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7.14.2014

Bring on the NEON

Today I have for you a very cool nail polish.

 The company I work with was going to a Summer Resort for the day to relax by the pool and just get to know everyone that works here. It was out in the middle of no-where. Obviously we where excited. There where large iron gates welcoming us (there where lots of mentioning of Hunger Games and similar movies), and when they open up we saw where we would be locked in for the next 10 hours. A small pool, a large party tent with a hired in DJ and a bunch for bartenders/caterers. 


I was wearing these awesome looking nails. And now I get to show them to you. since I stressed so much about having them done for the party, I was doing these at 3-4 am, and started at work at 10 am, since I really needed the rest, I decided to take the picture the following day. This picture above was taken at the party. Super Bright. So was my toes, but I will spare you the look of those. 

Without further ado, here is Claire's - Dizzy over Sinful Color - Irish Green (neon). 



Since I was working with a neon, I started out with one coat of Sinful Color - Snow Me White, then added two-three coats of Sinful Color - Irish Green, and finished off with two coats of Claire's - Dizzy. 

How are you incorporating Neon to your summer?

7.10.2014

Your nails sparkle like your eyes ...

Hi everyone. 

I have been MIA for a while now, due to so much work to do on the project I am working on at EA. 
I can't say what project I am working on, but I work as LT (Localization Tester) there and it is so much fun (but so busy!) The last thing you want to do when you are done at work, is to sit down in front of a computer again. 
I have been enjoying all the things Madrid has to offer. There is this great Irish bar in town that I have been spending a lot of time at. Great music, people, and it's almost like being home in England... Almost. I still have to deal in Euros and strange Spanish-people that doesn't know a single word English, but the staff all speak English and are so nice to me. Free cookies to the people! YaY. 

As you might remember, the last post I did was of my KIKO - haul, and today I will be showing you one of the polishes I bought. 
KIKO - 530

It applied buttery smooth and covered well in 2 coats. If you look really closely you can see some micro flakies, which just adds to the amazingness of this polish. At first my co-working though I was wearing Orly - Sweet Peacock, but seeing this in direct sunlight, you can really tell it's nothing close to the Orly one at all. The green shift with so much shine it's like looking at the sun(!). 





"Hey babe, your nails sparkle like your eyes".
                                                 - bartender at O'Donnells. 

They are so much fun those guys at my "local" Irish. Hehe. 

Until next time girls! Enjoy summer, and have fun!

6.23.2014

KIKO - 255 - Violet Microglitter

 As I wrote a couple of days ago, I just went on a little shopping spree at Kiko stores, that resulted in 5 more polishes. I didn't stick to one particular line, but grabbed some here and there. First one I was dying to try out was Kiko - 255 - Violet Microglitter
I wouldn't say that this is just a micro glitter polish, cause when you look at the pictures you can definitely spot some holo in there.

It was smooth to work with and dried really quick on me, but it left a gritty texture so it needed a solid coat of topcoat on top to smooth that grittiness out.
I needed two coats for this to cover completely, as it left a couple of bald spots here and there.

I hear some people compare this to A England Lady of the Lake, I do own that, but I didn't bring it with me to Spain, so comparisons there have to wait, if anyone is interested (let me know in the comments below, if you are).

I took a lot of pictures of this polish, to truly show how it looks in all the different light-conditions. So while the first few pictures might not look amazing, wait for it, until you get the last one, and you can see just how pretty it is in the sun.


Kiko - 255, indoor with flash
Kiko - 255, indoor, direct artificial light 
Here it really reminds me of Accessorize - Magic. One of the first polishes I showed on this blog.

Kiko - 255, indoor, indirect artificial light.

Kiko - 255, indirect sunlight


I am swooning over how pretty this on is in the sun, so pretty and shiny. What do you girls think?

6.20.2014

Small Kiko - Haul

So as you might already know, I just moved temporarily to  Spain, Madrid to work as a gametester for EA. It was a huge opportunity for me and I just couldn't say no to it.
Today, we are working overtime on my project, which means I get to update myself on all the blogs out there, and do some blogposts. In between all the working of course, it's not like I'm not doing anything here. But the rules are less strict when working overtime.
Since my flat doesn't have a proper kitchen I have most of our meals out in pubs or restaurants, and it leaves little time for reading blogs and do some blogging. I have missed it so much. I have been so used to being updated on all the blogs I follow, the minute someone posts something, and now, I feel like I am falling behind.

One of the plus sides when moving from UK to Spain, is that I can easily get hold of Kiko polishes.

I mean. The shops are EVERYWHERE!

Every corner I look, there is a KIKO shop. One even had a grand opening just few days after I got here. I didn't go to it, but there was definitely champagne there. Quite the show.


These are the polishes I bought. They sure look amazing in the bottles, and I hope it transfers as well to the nails. I am so excited over these polishes. They are perfect for the Spanish weather with lots of sun and warm weather, so shiny!

So this are the polishes I got:
Kiko - 255
Kiko - 530
Kiko - 533
Kiko - 493
Kiko - 497

I think I managed to line them up, somewhat in order, so the furthest to the right is Kiko - 255. 
And oh my gosh, that green! It's freaking amazing!!
Gorgeous!!

I love my little haul, and I hope you did too. I will be back later with some swatches for you girls. 

A writers manicure

I was totally inspired by Mishka over at Lacquer or Leave Her! for todays manicure. You can find her post: Review and Before & After: Moyou London Scholar Collection 02 and 06 here.

Quick view of the original.

Property of Lacquer or Leave Her
This manicure is so gorgeous. It's amazingly gorgeous. I can not praise it enough. hopefully my recreation with a twist will get as much love as the original. If you are not already a subscriber of her, I would highly recommend checking her out.

For this manicure I used the same plate as Mishka did in her manicure, but I also added one plate from MASH - 39, for a background image. I wanted my nails to look like notebooks, and since I don't have the Scholar Collection plate 06, I found an image that kinda looks the same on another plate.


I used a several different nail polishes for this manicure. W7 - Buff on the tips over Barry M - Lychee, and ESSIE - Little Brown Dress as an accent. Stamped using Makeup Mekka - Charlotte Grey and Barry M - Lychee, and ESSIE - Little Brown Dress.

This is how it all started.


A writers manicure

A writers manicure

A writers manicure

A writers manicure

Can I just say that I am totally in LOVE with this manicure. I just LOVE LOVE it. And I love how the ink came out, when I used a brush over it to make it look more like it was "wiped" away. 

6.13.2014

Leadlighting flowers

The days are going well here in Spain, life as a gametester is challenging and also a lot of fun. I get to use everything I know about the game, from being an old fan, as well as all the things I have learned as a Secretary. I am really looking forward to the release, when I can lean back, give myself a pat on the shoulder for a job well done.

I have been seeing this leadlight technique mentioned a lot of places, it's totally the rave of the summer.
I didn't bring that many polishes that would be great for this, so I needed to mix the colours I did bring with some clear polish to make this work for me. I didn't quite do it right, but as a first attempt, I think it's a good one. 

So for this manicure I mixed following colours with clear polish to create this look:
Barry M - Superdrug Limited Edition Yellow
ESSIE - Mojito Madness
Savina - Royalty

All this over 2 coats of Wet n Wild - Tropicalia

I stamped using Wet n Wild - Black Creme, using Cheeky - Jumbo plate - Princess Charming


Leadlight technique

Leadlight technique

Have you jumped on the Leadlight - technique wagon as well?
Any particular polishes you find works the best for this kind of technique?
Let me know in the comment field below!

6.12.2014

Throwback Thursday - Cafè Nails

Today I decided to do a throwback, with a re-creation. Before I even had a blog, before I was good at doing my nails (I tried, it counts), I did a nail art creation using a Konad plate and two nail polishes. H&M - Brown, and Depend - 188.

I intended to post this on the blog 2 years ago, but something kept me from doing it, firstly it's not that well done, it looks rugged and my cleanup is not the best. So it never went live. Just been sitting in my "draft" folder for these 2 years. And now I am going to post it. Excited?

This text is taken from the original drafted post:
First I started off painting my nails with Depend - 188, an old favorite of mine. But seeing it as a full mani, I felt it was boring, and needed some fun. I picked up my H&M mini - Brown, and used it on two of my fingers, then I reached for Konad stamping plate M14 and stamped a cupcake on it, using Depend - 188. 
Depend - 188
H&M - Brown, and Depend - 188, cupcake from Konad - M15 stamped in Depend - 188.


Yeah, it's not that great, but we all started somewhere, and this was one of my first stamping nail art looks.
I acknowledge that I was once a complete noobie, and I still consider myself pretty new at these things. We all started somewhere, and that's okay.

So I decided to take this mani, and do something new with it. I kept the stamping plate, added another image, swapped out those terrible polishes, and made it new and fresher.

For this look I used W7 - Buff, and W7 - Royal, Konad - M15 (using the cupcake image) and Cheeky - Jumbo Plate 7 - Home Sweet Home.

It turned out a bit more sheer than I thought it would, but in the right light (under not too bright, artificial light) you can see what it says.

If you where wondering, the stamp stays Tea Time and Cupcakes.




I don't think this is the last time I am doing this. I really enjoyed the lookback, and a bit sad that my hands looks so dry in the picture even though I mosturised them right before taking the picture. Darn you Spain for being so warm and drying me out. 

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