Sonntag, 29. April 2012

Flowers!

Another water decal from Chez Delaney. This time application was different, the decal didn't move around too much. Quite the contrary, it didn't move at all after placed on the nail. I think those were different kinds of decals. Anyway, first I did all my nails but it was way too fancy, even for me. So I decided to go with an accent nail only. 






For the rest of my nails I chose Essie - Mint Candy Apple.





Montag, 23. April 2012

Water Decals: Roses



Although I have no idea why, once again I ordered some full nail water decals. I always fall for those pretty decals! But everytime I'm using them I ask myself: Why did I buy those again? Well, I guess I do because after they're in place and done I usually love how they look. 


For the weekend I chose black water decals with roses. I bought them at Chez Delaney for 1.70 €.






Water decals are dipped into water for about 5 seconds and then placed onto the nail. This is the annoying step. Sometimes it works and sometimes the decal just doesn't stay where it's supposed to be and it moves around and moves and moves -.-






If you succeed in placing it, you will need a non-fast-drying top coat. I used 
Star Nail - Nail Art Finishing Sealer which works alright with decals. About 30 minutes later I applied another coat of Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat. 








Beneath the decals I applied one coat of black nail polish in case the decal wouldn't cover my entire natural nail. 




For a tutorial on how to apply water decals I recommend this video from Tartofraises. 

Samstag, 21. April 2012

Square Nails Design by Sophie from My Awesome Beauty

I allowed myself to copy a design from a nail artist I love. Make sure to check out Sophie's blog My Awesome Beauty, she does the most amazing nail art designs and she has a unique technique which I've not seen before in this way. She's using striping tape to create squares, triangles, lines, etc. 

Since she did a tutorial on her famous Elegant Squares nail design I tried to work my way trough it and created a black/grey/white version of Square Nails.




I used two coats of NYX Matte White as a base color. Then I proceeded as stated in the video, using Catrice - London's Weather Forecast and Essence - My Sparkling Acrobat plus silver striping tape. (I got mine here.)




I noticed that even though Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat does not cause any shrinkage (with a new bottle), it does smudge my designs. I think it's because of its thin formula that the brush smudged some black into the white squares, no matter how careful I was. 




So, I really do love this design. But it's very time-consuming if you're not used to work with striping tape. And I had to take it off a day after because the striping tape was lifting on some nails. Just a tiny bit, but enough to make me pick it every five minutes. I'd recommend designs where the striping tape ends on the side of the nail only (or simply be more talented than me in cutting the tape with your weak hand). 




And to conclude a shot of my square nails with my awesome new shirt. Love the color <3 


Have a nice weekend! 

Donnerstag, 19. April 2012

Snow Leopard Nails!

Another leopard design, this time in levels of grey. 





Base coat is NYX Matte White, a new white nail polish I'm testing at the moment. Then I added leopard spots in Artdeco - 108 and Essence - Got A Secret and circled them with black nail polish.






One coat of Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat on top! 

Mittwoch, 18. April 2012

Sponged!

This design occured by accident: I tried to sponge a gradient design with three colors at the same time. It didn't work, so I just sponged all over it again.






I used three pretty colors from Essie: 
Velvet Voyeur, Angora Cardi and In Stitches.






And I used a new fast drying top coat from Revlon which I'm testing at the moment. It's very expensive but I've heard good things about it. So far I'm happy with the result but I need to test more polish / nail art variations to be sure.






Dienstag, 17. April 2012

Essence Rebels LE: Peach Punk / Mauve Like A Rockstar / Rebelizer

Today I will show you three of the four new nail polishes from the Rebels LE by Essence. They're all so called latex nail polishes which means they are semi-matte. I absolutely love this finish! 

Peach Punk



This one is my favorite! A lovely peach color which matches great with the latex finish. I used three coats because it wasn't perfect with two. But it's very fast drying and I think this is due to the matte effect. Obviously I used no top coat on this one. 





Mauve Like A Rockstar



I used two coats with this one. It's a nice nude color but nothing special really. I hoped the latex touch would make it stand out, but it doesn't for me. Anyway, nice color and fast drying, definitely worth a look if you like nude colors. 






Rebelizer




Well this one... what can I say about this one. It actually looked like a nice green in store lighting. I swear it did!
So these are two coats, but it's not opaque yet. 






So which one is your favorite? And how do you like that latex finish?

Montag, 16. April 2012

Color Splash / Algae Veronica

If you don't know Algae Veronica yet, it's time to take a look at her Tumblr! She's a nail artist and does the most amazing designs. I could stare at her pictures for hours because they're so beautiful. Today's design was inspired by her Rainbow Splatter design which you can find here and her newest black & white design




I started off with painting my nails alternately in black and white. Then I sponged black on white and white on black. On top I added the colors, I chose a simple red, yellow, green and blue. 
As you can see, the color sponging worked best on the white base.





It took quite some time to dry completely and I'm not as happy as I would be if my design looked like the one from Algae Veronica. Anyway, practice makes perfect and I'm looking forward to the promised tutorial from her! 

Freitag, 13. April 2012

Green Gradient Nails With A Twist

I've always been an admirer for the one stroke nail art technique, especially the designs from Tartofraises are really pretty. I wanted to try it as well but as you can tell by looking at my pictureus I didn't succeed... but in the end it helped me discover a different approach, by using two colors and painting them on my nails together. 




I used a simple white nail polish and a dark green from Catrice called Run Forest Run. With a wide brush I added the two colors on my brush just as in the one stroke technique (one color on the left, one on the right). Then I mixed the colors on a paper and painted them on my nail. 




As a result I got this pretty gradient from left to right. I like these much better than my grey gradient nails from yesterday. The colors blend together quite well! 




Sorry about the tic on my middle finger nail, I had a fight with my toothpaste ;)


Thanks for reading! <3

Donnerstag, 12. April 2012

Grey Gradient Nails

Today I have some gradient nails for you! They're sponged on a white base color and before adding the top coat I tried to smudge it with a brush dipped in nail polish remover. It didn't really work the way I wanted it to, but it gave a small gradient anyway. 




China Glaze - Snow, Essence - Got A Secret, Artdeco - 108, Catrice - London's Weather Forecast and OPI - Black Onyx




Well, usually I wouldn't upload pictures with shrinkage, but this time I think the shrinkage fits the design, don't you? It gives a 'used look' to my nails which I kind of like in connection with those colors and the gradient. 



Samstag, 7. April 2012

Essence - Passion For Fashion

Now, what did I say about swatches not being accurate? Today I have a dark purple for you, it's from Essence and it's called Passion For Fashion (which is probably the worst name in my whole collection).  Anyway I love the color and the pictures I took are not accurate. Imagine the purple more dark and well, more purple! 




Passion For Fashion needs two coats to be opaque. It didn't dry very quickly but it wasn't too bad either. I was a little scared of smudging my cuticles but cleaning up was really easy, no smudging at all! 




After ~12 hours one small spot on my thumb chipped already, it's still wearable though. 

Dienstag, 3. April 2012

Easter Bunny & Polka Dots

I'm still regularly painting my nails but I just didn't feel like uploading swatches or designs. Either my cam didn't capture the colors right and I don't want to upload inaccurate swatches. Or I just didn't like my designs. Well I didn't succeed in taking pictures of my new H&M nail polish called Bella's Choice. So I went for some nail art. 





I'm not too sure about this one either. Well I like the bunny on my ring finger nail but the polka dots... One minute I hate them, the next I think they fit great. Anyway, colors are as mentioned before H&M - Bella's Choice as a base (darker and more turquoise in real) and H&M - Peach Me Soon. 







Two coats of BTGN Top Sealer since those polka dots are really bumpy otherwise.