Sunday, October 15, 2017

Eat crow! nail art


Crows are just such romantic creatures... I mean, they didn't call it Crowmeo and Juliet for nothing!

I used SuperChic Lacquer Wonderwall & Awkward Turtle (love that name!) for the base gradient. I think this color combo is perfect for the transition to fall! I'm really going to miss summer...

The crow is hand painted with acrylic paint. I really liked painting the little feathers and having it come out this well!!








I received SuperChic Lacquer Wonderwall & Awkward Turtle 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, October 9, 2017

Voodoo doll nail art


Oh how I love that voodoo that you do! Whaddaya think, is my voodoo doll cute or creepy? Someone must have one heck of a headache with that pin sticking out :-p

The lovely base is Picture Polish Haven that I got from Color4Nails. It's perfect!

I was playing around with some Flower Confetti from What's Up Nails, seeing what I could make with their round shape. Buttons came to mind! Buttons led to voodoo dolls and thus today's design was born :D

The doll is hand painted with acrylic paint, and ofcourse the button holes are hand painted too!






I received Picture Polish Haven and What's Up Nails Flower Confetti 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, October 3, 2017

3D candy corn nail art


Happy Halloween-month! Let's start things off slowly and without blood or gore :-p Now, we don't actually *have* candy corn in the Netherlands... but a US friend was sweet enough to send me some so I could FINALLY discover what it is! Why did I always think it was hard candy instead of soft?

The design is made the same way as my recent M&M's design, with Madam Glam Sugar 3D gel paint as the basic shape, and then some acrylic paint on top. It's just so much fun!!!

If you want to give it a whirl yourself, please feel free to use my (non-affiliate) code NAR30 for 30% off your Madam Glam order :)







I received Madam Glam Sugar 3D gel paint 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, September 28, 2017

Autumn Applejack nail art


I can't find the right words... What do you say about a design you've worked on for hours? What pun would be funny enough to convince people to pleeeeeease enjoy what you've made?


It's all painted with acrylic paint and a ridiculously tiny brush. And yes, it does in fact have more than three bristles :-p When the nails are viewed from up close like this, you can see all the squigglies and mistakes. But when you zoom out.... it's like magic!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Multichrome flowers nail art


I had this multichrome idea in my head for a while now but I had trouble finding the right way to put it into action. I don't think this is the right drawing for it either but it was time to get it out of my head and into real life!

I really enjoy using these multichrome powders from What's Up Nails. They are so versatile! In this case, I used Mirage, Ocean, Rainforest and Suntan powders to color in the flowers & leaves.

I paired the color shifting flowers with a polish that is equally intriguing, the beautiful Illyrian Polish Voodoo that I got from Color4Nails. It's shown here in full sunlight but it shows an awesome shift in more muted lighting!






I received all of the multichrome powders from What's Up Nails and Illyrian Polish Voodoo 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, September 19, 2017

Holo stars nail art


In case nobody has told you yet today: you're a STAR!!! Shine on, babe!

This is really super rainbow-y in real life. It's amazing! I like the contrast with the dusty dark shade that is Artistic Nail Design Grease Monkey, it makes the holo stand out. And Radiate My Love brings up the happiness a bit and frames the stars so nicely :)
But what I LOVE the most are these holo flakies from What's Up Nails! Although... I might accidentally sneezed while the open pot was in front of me.... and now everything is sparkly XD The couch. The kitchen faucet. My face. EVERYTHING. They clung to my phone so that's extra sparkly now too!






I received Artistic Nail Design Grease Monkey & Radiate My Love as well as What's Up Nails Holo 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.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Oh deer! nail art


I'm so fawn'd of this design!!! For real doe, I love it deerly :D

The scrumptious background gradient is made with SuperChic Lacquer Wonderwall & Awesome-Sauce. I have @annabean1983 to thank for the design, because she posted a picture of a mug once and it just stuck with me. I HAD to paint it!!

The antlers turned out exactly right the first try at painting them. Bam. Done. The face was more of a challenge but I grew closer to this buck the more time I spent on him!





I received SuperChic Lacquer Awesome-Sauce & Wonderwall 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, September 12, 2017

Negative space hearts nail art


I always say I have a see-through heart, I tell everybody my business. So when I saw a design by @vladamua that reminded me of this, I couldn't help but wear my own version of it :)

I used a trick with Edge Perfection's liquid latex to make the hearts, while applying a gradient of Parrot Polish Dakotas and Bloom Tarantula Purple. I finished with an OPI matte top coat and that's kind of it. Nothing too complicated!










I received Edge Perfection and Parrot Polish Dakotas & Bloom Tarantula Purple 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, September 9, 2017

Gold leaf nail art


My heart is still in denial but... it's fall. Fall is here. I love the autumnal season for its splendid colors and warm clothing (Boots!! Hats!!!), though it also means the end of summer.

And so with this gold leaf (hehe, get it?) design, we bid farewell to summer and make our way into the final quarter of the year. Wow I'm feeling poetic tonight!

I used Artistic Nail Design Torque It! for my base, I love this deep dark color. Also, it makes my skin stand out nicely in a vampiric shade ;-)

Since the polishes from Artistic Nail Design come in both a regular polish and gel version, I used the gel polish of Torque It! to paint a leaf design, cured it, and added some Mitty Gold Bullion powder on top. Added some white acrylic paint stripes aaaaand done!







I received Artistic Nail Design Torque It! 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, September 5, 2017

Holo smiley nail art


SMILE! This day only comes around once! So does tomorrow. And the day after that. Aaaand the day after that!

The deep dark base is Artistic Nail Design Heart Braker, that I reviewed here. It might look like black at first glance, but I promise it's not!

The happy smiley faces are made with Sapphire & Flower Confetti from What's Up Nails, soooo funky! I painted the faces on the glitters with acrylic paint.








I received Artistic Nail Design Heart Braker & What's Up Nails Sapphire & Flower Confetti 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, September 2, 2017

3D M&M's nail art


Put your hands up if you can taste them just by looking!! My first post as a brand spankin' new 28 year old had to be something fun and festive ;-)

My birthday was aaaaawesome, I spent the morning shopping with my mom (she's my favorite shopping buddy), and on the way home we got sandwiches at the deli shop. The afternoon was for reading in the sun, just the PERFECT day!

This design is really easy peasy: it's just making dots with 3D gel called 'Sugar' from Madam Glam, and I covered the dots with acrylic paint. Added the M's on top et voila! Please feel free to use my (non-affiliate) code NAR30 for 30% off your entire Madam Glam order!



I received Madam Glam Sugar 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, August 29, 2017

Falling rose petals nail art


Spreading the looooove! Because if you have some to spare, why not share?

Magical, magical Serum No. 5 <3 I will never get over these glow polishes! I used Raspberry Delight, Atomic Peach and Solar Power in a gradient, and a dot of Day Glow for the windows of the houses.

The shiny shifty air balloon is made with Madam Glam Perfect Black, slathered in Mirage powder from What's Up Nails. It turned out so perfect!

The rose petals are 3D too. I used Madam Glam Sangria for it which provided the 3D rise as well as the perfect outline color for the petals after I added acrylic paint to them. The rest of the design is painted with acrylic paint as well.






I received all of the polishes 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.  

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Looking out at the sunrise nail art


Overlooking the sunset, what could be more romantic? Yeah okay I can think of a few things...

If it's a dog, cat or something more legendary, I'll leave that up to you ;-)

The base (and the silhouette) is made with acrylic paint, I love this technique! I applied some Aurora powder from What's Up Nails over it but I think this powder would be better at home over a darker color. I'll be sure to use it again soon so I can show you!







I received What's Up Nails Aurora 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, August 20, 2017

Glitter bug nail art


I have a soft spot for insects... well actually for all animals, but more than 4 legs don't scare me off :-p I keep painting them in my nail art and the 3D-ness of this one makes it even more awesome!

The delicate base is A England Symphony in Green and Gold that I got from Color4Nails. It's exquisite!

I painted the scenery with acrylic paint, and only painted the bug without filling it its shield. I mixed some Tealquila glitter from TwinkledT with clear 3D sculpting gel. Such a cool effect!!!








I received A England Symphony in Green and Gold as well as Twinkled T Tealquila 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.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Artistic Nail Design Fueled and Furious swatches & review

Are you as ready for fall as I am? I don't know what it is, the weather or my insatiable lust for all things spooky and Halloween-y. I'm just so ready for warm knitted sweaters, cute boots and coming home from the cold to cuddle up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. Even my taste in color is drifting towards the moodier fall/winter shades so this new Fueled and Furious collection from Artistic Nail Design is firing up my engine and pushing me into overdrive!

There are 6 shades in the collection and I swatched the 4 creme shades for you. All of these polishes are smooth, shiny, easy to apply and remove and just downright gorgeous. Plus they come with a wide brush that makes it really easy to get those nice crisp lines at the cuticle. Remember, all of them are available both in gel (called Color Gloss) and regular air drying polish (called Color Revolution). Enough stalling! Let's get to the pics!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Crabby nail art


Why am I feeling crabby?? I have to stop being so shellfish. Ghehehehehe XD

I used the gorgeous Picture Polish Clouds (I got this from Color4Nails) as a base and put some What's Up Nails Sapphire Confetti (round glitter, yay!) on top of that with the help of my Masura Vitamin Top gel top coat.

I painted a crab and some of his living environment with acrylic paint, then finished it off with a matte top coat. I think it's so cute and colorful, it can go straight into a kid's room!






I received Picture Polish Surf & What's Up Nails Sapphire Confetti 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, August 12, 2017

Swimming dog nail art


Rrrrrrruf! Here's a funky little Jack Russel barking at you from the swimming pool!

He's just floating around in his inner tube, relaxing and enjoying the sun <3

I made a cooooool base using Picture Polish Surf and Mermaid that I got from Color4Nails. On top of that, I painted my doggy with acrylic paint!









I received Picture Polish Surf & Mermaid 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, August 9, 2017

Waterfront nail art


There's a small lake near my house where I walk almost every day, and it's GORGEOUS. I always wonder what's happening under the surface of the water though. I know it's just the koi fish, but in my mind I'll always wonder what mythical creature might be living there :-p

I'm wearing a base of What's Up Nails Ocean and Rainforest, two gorgeous pigment powders that are super reflective! On top of that, I added some scenery with acrylic paint. I hope you like it!











I received Ocean and Rainforest from What's Up Nails 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, August 7, 2017

Juicy watermelon nail art


It's juicy. It's delicious. It's.... watermelon!!!

Another summer symbol for me :) I used MooMoo's Signatures Blushing Akito, Bells of Ireland & Seafoam Daisy for this delicious watermelon design. I also used black & white acrylic paint for the seeds, some green paint for the outside of the watermelon and Young Nails clear 3D sculpting gel to add the juice!

This one is SO bright and perfect for summer!







I received MooMoo's Signatures Blushing Akito, Bells of Ireland & Seafoam Daisy 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, August 4, 2017

Negative space chrome feathers nail art


OK so you know how sometimes there's a sparrowhawk in your neighborhood and you keep finding plucked bird feathers? This nail art design is not an ode to that XD

Eek! Nekkid nails! I was inspired by a design by @nailsbykarise and hers look SO much better than mine!

I made the feathers using Madam Glam Perfect Black as a base for the shapes, then added What's Up Nails Suntan powder for the chrome effect, and finished it off with some acrylic paint.

The black base for the other 2 nails is also Perfect Black, and if you're tempted to place an order with Madam Glam (really, you should), please feel free to use my (non-affiliate) code NAR30 for 30% off. No strings attached ;-)

The freakingly gorgeous multichrome flakies are the Tropic Flakies from What's Up Nails. Delicious.





I received all of the polishes 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.  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Glitter sunflower nail art


It's August already, can you believe it?? The ultimate summer symbol, for me, is the sunflower!

My beautiful sky blue base is A England Symhony in Blue & Silver that I got from Color4Nails. I painted the sunflowers with acrylic paint and added a dollop of glitter at the heart of each flower, as if there are real seeds in them. For this, I used a mix of two TwinkledT glitters: Holondaise Sauce (a gold holo glitter) and Holo is the New Black (a black glitter with a more subtle holo sparkle).

And so, glitter sunflowers were born! What's your ultimate summer symbol?









I received A England Symphony in Blue & Silver and TwinkledT Holondaise Sauce & Holo is the New Black loose glitters 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, July 28, 2017

Boardwalk nail art


I feel so board, I'm a boardwalk! OK let's just pretend that was a good pun :-p

I was in the mood for some hand painted landscape nail art but didn't really have 8 hours to spare (sorryyyy!!!). So this is my compromise!


It's completely painted with acrylic paint and my Roubloff 00 detail brush that I bought from Adnails Manucure. I complimented the design with Picture Polish Ocean on the other nails. Get it... Ocean... perfect fit!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stained glass mermaid nail art


Nothing 'fishy' about this, just plain ol' glitter!!

This was so easy to make you'll pee your pants. All I did was make a base of Twinkled T Holocopter loose glitters, paint a pattern on it using acrylic paint aaaaand colored it all in using markers (containing alcohol ink)! That's all!
I really, really, REALLY liked just coloring in the design, it felt so easy and enjoyable like being a little kid again! I got my markers from Action, a store here in the Netherlands. They strongly remind me of the Copic markers I used to have for my graphic design studies.










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