Sunday, 26 May 2013


I just enjoy the challenge in nail art of painting characters on one's fingernails. It's far from perfect but though hard to do, they are fun.
Base colour is Catrice's '240 Sold Out Forever', which I've strangely never used before even though I own two bottles. Garfield and his tail were done entirely in acrylic paints.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Diamond in..

"Diamond in the rough", get it? Because the bottle says.. nevermind.
One from Essence's 'Floral Grunge' LE, '05 Black to the Roots'. A not-truly-black-but-more-really-dark-gray with little silver shinies spread throughout that (unless tampered with) has a .. something between matt and 'regular' finish.
I didn't like the finish the polish itself had, so I covered most nails in regular top coat and did my ring fingers in matt. I didn't really like the application of the polish either. Dubious coverage and it took more than usual doing to get it on properly. Not one I'll quickly use again, I'm afraid.
I would've liked to do a neater half-moon mani, but the unpleasant application of the polish kind of made me throw the towel in. Meh.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Lilac Fever.

 My previous mani left me wanting to experiment some more with sponging and gradient techniques. How could I not try to combine it with my other favourite style of nail art? 'Half rhombus' style counting 6 now.
I thought it'd be nice to try this with shades of purple but.. I don't know, it gives off a bit of a '14-year-old-girl' vibe in my opinion. I think the lilac shade is to blame. Oh well. I quite like the result of the experiment anyway - pretty much what I had in mind! And slapped on some rhinestones because I just have too many of those.

Essence, Crazy About Colour, '02 Lilac Forever
Herôme W.I.C. 'Dakar 107'

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Good Riddance.

Polishing your nails is the fun part. Removing it.. less so. I now have three nail polish removal products in my possession, and I thought I'd write up a little article on how I find each method.

  • Ol' trusty bottled nail polish remover. In this case, Kruidvat's own brand, acetone free.
  • 'Quick & Easy' nail polish remover. Also Kruidvat, but other brands carry the same system as well. Acetone free.
  • Herôme nail polish remover pads, also acetone free.


    Bottled nail polish remover

Everybody's used it, I don't have much to say. Reliable in that there's not much that can go wrong, annoying in that you need the added product of cotton pads. With sufficient rubbing it gets the polish off. Can leave residue in the cuticle a bit.


'Quick & Easy' nail polish remover

I honestly had no real idea what to expect with this product. It seemed a little gimmicky to me so I was skeptical. I'm always reluctant to trust products that claim to be quick and/or easy. Still, worth a try, right?

I was very pleasantly surprised about the product.
Simply put, you stick your finger in there, and swoosh it around in the moist cushiony thing. Take it out, voila, nail polish gone. And your finger smells somewhat floral. It really works very well. No polish in the cuticle and no excess garbage in the form of cotton pads or whatever!

Nail polish remover pads

Herôme's nail polish remover pads; 30 thin little pads in a plastic box. Works in essentially the same way as the bottled nail polish remover except the remover is already in the pads. This much was obvious.
I'd also used these before so I had some bias. I'm just not a fan of them. It takes longer than bottled nail polish remover to get the nail clean, and I hate that it leaves your fingers so oily. Now, I for one, hate my fingers being icky. They eventually get your nails clean, but I've yet to be able to do an entire hand because I don't like the texture and oiliness of the pads. I tend to just use them for finger-clean up.