Hello lovelies!

I am so excited I do not know where to start. Today I have for you the easiest no water marble nail art ever, some saran wrap thoughts and my new best way to revive worn out nail polish. So here we go, from back to front :)

One of my key criteria when choosing a nail polish is how long it lasts. I am that average woman who goes to work, does a whole bunch of chores, takes care of a family and still wants to look good. Nails are no exception so with such a hectic schedule nail polish durability is really important for me as I do not always have the time to do a fresh manicure. Luckier girls can have their polish on with no remarks for 5 days, even up to a week but I am one of those who are happy if nail color looks good for a few days. This is a thing about nail polish, it wears out and you have to invest some time to do your nails from scratch…

I recently found the best trick to help have beautiful nails for a couple days more with just a fraction of the time necessary to start everything over. Drum roll for the saran wrap nails!

What is it?
The saran wrap technique is a way to create that marble nail effect without using water and make a mess. You only tool is your regular and nothing-special-about-it saran wrap you are most likely to have in a kitchen drawer already. You will need ten small saran wrap balls. Just smash a two inch piece of it with your fingers and your tool is ready.

How does it work?
You need at least two colors to create the saran wrap marble nails. One for your base and one to cover it and use the saran wrap on. After your first color of choice is dry generously cover it with a different color. While your second color is still wet, touch the surface with a saran wrap ball several times. This will lift some of the second color up leaving the base color uncovered and visible. There you go, marble nails!

The saran wrap technique is ideal to revive a manicure you have had on for several days. Just when it starts to fade and chip here and there and it has grown a little too away from cuticles all you need is add a contrasting color on top and do the saran wrap technique.

No water marble nail art using saran wrap
To illustrate why I consider the saran wrap technique simply brilliant, here is a photo of my favorite Rimmel London nail color in Electric! from their Lasting Finish collection. I had it on for several days and it has those normal signs of wear, tips are not perfect anymore, there are some scratches… you get the picture.

Rimmel London Electric!

Rimmel London Electric!

Now this is how I revived it with the saran wrap technique. I used Rimmel Cocktail Passion nail polish on top and lifted some of the color up. I finished off with my fat top coat Rimmel 3D Plumping and I absolutely love the effect!

Saran wrap nails

Saran wrap nails

I know this post turned out a little unstructured but I couldn’t wait to tell you! Also,  Iknow all three products mentioned  in this post are Rimmel’s… They are not paying me, it just happened…

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

You know I love animal print nails for they make a great accent in a nail art design. I have shown you all kinds of animals including a zebra, a tiger, a snake and even a butterfly and today I want to show you an easy leopard print manicure. Read on for a tutorial how to make these animal nails.

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

First, paint some of your nails a peach shade and some of them white.
I wanted to tone down the wild animal effect so I chose a delicate peach for my main color. You will use your white nails for the leopard print so chose them based on where you want that accent to be. I usually choose my ring finger and thumb, I did the same for this manicure, too.

Add the leopard detail.
I love doing leopard nails because the leopard print is rather random and is very difficult to get it wrong. All you need is some random peach polish blobs on your white. These are your while cat spots.

After you have them in place, get some black on a stripping brush and make little lines around the blobs. Tip! Do not cover the whole area around the spots with black, you are aiming for a furry effect rather than a circle. To make your animal skin look more realistic, as any peach leopard should look, add tiny strokes and dots of black in between your leopard spots. This will fill the design and make it look more complete.

I am adding a close up of the leopard nail art to show you how random and a little messy it really is. I am doing this to show you do not have to worry if it is not perfect when you look it from 2 mm distance, it will look great from a normal distance. Tip! Stop telling yourself you won’t try it because you cannot draw, this is not a drawing but few random blobs of color with the cutest effect :)

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

Last, add some top coat.
I have said this before, but it won’t hurt if I say it again, so pardon me for sounding like a broken record… Such nail designs with several colors added one after another usually turn patchy. To smooth out the design use a fat clear top coat which will conceal the bumps and lumps. If you want to play a little and go for a more realistic animal skin, you can give your peachy leopard the matte treatment :)

Tip! You can recreate this design using whichever two colors you love. The trick that holds it together is to use one of the base colors for making the blobs for your leopard. If you decide to play with this leopard nail art I’d love to see how it turned out!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

With Valentine’s day approaching, love is in the air! You get ideas for everything on Valentine’s day: outfits, makeup, nails, music, bedroom furniture and even pets clothes… I will be another one to give you a manicure idea. It is a nail design a little out of the classic pink/red Valentine’s day romance, but still features a heart :) I figured since it’s Valentine’s day, I could do something a little more complicated, it took me almost an hour from start to end but I love the result. Here is how to create these Valentine’s day gradient heart nails tutorial.

Valentine's day gradient heart nails tutorial

Valentine’s day gradient heart nails tutorial

Valentine's day gradient heart nails tutorial

Valentine’s day gradient heart nails tutorial

First, paint your nails white.
I find all gradients turn out best on a white base. Even if your nail design does not have white in it, a white base will help the colors pop and make them look more vibrant. Sometimes colors in gradient nail art may appear blunt because some of the formula will stay your nails and the makeup sponge you are using to transfer color to nails. I used my Essie Blanc for these nails.

Then add a gradient nail effect.
For this Valentine’s day nail art I used two shades of turquoise and the good old makeup sponge. I have shown you manicures using the sponging technique before, but this time it will be a little different as we are aiming at a gradient effect. Put a stripe of your white nail polish, then your light turquoise and then your dark one on a makeup sponge. Instead of adding your colors one straight after the other, make them overlap a little on the makeup sponge. Tip! Always start by adding the lightest color first. This way, when you slightly overlap the colors, they will blend naturally on the sponge and help you get your gradient nail effect.

Transfer the colors from the sponge to your nails by touching your white base with it leaving your ring fingers white. Tip! Put some clear tape around your nails as this technique may be a bit too messy and you will end up spending more time to clean up than to create the nail design.

Then, add the heart.
To add the beautiful gradient heart to your nail design you will need some regular tape. Cut a 1 inch piece of tape. Fold it in half and cut a leaf shape into it at the folded end. When you unfold the tape your leaf cut will turn into a heart shape whole. You will use it as a model.

Stick your DIY heart model to the ring finger and add the same gradient to it with a makeup sponge and the colors you previously used. Tip! Touch your skin with the sticky part of the tape a few times. This will make the tape less sticky and will prevent it ruining your base when you take the tape off your nails. Tip! Remove the tape while nail polish is still wet. This way it will not leave a harsh mark on your design.

Add a fat top coat.
At this point your Valentine’s day heart  nail art may look patchy and uneven, this usually happens when you are using a sponge. To even out the nail design and to make it appear smoother, add a fat top coat. You will see how your gradient blends beneath a good coat of fat top nail polish.

Thanks for reading, have the most wonderful Valentine’s day and see you soon!

 

Hello lovelies!

Today I want to share with you my top 3 ways to wear glitter nail polish. Glitters are oh-so-shiny! and attractive in those sparkling bottles but when you get one yourself you may realize that you do not use it often. Maybe because going too sparkly does not fit your environment, maybe you think it is difficult to get glitter to work with most outfits, maybe because you get bored of that same effect , etc. Here are my favorite ways to wear glitter and get the most out of it.

Glitter in a jelly sandwich
Jelly sandwich nails are a fun way to play with glitter and nail polish colors. To make a jelly sandwich manicure you will need a jelly nail polish, which is a sheer color with a glossy finish, and any glitter formula. The technique follows the steps of making a sandwich. Jelly nail polish is your bread, so you will apply it first, then apply your glitter, and then finish with another jelly coat. Jelly sandwiches are great for when you do not feel like sparkling in glitter but more like playing with it.

Yellow jelly sandwich nails

Yellow jelly sandwich nails

For this glitter jelly sandwich I used a yellow color in combination with rose gold glitter and topped it up with sheer white.

Glitter as a top coat
No matter if your glitter has a clear or a colored base, it Is ideal as a top coat. You can be shy and apply a thin coat onto regular nail polish colors or you can go bold on it to attract the eye. Whichever it will be, this is for sure a great way to get variety working with what you already have.

Glitter all over
I love using glitter as an allover color. Usually glitter nail polishes come with a clear or at least sheer base and it may be difficult to get full coverage with your regular two or three color layers. This makes glitter manicures take too much time to dry. Tip! If you are looking for an allover color, apply one of three coats in advance, for example the previous night. This is a great preparation so that you can build up full glitter coverage at the same day you will be showing off your nails. You will shorten drying time dramatically and will still be able to play with more glitter coats until you like the result. Tip! To get more glitter on your nails just dip the brush into the formula and then press it on your nails instead of sweeping it as usual. This will leave you with a concentrated blob of glitter so that you will have more material to play with until you like the result.

I prefer using allover glitter as an accent on few nails. Check out my blue and gold nails post to see what I mean.

These were my tips how to use glitter nail polish. Check out my post for how to remove glitter as it may turn out to be the toughest part of all :)

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Match your lipstick to your nail color, this is my ultimate choice when I want a glamorous yet safe beauty result. I love how matching lip and nail color add some class and style to any outfit, creating a look which will fit any occasion. I browsed my personal cosmetics and nail polish collection to show you my matching lipstick and nail color choices and give some tips to help you make yours.

How to match lip and nail color?

TIP 1: Chose nail color first
I like to choose my nail color first and then find a matching lipstick. This is because nail colors are straightforward and what you see in the bottle is what you get in reality.

TIP 2: Test
When it comes to fine hue tuning test is the way to go! Choose a well stocked beauty store where you can explore colors live. This is especially true for lip color as a printed color on the lipstick box will fail you 99% of the time.

TIP 2: Mind your natural lip color
You have probably noticed that lipsticks tend to look a little different on your lips and this is because lips have a natural color. So if you are not going for an opaque color, it is best to try it out on lips. Personally, I never use public beauty testers on my face so my safe way to make the right choice if opt for creamier formulas which are also thicker and provide more coverage.

TIP 4: Go for a realistic color
This means what it means: do not match your lipstick to navy blue glittery holographic nails :) It will just be difficult to get it right. If you want to match some unconventional color, like blue, chose your lipstick first and match the nail color with it. You are most likely to get the best result with this approach because nail color is easier to find in odd hues and lip colorand you will have more variety to pick from.

TIP 5: Recheck color
It is absolute pleasure to wear the perfect nail and lip color combination but you should check up on the lip color regularly. Lipstick tends to wear off especially as we have a drink or a bite so make sure to reapply lip color regularly to ensure it still matches your nails.

I will show you some examples of lip and nail color pair from my personal collection.

I am not much of a red lip person but when I go for red, my choices are Revlon Lipgloss in Firecracker, #160 and Bourjois Paris 10 days Anti-Choc nail polish collection, #20.
match lip and nail colors

I love hot pink color, my matching lip and nail color choice in this category is Rimmel London Pro collection nail polish in Cocktail Passion, #313 in combination with Maybelline NY Superstay lipstick collection in Stay with me Coral, #430.

match lipstick and nail polish

The enhanced natural look is one of my all time favorites. I opt for Maybelline NY Color Sensational collection, Sweet Pink, #132 and Astor Liquid Care collection Llipgloss in Nude Rose, #103 for lips. I match these two with Essence Colour&Go collection nail polish in English rose, #111.

matching lip and nail colors

As for my oranges, I am not sure how well the photo got the shades, the colors in the two photos below seem very similar… Anyway, my hot orange color choice is YSL lip color from Rouge Volupte Shine collection in Coral, #14 in combination with Astor Fashion Studio nail polish in Orange Cosmos, #237.

matching lip and nail color

 

My other, more toned down lip corals are Bourjoir Paris lipstick from Rouge Edition collection in Peche cosy, #03 and 3D lipgloss in Orange Fruity, #13. The matching nail color is Max Factor Glossfinity nail polish in cute coral, #70.

match lip and nail colorThanks for reading, I hope this was a useful resource, see you soon!

 

Hello lovelies!

What I know for sure for every collection is that it is meant to grow in time and this is what my nail polish collection has been doing steadily over the past few years. So I figured it was high time for me to say goodbye to the good old shoe box where I used to store my nail polishes and come up with a better storage idea. I needed something that would display my bottles in an easy to reach way and will fit in room decoration so I do not have to hide that shoe box in the closet. So here it is, my choice for a pretty and practical DIY nail polish storage, the candy jar!

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

 

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

A candy jar has way more PROs than CONs for nail polish storage and I will share the reasons I chose it for my nail polish collection.

PRO 1: Great display
The candy jar is at the same time a storage solution and a display. You can see through glass and easily reach for the color you need. Tip! Make sure you can put your hand into the candy jar easily!

PRO 2: It is available
This storage solution is easy to find and you will not have to order stands, install them, drill your walls and pay the high price professional products usually have. I got my candy jar at IKEA for a decent price and among a good amount of choices. Many house oriented shops will offer you different candy jar designs and those you love are at your fingertips, ready to go home with you now!

PRO3: Cute decoration
The candy jar makes a beautiful home decoration. You can alter its design to fit your room design. I love how personal this storage solution is after you decorate it. A bow or an old T-shirt or some paper scraps is all you need to add character to your DIY nail polish display. For my jar I used scraps of paper, a few studs and some lace, all of them from previous projects. I decorated only the lid so that the jar will be cute and practical enough and I would see what is inside.

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

DIY nail polish storage idea: the candy jar

Unfortunately, a single candy jar is very unlikely to fit all of your polishes so I have two tips for you. Tip! Take out your most used and loved nail polishes for the season and put the in the jar. If you know you will not be using black glitter or Christmas greens in spring, just put them away! Take out the polishes you reach out for the most and display them in your cute candy jar! Tip! Get several candy jars to fit your whole collection. I figured that for my collection I would not need more than 3 or 4 large candy jars. You can play with decoration and put them on different places to freshen the room design or you can stack them together so that will l look like real candy treat display :)

So that was my nail polish storage idea, I hope you enjoyed! I would love to know how you store your nail polish collection!

Hello everyone,

Today I want to share with you another wedding manicure I created. It is a classic French manicure embellished with tiny gold and silver beads. This will be a rather straightforward tutorial regarding the nail design but I will take some time to tell you my favorite and easy way to apply embellishments to nails.

Wedding nails with gold and silver jewels tutorial

Wedding nails with gold and silver jewels tutorial

Wedding nails with gold and silver jewels tutorial

Wedding nails with gold and silver jewels tutorial

Paint your nails a nude color.
You can play with the color and chose your favorite shade which will complement your skin tone. I chose a classic natural beige shade and applied 3 coats to achieve an allover color instead of a see through look.

Add the French tip.
This nail design is based on the classic French manicure. Add a white tip to all your nails using guiding stripes. We have discussed how you can use DIY guiding stripes made by regular tape but for this manicure I would suggest to get original French tip guides. This is because original French tip guides are slightly curved to match your natural nail shape, plus we will be looking for perfection, it is a special day after all :)

How to add gold and silver nail jewels.
I used tiny nail art beads you can find in nail art supplies shops as well as online. You know I do not use nail art glue to stick embellishments to nails. I also do not use any picking tool, my technique to position the beads is very easy, just read on.

+ put some gold and silver beads on a towel. This way they would stay in place and won’t start rolling everywhere
+ add a thin coat of clear nail polish at the base of your French tip
+ press your finger on the beads, some of them will stay on it
+ press your finger with the beads onto the clear nail polish line

This is a clean and easy way to attach all kinds of tiny embellishment to your nails. With practice it gets easier and you will be able to control the result to perfection.

Last, add a fat top coat.
To seal the design together, apply a gel look top coat. I have tried using thinner formulas, but they do not grasp the little embellishment as well as fat ones.

Products:
Nude:  Mybelline Super Stay gel nail color collection, French manicure, number 76
White: Essie Blanc
Top coat: Rimmel London 3D Plumping top coat
Beads: gold and silver

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!