Saturday, September 21, 2013

31DC2013 Day 17, Glitter: Falling bars..

Hi all :)

It's really not the same doing the challenge at my own pace :/ But, I do really not have time to do a mani a day atm.. But exciting things are going on study-wise,  so that's great :)

Here's my glitter mani.. Very simple, but that's what I had in my head. I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Stocking Nude, Barry M Confetti Nail Effects Sour Apple and Dolly Mixture.

Blogger is doing something weird with the photos? Whatever photo is the first one is changing colors - it's more red-ish. If I put another picture first, this one goes back to normal, but the first one changes colors :S weird!



Next up is half-moons :)


The other glitter-manis:


Have fun and take care =)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

31DC2013 Day 16, Tribal Print: My dirty socks!

Hi all :)

So only one day behind so far ;) But don't worry I'll be farther (further?) behind soon! haha..

So these nails are inspired by a pair of socks from H&M.. I love the colors and they have a nice print :)

I used my trusty Gosh Groovey Grey as a base for the nail art and H&M Soaked in Purple and Mustard (appropriate huh?) and Hot Makeup No. 08


And my socks! Yes they are not clean at this point :p


I like my thumb the best! Next up is glitter, let's see when that'll be :)


Here's the other tribal manis:


Have fun and take care :)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

31DC2013 Update: I'm doing it at my own pace now..

Hi all :)

Yes, as the title indicates I'm not going to follow the challenge at the one-mani-per-day pace.. I simply do not have the time anymore! From tomorrow things are getting more busy at uni and I will not have the opportunity to do a mani a day, at least not satisfactory..

So instead of starting to stress out because of the challenge, I have decided to do it at my own pace :) That way I can spend more time on each mani and I'll especially need that when we come to the 'inspired by'-portion of the challenge..

Two weeks of a mani a day has really been fun and I'm actually impressed that I managed to do it.. But I better 'stop' while I'm ahead :) Some might see this as a failure, but I rather want to challenge myself technique- and execution-wise than pace-wise..

So I'll see you when I have the next mani ready - it's going to be tribal and I'm really looking forward to it :)


Have fun and take care =)

31DC2013 Day 15, Delicate Print: Golden flowers

Hi all :)

When I hear 'delicate print' I think swirls and flowers.. I thought I would have some perfect stamping plates for this, but it turns out that there was nothing in my collection that felt truly 'delicate' to me.. So I found those that were close..

I used Milani Chocolate Sprinkles for the base color and Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold for the stamp..


Close-up of the beautiful Chocolate Sprinkles:



I have an update regarding me and this challenge later today :)



Here's some more delicate manis:


Have fun and take care =)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

31DC2013 Day 14, Flowers: Plaid and roses!

Hi all :)

So this look is completely stolen from Wondrously Polished.. I just thought it was sooo cute, that I had to do it for 'flower-day'.

I wanted to use some slightly darker colors than Lindsey.. I used Urban Outfitters Virgin as a base and did the plaid with the elf polish that I also used for day 13, OPI Skull And Glossbones and OPI Glints of Glinda. For the roses I used H&M Check Me Out, JLB Precious Pink, China Glaze Gothic Lolita, Eyeko Lilac Polish, H&M Lemon Tree, NYC Lexington Yellow and NYC High Line Green.. I loved how this turned out and I'm surprised that it actually ended up looking like I wanted it to :)

Ignore the cuticle oil ;)


And here's the plaid before adding the roses..


Tomorrow is delicate print, whatever that means :p


Here's the other flower manis:


Have fun and take care =)

Friday, September 13, 2013

31DC2013 Day 13, Animal Prints: Fish scales..

Hi all :)

Welcome to day 13! I can't believe that I'm still in the game and actually one day ahead. But I think I'll soon loose that head start..

So today is Animal Prints. I'm not really a fan of 'traditional' animal prints like leopard, zebra etc. So I had to figure out something else.. So I though fish scales! Unfortunately I didn't have the time to freehand the 'scales', so I had to use a stamp and I didn't have one that resembled fish scales..So it kinda looks more like a mermaid tail, but shhh.. Don't tell anybody!

Lots of pictures today, cause there wasn't much light left outside when I was done with this mani.. So I have different pictures trying to show of everything that is going on here..


I think I used way too many polishes for this because some of them got lost amongst the others..

For the base I used H&M Turqouise (A Hello Kitty-polish)..
Then I used saran wrap to dap on a lot of different colors (in no particular order): Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, Milani Key West Nicole by OPI It's Up To You, Milani Cyberspace, Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Purple Diamond, PA AA41, Essence Glisten Up!, Sinful Colors Cinderella, W'N'W Teal or no Teal, H&M Metallic Blue.

I then stamped with Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and BM-315. Phew! And then I tried using NYC Matte Me Crazy again, this time with a bit better luck..



Before the stamp:


And a close-up to show some of the holo, glitter, shimmer and flakies!


I'm not sure I lived up to the challenge this time, but let's just say this was an animal print ;)

Tomorrow is flowers!


Here's the other animal print manis:


Have fun and take care =)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

31DC2013 Day 12, Stripes: Nautical-kinda looking..

Hi all :)

I had the idea to do some nautical-kinda-inspired stripes for today's challenge.. But I didn't want to do any anchors and such, just stripes and be inspired by the colors usually used..

I'm actually quite impressed with how straight (some of) my lines are! I liked the design, but did not really like it on me.. I didn't think it fitted to me.. Don't know if that makes sense?




The base is an elf polish, but it does not have any name or number.. The stripes are done with Collection 2000 Gerantium, Revlon Royal and Confetti Five Golden Rings.


Tomorrow is animal print! Not my fave, even though I know a lot of people love Animal Prints..


Here's the other striped manis:


Have fun and take care =)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

31DC2013 Day 11, Polka Dots: Dotted Ombre

Hi all :)

Welcome to day 11! Still going strong, luckily!

I don't think I have ever done a real Polka Dot mani, so I thought this should be the time.. To make it a bit more interesting did it on top of an Ombre, which I haven't done before either ;)

The white is Sally hansen White On. The blues are (from dark to light): Rimmel My Denim, Jordana Smooth Blue, Gosh Blue Balloon, H&M U Must Have This, Colorama Party Blue. I actually really like this :)



A lot of firsts for me today.. That's the good thing about a challenge, even though I'm not really challenge myself technique-wise.. But that'll come later in the challenge ;) Tomorrow it is stripes!



Check out the other Polka Dotted manis:


Have fun and take care :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

31DC2013 Day 10, Gradient: Studded gradient...

Hi all :)

Welcome to the last day of the 'colors'-prompts.. I like how this turned out even though it wasn't exactly how I pictured it.. But I like the color combo :)

This look is of course highly inspired by The Nailasaurus who you all probably know is the master of gradients and studs!

I used H&M Check Me Out and Barry M Mushroom and the studs are a kind of bronze-y color.. 


Before the studs:


So for the next 10 days it's all about the patterns.. Polka Dots are up next :)


Here's the other gradients:


Have fun and take care :)

Monday, September 9, 2013

31DC2013 Day 9, Rainbow: Yeah well.. Rainbows..

Hi all :)

So rainbow nails! I love me something colorful and if anything is colorful, it's rainbows ;) But what I had in mind didn't really work out..

I was inspired by THIS wonderful mani.. I liked that it looked kinda like a sugar spun mani, so I wanted to do the same, but with all the colors of the rainbow. That was a bad idea, because that didn't give me enough space for each color to have that effect.. I'll have to try it at another time with one color in different shades at the time :)


For the bases I used Gosh Groovey Grey and China Glaze FYI. For the rainbow I used (from top-bottom and darker shade to lighter): Eyeko Saucy, H&M Check Me Out, China Glaze Papaya Punch, Kongsøre of Denmark no. 5048, H&M Lemon Tree, NYC Lexington Yellow, Essie Pretty Edgy, Ciate Mojito, Jordana Smooth Blue, H&M U Must Have This, Hot Makeup No. 23 and Color Club Pucci-licious.. Phew!


Here's a close-up because that looks a bit cooler.. haha


We're almost at the end of the color-portion of the challenge =) Tomorrow is gradient nails!


And here's the other rainbow manis. This is gonna be a lovely sight! :)



Have fun and take care :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

31DC2013 Day 8, Metallic: Framed Magnetic

Hi all :)

Today is metallic day :) Last year Sarah from Chalkboard Nails used magnetic polish for her metallic nails, and I have wanted to use my magnetic polishes for a while.. I really like the idea of magnetic polishes, but I have a problem with using them. I cannot get the magnetic effect on my whole nail and then I think it just looks weird.

So this time I tried and use the magnet first on one half of the nail and afterwards paint the other half of the nail and use it again.. That did make it a bit better, but you can see the divide in the middle. I then framed it off with a metallic polish so that the magnetic design didn't just stop in the middle of nowhere..


I used LCN Magnetic Nail Polish 43524-2, Maybelline Color Show Amethyst Ablaze and Hema Metallic (Probably has a number, but can't figure it out. I don't know if it qualifies as a metallic polish, but it is from a metallic line, so I'm in the clear :p ).

I then tried to mattify it with NYC Matte Me Crazy, but it didn't really work.. Weird.. It made the shine a little bit more dull, but nothing noteworthy..


I actually tought this was kinda cute :)


I was a bit lost with today's prompt, but I'm happy with what I ended up with :) Tomorrow is RAINBOWS :D yaay!


Here's the other metallic nails:



Have you tried NYC Matte Me Crazy? Did it work properly for you or did you have the same experience as me?

Have fun and take care =)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

31DC2013 Day 7, B&W Nails: Zig-Zag

Hi all :)

For my black and white nails I used Nubar Knight's Armor and MaxFactor Wicked White. The zig-zags (chevrons?) is done with W'n'W Black Creme.

I dented my middle finger, so I had to remove some of it and redo it, that's why it looks a bit more ugly.. Such a shame 'cause I'm actually very happy with how it turned out on my ring finger:)



I originally wanted to put L'oreal Confettis (black & white glitter) on top, but when I did it on the first nails the zig zags got completely lost, as you can see here:


Next up is Metallic Nails =)


Check out the other b&w nails down below :)


Have fun and take care =)

Friday, September 6, 2013

31DC2013 Day 6, Violet: I swear this is violet!

Hi all :)

So this one is a fail for me.. I absolutely loved my base color, but what I had planned just didn't look the same when executed as in my head..  You win some, you lose some..

The base color is Hot Makeup No. 23 with H&M Manhunter sponged on and water decals from Born Pretty Store. The photos are not color accurate - are they ever when dealing with violets/purple? :p The real color is more like a mix of Violet and Indigo in THIS color chart on wikipedia.


Next up: Black and White =)




Check out the other violet nails:


Have fun and take care =)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

31DC2013 Day 5, Blue: Gradient and flowers..

Hi all :)

Blue! I've actually had this mani in my mind since before the challenge began, so I was looking forward to blue day.  Even though I messed up the stamping I really liked this one :)

I used Barry M Textured Atlantic Road and OPI Get Your Number for the gradient and  OPI Skull and Glossbone stamped with Maybelline Colorshow Navy Narcissist and BM-314 for the rest..



Tomorrow is violet =)


Check out the other blue manis :)



Have fun and take care :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

31DC2013 Day 4, Green: Edged swirl

Hi all :)

Day 4 everbody! Still going strong, but I have to admit it is a bit stressful to do a mani each day and that is before it gets too dark outside for me to take pictures :S I cannot for the life of me get good pictures in  anything but natural light even though I have a daylight bulb, use the white balance option and have build a lightbox.. sigh.. Anybody have any good tips?

 Okay on to the nails.. Green is my fave color, more specifically bright green and lime green. But the darker greens won this time - because I really wanted to wear Nubar Reclaim. Here I paired it with Revlon Posh. I thought about doing a swirl design since it's a long time since I did one, but then thought I wanted it to be a edged swirl design..



A close-up of one of the swirls:

 So up next is blue! :)


And here's the In-Linkz form for today's prompt:



Have fun and take care =)
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