Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hot White Juicy Love With TheFinderThings

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

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Do you have any exciting plans this weekend? I think it will be just a typical quiet weekend here. For one thing Mr Bravo will be out with his darts league so I think I'll use the time to go swatch-crazy! Today I have my first ever pond manicure and what better way to jazz up a pond manicure? By using TheFinderThings stencils of course! I am using their Lip Kiss Vinyl Stencils!


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Triangle Design Fashion Studs - Born Pretty Store Review

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*This item was sent for a review but as always will contain my full and unbiased opinion.

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your having a beautiful day so far. Yesterday me and Mr Bravo went to help out at his Nan's house, which probably means that I am still so full of yummy food, haha. She always feeds us up! Today I have a review for you of these adorable 'triangle design fashion studs' from The Born Pretty Store.

Don't forget you can get 10% off your next order when you use the coupon code DRX31
These cute little cut out triangle studs come in a little plastic baggie containing around 15 pieces. They measure 3mm in size – perfect for some really cute and dainty nail art. They sit nice and flatly on the nail bed and have survived a trip to the store and house work just by using a top coat to apply them. You can be really creative with them, pair two together for a diamond or even create a star shape but I chose to show them simply here. They are also really cute when paired with classic colours like Essie's 'Bobbin' For Baubles' to add a really simple but sophisticated look. I am really fond of these studs because it is just a simple way to elegantize (Yes I'm making words up..) your manicure in a fast and easy way.

For this manicure I used three polishes, Mary Kay's 'Pink Bamboo', Barry M's 'Coconut' and Maybelline's 'Gilded Rose' from the brocade collection. I created alternating chevron patterns using these colours and added my triangles to the point of my triangles. I found using my pointed tweezers allowed me to apply these studs with ease.

What do you think of these golden triangle studs? Would you wear studs like these?
Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

It's Always Tea Time - Freehand

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you all had a great weekend and a good start to your week? I've been busy painting and doing housework. I feel like another huge spring clean is in order. I just love everything looking organized and tidy. The manicure I want to show you shares my fondness of tea. Ah... tea... It's not often I am not drinking tea when I sit to paint a detailed manicure. Unless it's wine time... then there will be wine! This manicure is sort of infused with the idea of Alice in Wonderland also, since the Mad Hatter loves his tea parties.
For this manicure I started with two coats of Essence's 'New York City Call' and created alternating gradients using Seventeen's 'Fury' to give it a sort of antique feel. Everything else was created with my bamboo brush and acrylic paint's.

I struggled a little with the writing, I'm just not used to writing so teeny nor planning the spacing of the letters but all in all I am really happy with this manicure and I hope you like it too! If your not a tea fan you can pretend it's coffee ;)

What do you think of my tea party nails? Do you prefer tea or coffee?

Have a great day, my friends! And cheers to the first cup of the morning!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Mixed Pattern Stamping Plate - Born Pretty Store 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!
How are you today? Today I will be out visiting some of Mr Bravo's friends, I'm happy about this as they are such a nice couple. Its good to get out! Today I am showing you a stamping plate from The Born Pretty Store. I fell in love with the plate when I saw it, I was thinking of all the colour combinations to put with these patterns!...This is plate is BP-21.


You can get 10% off your next order when you use the coupon code: DRX31 at the checkout <3 br="">

Friday, 17 April 2015

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

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your ready for the weekend! Do you notice anything different around here? I sure hope you like the new style to my blog! ~ If you have trouble with anything please don't hesitate to fix it so I can make it better for you all to navigate :) Today I have a swatch and review of Barry M's 'Meadow' from the Silk Collection. I've only a few polishes from the silk collection but I really enjoy the texture they offer for painting with acrylics. Anyway, lets check this baby out!

Colour ~ 'Meadow' is a beautiful light fresh and dewy green. It has a very soft feel to it and being a silk polish it dries to a gorgeous and matte finish. I am wearing two coats here. I love how flawless this looks when dry.

Application ~ I can not fault the silk collection polishes in anyway. They dry very fast, they are very build-able and I have no trouble with bubbles however... You will need to watch how much you have on your brush if you do not want very obvious brush strokes. That said I still find them a dream to apply.

Texture ~ I would describe 'Meadow' as being on the thinner side of polishes, Its not overly watery but it is a great texture to work with.

★★★★★/5 I am so happy with all of the Silk's I have tried. I love how it looks finished and even applying a top coat will bring out a little shimmer and gleam to the polish. Great drying time and a fantastic base for painting freehand designs on top.

What do you think of this subtle and elegant green? Do you like Satin/Silk finish polishes?

Have a great weekend!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wishing On A Star - Freehand Fairy

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Are you enjoying some nice warm weather this week? So... Here's a question for you, Little Theodora here is sat wishing on a star, but do you think she had her wings before or after she made the wish? If she already had wings I wonder what she was wishing for....

I'm quite displeased with her face, as you can see she kind of has...mutant bumps on her face. That was from me making a huge mistake but I tried to fix it. For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Mist' and created a gradient with Barry M's 'Cobalt Blue'. I then used tiny pieces of sponge to dab on H+M's 'Blue Metal', Color Club's 'Winter Wonderland' and for glitter I used OPI's 'Snowflakes In The Air' and Collistar's glitter. Everything else was freehand with my Oumaxi paints

What do you think of my mutant fairy? Have you created any fantasy-type nail art?
Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 13 April 2015

Autism Awareness Month With Support Of TheFinderThings

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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
How are you today? I hope your having a better start to the week then I am, weird things are going on again and I woke up with my other eye almost completely swelled shut. I'm really quite a vision of beauty the moment...

Today I am sharing a manicure with you that celebrates a great awareness cause and that has the support of my friends at TheFinderThings. Since I first met TheFinderThings I was instantly impressed that they carry all sorts of awareness and support decals in their store. I love that they are using their knowledge and expertise to make a simple to use decal into something that can help educate others with awareness causes. You know just as well as I do, that for us our nails are often a talking point amongst our friends, family and the nail art community, so even wearing these decals can help spread the word. You can find their full range of support decals right Here. This is quite a long post so please click the 'read more' link below.


Saturday, 11 April 2015

Water Drop Water Decals - The Born Pretty Store 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!
How are you today? I hope you will have a beautiful weekend! I'm on my own today and I'm planning a mammoth spring clean. I actually don't mind tidying and cleaning as longs as there is music playing :) Today I have some 'Full print water patterned water decals' from The Born Pretty Store to share with you – Please excuse the insane creasing, I had a slight nail fail...

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Freehand Pudgy Pesky Panda's - I'm Back!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? You might have noticed my blog was down for a few days, at least trying to get on with 'ithinitybeauty.com' wasn't a possibility – I'm sorry for the inconvenience some of you may have had. I'm just glad it is all sorted now, I know some people were concerned I was going to quit blogging but I can tell you I have no plans to stop blogging, it was just a technical problem. Now that we've covered that... How about some more cute?!

Mr Bravo insisted I show you this panda from this angle as it looks like he is tumblin' around!


I used four polishes for this manicure. I started three nails with my light green polish, 'Charlie Seen In Green' by Essence and applied two coats of Barry M's 'Cardamom' to my remaining nails. On top of 'Cardamom' I added some dots using Hema's 'Green Chameleon'. I then used my favorite bamboo brush (Haha, how fitting for this manicure) to create my panda cubs and Fogan's #18 for a glitter glimmer to their eyes. On my dotted nails I added a single shoot of bamboo. I finished it all off with my new favorite Catrice top coat.

I hope you like it!
What do you think of my Panda cub nail art? What animal nail art have you created before?
Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 6 April 2015

Catrice: A Gallon Of Melon Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you enjoyed a long relaxing weekend and had a great Easter? Did you do anything nice? It was pretty quiet here and I decided to use yesterday as a swatch-a-thon day. I'm determined to get ahead of myself :) I was recently able to get my paws on a few of the new Catrice polishes, which you may of noticed in my recent nail art. I am hooked and want to use them for everything! Here is Catrice's 'A Gallon Of Melon'.


Colour ~ 'A Gallon Of Melon' is a beautiful and bright peachy coral shade. It really delivers a gorgeous pop of colour and is pretty vibrant in two coats.

Application ~ Application was really great, I love the formula. Since I was in speed-swatching mode I applied my two coats pretty fast in between and I encountered no trouble with bubbles, any streaking was taken care of within the second coat and – just an added bonus that it self leveled beautifully by the time I was done. Dry time is very reasonable.

Texture ~ I would say this is a medium thick cream polish that dries to a very high shine glossy finish even without a top coat.

★★★★★/5 I just love this shade, it screams summer! And I just love a polish that can capture summer in a bottle. I highly recommend this polish to those who are looking for a vibrant peach. As you've seen in my recent posts, It looks fantastic with nail art and looks beautiful paired with so many different colours. When you add to the fact that Catrice polishes are very reasonably priced and there are absolutely no application issues – what's not to love?

What do you think of this bright and happy shade? Have you picked up any of the new Catrice shades?

Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter! - Freehand Lionhead, Lop Eared Bunny!

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Allo polish Pals!
Happy Easter to you all! Are you doing anything to celebrate today, or are you just enjoying a long weekend? We wont be doing much here but it will be nice to have everyone home for an extra day. I hope you will all have a lovely time! So of course, I have to show you something Easter related don't I? I'm hoping you guys will like this manicure, I was told my bunny looks evil... I don't see the evil and I hope that cute prevails over evil.




Friday, 3 April 2015

Feeling Fancy With TheFinderThings.net

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

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you've had a wonderful week. I'm still so backwards since my eye swelled up (In fact it still isn't quite back to normal :/ ) that I am posting as I create. I don't like this, I like to be a little ahead of myself. How do you guys schedule your posts? Do you have a particular method? Do you have weeks of posts in advance or do you work from post to post as you intend to blog? I'm really interested to know. Today I have a simple post featuring gorgeous bow stencils from TheFinderthings.net, you can read my review below.


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
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