Sunday, February 26, 2017

TUTORIAL: Photo collage nails

I discovered that I am a big water decal hoarder, therefore I decided that I want to use as many patterns as possible and make a collage of them. It took some time and try runs but I ended up with this manicure, that is a stunning look and ridiculously easy to create. So check out the tutorial below and you will see there is always a way to use up all your extra water decals.


Here you can see the 3 patterns I used, skulls, flowers and peacock feathers. You will also need a good top coat, a white base polish if you think that your water decals are a bit more on the sheer side. Also a black nail polish, I choose one that is meant for nail art. But if you don't own such a polish, just take any old black polish, a thin brush and a dotting tool.


Choose the patterns you like and cut them apart. I decided to make the cuts diagonally and in a chaotic manner. 


Step 1: Before this step I added a white nail polish base coat. Since I always want the most vibrant results for my decals. Then I cut them so they would mostly fit my nail edges and the round cuticles and applied them.
Step 2: Apply even more of the decals. First try them dry and maybe make corrections when it comes to how big they are. You can always make them smaller so it is better to start with big pieces. 
Step 3: After I applied all the decals I created black edge lines since I thought I needed a bit of a negative space in between.
Step 4: I also added a few dots on the lines and did a bit of a clean up.
Step 5: Apply top coat. Sometimes it is worth it to wait for it to dry and then do the clean up with nail polish remover, since it tends to easily remove the water decals. 



I hope you are as in love with the finished product as I am <3 This is such a fun way to use your old decals even if you don't like the patterns, since they hide in the mix with the others and form a united look. 


This looks was created for the ladies at Glam-express if you like feel free to visit and check out this amazing group of beauty bloggers. 


xoxo
gin

Sunday, February 19, 2017

NOTD: Winter is here to stay

One of my favorite cosmetics brand named Essence releases limited edition collections all year long. But in the Winter times they always make extra collections that feature nail and hand care products since those are important in the cold times like this. And this year they got me again! I am a sucker for cute packages or a fun sales pitch. Not only did I get the hand butter I also got a nail polish to boot so the little cream won't feel lonely :)


A lot of European cosmetics brands make collections like this. Full of Winter motives that feature nail care products. Here are the 2 items I got from the Essence Winter glow collection. I got the Intensive care hand butter cream and the icy matt finish nail polish named I see ice. 


Here is the I see ice nail polish. I love matt nail polishes, and this one has the 'icy matt' finish. Which means it is a mixture of different micro glitter and grey pigments that dry matte. I am in love! It is like wearing very glamorous asphalt on your nails. For this swatch I used 2 thin coats for full coverage.


I love the bottle art <3 the snowflakes are crazy cute and I love the muddled glass that the nail polish bottle is made out of. It gives it another magical frozen effect :)


Don't get me wrong, most cosmetic companies offer hand care products all year round. But I fell like in the cold months they make all the items 'extra strong' so I usually stock up in this time of the year, and than wait until the next winter since I know there will always be more new and cute creams. 


This time I have for you a review of Essence Winter glow Intensive care hand butter called Hello, I care for you. It features shea butter, coconut oil and almond oil. All the ingredients that are fatty and moisturizing which is very important if you don't wear a lot of gloves in this time of the year. The butter has a consistency of a normal creme and it is very easy to apply. Sometimes I just add it on my cuticles and leave it on over night. It gets absorbed very fast and it does not leave any oily residue behind. It is a great way to fight the effects of the cold winter air. It comes in a cute nude color and it smells a bit sweet and powdery. It says it has a cotton milk smell, whatever that means. 


But I can't just run around with these nice smelling hands and a pretty polish. I had to add a bit of nail art to it. I used BM-S303 stamping plate and p2 Steel drama to create the mani. I also added some small silver studs and a shiny top coat. Now you can even see how this polish looks like with a glossy finish. 


Visit Glam - express to see more Winter beauty looks and how-to posts when it comes to taking care of your skin in the cold months. 

xoxox
gin


*the items were purchased by me*

Sunday, February 12, 2017

NOTD: Love flamingos

After 2 'non-traditional' Valentines day manicure I decided to make a super classic one. Since I didn't feel like pasting flowers all over my nails I choose flamingos as my main theme. I mean they are the perfect pink color for this season and they make little heart shapes with their necks when they kiss :) 


Also where I am from, this time of the year and all spring time is called 'when the Birds get married'. Thou we don't have flamingos, I decided to proclaim them as the official V-day animal/mascot.


They are just so cute, and in nature they come in a lot of different shades. So those are the colors I decided to work with, a bubble gum pink, a washed out red and a dirty lavender lilac shade. I added some feathers and hearts - a sprinkle of matt top coat and ended up with the most perfect and romantic looking mani <3

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For this manicure I used OPI She's a bad muffuletta, Kiko 317 and Essence Hola, guapa to make the mixed base. The rest is made with BPS White stamping polish + the stamping plates named BM-S308, MoYou London Tropical 16 and Princess 11. 


This NOTD was created for the blogger group Glam-express, it is a great place to find inspiration and amazing beauty works of art for all over the world <3

xoxo
gin

Thursday, February 9, 2017

TUTORIAL: 3D Half moon nails

Each year I get wrapped in one nail art challenge or another, and each year there is the part where they ask for a half moon manicure. But I am not that proficient with random nail stickers and such so I did this 3D version last year. I fell in love with it! <3 It looks so glamorous to me, I decided I just had to share it with you in case any of you also don't like to deal with the classic way to create a half moon manicure. 


I wanted a nail polish that looks like a dark night sky so I used Essence Meet me at midnight. The details are made with pink Catrice Sugar shock caviar beads and multi sized white flat studs. You will also need some nail glue or a sheer gel top coat to apply and secure all the small particles.


Step 1: Apply base nail polish.
Step 2: Apply the biggest round stud in the middle of the base of your nail.
Step 3: Apply 2 smaller studs on each side of the big one. It is important that they are different sizes.
Step 4: Apply 2 more of the same studs on side of the last ones you added. 
Step 5: Apply 4 of the small caviar beads on the '4 edges' of the biggest round stud.
Step 6: Do the same in the spaces on the edges of the remaining smaller white studs.
Step 7: Apply 2 caviar beads on the edge of the design in a row. Than 2 more that trail off so it seems like you created a nice sleek crescent shape. Don't forget to use a gel top coat or nail glue for each of the steps or the little pieces will fall off very quickly. But if you constantly use generous amounts you can believe me that the manicure will last you for quite some time. 


So what do you think? Don't these nails look like some amazing midnight sky with a pale moon? I want to make this look again with some gold or silver studs that would make it even more glamorous and gaudy. 


I hope you enjoyed this slightly gloomy nail art look. And if you are looking for a make up tutorial that will match these nails, feel free to visit the amazing page Glam express.

xoxo
gin

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

NOTD: Ouija board

Recently my interests in the dark and occult started to spill over in my nail art. I was thinking of making a line of witch and goth nails ... Is that something you would be interested in? 

Well either way, today I have for you some fun Ouija board nails :)


Honestly I don't think Ouija boards were that popular here as they are in USA. And I always find it amazing how people don't believe in anything, but Ouija boards scare the s**t out of them. Personally I never played with one - nor am I a big believer in things like that, but I do find them interesting ... 

source: tumblr


Did you ever played with a Ouija board?  

source: tumblr
For this manicure I used Catrice Havana drum as base. The woodwork is made with BM-608 plate and Essence Last night a cookie saved my life. The Ouija stamps are made with BornPretty Black stamping polish and MoYou London Typography 10 plate. 


I also found this trailer on YouTube and it seemed quite interesting. I am not a fan of horror movies, but this one looks a bit old timey so I will be watching this tonight :)


Stay magical ...

xoxo
gin

Friday, February 3, 2017

NOTD: Low key Valentines day

As you saw in my previous post, this year I decided to make a few unusual Valentines day manicures. Everyone knows that all the social media pages will be full of classic manicures, that feature pink & red colors, sprinkled with hearts. But I went in a different direction, unusual colors and as little romantic symbols as possible. And I love it!!!


OMG I can't describe how much I love this look! A teal + gold combo looks bomb as always! Therefore I created a look of gold and teal wallpaper - reminds me of a fancy place my Bae took me one time. The accent ring finger has a flower like pattern, but on top you can see a hidden heart. The show stealer is OFC the big gold heart on my pinkie. But since it is the only obvious romantic thing here - you can just swap it with any other stud and the manicure looks suitable for any other day. And that is what I love about this look! It is shiny and fancy, but still low key and vaguely romantic. 


For this manicure I used Zoya Ziv as the gold base and Kiko 389 as the teal base. The teal stamps are made with Mundo de Unas Teal and MoYou London Fashionista 8 plate. The gold stamps are made with MoYou London Mandala 4 plate and Kiko Gold. The pinkie nail is made with Essence stamp me!white and black + MoYou Nails 400 plate. 


Don't forget to visit Glam - express to find the last minute ideas for any V-day event you are celebrating. You can see inspirations for all types of beauty looks.

xoxo
gin

Sunday, January 29, 2017

NOTD: Love is dead

I wanted to make the cutest manicure with a very dramatic title since V-day is almost here and I know not all girls want to wear the tacky nail art that the nail salons offer. So if you are a bit of a rebel feel free to take this picture to your nail lady and ask her to make you some unusual nails. 


When I was deciding what to make for my dramatic and dark nails I remembered this meme, that everyone saw by now! The happy fairy skeleton - how cute and positive is he? I just adore art that is a mix of cute and creepy. I mean look at his silly and happy run :)

source: giphy
Therefore I used a classic cheezy pink and glitter base. Then I made a ribcage with a dark heart since bones need love too. I made 2 opposite colored dead angels / Cupids and another sugar skull with a heart for eye. I think it turned out so very cute, the base makes it very traditional looking, but when you see the designs up close you get the giggles after noticing the details. The funniest thing to me is the fact that the dead Cupids smile and wave at you ;)


The base nail polish is Zoya Tobey and Wet n Wild Flossy flossy glitters. The stamping polishes are Essence stamp me!white and black. I used MoYou London Explorer 8 plate for the creation of the skull decal and some red acrylic paint to color in the heart. The other stamps were made with HD03, BP-L057 and MoYou Nails 409 plates.


Don't forget to visit Glam - express a great page full of talented beauty bloggers, that also create a lot of dark and Gothic content. 


xoxo
gin
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