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: you’re once, twice, three times…a glitter polish

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Ahh…slowly but surely I’m getting more ideas again for my nails. Today again I wanted to try out a couple of polishes I bought lately, and after some unsuccessful attempts my eyes caught this ‘instant galaxy nails in a bottle’ kind of purple-blue colour with a subtle glitter, also known as Nails Inc ‘Franklin Row’.

As I was obviously too tired to draw on stars and such to make it a true galaxy design, instead I grabbed my bottle of Elf ‘Pixie Dust’ and that did the trick just fine – I love the subtle shimmer flakes!

However, I felt like the look today needed just a little more, and that’s when I saw my other subtle glitter, the too cute to be true Hello Kitty ‘Pink Sprinkles’. That really finished my early weekend party look! Three times glitter’s a winner! Now off to find that party good night sleep…

Glow in the dark nails, you’ve never looked better in the dark

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I’m really wanting to do some proper nail designs again soon, but still too busy so here’s another simple do – although this one’s pretty different!

American Apparel sell a really good line of nail polishes, and when I was there a few weeks ago my eyes caught a bottle of glow in the dark polish. Too interesting! In a world filled with all sorts of glittery polishes, this one stands out as bright in a whole other way. In the basket, paid, mine!

As much as I think this will work as a top coat over almost everything, I was fancying creamy white nails, so I layered 2 coats of Essie ‘Waltz’, a thin, sheer white, before 1-2 coats of the glowy stuff. I instantly ran into another room where it was dark and…yes! Success! All I could see were 10 blobs of light, too funny!

The verdict, as you may expect: go get it 🙂 Unfortunately my cameras were too weak to capture the full effect, so I got one instead of a shady spot where you can already see the nails light up.

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Pinkpop, pink nails, good weekend!

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Last weekend we went to one of Holland’s largest and longest running rock festivals, Pinkpop. I’ve been to loads of them as I do enjoy to ***rock out*** quite a bit (doing some silly moves while typing).

I’d done my nails a few days before already, however I was blissfully unaware of the fact that I basically had my festival nails on a few days too soon!

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Yes indeed, it’s such a shocking pink that it’s nearly a sin. Or a total one, as this is Sinful Colors ’24/7′. Nice easy 2 coats – it goes on matte so I painted on some Seche Vite speedy shiny top coat. I love neon colours when I’m a little tanned like now, it makes them pop even brighter! So if you’ve got a little colour on your skin, I can totally recommend this to you.

As for the festival, it was a lot of fun as always! Green Day were a bit of a let down, but Google the Belgian band Triggerfinger if you’re into loud guitars played by guys in suits. Loved it!

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 😉

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

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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 🙂

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  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!

Going nail polish shopping in the USA, part 1

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Hey ladies, just landed from a week of working in the greater LA area, so if you were wondering what I was doing…yup, that. And yes, also *that*. Which refers to using my 2 seconds of free time to raid especially Sephora and Walgreens for some new goodies!

I’m exceptionally chuffed for finding some Seche Vite top coat and Onyx pure acetone, 2 items I just can’t find out here in Holland.

The OMG This Is Too Cute bottles must be the 2 Hello Kitty ones. I admit to getting these primarily for the bottle… Apart from that, rather than getting lots of OPI and Essie, I opted to get cheaper funky options from Sinful Colors, Wet ‘n Wild and Elf. To top it off, some repeat Nails Inc. products.

Next week there’ll be another trip, so expect a new whole batch! For now, any special requests on manis using any of these colours or toppers?