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Hello lovelies!

I am still in love with stamped nail art and the design opportunities it gives. Today I will show you a blue dragon theme stamp on nude base and will also share my thoughts on MoYou London Suki plate #7. So welcome back to my Stamping ABC post series where I learn and share about my newbie stamping nail art experience!

Nude Dragon theme stamped nail art
For this design I painted my nails nude using Zoya Chantal. You have seen my swatch and review in my Zoya Naturel nail polish collection post.

Zoya Chantal swatch

I find this opaque nude a great base for all kinds of stamp experiments. I wanted to try a stamp design with a different image on each nail so my Suki image plate was perfect for this. I used CND Midnight Sapphire nail polish to do the images. It is not a special stamping nail polish but I am happy how it worked. My top coat smudged some design parts a bit but again, it is also not a specially designed product for stamping so I could see that happen.

Nude dragon nails

Nude dragon stamped nail art

Nude dragon nail art

Nude dragon stamped nail design

Nude dragon nail design

Nude dragon stamped nail design

I love this design, it got a whole lot of attention and I could also test how some of my non stamping polishes work with stamping.

MoYou London Suki image plate #07
I have already raved about this image plate in my Stamping ABC post series intro post and now I have some more impressions to share.

MoYou London The Pro 03 stamping image plate

I am fairly impressed with the sole idea of this image plate design. It features several similar theme images overlaying and interacting with each other’s design. This image plate offers endless design options due to its design concept.

Suki #7 image plate is super easy to use, it has that plastic base which maes it easier to hold and manipulate. I have also used  it several times with regular nail color and it has worked beyond my expectations. It is easy to clean and its individuall package makes it easy to store too. I love this image plate by MoYou London and I would say it is a must have stamping product for every stamping nail art lover.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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Hello lovelies!

Today I want to show you my Easter nails as well as a few new taping products I tried out for this manicure. So welcome back to my Stamping ABC post series where I learn and share about my newbie stamping nail art experience!

I wanted my Easter nails to be colorful, bring joy and resemble hand painted Easter eggs. To start off, I painter my nails white using my Essie Blanc. Then I randomly sponged my China Glazes I recently got and showed you. These are China Glaze What a Pansy, At Vase Value, Grass Is Lime Greener, Petal to the Metal and Sun of a Peach. I stamped on top of this random color boom using some Konad stamping products.

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Easter nails with sponge and stamping

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Easter nails with sponge and stamping

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Easter nails with sponge and stamping

Konad Nails UK liked my Stamping ABC project and sent some of their products my way to test out. I got a full stamping starter kit featuring an image plate, stamp and scraper, black and white special nail polish and a special top coat. I also got image plate m94, an image plate holder as well as their textured nail polish Sandy in Coral Bronze (never knew they did those).

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Konad Nails UK products

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Konad Nails UK image plates m94 and m36

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Konad nail UK products

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Konad Nails UK special top coat

Although I have some successful stamping experiments with regular nail polish I could never get any white to work for me. That’s why I was in love when I tried their white special nail polish for this manicure. It stamps great, it is opaque and cover the base color very well. Konad special nail polish left no smudges unlike my regular top coats I have already ranted about. I hven’t used my new image plates yest because I’d already had the design in mind but I love them and will be reviewing and featuring them in designs soon.

Thanks for reading, have great Easter holidays and see you soon!

Hello lovelies!

With so much sunshine lately I absolutely got into bright and cheery nail polish colors. Today I want to show a vibrant and obsessive sparkly blue. Stay with me for some thoughts on Zoya Liberty.

Here is a photo of Zoya Liberty with two coats and without added top coat.

Zoya Liberty Pixie Dust summer 2013 swatches

Zoya Liberty Pixie Dust summer 2013 swatches

This is a photo of Zoya Liberty with top coat.

Zoya Liberty Pixie Dust summer 2013 with top coat

Zoya Liberty Pixie Dust summer 2013 with top coat

Color
Zoya Liberty is part of Zoya Pixie Dust nail polish line and was released in summer 2013 in a collection of 6 shades. Liberty is a bright blue color with silver sparkle added to it. I think it makes the perfect beach shade and you will get the most of it in sunshine.

Formula and application
Zoya Pixie Dust nail polishes feature a textured formula with glitter particles which dries matte. It definitely is on the thicker side but still easy to control and get precision with the thin and long brush the whole collection is equipped with. It is easy to achieve full coverage with two coats. Tip! Formula needs a bit more to dry so my advice is to wait for your first coat to dry completely and then add the second one. This way you will not top up too much wet nail polish together and will have to wait less at the end. Zoya Liberty took 5 minutes to get touch dry and 15 to be good to go.

I takes some time to apply and dry, especially if you, like me, prefer the top coat version but I have found my perfect routine to wear it:

apply one coat => wait for 5 min => apply another coat => wait for 15 min => add a fat, gel like top coat => finish off with a fast dry top coat.

Wear
Zoya Liberty wears great without a top coat. The Pixie Dust line is not supposed to be combined with a top coat so without a top coat and only two layers of nail polish you can easily go with it for five days. I love to add a top coat to Zoya Liberty because I love how it looks with a glaze added to it. With a top coat you can wear it for a whole week. Mind that a single layer of top coat will sink into the formula so you will need at least two.

My verdict
Zoya Liberty is a super beautiful blue shade which transforms from matte to glaze depending on if you decide to add a top coat or not. It is so easy to use and wear so I recommend it to a textured bright shade lover.

What do you think of this color? Have you tried any of the Pixie Dust shades?
Thanks for reading, 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!

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!

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.

 

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I want to share with you the easiest nail art I opt for when I am out of free time but still want a beautiful nail design. This is a simple principle which can be followed with various nail polish shades and effects and will still give you that same glam effect.

Simple nail design principle which always works
For this fast and easy nail design principle you will need a nail polish with some kind of effect added to it. This may be glitter, color particles, holo flakes, etc. You will also need a nail shade which matches your first nail polish added color. For example if you put white nail polish with gold flakes on 4 nails and a gold full color on your last nail, you will have a simple nail art design which always works!

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This is how I recreated this simple nail art principle a few days ago when I was going on a planned event but was running out of time for manicure.

This is OPI Wonderous Star on 4 nails and a black color on my ring finger. I love how this nail design turned out and will tell you some more about the golden beauty featured in it.

OPI Wondrous Star manicure

OPI Wonderous Star review
OPI Wonderous star was released in 2013 for the upcoming Christmas Holiday season. It is part of the collection OPI launched in collaboration with Mariah Carey that year. OPI Wonderous Star is a platinum silver fine glitter in a clear base, with hexagonal shaped black flakes added. The formula is rather thin in comparison with the usual glitter nail polish. It is very easy to control how much hexagonal effects you get on nails, formula is buildable and in two coats it will leave you with this gorgeous platinum silver color with some black accents here and there. OPI Wonderous start dries fast so you should not worry if you wish to layer more coats of it but for my nail design I only needed two.

OPI Wonderous Star will make a perfect top coat to add some shine to different nail colors. I have tried over darks such as black and grey and also lights such as white and nude shades and it has worked great on every base so far. For the mani below I applied it over Zoya Chantal.

I will be showing more nail designs featuring my simple ad easy nail art rule I shared with you in this post. I will also show you more of OPI Holiday Season 2013 nail polishes soon so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!