Chrome dragon scales

I did these nails for the #clairestelle8may challenge on Instagram, when the theme was scales. I wanted to make nails that looked like dragon scales so I decided to bring out my beloved chrome powder from Whats up nails. I would have loved to use the Dragon powder, but since I don’t have that one I had to make do with the Alchemy powder, and I think they turned out just amazing this way!

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To create this design I used regular black polish, scale stencils, Alchemy powder and a water based top coat. I made a quick tutorial for them, which you can see here.

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I have tried a few different powders now and I have to say that the ones from Whats up nails are by far the easiest to work with and they give the coolest results! Their powders are a bit more expensive than powders from other manufacturers, but I still think they’re worth it.

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What do you think about this chrome trend that’s been going on for a while now? Personally, I love it!

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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?

Empties #6

This time it’s all about the hands, feet and nails. A few of these products are old favorites that I always have at home, and some of the products are just meh…

Burt’s Bees – Peppermint foot lotion

Why does almost all foot creams smell of peppermint? I wish that this foot cream would have been a bit more moisturizing and nourishing. I like the Coconut foot cream from Burt’s Bees much more. My boyfriend hated the scent of this product so he is really happy now that it’s all used up, and I’m not allowed to buy it again…😉

Burt’s Bees – Lemon butter cuticle cream

First of all, this cuticle cream smells divine! I’m a sucker for lemon so this is just right up my alley. I keep this next to my bed, and use it every night before I go to bed. It is just great for dry cuticles. This is a product that I always have at home.

OPI – Natural nail base coat

This is my favorite base coat. I don’t know how many bottles of this I’ve used up by now, but it’s a lot.

OPI – Avoplex Nail & cuticle replenishing oil

Avoplex is my go to cuticle oil. I love everything about it. I always have one at home, one at work and one ‘on the go’ version in my handbag.

Dermalogica – Multivitamin hand and nail treatment

I really did not like the scent of this hand creme, it smells like seaweed. I’m glad that it was just 15ml and that I got it in a gwp. I can’t really say if it is good or not, since it took me like eight months to use it all up. And no it’s not super economical, I just didn’t want to use it, that’s why it took so long.

Lush Lemony flutter

I bought this cuticle butter on a trip to London earlier this year, I went in to Lush to buy some bath bombs and got this one too. I love anything nail and nail care related and when I saw that it was lemon scented I just had to get it, because I love citrus so so much.

img_4375-1Lush Lemony flutter cuticle butter

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Like it says on the container “a little goes a long way” and it’s so true. I can already tell that it will last for a really long time, and you can’t really see that I have been using it. The product is rather thick and is therefore perfect for dry skin or cuticles.

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Once you apply it to the skin it kind of melts so you don’t really need that much product. It has a lovely lemon-y scent, but I feel that the scent changes once it’s been on the skin for a while, and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

I’ve been using it really much lately since my nails, cuticles and skin around the nails are in such a bad shape after using Seche Vive.

Empties #1

A few of my products just happened to runt out at the same time, so I thought I’d share with you what I think about them. And if I will I purchase them again…

L’Occitane – Shea butter hand cream

I really liked this hand creme! It has a nice subtle smell and it moisturizes your hands without leaving them feeling greasy. This size (30 ml) is perfect for the handbag, or just to try the product like I did. I’m pretty sure I will purchase this hand cream again and I probably would’ve already done it, if I didn’t have so many new hand creams at home already. 🙈

OPI – Nail Envy

I always use one coat of Nail Envy before I use a base coat, and I think that works good for me. It keeps my nails strong and since I practically have two coats of base coat, that protects my nails from staining pretty well too. I had already purchased a new bottle before I ran out of this one.

OPI – Avoplex cuticle oil to go

This one I keep in my handbag and it’s the perfect size and design to use ‘on the go’ as the name applies. Avoplex is my favorite cuticle oil, I don’t know how many bottles I’ve used up by now, so of course I had already purchased a replacement for this one.

Essie – many many mani

This is a (quite) new favorite for me. I love the smell and how easily it sinks in to the skin, you can read more about it here. I even had to cut the tube in two to be able to get it all out! I haven’t found this hand creme anywhere in Sweden yet, so I’ll make sure to buy it next time I’m abroad (which will be in three weeks).

Have you tried any of these products?

 

Holy Grail: Cuticle oil

A very important step in getting beautiful and healthy nails is to use cuticle oil! I know that some may think that a cuticle oil is a bit expensive, but it’s really not because it will last for a very long time. I use mine several times during the day and it lasts for months. Since I’ve started to use cuticle oil regularly I’ve seen a big difference with my nails.

Last spring my nails were short and kept breaking and peeling. I tried a few different nail strengtheners with mixed results. I also started to use cuticle oil much more than before and that made my nails (and cuticles) really happy. You have to be patient though, because it takes time before you see a difference!

My favorite cuticle oil is Avoplex from OPI. I have one bottle at home, one on my desk at work and in my bag I have an Avoplex cuticle oil to go. I like the smell of the oil and how it feels on my cuticles, I doesn’t leave me greasy but it still moisturizes.

OPI Avoplex nail & cuticle replenishing oil

Which is your favorite cuticle oil?

Essie spa manicure

When I was in London in January I found a hand scrub and a hand lotion from Essie spa. I haven’t seen them in Sweden before so I had to buy them.

Essie spa – starter scrub / many many mani

I’ve now used them for some time so I though I’d let you know what I think of them.

This is my first hand scrub (I don’t know why I haven’t bought one earlier) so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I really like this scrub from Essie, it gently exfoliates the skin and leaves your hands soft and smooth. It has a lovely but subtle fresh smell. I will definitely buy a new one when this one is empty (even if I have to go abroad to do so).

The hand lotion has the same lovely but subtle smell as the scrub. I think that this lotion is perfect for those of you who are sensitive to fragrance. It is moisturizing and makes your hands feel silky smooth. This hand lotion absorbs quickly to the skin, so no greasy hands! I.e. perfect to use during the day and at work.

I bought these for £6.99 each and they both contain 75ml.