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…

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Red, red wine…on my nails

Red wine nails

I’m still a little jetlagged, so today no new nails just yet, but a recent design I hadn’t shared due to my heavy travel schedule…

Anyways, I had a bottle of Nails Inc. ‘Victoria’ lying around for a while already, and although they call it one of their ‘hero shades’, I hadn’t yet decided what could be hero of wine red; yes I love wine, but wasn’t this particular shade of red most popular as a hair colour in the late ’90’s?

But I bought it, so I promised myself to try it out. And so I did, for an evening out – I figured this would be the best occasion for it. Did it very simple, just 2 coats, shiny top coat and a little gold stud on one nail per hand…and decided I loved it. I shouldn’t have doubted the hero status of this colour, it’s so classy it rocks!

Red wine nails part 2

And how good does it look clutching a little glass of red (disclaimer: from 16 in Holland, 18 in most of other European countries, 19 in Canada and 21 in the States, if younger grab some grape juice 😉 ;-))

Off to waking up a little more again!

Fuzzy polish, is it any good? Part 2: Nails Inc. Feathers

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After trying out Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy polish, I promised to get the other widely available fluffy looking polish, Feathers by Nails Inc., on my next trip to the US. And who would I be not to keep a promise? 😉 Last week, I picked up a bottle of ‘Cornwall’ at Sephora.

I already learnt that the fuzz, or should I say feathers in this case, don’t come out well without a base colour. For this particular colour I chose white. One coat was practically nothing, just as the Sally Hansen version, and again it took me 3 coats to get to a final result I was happy with (see pictures: top half is without additional top coat, bottom half is including top coat).

The result: I’m still not 100% convinced. It took me lots of scraping and picking to get it somewhat right. However, Nails Inc. Feathers are a lot less lumpy, and…it actually dried on its own, within 30 minutes! For this fact alone I can recommend you take this option if you want to dive into this nail trend. I’ll probably try it again using a blue base, to see if I can be satisfied with a look using just 1 or 2 coats of this polish. So…in the case of finding the best fuzzy polish, we have a winner!

Today’s nails: black and white graffiti

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So…Queensday in The Netherlands was truly amazing. The nails worked quite well, better than I thought!
But now it’s all back to normal and that means the flags must go.

As I was still recovering from the day I’d trouble making decisions, so in the end I chose for something simple. I recently got Nails Inc.’s Brick Lane graffiti glitter, and I paired it up with Nails Inc.’s Mayfair. I love the result! Beforehand I was wondering what base colour would work with these glitters, and pearl white works terrific. I used 2 coats of the white and 3 coats of the glitter to get the effect as shown on the pic.
Back to recovering now 🙂

Suit & tie manicure that purrs!

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Another one from the archives today, I did raid several stores again today though so I’ve enough new polishes to play around with!

I called this my suit & tie mani with a little meow-factor. (Sorry for the poor cleaning prior to taking the above picture by the way…) Was really simple, just 2 coats of Nails Inc. ‘Mayfair‘, which is a pearly white, followed by some Bourjois Paris nail stickers – I’m sure you can find similar ones from online nail stores, as I’ve got a feeling you can only get the ones I got in The Netherlands and selected other European countries. With thin tweezers, I carefully placed my little bow ties, and to make it a little cuter, added a kitty kat on my index fingers. That’s all! Any nail dummy can do this :-

Leopard and stripes, why stick to one design if you can have ’em all?

Leopard stripes

The idea came from looking around on Pinterest; I saw someone who’d collected several examples of ladies doing a couple of nails with a leopard print, and a couple with several stripes but all in the same colour story. I thought it looked amazing, so decided to give it a go, adding in a few twists. First, I only just started out using tape to stripe my nails, so opted for one wide band rather than several smaller stripes. And I felt like playing with glitter a bit, I’ve this (here we go again, sponsor me already haha) Nails Inc. rose coloured glitter which is deliciously amazing, I’d been wanting to use it again for a while. Anyway, on to how I did it! Continue reading

Rock’n’roll nails

Rock'n'roll Nails

Excuse me for the not-so-clear photo, this was a nighttime project while I had no idea I’d be starting a blog anytime soon. I’ll surely post more similar designs at some point.

I felt like having something cool on my nails, something that will turn heads at festivals, rock concerts, and something in tune with current fashion trends. Well, then studs it must be! Continue reading