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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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 Sweetsย  from the permanent Catrice collection.

It’s a fun bright pink for an extra pop of color in the sunny Spring weather ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ XOXO

Mean Green!

This design is very simple and super-easy to do! It’s perfect if you’re just getting started with nail art and want to get a hang of your instruments.

All you need is a light green base color (I’m using Green With Envy by Sally Hansen), and a yellow and golden nail art striper. (And don’t forget your base and top coat!)

Once your base coat is dry, apply the green color to your nails.

Next, with the yellow striper, draw messy slightly diagonal lines on on your nails. We’re going for a “natural” look so the messier the lines–the better!

Once the yellow is dry, accentuate the lines with the gold nail art striper.

Now just add a top coat and ta-daaaa! You’re finished!

This design is great for when you’re on the go but still want something fun on your nails ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun with it! XOXO

Hipster Cabbie

Last week I was in NYC celebrating the New Year! Yeah!

Naturally it’s the yellow cab capital of the world, and one of the most ‘hipster’ cities, so I was inspired to do a hipster cabby checkers theme on my nails.

To create this design, I used Mac Arthur Park by American Apparel, which apparently is THE hipster brand in the USA,ย as the base color, a black nail art striper for the design, and an orange glitter polish (834 UFO by Sinful Colors) for some extra hipster sparkle (cause sparkle is so un-hipster, it’s double hipster).

Oh, and I actually did my nails on the train from NY to DC, so don’t mind the rough edges ๐Ÿ˜‰

Begin with the base color:

Now draw the checkered pattern. Begin with a single line down the middle of your nail:

Now draw several evenly-spaced lines perpendicular to the black line down the middle, covering about 1/3 of the width of the nail.

Now just close off and carefully fill in the squares.

Repeat on the rest of your nails.

Wait until the design is completely dry before applying the orange glitter coat. The glitter will hide any imperfections of your design ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’d like the design to last a bit longer, apply an additional top coat and you’re done! With this design you’ll flag down any New York cabbie in no time ๐Ÿ˜‰ XOXO

Request: Mermaid toes!

Christina requested a sea-themed design, so here it is ๐Ÿ™‚

This is actually really easy to do, if you have the wavy stencils. These can be found at Essence nail art counters, or if you don’t have Essence where you live, other nail art companies should have similar sticker designs.

Here are the items I used:

– base and top coat by OPI

– a pearly sea-green color (330) by Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours

– a deep blue color (04 Forever Mine) by Essence, from the Denim Wanted collection

– wave-shaped Essence Nail Art Designs stencil stickers

– a makeup sponge

– a medium and a small dotting tool

Begin by applying the base coat, followed by the light sea-green polish. I absolutely love this color–it looks like bubblegum green ๐Ÿ™‚

Make sure this coat is thoroughly dry before applying the wave-shaped stencils, otherwise some polish may come off when you remove the stencils.

I only had eight stickers left, but this was enough since 1/2 a stencil is enough for each of the little toes ๐Ÿ™‚

Place the stencils about 1/2 way up the nail, press down firmly to make sure there are no gaps.

Next, take a scrap sheet of paper and place a bit of the blue nail polish on it. Have your makeup sponge (a regular disposable foundation applicator sponge) ready.

Dip the makeup sponge into the polish, dab off any excess polish on the sheet.

With a light touch, dab a full coat of polish on the uncovered side of your toenails. Once that is dry, sponge on a second coat.

This can get really messy, so while you are waiting for the final coat to dry, clean up the skin around your nails with a q-tip dipped into some nail polish remover.

When the polish is dry, carefully peel off the stencils.

Next, dab a bit of the blue nail polish on the sheet and use a medium-large dotting tool to create some dots on the green side. Repeat with the green polish on the blue side.

Next, take the smallest dotting tool you have and add smaller blue dots in the center of the large green dots and vice versa.

Wait for everything to completely dry, then apply a top coat and you’re done! Happy swimming ๐Ÿ™‚ XOXO

Slytherin Pride!

Anybody else as excited as I am about the first part of the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows movie coming out soon? To celebrate, I’ll be doing a Hogwarts house-themed series of tutorials ๐Ÿ™‚

A while ago, I did the sorting hat quiz on the Harry Potter website, and I got Slytherin as my house (twice!) Not bad, considering Salazar Slytherin’s favorite virtue was ambition ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Plus, being selected to Slytherin makes me feel extra-badass since all the villans are from there :p)

So to honor my Hogwarts House, the first tutorial will be for Slytherin! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are the items I used:

Slytherin’s colors are green and silver, so I used a green (250 I Sea You by Catrice) as my base color, and a sliver nail art striper (03 silver surfer by Essence) for the details. Additionaly, I used a base and top coat (OPI) and silver rhinestones.

Begin by applying a base coat. Then paint your nails with the green.

Then, create a silver french tip on all nails except your ring finger.

Draw a thin silver line under the tip on each nail, parallel to the tip.

Now it’s time to create the serpent-like S on the ring finger. I worked from the Slytherin logo above, which I had borrowed from a site I found through google (don’t remember the name of the site).

For extra bling, add some rhinestones to your S. I went a bit crazy and covered the whole S with silver rhinestones, but you can also try to do just the eyes on the snake.

Apply a generous top coat (gotta keep those rhinestones in place!) and you’re done!

Now I’m ready to cheer for my quiddich team and win over Draco Malfoy’s heart! ๐Ÿ˜‰ XOXO

disclaimer: I don’t own any Harry Potter characters, I just use them for inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

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