Thursday, 26 July 2012

Nail polish news!

Hey girls! I was just browsing the web about new polishes and I found some exciting news for you!

Now you may have heard this already but China glaze is coming out with a new Holographic nail polish collection! YAY! The downside is that we have to wait until Summer 2013…Oh well, at least we have something to look forward to! This is going to cost a little more than normal China Glaze polishes, probably because it is hard to get the holographic particles in the US. Anyway, Polish Galore has all the details about this and other collections in between now and summer next year so please check out this post for more information and pictures.

Also, OPI just shared this picture on their Facebook page:

They wrote: “We have a VERY special treat in store for all of you this Holiday! In celebration of James Bond’s Golden Anniversary we are releasing our first-ever 18 karat gold leaf top coat “The Man with the Golden Gun” 

Inspired by the world of 007, this stunning top coat contains real 18 karat gold and comes packaged in a special limited edition collectable gold bottle – the ultimate holiday gift! Available this October

I’m really excited about all of the new polishes! What do you think about them?

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Mint green with white roses

Hey girls!

Today I felt like wearing my favourite colour when it comes to nail polish: mint green! I have several bottles of mint nail polish but they all look different; some look more blue, others are more pale etc. Today I’m showing you China Glaze – Re-fresh Mint. This is a very popular polish for the UP collection that most girls have in their stash. This is a very pale mint colour and definitely more green than blue.

I love pairing mint with roses to give it a vintage look but I already did a look like that a while ago. So I decided to stamp the rose pattern from Konad M63 in white all over my nails. This look is less “in-your-face” and not immediately noticeable but it looks very sophisticated.

Do you like mint green polish?


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Sailor tattoo nails

Hey girls!

Today I’m wearing an old-school, sailor tattoo inspired manicure. I wanted to use the Konad Q1 plate and it just screams the word tattoo so I started off by painting my nails with Rimmel – Bare Necessities. Then I used several image plates to create this look:

Lightning bolt, swallows, several stars: Konad Q1
Spiderweb: Bundle Monster BM13
Anchor: Bundle Monster BM08
Diamond: Bundle Monster BM09

First I stamped the bigger designs on my nails and then I randomly used the different stars on the Konad plate to fill up the empty spaces in between. I love this look! My boyfriend is a tattoo fanatic so he really liked it as well.

Also, I reorganised my stash yesterday and made a list of all the polishes I own so if you are interested you can click the "nail polish stash" page above to view the list. I took me a few hours to sort all the brands and names in alfabetical order ( I even fell asleep half way through and didn't feel like doing the rest afterwards, but I had to haha! ) Here's a picture of all the bottles on my desk:

Enjoy the weather!

- Steffie

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Blue and gold NOTD

Hey girls!

Just a quick NOTD from me today. I was looking through my stash and found this little beauty: Teeez Cool 04. This is a Dutch drugstore brand and to be completely honest, I was drawn to it by the incredibly cute packaging. However, once I wore it I fell in love with this colour! It Is a super bright ice blue. It is very light, leaning a bit towards white but it still definitely looks blue. Although it looks great, it is hard to work with and need lots of clean up afterwards. I wanted to spice it up a little so I decided to try out a plate by Fab ur Nails again, this time QA7. I used China Glaze 2230 for stamping. I love stamping a design at the base of the nail rather than the end of it, I think it looks really flattering.
My cuticles look horrible because of all the acetone to clean up around my cuticles! :( So tonight I'll use an intense hand butter with some gloves to make them nice and soft again.

Where do you like to place your design when you stamp?

- Steffie

Friday, 6 July 2012

Chanel nails 2.0

Hey girls!

Today was my last day of school for this school year and I wanted to wear something bright on my nails for the occasion. ( Also because I’m really looking forward to having a sea of free time the next few weeks! ) I chose to wear Essie – Olé Caliente, a super bright red-leaning coral from their Spring 2012 “Navigate her” collection. Essie has recently become more commercial and is now available at drugstores here and I am very happy this happened! I order most of my polishes online because there aren’t many stores near me that sell high end brands so it is nice to be able to buy nail polish at a store for a change. Anyway, I got new Fab Ur Nails plates a while ago and I hadn’t tried them yet. ( shame on me! ) The plate I used is called FUN 1 and has, amongst other amazing and original designs, a Chanel logo. I already used the Chanel Logo from the Fab Ur Nails QA & OB series but the one on the FUN plate is slightly smaller and has the logo spelled underneath.

This one doesn't do the colour justice but it shows the design better

I used this to “re-create” this manicure I did a while ago. Again, I used China Glaze – 2230 for stamping and stamped the Chanel logo on my middle finger and diagonally stamped the chain design from Bundle Monster Plate BM12 on the other nails.

Because the weather has been so nice here I decided to pose with some roses aswell. Enjoy the weather!


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Essence Colour Arts

Hey girls!

I have super exciting news for you! I’m not sure whether you are familiar with the Essence cosmetic brand. They provide super cheap yet super trendy beauty products for everyone to enjoy. Their nail polish line is quite phenomenal, the 5 ml/0.16 oz bottles cost €1,25 and some are even dupes of high end brands (for example: Blue Addicted is a dupe of Deborah Lippmann – Across the Universe) and some high end brands even copy them! (China Glaze – Fast track is a warmer version of Irreplaceable) Essence has a great core collection of polishes and a great collection of nail art and nail care products, and they come out with a lot of limited editions every season. I was browsing Ooh, Shinies! blog and saw that she announced a new limited edition Essence line that will be available around August 2012 (in some countries September).

The “Trend edition” as they call it is called Essence colour arts and it gives you the change to mix your own colours! The collection consists of pure pigment in different colours and finishes (matte, glitter, shiny) and 3 bases to use them:  an eye base, a lip base and (last but definitely not least!) a nail base! The collection will also include clear mixing jars. According to Ooh Shinies! Blog, there will be 15 pigments and it will be a limited edition only. Then I heard that in Germany there will be 20 pigments and it will become part of the core collection! Now for me it doesn’t really matter much: I do all my drugstore shopping in Germany rather than in The Netherlands. However, I would like to know whether there will be a difference between countries.

Okay so on to the thing you have been waiting for: pictures! Please click them to see the bigger versions.

Pigments will be €2,49 each

Lip base €1,79 each

Eye base €1,79 each

Nail base will be €1,59

Multi tasker to mix the pigments €1,29 each

Mixing jars will be €1,29 per 2

Essence Colour Arts will be available in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, South Africa, Slovenia, Lithuania, Russia, UAE, Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Kuwait, Uruguay.

I am really excited about these products! What do you think?

- Steffie

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Models own - Indian Ocean

Hey girls!

Today I wanted to wear one of the polishes I got in the UK. I started off by painting 2 coats of China Glaze – Sea Spray and then added 2 coats of Models own – Indian ocean.  Indian ocean is a layering polish and it will never be opaque, no matter how many coats you wear. Sea spray is a different blue than the one you can see in the Models own bottle but the blue in Indian Ocean does transfer on your nails so you don’t have the find the exact shade of blue. I picked Sea Spray because it is opaque in 2 coats so I won’t have to wear to many coats eventually.

Indian Ocean is such a beautiful colour! The pink shimmer is very visible and sometimes even flashes warm yellow. Unfortunately, the shimmer is hard to capture on camera. I wasn’t going to upload the picture below because it makes the polish look bumpy for some reason, even though it isn’t. But this picture shows the shimmer as it looks in real life, so please ignore the bumpiness!

Why does the polish look bumpy in this picture? :(

What do you think of this colour?

- Steffie