Monday, September 26, 2016

31DC2016: Day 26 - Pattern - LoL manicure: Zilean the Chronokeeper

Well this didn't turned out as I wanted it - but I am still in love with the nails so much I decided to share it with you all anyways! I was going for a geeky clocks - cogs - time - gradient look but it turned into a bit of a mess. Though I feel like that the patterns that are repetitive are still clear. Since I still love Zilean the guy who inspired this look, I still low key like the manicure :) 



Here you can see him! He is one of the most amazing ' time control ' based champions I have ever seen in a game. He went under a bit of a rework recently which made him only more fun to play. He can reverse or speed up time while throwing big chunks of the huge clock he is wearing on his back. He is what I image from now on when someone says 'Father time'.


I wanted to use the same color scheme as you see in game. Everything is blue, grey and gold. I also added a bunch of cog and clock stamps. Now that I am looking at it, I can't figure out what gives me the weird vibe on this mani.


Just look how full of swag he is - way too much swag for an old dude :)


For the manicure I used MoYou London Gothic 7 and BM-609 plates. The stamping polishes are Models own Chrome gold and Chrome Indigo, also BPS White & black. The base polishes are Catrice Geometric greys, Feel the yacht beat, Essence Love is in the air and Golden rose 101. 


My favorite Zilean in game quote:
'' I feel like I have done this before.''

xoxo
gin

31DC2016: Day 25 - Fashion - LoL manicure: Blood moon Tresh

Recently I am less and less inspired by fashion - no clue why - I partly blame the Kardashians :) So I decided to recreate a geeky fashion. In the game I play League of Legends the champions can get different styles of clothes and I love the 'blood moon' look :)


I was inspired by the blood moon Tresh as you can see from the picture below. The blood moon look is all about demons, red shades and lanterns with a Asian twist. I mean ... I don't even like this champion but I love how this looks <3


So I tried to recreate the cool colors that are on the picture. I wanted to show all the chains and tortured souls that are the weapons he uses. But at the same time I made nails with the same face mask and lantern as he is wearing.


In case you don't believe me - here are the other champions that are also wearing the 'blood moon' look in the game and I bet there are many more to come over the years :) 


For this manicure I used BM - S228, D6, MoYou London Biker 2 and Suki 16 stamping plates. The stamping polishes are Mundo de Unas Red & Dark red, Essence stamp me!white and Barry M Silver foil. The base nail polishes I used are Essence Rebel at heart, Color club Harp on it and Jade Vermelho surreal. 

xoxo
gin

Favorite Fall Essie nail polishes

Essie nail polishes are a standard of quality and feature great formulas paired with decent brushes. Their products come in a big variety of colors that to me always seem classic and effortless. Each season they create more colors that are part of the current trends. But my favorite 3 Fall nail polishes by Essie are the ones below and I want to share them with you! <3 

A big plus of being a nail polish hoarder is that you can always find trendy nail polishes in your collection. So don't be surprised if you see some old school colors - I believe that reusing old shades is just as good as buying new dupes. 


Let us begin with the timeless classic - Thigh high. Every girl needs red nails in her life, thou most girls don't go for a shade like this - I always do. I adore the fact this polish is a mix of micro glitters that come in gold, dark red and magenta. They form this deep red beauty before you. For this swatch I applied 2 coats and a top coat. I am just sad since I remembered just now that I should have also made some swatches with a matte top coat. 


Next I have Luxedo. This is one of those goth colors I adore - when you apply it you can see it is something special. It is not black but a very deep, dark bluish purple. But the more coats you apply the darker it gets and it contains pure pigment, no shimmer, dark as the night. For this swatch I used 3 coats, I could have stopped at 2 but I wanted a very dark result. 

The brush is like the other two - flat and thin, the bristles are a bit on the hard side, but I like it a lot since application is very easy and the nail polish is always distributed evenly. 


Lastly here is Chinchilly a unique and hard to photograph grey. Thou I love the fact that Fall is a time for dark colors I need a break from time to time and something like this is perfect. Chinchilly is a mix of beige and grey, it has a little bit of both and is neither at the same time. Once more it is a perfect cream polish with no extra shimmers or glitters. Naturally this was the least opaque of the bunch, it needed 3 very thick coats. 


I hope you liked some oldies - goldies swatches. If you like them or if you like this brand don't forget to visit them on their social media where they always post all their new product announcements.


xoxo
gin

*the items were sent to me for my honest review*

Saturday, September 24, 2016

31DC2016: Day 24 - Book - Dan Brown The Lost Symbol

I don't care if it is considered lame or whatever, but I am a big Dan Brown fan! Thou I like the book versions of all his stories way better than the movies. The movies are kind off fun to watch - and I do believe Tom Hanks makes a passable Robert Langdon. 

I was inspired by the last book I read by him - The Lost Symbol - I can confidently say that this is my all time fave book by him! 



I adored all his books so far since they all happened mostly in Italy - in cities that I visited. So I didn't think that a book by him set in the USA will appeal to me - and boy was I wrong! Who knew all the fun stories can be spun from the USA history. So much fun to read <3


I got inspired by all the 'freemansons' and 'illuminati' and all the other stuff that is mixed in - all their symbols are so cool looking and mysterious. The picture below is what starts the entire chase in the USA Capitol and I just had to recreate it. I also added some extra infinity occult symbols since the main bad guy is a wizard/magician/warlock - still confused by that. And I added a ton of arrows! Why? Partly it shows the pace of the book - it is like all the others incredibly fast! And at the same time I feel like something connecting to the Native Americans should be mentioned in the book. 


For this manicure I used Orly Mirrorball and Wet n Wild Darkest hour as base. The stamps are made with BM-606 plate and Color club Harp on it to create them. The cool symbols are water decals from BornPretty store. 


Also before I forget to mention it - Dan Browns most recent book just got its movie reincarnation - Inferno. It is a mix of themes I like a lot - the plague, Dantes Inferno, Florence, Apocalypse ... It is not as cool as The Lost symbol, but it will do ;)



Check out the trailer above - it is very intense :)


Stay mystical ...
xoxo
gin

Friday, September 23, 2016

40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Autumn

My Autumn manicure will be inspired by my Summer - but in the most subtle and secretive way. Dark colors and steampunk theme - how can that be a Summer memory?! - pure madness!!! HAHA *mad scientist laugh* listen carefully :D


Most of my Summer consists of 2 parts : Reading novels and listening to dance music if at all possible on a beach. And my biggest influences were the book Android Karenina and this very cool, almost 'old school' video by Nicky Minaj (check it out below) :)


Nicky Minaj in all her Steampunk glory :)



For this manicure I used Essie Luxedo as base. The stamps are made with Kiko Gold & Taupe, Models own Chrome gold, Essence Steel-ing the scene. The stamping plate I used is MoYou London Steampunk 4. 


You didn't expect this explanation for this manicure did you? ;)

xoxox
gin

31DC2016: Day 23 - Movie - Alice through the Looking glass (OPI & Urban decay review)

It is not secret I am a big fan of the 1st Alice in Wonderland movie by Tim Burton. So imagine how happy I was when I saw the trailer for the 2nd movie - Alice through the looking glass. You can see the trailer below. 
But the movie was a big let down - and it breaks my heart to say that ;( But all that the movie was about, featured Alice on the sidelines - no iconic symbols. It was all about Johnny Deep - don't get me wrong I love that man - but there is no need to focus so much on him when there is so much more in the Wonderland universe. 

Needles to say I was just too sad to make any nail art - also the movie was very uninspiring so I just did the swatches from all the items I got that were released as part of the movie promotions. At least those were not a total let down. 



I got the set of mini OPI Alice Through the Looking glass collection nail polishes. In the set I got (left from right) I am gown for anything, Oh my Mayesty!, Having a big head day and The I's have it.  You get 4 mini OPI nail polishes in 3,75 mL bottles that are perfect for any lady on the go. I believe that to be the best usage of these polishes since the shades are so classic. 

I am gown for anything - is a very light lavender creme. It is so very bright it even looks like a white or pastel pink at times. The application was very easy and it took 3 thin coats of polish for full opacity. It dried a bit more matte then shiny here.

Oh my Majesty! is a very - VERY - light grey or at sometimes even white creme. It is a color thought to describe since it looks different under different lights. It also has a bright pink shimmer inside. But it is a very shy kind of shimmer so naturally it was impossible to capture on a camera. For full opacity I needed 3 thin coats. 

A big head day is a classic fire engine red. It dries a lot more shiny than the previous 2 polishes. It also is strongly pigmented so it was a almost one coat polish. A very traditional polish.

The I's have it is a bright blue, of a pure pigment, no violet undertones or any type of shimmers. But it still is a pastel that is not neon or special at all. For full opacity I needed 2 coats and once more it dries a lot glossier than the 1st two polishes. 


The amazing promotional artwork shows what are the inspirational colors behind the collections, since they are not as traditional as the last time. 


Here is A mirror escape - the only full sized nail polish I had my heart set to. I love these kinds of polishes - they look crazy when they are textured and majestically pretty when added a top coat. This here are 2 top coats and no top coat. It is a solid gold metallic polish with white dotted matte glitter. That makes it seem like the 1st snow has fallen on a royal crown. 


As you can see I used it HERE as the base for my recent stamping plate review. 


Well at least the red Queen is as bad ass as she was in the 1st movie <3 Damn her design is still on point <3


Urban decay is a brand of make up that I don't have any other items of, since they are very hard to purchase where I am from. But I was blessed enough to get this Lip stick from a friend from USA. I knew of the collection since they had notoriously beautiful packaging. And the lipsticks are no exception. 


The one I own is named the Mad Hatter and it is a 'metallized' lip stick. Meaning it has a metallic like shimmer with slight glitter inside. As you can see from the swatches the lipstick itself looks a bit more full of blue tones, while the actual color that is formed on the skin and lips is more fuchsia toned. The lipstick is a bit on a sheer side, since it took 2 layers of it for full coverage. But it looks like magic on the lips. It features glitter and shimmer on a fuchsia base that bring a very special magic to your lips. 


They even made the White queen a few shades lamer than the last time. I loved her look the last time - all white with black make up - now she is all shades of pink - so boring. 


Also the trailer to the movie - I must admit it got me all hyped up ;(

xoxo
gin

Thursday, September 22, 2016

31DC2016: Day 22 - Song - Galavant

I know everyone will chose a pop song or a classic ballad as their inspiration for this part of the challenge. But I decided to choose the song I listen to everyday since it is my alarm clock theme. It is the theme song from a fun show Galavant <3 


The show is like a mix of The Princess bride, Mamma mia and Robin Hood: Man in thighs. It is a high budget Medieval themed comedy show with amazing musical bits. The songs, actors and singers - OMG the guest stars - are mind blowing. I just watch it and sing along and laugh my ass off. I do so hope they get the GO light for season 3. 

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This is the song I wake up to! It sums up the show and what it is about while showing off its whimsy tone in song. And the song is so catchy and fun <3 


*info on how I created these nails comes in the following days*


I got inspired by the classic Medieval colors that are flown in the banners in the background. Some sexy knights since they are the main characters. Some flames and a crown, since most of the show is about 'the Game of Thrones'. And now a dragon! Yes King Richard *my fave bae from the show as seen below* has a dragon now - not only is he the owner of Excalibur and has unicorns follow him. His sheer faith made a lizard a dragon! And he is played by Timothy Omundson who I adore since the days I was watching Psych <3

Can you feel the love and the optimism from here below <3 

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xoxo
gin
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