Tuesday, May 27, 2014

(Belated) Happy Monday - Match Clothes: Tulip-y Wack Slacks

Hi all :)

I have a belated Happy Monday challenge for you. I thought this week was the neon-prompt, but I was wrong - it is match clothes! So I just did this mani this morning..

I wanted to recreate a print on a shirt I have that I've wanted to do since I got it. It's very simple but I just like it.. I chose to do it on a base of Cult Nails Wack Slacks (if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I've just joined the Cult) - I could easily have found a blue that matches the shirt more, but I really wanted to try this out - and made the tulips with white acrylic paint. It was nice to avoid the polish-smell while doing this :) Can I just say how wonderful the formula on Wack Slacks is? It's super pigmented - I don't think I could make a streaky coat even if I tried very hard! I have to try and stamp with this at some point.

And here's a pic with the shirt:

I could have done tulips on my other hand too, but I really wanted to try out Cult Nails Feedback on top of Wack Slacks and pair it with Barry M Mermaid, so I did that instead - and they look great together :)

And, of course, a collage.. I really love doing collages after I discovered PicMonkey :)

So neon is next week! If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen a neon mani from me - the one I had actually made for today before I found out I was a week ahead. But I wasn't happy with that one, so I'm happy to get a second chance to (hopefully) make a better one :)

Here's the other matching clothes manis:

Have fun and take care =)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Instagram Update #1

Hi all :)

As I've mentioned before I've begun to use Instagram. And since I'm updating there more than on the blog, I thought I would do an update of the things you guys haven't seen here.

If you wanna follow me on Instagram go HERE or search for @swaafie :)

So from left to right, top to bottom:

  • My Kiko-order of the Cupcake Lacquers! 
  • My Polish Me Silly order of Blurple and Clowning Around.
  • Me planning the Happy Monday Summer Skittle - ended up not stamping and doing a glitter gradient instead.
  • A sneak peak of my base for the Holo Challenge in Happy Monday this monday.
  • A shot of my naked nails together with a Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil pen - I'm going naked for the three day treatment in hopes of improving the state of my cuticles and get rid of the hangnails!
  • My part of a Dance Legend group order :) I got Final Fantasy, Aztec no 04 and Top Sahara.
  • And lastly my Foxy Fingertips order - Duri Rejuvacote and a wheel with neon studs The rest was extras :)
I hope you enjoyed this update :) Don't forget to follow me HERE or search for @swaafie :)

I need to learn to do a watermark for Instagram - which app do you guys use for that? (I use Android)

Have fun and take care =)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Monday - Holo: Leadlight technique!

Hi all :)

We're beginning the next batch of Happy Monday Challenges :) Today's theme is holo and I have a list of the next 10 themes in the end of this post :)

I did this mani on Thursday just before I left the house for a prolonged weekend at my parents-in-law and I just came home an hour ago - so these pics are the only ones I have that I snapped before leaving..

I used a base of China Glaze FYI and the OPI Sheer Tints to do the 'leadlight technique' (see here). Unfortuantely the colors doesn't show up as much as I had wanted and didn't want to do more coats, because these polishes are thick enough to begin with! But I liked this mani nonetheless.

So here's the overview of the next 10 challenges =)

And here's the other holo manis:

Have fun and take care =)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

One Base - Many Looks round-up! + CH Nail 049 review

Hi all :)

So here's a round-up of the looks I did on top of CH Nail 049. I liked doing these, but the base was a bit too dark to do much on.. I've learned that for next time ;)

Here's a link to the original posts, from left to right: Grey Chevron Gradient for Happy Monday, Tardis Nails and Unzip That Rainbow!

When I bought CH Nail soak off gels (at BornPrettyStore) I couldn't find any reviews, so I thought I would do one for other people looking for one. It's NOT because I've been send these for review.

Keep in mind: I'm still new to SOGs and haven't tried any of the 'professional' brands because they are too expensive to buy here for me.. I've tried Depend Gellack, BMG and Lacqit.

First, here's a bottle shot.

For the mani I used CH Nail Soak-off Primer (which is called Base Coat on the website), CH Nail 049 and CH Nail Soakk Off Top Gel. I also have CH Nail 025 (looks like a grenn-teal ish color, but IRL it is a bright green), but I haven't tried that one yet.

So for my review, I'll just list some things I've noticed about application, durability and removal.

  • Application was a pain! The gel shrank even before curing it - it shrank while I applied it. So it was impossible to get the gel close to the cuticle and get the tips covered.
  • The top coat had next to no shine in it. For the Grey Chevron Gradient I put a normal top coat on top of the 'bare' nails to get a bit of shine out of it.
  • It held up pretty okay! I only wore it for 4-5 days, but I usually have chips or fractures in my SOG mani after that amount of time, so that was a win for me!
  • But removal was a pain too! Something seemed to go wrong with the gel during removal. It changed color and smelled funny. And it took a lot of effort to get it off. My nails smelled for a couple of days afterward - kind of a burnt smell. I don't know enought about SOGs to know what could be wrong, but it just seemed wrong!

So all in all not the best experience. What annoyed me the most was the shrinking, because that meant I didn't even have a good mani to look at while wearing it. Luckily I could partly hide it with nail art ;)

I don't know if I'll try out the other color I have - I probably will at some point :p

I hope this is just a little bit helpful for just one person!

Have you tried these SOGs? Any recommendations for me?

Have fund and take care =)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Monday - Skittle: Summer Skittle :)

Hi all :)

Another Happy Monday - this is the last one in our Spring Challenge, but don't worry we'll keep on doing it and have 10 weeks worth of themes planned out :)

I used (from thumb to pinky): H&M Orange, H&M Check Me Out, Kongsøre of Denmark No. 5048, Gosh Neon Baby and Essence Sundancer. I did the glitter 'gradient' with Nubar White Polka Dot. There's not much gradient this, because the glitter is quite sparse - even though I both dabbed it on and polished it on.. Oh, well - it adds a bit of sparkle :)

This first photo is the most color accurate (even though Blogger distorts the color when I upload this), but it's taken with my phone, so it's not the best quality.

It's a long time since I've done a skittle - I'm happy to do it again =) And these colors are just so summer-ish, it makes me happy!

Check out the other skittles:

Have fun and take care =)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's day! Wild flowers for my mom.

Hi all and happy Mother's Day :)

I actually don't really celebrate Mother's Day (sorry, mom!), these kind of holidays doesn't mean much to me - I'll rather celebrate her birthday and stuff like that :) But Nailpolis had a Mother's Day contest, so I thought I would make a mani dedicated to my mom and enter it into the contest :)

I was thinking long and hard about what to do and thought of a lot of ideas that I was sure I couldn't do, so I dropped them all again. I wanted to incorporate something with her love for the nature and colors, so in the end I got the idea to make wild flowers (all of them growing here in Denmark) as a kind of half-moon. The halfmoon idea is inspired by The Nailasaurus' halfmoon cornflower nail art - I even have one cornflower in there myself.

I'll have the name of the flowers, polishes used and pictures of the flowers further down, se keep reading on :)





I made a collage with the inspiration - that way the nail art makes a bit more sense:

I researched the flowers on www.danmarksflora.dk (I got the Latin name there) and first found reference pictures on google and later I found the ones for the collage on www.freeimages.com so I was sure I didn't break any copyright laws :)

So I'm gonna list the flower I tried to recreate and the polishes used. I used Mavala Pistachio as a base color on all nails - I LOVE that polish! And the matte top coat is Essence Matt Top Coat.

Name: Hepatica Nobilis Schreb (Latin). Blå Anemone (Danish). So I guess it's a blue anemone in English, but I'm not sure!
Polishes used: Hot Make-up no. 23, Barry M Gelly Key Lime, Wet'n'Wild French White Creme

Name: Myosotis palustris L. (Latin). Forglemmigej (Danish). Forget-me-not (English)
Polishes used: China Glaze Electric Beat, OPI I Just Can't Cope-Acabana, Revlon Posh and Wet'n'Wild French White Creme

Name: Viola tricolor L. (Latin). Stedmoder blomst (Danish). Pansy and/or hertsease? (English)
Polishes used: H&M It's Genious M, Hot Make-up no. 23, Wet'n'Wild French White Creme, OPI I Just Can't Cope-Acabana

Name: Bellis perennis L.(Latin). Tusindfryd (Danish). Daisy (English)
Polishes Used: Wet'n'Wild French White Creme, OPI I Just Can't Cope-Acabana, Nubar Citadel mixed with Wet'n'Wild French White Creme

Name: Centaurea cyanus L. (Latin). Kornblomst (Danish). Cornflower (English)
Polishes used: Essie Butler Please, Gosh Lavender Love, Wet'n'Wild French White Creme

I wasn't satisfied with all the flowers (I'm looking at you, Daisy!), but overall I was very pleased with this mani. It made me so happy to look at :) Daisies are actually my fave flower and my parents' garden is FULL of them!

Whew, what a long post. I hope you made it all the way through and if you did: Thank you :)

Do you celebrate Mother's Day? If you do, what do you do on a day like this? Tell me in the comments :)

Have fun and take care!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Unzip that rainbow!

Hi all :)

Here's my third nail art on top of CH Nail 049. And it's my fave - because it's colorful :) I used a rainbow foil and zipper water decal - both from BornPretty Store. I used a coat of Essence Matt Top Coat on top.

My boyfriend pointed out that I should have had the zipper on my pinky instead - that would have completed the 'unzipping'-effect.  Well, you live and learn..

And here's the base color, CH Nail 049 again:

I really liked this =)

I will have a sum up and a review of CH Nail 049 some time next week :)

Oh, and by the way - I'm on Instagram now! Well, I've been there for a while just following others, but I now decided to take the plunge and upload nail-related pictures myself. Not much is on there yet, but I'm thinking I'll post nail mail and such :) So come on over and follow me =)

Have fun and take care!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

TARDIS nails :)

Hi all :)

Here's my second mani on the blue Soak Off Gel CH Nail 049. And it's Tardis nails! I really like Dr. Who :p

Unfortunately the blue is quite dark, so it's difficult to see the detail I did on top of it - all the other nails even have a gradient and a frame, but it's not easy to see on the pictures.

I used  H&M Midnight Mystery for the gradient and the frame, plus the darker detail on the Tardis. For the rest I used Wet'n'Wild French White Creme and Black Creme and H&M Want A Lemon.

Here's the swatch of CH Nails 049 again, and if you compare this to the pics above you might be able to see that there actually is a gradient in the Tardis nail art ;)

I have one more mani on top of CH Nail 049 before I'll give you a review of it :)

Have fun and take care =)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Monday - Gradient: Grey Chevron Gradient

Hi all :)

Today is a gradient prompt :) I love gradients, but this time I wanted to try something different and do a chevron gradient. I've wanted to do it since I saw THIS lovely mani.. I wasn't pleased with this, and originally wanted to have done it with other colors - more festive ones, but I was wearing this soak off gel in blue, so needed something to match..

You'll be seeing more of this SOG as a base for the next few manis. I'll comment on the SOG by the end - it needs a reaview ;)

So the base is CH Nail 049 and I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, NYC Sidewalkers and Barry M Grey for the gradient. I used Sticky Nails to get the chevrons.

Here's CH Nails 049 on it's own. As you can see I had shrinking by the tips. Such a shame! But I'll rage about that polish when I'm done wearing it ;)

Check out the other gradient manis:

Have fun and take care =)
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