Saturday, March 22, 2014

How to do a Manicure step by step

Long time no speak but I'm back with some news. I just want to let you know that I'm keeping this blog still alive for nails and other stuff, but I started a new blog on wordpress, so don't forget to visit me there too (link will be down below). :) 

I recently got a great opportunity to start my new blog on wordpress and since I always wanted to have a blog there, I decided to start from the beggining. I would be more than happy to see all of you there too (there I'll post only nails) but here maybe more DIYs, hair stuff and beauty stuff.



Just the other day I posted a picture tutorial, how to do a manicure step by step. I was asked quite a lot of times how I do my nails, so here are few basics steps I follow every time I do my nails.

1. Remove an oly nail polish and start with totally clean nails.
2. Add base coat to prevent staining.
3. Carefully add two coats of polish of your choice.
4. With a brush dipped into the nail polish remover clean the edges.
5. Add top coat.

For a full post and pictures of how to do a manicure step by step (and all the new stuff I'll post in the future) visit thenails.net and follow me there too. :)



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Essence Metal Glam Gold Topper

Let's try this blogger app on my iphone. :P

I just have to publish this asap! I saw gold toppers floating around but since I'm not spending for polish as much as before, I didn't want to splurge for a top coat with real gold flakes. Until today, but it was cheap as possible - 2,19€ at Drogerie Markt. :)

Essence came out with a Metal glam collection and one of the polish is this gold topper! In stores now! At least here in Slovenia. 


Top to bottom
Orly - Pure Porcelain
Orly - Fancy Fuchsia
China Glaze - Traffic Jam
Essence - Chuck



Let me know if you already got it and how do you like it! I love it and I definitely need a back up. Hands down Essence, you finally came up with something I love. :)

Xoxo,
Ivana :k

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Smiley Nail Polish Strips

Few weeks ago I got a package from OMG nail strips to try their nail strips. I already tried out some of the nail strips on the market, so I got really excited to test them out. :)


I picked 2 patterns and here's the first one - Smiley Nail Polish Strips. :L

Application was super easy, I only had difficulties to find the right size for my nails but after one hand, even that wasn't a problem. I applied them on clean nails, I filed the excess down and added a coat of top coat to seal them on. Cute nails that made me smile all the time. :)


I applied them on Sunday and after 5 days there was a tiny tip wear but all in all they still looked wearable. I love that they don't start lifting and they look like I have polish on.
I recommend these especially if you want something special on your nails. Not just a plain color but something fun - a nice variety of patterns on their site. I'm really happy that I got a chance to test them out and I can't wait to put my 2nd set on but I'm saving them for special occasions.

Let me know if you already try them out. :) 

Xoxo, 
Ivana :k



*Products in this post were sent to me by OMG Nail strips & stickers! For more information read my disclosure policy!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

L'oreal Preference Wild Ombres #1 kit Review

Let's talk about hair today, shall we? :P

I fell in love with Ombre hair some time ago and I always wanted to try it on my hair too. Scared of dead ends and refusing to dye my hair again - it didn't happened. :P But one day I just knew I had to try it when these kits were available everywhere around me. So I gave it a try. Bought L'oreal Wild Ombres set at DM for around 7€. I choose shade #1 for the dark brown hair, but there're 2 shades more for light hair. My ends were darker before because I used to color my hair in black and chocolate brown. I didn't want to go too light because I think I look better with darker colors and I was scared to get that ugly brassy blond on my ends. :) 


The first thing I liked about this kit is that's so easy to use. Love the brush that comes with this set, because it just makes everything easier. I still have it in case I wanted to go ombre again and then I won't have to buy this kit again, just the bleach. :) I left the bleach working for around half an hour on my hair, then I rinsed it off. I was too scared to leave it for 15 more minutes but for a better effect I should. Or I should repeat the process again, because there's so much color left but my friend wanted ombre too so I dyed her hair. So we both have ombre hair. :P

Right after I dyed my hair.

It's subtle just the way I like it and if I'm honest, it shows better on pictures than in real life. :$ The thing I don't like is that it killed my ends. My hair was long and healthy, of course you could find split ends but they were never so dry and damaged. My hair routine was really simple (I used to use only shampoo) but I had to change it. It was impossible to deal with all the knots and mess (even with my tangle teezer) so conditioner solved the brushing a bit. And last week I decided to trim them away again and my hair is shorter for almost 10 cm and this is the second time I trimmed my hair, last time I think I cut off around 5 cm. 


So all in all, I love this kit - easy to use, brush is great and it makes a lovely ombre effect but I'm hating the fact it killed my ends. Or maybe my hair was already damaged and bleach just made them even worse. I might repurchase it again, since I love ombre effect and would love to have a slightly lighter hair but we'll see,  I don't know! :D If you want to try ombre, the easiest and one of the cheapest ways is probably with this set (it's worth to buy it for the first time to get a brush). :) But without any damaged hair, hair dresser is the best solution. :) Maybe it'll work for you.

Here's the before:
 

Did you try it out? Let me know if you would like to know anything about my hair, so I can blog more about it. :i

Xoxo, 
Ivana :k 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Rainbow nails

Some time ago I fell in love with rainbow nails. I wanted to try them out but somehow I didn't have patience to do them. So one day, when I was really really bored, I knew I had to give them a try. :P

It's all about gradient and with a perfect color combination you can make amazing rainbow nails. I wish I had a collection of neons, because you know how much I adore neons and rainbow neon manicure sounds awesome! :L

This is how my nails looked like more than a week. :$ 


Pinky: China Glaze - Spontaneous & Essence - Fall for me
Ring: Essence - Fall for me & China Glaze - For Audrey
Middle: China Glaze - For Audrey & Essence - Sunny Side Up
Index: Essence - Sunny side up & China Glaze - Peachy Keen
Thumb: China Glaze - Peachy Keen &; Essence - Very Berry 
Essence - Better than gel nails Top Sealer Fast Dry 


"Stop posing Ivana, scratch me!" xD

Did you ever try rainbow nails? :i

Xoxo,
Ivana :k