Hello nail art lovers!

I have been experimenting lately with layering nail colors and I want to show you the result of my latest attempt. This is a saran wrap nail design featuring Zoya Arabella as a base and China Glaze What a Pansy as a layered color. I used the saran wrap technique to create the nail design below.

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nail design

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

This is the combination is stronger day light.

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap mani

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

 

The Saran Wrap technique
The saran wrap nail technique is super fast and simple and I use it a lot to rescue nail color when it already has some flaws but I do not have time for a full manicure. In this case I already had Zoya Arabella with a top coat for several days on. I have to admit I am impressed with this nail polish durability as it had only a few chips after I had made 22 pizzas (yes, twenty-two!).

To achieve the saran wrap nail effect you only need to add an opaque layer of color over your chosen base and then use a small saran wrap ball to lift up some of the second color by touching it while it is still wet.

I added Essie Good to Go fast drying top coat to speed the drying process up and to make the nail design more blend well and shine.

This was my saran wrap experiment and I love the result. Have you tried this technique, what do you think of it?
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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Hello nail art lovers!

I am excited to share with my latest stamped nail art, it is a snake skin with bizarre color :) Welcome back to my Stamping ABC post series where I learn and share about my newbie stamping nail art experience!

I think using this color combo makes the snake skin nails experience more chic and lady like. Here are my stamped snake skin nail art in daylight.

Snake skin nail art

Snake skin nail art

Snake skin nails

Snake skin nails

Stamped snake skin nails in artificial light. You can see how the base color looks more purple.

Stamped snake skin nails in artificial light

Stamped snake skin nails in artificial light

The base
For this manicure I used one truly loved but unfortunately discontinued nail polish. It is Rimmel London Hot List, a purplish taupe crème packed with very fine hot pink micro shimmer. Color looks dusty in daylight and more purple in artificial light. Chanel Paradoxal is the closest color I have came across to replace it. On that base I stamped MoYou Londnon snake skin from their The Pro image plates collection #3.

The stamp
I thought Hot List would pair great with a taupe cream color, so I chose Zoya Normani for my snae skin stamp. I was so pleasantly surprised it stamped great! I have already shown you Zoya Normani in my Zoya Naturel spring 2014 post.

Zoya Normani swatch

Zoya Normani swatch

I love how this nail design turned out! I had great fun recreating animal skin on nails using shades which are not typical for its natural coloring. I will certainly continue my experiment with strange color animal skin nail art and show you what turns out!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

 

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!

April is here and it’s time for another monthly roundup post. Here are my favorite posts on the blog from March. These are the top three which I enjoyed making the most and they got the greatest hype. Follow the links below each photo if you feel like revisiting those posts.

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How to make pastel marble nails using the sponging technique tutorial

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Nails wish list tips: how to plan the upcoming season buys

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OPI Stay The Night review and swatches

Thanks for being with nailcentric.net another month, hope you had good time!

 

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 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!

 

 

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Hello lovelies!

I am almost done planning my spring 2014 nail color purchases! I decided to share some thoughts on the subject with you and tell you how I build and refine my wish list for an upcoming season and I hope they will help you build yours :)

Why to plan?
I have several reasons to plan my future nail polish purchases apart from the obvious finance one. In time I have reached the conclusion that planning my future purposes makes me happiest with what I get when I get it. Plus, nail polish addiction is a serious obsession and if you do not plan your colors and buy everything on a whim you may end up with a huge part of collection you do not use, too many similar colors, lacking some colors you love, etc. So if you feel you are not happy with how your nail polish collection turns out and money is not your only/particular problem, read on for my tips how to be happy with what you get. You can also take a look at my How to build a fabulous nail polish collection on a budget post for some more related tips.

TIP 1 Get rid of the old
When I am about to add seasonal colors to my collection I always make a revision of what I already have. I do this for the sole purpose to get rid of the old rather than to decide what not to buy :) Identify nail polishes which are too old to use, you feel bored with or are sure you won’t be wearing this season and make room for some fresh additions. I throw away nail polishes which can’t be used for some reason, give away some color to people who will enjoy them more and take part in local swapping circles.

TIP 2 Know what’s trending
It is not necessary to base your decisions on nail color trends for the particular season but it won’t hurt if you are up to date so you will make an informed pick. Personally, I am excited about new trends and always have a look at them which does not mean I choose to wear all because there is always something that I love more than another.

TIP 3 Identify your LOVE for this season and get it
Some of you may have noticed that I have a huge crush for pastels this season. I absolutely love pastel shades and my complexion is still fair enough to work well with this palette. So it was not a tough decision when I made it: pastels will be my spring 2014 must have nail color picks. Find your LOVE and make sure you get it so that it will make you feel happy (until eventually starts to make you feel bored but this is a topic for another discussion).

TIP 4 Identify your LOVE for this season and stop getting it
Now this is very important, stop gravitating your wishes around that same shade you already know you love. It is easy to understand how your eyes seem to notice your favorite color everywhere and you keep sighing for its beauty but stop! You do not need more than one/two similar shades. So pick something else instead of your 10th pink this season :)

TIP 5 Don’t overspend in the beginning of a season
The fact you are planning your wish list does not mean that you will never buy anything which is not in it ever. Let’s face it, you are likely to fall in love from the first sight with a nail color at least 3 times a season :) So do not shell out all your nail polish money at the beginning of a season, you will spend more later.

Do you plan your seasonal nail colors or just buy whenever your heart tells you? What are your tips? Let me know… I will share with you my spring nail color picks in a later post.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!