Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Nails part 5

This time only one design. It was my first time using craft glitter to do my nails, and I think it turned out pretty good. 
I painted my nails and topped it off with one coat of top coat. Then I tapped the glitter on with a regular painting brush, let it dry and put on another coat of top coat.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Creative jewelry

Although I love classical and every-day jewelry, I also really into creative and different pieces. Here are some examples that caught my eye.

 
  Limelight collection by Piaget, cocktail ring Mojito

 T-Rex ring by nOir Jewelry

Two finger sword ring by nOir jewelry



 Snitch necklace. As Harry Potter series fan, I love it.

HP, same thing. I love it.
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Nails part 4


 I got really into the splashing technique that I recently discovered

 From left to right starting with thumb, the meanings: peace, happiness, beauty, love, moon.
From right to left finishing with thumb, the meanings: destiny, light, water, earth, fire.

I bought a nail art brush and it's amazing. It was so easy to do the symbols, I never would've guessed. This brush is officially one of my new favorite things. Pin It Now!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Superhero jewelry

nOir Jewelry partnered with DC Comics and  released a new jewelry collection based on most iconic female superheros like Catwoman, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl. To celebrate DC's 75th anniversary nOir's designed a collection where each design features what the superhero is known for. The collection is limited edition, includes earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and the price starts around 60 $

Here are some of my personal favorites:

Gotham City ring 
Wonder Woman double ring
Catwoman claw earrings
I'm a Supergirl bracelet 
Batgirl cuff bracelet 
Nerd in me is excited. They're so beautiful, I wish I could buy them all.
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Nails part 3

Nails that I did for my birthday.
I really love this color. It's deep purple although in some light it looks like black. It stayed on for a week without chipping. In the end of the week some tips on my right hand nails wore off, but just a little.
 
I broke my thumbnail and I had to cut off all my nails. One of my pet peeves is when one nail is chopped off and other are long. I can't stand it so I filed them all off.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Nails part 2

Theme - flags

 
I tried to make the emblem that's on Spanish flag, but it was really difficult, so I had to alter. Up close it looks like gibberish, but from a distance, it looks good.

 

I used wrong top-coat so the polish got all bubbly and didn't look as good as I wanted to.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nails part 1

I really like doing designs on my nails. It's fun and you can do so much with them!
Recently I discovered marbling nails. It is messy, at the beginning, but the result is so worth it. 

So, here are my three recent designs :)







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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Natural bristle brush

Lately I've started to hear a lot about natural bristle/boar bristle hair brushes. That they leave hair shinier without using other products and they are good for the scalp. So I decided to try it out.
I bought a natural bristle hair brush (Sibel Classic no 73) and after the first time I used it, I was hooked. I've noticed it really does leave my hair shinier and softer.


After buying it I did a little research about the brushes, and here's what I think is interesting about it:
1. The bristles are made with wild hog hair, that's why the other name of them are boar bristle brushes.
2. If you have fine to normal hair, use natural bristle brush, if you have normal to thick hair then use a brush with a mix of nylon and natural bristles, because only natural bristles may be too weak to brush out all the tangles. If you have thick, coarse hair, then you may try all nylon brush, which tends to be stronger.
3. Used correctly, a boar bristle brush is a product-free and non-damaging way to achieve sleek, shiny and healthy hair.
4. Scalp produces an oily substance, sebum. When the substance is left to itself it tends to clog your pores and clump near the hair roots. This process eventually gives the hair unwashed and greasy look. But the boar bristle brush helps spreading the sebum, from the hair root down to entire length of the hair. It helps the sebum to function in coating and protecting your hair. Sebum acts as a natural conditioner which makes hair moisturized and shiny.
5. Natural bristles helps in massaging the scalp and that helps in the stimulation of the blood flow. That helps to relax your body and it's good option for people who have problems with hair growth.

How to use a boar bristle brush?
Detangle your hair gently with a wide-toothed comb or with your fingers. Brush in small sections. With a clean boar bristle brush, brush your hair with long strokes, starting at the scalp and brushing right down to the tips in order to spread the sebum. It may take a few weeks to brush the sebum evenly down to the tips for those, who have long hair.
For a therapeutic scalp massage, bend forward from the waist, so your hair hangs in front of your face and brush "upside down"

How to keep a boar bristle brush clean?
The bristles clean hair by trapping dirt and particles, so it's important to keep the brushes themselves clean.
Remove any long hairs after using. Hold the brush bristle-side down over the sink and run the back of a comb several times through the bristles to loosen the dust. Every once in a while give your brush a proper wash by soaking it in the sink with little shampoo or cleaning liquid. Dry thoroughly before using.


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