3D Flower Charm Nails

August 30, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, I am swatching and flaunting a very old yet one of the favourite crellies that I own. It is Burning Blossom from Femme Fatale. I am trying out a 3D cermaic Charm for the first time also here. I am not quite comfortable with 3D embellishments in general though. Actually to be honest, I am uncomfortable with them.

3D Floral Charm Nails

But today I took a leap of faith and decided to give it a try. Also it went just like cherry on cake with my already gorgeous ‘Burning Blossom’.I did not want to do any major art on it and hideaway the beauty. So I was very sure, I only wanted to do the accent. The beauty of this polish boosted up my confidence to try out something new. I prepped my accent nail with OPI Bubble Bath and topped it with Essie Hors d'oeuvre.

3D Floral Charm Nails

I pulled out my 3D flower charm box which had been lying in my wardrobe for an year. It’s a lovely assorted wheel of pastel color ceramic flowers. You can buy them here and get 10% discount with coupon code HQBQ10.

BornPretty Store Cermaic Flower Charm

3D Floral Charm Nails

Now, on to some swatches of Burning Blossom from Femme Fatale. It has a charming soft peach-orange crème as base and lots of neon orange, pink and small black matte hex. It is opaque in 2 thick coats. The glitter payoff is great too.

Femme Fatale Burning Blossom Swatch

It looks like unusual combination due to the pairing with black. The orange and pink hex, pump up the energy and freshness of the polish whereas the black just provide enough contrast.

Femme Fatale Burning Blossom Swatch

It is a lovely spring summer polish to be put in most simple words. What do you think, girls?

 

 

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Traditional Indian Nails

August 27, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Girls, I have very conventional nail art to share today. Well, to begin with I had no intention of doing a traditional Indian nail art. But with the turn of events, I ended up here. I was just swatching the El Corazon Matte and Shine 163.

Swatch of El Corazon Matte and Shine 163

It’s a lovely sea green color with lots of metallic shimmer in it. It’s not a dark sea green, but may look like a slightly darker cousin of turquoise though.

Traditional Indian Nails

The beauty is that inspite of the lustre and shimmer this polish is matte, which makes it look extra-ordinary.Now to appreciate how did steer towards such a traditional and authentic Indian mani, you will have to first know that it was Rakhshabandhan /Rakhi. So I was seeing decked up ladies, traditional attires, and festive decorations all day long.

Traditional Indian Nails

It did something to my system and I picked up the most stereotype traditional and Indian colors and patterns. I paired the El Corazon with Zoya Amal from their Matte Velvet Collection. It belongs to the same genre of brilliant color and shimmer but matte finish.The stamping polish is Mundo De Unas Reddish and the stamping plate is from UberChic.I tried picking up an image which is compact leaving room for the pretty base polish to show itself, then for accent picked up its paired small image.

Traditional Indian Nails

To further accentuate the festivity, I added gold rhinestone and charm from Bornpretty Store. I got an assorted box of stones and charms from BornpRetty Store for review and I have used them countless times till now. You can buy them here at 10% off with code HQBQ10.

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Tropical Neon Holiday Nails

August 24, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Friends, as much as I love neons on my nails; I barely manage to wear them. Being a working women, I spend 3/4th of my life in office. Which means no outrageous neons. And on holidays when I can officially wear them, I am running around places nude nails. Sad Story of my life!

Tropical Neon Holiday Nails

Eventually, there came a vacation where I just did the right nails on right time. My neon nails, on my trip to Bangaore, Mysore and Ooty.

Tropical Neon Holiday Nails

I even got a click of my nails perfectly paired with the Mysore Palace. I always miss on clicking my holiday nails if any. But for this time, I even clicked it before and during the trip.

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The polishes used are from my favorite brand Orly. The base coat is Orly Bonder since I wanted my mani to remain as intact as possible during the trip. On other days I live on Peel Off Base coat.

Tropical Neon Holiday Nails

The neon beauties are Orly Beach Cruiser and Orly Key Lime Twist. Th stamping plate is Moyou Tropical 18 and stamping polish is MDU Barbie.If its neon, it gotto be tribal is my mantra; what's yours?

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Banarasi Saree Inspired Nails

August 21, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

I would like to begin the post today by pointing out the fact that some traditions ,certain customs can never be completely done away with. They never loose their luster. And why not, somethings are worth preserving. Isn't it? One of such traditions in India is the Banarasi Saree. Yes, they are much more than a fashionable garment.

Banarasi Saree Inspired Nails

Every women, atleast till our mom's generation have been proud owner of quite a few Banarase Sarees. It has been a pride possession for women for ages. Its like gold of garments. These gaudy and heavy sarees are literally preserved and kept in muslin clothes to be passed on to generations.These sarees are among the finest sarees in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery.

Banarasi Saree Inspired Nails

Today's nail art is inspired by one of such sarees that I saw in my mom's wardrobe when I was small. My mom has a good collection of Banarasi Sarees, that she sacredly keeps safe and dusts out on certain occasions.

Banarasi Saree Inspired Nails

My mom has a beautiful lustrous wine coloured Banarasi silk saree with classic small damask gold work on the body of the saree and heavy gold part on pallu.

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I don't have a pic of the saree but I guess my explanation should be good for you to imagine the richness I am trying to narrate. My inspiration comes from there.

Krizia Dark Window Swatch

The polish I used is 'Dark Window' from Krizia. Its is scattered holo beauty which shines gold, red, blue, green and what not. The stamping plate is BPS 016 and can be bought here and use discount code HQBQ10 for 10% off. The stamping polish is MDU Gold. The gold ultra holo sponged on tip is King Midas from Starilly.

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I love dark vampy holos, its unfortunate that I  barely wear them. The polish is absolute stunner but it long to dry, even after fast drying top coat.

Krizia Dark Window Swatch

Isn't the polish gorgeous though? And I am swoon by the nail art, aren't you? Its so gorgeous and royal, what's say?

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Damask Nail art on KB Shimmer Rust No More

August 19, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Fellas, I am so happy flaunting my first KB Shimmer!! Yeah I have been like 5 years old in nail art world, but only got my first KB Shimmer now. I will be showing a bit of swatch along with a neat, simple yet pretty nail art.

Swatch of KB Shimmer Rust No More 1

The polish I am wearing is ‘Rust No More’. It is a linear holo and true to its name looked rust colour in bottle. I can also describe it as beautiful burnt orange.

Swatch of KB Shimmer Rust No More

But once you swatch it and show it some light, luscious pink and peach tones comes from within. It is not a very strong holo in my opinion, but holo enough to look pretty.

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In strong and direct sun light, it looks reddish too. The macros have come out of similar dark shade.

Damask Pattern On KB Shimmer Rust No More

I did not want to disturb the peace of the polish. I mean it looked so serene and quiet. I just wanted to do a pattern which doesn’t cast shadow on the polish.

Damask Pattern On KB Shimmer Rust No More

So I picked up this subtle Damask pattern from Moyou Pro Collection 13. I have had this plate forever and I love it by all means. These were my first Moyou plates. But in those days we did not have clear stamper to aim and place the image directly.

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So with the obvious fear of placing the pattern tilted, shifted and distorted; I never used this pattern. But now that I have 3 clear stampers at my disposal, I picked my favourite one.

Damask Pattern On KB Shimmer Rust No More

I used Cosette Jumbo Clear stamper for this mani. It is perfect mixture of squishy and firm. The image pick up is great too.Then to get a centre to my pattern, I added a tiny clear rhinestone and tada! Mani finished and I am happy. How do you feel about this?

 

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Tiny Floral Decal Mani

August 16, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Friends, today’s mani is special not because of the nail art but polish used. Don’t get puzzled, it’s neither the favourite nor the most expensive polish I own. It is my highest ageing Untrieds. I bought these 3 years ago!! What a crime to go Gaga over it first, run odd miles to get and then never use it. Guilty, as charged!

Tiny Floral Decal Mani

The polish in talk is Essence Color and Go – HeadPhone. It is Glitter packed polish in black jelly base. It has got tonnes of silver, red, blue and black glitters. The overall polish looks sparkly grey from a distance.

Tiny Floral Decal Mani

It is a real pretty polish however, doesn’t flatter my skin tone. So I just hid my hands around the day at work when I was wearing it on its own. And as soon as I got home, I slapped them with a tiny floral decal.

Tiny Floral Decal Mani

It looked cute and so much better now. I am in the phase of nail art where I am beginning to like Water decals. They are not as bad, come to your rescue quickly in tough time and isn’t as easy as it looks.

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I don’t remember from where I got the water decal though. All I know is it saved my day, what do you think?

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Nails Inspired by a Washi Tape

August 13, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Friends, I have a lovely nail art to share today which I did as a Twin Mani with my lovely friend Manisha. She blogs at manimatters and we have been more than nail art buddies for last three years. A number of times we have met with each other’s families’ too, although we stay in different cities. We have been partners in crime because most of our hauls are together.lol.

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Lately, we were awwed seeing this adorable Washi Tape and we decided a twin mani on our interpretation of the print. We have not tried to recreate the Washi Tape print but just present our takes on it. And I am overwhelmed on how adorable the nail art turned out too.

Nails Inspired by a Washi Tape 1

Let me begin the details by atleast saying, this was a difficult one. Foraying mostly into florals, symmetries have gone a little out of my comfort zone. I practice and demonstrate asymmetrical random beauties through florals where as straight lines just are a different ball game.

Nails Inspired by a Washi Tape 1

Challenge Accepted, I did them on both hands like always for this Twin mani. Pheww! Straight lines with non dominant hand is pain and takes forever. I need to keep that mental before starting a mani like this at 9pm at night doing on both hands. My Bad!

Nails Inspired by a Washi Tape 1

The polishes used are Nyakaa Black and ColorClub Look Dont Tusk. The nail art is done using acrylic paints which I made by mixing colours to reach up the colors of Washi tape.

Nails Inspired by a Washi Tape 1

Now no freehand nail art is complete without my army of brushes from BornPretty Store. These are some of my favourite brushes 1, 2 and 3. You can get a 10% off by using coupon code HQBQ10.

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Dotticure in Red

August 10, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Girls, I have a rather simple nail art to share today but it’s pretty. I recently got my favs from Zoya Matte Velvet 2015 Winter Collection. Ya ya, I know it’s too late but I wasn’t able to find a US mule till now. So I have Zoya Sue, Aspen, Amal and Yves.

Zoya Amal Matte Velvet Swatches

Today I am working with Zoya Amal. It so very gorgeous, such a classy red it is. Bold and shimmery but in matte, how can you beat that?

Zoya Amal Matte Velvet Swatches

Zoya Amal Matte Velvet Macro

See the swatches for yourself. They have lovely pink red shimmer in the polish. It’s so rich but looks frozen due to matte effect.

Red Dotticure on Zoya Amal

I wanted to do something simple and neat on this so that the base is more visible. So I went it dots of simple white and blue combination.

Red Dotticure on Zoya Amal

Now I pulled out exquisite dotting kit provided by BornPretty Store for review. It is damn pretty and organized with 5 double ended dotting tools. They are so pretty in themselves, satin pink in color with silver dots.

Red Dotticure on Zoya Amal

The set comes in a flat fabric holder which ties itself to a close pouch after use. I am in love with it. You can buy it here and get 10% off with HQBQ10 code.

Probably next time I will try some delicate flowers on this red but for this time, its dots only. Any other suggestion on what to do Zoya Amal for next time girls?

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Frozen Flowers on Zoya Sue

August 06, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, I am always thrilled to share a floral mani with you and today is no different. Doing flowers on my nails is extremely close to my heart and a happy visual delight to my eyes. Today I have a slightly different take on my floral look. The colour scheme chosen and the finish give it a cold winter frozen look.

Zoya Sue Swatch

I hope you are getting the essence of my description or may be understand better with pictures when you start scrolling down.

Zoya Sue Swatch

I haven’t chosen any contrasting and spring colours for my flowers today. So while they may not look cheerful and fun like my usual floral mani, but they got an aesthetic appeal, a class.

Base for my Frozen Flowers NailArt

Credit also goes to my serene and gorgeous base, Zoya Sue which is a classic English pale gold shimmer yet matte polish from Matte Velvet 2015. I have been chasing Matte Velvets from a very long time but could lay my hands on them only now.

Frozen Flowers on Zoya Sue 1

I sponged the tips with Essie Hors d'oeuvre which has been my favourite ever since I got them. It further added to the majestic appeal of the base. It was exuding richness.

Frozen Flowers on Zoya Sue

Since I wanted the nail art to be coherent with the base, I chose dull brown for the stems and leaves, as opposed to bright colours like green. Also for flowers I used a dark red mixed with a little brown. Over the finished work I applied a Matte top coat to freeze my mani.

Frozen Flowers on Zoya Sue

The brushes used are all time favourite and trusted ones from BornPretty Store. If you are a freehand nail artist, you should glance them to the least. I am enclosing links for three brushes I used. You can buy them here, here and here. Don’t forget my coupon code HQBQ10 to get 10% off sitewide.

Frozen Flowers on Zoya Sue

Even as I write this post I feel I have drifted to Winter Wonderland of sparkling frozen forest. I may be sounding dramatic to some, but my nails mostly set my mood and my background. Do you get the feel of it or is it just me?

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