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Monday, January 30, 2012

Explosion Tape Manicure

Hi dear readers !

I have already told you about my love for Jane's adorable tape designs on her blog, Nailside. When I found nails stencils with those peaked shapes, I immediatly thought of her Explosion manicure.
I found those in German, the brand is called Smart Nail Art but I have no idea where you can find them outside Germany. Well, it's a basic kind of supply so I guess you should find something similar easily (or be a bit braver than me and cut stripes of tape with your scissors lol)

I used Catrice Glamourista, a red creme from an old collection (Glamourama - Winter 2010) as the base, waited for it to be dry, applied the stencils and then used one coat of OPI Spark de Triomphe.
To be honest, I didn't really want to make an accent nail, but I failed with the stencil on the ring finger and didn't want to start again with base coat and red on that finger. An accent nail wasn't too bad :p

I liked how this turned. I should really try to cut some tape and do this design again with other colors :)

What about you, do you love it ?

Be ready, the next post will be posted here on wednesday ... but it will be a guest post !
Guess who will write something here ? Stay tuned ;)

Have a nice day :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Catrice Papagena & Kleancolor Chunky Purple

Hi dear readers :)

Wow, the week went so fast ... I dodn't had time to write a single post or edit my newest pictures !
I have a manicure from last summer that I didn't post for you today. That's when I started to experiment some layerings :)

I first used two coats of Catrice Papagena (from the Papagena Summer Collection) as the base. Then I wanted to try a layering with one coat of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple, but I didn't like the result, the glitters from that polish didn't pop up ...
So I hid the fail with one coat of black crackle. I used P2, it's my fave for the black crackles :) i think it made it pop the glitters a bit more :)
 In the sun, Chunky Holo Purple reveals a gorgeous multichrome reflect, from green to orange an red tones ... It's sooo stunning !

I love the last pic, the shadow shows orange sparkle which looks great on purple in my opinion :)

Do you like that combo ?

Kleancolor polish are available on BeautyJoint. They are pretty and cheap but if you never tried them, you have to know that they smell terribly bad. I prefer to warn you about that ;)

Have a nice day :D

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Essence Blue Addicted

Hi dear readers !

I have a quick swatch for you today. I think all glitter lovers will appreciate this one, I'll show you Essence Blue Addicted :)

Blue Addicted is a dark blue jelly base filled with tons of blue and green hexagonal glitters, and also thin blue glitters ... It is said to be a perfect dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Accross the Universe; I don't own this one, but according to comparison swatches, I can believe I don't need Accross the Universe any more ;) (you can check Spektor's Nails swatches)

Isn't it really pretty ?

I loved it a lot. The formula is good, I needed two coats for full coverage, which is okay for me.You'll probably need to place some of the hexa glitters with a toothpick so they don't touch your cuticles and keep the borders nice and clean.
You can guess the removal is a little mess ... I removed most of the polish with the foil technique, but some big chunks were still there. I removed them with an orange stick and cleaned my nails with remover.
Finally it was not so bothering :)

Do you like it ?

Have a nice day :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Essence High Spirits & Make it Golden

Hi dear readers :)

I hope you're fine. I'm sorry, I wanted to post earlier but I was ill 'till today and stood in my bed all time, sleeping or reading blogs from my iPad. At least I read a lot of posts to reduce my lateness on this lol.
Now I feel better, I'll get back to work tomorrow and I have a new post for you :)

This is a combo I made a couple of weeks ago, and I loved it ! I first applied two coats of Essence High Spirits, a shimmery khaki green which is really pretty. I can't believe I didn't like shades of green before I became a polish addict :p
I sponged the tips with another great polish from Essence, Make it Golden. This one is a very sheer gold base with different sizes of gold glitter. Trust me, it's a must have ! I hope one day Essence will make the same in silver, that would be a must-have basic :)
I also used one coat of make it Golden on the ring finger to create an accent.

I loved how reflective the glitters were <3 Do you like that look ?

I also took some pics of High Spirits on its own but they are not that good ... Anyway, if you want to see the shimmer of this one, here they are:

I hope you liked it :)

Have a nice day ^^

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Patchwork Tape Manicure

Hi dear readers !

I noticed I had some old pics I never showed here ... This manicure was done in september or october I guess, when there was still a bit of sun here ... I hope you don't mind to see something that's not seasonal ;)

I did this tape manicure following Chloe's tutorial ... I love that kind of manicure so much :)

The colors I used for this were China Glaze Custom Kicks for the base, China Glaze DV8 and Essence Berlin Story.
So, what's your advice ?

I also made a quick swatch of China Glaze Custom Kicks. This one is a bright turquoise polish with lovely gold shimmer from the Kicks Collection (Summer 2009)

It has a perfect formula but it stained my nails ... Well, almost every bright turquoise and blue shades stain on my nails, I think it's not the case for everyone. And that didn't make me love it less :)

I hope you like it :) 

Have a nice day ^^

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nail Polish Jewelry

Hi dear readers :)

I won't show you nails today, but some polish related stuff !

As a craft hobbies lover and formerly beaded jewelry maker (I hope I'll find time soon to start this passion again), I also started to make some nail polish jewelry. Do you like that trend ?
I enjoy trying different layerings (glitters and holos are my faves), match my jewelry with my notd, create some cute stuff for my friends ...

Here are some stuff I did:
Essence Confetti Circus

Essence Glorious Aquarius

Kleancolor Aurora

OPI Absolutely Alice

China Glaze Shooting Stars

Nfu Oh 51
Did I mention that flakies look good, too ? :D
Right now I have started a pendant with CND Sheer 24k Gold Sparkle Effect ... I hope it will be pretty :)

Do you like that trend ?
Which of mine are your faves ? My favorite here is Circus Confetti I love the depth of glitters on this one!

I also have small Etsy shop if you want to check it ... It's there: http://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetsugarnails

Thanks for reading and commenting :) (I have more comments since I moved back to Blogger ... I'm so happy ! )

Have a nice day :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle

Hi dear readers !

What I'll show you today is my last "festive" manicure. I wanted to show it between Christmas and the New Year, but with the blog problems I'm a bit late in my posts ...
I did this manicure the week before Christmas, with the festive spirit around me but I think I could wear it any time in the year, even with the green and gold Xmas colors :)

For these very simple nails, I used China Glaze Emerald Sparkle. Do I really need to introduce it ? :D
Shame on me, it has been in my stash for almost 2 years and I never used it as a full manicure ... I don't know why, because it's really lovely, perfect for all glitter and green lovers !

I added gold water decals from Emnails, it was my first try with these. I'll tel you my advice and more info about this french website right after the pics.

Do you like it ?
I found the water decals on Emnails, it's a french site that sells mainly water decals and stickers. They also have some Zoya polish and accessories but stickers and WD are the main interest of their site. Their prices are quite interesting (1,50€ for one sheet of stickers), they have a lot of designs. The quality is good, I didn't have any issue applying the water decals. Well, the first ones were a bit messy but I'm not used to WD yet, it's the second time I use these ...
If you are from Europe, you can check their website (I guess it's not interesting at all to order from the rest of the world, I don't even know if they ship outside of Europe). Sadly, their site is only available in french (but you can use a translator)

Have a nice day :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year's Eve Manicure

Hi dear readers :)

First, with a bit of lateness, let me wish you all the best for the year 2012 !

Finally my blog problems seem to be solve, now I have to get used to Blogger again :)
And I also have to post the 65 missing articles, but I'll do that this weekend ...

It's time for me to show you what I did on my nails for the New year ! I did something very simple but blingy !
I used 2 coats of Essence Maybe I'm Amazed for the base, then I sponged the tips with a Essence It's Purplicious. I told you it was something simple ... But the holographic glitter in Purplicious are awesome !

I loved that simple but efficient look ... Do you like it ? 

There a thing to know about Purplicious, it recently changed. The first version released looked a lot like Essence Twins Louise, with purple square and round glitters. The new version contains only small round glitters, but half of them are purple, and the rest are holographic! 
I love that version a lot ... The older one is still available in some shops, but I'd bet it won't stay much longer ... Which is a bit sad because both versions are pretty and very different !

Please feel free to comment or contact me (via the form on the Contact page) to share your opinion or tell me if you have issues with the new version :)

Have a nice day :)

Essence Maybe I'm Amazed - Remix your Style LE
Essence It's Purplicious - Special Effect Toppers collection

Finally back ...

Hi dear readers !

Well ... Finally, moving to a self-hosted Wordpress blog was a mistake ...
Wordpress is really a good CMS, and this time I had no issue with my hoster, but I have to be realistic, with my job and working times I don't have time enough to write posts AND assure the maintenance. WP and its plugins need updates, I have to clean the database frm time to time ... No, really, I prefer to concentrate on my pictures and posts, and Blogger does a great job for my blogging needs.

Normally, you won't have to change your bookmarks as I keep my domain name, and you may not see any difference (except for the design)

I have to import the posts I wrote on Wordpress since june (that makes 65 posts) and it seems a bit difficult to do it automatically, I'm waiting for the support to answer me right now ...
The only bad point is I'll lose all the comments since that date, because Intense Debate can move from Blogger to Wordpress, but not in the other way. I'm really sorry about that :(

I hope the change will be okay, and I'll be back tonight for a new polish post :)