Friday 29 March 2013

Tutorial: Textured nails

Textured nails, matte glittered nails, sand nails - or however you like to call them - are definitely a trend this season. From all the collections on the market, Zoya's Pixie Dust collection is my favourite. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to put your hands on it if you live in a country as mine. But that shouldn't prevent you from wearing the latest trend on your nails. In this post, I'll show you how!

If you don't know what I'm talking about, below is the picture of Dahlia, my favourite from this collection. The picture near it is my fake Dahlia nail art. 

It is very easy to create your own textured nails if you follow the steps bellow. Firstly, paint your nails a coat of matte nail polish. The one I used is Illamasqua -Scorn. Then take your glitter and a fan brush (if you don't have one, any other brush will work; you can even pour the glitter directly from the box. While the polish is still wet, stick the glitter on it, whichever method of those mentioned above you use. Finally, clean your cuticles and the all the mess on your skin. It is important that you don't apply a shiny top coat, or else you won't get the matte-glitter effect. You get a perfect dupe for Zoya Dahlia.

You can do this using any colour of nail polish and its glitter corespondent. If you don't have any matte nail polish colour, just apply a matte top coat when everything's done. The glitter I used in this tutorial is this Acrylic Glitter Powder from Born Pretty. What do you think?

Thursday 28 March 2013

Curatenia de primavara

*This blog post is only for Romanian readers, as it is a local promotion.

Nu stiu daca ati auzit, dar Blogawards si ZorileStore au initiat o competitie numita "Blogger ambasador pentru”. In cadrul acesteia poate participa orice persoana care detine un blog cu vechimea de cel putin trei luni si are mai mult de 10 postari. Daca va intereseaza, gasiti regulamentul aici

Din categoria Curatenia de primavara, mi-am ales o pereche de balerini negri, cu interior din piele (pe site-ul lor, sunt acestia). Pretul lor vechi era 119 RON, ceea ce mi se pare acceptabil. 
Daca nu aveti blog si totusi doriti sa beneficiati de aceasta oferta, va puteti alege unul din produsele disponibile in categoria Curatenia de primavara la orice comanda pe site-ul lor. 

De ce am ales o pereche de balerini? Ii port de cand incepe primavara, pana toamna. 
Exceptie fac zilele calduroase de vara, dar sunt prezenti in serile racoroase ale acesteia. 
Ce imi place la ei? Ca ii pot purta cu orice, de la blugi la fuste sau pantaloni scurti. 
Cred ca ei sunt nelipsiti din gardeorba oricarei femei, indiferent de stilul ei. Astept sa ma contraziceti daca nu am dreptate. Voi ii purtati?

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Flowery nails

Today I'll show you a flowery manicure I did using Cheeky's GA34 plate. I started with two coats of Sinful Colors -Let's talk which such a wonderful purple polish but I just couldn't photograph its real shade. I've used it before, but forgot that it has a drawback that can't be overlooked:  If you stamp on it, the whole design fades away after you apply the top coat. I don't know why is that, but it's really annoying. I applied red dots in the middle of each flower using a dotting tool. I finished with a clear top coat. What do you think?

I'd also like to ask you to please vote for a manicure of mine. I participated in a contest on facebook and I could use your likes. Click here if you are kind enough to help me. Thnanks! 

Monday 25 March 2013

I Love Cosmetics Giveaway

*The giveaway is open only to Romanian readers.

De aceasta data, giveaway-ul este deschis doar pentru cititoarele din Romania. Va rog sa cititi cu atentie aceasta postare inainte de a va inscrie.

Acest giveaway va avea doua parti: una pe facebook si una pe blog. Puteti participa la amandoua, dar trebuie sa va inscrieti de doua ori, respectand cerintele fiecareia. Participand la cel de pe facebook, aveti sansa sa castigati un unt de corp Vanilla & Ice cream, iar participand la cel de pe blog, un unt de corp Lemons & Limes. Premiile au fost sponsorizate de I Love Cosmetics Romania.

Completand formularul de mai jos va puteti inscrie la giveaway-ul Lemons & Limes.  

Pentru a va inscrie la giveawy-ul de pe facebook, click pe imaginea de mai jos.

Saturday 23 March 2013

Pink rosees manicure

Today I'd like to show you a sweet pink manicure I did using m65 Konad plate. I started with two coats of Illamasqua -Scorn and Sinful Colors -Cream Pink applied alternatively on the nails. Then I stamped the designs and finished with a clear top coat. What do you think?

Thursday 21 March 2013

Closed - French Tip Dip GIVEAWAY

Did you see my pretty french manicure? If you haven't, check out this post. I did the perfect tips using the revolutionary french manicure tool - French Tip Dip.

If you haven't tried it yet, French Tip Dip and Konad Addict now give you the opportunity to do it. A lucky winner will receive the whole Essentials Kit, the same kit I have. The rules are simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form bellow. The giveaway is open internationally and ends on the 15th of April.

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Important announcement for GFC Followers & DIY Pearled collar necklace

Rumour have spread that Google Reader RSS Service will close. That means that if you currently are following my blog via GFC (Google Friend Connect) you will have to find an alternative. This is too bad as I have almost 3000 followers and I don't want to lose any of you. 

The solution I found for this is Bloglovin. I personally don't enjoy it too much, but I keep thinking that I'll get used to it. I started following some of my favourite blogs with Bloglovin, so that I won't miss their posts. 

I sincerely ask you to click on the button bellow and follow me. Only 10% of you did that until now, so I really do need your support. 

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As this post already isn't nail related, I'd like to show you the pearled collar necklace I created. It was really easy to do and I honestly like the result. I will have to pierce the ends and add a ribbon to link the two parts. The tutorial I followed is the last picture of the post (it's not my tutorial, I found it on

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Glitter nail polish from Born Pretty

Today I'll show you my new glitter nail polish from Born Pretty (it is #6 in their images). As you can see, I had to cut my nails as one of them broke badly. Though, how can we beautify small nails? Add glitter! - it will definitely work on any nails. I started with two coats of Rimmel -312 Ultra Violet and then I added a thick coat of glitter top coat on each nail. What do you think?

They only cost $6,99 and they offer a wide range of many other coloured glitters. Born Pretty also has free international shipping. Use coupon code ASJ61 for a 10% discount at any order.
Born Pretty Nail Art

Sunday 17 March 2013

Zinio GIVEAWAY- Beauty magazines and more

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about Zinio. Today I have a surprise for you: they offered to sponsor 10 free subscriptions to magazines of your choise. They provide 5,000 magazine titles in 33 languages and 23 currencies.
Please read this before entering the giveaway to make sure you are familiar with your potential prize. This giveaway is open internationally. 
Make sure that the field Name, the email address and the magazine you would like to win are correctly completed in the form bellow. If you win, you won't be contacted again, but you will be sent the subscription directly by Zinio. 

The giveaway will end on the 2nd of April. Complete all the mandatories to access the extra entries. Good luck!

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* The prizes were sponsored by

Giveaway winner and 10% discount code for each participant

My THBoxes giveaway is now over and the winner has already been contacted. As I promised, everyone who entered the contest can now get a 10% discount code. There is a different code for each person, so if you want to claim it, please leave your email address in the comments and I will send it to you. Thank you all for entering and stay around... a new giveaway is about to start!
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Saturday 16 March 2013

Striped nail art using fan brush

Today I'll show you a lively striped manicure as well as my new 15 pc nail art brush kit

I got this set from an online nail art store, Born Pretty and they cost $5,96. They're quality brushes of different dimensions and shapes in order that you get sophisticated detailed manicures. 
The set contains drawing, painting and liner brushes, from thinner to thicker and from smaller to bigger ones. The thin ones are really helpful when creating small details. They are thin enough and you don't have to cut them to create the perfect breadth. 

With the brushes bellow you may create one stroke nail designs. 

The set also includes a dotting tool for really small dots with perfect accuracy. 

Last but not least are the fan brushes. If you wonder how I created the manicure in the first picture of the post, they are the answer. Using these brushes you may create really thin lines on your nails. My inspiration for this manicure was this Youtube tutorial. Please watch it to see the technique used.

For this manicure, I started with two coats of China Glaze -Lemon Fizz. The polishes used for the lines were Dior -545 and 671 and Picture Polish -Citrus. I finished with a clear top coat. What do you think?

And here's another manicure I did using the same technique, but different colours. Which one do you like more?

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Zipper nail art

Today I'll show you a unique manicure that is extremely easy to do: zipper nails. I started with two coats of Flormar -DC06, which I randomly applied, as you can see in the pictures. Then I applied the  Zipper Water Decals from Born Pretty. They come in a pack of 20 decals, enough for two manicures. They are two-sided; it means that they are golden on a side and silver on the other side. I didn't notice this until having applied some, so my manicure is with the golden ones, but I'll definitely use the silver part for my next manicure. 

The technique to apply these is really easy. I cut small pieces with 10 of the designs and then I took a small glass with water. Using tweezers, I sank each piece of paper in the water and then the design came off easily.  I just applied them on the nails and finished with a clear top coat. 
1pc Fashion Zip Fastener Zipper Nail Art Sticker Water Decals Manicure - 2 colors

They only cost $2,99 and Born Pretty offers free international shipping. Use cupon code ASJ61 for a 10% discount at any order.
Born Pretty Nail Art

Tuesday 12 March 2013


Today's post won't be nail related but I hope you'll enjoy it. We're girls and besides our helpless passion for nail art we have many other activities we enjoy doing in our free time. Today I'll talk about magazines, those pieces of information we like leafing while listening to our favourite music. I've recently heard about Zinio. They carry thousands of top magazines from around the world. You can browse and purchase subscriptions or single issues instantly from their website. Do you have an iPad, iPhone, Android mobile phones, tablets, a laptop or a desktop? Any of those will work. 

The have a promotion and you can still benefit from it if you hurry. Buy $15 and get $7.50 off next purchase before the 15th of March .

You may also get up to a 50% discount if you buy before the 19th of March if you click this link.

Zinio have delivered more than 70 million digital issues in 2012 and they provide 5,000 magazine titles in 33 languages and 23 currencies. Did it stir your interest?

Sunday 10 March 2013

French Tip Dip review

Today I want to show you something I've been eager to try for a really long time: French Tip Dip. If you are not familiar with it, French Tip Dip is a tool that helps you to easily create a beautiful french manicure. If you're not good at freehand, this will help you a lot. Here's my first manicure with the tool. Keep reading if you want to find out more about the procedure. 

I have here the Essentials kit and it contains all the utensils for a neat french manicure and pedicure. 

Unfortunately, I couldn't make a tutorial this time, but if you request it I will include it in my next posts. Until then, watch the video below to make an idea on how to use it. 

I observed the rules above and the result was exactly as expected. What do you think? 
Visit, as well as their facebook page to find out more about the product. They ship internationally and the price of the tool is $12.

Thursday 7 March 2013

Coloured houndstooth manicure

Today I'll show you a coloured houndstooth-like manicure. The nail polises I used -from left to right- are Picture Polish -Citrus, China Glaze -Lemon Fizz, Sinful Colors -Happy Ending, Astor 070 and Sinful Colors -Amethyst. I applied the colour on the tips using a sponge. I stamped the design from Cheeky's Princes Set - GA1. I finished with a clear top coat. What do you think?

Monday 4 March 2013

Green leopard manicure

Today I'll show you my green leopard manicure. I started with two coats of American Apparel -Office and then I stamped the design from m57 Konad plate using Illamasqua -Kink. It is a really easy to do manicure. I finished with a clear top coat. What do you think?

Don't forget about my giveaway if you haven't entered yet.

Sunday 3 March 2013

THBoxes giveaway - CLOSED

Some of you might remember that last month, I showed you some beautiful pieces of jewelry in this post. In the meanwhile, THBoxes offered to sponsor a prize for my readers: anything you like on their website as long at it is under $8. Also, the winner gets a 10% discount code. Please fill in the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Cheating means disqualification - I will check all entries. The giveaway is open internationally and it will close on March 17th. Good luck!

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