Monday, July 30, 2012

bubblegum water marble

Hello everyone!
I can't believe that I'm actually writing a post that includes water marble. I mean, I've posted twice before and that's it. Water marble is one of my favorite types of nail art, but it's also one of the messiest, so I try to avoid is as much as possible. So far, I've been good at doing that :) 
This is my third attempt on doing water marble nails and surprisingly it wasn't much of a failure. 

I'll admit right away. If it wasn't for the middle finger design, I wouldn't post it at all. I'm not going to bug you with the whole water marble process, you probably already know that. I used a white polish as a base and I advise you to do the same. This way the colors will show better and more vivid. I used three colors - a pale yellow-ish green, a pastel peach and a coral-ish pink.

That's about it :)
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

care for some mojito?

Hello everyone! :)
These summer days are getting more and more unbearable by the minute, but I know just the cure for it (and I know that most of you will agree with me on this one).
A refreshing glass of mojito!
But, since I can't give myself the pleasure of drinking some mojito right now, I figured I should do some mojito-inspired nail art instead.

This is something you don't see every day here on I Love Pretty Colours. As some of you may know, I'm not a big fan of french manicure, but this one turned out quite nice :)

Here's what I did in order to achieve this look. First off I made a french tip on every nail but the ring finger. I used a drop of a very pale mint green and a drop of a pearl green shade and I mixed them using a dotting tool in order to create a uniform color. After that dried I applied a shimmery top coat over the green tips on the index and middle finger and some hexagonal iridescent glitters on the pinky. Then, I added a drop of white, mint green and dark green on the ring finger and while they were still wet I did a dry marble using a dotting tool. I finished the whole look with some top coat and lastly I added two pieces of lime on my index and middle finger.

I don't know how I managed to write so much text about it, but it is a very easy look to achieve :)
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

review: bornprettystore glow-in-the-dark nail polish

Hello everyone!
Almost a month ago I placed yet another order from BornPrettyStore and yesterday it finally arrived. What I ordered was a glow-in-the-dark nail polish simply called CH Nail #2. I know that some of you may think “Glow In The Dark? That’s so last fall!” and I know, but I was one of the unlucky when it came to glow-in-the-dark polishes, as no brand that regularly sells in Macedonia ever made such polish (and even if they made there was no such thing on the market). That, plus the fact that I’m a sucker for everything glow-in-the-dark and you have a purchase! :)

First of all, there is a total of 12 glow-in-the-dark shades available on BornPretty. Each of them has a different color and glows differently, but I chose this one because it seemed to glow a bit stronger than the others on the photos. The shades are available separately for $4.99 each or you can purchase the whole collection of 12 polishes for $55.00. I got mine a bit cheaper, because when I was placing the order it was a rather new product, so they had a promotional price.

Main characteristics
• It comes in a 15ml (around 0.5 fl.oz.) square shaped bottle, with mattified glass.
• The brush handle is round and easy to hold.
• The bottle has a flat semi-wide brush, which is a bit on the stiffer side, but perfect for this kind of polish.
• It doesn’t have a harsh smell like many other Chinese brands, so you don’t need to worry about that (unless you’re very sensitive to smell, then you might feel a difference).

Consistency, application, drying time
• The polish has a thick consistency. Very thick. It even reminds me of hair gel. But, after all this is a special effect polish, so I’m not even expecting to be like regular nail polish.
• The wide brush that I previously mentioned makes it fairly easy to apply, but it might be a bit tricky. Bear in mind that the thicker coats you apply, the better the application will be.
• Not so long after I purchased it, I read a review saying it couldn’t dry at all. I didn’t have the same problem, at all. It dried very quickly, to my surprise.

Appearance in the bottle
When it's not glowing in the dark it has a strong, neon-like appearance in the bottle. In the dark, after being properly exposed to light* it shows neon-like light blue color.

Appearance on the nails
The polish is very sheer. It obviously isn’t made to be used by itself. I only applied 3 coats on my nails (pictured on the photos) and you can see how visible the nail line is. You’d probably get full coverage in around 5-6 coats, but I’m not planning to do that anytime soon :)
The shade looks like a pastel mint green polish in the light. In the dark, it has the same color as previously mentioned.**
The only downside about the appearance is that it has rough feel, very unsmooth.

• Not expensive. 15ml for $4.99
• Wide brush.
• No harsh smell.
• Acceptable drying time.
• Very strong and beautiful glow after being exposed to light.

• Thick gel-like consistency.
• Tricky application.
• Very sheer, probably needs more than 5 coats for full opacity.
• Unsmooth finish.

Personally, I’m very satisfied with this product and I’m going to recommend it to whoever wants to purchase a glow-in-the-dark polish. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to experiment with layering on top of other shades.

You can purchase this particular shade here and the whole collection here.
BornPrettyStore works with PayPal and has free worldwide shipping.

* Glow-in-the-dark polishes “charge” either on sunlight or under incandescent light. The effect is way better when exposed to sunlight. It only requires a couple of seconds of exposure, while the incandescent light gives a less impressive effect and you have to keep your hands really close to the bulb (and you may get burned, so don’t do that!). Note that the effects lasts only a couple of minutes and will only appear again if you expose your nails to light.

** Note that the strength of the glow depends on how much coats you add on your nails, as well as the type of base color you put under it (if any).
This product was purchased by me. This review is my 100% honest opinion.

Friday, July 20, 2012

summer challenge #4 - travel

Hello everyone!
It's time for the fourth and last piece of the Summer Challenge that I decided to participate.
Today's theme is travel. I'm a person that loves to travel and visit other countries. I haven't really been to much places so far, but I hope that this will change soon enough :)
I'm more of a town person when it comes to vacations. I'd rather go to a beautiful city full with architectural wonders and get a taste of the real life in a certain country.

Paris has been on my "to visit" list for many, many years. I must admit that there are many other cities that I wish to see before I see Paris, but I just had to stamp the cute poodles on my nails :)
I began with a white base for all of my nails. I used the poodle design from stamping plate BM04 and stamped using a red, blue and black polish. I used the same blue and red to create the French flag on my ring finger and the dots on the index and pinky. Lastly, I used some black acrylic to paint a lame version of the Eiffel Tower on my middle finger. Excuse the smudges around the nails, but I couldn't find my clean-up brush.

Other participants:

1. Sunflowers - 8th July 2012
2. Sunset - 12th July 2012
3. Island - 16th July 2012 
4. Travel - 20th July 2012

 That's it for the summer challenge. I thought about participating in another challenge, but I had a better idea which I'll keep as a surprise and leave the next challenge for Fall 2012 :)
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

news & some things i just had to say...

Hey guys!
Today I'm going to write about some things that have been bugging me for a while...
 It's almost the 1st birthday of my blog and I'm very happy that I managed to get through many other stuff and keep on blogging. I'm doing this out of fun and I'm going to keep doing it for as long as possible.

There are a couple of news:
1. I changed the background and header of the blog. It was time for a change :)
2. There might be a giveaway soon ;)
3. I'm going to start adding watermarks to my photos. Why? Read on and you'll find out.

Not so long ago, I stumbled upon a photo of my nail art on Tumblr. It had more than 15,000 notes (meaning it has been reblogged 15,000 times). It was quite the shock for me, as I didn't know that some of my nail art was that popular. But, the thing that was wrong is that it wasn't linked to my blog and as if things couldn't get any worse, there were a couple of different girls claiming that it was THEIR nail art. I got so pissed off!
I decided to Google some of my photos and found out that many of them were on Tumblr, Pinterest, Weheartit and other similar sites and of course there was no credit whatsoever!
I know that the "damage" is irreversible now. I decided to add a watermark of my blog on every photo that I'm going to post from now on. And I'm even planning to put it in the middle of the photo, where it can't possibly be cropped. 
I know that many of you fellow bloggers are a "victim" of photo stealing and it's just not right. We are the ones that do all the hard work, while others shamelessly claim the photos as theirs!
I encourage every blogger to watermark their photos in order to protect them!!!

That's all I had to say.

Monday, July 16, 2012

summer challenge #3 - islands

Hello everyone! :)
This is a scheduled post, just like the previous one, but I must tell you that I just got the results from my finals and both of them have the highest grade possible! I'm so happy right now :)
Anyway. Today's post is about islands. If there's one thing I learned while I was doing this manicure, it's that I have no idea how to paint islands. That's the reason why my "island" looks like a green half sphere :)

I did the following. First I painted all of my nails with a sky blue creme. Then using a shimmery darker blue I made a gradient on every nail besides the middle one. For the middle one I picked up a bunch of different greens and painted my louse island. Then, using a bright yellow I painted the sun and using black I did a little palm tree in the middle of my island.
It looked better in my head...

Here's another photo where you can see the shimmer of the darker blue. It truly reminds me of the glittering sea during summer :)

Sorry for the super short posts, but I'm writing this as I am packing.
I promise to make up with the last manicure of this challenge!

1. Sunflowers - 8th July 2012
2. Sunset - 12th July 2012
3. Island - 16th July 2012 
4. Travel - 20th July 2012

Other participants:

Thanks for reading and stay tuned! :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

summer challenge #2 - sunset

Hello everyone!
It's time for the second manicure of the Summer Challenge I'm participating. Today theme is sunset.
Well, I combined the usual sunset manicures and a bit of my own "style" :)
Here's how it turned out.

I took four colors - light yellow, dark yellow, coral and red and made the gradient base. Then, using a black stamping polish I stamped the funky suns and a palm tree.
I'm really sorry, but you only get one photo today. I added 2 coats of top coat and it turned out really shiny. The downside? I couldn't photograph it properly. I had weird reflections everywhere...

1. Sunflowers - 8th July 2012
2. Sunset - 12th July 2012
3. Island - 16th July 2012 
4. Travel - 20th July 2012

Well, we're already halfway through the challenge :)

Don't forget to check out the other bloggers that are participating as well.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

summer challenge #1 - sunflowers

Hello everyone!
Today is the first day of the Summer Challenge that I'm participating in. The first theme is sunflowers.

My main goal was to create something simple (as always). So, I just painted my nails white and grabbed my acrylic paints. I was aiming for a painting-like look. I painted a single sunflower on my ring finger and wasn't sure what to do with the other nails. I took my blue acrylic paint and made it really thin using some water. I painted blue grid on the other nails making them look like picnic tablecloths.

Here are the upcoming themes:
1. Sunflowers - 8th July 2012
2. Sunset - 12th July 2012
3. Island - 16th July 2012 
4. Travel - 20th July 2012

The following two themes will be scheduled posts, as I will be away from 11th to 16th July. 
I hope they show up :) 

Other participants:

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the rest of the challenge!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

summer challenge

Hello everyone!
This is just a short post in order to inform you about the summer challenge hosted by lady_flower123 from The Polishaholic and Swiat Lady-flower123
Both of her blogs are awesome and you should check them out right away!

About the challenge...

 As you can see it has four themes which will be posted in separate posts.
The challenge is starting tomorrow and here's the schedule:

1. Sunflowers - 8th July 2012
2. Sunset - 12th July 2012
3. Island - 16th July 2012 
4. Travel - 20th July 2012

A list of participants and a separate page on the blog are coming soon! :)
Until then, have a nice day!

Friday, July 6, 2012

sneaky kitty

Hey everyone!
I fell in love with Essence Irreplaceable and decided to wear it as a full manicure. Then, after a one day wear an idea popped into my head. I decided to paint something cute on top of it. Cats are cute and a new manicure was born ;)

I painted a black kitty on my ring finger using acrylic paints and added cute little paws along the side of the rest of the nails. I know it's not perfect as I wasn't aiming for perfection. I wanted to achieve a cartoon-like kitty.

What do you think? Do you like it? :)
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

essence irreplaceable

Hello everyone!
I keep going back for more Essence polishes because they are having a major sale. I seriously need to stop that :) My latest Essence purchase is Essence Irreplaceable.

Essence Irreplaceable is a champagne polish with tons of golden shimmer. Even though it's packed with shimmer, it's not overwhelming. I absolutely love it. It's a very elegant polish and I believe that I'd wear it again any chance I get! The swatch is two coats.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

winter is coming?

Yes, I am aware that it's the middle of summer. And yes, I had to write that exact title because today I'm showing you a Game of Thrones manicure!
Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy TV show that's based on a series of books called "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin. I absolutely love both the books and the TV show and, of course, I had to make a related manicure. The thing is, I made this set of false nails waaay back even before Season 2 of the show ended (and that was exactly a month ago), but I totally forgot about it.

I chose House of Stark, since they're my favorite characters. I recreated their house sigil and here's how that all turned out :)

I chose a light grey creme as a base and using a small sponge and a darker grey shade I added random spots. Then, using some acrylic paints and a bit more patience I painted the direwolf on my thumb. Here's a close up.

And the rest of the nails.

Here's the photo I based this manicure on, so that you can see whether I did a good job or not :)

Do you like Game of Thrones? Tell me if you'd like to see other manicures related to this show :)

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

color block and dots

Hello everyone!
Today I'm going to show you a manicure that I did a long time ago, but forgot to post about. I saw it on Rebecca Likes Nails, but I believe she saw it from yet another blog that I can't remember right now :)

I used two pastel shades - a lavender (Avon Loving Lavender) and a minty one (Maybelline Green Park) and painted the nail half and half vertically. Then, using a black polish I stamped the dot design from plate BM11, but as you can see it didn't stamp very well. This manicure is fairly easy to recreate even if you don't have that stamping plate. You'll simply need a smaller dotting tool (or a toothpick) and a black polish/acrylic paint. Make three parallel rows of dots placed very close together and there you have it! :)

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

eye-hurting neon

Hello everyone!
Today I'm going to show you a lovely true neon shade that I picked up not so long ago. I must admit that I'm not the biggest fan when it comes to neons, even in summer. But, I do like to add a bit of neon over a slightly boring color, you know, like an accent :)

Gabrini Elegant Mirror Colors M13 is a very bright neon orange. It's a true orange shade. It dries matte, like most neons do. The thing about this polish is that it's not that highlighter orange most neons have, yet it still makes your eyes hurt :)

Don't mind the black flower that I added in Photoshop. I hit my hand while the polish was freshly applied and made a huge dent :)

Do you like wearing neons?
Thanks for reading and have a nice day!