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 Party Polishes – Fiesta, Fisso and Fête

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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?

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

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

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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?

The best red nail polishes for Valentine’s Day

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Lancome Vernis – Rouge in Love

Want to keep it simple with your nails for Valentine’s Day? You can’t go past a classic red nail and here are the best red nail polishes for Valentine’s Day.

The best red nail polishes for Valentine’s Day

The best red nail polishes for Valentines Day

Top (L-R):
Lancome Rouge in Love – I’m in love with this pinky-red creme. Available from Lancome, Myer, Nordstrom
OPI Big Apple Red – Take a big bite of this bold red creme. Available from Myer, Drugstore.com
Essie Fifth Avenue – NYC is also the inspiration for this classic orange-red creme. Available from Nordstrom, Target and selected pharmacies.

Middle (L-R)
Maybelline Color Show Paint The Town – Go out all day and night with this fiery bright red. Available from beauty.com, Target.
Illamasqua Throb – Set hearts racing with this deep red. Available from Myer, Sephora.

Bottom (L-R)
Butter London Come to Bed Red – A seriously sexy red polish. Available from Nordstrom, Zappos.
Nails Inc St James – The perfect pillar box red. Available from Sephora.
Tom Ford Carnal Red – The ultimate Valentine’s Day red. Available from Bergdorf Goodman.

What’s your fave red nail polish?

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… Gel nails

How often do you paint your nails?

If you like to keep the same colour you’ll love gel nails. Similar to Shellac, Orly Gel FX is a gel nail system that is cured with LED lights.

I’m wearing Haute Red, a bright orange-red creme and I had my nails done at The Australasian College Broadway.

The pros and cons of gel nails

Pros

  • Once cured, they are dry straight away and you don’t need to worry about bumping or marking them
  • They last longer than regular polish. Orly claims it can last for more than two weeks but you should get 7-10 days without a chip
  • Uses LED light system which is safer and faster than UV light systems
  • Orly Gel FX formulas contain vitamins to help nourish your nails

Cons

  • Limited colour range, though they have chosen the bigest sellers from the normal polish range so your favourites are available
  • It takes longer to apply. There’s a primer, base coat, colour and top coat with 30 second curing time for each layer
  • It takes longer to remove. That could be a post in itself, but it’s an arduous process to remove.

If you love changing colours as often as you change clothes, gel nails are not for you. However if you like some time in the salon to relax and get your nails done, you’ll love gel nails. You can also buy the kit to do your nails at home.

Are you a fan of gel nails? And can you believe the Australasian College only charges $10 for a gel manicure?

Nail-spiration: Christmas Nail Art

It’s my favourite time of year!

I’m so excited about December as it’s a jam-packed month of fun. Not only is it full of Christmas festivities, it’s also my birthday and the start of summer in Australia. Don’t forget New Year’s celebrations to see the year off with a bang.

Now with all this going on it’s time to get your nails in on the festive fun. Here’s some nailspiration for all kinds of Christmas Nail Art.

Christmas Tree Nail Art

Christmas Tree tutorial from Pshiiit

Santa & Reindeers Nail Art

Credits: Polishpedia, Polish & Pearls, Katrina’s Nail Blog, Never Gonna Give You Up,

Festive Glitter Nails

Credits: All Lacquered Up, The Swatchaholic, Vampy Varnish, Glitter & Nails,

Find more Christmas nail-spiration on our Festive Nail Romance Pinterest board.

How will you wear Christmas on your nails?

Nail-spiration: Nail Stickers

The cheat’s way to nail art, nail stickers give you the look of patterned nails with minimum effort.

I first discovered nail stickers in Sephora earlier this year. I am always doing my nails at the last minute and I ran out of time to paint my nails before heading to a friend’s wedding. I put a packet of nail stickers in my handbag and ran out the door. I ended up doing my nails as I walked to the wedding ceremony and I took the above photo at the reception.

Yes, these stickers are so easy you can put them on walking but I suggest sitting down for the first attempt.

Nail Sticker Shopping Guide

Sally Hansen and Sephora are my tried and tested nail stickers. I love the look of the Butter London range and need to try these very soon.

Tips for applying nail stickers

  • File and buff your nails before applying the stickers. Make sure your hands and nails are clean.
  • Before starting, check the size of the stickers to determine which will fit your nail. I like to lay them out so I know which is for each finger.
  • Don’t fret if it’s not straight first time. The stickers can be lifted and repositioned two or three times.

Nail stickers aren’t cheap when compared to the price of nail polish, but you get a salon finish for a fraction of the salon price. They’re quick, there’s no drying time and you can do them at the last minute for a professional finish.

Do you wear nail stickers?