Unicorn powder nails

A few days ago I sat down to paint my nails without a plan for a mani in mind. All I knew was that I was going to use my new gradient brush* that I recently received from Born Pretty Store. On my desk I had The Dream Cremes collection from Heroine NYC so I decided to make a subtle pastel gradient using Sugar Spun and Lilac it.

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The gradient brush is very easy to use and this method is much less messy compared to making a gradient using a sponge.

After taking photos of the gradient I saw the Icing powder* from Twinkled T**. I received it a few weeks ago, and it’s been lying in my ‘to try’ pile on my desk since. I applied the powder over my pastel gradient and I’m very happy that it caught my eye, because the result is really amazing!

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I have tried a few different unicorn powders and the Icing powder is by far the best one I’ve tried! I’m not just saying that because I got it from Twinkled T, I would’ve said the same thing if I had paid for it myself. The powder goes on so easily and smooth. Since the powder is so fine it doesn’t look grainy (as some unicorn powders does) and the result is super shiny!

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Check out the nail art tutorial below!

Do you like having the video tutorial here in the post? Previously I’ve linked to the tutorial on my Instagram, but if I upload the video on YouTube I can embed it in the post. Is this something you want me to continue doing? Your feedback is much appreciated!


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OPI Lisbon

Hello there! Today I’ll be sharing swatches of OPI’s new spring collection Lisbon. The collection is inspired by Lisbon’s colors, from the floral splendor, the terra-cotta houses to the blue shades of the sea. It’s a very colorful collection that makes me want to swap winter for spring and warmer weather.

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All my swatches are painted over one coat of base coat and I’m not wearing any top coat. Let’s take a look at the swatches!

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Suzi chases portu-geese is a white creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Lisbon wants moor OPI is a pale pink creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Tagus in that selfie! is a pink creme polish that covers in two coats.

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You’ve got nata on me is a coraly pink creme polish that covers in two coats.

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No turning back from pink street is a bright berry pink creme polish that covers in two coats.

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We seafood and eat it is a bright pinkish red creme polish that covers in two coat.

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Closer than you might Belém is a sea green creme polish that covers in just one coat, but I used two coats.

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Sun, sea and sand in my pants is a yellow creme polishes ah that covers in two coats.

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Tile art to warm your heart is a blue creme polish that covers in two coats.

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A red-vival City is a red creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Made it to the seventh hill! is copper metallic polish with pink shimmer that covers in two coats.

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Now museum, now you don’t is a red metallic polish that covers in two coats.

Check out the video for live swatches!

So, what do you think of this collection? I really like it, it’s such a colorful and happy collection! We have seen similar shades from OPI before, but it’s still a perfect spring collection. I don’t think I have just one favorite shades this time, but my top favorite shades are No turning back from pink street, We seafood and eat it, Closer than you might Belém, Sun, sea and sand in my pants and Tile art to warm your heart.

 

CND The Nude Collection

Hey everyone! Today I have swatches of CND’s new collection called The Nude Collection. The collection consists of four creme polishes in nude tones.

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The Vinylux polishes all have a built in base coat and there is a special Vinylux Weekly Top Coat to make the manicure last for 7 days. All my swatches are painted on bare nails and finished with one coat of the Weekly Top Coat.

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Uncovered is a nude pink cream polish. I’m wearing three coats plus top coat.

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Unlocked is a grey-pink creme polish. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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Unearthed is a taupe creme polish. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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Unmasked is a nude beige creme polish. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

At a first glance I thought my favorite from the collection would be Uncovered, but Unmasked surprised me quite a bit. This nude beige goes so well with my skin tone and I love it even more together with the copper glitter!

ÜberChic Beauty Love and Marriage 4 & Collection 23

Hello guys! Today I will be showing you ÜberChic Beauty‘s last release for 2017, Love and Marriage 4 and Collection 23.

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Love & Marriage 4 is full of lovely patterns that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. The first pattern that I wanted to use is the first one on the plate. I made a pink smoosh base that I topped with some gold flakes before stamping the hearts. I would love this pattern as an negative space alternative too! Maybe something for an upcoming Love & Marriage plate?

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My second design using the Love & Marriage 4 plate are these super cute love bunnies. As soon as I saw the bunny with the balloon I knew I had to use it! It reminds me of a game I had when I was a child called Match-a-balloon.

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On the Collection 23-01 plate this floral image caught my eye. Actually I’m always drawn to the floral images on their plates, they’re just so gorgeous! I reverse stamped this design, but this image is also available as an negative space alternative. Since I’m in a make everything matte mood right now I give you both the matte and the glossy version of this design.

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I saw this diagonal dotted pattern on the Collection 23-02 plate and thought that it would look great paired with a bright gradient and I’m very happy with the result. Did I mention I’m in to matte nails right now?

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On the Collection 23-03 I found another beautiful floral image. I paired it with a sparkly gradient, and of I course I had to make it matte too.

On my Instagram page I have posted tutorials for the designs show in this post, and you can find them through these links; Smoosh hearts, Love bunnies, Pink flowers (I’ll update with the link once it’s posted), Diagonal gradient, Sparkly gradient.

 

ÜberChic Beauty Got chevron? & Collection 22

Today I’ll be showing you designs created with one of ÜberChic Beauty‘s latest releases. In the end of November they released four new stamping plates, Got Chevron? (made in collaboration with instagrammer @gotnail) and Collection 22.

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The first design I made with the Got chevron? plate is this dreamy pastel mani. I think it turned out very cute and it’s also giving me Easter vibes.

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I did another design using the Got Chevron? plate and this time I went all in on purple! I love the different shades of purple together and the mix of matte and glossy.

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To make this cute and girly mani I used the Collection 22-01 plate and some striping tape.

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From the Collection 22-02 plate my favorite pattern is this layered image with dots and roses. The result is super cute and the best part is that thanks to the layered images it’s so quick and easy to make!

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When I first looked at the Collection 22-03 plate I saw this wavy image which made me want to create this wavy beachy design. I know it’s totally the wrong season for it (since it’s winter and snowing in Sweden) but I wouldn’t mind spending some at a beach in warmer weather now.

On my Instagram page I have posted tutorials for some of the designs shown above, and you can find them through these links; Pastel chevrons, Purple chevronsStamping & striping tapeRoses & dots.

*if I remember, I’ll update this post with tutorials for all the designs once they’re edited and posted*

psst…. right now (and until the end of the year) ÜberChic is celebrating 3 years with 20% off your order of $50 or more. Use the code SWEET3 at the checkout.

Cienna Rose Beauty

In the end of November when I visited London I got an exciting parcel from Cienna Rose delivered to the hotel. The polishes came in a beautiful box which feel very luxurious and the bottles have a very cute and unique design.
The rounded top of the brush is a bit different, but I had no problem applying the polish with it (and it’s also rubberized so you get a good grip while painting).

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Cienna Rose is a new U.K. based indie brand that launched in the end of November. Their polishes are 6 free (free from formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, DBP, toluene and paraben) and are enriched with Vitamin E, Pro Vitamin B5 and Lemongrass oil.

Let’s look at the swatches of the five polishes that I received. They all have good formulas and they were very easy to apply.

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Date night is a red polish with silver holographic microglitter. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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Luxe is a grey polish with pink shimmer. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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Pink chiffon is a pale pink polish with pink shimmer. I’m wearing three coats plus top coat.

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The fuchsia is bright is a bright cerise polish with blue shimmer. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

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Blue me away is a metallic blue polish with turquoise shimmer and silver holographic microglitter. I’m wearing two coats plus top coat.

I think all the shades are gorgeous and my favorite shade (right now) is Date night, it’s so perfect for the holiday season.

If you want to read more about the brand and their story check out their website www.ciennarose.com.

CND Glacial Illusion

Hello guys! Today I have swatches of CND’s new winter collection called Glacial Illusion.

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CND is a brand that is relatively new to me, previously I’ve only tried their cuticle oil. The Vinylux weekly polishes are, as the name suggests, ment to last on the nails for seven days. I have not been able to try how well they last yet, but it sounds like these will be perfect if your going away on vacation and don’t have time to paint your nails.

The Vinylux polishes all have a built in base coat and there is a special Vinylux Weekly Top Coat to make the polish last for 7 days. All my swatches are painted on bare nails and finished with one coat of the Weekly Top Coat.

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Cashmere wrap is a nude creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Mystic slate is a grey creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Alpine plum is a pale lilac metallic polish that covers in two coats.

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Radiant chill is a rose gold metallic polish that covers in two coats.

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Winter nights is a dark blue creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Ice bar is a pearl polish with pink iridescent shimmer. I’m wearing three thick coats. As you can see it doesn’t build up well on it’s own, but it’s amazing as a topper.

I aslo did some quick nail art with a few of these polishes. Maybe they’re too simple to be called nail art, but it gives you an idea of how you can easily use these polishes to make your manicure a little more interesting.

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Here I painted one coat of Ice bar over two coats of Winter nights. See how amazing Ice bar is as a topper!? I think it will look amazing over any darker shade.

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Here I made a simple ruffian design using Radiant chill and Winter nights. Since the Vinylux polishes have a wide rounded brush this design is so easy to make, you don’t need any tools.