Thursday, 27 August 2015

Freehand Golden Retriever Puppy Pile

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Allo polish Pals,
How are you doing today? Tell me, have you ever been so close to an animal, a family pet who you felt close to growing up, or even a pet now that might be your 'baby'? I've had cats and dogs over the years that have amazed me with their personalities. Growing up I had golden retrievers and cats. Even though I had friends as a child, my furry friends would be around to confide in and offer support without judgement, to give unconditional love and understanding. I have very, very fond memories revolving around these golden beauties so I wanted to do something to show it! (Of course I love all dogs of every breed, I just wanted to do this for myself!)

The beautiful creatures we offer our homes to, don't just become our pets. They become our family and we become theirs.


The inspiration for this picture came from this beautiful illustration on pinterest. For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Truffle'. The dogs were done entirely in acrylic paint with my bamboo brush. I wish I had done a better job but at the same time I am glad it is how it is.

What do you think of my puppy pile nails? 

I love you guys so very much, thank you for all the support you have given me in the past weeks. I have made some lovely friends, you have all been so kind and sweet to me. I truly am grateful.

Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Freehand Leafy Nail Art With 3D Ladybirds (With Wings!)

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I think it was around a year ago now that I had an idea to create my own 3D DIY wings... I never actually got around to trying it but the idea had still been stuck in my head. Originally I was going to do it with bumble bees but in the end it turned into ladybirds!

I like how the little one's wings turned out, I wanted them to be transparent instead of solid, somehow the thumb wings came out solid white... huh.

Today I am flying back to Holland. It's been a very odd week with too much crying, laughing, reminising and celebrating the life of my Grandad. Its been an emotional rollercoaster. Now its time to go home and be back with Mr Bravo, things can calm down and I'm going to get back into my routines. I'll be back commenting very soon, I have missed visiting your blogs as much as I had been.

For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Meadow and created a gradient with Picture Polishes 'Jade' and Barry M's 'Mustard'. On top of that I added a special effect topcoat from Hema called 'Green Circus'. I then used my oumaxi paints and bamboo brush to freehand the background leaves.

For the wings I used a small piece of baking paper and added some of Essie's 'Sparkle On Top' (I think) on either side. Once dry I used my craft knife to cut small wing shapes. The lady birds were regular studs which I coated with Rimmel's 'Queen of Tarts'. I then used my black acrylic paint to add their dots. Finally, once everything was dry and ready I added a small amount of top coat to the ladybirds to stick the wings on to them.

While it was not entirely what I had hoped for, it was quite time consuming to get to the end result (Especially if you include the time freehanding the leaves.) so I thought I'd share it with you – Next time I will ensure that the leaves are completely sheer!

Have you ever created 3D components for your manicures? How do you think these wings turned out?

Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Freehand Mousey Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!
I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend? Did you do anything nice? Today I have some more animal nail art for you – I like my animals :) I have to warn you this is one of the manicures I created while my eye was puffy so I had very blurry vision! I know I say it a lot... But I really really really, most certainly hate this manicure. It's not even a small amount of dislike..
 
I began with my thumb, middle and ring finger by applying two coats of Nails Inc's 'Colville Mews' and created my mice with acrylic paints and my bamboo brush. On my remaining fingers I created a gradient using Catrice's 'My Yellow Fellow' and NYC's 'NY Taxi'. I then used my acrylics again to create some holey looking parts and chewed edges to hopefully look like cheese.

I do wish my whole mouse had come out a little neater looking but is he at least a tiny bit cute?

Do you like having animal inspired nails? Do you prefer animal patterns or whole pictures?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 21 August 2015

Pink And Orange Waves

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Today I have a manicure to share with you that, initially I hated but after. I even noticed something that looks like a mistake on my ring finger, but it wasn't on my nails! But it appeared in every picture I took?! I've never had that before! Guess there's always new things to discover when your a blogger. Excuse the stubbyness of these nails!

*Thank you to everyone for your supportive messages. I am so grateful to you all, you really don't know how much so. I got to pay my respects and I now feel a lot calmer in myself. I am so glad I could make it back in time.


Mr Bravo said these nails remind him of Poké balls... Does it make you think of Pokemon? I think he's just being a nuttybutter.

For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'White', that was in fact the only polish I used for this manicure! I then attempted to blend some orange and pink acrylic paint together. I then created a black outline, added some dots and these really cute studs I picked up from The Born Pretty Store. I think the outcome of the coloured part looks kind of like a painting, don't you?

What do you think of this manicure? Does it remind you of Pokemon?!
Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Colourful Freehand Flower Doodles

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Allo polish Pals,
How are we all doing today? I landed in England lastnight around 9.20pm with a 30-40 minute drive home. Tomorrow I'll be attending my Grandad's funeral. I'm not going to lie, I am finding it hard without Mr Bravo. After Thursday I'll try and get back into a better pattern with my commenting.
Today I have a manicure inspired by THIS beautiful pin I found on Pinterest. Don't forget to check out that folder, it's where I put things that people might find inspiring for nail art!

It's a bit of a mess, isn't it? Be honest! I had hoped for a much more delicate looking manicure.

For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'White' and once dry... began to paint freehand! I'm afraid I can't tell you much more than that! I used my Oumaxi paints and my beloved bamboo brush. I finished up by adding a coat of Catrice's top coat.

Pretty simple.. ya?

What do you think of my doodle flowers? Have you tried to copy a pattern like this before?

Have a fabulous day my friends, thank you for your support in the past couple of weeks. You guys are seriously wonderful and deserve so much praise.
Love
Ithi

Monday, 17 August 2015

Essie: Splash Of Grenadine Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
I hope you are having a wonderful day so far? Tomorrow I fly out to England, it's been so long since I did the trip alone... I'm really nervous! Today I am showing you a polish I received from my mum during my last stay in England, in actual fact my four year old Niece helped her pick Essie's 'Tart Deco' and 'Splash Of Grenadine' – today I am showing you the last.

Colour ~ 'Splash Of Grenadine' is a beautiful magenta, with a strong hint of purple. I really love this shade as it really fits perfectly between the two colour shades. It was perfectly opaque in just two coats.

Application ~ I had no trouble at all with the application, It applied smoothly and dried pretty fast. I had no bubbles or streaking issues with this polish.

Texture ~ This polish is a little on the watery side but I find that it makes application breezy, It dries to a beautiful high shine finish even before applying a top coat.

Recommend it to a friend? Totally, it's pretty special in my opinion, it is not a colour you come by too often!

★★★★★/5 I totally love this shade, it makes me think of summer, iced beverages, pools... generally just lovely things! I have nothing similar in my collection and recommend it to those who want a good pinky purple shade.

What do you think of this shade? Have you found any similar dupes?

Have a fantastic day!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Fish, Fish, Pudding! Freehand Penguin Nails + announcement

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you doing today? Tell me, is it scorching hot where you live? It's been pretty hot here in Holland and all I day dream about is jumping into a beautiful topical sea somewhere exotic! - Its not likely to happen any time soon but I did decide to at least cool my nails down with these cheeky penguins!The inspiration originally came from THIS pin.

I really need to say some stuff... Alot happened in the last week. My life is upside down. I can't not share it with you... Cos this is my 'home' too.




Thursday, 13 August 2015

Festival Of Colour

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you have had a good week so far.
Do you know what one of my favorite nail art style is? Gradients of course! I don't think you can beat a good gradient. THIS is not a good example of 'good' gradients. This manicure was created in my 'eh, meh, bleh' period. None the less, its here! I love this glitter polish from Essence, Mr Bravo and I went to the opening of our local drug store that opened up a few weeks back - it was two small drug stores that got knocked down into one rather fine, fairly large 'kruidvat' which is a big chain here in Holland. When I saw this glitter and I 'oohed and ahhed' he very kindly insisted it was to live in my collection.

Today I have a very bright and 'interesting' manicure to share with you, probably not for those who prefer subtle nail art!


For this manicure I began with two coats of Catrice's 'Honey Blossom' on all my nails. Once dry I began using striping tape to section off triangles on the upper part of my nail and filled it in with Barry M's 'White'. I then used a mixture of rainbow polishes to create gradients on top – using regular tape to stop my colours from going onto the nude polish. I then used Essence's 'Festival Of Colours' on top of the nude polish and finally added a white line to separate the two with white acrylic paint. I finished it all off with Catrice's top coat.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Freehand Moomin Nails

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I hope you are all doing great.

I had some really sad news this weekend and I am still coming to terms with it... the thing I thought would happen.. happened. I wont go in to detail but those of you who read about it will know what I am talking about. Its hard. I have no way to get home in time for the funeral. I decided that this week I'd keep posting as normal as I had backed up posts ready to go. I had decided not to mention it at all but I think I needed to because I hate the idea of you guys thinking I am just not bothered to check out your blogs - thats not it. I'm coping with cleaning frenzies and trying to keep busy, I just find it hard sitting and thinking too much.

Do any of you know what the Moomins are?  Did you ever see that childrens cartoon as a child? As far as I am aware it is originally Swedish. I used to watch it in the mornings while getting ready for school! I found *THIS* beautiful picture on Pinterest featuring a gorgeous scene with Moomintroll in a boat with Snufkin (I think I got that correct) It looks so calm and serene! 

 For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Huckleberry', that is the only polish I used! Everything else was created freehand with my Oumaxi paints and my bamboo brush.

I'm actually not happy with this manicure, I created it over a month ago and each time I kept checking the post and seeing the pictures the less I liked it. Couldn't this have been so much better?

Doesn't it seem I have a thing for boats? I have no idea why I've painted so many boats with my freehand work - It's not like I am a boat fanatic, ha!

Do you remember this tv show? What do you think of my Moomin nail art?
Have a beautiful day
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Colourful Abstract Triangles - Freehand

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you are having a good weekend.
Today I have some nail art to show you which is...freehand abstract. As with any freehand lined art I guess its easy to spot mistakes and so on. Still, I think this is quite a fun manicure in terms of glitter pop and colour!



For this manicure I began with two coats of Catrice's 'Honey Blossom' from the Kaviar Gauche collection. I then created sectioned gradients using Catrice's 'My Yellow Fellow', '(S)wimbledon', Essie's 'Tart Deco' and Yes Love's #25. I created my triangles one at a time using my bamboo brush and some black acrylic paint. The paint was actually metallic and I wish I had just used a pure black for a higher effect.

Are you a fan of abstract nail art? What do you think of this manicure?
Have a beaut of a day!
Love
Ithi




Friday, 7 August 2015

Rainbow Noodles - Freehand Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I hope you are all wonderful little rays of sunshine today – Basically I wish that today will bring you lots of smiles and happiness.  I have some more freehand nail art to share with you today. Its a little bit unusual... I guess that's not a first for this blog :) This kind of happened shortly after my return from England when I was a little...uninspired. Non the less, it was...interesting. Who wants some of my rainbow noodles?!! My inspiration came from *THIS* pin on pinterest, I thought it looked fun and unusual!


For this manicure I began with Catrice's 'Honey Blossom' from the Kaviar Gauche collection. A lovely nude base. Everything else was created with my acrylic paints and my bamboo brush. There's not really a lot else to explain. I wish my lines had looked so much neater but unfortunately it is what it is.

What do you think of my rainbow noodles? Have you had food related nail art before?
Have a wonderful day
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

NYC: NY Taxi Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you today? How is your week going? I'm doing ok, I've been taking myself on long walks as a step to get back into fitness. My eye is healing nicely so now is the time to start getting back into my normal routine... I must keep busy for the other things I am worrying and powerless to do anything about! Today I am sharing with you a punchy bold yellow from a brand I've not actually tried myself before, This is NY Taxi from NYC. Considering I had no experience with this brand and the fact it is so hot here that the fans need to be on which can cause problems with polish, this did seem like some kind of experiment.



apologies for how my index nail looks! It looks a little flat, I think!

Colour ~ 'NY Taxi' is knock out bright yellow with incredible vibrancy and effect. My first coat was seriously streaking and in the end I applied four coats to ensure a flawless looking finish. That's two more coats than I prefer but you know what? I think the end result is worth it. And yes, this screams New York taxi to me!



Application ~ I already mentioned the streaking on the first two coats, however I was really pleasantly surprised. I had expected there to be a mountain of bubbling going on since I applied these coats quite fast for swatching purposes but I had no bubbles and it even seemed to self level quite nicely!



Texture ~ I find it hard to describe this... I would say perhaps it is more along the lines of a crelly type texture and dries into a beautiful high gloss finish.

★★★★/5 I'm giving this polish 4 stars, while I absolutely adore it I do find that an extra two coats is a little above my level of patience. It is unlike any yellows I currently have in my collection and I do really enjoy wearing these New Yorker nails! I recommend it for those looking for a unique yellow.



What do you think of this taxi yellow? What is your all time favourite yellow?



Have a fantastic day!

Love

Ithi

Monday, 3 August 2015

Simple Black & Nude With White Freehand Flowers

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you are having a great day so far – tell me a random fact about your day? Things are still very up and down here but I got a good start to the day by going out walking. Sometimes fresh air and exercise really help to clear the mind, don't you think? I'm still wondering how I will ever make a manicure that lives up to the Pegasus nail's since it was  my favorite manicure I've done.

I have a more subdued manicure today, something subtle but still quite striking, I think. Sometimes I feel like more simple art after doing really big pieces of nail art :)

Only one polish was used for this manicure which is Catrice's 'Honey Blossom' from the Kaviar Gauche collection. The rest was freehand with black and white acrylic paint. I finished by added a few little dots and some pretty studs. I had these studs lying around but I know The Born Pretty Store has some very similar ones on their website.

It's pretty simple but a little more elegant and wearable than my more...'out there' designs.

What do you think of this simple manicure? Do you like pairing black and whites with nude bases?

Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Starry Sky And Freehand Pegasus Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I am so excited to share today's post with you. I wanted to create something mythical and pretty so I attempted something I considered to be quite hard...But its always fun to have a challenge! I'm actually pretty happy with how this came out!


I began by created a gradient using Fearne's 'High Tide', Color Club's 'Winter Wonderland', Yes Love's #34 and Orly's 'Sky Blue'. For the art I used my trusty bamboo brush and acrylic paints. I also added a tiny bit of Barry M's 'VIP' for some bluey sparkle! I finished it all off with 'Nail Girls' top coat - which is actually not too bad at smoothing the acrylic paint out nicely.

I had so much fun painting this design and I am pretty happy with the outcome. I'm not going to sit and pick out flaws or mistakes I may have made. I'm just content with it.

What do you think of my starry sky and Pegasus manicure? Have you created nail art with a mythical creature?

Have a smashing day!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 30 July 2015

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

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Allo polish Pals!

I have to say a massive thank you to those who have been so supportive to me. You guys.. you never let me down and I owe you so much. Sometimes when things feel bleak a comment here or there from you can really brighten my day. Here's a little update on things, My eye become so much worse that tomorrow I will go to the doctors - It would seem like the obvious thing to do right? But of course this is the first time I have needed to visit the doctors here and I will have to use my health card, and insusurence, and money is tight.. so it really isn't just as simple as booking an appointment. I struggle to see well with my right eye so when, eventually, the newer posts get posted things might be a bit... wobbly or weird looking. I don't like filling blog posts with such crappy crap :')

Thankfully having so many posts ready has enabled me to keep posting - Today I have Barry M's 'Tangerine' to share with you from the Gelly range.




Colour ~ 'Tangerine' is a gorgeous bright medium orange. Its colour is strong and looks fabulous in just two coats. It is incredibly juicy looking and suits its name perfectly. A beautiful and fun shade for summer.



Application ~ Just like my past experience with the Barry M Gelly's, this one was a treat to apply. It dried in a very reasonable time and looked flawless and glossy even without a top coat. I had no experience with streaking or bubbling and much to my delight it self leveled nicely.



Texture ~ It has the typical medium thick consistency of Gelly polishes.

Recommend it to a friend? Completely, a good friend would benefit from having this shade in their collection.


★★★★★/5 I absolutely love this fun orange shade, there's something about its vibrancy and shade that just makes me so happy to see it on my nails and I think its a beautiful accompaniment to many types of nail art. In my opinion you really can't go wrong with the quality of the Gelly range.



What do you think of this fun orange? Are you a fan of orange polishes?



Have a great day,

Love

Ithi

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Glamour In The Nude

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today?  Today I have a really glitzy and glamorous manicure which was actually inspired by my bestie Andreea from Ditta Nail Art. Andreea created the most gorgeous purple manicure where one of the nails was accented and entirely filled with studs. I'd seen the style before but had never been a fan... Until I saw Andreea's manicure. Then I knew I had to try it out at least once!

I hate to ruin the lovely positive note but I feel like I should share this...

I really want to apologise to you guys for not commenting as I should, or used to. Things are not so great here and even my passion for painting has taken a dive – I just can not get anything right. Luckily I have at least 12 posts backed up. My Granddad back in England who is 99 is very sick - The plan was to go back to England in September for his 100th birthday. For now I'm stuck here in Holland... There's not a lot I can do if something happens, I don't have the funds to travel back and I am pretty sick with worry. My eyes have done that weird thing where they swell up and my IBS is increased with stress. My love for painting... where is it? I thought I could at least use that to take my mind off of things.. but its not there for me. I really hope you can understand that I am not myself right now, I'll get things into order and hope I can be a better blogging friend soon.

For this manicure I began with three coats of Nails Inc's 'Colville Mews' and once completely dry I added my Barry M top coat. I began frantically adding studs with my trusty pointy tweezers to my ring finger quickly before the top coat dried. I also added a few flower shaped gems to the other nails just to tie it all together.

Do you think I did Andreea's manicure justice? How do you like this studded mani with a nude base?


Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Freehand AlphaBear Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you today? I hope you've been having a great weekend. I'm happy because today is another 'Soupy Sunday' as I call it. Mr Bravo's sister makes the best tomato soup! Today I have some freehand nails inspired by a recently released game.

I'm not much of a gamer these days (I used to play mmorpg's) but I like the odd casual mobile game. I stumbled across Alpha Bear and fell in love with it immediately. It is an easy to play word game with a difference – there are incredibly cute cube-like bears to collect along the way! There are common bears, rare bears and legendary bears that unlock the more you play, there's currently 67 bears to collect. Game play is actually really simple – Letter blocks have numbers, make the best words you can to get high scoring words – the bigger the words the bigger and wider your bears will get. Letter blocks that are red will expire and then turn into stone which will stop your bears expanding. It is possible to fill the entire screen with just one massive 
bear!  

If you like fun word games you can pick up and play when you have a spare five minutes here and there then you should try it!


 It is available free for both Android and iOS
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