Sunday, 24 August 2014

Are You Jelly?

Do you know that Powder Perfect has a small selection of China Glaze Polishes for sale?! This is excellent, as I can hardly ever find China Glaze polishes where I live. This vibrant, squishy purple is called "Are You Jelly?"  This is a fabulous jelly polish. You could easily use two coats of this polish, but I like to cover up my visible nail line as much as possible so I used three coats. On my accent nail I stamped with  BM-414 and Konad black stamping polish over "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors. Then I went in and filled in some of the triangles using the China Glaze polish and the lead lighting technique. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

I had to include my close up shot of my accent nail. It's not perfect, as you can clearly see. Oh well, nobody is perfect, right?  I would like my nail art to be perfect though.

Lighting: In light box

Hope you like this design!

Go and check out Powder Perfect for some China Glaze polishes as well as some of their other brands!


-Bettina

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

My nail care routine

At one point or another I am sure that every nail blogger has had some sort of post where they describe their nail care routine, well now it's my turn. My poor nails have been a bit neglected. The cold winter weather and drying acetone are not helpful in trying to maintain nicely moisturized cuticles and fingers. My last post on here showed how bad the skin around my nails is, so while giving them the TLC that they needed I thought it might be fun to document my process then blog about it.

I use many different products from scrubs to lotions from day to day. Most of the time what I reach for depends on my mood. My routine isn't always the same either, it depends on how bad my nails are and the pampering time I have available.



Today's first step giving my nails a quick fine to get rid of any rough edges, then it is on to the cuticle remover. I don't often do this step but my cuticles have gone a bit wild so it is time for a touch up. I am using Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover.




After the cuticle remover has had time to do its job I push back my cuticles and remove any dead skin.

Next it's time to scrub! My all time favourite scrub is Rub Rub Rub by Lush. I really like this one because it has a lot of fine granules perfect for a deep, intense scrub.  I have gone through so many tubs of this stuff. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good body or hand scrub. Yes, it is blue!



After scrubbing to my heart is content I rinse my hands using warm water. While rinsing my hands I also use a nail brush, just to scrub them a bit more.

Today I decided to use my little bottle of liquid gold because my poor little hands are in need of some intense moisture. Nutrimetics Vitamin Oil is by far the best oil I have ever used on my cuticles. Some of my other favourite products include Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter by Lush and Invite Vitamin E Cream.


I should have taken a before photo to compare with my after shot. So much better after some intense TLC.


Once my cuticle oil has had plenty of time to sink in it is time for a strengthening base coat. My base coat of choice is currently Herome Extra Strong Nail Hardener. I have previously used O.P.I. Nail Envy and this one is quite similar. I believe that your skin, hair, nails get used to products after using them for awhile and then don't work as well as when you first started using the product. That is partly why I swapped to this base coat. So far so good, hardly any breaks since I started using this strengthening base coat.



That is roughly my nail care routine. It changes depending on what I feel like using and how badly my nails and skin has been neglected, but the above mentioned products are some of my personal favourites.

What are some of your favourite products?

-Bettina

Two Polishes, One Mani

Me and wonderful nail buddy, Ellie (IG:@nailpolishaddicited1), recently did a nail mail swap. She sent me some wonderful polishes, even some from her own indie brand Bella's Touch Lacquer. I decided to try out two of her polishes at once in one cute and simple mani. I used "Death by Dusk" and then "Crystallize" as my accent nail.

"Death by Dusk" is a beautiful thermal polish with flakies. The thermal change is from a soft purple when cold to a pale blue when warm. I used two coats and a glossy top coat over the top. I didn't even remember that this was a thermal polish when I put it on until I went to wash my hands!

"Crystallize" is the perfect polish for an accent nail. It is a clear base with tiny silver glitters. I like this one so much more than I was expecting to. Other polishes of this type are often too dense for my linking so when applied it is very thick and sometimes clumpy. This one has a perfect formula. I like to work in thin coats, rather than slapping on a thick coat. Since the formula is thinner it requires a few extra coats, but it is totally worth it! Since the formula is thinner it is also a lot more versatile as it can be used as a glitter topper too!

Lighting: In light box

The thermal transition was a little difficult to capture on the nail so I have a close up. You can see a subtle transition on the nail but the best comparison is between my nail and the purple bottle in the background.


Lighting: In light box


I regret not taking a close up of "Crystallize" as well, I think a close up of it would have looked really awesome. Oh well, I am use to be using that polish again soon as it is the perfect polish for glitter accent nails!

-Bettina

P.S. Please excuse my super dry skin and cuticles!


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

You're Never too Old to be Young by Glam Polish

You're Never too old to be Young is a collection from Glam Polish featuring 12 fun new shades inspired by some beloved Disney songs from movies old and new. I love the theme of this collection. I am a huge Disney fan. I've been to Disney Land and Disney World in America multiple times and it really is the happiest place on earth. Disney movies have the ability to transport us to another time and place, to make us cry, laugh, and sing along. This collection is a sing along collection! Each shade is inspired by a song from a Disney classic. I ended up singing the songs as I swatched each polish, I'm sure there is no other way to do it! I have 6 of the 12 shades to share with you, so with out further delay, on to the swatches.

"In Summer" - A white crelly with a mix of periwinkle, orchid, aqua, and lavender glitter. Inspired by the song from Frozen, sung by the sweet, heart warming Olaf (watch it HERE). Who doesn't love Olaf?!  For my swatch I used two coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box


"Life's A Happy Song" - A white crelly base with aqua, teal, turquoise, and silver holo glitter. I felt like this polish had a pretty icy appearance and feel to it, yet bubbly and happy. I couldn't help but sing the song from The Muppet Movie that this polish is named after, it is so happy and catchy (watch it HERE)! For my swatch I used two coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Pictures in my Head" - A beautiful green holo with a subtle gold shimmer,  inspired by the song sung by Kermit the Frog from the 2011 Muppet movie (watch it HERE). It is a bit of a sad song, but  good one nonetheless. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box


"Topsy Turvy" - I love this orchid holo with tiny purple/blue flakies, the colour is simply divine! This polish is inspired by the song from the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame (watch it HERE). For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash


"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" - My-oh-my, what a wonderful holo. This one is a rose holo with tiny golden flakies and shimmer. Inspired by the song from the movie Song of the South (watch it HERE). The name of this one reminds me of the Splash Mountain ride at Disney Land as I have never actually seen the movie. I can't even remember how many time I have been on that ride, but this is the song that plays at the end of the ride. Very catchy song. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash


"Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" -  Probably my favourite from the collection. A clear based glitter topper with a mix of aqua, pink, plum, periwinkle and silver holo glitter with mini stars, shown here over "Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah."  I love my glitter toppers and this one is such a brilliant mix of colours, shapes and sizes. From a beloved classic, Cinderella (watch it HERE). For my swatch I dabbed on coat over "Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah" and added a glossy top coat.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


I also had to do some glitter placement using this wonderful glitter topper. For my gradient base I used "Baby's Got the Blues" by Miss Ashleigh and 'Wisteria" by Picture Polish. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


The You're Never too Old to be Young Collection will be available for pre-order from the 13th of August until the official release date on the 20th of August. Glam Polish ships to Australia and USA.

Check out swatches of this collection from other nail bloggers:
Serenity Nails (Part 1),  Serenity Nails (Part 2), Accio Lacquer (Part 1), ErinZi's Nails (Glitters), ErinZi's Nails (Holos).


-Bettina

I Feel Like I've Been Here Before

My nail art for the day today is something that feels very familiar. What can I say, I really like this combination...

I started with a white base of "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors, then I used a not-so-dry variation of the dry brush technique using the four sheer tint polishes from O.P.I. "I'm Never Amberrassed" "Don't Violet Me Down" "I Can Teal You Like Me" & "Be Magentale With Me." I love how this looks by its self. Colourful and pastel, a fabulous combination.

Lighting: In light box

I couldn't resit stamping one of my favourite patterns over the top. I used stamping plate NC02 by Nailz Craze and stamped with Konad special stamping polish in black.

Lighting: In light box

I am sure I have done something similar to this in the past. Possibly a pastel sponge gradient with black holographic stamping over the top, oh well.  I do love this combination of a pastel base with the swirly stamp over the top. A nail art match made in heaven. What do you think?

-Bettina

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Nails of the Day Two Days in a Row!

I am on fire! Two days in a row, this is practically unheard of for me!

Today's nails features Face of Australia "Voldemort" from their Dark Side collection. I picked up this polish a few weeks ago, I couldn't resit! I love Harry Potter, so this polish was a must have, even if I was on a no buy at the time! I decided to layer this polish over a white, grey to black gradient using "Snow Me White" "Cool Grey" and "Black on Black" all by Sinful Colors. Then I added "I Wanna Flair" holographic top coat by Party Girl Lacquer. Finally, I dabbed on one coat of "Voldemort" by Face of Australia.

Lighting: In light box

I even managed to get some shots outside this morning before the clouds came over. My skin is so weird, it changes in different lighting, I guess that's what you get when you have skin as pale as mine. 

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Today's nails was something a little different for me, but I actually really liked how it turned out.

-Bettina

Monday, 11 August 2014

My Nails of the Day

It has been a long time since I have had a notd worth sharing. Most of the time I end up wearing a swatch that I have done, or if I am short on time I end up having naked nails *Gasp!* Sadly naked nails has been happening a lot lately.

I really like today's nails. Something simple with some stamping and a touch of glitter.  The colours that I like to wear most are reds, mostly dark reds, or nudes. Today I decided to go with some neutral/nude colours as I have been wearing a bright red for the post two days. My all time favourite nude is "My Vampire is Buff" by OPI.  This shade is the base for my nails today. Then I stamped with "Ingrid" by China Glaze using Emily de Molly stamping plate EdM01. For my accent nail I used "Antiquity" by Gloss and Sparkle which was gifted to be by Ellie (IG:nailpolishaddicted1).



I am hoping to have more spare time to be able to do notd like this more often, as well as more nail art, and of course while continuing my swatches.

-Bettina