Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bows & Polka Dots

I had the idea for this mani back in May when I first bought these two polishes.
Unfortunately, these are by a brand called LOOK, which, as far as I know, is only available in countries like Austria and Germany. Not sure if these are attainable online somewhere.

The colors I used were grey delight and glitter lilac, which is a sand/textured polish.

The one polish I know that seems to be similar to grey delight is deborah lippmann's Love In The Dunes. I am solely basing this on online swatches though, I don't actually own this polish, so I can't guarantee they are dupes for eachother.

I don't currently know of any polish similar to glitter lilac. It is a dark purple polish with gold shimmer/particles in it. Fun fact: This actually looks great when you put a couple coats of top coat over it.
As always, sand polishes are super hard to remove & unfortunately, that is also the case with this one.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Now & Then - Color Blocking

Hey guys!
This is my first actual post on this blog. I started it about a year ago, but I was always too lazy to actually write paragraphs about my nail art.
This changes right now.

With my first post, I will also introduce you to a format called "Now & Then" in which I will pick out some of my oldest manis (I started doing "nail art" in 2011) and re-create them.

This first one is a color-blocking mani I did 3 years ago.
Let's take a look at the original mani:

There's so much wrong with this. The lines, the blotchy colors, the shape of my nails. The missing part of my thumb nail.

I didn't know a whole lot about nail polish and nail care back then. I was 15, trying to find an escape from high school.
And I found it.

Sure, my beginnings were all sorts of messed up. But I kept coming up with things and becoming a lot better in the process. And now, I am at a point in my journey where I feel comfortable showing off my nail art and even doing other people's nails!

And so, because whenever I look back at this I cringe; I decided to re-create it and actually paint straight and fairly even lines.

Here's the result:

Much better now, right?
I mean sure, the mani still feels a little messy, but I don't have to cringe everytime I look at it.

Here's the colors I used for this mani:
- China Glaze - Happy Go Lucky (yellow)
- essie - forever yummy (red)
- flormar - 421 (orange) [destashed]
- China Glaze - Something Sweet (light pink)
- China Glaze - Custom Kicks (turquoise/teal) [destashed]
- China Glaze - Bahamian Escape (light blue)
- China Glaze - Entourage (light green) [destashed]
- China Glaze - Rose Among Thorns (hot pink)
- Manhattan - 10B (dark blue) [destashed]
- OPI - Jade Is The New Black (dark green)
- black

Thanks for reading,