Hello nail art lovers!

I have a gradient French nail design for you today. It is super playful and colorful and also easy to make.

How to make gradient rainbow French nails
For this rainbow gradient I started with a matte base, then added French manicure guiding strips and added some bold summer colors with my favorite sponge technique. Then I added a clear top coat to seal the design together and give it a polished look.

Rainbow French nails

Gradient rainbow French nails with a makeup sponge

Rainbow French nail art

Gradient rainbow French nails with a makeup sponge

Rainbow French nail design

Gradient rainbow French nails with a makeup sponge

This summer nail design features my City Flourish China Glaze nail polishes, which are accompanied by OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips for my thumb.

Have you tried a multi color french manicure before? What do you think of this idea? Let me know :)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

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Hello nail art lovers!

Today I have another nail design for you from my Stamping ABC post series. It is a playful textured tiger skin in pink and purple.

This design is super simple to put up but has something special to it. As a base I have China Glaze Unrefined which is a matte textured pink. This is one of my favorite three dimensional formulas and I figured it would be even lovelier with some tiger skin print on :)

This is how China Glaze Unrefined looks in two coats.

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China Glaze Unrefined swatch

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China Glaze Unrefined swatch

Here is the finished textured pink tiger skin look.

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Textured pink tiger skin nails

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Textured pink tiger skin nails

I got the tiger skin patter from my MoYou London The Pro #3 image plate and used Rimmel London Electric! nail color for the skin print. You can see it featured as a base color in my How to use water decals tutorialTip! When stamping onto a textured base you will need a bit more pressure on the nail than usual. This is because you need color to get in between the textured bumps and your stamp pattern to have no spaces without color.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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!

Polka dots nails tutorial

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.

Multi color zebra nail art

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 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!