Essence Whoom Boooom-inspired nail design

I’m back! I’ve been gone for nearly a month now due to exams, but they are over and I’m ready to play with nailpolish again 🙂

Firsly, the Essence Whoom Boooom-inspired look I’d promised ages ago. This was obviously inspired by the retro comicbook-style packaging of the Whoom Boom limited edition collection that came out in February… I know that was ages ago but you can still pick up a few items from there if you’re in the Netherlands, because the limited edition collections always come here late for some reason.

Anyway… I got only one nailpolish plus the nail stickers from that collection, so I tried to select colors similar to the ones in the collection for this design. Here are the items I used:

A base and top coat; dark blue, white, coral red, and lime green nail polishes; a white tip painter (for corrections); a small dotting tool, Essence Whoom Boooom stickers, angled french tip stickers, and clear adhesive tape.

Begin with applying a protective base coat over your bare nails, followed by several layers of the dark blue. Then, apply slanted strips of clear adhesive tape, to create a diagonal line on each of your nails. (Stick the tape on the back of your hand several times first, to remove the excess glue.) Then, paint the top half of the nail white.

Don’t worry if it’s a bit messy around your cuticles, you can always clean that up with a cotton swab and a bit of nailpolish remover later.

Wait until the nailpolish is nearly dry, then carefully peel off the tape.

Next, take the angled french nail tip guides (available at most drugstores or nail art counters), and position them on the white area, as in the picture (again, remove the excess glue first).

Apply the lime green to the tips on the nails.

When the green coat is nearly dry, carefully remove the guide stickers. Fix up any imperfections with the white nail tip painter.

Using the dotting tool, create little coral red dots along the edge where the white meets the green.

And now for the fun part! Using a pair of tweasers, carefully pick up one of the nail stickers and place it on the dark blue area of the nail. The set contains pleanty of colorful fun stickers with lips, dollar signs, exclamation points, speech bubbles, etc. And all the stickers smell of peppermint! Small impractical detail, but a really nice touch in my opinion.

Finally, apply a generous top coat to seal the stickers and bring all of the layers into a single design. Have fun wearing it! XOXO

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat nail art tutorial 2!

Hi peeps! Since according to this post, you all absolutely loved these two tutorials, I made a new Cat in the Hat* nail art design!

This one was inspired by this picture of the Cat with a blue background:

Here are the items I used:

– base coat by OPI, top coat by Seche vite

– sky blue polish (Denim Dreams by H&M)

– red polish (036 by Inglot)

– opaque white polish (by Seventeen)

– red, white, and black nail art stripers

– a medium and a very small dotting tool or toothpick

Once your base coat has dried, apply the sky blue color to your nails.

Next, create quite a thick french tip on all fingers but your ring finger:

Next, with the red nail art striper, create two thin red stripes over the white tip: one at the base of the strip, the second one in the middle. This will represen the cat’s hat 🙂

Get your red and white nailpolishes, along with your dotting tools and a scrap sheet of paper, ready.

Dab a bit of the white nailpolish on the scrap sheet of paper, and with the medium dotting tool, roughtly create the outline of the Cat in the Hat on your ring finger.

Next, dab a bit of the red polish onto the paper and with the smaller dotting tool, create the red hat stripes and the bow.

Finally, with the black nailpolish and the smallest dotting tool you have, fill in the black parts of the cat’s body and draw his facial features.

Since you applied so many layers of nailpolish, wait a long while (I would recommend an hour) until your design is completely dry before applying your top coat.

You’re done! Have fun with your nail design XXOX

*Disclaimer: I don’t own the cat in the hat image posted above; I borrowed it to use for inspiration 😉

Essence Whoom Boom (Haul + swatch)

The new Essence Whoom Boom limited collection edition is out and I picked up two things from the nail art section.

Firstly, the nail varnish. Out of the four nailpolishes I got just one: 01 Chacalaca. It;s a deep shimmer-free blue with a purple undertone.

Here is the swatch with a flash:

and in natural light:

The nail varnishes were around 1.75 euros each. There was also a hot pink, orange, and lime-green one but I already have similar shades so I passed on those.

The second thing I got was the nail art stickers that came with the collection.

They’re very cute and fun, and they’re scented! The smell is like eucalyptus mixed with liquorice… kind of like peppermint, which suits the style of the collection very well.

I’ve done a tutorial with the nail varnish and stickers, that will be up next so stay tuned 😉 XO

Ladies’ Night!

Me and my girls had a ladies’ night in and of course I was able to do everyone’s nails there! Aaaah, nail art heaven: so many clean canvases! 😉 Most of the designs are variations of designs I previously did tutorials on, so I’ll add links if you’re interested in how to make them. The ladies chose the colors/design themes themselves, so I love the way the designs reflect each girl’s individual style.

Melissa’s design: Green emerald. I love doing variations of this design for classy, office-appropriate nails. It’s simple and chic, with a hint of glamour (which totally fits Melissa’s personality! ;))

(I don’t have a tutorial for this yet but I might do one in the future.)

Kirsten’s design is sweet and girly: purple with pink waterlilies.

In fact, the waterlily design was quite popular this evening: three girls chose it, but in different colors.

Alexandra chose neutral, very light colors for the design, making it feminine yet very clean and practical for the office.

Diane chose bright colors for the background and strict black-and-white for the flowers themselves. This gives the design a fun, almost tribal feel.

Alisa chose one of my favorite desings: Blossoming sakura on a blue background. It’s youthful, feminine, fresh, fun.

Last but not least, yours truly went for a flashy-yet-netural gold and silver leopard print design. Cause I’m the wild one! 😉 Animal prints are great for practically any occasion because they are usually done in neutral colors which go with everything, plus you can’t mess them up since the messier they are, the more natural they look!

Ooh almost forgot! I also did my toenails. I think the only thing missing from this design is some pink unicorns 😉

It was a fun night and really fun for me to do all the girls’ nails! Nailpainting is a great opportunity for some female bonding 😉 XOXO

Valentine’s Day tutorial: Hearts on a string

Hey guys and gals! Today I’m posting a tutorial I originally did for Valentine’s day, but never got around posting it on time cause I was busy with schoolwork… better late than never, eh?

It was inspired by the gigantic heart-shaped lolipops that are sold everywhere around V-day, though my boyfriend (who has Frisian roots) thought hat I had based it on the Frisian flag… ah, romance and patriotism! (Btw, no disrespect, but isn’t that the cutest flag ever?)

Here are the items I used for this design:

– base (OPI) and top coat (Seche Vite)

– white polish (Seventeen)

– sparkly dark blue (547 Blue Monday by GOSH)

– bright red (12 deman by Essence from the Let’s Go Girls collection)

– white nail art striper (Inglot)

– a toothpick

– a large and a medium dotting tool

Once your base coat has dried, apply the dark blue to your nails:

With the white nail art striper, draw a single vertical line on each nail, slightly off-center.

Dab a bit of the white nailpolish on a piece of scrap paper/plasitc. Pick up a bit of color with the dotting tool and create three pairs of dots, close to (but not touching) the line.

Wait 20-40 seconds for the nailpolish to become tacky, then using the toothpick drag the nailpolish from the centers of the dots towards the line, so that they meet at a point below the dots, forming a heart.

Next, take the red nailpolish and dab a bit onto the scrap paper. With the smaller dotting tool, place dots in the midle of the white circles and adjust the shape accordingly, until the red covers the white and forms a neat heart shape. Repeat this on all of your fingers.

Finally, apply a top coat to seal and protect your design. Time to get all romantic! (Or if you’re Frisian–patriotic ;)) XOXO

Springtime nail design: Blossoming Sakura

I know it’s still February but I am sooo ready for Spring! One of the first fruit trees to blossom is the winter cherry or sakura tree. In some parts of the world, it begins to blossom as early as January!

I don’t know what it is about this design, but whoever sees it usually recognizes it as distinctly Japanese-inspired. Why is that? Probably the deep-blue background versus the leafless branches with pink blossoms…

Here are the items I used for it:

– base (OPI) and top coat (Seche Vite)

– deep blue-green color (Green Grass by Essence, from the I love Berlin collection)

– Rosepetal-pink (by H&M)

– White (by Seventeen)

– Brown and chamagne-glitter nail art stripers

– a large and small dotting tool

– a toothpick

Begin by applying a base to your nails. Once that is dry, apply the base (deep blue-green) color:

Using the brown nail art striper, draw a branch on each nail. Don’t be afraid to get creative and random! 🙂

To emphasize the branches a bit, go over one side of the branch with the champagne glitter striper (you can also use silver or gold glitter if you don’t have this color.)

Next, prepare a scrap sheet of paper, your white polish, a large dotting tool, and a toothpick.

Dab a bit of the white polish onto the sheet, and using the large dotting tool, create several 3-dot clusters along the branches.

Wait 20-40 seconds for the nailpolish to become tacky, then using a toothpick drag the dots from each cluster into a point on the branch. This will turn the clusters into beautiful sakura blossoms 🙂

Repeat on the rest of your nails.

Next, take the pink nailpolish and with a small dotting tool and a toothpick create smaller flower clusters inside the white ones.

As a finishing touch, dab a bit of the champagne-colored glitter polish at the center of each flower.

Make sure to wait until the nailpolish is completely dry before applying a top coat. It will add a nice glossy shine and bring your whole design together (not to mention protect it from chipping for longer ;)) Enjoy your beautiful Sakura nail design! 🙂 XOXO

 

Ravenclaw!

As promised, here is the Ravenclaw tutorial 🙂

Items used:

– base and top coat by OPI

– dark blue (Hip Queens Wear Blue Jeans! by Catrice)

– white, gold, gold glitter, and black nail art stripers

– a detailing brush

– blue rhinestones

Here is the picture I used for inspiration:

Apply a basecoat to your nails. Once that is dry, apply the base blue color.

With the white striper, paint parallel vertical lines on all your nails except the ring finger.

Then, take a scrap sheet of paper and  dot a bit of the blue on it.

Get your detailing brush ready. I’m using a small lip brush from a local drugstore.

With the detailing brush, draw diagonal lines on your nails. You should end up with a design similar to the background of the Ravenclaw coat of arms. Next, take the golden art striper and draw a shape resembling a coat of arms.

With the black art striper, outline it and draw the letter R in the center of it. Apply a few blue rhinestones on the letter for some extra bling. Here, i am using star-shaped rhinestones.


Finally, apply some golden glitter polish on the white stripes. Wait until your design is completely dry before applying the top coat, and you’re done! Have fun casting spells 😉 XOXO

 

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