Diwali Nails

October 31, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hi Girls, I am a bit late for sharing diwali nails this time. Actually, I did my diwali nails on time but it felt cheating to not write a blog post and share it only on instagram. I know the world is moving away from reading to browsing, from stories to pictures, from feeling to just seeing. But deep down I always feel attached to blog and readers. Ofcourse it is a cost to maintain blog and lot of time and devotion. But its worth when I can express my thoughts and experiences with you as I write. I feel connected. Often, while I am doing my nails, I already start having a monologue about my nail stories and what I am gonna share with you.

Diwali Nail Art

Anyways, there is whole another long episode on my ties and feelings about blogging and betrayal of people moving to just image browsing.  For this post lets focus on Diwali Nails.I did nails which carries both essence of diwali and matches my attire.

Diwali Nail Art

I wore a black, pink and orange dress and did nails accordingly. I did gradient of Picture Polish Wanderlust and Autumn on all nails except accent and middle. On the gradients I stamped using Harunouta L014. I picked up a small image using MDU Gold and did glitter placement on them. This made them look further royal and festive. You can buy these stamping plates here and get 10% off using code HQBQ10 .

Diwali Nail Art

On the other two nails I applied Sinful Colors Black Out. To bring both the colors of my dress and tradition together I painted orange and pink diya. Again not leaving behind glamour and festivity, I did some glitter placement here too. The brushes I used from Bornprettystore (like it's any news) . I have a host of brushes from Bornpretty and trust them totally for my freehand work. This particular set of 3 fine liner brushes can be bought here.

Diwali Nail Art

After finishing the nail art I top coated it with HK Girl. Since I am at my moms place so I am getting sunlight clicks these days. So, what do you say about my nails art. I am thoroughly satisfied, how about you?

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Freehand Vintage Flowers on Picture Polish Fools Gold

October 30, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Friends, I am here with my second Picture Polish swatch and nail art which is Fool’s Gold. After having PP Orchid swatched here, I moved to my favourite PP out of the lot to swatch. And it was Fools Gold.

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It’s an aqua turquoise crème base with lots of beautiful gold hex glitters. I am kind of late to get this polish; it has been raved around for ages. I often used think it’s just hype; what miracle could a turquoise and gold possibly do that no one else has ever done?

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But on seeing this in person and moreover after swatching it, I was sold. This baby has some metal. The hype is all worth. It is such a stunner. All my clicks are in Sunlight. When clicked in shade, this polish leans heavily towards blue.

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About the Inspiration behind this polish: ‘Flecks of Gold as seen through tropical waters. Fool’s Gold is a green/blue jelly scattered holo with gold glitter and dries smooth on the nail. Designed to come alive with a shake of the bottle. It is a collaboration shade with Sammy from Nailasaurus.’

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Now such a gorgeous polish puts a lot of weight on your shoulders. You need to do a nail art worthy of its beauty and charisma. When I am in a fix like this where I need to honour a polish with some art, I always go with Freehand.

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That’s the tribute. Fortunately I had just received BornPretty Store Liner Brush set in my review nail mail. You can buy them here and get 10% off with coupon code HQBQ10. This brush is a real motivator. In full swing and enthusiasm, I decided to do some detailed nail art.

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A black and white detailed floral had been playing in my mind forever. But we all know it’s difficult and time taking. And ofcourse considering I do on both hands it would be even bore tiresome. However, I was all set to look through all those hurdles. You got to do it, when you got to do it!

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I started painting the vintage florals and may be after an hour and half I came up with these. And these 1.5 hours doesn’t include polishing my nails or top coat. It’s just the art time. But I am totally convinced about the worth of these 1.5 hours. I am glad how they looked like at the end. Yeah, few of the flowers and leaves could have turned better. But it’s freehand and this is unavoidable. So what say girls?

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Picture Polish Orchid Swatches and Lace Mani

October 26, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Girls, I am kinna feeling back on my foot again after not being well for a long time. Hopefully my health stays on my side now. I am also happy because I got my latest big haul last week. I got 8 Picture Polishes, 4 Different Dimensions and 1o ColorPop Lippes. Woah!! so much goodness. And can you believe they are my first picture polish, I never had one! As a thumb rule, I start swatching with the shade I like the least and get over with it.

Picture Polish Orchid Swatches

In this case it was Picture Polish Orchid. I am not a purple fan. Though I did a recent scanning of my stash and found that I somehow own way too many purples for even a purple lover!. How is that possible? Don't ask. I have purples in cremes, textures, pixie dusts, mattes, mettalic mattes, holos , crellies, mettalic, stamping polish and what not! And I have the audacity to say I don't love purples. Whatever, bottom line one should not try to find logic in our stashes, hauls leaning towand likings.Ever!

Picture Polish Orchid Swatches

By giving one look to PP Orchid I thought , this is just an ordinary purple wih usual glitters and I ended up paying 16 AUD for it :( . Without the PP bottle, this polish may be worth nothing, was my first impression. But once I applied it, my fingers loved it. They looked so spring and elegant.

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It is a briiliant purple polish (in artificial light) and leaned towards mauve pink in sunlight. Yes it has scattered silver holo in it, which I would not say is very strong but pretty enough. I used 2 coats for this swatch , though I think a 3 coat would have been better. The top coat applied is Orly Sec n Dry.

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Now, moving on to the nail art which I am not completely impressed with. However the compliments of my friends made me belive that I have not done a terrible job. They all seemed to like it a lot.

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I used the BornPretty Store newly launched stamping plate Harunouta L009 which is primarily a dainty lace pattern plate. You can buy the here and get 10% off with code HQBQ10. The stamping polish is Cream from MDU. I am thinking of using other soft images from this plate for my next mani.

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So what are your thoughts on PP Orchid and my lace mani?

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Fall and Festive Nails

October 21, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Girls, its fall and festivity season. I did a nail art fusing both the spirits. Now, fall is not something that we Indians relate to because we don't see it, simple. For us this time of the year is filled with celebartion, pomp and festivals. On of our biggest festival Diwali is just round the corner. So having this in mind, I did something that reminds me of both.

Fall and Festive Nails

My first pick was my perfect fall and festive polish : Fun Lacquer 'Seductive Marmalade'. Its an GORGOEOUS rust orange polish with gold and orange holo. And Orange and gold are auspicious colors for us for Pujas. It looks extremly festive and edgy.I paired it with some black Arabsque prints. These prints look very exquisite and rich, just apt for the festivity and celebration.

Fall and Festive Nails

I used Moyou Arabsque 06 and MDU Gold for stamping. I did a little french tip of same black and gold arabsque image to get some cohernecy. Cosette Clear Jumbo Stamper helped me place the image perfectly without having to slog for decals.

Fall and Festive Nails

I sealed the work with HK Girl Top Coat. And Viola, I am feeling festive and fall both at the same time. What do you think girls?

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MEDIA INFORMATION: ZOYA ENCHANTED COLLECTION

October 18, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Introducing Enchanted by Zoya

Combining the magic of the holidays and the wonders of winter, Zoya’s new Enchanted collection creates an ethereal beauty spotlight for nails this season. Consisting of four glittering PixieDust Mattes and two velvety color-flip metallics, this unique nail polish collection is absolutely stunning.

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ZOYA ENCHANTED - WINTER/HOLIDAY 2016

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  • ALICE (ZP874) periwinkle pixie: A captivating periwinkle with magenta and blue sparkles in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.


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  • SAINT (ZP875) periwinkle flip: A whimsical color-flip metallic with a periwinkle base and magenta shift.


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Scenery Nails

October 15, 2016 Setu 2 Comments

Hello Girls, I have a pleasing nail art for you today. No, I am not patting my own back but sometimes you just want to see something pretty to feel pretty. Incase, you have not noticed yet, try surrounding yourself with something that your mind considers beautiful and you will see it's mere sight soothes your thoughts. You know as we say, 'You feel good, when You look good'. Technically, nothing might change but the mere auro something beautiful has the capacity to beautify your mind, like placebo effect.

Scenery Nails

So whenever, I feel out of beauty and peace in my life; I try to cage something beautiful on my nails. And trust me , it just casts peace to my thoughts. One such phase was last week. I was feeling unwell, out of creativity and passion. I started frantically browsing through all beautiful nail art on internet, trying to calculate what could qualify to bring some rest and beauty in me.

Scenery Nails

I cannot pin point what exactly inspired me, but I browsed a ton of Narmai's work. The more I browsed , the more I got mesmerized. Finally, I did these nails drawing cues from all what I saw. I know, these are a poor recreation of her brilliant work. But enough to set my mind right.

Scenery Nails

All my work is with acrylic paint on Sinful White. It took close to 3 hours to finish both hands. And mind you I was not keeping well so I had draw a logical end at 3 hours other wise I would have gladly gone another hour beatifying them. What do you say guys?

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French Florals in Antique Look on My Nails

October 12, 2016 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Friends, I am feeling like a freebird after finishing the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge successfully. Yes, I completed all 31 themes! And now after a month and half, I can finally do whatever my heart feels on my nails. You guys know if I am left free, my imagination always goes to florals.

French Florals in Antique Look

I had also been feeling a little disinterested and off nail art because of the huge challenge pressure where I was just churning out manis like a task done by a machine(at some points yes, I just finishing the job, the rest of days I enjoyed). I also got deep crack on my pointer 3 weeks back, had to keep that dead nail alive by slapping silk wrap on it periodically. It got down my enthusiasm further. So I decide after challenge I am going to chop my nails to get rid of the crack (which totally touched my skin). But when I sat down to cut the nails, I could gor like 1mm nail left from my smile line and hence the shape of my nails came back to short squares.

French Florals in Antique Look

I thought I am not gonna touch polishes or write post till my heart pushes me to do it because I had been void of any natural inclination. But surprisingly, its only 2 days after challenge and I am excited about nail art again and writing posts. Guess we are inseparable!

French Florals in Antique Look

Anyways, I browsed a lot of Robin Moses videos (I adore her florals) and came up with this nail art. There is no particular nail art of hers which actually inspired me to do this; it was just her series of work led to this. So I may have picked leaves from one, tan French from other and florals from third nail art of hers. But the source remains same (Robin Moses). The polishes used are KB Shimmer Big Tan (for nude holo French) and Essence Pixie Dust for shimmer base. The nail art brushes are from BornPretty Store and they never let me down. You can buy them from here and here, and get 10% off with coupon code HQBQ10.

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