Sunday, March 23, 2014

march challenge: spring

Hey everyone!
The theme for this post is Spring and I really didn't know what to do with my nails now that they're tiny. I decided to concentrate on the colors of spring.

Spring always reminds me of pastel colors and that is why I used Gosh Baby Blue and Manhattan 21G as my bases. Afterwards, I added a thin coat of Essence Circus Confetti (which, unfortunately, is pretty much done with its life, because it's all goopy and pretty dried up). I'm not a big fan of this manicure. I didn't really get too creative with this one...

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march challenge: daisies

Hey everyone!
Today's theme for the challenge is Daisies.
Whenever I think about daisies I always imagine something cute and simple, and that is exactly what this manicure looks like.

I used OPI Suzi's Hungary Again as a base and made little daisies using my dotting tool and Maybelline Urban Lemon for the centers and Golden Rose Milky Way for the leaves.

By the way, this is how my nails look like after I broke one of them a few days ago. At least, designs like this one look adorable on shorter nails :)

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march challenge: st. patty's

Hey everyone!
I had some problems with my editing software and I didn't want to post random photos. I'll probably post all missed manicures today, starting with my St. Patty's manicure.
I didn't do anything that was screaming St. Patty's mainly because we don't really celebrate the holiday where I live, but also because it was late and I wanted to sleep (hence the flash photo below).

I used Essence Grunge Me Tender as a base and added two coats of Flormar 392 on my ring finger. Flormar 392 is actually a holo glitter polish, but you can't really see that on the photo. I figured rainbows would be suitable for St. Patty's along the green base.

Thanks for reading!

p.s. Unfortunately, this is the last you'll be seeing of my long nails. I broke my pinky nail a day after I took this photo and now they're very, very short. I'll probably be doing the April Challenge, too, because growing them out seems to be easier when I keep doing nail art over and over.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

floral for spring? how groundbreaking...

Hey everyone!
As you might have already guessed by the title, I'm going to show you a floral mani today.
Floral nails have become such a cliche these days, but I don't really care and I refuse to stop wearing flowers on my nails during spring :)

I used a baby blue color as my base, which is actually called Gosh Baby Blue. I did polka dots with white acrylic paint on every nail and afterwards I painted weird looking flowers on my ring finger and thumb.

Gosh Baby Blue is a pastel, baby blue creme polish. It's opaque in 1-2 coats depending on the thickness and dries quickly. I absolutely love this color. I don't know how to describe this exactly, but it's really pale blue. Let's just say that if I were to make this polish I'd add more white than blue :)

Thanks for reading! :)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

march challenge: flakes

Hey everyone!
Today's theme for the March Challenge is Flakes.

For this manicure I used Rimmel London Aye, Aye Sailor as a base and on top of it I added splotches of one of KKCenterHK's foil that I received for review. In order to create a distressed look, I left almost no glue on the brush and dabbed it around on my nail. Afterwards, I applied the foil.

What I love about this foil is that it looks amazing in the sun. It has a holographic shine to it, but it's not really linear.

I did a "genius" move and I applied matte top coat on top. Talk about failure...

I'm overall really satisfied with this product. Like I mentioned in my previous review the application is foolproof and very easy. You can create various looks and apply it on top of many different colors, not just dark ones.
I have to mention that you should add very little amount of glue on your nails. Last time, I added a regular coat and my nails were getting stickier by the minute, especially after every wash of my hands, even though I had applied top coat. This time that didn't happen and my manicure lasted a couple of days before it started wearing off.

Overall, I'd recommend this foil. It's very versatile in my opinion and very easy to apply if you want a fast mani. You can get it here for $6.92, or as a set with small glue for $8.86 and large glue for $10.80.

You can get 10% off your order over at KKCenterHK using the code: "iloveprettycolours".

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The product was sent to me for review. However, my opinion is 100% honest and is not affected by this.

Monday, March 10, 2014

march challenge: candies

Hey everyone!
I was feeling a bit under the weather for the past couple of days and that's the reason why I'm late with this post.

The theme was Candies and I'm sorry to say that the outcome is terrible.

I totally messed this manicure up and believe me I removed it as soon as I saw it on broad daylight.
Nonetheless, I still decided to post it, since I didn't want a missing challenge.

I used Golden Rose Milky Way as a base and did the swirls using Seventeen Supreme 23 and 31, and Avon Loving Lavender.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more! :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

march challenge: ombre

Hey everyone!
Today's post will be a mixture of today's challenge and a review of another product from KKCenterHK, and therefore will be longer.

Today's theme for the challenge is Ombre. I didn't feel like wearing just the gradient on my nails. In the meantime, I got two nail foils from KKCenterHK for review and decided to use one of them on top.

I absolutely love the way it turned out.
Here's the gradient itself, so you can see how it looks without the lace. I used OPI You're Such a Budapest and Essence Cookies & Cream.

Now a couple of words about the nail foils.

What you get is a roll of nail foil and a bottle of glue. The glue reminds me of PVA glue (the one that many bloggers use as their peel-off base coat). I have yet to test that theory and I'll do it with the next foil.
The lace foil is very detailed and has a bunch of different flower designs integrated, but it's impossible to make the nails look the same. It's a nice alternative if you don't like stamping or putting actual lace on your nails. 

The application process is very easy:
After your base coat has dried thoroughly, apply a thin coat of the glue and wait for it to become clear. Once it has become clear, just lay the piece of foil on your nail and press firmly. The design will instantly transfer on your nails and you're done. I added Seche Vite on top and the foil didn't react to it, since I know many other foils react to top coats and wrinkle.

Overall, I love how fast I did this manicure. The foil's application is foolproof, you can't really make a mistake. If you don't want your entire nail to be covered, you can make dots or other shape and proceed the same after the coat of glue dries.

You can get the lace foil here for $6.92, or as a set with small glue for $8.86 and large glue for $10.80.

You can get 10% off your order over at KKCenterHK using the code: "iloveprettycolours".

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The product was sent to me for review. However, my opinion is 100% honest and is not affected by this.

Monday, March 3, 2014

march challenge: dotticure

Hey everyone!
I was supposed to post this two days ago, but I just didn't have the time, so here it is today.
The first day of the challenge is Dotticure which basically means a manicure with dots.

I used a white polish as a base - Golden Rose Milky Way and added different sized dots on top using Essence Off To Miami! and Essence Lime Up!

Here are the themes that are coming up next...

Sorry for the super short post.

Thanks for reading!