Ahoy Sailor – Nautical Nail Art by Bio Sculpture

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Ahoy Sailor!

I love a theme party and when I had to go to a nautical themed party at the Problogger conference I decided to get my nails in on the act too.

I wasn’t sure how to do my nails but I went to the new Nail Lounge salon in Surry Hills and asked nail star Kaori for her advice. BioSculpture have expanded their head office to include an amazing new nail salon on the ground floor. It’s just a few blocks from where I live so it’s going to be a new favourite of mine for sure.

BioSculptue is my preferred gel nail and the wear on these nails is flawless. I love the asymmetrical design and have had received so many compliments on these fun sailor nails.

Are you a fan of gel nails? Do you include your nails as part of your outfit for costume parties?

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?

Illamasqua UV Glow Nail Polishes

Make a statement with these Illamasqua polishes that glow neon under ultra violet light.

Illamasqua neon ultra violet nail polishes

Available in three shades: Seance – a purple shimmer, Omen – an acid green and Ouija – a pearl pink (not shown). You can also make any polish react under UV lights with Geist, a clear coat that glows under black lights.

Illamasqua ultra violet nail polishes

You really need to see these polishes in action and I just love this manicure by Lucy’s Stash featuring Ouija, a pretty pink that turns neon under black lights.

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Illamasqua UV polish under black light - Lucys Stash

Think of the nail art designs you can create using Geist! You can purchase these colours separately or in a box set that’s currently on special online.

Illamasqua is available at Myer stores and at Illamasqua.com.

Marchesa nail stickers by Revlon

Marchesa nail art for Revlon

Marchesa nail art for Revlon

Couture fashion house Marchesa are collaborating a nail art range with Revlon. Inspired by their latest collection, it will feature 8 nail sticker designs including 3D nail art.

So even if you can’t afford their stunning dresses, you can have a touch of their design on your nails. The Revlon Marchesa collection will be in store from October.

Image via Fashionista

Loving…3D Glitter Nails

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Can’t get enough of textured nail art? Try these simple glitter dipped nails.

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How to: 3D Glitter Nails

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I was sent these BYS Glitter Dust nail packs and inside are all you need to create 3D glitter nails:

– Base colour
– Loose glitter
– Brush

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It’s really a simple three step process to create these glitter textured nails. Just

  1. Paint
  2. Dip
  3. Brush

Style tips

  • Glitter can be messy so do your nails over a piece of paper so you can clean up easily. Even better, do your nails outside!
  • Seal the glitter with a topcoat, though I found it wore ok without it. You’ll have less glitter fall if you use a topcoat.

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Are you a fan of 3D nails?

My Nail Romance with So Nailicious

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SoNailicious is a relatively new nail blog but boy has it made an impact in a short time. Maria was already known for her fashion blog Crashing Red when she started SoNailicious at the end of 2012. She combines her love of art and fashion into some amazing nail art. Maria has also released an ebook with tutorials of her nail art.

Tell me a bit about your blog

SoNailicious is a one stop destination to help you to make your nails look fabulous! Nail art, how to-s, nail polish reviews, nail and hand care product recommendations as well as expert tips and the latest nail trends.

How often do you post?

CrashingRed – 3 times p/week
SoNailicious – 4 times p/week

Are you left or right handed?


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

Lots of practice

How often do you paint your nails?

It depends. Sometimes several times a day if I get inspired or want to try different nail polishes or nail art designs (and I have some free time), sometimes few times a week, sometimes just once.

How many polishes in your collection?

Not much, only about 300. I’m trying to keep it around that number as I have no much space to store them.

How do you store your polishes?

In empty Ferrero Rocher boxes (haha they are so pretty I thought I’d recycle them rather then just throwing away), organised by colors.

Which brand has the best brush?


Favorite polish brand?

I can’t pick just one I like too many for different reasons.

Best luxe brand?


Best bargain buy?


Favorite color?

Glitter. Can it be a color?

Favorite color combinations?

Anything with gold, ie. blue and gold, green and gold, etc.

Best colour for work?

It depends I guess on type of work and situation. Say, you can’t be a lawyer and wear crazy Zombie nail art or fluoro holo polish, can you?

Best party color?

Depends on outfit you’re wearing. Nudes can work as well as brights.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Dry your nails before painting them, wear great quality base coat and wear top coat.

What’s your favorite nail art trend?


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Thank you so much for sharing your Nail Romance Maria! Head over to SoNailicious to see more of Maria’s nail and connect with her online:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sonailicious
Twitter: @So_Nailicious
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sonailicious

Maria has also launched a fabulous ebook of nail art tutorials – The SoNailicious 30 Easy Nail Art Designs ebook which I highly recommend for all nail art lovers. I’ll be posting a full review soon.


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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?

My Nail Romance with Lab Muffin

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One blog isn’t enough to contain Michelle Wong’s Nail Romance. In addition to her main beauty blog, Lab Muffin, she contributes to Polish or Perish and is a founding member of the new nail community Lacquerheads of Oz. Michelle has almost finished her PhD in chemistry and when she’s not busy blogging, she’s slogging away at her thesis or in the pole dance studio.

Tell me a bit about your blog

I started Lab Muffin in December 2011, mainly because my boyfriend was sick of seeing my nails (and nowhere near appreciative enough)! I’m also passionate about science literacy, and was disappointed in how badly beauty science is communicated, leading to so many myths and misunderstandings. So Lab Muffin is my attempt to make a little difference in the world by helping ordinary girls wade through marketing jargon, while making everyone check out my nails!

To give people a rest, I started posting swatches on Polish or Perish, an international blog run by “women with almost as much polish as they do education” – we all have or are working towards higher degrees.

Recently, a group of Aussie nail bloggers, nail techs, polish makers and other enthusiasts started Lacquerheads of Oz, which will gather all the nail polish knowledge out there, both for experts and girls just starting out, into one handy website. I’m very excited to be involved!

How often do you post?

5-7 times a week these days across the three blogs… a bit of a hectic schedule but I love it 🙂

Are you left or right handed?


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

I’m a bit ambidextrous from piano so it’s not too bad, but resting both wrists or elbows on a hard object makes it easier. And practice, of course!

How often do you paint your nails?

Every 3-5 days – I find that my nails tend to chip if they aren’t protected by a shield of polish.

How many polishes in your collection?

I put them all in a Google spreadsheet recently – under 400 not including doubles. Don’t tell the boyfriend.

How do you store your polishes?

I have that hallmark of a polish addict: the IKEA Helmer. I have one drawer each for cremes, shimmers, special finishes, toppers, base and top coats, and the dreaded untrieds. The boyfriend has said that he’ll leave me when I run out of space in it.

Which brand has the best brush?

Funnily enough, so far it’s been Bio Sculpture, who aren’t usually known for their polishes! I swatched four in a row without getting even the slightest drop on my skin – a first.

Favourite polish brand?

All of them! It’s hard for me to say but OPI, China Glaze and Essie have great ranges and hardly ever disappoint.

Favourite indie brand?

So hard to choose out of my favourite Aussies: Gloss ‘n Sparkle, Emily de Molly, Femme Fatale, Loki’s Lacquer and Pretty Serious! So I won’t 😛

Best luxe brand?

Chanel shades are always very covetable! Butter London is also amazing.

Best bargain buy?

ulta3 and Essence are great value for money.

Favourite colour?

Purple, coral and green, and teal! Especially teal.

Favourite colour combinations?

Purple and gold is always a winner!

Best colour for work?

Neutrals – brown and nude are nice, worksafe colours.

Best tip for making nail polish last longer?

Use a good base coat, and use a top coat that isn’t quick-dry. I use Orly Bonder as my base coat, and while I love Seche Vite top coat, I don’t recommend it if you want your nails to stay chip-free for longer than a couple of days.

What’s your favourite nail art trend?

I love bold designs, so tape manicures – they’re amazing for getting crisp lines!

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Thanks so much for sharing your Nail Romance Michelle! Check out Michelle’s blog Lab Muffin and connect with her –

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/labmuffin
Twitter – @labmuffin
Instagram – @labmuffin