Hello nail art lovers!

By now you have probably got that I am a huge fan of nail polish effects. Polishes with added effect such as glitter, sand, etc. are fast and easy to use and give your manicure that extra something without taking too much time. One of my favorite nail polish effect is the one you get with magnetic nail polish. In this post I will give you some tips how to get the most of magnetic nail polishes.

What is magnetic nail polish?
Basically, magnetic nail polish is a nail color mixed with fine metal shavings. These polishes usually come with a magnetic cap. When placed over the freshly applied color, the magnet causes metal shavings to react and form a pattern. The pattern itself is the result we are aiming to get :)

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

This is a design I achieved with Essie Repstyle magnetic color collection. My color is called Sssssexy. I love the result  and would recommend the line :)

Once you get used to it, it is fairly simple to use magnetic nail polishes. I will give you the general steps + some extra advice that will give you the best result, I promise!

First, apply a thin coat of the formula on your bare nails.
The first coat you apply should be thin and neat. Take some time to be precise with this step, the outcome depends on the application of your first coat. Tip! Do not use a base coat to prep your nails for magnetic polish as this may make your pattern look patchy.

Second, form the pattern with the magnet.
You should form the pattern one nail at a time! Apply a thick coat on the nail and immediately place the magnet over it. You should stay one mm away from the nail so the magnet won’t touch it and ruin the freshly applied polish. Wait for 10 seconds and Voila! now you have a beautiful patterned design!

Here are some additional tips to get the most out of magnetic formulas:
TIP 1: Shake well before use. Metal shavings are heavier than the nail polish formula and tend to gather at the bottom of the polish bottle. Shaking it up will distribute the metal evenly and get you a better result.
TIP 2: Play with the magnet until you get your favorite outcome. You will notice how changing the magnet position over your nail will give you a different design. Take some time to see what works best for your nails length, shape or your mood.
TIP 3: Do not load on polish formula. When you add your second coat, make it thick but clean. It should not float around your nail. Loaded nail polish may smudge the pattern and will surely take longer to dry.
TIP 4: Start over if you ruin a nail. It will be neater and quicker to start over that try to add more and more polish. Adding polish will lead to a mess rather than a design.
TIP 5: Add a top coat. To create a beautiful design with metallic nail polish you need only two coats of the formula. But after you use the magnet and it causes the metal shavings to gather at one place, this will leave certain areas with even less than two coats of polish. This will make your design to fade and chip easily. So, add your favorite top coat on top to get the maximum impact.

Thanks for reading, I hope that was useful!.

Hello dear manicure lovers!

I am so excited to share with you the first post for my Wedding nails column! This column will be dedicated to wedding nail art, bridal manicure tips and brides nails inspiration.

This wedding nail design is based on simple natural color, embellished with beautiful roses water decals. It is an easy DIY manicure, it is very practical, highly durable and you can be sure it will not fall apart on your big day. Read on for a tutorial how to achieve this romantic bridal design.

Wedding nail art with water decals

Wedding nail art with water decals

Wedding nail art with water decals

Wedding nail art with water decals

Wedding nail art with water decals

Wedding nail art with water decals

First, paint some of your nails a natural shade and some of them white.
I chose to place the design on both ring fingers as well as on my right thumb. Ring finger will be shown off with your new wedding ring, when holding the bouquet and thumb will show when you give your signature at the ceremony. My water decal is a beautiful rose on a white base, so I painted these three fingers white. Paint all other fingers a natural color for a romantic look. This nail art looks best if your natural color is thick and not sheer. Applying more coats will make it look thicker and smoother. I love how the natural shade complements the roses and makes this design look completed.

Then, place water decals on your white nails.
Check out my tutorial to see how to create water decals nail art.

Last, seal your design with top coat.
With water decals I prefer using a long lasting top coat. This gives you some extra insurance that design will stay intact after days, easily more than a week.

Products:
Water decals with roses
Natural: Flormar 372
Top coat: L’Oreal Paris Resist & shine base and top coat

Inspiration:
A whimsical vintage wedding reception by Brandon Kidd.

Vintage wedding reception by Brandon Kidd

Vintage wedding reception by Brandon Kidd

Thanks for reading! Have a magical and unforgettable wedding day!.

Hello everyone!

Today I want to give some tips on how to use water decals for easy and lasting manicure.

First, color your nails.
Water decals stick best on painted nails. Tip! If you are using whole nail water decals, paint your nail in a color as close to the nail decal shade as possible. This way if there is some inconsistency between the decal shape and your nails it won’t show too much.

Second, soak the decal into water.
Most decals take 10 to 20 seconds to get saturated with the right amount of water. You are aiming to get the decal off its base with a gentle touch. If it comes off easily, you are ready to proceed. If it is hard to get the decal off, soak it in water for 5 to 10 more seconds. Tip! Do not try to pull the decal because this will most probably tear it and ruin the design.

Then, place the decal onto your nail.
By this time decal should be sticky and easy to position onto your nail. Try to get it as close to cuticles as possible and gently push the design onto your nail. Do not worry if you have too much excess around your nails, decals are made huge so that they can fit all nail lengths and widths. Take a fine file and gently file off the excess, it should come off easily without any pressure and with a few touches.

Last, seal your design with top coat.
Last phase is to put your long lasting top coat on. Make sure to cover areas on the sides of your nail, close to the cuticles and the very nail tips. This will ensure that your manicure will last. Nail decals do not wear off, do not fade and do not chip. I have made an experiment to wear the same decal for 2 weeks, just adding a n extra top coat every few days.

Water decals nail art

Water decals nail art

Water decals nail art

Water decals nail art

Water decals nail art

Water decals nail art

This is a nail design I made for this tutorial. I love to use a contrasting color for my main manicure color, I think decals are most noticeable and have a maximum impact this way.

 

Products used:
Water nail art decals
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Marshmallow Heaven, number 702
L’Oreal Paris Resist and Shine base and top coat

Inspiration:

Beautiful flowers I found at youwall.com

Beautiful flowers I found at youwall.com


Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my wedding water decals nail art tutorial!.

Hello dear manicure lovers!

Today I want to share with you my best nail art tool ever. I love it, it helps me a lot in maintaining clean and precise nails. We are going to talk about the nail polish corrector pencil, so welcome back to my Manicure Essentials column dedicated to vital nail products other than nail color.

What is it?
Nail polish corrector pencil is basically a stick filled with nail polish remover and equipped with a soft cuticle pusher. When the cuticle pusher tip is fixed onto the pencils top, it gets saturated with polish remover. The fine angled point gives you full control to what and where precisely you want to correct.

How to use the nail polish corrector?
It is as simple as this: just gently touch the nail polish you messed up and wipe away the excess. It happens to everyone, you are in hurry, you put on your polish and you accidentally touch a cuticle with nail color and ruin it all. In this scenario nail polish corrector pencil saves the day. You can even clean up in the design itself. Let’s say you have layered a base color with some stripes but your hand flinched a little. Here comes the nail polish corrector pencil!

This tool usually has several replaceable sticks so it is a multiple use tool. Tip! Dedicate some tips to light nail polishes, some to dark colors and some for brights. This will prevent bolder colors from staining your nails with some burgundy residue from your last clean up.

Essence Studio Nails nail polish corrector pencil

Essence Studio Nails nail polish corrector pencil

I get my pencil at the drugstore and always have one in handy. My choice is Essence Studio Nails nail polish corrector pencil. This particular pencil comes with three replacement tips which leaves you with four tips altogether. I use them up for about 3-6 months and I do a lot of nail art (I try to be careful though).

Thanks for reading and see you soon!.

Hello manicure lovers! In the middle of winter Holiday season I will show you how to create a vibrant and tropical manicure. It is easy, eye catching and great for parties and clubbing. This graffiti nail art is also suitable for short nails. Read on for this party nails tutorial.

Party graffiti nail art tutorial

Party graffiti nail art tutorial

Party graffiti nail art tutorial

Party graffiti nail art tutorial

Party graffiti nail art tutorial

Party graffiti nail art tutorial

Party graffiti nail art tutorial

Party graffiti nail art tutorial

First, paint some of your nails turquoise and some of them black.
I love how vivid turquoise color is so I use it a lot when I need to inspire good mood and the party spirit :) You can choose any other tropical color you prefer.

Paint the tips of your turquoise nails purple.
Good news! This is not a gradient manicure and it will be covered with a graffiti nail polish and that’s why you do not need to be precise. Just use your free hand to add the purple color on top of the turquoise one. Tip! Use a thicker and richer formula over the base color. This will make it easier to add the contrasting color with only one layer.

Last, add graffiti nail polish to all your nails.
Graffiti nail polish is one of my favorite nail polish effects as it can transform any look with just one stroke. Plus, it always gives you a different layout as it is also a little unpredictable :) Tip! Make sure to apply a thin layer of graffiti polish because this way it will crack to smaller bits and will not overlay too much of the color below. The reason I apply black graffiti nail polish over black color is that I am in love with the texture effect which comes out. I know it may be hard for others to see, but I love textured crackle detail and am OK to admire it alone :)

Inspiration:

Wall graffiti

Wall graffiti

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello nail art lovers!

Have you ever had that morning, when you wake up and you realize that your beautiful nail design is ruined? There is this chipped bit here, the faded detail there, the cracked nail tips… a nightmare! I will give you my top 3 tips how to save your nail art and skip the falling apart phase!

TIP 1 How to save chipped tips If you have dark nail color on, just add some nail polish on the chipped area. This will give your color a day more with very little effort. Don’t worry, amendments with black, dark blue, bordeaux and most dark colors actually are barely noticeable.

TIP 2 How to save a faded nail It is common for nail color to fade a little if you have been wearing it for more than three days. In this situation I use crackle nail polish to cover the whole nail or just to add a small detail. When the polish cracks you can still see the color below and you can be sure this little amendment won’t mess too much with your design. Tip! Add a free hand graffiti nail polish heart to hide a faded part and give your nails that extra something.

TIP 3 How to hide a ruined nail Sometimes the best thing to do to save a ruined nail is reapply color. Just remove the old polish and replace it with the new coat only on fingers that desperately need it. This is a great trick if you do not have enough time to do your nails all over. Tip! I like to put a contrasting color to alter the design.

I will show you how I rescued my Monochrome nails design and gave it an extra day of life. On a chores day I chipped the nail polish on both my index fingers. Also, the mat effect on my middle fingers faded because I use a mat top coat which obviously couldn’t take all the washing :) So for my index fingers I replaced the designs with a plain pink color. For my faded mat middle fingers I went for a free handed crackle heart in black and pink. And then, to make the look complete, I added the same pink graffiti nail polish to one of my thumbs. And voila! A brand new design makes your manicure beautiful again!

Monochrome nails with pink accent

Monochrome nails with pink accent

Here are some pictures to compare the original nail art to the manicure after it was saved :) My manicure after rescue plan

Monochrome nails

Monochrome nails

Thanks for reading, I hope these ideas will work for you too!.

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!.