Friday, November 30, 2012

Tools and nail care

Hey everyone! So for the last few weeks I have been using a new treatment on my nails to make them a little bit stronger, so that's why I havent posted much lately. I was thinking, why not talk about the products I use? For a long time I have used BioProl's 'Nageltherapie-Stick' to make my nails stronger and healthier, and I have been super happy with this product, but someone recommended me a new product (much cheaper) and I decided to try it out. Here's a picture of it:
It's Eveline's '8in1 Total Action'.To be quite honest,the difference in price is visible-the expensive stuff does work better.:( Though, if you dont have serious nail problems, and just want to give your nails a break from all the polish, I think this product might work great for you. While I did feel that this polish/treatment protected my nails while I was wearing it, I dont think it made them stronger or more durable for the long run. I have however been super happy with Eveline's color-polishes, so you should check them out if you havent already! ;)
Now as for what type of brush I use to clean up my nails after I apply polish (especially after doing a gradient) I have seen many girls use make-up brushes, or even essence's eyeliner brush (because of the great shape), I would not recommend this. Make up brushes cant handle the acetone, and after using them twice for this purpose the hair will start falling out and will start sticking funny, and can easily mess up your art-work. What I recommend is buying a painting brush, one which has all the hair in a straight line, and which has a thin shape. (If you live in Croatia, like me, go to Muller, they have a great selection, and good prices too). This will last you a long time and it can handle the acetone without the brush getting damaged.
Now as for the nail file I use, I have switched to a glass nail file a long time ago, and I never went back to any other kind. I use Mont Bleu's products and I am super happy with them, you can check out their products HERE. Before I was using a glass nail file, my nails would chip a lot, and now that's been put under control. If you dont like using glass nail files, then I recommend using Alessandro's nail files, they were the best among the non-glass ones, and I still use them occasionally when I need to shorten my nails a lot.
To smooth out the surface of my nails I use essence's studio nails nail file (just step 1, I dont use this to shorten my nails). This makes my nails silky smooth and makes polish application very easy.
As for the sponges I use for gradients, I use make up sponges. I used to buy sponges which had a texture that was more similar to that of a kitchen sponge, but I find that make-up sponges work so much better (I also buy these at Muller). 
Hope you girls enjoyed this post, from next week I will be back to wearing nail polish again, and I've got some pretty awesome ideas. Have a great weekend guys! ;)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ombre In The Fall...

Hey everybody! I did not wear ombre nails for a while, so I loved wearing this look-it was different and so much fun! So let's get to it-the polish on the thumb is Sephora's 'City Amazon', two coats. The forefinger is Catrice's 'Grey's Kelly'-now this color has a purple(?) undertone, and it's two coats. This polish is really weird, I cant really say if it's a grey or a brown color. The middle finger is Catrice's 'Dulce & Havanna' - what a beautiful shade -I fell in love with it! The ringfinger - Catrice's 'Bruno Brownani', another gorgeous brown shade, and the pinky is Essence's black stampy polish, which is a true dark black, i love it!
Whenever I wear ombre nails, I pair it up with very simple jewelry, so with this look I wore just simple black rings. If you havent tried ombre nails, you have to do it - when I saw them in a photo, I thought it would be too much; but once it's on your hands it looks amazing! Here are a few more photos, just because I LOVED wearing this look! ;)
See you in the next post, hope everyone had a great week! ;)

Monday, November 19, 2012

The winter is so close....

Hey know those days when you just dont feel like doing much? Well I'm in that phase now. I dont really feel like doing something special with my nails so I am just wearing this grey polish by Catrice. It doesnt really look good by itself (at least to me, i dont think this color works well with my skin tone), it requires some stamping in my opinion hehe. Do you have days like this, when you dont feel like doing anything special with your nails? I need to change this and go ombre or something ;)
See you in the next post! ;)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rainbow Dots

Hey guys! So this look is a direct result of me being very bored, haha! I decided to 'upgrade' a simple look because I wanted something more...and I ended up not liking it very much. :( I think this would have looked much better over a nude polish. It's a fun look to wear, but next time I try this out I will have to remember to make the dotting nicer, instead of the way it turned out here. Oops! Here's a photo of my helpers:
And here's the look before the dotting - I wore Catrice's 'I Wear My Sunglasses At Night' - this is a dark polish with hints of pink and green glitter. I dont really remember the reason for picking this up at the store since in the bottle it doesnt really appeal to me, but I loved wearing it. The formula's a bit thick, but the sparkle is lovely. It somehow always ends up that the polishes I buy that I'm not too crazy about in the store I end up loving, and the ones I'm really excited about end up being just BLA. Funny how that works?
Anyway, see you all soon, hopefully with nicer stuff to show! ;)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sephora fall look

Hey girls! To be honest, I was never too crazy about Sephora polishes, they were just never really my thing. Even though the end result here was nice, I still dont enjoy working with these polishes - they're too thick for my taste, and also I'm not a fan of the brush....but the green is gorgeous though, I cant deny that! ;) Anyway, the colors are 'Military Jacket' (the dark green one) and 'City Amazon' (the grey one). I got these babies in a pack of 3 polishes and they're kind of growing on me. Do you enjoy looking for polishes at Sephora? See you in the next post, have a nice day! ;)

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