Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Skittles

Merry Christmas everyone! :D I hope you are all having a wonderful time with your loved ones.

Today's post will be short because I'm spending time with my family. Being that Christmas for me is in summer I wasn't feeling very festive until last minute. Just yesterday I painted my nails with a bunch of designs I found on Tumblr/Pinterest (so I take no credit for them).

I used a bunch of nail polishes for this nail art. The red is Zoya Sooki, the white is Finger Paints Papier Maché, the greens are OPI Jade is the new Black and Jordana Grass green. The brown is a new one I got from Essence the other day, Wanna Say Hello (we finally got the new Colour&Go selection, wee!)
I also want to thank all my readers for the constant support and kind words in comments or Twitter. I love you all <3 p="p">

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pastel Leopard Print

Hi guys! How are you doing? I'm still stressing over finals over here (Need. Summer. Break..) but still squeezing in some time for manis. Since it's summer I haven't been feeling very Christmass-y (we haven't even put out decorations), so today's mani is nothing at all holiday-related, but still cute (if I do say so myself).

Today's mani started because I wanted to combine Essie Splash of Grenadine and Lapis of Luxury. I've always loved how these two shades look together, no surprise since they were both released in the same collection (Essie Resort 2010, the only collection I wish I had whole *sigh*).

Also, I've been wanting to try out a leopard print manicure, and one thing lead to another...
The base of my manicure is two coats of Splash of Grenadine in almost all my nails. As an accent, I painted three coats of Lapis of Luxury on my index and thumb. Of these two, Lapis of Luxury has the trickier formula, but it's not impossible to work with.
I used a dotting tool for the spots: with one end I added some spots of Splash of Grenadine over the nails painted with blue and after that was dry I used the other end to add the black spots with Essence Galactic Black.

Overall, I loved this look and it was really simple to do the spots. I look forward to make a full leopard mani next time.

What's your favorite nail art look? Share it on the comments :)

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Oldie but Goodie

Hi everyone! How are you all doing? Today I'm sharing a very summery mani featuring one of my favorite nail polishes ever, top 20 material for me. It might not be because it's super interesting, but it has a special place in my heart as it was one of the first nail polishes I ever owned.

Today I'm showing you two coats of OPI Flower to Flower with one dabbed coat of Lynnderella Connect the Dots.
I don't know what is it with summer that makes me want to bust out all my pink colors. This week is OPI's Flower to Flower from the Summer Flutter collection (Summer 2010). Flower to Flower is a bubblegum pink with some pretty silver shimmer (it looks like a shimmery version of OPI Strawberry Margarita)
To spice it up a bit I took out my Connect the Dots by Lynnderella, which I had not used much since "the drama". Connect the Dots is a mix of black and white glitter in several sizes and shapes in a clear base.

I've had this combo on the back of my head for a while. For some reason I thought Connect the Dots would look really cool over pink. And it does! I love the look :)
Glitters look awesome under macro, don't they?
I don't tend to consciously follow seasons with my nail polish (since it's sunny most of the year here I can rock holos even on winter), but you'll probably be seeing more bright manis from me. I just love happy colors for summer.

What's your favorite summer shade?

PS: Please excuse my tipwear, I had been wearing this mani for a day when I took pics. Also, ack, macro is not gentle with my cutes *sad*

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Punk Gradient

Hi all! How are you doing? I'm doing fine, but busy. I'm really close to the end of the semester, so it gets really chaotic really fast. Also, not fun, but my last final is on December 28th. Boo.

Anyway, on to more fun topics. Today I have a gradient mani to share with you. Gradients are my favorite way to extend the life of a mani, in cases I don't have time to change my current one, but I already grew bored of it.

Today's mani started with China Glaze Strawberry Fields (which was my first nail polish reviewed here). I love this pink glassfleck and it's a perfect shade for summer (which already got here!).

But I couldn't leave it alone and in less that a day I added a gradient with Essence Galactic Black (it's a shimmery black, but the shimmer is almost invisible in real life). It seemed a little plain so I thought: "Uhm, what can I use to brighten this up?"

Glitter, of course!

The glitter is Love & Beauty Crystal/Multi by Forever 21 (don't we all love the creativity of F21's polishes?). This was also sent to me by the awesome Eileen (since there are no F21 in my country). I loved this polish because the polish is shredded in irregular bits instead of a regular shape, it's really unique in my opinion.

For creating the glitter gradient I just carefully dabbed over the color gradient. I called this "punk gradient" because, somehow, the shredded glitters and the color scheme reminds me of Daft Punk. Yeah, I don't even know how my mind works.

On the macro you can appreciate the irregular shredded glitter and the pastel colors. I really liked this mani and would like to recreate it sometime.

What was the latest mani that you just loved?

Thanks for reading!