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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Starry Streamers And Confetti! - Freehand Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? It's going to be really busy here! I've got things booked up in my calander (I really prefer to be busy than bored!) and because my sister has her holiday here in Holland this year Mr Bravo will be going to visit her and her family!! I am so excited, I will get to see my niece and nephew again!

Calm down, Ithi... Today's manicure was created while I was in England. I had a few spare hours while everyone was at work/school/nursery and I had intended to do some serious painting which didn't really turn into anything... Undefeated I came up with this design!

I've also tried to film it so I could create a tutorial but you can see nothing of much help in the video. Back to the drawing board – I think I just need to figure out a set up that works for me. We'll get there!


For this manicure I began with my usual base coat of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry I moved onto my polishes, Barry M's 'Surfboard' from the coconut infusion collection and Rimmel's 'Pillow Talk' to my middle and ring finger. I applied two coats and added a smothering of my Pro-fx top coat. Next I took my acrylic sketchy unruly lines using a liner brush. I repeated this process using various shades of bright colour. I then took my detailing brush (its actually the same brush but on the other end!) and began to create some little stars with white acrylic. I also added some dots here and then. I finished it all of by sealing it in with a final layer of Pro-FX 'complete' top coat.

What do you think of this manicure? Would you guys want to see a video of how I did this?

Thanks for dropping by, if you liked this nail art please give it a share using the buttons below.
I'll be back on Saturday with some more nail are fun. I hope you have a beautiful day!

Love,
Ithi

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

10ml Born Pretty Store Chameleon Nail Polish in 221 - Born Pretty Store Review

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*This post contains items that were sent for reviewing purposes however I will as always give my full honest and unbiased opinion.

Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? I hope everything is dandy at your end? What was the highlight of your weekend? I love to know how you guys are getting on.

I'm back home in Holland now. I had a pretty interesting journey home...I'm pretty sure a girl took a picture of me at the airport!! I was sat reading my '201 ways to cure artist block' book. I was pretty engrossed in it but something caught my eye. There was a girl standing fairly close to me (there wasn't any reason to be so close, I wasn't sat next to anything.) she did something with her phone and scurried off! I turned around thinking there must be something cool behind me that I hadn't noticed but there was only a blank wall behind me... how weird?! 

Today I have the first of two Born Pretty Store Chameleon nail polishes to share with you. This is '10ml Born Pretty Store Chameleon Nail Polish in 221'.



This polish is recommended to be worn over a black base. I began with two coats of Wet 'N' Wild's 'Black'. I allowed this to dry and applied two generous coats of the BPS 221 nail polish.

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The Colour & Shift ~ This polish is a multi-chrome that shifts beautifully between deep purple golds and even a slightly greenish shade. To say the colour shift it apparent doesn't quite do justice. I really love the bewitching and deep look of this polish. I also think that from certain angles and in certain light it has a slightly coppery look to it. It has a fairly watery consistency which allows for nice and smooth application.

Bottle ~ This polish comes in a 10ml rectangular bottle – certainly a good size and will provide many coats for your buck. Quid. Euro's. It's certainly enough to get plenty of enjoyment. I also didn't mind the brush. There was one single bristle a little longer than the rest but it wasn't too much of a problem.

Dry Time ~ I found dry time to be a little one the slow side, even with a glossy coat of my Pro-FX top coat but I thought it was totally worth it, I couldn't stop looking at my nails and in my opinion that's always a great sign that I really like a polish.

If you notice on my middle finger there are some bubbles going on there. Now... I don't think that it is because of the polish itself. Because otherwise the others would have bubbled up too so please excuse it, I think I was possibly a little clumsy with how much I had loaded onto the brush. I think this polish could have a tendency to bubble if you apply it too thickly.

Final Thoughts
Overall I am really, really impressed. Would I recommend this to Miss MCCrumpet? (Wtf?) Certainly if she's looking to expand her Chrome collection on a budget. These polishes retail at $6.99 each – reduced from $15 originally. That's a pretty sweet deal and a steel if you include my discount code!

Now... Since this is recommended on a black base I am super curious to see how this looks on top of white. Would you like to be part of that experiment? I am happy to do a post on it if it interests!

If you liked this post please be kind enough to share using the buttons below. I'll be back on Thursday with another freehand design for you.
Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Cake By The Ocean

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? I hope you are having a great week and have some exciting plans for the weekend. Or not; Lazy weekends at home can be really nice too! Either way I hope you get to squeeze in some fun painting time. I'll be running around like a headless chicken because I am flying home today. How fast did two weeks go?! 

...I know, know! This manicure looks so crazily random. Allow me to explain. A few weeks ago (like three or four..or even five) I saw a dear friend (The ever so talented @thehumblebear - check out her amazing work) mentioned a song called 'cake by the ocean' by DNCE on Facebook. The title of the song got me really intrigued so I popped over to YouTube...ever since I am obsessed with this song! I can't hear it enough, it makes me feel so happy! So I guess you could say this is both a tribute to the song but also a little slice of love dedicated to Beverley, she is one of the sweetest people you could wish to meet.

I'm not sure if having the cake by the ocean is a metaphor for something but I decided to take it literally because... cake by the ocean! 

WISH, wish, wish I'd seen the music video before making this manicure. Why did I do pink cake?!
I guess you know the drill by now, I really need to start filming this stuff so I am not typing the same vague things. But how?! I have such limited space on my work area and I don't keep my fingers in one position.. I'm really dumbfounded by how I can do it and still be able to show you much of anything!

I began with my base of OPI's 'Nail Envy' to keep my nails super strong and sexy; It keeps the mean breakages and boo-boo's away. I then followed with Barry M's 'White' and once dry added a coat of my Pro-FX complete top coat. I then used my acrylic paints and various brushes to create this beach scene.
How very informative of me.. I sealed it all in with another layer of Pro-FX and also tried it with Wet 'N' Wild's matte top coat (Thanks darling Jodie!) – which I luuuurve.

What do you think of my cake by the ocean? Do you like beachy themed nail art?

If you liked this nail art please be a sweetie and hit one of the share buttons below.
I might be in the sky as your reading this!  I'll catch you again on Monday  for some more nail art fun. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 22 July 2016

Freehand Kawaii Godzilla Nail Art!

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Allo polish pals!
How are you all doing? I hope you had a fantastic week and have lots of awesome things to look forward to this weekend – any nice plans? On Sunday I'll be flying back home to Holland. I can't wait to see Mr Bravo but I don't enjoy saying goodbye to my family at the airport or traveling ago... It'll be fine! The next few days are going to be crazy.

Today I have another freehand nail art design to share with you. I actually created this one before I came home! I really wanted to do something monstrously cute! I'd like to think this Godzilla crushes people with loooove.

I've UNLOCKED all the entry slots on the giveaway. I had wanted to do this from the start but opps. I've figured it out – go get more entries for a higher chance to win! Don't worry if you don't have twitter, you can enter in many other ways.

 For this manicure I began with my usual base of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and appled two coats of of Barry M's 'White' for a nice clean canvas. I then created one of my acrylic-gradients using pink, orange and yellow acrylic paints and a bamboo brush for my sunset sky. I created everything else freehand with my fave brushes.

What do you think of my kawaii godzilla? Scary or snuggable?!

Have a beautiful day and an even better weekend! Please don't forget to share this post using the buttons below if you liked this nail art! I'll see you again on Sunday!

Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Starry Nights & Acrylic-gradient Rainbows!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? Has the weather been absolutely fabulous were you are? It's been a scorcher here the last few days. I'm not complaining! Today I am off to an amusement/animal park with my Niece, Nephew and Sister. Its aimed at children but I am sure Auntie Ithi will be dragged onto the water ride! On Thursday and Friday I will be doing lots of baby sitting (more like playing and having fun)

I'm flying back home on Sunday. The time has gone so fast. It's also making it very hard for me to decide what to post on what days but there will be posts!

Today though I have another one of my acrylic-gradients for you. I'm a little annoyed with how I blended my middle and index finger but I still really like the idea of this. My first version featured stamping and was a little hit and miss...so I made this one!

I personally hate the glossy version!
For this manicure I began with my usual base of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry applied Rimmel's 'Hot White Love' (All I had on me in terms of white) I added a thing coat of my Pro-FX top coat. Next I took a fine brush and sectioned off my nails using a gray paint to decide where my rainbows were going. I then made stripes of each colour going down my nail in the desired section. Using the same colours I began to carefully blend each colour into its neighboring colour. I then filled in my white gaps with black and added my stars.

I wish I had taken better care of blending my orange and yellow together on my index and middle finger but overall I think its quite an interesting look!

What do you think of my starry rainbow nails? Have you tried making gradients this way before?

Take care and have yourself a super duper day, my lovely nail friends. If you enjoyed this post please be kind enough to share it using the buttons below.

I'll catch you again on Friday for some more nailies!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Butterfly Fairy - Freehand Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals,
How are you all doing? I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to enter my giveaway, I've opened it internationally so you can all join in! Cos... I love my naily friends :)

My weekend was pretty crazy. The sun has been out in my part of England and we've been rather busy. On Saturday I went with my Sister, Niece and Nephew to their school fete. The kids seemed to really enjoy it. They had their faces painted and had some yummy cakes. On Sunday everyone came over for Sunday roast dinner (OMG. I missed my mums cooking. The potatoes were picked from the garden that very morning!) followed by a game of minion bowling and a nice stroll in the countryside to walk off lunch...Ah. I love English Sunday afternoons!

Anyway, shall we see some nails? I'm not entirely sure about these. Tiny Canvas's weekly challenge this week was fairies and I really wanted to take part. I did a fairy last year and I really wanted to do better than that with this one. My last fairy was a button headed beady eyed weirdo :) I think I've improved a lot but I'm really bummed that I didn't position my fingers right to get her wings/legs to line up.
I also globbied up her left eye... I should stop pointing these things out, eh?


Saturday, 16 July 2016

IthinityBeauty's INTERNATIONAL Nail Art GIVEAWAY!

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Allo polish Pals!

I hope you are all doing great today? Do you have any nice plans for this weekend?

I promised you guys a giveaway and that's exactly what we shall do! I wish I could do giveaway's more frequently but I'm really not in the financial situation to be able to... I just want to let you all know how much I appreciate all the support you guys give me with my nail art. While nail art is a passion and hobby for me it has led me to meet some really fantastic ladies both in the blogisphere and around the web.

I started my blog to give myself more purpose in my life, maybe that sounds kind of sad..but at the time of this blog's birth there wasn't much going on for me. I was in a relatively low place and lacked absolutely any confidence. While I am still not a terribly confident person I've seen myself grow and change so much since the start of IthinityBeauty. I've been through a lot, I've met new wonderful people, said goodbye to those who brought negativity and pain and said goodbye to those I never wanted to. While I always enjoyed nail art I discovered and found my love for freehand nail art, I feel like I've found my voice in real life and also that I have improved with what I do, be it how I paint or how I chose to organize my posting - how I organize my time generally (I used to get in such a stressed state trying to find things to post) I also feel like I've known some of you since the very beginning too.. ;') Thank you for continuing to join me on my nail art journey..  

Now onto the prizes! Don't forget this is open internationally, but you have to enter to be in with a chance to win!
  1. Professional Kiko brush set in metal travel case – contains four brushes.
  2. 1 nail wheel with 3D colourful diamonds for nail art.
  3. 1 pack of 9 stencil stickers for nail art designs.
  4. 1 pack of metal-look sticker decals.
  5. 1 pack holographic line/pattern nail art stickers.
  6. 1 sheet colourful rainbow feather water decals.
  7. 1 Large (flower themed) Born Pretty Store stamping plate.BP-L024.
  8. 1 Large (optical illusions) Born Pretty Store stamping plate. BP-L027
  9. 1 Jelly/marshmallow stamper and scraper set.
  10. 1 Starry Night Sky/Moon/Galaxy Pendant necklace
  11. 1 Bag of golden seashell studs,
  12. 1 Nail art wheel with mixed colours, stars and square shapes.
  13. 1 Small round (Radiating Patterns) Born Pretty Stamping Plate. BP11.
  14. 1 Starry Sky Gel Ink Pen (for planning your next nail designs!)

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    You can also enter by finding me on Instagram @ithinitybeauty - Repost my giveaway including the hashtag #ithigiveaway and follow
Please be sure to read the terms and conditions included on the Rafflecoptor and of course don't forget to enter! Closing date is AUGUST 27th – Winner will be announced shortly after AND contacted by email. If winner fails to reply after 72 hrs a new winner will be selected at random.

Goodluck everyone! Have a great weekend, I'll be back on Monday for some nail art fun!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Jungle-Princess Nail Art! Freehand Leaves And Golden Stamping

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I hope your week is going well! I'm having fun being at home with my family (still missing Mr Bravo but I gotta make the most of this time with everyone) I just want to say... don't forget to come back on Saturday when my international giveaway starts!

Today's nail art was really spur of the moment, I wanted to do some more stamping but with freehand nail art too. I opted for gold.. and then had this sort o f jungle-like vision! I think it kinda does suit the idea, don't you? I added a gold feather stud from my Sea themed nail art wheel – You can see my review about those stud/charms here.


For this manicure I used my usual base coat of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and proceeded with two coats of NYC's 'Williamsburg Vintage' for my white base. Next I stamped using Barry M's 'Gold Foil' (the foils are amazing for stamping, why are there not more?!) and my Fab Ur nails plate, FUN16 plate. I really loved this pattern. I then applied a coat of my Pro-fx top coat, allowed drying time and then created some freehand leaves along the top of my nails.

For my ring finger I created a really thin line of green acrylic paint and tried to add a sort of..'adornment', some kind of princess-jungle like jewelry made of tiny Model's Own golden beads and the feather stud/charm.

When I'd finished this manicure I looked at my nails and sighed. I thought it was really terrible, but you know what? Its sort of grown on me. I think it fits the theme nicely!

What do you think of these Jungle-Princess themed nail art? Do you like to add studs and beads to your stamping?

Have a beautiful day! I'll catch you again on Saturday...for the giveaway!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Barry M: Kiwi Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you are having a fantastic start to the week. It's lovely being home, of course I wish Mr Bravo was here too. One thing is for sure, if my mum keeps feeding me so well I am probably going to go home a little rounder! I have seriously missed her cooking! Its also been lovely to see my niece and nephew, well...just everybody of course!

Today I have a swatch and review for you – its been ages since I've done one of these. I feel like a swatch and review is an easy way to chill a little. There will be some more freehand nail art soon, don't worry. This is Barry M's 'Kiwi'.

These are old swatches... Apologies for the thumb, I know it looks a little uneven.

Colour ~ Kiwi is a beautiful fresh light/medium jade green. Its quite bright but not in a neon type of way.

Application ~ I had a great experience with this polish, just as I tend to with all of the Gelly polishes. It applies very smoothly and dries to a lovely shiny finish. I always find these smooth themselves out and self level as they dry – speaking of drying... the dry time is also a really positive factor for this polish.

Texture ~ Its on the thick side just like most of the Gelly's – but its not a bad thing, I have so few problems with them drying or bubbling.

Recommend it to a friend? If Betty doesn't have something similar in her stash and she's a fan of greens I'd say “Betty. You need this green” - I do feel that most people would have something similar to this shade though. I could be wrong.

★★★★★/5 Another winner from the Gelly collection. I am very happy with the application and formula, I love the fun and fresh shade. There isn't really anything to fault it on because the main factors are all of a really high standard!

What do you think of this green, would you wear it? Do you find your self reaching for greens often?

Have a beautiful day, my friends! I'll see you on Saturday when the giveaway starts!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 11 July 2016

Coming Soon... International Nail Art Giveaway!

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing? Today isn't my allocated posting day but I wanted to share some news with you. I'm safe and sound in England now, I had a fairly pleasant non-eventful trip with only a short delay. This morning I've had some yummy local eggs and got to share the excitement of my five year old niece who is off for her first ever school trip today, she's going to the zoo. Her energy was contagious!

In other news... Just a little heads up!

I'll share all the details with you on Saturday!
Have a beautiful day, I'll be back tomorrow with a proper post!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Whale-Boat! Freehand 'Going To England' Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!
I hope you are all having a great weekend so far! Today is the day! This afternoon I will be getting on the aeroplane to go back to England for two weeks. I can't wait to see everyone and have a little break from the usual routine here. Sadly Mr Bravo can not come with me this time which is a bit of a bummer and strangely I feel a little anxious about traveling on my own even though I used to do it plenty. I'm sure it will all be fine..! Do you guys ever feel yourself getting more anxious about certain things, or even things you know you've done before?

If you've been here for a while you may remember my 'flying to England' nail art. Well. Lets see if I can outdo that! Here's my Whale-boat, sat-nav is set to England! Full steam ahead!
 

For this manicure I began with my usual base of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry applied two coats of NYC's 'Williamsburg Vintage'. I applied my Pro-FX top coat and once dry began to make an acrylic-gradient using different shades of purple, pink and yellow acrylic paint. The rest was all drawn on with my favorite nail art brushes. Again I applied my Pro-FX top coat and eventually my Wet 'N' Wild matte top coat.

I was a little annoyed the rope for the flag didn't seem to match up too well, but that's a minor thing. I like traveling in style!

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, maybe by the time you've read this I have already landed!
I'll catch you again on Tuesday!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 8 July 2016

Freehand Burger & Fries Nail Art!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you are having a fantastic day so far. Has your week been going your way, has everything just flowed? I am so upside down and inside out trying to get everything ready before I leave for England. I'm trying to be super organized with my blog posts and I'm already thinking about what I need to pack, I don't leave until Sunday! I'm waiting hoping urgent post will arrive before I leave and hoping I will have enough nail art to cover my time away. When I get back Mr Bravo's 8yr old niece will be here so I really am desperate to stay on top of things and keep my posting habits as normal.

Today I have some nail art which is actually based on my sisters suggestion. I asked her during one of our Skype sessions if she had any ideas for what I could paint and she suggested burger nails.. so here it is!


I didn't need much for this manicure as I figured I'd keep my base pretty simple to make the fries and burger 'pop'. I used my usual base of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry applied two coats of Catrice's 'The Sky So Fly' (I love this shade!) I applied a coat of my Pro-FX top coat and then used my favorite brushes and acrylic paints to freehand the nail art on top. I finished with another layer of Pro-FX quick dry top coat. I did however add some Catrice's 'Matte & More' because I love seeing how freehand looks when it has a nice smooth matte top coat!

I actually rather like how the food stands out on my nails. Ok, its not nail art for everyone... or for everyday situations its a little weird, but it was fun to paint!

Have you had food nails before, what did delights did you have on your nails? Do you like my junky nail art?

Have a wonderful day! I'll see you again on Sunday – the day I travel home, woot! I've got some suitable nail art for it!
Love
Ithi