Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Day Dreamin' In The Tree Tops - Freehand

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you've had a good week so far? I've been so up and down with my idea's lately, I'll get a great manicure idea and then have no idea how to show it. This is sort of the case with this manicure. I'm not incredibly happy with it for a few reasons. Should I have added clouds? Should I have had birds flying in the background? WHY didn't I just turn on the light instead of being dictated by the sun which kept going in and out of the clouds...Anyway. Meet Steve, he's just day dreaming. Maybe he's contemplating what to have for dinner... Who knows!



For this manicure I began with two coats of Erre Due's #155 – a light and beautiful yellow with a hint of green. This is a polish I picked up in Greece a few years ago, I wish I had picked up more of these polishes, I love them, where can I get them?! I then sponged on some Catrice 'Blurred Limes' (Someone take this polish away from me, I can't stop using it!) I finally created my branches, flowers, leaves and Steve using my Oumaxi acrylic paints and smoothed it all out with Catrice's gel look top coat.

Like I said.. its not one of my favorites but its nice to sit and paint. I wish I had added more and I wish I had taken better care of the flowers. Maybe MORE flowers, more more more!...Now I am envisioning this manicure in an entirely different way – Why didn't I think of that before? Bah Humbug! Does that ever happen to you?

What do you think of my tropical friend Steve? Have you created any tropical nail art before?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Simple Saturday Dotticure

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you had a great weekend so far? I had a lovely day with my sister in law, I absolutely love that lady :) She's one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. We got up early and had our hair done together and browsed through the shops. She very kindly bought be a cute pink notebook for me to swatch all my polishes in. It's going to be long process to get the book complete with my current polishes but I like a challenge. I only have a very basic and simple manicure for you today, I'm constantly on the look out for ideas for my next big freehand piece. Speaking of which... Thank you all so much! A lot of you took the time to comment on my previous post and I am so grateful for all the kind and lovely comments you left. You guys make me want to freehand paint all the time!

For this manicure I began with two coats of Essie's 'Cashmere Bathrobe'. I then used a mixture of Barry M's 'Rose Hip', Rimmel's 'Hot White Love', MUA's 'Amaretto Crush' and China Glaze's 'Pink-ie Promise' for my dots. I topped it all off with OPI's matte top coat.

What do you think of my incredibly simple dotticure?
Simple but easy enough when you have a busy day and need a nap! Haha... I do like my naps.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, I'll try and crack out the acrylics tonight, wish me luck!

Love
Ithi

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Where Will Your Dreams Take You? ~ Freehand Design

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I'm feeling much better today, thankfully! I have to put it down to all your kind comments, it must be good for my health, hehe. Today I actually felt brave enough to bring the acrylic paints out again and if I am honest this is probably my hardest freehand manicure ever. I got the inspiration from this beautiful illustration I found on Pinterest. I decided not to include the houses at the bottom of the picture but I like to imagine that the little boy and girl are actually tucked up in bed and fast asleep, perhaps this is where they have adventures in dream land. I also really like to think of them as my Niece and Nephew who I absolutely adore.

I started with two coats of TipTop Nail's 'Lilac Blue' (I think its called...) and added a gradient using Sally Hansen's 'Resurrection'. Everything else is created with my favourite bamboo brush from The Born Pretty Store and Oumaxi Acrylic paints.

In reflection... I'm pretty happy with this and the idea of it. I wish the sails looked a little neater and to my bare eye I assumed it was – But hey. I'm only human and right now my back is aching after my poor painting set up (in case your curious I paint sitting on the bed with a cardboard box for a table.. so you can imagine!)

What do you think of my dreamy freehand design? Where do your dreams take you? :)

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sugar Skulls With The Finder Things Easy Peel Decals

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*This item has been sent to me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion.

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I'm so sorry I missed a couple of days posting. I have missed you guys! Things here have been a little rough, since my eye has swelled up (its finally beginning to get better – slowly) I've lost all my inspiration and even when I've had it then it was incredibly hard to focus and concentrate. As you can imagine this has left me really frustrated. Anyway I have another post featuring some decals from The Finder Things. These are the awesome 'Sugar Skulls, Day Of The Dead' decals. These decals are just like the Shamrocks I showed you, the method of applying is fast, clean and easy. Just peel and stick! Don't forget to 'read more'.


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Sally Hansen: Purple Heart Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you are having a great weekend. I'm off to go pick up a new white polish soon. Its something I can't really live without, I find myself using it quite often and my Barry M bottle is diminishing so I'll go see what I can get my hands on! I have a swatch for you today, I'm struggling a little as my left eye has swelled up again! Urgh, I hope it goes soon as it's hard to focus on anything! Anyway, lets have a look at Sally Hansen's 'Purple Heart'.

Colour ~ 'Purple Heart' is a beautiful light and delicate lilac. It's pretty sheer so you are seeing three coats here. It's perfectly build-able if you want a stronger colour. I'm actually in love with this colour and find it quite flattering. I'd even think about this as a bridal shade, what do you think?

Application ~ Application is a breeze, because of the wide brush I can pretty much cover the entire nail in one stroke which is quite pleasant and speedy. I had some streaking with my first coat but by the third I had a flawless looking manicure. It also dries at quite a reasonable speed.

Texture ~ I would say this is a cream, its pretty perfect in formula. Not too thick or too thin. Dries to a beautiful glossy finish even before adding a top coat.

★★★★★/5 Oh hey, look at that! A full five stars! My mother actually picked this one up for me in England and I had been smitten with it ever since. You may think that perhaps its more of a sentimental love for this polish but I think its a really cute colour, the dry time is great and I really love how beautiful this looks on its own. I think its a great addition to any collection if you have nothing like it already.

What do you think of this sweet lilac? Would you wear a shade like this?
Have a great weekend!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Follow The Magical Butterflies... Freehand.

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I can't believe its almost Friday again – it even feels like I say that with every post, haha. Today I have another freehand attempt for you. The inspiration actually came from *this* pin on Pinterest– I like the idea of following these butterflies to a secret garden. It's perfectly warm, there is an assortment of tea on the table to help your self to. There's probably a little natural pool which is the perfect temperature. If this was my secret garden that what it would have. And probably WIFI and tons of cats. Anyway...


I'm not overly confident with how this came out despite the fact it took me a good few hours. My back was killing me by the end! I only used one polish for this manicure, Model's Own 'Utopia'. Everything else was create with Oumaxi acrylic paints. It's not quite as elegant was I wanted it and if I am honest... I could really do with a decent top coat that would help smooth out my finished result but its just not in my pocket money allowance right now! Too bad.

What do you think of my butterfly and wicker-type trail? Have you tried freehand butterflies before?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

I've Got The Luck Of The Irish With The Finder Things Decals - Review

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*This item was sent to me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion.

Allo polish Pals!
Hope you are all doing well today? Happy St. Patrick's day, are you celebrating? I am so glad that a lot of you are interested in The Finder Things products, I have my first decals to show you today. What could be more fitting than a St. Patrick's day themed nail art featuring The Finder Things Shamrockdecals. Don't forget to read on to see my review. Let's take a look!


Monday, 16 March 2015

Meet My Friends at FinderThings.net & Stencil Review

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*This product has been sent to me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion.

Allo polish Pals!

How are you today? I have a special post today and there will be several of these.
I'd like to introduce you to my new friends at The Finder Things.net. The Finder Things is owned and run by husband and wife team, Karen and Jayson with additional help from their one year old little angel. I enjoyed meeting this lovely family run business, they are such sweet people!The Finder Things is an online store featuring a huge selection of unique and wonderful nail decal stickers. 

Just an example of a few of the beautiful decals from The Finder Things. They also stock a lot of great awareness decals.

I urge you to read on if you will, this post has a lot of pictures!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Simple Ruffian With Pretty Colourful Pearl Studs

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Allo polish Pals!
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far? Do you have any exciting plans? You may remember a while ago I redeemed some of my Born Pretty Store points and got a few new nail art items? Well today I am going to show you some studs I picked up. I just couldn't resist when I saw these 'Colourful PearlFlat Back Metallic Studs'. Don't forget also, you can get a 10% discount from any orders from the Born Pretty Store when you use the coupon code DRX31

This is a very simple manicure, just your basic ruffian with studs. For two reason's really. The first being that I didn't want to over complicate the manicure with too much and to keep the focus on the studs themselves. I began with two coats of Herôme's 'Kingston' and created a ruffian style manicure using Barry M's 'Huckleberry' and Hema's 'Lilac'. I then added the studs and used regular little studs to accentuate them.

I really adore these studs, I think they have quite an elegant feel to them and I love how they look paired with many colours. The wheel they come in actually has a few other colours, purple, black, blue, white. I picked these up as I thought I would use them in many nail art manicures to come.
They are 4mm in size which I find quite large for some of my nails, mainly my pinkie. But who says you have to wear them on all your nails? :)

What do you think of this very simple manicure? Do you like these gold encased studs?

Have a great weekend!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 12 March 2015

As Light As A Feather - Freehand

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I can't believe this week is almost over, eesh! Once again I am posting early (my every other day rule is working well for me) simply because last night I created a manicure I am dying to share with you. I can't wait to see what you all think of this. Again I broke out the acrylic paints because I am just finding them so much fun to experiment with!
For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Truffle' from the silk collection and left it without a top coat. I then got to work with the acrylics to create my feathers. I was a little undecided on what to do on my remaining nails without taking too much focus off of the feathers so I added some simple polka dots. I sealed it all off with two coats of Barry M's top coat - I really want to try HK Girl top coat so badly for my acrylic nail art!

I am enjoying trying new things and I can tell you that when I started this I really didn't know how it was going to turn out. The shading was a huge learning curve but also really fun to try.


What do you think of my freehand feather manicure? Do you like to play with acrylics?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Essie: Butler Please Swatch & Review ★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your having a good week so far? I want to say a huge thank you for all your supportive and kind comments on 'The Flower Girl'. You guys are making me feel great and really encouraging me to try things outside of my comfort zone. I enjoyed painting that manicure and I am equally as glad that it was so well received :) Since the last few posts have been quite intense I decided to that today is most certainly a good day for a break post, so I'm showing you Essie's 'Butler Please'. I had this floating around in my archives so I thought it was about time I shared it.


Colour ~ 'Butler Please' is a striking blue polish, maybe I'm seeing things but I think this polish has a slightly violet tint to it. Can you see it? I am wearing two coats in this picture.

Application ~ Application was easy peasy, I had no real issues. I would recommend giving this ample time to dry in between applying coats, I can imagine this could bubble if rushed.

Texture ~ This polish dries to a semi matte finish and looks almost like a vinyl texture on the nails. The consistency of this polish is medium to thick but generally not overly gloopy.

★★★/5 While I really like this colour I feel like something is lacking... I'm not sure what it is. I just doesn't make me all that excited and if I had to rush out to buy this colour I would probably end up choosing something else. I think there are many suitable dupes of this polish at a fraction of the price. That said, if you a huge blue and Essie fan then this may sit beautifully in your collection.

What do you think of this Essie blue? Does this shade get you excited?
I have another freehand design in mind, I am hoping it works out so I can try and show you something 'different'!

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Flower Girl - Freehand Design

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your having a better start to the week than I am! Our beloved but tiring puppy Luna kept me awake nearly all night, in the end I gave up trying to sleep, did some fitness and now I am chilling with a nice cup of lemon green tea. Today I am going to show you a manicure I created yesterday, I'm loving playing with acrylics at the moment. I've still got a lot of learning to do but the journey is fun! I call her... The flower girl!


I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Heather' from the Silk Collection – a really nice smooth base for laying down acrylics. I then used my favourite detailing bamboo brush and started to paint her. I used Barry M's 'Blackberry' and Jacava's 'Chillax' for her eyes. I finished it off with two coats of Barry M's top coat and a few studs to accentuate her flowers.

I think this came out better than I had first expected. If I could change anything I wish her hair on the other nails looked a little neater. But she doesn't care, she likes her wild hair.

What do you think of my flower girl? Do you get excited to try manicure ideas that you find challenging?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Swimmin' With The Fish - Freehand

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Allo Polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you are having a great weekend! I wasn't intending to post today but then I couldn't help myself. About a year or so ago I stumbled upon this beautiful picture on pinterest (By the way, I keep a lot of pictures on this board with interesting colour combinations/designs, I thought some people might get inspiration from them!) I knew as soon as I saw it I wanted to somehow get it onto my nails. Finally, after much trouble and failure I gave up...But today I faced the fear and decided to try again.

This manicure is so super sparkly in person. I hope you can sort of see that from my pictures. My camera can be a bit of a douche (Sorry, there's no better word for its behaviour!)

I started by using two coats of Dorothy L's ' Diamond Colors '207. I then used a sandwich bag to dab on Rimmel's 'Midnight Rendezvous' and Color Club's 'Cold Metal'. I then added a small amount of Zoya's 'Maisy' in certain areas and add a dab of OPI's sheer tint polishes in 'I Can Teal You Like Me' and 'Don't Violet Me Down'. Once this was dry I then used my Oumaxi paints to create two fish.

The fish on my thumb came first, I think it shows; I'm not too happy with him. By the second fish I was feeling more confident. Its certainly not perfect but I am glad that after wanting to do this manicure for so long I accomplished it. I just wish you could enjoy the sparkle as much as me when I glance at my nails.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you all ASAP. I'm really intrigued to know what you think of this one!

Have a great evening,
Love
Ithi

Friday, 6 March 2015

Awesome Petal Design Stamping Plate BP-55 Born Pretty Store Review

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*This item was sent to me to review but as always will contain my unbiased, full and honest opinion.

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you'll have a fantastic weekend, whatever you plans are! I'm going to be ordering plane tickets for me and Mr Bravo to go back to see my family in May! I'm excited, sometimes it is too far in between seeing everyone. Today I have another stamping plate to show you from The Born PrettyStore, This is 'Awesome Petal Design, BP-55'.

You can get a 10% discount on ALL items when you use the coupon code: DRX31



Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Freehand Chobits Manga Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals,
How are you today? Well, you may remember me mentioning that I wanted to try some really tricky nail art in my last post. I attempted it. I took a long time and I want to ask you, please don't laugh too hard at my attempts! My idea was to create a Japanese manga style manicure. When I was about 17-18 I used to collect graphic novels and I thought it would be awesome to try and recreate some of the images from one of the books. The book series is called Chobits, if anyone wants to know!