Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Freehand Kawaii Bear Hamburger Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope the weather is being nice to you. It's been pretty lovely here in the south of Holland, the sun is shining and I love it!

Today's nail art is another prompted by the Tiny Canvas weekly challenge. This time we're creating burger nail art since burger day falls on the 28th of May.

If you've been visiting here for a while you may remember my burger and fries nail art. Since I have already done hamburger nail art before I decided I needed to go in a different direction with this manicure... What better way to go than kawaaaaiii?

You know you want to eat this little bear-burger! (I had to be really careful not to type bear-bugger then..) I bet he would squeak as you go to take a bite. But I bet he tastes good...No! No... he's too cute!

I decided for this manicure that light pastels would be a complete contrast to my previous manicure and I think it works well for this manicure.

For this manicure I used only my OPI Nail Envy base coat, Barry M's 'White' which I completely covered with acrylic paint and my Pro-FX top coat. I eventually added my Barry M Matte top coat which finished off the look perfectly.

Go on, tell me honestly.. would you be tempted to eat him? I wont tell him :P

What do you think of this manicure, do you like kawaii style nail art? What kind of food nails have you worn in the past?

Have a beautiful day my friends, Thank you so much for visiting. I'll be back again on Saturday!

Love,
Ithi

Monday, 22 May 2017

Skull/Floral Rose Water Decals - BeautyBigBang Review

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*This post contains an item(s) that was sent for reviewing purposes however I will as always give my full and honest opinion.
 
Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you had a fantastic weekend :)
Mine was a very quiet one but I got a lot of house work done, found time to work out (weekends tends to turn that upside down) and got myself nice and organised.

Today I have another review for you, I'll be showing you some Skull/Floral Rose Nail Water Decals from BeautyBigBang.com.

I'm just gonna say... out of all the water decal designs I've ever tried, these probably fall into my top 5!

These water decals come in a typical 10x pattern sheet and contain mixed rose and skull patterns. I personally love this design and I was excited to see if they looked as good in person and they totally did, the designs are very clear and crisp. I love the rock/chic vibe that these have and think they could look so cute paired with spiky studs or studded accent nails! I decided to wear each one though just to show you how they looked.

If you've seen me review decals before you'll know that occasionally I'll come across some that are just not wide enough for my thumb nail however I was pleasantly surprised with these!

They are the solid types of decal (white background instead of sheer) so they applied nicely on top of my Barry M White nail polish – which in all honesty was very streaky as I am getting quite low!

I also tried these decals with a scattered holo by applying Polish Me, Royalty's 'Unicornicopia' which looked stunning! However I sort of messed them up while walking Luna before I could get into the sun so I don't have any decent outdoor sunlight pictures to share. I'm sorry!

Overall though I love these decals and think they are SO wearable, wouldn't these be so cute for festival season? Even if you don't feel brave enough to skull-out on every nail they would make badass accents!

What do you think of these skull & floral water decals? Are you a fan of wearing water decals? 

Thank you for visiting, I'll catch you again on Wednesday!


Have a beautiful day,
Love
Ithi

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Freehand Sesame Street's Count Von Count - Vampire Dracula

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you've got something lovely to look forward to this weekend?
I think I'm going to get some time outside in the fresh air, weather permitting! Its been so hit and miss with the weather this week. Hurry up, summer!

Today's nail art is one that comes with fond memories. I don't know about you but maths wasn't my best subject in score... I have always been hopeless with numbers – once, many moons ago when I was in school I got pulled aside as I had all my answers completely backwards. If the answer was 81 I'd written 18! The teacher thought I may have Dyscalculia which is the mathematical version of dyslexia.

Anyway.. There was one time in my life where maths could bring me joy. THANK YOU Sesame Street for making maths and numbers less scary and of course all the lovely, squishy, cuddly friends you introduced me to!

When I found out this weeks challenge over on Tiny Canvas had the theme Dracula I knew I had to pay homage for my first ever maths teacher Count Von Count! Also, the reason for this weeks theme is because Dracula day falls on the 26th of May – Yeah.. I'm a bit early but hey :)


I'm a bit 'eeeeh' with my Count, I really wanted him to be spot on and I can see things that are just 'not right' that don't make him look identical.. but I tried.

For this manicure I used a polish besides white, BAHAHA. Can you believe it? I swear, no lies!
I used my usual OPI Nail Envy base coat and once dry applied two coats of Catrice's 'Must-Have STEELetto' – a perfect and silvery lilac. I thought this would be a great contrast against other purples. I attempted to create a swirly gradient and of course painted Count Von Count himself.

I finished it all off with my PRO-FX top coat and eventually my matte top coat.

What do you guys think of my Count Von Count? Who was your fave Sesame Street friend?


Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! Thank you so much for visiting :) I'll catch you again on Monday!



Love,
Ithi

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

2 Manicures In 1 Post! Holograpghic Laser Stripes Nail Art Glitter Sequins - BeautyBigBang Review

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*This post contains an item(s) that was supplied for reviewing purposes however I will as always give my full and honest opinion.
 
Allo polish Pals!

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

Today I have another product from BeautyBigBang.com to share with you, these are LaserStripes Holographic Round Thin Sequins Nail Decorations. Basically.. really small cute studs with a line of holo running through them.

For this review I have two looks to show you! Why? Because I was highly dissatisfied with both of them.. sigh.



 Keep reading, there's another manicure to see!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Freehand African Wild Dog Nail Art - Endangered Species

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Allo polish Pals,

How's your Monday dangling? Dangling instead of hanging, why not mix it up?
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, you know I love to hear what you've been up to!

Today's nail art is once again inspired by the weekly challenge at Tiny Canvas (if you are looking to meet some of the sweetest ladies in the nail community you should join us!)

This week our prompt is endangered animals. You guys know I love animals and painting them so I was excited for this one. Of course there were far too many beauties to choose from, it was really hard to settle on which animal was I was going to paint but I decided to go for an African Wild Dog – I adore these and hadn't realised they are endangered. :(

 I feel like I made a bit of a boo-boo with this design, don't we think his ears should have been rounder and bigger? Ah well.

I also decided to try and create a textured looking fur nail by taking short brush strokes with the colours I used on his fur. I'm not a fan of animal print nail and I know this is a new level of extreme but I think it kinda looks cool... I wouldn't wear this typically but it kinda suits with the theme, don't you think?

For the remaining nails I painted a beautiful blue sky and long tall golden grass as its the sort of environmental habitat associated with them.

What do you think of my African Wild Dog? Are you in any fun nail art groups?

Have a beautiful day my friends, thank you so much for visiting! Catch ya again on Wednesday!



Love,
Ithi

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Chameleon Glitter Paillette Shinning Starry Foils Nail Art Powder

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


Allo poliish Pals!
How are you all doing today? Happy Flappy, fluprin' weekend to you all! - do you feel like you need the weekend right about now? I hope you have something nice planned. I'm looking forward to seeing some of my Dutch family. I think its going to be positively busy which has been the running theme for this week.

Today I am showing you another product from Beautybigbang.com, this is 'Nail ChameleonGlitter Paillette Nail Sequins Shinning Starry Foils Nail Art Powder' in J2106-2C which is a bluey/violet purple/pinky powder – it may remind you of something I used recently but to make this post a little more interesting (Yoda, anyone?) I have included a video on how to use these powders since they are so easy. Gel phobes, look, its not so scary.
I'm trying really hard to practice making videos. I know its something I should have been doing since.. forever ago but when it comes to freehand my painting hand gets in the way of the shots no matter how hard I try, haha! Also my pesky fingers don't sit still.

Music track 'Warm Up Suit' is copyright Broke For Free

The full pot - you get a generous amount.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Freehand Butterfly Fibromyalgia Awareness Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? Since we're half way through the week, gimme a little update :) I love to know you are all doing well.

Today's nail art is prompted by the weekly challenge over on Tiny Canvas although its also for a really special cause, we are creating awareness nails for Fibromyagia syndrome (Also known as FMS) which is a long term condition that causes pain all over the body and suffers can also experience increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness and issues with memory and mood.

I feel like its one of those syndromes that many may not have heard of but for the suffer it is a battle each and every day – in our day to day lives we don't always know or realise what others are going through so awareness is key if we want to be understanding and supportive! :)

If you would like more information on this syndrome please check out this very useful website.

 
Symbols most regularly used for Fibromyagia awareness are butterflies and purple ribbons. I decided to go for the butterflies because while they are beautiful, they are delicate – but they are also very powerful and strong insects so I felt like that was fitting. No matter the pain of the sufferer they are strong because of the challenges they must face each and everyday.

For this manicure I began with a coat of my NYC peel off base coat (ideal when using any gel related products. F.NO do I want to spend 9 hours trying to remove gel ;) Pardon me.

Once this had turned transparent I applied two coats of my Astra purple. Once this had dried I added a coat of BlueSky gel top coat which after cured has the tacky layer, I then pressed some loose glitters on top and sealed again with another layer of top coat. I then proceeded to add my freehand design and completed this manicure with my Pro-FX regular top coat and eventually tried it in matte too.

I have to say.. I am having fun playing with gel products lately, I love how deep the sparkles are when using gel, it seems to encapsulate them!

Have you aware of Fibromyagia? What do you think of my glittery butterfly manicure?

Thank you so much for visiting today, my friends. I hope you have a wonderful day.
I'll be back on Saturday with a little of this to look forward to:


Love,
Ithi

Monday, 8 May 2017

Freehand Mermaid Nail Art With Fish Scale Hexagon Sequins - BeautyBigBang Review

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



Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you have had a great weekend and are ready to start a fresh new week! I really like Mondays, I like the prospect of starting a week over and having an even better one than the previous one! Its a good time to reaccess all the things you maybe couldn't but wanted to do the week before.

Here's a little thingy that happened yesterday morning.. It was fairly early so there was no one around while I was walking Luna pup and there was a man walking behind us. As I turned the corner I heard 'Hello!' - I turned, obviously a little confused and the man started talking. I explained I needed the English, I didn't know some of what he was saying. He said “Are you a sports figure?”
Me:...Pardon?..er..wha?.. “Oh, because of your muscular calves”... Me: “Oh.. er.. uhm.. thanks.”

I scuttled home so fast, ran upstairs and told my boyfriend and obsessed in the mirror that I must have enormous disproportioned legs. Apparently this is like an old fashioned compliment. My thoughts? A bit weird :( Your thoughts?

But nails now!! Today I have a new product to share with from BeautyBigBang.com – I feel in love with these when I saw them in their store, they are '3 Box Set Fish ScaleNail Sequins Mermaid Hexagon Glitter Manicure Nail Art Decorations' in J2107-GN (green).

Of course when they arrived I'd completely forgotten they came in a set of three so I was really confused for a minute, haha!


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Freehand Parks & Gardens - Bertie Mcburtlebutton and Ms Blueberry-Baebae Bouffant's 2nd Date!

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Allo polish Pals!
How are you all doing today? I hope you are looking forward to a nice and relaxing weekend.. or a fun filled one? What direction is your weekend headed?

I don't have much planned today so I expect it will be the usual stuff. That's ok though! Perhaps if it is nice this morning I will go for a bike ride as I may not be able to do my usual work outs.

Today's nail art is yet again inspired by the weekly challenge over at Tiny Canvas. Our theme this week is 'Parks and Garden's' which had me completely stumped until I remembered that Bertie Mcburtlebutton and Ms Blueberry-Baebae Bouffant still hadn't had their second date yet.

I can't decide if Bertie impresses me or not... He decided to take here around his big fancy manor garden which I guess is kinda cool.. but couldn't he have taken her out somewhere? He probably would have avoided falling in the fountain at least?


Here are some pictures of it at various stages. Click to enlarge!


There's some stuff going in this manicure that I actually can not stand. One example would be the house.. I really, really hate how it looks. I'm not quite sure what happened there, I think I may lost momentum and drive towards the end. Please forgive me!

For this manicure I only really used the basics, OPI's 'Nail Envy' for my base coat and Barry M's 'White' for my starting canvas. I used Pro-FX top coat to create a nice barrier and for my acrylic paint to stick nicely on top of and used my fave brushes and acrylic paints to create all the details.

What do you think about this nail art? I don't think Ms Blueberry-baebae looks any more amused than the first date. Come on, Bertie! You gotta try harder!

What do you guys think of my 'garden' nail art? What do you think Bertie should do on the next date to impress his lady-friend?

Have a fabulous day, thank you so much for stopping by! I'll catch you again on Monday for some more nail art fun - Here's a weeny sneak peak! - I don't give much away!

 



Love,
Ithi

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Swatch Buttons & Starry Paillette Sparkly Art Glitter - Double Born Pretty Store Review

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*Today's post contains an 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 all doing today? Gimme a little update, I love to know how you are all getting on.
I can hardly believe we are half way through the week again – I thought last year went fast but blimey!

Today I'll be showing you two products from the Born Pretty Store, yes, two in one post! Look at me goooo! *Almost falls off chair* One wasn't actually included in my review line up but I thought I'd give you a little look too :)

Ahem.. First of all I have 'Born Pretty Store Chameleon Starry Paillette Sparkly, UltraThin Glitter Sequins' to share with you, these come in a set of 12 colours but I'll be showing you #2734





Keep on reading to see how this looks over other colours and to see the next product!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Freehand Star Wars Yoda Nail Art

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Allo polish Pals.
How are you all doing today? Did you have an awesome weekend?

I had a fairly quiet one that consisted of a little house work, nail art and yesterday movies! I've still been eating great and working out. Isn't it surprising how little time it actually takes to see a difference?

Today's nail art is inspired again by the weekly challenge over on Tiny Canvas (click to be taken there) where our theme this week was Star Wars. If you were not aware, May 4th is Star Wars day, May 4th... May The 4th be with you, get it?!

I'm really not much of a Star Wars fan, in fact I know very little about it but I wanted to take part none the less! I decided to settle on Yoda since he seems so iconic and everyone will probably recognise him. I also added the 'Death Star'.



Saturday, 29 April 2017

Chic Flower Water Decals - Born Pretty Store Review

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*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

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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!

Love
Ithi

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