Thursday, 28 November 2013

Complementary, my dear Watson.

Okay, I'm semi-sorrry for this post title.
Anyway, a good complementary contrast always stands out so I wanted to apply that in a nice sponge gradient mani.

Polishes used:
2true, 'Shade no. 25' (orange)
2true, 'Shade no. 15' (blue)
Essence, '01 - Wonderlicious Green' (it's blue, damnit)
Golden Rose, 'Scale Effect 12' (flakies)

2true's shade of blue works very poorly as a polish on itself, so I layered it over the ever misnamed Wonderlicious Green, to have a good blue base. The 2true blue is a very sparkly polish, and so is its orange, so those work together very well. The orange is pretty well pigmented, and though a bit coppery now, is really a very bright orange when used on its own.

And finally, I feel the largely orange flakies tie the whole together quite nicely

Saturday, 23 November 2013


Before I begin...


Happy 50th, Doctor Who!

Now on to the regular nail stuff.
I thought it a shame to get rid of Kingston so quickly, so I did a simple tape mani on it using Herôme W.I.C's 'Osaka 91'. A slight variation on my much abused half rhombus, as you see. The nails with gaps on top sadly didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked, though.

Osaka is a red that's bright and quite in-your-face. Such bright reds sometimes lean towards the orange, but this one is proper fire-engine red.

Saturday, 16 November 2013


'Kingston 73' by Herôme is a holo polish that's beige with perhaps a hint of gray. As most holos, it's very quick drying and one coat does the job. I must say I really like this colour. It's a very nice neutral polish you can wear with a lot of things but it's not boring or bland.

I did some nail art on it, once upon a time..

Some blurry pictures coming up, so sorry!
Artificial light, flash.
I've kind of run out of things to say on this, but here are some more pretty pictures.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


'T is a continued unfortunate state of affairs the workload my current school provides me does not leave me the time on a weekly basis to do awesome nail art things. I'd also like to see my boyfriend or friends every now and then, which means less time.

It makes me very uncomfortable, though. To see my nail polish chip more each day. I went to school without any polish at all once, it has - literally - been years since I have done that. Highly irregular.

Anywho, I bring to you a swatch of  '105 Lisbon', by Herôme.
With flash.
(Middle finger polish got a little damaged overnight..) A nice purple polish of no real preference to either pink or blue. It's a proper purple. It has a nice shimmer in it that livens up the colour.
It's not the greatest in terms of coverage, in order to be satisfied I had to go for three coats, but on a shorter nail two would do.

Artificial light.
Its longevity is nothing too special, it started chipping rather soon. I do like this shade a lot so I'll be wearing it again sometime soon!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Happy (belated) Halloween!

Themed cupcakes, courtesy of my wonderful mother!
Even though we don't celebrate Halloween as elaborately in the Netherlands as they do in the States, it's still my favourite holiday, and as the years progress more and more Halloween-themed parties are thrown, more trick-or-treaters venture out into the night and more spooky decorations and products find themselves into the stores! I can only wholeheartedly applaud these efforts!

Sadly, October is a busy time for me, and I always seem to fall short for time when it comes to doing nail art of that one day a year I love so much. So here, is my unfortunately rather bland Halloween nail art.
It was originally my intention to paint a little ghost on both ring fingers, but a large assignment and having to prepare for tests prevented me doing so. School before nails, after all. 

Orange is Herôme's 'Zagora 150', gray is my trusty NYC '003 Prey of Grey'