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brushed gold and pastel pink nails

29 Aug

hello lovelies!
so sorry for not being very active at the moment, i have lots to do at work, and as summer goes, it’s quite the busy social period…
but i wanted to show you two colors i’m sporting (well, one was last week):

1. brushed matte gold!
how cool does it look!?

this look is super easy to do: grab your favorite gold (or any metallic color for that matter), and paint two- three coats. it has to be opaque and well covering. then, you just apply a coat of matte top coat (i used essence matte coat, but i’m sure any one will do). i was really surprised how well it turned out, as the gold i used (catrice goldfinger) was very shiny and had lots of pigment. the result was very cool, a brushed matte gold effect- love it! (a bonus: the matte coat dries the nailpolish very quickly!)

2.  (i’m wearing it right now!) is pastel pink from my model’s own pastel collection. i had tried it before, and i really liked it because it achieved a very covering pastel shade- like candy! but this time, i enhanced the color by using a very simple trick… i remember reading somewhere, that if you apply a coat of white nail polish under pastels (or i guess any lighter) colors, it will make the color pop! well it makes sense, really… a white canvas gives a true color, while usually nails are not white… i was so pleased with the result, i’m really glad i tried it!

pre- cleanup… sorry!

the white coat was essie blanc, and as a top coat i used my trusty sèche vite. i don’t know how i used to do it without that stuff, it works like magic! as a base coat i use any clear nailpolish, at the moment my favorite is clear by rimmel- they have a very easy-to-use brush.

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bratislava and big apple red

25 May

last weekend i was in bratislava visiting my best friend.  we were so lucky with the weather, it was gorgeous!

the main reason i went is the nightlife. not for nothing bratislava is dubbed partyslava– the alcohol and entrances are so cheap! the city is crawling with international people (many big international companies have their european hq in slovakia), but everywhere you go you mainly hear british english. thanks to ryanair and their airfares, bratislava is a super popular place for bachelor/ette parties (as the brits call them: stag and hen nights).

we went to about 4 places on friday night, and ended up at trafo, a fun and crazy club right in the city center. we were home around 4 in the morning, and when we woke up at 1 pm on saturday, we were both nursing a slight hangover. my bff suggested we go chill in the sun, and drink some lemonade (very popular) at leblon, a brazilian churrascaria right by the river. i had lemonade joe, a deliciously refreshing lemonade with cucumber slices, elderflower syrup, limes and soda.

me and my lemonade joe

we then walked around town, and ended up strolling by the blue church– or as we call it, the disney church:

disney church facade

by sunday our nails were a mess, so we went to get them done. i fell in love with opi big apple red! such a striking red shade with fuchsia undertones- the perfect red for summer! needless to say, i wanted to get it. when i got back to vienna i looked online for it, and because i was curious about the much acclaimed seche vite i was browsing for that too. i stumbled upon micky nail studio, a new store in vienna that also has an online shop. what makes micky nail studio special is that not only do they carry most collections of opi, they also stock essie, china glaze, seche vite, orly and zoya! if that wasn’t enough, opi and essie are cheaper there than anywhere else i’ve seen. before i knew it, my fingers started clicking, and i checked out a basket of 5 nailpolishes. it happens, right? when the haul arrives, you’ll know it :)

opi big apple red

 

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