Polished Elegance has MOVED!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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I finally got around to buying a domain for Polished Elegance, and I have moved over the blog to polishedelegance.com.

It's not all finished yet, but from now on I will be updating and posting new blogs over there :)

So make sure you update your links and come follow me over at polishedelegance.com!

Polisher's Inc. - My Cinderella Hand

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Simple flowers nail art design manicure

This weeks challenge for Polisher's Inc. is one I've been dreading! The theme is "My Cinderella Hand", the hand that does all the work and is never displayed on my blog. And it does not get taken care of as well as my "swatch hand"...

Simple flowers nail art design manicure

My nails on my "Cinderella" are in horrible shape, I do treat them the same way as my other hand, but they peel horribly, constantly break and my cuticles look bad no matter what I do :-S I guess it might have to do with it being used much more, and I don't really care too much since it's not photographed.

Simple flowers nail art design manicure

But today it get's to shine in the spotlight! Unfortunately, lol! I chose a super simple design that I would be able to do on both hands and that I think is quite pretty. I've been wearing it for five days now actually.

 Simple flowers nail art design manicureSimple flowers nail art design manicure

I used IsaDora - Fresh Linen as my base, and for the flowers I used OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls and OPI - My Voice Is A Little Norse.

Simple flowers nail art design manicure

My swatch hand just looks so much better..! 

Simple flowers nail art design manicure

I did a video tutorial for this design which will be up in a few days!

Simple flowers nail art design manicure



IsaDora Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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IsaDora Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

IsaDora's new spring collection for 2015 contains four pastel colored nail polishes, I only have three of them, there is also a green one, but it seems like it's not out in Norway yet for some reason... Anyway, I have the other three pretties, and also in my video review below I comment on some of their new lip products as well!



IsaDora - Posh Peach - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

IsaDora - Posh Peach, three coats, no top coat.

IsaDora - Posh Peach - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

I have very good experiences with IsaDora nail polishes, they are defenitely one of my favorite nail polish brands. However, in this collection some of their polishes lacked a little in formula... Posh Peach needed three coats for full opacity, which I'm not a fan of!

IsaDora - Posh Peach - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review IsaDora - Posh Peach - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

Luckily the polish dries quickly and quite shiny, these swatches are actually without top coat! And the color is so pretty, but the formula is just not very good. When I have to use three coats for full opacity I find I rarely reach for it.

IsaDora - Posh Peach - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review


IsaDora - Candy Store - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

IsaDora - Candy Store three coats, no top coat.

IsaDora - Candy Store - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

The formula on this is pretty much the same as with Posh Peach. I absolutely adore this color though, I love these bright, pastel pinks for spring and summer, it's going to look great with a tan! So I might be using this even though the formula is bad.

IsaDora - Candy Store - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review IsaDora - Candy Store - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

And again, it does dry quickly and very shiny.

IsaDora - Candy Store - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review


IsaDora - Fresh Linen - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

IsaDora - Fresh Linen, two coats, no top coat.

IsaDora - Fresh Linen - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

Fresh Linen has a much better formula than the other two, it covers nicely with two coats, and it also dries quickly and shiny.

IsaDora - Fresh Linen - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review IsaDora - Fresh Linen - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

I also adore this color! I've used it quite a few times already, and I know I will be reaching for this often!

IsaDora - Fresh Linen - Spring 2015 collection swatches and review

Kate Spade inspired

Monday, March 9, 2015

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Kate Spade manicure nail art, Kate Spade mint and orange manicure nail art

Another Kate Spade inspired manicure! This one was intentionally inspired by Kate Spade though ;)

Kate Spade manicure nail art, Kate Spade mint and orange manicure nail art

This one was inspired by the box for a watch I got for Christmas. You should have seen me when I opened this present, I just saw the side of the box, the colors and instantly knew what it was, so I screamed and jumped up and down in my seat, lol!

Kate Spade manicure nail art, Kate Spade mint and orange manicure nail art

I used a mint and an orange nail polish from Depend, I can't remember what they are called unfortunately. The gold is IsaDora - Vintage Gold.

Kate Spade manicure nail art, Kate Spade mint and orange manicure nail art Kate Spade manicure nail art, Kate Spade mint and orange manicure nail art

I know I'm not super active with new manicures lately, I'm going through a bit of a rough time, pretty much since new years really, and I'm struggling to find inspiration and motivation. I'm hoping things will turn soon though, they have to, I really can't stand this much longer!

Kate Spade manicure nail art, Kate Spade mint and orange manicure nail art

Kate Spade manicure nail art, Kate Spade mint and orange manicure nail art

Purple negative space

Friday, March 6, 2015

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Purple negative space manicure for Facial Palsy Week - Cadillaquer - Cap'n Cook

I was invited by the amazing Atima of Nail by Nemo to join in a collaboration creating purple manicures in support of Facial Palsy Week (1-7 march). Check out this article at facialpalsy.org.uk about her story with Facial Palsy!

Purple negative space manicure for Facial Palsy Week - Cadillaquer - Cap'n Cook Purple negative space manicure for Facial Palsy Week - Cadillaquer - Cap'n Cook

I decided to do a negative space manicure in support of this cause, I used Cadillaquer - Cap'n Cook for the purple tips. One of my favorite purple nail polishes!

Purple negative space manicure for Facial Palsy Week - Cadillaquer - Cap'n Cook

Then I felt like I wanted to add just a little extra, so I decided to use these gold fish stickers from born pretty store, I think they turned out pretty nice :)

Purple negative space manicure for Facial Palsy Week - Cadillaquer - Cap'n Cook

Purple negative space manicure for Facial Palsy Week - Cadillaquer - Cap'n Cook

Please remember to read the article about Atima and show your support for this great cause!

Purple negative space manicure for Facial Palsy Week - Cadillaquer - Cap'n Cook

Stamping decal - tutorial!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Nail art stamping decal full nail tutorial


Nail art stamping decal full nail tutorial

For this I used another MoYou Nails plate, plate number 128. It stampes beautifully!

Nail art stamping decal full nail tutorial

I also feel like I'm getting the hang of stamping decals, so I made a video tutorial, at the top of this post :)

Nail art stamping decal full nail tutorial

I used all OPI polishes for this manicure, Embrace The Gray is my base, My Silk Tie I used for the stamp, it works perfectly for stamping! And I used the beautiful DS Extravagance for the pink design.

Nail art stamping decal full nail tutorial

**Products in this post were provided for my honest review, all opinions are my own**

2014 Year In Review

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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I'm a bit late to post this, since I didn't post it in the first couple weeks of January I was thinking I shouldn't post it at all. But then I decided that I want it for my self! I like to see how I have evolved through the year and basically what I have been up to!

I had pretty big plans for my blogging at the start of 2014 and I got off to a good start, but then things happened and in the second half of the year I was not as active. I'll get into that later.

But first some quick stats:

My stats look like they have gone down since 2013, but that's because the stats I used for 2013 were wrong... I used the stats provided by Blogger and Blogger stats are reported wrong and super inflated. So I used Google Analytics for my stats this year, which is more correct, though a bit of a let down, lol :p

But let's get on with the manicures!

I started the year with a pretty sparkly New Years manicure.


Then I did one of the coolest manicures I have ever done, in my humble opinion ;)


I really want to do more free hand nail art like this, it's so much fun!

This cute manicure for Valentine's.


I bought the Zoya Naturel Collection and did quite a few manicures using it, this ombre using all six shades is my favorite I think.


February was a month of popular manicures, my gradient using Zoya Payton and Deam is also one of my most popular manicures!


Also in February I did my most popular manicure of all times! I think this has been at the top of my "Most popular last 30 days" since it was published!


In March I did a guest post for the infamous Crumpet!!


I  still love this "roses on linen" manicure, and I have wanted to recreate it since I first did it. Just haven't gotten around to doing it!


I got very much into indes in 2014, and I love this sparkly, swirly manicure using Cadillaquer polishes.


Still loving this super bright pink striping tape manicure! It makes me long for spring and summer! And my long nails...


I got into paper planning again in 2014 and bought my self a Filofax (ok, that's a lie, I bought several..), and of course I had to match my nails to my Filofax ;)


I think this was my only one store manicure of 2014, I don't know why I don't do them more often. Because I really love this technique and it looks so pretty!


In June I had the trip of a life time. I went to New York for a week with my best friend. It was the most amazing trip ever, we had so much fun and we did sooo much shopping!


From here it started to go down hill though... I don't know what New York did to my nails, but since then my nails have been weak, constantly breaking and I have barely been able to grow out a free edge. Which sort of stumped my motivation and creativity for nail art.

Also, I met my boyfriend in April and during the summer we started to get more serious and spent more and more time together and my time for my nails was also getting limited, lol!

And third, we had the most amazing weather this summer, pretty much the best summer in seven years. So pretty much any spare time I had I spent outside and couldn't care less about my nails!

I did do some manicures though, I actually quite like this minty leopard manicure.


This manicure using some of the colors from OPI's Nordic Collection.


In September I published a video tutorial for this scale-y looking manicure!


Since I don't have as much time for nail art as I did, I have started loving the simple and elegant manicures. 


I went pink for October! This is also what I had on my nails the first time I met my bf's family, so looking at this brings back some nice memories :) Is that weird? Lol :p


Did I forget to mention how big of a fetish I have for the 'staches?


In November I was asked to join the amazing ladies of Polisher's Inc.! And my first manicure with them was reacreating an oldie.


I did not do many Christmas manicures, but I do like this one!


2014 has been an eventful year for me on a personal level, both amazingly good and some bad, it's funny how looking at these manicures jog my memory for certain things! And then in the tougher times doing my nails feel calming and relaxing and sort of helps me deal with things, does anyone else feel like that?

2015, I have no idea what's in store for me or my blog this year. I know I won't be able to post as often as I had planned in 2014. Every other day? Nope, that's not going to happen. But I want to post consistently, 2-3 times each week. As you have probably noticed I have started doing more swatches, which I really like. I'm starting to appreciate each single polish on it's own even more, and I really like wearing just one single color on my nails (whaaaaat?!). I still love nail art though, After a few days with a plain manicure it's time to spice it up again!

I have also started doing YouTube videos, which I think is really fun. It's still kind of scary putting myself out there like that, but that's just another thing to overcome, right? I might branch out into more makeup, because I love playing with makeup and sharing it with you feels like a nice excuse to play with it even more ;)