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 happy to write this post today because I can brag about my gorgeous pastel nail colors :) I have for you today swatches of the prettiest pastels collection and some thoughts on my Fruit Pastel experience.

You know how much I am into pastels this season. I have shown you my pastels inspiration board for spring 2014 and some pastel candy nail art. It was pretty predictable that I saved a place for pastel nail colors in my spring 2014 wish list. I did a good research on which colors to get and which brand to choose because I wanted the perfect palette which to me is soft, shy and unique shades. I definitely wanted a pale yellow and a lilac color, a mint and candy pink would be a good fit to my nail polish collection in general. So there they were, perfectly complementing each other, prettiest pastels ever and fruity scented! You cannot blame me for getting whole Models Own Fruit Pastel collection as soon as I saw it.

Packaging
The whole Fruit Pastel presentation is very cute. These colors come in a standard Models Own nail polish bottle but have a fruit sticker on top and color printed caps. Lined together the polishes from this collection form a beautiful pastel palette which immediately melted my heart. The bottles are easy to hold and convenient to store.

Models Own Fruit Pastel nail polish collection

Models Own Fruit Pastel nail polish collection

Models Own Fruit Pastel collection

Models Own Fruit Pastel collection

Formula and application
Formula is creamy and a bit on the thicker side. You should apply color carefully if you want to get full coverage in two coats as it does not build very evenly. I suggest you paint a thin coat first and after it dries add a second thicker coat to ensure opaque look. This may leave you with longer drying time if you are not using a specific product to speed the process up.

Once the colors dry you get the loveliest surprise: they smell like fruit flavored treats. The aroma is different for each color, subtle and easily goes on for two days. The polishes have great shine after they dry and it is not a must to use a top coat for shine boost. If you do however, the scent works with a top coat too.

Colors
The Fruit Pastel collection features five of the prettiest creamy pastel shades out there. All are named after fruity treats. The two photos to follow illustrate colors in order of appearance.

Strawberry Tart is a peachy pink, girly and candy like

Moddels Own Strawberry Tart swatch
Banana split is a soft yellow shade, I find it to be the most unique and rare color of all five
Apple pie is a creamy mint color, pale enough not to turn too green
Blueberry Muffin is a light blue color
Grape juice is a romantic lilac creme

Models Own Fruit Pastel collection swatches

Models Own Fruit Pastel collection swatches

 

Models Own Fruit Pastel collection swatches

Models Own Fruit Pastel collection swatches

Wear
With a base and a top coat these cuties last up to four days. I have noticed no difference in how the shades wear, color stays the same and does not fade.

Price and availability
Each Fruit Pastel from this collection costs £5 but you can get all five of them for £20. This collection is available at Models Own online store as well as their partnering retailers. I ordered my collection online as you cannot find Models Own brand at all where I live so it was a simple choice for me.

My verdict
I love the whole collection, pastels are a key nail trend for spring 2014 and I am happy with my choice. I will add all the colors to my permanent nail color collection but I agree that if you just want to have some fun with the trend  while it is on there are some more pocket friendly brands you will find in drugstores.

What do you think of them?

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!