Dec 30, 2011

Guest Post by Laura

Yes another Guest Post :D I asked Laura from Clothes, Cosmetics and Chat to do one for me and she was kind enough to accept :) You don't know her?! Go visit her blog right now! :D  I mean really, you'll miss something if you don't ;) Enough talk, here is her post:

Hello ladies, 

My name is Laura and I am so happy that Theodora invited me to guest post on her amazing and inspirational blog :-)

Today I'd like to show you a manicure I created using two techniques, sponging (which is relatively new to me) and stamping: 
My first step was to paint my nails with two coats of E.L.F's Pearl Polish.

I then used a sponge to dab on two layers of a lilac polish (shade 123 by Wibo) from around the middle of each nail to the tip.

My next step was to stamp animal stripes across each of my nails using a silver Miss Sporty polish and Mash image plate m57.
Initially, I could hardly see the silver stripes, but once I'd finished my manicure, I could see the silver stripes did add a bit of shimmer to my nails. 

As the animal stripes were extremely subtle, I then decided to stamp another full image on my nails, this time using a darker purple polish by Kiko (no332) and a floral image, one of my favourites, from Mash plate m64.

I was so happy with the final result of this manicure as I loved how the white and lilac polishes blended together and matched the darker purple polish so well. It made me think I had princess nails :-) 

What do you think of this manicure, girls? I would love to know!

I had great fun creating this manicure and I've loved writing this post.Once again, I'd like to thank Theodora for inviting me to guest post. I hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Bye for now, 

Great post, Laura! The color combination is just lovely, they really look like princess nails ;)
I have to thank you for doing this guest post for me, because I love your creative stamping manicures and now there is one on my blog too ;) 

Go visit her blog, if you didn't already and make sure to follow her ;) 
See ya my lovelies :-* 

Dec 29, 2011

Christmas Presents + Secret Santa Gift!! :D

Hello lovelies!
How was your Christmas? Was Santa good to you ? :D I had a great time with my family and it was really fun opening the presents under the Christmas Tree. We didn't do that since I don't know when, cause my family is always so excited about the presents that we get them 2 weeks before Christmas :))) 
So it was really nice getting the presents on Christmas for a change :P 
Those are not all my presents, just to be clear :P And I will only show you the beauty/fashion related stuff I got, cause that's the things that belong on my blog :P  
I got this cute little hat with scarf and gloves and I just love it! The colors are so fun and the pattern is perfect for winter ;) I thought about doing a matching manicure but I don't think I will have time for it..but maybe next year :D I also got a dress with leopard pattern, but I forgot to take a pic of it :P 

I was soooo excited about the second gift: the perfume from Laura Biagiotti - Mistero di Roma. It's my absolute favorite perfume and I wanted it for ages! Yeeeeey :D The other perfume is called "Little white Dress" from Avon I think :)  

And I got some money too and I bought me .... guess what! Polishes :D ..and a ton of jewelry :)) Would you be interested in a jewelry haul ? 
I actually bought the polishes a few days before Christmas, cause I got the money a bit early :) 
I got O.P.I - Fresh Frog of Bel Air (I used it for my Elf manicure) and O.P.I Nail Envy...finally! I wanted to try this out for some time now, I just hope it helps ;) 
If you have it, what are you thoughts on it? 

You may now I'm in this facebook group, called Polishaholics Anonymous, and Krissi organized a Secret Santa, were we sent a package to someone with our gift and we received one back from someone unknown (our Secret Santa :P). It was really fun! I mailed my package to Ashley and got one from Kristal (unfortunately I don't know her blog :( ) 
EDIT: Kristal's Blog ;) Thanks for the link, girl!

I got my very first China Glaze polishes from her! I was literally bouncing when I opened the package :D 
What I was really happy about too, was the Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, this cream is a dream!! All in all I was sooo happy about my gift, thanks again Kristal!! :) 

Let me know about your presents (especially if it's polish!) :D
See ya next time ;) 

Dec 25, 2011

A short look back on to the Christmas Challenge

Hey there! :D 
Hope you had a great time so far with your family and loved ones, and that Santa brought you some great presents ;) 
I put all the challenges in one photo and I also created a page with all the photos with a link back to their original post ;) (It's up there next to my Stash List and all the other stuff ;) )

See ya ! ;) 

Christmas Challenge Day 24 - Favorite Manicure

The last challenge .. I can't believe it's over. I had really fun doing all this designs, although sometimes it was hard doing Nail Art everyday :P I'm so glad I joined this challenge, because I improved my Nail Art skills and I found some nice ladies, who also did this cool Christmas Challenge :) It was really worth it! 

Today we had to recreate our favorite manicure from all the 23 themes and I didn't have to think a lot about it: I chose Snowflakes ;) But I didn't do the same version as last time, instead I chose the design that Copy That, Copy Cat did some while ago :)
 I chose China Glaze - Ruby Pumps as a base instead of a blue one, cause it's more Christmassy that way :P
For the tips I used: S-he 471 (silver), Farmasi 79 (little silver glitter) and Essence - Julia (big glitter). 
It was a really hectic day today, so I didn't had the time to do all nails with snowflakes, but I really like how that looks too :)
I'm so glad I can keep this design on my nails for as long as I want to, cause I don't have to do another challenge tomorrow :P I will keep it on, til it chips and I hope that won't be too soon :D

If you didn't visit these blogs til now, make sure to do it! They all did a great job in this cool challenge:  
Paint That NailSteffiJessicaSalpiShannaraKirshtenKellyLexi Martone and Kaki.
I will really miss seeing all the different interpretations of 1 theme everyday, cause it was fun and interesting! ;)

I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Enjoy your free time with your loved ones and may Santa bring you many great presents! :D

Dec 24, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 23 - Santa

Last theme in this challenge! Cause tomorrow we can recreate our favorite challenge :P
Santa kinda looks scared :P But I still like him ;)
I used: Avon - Ruby Slippers, P2 - Flirt & Tease, P2 - Hyper and Art de Lautrec Black and White.
Can't wait to do tomorrow's mani :D

Check these ladies and their Santa's out: 

We just have to sleep one more time and then Santa comes! What are your wishes this year? :)

Dec 23, 2011

Glitter Badge!

I got some tags and awards recently and wanna catch up on them, so here is one of them: the Glitter Badge from Laura and her blog Clothes, Cosmetics and Chat

 Thank you so much for this one! :) Who doesn't love glitter right? :D I am supposed to post my favorite glitter manicure and here it is: 
One of my favorite glitter polishes ever : Wet'n'Wild - Sparked + some stamping! Something you don't see that often on my blog :P 

I wanna pass this to: 

Thanks again Laura! ;) 

Christmas Challenge Day 22 - Elf

Hello everybody! :)
Thank you all for your awesome comments on all the Christmas posts, each and every comment made me smile :) 
Today I have a little Elf for you, who is a little bit shy, that's why he just sneaks a peek at all of you ;) 
I used: Catrice - Run Forest Run! (as a base), O.P.I Fresh Frog of Bel Air (for the tips), Safari Green (ring finger), P2 - Flirt & Tease (face), P2 - Hyper (hair) and Golden Rose 158 over Catrice RFR (for the hat).

Wanna see more elfs? Visit these blogs: 
Have a good night and sweet dreams! :-* 

Dec 21, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 21 - Reindeer / Rudolph

♫ Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose, 
and if you ever saw it 
you would even say it glows 

This song is stuck in my head ever since I started painting Rudolph on my nails :D  And here are the cute little fellas:
I used P2 - Flirt & Tease as a base, Sensique - 139, China Glaze - Ruby Pumps for the nose and some basic white and black polish for the details.
I got the idea from The Nailasaurus! The minute I saw them on her blog I knew I had to recreate them :)

Wanna see more cute little reindeer? Visit these blogs: 
Have a good night! :-* 

Dec 20, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 20 - Sleigh/Sled

Day 20 already! Only 4 more days and Santa brings us presents ;) 
For today I had a great idea, but it was really hard to paint it on the nails :P 
I know... the Reindeer on my index looks like a crazy rabbit and the on on my middle finger looks like a dog with really big ears =)))) But I like the one on my ring finger ;) And since I couldn't paint a whole Reindeer on my little finger I decided to paint a roof with a chimney and smoke. Aaaaand on my thumb I did the sleigh and Santa, here is a close up: 
Just ask if you wanna know any of the colors, I'm too lazy to list them all up :P 
Make sure to visit these ladies too!

I just had to share the pic I just took with my cat Kiara :) She is sitting right next to me and is watching every move I'm doing :D  

Have a good night and see ya next time :-* 

Christmas Challenge Day 19 - Santa Hats

The title says it all ;) And here they are: 
Very free interpretation, but I like it :) A Funky Santa French =)) Like I mentioned in the other post I used P2 - Charismatic.
Also ... YES! I managed to catch up, I am up to date now with the Challenge ;) 
Here are more Santa Hats:
Can't wait to do the next theme :D ... but there not a lot left of them! The challenge really went by fast, didn't it?
See ya ;) 

Dec 19, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 18 - Stockings

I had no idea what to paint on my nails for this theme ... and I don't like what I did in the end with them either. :P Not my favorite theme, that's for sure..I mean, come on! Who puts socks on their nails ?!
But I rediscovered one of my favorite red polishes: P2 - Charismatic. I used it for the Santa hats as well, you'll see that later ;)
Check these gorgeous ladies out as well!
Paint That NailSteffiJessicaSalpiShannaraKirshtenKellyLexi Martone and Kaki
See ya later, my polish-friends ;) 

Christmas Challenge Day 17 - Tinsel/Garland

Tinsel and/or Garland .. I chose Tinsel :P 
I used a green background, representing the tree and silver/red tinsel, since my Christmas Tree this year is decorated with this colors ;) 
I should have added some glitter to it :P Well, too late ;) I used Aden - 86 , P2 - Glamour and P2 - Charismatic.
And here is my Christmas Tree, I love it! It looks so good and sparkly in real life, but the camera won't show it.....damn you! :P
I'm slowly catching up with the Challenge :D
See ya with the next one soon ;) 

Christmas Challenge Day 16 - Lights

I'm so behind with my Christmas manicures, oh my :P Well, I did them, but I didn't had the time to post them, cause I had a lot going on in the past 2-3 days...I'll try to catch up and post each day again :) 
So Friday's theme was: Lights! And here they are:
Ask me, if you wanna know any of the colors I used ;) 
Also check all the lovely Christmas manis from these ladies:
                          Paint That NailSteffiJessicaSalpiShannaraKirshten
                                                   KellyLexi Martone and Kaki

See you very soon with the other themes ;) 

Dec 16, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 15 - Presents

Very short post today! I don't even have time enough to sleep these days :P 
Here are my nails from yesterday: 
I got the inspiration for this bow from Copy That, Copy Cat, but don't ask me which post it was, cause I have no idea :D I just saved the image in my inspiration folder some time ago :) 
I used China Glaze - Dorothy Who?, some white and black polish (I actually used a Nail Art Pen^^) and a thin Nail Art Brush :) 
Don't forget to visit these lovely ladies!!
                    Paint That NailSteffiJessicaSalpiShannaraKirshtenKelly
                                                     Lexi Martone and Kaki

Have a great weekend! :-* 

Dec 14, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 13 + Day 14 - Christmas Tree with Ornaments :)

I'm sorry, that I missed one day, but I had so much to do yesterday for the university. Only 2 more days and it's over and then...vacation! :D Yes ;) 
Luckily for me the theme's for these 2 days are easy to combine: Christmas Tree and Ornaments ;) 
And here are my nails:
 I love the Christmas tree! The angel ornament didn't turn out like I wanted to, but it's alright :) I used Aden 86 (as a base and for the tree) and on the ring finger I used Avon - Red Velvet as a base. If you wanna know any of the other colors I used, feel free to ask ;)
The green polish bubbled like crazy on my index finger.. idk why, it never happened before with this one. Oh well, it had a bad day :D

Take a look at all the beautiful trees and ornaments on these ladies nails:
Paint That NailSteffiJessicaSalpiShannaraKirshtenKellyLexi Martone and Kaki

Have a lovely evening and see ya tomorrow! :) 

Dec 12, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 12 - Holly + Award

Holy moly! We are already halfway through the challenge! Can you believe how time flies?

Today's theme is : Holly. What do you do when you're lazy ? Exactly! An accent nail :P 
I used Essence - Can't Cheat On Me as a base (2 coats) and some rhinestones for the holly's :) 
Make sure to check these ladies out: 

I also received another award from 2 ladies: paint that nail and Shannara. I wanna thank you both so much for giving me this, I'm really glad other people out there appreciate my blog and in this case, especially my Nail Art! :) 
Thanks thanks thanks!! :D
I wanna pass this award to some of the lovely ladies that I highly appreciate and admire for their Nail Art:
Clothes, Cosmetics and Chat
A place for my Nails
MaD Manis
Sara 's Pretty Little Things
Sonoma Nail Art
Wacky Laki

A little fun fact for you guys: I now have exactly as much followers as I have nail polish in my stash --> 254 :P 

See ya tomorrow ;) 

The Versatile Blogger Award !

Hey people :D
I received the Versatile Blogger Award some time ago from paint that nail ! Thank you so much girl! I really appreciate this ;) 
There are 2 rules that come with this award: 
1.) List seven things about yourself
2.) Pass to 15 bloggers
I will do the same thing as she did though, I will answer a little survey, since I already listed 7 things about me here :) Let's start!

Blush or Bronzer ?   hmm.. Bronzer :)
Lip Gloss or Lipstick ?   Lip Gloss
Eyeliner or Mascara ?   Both ? :D But Mascara is more important :P
Foundation or Concealer ?   Concealer
Neutral or Colored Eyeshadow ?   Neutral
Pressed or Loose Eyeshadow ?   Pressed :)
Brushes or Sponges ?  Brushes!

Long or Short ?   Looong :)
Acrylic or Natural ?   Natural!
Bright or Dark ?   Bright :D
Flower or no Flower ?   hmmm.. well, Flower ;)

Perfume or Body Splash ?   Perfume
Lotion or Body Butter ?   Lotion
Body Wash or Soap ?   Body Wash

Jeans or Sweat Pants ?   depends: Sweat Pants at home and Jeans everywhere else :D
Long Sleeve or Short ?   short .. even in the winter :P
Dresses or Skirts ?   Skirts
Stripes or Plaid ?   Stripes
Flip Flops or Sandals ?   Sandals! :)
Scarves or Hats ?   Scarves
Studs or Dangly Earrings ?   I love them all...but Dangly Earrings :P
Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots ?   Riding Boots
Jacket or Hoodie ?   Hoodie ;)

Curly or Straight ?   that's a hard one ... straight? ... or curly :D  
Bun or Ponytail ?   Ponytail
Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips ?   Bobby Pins!
Hair Spray or Gel ?   Hair Spray
Long or Short ?   Long! Definitely :)
Light or Dark ?   Dark
Side-swept Bangs or Full Bangs ?   Side-swept ;)
Up or Down ? it both..but down :)

Rain or Shine ?   I love the rain, but I love sunshine a lil' more :)
Summer or Winter ?   Winter :P
Fall or Spring ?   Spring
Chocolate or Vanilla ?   Chocolate!! :D

That was fun :D I will give this award to :
Base Coat Top Coat
Nails and Stuff
Obsessed with Glitter
Clothes, Cosmetics and Chat
me, myself and Nail Polish
KK Nails
Nail Polish Wars
I'm feeling Nail-Venturous
Finger Painted
Polish Art Addiction
Copy That, Copy Cat
MaD Manis
Fingers Polish Mania

Enjoy it ladies ;) 

Dec 11, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 11 - Wreaths

Hello to my old and new followers!
Since my test was today (it went ok :D), I didn't had the time and energy to do today's theme on all my nails .. I didn't even change the base color :D So here is a cute accent nail: 
I like it, especially the little bow... I love cute bows :D 
I used S-he 320 as a base and Catrice - Run Forest Run for the wreath. I topped it with a green Golden Rose glitter and little shimmery dots (P2 - Divine). For the bow I used Sally Hansen - Brick Wall.

Go visit the blogs of these gorgeous ladies to see more cute little wreaths!

Have a good night and sweet polish dreams! :-* 

Christmas Challenge Day 10 - Poinsettias

Heyho :)
Today's theme: Poinsettias ...*sigh* they looked so good in my head...but on my nails, oh well, I don't like it.
Can't wait to do tomorrow's theme, so I can take these off :P 
Go ahead and see the beautiful poinsettias these ladies did: 
Have a good night! :*

Dec 10, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 9 - Red & Green

It's Friday!! Finally :D I still have a test on Sunday (yes, you heard right, on SUNDAY!) but still ;) 
Today's theme was a bit difficult...why? Because it's rather vague. I asked my readers what I could do with red and green polish and one of them said: a mistletoe!  Thank you for that idea, FrugallyMe ! :) 
I kept it simple, so here is my Red & Green Mani: 
I used: Avon Ruby Slippers as a base (@MissDoll: a little preview from your requested swatch), Aden - 86 (green), Nail Collection Matte in White for the dots and Essence - Golden Sands for the little bow.  
Simple but cute :) 
I'm really curious about the designs these ladies came up with :D
Have a good night and see ya tomorrow ;) 

Dec 8, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 8 - Candy Canes

First off I wanna thank you for all the support and all the nice comments you leave me, they just make my day :)
With that said, let's move on to today's challenge: Candy Canes !
I used China Glaze Ruby Pumps as a base and Nail Collection Matte in White for the Candy Canes. Ruby Pumps is just beautiful! I think it's one of my all time favorite polishes :) Although my pics don't show the whole beauty of this color. 
Let's see what these ladies did for today's challenge:

Tomorrow's theme is "Red/Green" and I have no idea what to do with my nails :))  I could use some inspiration from you guys ;) 
Thanks for stopping by and see ya tomorrow ;) 

Dec 7, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 7 - Gingerbread Man

Hello everybody! 
Short post today, cause I'm very sick :( Here is my Gingerbread Man: 
Yes you are seeing right! I just got my very first China Glaze polishes :D I was soooo excited :P More about that in the next few days ;) 
I used: Essence - Copper Rulez!, Catrice - Walk in the Woods, Essence - White Hype, China Glaze Ruby Pumps, Flormar - 50 and Essence - Silver Surfer. 
Here is my inspiration: 
Check out these lovely ladies too: 
See ya tomorrow ;) 

Dec 6, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 6 - Penguins

Already Day 6 ? Time really flies when you're having fun ;) 
Theme for today is "Penguins"! How sweet is that ? Here are my little fellas: 
I love their eyes :)) 
Let's see what I used: Essence - Fatal (my go to black polish), Nail Collection Matte in White and Essence - Sundancer. 
Penguins are so adorable! That's why I can't wait to see all the other cute designs by these ladies: 
See ya tomorrow with some yummy Gingerbread Man ;)

Dec 5, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 5 - Snowman Face

Hello !! :D
I changed today's theme from "Snowman Face" to "Snowman in Love" =))) 
 So here we have Mr. Snowman and Mrs. Snowwoman, who love each other very much :P 
I used Rimmel 198 Azure as a base, if you want to know one of the other colors I used, just ask ;) I'm too lazy to list them all up here :D
I had so much fun painting these 2 lovebirds ... do you like them? :)

Make sure to take a look at all the cute Snowmen on these blogs, too: 

Have a good night and see ya tomorrow with some cute penguins :D

Christmas Challenge Day 4 - Snowman

Hello, my dear readers! :)
Sorry for posting so late, but I went on a short trip to Hungary and I came back later than expected :P  
Today's theme is Snowman! I'd love to build one right now, but we have no snow here, because the weather decided to make it so warm like in spring outside :)) 
Does it snow where you live? 
This design was made in a hurry, but I like it :D
I used: Sensique 252 as a base and Art de Lautrec - White, Essence - Get the Fever, Avon - Ruby Slippers and Essence - Fatal.
I'm excited to see the other cute snowmen, made by these ladies:
It's so fun watching everyone's designs and interpretations of the themes. :D
Well, have a good night now! See ya ;) 

Dec 3, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 3 - Icicles

Hello everybody!
Short post today :P Here are my Icicles:
I used Chicogo - Fuel as a base, Essence - White Hype for the icicles and Essence - Silver Surfer for the accents. I also mixed a little white and blue polish to get a light blue color for the accents too.
I must say, that I don't like this design very much and that's why I took it off right away :P But tomorrows theme is "Snowman"! How cute :D Can't wait to do that! ;)
Don't forget to check out the designs of the other ladies!! :)
See ya tomorrow! :-*

Dec 2, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 2 - Snowflakes

It snowed! Last night when I went to bed, I looked for a second out the window and couldn't believe it: it all was white! I love it :D Well, today's theme is perfect for this weather: Snowflakes! And here is my mani:
I think I associate snow with night. :D I just love when it snows at night and everything is quiet and peaceful, and you can see the snowflakes under the streetlights ...beautiful!  I think it's my favorite time of the year :)

That's why I used a black background and silver Snowflakes :) After applying Essence - Fabuless as a base, I used 1 coat of Farmasi 79, a silver glitter, to make it a bit shinny, and then I draw the Snowflakes with the Essence Tip Painter - Silver Surfer. I added some dots with the same silver, representing the Snowflakes that are more far away :P 
I hope you like it! Because I really love this manicure :P
Check out the other ladies and their designs !

Have a lovely Friday! :-* 

Dec 1, 2011

Christmas Challenge Day 1 - Snowfall

It's December the 1st, that means the Challenge begins! :D As the title says, the theme for today is Snowfall. I'll try to keep it short, cause today is the Great Union Day, the national holiday in Romania and I will spend it with some friends. :)
So here is the base for my manicure:
I created a gradient with: Essence - I'm a Marine Girl (dark blue), Sensique - Lakier Sky Blue and P2 - Divine. I used a white base (Essence - Ahoy!) to make the colors pop more ;) As much as I love gradients, they never turn out great on my nails. The colors didn't blend that well together, and the cleaning up afterwards was a mess, but oh well, it still looks pretty. :) I tried to picture the dark night sky, the fog and the snow-covered ground. All the colors I used are shimmers and it looks beautiful in real life, but it doesn't show on the pictures... maybe a little bit on the second picture? :P
And for the falling snow I just used the same white, that I used as a base and added random sized dots all over the nails.
 It does look like snow, doesn't it ? :D 
I can't wait to see all the other designs of these lovely ladies that joined the Challenge:
Kaki, Steffi, Salpi, Shannara, Kirshten and of course paint that nail, who started all this :D
(These are just the ones I know, I'm sure there are a lot of other bloggers that joined :P)
So much for "keeping it short" =)))
See ya tomorrow with another frosty manicure ;)