And a Very Merry Christmas Tree

Beauty, Christmas, Christmas tree, glitter, love, merry Christmas, Nail art, nail polish
On the 1st day of Christmas NPQ gave to me…
A Very Merry Christmas Tree
The challenge has come to an end (as all good things come to an end!).
And I am really, really glad that I managed to pull it off.
I will have some important news to share with you in my next post.
Make sure not to miss it!!
For now…

I’m wishing you a very merry Christmas!!
May you receive love and give love as it is the most important thing in life!! ♥

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Three French Tips

Beauty, Christmas, french manicure, Nail art, nail polish, snowflakes
On the 3rd day of Christmas NPQ gave to me…
Three French Tips
Lacquers used:
Anny Sunset Love (red)
Essence Hup Holland Hup Hattrick! (white)

Six Frosty Snowmen

Beauty, Christmas, Nail art, nail polish, snow, snowman, winter
On the 6th day of Christmas NPQ gave to me…
Six Frosty Snowmen (meet the family)
Not my best piece of art but it was kinda hard to paint on the textured white.
Polishes used:
– a-England Tristam
– KOH Colours! Flashing Lights 338
– China Glaze 1250 There’s snow one like you

Eight Mistletoe

Beauty, Christmas, mistletoe, Nail art, nail polish
On the 8th day of Christmas NPQ gave to me…
Eight Mistletoe

Madam Glam Soak Off UV Gel #75 Magenta

Beauty, gel polish, Nail art, nail polish, Reviews, soak off gel polish, Swatches
Today I have something new to show you!
Laura from Madam Glam asked me if I wanted to do a review on a UV Gel Polish by Madam Glam.
Always up for new things, so here it is.
Madam Glam, based in New York, is sold exclusively online.
Besides their regular nail polish, nail care and nail art products, they recently launched a Soak Off UV Gel line that will last 3 to 4 weeks!!!
Here is the package I received:
Inside:

Tutorial

For those who can’t or don’t want to look at the video, here is a step-by-step:
Step 1: Materials
Get your materials together:
– Base Gel
– Gel Polish
– Top Gel
– Remover/Acetone
– Something to clean cuticles; brush/remover pen/orange wood stick
– Cotton pads
– UV lamp/LED lamp
– Gel cleanser (additional)
Step 2: Preparation
Make sure your nails are clean.
I simply used a cotton pad with Acetone.
I didn’t push back cuticles or anything like that, but it is an option.
Step 3: Apply Base Gel and cure under lamp
You can work nail by nail, but I chose to do 4 nails at once and the thumb nail separate.
I applied a thin coat of Base Gel.
Make sure your cuticles stay clean.
Then I cured it under the UV lamp:
UV: 2 min.
LED: 30 sec.
Step 4: Apply Gel Polish and cure under lamp
The Gel Polish looked kind of syrupy and hard to work with.
Surprisingly on top of the Base Gel it applied like heaven.
I used one coat of Gel Polish.
Again, make sure your cuticles stay clean.
Cure under lamp:
UV: 2 min.
LED: 30 sec.
Step 5: Apply Top Gel and cure under lamp
I already have some gel top coats that I’ve tried out before and in these cases I really had to make sure that I’ve used a very thin coat. Otherwise the finished look got wrinkled.
I applied this Top Gel with thin and thicker coats and it wasn’t a problem at all.
During application you might see some small bubbles but another brush stroke can get this away.
My tip: Keep on brushing (without taking more Top Gel) till you get a perfect smooth surface.
Don’t forget the free edge for longer durability!
Then cure under the lamp:
UV: 2 min.
LED: 30 sec.
Step 6: Additional???
A few minutes (10) after curing the Top Gel, the finished nails were still wet/sticky to touch; leaving my finger print.
I’m not sure if it is the result of the sticky product that Gels can leave, too short time of curing or simply that I have to wait longer before touching.
However I used a cotton pad soaked with Gel Cleanser (Essence) and the surface was smooth again and dry to touch.
So I can really recommend using a Gel cleanser as finishing step!!

Review

Application: Application was very easy (did you notice I even did this with my non-dominant hand).
Color: The magenta color is very vibrant. I can also describe it as a darker hot pink.
Finish: Glossy. And according to the amount of layers and it being gel polishes, still very thin.
Note: Use a gel cleanser after last cure to get rid of the stickyness.
Durability: I can’t tell yet but will let you know!
I did remove my nail art with Acetone and it didn’t effect the Gel Polish underneath.
Soak Off: Can’t tell yet but again will let you know over time.
Final verdict: Believing that this will stay on for 3-4 weeks and if you’re looking for a product like that, with great color, and easy to apply. I can definitely recommend these products by Madam Glam!

You can get 30% off using my link
Or use coupon code: YGEL30OFF

Nail art

I admit: I’m terrible at making art with my non-dominant hand.
I used a zipper bag on which I put a layer of topcoat.
Then I free handed some small fall designs using acrylic paint.
After drying time I removed the topcoat with designs from the zipper bag and placed them on the nail, sealing it with topcoat.
That’s it for today!
You can find Madam Glam on:

I’m on vacation!

Beauty, Nail art
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 ♥

Swatches, review and nail art Catrice Limited Edition Carnival of Colours

Beauty, Nail art, Reviews, Swatches
 
I was really looking forward to this colorful limited edition.
When I saw it in stores I just had to grab them 😀
 
This limited edition comes with 7 nail lacquers.
I only got 6 of them because C07 Black For Gold is just a plain black and I have enough blacks for the moment.
 
Here are the lacquers I got:
From left to right:
– C01 Team Blue
– C02 Viva Brasil
– C03 Burning Down The Arena
– C04 When I Say Li, You Say Lac
– C05 Go Yellow, Go!
– C06 Feel The SpiRED
 

Swatches

All the pictures are taken outside in the shade as this shows the colors most truly.
 
C01 Team Blue
Team Blue is a deep blue.
Very pigmented as it only took 1 coat for good coverage.
 
C02 Viva Brasil
Viva Brasil is the kind of green from the Brazilian flag.
This is another 1 coater.
 
C03 Burning Down The Arena
What can I say…Burning Down The Arena is the perfect orange for all the Holland supporters 😀
I’ll definitely use this for my next Dutch nails.
I used 2 coats for this swatch.
 
C04 When I Say Li, You Say Lac
The name of this polish When I Say Li, You Say Lac isn’t really suited for this polish.
Definitely not a lilac. 
It’s a deep purple. Not vampy, but dark.
This is 1 coat.
 
C05 Go Yellow, Go!
Go Yellow, Go! is another hit with the Brazilian flag.
Quite dark again.
This is 2 coats.
 
C06 Feel The SpiRED
Feel The SpiRED is the kind of red that I want to see when I buy a red.
I have bought so many supposed to be red polishes that turned out to be orangy or pinkish.
This is a true sexy red.
This was the only polish that had a watery look.
I used 3 coats but you can still see the tip line.
This one would be great for a sandwich/stampwich nail art.
 

Review

Let’s start with all the good points: 
– The pigmentation is great! They all took about 1-2 coats for good coverage.
– Fast drying.
– Glossy finish.
– I love how this edition is linked to the World Cup Brasil.
What I didn’t like and/or what didn’t meet with my expectations:
– The colors. I expected them to be more bright but they are all kinda dark.
– The addition of the black??? Catrice already has a great black (Black to the Routes) in their collection. Which is cheaper and it doesn’t really suit the Carnival of Colours…
– The brush! Now, I love a wide, round brush but what shape is this?
The best comparison I can make is with this sign:
Did I miss something?? Is this the future?
Now, if the hairs were in a smooth line I could live with it but even that isn’t the case.
It almost looks hand cut. I even checked if all the brushes had it.
It’s not dramatic in use but I hope they’ll improve it!
 
 

Nail art

I used the promo as inspiration and tried to hand paint the pineapples as good as I could.
Each limited edition comes with a Catrice nail design which you can find on YouTube.
This time it’s a more simple version of the pineapple. Tutorial can be found here.
Here is my version: