Monday, September 15, 2014

Subtle Cadillacquer gradient

Hello hello!

Today I have a very subtle gradient to show you. And by very subtle I mean: not too subtle in real life, but my camera was not able to pick it up quite nicely. I used OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around as a base. For the gradient I used two Cadillacquer polishes from the Breaking Bad collection: Pinkman and Yeah Science!.

Pinkman is a very soft, nude pink colour with gold and green-ish shimmer. Yeah Science! is a soft lilac, lavender shade with pink and purple-y shimmer. Together they make such a soft gradient, and with the different shimmers they give the look a new dimension. Make sure to check out the links to find a more in-depth review of these two gorgeous shades.

This was just a quick post! Let me know what you think!

P.S.: Did you see the new collection Cadillacquer created? It is inspired by Sons of Anarchy. Check it out here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dry brush technique: Orange + blue + studs

Hey you!

You might or might not have seen this dry brush manicure in your Facebook or Instagram feed a while ago (if you are not following me already, you tooooootally should! Facebook - Instagram). I created this nail art using the dry brush technique, which is very simple. For this one I was inspired by a technique by Pshiiit.

Products used

Base coat: Essie Grow Stronger
Sinful Colors Snow me white
Catrice Birdy reloaded!
Catrice For bright Guys (LE NEONaturals)
Catrice Mrs. Brightsight (LE NEONaturals)
Faby Don't disturb my Puppy (FabulousFaby collection)
Top coat: Essie Good to go

The neon orange 2mm studs are from KKcenterHK, they sell for $2 and you will receive about 100 studs. I applied them by adding a little dot of clear nail polish on the place I wanted them to be. Then I used a dotting tool to pick up the studs and put them on my nail. I sealed them in with a layer of top coat.

*Studs were sent to me for my honest review*

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lakstore update #3 + randomness

Hi folks! I know, it is not quite Sunday, but here I am with a new Lakstore update. This will be a post about the past month because due to a holiday and exams (yay!) I did not really have a lot of time to edit and write. And I honestly did not feel like it, too. I wanted to focus on my exams and studies, because that is my biggest priority at the moment, getting that Master's degree aw yeah bby.

Okay, back to Lakstore now!
Remember those large palettes I talked about last time? Well, in July, I painted smaller ones with the Coca-Cola collection. Actually I have no idea how many I painted, but on the bright side:  they are aaaall finished! (Not the larger ones, will take me some more time too haha). And last week I painted them with the new Nordic Collection by OPI. To be completely honest, I am not impressed with the collection. In my opinion, the colours do not go very well together. But I do have to say, My Voice is a little Norse, My Dogsled is a Hybrid and Thank Glogg It’s Friday! are verrrrrrrrrrry pretty, uhu! And the formula of all the polishes is amazing.

As usual, when clients want nail art, I am the nail art lady. Haha. Below you will see some pictures of the nails I did. I also did my sister's nails a few times and I will include those photos as well. Lucky me, I did find some time to do my own nails, hehe. I will just put the pictures below and if you have any questions, just leave me a comment!

Swatching the Nordic collection

And to end this post: Homemade Oreo cheesecake. You're welcome.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lakstore update #2

 Hey guys! I am back with a new Lakstore update. I planned to post this blog yesterday, but I went to the movies with my boyfriend and some friends. We saw Transformers: Age of Extinction! And we got home pretty late and I was waaaay too tired to put it online, sorry guys. But here it is!

This work week at Lakstore went by so fast! On Thursday I used Gelcolor for the very first time. Before Thursday I've never ever practiced with GelColor or another semi permanent nail polish, so I was pretty excited to give it a go. I swatched the Neons collection by OPI on a palette. We use these palettes so clients can 'try on' the colour before deciding which one they really want to go for. I also swatched all of our Faby gels on a palette and tried out our new Faby led lamp.
When that was done, I needed to work on the OPI nail polish palettes which will be at the nail polish counters at Planet Parfum. So far I have done 8 of each of the four different palettes, which means I have finished 10% haha. Yup, 32 down, only 288 to go! But I enjoy doing it. That way I can practice my painting and I can get to know the different nail polishes and their opacity, texture and application. Win-win it is!

Nice view huh!
On Friday, I started with some general stuff that had to be done: folding the towels, doing the dishes, stocking the shop... Buuuut, *drumroll* I did my very first Gelcolor manicure! I practiced on Sara, the owner of Lakstore. Sara explained every little thing I needed to do and know and made sure all was well understood and she gave me a lot of tips which is well appreciated!! :-). First I needed to prepare the nails. This means filing the nails, pushing back the cuticles and making sure the nail is desinfected and neutralized. After that I applied a base coat, let it cure, then three coats (it was more of a jelly-like formula) of the colour, Faby - Passport to my heart, and let it cure after each layer. After that, I sealed it all in with a nice layer of the Faby top coat. We weren't sure if nail art would work with Gelcolor, but we decided to give it a go and this abstract, tiedye worked like a charm. I think this manicure is ok for a first time Gelcolor experience, haha. What do you think?
Besides this, I also prepared a client's nails who wanted a Gelcolor manicure, removed some polish on toe nails, helped people in the shop with their purchase and served drinks. And I also did some swatching on the palettes, of course, haha! But I don't mind ;-). And before I went to work, I also did one of my mom's friends her nails for her birthday.

GelColor + Faby

Saturday went by so quickly! I did a ton of different things. Again some general stuff like advising clients, helping them to pick a colour, serving drinks, cleaning up... But I also did some nail art! On clients! As my manicures aren't up to par just yet, Sara painted the client's nails and when she was done, I had to do the nail art. I explained which colour combinations would look nice, and which colours we had to avoid. My first clients were two girls and they picked our nail art of the month: the tiedye. The other client wanted a simple, clean, not too in-you-face leopard print. I felt so comfortable doing nail art on 'strangers', even though I mostly do my own nails. They were all so happy and pleased with the result and so was I! I couldn't resist snapping some photos.

After that I removed a client's nail polish on her toes and applied a new colour. This was my first time painting a client's toe nails, whoooo progress! Haha. But I really enjoy doing it, like for real, this is the best job I have ever had in my whole life. Seriously.

So that was it for my update of this week. Next week, I will try to get my update posted on Sunday, but it could be having a small delay as I am leaving for a well-deserved vacation Saturday night! Woop woop! But I have some posts scheduled, so I won't leave you hanging, haha. ;-)
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