Hello lovelies!

Today I want to share with you my top 3 ways to wear glitter nail polish. Glitters are oh-so-shiny! and attractive in those sparkling bottles but when you get one yourself you may realize that you do not use it often. Maybe because going too sparkly does not fit your environment, maybe you think it is difficult to get glitter to work with most outfits, maybe because you get bored of that same effect , etc. Here are my favorite ways to wear glitter and get the most out of it.

Glitter in a jelly sandwich
Jelly sandwich nails are a fun way to play with glitter and nail polish colors. To make a jelly sandwich manicure you will need a jelly nail polish, which is a sheer color with a glossy finish, and any glitter formula. The technique follows the steps of making a sandwich. Jelly nail polish is your bread, so you will apply it first, then apply your glitter, and then finish with another jelly coat. Jelly sandwiches are great for when you do not feel like sparkling in glitter but more like playing with it.

Yellow jelly sandwich nails

Yellow jelly sandwich nails

For this glitter jelly sandwich I used a yellow color in combination with rose gold glitter and topped it up with sheer white.

Glitter as a top coat
No matter if your glitter has a clear or a colored base, it Is ideal as a top coat. You can be shy and apply a thin coat onto regular nail polish colors or you can go bold on it to attract the eye. Whichever it will be, this is for sure a great way to get variety working with what you already have.

Glitter all over
I love using glitter as an allover color. Usually glitter nail polishes come with a clear or at least sheer base and it may be difficult to get full coverage with your regular two or three color layers. This makes glitter manicures take too much time to dry. Tip! If you are looking for an allover color, apply one of three coats in advance, for example the previous night. This is a great preparation so that you can build up full glitter coverage at the same day you will be showing off your nails. You will shorten drying time dramatically and will still be able to play with more glitter coats until you like the result. Tip! To get more glitter on your nails just dip the brush into the formula and then press it on your nails instead of sweeping it as usual. This will leave you with a concentrated blob of glitter so that you will have more material to play with until you like the result.

I prefer using allover glitter as an accent on few nails. Check out my blue and gold nails post to see what I mean.

These were my tips how to use glitter nail polish. Check out my post for how to remove glitter as it may turn out to be the toughest part of all :)

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Match your lipstick to your nail color, this is my ultimate choice when I want a glamorous yet safe beauty result. I love how matching lip and nail color add some class and style to any outfit, creating a look which will fit any occasion. I browsed my personal cosmetics and nail polish collection to show you my matching lipstick and nail color choices and give some tips to help you make yours.

How to match lip and nail color?

TIP 1: Chose nail color first
I like to choose my nail color first and then find a matching lipstick. This is because nail colors are straightforward and what you see in the bottle is what you get in reality.

TIP 2: Test
When it comes to fine hue tuning test is the way to go! Choose a well stocked beauty store where you can explore colors live. This is especially true for lip color as a printed color on the lipstick box will fail you 99% of the time.

TIP 2: Mind your natural lip color
You have probably noticed that lipsticks tend to look a little different on your lips and this is because lips have a natural color. So if you are not going for an opaque color, it is best to try it out on lips. Personally, I never use public beauty testers on my face so my safe way to make the right choice if opt for creamier formulas which are also thicker and provide more coverage.

TIP 4: Go for a realistic color
This means what it means: do not match your lipstick to navy blue glittery holographic nails :) It will just be difficult to get it right. If you want to match some unconventional color, like blue, chose your lipstick first and match the nail color with it. You are most likely to get the best result with this approach because nail color is easier to find in odd hues and lip colorand you will have more variety to pick from.

TIP 5: Recheck color
It is absolute pleasure to wear the perfect nail and lip color combination but you should check up on the lip color regularly. Lipstick tends to wear off especially as we have a drink or a bite so make sure to reapply lip color regularly to ensure it still matches your nails.

I will show you some examples of lip and nail color pair from my personal collection.

I am not much of a red lip person but when I go for red, my choices are Revlon Lipgloss in Firecracker, #160 and Bourjois Paris 10 days Anti-Choc nail polish collection, #20.
match lip and nail colors

I love hot pink color, my matching lip and nail color choice in this category is Rimmel London Pro collection nail polish in Cocktail Passion, #313 in combination with Maybelline NY Superstay lipstick collection in Stay with me Coral, #430.

match lipstick and nail polish

The enhanced natural look is one of my all time favorites. I opt for Maybelline NY Color Sensational collection, Sweet Pink, #132 and Astor Liquid Care collection Llipgloss in Nude Rose, #103 for lips. I match these two with Essence Colour&Go collection nail polish in English rose, #111.

matching lip and nail colors

As for my oranges, I am not sure how well the photo got the shades, the colors in the two photos below seem very similar… Anyway, my hot orange color choice is YSL lip color from Rouge Volupte Shine collection in Coral, #14 in combination with Astor Fashion Studio nail polish in Orange Cosmos, #237.

matching lip and nail color

 

My other, more toned down lip corals are Bourjoir Paris lipstick from Rouge Edition collection in Peche cosy, #03 and 3D lipgloss in Orange Fruity, #13. The matching nail color is Max Factor Glossfinity nail polish in cute coral, #70.

match lip and nail colorThanks for reading, I hope this was a useful resource, see you soon!

 

Hello nail art lovers!

I love the half moon nail trend for 2014! I tried it recently and I want to show you how it turned out, plus will give you some tips from what I have learnt :)

My half moon interpretation is a bright color block design combining orange and pink. I used guiding stripes to get the perfect half moon shape. So here is how it goes!

How to get the half moon nails tutorial

How to get the half moon nails tutorial

How to get the half moon nails tutorial

How to get the half moon nails tutorial

How to get the half moon nails tutorial

How to get the half moon nails tutorial

First, paint your nails orange on one hand and pink on the other.
I thought it would be fun to have an orange base for one hand and a pink one for the other and I really like the pop art effect this design has. Tip! When you choose your colors make sure they are thick and opaque formulas. This way it will be easy to add the second color on top of the base one without having to layer too much nail polish to cover it.

Then, add the half moon.
Guiding stripes may help you get a good half moon shape. Tip! After you have applied your second color, remove the stripe while nail polish is still wet so that the stripe will not leave any harsh edges.

I think that if you choose a sheer base, half moon can be added free handedly and guides are not obligatory to get a beautiful result. If you are able to see your natural half moon it will be easier to trace it with the second color.

Last, seal nail design with a top coat.
The half moon nail art is a layered design and as all layered nail designs it may have some nail polish bumps to conceal. Use a fat top coat for this manicure and this will smooth off any harsh edges left by the guiding stripes.

Thanks for reading, see you soon!

Hello lovelies!

What I know for sure for every collection is that it is meant to grow in time and this is what my nail polish collection has been doing steadily over the past few years. So I figured it was high time for me to say goodbye to the good old shoe box where I used to store my nail polishes and come up with a better storage idea. I needed something that would display my bottles in an easy to reach way and will fit in room decoration so I do not have to hide that shoe box in the closet. So here it is, my choice for a pretty and practical DIY nail polish storage, the candy jar!

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

 

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

A candy jar has way more PROs than CONs for nail polish storage and I will share the reasons I chose it for my nail polish collection.

PRO 1: Great display
The candy jar is at the same time a storage solution and a display. You can see through glass and easily reach for the color you need. Tip! Make sure you can put your hand into the candy jar easily!

PRO 2: It is available
This storage solution is easy to find and you will not have to order stands, install them, drill your walls and pay the high price professional products usually have. I got my candy jar at IKEA for a decent price and among a good amount of choices. Many house oriented shops will offer you different candy jar designs and those you love are at your fingertips, ready to go home with you now!

PRO3: Cute decoration
The candy jar makes a beautiful home decoration. You can alter its design to fit your room design. I love how personal this storage solution is after you decorate it. A bow or an old T-shirt or some paper scraps is all you need to add character to your DIY nail polish display. For my jar I used scraps of paper, a few studs and some lace, all of them from previous projects. I decorated only the lid so that the jar will be cute and practical enough and I would see what is inside.

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

Unfortunately, a single candy jar is very unlikely to fit all of your polishes so I have two tips for you. Tip! Take out your most used and loved nail polishes for the season and put the in the jar. If you know you will not be using black glitter or Christmas greens in spring, just put them away! Take out the polishes you reach out for the most and display them in your cute candy jar! Tip! Get several candy jars to fit your whole collection. I figured that for my collection I would not need more than 3 or 4 large candy jars. You can play with decoration and put them on different places to freshen the room design or you can stack them together so that will l look like real candy treat display :)

So that was my nail polish storage idea, I hope you enjoyed! I would love to know how you store your nail polish collection!

Hello everyone!

I am so excited that I got the Blogger of the Month nomination by the Next Blogger Network. I was awarded the Blogger of the Month badge for January for my Pastel colors inspiration board. My nomination is already on NBN facebook page and will be announced in an upcoming newsletter to NBN members. In that matter we had a short interview so that you can learn a bit more about me and nailcentric.net. Here are the questions and my answers!

Blogger of the Month Jan

1. When did you start blogging and what encouraged you?
I started blogging in December 2013. I wanted a place to share my passion for nail art with people who really care. My husband encouraged me a lot, helped me set up the blog and is making all the photos for it. That made nailcentric.net a possible and real blog project.

2. Who is your blog-spiration, what blogs do you read for inspiration?
I get my inspiration mainly from fashion and lifestyle blogs. I love Keiko Lynn’s  blog, Kate’s Small Things blog, the Bohemian SF Girl by Bay and many others actually. I love street style, beauty, lifestyle and food blogs with inspirational imagery.

3. You have previous written great posts featuring Next products, will you be shopping at Next more?
I doubt I would be shopping more. I have a clear shopping strategy I always stick to!

4. Who is your style icon?
My style icon has been the same for years. It is the talented and always magnificent Gwen Stefani.

5. What is your top tip for other bloggers?
Fellow bloggers, when inspiration is not there, just do not post.

6. Where do you go to write your blog?
I write in my bed with my computer in my lap.

7. If you could blog from anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I love my place so much! I wouldn’t mind blogging from New Zealand, though :)

8. I am not just a blogger I’m also…
… I am also a Mom to a baby boy, a wife to the love of my life, a project coordinator for an international IT corporation, a scrap booker and a dear friend to those closest to my heart.

9. What are your top five favourite items from next.co.uk?
My 5 picks according to my current mood will be:

10. What is your blogging soundtrack?
Usually some funny sound my boy’s toys make :)

11. Do you have a secret talent, if so, tell us?
No secrets, I show off all my talents all the time :) I think my biggest talent is to enjoy life.

12. I have noticed you blog about nails mainly, but fashion as well…what if your fav topic to write about?
I love to blog on everything I am happy to share. Sometimes it is nails, sometimes it is a fashion inspiration, it doesn’t matter as soon as I feel passionate about it.

13. We are now into our Spring (YAY!!) What is your number  1 top look for Spring?
Spring will be mostly black and white for me this season. I love the monochrome trend and will be getting the most of it by combining skinny leather look trousers, black ankle boots, a white tee, my all time favorite short black jacket and a large bag. I will also have my favorite sunglasses with me :)

Thanks for reading!

Hello lovelies!

The Golden Globe awards are a huge event for movie fans and art of cinema lovers but also in terms of fashion and beauty. When it comes to trends I have learnt one thing: if you see it on the red carpet, it is definitely in! So let’s take a look at celebrity nails from the Golden Globes event and spot the trend.

You probably remember my Nail trends for 2014 post series and the 5 posts which defined the key spring/summer nail trends as seen on runway fashion shows in 2013. It was very interesting for me to see which trends in particular celebrities chose to complement their red carpet looks. See what I have found!

Go natural: nude and pastel nails
Looking at the Golden Globes red carpet pictures you cannot miss it: nude is all over the nails :) Natural shades, pale beige, soft pink pastels are the top celebrity choice for this red carpet event. I love the nude look for how easy it is to go with all the looks out there and how suitable it is for a huge range of occasions. Take natural nails to the office, for a weekend walk or to a wedding reception, they will be a perfect fit.

A whole lot of celebrities chose natural nails for the Golden Globes event with Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Heidi Klum, Cate Blanchett, Emma Watson, Zooey Deschanel, pregnant Drew Barrimore and Taylor Swift being just a few.

Go precious: metallic nails
Metallic nails are one of the key trends spotted on fashion week runway shows. Precious gold and silver were top  celebrities choice for Golden Globes 2013 event. Kelly Osbourne, Tatiana Maslany, Savannah Guthrie and Kaley Cuoco rocked metallic nailson the red carpet.

Go dark: Black and deep red
Black and deep Bordeaux colors were also a key nail trends on the red carpet. Just to name a few celebrities which picked the dark side choosing either deep red or black: Sandra Bullock, Kate Beckinsale, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain, Zoe Saldana, Leslie Mann, Lizzy Caplan.

I must admit this deep red shade surprised me a little as it was not among the nail trends for 2014. It is a classic choice for polished events such as the Golden Globes so I can understand why many celebrities chose bordeaux for their nails but I find it a little too predictable :)

I got all photos from huffingtonpost.com, my guide for Golden Globes 2014 fashion and beauty. Browse the galleries to enjoy a carousel slideshow of celebrity manicure.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

I have wanted to combine blue and gold for some time. This color combination reminds me of a circus tent I went to as a child to watch an amazing circus show. So I will show you a nail design I created featuring these colors. I am not sure which is the main color here, blue or black but I still love how this manicure turned out. It is pretty obvious how the design was put up together but I will put a few words on the process and give some tips. That’s what I do, right :)

Blue, black and gold manicure with metal studs

Blue, black and gold manicure with metal studs

Blue, black and gold manicure with metal studs

Blue, black and gold manicure with metal studs

Blue, black and gold manicure with metal studs

Blue, black and gold manicure with metal studs

First, paint some of your nails blue and some of them black.
Paint your nails with these two colors. For this manicure I have two coats on as the colors I used are not sheer formulas and have good coverage. Make sure to leave some nails clean so that you will add the gold accent to this nail design.

Then, add gold.
You can use any gold color you have and love. The gold I used for this manicure is a textured nail polish with a clear base so I had some difficulties to build it up enough. Have in mind that using glitter is the hardest way if you wish to achieve full coverage in particular.

Last, add metal studs.
To finish this manicure I added some metal studs at the base of blue and black nails. I like how the gold hue of my studs complement the gold nails in this design. I attached the studs using a drop of clear nail polish. If your embellishments have a flat base you do not have to necessarily use a special glue or any other tool to stick them to nails.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!