Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Neon Drip Nails for Halloween

Back in early Summer this year I was keen on getting my hands on the Essie "neon" collection, but then did not find the time to really wear them. But who says you can wear neon polishes only during summer? They also make for a perfect slime/paint drip manicure for Halloween!

neon paint drip nails


Monday, October 27, 2014

[Halloween] Crime Scene Nails

I have another Halloween-ish manicure for you! I have seen quite a few crime scene nails like this before, but never did some myself, because my free-hand skills aren't the best. 
Being a blogger for a little over three years, it is about time to step up my nail art game. I feel like I owe that to you, my fellow readers. But I am not only doing this for you, but also to see myself evolve, so one day I will be able to look back and see the improvements I have made. Even though my free-hand designs are nowhere near perfect, I will share them with you anyway. That way you see that nail bloggers aren't perfect and their (or at least my) manicures are a fail from time to time. 

halloween nail design

Sunday, October 26, 2014

[Halloween] Black Cat watermarble nails

Happy Sunday!

Halloween is less than a week away. Do you already have plans for that day? It is not a big thing over here, so I won't be attending a party or such. Still I like to get a bit spooky on my nails to get me in the Trick or Treat mood. If you are still looking for Halloween nail art inspiration, here is a little watermarble and black cat design for you.

halloween nail art


Friday, October 24, 2014

Giveaway Time! Win a set of 3 Mont Bleu Nail Files!

Happy Friday!

I have a little treat for you today! I was recently contacted by the PR of Mont Bleu if I'd like to give away a 3-piece set of their nail files. I agreed to run that giveaway, because you my fellow readers really need to try their glass files! I reviewed a few of their products here.

Ever since I started painting my nails I have been using nothing but crystal nail files. Unlike emery board or metal files, these will not damage your nails and they will last you forever (unless you drop them on tile floor - RIP little OPI crystal file). 
Mont Bleu is a Czech Republic based company that seriously makes some of the best glass nail files I have ever tried! I have one of their standard size files at home and always carry one of their travel nail files in my purse - you never know when you tear a nail, so it is good to keep a file handy.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will draw the winner on November 1, 2014. Afterwards, I will provide Mont Bleu with the winner's e-mail address. There are four color variants to choose from (Black, Orange, Gold and Lilac). The company will contact you and arrange shipping of your prize. Open internationally.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throw Back Thursday ~ My Favorite Halloween Manicures

Every year I wish Halloween was a big thing here in Germany, too. There is something about spooky decorations, Halloween candy and trick or treating that I really like. And of course I adore everything pumpkin! So I cannot help it, but I also have to wear something Halloween-ish on my nails, too. If you are looking for some nail art inspiration or simply enjoy spooky nail designs, check out some of the Halloween manicures I have done since I started this blog!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

[Foodie Post] Banana - Peanut Butter Mug Cake

One of the things I probably love most about Autumn are gloomy afternoons. When the weather is chilly outside I love to get cozy on my couch. I light a candle, make myself a hot cup of tea, grab a blanket and just dream away. To round up a pleasent afternoon I treat myself to a yummy piece of cake. But let's face it, on such days I am just too lazy to go and get something from the bakery or bake some cake myself. Recently I discovered mug cakes and went a bit crazy experimenting with different ingredients and flavors. The combination of banana and peanut butter is one of my favorites.

mug cake recipe


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[Halloween Nails] Drag Marble Spiderweb Design

Hello everyone,

it is time for another Halloween nail design! A whole while ago I saw a Spider Web Tips Drag Marble tutorial on MySimpleLittlePleasures and I basically followed her tutorial to create my spider web nails.

halloween nail design

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Colors By Llarowe - Purple Is My Crack

Hello everyone and happy Thursday!

Since I am still recovering from that cold I caught last weekend, here is a quick little swatch of Colors By Llarowe - Purple Is My Crack.

purple holographic nail polish


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Smitten Polish - Elixir

I recently placed my very first order with the Dutch indie nail polish retailer Hypnotic Polish. One of the polishes I got was Elixir by the brand Smitten Polish. I had seen swatches of their polishes before, but wasn't really on the lookout for a particular color. The shade Elixir spontaneously jumped into my cart. Firstly, because it is a deep teal color and I love teal. Secondly, the color is exclusively available at Hypnotic Polish. Let me tell you, I did not regret buying this gem!

deep teal holographic polish

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sugar Spun Candy Corn Nails

Hi everyone!

Today I have for you my first Halloween themed manicure. Of course I had to do some candy corn nail art, because they are the epitome of Halloween. I admit I have never tried candy corn, because it is not available here, but they look really cute. I combined the candy corn theme with the sugar spun method, which I have been meaning to try for quite a while.

halloween sugar spun nails

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sally Hansen Designer collection for Fall 2014 Pt.2

I recently showed you the first two polishes from the new Sally Hansen Designer collection, Rhododendron and Pink Dream. I still owe you swatches of the remaining four colors and I combined them all in one manicure. The murky green, brown-ish red and nude color just go so well together.

runway collection sally hansen


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin Nails

Happy Sunday,

I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend! For me, this just has not been my week. What started out as a little cold on Friday has developed into a full blown sinusitis by now. Fingers crossed I can get rid of these nasty bacteria soon!
When I went to a pumpkin dinner at a friend's house recently, I obviously had to match my nails to the theme. So I played around with brushes, stamping plates and threw a little glitter in the mix. 

fall nail art


Thursday, October 09, 2014

[Fall Favorite] OPI ~ Ski Teal We Drop

Hi everyone!

Today I have just a short post for you. I am not feeling well, as my grandfather unexpectedly passed away this past weekend. Yesterday was his funeral and I still tear up thinking of it. I am shocked, in denial, angry, blaming myself... Okay, before I burst into tears again, let's jump into today's post.

OPI - Ski Teal We Drop is one of my favorite Fall nail polishes. It is a deep teal creme and an all time classic that will suit most people.

deep teal nail polish

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Sally Hansen Designer Collection Fall 2014 ~ Rhododendron & Pink Dream

Good evening everyone!

Today I have two of the new Sally Hansen Designer collection polishes for Fall/Winter 2014. Once again, Sally Hansen teamed up with designers Prabal Gurung and Tracy Reese to create this set. I have to admit I am not into Fashion and I have no idea who these two people are, but as long as they come up with pretty shades I am fine, haha. 
For this manicure I layered the iridescent glitter topper Pink Dream 701 over the deep red Rhododendron 703.


Monday, October 06, 2014

Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Happy Monday!

Fall season is pumpkin season. Every year I look forward to cooking everything pumpkin, from soup over roasted pumpkin to my homemade pumpkin spice latte.
This past weekend we met some friends to have a pumpkin dinner. At first we thought having a starter, main course and dessert all made with pumpkin might be a bit overkill, but it really was not. Pumpkin is just so versatile and you can create so many different dishes with it.
As a starter I made a roasted pumpkin salad and we enjoyed it so much, I simply need to share this quick and easy recipe with you!

pumpkin fall starter


Sunday, October 05, 2014

One last summer manicure: Dance Legend ~ Chumash

Happy Sunday!

October is here and the Fall season is upon us. With the darker gloomy weather come deep vampy nail polish shades. But before we dive into burgundy shades, browns and deep blue hues, I have one last summer manicure to show you. Chumash from the Malibu collection by Dance Legend is the nail polish I wore during my holidays in Spain.


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Essence Aquatix ~ Under Water Love

Hi everyone,

I know I am late to the party, but the Essence Aquatix Trend Edition hadn't really been on my radar until I saw it in a drugstore in Spain. Of course I was immediately drawn to the textured polish of the bunch. 06 Under Water Love is a vibrant deep blue with lots of teal shimmer. In the bottle it has a slight duochrome effect, but that does not translate onto the nails.

Deep blue textured nail polish
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