OPI Color Paints |Dry brush manicure

15 september 2015 av nailsbyic
Nails, Tutorials

The dry brush technique must be one of my favorite techniques.  It’s sooo easy! For this mani I used OPI Push and Shove together with some polishes from the OPI Color Paints collection.

OPI Push and Shove, Silver Canvas, Primarily Yellow, Turquoise Aesthetic and Pink & Pen

Push and Shove is one of the coolest polishes I own! The metallic effect it creates is amazing. The only downside with it is that it can be hard to apply evenly. However, with some practice you’ll be fine! In this mani I applied Push and Shove on my pinky and middle finger.

For the accent nails I used Silver Canvas as a base and then randomly painted Primarily Yellow, Turquoise Aesthetic and Pink & Pen on top. Take a look at the video below to see how I did.

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IsaDora Gel Nail Lacquer Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection review

01 september 2015 av nailsbyic
Nails, Reviews

In week 39 IsaDora will launch some new gel nail lacquers.  These polishes don’t need a lamp to cure, just sunlight or light from a normal lamp. They get the gel-like finish when applying the gel nail lacquer top coat. I think IsaDora did a great job choosing colors for this collection. It has a nice mix of lighter and darker polishes, seven cremes and one shimmer. They have lovely formulas and are super easy to apply and get even. In my swatches I haven’t used any top coat, just so that you can get a better sense of  the finishes of the polishes.

From left to right: Hot Chili, Red Spell, Berry Baroque, Lovely Lilac, Purple Passion, Dark Temptation, Turtledove, Liquorice
From left to right: Hot Chili, Red Spell, Berry Baroque, Lovely Lilac, Purple Passion, Dark Temptation, Turtledove, Liquorice

To start off with we have this dark red polish called Dark Temptation.  It is opaque in two coats and is a must have for winter! Here I paired it with Berry Baroque and made a chevron design.

Dark Temptation and Berry Baroque
Dark Temptation and Berry Baroque

Another must have for winter is this one called Purple Passion.  It’s a very dark purple shade that is opaque in two coats. Together with the nail polishes, IsaDora is selling matching bracelet. I love the idea!

Purple Passion

Next is one of my absolute favorites from the collection, Berry Baroque. This one will look amazing for autumn! It’s a burgundy shade, somewhere between a dark pink and a red. Two coats are enough for full coverage.

Berry Baroque
Berry Baroque

I was so happy to find this grey polish called Turtledove in the collection! It’s the first one I’ve seen from IsaDora without shimmer. I think it’s a perfect grey shade and it covers well in two coats. Here I did a French manicure using Turtledove and Dark Temptation.

Turtledove and Dark Temptation
Turtledove and Dark Temptation

This is Red Spell, a really nice red polish. Nothing special, but a shade that everyone needs in their nail polish stash. Two coats give full coverage.

Red Spell
Red Spell

I was actually surprised to find this polish called Lovely Lilac in the collection. For me, this is more of a spring and summer shade. However, it’s a very nice light lavender polish which is opaque in two coats. Here I paired it with Purple Passion.

Lovely Lilac + and Purple Passion
Lovely Lilac and Purple Passion

I’m usually not a big fan of orange polish but this one called Hot Chili is amazing! It has golden shimmer in it and I think it would look even better on someone with a darker skin tone than mine. The only downside is that it needs three coats to be somewhat opaque. Even after three coats it was a little sheer.

Hot Chili
Hot Chili

Last but not least is this interesting shade called Liquorice. I can’t really put my finger on which color it is. It is some kind of mix between a dark grey, black and a dark blue. The finish of this polish is not as shiny as the others. It is not completely matte either but somewhere in between. In this mani I paired Liquorice with Turtledove on my accent nail.The stamping plate I used is from www.bornprettystore.com.

Liquorice and Turtledove

Hope you like this collection as much as I do! It will be in stores in week 39 and the polishes cost 89 kr each.

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Multicolored gradient

25 augusti 2015 av nailsbyic
Nails, Tutorials

What’s better than a gradient when you want colorful nails?! It is not very hard once you get the hang of it and you can use any colors you like to get endless variation. For this gradient I used four different polishes from IsaDora:  504 Sunray (Yellow), 514 Summer Flirt (purple), 508 Shell Pink (orange/pink) and 509 Pink Pulse (pink). I applied all polishes onto a make-up sponge and dabbed it over my nails several times. I used a white base to make the colors stand out more.

To make the clean-up a little easier I used a peel off thingy from Color4nails called Crystalline Nail Veil. There are many similar products out there. Other ones I’ve tried and like is Peel Off Base from IsaDora and Glitter Off from OPI. The best thing about Crystalline Nail Veil is that is has a very thin brush compared to the others. It makes it easier to get close to your cuticles and you can even get creative and use it on your nails to make patterns.

Take a look at the tutorial below to see how I made this multicolored gradient.

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