Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Nicole Diary Water Decal Review - Pt. 3

*Some of the following items were provided for me to review but as always I will give my full and honest opinion.
Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you are having a great week so far. It feels like it is just flying by and as I had feared its passing before I am getting time to do everything...phew. Have you been busy or chilled so far this week? By the way, would you guys like a water decal tutorial? Or do you all think its pretty well addressed by now and that most people know how to use them?

Today I have two more sets of water decals to show you from Nicole Diary (By the way, they are also on Instagram and sometimes host giveaways) Again I have two entirely different sets and I like them both a lot!
Psst! Nicole Diary has kindly offered you guys a free gift worth upto $5 when you order from their Alliexpress/Amazon store and add the code: 'ITH2016' in your order note!
Our first set today is 'Nicole Diary-02' these stunning tropical looking water decals with peachy pink flowers and beautiful green palm (?) leaves. I personally feel like they scream Come on, summer! I would love these as accents for a beautiful vacation abroad. They contain a solid white background which means you can pretty much just go on and apply but I applied some NYC 'Williamsburg Vintage' white polish out habit..or compulsion, not sure which! I decided to pair them with a gradient using my white and Catrice's 'A Gallon Of Melon'. I added a very, very, almost not there ruffian with green acrylic just to tie it all together. I also added Catrice's 'Matte & More' which gave it a really nice but subtle shimmer – perfect in the sun!
Our second set today is  'Woman and Roses' (Nicole Diary-11) I am amazed with these!! These water decals do have a solid white background so I didn't need to fuss about what I would pair with it or put underneath. I love the anime style looking woman, she looks so elegant and mysterious! These are probably the rose decals I have liked the best out of the ones I have tried. There's something sort of... 'tattoo' like about them that I think makes them look cool. Yeah, I said cool!!..
On my ring finger accent nail I decided to pair these with Essie's 'Leading Lady' and a simple heart stud (regret, regret.)

I really love both of these decals, they are so entirely different that I can't really pick a favorite but I'll say... The first ones for the summer/vacation! Second for moody broody red manicures. Again, both of these are a dream to apply and any excess literally disappears at the touch of my remover brush so clean up is also really, really speedy!

Which of these water decal patterns do you like best? Are you a fan of decals on all nails or mixing and matching with accent nails?

Have a beautiful day my friends, I'll be back on Friday for something quite exciting (hopefully!)

Monday, 23 May 2016

Freehand Acrylic Prism-Rainbow Manicure!

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Did you have a great weekend? I'd love to know what you got up to! I'm anticipating a pretty busy week. Sometimes I get a little flustered if I know I have a lot on, I think "Whenever will I get time to paint?!"  Silly, I know. I don't need to panic. Chill, girl, chill! Do you ever feel like there's not enough time to get things done?

Today I am showing you a rainbow manicure (I know, I know, I'm like partly unicorn by this point) with a bit of a difference, I hope. I decided that...why not have a rainbow that goes round in a circle?! I don't know how easy this would be to do with nail polish, I don't think I'd even want to try that!

So I began with my usual base coat of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry applied two coats of NYC's 'Williamsburg Vintage' – a pretty good white. I then used my acrylic paints and my bamboo (He seems to get all the messy blending jobs) brush by painting a small grey dot to the center of each nail – from here I could then create a triangle/pizza slice shape from the dot and outwards to the tips. I did this with each colour on all my nails (Looked like a pin-wheel!) I then began mixing colours together and trying to blend out the solid triangles so that they created gradients.
I finished off by applying a single squared/diamond stud to the center of each nail and a coat of my Pro-FX top coat and lastly a little lick of Barry M's 'Matte' top coat.. because... well.. Don't you know me by now?! Hah.

I really like how these turned out. Its different, as I said before, I don't know how I would do this with nail polish. Does anyone know how it can be done? I didn't have it at the time but Catrice's 'Matte and More' top coat which I recently picked up would have added a beautiful sheen to it...darn!

What do you think of my circular prism-rainbow nails? Would you wear a manicure like this?
Have a gorgeous day, lets hang out again on Wednesday for some more Decal-fun. :)

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Freehand Zebra With Print And Acrylic-Gradients

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I hope you all have at least one lovely thing planned for this weekend - something nice to pamper and spoil yourselves! I'm also trying really hard to stay on top of freehand designs. I love doing all types of nail art but I feel happier when I'm posting freehand and I also think maybe that's why you guys come here?

Today's manicure came pretty much from nowhere. I wanted to create something freehand but I didn't know what. In the end I decided to go for a zebra since painting my last unicorn felt pretty calm and relaxed to paint. I used only one polish for this manicure, besides base and top coats.

I began with Barry M's 'White' on all my nails and decided to create a pinky, orange and yellow gradient on certain parts of the nails and as a background for my zebra. I created everything freehand without any striping tape (probably not the wisest idea?) and finished it all off with my Pro-FX top coat.

Something really weird happened which is a total new in my freehanding experience. Slowly over time my zebra began to turn yellow! Its not too bad in these pictures (You can see it in places if you look for it) but by the end of the day he was pretty yellow. I've never seen my acrylics do that before, ha! It hasn't happened since, either. How odd.

What do you think of my stripes and zebra nail art? How do you feel about animal print on nails?
Have a beautiful day,

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Nicole Diary Water Decal Review - Pt. 2

*This post contains an item(s) that was provided for reviewing purposes however I will as always give my full and honest opinion. 
Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you are having a great week so far. I have been exploring Holland on Doris, I managed to get to the first subway station after the one at the mini mall! Its so weird riding on the opposite side of the road so I am sticking to the bicycle paths, the real road scared me a little, ha!

Today I have two more water decals to share with you from Nicole Diary. In case you missed my first review you can see it *Here*. So far its been nothing but a lovely experience, I am really enjoying how unique these water decals are and the ease of application.

I'd also like to mention that Nicole Diary have very kindly offered readers of IthinityBeauty a free gift worth up to $5 when you order from their Amazon/Aliexpress store and add the code 'ITH2016' to your order note - Isn't that super nice of them?!

This first design can be found: Here.

This first design is a beautiful combination of full pattern and sheer areas (in between the pattern) for this reason I decided to pair it with a beautiful silver holographic glitter underneath. Can you see the sparkle popping through the pattern and even under the decal colours? The colours on this decal are green, red and black and work beautifully together. I kind of get a Native American/Dream weaver feeling from them, don't you? I could be wrong. This manicure got me so many compliments!

This design can be found: Here.

The next set of decals are much more simpler if heavy patterns are not your thing. I think there's something really soft an feminine about this doodled/silhouette pattern. I feel like it would be well suited to some kind of soft furnishing! To keep the elegant and feminine look I decided to keep this manicure very light. I created a gradient using Rimmel's 'Breakfast In Bed' and Essence's 'A Girl With A Pearl' with a single accent of Essie's 'Beyond Cozy'. I finished by adding my decals and a single light green stud (Should have gone more pastel) and applied my Pro-FX topcoat.

I absolutely love both designs. You guys know me, I'm not shy of a full patterned nail! I also like that I can sneak glitters underneath for a little sparkle-pop! I think they would both be great for different occasions or as accent nails if you like a simpler but still super pretty manicure. I'm eyeing up the first one for big toe nail accents!

What do you think of these designs – which one do you prefer? Would you like to see how I apply my water decals in a video tutorial?

Have a beautiful day my friends, I'll catch you on Saturday!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Freehand Acrylic-Gradient Rainbow Swirls!

Allo polish Pals!

How are we all doing today? Happy Tuesday to you!  Have you been up to anything exciting so far this week? I've had some more bike adventures, finding new places and exploring more than I was able to previously. Me and Doris-Rosita are getting a long just great! I've also been playing with more Nicole Diary water decals and combining stamping with other techniques! FUN!

Today I am showing you a manicure that was created a few weeks ago, I really had fun with this, taking pictures of it in its many stages. It may look pretty simple but I can assure you a lot of hard work went into this one. I tried to get proper gradients through all the colours inside the swirls, not an easy job with such little room. There are a few places where the colours don't blend seamlessly but I'd say its a pretty fine effort considering! 

For this manicure I began with my usual base coat, OPI's 'Nail Envy' and from there applied two coats of Essence's 'Rebel At heart' and once dry I created some circles randomly along my nails with white acrylic paint. I began to fill these in with 'slices' of colour, adding red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink and purple slices to each circle. Next came the time consuming task of trying to blend each of the colours together to create a coloured wheel. I then outlined my coloured balls and added a swirl to the center of each one. I finished up by adding some random lines here and there, applying my Pro-FX top coat to seal it all in and finally.. just because I can – added a matte top coat (I desperately need a new one, argh!)

To your left you can see how this started out, step one looks kinda like pizza..or sushi, baha. I added a trianlge of each colour to the circles, in the next picture you can see I tried to blend all those colours together in a sort of 'prism' rainbowy way.

So I really like how this turned out, its.. different; I know I seem to have an obsession with rainbows lately, I'm not sure what's happened but they seem to come easy!

What do you think of my rainbow swirls? Are you a fan of rainbow nails?

Have a wonderful day, come stop by on Thursday for more nail art fun!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Nicole Diary Water Decals Review - Part 1


 *The following item(s) have been sent for reviewing purposes however I will give my full and honest opinion as always.

Allo polish Pals,
How are you all doing today? I hope you had a super weekend so far? Did you have really unsteady weather?! It was a bit crazy here. Sunny, drizzle, crazy winds..sun..Have you done anything fun or unusual?

Its been *really* quiet here which means I got a whooooole afternoon to do a piece of freehand painting. Woots-toots.

I've got an action packed post for you today, This is part one and there will be several more to follow. I have some really interesting water decals to show you from Nicole Diary. As you guys are probably aware by now, I'm not new to water decals and I actually love them for times where I don't have time to create freehand nail art, or for big toe accent designs. I think these are super fun!

 Bibbity Boobity BOOO! Nicole Diary are kindly offering a free gift worth upto $5 when you order from their Aliexpress or Amazon store - just add the code 'ITH2016' to your order note. Shh-weeeet!

First of all I am starting with these beautifully and bright patterned water decals, these are 'Nicole Diary – 24'. The entire sheet is filled with a gorgeous swirly, flowing pattern and there is plenty of it! Its easy to see where each nail pattern begins but I don't think it really matters too much, if you cut close to your nail size you should have a lot remaining.

What I really like about these Nicole water decals is how thin they are. I have done many decals in the past but they feel so thin, but in a good way, still very manageable!  When sliding the decal from the backing paper I had to be extra gentle, its feels like handling a butterfly wing! That said, I feel like they stuck beautifully on the nails, they were easy to smooth out and looked even more gorgeous after adding my Pro-FX top coat. These are very sheer so I am wearing them under NYC's 'Williamsburg Vintage' – a white polish.

 They're so pretty... It almost makes me Emoji-tional

These super fun and cheeky emoji water decals are 'Nicole Diary - 33' come in varying styles and different sizes. It features many faces including the love-heart eyes, angry face, happy face, kissy face, winky faces etc etc, all the faces and all the feels - love! I am wearing these under NYC's 'Classy Caramel' to keep it light and tried...I mean, really tried to write 'All the feels' with acrylic paint but I kinda just made a mess...*Sigh Face* I absolutely love these water decals, I feel like they are totally wearable and I like that I can mix and match the faces and place them in whatever way  or order I want rather - its easy to cut them out separately. My mind just screamed “Emoji” toes at me...yes I'm seeing it, Emoji big toes and cute yellow polish on the others...

Have you visited Nicole Diary yet?  You can also find them on Instagram. I really enjoy browsing their store and like how unique their water decals look. I've seen some designs that I have not seen anywhere else which is fabulous! I also think their prices look really fair. They ship all over the world - if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask in the comments.

Which of these water decals did you like best? Are you a fan of applying/wearing water decals?

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Freaky Friday The 13th! Black Cat Stamping And Dry Brush

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today, are you looking forward to the weekend?

So today is Friday the 13th which means absolutely nothing to me, I'm not a very superstitious person (except on the journey to Mr Bravo's Nan's house where I have to see two specific things on route – I know, I'm quirky. If I don't see them I feel like its going to impact the day, lol.)

As you guys also probably know by now..I am a crazy cat lady without an actual cat. I do however have a beautiful boy in England called Mars, short for Marshall who is a black, shiny and so sweet. He lives with my parents and I know he is spoiled, pampered and cared for well, so while I miss him I know I don't have to worry too much.

I read recently that black cats can be chosen from pounds/rescue centers last simply because of the superstition surrounding black cats... I think this is so sad, Mars is just as lovable and loving as any cat could be, so I wanted to celebrate the 13th by doing black cat nails, because they are just as awesome.. Down with cat discrimination!

Mars as a kitten, d'aww!
For this manicure I began with my usual base coat of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry (the blink of an
eye) I applied two coats of Catrice's 'The Sky So Fly'. On my ring finger and middle finger I decided to do some black cat stamping using Born Pretty Store's Black stamping polish (Click this to see my review) and the awesome BPL-025 stamping plate also from the Born Pretty Store.
On my remaining nails I did some dry brushing with Claire's 'Splash', Mary Kay's 'Blue Lotus' and the purple shades from the Essence 'Wake Up, Spring! Tie Die set.

To complete the manicure I added a black border using acrylic paint and topped it all off with a coat of my Pro-FX top coat.

What do you think of my stamped nails? Do you have any superstitions?
Have a wonderful weekend, come visit again on Sunday for a new nail art adventure! :)


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Ciaté: Holiday Blues Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? Half way through another week, already! Have you done anything exciting?

I tested out my new cycle yesterday, I'm quite bad at stopping as the breaks seem miles away from the handle bars (I've just got really small hands) but it was lovely zipping along the bike roads with the sun and the beautiful breeze. Ahh :)

Today I've got a polish that seems inappropriately named for this time of year, but its such a beautiful polish that surely it can't just be for certain seasons! This is Ciaté's 'Holiday Blues'. Excuse how my cuticles are looking... I'm using gloves for housework but maaaaan...They need a vacation. So do I :)

Monday, 9 May 2016

Freehand Mountain Scene and Orca Whales

Allo polish Pals!

How was your weekend? Do you feel revived and ready to take on the new week?
I continued with my walking and while I was very unwell on Saturday I had a fabulous Sunday with all my Dutch family coming over to celebrate Mr Bravo's Mother for Mothers day.

I also...I'm still shocked at this, received a beautiful pink and blue bicycle. I had absolutely no idea and it is so wonderful as it gives me a little more freedom and independence. I can also just go for a ride if I don't feel like doing a walk. This bike is very different to the English bikes I had growing up so tomorrow I will go on a test drive. Considering my feet don't touch the floor when I sit on the seat I could end up in a hedge! By the way, I called her Doris!

Today I have a manicure that I killed! I was really happy with everything until I overloaded it with top coat and caused the worst bubbles I've ever had the privilege to see on my nails. You guys know how fussy and hard I can be with my creations... In the past I would scrap things and start over if I felt it wasn't good enough to show you guys and while I still want to only upload the best... I can think rationally that..”I put a lot of hard work into this, I spent a lot of time over it and I did really like it” so.. I'm going to share it anyway. Isn't that a personal improvement?! Lol. :)

I started with my usual base of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry I added two coats of Essie's 'Tart Deco' and allowed to dry. From there I began to fill out the sky by using my acrylic paints to make a gradient with pinks and yellows. I added my trees and mountains (I clearly need some practice at mountains) finally I added the water and the Orca whales. I then proceeded to drown this piece of art in top coat. Its not even the top coats fault, It is my fave top coat which doesn't normally do this. I just... flooded it like it was the real sea. Opps.

Besides the bubbles I am still really happy with the effort I put in for this manicure, I know I worked hard and tried new things so the challenge was great.

What do you think of my whaley manicure? Have you ever had any topcoat disasters?

Have a beautiful day my lovelies, Lets regroup on Wednesday, shall we? :)

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Freehand IG Dr Seuss Collaboration With @Allnailsondeck

Allo polish Pals!

I hope you are all doing great! Do you have anything nice planned for this weekend? I'd love to know what you will be getting up to. I don't really have any plans myself  (I've been going out before 9am walking every day this week! ) this week I've done double of what I had done the week before! Can't stop now!

Earlier this week I took part in another IG collaboration (so much fun!) If you follow me on IG you may have already seen my nail art for it but I thought I'd share it for those who don't have IG.
I was contacted by Sam, IG: @Allnailsondeck (You should check out her nail art!) asking if I would like to take part in a collaboration I jumped at the chance! Sam already had a wonderful idea for our them, Dr. Seuss!

Initially I wasn't sure what I was going to do but it did bring back warm memories as my mum used to read the 'Cat In The Hat' books to me at bed time. In the end I knew I wanted to feature the cat himself and also added 'Thing 1' and 'Thing 2'.

Click 'Read More' for pictures and info!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

'Holographic Shell Nail Art Stickers' - Born Pretty Store Review

*This post contains an item(s) that was provided for reviewing however I will give my full and honest opinion, as always.

Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? Can you believe it is almost the weekend already? I've been a really good girl this week, walking outside at least 4 miles each day, and of course all the regular walking around the house doing 'house stuff'. I feel good for it, the sun makes me a much happier person!

Today I have some 'Holographic Shell Nail Art Paper' to share with you, these are from The Born Pretty Store.

The holo is lovely when in the light - sorry I didn't capture it so good! You'll see better examples below.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Opalescent Flakie Nails And Freehand Diamonds

Allo polish Pals!

How are you doing today? What is your weather been like so far this week for you? Its so fweakin' unpredictable here! One minute the sun is being its beautiful self and the next you can expect a horrendous down pour. I want to be out enjoying my walks but its hard to figure out how to dress!
I hope it is better where you are! I'm excited for a fun day out with my Sister-in-law!

Today I have a freehand design that had been floating around in my head for ages, I wanted to do something that had a sort of...precious stone or opalescent look to it, of course I had to add some freehand so I created some simple diamonds (I originally tried to paint big chunky 3D diamonds but that was an epic fail) and did my best to shade them to look like they stood out.

For this manicure I began my usual base coat, OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry added two coats of Catrice's 'The Sky So Fly' (far too in love with this shade!) Next I used a sandwich bag to smoosh on some of Catrice's 'St. Tropez' – an interesting white/pink opalescent/shell like shade that Mr Bravo surprised me with, I finally found a way to use it! I then added a little of Zoya's 'Maisie', a blue flakie polish which is one of my pride and joys within my collection.
I then used my acrylic paints and Edinburgh Realism brush from Fab Ur Nails to create my diamonds. I started with the basic shape and a medium blue. I then outlined one side to each of the diamonds with a light blue and repeated the process with a darker blue on the other sides of the diamonds. I added a little dab of Hema's 'Happy Silver' to the centers to give them a little more shimmer. I finished it all off with my Pro-FX top coat.

What do you think of my diamondy blue nails? Are you a fan of flakie nail polish?

Have a beautiful day and take care, I'll catch you on Thursday!