Catrice Urban Baroque-inspired nail design

This nail design was inspired by the Catrice Urban Baroque limited edition collection. It aims to combine Baroque elegance with a dirty, vintage feel.

Here are the items I used to create it:

– base coat by OPI

– a pale pink nail varnish (C02 Rock Baroque from the Urban Baroque LE collection by Catrice)

– a black nail varnish and tip painter (both from the Essence I Love Berlin LE collection)

– a matte top coat (by Essence)

– a medium and a small dotting tool.

Begin by applying a base coat. Once that is dry, apply several layers of the pale pink until the color is opaque.

With the black tip painter, create a french tip on your pinky, middle and index fingers.

Next, dab a bit of the black nailpolish on a scrap sheet of paper and create the baroque-inspired vase shape on your ring finger and thumb. To show you how I created the design, here is a step-by-step closeup on a sheet of paper:

1. With the medium dotting tool create five dots in a triangle-shape, closer to the tip of your nail.

2. With the small dotting tool or a toothpick, drag the nailpolish from the dots downwards to a point below the center of the triangle. From the top dot, drag an additional line upwards.

3. With the medium dotting tool, create a large wide “dot” just below the point where the dot-lines meet.

4. Drag two C-shaped curls from the dot, downwards. Create two short lines under the wide C-shape.

5. Add a few small dots around the vase design.

While the designs on your ring fingers and thumbs are drying, add three small black dots at the base of each of the french tip nails.

Wait at least 40 minutes until all of the layers have completely dried. Then apply a matte top coat to your nails. This will give the design that dirty vintage feel.

If you’re not satisfied with the “matte-ness” of the top coat, you can always add an extra layer to enhance the effect. Once that is dry, you’re done! Enjoy 😉 XO

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Springtime nail design: Blossoming Sakura

I know it’s still February but I am sooo ready for Spring! One of the first fruit trees to blossom is the winter cherry or sakura tree. In some parts of the world, it begins to blossom as early as January!

I don’t know what it is about this design, but whoever sees it usually recognizes it as distinctly Japanese-inspired. Why is that? Probably the deep-blue background versus the leafless branches with pink blossoms…

Here are the items I used for it:

– base (OPI) and top coat (Seche Vite)

– deep blue-green color (Green Grass by Essence, from the I love Berlin collection)

– Rosepetal-pink (by H&M)

– White (by Seventeen)

– Brown and chamagne-glitter nail art stripers

– a large and small dotting tool

– a toothpick

Begin by applying a base to your nails. Once that is dry, apply the base (deep blue-green) color:

Using the brown nail art striper, draw a branch on each nail. Don’t be afraid to get creative and random! 🙂

To emphasize the branches a bit, go over one side of the branch with the champagne glitter striper (you can also use silver or gold glitter if you don’t have this color.)

Next, prepare a scrap sheet of paper, your white polish, a large dotting tool, and a toothpick.

Dab a bit of the white polish onto the sheet, and using the large dotting tool, create several 3-dot clusters along the branches.

Wait 20-40 seconds for the nailpolish to become tacky, then using a toothpick drag the dots from each cluster into a point on the branch. This will turn the clusters into beautiful sakura blossoms 🙂

Repeat on the rest of your nails.

Next, take the pink nailpolish and with a small dotting tool and a toothpick create smaller flower clusters inside the white ones.

As a finishing touch, dab a bit of the champagne-colored glitter polish at the center of each flower.

Make sure to wait until the nailpolish is completely dry before applying a top coat. It will add a nice glossy shine and bring your whole design together (not to mention protect it from chipping for longer ;)) Enjoy your beautiful Sakura nail design! 🙂 XOXO

 

80’s Clutch pink!

Yello peeps! What’s crackalackin? Some funky 80-s inspired pink and silver nail art to make your day fantabulous!  Enjoy 🙂

Here are the items I used:

– base and top coat by OPI

– pearly-lilac color (22 by Etos Effect Nails)

– bright pink nail art striper (04 pink! by Essence)

– silver nail art striper (03 silver surfer by Essence)

After your base coat dries, apply several coats of the lilac color to your nails.

Next, use the pink nail art striper to create a slanted tip on one side of the nail.

Use the silver art striper to create a slanted tip on the other side of the nail. Draw it so that it overlaps the pink slighly.

Draw a pink line separating the silver and the lilac. Draw a second pink line parallel to the first one.

Draw a sliver “V” along the inner pink edges, separating them from the lilac.

Apply a top coat for some extra shine and you’re done! Time to get freaky on the dance floor like it’s 1986! Word!

Tutorial: Pink Leopard

I was inspired to do this design by the nail art sticker pattern I tried out on my nails a few days ago. I had done leopard print nail designs before, but this was the first time I tried doing it in pink, and it turned out quite nice!

This technique can easily be used on hands as well as toe nails. The best part about it–it’s super easy to do as animal prints are nautrally random and messy, so you don’t have to be precise.

As for color, I used three shades of pink, but you can have fun with it and try out any three colors of your choice  😉

The items I used for the design are:

– base and top coat by OPI

– light pink (210 Just Married by Catrice)

– medim rosy pink (Get a Rose 4 Me by H&M)

– bright fuchsia pink (210 by Hema)

– small dotting tool

Begin with a layer of base coat on your nails. When that is dry, apply the medium pink color.

Next, take the light pink color and make several random dots on your nails. The dots can be of arbitrary shape and size, so have fun and don’t worry about making a mistake! It’s impossible to make mistakes with this design 😉

This may take a while to dry as the dots will be more blob-like when applied with the brush, so grab a book for 15 minutes 😉

Next, take a piece of scrap paper and dropa a bit of the bright-fuchsia color on it. Take the smallest dotting tool you have and start creating c-shaped arcs around the light pink spots. Make one or two arcs per dot. Also, place a few random dots between the spots, for a wilder effect.

Next, wait another 10-15 minutes before the design is completely dry (how’s that book going?), then add a top coat and you’re done!

The Pink Panther has a rival now 😉 XOXO

Nailpolish haul!

Hey peeps! So today I did a bit of shopping for some office clothing, and of course I had to pick up some nailpolish to inject some color into the grey-taupe-navy contents of my bags. After all, a nice nail design can be the ultimate fashion accessory and can brighten up any boring office outfit 😉

And lately I’ve been loving H&M nail varnishes. They’re inexpensive, long-lasting, and they’ve got a pretty nice color selection. The ones I picked up from H&M were:

This gorgeous dirty vintage pink called Get a Rose 4 Me. This would be a perfect color for neutral nails.

This gorgeous deep blue called Blue My Mind reminds me of the dark blue Sephora color that I used in my Very Tipsy Berry design (it belonged to my friend who brought it over for the sleepover, so i don’t remember the name). I was very glad to pick it up since it’s the same color for a fraction of the price 😉

This color is called Grey Sky, though it’s more taupe in real life. I looove earthy neutrals on nails; they go with everything, no matter how elaborate your design may be.

After H&M i went into Claire’s and saw a varnish I just couldn’t resist:

It’s layered nailpolish! How cool is that??? I can’t wait to try this stuff out; the layers appear to have different densities so I’m assuming it will give some cool marbling effect 🙂 So watch out for a review in the future 😉 And of course let me know if you’d like to see a design with any of these colors 😀

Romantic grey and pink

I did this matching design a while ago and recently found the pics for it.

This design is really fun to do with any of your three favorite colors, and it’s super-easy!

Items used:

– Basecoat: Nail Envy by OPI

– Colors: Grey (Catrice 280 London’s Weather Forecast), Baby pink (Catrice 210 Just Married), White (Seventeen 103)

– Topcoat: OPI

– pink and white rhinestones

– utensils: dotting tool, toothpick, water + q-tip (for applying rhinestones)

How-to:

1. After appying a base coat to all nails, apply your base color (I used the grey for my fingernails and the pink for my toenails)

2. Use a dotting tool to make 4-5 dots in a circle where you intend to place the flower. I put two flowers on each of my fingernails, four flowers on my large toenail, and 1 flower each on the remaining flowers. Do just one nail at a time, since you don’t want the dots to dry completely just yet!

3.  Once the nailpolish has become a bit tacky, use a toothpick to drag from the center of each dot to the center of the flower. This will create a gorgeous petal shape.

4. Dot the centers of the flowers with the opposite color that you used for the petals.

5. Apply rhinestones the same color as the center of your flower, picking them up with a wet cotton bud and applying them over a swatch of clear polish or top coat. This step is optional; i only did it on my hands.

6. Once everything is completely dry, apply several coats of the top coat to protect your design. You’re done!

Very Tipsy Berry

Last night I had a sleepover with my ladies, with lots of sushi, cocktails, juicy gossip, etc. And of course the nailpolish came out and I managed some nail designs on my unsuspecting victims (muwahahha) and also on myself. Unfortunately I only have pics of my own design. It was insipred by strawberry margarittas and blackberry dessert 😉 Enjoy! XOXO

Items used:

– Basecoat: Nail Envy by OPI

– Polishes: Pink (Elephantastic Pink by OPI), dark blue (by Sephora), white nail striper (Inglot)

– Top coat: OPI

How-to:

1. After applying a basecoat, paint one or two nails on each hand with bright pink. I chose a ring finger on my left and thumb and ring finger on my right hand. Paint the rest of the nails dark blue.

2. Using a white nail striper, create a simple flower on each of the pink nails.

3. Using a dotting tool or the same nail striper, create swirly dotted lines from the flowers to the opposite edges of the nail.

4. Wait 10 minutes until the design completely dries, then apply a top coat and you’re done!

Some pics of the design:

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