Quick And Easy Side French Tip

I made this a while back, thought I’ll share.

-Painted the Base color.

-Used free hand for a side sweep orange and filled the color in it.

-Added a thin white with a striping brush starting a little above the nail line, right next to the orange, extending all the way to the tip.

-Finished off with a Matte top coat.20140530-210628-75988796.jpg

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Just a quick and simple way to “fun” up the manicure.

Winter polish with a twist for Summer !

I started with a base coat of Essie 766 Glamour Purse. Great formula. Single thick coat. Grey-cappuccino color. Screams winter !

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Taking a nail art brush for feathering, dip in L’oreal Color Riche 110 Crazy For Chic. I love these formulas and bottles! It’s a red toned fuchsia. Swipe across all nails Except Ring finger.

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Also, used white polish as a color.

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Using Milani 531 Gold, dab on eAch nail for a bit of a sparkly touch.

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Clean excessive polish and done 😊

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Super fun and easy ! A good way to use odd or unwanted colors

Social Media Inspired Retro Nails

I have seen many people do the newspaper nail art .. So here is my take on it ..

– Start with white polish on nails and let it dry completely.

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– I was browsing through the magazine for writings and found the social media logos that seemed so cute to have on nails .. Since they are nail sized , I cut out each logo.

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– Like those paper tattoos we all bought as kids, I turned the logos facing the nail, and dabbed on some water and pressed the paper down. Let it stay a few moments and slightly life up to make sure the patters has transferred to the nail.

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– Finish off with a top coat and done !

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OVERALL: Don’t get scared by the instructions, it’s super easy and non messy. Just use the magazine/ newspaper as a paper tattoo for nails !
I used black and white for retro look, you can use a colored design too ..

Indian Rangoli Inspired Nail Art

For those who don’t know , Rangoli, it’s an Indian art of creating colorful patterns on the floor with chalk and colored chalk powder or powdered food/spices. Considered auspicious and to bring good luck , it’s drawn free hand and there is no right or wrong in the pattern.
Here are some examples:

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Today, I am bringing that art on my nails…

-I Started off with a single coat of Sally Hansen Satin Glam Polish in 01 Go Gold. It’s a Smooth satin finish golden.

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-Once the base color is absolutely dry, divide nail into 4 sections with a striping tape.

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– Using a bright color, I used Opi Red Hot Rio from the Brazil Collection 2014, paint alternate sections and let it dry.

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– Now, Paint one section on each nail with a contrasting bright color.. I used Yellow Rimmel London 710 Sunny Days, Essie I’M Addicted Neon Blue .
For Accent nail, I applied Seche Vite Top coat on one section and using a nail art brush, dabbed Magenta glitter on it.

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– Let it all dry. Take nail brush dipped in acetone to remove extra polish around the nail after removing the striping tapes. Top it off with a top coat, I used the holographic Nails Inc. Electric Lane because there is no such thing as “too much glitter and sparkle” 🙂
Also, glitter adds that spark brought on by lighted tea lights in the rangoli.

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April Showers May Flowers

I know we heard it so many times that it’s hard to escape floral patterns … I brought the floral on my nails today ..

Started with 2 coats of L’oreal Wishful Pinking, sheer nude and painted floral pattern free hand ..

Let me know what you all think :

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Have a fun Sunday !! 🙂

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Tool Kit Review & Water Marbling Sans Water

For those who have been accompanying my , Should I say “evolution” in nail art know well my inability to create magic with my jello hands.
Having always believed in the right tools for the right job principle… I came across this 450 Tool Kit From Part of “I Heart Nail Art” collection from Sally Hansen. This was the last one left in Walgreens and sold out everywhere else .. Costs around $8 USD and comes with a Detailer Brush, Striping Brush, Marbling & Dotting Tool and a Stencil.

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Here is a look I created: Using white nail Polish as a base, I used 4 different contrasting colors (personal choice, you can use as many as you want) draw vertical adjacent stripes (you don’t have to be super tidy because it will all get mixed up). I used Neon Pink, Neon Blue, Neon Orange and Bright Yellow .. For the accent nail I switches the yellow with a bright Green color.

Next, using the Marbling side of the Dotting Tool, draw a random curvy line within the nail making sure that the base white is untouched. Drag the colors to create a mixed random effect.

This is what I got :

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Using a bush dipped in acetone, clean the extra polish around the nails and this is the final fun look:

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OVERALL: I can’t be more pleased with my purchase. I am yet to explore the other tools which will be posted later, but I must say this is a money well spent. I got the water marble nails without the mess and without the water . Knowing that the nail art tools can be pricey, averaging $3 USD Each, I couldn’t be more glad with the Sally Hansen quality and the results.

French Tip Nail Striping with WetNWild Candid Affair

I have been baffled by striping for quite a while now .. And I know it probably makes me sound quite dumb , but seeing striping manicures , I used to think it was a base color and taped off top color (if I make any sense)

For the first time I spotted the Striping tapes at Harmon discount stores, I jumped at it!! Cost me $8USD , and I couldn’t be more happy .. 🙂

They are super fine tapes that can be used as itself or for nail art lining.

I used 3 coats of WetNWild Candid Affair .. A dusty lavender with silver shimmer that does transfer to the nails. It’s a good formula, applies well.. The brush has very thick bristles but it works well. Costs (best part) reasonably under $2USD 🙂

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The first two background pictures show the packaging of the striping tape. It has 10 colors and I picked the silver for this manicure ..

TiP : let the base polish be completely dry before adding the striping tape. Once places on the nail, cut it precisely with a cuticle cutter.

Once I applied the tape (for starters it’s easier to go striping from the bottom of the nail to the tip and cutting the extra at the tip … rather than striping sideways, fun fact I learnt later by messing up a few times )

Once done , I topped the tip off with a white Milani polish and finished with a top coat!!

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OVERALL: It’s super pretty , but for now I have a long way to go !! And sorry for the super bright pictures, didn’t realize that camera did not capture the contrasts very well. ..

Instant Gradient Nails

The gradient nails have become a huge favorite since a while now. Every person has their own unique way of doing them. Most popular being with a makeup sponge.

Now, the cheap me though of saving my makeup sponges from Nail polishes! Here is what I came up with ..

– Paint the nail with the base color of your choice.

– Once it’s dry, use a piece of plastic sheet from a shopping bag .. Regular plastic bag.. (I tore a tiny piece from a garbage bag) and wrap it around your finger.

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– Take the polish you want to use as a gradient (I used silver glitter), open the cap and press down the plastic covered finger over the open bottle neck. Flip it upside down and turn it back up. The polish (glitter for my mani) that comes on the plastic can now be gently dabbed on to each nail to create the gradient effect.

– Discard the plastic bag once all the nails are done.

– Finish with a top coat !!!!

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OVERALL: Super fun, super easy, super quick and super neat !! Let me know what you all think of it !!

🙂