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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Two Glitter Bombs

Beauty, Christmas, glitter, glitter bomb, Nail art, nail polish, quote, sparkling
On the 2nd day of Christmas NPQ gave to me…
Two Glitter bombs
Perhaps not so Christmassy but the quote is a gift I want to give everyone this Christmas:

“Glitter bomb yourself, you were born to sparkle!”

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)

Eight Mistletoe

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

Orly Baked 2014 Swatches, review and nail art

Beauty, Nail art, Reviews, Swatches

Today I bring you the Orly Baked Summer 2014 collection.

When I saw the promo above I immediately fell in love with the bright colors.
The name “Baked” and the shown eyeshadow pigments had me wondering what the lacquers would be like.
It took me quite some time to decide if I wanted to get the whole collection.
I’ve been pushing my decision forward until I saw several swatches and finally I decided to get the mini pack instead of the full size complete collection (best arguments: money and the mini pack holds the best 4 polishes from this collection in my opinion).
 
From left to right:
Orly Baked Tropical Pop
Orly Baked Ablaze
Orly Baked Hot Tropics
Orly Baked Saturated
 
The other two lacquers are:
Orly Baked Neon Heat: a bright neon pink
Orly Baked Lush: a sheer lemony neon base filled with small and bar glitter

Swatches

Orly Baked Tropical Pop:
Tropical Pop is a neon yellow toned orange.
Comparable with the the color of a sunflower but more neon/vibrant.
This color definitely popped.
I used 3 coats to get it completely opaque (without tip see through).
Tropical Pop dries semi matte.
 
Orly Baked Ablaze:
Ablaze is a coral neon with golden shimmer/glitter.
It dries with a very very subtle texture due to the shimmer/glitter.
This is 2 coats.
 
Macro shot Ablaze:
Where the polish catches the light the gold is best shown (ablaze).
 
Orly Baked Hot Tropics:
Hot Tropics is a fuchsia neon with silver shimmer.
I used two coats.
This dried more glossy than the Ablaze.
 
Macro shot Hot Tropics:
 
Orly Baked Saturated:
Saturated is a dark purple.
Indoors it looked like a vampy purple, black toned.
But outside it was a saturated purple.
This is 2 coats.
It dries semi matte.
 

Review

I’m very much in love with this collection!
It’s bright and perfect for Summer.
I can’t even pick a favorite but if I have to I would say the Ablaze just because it’s bright, it has that gorgeous golden glow and application was perfect.
The semi mattes were a bit harder to apply: a bit streaky and very quick drying. Taking some more polish on the brush did the trick for a smooth application. Perhaps a topcoat could work as well.
And OMG who doesn’t love a good neon?!

Nail art

I started with a gradient of the neons: Tropical Pop, Ablaze and Hot Tropics using the sponging technique.
I didn’t even want to put anything on top of it.
These are definitely going to be my holiday nails for this Summer 😀
 
Then I took a detail brush (Kolinsky 5/0) and Saturated and free handed the Summer (beach) designs:
Picture taken in the sun
 
Picture taken in the shade
 
And whoop whoop…I finally got a blacklight bulb to show you the gorgeous neon (need some more practice though)…time to get to the club 😀

Brazil World Cup nails

Beauty, Nail art

I’ve passed my theory exam for my license yesterday. YAY!!!

After all the studying it’s only fair to have some “nail art” time again 😀
 
Today I bring you Brasil World Cup nails.
It’s a free hand design using acrylics and inspired by several Brasil World Cup images.
 
 
Good luck to all!

Nail art “Kiss Gold Hot Stamped Water Decals

Beauty, Nail art, Reviews

Today I bring you Kiss water decals

 
I love the designs!
The roses, champagne and hearts will be saved for a pretty wedding nail art.
I decided to go for a masquerade nail art.
 
The designs are quite wide and long.
Even too big for my nails!
However this wasn’t really a problem as I just cut them a bit smaller where I could.
 
I did look at the instructions on the back but decided to follow my usual method for applying water decals.
 
My method:
After the basecoat I applied a white polish and added a top coat to speed up drying time.
Meanwhile I cut the water decals to the right size and placed them in a bowl of water.
The instructions on the back say wait 30 seconds till the water penetrates the back of the design and then slide the design off.
It didn’t work after 30 seconds.
I ruined the first water decal by trying to get it slide off 😦
Luckily I had to help one of the children which took about 5 minutes and guess what?
Now I could easily slide the design off.
The placement:
I use my whole fingertop to cover most of the water decal and place it where I want it to be.
You have to be gentle because water decals can easily rip.
I never place them on a wet base because then you don’t get the chance to move them around; placing is in that case sticking and it won’t go anywhere anymore.
The glossy topcoat over the white makes the water decals still movable.
If they are at the right spot they can still be moved so don’t touch them for a while (give it a few minutes).
I did have some trouble flatten these babies out because my nails are quite curved and the water decals are flat.
It’s not perfect but I was satisfied.
 
Some water decals really don’t act well when the get covered with a topcoat.
These decals have foil like colors so I was scared to put a topcoat on.
I took before pictures just in case.
The topcoat (and make sure your barely touch the nail with the brush) did ruin the water decals for a little bit.
 
Still I don’t really mind these little imperfections and chose to post the picture with topcoat
 
 
These mani lasted very long and I’ve got a lot of compliments on the designs 😀