2009-08-31

More fire / Lisää tulta

I remembered doing a fire design with kind of marbling technique for practise during the summer. So I dug it up from my old files. These flames are much more fierce than ones I'm wearing now. Painting on black base would make it really cool. Please, click to view larger.

First I painted the nail with bright yellow and then straight away added an orange blot on the other end of the nail. Then I just dragged the orange with a thin dotter (toothpick will do the work too) curving it along the way. The sparks are with same gold glitter I'm wearing in my current flame nails.



Kesän aikana tein harjoituksena myös toisenlaiset tulikynnet, joista onneksi kuvakin löytyi. Näissä liekit ovat aika tavalla uljaammat. Mustalla taustalla voisi olla melkoisen cool.

Maalasin ensin kynnen kirkkaan keltaiseksi ja lisäsin kostean kerroksen päälle toiseen päähän kynttä ison tipan oranssia. Sitten vedin ohuella dotting toolilla (mutta hammastikku käy aivan yhtä hyvin) mutkittelevia vetoja ylös märkää lakkakerrosta. Kipinät ovat samaa kultaista glitteriä kuin tämänhetkisissä liekki-kynsissä.

Wild and Crazy - Twilight


Here's the yellow I used for my bright flames design. It's called "Twilight - W217" by Wild and Crazy. Free from toluene, formaldehyde and D&P.

I'm not used to wearing yellow nail polish let alone as a base color. For flames design I thought it would be ok. It was my first time using this particular polish... oh boy it's beautiful! It might not be in my top 10 shades but it makes the nails look so shiny and bright and yet looking light and not overpainted. After using mostly pinks for the summer it really makes a difference to see nails so... juicy :D

In these pics I'm wearing just one coat of this Twilight (wonder why it's called twilight, I don't quite see that...). No top coat, just a simple base coat I always use.

I'll edit this post later when I get to see how long the polish lasts on my nails. I'm wearing the flames design but no additional top coat for this week.

EDIT: The polish stayed flawless for 6 days I was wearing it! The flames started to crack 'though but for that I blame only the nail art pens which seem to need the top coat. However the flames stayed flawless for over 4 days too and cracking only brought more character ;)

2009-08-30

In flames / Liekki-leikkiä



We celebrated the end of a summer - and beginning of fall - this weekend. Here on westcoast the party theme is fire and water so I was inspired to do nails with flames.

The surface is really smooth, shiny and bright on this polish. It reflects light amazingly and I'm not wearing any top coat for additional shine. Click larger to look closer.





Here's my quick and easy tutorial on them:



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Tämä viikonloppu oli tulen ja veden juhlaa, joten päätin tunnelmoida syksyn tuloa paitsi kynttilöin, myös kynsikoristeluin. Tässä nopsakka tutoriaali kirkkaisiin liekki-kynsiin.

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2009-08-28

Featured artist / Guru -esittely pt 2

I'll stick to my new tradition and welcome you to the second "Featured artist" article. I think it's only fair to introduce my influencial gurus in the order of their appearance in my (YT) subscription list :) So today I'll honor Tartofraises1 She also has visually alluring blog at; http://nail-art.over-blog.fr/

I'm sure by now if you clicked the link to her blog you are very aware of her enchanting nail looks. So here's a video featuring her beautiful nails and her nail care routines:



Tänään tuon framille Tartofraises1:n, jonka YouTube kanavan linkki ja blogi-linkki tuossa yllä tekstissä. Hänen blogissaan on satumainen kuvitus ja hän omaa luonnostaan vahvat, upeat kynnet. Yllä video tämän ranskattaren kynsienhoitorutiinista.

2009-08-27

Color charts / kynsilakkasävyt


For the longest time I've been planning on putting my nail colors into charts. The final kick for me making it now was Olmi's post on her lovely blog. I've done it with my eye makeup before and it was fun. So why not for the nail wear you ask? Well, opening and closing all the bottles and tubes unleashes some nasty fumes...

Nevertheless it was a great way to categorize polishes and detect some flaws. Some polishes are darker when applied, some are very sheer though they look so nice in their bottles. This time I marked all the seemingly darker polishes with "D" and similar shades with numbering them (1,2,3..). I also marked the bright neons with "N" which is quite useful for those nail art pens 'cos through the plastic they all look very víbrant. Finally I marked all the bottles with damaged brushes with "x". I could always use my other nail brushes for those, no need to toss away good stuff. When there was a polish I thought would appear to be red and in reality it applied orange, I made an "O" on the side of it. And so on. FYI I did the swatches on real painting paper so it dried naturally and didn't wrinkle the paper.

Now I'm really excited about making a nail look using mainly a variety of pinks - from light to very bluish pinks. Maybe some glitter to go with it <3 I wish I could photograph the charts but the white paper reflects the light too bright. I might scan them later if I can. The charts really show the differece between all the pinks and violets and all the whites and seemingly whites. Especially the glitters could be compared very well! I found out that glittery two-way striper pen bought from Head2Toe was no match for the cheaper ones bought from eBay. I'll do a review on my two-way nail art pens later on to show the differences in terms of glitter, width and quality of the stripers and clogging of the pen.


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Maalasin kynsilakkani taulukkoon tarkasteltavaksi ihan vihdoin. Innostuksen kipinän sain Pienestä Kynsiblogista . Mukavaa hommaa muuten, mutta ne pulloista pääsevät höyryt...

Kartoitin paitsi sävyjä, myös virheitä pulloissa. Jotkut lakat näyttävät kynsillä tummemmilta kuin pullossa ja jotkut päinvastoin. Jotkut ovat kuin jatko-osia toiselle sävylle, joten ne numeroin (1,2,3). Etenkin nail art -kynissä, joissa ei ole sävynumeroa eikä nimeä, on kätevää kirjata itse lisämerkintöjä tussilla. Muovimateriaalin lävitse kaikki sävyt näyttävät niin eläväisiltä, että todellisiin neon-väreihin merkitsin "N". Ostaessani ison kasan nail art kyniä oli muutamassa pullossa myös vääntyneet harjakset, joihin merkitsin "X". Tiedän sitten niitä varten ottaa esiin erillisen siveltimen. Nämä värikartat tein vesiväripaperille, joten paperi ei imenyt väriä hurjasti sisäänsä eikä rypistynyt maalikerroksista.

Valitettavasti vain kirkkaan, puhtaan valkoisen paperin kuvaaminen oli liian haastavaa, joten kuvani kartasta on puolivarjoinen. Kartoista käy kyllä hienosti esiin eri valkoisten erot kuin myös pinkkien erilaiset vivahteet. Erityisesti laatuerot glittereiden välillä ponnahtivat esiin!

Teen myöhemmin tuotearvion omistamistani nail art lakoista, sillä niissä on paljon eroa mm. glitterin, siveltimen koon ja laadun, sekä kynäpään tukkeutumisen suhteen.

2009-08-24

Dot, dot, dot - like my favorite top / lempipaitani



How long did it take for me to grab my nail art tool kit? I know! I just couldn't resist the temptation to match the nails with something I'd wear ('cos obviously they didn't match the jeans LOL). I made it in a hurry so they are quite random. Here it is, "My favorite jeans" dotted with OPI's "Japanese Rose Garden". Like the dots from my favorite top ^ above.

In direct sunlight above ^ against a rock

In the shade above ^ against a rock

Indoors the dots really pop more as the shimmer doesn't get too much attention. It looks sweet. I'd really want to do these pink dots with shimmery mermaid green.

I was never keen on wearing dots on clothes nor on my nails before this year. In 2009 I've changed my mind on lots of things, from dots to buying many many nail polishes.

I've been polishing for ... well, since my teenage years, let's leave the numbers blank ;) Mainly french tips with some twists now and then, with various color combos and glitter. I used to have around 10 polishes at the beginning of the year. I just mixed them when I needed + used acrylic paints for decoration. Then I really got into it and got requests to do friends and family member's nails. Main colors weren't enough, there had to be a range of shades and the opportunity to repeat the exact look. Now there are too many bottles to count on my cosmetics drawer (including over 100 nail art pens/stripers).

At the moment I find them really cute - dots and the collection of polishes, AND the friends asking me to polish their nails ;)

2009-08-23

Wearing "my favorite jeans" / uutta kynsisälää

For the nails some coppery and gold polish for the autumn and let's never forget PINK.. then must have magical "My favorite jeans", and then fierce fire red and a gorgeous green


I tried "My favorite jeans" by H&M on with one coat. As it happens it's far from casual look I would call my jeans! The photos are taken indoors (bad lighting) just to make a point. I'm not sure what to call this color but certainly no jeans of mine are a match for this! Not grey, not blue, not green ... but all of them...

It's been ages since I've had dark polish on my nails let alone just one color. Let's see how long I'll wear this before striping or stamping something on. I like it though, very much.



EDITED TO ADD:

I wore this polish (with pink dots) through the whole week with NO top coat and NO chipping. Not real noticeable wearing off on tips either. I'm a bit amazed and eager to test other H&M nail polishes soon!

2009-08-22

Shop until you drop / Sateenvarjon tuunaus


Rain is beautiful and fun. Well it should be fun. One just has to be prepared for it so it won't ruin the style, oh yeah...

I got soaked the other day when I left the house for shopping. The sun was high up and smiling as I stepped out the door. I took my coat with me just in case it got colder. I bought what I had to (and some nail stuff, I'll show them in my next post!) and felt very content for not buying more than I planned . When I was ready to head back home the dark clouds had gathered to unleash their load of chilly drops. I had to stop by to another store to pick an umbrella AND another pair of pants. Dry warm pants, brrrrr, and go put them on before riding my bike back home.

So I bought this simple, black umbrella since I had a perfectly fine umbrella waiting for me at home. As to this new one, I couldn't just toss it away after I got home. But it was so gloomy looking it would certainly predict a bad weather if I'd carry it around with me! Pimp my umbrella!!!

















Painted some drops and
lined the brim as
"every cloud has a silver lining" :)

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Tulip's Fabric paints:
Metallic black + white + blue
= beautiful silver

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The paints need no heat or anything to fix them. Just paint and let dry.

And here's my bold new shield against the rain:


Kun kynnet loppuvat, aina voi maalata jotain muuta... ;) Tavallinen tossukka sateenvarjo, joka toimi hätävarjeluna shoppailureissun vesittyessä, sai uuden kuosin.

Olisi ihanaa olla iloinen optimisti ja jättää sontikka kotiin lähtiessään, mutta Suomen syksyjen todellisuus on kostea. Niinpä varjo saa vakikodin pyörän tarakalta. Kivan varjon voi huoletta jättää pyörän perälle mennessään kauppaan, koska mahdollinen menetys kirpaisee vain pari euroa. Sittenpä pääsisi tuunailemaan uuden varjon, kjäh kjäh :P

2009-08-21

Featured artist / Guru -esittely pt 1

For me there are many nail art gurus on the net. I want to share my enthusiasm on the great tutorials so I plan on featuring them once a week. As my first featured guru would say: IT'S FRIDAY!!!! YAY!!!! NAIL ART TIME!

So anyone who is a least bit into YouTube nail tutorials knows the lady I'm talking about. I mentioned her already as inspiring the leopard nails I did a while ago. LOVE4NAILS makes the most clearly put tutorials with bright colors and determination to show us all that even the most complex designs are simple underneath that shine and glam.

She's got tutorials on bridal designs, animal inspired nails, marbling and applying nail decorations. All that and more and she keeps on making them for each Friday. She also has tips on basic nail care and on how to get nails stronger and longer. This is a simple yet gorgeous example of her talent:



Netissä on tarjolla paljon kynsitaiteeseen erikoistuneita guruja. YouTube on oikea onnela selkeiden neuvojen saamiseksi. Kielitaitoa ei välttämättä tarvita kuin aiheiden hakuun, sillä yksinkertaisempikin sanavalinta kyllä hakukenttään kelpaa ja heittää kelpo tuloksia. Esimerkiksi hääkynsiä hakevan kannattaa naputella "Bridal nails", marmorointi löytyy haulla "marble" tai "marbling" ja siihen yhteyteen "nail". Videon vaiheet kertovat kyllä lopun.

Eräs suosikeistani YouTubessa on jo aiemmin mainittu LOVE4NAILS, jonka selkeät ja vaiherikkaat videot opastavat - kirjaimellisesti kädestä pitäen - jokaisen upean lookin saloihin. Kaiken säihkeen ja kiillon alta löytyy aina asteittaiset siveltimen vedot. Yllä esimerkkinä hänen taidoistaan yksi hänen suosituimmista videoistaan, aiheena sudenkorennot.

2009-08-20

Lace up nails / Nyörit kynsiin


The day was dark and the daylight didn't do justice to my hologram-konaded nails This seemed like a perfect opportunity to try laces on my tips. As a first timer in this look I took the safe route: painted sheer pearly white on the hologram polish on the middle of the tip. The contrast is very subtle. Then with glitter polish made the "holes". And with pink nail art polish tied the laces.

The result is somewhat romantic as opposed to many sexy corset inspired nails I've seen. I like it :)


Pitkän aikaa olen halunnut kokeilla nyörejä kynsiin ja nyt pilvisen päivän verran hologrammi-konad yhdistelmää katseltuani päädyin testailemaan. Otin varman päälle ja valitsin vain hiukan taustasta eli hologrammilakasta poikkeavan sävyn: Heleää helmiäisvalkoista kynnen keskelle, sitten hopeisella glitterillä "reiät". Vaaleanpunaisella sivellinlakalla itse nyörit.

Lopputulos on jollain tapaa romanttinen, kun vertaa korsetti-tyyppisiä kynsiä joita usein näkee. Tykkään :)

2009-08-19

Messing with Konad


Not neat-and-easy push-and-go this stamping thing. Takes time to get the hang of it. The good part is you can wipe off the mistakes and start over, but the bad part for me is to get the stamp straight. How can it be so hard, I don't know. I'll do better free hand than with that stamper when it comes to straight lines.

It's worth the struggle though if you want an elegant, neat pattern. The delicate lines you'll get with Konad are far from harsh lines drawn with nail art polishes and thinnest brushes.

I've used Konad special polish and some regular thick polishes for my konading before. Black still gives me creeps, as removing black from any surface be it nail or scraper does stain fingers pretty good... And the results do not qualify for this blog :D


This was my first time with Konad's Princess collection stamping polish and plate M16. I really liked the consistency in this polish. Not thick and clumpy but very light and didn't make as much mess when scraping. Being in a hurry I didn't have the patience to line up the stamper in every finger. So I just stamped away in 2-3 angles to get to see how it works.

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Plate: Konad M16
Stamping polish: Konad Princess Collection "Silver"
Base: Pink - Mavala "Miami"
French tip: Hologram polish - Color Club "Worth the risque"

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Suomeksi: Konad-leimailua, jossa olen vielä pahasti harjoitteluvaiheessa. Tämä Princess-lakka on paljon miellyttävämpää käyttää kuin paksu Special Polish jota yleensä olen käyttänyt. Ei sotki leimaillessa eikä välineitä putsatessa sormia niin pahasti kuin paksu, musta lakka.

Jälki on hienovaraisempaa kuin ohutkärkisimmällä sivellinlakalla tai erikoissiveltimellä, joten kyllä tälle tekniikalle on paikkansa kynsitaiteilussa. Vaikka vapaalla kädellä saan kyllä suoremmat tulokset kuin tällä kömpelöllä leimasimella. Harjoitustahan se vain ottaa.

Leimauksen saa pyyhittyä kevyesti pois, jos tuoreeltaan tahtoo. Kiireessä kun tein, niin paikkailin vinot leimani toistamalla niitä 2-3 eri kulmassa jokaiseen kynteen. Sain vähän käsitystä siitä, miltä tämä näyttää. Pääosan saa kuitenkin vetää kynsilakkojeni kuningatar Color Clubin "Worth the risque"

2009-08-18

Glitter on top didn't make it pop

Anxious to try out my new Konads I decided to revive the minty manicure with Konad silver glitter top coat. In camera it looks more like sand grains but in real lighting it's nice - not very bling but nice

The feeling after it dried was a surprise: obviously not smooth since it's glitter, but the texture was like in matte plastic. I'm not really liking it. It made my nails feel thinner and lighter somehow.

It's about a time for a new manicure, so the stamping awaits :)























Haluni testailla Konadeja yltyi niin kovaksi, että elvytin mintturaitojani vielä Konadin päällyslakalla. Glitter näyttää kuvassa enemmän hiekanjyviltä, mutta tosiasiassa on ihan kiva vaikkei niin välkehtivä kuin odotin.

Pinta tuntui kuivuttuaan oudolta. Ei tietenkään ole sileä koska tämä on glitter-lakka, mutta sellainen kalsean mattamuovin tuntu silittäessä. En diggaa. Jotenkin kynnet tuntuvat ohuemmilta ja kevyemmiltä.

Alkaa olla jo uuden manikyyrin paikka, pitkästä aikaa leimaamaan :)

2009-08-17

Leopard nails in pink and silver

(Click the pics to view larger)



In YouTube there are great nail art gurus with easy to follow tutorials. Earlier this summer I took on a design I thought would be too hard for me for sure. But it was sooo darn beautiful I had to try it. And it wasn't as complex as it looks. The design is by LOVE4NAILS but I did it with my personal favorite colors. Check her channel out at: http://www.youtube.com/user/LOVE4NAILS



Here's my new slideshow where you can really see the bling!
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Tässä diaesitys versiostani LOVE4NAILS'n leopardikynsimallista:

2009-08-15

Some nail looks / ruutuja kynsiin

I have some looks from the summer I want to share with you.

This first look was done the time I had only one nail art polish - the silver glitter by Kiss. This is how I did it:

















1. Base coat
2. Painted the nails pink
3. With sheer pearly white made a french tip
- so it looks like it's a tad lighter and reflects light nicely
4. Took an eye make up brush and shamelessly dipped it into the pearly white polish. With light strokes made stripes go up-right, then up-left.
5. Lastly made a stoke with silver glitter to define the tip




Here is the look I'm wearing on the current banner. Easy to accomplish with white base, blue dots made with a dotting tool or even a ballpoint pen, then striped with pink.







The secret to the white base is thick, opaque, plain white for 1 coat, then follow with 1 coat of shimmery white. The white looks amazing in the natural light, like real snow.

Here is one super-closeup (click larger) and the source of inspiration:

2009-08-13

Sweet treats are made of these

I feel like it was Christmas! Lot's of packages coming from mail. And chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Thanks to a special someone I now have constant test on my desk: to eat or not to eat... mmm.... But it will take more to push me off the trail. Pay special attention to the "cigarrette"box in the middle LOL

















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Here comes the real treat package I received from OC Nail Art, KONADs (suomalaisille tiedoksi: viikossa Jenkeistä Suomeen ja koodilla saa ILMAISEN toimituksen!) :



1 Princess Special top coat (silver glitter)
1 Princess Special stamping polish (metallic silver)
1 Princess Special stamping polish (white)
1 Image disk M 56
1 Image disk M 16
1 Rhinestone package (clear)

I already have - ennestään omistan:

1 two-way stamper
1 metallic scraper (I prefer metal over plastic)
1 Konad stamping polish (black)
1 Image disk M 59
1 Image disk M 22


I'll konad my nails as soon as I get tired of these minty stripes. In the meanwhile, I'll be posting my older non-'nad nail looks :)


2009-08-12

Summer nails on YouTube

I made this ice cream design a while ago but have been waiting for an inspiration to put together a video. It's my first time playing around with video editor software. I got a bit carried away with the video effects maybe but then again it's ice cream - it should be almost too sweet shouldn't it? LOL

EDIT: With this video I won the second place.



Tein tämän lakkauksen jo jokin aika sitten, mutta nyt kasasin rohkeutta koostaakseni sen videoksi saakka. En ole ennen videoita tehnyt ja ehkäpä innostuin liikaakin kikkailemaan editorilla, mutta eikös jätski saakin olla vähän imelää :D

EDIT: Tällä videolla voitin toisen sijan.

Minty stripes / mintturaitaa


I started striping away with my new polishes and planned to stripe each nail with a differend color. Starting with the thumb it came out so nice I couldn't leave it to that. Just striped away all my nails in this pearly minty-greenish-blue and pearly white. Sadly I enjoy this look so much it will take a while to get to try the other colors!

It was easy to apply but I would've prefered a brighter look. With a white base I think the colors will pop out more. On the other hand this is a good casual look and not too striking at the first glance but yet it engages when you look closer.

Coming soon: KONAD




Koitin ihan hiukan raitaa uusilla väreilläni.
Tarkoitus oli raidoittaa jokainen kynsi eri värillä, mutta peukalo onnistui niin kivasti, että uskaltauduin tekemään koko manikyyrin samaan tapaan. Huonoa tässä on se, että viihdyn näissä kynsissä jonkin aikaa ennen kuin pääsen muiden värien kimppuun!

Väri oli helppo levittää, mutta ei niin erottuvaa ja kirkasta kuin olisin halunnut sen olevan. Valkoinen pohjaväri voisi auttaa kirkastamaan värejä. Toisaalta tämä on ihan hyvä arki-look, joka ei vie kaukaa katsottuna liikaa huomiota, mutta vangitsee kyllä mielenkiinnon lähempää.

Tulossa: KONAD

2009-08-11

Nail art haul

2-kärkisiä kynsilakkoja taiteiluun, 80 kpl !!!

I got so much "nail candy" from the mail I still can't believe it!
I'll let the pics explain:




From eBay, brand: Nail Star