Friday, April 27, 2018

Stained glass wedding cake nail art

Magnolias are kind of done blooming (for now) but I'm missing them so here's my own burst of happy flowers! These were inspired by a wedding cake by Cake Style, so creative!

All I needed was a white base polish, some acrylic paint and a tiiiiiny brush for paintin'!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Floral french gradient tips

It's really starting to feel like spring over here in the Netherlands! The first backyard afternoon teatime is a fact! The air feels incredibly soft compared to the winter chill and the sun has finally found its way back too :D

So what better way to celebrate than a happy design? I painted my tips white, taped them off using Liquid Palisade by Kiesque and proceeded to make a delicious gradient using Serum No. 5 Solar Power, Orange You Sunny and Raspberry Delight. These polishes are LIT! Hehehe
All it took was some acrylic paint and my detail brush to add some flowers and take this design up a notch!

I received Serum No. 5 Raspberry Delight as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wikkid Polish swatches & review

Making a sparkly, shiny debut on my blog, please welcome Wikkid Polish! It's my immense pleasure to feature one of the UK's finest indies, whose 'pourn' (not as dirty as it sounds) has gone viral before on Insider, Marie Claire and other large social media outlets. It really is the nail polish of your dreams, so let's jump right in!

Friday, March 16, 2018

3D gecko nail fail

Sooo..... this didn't quite turn out as I'd hoped, haha!

A very good friend of mine told me to share it anyways, because you never know what it might inspire. So here's me challenging you all! I'd love to see you try your hand at this design, 2D or 3D, any technique you can come up with, just go for it and have fun!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Actual lace nail art

OK so I know this one is a little bit crazy looking.... It's just something that I had in mind for a while now, and I HAD to try it out!

I have this sort of lace on a roll, it's basically just threads weaved together in a very open way. I wondered what this would look like on nails!

The end result is this weird creation, I encased the lace in gel top coat so the top is completely smooth and nothing snags or scratches.

Whaddaya think? Would you wear this?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pink Gellac - Wear test results

As I promised you in my Pink Gellac Starter Kit review, I'd be wearing one of their colors for a full wear test, and the results are in!

I chose Berry Red for this wear test, and it wore very comfortably. The first few days were amazing, I felt like I'd just come home from the salon (although I've never actually been to one). I enjoyed my super shiny gorgeously colored nails a LOT!

The photo below shows two days of wear, without a scratch or anything:

After five days, the tips were the first to show any signs of wear. The Pink Gellac still looked super shiny, and the edges were holding up nicely too.

I'm right handed, so that side is the first to get its polish ruined. Weirdly enough, the worst tip wear was on my middle and ring finger, somehow my index remained intact for way longer.

Aaaand then disaster struck XD A little over a week in, the polish started to lift at the tips, making it easy for water to sneak under it and do more damage. At this point it was time to remove it, the lifting parts kept getting tangled in my hair and I was missing whole nails of polish.

Full disclosure: moving is pretty hard on your nails! I'm still getting my new apartment in shape and for the polish to survive that for over a week is pretty cool, I'd say.

I was curious to see if Pink Gellac would last the 14 days that the brand promises. I managed to make it past the first week, and then it got... dicey :-p In hindsight, I could have prolonged wear time if I had retouched the tips every 2 - 3 days, just swiped it with a bit of the Shine top coat and cured. Still, where normal polish chips on me within a day or 2, this stuff stayed on nicely, looking shiny and perfect and smooth! I didn't use the Primer that came with the kit, it wasn't mentioned in the instruction booklet but it's supposed to go on before the base, to make the gel polish adhere to the nail plate even better. So that's what I'll try next time, see if it helps the tips to stay put longer.

Time for my final conclusion! The Pink Gellac Starter Kit is super easy to use. For me it's a huge plus that Pink Gellac gel polishes don't need any dry time and they're odorless. While I didn't get the 2 weeks of wear out of it, it did keep its perfect finish for a long time. There's a big range of colors on the website that you can purchase individually or choose a few to go along with a Starter Kit. I'll definitely be wearing Pink Gellac a lot more in the future!

Fun fact: I was applying a new color when my aunt came over and turns out she uses Pink Gellac too!!

I received all of the products in this article as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Rainbow tech nail art

It takes sunshine and rain to make rainbows. And sometimes, a dash of nail polish too!

Oooh and it glows!!! I used Parrot Polish Dakotas for the base and painted the design with white acrylic paint first. Then all I had to do was retrace it with some Serum No. 5 Glo-balt Blue, Kiwi Glow Now, Solar Power, Orange You Sunny, Raspberry Delight and Wisteria-ously Bright!

I received Parrot Polish Dakotas and Serum No. 5 Glo-balt Blue, Kiwi Glow Now, Raspberry Delights and Wisteria-ously Bright as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.