Friday, 24 October 2014

Sinful Colors: Unicorn Swatch & Review ★★★★.5

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you've had an excellent week! Once again my blog schedule was turned upside down, no matter how hard I tried to get things done something would happen – Would you believe I actually note down my weekly manicure plans... haha :( Anyway, today I have swatch and review of Sinful Colors 'Unicorn'. Something a little cheery for this miserable weather we are having here in Holland at the moment; How is your weather?

 Colour ~ Unicorn is a fresh lemon/buttery pastel yellow with a gorgeous pop. It reminds me a lot of China Glaze's 'Lemon Fizz' but I think this one is a little brighter and less chalky looking.

Application ~ The application was really smooth and dreamy, I applied three coats relatively fast and I had no issues with bubbles. I'd also like to say that within my three coats I ended up with a pretty flawless finish. I had streaks on my first layer but it all smoothed out beautifully.

Texture ~ I would describe Unicorn as a crème with a flawless and glossy finish even before applying my topcoat. I also found the formula to be really great, not too thick and not too watery – great for really showing this colour off and building up coats.

★★★★.5 /5  Four and a half stars, pretty darn good, huh? I really recommend this polish for anyone looking for a lighter yellow shade without the stress of streaking. It also dries really fast which is a huge bonus. I adore this colour, its so cute and girly as far as yellows go.

What do you think of this pastel yellow? Do you have a go-to pastel yellow in your collection yet?

Have a great weekend – I'll get going on my huge catch up process!

Monday, 20 October 2014

First Ever Mani Recreation : Rockin' The Peacock

Allo polish Pals!
Hope you are all doing well? How was your weekend? I had a really lovely girls day on Saturday with my sister-in-law; she spoilt me terribly and I am so grateful, I love spending time with her. She has a wicked sense of humor! – I think sometimes its important to have just girly days like that. I was also happy to discover one of our drug stores here in Holland is now carrying Sinful Colors – Wahoo! For today's post I am showing you a recreation of my first ever manicure that I posted here. I am not 100% happy with this new version but I think its still a big difference and hopefully an improvement on the original.
Left: My first version which I created two years ago, Right: Funked up version!

On my thumb, middle and ring finger I began by applying two coats of Hema's Green Chameleon and used Color Club's 'Cold Metal' and Fearne's 'High Tide' to create a gradient (a lot less noticeable then I wanted it – sad face, boo boo) I then used Barry M's 'Gold Foil' to add the peacock feather by using the Nail Craze stamping plate 01. On my remaining fingers I used two coats of 'High Tide' and added Sinful Color's 'Nail Junkie' glitter on top. I finished it off by adding some golden holo hexagons.

What do you think of both manicures? Do you prefer the original or my recreation?
I think I'll still recreate this again one day, I want to get the perfect peacock look!

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Ithinity Beauty's 2nd Blogiversary!

Allo polish Pals!
Today marks exactly two years since I posted nail art here at Ithinity Beauty, come sit down and please help yourself to a glass of virtual and invisible champagne! I can guarantee it is practically calorie free! I honestly can't believe that it has been two years and also excitingly tomorrow is mine and Mr Bravo's two year anniversary also! I have really enjoyed blogging the past two years, there are times I have been critical on my nail art, times where you guys have helped me to be a little more confident and encouraging me to post with your friendly and supportive comments. I have made some wonderful friends! Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog since the start and to everyone who joined the conga line along the way, I am truly grateful to each and everyone of you :) For today's post I have some '2 year' nail art and I also thought I would show you y favorites from the past year / the designs I  have been the most happiest with.

Pretty simple design but I think it gets the point across. I am hoping to show you some recreations later this week of my first ever manicures. I feel like I have learnt a lot since my time blogging; Both mentally and with every other aspect. Here are some of my favorite manicures from the past year; My nails went through so many changes this year, didn't they?!

Which one of these manicures did you like best?
Well that's probably one of the longest posts I have done! Again I want to thank everyone who visits my blog, the lovely friends I have made who comment and the silent browsers. You guys are awesome and I hope to spend another two years blogging.

Have a fantastic evening,

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

China Glaze: Blue Sparrow Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I can't believe how fast the weeks are flying, can you? This week marks the 2nd year of Ithinity Beauty, I've been blogging for almost two years! Crazy but I guess they say time flies when your having fun! Be warned, there will be some suitable nail art coming up!!
Today I have a swatch and review of a polish I consider to be controversial (based on my research, anyway!) Here is China Glaze's 'Blue Sparrow'.

Before Top Coat.
Colour ~ Blue sparrow is a medium blue laced with light blue flecks – Now here is where it gets interesting. Before applying my top coat Blue Sparrow appears as a very dull and matte blue, the blue glitter flecks are hardly apparent. Once I apply my top coat the polish comes to life – the blue flecks 'pop' and it give the polish an overall lighter look.

Application ~ Application is pretty sweet, I have no real issues with application and I find the dry time to be pretty fast.

Texture ~ As I mentioned earlier, this polish does appear to be more of a textured polish until you bring on the top coat, I only applied one layer of top coat but I know from past experiences that if you apply two you end up with a really flawless and glossy finish – You would never have guessed the appearance before and after top coat to be the same polish.

★★★★★/5 I'm a huge blue fan as you know and I'm really glad I bought this polish. I read reviews about the polish being ugly and dull, not at all how the bottle looks but if your patient and keep with the top coat you will have a really stunning blue. I highly recommend this polish for true blue fans.

What do you think of this blue? How do you feel about polishes looking entirely different once you've added your top coat?

Have a great evening!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Pink Waves For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Allo polish Pals!
Are you having a good weekend? I'm so sorry for my vanishing act and I am a little behind on commenting, I promise I am doing my best to catch up with everything! I missed you guys...
Now...Today I am featuring a manicure to help raise awareness for breast cancer as many of you have done this month. I think it is so important to raise awareness for this cause and to honor the many amazing and brave women who may currently be fighting, survived or tragically lost their fight too early. Why is it important to raise awareness? It's crucial we educate our youngster's so that they know that it is good to know their bodies, to be comfortable checking themselves and the correct ways to do so, there is an easy to follow guide *here* Not only is it important to raise awareness for funding and research but an early diagnosis can really help catch cancer in time. I send my deepest and absolute love and thoughts to those who have been inflicted with this awful disease. 

The manicure: I started with two coats of Yes Love's 'G12-1' (pearly baby pink) on my ring finger and continued with Essie's 'A Cut Above'. I then applied a matte topcoat and created the breast cancer awareness symbol, the pink ribbon. On all the other nails I started with Fogan's '16' (a bright metallic pink) and used a plastic sandwich bag to gently add the Yes Love pink, DA's '103', and Fogan's '16' and '11' to create a sort of arty textured look. I then used a light pink which I mixed from my Oumaxi acrylic paints to add some subtle wavy lines. I also decided to see how this looked with a matte top coat. I think I prefer it matte, it looks much softer!

Have you been raising awareness for breast cancer? - What did you do? What do you think of this very pink manicure?

Have a great weekend guys, I'll be more organized this week – promise!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Catrice: Call Me Princess (Texture) Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you all had a good weekend. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in my giveaway, that was so fun! It is now closed and the winner has been contacted. Also apologies for my absence, I've not been my usual self these past few days and extremely exhausted but I still can't get a good nights rest, any advice? Today I am showing you a wonderful textured polish, Catrice's 'Call Me Princess' from the Crushed Crystal's collection.

Colour ~ 'Call Me Princess' is a beautiful pink based polish laced with gorgeous golden and coral shimmer. While it is certainly a gorgeous pink it can appear orange, peach and coral in certain light.

Application ~ Application is really smooth, despite this polish being a texture it applies in a watery but grainy texture. I have no issues with bubbles or streaks and it dries incredibly fast.

Texture ~ Since this polish is a texture (liquid sand)

★★★★/5 I really like this polish and have to say that in my collection it is one of a kind, I don't have anything similar in the slightest and highly recommend this polish to those of you who are really into your textures and are looking for something a little different if you don't have anything like this.

What do you think of this textured coral pink? Do you like pinks with a golden tint?
Have a great day!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Bright And Arty Floral

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Friday again, woo the weeks are going fast which means the days are counting down until I and Mr Bravo go back to England in December. I have some huge news to share with you too! I'll share this at the bottom of the post! Today I have a very sketchy/arty floral manicure to share with you. The inspiration can be seen here.

For my middle and pinky finger I used two coats of Catrice's 'I'm So aNude' and on my other fingers I applied two coats of Rimmel's 'Tutti Frutti' which yeah... You can barely see it! I then created some rather messy and sketchy flowers using my Oumaxi Acrylic paints in the colour and style (Sort of!) of the inspiration picture. I finished this all of with a coat of OPI's matte top coat.

Now I'd like to introduce you to someone rather special! This is Luna and she's 14 weeks old!
On Wednesday Mr Bravo and his Father went to look at some dogs and they feel in love with this little girl. She's doing pretty well with training so far, there are the odd accidents which is to be expected with any puppy but she has really brightened all our lives already. She is extremely affectionate and cuddly and loves to follow me around while I do housework.

What do you think of this floral manicure? Do you have any pets; Are you a dog lover?
Have a great day!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Dotticure Inspired By Pinterest.

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your having a good start to the week. I kicked off today with a 4 mile walk-work out DVD... ”Pfft, walking. Easy, I bet this isn't going to be much of a work out.” Man was I wrong, haha! Today I have some very simple nail art to show you, a very dotty dotticure which was inspired by this pattern *here* on Pinterest.

On all my nails I started with two coats of Yes Love's Black and proceed to go to dot-insanity by using a mixture of pinks, among them was Nubar's 'Belize Coal', Zoya's 'Cassie' and China Glaze's 'Something Sweet'. I added a few tiny blue dots here and there also, like the inspiration picture. I decided to also see how this looked matte. I think I preferred it with a shiny top coat though!

What do you think of this Dot-overdose? Did you like It better with a glossy finish or matte?
Have a great evening!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ciaté: Looking Glass Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
Happy Saturday to you all! I have a real change up this weekend, compared to last weeks very quiet weekend at home I'll be out most of this weekend visiting friends and family so I just have time for a quick swatch for you. I have to warn you, I could have killed my camera. I don't know why but it really didn't want to pick up the beautiful holo on this polish. I made the best I could with my limited time but I'm still not too impressed with how my photographs came out. Here is Ciatés 'Looking Glass'. I also tried this on before I trimmed and rounded my nails down so my nails are going to look a little different from picture to picture. I'm smart, huh...

Back to rounded nails. Short and stubby - They are currently a work in progress.
(Before I went round) Apologies for the also phone snap, I wanted to share with you the beautiful holo to this polish. Fail.
Colour ~ Looking Glass is a gorgeous silver laced with holographic glitter. When I first inspected the bottle I thought it reminded me a lot of Model's Own's 'Northern Lights' however in certain light this polish has a beautiful but subtle taupe tint to it. In natural light the holo jumps right out at you and in some light it may appear almost as if it is only silver.

Application ~ I had no trouble with application, in fact the first coat dried incredibly fast into a dull matte look which meant that it is fast and easy to layer your coats. I am showing three coats.

Texture ~ The texture is on the watery side with this one but that only added to the wonderful dry time. I had assumed on first inspection it may feel or apply grainy but it was perfectly smooth.

★★★★★/5 Yes I am giving this five stars! I love the texture and I love how glossy it appears with a top coat, It is gorgeous when you see the holo and even when it appears just silver. I can see myself reaching for this one many more times in the future. Its a beautiful balance of striking and subtle at the same time.

Have you tried any polish from Ciaté before? Do you have trouble photographing holographic polishes?

Have a fabulous weekend, guys! I'll see you in the week!


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Colorful Bird Water Decals - The Born Pretty Store Review

*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? This week has past me by so fast I've not known whether I am coming or going! For those of you on your last leg of the 31 day challenge, how are you finding it? I have really enjoyed seeing everybody take part in this and really admire the dedication it takes - even if I decided it wasn't for me; If you remember I did attempt it once! Just a quick note, don't forget to enter my giveaway if you have not already! Today I have some very pretty and arty water decals from the Born Pretty Store to show you. These are 'Colorful bird water decals'. Come see!

 Don't forget you can get a 10% discount on ALL items from the Born Pretty Store when you use the coupon code 'DRX31' ~ Enjoy!

I really like these fun water decals, they are unlike any decals I have tried before and in my opinion look really cool, edgy and remind me of abstract and modern art. The pattern is unusual and there is a hint of gold glitter detail here and there. What I really like about these water decals is that just like art my nails all look casually different, nothing is too 'uniform'. The pops of orange, yellow and blue are quite striking and if you looking for something unique I recommend these decals!

I enjoy the simplicity of applying these types of decals, its so quick and easy to have a really outstanding manicure when your not quite in the mood to do other nail art. For this manicure I applied two coats of Yes Love's 'White' and allowed to dry. I then cut my desired sized pieces out from the decal sheet and proceed to soak one piece at a time for about 30 seconds before laying onto the nail. When the decal was firmly in place I then applied my topcoat. Simples!

What do you think of these water decals? Do you like wearing full nail water decals?
Have a beautiful evening!