Hello nail art lovers!

With September already around the corner, I have for you my last summer nail design. This sea foam and sand nail art is basically OPI Honey Ryder on three nails and China Glaze At Vase Value on my ring and middle fingers. I added some white on the latter using the spray water marble technique which basically the water marble technique but before you dip your nails into the water you should spray it with hair spray. This creates a sort of a net, aka your sea foam :)

I used a star and some pearls to embellish the look.

Sea foam and sand nail art tutorial

Sea foam and sand nail art tutorial

Sea foam and sand nail art tutorial

Sea foam and sand nail art tutorial

Sea foam and sand nail art tutorial

Sea foam and sand nail art tutorial

I will be off for a week’s vacation so see you in September :)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I have for you a textured wedding nail design, it is white and gold + easy to make using striping tape. Stay with me for some words on how I made it.

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

First, paint your nails white
For this manicure I painted my white base the night before I added the textured gold to this nail design. This is because you need to be 100% certain that your base is dry when you are using striping tape or you risk some smudges a flaws.

Then, randomly add some striping tape
I attached several striping tape pieces to my nails aiming to make parallel lines. I think white and gold will work great for a wedding day in various shapes so go with your imagination if you are not keen on the geometric precision parallel lines will leave you with.

Last, add a full coat of your opaque gold color
OPI Honey Ryder worked great for this wedding nail art idea. It is a one coater and gives this beautiful textured final look which makes this nail design unique. I added a single layer and immediately removed the striping tape without waiting for the formula to set. I find it is much easier to achieve a clean line when you are fast with this procedure.

To keep the textured look, do not add any top coat and simply wait for your bridal nail design to dry.

Thanks for having a look at my textured white and gold wedding nails tutorial, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

I am happy to show you my first successful gradient nail art try. I have attempted the gradient ombre nail design several times but all results came out disappointing in my opinion. This time I changed my approach a bit and must admit I love the final effect!

Sunset gradient ombre nails tutorial and tips

Sunset gradient ombre nails tutorial and tips

Sunset gradient ombre nails tutorial and tips

Sunset gradient ombre nails tutorial and tips

Sunset gradient ombre nails tutorial and tips

Sunset gradient ombre nails tutorial and tips

 

Here is what I did.

First, paint your nails white
Start your gradient ombre nail art with a white base. This way you will make sure colors will be vibrant and true. I have 2 coats of Essie Blanc. Tip! Try to keep base color a mm away from your cuticles. This will help you cover every white spot with color later and not worry about white showing close to cuticles.

Then, blend your colors on a regular makeup sponge and transfer on nails
For my sunset gradient ombre nails I used OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips as my pink, Essie Navigate Her as my orange and China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin as my yellow.

Tip! I got the best result when I applied the lightest color first on the makeup sponge. For this design I needed 2 rounds of color transfer to cover the white base and blend colors.

Last, add a glitter top coat
To finish of this sunset gradient nail design, I added a thin coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust. Tiny sparkles play with light and make any blending imperfections less visible. If you, like me, have not yet mastered the gradient ombre nail technique, I strongly suggest to use a sparkly top coat to conceal any areas you are not fully happy with. Just make sure your top coat is not loaded with too much shimmer and will not cover your main idea in glitter completely.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to show you more successful gradient ombre nails soon!

Hello nail art lovers!

I have a gradient French nail design for you today. It is super playful and colorful and also easy to make.

How to make gradient rainbow French nails
For this rainbow gradient I started with a matte base, then added French manicure guiding strips and added some bold summer colors with my favorite sponge technique. Then I added a clear top coat to seal the design together and give it a polished look.

Rainbow French nails

Gradient rainbow French nails with a makeup sponge

Rainbow French nail art

Gradient rainbow French nails with a makeup sponge

Rainbow French nail design

Gradient rainbow French nails with a makeup sponge

This summer nail design features my City Flourish China Glaze nail polishes, which are accompanied by OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips for my thumb.

Have you tried a multi color french manicure before? What do you think of this idea? Let me know :)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post is my first nail polish comparison on the blog.

Essie Shearling Darling OPI Visions of Love

Essie Shearling Darling and OPI Visions of Love comparison and swatches

The stars are the dark and vampy Essie Shearling Darling and OPI Visions of Love. Both are winter 2013 releases and look like each other very much. I love deep reds and I am happy I have these in my collection but with them being so close color siblings I am not sure I would insist on both in future.

To compare the colors I have Essie Shearling Darling on my index and middle fingers and OPI Visions of Love on my ring and little fingers, each in two coats with one layer of top coat. Simply by looking at the swatches you can tell Shearling Darling is a bit lighter than OPI Visions of Love. These shots were taken in daylight and this color difference is much more visible than if you are looking at the colors in artificial light.

Essie Shearling Darling OPI Visions of Love comparison

Essie Shearling Darling (index and middle) and OPI Visions of Love(ring and little)

Essie Shearling Darling OPI Visions of Love swatches

Essie Shearling Darling (index and middle) and OPI Visions of Love(ring and little)

The formula of these two is rather different though. Essie Shearling Darling is a creme, super easy to apply and build perfect coverage in two coats. Dries fast and with a top coat wears great for two days. OPI Visions of Love is a sheer creme or a crelly if you wish. First coat goes on a bit patchy and if you do not pay special attention when applying the second coat you may need even a third one to get flawless color. Two coats and a top layer wear perfect for three days.

Both Shearling Darling and Visions of love are awful stainers so I suggest using them over a base and removing them with extra caution or they might color your cuticles in a reddish color and make them look sore.

Thanks for reading my thoughts on these two mysterious beauties, I hope you enjoyed!

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Hello nail art lovers!

Today I have a special post for you, a new post series I am very excited about but before I get to the point I need to share something with you first.

Many times, while looking for nail art inspiration online, I have seen these super clean, almost print like nail designs. I love freehand nail art but these manicures grew on me with their pinpoint precision and perfect detail. It turned out these were stamped nails!

Stamping ABC project
I know, you will be right to ask how could I have not paid attention to this whole new  nail design world before? Well, for some reason now I am absolutely new to stamping but also firmly determined to get into it. I decided to start stamping nail art post series where I will learn the art of stamping, show you my progress, products I use and comment things I have discovered. So welcome to Stamp ABC, my stamping nail art home school experience!

MoYou London stamping image plates
I did a huge research, mainly to get there is too much to learn, but also to make my tool choices before I start the Stamp ABC project. I kept getting back to MoYou London products as they immediately got me with intriguing deigns and super interesting image plates. I shared my stamping home school initiative with MoYou London and they sent me two image plates of my choice. So for my Stamp ABC project I will be working with two amazing ladies, meet Suki and The Pro.

MoYou London Suki 07 and The Pro 03 image plates

MoYou London Suki 07 and The Pro 03 image plates

Suki  is a massive image plate with a huge design which is created by combining separate designs. It comes in a beautiful individual case, attached to a plastic base and covered with a protection foil which needs to be removed prior to use. MoYou London Suki collection features several designs, the one I got is number 07.

MoYou London Suki 07 stamping image plate

MoYou London Suki 07 stamping image plate

The Pro is also a massive rectangular plate. This one features 16 individual designs. It comes individually packed but I already removed the protection foil. I was so eager to test these images out so excuse some nail polish residue on this one. Of the whole MoYou London The Pro collection I got plate number 03. Both plates measure 6x12cm.

MoYou London The Pro stamping image plate

MoYou London The Pro stamping image plate

You can check the whole MoYou London stamping plates range on their website: moyou.co.uk

The minute I got these image plates I stamped one of The Pro plate design in my ring finger and I must admit this was the easiest nail design I have done, ever. I had prepared for some mess and even failure which sometimes happens when you do something for the first time. Maybe this is the rookie luck helping me out, but the stamper picked out the design perfectly from the first try and then I transferred it to the nail with ease. I did not even use special stamping polish just because I do not own any yet and had read metallic colors could work.

MoYou London stamping image plates package

MoYou London stamping image plates package

My first stamped nail design
I am amazed how I got a whole manicure done simply by combining OPI Solitaire with China Glaze At Vase Value on the ring finger + a leopard skin stamp!

OPI Solitaire, China Glaze At Vase Value + MoYou London leopard skin stamp in silver color

OPI Solitaire, China Glaze At Vase Value + MoYou London leopard skin stamp in silver color

OPI Solitaire, China Glaze At Vase Value + MoYou London leopard skin stamp in silver color

OPI Solitaire, China Glaze At Vase Value + MoYou London leopard skin stamp in silver color

I am super happy how my first stamping attempt with MoYou London The Pro turned out but unfortunately this is all I can tell you at this point. I promise to update you regularly on my ho my plates work, my stamps, the products I use and the designs I create.

I would love to have you with me for my stamp ABC project!
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.