Friday, June 24, 2016

40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Coral/White + Fishbraid

I was in no mood to free hand draw the stripes required for a traditional fish braid manicure. I decided to create the same pattern but with the negative space in the more neutral of the colors - white. The rest is a mixed gradient made with a bunch of coral colors that decided to look super orange come camera time ;(


I don't care that the corals decided to be super orange because I LOVE this look <3 


For this manicure I used Sinful colors Wisp as base. Over it I applied some striping tape. Then I created the mixed gradients with Essence Off to Miami!, Morgan Taylor Don't worry, be brilliant, China glaze More to explore and Home sweet house music




Thou it is a completely abstract I still think this are very cool looking Summer nails :)

xoxo
gin

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lady Queen review: JQ-L19 stamping plate

Today I have for you the last of the Lady queen reviews. They have one of the biggest collections of stamping plates online. Visit their page and I bet you can find just about any pattern your heart desires.


Here you can see the plate that boasts 14 big and 7 small patterns. They come in the same sizes as the plates I posted about HERE.


The plate is made with material that is not like the usual round plates. The images seem a bit shallow but that does not create problems. The etchings are clear and sharp which reflects on the finished nail art.


For this manicure I used the same pattern twice. And I layered one over the other which doesn't mean the patterns get lost. The images help enhance each other and give depth to the nail art. 


As base I used Essence Dare to kiss. The stamps are both from plate JQ-L19. The nail polishes I used for stamping are Essie Chinchilly and Mundo de Unas Lavender. I added some 3D nail studs and decorations that you can also order in Lady queen mall.



I hope this review helped. And if you are on the look out for some new and unique patterns on your Stamping plates visit Lady Queen right away, since the plate I showed here comes in a collection full of amazing plates.

And while you are there don't forget to use the 15% OFF code DVLC15 when you are checking out!

xoxo
gin





*the item was sent to me for my honest review*

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Smile Concept Store - Unicorn cup review

Quite a while back I had the opportunity to visit the Smile concept store in middle of Ljubljana. Not only that, I was also able to choose any item from their store to review. I choose this adorable Unicorn cup, since I love having cute things like this around. Also I love the happy and positive message :)


Here you can see the Smile concept store in Ljubljana, the address is Mestni Trg 6. Meaning it is in the center of the city flanked by a few other amazing stores. They have a lot of fun things - so it is not only a great place to shop if you live in Ljubljana, but if you are visiting my lovely home town it is a great store to pick up some souvenirs, since they offer a lot of items made in Slovenia.


Here you can see my cup and some other still in the store. As you can see their products are mostly meant to be funny and whimsical, which makes their inventory perfect if you are looking for party favours or fun gifts. Also they offer a lot of items that are meant as home decoration, personal accessories or kids toys. 


I love my new kawaii Unicorn cup soooooooooooooo much <3 I used it for my coffee and tea for a couple of days. I was quite happy to see that it didn't stain on the inside, and the print didn't come off in the washing machine at all. Also it is microwave friendly, a big plus in my book! But I decided to rather use it as my swatch stick holder. I keep it close to my nail art work station so it motivates me all the time. 


As stated the store carries a lot of handmade Slovenian products. Here is a quick picture of the items that cough my eye in the store. 


The items they sell change a bit with each season, but the mayor theme is always the same. They are supposed to bring happiness to the costumers :)


I have my eye on the unicorn in the back of this picture as well. I mean how cute is it? <3


Not only does Smile concept have a very cool and hip store in the center of Ljubljana, but they also have a great ONLINE STORE that you just have to check out! I created a small wish list to show you some of the items I think are the best on their online store, and you can see where all my money will go ;)

You can get all these items on online - and now you can see first hand the mixed array of items they offer. I need to get a planner that matches my mug, and some temporary tattoos for theSsummer season. Also the nautical themed trays look so vintage, I can just imagine serving some fancy sea food on them <3





Don't forget to check out their other social media pages, where you can see a bunch of inspirational pictures and maybe even catch a neat discount :)
FACEBOOK
INSTAGRAM

xoxo
gin

Monday, June 20, 2016

Afrodita cream shower gels review

I got the Raspberry Shower gel by Afrodita to review a while back and you can see the review HERE. I got hooked and decided I want to try out more of the scents from the collection. I picked up the Vanilla and Orange cream shower gels and you can see the reviews below. Both the the products boast the ability to soften skin. I do agree to that, but most of all the scents are strong enough to stay with you a couple of hours which is great! I love walking around smelling like candy :)



My favourite of the duo is Vanilla cream. It smells so delicious I had to fight the urge not to eat it. It smells like the must luxurious bourbon vanilla ice cream. It is enriched with cocoa particles that help create a magical experience under the shower. They dissolve and wash away so they are not bothersome as some peeling shower gels seem to be. The product is paraben, paraffin and silicone FREE, important info if you have sensitive skin.


Second of the pair is Orange cream shower gel. It has the same chemical properties as the 1st one. And it also includes cocoa particles. But I don't quite like the smell of it as much as the Vanilla gel. The smell is clearly orange inspired, but it has that weird bitter undertone that is present in most artifical orange smells. So I think I will give this one to someone since this smell is not my cup of tea.


This is an amazing product and I can't wait to get my hands on more of the shower gels since they just launched a new line a while back! Afrodita cosmetics outdid themselves here!

If you want to follow them feel free to click on any of the links below:
Afrodita Cosmetics Web page
Afrodita FB
Afrodita IG

xoxo
gin

Saturday, June 18, 2016

NOTD: Occult gypsy

More and more I am seeing these occult symbols pop up everywhere. Especially in time of Summer festivals when I am browsing IG for inspiration. I keep seeing things like this all over fashion blogs and life style posts. And this was the idea behind these nails and I fell in love with them - I wore them for a couple of days which is a century in my nail time. 


Thou most these patterns are on a colorful background I decided to go a bit more dark and goth route. Since I am of the opinion that occult, magical and gypsy symbols shine best over a dark background. And a matte top coat - OMG I am crazy in love with matte nails recently - I just can't keep away from it. 


I choose a bunch of esoteric patterns that don't represent any set religion, that is why they fit the nomadic - gypsy spirit everyone seems to be channeled in Summer time. Therefore you can see some astrology, hand of Fatima, a pentacle and an eye of Providence symbols. 


For this manicure I used Essence Black to the roots as base. The white stamps are made with Essence Stamp me! white polish and MoYou London Explorer 21, Gothic 12 and Y020 plates. The gold accent nail is made with Models own Chrome gold & Mundo de Unas Teal polishes, the plates I used were BPS05. And and extra dark star stud I created myself.


I hope you enjoyed this slightly gloomy Summer nail art look. And if you are looking for a make up tutorial that will match these nails, feel free to visit the amazing page Glam express.

xoxo
gin

Friday, June 17, 2016

40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Summer

I know sugar skulls are more of a Fall theme but I live my life with skulls 365 days a year. And this year I finally bought myself a new pair of skull bikinis and their inspired me for this Summer manicure. I even used neon colors that are always a big trend during Summer.


 You can see my new swimwear in the background and I think the manicure matches perfectly. 


My China glaze Point me to the party bleed pink, meaning the base polish that the pretty glitter swims in is a light jelly pink. But making the 'jelly stampwich' type of nail art is finally a way to use it in a fun way :)



For this manicure I used Wet n Wild Darkest hour as base. Over it I added China glaze Point me to the party. Then I created the cute sugar skull decals using MoYou London Explorer 8 plate and Essence stamp me black. I colored them with Sinful colors Wisp. Then I added another layer of China glaze Point me to the party

xoxo
gin

Thursday, June 16, 2016

AVON nail art challenge

Avon Slovenija created a fun nail art challenge with an amazing reward. I entered it with the manicure you can see below - OFC I didn't win but I still wanted to share it with you all. 

Avon is a brand that is known for their easy availability, tradition and constant pursuit of excellence when it comes to their products. I used Avon Mambo melon as the headliner for this manicure. I just adore this one! It is an almost neon red filled with micro silver shimmer and glitter. A perfect shade for the Summer. The opacity is phenomenal - only 2 coats and the drying time was quite short as promised on the bottle. :)


To create this manicure I used as stated Avon Mambo melon and Essence Hello Sunshine as the colorful base. The stamps are made with Essence stamp me! black and MoYou London Mandala 4


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xoxo
gin
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