Hello manicure lovers!

With so many glittery beauties going on in Holiday season, I decided to share with you how to remove sparkles effectively without scrubbing your nails. All you need is a nail polish remover of your choice, some cotton balls and kitchen aluminum foil.

Soak cotton in nail polish remover
I prefer using makeup removal cotton pads to lose cotton or cotton balls because they are easier to position and do not leave fibers behind. Tip! Cut each pad in four, this way it will fit your nail better and won’t dry out the skin around your nails too much.

How to remove glitter the easy way

How to remove glitter the easy way

Then, wrap nails with kitchen foil and wait
Position each cotton pad on a nail and just wrap your finger tips with kitchen aluminum foil. This will create an individual mini cap for each finger. Wait for 3 minutes. It may feel a little strange to have funny extra terrestrial looking hands but for the sake of the procedure be patient :)

Last, massage and remove caps
Before removing the aluminum caps, massage each nail for 5 seconds. When you take off the cotton and foil, there will be no polish and glitter residue on your nails. This amazing technique works great for all kinds of textured nail polish. I like to moisturize my nails and cuticles right after this procedure as it may be a bit drying to the nail. I have already shared with you my instant remedy for nails – the magical castor oil.

Thanks for joining me and see you soon!.

Hello everyone!

As promised in my Glam it up! with Zendaya post, I will share with you how I recreated this beautiful monochrome nail design. I did not give up my nails shape for the sake of this tutorial but still like the result. This manicure is easier to do than it may seen, so read on.

Zendaya Replay nails

Zendaya Replay nails

Zendaya Replay nails

Zendaya Replay nails

First, paint your left hand nails black and right one’s white.
This is a monochrome design and black and white are the base colors it is built upon.

Then, use a makeup sponge to create a gradient effect.
Left hand ring and index fingers should have white gradient tip. Right hand ring and index fingers will have the opposite gradient effect, their tips should be black. I used a regular makeup sponge to create the gradient. This is my favorite gradient nails tutorial:

Ombre sponge nails by Sheknows

Ombre sponge nails by Sheknows

Add the Replay sign on middle fingers.
This was the hardest part to me because of the circle shape, but I came up with an idea. Tip! Use a needle to dot out the replay sign. Gently push the needle into your base color, it will leave tiny marks you can use for a guiding line. Then trace this line with a striping brush using the opposite color – black for white nails and vice versa.

Add the word ‘replay’ to your thumbs.
If you are good with both your hands and you can write with them, add RE to your left thumb and PLAY to your right one in opposing colors. Personally, I am right handed and I cannot write with my left hand. Tip! I decided not to ruin the design at the last step and added the ► sign to my right thumb, it is basically a black triangle :) Call it cheating but I think this design looks fabulous even that way!

Last, add a top coat
Finish off with a gel look top coat. It will seal the design and smooth out the rougher areas, especially gradient. It will also make your work last so that you can show it off.

“Replay” is Zendaya’s second single which hit the charts on July 16th 2013, taking its highest position of number 3 hit in US Hot Dance Club Songs. Her manicure for the video shoot was created by ES nail LA, the studio Zendaya trusts for her nails.

Products:
Black: Essie Licorice
White: Essie Blanc
Top coat: Rimmel 3D plumping top coat
Striping brush

Inspiration:

Zendaya Replay nails on disneydreaming.com

Zendaya Replay nails on disneydreaming.com

 
Thanks for reading and see you soon!.

Hi dear nail art lovers!

Today I want to share with you some thoughts on top coat and how it can change your nail art for the better. There are many top coats out there designed to give you all kinds of effects and finish. In my personal collection here are always these three must have tops I cannot live without. I will not go into the obvious positive sides of taking two more minutes to apply a top coat to your design. I will just give you the three best top coats which have outscored all products I have tried.

The long wear top coat
If you, like me, need your designs to last long and even get you through the whole work week, then a clear long wear top is essential. I prefer thinner formulas which will not take too long to dry and will not load onto your design. Also, I sometimes apply and extra top coat few days later to freshen my design and make it last another day or two. This is one of my tricks to prolong nail design life. Stay tuned for my other magic tricks on this topic :) My choice for a long wearing clear coat is L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base&top coat 2in1. It is a multi-purpose product that can be used as a base too but I use it as a clear top coat only. It gives manicure great longevity and durability.

L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base&top coat 2in1

L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base&top coat 2in1

The FAT and top coat
Very often designs require some layering of color, different textures, some rough techniques like sponging, etc. Such designs desperately need a fat top coat to smooth them out and make the whole nail art appear consistent but not patchy. For these occasions a gel look clear top is your precious piece. I prefer my gel look coat to have a large brush so that I can apply it with only one stroke. This is so because some polishes tend do smudge if topped with another texture and you do not want your detail, and time you put in to create it to be wasted for the wrong top coat formula. My winner in the fat clear top polish category is Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping top coat. It has a large brush, dries fast enough and is perfect to smooth out rough designs.

Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping top coat

Rimmel Finishing Touch 3D Plumping top coat

The mat top coat
I am a huge fan of mat top coats as they actually double your color collection. Every color out there can be topped up with a mat formula. This gives you freedom to create different nail art effects without having to spend out on a collection of mat colors. All you have to do is just take your favorite polish and apply the clear mat over it. Look out for my Shine vs Mat nail art design! My best clear mat is Flormar Mattifying Perfect Nail top coat. It takes only one coat to mattify all colors polishes I have tried it with. It is also budget friendly.

Flormar Mattifying Perfect Nail top coat

Flormar Mattifying Perfect Nail top coat

Inspiration:

3 best to save the day

Powerpuff Girls save the day

Powerpuff Girls save the day by dig.do


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello everyone!

Christmas is approaching and holiday spirit is all around but I am already looking for spring 2014 nail color collections. I cannot keep my love for Dior Triannon nail polish set only to myself so welcome back to my column for anticipated and inspiring nail products that are about to be released!

What is Trianon?

Trianon pastel palette is inspired by the private castle of Marie-Antoinette, the famous Qween of France in the 18th century. The château is named Petit Trianon and is created on the grounds of the magnificent Palace of Versailles.

Dior Trianon spring 2014 nail colors

Dior Trianon spring 2014 nail colors

Trianon collection features four nail colors – three delicate pastels and a pearl finish polish to complement Dior’s spring 2014 makeup concept. Porcelaine is a sky blue color, a beautiful pastel to match the spring sky Bloom is a vibrant deep pink color Bouquet is a subtle coral Perlé is a pearl finish lilac shade Trianon makeup collection is to be released in January 2014  in Japan and later that month a United states launch is about to follow. International release is planned for February 2014 when collection will hit major beauty stores. I got all images from chicprofile.com.

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Dior Trianon spring 2014 makeup colection

Inspiration
Dior chose Russian model, actress and photographer Daria Strokous to be Trianon’s face.

Russian model, actress and photographer Daria Strokous is Trianon makeup collection face

Russian model, actress and photographer Daria Strokous is Trianon makeup collection face

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello dear nail lovers,

Welcome back to my Manicure Essentials column, dedicated to vital nail products other than nail color.

Nail art is a beautiful hobby but it can damage natural nails by drying them, making them brittle and make them look exactly how they are – unhealthy. There are certainly a lot of products out there designed to nourish and soften cuticles, strengthen nails and simply give them back their healthy look. I have tried many but there is one magical remedy which does all the tricks for my nails and at the same time is natural and cheap.

Castor oil! Rich in essential fatty acids, castor oil has had two huge benefits to my nails.

Hydrate and nourish
Pure cold pressed castor oil does magic to nail cuticles leaving them soft and well hydrated. Cuticle appearance is one of the main factors to determine if your hands will look maintained or sloppy.

Strengthen
Castor oil strengthens nails, but keeps them flexible and thus it is easier to grow your manicure at the length you prefer. For a month of use you will notice that your bare nails look buffed, are strengthened, their tips will be white and flexible.

Natural nails

Natural nails

I include a photo of how my bare nails look right now:

How to use?
What I do is simply rub some castor oil in cuticles and bare nails, then go to sleep and allow it to soak in. If you are in a hurry but still want to benefit from this simple nail mask, you can leave it on for a shorter period but be careful to remove all castor oil residue before applying your color. Otherwise, it won’t stick to your nail and will peel off once dry.
Inspiration:

Healthy nails as at the-collectiveonline.com Tips for healthier and stronger nails

Healthy nails as at the-collectiveonline.com Tips for healthier and stronger nails


Thanks for reading and see you soon!.

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my Concept nails art column which is dedicated to inspirational, if not too wearable, nail designs. My first post is about Gothic nails. Dark, mysterious and artful, these designs challenge imagination. Dark colors and contrasting colors, especially black, classic red, deep burgundy are key colors for Gothic nails. Depending on the message they are designed to carry, you may see some gold sparkling in between bleeding roses and sculls. Concept Gothic nails are usually embellished with metallic elements, chains and lace. Check out these spectacular designs and join me in congratulating their creators.

Amazing gothic nails by Kelz Joannides at kelzjoannides.deviantart.com

Amazing gothic nails by Kelz Joannides at kelzjoannides.deviantart.com

Embellished ruby gothic nails by Necrosarium at necrosarium.deviantart.com

Embellished ruby gothic nails by Necrosarium at necrosarium.deviantart.com

Cameo and cross gothic nails by kirakiranails

Cameo and cross Gothic nails by kirakiranails

Wearable Gothic nails ideas These gorgeous design are so very impressive that would require a really special occasion to show them off. However, Gothic nails are not at all a causa perduta if you want to admire them in day light and at public places :) Look at the toned down ideas for Gothic inspired nails below!

Red and black gradient lace nails by dailysomething.com

Red and black gradient lace nails by dailysomething.com

Beautiful gradient stamp nails + tutorial at jahreszeitenhaus.blogspot.com

Beautiful gradient stamp nails + tutorial at jahreszeitenhaus.blogspot.com

Sharp black and gold Gothic nails by Material Girl at Pinterest

Sharp black and gold Gothic nails by Material Girl at Pinterest

Inspiration:

Amazing chained Gothic nails at topfortylist.com

Amazing chained Gothic nails at topfortylist.com

Thanks for reading!.

Hello nail art lovers!

I sometimes get struck by how some people wear their nails at the office. I am a nail beauty lover and can endure almost anything when it comes to design but seriously, at the office?

I know office dress code differs and what is considered too loud at one place may be just too boring at another. Office atmosphere should be your main guide what to wear to work and look both stylish and professional. Anyway, some things just should not happen :)

What not to wear at work

Chipped nails
Chipped nails are ugly, make your whole outfit look sloppy and say you do not care for details. Yes, you may do overtime, stay late to finish projects or have no time left after housekeeping when you come back home, but still, no polish is better than chipped color. Instead, take your time to remove color and if you do not have time to apply a new coat, leave your nails clean.

chipped nail polish from officialgelnailpolishguide.com

chipped nail polish from officialgelnailpolishguide.com

Boudoir nails                                                   
As beautiful and sultry as they may look, sexy and boudoir nails are not meant for your colleagues to admire. They may leave the impression you are trying to seduce someone rather than make business with them. If you still want to rock lace at work, choose a light color for your base and white for your design to make it subtle and a bit more modest.

boudoir nails from heyitskitcat.blogspot.com

boudoir nails from heyitskitcat.blogspot.com

Overdone nails
For sure, your nail design can be impressive artwork and even your outfit statement piece. But try not to make it three-dimensional and acrylic and overgrown and gothic at the same time :)

overdone nails from nails8.com/

overdone nails from nails8.com/

What nails to wear at work:
Go nude
Nude nail polish is a lifesaver in many situations and is a top choice for the office. It looks professional and works with every outfit and moreover, works with all levels of business etiquette. Most brands hold nude shades to complement your natural skin tone and make your hands appear taken care for.

Reese Witherspoon and Eva Mendes with nude manicure

Reese Witherspoon and Eva Mendes with nude manicure

nude nail polish guide by styleglow.com

nude nail polish guide by styleglow.com

French nails
French manicure is a classic and will always be in style. All you need to do is paint your nails white and you will achieve a classic clean look.

beautiful French manicure from sheknows.com

beautiful French manicure from sheknows.com

Pastels
Pastel nail color has been in trend for the past several seasons and it seems we will be wearing it in 2014 too. Invest in some light pastel nail colors to alternate them at work and achieve an office friendly fashionable look. Moreover, pastels look great on shorter nails too so if your work involves a lot of typing and you prefers your nails shorter, these colors will do the beauty trick.

macaron pastel nails from http://mysalonlooks.com/

macaron pastel nails from http://mysalonlooks.com/

Orly pastel nail color collection

Orly pastel nail color collection

I hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading!.