How about these three beauties? Gwyneth Paltrow designed them for Goop, her own online Lifestyle magazine. Each week, Goop premieres one exclusive limited edition collaboration. Whether it’s a wardrobe staple, a home accessory, or a beauty must, they believe these are the curated essentials for you, your wardrobe and your home. Gwyneth started Goop in the fall of 2008 to share all of life’s positives. From creating a delicious recipe to finding a perfect dress for spring, she began curating the best of lifestyle to help her readers save time, simplify and feel inspired. Enough about Goop and on to the pretty polishes! Let me introduce you to the ”Trifecta of bespoke lacquers”, from left to right in the top three rows of pictures: Hampstead Heath which offers a mossy, green and gold shine, great for a holiday occasion. Abso-bloody-lutley which is the ultimate deep cherry opaque red and Bread & Butter pudding which is a sheer ivory cream. The latter one doesn’t really make me want to run out and buy it but man, that green and even that deep cherry red are delicious! If it wasn’t for the price I’d buy them I think. You can pick up the Goop and Butter London nail polish set for $36 at Goop.com.
Butter London also recently unveiled its Sweetie Shop Lacquer Collection, which will be available from January 2013. The new collection includes six shades influenced by the pastels of sweets such as cotton candy milkshakes and macaroons. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? But will it look good in the bottle and on the nail? Well let’s have a look at these colors and find out!
The shades are from left to right:
- Jasper – A nice mellow yellow.
- Kerfuffle – A lovely shade of sherbet.
- Fiver – An icy mint color.
- Fruit Machine – A sweet bubblegum pink.
- Molly Coddled – A wonderful bright violet.
- Cuppa – A perfect tea with milk color, it doesn’t get more British than that.
The Sweetie Shop Lacquer Collection will be available from Boots, Harvey Nichols and butter LONDON’s website priced at £12 each. www.butterlondon.com
Which of these collections speaks to you? Or are they both not your thing?
I’ll just leave these tasty little morsels right here…
Sadly no release in the Netherlands but these will be out in Germany December 2013
No clue if this collection will be released in the Netherlands but it’s certainly cute and looks like it would work well for Valentines day.
These are planned for a January release just like the Vintage District collection:
Release planned for January 2013
And lastly, planned for the second half of January and first half of Febuary is the Snow Jam Collection, again not sure if this will come to the Netherlands yet, but I’ll keep you posted:
Yep, it’s small and it looks like the text is in Russian or Ukrainian but it’s the best I can do right now.
But look closely on the left of all these, there will be at least 3 to 4 new Limited Edition nail polishes with this set of collections and I have to say, I’m loving the blues and purples!
Hopefully when the press release comes for these I’ll be able to tell you more about these little collections and show you the colors a bit better.
What are your first thoughts?
The new Limited Edition “NEONaturals” by Catrice invites you to use bright colors to cheer up the winter months!
This collection brings the trend colors of international designers to your nails: six neons and six nudes for endless combinations and looks.
You can use these individually or as a color duo for a beautiful halfmoon manicure which you can easily make with the new nailart brush that will include 30 tip guide stickers!
I’m loving these brights and I will probably buy On The Bright Side Of Life at least once but probably twice so I will have a back up for it once I run out. I also like the look of Little Miss Sunshine (which incidentally is also one of my favorite movies, next to Amelie and Fightclub) and may buy that one too. The nudes I will have to see in person to be able to judge if they’ll go with my pale yet pinkish skintone. I do like the look of several of them though.
NEONaturals by Catrice will be available halfway December 2012 until halfway January 2013 in the Netherlands and Belgium.
I’ve known about this collection for a few months now but was asked to not speak about these just yet as China Glaze was keeping these under wraps for just a little longer…, and boy was it hard to keep these to myself because man, aren’t they interesting? To me the larger glitters look like something a lot of polish lovers have been buying from the Indie Polish makers and now China Glaze is bringing this amazing look to the general public as well, I love it!
There are 12 colors in this collection as you can see in the collage I made of them up here, and these are their names:
I’ll be curious to see what the swatches of this collection will be like and what everyone’s favorites will be.
What are your thoughts of this little set? Is this a must have or a must pass for you?
For those interested in buying these, Transdesign has the collection up already!
Thursday November 8th will be a special day, a day where many bloggers will unite against bullying in their own special way. I will be creating a special purple nail art to raise awareness that bullying is always going on but often hidden by both bullies and victims. Showing them that we care will hopefully cause them to think and maybe, just maybe, we can make it a little less bad.
Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.
Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.
As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color…even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people’s view of “normal” dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.
In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community.
(Here’s a translation for the fellow Dutch/Belgian dutch speaking bloggers who would like to participate as well:
Pesten is niet grappig. Het is niet cool. En nog belangrijker, het is niet goed.
De meesten van ons zijn, gelukkig maar, inwoners van een land dat staat voor tolerantie en veel van onze families hebben zich in dit land gevestigd om die reden. Generaties later, is het onze verantwoordelijkheid om die boodschap van tolerantie op onze nieuwe sociale platforms, waaronder het internet, te blijven verspreiden.
Als leden van de (nagellak) blogging gemeenschap delen wij allemaal een liefde voor schoonheid, kleur en lak. Daarnaast, zijn we allemaal opmerkelijk verschillend: van onze achtergrond en godsdienst tot onze haarkleur… zelfs tot onze manier van nagels lakken. Iemand opzij willen schuiven of zelfs kleineren vanwege deze verschillen is volstrekt onaanvaardbaar en vandaag neem ik het hier tegen op.
Ik weiger om de ideeën van een ander over wat normaal is mij te laten beïnvloeden over hoe ik mij gedraag, geloof en blog.
In solidariteit met een grote groep andere bloggers die hieronder gelinkt zijn, vertegenwoordigt mijn paarse manicure mijn trotse inzet voor de No H8 beweging. Vandaag, 8 November, draag ik mijn blogpost op aan het beëindigen van pesten in welke aard dan ook en aan de bevordering van diversiteit en onvolmaaktheid onder in kleurrijke gemeenschap.)
A sweet friend of mine wrote this statement and I hope that you will copy it to your blog, that way the statement will be clear to others and we all form one front against the bullies. It would also be awesome if you linked to the http://
There will also be inlinkz provided (which looks a little something like this: http://www.nailingthis.com/
This all started in the nailpolish blogging community, but you are more than welcome to give your own twist on it, if you want to do a make up look using purples, go right ahead! I hope to see a lot of you participating and I also hope you spread the word!
See you all on my blog this Thursday where I will show you my personal experience with bullying and of course my purple manicure. Thank you for listening!
Isn’t she looooovely? Isn’t she woooooooonderful? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Ladies, gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to the newest color to be released by Chanel for the holidays, her name is Malice and she’s a rich shimmery burgundy red. The collection itself is stunning by the way, trust me on this, and for those of you who can’t wait much longer to get their paws on it I have wonderful news as the Éclat du Soir de Chanel Collection is going to be for sale at the end of this month!
Catrice will be releasing yet another Big City Life collection this October, this time highlighting Paris, San Francisco and Shanghai.
Let’s take a quick look at the polishes:
The sugary sweet pink of Paris Macarons, the blue of the San Francisco bay and the golden shine of Shanghai are perfectly represented in each polish but it’s not something we haven’t seen before I don’t think. IF I were to buy these I’d buy them for the packaging but not for the color I don’t think. But who knows, I may change my mind if I run into them when they’re out.
Just a quick post introducing the three gorgeous colors Chanel will be releasing to celebrate fashion’s most exceptional evening. Fashion’s Night Out is being held on September 6th in New York City and is celebrated in other cities all over the world.
Each year Chanel creates a set of colors for this special occasion and last year they spoiled us with the lovely Les Jeans colors, and this year they are giving us three warm colors that will look stunning on the runways complimenting the fall shades.
- Délicatesse – This elegant shade of beige offers a stroke of sophistication for nails in a long-wearing, high-shine lacquer.
- Infidèle – An intense, energetic pink dresses the fingertips in brilliantly bold color for an effortlessly feminine effect.
- Provocation - A deep, rich plum offers an elegant accent for a refined, resolutely stylish nail look.
I’d totally rock the provocation lipstick as well, but since I rarely wear lipsticks I don’t think I’ll get this one. Provocation the polish though, I will totally get!
Many have read the books, myself included, and many have fallen for Christian Grey. Duri, the makers of Rejuvacote, my favorite nail hardener EVER, have noticed the world wide obsession with Christian Grey and his Ana and are releasing a 50 Shades of Grey themed collection called 12 shades of Desire.
I’ve emailed Duri for more information but so far I have nothing to share sadly than this one page advertisement, because I would have loved to show you more pictures of this collection!
As you can see there are 12 colors in this and I just LOVE the names for it!
- Bedroom Talk – Taupe
- You belong to me – Teal
- Behind Closed Doors – Purple
- Oh, My! – Coral
- Undisclosed Desires – Cherry Red
- Blinding Obsession – Warm orange
- Laters Baby! – Fuchsia
- Pure Vanilla – Baby Pink
- Kinky Pleasures – Blue
- Provocatively Innocent – Red tinted Purple
- Absolute Intimacy – Purple
- Indulge My Whim – A silvery glitter
I think Duri did everything they could to leave out any reference to the color grey but that’s okay because I am loving the colors they did pick for this and I think I’d proudly rock any of them.
Inspired by the legendary film and style icons like Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergmann and Marlene Dietrich the Limited Edition ”Hollywood’s FABULOUS 40s” by Catrice takes you away into the glamourous times of the 1940′s.
Catrice picks up the 40′s trends as a tribute to the self-confident woman, the elegance and incomparable beauty of Hollywood divas and skillfully combines feminine, warm red tones such as rose, rosewood, and cherry red with delicate nude-, beige and brown nuances and modern purple. For a stylish look à la Hollywood…
For this Limited Edition Catrice has picked warm trendy colors with a glossy finish and without any shimmer to celebrate the classic 40′s style.
- Red Butler
- Holly Rose Wood
- Marlene’s Favorite
- The Nude Scene
- Doris’ Darling
“Hollywood’s FABULOUS 40s” by Catrice will be available from September to October 2012.
If this set comes to the Netherlands I will probably only pick up the purple, but who knows, they may be prettier in person, though since they are advertised to be creme colors with no shimmer. In this case that means ‘what you see is what you get’ with these product pictures.
What do you think of this little set? I know there are some pink lovers out there that read my blog that will probably go for this, am I right?
As you may possibly know, I adore Illamasqua and everything they stand for. Their colors are stunning and their collections innovative. So it is no surprise that I like this set of nail polishes with a rubber-like finish they’ve come out with. There are 6 new colors and 4 from a previous collection that are now being sold via the American Sephora site as online exclusives. That means it’s not easy to obtain these colors for everyone outside the USA, which makes me a bit sad, but what can you do, right?
Like I already wrote, 4 colors aren’t new. Faux Pas, Kink, Taint and Vice are all part of the Theatre of the Nameless collection that they released a while ago. I own both Vice and Taint from this collection and they are absolutely beautiful. The finish sits in between gloss and matte and the polish stays on for a long time without any chipping, which can often be a problem when they have a different finish. The other six colors listed alongside these four colors below are all brand new.
Let’s take a look at them all now, shall we?
- Aorta *- scarlet red
- Devotee *- candy pink
- Faux Pas – blue violet
- Kink – bottle green
- Nurture* – vivid green
- Optimist *- warm yellow
- Prosperity *- rich purple
- Serenity *- bright turquoise
- Taint – stone brown
- Vice – deep cerise
And this is the description of the colors on the Sephora site:
What it is:
A highly pigmented matte nail varnish with an innovative rubber-like finish.
What it does:
Go beyond ordinary nails with this chip-resistant rubber-finish nail color that contains the finest high-grade color suspension materials for creating a fast and buildable waxy rubber finish.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Fragrances
Man I so want that Prosperity one, I mean you can’t ever go wrong with a royal purple! And I also would love to complete my Theatre of the Nameless set with the other two polishes I’m still missing. Hopefully someday…
My dear friend, Claudia, that runs this blog has continually told me I am more than welcome to make a guest blog entry here. Now, I appreciated the sentiment, but I thought eh, this will not happen often because all of my posts would be truly negative. See, I’m not the average girl. I’m by no means a girlie girl and my lifestyle makes it very hard on my nails and nail products. I have tried lots of things and I have never been satisfied. Nothing stands up to my lifestyle. For a little explanation, I work very hard. Not at my day job – that’s hard too, but that is more a mental struggle. My home life however, wow. I have four horses, we raise our own beef and we also raise our own pork. Therefore we have cows to tend, baby cows to feed who happen to like to suck on your fingers a lot. We also have baby pigs to feed, the occasional goats and chickens. Maintaining horses in Arizona means that you have to scrub out their water troughs pretty regularly; almost every other day; due to algae and moss buildup. Add to this my regular home life – dishes, scrubbing bathrooms, laundry, dusting, etc. You get the picture. Everything that I do means I haven’t found a product that I’ve been satisfied with. Nothing lasts. By the end of day one we’re usually chipped, peeling and needing very severely to be taken off because it looks incredibly horrible.
About two weeks ago, my local family dollar had a sale on Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. Now, I wasn’t sure why I wanted to even attempt this given my massive failures with polish in the past, but I was intrigued. Plus, I really loved the prints. I went for Booty Camp – it’s a fabulous pink camo. The package says lasts up to ten days, but given my lifestyle I knew that wouldn’t happen. I loved this print and it suits me so I thought, given the price I’d give it a try. On day one (left), I applied this in the afternoon, early evening time so there wasn’t much testing to go on this day, except dishes. Which isn’t much of a test as any polish should hold up to dishes. I threw this on and I’ll admit, it isn’t the best application as it was the first time I had ever tried a product like this. Over the top I put on my Seche Vite dry fast top coat and we were off to the races.
I decided that if I was really going to test a product out, it needed to be really tested hard and it would need to go through everything that I normally go through. So dishes came and went and everything looked good. Now, aside from dishes, as I mentioned previously, there are a lot of things that go on in my daily life. Being an owner of hard working animals, plus raising your own animals for various purposes means there is a lot to do. By time day three rolled around, I had scrubbed two water troughs for my horses. This is one of my more difficult tasks as it entails getting into a bathtub after its been drained and really scrubbing with a wire brush and steel wool pad to get all of the algae buildup out of the water troughs. I don’t use any cleaners as chemicals can be harmful to the animals so it’s a whole lot of elbow grease and scrubbing on top of scrubbing. On the same day, I spent a few hours feeding four baby calves that require bottle feeding. One of them – who has aptly been named love bug because he’s got a white heart on his head – requires a LOT of work. He didn’t receive good care from his mama and he’s only four days old. Feeding him requires keeping the other three babies away because they will be finished before he gets started and they will bump him out of the way. I have to pretty much pry his mouth open, getting him sucking on my fingers first because he doesn’t quite know how to suck properly and then get the bottle into his mouth once he’s got his suction going. A lot of work and a lot of time with fingers in his mouth, getting bitten and chewed on till he figures out what he’s doing. This day also included taking care of six week old baby pigs and six goats.
Day three (both below) included feeding the calves again, feeding horses, brushing them out including mane and tail which is not an easy feat either. Day three also included scrubbing bathroom showers, tubs, toilets and sinks. I’m a bit of a germ-a-phobe so this an in depth scrubbing process too. Dishes and laundry were also on the list of things to accomplish on day three. Over all, I am very happy with the way that the Booty Camp has held up. As you can see, I have some minor chips and a few flaws, but they are still holding on pretty strong. I’m convinced that as I get better at putting them on, they will hold on stronger. It didn’t last ten days, but, over all, I am very pleased with the way they measured up to my real life challenge and I’m glad that I had the chance to guest blog on a positive note. I have also purchased the Winter Funderland polish strips from Sally as well. I’m looking forward to giving that a try as well. So, if you’re looking for a quick application that really does last, this is the way to go. I would highly recommend it.
Did you ever have something on your nails that made smile every time you see them? It could be your very first gradient, an amazing holo or a rare indie polish, but I bet you know that feeling, right?
Today I am showing you a manicure that has made me smile all day now for several reasons. First of all because this is my first manicure using acrylic paint instead of ink, and it’s turned out quite well I think. And second of all because it’s of one of my favorite cartoon characters ever, Stitch!
I may be in my thirties but man, I absolutely love the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch and I’m not to afraid to admit that, it’s just such an adorable movie and if it were in any way possible I’d have a Stitch as a pet!
So when I read that Taylor of Nailed to the T was going to do this Disney Nail art contest to celebrate her blog turning 1 year old and her daughter’s birthday who is turning 4 this month, I couldn’t help but participate and try to recreate my favorite cartoon characters on my nails! Happy Blog Birthday Taylor and Happy Birthday to your adorable little A, I hope she likes these nails!
May I VERY proudly present, Lilo, Stitch and her doll Scrump:
Aren’t they adorable?! I’m so in love with these I keep looking at them and smiling!
By the way, for those of you who haven’t tried painting with Acrylic paint on your nails, you should totally give it a shot! It’s easier than it looks! You just have to understand the basics of painting and have a very small brush. As for the painting, you should start with the base and filling it in with the highlights and use the dark colors last . Also Acrylic paint is easy to correct. If you do something wrong and you’re in the beginning stages still you can wipe it off. And if you are in the end stages you can always paint over your mistake. It really is that simple. By the way, I used this set of Oumaxi acrylic paint that I ordered off of eBay a while ago and they’re a dream to work with. Perfect consistency and beautiful colors. I highly recommend these!
The brush I also got off of eBay, I think I used the middle length of this set.
Do you have any pink ribbons to show your support in the battle against breast cancer? If not, this may be your chance!
And that’s how I created the nails I posted yesterday. I hope you enjoyed the video and that it inspired you to try out this method yourself.
You can buy the inks, brand Daler Rowney, and the pen shown in the video at an artist supply shop, craft store or even on eBay. The white polish I used underneath the design is O.P.I.’s Alpine Snow to get a nice clear image for the video. The inks are usually so opaque though that you can use any color you like.
If you decide to try this, I’d love to see your work! Link me in the comments if you want.
Today I’d like to share with you the nails I’ve been rocking for almost week now.
I love them so much that I made a little step by step collage on how I created them, using a nailwheel, 3 colors of nail polish, a little piece of make up sponge (not pictured) a fountain pen and acrylic ink.
- These are the nail polishes I used. Apart from a base and topcoat of course. From left to right are: Essence - Via Airmail!, China Glaze – Beach Cruise-R and China Glaze – Sweet Hook.
- This is the pen and the inks I used for this little step by step.
- First, paint your nail a base color and let it dry.
- Create a gradient on a little make up sponge by putting a stripe of all three colors on it and dabbing it onto the nail like so.
- Once the nail polish has dried you can start drawing on it using acrylic ink and a fountain pen.
- Make the pattern as large or small as you want, I nearly stopped at this point liking this design very much already but deciding to push for more as I have a weakness for full nail designs.
- This is the nail once I was finished drawing with white.
- I’ve added some blue details to it to make it look extra special.
- After all has dried I’ve topcoated my nail and hey presto, you have your very own portable piece of art at your fingertip!
Now before I talk about these I need to say that I know I’m late writing about these but there were not any official pictures around. But here they finally are!
Essie, quickly becoming one of my favorite brands due to their fabulous colors and nice wide brush, has recently released a new collection called Yogaga. It’s already being spotted all over in the USA. But it’s only recently that they’ve added this collection to the site.
The collection consists of 6 brand new colors and they them like this:
- Boxer Shorts – A winning blue
- Gym Dandy – A motivated Greige Brown
- Marathin – A fit Rosy Pink
- Pilates Hottie – A Zen light lilac
- Spinning Again – A driven brick red
- Yogaga – A peachful sandy beige
I have to say, I like most of these, all but the red and the pink but that’s not because those colors suck, no those colors just suck on me. In general they are all beautiful though, and they are the kind of color you slap on when you want your nails painted but don’t feel like making a big statement. They are nice and creamy seem to cover without having to fuss with putting on multiple layers, which sounds good and zen enough to me! ;)
There was a bit of a discussion on a nail forum I’m on about Pilates Honey being a possible dupe of OPI’s Planks a lot from their pirates of the caribean collection, but after comparing them on a swatchwheel we came to the conclusion that Pilates Honey has more blue or in the correct terms; is a blurple.