The Flowered Juicy Pink Nail Art

May 31, 2013 Setu 12 Comments

Hi Readers,

I have very quick and easy nail art for you today. I used my favorite bright pink nail paint from the Colorbar cocktail range. These colors simply add drama and oomph to my nails. They are kind of edgy so when my nails crave for attention, I make them wear this :)

The Flowered Juicy Pink Nail Art 1

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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion SPF 15 Review

May 31, 2013 Setu 14 Comments

Hi Ladies, as mentioned in my previous post, I got this as a sample when I bought the expensive Elizabeth Arden pressed powder (read review here).I also got a sample of Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Night Cream (to be reviewed soon) .The SA was handing over these samples on a minimum purchase of Rs 1000 but to a few customers only (don’t know the short-listing criteria) which included me and my sister. Now since I am gifted with a tom boyish sister she handed over her samples to me :P.The SA had said she would call up after 10 days to seek review.  She was very sure that the product will literally make a visible difference.

Usually I am very excited to try out new products (provided my skin loves it and I don’t get an acne attack). But at the time I got this, I was not looking for a moisturizer or a day cream. I use Vichy normaderm (anti imperfection) and I am quite happy with it. Nonetheless, Vichy had also fallen in my lap as an experiment, so I thought of accepting this product with an open heart. :)

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion

Product Claims: This oil-free skin balancing lotion for combination skin helps skin maintain its own ideal moisture level so it feels healthy and balanced. Clinically and dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic.

Usage Instruction: After cleansing and toning, smooth gently and thoroughly onto your face and throat.

What it contains (Ingredients): Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Compound: Refines, clarifies and retexturizes your skin.

Retinyl Linoleate: An exclusive retinol derivative that gently and effectively retexturizes skin, improves skin tone and skin clarity, and helps repair the appearance of sun damage. Skin is left firmer and smoother looking.

Sodium Hyaluronate: Found naturally in the epidermis, this ingredient lubricates and attracts moisture to the skin.

Vitamin C Derivative: This stabilized form of Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection and helps brighten the appearance of your skin.

Tocopherol Acetate: This Vitamin E derivative has antioxidant properties to provide free radical protection and help condition skin. Glycerin: Provides optimum hydration to replenish and revitalize skin’s appearance.

Oxybenzone and Octinoxate: Provides broad spectrum sun protection

Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Compound: Refines, clarifies and retexturizes your skin.

Retinyl Linoleate: An exclusive retinol derivative that gently and effectively retexturizes skin, improves skin tone and skin clarity, and helps repair the appearance of sun damage. Skin is left firmer and smoother looking.

Sodium Hyaluronate: Found naturally in the epidermis, this ingredient lubricates and attracts moisture to the skin.

Vitamin C Derivative: This stabilized form of Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection and helps brighten the appearance of your skin.

Tocopherol Acetate: This Vitamin E derivative has antioxidant properties to provide free radical protection and help condition skin. Glycerin: Provides optimum hydration to replenish and revitalize skin’s appearance.

Oxybenzone and Octinoxate: Provides broad spectrum sun protection.

Price:   I got it as a Sample (The price in market is approx Rs 2300 for 50 ml)

Quantity:   5 ml   (I have finished 10 ml (2 samples) which I have been using for more than a month)

My Rendezvous with Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion SPF 15

I did not pay much attention to the product till the day my Vichy normaderm refused to come out on my palm, even after pumping hard. My heart sank when my Vichy took its last breath :(. I did not have another one stocked. This was the time when the Elizabeth Arden skin balancing lotion emerged as a hero to guard my skin (Yes, it is a dramatic narration from the drama queen :P).

Packaging: Mine was looking super cute in form of a small sample (like the one you would buy for a Barbie Doll). It comes in a cylindrical small bottle with a pump dispense. The nozzle of the pump is small to avoid any extra expensive cream flowing out. The packaging kind of gives a feeling that you are ‘privileged to use an exclusive product’.

Usage Experience: The consistency of the lotion is little flowy and runny. Maybe after using Vichy for long I was expecting something more cream like .I know the product says ‘lotion’ and so behaved like one, but I wasn't used to this consistency. It is an off white color liquid with a very mild smell. When I took it between my fingers it seemed very light. Thankfully, it is very light on face also. It is like applying some enriched and thickened form of water. It is non greasy and doesn't give your face an unwanted shine. Although I feel the shine on face was a little more than Vichy, which is not good for me. But it doesn't give oily feeling to the skin. It provides a very natural hydration to the skin and this feeling remains for the day long. It is very light and mild as one would feel by consistency and application but provides amazing hydration (even in harsh weather conditions). My skin did not break out with this. It also has SPF 15 packed in it which is a thumbs up.

This is just a 5ml pack which I thought would get over in 5-7 days( in which I would be no position to write a review and meet you guys L ) but I have been using it for more than a month now. How? My sample got over in like 15-18 days, after that I started using my sister’s sample :D. This one would continue for another week I guess. A little goes a long way .Just press the pump a little and a medium sized drop should be more than sufficient to provide un-compromised coverage.

All said and done, I did not find any visible difference in my skin. The product is very good if you are not expecting it to create a magic. As per the SA and what I read on claims, one should be able to figure out the difference within a week. I didn’t find any.

Before and After application image below :

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion drop Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion after application

Pros:

  • Packaging give the feeling of the product being ‘exclusive’

  • The small nozzle of the pump ensures just the right amount of lotion flowing out (vey necessary for an expensive cream)

  • No artificial fragrance

  • Very light on skin

  • Hydrates the skin to last throughout the day

  • Skin looks and feels nourished after application

  • Non greasy

  • Oil free

  • Shine free

  • Gets quickly absorbed in skin

  • Did not irritate my skin

  • Has SPF 15

  • A little goes a long way (which is necessary for a lotion at this price :P )

  • Non Comendogenic

  • Dermatologist tested


Cons:

  • Expensive for the quantity

  • Did not create any ‘Visible difference’ even after over a month’s application

  • The shine it gives to the skin is a bit more than I expected (at least after the immediate application)


Will I re-purchase again? No. It did not provide anything extra than my Vichy.

Would I recommend it to others? Yes, may be. If you have yet found a day cream which you can swear by, this little thing packed with SPF 15 is worth a try.

Rating: 3/5 (-2 because the ‘Visible Difference’ lotion should create a difference)

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Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Ultra Smooth Pressed Powder (Shade ‘Deep’- 04) Review

May 29, 2013 Setu 16 Comments

On a fine day I was looking for Mac kohls so I entered Shoppers Stop. Unfortunately, that outlet did not stack Mac but fortunately I got drifted along the Elizabeth Arden counter looking for a pressed powder (Compact). Yes, I bought an amazing piece of a little expensive pressed powder. But it did not pinch much. Why? Because, the SA handed over two decent sized samples from the newly introduced range of ‘Elizabeth Arden Visible Skin Difference’. They were Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion SPF 15 (reviewed here) and Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Night Cream (will post review soon).

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Ultra Smooth Pressed Powder

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Ultra Smooth Pressed Powder with Puff

Product Claims: This ultra-light pressed powder gives skin a silky-smooth finish and a flawless look lasts all day. Won't cake or settle into fine lines. Perfect for touch-ups. Clinically and dermatologist tested.

Usage Instruction: Apply pressed powder to set and ensure foundation last as long as possible. Use to minimize shine, tone down cheekcolor, extend makeup wear, and bring it with you for on-the-go applications.Apply pressed powder to set and ensure foundation last as long as possible. Use to minimize shine, tone down cheekcolor, extend makeup wear, and bring it with you for on-the-go applications.

What it contains (Ingredients): Talc, Mica, Nylon-12, Silica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Magnesium Myristate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Zinc Stearate, Methicone, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben [May Contain/Peut Contenir (+/-) Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]

Price: Rs 1190

Quantity: 8.5 gm

My Rendezvous with Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Ultra Smooth Pressed Powder (Shade ‘Deep’- 04)

I stumbled over this product when I was about to set out for a vacation in Thailand. So I needed a trust worthy compact which gives me a natural look yet makes my skin tone even, stays for long ,freshens up my face with a touch up when I am outdoor and does not irritate my skin. Now, my skin lies in the range of normal to oily, very sensitive, with some post acne marks and it may break out if it doesn’t like a product. So the first thing I checked was if it is non-comedogenic. Yes it was :). The journey to purchase from here on was easy.

Packaging: The packaging is kind of royal, with a good quality mirror for witnessing the touch ups. The lid of the compact has a mirror like shine which adds to the bling factor. There is a golden button, on pressing which the magic box opens. Altogether, even before the actual application you will make up your mind that there is something good in store for you (It’s biased, I know :)).

Usage Experience: To begin with (in the sequence of my experience); the product lives to its claim of being silky smooth. The application gives a feeling of brushing your cheeks with feather. Both the texture of the puff and the pressed powder contribute to this luxurious feeling. I gently dab it over my face giving special attention to the T zone. I hate the artificial fairness that some compacts give so I limit application to some dabbing only. It very lightly blends into your skin making your skin tone even and yet not giving a heavy feeling of any makeup application. It wipes off unnecessary shine off your skin but does not rip off the moisture. It also succeeds in camouflaging some flaws (few acne marks in my case) to a good extent. The SA had asked me to use a wet puff for application if I wanted to use it as a concealer / enjoy a mild foundation look. I tried this one day and it worked. However, I try and stay away from any unnatural complexion elevation or foundation per say. So I may not put the pressed powder to this use often but I would like to tell you the SA was not wrong. It can be for a mild concealer effect. The skin remains shine free and fresh-like for 3-4 hours if you are outdoor. In office, where I am comfortable in the air conditioner the performance is better. And yes, it did not irritate my skin. If I have to sum this up, I would say I am happy with the compact.

See the after application image below which hides some of my vein lines as well!!!

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Ultra Smooth Pressed Powder after Application

Pros:

  • Attractive royal packaging

  • Has a ‘press’ button to open which prevents it from spilling by opening up accidently

  • Good quality mirror facilitating touchup outdoors

  • Gives a literal silky smooth feeling on application

  • Very light on skin after application

  • Evens your skin tone to an extent

  • Freshens up your face instantly

  • Absorbs the unwanted shine from the skin

  • Doesn’t form the dreaded cake like thing on your face

  • Tones down the skin flaws even on light application

  • Can be used as a concealer if applied wet

  • Provides a nice natural matt look to your skin

  • Non-comedogenic

  • Demagogically tested


Cons:

  • Expensive (considering that not so long life of compact once it slips your hand and the cake breaks)

  • It is kind of heavy, increasing the weight of my purse

  • Has paraben


Will I re-purchase again?

Yes. (But I hope this one lasts long and doesn’t break soon giving me a heart break :P)

Would I recommend it to others?

Yes. If you are looking for a compact which doesn’t irritate your skin, feels light and does not give a made up fairness looks, this should not disappoint you.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Sweetest Offer : Exchange your Old Mascara with Clinique High Impact Mascara !!!!!!!!

May 29, 2013 Setu 4 Comments

Hi Girls,

I have an amazing but late piece of news for your lovely lashes!!!!! Clinique is running a super sweet promotional offer where you can exchange your old mascara with an awesome Clinique High Impact Mascara :) :) :). As far as I know the price of those mascaras are around 1100 Rupees in market, but you could get it for free. I am planning to visit one and how about you guys??

These are ophthalmologist tested mascara and are already earning great reviews :)

As a beauty freak I though it is my responsibility to share such awesome deals with my lovely readers :D :D :D :D. This offer is only valid in India as far as I know. But please check at a Clinique near you, because I have been reading about such promotions across the globe.

Visit Clinique at any of the following Shoppers Stop stores  or their stand alone outlet across the country between 15th – 31st May 2013.


Clinique Mascara Exchange

Check out a Clinique Outlet Near You.

Shoppers Stop

MumbaiAndheri, Juhu, and Inorbit Mall at Malad

Delhi Rajouri Garden and Ambience Mall at Vasant Kunj

Bengaluru Garuda Mall at Magrath Road

Hyderabad GVK One Mall at Banjara Hills

 

Standalone Clinique Stores

Mumbai Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills Compound

Delhi – Select City Walk, Saket, New Delhi

Bangalore – 1MG Mall and Phoenix Market City

Chennai – Phoenix Market City

Kolkatta- Forum Mall

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Easy At Home Nail Art 23 - The Acid Wash Nail Art

May 27, 2013 Setu 10 Comments

Hi All, I did this nail art for Stephanie from the The Polish Squirrel. I decided to do this super duper easy nail art for her readers. I hope you guys will like it as much as them :).

Well this form of nail art is called the “Acid Wash” although it has nothing to do with acid or even close to it :P . It is very easy and fun, you don’t even need to sit at your desk and concentrate. It can be done ‘Just Like That’. You can see another Acid Wash Nail Art done by me here.

The Acid Wash Nail Art

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Easy At Home Nail Art 22 - The Pink Fairy and the Black Witch Nail Art

May 24, 2013 Setu 22 Comments

Hello all, welcome yet another nail art of mine. Now, I have always associated the color 'pink'  with girls, cuteness, goodness and fairies while 'black' with devils and witches (I think most girls feel the same :P ) . So as soon as I looked at this nail art I got a feeling as if it was some fairy and witch war . The cute pink seemed so soft and subtle on two fingers while the powerful black managed to get three :( . I do not know they seemed like some characters and much more than mere colors so I named them so :) . Let me know if you feel the same way or are able to think on the same lines.

The Pink Fairy and the Black Witch Nail Art

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The Cherry Blossom Nail Art

May 22, 2013 Setu 14 Comments

Hi Friends, I am trying to lay my hands on the Cherry blossom nail art that I have been wanting to do since ever. I do not know if my nail art has done justice to the name assigned to the nail art but I am glad that I tried it. They remind me of winters (although I hate winters and thankfully Mumbai has no winters :) ).

The Cherry Blossom Nail Art

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Easy at Home Nail Art 21 - The Yellow and Pink Glitter

May 20, 2013 Setu 11 Comments

Hi Girls, the weather these days urges you to wear bright bold colors and I am seeing them around a lot these days. However, this was not the reason for me to indulge in this nail art. I had a Puja (a worshiping ritual) last Saturday at my place for which I had to wear a beautiful yellow and pink saree. The saree is very pretty trust me, so I did not want to spoil the look with black nail paint that I was wearing. Although it was like midnight when I realized this; due to my strong will power I decided to change my nail paint.

The Glitter in Yellow and Pink Nail Art

I wanted it to be simple and matching to my saree. Also since the saree was heavy with lot of work, I wanted some dazzle/glitter effect on my nail paint to compliment it. So I chose this easy nail art. Although it may not look fab here, it complimented my saree very well :D (mission accomplished!)

The Glitter in Yellow and Pink Nail Art

This is a super easy nail art and does not require any tools. It does require glitters but they are very easily available at stationary shops also. I purchased mine from the Beauty Centre (a complete set of 10 colors) :) .

The Glitter in Yellow and Pink Nail Art

Items Used

  • Top Coat and Base Coat

  • Yellow Nail Paint

  • Pink Nail Paint

  • Yellow Glitter and Pink Glitter.


The Yellow and Pink Glitter Nail Art Tutorial:

  1. Do cleaning, cutting, filing and base coat of your nails. Basically do all the prep.

  2. Apply yellow nail polish on all nails except the ring finger for which we will use pink.

  3. After the nail paints have dried, decide on the amount of glitter you want laying them on a palette for ease ( keep the yellow and pink separately).

  4. Either apply the clear top coat and sprinkle the glitters on nails or put the brush (with clear polish on it) on the glitter and dab them on nails. Keep in mind we need to use pink glitter on yellow nails and vice-a-versa.

  5. If you still feel the need (depending on the method you have used), seal the deal with a top coat.


The Glitter in Yellow and Pink Nail Art

I hope you found this glitter mani very easy to do. They look fabulous but the glitters have refused showing their actual colors and hues in the pictures :(. So bear with the half good pictures. The pink and the yellow glitter looked clear and distinct to the naked eye :). You could of course change the colors to suit your comfort or attire. Do let me know if you liked this one :)

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Nail Art Basics - What is a Top Coat and Base Coat? What are their benefits?

May 16, 2013 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Polish Lovers, I missed this one, it should have been the first post for any nail basics. I should have started from introduction about top coat and base coat but I missed it :(. Although majority may know better than me on this, I am just giving my two cents :D

These fall under the category of special nail polish like the crackle nail paint etc, the only difference being the special effect isn't cosmetic or external only.

China Glaze Base Coat and Top Coat

What is Base Coat?

In general base coat is a clear polish which we apply on our nails before any nail paint. It lies underneath all our polishes preventing chemically loaded nail paints to come in direct contact with our nails. A lot of base coats are sold as "Nail Visualizer" or "Vitamin Booster" etc which are said to add to the nail health and strengthen in the course of usage. I use a 'Bonjour Vitamin Base Coat' which I will be reviewing soon. These fall under the category of fortified base coats and promise to offer something additional to our nails.

Base Coat

5 Benefits of using a Base Coat

  1. Provides a smooth base for the nail polish to spread evenly.

  2. Doesn't allow the bright colored nail paints to stain your nails.

  3. Prevents chipping of nail polish

  4. Makes your nail harder and hence difficult to break.

  5. Fortified base coats promote nail health.


What is a Top Coat?

A top coat is a clear  nail polish that is applied over dried nail polish to create a barrier surface preventing chipping and providing a high-gloss shine. Top coats make sure your expensive nail paints and  favorite nail arts stay longer. If you apply a top coat on top of your nail polish then you should notice that chipping will be reduced and your nail paint/art will last at least a few days longer.

seche-nail-polish

5 Benefits of using a Top Coat

  1. Even a cheaper brand of nail paint can be pulled off for days with an effective top coat and yet look expensive due to the finish and gloss of the top coat.

  2. Gives a high gloss and added shine to a finished nail paint.

  3. Helps your mani to stay fresh and young for long.

  4. Hides minor flaws (lines, dents, finger prints etc) that you accidentally pass on to your painted nails when wet. Trust me this is a damage control. :P

  5. Helps to fix or cling nail art accessories.


Where to buy a Base Coat and Top Coat?

There are a lot of brands which sell base coats & top coats. People often substitute a top coat or base coat with simple clear polish . But honestly speaking, if your budget allows, then do get a dedicated top and base coat. Unlike the uncommon nail art accessories, these are available everywhere, the only constraint being the brand.

My personal suggestion is use a good quality base coat because eventually it will remain in touch with your precious nails for longest. Even if you pass on buying an expensive nail paint per say, do invest on a good base coat. And a good top coat to add a little life and gloss to even a dud nail paint  In India we have options but not as many brands as in US (or we have to pay much higher price for even an affordable brand in US). But you could still chose from OPI, China Glaze, Sally Hansen, Avon, Oriflame, Essie, Zoya, Orly, Revlon, Konad, Rimmel and many more on an online store (barring a few).

Each one is unique and so are our choices, so go and pick out what is the best for you. I am using a Jordana Top & Base Coat as a top coat which is doing fairly well.I bought it from beauty centre at a discount so it costed me approx Rs 240. I will hunt for a better one next time.You can also dig for online stores and deals which should make your life easier.

My last words will be 'before asking your nail art to look pretty or your nail paint to last longer, give something back to them; nourish them and beautify them with a top and base coat'. In short, sandwich your paint between these two to give your nails and nail paints a long-healthy life :)

I hope I have done justice to this simple common topic. Do let me know how did you find this article and also let me know if you have any queries or suggestion.

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Competition Winner!

May 16, 2013 Setu 7 Comments

I won, I won ..I won the Nail Art Competition hosted by Nail Artisan!!!

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Nail Art Basics - What is Fimo Nail Art? How to use it ?

May 15, 2013 Setu 22 Comments

What is Fimo Nail Art?

Well, they are the easiest way to possibly decorate your nails and make them look fancy in no time. A fimo is a  type of nail art accessory made out of polymer clay. They originally come in form of canes which may be like 0.5mm diameter and the length of approx 5cm. One has to slice them thin to use them. The other way they are sold is in form of ready made slices stacked in wheel shaped container. You can find both the images  below.

Fimo Bundle Fimo Animals Wheel PackFimo Fruits Wheel Pack

How to Use Them?

If its a cane, you need to first slice them and if its a sliced one you are ready :P. Now, you can stick them to your nails and create what ever patterns or designs you wish. You may take help of a tweezer to pick up the slices and place them on the wet nail paint so that they get fixed. The other alternative to make them stay longer is to use a nail  glue. They are much stronger adhesive and they make fimo stay for very long time (literally over a week or two). But I always get bored of them in a week and pick on them and peel them off :P . Its a good idea to press the fimo gently on nails ensuring that all the corners of fimo is glued well to the nails. I always do that.

Shopping Guide

Now, first of all let me inform you that fimo slices are a bit more expensive than the canes. Usually the canes are bundled and sold together so you may not have a choice of the canes you want. But they are priced so low (compared to the wheels) that you would want to take the risk of being surprised by your set of fimos. On the other hand, the sliced ones will be sold in wheel box packaging and you can chose the wheel you want, of course a little extra payment is required to exercise this option.

How to Buy Fimo in India?

Now again for US citizens and all, its a cake walk to just browse through Amazon or Ebay and get brilliant varieties of fimo at huge discounts. But I have not seen fimos that cheap being sold in India even online. I got a pack from Beauty Centre in Mumbai. But for people outside Mumbai, I am not sure.You may find a couple of highly priced wheels (I guess they are Konads) on some online shopping stores. But trust me, after you know how much their actual cost is at other places, you would not want throwing that much money on it. The difference I guess is 5 times.

So, you can browse through few online shopping portals which are located in China or HongKong (which is the hub cheapest nail art supplies) and check for free shipping. You should definitely try out BornPrettyStore. They do worldwide free shipping and have some amazing low priced collection. Check out there collection here. I got mine on my visit to Thailand but a lot of blogger friends of mine always get their supplies from here. Ohh! and not to forget, you could get a 10% discount by using coupon code HQBQ10.

Please feel free to let me know any question or thoughts on this. Also, you could request a similar post on any nail art tool/accessory that I may have overlooked.

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Free Printable Nail Art Template

May 15, 2013 Setu 6 Comments

Nail Art Lovers- Check this Out!!!

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Easy at Home Nail Art 20 – The Full Moon and Half Moon Dance with Straw

May 14, 2013 Setu 15 Comments

Hi lovely people, this is nail art for the post swap I did for Daniela from Why Only For Parties . She did the Striping Tape Nail Art for Beginners while I did this for her. She really liked my ‘Go Raw With Straw’ nail art , so I decided to recreate the same (actually this is better version than what I did for my blog :P ) and thank God for that!

Now, this is super easy and fun nail art. I am huge fan of nail art and even greater fan of nail art with household items. For this nail art all you need is straws (and of course nail paints). To be honest, I did not even use them :P. I had bought nail art brushes long back and I am very careful with their packing. I put the brushes back in the pack every time I use it :) To cover the bristles of the brushes, each brush has a cap/cover kind of thing which is open from both ends. They are like straws cut to 1 cm size and inserted on the top of each brush. So, I actually used one of them and didn't even waste a straw: P (see how smart I am – well that’s what I told my husband at least :D ). Now, I am big story teller so I am literally stopping myself coming to the nail art :)

The Full Moon and Half Moon Dance with Straw

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My Entry in the Nail Art Competition hosted by Nail Artisan

May 13, 2013 Setu 5 Comments

Hi lovely readers, remember I mentioned in my “Cookie Monster Nail Art” post that I was sending it as my entry to the “Nail Art Competition” organized by "Nailrtisan”. Please go through my post The Cookie Monster for tutorial and reason why I sent this particular nail art as an entry.

The Cookie Monster Nail Art

The winner will be decided based on the votes and voting is open only till 15th May. The winner will get a custom set of false nails painted by her, but wait there is a sweet gift for voters also :D. The voters get will get a chance to win a 25% off voucher code for her shop.

Now, my appeal to all my readers is to please visit this link and vote for me if you like my nail art. You don’t have to be a blogger; all you are required is to vote using voting button for luv4beautyandnailart which is me if you like my nail art. Please be kind enough to leave comment as well by just using your email address (you don’t need to be a blogger to comment).

This is the first time I have participated in a nail art competition and I am really hoping to win. So please do visit check all entries and if you think I have done my bit, take a minute and vote for me.

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The Cookie Monster Nail Art

May 10, 2013 Setu 15 Comments

Hi Lovely Ladies, I am going to share a simple and cute nail art today. I chipped my nails last week so had to reduce the length of my nails :(. And I find this length apt for such cute and half painted nail arts.

I do not know why I am loving this nail art so much, is it because it is cute or its the first time I am like satisfied with the picture clarity (Courtesy: My New Nokia Lumia 720) or because I am sending this as an entry to the Nail Art Competition hosted by NailArtisan ?. I am not sure and for others who are also unsure about what I am feeling, just sit back and enjoy the nail art. :P And please pray and vote for me here. :) The voting will be open for public on Saturday (11th May 2013).

The Cookie Monster Nail Art

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Easy At Home Nail Art 19 - Striping Tape Nail Art for Beginners

May 10, 2013 Setu 9 Comments

Hi All, here I am with a Guest Post from Daniala from "Why Only for Parties?" and she is helping me out with a nail art I am clumsy at :P. Yes, I get jitters doing nail arts with striping tapes since I rarely get them off neatly. We decided on doing a post swap on each others blog. She liked nail art with straws that I did long back. So I recreated one for her, only it was better than last time (I have improved with practice I guess :P ).

Author: Daniela “Iriel”

Blog Name: Why Only for Parties?

About the Author: I’m Daniela from Buenos Aires, Argentina. On the internet you might find me under my nickname Iriel. I’m currently studying to be a Scientific-Literary Translator, and my blog started as a way to practice my English writing while doing something I’ve always loved: painting my nails with weird colors!

Hello, guys! It’s so nice to meet you all! I want to thank Setu for bear with me because I just couldn’t find time to write this post; the amount of homework my teachers give is unhealthy! And I just can’t paint my nails as often as I used to do :(

Today I’m going to show you my very first nail art featuring striping tapes. This is why it’s very sloppy, so be nice with me! I was very frightened at first, but then it got really fun and learnt a lot from this experience.

These are the items I used:

  • Colorama black polish.

  • Maybelline 869 Exotic Violet.

  • White striping tape (purchased here).

  • Scissors.

  • Tweezers.

  • Base coat.

  • Top coat.


Let’s go step by step:

  • Paint your clean nails with your base coat and let dry.

  • Paint your nails with black polish (or the color you want in the background) and let dry between coats.

  • Cut some pieces of tape to get them ready for your design. Place the tapes in a crosswise angle forming diamonds. First you will have to place all the tapes going from left to right and then all the tapes going from right to left. Don’t mess them because the removal will be a pain.


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  • Work on one nail at a time. Don’t rush it! After you have done your design with tape, paint a coat of the color of your choice (remember it should be a well-pigmented polish that will cover your background color completely).


Striping Tape Nail Art for Beginners

  • Right after you have painted that coat, use the tweezers to remove the tape from the last you applied to the first one. Work carefully but fast, you can’t let the polish dry!

  • If you’re happy with your design, let it dry and then finish it with top coat. Have in mind that you can add whatever you want to make you design more awesome, such as dots or glitter.

  • Then move onto the next nail!


Striping Tape Nail Art for Beginners

Striping Tape Nail Art for Beginners

I think it wasn’t that bad being my first attempt! I hope you guys like it this easy design. Let me know what you think and show me your striping tape nail art! The possibilities are endless! Don’t forget to stop by my blog for more :)

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Maybelline Baby Lips in Mango Pie Review

May 08, 2013 Setu 11 Comments

Hi Girls, I am back to the review zone after long. Yes, I had been very busy with nail arts and somehow I have a soft corner for nail art so this one took a back seat :(. Lip Balm or a chap stick is a basic necessity item for a girl and we inherently experiment all the variants and brands one can possibly find in market and which possibly fits in out budgets :D. I am sure we all do that. Although we may like all "pros' to one lip balm, we hate being stationed. We hunt for more varieties, brands, product reviews, new launches and what not :P . I have used Bodyshop Lip Balms for long and loved them so much. There was a period when I felt this is my soul mate, but did I stop looking? Nooo. And lip balms after lip balms said 'Hello' to my lips for short while :P.

And this is how I stumbled upon this one. Now, I have used and finished the Maybelline Baby Lip (Rose Addict) which was again like a perfect tinted lip balm. But when this one got over, I wanted to try something new, at least another variant. That's how I picked up the Mango Pie.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Mango Pie

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Maybelline Baby Lips in Mango Pie

PriceRs 125

Quantity4 gms

My Experience with Maybelline Baby Lips in Mango Pie

To begin with, I did not like this the first time I used it. It was hard and refused to spread on my lips :(. This was exactly the way the Maybelline Baby Lip (Rose Addict) had behaved when it was new. So I gave it the benefit of doubt of continued using it for a couple of days. And it did get better :). The lip balm would easily spread out on my lips without rubbing it.

There is a slight mango flavor to the lip balm, so mango lovers would enjoy :). The lip balm is not tinted, it is colorless. I had been kind of loving the tinted Maybelline Baby Lip (Rose Addict) so I missed it. Although I am not for using tinted lip balms, I fell in love with the rose addict. I felt that the mango pie was not as thick as the Rose Addict and it would not spread on my lips as easily. The difference was only slight but could be felt by my lips. These are just little things I could notice but overall it is a very good lip balm to try in the range.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Mango Pie

Pros:

  • Inexpensive

  • Easily Available

  • Available in 7 variants giving ample choice

  • Cute packaging

  • Light on lips

  • Doesn’t give greasy or waxy feeling to lips

  • Hydrates lips to some extent

  • Stays for approx 3 hour

  • Doesn’t have strong fragrance or taste, resisting the urge to eat it :P

  • Has SPF 20


Cons:

  • Doesn’t come very well in just one glide

  • Little hard so one may need to sub a little to get more

  • Could be more hydrating and richer

  • I wish it was little more thicker


Will I re-purchase again?

No. I may go back to the Rose Addict. ( Update :I just lost this lip balm, I just cant find it :( :( :( ). I feel this is God's way of telling me I should not use what I don't like. So I will purchase a new one rather than hunting for the lost one :P :P :P )

Would I recommend it to others?

Maybe.I did not enjoy this variant as much I enjoyed the Rose addict. It is a good product at this price. For people who do not use tinted lip balm this is a good alternative.

Overall Rating: 3/5

Availability: All beauty shops, medical stores, malls, online shopping etc.

Have you tried Maybelline Baby Lip?

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Nail Art Basics - What is a Crackle Nail Polish? How does it work?

May 08, 2013 Setu 8 Comments

As I told you guys, I have segregated the 'Nail Art Basic' into three based on my understanding of their functionality. They are :

  1. Nail Art Tools

  2. Nail Art Accessories

  3. Special Nail Polish 


Today I will discuss about the Crackle Nail paint or Shatter Nail Paint or Cracking Nail Paint which falls under the category of Special Nail Polish. To begin with Cracking Nail Art is more of a magic polish than nail art, so maybe there is nothing much as an artist to do there. But yes, you can contribute to the looks by choosing colors wisely. All leading nail paint brands have launched their 'Crackle Nail Paint' variants and they are a huge hit :). I think there are two reasons for it

  • Firstly, you don't have to be a nail art expert to get the crackle effect. All you have to do is just apply it.

  • Secondly, the random effect it gives is difficult to replicate by artwork :(


Crack Nail Paint

Whats is a Crackle Nail Paint?

It is a Nail Polish which imparts special crackle or shatter effect on simple application. All you need to do is apply a contrast regular nail polish, allow it to dry and apply the crackle nail paint on them like any regular polish. As soon the crackle nail paint starts to dry up beautiful random cracks start to appear. You can peep through these cracks, seeing he  regular base polish. This hide and seek effect is what makes crackle nail polish a special effect polish :). You just need to apply a top coat over it to give shine and life to the effect.

How does Crackle Nail Polish Work?

If you notice, the crackle nail paints are thicker in consistency and they dry immediately. Yes, there lies the catch. Due to formulation of these nail paints, they dry out very quickly and they shrink at random places while drying. This is what gives birth to the cracks :)

Where to Buy Crackle Nail Paints?

Well, finding crackle nail paints isn't very difficult. There are various well known brands selling them with option of lots of colors. To name a few we have OPI, Sally Hansen, China Glaze, ColorBar, Barry M, Miss Claire, Oriflame etc . Out of these few can be easily procured in India also (both retail and online). I have used Miss Claire which I bought from Beauty Center at Rs 150 last year. They are very good. The other alternatives are comparatively expensive but the time when I bought mine, there were barely any alternatives. If you do not access to Beauty Centre, Mumbai the other brands may be priced from Rs 400 onwards.

You could chose to buy from BornPrettyStore at around $5 and if you do so do not forget to use the coupon code HQBQ10 to get additional 10% off. BornPretty Store is a hub of affordable nail art supplies.

I hope this helps at least few to understand what is a cracking nail paint and where to buy them. I shall be sharing my nail art using the crackle nail paint in my coming posts which should throw more light on what effects to expect :)

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The Versatile Blogger Award

May 07, 2013 Setu 16 Comments

I do not want to start today's post with a usual ''Hi" or "Hello" but with a big  "Thank You" to Fairytalenailart (a wonderful blog about nail arts) for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. This is my first award so you could well understand how much this means to me. It was such a pleasant surprise and I had never thought I could land up here :)

So a heart felt thanks to all my readers and critics; I write because you read:). And of course  Fairytalenailart to consider me worthy enough :)

Thank You             Versatile Blogger Award

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.

  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


7 THINGS ABOUT ME:

  • This is something you all will know, I LLOOVVEE doing Nail Art, reading about Nail Art, seeing pictures of Nail Art, talking about Nail Art and everything related to it. While I lie on my bed to sleep, I have nail art pictures floating in my mind. :P



  • I have been married for 2 Years now and my husband(we dated for 9 years before we got married) thoroughly supports my obsession with nail art (doesn't support the nail paint/nail art shopping though :( )



  • I love listening to music, it uplifts my mood instantly:)



  • If I am in a room packed with 1000 odd people and a mosquito, everyone is safe because some how the fly will always find me and sting me leaving everyone else :(



  • I am prone to accident, every other day I am found with cuts, bruises, burns (even without cooking), blues on my skin and what not. So band aids are my best friend.



  • I love being pampered, getting gifts, getting pleasant surprises, winning and getting compliments :).



  • I always have kohl in my eyes and I would be found dead without them :P


I would like the nominate the following 15 lovely blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  1. NailArt Addiction

  2. Beauty Expression by Luchessa

  3. CraftyNails

  4. Make It Up with Makeup

  5. Lucy's Stash

  6. Short And Sweet in Texas

  7. Ooh La La Nails

  8. Nailmattic

  9. Cute Nail Studio

  10. Polish Alcoholic

  11. My Adventures in Nail Art

  12. Why Only for Parties

  13. Pocket Money Polishes

  14. Brijit's Digit

  15. Just Another Nail Art Blog


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The Blue and Silver Swirls Nail Art

May 06, 2013 Setu 13 Comments

Hi Girls, the nail art I am about to share today was actually not done with the purpose of getting a nail art done but to kill the 5 minutes time I had till my face pack dried :P . I had applied the base blue color for a wedding previous day for which I wore a blue saree. Yes, I committed the crime no nail art lover would commit;  I let one single color rule my nails :(. I could not do any nail art as I was already running late draping the never ending saree  :( :(

The Blue and Silver Swirls Nail Art

So the next day before sleeping, I decided to steal the undivided attention the blue nails had been enjoying with some nail art. All I had on my bed was a silver nail art pen which had fallen off from my nail art basket :P. And me being me, I was too lazy to get hold of anything else for doing nail art :D. I literally did not want to move an inch. I was prepared that the nail art could be disaster as I had only like 3 minutes spare and one silver nail art pen. But, it was not half as bad :D.

The Blue and Silver Swirls Nail Art

I am very influenced by swirls these days and although I recently did a swirl to depict blaring sun in Sun, Sea and Beach Nail Art , I was not content. So decided another shot at it :D

Items Needed

  • Base Coat and Top Coat

  • Blue Nail Paint

  • Silver Nail Art Pen (Can be substituted with a free hand by fine brush)


The Blue and Silver Swirls Nail Art

Method

  1. Actually, there is not much of a nail art tutorial one can write for this. But here it goes, to begin with clean and file your nails. Apply the base coat. It is important or the bright blue color (or any dark and heavy pigmented) color will stain your nails.

  2. Apply the blue nail paint.

  3. Now, get hold of your only weapon, the silver nail art pen. Press it/squeeze it in a regulated fashion to draw out patterns shown in the nail art.

  4. Put a top coat.


The Blue and Silver Swirls Nail Art

Well, wasn't it very easy ? I bet it was and all I took was 3 minutes (may 5 min not more) to do both hands :). I hope you guys liked this lazy and quick nail art. Do drop in your thoughts here.

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Nail Art Basics – What is a Nail Art Pen? How to use them and where to buy them?

May 03, 2013 Setu 10 Comments

Hi, today I am going to introduce you to a nail art pen. They were the first nail tool I ever had. But they are not the first one’s I used :P. That’s confusing, let me clarify. I bought two nail art pens about 4 years back. But due to lack of knowledge to use them and idea, I never used them. Finally, they dried up and I had to dispose them :(.

What is a Nail Art Pen?

These are bottles of nail polish (or long pen like thing) which open up two ways. One end opens up to a fine striping brush used to do detailing in nail art. The other end opens a pin like thing, with very fine opening from where polish is dispensed when the container is pressed. There are various brands and varieties.

They are used to stripe, dot and draw lines. Click here (Tribal Nail Art, Vintage Nail Art, The Bride's Veil in Blue, The High and  Low Crest Nail ArtSparkling Loud Red Nail Art) to see what all nail arts I used the nail art pen for :)

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Shopping Guide

  • While purchasing a nail art pen pay more attention to the striping brush and the pin to dispense out paint than the quality of nail paint. Let me tell you in a stupid way, even if the paint isn’t a long lasting one, you always have a top coat ensure longevity :P. I have nail art pens with striping brush too thick to do the striping or too short to create an impact. Yes, I did not check before purchasing :(

  • Check for consistency of the paint. If it is too thick it will refuse coming out. And if it is too thin it will just pour out without asking for it.

  • Verify the pigmentation because we do not have double coat while striping. It is just one shot thing, so the colors must show up with one stripe. I have a brilliant pink nail art pen which has thin consistency and when I squeeze out the pigmentation is low to create an impact.

  • Always test the pin. With time the polish gets dried up in the passage area of the pin or right at the tip of the pin. Most of the nail art pens have very fine pin attached to their bottoms. You could try passing that through the pin to open it up.


Following are the longer versions of Nail Art Pen that I have. And I like them more. But they are bit more pricier than the bottle ones :( . Let me tell you their striping brushes are fantastic.

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Price and Availability:  This is one thing which is easily available in India. I could find it at one 4 yrs back and I am sure things have changed for better now. The shop in front of my house also sells them :) . The bottle like nail art pens are priced like Rs 30-40. The long ones are priced at Rs 90 at Beauty Centre in Mumbai. The quality of the long ones is better and the striping brush is actually like a striping brush. But the decision is yours, what are you purchasing the pen for? Only for squeezing out fine lines out of paint? Or for the striping purpose as well?

I would not suggest an online purchase for this unless you are getting a Konad (available online in India) which costs around Rs 250 or you are getting it very cheap.Try out near by beauty stores, I am sure you should be able to find them.It is better to check for the points mentioned above before purchasing.  This is the easiest nail art tool to find (at least compared to others).If you are buying a non branded stuff, you better check the pigment and consistency for yourself!

For those who can't find it at beauty shops,my friend bought few long ones from Bornprettystore and she is in love with them. So yes, you could just browse online bornprettystore for nail art pens and you would not fall short of options. Its a good idea to invest in a set since they are cheaper, if you do a lot of nail art:) .Otherwise, just stick to white, black and other basic colors. Use the coupon code HQBQ10 to enjoy a 10% discount.

I hope this article helps you to know more about nail art pens and their utility. Let me know if you have any doubt or questions. You could also just drop comments to share your experience with Nail Art Pens.

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The Sun, Sea and Beach Nail Art

May 02, 2013 Setu 29 Comments

Hey Girls, you remember I mentioned about the Monthly Nail Expo in the Blooming Spring Nail Art which is hosted by Viviana from NailArt Addictions ? Yes, after missing it for the first time, I did participate in May Expo. The theme is 'Sun, Sand and Beach '. I am not yet a nail art pro and although the theme  seemed exciting, it gave me jitters :(. I had to participate but I was also scared of not coming up with a worthy nail art. I haven't yet dived deep into free hand nail arts, so I was not that confident. So I gave a lot of thought and finally came up with this. This is not my best but it isn't bad either :P.

Sun, sea and beach

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