Flower Nails on Jade Halographic Sunset

February 25, 2017 Setu 0 Comments

Hello Friends, today I will be swatching Jade Sunset and also sharing a floral nail art on them. Jade never caught my attention. Until last year I bought them on sale from Color4Nails.com ; with an intention to just try.I simply bought two Jade polishes ( one of them swatched here) for that purpose. And I was more than impressed by them. So this time when color4nails had sale, I ordered 2 more Jades. One was Jade sunset and I can't recollect the name of the other one now. I decided to swatch Sunset first because of the fresh tangy color perfect to welcome spring.

Jade Holographic Polish Su

The swatches are 2 thick coats of polish with top coat. Usually Jades are complained to be sheer but this wasn't bad, it is decent in opacity.

Jade Halographic Sunset Swatch

The color of this polish is like a hard candy orange or one may say it to be bright orange but burnt. To that extent the name of the polish 'Sunset' is very true. I love orange color, to be true I love all bright colors. So no suspense here, I simply cherished this one on my nails. It has a strong holographic effect which I have captured in Sunlight. It does look like oranish red or leans towards red if you see them in artificial light.

Jade Halographic Sunset

I wanted a nail art which doesn't hide much of the polish and is as fresh as the polish looks. So I went in for some freehand flowers and vines.

Florals on Jade Halographic Sunset

I think there could have been no other design that went with the base so much without over shadowing it.

Florals on Jade Halographic Sunset

Florals on Jade Halographic Sunset

I used Acrylic Paints and brushes from bornpretty to paint them. You can buy the brushes here and here. And also get 10% discount with code HQBQ10.

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Blue and Green Holo NailArt

February 22, 2017 Setu 2 Comments

You know sometimes, even the least of efforts gives you more than expected result. I am firm believer of 'There are no Shortcuts in life' . If you put your heart and time, result is sweet. However sometimes, god rewards you by giving more than you asked for. And may be this was one of those days:)

Blue and Green Nails

I finished this nail art in staright 30 minutes on both hands, starting from application to stamping to finally top coat and clean up. One thing that worked in my favour was clarity of thoughts. Usually I spend lot of time sitting on table, fiddling with polish, deciding color combinations, art work, method, finishing etc. But for this one, somehow I had everything exactly planned.

Blue and Green Nails

The polishes used are Different Dimensions Mermaid Kisses and Soak Up. Both of them are amazing bright and dazzling polishes. They were my first purchase from DD and I am blown. They are classic summer neons with lots of holographic glitters.

Blue and Green Nails

For stamping I used the latest addition to my stamping plate collection from Bornpretty Store. I was sent this plate for review. This is lovely plate for flower lovers which I definetly am. You can buy them here and get 10% off with HQBQ10 code.

BPL 046 stamping plate

The blue polish I used for stamping is from Sally Hansen Insta Dry Brisky Blue. I got these like 2 years back or even more when these created hype of being stampable on dark bases. And MDU was either not there or not shipping international. So pulling all my strings, I found a US mule and hoarded few Insta Dry polishes which stamp.

Blue and Green Nails

Little after that MDU started shipping international, needless to say I ordered them. And in the excitment I totally forgot my Insta Dry, until last week which is when I did these nails. We become so greedy for things that either we don't need or we don't value even. But for some unexplainable reason it is a question of life and death to hoard them. And that restless energy (greed) convinces us that once we have 'it', we are sorted or never need anything to complete collection. Once we get them life is pleasant for a few days and then there is a new hype, new lemming, new collection launch or a mule coming and all promises and satisfaction vanishes in thin air. Am I making sense? I am sure I am not the only one, please share your stories of maddness not leaving me feeling the worst here. lol



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Freehand Vintage Florals on Bright Gradient and a little Story

February 18, 2017 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Friends, today I am sharing the nail art I submitted for Picture Polish Nailart competition. I am happy doing so as I am kinna proud of these. I love freehand nailart and especially ones to this level of detail. I know comparing to the other established incredible artists who have mastered detailing, this may be nothing. But I am learning and hopefully will be at that level someday.

Freehand Vintage Florals on Bright Gradient

I also wanted to share a little something with you guys. When the competition was announced, I was not sure if I would be able to do a nail art worthy enough to be submitted as entry for Picture Polish Challenge, given my health is not at its best. I cannot sit for long due to back pain or even bend a lot for details. I feel low energy and drowsy most of the times. But the moment I shared the competition news with my mom, she immediately asked me to participate. I was unsure because of health. But she said it's Sunday, you are off today and sure you could give it a try. It made me think and with lot re-tries I did manage to do a freehand mani using only Picture Polishes. Now we know it is very difficult to do a freehand and that too with polishes. But I did move at a tortoise pace, taking rests and lied down in between finally finishing this is close to 4 hours.

Freehand Vintage Florals on Bright Gradient

The very next day after office, I told her you know I broke my back for doing everything with polish whereas it turns out I could have used black & white acrylic paint. This was just a random conversation after work at 8:30 pm; I was already down on bed with my usual back pain. And out of nowhere she says 'Then do one more nail art, you still have a day to go. Atleast Try".

Freehand Vintage Florals on Bright Gradient

I was baffled. But she was so convincing that I got up from bed and started thinking. This was not an ordinary nail art we were talking about. It was supposed to be of competition level and freehand. Whereas, I did not have the energy to even paint my nails. After some thought and discussion, we decided to go with bright gradient base. Her words and motivation filled me with energy and will power.



And I thanked God for having such a woman as my Mom. She knows how important nails are for me and how much I wanted to participate in the competition. She gave me enough confidence to be strong and overcome my health issues for the love of nails. She truly is my best friend, she gives me her strength when I have used up all mine. She pushes me to live for my dreams. She taught me to connect with a passion and to connect with 'me'. I cannot emphasize the importance of having such parents who know you, understand you, recognize your nerves and encourage you to fly; saying if you fall I am here to hold you if you fall. I am blessed to have one and hope my coming child feels the same way about me.



About the nail art : The polishes used for gradient are Wanderlust, Autumn and Orchid. The nail art brush deserves a special mention because it is one of the best detailers I have used so far. They are from my go to shop for nail art brushes, BornPretty Store. The brush is apt for detailing and highlighting. You can buy them here and get 10% with coupon code HQBQ10.

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Review of BPS Holo Polish All Embracing and Nail Art

February 15, 2017 Setu 2 Comments

Hello Girls, today I have another holographic polish from BornPretty Store which is again worth an applaud. I have used BPS polishes in past also from their holograophic line, Chameleon line etc. But by far this is the best one. The polish I am swatching today, followed by nail art is 'All Embracing'.

BornPretty Store All Embracing Swatch

All Embracing is dark teal in color. When you expose it to sunlight, it gleams rays of bright green and gold. To me it looks like a rainbow in peacock green. The packaging is really rich. It has a outer cap which is sqaure, but once you open it there is a smaller one round applicator. This is perfect and a correction to all past BPS polishes. The brush is wide which is just as per my liking, 2 to 3 sweeps and your nails are covered.

BornPretty Store All Embracing Swatch

This is strong effect linear holographic polish, formula of which is comparable to ColorClub halo Hues. They are smooth, almost one coater and sparkle rainbow in light.

Gold and Teal Nails

I did a nail art on it with BPS Heart of Gold from same line and reviewed here. It's another gem of a holo gold polish.I have stamped using Bornpretty Store Harunouta L025 which also I recieved for review. It is an all occasion stamping plate with great etching.

Gold and Teal Nails

On my accent I used BPS All Emracing for stamping, so you see it does stamp. If you stamp on a creme polish instead of holo, the impact will be deeper.

Harunouta L025

If you like All Embracing (which is a keeper), you can buy it here and the stamping plate here. And as usual you could use my coupon code HQBQ10 for additional 10% discount.

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Floral Nails using only Picture Polish

February 11, 2017 Setu 2 Comments

Hello Friends, how have you been? The nail art I want to share today is kinna special  because it's the first time I tried doing freehand nail art with polishes. Now, I am not a big fan of using nail polish for such work because a) It dries on brush in between critical strokes b) It spoils the brush.

Floral Nails using only Picture Polish

And this one in particular was difficult  because none of the polishes I worked with were creme. They are all signature PP holo glitter filled polish making it further difficult to work with. Had it not been for Picture Polish Challenge, I would have never tried these. Initially I thought only Picture Polish is supposed to be used so I sweated to do these. Later I realized I could have used Black and White Acrylic Paints and I submitted another entry.

Floral Nails using only Picture Polish

But good in a way, I went out of comfort zone and tried this. And to be fair these aren't bad. It took over 3 hours. to conceive and execute. I was planning on skipping participating in the challenge but my mom pushed me and motivated me to try atleast.

Floral Nails using only Picture Polish

So I made an honest attempt at these. The polishes I used are Picture Polish Orchid, Cherish, Ornate and Fool's Gold. I have worked with only the mentioned polishes to achieve this. I did a little use of black acrylic paint to draw very rough stems and leaves. Over them I made final images from polishes.

Floral Nails using only Picture Polish

The nail art brush used is mainly my favorite striper and detailer from BornPretty Store. You can buy them here and get 10% off with code HQBQ10. Let me know if you liked my attempt at polish painting.

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Soothing Gradient Nails

February 08, 2017 Setu 0 Comments

Hi Girls how are you? I feel I am in a phase where I am loving to work with soft spring colors. Oh! as I write I realise, spring is approaching and may be that's the reason. Whatsoever it is; this is a heads up that you will see more of spring colors and florals in comin days.lol

Soft Gradient Floral Nails

Don't blame me , its the weather. And who doesn't love pastels and florals? I love China Glaze for their heap of bright pastel collection, I really spoilt for choices. I think it is a brand that has some of the best neons and brights.

Soft Gradient Floral Nails

For this mani, all the three polishes are from China Glaze. They are Grass is Lime Greener,Thistle Do Nicely and Neon On and On. I prepared the base with the gradient of these 3 colors. The gradient itself looked so pleasing to eyes that at one point I was in mood to skip nail art.



But my new floral stamping from BPS was calling. So I stamped some pretty florals in black (BPL046). The stamping plate is delight for all floral lovers and has good etching as always. You can buy them here and get 10% discount with code HQBQ10.

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A England Crown of Thistle Swatch and Moghul Motif Nails

February 04, 2017 Setu 4 Comments

Hi Friends, so finally I was able to lay my hands on of my top lemmings from A England : 'The Crown of Thistles'. Every time I would want to order it, this would be mysteriosuly Out of Stock, like seriously? First of all being in India, I am at the mercy of a mule to get my polishes from US. And when the heavens are happy and I am able to find a mule, Crown of Thistles is OOS.

A England Crown of Thistle Swatch

Anyways, after lot of hide and seek, this baby is mine. I have swatched them here for you to see why I was head over heals over this. It is an soft orchid purple scattered holographic polish. It is bright yet subtly royal.

A England Crown of Thistle Swatch

It has signature A England formula, stunning one coater. I have done two thin coats and a top coat.Isn't it gorgeous?

Moghul Motif Nails

To match the royal gleam and color of the polish, I tried doing some freehand Moghul Motifs. It was a random thought but I liked the idea and the marraige of design & polish.

Moghul Motif Nails

The drawing is with white acrylic paints and BPS Nail art brushes. You can buy these brushes here, here and here and get 10% off with coupon code HQBQ10.Over the arch type designs I added iridescent white hexes to give it a rich look. What do you girls think?

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