I’m on vacation!

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Last year I still managed to make a nail art each day for my challenge.
This year I’m not even taking my laptop with me.
The purpose of vacation is to really rest and have fun with my loved ones.
That’s why this is my vacation notice 😀
Feel free to read my content so far and please keep commenting as I will come back and catch up with everything at the beginning of August.
I hope you’ll forgive me and stick around.
Love Margriet.
P.S. Perhaps I will post some haul pictures or holiday fun on IG and/or Facebook
On my nails: randomly sponged neon lacquers.
Topped with a LED topcoat as I hope this mani will last the whole vacation ;D
The hand art is made with blacklight (UV-light) paint.
I also made a bracelet.
My first attempt at working with acrylic powder and liquid.
Except from the bands it’s all nail related products that I’ve used:
– acrylic powder (white)
– acrylic liquid
– polish
– acrylic paint
– nail art rings (metal)
I’m going to dance my ass off in those blacklights 😀
See you and thanks for reading, commenting and sharing the love ♥

Thank you Netherlands! (3rd place World Cup 2014)

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I want to thank the Netherlands for the fabulous World Cup 2014 that they’ve given us!
Source: Voetbal International

World Cup nails Holland

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In a few hours we will play the semi final against Argentina.
Now that we’ve come so far I really want us to win!
Today another set of nails that hopefully will bring some luck again ;D
As you will notice I had to file my nails down 😦
I chopped some of the upper nail plate with my kitchen knife and to prevent further damage I decided to file off this thinner part.
The nail art isn’t my best…I’m so tired and really didn’t feel like making anything.
The quality of the picture isn’t the best either.
After a lot of days with outside shooting.
We now have rain, rain and rain and I wasn’t even able to take a picture outside.
But let’s stop complaining and show you the nail art!

Swatches, review and nail art Essence Trend Edition Wave Goddess

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Essence recently came out with their new trend edition which is called “Wave Goddess“.
Essence writes: “Body boarding, stand-up paddling and surfing are the trend sports of the summer! and “wave goddess” offers the ideal products for fun times at the beach or in the water!
On top, the absolutely stylish beauty pieces have a gorgeous hibiscus blossom design to create a true summer feeling!”
This trend edition features 4 lacquers and a thermal top coat (changes the color of your nail polish depending on the temperature).
Each bottle comes with a flexible rubber ring matching the color of the nail polish.
I didn’t get the top coat yet because it was already sold out.
If I can get my hands on it I will post about it later.


01 Loose your heart on the board
Loose your heart on the board is a hot pink creme.
It applies heavenly and could easily be a one coater.
I used two thin coats for this swatch.
02 Wave down the lime
Wave down the lime is a color which I find very difficult to describe.
With the color lime I’m expecting more green.
However I do feel this banana yellow has some green undertones.
Wave down the lime is a creme polish with silver shimmer and has a satin finish.
It dries very quick and with the warm temperature I had some trouble applying this; uneven and a bit streaky.
Nothing a top coat can’t fix but I wanted to show the polish without.
This is 2 coats.
03 Have a break
Have a break is a light blue creme with silver shimmer.
Again very fast drying but better to apply than Wave down the lime.
This is 2 coats and it dries to a satin finish.
04 Crush on blue
Crush on blue is a medium blue creme with silver shimmer.
This is 2 coats and again with a satin finish.


Let’s start with what I think of this edition color wise.
I love it!
When it’s summer I don’t want to be reminded of Fall yet…the year already goes fast enough.
Finally an edition with bright, summery colors.
The blues a little less but the shimmer makes totally up for it.
Application and formula.
Fast drying. Perhaps due to the hot weather but it was almost too fast for an even application.
I swatched all colors with 2 thin coats but you could get away with one thicker coat which is of course great!
The satin finish suits the beach look but I love the diversity of being able to make it glossy as well.
With the blue colors you should be careful and use more than 1 base coat. It tends to stain the nails.
Overall I like this edition.
The colors aren’t very unique but they are summery.
I love the bottles with the flowers and the fresh look.
I don’t really give about the rings but I think it’s a clever idea and fun for the younger public (the size is small too).

Nail art

Sometimes it’s really hard to get inspiration for a nail art.
The fun thing about the Essence and Catrice editions is that they always come with images and bottle designs that can easily be used for a fun nail art look as well.
I actually wanted to stick with the hibiscus blossom but eventually decided to challenge myself with the promotion image which is on top of this blog post.
I think I could have done a better job on the surf chick but I do consider her as one of my better human beings nail art.
All hand painted using this trend edition and a detail brush.

Holland nails (World Cup 2014)

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Today’s nails for the World Cup match of Holland vs Costa Rica.
Polishes used:
– Essence Hup Holland Hup! 01 Topscorers
– Essence Hup Holland Hup! 02 Hattrick!
– Essence Hup Holland Hup! 03 Wilhelmus van Nassouwe
– Catrice LE Carnival of Colours C03 Burning Down The Arena
– Rimmel Cocktail Colour 120 Shirley Temple
– L’Oréal Top Coat Carat

Good luck Brazil (World Cup 2014)

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I’ve been asked to make some Brazil nails.
And as they are the host country for the World Cup 2014 it’s only fair to do so.
I was a little short on time so it’s a quickie.

Hope you like it!

Free hand designs using the following polishes:
– Essence Hup Holland Hup! 02 Hattrick!
– Catrice LE Carnival of Colours C05 Go Yellow, Go!
– Catrice LE Carnival of Colours C02 Viva Brasil
– Catrice LE Carnival of Colours C01 Team Blue
And for the holographic glitters:
– KOH Colours! 338 Flashing Lights
– Maybelline Color Show 293 Glitter It

Brasil nails

Abstract neon nails

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Not the most unique nail art today but I really needed a neon nail art 😀
I decided to spice it up a bit by using different techniques.
1) After the basecoat apply a white polish on all the nails.
Let it dry completely; adding a topcoat can speed up the drying time.
2) Randomly place striping tape on the nails and try to create a modern abstract design.
3) Cut a (make-up) sponge into small pieces.
4) Get your neon polishes and start to randomly sponge the colors on the nails. 
Use a small piece of sponge per color.
5) Remove striping tape.
6) Add topcoat

Polishes used:
Models Own – Luis Lemon
Models Own – Bubblegum
Models Own – Toxic Apple
Orly Baked – Ablaze
Orly Baked – Hot Tropics
Bourjois – Blue no blues