Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quick Giveaway!

I posted my first challenge nails earlier today, so if you haven't seen those already, check out also my previous post or click here.

I had the opportunity to participate in a fun beauty evening yesterday at Oriflame (thank you Tiina for organizing the event!). We all also got a little goodie bag to take home and there were some products that I already own, so I thought that I should have a quick and small giveaway here and give you guys a chance to win those products. 

OPI 2014 Calendar
OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil
Wheel of Pink Rhinestones

The calendar and the cuticle oil were sponsored for the beauty event by Kauneudenkauppa and those rhinestones were sponsored by Mimax

Keep in mind though that the OPI Calendar is only for this year! You'll probably not have much use for it as a calendar, but there are really gorgeous pictures in it, that you can use for something other. At least I will do something fun from my own calendar when this year is over.

I'm going to keep this really simple, you'll only need to give me your email address in order to participate. You have to enter via Rafflecopter and as this is going to be really quick giveaway, it will end already next Monday. Everyone can enter, you don't have to be a follower or anything like that, though of course new followers are always welcome.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

#ablecaw14 Week 1: Something New

As promised, I have my first nails for The Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge to share with you guys today. If you have no clue what challenge I'm talking about, check out my previous post first and be sure to join in with us to this challenge too!

So starting with the Week 1 I have my Something New nails to show to you guys today. Something new could also of course be like a new nail polish or something like that, but I thought that for me something new could mainly be something that I have never tried to do on my nails before. Since I have been wanting to try out those quatrefoil nails for a while now, but I still never have, I thought they would fit perfectly for this challenge.

I didn't want to cover all my nails with the pattern, so I decided to do it only on my index, middle and thumb nails and then just leave the other two painted with a single color. I chose Essie Urban Jungle and China Glaze Techno Teal as my colors for these nails. For the quatrefoil pattern I have two coats of Urban Jungle as my base, then I did the first dots with dotting tool and Techno Teal and then the second coat of dots again with Urban Jungle. Finally I painted those little lines with small nail art brush and Techno Teal. The other two nails I just painted with two coats of Techno Teal.

That quatrefoil pattern was way easier to do than it looks, you only need some polish and couple different sized dotting tools and if you want to do those little lines, then you also need a little nail art brush. My pattern isn't the perfect one since I always struggle with dots and getting them alined, but I still liked this design very much and really, these nails were so much fun to do! I'd say these are my favorite ones for awhile! If you don't know how to do these nails, just google quatrefoil nails and you'll find tons of great and easy-to-follow tutorials. I don't really know who's came up with the idea how to do this pattern on nail, but it is pretty brilliant idea!

Actually, by the way, Techno Teal was quite appropriate choice for this challenge as it is also something new for me. Before these nails I had never used it before and I really can't tell why... It's gorgeous!

Sally Hansen Nail Rehab*
Essie Urban Jungle 2 coats
China Glaze Techno Teal 2 coats
Color Club Top Coat

Do you guys like my first challenge manicure? And will you be joining us in this challenge?

If you have already done your challenge manicure for Week 1 Something New, please remember to add the link to your post to that InLinkz Widget below.

*Disclosure: I have gotten Sally Hansen Nail Rehab from a goodie bag of our meet. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge AW2014

I told you yesterday that there was going to be something exciting here today and well, here it is! I have been working with two of my nail polish besties and together we came up with this really amazing nail art challenge (if I may say so!). The other two ladies behind this challenge are of course Mirka with her new blog Nerdic Nails and Katjamaria.

The idea behind this challenge is that we all wanted to do an exciting nail art challenge that we would also be able to finish. I have done the legendary 31 day challenge ones and I tried to do it second time and as you might remember, I never finished that... I'm pretty sure there are people who have struggled with the same challenge or with some other one or maybe you just want to do something different once in a while. Or if you haven't done any nail art challenges before, this could be a really fun one to try! I'm sure everyone can do this and also use this to challenge themselves to do a little more nail art, after all, this is The Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge!

And no, there's not a typo in the name of the challenge, it's a little word play since well, we three are all Finnish nail polish and beauty bloggers. ;) But of course everyone can join us in this challenge, no matter where you are from!

Sooo, surely you want to see what you will be doing during this challenge:

Looks doable but also really fun, right? So this is really simple, all you need to do is two manicures per week starting of course with the week one, then week two and so on, finally ending up with the last week, week 16. There are two manicures per week, but you can choose which one of those two you will do first on each week and which one second. You can also choose when during that week you want to post those manicures.

All three of us are starting this challenge this week and we have planned it so that the weeks match with the holiday themes. So if you want to do this challenge, but you aren't able to start it immediately with us, you can of course jump in late and catch up by doing more than just two manicures per week or you can also of course just start in the middle too if you want.

Some of the challenges are pretty straight forward and in some you'll need to use your own imagination, but really, you can of course interpet these as you want. We just want to challenge everyone to do something fun and creative!

Katjamaria made us some really neat challenge pictures, so you can of course use them and share them if you decide to do this challenge. You can use the one that I have there above, or choose one of these different colored versions:

Also remember to use our hashtag in Instagram and other social media sites, it's #ablecaw14 for this challenge. Then there will also be InLinkz LinkUp widget at the end of our challenge posts and we of course hope that you share your challenge manicures there too. We would definitely like to check those out!

The most important thing about this challenge is that everyone would have fun doing it! I hope you all join in and do this with us, because that would make it even more fun! At least I'm really excited about this and I can't wait to begin to do these challenge manicures.

You will find all my challenge posts under the tags #ablecaw14 and Able Nail Art Challenge. Hopefully I'll have my first challenge manicure to share with you already tomorrow, so I'll see you then! :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Orange, White and Green Skittlette

I have a really simple skittlette to share with you guys today! 

I was really in mood for some indie glitter and when I went through my untried polishes, I noticed this Nostalcig Take On Me that I had never tried. So I decided to do this simple skittlette around it. And no, I wasn't really going for Ireland nails, though these might seem like it... :D

I used three coats of Take On Me on my middle and ring fingers. Then I did my index and thumb with three coats of OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours and my pinkies with two coats of Essie Ruffles & Feathers.

Take On Me was really easy to apply, but as it is a jelly, it needed three coats for full coverage. I think it has quite good amount of glitters in it, not too much but not too little either! I quite liked this one, though then again, it's probably not the most unique one out there.

This was actually quite a nice manicure for getting some of those untried polishes on nails, since I hadn't used any of these three before. I really liked Essie's Ruffles & Feathers too, it was sooo easy to apply (even with that thin brush) and I quite liked the color also, eventhough this type of green isn't always the easiest one for me. OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours looks really similar to Zoya Rocha, so I'll need to do a comparison of those two! The color is pretty nice, but the polish was quite sheer and it needed three coats for full coverage.

By the way, I'll have something exciting here in my blog tomorrow, so be sure to check back then. ;) See you soon!

Disclosure: I have gotten OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours from a goodie bag of our meet. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Delicious Mango, Burnt Orange and Pepper

Delicious Mango, Burnt Orange and Pepper sound a bit like weird ingredients for even weirder salad. But as this isn't a food blog, those are of course the main ingredients for the manicure I wanted to share with you guys today. Surprising? Not really...

The other week I thought that as it's already September I should really try to do something more fall appropriate. And then I did this manicure. And well, then the weather changed and it has been almost like summer here since. I'm not certainly complaining about it, no! But anyhow, I'm going to share this manicure with you eventhough the colors aren't the most weather appropriate right now.

So this is quite simple shimmer gradient I did with three different polish. I used Zoya Pepper and ulta3 here, two coats of each. Then I did the gradient with just adding some Kiko Delicious Mango on top of each nail with a sponge.

This was actually supposed to be a base for some nail art stamping, but I failed miserably with that. Believe me, I did try! So for now you are just going to see this gradient and I will go and practise my stamping skills even more. Though I have to say, I really liked this simple gradient manicure too and I kinda wish I hadn't ruined it with those failed stamping attempts.

The duochrome shimmer in that Kiko comes really alive over the darker Zoya Pepper. Actually I prefer it like that, it surely looks best layered over some darker polish.

KBShimmer Basic Training
Zoya Pepper 2 coats (index, pinky and thumb)
ulta3 Burnt Orange (middle and ring)
Kiko Delicious Mango
Glisten&Glow HK Girl Top Coat

Oh and I wanted to show you also a picture without that gradient since this was the first time ever that I tried any of ulta3 polishes and I wanted you to see the gorgeous color of that Burnt Orange polish!
I have to say that I was really pleasantly surprised with this polish since it had really nice formula and I really like the color too! It was very easy to apply, it only needed two easy coats for full coverage. I got this Burnt Orange and another ulta3 polish from my friend who bought them for me from Australia as souvenirs. So if you ever go there (lucky you!), you should definitely check this brand out!

Disclosure: I have originally gotten Zoya Pepper for review. For more information view my disclosure policy. You can check out my swatches and review of it from this post.
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