New Essie shades

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How gorgeous are these new Essie shades?

From left to right there’s:

  • go ginza – soft cherry blossom pink
  • bond with whomever – the perfect lilac
  • madison ave-hue – a chic New York pink
  • maximillian strasse-her – a cool grey-green
  • avenue maintain – a cornflour blue

I love that Essie is now available in Australia. You can find it at Priceline or adorebeauty.

What’s your favourite essie shade?

NYFW Nail trends to try right now

It’s no surprise (to me, anyway) that nail art is one of the biggest beauty trend of New York Fashion Week.

Here’s Nail Romance’s pick of the biggest nail trends to try right now.

Matching Tips & Lips

NYFW nail trends to try now - Matching tips and lips

Kate Moss says it’s a no-no to match your lipstick to your nails, but Zac Posen and several designers others disagree. Oxblood lips and tips are a huge trend for Fall 2013. Try Essie Carry On, as seen at Zac Posen, Essie Bordeaux as seen at Wes Gordon or Butter London Las Moss, as seen at Dannijo.

Nude Nails

Alexander-Wang NYFW nails

Keep it chic and simple with a classic nude nail. This trend is so easy to wear, and is perfect if you’re not so great at painting your nails. Try Essie Lady Like, as seen at Caroline Herrera, Essie Sand Tropez as seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim or OPI’s San Tan-tonio as seen at Jason Wu. Also spotted backstage at Dannijo was Butter London Yummy Mummy, one of my fave nude polishes. The nails for Alexander Wang were cread by CND and have a worn, feathered texture.

Matte Nails

NYFW nail trends to try now - Matte Black Nails

Tone it down for fall with a matte finish. Not only does a matte topcoat allow you to play with textures, you can get a totally different finish to your favorite polish. Matte was paired with black at Nonoo, while models wore Black Onyx by OPI with a matte top coat at BCBG.

Combine this matte polish trend with nude nails for an uber-chic finish. Matte nude nails were seen at The Row, Helmut Lang and DKNY.

Reverse Moons

NYFW nail trends to try now - Reverse Moon manicures

Reverse moons are a simple two step nail art you can take straight from the runway. How stunning is the La Perla manicure featuring nude nails in Butter London Yummy Mummy and a black moon using Union Jack Black. Or try the black and silver reverse moon manicure at Mara Hoffman. Veronica Beard took it one step further with Essie All tied up on the moon, then two coats of Brownie Points and finished on the tip with Berry Hard.

Swirled Nails at Rebecca Minkoff

NYFW nail trends to try now - Rebecca Minkoff Nail Art

Inspired by the night sky, the nails at the Rebecca Minkoff presentation also have an oil slick quality to them. Recreate the look by applying each shade in small dots, starting with the darkest shade. Finish the look by swirling the colors together with a thin paintbrush and a layer of top coat. Colors used were Essie As Gold as it Gets, Penny Talk, Go Overboard, Blue Rhapsody and Aruba Blue.

What’s your fave nail trend from NYFW?

Images courtesy Essie, Style.com, Bellasugar.com

Valentine’s Day Nail Art Tutorial – Bows and hearts

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Looking for a way to pretty up your nails for Valentine’s Day? Try nail transfers to update your manicure in minutes.

You don’t need to have a steady hand for this easy nail art. With so many designs available you can pretend you spent hours painting your nails with these simple transfers.

Valentine’s Day Nail Art Tutorial

Nail Romance Tutorial - How to use nail transfers

Start by painting your nail in your base colour. Allow 15 minutes to dry before applying nail transfers for the best results. My nails are painted in this pink-red ombre manicure.

What you need:

How to use nail transfers:

  1. Cut the transfer to fit your nail.
  2. Use tweezers to place the transfer in water for a few seconds. If it starts to sink you’ve left it too long. You just need to dampen the backing paper.
  3. Place the transfer on your nail and let the backing paper slip away. You can reposition the transfer while it’s still damp. Then press it down to remove any air bubbles or creases.
  4. Repeat for each nail and finish with a top coat to seal the transfer in place.

Nail Romance - Valentines Day Manicure - Hello darling transfers

The designs you can create are only limited by your imagination so have fun with your nails!

Have you tried nail transfers? How are you wearing your nails for Valentine’s Day?

Shredded Heart Nails – Valentine’s Day Manicure

Nail Romance - Shredded Hearts Valentines Day Mani

This quick and easy heart nail art is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Using washi tape, a Japanese masking tape that isn’t too sticky, you can cut any shape to create your own nail art.

I know it’s predictable, but these hearts are still cute for Valentine’s Day. Using a shredded or crackle polish keeps them from being too sickly sweet.

Nail Tutorial: Shredded Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Nail Romance - Shredded Hearts Valentines Day Nails Tutorial

  • I’ve started with this pink-red ombre manicure, but pick your favorite shade for your base color. It’s best to let your polish dry for at least 15 minutes before applying the tape.
  • Next take a small piece of washi tape, fold it in half and cut a small heart that fits your nail.
  • Place the washi tape on your nail and press down to ensure a smooth edge.
  • Paint a thin coat of your shredded polish. I used Maybelline Silver Stunner Shredded Topcoat. Only use one thin coat to make the most of the shredded effect. If you paint this polish too thick you won’t see the full effect.
  • Remove the tape before the polish dries to ensure you get a clean edge to your heart.

Nail Romance - Shredded Hearts Valentines Day Manicure

How will you wear your nails for Valentine’s Day?

Loving…Red Pink Ombre Manicures and Essie in Australia

Nail Romance - Essie ombre pink red manicure

Nail Romance - Essie ombre pink to red manicure

Nail Romance - Essie ombre pink red nails

Nail Romance - Essie ombre red pink manicure

A total first world problem is choosing what colour to paint your nails.

I can never decide so I love a gradient manicure.

Creating an ombre effect across your nails is the easiest way to get the look. I tried it with a mix of blues and purple polishes but this tonal pink-red ombre is a new fave.

I’m wearing a range of essie shades: Sugar Daddy, Cute as a button, e nuf is e nuf, Lollipop & Really Red.

It’s possible for me to create this manicure as essie are now more widely available in Australia! 100 essie shades have been released in Australia and are available from select pharmacies and department stores and online from adorebeauty.com.au.

Essie is also available from Target, Nordstrom and Beauty.com.

Do you love ombre manicures?

Nailspiration: Emerald Green – Pantone Colour of the Year 2013

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Pantone has heralded Emerald as the Colour of the Year for 2013. While I contemplated wearing Pantone emerald green hair on Hair Romance, I think it’s much easier to wear emerald green on your nails.

At the moment I don’t have ANY emerald green nail polish in my collection. How could I be missing such a vital trend colour? I’m sure I won’t have any trouble fixing that issue and here’s some nailspiration to inspire you to try emerald green on your nails.

Are you a fan of the new Pantone Colour of the Year? What’s your favourite emerald green polish?

Image credits: Temptalia The Hungry Asian, Pshiiit, Vampy Varnish

My Nail Romance with 10 Blank Canvases

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Meet Jenny Pasha, the nails behind the nail art blog 10 Blank Canvases. Winner of the Best New Beauty Blog in the UK Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2012, Jenny has been doing nail art since 2011 and predicts DIY studded and rhinestone nails to be big trends for 2013. Jenny says she “always paint all 10 fingers and that is where the name 10 Blank Canvases comes from. Each nail is a little canvas to be painted on…and when it chips off it just means I have a new blank canvas to start again!”

Tell me a bit about your blog

I have been blogging for just over a year now and it’s a place I can display all my nail art and my inspirations. It started just as a way to show off my nails to friends and family and has developed into a full obsession!

How often do you post?

I post once of twice a week. I’ll post nails soon after I paint them and as I like to keep my designs on for a few days it does limit the amount I post per week.

Are you left or right handed?

I’m right handed, but have always made a point to paint full designs on both nails so as a result am able to paint with both hands now.

What’s your best tip for painting your other hand?

The problem with painting with your non-dominant hand is steadiness so when I paint with my left hand I rest it on my hand close to the nails to limit the shakiness and try to do quick brush strokes.

How often do you paint your nails?

I paint my nails on average two or three times a week. I will wait until a nail chips or I have a specific event I want to have special nails for to re-do them. I spend so much time painting them it would be a shame to take it off the next day.

How many polishes in your collection?

I don’t have the biggest nail polish collection of all the bloggers I have seen. I probably have around the 200-polish mark, which it still a lot!

How do you store your polishes?

At the moment I am using plastic drawers that I got from Muji, but I have just ordered myself an infamous Helmer set of drawers that most bloggers use as they fit nail polishes perfectly!

Which brand has the best brush?

I think I like the thin Essie or Nails Inc brush the best. I like a thinner brush for more precision.

Favorite polish brand?

At the moment it has to be Nails Inc. They have such a great range of colours and a nice thick formula. Also being a London girl I love the names they give their polishes all places and roads in London.

Best bargain buy?

For cheap colours that are also great quality I always go for Barry M. They have a great range of bright colours and I love their Gold and Silver Foil polishes.

Favourite colour?

It’s got to be sapphire blue. My favorite polish ever is Essie Aruba Blue recently challenged by OPI DS Magic. DS Magic is so sparkly it always makes me smile seeing it on my fingers!!

Favourite colour combinations?

The combination I use most in my nail art is black and gold. It’s such a classic mix and there is so much you can do with it, from a detailed gold lace over a black base to gold studs over a black matte base. Its also great as it will go with any outfit and makes great statement nails for a night out.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

On your nails, use a good topcoat. I always finish with a layer of Sech Vite. It dries your nails quickly and gives them a glossy shine.

In the bottle, use nail polish thinner when it gets too gloopy. Nails polish thinner, such as Seche Restore, is one of my most used tools! It makes your polishes easier to apply and means you can use every last drop!

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

That’s a tough question as I love so many different types of nail art and am always looking to try out new trends. I love lace or fine detail over any base or even over a nude base. This look can make a statement without being too in your face if subtle colours are used. On the other end of the spectrum I also am a fan of galaxy nails, it combines my favorite colours, purple, black and blue and if done well can give a really great bold look to nails.

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Thanks so much for sharing your Nail Romance Jenny!

Head over to 10 Blank Canvases to see Jenny’s amazing nail art. You can also connect with 10 Blank Canvases –

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