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Time To Celebrate! :D - Giveaway by Vanity Case Box

Congratulations to Heena from Vanity Case Box on completing 6 months. She has hosted a Giveaway worth Rs 4000 to celebrate this :) :) :) . This giveaway is open for Indian Residents only.



 The first winner will win:
1)    NY Citi Bow Bangle Bracelet
2)    Kryolan Perfect Matte Primer
3)    Maxfactor Nail Enamel “Angel Nails”
4)    Lakme True Wear Nail Enamel
5)    Inglot Freedom System Lisptick “26”
6)    Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Eyeliner “Peacock Green”
7)    Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Eyeliner “Blue”
8)    Avon Imari Seduction Purse Concentre
9)    Garnier Fructis Style Gel

The Second winner will win:

1)    Bourjois Paris Intense Extrait Eyeshadow
2)    A beautiful “Love” Bracelet.

Amazing, isn't it? Click here to participate.

Enter Nail Art Giveaway on Lindsey's Lacquer! $25 Voucher to the Born Pretty Store!

Hi All,

Check out Lindsey's Lacquer to enter the giveaway. Who doesn't want a gift card to shop the world of Nail Art supplies from Bornprettystore ? I definitely want one (and many more :P ).  Good Luck to all :D



It is a $25 voucher give away offered to a lucky follower! This is open internationally and ends May 8, 2013. So Hurry!!!!!!

Nail Art Basics – What is a Dotting Tool? How to Use it ?

After a series of Easy at home nail art which do not require any tool, let me steer you the next level and introduce you to world of nail art tools and accessories. They exist to make your life easier and beautify your nails :).


What is a Dotting Tool?

A dotting tool is used for making very small details and spots on nail art designs. It is an essential tool especially, if you plan to use the free hand technique. They are my favorites due to the world of options they open up. You could make  polka dots, hearts, flowers, eyes,clouds, boundaries and what not from this tiny thing. You can browse through my blog to see nail art I did using dotting tool. It usually comes in a set of 5 or 3. Each dotting tool has a different size of sphere on both ends to give you choice for the size of dot you want. If I may suggest, this should be on the top list of your nail art tools.



Shopping Guide: These are nothing but sticks with two ends for dotting. All what matters is the size of the spheres. Becau…

Introduction to Nail Art Tool and Accessories for your Help!

Hi everyone, I have been focusing on the Beginners – Easy at Home Nail Art Series for quite some time now. My aim to start this section was to get more and more people get amicable with nail art rather than scaring them away with tools and jargons.  My sole intention was to demystify the myth that nail art is expensive or nail art is time taking or nail art requires special skills. Nail Art is for each and everyone and you can have plenty on your plate even without investing a single penny on tools or moving out of your house.



I will keep on posting on the ‘Easy at Home Nail Art- Beginners’ section to punch more ideas on nail arts with things lying around at home :P. But for others, who would want to take another step and would like to tame few nail art tools and accessory for your help; this post is what you need :). I have been posting nail arts using some of the mentioned tools lately and I got lots of questions like what did I use? Where did I get them from? So that kind of pushed …

Easy at Home Nail Art 18 - The Blooming Spring

With spring round the corner, I got inspired to use some bright fresh colors in my nail art. When thinking about spring, how can one forget the colorful flowers? They are like a breath of fresh air. I did something on the same line for my nail art. Every time I look at them, they are like splashing water to my eyes due to the freshness oozing out of them. There is a stark difference in the effort to make and the end result you get. Flower nail arts are my favorites and come to my rescue when I am out of ideas :P. Anyways, girls have an innate relationship with these flowers; we fall for them again and again and again. So this isn't a surprise for anyone I guess :P

Well, I did this Nail Art for an entry for the April Monthly Expo themed "Spring" in the famous blog Nail Art Addiction. I did this long back and I was pretty excited about my entry there. So excited that I forgot the last day of sending the entry inspite of doing this nail art long back :( :(. But I am definetl…

How to Easily make Flower for Nail Art using Toothpick or Dotting tool

Hi girls, I am about to explain a very simple nail art pattern today. This comes as a savior when I am out ideas for nail art. A flower nail art is a safe and easy form of nail art that can possibly never go wrong. The beauty of flower and the ‘wow’ factor attached to it are immortal so it will never go out of fashion. Also, even if your flowers are not identical or all dots are not of same size don’t worry, who said they have to be? Look around you, isn’t each petal and each flower different? :D

Items Needed:

A toothpick/Dotting Tool
A base color
A contrast color to make flower (Nail paint/ Acrylic paint)

How make the flower bloom on your nails :)

Apply the base color which will be the canvas on which you make the flower.
Wait for the base color to dry. Now chose the color of the flower and dip your dotting tool or blunt side of tooth pick in the color (nail paint/acrylic paint)
Now, lets’ make those cute flowers. Really easy fellas, carefully place five next to each other forming a circle.
T…

Hot Oil Manicure or Treatment - Solution to Dry, Flaky and Brittle Nails

Hi Friends, I had been planning to do this post for long but kept forgetting (forgive me :( ). But today,I was reminded of this instantly when   Swarnali from Make it Up with Make Up asked me solution for her flaky and brittle nails. I can totally understand how frustrating this can be, so I did not waste time and decided to write this up today. I hope Swarnali as well as others will get benefited by this post today.

I love nail art (and this small sentence does no justice to explain my passion for it :D ) but keeping nails healthy and nourished is of prime importance. And no nail art or expensive polish will look good, if your nails and cuticles do not support them. Before asking the nail art or the fancy polish to make you nails look gorgeous , please ask your self did you do enough for your nails? No Nail Art can substitute the look of a healthy long and strong nail, trust me blindly on this. So here I am trying to ease out some of your worries on this front :P



What is a Hot Oil mani…

The Simple Girly Plaid Nail Art

Hi Friends, you remember my Plaid Nail Art I which I was embarrased about :(. Everytime I would look at them, I would want to turn to some other page on my blog :(. So I decided to do the damage control by re-creating a plaid nail art. Or I may say a touch of plaid nail art, but who cares if its a touch of plaid or a total plaid or a hint of plaid as long as it makes me feel better :). So after the not so good The  Plaid Nail Art I, I laid my hands on this one. I hope this is better. Well, this challenge is making me do things I would have never otherwise, so its constructive :).





I did this nail the very next morning I submitted the not so good Plaid Nail Art, but what took time is writing this post :(. Anyways, this nail art is simple yet pretty and girly.This nail art is not something out of the world but it sweet and sober. You can definitely wear them to work. If you find it too feminine, get a smarter look by using gray for the base color and black for striping. For me, you would …

The Leopard Print Nail Art with an Oomph!

Hi All, the theme for the nail art yesterday was Animal Print. Now I have already sent the ‘Easy at Home- Zebra Nail Art’ as entry. But since did not create anything I was having an itch. So I went ahead and did a nail art for animal print. I have never done a leopard print nail art but it’s sexy, trust me. I was never inclined towards them (by now you would know I am Pinky girlie girl, and I am more of flower and hearts than animal print) :P. But this is worth the try, I love it and I am sure I am going to come this way again. Colorful as I am, I created this leopard print imagine a sexy and stylish 'she' leopard. And that is how I justified the pink color for a leopard print to my dad :P. He was trying to relate it to the real leopard so I stopped him before he went too far :)

Top 7 Fruits for Healthy Hair

No matter how many chemical treatments you get for your hair, there is really no compensation for natural remedies. Surprisingly, the easiest way to get long, lustrous and healthy hair is using fruits for hair nourishment.



We all know that fruits are good for the health and mostly associated with the nourishment of the skin to keep it supple. But, did you know that fruits are also important for the healthy growth of hair? Although having a balance diet and all kinds of fruit throughout the year is helpful, there are specific fruits that work better for hair , than others, and here are the  top 7:

Bananas

Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin A, C and E. These nutrients are essentially important when it comes to restoring dull and damaged hair. Each of these nutrients has a role to play. While Vitamin A restores the natural oils of the hair, Vitamin E repairs all the damage and split ends.

Apples

An apple a day can certainly keep the dandruff away. A natural way to deal with the proble…

DIY Anti-Oxidant Packed Green Tea Toner

Hi dolls, didn't I tell you in my last post ‘DIY Cucumber Tonerabout my small crush on toners these days? Yes, I am enjoying all versions of homemade toners these days and you know what I love even more; to share it with gorgeous people here :)

I have been using this toner for around 7-8 months now but I do not know why I am posting so late :P. I guess I always wanted to do an introductory post on 'Benefits of green tea' and then jump to this and other green tea beauty recipes. If you want to brush up what a toner is and why should we use it, read this.



Ingredients:

Green tea bags 3-4 or two spoon of loose green tea
Juice of 1 Lemon (optional) – Lemon brightens skin tone, lighten scars and helps in controlling oil production
3-4 drops of Tea Tree oil (optional) - Tea tree oil is an excellent antiseptic helps keeping acne at bay.
Teaspoon Honey (optional) - Honey is a disinfectant and natural bleach. It acts as a natural moisturizer and its antiseptic properties help to prevent…

The Tribal Nail Art

Hi all, the theme for today's nail art challenge is Tribal. This is the second time I did a tribal nail art. The first time I did this , I was not even aware  that it is called a Tribal Nail Art :P :P. But frankly, its better this time. When I started with the nail art my husband was making faces seeing the untidy work but I tried convincing him that it would better once finished. And when he saw the completed the nail art he was very happy. He was looking for words to explain the look when he just said :" You know, it kind of looks Tribal". Bingo!! that's what the theme is and he did not know about it at all (I Swear). That's when I got confident that the nail art definitely complies by the theme :D. If he could guess it, I am sure others can. But you can not underestimate his knowledge on nail art these days. He is a quick learner and seeing me going head over heals over nail art, he has learnt a lot seeing me  doing nail artssssssssssssss and browsing hundreds…

Easy at Home Nail Art 17 - The Marble Nail Art without Water

Hi girls, the theme for today's challenge is Water Marble Nail Art .But for those of you who have known me by now, can bet that I can just not waste paint. I simply can't, my heart pains to see every drop slipping by :(. I tried doing the water marble nail art but as soon as I tried for one finger, I started feeling weak, like it was not nail paint dripping off and getting wasted but blood dripping off my body :( :(

So I tried finding a substitute to the water marble nail art. This gives similar effects as water marble nail art. Since, I have done this the very first time, the results are not very impressive. But they are not bad either :). I bet, I would come back with a better marble effect nail art than this. There are techniques that one can only learn after doing and not by reading piles of paper.



The tutorial isn't worth explaining so here are pictures showing how I did the easy nail art. It took less than five minutes so its definitely doable. It has no hard and fast …

The Bride's Veil in Blue Nail art

You know, how it feels when you create something and you are actually pleased with it; rather than cribbing about your work and being your own critique. Yes, I felt this after long after I created this nail art. Usually, I always over examine my work and I mostly feel ‘I could have done better’ and stuff :(. But this one and a very few others were pleasant surprises :) :)

This is my entry for the 30 Day Nail Art Challenge for the theme ‘French With A Twist’. I personally find it cute and feminine but I would be more than happy if you feel the same way about it :D

Easy at Home Nail Art 16- Fish Tail Braid

Hi, I did a Fish tail braid nail art today for the 30 Day Nail Art for the first time. I am kind of happy that I tried something new. I am not very fond of them although. But yes, I needed do this once and here is my trail. After doing this, I was wondering this is not half as bad I thought so why didn't I try this earlier? And I am gonna try this again. May be I would end up with a better one next time :).



So all you need is three pretty nail paints and nail art tools. Isn't it cool? Yes, it is because anyone can do it. You can do it on all nails or just one. But to be honest, I messed up a couple of times with which stripe to put in which sequence. It was like decoding some tech stuff. Me and my friend Pratibha, starched our head a lot but goofed up endless number of times (not endless but like twice, ya ya girls exaggerate; big deal :P ). I was planning to do this nail art for her but screwed her nails with endless (by endless I mean two, you know me now :P ) experiments tha…

The Plaid Nail Art I

Hi, I wouldn't do much talking today because frankly speaking, I am not quite happy with my nail art. This for the 30 Day Nail Art Challenge and the theme today is Plaid. Now, I have never done a plaid :(. And now I know why, because I suck at it. Yes, sorry to spread the negativity but I am feeling low!! :(. I am not sending any great entries these days I feel. Okay, now before I begin shedding tears lets quickly go to the nail art :( :( :(

My husband just read this and he is convincing me that I do not suck at it, I am quite good and if I am not happy I should give another try. Let me see if I have energy left, I may update with another plaid. But till then, this is my Plaid entry.



Items Used

Avon pink nail Paint
Nail art pens of black, blue, purple , pink and silver color (You could use a striping brush for drawing line)
Star shaped nail art accessory
Top Coat/ Base Coat



Method

Do the cleaning, cutting and filing of nails. Apply top coat and allow it to try.
Paint the nails with the pin…

Easy At Home Nail Art 15 - Half Moon with Polka Dots

Hi ladies, this simple nail art is again for the 30 Day Nail Art Challenge and the theme for today is Polka Dots. Its a very simple yet an ageless design. I have not come across a girl who doesn't go "Awwwww"  after seeing polka dots. My last polka dots design Retro With Polka Dot Nail Art   made me realize that. And I have never been away from my dotting tool since then. Its like some super natural power drawing my shaking hands towards the dotting tool every time I indulge in a nail art, like its assuring me that "Pick Me, I will never go wrong" :). Trust me, its only off late, after I my Chained in Pink Nail Art did I decide to make an attempt to stay away for overtly feminine and dotty nail arts :). Just for a change and some unexplored adventure :)

Anyways, following what I decided for my self, I am trying to refrain from using dots. Even for this polka dot challenge, I have tried in going for a non-feminine or cute kind of nail art. Lets see how much I suc…

The High and Low Crest Nail Art

Hello lovely people, the theme for the 30 Day Nail Art Challenge is Zig Zag. Very simple and common right? Yes, that's what I thought, till the time I actually sat down with my nail art kit and ran out of ideas. There were so many that I blacked out :P. This is so embarrassing :(

So I decided to fix the colors and later some idea for the nail art will just flow in :). So I zeroed in with golden and black. And the rest is for you to decide if I failed or Passed. :)





Items Used

Golden Nail Paint
Black Nail Paint
Black Nail Art Pen or fine brush to draw zig zag
Pink Nail Art Pen or fine brush to draw zig zag
Dotting Tool/ Toothpick
Top Coat/Base Coat



How to go high and low

Clean, cut and file your nails. Apply the base coat and let it dry.
Apply the golden nail paint on all your nails except the ring fingers. Apply,
Take the nail art pen/fine brush with black color and do a zig zag line across each golden colored nail. Apply black color on the ring finger,
Take the nail art pen/fine brush with pin…

Easy At Home Nail Art 14 - The Splashes of Colors

Hi, the theme for the  30 day nail art challenge is Rainbow today. The more the days of this challenge pass by and I write these posts on my blog, the more I feel like I am writing a diary of my experience with nail art. And I feel more connected, its like talking to myself and re-living by experience by sharing :). Yes, and as a little promise made to myself I am trying something new everyday :P. And I am enjoying the suspense of the outcome each day :)

I did a very simple and fun nail art today and I am amazed, yet again of the possibilities that are unexplored, of the roads that are yet not taken and of the joys yet not experienced. Yes, I am getting a little philosophical today but that's what I am feeling. :)

Items Used

White Nail paint
An old Toothbrush to sprinkle colors
Acrylic Paints/Nail Paints of various colors
Top Coat/Base Coat



How to have Fun Splashing Colors

Clean, Cut and file your nails. Paint them white and allow them to dry.
Consider using a newspaper on the area you wor…