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!.

Hello dear nail art lovers!

Welcome back to my Concept nail art column to admire some amazing wedding nails. For the big day every detail matters and nails are a crucial part of a bride’s look. Classic wedding looks go for plain pastel colors or the always appropriate white tip. The examples of wedding manicure we will admire together in this post are more or less on the bolder side with acrylic lengths, 3D decoration and crystal sparkle. My favorite bridal nail designs include French manicure and crystals. Pastel pink is also a beautiful base for wedding nail designs.

Acrylic French manicure with crystals as seen on thewasonline.com

Acrylic French manicure with crystals as seen on thewasonline.com

Pastel pink wedding nails with crystals and acrylic flowers at the Nails Magazine

Pastel pink wedding nails with crystals and acrylic flowers at the Nails Magazine

Acrylic pink French manicure with 3D decoration as seen on fashionclothingguides.com

Acrylic pink French manicure with 3D decoration as seen on fashionclothingguides.com

If brides really want to make a statement with their nail design on the big day, whites, roses and crystals should leave to make room for black, gold and lace. Look at this bold and uncommon wedding nail design created by Nail Art Studio PlusG.

wedding nail design created by Nail Art Studio PlusG.

wedding nail design created by Nail Art Studio PlusG.

Stay tuned for my wedding nails tutorials column. I will show you how to create your wedding nail designs with easy bridal nail art tutorials. I am sure they will have a major effect you will love :)

Inspiration:

Vintage wedding reception by Brandon Kidd

Vintage wedding reception by Brandon Kidd


Thanks for reading and see you soon!.

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 nail art lovers!

I sometimes get struck by how some people wear their nails at the office. I am a nail beauty lover and can endure almost anything when it comes to design but seriously, at the office?

I know office dress code differs and what is considered too loud at one place may be just too boring at another. Office atmosphere should be your main guide what to wear to work and look both stylish and professional. Anyway, some things just should not happen :)

What not to wear at work

Chipped nails
Chipped nails are ugly, make your whole outfit look sloppy and say you do not care for details. Yes, you may do overtime, stay late to finish projects or have no time left after housekeeping when you come back home, but still, no polish is better than chipped color. Instead, take your time to remove color and if you do not have time to apply a new coat, leave your nails clean.

chipped nail polish from officialgelnailpolishguide.com

chipped nail polish from officialgelnailpolishguide.com

Boudoir nails                                                   
As beautiful and sultry as they may look, sexy and boudoir nails are not meant for your colleagues to admire. They may leave the impression you are trying to seduce someone rather than make business with them. If you still want to rock lace at work, choose a light color for your base and white for your design to make it subtle and a bit more modest.

boudoir nails from heyitskitcat.blogspot.com

boudoir nails from heyitskitcat.blogspot.com

Overdone nails
For sure, your nail design can be impressive artwork and even your outfit statement piece. But try not to make it three-dimensional and acrylic and overgrown and gothic at the same time :)

overdone nails from nails8.com/

overdone nails from nails8.com/

What nails to wear at work:
Go nude
Nude nail polish is a lifesaver in many situations and is a top choice for the office. It looks professional and works with every outfit and moreover, works with all levels of business etiquette. Most brands hold nude shades to complement your natural skin tone and make your hands appear taken care for.

Reese Witherspoon and Eva Mendes with nude manicure

Reese Witherspoon and Eva Mendes with nude manicure

nude nail polish guide by styleglow.com

nude nail polish guide by styleglow.com

French nails
French manicure is a classic and will always be in style. All you need to do is paint your nails white and you will achieve a classic clean look.

beautiful French manicure from sheknows.com

beautiful French manicure from sheknows.com

Pastels
Pastel nail color has been in trend for the past several seasons and it seems we will be wearing it in 2014 too. Invest in some light pastel nail colors to alternate them at work and achieve an office friendly fashionable look. Moreover, pastels look great on shorter nails too so if your work involves a lot of typing and you prefers your nails shorter, these colors will do the beauty trick.

macaron pastel nails from http://mysalonlooks.com/

macaron pastel nails from http://mysalonlooks.com/

Orly pastel nail color collection

Orly pastel nail color collection

I hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading!.

Hello everyone!

I will feel much better if I tell you my bad manicure secrets. I know I will never give them up and this burden of sin will be more bearable if shared :)

SIN 1: File nails in two directions
I know it tends to damage your nails and in the long term makes them split but… It Is much faster to file in both directions. Also, I do not wear my nails too long so split ends are not really a problem.

SIN 2: Skip the base coat
Yes, I don’t apply base and I have never done it. I know it can prevent nails stains, but I believe it takes too much time to apply and wait for yet another coat on your nails to dry.

SIN 3 Not mind nail polish residue
I admit it, most of the times I am OK if a spot or two have been skipped by the nail polish remover. It is not such a big deal, especially if the color I will be using next is dark enough to cover all :)

Inspiration:

A bad girl :)

A bad girl :)


Thanks for reading!.