Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Nail Art | Green to Blue to Black Gradient

Hi sweeties!

The girls and I have been crazy busy with our internships. It's a very exciting time for us, but pretty exhausting, mainly because it means a commute for the three of us, seeing as none of us are working near our home (town). This also means we don't have a lot of day light to take pictures in... :(

Luckily I had pictures of a mani I hadn't showed yet.
After organising my nail polish stash, I noticed a couple of polishes that went together really well, thus the idea for a gradient was born. ;)

I have loads of pictures, because I had trouble deciding which ones to show, so I'll put the rest behind the jump.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Nail polish remover pads

Hi, everyone.

Last time I went to the shop, I was in desperate need of nail polish remover. Unfortunately, they were sold out! But when I looked harder, I noticed that they had aceton free nail polish remover pads. And I thought I would give it a try and share my thoughts.

The thing about these pads is that it takes longer to remove your nail polish, but it makes your cuticles nice and soft instead of dry when using regular nail polish remover. Also the smell is nice. It smells like fruity gumballs. So there will be no more complaints about a bad smell hanging in the house from dads (or boyfriends or husbands). I must say it's a nice plus :-) . Using these pads will make your fingers a bit greasy, which isn't a problem unless you decide to write down a review while still removing nail polish from the other hand. Because when you're done writing, your pen will stick to your fingers :p.
The pads also contain vitamin E. I'm not sure this will actually be absorbed by your nails or cuticles, but if it does, I'm not complaining.

You can find the ingredients of these pads after the jump.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Wire rings

Hi everyone,

me (Lilly) again. I wanted to try and make some rings myself. At first I thought I would make them with silver clay, but then I realised that the design I wanted would be hard to do with silver clay. Ellenore took me shopping last week and then she suggested to use silver wire. I found silver wire with a copper core.

The first ring I made is the one with the square knot. I need to redo the back of the ring. I just folded the 4 ends of the wire together, but it doesn't look nice. I think I'll need to solder it to have a better finished result. The second one is the rosette ring. I followed a tutorial which explains the steps perfectly. It's really an easy ring to make. You can find the tutorial here: A-Simple-Wire-Ring.

Next time I'll have to use other pliers. As you can see, I used ribbed pliers which leaves small dents in the wire.

If I can find the time I'll post more of these DIY projects.

Hopefully I inspired someone to go try and make these rings themselves :-). They're really easy.


Camera carrier insert

Hello everyone,

Last year I had been searching the web and shops for a camera carrier insert which would snugly fit and protect my camera when I carry it around in different bags, but with no luck. I found such carriers online ( only simple grey ones), but they were either sold out or they didn't sell them in closeby shops or didn't deliver to where I live. So there was only one solution: Make It Myself! I found a great tutorial on Howjoyful blog. I altered the design because it only needs to fit my camera with lens.

I had some small pieces of Tilda fabric lying around and thought it would be a nice touch to my DIY camera carrier insert. I had barely enough fabric and because of this shortage of fabric, I didn't have enough margin to sew it with the machine, so I had to sew everything by hand .The only big trouble I had was finding foam, which is necessary to protect the camera and gives shape to the carrier. So I bought and cut up piercing pads instead.
It's far from perfect, but I'm sure it will protect my camera just fine.

I'll post some photos of my work in progress after the jump

Monday, 4 February 2013

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Festive Reunion

Today I went to a family reunion. And because I love my family, this calls for festive nails. I combined Top of the Ice-Stream (Snow Jam LE) and the Circus Confetti Special Effect Topper, both from Essence. So I thought I'd share a picture.

1 coat of Studio Nails Pro White Nail Hardener by Essence
2 coats of Top of the Ice-Stream (Snow Jam Le) by Essence
1 coat of Circus Confetti (Special Effect Topper) by Essence
1 clear coat of Base and Top Coat by Kruidvat

I couldn't wait until Carnival to try on this Special Effect Topper!

Have a nice weekend!