2010-03-31

CG Millennium in blues

Gradually builded the Ruffian Crown towards more "royal" blue. Here #801 Love Nails by Sinful Colors layered over Millennium by China Glaze.

I like tinting a metallic polish with a vivid color to achieve real differences in shades. Like with Devotion and Deep Red Ocean. You see, I can hardly tell the difference between Sci-Fi and Devotion and Millennium (by China Glaze) on their bottles. To have real variety of metallic colors, that would be something.. and it is something that is easily achieved with sheer enough top color :)

I love the way it is somewhere between very cool green and blue. I had a dress/tunic with turquoise and black for the day and this set of nails was a perfect match. It's just too bad the metallic colors seem to chip more easily - on me at least.


Coming up next something sweet for Easter.
I feel it's time to think pink again :)

2010-03-30

Ruffian Crown in CG Millennium


This is my favorite mani for a long time :) Inspired by CND's Ruffian Manicure featured on so many great blogs, I took a step further and crowned it with dots.

I started with Russian Navy Suede by OPI as a base color - chose it because I had to get quick stylish manicure for an ex tempore nightout and it dries fast and never seizes to amaze me with its beauty. Then the next day realized I'd never even opened my Millennium by China Glaze. So decided to try how they'd look together in Ruffian-style. Layered like that it seemed it needed something still - and to tell you the truth the lines were not very prompt compared next to each other LOL Hence the three dots along each line, with the base color.


The ringfinger came out a bit messier but other than that I'm happy with it. The both colors are so intense I just love it. It was also very quick look to accomplish, for neither of the colors needed extra layer; basecoat, 1 coat of Russian Navy Suede, 1 coat of Millennium, dots with Russian Navy Suede and that's it. It reminds me of a crown.

I resisted the temptation to continue with a pattern towards the tips. Metal is so cool on its own and makes the nails look really long and strong.



Thanks for stopping by!

2010-03-29

Catching up on the fitness section

To turn on the Spring gear on getting as well as staying fit on this chocolate filled time of the year requires something extra. Not a piece of cake...


Though I love to bake on weekends (and this piece is filled with chocolate chips)... I got me some new motivation to get into shape for the Summer. I made a commitment. I bought a gym membership!

Now I just have to get myself there couple of times a week. I'm so strict with money that I must make use of the membership to every cent! And I will. There are so many interesting group fitness classes I want to attend to.

Lately I've been working too much so it's been great to exhaust the body as well as the mind. I was on three classes last week and I slept so much better after a good sweat. I want to continue on this route.

Working long hours for the past months has made me lazy on evenings. Doing effective workout routines in a limited time, with kids around, has been next to impossible and I don't want to snap at them when I'm in the middle of something. I want the kids to be in the center of my life when coming home. So as much as I fought against the thought of spending yet another hour away from home in addition to being at work, I realised I kept making excuses for not to exercise. After all, before I started driving a car I spent that hour on a bike or on foot!

I'm not familiar with gym workouts (with all the gadgets) so all that is new to me. Mostly I look forward to the group classes, with music and dance steps. That's what I'm used to do by my own.


All this effort to get back on tracks with exercise... and then the Easter treats! I'll post you some pics later on about those. As the pre-Easter time is traditionally for fasting, then all the Easter delicacies make up for the lost energy. But I'll try to balance, to be reasonable with my diet. Drink green tea for starters, not live solely on "the dark side" with chocolate and mämmi ;)

2010-03-28

Pussy willow for Palm Sunday


It is an old (Orthodoxian) traditition to use pussy willow for decorations on Palm Sunday, symbolizing palm leaves.

I'm not an orthodox but we have many Russian traditions. So as a kid we used to attach feathers and foil to willow branches and go about in the neighbourhood to wish everyone good health for the year. The neighbours then would give us fruits or coins - or even better: a promise to collect a chocolate egg from them on Holy Saturday. The elderly really looked forward to Easter to have kids for visit, to greet and sing to them. Nowadays it is a bit differend as some kids go and knock on even strangers doors, in a great hurry, eager to have as much candy as possible. Poor old people don't know who or how many kids will come knocking (like on Halloween in the US). So it's a bit of stress to try to buy enough candy to satisfy them ... and it sucks out the joy of "wishing well" for it seems more begging and collecting than socialising with neighbours.


For this easy design you only need to draw branches with brown, add dots with white and then finally smaller dots on the bottom of the catkins. Here is Claire's bright blue as a base.

This year the Easter comes so early and Spring is late, so no real pussy willow to use and show, just plain branches. But I'll find older pics from our other computer during the week. I really love Easter time for many reasons. I think the Easter hymns are the most beautiful in their melodies. I also love the fact that Summer is that much closer. People start crawling out of their caves and change all decorations brighter (mostly green and yellow). And of course I love the food on Easter time, from chocolate eggs to pasha. I'll write more about it in a few days :)

Hope you're having a great weekend!

2010-03-23

Claire's bright blue


This is the surfy blue from Claire's Pastels collection . It brings the sunshine with it!

I've never seen any polish like this. And this is with just one coat, no top coat:


It is a bit thick and so creamy. Around the cuticles not the best formula to stick to. But it applies best of all the Claire's I got. The whole Claire's set was great but this and the lavender really won my heart. When I lay in bed waiting to fall asleep I dream of differend kinds of designs to go with these two (separately). That must be real love...

As you maybe noticed, I filed my nails from square to oval. My index fingers' nails have been rounded for a while - so I went on and filed all the corners off.

The weather has taken it's toll on the nails - as well as constant washing. Against the norovirus, which obviously was the bug that attacked my family last weekend, the sanitizing gels don't work. It must be soap and hot water to fight it off. I think it is easier to clean under long nails than under very short nails so I'm not cutting them down. I do use a nail brush and soap and I wear gloves when opening doors. To keep others from getting this virus I'm told I'll carry around me for days after recovery.



I hope you all stay well and in good health!

2010-03-22

Deep Red Ocean layered with CG Sci-Fi



This mani looked so cool live - you have no idea judging by the pics! I layered Deep Red Ocean by Sinful Colors with Sci-Fi by China Glaze. This polish turned the blueish metal into very cool purple-ish/pink-ish metal base with flakes and glitter! Very princess-y.

This reveals the greener side of Deep Red Ocean too. As the base is cooler that's how the flakes represent themselves too. Looks like completely differend polish.

I'm so dissapointed with these pics (taken on evening light, in a rush) now but can't help it, the mani's already off. Might try it another time. Most definitely will try layering sheer pink over metal to have punk-pink metal again! Maybe some heart stickers or rhinestones over it to enhance the princessness.


Hope you're having a great week! I'm just recovering from the worst stomach flu I've ever had. Grateful for health, making new promises to take care of it. Good time to start a healthy diet again for the Spring.

See you next with bright blue :)

2010-03-19

Sinful Colors Deep Red Ocean layered over red


After having a really busy week I'm in a real need of color therapy. So let's bring on the bling!!!

I grabbed this polish last week from Seppälä and haven't let it off my hands since... It's Deep Red Ocean by Sinful Colors.

I didn't take it off even for work. It's not the most neutral look to wear... but it looks like lava, so it's a natural look in some sense LOL


It doesn't look this red on it's own, of course. I layered it with #120 by Golden Rose holographic polish. Not as much holo dimension as I hoped it to have - in a matter of fact the holoness makes it look uneven in the pics when it actually is quite smooth. But a great shade to wear under this one colorwise.

1 coat of Orly Bonder
1 coat of Golden Rose #120
2 coats of Sinful Colors Deep Red Ocean

I also bought Blue Ocean in hopes to have a blue flakie... but it's a fakey... I never really realised until now, that DEEP Oceans seem to be the one's with flakes, and just plain Oceans are plain glitters. Was it obvious to you?

So now I have glittery Orange Ocean and Blue Ocean and just one DEEP Ocean which I'm wearing now. I feel deeply dissapointed. I don't even think they sell other DEEP Oceans around here.

EDIT. Seems I just have bad luck with them not getting flakes with the polish. There should be both glitter and flakes on each, deeps and non-deeps.

I'll come back to the blue one another time. You can click the pics bigger.


Nevertheless I'm deeply in love with this one. Great for layering, just amazing. It even got off really neatly, being build on Orly's Bonder.

For the rest of the week I wore it over something else... I'll post the pics of this current manicure when I get my camera back! It's currently out of town with my hubby, with the pics inside.
So see you a bit later this weekend :)

2010-03-13

Contests and giveaways in March

A quick post of great chances to win cool nail stuff.



Enter the giveaway at Nailjunkie with this amazing selection of nail polishes. See, Nfu Oh's back there too! And those Essies try to hide laying down but I see them! I want them! The winner will be a very lucky girl...

Enter the nail art contest with theme "Spring Love" at YouTube, contest held by MAME71430. Any technique will do she says "All forms of nail art are welcome". Subscribe her before entering if you haven't already. See her own talent for example in this stunning marbling video:



A long time YouTube-nail guru favorite of mine, MadamLuck, is holding a Konad giveaway on the products she no longer uses. Her rules are fair and simple, and the answers will be fun to read; I got to say I prefer these kind of rules on comment giveaways. I might actually steal the idea... :

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  1. must be subscribed to me
  2. NO enter me comments
  3. only one comment per person please
  4. your comment must be an answer to this question...

Why did you subscribe to me?

this giveaway will run for 2 weeks starting today March 6th and ending March 20.""


She also has her own brand new blog! Check it out here: http://madamluck.blogspot.com/

Have fun entering!
I'll be back with a layered, overly glittery look... :)

2010-03-11

CG Grape Pop

It's about a time I wear Grape Pop too! I still had this and 2 metallic China Glazes to try (leave them for later still).

This is very concentrated color. It seems dark and intense indoors, nearly black when in shade.

Intense. See even my baby go "oooh". Kiss!


I have a feeling this will be a crowd favorite when I get some friends over to paint their nails!

Application-wise this was quite thick but workable. Had to be careful around the cuticles. Also this took a while to dry and I actually got sheet marks for applying 2 coats too fast :/ Top coat saved a bit in the morning.

This time I am wearing top coat on the pics. But the original finish is really shiny too.

The color makes my hands look white but I don't mind. Wearing dark nails and jeans makes me feel cozy and comfortable ^^


2010-03-10

Featured artist continues: pt 11

There are so many new nail art YouTubers I thought I'd continue this series again this Spring. To view the previous parts, click the featured artist tag.

Many girls edit videos to these very juicy and entertaining step-by-step guides, concentrating on what we really want to learn about the designs. Some are really high quality and inspiring. But of course when publishing is free, some seem to be a waste of time.

With ever expanding availability of nail art videos, it's getting harder and harder to find the good ones. Fortunately YouTube allows you to share your subscriptions with others. By creating an account, then befriending, you can follow what videos or channels other users favorite or subscribe - and same goes other way around: people get to know your favorites and can add them to theirs. The suggestions and other's favoriting shows up on your starting page. So you don't have to rely solely on "related videos" or search to find new videos. And YouTube also recommends you videos based on the ones you've viewed.

You can see my favorites and playlists at my channel. And luckily I have this blog to store and share some of my favorites in too :)

Here's one less known nail art guru I'd like you to know. She's Sirenae, a mexican girl with many cool designs. Her recent design is a cute, very wearable combination of pink and orange. Her very latest design is a contest entry D&G animal print, really wild and gorgeous (click the link to get you there).

And just look at these penguins, don't they look like they have their own personalities?:


I loved the idea of having penguins on my nails. I did paint one on my thumb when sporting Devotion + Pure Gold,, before taking it off. Not as much charisma as with Sirenae's penguins but it's my cutie anyway ^^


2010-03-08

Golden Rose holographic x


I couldn't wait to get to try these new holographic polishes I found last week by brand called Golden Rose. And I couldn't decide which one I'd try first, grey-black #119 or red-pink #120. So here they are crossed together. The first pic in the shade...


And the second pic with rays of light. Ta-daa! Blinding!

And it actually applied like a dream - to this extremely shiny vinyl-like finish you see. Here's no added top coat! Honestly I think top coat couldn't have made it any better. It is so smooth and shiny on its own.

But the brush then.

See this stubby block that is supposed to be a handle? The cap is so much bigger than the actual brush, the bristles hardly reach out from the cap!

For comparison, here's your regular Orly next to Golden Rose. The cap on GR is like a wide Lego-block in your hand where as with Orly your fingers not only adjust to the shape but the material is easy to grab and hold too.

It was actually hard to see my nails behind the cap/handle while polishing, it is so wide and stubby!

I find the colors are still worth it. It is a very cheap polish compared to the popular brands; for example Lumene costs twice this much around here. On the other hand, this is a small bottle with only 5.5 ml / 0.19 fl.oz of nail color... But it's not about the amount of stuff in the bottle, it's about getting more color variety with the same money LOL


Happy International Women's Day!

2010-03-07

Neon swirly toes

I realized I've neglected my feet for some time... I've paid more attention to the socks I'm wearing than the toes underneath them. So I'll make up for all the past dullness with neon!

Here's the pink one from Claire's "pastels" .

I did quick marbling on them: dragging drops of white over freshly painted pink. Never done it before so it is by no means flawless. My application with Claire's stubby brush was a bit careless. But it's not like anyone (besides you!) will be watching my toes, these cold winter days... And before the weather allows for open-toe shoes I'll get plenty of practise rounds. Summer is still months away, though closer day by day.

This is very easy and quick look to make. Quicker than 2 coats of polish actually. 1 coat of color and then some drops of white dragged with toothpick, no wait in between.

If you think water marbling is too messy to work with but you like the effect, this is fair alternative :)


Hope you've had a relaxing weekend!
I sure have, and seeing so many new readers here is so great!


I have the new holos to pose tomorrow :)

2010-03-05

Packed with ice

I've been wanting to do a sort of "ice princess" manicure for a long time. This Claire's lavenderish color seemed to be just a perfect base for it!

Talking about the inspiration, don't have to reach far from the window. Really feels we're living in a gingerbread house with whipped cream topping (click bigger, looks cool) :

It was adviced last month to clear the roofs from the snow but I'm sure it will come down by itself. Won't let hubby to climb up on the roof, too many have died of it already. Last week 3 men fell down fatally if I recall correctly!

Snow and ice are on international news too as the ferry traffic is hindered by thick ice on Baltic Sea.

But on to more relaxing stuff, that's why we're here right? :)

Products I used over Claire's polish:


















Nail Star
2-way-nail art pen in pearlescent light pink sponged on the tips.

Then Wet'n'Wild glitter sprinkled over it.

Lined the area with Migi nail art pen in pearl.

To bring in some spring, pink dots on the ring finger + Selene heart polish lined with Migi.



This was the first time I used heart polish by Selene on a design. I wanted to secure it with nail art lining since it didn't quite curve the way the nail does. The lining also added some dimension to it which was nice concidering the other nails reflected light too.

I really love this candy-like glitter! It is the same glitter I used on Ice Cream nails back in the summer and on many other manis. They can all be found under "glitter" tag on the right sidebar. Wish I was bold enough to use it even more...


Have a beautiful weekend, stay safe from the snow :)

2010-03-04

Mini haul with holos / uutuuksia Seppälästä

From my favorite nail polish seller, finnish clothing store Seppälä some great new finds. These bottles by Golden Rose (on front) had just came in - the sales lady was putting them on the shelves when I walked in. They are holographic!!! Not the easiest kind of polish to find around here.

Siis hologrammilakkoja Seppälästä, merkillä Golden Rose! Ostin mustan #119 ja pinkin #120. 5,5 ml ja hinta 2,95 e. Oli siellä samalla merkillä perus-hopeinen ja violettiin vivahtavakin hololakka, sekä toki niitä "tavallisia" kynsilakkoja räväköissä sävyissä. Onkohan muissa Seppälöissä ollut näitä jo pitkään vaiko ihan uusia tulokkaita kaikkiaan?

I don't own Revvolution by Color Club but it's been on my wishlist. This #119 seems to be very close to it.

Other new polishes here blackish blue Ciudad Victoria by Wild and Crazy Colors and surfy, summery #801 Love Nails by Sinful Colors. Then some new purpleish nail art stickers.

I'm so happy this store is on my way from work, really lifts up the spirits :)

2010-03-03

Claire's lavender


This was the one I wanted most after seeing pic's of Claire's pastels. Beautiful lavender shade, nameless as the rest of them - but I would call this "serene".

Other colors of the collection are pretty as can be but this one is me. Suits to my skin tone, hazy summer being "my season" (see: summer palette).


This polish was very streaky on 1st coat but the 2nd coat went on gliding well. These pics are taken without any top coat, just 2 coats of color, so it does get smoother than this too.

Got to love this shade... Pics are true to the color under natural light. Below the color indoors.


I'm glad I got this, it's very unique. Compared to others in the collection it is modest, quiet beauty. This one will make a perfect base for nail art!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Natural hair care / Luontaistuotteet hiuksille

I've collected some info on natural hair care and thought I'd share it here.

I opt for more natural choice whenever it's possible. It might sound odd knowing I put all sort of chemicals on my nails..! But as for stuff that gets in contact with my skin I'm more caucious. I also like to be aware of what goes down the drain, back to the nature, when I take a shower.


The names of ingredients can be puzzling though and far from natural sounding.

Here's a little vocabulary on the ingredients you should look for (sorry, I don't remember the exact sources I collected the info from):

English name (INCI name) Suomeksi


Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) Karitevoi
Soothing, moisturizing and protecting effects. For the presence of a sizeable quantity of unsaponifiable fats, its content in vitamins and other active elements, shea butter adds other more precise activities to these general properties. For cinnamic acid it protects against UV rays. Good leave-in conditioner as is!

Beantree (Capryl Isostearate)
Plant derived emollient (from coffee bean & pine tree). As an emollient it is used to improve feel in hand and add shine to hair. A natural replacement for silicone.

Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Kamomilla
An herb that purifies, calms and soothes (the scalp). Also accentuates golden shine in light hair. Relaxing scent.

Marshmallow Root (Althea Offinalis) Lääkemalva
Soothes both the skin and scalp, providing relief from skin and scalp irritation. Also detangles.

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis)
Moisturizing and said to be effective in fighting hair loss for containing biotin, b-vitamins, zinc and inositil. It also contains anti-bacterial properties that keep the scalp healthy by controlling scalp infections that can prohibit hair growth. Used in after-sun products for its soothing effect.

Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Nokkonen
Stimulates circulation and is useful for dry scalps. Also brings up the depth and shine in dark hair. Useful in final rinses - easy and dirt cheap to make yourself.

Jojoba
Helps restore the skin's natural Ph balance, very similar to the natural sebum of the skin. Adds moisture, shine and softness to hair. Can be used as a hot-oil-treatment along with another oil. Also good leave-in product.


In this pic my supplies for hair AND skin care: jojoba and avocado oil on front, glycerin in the brown bottle (to be stored in a fridge), yellow liquid is Polysorbate-20, next to it a bottle of witch hazel (I store it in a fridge too), Shea Butter oil bottle, Rhassoul Clay, Shikakai, Amla, soap nuts in a large box at the very back. Back there on the left a spray I made with some of the stuff here.

Volcanic clay (Bentonite) Bentoniitti
Derived from volcanic ash, acts as a magnet to remove dulling cells, pollution, build-up and toxins, then polishes skin and hair for a fresh, bright, smooth, and soft finish. This clay is super fine and not gritty. Rinses off like sugar. But beware it also absorbs moisture - don't leave on for too long.

Glycerin
A sugar derived from soybean and corn oil, glycerin humectant. Not too heavy but a good moisturizer. Great for leave-in sprays!

Seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) Merilevä
Because it is a particularly rich source of minerals, trace elements, and other nutrients, seaweed is an ideal human health food, animal feed supplement, and plant fertilizer. Frøytang, harvesting in unpolluted waters at the most nutritious point in the plant's growth cycle, delivers Ascophyllum of the highest quality and value.

*All the essential organic minerals including all known trace elements in balanced proportions.
*14 Vitamins including Vitamins B12 ( not found in land plants ) and E with a complete set of isomers found only in seed oils such as wheat germ oil.
*16 Amino acids
*The phyto hormones betaines and cytokinins, auxins and gibberollins ( growth enhancers)
*Rich, stable source of iodine.
*An entirely natural product free from any artificial ingredient, additive, flavor, scent or colour.

Grape seed oil (Vitis Vinifera) Viinirypäleensiemenöljy
Has good slippage for detangling hair and absorbs well without feeling greasy. Contains vitamins, minerals, protein, GLA, linoleic acid and some vitamin E and mild UV protection. Gentle on all skin types, odorless, penetrating, very light oil. Slightly astringent, tightens and tones the skin. Does not aggravate acne. Useful in a blend, it is good for oily, acne skin as it leaves the skin with a satin finish without feeling greasy.

Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus) Auringonkukkaöljy
Rich in vitamins A, B, D and E, minerals, lecithin, insulin, unsaturated fatty acids and is an excellent moisturizer.

Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima) Avokadoöljy
A rich heavy oil which is more penetrating than most oils. It is therefore good for dry hair and skin. It is obtained from the pulp of the avocado pear and has a deep green colour. It is a stable natural oil, rich in vitamin E. Avocado contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and Beta carotene. It is classified as a monosaturated oil. It is best suited for dry hair and skin.

Neem
Antibacterial and fungal, good for scalp treatments.

Amla
Nourishes and thickens the hair and stimulates re-growth. Is sometimes called "the white henna". Used with henna it brightens the hair color.

Shikakai
Reduces dandruff, low pH, astringent.

Soapnut - Pesupähkinä
Natural cleanser.

C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
A plant derived vegetable fatty acid and emollient.

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) Taikapähkinä
A gentle cleanser which removes build-up on the hair and fights dandruff.

Keratin (Hydrolyzed Corn Protein / Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein / Hydrolyzed Soy Protein) Keratiini
This keratin alternative is derived from wheat, corn and soy and helps to keep hair and skin soft and moist. Phytokeratin is a hair strengthening and conditioning agent that helps to maintain the moisture balance in hair while increasing hair shine.

Silk Protein
Silk protein is produced from high quality silk using sophisticated technology in order to retain it's chemical properties, and is made up of 100% fibroin, which contains 18 kinds of amino acids and trace elements essential to the human body. Silk protein serves as an ideal protein enricher for high quality cosmetics. Users can expect it to help maintain moisture levels in the skin, prevent dryness, the crystalline structure reflects UV radiation, has anti-bacterial properties, and in hair care products will improve luminance and elastic behaviour. It’s larger molecular weight makes it stay on top of the cuticle improving elasticity and resiliency.

Guar conditioner (Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride)
An improved plant gum, a conditioning agent. Provides smooth and silky feel and moisture retention as well as eases detangling. Leaves no build-up.

Emulsifying Conditioner (Behentrimonium Methosulfate / Cetearyl Alcohol)
A conditioning emulsifier derived from colza oil, that holds water and oil together in a formulation. Behentrimonium Methosulfate comes from colza oil. Cetearyl Alcohol is a creamy emolient beneficial to the skin and hair, and not a solvent alcohol at all. It's an organic compound that has an OH on the molecule which classifies it as an alcohol.

Soy Lecithin - Soijalesitiini
Can be found in almost all living cells and is high in B vitamins and anti-oxidants. In relation to hair and skin care, it has an advanced softening and moisturising action that leaves the hair and skin soft and supple so it is very suitable for very dry & dehydrated hair and skin. It also is essential for hair growth as is cysteine.

Rosmary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Rosmariini
Keeps the scalp happy and healthy. Valued for its reviving, blood vessel-widening, and invigorating properties and an age-old remedy for dandruff. Also used as an antioxidant in oils to and for the skin. Adds shine and depth to dark hair. Aromatherapeutic properties relax and is said to improve memory.

Solubilizer (Polysorbate 20)
Used to mix oil and water together for cosmetic, phamaceutical and food applications. Derived from a sugar.

Liquid Germall Plus - present at 0.5% in a formulation or less (Propylene Glycol / Diazolidinyl Urea /Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate)
One of the most respected, full spectrum preservative systems.

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Where to get
Most of these ingredients listed I've tried and mixed with each other myself. Some supplies I've bought from pharmacy or local health store, some ordered online from GOW, Pieni Tuoksukauppa and eBay.

I've got plenty of recipes for hair care too in the files. Nice to whip up some home-made hair masks now in the winter time, while relaxing in the sauna.

If you have any questions I'll try my best to answer to them :)

2010-03-01

Sunshine on my finger tips

Not much light today - but this manicure doesn't need sun to shine. These are green and yellow from Claire's pastels .

I saw this way of painting nails yesterday on Emerald Sparkled Louboutin nails , she made gorgeous red on black design. Click if you haven't seen them already! Thought I'd give it a go with this green for real lime nails...


See, the green is really mean on its own - really great neon but maybe too much contrast against the white snow right now...


And I like the way these colors go together. Not just the shades, but the consistency too. The first coat was very hard to get even - and I just tried to cover the nail as much as I could, to not leave bald spots. But the second coat of green went on like a dream. Then to add yellow it was like any other polish, no pain. Not the best quality of polish but for 2 layers really good.

I wonder if they sit on the nail better if there's Claire's own base coat? If anyone has any experience, please let me know too.



Happy days!