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?

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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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?

Loving…Pink and Orange Neons

I’ve loved pink and orange as a colour combination ever since I was little. It’s not a conventional favourite, but it makes me happy. Especially when it’s neon bright!

Nails Inc Notting Hill Gate is a rosy pink neon, with medium shine that is opaque in two coats.

Hello Darling Teenage Dream a true highlighter pink creme that is opaque in one coat, though I’ve painted two coats here.

Hello Darling Love on Top is a vibrant hi-vis orange creme that is opaque in one coat, and super-bright in two.

Orly Holla is slightly darker than Love on Top, though still packs a neon punch. Almost opaque in one coat and fully in two. It had a slightly matte finish.

All polishes shown with two thin coats and finished with Hello Darling top coat.

Yes, I wore them all at once and I make no apologies for mismatching fluoro nails.

What’s your favourite unconventional colour combination?