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 πŸ™‚ 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!

Red, red wine…on my nails

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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!

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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 πŸ˜‰ ;-))

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? πŸ˜‰ 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!

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

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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 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..