4 shades of red

Been away from the blog for way to long now! I have moved back home(lived with my parents this summer) and after that I haven’t had any inspiration to blog. So I took a break. But now I’m gonna start up again! I did this manicure the other day and I used striping tape to do the squares. Then I applied the red/orange shades with a dotting tool. SAM_1333 The white is from Gina Tricot and it’s the first polish from them that I have tried. My sister gave me all her polishes and some of them was from Gina Tricot. I haven’t tried all of them, but judging from the swatches I did they are pretty good. The formula is easy to work with and they are pretty opaque.

Even though the lines didn’t end up perfect, I’m really happy with this design. Someday I will do it again in a different color. The polishes I used are random polishes from Depend, and I don’t know the names. SAM_1335

Tape manicure

Going back to my pastels and using my new yellow from Isa Dora(love it!) and a older purple from Depend that’s almost gone now. Yellow and purple is opposite colors in the color circle and are fun to use together. When you use pastels, you don’t get a lot of contrast even though you use opposite colors. It’s a bit more quiet, but still lovely. SAM_1050 I love a good striping tape design, you can do so much fun stuff with it! However, I rarely do it because I don’t have the patience to wait until the base polish is completely dry. You really have to give it a good while and I hate to wait. But when I do it, I love it. I made a simple design today, but I kind of wish I did more stripes.  I like it anyway.

The nail polish from depend doesn’t have a name. I think it had a number, but the label is gone. The yellow is called Mellow Yellow. I got it a few weeks ago and I really like it! Isa Dora have so good formula on their polishes and this yellow is no exception. I don’t really have a lot to say about this manicure, I will let the pictures speak for them selves.SAM_1052SAM_1047

Black stripes

I saw this pattern on a “how-to” on pintrest and I had to try it. I have no idea who came up with this or did it first, but I think it’s cute. It’s quite easy to do, just make 3 stripes and then make another 3 in the other direction. Well, I think you see how it work on the pictures. Just use a striping brush and I think a thinner stripe would look best, even though my stripes are pretty thick. It’s been a while since I did free hand designs. Lately, I have not done it a lot. But I will try to take it up again and hopefully improve. SAM_1014 I used two polishes from China Glaze, Turned Up Turquoise and Liquid Leather. I would be easier to use black acrylic paint, but I left mine at home(I’m at my parents for the moment), so I use my nail polishes instead. It works, but it’s not as easy. SAM_1013 The lines are not perfect, but I still like this design. I do need to work on my skills and I will. I have a lot of inspiration right now. Only thing that’s bugging me is that I don’t have all my polishes with me and I really miss them(for real, I’m crazy like that). It’s so frustrating when I have a idea of what I want and realize that the polishes I need are at home. It really sucks. But I’ll go home soon and I will make it work with what I have until then.SAM_1015

A pink detail

To be honest, I’m kind of getting tired of bright and summery colors. Of the 5 new nail polishes I have bought during the last month, 4 of them are dark and perfect for fall! I have tried 2 of them already – Belugaria from Essie and Heirloom from Ciaté(upcoming post). I just could not wait! But I will try to stick with brighter colors a while longer. SAM_0975This manicure works for summer, with the holographic glitter. I used pink to give it a little color and black to make a contrast to the silver and pink. I love using more colors on two nails. This is a super simple manicure that I think everyone can do. I used a striping brush to do the pattern. You can do just a few bigger slices of color, or several smaller ones.This is not one of my favorite designs. I think it’s cute, but not very special. But it’s a good design to start of with, to work on lines and a steady hand. SAM_0970

Essie – Belugaria

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a list of nail polishes that I want to buy. Most of them, I know that will never get(and it’s a fast growing list too). But, a few days ago I found one of them on sale. It is Essies Belugaria, from their Encrusted Treasures Collection. The collection came out around the holidays last year, and I have been dying to get several of them. Belugaria was my favorite in the collection and highest of the essie polishes on my wishlist. And I must say, I’m in love with this polish! SAM_1059This polish is soooo cool! It’s a black textured polish with hex holographic glitters in it. It dries to a matte finish. It’s so unique and I am truly in love. However, it is a bit tricky to apply. It’s thick and chunky, so you do have to “dab” it on with the brush, more than paint it normally. But it’s opaque in two coats(or one really thick one) and easy to correct if you mess up a bit. One thing that I both love and hate is the texture. I love how it looks and it gives a nice effect. But it is really really textured, so much that it’s almost sharp. And if you use a normal top coat to make it a little bit smoother, you have to use a matte top coat. I tried my Seche Vite, but it doesn’t look as good when it’s shiny. The edginess of the polish disappears. But this polish is so worth the sharp edges to me! As most matte polishes do, this dries really quickly. SAM_1066SAM_1053 You can see the holographic glitter in the sun, but it’s really subtle. You do get a good amount of glitter on the nails, so you don’t have to fish it up. I think the glitter is a fun touch to this polish and it makes it more special. Ever though it’s a bit hard to work with, I totally recommend this color. It’s so unique and I’m so exited to have it in my collection!

Holographic glitter

There is no glitter as beautiful as a holographic. I prefer nail polishes with a holographic effect in the color more than a holographic glitter. This is one of the glitters, but it’s a good one. I have mentioned it in several posts before, recently in my post Turned Up Turquoise. It’s called Jo Is In The House, and it’s from H&M. I used it over black(as usual, Liquid Leather – China Glaze). SAM_0985 I love the combination with black and a glitter topper. I prefer a chunky glitter, but holographic glitter works on top even it it’s a micro glitter. In the sun, it’s awesome. It doesn’t look as good in the shadow, but it’s worth it. This is one coat of glitter. You get a good amount of glitter on the brush and it’s easy to apply. SAM_0989 I took a unfocused picture, so you can really see the holographic effect. I really didn’t expect it to be this good when I bought it, but it’s awesome. This shows that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make fun nails!SAM_0990

Mellow Yellow summer gradient

A gradient is a simple and fun design, that works with all different colors and combinations. I actually did a manicure kind of like this last summer and wanted to do it again. It is so perfect for summer.SAM_0937This summer manicure is made with a new polish of mine, nr 653 Mellow Yellow from Isa Dora. I think it’s from last years collection and I found it on sale. I didn’t expect anything special from this polish. Don’t get me wrong, Isa Dora makes great nail polishes. But this is a pastel yellow, and yellows in general have bad formula and they are often hard to work with. This polish on the other hand, turned out to be a dream! It’s so beautiful and really opaque. You only need 2 coats and the formula is so easy to work with. It has a light shimmer in it, but it doesn’t show in the pictures. You can see it really well in real life though. I don’t know if all yellow nail polishes from Isa Dora is this good, but this one is definitely a winner for me! SAM_0934To do this gradient, I used the only true orange polish I have. It’s a small polish from H&M and it’s just called Orange. It is pretty, but hard to get opaque on it’s own. I think I have only used it twice and I am looking for a orange with better quality to use. But this one is good for gradients and pretty. It also has a shimmer to it, but not as subtle as in Mellow Yellow. Overall, I am happy with this manicure. SAM_0938