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?

Scented Nail Polish – Nail it! by Sportsgirl

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Scented nail polish – who knew there was such a thing?

I mean, you don’t generally go up and ask someone to smell your finger, do you?

But what if a gentleman wants to kiss your hand, or you touch your boyfriend’s face? Then these tropical scented polishes are perfect.

I love the novelty when I’m doing my nails as the scent is better than the usual polish aroma. It makes painting my nails more fun.

I’m still obsessed with all things orange, so tangerine is my favourite, but the pineapple is perfect for summer.

How do you feel about scented nail polishes? What’s your favourite fragrant polish?

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?

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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Step-by-step

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?

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?

Shredded Heart Nails – Valentine’s Day Manicure

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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

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  • 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.

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

Loving…Red Pink Ombre Manicures and Essie in Australia

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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

Nail Romance – Love Your Nails!

Hello and welcome to Nail Romance!

Nail Romance is all about your nails. I feel naked without polish and have quickly developed an obsession for multicoloured nails.

After blogging for two years at Hair Romance, I’m bringing my love of nails to the Romance family. In the same spirit of Hair Romance, you’ll find easy tips and tricks for accessorising with your nails. Plus I’ll be interviewing leading nail bloggers about their favourites to share with you.

Whether you’re a polish addict or just trying to learn how to paint your own nails, you’ll find it all you need to love your nails at Hair Romance.

Get ready to have fun with your nails!

Christina x