Hello lovelies!

It has been a while since I have posted anything to match my Stamping ABC post series idea. The manicure of today is a French maicure stamped with blue flowers and then matified with a mat top coat formula.

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Vintage French nails stamping project

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Vintage French nails stamping project

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Vintage French nails stamping project

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Vintage French nails stamping project

First, start with French manicure
I used guiding tape to help me make the perfect French manicure tip. If you feel comfortable enough to do it free hand maybe all the tape fuss is not needed because you will be stamping over your French base.

Then, add a vintage stamping design in blue
I chose a vintage flowers design which reminds me of old curtains or tea pots decoration. I chose blue but I believe result will take wine red or gold too.

I used a pattern out of my MoYou London Suki image plate.

Last, finish off with mat top coat
I find adding a mat top coat makes the whole design look velvety and more vintage style. I guess you can still choose a glossy top coat but it may make your flower detail less visible to the eye because of the gloss.stealing the light :)

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This was my vintage French manicure idea, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today I have for you some winter gradient ombre nails. Evevry time I attempt gradient nail art and see the huge mess this technique involves I keep asking myself WHY? But then I kind of like the final result :)

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Winter gradient ombre nails

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Winter gradient ombre nails

I followed the same steps as in my Sunset gradient nail design so you can check it out for some tips and tricks.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

I am happy to show you my first experiment with dot flowers. I chose Barry M Raspberry for my main color on all nails except middle and ring fingers.

For my French manicure accent I used guiding stripes for the white tip. To create the flowers, I added 4 big dots using a bobby pin heat and then outlined them with black. I added a few green dots to finish off my French flowers accent.

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Raspberry manicure with French nail flower accent

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Raspberry manicure with French nail flower accent

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Raspberry manicure with French nail flower accent

I will attempt a similar design soon to perfect the flowers. I am optimistic about this technique because it does not need complicated skills for a beautiful result.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I have for you a quick and easy nail art idea with striping tape. To get the look below simply paint your nails nude and your ring finger white. Then add three pieces of striping tape to your middle finger tip and paint it white.

Nail polishes I used are my favorite white Essie Blanc and the beautiful nude Zoya Chantal.

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Easy nude and white stripes nail tutorial

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Easy nude and white stripes nail tutorial

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Easy nude and white stripes nail tutorial

These photos are taken in sunlight. I have shown you a swatch of Zoya Chantal in different lighting, check out the post if you want to compare.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

I have been feeling lazy these days and find myself attempting fast and easy manicure designs :)

These roses I got using water decals and a good layer of Essence gel look top coat.

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Roses water decals

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Roses water decals

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Roses water decals in sunshine

I love water decals as they can bring sophisticated art to nails + wear forever with a good top coat.

Check out my Water decals tutorial and Water decals wedding nails 1 and wedding nails 2 for some tips on easy and flawless application.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today I am happy to share with you some thoughts on another gem by dance Legend, the gorgeous Avada Kedavra.

Avada Kedavra is part of the Lumos collection of the Russian nail polish brand. It comes in a bottle equipped with a flashlight :) You can see how it looks with the flashlight on in direct sunshine as wel as in a dark room.

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Dance Legend Avada Kedavra review and swatches

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Dance Legend Avada Kedavra review and swatches

Formula and application

Avada Kedavra is actually small different sized flakes in a clear base. Depending on how light hits the flakes, they appear bluish or greenish.

Below I have two coats of Avada Kedavra on a black base. What can I say, I absolutely love how it looks! Flakes are easy to distribute evenly and lay flat on your nail once the formula is dry. It is easier to remove compared to glitter nail polishes and a bit harder than your regular creme.

Wear

How Avada Kedavra will wear depends on the base you will be layering it over. In my case I had it on for 3 days with no wear signs. Its clear base can serve as a top coat and wearing a top coat is optional with Avada Kedavra but I still recommend a layer of top coat if you want to wear it longer.

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Dance Legend Avada Kedavra review and swatches

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Dance Legend Avada Kedavra review and swatches

My verdict

I absolutely love Avada Kedavra, I think it is rather unique and it fits perfectly the Halloween theme :) It is such a shame Dance Legend nail polishes are so hard to find out of Russia…

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed.

Hello nail art lovers!

I have already shared with you my love for gradient nail art designs along with my regret that I have not mastered making them yet… Today I have for you  some ideas how to repair your gradient nail art in case it did not turn out perfect on every nail or it has worn off on a nail or two :)

TIP 1: Add solid color + polka dots

For this design I thought adding a solid color in one of my gradient colors will fit the design. I added polka dost to make it cuter. For this design I used Essie, Models Own Pink Veneer and China Glaze At Vase value over a white base of Essie Blanc. I added a layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust to smooth the gradient out.

How to repair or upgrade gradient nail art... and wear it longer

How to repair or upgrade gradient nail art… and wear it longer

How to repair or upgrade gradient nail art... and wear it longer

How to repair or upgrade gradient nail art… and wear it longer

TIP 2: Use striping tape and full coverage

My next idea is to use some striping tape on some of your nails and cover your gradient completely with an opaque color. When you take the striping tape off, your gradient will still come through the full color. I chose to cover with white.

How to repair or upgrade gradient nail art... and wear it longer

How to repair or upgrade gradient nail art… and wear it longer

How to repair or upgrade gradient nail art... and wear it longer

How to repair or upgrade gradient nail art… and wear it longer

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!