Hello nail art lovers!

Today I want to share with you a DIY wedding nail art with water decals. I think water decals are great for brides for many reasons:

♥ they are easy to use and you can make your own wedding nails design
♥ you have a great selection of prints to choose from
♥ water decals look good on short nails
♥ water decals are flattering on any nail shape
♥ they make a statement

Wedding nails roses bouquet

Wedding nails roses bouquet

I truly believe you cannot go wrong with water decals for your bridal nail design. Look at these beautiful roses on a bridal white background.

This wedding nails design has nothing more to it than the water decals technique. Check out my tutorial on how to use water decals for nail art to get how they work. Tip! It is very important to paint your nails in a color closest to your water decals print background. For this design I used my Essie Blanc and I think it fits perfectly the water decal and the white wedding day magic :)

Thanks for reading, I hope this idea will inspire your manicure for your big day!

Hello lovelies!

I recently bumped on an Essie products sale at a local beauty store and had to take advantage of it! While browsing the discount shelves I decided to get my hands on something of that brand I had not tried before. And there it was, beautifully packaged and appealing with its promise, Essie Good to Go, the fast drying top coat. You could not blame me for snatching a bottle at least because I’ll tell you my honest view on it :)

Packaging
Essie Good to Go comes in an individual package with a mini nail polish stand inside. It looks appealing and more like a nail care product. It comes in a classic 15 ml Essie bottle.

Application
Essie Good to Go has a rather runny formula which is a good thing for me as I am a bit tired of those overly thick and difficult to work with fast dry top coats out there (yes Seche, it is you I am referring to). It is very easy to apply this top coat with the fat brush which is wide enough to pick the right amount of formula and to cover the whole nail with one stroke.

What it does
First, while I was counting seconds to see if Essie Good to Go will impress me with its drying speed, I immediately noticed this full coverage shine on my nails. They got that brilliant look almost immediately so shine is definitely a strong point for this top coat. This is a photo of this top coat over Manhattan Rock Topia limited edition nail polish #4. You can see the glass like effect of the color.

Manhattan Rock Topia #4 with Essie Good to Go top coat

Then, it dries fast. I mean it dries surprisingly amazingly fast not only on the surface but somehow in between the nail polish layers. It sets color within seconds and 2 minutes are perfectly enough to say your nails are done. I can say this top coat saved an hour of my life that day I first tried it and an hour more of each day I will use it. This is exactly how much time I am like paralyzed after doing my nails and afraid to touch anything so that I won’t ruin my freshly done nails.

Last, it wears great. With Good to Go on I can enjoy that brilliant shine for at least three days in a row which is perfect for me. After a while it gets a little flat but if you feel your manicure has a couple more days of life to it, go ahead and apply the top coat again. Magic happens still :)

Price range and availability
Essie Good to Go is on the pricier side for a top coat and I must admit if it was not for that Essie products sale I would not have shelled that money on a top coat. But now as I think of all top coats I have tried only to get disappointed, this Good to Go one may be worth its price. You can get it at any Essie counter at your local beauty store, at online beauty retailers as well as official Essie site so I would say it is easy to find.

After having worn it for a while I should say it works great with all kinds of nail polish brands. Another thing is it does not smudge nail art and does a great job to smooth out a nail design and make all coats of nail polish blend perfectly.

My verdict
I should definitely change my all time favorite top coats list and save Essie Good to Go a place as it is a great product.

Have you tried Essie Good to Go? What did you think of it? What is your fav top coat, I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today we will have a look at a new nail polish collection for spring 2014 by OPI. What I love about OPI is that they are restless in releasing new collections so you can never get bored with them. This time we are talking about OPI collaboration with The Muppets movie and its outcome: OPI Muppets Most Wanted collection 2014. So welcome back to my Preview column where we talk about anticipated and inspiring nail products that are about to be released!

This is the second nail polish collection created with The Muppets, the previous having been launched for the first Muppets movie in 2013. So once again OPI partners with these little iconic creatures to release theme nail colors in March 2014 for the movie premiere in the United States and in April for international customers. You can get the colors online or at nail salons partnering with OPI.

OPI Muppets Most Wanted spring 2014 nail polish collection
OPI Muppets Most Wanted features eight nail colors with gel like and effects finishes with the cutest  names ever. The gel colors are OPI Muppets World Tour, OPI Let’s Do Anything We Want!, OPI Kermit To Speak and OPI Gaining Mole-Mentum. Effects nail formulas are OPI Miss Piggy’s Big Number, OPI Isn’t Comedy Caper, OPI Chillin Like A Villain and OPI I Love Applause. Here are some lovely photos from my go to destination when it comes to nail polish collections news: chicprofile.com.

OPI Chillin' Like a Villain, OPI Gaining Mole-mentum, OPI I Love Applause

OPI Chillin’ Like a Villain, OPI Gaining Mole-mentum, OPI I Love Applause

OPI Isn't Comedy Caper, OPI Kermit Me to Speak, OPI Let's Do Anything We Want!

OPI Isn’t Comedy Caper, OPI Kermit Me to Speak, OPI Let’s Do Anything We Want!

OPI Miss Piggy's Great Number and OPI Muppets World Tour

OPI Miss Piggy’s Great Number and OPI Muppets World Tour

There will be a mini nail polish pack with OPI Miss Piggys Big Number, OPI I Love Applause, OPI Kermit To Speak and OPI Chilling Like A Villain.

The Muppets movie is about to be released on 21st of March 2013 and I am hoping we will be able to get a hold of this OPI nail polish collection a bit earlier.

Are you getting this collection? Which are your favorite nail colors? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

 

Hello lovelies!

I am so excited I do not know where to start. Today I have for you the easiest no water marble nail art ever, some saran wrap thoughts and my new best way to revive worn out nail polish. So here we go, from back to front :)

One of my key criteria when choosing a nail polish is how long it lasts. I am that average woman who goes to work, does a whole bunch of chores, takes care of a family and still wants to look good. Nails are no exception so with such a hectic schedule nail polish durability is really important for me as I do not always have the time to do a fresh manicure. Luckier girls can have their polish on with no remarks for 5 days, even up to a week but I am one of those who are happy if nail color looks good for a few days. This is a thing about nail polish, it wears out and you have to invest some time to do your nails from scratch…

I recently found the best trick to help have beautiful nails for a couple days more with just a fraction of the time necessary to start everything over. Drum roll for the saran wrap nails!

What is it?
The saran wrap technique is a way to create that marble nail effect without using water and make a mess. You only tool is your regular and nothing-special-about-it saran wrap you are most likely to have in a kitchen drawer already. You will need ten small saran wrap balls. Just smash a two inch piece of it with your fingers and your tool is ready.

How does it work?
You need at least two colors to create the saran wrap marble nails. One for your base and one to cover it and use the saran wrap on. After your first color of choice is dry generously cover it with a different color. While your second color is still wet, touch the surface with a saran wrap ball several times. This will lift some of the second color up leaving the base color uncovered and visible. There you go, marble nails!

The saran wrap technique is ideal to revive a manicure you have had on for several days. Just when it starts to fade and chip here and there and it has grown a little too away from cuticles all you need is add a contrasting color on top and do the saran wrap technique.

No water marble nail art using saran wrap
To illustrate why I consider the saran wrap technique simply brilliant, here is a photo of my favorite Rimmel London nail color in Electric! from their Lasting Finish collection. I had it on for several days and it has those normal signs of wear, tips are not perfect anymore, there are some scratches… you get the picture.

Rimmel London Electric!

Rimmel London Electric!

Now this is how I revived it with the saran wrap technique. I used Rimmel Cocktail Passion nail polish on top and lifted some of the color up. I finished off with my fat top coat Rimmel 3D Plumping and I absolutely love the effect!

Saran wrap nails

Saran wrap nails

I know this post turned out a little unstructured but I couldn’t wait to tell you! Also,  Iknow all three products mentioned  in this post are Rimmel’s… They are not paying me, it just happened…

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

You know I love animal print nails for they make a great accent in a nail art design. I have shown you all kinds of animals including a zebra, a tiger, a snake and even a butterfly and today I want to show you an easy leopard print manicure. Read on for a tutorial how to make these animal nails.

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

First, paint some of your nails a peach shade and some of them white.
I wanted to tone down the wild animal effect so I chose a delicate peach for my main color. You will use your white nails for the leopard print so chose them based on where you want that accent to be. I usually choose my ring finger and thumb, I did the same for this manicure, too.

Add the leopard detail.
I love doing leopard nails because the leopard print is rather random and is very difficult to get it wrong. All you need is some random peach polish blobs on your white. These are your while cat spots.

After you have them in place, get some black on a stripping brush and make little lines around the blobs. Tip! Do not cover the whole area around the spots with black, you are aiming for a furry effect rather than a circle. To make your animal skin look more realistic, as any peach leopard should look, add tiny strokes and dots of black in between your leopard spots. This will fill the design and make it look more complete.

I am adding a close up of the leopard nail art to show you how random and a little messy it really is. I am doing this to show you do not have to worry if it is not perfect when you look it from 2 mm distance, it will look great from a normal distance. Tip! Stop telling yourself you won’t try it because you cannot draw, this is not a drawing but few random blobs of color with the cutest effect :)

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

Last, add some top coat.
I have said this before, but it won’t hurt if I say it again, so pardon me for sounding like a broken record… Such nail designs with several colors added one after another usually turn patchy. To smooth out the design use a fat clear top coat which will conceal the bumps and lumps. If you want to play a little and go for a more realistic animal skin, you can give your peachy leopard the matte treatment :)

Tip! You can recreate this design using whichever two colors you love. The trick that holds it together is to use one of the base colors for making the blobs for your leopard. If you decide to play with this leopard nail art I’d love to see how it turned out!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Butterfly, butterfly,
Where do you go?
“Where the sun shines,
And where the buds grow.”
Children’s song

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I want to show you a butterfly nail art. It is cute and playful, I had a lot of fun making and wearing it. I love nail designs which seem intricate and difficult to make but are actually easy if you follow the few how-to steps. These butterfly wings are that design, read on for a tutorial how to recreate it yourself.

Butterfly wings nail art

Butterfly wings nail art

Butterfly wings nail art

Butterfly wings nail art

First, paint your nails pink.
I thought a vibrant and playful pink shade would be the ideal for this nail art. I picked OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips for the perfect butterfly wings color.

Then, add the black detail.

– add 3 black lines
The black detail of these cute butterfly wings has 3 lines for a base: one closer to your cuticles and shorter and two using it for a start point and crossing the nail almost to its end. Imagine that you are painting the Sun with sun rays as in nursery school but you see a little part of Sun’s body and only two of its rays.

– connect with arcs
When you have your two rays placed, connect their ends with arks or half moons if you wish :)

– paint the end black
Then, color the remaining upper part of the nail black. Your butterfly wing is ready and it will look a lot more like one when we add the final detail.

Then, add white dots.
After your black is in place, add tiny white dots to the end of your nails. They make the wings even cuter and at this point your nail design should look like a butterfly wing.

Last, finish off with a top coat.
A nice clear top coat will make a miracle to smooth out your design and blend all details together. Mine is a strangely shiny butterfly but if you want your nail design to look a bit more real you can add a matte top coat.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today I want to show you these sugary nails which I think would make the perfect DIY bridal manicure. Sweet sugar is not only in this airy white color but also in its beautiful texture.

Sugar white easy wedding nails

Sugar white easy wedding nails

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix 200

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix 200

I recently got my Sally Hansen polishes from their Sugar Coat collection and hurried to put on the white one called Sugar Fix 200. It dried to the most lovely 3D texture! I still cannot stop looking at my nails and it has been almost a week now, lol.

All this time I was thinking that Sally Hansen Sugar Fix 200 will make the perfect DIY wedding manicure. It is easy to apply by yourself, I have 3 coats on my nails for this lovely sugar white bridal manicure and this is all you need. Tip! You do not need a top coat for these sugar nails. It is likely to smooth out the texture too much and you definitely want to show it off. It is also very durable, I have been wearing it for almost a week now and it still has no chips so it will be ideal for that long and special wedding day. It is very affordable. And still, it is not your plain white, it is sweet sugar on your wedding nails and has that extra something to add to your bridal manicure!

I will review Sally Hansen Sugar Coat collection in an upcoming post although you may have guessed my positive thoughts on it already :) I hope this idea inspired your easy and sweet wedding nails!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!