Hello lovelies!

I am into the textured look lately and have been enjoying some of my favorite textured formulas a lot. Textured formulas may need a bit of special care so here are my top tips on how to get the best out of them.

TIP1: Apply thin coats
I think it is very important to build textured nail color gradually and work with thin layers. This will give you more control over the formula and thus easier application. Some of the textured nail polishes may be a bit more difficult to apply, especially if they are on the rougher side. Applying thin layers is my fool proof approach and has never failed me.

Here is a photo of Zoya Stevie, a great example of a beautiful textured finish with sparkle which is easy to apply and also easy to apply in two thin layers.

Zoya Stevie Pixie Dust summer 2013 swatch

Zoya Stevie Pixie Dust summer 2013 swatch

TIP2: Wait layers to dry
To make sure your texture will dry in a reasonable time, wait until your thin layers are fully dry before you proceed with your next coat. This way you will make sure you won’t end up with a thick and never drying nail polish blob on your nails.

TIP3: Wear smart
Textured formulas are super easy to wear, they usually last a bit longer on nails than regular polishes and also are easy to amend. You have two options to amend your textured nail polish. Add a bit to your chipped areas, usually nail tips. The rough finish of your texture make it easier to add new bits of polish where necessary. You can also add an extra coat within 2-3 days of wear to refresh your color and prolong nail polish wear time on nails.

Zoya Miranda from Zoya Pixie Dust summer 2013 collection is easy to amend for it’s rough finish dies not tell where the touch ups are.

Zoya Miranda Pixie Dust summer 2013 swatch

Zoya Miranda Pixie Dust summer 2013 swatch

TIP4: Get another look with a top coat
Adding clear top coat to a matte textured nail polish, especially if it has glitter added to it may be a whole new experience. This way you will get a new look of your favorite texture, plus it will increase wear time. Top coats tend to sink in most matte textured formulas so it would be great if you use two layers of a fat, gel look top coat.

Here are photos of Zoya Miranda from Zoya Pixie Dust summer 2013 collection without a top coat and with one on my thumb.

Check out my OPI Stay The Night review post for an example how dramatically a textured formula may change if you glaze it.

TIP5: Remove with patience
Textured nail polish, especially with glitter may be a little difficult to remove. Use the count-to-ten rule and hold a cotton pad soaked in nail polish remover for 10 seconds onto your nail before you remove the polish. If nail polish is harder to remove, use the aluminum foil technique but do not rub your nails in your attempt to remove stubborn glitter as it may damage your nail surface.

Thanks for reading, I hope these tips will help you enjoy textured nail polish more!

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!

I am beyond happy to show you what came with the nail mail today, yay! These are my China Glaze City Flourish spring 2014 nail polishes + Son of a Peach, a neon from China Glaze Sunsational Cremes summer 2013 collection.

China Glaze What a Pansy, At Vase Value, Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin, Sun of a Peach, Petal to the Metal

China Glaze What a Pansy, At Vase Value, Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin, Sun of a Peach, Petal to the Metal

China Glaze What a Pansy, At Vase Value, Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin, Sun of a Peach, Petal to the Metal

China Glaze What a Pansy, At Vase Value, Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin, Sun of a Peach, Petal to the Metal

You know I plan my nail polish purchases and do a good research before I buy new nail polish. I have already told you why in my How to build nail polish wish list for the upcoming season post. So these 6 beauties were planned to be my spring to summer 2014 nail colors. I know I will probably get a few more shades but this is my educated choice for the moment :)

Somehow all my spring to summer colors turned out to be from China Glaze, I did not mean this but obviously their City Flourish collection really got to me! Here is a photo combining all the colors, you will find their names listed below.

China Gaze What a Pansy from City Flourish 2014 nail polish collection
China Gaze At Vase Value from City Flourish 2014 nail polish collection
China Gaze Grass is Lime Greener from City Flourish 2014 nail polish collection
China Gaze Metro Pollen-tin from City Flourish 2014 nail polish collection
China Gaze Sun of a Peach from Sunsational Cremes summer 2013 nail polish collection
China Gaze Petal to the Metal from City Flourish 2014 nail polish collection

I can’t wait to try these and show them to you. So far I have put on Sun of a peach so I will tell you a bit on this one.

China Glaze Sun of a Peach nail polish swatch

China Glaze Sun of a Peach nail polish swatch

China Glaze Sun of a Peach nail polish

China Glaze Sun of a Peach nail polish

China Glaze Sun of a Peach nail polish review
This one was released as a neon crème from the Sunsational summer 2013 collection. It is a gorgeous color which has everything I love in a summer color. You may look at it as a super bright orangey coral which brings tons of good mood and sunshine to nails. I had done my homework before I got this one and read the reviews out there. I read about its awful formula, how it is transparent, streaks and takes too much effort for opaque coverage but I decided to get it anyway. How hard could it be, right? Well, all negative things about Sun of a Peach formula you will read out there are true to the last word, sadly. Formula is thin, streaks, it is difficult to control and is definitely not a good choice for someone in a hurry as it needs at least 4 coats for a beautiful full coverage. The one positive thing is maybe that it does not take long to dry. I am sorry my experience did not prove the negative hype about this nail polish wrong but this is how things are. I still absolutely love the color though!

Color is super difficult to photograph and I suggest if you are considering China Glaze Sun of a Peach for your collection, see it in real first.

So this was my China Glaze haul, I promise to show you all colors soon. Did you get any City Flourish nail polishes yet? What’s in your wish list?

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed?

Hello nail art lovers!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

I am awful  at coming up with original and fun practical jokes so I’ll stick to nails today :) I played a bit with the needle drag nail art technique and I am happy how this nail design turned out. Needle drag designs are fun to play with but also a bit unpredictable so if you like surprises, stay with me for a tutorial how to get these needle drag flower nails.

What is the needle drag nail art technique?
This technique is basically using a needle to drag wet nail polish onto your nails and this way create various random designs and shapes. When nail polish is not dry you can manipulate it a bit and mix it with another wet color. You may mimic the water marble nails, can create interesting shapes featuring two or more colors, etc. You have to work fast with the needle drag nail art technique as you will have only few seconds to work with the colors while they are still wet but once you find your way to do it, it will be easier.

A key thing to the needle drag design is not being too overwhelmed by precision at all costs. This technique usually holds a surprise and unlike stamping for example is not meant to be print like. So have fun and enjoy!

Flowers using needle drag nail art technique

Flowers using needle drag nail art technique

Flowers using needle drag nail art technique

Flowers using needle drag nail art technique

For this design I used nail polishes from Zoya Naturel spring 2014 collection.
Excuse my cuticles for not being in their best condition ever…

First, paint your nails a nude color
As a base color I used Zoya Chantal from Zoya Naturel spring 2014 nail polish collection. At this point add only one coat of your base color. You will add a second one but one finger at a time so that you will work with wet nail polish. Tip! Try not to add a coat which is too thick in your attempt to buy more time to work while nail polish is wet as this will only leave you with a never drying blob of color you cannot control well.

Add the needle drag flowers
It is important to work one nail at a time. Technique is rather simple but you need to be fast, so get everything ready before you start painting. Tip! Open the caps of the nail colors you are going to use and keep them at hand, have your needle prepped. So this is how it goes: add a second layer of your base color and while it is still wet, add a few  fat dots of different nail colors. While everything is still wet, gently drag the colors around with a needle. You will see how colors merge and create a unique nail design.

For this manicure I used only two colors. These are Zoya Normani and Zoya Brigitte form Zoya Naturel 2014 nail polish collection.

Add a fast drying top coat
For this technique it is necessary to use a fast product at all costs :) Nail drag designs turn out fat and tend to dry very slowly and chances are you will ruin your work if you do not take extra steps  to make everything dry faster. I used Essie Good to Go fast drying top coat but you may try a different product that works for you, for example a drying spray or drying nail drops. I choose to use a top coat as it helps seal the whole design together.

So this is it, the needle drag nail art technique.
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.