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 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)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Nail Crazies Unite: Galaxy/Aliens

Galaxy or aliens it the prompt for this week's challenge. I've always admired galaxy nails, but never tried them, so I guess, now it's the time. This is my first attempt ever, so please don't judge too harshly...

I started with two coats of Essence Black Is Back and added one thin coat of Catrice Have An Ice Day (Million Styles LE) for some holo sparkles. Then I cut a sponge in little peaces and sponged Essence Wild White Ways, Barry M. Indigo, Essie Cocktail Bling and a lilac Born Pretty Store stamping polish. For the stars I used the white Essence and a toothpick. One coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top made the mani shiny.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Prayers For Rain

Prayers For Rain is the name of today's polish. We haven't had any rain in the last couple of days here, but it's not so dry that rain would become a urgent need... (I'm sorry that my bottle looks a little disgusting, it somehow got all sticky and I didn't manage to remove all the fluff...)

Prayers For Rain has a teal jelly base (as usual, a little more green than my pictures show) filled with blue flakies, square and hex glitters. I used three coats and added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Prayers For Rain is no longer produced, but other Pahlish polishes are available on their own shop and at Overall Beauty.

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