Orange and White Floral Doodles

September 30, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, today is Day 30 of the Challenge, which means it’s almost the end. It is the first time that I participated in a 31 Day Challenge and completed it. One item less in my ‘Bucket List’ now! I wanted to do it once atleast and I am gald I am done. I can confidently say 2 things now; firstly it was a mad frenzy brainstorming, doing nail art, writing posts, remembering dates, posting pics and what not. And Secondly, I never want to go through this again.lol. I will still be participating in Challenges no doubt but not for all days. It takes a toll on your life, time, health and creativity. I definitely did try out new things I would have never otherwise, it made me move out of my comfort zone at times buts it’s too much (with a full time job and house to manage). So Challenges are good if taken in the correct spirit and correct amount.

Orange and White Floral Doodles

The theme for today’s challenge is ‘Inspired by a Tutorial’. The tutorial I am referring to today is from Lindsey -‘WondrouslyPolished’. She rocks freehand manis on her shorties. This is the second time I am doing nails inspired by her. Her work is too good to leave you uninspired. She did these floral doodles in burnt Yellow color whereas I chose an Orange, but the essence remains same.

Orange and White Floral Doodles

The base polish is Essie ‘SunShine State of Mind’. It is a lovely warm orange color which very bright and muted burnt at the same time. I love love love this polish. It is a different kind of Orange which is bright, happy yet not in your face.

Orange and White Floral Doodles

I used White Acrylic Paint and BornPretty Store Brush to draw the flowers. You can but these brushes here and get 10% off with code HQBQ10. Let me know your thoughts on my nail art.

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Nails Inspired by Mother's Painting Work

September 27, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hi Friends, I have a special and close to heart nailart to show you today. A few weeks back my dad found some old pictures while cleaning the house. These were the pictures of my Mom’s over 15 year old paintings. Gosh! I had totally forgotten that my mom ever painted. I did know that she painted but it was a very faint or negligible memory of painting so many nature paintings on canvas.

Nails Inspired by Mother's Painting Work

So when I saw the images of my Mom’s painting (dad clicked those paintings on his mobile and sent us) ; I was overwhelmed. This was just when I was planning my mani around ChalkBoard Nail Challenge. And as soon as I saw these paintings, I chucked all the previous ideas I had in my mind for ‘Inspired by an Art Work’. I knew these were the best paintings to get inspired from.

My Mom's Nature Painting

The other thing that occurred to me on seeing these paintings is the source of art in me. No wonder I am all artsy, I got it from my mom. Well, our canvases may be different but love for painting remains the same.

Nails Inspired by Mother's Painting Work

It was very difficult though to paint these on my nails because of the giant difference in texture of canvas and nails. These paintings were done by taking advantage of Water Colour Method, allowing colors to blend through naturally creating unparallel effect. What happens on Canvas is that they are thick porous paper, so they gracefully absorb extra water and just give the perfection of color flowing and blending. Whereas, nails are smooth non-porous, so all the water and color would just flow out and slip off the nails. It is quite difficult to do water colors on nails. For smaller images like flowers, it is still easier because you have more control on image. But for full nail images like this, where the entire nail is to painted layers are layers, it is difficult.

[caption id="attachment_7428" align="alignnone" width="1338"]Close Up of My Inspired by Mother's Painting Work Close Up[/caption]

Nails Inspired by Mother's Painting Work 1

Yet, I have given my best and this nail art made me very happy. I used Sinful Colors White Out as base and everything else is Acrylic Paint. I used various brushes but mostly I used flat brush from Bornpretty Store for background. You can buy it here, it’s a double sided brush and the other end has super fine detailer. You can enjoy 10% off with coupon code HQBQ10.

 

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Nails Inspired by Fashion : Sushmita Sen

September 25, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, today's nail art is special not just because it is fashion inspired (you know I love doing Inspired Nails) but because I am doing nail art inspired by someones attire who inspires me as a person. She is Sushmita Sen , Miss Universe 1994. What makes her very special is not her title or what she won but the kind of winner she it at her heart.

Nail Art Inspired by Sushmita Sen's Dress

She is wearing a Manish Malhotra designed attire, while walking for Lilavati Hospital. She made a beautiful heart wrenching speech there. And I have been her fan ever since. She spoke beautifully how we can just make a little change..just one person..one thought..one mind instead of saying big things like changing the world and running the futile chase. She emphasized on how parents should raise their child as a 'child' and not as a 'girl' or a 'boy'. She said million other worthy things which were simple yet impact full. She is a single mother who adopted two pretty daughters who were orphans, which itself speaks about her strong will and pure thoughts.

Nail Art Inspired by Sushmita Sen's Dress

I am not going into details of her accomplishments and moving towards the nail art which I did for Day 25 and the theme is Fashion.

Nail Art Inspired by Sushmita Sen's Dress

I used Zoya Sue , Orly Window Shopping ,Orly On the Edge and KB Shimmer One Night stand. The stamping plate is BornPretty Store BPL016 and you can buy it here at 10% off with code HQBQ10.

Nail Art Inspired by Sushmita Sen's Dress

The nail art might not have turned out as pretty an true to the dress . Not defending but just saying, its one thing to design it a fabric and whole new world to do same thing on nails with polishes. It's nearly impossible to do replicate things from two different worlds but I made an honest attempt.

 

 

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Inspired by Book 'Alice in Wonder Land' Nails

September 24, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, the theme for Day 24: ChalkBoard Nails Challenge is ‘Inspired by a Book’. I am not an avid reader. Actually, I am not even an average book reader. The last books I remember reading are some management non-fiction books during my MBA. And they were definitely not fancy enough to do an ‘Inspired by Book’ Nailart on it.

Inspired by Book 'Alice in Wonder Land' Nails

So I had to scroll back to my childhood when I used to read story books and thoroughly enjoy them too. One of such evergreen classics is ‘Alice in Wonder Land’ which inspired me for the mani today.

Inspired by Book 'Alice in Wonder Land' Nails

I am also excited about the new polish I am wearing – Bow Thermo Top Coat. I have not yet explored the polish to the fullest. But I have read and seen videos that this polish can be used a thermal top coat over regular polish to make it color changing.

[caption id="attachment_7403" align="alignnone" width="1889"]Inspired by Book 'Alice in Wonder Land' Nails When Partially Cold[/caption]

Sounds exciting, isn’t it? I will show you a couple of swatches in between the nail art itself. I would say the color of the polish is very sheer off white or grey white with beautiful holo glitters in it. It made my hands look so delicate. It color transition is very quick and sharp. It turns black when cold.

[caption id="attachment_7404" align="alignnone" width="1741"]Inspired by Book 'Alice in Wonder Land' Nails When Completly Cold[/caption]

The stamping plate I used here is from Moyou : Scholar Collection 02. It is one of my favourite stamping plates due to its uniquely beautiful images.

Bow Thermo Top Coat Swatch

I stamped them using Konad Special Black to witness the fun of stamping vanishing when my nails turned cold (because then the color of my nails would be black).

[caption id="attachment_7407" align="alignnone" width="1823"]Bow Thermo Top Coat Swatch With Cold Tips[/caption]

It was really cool to have the story vanish in cold and come to life when hot. What do you think girls?

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Green and Gold Water Marble Nails

September 20, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Girls, today’s theme for Chalk Board Challenge is ‘Water Marble’ and those who read my blog/IG know I have never done a damn Water marble or even dry marble. I just hate it. I hate to put all that effort and see the dead body of my polish floating on water like no one’s business.

Water Marble Nails

And why I am saying wasted is because I don’t find the water marble patterns so fulfilling to justify the polish wastage and number of trial & errors. Quite frankly, I did try twice (I know it’s barely enough to leash the bitch called ‘Water marble’) and failed badly.

Water Marble Nails

After that I never ever made a genuine attempt, just gave up. No offence, I find them beautiful but it’s just not for me. So whenever I am forced to water marble (by a challenge or by mood) I turn to my cheat code Bundle Monster Water marble Plate.

Water Marble Nails Close Up

And that is what I did here today (as if it was difficult to guess). I stamped using MDU ‘Gold’ on Krizia ‘Forest Gump’ which is bright dark leaf green scattered holo polish (swatches coming up). The polish is real beauty and I have managed to score a macro and close up of nail art.

[caption id="attachment_7389" align="alignnone" width="2449"]Water Marble Nails Macro Macro[/caption]

It was a limited edition polish from Krizia who is an Indie polish maker from my own country. And I did manage to get ‘Forest Gump’ before they were gone forever.

Krizia Forest Gump Swatch

It is green holo gliiter packed polish in green jelly. But make no mistake; it is perfectly opaque on two easy coats with no bald spots at all (which often a problem with glitter polishes). It shines brilliant sparkles of Green, teal and gold in light.

Krizia Forest Gump Swatch

I have taken sunlight clicks of these to give correct idea. They are nothing less than gorgeous in my opinion. But they have a little long drying time; which is not very fancy. Nonetheless, I love the polish and the nail art. How about you?

 

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Galaxy Nails

September 19, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, I am excited to share my galaxy nails today because it’s practically the first time I did a traditional Galaxy nails. Yeah it’s nothing to be proud of; I don’t know why I have always been hiding from doing it.

Galaxy Nails

Not that it is difficult or painful, but I guess I was waiting for correct call. Well, I got the correct call for Day 19: Chalk Board Challenge theme ‘Galaxy Nails’. I said to myself; “If it’s not now it’s probably never”. And I jumped into it without over analysis.

Galaxy Nails

I pulled lots of polishes (like really LOTS) in excitement (and I am quiet embarrassed that I pulled colors in which it is impossible to even imagine a galaxy, well I am first timer at this .LOL). After careful consideration I picked up Glam Polish Sparkle Blue, China Glaze That’s Shore Bright, Sinful Colors Snowwhite, China Glaze Fairy Dust, Sinful Colors Junky out of the heap.

Galaxy Nails

I sponged these colors in various pattern on the base Glam Sparkle Blue. After the desired base was achieved, I did generous coats of China Glaze Fairy Dust. I used dotting tool to make some white dots on galaxy to denote starts.

Galaxy Nails

Finally, cherry on my galaxy cake was flat star cluster charm from Bornpretty Store (You can buy it here and get 10% off with code HQBQ10). I think they were just so apt for this mani. I am in love with the charm and the mani. What do you say?

 

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Glitter Placement Nails

September 17, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, I have little glittery and blingy nails today. And why not? The theme for Day 17 of ChalkBoard Nails is ‘Glitter’. So I thought of playing with accent glitter placement and some holo polish too.

Glitter Placement Nails 1

The base is Orly Trendy ( Melrose Collection) which is bright coral polish with lots of silver flecks. On my accent I applied two coats of OPI Bubble Bath.

Glitter Placement Nails 1

On all nails except accent, I sponged the tips with Fun Lacquer ‘Art of Holo (H). On the accent I did careful glitter placement. Like each and every glitter picked on the right side and placed on my accent.

Glitter Placement Nails 1

Pheww! I find them classy yet just enough bling to steal attention. What do you say girls?

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Geometric Nails

September 16, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Friends, its Day 16 of the Chalkboard Nails Challenge and the theme for today is ‘Geometric’. My nail art may be not my best but I am glad I gotto use of one my favourite unused geometric pattern stamping plates.

Geometric Nails

When I bought these plates (BP77) from Bornpretty Store early last year, I was under dilemma if I could ever get correct image placement on all my nails. Because remember last year we did not have Clear Stamper to help to you see where your image is landing.

Geometric Nails

The mere thought of strain ad re-takes I would have to take to get all nails correct gave me a fright to try them. That explains why this plate lied unused (without making me feel completely guilty)

Geometric Nails

But this year with launch of Clear Stampers, that strain was taken care and I had been planning to use this plate correctly. And when I read the theme as ‘Geometric’, I was sure that this is the correct time to inaugurate it.

The polish used is 'Garnet' from Health & Glow. The stamping plates can be bought here and with 10% off using code HQBQ10.

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Delicate Negative Space Nails

September 15, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls, today is Day 15 of the Chalkboard Nail Challenge and the theme for today is ‘Delicate’. Such themes are my favourites and from the moment I read it, I had so many ideas popping in my mind. After longbrainstorming sessions,  I ended up looking at my Screenshot folder and got inspired one of favourite nail artists Lieve91.

Delicate Negative Space Nails

She is an amazing freehand nail artist who gets inspired by anything (mostly fashion) and sketches them impeccably on her nails. Today I am doing nail art inspired by a nail artist who inspires me to be inspired from anything and everything!

Delicate Negative Space Florals 2

Also, its 15 days of the challenge which means we are half way through, but I am exhausted as if I had been doing it for months.lol. Too much work, like really. Actually too much is an understatement. And to add to my list of accomplishments,  I said I may not be able to write blog post for the challenge, it’s Day 15 and I have not missed a single blogpost.*Appluad*

Delicate Negative Space Florals 2

The polishes used are Sally Hansen You’re so Crabby, Teeny Bikini, Essie Blossom Dandy and OPI Bubble Bath.

Delicate Negative Space Florals 2

I used dotting tools which I got from BornPretty Store to make flowers. It’s the set of dotting tools which are all packed together; you can buy them here and get 10% off with code HQBQ10.

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Yellow Roses on KB Shimmer Pink Tourmaline

September 14, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Girls, as you all know I am always excited to share my floral nails. Simply because I love thinking of them, drawing them, looking at them and everything about them. And today I present my freehand florals on one of my favorite base :)

[caption id="attachment_7328" align="alignnone" width="1857"]Yellow Roses on KB Shimmer Pink Tourmaline In SunLight[/caption]

But more of the base description and swatches towards the end of the post. The base is KB Shimmer 'Tourmaline' from their BirthStone Collection. I struggled a lot to get just as awesome pictures as the base and the roses are. Because it is an utterly pretty base cab be quite distracting as well.

[caption id="attachment_7329" align="alignnone" width="2040"]Yellow Roses on Pink Tourmaline In Artificial Light[/caption]

And I had to justice to my freehand roses too. Hell, it takes a lot of time to make roses look real and also do that on your cindy. But all is worth once you get the sight of fresh flowers singing on your nails.

[caption id="attachment_7327" align="alignnone" width="1854"]Yellow Roses on KB Shimmer Tourmaline Out of Focus Picture[/caption]

The pink as a base was so bright that I needed equivalent lively flowers to make a mark. I used Acrylic Paints to draw the flowers with my all time favorite BornPretty Store Nail Art brushes.

Yellow Roses On KB Shimmer Pink Tourmaline

You can buy the brushes I use for nail art here and here. I hope you like them and as usual do not forget using HQBQ10 to a 10% off on your entire order.

KB Shimmer Pink Tourmaline Swatch

Coming to the swatches of Pink Tourmaline which is from KB Shimmer BirthStone Collection. “Pink Tourmaline” is a popping bright pink polish with metallic flakes and holographic silver shimmer.

KB Shimmer Pink Tourmaline Swatch

It has pink mettalic chrome flakes and lots of holo glitters too. For some one who loves bling, its best of both the worlds.It represent October Birth Stone Tourmaline and gets opaque in 2 thin coats too. Excellent formula, finish and over all appeal.

KB Shimmer Pink Tourmaline Swatch

So whats more powerful here, the Pink Tourmaline or my subtle yellow roses? Let me know.

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Cute Dog Nails

September 13, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Girls, today is Day 13 of Chalk Board Nail Challenge and hence I have a cute dog nails. The theme for today is ‘Animal Print’; so I thought apart from the usual paw prints; let me print the animals too.

Cute Dog Nail Art
I used Born Pretty Store Puppy Plate for this nail art. This plate has adorable dog images and I was sure I would be able to rock a mani out of it.

Cute Dog Nail Art
But stamping faces is so difficult, one slight displacement or one distortion could make your dog look like a wolf!! So the pressure of the stamper and placement has to be bang on. The reason I giving these stories because it happened with me, oops.

Cute Dog Nail Art

This is the 3rd attempt of my Dog Nails using the same plate which I finally did and worth the effort.

Cute Dog Nail Art

The polishes used are Essie Petal Pusher and stamping plate is Q Girl 59 and BPL025 from Bornpretty Store. Both the plates can be bought from here and here. You can use discount code HQBQ10 for 10% off sitewide.

 

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Polka Dots and Flowers Mani

September 11, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

It’s Day 11 of ChalkBoard Nails Challenge and I am still alive, managing mani, taking pictures, editing, writing posts and sharing on social media. Pheww!! It’s really really draining but the joy you get after each completed theme makes it worth it. This is my first 31 Day Challenge so atleast for now I am excited (Though I may never do it again).

Polka Dot and Florals Mani

The theme for Day 11 is ‘Polka Dots’ which isn’t my favourite. But add florals to anything I dislike, and bamm I like it!!I saw the image of a cute tart cake on Pinterest one day and thought how adorable would they look on nails too. I had saved this image for a long time, till found the theme polka dot to just match it.

Polka Dot and Florals Mani

The polishes used are China Glaze Neon On & On, Sinful White and Sinful Black.

Polka Dot and Florals Mani

The dots drawn are from my recent review parcel, a dotting too set. It contains dotting tool of all sizes, looks chic and quirky packaging. You can buy them here and get 10% discount with coupon code HQBQ10.

Polka Dot and Florals Mani

The stripes and flowers are all freehand with Acrylic Paints. Ofcourse, the brushes are from Bornpretty Store and bought from here and here

Polka Dot and Florals Mani

I am kind of satisfied with how this has turned out. What do you guys think?

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