Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Neon Hibiscus Flowers

Finally, I have some nail art to share with you guys! I've been sporting these same nails for a whole week now, so I've really enjoyed this manicure. I saw this tutorial by the talented Katy from Nailed It -blog a while ago and I immediately knew I had to try it myself, so these nails are pretty much copied from that look. I just didn't want to copy everything, so I decided to do only three nails per hand with the flowers and then paint two nails with just plain polish.

So I painted my thumb, middle and ring finger nails with two coats of OPI Angel with a Leadfoot and then I did three coats of Essie Bottle Service on my index fingers and three coats of Essie Bouncer It's Me on my pinky fingers. Then I did the hibiscus flowers just by following the instructions of the tutorial and using both of the neon Essies as well as two other polishes from the same neon collection: Saturday Disco Fever and DJ Play That Song*. Finally I did the yellow parts of the flowers with OPI's I Just Can't Cope-acabana.

Like I said, I really loved this look and this was so easy to do too! Katy's tutorial was truly easy to follow, so be sure to check it out if you want to decorate your nails with some hibiscus flowers. 

Coming back from our trip was a bit of a shock weather-wise, since it was really cold and grey here in Finland. These nails were a pretty perfect cure for that, at least with these I still had a bit of summer left! Don't get me wrong, I do love all the fall colors too and fall is actually maybe my favourite season when it comes to nail polish colors, but somehow I just needed still something bright and fun on my nails. Maybe after this I can finally start to move towards more autumn manicures.


Oh and for once I also remembered to take a picture of my thumb nail too:

 And here are all the polishes I used:

KBShimmer Basic Training
OPI Angel with a Leadfoot
Essie Bottle Service
Essie Bouncer, It's Me
Essie Saturday Disco Fever
Essie DJ Play That Song
OPI I Just Can't Cope-Acabana
Glisten&Glow HK Girl Top Coat

Have you guys already shifted towards more autumn manicures or are you still sporting neons like I am?


Disclosure: I have originally gotten all the Essie Neon collection polishes used here for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monthly Manicure Roundup: August 2014

This past month doesn't really need a roundup since I only managed do six posts... What a shame, right?! But I'm gonna do one anyhow, since I have done one about each month this year. Now, I also already have some posts ready for you after this, so I promise you are going to get more than just six posts to read this month!

Of those six posts I did manage to have at least some kind of nail art in half of them. I shared:

two Zoya Tickled & Bubbly manicures,

I also shared quite a bit of swatches of Zoya polishes, all from those summery Tickled and Bubbly collections.


I posted my swatches of all six polishes from the Bubbly side of the collection.
Also, I shared my swatches of Rocha and Ling from the Tickled side of the collection.

The main reason that I only managed to do so few post this month was that I spent the most amazing holiday visiting Italy and Croatia.


And yeah, that was all what I had last month... Hopefully you guys enjoyed at least those few posts that I managed to do and be sure to check back here more often now, because I promise you are going to see more posts here from now on. See you soon!


Previous Monthly Manicure Roundups:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Venice, Ancona, Split and Dubrovnik + Holiday NP Souvenirs

Hi guys, I'm back from our vacation and I thought I'd share some pictures of it with you guys here as well as of course my nail polish souvenirs from the trip too. We actually came back already last week, but we also then spent couple days at my family summer place and got back home on Monday. Then I have mainly just been relaxing on my free time, so it has been a bit quiet here in my blog, but hopefully now I will get back into this blogging business. At least I have sooo many manicure ideas and new polishes to try out!

But first, let's check out those holiday pictures, shall we!?
Our first destination was Venice and it was gorgeous, let me tell you! Even more gorgeous that I had ever thought! It was also funny as so many places looked familiar, eventhough I have never been there before. We arrived in Venice on a very hot Monday afternoon, so we had half day to explore the city and then almost the whole day on next day, since we took quite late train to Ancona. We both thought that the time we had for Venice was enough, since we didn't really have too many sights we wanted to see. The whole point of our visit was mainly to see and feel the city and wander the alleys and there was really plenty of time to do that!

And of course we also wanted to have some a lot of gelato, my favourite ice cream in the world (especially the yoghurt flavor).
These were our first ones, but honestly, we had plenty after this... :D

So after Venice we travelled to more south in Italy, to Ancona where we stayed the next night and pretty much the whole Wednesday since our ferry to Croatia (Split) left in the evening. This wasn't probably the best time to visit Ancona since pretty much everybody seemed to be on holiday. And I don't mean that there were lots of tourists there, no, I mean that the whole town seemed quite empty and it was hard to even find a place where we could have dinner. But they had good gelato! And Kiko store!

But it's quite safe to say that we were both eagerly waiting to get to Croatia. Our ferry ride wasn't the best one, mainly because we were cheap and we didn't book a cabin, so of course we didn't get too much sleep on that night. But the sunrise and the view of Croatia was well worth it!
It was quite early in the morning when our ferry arrived to Split and the sun was still rising and shining through the clouds, so amazingly beautiful! At least I fell in love with Split immediately.

We had total of two full days in Split and we spent the first day pretty much exploring the city and also just sitting and watching people go by. The next day we spend quite a few hours walking in Marjan hill and admiring the great views of the city from above. Let me tell you though, it wasn't really the easiest thing to do to walk around for several hours since it was really hot and there wasn't really too many places to hide from the sun. But again, the views were really so worth it and thankfully we were wise enough to bring enough water. Consequently from all this walking around we then spent the rest of the day on the beach and swinning in the gorgeous Adriatic Sea.

Then it was time for our last destination: Dubrovnik. We had almost four full days to spend here, since we both thought this would be the city that we would love the most. We were actually staying a bit further away from the actual city, in Mlini area where there is some really gorgeous beaches and quite relaxed atmosphere. We did have of course time to explore the old city of Dubrovnik too and you can't really visit it without going for a walk on those city walls. We spend quite some time in the sea too, I don't think I have ever swum as much in such a short time! But yeah, I just couldn't resist the sea since the color of the water was the prettiest I've ever seen and the water was just so clear too.

On one of our Mlini/Dubrovnik days we also decided to explore at least one of the islands and we ended up going to the island of Lokrum since it was closest to Dubrovnik and the ride to the island only took something like 15 minutes. In addition to all the visitors there are also quite a few peacocks in the island and they just wander freely where ever they want. There were also some tiny little peacock babys, how cute! There's also a tiny "Dead Sea" in the middle of the island as well as a former monastery (which as my bf informed me has also been in Game of Thrones, as has the old city of Dubrovnik of course, can you tell that I don't watch that show?! :D).

Knowing that we were going to an island with lots of peacocks, I of course had to change my manicure as I had just bought quite suitable blue from Kiko (474) from Ancona.

And surely I needed a pretty and fun pedicure for our trip too, so prior to leaving home I painted my toes with China Glaze Japanese Koi and added even some black water decals on my big toe nails.

So all in all we had awesome time and we both enjoyed every bit of our vacation! We had really great food, delicious ice cream and plenty of priceless experiences. We also both fell in love with Croatia, Split especially and I'm pretty much already planning another trip there already, lol. We will certainly go to Split again, but there are so many places that we didn't have time to see or visit this time. Next time we also want to finally visit Montenegro too and hopefully also Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But if you ask me whether you should go to Croatia or not, I highly recommed it! I know all the travel guide books are praising Dubrovnik and it's definitely worth of visiting, but be sure to spend time in Split too.

This is such a long post already, but lets check out those nail polishes that I bought also. I promise there isn't really too many of those ;) 
So, pretty much the best thing in Ancona was (in addition to the gelato of course) the Kiko store. I wasn't really even looking for these Sun Show polishes, but they happened to have some, so I bought three: Delicious Mango (469), Dainty Passion Fruit (470) and Luxurious Indigo (474). I didn't bring any base or top coat with me, so I needed some so that I could change my manicure and I decided to go with compined base and top coat just for the convenience. I don't normally buy these type of things, but this 3 In 1 Shine actually seemed to work pretty well.

I also bought some of those regular polishes, from left to right these are Mango (281), Cerulean Blue (295), Gold Rosy Brown (371), Mint Milk (389). Now looking at these I wonder why I didn't buy more... Oh well.

This Catrice Crushed Crystal textured polish Call Me Princess was my only nail polish purchase from Croatia. There were at least some Essence polishes and probably many other brands too, but nothing that would have interested me too much and honestly, I just wanted to relax and enjoy the vacation. But this Catrice one was pretty enough that it caught my eye, so I decided to buy it eventhough I feel like I have too many textured polishes already.

So, what to do you guys think of my holiday haul? And have you visited Croatia or Venice, or are you planning to?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Collection: Swatches

I have already shared swatches of three of my original picks from Zoya Bubbly collection, but since I just bought the other three, I thought I'd do one post with all the swatches. So here they are, the whole Zoya Bubbly 2014 collection.

I used three coats with each of these polishes, no base or top coat. They all cover pretty well with those three coats, though I think these are even better layered over some other polishes.

Alma has a bright orange jelly base but the golden shimmer makes it really look like it could be almost a gold polish. It's a beautiful color, but maybe not the best match for my skintone.



Binx has a dark raspberry pink base and also that gorgeous golden shimmer and those iridescent glitters. I really love this color and once again the golden shimmer makes this a beauty.



Harper has a bright bubblegum pink base and with gold shimmer and those same bigger glitters. This is also really pretty, but unfortunately I felt like it didn't suit me at all. I do love that shimmer, but when mixed with this bubblegum pink base, it's not my type of color. Shame as it looked so pretty in the bottle!



Jesy is also orange, but this time more coral leaning, so it's definitely different than Alma. This was one of my favourites, I think it's quite unique color and perfect for summer!



Muse has a gorgeous blue base and that golden shimmer makes it look almost like a teal. This base color and the shimmer in this one is such a beautiful combo, I love it! I think Muse is also the least sheer of all these polishes in this collection.



Stassi has a bright green base and in this one too the combination of the base color and the golden shimmer is really beautiful. I thought I might not like this one and bought it just to have the full collection, but somehow I ended up liking this very much!


If I had to choose one favourite of all these six, it would probably be Muse. But I really liked Jesy, Binx and Stassi too. Alma and Harper unfortunately weren't too good matches for my skintone, but they are both really beautiful polishes too.

Which one of these is your favourite?

*Disclosure: I have gotten both Zoya polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Zoya Tickled & Bubbly: Ling and Muse

Today I have the last Zoya Tickled & Bubbly pair to share with you guys! This time it's the gorgeous blues Ling and Muse.

Ling is such a beautiful bright blue creme that coveres with two easy coats. I have also base and top coat in these pictures as I was wearing this as a full manicure. This is really beautiful shade of blue, Zoya calls it a royal blue. I have quite many blue cremes in my stash already, but I don't think I have an exact match for this one.




Muse is a blue jelly with golden shimmer and iridescent glitters. I love how that golden shimmer makes the blue base lean more towards teal. I have three coats here, no base or top coat. I'd say this was probably my favourite one from the three Zoya Bubblys that I got for review and I think it's great that this reminds me a bit of Zoya Charla and all those other dupes for it, but Muse is still definitely not a dupe for those. It's rather a new take on the same idea.


Of course I also made a combination manicure with these two as they are pretty much meant for each other.
I have two coats of Ling here and then I did just a simple gradient with Muse on top of that. Once again, really simple but also so beautiful!

Like I said my favourite from the Bubblys was definitely Muse, but my favourite from the Tickled ones is a bit harder since I think I liked all the three that I got equally. If I had to choose I might say Rocha. But then again, some other day I might also say Wendy or Ling.

Which ones were your favourites from the Tickled & Bubbly collection?
 

*Disclosure: I have gotten both Zoya polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.


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Viimeinen pari uunista ulos eli esittelyssä tänään upeat siniset Zoyan Tickled ja Bubbly -kokoelmista. Ling on todella kaunis kirkas sininen creme, joka levittyy super nätisti ja peittää kahdella helpolla kerroksella. Muse taas on upea sininen jelly, jossa on kultaista shimmeriä ja isompia kimmeltäviä glittereitä. Musea kuvissa on kolme kerrosta.
 
Tein myös tottakai lakoilla yhteisen manikyyrin, sillä nämä sävythän ovat kuin luodut toisilleen! Alla on siis kaksi kerrosta Lingiä ja päälle töpöttelin vain nopeasti hieman Musea, eli tuloksena oli todella helppo liukuvärjäys. Nopeaa ja helppoa, mutta myös kaunista!
 
Jos minun pitäisi valita suosikki kolmesta Bubbly -kokoelman lakasta, joita sain testiin, olisi se varmastikin tämä Muse. Sävy on vaan niin todella kaunis ja tuo kultainen shimmer saa lakan näyttämään upealta! Kolmesta Tickledistä suosikin valitseminen ei olekaan yhtä helppoa, taisin tykätä kaikista kolmesta yhtä paljon. Jos nyt pitäisi välttämättä valita, olisi valintani ehkäpä Rocha, mutta toisaalta toisena päivänä se voisi olla yhtä hyvin Wendy tai Ling.
 
Onko teillä suosikkeja näistä Tickledeistä tai Bubblyistä?
 
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