Saturday, 25 February 2017

Freehand Fluffy Birthday Bear Nail Art For @TheHumbleBear!

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? I hope you are looking forward to a fun weekend, do you have anything nice planned?

Do you remember last year I came together with an amazing artist for a collaboration on Instagram? I'm talking about the wonderful Beverley Fu, Aka TheHumbleBear. Did you see the countryside twin manicure we did together last year?

I consider Bev THE bear of nails.

Beverely is such a beautiful young lady (and a fellow mod over on Tiny Canvas!) and yesterday it was her birthday so a group (or several groups!) of us got to celebrate and wish her a wonderful day in the only way possible – bear party!


For this manicure I used flocking powder because really there are not many times or designs that call for it but its always fun to do something really different every now and again. I felt it would fit this theme perfectly. I used Layla's as a base for my flocking and this time I used a little foil glue to adhere the flocking. I found this worked much better than top coat which I had only ever used previously.

For my beary nails I used two coats of Essence's 'New York City Call' with a smudgen of Polish Me, Royalty!'s 'Unicornicopia' for a sexy drizzle of holo glitter.

My bear was created with brand new brushes that were sent to me as a gift from a dear sweet friend. I used a Christrio detailing brush and Winstonia's 'Rose Noir' brush. First impressions? Love, love love.

I'm quite happy with the contrast of the flocking to the painted nails, what do you think? I'll never get used to the feeling though, I removed them pretty fast after taking pictures!

What do you think of my birthday bear? Have you taken part in any collaborations with other artists?

Don't forget to go follow Beverley on Instagram - @Thehumblebear

Thank you for stopping by, its always fun when you come to visit!
Have a fabulous weekend, have fun and take care! I'll catch you again on Monday.

Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Pink Paisley Nail Art & 3D Double Nail Decorations

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope your week is full of wonderful things so far!

I'm sick again! As your reading this I am either scooting along on my bicycle to go cleaning or I am wrapped up in bed too worse for wear.

Today I have a manicure that was almost saved for Valentine's Day however it just so happens the theme prompt for the weekly Tiny Canvas challenge was paisley nail art so.. err... how convenient for me!

These nails were actually created in December (hence the length) and I kept holding them back as I wasn't sure if I liked them enough to post... But I guess the heart and diamond stud look sort of.. interesting so I'll see what you guys think!


Tip 'O The Day!  For my paisley print I used some old water decals I had left over from a previous manicure. I always keep my decal and sticker scraps because sometimes, even if its not a full set you can reuse a single decal for an accent nail that finishes a manicure off perfectly! Waste not, want not. 

For my base for the water decals I used Mezmris Nail Lacquer's 'Armor Up' base coat and followed through with Barry M's 'White' in two thin coats. I then used Mezmris Nail Lacqer's top coat, 'Armor' to seal everything in.  

For my accent nail I used two different types of studs/3Dembellishments on top of Catrice's 'Call Me Princess' from the Crushed Crystal's collection. The Heart can be found here, [my review] and the Diamond studs can be found here [my review]

Its not the typical type of manicure I enjoy but I think it has something to it, the heart and diamond combination make me think of engagements! No idea why! Studs like these I can't resist picking off soon after pictures, but I keep them and reuse them for special occasions!

What do you guys think of this girly pink manicure? How long does it take before you start picking your nail studs off?!

Have a fantastic day, my friends. Thank you for stopping by. I'll catch you again on Saturday for some more nail fun!

Love
Ithi

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Freehand Skull Joker & Playing Card Nails

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Allo polish Pals!
I hope you are having a great day so far :) Have you done anything wonderful over the weekend? Has it been a fun and fast paced one or a cosy one in?

Today's nails are from another weekly challenge on Tiny Canvas, the theme was playing cards and while I was excited to try this nail art I also gave myself a really hard time resulting in what I am showing you to be the second version which I am also less happy with, I wish I had worked more on my Jester.... ah well!


For this manicure I began with my Mezmris Nail Lacquer base coat, 'Armor Up' and followed on with two coats of Orly's 'Moonlit Madness' and once dry added a sprinkle of holo with 'Polish Me, Royalty's 'Unicornicopia' – which you wont really see, sadly.. my camera did not want to pick up the holo for this manicure. In the end I rather liked how it looked matte anyway. Everything else was freehanded with my fave Pure Color brushes and topped off with Mezmris Nail Lacquer's top coat, 'Armor'. Finally I added my Barry M Matte top coat.

Have you had playing card nails before? What do you think of my skull-Jester?

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a fantastic day! I'll catch you again on Wednesday for more naily adventures!

Love
Ithi

Thursday, 16 February 2017

China Glaze: 'Well Trained' Swatch & Review

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you are having a great week so far?
Mine feel both hectic and non-eventful at the same time. I feel like I am trying so hard to keep up with things and I'm not really liking any of the art I am creating currently.

I always get this, I'll go a good while enjoying what I've created and then all of a sudden... I'm displeased with everything and I get a bit of a block. Hopefully this passes quickly!

Today I am going to show you a polish from China Glaze, this one came from my dear sweet friend in Oregon. Just before Christmas Jodie sent me a beautiful gift box with polishes, candy, post cards and other nail art goodies and delicious treats! This is 'Well Trained'.

Please excuse how sad and dry my cuticles are looking, I am at least happy with my nail length now!

This beautiful polish is really deceptive! I applied this in the morning in a hurry before going out and the dry time was fantastic although in the bedroom light it looked like a very clear forest green however wearing it through out the day and in different lighting I'd say it is a teal crème. The colour makes me think 'mysterious!'.

I'm wearing two coats in these pictures, it was perfect for full opacity and as I mentioned I was pretty fast between coat applications yet I had no issues at all. I also didn't apply a top coat before photographing so the glossy shine is all credit to 'Well Trained' itself.

Would I recommend this polish to a friend? Certainly, its a very deep and pretty shade! Its a great addition to any collection.

Where can I get it? Nail Polish Direct (£4.95) UK and international / PrettyPolish.NL (5.95)

For the first time in however many years I've reviewed in a slightly different format, I've taken away the star rating and trying to hit on first reactions, I hope this works for you guys?

What do you think of this deep and mysterious shade? Are you fan of China Glaze polishes?

Thank you for visiting, I hope you have a fantastic day! I'll catch you again on Sunday :)
Love
Ithi

Monday, 13 February 2017

Freehand Bootylicious Cupid Bear - Valentine's Day Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Are you excited for Valentines Day?

I've probably mentioned it before.. I'm not exactly anti-valentines day but I don't make a huge deal out of it. Do you have any nice plans though?

Today's nail art is my effort for the Tiny Canvas weekly challenge, our prompt was 'Cupid'.
Well.. I didn't know what to think about that so my version is much more fluffy and has a butt that anyone could be jealous of. Must be all those squats.



With everything that happened in the past month I've been feeling a little underwhelmed with all my recent nail art. I don't think its awful but its just.. lacking. I feel the same with this because I can see so many little mistakes and I wish I had planned his placement better as I think its hard to tell he's holding a bow...

For this one I began with Mezmris Nail Lacquer's base coat, 'Armor Up'.

I then applied two coats of Barry M's 'White' for a nice clean starting canvas and to encourage the acrylic colours to 'pop'.

Next I used my bamboo brush (I may need to say goodbye to him soon.. he's really giving up) to create an acrylic-gradient going from bright blue to light blue and added some blue glitter to the tops of my nails.

I sealed the glitter in with an old and unimportant top coat before moving on to paint the freehand details. I'm absolutely loving my Pure Color brushes in sizes #09 #10 for things such as painting fur.
I finished it all off by applying my Pro-FX top coat and eventually moved onto Barry M's Matte top coat.

What do you think of my bootilicious cupid bear? What do you do when you feel underwhelmed with your manicures?

Have a beautiful day and an even more beautiful Valentine's day, whatever you are doing.

Love,
Ithi

Saturday, 11 February 2017

'Just Horsing Around' - Freehand Valentines Day Seahorse Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you will have an amazing weekend – do you have anything cool planned?

If I am being completely honest with you the idea of Valentines Day nail art just wasn't appealing to me. I sort of had to force myself into it however.. the idea of some cute little sea horses did help persuade me!

These guys are so non-committal, they are just horsing around? Get it?! Terrible, I know, I know!


I decided to go for a soft pastel look with this manicure, the three main polishes I used for my base was Sinful Colors 'Unicorn', Wet 'N' Wild 'Putting On Airs' and 'Tickled Pink' with the addition of Barry M's 'Diamond Glitter' for the Oohh la la factor! Who doesn't love a sprinkle of sparkles?

I'm torn between if I prefer the matte version or the glossy version. The matte version looks so smooth but the sparkles are dull.. The glossy version has the sparkles but the acrylic doesn't look as smooth.. hmm! What do you guys think?

Don't forget to have your say! What do you think of my terrible dad-joke nail art? Are you having any Valentine's nail art this year?

Enjoy your weekend, thank you for stopping by. I'll see you again on Monday for another Valentine's themed nail art !

Love
Ithi

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone. 3D Rain Drops and Acrylic Rainbows!

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? If you tried to visit in the last couple of day's you may have noticed my blog was down, or at least displaying irreverential information.

I had been in contact with my hosting company for a few weeks before I knew it was set to expire and had been in tech support chat multiple times and was promised that if I didn't renew my hosting that my domain would be absolutely fine.. however it wasn't. Because of their misinformation my domain went down and became inaccessible. At which point they held their hands up, shrugged and told me it wasn't really their problem any more... Since it was pretty much their fault in the first place (hence me checking with them weeks before) I made the hasty decision to change companies – this involved some learning!!

Hopefully now everything will be fine, I've got all my fingers crossed there's no more trouble!


Did you know that tomorrow is 'Umbrella Day' ? I kid you not! Luckily my blog is back in time so I can share these with you! I'd also like to say I am inspired by my good friend Narmai who has created some beautiful water drop manicures in the past!


For this manicure I began with my Mezmris Nail Lacquer base coat, 'Armor Up' on all my nails.

For my rainbow nails I applied two coats of Barry M's 'White' and carefully blended each of the rainbow colours together using acrylic paints and my old hideous bamboo brush (Considering he cost $0.99 that little guy is trooper.) I then carefully painted 'Ain't no sunshine' to my middle finger and freehanded the umbrella with my Pure Color #10 brush. I finished these off with my Mezmris top coat, Armor and finally added my Barry M Matte top coat.

For my raindrop nails I applied two thin coats of Barry M's Blueberry and allowed time to dry. I followed on with two coats of ORLY's 'Sky Blue' colour flip nail polish. Again I allowed ample time to dry before adding a coat of Barry M's Matte top coat. My final step was to apply some drops of gel top coat from BlueSky using a large dotting tool and then curing them under my lamp for a few seconds.

I really love how this manicure turned out, actually. There ain't no sunshine when she's gone.
If I could change one thing I wish the word 'sunshine' wasn't so squished in but hey.. its a long word and I'm not the best at nail art with writing so I'll take it! I will consider my placement next time though.

What do you think of this nail art? Have you done raindrop nail art before or used gel to create a 3D element?
Thank you so much for visiting, don't forget to stop and say hi! Have a beautiful day, I will catch you again on Saturday.
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Cake Puff Water Decals - Born Pretty Store. PT .2

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you've been having a great weekend?
Its been odd here, very upside down and all over the place. Its been hard to paint and when I have I have not been amused with my results.

Hopefully this week coming I will be able to focus a little easier and I can enjoy painting at my new desk/painting corner.. Which I said I would show you so I will at the end of the post!

Today I am showing you a manicure which is actually part of a two piece water decal set from the Born Pretty Store. These are 'Cake Puff Water Decals'. I wont review it as such since I already reviewed the other half of the sheet but I thought I'd show you the design in use. To see the previous review I did just click here. 

Oh.. and this is with my longer nails! I like where I am at now, I'm staying at the length I am since the goldfish bowl nails!



Friday, 3 February 2017

Freehand Blue Monochromatic Tiger Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? Can you really believe we're already in Feburary?!

I guess you could say I enjoyed the last monochrome nail art I did because I had no intentions of this being another one..but that's how it came out! 

I painted this while everything was going down..I didn't really have any inspiration so I asked my sister in law what I should paint and she suggested a tiger. I had wanted to paint a tiger for ages but I actually kept putting it off because I thought I couldn't do it... well... I still don't know if I've succeeded or not, you can be the judge!



For this manicure I used Mezmris Nail Lacquer's Base coat, 'Armor Up' and top coat 'Armor'; Barry M's 'White' nail polish and matte top coat, Pro-FX top coat and acrylic paints.

I spent so long on the tigers face that by the time I had finished that one nail I was confused as to what I should do with the others so I decided to go for a simple jungle/vine look. I also added some studs from the Born Pretty Store.

What do you guys think of my tiger? Do you prefer the matte or glossy version? I'm personally leaning towards the matte one!

Have a beautiful day my friends, thank you for visiting and please do let me know your thoughts!
I'll see you again on Sunday!

Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

12 Colours Nail Art Glitter Powder (& Freehand Pattern) - Born Pretty Store Review.

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*This post contains an item(s) that was provided for reviewing purposes however I will as always give my full and honest opinion.

Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope your week is going well so far?

I've got exciting news! My painting corner is getting a huge upgrade.

If you didn't know, the way I paint is a little precarious. Its a bunch of plastic boxes (containing my nail polishes) stacked up in two towers and a plank of wood in the middle! I was truly grateful when my boyfriend first created it as prior to that I had a cardboard box as a table and I'd sit on the bed which is incredibly soft so there was little support. I am now looking forward to a proper desk - as is my back!

I'll photograph it in the three stages once its been put together! where and how do you guys like to paint?

Anyway..! Today I am going to share with you '12 Colors Nail Art Glitter Power, Acrylic UvGel' from the Born Pretty Store.



Monday, 30 January 2017

Freehand Half Moon Holo Fish Bowl Nails!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? Did you have a great weekend?

My nails are shot. We worked a lot on clearing Mr Bravo's Grandma's house, restoring the wooden floors, weeding the garden and putting the stairs back to their original shape. My nails have not enjoyed all the chemicals and hard work; Luckily they look ok in these pictures but you may notice it in my upcoming posts. I'm doing my best to give them plenty of TLC and get them back to how they were.

Anyway! Today's nails are inspired by the weekly challenge on Tiny Canvas – We had to create half moon manicures and I was thinking really hard (like really hard!) to think of how I could do a half moon manicure with a twist. I  decide to try and paint inside the half moon!
I had so many idea's on what I could put within my half moons... Mountains, full on scenery? some kind of  rainbow acrylic-gradient? For some reason I settled on a fish bowl idea!

I'm not all that happy with the out come of these but I'm not going to be too hard on myself. I don't need to give myself a hard time but I just couldn't get the half moons smooth with my acrylic at all. In hindsight rather than starting them in blue I should have began in white.

The polishes I used for this manicure are Mezmris Nail Lacquer's basecoat, 'Armor Up', The Body Shop's...[Brain Fail]  and Polish Me, Royalty's 'Unicornacopia' for the twinkly holo top coat. I finished by sealing it all in with my Mezrmris Nail Lacquer top coat, 'Armor'.

What do you think of my fishy nail art? If you ever find yourself looking for manicure prompts or idea's I highly suggest joining Tiny Canvas – the weekly challenges are so fun and not at all mandatory!

Don't forget to have your say! Have you ever had a half moon manicure before? Do you think these are original or just plain silly?

Have a beautiful day, my friends! I'll catch you again on Wednesday!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Freehand Musical Notes On A Rainbow!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? Are you doing anything awesome this weekend? I'll be off visiting from friends in another part of Holland, I am so looking forward to seeing how their two little boys are doing, I bet they've grown so much!

I want to warn you before you see today's nail art.. don't be alarmed! This is not my current nail shape. I had been struggling with my shape from the end of December up until recently, I kept trying to file and file.. and wasn't satisfied no matter what I did.

If you are a member of Tiny Canvas you'll know I basically lost my patience and cut them all down. They are much shorter now but I'm actually happy with them being shorter and rounded.. So excuse how weird and pointy they look here.


I don't think I'd ever done anything with musical notes before but when I saw the beautiful polish 'Psychedelic Galaxy' from Mezmris Nail Lacquer I knew right away I wanted to pair it with something interesting. 'Psychedelic Galaxy' is so beautiful with all its flakes of rainbow and holo glitter.. its so special in my collection..

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Freehand Australia Day Nail Art - Koala and Kookaburra!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing on this cold and wintery day? (Don't worry, I've got some very warming nail art today!) I hope wherever you are that you are all nice and snug. I'm so ready for spring to come already, how about you?

If you didn't know, today is Australia day! - Yes really! One of the challenges this month over on Tiny Canvas was Australia day nails and I couldn't not join in, could I?!

I wanted to be more adventurous but to be honest.. with everything that is going on offline and in my personal life I'm just proud I managed to produce something on time! 

I decided to go for two national animals of Australia, the koala bear and the kookaburra bird. You guys know I love animals and nature. I also added the sea because... well.. Australia <3 p="">

I used all acrylics for this nail art besides my Mezmris Nail Lacquer base 'Armor Up', Barry M's 'White' and Mezmris top coat, 'Armor'. Of course I had to include a matte version - I can't decide which I prefer most..glossy or matte... Hrrm.

Australia is on high on my list of dream locations I'd like to visit one day, Where's your most desired country you'd like to see one day?

What do you think of my Aussie themed nail art? Have you done nail art for a specific country before?

Have a wonderful day my friends, thank you so much for stopping by! I'll catch you again on Saturday!

Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

2 Sheets Patterned (Paisley) Blooming Flower Water Decals - Born Pretty Store Review

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

Today I am showing you a set of two water decals from The Born Pretty Store, these are '2 Sheet Pattern Blooming Flower Water Decals'.
However I think I paired them in such a weird way!


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Freehand Boat Nail Art - Bertie Mcburtlebutton & Ms Blueberry-Baebae Bouffant

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing? I hope you are polishing (tehehe) a good week.
This one's not been great..But there is a little happiness coming over the weekend which I think is really needed in our house right now.


Today I'd like to introduce you to my good friends, Bertie McBurtlebutton and Miss Blueberrybae-Bae Bouffant. They've been courting (that's dating for you young 'un's) for only a short while.

Bertie figured if he is going to impress such a lady as Bluebae-bae he better up his game. That afternoon he took her for a picnic at the local park, he hand fed her Marmite and cherry sandwiches (ew?!) and they sipped on lumpy chicken stock cubes from thermal flasks. Classy. Miss Blueberrybae-bae didn't seem all that impressed. As the afternoon rolled into the evening she was happy she could relax and take in the beautiful scenery as Bertie very awkwardly and sweatily rowed in a circles on the lake for a good hour before suggesting he walk her home.


I don't have much to tell you about this manicure, really! I began with my Mezmris Nail Lacquer base, 'Armor Up' and applied two thin coats of Barry M's 'White' nail polish. Once that was dry I added a coat of my Pro-FX top coat and again allowed to dry. I then moved onto my acrylics, creating a gradient using my bamboo brush and created my finer details with my Pure Color brushes in #9 and #10 (If you are into freehand you have to invest in these! Not really..but I adore them!)


I hope you like this one guys! I am wondering how this is going to go. Miss Blueberrybae-bae is quite the lady and a hard one to please at that. What do you think Bertie should do next to try and impress her? He's really rather fond of her already!

Thank you for visiting, don't forget to come say hi in the comments!
Have a beautiful day, I'll catch you again on Tuesday!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 20 January 2017

Holographic Holo Glitter Nail Polish #12 3D - Born Pretty Store Review

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Allo polish Pals!
How are we all doing today? Are you glad Friday is here?!

I've another review post for you today but don't worry I'll have some more freehand in my next post!

Today I have a holographic polish to share with you.. and you know what? My camera played fairly nice! This is 'HolographicHolo Glitter Nail Polish #12' from The Born Pretty Store. Lets take a look shall we?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Cake Puff Water Decals & Hologrpahic Accent - Born Pretty Store Review

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Allo polish Pals,
How are you all doing today? I hope everything is going well with you.

You may or may not know whats going on with me depending on where you follow me. I've been pretty vague here but I'll just be to the point, yesterday we had to say goodbye to Mr Bravo's Grandma. I've become really close to her in the past four years, it's been heart breaking on so many levels and seeing my Dutch family in pain.

I had these posts all prepared and written up.. so I am going to carry on posting because while there is nothing to do I need to keep busy, at the same time because all these posts were ready I can still be as available as I need to be for my family. Thank you for all the well wishes, you guys are just beautiful.

Today though we have some really fun decals to look at from The Born Pretty Store. These are '2 pattern/sheets Cake Puff Nail Art Water Decals' (Phew, and I even trimmed the name down a little) which I have paired with a left over holo nail sticker. I'm not sure the two look great together but it certainly makes me think birthday party! 


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