Hello lovelies!

Today I want to share with you a beautiful and girly textured formula. China Glaze Wish On A Starfish is a pink textured formula with fine gold shimmer. You can see gold hue are very prominent on photos taken in the sun (first two) and not so loud on photos taken out of direct sunlight (last two). Formula is rather thin but very easy to build as it dies not dry too bumpy and is not difficult to layer. For all photos in this post I have 2 coats on.

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China Glaze Wish On A Starfish: review and swatches

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China Glaze Wish On A Starfish: review and swatches

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China Glaze Wish On A Starfish: review and swatches

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China Glaze Wish On A Starfish: review and swatches

Being a textured formula, Wish On A Starfish is not meant to be worn with a top coat on. This makes it fade in two days. To wear it longer I would suggest you either layer 3 coats or add a third layer after 1 day of wear. To take Wish On A Starfish off simply hold a pad soaked in nail polish remove on your nail for 15 to 20 seconds, it is not too stubborn to remove.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello loveliest!

I am excited to share with you today a textured nail polish collection from Zoya to anticipate this fall.

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Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 nail polish collection

Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 nail polish collection features 3 textured formulas in 3 stunning autumn shades

Zoya Noir: Deep vampy plum, textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex Particles.

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Zoya Noir Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 nail polish collection

Zoya Arianna: Blue-toned red wine, textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Particles

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Zoya Arianna Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 nail polish collection

Zoya Oswin: True red, textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Particles

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Zoya Oswin Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 nail polish collection

Zoya promise we would get beautiful 3D coverage by applying two or three thin coats. I love that you are not required to use a base or a top coat with textured formulas which saves time. Nail polishes from Zoya Ultra PixieDust fall 2014 are BIG5Free and formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

Zoya Noir, Zoya Arianna and Zoya Oswin will be available for pre-order at zoya.com on the 9th of September and will be shipped out on the 15th of September or sooner.

Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on Noir!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I have for you a textured wedding nail design, it is white and gold + easy to make using striping tape. Stay with me for some words on how I made it.

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

First, paint your nails white
For this manicure I painted my white base the night before I added the textured gold to this nail design. This is because you need to be 100% certain that your base is dry when you are using striping tape or you risk some smudges a flaws.

Then, randomly add some striping tape
I attached several striping tape pieces to my nails aiming to make parallel lines. I think white and gold will work great for a wedding day in various shapes so go with your imagination if you are not keen on the geometric precision parallel lines will leave you with.

Last, add a full coat of your opaque gold color
OPI Honey Ryder worked great for this wedding nail art idea. It is a one coater and gives this beautiful textured final look which makes this nail design unique. I added a single layer and immediately removed the striping tape without waiting for the formula to set. I find it is much easier to achieve a clean line when you are fast with this procedure.

To keep the textured look, do not add any top coat and simply wait for your bridal nail design to dry.

Thanks for having a look at my textured white and gold wedding nails tutorial, I hope you enjoyed!

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Hello nail art lovers!

Today I have another nail design for you from my Stamping ABC post series. It is a playful textured tiger skin in pink and purple.

This design is super simple to put up but has something special to it. As a base I have China Glaze Unrefined which is a matte textured pink. This is one of my favorite three dimensional formulas and I figured it would be even lovelier with some tiger skin print on :)

This is how China Glaze Unrefined looks in two coats.

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China Glaze Unrefined swatch

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China Glaze Unrefined swatch

Here is the finished textured pink tiger skin look.

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Textured pink tiger skin nails

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Textured pink tiger skin nails

I got the tiger skin patter from my MoYou London The Pro #3 image plate and used Rimmel London Electric! nail color for the skin print. You can see it featured as a base color in my How to use water decals tutorialTip! When stamping onto a textured base you will need a bit more pressure on the nail than usual. This is because you need color to get in between the textured bumps and your stamp pattern to have no spaces without color.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today I want to show you a textured nail color from Konad. I was sent Konad Sandy in Coral Bronze for honest review and in this post I will share with you how I feel about it.

Color
I was super interested in trying Sandy out because it was a surprise to me that Konad do regular nail polish in addition to their special stamping formulas. My nail polish is called Coral Bronze and is a copper shade with tiny gold particles.

Here are some shots showing Coral Bronze with and without top coat.

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Konad Sandy in Coral Bronze swatch

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Konad Sandy in Coral Bronze with and without top coat comparison

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Konad Sandy in Coral Bronze with and without top coat comparison

Formula and application
Konad Sandy line features textured colors with a matte finish. I applied Coral Bronze in two layers to get the effect from the photos. Formula is rather thick and very easy to apply with the dense brush Sandy line is equipped with. Color is opaque and you can easily go one coat but the textured finish is more visible in two.

Coral Bronze dries fast and is extremely easy to remove. You do not need some special procedures to take it off and this is a huge plus for me when it comes to textured nail polishes as sometimes they are a total pain to remove.

Wear
I had Konad Sandy in Coral Bronze on for three days. Without a top coat it wears perfect for a day and then starts to fade towards nail tips. With a top coat on Coral Bronze had no chips or color fades for the whole three day period I wore it. Tip! Wear the textured look for a day and then add a top coat. This way you will enjoy variety and you won’t have to change a full color for your perfect mani :)

My verdict
I loved this nail color for three main reasons. First, it does not need much to do your nails, just the normal two coat procedure and the average drying time. Second, it comes off very easily. And then, I love how this shade complements a yellow undertone complexion. This is by far the most lovely copper shade I have tried as I find this range of colors usually look strange with my skin tone.

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.

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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!