Hi dear nail art lovers!

Today I want to share with you some thoughts on top coat and how it can change your nail art for the better. There are many top coats out there designed to give you all kinds of effects and finish. In my personal collection here are always these three must have tops I cannot live without. I will not go into the obvious positive sides of taking two more minutes to apply a top coat to your design. I will just give you the three best top coats which have outscored all products I have tried.

The long wear top coat
If you, like me, need your designs to last long and even get you through the whole work week, then a clear long wear top is essential. I prefer thinner formulas which will not take too long to dry and will not load onto your design. Also, I sometimes apply and extra top coat few days later to freshen my design and make it last another day or two. This is one of my tricks to prolong nail design life. Stay tuned for my other magic tricks on this topic :) My choice for a long wearing clear coat is L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base&top coat 2in1. It is a multi-purpose product that can be used as a base too but I use it as a clear top coat only. It gives manicure great longevity and durability.

L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base&top coat 2in1

L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base&top coat 2in1

The FAT and top coat
Very often designs require some layering of color, different textures, some rough techniques like sponging, etc. Such designs desperately need a fat top coat to smooth them out and make the whole nail art appear consistent but not patchy. For these occasions a gel look clear top is your precious piece. I prefer my gel look coat to have a large brush so that I can apply it with only one stroke. This is so because some polishes tend do smudge if topped with another texture and you do not want your detail, and time you put in to create it to be wasted for the wrong top coat formula. My winner in the fat clear top polish category is Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping top coat. It has a large brush, dries fast enough and is perfect to smooth out rough designs.

Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping top coat

Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping top coat

The mat top coat
I am a huge fan of mat top coats as they actually double your color collection. Every color out there can be topped up with a mat formula. This gives you freedom to create different nail art effects without having to spend out on a collection of mat colors. All you have to do is just take your favorite polish and apply the clear mat over it. Look out for my Shine vs Mat nail art design! My best clear mat is Flormar Mattifying Perfect Nail top coat. It takes only one coat to mattify all colors polishes I have tried it with. It is also budget friendly.

Flormar Mattifying Perfect Nail top coat

Flormar Mattifying Perfect Nail top coat

Inspiration:

3 best to save the day

Powerpuff Girls save the day

Powerpuff Girls save the day by dig.do


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello everyone!

Christmas is approaching and holiday spirit is all around but I am already looking for spring 2014 nail color collections. I cannot keep my love for Dior Triannon nail polish set only to myself so welcome back to my column for anticipated and inspiring nail products that are about to be released!

What is Trianon?

Trianon pastel palette is inspired by the private castle of Marie-Antoinette, the famous Qween of France in the 18th century. The château is named Petit Trianon and is created on the grounds of the magnificent Palace of Versailles.

Dior Trianon spring 2014 nail colors

Dior Trianon spring 2014 nail colors

Trianon collection features four nail colors – three delicate pastels and a pearl finish polish to complement Dior’s spring 2014 makeup concept. Porcelaine is a sky blue color, a beautiful pastel to match the spring sky Bloom is a vibrant deep pink color Bouquet is a subtle coral Perlé is a pearl finish lilac shade Trianon makeup collection is to be released in January 2014  in Japan and later that month a United states launch is about to follow. International release is planned for February 2014 when collection will hit major beauty stores. I got all images from chicprofile.com.

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Inspiration
Dior chose Russian model, actress and photographer Daria Strokous to be Trianon’s face.

Russian model, actress and photographer Daria Strokous is Trianon makeup collection face

Russian model, actress and photographer Daria Strokous is Trianon makeup collection face

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello everyone!

I am so happy to share a monochrome manicure I recently created.

What is monochrome?
As per Wikipedia description, monochrome is, in short, art in one color or shades of one color. Our nail design is black and white. Well, it features some grey and maybe should be called grayscale, but enough with technical detail and let’s move on to nail art!

monochrome fashion

Monochrome fashion trend and a great article at Terriface terriface01.blogspot.com/2013/07/this-season-trend-monochrome.html

Monochrome was a leading fashion trend for spring/summer 2013 season and is most likely to be leading in 2014 fashion charts too. Black and white designs are easy to color match and you can be sure they go perfectly together and also complement almost any outfit. For my design I chose variety of patterns and finishes to create this scrapbook like look which is very typical for monochrome nails. The difficulty level of monochrome nail art depends solely on your choice. You may go very simple with just alternating color and finish, you may choose one pattern and repeat it in both colors for some or all nails or you may choose something a bit more complex. Personally, I wanted a very fast design and this is how I ended up with my monochrome nails.

Monochrome nail art design

Monochrome nail art design

Monochrome nail art design

Monochrome nail art design

Monochrome nail art design

Monochrome nail art design

DSC_5280First, paint some of your nails white and some of them black
Personally, I painted two fingers in grey because I needed a quick manicure. I chose a liquid sand polish for its textured finish.

Then, leave some fingers in original color and with no design
It is up to you which and how many nails to leave black and white. As these colors carry the whole design out, it is perfectly OK to show them off.

Last, paint with white over black and vice versa
I went lazy for my design so I chose the 3 patterns I recreate most easily – dots, zebra and stripes.
Dots: I’ve shared I do my dots with a wood cuticle pusher stick, using its tip. You can use any tool you prefer – a pin, a bobby pin, a dotting tool. My favorite step by step polka dots tutorial using a pin head is in my comic book nail art post.
Zebra: My favorite zebra step by step tutorial is in my color block zebra post. Stripes: I do free handed stripes. Thick stripes are easier than thin ones as you do not have to worry for every little hand tremble. If you do not feel steady handed, you may try to outline your stripes with tape as in this stripes with tape tutorial by Jezebel. Personally, I do not like the tape result better than the one I get with my hand.
Everything else I left to finishes and nail polish effects. I used a mat top coat on a white and a black finger to and black crackle nail polish over white to create graffiti effect. As mentioned, I used grey liquid sand for my textured nails. And that’s it :)

Products used:
Black: Essie Licorice
White: Essie Blanc
Grey: Rimmel Space dust Shooting star
Mat: Flormar matifying top coat
Crackle: Perfect Graffiti collection, black

Thanks for reading, I hope you and enjoyed!.

Hello dear nail lovers,

Welcome back to my Manicure Essentials column, dedicated to vital nail products other than nail color.

Nail art is a beautiful hobby but it can damage natural nails by drying them, making them brittle and make them look exactly how they are – unhealthy. There are certainly a lot of products out there designed to nourish and soften cuticles, strengthen nails and simply give them back their healthy look. I have tried many but there is one magical remedy which does all the tricks for my nails and at the same time is natural and cheap.

Castor oil! Rich in essential fatty acids, castor oil has had two huge benefits to my nails.

Hydrate and nourish
Pure cold pressed castor oil does magic to nail cuticles leaving them soft and well hydrated. Cuticle appearance is one of the main factors to determine if your hands will look maintained or sloppy.

Strengthen
Castor oil strengthens nails, but keeps them flexible and thus it is easier to grow your manicure at the length you prefer. For a month of use you will notice that your bare nails look buffed, are strengthened, their tips will be white and flexible.

Natural nails

Natural nails

I include a photo of how my bare nails look right now:

How to use?
What I do is simply rub some castor oil in cuticles and bare nails, then go to sleep and allow it to soak in. If you are in a hurry but still want to benefit from this simple nail mask, you can leave it on for a shorter period but be careful to remove all castor oil residue before applying your color. Otherwise, it won’t stick to your nail and will peel off once dry.
Inspiration:

Healthy nails as at the-collectiveonline.com Tips for healthier and stronger nails

Healthy nails as at the-collectiveonline.com Tips for healthier and stronger nails


Thanks for reading and see you soon!.

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my Concept nails art column which is dedicated to inspirational, if not too wearable, nail designs. My first post is about Gothic nails. Dark, mysterious and artful, these designs challenge imagination. Dark colors and contrasting colors, especially black, classic red, deep burgundy are key colors for Gothic nails. Depending on the message they are designed to carry, you may see some gold sparkling in between bleeding roses and sculls. Concept Gothic nails are usually embellished with metallic elements, chains and lace. Check out these spectacular designs and join me in congratulating their creators.

Amazing gothic nails by Kelz Joannides at kelzjoannides.deviantart.com

Amazing gothic nails by Kelz Joannides at kelzjoannides.deviantart.com

Embellished ruby gothic nails by Necrosarium at necrosarium.deviantart.com

Embellished ruby gothic nails by Necrosarium at necrosarium.deviantart.com

Cameo and cross gothic nails by kirakiranails

Cameo and cross Gothic nails by kirakiranails

Wearable Gothic nails ideas These gorgeous design are so very impressive that would require a really special occasion to show them off. However, Gothic nails are not at all a causa perduta if you want to admire them in day light and at public places :) Look at the toned down ideas for Gothic inspired nails below!

Red and black gradient lace nails by dailysomething.com

Red and black gradient lace nails by dailysomething.com

Beautiful gradient stamp nails + tutorial at jahreszeitenhaus.blogspot.com

Beautiful gradient stamp nails + tutorial at jahreszeitenhaus.blogspot.com

Sharp black and gold Gothic nails by Material Girl at Pinterest

Sharp black and gold Gothic nails by Material Girl at Pinterest

Inspiration:

Amazing chained Gothic nails at topfortylist.com

Amazing chained Gothic nails at topfortylist.com

Thanks for reading!.

Hello nail art lovers!

I sometimes get struck by how some people wear their nails at the office. I am a nail beauty lover and can endure almost anything when it comes to design but seriously, at the office?

I know office dress code differs and what is considered too loud at one place may be just too boring at another. Office atmosphere should be your main guide what to wear to work and look both stylish and professional. Anyway, some things just should not happen :)

What not to wear at work

Chipped nails
Chipped nails are ugly, make your whole outfit look sloppy and say you do not care for details. Yes, you may do overtime, stay late to finish projects or have no time left after housekeeping when you come back home, but still, no polish is better than chipped color. Instead, take your time to remove color and if you do not have time to apply a new coat, leave your nails clean.

chipped nail polish from officialgelnailpolishguide.com

chipped nail polish from officialgelnailpolishguide.com

Boudoir nails                                                   
As beautiful and sultry as they may look, sexy and boudoir nails are not meant for your colleagues to admire. They may leave the impression you are trying to seduce someone rather than make business with them. If you still want to rock lace at work, choose a light color for your base and white for your design to make it subtle and a bit more modest.

boudoir nails from heyitskitcat.blogspot.com

boudoir nails from heyitskitcat.blogspot.com

Overdone nails
For sure, your nail design can be impressive artwork and even your outfit statement piece. But try not to make it three-dimensional and acrylic and overgrown and gothic at the same time :)

overdone nails from nails8.com/

overdone nails from nails8.com/

What nails to wear at work:
Go nude
Nude nail polish is a lifesaver in many situations and is a top choice for the office. It looks professional and works with every outfit and moreover, works with all levels of business etiquette. Most brands hold nude shades to complement your natural skin tone and make your hands appear taken care for.

Reese Witherspoon and Eva Mendes with nude manicure

Reese Witherspoon and Eva Mendes with nude manicure

nude nail polish guide by styleglow.com

nude nail polish guide by styleglow.com

French nails
French manicure is a classic and will always be in style. All you need to do is paint your nails white and you will achieve a classic clean look.

beautiful French manicure from sheknows.com

beautiful French manicure from sheknows.com

Pastels
Pastel nail color has been in trend for the past several seasons and it seems we will be wearing it in 2014 too. Invest in some light pastel nail colors to alternate them at work and achieve an office friendly fashionable look. Moreover, pastels look great on shorter nails too so if your work involves a lot of typing and you prefers your nails shorter, these colors will do the beauty trick.

macaron pastel nails from http://mysalonlooks.com/

macaron pastel nails from http://mysalonlooks.com/

Orly pastel nail color collection

Orly pastel nail color collection

I hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading!.

Hello nail art addicts!

Welcome to my Celebrity nails column which is dedicated to famous ladies manicure. For the first post in Celebrity nails I chose Zendaya Coleman gorgeous nail style. Disney Shake it up! actress rocks fabulous nails which are inspirational and eye catching. Her nails design is interesting for being scrapbook like and true to little detail. Zendaya rocks the almond shape and trusts ESnails LA studio for her manicure. She sketches out her nail designs before having her nails done and she often shows them off. I am sure you will get why :)

To get Zendaya’s nail art is not as hard as it may seem. Nail stickers and decals, available at most beauty stores will do the trick for the major effect. Pairing two base colors together and laying out the design to match them will give your manicure a chic twist and make it look well thought over and precise. Watch out for my Zendaya inspired easy nail art tutorial.

Inspiration:

Zendaya cute gif

Zendaya cute gif


Thanks for reading!.