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Easy at Home Nail Art 7 - Retro With Polka Dots

After lot of dazzles and glitters in my previous nail arts, I decided to tone down the hues of my nail art. Yes, a glittery jazzy nail art immediately draws attention and brightens up your hands instantly. But a sober look goes a long way and gives a feminine look. It is quite wearable to work also.

Items Used

Street Wear Nude shade
Colorbar Black/ Black Acrylic Paint (Read about acrylic paint usage for nail art designs here )
Base Coat
Top Coat

How to go “Retro with Polka dots”

As usual begin with cleaning and filing your nails. Apply a base coat and allow it to dry.

Apply the nude shade on your nails. I did a double coat, you can choose for yourself depending on the nail paint. Allow it to dry.

Now, pour very little of your black nail paint on a palette. Hold your tooth pick like a pen and dip the non pointed end to the black paint.

Carefully, touch them lightly on your nails now and create even and well spaced dots throughout.

Repeat this simple step for all your nails (you can also …

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eye Liner (Shade - Blackest Black) - Review

My love and weakness for kohls cannot be put to words. One can read my post on “Finding the Perfect One” to understand its well deserved importance in my life. After trying out a lot of kohls also, I was not contempt either due to their staying power or value for money or pigmentation etc. I had been lately using Maybelline Colossal Kajal which was very good for its price but I wanted more. I had heard good reviews about the Maybelline gel liner from one of my friends Neetu, so I decided to pick one on my last trip to the ‘Beauty Centre, Khar’ the mecca of all beauty products in Mumbai. Ohh! That's a different world and I cant explain how my heart melts down seeing a three floor cosmetic center.

Product Claims: (From Maybelline's Website)

Only our oil-free formula can hold highly concentrated pigments in a clear gel base.
So color is more intense and lines resist wear for hours.
Smudge-proof and Water-proof.
The most intense line for lasting drama.

Usage Instruction(From Maybellin…

Maybelline Baby Lip (Rose Addict) - Review

It seems like the Maybelline brand is undergoing a revamp and unveiling fabulous products every day. Or it may be that I developed a little crush on this brand that I can see it all around :). Remember girls when back in India the only (as far as I know) brand which started selling these matte rainbow nail paints - red, blue, black, orange, yellow; in short all the nail paints to which your mom and grand mom would say “Yikkes” were sold by Maybelline :P. I have almost all colors of Maybelline nail paints (Yes, I am flaunting: P)

Anyways, due to long trusted relationship with Maybelline I decide to give this newly launched lip balm a try. This was a well advertised product and you cannot possibly help but notice it. So after seeing it stocked in display at a local shop just in front of my house for a month, I fell for the bait and made my way to the shop finally buying it.

Product Claims: See Image

Usage Instruction: See Image

What it contains: See Image

Price: Rs 150

Quantity: 4 gms

My Exper…

Easy At Home Nail Art 6 - Go Raw with a Straw

Hello beauties, I hope you tried some  nail art mentioned in my previous posts or out of your imagination. Today, I am in all creative mood where I am not bothered of what the outcome is. Fear of outcome worries me and I often end up doing something which is safer but not very innovative or creative. But now all I hoping is fun and the joy of creating something. Today’s is a very raw and asymmetrical kind of nail art .But very easy and creative. I would be attempting today to make you fall in love with another random item in your kitchen (no it’s not scotch tape or toothpick) :)

It’s a straw. I often look at things (esp. which have pretty shapes or moulds) from the perspective of how could use this for my nail art?? (Yes, very narrow thought indeed, but so much is my obsession with nail art).Few days back, I came across a pack of straws which I had picked up a long time ago; it was a part of the grocery I purchased the first time after marriage, yes it was about 2 yrs back :P. Then I h…

Easy At Home Nail Art 5 - Got My Eyes on You

Few days back I gave away my long nails to cover some nail art for short nail. The people who know me,can vouch about the big sacrifice I made. For a nail obsessed as I am, this was like chopping off my finger but I wanted to be just to people with short nails.

I am not used to doing nail art on a short nail so its challenge for me. Now, I have this picture in mind that nail art on long nails are usually more on the stylish side while short nails are more on the cute side. So I tried to cash on the ‘cute side' here by doing an easy and quick nail art.

Items Needed:

Base Coat
Top Coat
Black Nail Paint
While Nail paint /Acrylic paint (Read about using acrylic paints here)
Toothpick/Dotting tool

How to get those “eyes” on You:

Cut, file and wash your hands. Apply a base coat and allow it to dry.

Polish the nails black now. Since this is a dark color any flaws will be more visible, so be careful.

Keep your toothpick and white nail paint/acrylic paint handy. Let the black nail paint dry completel…

Easy at Home Nail Art 4-Dont Phunk with my Heart

I have a very cute and easy nail art for you today. :D

Few months back my younger sister came to my home. She was wearing gorgeous bright pink nail paint on her long square nails. It was eye catching and as a nail art enthusiast although her nails looked awesome, all I could see was a potential ‘canvas’. So I insisted (actually much more than insisted..kinna begged her :( ) to allow me do some nail art on her nails. Those days mine wasn’t an established hand in nail art and I had no nail art tools eitherL. My sister is a tom boy (can you believe it, she is 26 and knows nothing about makeup: Grin), so her apprehension and lack of interest didn’t surprise me. But stubborn as I as am, I forced her and came up with a very quick idea, grabbing her hand to demonstrate my newly acquired form of art.

The results were amazing (at least I was amazed) and she got lots of compliments in her office for a nail art that took barely 5-10 minutes to complete. Yesterday, it just occurred to me of sharing…

Easy at Home Nail Art 3- The Chevron is 'On'

From ages the combination of pink and blue have been used to cast spell on us. They melt heart together yet they are so different. A ‘pink’ is used to denote a ‘girl’ while a ‘blue’ denotes a ‘boy’. But as is correctly said ‘Opposites Attract’ and maybe that’s the secret to their super hit Jodi (couple).

So I thought of milking the combination for my simple Chevron nail art for all my gorgeous readers. It is very ‘in’ these days. Chevrons can be put on your multiple easy and complex ways. However, I have particularly chosen the easier version because it is more doable and will not scare away a non-nail art pro due to high effort. It’s not that I do not trust my readers of reproducing a difficult one but personally I am not a fan of difficult complex nail arts which heart melting to look at but herculean task to do. J

What is Chevron:  A line or stripe in the shape of a V or an inverted V.

Items Used

Colorbar Pink color- Cocktail collection
A random brand blue
Maybelline silver nail paint

Use Acrylic Paints for designing your Nail Art

There is this one thought that crosses my minds every time I do nail art or think of it. The thought of wasting or drying out the nail paint I use for creating designs (free hand design using brushes, using a dotting tool, toothpick, straw etc) on my painted nails. Really, nail paints are very precious to me, so much so that even seeing fancy images of nail paints spilled over or flowing out of bottle for effects makes my heart sinkL. Now imagine when I have to actually pour our nail paint on a palette to use them for designing my solo color painted nails. Each drop of nail paint flowing out weakens me as if they were drops of blood trickling down my veins (I feel sad even as I write this :( ).

The grief of wasting nail paint each time pushed me to do an experiment. I substituted the nail paint I used to create designs with acrylic paints. Now these are very common acrylic paints that had been lying around my house for long. My mom used to do a lot of fabric painting earlier, so I gift…

Easy at Home Nail Art 2- These Simple Flowers are Ours

In the process of discovering real simple nail art for you, I feel like a student where I am challenged to dig out new ways to do nail art with items lying around in house although I have a full fledged collection of nail art tools and accessories. And you cannot imagine the control and urge its takes of not using them, and go hunting for other things that can be used as tools. Anyways, this is fun as I have learnt a few things in the process like using acrylic paints, straw ,ear bud etc.

I found an ear bud in my medical kit and it got me thinking if I dip this in some color wont it create some big rounds easily? I tried it and I was correct. The only thing is we cannot attain is too much symmetry because the cotton absorbs different amount of color every time and doesn’t transfer the same every time. It’s neater with a dotting tool, but believe me this was so easy that even though I own a dotting tool I will use this in future for larger dots. I tried with both nail paint and acrylic …