Hello lovelies!

It has been a while since I last shared a manicure with you. My previous months have been really hectic and while juggling various responsibilities this winter it almost came to an end. It is March now and we are just a step away from spring :)

I think it is a good time for a winter nail art roundup and this post features my favorite manicures since December.

In order of appearance:

Winter nail art with snowflakes and polka dots
Christmas wrap paper nail art tutorial
Easy needle marble nail tutorial
Studded flowers nail art with Zoya Naturel tutorial
Valentine’s day nail art tutorial with gold
China Glaze Wish On A Starfish: review and swatches

Which are your favorite winter nail designs?

Hello lovelies!

The idea of creating your own jelly formula has been really tempting for a while. I finally tried it and here is the jelly raspberry nail polish I came out with.

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DIY jelly nail polish experiment and tips

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DIY jelly nail polish experiment and tips

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DIY jelly nail polish experiment and tips

To get your own jelly nail polish formula simply add a few dots of creme formula to a leftover clear top coat. In my photos you see 5 drops of Barry M Raspberry mixed into about 2 ml of L’Oreal Resist and shine clear top coat. I have 4 coats of this DIY jelly nail polish on my nails.

DIY jelly nail polish tips

TIP 1: Choose an opaque creme
Choosing an opaque creme nail polish will help you get the pigmentation you prefer. If your colored formula is too think or sheer you may end up adding color forever with what seems no effect at all.

TIP 2: Add a drop at a time
Add one single drop at a time and mix well so that you can get a better view of your mixture. Adding more color later is easier than trying to dilute an over colored base.

TIP 3: Do not use fast drying top coat
Use a regular / long lasting / strengthening etc. clear nail polish instead of fast drying one. Fast drying top coats do not blend well with added formula and you may end up with a streaky mixture which will not build up beautifully on nails.

So this was my first successful DIY jelly nail polish experiment. My next stop will be a black jelly :)

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed!

 

Hello lovelies!

September is officially here and I am back from my last holiday for the summer season. Here are a few pictures of the lovely Rhodope Mountains where I spent the last week.

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The Rhodope Mountains

Rhodopes

The Rhodope Mountains

So this is a summer blogging roundup post which holds my favorite posts from June, July and August 2014.

This summer I had 20 posts altogether. It was really difficult to get back on track with blogging since I started working full time again but I am happy that I could manage :) Thanks for your support and encouragement my fellows!

In order of appearance, the posts are:
Nude wedding nails with white lace accent tutorial
Super easy wedding nails with striping tape
Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape tutorial
Blue dots nail design featuring Essie No Place Like Chrome
Arovana by Dance Legend review and swatches
Navy nail art design with striping tape tutorial
Sunset gradient ombre nails tutorial and tips
Peacock feather nail art stamp featuring Dance Legend Chameleon nail polish

Looking forward to autumn, I hope to see you soon!

Hello lovelies!

I am beyond happy to show you what came with the nail mail today, yay! These are my China Glaze City Flourish spring 2014 nail polishes + Son of a Peach, a neon from China Glaze Sunsational Cremes summer 2013 collection.

China Glaze What a Pansy, At Vase Value, Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin, Sun of a Peach, Petal to the Metal

China Glaze What a Pansy, At Vase Value, Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin, Sun of a Peach, Petal to the Metal

China Glaze What a Pansy, At Vase Value, Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin, Sun of a Peach, Petal to the Metal

China Glaze What a Pansy, At Vase Value, Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin, Sun of a Peach, Petal to the Metal

You know I plan my nail polish purchases and do a good research before I buy new nail polish. I have already told you why in my How to build nail polish wish list for the upcoming season post. So these 6 beauties were planned to be my spring to summer 2014 nail colors. I know I will probably get a few more shades but this is my educated choice for the moment :)

Somehow all my spring to summer colors turned out to be from China Glaze, I did not mean this but obviously their City Flourish collection really got to me! Here is a photo combining all the colors, you will find their names listed below.

China Gaze What a Pansy from City Flourish 2014 nail polish collection
China Gaze At Vase Value from City Flourish 2014 nail polish collection
China Gaze Grass is Lime Greener from City Flourish 2014 nail polish collection
China Gaze Metro Pollen-tin from City Flourish 2014 nail polish collection
China Gaze Sun of a Peach from Sunsational Cremes summer 2013 nail polish collection
China Gaze Petal to the Metal from City Flourish 2014 nail polish collection

I can’t wait to try these and show them to you. So far I have put on Sun of a peach so I will tell you a bit on this one.

China Glaze Sun of a Peach nail polish swatch

China Glaze Sun of a Peach nail polish swatch

China Glaze Sun of a Peach nail polish

China Glaze Sun of a Peach nail polish

China Glaze Sun of a Peach nail polish review
This one was released as a neon crème from the Sunsational summer 2013 collection. It is a gorgeous color which has everything I love in a summer color. You may look at it as a super bright orangey coral which brings tons of good mood and sunshine to nails. I had done my homework before I got this one and read the reviews out there. I read about its awful formula, how it is transparent, streaks and takes too much effort for opaque coverage but I decided to get it anyway. How hard could it be, right? Well, all negative things about Sun of a Peach formula you will read out there are true to the last word, sadly. Formula is thin, streaks, it is difficult to control and is definitely not a good choice for someone in a hurry as it needs at least 4 coats for a beautiful full coverage. The one positive thing is maybe that it does not take long to dry. I am sorry my experience did not prove the negative hype about this nail polish wrong but this is how things are. I still absolutely love the color though!

Color is super difficult to photograph and I suggest if you are considering China Glaze Sun of a Peach for your collection, see it in real first.

So this was my China Glaze haul, I promise to show you all colors soon. Did you get any City Flourish nail polishes yet? What’s in your wish list?

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed?

 

how to plan nail polish wishlist

Hello lovelies!

I am almost done planning my spring 2014 nail color purchases! I decided to share some thoughts on the subject with you and tell you how I build and refine my wish list for an upcoming season and I hope they will help you build yours :)

Why to plan?
I have several reasons to plan my future nail polish purchases apart from the obvious finance one. In time I have reached the conclusion that planning my future purposes makes me happiest with what I get when I get it. Plus, nail polish addiction is a serious obsession and if you do not plan your colors and buy everything on a whim you may end up with a huge part of collection you do not use, too many similar colors, lacking some colors you love, etc. So if you feel you are not happy with how your nail polish collection turns out and money is not your only/particular problem, read on for my tips how to be happy with what you get. You can also take a look at my How to build a fabulous nail polish collection on a budget post for some more related tips.

TIP 1 Get rid of the old
When I am about to add seasonal colors to my collection I always make a revision of what I already have. I do this for the sole purpose to get rid of the old rather than to decide what not to buy :) Identify nail polishes which are too old to use, you feel bored with or are sure you won’t be wearing this season and make room for some fresh additions. I throw away nail polishes which can’t be used for some reason, give away some color to people who will enjoy them more and take part in local swapping circles.

TIP 2 Know what’s trending
It is not necessary to base your decisions on nail color trends for the particular season but it won’t hurt if you are up to date so you will make an informed pick. Personally, I am excited about new trends and always have a look at them which does not mean I choose to wear all because there is always something that I love more than another.

TIP 3 Identify your LOVE for this season and get it
Some of you may have noticed that I have a huge crush for pastels this season. I absolutely love pastel shades and my complexion is still fair enough to work well with this palette. So it was not a tough decision when I made it: pastels will be my spring 2014 must have nail color picks. Find your LOVE and make sure you get it so that it will make you feel happy (until eventually starts to make you feel bored but this is a topic for another discussion).

TIP 4 Identify your LOVE for this season and stop getting it
Now this is very important, stop gravitating your wishes around that same shade you already know you love. It is easy to understand how your eyes seem to notice your favorite color everywhere and you keep sighing for its beauty but stop! You do not need more than one/two similar shades. So pick something else instead of your 10th pink this season :)

TIP 5 Don’t overspend in the beginning of a season
The fact you are planning your wish list does not mean that you will never buy anything which is not in it ever. Let’s face it, you are likely to fall in love from the first sight with a nail color at least 3 times a season :) So do not shell out all your nail polish money at the beginning of a season, you will spend more later.

Do you plan your seasonal nail colors or just buy whenever your heart tells you? What are your tips? Let me know… I will share with you my spring nail color picks in a later post.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

I know how you love painting your nails! It is a fun and creative hobby on the cheaper beauty hobbies side so how can you blame a girl for nail polish addiction :) Truth is sometimes your nails want to do it. Read on for my three signs that you should give your nails a break from your hobby for a while and put more effort in nail care.

Give your nails a break

Give your nails a break

SIGN 1:  Your nails are yellow
Staining is a common problem when using nail polish too often. Darker polishes that you may use to hide the problem seem to make it even worse for their highly pigmented formula. You will hear that nail polish base can prevent stains from appearing but actually I do not agree. My experience with nail polish tells me that sometimes you just have to pay more attention to care rather than to looks. Gently buff nails, nourish them with your favorite product and wear a clear coat, your nails will soon start to look better.

SIGN 2: Your upper nails peel off from their base
This is my worst nightmare as all you can do to get the nail back in its beautiful shape is wait for it to grow back. This takes time and is hard as the nail gets thinner and brittle because you can easily chip it with your daily chores. Filing nails in both directions with an emery board or a metallic file is the most common reason for this issue. I find filing in one direction too time consuming so I went for a glass nail file which works great any way you use it on your nails, I recommend.

SIGN 3: Your cuticles are rough and dry
Using nail polish a lot means also using nail polish remover a lot. Some nail polishes require a soaking nail polish remover procedure to get off your nails. This means your cuticles may have been exposed to nail polish remover chemical too much and/or too often. This dries out the skin around your nails making it look rough and unappealing. To make things better try not to soak it in nail polish remover and make sure you moisturize well.

So girls, do not pass these signs by and give your nails some time off the nail polish chemicals. It is worth and for the better.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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!