Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy International Day of Happiness!

I started my day watching a solar eclipse, so why shouldn't my nails be smiling? I only wish I were further north! Did you see it too? If you're not smiling, do something nice for yourself, and turn to happy! :-)☺:-D

I started with white nails, and stamped the smileys with Bundle Monster BM-304 and Mundo de Uñas #2 Black, and my new Creative Shop stamper that worked from the start.

I used the leadlight technique and lots of sheer polish. I finally bought some polishes for leadlighting. What I didn't think about was that the different polishes didn't have the same pigmentation. So I had to apply two coats of some colors or mix some of the colors. It might have looked better if I only used one brand...

Sheer polish used:

Ellagee: Cadium Glass - yellow
El Corazon, Aquarelle tints: #07 - red
Dance Legend, top coat aquarelle collection: Chagall - purple
Dance Legend, top coat aquarelle collection: Levitan - green
Nailstation: Whisper - orange with orange glitter
OPI: Houston We Have a Purple -blue toned red

The OPI, the green and the purple were very pigmented. The yellow was as I expected, but I needed two coats. In comparison the other two looked more pastel, even after 2 coats.

Levitan makes me think about the movie Leviathan. Have you seen it? It kind of made me feel that there's no point fighting for something...

I've not been very active here and on G+, twitter and facebook lately, but I'm trying to share photos on Instagram. If you are on Instagram, I would love to follow you. I'm nailphotosbylani. If I don't already follow you, please write your IG name in the comments section.

Can you tell that the photos of the plate are inspired by the solar eclipse? LOL!

Happy polishing!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Lovebirds - Valentine's Day Nails #11 - stamping nail art

Happy Groundhog Day!

I made this neon pink lovebird mani today. I stamped the black images on and added three rhinestone hearts. I used a marshmallow stamper to shrink the image on my index finger. I used a Konad stamper and added more black with a brush on the ring finger. On my screen this looks a little orange, but I hope it looks pink on yours.

Products used:

Ruby Kisses: RHDP01 Hot Pink Obsession (neon pink)
MoYou London: Tropical Collection 06 (lovebirds, hearts)
MoYou London: Explorer Collection 23 (flying bird)
MoYou London: Heartshaped rhinestones
Mundo de Uñas: 2 Black (stamping polish)
XL marshmallow stamper (shrinking)
Konad stamper

The MoYou plates are available in this size and XL size. So remember to measure your nails before buying them.

I really like these bird images, but I wish they were smaller. Luckily I can use this image, but on Tropical 06 most of the images of the birds are to wide for my small nails, and it was difficult to shrink an image without distorting it. (This is not a problem for most of you, because most of you have bigger nails than me.)

But if you are reading MoYou, please make the important part of each image small, and if you add a leaf or something, please include the whole leaf, and keep everything very detailed. That way it's easier for both us with small nails and those with bigger nailbeds to use each image successfully.

I had planned to make a Groundhog day mani, but let's hope I'll do that next year... Did you see the movie? It's very romantic, so it would be perfect for a V- day mani.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NPL Daisies - Ruby Wing: Eternal - stamping over color changing polish

Hello everyone!

I had fun with color changing polish again. This time it was Ruby Wing: Eternal, which is made with SolarActive® Technology. It looks turquoise in the shade/ inside and outside/ in the sun it looks dark green- grey. What surprised me, is that the white stamped flowers also changed from white to light pink. I bought Eternal and Crowd Surf in May 2013. They are both from the 2013 Summer Collection, and are still available and cruelty- free (source (look for Forsythe Cosmetic Group)).

I made this in June 2014 when the theme was "Daisies" in the G+ group Nail Polish Lovers. It was too difficult to paint them, and this image was the closest I could find. Two plates from MoYou London's Pro collection have this image: 08 (regular size) and 10 (XL). I don't remember, but I think I used the biggest here. To fix some flowers, I added a little white. And I think that's why the color of the flowers looks uneven in the sun. But now that I've learned that, I'll make sure that the stamping is good next time.

I'm very far behind with my blogging, so I still haven't even showd you all the nail art from 2014, and the polish I was wearing in 2013... not to mention the haul posts the last two years...



Back inside:

What do you think about this? Have you tried color changing polish?


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nire's Desire: Prana

Hello everyone!

with top coat

I've enjoyed reading many "favorite polish lists" this week. So I started writing one too, but realized that I hadn't even showed them to you... well you have seen a few of them...

That's why you're looking at Nire's Desire: Prana today! :-)

It's one of my top 10 favorite polishes from 2014. It's a multichrome that looks red, purple and blue at the same time. It shifts to a more red or purple/blue. It doesn't have a chrome finish like the ILNP's. It's more like a shimmer. And I like that it doesn't have any holo sparkles. It's a part of The Yoga Trio Collection. It is not tested on animals and Big 5 Free.

My photos were taken in December, so they may look a little too pale because of the winter daylight. Sadly the sun wasn't shining.

2 photos without top coat:

Nire's Desire Polish is a US indie brand, and can be bought on Etsy.

She was very kind and gave me Nire's Desire's top coat with the cool name "The Shining". Have you seen the movie?

Prana was shiny on it's own, but when I applied The Shining, I felt that the polish came to life. I also felt that the red became more visible. But I don't think it's as fast drying as Seche Vite.

2 photos with top coat (The Shining):

Prana is similar to Crows Toes: Indian Summer, but I think Prana is more red, and Indian Summer more blue. The Crumpet has made a good comparison.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Pink Flower Skittlette - Water decals from Born Pretty Store

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year celebration! We visited someone who's neighbour sent up a lot of fireworks. Needless to say, we had a very good view from the window, but it was scarily close. And after midnight three deer ran through the garden!!! ♥ First a big one (a male?), and later two smaller (females?). So for me it was an unforgettable start of the new year. It wasn't that fun for the terrified deer though...

I made this skittlette a few months ago to show you these water decals that Born Pretty Store gave me:

For a direct link to the water decals, click here. If you want to buy something from Born Pretty Store, feel free to use my coupon code: NPBL10K31 to get a 10% discount.

I also wanted to try 3 new polishes:

Deborah Lippmann: 12th Street Rag
Misa: Kiss the Bride
Lynnderella: Ten Pipers Pinking

Deborah Lippmann and Misa are cruelty - free. Misa is also vegan (source). I can't find any information about Lynderella regarding animaltesting. (I thought I'd checked that before buying it...) Lynderella can be bought from and

Before adding the water decals:

What I did:

Thumb and pinkie: My first (and then) only Lynnderella. This is Ten Pipers Pinking. A pink microglitter with holographic glitter - 2 coats + 2 coats of Poshè

Index finger: Deborah Lippmann: 12th Street Rag - a pink metallic - one coat without top coat

Ring and middle finger:
Misa: Kiss the Bride - a classic white creme polish - 3 coats. When I had nearly finished painting a nail, I kept getting too much on the brush, and later ruined it when I thought it was dry. After a lot of frustration, I learned to use 3 thin layers.
Water decals from  Born Pretty Store. Sadly I applied one of them without using top coat first... So I had to redo the ring finger a forth time... and then I didn't have time for that, so don't look too closely on the not so perfect white nails. The water decals are perfect, it's my fault.

The first time I tried these water decals, I wanted to make a mani with a pink- grey gradient as background. But I found out that the decals have a little white on them, so I decided to make something else. So now I always do a little test before I start brainstorming about what could work together with the water decals:

I just cut out a piece, hold it with tweezers in a glass of warm water, slide it over to my wet finger, take a look at the colors, slide it back to the wet paper, and let it dry until it's time to use it.

♥ Thank you Born Pretty Store for giving me these pretty water decals! ♥

♥ Happy New Year! ♥


Monday, December 29, 2014

My Dogsled is a Hybrid - My Christmas Day Nails - stamping nail art

Hello everyone!

This mani is inspired by the name of this green OPI polish from the fall/ winter 2014 Nordic Collection: My Dogsled is a Hybrid. 

I think it's the best nail polish name ever!!! :-) A hybrid sled would be nice if the dogs were tired. But how can it work? Do you turn it around and it drags the dogs? Or do you put the dogs in the sled and drive it with a gasoline motor? A battery would not last very long in the cold... Or as my boyfriend suggested, the driver would have to drag the dogs and the sled...

This is what I was wearing on Christmas Day. This manicure kind of evolved, so I'll show you the pictures in chronological order.

Step 1. Paint nails with OPI: My Dogsled is a Hybrid

When I noticed that the sun was actually shining, I ran outside to take some photos.

Not sure why my index nail looks strange.

Step 2. Stamp the trees, dogs and birds on. 

Then I hurried out before the sun went down, and I went for a long walk, as is our family tradition on Christmas Day.

winter sunset

It was -14°C outside, and the snow had turned into chrystals some places. You can see a parts of some chrystals on the photo below.

 This nail polish name also brings back a lot of memories from my childhood...

...I remember the Winter and Easter Vacations before I was old enough to go cross country skiing, when my dad used to put me in a pulk, and let his dog drag it. The dog ran like crazy, and never learned that the pulk was bigger than him... so it got stuck between trees, and turned upside down with baby me face down in the snow...

 ... and a few years later...

...our neighbours came with us. Our parents probably wanted to walk fast, so I was allowed to be in the pulk with the other children. We lay there, all four of us, in a pulk made for 1 or 2 kids, but we talked and laughed and had fun. It's one of the happiest moments from my childhood...

...and when I was about 12 years old...

...I took a course in dog sled driving. We only used 3 dogs, and it's a long time ago, so sadly I don't remember enough to do it today, but it gave me enough reasons to buy this bottle because of it's name, even though I had just bought the "little NORTHIES mini nail lacquers" set, and I think I alredy have some similar green polishes... You might remember them from my Summer Vacation haul post.

Here my skin looks pink because of the cold. I couldn't wear gloves, because they would have made my nails look hairy... LOL

Yes, I know it's upside down

Step 3. Add "snow". 

Sadly, I didn't look at the pictures until I came home. So it was then I added the snow on "the ground". I just used the brush from OPI: My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

Ott- Lite

Step 4. Add glitter. 

It was so cold outside that it looked like someone had sprinkled tiny diamonds everywhere. That's why I felt that the mani needed some glitter.

LED lamp

I put a few drops of OPI: My Voice is a Little Norse on a palette and used a tiny brush to apply it. It's from the Nordic Collection too.

LED lamp

Products used:

OPI: My Dogsled is a Hybrid - green creme
OPI: My Boyfriend Scales Walls - white creme
OPI: My Voice is a Little Norse - silver holographic glitter

Stamping plates:
Dashica Beauty Shop: Infinity Nails 75 - trees
MoYou London: Explorer Collection 23 - birds
MoYou London: Princess Collection 03 - dogs

Stamping polish:
Konad SN White
Konad SN Black

Seche Vite

As you see, exept for the stamping, I only used OPI. I don't have a sled image plate. LOL! So I had to leave the actual dog sled outside the design. Any suggestions?

Here's one photo taken in daylight, where you can see that it's shiny:

winter daylight

What do you think? Does this nail polish name give you good memories too? Any dog sled drivers among you?


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Let it glitter! Golden Star - My Christmas Eve Nails

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a nice Christmas Holiday!

This is what I was wearing on Christmas Eve. Red with glitter.

The base is 1 coat of a red H&M creme called Dark Red. It's from a 6 pack mini set that's still available on H&M.

The glitter is called Golden Star. It's from a dutch indie brand called Let it glitter!. I had to try this brand after seing some beautiful holos on Maria's blog. The holos and Golden Star are from the Hohoholographic CollectionGolden Star is a clear base filled with tiny gold stars and hexagonal regular sized and small white glitter. This is one coat, and then I dabbed on a little more of the white glitter, and dipped the brush and picked up more stars with a dotting tool. Then I used Seche Vite, but I should have used more of the clear base first or Pochè, because I scratched myself a little. On her web page you can see how beautiful the glitter looks over black.

Look what winter did to my roses:

If you buy something from Let it glitter! remember to also buy O Holo night, or you'll regret it later...Now I wish I had bought big bottles... Do you like this?