Hello lovelies!

I am beyond happy with my Versatile Blogger Award nomination! I was mentioned for the tag by lovely Cachoo Joo and will do it with this post as I love the idea 

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Versatile Blogger Award is given to blogs/blogger bringing something special to your day, have unique and inspiring posts and write good quality posts with beautiful imagery. The rules for this tag are simple enough: thank and link to the person who nominated you the Versatile Blogger Award, pick and share 7 facts about yourself, nominate 15 of your recent fav blogs that you discovered and follow.

7 facts about me:

1. I love stationery items and have a  whole lot of notebooks, pens and other stuff in different colors and cute designs :)
2. My latest hobby is freezer-cooking. I dedicate one day of the week to cook some freezer friendly dishes and then enjoy them for the weeks to come.
3. I usually enjoy planning an event as much as having it.
4. I used to wear glasses for 10 years in the past.
5. I pair my socks with my outfit no matter that no one will see that :)
6. I have never been skiing because I am afraid not to break a bone.
7. Today is exactly 3 years after I married my beloved husband.

My nominees’ blogs are great places to get a bit of what I like: some beauty, some fashion, some quality food and some creativity. I love these amazing ladies’ blogs, it is a pleasure to read what they have to say and I enjoy the beautiful images they feature in their posts.

My nominees:
Ashley from Sugar & Cloth
Cindy from DIY Beautify
Ceara from DIY Confession
Juanette from the Fashion Nette-Work
Vickie from Adventures in Fashion
Anastasia from Fashion Not Fashion
Laura from Fashion Landscape
C from Beauty Science Magic!
Judith from Spector’s Nails
Jordan from Boho Vanity
Beth from Bird’s Words
AJ from Nail Lacquer UK
Amy from The Pretty Vain
Poppy from Makeup by Poppy
Rebecca from Foodie with Family

I hope my nominees will enjoy doing the tag as well. For me it was fun, thankd for reading and see you soon!

Hello nail art lovers!

I have a quick nail design for you today. It features roses water decals and a neon color from China Glaze. Check my tutorial how to apply water decals if you have missed it.

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China Glaze Sun of a Peach with water decals nail design

The base color for this manicure is China Glaze Sun of a Peach. It is an orange neon released in summer 2013 and I have already swatched it in a previous post. I have already ranted about it’s awful formula and about how difficult it is to get even coverage. For this nail design I needed 5 thin layers of Sun of a Peach and then a top coat to help smooth the color out. The top coat steals away from its semi matte finish but truly, I don’t mind :)

Here is a closer look to the water decal pattern. I love flowers on nails and have featured some water decal bouquets in two of my wedding manicure ideas.

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China Glaze Sun of a Peach with water decals nail design

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

I am back from a long and enjoyable Easter Holiday country trip and can’t wait to share with you some cute nails!

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Funny polka dots nails with China Glaze City Flourish nail colors

Polka dots nail art

Funny polka dots nails with China Glaze City Flourish nail colors

Polka dots nails

Funny polka dots nails with China Glaze City Flourish nail colors

First, paint some of your nails purple and some of them pink
I am not sure I am calling the colors I chose the right way though. These are China Glaze Petal to the Metal and China Glaze What a Pansy and both of them are very unique shades. With the first one being a vibrant pink and the second a bluish purple shade, I thought I would give this nail design a fun base.

Then, add some colorful polka dots
I used several colors to add lines of dots to this manicure. All the nail polishes are from China Glaze summer 2014 City Flourish collection. For the dots I used my favorite dotting tool – a regular pin head. I used Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin and At Vase Value in combination with my base colors. It turned out a lot as an Easter nail design although I hadn’t planned it to be.

Last, add top coat
Add a good layer of top coat to seal your design and make it last longer. China Glaze City Flourish nail polishes have a semi matte finish to them which I prefer to conceal with some old school shine :)

This was my colorful polka dots manicure idea, thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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Hello lovelies!

Today I want to show you my Easter nails as well as a few new taping products I tried out for this manicure. So welcome back to my Stamping ABC post series where I learn and share about my newbie stamping nail art experience!

I wanted my Easter nails to be colorful, bring joy and resemble hand painted Easter eggs. To start off, I painter my nails white using my Essie Blanc. Then I randomly sponged my China Glazes I recently got and showed you. These are China Glaze What a Pansy, At Vase Value, Grass Is Lime Greener, Petal to the Metal and Sun of a Peach. I stamped on top of this random color boom using some Konad stamping products.

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Easter nails with sponge and stamping

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Easter nails with sponge and stamping

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Easter nails with sponge and stamping

Konad Nails UK liked my Stamping ABC project and sent some of their products my way to test out. I got a full stamping starter kit featuring an image plate, stamp and scraper, black and white special nail polish and a special top coat. I also got image plate m94, an image plate holder as well as their textured nail polish Sandy in Coral Bronze (never knew they did those).

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Konad Nails UK products

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Konad Nails UK image plates m94 and m36

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Konad nail UK products

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Konad Nails UK special top coat

Although I have some successful stamping experiments with regular nail polish I could never get any white to work for me. That’s why I was in love when I tried their white special nail polish for this manicure. It stamps great, it is opaque and cover the base color very well. Konad special nail polish left no smudges unlike my regular top coats I have already ranted about. I hven’t used my new image plates yest because I’d already had the design in mind but I love them and will be reviewing and featuring them in designs soon.

Thanks for reading, have great Easter holidays and see you soon!

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Hello nail art lovers!

So proud to show you my first multi color stamped nail art, even if on a single finger :) Welcome back to my Stamping ABC post series where I learn and share about my newbie stamping nail art experience!

This is basically a bright green allover color with a multi color zebra print on the ring finger. Stay with me to learn how I did it and what I found.

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Multi color zebra nail art with China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener

China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener
This nail design uses as a base color China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener from the City Flourish nail polish collection. I must say it surprised me a bit by how bright and vibrant it goes, almost neon like. It is a popping green creme with a semi matte finish. It is very difficult to apply it evenly so I added a top coat to smooth color out.

Multi color zebra print stamped nails
I chose to transfer my zebra  print to a bare nail because I am using regular nail polish and thought it would stick better to a matte surface. I was right and the print turned out pretty well on a layer of matte nail polish base.

I loved how my multi color zebra stamp nail design turned out so I recreated it on all nails.

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Multi color zebra nail art with China Glaze City Flourish polishes

Multi color zebra nail design

Multi color zebra nail art with China Glaze City Flourish polishes

Multi color zebra nails

Multi color zebra nail art with China Glaze City Flourish polishes

I used the zebra print from my MoYou London The Pro 07 image plate which I have already shown on the blog. I must admit I am surprised how well stamps come out with these image plates with regular nail polish, I promise to write more on how my MoYou London plates work for me in a later post. I applied four nail colors on the zebra image, all from China Glaze City Flourish collection: China Glaze At Vase Value, China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener, China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin and China Glaze Petal to the Metal. When I scraped them with the scraper they mixed a bit, leaving me with the perfect multi color zebra print :)

So this was pretty much it. I am enjoying my newbie stamping nail art experience and will keep showing you my stamped designs.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post is a preview of a new summer 2014 nail polish collection by Zoya. It is called Tickled and Bubbly and features a total of 12 shades, 6 cremes and six shimmering holographic colors.

Zoya Tickled and Bubbly nail polish collection summer 2014

Zoya Tickled and Bubbly nail polish collection summer 2014

Zoya Tickled nail polish collection summer 2014
Tickled promises six highly pigmented cream formulas for a standout full coverage. All cremes hav ladie’s names, as if we would have expected a different approach from Zoya :)

Zoya Ling: True Blue Cream
Zoya Tida: Mantis Green Cream
Zoya Rooney: Hollywood Pink Cream
Zoya Kitridge: Camation Pink Cream
Zoya Wendy:  Tickle Pink Cream
Zoya Rocha: Folly Red Cream

Zoya Tickled and Bubbly nail polish collection summer 2014

Zoya Tickled and Bubbly nail polish collection summer 2014

Zoya Bubbly nail polish collection summer 2014
Bubbly is dedicated to summer shimmer, holos and glitter. It features 6 buildable, great for layering formulas.

Zoya Muse: Mermaid Blue Metallic, Holographic, Glitter
Zoya Stassi: Jade Green Metallic, Holographic Glitter
Zoya Harper: Mexican Pink Metallic, Holographic, Glitter
Zoya Binx: Purple Orchid Metallic, Holographic, Glitter
Zoya Jesy: Coral Orange Metallic, Holographic, Glitter
Zoya Alma: Golden Peach Metallic, Holographic, Glitter

Tickled and Bubbly nail colors will be available for purchase at zoya.com on May 15th and will retail for 9 US dollars.

Zoya Tickled and Bubbly nail polish collection summer 2014

Zoya Tickled and Bubbly nail polish collection summer 2014

Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on a few shades, I find th shimmering formulas especially interesting. How about you?
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

I have been experimenting lately with layering nail colors and I want to show you the result of my latest attempt. This is a saran wrap nail design featuring Zoya Arabella as a base and China Glaze What a Pansy as a layered color. I used the saran wrap technique to create the nail design below.

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nail design

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

This is the combination is stronger day light.

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Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

 

The Saran Wrap technique
The saran wrap nail technique is super fast and simple and I use it a lot to rescue nail color when it already has some flaws but I do not have time for a full manicure. In this case I already had Zoya Arabella with a top coat for several days on. I have to admit I am impressed with this nail polish durability as it had only a few chips after I had made 22 pizzas (yes, twenty-two!).

To achieve the saran wrap nail effect you only need to add an opaque layer of color over your chosen base and then use a small saran wrap ball to lift up some of the second color by touching it while it is still wet.

I added Essie Good to Go fast drying top coat to speed the drying process up and to make the nail design more blend well and shine.

This was my saran wrap experiment and I love the result. Have you tried this technique, what do you think of it?
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!