Acorns Nail Art

November 29, 2014 Setu 6 Comments

Hi Girls, Me and My blog are all in winter mood these days. As mentioned earlier, Mumbai is experiencing NO drop in temperature. We are still using air conditioners to get some sleep at night.

Acorns Nail Art

Now, this winter when I did Dream Catcher, I am glad I came to know the meaning and relevance of it. This is my thing, I can never do a nail art on any subject/theme without relating to it or understanding it. I can never do a nail art without connecting to it. And in the attempt to connect, I always do some reading on every theme I do. I can't paint it, if I can't imagine it.

Acorns Nail Art

So I did some reading on why acorns is related to winters and here is why.It is said that the amount and size of the acorns falling from the mighty oak tree predict the coming winter's fury.This folklore dates back hundreds of years. The idea is that nut & fruit producing trees know what type of weather is coming months before it hits. If the trees sense a harsh winter is on the way, they then produce an over abundance of fruit and nuts.

So now with a peaceful mind I did this nail art after knowing about Acorns.This nail art is inspired by Maria from TheCottonSugar (http://instagram.com/thecottonsugar).

Acorns Nail Art

I used Envy - Laminate for the base. The Acorns are all hand painted with acrylic paints.

I want to be modest but I am happy with my work. Its neat and pretty. Sorry for self praise but I think it looks good.

Acorns Nail Art

What do you think? Do you guys like the Acorns? Please share your love in form of comments :)

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Peacock Feather Nail Art

November 26, 2014 Setu 2 Comments

Hi Sugars, I finally did a peacock nail art which was on my to-do list for so long. I just love the colors on peacock feathers. They are so royal and rich. I have been always fascinated by peacock feather and their mesmerizing beauty since childhood.And today I am flaunting them on my nails.

Peacock Feather Nail Art

It was not easy so I will not misguide you by saying - Easy Nail Art. I had to really think a lot about the base color and other combinations. It should have the royal blue, turquoise, emerald green and gold for the feathers but which colors should be used for the base and which colors for designing was the question. I had to make sure the design showed up on the base which is difficult when most of the colors are dark.

Peacock Feather Nail Art

Now, I don't have a duo/multi chrome or shade shifting polish which would have been ideal for the base. So after lot of thinking I picked up 3 colors for the base and decided to give a similar efferct by sponging. The colors had to be distinct to be noticed yet blend subtly. They needed to be naturally shimmery in finish not cream or matte. I picked up an emerald green polish from Miss Claire, Turquoise from Glam Polish and Purple from Avon Matte finish - Violet. I think the pick was bang on, although it was after hours of gazing cluelessly at my stash.

Peacock Feather Nail Art

I taped 1/4th of my nails and then did a gradient base with colors chosen above. With Maybelline Colorshow Bold gold I did stamping using Moyou London Tropical Plate 06 .

Peacock Feather Nail Art

After stamping I removed the tape, outlined the design and added a blue rhinestone. I think this taping and rhinestone effort was worth because it added bling and delicacy to my nails. For the peacock using same Tropical 06 plate I made a decal and painted it.

Peacock Feather Nail Art

The nail art did not turn out to be out of the world as opposed to the herculean effort that I had put in for it :(. I was really tired doing this nail art, sucking out life from my already half dead physical and mental state after office. But to my comfort some of friends really liked it and praised it. This is kind of payoff for the effort put in.

Peacock Feather Nail Art

Do you think the effort was worth it? Does it reflect in the beauty of the nail art? Does the peacock feather mesmerize you too?

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Abstract Pattern Nails and 'That Jane Designs' Decal Review

November 23, 2014 Setu 2 Comments

Hi Girls, today I have a colourful and peppy nail art to share with you. I have always loved painting all my nails with different colors since childhood. But when I was small no one allowed me colouring my nails and now I that am grown up, I find it kiddish!! What a Catch 22 situation!

Still I went far by my standards and got different bright colors on all nails. I had to review a monochrome black & white decal, so I thought of this fun way of having different colors as base.

Abstract Pattern Nails and 'That Jane Designs' Decal Review

The Nail Art Decal I am reviewing today is from ThatJaneDesigns. The pattern is called “Pattern Play”. It is a black print decal with abstract patterns on clear base.

Abstract Pattern Nails and 'That Jane Designs' Decal Review

Packaging and First Impressions: It comes in a cute plastic wrapping and a set of instructions on how to use them on its back. I am glad that they mention it is on a clear base. A lot of decal companies don’t bother informing whether the base is clear or white, leaving you wondering till you open it.

Abstract Pattern Nails and 'That Jane Designs' Decal Review

The base colors I used are (from thumb to pinky) – Maybelline Color Show Blueberry Ice, NYX Salon Finish Pastel Yellow, Models Own Polish for Tans- Sun Hat, Models Own Hypergel – Turquoise and Maybelline Color Show Tangerine Treat.

Abstract Pattern Nails and 'That Jane Designs' Decal Review

Usage: The decal was like any other decal, except I felt it thicker after separating from the paper backing. The other decals are thinner and leaner. I don’t know if it is a good thing or bad but it did not create any problem.

Abstract Pattern Nails and 'That Jane Designs' Decal Review

Application:  The design and pattern of the decal are undoubtedly edgy. I own a fair amount of decals but these are unusual prints. They are cute and trendy. I got compliments at work too. It is like webbed rectangles. I enjoy such complex geometric designs.

Abstract Pattern Nails and 'That Jane Designs' Decal Review

Two things I disliked about the decal are:

  • The width of the decal is not exactly apt for your fingers. You may not be able to cover the entire width of your nails. It gets difficult managing to have them pull through till the end. It is just a slight (1mm) short of my nail width and so some you may not feel it.

  • The decals may bleed depending on the top coat you use. I found the black bleeding out when using a local coat. So suggestion is to be quick in top coat application.


Abstract Pattern Nails and 'That Jane Designs' Decal Review

Final Verdict: Apart from the two points there is nothing to dislike in then decal. The collection of Jane’s shop is great. I have one more set waiting to be reviewed and they are even more fun. I am eagerly waiting to get them on my nails.

She stocks beautiful unusual medi rings too. I find her decals standing out from the ones available in market in terms of designs. They are cute, cool and fresh.Jane runs free International shipping at times and sales too, just watch!

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Frosty Wood in Winter Nail Art

November 20, 2014 Setu 7 Comments

Winter is round the corner and although I can’t see it or feel it in Mumbai, I am living it through nail arts. The nail art world is so full of beautiful frosty chilly nail arts that even a person like me who hates winters also falls for it.

Frosty Wood in Winter Nail Art

It is all snowy and festive in nail blogosphere these days. Even though I cannot but my nails are participating in the fun totally!!. Don’t be surprised when I say, I never seen a real snow in my life :( :(

Frosty Wood in Winter Nail Art

I wanted to have a frosted blue background so I chose this Blue Glam Polish. I love this blue and it is dark, sparkly and mysterious like night. I could have chosen a lighter blue and it would have looked more real. But this is my imagination and I thought of a dark frosty night in woods.

Frosty Wood in Winter Nail Art

I didn’t want any snow or snowflakes on my nails for this nail art, just the feel of frosty woods. So I used Barry M Silver Foil to stamp the trees. Barry M Silver Foil is the best silver stamping polish one can have :)

Frosty Wood in Winter Nail Art

The stamping plates I used are Bundle Monster CYO 2013 plates.

I did no top coat on my nails on purpose. I did not want an artificial glossy finish. I did not want to mattify either. I just wanted a near to original feel hence skipped top coat. The silver was shining while blue base was glistening, which is all I wanted.

Frosty Wood in Winter Nail Art

What do you say? Is it chilly and snowy at the place where you are? Do you get the frosty feeling with my nails? Please share your comments :)

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Dream Catcher Nail Art

November 17, 2014 Setu 9 Comments

Hi Girls, I have a quick nail art to share today. Now I have seen dream catcher nail arts since time immemorial but never quite understood what is it? I mean I saw them but never knew the relevance.

Dream Catcher Nail Art

What is a Dream Catcher? Dream catchers are arts and crafts of the Native American people. They were woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradleboard to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams. The night air is filled with dreams. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew.

After knowing Dream Catcher is, I all the more wanted to do it on my nails. So without any ado I did the dream catcher. And what better than the month of November for a native american nail art.

Dream Catcher Nail Art

I used Allana Renne - Butter Beer as a base color. I am in love with this polish so much that I used it twice in last fortnight. Very rare!

Dream Catcher Nail Art

I used Bundle Monster CYO 2013 plate no 407 for the dream catcher. I made a decal on my stamper. I used acrylic paints to color them up.

Dream Catcher Nail Art

Needless to mention it did not come to neat. It looks a bit messy. But atleast I attempted. How do you girls find it?

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Plaid /Tweed / Flannel Nail Art

November 13, 2014 Setu 7 Comments

Hi Fellas, this is not the first time I am trying a Plaid Nails but the last time I tried it was an utter failure. I posted it on blog but request you not to have a look at the horror :( .Anyways, time passed by and I have evolved as an artist too.

Plaid Tweed Flannel Print Nail Art

So here is my much better version of Plaid Nails. The print is inspired by Flannel or Tweed which is there for a lots of nail art challenges.

Plaid Tweed Flannel Print Nail Art

The base color is Rimmel - Sage. Its a dusty olive green color which is perfect for such prints.

fairytale13

I used Maybelline Colorshow Black Out for stamping the plaids. The stamping plate I used is Moyou London Fairy Tale 13. I picked up image from the shoe.

Plaid Tweed Flannel Print Nail Art

You see the plaid pattern on the shoe, yeah I picked my plaids from there :). How do you find them?I think this is the best suited time for plaid/tweed/flannel patterns, they shout "Winters".

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Harvest - Pumpkin Nail Art

November 09, 2014 Setu 6 Comments

Hi Fellas, Fall is approaching fast and I can see all orange, golden and brown colors around in blogosphere. And quite frankly I am enjoying it.

Harvest - Pumpkin Nail Art

I saw a pumpkin mani long back and wanted to do it. But somehow time kept passing by and this mani never happened. And the time was right now.

Harvest - Pumpkin Nail Art

So, I made it a point this harvest season to have pumkins on my nails.

Harvest - Pumpkin Nail Art

This is a freehand nail art. I used acrylic paints to paint the pumpkins. And also took care to paint it in a way they look real. Am I successful?

Harvest - Pumpkin Nail Art

However, I find the pumpkins cute. They are funky french nail art. I feel like just slicing them or pricking them :P.

Harvest - Pumpkin Nail Art

On my ring finger and pointer I am wearing a gold glitter packed polish that I bought from Nepal. This is the first time I used them and they are great.

Harvest - Pumpkin Nail Art

The golden glitters spreads sparkles to my harvest mani. Do you think the same? What are your thoughts on this? Do you like it?

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Moustache Nail Art and Twin Nails

November 08, 2014 Setu 5 Comments

Hello Fellas, I have been intending to Moustache nail art for so long. I saw a lot of challenges with this theme lately. So there could not have been a better time to do this nail art :). Another beautiful coincidence is that my friend Manisha from http://followmanimatters.blogspot.in/picked up a 'Moustache theme' for our twin mani. We have been intending to do a a twin from such a long time but we remained busy with challenges, health and odd timings.

[caption id="attachment_4264" align="alignnone" width="600"]Moustache Inspiration for twin mani Moustache Inspiration for Twin Mani[/caption]

Moustache Twin Nail ARt

We both so wanted to do a Moustache nail art, that when Manisha shared a moustache pic we couldn't resist. And within 24 hours we were up with this nail art :). Yes, that's how excited we were :P.

Moustache Nail ARt

I used Models Own Flip Flop and Sun Hat from their 'Polish for Tans' collection. I am head over heels for this collection. However I own only 2 of them. Manisha got these polishes for me and many other lovely polishes and plates that I can't thank her enough for.

Moustache Nail ARt

I used black acrylic paint for mustache. The brush I used were sent by Bornpretty Store for review. You can read the review here. Also the neon studs were sent by Bornpretty Store for review. They are so gorgeous. They added phunk to my nails. You can get them for 10% off if you use my coupon code HQBQ10.

Moustache Nail Art and Twin Nails

I love neon colors and my readers already know it. I always try to drag them to all my nail arts. And as soon as I wear them, I feel like rushing to a beach for holiday.

Moustache Nail Art and Twin Nails

Yah! not so lucky here so as I write this post, the only place I rush is my Office :(. And then my neon nails mock at me saying 'I should have been some place else' :P. Not that my life is treacherous but ofcourse exhausted with managing office, blog and home. But I don't regret.

Moustache Nail Art and Twin Nails

I have consciously chosen to not leave the side of nailart however difficult life gets :). Its my passion, love and rejuvenation.

Anyways, that's my nail art sprinkled with my story. Hope you like both :)

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Zebra Stripes Nail Art

November 05, 2014 Setu 4 Comments

Hi Friends, here is a short and sweet post on 'Zebra Stripes NailArt' . Its not that I never done a Zebra Stripes Nail Art but I can't just get over it.

I did this nailart on my sister's nails.This time, it is not a freehand but stamped print. I used Moyou London Tropical Plate 01. I LOVE this plate.I feel like I am inside a jungle with river flowing by and birds chrping around when I see the images of this plate.

Zebra Stripes Nail Art

This nail art may look simple but it never ever looses its charm. They are as gorgeous as I first saw them on internet. Zebra nails are stylish and sassy. My sister was happy with this nailart. Also my friends were praising it.

Zebra Stripes Nail Art

I used Maybelline ColorShow Porcelein Party for the base.I used Maybelline ColorShow Black Out for stamping. I just sponged some  NYX Juliana which is yellow jelly polish with micro shimmers. I simply sponged the centre of the nails. I did this on purpose so that only the central line gives a yellowish shine. Similar shine, what you see on animal fur when they shine in light. I thought it would give it a rather real feel.

How do you find the nail art? I find them simple and smart :)

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Fall Nail Art and BPS NailArt Brush Review

November 04, 2014 Setu 12 Comments

Hi Guys, Fall is round the corner and I really love the colors of fall. For some reason I could never relate to few things like 'Halloween'. And because my heart doesn't sync with it, my nails couldn't . That's the reason no halloween mani on my blog. But 'Fall' even though not experienced in India per say, I feel like getting drenched in it.

Fall Nail Art and BPS NailArt Brush Review

So here is my Fall Nails Art with maple and other leaf twigs. I am satisfied with a nail art after long. I am at peace now. Last few weeks have been about stamping mostly. Why not I got 9 Moyou London Plates :).

Fall Nail Art and BPS NailArt Brush Review

But my heart pulls towards free hand and nothing gives as much as creative satisfaction as a free hand :).

Fall Nail Art and BPS NailArt Brush Review

I was very confused about the base color to be used for this mani. Now, white would have been an easy pick. All colors pop up on it and it gives a nice contrast. But it would have been awfully common as well.

Fall Nail Art and BPS NailArt Brush Review

I wanted something closer to the fall, something that blends in the atmosphere of Fall rather than providing contrast.

Fall Nail Art and BPS NailArt Brush Review

So I picked up 'ButterBear' from Allana Renne, an Aussie Indie Polish Bran. I got from my friend Deepti who is in Australia . The color is so good and completely justifies my Fall theme. I used acrylic paints and the brush described below for all the art work.

Fall Nail Art

Also , I am so happy with the Nail Art Brush BornPretty sent me for review. Now, they are said to be a set of fine brush but they are not fine/detailing actually. So I was quite upset when I got them. I din't use them till a month I guess, till today I decided to trim them and try.

Born Pretty Store Nail Art Brush

The handle of the brush is wooden which makes them very sturdy and makes the grip strong. As soon as I trimmed them to thin them down, I had one of the best detailing brush infront of me. I truely loved them, it is quite good for detailing and outlining as you can see.

Bornpretty Store Nail Art Brush Review

You can buy them here and also get a 10% discount sitewide with coupon code HQBQ10 :). Hope you like them and my nail art too. Please leave your feedback.

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