Finland vs. Canada

Today’s the day! Ice hockey world championship final! Finland made it to final and is going  head to head with Canada.

Final game starts at 20.45 (GMT+2) and we’re cheering for Finland naturally.
A bar or a pub, game-shirts, anything white and blue are included in look of the day, so are my nails!

Captain calling, a goal, Finnish flag and some glitter and gold, those are my recipe to victory. Here you go:

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I started out with Essie Blanc, which is base to all my nails. Then I did a gradient with Blanc and Colors by Llarowe Independence Day (how convenient) to all but ring fingers.
Ring fingers got a cross painted on with Kick Sugar Lacquer Majorelle Garden.

 

Pinky got a frosting with KbShimer Dust in the Bottle.
I stamped the net on middle finger from BundleMonster BM-209. Black stamping polish is Mundo de Uñas Black and red edges are painted on with Essie Dress to Kilt.
C for captain is from NailzCraze NC05, also with MdU Black
“Keep calm and Hammertime” is stamped with MdU Gold from MoYou London Rebel 05.

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I’m really happy how these turned out, I also matched my make up to these 🙂

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Neon green for sail

Hello dearies! Long time not seen my nails (mwah mwah.)
So yes! Finally I have something to look at on my nails! Wohoo!

Finally, spring is here (it is, what do you mean it still rains and/or snows? Shush!) and it’s time to take out the pastels and NEONS! I love neon colors on my nails and my make up!

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This time I started out with Essie Blanc and coated it with KbShimmer For Sail By Owner. So briiight it hurts my eyes. Lovely, loooovely neon green!

I didn’t have the time nor the interest to do anything that takes too much time (it was 4am), so once again, stamp stamp stamp.

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For stamping I used MdU Black and Fauxnad plate QA8.

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Okay, my nails are not that even, but better than before. I broke both my middle finger nails, left index and almost my thumb. Yay.

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Then i went through my “box of pretty nail decorating thingies” and found my black square studs. Attached them with clear polish and coated everything with Essie Gel Setter.

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I just wanted to share all these pictures with you, but I got nothing more to say, so it’s once sentence here, another there. LOOK AT MY PRETTIEH NAILS!

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Aaand finally the stuff I used.

Yay!

All links and info are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

You can’t polish short nails?

I often hear from people I meet, that you can’t polish and decorate short nails, because there is no room and it doesn’t look pretty.
“Don’t look at my nails, they’re ugly!” or “Could you do me a manicure when my nails are longer?” are the most common things I hear.

No. I don’t care how your nails look, I don’t notice them unless you specifically show them to me. I know that everyone don’t have the time, chance or interest to spend 12 hours a week doing their nails, as I do.

And yes, I can do a mani for you then, but I could also do it now. Short nails are not “un-polishable”! Let me show you!

I have a friend who just cut her nails short, and has psoriasis, so her cuticles can be extremely dry from time to time. Today she had some worn off dark polish on her nails, so the change is more radical.

Here’s where we started from. Grown, dry cuticles, worn off polish and cut (not filed!) nails:

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At first we showed some acetone to her nails.

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I started with soaking her fingers in warm water, so that cuticles would soften up. Then I went around with Nfu’Oh Cuticle remover and a silicone pusher, cuticle cutters, filed free edges and buffed the surface. If you can’t wear polish because of your work etc., this is enough! Fixing your cuticles can make your nails look longer even without polish. So they look finished and cared of. Before filing and buffing, make sure that your nails are dry.

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Then we got to the polish part. Essie First base is my go to base, for color we chose a pretty nude polish this time. Essie Sand Tropez got a layer of KbShimmer Owl Miss You on top. KbS OMY is sooo pretty, sand-like nude with little golden flakes in it. I bought this second hand from Eve’s Temptations.  

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Swirly stamp is from BundleMonster plate BM-607 and MdU Black. I topped the whole thing with Essie Good To Go. Some cleaning on the edges and we’re done. Pretty, decorated, short nails!

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All links and info are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

Stampers and Decal mat

This started out as a stamper comparison-post, which it still is, but I realized something else while working with my Messy Mansion mat.
So, is my go-to stamper the best for me of do I have a better one in store?

These are my stampers:

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Row behind we have a random square stamper (this MAY be from MoYou London, I’m not sure), pink squishy one from Pueen, legit Clear Jelly Stamper-head in Dashica’s holder, a regular marshmallow from Cesars Shop. In front there are medium firm (blue set) and medium soft (brown set) from Messy Mansion and last, but not least, legit Creative Shop Jumbo marshmallow stamper.

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My scraper is from Creative Shop too, and for this test I used Mundo de Uñas stamping polishes Black, White and Red and MoYou London Pro Collection XL – 15. I also clean my stampers always with a tape roller, never with acetone. My technique is that I press the stamper firmly on the plate, and straight on to my nail. No rolling, except with the CJS.

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  1. First we have the Creative Shop (CS) stamper. My Black stamping polish was running out, so that’s why I decided to take the Red along.
    CS easily widens the stamp, being too soft and squishy to my use, but it still leaves a decent stamp.
    It’s a bit too big and clumsy to be the number one for me, but I need to try the image shrinking -technique with this one, when I have the time!

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2. With the first Messy Mansion medium soft stamper I don’t know what I did wrong. It seems soft but still firm enough for me, but I couldn’t get a sharp stamping result with it. Too sticky maybe, and needs another technique than mine.

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3. Third one was the Clear Jelly Stamper (CJS). I’ve been fighting with this #%@$&! thing from hell since I bought it. It didn’t work for me at all. When I was doing this tryout, I had a moment of enlightenment with the technique (rolling, as I mentioned above) and these turned out quite well I think!
I still don’t fancy this stamper, it’s too firm to be used with big images, and it smudges out the smaller ones, maybe MdU polished don’t dry fast enough, but it’s still a big no for me.

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4. Messy Mansion’s first medium firm is the dark blue one. This one was also okay, but not too good for me. It worked out well with the mat, but is too firm to me to use on my nails. Maybe some smaller images, but not the “whole nail” ones.Not too picky, but also not too sharp with details either.

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5. The marshmallow stamper from Cesars is my go-to stamper at the moment. Even couple little dent in the surface don’t make a difference on its results. I like how it picks up every little detail on the image, maybe even too well if you’re not careful enough with the scraping (as you can see on the picture.) This was my fist decent stamper, and has had it’s share of acetone, so maybe that makes it so soft.
Affordable, holder makes handling very easy and you can get this stamper from all around the world. Me likey!

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6. Messy Mansion’s other medium soft, dark brown one, if very similar to the Cesars one. Sticky but still firm enough, picks up the image very easy, and one more plus is that all the stamping colors are visible on this, even black. Definitely worth buying! And also MM’s stampers are affordable!

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7. Next one is Pueens pink marshmallow stamper. It’s also quite similar to Cesars’ one, but smaller. And I think it’s a bit firmer too, at least it doesn’t work as well for me, as I hope you can see from the pictures. And if I want to stamp big images, this is too small for my nails on their normal length.

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8. Then we have another Messy Mansion medium firm, the light blue. This actually worked better for me than the dark one, but is also a bit too firm on my nails. Maybe with some smaller images, or with simpler design, but nothing too detailed. Maybe with decals?

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9. The square one is not for me, not at all. Even if the red stamp looks good, it was only the third one that I approved on this test. Something in this makes me not like it, I don’t know if it’s the shape of the texture, it’s also on the firm side, and I can’t space this right on my nail, while I’m used to the round ones. If your nails are flat and it’s easier for you to perceive the square shape, this one’s for you!

Then the thing I realized. I was meant to use all stampers with white polish, and I was horrified how no stamper can pick up and stamp with white polish! Until I got to the Cesars one, I’ve used it like a million times with white polish, and even this one didn’t work out too well. Let me show you.

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  1. Creative Shop
  2. MM medium soft Yellow
  3. Clear Jelly Stamper
  4. MM medium firm Dark blue
  5. Cesars Shop marshmallow
  6. MM medium soft Brown
  7. Pueen wannabe marshmallow
  8. MM medium firm Light blue
  9. Square

Soon after I did my test, there were a discussion on Facebook with other nail enthusiast and bloggers, that which decal mat is the best, and soon we realised that not all stampers, nor all polishes work with all mats. Well sh*t. You just have to find your own combination that works out the best.

But the result with my go-to stamper is that maybe the white marshmallow isn’t the best, and I need to use my stampers on wider range more often. I think I’m going to sell CJS, square and Pueen one, they just don’t do it for me.
After this I have been using the brown MM stamper as my number one, and I bought a new clear stamper from Cosette, which is a bit softer than CJS and works better for me, at least what I have tried it.

I don’t know if you have any use for this post, but it sure did the thing for me! And I broke my nails AGAIN (could this winter be over soon, like, really soon?) so I needed something to post about 😀

If you were left with any questions, just leave a comment!

Links are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

Squishy stampin (O.P.I Color Paints #2)

I think I saw this technique in Instagram, from Sveta Sanders‘ page. And I fell in love, no saran wrap (I almost misspelled that at “satan”, which isn’t actually that far..), no sponge dabbing (tried to do some galaxies a while ago.. There’s a reason I didn’t publish those), just few polishes and a stamper. Yay!

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I picked out pink and purple from Color Paints set, but it has no blue, so I went with some bling with them and chose Llarowe Colors Good Fortune.

Base I polished with Essie Blanc, so that CP-colors would show. Dropped some spots on my stamper randomly and just dab dab dab on the nail it goes!

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The EASIEST way to get this smoky/galaxy/watercolory look on your nails!

I did these on Valentines Day, so of course they needed some love on them 🙂

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I picked out my Born Pretty Store plate and , stamped the designs on with MdU White and All you need is a bit of love 😉 And I still don’t get along with my Clear Jelly Stamper. Geez.

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Links are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

Mayhem with a floral twist (O.P.I Color Paints)

When I was able to think first of all, and second, to do something so that my brains didn’t try to sneak out of my nose or my ear, I just needed to try out my new shoppings!

MiNails had this huge sale, everything in store was -50%! I bought myself O.P.I’s Color Paints mini-set, and few MiVinyls more. Just before I ordered Messy Mansion‘s decal mat from Cesars Shop, it’s soo much easier that old newspaper covering the table 😀

I started out with Cadillacquers Men Of Mayhem, lovely blackened green with a holographic with colour shifting micro flakies. At least that’s how Hypnotic Polish describes it 😀

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Top of that I stamped flowers with MdU White from Pueen  Buffet plate collection number 72.

After the stamp dried out, I went in with color paints, some yellow in the middle, red on the inner part and purple on the edges. The swirly things around flower got a touch of green and voilà!

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I’m very happy at the result and how these came off, first time for everything, eh?

Links are attached just to help you find some great stuff, I have bought all the products with my own money and my opinion is honest. C’mon, I have no sponsors yet!

Roses with golden twist

This time I wanted to do something that needs a bit more effort. So off with the stamping plates this time, vinyls and dotting tool it is.

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I saw this one video in Nail Art Design Magazine-Facebook page (can’t find it anymore) which gave me the idea for roses.

I arranged my polishes and wrote names on all swatch sticks (and most of them were without label..) and wanted to use some polishes I haven’t actually found in a while (since we moved I have no shelf to keep my polishes.)

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I started out with fixing my broken thumbnail and Essie First Base and Fill the Gap. Middle- and ring finger got a coat of Essie Good as Gold, rest I polished with Essie Licorice.

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Middle finger I topped with three coats of F.U.N Lacquer King, ring finger got its shape with some chevron vinyls and Licorice.

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Other nails I decorated with roses which I painted on with a dotting tool and Mundo de Uñas Mexican Pink and Reddish, leaves with and Essie Go Overboard.

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Added some As Gold as it Gets from Essie on corners of the rose decorated nails and finished the whole manicure, except my middle finger, with Essence Satin Matte top coat.

I really think that the result is wonderful! Well, I need some more practice with the vinyls, they always leak for me.
I really need to get myself together and start doing more manis like this! 🙂