Movember nails

Let’s not forget that November means movember! I had planned to make more than one mani for this cause, but somehow it’s the last day of November and I have one made one…

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For this movember look I used Breakfast at Tiffany’s as the base together with Black dress not optional, both from OPI’s new Holiday collection called Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The details are created using Movember stickers & stencils from Whats up nails.

Snowflake nail art

Hi everybody, I hope you had a lovely weekend and that you have a good start of the week!

Since yesterday was the first Sunday of advent and seeing that it is December soon I think it’s okay to start making holiday themed manis! And first out is a snowflake design. ❄️

The base for this mani is a gorgeous blue polish from OPI called Give me space. It is from last year’s holiday collection and it is actually one of my favorite polishes from last year! I used I drive a supernova from OPI, Stamping plate Festive 02 and Crystal clear stamper from MoYou London to create the snowflakes. To get a clean line for the negative space part I used Straight nail vinyls from Snail Vinyls.

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I hope you’re excited for more holiday/winter manis, I know I am!

Birthday recreations

This week has been so busy for me, I have had so much to do at work that I have barely had time to paint my nails let alone blog. I was planning to post this earlier but just didn’t have the time. As I mentioned in my last post I got two birthday collages from my sweet instagram friends. A total of 21 recreations of manis that I made, how crazy is that!?

I think all of them deserve some extra love, so let’s take a look at the manis!

themermaidpolishBy Fernanda @themermaidpolish

nailsonthamesBy Marta @nailsonthames

juliajorBy Julia @juliajor

nailsanatomyBy @nailsanatomy

lunaaaaaaticaBy Iva @lunaaaaaatica

nails4cocktailsBy Tadeja @nails4coctails

funnyviolettaBy Eva @funnyvioletta

praisethenailsBy Amanda @praisethenails

withnailsandiBy Cath @withnailsandi

baby_mama_nailsBy Rebecca @baby_mama_nails

lacklisaBy Lisa @lacklisa

lackmausBy Sabrina @lackmaus

_daisynails_By Daisy @_daisynails_

14553152_1167744063316624_3738584459243421696_nBy Klara @klara.nailart

vendelanailsBy Vendela @vendelanails

ells_nailartBy Ellen @ells_nailart

naturenailBy Ophelia @naturenail

nails_by_unixoBy Victoria @nails_by_unixo

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By @turtle_nail_polish

nailsbyemmyhBy Emmy @nailsbyemmyh

Birthday nails

I don’t know about you but I’m feeling 22… or more like 27. Today is my birthday and of course I’ve made some birthday nails. I didn’t want to make a typical birthday mani, so I went for a more subtle design and ended up with negative space, dots and a bow. I think they turned out pretty cute and the bow reminds me of a gift.

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I also have the best instagram friends you could ask for, today I woke up to the most amazing surprise. Not just one, but two birthday collages made by my sweet friends! 😍❤️😘 You guys are the best!!!

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Nail art | Geometric accent nail

Today I have a step by step tutorial for you, showing how to make a fun geometric accent nail.

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For this mani I’m using Polovetsian Dances from A-England, Space Race from H&M and Right Angle Nail Stencils from Snail Vinyls.

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Start by painting two coats of Space Race on the nails of your little finger and ring finger. Paint the rest of your nails with one coat (ocw!!) of Polovetsian Dances. Add a quick drying top coat to all nails, I used Gel Setter from Essie.

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Wait approximately 20 minutes for the top coat to be completely dry. Add nail vinyls on the ring finger to create a geometric pattern. I used the insides from the Right Angle Nail Stencils, I love that this way you can use up the whole vinyl sheet.

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Paint one coat of Polovetsian Dances over the vinyls…

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Remove the vinyls immediately, before the polish starts to dry. If you wait too long before removing the vinyls the lines won’t be as clean and the base color might come up with them.

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Allow the polish to try for a few minutes then add a glossy top coat.

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The finished result!

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Hope you like this little tutorial. Is this something you want to see more of here?

Necessities at work

I’ve mentioned before that I easily get very dry hands, even more so during fall/winter. Therefore it’s important for me to moisturize my hands after every time I’ve washed them, and at work is no exception. These are all the products that I keep in my workspace.

Since I try a lot of different hand care products all the time, the products vary every now and then. But right now this is what it looks like. Plus at work is a really good place to try new stuff.

Right now I have three hand cremes, but I usually have two. It’s always good to have options. And besides two of them are small sizes, so they’ll get used up pretty quick.

I have one cuticle oil, one mini bottle of Seche vite for emergencies, a nail scissors, two mini crystal files (the one from Essie is a bit rougher than the one from OPI) as I said options are always good. And lastly I have two different lip balms depending on what scent I want, pink grapefruit or mint.

What products do you keep at your desk?

Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking

After seeing Anne wear this polish the other day I felt like I hade to wear it too!

img_0845Cupcake Polish – Berry Good Looking

Berry good looking is a purple linear holographic polish that covers in two coats. It dries a bit dull so a glossy top coat is a must to show off the beautiful holo!
The first time I used it the formula was a bit thick and it dried quick, so I had to to work fast to get a smooth application. When I read about this polish on Annes blog she said that her polish was a bit runny, so I thought that maybe the formula of mu polish was wrong. So I used a few drops of thinner and the formula turned out so much better!

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This is my first Cupcake Polish and it’s so pretty that I think it will be hard to beat!

 

IsaDora Autumn Rebels

This fall IsaDora released a new collection in their gel lacquer formula, the polishes are supposed to last on the nails for a week. It’s the first time I’m trying the gel lacquers and I’ve only swatched them so I can’t say how long they last on the nails. But I can say that the formula of the polishes are really good, they were super easy to apply!

The collection consists of ten shades and two top coats, one glossy and one matte. I got to try six of the shades and the top coats. All shades are new except 221 Iced coffee.

I’ve swatched the polishes with both the regular Gel Top Coat and the Matt Gel Top Coat.

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img_0867IsaDora Autumn Rebels – 221 Iced coffee

Iced coffe is a gry-ish brow polish with silver shimmer that covers in two coats.

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img_0869IsaDora Autumn Rebels – 262 Vagabond

Vagabond is a dark brown creme polish that covers in two coats.

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img_0871IsaDora Autumn Rebels – 262 Boho blossom

Boho blossom is a tomato red creme polish that covers in two coats.

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img_0873IsaDora Autumn Rebels – 263 Rhapsody red

Rhapsody red is a red polish that covers in two coats, though I still have a little bit of VNL.

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img_0875IsaDora Autumn Rebels – 267 Haute hippie

Haute hippie is a purple polish with red shimmer that covers in two coats.

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img_0877IsaDora Autumn Rebels – 269 Blue velvet

Blue velvet is a dark blue polish with blue shimmer that covers in two coats.

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piCture pOlish sweater nail art

Last week piCture pOlish had another giveaway with a sweater theme. Last time it was to make a sweater swatch and this time it was to make sweater nail art. I love that nail art inspiration can come from anything!

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The sweater I chose to match is from a Lindex X Missoni collaboration from a few years back. I actually thought I’d lost it, but found it last weekend just in time for this giveaway.
About a week ago winter arrived so I thought it was time to bring out the warmer clothes. I went to our storage in the attic to look for a box with my winter clothes, but I just couldn’t find it. It turned out that my boyfriend had moved it to our other storage, so guess if I was happy when he found it! This sweater was in the box, along with some other clothes I had forgotten about.

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To match my sweater I used paris, moscow and badass from piCture pOlish together with Wavy nail vinyls from Snail vinyls.

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OPI Nail Envy Bubble bath

How are you all? Winter has come to Sweden, so it’s really cold here. But on the plus side we have snow right now, so that brightens it all up a bit.

I thought it was time for an update on my nails since the Seche Vive disaster (read more about it here). On my main hand all nails but the ring finger are back to normal, but I think it’ll be okay soon. On the cindy on the other hand the nails are still not good, but they’re getting better though. I have tried to contact Seche in every possible way I could think of, but I’ve still not gotten any response since this summer. I think I’ll make a separate post about that later…

Unfortunately I got some really bad breaks on the nails, especially on the cindy, so I had to trim my nails a bit. My main hand still has some length as you’ll see, but my cindy is down to nubbins. The nails are so short that my fingers look like sausages, it’s not pretty.

After trimming and shaping my nails I thought they needed some love and care so I decided to paint them using Nail Envy Bubble bath. I love that nail strengtheners come in color now, though I wish the shades would be a bit more exciting and colorful. How about a hot pink or a classic red shade?

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I use the original Nail Envy regularly but not according to the instructions, who wants to go with boring non colored nails? Not me! I use it before I put my base coat on. But those days you just want go for Nail Envy the colored version is perfect!