Saturday, 29 April 2017

Chic Flower Water Decals - Born Pretty Store Review

*This post contains and item(s) that was provided for reviewing purposes however I will as always give my full, honest and unbiased opinion.

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today, I hope your weekend is taking a fabulous start. Do you have anything nice planned?

All the guys are out at a darts game today so the house will be nice and quiet, I always take advantage of this time to get things done around the house and of course some nail art time.
I'm also really looking forward to working out today as I had to have a rest day yesterday which left me feeling lazy and fidgety all day!

Today I have some water decals to share with you from the Born Pretty Store, these are '2Patterns Chic Flower Nail Art Water Decals – BP-W10' and I thinkthey are super for spring/summer! 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Colourful Freehand Jazz Nails

Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope this week has been going well for you so far.

I've been feeling super, I've so much more energy since I started working out and taking better care of myself. I feel so much more positive, its great what a good pattern can do for you! I'm literally just enjoying everything, I look forward to going to *early* bed so I can get up and have tomorrow!

Today's nails are again prompted by the weekly challenge over at Tiny Canvas. This time our theme was Jazz. In case you didn't know (and it is pretty random, so I forgive you if not!) April 30th is international jazz day.

At this point my mind did an absolute blank and I had no idea what to paint; And then.. I turned to myself and said... “Ithi, If Jazz was a colour, what colour would it be?

The answer my friends.. Is.. ALL OF THEM!

While I did this nail art I had access to more space which meant I could leave my light studio intact as I painted. As a result you can see this in different stages of its creation! Wahoo.

Here's some of the pictures taken during this paint session.  Click on them to englarge!

 I decided to go for a really bright and bold background using my 'felt tip pen' brush to add different shades of acrylic paints on top of each other. I really liked how this looked, even on its own! 

I decided to add some pieces of gold leaf/foil to represent the colours of the instruments. I didn't want to go painting them indivudally but I felt like I needed something to represent them still.

Wanna see what did I use to create this nail art? 

This is what I call my typical line up for anything containing rainbows! I can't help it, guys. Its an addiction. Rainbows, rainbows, more rainbows!!

What do you think of my colourful jazz nail art? Have you created music nails before, if so was it for a select genre? - Also let me know if you want me to do more posts like this.

Thank you all for visiting, I hope you have a wonderful day! :) Don't forget to let me know what you think of this nail art. I'll catch you again on Saturday!


Monday, 24 April 2017

Gold Chrome Powder & Soak Off Gel Top Coat Born Pretty Store Review

*This post contains an item(s) that was sent for reviewing purposes however I will as always give my full, honest and unbiased opinion.

Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you had an amazing weekend, did you do anything special?
I basically just carried on as I have been! Walking outside a lot and working out hard. I've actually really been enjoying my exercise.

Today I am excited to get some nice fresh vegetables to test out my new steamer! - That makes me feel really old and a little sad, haha. Take happiness where you can, my friends!

Today I have another item from the Born Pretty Store to share with you, this is “2Pcs/setShinning Mirror Nail Glitter Powder & 5ml Top Coat Nail ArtChrome Pigment Glitters” and I'll be showing you the gold powder...Baaaling bling!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Born Pretty Holo Nail Polish in #6 - Born Pretty Store Review

Allo polish Pals! 

How are you all doing today? I hope you are looking forward to a fun weekend?
I don't have any plans but I feel fine with that this week. I feel like going wherever the weekend takes me!

I have to say a huge thank you to all your concerns and kind words regarding my 'pre-diabetic diagnosis'. There was some really sweet comments and I promise you all I am taking good care of myself now. If I am really honest I hadn't taken care of myself after what happened at the beginning of the year, I was skipping meals and not always eating the right things (Bad, bad, do not copy this example) but I had started to get myself together before my trip home and I am now doing tons of active things and eating really healthy which my body feels so thankful for. I will have to go back for another test in three months but I feel positive I can change the out come. :)

Today I have a holographic nail polish in #6 to share with you from The BornPretty Store. I think I've gotten a little better at photographing holo polishes, thank goodness for the sun! 

This nameless but numbered (#6) polish is a beautiful warm golden peachy champagne shade with a very strong holographic effect. I'd say this is perfect for those who want warmer shades but don't like an overly flashy solid gold colour.

This is a 6ml sized nail polish so you could consider this to be a mini bottle.
The polish itself is in fact very sheer and I did have to apply four coats to achieve full opacity however it is fast drying and it took me no time to build up the coats. I wore this polish for around four days (blimey, that's like a month in Ithi years) and protected it with my Pro-FX top coat and had no chipping or obvious wear.

Conclusion? I absolutely love it. If I wasn't frequently taking my nail polish on and off I could see this sitting on my nails for ages. Its a very flattering shade, even when not in direct sunlight. The holo pops out beautifully from the delicate base and overall it makes me think of fine weather - summer nails, anyone?

What do you think of this peachy holographic polish? Do you own any Born Pretty Store Holo's?

Have an amazing weekend, guys! I hope you get up to all sorts of fun adventures!
Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me, I'll catch you again on Monday.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Freehand Barbershop Quartet Penguin Nail Art

Allo polish Pals!

How ya doing on this wonderful Wednesday? I hope you are doing just dandy.

I've been keeping very active and super busy since I got back in the Netherlands, my step count has been around the 15k mark each day which makes me happy.

Today's nail art probably doesn't need any fanning. The theme for the weekly challenge over at Tiny Canvas this week is Penguins.

I'm not quite sure where the idea came from but I really wanted to paint some plump little chicks in barbershop quartet outfits! So thats what I do'ed. Yes I said Do'ed.  Sadly I sorta rushed these as they were my last nail art while I was in England.

For this manicure I began with my OPI Nail Envy base coat and once dry applied two coats of Maybelline's 'Dusty Rose' which came in a 'blush' duo my mum spoilt me with. I added a thin coat of my Pro-FX top coat to create a nice smooth barrier and began to move onto my freehand, creating white egg shapes to form the bodies of my penguins. Next I added all the details using my fave 'WhatsUp Nails' brush.

If I am entirely honest this manicure was a little rushed.. I think that's pretty obvious. I was excited to go spend time with my family so for that reason we'll overlook the sloppiness. Family First!

Because there were only four penguins I decided to add some musical notes on top because.. what else? I debated fish but I thought that would be too reminiscent of my first penguin nail art.

What do you think of my singing penguins, what songs do you think they sing? Have you created penguin nail art before?

Have a lovely day my dears! Thank you for visiting! I'll be back on Saturday for some more nail art fun.


Monday, 17 April 2017

Freehand Little Red Riding Hood Nail Art

Allo polish Pals!
I hope you are all doing super, super, super! Are ya?
I'm back in Holland! I had a great time at home although I did find out I am pre-diabetic which was..well. Quite a shock, however on the plus side finding out this now is a good thing as I can totally make changes to reverse this.

I'm actually really happy with the nail art I am going to share with you today. I had had this idea in my mind for a couple of years but I kept putting it off as I didn't think I do my idea justice.. well. It was time to come back to it and give it a fair go!

I wanted to create a very dark looking version of the Little Red Riding Hood; I don't think she has any idea he's slinking along behind her, do you?

I used OPI's Nail Envy for my base coat and applied two smooth coats of Barry M's 'White' nail polish for my painting canvas. I added a thin coat of my Pro-FX top coat as a nice anchor for my acrylic to stick to.

For this manicure I played heavily with black and white acrylic paint, doing my best to mix all the shades of grey in between to create strong contrasts. Of course I needed a few flecks of red here and there.

I don't think my wolf looks particularly scary but he is pretty big, I think i'd have a fright if I turned around and saw him following me. He's pretty fluffy though so I'd probably try and hug him!

Have you done any fairytale nail art? Would you be scared of this wolf?

Have a beautiful day, my friends. Thank you so much for taking time to come visit me and my nails! I'll catch you again onWednesday :)


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Freehand Cadbury Cream Egg Nail Art With 3D Gel Drips & Spoon

Allo Polish Pals!
I hope you are having an awesome day! Do you have anything nice planned over the weekend? Are you celebrating Easter in any way, or is it just a normal Sunday for you?

Sometimes holidays can be hard to post as I hate the idea of upsetting people who may believe in different religions. I'm absolutely not religious but I hate the idea of offending people..

So today I am going down the chocolate route and actually giving myself a taste of nostalgia as I used to eat Cadbury Cream Eggs when I was a child, I would get so excited when the shops would start selling them. I can't really eat chocolate any more nor would I really enjoy eating it but I thought it would make a fun idea for nail art!

For this design I began by using my OPI 'Nail Envy' base coat. Next I applied two coats of Probelle's 'Textured Purple' polish to all my nails. I then used my brushes and acrylic paints to paint the freehand Cadbury cream eggs and ruffian in white and yellow around my cuticles.

I then took a little of my Bluesky gel polish to create some 3D drips to my middle and ring fingers, once this was cured under my lamp and wiped clean I painted them in white and yellow to look like the sugary yolk. I then used a small amount of top coat to attached the miniature 3D spoon (which actually came with a tiny pot of flocking powder I won – I'd wanted to use it for ages!)
I finished it all off by adding my Barry M 'Matte' top coat.

I'll tell you something – having your nails stuck together makes for really awkward hand poses! I was glad to free them after I'd taken pictures.

What do you think of these totally inconvenient nails? Have you done any egg nails before?
I hope you have a lovely weekend, whatever you have planned. I will see you again on Monday for some more nail art fun!


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Freehand Enchanted Fairy Mushroom Village


Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? Have you had a productive week so far? Tell me one great thing that has happened to you so far, big or small - I think its really good for the soul to pin point the great things, no matter how insignificant they seem.

Today I'll be off to a country side animal park with my sister and her children. I have truly loved all the time I've got to spend with my Niece and Nephew on this stay, they are home for the school holiday so I've had more time with them then usual!

Today's nail art is one that I really enjoyed painting, I had this idea for a mushroom fairy village for a while however my first attempt wasn't quite... right. I painted a blue sky and somehow it just didn't seem to have the magic that I felt the concept deserved. I am really glad I redid it as a night time painting.

There's not much I can really tell you about this nail art, I didn't use anything terribly exciting. I began with my OPI 'Nail Envy' base coat. Once that was dry I moved on to two thin coats of Barry M's 'White' nail polish. I then applied a thin coat of my Pro-FX top coat to create a nice smooth barrier. I used my acrylic paints and best brushes to create my enchanted forest.

If anyone has issue's with the fairies not having faces, you can talk to the hand! If I paint any smaller than that my eyes will fall out and roll off the desk – I don't want that! :P

What do you think of my enchanted fairy village? Have you ever created a scene on your nails before?

Thank you so much for visiting today, I'd love to know your one positive thing from this week so far and of course your thoughts on this nail art! I'll catch you again on Saturday!


Monday, 10 April 2017

Freehand Disney's 'Lumpy' The Heffalump Nail Art

Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you had a fantastic weekend? Did you get up to anything fun?
Me and my sister took the children to a big play park that looks like a pirate ship on Saturday, the weather has been beautiful - it feels like summer is already here! Sunday was pretty dandy too, I got to have one of my Skeebab's (Mum) roast dinner followed by a nice walk in the sunshine and later on I did some painting.

Today's nail art is another manicure inspired by another weekly challenge over at Tiny Canvas! This week our theme is elephants since April 16th is 'Save the elephants day' and rightly so! These beautiful creatures have enough to endure without poachers and hunters.

For this manicure I decided to honour one of my most favourite elephants, Lumpy the Heffalump from Winnie The Pooh. I included a clip in case you've never seen Lumpy before, he is AH-dorable!

The polishes I used for this manicure are Barry M's 'Kiss Me Quick' from the quick dry range 'and Rimmel's 'Peachella'. I wasn't really sure what to pair with my Heffalump so I created some sort of scruffy looking flowers.. er. I finished it all off with my Barry M Matte top coat.

If you guys are noticing my pictures may be looking a little different to usual I do apologise. I've just been gifted a new DLSR and I have little to no experience with this type of camera – I'm also still in England so I don't have my usual photography set up. I am excited to try the camera with my set up at home!

Do you have a favourite elephant character? What do you think of my Heffalump nail art?

Don't forget to enter my international giveaway if you haven't yet!

Have a beautiful day, my friends. Thank you for visiting today. I will be back on Wednesday for some more nail art fun!


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Freehand 'Chillax' Floral & Butterfly Nail Art On Mirror Chrome

Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you had a fantastic week and have lots of great things to look forward to this weekend? I've had so much time to catch up with my Niece, Nephew and my other family members. Today I am going to a big play park with them that looks like a pirate ship!

Today's nail art contains mirror chrome powder, thanks to a very dear and talented friend who sent it for me to try out! This is some what of a miracle because I just could not get it right. Then I discovered I was not supposed to use the sort of gel top coat that needs to be wiped – which is all I had. Due to using the wrong top coat I didn't achieve the full mirror effect.

I still don't have the proper top coat but somehow these came out 'ok-ish' which... with the wrong products.. how!? But OK, It'll do for now!

So I began this manicure by applying my OPI Nail Envy Base and once dry used my Catrice Black Noir Creme polish. I then applied the chrome powder and cured it under my gel lamp for around 30 seconds.

I then removed the tacky layer and created my freehand on top using my acrylic paints – while my mirror isn't perfect I do love how much of an interesting base it created for nail art! I don't think this is one of the best manicure's I've ever created but it was fun to try something new. Once I get the top coat I need I'll be trying it again!

What do you think of this mirror/freehand combination? Have you tried chrome powders yet?

Have a beautiful weekend, my friends. Thank you for visiting, I'll catch you again on Monday.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Freehand Parrot & Feather Nail Art

Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope this weekend has been going great for you so far? Don't forget to enter my giveaway if you have not already, its open internationally so everyone has a chance!
I've been having a great time with my family - I've been doing a lot of babysitting as my Niece is now off school for the Easter break however its not hard work, she may only be six but she's a delight to spend time with and what I love is that she doesn't want to sit in front of the Tv! We've been doing glitter craft projects, board games, playing in the garden!

Today I have another design for you which was created for the weekly challenge over at Tiny Canvas – I love that these prompts are pushing me to do things I might not normally do. I had a whole kafuffle over this week's bird theme – mostly as I tried to paint this just before leaving for my trip home to England.

Eventually I created something I was satisfied with however, tragedy struck. For some reason my top coat looks like it scraped away the acrylic paint.. how... why?! I have come to love and depend on my Pro-FX top coats so I am praying that it is a one off and maybe somehow I made a mistake I don't usually. Weird, right?

I was still really pleased with my parrot though (even though his eye patch had also turned pinky - why?!) so I decided to share it with you guys anyway. I am going to call him Monty :)

I didn't use anything too excited or unusual for this manicure, I began with my Mezmris Nail Lacquer base coat, Armor Up and once dry applied two coats of my Barry M 'White' nail polish. I allowed a little more time to dry and added a thin coat of my Pro-FX top coat to create a nice smooth barrier. I then moved on to my acrylic paints and brushes to create the parrot and details. Finally I finished with another coat of Pro-FX and eventually applied a matte top coat too just for shiz and giggles!

What do you think of my parrot? Have you had any random issues with products you can usually depend on?

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, come say hi in the comments! I hope you have a fantastic day and I'll catch you again on Saturday!


Monday, 3 April 2017

IthinityBeauty's 'Magical Spring Time Giveaway' - Open Internationally.

Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing? I hope you are having a great week so far :)

I told ya I'd have a surprise for you! 

As a little token of pure gratitude for your continuous support and kindness I'd like to host another giveaway – truth be told I'd love do to these every month but alas.. I can not. But right now I can and its INTERNATIONAL, BABY!

This giveaway has a slight holographic/fantasy theme to it. One lucky winner, from anywhere in the world will win the following prizes (also listed below)

The Prizes are:

1. Galaxy/Moon Necklace
2. One round stamping plate (BP -25)
3. One large rectangle unicorn stamping plate - (L045)
4. One fantasy owl/dream catcher decal sheet.
5. One bright rainbow coloured decal sheet.
6. 6 piece false nails – to practice or paint up!
7. Holographic chrome powder.
8. 1 tube holographic nail foil.
9. 1 pot gold foil/leaf (Great for crumbling onto nails)
10. 1 pot silver foil/leave (as above)
11. One large patterned stamper and plastic scraper.

This giveaway runs from 3rd April 2017 until May 3rd 2017 – A winner will be picked at random within 2 days of giveaway ending. If the winner fails to respond to emails after 72 hrs a new winner will be drawn. Please read the terms and conditions stated in the rafflecoptor.

Good luck to everyone – if you follow me on Instagram you'll also see that you can get an extra entry by reposting my giveaway post!

Don't forget to let your friends know too so they have a chance of nabbing some goodies.

Have a beautiful day, my lovelies. Thank you for taking time to visit me! I'll catch you again on Wednesday! 


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Autism Awareness Nail Art With Acrylic-Gradient Hearts

Allo polish Pals!

I hope you are having a great weekend so far :) Are you doing anything fun? Today's my first day in England (I got home around 11pm last night, yay for scheduled posts!) so I'll be catching up with all my family.

Today's post comes from the heart with a lot of love and support. If you didn't know the 2nd of April is Autism awareness day and the month its self. I wanted to create a post for this because I feel like there is still a lot of misconception and old information flying around about Autism.

While I don't think anyone who doesn't have Autism will fully grasp the challenges it can bring to the day to day life of someone with any form of Autism I do believe we have the power to give ourselves as much understanding as possible to make it easier for those who are on spectrum.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Going to England - Freehand Yellow Submarine & Under The Sea Nail Art


Allo polish Pals!

Happy Wednesday to you all, how ya doing? This nail art actually comes a little prematurely as I'm flying home to England on Friday however I didn't want to post this on Saturday.

I am looking forward to two weeks of hugging my family into smithereens, eating my mothers delicious cooking and recharging my human batteries.

If you are not aware by now, I've done several nail art designs about how I travel. I've hung on to the back of an aeroplane, I rode on a whale, in December I flew on a magic carpet.. this time I decided to go by Submarine! ...”♫♪ We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine!”

That octopus really creeps me out!!

I used my Mezmris Nail Lacquer base coat, 'Armor Up' as my nails needed some good loving under this manicure. I then took my Barry M 'White' nail polish and applied two coats for the base of my art – Once dry I added a thin coat of Pro-FX top coat just to create a nice barrier. I then used a mixture of my Christrio, Winstonia and Pure Color brushes to freehand the design. I sealed it all in with two coats of my Pro-FX top coat again. I also ended up testing it in matte by applying a coat of my Barry M matte top coat which I thought suited it much better.
What do you think of my travelling nail art? How should I travel next time?

Thank you for stopping by! I'll catch you again on Saturday when I am in England, prepare yourselves for a surprise post!! Take care!


Monday, 27 March 2017

Freehand Crayola Wax Crayon Nail Art

Allo polish Pals!

I hope you are having a wonderful start to the week and thank you for joining me on it! I am wishing you all a really fun, productive and smashing week, kicking off with lots and lots of beautiful sunshine.

Today's nail art is inspired by another weekly challenge prompt over at Tiny Canvas (Come join if you are looking for a fun, friendly, no drama nail art group!) Our theme this week was Crayola nail art as it is actually 'Crayola Day' on the 31st of March.

I'd have liked to have shared this nail art closer to the date however I've got posts I can not shuffle around!

I've got to thank Crayola because they are probably the first proper art supplies I owned or used (as a kid, obviously) I used to have huge collections of wax crayons and pencils. So thanks Crayola for sparking my creativity at such a young age!

I began with my OPI 'Nail Envy' base coat for this manicure.
This nail art is simply freehand on a base of Barry M's 'White' nail polish. This time I really tried to make it look as though there are shadows underneath the crayons to add more depth and make them look 3D. I finished this one off with my Barry M matte top coat which finished off the job beautifully – I think the matte finish really suits the waxy crayons!

What do you think of this freehand nail art? Did you ever own any Crayola products?

Have a smashing Monday, thank you so much for stopping by. I'll catch you again on Wednesday!


Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Lonely Planet, Bunny & Space Nail Art


Allo polish Pals!

How are you all doing today? Do you have anything nice planned this weekend?
I don't think I'll be up to much, I'm sort of looking to having a quiet one in. Maybe I'll have a swatchy Sunday.

Sometimes I make nail art and while I'm thinking “pretty' nails” - what I'll describe as 'pleasant' art that doesn't really have much substance or meaning behind it. It's literally just 'nice'  to look at without provocking any thoughts.

Sometimes though I love to paint nails that actually have more of a hidden depth to them, a background story even. I'd say the emotion behind this nail art is about being lonely or isolated from everything else. I'm not generally a lonely person but I do miss my family at times. It doesn't always get easier the longer I am away from them so I guess that is kind of where this came from...

There's nothing else on that planet. Just a bunny and a tree. That's gotta be pretty lonely. Poor Bunny.. I wonder if there are other bunnies on the other planets.. Besides that, its still pretty 'pleasant' I guess.

For this manicure I used OPI's 'Nail Envy' base coat and once dry I applied two coats of Barry M's 'White' (Surprise!!) I then used a thin coat of my Pro-FX top coat as a nice smooth barrier. Once this was dry I used my fat old brush (it looks like a felt tip pen..) and created the sky by mixing different shades together and creating the acrylic-gradient. For everything else I used my Christrio and Pure Color Brushes.

What does this nail art make you feel? Are there hidden meanings behind your nail art?

Have a fantastic weekend my friends, Thank you so much for stopping by! Don't forget to say hi in the comments below and let me know what you are up to this weekend :)

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