Wednesday, August 31, 2011

golden rose fashion color 22

Hello everyone!

Today I'll show you one of my favorite polishes ever. It's called Golden Rose Fashion Color 22. This beauty is a light purple duochrome that flashes gold when exposed to light. It's not the most opaque polish I've seen, but it looks good with only 2 coats. Also, it's very nice for stamping, though when stamped you only get to see the gold color (this also happens when you layer it on black). The Fashion Color polishes come in small square bottles and they are slightly overpriced if you buy them from the Golden Rose stores. I bought mine for half the price in a small store near the place I live.

Golden Rose Fashion Color 22 - 2 coats (click for larger)

Thanks for reading :)

p.s. I know that some of my posts are very short (like this one). I have many new things to show you, but I've reached the monthly limit on my Flickr account and I can't upload them until the start of September. I'd like to show you more polishes at once, but I have a plan for all of them and the ones I'm showing you by themselves are either my favorites or they haven't found their place in any of my (sort of) themed posts.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

gabrini elegant 322 & 374

Hello everyone :) Today I'll show you two nail polishes from Gabrini that I bought about half a year ago. What's funny about these two is that I just picked them up randomly and it turned out that both of them have silver flecks.

Gabrini Elegant 322 is one of my favorite purple polishes (you might hear this a lot, because I don't have many purples, but the ones I have are very special) . It's very, very shimmery (see color drop). Opaque in only one coat, it's very good for stamping, though you might have some trouble picking the image up due to the flecks and shimmer overload.

Gabrini Elegant 322 - 2 coats (click for larger)

The second polish I'm going to show you today is Gabrini Elegant 374. It's а light carmine pink with silver flecks. It's opaque in 2 coats and good for stamping. Not one of my favorite colors. I just feel like is one of those shades that make my skin look weird.

I have around 10 polishes from Gabrini and there's only one thing I hate about them - the numbers. There are many brands here that sell polishes with numbers, but these are annoying because ALL of them start with 3 and it's very hard to know which is which.

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

h&m french smoke

From this post on I'll probably post only swatches because I haven't photographed most of the nail art I've done (or the photos suck because my old camera couldn't focus good). Also, my nails are extremely short. I'm trying to grow them out, even just a little bit, because right now they are very ugly. A few weeks ago I ordered the Bundle Monster stamping plates and I'm very excited about them. As soon as they arrive, you'll be seeing more nail art from me :) Anyway, back to the topic.

Today I'll show you French Smoke by H&M. It's a silver metallic. It's not a very special or unique polish. I probably bought it because I was too excited when I entered the H&M in Budapest last year (because we don't have H&M here in Skopje). It's good for stamping and it's opaque in 2 coats.

H&M French Smoke - 2 coats (click for larger)

Thanks for reading :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

shimmery neutrals

Today I'm going to show you two cute colors by Color Trend (Avon).

First up is Color Trend Minimalistic Peach (I adore the name). This is a very light peachy orange with a subtle amount of gold shimmer. I'd say that the color is more of an apricot than a peach, but they're quite similar. It's a gorgeous color, but unfortunately it's very sheer. And I'm talking about 'you need more than 4 coats' sheer. This is actually a very common problem among the Color Trend line of polishes, unlike the 'original' Avon polishes which are incredibly pigmented. I usually swatch with only 2 coats, but I used 4 for the photo and the nail line was still visible. 

Color Trend Minimalistic Peach - 4 coats (click for larger)

The second polish for today is Color Trend Café Au Lait. There is a color named Café Au Lait on the list of Wikipedia Colors and it's similar to the polish. I'd say that the color of the polish is a mix between chestnut and café au lait. It has shimmer in it, though I can't really tell it's color. Unlike Minimalistic Peach, Café au Lait is opaque in 2-3 coats.

Color Trend Café Au Lait - 2 coats (click for larger)

Thanks for reading :)

p.s. I haven't been blogging for the past few days because the Internet is going against me. First I couldn't log in my Flickr account where I keep my photos and now Blogger is magically changing the font of my post while I'm writing it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

tutorial: nebula inspired manicure

Previously I wrote two posts about space nails. Those were very simple manicures that I did by layering some polishes - a darker base and a glitter or shimmer topper. What I have for you today is a nebula inspired manicure which I did using the sponging technique and I'm going to show you how to do it, step by step. It's more complex than the other two, but it's very easy to do. I tried replicating some designs that I've seen on some blogs I follow and ended up with a version of my own.
Click here for take I and take II.

Step 1: Apply a base coat to protect your nails from discoloration.

Step 2: Choose your base color. I chose Avon Twilight Blue which is a dark blue with blue shimmer, but you can use whatever color you want, though it looks more authentic with dark blue or black. Polish until fully opaque.

Step 3: For the next few step you'll need small pieces of a sponge. I see that many bloggers use make-up sponge, but it works with any sponge you can get. Just make sure that the holes of the sponge are as small as possible. Almost every color works with this look, so go ahead and choose 3-4 colors for the next steps. In my opinion, shimmers are the best for this look. I chose a shimmery gold called Gold Lustre as the base for my nebula. Take the small piece of sponge with your fingers or tweezers, dip it in some of the polish and randomly sponge over the nail. The trick is not to cover the whole nail with the color. I made it look like the letter S.

Step 4: Repeat step 3, but this time use a different nail polish. I used Teal Infusion which is also a shimmery nail polish. Use a small amount and don't cover the whole nail. You can see how the teal polish overlaps the gold, yet the gold is still visible.

Step 5: Again, repeat the previous step, but this time use a very small amount of polish. It's supposed to be more subtle than the other colors. I used a purple with blue shimmer called Purple Passion. You can notice how it flashes some purple, but the other two colors are dominant.

Step 6 (optional): I wanted to see how it would look if I added just a tiny amount of a holographic polish. In my opinion, this is a bit too much for the look, though the flash made it look like it's very shimmery. In real life it's more subtle. You can also add glitters such as hex glitters (see the photo of my full manicure) or maybe even rhinestones. This is up to you. Be creative!

Step 7: Apply a top coat to protect your manicure from chipping.

Here's the version that I did on my hands. I didn't use the holographic when I did this, but I added a few hex glitters instead.

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Daylight photo - it looks like it's mattified, but it's not :) (click for larger)
Thanks for reading :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

glitter bomb pt. 2

Around two weeks ago in this post I showed you my six new hex loose glitters. I thought that I'd be able to show them in a few consecutive posts, but as it turned out they're a pain in the ass. Today I'll show you the silver one. It has the strongest holo effect, but I'm not too keen on the color - it looks kind of plain.

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I only had the chance to work with two of them and since they're loose I tried two different ways of application. I applied the turquoise one using a clear top coat. I will advise you not to use this method. Why? Because when you dip the wet brush in the container you'll end up with a chunk of glitter on the it. The top coat will no longer be usable because of the glitter that will end up in the nail polish. This may not sound that bad, but believe me it is. I actually applied a very thick layer of glitter and it took me around 45 minutes to remove it.
The second method worked way better than the first one. I used a fan brush, picked up some glitter with it and lightly went over the nail. The result was much better and the removal was a dream. If you compare the photo from the previous post and from this one, you'll see that in the previous post my nails look like I've spilled the glitter on them :) I noticed that when you use the top coat method the glitter doesn't spread all over your nails. Instead it just builds up on the previous layer.

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

maybelline colorama urban orange

Here in Macedonia, the summer vacations (for students) end in exactly 10 days. I'm actually okay with this, since this is going to be my last year of high school. Because of that, today I'm going to show you a nail polish that was my absolute hit for this summer.

Maybelline Colorama Urban Orange is an orange polish with golden shimmer. It's opaque in 1 coat, but I'd recommend adding another one just to smooth it out. One of the things I love about it is the wide brush. Even though the bottle isn't too big, the brush is still long and wide enough to cover even longer nails in 2-3 strokes. Be sure to use a base coat with it because it's highly pigmented and tends to leave yellow stains on your nails and cuticles.
I was a bit skeptical at first because I've never bought a nail polish by Maybelline and I haven't seen many reviews or swatches as well. In addition, it was kind of pricey for a 7.5ml bottle. But you'll never know unless you try it out, right? I bought it over a month ago and it's already half empty. I fell in love with everything this polish had to offer. One thing's for sure, it was totally worth it. 

Maybelline Colorama Urban Orange - 2 coats (click for larger)

It's definitely a change from all those blue nail polishes I tend to wear during the summer. 

Thanks for reading :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

catherine arley 714 + a simple manicure

During the past month, I was trying to grow out my nails as much as possible and it was going pretty well until a few days ago. I had a small accident - I hit my fingers really hard. Being the clumsy person I am, I actually wonder how did my nails survive that long. After the accident, my nails seemed perfectly fine, but a few days ago one of my nails broke in half unexpectedly. I had to cut all of them and now they are as short as they get (you'll see how short I'm talking about on one of the photos in this post) :(
Enough about my 'tragedy'. Today I'll show you one of my favorite blue nail polishes and a simple manicure I did using two nail art stripers.

Catherine Arley 714 is a blue polish with light blue/white flecks. It's opaque in 2 coats and it dries in a couple minutes or so. It's very shiny by itself - you can notice that in the swatch photo. I haven't tried to stamp with it yet, but I don't think that it'll do well.

The color drop is more color accurate than the swatch photo.
I think that it's obvious that this manicure was done before I cut my nails. I made X shaped lines using a black and silver striper nail polish. Also, I added Essence Matt Top Coat on top :) Simple, yet funky!

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Thanks for reading :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

space nails take II

Two posts about space nails in one day? Yeah, I'm kind of obsessed with it right now. I was able to watch/photograph the meteor shower that happened the night between August 12th and 13th and it was awesome. Again, like the manicure from the previous post, this one was made by layering two polishes.

I used Catherine Arley 54 as a base. It's a black cr‬è‪me and I kind of hate it. It's a bit runnier than most black I've seen and it looks warmer than the other ones. It takes 2 coats for full opacity and I'm not really happy about it. Not good for stamping - not happy about this either. Overall, it sucks. You may wonder why do I even use it if I don't like it. The answer is simple - I don't have another black right now :(

Catherine Arley 54 - 2 coats (click for larger)
Okay, adding a color drop for a black nail polish is kind of silly, but I've already uploaded it :D
And now I give you the glitter topper with many 'faces' - Catherine Arley 63. It's very smooth and easy to remove, which is not typical for glitters. It's a square shaped glitter. I don't really know how to describe it, because like I said it has many 'faces'. In the bottle it looks like a pink/red glitter in an almost transparent greenish base. Well, just look at this  color drop from it. Kind of ugly, right?

But, when you layer it, it's a whole different story from there. Depending on the base color you use, you'll get different results. When layered on black it looks like blue and green glitter and it's very pretty :)
This may not remind you of space nails, but it's the first one I actually tried. I'll show you the more complex looks I've achieved in some other post.

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Thanks for reading :)

space nails take I

Hello everyone. I've been trying to create different looks inspired by some photos of the space that I've seen. What I'm going to show you today is a simple look created by layering two polishes.

I used Avon Twilight Blue as a base. It's a very dark blue with blue shimmer. I think that without the shimmer it would be just a plain black color. It's from the SpeedDry+ line, so it dries really fast and it's great for stamping.

Then, I layered a coat of Gabrini Elegant 376 on top. This is a very nice polish, but it can only be used as a topper. In fact it's the best topper I have so far, because it has a really fine shimmer in it, instead of glitter particles which are very hard to remove.

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This is how the topper looks in the bottle.
Thanks for reading :)

p.s. I was absent for the past 5 days, so I'll try to make it up by posting a few posts today.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

tutorial: cute cupcake

Hello everyone :) What I have for you today is a simple and quick photo tutorial. Let's get started!

Step 1: Apply a base coat. Base coats protects your nails from discolorations and makes your manicure last longer.

Step 2: Choose two soft/pastel shades for the background. I chose a light pink and light yellow, but you can choose whatever color you wish just make sure it's a softer shade. One of the colors will be the cupcake and the other will be the background. Divide your nail in half and paint the two parts with the polishes. Don't worry if the line between them isn't straight, because it will be hidden in the next step.

Step 3: Paint an oval with a white polish or acrylic paint. Make sure the oval is covering the line between the two background colors. Then, on the bottom of the oval, paint a few half-circles, so the whipped cream on the cupcake looks more realistic.

Step 4: Time to make the sprinkles. You can use rhinestones or metal beads (like I did), but you can also make small dots in different colors if you like. Place them randomly over the white color. I had a few that fell on the backgrounds and I couldn't remove them, but it definitely looks cute either way.

Step 5: For the top I used a small pink rhinestone, but just like in the previous step you can use nail polish to achieve the look. After applying the top of the cupcake, take a striper in darker or lighter shade of the cupcake color and make 3-4 vertical stripes. You can also use white polish for this step.

Step 6: Apply a top coat. Your nails will be more shiny and you won't lose your rhinestones.

Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

subtle konad

Hello everyone :)
Few of my recent posts were back-ups in case I'm not able to blog. I wasn't feeling well and unfortunately posted all of them. Anyway, I'm feeling much better now and I'm able to blog again.
Today I'm going to show you Gabrini Pacific 22. It's a very soft lavender shade, though it's more of a pinkish shade rather than a purple. It's opaque in 2 coats, but doesn't do good with stamping. This polish is actually my friend's and I fell in love with it right away. I've been searching for this shade for a while now, but they're almost impossible to find because of the numbers, which are being changed a lot.

Gabrini Pacific 22 - 2 coats (click for larger)

Although it is a very beautiful color to wear by itself, I wanted to make it even more beautiful. I stamped two small flowers on my thumb with a black polish.

Base color: Gabrini Pacific 22
Stamping color: Orkide Olivia 51
Stamping plate: B04 (not from Bundle Monster)
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Thanks for reading :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

avon mirror shine silver foil + crackle

Avon Mirror Shine Silver Foil is one of my first nail polishes and definitely deserves a special post. It's a silver nail polish that dries matte-like, but I'm not really sure about that since it's a metallic. It's opaque in only 1 coat and dries super fast, so you'll need to work fast with this one. There are many things that I love about this polish, but there is only one thing I love the most. This baby is the king of stamping polishes :) I'm kind of sorry that I didn't buy the other shades when I had the chance to, because now they're discontinued.

Recently I bought Golden Rose Graffiti Nail Art 05, a purple crackle polish, because it was the only one left. Apparently the crackle craze has finally found its way in Macedonia :D I mean seriously? I waited so long to get a crackle polish and I found only one. Anyway, I layered it on top of Silver Foil. This was the best combination I did with this crackle so far.

Golden Rose Graffiti Nail Art 05 - 1 coat (click for larger)

I'm definitely getting more crackles once I have the money :D

Thanks for reading :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

white nail polishes - do you like them?

Hello everyone :) Today I'm going to show you four white nail polishes I own and two cute manicures that I did. I decided not to write anything special, since they're whites, just their basic characteristics. Even though some of them may seem as plain whites in the bottle, the results you get are quite different.

First up is Gabrini Elegant 302. As most whites are, this is a cr‬è‪me polish. It's opaque in 2 coats and it does so-so with stamping, though you get better results when the images are larger.

Gabrini Elegant 302 - 2 coats (click for larger)

Next is Moda Matte 101. It's a matte white (as you may have guessed by the name). It's opaque in one coat and it dries very quickly. It's very good for stamping. As a matter of fact it's the best white stamping polish I've had so far. Unfortunately, I mixed it with a pink nail polish while trying to recreate Zoya's Lolly and I kind of messed it up :)

Moda Matte 101 - 1 coat (click for larger)
Catherine Arley 37 is a milky white cr‬è‪me. It's not the best white I've seen, but the only one I have right now. It's not good for stamping and you need 2 coats (maybe even more) for full opacity. This swatch is 2 coats and you can still see uncovered parts of the nail.

Catherine Arley 37 - 2 coats (click for larger)
And the last swatch for this post is Aura 226. Unlike the other three polishes, this one is shimmery. I hate it and I still wonder why I bought it in the first place. It's not good for stamping and it's opaque in 2-3 coats.

Aura 226 - 2 coats (click for larger)
As you may notice from reading the short descriptions my hate for white polishes is great. There's no particular reason for this I guess. I only use whites as backgrounds and I occasionally mix them with other colors when they're almost done.
Now let's give them some love for being one of the best background polishes :)

For this manicure I painted my nails with Gabrini Elegant 302 and then I free-handed some flowers using acrylic paints.

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And for this one, I used Catherine Arley 37 as a background. I made the half circles with Golden Rose with Protein 329 (blue) and Avon Sunshine (yellow) and the dots with Catherine Arley 917.

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Thanks for reading :)