Sunday, 13 September 2020

Get in shape

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"Focus on the shape of your mind rather than the shape of your body."

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I already wrote about shapewears here on the blog, presented their history and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of wearing them, so I won't go into that today. If you haven't read it yet or are curious to read it again, check out my "Shape it!" post.

Shapewear comes in different forms. There are a variety of styles, such as bodysuits, briefs, underpants, shorts and slips, so that everyone can find the model that suits them best. 
The high waisted shaper shorts are available in several designs, as you can also see on the picture. Most of them come in both black and nude colours, and a size chart is provided to help you choose the perfect size for you.

With shapewear it is important that you wear the right size and that your garment is not one size smaller than it should be. Remember that they are designed to accentuate your silhouette, according to your true size. 
On the other hand, please note that you should not wear them for long periods of time, 8 hours should be the maximum and not every day. 

Besides the shorts, the picture also shows some of the best bodysuit shapewear of the same company. 

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Keep in mind that shapewear has only a temporary effect, and if you want to achieve permanent changes, this should be accompanied by proper diet and exercise. 

The shown products are from FeelinGirl, an online store that specializes in shapewear. On their website you can find categories like waist trainers, bodysuits or thigh & arm trimmers and they offer a worldwide shipping for their products. 

Have you ever tried any kind of shaping clothing? What do you think about them?
Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Lots of love,

Sunday, 16 August 2020

NewChic 6th Anniversary Sale 2020

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"It’s not about design. It’s about feelings." (Alber Elbaz)

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NewChic, the online shopping website was founded 15 years ago and offers a wide range of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories for both men and women. But also articles for home and garden can be found on the website. 

They are now running an anniversary sale, with presales starting tomorrow, 17 August, and ending on 7 September. As it is their 6th anniversary, they offer 6 savings tips for you and many ways to get a discount. In the first period (17-24 August) you can receive a free 20 USD, in the second phase you will benefit from free shipping and in the final one ( 29 August - 7 September) you can buy items starting at 0.99 USD. There is also a lucky draw where you receive 1 free round every day and can win vouchers, points or even other prizes. If you check in on the website on 7 consecutive days, you will also receive a surprise gift.
To find out more about the vouchers and the lucky draw, simply visit the NewChic 6th Anniversary Sale 2020 page. 

This post focuses on men's clothing, but there is also a wide range for women on the website. If you are a fan of color shirts, then you have come to the right place. I prefer the simpler pieces, but there are a lot of funny printed shirts for men on the site - from the really colorful ones to tropical prints and cactus designs. 

A cotton Henley shirt is very similar to this garment, except that it is originally collarless and usually comes with 2-5 buttons. It may happen that you see a Henley collar shirt, but as I mentioned before, it should be without. 

If my male Readers like to wear pajamas, or your friend, husband, male relatives do, then don't hesitate to have a look at both the faux silk pajamas and the silk two piece pajamas on the website. 

Do you like colorful and printed shirts for men or do you prefer simpler models? And what do you think about button-down shirts in general - for both men and women? Do you like wearing them?
As always, feel free to leave a comment below.

Lots of love,

Monday, 13 July 2020

Celebrating 8 years with 8 favourites

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"No one is you and that is your biggest power."
(Dave Grohl)

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I know we say it every year, but time really flies and it's hard to believe that I started writing this blog exactly 8 years ago on this day. A lot has happened since then, but I still enjoy the process and I still enjoy writing my blog - even if my working life sometimes doesn't allow me to spend that much time on it.
To celebrate these 8 years, I've put together 8 of my favourite blog posts here, which somehow are closest to my heart.
I thank you for your continued support. I appreciate each of your comments, and your kind messages mean a lot to me.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and read my blog!  :)


Ich weiß, wir sagen es jedes Jahr, aber die Zeit vergeht wirklich wie im Fluge, und es ist kaum zu glauben, dass ich an diesem Tag vor genau 8 Jahren mit dem Schreiben dieses Blogs begonnen habe. Seitdem ist viel passiert, aber ich genieße den Prozess immer noch und ich beschäftige mich weiterhin gerne mit meinem Blog - auch wenn mein Arbeitsleben manchmal nicht so viel Zeit dafür zulässt.
Um diese 8 Jahre zu feiern, habe ich hier 8 meiner Lieblingsblogbeiträge zusammengestellt, die mir irgendwie am meisten am Herzen liegen.
Ich danke Euch für eure anhaltende Unterstützung. Ich schätze jeden eurer Kommentare, und eure freundlichen Nachrichten bedeuten mir sehr viel.
Ich danke Euch, dass Ihr die Zeit nehmt, meinen Blog zu besuchen und zu lesen!  :)

I celebrated my blog-anniversary last year with a special post that has a message that is still important to me. You can simply download your own checklist and start your challenge right away. Have fun, be happy, spread kindness.  :)

Because I have received so much positive feedback on it, and it is nice to know that my writing could inspire others as well.  :)

This blog post with the recipe always reminds me of the time when we celebrated Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, with my sister a few years ago.  :)

This article is also special for me, because it is about the first fashion event I have ever attended. We had a great time there.  :)

5. The Look of the Week with LeAnn Rimes Cibrian.
Because she thanked me on Twitter for being chosen as the Look of the Week.  :)

I am still in love with the small galaxy printed rug and also with the projection lamp, which is so dreamlike.  :)

It would not have been easy for me to choose a single DIY project, hence this article, which summarises 6 of my favourites.  :)

And last but not least an award, which is of course an honour, and besides that, it was very nice to get to know my Readers a bit better through the comments.  :)

I hope you enjoyed this nostalgic article and that we can celebrate together again next year. I wish you a wonderful week.  :)

Lots of love,

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Dresses for everyone

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"Happiness is not size specific."

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Sometimes we tend to think that it is so much easier for others to buy clothes. If you wear smaller sizes, you always find clothes that are bigger. However, if you have a larger size, you always tend to find smaller ones. And for both "extremities" there are shops where neither of them can find something suitable. But people of average body type and size sometimes also claim that it is the most difficult for them to buy clothes, and it is so much easier when you are either smaller or a bit bigger. 

Which of these statements are true, we will never know. We only have one perspective and we always assume things that we shouldn't. We really could be the ones, but there is a high probability that it is not us who have it easiest or most difficult. 

Let us try to help each other a little. Please share in the comments if you know online shops where both the extra small and the larger sizes are available, and if they are true to size. 

The pictures below are from Lover-Beauty, an online shop based in China. Like many other shops they of course want to make a name for themselves outside the country as well and therefore offer international delivery. However, there is currently no free shipping, and the price depends on the weight and size of the package and the country it is shipped to. 
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They have an oversize clothing section on their website where you can also find sexy plus size dresses that are available up to size 6XL. As with many other shops I also would like to see here more clothes on oversize models in such a section, but the selection is already good. 

Have you ever shopped in this store before? If so, please let us know your experience below.
To find more cheap plus size clothing and other clothes, just visit their website.

Lots of love,

Thursday, 2 July 2020

A brief history about jumpsuits

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"Each day is a page in your fashion story."

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Did you know that jumpsuits have been worn for almost 100 years now? It's unbelievable, isn't it? 
But do you know exactly what they are and how they came into the fashion world

Well, a jumpsuit is a narrowly cut, one-piece garment that covers the arms and legs. Its origins can be found in sports and work clothing in 1919, since it first began as functional outfit for skydivers
Then, in the 1930s, fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli created the first highly fashionable jumpsuit, which can be considered as the prototype for the jumpsuits we know today. 
The garment made its first appearance in Vogue in September 1964, and the 1970s were the golden age of these clothes. There were styles for both the day and the evening, and almost every designer had created their own version of this garment. Celebrities like Cher or Abba adopted the jumpsuit in their style, but Elvis Presley also began wearing it. It was thus present in both female and male fashion. 

The jumpsuit is uncomplicated, you can easily pimp it up or make it sporty, which is why it can be worn for almost any occasion. Combined with high heels or with sneakers, the result is two different outfits. Some wide cuts also have an illusionary effect. They make it possible to wear trousers while providing the illusion of a dress

There is nothing easier than simply putting on a jumpsuit and not having to worry about which pieces fit together. From office wear through evening outfits to sporty looks, everything is possible with it. 
The only difficulty you are likely to encounter while wearing it is that you will have to take it off completely in order to be able to use the bathroom

With short legs it is called a romper suit, also known as a playsuit, which resembles a jumpsuit, but is a combination of shorts and shirt that originates from children's leisure wear. 

The pieces on the pictures are from Femme Luxe Finery, the Manchaster-based e-tailer that I wrote about in my post here: Cosy yet elegant loungewear outfits
If you also like these outfits, take a look at both their jumpsuit collection as well as their playsuit collection. But you can also refine your search for specific colours and for example check only the black jumpsuit collection

The black jumpsuit has mesh details and shoulder pads to create a nice, elegant outfit, and the black playsuit has an open back with tie string and ruffled sleeves. 
They are each available in UK sizes 6 to 12, and those shown in the second and third pictures are the smallest. Besides black, they can also be ordered in white.

Do you own a playsuit or a jumpsuit? If so, for what occasion do you like to wear them?
As always, please feel free to leave a comment below. :)

Lots of love,

Monday, 8 June 2020

Cosy yet elegant loungewear outfits

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"Life isn't perfect, but your outfit can be."

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When at home, I prefer to wear more comfy clothes. Be it leggings or joggers, paired with t-shirts or sweaters, but definitely something that is still a bit elegant

The items below are from Femme Luxe Finery, a Manchaster-based e-tailer founded a few years ago that offers women's clothing, shoes as well as accessories at an affordable price starting at £4.99. 
Their loungewear sets are cosy yet elegant and come in a variety of designs and colours, from neutral tones to colourful ones, offering a wide range of choices. They are perfect for chilling out indoors, watching movies, running errands and even working from home. 

The Blue Off Shoulder Loungewear Set (Blake) on the picture offers a cute look and the Pink "Honey" Oversized T-shirt (Eleanor) with its loose fitting style can be combined with anything for a casual outfit. The set is available in sizes S-XL and in other colours like black, camel or pink and the t-shirt comes in sizes S-XL, besides pink also in black and white. 
The Light Pink Cuffed Joggers (Lizzie) give your outfit a colourful touch and also bring colour into your day. They are also available in camel, black, dark green, grey, white, pink, khaki, coral, light blue and lilac, just to name a few. They come in sizes 6-14, and by choosing them, you get a simple yet chic look.
The Sage Fine Knit Off The Shoulder Loungewear (Zoe) differs in material from the other pieces shown. It can be a good choice for those who prefer knitted clothing but still want to choose loungewear. It is available in different colours, from classic grey and black to neon pink and neon orange (S, M and L). 

The Khaki Long Sleeve Loungewear Set (Jinell) can be purchased in various other colours: black, camel, grey, mustard, red and slate grey (S/M and M/L). If you like this khaki colour or if you prefer another one, you can define your search for it. This means, for example, you can only search for khaki loungewear sets

Besides these sets, you can also find cosy lounge jumpsuits in different cuts, from wide flared to slim cut legs, on the website. They are a good choice if you want to look elegant but still want to keep that comfortable feeling. Most of them are also perfect for an online meeting. 

The Black Ribbed Off The Shoulder Loungewear Jumpsuit (Harlow) on the picture is available in sizes 6-14 and besides black also in grey. 

The off-the-shoulder tops are cuddly, yet cute and very comfortable to wear. Depending on their length, they can be worn with normal or high waisted trousers, but many look also great over a dress or with shorts or a skirt. 
The Grey Ribbed Cropped Off The Shoulder Top (Amari) is also available in the colours sand and black and in UK sizes 6-14. The website recommends combining the top with a pair of high waisted leggings and a high ponytail for the ultimate look. 

Overall, I have had a positive experience with this online shop. The items are true to size and the shipping within Europe is really fast. Normally I wear UK size 6, so I chose the same size except for the loungewear set with S/M and everything fits. 
If you are planning to buy something from them, but the item is not currently available in the size or colour you wish, I suggest you to wait a few days and check back again, as I have noticed that the stock changes daily. Something that was in today might be out tomorrow and vice versa. They even offer the possibility to get notified if the item in question is not in stock but will be available again soon. 
The only downside I've experienced is that they haven't had that many smaller sizes or that these products were often unavailable, but as I mentioned earlier, it's worth visiting the website on several days, as the stock changes from day to day.

Which is your favourite of the above items? Do you also prefer to wear comfortable clothes when you are at home? As always, please feel free to leave a comment below.  :)

Lots of love,

Sunday, 10 May 2020

The eternal style of Rachel Green

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"You can’t just give up! Is that what a dinosaur would do?"
(Joey Tribbiani)

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It's hardly to believe that it's been 26 years since Friends was first aired, and the outfits below are more or less 20 years old.
There are probably some who haven’t heard of the series before, but most of us - I think - are familiar with the American sitcom television series, which ran from 1994 to 2004 with 10 seasons on TV. Of course we can still watch the series today and follow the lives of the 6 friends with their ups and downs: Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and Ross Geller (David Schwimmer).

However, Rachel Green is a fictional character, she is an ultimate television style icon and her fashionable moments are still a true inspiration. We would still wear many of her outfits today or use her as a source for our fashion decisions.

The plaid pants paired with a graphic t-shirt are perfect for casual days, the little black dress with that little extra for a date night or the plaid skirt in the office.

With her style, Rachel Green will probably remain one of the most popular fictional icons also in the future.

What do you think of the below outfits? Are there any that you would wear?
Who is your ultimate fictional fashion icon?

Lots of love,


Es ist kaum zu glauben, dass es 26 Jahre her ist, dass Friends zum ersten Mal ausgestrahlt wurde, und die obenstehenden Outfits sind mehr oder weniger 20 Jahre alt.
Es gibt wahrscheinlich einige, die noch nie etwas von der Serie gehört haben, aber die meisten von uns - glaube ich - kennen die amerikanische Sitcom-TV-Serie, die von 1994 bis 2004 mit 10 Staffeln im Fernsehen lief. Wir können die Serie natürlich auch heute noch anschauen und das Leben der 6 Freunde mit ihren Höhen und Tiefen verfolgen: Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) und Ross Geller (David Schwimmer).

Rachel Green ist jedoch eine fiktive Figur, sie ist eine ultimative Fernsehstilikone und ihre modischen Momente sind immer noch eine wahre Inspiration. Wir würden auch heute noch viele ihrer Outfits tragen oder sie als Quelle für unsere Modeentscheidungen nehmen.

Die karierte Hose gepaart mit einem grafischen T-Shirt eignet sich perfekt für lockere Tage, das kleine schwarze Kleid mit dem gewissen Extra für eine Date Night oder der karierte Rock im Büro.

Mit ihrem Stil bleibt Rachel Green wohl auch in Zukunft eine der beliebtesten fiktionalen Ikonen.

Was hältst Du von den oben stehenden Outfits? Gibt es welche, die Du tragen würdest?
Wer ist Deine ultimative fiktive Mode-Ikone?

Viele Grüsse,

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Bag parade

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"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades."

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With shoes, bags and other accessories you can change any outfit. The same dress can be worn with high heels, simple jewellery and a clutch, perfect for a night out, but also with sneakers and a small backpack for a trip. By choosing the right accessories you can create different looks from the same outfit. But have you ever thought about how many types of bags you can tell the difference? Backpack, briefcase, clutch, cross-body bag, envelope bag, tote bag or wristlet are just a few of them. But do you know the difference between the terms, or is it just one bag in different sizes?

Backpack is, I think relatively obvious what it is. Of course it is a bag that is carried over the shoulders with the help of two straps. Traditionally, they are quite big, primarily for students and travellers, but they are also available in smaller sizes for everyday use. Tote bags are very common among women. They are large rectangular bags, with or without closure. Cross-body bags are also very popular. They are, as the name suggests, carried with a strap that is looped over one shoulder and crosses the body diagonally. The briefcase is a hard, rectangular, box-shaped bag with a small handle and last but not least a clutch is a small, hand-held evening bag with or without a strap. 

The above pieces have been selected from the website of Baginning, where you can buy different types of bags in a variety of colours. Handbags, such as satchels and clutch, or shoulder bags, backpacks, but also wallets. You can also find waist bags and genuine leather handbags in their webshop.

Check out the genuine leather handbags here...

... the waist bags here...
... and the satchel bags here.

Do you have many or only a few bags? Which type is your favourite? Are you open to choose the colours or more for black? As always, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Lots of love,

Monday, 10 February 2020

Nail polishes

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"Keep calm and paint your nails."

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As I mentioned in my „Nail art” post, nail polish originates from the early times, 3000 before Christ, from China. The original ingredients included beeswax, egg whites, gelatine and vegetable dyes, which then changed over time and the mixture underwent a major transformation. The first nail polish that we can call modern was invented inspired by automobile paints, and a colourless version was introduced in 1916.
Today, several companies offer nail polishes, but some of the most popular nail polish brands are not cruelty-free. This is mainly because they choose to sell their products in China, where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics. Since these brands do not want to lose such a large market, they are part of animal testing in this country and we can only call a nail polish cruelty-free if it is not tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

Rimmel London is one of those brands that is not completely cruelty-free at the moment. They do not test their products on animals and have committed themselves to ending animal testing throughout industry, but they import into countries where governments require finished products to be tested on animals. On the good point, they are involved in the dialogue with the Chinese authorities to find alternatives to animal testing. But however they are committed, we still cannot consider the brand to be cruelty-free.

On the other hand, Barry M and Zoya are vegan and cruelty-free, and Nails Inc has created its Nail Pure collection in a way that it is „10 free”. It is free from parabens and chemicals, cruelty-free and vegan.
Cruelty-free means that the brand does not test neither its finished products nor its ingredients on animals, and that they do not sell their products in countries where animal testing is required by law.

Do you know about your favourite nail polishes, whether they are cruelty-free? Is it important for you to choose a product accordingly? In your opinion, is it acceptable from a brand not to test their products on animals but to export to a country that does? I look forward to reading your comments.

Lots of love,

Monday, 27 January 2020

Die Geschichte der Abendkleider

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"Eleganz ist, wenn das Innere so schön ist wie das Äussere." (Coco Chanel)

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Abendkleidung wird, wie der Name schon sagt, abends zu festlichen Anlässen getragen. Für die meisten Veranstaltungen ist ein kurzes Cocktailkleid oder ein eleganter Hosenanzug möglich, aber es gibt auch Anlässe, bei denen ein Abendkleid gewünscht ist. Es handelt sich um ein besonderes, meist langes Kleid, das in verschiedenen Modellen erhältlich ist, die sich z.B. in Schnitt und Farbwahl unterscheiden. Sowohl diese Besonderheiten als auch die Art und Größe des Schmucks sollten dem Anlass entsprechend gewählt werden.

Dieses elegante Kleidungsstück hat eine lange Vergangenheit und die Geschichte der Abendkleider blickt auf die gute alte Zeit zurück. Die Menschen haben einen besonderen Anlass immer mit einem besonderen Outfit geehrt. Vor den Kleidern galt die Gesichts- und Körperbemalung als die festliche Garderobe.
Die Abendkleidung für Frauen hat ihren Ursprung im 15. Jahrhundert. Sie war für den Adel bestimmt und wurde als Zeichen für den sozialen Rang und Status verwendet.
Aufwendige Abendessen, Tänze und Theateraufführungen ermöglichten es den Damen, ihre Pracht zu präsentieren.
Im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert waren es Bälle, zu denen eine festliche Kleidung angebracht war. Später fanden andere gesellschaftliche Anlässe statt, die eine ähnliche Kleidung erforderten.
Ab dem späten 18. Jahrhundert waren Bälle und offizielle Tänze, die zuvor bei Hofe oder in den Palästen und Salons des Adels stattfanden, kein Privileg mehr für Adelige und Aristokraten.

Während dieser Zeit nahm die Abendgarderobe ihr Profil von den aktuellen Stilen des Tages an. Heute sind Kleider für festliche Anlässe jedoch nicht mehr von trendiger Alltagsmode abhängig.

Heutzutage gibt es das Abendkleid in verschiedenen Silhouetten und Längen. Sie werden meistens bei offiziellen Abendessen, Opern- und Theaterpremieren, offiziellen Tänzen, abendlichen Hochzeitsempfängen, Wohltätigkeitsbällen und Preisverleihungen getragen.
Die gewöhnlichen Theater-, Konzert- oder Opernabende sind jedoch nicht mehr bei jedem Besucher mit der Abendgarderobe verbunden.

Ever-Pretty bietet hübsche Kleider für unvergessliche Momente und Veranstaltungen. Es gibt für jeden Anlass das passende Kleid. Die werden in verschiedenen Stilen, Farben und Silhouetten angeboten.

Lange Abendkleider geben eine göttliche Erscheinung. Ich habe einige meiner Lieblinge auf dem Bild oben gesammelt.

Was hältst du von ihnen und welches ist dein Lieblingsmodell? Wann hast du das letzte Mal ein Abendkleid getragen?
Wie immer sind Kommentare jederzeit willkommen.  :)

Viele Grüsse,



Evening wear, as the name suggests, is worn in the evening for festive occasions.
It is a special, usually long dress, which is available in different models, which differ, for example, in cut and colour. These special features as well as the type and size of the jewellery should be chosen according to the occasion.

The evening dress has a long history. People have always honoured a special occasion with a special outfit. Before dresses, face- and body painting was considered as the festive wardrobe.
The evening dress for women has its origin in the 15th century. It was intended for the nobility and was used as a sign of social rank and status.
From the late 18th century, balls and official dances, which had previously been held at court or in the palaces and salons of the nobility, were no longer a privilege for nobles and aristocrats.
Nowadays the evening dress comes in different silhouettes and lengths. They are usually worn at official dinners, opera and theatre premieres, official dances, evening wedding receptions, charity balls and award ceremonies.
However, the usual theatre, concert or opera evenings are no longer associated with evening dress for every visitor.

What do you think of the dresses above and which is your favourite model? When was the last time you wore an evening gown?
As always, comments are welcome.  :)

Lots of love,

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Nail art

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"Nail art is a way of adding beautiful colours to your life."

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Nail art is a form of artwork, a creative way to paint, decorate, embellish and even enhance the nails on both fingers and toes.

The decoration of nails looks back on a long history and the exact origin of nail treatments is unclear, but the decoration of fingernails has been around since the time before Christ.
In ancient Egypt, women dyed their nails with henna, which indicated their social status. The women of the lower class wore pastel, pale and neutral tones, while the upper class wore deep, bright tones.
In Babylonia, men coloured their nails with black and green kohl, which again indicated a difference in status. Black was for the nobility and green for the common man.
Around the same time, 3000 before Christ, the first nail polish was created in ancient China.
The above examples mainly reflected differences in status, but the Incas (15-16th century) decorated their nails by painting eagles on them, which can be seen as nail design. It is said that modern nail art has its roots in the nineteenth century Europe.
Today nail art and nail care is a booming industry. With different tools such as brushes and using different techniques, a variety of designs can be achieved. as a wholesaler offers a wide range of products related to the nail. The products range from nail polishes to artificial nails and nail brushes. In the picture below I have collected some stylesnails brushes from different brands. The tools are available in different shapes and have been created in simple to eye-catching designs. 

The painting pens in the lower right corner are equipped with a cleanable and reusable sponge head and are made in several colours. They are manufactured by the brand Monja. Please note the different packaging contents when purchasing. Either 1 sponge pen with 4 spare sponge heads is included, or only the pen or only the sponge heads. Shop it here.

Do you like to paint your nails? Are you a fan of nail art? Which is your favourite nail polish shade?

Lots of love,