Hello lovelies!

With so much sunshine lately I absolutely got into bright and cheery nail polish colors. Today I want to show a vibrant and obsessive sparkly blue. Stay with me for some thoughts on Zoya Liberty.

Here is a photo of Zoya Liberty with two coats and without added top coat.

Zoya Liberty Pixie Dust summer 2013 swatches

Zoya Liberty Pixie Dust summer 2013 swatches

This is a photo of Zoya Liberty with top coat.

Zoya Liberty Pixie Dust summer 2013 with top coat

Zoya Liberty Pixie Dust summer 2013 with top coat

Color
Zoya Liberty is part of Zoya Pixie Dust nail polish line and was released in summer 2013 in a collection of 6 shades. Liberty is a bright blue color with silver sparkle added to it. I think it makes the perfect beach shade and you will get the most of it in sunshine.

Formula and application
Zoya Pixie Dust nail polishes feature a textured formula with glitter particles which dries matte. It definitely is on the thicker side but still easy to control and get precision with the thin and long brush the whole collection is equipped with. It is easy to achieve full coverage with two coats. Tip! Formula needs a bit more to dry so my advice is to wait for your first coat to dry completely and then add the second one. This way you will not top up too much wet nail polish together and will have to wait less at the end. Zoya Liberty took 5 minutes to get touch dry and 15 to be good to go.

I takes some time to apply and dry, especially if you, like me, prefer the top coat version but I have found my perfect routine to wear it:

apply one coat => wait for 5 min => apply another coat => wait for 15 min => add a fat, gel like top coat => finish off with a fast dry top coat.

Wear
Zoya Liberty wears great without a top coat. The Pixie Dust line is not supposed to be combined with a top coat so without a top coat and only two layers of nail polish you can easily go with it for five days. I love to add a top coat to Zoya Liberty because I love how it looks with a glaze added to it. With a top coat you can wear it for a whole week. Mind that a single layer of top coat will sink into the formula so you will need at least two.

My verdict
Zoya Liberty is a super beautiful blue shade which transforms from matte to glaze depending on if you decide to add a top coat or not. It is so easy to use and wear so I recommend it to a textured bright shade lover.

What do you think of this color? Have you tried any of the Pixie Dust shades?
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today I want to tell you about an interesting nail polish. Versatile, two-faced and alluring, OPI Stay the Night is a gem which should not be missed. It was released for the spring 2013 season as a result of the brand’s colaboration with Mariah Carey and if you have not stumbled upon it so far, stay with me for a thorough review and some photos to speak better than words.

Color
OPI Stay The Night is a hot pink glitter in a black base.  Pink particles are small and fine, same color and size. It looks jelly like in the bottle but gives full opaque coverage in two coats.

Formula and application
OPI Stay The Night is designed as a liquid sand formula which means it dries to a textured look. This nail polish gives a very interesting effect as the base dries matte but the glitter keeps shining. Textured nail polishes are meant to be left without a top coat so with two layers your OPI Stay the Night will be matte black texture, not too rough but with a visible three-dimensional effect. Application may be a little tricky as formula is on the thick side and the nail polish brush is rather large.

Textured polishes are a bit difficult to identify while in the bottle and using a liquid sand for the first time may be a surprise. I must admit that when I had my first layer of OPI Stay The Night on I thought this was the ugliest see through brownish thing I had ever seen. If you get the same first impression, please wait until you have the second layer on, it changes everything for the better.

Here is a photo of my nails with two coats of OPI Stay The Night without any top coat.

OPI Stay The Night liquid sand nail polish

OPI Stay The Night liquid sand nail polish

OPI Stay The Night liquid sand nail polish

OPI Stay The Night liquid sand nail polish

I already mentioned the thick formula so you may have guessed it needs a bit of extra time to dry. Tip! This is absolutely right and my tip would be to invest some time to wait in between layers rather than top layers up and wait forever for the polish to dry. Personally, I prefer OPI Stay The Night with top coat on.

Adding a top coat transforms this textured formula to a deep magical color combination which stole my heart the moment I saw it. Tip! To smooth the texture, add a fat coat of clear nail polish and then a fast drying top coat to speed the drying process up. Here is a photo of two OPI Stay The Night coats with the addition of two layers of clear top coat.

OPI Stay The Night liquid sand nail polish with top coat

OPI Stay The Night liquid sand nail polish with top coat

I am including a comparison photo to help illustrate  how this nail polish transforms when you add a top coat to it.

OPI Stay The Night with and without top coat comparison swatch

OPI Stay The Night with and without top coat comparison swatch

Wear
OPI Stay The Night wears in a different way depending on whether you have a top coat on. Without the top coat you will enjoy about two days of perfect wear. I find this logical as you actually have only two nail polish coats without anything in addition to protect the nail polish and seal the color.

With a top coat OPI Stay The Night wears great for four days which is OK for a dark nail polish. Top coat will prevent color from fading and tips from chips so this is definitely the option I go for.

I find this textured formula easy to remove. You do not need any special procedure for the glitter to come off but I do suggest taking some time to soak the nail into nail polish remover. Tip! Put some nail polish remover on a cotton pad, press it onto your nail and count to ten. These seconds will be enough to soften the base color and give glitter a looser base to hold to. It will make it easier to remove.

Price and availability
OPI Stay The Night is not part of some limited edition special occasion collection so you may find it for a regular OPI product price. It is available at many online retail stores and I am pretty sure you have a good chance to find it in major beauty stores which stock OPI nail polish range.

My Verdict
OPI Stay The Night is a pain to work with but it has this unique dual character which will make me love it forever. Matte and shine together, textured and smooth at the same time all depending on your wish, it is worth the patience to get it right.

So what do you think of this one, does it inspire you in any way?
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed.

 

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I want to share with you the easiest nail art I opt for when I am out of free time but still want a beautiful nail design. This is a simple principle which can be followed with various nail polish shades and effects and will still give you that same glam effect.

Simple nail design principle which always works
For this fast and easy nail design principle you will need a nail polish with some kind of effect added to it. This may be glitter, color particles, holo flakes, etc. You will also need a nail shade which matches your first nail polish added color. For example if you put white nail polish with gold flakes on 4 nails and a gold full color on your last nail, you will have a simple nail art design which always works!

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This is how I recreated this simple nail art principle a few days ago when I was going on a planned event but was running out of time for manicure.

This is OPI Wonderous Star on 4 nails and a black color on my ring finger. I love how this nail design turned out and will tell you some more about the golden beauty featured in it.

OPI Wondrous Star manicure

OPI Wonderous Star review
OPI Wonderous star was released in 2013 for the upcoming Christmas Holiday season. It is part of the collection OPI launched in collaboration with Mariah Carey that year. OPI Wonderous Star is a platinum silver fine glitter in a clear base, with hexagonal shaped black flakes added. The formula is rather thin in comparison with the usual glitter nail polish. It is very easy to control how much hexagonal effects you get on nails, formula is buildable and in two coats it will leave you with this gorgeous platinum silver color with some black accents here and there. OPI Wonderous start dries fast so you should not worry if you wish to layer more coats of it but for my nail design I only needed two.

OPI Wonderous Star will make a perfect top coat to add some shine to different nail colors. I have tried over darks such as black and grey and also lights such as white and nude shades and it has worked great on every base so far. For the mani below I applied it over Zoya Chantal.

I will be showing more nail designs featuring my simple ad easy nail art rule I shared with you in this post. I will also show you more of OPI Holiday Season 2013 nail polishes soon so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

With so much innocent white, pretty pastels and natural shades going on at nailcentric.net lately I felt like going on the dark side for a change. Today I want to show you an inspiring formula I recently got on a whim. This is my new  Kleancolor glitter beauty called Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black.

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black swatch

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black swatch

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black swatch

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black swatch

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black swatch

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black swatch

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black in bottle

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black in bottle

Packaging
Chunky Holo Black is my first Kleancolor nail polish. It comes in a bulky nail polish bottle with a good 15ml amount of product. I must admit I find the cap a little strange but besides this personal remark I find the bottle easy to hold, store and enjoy. I love how Chunky Holo Black shows into the bottle, it catches light in the most beautiful way and is a jewel itself.

Formula and Application
It is a bit difficult for me to describe what Chunky Holo Black is… I see it as a chunky glitter in a grayish jelly base. Kleancolor call it holo but I would say glitter particles are too big to be qualified as a classic holographic formula. Formula is easy to work with mostly because base is stacked up with glitter so you may control how much effect you want where. Chunky Holo Black dried quickly, I find this a pleasant surprise because sometimes in my tries to get more glitter on nails I tend to get too much base too which eventually leads to slow drying process. I am very happy with how quick this formula sets.

Color
Chunky Holo Black is a glitter magic in a bottle and it gives a very unique effect. I absolutely love it as it is nail art itself and gives you all those “How did you do that?” questions without much effort.

As glitter comes in a sheer gray base, I strongly suggest you use this nail polish on a dark opaque base. Not only this would make glitter pop but also I do not think it turns out good on a light base. Before I put this review up I made an experiment with different base color and I think it works very bad on its own, with white and with a natural color as a base. I am ok with this as I expected the result. After all Chunky Holo Black is a glitter effect in a jelly formula so it is meant to complement other colors and destined to be ugly on its own :)

Wear
Chuky Holo Black wears great in time. I had it on for 4 full days which is great for me. I think laying it on a color base helps the nail polish combination stay longer because you end up adding at least 3 layers of formula on your nails (one/two base layers + one/two Chunky Holo Black layers) and this is if you choose not to add a top coat.

Price and availability
A downside to Kleancolor nail polishes in general is that they are very difficult to find in Euroope. Being a US brand, Kleancolor have best availability and prices in the United States and you need to do a bit more work to find them somewhere else. Of course you can always look through your trusted online sellers and check if they stock Kleancolor products.

My Verdict
I find Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black a very unique and rare formula. I love how it pairs with dark base colors, the result is amazing, I keep staring at my nails all the time! It comes for a low price and I immediately looked for the rest nail polishes of the collection. Unfortunately, I won’t be bying them as they are difficult to find in Europe.

 

Hello lovelies!

Today I want to share with you my top 3 ways to wear glitter nail polish. Glitters are oh-so-shiny! and attractive in those sparkling bottles but when you get one yourself you may realize that you do not use it often. Maybe because going too sparkly does not fit your environment, maybe you think it is difficult to get glitter to work with most outfits, maybe because you get bored of that same effect , etc. Here are my favorite ways to wear glitter and get the most out of it.

Glitter in a jelly sandwich
Jelly sandwich nails are a fun way to play with glitter and nail polish colors. To make a jelly sandwich manicure you will need a jelly nail polish, which is a sheer color with a glossy finish, and any glitter formula. The technique follows the steps of making a sandwich. Jelly nail polish is your bread, so you will apply it first, then apply your glitter, and then finish with another jelly coat. Jelly sandwiches are great for when you do not feel like sparkling in glitter but more like playing with it.

Yellow jelly sandwich nails

Yellow jelly sandwich nails

For this glitter jelly sandwich I used a yellow color in combination with rose gold glitter and topped it up with sheer white.

Glitter as a top coat
No matter if your glitter has a clear or a colored base, it Is ideal as a top coat. You can be shy and apply a thin coat onto regular nail polish colors or you can go bold on it to attract the eye. Whichever it will be, this is for sure a great way to get variety working with what you already have.

Glitter all over
I love using glitter as an allover color. Usually glitter nail polishes come with a clear or at least sheer base and it may be difficult to get full coverage with your regular two or three color layers. This makes glitter manicures take too much time to dry. Tip! If you are looking for an allover color, apply one of three coats in advance, for example the previous night. This is a great preparation so that you can build up full glitter coverage at the same day you will be showing off your nails. You will shorten drying time dramatically and will still be able to play with more glitter coats until you like the result. Tip! To get more glitter on your nails just dip the brush into the formula and then press it on your nails instead of sweeping it as usual. This will leave you with a concentrated blob of glitter so that you will have more material to play with until you like the result.

I prefer using allover glitter as an accent on few nails. Check out my blue and gold nails post to see what I mean.

These were my tips how to use glitter nail polish. Check out my post for how to remove glitter as it may turn out to be the toughest part of all :)

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello dear nail art lovers! I am so happy to share with you a post dedicated to the all time beauty creator, guide and inspirer – Chanel. Chanel is a sign of luxury and style, then why not transfer Chanel’s most noticeable symbols to your nails? Pastel tweed, monochrome combinations, kilting, Chanel logo and some jewels – here they are, Chanel nails all ready to be admired :) These tweed and embellished monochrome nails with gold Chanel detail by Amelie’s Nails blog are just beautiful.

Chanel tweed monochrome nails

Chanel tweed monochrome nails

Chanel monochrome manicure

Chanel monochrome manicure

Another Chanel manicure with kilting and bijoux by beautyblog.nl.

Chanel manicure with kilting and bijoux

Chanel manicure with kilting and bijoux

This is a stunning mix and match design incorporating several Chanel symbols – pastel, black and gold colors, kilting, lace and luxurious glitter sparkle by Ink 361.

Chanel mix and match nail design

Chanel mix and match nail design

Look at Bella Thorne’s Chanel manicure at Stealherstylenet.

Bella Thorne Chanel manicure

Bella Thorne Chanel manicure

And to add a pop of color, here are these jewelry embellished 3D pink Chanel nails.

Embellished pink Chanel nails

Embellished pink Chanel nails

I will prepare a Chanel manicure tutorial for you soon and will show you how to create Chanel nail art. Also, I will have a post on Chanel spring/summer 2014 makeup collection and nail polish colors so stay tuned!

Inspiration:
A famous phrase by the one and only Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel quotes`

Coco Chanel quotes

Thanks for reading and see you soon!.

Hello manicure lovers!

With so many glittery beauties going on in Holiday season, I decided to share with you how to remove sparkles effectively without scrubbing your nails. All you need is a nail polish remover of your choice, some cotton balls and kitchen aluminum foil.

Soak cotton in nail polish remover
I prefer using makeup removal cotton pads to lose cotton or cotton balls because they are easier to position and do not leave fibers behind. Tip! Cut each pad in four, this way it will fit your nail better and won’t dry out the skin around your nails too much.

How to remove glitter the easy way

How to remove glitter the easy way

Then, wrap nails with kitchen foil and wait
Position each cotton pad on a nail and just wrap your finger tips with kitchen aluminum foil. This will create an individual mini cap for each finger. Wait for 3 minutes. It may feel a little strange to have funny extra terrestrial looking hands but for the sake of the procedure be patient :)

Last, massage and remove caps
Before removing the aluminum caps, massage each nail for 5 seconds. When you take off the cotton and foil, there will be no polish and glitter residue on your nails. This amazing technique works great for all kinds of textured nail polish. I like to moisturize my nails and cuticles right after this procedure as it may be a bit drying to the nail. I have already shared with you my instant remedy for nails – the magical castor oil.

Thanks for joining me and see you soon!.