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Hello nail art lovers!

So proud to show you my first multi color stamped nail art, even if on a single finger :) Welcome back to my Stamping ABC post series where I learn and share about my newbie stamping nail art experience!

This is basically a bright green allover color with a multi color zebra print on the ring finger. Stay with me to learn how I did it and what I found.

China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener

Multi color zebra nail art with China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener

China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener
This nail design uses as a base color China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener from the City Flourish nail polish collection. I must say it surprised me a bit by how bright and vibrant it goes, almost neon like. It is a popping green creme with a semi matte finish. It is very difficult to apply it evenly so I added a top coat to smooth color out.

Multi color zebra print stamped nails
I chose to transfer my zebra  print to a bare nail because I am using regular nail polish and thought it would stick better to a matte surface. I was right and the print turned out pretty well on a layer of matte nail polish base.

I loved how my multi color zebra stamp nail design turned out so I recreated it on all nails.

Multi color zebra nail art

Multi color zebra nail art with China Glaze City Flourish polishes

Multi color zebra nail design

Multi color zebra nail art with China Glaze City Flourish polishes

Multi color zebra nails

Multi color zebra nail art with China Glaze City Flourish polishes

I used the zebra print from my MoYou London The Pro 07 image plate which I have already shown on the blog. I must admit I am surprised how well stamps come out with these image plates with regular nail polish, I promise to write more on how my MoYou London plates work for me in a later post. I applied four nail colors on the zebra image, all from China Glaze City Flourish collection: China Glaze At Vase Value, China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener, China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin and China Glaze Petal to the Metal. When I scraped them with the scraper they mixed a bit, leaving me with the perfect multi color zebra print :)

So this was pretty much it. I am enjoying my newbie stamping nail art experience and will keep showing you my stamped designs.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

When I am in the mood of a cute and girly nail design I usually opt for polka dots. They are fast and easy to make and they always make me smile when I look at my nails. Combined with pastel colors, they are just perfection for the blooming spring around (don’t be too hard for me for exploiting my pastel shades so much, they are so adorable).

So this will be a super straightforward nail art tutorial for how to get mix and match polka dots nails art with pastel colors. I just want to say these nails were super difficult to photograph due to the close color shades and in person your eyes will have much more contrast than the camera has shown.

Pastels and polka dots nails

Pastels and polka dots nails

Pastels and polka dots nails

Pastels and polka dots nails

First, paint some of your nails pastel pink and some of them pastel lilac color
For this nail design I chose Models Own Strawberry Tart for all fingers and Models Own Grape Juice for my ring fingers. You can choose any shades of your liking but to get this designs effect I suggest the colors be rather close hues.

Add polka dots to all nails
To make your nails even cuter, add polka dots. Use pink for your lilac nails and lilac for your pink ones. I think polka dots lo0k best when they are not too close to each other so I applied three to four dots per row. You can you a regular bobby pin of you do not have one of those special dotting tools. I used a regular pin’s head.

At this point your girly nail design is done so you may choose to leave it that way. If you decide to opt for a top coat have in mind that a top coat will make the colors merge a bit more and thus make them look less contrasting. I am telling just in case you chose colors which are too close to each other and my end up looking too much alike.

To add up, I think this manicure will look great with Models Own Blueberry Muffin and Models Own Apple pie. They are still pastel shades of the Models Own Fruit Pastel collection and are close enough to give you a similar effect.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

 

Hello lovelies!

I am so excited I do not know where to start. Today I have for you the easiest no water marble nail art ever, some saran wrap thoughts and my new best way to revive worn out nail polish. So here we go, from back to front :)

One of my key criteria when choosing a nail polish is how long it lasts. I am that average woman who goes to work, does a whole bunch of chores, takes care of a family and still wants to look good. Nails are no exception so with such a hectic schedule nail polish durability is really important for me as I do not always have the time to do a fresh manicure. Luckier girls can have their polish on with no remarks for 5 days, even up to a week but I am one of those who are happy if nail color looks good for a few days. This is a thing about nail polish, it wears out and you have to invest some time to do your nails from scratch…

I recently found the best trick to help have beautiful nails for a couple days more with just a fraction of the time necessary to start everything over. Drum roll for the saran wrap nails!

What is it?
The saran wrap technique is a way to create that marble nail effect without using water and make a mess. You only tool is your regular and nothing-special-about-it saran wrap you are most likely to have in a kitchen drawer already. You will need ten small saran wrap balls. Just smash a two inch piece of it with your fingers and your tool is ready.

How does it work?
You need at least two colors to create the saran wrap marble nails. One for your base and one to cover it and use the saran wrap on. After your first color of choice is dry generously cover it with a different color. While your second color is still wet, touch the surface with a saran wrap ball several times. This will lift some of the second color up leaving the base color uncovered and visible. There you go, marble nails!

The saran wrap technique is ideal to revive a manicure you have had on for several days. Just when it starts to fade and chip here and there and it has grown a little too away from cuticles all you need is add a contrasting color on top and do the saran wrap technique.

No water marble nail art using saran wrap
To illustrate why I consider the saran wrap technique simply brilliant, here is a photo of my favorite Rimmel London nail color in Electric! from their Lasting Finish collection. I had it on for several days and it has those normal signs of wear, tips are not perfect anymore, there are some scratches… you get the picture.

Rimmel London Electric!

Rimmel London Electric!

Now this is how I revived it with the saran wrap technique. I used Rimmel Cocktail Passion nail polish on top and lifted some of the color up. I finished off with my fat top coat Rimmel 3D Plumping and I absolutely love the effect!

Saran wrap nails

Saran wrap nails

I know this post turned out a little unstructured but I couldn’t wait to tell you! Also,  Iknow all three products mentioned  in this post are Rimmel’s… They are not paying me, it just happened…

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Butterfly, butterfly,
Where do you go?
“Where the sun shines,
And where the buds grow.”
Children’s song

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I want to show you a butterfly nail art. It is cute and playful, I had a lot of fun making and wearing it. I love nail designs which seem intricate and difficult to make but are actually easy if you follow the few how-to steps. These butterfly wings are that design, read on for a tutorial how to recreate it yourself.

Butterfly wings nail art

Butterfly wings nail art

Butterfly wings nail art

Butterfly wings nail art

First, paint your nails pink.
I thought a vibrant and playful pink shade would be the ideal for this nail art. I picked OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips for the perfect butterfly wings color.

Then, add the black detail.

– add 3 black lines
The black detail of these cute butterfly wings has 3 lines for a base: one closer to your cuticles and shorter and two using it for a start point and crossing the nail almost to its end. Imagine that you are painting the Sun with sun rays as in nursery school but you see a little part of Sun’s body and only two of its rays.

– connect with arcs
When you have your two rays placed, connect their ends with arks or half moons if you wish :)

– paint the end black
Then, color the remaining upper part of the nail black. Your butterfly wing is ready and it will look a lot more like one when we add the final detail.

Then, add white dots.
After your black is in place, add tiny white dots to the end of your nails. They make the wings even cuter and at this point your nail design should look like a butterfly wing.

Last, finish off with a top coat.
A nice clear top coat will make a miracle to smooth out your design and blend all details together. Mine is a strangely shiny butterfly but if you want your nail design to look a bit more real you can add a matte top coat.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

I recently stumbled upon a fabulous Katy Perry manicure and I absolutely loved it!

Katy Perry tiger nails from Instagram (via Covergirl)

Katy Perry tiger nails from Instagram (via Covergirl)

Katy Perry nails are always gorgeous and this gradient pink tiger manicure proves it again. Stay with me to see the tutorial and tips how to recreated this roarin’ look on your nails.

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

First, paint your nails pink.
This manicure needs a vibrant deep pink shade for a base. You can see that Katy Perry nails are not a true red shade but sort of a deep pink with a red undertone color. I figured Covergirl Outlast nail polish in Reliable Red would fit the design.

Then, add a soft pink gradient.
To add the soft pink color to my nails I used the good old makeup sponge. I have featured the sponging technique in some of my previous posts. You can take a look at my Galaxy nails and Galaxy nails tips for nail designs, tutorials and tips featuring the sponging technique.

For this tiger nail design you need to add some pale pink color to a makeup sponge and transfer the nail polish onto the sides of your nails. I used Covergirl Outlast Constant Candy which turned a little whiter than I planned, but I still love the result. You aim to cover one side of your nail and make sure to leave some of it clear so that the deep pink shade will be visible. At this point we are not aiming at a perfect gradient because tiger stripes will steal the show from the base anyways :)

Then, add tiger stripes.
Tiger stripes are easy to add free handedly with a striping brush. I used the brush which comes with a black nail art color and is specifically designed for adding detail but you can use a DIY striping brush as in my free manicure products post. Tip! Make tiger stripes thicker at the beginning and thinner at the end. This will help mimic the animal skin better and will avoid your tiger look too much like a zebra :)

Last, add a fat top coat.
The sponging technique as well as the tiger detail may make this nail art look a little patchy. Use a fat gel look top coat to blend the design together and smooth away any bumps and lumps that may have appeared.

Voila! You got that wild Katy Perry tiger manicure!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I am happy to share with you an embellished party manicure. It has pink and baby blue, it has stones, it is girly and perfect for going out and having some fun. I love how the various stones make this nail design somehow creatively messy, like a teenage girl room :)

Pink and blue girly nails with stones

Pink and blue girly nails with stones

Pink and blue girly nails with stones

Pink and blue girly nails with stones

Pink and blue girly nails with stones

Pink and blue girly nails with stones

How to make embellished girly nails?
This is a pretty straightforward nail art. Paint some of your nails pink and some of them blue. I chose pastel nail colors for the doll like vibe they bring and for how easy pastel colors are to combine together. Then add the stones :)

The key to this manicure are the stones you will use to embellish it. Chose different types and sizes to achieve the messy nail art look. You can use pearls, stones, little beads, you can play with colors and basically recycle your nail art stones leftovers. This is what I did with a bunch of embellishments I had not used in some previous nail designs but did not want to throw away.

It is not necessary to use some special glue to attach stones to your manicure. It is ok to add a tiny drop of clear nail polish and then press the embellishment onto your nail art. Tip! Nail art decorations with flat back will attach the easiest and will stay longer on your nails.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

 

Hello lovelies!

Match your lipstick to your nail color, this is my ultimate choice when I want a glamorous yet safe beauty result. I love how matching lip and nail color add some class and style to any outfit, creating a look which will fit any occasion. I browsed my personal cosmetics and nail polish collection to show you my matching lipstick and nail color choices and give some tips to help you make yours.

How to match lip and nail color?

TIP 1: Chose nail color first
I like to choose my nail color first and then find a matching lipstick. This is because nail colors are straightforward and what you see in the bottle is what you get in reality.

TIP 2: Test
When it comes to fine hue tuning test is the way to go! Choose a well stocked beauty store where you can explore colors live. This is especially true for lip color as a printed color on the lipstick box will fail you 99% of the time.

TIP 2: Mind your natural lip color
You have probably noticed that lipsticks tend to look a little different on your lips and this is because lips have a natural color. So if you are not going for an opaque color, it is best to try it out on lips. Personally, I never use public beauty testers on my face so my safe way to make the right choice if opt for creamier formulas which are also thicker and provide more coverage.

TIP 4: Go for a realistic color
This means what it means: do not match your lipstick to navy blue glittery holographic nails :) It will just be difficult to get it right. If you want to match some unconventional color, like blue, chose your lipstick first and match the nail color with it. You are most likely to get the best result with this approach because nail color is easier to find in odd hues and lip colorand you will have more variety to pick from.

TIP 5: Recheck color
It is absolute pleasure to wear the perfect nail and lip color combination but you should check up on the lip color regularly. Lipstick tends to wear off especially as we have a drink or a bite so make sure to reapply lip color regularly to ensure it still matches your nails.

I will show you some examples of lip and nail color pair from my personal collection.

I am not much of a red lip person but when I go for red, my choices are Revlon Lipgloss in Firecracker, #160 and Bourjois Paris 10 days Anti-Choc nail polish collection, #20.
match lip and nail colors

I love hot pink color, my matching lip and nail color choice in this category is Rimmel London Pro collection nail polish in Cocktail Passion, #313 in combination with Maybelline NY Superstay lipstick collection in Stay with me Coral, #430.

match lipstick and nail polish

The enhanced natural look is one of my all time favorites. I opt for Maybelline NY Color Sensational collection, Sweet Pink, #132 and Astor Liquid Care collection Llipgloss in Nude Rose, #103 for lips. I match these two with Essence Colour&Go collection nail polish in English rose, #111.

matching lip and nail colors

As for my oranges, I am not sure how well the photo got the shades, the colors in the two photos below seem very similar… Anyway, my hot orange color choice is YSL lip color from Rouge Volupte Shine collection in Coral, #14 in combination with Astor Fashion Studio nail polish in Orange Cosmos, #237.

matching lip and nail color

 

My other, more toned down lip corals are Bourjoir Paris lipstick from Rouge Edition collection in Peche cosy, #03 and 3D lipgloss in Orange Fruity, #13. The matching nail color is Max Factor Glossfinity nail polish in cute coral, #70.

match lip and nail colorThanks for reading, I hope this was a useful resource, see you soon!