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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Swirly, Starry 4th July Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing on this fine Thursday?  I hope you've been having a great week. I've been busy with lots of nail art but if I am honest I'm getting a lot of epic nail fails right too - I'm still using the antibiotic eye cream and while I feel like I've got some really unique idea's up my sleeve I can not see clearly enough to do the tiny detail it requires! Still. I'm doing my best to keep the nail art coming :)

Since Monday is the 4th July, even though I do not celebrate I thought I'd do some appropriate nail art - and I really liked the outcome!  Had I been more organized I would have loved to have done several more manicures for you guys with step by step guides... I am really going to try an start doing more stuff like this for upcoming holidays, I think it would be fun!

So rather than having my 4th July nails on the blog on Monday when those of you who are celebrating are all off partying we'll see them now - it also means if you want to try anything from my design you've got time to play around!

I don't know about you but I'm all for the matte version over the glossy.


As always I began with my usual base coat, OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry began applying blue, red and white polishes to my nails. The blue is Maybelline's 'Oceanic Blue', the red is 'Alluring Red' by Catrice and the white is NYC's 'Williamsburg Vintage'. For my thumb and ring finger I decided to try and create a one-stroke like swirl using blue and light blue acrylic paint. I added some freehand stars on top with white acrylic. For my Index and pinky I mixed different shades of red to create some really rough lines across my nail to give a slightly textured look. I added a small ruffian and a single white star to each nail. My middle finger is just a good ol' dotticure using the same red and blues, I think this nail really adds a little fun to the whole manicure. Finally to finish off I then applied my Wet 'N' Wild's matte top coat.


I really liked wearing this manicure, its not often I find myself wearing blue and red together but I rather like how I paired these together!

If you celebrate July 4th do you match your nail art for the occasion? What do you think of these nails?

Have a beautiful day! I'll catch you again on Saturday!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Freehand Tropical Planet With Acrylic-Gradient Sky!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are we all doing today? I hope you had an amazing weekend?

I feel like my brain is exploding from far too many nail art ideas! I'm trying to keep up with them all before they get stale and foggy in my brain! I mostly had a relaxing weekend since I am still under the weather. I feel like taking a nap after everything I do..! Tell me, are you for against napping?!
I've also been having fun playing around with one stroke lately, the Bundle Monster brushes I got a while ago contain some very small square brushes which are perfect for it! I might not have perfected the technique but I feel like I am learning.

Today's manicure was made quite some time ago, I kept pushing it back because I had other posts! This came from... pretty much nowhere! I like it when that happens. Its quite a surreal manicure, I guess but that's fine. I like a bit of weird :)


For this manicure I began with my usual base coat of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and then applied two coats of Barry M's 'White' (While I still had it, boohoo. :'( ) I then applied my Pro-FX top coat, not really sure why. I just feel like it dries it faster and give a nice smooth surface. I created everything else with acrylic paints and finished off with Barry M's matte top coat (again, another boohoo.)

I really enjoyed painting the palm trees, how random. I can see more more more palm tree's for summer nail art. Yup. I'm going to make it happen!

What do you think of my surreal nail art? Do you like silhouette's in nail art?
Have a beautiful day, I'll see you again on Thursday! :)
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Metallic Blue Satin-like Smoosh Nails

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? Tell me something lovely about your weekend :)
Yesterday I had a nice day just wandering around the mini mall with my sister-in-law. I got another weeny tri-pod. I'm going to take it to England with me, when everyone is at work/school I'll fiddle about and try to see if I can actually film something half decent while I paint! 
This manicure was created a couple weeks ago, while I am not in part of any groups for smooshy nails it had been something on my list of things to try for quite some time, I finally got around to it!
I've made dry marble decals before but this technique with the stamper was new to me. I'd had a few attempts in the past by trying to smoosh directly onto my nails (Oh god, the mess, I always seemed to make some kind of disgusting brown colour!) I kinda like how these look!

For this smooshy nail art I used H&M's 'Metallic Blue', Essence's 'A Girl With A Pearl' and Catrice's 'St. Tropez'. I laid down a layer of clear polish and once that had dried, added a blob of each polish to my marshmallow stamper. I then proceeded to smoosh onto the dry polish. I left these over night to dry nicely. I then applied my base coat, OPI's Nail envy – allowed to dry and then gently applied the decals by warming them in my hands, and gently pressing them onto my nail. They slowly become more pliable and I am able to remove any excess with my clean up brush and remover. I decided to give it a little contrast by adding a 'sort of' ruffian by using a thin brush and black acrylic paint. I topped it all off with my Pro-FX top coat.

I think it looks very earthy... like a satellite image of clouds! My regret is that I didn't take it further and perhaps stamp on top but I still wanted to share it with you!

What do you think of this smooshy colour combo? Have you tried smooshy nails before?

Have a super fabulous day! I'll see you again on Tuesday? Don't be a stranger :)

Love
Ithi

Friday, 24 June 2016

Black & White Vintage Mickey vs Colourful Modern Mickey - Freehand

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you doing today? I hope you have had a great weekend, do you have anything nice planned for the weekend? I'm hoping that very soon I will be able to give you an exciting announcement. That's all I'm going to say for now but I am busy planning something!

Today's nails are inspired by both the modern and classic versions of Mickey. If you didn't know, the classic version of Mickey was created by Mr Walt Disney back in 1928 so the original cartoons were in black in white. Of course as technology advanced Mickey went through several upgrades to his current state which we all know and love in colour.

I really wanted to bring both of them together on my nails. My first version had different accompanying nail art but I felt like this one shows the transition from black and white to colour better.


I began with my all time fave base coat, OPI's 'Nail Envy' and created a nice clean canvas by painting NYC's 'Williamsburg Vintage'. For my water coloured nails I used acrylic paints and cotton buds – You can see my tutorial here. I then used my favorite Bundle Monster and Edinburgh Realism brush to bring the two Mickey's to life. I finished with a coat of my Pro-FX top coat and added a coat of 'Wet 'N' Wild's Matte top coat because it seemed very fitting for the nail art!

I'm quite pleased with how these turned out. I had 'quite a bit of trouble with the Mickey's but I feel like it didn't come out too bad! Are there any other Disney characters you'd like to see on my nails?

What do you think of my two Mickey's? Which one do you like best?

Have a beautiful day and a sweet weekend! I'll catch you on Sunday!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Color Changing, Peel Off Nail Polish –Pailette Blue To Transparent - Born Pretty Store Review

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*This post features 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 well! How has your week been so far?
I'm feeling pretty great at the moment, I finally have some antibiotics for my eyes and while I've only been using it for two days I am hopeful that finally this will sort the problem. I do have blurry vision but I'll work with it!

Other good news: My tickets to England are booked!! You can not begin to imagine how thrilled I am! Then the week I come back to Holland, my sister and her family come to Holland for their holiday and I'll get to meet up with them here! Also some exciting nail collabs going on – things are feeling positive!

Enough of my babble though. Today I have a somewhat interesting review for you... You know I don't lie to you guys, as much as I don't enjoy saying negative things about products I will if I have to... so brace yourselves. This is '6ml Color Changing Peel Off Nail Polish –Pailette Blue To Transparent' from The Born Pretty Store.


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In its 'Cold' state.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Stamped Shaded Nail Art With Acrylic-Gradient's!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Did you have a great weekend? I didn't really get up to much,I created some nail art that basically took all day. I was about 60% done on my first version before I messed up. I then started again. I took pictures, I was sort of satisfied with my freehand but the accent nails didn't please me at all so I ended up redoing three fingers again and finally.. I was happy with it!!

Today's manicure was created after some brain storming and planning. I wanted to do something that involved acrylic and freehand with the combination of nail art stamping. I'll explain below how I actually created this! Its not the neatest looking manicure but I feel like I could maybe take this idea and go in different ways with it!

For this manicure I began with my usual base of OPI's 'Nail Envy'. I then proceeded with two coats of NYC's 'Williams Vintage'. I allowed this to dry and then created a wavey line with grey acrylic paint – I did these lines from one side to the other on each nail. Next I used black, grey and white acrylic paint to 'shade' one side of each nail, leaving the other side plain and white. I then used Born Pretty Store's 'Black Stamping Polish' (review and info here) and tried to stamp mainly my black and white side of each nail. Some stamping overlapped onto the white side but that doesn't matter. I allowed that to dry and then created a pinky/purple gradient with my acrylics and fave brushes – this also took care of any stamping that had strayed over my original grey line. I finished up by adding a line between the greyscale side and the coloured side, cleaned around the edges using my clean up brush and applied my Pro-FX top coat to seal it all in. Of course I had to try matte, matte certainly one!

I really like how effective it looks. It could be better but I really liked experimenting with combining different things. I can see more manicures like this in the future. Its a nice mix and quite an enjoyable process for when I don't feel like doing full on freehand.

What do you think of this acrylic/stamping combo? Do you like mixing up techniques?
Have a wonderful day, I'll catch you again on Wednesday!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Freehand Butterflies & Flowers - The Garden Fence

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I hope you are doing awesome, do you have anything nice planned for this weekend? It is of couse Father's day tomorrow so I am wondering if it is going to be a full house here. I also had great news and can hopefully get my tickets back home to England booked in the next few days – yay! Everything seems pretty good right now, I hope it is the same for you! 

I also just want to say thank you to those of you who take time to come to my blog, who follow me on social media and generally support what I do - you guys are all so awesome and while blogging is my hobby and I enjoy it, you certainly take it to higher highs. 

Today I have some fairly summery nail art for you! I am not sure about this nail art though, do you think I should have gone for more? More flowers... more butterflies? I'm not sure. I did plan to do roses but backed out.

For this manicure I began with my usual base coat, OPI's 'Nail Envy' and one dry applied two coats of NYC's 'Williamsburg Vintage' for a nice starting base. I then created everything else with my fave acrylic paints and brushes. I sealed everything with my Pro-FX top coat.. and just because I was curious applied Catrice's 'Matte & More' which gave it an interesting shimmer.

Can you believe I can not just buy a regular matte top coat anywhere around here?! I like the 'Matte & More' but the shimmer doesn't suit everything :/

What do you think of this nail art? Do you think I should have added more to it?

Have a fabulous day, same time on Monday? I'll bring the tea and biscuits :)
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Two Patterns Mixed Flower Nail Art Water Decals (Paisley & Abstract) - Born Pretty Store Review

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*This post contains an item(s) that were provided for review purposes, however I will as always contain my full and honest opinion.

Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you are having a good week and good weather too for that matter. South Holland is so indecisive right now, do you want to rain or not?! Make up your mind so I know if I need to bring an umbrella! :)

Before we get to the nails, I'd just like to tell you guys about something that happened yesterday. Something I find pretty awesome and which totally put a smile on my face. YouQueen featured me in an article they posted! The article is 'Top 13 nail bloggers you must follow' (click link, I'm featured at #01). I was delighted when they contacted me to take part and of course said yes – what I didn't know was who the other bloggers would be. So when I saw the wonderful and talented ladies who also featured in the article I was gobsmacked to be paired in the same article as them!! Literally, I've been a huge fan of these ladies for absolutely ever so I feel really honored! Thanks to everyone who continues to follow me on my nail adventures!!

Back to business! If you can call it that, when is nail art ever a chore..or  business?! Today I am reviewing 'Two Patterns Mixed Flower Nail Art Water Decals' from the Born Pretty Store.



Firstly I want to say.. I think this is a first for me, If I am not mistake..to have two designs on one sheet like this... One design features a very delicate pinky-red paisley looking pattern and the other a mix of pink and what looks like minty green sketchy, abstract, doodle patterns with another light grey background pattern with love hearts and all sorts of shapes. You get enough to wear each pattern on all your nails but you also have the possibility of mixing and matching which is quite nice! I had no trouble applying these decals, which is what I normally find with water decals from The Born Pretty Store.



I totally love both designs but you guys know I love my arty looking nails which is why I opted to show you this set. I also paired them with my first ever 'Wet 'N' Wilds' nail polishes from a dear friend in America!

What do you think of these water decals? Do you like abstract nail designs?

I hope you have a wonderful day, my friends. I'll catch you again on Saturday, don't forget to drop by :)
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Freehand Evening Duck Pond Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you are all well! Is it hot hot hot where you are? My weather app predicts rain and storms all week but its just uncomfortably hot here! Thank you for all the well wishes with my eye; Unfortunately I was unable to get a doctors appointment yesterday so I'll be up early again tomorrow to try and get one - they did warn me yesterday that I might not be able to until Friday... anyhoo ~

I always think of ducks in a sweet way; So many memories going to feed the duckies when I was a little girl, and even now as an adult when I am home in England, taking a long walk with my Niece and Nephew to go feed the ducks and swans! <3 b="" nbsp="">Did you guys do things like that?


Here's a little something from a couple of weeks ago! - this is why I am so glad I keep ahead of myself, I barely feel like painting right now! Today I have a manicure I made while I wasn't feeling so well. I also had no inspiration so I decided to just paint something..'pleasant'. Its not my best ever manicure but I guess it is still something created from moods and feelings!


For this manicure I began with my usual base of OPI's Nail Envy and once dry I applied two coats of NYC's 'Williamsburg Vintage' - This had become my new solution since I can't get Barry M here...and now I can't find it in the store!! Why, oh, why?!

I then added a coat of my Pro-FX top coat and allowed to dry. I then started this freehand nail art by creating a acrylic-gradient with lilac and peachy shades that I had mixed. Everything else was created with my new favorite Bundle Monster brushes and again I applied my Pro-FX top coat before finishing off with Catrice's 'Matt & More'.

While its not exactly thrilling nail art.. I think it has a kind of calm feel to it. Its not great. But its not hideous, I hope.. You guys can be the judge :)

What do you think of this nail art? Do you like to have creatures on your nails?

Have a beautiful day, hugs, and I'll catch you on Wednesday for some more Born Pretty Store reviews!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Beautiful Chinese Ink Flower Decals - Born Pretty Store Review

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*This post contains an item(s) that were provided for me to review, however I will as ever give my full and honest opinion.

Allo polish Pals
How are you all doing today? I hope you are having a fabulous weekend so far! I can't say too much of mine, its consisted of a lot of green tea going on my sore eye to help make it better – I am undergoing a really strict eye routine right now. I wake up and cleanse my eyes with baby shampoo and hot water. I'm doing hot green tea compresses and salt water many times through the day. My eyes have been giving me hell for too long so I am really on an attack mission with all these natural ways because the doctors both here and in Holland have been hopeless! Fingers cross I am better next week and can do more freehand nail art.

Today I have some really cute decals to share with you; These are 'Beautiful ChineseInk Flower Water Decals' from The Born Pretty Store.


Friday, 10 June 2016

Freehand Flakie Turtle Nail Art With Acrylic-Gradients

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Allo polish Pals!

Happy Friday to you all, how are you doing?! Bam, here we are at the start of another weekend! Do you have anything nice planned? I may or may not be going out with my Sister in law for dinner, there was a plan but this whole week my nightmare eye situation has flared up again – my left eye is HUGE.

Sadly because of it I feel pretty rubbish, my vision is blurry, it hurts to bend down.. Back to looking like I've been punched! I had intended to show you a Born Pretty Store review but I have totally mucked the whole thing up, luckily I have a few of the stickers left so I will try again when I can concentrate better.

So instead I'm going to show you something I did at the beginning of the week before it got so bad, If you are a member of Tiny Canvas on Facebook you may have already seen this – the weekly challenge this week was turtle nail art. I really wanted to join in after missing a couple of the other weeks (they are optional but always so much to take part in) I decided to do a turtle in black and white.



So, I didn't have a lot of ideas or planning when I began this little dude. I just knew I wanted an acrylic-gradient in there somewhere so I began with my usual base of OPI's 'Nail Envy' and once dry applied two coats of NYC's 'Williamsburg Vintage'. I added a coat of my Pro-FX for a fast drying finish and then proceeded to create an acrylic-gradient with purple, blue and tropical green. I also added a layer of Zoya's 'Maisie' – yes I am obsessed. I then proceeded to draw/paint a freehand turtle in black and white. I added some swirls and dots (mostly because by this point I was in a lot of pain) and finished off again with my Pro-FX topcoat. I also added Catrice's 'Matte&More' because I find it fun to see how manicures will look!

I'm quite pleased with how this turned out, I think he looks proper grumpy but that's ok!
You may notice my thumb acrylic-gradient isn't as well blended. I tried adding some yellow fish before quickly changing my mind!

What do you think of this turtle nail art? Are you part of a nail community where you've made some good friends?

Have a beautiful weekend, I'll catch you again on Sunday!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Nicole Diary Water Decal Review Part 5 [Final]

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? Are you having a great week so far? I feel like I have nothing much to tell you... I'm just concerned with how fast these weeks are flying by. I've still not got any tickets booked to go home because I have to try and work out when I will be able to get to the airport or if anyone will be available (basically just waiting, which drives me crazy)... I don't really want to leave going home any longer. I've not seen my Niece and Nephew since January.. argh.

On a happier note.. Today I've got my final review for Nicole Diary water decals. Can you believe that these two mean that I have reviewed a total of 10 decals?! I have to say also these do not disappoint any more than the rest – I love them just as much!

You can also find Nicole Diary on Instagram to see how other people are wearing their stunning decals.
Don't forget IthinityBeauty readers can claim a free gift when you order from Nicole Diary's Alliexpress or Amazon stores - Just add the code 'ITH2016' to your order note.
The first decals I have for you are 'Nicole Diary – 06', these are beautiful, bright and bold water decals with a full pattern. The pattern features hearts, different shapes, dots and circles and more. I really love this pattern however it may be a little too full on for those who love subtle nail art – for that reason I would totally say it would be awesome as a ring finger accent paired with beautiful corresponding nail polishes. I decided to wear them on all my nails! Because that's me! I also added a layer of Catrice's 'Matte & More' which gave it a really beautiful subtle sheen – it also tamed down the pattern a little and made it less bold.


Our second set of decals for today are these stunning floral patterned decals, these are 'Nicole Diary – 30'. This is such a gorgeous pattern and very different from the first, the pattern contains dainty and elegant looking flowers in blue, navy and orange. Personally I think this is such a gorgeous design for the summer months. Can you imagine these over some sparkle? (why didn't I do that?!) I paired mine very randomly – confession – it was really late and really hot and I'd applied my decals and fallen in love with them but my inspiration for an accent nail was failing me. So I used a brush to create a sort of textured look..and stuck a sugar stud on... I guess we can say its..'different'.

The remaining parts of this decal will totally be going on my toes with glitter underneath – oh yeah!

Conclusion: After having tried 10 different sets I am really, truly and honestly very impressed. I love the creative and unique patterns (they've all been so different!) and I love their ease of application. I had less trouble with these decals than others I have done in the past. I really rate them.

So there we have it! All 10 water decals reviewed and adored! If you missed my previous reviews and would like to catch up you can read part 1, 2, 3 and 4 by clicking those numbers.

What do you think of these two very different decals, do you have a favorite? How would you wear these?

Have a gorgeous day, I hope you can enjoy some beautiful weather. I'll catch you on Friday!
Love
Ithi