Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative presents: Pink Autumn - Leaves

Hi all!

For this month's NCC Pink Autumn theme I've got something I wore earlier this week. I really liked it, even if it was pink *winks*.

  • Barry M - Gelly - GNP20 Rose Hip
  • NYC - Foil Explosion - 011 Power of Elements
  • Mundo de Unas - 18 Silver
  • China Glaze - 551 Fairy Dust
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

And I also used Hēhē stamping plate 052.

Base: 2 coats of Rose Hip. Then I stamped with Power of Elements first, and later with the silver stamping polish. A coat of Elemental Ward first to prevent smearing, then Fairy Dust and then more Elemental Ward.

Leaves always make me smile, and this stamping plate is just so lovely. Just look at that fern leaf...

I'm thinking I have to do this mani in green sometime too, perhaps in spring...

Love, Brethil

More pink or autumnal mani's in the Inlinkz!

Friday, 14 October 2016

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Blue and silver

Hi all!

Today is the first day of our new nail art challenge: 26 Great Nail Art Ideas. We will post once every fortnight and we're starting off with the prompt Blue and Silver. Seeing as I just bought a icy blue magnetic polish during my stay in Rome, I had to use that one. Icy blue made me think of mountains and that's how this mani was born.

  • Wycon - Magnetic - #507
  • Mundo de Unas - 18 Silver
  • Essence - LE Superheroes - 04 Super, Man!
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

I also used Hēhē stamping plate 091 from The Science Collection.

Base: 2 coats of the blue metallic polish. After applying the second coat I held one of the magnets I have (an Essence one with a chevron pattern) close to my nail. Then I repeated it with the other nails. I stamped the mountain image using the silver stamping polish and then filled out some areas with the silver glitter. Ended with top coat, Elemental Ward, of course.

The Wycon magnet I bought was rather rubbish (it wasn't that expensive though), but the Essence ones I've got are decent enough.

It's been ages (years really) since I've used a magnetic polish. Do you like the effect?

Love, Brethil

More blue and silver down here!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative presents: Pink Autumn - Plaid

Hi all!

October's theme is Pink Autumn which is a combination of pink ribbon and autumn. We're free to create autumnal mani's or pink ribbon themed ones. I was perusing my vault for something that could fit either theme and found these. Plaids scream autumn to me and it does have some pink as well...

  • Mollon Pro - 25 Powder Pink
  • Mollon Pro - 26 Bright Pink
  • Mollon Pro - 28 So In Lilac
  • Mollon Pro - 30 Aubergine
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

Base: 2 coats of Powder Pink. With a striping brush I added swipes of the other colours to create a messy plaid design. Sealed it all in with Elemental Ward.

That Powder Pink is such a nice nude colour on me.

I need to wear purple soon....

Love, Brethil

More autumn pink inspired nails down here!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative presents: Harvest Time - Wheat

Hi all!

September flew by so quickly! I didn't manage to post this one on time unfortunately... Today's wheat nails are inspired by this image. It's not a complete copy, just something similar.

  • Essence - 33 wild white ways
  • Polish My Life - The Alps
  • Catrice - LE Matchpoint - C01 Team Lucky Mustards
  • Polish Alcoholic - Padmé
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

Base: 2 coats of Wild white ways (new favourite white since SinfulColors disappeared from Kruidvat, a local drugstore chain). Using The Alps and a nail art brush I added the flowers that remind me of dahlia's. With the same nail art brush and Team Lucky Mustards I added the wheat. Then some dots of Padmé to fill in the empty spots and Elemental Ward to seal it all in.

I should try to do more pattern inspired nails, because I always like them. What do you think of these nails?

More Harvest inspired mani's down here!

Friday, 30 September 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Earth Tones

Hi all!

This week we have the last prompt for this nail art challenge, it's been a year since it started already! There's a new challenge in the works, so keep posted for that one! We're ending with Earth Tones and my personal pattern is water colour... I've tried that technique with polish which never turned out as imagined so this time I used acrylic paints. I've never used them for my nails ever, so this was a first.

Polishes (and paints):
  • Polish My Life - Vail
  • Amsterdam Acrylic paint - 409 Burnt Umber
  • Amsterdam Acrylic paint - 411 Burnt Sienna
  • Amsterdam Acrylic paint - 227 Yellow Ochre
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

Base: 2 coats of Vail. One layer of Elemental Ward before I started playing with the paints. I diluted the paints with water and blobbed them on, using the brush to remove any excess. More Elemental Ward to seal it all in.

After a very warm beginning of September, it ended more like autumn, so wearing these all week was very fitting. Perhaps I'll even play with acrylic paints more often...

Love, Brethil

More earth toned nails down here.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Nicole Diary water decals - 3 different looks

*press sample*

Hi all!

A while ago I received five different water decal designs by Nicole Diary. I've shown you two already (here). I decided to just make one huge post with the other three designs because writing one post is less time consuming than three. Also, don't mind the different nail lengths and shapes... the first mani was done well over a month ago *winks*.

  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Dark Matter
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward
  • Nicole Diary - 33

Base: 1 thick coat of Dark Matter. I figured I'd show you how opaque these decals are. Unfortunately the image and white backing did not align perfectly. But you wouldn't see this if you put these emoticons on top of a white base. Sealed it all in with Elemental Ward.

  • KIKO - Sugar Mat - 643 Spring Green
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward
  • Nicole Diary - 02

Base: a white polish underneath the water decals, not that this is necessary. On my accent nail two coats of Spring Green and two coats of Elemental Ward.

Just look at that detail!

  • Maybelline - Bleached Neons - 241 Sun Flare
  • Barry M - Gelly - GNP13 Papaya
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward
  • Nicole Diary - 05

Base: Gradient nails have one coat of Sun Flare and then a sponged on gradient of Sun Flare and Papaya. Decal nails have white polish underneath. Everything is sealed in with Elemental Ward.

Again, so much detail in these decals, I love this whimsical pattern.

Overall, I love water decals. I really like the Nicole Diary ones because they fit larger nails and because there are so many lovely designs. I absolutely recommend these!

Nicole Diary sells more than water decals, they have stamping plates and other nail art items as well. You can find Nicole Diary on Amazon and Aliexpress (Free shipping as far as I can tell as well):

Amazon Store: Link
Aliexpress Store: Link

You can use also the code Br2016 with your order and you'll get a gift worth $2-$5 for free with your order.

You can follow them on Instagram as well @nicolediary2016.

Have you tried any of their nail art products yet?

Love, Brethil

Friday, 23 September 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Autumn

Hi all!

This week's prompt is Autumn, which is fitting. Although I must say the weather has been more like summer for the past weeks and today was another lovely sunny day. But some trees are already shedding their leaves, so I thought autumn leaves was fitting for today's mani. Glitter leaves because they sparkle.

  • W7 - 54 Roast Chestnut
  • Catrice - 06 Bronze Upon A Time
  • Glitter Lambs - Pumpkin Spice
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

Base: 2 coats of Roast Chestnut, one of my favourite browns. Then 1 coat of Elemental Ward and some drying time before I added Whats Up Nails nail vinyls. I then sponged on a glitter gradient with the bronze and orange glitter toppers. Sealed it in with 2 more coats of Elemental Ward to get it smooth.

Sparkling leaves make me smile.

Those nail vinyls are lovely, these glitter leaves don't do them justice really. But I do like the effect of the glitter.

Love, Brethil

More autumn inspired nails down here!