Friday, November 21, 2014

Polished by KPT Cosmic XOdus Collection Swatches and Review

Hi Lovelies! I've been busy swatching and today I'm excited to show you this gorgeous Winter collection named Cosmic XOdus from Polished by KPT which will be released tomorrow. The collection includes a variety of different finishes including glitter, duochrome and of course thermal. Since this post is looong, I'll make my intro short and get right to the swatches and review. I hope you'll enjoy!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thermal Stripes

Hi Lovelies! Sometimes I get wonky or should I say wacky ideas for nail art that I must then try out or they give me no rest. This is one of those! While playing with the Polished by KPT Paris & Me collection a while back, I was fascinated by two thermals which are both a gorgeous charcoal gray in their warm state, but completely different when cold. The idea was to combine them into one manicure so that when the nails are warm it appears to be a solid color and then magically reveals a pattern as it gets cold. The result is subtle, but see what you think...

This is one of the transition stages...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Falling for Flowers

Hi Lovelies! When I see purple, I think gold and if that purple has a gold shimmer then it is practically a crime not to play it up. It is probably my favorite color combo ever and therefore should come as no surprise that I couldn't resist playing around with some stamping and this gorgeous purple shade from the Glam Polish Broadway collection!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Raindrops on My Parade

Hi Lovelies! Today I have some stamping to show you. As it often happens, I was inspired by the polish name, Don't Rain on My Parade. More specifically, I was drawn to the rain part of the name. That is likely either because it's been raining in Seattle a lot recently or maybe because a parade wasn't something I was willing to tackle on my nails right now (I'll have to save that idea for another day). In any case, I decided on this beautiful pattern which reminds me of rain drops and puddle splashes. Perfect for a rain theme...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Basket Weave

Hi Lovelies! Today I'm going to show you my feeble attempt at a free hand basket weave pattern. I was inspired by a seemingly simple tutorial by @yagala on Instagram. She made it look so easy that I thew my inhibitions to the wind and decided to try it out. Now although her manicure is gorgeous from any distance, mine is best viewed from far, far away. In other words, back away from your computer now or you might get scared. Yes, that means you too! Take your coffee cup and back away, then come back and tell me what you think of this...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tutorial: Racing Stripes

Hi Lovelies! As promised, I've got a tutorial for my last manicure to show you today. It is a quite simple look when you break it down and I hope that will encourage you to play around with striping tape as well. Whether it is this arrangement, one from a previous tutorial or something you create on your own. Give it a try and remember to have fun!


  1. Paint your nails the desired base color and allow it to dry completely. 
    • You can speed this up by using a quick dry top coat or drops
  2. Arrange striping tape as shown above. 
    • For my thumb, I used a similar chevron arrangement as on my ring finger, but a simple stripe would work just as well. 
  3. Using the silver polish, paint in between the two sections of striping tape.
  4. Remove the striping tape closest to the cuticles while the polish is still wet to ensure a clean line, but leave the other piece(s) of striping tape in place.
  5. Apply the glitter polish covering the nail tips up to the remaining striping tape.
  6. Remove the striping tape while the polish is still wet.
  7. Add a top coat to seal in your work and enjoy!!

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial! Please don't hesitate to ask questions and let me know what you think of this!

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

** Polishes were provided to me for review by the manufacturer or their PR. **
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Coca Cola Racing Stripes...

Hi! I've got a manicure form the 'archives' to show you today. There are lots of fun manis in this mysterious 'archive' that are just waiting for their time in the spot light. I would like to start out by showing you one that I created a couple of months ago using a few shades from the Coca Cola by OPI collection. This look makes me think of racing stripes. Hmm, I wonder if I should have attempted it with the Mustang collection instead...

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