcoat for this manicure, like last time.

This one was a bit tricky, since I had chosen a matte polish as my base colour. Matte polishes dries quicker than ordinary polishes, so the timing was very difficult. I gave it a couple of tries, and nailed it eventually. 

I used two coats of Revlon - Matte - 032 Emerald City, then applied the foil, and finished the look of with applying one coat of Models Own - Dancing Queen. 

I bought the whole collection ages ago, and I think I have only used one of them so far. Very sad, and I am a very bad blogger for it. They are SO pretty to look at, so can't give them away/sell, even though they are still in their protective plastic ... still..











Taken indoor

4.10.2014

Inspired by Fashion - Rag & Bone

Picture from Style.com

I have been wanting to do some nail art inspired by Fashion for a while, but I wasn't quite sure what it should be of. When I saw the new collection from Rag & Bone, I knew what I wanted to do. 

First, I would never wear this myself, but I like the artistic expression in this outfit. The black crop top to the slightly pinkish boyfriend blazer with crop jeans in white. There is something about the cropped look of it all. 

For this look I used Bundlemonster plate - BM303 as an accent, stamping with Ciate - Speed Dial, Sinful Color - Snow Me White, Wet & Wild - Black, and NYX - Matte - Baby Pink.
It's been aaaages since last time I used Bundlemonster plates. I have been so caught up in my Cheeky plates lately. I suppose that's how it is, when we buy new plates all the time. 

Hey ho, that's life. Bundlemonster, you are not forgotten.




I know the pink is not quite right, I first tried mixing a soft pink with acrylics, but it didn't turn out very well. So I had to go with the polish for the finished look. 
What do you think, want to see more "inspired by Fashion"-manicures?
Let me know in the comments below.

MoYou - Hipster Collection - News II

I just got a new mail from MoYou - London Team, and I just had to share with you all. The rest of the Hipster Collection will be out this Friday! You can see the previous plates that was released last Friday in this post here. I am really liking this collection, it comes with some really neat and fashionable stamping images. 

Plate 08 is so far the only plate that has disappointed me.  Below the jump I will show you the plates and the email from Moyou-London Team. 



Hi there Dina Guess what? It's another Friday around the corner, and I am happy to announce the new release of the week. This time 4 more plates from the:
<< THE HIPSTER COLLECTION >> 
Hipsters are a subculture of men and women that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity intelligence, and witty banter (The Urban Dictionary).
So let's all be a bit more Hipsterish this weekend!
These 4 plates will be released this Friday the 11th of April.

Hip hip for the weekend!
The MoYou-London Team

Anyone here seen the show Modern Family or Grimm? I have been chain watching them on Netflix lately, and here you have a plate with "Portland" (where the show take place), and some animalfaces (I'm thinking Grimm - manicure right there. 

You have a smaller image of the British Flag that can also be found on MoYou's Travel-Collection. I really like the different Bonsai trees on this plate. 


 May I just start with screaming: TETRIS!!
Okay, moment over. I like the reindeers on this plate, you can make a Bambi -mani with that, or a winter themed nail art of some kind. The owl in the left hand corner is really cute as well.


I am not head-over-heel in love with this plate, but if you have lumberjack -fantasies or like to match your favorite lumberjack sweater/shirt with your nails, this is the plate for it. 
So ... Who's your favorite lumberjack?


This plate is basically the same as plate 05, but instead of the designs being vertical these are horizontal and a bit smaller.   Perfect for lumberjacks, and picnic fans. 

For the record, here is my favorite lumberjack.




Pics of Joe’s GQ Style UK Autumn/Winter 2011 shoot via ONTD!


4.09.2014

As daft as a brush - or not


I went to The Works here in England a couple of days ago to look for canvases as me and my boyfriend are planning on painting our own art work for the living room. While I was there I found this amazing set of brushes for £2.99 with everything a girl can dream about. (I have taken out some of the brushes from the set, and added my other set that I use for nail art) The purple handle brushes are from another set I found at The Works for £1,99 earlier this year.


I am storing them all in a glass jar with some stones in it, to keep them organized and looking pretty on my nail station. I was very pleased with my old set, but my old clean-up brush was getting very wonky, and I wanted a larger flat and angular brush for those one-stroke flowers I keep seeing on Youtube. This set gave me what I needed and a few extra handy brushes as well. The chip brush will be great for the small DIY projects that I am planning, and the natural brushes will be great to have available when we are going loose on those canvases to decorate the living room.

What came in the set: 

Crawford & Black
22 Artist Brushes

Gold Nylon: Wash 3/4,1, Shader 2,10, Round 0,3
White Nylon: Shader 4, Liner 0, Round 3, Angular Shader 3/8
Natural: Round 2,4,8, Wash 1/8,1/2; Round 6
Bristle: Flat 2,6 Round 3
Chip Brush: 1 in
2-Foam Brushes: 1 in


Here is my jar of brushes. The brush in front there with the white handle is an old flat eyeliner brush from E.L.F Cosmetics and its completely out of shape and will be retired.

Did the title of the post make you wonder?
I heard it here the other day and thought it was a marvelous saying. My sources says it means "very foolish".
What is your favorite saying, let me know in the comment section below.

4.08.2014

Sunflowers - Prado Red - manicure

There is one thing that I want to get better at when it comes to nail art.
Freehand

I took my acrylics out for a test. I'm glad I had plenty of time, cause the stuff I was attempting was a bit harder than I thought. So instead of a one stroke manicure, which was what I attempted first. I went for something a bit easier, and did sunflowers.

My favorite sunflower is the Prado Red. I think they are beautiful. Just look at em!


For this manicure I used Savina - Royalty. This was one of my first nail polishes, and I haven't used it for ages. I felt it was time to give it some love. 
Since I did this manicure long into the night hours, I do not have steps-to-steps pictures on how this manicure was built.

Savina - Royalty needed 3 thin coats to cover all VNL. I added topcoat over Royalty before I proceeded to the acrylic art. I used a deep red acrylic colour for this manicure and a flat brush. I used a stippling motion with the brush to create the petals. For the seeds I used IsaDora - Winter Rose, and a dotting tool. 
I then proceed to the stamping. I used Cheeky - Jumbo plate 3 - European Romance. For stamping polish I used China Glaze - Exotic Encounter. I did a full stamping accent, and isolated some vines on two other nails. This was really tricky, since I wanted the vines to fill in the gaps. I think this was pure luck with how well the stamping came out on the index finger and the ring finger. 








What do you girls think? Do you wanna see more nail art like this?
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