Excuse my ghastly pale hands, they're not this bad in reality but for some reason they looked like that in the only colour accurate picture I got
*Product courtesy of Glitter Gal
Every time I post GG NOTD's I always get asked where to buy them so I figured I'd add it to the post instead :) Glitter Gal polishes can be purchased directly from their website http://www.glittergal.com.au/. They ship worldwide!
*Products courtesy of Glitter Gal
PS. Saw that I've hit 200 followers, there will be a new giveaway starting next week when the first one is over! Keep an eye out for that!!
The white balance on my camera was set all wrong, therefore the yellow'ish background, but the bottle colours still look pretty accurate to me.
China Glaze Dorothy Who?
Blurry to show the glitter
China Glaze Dorothy Who? bottle
Just wanted to remind you about my giveaway, there's still one more week to enter! I would also like to thank all of you who already entered, one of the best things about this is all the new blogs I've found by reading all the comments. Awesome blogs I didn't even know exsisted!
This is what you can win:
Click any of the pictures above to get to the contest!
I noticed I was getting close to 200 followers and that's the mark for my next giveaway! I won't reveal the prize just yet but I can tell you it's something most of you will recognize but it's also something that is really hard to come by now a days.. curious? ;D
Chromatic Misadventures has put together a wonderful array of swatches that include nail colors from Nails Inc., Zoya, Butter London, Essie, and so many more.
Polish Up brings you the sparkled beauty OPI Blues in the Night.
Can you appreciate a good haul? Well if so, let Black Nail Polish and Lipgloss show off the awesome goodies that she received from Lisa of Glammed Up.
The Nail Nerd has a polish sweet tooth caused by Orly's Sweet Collection.
Happy Vamp Valentines Day! The Swatchaholic shares a wonderful Konad sweet... I mean treat with all of you.
Raz from Manicure Mommasswatches her CND survey goodies and gives you an up close and personal preview.
Are you quite unfond of the scent of polish remover and feel you could live without the smell?! Well if so, Polish Galore gives a wonderful review of the lavendar scented polish removers Seche Erase & Zoya Remove.
Kellie from "Also Known As dazzles us with the gorgeous new shades of OPI's Designer Series featuring polishes infused with diamond dust.
Probably one of the most popular colors in the China Glaze Up & Away Collection, Prim and Polished brings you gorgeous swatches of Four Leaf Clover.
Naive Nails gives us a little Absolutely Alice from OPI's Alice in Wonderland
Green is the hottest color of the season... and polishSWATCHES brings you a shade you'll adore.
and now for the goodies....
Bring on the Network Giveaways!!!
How would you like to add 3 bottles of China Glaze polish to your collection? Well, let Polish Galore show you how!
You'll definitely want to be sure and check out the Nail Nerd Giveaway... she's giving away some gorgeous Viva la Diva Nail Lacquers.
Black Nail Polish and Lipgloss is having a fun and creative contest that you just have to see for yourself. I just can't spill the beans on this one!
And lastly, have you been dying to get your hands on polishes from the China Glaze Up & Away Collection?! Well, if your answer is yes... check out the Polish Freak and she'll be glad to give some to you.
This is half of the Sweet collection - available April 2010
*Products courtesy of Laforce + Stevens
*Products courtesy of LaForce + Stevens
This weekend has been super hectic, and I didn't manage to get anything done which means no Orly swatches yet =( But I've got tomorrow off work so I'm gonna try and get all of them done in the morning. Today I'm wearing an "old classic", kind of, Octa Gone Wild from China Glaze's Kaleidoscope collection. The only colour I own from that collection, and I regret not buying the rest. Think a few colours are still available at some e-tailers though.
China Glaze Octa Gone Wild -low light
China Glaze Octa Gone Wild - Bottle
Get prepared as The Swatchaholic shows off her Konad skills. Bringing you her fabulous "throwback" Hello Kitty Manicure inspired by MAC's Love Lace collection.
As Magic-Maid takes you to the Land of Oh Ahz and makes you think twice about clicking your heels to leave.
For those of you who have been pining over Chanel's Jade nail color, PolishFreak brings you a possible dupe. And if that particular green wasn't enough for your color fix check out Polish Up's shade from Charlotte Russe.
Also, check out Network Giveaways....
PolishFreak is giving away a set of American Apparel's backordered nail polishes.
Polish Galore is giving away Cina Glaze's Up & Away Grape Pop, Seche Vite Top Coat, and a bottle of Matte Magic.
The Swatchaholic is giving away a host of different polishes along with some nail jewel accessories.
and Body Soul Beauty is hosting her weekly Friday Freebie giveaway.
The Orly colours will have to wait until the weekend when I'll have more daylight hours to swatch on. Today I'm wearing a polish from the Viva la Diva collection I'm giving away here. Of course I had to pick the only colour not in the contest, but #5 is a very close relative to this one. I wanted to add some Konad and it took 5 (yes, five!) tries to get the little bow straight, don't know what was up with me when I was trying to do this. Didn't clean up the old stamps enough either so after adding topcoat I saw the whole nail had a thin coat of silver shimmer. It would look nice, if it was on all nails!
Here is what I got
Left to Right: Thorned Rose, Wandering Vine and Blushing Bud
Orly Sweet Collection - Available April 2010
Left to Right: Gumdrop, Cotton Candy, Lollipop
*Products courtesy of LaForce + Stevens
Glitter Gal 3D Electric Blue with flash
Glitter Gal 3D Electric Blue bottle
Click the picture above to get to the contest!
The problem is when the followers box (located in the right most column, named Other Nail Nerds) either go missing completely or will load as an empty white box, sometimes it'll even load a part of an ad which is not supposed to be there!
It can look something like this:
This is what it should look like:
Note that it is darker in real life than in the pictures. For some reason my index finger nail looks darker than the rest, that is closer to reality
Orly Happily Ever After with flash
See the tiny ammount of shimmer? It definitely shows more in the bottle
than on the nail
Orly Happily Ever After bottle
I couldn't get myself to remove the gorgeous Nfu-Oh combo from yesterday, gonna leave it on til tomorrow, so instead I have some archive pictures for you. I have loads of old pre-blog nailart pictures so I figured why not post one of those? This is my take on the Burberry print on nails.
Materials I used
L to R: My little mini franken, Burberry, I mixed especially for this manicure, No name nail art colours in Black, White and Red
For this manicure I started with 2 coats, I believe, of my very crappy and chunky franken. Then striped with the white colour, 2 lines going in each direction with just a small space between. Alternating doing the horizontal lines at the top and bottom of the nail. Filled in that space with a black stripe and added another one on the inside of the white lines. Finished by drawing the red lines and top it with Poshé. I'm surprised the lines look this good cause the brushes in these eBay nailart polishes are horrible. Some are short and thick, others long. Some have bristles sticking out in every possible direction and some are just bent. Ugh! Anywho, I can't decide if I like this design or if I just find it kind of cheesy.
What do you guys think?
Nfu-Oh #52 over Essie Midnight Cami with flash
The happy couple! L to R: Essie Midnight Cami and Nfu-Oh #52
This beauty is definitely my favourite purple shimmer, it's so gorgeous. It's perfectly balanced between blue and red and the slightly lighter shimmer makes it looks really deep and interesting. The formula is great, it went on smoothly and was opaque in 2 coats. I have been wearing this for the past few days actually and I am impressed with the wear, it almost looks like I just applied it. No chips, no tipwear and it's still shiny and pretty. If you only plan on buying one purple ever, it should be this one!
Start by removing old polish, don't forget to clean under the free edge. To affect your nailplate as little as possible try not to rub while removing polish. Moisten a cotton pad or ball, gently press against the nailplate and hold until the nailpolish is dissolved then swipe towards the free edge. For nailart items, glitter polishes or other hard to remove nail polish you can wrap the finger tip in aluminium foil instead of holding the cotton down. This will prevent the remover from evaporating before the polish or nail glue is fully dissolved. Use a cotton bud or a orange stick wrapped with cotton to remove any polish that might be under your free edge.
Filing, Shaping the Nails
The aim of filing is to shape the nails without causing damage to the nailplate. Make sure you have a good file or emeryboard (you can read more about nail files in Part 3). Hold the nail file lightly between your thumb, middle finger and index finger, never apply pressure while filing, let the file do the work. Holding the nail file at a 45degree angle, leaning the bottom part towards your finger tip, start filing in one direction only, from the outside corner towards the middle. Sawing back and forth across the free edge can distrupt the nail plate layers and cause splitting or peeling. Some say the ideal shape of the nails should mirror the shape of the cuticle i.e. oval cuticle should have a oval free edge. I personally think you should pick the shape you like and feel comfortable with.
Here are the most common nail shapes:
Round Nail Shape
A round nail shape will give your nails strenght and a natural look. Start by filing the lenght down as much as you want, file off the corners to make them round and make the curve of the free edge smooth and rounded.
Square Nail Shape
A square nailshape has a straight free edge with smooth corners. This shape is fairly strong and is a popular shape. To get a square nail shape you have to file down the free edge to the length you like. Make the side of the nails straight by holding the nail file along the side wall. Finish by slightly curving the corners and smooth the free edge.
Oval Nail Shape
The oval shape is probably the most classic and elegant shape but unfortunately it makes them easier to break. To make an oval shape you start by filing the lenght down as you like. Start shaping the nail by creating an arch from the side wall to the top (middle) of the free edge. Make sure you get both sides symetrical, creating a smooth oval, egg shape.
Squoval Nail Shape
Squoval is a fairly new shape that is becoming more and more popular, especially for longer nails. It's a mix between square and oval with the straight side walls but the tip is rounded or oval instead of straight. Start by filing down the free edge to the lenght you like. Make the sides straight by holding the nail file along the side wall. Depending on how much of a rounded tip you want, start a little bit down on the side wall and start making an arch towards the top (middle) of the free edge, make sure you start at the same spot for both sides to make the curve symmetrical.
When you have achieved the shape that you want, smooth and seal the free edge by using a 3-way buffer. This will seal the layers of the free edge to prevent splitting or peeling.
There are a number of ways to remove the lose skin around your cuticles. Here are the ones I find the most gentle but effective.
Removing cuticles without a specific product.
1. Soak your fingers in warm water for a couple of minutes. Add some aroma oil or liquid soap to the water to help cleanse and relax you fingers.
2. Thoroughly wipe your hands
3. Apply cuticle cream, oil or lotion to the entire cuticle line and rub it in.
5. Use a cotton bud or orange stick wrapped in cotton. Dip it quickly in water to make it damp and gently push the cuticle back and by using circular movements removing the excess skin.
6. Wipe off excess creme.
Removing cuticles using a cuticle remover
There are various types of cuticle removers, make sure you read what it says on the product you have as the directions might be slightly different.
1.Apply the cuticle remover all around the cuticle area and soak your nails for a few minutes in warm water.
2. Remove the fingers from the soaking bowl and start removing the lose skin by pushing the cuticles back using an orange stick or a metal cuticle pusher. Do not use downward force as this might damage your matrix. Keep in mind that you only want to remove the dead skin, not break the seal between the nailplate and the nailfold or damage the live skin.
Some removers are already watered out and you do not need to soak before starting to remove the cuticles. Just apply, wait a little bit and start pushing your cuticles back and soak your fingers afterwards to clean your hands and make sure there's no product left on your fingers.
Never soak your nails for longer than 3 to 5 minutes. Soaking longer than that will fully saturate your nails causing the nail plate to swell. Once the plate returns to it's normal shape any nail polish that is applied will crack and chip.
If you have hang nail it's best to use a cuticle nipper and gently, following the curve of the cuticle, cut the dead skin off. Be careful so you do not cut any live tissue.
At this point you may want to exfoliate your skin. Gently massage your scrub product all over your hands for a few minutes. You can use olive oil and salt mixed together if you don't have a scrub or just like to do things yourself.
When you are all done wash your hands using liquid soap and a nail brush, don't forget the underside of the free edge! Moisturize using a regular hand lotion.
If the nail plate is ridged or otherwise uneven you may wish to smooth it using a buffer. Buffing also makes your nails shiny and will seal the nail plate making it more durable if you do not wish to use nailpolish. If you're going to apply nailpolish and your nail surface already is smooth you can skip this step.
Whenever the nail plate surface is filed in any way, even with a buffer, it should be filed in one direction only. Buff from the matrix towards the free edge, by moving in the direction of nail growth you don't disrupt the nail plate layers as you would if you used a sawing motion or moved from side to side. Keep the speed under control, if you start feeling heat in your nail it's time to slow down or the nail might get dehydrated.
Once you have buffed all nails, using all 3 sides of the buffer apply some cuticle oil and gently massage in all around your cutucle area. I like to put a few drops of olive oil in an eggcup, heat it in the microwave and apply that. The warm oil feels great!
Applying polish sounds easy enough, but there are a few things that are good to think about.
Start off by removing any moisture, oil or lotion left on your nails, as the polish wont adhere properly to an oily surface. Wipe your nail plate with a cotton pad damp with nail polish remover or a 'prep' product. Don't forget the underside of the free edge.
Always use a basecoat as this will prevent staining and also make the colored polish adhere better to you nails. As I've mentioned in previous articles, nail polish protects your nails from water and fully saturated nails is a bad thing. I always apply basecoat to the under side of my free edge as well, it helps them keep their shape and not curve from constantly being saturated and dehydrated.
Start applying the colored nail polish by painting a little bit of polish on the free edge, the very tip of the nail. This will bind together with the rest of then polish preventing tipwear and chips for a longer period of time.
Starting from the center of the nail, touch the brush right before the cuticle line and carefully push up the polish towards the cuticles leaving a small space, ideally the width of a hair but do more if you need to, then stroke down towards the free edge. Draw the cuticle line with the corner of the brush and stroke down towards the free edge on both sides of the middle stripe. 3 or 4 strokes should be enough to completely cover the nail, additional stroking might lift and move the enamel leaving behind streaks and/or bare spots on the nail surface. It's important that the polish do not touch the cuticles or surrounding skin as that will dehydrate the skin and block the nail folds from absorbing necessary moisture. If your hands don't feel steady or if you for other reasons have a hard time getting that little gap you can clean it up afterwards using an orange stick or a toothpick.
Repeat the previous step and do as many coats as needed for the polish to be opaque and even.
Finish off by applying topcoat! Using a slow drying top coat will make the color more vivid as slower evaporating solvents produce brighter colors. Using a polish dryer that blow air on your nails might lower the adhesion and gloss of your polish.
I'm personally a fast-dry topcoat junkie, when I paint my nails I want it to be done fast! And changing my color almost every day it doesn't matter if it would start losing brightness versus if I had used a slow drying topcoat. Some fast-dry topcaots migth cause shrinkage or cracking, it's a whole science and it has to do with how your body react to the ingredients. So try different products until you find the right one for you! Might be something to think about if you want to wear your manicure for as long as possible.
Links to previous articles in the Tip and Toe Care series:
Part 1: The Nail Anatomy
Part 2: Nail Growth
Part 3: Natural Nail Care
My own knowledge
Marti Preuss - http://www.hooked-on-nails.com
Minnie Matsumoto - http://www.create-magical-nails.com
Various other websites where no author or sources were mentioned,
therefore I do not know who to credit.
If you recognize any of the material posted here as yours don't hesitate to contact me.
For this tag you're supposed to tell 7 random facts about yourself, here are mine
1. I really am a nerd. I love video games, anime movies and fantasy books.
2. One of my personal goals is to own, and to read of course, all Dragonlance books.
3. I love to sing in the car, loudly! But hate to sing when other people could hear me.
4. I sell shoes for a living, but wish I was working with nails or interior design.
5. I've been dying my hair for so many years I'm not sure I know what my real colour is. I've had everything from blonde to red hair, I'm currently dark brown.
6. I have 2 cats which I love and talk to all the time when I'm at home. I can have the weirdest conversations with them. But that ok cause they don't judge me! :P
7. I like to think I can speak alot of languages, but in most cases I understand more than I actually speak. The languages I can speak fluently though are Swedish, English and sign language.
Kirsten from Een Minder Mutsig Nagelblog
Gildedangel from Naive Nails
L from Bright Lights, Big Color
Evil Angel from Black Nail Polish and Lip Gloss
Deez Nails from Deez Nails
Kelly from Plane Beauty
And everyone else who feels like playing and haven't been tagged yet!
Looking forward to reading your random facts!
Just letting you guys know why the blog has been quiet for a couple of days, hopefully I'll have all necessary programs back up and running shortly and I can get back to my daily posts!
Until then, take care and don't forget to enter the giveaway! It's open to EVERYone!
I have polishes from the collection I just swatched to give away. If you missed that post click here. I picked up every bottle they still had in the rack and ended up with a 1st and 2nd prize! Figured it was a good collection since I personally like them, they're not available outside of Sweden and they're discontinued and HTF which I hope will make them appealing to all of my followers! Anyway, less talk, more contest!
Post a comment where you list your entries and include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. Please post only one comment with all entries, this will make it alot easier for me. To make it fair for everyone I will disqualify entries that does not follow the rules or haven't included an e-mail address.
Optional extra entries:
Thanks ladies! (and gents of course, if I have any that read my blog)
This collection consist of 6 colors, conviniently named 1 through 6. I did some quick one finger swatches, and why am I showing you this now you might ask? You'll find out in my next post! ;)
- NOTD: Glitter Gal 3D Dark Purple
- NOTD: Glitter Gal 3D Copper
- Coming Up: Glitter Gal Holographic Polishes
- NOTD: China Glaze Dorothy Who?
- Giveaway Reminder!
- Polish Bloggers Network: Lacquer Link Love 1/22/10...
- Orly Sweet Swatches
- Orly Bloom Swatches
- NOTD: China Glaze Octa Gone Wild
- Polish Bloggers Network: Lacquer Link Love 1/15/10...
- NOTD: Viva la Diva Fall #4 + Konad
- Coming up: Orly Spring and Summer Collections
- NOTD: Glitter Gal 3D Electric Blue
- NOTD: P2 Glory
- You've Got Nail Giveaway!
- The Story About the Missing Followers Box!
- NOTD: Orly Happily Ever After
- Nail Art: Burberry Print
- NOTD: Essie Midnight Cami meets Nfu-Oh #52
- NOTD: Zoya Yasmeen
- Tip and Toe Care: Part 4 At Home Manicure
- Beautiful Blogger Award!
- No Nails but a New Blog Design
- My First Giveaway!
- Viva la Diva Fall 2008 Swatches
- ▼ January (25)