Red Roses NailArt

January 30, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hello girls, how are you doing? It’s getting colder in Mumbai, atleast as per Mumbai standards its Chilly out here. I just feel like being in bed, sipping coffee, sleeping and wearing dark polishes. Actually, I am not that inclined to do nails offlate. Just those polishes or nail art not attracting me enough in this temporary phase of my life. So after a week of nude nails, I decided to use a beautiful polish which would rekindle my love . I applied Zoya Veruschka.

Vintage Red Roses Nail Art
Man, this polish is damn gorgeous and unique. Inspite of being green which I find extremely unattractive, this polish is so pretty. It was launched by Zoya in 2014 as a part of ‘Matte Velvet Collection’. And after applying these, I am so very restless to get Zoya Matte Velvet 2015 set.

Zoya Versuchka Swatches

Now on this beauty I did not want to stamp at all. Yeah just for your information I am loathing stamping these days too. So I replaced a few dried out acrylic paints with fresh ones and decided on making some roses in Red and Gold. I applied a matte top coat from Wet and Wild, in order to preserve the matte look of this Matte Velvet polish.

Vintage Red Rose Nail Art
This is not a usual color combination I would go for but I just wanted to try it. These were too many dark colors for me. After lot of initial doubts, I am kind of loving how it turned out. How about you?

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Zoya Whisper Collection 2016 Review and Swatches

January 28, 2016 Setu 1 Comments

Hi Girls, I am very thrilled presenting Zoya Whisper 2016 swatches for you today. Since almost all polishes are based out of US and due difficulty in transportation to India or long shipping time; we end up getting newly launched shade only when they have turned old! It is such a pity . By the time you find out a way to ship your products or mainly find a polish mule to carry me; the collection is old. But when I saw the teaser picture of Zoya Whisper 2016, I not only knew I had to order this but Pre-order this. So this is my first pre-order purchase and I am really proud of it.

Zoya Whisper Collection Teaser

This set consists of 6 soft neutrals which are of real class and modern taste handpicked by Zoya . Zoya says about the set ‘Experience Serenity with this muted and tranquil palette of transitional neutrals for 2016’. I could not agree more. The entire collection is crème, I would say squishy crèmes to be precise. They are in between jelly and crème but mostly opaque in 2 coats.

Zoya Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya April is described as a light, rosy toned neutral that is a modern take on blush. It is a light Rose toned neutral which leans towards pink. This is one of the most delicate shades and makes your hands look that of doll. The polish dries absolute glossy. I apply 2 coats for swatches as a rule so that there is uniformity in comparison. I think this one may need a third coat for opacity.

Zoya April from Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya Cala is described a soft nude with a kiss of warmth that will flatter most skin tones. To me it looks like a vanilla nude color. On further thinking, I can also say that it’s a butter color. Like April, a third coat won’t harm here too. It looks a jellier version of OPI My Vampire is my buff. They make your hands look so delicate.

Zoya April from Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya April from Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya Eastyn is described as a subtle grayed grape that is more interesting than mauve and gives a modern alternative that is ever so wearable. Now this is my favourite!! It’s quite a unique color. I haven’t seen something near to it. It is a blissful muted mauve which leans slightly towards grey. It is not dull by any measure though. I would love to wear such a happy neutral to work. This color is top of the ‘Class’ in itself. This was quite creamy and 2 coats were just enough.

Zoya Eastyn from Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya Eastyn from Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya Ireland is described as a uniquely wearable green that is muted enough to make it subtle yet still interesting. This is one of the brightest neutrals in the pack. It is muted pea green in colour. It will look flattering on any skin tone. It may look light army green to many. This is my second favourite in the collection. It is creamy like Eastyn and beautifully opaque in 2 coats.

Zoya Ireland from Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya Ireland from Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya Lake is described as a softened blue that gives the effect of serene water with just a hint of vibrancy to preserve its luminosity. Oh God! I just announced my first and second favourite; and this is no less than them. So I will place them in between Eastyn and Ireland. It is a pretty sky blue color leaning towards grey. It is such a soft colour, I feel peace every time I look at it. You can easily live with 2 generous coats of this.

Zoya Lake from Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya Lake from Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya Misty is described as an easy to wear taupe that is an updated version of grey with just a touch of green to make it daring. I would say it is a greyer version of Ireland. It is a green grey. At times, it looked like a neutral brown. This is my least favourite out of the entire collection. It is pretty undoubtedly but not of my taste may be. This is again opaque in 2 coats.

Zoya Misty from Whisper Collection Swatches

Zoya Misty from Whisper Collection Swatches

All in all, I am pretty pleased with the collection. Zoya has done such a great job with neutrals. It has treated this collection so well that even though they are neutral they aren’t boring or sad. I would say they are happy modern neutrals My favourite being Eastyn , Lake and Ireland. If you love neutrals, look no further and grab these. They are available at Zoya for $54.

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Freehand Paisley Nails – Inspired by Satya Paul Home Décor

January 22, 2016 Setu 1 Comments

Hello Girls, How are you doing? I am good and happy sharing a nail art that makes me feel myself. I love doing nails inspired by pretty things I see around; they make me take pride in my work. But due to time constraints and other restrictions (like sticking to a theme, challenges, swatching etc) I am not able to devote as much time to them. Needless to say doing nails inspired by a subject of beauty is quite complex to plan and execute, hence takes way more time than regular nails. Anyways, the post is not to rant but yeah I feel better offloading my worries and sharing with you guys at times :). Today I have my favourite designer Satya Paul for inspiration again.

Freehand Paisely Nails – Inspired by Satya Paul Home Décor Collage

I was browsing Instagram the other day (I spend most of my time on phone on Instagram, Lol) and I was tired hogging on all swatches and nail arts. As a usual practice, when I feel overdose of browsing nail art; I start browsing for images/items for inspiration. They help me clear my mind. As mentioned above, I went to Satya Paul’s IG account. I was browsing it and getting smitten by their prints & designs at the same time. The dresses, saree, tunics etc were all amazing but what caught my attention was this Cushion Cover from Satya Paul Home Decor Range.

Freehand Paisely Nails – Inspired by Satya Paul Home Décor Collage

It looked so classy, royal and a bit vintage all at same time. I just wanted them on my nails. I immediately started hunting polishes to match it as near as possible and planning on how to get the same print, effect and design.

Freehand Paisely Nails – Inspired by Satya Paul Home Décor Collage

After a lot of thinking, I decided the only way to get light yellow fabric print from within blue was a Dry Brush Technique. So on the base which is Nykaa – Hawaiin Punch I did a dry brush from NYX Pastel Yellow. Now the fabric needed sheen like a silk and a top coat would only let me settle with shine and not sheen. So I again browsed my stash and brainstormed, finally I decided a coat of Essence- Pixie Dust which is shimmer polish which is a shade shifter. It gave perfect look of a raw silk.

BornPretty Store Nail Art Brush

I then did freehand with Acrylic Paints and Hot Hot Hot favourite nail art brush which I can’t get over. I got them from BornPretty Store for review and I am giving all thumbs up for it. You can buy it here and get 10% off with my coupon code HQBQ10. Do let me know your thoughts on the nail art, it will motivate me.

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Purple Lace Nails

January 20, 2016 Setu 1 Comments

Girls, This is the phase of my life where I am trying to like colours that I have I have ignored earlier. One of such raved colours by dear friend Manisha from FollowManiMatters is Purple/Lavender. She always feels weak in her knees with Purple, where as I have been always kicking off purples out of my sight. So here I am trying to befriend them.

Purple Lace Nails

I swatched Uhu Uliluli from Doctor Lacquer Scuba Loha and man I haven’t seen a sweeter Lavender (Check Swatches here). It is kind of making me rethink my reservations towards the purple family. Anyways, since I liked them I decided to not simply remove them after swatching but do a simple nail art too.

Purple Lace Nails

I have limited experience in using this color though, so I am not of my color choices for the mani. I chose Bright Mexican Pink Stamping polish from BornPretty Store (Ya Qin An) to stamp Laces from Bundle Monster CYO 2014. These stamping polishes are utterly pigmented. They just make a mark on any color. You can buy them here and get a 10% off like usual with my coupon code HQBQ10.

Purple Lace Nails

To break the monotony of pink and lavender I did an accent nail with Starrily Ultima. It is a silver Ultra holo polish. I love it. At the end I finished my nails with Seche Vite.

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Freehand Pineapples and review of BornPretty Store Nail Art Brush

January 16, 2016 Setu 1 Comments

Hello Girls, How have you been? I know its lazy gloomy winters but to let you sail through it I have a super fresh pineapple nail art. Initially, I just thought of going with the flow and do a winter mani. But it’s giving me chills seeing so much winter outside window and even on everyone’s nails too. So I decided to do something which would make me peppy and fresh instead.

PineApple Nails

I wanted to do something summer, may be a summer fruit. I have been wanting to a freehand Pineapple nails for a very long time. And finally when I got these BornPretty Store brushes for review I was sure this was perfect for the pineapples I had in my mind.

Freehand PineApple Nails

I chose a very fresh pastel neon base for pineapples. I for sure wanted a summery feel irrespective of the weather outside. So I turned towards my latest favourites, Doctor Lacquer Scuba Loha. I picked a bright yet muted lemon green neon polish named ‘Lau’i Pala’. This polish glows brilliant neon in dark. I have enclosed a glowing picture for you to enjoy.

[caption id="attachment_6262" align="alignnone" width="600"]Freehand PineApple Nails in Dark PineApple Nails in Dark[/caption]

The freehand is all with Acrylic Paints, trimmed nail art brush (to fill in colours) and the BPS two ways brush sent for review for outlining. It took a lot of time finishing these pineapples as the work is quite intricate. Once the work was finished, I applied a mattifying top coat for a matte look.

Freehand PineApple Nails

My experience with the BornPretty Store brush: To begin with, it is the fanciest brush I have had. The look of the brush is girly with heart design and blingy with crystals, yet serious and professional in black at the same time. It is a two way brush with one end being super fine liner and the other end is flat brush which I think will help me to do one stroke.

Freehand PineApple Nails

The brush has caps on both sides making it safe and travel friendly. The weight of the brush is a little on higher side as compared with regular plastic brush. But after using I realised, the additional weight of the brush allows it to be steady and provides necessary friction from slipping on nails. You can buy these brushes here and also get a 10% off sitewide with coupon code HQBQ10.

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Colourful LeadLight Flowers

January 13, 2016 Setu 1 Comments

Hello Girls, the weather still is chilly and dry outside. Did I tell you I hate winters? Yes, I hate winters. Last year I did a lot of winter manis but this year I decided on doing something brighter to cut the gloomy spell. I intend on doing few winter nails too (if I am able to motivate myself before winter ends). For today I have a bright colourful Sun Flower nails.

Colorful SunFlower Nails

I know sunflowers are yellow but it is a sunflower of my imagination and I demand a colourful one!!. Haha.

Colorful SunFlower Nails

I can get tired of counting the number of months that I spent procrastinating on using these images from Uber Chic Set 3. I wanted to use them the moment I saw these plates launched and now we are running on Set 6 till I could finally do one!! Shame on me

I was impressed by the shading and detailing of this image. Actually, it’s the USP (Unique Selling Point) of UberChic that they lay so much emphasis on detailing and shading of each image. That differentiates them from other stamping plates.

[caption id="attachment_6272" align="alignnone" width="600"]Colorful SunFlower Nails SunFlowers in Dark without LeadLighting[/caption]

The base polish I used is also picked up with care because I wanted to show how these Sunflowers looked on GID Polish (Glow In Dark). I have used Doctor Lacquer Scuba Loha – Lau Wiliwili which is bright yellow orange polish. I could say mango colour for ease of imagination.

[caption id="attachment_6273" align="alignnone" width="600"]Colorful SunFlower Nails Colorful SunFlower Nails In Dark[/caption]

So, I clicked two pictures in Dark. The first one is without leadlight to just show the detailing of the image and the second on after Lead Light. I wanted to see both the effects and share with you as well. How do you find them? Which is your favourite, the day pics or the night ones?

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Water marble on Holo Nails

January 10, 2016 Setu 7 Comments

Hi Bubbles, please do not be misguided by the subject of this post. I did not try a traditional watermarble in any way or capacity. Any similarity in WaterMarble is merely due to the WaterMarble stamping plate I used. Lol.

WaterMarble on Holo

Water marble is something I have never attempted and I do not see it happening any time soon. However, what I could attempt is buying the WaterMarble Plate launched by Bundle Monster in Collaboration with Sloteazzy.

WaterMarble on Holo

The base color is the gorgeous blingy : Cheers to Holiday (H) from Fun Lacquer. It is multi chrome polish with lots of holo. The silver polish used for stamping is Barry M Silver Foil and then of course topped it with Seche Vite.

WaterMarble on Holo

I wanted to try out on neon colors first (as if it’s a surprise). But then suddenly I got stuck at holo and thought how about holo watermarble! I am pleased at the attempt. I am all the more thrilled because this nail art is for the BM Water Marble Collab with my nail buddies. Basically, we had ordered this plate together and so thought why not do a nail art collab with the same plate? Will be posting what my other friends did on Instagram soon, till then enjoy mine.

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Quilted Channel Nails

January 08, 2016 Setu 1 Comments

Hello Girls, How are you doing? The weather around here is getting better and the winter is subsiding. Although I fell terribly ill a couple of days back due to this change but I am good now. Today is one of those days when I am sharing a nail art I have been having an itch to try for like 2 years at least. It’s the quilted pattern!

Quilted Channel Nails

I know it’s quite shameful for planning to do something for 2 years and still unable to do it. I saw some videos on Youtube on how few bloggers swiftly did these quilted patterns using Dental Floss.

Quilted Channel Nails

I ran to the chemist next day and got dental floss. I will not say that I never tried quilted nails. But when I failed once, I never tried them back. You know ‘I gotto Do It Spirit’ was missing. An year passed by, I was now watching a quick video of quilted nails on Instagram and I realised, that I lost my packet of dental floss. I bought a new pack to try again. The results were better but far from what I expected so I chucked it.

Quilted Channel Nails

Last week I saw ‘Quilted Nails’ as theme for WNAC2016 and I was like, this is it. I need to overcome it and this time I had my new floss pack with me and also Channel Charms. So with an ‘I gotto Do It Spirit’; I tried to tame it. And I did fairly well for the first time, I guess.

Quilted Channel Nails

The polishes used are Orly – FreeSpirit and ColorClub – Look don’t Tusk. The Channel charms are from R Nails Lounge. I used Wet and Wild Matte Top Coat for mattifying. I used gold caviar beads on the quilted pattern. How do you find the finished look? If I had to sum up what went wrong in my attempts for 2 years, I would say the spirit and confidence was missing. And being able to nail this, I gained some confidence to try out other unaccomplished techniques that I have been avoiding for fear of failure.

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Nails for My Sister’s Wedding

January 03, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Today let me begin the post by a sweet announcement. My younger sister whom I have often referred to as a ‘Tom Boy’ in lots of previous post tied knot on 09th December 2015 with her soulmate. So my little sister isn’t so little anymore. And I did these nails at the commencement of Pre-wedding functions to set the mood.

Wedding Nails for My Sister

My sister was very happy with my nails. I wanted to do them for her too, but on the D Day we all got too busy and these images wouldn’t match her dress. So we dropped it.

Wedding Nails for My Sister

But I gracefully flaunted them in some of the functions and got compliments. The base is a gradient of NYX Banana and Salon Perfect Traffic Cone. The images are from Nail Matinee- Stamping Plate‘NM02’ and stamping polish is also from the same brand. Doesn’t it seem so wedding? Would you love not to wear them for a wedding?

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