Nov 30, 2011

Today's Swatch: Avon - Grey Cement + Avon Haul

Hey there!
Oh gosh, I'm so excited about tomorrow!! If your new here, or maybe just missed it: this is what I'm so excited about :D Can't wait to start and see all the other Nail Designs, from the ones who participate ;)

So, today I am showing you another gorgeous polish from Avon! I'm falling in love with this polish brand ;) It's Grey Cement, a matte polish, which is the perfect grey! Not to dark and not to light...just gorgeous!
The application was a bit hard at first, because this polish dries within seconds! So you have to be fast...and I mean fast as lightning, no kidding :) Even if you manage to apply it evenly, you'll still see some brush strokes (1st pic), but they're not that noticeable in real life. I used 2 coats.
All in all I love how matte it is, because some other matte polishes I own, have more like a satin finish. That's why I ordered the other 2 matte polishes, that I don't already have, from Avon, so I have them all. They're just so cool :D
And here are the ones I ordered this month:
 From left to right:
Ruby Slippers, Violetta Sparkle (swatch here), Gunmetal, Blue Shock
Inky Blue, Grey Cement, Red Velvet
I really like the names of the polishes, because they describe them perfectly ;) But why couldn't Avon manage to put them on the bottles as well? I had to cut out the names from the boxes they came in and tape it on the cap :P
If you know some other cool Avon polishes, that are just a must-have, let me know!

See ya tomorrow with the first Challenge!!! Yey :D

Nov 28, 2011

Nail Art Monday Nr.11 - Fierce Accent

I took a little pause from blogging, cause I had a lot of going an with uni and stuff (I had 3 tests only last week) but now it's going to be more relaxed, so I can post regularly again :) Starting Thursday I will post a Christmas Nail Art everyday! That will be fun :D
So today I was swatching some colors, and one of them was Avon - Violetta Sparkle. This is a dark purple polish with fine golden glitter in it. The application was tricky at first, I had to use 3 coats on the first nail, cause I couldn't apply it evenly. As I was moving on to the other nails I got the hang of it and I had to use only 2 coats. So application is fine, if you're careful. When I ordered this polish I thought it would be a lighter purple with silvery glitter, judging by the photo in the catalog. So I was a little bit disappointed, but the polish is still pretty :)
It was really hard to capture the real color and the glitter. If you enlarge the photos you can get an idea of how it looks.
 With flash.
 The purple is a little lighter in real life.
I thought about pimping it a bit, so I added P2 Crackle TC - Golden Rush. I realized something funny today ... I always start painting my ring finger and then go on and paint the other ones. :))) So this accent nail happened by accident and since today's theme at PAA was "Fierce Accent Nail" ...well, perfect! :D
 I know a reader requested the swatch of this particular polish, so I hope she's happy with it! =)
Do you have any funny habits of painting your nails ? 
Have a good night! 

Nov 25, 2011

24 Days - Christmas Challenge

Hey there!
Yep I´m starting a challenge, I´m so excited about this :D I found it on paint that nail's blog and it´s a Christmas Challenge with many lovely Christmas designs ;) Check out the list: 
Click --here-- to go straight to the original post! 
So will any of you join me? I´m starting on the 1st of December! I´m sure I won´t be able to do it every single day, but I'll try! And if you scared you won't be able to do it, you can just do a few designs from the list ;) 
Let me know, if you join me! Would be really awesome :D
Bye for now :-* 

Nov 23, 2011

Guest Post from I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous

Well, well here is the third guest post and it´s from Amy from I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous! I bet you know her already! She has such beautiful swatches and she's really creative when it comes to layering polishes ;) Go ahead and visit her blog and then come back here and read her post :D So here it is: 

Hi Everyone! I'm Amy from I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous. I am so happy to be appearing on Theodora's blog today. I hope you enjoy !
WARNING!!! It is official...My old camera HATES gold polishes. I can't wait to get my new camera back from the shop (broken LCD screen)

Today's post is all about golds! I don't know what my deal was, but I was in the mood to play with gold nail polishes. The photo above shows ONE coat of Color Club Gingerbread Man with no top coat. This is a lovely gold foil polish. I tried stamping with it, but I am undecided on whether it is a good stamping polish or not... as of now, I say no.

The photo below shows one coat of Color Club Gingerbread Man and one coat of Tip Toe (by Old Navy) Gold Dust with one coat of top coat. These photos do not do it justice. This was the perfect amount of bling. It was so gorgeous.
On to the next gold nail polish.... I recently ordered five Ozotic polishes, and one of them was Ozotic 604. The picture below shows two coats of Ozotic 604 with no top coat. Again, my old camera does not do this polish any favors. This polish is the PERFECT gold. It does have a slight holo effect, but my camera did not pick that up. If you do not have this on your wishlist, please add it! In person, it looks like a light gold polish with white/silver non-sparkly flakes with a slight holo effect. It is quite amazing--very unique. I wish I had my good camera to capture that. Please do a google image search!
Ugh, I hate the next two blurry photos, but this is such a great mani. I stamped on the print with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Bronze Ablaze and Bundle Monster stamping plate BM 21. The photo below shows one coat of top coat. (P.S. I stamped BM 21 twice over top of each other to make the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Bronze Ablaze show better. one stamp was not dark enough)
I added something extra with Kleancolor White and Bundle Monster stamping plate BM01

I hope you enjoyed my post!!! And thanks again Theodora for inviting me to share my passion on your blog. You can visit me over at my blog or my Facebook page.

Wow, I love this gold polishes, they´re perfect for the coming holidays! :) I can't believe you stamped the image twice over each other, it´s so perfect, I would never be able to do that! The design reminds me of something, but I don't know what :P hmm.. whatever, it is GORGEOUS!
Thank you so much Amy for doing this post for me ;)

Well, that's it! This was the last guest post for now, and I wanna know what you think about it :) Should I do this again sometime or didn't you like it ? I think it´s a great thing to do, if you don't have the time to blog and the readers also get a chance to find new blogs ;) 

Starting Friday you´ll have me back again ;) Til then, take care and thanks for reading! 

Nov 22, 2011

Guest Post by Sara - Winter Coat Nails

I have another great guest post for you! This time it´s from the lovely Sara from Sara 's Pretty Little Things! I'm sure most of you know her already ;) If you don´t, then stop reading right here, go visit her blog first and follow her! You'll miss an awesome blog, if you don't do it ;) Well, now we can continue with the post :D

Hey everyone! Firstly I would like to thank Theodora for letting me guest post on her brilliant blog =) Thanks soo much, you're completely awesome! =D

When I was asked to guest post I thought I'd show a cute and simple to do mani which reflects the coming of winter. Here's what I came up with:
This hounds tooth pattern reminds me of thick winter coats we see everywhere in shops during this season. The colours are dark and stormy, just like the winter months =)
To create this design I painted my nails in Accessorize's Idol, a deep blue/black shimmer and then I stamped over it in MEMEME's Pewter using the hounds tooth design from Konad.

I hope you enjoyed reading through this post =) Thanks again to Theodora for letting me take over her page, I hope you liked the design too!

Perfect winter manicure Sara! I don't like it, I love it :D ...and I really admire your stamping skills! Accessorize's Idol is so beautiful as well 
Thank you very much for doing this guest post for me Sara, I'm sure my lovely readers love it just as much as I do, don't you guys? ;) 
Tomorrow there's coming on more guest post, so keep an eye out for it! I hope you like this kind of posts! :D Let me know ;) 

Nov 21, 2011

Guest Post: Wacky Laki

As the title says, this will be a guest post from the very talented Anutka, who you might know from her blog Wacky Laki ! Go check out her blog and follow her, if you don´t do it already, because she is a very talented girl with cool designs and beautiful swatches! Enough talking from my side, here is her post: 

I was so flattered when Theodora asked me to guest post on her blog since I am always admiring her manicures and nail art. She makes things like random stripes and dots look gorgeous and at the same time effortless. I couldn't help but be inspired to put a little twist on those stripes. OK, so it was more of a curl than a twist, but I think you get the point. The dots also got a little bling in the form of glitter.
Plus, with this being my very first guest post ever, I had to roll out the red carpet. More precisely, Red Carpet  from Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear line. A gorgeous red polish with bright red glitter. I then added random curls using black acrylic paint and accented them with glitter from Wet 'n Wild Party of Five Glitters...

I hope you enjoy this manicure and thank you so much for letting me be here today! :)
Anutka :)
What a great manicure Anutka! I especially love the glitter you added ;) Thank you so much for your kind words and for doing this guest post for me! 
What do you think, my lovely followers? If this gorgeous mani didn't convince you to visit her blog, I don't know what will ;) 

Nov 17, 2011

Today's Swatch: Sensique 137

Hey everybody! 
Today I´m showing you another polish from the giveaway: Sensique 137. I really don´t know what color this is :))) Plum? Burgundy? I have no idea xD Please tell me! :D Either way, it´s a beautiful one ;) The application was really great, that´s what I love about this Sensique polishes. I used 2 coats, no TC and it´s so glossy! But see for yourself:
The color is the most accurate on the second picture :) After a few hours of wearing this, I thought I spice it up a bit with some glitter! And I got the perfect candidate for it: Essence - Time for Romance. It´s basically the same color, but with some awesome glitter :) Here´s a bottle shot, to show you the great glitter this cute little bottle contains (click to enlarge)
I applied 1 coat over the old manicure and here is the result: 
 I  this combination! It sparkles so much more in real life :) 
Hope you liked today´s swatch ;) 
Thanks for reading and have a good night my lovelies! :-* 

Nov 14, 2011

Today´s Swatch: Safari - Green

Hello, my lovelies ! :)
Since I´m not doing anything special with my nails, because they´re really short right now, I thought I show you some swatches I have done some while ago.
The one I´m showing you today, is one of the polishes I won in a giveaway from Paulina. :D It´s from Safari and since it doesn´t have a number or name, I just called it "Green" .. yeah I know, very resourceful :D
This is 2 coats without TC. It´s a beautiful green creme, it appllies very smooth and I love how it looks with my skintone. ;)  
 With TC
With Flash. The first picture is the most color accurate. 
I really like this color, it reminds me of spring   I searched for a green like this for a while now, but they were either to bright or to shimmery or to dark or whatever...this one is so...soft :P I don´t know how to describe it otherwise :)  
I´ll try to show you all of the polishes I got in this giveaway , one by one. ;) 
1 down, 8 to go ;) 
Thanks for reading and have a nice evening ! :-*  

Nov 11, 2011

A painful break :(

Hey everybody!
It happens to all of us, and now it´s my turn again :P A nail of mine broke some while ago and I tried to patch it up but it didn´t work out that well, so I had to cut it down, now that it grew out a little bit. It hurts like hell when I type on my keyboard, because it´s so damn short. :( Of course I filed down all of my nails to match my silly ring finger ^^
I don´t know what I did exactly to brake it off completely, but that´s how it looked in the end ... ouch! :/
What do I do when I have my nails very short? I try to make them as invisible as possible :D I can´t stand to have such short nails, that´s why I don´t want to draw attention to them :P I always paint them nude, and if feel like it, I add some glitter, but that´s it. I used: P2 - Perfectly and Essence - Hello Holo.
P2 - Perfectly really is the perfect nude polish! With the glitter it looks kinda pretty, so if someone does notice my nails, at least the glitter distracts from the broken nail. :P
What do you guys do, if you have to cut down your nails? Not wear polish at all, or does it not bother you? :)
Have a good night and strong nails, that don´t break! :D

Nov 8, 2011

Today´s Swatch: Avon - Sequined Turquoise + Mini Haul

Hello, my lovelies! :)
Today I got a little haul for you and a beautiful swatch :) Let´s start with the polishes I´ve bought the last week:
 Finally 2 more beautiful O.P.I´s in my collection :) Sephora opened a shop here in my city and they have some awesome stuff, but sadly they don´t have that much nail polish ...maybe it´ll change :) I got: O.P.I - Suzi & the Lifeguard (rosé) and Lincoln Park at Midnight, a beautiful dark purple. What I´m also excited about, is the fact that one of my colleagues works with AVON and I can buy some awesome polishes from there :) I got Sequined Turquoise to test out their polishes, and it´s beautiful!
These 3 beauties I got mailed by my mom, along with some other cool things and some back-up bottles of my favorite Essence polishes :) It´s Essence - Blue Addicted , Sally Hansen - Brick Wall (it was only 50cents !) and Essence Remix your Style - Love TC.
Okey, and now here is Avon Sequined Turquoise, my new favorite polish! (Catrice - Forget-me-not, you´re now on the second place! :D)
I won´t talk to much about it, because there are no words for this beauty!
Application = great !
Coats = 2 (no TC)
Like what you see? :) Let me know about other must-have Avon polishes, if you know any! ;)
 Have a good night! :-* 

P.S.: No choosing numbers today, because I broke one of my nails badly and I´ll wear only neutral colors til it grows out a little bit :( Sorry!

Nov 7, 2011

Nail Art Monday Nr.10 - Hearts ♥

Hello, my dear readers!
There are now 203 of you! I can´t believe it :D I´m doing this since April and I never would have thought I´d have so many readers by now ... wow :) I thank each and every one of you, for reading my posts, sharing them, comment on them :) I love what I do and I love it even more, when I see that other people appreciate it ;)

This week on PAA, the theme was "hearts", and there couldn´t have been a better theme to show my readers some love :)
This was inspired by a technique I saw once on My Simple Little Pleasures, but I don´t know which post it was. It´s very easy and quick to do, but the effect is awesome. :) 
I used: Essence - Back to the 50´s (red) and Nail Collection Matte Nr. 4 (white). The light was not the best today, otherwise I would have done a swatch 
of the red polish :)
Have you ever tried this technique before ? :) Let me know!

Have a nice evening ♥

Nov 5, 2011

Nail Art Tutorial: Random Dots & Stripes

Hello everybody!
It´s Saturday! How is your weekend so far? :) I have a new nail art tutorial for you guys! :DLet´s start !
Step 1 : After applying your base color (I chose black and silver to have a better contrast), take a small brush and start painting random stripes. You can start at the base, or at the tip ... it´s totally up to you :)

Step 2 : Since it´s random, the lines can be straight, round or wavy. I like to alternate the stripes a little bit :)

Step 3 : Basically you can paint as many stripes as you wish, but keep in mind, there has to be some space left for your dots! :)

Step 4: After you´ve finished your stripes place some dots along them. Alternate smaller and bigger dots to make it look more random :)

And that´s it! Pretty simple right ? It´s a great design for beginners, because you can do what you want...just go crazy with your dots and stripes :D

If you wanna make it look more fun, you can use more colors for the stripes/dots. I did my nails both ways, so you can see how it looks.
I could use that as a full manicure as well :D  
I love this Nail Art, because you can´t do anything wrong with it ;) 
If you recreate this design, I would love to see it ! :) 
(Btw: You don´t have to have a blog to show me your recreation....just send me an email with your picture:) If I get a few, I could do a post on them! Sounds like a good idea, right? Let me know what you think!)

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! :-* 

Nov 3, 2011

Reader´s Choice: P2 - Artful

Hello everybody!
This time, the number was chosen by Jamie and it´s 177! Thank you ;) It´s P2 - Artful. I adore this color, but the application kinda sucks. It´s sheer, it´s stringy, even though I used nail polish thinner and it doesn´t dry. I don´t know if it´s just mine, but I don´t like it. Too bad, because the color is awesome! Look ! :)  
I took these pictures, while I was in Greece some weeks ago and I didn´t wanted to take new pictures of it, so here they are!
You can see the VNL and the sheerness at the base of the nail. This is 2 coats, and you would need 3 to 4 coats to make it opaque, but then it takes forever to dry :/
I am not saying P2 polishes are bad in general, but this one is. :(
Tell me, do you own this polish ? If so, do you have the same problems with it ? I would love to know :)  
Thanks for reading and have a good night! :-*

Btw, my next posts are scheduled, cause I won´t have that much time the next few days, but I promised a tutorial for you guys, so I prepared the posts :P Feel free to leave me some comments though, I will reply to them as soon as I can ;)

Nov 1, 2011

Nail Art Monday Nr.9 - Halloween !

Hey everybody!
This post was supposed to be scheduled yesterday, but obviously I did something wrong xD So I´ll post this weeks Nail Art Monday, today :P
The theme was, oh well, Halloween of course !! :D
You probably have seen this kinda manicure on every blog out there and even I did it last week, but I wanted to try it again :P
It was inspired by Acetone and Old Lacquer,because I loved her idea to do the "blood" on a neutral colored polish. 
I used: P2 - Perfectly as a base, Sally Hansen - Brick Wall (light red) and Catrice -The Devil wears Red. Yeey, my first Sally Hansen polish..I love it :D More on that tomorrow ;)

BONUS pic! 
Yesterday as I was walking home, I saw these 2 cute little cats cuddling each other :)  How sweet are they? 
Hope you all had a great Halloween ;) See ya tomorrow ;)  

Aaah! I almost forgot! Tuesday´s Vote! Choose a number between 1 and 232! 
Thank you for that! ;)