Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bundle Monster Easter

Hello everyone!

As you probably see, I've used 4 Bundle Monster stamping plates with Easter images, and added some dots. Yes, candy is still a big part of my Easter Holidays! My favourite Easter image is the one with the bunny in the egg with the flowers. The base is a- england Briarwood, bought with a 40% coupon code when many online stores celebrated Tristam's birthday, a few weeks ago! :-) Tristam is of course Adina's (the creator of a- england) beautiful cat. He is 3 years old.


a- england: Briarwood
Dotting tool
Bundle Monster stamping plates:
Index finger: BM- H09
Middle finger: BM- H10 & some added dots
Ring finger: BM- 302
Pinkie: BM- 306
China Glaze: Passion -gold -used for stamping
XL stamper
& base-, and top coat

a- england is not tested on animals.

I actually made this before Easter, but as usual, I'm behind on the blogging. I even have lots of photos from 2013 that I have to go through. :-( And I still haven't showed all the nail art I did the last 6 months... and I keep swatching and making new nail art... What do you think I should do?


Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter chicks (free range) & feathers. Stamping & water decals. TPC April

Happy Easter!

"Easter" is the nail art theme in some of the groups I'm in, and blue and yellow are two of the colors for Tripolish April. So this is also for the Tri Polish Challenge, and therefor you will find thumbnails at the end of this post.

Look how big this daffodil is! (I'm going to fertilize mine when I come home, and see if that helps...)

I started with 2 coats (3 coats on my thumb) of the pastel blue/ periwinkle Deborah Lippmann polish called Blue Orchid. It's my favourite from her new spring pastel collection called Spring Reveries Collection. I've already been wearing it a few times. Then I added 3 water decal chicks. Doesn't one look like a chick, one like a gosling, and one like a duckling? No matter which species, they're supposed be free range or wild. (I've showed how to use water decals here.) And then I stamped the yellow and gold feathers and gold stars on. The stamping plate I used is Konad m77.


Then I ruined the ring finger and middle finger nail before I could take photos, and removed the polish. But I didn't have time to redo them before travelling to visit family... So that's why the other fingers have a little tip wear.



I've struggled to get Seche Vite earlier. I have found it in one shop which is quite far away, or bought it online. So I was very happy when I found this bottle on H&M!!! :-) They also had a fast drying top coat of their own, that I'm going to try.

Products used:

Duri Rejuvacote (base coat)
Deborah Lippmann: Blue Orchid (blue/ periwinkle)
Water decals bought from Born Pretty Store (chicks)
Konad: SN Yellow (yellow stamping)
China Glaze: Passion (gold stamping)
Konad: m77 (feathers and stars)
Seche Vite (top coat)

Deborah Lippmann is Cruelty- free.

Did you make Easter nail art this year?

How do you spend your Easter holiday? I'm going home today...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

My entry to Nail Polish Canada's Easter Nail Art Challenge

Hello everyone!

I was very happy when I was invited to participate in Nail Polish Canada's Easter Nail Art Challenge. This is my entry.

You can look at all the entries and vote for your favorite here.

You can find details about this manicure and more photos here.

I wish you all a happy Easter Holiday! And good luck if you are participating!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ruby Kisses: Lavender Dream

Hello everyone!

Lavender Dream is a nearly pink pastel purple cream nail polish from Ruby Kisses. I've been wearing LD twice on my nails, and on my toes for a month. I'm not showing photos of my toes, although LD made my white feet look like I had a tan (as if it was a neon)! :-) I even got a compliment. Here you see what it looks like with a coat of Seche Vite in the sun and in the shade. I don't remember if I used 2 or 3 coats, but the formula was good.

GOT Polish Challenge: YELLOW/ PEACH

Hello everyone!

Helena Rubinstein: 'Lemon Heat' was one of the old bottles of polish that I looked forward to use when I first heard about the GOT Challenge. I don't remember when I bought it, but I think it can be considered vintage. Do you know how old it is? Maybe 15 years? Still no need for thinner.

You can find Lemon Heat swatched here, and my tiny vintage collection here.

For the stamping I used Konad: SN Yellow, and flowers from two Moyou London stamping plates: 08 (small) and 10 (XL), both from the Pro Collection. (I couldn't find 08 now that I wanted to link to it.)

The first photos below are of a shiny Lemon Heat with stamping, the next are with top coat (Seche Vite), and the rest are mattified (with GOSH #600 'Matt Effect Top Coat').

Thursday, March 20, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Nails: Mutagen stamped with MM04

Hello everyone!

To make these St. Patrick's Day Nails, I started with a green multichrome called Mutagen from I Love Nail Polish. I used 3 coats and top coat. Then I used Konad: SN Black to stamp the pattern from an image on Messy Mansion's stamping plate MM04. Because I have small nails, I could use different parts of the image like this. The first photo above is taken before top coating the stamping.


First a few photos of Mutagen on it's own, then more pictures of the finished manicure, and the plate. All the photos below are with top coat. Lighting: shade, sun, Ott- Lite, LED lamp. No under water photos this time.


I Love Nail Polish (ILNP): Mutagen
Messy Mansion: MM04
Konad: SN Black


I bought MM04 because of this image only, and I can't understand how someone can draw such an awesome design. Now that I have the plate, I also like many of the other images. I love the hands holding a heart, and the clover images. The plate has a lot of images that are perfect for those who celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but they can of course be used any time of the year. I didn't hold the stamping plate straight on the photo above, so the images in the front appear larger than they really are. The plate is very well etched, as usual with the Messy Mansion plates. Sadly there are some tiny holes in my dear perfect soft stamper, so if you see some green dots where it was supposed to be black, that's why. If my next stamper is of the same quality, I will be more careful with it.


This multichrome is a very vibrant green that changes color depending of the angle of your nails. It was difficult to photograph this polish. It looks even "greener" in real life. LOL. ILNP describes it as a mirror- like chrome. Mutagen is from ILNP's growing “Ultra Chrome” collection. I have the old version of Mutagen. Now they also have a holographic version called "Mutagen (H)". Mutagen is similar to, but not a dupe of Enchanted Polish: Hey Jude. Mutagen is less colorchanging than I had expected, but because of the vibrant green color and the mirror- like chrome effect, I love it.

What's your favourite multichrome nail polish?


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GOT Polish Challenge: PURPLE. Old and newer blurple- aubergine- purple with silver Pueen 49 stamping

Hello everyone!

I wanted to use my vintage Estée Lauder polish and some other purple- aubergine- blurple 1,5-  a few years old polishes. With the stamping the difference between the polishes doesn't show much, but luckily it showed better on the photos. :-)

I'm not sure how old the Estée Lauder polish is, but probably 10- 15 years old. The glue is still where the name probably used to be... There's not much left in the bottle, and I had to use a little thinner. I would describe the color as a dark purple with a little grey and brown mixed in, and a lot of gold/ bronze shimmer. You can see it on my middle finger. I have showed this bottle before when I showed my tiny vintage nail polish collection. You can find it here.

I've written a list below, with all the products I used, and which nail polish you can see on which finger.

Gina Tricot, Nfu- Oh, Estée Lauder, OPI, Deborah Lippmann, China Glaze, Pueen 49


Duri Rejuvacote -base coat
Gina Tricot: #102 Cabaret - thumb
Nfu- Oh: #51 -index finger
Estée Lauder: no name - middle finger
OPI: Every Month is Oktoberfest - ring finger
Deborah Lippmann: Let's Go Crazy - pinkie
Stamping plate: Pueen 49
China Glaze: Awaken -silver
XL stamper
Lint roller - to remove polish from the stamper
Scotch tape - to remove polish from the skin
Brush dipped in acetone - to clean cuticles

Sadly I have not showed swatches of these before, other than Nfu- Oh #51 over a blue polish. You can see it here. I've used Nfu- Oh #51 several times for nail art. And the OPI has been used for layering here and here.

I tried to remove the stamped polish from my skin with scotch tape, as seen on Wacky Laki. Removing stamped polish from the skin with tape, and removing it from the stamper with a lint roller has saved me a lot of time.

Below you can see the other GOT nails. I was too late to add my thumbnail.