Friday, 22 September 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative presents: Inspired by a garment - Floral Summer Dot


Hi all!

Today's mani is inspired by one of my favourite dresses, this one from Hell Bunny.


Polishes:
  • Polish My Life - Cloud Blue
  • Polish My Life - Birkinberry Bomb
  • Polish My Life - Birthday Suit
  • Polish My Life - Little Red Dress
  • Polish My Life - 1950's Mint Fridge
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward


Base: a gradient of Cloud Blue and Birkinberry Bomb. I added white dots with Birthday Suit next. I created the roses by mixing Little Red Dress, Birkinberry Bomb and Birthday Suit. The roseleaves were made with 1950's Mint Fridge and Birthday Suit. Topcoated with Elemental Ward.


Making the roses is very easy, you mix the polishes roughly on a mat and then apply the polish mix to your nail with a brush.



Love, Brethil

More garment inspired nails down here!

Friday, 15 September 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Autumn


Hi all!

It's autumn! Over here that means lots and lots of rain. And time for hot tea, warm slippers and a cosy jumper. And plaid nails, obviously.


Polishes:
  • Polish My Life - Maple Cider Shake
  • Polish My Life - Perfect Nightcap
  • Polish My Life - Deep, Dark and Couture
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

I also used stamping plate BPL-041 from Born Pretty Store (bought myself).



Base: 2 coats of Maple Cider Shake. I stamped using Perfect Nightcap and the top left image first, then with Deep, Dark and Couture using the second image from the right, top row. Sealed it in with Elemental Ward.


Apparently I stamp with a twist. Good thing I did the same for both colours, unintentionally...


What do you enjoy about this season? Let me know!

Love, Brethil

More autumn designs down here!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Born Pretty Store Review - coconut oil, polish and BP-X47

*Press Sample*

Hi all!

Today I've got several items to review for Born Pretty Store. I'll start off with one of  their nail/cuticle oils (item 39329). They come in different scents, and I've got the coconut one for you today. Main ingredient is grape seed oil, but it also has added vitamins, keratin and calcium. And it is pretty fragrant, so if you are sensitive to perfumy oils, this one is not for you. Personally I love the coconut scent this oil has. First a picture of my naked nails after cleaning. They are in need of some oil as you can see.


Below you can see the oil on my nails. It seems to absorb rather quickly and leaves my nails and cuticles in a much better shape.


The oil comes in a silver coloured pen which means you can't really see how much there is left. The oil itself has a greenish tint. If you're not into coconut, this one comes in lavender, peach, pineapple and almond scent as well.


After taking care of your nails, you're ready for some new nail art of course! And I have more items to review! 


Polishes:
  • Born Pretty - 51 (item 40446)
  • NYC - Foil Explosion - 014 Magic Earth
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

And I also have a Born Pretty Store stamping plate to review, BP-X47 (item 40487).



Base: 2 coats of the Born Pretty polish. It is very opaque, self-leveling, just a lovely polish. It has several colourful flecks of green and pink. I stamped with Magic Earth and the circuit board image from the plate. Top coat is Elemental Ward as always.


Close-up of that lovely polish, can you see all those pretty little flecks?


Bonus photo taken with direct light to see how lovely the polish is. I wouldn't call it holographic, but it's lovely anyway.


The stamping plate is deeply etched like all other Born Pretty Store stamping plates I own, great quality. I can see some steampunkish design options with this plate as well.

Born Pretty Store kindly gave me a discount code to share with you all! If you use code BBL91 you get 10% off your purchase! You can find their nail art products here! And they offer worldwide free shipping!


Love, Brethil

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative presents: Inspired by a garment - Ikat


Hi all!

This month we're post mani's inspired by a garment. Today's inspiration is a lovely white and coral ikat top I own, you can see it here. I didn't just copy the top, but this is inspired by obviously.


Polishes:
  • Polish My Life - Pumpkin Mashup
  • Polish My Life - Birthday Suit
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Dark Matter
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward


Base: 2 coats of Pumpkin Mashup. I added the ikat pattern with a thin nail art brush and Birthday Suit and Dark Matter. Sealed it all in with Elemental Ward.


Ikat patterns are not that hard to do, they don't have to be precise, which is the charm.


I got a lot of compliments on these nails when I wore them to work (to match my top obviously).

Love, Brethil

More garment inspired nails down here!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Dotting tools - but not just dots


Hi all!

This week is all about dotting tools, but not just for making dots. Which is why I used one to make leopard spots. Or Trill spots if you're into Star Trek *winks*.


Polishes:
  • Catrice - 19 Johnny Deep
  • Catrice - 18 Beetlejuice
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward


Base: 2 coats of Johnny Deep or 3 coats of Beetlejuice (last coat sponged). Using a dotting tool I added the leopard spots. Sealed it in with Elemental Ward.


Beetlejuice is a lovely duochrome polish, with a shift from pink to green. It is streaky however, which is why I sponged on the last coat.


Love, Brethil

Curious to see what else you can do with dotting tools? Check out the other mani's down here!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative presents: Flowers - Mint & Blue Floral


Hi all!

My last flowers mani for this month is inspired by this floral pattern. It took me a while, but I'm very happy about the end results.


Polishes:
  • Essence - LE Beauty Beats - 02 I'm Backstage
  • Essence - 33 wild white ways
  • Essence - 25 prince charming
  • Kaleidoscope - 17 turquoise
  • Kaleidoscope - 79 gray blue


Polishes:
  • Maybelline - LE Bleached Neons - 241 Sun Flare
  • Maybelline - LE Bleached Neons - 242 Coral Heat
  • Boulevard - Demim Style - unnamed blue
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward


Base: 2 coats of I'm Backstage. I used a thin nail art brush to paint the pattern, and a dotting tool for the white dots. Sealed it all in with Elemental Ward.



Do you like mani's inspired by patterns?

Love, Brethil

More flowery nails down here!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative presents: Flowers - Flowery Zebra


Hi all!

And another floral mani from the vault. But one I really adored immensely.



Polishes:
  • Sinful Colors - 101 Snow Me White
  • Kaleidoscope - Aquarelle Tints - 03
  • Kaleidoscope - Aquarelle Tints - 04
  • Kaleidoscope - Aquarelle Tints - 05
  • Kaleidoscope - Aquarelle Tints - 06
  • Kaleidoscope - Aquarelle Tints - 10
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Dark Matter
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

I also used Hēhē stamping plate 076.



Base: 2 coats of Snow Me White. I stamped using Dark Matter and used the lead lighting technique to add colour. Those Aquarelle tints are just awesome for this. Sealed it all in with Elemental Ward.


I really love the blue and green together, it gives a nice contrast to the corally pink flowers.


Doesn't this make you want to lead light as well?

Love, Brethil

More flowery nails down here!

Friday, 18 August 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - The End of Summer


Hi all!

Time flies! Can't believe the summer is nearly over... I haven't had much time off yet though. I've been working during the summer months, I'll have to wait till the second half of September before I've got some time off. Today is also the first time I'm showing you a special purple polish by Lak door Tijn. For the non-dutchies, this is a polish created by a sweet boy called Tijn who got our country polishing their nails for charity. Tijn had brainstem cancer and wanted to collect 1 million euro to fund a robot that can help children with this type of cancer in their treatment. Normal chemotherapy does not work for this type of cancer, and there wasn't a robot in the country for convection enhanced delivery of chemotherapy. He was the face of a crowd funding campaign that sold 4 different polishes. I bought the purple one. Tijn died the day after his crowd funding campaign reached the 1 million mark on July 7th. He was only 6 years old.


Polishes:
  • Polish My Life - Pumpkin Mashup
  • Polish My Life - Deep, Dark & Couture
  • Lak door Tijn - purple
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

I also used stamping plate BPL-026 from Born Pretty Store.



Base: 1 coat of Pumpkin Mashup. I sponged on a gradient with Pumpkin Mashup, the purple Lak door Tijn and Deep, Dark & Couture. I stamped with that last polish as well. Top coated with Elemental Ward.



I really loved this gradient with vampy tips, what do you think?

Love, Brethil

More End of Summer nails down here!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative presents: Flowers - Dwarf Roses


Hi all!

For my second flowers mani this month, I dug around into my vault again. This is a mani I did over a year ago when my nail shape was still square. It's simple, but lovely.


Polishes:
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Nobody Tosses A Dwarf!
  • W7 - 54 Roast Chestnut
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward


Base: 2 coats of Nobody Tosses A Dwarf!. I painted on the roses with a nail art brush and Roast Chestnut. Topped it all with Elemental Ward.



Do you like this simple rose mani? Let me know!

Love, Brethil

More flowery nails down here!