A week of simple nails

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Ah, the joys of being sick and moving. No time and no interest in doing proper nail art! Luckily I’ve more than enough polishes that are screaming to be tried, so this week’s all about random colours I love on their own.

Left is Nicole by OPI ‘Luke of the Draw’ from the Modern Family series. I used 3 coats of it, and I just loved the final look and how it lasted over 5 days! Awesomesauce.

To the right, what I’m wearing today is Sinful Colors ‘Dancing Nails’. I haven’t been using SC for long, but so far I’ve been quite satisfied with their colours and how good it goes on. This metallic rose is no exception, it looks great and is definitely good enough to wear on its own. So if you got 2 dollars to spare, then you’ve no excuse for not making your nails pretty!

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I’ll be busy for at least another week, so my next posts will feature more of my fave single colours!

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Today’s nails: who says nails can’t have a tan?

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Today I had a day off. For a while it looked like housework all day, but luckily I made it to the park, nails done, bikini on, ice cream bought and ready to snooze in the sun! Speaking of my nails…

I already have a bit of a tan going on, and today it was time to give my nails one too. It doesn’t get much better than Butter London’s ‘Sunbaker’. The perfect name for a perfect orange/tan colour. It also goes on so nice that I had to admit to myself again that splurging a teeny bit on polish is worth it sometimes…

I love this colour so much, that for the nail art bit I wanted a piece to make it real summery cute. To achieve that I chose 2 bows with a little bling that I found, of all places, at Poundland in Edinburgh a while back (ladies in the UK rush over there now). I used just a tiny drop of nail glue to secure them, and waited about 15 minutes before using my hands again. As these bows are a little bigger, you want to make sure they’ve set real tight otherwise they’ll fly off in no time!

Anyways, off to do some more snoozing!

Today’s nails: a glittery sunset

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Today I finally found some inspiration again – this week, in case you were wondering, I was so busy with other things that I got my first nail art black out…the ideas weren’t coming at all! But luckily the slowly but surely improving summer here in Holland gave me a design to work out at long last.

I wanted a bit of a funky sunset to sponge on, and for that I chose 3 polishes: Sinful Colors ’24/7′, my go-to neon pink of the moment, ‘Crystal Clear’, some playful glitters, and Catrice ‘Ernie and Birdy’, a light yellow with a slight shimmer.

First I did just 1 coat of the yellow, but made sure it did cover fairly well. Then, I took a triangular make up sponge, cut it in half (so I can use the other half for a future design), grabbed some aluminum foil and a nail stick.
I added a blob of pink and a little yellow on the foil in such a way that it just touched. Then I pressed the sponge on it, and dabbed it carefully over each nail , moving left/right and slightly up/down until I got my desired ombre look.

After finishing each nail, I took the nail stick to quickly remove some of the excess polish directly around my cuticles and after that added one coat of the glitter. I cleaned up the rest of the mess after adding my quick drying top coat. Sponging is just so messy! But I do quite enjoy it. Summer’s now on my nails πŸ™‚

Today’s nails: in the navy!

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Ahh…TGIF! I’m one of those lucky people who have Fridays off, and today I finally had some time to do something new to my nails: striping tape art πŸ™‚

Recently I got different colours of striping tape from the amazing Born Pretty Store (seriously the best online store for nail art props!), and I’d been trying to figure out how to use it in a design…and in comes the equally amazing Barry M!

When I was in Scotland a couple of weeks back, I went straight to the closest store carrying Barry M nail polish as I adore that brand! One of the shades I got was ‘Navy’. It’s exactly that, a rich, creamy shiny navy. One coat could do the trick, but I did two anyway to get a really swanky look.

Then the slightly tricky bit. In the Nail Dummy (and my personal) style, I like to keep things sleek and clean, so luckily I already decided to do a simple horizontal band using a swanky gold colour. Saves some time and frustration, as it’s quite a precise little project to get the tape on straight πŸ˜‰

Basically, roll off some tape and position it over the nail once the polish is really dry. No really dry, so paint them first, have a drink, have some dinner, and only then start taping, or you will regret it…
Once it’s on kind of straight, take your thinnest pair of nail scissors and cut off. Then, tuck in the tape down the sides of your nail and cut off any bits that are still too long. You want a very snug fit as otherwise you might accidentally peel off the tape!

After finishing each nail, I instantly painted on a coat of fast drying top coat, also to seal it in better.

All in all, it’s not complicated, and I love the result, nice and chic πŸ™‚

Back from the USA again, nail polish shopping part 2!

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Hello my dear readers, I’m back again! Work took me to New Orleans this week, and I had 2 days off to explore this amazing city (the French Quarter and uptown are some of the best places I’ve seen in the USA so far)…and while I was shopping around, I found lots and lots of nail polishes πŸ˜‰

This time I focused on slightly more expensive brands rather than my giant Walgreens/CVS brands raid last time, so as you can see on the pic, there’s among others some Butter London, OPI (very excited about finding the Minnie Mouse set), an eco friendly find named Piggy Paint, American Apparel, and of course some Nails Inc. feathers for my second feather/fuzz review. All in all it cost just a fraction of what we pay in Europe, so I’m mighty glad tgat I could get this!

As last time, any polish a nail pen you want so see tried and tested soon?

Fuzzy polish, is it any good? Part 1

Fuzzy nails review

You can say it’s been months that I’ve been walking past these so-called fuzzy (Sally Hansen) or feathery (Nails Inc.) polishes, without ever buying them. Judging by the comments on one of my previous blog posts, I’m not the only one πŸ™‚

One of the things I got in the US last week was, at long last, one of the above mentioned options. Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy Coat and Nails Inc. Feathers swatches are pretty much identical, with Nails Inc. being the one who originally launched this kind of polish (correct me if I’m wrong, this is the order I saw them coming in Europe!).

I decided to first take home the Sally Hansen version, because of the price. My pick of the day, #100 ‘Wool Lite’.

First I tried it on by itself, which was a little bland and no way near fuzzy. So I then took a pale Β pink and did a coat of that, which instantly looked better.

One coat of the fuzz however wasn’t enough. I needed a second to actually get from just stripy to fuzzy. Only thing though…it just wouldn’t dry. At all. After over an hour, I still smudged and had to re-do 3 nails. After adding some quick-dry top coat I managed to tame things down.

The overall look once dry was OK. I could easily get out of the house wearing it, although it wasn’t the great new kind of nail art I’d gladly show off. That, in my world, means taking it off the next day. And so I did tonight. And it then became the difference between ‘yeah, OK’ and ‘hmm, no’ – it goes off horrible. Worse than normal glitter. Really wished I’d used my peel-off base coat for this, I spent over 20 minutes getting it off with strong acetone…

Oh well, at least I tried! I still like Sally Hansen for her basics, but this one won’t be replaced when it runs out. Instead, for part 2 I’ll be grabbing home some Nails Inc. Feathers to do a little product comparison. Watch this space!

Today’s nails: kobalt blue and stars

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(photo note: my cuticles were kind of ruined last week at a nail salon…) Today, before I read the comments of my previous entry, I decided to try 2 of my new polishes from the USA: Sinful Colors’ SinfulShine ‘Endless Blue’ and Fergie by Wet n Wild ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’.

The (very pretty) kobalt blue is so pigmented that I only needed 1 coat. Love it!

The glitters were slightly harder: this is one of those glitters you expect to pop, but in actual fact you need to be lucky to find 2 stars on your brush, rest being regular top coat. The stars and glitter are really pretty though, so I took an orange/cuticle stick, dipped the brush in the bottle a few times, removed any stars with the stick and set them aside. After putting 1 coat of the glitter on each nail, I simply added the kept away stars to any nail that had too little.

There you go! Next up, trying out the fuzzy polish..