Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Zoya Adina

Hey lovelies!

It's been so long since I featured a Zoya nail polish here on the blog. Zoya Adina is one of the last Zoya nail polishes in my collection that still doesn't have its own post so I thought I'd show you that one today to shake up my routine. I have to warn you though, the pictures are more than 6 months old and my nails were a slightly different shape then.

Zoya Adina is a medium purple with duochrome shimmer that shifts from a warm purpley red to lime green. It has a duochrome finish. In the pigmentation department it is on the semi-sheer side and needs at least 2 regular coats to build up to opacity. Shown here are 2 coats (because I was stamping onto it when I swatched it). If you look closely you can still see a bit of Visible Nail Line.

During application it shows some frosty brushstrokes but they are only temporary and vanish when the nail polish dries. Apart from that Adina is easy to apply. Zoya Adina is part of the Reverie collection for spring 2010.

Now, go have a peek at the Adventures in Stamping manicure I created with it back in August 2013. I found it lovely! :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

a england Fated Prince

Hey lovelies!

I hope you are having a great Easter weekend. So far the weather has treated us nicely and we've had lots of sunshine. Perfect for a stroll down the mini harbor we have here and ice cream :)

So today I want to show you a england Fated Prince, a gorgeous vampy holo nail polish.

a england Fated Prince is greenish grey holographic nail polish. It is made up of an equal mix of grey, black, brown and green but since the first three are all dark-dark colors the green hues stand out to me more than the rest.
The holo effect consists of a linear prism that is soft yet visible even in artificial light. In sunlight it does show it's true holo-ness though with a full on holo V. Awesome! In terms of consistency Fated Prince is buttery smooth and easy to apply. Shown here are 2 coats.
a england Fated Prince is part of the Burne-Jones Dream collection. All pictures taken in direct sunlight.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Stamping - Easter Paper Cut Manicure

Hey lovelies!

Happy Easter Sunday to you! This week the Adventures in Stamping challenge is, predictably, "Easter". Since I already showed you a couple of Easter manis this week I decided to go for a paper cut look. It combines stamping, framing and a speckled base. For the speckled look I followed Lucy's Stash video tutorial.

Instead of a complete list of the products I used I'm going to explain the steps to you. It's just easier this way.

  1. First I thinned some China Glaze Lemon Fizz with clear top coat in an extra bottle so it would have a jelly consistency.
  2. My first layer of nail polish was my basecoat. Currently I test Orly Nailtrition
  3. Next I applied China Glaze Lemon Fizz and Nubar Black Polka Dot in alternating layers, starting and ending with Lemon Fizz. This resulted in a speckled look.
  4. Then I stamped using Konad Black. On my thumb I used the "Happy Easter!" words from Bunny Nails HD-A and on my middle finger an egg image from the same plate. The bunnies on my index and ring finger are from Nailways NW06. On my pinky is an Easter egg decoration image from Bunny Nails HD-B.
  5. The next step was framing my nails. For this I outlined my nails with p2 Eternal and a long striper brush.
  6. Last step was top coat. For this I used my trusty essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer. (I'm so glad I still have a good amount of back-up bottles. I can't stop using it even though it was discontinued. It's just so good!)

In hindsight I've had a real knack for yellow in my Easter manis this year. I can't blame my subconsciousness. It's getting warmer and yellow is my gateway to the color orange that I often plunge into in the summer months. What's your take on the yellow nail polish?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

[Top 5] Orange Nail Polishes

Hey lovelies!

It's time for my next Top 5 post and today I want to show you my favorite orange nail polishes. Orange is my happy color. When I want to perk myself up I use orange. And although we didn't have a terrible winter I'm still very happy that spring is here. So orange fits the bill perfectly. Let's take a look at my Top 5 Orange Nail Polishes.

Edit: I'm also linking up my post to the Top 5 Orange and Peach Polishes by PolishChest. She posts her Top 5 on a weekly basis. This week the stars aligned and we both blog about our favorite orange nail polishes.

Picture of Chester's favorite orange nail polishes by Chester's Drawers.

Orly Mayhem Mentality
As the epitome of life vest orange this neon nail polish is a show stopper that freaks out my camera on a regular basis.

China Glaze Riveting
The hype around this nail polish is so so true. If one nail polish deserves the title "lit from within", it is Riveting. The golden and orange glass flecks in this nail polish shine like crazy!

China Glaze Sun Worshiper
My first neon and I'm still in love! It is a bit chalky in application but boy, does it glow!

China Glaze Papaya Punch
Hands down my favorite pumpkin orange, despite its name. Creamy and glowy, I love this nail polish especially in fall.

Zoya Beatrix
This may not be the loudest orange nail polish but Beatrix has other features that make it stand out. Namely, the sand finish. Infused with lots of golden sparkle it creates a whole different kind of "lit from within" when top coated.

What is your favorite orange nail polish? And what's your happy color?

Friday, April 18, 2014

[Easter] I'm Feeling Happy Dots

Hey lovelies!

I hope you had a great start into the Easter weekend! The third Easter design for this week shows more traditional Easter colors again. It's a simple gradient and dot mani that was inspired by this gradient mani from Temperaninails. I added golden dots so it would sparkle more. Because sparkle makes everything better, right? :)

A yellow and white gradient manicure with golden dots.

gradient colors: Misslyn 90 Snow-White; Illamasqua Load; China Glaze Happy Go Lucky
dotting color: Illamasqua Swinger
tools: sponge, dotting tool

Products I used to create the I'm Feeling Happy Dots Easter manicure.

A yellow and white gradient manicure with golden dots.

A yellow and white gradient manicure with golden dots.

A yellow and white gradient manicure with golden dots.

This mani makes me feel really happy and sunny inside. With low two digit temperatures the weather is very cold at the moment despite the occasional sun peeking through. So at least my nails can warm me :)