Friday, March 27, 2015

NCC presents: Male inspired fashion nail art

Time for my 3rd inspired by fashion manicure for the Nail Challenge Collaborative. I decided for some male fashion and found something geometrical which I figured would look cool on the nails.

Design by Philip Lim (2015), source of image here.

To the nail art then, I was mostly inspired by the outfit of the gentlemen to to left and also found it to be fun if I could implement some negative space nail art, partly inspired by the gap on his knees and also that black thick line. So, on with striping tape which I later realized was too thin but also colored off some silver onto the nail art, which made it even less of a negative space.. For the rest of the nail art, it was mainly making freehand lines, which I'm usually quite good at, but I got a bit disappointed because both my black and white fineliners decided to die the thickness death while painting this so everything got a bit thicker and less crisp than I wanted. Still, not the worst thing I've ever done and geometrical is kinda fun to play around with. What do you think?

Polishes used:
Nordic Cap - NP13
P2 - Dating Time (swatch here)
Jordana Pop Art -Black Mark
Jordana Pop Art -Contemporary White

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Alanna Renee - Butterbeer, swatch

Butterbeer is a honey yellow/yellow toned orange crelly filled with tiny matte white glitter and "semi-shiny" off white hexagons. The proportions of glitter feels very well calculated/tested and the formula was surprisingly good even though the glitter makes the formula feel dense. In the end I only needed 2 coats for it to cover. This could easaliy have been like the horrible formula of Lush Laqcuer glitters but it wasn't at all and I really like everything with Butterbeer. :) Totally a "Gelic'-polish".

This was $8 (ex. shipping) from color4nails.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stripes in white over pastel green

Did some white stripes over my Manhattan - 71S manicure and below is the result. As I said in that post, 71S is indeed green, but very pale and graytoned and I thought that the white stripes maybe would enhance the effect. I don't know about that but I do like this manicure. For more and probably greener manicure's you can check out Green Wednesday. :)

Polishes used:
Jordana Pop Art - Contemporary White (have you seen how miserable my bottle looks? Must buy a new white striper)
Manhattan - 71s

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Essence - Break Through, swatch

Break Through is a warm purple creme with some subtle shimmer in it giving the polish some depth. The color is slightly dark, almost plum like. I like Essence's brushes, it's rounded and flat and makes it easier to paint that rounded line at the cuticle. Sadly the formula is of the thinner side which make it annoying to control however in the end I only needed 3 coats to make it cover, which is okay for me. The color looks slightly darker on the nail than the bottle, but I like the color. I had problems getting the color accurate on all pictures, but I think that the first, third and last are the most color accurate. What do you think?

Bought at DM (drogerie markt) for 1,55 euro.

Monday, March 23, 2015

P2 - Remember Me, swatch

A pastel blue polish called Remember Me, and I'll definitely remember it, but sadly for the wrong reasons. 4 coats which didn't self level, and that surprised me because my other P2 has been so good, pigmented 1-2coaters with good formula. However, after the 4 coats and the "savior" seche vite on top, it does look nice. This pastel blue creme is beautiful and also my contribution to Blue Monday.

 This is btw the smaller bottle size with 8 ML, standard is 11 ML and the cost difference is small. 11ML is 1,75 euro and the 8 ML is 1,55 euro at DM (German pharmacy) where I've bought a couple.  However it seems like the small aren't available as large and vice versa, so if one want a specific color you can only get it in one bottle size.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Negative space heart nail art with Essence nail art satin matt top coat

Today I'm showing the matte version of my Stamped negative space heart nail art which I showed you three weeks ago. For more info about the actual nail art you can check out the original post and let's check out Essence nail art satin matt top coat further. And yes, "matt" isn't a typo, I guess it's because it's sold i Germany. As all matte top coats it dulls the black quite much and the "matteness" stays matte and don't  feel shiny the next day. It dries considerably slower than most matte polishes and if you apply shiny top coat on top later(like dots to create a cool nail art effect) it still look dull and almost dirty. Therefore this only works for full matte nails, so next time I'll go to Claire's and pick up another of their matte tc's. Basically this works, but it's not my favorite matte of all the ones I've tried.

Polishes and materials used:
MoYou's special black nail polish
ZTIZ (black creme nail polish)
Image plate - KD27 (russian image plate)
Essence nail art satin matt top coat

***Some products in this post have been provided for review***

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Rival De Loop - 406, swatch

Rival De Loop is an exciting budget brand I've found here in Germany and I've bought and tried a bunch of colors so more to come, but this is the first swatch. 406 is from Rival De Loops basic line of colors and is a black creme with a 8 ML bottle. To my disappointment it wasn't a one-coater, for some reason that has become my standard, it is years since the last time I encountered a black creme which didn't cover in one coat. It wasn't too bad though, I ended up with 2 coats and because it's more jelly like it's very shiny even without tc. The brush is wide, flat, and rounded and easy to work with, the formula was slighly thin and I was close flooding my cuticles several times. It's an okay black creme, but next time I'll buy another one, black creme's just should be one-coaters... Don't you agree?

Bought at Rossman (germany) for 1,2 euro.