Wednesday 31 December 2014

Lovely layering: mint and gold

Hi polish pals! Who doesn't love layering? Here's a pretty combo I wore. I'm currently out of town to celebrate New Years Eve. I hope you all have a great time tonight and an amazing 2015! My giveaway is probably closed by the time you read this. I will pick the winner within a week.

Sunday 28 December 2014

Jelly sandwich with Revlon Girly

Hey everyone! Today is all about Revlon Girly, the last polish that I had to test from the little Revlon nail polish set that I bought in October.

Friday 26 December 2014

Snow nails

First of all: merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are having a great time.
Over the past few weeks I have seen so many snow-themed nail arts! There were freehanded snowflakes, snow stickers, dotting tool snow, matte snowflakes, sparkly snowflakes... Anyway, here's my take on the snowflake! 

Wednesday 24 December 2014

Double Design: Christmas skittlette

Hi guys! I have exciting news today. Monique from Ritsy and I decided to start doing twin posts! Monique is a fellow Dutch nail blogger and 'Double Design' is our little collaboration. The theme for this Double Design is 'Christmas nails'.

Sunday 21 December 2014

Monthly Man-icure: December

Hello there! It's that time of the month again ;). Seb kept it simple for this man-icure: he chose only one nail polish. It's the sparkly W7 Fairy Tale.

Thursday 18 December 2014

GIVEAWAY ~ This is it Coral

Hi everyone! Today I have a giveaway for you and I'm quite excited about it. Who doesn't love giveaways? It's not a big one though, the price is one modest bottle of nail polish: This is it - Coral.

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Drinking glass inspired manicure

Hello polish lovers! I hope you're all doing well. For the first time ever (I guess?) I did a manicure that was inspired by something in my direct environment. I have two awesome drinking glasses from Blokker with this neon dotted gradient that I thought would be very cool to recreate on my nails. And so I did! I hope you like them.

Sunday 14 December 2014

Other uses of nail polish #4

Hi polish lovers! Some of you just started following me, so you are not familiar with this whole 'other uses of nail polish' - thing. In these posts I (mostly) collect DIY ideas that have to do with nail polish. Here are the links to the previous editions:  #1, #2, #3.

In today's edition I have four fun DIY's for you.

1) Elsie from A Beautiful Mess made her own iPhone case using nail polish.


Saturday 13 December 2014

The Sparkle Queen's annual Holiday Blog Hop

Hi guys, I have a fun tip for you today! Alessandra, a.k.a. The Sparkle Queen, is hosting a lovely holiday blog hop. I already added a link, can you find it? :)

If you want to add your nail art as well, it should be from this year and relevant to the holiday season theme.

This is where my post ends and the blog hop begins...

Friday 12 December 2014

Winter nails tutorial: snow and mittens

Hello there dear readers! I wrote a guest post in Dutch for Kimberly at Sokimberly (thanks for asking me to do so Kimberly!). For L'Ongleterre I made an English version. It's a tutorial for these cute mitten nails that I'm quite pleased with!

Wednesday 10 December 2014

November favourites

Hello polish lovers! November is behind us and it's about time to share my November favourites with you.

Monday 8 December 2014

Quick tip for INM Out The Door users

Hello ladies and gentlemen! In my opinion every solution to an annoying problem is worth sharing. So that's why I have a quick tip for you today. If you use INM Out The Door, like I currently do, then it might frustrate you how it is impossible to see how much top coat you've got left in your bottle:

Picture was taken by Lesley from Lemon Lacquer

Sunday 7 December 2014

Swatch: Rimmel Coralicious

Hi there everyone! I hope my Dutch readers had a great Sinterklaas. Today I have some swatch photo's for Rimmel Coralicious. As for image quality, these are not the best photo's (none of my photo's are since I use a mobile phone), but the colour of this nail polish is captured very well, believe me. If you have a MacBook pro 13" retina like I do, what you see is what you get if you decide to buy this lovely bright nail polish!

Friday 5 December 2014

Green saran wrap nails

Hi everyone, happy Sinterklaasavond to the Dutchies! ;) When I did saran wrap nails for Emma about two weeks ago, I realised again how awesome, easy and beautiful this type of nail art is. So I decided to wear it again. I love greens so I picked out Max & more Petrol and #15 from Flying Tiger to create this mani.

Wednesday 3 December 2014

New stuff: November

Hi everyone! In this post I will show you all the new things that I have collected over the month of November.

Sunday 30 November 2014

The Monthly Man-icure: November

Hello pretty polish pals (am I getting too creative with my greetings now?)! It's time for the second monthly man-icure (check out the last edition here). This time my boyfriend Sebastian (or for short: Seb) chose two nail polishes by Catrice.  

Friday 28 November 2014

Nail polish quotes

Hello dearest readers! No polish today, but nail polish quotes!

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Painting my friends' fingernails

Hello everyone! Today is a special day because I'm not going to show you my own nails, but my friends'! On a lovely Sunday afternoon I did some manicures for four friends.  It is so much fun to do other people's nails but it is also such a challenge! Everything is different, shape, length, the angle you're painting in... Anyway, let's have a look at my friends' fingernails!

Sunday 23 November 2014

Review: Born Pretty Store 'Britsh retro' water decals

Hello there everyone! A friendly guy from Born Pretty Store send me an e-mail and offered me to choose something from the hot specials page. I cannot begin to explain how excited I was. I think BPS gives out free samples to about 80 percent of the blogs I read but hey, I still felt pretty special!

I chose these 'British Retro Style Chair Flower Design Print Nail Art Water Decals' (what a name) in the style 'BOP/163'.

Friday 21 November 2014

Swatch: OPI - Get your number

Hello dear readers! This OPI polish, Get your number, was released in 2012 as part of the Mariah Carey collection. I decided to share these swatch pictures because you can still buy Get your number on Ebay or, like I did, at Big Bazar for €4,99 

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Manicures I wore while I wasn't blogging

Good morning, afternoon, evening or night (I have no idea when you guys read my posts)! Today I want to share some manicures with you that I wore while I wasn't blogging. Not all photo's are of the best quality but I hope you'll enjoy them nonetheless.

Geometric nail art using Barry M Greenberry and Zoya Jacqueline

Saturday 15 November 2014

Velvet Skittlette (and mini review)

A while ago I showed you the nail stuff that I bought in October. Among them was a 'velvet effect' set. Although the accent on my pinky is not very obvious, this is a skittlette that I did using W7 Metallic jupiter and the So me velvet effect set. In this post I will show you some pictures of my manicure and I will also shortly review the set.

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Review: Yves Rocher Redberries hand cream

A while ago I ordered a few products at Yves Rocher. One of them was the redberries hand cream which I will review for you today!

Friday 7 November 2014

Nail art copy: Chanel A/W 2012-2013 using Revlon polishes

Hello manicure mavens! ;) Today I'm going to show you my copy of some nail art that was rocked by models during the Chanel show for autumn/winter 2012-2013. I wanted to try out my new Revlon polishes and this seemed like the perfect manicure for that.

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Nail stuff bought in October

Hi nail polish fanatics! In this short in-between post I want to show you some new polishes I got this month. I'm sorry about the greyness of the pictures, I do not now why they turned out like this. Must be the autumn light.

Revlon Silver Screen, Girly, Bubbly. I bought these in a set for €5,99 at Big Bazar.

Sunday 2 November 2014

October favourite

October is over and we're in November now! Surprisingly enough, the weather keeps getting better here in Amsterdam. I'm afraid that in a week or so we'll suddenly enter a month filled with rain...

I want to share my favourite manicure of October and I invite you all to share yours! :)

Wednesday 29 October 2014

The Monthly Man-icure: October

"The monthly man-icure?", I can hear you think, "what is that?". Well, it's L'Ongleterre's latest item, and my plan is to make it a recurring one! 

This item is a twist on the classic 'My boyfriend chose my nail polish'. For 'The Monthly Man-icure', Sebastian, my lovely boyfriend, will pick out one to three nail polishes and I have to create a manicure with those. 

After snooping around my stash he proudly presented me these polishes:

Thanks to the bf for hand modeling

These are OPI -You only live twice and Catrice - Heavy Metallilac. If you want to know how I used these two for my manicure, read on...

Sunday 26 October 2014

Nail art + pictorial: raspberry cake

Hello dearest polish lovers! It's time for some simple freehand nail art with a pictorial. The pictorial might be unnecessary because I think it's pretty obvious how this manicure was created. But hey, I took pictures between my steps so why not add them? :) Enjoy!

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Nail Polish Obsession Tag

I realized I never did a tag before and felt like it was about time to do so! So here it is: the Nail Polish Obsession Tag. I saw this one on a couple of blogs, posts varying between 2012 and 2014, and I have no idea who started it... Anyway, here are my answers, accompanied by a lot of pictures!

1. What's your favorite nail polish company?
Just the first question and it's already so hard! When I look at my stash I have to admit that I really like budget-friendly companies Catrice and Essence (both owned by Cosnova). As for the quality of their nail polishes, Barry M has not let me down so far (I own four Barry M's). I really love my OPI's as well but I never actually bought one myself... I got all of them as gifts, and all but one were given to me by my boyfriend or won by him in a radio competition. 

My favourite OPI: Jinx

Sunday 19 October 2014

Swatch: Ciaté Funhouse + blogging again?

Dear followers, I am amazed and thankful that you still follow me! I cannot believe it has been so long since I last wrote a blogpost. After my camera was stolen last summer I never got a new one. But I am using my dad's old phone now (a Samsung galaxy S) and to my surprise it takes pretty good pictures, way better than my own phone, and definitely okay enough to use for blogging!

I'm thinking about becoming more active on Ongleterre again and this is the first post of what might be a fresh start! :) About half a year ago I even bought my own domain:!

But of course it's nail polish that we're all about around here, so here it is... swatch photo's of Ciaté Funhouse!