Monday, 22 September 2014

Sparkling Shooting Stars

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I've had that weird Monday feeling meaning I didn't really feel like doing much. Do you ever feel like that? Today I dug out my Oumaxi paints and decided to try and create something pretty. It didn't turn out 100% as I wanted it to but I don't mind how it looks when I glance down at my nails – Sadly for me I didn't get this looking as smooth or as neat as I wanted but I think I'll be trying the half ruffian style again in the future because I find the result quite fun...


On all my nails I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Pearl' and once dried applied a generous coat of OPI's 'Snowflakes In The Air' which is a stunning glitter. I then used OPI's matte topcoat and began to create stars and stripes with my Oumaxi paints and my smallest brush. I added clear gems to the center of my stars and to the half ruffian nails.... I don't know what else to call those nails... Do you know? I had the most difficulty with the stars but also, while I was pleased with the results in person I realised that the ring finger nail details just didn't look as smooth as I would have liked.

How do you like the look of my pinky and ring finger design?  Have you tried drawing freehand stars?

Enjoy the rest of your day!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Glitzy Purple With Hearts

Allo polish Pals!
Happy weekend to you all! Do you have any lovely plans lined up? I think this weekend will be a quiet one for me. This past week I've done pretty well at pushing myself with exercise and eating well – people are used to me sticking seaweed in my salads now which is a pretty normal thing for me! Today I have a manicure I am really on the fence about. Personally I hate how it looks in these pictures but in person I think it looks a little prettier, ah well tough luck.

I'm very unimpressed with this manicure..

 On all my nails I started with two coats of OPI's 'My little Petunia' which is the polish I picked up last weekend for a bargain of 4 Euro’s! I then used some striping tape and applied Catrice's 'Let's Get Lost In Las Vegas' to half of my nails. I applied a top coat and stamped these aligned hearts in Barry M's 'Silver Foil' over 'My Little Petunia' using the Nail Craze plate 'NC01'.

Unluckily for me the Catrice glitter had big pieces of glitter which meant that as I removed the tape it left some fairly ghastly uneven lines. My pet peeve with striping tape manicures is when the lines are not perfectly neat.... I still decided to show this anyway.

What do you think of this purple pairing? What colours do you enjoy stamping with the most?

Have a beautiful weekend!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Freehand Crisp Autumn Leaves

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your having a good day; Is the weather nice where you are or is it beginning to get colder? Today I had another one of my long fast-paced walks (The Dutch people look at me like I'm crazy, maybe its because I'm now wearing ankle weights at the same time!) and I was able to stomp on some crunchy autumn leaves, that's the first time this year! Surprisingly its still really warm here though. I had wanted to do some Autumn nails for the past couple of weeks but I just couldn't get it how I wanted it... I'm ashamed to say this isn't the end result I wanted and perhaps with limited time I was a little rushed ~ sad face. Anyway, I will let you judge for yourselves...


I applied two coats of different polish to each nail, from thumb to pinkie I used Barry M's 'Mustard', Model's Own 'Gold Rush' (which for some reason this bubbled like a demon) Dorothy L's '98', Pretty Serious 'Elm Street' and finally Dorothy L's '131' ~ An assortment of what I thought were autumn-type shades (or at least what I imagine when I think of those crisp crunchy leaves. I then used my Oumaxi Paints to create some green, gold, yellow and orange leaves. I finished this all off with some simple gems and applied OPI's matte top coat.


I wish I had spent more time on the leaves, getting the colours blended better and perhaps even better shapes, I also wish that Gold Rush hadn't bubbled the way it did. To win the acrylic paints for yourself don't forget to enter my give away where you can win a set of 30 Oumaxi paints and two brushes - open internationally.

~What do you think of this manicure? Are you a fan of Autumn?

Have a great day
Love
Ithi

Monday, 15 September 2014

Yes Love: N025 Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you had a lovely weekend. I had a gorgeous weekend, it was lovely to go out and I even managed to pick up a bargain. One OPI polish for just 4 euros! Go me! I've been in one of those frustrating moods also; I have so many idea's but my patience has just not been quite where it normally is. Sometimes I think having so many manicure idea's is just as bad as having no idea's because I become so indecisive... I need to take a breath and come back to a couple of my ideas with a new approach. Positive thinking! Today I have another beauty from Yes Love to share with you, this is N025 but I think it ought to be called 'Barbies Convertible' or something.


Colour ~ N025 is a gorgeous, fluorescent hot pink which in some light seems to have an ever so slight coral tone. It also have a very subtle fine silver shimmer to it.

Application ~ I have no trouble with the application, it applies very smoothly and appears to be a jelly which means I am showing it with three coats to really show off its bright colour. I also applied these three coats very fast in between each other and as you can see I had no ugly bubbles – wahoo. The dry time on this polish is also really incredible considering the texture of it.

Texture ~ This is a jelly polish which means its somewhere in the thicker range when it comes to texture. It dries to a beautiful 'gummy' looking texture which makes me think of bubble gum wrapped around the nail.

★★★★/5 I'm giving this polish a four star rating. While there is really nothing to dislike about this polish I wouldn't say I am wicked crazy for it either. I've only said positive things about this polish because I really do like the great qualities it has so I would recommend it if you are looking for a really vivid pink to add to your collection. I do also really the subtle shimmer – I think that's pretty cute.

Just a reminder – Don't forget to enter and share my give away if you have not yet already!

How do you feel about this incredibly pink shimmery polish? Do you like to wear polishes this bright?


Have a great evening,
Love
Ithi

Friday, 12 September 2014

Delicate Heart Circle 3D Rhinestone's - The Born Pretty Store Review

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you've had a good week; Are you doing anything fun this weekend? I'm feeling quite peachy and I'm looking forward to going to the big mall tomorrow with Mr Bravo. Strange thing is, I am looking forward to the long walk there. Nearly every day this week I've been going on walks (and working out) to get fit but not knowing my way around here too well means doing the same route over and over (with some slight exploration)... Tomorrow I'll get to see somewhere else for a change, haha. I have some more beauties to show you today from TheBorn Pretty Store. Again, I am simply in love with these gems! These are 2mm- 5mm Delicate heart circle 3D Rhinestones.



You can get a 10% on ALL items from the born pretty store when you use the coupon code 'DRX31'
So you may notice these are slightly similar to the wheel I showed you earlier this week, with the exception that these are all darker rainbow gems. These gems are also made from acrylic resin.They come in a wheel containing 200 pieces and come in heart, circle and tear shapes. They are absolutely mesmerising to wear, literally catching colour and changing in every light and from every angle I move my hand. I can guarantee you will not be able to take your eyes off of your nails if you wear these. I decided to use only the circles today to create a chandelier sort of effect. I sealed them with OPI's top coat and they are held firmly in place.

For this manicure: I decided to go with a light base to hopefully let all those beautiful colours on the gems jump out and speak for themselves. I started with two coats of Picture Polish 'Wisteria' and created a gradient by adding HD Nails '#3' (The Blue). I topped that off by applying two coats of Sinful Color's 'Hottie' which is a beautiful subtle glitter. Finally I created some lines with black acrylic and added the gems on top, adding a little of Color Club's 'Harp On It' with my smallest dotting tool.

What do you think of this manicure? Which of the Born Pretty gems I've shown do you prefer, the lighter or dark ones?

Have a magical, glittery weekend!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Delicate Water Dropping and Heart 3D Rhinestones - The Born Pretty Store Review

*This Item was sent to me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion :)  ~ Don't forget to enter my give away!

 Allo polish Pals, How are you today? I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I'm sorry for being a bad blog monkey, things have been kind of weird.... I'm doing ok with the exercise and healthy eating, mostly. But today I just hit a road block.. I didn't want to do anything, I didn't 'feel' like anything. I know home sickness gets easier in time and keeping busy is usually good for me. I guess today I just needed to chill a little. I was stuck in a rut (too many manicures ideas in my head is dangerous) today but that all changed when I had a little cheer up nail mail from The Born Pretty Store. Today I am going to be showing you my first manicure using these beautiful gems, “2mm-5mm delicate dropping heart design, 3d rhinestones”. Ooh, ohh!! come see!

DON'T FORGET! You can get a 10% discount @ Born Pretty when you use the code 'DRX31' at the checkout!

These beautiful gems come in a large nail art wheel and contain and contain different sized gems in heart shape, water droplet shade and as a normal round stud. This set includes 350 pieces, yummy, right?! Maybe you might find them quite large for your nails but I find they fit nicely on me, they lie neatly and flatly onto the nail bed. The studs are acrylic resin. You get two different colours, As you'll see here I am wearing the gems which are the lightest in colour, they are gorgeous iridescent which gleam a light spectrum of colours. The second type of studs in this wheel are blue based but shifts beautifully through the rainbow giving a really gorgeous effect to manicures. I am in love with these as I used to wear two glass heart pendant's which would match them perfectly.

 These studs are a real winner in my eyes.

For this manicure I began by applying two coats of Color Club's 'Cloud Nine' to all my nails excluding my ring finger. I then used tape to section off my selected area's and applied Barry M's 'Pearl' from the silk collection. I then applied my top coat of China Glaze's 'First And Last' and applied my gems using tweezers. For my ring finger I switched the colours, that's all.

What do you think of these beautiful iridescent studs? Have you tried any studs like this before; how would/did you chose to wear them?

 Have a great night!
 Love
 Ithi

Saturday, 6 September 2014

With A Splashy Of Her Tail, I Saw Her Mermaid-y Scales!

Psst... don't forget to enter my give away! Open internationally..
The beach was deserted as she strolled along the white sandy beach. It was 6.30pm and the tourists had cleared off leaving the idyllic spot all for herself. She stopped by one of the deckchairs and removed her clothing down to her swim suit. She was glad for the calm and silence as she made her way to the waters edge. The water was glorious, like a tepid warm bath as she began to wade in deeper. She let herself fall back into the water and floated on her back for a while losing herself in tranquilly... ”Oi, You there!” called a shrill but happy voice. Huh, she thought the beach had been deserted...”Over here!” With the shimmer of a scaley tail she could see now who had been calling out. A beautiful young woman with the tail of a fish that gleamed and glistened in the evening sun. Her coral coloured hair splayed beautifully all around her in the water. Stunned, she blinked her eyes not sure if what she was seeing could even be true. ”Nice to meet you, my name is Ethal!” she said reaching for a handshake. “H..Hello..My name is Ithi. Are you... Can it be true that - ..Are you a mermaid?!" she replied still in disbelief. ”Well I don't gots no feets, that's for sure.” replied Ethal in an unusual manner. ”I have to go now, My girlfriends and I are going shoe shopping at the water outlet...its the best mall undersea. I'd hate to keep them waiting! Maybe I will see you again sometime!” and with a splash of her tail, she ducked under water and she watched as the beautiful glittery scales faded out of sight and deep into the sea.

”Ok, It was nice to meet y-...wait, what? Shoe shopping?... But you...You don't gots no feets..I mean..You do not have any feet.. But you have a tail...shoes? Whut..." she called out in disbelief but the mermaid had already gone.



For this manicure I started with two coats of Zoya's 'Charla' on my thumb, index and pinkie fingers. I then used tape to add Essie's 'Mezermised' and once dried I stamped using Barry M's 'Silver Foil with MoYouNail's 128 plate. To finish these nails I added Fogan's '17' to the tips. On my middle and ring finger I used two coats of Barry M's 'Mist' and created a ruffian nail using Pretty Serious 'Crystal lake and topped it all of with some blue gems.


What do you think of this mermaid inspired manicure? Why would a mermaid be shoe shopping?

Have a great weekend!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 4 September 2014

♥ Giveaway! Set Of 30 Oumaxi Acrylic Paints & Two Pen Brushes!

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I'm having a great day, and do you know why? I am so excited to host my first ever giveaway on ithinitybeauty.com! I wanted to show you just how grateful I am to my readers, I've wanted to do something for you guys since forever and now I am able to! Thank you so much to those of you who follow my blog, who lift my spirits with kind words of encouragement and for the recent 2,000 likes on facebook. I love doing my nails and sharing them with you but I also love blogging because of all the wonderful people I have met through blogging. You guys simply rock...

Who loves getting creative with their nail art??

There will be one winner who will win this wonderful set of 30 Oumaxi acrylic paints and two pen-brushes. This give away is open INTERNATIONALLY so everyone has a fair chance! They come in a stunning range of colours and I can tell you the brushes are perfect for these paints. I enjoy using my oumaxi paints and now I hope one of you will also enjoy making some fun unique nail art. The paints come in three separate packs but are all packaged together to form one big box of colourful goodness. This contest runs from Thursday the 4th of September and closes October 6th at midnight. The winner will be chosen at random and will have 48 hours to reply once I have contacted them.

As you know already I am a big fan of Oumaxi paints, here is some of the designs I have done using these paints in the past.

Please read the terms and conditions on the rafflecoptor below and click away to enter.




Goodluck guys!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Barry M: Cardamom Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you've had a good week so far. I was a little late in posting; It was weird coming home. I'm kinda home sick and missing my family and of course there were changes here such as Kimmy being gone which kinda of threw me off. On a positive note I've been doing well keeping up my exercise and I'm feeling good for it – Keeping busy certainly helps. While at Bristol airport I was lucky enough to do a little retail therapy. It didn't make saying goodbye to my parents any easier but it did take my mind off things for a little while browsing colours. I managed to pick up some more Barry M Gelly's which if you didn't figure out yet... I'm quite a big fan of! Today I have a swatch and review of Barry M's 'Cardamom'.

A green so shiny, look how it captures reflections!

Colour ~ Cardamom is a beautiful and insanely glossy muted olive green. While looking at the colour it also reminds me of what I'd call a 'sage' green. I love the muted tone of this polish and can imagine it will be a great polish for fall and for tribal nail art. Of course I don't let season's stopping me from wearing what I want!

Application ~ Amazing application! Just as with the other Gelly polishes I have tried it applies in a perfectly thick cream sort of way. I am wearing two coats which I applied quite fast on top of each other and again I had no troubles with bubbles and the polish leveled itself out nicely giving a flawless look.

Texture ~ As I mentioned above the texture is really quite spectacular; Its creamy gel formula also have a lovely dry time meaning its great for those who want to quickly get onto the nail art!

★★★★★/5 I'm giving Cardamom a full five stars because I just think this shade is incredibly beautiful in an underrated sort of way; Add to this the amazing dry time and the amazing glossy result (Which is the polish alone, no top coat) I think it is a real winner. I urge true green fans to grab this one if they can!

How do you feel about green polish? Have you tried any of the Gelly polishes from Barry M; How do you find them?

Have a great evening!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Minimal Effort, Freehand Speed Painted Nails.

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Just a quick post from me as today is our last day in England – boo. Mr Bravo and I will be travelling back to Holland tomorrow and I think we're both quite bummed about how fast the three weeks has gone. Today is going to be very busy for us, spending time with family and starting to pack up and tonight a Greek take away with my family. I had a few minutes this morning (My sleeping pattern is so good now that I forgot the weekends should be for lie-ins!) to create this manicure which is probably the fastest one I've ever done – that explains the roughness to it, don't kill me for the wonky line work. Another reason I wanted to post today was to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who follow me, this morning I logged into facebook and saw I reached 2,000 likes and I am so grateful! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will see you next week.



Quick, quick! Type fast little fingers! For this manicure I started off with two coats of Astra Cosmetic's '#41 Violet' and followed with OPI's 'Matte top coat'. I then used a mixture of three acrylics to create some straight and diagonal lines and filled a few of them in. I completed by added another layer of matte top coat and added some dots using Barry M's 'Silver Foil'.

What do you think of this manicure? Do you like to play with lined patterns?

I'm off to make the most of today, I hope you all have a fabulous, glitter filled weekend!
See you all next week.

Love
Ithi

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Dorothy L: 98 Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I hope your week has been good this far? I am sorry I'm not here as much as I should be; I think you understand the situation. We return back to Holland on Sunday and I am a real mixture of emotions at the moment; I'm grateful I could come visit my family and bummed about going home. I am going to try and post once more before we leave England but I can't promise anything. I have to make the most of my time with my family since I always miss them like crazy. Anyway! For today I am showing you Dorothy L's #98 which is a polish my beautiful Mum picked up for me while holidaying in Greece – She's the sweetest. You'd love her.. but I am biased perhaps ;)

Colour ~ #98 is a beautiful vibrant juicy orange which I would have to say leans slightly towards red rather than yellow. In certain lights you could say it looks slightly like a burnt orange shade. I would say this is a jelly-like finish so you are seeing this manicure with three coats.

Application ~ Uh-mazing! Wait, I mean amazing. It is so perfectly smooth, even though I had a generous amount on the brush I had no issues with bubbles, it is self levelling and the dry time is a dream to work with.

Texture ~ The texture is like a liquid plastic dream. It is perfectly smooth in liquid form; not too thick or too runny and dries into a beautiful vinyl like finish with a gorgeously glossy appearance.

★★★★/5 I really love this fantastic-tango'd orange. I think this may well easily be my favorite orange polish in my collection now. Its temptingly juicy looking and with such a rapid dry time it is a treasure. I am also in love with the fact it is easy to get a gorgeous, insanely glossy and flawless finish even if you are not a confident painter or start streaky on the first coat – you'll be happy by the end result.

What do you think of this 'in your face' orange? How do you feel about orange polishes?
Stay Fabulous!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 25 August 2014

Welcome To The Circus ~ Pin Wheel Nails

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you've had a great Monday and to those of you in England I hope you had a great Bank holiday, who doesn't love a long weekend? Today was really quiet for everyone here. My Niece and Nephew had visitors so I didn't get to play with them today and its just rained on and off all day which was a shame. But instead I decided to create something really bright using acrylic paints. I don't think I nailed my idea but I was told to post it anyway (Yes, I was repeatedly told it looks ok enough to post...) Here is my 'pin wheel' style manicure with a little extra animation.

I hoped to show it working as a spiral but I don't think it worked.
I originally had this idea for my new minty coloured polishes but in the end I decided to go bright and hoped that using acrylics would give me a smoother result than using polish.
On all my nails I applied China Glaze's 'Blue Sparrow' (This is amazing with a top coat, I'll swatch it soon) and created a simple pin wheel style pattern using my Oumaxi (Via SammyDress) acrylic paints. I finished this all off with OPI's Matte top coat.

What do you think of this pin wheel look? Would you wear this type of pattern and if so would you go for bright shades or softer shades?

Have a great evening!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Plummy Pink Feather

Allo polish Pals
How are you today? I hope your excited for the weekend – will you be doing anything nice or taking the chillaxed approach? We're into our last week in England next week ~ boo. That does make me sad how quickly time goes but I'll enjoy this coming week. Thank you so much for all your kind and supportive words in my last post, you guys are amazing and it really meant a lot to me. I'm doing ok now and crying less, its still hard but I am keeping busy as possible so I don't think too much. Today I have a simple creation that I am really not fond of... Sadly with everything that has gone on I've not been able to create too much new nail art and I wasn't pleased with the out come of this but anyway...


For this manicure I used Nails Inc's 'Kensington High Street' on all my nails except my ring nail and created a gradient by adding China Glaze's 'Fly' to the tips. I finished these nails by simply adding a candy stud from The BornPretty Store. (Check to the left for a 10% discount on all their items) On my ring finger I applied two coats of 'Fly' and applied a pink feather on top.

I've worn feathers before but I am not too happy with the outcome of this... I don't think my feather placement was too good but I also think I should have used a lighter base colour – That said I don't have all my polishes to chose from so I did the best with what I could, so nerr :P

What do you guys think of this manicure? Have you worn a real feather on your nails; What is your opinion on this nail art style?

I'll be posting again as soon as I can get some time to create something half decent (Maybe I have my vacation head on because I am not creating things I am happy with at all!) I'm off to paint my sister's nails now :)

Enjoy your weekend!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Barry M: Heather (Silk Collection) Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals,
How are you today? I hope your week started off well, I had hoped to be around sooner than now but I can tell you the last two days have been pretty hard. Yesterday Mr Bravo and I got some devastating news from our Holland family. Sadly Kimmy, Mr Bravo's beloved dog had to be put down. Its been really hard on both of us and I know we'll be feeling rough for some time to come...  I wanted to do some tribute nail art but I just couldn't do anything worthy to capture the amazing personality and spirit Kimmy had. I'm going to do a little section about Kimmy at the bottom of the post if you care to read. I feel like I need to write something. For now I am going to show you something else pretty... Barry M's 'Heather' from the Silk collection.
    



 Colour ~ 'Heather' is a beautiful light thistle/lilac shade. At a glance or low light it can appear more pinky than purple but the subtle lilac shade is beautiful and subtle.

Application ~ Great application, I had no troubles at all. I recommend being aware how much is on your brush and keeping your brush strokes as straight and neat as possible to avoid any brush strokes but this wasn't an issue for me personally. It dries pretty fast and I've had no trouble with bubbles even though I was layering on the coats pretty fast.

Texture ~ The texture of this polish is wonderful, the consistency in the bottle is very easy to work with, I would say its slightly on the runnier side but you wont need to keep layers, I had this result in just two coats. Without a top coat Heather dries into a beautiful semi matte satin-like finish (That's what I love love love about Layla's 'Marshmallow Twinkle) but of course you could apply a top coat – it would be a shame to lose that beautiful finish though!

★★★★/5 I love Heather, when I consider the great dry time, the beautiful soft feminine shade and the gorgeous finish I really can't complain. I recommend trying the silk collection if you have not yet had a chance, they can be incorporated into so many beautiful nail art designs.


What do you think of this subtle lilac? Have you tried any polishes with a similar finish; did you enjoy wearing them?

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Water Decal Transfer Stickers Bird Floral Pattern- The Born Pretty Store Review

*This item was sent to me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion :)

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Are you having a good weekend so far? I'm having a great time in England. (duhh) Yesterday I popped into Boots for the first time in over 7 months and I was so amazed to see that our store now carries Nails Inc, Orly, Mavala, Butter London and more... I was like a kid in a candy shop! I had limited funds but let me tell you, I could have gone crazy! I started today with another productive work out - I'm feeling so alive! Later today I'll be going to watch my three year old niece go swimming and tonight Mr Bravo and I will be going out with my parents for a meal ~ Life is good! Today I have these beautiful Nail art water decals with floral and birdpattern from The Born Pretty Store to show you.
You can get a 10% discount on all items from the Born Pretty Store, Just use the coupon code: DRX31 at the checkout. :)
This gorgeously designed water decal comes on one sheet which measures 7.cm which means there is plenty of pattern for you to play around with. I am simply in love with the design which is incredibly eye catching. The decals have no background colour (Its completely transparent) which means you will need to pair it with a suitable light base colour polish to really show off the design.
I had a real easy time with these decals, application was really easy also.

I started by carefully cutting out two squares of the pattern large enough to fit my nails. I then painted my base coat of Hema polish in Nude, once dry I dunked the patterns under room temperature water for around 30 seconds. Once the pattern was easy to slip off the backing card with tweezers I then lay them onto the nail. The instructions claim you need to finish drying the decals with a hair dryer but I skipped this. I'm such a rebel... They dried onto the nail very fast just like regular decals so I don't think that step is necessary. I finished up by applying my top coat.

For my other nails I applied Hema 'Nude' and created a large ruffian style design with Barry M's 'Meadow' and 'Mist' from the Silk collection. I finished up by applying a few candy studs which are also from The Born PrettyStore. Don't forget you can use my store discount which is displayed to the right.

What do you think of these spring-y flower and bird water decals? Have you tried full nail decals?

Have a beautiful Saturday!
Love
Ithi