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.  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Showbiz bee nail art


There ain't no bee-znis like showbee-znis! This bee is just such a sucker for attention :-p

The shape of these Twinkled T Holo at Me hex glitters reminds me of a honeycomb pattern, so naturally I *had* to try it! I've done bees a couple of times before though so this had to be something unusual, something funky. Mission: achieved!

I placed the Twinkled T glitters on a wet gel top coat using my Winstonia Fine Lines brush and after curing, I added the orange lines. This makes it look like the honeycombs are 3D ;-)
The bee is completely freehand. Yup, surprised me a little bit too. I really thought this while design was going to look like crap but I have to say I kinda like it!












I received Twinkled T Holo at Me 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, July 16, 2017

Son of a beach nail art


What the shell? What did this beach make on her nails now?? It's SUMMER and I have the nail art to prove it!

I started out with P2 Cosmetics Precious as the textured base. I got this polish as a gift from my sweetest friend Lucrezia from Let's Play a Nail Game <3 I once did a guest post on her blog (before I found out what an awesome person she is) and this design strongly reminds me of it!

I used 3D gel from Madam Glam called 'Sugar' (use my code NAR30 for 30% off! Not an affiliate code) to make the sea star & shells, and painted them with acrylic paint. I added sea with Takko Lacquer Alexandrite that I got from Color4Nails and it's perfect, because it allowed me to build up the color like actual waves! I added some white acrylic paint for the foam et voilá!






I received Madam Glam Sugar & Takko Lacquer Alexandrite 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, July 13, 2017

Diamonds in the rough nail art


I... really don't know where I was going with this design, other than the technique I wanted to try for the base. And it worked! It reminds me of a shirt I had when I was a teen.

I started with a white base of Glisten & Glow Wedding Gown White and made the background pattern by applying striping tape from Winstonia Store. I applied some drops of Serum No. 5 nail polish to TwinkledT's XL Clear Stamper, and smooshed it on top of the tape! Removed the tape, et voilá ;-)

From there, I kind of got stuck on how to continue... Eventually I went for something minimal that wouldn't cover up the background. I also added some drops of clear 3D gel just for kicks!
The Serum No. 5 polishes I used are Atomic Peach, Yes She Can (from the new Empowered collection), Raspberry Delight, Awesome Blossom and Wisteriaously Bright. They all glow in the dark too! Ahhhh!!!











I the TwinkledT XL Clear stamper as well as Serum No. 5 Yes She Can 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, July 11, 2017

Hot flamin' flamingo nail art


Press sample  


My mom told me to stop impersonating a flamingo, so I had to put my foot down :-p


My coral colored base is the lovely MooMoo's Signatures Coral Peony, from the Rainbow Flowers Bath collection. I painted the flamingo & leaves with acrylic paint and the white base on my accent nail is Glisten & Glow Wedding Gown White. 

Is it weird that I like the leaves better than the flamingo? I was going for a 'loosely sketched' look but now it just looks unfinished XD










I received MooMoo's Signatures Coral Peony 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 7, 2017

Glitter overdose nail art


C'mon... you know you want to... all the cool kids are doin' it ;-) I'm talking about GLITTER, BABY!

Yassss!!! I used a bunch of loose holographic glitters from Twinkled T, aptly named Holowood Hills, Holondaise Sauce, Holoday Inn, Tealquila & Holobae. Gotta love the genius behind those names ;-) I applied them onto the tacky layer of a cured gel top coat, easy peasy!
I painted the black with good ol' acrylic paint, *before* adding the glitter. The whole look was inspired by a really cool body glitter/dress by @gogetglitter. Seriously, check them out. They have the weirdest, coolest body glitter pics!

It looks kind of strange on nails but also really cool in a way? I think? I'm still getting used to it :-p












I received all of the glitters from Twinkled T 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, July 4, 2017

3D flip flop nail art


Haaaaaappy random Tuesday! Or maybe it's the 4th of July where you are, I don't know.... :-p Every summer day is a good day to celebrate though!

Sometimes I just get the sudden urge to make impractical, but super fun, nails! I used a base of P2 Cosmetics Precious that I got as a super sweet gift from a friend <3 Beach time!


The white things are made with some glossy paper, photo quality, very sturdy. I also used some liquid latex from Edge Perfection to make the gradient, but THAT you will see in my tutorial tomorrow! Be sure to follow me on Instagram so you don't miss it!
I used Parrot Polish Gecko Green, Pit Viper Yellow & Orangutan Orange for the flip flops, and they glow under UV light! Note: they do not glow in the dark. Turn off all the lights and it's dark. But under a black light, it's party time!!!










I received Parrot Polish Gecko Green, Pit Viper Yellow & Orangutan Orange 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, July 1, 2017

Royal peacock nail art


I was lucky enough to see a male peacock from up close recently... a little *too* close, I had to step aside while he shook his feathers and ran after his ladyfriend!

My greyish-with-a-purple-gleam base polish is A England Carnation Lily Lily Rose that I got from Color4Nails. It's the perfect backdrop for my peacock! I painted him with acrylic paint and added a twist with some Moyra Glitter Shine powder no. 26, which is a really fine royal blue glitter that I got from Nailland Hungary.

I was hesitant at first and took pictures before adding the glitter, but it was SO worth it because it adds so much depth and sparkle to my peacock!











I received the Moyra Glitter Shine powder no. 26 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 28, 2017

Little panda nail art


This panda was a quickie, I only had an hour before leaving for to the zoo. I had an awesome day, and sore feet! XD

This delicious holo base polish is SuperChic Lacquer Awkward Turtle, but there is nothing awkward about it <3 Just heavenly holo and a deep olive shade!

The panda was painted with acrylic paint from Gamax, and my Roubloff 00 detail brush from Adnails Manucure. I had to add the bamboo after coming home, it was nice and relaxing :)









I received SuperChic Lacquer 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.  

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.