Five Gold Bling

Beauty, champagne glasses, Christmas, Christmas ornaments, Christmas sock, Christmas tree, gold, Nail art, nail polish
On the 5th day of Christmas NPQ gave to me…
Five Gold Bling
Five Gold Bling:
1) Gold champagne glasses (water decals that I received from my dearest friend +bubica vucko )
2) Gold Christmas ornaments (small gold hexes and gold chain)
3) Gold Christmas sock (polish+iredescent flitter)
4) Gold heart shaped nail piercing
5) Gold Christmas tree (gold caviar/nail beads and gold star stud)

Fall make-up look and nail look ft. products by Born Pretty Store

autumn, Beauty, fall, makeup, Nail art, nail polish, Reviews, Swatches
After receiving many compliments on my Halloween look, I got inspired and decided to make another nail-face look.
This time with a fall theme.
Now, up front, I almost never wear make-up in my daily life.
Trying to get the kids ready for school is my No.1 priority, which leaves me with almost no time to even think about make-up.
On a good day I apply some foundation and a mascara 😀
However, I do love make-up and my laptop is full with make-up inspirations/tutorials etc.
My make-up stash isn’t bad either, if I may say so 😉
I’ve received some goodies from Born Pretty Store for reviewing and after creating the nail look, I also used these products for my face look.
So, let’s get started 😀
I really wanted to show a new nail polish brand (Swedish) that I’ve discovered around here; IsaDora.
Here are some swatches of 791 Autumn leaves.
Picture taken in light box without flash
Picture taken in light box with flash
Autumn leaves is actually a wine color with goldish shimmer (micro glitter),
Almost opaque with 1 coat, which shows more of the purple color.
With 2 coats it leans to a brown. Pictures show 2 thin coats.
The flash picture suggests that there might be some multi colored and/or holo micro glitters too.
And believe me, this is a true beauty as soon as it hits light/sun.
Not disappointed at all (except for the price maybe €11,50/$14,39).
We still had some sunny days here in Holland and I felt this was the last chance to try one of my holo topcoats.
I applied 1 coat of 12-12-2012 by Big City Nails (which is a Dutch Indie Brand).
Then I used one of the products that I’ve received from Born Pretty Store;
I’m not going through the whole process of how to apply water decals (if you are new to them, you can have a look at previous posts by me about water decals).
They were easy to use.
One note: They look best on a lighter background.
Above shows 1 coat of IsaDora 791 Autumn leaves, topped with 1 coat of Big City Nails 12-12-2012 (holo topcoat) and water decals by Born Pretty Store
The holo topcoat looks scattered on the picture but I actually saw a pretty linear holo in real life.
As I felt the darker background really didn’t do the water decal justice, I also made a nail look with a lighter background.
Base color used: Catrice Limited Edition Crème Fresh C01 The Peach Boys.
Which look do you prefer?
On the accent nail you can see the other product that I’ve received from Born Pretty Store:
As you can see the leaf also has a little hole.
With a small jump ring it could work perfect as a nail piercing jewel or even as a charm on a bracelet/necklace.
Now, for the face look you’ll all be waiting for (of course ;-P)
Picture shows my hand with the first nail art in this post.
I’ve used the water decals on my cheek and some gold foil on the other one.
Around my hair line I’ve applied some decor fall leaves with hair wax.
I’ve used the 3D golden leave as a headlace.
Hope you like the look!

Lace nails

Beauty, Nail art, Swatches
It’s been such a long time since my last entry for the weekly challenge over at Nail Polish Queens (NPQ) community.
Which is actually sad because I really like those weekly challenges and the community!
This week the challenge is: Lace
Although I consider myself more of a free hand painter, lace is a thing that looks just weird when I’m doing it free hand.
And, let’s be honest, the lace patterns on stamps and decals are out of this world!
Today I bring you another nail art with the use of water decals.
And again, these came from Born Pretty Store.
Let’s have a look at them 😀
As you can see there are black and white lace patterns and I immediately had to think about a wedding themed nail art.
As a base for my nail art I’ve used this gorgeous polish by Dance Legend.
Anna Gorelova by Dance Legend 03 Gold Fish
Gold Fish is a sheer platinum gold filled with larger scattered holo particles that look like white gold particles without direct lighting,
A polish really suited for wedding nails.
However, when I started applying this polish it was kind of sheer. It did build up but it took me about 5 coats to have it as I please.
Application was really easy and I was able to apply the other coats very soon after the previous.
But…I smudged a nail right after finishing application and had to start all over again.
I decided to make it more easy for myself by using a 1 coater platinum gold as base for the Gold Fish…leading it to be used more as a topcoat.
The color underneath Gold Fish is:
Maybelline Forever Strong Pro 820 Winner takes it all!
I cut the water decals so I could make a V-shape (Chevron).
I’m really pleased with the elegance.
What do you think?


Water decals Artistic Vortex Pattern Born Pretty Store

Beauty, Nail art, Swatches
As I mentioned in my previous blogpost I’ve won a prize over at Born Pretty Store.
The prize: 3 water decal sets of my choice.
Hard choice for me as I’m not really a fan of water decals.
Simply because I love to create a beautiful free hand design.
Does this mean you never use water decals?
Water decals are easy to apply and the most artistic/appealing/cute/pretty nail designs are available.
And with that being said, it’s no surprise that when it comes to water decals, I’m always looking for those designs I wouldn’t be able to paint myself and/or would take me ages to do so.
As a base color I used Maybelline Color Show Bleached Neons 244 Chic Chartreuse:
And this is the finished look using the water decals:
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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 😀