Friday, 30 January 2015

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

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!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sparkling Dragonflies

Allo polish Pals,
How are you today? I hope your having a good week. I'm still plagued by tiredness which has made me a lot less productive this week then I would have liked. But hey ho, It'll be fine! I've got a nice cup of green tea and its raining outside – I love feeling nice and snug indoors with this weather.
Today I have some Dragonflies for you, I just love dragonflies...but not this manicure.

On all my nails I started with Barry M's 'Meadow' and created a gradient using Hema's Holographic blue polish. For the dragonflies bodies I used Zoya's 'Indigo' and Color Clubs 'Harp On It' for the wings. Here is where I was perhaps a bit stupid.. I used a grey copic marker pen for a slight outline on the wings when perhaps I should have painted on a grey and dabbed the wings on... Live and learn! I finished up by adding some studs to the dragonflies.

Do you like dragonflies? What do you think of this manicure?

Have a great day, my pretties!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Heavenly Holo With Subtle Stamping

Allo polish Pals!
I hope you are feeling rested and well after the weekend? I have another question for you; Do you ever create a manicure and really really love it? You feel proud of the end result....Until you look at your pictures. Then you begin to doubt the idea behind the manicure and completely change your mind about loving it? I have one of those. I was quite pleased with how this manicure looked on the nails but seeing the pictures has made me hate it. Ah well, you guys can decide what you think about it.

I used three polishes for this design, Color Club's Cloud Nine, Barry M's 'Silk' and 'Heather'. I used Nail Craze stamping plate 02 for a very subtle effect. I added these crosses that I had been wanting to use for quite some time. I'm not sure it 'fits' the look but hmm... I also thought I did a good job at the clean up – until after I saw the pictures. Apologies for the mess.

What do you think of this manicure? Love it or hate it, like I do?

Have a great day!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sinful Colors: I'm So Nude Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
Happy weekend to you all, do you have any nice plans? Today is party day in this house, celebrating the birthday of my Dutch mother-in-law and sister-in-law so the house will be full. So today to give myself a little break (and less panicking to get some nails finished) I have a swatch I did ages ago – Look, even my old nail shape! So excuse how different my nails look here.
This is 'I'm So Nude' by Sinful Colors.

Colour ~ 'I'm So Nude', as the name suggests is a gorgeous creamy nude with a slight peachy tint. It has made its appearance on the blog a few times as it is a great base colour for nail art.

Application ~ I had no real issues with applying this polish however it is quite thick/creamy so be aware of how much polish you have on your brush. It is easy to end up with too much and having a very thick looking nail. If you keep this in mind you can end up with a beautiful manicure and a very flawless finish. Dry time is not too bad either.

Texture ~ This is a crème and is pretty workable with application.

★★★★/5 I really like this as a full opaque nude polish. If you want something more natural I would suggest trying China Glaze's 'Nude'. For girls like me who want a nude looking polish but have stained nails this is a brilliant choice. I actually love how it looks on my nails.

Do you have an all time favorite nude nail polish? What do you think about this shade from Sinful colours?

Have a great weekend my friends!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

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

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing today? Today I have a beautiful shade from Barry M to share with you,
I actually picked this one up at the airport when on our way back to Holland. Mr Bravo has a great philosophy that purchasing polish at the airport will help cheer me up after saying goodbye to my parents – It is partly true. Seeing colours and making decisions does give me something to take my mind off things but of course I still miss them. I've been really excited to try this polish out and show you! This is Damson from Barry M's Gelly range.

Colour ~ Damson is a beautiful medium violet. True, it is incredibly pigmented and blue looking but its not entirely 'blue', I do see a slight hint of purple lurking in there!

Application ~ I've never had a single problem with any of the Gelly range and Damson was no exception, I applied two coats and finished with Barry M's top coat. No streaks thanks to the Gelly's wonderful self leveling qualities, no bubbles. Just a flawless looking finish. The dry time is also superb for its texture – That's another reason why I love to use the Gelly's in my nail art.

Texture ~ Typical of the Gelly range this polish is medium thick in consistency but dries very smoothly into a high gloss finish – even before adding the top coat.

★★★★★/5 Saw it, needed it, wanted it. GOT IT. And I am so happy I did. To some this may just be 'blue' but I can tell you it stands for itself amongst my collection of blue polishes. It's got a little tint of something special that makes it irresistible to myself. If you love blues and don't have this in your collection I suggest grabbing it!

How would you describe this blue, do you see a purple tint too, or am I crazy?

Have a great day!


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Amazing Floral And Bird Decals - The Born Pretty Store Review

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

 Allo polish Pals! How are you doing today? I'm about to flop! I pushed myself this morning by doing four miles of cardio/walking high intensity interval training (or Hiit) Phew, it was hard work but I feel good for achieving it! Today I have another set of water decals to show you from The Born Pretty Store; These are 'Amazing floral and birds pattern'.

Don't forget you can get a 10% discount on all items from The Born Pretty Store - Use the coupon code: DRX31

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Purple And Green ~ Inspired By A Dress

Allo Polish Pals!
How are you enjoying your weekend? Let me ask you something; What do you think of purple and green together? I guess this is something I've always been on the fence about, it took me long enough to get over pink and green and even then I think it has to be the right sort of shades. Today's manicure is inspired by *this* dress on Pinterest.

I used just three shades for this manicure, using Barry M's 'Plum' and 'Coconut' and Essie's 'Mint Candy Apple'. I originally wanted to do a gradient with all three of the colours but it just wasn't happening. Instead I decided to split the colours up into block coloured stripes and used coconut mixed with the two shades to create some slightly lighter tones. I finished this up with a simple taped gradient and added some silver studs.

What do you think of this manicure? Are you afraid to mix these colours?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Full Water Decals: Glittering Sand Pattern - The Born Pretty Store Review

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

Allo polish Pals!
Hope you've had a lovely week – yay for the weekend! I'm still all upside down and feeling a little home sick but I guess there's nothing better then to keep busy. I've really been quite weird on the nail front too, I'm so unsure of everything I create. But at least I have some more water decals to show you. These are a full sheet of water decals from the one and only Born Pretty Store. The ones I selected, are really quite interesting!

Perfect gradient for those with longer nails.
Don't forget you can get a 10% discount on all items at The Born Pretty Store when you use the coupon code: DRX31

I've explained quite a few times now how to apply water decals so I am going to assume we all know the technique? If not, let me know and I'll explain it further ~ No trouble, my friends!

The water decals I chose have a really interesting pattern, quite unlike anything I had seen before in terms of water decals. It looks to me like glittering sand, large pieces of shiny glass and glass hearts laying on the sand. Several of the decals even have a sand to blue gradient going on which is really pretty – I'm not displaying this since I did the dreadful task of having to go short on my nails.

I'm going to say... These are not my most favorite ever decals from The Born Pretty Store. I mean, they are totally gorgeous in the packet but I feel like they just don't 'make sense' on my nails. This is of course just my opinion and if you really like those artistic looking decals you will enjoy wearing this! With the appearance taken into consideration I have nothing really bad to say about these decals because just like the other decals from the born pretty store they are just a breeze to apply. I would say I find them easier to apply onto long nails – maybe that's just me. I did say I've been a bit backwards!

What do you think of these beachy/sand water decals? Have you tried decals from The Born Pretty Store?

Have a great day,

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Nude Sparkle Meets Black & White

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Sorry for my short absence, I'd like to say I am all settled back in to my Holland life but I'm just not. The puppy grew a lot in five weeks, she's gorgeous. The only sucky thing for me is that even though she has a huge sleeping pillow in our room she is jumping on me all through-out the night so I am so exhausted... I have for you today a manicure I did while I was still in England – excuse the bumps on my nails, I still had my nail rehab tea bags on!

This manicure looks so terrible, I know. But I'm in such a mani-mojo-lacking position right now...And I still wanted to share something with you guys. For this manicure I used only a few polishes, Barry M's 'Matte White', Yes Love's 'Black', Sinful Colors 'Nude' and finally OPI's 'Snowflakes In the Air'. I finished off with a heart, a simple cloud design as acrylic borders.

What do you think of this mix-match manicure? How do you feel about cloud designs?

Have a great evening, Hopeully I'll have something more interesting to show you soon!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Full Colourful, Fantasy Water Decals Review - Born Pretty Store


Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? This is a scheduled post from me today as I'll be flying back home to Holland on Sunday afternoon and I feel its important to make the most of my time left with my family – I'll be back in the week! I'm sorry I am behind on my commenting, I am going to catch up when I am back I recently decided to redeem my saved up points at the Born PrettyStore, wahoo mini haul! So today I have decided to show you these really interesting water decals. They come in varying patterns but I decided to try a rainbow gradient decal which looks like bokeh. Don't forget you can get a 10% discount on all the items from the store when you use the coupon code: DRX31

First of all I'll start by saying that I am no new comer to water decals and in fact I love the simplicity of their application when I want a fast but beautiful manicure. I was drawn to this pattern instantly, how could I not be? I love rainbows, I love bokeh patterns. It was an obvious choice for me to pick. Read on for my review!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Catrice: Alluring Red Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I'm doing ok. Unluckily for me my body decided to throw an eye infection at me during my last week home in England. I swear sometimes I have the worst luck! My next few posts will be scheduled posts as I'll be flying home to Holland on Sunday. It really feels that five weeks has flown by. It's going to be hard going back even though I am looking forward to see my Dutch family too. Today I have a Catrice polish to show you; This is 'Alluring Red'. Also, this picture was in my archives so please excuse how different my nails look back then, I've gone round again since this picture :)

Colour ~ Alluring red is a gorgeous, cool toned vibrant berry red with a metallic finish.

Application ~ One of my favorite red polishes to apply, Alluring red is really easy to apply and dries incredibly fast. Even though it is a metallic polish I found my end result to have minimal streak marks from the brush – huurah!

Texture ~ I would describe this polish to have a slightly watery consistency which is common with metallics, because of this it is really easy to build up your last fast due to the quick dry time.

★★★★★/5 I love this red, considering I am not the biggest red fan I find Alluring Red to be extremely flattering. I love the dry time and the high gloss finish is just beautiful, it almost looks classy. If your red collection is lacking like mine I highly suggest you get your hands on this one if you can! 

What do you think of this berry bright red? Do you have a firm fave red in your collection?

Have a great night!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Sweetie Water Marble

Allo polish Pals,
How are you doing today? I hope you had a great weekend? I had a lovely time with my family, playing cards and being merry. Today however I have woken up with one eye completely puffed up – why? No idea! I may need to fit in a doctors appointment into my baby sitting schedule today. Anyway, today I have my first water marble of the year and I was actually pleased with how it turned out; The clean up doesn't look quite to my perfection standards and please excuse my weird index nail, its currently in nail rehab with a tea bag on it!

For this manicure I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Matte White' and used the following polishes for my marble, Barry M's 'Rose Hip', 'Huckleberry' and Sally Hansen's 'Purple Heart'. I finished it off with some white dots and one of my Born Pretty Store studs (I will take any excuse to wear these!) I finished off with OPI's top coat.

What do you think of my light pastel water marble? Are you a fan of water marble nails?
Have a great day!

Friday, 2 January 2015

Blue, Grey And Green Organized Bling

Allo polish Pals!
I hope you all had a fantastic New Years? Did you do anything special? We had a pretty quiet night but it was actually really nice :) I started the new year off in good spirit and have already worked out twice – go me! Tonight I am going out with Mr Bravo and my sister and brother in law; Mr Bravo has some new swanky darts he wants to test out so we will be going out to the pub; I'm looking forward to going out. Today I am sharing with you a design I did a few days ago, I think its a bit odd actually... But I'll let you decide!

For this manicure I began with George's 'Oh La la' on my index and ring finger, I then created a gradient using Essie's 'Chinchilly' (Oh my word, so much love!) and added a small sequin (glequin?) to the top of the nail. On my remaining nails I created a diagonal blocked colour look using striping tape and the previous nail polishes – On the tips I used Tip Top Nails 'Jazzberry Blue'. I finished these nails off by applying more of the sequins around my nail.

I do wish I had got my sequins applied in a more neater and uniform way but I quite enjoyed wearing this manicure, even if only for a day or so! I think my gradient could have been smoother too but ah well :)

What do you think of this grey, green and blue mixture? Do you like adding borders to your nails?

Have a great day, my beautiful nail friends!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year From Ithinity Beauty!

Allo polish Pals!

And happy new year to you all! I hope you will all have a fantastic night celebrating the new year coming in – do you have any plans? I've really surprised myself as I am so excited for 2015 – I'm full of positive energy and I know this will be a great year in many ways. Here's my positive attitude: I will achieve the things I wish to, lets all work hard this year for the things we want!

 Lets share, Do you have any resolutions?

Here are my resolutions/Agreements with myself for this year.

  1. This time next year I will be at my goal weight – Since I started getting serious about it in September I have already lost a stone so I will keep working hard, enjoying the working out and progress forward. Since I have already lost some weight I know I can do it
  2. My Dutch will improve. It has to and I am determined to work really hard. I'm not good at forced studying but I know I need to do this for myself.
  3. Keep up with my good sleeping pattern. I'm curious to see this one happen – When I am in England I find it easy to go to bed early and to be up bouncing around at 7am. In Holland it seems a lot harder if there are things to do but I am going to do this!
  4. No more evil food: There are a lot of things I can not eat since it makes me very sick. I spent a lot of 2014 feeling sick. I hate to be a bother so I just eat what everyone else is eating even if I am not supposed to.... That's going to change. I gotta look after myself.
All in All I think these are really achievable and I don't feel I am making unrealistic promises to myself, most of these things will come together in one way or another so I am feeling so optimistic.

For this manicure I began by applying two coats of Rimmel's 'Black Cherry'. Once dried I followed on with a coat of Nicole By OPI's 'Stars At Night' (holo bar glitter) and Rimmel's 'Bedazzle' glitter. I then applied a matte top coat and painted on my numbers and wine glass with Oumaxi Acrylic paint. I finished off by applying OPI's top coat.

Well, my beautiful blogging friends, I wish you a truly wonderful start to 2015, I hope you will all have an amazing and successful blogging year. Lets be our best selves this year! I can't wait to see what designs you will all be sharing in the coming year and I look forward to keeping up with you all. It's crazy to think how long I have known and followed some of your blogs now!

Have a sparkly and exciting new year and stay safe,

So much love, gratitude and happiness for the past year I've shared with you all,

Monday, 29 December 2014

Astra: Fragola (36) - Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
Great to see you again! Tell me, did you have a wonderful Christmas? I really hope you did. I had a lovely time – being surrounded by my family; I can't forget to mention that being with Mr Bravo and my family at the same time just makes me so entirely happy. I also got really treated with nail polish again, My mum has picked some amazing colours which I am excited to share with you soon!

Now – not long until New Years so I need to cram pack this blog and get my routine back on track! Today I am showing you a polish from Astra Cosmetics – this is a polish my mum picked up for me while in Greece and was an unknown brand to me. This is #36 – or 'Fragola'.

I have to explain to you that I am having nail nightmare without my OPI Nail Envy. I currently have two tears in two nails which I am working on and hoping will grow out fast but here are swatches I prepared before we left for England!
Colour ~ Fragola is a gorgeous deep red with a hint of purple, a beautiful warm Burgundy shade. I have to say it reminds me of red wine, don't you think so too?

Application ~ I didn't know what to expect since I had never tried this brand before but I was pleasantly surprised! Application was dreamy and the dry time was really impressive. I applied two coats pretty fast in between and encountered no problems with streaking or bubbling.

Texture ~ I would describe this polish as a medium consistency, with a crème formula. It dries to a highly glossy and beautiful finish.

★★★★/5 Great first impressions from a brand I was not familiar with – if I am ever capable to expand my Astra collection I would in a heart beat, I love how sophisticated and professional the end result looks and the high gloss finish is just to die for.

Do you like deep shades like this? Have you ever tried Astra Cosmetic's products before?

Have a gorgeous day!