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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 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!

Hello nail art lovers!

When I am in the mood of a cute and girly nail design I usually opt for polka dots. They are fast and easy to make and they always make me smile when I look at my nails. Combined with pastel colors, they are just perfection for the blooming spring around (don’t be too hard for me for exploiting my pastel shades so much, they are so adorable).

So this will be a super straightforward nail art tutorial for how to get mix and match polka dots nails art with pastel colors. I just want to say these nails were super difficult to photograph due to the close color shades and in person your eyes will have much more contrast than the camera has shown.

Pastels and polka dots nails

Pastels and polka dots nails

Pastels and polka dots nails

Pastels and polka dots nails

First, paint some of your nails pastel pink and some of them pastel lilac color
For this nail design I chose Models Own Strawberry Tart for all fingers and Models Own Grape Juice for my ring fingers. You can choose any shades of your liking but to get this designs effect I suggest the colors be rather close hues.

Add polka dots to all nails
To make your nails even cuter, add polka dots. Use pink for your lilac nails and lilac for your pink ones. I think polka dots lo0k best when they are not too close to each other so I applied three to four dots per row. You can you a regular bobby pin of you do not have one of those special dotting tools. I used a regular pin’s head.

At this point your girly nail design is done so you may choose to leave it that way. If you decide to opt for a top coat have in mind that a top coat will make the colors merge a bit more and thus make them look less contrasting. I am telling just in case you chose colors which are too close to each other and my end up looking too much alike.

To add up, I think this manicure will look great with Models Own Blueberry Muffin and Models Own Apple pie. They are still pastel shades of the Models Own Fruit Pastel collection and are close enough to give you a similar effect.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

 

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I want to show you a super cute and super trendy nail art with pastel colors over a white base. The biggest pros of this nail design is that it is fast and easy to make and also fashionable for spring 2014, but unfortunately it can be a bit messy. Anyways, stay with me for a tutorial how to create pastel marble nails using the sponging technique.

There is no doubt white nails and pastel colors are huge nail trends for 2014 and this marble nail art is a fun way to mix them. You know I love the sponging technique for it does not have to be perfect and its charm is hidden in the random color application. Here are some of my other nail designs created using the sponging technique: Galaxy nails and some more Galaxy nails :)

Here I how to get these pastel marble nails.

Pastel color no water  marble nails tutorial

Pastel color no water marble nails tutorial

Pastel color no water  marble nails tutorial

Pastel color no water marble nails tutorial

First, paint your nails white
A white base is great for when you will be transferring color with a sponge as it helps colors pop. A thing about the sponging technique is that a great part of your nail color is absorbed my the makeup sponge and is therefore not transferred to your nail. If you want to avoid repeating the sponging process several times it would be great to start off white and this way ensure colors will show the way they are and won’t wash out. For this tutorial I used Essie Blanc.

Then, transfer pastel colors onto your nails using a makeup sponge
To revise, just dab some of your nail color onto the makeup sponge and press the sponge onto your nail several times. Tip! Use a makeup sponge because it has a finer texture and will make your colors look well blended.

I used my Models Own Fruit Pastel colors, alternating their position to achieve a different pattern. You can see my post for this collection here. I love when you do not have to be precise for certain nail design as this saves time and makes each nail unique.

Last, add a top coat
If the sponging technique left your nails look a little patchy, just add a good layer of top coat. You will see how colors somehow merge even more at this step and your nail design looks very well blended. For this manicure I used Essie Good to Go fast drying top coat because the designs with several color layers usually need more time to dry.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

I am so excited I do not know where to start. Today I have for you the easiest no water marble nail art ever, some saran wrap thoughts and my new best way to revive worn out nail polish. So here we go, from back to front :)

One of my key criteria when choosing a nail polish is how long it lasts. I am that average woman who goes to work, does a whole bunch of chores, takes care of a family and still wants to look good. Nails are no exception so with such a hectic schedule nail polish durability is really important for me as I do not always have the time to do a fresh manicure. Luckier girls can have their polish on with no remarks for 5 days, even up to a week but I am one of those who are happy if nail color looks good for a few days. This is a thing about nail polish, it wears out and you have to invest some time to do your nails from scratch…

I recently found the best trick to help have beautiful nails for a couple days more with just a fraction of the time necessary to start everything over. Drum roll for the saran wrap nails!

What is it?
The saran wrap technique is a way to create that marble nail effect without using water and make a mess. You only tool is your regular and nothing-special-about-it saran wrap you are most likely to have in a kitchen drawer already. You will need ten small saran wrap balls. Just smash a two inch piece of it with your fingers and your tool is ready.

How does it work?
You need at least two colors to create the saran wrap marble nails. One for your base and one to cover it and use the saran wrap on. After your first color of choice is dry generously cover it with a different color. While your second color is still wet, touch the surface with a saran wrap ball several times. This will lift some of the second color up leaving the base color uncovered and visible. There you go, marble nails!

The saran wrap technique is ideal to revive a manicure you have had on for several days. Just when it starts to fade and chip here and there and it has grown a little too away from cuticles all you need is add a contrasting color on top and do the saran wrap technique.

No water marble nail art using saran wrap
To illustrate why I consider the saran wrap technique simply brilliant, here is a photo of my favorite Rimmel London nail color in Electric! from their Lasting Finish collection. I had it on for several days and it has those normal signs of wear, tips are not perfect anymore, there are some scratches… you get the picture.

Rimmel London Electric!

Rimmel London Electric!

Now this is how I revived it with the saran wrap technique. I used Rimmel Cocktail Passion nail polish on top and lifted some of the color up. I finished off with my fat top coat Rimmel 3D Plumping and I absolutely love the effect!

Saran wrap nails

Saran wrap nails

I know this post turned out a little unstructured but I couldn’t wait to tell you! Also,  Iknow all three products mentioned  in this post are Rimmel’s… They are not paying me, it just happened…

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 nail art lovers!

You have been witnessing my half moon fever for a while. I love the half moon trend for spring 2014 and have already shown you my pink and orange color block design as well my half moon wedding nails idea. Half moon nail design is a good break from the all over color but still not too complicated to make and thus to fit the lifestyle of an active girl with many things to do.

Today I want to share with you my blue and mint half moon nail design. I think half moon nails look great in a contrasting color combination so I went for another color block. This time I used a mat top coat and I really love the result. I must admit that a fat top coat blends the design a bit better but if you need a change, go ahead and grab your mat top coat!

Mat blue and mint half moon nails

Mat blue and mint half moon nails

Mat blue and mint half moon nails

Mat blue and mint half moon nails

I will not go into any details how I exactly made the nails as I have used the same technique as in my red and orange color block tutorial linked above. Just change the colors to your liking and mat those nails all over :)

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!