Blue Valentine – Easy heart nail art

Nail Romance - Blue Valentine - blue purple ombre manicure

Nail Romance - Blue Purple multicolor nails with heart nail art

Nail Romance - Blue Valentine heart nail art - blue purple ombre manicure

Nail Romance - Blue Purple multi color nails with heart nail art

I’m not really into Valentine’s Day, though I do love hearts. This heart nail art is quick and easy to do, but won’t be too in your face for Valentine’s Day.

Blue Valentine – how to get the look

I first painted my nails in a mix of blues and purples. I couldn’t decide which color so I used them all in this ombre manicure.

Nail polishes used:

Miss Frou Frou SkyeHello Darling  DreamboatMaybelline Color Show Sapphire SirenMiss Frou Frou SurrenderBloom Emily Green Navy

Heart Nail Art

The hearts were inspired by …Love Maegan‘s nail art and I’ve also used the same technique on this simple heart manicure.

Using Hello Darling Dreamboat on the dark nails, and Bloom Emily Green Navy on the light nails, paint an X-shape that falls off the edge of your nails.

Style Secret

I use this nail art a few days into my manicure as it’s a great way to cover up any chips or wear on the edge of your nails. Just paint one heart for a sweet feature nail too.

Do you get into Valentine’s Day or do you play it a little more low key?

3D Glitter Feature Nail – YSL & Hello Darling Glitterbug Unicornicopia

3D Glitter Feature nail - Nail Romance

For those of you who love nail art, but don’t have the time or patience to do all 10 fingers, a feature nail is your style secret.

It’s so quick and easy to do just one nail and it makes your mani really stand out.

3D Glitter Feature nail YSL polish - Nail Romance

Rose Gold Glitter 3D Nail Art Feature Nail

3D nails are a huge trend for 2013. Glitterbug is a new product from the darlings at Hello Darling and is a 3D glitter dip for your nails. It’s much easier to use than I was expecting.

Hello Darling Glitterbug - Unicornicopia

How to 3D glitter nails - Nail Romance

How to get the look

  1. First I painted my nails with YSL polish in Fuchsia Cubiste (8) which is a gorgeous pinky red. It’s opaque in one coat and I’m wearing two thin coats.
  2. I paint my ring finger last and dip it into the Hello Darling Glitterbug in Unicornicopia. (Love that name!)
  3. Use the anti-static brush that comes with the Glitterbug to pat down the glitter and tidy up around and under your nail.
  4. Seal with a topcoat. I used Hello Darling Over top coat.

3D Glitter Feature nail YSL Fuchsia Cubiste polish - Nail Romance

3D Glitter Feature nail art - Nail Romance

Feature Nail will be a new regular series on Nail Romance. It’s one of my favorite ways to wear nail art, and an easy way to translate trends into the everyday.

Do you love a feature nail too?

Dots & Stripes Nail Art

BioSculpture nail art

Bio Sculpture nail art

When confronted with so many nail art and nail colour options I asked myself, why do I only have 10 nails?! I couldn’t believe the choice available from Bio Sculpture. With over 170 colours in the range I didn’t know where to start.

I had mistakenly assumed that gel polish could only be applied in one colour but I was amazed by the creativity in those tiny test swatches.

The latest summer colours form the Holiday Beach Collection caught my eye, and I couldn’t choose between Coral Cove (132) and Isla del Sol (133) so I picked both. It was the same with dots and stripes. Again, why choose when you can have both! Plus a little heart just for my Nail Romance.

Nail Romance - Bio Sculpture Nail Art

Nail Romance - Bio Sculpture Nail Art hearts

Nail Romance - Bio Sculpture Nail Art

My mind is already planning my next nail art. What would you go for? Sequins? Studs? Feathers? Lace? The only limit is your imagination.

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Nail-spiration: Christmas Nail Art

It’s my favourite time of year!

I’m so excited about December as it’s a jam-packed month of fun. Not only is it full of Christmas festivities, it’s also my birthday and the start of summer in Australia. Don’t forget New Year’s celebrations to see the year off with a bang.

Now with all this going on it’s time to get your nails in on the festive fun. Here’s some nailspiration for all kinds of Christmas Nail Art.

Christmas Tree Nail Art

Christmas Tree tutorial from Pshiiit

Santa & Reindeers Nail Art

Credits: Polishpedia, Polish & Pearls, Katrina’s Nail Blog, Never Gonna Give You Up,

Festive Glitter Nails

Credits: All Lacquered Up, The Swatchaholic, Vampy Varnish, Glitter & Nails,

Find more Christmas nail-spiration on our Festive Nail Romance Pinterest board.

How will you wear Christmas on your nails?

Nail-spiration: Nail Stickers

The cheat’s way to nail art, nail stickers give you the look of patterned nails with minimum effort.

I first discovered nail stickers in Sephora earlier this year. I am always doing my nails at the last minute and I ran out of time to paint my nails before heading to a friend’s wedding. I put a packet of nail stickers in my handbag and ran out the door. I ended up doing my nails as I walked to the wedding ceremony and I took the above photo at the reception.

Yes, these stickers are so easy you can put them on walking but I suggest sitting down for the first attempt.

Nail Sticker Shopping Guide

Sally Hansen and Sephora are my tried and tested nail stickers. I love the look of the Butter London range and need to try these very soon.

Tips for applying nail stickers

  • File and buff your nails before applying the stickers. Make sure your hands and nails are clean.
  • Before starting, check the size of the stickers to determine which will fit your nail. I like to lay them out so I know which is for each finger.
  • Don’t fret if it’s not straight first time. The stickers can be lifted and repositioned two or three times.

Nail stickers aren’t cheap when compared to the price of nail polish, but you get a salon finish for a fraction of the salon price. They’re quick, there’s no drying time and you can do them at the last minute for a professional finish.

Do you wear nail stickers?