Sunday, June 25, 2017

Matchy matchy nail art


Nail art inspired by wrapping paper! Because inspiration really is everywhere :)

The beautiful magenta base is Madam Glam Sangria, and I usually don't do this, but.... I stamped. Yes I did :-p The good folks at Nailland Hungary were nice enough to send me a bottle of Moyra foil polish for stamping and I couldn't let them down!! This stamping polish is made to be used with foils and pigment powders.

Soooo I rubbed some Mitty Gold Bullion powder on it, only it didn't exactly turn out gold because the stamping polish I used is silver. It stamps smoothly even for someone like me who's not very practiced at stamping, but I'd definitely recommend getting the black version for use with powders ;-) The plate I used is the Fun 16 from Fab Ur Nails, I got this from a friend and this particular image really came close to the wrapping paper!





I received the Moyra foil polish for stamping as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Friday, June 23, 2017

Serum No. 5 Empowered collection swatches & review


Holy maglowy! I have a review for you! I'm showing you the Empowered collection by Serum No. 5 which is all about empowering women to be brave, live their dreams and make their own path. Because who run this motha? GIRLS!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ice cream eating piglet nail art


Nail gods almighty, this weather!!! Temperatures hit 35C today, which I believe is the official melting point for Dutch people! It *is* the perfect excuse for delicious creamy homemade ice cream though, like this piglet is enjoying! What's your favorite flavor?

I used KB Shimmer Keep Palm and Carry On for the base, that I got from Color4Nails. I also added some P2 Opulent on the top half and this one was a gift from my sweetest gal friend @lu_letsplayanailgame

I painted the piglet with acrylic paint but I'm not sure if the ice cream is actually recognisable as ice cream. Hmm well, as long as it tastes good, right? ;-)







I received KB Shimmer Keep Palm And Carry On as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Negative space airplane nail art


This design.... did not turn out like I'd hoped. But I decided to share it anyways in the hopes that maybe it will inspire someone to improve upon it! And the video tutorial turned out better, somehow more balanced, so that redeems it a little bit :-p

The base polish is and will forever be gorgeous, it's SuperChic Lacquer Dopamine. I made the negative space effect with a new liquid latex brand I'm trying out, called Edge Perfection. So far I can tell you that it feels sturdier somehow, even a thin coat doesn't snap/break during removal, and it's lightly scented but not overwhelmingly so :)

The clouds & airplane are made with acrylic paint because... what else? ;-)

I think the heat is throwing me off my nail art game! Holding the brush just gets harder as the temperature rises :-p Maybe I should do some art that somehow uses the heat to my advantage!





I received the Edge Perfection liquid latex as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Enchanted night nail art


I wish I was a unicorn... so I could stab people with my head :-p

I used Serum No. 5 Awesome Blossom, Laven-daringly Bright and Wisteria-ously Bright for the base and added some Moyra No. 2 Diamond Shine to a wet top coat. This is really fine glitter that I got from Nailland Hungary and it shows the base color through the glitter. It has a blue shine and I really want to try it over black!!


The enchanted night lights up, revealing the silhouettes of our magical creatures <3 Purple glow is notoriously un-bright (yes I just invented that) but I was lucky to capture it! Maybe unicorns and fairies really do bring good luck!












I received the Moyra No. 2 Diamond Shine glitter as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Shellfish nail art


These nails are so shellfish! Why clam't they just get along? XD

I made a smooshy base using Serum No. 5 Laven-daringly Bright & Blue Blazes as well as Picture Polish Instinct & Tingle. I'll post a tutorial on my Instagram tomorrow to show how I did it!

I painted the shellfish with acrylic paint and my Winstonia Fine Lines & Berry Wine brushes.
The gloooow!! I used Serum No. 5 Laven-daringly Bright and Blue Blazes for the shells too, with the addition of Glowin' of Eden. I also used Atomic Peach for the soft squishy part of the clams, and Guiding Light for the eyes (because I couldn't just leave them dark). Laven-daringly Bright is a bit on the softer side of the glow spectrum, while the others do a really bright job!! They are the brightest glows I've ever seen!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fluffy owl nail art


D'awwww how adorable! Over the years, I've had a couple of requests/suggestions to paint an owl, yet I never did. Until now!

I started with the base, I used Models Own Persian Pink and added What's Up Nails Mystery Flakies over it, for the special effect. Then, I stalled... I wasn't sure what to add on top of this very special base!

The idea of painting an owl just clicked. I used acrylic paint and my Gamax 00 Kolinsky brush, and my dad said he'd like it as a pet :-p







I received What's Up Nails Mystery Flakies 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, June 7, 2017

Polka dot candy nail art


It's my mom's birthday today! ...which has nothing to do with this nail art really, but I just thought I'd mention it :-p Yay!

I feel like I've seen this design somewhere... but I'm not sure. Things like images stick to the inside of my head like it's flypaper, and it's hard to tell what my own ideas are and what I've seen somewhere.
I made french tips with four different colors: Picture Polish Watermelon, Gelato, Sorbet & Tingle. They work out perfectly together! I added the polka dots & candy with acrylic paint and my Winstonia Fine Lines brush.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hypnotic flakies nail art


Whoa! Don't look at this nail art for too long, it'll put you in a deep hypnosis that makes you want to buy ALL the flakies! ;-)

In real life, this is SO DELICIOUS!  I kept moving my hands left and right and just looking at the nails. Really hypnotic :-p


I used a whole bunch of flakies from What's up Nails: Lipstick, Tropic, Mermaid, Breeze & Mystery, over a base of Madam Glam Perfect Black. I applied the flakies 2 per nail, in a sort of gradient formation. I'll have a tutorial on my Instagram tomorrow!
In the mean time, I have a code for all Madam Glam products: you can use my code NAR30 for 30% off your entire order! This is not an affiliate code, just a fun discount that I get to share with you :)


The black stripes are painted with black acrylic paint from Gamax, and I also used their Kolinsky 00 brush. These were gifts from my super awesomest friend @lu_letsplayanailgame!





I received the What's Up Flakies as well as Madam Glam Perfect Black as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cloudy dreams nail art


It's like a dream landscape! Although I never get to visit such cool places in my dreams, mine are always realistic (but scrambled), very detailed and there's always some problem to solve :-p

I really love this base polish. I really really do. It's Picture Polish Soul, which is a collaboration shade with @juli_addicted, and I have a feeling this one is going to make plenty of repeat appearances here on my blog. I got my bottle from Color4Nails and it just lends itself to starry nights and maybe even a winter scene or 2. Who knows!

I painted the scenery with acrylic paint and my Gamax 00 Kolinsky brush that I got from my super awesomest friend @lu_letsplayanailgame!

I received Picture Polish Soul as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

Snails on my nails


I've got snails on mah nails!

The base is Tonic Polish Lunar Lust that I got from Color4Nails. It's so multi faceted!

I painted the snails with acrylic paint and my Roubloff 00 detail brush from Adnails Manucure. Their little shells are made super colorful by adding a little of each polish in the Rainbow Flowers Bath Collection by MooMoo's Signatures. It's so adorable!
I actually found a little snail today and took pictures of him, but forgot to take pictures of him *with* my painted nails. Duh. Must be the heat. I'll put a picture of him in my stories on Instagram!











I received the complete Rainbow Flowers Bath Collection from MooMoo's Signatures as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Holo diamond dress nail art


Isn't her dress looking faaaaabulous? I would love to have one of those! And her muscular shoulders too XD

The gorgeous blue base is a mattified Picture Polish beauty called Blue (how fitting!) that I got from Color4Nails, I used the OPI matte top coat over it. The lady was painted with acrylic paint!

Aaaaand now for the kicker, the dress... ahhh that dress! I just applied some SuperChic Lacquer Marvel Liquid Macro top coat and POOF dipped my wet nail into the Galaxy Holo Pigment from Nailland Hungary! Instant sparkles!! Until May 31st, feel free to use the code NLPL10 for 10% off your order (not an affiliate code) to celebrate my 5th blogiversary!!

Btw she did have a face.... I painted it after applying top coat, was actually kind of okay with how it turned out, then forgot to top coat again and went to wash my hands vigorously to get the holo dust off.... Bye bye face XD I actually saw it wash away under the tap water and cursed myself for it!!


I received the Galaxy Holo Pigment from Nailland Hungary as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer in the countryside nail art

Nothing to disclose

It's been so long since I did an art recreation! This one is inspired by a painting by John Sloane and it hits me right in the summer feels. I grew up in a small rural town so I'm used to corn fields everywhere around me. Granted we don't have gorgeous houses like this but the tree, oh yes the tree!

I really loved painting the wood fence. The tree was a bit harder but the fence poles were like 3 color mixed and bam. Poles. I love it when all it takes is some shadows and highlights and it makes an actual object!
Did I have bionic eyes while painting this design? I'm not sure how everything turned out so sweet, detailed and painter-ish (yes I just made that a word) but I love it. I think I'm kinda proud of this one :)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Popcorn nail art


I wanted to tell you a popcorn joke.... but I figured it was too corny :-p

I started with a beautiful red holo base called Cherub by SuperChic Lacquer. I painted the pattern with acrylic paint and my Berry Wine brushes from Winstonia, they are perfect for fine lines like this!

And here comes the thing that adds the 'POP': I made actual popcorn kernels using Madam Glam 3D gel. I used the white one called 'Sugar' and I LOVE this stuff! I also get to share a discount code for 30% with you, just add NAR30 at checkout :) (not an affiliate code)

I added some color with acrylic paint, and now it actually resembles popcorn :D







I received SuperChic Lacquer Cherub, Madam Glam 3D gel and the Winstonia Berry Wine brush set 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, May 17, 2017

Mirror image butterfly nail art


Do you know the feeling when you meet someone and it's like you see yourself reflected in them? Like they're your soulmate? Yeah neither do I but just... look at my nail art instead :-p

I wish the two halves would have been closer together, next time maybe I should use something like a reflective metal sheet, tin foil, or something.... something without that distance.

The gradient gives me life! I used Faby Marry Me Robbie!!, Color Club East Austin and Faby Hold my hand... for it, and they just fit SO well together! The neon-ness of East Austin brings up the brightness of the other 2 polishes :D

I applied some What's Up Nails Holographic Flakies on top of it, they complete the look and make it happy as ever!


I painted the butterfly with acrylic paint and my Gamax 00 detail brush, and I also made a special effect using What's Up Nails Dream Powder. I've noticed that multichromes show up awesome in mirrors! When shown at the right angle, you can get all the colors in one image.

So while this design is a little bit 'out there', I hope you like it and can see the butterfly as a whole!







I received What's Up Nails Holographic Flakies & Dream Powder 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, May 14, 2017

Tiny T-rex nail art


Rawwwrrr!! Angry T-rex is on his way... good thing he's only 1/3 inch high! ;-)

I hand painted this wild creature on a white polish base with acrylic paint and my Roubloff 00 detail brush, that I bought from Adnails Manucure. It was very enjoyable to paint!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Desert dragon nail art


After a mountain dragon, air dragon, green dragon etc, today we have a desert dragon!

I struggled with this one because it just didn't want to come together. It didn't look *right*. Eventually I went to sleep with an untopcoated dragon on my nails and finished him in the morning!

I used Faby Sunglasses & Bikini for the base, topped with What's Up Nails Breeze Flakies. The flakies changed when I added a regular top coat, so I'd recommend a water based or UV top coat if you like the really smooth appearance.

I painted the scenery (and oh yeah, the dragon too) with acrylic paint and my Gamax 00 Kolinsky brush that I got from my awesome friend @lu_letsplayanailgame!






I received What's Up Nails Breeze Flakies as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Monday, May 8, 2017

Piece of cake nail art


This nail art thing is a piece of cake! Literally XD

I made a gradient with MooMoo's Signatures Seafoam Daisy & Bells of Ireland and Glisten & Glow Wedding Gown White. It's a very soft, subtle gradient because of the soft colors, but I LOVE the combination of green and pink!

I painted the cake with acrylic paint and my Roubloff 00 detail brush. I actually got really hungry for cake while painting this, but I didn't eat any!











I received MooMoo's Signatures Seafoam Daisy & Bells of Ireland as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wedding monarch nail art


Today's post is a special one, because my friend Marlein is getting married tomorrow! I want to wish her and her hubby-to-be an awesome life together :D

The base is KB Shimmer Saved by the Shell that I got from Color4Nails, and I wasn't sure if I would like the color. At first I didn't like it on its own, but it compliments the design perfectly and doesn't overpower it :)

I painted the monarch butterfly using acrylic paint and my new Gamax 00 Kolinsky brush that I got from my awesome friend @lu_letsplayanailgame! The golden rings were made by first painting them with Madam Glam Perfect Black, and then applying some Gold Bullion powder over it from Mitty.




I received KB Shimmer Saved by the Shell and Mitty Gold Bullion powder as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Han Solo in carbonite nail art


May the Fourth be with you! Happy Star Wars Day! I've had this idea for a long time and figured, what better occasion to share it with you, right?

The main nail represents Han Solo in carbonite. I built him up using Madam Glam Perfect Black, and then applied Sunset Powder from What's Up Nails over the whole nail. Looks pretty cool, right?

I complemented this accent nail with a hand painted Star Wars logo, and some Lipstick Flakies also from What's Up Nails. They look like flames!!












I received Madam Glam Perfect Black, as well as What's Up Nails Lipstick Flakies & Sunset Powder as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rainbow macarons nail art


What's a party without some macarons?? Actually I don't even know how to make these... the real life edible kind, I mean XD

I went with a rainbow backsplash made with OPI Color Paints, over a base of What's Up Nails Chrome Powder (applied on top of Madam Glam Perfect Black). I didn't think it was going to look halfway decent, it was an experiment BUT like with any experiment, you find out new things and sometimes they're even good things!!
I painted my macarons with acrylic paint and my new Gamax 00 Kolinsky brush that I got as a gift from my superawesomest friend @lu_letsplayanailgame!! Seriously, she is my ROCK and she is generous to boot. I can't ever repay her (yes I know you're reading this).

The rainbow splashes become more visible in some lighting and less in others, making them very cool and versatile and just mesmerizing to look at!











I received What's Up Nails Chrome Powder & Madam Glam Perfect Black as a press sample. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Happy 5TH blogiversary to PiggieLuv.com!


HAPPY Piggieversary! Can you believe it's already been 5 years? I know some of you have been with me all that time ;-)

OK let's cut to the chase! To celebrate, we'll be having a couple of extra posts this month. You'll be getting a look behind the nails, so to speak! I'll also have some other exciting surprises, that I will keep a secret for now....

Aaaaaaand just like last year, I have a little nail art shop for you guys! I've turned my most popular designs into jewelry: rings, earrings, necklaces, and more. There's only one of each, so they're completely unique, and I'm shipping worldwide for FREE! Take a little looksie for yourself!


Is there a design from my 5 years of blogging that sticks out for you? Something that has special meaning to you or just made you go "Darn, that's ridiculous!"? Please feel free to ask me questions any time!