13th May, 2012
Here’s a nail art I did not too long ago! When I showed these to the awesome and wonderful Sarah they immediately made her think of palindromes. You know, a word or phrase that can be read in both ways, a palindrome! Isn’t that just the perfect word to describe these nails? I definitely thought so.
I decided to try something different accent nail wise and came up with these by accident actually. I really like how it looks! What do you think?
What I used to create these:
By the way, I just quickly wanted to thank everyone who’s entered my giveaway so far, your sweet comments have really touched me. I am so grateful to have you guys as readers and fans of my blog. You’re the best! All of you! If you haven’t entered my giveaway yet, it’s still open so take a look!
22nd August, 2011
Feather nails are old news but they have been on my to-do list ever since they started popping up. I never really found a chance to do them until I came across a bag of feathers in a discount basket at Hema a while ago. They were all brightly coloured, red, yellow, blue and hot pink! As you can clearly tell, I used the yellow ones for this manicure.
The base colour is H&M Being On The A-list and to even it all out I used several coats of Seche Vite. I attached the feathers with SOS Nail Glue by Essence.
22nd July, 2011
Just a quick nail art manicure today! These are Aztec nails and I believe they were made big by nail salon WAH Nails. They’ve done them so many times in all the possible colour combinations you can imagine. Apologies for the somewhat awkward hand position, my non-dominant right hand came out better but photographing it was less than ideal!
For my Aztec nails I used:
- Barry M Mint Green
- Barry M Berry Ice Cream
- New Look Bambi
- H&M Being On The A-List
- Black nail polish and a thin nail art brush
I cut my nails short recently since they took such a beating from all the 3D acrylic. I was looking around for ideas and stumbled across these. For some reason Aztec nails never really stood out to me but lately I’ve been really in love with them. They are also perfect for short nails! I wore these to a dinner party and since my outfit was very sober I decided these would be perfect for a pop of colour.
17th July, 2011
First I shared the nails I wore for my visit to Rotterdam, then I showed you the pictures we took and finally today it’s time for my haul! I bought a ton of stuff, since there were sales going on I managed to find so much bargains! I just couldn’t resist. Here’s what I found:
My very first stop when we hit the high street was Kruidvat since number 1 on my wishlist was Essence Circus Confetti (a dupe of Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday). I’ve been craving for it for months and months and was devastated when I found out that Belgian Kruidvat stores weren’t going to stock it. I found a Circus Confetti bottle in the first Kruidvat we entered so I was over the moon. I also picked up four of the Essence Twins, a back-up of the SOS Nail Glue, Cuticle Remover and Lash & Brow gel.
Our second stop was Sephora inside V&D. I picked up an Urban Decay Naked Palette which was second on my wishlist. I’ve been eyeing this baby up for ages so I was extremely happy I was able to find it. Belgium doesn’t sell these so I knew that if they wouldn’t have it in stock I wouldn’t be getting a second opportunity to buy it any time soon. The lady at Sephora told me that these are usually sold out so I was very lucky! They normally go for €47 but with the sales discount I bought it for €39,95. The new UD Naked Palettes come with a brush worth $26 instead of a black/brown double sided eyeliner pencil. I would have preferred the eyeliner since I don’t have a brown one but the brush is really nice! It also came with a mini Urban Decay Primer Potion, squee!
We also went to H&M where I bought these dresses (and the ones below!). I almost solely wear dresses and since I needed a few more I tried on about 20 dresses and found 9 in total that I loved! All of these were 50% or 60% off!
The dress on the far right is my favourite! It looks like a leopard print from a distance but up close they’re lips! In total these 9 dresses would have cost me a whopping €124,55 but with the sales discount they cost me €53. Just over 50 euro for 9 dresses, not bad if you ask me!
Also at H&M I bought these two skirts.
At ICI Paris XL I bought this Party Pack of Lipsmackers! I was hoping to pick up a watermelon Lipsmacker to try out but since they didn’t have separate ones I got this pack of 8. I’ve never used Lipsmackers before so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them but they all taste and smell lovely. The scents/flavours in this pack are: Cotton Candy, Wild Raspberry, Tropical Punch, Strawberry, Mango, Vanilla, Kiwi and Watermelon. This was €8,99 so just over €1 a piece.
Then finally on the last day we went to Primark! The Primark store in Rotterdam is located just outside of the city so I got my uncle to drive us (thank you Maarten!) so we didn’t have to take the train. It was less busy than the Primark in London but also a lot smaller. They didn’t have as much clothes but since I bought a ton of dresses at H&M I only looked at the accessory and nightwear section. This is a handbag I got for just €13. It’s quite large so when I need a bigger purse I can grab for this one. It’s in the style of old leather schoolbags which I love.
This is a mint green purse I got for €8. It’s more minty green in person, it looks light blue on my screen here. I needed a new purse so I got three, oops! This one’s quite similar in size to my old purse but since it’s such a bright popping colour it makes more of a statement than my black purse.
This I just had to buy! I fell in love with it and even though I might not use it I just had to have it. It’s a box purse, on my bill it says camera box bag. Now I doubt my camera fits in here but it’s just so adorable. It was only €9.
These are ruffle sandals I got for €7. They had these in several colours but obviously I went for these turquoise blue ones. I regret not buying more colours as they’re very comfortable and cheap.
I also got two diadems. One with feathers which I absolutely adore and one with a faux leather bow in a dusty mauve. The feathered diadem looks so pretty. I always loved feather extensions but find they only really work if you have straight hair so this is the perfect alternative. They were €3 and €2.
This is another one of those had-to-buy. It’s too large for me, I tried it on in the shops but since it was stuck to something it seemed like the right size but once I took the packaging off it was too loose. I might attach this to a string and wear it as a necklace. I’m not sure! I’m not really an accessory type of girl but I thought it looked adorable. It was €3.
These are a few clothing items I picked up at Primark. A tank top in a dusty mauve, an oversized tshirt to wear as a pyjama and two pyjama dresses. One for me and one for my mum! I bet you can guess which one’s mine! I thought that bow was just too cute. Both pyjama dresses were €4 which is a steal. They’re very well executed and my mum’s pyjama even came with spare buttons. How they can produce these items and still have profit on them? I have no clue but I doubt I want to know…
And lastly I hauled a cinema ticket! Nah just kidding! This isn’t really part of the haul and should have been in my previous post but oh well. Since it was the premiere of Harry Potter the week we were in Rotterdam we decided to go and see it there. I did some googling and found out that Rotterdam has an IMAX Theatre, something we don’t have in Belgium. I was beyond excited since I’ve never seen a movie in IMAX before. We didn’t have the time to go on Wednesday so on Thursday we got up at 8AM and went to the morning viewing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. The morning viewings are €4 a person cheaper so we paid very little money for an IMAX 3D movie! The IMAX screen was a fair amount bigger than what we were used to, the movie was also in 3D which I wasn’t too happy about at first. My first and last experience with 3D was last year when Dries and I went to see Alice In Wonderland. I hated it, it didn’t do any justice to the movie, washed out the colours and it gave me a headache more than anything.
However this time was completely different! Maybe it was the way it was filmed, maybe it was the quality of the screen or the spectacles that were a lot more comfortable. I’m not sure what it was but the 3D was absolutely stunning. The movie blew me away, I sat there in awe and I cried my eyes out from start to finish. I wish I could go back and see it again and again. It really exceeded my expectations, they did an amazing job. I really feel as though they pulled out all the stops to make this movie the most amazing yet, and it was. I just have no words for how much I loved it. I’m really glad we had the opportunity to make this last Harry Potter movie viewing special, I’m certain we’re never going to forget it.
30th May, 2011
It all started with the first manicure. I colour coordinated my manicure to the floral print dress I was wearing. My mum was so excited by this that she requested an outfit coordinated manicure for her birthday which turned into the second manicure. And lastly when my auntie was at our house for the birthday party she requested one too. I really love doing manicures inspired by prints or clothing. Matchy-matchy can sometimes be too much of a good thing but this is really fun I think.
You can view the non-black and white version on my facebookpage here.
As you can see, these are my hands. This manicure was inspired by mkmyday.co.ar. Definitely check them out because they do some amazing work. I used:
- China Glaze Snow
- Black Nail Art Pens
- Gosh Wild Lilac
- Essence Fruit Punch
- New Look Blossom
These are my mum’s hands. Inspired by the dress she was wearing. I used:
- Barry M Mint Green
- China Glaze Spontaneous
And finally my aunties fingertips! She was wearing a cute shirt and wanted her nails done in a colour that goes with, I decided to just completely recreate the print like I did with my mum’s nails! They were just about to leave so I had to make it a super quick manicure, I think it took me about 15 minutes. Record time! I used:
- Barry M Spring Green
- White Nail Art Pens
- Essence You Belong To me
- H&M Being On The A-List
- Acrylic Paints for the flamingo
20th May, 2011
I’ve been doing so much nail art lately. I’m really enjoying it, I hope you’re not growing tired of seeing them! I cut my nails shorter a while ago for no particular reason. I thought it would be fun to post a manicure with the shorter nails just to show short nails can rock nail art too! If you want to know how I did this keep reading.
For this nail art manicure I used:
- Catrice Blue Cara Ciao
- H&M Spring Nails in Brown
- Black and white nail art pens
I thought it would be fun to add a step-by-step picture tutorial for this. I hope you enjoy it, if you do let me know! I might start doing these more often in the future if you girls would like to see that.
Step #1: Basecoat. I used Catrice Blue Cara Ciao but any colour would do, just make sure it isn’t too dark so your contrasting colour will show up. Blue Cara Ciao is such a fun blue and not like any others I own, I really like it. It’s slightly more green in person though.
Step #2: Add white. I used nail art pens but you could just use any white nail polish or acrylic paints.
Step #3: Add contrasting colour. Any colour that goes well with your base colour, it’s really personal preference. I used a copper brown by H&M that came in the Spring Nails set.
Step #4: Add black lines. Once again I used nail art pens with a fine tip brush, this is the most difficult part because you want the lines to be very thin.
And done! I hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step guide. Let me know if you would like to see more of these in the future.
15th May, 2011
If you follow me on Facebook (if you don’t you’re missing out!) you may have seen one of these already since I was asking you for more colour combinations. As promised I did an entire series of these dotted manicures! I had so much fun doing these and the best thing is, they’re really easy to do, not to mention fast! You just need a dotting tool or something similar like an old ballpoint pen or a bobby pin.
Base Colour: China Glaze Electric Pinapple. Dots: Barry M Spring Green, American Apparel Army Jacket, Catrice Sir Yes Sir, American Apparel Malibu Green.
Base Colour: Essence You Belong To Me. Dots: Models Own Peach Puff, Barry M Pure Turquoise, China Glaze Below Deck, American Apparel Passport Blue.
Base Colour: Catrice Up In The Air. Dots: H&M Spring Nails in White, Beige, Brown and Blue.
This colour combination with metallic colours was suggested by Amy! Thank you so much Amy for this brilliant suggestion. It looks so amazing in person, it was very hard to capture since metallics are so reflective.
Base Colour: American Apparel Passport Blue. Dots: China Glaze Cheers To You, China Glaze Midnight Kiss, Gemey Gris City, Essence Nothing Else Metals.
Base Colour: Barry M Berry Ice Cream. Dots: Barry M Mushroom, Barry M Dusky Mauve, Barry M Bright Purple, Catrice Plum Play With Me.
Base Colour: Models Own Peach Puff. Dots: American Apparel Army Jacket, American Apparel MacArthur Park, Barry M Bright Purple, China Glaze Below Deck.
Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!
26th January, 2011
I’ve been admiring Attackedastoria‘s nail art for a while now so when I saw her tutorial I just had to try this! She also has an awesome geeky tumblr so definitely check her out! She does really amazing things.
Also, I hereby dedicate these nebula nails to my friends Jonty and Jonti the awesome astronomers!
These are the colours I used for this, you will also need a sponge. From left to right: China Glaze Snow, China Glaze Fairy Dust, China Glaze First Class Ticket (base), China Glaze Rich & Famous, Essence Sun Downer, H&M Being on the A-list, 2B, Essence Choose Me, Barry M Pure Turquoise, Seche Vite.
14th December, 2010
This is my purple/brown collection! My favourites are 10, 16, 17, 19 and 21. This nail wheel got slightly cluttered since I bought more purples after I painted it but you get the idea!
- Etos Effect nails
- Claire’s – nameless
- Catrice – Poison Me, Poison You
- Hema – 179
- China Glaze – First-Class Ticket
- Claire’s – nameless
- Essence Show Your Feet – Purple Magic
- H&M – Fashionista
- GOSH – 571 Wild Lilac
- H&M – Get a Rose 4 Me
- Guerlain – Rose Caprice (discontinued)
- Models Own – Mushroom
- MNY – 549
- Gemey – 68 Not Orange (discontinued)
- Barry M – Mushroom
- Barry M – Dusky Mauve
- Barry M – Berry Icecream
- Barry M – Bright Purple
- China Glaze – VIII
- China Glaze – Spontaneous
- China Glaze – Light As Air
Here are all the bottles lined up in the same order as above. (Missing in this picture is 19, China Glaze – VIII)
Also see: Colour Series: Green (updated!!!)
10th October, 2010
I made a quick hop into Etos, Kruidvat and H&M for a nail polish fix! I have to feed my addiction, obviously…
I read on misslipgloss that Etos’ eyeshadowbase is very comparable to Urban Decay Primer Potion (which I’ve been wanting for ages but haven’t got round to buying; there’s no Sephora in Belgium you see…) so I decided to pick it up as it was only €3,50. I’ll be posting a review once I’ve played around with it enough. I have tried it once so far but didn’t seem very impressed but I’ll do some more thorough testing soon. I’ll let you girls know if it’s any good!
I also went to Kruidvat to look for the colour In the Jungle, an Essence “Show Your Feet” polish but I didn’t seem to find it unfortunately. However whilst I was there I saw that they were having a buy 2 get 1 free action so I decided to pick up a few other polishes instead. I’ve never been a huge fan of Essence I have to admit, their polishes stain so bad! Anyway, I decided to give them another go and picked up a matte top coat, despite not being a fan of matte polish I thought it might come in handy for nail art. I also picked up a lime green called Lime Up! for my mum as it’s her favourite colour, and a teal called Trendsetter.
The other two are from H&M. I went shopping in Antwerp with the boys, i.e. my boyfriend and his brother. I desperately need a new winter coat but didn’t find one I liked so I picked up some nail polish. I couldn’t help myself! I’ve been wanting that blue for ages, it’s called Blue My mind. Of course I had to buy some more “old rose” colours like that one from Guerlain I loved so much, this one is called Get a Rose 4 Me.
Does anyone know why H&M has like 5 different shapes of nail polish bottles? I really don’t get why they keep changing them!
Here are my swatches! From left to right: Essence Lime Up!, Essence Trendsetter, H&M Blue My Mind, Essence Matte topcoat over H&M Blue My Mind and H&M Get a Rose 4 Me.
Get a Rose 4 Me. *adore*
However BEWARE. I’ve never come across a worse formula in my life, these are soooo incredibly thick and gloopy and don’t dry quickly at all, it’s almost as if they’re a few years old. They are a nightmare honestly, it makes me so sad because they always have amazing colours. The brush isn’t worth much either. Adding polish thinner to these is the only way you can make them work.
Blue My Mind. It’s such a vibrant electric blue! It’s amazing. Same story with this one though, I’ve never had such a hard time painting my nails, I felt like crying. I’m kinda torn apart by these polishes, on one hand I love the colours but the formula is plain bad. They were €3,95 which isn’t a lot of money but I’d expect a decent quality for it, seeing as Catrice polishes are so amazing for €1,50 less.