What’s up nails Fairy powder

I’ve done a few chrome powder manis by now, so for today’s mani I thought I’d combine the powder with nail vinyls. Out of the powders I’ve tried I have to say that the powders from Whats up nails are by far the best, they are super easy to apply and they look amazing!!

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A couple of weeks ago I got some pr samples from Whats up nails, and the Alchemy powder was one of the things I got (along with stamping plates, vinyls and water decals). After trying it I just had to get another chrome powder, so I recently bought the Fairy powder.

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As a mentioned before I decided to use the powder together with vinyls. I had no idea how it would turn out, so I decided to make one accent nail with the vinyl. To be honest it actually turned out better than I thought.

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Here’s how I made this chrome mani using regular polish:

1. Apply a base coat. I used a Ridge filling from Essie to get a smooth surface.

2. Paint your nails with one coat of a black polish, I used Lady in black from OPI.

3. Apply liquid latex around your nails and cuticles to make the cleanup easier.

4. Apply a second coat of the black polish.

5. After letting the second coat dry for approximately 2-3 minutes (just so it’s dry to the touch) I started applying the powder using my finger tip.

6. Gently buff the powder on your nails. The more you buff, the better it looks, so give it some time. Have in mind that a little goes a long way, you don’t need to use much product at all.

7. When you’re happy with the result take a fan brush and gently sweep it over the nails to remove any leftover powder.

8. Time to top coat! I used the Secret top/base coat from Little Ondine which is a water based top coat, because regular top coats will ruin the chrome finish. After letting the top coat dry for about 30 minutes I applied a regular (non quick dry) top coat from OPI over it to make the mani last longer.

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For the accent nail I applied two coats of black polish and then a quick dry top coat (Liquid Macro from Superchic Lacquer). After letting that dry completely (about 20 minutes) I placed the Lizard stencil on the nail and painted a coat of black polish over it. I let the polish dry just so it’s dry to the touch and then applied the Fairy powder over it. What happened was that the powder stuck to the whole nail, and I was just expecting the powder to stick to the tacky polish, not the completely dry polish. I don’t know if it was the top coat that I used that made it stick, but I’m happy that it did, I think it turned out really cool!

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Hope you like this mani! I made a tutorial for this design which you can see on my Instagram by clicking here.

So, what do you think of these chrome powders, yay or nay?

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Whats up nails Alchemy powder

Hi guys, how are you? I haven’t been very active here lately, but I’ve just been so busy with work.

To compensate for my absence I have something really cool to show you today, chrome nail powder! You may have seen these powders all over Instagram last year. When they hit the market we were told that you could only use them with gel polish, otherwise the chrome finish would be ruined. I have used gel polish previously, but I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to it, and I wouldn’t want to risk the health of my nails by trying it again. But recently I learned that the powders work with regular polish too, just as long as you use them with a water based top coat.

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by Lena from Whats up nails, asking if I wanted to try some of their new products (of course I said yes!). One of the things I got was the Alchemy Powder, and obviously I had to try it immediately!

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Isn’t the result just magical!? I could stare at my nails for days!

Here’s how I applied the powder using regular polish:

1. Apply a base coat. I used Ridge filler from Essie to get a smooth surface. I know from experience that any imperfections will show up when you use chrome polishes.

2. Paint your nails with a black polish. Black is what Whats up nails recommend, but other colors will work too, though I think the result won’t be as intense over a lighter polish. I painted my nails with two coats of Lady in black from OPI.

3. Apply a top coat. I used Gel Setter from Essie to get a smooth and glossy finish.

This step is not necessary, you can skip it. I used top coat to get smooth surface but applying one more coat of polish also increases the drying time.

4. To protect the skin around my nails I used Cuticle protectors from Born Pretty Store.

5. After letting the top coat dry for approximately 2-3 minutes (just so it’s dry to the touch) I started applying the powder, and a little goes a long way!! You don’t need much powder at all, so make sure that you don’t use too much.

6. Gently buff the powder on your nails using your finger. The more you buff, the better it looks, so give it some time.

7. When I was happy with the result I took a fan brush and gently swept it over the nails to remove any leftover powder.

8. Time for top coat! This is the step where it all can go wrong, so make sure that you use a water based top coat, otherwise the mirror finish will be ruined. I used Secret top/base coat from Little Ondine.

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The wear time when you use powders with regular polish is not that long, but I don’t mind since I change my nails almost every day anyway. I will continue experimenting with powders and see what combination will work best for me!

What do you think of this duo chrome look? And have you tired any powders?

Colorful tropical flowers

Yesterday was Cath’s (@withnailsandi) birthday, and to celebrate a bunch of us girls decided to recreate one of her manis.  To see all recreations search for #withcakeandi on Instagram.

I hope you’re ready for a lot of pictures of the nails I did, because I just love how they turned out!

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For this design I used Lady in black as the base. I stamped the flowers using White knight and Tropical collection 13 from MoYou London. To fill in the flowers I used the following Color Paints from OPI; Landscape artist, Pen & pink, Magenta muse, Primarily yellow, Chromatic orange and Purple perspective.

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And here are some pictures of them in matte.

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And here’s how they looked before I filled in the flowers with the Color Paints. Love them in color but I have to say that I’m digging this monochrome look too.

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Which version of this design do you prefer; glossy, matte or monochrome?

Happy birthday Fernanda

Today is not just any day, it’s Fernanda’s (@themermaidpolish) birthday! To celebrate me and some other talented girls made a collage for Fernanda where we recreated manis that she’s made.

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I chose to recreate this bright geometric mani that she made with polishes from Cirque Colors 2016 Vice collection.

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And here is how my mani turned out! I used Rehab, High Roller and Nolita Lolita from Cirque Colors (Fernanda used Sin City but I don’t have that shade so I used Nolita Lolita instead). To create the accent nail I used stamping plate BP-77 from Born Pretty and Lady in Black from OPI. I used the reverse stamping technique again, and it’s so easy and fun!

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Happy birthday Fernanda, I hope you have a lovely day with lots of presents and polish! 😘❤️🎁💅🏻

KENZO X H&M nail art

Nail art inspiration can come from anywhere! There nails are inspired by H&M latest designer collaboration with KENZO.

I have the H&M app in my Iphone and about a week ago it was updated and got a whole new look, and I though wow that would some make great nail art.

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I googled for a bigger picture and found this one, then I went through my nail polish stash to pick out polishes that would match. I used My dogsled is a hybrid, I’m sooo swamped!, Sorry I’m fizzy today, Shorts story and Lady in black, all from OPI.

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Harry Potter nails

When I was in London we visited the making of Harry Potter studio tour. I have been wanting to go there for such a long time and finally I got to! Of course I had to make some Harry Potter nails and I have to say that they were a success. I got many comments on them which was really fun.

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With my 9¾ nails at 9¾, couldn’t get much better right? And you can also see my thumb in this shot, win!

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Here I am at platform 9¾ on my way to the Hogwarts express. Bye bye muggles!

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Any Harry Potter fan can probably figure out what was my inspiration for these nails. From left: Harry’s lightning bolt scar, the golden snitch, platform 9¾, HP logo and the Deathly Hallows symbol.

The white base is Alpine snow and the black details are made with Lady in Black. The golden polish is My favorite ornament and they’re all OPI’s.

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As a bonus I’m throwing in these cute Harry Potter nails I made earlier this year.

Black & White

Every week OPI Sweden has a new theme for #veckansopi and this week’s theme is black and white.

I created my manicure using Alpine snow, Lady in black, marbled zig zag stencils from Whatsupnails and a dotting tool. They were really easy to make, all you need is a little bit of time for the polish to dry before putting on the stencil. I really like how they turned out!

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Black and white does not mean boring nails (even though I prefer a little color on my nails), do you agree with me?