Hello dear nail art addicts!

This post is dedicated to how you can build a low cost nail polish collection. I promise this is absolutely possible and will share with you my secret for reasonable and worthy nail color purchases.

Nail polish collection pic from chicprofile.com

Nail polish collection pic from chicprofile.com

TIP 1: Identify your favorite color… and STOP buying it!
OK, admit it, you love pink (or blue or glitter or whatever). And how many nail polish bottles in that shade do you own… two, five, maybe more? I am sure that if you are being honest to yourself, the answer will be: more than I need. Instead of buying the next same/too similar nail color, invest in some variety and maybe even follow TIP 2 :)

Tulip garden

Tulip garden

TIP 2: Get out of the box
I am not talking to buy a different hue of your all time favorites, I am talking to surprise yourself and get that gorgeous mint color you admire every time you go to the cosmetics store but never buy just because you think it is too bold/strange/posh etc. for you. A standout color in your collection is more likely to be chosen over a zillion of you favorites. Plus, a surprising color will always be there when your mood is right, will give a fun twist to your collection and make it more complete.

TIP 3: Make an educated choice
Emotional purchases are not helping to achieve a completed nail polish collection when you are on a budget. It has happened to all of us. You see something too pretty to be true, immediately fall in love and the next minute you see yourself taking your change not even remembering when you paid for that gem that you now hold :) Instead of risking an emotional purchase, take some time to browse the info for the nail polish or nail color you want to wear. If you have a general idea of the color you want, check for some swatches, inform yourself which brands have that color and then choose your best fit.

If you want to get a polish from a specific brand which is not too pocket friendly, check out TIP 4!

TIP 4: Check the drugstore shelves
There is a high chance you will be pleasantly surprised what drugstore brands have to offer. They are up to date with trends, easy to get, plus their prices vary somewhere between really cheap and very pocket friendly. For the sake of a low cost nail polish collection it is worth it to give a chance to some drugstore finds. Keep following TIP 3 and 4 and maybe high priced brands will have some good competition in the mainstream cosmetic store.

TIP 5: Take part in nail polish swaps
Nail polish swaps are great for building your nail polish collection. If you feel bored with a color, or if you have neglected TIP 1 too many times, it is time to look for a local nail polish community which hosts nail color swaps. Look at it this way: you will make someone happy with a color you no longer want and in return you will get the chance to complete your collection for free or for a minimum posting fee. And maybe even make friends :)

TIP 6: Get a nail polish thinner
Nail polish thinner will help prolong the life of nail colors you already own. It is a polish saving product, it has many benefits and is a must have for any collection.  I have dedicated a post to nail polish thinner, you may check it out.

TIP 7: Follow the nail trends
Following the nail trends will give you a clear vision to what is fashionable and what is not. This info helps to understand the priority of your purchases and plan new season picks more easily. Check what’s in for the season and you may be surprised to find you already own enough bottles to create the looks from the trend you prefer. Also, trends may help break the ties if you are hesitating between too many colors but you have the budget for only a few. Check out my nail trends for 2014 post series!

These are my tricks to plan and grow your nail polish collection without hurting your budget. I hope that was helpful and will work for you.

Thanks for reading!

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Hello nail art lovers!

By now you have probably got that I am a huge fan of nail polish effects. Polishes with added effect such as glitter, sand, etc. are fast and easy to use and give your manicure that extra something without taking too much time. One of my favorite nail polish effect is the one you get with magnetic nail polish. In this post I will give you some tips how to get the most of magnetic nail polishes.

What is magnetic nail polish?
Basically, magnetic nail polish is a nail color mixed with fine metal shavings. These polishes usually come with a magnetic cap. When placed over the freshly applied color, the magnet causes metal shavings to react and form a pattern. The pattern itself is the result we are aiming to get :)

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

This is a design I achieved with Essie Repstyle magnetic color collection. My color is called Sssssexy. I love the result  and would recommend the line :)

Once you get used to it, it is fairly simple to use magnetic nail polishes. I will give you the general steps + some extra advice that will give you the best result, I promise!

First, apply a thin coat of the formula on your bare nails.
The first coat you apply should be thin and neat. Take some time to be precise with this step, the outcome depends on the application of your first coat. Tip! Do not use a base coat to prep your nails for magnetic polish as this may make your pattern look patchy.

Second, form the pattern with the magnet.
You should form the pattern one nail at a time! Apply a thick coat on the nail and immediately place the magnet over it. You should stay one mm away from the nail so the magnet won’t touch it and ruin the freshly applied polish. Wait for 10 seconds and Voila! now you have a beautiful patterned design!

Here are some additional tips to get the most out of magnetic formulas:
TIP 1: Shake well before use. Metal shavings are heavier than the nail polish formula and tend to gather at the bottom of the polish bottle. Shaking it up will distribute the metal evenly and get you a better result.
TIP 2: Play with the magnet until you get your favorite outcome. You will notice how changing the magnet position over your nail will give you a different design. Take some time to see what works best for your nails length, shape or your mood.
TIP 3: Do not load on polish formula. When you add your second coat, make it thick but clean. It should not float around your nail. Loaded nail polish may smudge the pattern and will surely take longer to dry.
TIP 4: Start over if you ruin a nail. It will be neater and quicker to start over that try to add more and more polish. Adding polish will lead to a mess rather than a design.
TIP 5: Add a top coat. To create a beautiful design with metallic nail polish you need only two coats of the formula. But after you use the magnet and it causes the metal shavings to gather at one place, this will leave certain areas with even less than two coats of polish. This will make your design to fade and chip easily. So, add your favorite top coat on top to get the maximum impact.

Thanks for reading, I hope that was useful!.

Hi dear nail art lovers!

Today I want to share with you some thoughts on top coat and how it can change your nail art for the better. There are many top coats out there designed to give you all kinds of effects and finish. In my personal collection here are always these three must have tops I cannot live without. I will not go into the obvious positive sides of taking two more minutes to apply a top coat to your design. I will just give you the three best top coats which have outscored all products I have tried.

The long wear top coat
If you, like me, need your designs to last long and even get you through the whole work week, then a clear long wear top is essential. I prefer thinner formulas which will not take too long to dry and will not load onto your design. Also, I sometimes apply and extra top coat few days later to freshen my design and make it last another day or two. This is one of my tricks to prolong nail design life. Stay tuned for my other magic tricks on this topic :) My choice for a long wearing clear coat is L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base&top coat 2in1. It is a multi-purpose product that can be used as a base too but I use it as a clear top coat only. It gives manicure great longevity and durability.

L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base&top coat 2in1

L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base&top coat 2in1

The FAT and top coat
Very often designs require some layering of color, different textures, some rough techniques like sponging, etc. Such designs desperately need a fat top coat to smooth them out and make the whole nail art appear consistent but not patchy. For these occasions a gel look clear top is your precious piece. I prefer my gel look coat to have a large brush so that I can apply it with only one stroke. This is so because some polishes tend do smudge if topped with another texture and you do not want your detail, and time you put in to create it to be wasted for the wrong top coat formula. My winner in the fat clear top polish category is Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping top coat. It has a large brush, dries fast enough and is perfect to smooth out rough designs.

Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping top coat

Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping top coat

The mat top coat
I am a huge fan of mat top coats as they actually double your color collection. Every color out there can be topped up with a mat formula. This gives you freedom to create different nail art effects without having to spend out on a collection of mat colors. All you have to do is just take your favorite polish and apply the clear mat over it. Look out for my Shine vs Mat nail art design! My best clear mat is Flormar Mattifying Perfect Nail top coat. It takes only one coat to mattify all colors polishes I have tried it with. It is also budget friendly.

Flormar Mattifying Perfect Nail top coat

Flormar Mattifying Perfect Nail top coat

Inspiration:

3 best to save the day

Powerpuff Girls save the day

Powerpuff Girls save the day by dig.do


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello everyone!

Christmas is approaching and holiday spirit is all around but I am already looking for spring 2014 nail color collections. I cannot keep my love for Dior Triannon nail polish set only to myself so welcome back to my column for anticipated and inspiring nail products that are about to be released!

What is Trianon?

Trianon pastel palette is inspired by the private castle of Marie-Antoinette, the famous Qween of France in the 18th century. The château is named Petit Trianon and is created on the grounds of the magnificent Palace of Versailles.

Dior Trianon spring 2014 nail colors

Dior Trianon spring 2014 nail colors

Trianon collection features four nail colors – three delicate pastels and a pearl finish polish to complement Dior’s spring 2014 makeup concept. Porcelaine is a sky blue color, a beautiful pastel to match the spring sky Bloom is a vibrant deep pink color Bouquet is a subtle coral Perlé is a pearl finish lilac shade Trianon makeup collection is to be released in January 2014  in Japan and later that month a United states launch is about to follow. International release is planned for February 2014 when collection will hit major beauty stores. I got all images from chicprofile.com.

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Inspiration
Dior chose Russian model, actress and photographer Daria Strokous to be Trianon’s face.

Russian model, actress and photographer Daria Strokous is Trianon makeup collection face

Russian model, actress and photographer Daria Strokous is Trianon makeup collection face

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello everyone!

Preview is a column for anticipated and inspiring nail products that are about to be released.

My first post in this section is for Gwen Stefani’s nail color selection with OPI. It is expected to hit the market in 2014 as an exclusive collection. I love Gwen for her casual yet glamorous personal style and had No Doubt I would love her nail polish choice :)

Gwen Stefani for O.P.I. nail color collection

Gwen Stefani for O.P.I. nail color collection

So here they are, 5 glamorous colors to reflect her distinctive style and one unknown shade which will be announced to audience later. Finishes are versatile, satin and matte together with holograph will make this collection perfect inspiration for nail designs. I simply love it!

Polish descriptions:
Pink: Hey Baby, NL G26 When it comes to pinks, you’re the “bright” one for me
Blackberry: I Sing in Color, NL G27 The deep tones of this luscious blackberry hit all the right notes
Gold: Love.Angel.Music.Baby, NL G28 This matte gold with satin sheen complements all your passions
Black: 4 in the Morning, NL G29 This dramatic , satin black is a hit in after parties
Silver: In True Stefani  Fashion, NL G31 Don’t gotta be a hollaback girl to love this hollagraphic silver glitter
Future release: Push and Shove, NL G30

Inspiration

Gwen Stefani street style

Gwen Stefani street style

Gwen Stefani street style

Gwen Stefani street style

Gwen Stefani street style

Gwen Stefani street style

More on Gwen’s relaxed yet chic style at gwenstefanifashionstyle.tumblr.com/

Thanks for reading!

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