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 nail art lovers!

I had a crave for some yellow recently and so I made up this fruity nail design featuring some cartoon bananas. I love how it turned out, had great fun wearing it no matter that my bananas illustration is far from perfect.

Banana nail decoration with Orly Lemonade

Nails gone bananas with Orly Lemonade nail art

Banana nail art with Orly Lemonade

Nails gone bananas with Orly Lemonade nail art

Banana nails with Orly Lemonade

Nails gone bananas with Orly Lemonade nail art

I am not great in detailed drawing so for this manicure I decorated two accent nails. My yellow base color is Orly Lemonade, a beautiful yellow crème I have had for some time now. I painted some of my nails yellow and some of them white. To get the cartoon bananas I blobbed a bit of yellow over my white base and then added a few black strokes with striping brush. Some of my bananas obviously have jalapeno relatives but still :)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

So excited for this post today! I recently ordered a number of Dance Legend nail polishes and they were finally in the nail mail last week!

Dance Legend is a Russian professional nail lacquer brand with a huge range of colors, their effects nail polishes being most impressive. Unfortunately, they have poor distribution outside Russia so instead of consenting to the limited shade  availability in the few UK brand retailers, I got my package shipped directly from Russia :) I got some amazing formulas I will be showing you later but today I want to present my Dance Legend RIO collection nail polish.

Dance Legend RIO #5 nail polish

Dance Legend RIO #5 swatch

Dance Legend RIO #5 swatch

Dance Legend RIO #5 nail polish

Color
Dance Legend RIO nail polish collection is all about bright neon glitter. I got RIO #5 which is a clear base packed with three bright colors of glitter: green, pink and blue. Glitter of this formula has different size and shape in all three colors, so you get tiny dots, even larger hex and square shapes and star shaped parts. All this is a neon tropical party in a bottle, I love the RIO #5 approach to glitter!

I wore RIO #5 over white and really enjoyed this combination. I love how you can get a different effect depending on the base color you use and also depending on the colors you pear this polish with. I swatched it with different colors to give you some ideas how to pair it and never get bored.

Dance Legend RIO #5 over white and black

Dance Legend RIO #5 over white and black

Dance Legend RIO #5 swatch without stars

Dance Legend RIO #5 swatch without stars

Dance Legend RIO #5 with China Glaze in the rough

Dance Legend RIO #5 with China Glaze in the rough

Dance Legend RIO #5 with OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips

Dance Legend RIO #5 with OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips

Formula and application
RIO #5 clear base is densely packed with glitter and simply gives your neon shapes a way to stick to nails. Formula dries semi matte and if you want full shine effect I suggest adding a top coat. Base darkens a tiny bit, you can tell this when you use this color over white but I do not think it is visible to the casual eye :)

Glitter sticks to nails easily and I love how you can manipulate it for a neon full impact neon glitter nail to a less busy look depending on how much glitter you get on. I found the star shaped parts a bit tricky, their outmost ends tend to stick out and start clinging to your clothes and hair so I suggest to place the stars at the center of your nail where there is enough flat space for them to stick properly.

Wear
RIO #5 basically wears as long as your base color does.It is easy to remove and super fun to wear.

I wish Dance Legend nail polishes were available and easy to get in Europe and hope to see them around more soon.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

I have a quick nail design for you today. It features roses water decals and a neon color from China Glaze. Check my tutorial how to apply water decals if you have missed it.

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China Glaze Sun of a Peach with water decals nail design

The base color for this manicure is China Glaze Sun of a Peach. It is an orange neon released in summer 2013 and I have already swatched it in a previous post. I have already ranted about it’s awful formula and about how difficult it is to get even coverage. For this nail design I needed 5 thin layers of Sun of a Peach and then a top coat to help smooth the color out. The top coat steals away from its semi matte finish but truly, I don’t mind :)

Here is a closer look to the water decal pattern. I love flowers on nails and have featured some water decal bouquets in two of my wedding manicure ideas.

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China Glaze Sun of a Peach with water decals nail design

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

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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 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!

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?