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Hello nail art lovers!

Today I have a special post for you, a new post series I am very excited about but before I get to the point I need to share something with you first.

Many times, while looking for nail art inspiration online, I have seen these super clean, almost print like nail designs. I love freehand nail art but these manicures grew on me with their pinpoint precision and perfect detail. It turned out these were stamped nails!

Stamping ABC project
I know, you will be right to ask how could I have not paid attention to this whole new  nail design world before? Well, for some reason now I am absolutely new to stamping but also firmly determined to get into it. I decided to start stamping nail art post series where I will learn the art of stamping, show you my progress, products I use and comment things I have discovered. So welcome to Stamp ABC, my stamping nail art home school experience!

MoYou London stamping image plates
I did a huge research, mainly to get there is too much to learn, but also to make my tool choices before I start the Stamp ABC project. I kept getting back to MoYou London products as they immediately got me with intriguing deigns and super interesting image plates. I shared my stamping home school initiative with MoYou London and they sent me two image plates of my choice. So for my Stamp ABC project I will be working with two amazing ladies, meet Suki and The Pro.

MoYou London Suki 07 and The Pro 03 image plates

MoYou London Suki 07 and The Pro 03 image plates

Suki  is a massive image plate with a huge design which is created by combining separate designs. It comes in a beautiful individual case, attached to a plastic base and covered with a protection foil which needs to be removed prior to use. MoYou London Suki collection features several designs, the one I got is number 07.

MoYou London Suki 07 stamping image plate

MoYou London Suki 07 stamping image plate

The Pro is also a massive rectangular plate. This one features 16 individual designs. It comes individually packed but I already removed the protection foil. I was so eager to test these images out so excuse some nail polish residue on this one. Of the whole MoYou London The Pro collection I got plate number 03. Both plates measure 6x12cm.

MoYou London The Pro stamping image plate

MoYou London The Pro stamping image plate

You can check the whole MoYou London stamping plates range on their website: moyou.co.uk

The minute I got these image plates I stamped one of The Pro plate design in my ring finger and I must admit this was the easiest nail design I have done, ever. I had prepared for some mess and even failure which sometimes happens when you do something for the first time. Maybe this is the rookie luck helping me out, but the stamper picked out the design perfectly from the first try and then I transferred it to the nail with ease. I did not even use special stamping polish just because I do not own any yet and had read metallic colors could work.

MoYou London stamping image plates package

MoYou London stamping image plates package

My first stamped nail design
I am amazed how I got a whole manicure done simply by combining OPI Solitaire with China Glaze At Vase Value on the ring finger + a leopard skin stamp!

OPI Solitaire, China Glaze At Vase Value + MoYou London leopard skin stamp in silver color

OPI Solitaire, China Glaze At Vase Value + MoYou London leopard skin stamp in silver color

OPI Solitaire, China Glaze At Vase Value + MoYou London leopard skin stamp in silver color

OPI Solitaire, China Glaze At Vase Value + MoYou London leopard skin stamp in silver color

I am super happy how my first stamping attempt with MoYou London The Pro turned out but unfortunately this is all I can tell you at this point. I promise to update you regularly on my ho my plates work, my stamps, the products I use and the designs I create.

I would love to have you with me for my stamp ABC project!
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!

Hello lovelies!

I recently stumbled upon a fabulous Katy Perry manicure and I absolutely loved it!

Katy Perry tiger nails from Instagram (via Covergirl)

Katy Perry tiger nails from Instagram (via Covergirl)

Katy Perry nails are always gorgeous and this gradient pink tiger manicure proves it again. Stay with me to see the tutorial and tips how to recreated this roarin’ look on your nails.

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

First, paint your nails pink.
This manicure needs a vibrant deep pink shade for a base. You can see that Katy Perry nails are not a true red shade but sort of a deep pink with a red undertone color. I figured Covergirl Outlast nail polish in Reliable Red would fit the design.

Then, add a soft pink gradient.
To add the soft pink color to my nails I used the good old makeup sponge. I have featured the sponging technique in some of my previous posts. You can take a look at my Galaxy nails and Galaxy nails tips for nail designs, tutorials and tips featuring the sponging technique.

For this tiger nail design you need to add some pale pink color to a makeup sponge and transfer the nail polish onto the sides of your nails. I used Covergirl Outlast Constant Candy which turned a little whiter than I planned, but I still love the result. You aim to cover one side of your nail and make sure to leave some of it clear so that the deep pink shade will be visible. At this point we are not aiming at a perfect gradient because tiger stripes will steal the show from the base anyways :)

Then, add tiger stripes.
Tiger stripes are easy to add free handedly with a striping brush. I used the brush which comes with a black nail art color and is specifically designed for adding detail but you can use a DIY striping brush as in my free manicure products post. Tip! Make tiger stripes thicker at the beginning and thinner at the end. This will help mimic the animal skin better and will avoid your tiger look too much like a zebra :)

Last, add a fat top coat.
The sponging technique as well as the tiger detail may make this nail art look a little patchy. Use a fat gel look top coat to blend the design together and smooth away any bumps and lumps that may have appeared.

Voila! You got that wild Katy Perry tiger manicure!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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 nail art lovers!

By now you have probably got that I am a huge fan of nail polish effects. Polishes with added effect such as glitter, sand, etc. are fast and easy to use and give your manicure that extra something without taking too much time. One of my favorite nail polish effect is the one you get with magnetic nail polish. In this post I will give you some tips how to get the most of magnetic nail polishes.

What is magnetic nail polish?
Basically, magnetic nail polish is a nail color mixed with fine metal shavings. These polishes usually come with a magnetic cap. When placed over the freshly applied color, the magnet causes metal shavings to react and form a pattern. The pattern itself is the result we are aiming to get :)

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

This is a design I achieved with Essie Repstyle magnetic color collection. My color is called Sssssexy. I love the result  and would recommend the line :)

Once you get used to it, it is fairly simple to use magnetic nail polishes. I will give you the general steps + some extra advice that will give you the best result, I promise!

First, apply a thin coat of the formula on your bare nails.
The first coat you apply should be thin and neat. Take some time to be precise with this step, the outcome depends on the application of your first coat. Tip! Do not use a base coat to prep your nails for magnetic polish as this may make your pattern look patchy.

Second, form the pattern with the magnet.
You should form the pattern one nail at a time! Apply a thick coat on the nail and immediately place the magnet over it. You should stay one mm away from the nail so the magnet won’t touch it and ruin the freshly applied polish. Wait for 10 seconds and Voila! now you have a beautiful patterned design!

Here are some additional tips to get the most out of magnetic formulas:
TIP 1: Shake well before use. Metal shavings are heavier than the nail polish formula and tend to gather at the bottom of the polish bottle. Shaking it up will distribute the metal evenly and get you a better result.
TIP 2: Play with the magnet until you get your favorite outcome. You will notice how changing the magnet position over your nail will give you a different design. Take some time to see what works best for your nails length, shape or your mood.
TIP 3: Do not load on polish formula. When you add your second coat, make it thick but clean. It should not float around your nail. Loaded nail polish may smudge the pattern and will surely take longer to dry.
TIP 4: Start over if you ruin a nail. It will be neater and quicker to start over that try to add more and more polish. Adding polish will lead to a mess rather than a design.
TIP 5: Add a top coat. To create a beautiful design with metallic nail polish you need only two coats of the formula. But after you use the magnet and it causes the metal shavings to gather at one place, this will leave certain areas with even less than two coats of polish. This will make your design to fade and chip easily. So, add your favorite top coat on top to get the maximum impact.

Thanks for reading, I hope that was useful!.