Friday, 12 February 2016

Dry Brush Hearts & Kisses Nail Art

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I have a manicure I created almost by accident.
I was having a really bad nail day, nothing was going right for me at all. Just when I almost gave up I decided to just throw some colours around. I'd never done the dry brush technique before but it seemed as good'a time as any to try it out!
For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Persian' and once dry began dab/drag my dry polish brushes across it using China Glaze's 'Fly' and 'Pink-ie Promise' and Rimmel's 'Neon Fest'. So colour wise I was thinking it would make a kinda cute and edgey Valentines themed manicure so I cracked out my acrylic paints and added a border and some hearts and kisses!

I really enjoyed using the dry brush technique. I'll certainly be revisiting it in the future!

What do you think of my dry brush manicure? Have you tried this type of nail art before?

Have a super day!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Casino Of Bling

Allo polish Pals!

I'm back! Oh my goodness. What a hellish two weeks with domain trouble, the flu...
Hopefully that  is the end of that, now I can get back on track and we can enjoy our nail polish adventures! I missed you guys. Don't worry, I've got a nice amount of posts prepared! 
Thanks to those of you who cared or worried I had quit blogging or something was wrong. I did my best let everyone know via social media but its not the same! 

Today I have a manicure that became so far from the original idea in my head. At first it was going to be pretty simple. Then I went all out and decided to go crazy with it. You'll see what I mean.

This ain't one of your manicures that last long when your doing your laundry! I'm really bad at making anything equal, If I think of it simply they are all just squares branching off of other squares.. so square shapes shouldn't be that hard but look at those angles!!
For this manicure I began with Barry M's 'Black polish and layered with Nyx Girls 'Frizzy Spots' – Still a polish I am obsessed with after purchasing so long ago! I then added some white little dice with acrylic paints and my bamboo brush and once dry added my Catrice gel effect top coat.

I then moved onto my ring finger which had been left with just the plain black polish. I took one of these cute little studs I had lying around from the Born Pretty Store and covered it with white acrylic paint (don't worry, I've got more of them!) I then added some teeny tiny dots to mimic a die..or dice.. and began encrusting with all different gems.

This is maybe how you feel when you walk out of a casino after a big win. KER-CHING, BLING!
As I mentioned.. this is more of a little creative fun then something I would actually wear!

What do you think about this crazy bling fest? Do you like to do 3D manicures?

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Freehand Clear Pond & Koi Carp

Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? I hope Feburary has been kind to you so far. Thank you guys for all the caring comments about my blog down time - Lets hope we can go from Feb to Feb'17 without any hitches! I'm slowly getting over my sickness but my body is just so achey. This weekend Mr Bravo's niece will be coming to stay over for a week, I always like seeing her! :) She does the exact same as my niece - first thing in the morning she checks to see whats new on my nails! 

Today's manicure is actually my second attempt at it. It's probably been a good couple of years since I wanted to create a sort of... zen koi carp manicure. Something that looks clean and soothing... This is the best I could really come up with.

I don't even have much to tell you about this manicure. I took a lot of inspiration from *This* pin on Pinterest. I used only one polish, Essie's 'Cashmere Bathrobe' to create a darker look between the all the stones. Next I used my acrylic paints and began painting the fish first. It was certainly a lot harder than I had expect. I had a lot of trouble with the fins and tails. Next I added a few little lily pads here and there and then proceeded to cover the remaining spaces with varying sized rocks.

I also added a watery look... however it seemed to dry like a streaky, chalky blue which I wasn't *too* happy about! 

It was a pretty intense and long process but I am glad I tried it again. I believe when I initially tried it years ago I tried to do it all with nail polish... no.. just no!

What do you think of my Koi carp pond? Have you done nails that have made you feel relaxed while creating them before?

Have a wonderful day,

Thursday, 4 February 2016

One: #23 Swatch & Review ★★/5

Allo polish Pals!

Ithinitybeauty is back! I am so sorry if any of you tried to view my blog in the last few days, you may or may have not noticed IthinityBeauty was down - This was never a decision on my side (I had so many posts ready!) if I ever decide to leave blogging I would let you know by leaving a post up, not just deleting my blog. I'm really touched that some of you reached out in concern - I know I kept a really nice posting pattern going, I'll get back into it.

What happened. I'd been with my domain/hosting company for some time, 2-3 years. Occasionally there were issues that led to IthintiyBeauty.com being down, Never too long or anything too serious..But comms could be slow. But I emailed them in December, while home in England and I never got a reply. The reason the blog was down this time was because of a Dos attack on their server. I guess I'm lucky to be on blogger than have an independent blog that may have got wiped. I still had absolutely no information at all. The company I was with never emailed me back, or even after a few attempts of emailing. Luckily I found a company with many Adam's who where able to help me in live chat - even though I wasn't a customer or their problem at all. I've now moved to their company - with this and the changes I've made (and am still making) thing are getting back to normal.

Today's swatch is a polish that my Mum bought back for me from her holiday in Greece last year – this polish has me baffled... You'll see why! This is 'One's '23'

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Ithi In Space! DIY Dry Marble Decals & Freehand Nail Art!

Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? Do you have any exciting plans this weekend?
Today I have a manicure to share with you that probably isn't the greatest but it was a lengthy process to get to its completed state! I have a before and after, then I'll explain what I did!

          *How do I manage to cleanup all the decals but leave traces of the freehanding paint?! Duhhhh

So I began this manicure by applying some regular top coat to an old piece laminate flooring. Its my poor man's 'Uber Mat' but you know what, stuff peels off so it'll do! I then began layering a mixture of Barry M's 'VIP', Fogan's glitter I forgot.., Lady Venezia Don't remember the name also.. (When I am sick I get stupid-brain) Color Club's 'Eternal Beauty' and TipTop Polishes 'Jazz Berry'. Next I took a tooth pick and began swirling the polishes around in no real order what so ever – skills, bahaha. I left all of this in a safe place to dry over night.

The next day I painted my nails with just my base coat of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and carefully began to unpeel the decals. I trimmed them down to fit my nail length and rubbed them gently onto the nail. I used nail polish remover and a fine square brush to gently remove any excess from around my nails and cuticles.

I then added some freehand planets, stars and a little Ithi floating around in space (she looks nothing like me) I'm quite blah about the freehand stuff but I love the concept. I'll be doing more decals like this in the future, they look so interesting!

What do you think about this manicure? Do you like to mix up technique together?

Have a gorgeous day,

Thursday, 28 January 2016

The City Of Colour - Acrylic Gradient

Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I've been kinda useless the last couple of days.. feeling so poorly and just having no energy. I've not been able to eat as normal which is not like me! As crazy as it sounds I'm putting it down to January slummage. It may be the start of a new year but its a rough month - many expectations and the gloomy dark weather...

I hope you've been having a great week so far :) If not, just hang on! The weekend is in sight! Today I have a manicure to share with you that I'm totally undecided on.
I don't like it when I don't know how a manicure makes me feel. I want to be able to finish a long manicure and be pleased with myself, I'll let you guys decide.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Freehand Stud And Lines Pattern

Allo polish Pals!
I hope you are doing good today? This manicure was actually made before I went to England so probably like 5/6 weeks old and before the new camera!

Today I have a manicure for you which came from nowhere! I hadn't intended to paint when this was created. I thought, ah... I'll just chill out this evening, watch some shows. Grab and early night. But I figured I could also just have a little experiment with colours on a piece of paper. Well, It didn't end there and then I randomly created this. Suuuurprise!

For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'White' and created a gradient using Lady Venezia's 'PURPLE', One's '#31' and Dorothy L's '#312'. I applied my Catrice 'Gel Effect' top coat on top and added a few random studs. Next I took my 'white' acrylic and started to 'cube' my studs and extend them into random lines! I finished off by adding another layer of top coat and finished with my Barry M 'Matte Top Coat'.

Its just liiiiines! But I think it is quite eye catching, don't you? Someone said to me that they think it looks a little like an Aztec design, what do you think?

Do you like the way that the studs look when mattified? Do you like to wear matte nail art?

Have a lovely day!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

'Just Sweet Things' Freehand Vintage Inspired Nail Art

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I hope you had a fantastic weekend, today I am off to visit friends who are going to feed Mr Bravo and I some delicious food! They are a lovely family and I am glad to be seeing them - I sometimes don't see them enough.. Especially last year where I was hanging on to skype every five minutes... I think we'll be using a big table grill - nice!
I have a manicure today which was inspired by a beautiful and very retro piece of art I found on Pinterest, you can see it here.

For this manicure I really can't say much... I started with my usual base coat of OPI's 'Nail Envy' because my nails just love it too much. I then applied two coats of Barry M's 'Meadow' and allowed it to dry fully. I then created everything else with acrylic paints. I finished off by adding a coat of Barry M's Matte top coat because the finish just screamed retro!

What do you think of my retro looking manicure? Have you done any retro nail art before?

Have a great day!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Aveniro Glass Files Review

*This post contains item(s) That were sent reviewing purposes but as always I will provide my full and honest opinion.

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Are you looking forward to the weekend? Its going to be a busy one for me! On Saturday we are celebrating my sister-in-laws and mother-in-laws birthday (Don't worry, there was no secret wedding – we just call each other that!)

Today we're going to look at three glass files, a must have for any nail enthusiast and something we should all use from time to time in our basic nail care routine. If you'd have asked me about nail files...5 years ago I probably would have see-sawed the heck out of my nails with a cardboard emery board. Now I know better and take great pride in my nails and I know that quality is necessary when it comes to nail files

These pretty babies come from Aveniro. The top file is a mini foot file, the second a full size version and bottom is a glass nail file for fingernails which has now become one of my best friends in my nail kit. Read on!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Freehand Kawaii Kimmidoll Nail Art

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Tell me one lovely thing that's happened in your life so far this new year :) I can tell you that one lovely thing to change for me in the new year is my new painting desk. You may have seen it before on IG or FB but I'll include it at the bottom of my post for those who have not seen it.

Today I have another freehand design which was created whilst I was back home in England.
This is inspired by the ever so cute Kimmidolls, beautiful little and unique dolls inspired by Eastern culture.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Barry M: Berry Cosmo ★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals,
How are you doing today, I hope your day is going well so far.  We've not done a swatch here for quite some time - or at least it feels like it. Here's a pretty little number I received as a gift from my mum (Or Skeebab as I call her - That started when I was about 14 and it just stuck..) How about something deep and sophisticated?

Today I have Barry M's 'Berry Cosmo' up for review. Lets take a look!

Colour ~ 'Berry Cosmo' is a very deep and luscious berry/grape shade. Its comparable to Catrice's 'First Class Up Grape' without the slight shimmer running through it. I feel like this polish paints darker then it appears in the bottle but its still a great shade on the nails.

Application ~ I was in super speed swatch mode when I applied this which meant the two coats I did apply were done very fast and with minimal dry time, I'm really pleased to say that this did not provide me with any problems. There was no bubbling, it self leveled and surprisingly dried incredibly fast (good considering it was still wet as I applied my second coat!) It also dries to an amazing high shine finish. Hi-shine Gelly polishes? The regular Barry M's have never let me down either!

Texture ~ On the thinner side but completely build-able. Very flawless and glossy finish.

Recommend it to a friend? Yes if she has nothing like this – Guesses are most people have one similar shade to this in their collection though?

★★★★/5 There's nothing much to dislike about this polish. I guess for those who feel it is lacking something then Catrice's 'First Class Up Grape' offers a little more bedazzle but I think this is a really cute and sophisticated shade for the cooler seasons. Why am I missing a star? I guess I'm a little disappointed that it isn't the slightest bit lighter.. but its still undeniably gorgeous.

Would you wear this shade? Do you own many berry shades?

Have a fantastic day!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Freehand Scenic Beachy Nail Art

All polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? I am doing pretty good - I am so happy to have my new painting corner. I'll be stepping out with my lovely sister in law today to hopefully go buy a lamp. The desk is perfect but the sloping ceiling and closet just mean its a little dark for very small, fine details.

I have some freehand nail art that I created back in England. I was quite happy with this one, I think sometimes what your painting can really reflect in your mood because I felt so calm and peaceful while I did this one!

So by this point my index finger had a teabag on it for at least two weeks (reapplied each time I removed my polished and painted again. And is still tea bagged currently.) I think by this point I got pretty good at disguising it, can you see it?!

I began with my usual base coat of OPI's Nail Envy and once dry added two coats of Barry M's 'White' polish. Next I began creating a blue gradient with my blue acrylic paints. I know I say it all the time but everything else was also create with acrylics.

I have vowed to myself to do more with my tutorial page. It has looked so incredibly sad for too long. Is there something specific I have done on my nails that you would like made into a tutorial? - Any ideas are great!

What do you think of my sunny seaside scene? Do you prefer this with a glossy or matte top coat?

Have a great weekend!