Orange Flowers

May 30, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Its summer friends and all I can think of is some form of freshness, bright colours and a beach holiday. Well, I just had my share of beach holiday last week, so that’s striked off for a while atleast. So, I am left with looking towards bright colors and seek freshness. It’s no surprise that my imagination and control to them begins and ends with nail art. I am just dipping my fingers in bright colors or designs these days.

Orange Flowers

I love orange hues in general and for summers it a more than welcome color for summers. I decided to swatch and enjoy latest orange hue in my stash- Essie Sunshine State of Mind. It’s a lovely bright color, instantly lifts up your mood. It is a little earthy toned orange or if I may say bright burnt toned orange. Whatever it is I love it.

Orange Flowers

Now my intention was more to wear orange than to flaunt a nail art. Hence I decided to wear a sober yet punchy swatch of this orange and just give a little edge with an accent nail.

Orange Flowers 2

I made a stamping decal using Bundle Monster Lotus Mat and UberChic 06-01. The floral image looked pretty. I swiped a little bit of Fun Lacquer ‘Art of Sparkle’ on the petal of the flowers even before filling in any colors. The flowers would look a little sparkly this way.


Then I filled in ‘Essie Sunshine State of Mind’ for flowers and ‘Sally Hansen Green with Envy for Leaves’. I used Rhinestone from BornPretty Store to further butify them and finished them with Seche Vite. So, who loves these orange flowers?



Green Geometric Stamping on Krizia Harlot

May 26, 2016 Setu 4 Comments

Hi Sparkles, how have you been? I am good and busy like always. I have been shopping new polishes like usual but in the meantime I am trying out new polishes lately. I am referring to Krizia Polishes which is a new Indie polish maker and seller, in India. Her polishes have been making some noise in the nail blogosphere. So I got an itch (read massive attack) to buy some for me.

Green Geometric Stamping on Krizia Harlot

Today I used Krizia Harlot for my nail art. Let me describe harlot first, it is bright rashberry syrup with tons of micro holo Rashberry and blue glitters.

Green Geometric Stamping on Krizia Harlot

They look very pretty and exquisite when applied on nails. The numerous micro glitters keep twinkling on nails throughout the day.

Green Geometric Stamping on Krizia Harlot

You don’t need any special artificial light or blaring sunlight to see them. It seemed an almost holo polish to me in beginning yet not holo-holo. It may be because the micro glitters look more like sparkly shimmers, turning less impactful. Not sure, but it’s an undoubted beauty.

Green Geometric Stamping on Krizia Harlot

It was a tough job to decide a nail art on these. I wanted a unique color pairing atleast something I haven’t tried before.

Green Geometric Stamping on Krizia Harlot

I did not want to go to traditional silver or gold stamping. Also I did not want a typical floral or filigree which I have seen so much. So after some thinking I picked up MDU Avocado and BM Festive Set.

Green Geometric Stamping on Krizia Harlot

The design seemed geometric yet intricate to me. So I stamped with it gladly. Even if not out of the world, the nail art and color combination looked pretty to me. What do you think?


Fresh Forest Spring Nails

May 23, 2016 Setu 4 Comments

Hi Girls, I am in a great mood today because of the nail art I am sharing today. I executed it fairly well and I got good clicks too after long. The weather of Mumbai is very unpredictable these days. It’s cloudy in the morning when I try to click before leaving for work, so pictures tend to come dark and gloomy. The only other opportunity I have is lunch time but the sun is super scorching so pictures come with harsh shadows and blaring light also kills details. But today I got a good shot on a cloudy morning.

Fresh Forest Spring Nails

I have been feeling so spring and amidst forest greenery with the base polish I have been wearing. The freshness and sparkle of this green reminded me categorically of the gloss and colour of a new leaf. It’s a very soothing new leaf green. It’s a green holographic polish from Krizia (upcoming Indian Indie Brand).

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It’s really gorgeous and blingy. It sparkles mostly green, gold and blue at times. I am very happy and impressed with the color, holo effect and formula. And at the end of the day, it’s an immense satisfaction that finally we have a worthy holo from India.

Krizia Tinker Bell Polish Macro

Coming back to nail art, I did something near to Cherry Blossoms. I wanted to draw random spring blossoms with of flowers peeping through the greenery of plush green forests.

Fresh Forest Spring Nails

All the flowers are freehand with acrylic paints. And after long I used my Pure Color Brush 09 and 10. I wonder why I stopped using them in first place.

Fresh Forest Spring Nails

In the beginning when I clicked pictures in direct light to get holo effect of base too, the pics came very sparky. So much so that they overpowered my poor flowers which I drew with so much effort. But when a cloudy morning like this gave me a clear shot, it delighted me.

Fresh Forest Spring Nails Macro

I even took a macro of these. I am a little macro obsessed these days. Although now I think, macros of florals aren’t a good idea because flowers or nature is never symmetrical; the beauty doesn’t lie at all in the designs. The beauty lies in the illusion that they create. They look pretty because they are viewed together, a picture as a whole. When you sit to examine every element they barely look like what they reflect in totality.

Anyways, I have spoken a lot for a post and I may be digressing on a philosophical note if I continue writing even a word So I leave you in lush green forest with fresh spring blossoms.





Sparkly Pastel Nails

May 21, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hello Girls, how are you doing? And what’s the weather on your side of earth? The heat is growing on this side and quite frankly I do not like it. But who cares, you still have to go to office, work needs to be done, manis have to be finished and posts have to be written. Not complaining at all, just saying. Anyways, in midst of not so friendly weather I tried doing a soothing mani for ClaireStelle Challenge prompt: Pastels.

Sparkly Pastel Nails

Who doesn't love pastels? There is nothing you would do on a pastel base and it won't look pretty. Although my mind was pushing for a floral pastel mani with all its might, I somehow managed to steer the other way.

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I thought of doing the pastel gradient first of all as a base, showing soft blending of pastels into one and another. But I decided not to go with regular horizontal gradient so did a vertical one instead.

Sparkly Pastel Nails

I wanted some sparkle on the pastel. I don’t know why but some holo sparkle on my pastel gradient seemed mandatory for summers. So I did a soft layer of Fun Lacquer Art of Sparkle (H). I loved the base even more now. Pastel base ensured softness and holo gave a little edge.

Sparkly Pastel Nails

I decided to some light stamping on them. A very simple yet edgy design which looks like nail art but doesn’t steal show from the base. I browsed through some plates and zeroed down to BM Festive Collection. It’s my favourite BM collection till date.

Sparkly Pastel Nails

I used BM S304 and Konad Special Black for stamping. Aah, it looked good. The base polishes used are Sally Hansen You’re Crabby, Wet Suit and Teeny Bikini from their Limited Edition Sea Bloom Collection, China Glaze Lotus Begin and China Glaze Neon On & On. I don’t think I missed any.

Sparkly Pastel Nails

After finishing the nail art, I had plans for my mom’s place. Thankfully, I got beautiful shots in her garden in pretty natural light. Now this mani may not be out of world but lot of effort went into it and it turned decent and different. What say? I love it.



Antique Dresden Urn Inspired Nails

May 18, 2016 Setu 1 Comments

Hi Girls, I am happy to present my nail art for ‘Antique’ theme of Clairestelle Challenge. I was excited when I first read the theme as ‘Antique’. But as the day approached my mind went blank. I could not narrow down on what I wanted an antique nail to look like. I had all clichéd and used ideas in my mind. So after lot of ‘Google Images’, I found this Antique Urn from Dresden.

Antique Dresden Urn Inspired Nails

Earlier when the idea of Porcelain crossed my mind, I ignored it because I thought it wasn’t unique enough. But this urn completely changed my mind. It looked rich antique and mysteriously old. Also the way I decided to recreate it seemed challenging. Initial thought was doing an accent nail or two with the flowers depicting the flower patch and rest of the nails with the ink blue.

Antique Dresden Urn Inspired Nails

It would have been easier but not appealing or unique enough. But only when I decided the beautiful patch painting on every nail, the whole idea made sense to me.

Antique Dresden Urn Inspired Nails

I not only wanted a different antique design but also a unique implementation. And this was it. The only thing I had not anticipated was it is going to be tough.

Antique Dresden Urn Inspired Nails

It may sure seem easy to you, like it did to me in the beginning but to make those real looking flowers confined in the patch and the gold borders correctly took time. I painted everything with nail polish. Somehow acrylic paints were missing the impact.

Antique Dresden Urn Inspired Nails

The base polish is Blue Voilet by Bourjois, Look Dont Tusk by ColorClub, Gold stamping polish from El Corazon for outlines and other nail polishes. Whatsoever must have been the time taken to think through as well execute, I feel they are totally worth it. They look royal and different. Don’t they?


Feather Nails in Antique Mood

May 17, 2016 Setu 5 Comments

Pristine Feather NailsHi Girls, welcome to some sober yet glitzy nails after a lot of neons and florals. I am just doing a little cleansing of my pupils with a sober mani after lots of outrageous brights. However, its summer and I can’t stay away from brights and florals for long! So I will be back in my zone soon.

Pristine Feather Nails

Although the mani is not in bright colors but the glitzy tips make them look bright and festive. My sister who stays in Atlanta after marriage brought in my new list of lemmings. The top two were OPI Bubble Bath and Essie hors d'oeuvres which I am glad to have with me now.

Pristine Feather Nails

I sure wanted to do a mani combining them. And then I thought if I am using all new polishes, let me use my new stamping plate too which also my sis got; Bundle Monster Festive Set. I have not loved any set so completely as much as I loved this.


I used the base as OPI Bubble Bath and sponged the tips with Essie Hors d'oeuvres. They looked pristine on their own too. Still, I went ahead and did a minimal contrast stamping to let the nails continue looking soft. To aid the look, I picked my Konad Special White and BMS308. I loved the intricate feather prints there.

Then I did the obvious top coat with Seche Vite and since I was at my mom’s; I didn’t miss the opportunity to click with some flowers and leaves.

The white rose in my mom’s garden complemented the mani so much. And my mom also loved it because I clicked those white roses like they were a star. She is a little emotional about her garden and those flowers are her children.LOL. Anyways the question is whether my nails look like star?


Vintage Painting inspired Rose on my Nails

May 13, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hello Girls, Its summer and I still cannot have enough of roses from my sprint hangover. So when I read the prompt of WNAC as ’Sponging’ with Vintage theme, I couldn’t take my mind very far from roses. Now the traditional sponging techniques are gradient or glitter sponging but I so wanted to offer another take on it. I also did not want to miss the vintag-y feel on my nails because the underlying theme of WNAC for this month is Vintage.

Vintage Rose Painting on my Nails 1

After lot of careful thinking and brainstorming, I figured a relatively different way to use theme ‘Sponging’ in a Vintage type feel. I decided to depict an old vintage painting of rose on my nails. In general old/antique paintings are a bit dull paper in finish, have colour patches on the canvas which they have acquired with time, very soft yet rich shades, touch of ivory gold, no major colour contrasts and mellowed down dusty look because of which they look ageless classic.

Vintage Painting inspired Rose on my Nails

Now rather than seeing and reading so much about Vintage/antique paintings, it was easier just to do gradient by sponging method and finish up with some stamping. But I so wanted to nail this theme correctly. Also I wanted to treat as Challenge which always lies beyond your comfort zone. Right?

Vintage Painting inspired Rose on my Nails Macro

I painted my nails with OPI Baguette Me Not. It’s very soft flesh colour which would be a perfect base for an old painting. I sponged the base with generous amount gold (ColorShow Bold Gold) to maintain the rich look that these paintings have and also give feel of a slight discolouration.

Although I was dying to use bright colours or at least tradition pink for roses, I restricted myself to the theme and chose the entire colour scheme in a monochromatic set up. I picked different hues of orange and highlighted rose with dull white. I was sure that it should look like a painting not a print so I went for freehand. The leaves are done with dusty green, minimalistic highlighting with brighter green to preserve the softer look and avoid contrasts.

Vintage Painting inspired Rose on my Nails

I sealed them with a matte top coat to just give an old, frozen paper finish. So finally I am happy with the analysis and treatment to the theme, the nail art is not disappointing either. What do you think?


Minty Contrast Nails

May 11, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Have you all been ever captivated by the weather/season living on the digital world (internet), more than the weather around you in real world! It happens with me.The entire Nail Art fraternity, spread across all social media is just rubbing one pretty spring mani after the other. Oh Boy! It’s so difficult to resist one. Although the humid summer of Mumbai is officially here, I just feel myself soaking in some spring manis.

Mint Contrast Nails

I want to all use all my spring colours and pastel shades in one form or the other. So I pulled out Orly Vintage which one of my favourite Summer Mint Colour. The only thing I was sure is I wanted to apply it, anyhow. I had no idea on how to pair it with nail art. With only an Orly Vintage in hand at 11 pm, I couldn’t figure out what form of art could I possibly do on it.I so wanted to do a freehand floral mani but it was too late to even think of it. So I was left with the option of stamping only.

Mint Contrast Nails 1

I wanted a contrast mani or something like a cool color block or totally monochromatic combination with this fresh mint. I painted two of my fingers black and stamped them with White Konad. I used Bundle Monster CYO 2014 – BM603 which is one my favourite plates in the set. Overall, I am happy with the mani. It’s bright with good contrast patterns.


Sunset in Forest NailArt

May 07, 2016 Setu 1 Comments

Hello Girls, How are you and how is the summer treating you? I am so far so good. Summer is tolerable in Mumbai. The only change I feel is in my color choices. I am drawn to brighter and bolder shades. Even if my body denies, my nails sure want to feel summer. With that, I have summer sunset nails today for you.

Sunset in Forest Nails

The caveat is, it looks only half pretty in these pictures as it did to naked eyes. I am not kidding, you gotto believe me. It looked magical and bright sunset on my nails. But just before clicking pics I realised, my maid had broken one of the lights of my lighthouse accidently. Now I had to click at the mercy of one light only.

Sunset in Forest Nails

And it was already evening so I couldn’t even run for natural light click. Demotivated and dejected, I tried to click with whatever resources I had. Trust me it looked so pretty than it is in pics.

Sunset in Forest Nails Macro

Inspite of the crappy pics, I got an amazing Macro. I can say one of first successful macro. It looks so vibrant. Anyways, I am talking a lot today and not giving any info on the mani. So here it is, I did this nailart for ClaireStelle May Challenge: Day 7.

Sunset in Forest Nails

I wanted to do a Forest sunset which to me is sun setting behind mountains, birds on tress, animals returning in glowing sunset background. So I mixed in a lot of colors for the sunset background. The base is a gradient of China Glaze That’s Shore Bright, Orly Beach Cruiser, Orly Summer Sunset and Orly FreeStyle. They looked bright and pretty together. But I needed the sunset glow so I did a top coat with Barry M Limited Edition Holo Glitter Topper.

Sunset in Forest Nails

I have used a host of stamping plates like I did with polishes. I used BP45, BP 16 from BornprettyStore and BMS167 and BM S163. Pheww! It took long to conceive the design and implement it. But at the end, is it worth girls?


Nails on a Sweet Note : Cotton Candy and IceCream

May 05, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hi Girls, Its summer and nothing beats the pleasure of an evening with icecream. So today I have combined the next prompt of ClaireStelle with an IceCream. Today's prompt is Cotton Candy.

Nails on a Sweet Note : Cotton Candy and IceCream

As soon as I read the prompt I was sure to use my long lost flocking powder for cotton candy. But I wasn't sure of what to possibly pair it with.

Nails on a Sweet Note : Cotton Candy and IceCream

Going by the weather and theme of 'Sweet Tooth', I decided to pair them with Ice Creams.

Nails on a Sweet Note : Cotton Candy and IceCream

I used Cheeky Plates 'Home Sweet Home' for the icecream image and then colored them with Lead Light Technique.Now I am not sure if the pair goes well or not, but they looked incredibly delicious and mouth watering.



May 04, 2016 Setu 0 Comments



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Cut Out Hearts in Spring Mood Nailart

May 02, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hello Peeps, how are you? I am good and feels even better to be home after a month of tour of relatives and weddings. Phew! so good to be home, so good to be near to my polishes and regular life. The first thing I wanted to do on my first free weekend is figure out what Nail Art Challenges that are going on and participate in them. I have shortlisted a couple and I am making a genuine attempt.

Cut Out Hearts in Spring Mood Nailart

The first prompt for ClaireStelle Challenge is 'Hearts'. Now I have seen so many cliched heart nails that my mind couldn't think for any traditional or regular way. So I figured out a cute cut out heart pattern with spring filled in it.

Cut Out Hearts in Spring Mood Nailart

I applied Sally Hansen 'Wet Suit' from their Limited Edition Sea Shore Collection. With acrylic paints I painted all the flowers and the cut outs.

Cut Out Hearts in Spring Mood Nailart

To form a beautiful ornamental border I put in silver Carviar beads around with a clear polish. It was slow and difficult but the end result made it worth. What do you girls say? Is it worth?