Monday, August 31, 2015

Pick N Mix challenge: Purple, Red and Aqua

Purple - check, aqua - check , red and if by red you mean hard to see pink glitters - check :) I am so happy that my Zodiac sign - Aquarius was made a while back by MoYou London into a stamping plate.  And one of the cool parts of the plate is the star constellation pattern. I know I could free hand draw it but why if I can just stamp it? :) As inspiration for the colors I used the sleeve that the plate came in since the galaxy on it is a mix of amazing colors as it can be seen on the bottom <3




To make the galaxy base I used Essence Stamp me! black, Dark night starlight, China glaze Frostbite and So blue without you. Over it I added Essence Cool breeze that are the aqua hex glitters and Catrice Sky and snow to give it the blue and purple shimmer. The stamps are made with MoYou London Zodiac 1 and Essence stamp me! white stamping polish.


And here is a magical Galaxy nebula gif to make your day <3

source: tumblr
xoxo
gin

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NOTD: Under the sea nail art

With the last days of summer passing me by, here are one of the last sea inspired nails this seasn. I wanted to use all the happy blue polishes I got and top it off with some white glitter to make it seem like these are bubbles around the random sea creatures :) 


The base is a mix of Catrice Port blue, Blue cara ciao and Ruby kisses Blues clue. The glitters are from Golden rose Carnival 01. The stamps are made with Kiko Gold, the plates I used are MoYou London Cookbook 11 and BM-XL25.




What do you think of this Under the sea nails?

xoxo
gin

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pick N Mix challenge: Free choice

Free choice - WIIIIIIII means for me do what you do best - mix a bunch of random colors and hope for the best :) I like how the combination of it all turned out - thou they remind me a lot more of some type of fall colors, maybe just because there are so many darker shades in there :) Honestly I just wanted to pair the fugly China glaze Budding romance with as many polish buddies I could find to match him since so many folks say he is one ugly guy due to him being a puke green shade. I like him thou :)




For the base I used Essence Dare to kiss, Inti inka, Catrice Purple regin, Rockby and China glaze Budding romance. The stamps are made with QA71 and Kiko Taupe as a stamping polish. 


I don't know where I was going with this mani but now that I look at it - it reminds me the colors of the crests from the Harry Potter movies - does that make sense? :)

xoxo
gin

Saturday, August 22, 2015

LoL mani: Annie in Wonderland

Annie the Dark child was one of my 1st ever LoL champions I played and fell in love with. And her skin that is Wonderland themed was always something I wanted. Now I finally own it and use it all the time!

I mean how can you not fall in love with a big teddy bear dressed up as a bunny in a fancy suit? While a little psycho girl trails behind him and sets everything on fire :)



Here you can see my inspiration - I think I captured their spirit in my nail art :)




These is the cute duo in game <3 



Some more amazing fan art I found via uncle Google to keep the inspiration flowing :)



For this mani I used a bunch of plates - some for stamps and some to make decals. I used MoYou Rockstar 1, Alice 2 & 4. The stamping polishes I used are Essence stamp me!black, Mundo de Unas Red, Yellow and Blue, Kiko Gold. The base polishes are Color club Love you to pieces, LA Girl Sparkle ruby,  Essence Cookies & cream, English rose, In love, Hello sunshine, Sinful colors Wisp.  


My favorite Annie quotes in game:
'' Bear hug!''
''Come out, come out where ever you are!''


xoxo
gin

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

TNCC Jewelry: Rave bracelets nail art

To continue this months challenge here is another nail art inspired by jewelry. But it's inspired by jewelry I wore as a kid. We called them Rave bracelets since the rave scene was still a thing back then.

All it was to it was a million neon beads lined up on a bracelet. Or a million little bracelets with neon beads. So that and all the ridiculous drinking faces people make while drinking and being out on the dance floor were the inspiration for this nail art :)

I love how fun and silly these nails turned out :)


For this mani I used MoYou London Princess 11 and Essence Stamp me! Black to make the decals. Then I painted in the faces with Morgan Taylor Pink flame-ingo, Don't worry, be brilliant, China glaze Surfin for boys, Yellow polka dot bikini, Sun worshipper, Sun of a peach and More to explore. 


Here is a little sample of my inspiration :)

source: etsy



More inspiration! Ahh to be a 90ies kid again :)

source: pinterest


A fun let's go out and party gif :)
source: tumblr
xoxo
gin

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pick N Mix challenge: Pale pink

I love how Essence is stepping up their game! More and more of their 'special' effect polishes look like fancy indie brands <3 I got my claws on Essence Truth or dare? and it is a quite unique mix of nude / pale pink and white glitters of all kinds of sizes. It took only 2 layers of it to get the desired effect. Essence keep up the work! <3


For this mani I used S-he stylezone no. 333 as base. Over it I added 2 layers of Essence Truth or dare?. And over it I added stamps made with Essence Stamp me! black and MoYou London Time traveller Back to the 80s 2. 


Here you can see the amazing Truth or dare? - I love how it looks over a gray base. Come to think of it now I want to pair it with some more taupe or beige nude type of polish to see how the glitters react to that type of base :) 



xoxo
gin

Saturday, August 15, 2015

TUTORIAL: Summer nail stickers tutorial

Looking back I saw I posted a lot of complicated and stamping related tutorials. Therefore for today I decided to do something very simple that is based on cheap nail art supplies. Nail art that everyone can do and buy! :)

Here it goes! Summer party nails done with nail studs and nail stickers that I found in random stores all over. I used 3 different nail stickers and each set costs only 1€. Which is way cheaper then your usual stamping nail art supplies. 

Nail stickers hunter tip: Always check any store that carries any type of beauty products - like any 1€ store and such they have very cool off brand nail stickers. 


Before we go on - here is the swatch of the polish I am working with. The base is Essence Hola, guapa and the glitters are Essence Festival of colors. As you can see you can create a party nail with only 2 polishes. Just make sure that they don't crash or that the base polish doesn't overwhelm the glitter. It goes the same as for the nail stickers - you won't believe how many cool glitter polishes off brands in random cheap store have. 


For this mani I used as stated Essence Hola, guapa and Festival of colors for polish bases. Also I used 3 different nail stickers, the only brand name ones are from Essence that I got on a sale under 1€. For that extra I used some neon rhinestones. Don't forget a good top coat or a clear gel polish so you can cure the rhinestones and stickers. 


Step 1: Apply your base polish.
Step 2: Apply glitter polish. Make sure you apply a generous coat of top coat or clear gel polish so you smooth out the base of the nail.
Step 3: Apply neon rhinestones. I used the small ones since my pinkie is so small most stickers don't fit on it. Again don't forget to use a lot of top coat or gel polish to cure them all so they don't fall out. 
Step 4: Apply nail stickers in any way you want. I tried to make it seem like the flamingos are having a party. But be ready that some stickers won't stick or will be very stiff. So just apply them as if they were decals. Use some top coat and apply the sticker. Wait for it to dry half way and press the sticker down. Then apply another coat of the clear polish and they should smooth out. 



And here is the finished result. It's easy, it does not require any clean up, it's cheap and you are done with it all in under a hour! :)



Don't forget to visit Glam-express to find a matching make up look to these nails, since this is a great page to find all kinds of beauty tutorials. 


xoxo
gin

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TNCC Jewelry: Sailor moon accessories

Who is the girl that has the coolest jewelry? Sailor moon OFC!!! Her and her fellow Sailor scouts have the best earrings, necklaces and brooches. I never saw hair jewels before I saw that anime but now I know that I need some hair accessories in my life! :)

So I decided to do these nails that are full of all types of decoration she wears with her kick ass uniform in traditional kawaii Sailor moon colors. Sprinkled with some holo dust. A type of jewelry I would love to wear.

OMG I LOVE HOW THEY TURNED OUT! I would never believe I would like something pink so much <3 


Here you can see both my hands and my prized possession vol.1 of the Sailor moon manga I got last year in Germany <3 I think you can see the inspiration quite clearly.


I added some holo stamps under the decals to give it that extra pop. And I just can't decide what I like best - the accent finger of the other ones :)


For this mani I used Sinful colors Wisp as base. The decals and the gradient are made with Juleep Lexie, S-he stylezone no. 020, p2 Cosmopolitan, Tevez no. 22. The holo stamps are small stars made with Color club Harp on it and BP-11 plate. The decals are made with hehe013 plate and Essence stamp me!black, the stamps over the gradient are made with Essence stamp me!white and hehe014 plate.


I wore those nails to my trip in Venice, Italy and it made my little vacation even more magical :)


Another view of a rare all 10 nails picture <3 Thanks to my BF who I am grooming as a blog photographer.


Do you ever fall in love with your own nails? :)

xoxo
gin

Monday, August 10, 2015

Pick N Mix challenge: Tribal and Hot pink

This mani is not technically tribal or hot pink - but it has particles of both so I think it will pass as a fitting part of the challenge :) 

I love how this turned out, since I don't do a lot of these type of manicures that always pop up in my threads. I am in love with it but I am a sucker for anything black and white. Let me know what you think :)



The base polishes I used are China glaze Bump in the night and Jindie nails Betty's fettie milkshake. The stamps are made with MoYou London Zodiac 1 and Essence stamp me! black. I added some different shaped studs that I feel like make the mani more rounded :)



xoxo
gin

Thursday, August 6, 2015

NOTD: Sea adventure nails

A while back I was on a fun sea adventure with my BF in Zrće on the Island Pag. I finally found my new favorite summer destination - it's like Ibiza or Miami but smaller and way closer :) 

So these are the nails I wore while there. They have everything that is required for a sea adventure - pirates, cool sailor tattoos, mermaids and sea creatures. I love how they turned out! And I added a silly secret nail art full of flamingos on my thumb that I rarely show - since there is no real summer if there are no flamingos! :)




Here you can see all 5 nails and I must admit I loved them so much I had no problem looking at them the entire week long *which is a record for me since I switch manis at least twice per week* <3 




Since every nail is so detailed I will describe them each:
Thumb - gradient made with China glaze More to explore, Morgan Taylor Pink flame-ingo and S-he stylezone no.002. The stamps are made with Essence Stamp me!black and MoYou London Tropical 6.
Index - The base is Essence Grumpy and over it I stamped with Essence Stamp me! white and hehe005. The skull is made as a decal with the same stamping polishes and MoYou London Rockstar 1 plate.
Middle - The base is Sinful colors Wisp, stamped over with Essence Grumpy and hehe005 stamping plate. The anchor decal is made with MoYou London Biker 5. I colored it in with KiKo Gold, Kleancolor Neon Fuchsia, Catrice Roberts red ford, OPI Live, love, carnival and Essence Roller coaster. 
Ring - The base is Essence Crew first! over it I stamped with BM-XL25 - thou the bubbles are not visible very well :( Other two stamps are made as decals with Mundo de Unas polishes and MoYou London Fairytaile 2 and Cookbook 11 stamping plates.
Pinkie - The base is Sinful colors Wisp. First layer of stamps is made with Mundo de Unas and BM401. The 2nd holo layer is made with Color club Over the moon and MoYou London Fairytale 2 plate. The little turtle is made with Mundo de Unas and MoYou London Princess 4 plate.



These nails will be exclusively posted on Glam-express that is a great source for all type of summer beauty posts and tips from all corners of the blogging world :)


xoxo
gin
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