Hello nail art lovers!

I had great fun with the post of today! ModCloth invited me to take part in a nail art challenge where dress designs are interpreted into nail art and if I get selected by their media team my design will be showcased on the ModCloth blog. I loved the idea and rushed to choose between over 3000 summer dresses on their website and found this chick polka dot beauty :) My nail design follows, stay with me to see how I made it.

The Chic Dress in Polka Dots

I love the dress, I think it is super cute and capturing its design in nail art was simple and fun!

Chic polka dots nail art

Chic polka dots nail art

Chic polka dots nail design

Chic polka dots nail art

Chic polka dots nail art design

Chic polka dots nail art

First, paint your nails white
Get your white base done and dry. You might take a look at my How to make white polish work tutorial for the best result.

Then, add polka dots
Using different color to match the Chic dress in polka dots design, add polka dots to your white base. For my design I used the round head of a pin, cleaning it between color on a cotton pad soaked in nail polish remover.

Last, add your favorite top coat
Finish off with top coat to smooth your design and also help dots from fading too soon. Your dots have only one layer of color and are also different nail polish formulas (unless you used the same nail polish brand for all of them). I had a layer of my favorite Essie Good to Go to help drying and increase shine.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

I found that each time I lack inspiration for doing my nails, cute dots save the day! I have a light and dark blue dotty nail design for you today. I combined dots with the magnificent and shiny Essie No Place Like Chrome which you can see swatched below before you get a peek at the nail art :) I love it much for its maximum impact and true silver shine, I am also OK to pass by the fact that it tends to intensify nail bumps and lumps more than any other formula out there…

Essie No Place Like Chrome swatches

Essie No Place Like Chrome swatches

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Essie No Place Like Chrome swatches

Essie No Place Like Chrome swatches

Essie No Place Like Chrome swatches

Blue dots nail design tutorial
So here is my dotty nail art I promised to show you. It basically is large dots accompanied by smaller dots. To get it, paint some of your nails a silver color and some of them baby blue. The base colors I used are Essie No Place Like Chrome for my silver and Flormar 423 for my blue. I must admit I am surprised how well they go together.

Dot it!
After your base is set ad dry, add large dots diagonally to your nail base. Then, add small dots into your large ones. On some nails I added another diagonal line of smaller dots only. This creates a slightly different pattern and makes the design more interesting. If you think, however that this way your nail art will turn out too busy, you can choose one of the patterns.

For my larger dots used a pin head and for my small dots I used my BPS dotting tool.

Blue dots nail design featuring Essie No Place Like Chrome

Blue dots nail design featuring Essie No Place Like Chrome

Blue dots nail design featuring Essie No Place Like Chrome

Blue dots nail design featuring Essie No Place Like Chrome

Blue dots nail design featuring Essie No Place Like Chrome

Blue dots nail design featuring Essie No Place Like Chrome

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post is my first nail polish comparison on the blog.

Essie Shearling Darling OPI Visions of Love

Essie Shearling Darling and OPI Visions of Love comparison and swatches

The stars are the dark and vampy Essie Shearling Darling and OPI Visions of Love. Both are winter 2013 releases and look like each other very much. I love deep reds and I am happy I have these in my collection but with them being so close color siblings I am not sure I would insist on both in future.

To compare the colors I have Essie Shearling Darling on my index and middle fingers and OPI Visions of Love on my ring and little fingers, each in two coats with one layer of top coat. Simply by looking at the swatches you can tell Shearling Darling is a bit lighter than OPI Visions of Love. These shots were taken in daylight and this color difference is much more visible than if you are looking at the colors in artificial light.

Essie Shearling Darling OPI Visions of Love comparison

Essie Shearling Darling (index and middle) and OPI Visions of Love(ring and little)

Essie Shearling Darling OPI Visions of Love swatches

Essie Shearling Darling (index and middle) and OPI Visions of Love(ring and little)

The formula of these two is rather different though. Essie Shearling Darling is a creme, super easy to apply and build perfect coverage in two coats. Dries fast and with a top coat wears great for two days. OPI Visions of Love is a sheer creme or a crelly if you wish. First coat goes on a bit patchy and if you do not pay special attention when applying the second coat you may need even a third one to get flawless color. Two coats and a top layer wear perfect for three days.

Both Shearling Darling and Visions of love are awful stainers so I suggest using them over a base and removing them with extra caution or they might color your cuticles in a reddish color and make them look sore.

Thanks for reading my thoughts on these two mysterious beauties, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

If I was asked to pick one single nail color for being most versatile, I would definitely say white. White nail polish is great for summer and winter, it makes the perfect canvas for a number of nail art techniques and designs and to add up, it is super trendy for 2014. Unfortunately, it is popular for being difficult to work with. Those of you who have been through the white polish experience know the usual formula is rather thick, tends to streak, dries slowly and for all of the above is very easy to get on your nerves. Stay with me for my tips how to make white nail polish work.

How to make white nail polish work

How to make white nail polish work

How to make white nail polish work

How to make white nail polish work

TIP 1: Invest in a good formula
If you are going to pick a white nail polish, you have good chances to skip some of its flaws with getting it from a good brand. I know white seems too plain a color to invest in time for reading reviews and money for getting a high end one but trust me, this may change your attitude to white forever. Most of the major brands have a variety of white formulas so know what you need, do a little reading and enjoy the difference :)

TIP2: Do not skip the base coat
Taking a few extra minutes to apply your base coat will help even color application a lot. Streaking should not be such a problem if your nail has been evened out and prepped for color application.

TIP 3: Work with thin coats
White polishes are on the thicker side and usually streak. I know you may want to speed things up and give your nails a couple of nice thick coats in your hope to avoid streaking and get beautiful coverage faster. Unfortunately, this approach will most probably leave you with a never drying bubbly thick mess on your nails and you will eventually have to start everything over. So less is more in this scenario. After you have applied your base coat, start adding thin layers of nail polish until you get the coverage you need.

TIP 4: Thin if you have to
If you feel your white color is too thick to control well, then I suggest you add a few drops of nail polish thinner to the formula. Start with adding little because you can always add more later but you cannot take any away.

TIP5: Wait for layers to dry
It is very important to wait for each layer to dry completely before you add more color. As white is usually used as a base color for various nail art techniques, you are most likely to add something on your last white layer so it should be dry. If not, you are risking smudges and bubbles and you know this will ruin your manicure.

My white nail polish routine
With practice I have learnt what works best for me and have been following the same nail polish application steps when it comes to white. So my routine is: a base, a thin white layer, a second thin white layer, a fast drying top coat. The white I am currently using and getting out of is Essie Blanc and my fast dry top coat is Essie Good to Go. Check my thought on Essie Good to Go top coat if it sparks your interest.

Do you have more secrets to apply white nail polish and get the most of it?
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 recently bumped on an Essie products sale at a local beauty store and had to take advantage of it! While browsing the discount shelves I decided to get my hands on something of that brand I had not tried before. And there it was, beautifully packaged and appealing with its promise, Essie Good to Go, the fast drying top coat. You could not blame me for snatching a bottle at least because I’ll tell you my honest view on it :)

Packaging
Essie Good to Go comes in an individual package with a mini nail polish stand inside. It looks appealing and more like a nail care product. It comes in a classic 15 ml Essie bottle.

Application
Essie Good to Go has a rather runny formula which is a good thing for me as I am a bit tired of those overly thick and difficult to work with fast dry top coats out there (yes Seche, it is you I am referring to). It is very easy to apply this top coat with the fat brush which is wide enough to pick the right amount of formula and to cover the whole nail with one stroke.

What it does
First, while I was counting seconds to see if Essie Good to Go will impress me with its drying speed, I immediately noticed this full coverage shine on my nails. They got that brilliant look almost immediately so shine is definitely a strong point for this top coat. This is a photo of this top coat over Manhattan Rock Topia limited edition nail polish #4. You can see the glass like effect of the color.

Manhattan Rock Topia #4 with Essie Good to Go top coat

Then, it dries fast. I mean it dries surprisingly amazingly fast not only on the surface but somehow in between the nail polish layers. It sets color within seconds and 2 minutes are perfectly enough to say your nails are done. I can say this top coat saved an hour of my life that day I first tried it and an hour more of each day I will use it. This is exactly how much time I am like paralyzed after doing my nails and afraid to touch anything so that I won’t ruin my freshly done nails.

Last, it wears great. With Good to Go on I can enjoy that brilliant shine for at least three days in a row which is perfect for me. After a while it gets a little flat but if you feel your manicure has a couple more days of life to it, go ahead and apply the top coat again. Magic happens still :)

Price range and availability
Essie Good to Go is on the pricier side for a top coat and I must admit if it was not for that Essie products sale I would not have shelled that money on a top coat. But now as I think of all top coats I have tried only to get disappointed, this Good to Go one may be worth its price. You can get it at any Essie counter at your local beauty store, at online beauty retailers as well as official Essie site so I would say it is easy to find.

After having worn it for a while I should say it works great with all kinds of nail polish brands. Another thing is it does not smudge nail art and does a great job to smooth out a nail design and make all coats of nail polish blend perfectly.

My verdict
I should definitely change my all time favorite top coats list and save Essie Good to Go a place as it is a great product.

Have you tried Essie Good to Go? What did you think of it? What is your fav top coat, I’d love to know!

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!.