Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas-y Poinsettia

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Less than a week until Christmas! How are you feeling about this? Do you feel prepared? Have you got everything ready? I still need to do a few things and wrap up my presents for the children. All is good! Today I have a manicure which is partly dedicated to my Mum (Or Skeebab as I call her) She used to love having poinsettia plants in the house at Christmas, the trouble was she is terrible with potted plants. No matter how well she tried to care for them they never last long! So here are some Christmas-y poinsettia – A popular flower for Christmas!
 

I was lucky enough to win a set of three blue polishes from TipTop Nails so I used 'Jazzberry' Blue on my index and pinky finger and Seventeen's 'Navy Glint' on my remaining nails. I then layered on Catrice's 'Glitz Carlton' on top. Once everything was dry I used OPI's matte top coat for a nice smooth base and painted on my flowers using Oumaxi acrylic paints. I finished off with OPI's top coat and added a few gold beads with Model's Own's Artstix nail beads.

What do you think of this blue and red combination? Have you painted any Christmas nails – what did you chose to paint?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Would You Like That Gift Wrapped? 3D Gift Wrapped Nails

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Thank you for all the lovely birthday messages! I had a really lovely day, starting with my family in the morning and having my 4 year old Niece there before she had to go to pre-school. I was incredibly spoilt with lots of new nail polishes that I can't wait to try and Mr Bravo and I had a nice meal out at a restaurant, then later on we watched some of our favourite shows together. I promised you some extreme nail art... Now. This is not something I would wear, its entirely impractical and was a real nuisance to do anything once it was on... But I had to try it!



I warned you it would be over the top!
For my index and pinky finger I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Gold Foil' and once dried I applied Barry M's 'copacabana' in a ruffian style which was not 'red enough' for my desired look so I layered W7's 'Red Dazzle'. Once everything was dried I took a small brush and applied some base coat and sprinkled some gold glitter on top of Gold Foil. For my remaining nails I used a beauty glue to add some trimmed down decorations for wrapping and made some little gift tags.

As I mentioned I wouldn't 'wear' this but it was a fun experiment. I wish I had some small items to use but I did the best I could, I think if you used really small pieces it could actually be doable.


What do you think of this extreme and over the top manicure? Have you tried a 3D Christmas manicure?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 15 December 2014

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

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing?! Not long until Christmas now, are you getting festively excited? I created some really interesting 3d Christmas nail art yesterday and I am looking forward to sharing it with you later in the week. Tomorrow is my 26th Birthday! I'm not too sure how I feel about that! I think that it will be a pretty quiet and uneventful day but that's ok with me. Excuse my short nails – I took these pictures while I was still in Holland. Today I have a swatch of a polish I've featured in a few of my manicures, this is 'Mustard' by Barry M.



Colour ~ Mustard is a gorgeous slightly burnt golden yellow. Perfect for fall, if you remember I used this manicure for my leafy fall manicure. The colour also reminds me slightly of caramel but it certainly lives up to its name.

Application ~ Application was amazing, I was so impressed with the finished result. I found if I got the right amount on the brush then I could apply it perfectly smooth but it also had the wonderful self levelling quality that Barry M Gelly's often carry. I applied my two coats pretty fast in between and never have I encountered problems with bubbling or streaking. It also dried incredibly fast considering that this polish is quite thick.

Texture ~ This polish is best describe as a medium to thick consistency. It dries to the beautiful high gloss, flawless finish that I have come to expect from the Gelly range.

★★★★★/5 If you don't own this shade and have nothing like it in your collection then I urge you to go for it! It is a really pretty and interesting shade. It looks great with so many types of nail art and considering the fantastic dry time, flawless beautiful finish and the price of Barry M polishes it is a steel!

Do you have anything like Mustard in your collection? Have you tried the Barry M Gelly range yet?

Have a great evening! I see you all after my birthday with some crazy, over the top 3D art!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 13 December 2014

You've Got Snow On Your Head, My Deer - Freehand

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Allo polish Pals!
Happy weekend to you all! Will you be doing anything exciting this weekend? I'm so pumped for this weekend. Being home in England with Mr Bravo has been great so far. Today I am going to start my day off by kicking some booty, I'm going to do a really fun work out, in the afternoon I will visit my Granddad who is 99 years old and tonight my family will get together to share Chinese as an early celebration for my birthday which is on Tuesday. Fun!

Today I am showing you a manicure that was actually created a couple of weeks ago but one I am still really excited to show you. I actually created this to take part in a contest Andreea was running called 'Winter Is Coming'.



I'm thinking this might have been one of the most time consuming manicures I have ever done but I was quite happy with the outcome. Even if it didn't win I had fun creating this and I learn new things about acrylic paint. I only used two polishes for this manicure, Sally Hansen's 'Resurrection' and Ozotic Sugar #903 on the thumb and pinky. The rest was all acrylic.

What do you think of my snowy deer? Have you created some winter creature nail art?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Naughty In Nautical With OMGNailStrips

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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 all doing? I hope your having a good week. Almost the weekend – I can't wait! I've been busy with helping with my Niece and Nephew. Gawd I missed those sweeties! I have just been pretty busy spending time with my family and having fun here in England. Of course, one thing I have enjoyed is an English roast dinner. You can't beat it! Today I am showing you some really nifty nail strips from OMGNailStrips.   

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These nail strips from OMGNailStrips are simply amazing. First of all, lets check out the cute design. I have never worn a nautical manicure so I was particularly warmed to this design which features stripes, polka dots, anchors and boat wheels. These strips boast no dry time, full 10 day wear, fits all nails and is easy to apply. - Read more for my full review.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Gothic Elegance

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your having a great week so far?
I totally planned to post yesterday but if I am honest I am adjusting to being back in England. Mr Bravo and I are already enjoying ourselves. My Niece comes over for breakfast as my mum then drives her to preschool afterwards. It's lovely seeing her bright and happy smiles first thing in the morning! It is lovely being home and being able to spend time with everyone including the pets :) 

Today I have a post I did last week when I was back in Holland. It started off as a simple idea but I ended up adding borders and what not....



For this manicure I.... *struggles to remember* Used three polishes, Essie's 'Cashmere Bathrobe', Color Club's 'On The Rocks' and H&M's 'Matte Silver'. I want to tell you which polishes I started with but to be honest I am getting a bit muddled up looking at it, haha. On the tips of several nails I stamped using Nail Craze stamping plate in NC03 and on my remaining nails I added some large studs I picked up as part of a set a few weeks ago – Can you help me? What is the shape of these studs called? I really can not remember! Finally I finished it all off with silver and black borders.

What do you think of this dark creation? Do you like to do partial stamping manicures?

Have a great day my friends!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Manicure Swap With Robin of Roaring Nails

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you? I hope your going to have an exciting weekend! As you are reading this I am probably on the plane, or have arrived in England! Yaaaay! That doesn't mean I don't have a good post to show you. I've been in talks with the lovely Robin of Roaring Nails – Have you seen her blog? She is an incredibly sweet and lovely lady who comes up with nail art designs that always blow me away. She has such precision and her nail art is always flawless in my opinion. Skills! I recently discovered we share a love of sushi – sushi lovers unite! Of course I had to ask her if she would be interested in doing a manicure swap with me and I was delighted when she agreed. Robin decided to recreate my pigment nails and in turn I chose to recreate her beautiful 'Minty Window' Nails.

To start us off on this epic adventure we have ABOVE my pigment nails on the left, and Robin's beautiful creation on the right. Her version is so beautiful and I just love it! Robin did something SPECIAL to add to her pigment manicure. I could tell you everything but I really advice you go visit her blog to see what extra detail she put into her manicure. You've seen my tutorial but Robin stepped it up! Much loves!
Left: My recreation of Robin's Minty Windows. Right: Robin's stunning and original design.


I have to say I found this manicure really challenging, it was really hard to get a perfectly neat square on the nails so I really admire how amazing Robin's original manicure looked. I was up for the challenge but I really don't think I could have done these nails justice. I did one thing slightly different to Robin's Minty Windows. The square was supposed to be negative space which means removing all the polish within that square but I hate my stained nails so much that I added a very thin layer of nude polish. I think this is where my lines became unnecessarily messy.

For my recreation I used two coats of Essie's 'Minty Candy Apple' and once dried I then used tape to create my square window. I then removed the polish within that square using nail polish remover. I then added a very thin coat of Paris Memories nude polish and added my gold flakes with Nails Inc's 'Fleet Street'.
I absolutely love Robins recreation. The fact she added a spray marble on top is simple amazing. The effect on Robin's nails are outstanding. Robin has yet again inspired me to try something new just by doing my own manicure. I am inlove with her nails, their shape and her amazing attention with cleaning up and having perfect nails. Robin did a super job with the pigment nails!!! <3 br="">


I'd like to say a massive thank you to Robin, it's been great getting to know her and to take on her beautiful and challenging manicure. If you have not already checked out her blog please, please, please do! You will fall in love with her designs as much as I did :)

Have a great day my polish Pals,
Much love from England!
Ithi

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Essence: New York City Call (Satin) Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
Hope you are doing great today! Only one more day to the weekend, are you excited? I am because I'll be leaving the house at 6.20am on Saturday to fly to England with Mr Bravo. It will be great seeing my family for five whole weeks! Because of this the next few posts will be scheduled. My Niece keeps asking my sister “how many more sleeps until Aunty Ithi is home?” ~ Awh!
Today (since I am stressed with cleaning and packing – it becomes a huge thing for me) I will be showing you a swatch of Essence's 'New York City Call'.



Colour ~ New York City Call is a light taupe/gold shade which I want to call 'cappuccino' but that's just me... It has a beautiful soft gold tint and dries to a very sweet matte satin finish.

Application ~ Application is great, it has the good old usual rounded Essence brush which means it is easy to get the polish in all the right places. I had no trouble with bubbles or streaking and I found it to dry really fast – I was impressed! I would say it applies like a metallic but once it takes its mattified form any brush strokes disappear into this nice soft finish.

Texture ~ The texture of this polish is somewhere in between thick and thin, I found that limiting how much I had on the brush gave me a nice flawless finish.

★★★★★/5 For the price of an Essence polish I was really impressed with this one. As you guys probably know I am a huge fan of Barry M's Silk Collection and this is exactly what it reminds me of. I love the delicate finish and for a beige/brown polish it is not too over bearing. I find it incredibly flattering and it would be a great polish for many types of nail art.

What do you think of this satin finished gold? Would you wear this shade?

Next time I post I'll be in England! Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Sinful Colors: Dancing Nails Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you today? I hope you are doing better than me! My immune system seems to be on va-caycay (er... vacation) at the moment. Not to mention that having a cold/ flu right now is extra bad timing what with traveling to England on Saturday. Come on, body! Pull yourself together! Do you do anything to help get over colds faster? I'd love to know if you have any special tips or home remedies.
Now. Lets got onto the pretty, shall we? Today I have a swatch and review for you of Sinful Color's 'Dancing Nails'.

Colour ~ Dancing Nails is a pretty metallic rosy pink that often leans more towards red in low light. I would even say sometimes it can appear to have a more coral tint.

Application ~ Superb application, with amazing dry time. I had no issues with bubbling however due to its metallic finish you may see brush strokes but its certainly not the most visible I've ever seen with a polish and I think it is hardly noticeable.

Texture ~ This polish is quite on the watery side and dries in very thin layers which means it is ideal for building up coats if need be.

★★★★/5 I like dancing nails. I think it is quite charming. I don't know if its a real 'me' shade but it is unlike anything in my small collection of red/pink polishes. I think if you, like me, have less of these colours then this polish could sit quite nicely amongst them. I'd also say it would make a great polish for someone who wants to wear red but is a little shy of the colour. Also don't forget that amazing dry time – a real bonus.

What do you think of this shade, would it entice you if you saw it in a store? Do you own any polishes from Sinful Colors?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Refreshing Pastels With Zigzags

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your having a weekend with whatever plans you have made. Unluckily for me I seem to have picked up a cold... And I know who the culprit was. I'm telling myself I have one week to get better because I do not want to be sniffy on the airplane next weekend.
Today I have a creation I was really excited to show you but actually all that changed once I saw the pictures. I'm so sorry about the state of my nails, the crappy nail polish remover I am currently using is leaving my nails looking a mess so I apologize for the terrible clean up around my nails!




For this manicure I started with two coats of Barry M's 'Pearl' (Yes, again. Really.) I then used tape to create two diagonal sections and applied Barry M's 'Peach Melba' and Essence's 'That's What I Mint'. In hindsight I should have started with perhaps the peach or the mint so my lines would be neater. I then used Model's Own's 'Grey Day' to stamp MoYouNail's 128 plate to add the chevron pattern. On my ring finger I added a little of Essie's 'Set In Stones' to the tip and added a square/diamond stud.

I'm really feeling this manicure for spring. My weather detector seems to be so backwards doesn't it? Something about these colours just makes me so happy – If only it had been a neater manicure.

What do you think of this pastel combo with chevrons?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Love
Ithi

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Glitzy Rainbows

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Allo polish Pals!
Hope you are having a lovely day so far? I'm in one of those frantic painting modes, there is nail polish everywhere as I am panicking to create posts for while I am in England (Not long now!) but today I thought I would continue with the brightening of moods while the weather is gloomy, so lets have some rainbows, shall we? This was one of my ideas the other night as I struggled to sleep. It didn't come out quite how I imagined, in fact... I planned it to be a lot more arty and abstract with patterns in the clouds but this is the end result. Please excuse my cuticles... *Hides face in shame*



On all my nails I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Pearl' (I'll be needing a new bottle soon, I love this polish for so many nail art ideas!) I then created a really random gradient using China Glaze's 'Something Sweet' , 'As Light As Air', Barry M's 'Peach Melba', Picture Polishes 'Sky', Essie's 'Mint Candy Apple' and finally Sinful Colors ' Unicorn'. I then applied Collistar's glitter (I wish I had used a larger glitter.) and painted my rainbows and clouds using acrylic. I topped it all off with OPI's top coat.

What do you think about rainbow nail art? Do you like it or do you prefer less colours to your manicure?

I hope you have a lovely evening!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 24 November 2014

HD Nails: #20 Swatch & Review ★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I have a question for YOU. Do you ever get nail art ideas at night? Last night I might of got just shy of two hours sleep but while I was unwillingly awake...BAM! I had idea's coming out all over the place. I actually had to get my phone and write them down! I'm looking forward to trying some of the idea's out tonight.

How is your weather where you are? - Do you feel those winter nights pulling in already? Holland seems to be getting quite a bit colder now so I decided for today's post I'd look into my archive of swatches and I found something to brighten and warm us all up!
This is HD Nail Polish #20, one of the polishes my Mum picked up for me while she was in Greece.


Colour ~ #20 is a gorgeous bright sunshine yellow. If I had to name this polish (just because numbers instead of names make me a little sad) then how about 'What's Up Buttercup?'.

Application ~ Application is actually great with this polish, it has a medium sized flat brush which meant it applied very neatly. I applied three coats, on the first coat it was a little uneven which also happened on the second coat. By the third coat it had completely self levelled and with a top coat left a beautiful flawless look - However... the dry time was perhaps the only let down. Because you need to layer this polish it can become quite tacky and time consuming to dry completely. Patience needed!

Texture ~ The texture of this polish is quite thick which means be steady of how much your carrying on the brush but if you do that you'll end up with a really beautiful glossy finish.

★★★/5 Now... I absolutely love this shade, it makes me really happy to wear this on my nails. If your a huge fan of yellow polishes and you don't mind waiting around for some dry time action to happen then I do recommend this. I would say it is worth it but its not for those who want to paint and go.

What do you think of this eye catching yellow? Do you prefer to go for pastel yellows or bright yellows?


Have a lovely evening my beauties!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 21 November 2014

Whimsical Water Colour

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Are you ready for the weekend? What fun things do you have planned? I'm looking forward to my phone call night – Fridays are my weekly catch up night with my sister which is always nice. I think I'll be having a swatchy-kind of weekend too so I have plenty of posts to share with you once I am in England! Today I have a water colour manicure to show you. I was actually inspired by HGNailDesign so please be sure to check out her blog, she has a wonderful tutorial for 'Bokeh' nail art. This was my first time using watered down acrylics and I really loved the out come!

On all my nails I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Pearl' (My favourite white with a silk finish)
Once this was dry I began to dab on some very watery acrylic paint with a cotton bud. I then used a wet cotton bud to go back over the colour which left a very pretty whimsical coloured pattern. I then decided I need more! More, more, more! I added a half border to my nails with black and added some dots and alternated with purple and aqua gems. I finished it all off with a top coat.

What do you think of this manicure? Have you tried the water colour technique before?

Have a fantastic weekend, my friends!
Love
Ithi

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Oh My... Gold!

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Allo polish Pals!
Happy mid week to you all, How are you doing? This week I feel so jumbled up with my days, I'm hoping the next couple of weeks go fairly fast as I can't wait to go to England. I'm already getting impatient! I have a very quick and simple manicure for you today, nothing too fancy. If I am honest I was pretty much just playing around when I created this. I'm having quite a thing for letters on nails, I tried to copy a font but I actually couldn't tell you which one I copied now... Opps!




Sunday, 16 November 2014

Ultra Thin Charming 3D Nail Decorations: Cupids - 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've had a lovely weekend, did you get up to much? Its been pretty wet and gloomy here in south Holland. Yesterday I did three miles in the rain – I'm not a big fan of rain but it was still nice to get outside and it means I completed the entire week of a challenge I am doing. Today I have another item to show you from The Born Pretty Store, this time I have a 30 piece set of ultra thin charming 3d nail decoration in Cupids.
 
For a 10% discount on all Born Pretty Store items use the code: 'DRX31' at the checkout.


These small little nail charms come in gold and are approximately 4-6mm in size and fit quite well onto the nail, I would chose to wear these charms on special occasions as the edges of these charms don't quite sit flatly onto the nail. That said I still absolutely love them and think they are really cute – there are so many ways you could wear this. I originally wanted to paint on some clouds but I loved how they looked with a simple ruffian nail also. These are super thin which means they could probably be gently bent to sit completely flat if you have rather curved nails. I liked all the designs in this series, there are also unicorns, snowflakes, reindeer and many more. Such an easy way to add something really special to your manicure.

For this manicure I started with two coats of Color Club's 'Antiqued' and added Barry M's 'Mist' to create my ruffian style. I then sprinkled a couple of pigments on top of this which didn't really show up to well but it left a delicate powder look to the blue.

What do you think of these little cupids, do they get you feeling loved up?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend
Love
Ithi