Thursday, 26 February 2015

Luminous Glow In The Dark Nail Stickers, Unique Leopards Head Pattern - 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 are all doing well? Thank you everybody for your kind words, I'm feeling a little better today. Reoccurring headaches are the last symptom left and I have been able to be more productive today which always makes me feel better. I hate not getting things done! Today I have some nail foil's from The Born Pretty Store to share with you, these are 'Luminous Glow In The Dark NailStickers, Unique Leopards Head Pattern'.

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

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Catrice: C(h)rome, Leon! Swatch & Review ★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your week has had a good start? Just a quick post from me today, I'm really sick at the moment. Somehow I seem to have picked up food poisoning – I'm totally exhausted and a little bit 'out of it'. So if any point I make less sense than usual that will explain it. Today I have Catrice's 'c(h)rome, Leon!' from the previous Chameleon collection.


The colour shift is very slight.
Colour ~ 'C(h)rome, Leon!' is a sweet light peach duochrome that looks slightly green in certain lights. I wouldn't say the colour shift is the most apparent of a duochrome but it is there. It is quite a delicate looking shade. It is also quite on the sheer side so it took me two coats to get full coverage.

Application ~ I have no trouble with application however you may end up with the odd few brush stroke due to its metallic look. I had no trouble with bubbles and the dry time is so-so.

Texture ~ This polish is very much on the watery side and dries to a beautiful metallic finish.

★★★/5 There's nothing really wrong with this polish, so perhaps its just me. I love the summery peach glow to this polish but I am not sure about how I feel about the green tint at times. If your a huge fan of duochromes I wouldn't urge you to go out and grab this. You can certainly get more 'full on' duochromes for your money.

What do you think of this peachy duochrome? Did you pick up any of the Chameleon polishes?

Have a great night,
I'm going to rest up well so I can get back to some fun nail art!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Lovely Mixed Star And Moon Stamping Plate: BP-49 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!
Happy Sunday to you all, are you having a great weekend? I love lazy Sunday's and that exactly what I plan to have today. Of course, a lazy Sunday can only get better with some nail art fun!
Today I have another stamping plate from The Born Pretty Store to show you. This is plate BP-49.



Friday, 20 February 2015

Starry Patttern Full Nail Wraps - The 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, are you looking forward to the weekend? Its gloomy here in Holland today and all I really feel like doing is getting back under the blankets! Still, the housework wont do itself! (If only!) Today I have some beautiful nail wraps to show you from The Born Pretty Store. These are 'Starry fullpatterned sticker' nail wraps.



Don't forget you can get a 10% discount on all items from The Born Pretty Store when you use the code DRX31

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Kinda Paisley Freehand Design.

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Today we are off to visit Mr Bravo's Nan which is always nice. I help out by cleaning and doing any odd chores she needs. We always have a yummy meal and leave feeling very full! Oh, and she always remembers that I like wine! Today I have a freehand design for you, I didn't use a specific pattern for this manicure but its loosely based on the paisley design. 


I started by using two coats of Barry M's 'Truffle' and created everything else using my Bamboo detailing brush and a dotting tool. I used Oumaxi acrylic paints for this design. There's not really much else to tell you about with this design.

What do you think of my 'kinda paisley' manicure? Have you worn a paisley design before?

Have a beautiful day!
Love
Ithi

Monday, 16 February 2015

Essence: Miss Universe Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!

How are you today? Have you had a good and productive start to the week? I started my fitness mission again after taking a week off (I did something weird to my foot) and I am so happy I did it. I wasn't curled up on the floor crying at the end which is a good sign! Today I have a polish to show you which I was supposed to show a couple months or so ago. Somehow I got side tracked by pretty things and nail art so today, finally, here is Essence's 'Miss Universe'.



Saturday, 14 February 2015

Black Roses And Hearts

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Allo polish Pals!
Happy Valentine's day to you all! I hope you have a great day even if you celebrate or not. I can't say I'm really making a big fuss out of today and I'm secretly glad the Valentine's manicures will be over with (I sound like Scrooge, huh?) I have a very simple manicure for you today featuring black rose decals from The Born Pretty Store. I do think these decals are no longer on sale, sadly.
 

For this manicure I used two coats of China Glaze's 'Something Sweet' and applied Barry M's 'Rose Quartz' on top. I then applied my decals and added a few little sequin hearts here and there. Simple, maybe too simple for my liking but I just wasn't feeling the theme!

What do you think of this sequin and decal combination? Do you love seasonal/holiday nail art?

Have a great Valentine's Day!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 12 February 2015

I Met My Valentine At Midnight

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Can't believe its almost the end of the week again! Today I have my first Valentines Day manicure to share with you. I'll be honest... I wanted to be fancy which didn't work out too well for me. Do you have any plans for Valentine's Day? Its not really one of my favorite 'Holidays' and the idea of keeping up with manicures for this occasion has me wanting to head butt a wall! Haha...



For this manicure I began with two coats of Fearne's 'Night Owl'. Once dry I applied OPI's matte top coat and began creating hearts using my Oumaxi acrylic paints. I also added some small dots in between using Orly's 'Rose'. I then used an old brush to apply nail glue to the center of the hearts on my index and ring finger. Once the glue was transparent I laid some pinky/gold foil on top and gently rubbed it with a Qtip. I then peeled the foil off. I personally love how my ring finger turned out... the index finger sort of cracked (I guess it adds effect..?)

What do you think of this Valentines Day Manicure? Do you prefer unusual colours or brighter, more pinky/red manicures for this occasion?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Essie: Leading Lady Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Did you week get off to a good start? I sure hope so. I know I am really behind with the avalanche of Valentine's Day manicures... If I'm honest I find those kind of manicures just uninspiring to create but I will get a couple in this week. Today I am showing you a red glitter from Essie, this is 'Leading Lady'.



Sunday, 8 February 2015

Pinky Princess Punk, Skull Candy!

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Allo polish Pals!
Hope your having a great weekend? Did you get up to anything fun? Today I have a really... over the top manicure to share with you. Just remember, I warned you! I wanted to create something really bright, this isn't my favorite manicure of all time but it delivered the over top look I felt like creating.
I used a mixture of 2mm shaped studs from The Born Pretty Store (excluding the stars) which are on sale right now for just $0.99

On all my nails I applied two coats of Barry M's 'Matte White' and followed by creating a sort of ruffian style – I wanted my ruffian to be centered on one side instead of central – I used Barry M's 'Starlet' (One of my most loved glitters) and created a thin border around it using Oumaxi paint. I then applied a top coat and began sticking random studs from The BornPretty Store to the white part of my nails. On my ring finger I applied two coats of 'Starlet' and created a skull using white paint.

Its pretty... 'in your face' right? Would you wear this many studs in one manicure? Do you prefer subtle manicures or bright and happening manicures?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 6 February 2015

Freehand Acrylic Henna Flowers - BPS Brush Experiments.

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? A while a go (and this is testament of how much I love the Born Pretty Store) treated myself to a few more goodies. Among them was *this* bamboo detailing brush. I got mine for just $1.95. I had been looking for a good brush to do extra small things with and I can tell you I am not disappointed. I'm still getting to learn how to use this brush. In trial and error I discovered that the brush can hold a lot of water if I didn't blot the tip enough but I decided to have an experiment and to share it with you even if the manicure is not so...wow.

Not as neat as I would of liked but that will come with practice I hope :)
I only used one coloured polish for this manicure. I started with my beloved Nail Envy by OPI and applied two coats of Collection's 'Fool's Gold'. I then used OPI's matte top coat and attempted to create a Henna inspired manicure using black acrylic Oumaxi paint and my new brush.


To look at this manicure in person it was quite striking, I thought. However the camera has pointed out so many things I hate about this mani. Still, it was fun to mess around and play with my new brush. We're going to have a lot of fun together.

What do you think of my freehand Henna manicure? Do you have a favorite tool for creating manicures?

Have a great start to your weekend!
Love
Ithi

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Press Release: New Year Hue With Pure Ice

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Its snowy here, well... More like a little sprinkling of the white stuff, anyway! Perfect weather to show you the new 2015 collection from Pure Ice. The new collection contains eight new dazzling polishes; Three colour tints and a matte top coat. In the words of Pure Ice this collection contains 'A little bit of grit and lots of glam!' ~ Sounds exciting doesn't it?


Blue HueRosy GlowPurple Haze



Frost FinishDoll FaceFlawlessWhats The SplatterPoppin' Bottles


Here are some more details about the products in this collection:

Top, left to right
Blue Hue – Blue glitter hint.
Rosy Glow – Pink glitter hint.
Purple Haze – Purple glitter hint.

Bottom, left to right
Frost Finish – A mattifying top coat.
Doll Face – A soft crème peach.
Flawless – A light frosted gold with a metallic finish.
What's The Splatter – A clear polish with black and white hex shaped glitter.
Poppin' Bottles – A silver pearl containing silver hex glitter with a gold iridescent finish.

These polishes are available now.
Good news for American readers, these polishes are currently available at selected Walmart's so and retail for $1.97 each. Pure Ice are currently working on a new version of their website so keep checking in at PureIceCosmetics.com and be sure to check out their Facebook page

Have you tried Pure Ice nail polishes yet? Which of these polishes grabs your fancy?
I'm lemming for the glitter hues! Don't they look like they'd be so much fun for nail art!

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Flowers And Flakies

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Thank you for answering my previous post question, it was really fun to see what polishes you are wanting to add to your collections :) Today I have a one stroke flower manicure for you. I had to throw in some flakies... I just had to!


For this manicure I began with two coats of 'Aruba Blue' on all my nails. Once dried I applied Nubar's '2000' for some extra oompfh! I then created my flowers using a small squared brush and two shades of pink. They are not the best...but I'm not the best at one stroke – but its fun to try! I went over the edges of my flowers using the darkest pink to design the flowers more. I am still wondering if I should have outlined them in black? I finished it all off with Barry M's top coat.

What do you think of this flower and flakie combo? Have you had a chance to try the 'once stroke' technique?

Have a great day!
Love
Ithi

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Welcome To Happy Hour!

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Allo polish Pals!
Lets do a little Sunday imagery, shall we? You walk into my bar and see every brand of nail polish you can think of, with every single shade the brand has ever produced. There are new collections, discontinued collections. Drinks, whatever you chose are entirely free and its time for Happy Hour! My happy hour lets you pick any three nail polishes from any brand or collection for £2. Or $2. Or 2 Euro, whatever your currency is, imagine it is so. What polishes are you dying for?!

I pick OPI's 'Breathe Life' from a previous collection (discontinued I believe, it was my first 'serious' polish.) I then move onto Parrot Polish and take 'Mary Mark Read' because... It's freaking beautiful! Finally I walk over to the ILNP stand and pick up 'Rehab' for all my holographic needs.



For this manicure I used two coats of Essie's 'Beyond Cosy' and created my letters using Oumaxi acrylic paints. It may seem like a really random idea for nail art but the raw idea came from * this * pin on Pinterest.

Your turn, you don't have to name three polishes, even just one is good. I'm just interested to see what you guys are lemming for!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Love
Ithi

Friday, 30 January 2015

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

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Allo polish Pals!
Happy weekend to you all :) I feel like I am saying that every two days, gosh the weeks are flying by fast! Yesterday I had a really lovely surprise from my sister in law (who is really just the most beautiful person in every way) who bought me six new Essie polishes! Of course I want to try them all at once but I decided to show you Recessionista which is a colour that takes me out of my comfort zone!