Saturday, 19 November 2011

Space Nails!

Hey guys! Today I’m showing you a galaxy/space manicure! I’ve seen more and more girls wearing this and I wanted to try it out for myself. I was a bit afraid to wear it because it isn’t immediately clear what it is. But I love how it looks! BTW, I got a portable photo studio so that I can take accurate pictures even when it’s dark outside but I’m still experimenting with the light. My hands look rather orange but the manicure is very colour accurate, and that’s what counts right?

Anyway, I used this tutorial to help me achieve this look. It’s a lot less complicated than it looks, you just need a lot of colours. The only thing I did differently was that I used eyeshadow brushes instead of a piece of a cleaning sponge because I think it is a lot easier that way.  I also didn’t have a fine glitter polish so I mixed a bit of Colour Club’s Hocus Pocus with topcoat until I got the effect that I wanted.

 Polishes used, from left to right: Rimmel lycra pro - blue vogue; Chine Glaze - Rose tea; Chine Glaze - Snow; Catrice - London; Colour Club - Bewitching; Colour Club - Hocus Pocus; Rimmel pro super wear topcoat

So what do you guys think? Have you tried this manicure before?

Monday, 14 November 2011

How to fix a broken nail

Broken nails. It happens to all of us. When you have long nails it could mean that you have to cut down all your nails, how horrible! But luckily there is an easy method that allows you to glue the fracture together again and make it last. ( simply gluing it together won’t last. ) All you need is some nail glue, a teabag and scissors. Follow these 7 easy steps to fix your broken nail and continue to have long, beautiful nails.

1.       Use nail polish remover and clean the nail, even if you are not wearing any polish

2.       Use some glue on the nail to glue the fracture, you only have to apply this on the fracture itself. It doesn’t matter what brand of nail glue you use. The ones who have a brush are easier to use but you can also apply a bit on the flat side of an orange stick in order to have more control of the application. If possible, apply some glue on the inside of the nail as well, just to be sure.  Let the glue dry completely.

3.       Now get a teabag and cut the top off. Remove all the tea and unfold the bag.

4.       It should look like the first picture below. As you can see, there is a ridge in the middle where the two ends of the “fabric” ( don’t really know how to call it )are glued together. You can easily open it by gently pulling the ends away from each other. Now you have the fabric we’ll use to make the glue last, as shown on the second picture below. Don’t worry, this piece will go a long way so you don’t have to waste more tea ;)

5.       Cut off a small piece that will cover the fracture. Some girls glue a large piece onto the whole nail but that is really unnecessary. Just make sure the piece will cover the whole width of the nail, and the fracture of course.

6.       Now add a small layer of glue on the fracture again, make sure there is enough glue to stick the fabric on. Stick the piece of fabric on top of your nail and make sure the whole fraction is covered. Add another layer of glue on top of the fabric, make sure the whole fabric has glue on it. It should become more transparent when you do this. Let this dry completely.

7.       Now all you need to do is gently file the glue part so that it becomes smooth and is on the same level as the rest of the nails. When you add a layer of basecoat you can hardly see that you did anything to your nail.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Ssssnake manicure!

Hey guys! Today I’m wearing this amazing snakeskin manicure. I’ve seen a few girls wearing this before and I love how edgy it looks. I’ve even seen a blogger who put actual shed snakeskin on top of her nail polish! Although it looked amazing, the idea of sticking the skin of some creature on your nails is a bit much for me. So I looked through my imageplates and found the snakeskin design on BM 215.

I tried different colour combinations to see what would look best. At first I thought a duo chrome would look nice but I ended up using Herôme – Bangkok, a dark brown with copper glass flecks, on top of China Glaze – 2030, a gold foil. And I love the result! It definitely looks like snake skin but it is still quite wearable. I was afraid it would look tacky but because of the gold it actually looks rather classy!

So what do you think?

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

I'm back! & Emerald Sparkled's Reflets D'or manicure

Hey guys! It’s been way too long, I know! Let me explain what happened. I had already made a few Halloween manicures in advance and I stored all of the pictures on my USB stick which I had for years.  I usually store them on my computer but for some reason I didn’t do that now. Then my USB stick decided to break! I tried everything I could to fix it somehow but I couldn’t. The worst part was that I also stored a lot of papers and assignments on it that I had made at school or at my boyfriend’s. And now they were gone, hours of work gone only a few days before the deadline. So I had to work until late at night to re-write all of them so that I could hand them in on time, and I also had an exam week coming up so I spend the time after that studying. So unfortunately there was no time left for blogging L But I’m back now! 

So today I’m showing you a manicure that was originally done by Emerald Sparkled and I fell in love with it the second I saw it. I absolutely love Chanel: it’s so classy and stylish! So after seeing this I went on a mission trying to get these little metal decals and I finally found a webshop that sold them a few weeks ago. So I tried to copy the manicure as well as I could, but hardly as perfect as she did.

I used Color Club’s bewitching and China Glaze – 2030 for this manicure. 2030 is an amazing golden metallic polish that doesn’t look as yellow as most gold polishes do and it’s perfect for stamping!  I didn’t paint my thumb nail gold and painted the Chanel decal black because I tried it and failed a couple of times.

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So do you like this manicure? Have you tried anything similar yourself?

-          Steffie