black striped gradient nail art

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I’ve been a bit off lately and my motivation for nails and blogging has been at the bottom. But as always the inspiration returns after a while. Yay!!

back in black

I recently rediscovered my love for black nails and I have a new favorite, IsaDora Jugend Black. A perfect onecoater which looks like a black cream but up close you  can see a tiny hint of shimmer. Love the color and love the formula!

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the stripes

I’m obsessed with accent nails for the moment and I wanted to add some color to the manicure. I chose three creams from China Glaze, the green Grass is Lime Greener, the blue Capacity to See Beyond and the purple Givers Theme. I quickly made the gradients by using a sponge and then added some stripes. For these I used striping tape.

I really like the result. Dark and vampy but with some hints of color. Do you like it?

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poisonous pink nail art

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Today it is Nail Art Sunday at LeLack, as every sunday. The today´s theme is focused on rising awareness of breast cancer and the pink ribbon campaign, just like the United in Pink initiative that Lacky Corner is hosting this week.

poison and optimism

Cancer is a devastating disease. In your fight against the poisonous sickness you need to have an optimism. An optimism that you someday will get well, and an optimism that enables you to see things positive in the everyday life you are living in the middle of the crisis. At least that is how I feel about the frustrating time of sickness I’m going through myself at the moment. (Not cancer though…) And I wanted to capture this feeling in the nail art for today.

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inspired by joanne

I saw an awesome poison mani at the blog Witch Nails the other day which I used as inspiration for this manicure. (By the way, this is the first time ever I saw a good use of crackle polish.) Then I added an accent nail with flowers I painted with some dotting tools.

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the palette

For this manicure I started with the pink Essie Too Taboo and IsaDora Jugend Black. Then I topped everything with the crackle polish IsaDora Black Tag. The poison touch was then finalized with some extra Essie Too Taboo at the tips.

The accent nail has China Glaze Friends Forever Right? as base color, then I used the same pink and black polishes as on the other nails to dot the flowers. Finally I added a hint of neon green in the middle, China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener.

 

romantic dinner nail art

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Some small sparks of creativity are slowly creeping back into my veins, even though I’m still spending most of my days sleeping. But it feels like a good sign!

And the other day me and my husband made something we rarely do. We had a romantic dinner at a restaurant, only the two of us. It was perfect!

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perfect company, perfect nails

Of cours I had to do my nails for such an occasion. I wanted something romantic and a bit elaborate so I ended up with a red, black and white manicure with some accent nails in flower pattern.

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step by step

I started out with the stunning OPI The Show Must Go On, a reddish raspberry duochrome which flashes in golden orange. Then I added some accent nails with the white OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. After drying I stamped on some flowers using the black holo polish Color Club Beyond and konad plate m60.

Easy, and I had the best looking nails in the restaurant. And the best company…

My first splatter attempt

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Hi all!

Today I want to share with you my first attempt of a splatter manicure. I just love those moments when I get to sit down, calmly (that doesn’t happen often), and have time and inspiration (both on the same time, that’s rare) to try some new ideas or techniques.

I saw an awesome splatter mani on Instagram recently so my fingers itched to try this technique. So I grabbed some paper, a scissor and some tape and made some small paper tubes before I started to play and blow the colors on my nails.

For this mani I started with Color Club Age of Aquarius as the base and then added the black China Glaze Liquid Leather, the white OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and the lime neon China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener.

For being a first attemp I really like the result. How do you like this manicure? Have you tried splatter manis before?

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 Svenska

Idag tänkte jag dela med mig av mitt första försök till splatter-manikyr. Jag älskar dessa stunder då jag har möjlighet att sitta ner i lugn och ro för att prova något nytt. Och det händer inte ofta att både tiden och inspirationen infinner sig samtidigt. Oftast dyker inspirationen upp då jag har som minst tid. Jag tackar högre makter för en förstående make som inte klagar då jag plötsligt lämnar något halvgjort och försvinner till mitt hobbyrum.

Jag såg en galet snygg splatter nail art på Instagram häromdagen, så jag utrustade mig med papper, sax och tejp innan jag började blåsa och leka med färgerna till denna manikyr.

Jag startade med Color Club Age of Aquarius som bas, sedan blåste jag över det svarta China Glaze Liquid Leather, det vita OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls och det neonfärgade limelacket China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener.

För ett första försök är jag riktigt nöjd. Vad tycks? Har du testat splatter nail art tidigare?

 

Beach Nail Art – Waves and Sand

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Summer is the theme of today’s NailArt Sunday at LeLack. For me summer equals the beach. Nothing is more relaxing than lying on the beach, reading a good book.

A while ago I stumbled across an awesome beach manicure at Chalkboard Nails, so I decided to do my own version of it. I made the water nails by using Essie I’m Addicted and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

Then I wanted the sandy feeling of a beach so I grabbed my Liquid Sand polish OPI What Wizardry Is This?. To make the transition between dry and wet sand I blended in some white in What Wizardry… and made a gradient of sand.  Finally I added a white star sticker to symbolize a starfish.

How do you like this manicure?

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 Svenska

Idag är det sommartema i NailArt Sunday hos LeLack. För mig finns det inget mer somrigt än stranden. Sol, bad och lugn och ro med en god bok.

För en tid sedan ramlade jag över en fantastiskt strand-manikyr hos Chalkboard Nails, så dagen till ära gör jag en egen version av den. Vattennaglarna gjorde jag i det poolblå Essie I’m Addicted och det vita My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

Sedan ville jag få till den sandiga strandkänslan och då valde jag ett Liquid Sand-lack från OPI, nämligen What Wizardry Is This?. För att göra övergången mellan våt och torr sand man kan se på stranden blandade jag i lite vitt i What Wizardry… och gjorde en lätt gradient på de sandiga naglarna.  Slutligen toppade jag med en sticker som sjöstjärna.

Vad tycker du om denna manikyr?

Ugliest: China Glaze Budding Romance

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My ugliest untried nail polish, that’s the theme of today in The Neverending Pile Challenge. This was an easy choice: China Glaze Budding Romance. A yellow tinted green, such a hideous and unflattering color to wear. I just can’t understand how or why I could get the idea to buy this polish from the last years spring collection Avant Garden.

To be able to stand wearing Budding Romance I made a simple stamping nail art to pimp the manicure. The white is, as always, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and the plate is Konad m60.
This polish will not crown my nails again.

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Mitt fulaste otestade nagellack, det är dagens tema i The Neverending Pile Challenge. Det här var ett enkelt val: China Glaze Budding Romance. Ett gultonat grönt lack, en gräslig (passande ord) och mycket osmickrande färg att bära. Jag förstår verkligen inte hur jag tänkte när jag köpte detta lack från förra vårens kollektion Avant Garden.

För att stå ut med att bära Budding Romance pimpade jag manikyren med lite enkel stämpling genom att använda det vita OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls och konadplatta m60.

Det här lacket kommer inte pryda mina naglar igen.

Rainbow Pride Nail Art Manicure

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It’s the election for the European Parliament today. For me it is natural to stand up for equality, free love and diversity in the european society. That’s why I’m voting today!

To honour the democracy and my beliefs I made a Rainbow inspired striped manicure today, with the blue Essie I’m Addicted from the Neons 2014 collection.

Take a look at more EU elections inspired manis at NailArt Sunday at LeLack.

I hope you voted!!

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Svenska

Idag är det EU-parlamentsval. För mig är det en självklarhet att stå upp för jämlikhet, mångfald och allas rätt till sin egen kärlek. Därför röstar jag idag!

För att hedra demokratin och mina värderingar gjorde jag idag en regnbågsinspirerad randig manikyr som utgår från det blå Essie I’m Addicted från årets kollektion Neons 2014.

Kika in på NailArt Sunday hos LeLack för fler EU-vals-inspirerade manikyrer.

Du röstar väl idag?