22 December 2013

Inspired by... Chalkboard Nails!

Hi guys!

Today I have a manicure that was inspired by one and only Sarah behind the Chalkboard Nails blog, which you can see here. Shes very talented and she has been inspiring me ever since I started this nail journey.
A few weeks ago she did an amazing distressed nail art design that I just had to try myself. 
Here is the result:

This technique is really easy and Sarah did a great tutorial so you shouldnt have any problem with this technique. I started off with a white base - Essie Blanc, then added colors like China Glaze Tart-y for The Party, KICKS Philosophy and OPI Casino Royale. In the end I used Orly Liquid Vinyl to create the distress design.

I loved this mani, the design is really easy and yet so effective! 

Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

*All of the nail polish I own I bought with my own money or received as a gift from friends, I don't get paid for any reviews, it's just my own thoughts.

20 December 2013

Decorate your Helmer - tutorial.

Hello there lovelies!

Yeah, its been a while again but I do have something special for those of you who would like to personalize your Helmer/-s. A Helmer is a popular nail polish storage (not only for nail polish!) unit that you can buy at Ikea. Its rather affordable and it keeps your beauties in check.

Today I want to show you a tutorial for decorating it. This is just one of the ways you can do it but this is the one I wanted to do, so here you go :) Now, many of you may already seen something similar on the Internet but for those of you who didnt and those that need some help with how to, here it comes:

You will need: scrap booking paper of your choice (I chose rather thick one with busy design but you can pick whatever you like), scissors or cutting knife, double sided tape to glue the paper to the drawers and a ruler.

Step 1:
Choose the exact "part" of the scrap booking paper sheet that you want to have on a specific drawer - this step is optional for those of you who have a paper that has the same pattern all over it and the placement of the sheet on the drawer front wont matter. My paper has different designs in different places on the sheet.

Step 2:
Either measure the drawers front or like me just put them on the back of the paper and mark how big the piece should be. Think about that the size must be big enough to cover all of it and not show any "naked spots". Cut the paper into the right sized pieces, mark where the screws will be and make holes for them. BE CAREFUL with making holes in the paper, you dont want the holes to be too big or the paper to break! Here is how it should look after step 2 is completed:

Step 3:
Glue the double sided tape on all of the edges of the drawers front. I chose to do this all the way cause I didnt want any corners to lift:

Step 4:
Glue the paper piece to the drawer. If your paper is a bit thicker and you have made a mistake, you can just pull the piece off and do it again, the tape wont damage the sheet:

Step 5:
Assemble the handle to the drawers front, then the front to the rest of the drawer. (drawer,rawer,rawrrrr.. Can you see Ive written this word way too many times?) 

Step 6:
Repeat step 2 - 5 with the rest of the drawers. My final product looks like this, yours should look similar:

And its done! :)

So... My first tutorial ever. Its been a lot of work with both, the Helmer and the tutorial but its totally worth it. I will be really happy if my tutorial helps someone to personalize their own Helmer. Another good thing with doing this is that whichever design of the paper you choose, it will make the whole thing look much better and you can take the colors matching the color palette of the room the Helmer stands in. 

Let me know if theres anything I should think of in future when I will be writing more tutorials and if you enjoyed it :)

Thank you for stopping by! :) xx 

2 December 2013

H&M newest gems - my picks.

Hey there!

How have you been? Today is Monday but thanks God Im free, had time to play some with my new Moyou plate and do some more nail art :)

Anyways, lately in the H&M stores appeared new nail polish shades from their own line and I have swatches for you:

First we have my personal favorite: H&M Black/White Glitter.

The name is not very fancy but hell, who cares :) As you can see Black/White Glitter is a glitter topper with black micro glitter, small and medium hexes in black and white + white bar glitter. Normally Im not a fan of a bar glitter but the amounts of it here its really not that bad. I actually think this polish would be boring without them. The shade is rather dense, you can see only one coat in my swatches. I love it over bright, summery colors. 

The second and last of my picks is H&M 3D Glitter.

3D Glitter is a flake topper in a clear (it looks milky but it is clear) base. I was very excited when I saw it in the store but couldnt be more disappointed when I came home and swatched it. The flakes are really big and stubborn. They are also hard so they stick out on your nail. The name 3D Glitter suits this one well. It was also hard to fish out any glitter pieces so yeah... Very disappointed.

I guess I cant complain. H&M has tendency to hit & miss their shades so I was prepared for those shades to be miss. I definitely recommend the black and white glitter, its very pretty.

Thank you for stopping by! :) xx

*All of the nail polish I own I bought with my own money or received as a gift from friends, I don't get paid for any reviews, it's just my own thoughts.