Neon Nails and New Nail Shape

June 30, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, I have something new and exciting to share. I have been living and loving Sqauvol nails for a decade. It’s like I have been married to them simply because I do not find any shape as great as this. Today I have taken a bold step (atleast for me) and changed them to Coffin shape. I am really nervous and excited at the same time.

Neon Nails and New Nail Shape

I did a bright neon nail art inspired by IG @Justagirlandhernails. I really loved her flawless fresh nail art and decided to do something on similar lines. I decided to use same colour schemes and similar patterns. I loved her nail shape too and somewhere that gave a strong push to my long time pending wish to experiment this nail shape.

Neon Nails and New Nail Shape

The gradient is done with Salon Perfect Flamingo Flair and Models Own SunHat. The neon green is Models Own Bikini. Models Own has some of the prettiest neons, I love them.

Neon Nails and New Nail Shape

I went to a whole level of madness to finalise images for each nail. My pointer and pinky are recreation of @Justagirlandhernails but for the rest I kept on breaking my head. All images are from Bundle Monster Festive Collection. On my Accent I wearing a beautiful pearl rhinestone bordered in gold. It is really eye catching and completes the look. I got a set of such accessories from Bornpretty Store for review. You can buy them here and get a 10% off with coupon code HQBQ10.

Neon Nails and New Nail Shape

My nailart looked so bright and happy that I got a lot of head turns. But I am really jittery about my new nail shape. I cannot yet strike a decent pose with this new look and my old pose looks weird with this shape. I think my nails look tiny and petite. They do look classy and edgy though. What do you girls say?

PS : You may still see my old Squaoval Shape in some subsequent posts and that’s because they were done earlier but scheduled later. RIP Sqauoval!

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NailArt inspired by SatyaPaul Saree

June 28, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Friends, we know my Inspired June is drawing to an end and I am already missing the fun around it. I could not possibly wrap this up without doing a nail art inspired by my favourite designer ‘Satya Paul”. I love his work. There has never been an instance when I browsed their account and did not find a muse!.

NailArt inspired by SatyaPaul Saree

Today’s nail art is inspired by a lovely Saree carried gracefully by Gauri Khan for her line under SatyaPaul Umbrella. The saree looks simple yet utterly classy and gorgeous. I had taken a screenshot of this, 3 months ago but could not have been able to do a nail art on it till now.

NailArt inspired by SatyaPaul Saree

They have not turned out as great as I thought they would. No wonder, the saree is so pretty that it’s difficult to match its beauty.

NailArt inspired by SatyaPaul Saree

I did a gradient of NYX Pink, Essence Redvoltion and NYX Midnight. It was very confusing as to what kind of base would exactly match the saree. After few trial and errors I settled with this. The stamping polish is Maroon from NailMatinee and stamping plate is BP048. Initially I planned to make the same saree print on all nails. But then I realised, it would be wrong to ignore the blouse and the dainty sequins on the border. So I redid my pinky and pointer to match the blouse. I painted a half black and bordered it with black round sequin. My nail art now looked nearer to the dress, what do you think?

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Vintage Rose on Plaid Nails

June 26, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Roses, How are you? I hope blossoming and in pink of health. Today’s nail art isn’t a direct recreation but much more of inspiration. I have mentioned in my previous post of how I am fan of Annabel’s (IG: Followthatway) floral nail arts. And she is especially amazing at roses. After lot of attempts I think I am finally reaching near.

Vintage Rose on Plaid Nails
She is excellent in pairing flowers seamlessly with any print/pattern/background. And in this nail art I have tried to do something similar. I watched her IG video of roses over and over again, endlessly to see how she does the ‘Rose Magic’. And finally I think I landed somewhere near (Optimistic assumption!)

Vintage Rose on Plaid Nails

She did amazing pairing of roses over a black-white stripe base, which got stuck in my mind. It looked awesome. I really wanted some similar fabric print and feel for the base. So I tried getting roses on plaid background .Not sure, if it was a wise call but that’s what I wanted.

Vintage Rose on Plaid Nails
I used Zoya Lake from their Whisper 2016 Collection. I wanted a serene and calm base. The stamping is with an Ali Express plate and Konad special black. I used a clear stamper from BornPretty to see the exact placement of the plaids. The brushes I used are also from BPS and were provided for review. But I am recommending them honestly. They are so worth. You can buy them here and here (Use coupon code HQBQ10 to get 10% off)

Vintage Rose on Plaid Nails
The challenge was drawing small roses that looked pretty much like perfect Annabel roses in correct directions. And lot of practice and video watching paid off. I think I almost nailed the roses. Not only did my flowers looked like rose but also the growth of the rose had direction, like whether it is creeping down or pointing up. I hope you are getting what I am saying.
Everything was then sealed with a matte top coat because I wanted it to look like fabric print, remember? Initially I could barely manage to capture the details in my lighthouse. But the next morning I got very good shots in daylight in the garden. Nature above all!!

 

 

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Fashion Inspired Nails

June 24, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hello Fireflies, I am feeling very pleased and refreshed as I present today’s nail art. It has two of my favourite elements. I am always intrigued and connected to Fashion Inspired nails, like it’s my first love for inspiration. To top that I am recreating one of my favourite nail accounts ‘Lieve91’; she always does out of the world freehand fashion inspired nails. Like the marriage of Freehand and Fashion couldn’t have been any better.

Fashion Inspired Nails

This nail art is inspired by Lieve91’s inspiration she drew from Andrew Gn. I cannot put in words how immensely her Fashion Inspired Nails impress me. This is my attempt to be close to her work.

Fashion Inspired Nails

I cannot tell you how thrilled I was before creating this and while creating as well. The design in itself is so pretty.

Fashion Inspired Nails

The base polish I used Sally Hansen Wet Cement which is favourite Grey polish of all times. I did freehand art on them using acrylic paints.

Fashion Inspired Nails

I created two hues of Yellow (one dark for outlining and the other light for petals) but sadly it did not reflect so well in my pics. Then I made a dark green by mixing leaf green and black. I usually don’t go so much detailing in hues of acrylic paints because at the end it may look something to eyes, while looking entirely different in camera pictures.

Fashion Inspired Nails

But I wanted to do my best from every aspect here. So I took that little extra mile. I was so happy drawing these flowers and leaves that I did not feel like stopping. Very rare emotion, because usually you are so exhausted with intricate work like this you just wait for it get over.

One more thing that needs special mention is my Paraphernalia ‘My beloved and trustworthy Nail art brushes’ I cannot emphasise enough on their importance. Correct brushes not only help seamless execution but most importantly give confidence of being able to draw anything. This is more important for me. I used these brushes (Brush 1 and Brush 2) to do various detailing and drawing. I received them for review from Bornprettystore but my opinion is honest. Use my coupon code HQBQ10 to get further 10% discount.

 

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Tangy Orange and BPS Nail Art Brush Review

June 22, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello friends, I have a fun bright floral nail art for you today. Along with the nail art I have also reviewed a new nail art brush that Bornpretty store sent me. I am already smitten by the existing collection of fine, detailers and striping brushes that they have. Let me show you my nail art so that you can decide if it’s worth the hype.

Tangy Orange and BPS Nail Art Brush Review
I wanted to use one of my untried polishes for sure. I am so sick of cribbing on unused polish that I decided that possibly every week I should wipe dust off from an unused polish. Right?

Tangy Orange and BPS Nail Art Brush Review
So today’s unused polish is HardCandy Peach Pop. It’s a sweet Peach Crelly with peach, orange, gold etc glitters in it. The polish looks pretty and fun.

Tangy Orange and BPS Nail Art Brush Review
I decided to go with Black that would be wrapped around in some orange florals to match my polish. Usually I don’t go with sharp contrasts and avoid using black. But this time I wanted to swing with black and orange flowers. I wanted my happy florals to pop in black.

Tangy Orange and BPS Nail Art Brush Review
I used the Bornpretty Store brush (can be bought herehere) to do all the florals with acrylic paints. I am delighted with this brush and found it perfect for drawing flowers. If you wish to try them, use my code hQBQ10 to get 10% off. The brush neither too fine nor too thick, it’s just perfect to shape out petals in my floral.

Tangy Orange and BPS Nail Art Brush Review
I used Fun Lacquer Art of Sparkle to create centre to my flowers. I wanted some sparkle to match the glitters of my Peach Pop. And it was a wise call. Furthermore, I added black rounds on my other nails to get perfect marriage. They all looked so coherent together. What do you say?

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Ripped Denim Nails

June 21, 2016 Setu 3 Comments

Hi Mates, so my inspiration June is in full swing and I cannot tell how happy I am with this. I am digging out all screenshots / old inspirations and turning them to nail art. I am feeling more powerful as an artist who can enslave any piece of art/inspiration to emerge on my nails. Yeah, I am being melodramatic again, but that’s who I am.

Ripped Denim Nails

I have done a ‘Ripped/Torn Denim Nails’ today that had been on my list for not months but years. I last saw them on ‘Lets Nail Moscow’ account and got reminded of this. She has executed it seamlessly, mine is a sincere attempt.

Ripped Denim Nails

I have always loved drawing inspiration from fabrics, attires and clothing. Denim nails have been on my ‘To Do List’ for very long time and I am so glad I am checking it off today.

Ripped Denim Nails
I was really confused in the beginning on how to achieve this look, there was no video either. And there was a brief moment when I felt its falling apart. But then eventually, some tweaking and I was able to get something that looked close to torn denims.

Ripped Denim Nails

I applied ColorClub Look Don’t Tusk as base and then topped it with two coats of Models Own ‘Corn Flower Gleam’. Now the reason of having an off white underneath is that you want to see the white fabric peaking out of the torn denim. This is the most natural way to do that according to me. Using a fan brush I gently brushed with Sally Hansen Pacific Blue. Using Q tips /Ear buds which were dipped in acetone, I tried removing polish from places in a natural layer to create a torn denim look. I used gold studs from Bornpretty Store here and you could get 10% off with couon code HQBQ10.

Ripped Denim Nails

Removing polishes from places correctly is a key to this look I think. Although I am not sure if I did that correctly! lol. On top of the ripped denim I added gold rhinestone to depict buttons. Again, I am not sure if they added to the look or further pulled it down. Well, after careful consideration I think they added to the look, what do you say?

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Kitten Loves Coffee Nails

June 18, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Good Morning Friends, today I have a very cute nail to share. I saw these pretty nails on Miss Happy and Her Nails (Madeline) IG account and instantly fell in love with it. The kitty and the coffee!! Could it be more adorable?

Kitten Loves Coffee Nails Collage
Madeline does very pretty freehand nail art. And you know my heart is always biased towards freehand nail artists. The nail art looked simple to begin with but I struggled to draw every bit of it. I don’t know why. May be actually that difficult or I was just having a bad day. I had to redo the cup alone 4 times.

Kitten Loves Coffee Nails
Eventually I finished them with not so much satisfaction in heart. It’s really difficult to recreate someone’s work I guess. You can never guess the calculation she must have done to execute every element. I am recreating someone else’s interpretation of an idea or concept. So you have a direct comparison to someone’s execution without knowing the idea behind. (Hope I am confusing you, by reading my thoughts outloud, LOL)

Kitten Loves Coffee Nails
This is why I prefer ‘Inspired’ more than ‘Recreated’. When you are inspired by something, you have a little ‘me’ element in the work, it is your take, your interpretation, your calculation and you are the creator. Whereas, when you recreate, it’s the other artist brains playing your mind.

Kitten Loves Coffee Nails
I feel it’s more fun when two artists look at the same idea/concept and then present their take or interpretation of the same. Isn’t it? But even after knowing all the logics behind and disadvantages; when you see a nail art as pretty as this, you have no second thoughts, but to recreate.

Kitten Loves Coffee Nails
The products used for this art are NYX Pastel Green, Wet and Wild Matte Top Coat and Acrylic Paints. One thing worth mentioning is the amazing suit of bornprettystore brushes. I can’t emphasise enough on the importance of correct brushes for a good art. I have used couple of them here (Brush 1 and Brush 2). I am so very impressed with them that I am already planning various other freehand designs with them. Please scroll through their collection of brushes, you won’t regret. Use my coupon code HQBQ10 to get a 10% off on your purchase.

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Tiny Flowers on my Nails

June 15, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

I am back with another nail art from the ‘Inspired Series’ as promised. So this may be the fifth nail art for the series and I am already addicted to this frenzy. It’s so much fun, that I don’t want this to stop. Today’s work is an inspiration by the Flower Queen (that’s what I like to call her) Annabel from IG@Followthatway.

Tiny Flowers on my Nails Collage
I admire her flawless flower romance on her nails. Almost all her work has something to do with flowers and she does it so meticulously. I have always been awwed by her roses and how she pairs up other random flowers almost looking like a bouquet. Man, I need to learn it from her.

Tiny Flowers on my Nails
I have tried to get a bouquet of tiny colourful flowers on my nails today. Not sure where I stand as far inspiration is concerned because her florals shy all florals.

Tiny Flowers on my Nails
But the nail art turned out decent. I have been a Fan of florals since time immemorial. And nothing beats a good freehand floral nails.

Tiny Flowers on my Nails
The polishes used are Fun Lacquer ‘SuperStar’ and Colorclun “Look Don’t Tusk’. BornPretty Store detailer brush to draw all flowers. The brush is superb and I am huge fan of them. You can buy them here and get a 10% off using code HQBQ10.

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Nail Art Inspired by Manish Malhotra Gown

June 11, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hi Beauties, I am sufficiently charged up for June Inspirations and I have been frantically looking for inspirations with all my might. I have been able to accumulate heaps of exciting inspirations that are giving me the desired to push to translate them to nail art. However, now the list of inspirations has again gone so overwhelming that it feels like I could keep running the inspiration month for another year. And the list will not be exhausted!!. Anyways, today’s nail art is inspired by the talented ‘Manish Malhotra’.

Nail Art Inspired by Manish Malhotra Gown
He is a magician who turns rags to magic carpets (magic carpet is a metaphor for designer couture). I saw this extremely classy and delicate gown on instagram the other day and was speechless. It is so pretty. The colours and designs are very subtle and sophisticated.

Nail Art Inspired by Manish Malhotra Gown
There is barely any contrast in the gown yet it is impactful. The transitions are very smooth and designs are minimalistic. Now it is difficult to recreate such a master piece with barely any element or print standing out.

Nail Art Inspired by Manish Malhotra Gown
But I sure wanted to give it an honest shot. I scanned my entire stash of regular polish, stamping polish and stamping image to put together this nail art. I used Maybelline Colorshow ‘All That Glitters’ as base, it’s a gorgeous light gold textured polish, then stamped with Kaleidoscopic Beige stamping polish No 81 and BornPrettyStore stamping plate BPL024. In the beginning I thought that this nail art failed terribly because the minute details and designs were barely visible on my nails.

Nail Art Inspired by Manish Malhotra Gown
But later on trying some different clicks and lighting arrangements, I could manage to capture some details in the photographs. Pheww! Literally I clicked over 100 images to get these few resembling like the designers creation. It took a hard work and still I am wondering at the end was I good enough? What do you think?

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Neon Filigree and Twin Mani

June 09, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

And so goes on my inspiration train! I am enjoying it so much that I am already feeling nostalgic that this inspired series will end this month. It is so fulfilling. To see something and recreate it, its best feeling an artist can get. Today’s mani is a recreation as well as twin mani of my dear friend Jane from IG : FoxxyNails.

Neon Filigree and Twin Mani

I think I stumbled across her account while we were participating in one of the challenges. I love her work; it’s beautiful and always has flawless finishing which I miss at times. Oh, I also adore her nail shape.

Neon Filigree and Twin Mani

The moment I saw this mani, I feel in love. It is such an intelligent combination of neon gradient, holo and vintage looking filigree. I have had the same BPS plate for a year but had been saving this particular image for some day special and eventually it was just left unused.

Neon Filigree and Twin Mani

So when I saw Jane using it so brilliantly, I wanted to do the same.

Neon Filigree and Twin Mani

I used a heap of colours to make such a colourful neon gradient but trust me it is a visual treat to see so many colours play on your nails.

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The base is SinFul Colors ‘Snow White’. For gradient I used Orly Life is a Beach, Orly Indie, Orly Window Shopping, Orly Beach Cruiser, Models Own Bikini, Models Own Turqoiuse, China Glaze That’s Shore Bright and topped with blingy holo Art of Sparkle from Fun Lacquer (H).

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For stamping I used Konad Special Black and Bornpretty store BPL024 and their fabulous clear stamper (the one with comes with Lid).

Neon Filigree and Twin Mani

I just loved how the mani turned out. It makes me so happy to wear this colourful mani. How about you?

 

 

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Lemon Nails

June 07, 2016 Setu 4 Comments

Hi girls, today I am excited to share a simple freshness filled mani. I got lemon on my nails to get some Lemonade this summer. Initially this idea seemed very casual for nail art but when I saw Gabby’s nails from Gabbysnailart , I was super motivated. It looked like a blast of freshness to me. And the weather could not have been more apt to do them. So here I am with Lemon on my nails.

Lemon Nails

Also this perfectly aligned with my June promise of only doing Inspired Nails. Remember, I am doing ‘Inspired June’ series. I am so thrilled about it. I have tons of great nail arts and paintings and artefacts and whatnot which I intend to recreate. I am sure it’s going to be fun and satisfying.

Lemon Nails

In the hunt for inspiration when I started frantically browsing IG, I was flabbergasted by the amount of talent that people have. Each one has a unique style, taste, colour choice, detailing, execution, photographing and what not.

Lemon Nails

I just felt like being in everyone’s shoes for a while and see if I can pull it off even with a fraction of grace. Hmm, long road ahead. But for today I am pleased with these. If you see the nail art isn’t as detailed as my usual work. Even at points I feel finishing could have been better. But the over exuding freshness is splashing to my eyes is making me forget everything.

Lemon Nails

Hopefully you feel the same amount of thrill and freshness with these. Please stay tuned to what more I create or spoil in June. Before I sign off, the base is ‘Orly Beach Cruiser’ with lemons with ‘Orly Summer Sunshine’, ‘NYX Pastel Yellow’ and ‘Sally Hansen White On’. Everything is freehand with Nail polish.

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