Tuesday, 26 May 2015

ORLY: Chantilly Peach Swatch & Review ★★★★/5 - edit before

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Tell me something random about your day so far :D I don't really have too much to tell you but I do have a really gorgeous shade from Orly to share with you. This is 'Chantilly Peach'.


Colour ~ 'Chantilly Peach' is described as a peach gold frosted shimmer polish but I like to call it a soft peach champagne and personally I think this looks more metallic than frosted. It is very sheer so you will need to build it up for full opacity. I am wearing three coats in these pictures.

Application ~ Application is fine for the most part but you will have to watch out for those pesky brush streaks – as is common with these types of polish. I recommend being very wary of how much polish you have on the brush. Dry time is fairly reasonable.

Texture ~ This polish is very much on the watery side so as I mentioned before, be careful how much is on your brush unless you want it swimming into the sides of your nails and cuticles! Dries to a beautiful smooth metallic finish.

★★★★/5 Chantilly Peach is a great polish in my opinion. Does it look right on my nails? I'm not too sure but I do love this polish as a feature for nail art, it looks great with many colours! I would say it is a great polish to own if you don't have a metallic peach within your collection.

What do you think of this metallic peach? Do you own anything similar to this?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sweet Treats - Freehand Cake Nails

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I hope your having an awesome weekend! Today is Sunday and I'm still in England with my family which means I'll be looking forward to a delicious Sunday roast lunch, you can't be your mother's own cooking, can you? Yum yum. I have something equally tasty on my nails today, I decided to create some 'sweet treats'! This is a scheduled post which means I did these nails a little while ago - My nails are too long here but straight after this I got them nicely filed down :)


For this manicure I used two coats of H+M's 'Blue Metal' which dried into a lovely matte finish which was perfect for on painting on top. I then used my favorite bamboo brush and my Oumaxi acrylic paints to create a cake/dessert in each nail and finished using my Catrice top coat.

My favorite nail is probably my pinkie because I think the strawberry looks cute!

Have you created food inspired nails before? Which cake is your favorite in this manicure?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 22 May 2015

Colourful Creative Chaos - Splatter Nails!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Again I have to thank you for all your kind messages; Yesterday was such an up and down day for me. A lovely thing was that yesterday I helped look after my Niece who is 4 and my Nephew who is 1. My niece awarded me with two stickers for being so good at counting and for sitting nicely! There was also a gold medal involved! I also had to go on the trampoline which she promised me wasn't wet... I got wet socks. And we made some delicious mud cakes (really, decorated with stones and leaves) which I wont be able to eat until five years time since apparently that's how long they take in the 'oven'  ~ Phew, a lucky escape from eating mud and worms! 

Today I am in the mood for a little creative and colourful chaos today, so lets have some splatter nails! If you look at my thumb it looks like it has a little ribbon amongst the mess!


For this manicure I began with two coats of Catrice's 'A Gallon Of Melon' on all my nails excluding my ring finger and alternated splats of Barry M's 'Damson' and Catrice's '(S)wimbledon'. On my ring finger I created a really random ruffian nail with the two colours.

I'm not sure why I went for a ruffian... I was actually intending to use studs or something to jazz it up a little but I still think that little bit of conformity looks nice amongst the platter chaos! This is only my second time doing splatter nail art but I love playing with colours. I'm just not a fan of the mess that comes with it! I do however love this unusual colour combination!

What do you think of this trio of colours combined with splatter? Have you ever created splatter nails?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Owl's Berries - Freehand Design

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Have you been having a good week so far? Providing the weather is nice I will walk out to see my Grandad - he lives in the country side and I love walking. My Grandad is 99 and I love going to see him when I am home in England. My Niece has also been delighting me, we play all sorts of games and do lots of colouring together. Today I have a freehand design to share with you that I created a little while ago. It has so many flaws but it was still fun to paint! This is 'Owl's Berries' which is inspired by *this* gorgeous illustration I found on Pinterest. Also, don't forget to check out my Pinterest, I have a whole folder dedicated to inspiring nail ideas!


I only used one coloured polish for this manicure, Barry M's 'Heather'. For the rest I used my Oumaxi acrylic paints and my favorite bamboo brush. To finish off I applied one coat of Catrice's top coat (This is the best budget top coat I've used to smooth out my acrylic designs)

There are some things I wish looked a little better with this manicure. I'm not happy with my birds and I wish Mr Owl was cuter but hey... I'm still learning to draw teeny tiny!

What do you think of my very woodland-y nails? Have you had owl nails?

Have a beeeautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 18 May 2015

Yes Love: Neon Glitter G1-5 Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? I hope you had an awesome weekend. I am back in England for three lovely weeks seeing my family. I had a wonderful time catching up with everyone and eating my Mum's delicious home cooking - She also surprised me with some beautiful new nail polishes, she is always so amazing. Thank you all for your kind words about my recent loss too, you guys never fail me, you are always so kind. Hopefully posting will continue as normal and I'll do my best to keep up with commenting. Today I have Yes Love's neon glitter to share with you.


Colour ~ This neon glitter is a light nude base with neon glitter (sorry to state the obvious) the base itself is very sheet and glitter comes in three sizes in hot pink, green, orange and yellow. I am wearing three coats for it to appear as it does on my nails.

Application ~ Application is fine, there is plenty of glitter within the polish so that I didn't need to fish. Of course if your really strict with glitter placement that might be tricky with this polish. It dries fairly quick and I have no trouble with streaking or bubbles. I feel that if you want less layers then perhaps try pairing it under a nude.

Texture ~ The formula appears to be somewhere between a crème and a jelly. Because of the glitter it can feel a little gritty but it's nothing too off putting; Of course you can always apply an ample top coat for a smoother finish.

★★★★/5 I really like this polish and I don't find the three coats (instead of my usual two) too much trouble. I love the bright pop, it reminds me of birthday cake and all things happy. That said, to those with a wide range of indie polishes there may be something really similar out there. I was happy to find this on the store shelf as I don't have much access to indie polishes at the moment.
I think if you are looking for a unique glitter then this one may be for you.

What do you think of this neon glitter? Do you have a favourite glitter?

Have a great start to your week!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 16 May 2015

I'm Going Home! - Freehand Areoplane Nails

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Allo polish Pals!
Happy Saturday to you all, I hope you will have a fantastic weekend! As this post goes online I am probably now at Amsterdam airport with Mr Bravo for our flight - I'm going home! We're lucky that we will get to spend three weeks in England with my family and I can't tell you how excited I am...But sometimes an awesome thing has to follow an awful thing... Do you remember I had some upsetting news this past week? Sadly it was concerning my beloved dog Charlie who lives with my parents in England. I am currently incredibly heartbroken to tell you that he passed away on Wednesday. This trip is both bitter and sweet; It will be hard to walk into the house without him being there. I hope you can understand that due to this my commenting and blog visits may be a little slower than usual.

For this manicure I created a gradient using Yes Love's #34 shiny blue, Ciaté's 'Holiday Blues' and Barry M's 'Huckleberry'. I then used my Oumaxi acrylic paints and my favorite bamboo brush to freehand everything else. Please excuse the extreme cuticle mess!

I'm not over the moon with this manicure but I wanted to create something a little fun, When we've traveled before I left you with Union Jack manicures so I wanted to do something completely different! I found it so hard to match up the nails and have the picture line up nicely and I really wish this was... more. But there you go.

I've got pretty good at being ahead of my blog posts so I hope in a little while I can create a beautiful tribute to Charlie. Also, I want to say thank you to those who have already sent me kind messages - A dog isn't just a dog when you have one... It becomes apart of the family so I really appreciate your kind messages of support.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend; I'll still be posting so I will see you guys on Monday!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Citrus Splash - Freehand + Water Colour Nails

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your having an awesome day :) Today I have a manicure that will certainly brighten us and all our screens up, I hope! I decided to create a vibrant and happy citrus manicure. I love lemons, every morning when I wake up I drink lemon water, it's always a great start to the day and it is said to have many health benefits!


For this manicure I started with two coats of Rimmel's 'Hot White Love' and once dried applied OPI's matte top coat. I then used cotton buds to dab on my yellow and green Oumaxi paint and a wet cotton bud to dab off excess paint for a water colour effect. I then used my favorite bamboo brush to create slices of lemon and limes on my nails. I partially outlined the fruit and finished with a smothering of Catrice's top coat.

I am actually 'ok' with this manicure, I think it is great for the summer weather and it really is quite eye catching! Sure it's not perfect but it was fun to wear!

What do you think of my zesty tips? Have you ever done fruit inspired nail art?

Have a great day
Love
Ithi

Monday, 11 May 2015

A Pastel Pop With TheFinderThings Shooting Stars

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

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you had a fantastic weekend? I feel like starting this week on a bright a colourful note. I'm going to be really honest with you all, straight off... I had some really upsetting news over the weekend and I believe it will change my trip to England next week... luckily I am ahead of quite a few posts but I really rushed these nails and I am truly sorry. Nothing went right on my part and this was actually my second version of these nails. I want to state that in my haste I applied these decal stickers before my nail polish was really ready... But I still want to share with you my delight of this set of TheFinder Things decals, I'm using their colourful shooting stars! This manicure really makes me think 'party dress'.


Saturday, 9 May 2015

ORLY: Sky Blue Color Flip Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals,
How are you doing today? :) I hope you have gorgeous weather where you are! I'm just starting my day with a lovely cup of green tea and then I will be blog-visiting. I love getting good time to catch up with everyone's posts. I'm also expecting a very busy weekend, today Mr Bravo and I are out visiting friends and tomorrow the whole family will be here for Mother's Day! Today I have a review for you, this is Orly's 'Sky Blue' from the colour flip collection.



Colour ~ 'Sky Blue' is a gorgeous pearly multi tone shade that flips from shades of blue, soft pink and purple. It is really pretty in different light and I find it makes me think of summer rain – Perhaps that's just me being weird again? It is very sheer so I am wearing four coats, It is easily build-able to full opacity.

Application ~ As with many polishes of this type you will need to watch out for streaks and brush strokes. I found keeping my brush strokes are neat as humanly possible left a gorgeous result. Since this polish is very sheer the dry time is just dandy!

Texture ~ As mentioned before, the texture of this polish is very thin and sheer, it is very much on the watery side but it dries to a very beautiful metallic finish.

★★★★★/5 I'm going to be honest, I don't consider this to be a very unique shade and there are probably a thousand dupes all over the place but I do really love this polish. You know I'm a sucker for blues and anything that goes into blue nicely... I think Sky Blue is worth its price because it is such a striking polish to look at. I think if your into multi-chrome’s and blues then this could sit nicely in your collection.


What do you think of this colour flip polish? Do you like multi-chrome shades?
Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Bold Contemporary Lines - Water Decals

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Are you up to anything interesting? Recently when I redeemed my points at The Born Pretty Store I selected a couple of their $0.99 mystery bags that contain three items. In one of these little bags I received some delicate white stickers, striping tape and some unusual water decals. I tried to find the decals in the store but it doesn't seem that they are available currently.
I really like this design because to me it seems like a mixture of contemporary and traditional patterns. I also think, and I am not sure why... that it reminds me of Japan some how! ~ So while this isn't a formal review it's still fun to share!


I love the mixture of delicate patterns with the strong bold lines on these decals. The blue pattern came on both sides of the decal with the black lines in the center so I decided to feature the pattern on my tips to achieve a little of both patterns. The decals were actually transparent so I began with a black base.

What do you think of these unusual decals? Do you like the mixture of bold and delicate patterns?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Purple Stars With A Green Crush - Freehand

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Tell me something random and interesting about your day! Today I have a design based over a textured polish. It seemed like a good idea, sometimes I am not too fond of textured polish but I love how they glisten and shine once they are smothered with top coat. That was the aim of this manicure, a really glitzy base with a freehand design. I just didn't expect to have as much trouble smoothing out the edges as I had planned!


For this manicure I used three coats of Rimmel's 'Fizzy Applicious' and smoothed over with two layers of top coat. I then used my trusty bamboo brush to create some light purple swirls and stars.
That it really... Pretty simple! I really like how the design looks like it is above a layer of glass – at least that's how it looks in person so I hope you can see that too.

Have you created nail art with a textured polish? Do you prefer the feel of textured or do you like to smooth them down too?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Model's Own: Luis Lemon Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals,
How are you doing today? Is the sun shining where you are? Ah I just love, love, love these warmer days! I think today's swatch will be well suited for the weather here in Holland. However I may want to warn you now that you should put some sunglasses on before I show you Model's Own's 'Luis Lemon'.
Colour ~ 'Luis Lemon' is a bright acid like neon yellow. It is very sheer and I recommend wearing it under a white polish to get the colour to really pop! I am wearing two coats of white polish and two coats of Luis Lemon on top. To wear it without the white you will find that you need so many layers to get it completely opaque. This can be said for many yellow neon polishes though.

Application ~ I didn't have too much trouble with application, You need to be aware of how much is on your brush as it can look a little gloopy but all in all the application was fine and it even surprised me by self leveling a little on the second coat – nicey nice :) Dry time is reasonable given its formula.

Texture ~ This is a hard one to comment on... It is almost like a gelly texture so its somewhere between medium to thick in consistency but it is totally workable. Dries to a semi matte finish.

★★★★★/5 I do really love Luis Lemon. She's a fun sunny day kinda gal. I'd like to hang out with her :) I love how Luis Lemon looks combined with nail art such as gradients but it isn't something I would willingly wear out casually. I have a couple of yellow neon polishes and I prefer this one hands down. Other polishes I've tried don't have such a powerful pop of colour and some I have tried even had weird black flecks through it... If you want to wake yourself up I highly recommend Luis Lemon for the job.

What do you think of this acid yellow? What are your favorite neon polishes?

Have a super sparkly and productive day!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 1 May 2015

Mixed Colour Hexgaon Glitter - Born Pretty Store Review

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Not much to tell you here but I am so looking forward to May! I'll be flying home this month to visit my family and as we're in May now I am getting excited!
Today I have a glitter to show you from The Born Pretty Store, these are mixed coloured hexagon shaped glitters in #079.

Makes me think of parties and cake!
Don't forget you can get 10% off your order when you use the code: DRX31

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Moon Walkers - Freehand

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your having a great week so far :) Everything here is pretty much as usual... which means lots of tea and nail painting once I get all my chores done, nice! Today's nail art was inspired by a picture I saw and fell in love with on Pinterest. I don't know much about the illustration but please check it out *here* - I love the rain effect and I just find this image so mesmerizing! So of course I had to take on the challenge of creating it into nail art.


For this manicure I used two coats of Barry M's 'Gold Foil' and created a gradient using Sally Hansen's 'Resurrection'. I then attempted to create a curved one stroke effect using a light yellow and gold combination to give a little glow affect around the moon. Everything else was done freehand with my Oumaxi acrylic paints and my trust Bamboo brush.

I only really have a couple of things to pick at with this manicure... I wish my black looked smoother and less jagged and that my cuticles looked tidier, the gold was a pain to clean up as it left a metallic sparkle everywhere. But that said I'm quite happy with this and I hope I did the inspiration picture justice!

What do you think of this nail art? Have you ever had moon themed nails?

Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 27 April 2015

Essie: Chinchilly Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Today I have a swatch for you, I saw this polish floating around everywhere a while ago. Seriously, nearly all the social media I use were thrusting this polish in my face and I had wanted to try it... and as if by magic, last time I was home in England my mum completely surprised me by giving it to me – She had absolutely no way of knowing! This is Essie's 'Chinchilly'.



Colour ~ Essie describes 'Chinchilly' as a 'sleek & sexy granite grey'. Which I suppose is a nice description. I think she is one to divide the crowds, you'll either love it or hate it. When I want to talk about 'Chinchilly' I would have to refer to it as a very warm grey with a smoky touch. Its not a slate grey in my opinion thanks to its subtle but sweet brownish tinge.


Application ~ I am wearing three coats in these pictures and I applied them pretty fast in between. I had no trouble what so ever but it was necessary for the third coat to get the colour opaque. The first coat does look a little muddy and streaky but it is all fixed up by the last coat. As you can see, 'Chinchilly' resulted in a very beautiful and glossy manicure.

Texture ~ I would say 'Chinchilly' leans more towards the thinner side of the nail polish spectrum; Because of this it is very easy to build up the colour and gives it a very delightful drying time.

★★★/5 Here's a really mixed conclusion...While I do really love Chinchilly I know its not to everyone's taste. I love the colour, the end result, the texture and application... And while I do enjoy using it for nail art I just don't think I could brave wearing this shade alone – I can't quite figure out why, at least for me it just doesn't look right on my nails. I would recommend this polish just for how diverse it is and how many shades it will look great next to.

What do you think of this grey based polish? What colours would you wear with Chinchilly?
Have a great day!
Love
Ithi
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