Thursday, 21 September 2017

Essie Shine of the Times

Hey guys!

Today I have some simple negative space nail art featuring two of my absolute favourite polishes!

For the manicure I started off with a cobalt blue base of Chanel Vibrato on all my nails - on my ring finger and pinky I only painted part of the nail and cleaned up the edges of the negative space nail art with a clean-up brush dipped in acetone. Afterwards I applied Essie Shine of the Times on my pinky and ring finger.


Close up!


I am in LOVE with this nail art!
What do you guys think about this negative space manicure? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Fall

Hey guys!

Today I have some fall stamping nail art to share with you!

For the manicure I started off with an off-white base of Barry M Coconut on all my nails. Afterwards I used the Born Pretty BPL-024 stamping plate and a lot of different polishes (the mustard yellow Barry M Mustard, the burnt orange OPI It's a Piazza Cake, the green Essie Going Incognito, and the red Essie Dress to Kilt).


Close up!


It was mostly the yellow and the orange polish that showed up on the stamp, but I still really like how it turned out anyways!
What do you guys think about this fall nail art? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Give Away!

Hey guys!

This give away is SPONSORED by Insight Cosmetics Group.

Today I have a give away of the CND Vinylux Nightspell collection for you guys!
Check out my swatches and review of the collection here.


Go to my Instagram to check out and participate in the give away (only open for people with adresses in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria).

Stay polished.
- Louise

Thursday, 14 September 2017

CND Nightspell Collection

Hey guys!

Today I have a swatch and review of the new CND Vinylux Nightspell collection to share with you!
This collection is SPONSORED by Insight Cosmetics Group, but everything I write about it is my own and honest opinion.

These polishes are all swatched on my bare nails and topped with a coat of CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat.

First up I have Eternal Midnight, which is a deep purple with an aqua blue shimmer.
The formula on this one is okay - it is a little on the thin side and it does need three coats to be completely opaque.


Close up!


Next is Berry Boudoir - a deep berry crelly polish.
This formula is on the thin and runny side, which means it also needs three layers to achieve full opacity.


Next up I have Mercurial, which is an awesome gunmetal shimmer.
The formula was great - not too thin and not too thick. And best of all; it only needs two thin coats or one thicker coat to be opaque.


Close up!


Time for this stunning dusty purple shade: Lilac Eclipse.
The formula on this one is perfect - just a little on the thicker side, which makes it easier to apply and control. It does need two coats to be completely opaque though, but the dry-time is great as well.


Next up is Viridian Veil, which is a frosty, metallic teal.
The formula is great and it is opaque in two easy coats.


Close up!


Lastly I have Hypnotic Dreams - a really unique metallic multichrome shimmer that goes from green to gold to pink.
The formula is on the thinner side, and it needs three layers to reach full opacity.


Close up!


Concluding remarks:
The shades in this collection are really unique and perfect for fall. Most of the formulas are on the thinner side, but all manageable with a little patience.

What do you guys think about this collection?
Let me know in the comments!

Stay polished.
- Louise

Ps. I might have a give-away of a set of this entire collection planned for you guys - so stay tuned!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Matte

Hey guys!

Today I have a matte french manicure to share with you!

For the manicure I started off with a dark brown base of Essie Lady Godiva on all my nails. Afterwards I used striping tape and the matte top coat Essie Matte About You to make the french tip.


I love this matte and shiny nail art!
What do you guys think about this alternative french manicure? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Friday, 8 September 2017

Negative Space

Hey guys!

Today I have some simple nail art to share with you featuring my signature accent nail!

For the manicure I started off with a deep blue base of Essie Style Cartel on all my nails. On my ring finger I only painted two thirds of the nail, cleaned op the edge of the design with a small nail art brush dipped in acetone, and finally added a piece of silver striping tape.


Close up!


I don't think I will ever get tired of this accent nail!
What do you guys think about this simple nail art? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Abstract

Hey guys!

Today I have some abstract floral nail art to share with you!

For the manicure I started off with a white base of Essence Wild White Ways on my middle and ring finger, and a red base of Essie Really Red on my other nails. Afterwards I freehanded the abstract floral design with the green polish Essie First Timer, the coral polish Essie Signature Smile, the lilac polish By K. Lavender Blue, Essie Really Red, and a small nail art brush.


What do you guys think about this abstract nail art?
Let me know in the comments!

Stay polished.
- Louise

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Then and Now

Hey guys!

Today I have some more Then and Now nail art to share with you!
I recreated this mix and match leopard and striped manicure from April of 2014.

For the leopard nails I started off with a taupe nude base of piCture pOlish Nougat on my middle finger, ring finger, and thumb. Afterwards I followed my own tutorial using the brown OPI Going My Way or Nor-Way?, the black Essie Licorice, and a dotting tool to create the leopard print.
For the striped nails I started off with a white base of Essence Wild White Ways on my pointer and pinky. Afterwards I used some thick striping tape and Essie Licorice to create the stripes.


Close up!


And here is a comparison of Then and Now!


I am so happy with my development these last three years! I think the 'Now' manicure is much better than the 'Then' manicure.
What do you guys think about this nail art? Let me know in the comments!

Stay polished.
- Louise

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Marble

Hey guys!

Today I have some stunning marble nails to share with you!
This nail art is actually a recreation of this mani I did last year.

For the manicure I started off with a white base of Essence Wild White Ways on my ring finger and pinky, and a red base of Essie Really Red on my middle finger, pointer, and thumb. For the marble nails I followed this tutorial by The Nailasaurus using Essence Wild White Ways, the grey polish OPI Embrace the Gray, and the black polish Essie Licorice. To finish everything off I added a thick piece of silver striping tape to my ring finger.


Close up!


I love this marble technique - I have to try it out with some other colors soon!
What do you guys think about this marble nail art? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

OPI Turn on the Northern Lights!

Hey guys!

Today I have a swatch and review of the beautiful OPI Turn on the Northern Lights! to share with you!
Turn on the Northern Lights! is a deep blurple with a pink shimmer.

The formula is great - it is smooth and easy to apply. It needs two coats to build up opacity, but a third coat to deepen the color to match the color in the bottle.


The shimmer was really difficult to catch on camera, but you can see it on the macro shot below!


This shade is so beautiful - especially in the sun where the shimmer really stands out!
What do you guys think about this polish? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Saturday, 26 August 2017

China Glaze Treble Maker

Hey guys!

Today I have a swatch and review of the awesome China Glaze Treble Maker to share with you!
Treble Maker is a green neon.

The formula is nice - it is easy to apply and it is not too thin or too thick. It did need three coats to achieve full opacity though, but the dry time between each layer is quick. It dries down to a satin finish, but it is nothing a good top coat can't fix.


I applied some neon studs from Born Pretty Store to my ring finger to give this mani a pop.
Here's a closer look!


This mani is so fun and eye-catching!
What do you guys think about this China Glaze shade? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

More Then and Now

Hey guys!

Today I have some more Then and Now nail art to share with you!
I recreated this mix and match glitter and striping tape manicure from 2014.

For the manicure I started off with a dusty purple base of Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck on all my nails. Afterwards I used the silver glitter Essie Set in Stones to create a glitter gradient on my middle and ring finger. On my other nails I placed some random lines of silver striping tape across the nails.


And here is a comparison of Then and Now!


I remember much I loved this manicure three years ago - and it is just as pretty today!
What do you guys think about this Then and Now nail art? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Nail Vinyls

Hey guys!

Today I have some nail art with another one of my new F.U.N Lacquer polishes to share with you!

For the manicure I started off with a black base of Essie Licorice on all my nails. Afterwards I applied a single chevron nail vinyl randomly on each nail followed by a layer of F.U.N Lacquer Crushed Diamond.


And here's a closer look!


I have to say that I am in love with my new F.U.N Lacquer polishes!
What do you guys think about this nail art? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Friday, 18 August 2017

Waterfall

Hey guys!

Today I have some glitter waterfall nail art that I would like to share with you!

For the manicure I started off with a black base of Essie Licorice on all my nails. Afterwards I used a small nail art brush and the beautiful F.U.N Lacquer Diamond Flake to make random lines in different lengths down the nails to make it resemble a waterfall.


Close up!


I love this simple and elegant manicure!
What do you guys think about this glitter waterfall? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Skittlette

Hey guys!

Today I have a skittlette featuring some saran wrap nail art to share with you!

For the manicure I started off with a neon red base of Cirque Colors Game Over on my pointer and thumb, a coral base of Essence Indian Summer on my middle and ring finger, and a gold shimmer base of Essie Getting Groovy on my pinky. On my middle and ring finger I used the three aforementioned polishes and some saran wrap to create the saran wrap design.


My camera can't even handle the neon! Here's a closer look!


It has been way too long since I last did a skittlette!
What do you guys think about this manicure? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Negative Space

Hey guys!

Today I made yet another negative space manicure!

For the manicure I started off with a green base of the stunning Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy on all my nails. On my ring finger and pinky I only painted part of the nail and cleaned up the edges of the negative space nail art with a clean-up brush dipped in acetone.


Close up!


I love this negative space design - so simple, yet so chic!
What do you guys think about this nail art? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Stamping Gradient

Hey guys!

Today I tried a new nail art technique - a stamped gradient!

For the manicure I started off with a blue base of Essence Itsy Bitsy Blue Bikini on all my nails. Afterwards I created the stamped gradient with the MoYou London Fashionista 05 stamping plate by filling half the stamping design with Essence Itsy Bitsy Blue Bikini and the other half with the cobalt blue shade Essie Butler Please. When scraping the polishes off the stamping plate they blend together and create the gradient design.


Close up!


This nail art technique is awesome - I am definitely trying it again!
What do you guys think about this stamped gradient? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Essence Pure Beauty

Hey guys!

Today I have a swatch and review of the stunning Essence Pure Beauty to share with you!
Pure Beauty is a nude creme polish with a muted pink undertone.

The formula on this polish is a little on the thick side, which makes it a bit difficult to apply to the nails. It does not run anywhere though, which is nice. The opacity is great and it is opaque in two coats.


Close up!


I think this color is both pretty and chic!
What do you guys think about this shade? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Then and Now

Hey guys!

Today I have some Then and Now manicures to share with you!
I recreated this polka dot manicure from 2014.

For the manicure I started off with a red base of Essie Lollipop on all my nails. Afterwards I used a dotting tool and some watered-down white acrylic paint to create the polka dots.


Close up!


And here is a comparison of Then and Now.


I am actually more proud of my improvement in photo-editing and hand-posing than my improvement in nail art skills!
What do you guys think about this nail art? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Turtle Leaves

Hey guys!

Today I have some freehanded turtle leaf nail art to share with you!

For the manicure I started off with a white base of Essence Wild White Ways on all my nails. Afterwards I freehanded the turtle leaves with a small nail art brush and the green polish Essie Going Incognito.


Close up!


This is definitely not my last freehanded floral manicure this summer!
What do you guys think about this nail art? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Negative Space

Hey guys!

Today I made another negative space manicure - I am really loving negative space nail art at the moment and make it all the time!

For the manicure I started off with a blue base of the beautiful Essie Loot the Booty on all my nails. On my ring finger and pinky I only painted part of the nail and cleaned up the edges of the negative space nail art with a clean-up brush dipped in acetone.


Close up!


I love simple negative space nail art. So easy to do, yet so stunning to look at!
What do you guys think about this nail art? Let me know in the comments.

Stay polished.
- Louise

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Stamping

Hey guys!

Today I have some simple, chic stamping nail art to share with you!

For the manicure I started off with the sheer, nude holo ILNP Elle on all my nails. Afterwards I stamped the floral design on top of the base with MoYou London Pro 07 stamping plate and the gold polish Essie Good as Gold.


Close up!


You know you are a little too in love with a stamping design when you can make a collage of all the times you have used it:


What do you guys think about this simple stamping nail art?
Let me know in the comments!

Stay polished.
- Louise