Friday, July 20, 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas: Stars








Stars are this week's challenge theme.




My base color is Colors By Llarowe Orion, and the perfect example of what can happen if you're waiting too long with wearing a polish. When I bought this one a couple of years ago (yes, I know, shame on me...), it was a deep purple jelly with lots of silver microglitter. As I read in other blogposts about it, it was opaque with 2-3 coats. When I took my bottle out of the drawer, it looked more plum than purple, and turned to chocolate brown on my nails. Plus, it apparently got sheerer with time, the tree coats I used weren't completely opaque. I still like what it looks, but it's not what I bought anymore...

For the stamping I used Kiko Mirror Lacquer 630 (Golden Rose) and ÜberChic plate 1-03. As usual, I added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.











Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Dance Legend 623 Magnetic





Today's mani is very simple, but boy, did I love wearing it...





I used just one polish, Dance Legend 623 Magnetic. It's a purple shimmer that turns very dark and very light, once you used the magnet. I applied three coats, magnetized a diagonal stripe, one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top, finished. 

















Monday, July 16, 2018

Embrace Is Not Enough





A happy pink glitter topper for monday.










My base color is OPI The World Is Not Enough. As a huge James Bond fan, I just had to buy most of their Skyfall collection a couple of years back, but I have to be honest, this polish really disappointed me. While it looks quite interesting in the bottle, it seemed to be a color shifting shimmer, it's just plain boring on the nails. Instead of showing a color shift from grey over brown to green, like in the bottle, it's just a very sheer taupe with some glittery sparkles. I used three coats, and as you can see, it's nowhere near opaque. 





To hide the boring base a little, I dabbed on one coat of Orly Embrace. Embrace was part of their breast cancer awareness collection (thus the pink ribbon charm on the bottle), so of course it's pink. It has a clear base and three sizes of pink hex glitters, the smallest of them are holographic. I added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top for a smooth surface.

















Friday, July 13, 2018

Nail Crazies Unite: Sea Creatures









Sea creatures is this week's challenge theme. I live in a country without sea coast. I've been to the sea a couple of times (Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic, Pacific, Baltic Sea, North Sea. OK, I've seen quite a lot of seas, actually), but the only animals I've seen there are seagulls and seals. But I've seen a lot of sea animals in zoos or aquariums. 





For this task, I chose a pond mani. I started with a blue Born Pretty Store stamping polish and stamped these sirenias from MoYou London Sailor Collection plate 05 (I first thought the pattern showed some fat fish, only after stamping I realised they are sirenias or something like that, a mammal in any case) with white Born Pretty Store stamping polish. Then I added two coats of the very sheer teal Nfu Oh jelly JS32. Another round of sirenias, two more coats of the Nfu Oh and one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top, that's it.













Monday, July 9, 2018

Vanaheim





Vanaheim by CrowsToes is today's polish. The name might sound like Anaheim in California, home of Disneyland, but actually is one of the spheres in norsk mythology.





Vanaheim is a quite interesting polish, a double multichrome. It has a colorshifting shimmer base, shifting from an almost olive green over teal to blue, and is filled with colorshifting glitters shifting from orange over gold and green to blue. I used three coats and added two coats of KBShimmer Clearly On Top, since the small glitters are quite topcoat hungry and the surface still felt a little gritty after one coat.










Crows Toes polishes are available at their own store (US only), Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Color4Nails. Sadly Vanaheim doesn't seem to be available anymore.

Friday, July 6, 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas: Least Favourite Color








The 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ask for my least favourite color today. This one was easy for me, I don't really like oranges, and I really don't care about neons, so I chose a polish I honestly just keep for challenges, I wouldn't wear it otherwise...





Black Cat Lacker Sunburned is my base, a neon orange crelly with very subtle flakie shimmer (I think this one might be UV sensitive, in daylight it looks more orange, in artificial light more coral). I used three coats and as you can see, my nail line is still visible, the polish is quite sheer. For the half moon stamping I used white Born Pretty Store stamping polish and MoYou London Kaleidoscope Collection plate 06. One coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top protected the stamping.














Black Cat Lacquer have their own store, but Sunburned was part of a "A Box, Indied" and never was sold separatly.




Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th Of July





Happy 4th of july to my American readers! I've got some red, white and blue for your national holiday.





For this mani I used Essence Wild White Ways plus blue and red Born Pretty Store stamping polish. I started with one coat of the white polish, than painted some of it on my ÜberMat, added some red and blue dots, mixed all with a toothpick and transferred the polish on my nails using a stamper. One coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top, and that was it. 

Usually, I'm about a week ahead with my manis, so I painted this one last wednesday, while Switzerland was playing against Costa Rica in the World Cup (football/soccer). And what are Costa Rica's colors? Right, red, white and blue. Luckily, I didn't jinx the game with my mani (or at least not too much) and Switzerland qualified for the next round ;-) (sadly, our World Cup dreams are over now, the Swiss boys just didn't play well enough yesterday and lost against Sweden)















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