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Friday, 29 April 2016

Elegant Silver Peach Blossom Nail Art Decorations - Born Pretty Store Review

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I hope you had a fantastic week, do you have anything awesome planned for the weekend?

I want to turn the whole bedroom upside down and clean the way I like. Literally by throwing everything in a pile and starting over again, ha! Bring on the anti-bac wipes! I do feel like a good spring clean. There are also so many darting trophies that are practically dust magnets. Its time to clean from top to bottom!

Of course there will be some time for some more freehand painting at some point!



Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Freehand Adventure Into The Wild, Wild West!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? Tell me something interesting! I can tell you that today I was supposed to have a review item to show you but I feel like I bungled up the post. Bungled? Mashed.. Screwed... ah, its all the same. So I'll show you this freehand design I had been saving.

Tomorrow I'm going to sit and visit blogs, I need to get back into a normal routine. In every way and write up a whole bunch of stuff I've been working on – my memory card is actually full, ha!

Today I am taking you on a little adventure into the wild, wild west! In hindsight I do wish I had added something more. I don't always plan my nails like I used to, I just.. go for it, put things randomly. I used to draw and plan everything on paper.



For this manicure I began with my beloved base of OPI's 'Nail Envy'. With its speedy dry time I was able to move right on to two coats of Barry M's 'White' almost immediately. Sadly there isn't much else to tell.. I started at the top of my nails with my blue acrylic paint, blending it into lighter blues and eventually into yellow. I sealed it all in with my Pro-fx top coat. Everything besides my base was created with acrylic paint and my pretty new and loved English Realism brush from 'Fab Ur Nails'. Of course I just had to try it matte, too!

What do you think of these freehand scenery nails? Have you had desert nails before?
Have an amazing day,
Love
Ithi

Monday, 25 April 2016

Freehand Pond Manicure And Evil Eye

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Allo polish Pals!
How are we doing today? I hope you had a wonderful weekend, did you do anything nice?
 I always love to hear what you are going to be getting up to! I was far more busy last week than I normally am and I loved it!

I feel like this nail art is aptly timed, in the nail community I spend a lot of time in there have been quite a few nail breaks going on, some serious n. I feel like we should take the evil eye talisman to ward off all the evil going on that is causing all these nails to break!

Not really.. I've always liked the symbol after seeing it in Greece on my vacation breaks. Of course it is spreads through many cultures and countries besides Greece and the meaning can differ slightly but mostly it is used to see off bad intentions, jealousy, evil.. basically. It protects its wearer from any such curse or negativity. I also could be slightly wrong.
If it means something different in your culture I would love to know!

I had wanted to do a pond manicure for agggges. I've only ever done one before, using the same polish as I am using right now but it just works so well for it!
I began with my OPI Nail Envy base coat and one dry I added some dots using Barry M's 'White' and a medium sized dotting tool. I then applied a thin coat of Dorothy L's #93 (Dat Orange, yo.) and allowed that to dry. I then took the dotting tool again and created more dots, I allowed drying time and repeated another coat of the orange polish. I repeated this around 4-5 times. I then created my freehand parts with acrylic paint and added some final white dots on the top layer of the design. I finished by applying my Pro-FX top coat and added a few blue studs.

What do you think of this combination? Have you ever worn an Evil Eye?
Have a wonderful weekend, I'll catch you on Wednesday!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Freehand Bumble Bee Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!

How are we all today?  I wish you all a fabulous weekend!
Today we are off to visit some friends - its been far too long since we caught up with them. This week has been so much busier than normal - but in a totally great way! I've not had much chance to get some freehand nail art done so I hope I can catch up next week!

Do you know something I just love about spring/summer? Fuzzy fat butted bumblebees, I've always thought they are so cute. I love sitting in the garden in England watching them go about their buzzy busy business! I realized I had never done bumblebee's before and I wanted to do something cute!


For this manicure I began with my all time beloved OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry applied China Glaze's 'Classic Caramel' (I never know what to use this for..so yay!) I also dabbed some Model's Own's 'Gold Rush' here and there. I then took my acrylic paints and began to paint a honeycomb pattern which I really enjoyed doing! All the hexagons where outlines, filled in and then shaded and outlined, I found this such a relaxing process! I then moved onto my buzzy little bee and used a small amount of Hema's 'Happy Silver' in the center of his wings to add a little shimmer.

I finished it all off with my Pro-FX top coat and also tried it in matte, because I can not live without seeing if something looks better in matte these days.

What do you think of my fuzzy bumble bee? Have you had done any freehand patterns before?
Have an amazing day, Lets catch up on Monday and start the week together!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Unicorn Beach - Freehand Unicorn Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you doing today? Have you been having a great week so far?
I feel like mine has been pretty awesome, some weeks feel so samey... Today I am back at Mr Bravo's Grandma's house to help around the house and do groceries, yesterday was the first time I went to my brother-in-laws (we say it even though Mr Bravo and I are not married) house to help out - I also had a lovely time seeing the little nephews (You guys know how much I miss my English Niece and Nephew so this was really lovely, I love being around children)...Anyway!

Today I have yet another manicure which I created for the weekly challenge over at Tiny Canvas,
When our wonderful admin, Dani announced the prompt for the week would be unicorns I did a happy little dance inside my head, shoved my yoga mat back in its place and poured the acrylics out over my desk. To say I was excited at creating some more unicorns was an understatement.


For this manicure I began with Barry M's 'White' and from there created evvvverything else with acrylic paint – rubbish information I know. I want to film how I do things like this but I literally can't understand how I would keep my fingers still, or in shot..or being able to see what I'm actually doing. I still need to think about this.

So I don't know why they are on a beach.. I don't know why I went for stars when I started off with a day time sky.. but I am kinda happy with the results. It was another fun one to try and I didn't hate which is always a bonus!

What do you think of my rainbow maned unicorn duo? Are you a member of any nail art communities?

Have a beautiful day, I'll catch you on Sunday! <3 br="">
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Freehand Marie From The Aristocats

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you doing today, my friend? How is your week so far?
It looks like I'm going to have a much busier week than usual - yay! Tomorrow I will be going to help out at a family members house, it also means I get some extra time with my Dutch nephews who are just the sweetest little boys ever.

Let me ask you a question, what is your favorite Disney animal character?

I don't think I could just pick one, there are so many cute ones! I think they make great ideas for manicures, there are so many characters I want to do from Disney but I don't think I actually have the skillset to paint them all that well - I still don't know how I did the two skunks as I did...I think that was a fluke. I can certainly try though, right?

Today I have Marie from The Aristocats because I thought with her pretty pink bows I could create a very girly and pink themed manicure. I really don't think I did a good job painting her, I think she's incredibly cross eyed and stoopify looking. Maybe its more her right eye that makes it look messed up to me. A try is a try, though!


For this manicure I started with my beloved OPI 'Nail Envy base coat and once dry applied two coats of Hema's 'Happy Pink' which is a super fun looking glitter. I then used my acrylic paints to freehand Marie to the best of my abilities, I add a few paws and 'shine' marks on my remaining nails. I finished it all off with my Pro-FX top coat and then proceeded the mandatory 'what do this look like matte' experiment.

So what do you think?

Do you think it looks like Marie? Have you had Disney inspired nails before?

Have a beautiful day, Catch you on Thursday!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Spring Time Rainbow Manicures - Twin Nails With @Rainbowjojonails

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Allo polish Pals!

Happy Sunday to you! I hope you have been having a fantastic weekend so far, tell me, what colour nails have you been sporting over the weekend?

Something rather fun happened last week, I was contacted by a lovely lady, @rainbowjojonails (You really should check her account out!) on Instagram, asking me if I would like to participate in a 'twin nails' collaboration. I'll be absolutely honest, I had no idea what that was even supposed to mean.

So apparently you come up with a theme idea and both create a manicure based on it. Of course, you have no idea what the other person will paint. You could come up with a similar idea or something completely different – isn't that fun?! 

I used Barry M's White for my base, everything else was created with acrylic paints.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Ciaté: Kiss Chase Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you doing today? I hope all is great with you? I feel like I've been on a bit of a painting roll as of late, I've got some posts lined up that I am super excited to share with you but since its Friday and I've been rolling out freehand posts for quite sometime I thought we could chill with a little swatchy-boo, that's ok isn't it? I promise its a cute one!

Today I have another Ciaté polish to share with you, this is Kiss Chase (You'll see why!)



Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Greyscale Acrylic-Gradients And Rainbow Love Hearts

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How are you all doing today? Happy mid week to you all. Did you get up to anything interesting so far?
I feel like I've just been plodding along so far, better make today more interesting!
Today I have another 'acrylic-gradient' style manicure for you. I feel like I am happiest when I am playing with paint... My manicures used to feature about 4-5 different nail polishes..now I cover them all up or they are already white to start with.. Oops!

For this manicure I began with just a single polish, Barry M's 'White' – what am I going to do when I run out of this?! I then created a greyscale gradient (Or acrylic-gradient as I've taken to calling them) on all my nails excluding my ring finger using black, white and grey acrylic paint. I then went over those nails and made some white hearts and tried carefully to create a rainbow inside each one. On my ring finger I reversed this by doing a rainbow acrylic-gradient for the whole nail and added a black heart with stars inside. I sealed everything off with my beloved Pro-FX top coat but I also tested it in matte too using Barry M's matte top coat – which do you like best?

I really like how this turned out, I really love pairing dark colours with bursts of colour, I think it is so eye catching.

What do you think of my grey and rainbow combination? Have you had heart nails before?
Have a wonderful day, I'll see you on Friday!!

Love
Ithi

Monday, 11 April 2016

Freehand Purple Starry Skies & Tree Silhouette

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Allo polish Pals!

Come, sit down and help yourself to a cup of tea/coffee! How are you doing today?
Is there much going on with you? I'll be starting my day with a 3 mile dance-walk DVD (For the good all day feels!) followed by the boring housework stuff..but then.. I have two ideas sketched out and I am roaring to get going on some nails!

Today's manicure was inspired by the picture, it was very kindly sent to me by a lovely lady named Gill who is also in the nail community (TC, If you'd like the doorway to a loving fun filled nail art community just let me know!) I have become very attached to, Thanks Gill!

I accepted the challenge with great enthusiasm and while the end result does differ to the original picture I do really like it!



Saturday, 9 April 2016

Pink, Orange And Teal Waves - Acrylic Gradient

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Allo polish Pals!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends!
Do you have any nice plans for this weekend?  I'm looking forward to a really intense workout;
Last week I did great pushing myself and getting back into it - yesterday I didn't get to workout and I really felt like I had missed something. I like the energized feeling!

Today I have one of my weird looking acrylic-gradients (I can't think what else I'd call them) and quite an unusual colour combination once again, although I actually rather like these colours together. It grew on me! Personally it makes me think of deep sea... corals, mermaids...Opps, I'm day dreaming again.


For this manicure I began with my all time beloved OPI's 'Nail envy' (because my nails never thank me more than when they are being cared for with this top coat) I then applied two coats of piCture pOlish's 'Marine'. The rest was really just created with acrylic paints, I should film more things instead of being able to hardly tell you anything! BUT HOW?! I move my fingie's SO much!

My dear friend Andreea said these colours reminded her of Aladdin, does this remind you of anything?

How do you feel about this colour combination? Do you like my acrylic-gradient manicures?

Have a lovely Monday, lets catch up again on Wednesday? :)

Love
Ithi

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Counting Freehand Kawaii Sheep

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Happy Thursday to you all!  - random question, whats your favorite day of the week?? I always like Friday's as I have my weekly catch up skype call to my sister and I skype with my mum (Although I skype with her everyday!)

I've always had a dislike for Tuesday's and I have no idea where it comes from! O... I did have an Aunt pick me up from school on Tuesday's who would make me hold hands with her walking home... down the same route EVERYONE in the school lived..(I lived away from school, everyone thought my mums car was cool  - it wasn't but ok, kids are kids.) My Aunt would wanna.. hold hands (That's fine! OK! But don't make me...) and skip along... The skipping...Skip Skip Skip.  No idea why I am sharing that with you but I love that I am :)

                                                   
                                                        ......Enough.....

Today I have a manicure that I'm not sure how I feel about it. I really liked the idea but something happened to my thumb-sheep... kinda bubbled or something.. I don't know ~ I feel like I am posting inadequate things lately... I just need some very good strong ideas to come through. But anyway.. lets take a look!

I should really practice getting enough sleep, I'm lucky if I get about 5 hours most of the time, not good!

For this manicure I began by applying two coats of NYC's 'Bronx Paparazzi' and added a coat of my Pro-Fx quick drying top coat. Next I moved onto my acrylics, using a silver to create a subtle ruffian look, next I painted my sheep and began to fill in the surrounding space with numbers using a light purple I had mixed. I finished off by sealing it all in with my Pro-Fx again.

What do you think of my Kawaii sheep? Did you ever try counting sheep when you couldn't sleep?!

Have a wonderful day,
Lets regroup on Saturday, I'll bring the tea/coffee, you bring your lovely self!
Love
Ithi