Hello Darling New Nail Wraps

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Hello Darling have recently released some new nail wraps with some of the best designs I’ve ever seen.

You know I’m a huge fan of nail stickers as the easiest nail art around. These Hello Darling wraps are the perfect way to fake nail art.

My picks are these adorable Versus dog and cat nails,  and I love the galaxy nails too. Actually, I love all of the Hello Darling designs.

These nail wraps are quite flexible and very easy to apply. You can re-position them if you put them on crooked and just file the end to fit your nail.

At $8.95 these nail wraps are a cost effective way to fake nail art, and they last for almost a week without chips. You can paint over them with a top coat for extra protection.

Are you a fan of nail stickers?

Hello Darling Party Polishes – Fiesta, Fisso and Fête

Nail Romance - Hello Darling party collection

Nail Romance - Hello Darling collection

Nail Romance - Hello Darling Fete

Nail Romance - Hello Darling Fisso

Nail Romance - Hello Darling Fiesta

I adore these party polishes from Hello Darling.

These three limited edition shades are inspired by Hello Darling founder, Heather, as she’s celebrating her 30th birthday this year. They are part of the Hello Darling subscription and only a few bottles were released for separate sale.

Delivery Darling is a fantastic service where you receive 3 new polishes every month for only $39.95. Each of these party polishes is $35.95 to purchase separately so that is an amazing saving. Plus how much fun is it to get new polish in the the post every month! It’s a great gift idea for Christmas.

Fiesta is my favourite of the three party polishes. It’s a vibrant red with a rasberry glitter. All of these shades are extremely long wearing and opaque in one coat.

Fisso is a stunning sea green – turquoise glitter and is the perfect colour on it’s own or looks amazing layered over navy polish.

Fête is a magenta glitter and it divine on. It’s perfect as a feature nail or on your toes.

Head to Hello Darling to order your polishes and I’d be dropping some hints for a Delivery Darling subscription for Christmas.

What’s your favourite party polish?

DIY Macadamia Oil Hand and Cuticle Treatment

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Do you suffer from dry or irritated cuticles? Try this easy and natural DIY nail treatment that will leave your hands and cuticles feeling soft and smooth.

This treatment comes from the fabulous Heather of Hello Darling nail polish. I was chatting on Instagram with Kim-Marie about cuticles and Heather suggested this fabulous DIY treatment which I tried immediately and I can attest it really works.

What you need

  • Macadamia oil
  • Powderless latex gloves

You can find macadamia oil at the supermarket or health food store. It’s also great in salad dressings.

Make sure you check the gloves that they are powder free. You can find boxes of disposable gloves at the pharmacy or drugstore.

DIY Macadamia Oil Hand and Cuticle Treatment

  1. Gently warm around 1/2 cup of macadamia oil on the stove or in the microwave.
  2. Pour the oil into your gloves and ensure it is equally distributed.
  3. Put your hands in the gloves for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Discard gloves and wash your hands in warm water.
  5. Enjoy your soft, delicious smelling hands.

Treatment tips

  • Go to the bathroom before doing this treatment. You want to relax and enjoy the hand treatment!
  • Place a small towel on your lap to protect your clothes in case any oil comes out of the gloves.
  • Gently massage your fingertips while wearing the gloves. This feels nice and makes sure all the oil is distributed to your nails.

What’s your trick for keeping your cuticles soft? Do you do any DIY hand treatments?

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?

Blue Valentine – Easy heart nail art

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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?

Ombre manicure: Blues and purples

You know for those days when you can’t decide what colour to wear? Why not wear them all!

Blue Purple gradient nail polish

Miss Frou Frou Surrender

Hello Darling  Dreamboat

Maybelline Color Show Sapphire Siren

Miss Frou Frou Skye

Bloom Emily Green Navy

Nail Romance - blue purple ombre manicure

Bloom Navy nail polish - Nail Romance

I love all these polishes and I’ll show you some fun nail art with this manicure next week. If I had to pick a standout, the Bloom polish, part of the Emily Green collaboration, has incredible depth of color and is a beautiful formula to use. It’s opaque in one coat, though I’m wearing two thin coats of all the colors for this multicolor manicure.

Have you tried any of these shades? Which is your favorite?

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

Loving… The Blues

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Nail Romance - Hello Darling L'ete

Nail Romance - Manicure Monday blues

Nail Romance - Hello Darling and BYS blue polish

Feeling the blues so this manicure is just the cure.

I’ve used BYS Magnetic Cobalt on my ring finger as a feature nail. While I love the colour and the polish is great, opaque in one coat, I wasn’t really seeing the magnetic effect.

The other blue is Hello Darling L’ete from their new summer collection. This colour goes on a dream and is the perfect azure blue. Hurry as I think this colour is selling fast. You may have spotted some Art Class decals in the background. More nail art fun coming soon.

I love just featuring one nail in a manicure. Just one nail is quick and easy to do and still have fun with your nails. Maybe that’s why it’s Nail Romance instead of Nails Romance?

Do you love a feature nail? Have you tried magnetic polish?

Loving… pretty pastel nails

As well as loving bright nails, I’m falling for soft pastel shades. Just as mint and peach have entered my wardrobe this year, so have pastel shades featured on my fingertips.

Nail Romance’s pick of pastel polishes

Try saying that 10 times quickly!

Hello Darling’s Not Your Nanna’s Nightie collection features seven delicious shades. Nail Romance loves Mint Slice and Butter Wouldn’t Melt.

Pretty Pastels from Face of Australia is a super affordable range that makes a multi coloured mani easy to do. Nail Romance loves Would you like some Orange Sherbet? and Once in a Blue Moon.

L’Oreal’s Miss Candy collection features more delicious pastel shades. These polishes have a larger brush which means I can change colour in just two brushstrokes. Too easy. Nail Romance loves Monaco Roses and Riviera Lavender.

These candy coloured nails look good enough to eat! You can find more pastel nail-spiration on the Pastel Nail Romance Pinterest board.

What’s your favourite pastel polish?