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 am a huge fan of water marble nails, I love how intricate and unique the designs using water marble technique turn out and I absolutely hate the fact that this nail art never worked for me. I have read a lot, seen videos of people doing it and ended out wiping off each and every messy and honestly speaking ugly design on my nails. Sometimes I wonder why do I keep trying this thing over and over again…

This post is dedicated to a water marble nail design which I finally liked enough to wear and share :) I will tell you my tips how to make the water marble nail art technique work and I hope it will do as it did for me.

White and gold water marble nails

White and gold water marble nails

White and gold water marble nail design

White and gold water marble nails

White and gold water marble nail art

White and gold water marble nails

TIP1: Use 2 colors
After giving multi color water marble nails a try a few times and never liked the result I finally came to the conclusion that less may be more and tried a design with only two colors. In my photos I alternated opaque white and gold shades until they created a good base to dip your fingers in :)

TIP2: Use warm water
Warm water helps your chosen colors to spread in the cup you are using and make them easier to layer.

TIP3: Dip to a 45 degree angle
I found out that dipping your fingers to an angle across the water surface gives the best result and saves you from wrinkles and bubbles.

TIP4: Do two nails at a time
Dipping two nails together into your water marble design is faster. Also, you can get interesting patterns which complement each other due to the fact that they were picked out of the same base pattern.

TIP5: Use oil to protect your skin
I have seen many bloggers recommend to use tape around your nail which you can remove later and reduce the amount of clean up after each dip into your water marble design. I found this technique time consuming and too messy so I tried oil. Rubbing whatever oil you have in handy into your cuticles and finger will prevent nail polish from sticking to these areas and make the clean up process much easier and quicker.

So these are my ideas to make the water marble nails work.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

I am back from a long and enjoyable Easter Holiday country trip and can’t wait to share with you some cute nails!

Polka dots nails tutorial

Funny polka dots nails with China Glaze City Flourish nail colors

Polka dots nail art

Funny polka dots nails with China Glaze City Flourish nail colors

Polka dots nails

Funny polka dots nails with China Glaze City Flourish nail colors

First, paint some of your nails purple and some of them pink
I am not sure I am calling the colors I chose the right way though. These are China Glaze Petal to the Metal and China Glaze What a Pansy and both of them are very unique shades. With the first one being a vibrant pink and the second a bluish purple shade, I thought I would give this nail design a fun base.

Then, add some colorful polka dots
I used several colors to add lines of dots to this manicure. All the nail polishes are from China Glaze summer 2014 City Flourish collection. For the dots I used my favorite dotting tool – a regular pin head. I used Grass is Lime Greener, Metro Pollen-tin and At Vase Value in combination with my base colors. It turned out a lot as an Easter nail design although I hadn’t planned it to be.

Last, add top coat
Add a good layer of top coat to seal your design and make it last longer. China Glaze City Flourish nail polishes have a semi matte finish to them which I prefer to conceal with some old school shine :)

This was my colorful polka dots manicure idea, 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 nail art lovers!

I have been experimenting lately with layering nail colors and I want to show you the result of my latest attempt. This is a saran wrap nail design featuring Zoya Arabella as a base and China Glaze What a Pansy as a layered color. I used the saran wrap technique to create the nail design below.

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nail design

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

This is the combination is stronger day light.

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap mani

Zoya Arabella and China Glaze What a Pansy saran wrap nails

 

The Saran Wrap technique
The saran wrap nail technique is super fast and simple and I use it a lot to rescue nail color when it already has some flaws but I do not have time for a full manicure. In this case I already had Zoya Arabella with a top coat for several days on. I have to admit I am impressed with this nail polish durability as it had only a few chips after I had made 22 pizzas (yes, twenty-two!).

To achieve the saran wrap nail effect you only need to add an opaque layer of color over your chosen base and then use a small saran wrap ball to lift up some of the second color by touching it while it is still wet.

I added Essie Good to Go fast drying top coat to speed the drying process up and to make the nail design more blend well and shine.

This was my saran wrap experiment and I love the result. Have you tried this technique, what do you think of it?
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.

Zoya Stevie Pixie Dust summer 2013 swatch

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!

Hello nail art lovers!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

I am awful  at coming up with original and fun practical jokes so I’ll stick to nails today :) I played a bit with the needle drag nail art technique and I am happy how this nail design turned out. Needle drag designs are fun to play with but also a bit unpredictable so if you like surprises, stay with me for a tutorial how to get these needle drag flower nails.

What is the needle drag nail art technique?
This technique is basically using a needle to drag wet nail polish onto your nails and this way create various random designs and shapes. When nail polish is not dry you can manipulate it a bit and mix it with another wet color. You may mimic the water marble nails, can create interesting shapes featuring two or more colors, etc. You have to work fast with the needle drag nail art technique as you will have only few seconds to work with the colors while they are still wet but once you find your way to do it, it will be easier.

A key thing to the needle drag design is not being too overwhelmed by precision at all costs. This technique usually holds a surprise and unlike stamping for example is not meant to be print like. So have fun and enjoy!

Flowers using needle drag nail art technique

Flowers using needle drag nail art technique

Flowers using needle drag nail art technique

Flowers using needle drag nail art technique

For this design I used nail polishes from Zoya Naturel spring 2014 collection.
Excuse my cuticles for not being in their best condition ever…

First, paint your nails a nude color
As a base color I used Zoya Chantal from Zoya Naturel spring 2014 nail polish collection. At this point add only one coat of your base color. You will add a second one but one finger at a time so that you will work with wet nail polish. Tip! Try not to add a coat which is too thick in your attempt to buy more time to work while nail polish is wet as this will only leave you with a never drying blob of color you cannot control well.

Add the needle drag flowers
It is important to work one nail at a time. Technique is rather simple but you need to be fast, so get everything ready before you start painting. Tip! Open the caps of the nail colors you are going to use and keep them at hand, have your needle prepped. So this is how it goes: add a second layer of your base color and while it is still wet, add a few  fat dots of different nail colors. While everything is still wet, gently drag the colors around with a needle. You will see how colors merge and create a unique nail design.

For this manicure I used only two colors. These are Zoya Normani and Zoya Brigitte form Zoya Naturel 2014 nail polish collection.

Add a fast drying top coat
For this technique it is necessary to use a fast product at all costs :) Nail drag designs turn out fat and tend to dry very slowly and chances are you will ruin your work if you do not take extra steps  to make everything dry faster. I used Essie Good to Go fast drying top coat but you may try a different product that works for you, for example a drying spray or drying nail drops. I choose to use a top coat as it helps seal the whole design together.

So this is it, the needle drag nail art technique.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!