lørdag den 31. marts 2012

Swatch Saturday: China Glaze Electric Beat, Kinetic Candy & Gaga for Green swatches and review

All 3 colors are from the ElectroPop Collection, spring 2012, I bought 7, see them HERE  They are all shown in two coats (Kinetic Candy only one), and without top coat. They apply nicely and dry quickly, the usual great China Glaze quality…
Alle 3 farver er fr ElectroPpo kollektionen forår 2012, jeg købte ialt 7, se dem HER. De er alle vist med 3 lag, Kinetic Candy dog kun med et lag, og uden toplak. De er superlette at lægge og tørrer hurtigt, de har den sædvalige utroligt gode kvalitet som China Glaze altid leverer.
Electric Beat - strong, light blue
Gaga For Green - in-your-face light green - see stamping on this below
Kinetic Candy - a pale, light blue with a light grey hue
I'm NOT good at stamping, but China Glaze Gaga For Green called for leaves – the light green leaves that the beech has in spring. I chose the easy solution and stamped with Konad Special Polish White and Bundle Monster plate BM19. This is from their first series of plates with the tiny patterns, so on my thumb I used it vertically on the lower half, and then stamped half the pattern over the top half of the nail, a bit messy, but I can accept it. Unfortunately the pattern on the ring finger a bit broken.
Jeg er IKKE god til stamping, men China Glaze Gaga For Green kaldte på nyudsprungne bøgeblade. Jeg valgte den nemme udvej og stampede/stemplede med Konad Special Polish White og jeg brugte Bundle Monster plate BM19. Det er fra den første serie med de små mønstre, så på min tommel brugte jeg den vandret på den nederste halvdel, og så stampede jeg det halve mønster på den øverste halvdel, en smule sjusket, men det går an. Desværre er mønsteret på ringfingeren lidt i stykker.

fredag den 30. marts 2012

Flower Solar Power - also good for Easter

 
It was a grey day in the end of February, and I felt like yellow and flowers.
The base color is China Glaze Solar Power and I used acrylic colors for the green lines, one-stroke flowers and dots. The top coat is Seche Vite.
It was a bit risky to choose white and yellow for the flowers, on a yellow base, but I wanted to see if the contrast would be OK or too low, especially after top coating, where a little “bleeding” can occur  – what do you think?
More Flowers? Click on “Flowers/blomster” page in the top menu.
Det var en grå dag i slutningen af februar, og jeg havde lyst til blomster på gult.
Grundfarven er China Glaze Solar Power og jeg brugte acrylfarver til de grønne linier, one-stroke blomsterne og prikkerne. Toplakken er Seche Vite.
Det var en smule risikabelt at vælge hvid og gul til blomsterne på en gul grundfarve, men jeg ville se om kontrasten blev OK, eller for lille, især efter at jeg lagde toplakken, hvor en smule sammensmeltning kan forekomme – hvad synes du?
Vi du se flere blomster? Så skal du klikke på fanebladet "Flowers/blomster" i menuen øverst på siden..

torsdag den 29. marts 2012

Winter Aconite – Erantis

 
In March the Winter Aconites show their small yellow heads in their large collar of green leaves.
The base color is 2 coats of Essie Navigate Her, and to make it look more like the ground in march, I sponged random areas with Butter London Wallis, and finally I painted the flowers with acrylic color. Before I top coated with Seche Vite, I on each flower added a little dab of China Glaze Fairy Dust, but that’s hard to see. The flowers aren’t more than 3-5 millimeters in diameter including the leaves on my nails, so that is pretty small to give a lot of detail. IRL they looked really OK, but I see a lot of flaws on these macro shots.
Do you want more Flowers? Click on “Flowers/blomster” page in the top menu.
I marts måned viser erantisserne sine små gule hoveder i deres store grønne blad krave.
Grundfarven er 2 lagt Essie Navigater Her, og for at skabe en jordlignende illusion, har jeg duppet tilfældige områder med Butter London Wallis. Derefter malede jeg blomsterne med akrylmaling, og før jeg lagde toplak prikkede jeg blomsterhovederne med China Glaze Fairy Dust, men det kan man nu ikke rigtigt se. Blomsterne fylder på neglene ikke mere end 3-5 mm i diameter inklusive bladene, så det var lidt svært at give dem flere detaljer. De så nu OK ud i virkeligheden, men forstørret som her, ser jeg alle fejl – det evige dilemma :)
Vi du se flere blomster? Så skal du klikke på fanebladet "Flowers/blomster" i menuen øverst på siden.. 

onsdag den 28. marts 2012

Inspired by a movie - Artsy Wednesday

 
Undskyld, dette indlæg er p.g.a. sygdom ikke på dansk, men spørg, hvis du er i tvivl om noget…!
The first movie that came to mind was Karate Kid 3, I have no idea why, but there it was...

On the index finger I painted the little Bonsai that Miyagi planted on the steep cliff side. I should have made it stand more out from the sky. On the middle and ring finger I painted tiny islands/rocks in the sea with trees on, and on the pinkie a cliff side with sparse vegetation. I used Nubar Indigo Ocean for the sea, Nubar Mali-Blue for the sky, China Glaze Awaken for the rock/cliff’s (sponged it on), a very little hint of Essie Pure Pearlfection to suggest a featherlight clouds, and acrylic paint for the rest. Finally I top coated.
The perspective is all wrong, I know! The tiny rocks in the sea should have been smaller and farther out in the horizon, and the little Bonsai is too big.
I should have re-done this, but I have lung inflammation, and have been/am very tired, and painting while coughing all the time also is a bit problematic ;)


Check out what the other girls in Artsy Wednesday did in this weeks challenge, we now post simultaneously, so go right ahead: Michelle at Lab Muffin,  Alanna at Pretty Purple Polish, Holly at Hooked, Tif at Polished Genious, Lyndsey at Nails by Ms. Lizard, Sofie from Swååfie, Catrine from Unnakednails, Melanie at Nail & Polish, Jessica at Beauty Gnome

tirsdag den 27. marts 2012

100 followers International giveaway + my very own nail workspace

DANSK, se længere nede.
If you want to see photos of where I do my nails, check them out farthest below...

I love each and every one of you that chooses to follow me, and the ones that truly amazes me and makes me happy at heart are those of you who chooses to follow me, not because of a giveaway, but because you most of the time like what you see!
To show my appreciation I came up with rules for the giveaway that secure that one of you is going to be the winner, and new members still have a very good chance!

To have a chance to win, you need to:
– follow me by Google Friend Connect (right side menu at the top)
AND
– if you have a blog (polish or nail art) with a visible blog list, my blog should be on it
AND
– your user name should be among the names on “My precious commentators” (right side menu mid side, and it counts each time you leave a comment in a post) – PLEASE NOTE: If I get the feeling you just copy & paste the same comment and randomly add it a lot within a short time span, your user name will be excluded, just like excluded my own!
OR
– your username should among the names in the “Top 10 members” (right side menu lower mid side) IMPORTANT: You need to be logged in via Google friend Connect to be counted!
If your name appears on both lists, it counts as two chances.
May 15 during the day Danish time the time is up, and I’ll let a software (or maybe my husband) draw a lucky winner among these 30 names of either:
a gift certificate in an onlinie/eshop of your choice (with a safe check out) with the value of 200 Danish Kroner – at the moment eual to 35-36 US Dollar, 26-27 Euro's or 22-23 Pound Sterling. If you have a PayPal account (or a Danish back account) I also can transfer the money, if you want to shop in a “real” shop close by, or simply prefer to have the money for a future buy
OR
Glitter Gal Lizard Belly 15ml (the new big bottle) + a little “something” shipped from me to your address.
If the winner doesn’t want the prize, I’ll draw another winner.
So IF you know you are away/not checking email in the days after May 15, please send me an email telling me so!
Good luck!

DANSK:
Hvis du vil se billeder af, hvor jeg laver min nail art, så kig nederst i indlægget!

Jeg værdsætter hver enkelt af jer, der vælger at følge mig, højt! Og de af jer, der gør mig utroligt glad og overrasket, er de af jer, der følger mig, ikke på grund af en giveaway, men fordi i det meste af tiden kan li’ hvad jeg laver!
For at understrege, hvor meget det betyder, har jeg valgt regler for denne 100 læsere giveaway, der tilgodeser jer, men stadig gør det muligt for nye medlemmer at være med!

For at have en chance for at vinde, skal du:
– følge mig via Google Friend Connect (menuen til højre foroven)
OG
– hvis du har en blog vedr. neglelak eller nail art med en synlig blogliste, skal min blog være på den
OG
– dit brugernavn skal være blandt navnene på “My Precious Commentators” (menuen til højre, midt på, den tæller hver gang du skriver en kommentar til et af mine indlæg). BEMÆRK: Hvis jeg ser at du bare kopierer den samme kommentar og tæppebomber forskellige indlæg på kort tid, så bliver dit bruger navn ekskluderet, ligesom jeg har ekskluderet mit eget!
ELLER
– dit brugernavn skal være blandt ”top 10 members” (menuen til højre lidt under midten) VIGTIGT: du skal være logget på via Google Friend Connect, for at den tæller dit besøg.
Hvis dit navn forekommer på begge lister, tæller det med to gange!

Den 15. maj er det i løbet af dagen slut, og derefter vil jeg lade en software (eller min mand) trække lod blandt de 30 navne, og vinderen kan vælge mellem enten:
et gavekort på 200 danske kroner (eller vekslet til den ønskede valuta) til den online shop du ønsker, hvor det er muligt at købe gavekort på en sikker måde, alternativt kan jeg overføre 200 til din danske bankkonto, hvis du vil handle lokalt eller vente med at bruge pengene til senere
ELLER
Glitter Gal Lizard Belly + en lille overraskelse sendt fra mig til dig.
Hvis vinderen ikke ønsker at modtage gaven, trækker jeg lod igen.
Derfor er det en god ide at orientere mig, hvis du ved du ikke er online/tjekker email i dagene efter den 15. maj.
Held og lykke!

This is one part (we do have another "normal" part with sink, spice, dishwasher and fridge, where we cook) of our kitchen and here I do my nails, and this is EXACTLY as messy as it looks on a typical day when I have done nails. I work standing, because that is easiest after the neck and shoulder surgeries. I'm a brushacohlic, (there are more in one of the tiny acryl drawers) and have bought way more than I need, but I like to have some to choose from and experiment with. As you can see everything is within reach, and even if it looks chaotic I know where to find what. I know you probably want to know that the thingy on top of my box with arylic colors is, it's my secret weapon helping my old eyes when I do fine details. It's an OptiVisor (5), that enlarges everything 2½ times (but gives a very short focal depth); jewelers use them. On top of the fridge one of the cats often sleep, that's why there is a pillow. Anything else you wonder about - ask...
Dette er en del af vores køkken, (lavet i forb. med ombygning, vi har også en "normal" del med vask, komfur, køleskab og opvaskemaskine, hvor vi laver mad) og her leger jeg med nail art, og det er PRÆCIS ligeså rodet som det typisk ser ud, når jeg har ordnet negle. Jeg arbejder stående, efter opreationer i nakke og skuldre er det det letteste for mig. Jeg er en penselnarkoman og har langt flere, end jeg har brug for (der er flere i en af de små acrylskuffer), men jeg elsker at have noget at vælge imellem og eksperimentere med. Som du kan se, er alt indenfor rækkevidde, og selvom det ser kaotisk ud, så ved jeg hvor jeg skal finde hvad. jeg gætter på, at du gerne vil vide hvad tingesten ovenpå boksen med akrylfarverne er, det er min hemmelige våben og hjælp til mine gamle øjne, når jeg maler fine detaljer. Det er en OptiVisor (5), der forstørrer 2½ gange (men det giver en meget begrænset dybdeskarphed), din guldsmed har måske en. øverst på køleskabet er der en pude, fordi vores katte elsker at sove deroppe. Hvis der er andet du undrer dig over, så spørg :)
 
 
 

mandag den 26. marts 2012

Behind bars – bag tremmer

 
Hahahaha, gotcha’ - you thought I was in nail polish jail, right ;)
Nope but OPI Dutch ‘Ya Just love OPI is caught behind bright acrylic color bars in completely random patterns. Some of the dots have found loops to escape through, some are still trying, I'm guessing dots aren’t too smart ;)
Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI behind bars ;)???
Ha, du troede nok, at jeg var kommet i neglelaksfængsel, hwa ;)
Nixen, men OPI Dutch ‘Ya Just love OPI er fanget bag tremmer i helt tilfældige mønstre i forskellige klare akrylfarver. Nogle få prikker har fundet huller, de kan flygte igennem, nogle prøver stadig, de er vist ikke særligt kvikke, sådan nogle prikker ;)
Dutch ‘Ya Just love OPI bag tremmer???

søndag den 25. marts 2012

Fuchsia-red one-stroke's on baby blue

 
 
Nubar Baby Blue is the base color, and although I was tempted to do some leaves and or wines before I painted the one-stroke flowers with acrylic paint, I decided to see what it would look like if I kept it really simple (and this is actually a very simple, quick and easy mani). The center I dotted with China Glaze Blonde Bombshell.  I don’t know, maybe a little wall paper like – what do you think?
Want more flowers?? Go to "Flowers/blomster" page in the menu at the top of this blog...
Nubar Baby Blue er grundfarven, og selvom jeg egentlig ville male nogle ranker og blade inden jeg malede one-stroke blomsterne med akrylfarve, besluttede jeg mig for at se, hvordan det ville se ud, hvis jeg lod være og dermed gjorde designet mere enkelt, og der er faktisk en rigtigt hurtig og enkel manicure. Midten af blomsterne duppede jeg på med China Glaze Blonde Bombshell. Ja, jeg ved ikke, det minder måske lidt om tapet – men hvad synes du??
Vil du se flere blomster?? Vælg fanebladet "Flowers/blomster" i menuen øverst på siden...

lørdag den 24. marts 2012

Swatch Saturday: China Glaze Riveting - glossy & matte

China Glaze Riveting from the Colors from the Capitol collection spring 2012, (The Hunger Games).
It's easy to apply, dries fast, and I show you this gorgeous color in2 coats, without a top coat, and without further ado, I'll let the photos speak for themselves...
Den er let at påføre, tørrer hurtigt, og jeg viser denne skønne farve i 2 lag, uden toplak, og uden yderligere bemærkninger vil jeg lade billederne tale for sig selv...
 
 

Not even a matte top coat (Essie Matte About You) can "kill" the fire inside. Isn't it amazing??
En mat toplak (Essie Matte About you) kan ikke engang slå ilden i den "ihjel". Er den ikke utrolig??
 
 

fredag den 23. marts 2012

Hiding in pink

 
 
The next in my “Hiding in X” series is pink.
When I did my “Hiding in blue”, Ana from “Mimi’s Vanity Box” suggested, that I did a similar pink camouflage, so this is for you my friend, you have been a faithful support ever since I started my blog!
This is my second attempt, you can see the first farthest below, it lacked contrast and edge, so I realized, that I had to add more fuchsia/hot pink to get better contrast, and I started out with China Glaze Ahoy!, a raspberry red/hot pink with nice glass flecks, as the base color. For the dots I used China Glaze Rich & Famous + Dance baby, Essie Lovie Dovie and OPI Pedal Faster Suzi. And I top coated to finish the design.
Da jeg postede “Hiding in Blue” foreslog Ana fra ”Mimi’sVanity Box” at jeg lavede en pink kamouflage, så den er til hende, en trofast støtte, der har været der lgie fra mine første spænde skridt her på bloggen!
Det er mit andet forsøg, du kan se det første længere nede, men det manglede kontrast og ”kant”, so jeg tænkte at jeg var nødt til at bruge mere fuchsia/hot pink for at få mere kontrast. Derfor valgte jeg grundfarven China Glaze Ahoy!. en hindbærrød/hot pink med smukke glasagtige flecks, og til kamouflagen valgte jeg China Glaze Rich & Famous + Dance baby, Essie Lovie Dovie and OPI Pedal Faster Suzi, som jeg dottede på med et dotting tool. Til sidst lagde jeg toplak.

First discarded attempt/første kasserede forsøg:
My first try became too blahh, way too little contrast for my liking – even if I added a little silver. The base Color is China Glaze Rich & Famouse and the dots/camouflage colors are china Glaze Second Hand Silk + Dance Baby, Essie Lovie Dovie + Spaghetti Strap and OPI Pedal Faster Suzi.

torsdag den 22. marts 2012

Trophy Flowers

 
This mani is from mid February, not my greatest, but I loved it when I wore it. The absolutely gorgeous Essie Trophy Wife called out for some yellow flowers, so I found my acrylic paints and started painting with a tiny brush. I sealed the design with Seche Vite top coat.
Check out my other flower mani's, click on the "Flower/blomster" page in the top menu, and if you didn't see yesterdays Tulips, they might be worth a visit, click HERE
Dette design er fra midten af februar, og ikke noget særligt, men da jeg havdeden på, var jeg vild med den. Den vidunderlig smukke Essie Trophy Wife ville passé gode med gule blomster, tænkte jeg, og gik igang med mine akrylfarver og en lille pensel. Til sidst lagde jeg Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
Har du lyst til at se flere af mine blomster designs, så klik på fanebladet "Flowers/blomster" i top menuen, og hvis du ikke fik set tulipanerne i går, så er de vist et kig værd, klik HER

onsdag den 21. marts 2012

Tulips for Sara

 
 
I needed to take new photos of Douglas Absolute Nails Sara 07, see them HERE, so I asked my husband what kind of flowers he would like on Sara, and he wanted tulips. Arrghh, I thought, but then I went ahead, and the result is not all that bad…
Jeg ville tage nye billeder af Douglas Absolute Nails Sara 07, se dem HER – og jeg spurgte min mand om, hvad slags blomster jeg skulle male på Sara, og han sagde: tulipaner. Arrrghh, tænkte jeg, men gik i gang, og resultatet kan da vist godt gå an…

tirsdag den 20. marts 2012

Blue Sapphire flowers - Artsy Wednesday/Thuesday

 
 
The Challenge is "Blue nails" in this weeks Artsy Wednesday, and blue is a favorite subject of mine :)I chose China Glaze Eyes like Sapphires as my base color, and I painted a few half one-stroke flowers with a lighter blue and white acrylic colors, and I outlined it with a thin golden line, before I sealed with a top coat. I like that the focus isn’t drawn away from the beautiful base color, and it’s close to THIS flower mani, that is one of my favorites. You can see more flower mani's of mine if you click on the "Flovers/blomster" page in the top menu...
Check the what the other girls did, links below…
Temaet i denne uges udfordring i Artsy Wednesday er blå negle, og blå er et favoritemne :) Jeg valgte China Glaze Eyes like Sapphires som min grundfarve og malede halve one-stroke blomster med akrylfarve i en lidt lysere blå nuance samt hvid, og jeg kantede dem med en tynd guld stribe, før jeg lagde en toplak. Jeg kan godt li’ at fokus ikke trækkes væk fra den smukke grundfarve, og resultatet er tæt på DENNE manicure, der er en af mine favoritter. Du kan se flee af mine blomster designs ved at klikke på "Flowers/blomster" fanebladet i top menuen…
Se hvad de andre piger i denne udfordring lavede i denne uge…

If you are interested in joining us in Artsy Wednesday, please send me an email metzger@mail.tele.dk
Check out what the other girls in Artsy Wednesday did in this weeks challenge: Michelle at Lab Muffin,  Alanna at Pretty Purple Polish, Holly at Hooked, Tif at Polished Genious, Lyndsey at Nails by Ms. Lizard, Sofie from Swååfie, Catrine from Unnakednails,
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