Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WitchCraft Nails: Halloween sorrow

I love Halloween so much! And the fact it is acceptable to be scary only in this time of the year makes me sad sometimes ... so when I got this stamping plate with the weeping angel I wanted to make a manicure that revolves around it. 

Since sad angels are mostly featured in cemeteries I wanted to make a classic graveyard look, with a bit of red color splashed in. 


I also wanted to use my Layla color changing nail polish. So I doubled down on it when I painted the angel. So he will stay dark most of the time. When I created a back layer featuring the woods and a castle I also used the same polish. So they appear and disappear depending on the temperature of the nails. The rest are all normal polishes and stamping polishes. So the designs look different depending on your nail temperature.

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For this manicure I used S-he stylezone no. 333 as base. The rest are all stamping polishes from BPS named Red, White and Black. I also used Layla Black to Grey twice in the stamps. The stamping plates I used are MoYou London Gothic 5 and 1, BPL-031, BM-S304, BM-S205, BM-316, HD01, HD03 and HD04.


For more Halloween looks and competitions don't forget to visit Glam - express. 


Stay magical ...
xoxo
gin

TUTORIAL: Foxy nails

I wanted to create some cute animal themed nails for a while now. But I could not figure out what animal fits the Fall color scheme ... somehow a fox came to mind. The orange fur they have, reminds me of this time of the year. Therefore I created this cute but also low key glam look.


The most important thing you will need here are nail polishes that have round and wide brushes. For this manicure I used a lot of glittery and shimmery nail polishes since I wanted the perfect mix of classy and cute. 
The base nail polishes are Zoya Levi, Catrice Attracting camuflage and Noble nude. I also used some of them for the dot details. For the fox details I used Essence Wild white ways and Catrice Oh my goldness, they both come with thick round brushes that make the nail art easier. I also used Yes love Black and a random hair pin to make the dot details. 


Step 1: Apply base nail polish. I used a few different ones.
Step 2: Make a little half circle on the accent nail. Make sure to use a color that fits a fox fur. To make this circle with the brush of your nail polish. Just as if you would apply it on your nail.
Step 3: Make tiny triangles on top of the fox head. I also created some dots on the outer nails. I made them using a simple hair pin. I was careful with the application to make them in 2 sizes.
Step 4: Make 2 brush strokes with white polish. That was all I did since I had polishes with very round brushes. Add some smaller dots on top of the dots you already have.
Step 5: Make a thin line in the middle of the white spots.
Step 6: Apply 3 simple black dots to give the fox some eyes and a nose. I also made 2 more dots on each of the outside nails.


This look is suitable for any nail shape. An almond shape would suit the shape of the fox face. And if you wear a square shape than just create the fox on the other side of the nail.


How do you like this look? Does it look fancy and adorable all at the same time? I think it is a simple way to wear an accent nail. And even a newcomer to nail art you can create this look on both your hands.


For more looks visit Glam - Express.

Xoxo
Gin

Saturday, October 14, 2017

BPS Review: BP - 146 Skull Stamping plate

BornPretty Store is killing it with their Stamping plates game! And their stamping polishes are a dream, I can't remember when was it the last time I bought any stamping supplies from any other store. So when I got this skull themed plate I got so excited, and just in time for Halloween. 


The BP-146 Skull flower stamping plate is round with the diameter approx. 5,5 cm. It features 4 big patterns and 4 small ones. They are quite big, as you can see I used about half of the 2 patterns I used since I have quite small nails. 
The etchings are deep enough so they are easy to pick up. I had no problem with using them. I used a BornPretty Store stamping polish and a normal polish. They both worked well, but I must say I also used a BornPretty Store clear stamper. 


For the price of 1.29$ this plate is a steal and every goth nail artist dream. For my look I used the bottom big picture with colored in skulls, and then did my best to layer the black outlines of the skulls from the top design. So they look a bit like they were just colored in, very sloppy with some white paint. I love how this look turned out! <3 


For this base I used a mix of Essence Do you speak love, Groupie at heart and Sinful colors We're all matte here. The base stamps are made with Essence Wild white ways and BPS Black stamping polish. 



I adore the new BPS stamping plates and they are just as good as any others I got from them. So head on over to their store and don't forget to use the 10% OFF coupon RJL91 :)

xoxo
gin

Saturday, October 7, 2017

WitchCraft nails: Edgar Allan Poe

It is Halloween season! So let start it with a classic! :)

I understand that books aren't cool and even less poetry - I just don't get the kids this days! Is there anything better than curling up into your favorite blanket with a good book and ignore the world? And since this collection of nail art is called WitchCraft nails with slight gothic undertone I just had to make some nail art dedicated to the Big pimp daddy mac of melancholy vibes - Edgar Allan Poe.


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I wanted to make it look sad but also a bit gory since a lot of his stories are a bit on the bloody side. But since my favorite work by him is the Raven I need to make an homage to that work. I am so lucky that Bundle monster created a plate dedicated to him :) 


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For this manicure I didn't even use that many different items. Essence Caught in the middle as base. BPS Red and White stamping polishes, also BM-S241 stamping plate. 


And if you have the time check out this trailer to the movie The Raven, it was widely overlooked by my opinion. It is the story of Edgar Allan Poe but with the twist, he needs to solve the murders happening around him that were inspired by his works. 

Stay magical ...
xoxo
gin

Friday, September 22, 2017

NOTD: Back to School (Hogwarts)

Everyone is posting their back to school NOTD. Well I am not going back to school anytime soon, unless it is Hogwarts. So I decided to create some HP inspired nails, something a freshmen would wear before she would be faced with a sorting hat :) 



I decided to showcase all the houses of Hogwarts (with their colors) and a big H emblem just to make sure it looks nerdy enough. And I just realized that the colors somehow match most of the Back to School manicures I saw. I guess primary colors and school just fit. 


My favorite part of all the movies / books <3 


For this manicure I used a lot of nail polishes, but all the details are made with stamping plates since I think that is the best way to keep all the lines geometric. 
I used OPI My twin mimmy, Coca cola red, Catrice It's all I can blue, Essence Rollare coaster, Models own Gold million, Barry M Silver foil, Star gazer no. 234, Essence Stelling the scene. The plates I used are hehe025, hehe 026, BM-423 and BM-20. 


For more beauty looks from bloggers all over the world visit Glam - express. 

xoxox
gin

Thursday, September 21, 2017

BPS Review: Sailor Moon Water decals

OMG shut up! SAILOR MOON WATER DECALS! I am done! When BornPretty Store started selling there I lost my mind! You all know I am the biggest Sailor moon fan - so I just had to get my talons on these! And once more BornPretty Store did not disappoint! 


They come in a set of 3 designs, and somehow I ended up with a Sherlock extra. Since I am not a fan of that show I will stick to my Sailor moon. The size of a sheet is 8 x 6,5 cm and feature at least 20 designs per sheet, thou the designs tend to repeat themselves in different sizes. And they come at the low cost of 0.99$ which makes them super affordable no matter your beauty budget. 


The best way to use such colorful water decals is to put them over a white base so you can make sure they shine as they were intended. And that is what I did. I just wanted to use the pretty heart compact icons, some small stars to fill in the gaps and a classic sailor moon image. I adore these water decals, since I know I could never achieve such clear images if I would attempt to free hand draw any of it. 


Here you can see all the images I used. I choose the ones with the most Sailor moon transformation gear, since the 3rd decal featured mostly Usagi making funny faces, and those I will for sure use another day. 



Like the rest of any other water decals by BornPretty store these here are flawless. Easy to apply and simple to use. All you need is some water a bit of patience when it comes to setting them on your nails. Dry them off and apply some top coat. If any of the decal is sticking over the nail just dissolve it with acetone when you clean up your nail edges like you would with any other nail art.  


I adore the new BPS water decals and they are just as good as any others I got from them. So head on over to their store and don't forget to use the 10% OFF coupon RJL91 :)

xoxo
gin


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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

NOTD: Fall roses

Waaaa most of the flowers are gone by the end of the Summer. I don't like flowers, but I do grow roses with a passion, they are one of the few flowers I can stomach.
So I wanted to pour all my melancholy over the end of rose season on these nails, full of Fall colors. I like how they turned out - but I still feel like there is something missing - maybe leave your answer in the comments? :)


The base polishes are all such that they feature shimmer or glitters, which means they look very cool when they move. And at the same time they are so hard to take photos off - infuriating. But feel free to drool over the Fantasy fire based accent nail, that looks like pure magic.


For this manicure I used MaxFactor Fantasy fire, Essence Irraplaceble, Catrice Khaki perry and In the armee glow as the base polishes. The stamps are made with a portion of the MoYou London Gothic 7 plate and BPS Black stamping nail polish and Barry M Gold foil on the accent nail. 


Don't skip on visiting Glam - express that is a great source for all types of beauty posts. 

xoxo
gin
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