Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Houndstooth nail art

Do you remember houndstooth? It feels like it's been such a long time since this pattern was a trend! So I went back in my blog archive and looked for the last houndstooth nail art I've created. It was in 2012 and you can see it here. It is so beautiful, I have no idea why everyone seems to have forgotten about it. That made me nostalgic... Please tell me, am I the only one who misses houndstooth? I plan to wear it again in another combination, I was thinking about dark green and black. 
For this manicure I used Makeup Gallery - Pillar Box Red on all nails except from my accent nail, where I applied two coats of Madam Glam - Snow White. I stamped the houndstooth design from Komad's m63 image plate using black stamping polish from Born Pretty. I finished with Seche Vite top coat for a perfectly sealed design and some extra shine.What do you think?

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Refresh your bedroom

Lately I've been renovating a part of my house and spent plenty of time searching for home items both online and in physical shops. I came to the conclussion that less is more and found out that I prefer simpler patterns in light or pastel colours rather than overloaded designs. When it comes to my bedroom, I like to choose bed sheets that make me love my bed even more than I already do. Mostly, I've been looking for light pink, green and white cotton bedding sets as these are the colours of my walls. I'll put some pictures below so that you can find some inspiration if you're interested in refreshing your beds this autumn. 
Birds and Flowers Painting Ethnic Style Cotton 4-Piece Bedding Sets
I came across this his & her bed set and found it hillarious! Simply had to share it with you.
His Side and Her Side Trim 4-Piece Cotton Duvet Cover Sets
I also saw some 3d bedding sets and I think they look really interesting. I've never had 3d sheets before but I feel like I should give them a try. I really liked the one bellow as I am in love with the sea, the sun, the summer. Maybe I'll fall asleep every night feeling like I am on a beach and I'd have fairytale dreams.
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

My nail care routine - Rutina mea de ingrijire a unghiilor

Many of you have asked, so today I'll show you my simple nail care routine that keeps my nails healthy and strong. I think this is something that everyone wishes for and it's easy to accomplish if you try to always follow some simple steps. I'm not saying that my nail care routine is the best and you should do it like me, but try to create one that suits you and stick to it. 

I always start by removing any nail polish I had on my nails with the blue nail polish remover from Cien (you can find it in the Lidl supermarkets). I've tried a lot of nail polish removers and this one is my all time favourite. It easily removes any kind of nail polish without much effort and it's also very good at removing stamping polish and cleaning the stamping plates, stamper and scrapper. This is the most important thing for me, as most of the nail polish removers are ineffective at removing stamping polish and just create a huge mess. Not this one.

Next step is to hydrate my nails with the Tender Care protecting balm from Oriflame. I sometimes use other nail oils instead of this product. I like to leave my nails like that for a few hours, without any nail polish, just letting them breathe. Also, it's important that you're nails are not oily before proceeding to the next step, as the nail polish will chip faster if you apply it on a greasy base. 

Then I apply Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener, a product I started using about 5 years ago and never stopped since. This product must be applied only on the tips and it gives them strength. I started using it a few years ago when I had serious problems with my nails. They were very weak and would break immediately. I was desperate to find something to really strengthen them and read about this product on the internet and decided to give it a try. I don't know its price know, but I remember that back then it was pretty expensive. I must say that it was the best investition I've ever made. My nails stoped breaking and became  stronger than ever. You use a really small amount of product for all ten nails because it's liquid. I have the same bottle I bought 5 years ago and still have more than half product in it even though I use it once or twice every week.

I always apply base coat before applying nail polish. The one I have now is 9 in 1 base coat from Melkior but I don't always use the same one. I buy what I feel like trying at that very moment. I was also very satisfied with 8 in 1 from Eveline and Nail Shield from Oriflame. The most important thing for me is to protect my nails from coloured nail polish stains as the Mavala Nail Hardner does most part of the the job. 

Multe dintre voi mi-ati cerut asta, asa ca astazi va voi arata rutina mea simpla de ingrijire a unghiilor ce ma ajuta sa le mentin sanatoase si puternice. Cred ca asta este ceva ce ne dorim toate si este usor sa le obtinem daca incercam sa urmam mereu niste pasi simpli. Nu spun ca ce fac eu este cel mai bine sau ca ar trebui sa faceti si voi la fel, dar incercati sa creati o rutina de ingrijire a unghiilor care vi se potriveste si tineti-va de ea.

Intotdeauna incep prin a sterge oja ce o aveam pe unghii cu Dizolvantul de unghii albastru de la Cien (se gaseste in supermarketurile Lidl). Am incercat o multime de dizolvante pentru unghii pana acum dar acesta este preferatul meu. Indeparteaza usor orice tip de oja fara prea mult efort si este foarte eficient in indepartarea ojei pentru stampilat si pentru curatarea placutelor, a stampilei si a scrapperului. Acesta este cel mai important lucru pentru mine, deoarece majoritatea dizolvantelor nu sunt eficiente cu oja pentru stampilat si doar fac o mare mizerie. Nu si acesta. 

Urmatorul pas este sa-mi hidratez unghiile cu Balsamul multifunctional Tender Care de la Oriflame (cunoscuta "cutiuta cu minuni"). Cateodata folosesc si alte uleiuri pentru unghii in locul acestui produs. Imi place sa imi las unghiile asa pentru cateva ore, fara sa aplic vreo oja, doar sa le las sa respire. De asemenea, este important ca unghiile sa nu fie uleioase inainte de a trece la pasul urmator, deoarece oja se va coji mai repede daca o aplicati pe o baza grasa.

Apoi aplic Scientifique Nail Hardener de la Mavala, un produs pe care am inceput sa il folosesc acum aproximativ 5 ani si nu m-am mai oprit de atunci. Am inceput sa il folosesc in urma cu cativa ani cand aveam probleme mari cu unghiile. Erau foarte fragile si se rupeau imediat. Eram disperata sa gasesc ceva ce sa le intareasca intr-adevar si am citit despre acest produs pe internet si am decis sa ii dau o sansa. Nu stiu care este pretul lui acum, dar imi amintesc ca atunci a costat destul de mult. Trebuie sa spun ca a fost cea mai buna investitie pe care o puteam face. Unghiile mele nu s-au mai rupt si au devenit mai tari ca niciodata. Ai nevoie de o cantitate foarte mica de produs pentru toate cele 10 unghii pentru ca are o consistenta lichida. Am si acum aceeasi sticluta pe care am cumparat-o acum 5 ani si mai am inca mai mult de jumatate de produs in ea, desi il folosesc o data sau de doua ori pe saptamana.

Intotdeauna aplic o baza pentru unghii inainte sa ma dau cu oja colorata. Cea pe care o am acum este Baza pentru unghii 9 in 1 din noua colectie Melkior, pe care o puteti gasi aici pe site-ul lor. Nu folosesc mereu aceeasi baza. De obicei cumpar ce ma atrage pe moment, dar am fost foarte satisfacuta si de baza 8 in 1 de la Eveline si de Nail Shield de la Oriflame. Cel mai important pentru mine este sa-mi protejez unghiile de petele lasate de ojele colorate, deoarece Nail Hardner-ul de la Mavala face toata treaba. 

And this is how my naked nails look like after spoiling them with all these products. What do you think? I'd love to hear about your nail care routine, too!

Si asa arata unghiile mele "goale" dupa ce le rasfat cu toate aceste produse. Ce parere aveti? Mi-ar placea sa aud mai multe si despre rutina voastra de ingrijire a unghiilor!

If you'd like to read about my face care routine, click here.
Daca v-ar placea sa cititi despre rutina mea de ingrijire a fetei, dati click aici.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Ethnic nails

Today I'll show you my new ethnic manicure I easily created using some water decals from Born Pretty store. I started with a coat of white nail polish as a base for the nails where I was going to apply the decals. The nail polished I used on the rest of the nails were El Corazon - Matte Effect 111 (pink) and China Glaze - Too Yacht to Handle (green). If you aren't familiar with water decals, they're really easy to use and they're great for quick manicures. Firstly you have to remove the protection foil from the sheet and then cut smaller pieces containing the designs you're going to use. Next, sink them in a small bowl with water for about 30 seconds. When you take them from the water, you'll notice that de design will easily come off the sheet and you'll be able to stick it on the nail. You'll just have to be very careful as it's really thin and can easily fold by mistake. If you're using them for the first time, just take a little time and pay some extra attention. After a few uses, you'll find them really easy to utilise. I finished my manicure with clear top coat on all nails. What do you think?

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Melkior New Collection Storytelling

Today I'll show you my new simple, purple and eye-catchy manicure that stands out not only because of the accent nail, but also because of the beautiful nail polish colour. I used Melkior - Purpur, a shade from their new collection Storytelling. All their new colours are great but I think this one is my favourite. I was really surprised by this nail polish in a good way. I didn't expect much from it when seeing it the first time in the bottle as it has shimmer in it and usually this kind of nail polishes need 4-5 coats to become opaque and look decent on the nails. It wasn't like that at all, as the nail polish was perfectly opaque after the first coat. It's the first time when I wear Melkior nail polishes but I already like them for three reasons: the colours are opaque, they dry fast and the brush is large enough to cover almost the whole nail, so that the application is very easy. 
On the accent nail I applied a coat of Madam Glam - Snow white, another nail polish that is perfectly opaque after a single coat. Then I applied some water decals from Born Pretty. So that's it, in just a few minutes I created an amazing manicure. I finished with Seche Vite top coat for extra shine and resistance. What do you think?

Astazi o sa va arat o noua manichiura simpla, mov ce iese in evidenta atat prin unghia accent, cat si prin culoarea superba a ojei. Pentru aceasta manichiura am folosit nuanta Purpur de la Melkior. Face parte din noua colectie "Storytelling" care a fost lansata de curand. Toate culorile noi sunt superbe, dar cred ca aceasta este preferata mea. Trebuie sa recunosc ca m-a surprins in mod placut. Cand am vazut prima data culoarea in sticluta nu ma asteptam la cine stie ce. Asta pentru ca are in ea putin shimmer si parea genul acela de oja pe care trebuie sa o aplici in 4-5 straturi pentru a fi opaca si pentru a arata decent pe unghii. Nu a fost deloc asa si mare a fost surpriza sa vad ca era perfect opaca dupa un singur strat. Este prima data cand incerc produsele de unghii de la Melkior, dar pana acum imi plac foarte mult din trei motive: culorile sunt opace, se usuca foarte repede si pensula este destul de lata incat sa acopere aproape in intregime unghia, astfel ca aplicarea este floare la ureche. 
Desigur, inainte sa aplic oja am folosit noua baza pentru unghii 9 in 1 tot de la Melkior, despre care v-am povestit aici si v-am prezentat toate cele 9 beneficii. 
Pe unghia accent am aplicat un strat de oja alba Madam Glam - Snow white, o alta oja care este perfect opaca dupa un singur strat. Apoi am aplicat niste water decals de la Born Pretty. Totul a mers foarte repede, astfel ca in cateva minute am realizat o manichiura de efect. Am terminat cu un strat de Seche Vite top coat pentru a oferi rezistenta si stralucire. Ce parere aveti?

Toate ojele din noua colectie se gasesc in cele 2 variante de sticlute, de 15ml si de 4,5ml. Descopera acum nuanta care iti pune in evidenta manichiura, aici! Sunt oje rezistente care asigura o acoperire foarte buna si uscare rapida. 

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