Hello nail art lovers!

With spring around the corner I am in a cheerful mood, cheerful enough to pull off a yellow lace nail design :)

To get this nail art simply add a few dots of color to bare nails and stamp a lace pattern in black on top. I decided to paint my middle finger and thumb a solid yellow color using Orly Lemonade. The flowery lace pattern is from MoYou London Suki plate which I have already shown you in a blog post.

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Yellow nails with lace details nail art tutorial

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Yellow nails with lace details nail art tutorial

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Yellow nails with lace details nail art tutorial

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Yellow nails with lace details nail art tutorial

I have used Orly Lemonade for another yellow design, check it out here.

Banana nail decoration with Orly Lemonade

Orly Lemonade

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

This post was meant to be a nail art idea for Easter but having in mind that happy Easter days are gone now, I guess it is just a colorful egg stamped nail design :) The look is fun and easy to get, it uses the makeup sponge and the stamping technique on two accent nails only.

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Multicolor gradient nail art with a makeup sponge tutorial

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Multicolor gradient nail art with a makeup sponge tutorial

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Multicolor gradient nail art with a makeup sponge tutorial

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Multicolor gradient nail art with a makeup sponge tutorial

First, pain your middle and ring fingers white and the others pink
My pink color is Models Own Pink Veneer, a lovely gel formula.
The white color I used is the usual suspect: Essie Blanc. It serves as a base for the colorful design which will be sponged on top.

Then, add other colors with a makeup sponge
Simply get a makeup sponge, add a few drops of different nail color on it and press it on your white base. Repeating this step twice is quite enough to get full coverage of the white color.

Then, add a stamped image in white
I used an Easter theme image as I planned this as an Easter manicure. This image is from the 2013 Holiday Collection from Bundle Monster BM-H10.

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Bundle Monster Holiday Collection image plate BM-H10

Last, add a glitter top coat
I like adding a top coat with some kind of effect over sponged designs as I find this smooths out the color and may conceal some harsh edges, if any. I added a thin layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust.

Last year’s Easter I used a similar approach for my Easter nail design, check it out if you enjoy the idea: http://nailcentric.net/easter-nails-konad/

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

September is officially here and I am back from my last holiday for the summer season. Here are a few pictures of the lovely Rhodope Mountains where I spent the last week.

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The Rhodope Mountains

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The Rhodope Mountains

So this is a summer blogging roundup post which holds my favorite posts from June, July and August 2014.

This summer I had 20 posts altogether. It was really difficult to get back on track with blogging since I started working full time again but I am happy that I could manage :) Thanks for your support and encouragement my fellows!

In order of appearance, the posts are:
Nude wedding nails with white lace accent tutorial
Super easy wedding nails with striping tape
Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape tutorial
Blue dots nail design featuring Essie No Place Like Chrome
Arovana by Dance Legend review and swatches
Navy nail art design with striping tape tutorial
Sunset gradient ombre nails tutorial and tips
Peacock feather nail art stamp featuring Dance Legend Chameleon nail polish

Looking forward to autumn, I hope to see you soon!

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!

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 had great fun with the post of today! ModCloth invited me to take part in a nail art challenge where dress designs are interpreted into nail art and if I get selected by their media team my design will be showcased on the ModCloth blog. I loved the idea and rushed to choose between over 3000 summer dresses on their website and found this chick polka dot beauty :) My nail design follows, stay with me to see how I made it.

The Chic Dress in Polka Dots

I love the dress, I think it is super cute and capturing its design in nail art was simple and fun!

Chic polka dots nail art

Chic polka dots nail art

Chic polka dots nail design

Chic polka dots nail art

Chic polka dots nail art design

Chic polka dots nail art

First, paint your nails white
Get your white base done and dry. You might take a look at my How to make white polish work tutorial for the best result.

Then, add polka dots
Using different color to match the Chic dress in polka dots design, add polka dots to your white base. For my design I used the round head of a pin, cleaning it between color on a cotton pad soaked in nail polish remover.

Last, add your favorite top coat
Finish off with top coat to smooth your design and also help dots from fading too soon. Your dots have only one layer of color and are also different nail polish formulas (unless you used the same nail polish brand for all of them). I had a layer of my favorite Essie Good to Go to help drying and increase shine.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I have for you a colorful mess which I created using a makeup sponge. You know my love for the sponging technique, it is a favorite of mine for it’s easy to use and always leaves you with a fun result, even if sometimes a bit unpredictable :)

Here is a design inspired by my Easter nails where I used a sponged colorful mess as a base for my Easter design.

Colorful nail art with a makeup sponge

Colorful nails with a makeup sponge

Colorful nail design with a makeup sponge

Colorful nails with a makeup sponge

Colorful nails with a makeup sponge

Colorful nails with a makeup sponge

All you have to do is paint your nails white to give the colors a good base to pop and turn out vibrant and then do some sponging. I used my China Glaze City Flourish nail polishes as I think the colors go well together. To keep a similar pattern, I colored the makeup sponge with five polishes at the same time and used this as a stamp on my white nails. Then I touched a bit of color onto areas I was not absolutely happy with until I liked the result.

I loved wearing these and will recreate this design with other colors in the weeks to come!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!