Romantic SunSet Nails

August 29, 2015 Setu 1 Comments

Hello Girls, I have had a nailfull day this weekend. I finished some pending review posts and did few nail arts. What makes me happy is that I did some freehand, relatively after long time. I was showing some nail art to my husband last week. In no time, he asked me why I do less of freehand now and reminded me how it used to make me happy. He also started saying that ‘Stamping is cheating; you should do the original thing, your thing’. I got pissed for a moment, but I knew he was damn right. So I submerged myself to couple of freehand on weekend.

Romantic Sunset Nail Art

I did see a painting on Ana’s Instagram account that she painted off late. It looked serene, calm and romantic to me, she did an amazing job. I was quite inspired and decided to get something similar on my nails.

Romantic SunSet Nails

I did slight modifications to suit my taste and nails, but overall they are similar to her painting which I wanted. The sunset looked so romantic to me. The reason I got inspired is because, this is kind of place I could sit for hours. It seems so peaceful and divine.

Romantic Sunset Nail Art

Taking cues from my husband’s comments, I did this Freehand. The painting looked simple to begin with but the nail art took a long time. It was difficult to get the effects right which may be partially because I did a scenic nail after long.

Romantic Sunset Nail Art

I did a White base using Sally Hansen White Out and rest everything is acrylic paints I got from BPS for review.  These are a set of 12 and come in small tubes which are easy to carry. You can buy them here and also get a 10% off sitewide by using coupon code HQBQ10.

Romantic Sunset Nail Art

Please leave you feedback in comments and let me know if I managed to nail it or have I really lost touch?

 

 

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NewU Polish Swaches and Review - Grape Fruit, Maroon Shine, Carmine Pink and Black Glitter

August 27, 2015 Setu 3 Comments

Hi Girls, Today I am Reviewing and Swatching a relatively new entrant in Nail Polish Market of India. Recently, it has made a lot of buzz due to its grand launch both online and offline. NewU is operated by H & B Stores Ltd that is a 100% subsidiary of Dabur India Ltd, which is the fourth largest FMCG company in India. They have both online and offline stores and sell multi brand products.They have an in house polish brand NewU. Now, I have not seen any recent Nail Polish Brand Launch with such explicit range of colours. Last big launch was Maybelline ColorShow which had only 40 colours. I am not sure on number of colours NewU has but they are plenty. They have polishes in different range: Everyday Chemistry (Rs 55), Party Poppers (Rs 75), Gliterrati (Rs 75), Mirror Mettalic(Rs 75) etc. Prices vary as per Collection but let me tell you they are very nominally priced.

NewU Polish Swaches and Review - Grape Fruit, Maroon Shine, Carmine Pink and Black Glitter

These 4 polishes were provided to me by NewU for review -  Carmine Pink, Grape Fruit, Maroon Shine (From their Party Poppers range-  for Rs 75 ) and Steel Glaze From Glitterati Range (Priced at Rs 75 )

Carmine Pink (Party Poppers): The colour in not pink, it is a warm coral Colour with Orange undertone. If I can say it is a very sweet colour, it reminds me of blossoms. The formula of the polish seems Jelly to me.

NewU Polish Swaches and Review Carmine PinkThe polish is non streaky and glossy. I am very pleased with the polish and it makes my hands look so girly and delicate. The drying time is fairly fast.

NewU Polish Swaches and Review Carmine PinkMaroon Shine (Party Poppers) : Next up is Maroon Shine. Now this is also not Maroon even remotely. It is a beautiful lavender colour. I am not a lavender/purple person for some reason. So I applied this with minimalist expectation. But it looked wow.

NewU Polish Swaches and Review Maroon ShineThe formula again is superb. It is non streaky and jelly type. It does look glossy and gives a soft look. It looks more floral to me than Party Popper. Irrespective, the colour is lovely and drying time is again fairly fast.

NewU Polish Swaches and Review Maroon ShineGrape Fruit (Party Poppers): This polish may be a little true to its name in terms of color. It is a lovely sweet bright pink colour. Again; not neon in any way but very lively. All the above 3 Party Poppers remind me beautiful flower petals. It makes me think of a bright floral range.

NewU Polish Swaches and Review Grape FruitIt is a warm floral pink color, bit dusty but bright. The formula of the polish is great and the shine is also lovely.

NewU Polish Swaches and Review Grape Fruit 1
Steel Glaze (Glitterati): This one  is from their Gliterrati range. The base of the polish looked clear but it is slightly greyish. I was expecting this to be another Run of the mill glitter topper with silver hexes. But when I applied this polish it does have Silver Hexes but has matte black ones as well.

NewU Polish Swaches and Review Steel GlazeI wasn’t expecting this. It kind of makes the polish looks a bit different from other glitter toppers. The black matte glitter is a wise combination if you ask me. The base of the polish is Grape Fruit from NewU itself. I love the effect and simplicity of the nail art. It is a very easy way to pop your nail colour.

NewU Polish Swaches and Review Steel Glaze

Overall, I am very pleased with the collection. At Rs 55 – Rs 75 range polish, the formula and choice of the colours is really impressive. NewU did a wise thing separating as per collections (which Indian Brands often forget), as people can know what they expect from which range. Although I am not particularly fond of bottle shape, the brush is good and application is effortless. At this price range and variety of colours, these polishes are a steal. However, if I had to make one suggestion to the brand it would be not to keep misguiding names of the polish. Buyers should know how they expect the polish to look like. These days a lot of purchases are done online and we don’t see the actual colour/trials. Hence it becomes even more imperative for brands to follow intelligent names. All in all, I give 5 star to these polishes.

 

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Woven Heart in Pink

August 25, 2015 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, I have a simple nail art to share which I did on a newly launched polish brand in India, called ‘Stay Quirky’. I ordered a few for myself and today I used the first one.

Woven Heart in Pink

I was also keen on using my Mundo De Unas stamping polish. The base polish is Stay Quirky Jersey Effect Scared Beauty. Jersey Effect is the textured polish line from Stay Quirky.

Woven Heart in Pink

This polish per say is baby pink in color. The texture and tiny particles of the polish give me an absolute feeling Strawberry Yoghurt or Strawberry Crush.

BP 61 Stamping Plate

The polish dried kind of matte and that is when I came in with stamping. I used ‘Fiji’ from Mundo De Unas for stamping. The woven heart pattern is from the stamping plate is BP61 from BornPretty Store. You can them here and also get a 10% off sitewide with my coupon code HQBQ10.

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Neon Aztec Nails

August 22, 2015 Setu 0 Comments

Neon Aztec NailsHello Girls, I am not being able to distance myself from Neons by any means. I just keep coming back with more neons with every post.They just attract me and I go with flow with zero resistance.  I just love dipping my toe in neon every now and then. Neons are addictive and let me see if I can get you on my side with my neon nails.

Neon Aztec Nails

Today I am doing an On-your-face and bright sunset gradient in neon along with some freehand Aztecs. I wanted a Sunset gradient but super bright, like happy sunset. I have used Color Club Disco Is not Dead as a base first. I prefer keeping lightest colour of the gradient as the base. After it dried off, I applied Disco is not Dead along with Salon perfect Flamingo Flair and Traffic Cone on makeup sponge for getting gradient nails.

Neon Aztec Nails
After some round of dabbing, the gradient came out gradual and beautiful. I loved it. But I missed on clicking a picture of it to show you. It made my hands look so tanned. It looked like I had dipped my hands in Sun and then pulled it out. It was a fierce gradient.

Neon Aztec Nails
Now, it was time for my favourite freehand technique which is Tribal or Aztec. I just love the rustic feel it gives and randomness of bold prints. I used Acrylic Paints and Pure Color Brush 09 from Stylish Nailart Shop. It’s a striper and I love doing Aztecs/Tribal prints with it. I finished the nail art with a matte top coat from Wet and Wild. The black acrylic paint is from BornPretty Store , they had sent me for review. You can buy them here and get a 10% discount sitewide if you use my coupon code HQBQ10.

Acrylic Paints from BPS
The basic idea of such a nail art with neon gradient with Aztec in matt look crossed my mind when I saw the gorgeous designs from Ane_Li. She is an amazing freehand nail artist and I am on my knees for freehand nailarts. This nail art is inspired by her, I have only tweaked the patterns as per me. I hope Ane and you like the nail art and also that you develop a soft corner for neons like me gradually.

 

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Summer Floral Nails in Blue and Yellow

August 20, 2015 Setu 0 Comments

You know sometimes even elaborate mani which took ages to do doesn't give an inch of happiness, while a quick so-so mani you barely could manage a perfect picture makes your day. I don't know what the elaborate difficult mani lacks at times which these quick not so perfect ones seem to have, giving us a smile. I think it's just our expectation which makes biased judgments!!

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Today is about one of such quick not so perfect mani. I really can't tell you how I struggled to do it. I was so getting late and still wanted a mani on my nails. I was almost prepared for a nail fail with the kind of speed and half heart effort I was doing my nails.

Summer Floral Nails in Blue and Yellow

 

But I guess God was merciful and I did not have to hide my face in embarrassment (read nails). These are not great but good enough for the day. I used Sally Hansen Teeny Bikini and Wet Suit for base. They are from their Sea Shore Limited Edition Collection. On them I used some direct transfer decals that I got from Malaysia. On my pointer and pinky I used yellow dried flowers.

Summer Floral Nails in Blue and Yellow

They do not finish up perfectly on nails but decent for a quick mani.What do you say? It may not be prettiest but bright and floral nails are always in.

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Bright Stripes Nails

August 18, 2015 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, Keeping my madness to bright and neons true here is another nail art of mine. It is bright, popping and reminds me of very colourful Beach Towel.

Bright Stripes Nails

I saw this initially at Yagala’s Instagram account and they seemed too colourful to ignore. The design looked quite simple and pushed me to try. Only when I started doing it I realised how painful can putting endless colourful stripes on nails be? But with each stripe the nails would look so pretty and awake that the hassle seemed worth.

Bright Stripes Nails
The technique is basic, taking out a striper and drawing colourful crisp stripes sidewise; but neatness and color combination is the key. It takes lot of patience. Also it got me thinking that in midst of so many advanced and complicated techniques; we forget to explore the basics. I could never imagine that these stripes could look prettier than freehand or stamping or leadlight or pond mani or stamping decal or negative space or water marble and so on. I thank Yagala with all my heart for reminding me this.

Bright Stripes Nails

I did a plain white base with Sally Hansen White Out and allowed it to dry. Then I took out my striper and dipped in endless neons/brights to draw thin lines covering my nails. I used Models Own Polish for Tans Sunhat, Beach Bag, Flip Flop, Purple Gleam, Turquoiuse and Salon Perfect Traffic Cone and some other neon polishes that I am forgetting right now.

Bright Stripes NailsWhen the base dried up, I topped it up with my favourite glitter topper from Barry M. It is a pinkish holo glitter suspended in a clear base. It looks so sparkly and multicolour that it makes me happy every time I look at it. There is one thing more to this nail art is that I applied the Peel Off Base Coat from BornPretty Store sent to me for review. I knew there is going to be a heavy work on the nails and plus the glitter topper would even make it worse to remove the polish. So like a wise girl, I applied the peel off base coat. This was my first stint with BPS Peel Off and it does its job well. You can see how well the polish came off, mostly one piece. You can buy the Peel Off Base Coat here and also get a 10% discount sitewide with coupon code HQBQ10. The item description says that it can be used as Peel Off Base Coat as well as Peel Off Liquid Tape. I have yet to try it as Liquid Tape. However, I feel the liquid is on thicker side or it’s just my piece which is a little goopy. But this did not create any performance issue.

BPS Peel Off Base Coat and Bright Nail Art

Anyways, I had an itch so I messed this beauty with stamping. I used UberChic plate for this and I repenting my decision to stamp at all. The stripes were better on their own. What do you say?

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Independence Day Nail Art

August 15, 2015 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Girls, Today I proudly present my Independence Day Nail Art. I am not proud of my nail art but my country and our struggle to Independence. I most humbly, present my nail art today trying to showcase my countries struggle to Independence. I would request you to go through my post and be a part of this.

Independence Day Nail Art

We were called the ‘Bird of Gold’ and we were thriving and flourishing as a prosperous Country till Britishers caged us and ruled over use for 200 years. We were enslaved and subject to a lot of atrocities and humiliation. This is what I have shown on my thumb and Index.

Independence Day Nail Art

We had some great leaders who put freedom ahead of their life. We saw a lot of bloodshed, brutalities and massacres. After 200 years of consistent fight and struggle, we finally won Independence in year 1947, 15th August. My Pointer and Ring Finger narrate the same in the simplest way possible.

Independence Day Nail Art
After 15th August, 1947; we came out as winners and finally got our country back, its glory and freedom back. We now breathe freely on our motherland India. This is what my Pinky is trying to tell.

Independence Day Nail Art

Details of Nail Art

Thumb : Base is Color Club Look Don’t Tusk, Stamping birds from Cheeky Home Sweet Home, Filled colours in bird with Leadlight Technique

Pointer: Base is Color Club Look Don’t Tusk, Grey background with Fan Brush and Sally Hansen Wet Cement ,Caged Bird Decal Made out of from Cheeky Home Sweet Home and some freehand with Red Acrylic Paint)

Index: Base is Wet and Wild Black Out and Blood Splashes with Tooth Brush and Red Acrylic paint. The ‘fight’ written is from UberChic 03-01 which I made bold with acrylic paint and 1947 written is freehand again.

Ring Finger: Base is Color Club Look Don’t Tusk and stamping image of rainbow in tricolour from UberChic 03-03.

Pinky : Base is Color Club Look Don’t Tusk ,lightly sponged Barry M Sky Blue for sky effect, Made a decal out of Moyou London Tropical plate 06.

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Tri-Colour Nail Art for Independence Day

August 14, 2015 Setu 4 Comments

Hello Girls, Today is one the very rare occasions when I am not only done with the Independence day mani last week but also did a second mani on the same theme today. I had closed the Iday mani last week, but today being pre- Independence Day I felt like wrapping around some tricolours.

Tri-Colour Nail Art for Independence Day

I was not at all in mood to a second I-Day mani but since I was changing my nail art yesterday, I thought why not get something Tri-Color to match the occasion.

Tri-Colour Nail Art for Independence Day

I did a lot of thinking through the day and decided I wanted to do a leadlight technique and matte look. So I applied White Base on my Index and Ring finger. I stamped this image using Bornpretty Store Stamping Plate BPL003. It is one of the most used plates in my stash. I have literally never used any plate as much as this. It has all usable designs. You can buy this plate here and also get a 10% discount sitewide by using coupon code HQBQ10.

BornPretty Store Plate L003

I did a Green, Orange and Blue on subsequent nails. It looked kind of blank to me but. So I did tiny polka dot stamping using UberChic plate 03-02. On the stamped image I filled in tri-colour using leadlight technique. And then did dots of white and blue to finish the look. I think the dots gave centre and definition to my pattern. I applied a Wet and Wild Matte top coat on this. The turnout may not be as crisp as I thought it to be but I am definitely happy with it. I am loving the Tri-Color on my nails today. What do you say?

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Hawaii Nails

August 13, 2015 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, How have you been? In ‘Neon’ of health?? Lol, I am loving neon so much more than pink these days. They make me feel happy and energetic. And again a perfect opportunity to unleash my neons was the prompt for Claire Stelle August Challenge was – Hawaii Nails.

Independence Day Nails

I had so many ideas running in my head. Trust me, I can do a month long of Hawaii Nails and still not get over with it. Since my mind was brimming with ideas, I had to spend a lot of time settling down with one.

Independence Day Nails

I also happened to be browsing Yagala (Galina’s) nail art account on Instagram and I came across these. Eventually,I put all my ideas under the pillow and just went with flow and made these. I had a neon frangipani in my mind but I just couldn’t figure out a perfect image of it, so I settled with Hibiscus.

Hawaii Nails

The base is Sally Hansen White Out and the flowers are from various neons I have- Models Own Polish for Tan Sunhat & Flip Flop, Salon Perfect Flamingo Flair and the black is using Acrylic paints. Everything is freehand. It did not turn out ‘wow’ but I love it for sure. Also, I loved doing an inspired nail from Yagala and neons makes me happy any day. What do you guys say? Does this make you happy as well?

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Sparky Fish Fin Nail Art

August 11, 2015 Setu 2 Comments

You know how sometimes, we have very high expectations from ourselves and we end up disappointed even with a decent work. Just because the benchmark was high, a decent work also gets slaughtered with repulse. It happens to me very often and in such cases I end up never sharing my work with anyone. They just die a peaceful death in my Phone Memory. But this time, I happened to show it to my nail buddies. And they seemed to like it surprisingly. So I thought maybe this is not as bad. I wanted to do a stunning high contrast nail art and this is the not so successful outcome.Sparky Fish Fin Nail Art
So when my Nail Buddies told me that these look pretty, I thought maybe it is time to revive them from phone memory and present these to the world. I am still not very confident but still I thought, let’s give it a shot maybe you will like it too. I am not very neat with Vinyls but I am getting better these days.

Sparky Fish Fin Nail Art
The base polish is Essence Color and Go – The Boy Next Door which is a stunning sparky royal blue. Over it I applied vinyls and sponged NewU Bronzy Brown (which is a silver polish). Now I wanted it to be blingy so I sponged again with Starilly Ultima. After this I carefully pulled off the Vinyls and finished with the top coat.

Sparky Fish Fin Nail Art
I truly had something prettier in my mind and I am not sure what happened in between my mental image of this nail art and actual. But now this is what I got. I would not say it is bad but disappointing. What do you girls feel?

 

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Colour Burst Nail Art

August 09, 2015 Setu 4 Comments

Hello Girls, as I mentioned in my last post that sometimes we end being disappointed because of the high hopes and expectation we put to our work. But there are also instances when our simplest work amazes us because we expected very little out of them. Or we were just trying out something new. Today’s nail was a similar blissful experience.

Colour Burst Nail Art

I was utterly confused on what to do on my nails. The only thing I was sure about is to do a nail art but I was clueless on what to do. I wasted lot of time lazing around and thinking, and finally came up with an average idea. I wanted to try out my new Stay Quirky Polish and Uber Chic Plate nail art. Not to forget I also wanted to try out my recent possession Mundo De Unas .But the basic thread was to design a nail art around the Stay Quirky Shimmer Purple Such a Drama.
Colour Burst Nail Art

It is a clear polish with beautiful hex of blue, green and gold. I just loved it. Something just clicked in my mind and I started painting my nails black. Everything was just figured out in my mind till the time the black dried.

Colour Burst Nail Art

I painted my index, pinky and thumb with a coat of the glitter topper from Stay Quirky. With some fishing I got good amount of glitters. On the remaining fingers I chose a happy spark kind of a design from my Uber Chic Plate 03-03. It looked such a simple average design on the plate.

Colour Burst Nail Art
But, when I did a double colour stamping with MDU Iris and Fiji, it looked amazing. I was just sold for the combination. It looked perfect marriage of the glitters and stamped image, except that the gold was missing. So I pulled out some flat gold back rhinestones from BornprettyStore. It just was just like a cherry on cake. My nail art looked so complete.

BPS Gold and Silver Flat back Stone

You can buy these pretties here. They are very easy to use with nail glue or a clear polish.What I like about this set is that not only it does give me a choice of Silver and Gold but they are all in different sizes too. So you can just pick the apt one. Do not forget to use coupon code HQBQ10 to get a 10% discount sitewide. Also don’t forget to tell me how you find this nail art.

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Tribal Nail Art in Red

August 07, 2015 Setu 0 Comments

Today is one of the day girls, when I am wearing red on my nails. I am not a ‘Red’ person. As a matter of fact, I don’t know if I hate ‘Red’ more or ‘Red’ hates me more. Because I feel, we do not complement each other. I decided to try out the Orly ‘FireBall’ from the Orly Adrenaline Rush Collection. It looks so pretty in bottle.

Tribal Nail Art in Red
But since I got a mini set, the tiny size of the bottle is making it impossible for me to pose. My hands and nails are looking like a witch when I hold the tiny mini. So I decided to shun posing with minis. Hope you can survive that because it is killing for me not to be able to hold and show you the bottle.

Tribal Nail Art in Red

I did wear a thin layer of White polish underneath for the Orly Fireball to pop. Also I did not want to get myself exhausted with 3 coats. The last time I applied this polish without undie, there was some VNL.

Tribal Nail Art in Red

Over the Orly Fireball, I did a freehand tribal print on this red using acrylic paints that I got for review from BornPrettyStore. It is a set of 12 colours and comes in nice squeeezy tubes. You can buy them here and get a 10% flat off sitewide with coupon code HQBQ10.The brushes I used are Pure Color Brush 09 from StylishNailArt Shop.

 

To be true I wasn’t still happy with the results. I mean yes happy, but you know not totally satisfied. I mattified the nail art using Wet and Wild Matte Top Coat. I am not sure if it would have looked better with a glossy one. But I did want to matte it somehow. What do you think; a glossy version would have been better? Leave your comments to let me know.

 

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