What is your opinion on cuticle tattoos? I saw some super cute cuticle tattoos that the brand Essence and Catrice came out with and although I can’t really see myself wearing them, I must admit that they definitely looked like they’d mix things up a bit. If I’d be going to a festival, they’d be something that I wouldn’t hesitate to wear and might actually be an interesting and easier alternative to nail art. Have you ever tried cuticle tattoos?

cuticle tatto essence CATRICE cuticle tattoo

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Hi! Have you tried getting into nail art, but you can’t stand the hassle and the amount of time it all takes? To be perfectly honest neither can I. Nail art has really tested me to my limits and I discovered that I am a rather impatient person and some what of  perfectionist. That is in no way a good combination.  This is where nail art pens come in. They make things so much easier and outlining those flowers or cute boston terriers you just painted on your nails all of a sudden takes half as much as it use to.

The problem is that nail art pens can be pricey and are not available in a lot of countries. That is why I was excited when I discovered that you could use gel pens to paint on your nails. This of course resulted in me buying a bunch of gel pens, just to discover that it could not be done with just any gel pen. I bet you can imagine my disappointment.

Pilot Choose Gel Pens

Then one evening I came across a picture on tumblr where someone was holding a gel pen from the Pilot brand and had the nail art they had finished proudly on display. The next day I marched to the nearest stationery store and bought two of my first gel pens from the Pilot Choose range and from there things really took off. They are amazing! 

Flower Fun Nail Art This nail art was created using nail art pens, check it out here. 

Not only are there many different colors to choose from, there is also one in white! The ballpoint tip draws lines .7 mm thick and the pen glides perfectly across nail polish leaving a steady stream of gel ink behind. Amazing! If you have been looking to buy nail art pens, think twice before investing in some, because these do the trick. There is absolutely no hassle with the these pens getting clogged or drying out.

Sailboat nail art This nautical nail art design was created using gel pens, check it out here.

Peony flower nails

Peony nail art design nails This peony flower nail art was created using gel nail art pens, check it out here.

Tips for using the gel nail art pens:

  • Make sure your nail polish is dry! This is crucial and it just won’t work if it isn’t.
  • Before you start drawing have a srap of paper to scribble on beforehand to get the gel flowing.
  • If you are going to be using multiple colors of gel, wait for the first one to dry before layering on a second one. The time you’ll need to wait will depend on the thickness of the layer.
  • Once you are done drawing, wait a couple of minutes for everything to dry and apply a top coat. Apply it lightly so that you don’t smudge the design. Once the gel is dry it does not smudge at all and is just super awesome!
  • Best part is that if you mess up you can use rubbing alcohol to wipe the whole design off your nail without messing up your base color, provided that it really was dry in the first place. You have a clean slate and can start drawing right away.

So here you have it! A far superior alternative to nail art pens at only 1.5 Euro per pen! You really can’t beat that!

I hope you found the post helpful and please let me know if you know of any other pens that work or have any trick to share. Have a great day!

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Living jewelry? Why yes, if you ever craved being in touch with nature and spending the day in perfect symbiosis with an adorable succulent, this may be just the fix. From terrarium necklaces to elaborate cuffs, there sure is a lot to choose from. You probably know that I really like succulent plants and once I caught whiff of the existence of living jewelry I was enthusiastic to say the very least. These are some of the amazing designs that grabbed my attention and I had to share further. The coolest part is that there are some jewelry pieces you can disassemble and actually pot up the living components and watch the succulents grow.

What are your thoughts on living jewelry?

This may be a awesome DIY project for the brave and if you are wondering where you could get baby succulent plants to use, then make sure to check out my tips and results trying to propagate succulents on your own. You’ll have tiny succulents to use in the project in no time.

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Succulent earrings

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succulent ring

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Living jewelry

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These are some of the amazing bare root roses I planted on April Fools day that are blooming at the moment. They all are either historical rose varieties or David Austin English roses. Such beauty really is breathtaking and don’t even get me started thinking about that heavenly scent. They have been in the ground for 4 months now and are doing their best to stay alive in this heat/drought that we are having.

Crown Princess Margareta and Jude the Obscure rose Crown Princess Margareta and Jude the Obscure David Austin rose

the rose patch

We created this rose bed on the day when we planted all roses. It had to be done under very hostile conditions with high wind and freak snow storms, that’s April Fools day alright. There is a lesson to be learned about having your plot prepared for planting ahead of time. To suppress weeds and kill off grass, we laid out newspaper, added a huge layer of cut up grass and hay, and topped it all with bits of sheep manure and woodchips to retain moisture. Not an easy undertaking, but well worth it. When we come back to plant perennials in-between the rose bushes next spring the soil will, hopefully, be fully prepared and save us a lot of time.

Geoff Hamilton Rose Geoff Hamilton David Austin Rose Chippendale rose Chippendale- a prolific bloomer and the flowers fade out beautifully

Crown Princess Margareta Rose Crown Princess Margareta David Austin Rose- look at all those increadible buds

The roses have brought a lot of joy already and I can’t wait to continue planting and expanding my rose collection further. Check out this post I wrote about my favorite David Austin rose- The Alnwick Castle.

Do you have a favorite rose blooming in your garden?

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Hi! A piece of advice to follow in life is to make time to smell the roses, in that case it might at least help to have some rose-colored bling on your wrist to help you keep track of time. Here are some of my favorite rose gold watches I pulled off of Asos. Do you thing rose gold is a thing of the past or is it here to stay? In either case, this is some rose gold arm candy that really makes a statement. Which is your favorite? Have a great day!

Rose Gold Watches from Asos- a little bit of arm candy

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