Friday, 17 November 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative presents: Animal Pattern - Cow Splotches

Hi all!

This month is about animal patterns and I'm starting off with with something from my mani vault. Mani vault also means my previous nail shape: square. And it's all about the cow splotches!

  • SinfulColors - 101 Snow Me White
  • China Glaze - 1194 It's A Trap-eze!
  • Catrice - 42 Nickel Minaj
  • Essence - nail art stampy polish -  002 stamp me! black
  • Ünt - Ready for Takeoff
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

I also used stamping plate BP-L009.

Base: 2 coats of It's a trap-eze. I first stamped with the silver and the 3rd image from the left middle row. This didn't really work, so I stamped the cow splotches in black. Top coated with Elemental Ward.

So, what do you think of this cow splotchy oddity of a mani?

Love, Brethil

More animal patterned nails down here!

Friday, 10 November 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Animal print in the wrong colors

Hi all!

Green leopard, not a normal combination, but it suits today's prompt.

  • Essence - magnetics - 12 majestic green
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

Base: 2 coats of majestic green, while the second coat was still wet I used a magnet. Using the same polish (without using a magnet) I added tiny leopard spots on the sides. It's very subtle, perhaps a bit too subtle. Sealed it in with Elemental Ward.

Love, Brethil

More down here!

Friday, 27 October 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Halloween with negative space

Hi all!

Today's prompt is Halloween with negative space, a.k.a. showing some bare nail. Now normally I dislike seeing bare nail, but I did love these nails!

  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Stone of Reality
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

Base: base coat and one layer of Elemental Ward. I used Whats Up Nails dripping nail vinyls to cover the top part of my nails and then sponged on Stone of Reality. I added more Elemental Ward to smooth it all out.

Aren't bloody dripping nails much better when the blood is glitter?

As a fun fact, Stone of Reality is glow in the dark, so you can be spooky with these nails as well!

Love, Brethil

More down here!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Nail Challenge Collaborative presents: Autumn - Plaid

Hi all!

How is October already on it's last week? Time's been flying too fast, hence my forgetting to actually post Autumn mani's for NCC.

  • Polish My Life - Berry Flambé
  • Polish My Life - Fine As Wine
  • Polish My Life - Dusty Roses
  • Essence - 44 on air!
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

Base: 2 coats of Berry Flambé. Using the other 3 polishes I added stripes to form an easy plaid pattern. Topped with Elemental Ward.

Berry Flambé is such a stunning polish, all those little flecks make it so lovely.

Do you wear plaid in autumn?

Love Brethil

More Autumny nails down here!

Friday, 13 October 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Friday 13th

Hi all!

26 Great Nail Art Ideas is back! We've got a year of new prompts ahead of us. If you'd like to join, please join us in our Facebook group! Obviously, today's prompt is Friday 13th!

  • Polish My Life - Storm Clouds
  • Catrice - 18 Beetlejuice
  • Kaleidoscope - Stamping 22 silver
  • Kaleidoscope - Stamping 13 true red
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

I also used two Bundle Monster stamping plates, BM-608 and BM-613.

Base: 1 coat of Storm Clouds. I added some blobs of Storm Clouds and Beetlejuice on a plastic bag and stamped them into a marble, which I transferred to my nails. Next I used the silver stamping polish to stamp the broken mirror image onto my nails. With true red I stamped the bloody claw marks. Finally a coat of Elemental Ward.

Hope you have a lovely spooky day!

Love, Brethil

More Friday 13th inspired mani's down here!

Friday, 29 September 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Your signature style

Hi all!

This is the last 26GNAI mani! I'm not sure if another challenge will be taking it's place, if you know of any I could join, please let me know!

This last prompt is all about our signature style, I don't know if I have one, but I do love leaves and stamping. So here's both of those rolled into one.

  • Catrice - LE NEONaturals - C05 Have A Good Day
  • Kaleidoscope - stamping 22 Silver
  • Kaleidoscope - stamping 17 Turquoise 
  • Mundo de Unas - 34 Dark Grey
  • Lucky 13 Lacquer - Elemental Ward

Stamping plate used is Hēhē 052.

Base: 2 coats of. I used the fern leaf image from the Hēhē stamping plate and stamped with silver first, then turqoise and dark grey last. Top coated with Elemental Ward.

I just love grey mani's with a pop of colour and I really love this one.

Love, Brethil

More signature styles down here!

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.

  • 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.

  • 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! 

  • 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