Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Green Reptile Nail Art

For today's Green Wednesday I've got a reptile nail art for you! Especially dedicated to my blog friend Nageldraken and her Katla :)

Not much to say really except that I love how it came out and that I wore it for a whole week! :D

The base is the wonderful H&M Amazon. The pattern is from MoYou plate Pro Collection-05 and I've used Kiko Mirror #626 Lawn Green.


How do you like this reptile manicure?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Review of my own balms!

Today I'm going to review my own hand made beauty products! Last Saturday I attended a course on how to make my own balms. It was so fun and interesting! I made three products using only natural and ecological ingredients. No conservatives or artificial ingredients! I felt like a proper chemist doing them but it was not hard. Timing and measurement was important though.

Best of all is that I'm so pleased how well the products are working on my skin! I've used them every day this past week and here are my reviews and thoughts :)

First up to be tested was the lotion which I've been using as a hand cream. It's quite oily and you need to work it in a bit but OMG how soft my hands got once it was in! Long lasting too and my choice of scents was spot on! Grapefruit with a hint of orange. Mmmmm!

The pot marigold cream has the scent of lavender and something similar to rosemary and I've tried it for dry red spots, pimples, skin irritations, enlarged pores, dry cuticles and it has worked on every single one of those issues! Even though it's quite oily it actually makes my skin more matte once the skin has absorbed it and it doesn't take long for it to be absorbed. Amazing! The pot marigold seems to have magic qualities!

The lip balm is the best one I've ever tried! I'm addicted to lip balm and I have applied my ordinary lip balm like twenty times a day but with this one I only need to apply it perhaps three times a day! I can feel it sink in instead of just laying on top of the lips. Our course teacher informed us about this but I didn't believe her until I tried it myself. Now I believe her and she also said that after a while using this balm the lips won't need it at all anymore! They get saturated with moist. I also tried this balm on my cuticles and it works great there too! They get so soft! For this lip balm I chose a pure grape fruit scent.

I'm so going to make more of these balms! All three of them! My top choice is the lip/cuticle balm. I'd like to do it with different scents like peppermint, orange and toffee perhaps. Yummy!


Have you tried making your own skin care?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Neon Waterlilies on Nude

When I saw that the theme for today's Nail Art Sunday was "Neon" I knew exactly which colors I wanted to play with! Neon yellow and nude! I love that combination!

And this is what I came up with! A stampicure with one of my new MoYou plates which I showed you yesterday.

The base is the stunning, amazing, beautiful "Rare" from Illamasqua. The pattern is from MoYou plate Suki Collection-06 and the nude polish is "Jet Stream" from By K.

I haven't tried stamping with any of my By K polishes but this one was excellent for stamping! It's a one coater so I'm not surprised and I guess the other By K's are great for stamping too!

I think the pattern looks like Waterlilies so that's why I named this manicure "Neon Waterlilies on Nude" even though it's the neon that is the base and not the nude ;)


How do you like this stampicure?

Saturday, 12 April 2014

New MoYou stamping plates!

I really love stamping so when I got a 15% discount code from MoYou London I splashed out on no less than five new stamping plates ;) I can't wait to try them! :D


Help me! Which one should I try first? :)
Are you into stamping?

Friday, 11 April 2014

TopShop Nails Winterfrost - swatches and review

For this Holo Friday I've got a pale silver holo from British TopShop to show you! Nice formula and wonderful pastel rainbows!


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Holographic.

Number of coats: Two.

Formula: Very nice formula! No bald spots. Dries really fast!

Brush: Medium straight cut.

Top Coat: Yes. Dries a bit matte. 

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 4/5

Due to the very soft and almost pastel colored rainbows this is not your ordinary mainstream silver holo. Yes, it's pale and yes, the holo effect is weak - but I like it :)

How do you like Winterfrost?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

By K The Sky Is The Limit - swatches and review

If I could only have one red polish in my stash this one could actually be that only one! The shade is such a perfect red and the formula is to die for! Perfection in a bottle! This is the kind of red that drives men crazy! Lol! ;)


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Cream.

Number of coats: Two (but one coat is probably ok for shorter nails).

Formula: Excellent formula! You're in total control and it's so self leveling! Perfect!

Brush: Thin and straight cut.

Top Coat: Yes. 

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 5+++++++/5

I don't wear red that often but I could wear this one often! Amazing color and perfect formula! Well done By K!!! *applause* :)

How do you like The Sky Is The Limit?
What's your perfect red cream polish?

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Peacock Feathers x 2 Nails

This manicure got quite a lot of attention when I showed it at my instagram account last Sunday. I was challenged to show #mydrinkandmynails by my dear friend Christine and this manicure happened to be my notd that day (and actually still is!). So here are some better pictures of it for you and for our Green Wednesday! :)

The base is a new H&M polish called Life Aquatic. The golden peacock feathers are from a MoYou plate (Pro-05) and the polish used is Essence Gold Digger. To get that extra detail I put a dot of the purple duo chrome polish "Peacock Feathers" from Nubar into each feather. Do you get the name of this manicure now? Peacock Feathers x 2 ;)

I've done peacock inspired manicures several times before. I just love the peacock colors! You can see them here and here.


How do you like this manicure?
Do you like the peacock colors?

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Golden Swirls Nail Art

I had a bit of a mind block when I was trying to name today's contribution to Nail Art Sunday… In the end I went for "Golden Swirls" :)

The base polish is By K Autumn Leaf, a fantastic toffee colored polish! Then I used Essence Gold Digger to stamp on a pattern from MoYou plate Pro Collection-07. To get that final touch I dotted on a few dots of a golden textured polish from Barry M called Duchess.

I was very happy with the result and wore it several days! :D


How do you like this manicure?
What would you have called this nail art?

Friday, 4 April 2014

By K Super Nova - swatches and review

It's Friday and what could be more suiting than ten disco balls on your nails! 100% party nails!

This is Super Nova from By K and it's so glittery that you need sunglasses! Glitters in a clear base. Not super dense so a base polish is to recommend. This is two coats of Super Nova on top of another By K polish - a silver foil called Moon Dust. Perfect combination and it feels really good to wear two polishes that both are cruelty free, vegan and 5-free!


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Glitter.

Number of coats: Two coats over a silver foil polish.

Formula: Very good! No glitter fishing at all needed. Applies smoothly.

Brush: Thin and straight cut.

Top Coat: Yes. 

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 5/5

Great qualities on this polish and I'm such a sucker for glitter so highest grade from me! :)

How do you like Super Nova?

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Max Factor Fantasy Fire - swatches and review

This polish doesn't need a long introduction ;) most of you already know it. Highly hyped in Sweden and impossible to get hold of here. In England though it's fairly easy to get hold of so lately I tend to buy a bottle each time I'm there :) So far I've got three bottles ;)

Fantasy Fire is a duo chrome best for layering. Mostly it shows its red and orange colors but in some lightings you can see both green and gold. It's really stunning!

In these pics I wear one coat over Rimmel Barmy Blue. There will be a picture spam today because Fantasy Fire really changes depending on the lighting.

In electric light
With flash
In daylight
Sorry for the blur but look at those colors!!

GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Duochrome.

Number of coats: One coat on top of a blue creme polish.

Formula: Very good! No complaints.

Brush: Thin and straight cut.

Top Coat: Yes. 

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. Much more amazing irl of course! :)

Grade: 5++/5

I liked this polish far more than I thought! I almost always get put off by a super hyped polish but now when the worst hype is over I felt like trying it ;) and I will wear it again (I must - I've got three bottles of it! Lol!)

How do you like Fantasy Fire?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

H&M Nail Polish Amazon - swatches and review

This is a fairly new polish from H&M! New bottle logo and the new wide brush.

It's a great bright grass green color! I fell in love with it the minute I saw it and it was amazing on the nails too! And perfect for Green Wednesday :)


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Cream.

Number of coats: Two - but it's definitely a possible one coater.

Formula: Ok, but a bit weird. It's both a tiny bit thick AND comes with a cuticle flood warning at the same time :/

Brush: Very wide and rounded. I love it!

Top Coat: Yes.

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 4+++++++++/5

I loooooove this color! It's so bright and green! ;) The formula could have been a bit better but I love the brush and I'll wear it again and again :)

How do you like Amazon?

Monday, 31 March 2014

Catrice Denim Moore - swatches and review

This is a fantastic blue shimmer polish from Catrice who found its way to me via my lovely friend Christine at Polished Marvels. You really get that denim feeling and the name is so witty! I love it!

A one coater with a fantastic formula and a great brush!


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Shimmer.

Number of coats: One!

Formula: Very good! So easy to apply!

Brush: Very wide and rounded.

Top Coat: Yes but it didn't work well with Seche Vite so I recommend you to try another top coat for this polish. SV almost gave it bald spots. Very strange! Never happened to me before.

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 5/5

How do you like Denim Moore?