Catrice Floralista: Lavender Breeze

The only color I got from the limited edition Catrice Floralista collection that is out now, is the C03 Lavender Breeze color. I must say, I expected more: I wouldn’t even call this a breeze, more like a distant memory of a breeze… The color is so pale it’s more white than anything else, and it’s even more pale on your nails than it is in the tube. If you don’t have a nice white in your collection, I’d say go for it. Otherwise, give it a pass… XO

Catrice Urban Baroque-inspired nail design

This nail design was inspired by the Catrice Urban Baroque limited edition collection. It aims to combine Baroque elegance with a dirty, vintage feel.

Here are the items I used to create it:

– base coat by OPI

– a pale pink nail varnish (C02 Rock Baroque from the Urban Baroque LE collection by Catrice)

– a black nail varnish and tip painter (both from the Essence I Love Berlin LE collection)

– a matte top coat (by Essence)

– a medium and a small dotting tool.

Begin by applying a base coat. Once that is dry, apply several layers of the pale pink until the color is opaque.

With the black tip painter, create a french tip on your pinky, middle and index fingers.

Next, dab a bit of the black nailpolish on a scrap sheet of paper and create the baroque-inspired vase shape on your ring finger and thumb. To show you how I created the design, here is a step-by-step closeup on a sheet of paper:

1. With the medium dotting tool create five dots in a triangle-shape, closer to the tip of your nail.

2. With the small dotting tool or a toothpick, drag the nailpolish from the dots downwards to a point below the center of the triangle. From the top dot, drag an additional line upwards.

3. With the medium dotting tool, create a large wide “dot” just below the point where the dot-lines meet.

4. Drag two C-shaped curls from the dot, downwards. Create two short lines under the wide C-shape.

5. Add a few small dots around the vase design.

While the designs on your ring fingers and thumbs are drying, add three small black dots at the base of each of the french tip nails.

Wait at least 40 minutes until all of the layers have completely dried. Then apply a matte top coat to your nails. This will give the design that dirty vintage feel.

If you’re not satisfied with the “matte-ness” of the top coat, you can always add an extra layer to enhance the effect. Once that is dry, you’re done! Enjoy 馃槈 XO

Mini collective haul January-March: Essence I Love Berlin, Catrice Urban Baroque

Hi guys!

February was declared a no-shopping month for me so I have a tinyhaul from a few thigs I picked up in the end of January and the beginning of March.

Firstly, from the Essence I Love Berlin LE collection I got three nailpolishes:

03 Green Grass, 05 Berlin Story, and the black matte tip painter.

Green Grass is an intense shimmer-free blue-green color. I’ve already done a tutorial with it–absolutely gorgeous color! And like all Catrice nailpolishes–very good quality.

05 Berlin Story is a plain black color, which is a great staple to have in your nailpolish collection. This one is quite opaque, so I’m really happy with it.

The tip painter is good as well; the brush is very thin and sturdy. I don’t care much that it’s a matte painter, as I’ll be using it with a top coat anyway.

Next, from the Catrice Urban Baroque LE collection, I was only able to get the C02 Rock Baroque color as all the others were sold out by the beginning of March 馃槮

It’s a gorgeous pastel pink color, though I was a bit dissappointed at the low pigmentation–the above coverage took five coats! Although this gives the nailcolor a translucent quality. Very pretty and feminine.

(I made an Urban Baroque-inspired tutorial with this color that’s coming up next so stay tuned ;))

Last but not least, I got 160 Sweets for my Sweets聽 from the permanent Catrice collection.

It’s a fun bright pink for an extra pop of color in the sunny Spring weather 馃槈 XO

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! 馃檪

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 馃檪

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! 馃檪 XOXO

 

Pretty in Plaid

This is probably one of my new favorite designs. It’s quite easy to make, but looks neat and sophisticated.

Here are the polishes that I used:

Base and top coat, light grey polish, red and black nail art stripers.

Once the base coat is dry, apply the light grey color until it is opaque.

With the black nail striper, draw two vertical and two horizontal lines on each nail. Try to make them perfectly perpendicular to each other.

Now try to draw a second “box”, slightly to the right and above the first one, with the red nail art striper.

Now just wait until the design completely dries, then apply a top coat and you’re done!

The top coat will give your nails a fabulous shine and will protect the design against chipping. If you’d like your design to last up to a week, re-apply a layer of top coat every other day. XOXO

P.S. When I wore this design, I got so many compliments on my nails! The very straight lines make the design look very neat and put-together; as a result people will think you spent ages on every detail in the design 馃槈

Ravenclaw!

As promised, here is the Ravenclaw tutorial 馃檪

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聽 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 馃槈 XOXO

 

Update & collective haul

My computer broke!~Nooooooo! So i’m doing this post from my old laptop till that gets fixed… And I’m stating that as the official reason for the short break I took from nail-art blogging ;p

This post will be about all of the nailpolishes I got in the past month or so, so take a deep breath–it’s a looooong one 馃槈

First and foremost: at the beginning of December, Catrice unvielded its re-vemped permanent collection and–aaah!–they added three new colors to their nail varnishes!! I absolutely love Catrice polishes, and to add to that, the new shades are absolutely gorgeous, so I was thrilled! First day I went to pick them up–all three were sold out. A few days later I was lucky enough to get the two colors I really wanted 馃榾

The blue one is a gorgeous dirty teal color called 350 Hip Queens Wear Blue Jeans! It has the tiniest blue shimmers in it which the camera doesn’t pick up; on the nails it’s a smooth shimmer-free finish.

And the green shade–wooooooow!! It is hands down my absolute favorite color of the season. I’d been looking for this shade for AGES from any reasonably-priced brand that made it and every time it was sold out! When I saw that Catrice聽 was going to do it too I was cheering like a madwoman–my neighbors must have thought I was mad, haha!

It’s called 340 Run Forest Run! and is an 100% shimmer-free gorgeous deep forest green color. I absolutely love it!

Both polishes are very opaque–just one coat is enough for full coverage, the brush is wide, making the application easy and smooth. Drying time is standard, and it stays on for ages and doesn’t chip. Love it!

I didn’t get the third new color from the collection, a greyish-taupe called Absolutely Chinchilly, because I own a similar color already.

Price? They’re about 2-3 Euros each.

MOVING ON!

Next up are the H&M nailpolishes.

H&M have recently re-vamped their nailpolish collection as well. Their formulation has changed and so has their color selection and appearance. First, I picked up the three green shades (you can tell how much I love my greens, no?): a dark shimmer-free aqua-teal called Moody Model, a gorgeous glittery dark green called Envy Me, and a bluish grass-green shimmery color called No Mambo Jambo.

A few weeks later I was shopping for some accessories for my upcomig Christmas gala evening (the dress is a satin chocolate-brown with a golden blazer) and saw the perfect nail varnish for it: Gold by H&M:

I haven’t tried any of the new shades but I do have a few other colors from the same line and I’m quite happy with them.

Next are the W.I.C. by Her么me nailpolishes.

I’ve been wanting to try out this brand for a while–they’re supposed to be top end in quality and midrange in price, and they’ve got a fantastic color selection. I picked up two colors. They both came in these very cute shiny bags (oooooooh shiny!)

The colors were: a holographic taupe (!!!) called Kingston 73 and a glittery pearly light green called Mykonos 114.

I’ve tried them both. They have a gorgeous consistensy and apply smoothly and evenly, the drying is average, though the polish itself remains quite soft for hours after it is applied–the only major downside. Though once the polish is dry, it will literally stay on for a week without bulging. The hollographic taupe is quite flashy–i got lots of compliments on it 馃檪 The light green is quite sheer–two coats didn’t give an opaque finish. Overall, I’m quite pleased with this product.

Last but not least, a free-bee!! I was at the Millionair fair this weekend (for work-related purposes, I’m a student, not a millionare ;p) and I had my nails painted and got a free nailpolish!! It was by KOH–a sister-company of Her么me and also a brand I’d been drooling over for AGES, but it’s way too expensive (15 euros per bottle) so it’s on my “someday” list 馃檪

It’s in the color Royal Purple 118, and it came in this lovely lipstick-case:

I really wanted to like this brand, but so far it’s chipped and dented on me a bit. Still, I’m hoping that it’s due to the way the makeup lady applied the base-coat (she was nice but a little crazy) so I’ll try it out again in the future.

That’s it! Let me know if you’d like to see any designs/reviews with any of the products mentioned in this haul 馃槈 XOXO

 

 

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