Thursday, August 25, 2016

TUTORIAL: Funky back to school nail art

Fall is almost upon us and time to go back to school for some :) Therefore I decided to create a manicure that looks fun and is made with office / school supplies - this is what I came up with and I low key like it!

I have big problems creating huge perfect dots like you can see below. So I created them using the Hole puncher and a plastic sleeve for office paper. And there you go - instant circles of any color you like. This + some dots created the good old fashion way with a dotting tool, you get these silly and happy looking nails. 

For this manicure you need a neutral base, I used Catrice Nude & rude. And 3 bright colors that look completely separate. I used Sinful colors Bananappeal, Barry M Guava and Essence Beautiful lies. You will also need a dotting tool, preferably with 2 different ends. Also a hole punch and a plastic paper sleeve or any other such plastic office supply that will help you with the other part of the tutorial you can check out below. 

So here is the secret to this manicure. You apply the chosen nail polish on the plastic paper sleeve and let it dry. Make sure that the layers are thick and not sheer at all. Then wait for it to dry - sometimes it can take for over an hour. And when it is dry enough to peel it off, make little holes in it with the hole puncher. It is very easy - just like making holes on a piece of paper. And if you miss a bit and make only half circles that is also cool since you can use it still. 

Step 1: Apply base nail polish. 
Step 2: Apply the circles of the 1st color. The best way to do this is to apply them very quickly after applying the base coat since it is still sticky. Or just add a little sheer polish on the spot where you want the dott to be.
Step 3: Apply the 2nd color you choose in the same way. If the dots are not flat it is OK you can fix all that later.
Step 4: Apply the last big circle, maybe even layer them on top of each other. 
Step 5: Make little dots with the color you used as the 1st one, in my case the yellow. Fill up a bit of the empty neutral spaces or even add some dots over the big ones. 
Step 6: Do the same with the 2nd color.
Step 7: Do the same with the 3rd color and use the small dotts to fix all the uneven places of the big dots. Then it is time for a lot of top coat to smooth out all the dots - big and small. 

There you go! Colorful and funky nails made for the Fall season, made with school supplies since I feel like everyone needs a bit of a pick me up in this time of the year :)

Ladies don't forget to visit Glam-express for more Back to school inspirations offered by all the lovely beauty bloggers there.


Friday, August 19, 2016

TUTORIAL: Negative space neon nails

Last neons of the Summer season so lets make it count!!! I know neons are go-to colors for a lot of ladies since they boost your tan - don't forget that white nail polish does the same. So I made a mix of them all so you can show your tan long into the Fall. I hope you will like this. 

I know it seems like a lot, but this is what you will need for this manicure, trust me it is still a very easy manicure to create. You need a plastic sleeve for office paper. A make up sponge and some extra neon studs. The star of the show are nail vinyls that are a big hit all over the nail art community. The nail polish you need is OPI Alpine snow as the white base. And Kleancolor Neon purple, Kiko 340 and Models own Shades to create all the gradients.

To create these nails the star of the show is this vinyl sticker and its sidekicks the make up sponge and plastic paper sleeve. You add the vinyl on the plastic sleeve and then either apply the negative space nail polish over it - in this case the white one. Or make a grid of the colorful neons and apply them on the vinyl. 

Also don't forger to also apply the mix of the neons on one nail to create an accent nail. After you are done with that remove the vinyl and wait for it to dry a bit. They all dry very fast since all the sponged gradients dry very fast. Then apply some clear top coat over the little triangles. You have to let everything dry - it can take over an hour. When you remove the triangles they will be on a sheet of sheer nail polish, cut them apart and apply them on the nail. 

As you can see after it all dried I cut the triangles apart in rows and add them on the nail. To apply them just add top coat on the base nail polish and it will dry on top. For the accent nail I cut out each of the white triangles and set them on my accent nail. The same way as the others - I used a top coat as glue. Then I added some of the neon studs since I felt these little nails need a bit more color.

There you have it! Last neons of the season - or not - I don't know I must admit I love the WOW factor neons offer so maybe I will make more manicures featuring a bit of a pop of color.

Feel free to visit that place which inspires all my nail art tutorials Glam-express. It is a great source for all things beauty and fashion.


40 Great Nail art Ideas challenge: Orange + Half & half (One piece: Nami)

Once more I have no clue what the nail art technique called Half and half is. Also I hate the color orange. But by now I have only Nami left on my One piece manicures list and it turns out her color scheme fits perfectly with this part of the challenge. #lucky

This is her! She is the 2nd female crew member in the Straw hat pirates in the anime One piece. She is the boat navigator and treasurer ... And from time to time I feel like she has secret super power that gives her the ability to predict the weather. Also her weapon is created in a way that it can control small portions of the weather - perfect for her occupation.

source: tumblr 

She is the more level headed of the bunch and holds the boys back a lot of times, thou they still end up in trouble at the end. Also her mayor flaw is her greed - a true pirate aspect so you can't hold that against her ;)

As inspiration I used some old maps and compass signs, which are always the symbols of a navigator. I created her own private Jolly Roger. Also since she lived on an Orange orchard, and as you can see from the gif below even had some of the orange trees grow on their pirate ship, I just had to add a cute orange nail.

The orange base is China glaze Home sweet house music, the black base is Wet n Wild Darkest hour. The glitters are Golden rose Carnival 6 and LA Girl Jostle + Claire's Bonjour. The stamping plates used here are MoYou Tropical 8, BP33, MM37, hehe 016. The stamping polishes are BPS Black and white, Barry M Gold foil and Ya Qin An 21. Some of the painted in details are made using LA Girl Love letters and  China glaze UV meant to be

Here you can see how happy she was when she found out that her orange trees can join their voyage :)

source: tumblr

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NOTD: White marble

The search is over! For years I have been trying to figure out how to create the perfect marble nails. I keep seeing them everywhere but they always involve free hand art and I just don't know how to draw white marble cracks. But as usual I thought out a way on how to make something classic with an unusual technique. And boy oh boy am I proud of this manicure! <3 

This was a lot easier to create then I imagined. No need to free hand draw anything, or use nail stickers. All you need are 3 polishes, a matt top coat and a stamper. The technique is the same as I used when I was creating my Tropical sea nails and you can see the TUTORIAL HERE. All you do is stamp little blobs and this what comes out - how cool is that? :) 

As I said before all you need are 3 polishes. You need a good white polish and my recent go to white is OPI Alpine snow. You use it as base and then as the dominant color when you make the dots on the stamper. A semi sheer gray, I used S-he 333 and a very opaque black polish, I used Yes love 467. When you make blobs on the stamper make the biggest ones the white ones, a few less and smaller ones should be gray and the smallest ones should be black.

When you apply the blobs on the nails they will mix and create the perfect white marble look! After you are done just add some matt top coat and you are done. And the best part is that since white is the dominant color it will bring out your tan. I just can't get enough of these <3 

Feel free to visit the page Glam - express for more forever classic beauty looks :)


BPS Review: Ya Qin Ann no. 16 Stamping nail polish review

It is stamping nail art polish time! I love BornPretty store for offering such a big collection of stamping nail polishes. Thou Ya Qin Ann is not their in house brand it was not disappointed ever before using them. This is the manicure I was inspired to create when I got my paws on this polish.  

I did this manicure in a way that underneath the stamping polish there is a dark and a bright base so you can see at first sight that the Ya Qin Ann #16 can handle any type of base without losing any of its grey shine. 

I must admit I never used any light Grey stamping nail art polish. Therefore I created this stamping challenge - this defines how good the polish is. If it is seen when stamped over a white and black base it means it is of high quality. And for this challenge I used the BornPretty store BP-17 plate. And as you can see the polish had no problems with either of the bases. 

I love the fact that all the images came out crisp no matter on what stamping plate I used it. And it always seems like a dirty light grey shade. I highly recommend you get it since it costs 4.67 $ and you get a whopping 18ml of it, which is a life time supply - TRUST ME ;)

For this manicure I used Yes love W33 neon pink as base. Then I used BM-408 and Bornpretty store Black stamping polish to make the black circles. Over it all I stamped with Ya Qin Ann no.16 and BM-S230 stamping plate. 

So head on over to BornPretty store and get your dose of nail art supplies. And while you are there don't forget to use the discount code below. 
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*the item was sent to me for my honest review*

Sunday, August 14, 2016

BPS Review: Qgirl - 035 Stamping plate

As we all know by now BornPretty Store is a great source for unique nail art supplies (besides an array of other beauty and house hold items) that are available for a great price. I was lucky enough to be able to review the Qgirl - 035 stamping plate for them. Once more a great item fit for any nail artist no matter how good you are at stamping. 

Here you can see the Qgirl - 035 stamping plate. It features a piece of a big mandala piece filled with hearts and a miniature version of the same pattern. The plate is etched to perfection, meaning it is very simple to use and it works in combination with any stamping polish or stamper. 

I decided to use the small pattern on the plate since my nails were reduced to their natural small shape. As you can see they still fit my nail beds eventhou on the picture above the pattern seems incredibly small. 

Also as you can see the plate works well with the official Bornpretty store stamping nail polishes. For this manicure I used only the Qgirl - 035 and Bornpretty store Black and White stamping nail polishes. 

For the base I created a gradient with China glaze Sun of a peach, UV meant to be and Kleancolor Neon purple. 

So head on over to BornPretty store and get your dose of nail art supplies. And while you are there don't forget to use the discount code below. 

Fell free to follow them on other social media where you can keep up with their daily new additions to their inventory:


*the item was sent to me for my honest review*

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Avon Gel shine nail polish review

Today I have for you a review of a bunch nail polishes I think are perfect for the Summer time and can transition greatly for the Fall season. And Avon offers them all for great prices that seem very low considering the quality. I shared a few of them with my Mom and she was so impressed that she 'adopted' some :) 

These polishes are a part of their Gel shine collection. That means you get a lot of shine in a combination with a formula that is made to be long lasting, but the clean up is very easy. You get the best for your money if you like to just apply a few coats of polish and then not worry about your manicure for a week. 

Lets start this review with Citronized. It is one of those 'puke green' shades. It is a combination of dirty green and a bit yellow. It is one of those shades that is not for everyone, but incredibly fun to wear for the WOW factor. Here we have 2 coats and no top coat! Yes that is how shiny these nail polishes are. 

Next we have Mint to be who is a neon-ish pastel blue. Thou the name implies it is a mint shade, that is not a case - it is a neon pastel blue without a doubt. I was amazed by how vibrant and strong this color is while it still very soft. The only problem it was it required 3 coats that were carefully applied since the polish tends to be a bit streaky. But it was well worth it - look at this amazing shade!

This is Orange you crazy. I think this is a perfect Fall shade since it reminds me of pumpkins. Once more it is a very well pigmented orange that feels neon but it doesn't have that 'highlighter pen' vibe. For this swatch I used 2 coats - maybe just 1 thick one would be enough if I tried enough.

This is Lavender sky - I am in love! This is a dirty pastel lavender shade. I love these type of nail polish - the color is unique and cold that gives your tan a special something. This one would also fit into any Spring manicure. For this swatch I applied 2 thick coats - I could maybe do it with 3 thin coats.

Lastly we have Fabulous. My Mom already owns it. Which is fine with me since I am not a fan of pinks. But I admit this is an interesting shade. It is a darker neon pink with a few silver micro shimmer undertones that are hard to capture on a camera. It is a neon pink for anyone who does not want to be too intrusive with their manicure. I made this swatch with 2 coats. This is also the only shimmer nail polish of the bunch - thou it is so weak it hardly registers as a shimmer.

There you have it! A great array of nail polish that features shades that are trendy in time of Summer and Fall. They last very long on the nails and the shine is quite amazing, even before you apply the top coat. 

The best part of it all no matter where you are from Avon is available to you! So visit their WEB PAGE and online store. Or if you like to be more in touch with all their newest updates follow them on their social media pages:


*the items were sent to me for my honest review*
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