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

Friday, 24 July 2015

The Little Mermaid Nails - Freehand

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I wanna be where the people are
I wanna see, wanna see them dancin'
Walking around on those - what do you call 'em?
Oh - feet! ♪

Inspired by two pins on Pinterest which you can see HERE and HERE.


For this manicure I began by creating a gradient using Picture Polishe's 'Wisteria', Sally Hansen's 'Lilac Heart', I also used a polish from Yes Love and Collection but I am failing right now to think which ones! I then created – or attempted to paint Ariel with acrylic paints. I finally sponged on a little of of Barry M's 'Glitterazi'. I finished it all off by applying my Nail Girls top coat.

I'm actually deeply unhappy with this manicure. There where bubbles and the glitter..doesn't look like glitter at all! Its not...as magical as I wanted it to be. I think more shimmer or sparkle in the sky somehow would have improved this manicure, what do you think?

Have you done mermaid nails before? What do you think of my attempt to paint Ariel?
Have yourself a swimmingly good day!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

VIP Freehand Henna Flowers

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Allo polish Pals!
How has your week been? Give me one fact that made you smile so far this week! Ah, I love it when we share random snippets, even if it means I am just throwing questions at you! I have another manicure that was created while I was in England, and actually the last. I was a busy little bee, huh? ~ Shame the productivy is at a stand still now I am home...It was an amazing change to paint at a table, to have good lighting, to actually sit on a chair (If you don't know, my nail art is normally created in the bedroom, sitting on the bed with a cardboard box as a table...yeah, you get the idea!) My mum very kindly treated me to a few new polishes while I was home, one I picked up myself was Barry M's 'VIP' and I just had to try it ASAP!



For this manicure I began with three coats of Barry M's 'VIP' on all my nails excluding my ring finger. I then used black acrylic paint to create my teeny tiny Henna inspired flower designs and added a little bit of gold here and there. My ring finger was an incredibly rushed job (I was running behind on time) so I left it as a simple angled French manicure with Barry M's 'Black Berry'.

I just fell in love with VIP and I really wanted to create something with it. I'm really happy with how my flowers came out but I wish I had done something nicer on my ring finger. Too bad!

Have you tried any freehand flower nails? Do you have an ultimate favorite glitter?
Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 20 July 2015

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

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Are you excited for a brand new week? Things are going to be quite different around here for the next 4-6 weeks. I already have at least 13 more blog post images prepared so I hope I can stay on top of things. I am so much happier when I am further ahead! Today I have a swatch and review of a polish that has featured on the blog quite a few times since its purchase in various forms of nail art. I figured it is finally time to let it shine alone to show its real potential :) This is Barry M's 'Coconut' from the Gelly range.

I'd just like to mention that these pictures are from before England, when my nails needed a good filing and shaping... ;')
 
Colour ~ Coconut is clearly well within its neutral family but is a little more special then your typical white. I know many people don't get excited by shades such as this but don't switch off yet because Coconut is a gorgeous off white polish with a beautiful warm slight biege undertone that is so complementary to many types of nail art and colour pairings. The colour also reminds me of cream.. creamy things!

Application ~ I can not think of one thing that would improve the application of this polish. I applied three very thin coats, after the first it will appear a little streaky but by the second it was looking flawless. I'd also like to inform you that dry time is pretty reasonable and that this polish loves to self level – wooya!

Texture ~ Exactly the same as all the other Gelly's if your familiar with it, it is on the medium side and I would say it applies like a cream, it is very easy to work with and as always with the Gelly's it dries to a high shine finish even before adding your top coat.

★★★★★/5 I can not fault this polish, in fact... I wouldn't dare to! I love this polish because it isn't stark white which is a nice change when it comes to nail art, it pairs beautifully with almost anything and really doesn't need a lot of work to get it looking gorgeous. I'm half way through my bottle and I have no doubt that I'll be returning for another. While this isn't a bright punchy polish it is a real winner in the neutral category.

Are you a big fan of neutrals?  Have you tried any of the Gelly polishes yet?
Have a great day,
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Minty Freehand Flamingos

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Allo polish Pals!
I hope you are having a beautiful day, do you have anything nice planned for the weekend? I have to say I'm having a real hard time painting things that please me, I have at least 12 scheduled posts already planned but I just seem... blocky. 

I created this mani a short while ago and I'm overly displeased with it; I feel like I'm so inconsistant in my nail art. I'll paint something and work so hard at it and I love the feeling of seeing it achieved... And then I make nail art like this which.... does nothing to for me.  I wanted to test the boundries of pink and green again. As I mentioned before I really like the combination if you get the correct shades!   Nail fail!


For this manicure I primarily used Essie's 'Muchi Muchi' and 'Mint Candy Apple'. I decided to created a few mixed nails by adding polka dots and a gradient with stripes. For the flamingos I used my Oumaxi paints and beloved bamboo brush.

I don't think the flamingos came out well at all but I do still like the combination! I feel proud of some of my art like the last unicorn and some of the posts still to come.. then I make this?! :/ I was doing really well with painting positively and now, my attitude in all aspects is just.. blah. I'm just a little down and now I wish I wasn't posting this at all!

What do you think of my minty green and pink flamingos? Have you created a manicure with pink and green before?

Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 16 July 2015

I Dream Of Unicorns - Freehand Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals,

How are you today? Tell me... When you hear the words unicorn and nail art together, do you get excited? I had wanted to do some unicorn for so long but I knew I wanted to freehand it. I finally got around to it! This is actually the first of two horsey nail art manicures I have done – the second one is so so much better and I am really looking forward to sharing that one with you, but for now lets have some unicorn magic! 


For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'White' and created a gradient on top using Essie's A splash of Grenadine' and Rimmel's 'Wild-er-ness'. I added a coat of Barry M's 'Crystal Glaze' for a slightly rainbowy, glassy magical look and went about my unicorn using my Oumaxi acrylic paints and my beloved bamboo brush. On my remaining nails I added a few swirls and dots.

What do you think of this insanely girly manicure? Have you had mythical creature nails before?

Have an amazing day!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Freehand Mint Leaves On Cocoa

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Happy Tuesday to you all! I can't say I've been up to much except the usual work outs and housework, and of course painting!
Today I have a freehand design to share with you that I created while I was in England (Now are you seeing how I became so organized with my post schedules?! - I'm happy if I have at least 13 posts ready to go) These are supposed to be mint leaves!



For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Cocoa' and one dried began creating my mint leaves with my bamboo brush and Oumaxi paints. I decided to add some light blue swirls for a really jazzy looking manicure. I finished it off by smoothing it out with Catrice's top coat. I also tried this with a matte top coat because sometimes... I just think mint looks great matte!

I'm quite happy with this manicure but I do wish my swirls had been somewhat neater.

What do you think of my minty leafy manicure? What do you think of the chocolate and mint combination for food – good or bad?!

Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Green, Pink and Purple Mini Floral Water Decals - Born pretty Store Review

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*This post contains an item(S) that has been sent for me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion!

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you've had a fun weekend so far – tell me one fun thing you got up to? I painted something mythical on my nails but it will be a while until you see it! I post every other day and I have at least 13 posts scheduled!
I have my last review for the set of mini floral decals I have been showing you recently from The Born Pretty Store. I'm all decal-ed out, this is number 8! This is C115 from the 'Mini Floral Full Nail Art Water Decals'.


I just want to let you guys know that I'm having some laptop battery issues right now, I hope to return comments as soon as possible ♡
You can get a 10% discount from your order at The Born Pretty Store when you use the coupon code DRX31
Again this set of decals is fairly similar to the previous designs I have shown you but instead contains a small rounded pattern with pink, purple and green flowers. I have to say this is probably my least favourite on the sheet but that's subjective and just my opinion. It's still super pretty, just not my favourite.
I decided to pair this pattern with a light gradient using Barry M's 'White' and Sally Hansen's 'Lilac Heart'. I then added some purple glitter on the tips. Unfortunately it didn't turn out quite how I wanted because there is some severe bubbling – argh!

To be able to paint I must have the fan on.. but to have the fan on is a real mani killer! What is a gal to do?!

What do you think of these small floral patterned decals? Do you ever use loose glitter on your nails?




Have a beautiful Sunday!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 10 July 2015

Paint The Sky - Freehand

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Allo polish Pals,
How are you doing today? What colour is the sky where you are? I hope you have a beautiful blue sky! I love a beautiful bright day, in my opinion everything just looks happier when the sun is out. The greens look greener and the flowers look brighter!  That's why today I am painting the sky myself! I was inspired by *THIS* really cool picture on Pinterest.


For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Truffle' from the silk collection – a beautiful matte base to begin some freehand designs on! I used my favorite, most beloved bamboo brush and freehanded everything else with my Oumaxi paints. I finished this manicure off by applying two coats of Barry M's Base/topcoat to smooth everything out.

What do you think of my painted sky nails? Have you been inspired by art to create a manicure before?

Have a fabulous and bright day!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Catrice: (S)wimbledon Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your having a fun and productive day! Hopefully by the time you read this I've already completed my three mile work out and am most likely moving onto the housework before I'll collapse and take a nice cup of tea!I hope you guys are feeling dandy, keep those smiles coming! :)
Today I have a swatch and review of Catrice's '(S)wimbledon', these picture are quite old, I was supposed to share this with you before my trip to England!.

Colour ~ '(S)wimbledon' is a gorgeous medium aqua that certainly leans more towards the green side, it is fabulously bright and has a very delicate and subtle silver shimmer to it. It may appear stronger on the bottle then on nails but it is still there! I am wearing two coats in these pictures.

Application ~ I had no real troubles with application, it can look a little streaky on the first coat but it will self level a little. I applied my two coats quite fast in between which resulted in a bubble or two but considering my painting speed it actually dries to a beautiful flawless finish (ie: take more care than I did and you'll be fine!) Despite the medium thickness of this polish it has a pretty great dry time.

Texture ~ I would say this is a medium-thick cream and dries to a very high shine glossy finish even before applying your top coat.

★★★★★/5 I am incredibly happy I picked up this polish, it is such a fun and bright looking colour and looks great with many different nail art styles (as you will have seen on this blog) I certainly think that if your in the market for a good reliable aqua then this could be the one for you.

What do you think of this aqua with subtle shimmer? Do you have a favored aqua in your collection?

Have a beautiful and glamorous day!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 6 July 2015

Mixed Floral Red Roses Water Decals - Born Pretty Store Review

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*This post contains an item(s) that was provided for reviewing purposes but as always this post will contain my full and honest opinion.
Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Holland is hot hot hot! Is it hot where you are? House work needs to be undertaken during the morning when its cooler, the afternoons are for melting into a cold puddle on the floor. Ithi puddle, nice... Its also not ideal for nail art, especially not decals who want to sort of... melt during application! Still – You gotta make the most of these situations! Today I have the second to last set of floral decals from the C112-C115 mixed floral decal sheet from The Born Pretty Store. This is C113. I decided to pair this one with some nail art.
Don't forget you can get a 10% discount off your order from the Born Pretty Store when you use my code: DRX31

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Guest Blogging Over At Roaring Nails

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Allo polish Pals!
Lets keep this short and sweet, I'm not here today but I am delighted to be posting at my good friend Robin's blog, Roaring Nails. I am a huge fan of her blog and I am so glad to be posting there. I've got an interesting freehand manicure with animals, but you wont find the information here! If you want to see it you will have to go visit Robin's blog. Come on, what are you waiting for?!

While you page loads, can you figure out what it is?



Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Colourful Mixed 3D Nail Art Studs - Born Pretty Store Review

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*This item(s) was provided for me to review but as always this post will contain my full and honest opinion

Allo polish Pals,
How are you today? I hope you are looking forward to the weekend, are you doing anything nice?
I don't know if you guys have noticed my blogging pattern but I usually post every other day...Well tomorrow I have a post that isn't a post – lets call it a surprise so be sure to stop by tomorrow!

Today I am showing you another product from The Born Pretty Store. These are 'Mixed Bowknot Nail Studs Resin Colorful 3D Nail Decoration' – Phew that was a long name. This manicure is crazy and I like that!

Don't forget you can get 10% off your order at the Born Pretty Store when you use the coupon code DRX31
Born Pretty Store states that these studs will come in sizes 1mm-10mm so there's something for everyone if your not a fan of larger studs. The picture shown on the Born Pretty Store shows a variation to the studs I received – it looks like they are really randomly selected but I absolutely loved what was in my pot. I had beautiful 3D tear drops, Tiny cute bow ties, big pearly hearts and half beads, small crystal like studs, squares and rectangles and one beautiful white moustache. There was also three big beaded hollow heart shapes (You will see this in the picture featuring the studs, click read more)
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