Hello nail art addicts!

Today I want to share with you my thoughts on Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish collection.

Magnetic nail polishes were a huge trend a few years ago and actually Essie were one of the latest companies to design a magnetic collection and launch it in 2012. However, the 6 shades Essie offer are very classical and can be worn any season and good news is you can now find the Repstyle polishes for a lower price at most online discounter stores.

Essie Repstyle Magnetic nail polish collection

Essie Repstyle Magnetic nail polish collection

Colors of this collection are very stylish and I had a really hard time choosing only two shades. I chose Repstyle and Sssexy for the snake skin color of the first and the absolutely gorgeous red shade of the second. Other colors are grey, beige and green also close to reptile skin colors accompanied with a standout blue color.

I have shown Sssssexy to you in my How to use magnetic nail polish tutorial, I am adding the Repstyle color photos.

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Essie Repstyle magnetic polishes are metallic colors which get perked up by a unique magnet induced pattern. They are easy to apply and dry fast. These nail polishes have a big cap which holds a larger magnet. This makes creating the pattern easier. When I use them the sides of my largest nails do not get the pattern though. Without a top coat they do not last more than 2 days so I strongly suggest to take five minutes more to apply your favorite clear coat on top of your design. A big advantage of Essie Repstyle nail polishes over other brand magnetic colors is that they are very easy to take off.

Generally, I absolutely love the Repstyle polish collection because I have never seen a pattern so similar to snake skin. I love snake skin as a fashion accent and have tries several times to create a nail design with this animal print and all attempts were a complete disaster. So to me the Repstyle collection is my chance to pull off a unique nail design I love.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello manicure addicts!

Today’s post is about Galaxy nails. This is a manicure design which is created to mimic the appearance of outer space. I love how space nail art is very unique to the person who creates it. I have seen various designs, color choices and accents but I prefer to make my galaxy nails in a certain way. I just find it is the best way this design looks and will share with you tips to create the perfect outer space manicure.

Space nails tutorial

Space nails tutorial

Space nails tutorial

Space nails tutorial

Space nails tutorial

Space nails tutorial

Before we start I want to remind you of my Galaxy nail art tutorial. I also want to show this purple space manicure I recently created. You will see that if you follow the correct principle your space nails will turn out beautiful no matter the colors you choose.

TIP 1: Get to know the sponge technique
The sponge technique is the key part of space nails creation process. Basically you need to paint some nail color on a makeup sponge and touch your nails with it before polish has dried. This creates random splashes of color which can be built up or layered with different colors depending on the effect you want to get. Do not mix the sponge technique with the gradient colors technique as they are different! The latter aims to create a gradient application of nail color. What we need is just random color touches :)

TIP 2: Use thick and pigmented formulas
Highly pigmented nail polishes are great for sponging and therefore for space nail art because you will need a single touch to transfer the color to your nail. See through or semi sheer colors seem to soak into the sponge or leave a color which looks more like some kind of stain. They tend to blend with other colors and change them, too. So pick a slightly thicker, highly pigmented color to get the best result.

TIP 3: Use a dark color base
Galaxy nail designs aim for an outer space manicure look, so they should be applied on a dark color base. My favorite galaxy nail art features a black, a dark blue or a deep purple main color. Perhaps you can play with other colors but I suggest to use the darkest shade as your nail art canvas.

TIP 4: Do not overdo glitter
Glitter is a beautiful accent to space nails and contributes to the starry night effect so I suggest you put some after you are happy with your manicure. Be careful not to cover the complete design though. Some glitters have more particles in them. If you apply too much your manicure will lose the starry effect. If I apply too much glitter and do not like how it turns out, I start the nail over.

TIP 5: Add a dot of white
Adding a few white dots here and there seems to transform your nail design from an abstract random color art to a galaxy :) I do not know why that is but a single dot changes everything for the better. White dots look like nearer and larger stars and add some dimension to your space nails. You can use a dotting tool, a toothpick, a cuticle remover tip or pretty much anything you like to add the dots. For my purple outer space nails I applied white directly with the nail polish brush. I just whipped all excess color and carefully touched my nails in random places.

Thanks for reading! I hope these tips will help you create the best Galaxy nail art out there :).

Hello nail art lovers!

Welcome back to my Preview column where we talk about anticipated and inspiring nail products that are about to be released. I can’t wait to share with you two amazing nail polish collections which will be launched in drugstores by Essence this spring/summer season!

Essence Effects nail polish collection
Essence Effects nail polish collection will hit the drugstore shelves in February 2014. This collection is all about effects! Nail polishes will come in fourteen shades with different finishes: holographic, sugar, jewels and polka dots. This collection promises easy application and great coverage. Bring them on, Essence, so that we can see for ourselves!

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Nail Candies nail polish collection
Essence Nail Candies nail polish collection is also planned for a February 2014 international release. It has 7 colors in pastel shades. Pastel colors are a total nail trend for spring/summer 2014 and I am happy this selection will be available in drugstores. These polishes actually promise other benefits for nails than color. They are designed to harden, protect  and even out nails, are fruit scented, dry fast and have a super shine finish. I could surely benefit from all of the above!

Essence Nail Candies nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Nail Candies nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

I got all beautiful images from chicprofile.com, my ultimate upcoming nail products source.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello lovelies!

I am happy to share with you another wedding nail art design. These are easy DIY bridal nails which still have that extra something to make them special enough for the big day. Read on to see how I created this wedding manicure.

Wedding nail art: romantic pink and luxury jewels

Wedding nail art: romantic pink and luxury jewels

Wedding nail art: romantic pink and luxury jewels

Wedding nail art: romantic pink and luxury jewels

 

First, apply a pale pink shade to your nails.
I chose pale pink for this design as it is different from the classic natural wedding nail color but still very romantic and mild. Sometimes pale colors are not very pigmented so you may need to us an extra coat to get even and thick nail coverage. For this design I put 3 pink coats.

Last, add luxury :)
I decorated 3 nails with different sized crystals, pearls and silver studs. You do not need some special tools or glue to attach the embellishments. I use a toothpick and a tiny bit of clear polish to pick and stick the details. I believe randomly attached embellishments hold the charm of this design. Still, if you prefer you can attach them using the same pattern for each nail.

Jewels, pearls and studs can be taken from various places and you do not need to look for nail art supplies in particular. You can find tiny embellishments at the haberdashery counter, your local crafts store, even get phone decoration stickers from a dollar store and tear them apart to use the gems for wedding manicure :)

Products:
Pink: Golden Rose Rich Color collection, number 54
Crystals, pearls and studs
Tiny drops of clear top coat to stick jewels

Inspiration:

Romantic pink wedding reception from modwedding.com

Romantic pink wedding reception from modwedding.com

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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Hello everyone!

This is the second post in my Mix Box blog section, dedicated to things other than nail art I want to share with you. This tine I want to show you a birthday card I created for a dear friend of mine. I love scrap booking and keep flooding my friends with hand made cards for various occasions and this is the particular reason why you are not seeing a manicure related post today :)

For those of you who also have the scrap booking hobby… I used mainly Bo Bunny Mama-razi collection papers, stickers and studs + some designer paper leftovers. The The Mama-razi paper are not double sided, so a attached a design matching paper on the card back. The stickers on the bottom right show the my friend’s birth date, which is todaaay, yaaay!The vintage photo on the card front is detachable, it opens and holds wishes to the birthday girl. It took me a whole afternoon to make it, I hope it will make a special person happy.

Thanks for reading!.

Hello everyone!

It has been some time since Gwen Stefani mentioned nailcentric.net on Twitter but I am still too thrilled to blog about it! You can image my excitement when I saw my Gwen Stefani nail polish collection post cited by Gwen herself to over one million people! I really can’t find words to describe this emotion so I will just brag with the snapshot below :)

Thanks Gwen, it means so much!

Thanks Gwen, it means so much!

Thanks Gwen, it means so much!.

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my first post in the Mix Box blog section. The Mix Box is reserved for topics which are not related to manicure but I still want to share with you.

I spent the whole morning happily choosing spring/summer clothes for my baby boy. “Wow, they grow so fast!” crossed my mind a zillion times :) But I also had some reasonable thoughts that may be useful to you when shopping for kids clothes. I will share with you what I got from my successful and totally failed kids shopping experience.

How to choose the best kids clothes

How to choose the best kids clothes

Plan a season ahead
The best time to do kids spring/summer shopping is… winter. To be more precise: winter sales. The same goes for winter clothes. You will get the best deals if you browse the clearance sections. I am not saying that you will have to make your baby wear Christmas sweaters on the beach but there are always some good pieces which will fit at least 3 of 4 seasons. Good examples are zipper sweatshirts, hoodies, under garments, t-shirts which can also serve as underwear, etc. Put your imagination to work and save your wallet some cash while making your discount picks :)

Get a larger size
Let’s face it, our kids grow up oh so fast! Sometimes moms end up with new clothes which still have their price tag attached and are already small for your precious one to wear. To avoid getting new clothes too often just get them slightly larger than your child’s current size. You can roll sleeves and pants up for a while until your baby grows to fit them, and too soon after outgrows them.

Get mix and match sets
I find mix and match clothes sets easiest to use. You always have an outfit ready for your precious as soon as you choose clothes from the same line. Many companies launch these lines of perfectly thought over pieces which go perfectly well together from the hat to the sock.

Look for value packs
Some clothing pieces come in value packs. These are a larger number of the same piece, combined together to offer a better price. It is similar to a wholesale purchase: if you buy 5, you will get a better price. I always get value packs for short and long sleeve bodysuits, sleep suits and socks. These pieces are always highly exploited and I need to have a larger number. Than why not at a better price, right?

Prefer quality to quantity
Maybe the most important feature of kids clothes is durability. Children are in their nature abusers in so many ways :) Your kids clothes are more likely to get stained, torn, washed on a 60 degree program than any other piece of fabric out there. So you need good quality fabrics to ensure your child feels comfortable wearing them and also that they will survive the process above.

I will share with you the clothes gallery I made for my boy. All images are from Next where I usually get kids clothes inspiration and deals. My clothes sets are all boy sets but I believe tips here are valid for buying girls clothes too!

How to choose the best kids clothes: mix and match sets

How to choose the best kids clothes: mix and match sets

How to choose the best kids clothes: mix and match sets

How to choose the best kids clothes: mix and match sets

What not to do when shopping for kids clothes?
There is one thing I strongly believe you should not do when shopping for kids clothes. Do not bring your child with you! Kids will spend their time much more happily playing, napping or doing kids stuff instead of having to accompany you to a shopping spree. You do not need an unhappy, bored and nervous child around, believe me! So either go alone or shop online. Tip! If you decide to go shopping without your child, bring a few of their clothes with you as this may break the ties if you are hesitating between two possible sizes.

Thanks for reading this unrelated stuff from my Mix Box, I hope it was useful!.