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Henna design nails

Henna design nails

Henna Design Nails

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great summer! Just got back from vacation and could not wait to do my nails.

Today, I’m guest posting from NerdyFleurty a creative nail blogger from Belgium!
Here’s a link http://nerdyfleurty.tumblr.com
This dear blogger needs help posting while waiting for a new camera! Wooo a new camera!

Ok now, on with the nails. These nails were inspired by all the henna designs I’ve been looking at lately. I’m thinking of doing henna tattoos again. I have used Orly Holla (neon orange) and China Glaze In a Lilly Bit (pastel lilac), Revlon Espresso (brown stamping) and a MoYou London plate from their Explorer Collection.

Hope you like it and dear NerdyFleurty thank you for inviting me!

Happy Nail Art Day

Happy Nail Art Day

Vintage Cherries Nails

These are OPI Appliques, aren’t they cute?

Silver Swirls Nail Art
I really wanted to use these two polishes together.
The stickers are from the Born Pretty Store. They are quite pretty but didn’t even last for a day.
Essie The More The Merrier
OPI Euro…Eurso

Silver Swirls Nail Art
I really wanted to use these two polishes together.
The stickers are from the Born Pretty Store. They are quite pretty but didn’t even last for a day.
Essie The More The Merrier
OPI Euro…Eurso

Washi masking tape: The next big thing in nail art?

It’s so hard being innovative in the world of nail art since it’s populated by super talented and creative artists. Do I have the next big thing in nail art on my blog today? We’ll see. I never saw this before and maybe I’ll be the first one to present this to you… Drumrolll… Using Washi masking paper as striping tape.

Washi masking tape originates from Japan. It is really strong while being super thin. It’s usually made with rice paper or from the pulp of some type of shrubs. It’s very popular in bookscraping. You can find it in arts and crafts store. I found shops on Etsy that sell a myriad of these: Neon, silver, gold, lace, chevron, cute prints.You can also find it on Ebay, Amazon and online paper stores.

This packet containing 2 rolls cost me 3.99$. The tape is 3mm x 10 m. Here’s the link to the original manufacturer:
http://www.masking-tape.jp/en/collection

Washi masking tape is super easy and fun to work with. It’s completely repositonnable and it doesn’t leave a glue residue. As striping tape, it leaves a clean line. It’s semi-sheer. It really “melts” with your polish. Unlike striping tape, it does not curl and is by far friendlier to use. The slimmer washi paper I found is 3 mm. So it’s about 2 X the width of regular striping tape.

I made a couple of tests on a nail wheel and it is awesome. Every nail is protected by a thick coat of Seche Vite.

I love this so much, can’t wait to use it in my next mani. What do you think? Do you find using striping tape as difficult as I do? I can see using larger rolls of washi paper and cuting them to fit my nails. They have so much beautiful motifs, designs and colors. will you give it a try ?

Red Hot Nails
See previous post for list of polishes used.

Red Hot Nails

See previous post for list of polishes used.

Crystal Red Gradient Nails

Hot Nails Ahead! Those nails are hot! I did a vertical gradient with these beautiful rich and warm colors and then I added two thin coats of this new polish called Crystal Disguise. It’s from a new Maybelline Color Show collection called Veils. Ain’t this a perfect look for Summer? You should see these out in the sun. Wow.

The other polishes I have used are from pinky to thumb:
China Glaze Lemon Fizz;
China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin (worst formula ever or I got a bad batch or something… Just awful to work with. Sorry CG. Great color but bad bad polish. You deserve a time-out for taking hard-earned money for this weird chalky streaky nail polish);
Essie Orange, It’s Obvious;
Sephora Formula X Pyrotechnic (best polish out of the five);
OPI Bastille My Heart (second best polish of this group).

Not bad, I managed to use 5 different brands in one mani!

Maybelline Color Show Veils Collection: Crystal Disguise 612

Dear Nailistas, just look under your couch cushions, pick up the change that is just lying there and run to your favorite drugstore to buy this polish! Paid only 3.99$ for this super great topper. Here are some swatches over different colors. Crystal Disguise is a milky pink but almost clear base formula filled with just the perfect amount of super fine iridescent purple, green and blue micro glitter. Looks superb on dark colors but adds depth and interest to paler hues. Love this so much, I’ll go get another bottle. If you liked Sally Hansen Hi-Def collection, you’ll love this polish.

Kimono Nails
For this mani, I was inspired once again by a beautiful kimono posted by one of my favorite Tumblr blog: The Kimono Gallery.

Tools of the trade:
L.A. Colors Dark Grey
OPI Alpine Snow
Layla Ceramic Effect 07 (red)
Konad special polish in Burgundy
MoYou London Suki Collection 06
MoYou London Mother Nature Collection 02

Hope you like this, have a great week-end!

Red and Gold Nail Foils
Just playing around with nail foils. Forgot to buy the special adhesive glue so I had to apply the foils to almost dry polish which is very hard. The gold foil is really flashy. I have used regular top coat and it crinkled the foil but that’s ok, I like it like that… Gives the nails a grungy look. Not bad for a first attempt. Next time I’ll use more seasonal colours. These nails look like Christmas wrapping paper! Wrong Season Girl!!

Almost forgot, I bought this set of 12 foils at the Born Pretty Store. Can’t remember the price but it was ridiculously cheap. Don’t forget to get the special adhesive glue. Time is way too precious to waste it watching nail polish almost dry.

Black Lace over Green Gradient

And now, my usual little Picollage.

Tools of the trade: MoYou London Bridal Collection plate 07, OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Jade is the New Black and Urban Outfitters Eyes Wide Shut.

http://www.moyou.co.uk/index.php/http-www-moyou-co-uk-index-php-image-plates/bridal-collection/moyou-london-nail-art-design-image-plate-nail-stencils-collection-kit-set-moyou-nails-bridal-collection-07.html

Black Lace over Green Gradient

And now, my usual little Picollage.

Tools of the trade: MoYou London Bridal Collection plate 07, OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Jade is the New Black and Urban Outfitters Eyes Wide Shut.

http://www.moyou.co.uk/index.php/http-www-moyou-co-uk-index-php-image-plates/bridal-collection/moyou-london-nail-art-design-image-plate-nail-stencils-collection-kit-set-moyou-nails-bridal-collection-07.html

Black Lace over Green Gradient

Dear Tumblr Friends, hope you had a great day!

I just love this look. I have prepared this as a sampler of some of the beautiful designs presented by MoYou London on plate 07 of their Bridal Collection series. These plates are the best quality plates I have tried yet. The little stamping mistakes are all my own.

Tools of the trade: MoYou London Bridal Collection plate 07, OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Jade is the New Black and Urban Outfitters Eyes Wide Shut.

http://www.moyou.co.uk/index.php/http-www-moyou-co-uk-index-php-image-plates/bridal-collection/moyou-london-nail-art-design-image-plate-nail-stencils-collection-kit-set-moyou-nails-bridal-collection-07.html

FIFA World Cup Nails

Which team are you rooting for?

FIFA World Cup Nails

Which team are you rooting for?

Doggy spam for my Tumblr friends. Sorry, no nail art today.
Here are a couple of pictures of my dear Aussie boy: Dexter. From a little sweet puppy to an exuberant teenager to an intelligent, active and eager to please young male. Dexter is now one-year-old.

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