Hello nail art lovers!

It’s almost Easter time and today’s post is all about candy colors, glitter and polka dots :)

These are gradient nails made with China Glaze What a Pansy and Rimmel Electric. I layered them over a white base with a makeup sponge. To make the gradient look a bit smoother, I added one coat of Essence Bejeweled. Tip! Adding a layer of a fine glitter/holo nail polish on your gradient helps to conceal some of the minor flaws we usually get when using the makeup sponge technique.

I added white polka dots to make your nail look more like colored Easter eggs. I  love how this Easter nail design turned out :)

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Easter gradient nail art with polka dots tutorial

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Easter gradient nail art with polka dots tutorial

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Easter gradient nail art with polka dots tutorial

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

 

 

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post will be a review of a super interesting formula by Dance Legend. This is Dance Legend Sunshine 195, which in reaction with light shifts its base color. Formula was very difficult to photograph as the second light hits it it gets darker…

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

When lighting is subtle Dance Legend Sunshine 195 is a milky off white shade with a slight pink hue. When hit bu direct sunlight, it turns into a vibrant dark purple shade.

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Dance Legend Sunshine 195 review and swatches

Formula and application
Dance Legend Sunshine 195 color shifting formula is packed with different sizes gold glitter. It adds an extra something to your color and looks as beautiful on the lightest as well as the darkest nail polish color.

This nail polish is easy to apply and build, the first layer leaving you with a rather see through color which gets fully opaque by adding a second coat.

Wear
Dance Legend Sunshine 195 wears great for two days without a top coat and up to four with a top layer added. Adding a top coat will not ruin its color shift qualities so it is up to your preference how to wear it. Glitter is a bit difficult to remove so you might want to soak your nails in nail polish remover for 10 seconds before you attempt to take the color off.

My verdict
I love the idea of having a pink nude manicure while at the office which, with no effort, transforms to a beautiful purple shade for your walk in the park after work hours. Both colors are very wearable and will not get you bored for having the same nail color for days :)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today I want to share with you my latest nail polish love. It is a color changing beauty by Dance Legend.

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 review and swatches

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 review

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 review and swatches

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 swatch

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 review and swatches

The photo below shows how Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 changes a few second after I have dipped my fingers in cold water :)

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 nail polish

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 review and swatches

Color
Dance Legend 182 is part of Dance Legend Thermo Shine nail polish collection featuring 4 color changing formulas. It changes between a strawberry jam color when your fingers are hot to a deep purple blackberry sourbet color when your fingers are cold.

Formula and application
This nail polish formula is a jelly base packed with glitter in two shapes: small dots and larger hex shapes. Glitter is silver but appears light pink into the jelly color base.

Dance Legend Thermo Shine 182 covers nails perfectly in two coats. It is fairly easy to work with given the fact that glitter is usually a bit harder to distribute on nails.

Wear
It is super fun to wear this nail color! I love how dynamic your nails are throughout the day depending on how the temperature changes. When your fingers are hot, it appears as a beautiful glitter strawberry jelly color and when it is cold outside it becomes dark and mysterious purple shade. In room temperature is shifts beautifully between the two and finally finds its balance creating an amazing gradient effect. I wore 2 coats with a top coat for 3 days with no chips. Formula is a bit hard to remove because of the glitter but with some patience it will not need any special attention to take off.

My verdict
I love this color! It is dynamic and different, I got a ton of compliments wearing it and it will be one of my all time favorites forever :)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

I am back from a long and enjoyable Easter Holiday country trip and can’t wait to share with you some cute nails!

Polka dots nails tutorial

Funny polka dots nails with China Glaze City Flourish nail colors

Polka dots nail art

Funny polka dots nails with China Glaze City Flourish nail colors

Polka dots nails

Funny polka dots nails with China Glaze City Flourish nail colors

First, paint some of your nails purple and some of them pink
I am not sure I am calling the colors I chose the right way though. These are China Glaze Petal to the Metal and China Glaze What a Pansy and both of them are very unique shades. With the first one being a vibrant pink and the second a bluish purple shade, I thought I would give this nail design a fun base.

Then, add some colorful polka dots
I used several colors to add lines of dots to this manicure. All the nail polishes are from China Glaze summer 2014 City Flourish collection. For the dots I used my favorite dotting tool – a regular pin head. I used Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin and At Vase Value in combination with my base colors. It turned out a lot as an Easter nail design although I hadn’t planned it to be.

Last, add top coat
Add a good layer of top coat to seal your design and make it last longer. China Glaze City Flourish nail polishes have a semi matte finish to them which I prefer to conceal with some old school shine :)

This was my colorful polka dots manicure idea, thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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!