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Monday, January 27, 2014

A darker valentine's day nail design



Hello ladies!

Today I'll be sharing with you this glam, yet darker design intended for valentine's day. This is also an entry for the born pretty store contest, that you can find more about by checking out my youtube vide.

The "divas" of the day are those cute heart studs made out of crystals, that I'm wearing my my ring finger nails. They come in packs of 3, for $2.55. You can find them HERE 

To be honest, I found them very uncomfortable for the first few hours, especially when typing, because I'm not used to having dangly stuff on my nails, but i got used to them now and I dont even know they're there anymore.

Here's what I used for this design. Click on them to see where to get them from online:

Use code DNLW10 for a sitewide 10% discount and free shipping for most countries.

The UV top coat makes the glitter pop. This design is intended to be very shiny. You can use a high shine regular topcoat but I don't know if it will smoothen out the acrylic paint under it and make it look like polish.

Thank you or reading! If you have any questions or remarks please use the comment box below and I'll reply asap.



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Saturday, January 25, 2014

How to grow your nails when nature is not in your favor

Hello ladies. Today I want to share with you my experience with growing nails. Last month I started my last try of growing my nails after years and years of failures. As I said in the title of this post, this is for people that want to grow their nails even if nature didn't give them strong nails.

I have anemia, iron deficency and vitamin D and B deficency. Having a good diet never helped me, that's just the way I am. I tried absolutely everything, from medicine to injections to multivitamines, nail serums, nothing ever worked. I'm am a very slim person, I tried different types of weight gain diets, protein diets, carbs diets, nothing worked as I said, so I gave up until last month.

My nails are naturally very thin. They are so thin they bend backward, like springs. Also, they don't grow more than 1-2mm in 6 months. They are so short I have absolutely no free edge and they are transparent like glass. Even if in my last try they grew about 5mm in less than a month, they are still extremely thin, but I found the solution to keep them strong on surface.

I've always had to rely on gel and acrylic to keep them from breaking. They didn't like it so I started using full cover tips overlayd with gel and glued on my nail. That way i Could change the designs on the tips without melting them with nail polish remover, because gel protected them from desintegrating. Glue never hurt my nails.

Anyway, here are some steps I've been following in the past month to help my nails grow super fast and keep them strong. I'm not saying this is the right way of doing things, but it helped me a lot.


  • Don't cut your cuticles. I always removed my cuticles without knowing they actually help the nail grow. The cuticles irigate the base of the nail with blood and it makes them grow faster. Push them back after a shower or after moisturizing them
  • Use moisturizing cream at least once daily. Don't only apply cuticle oil, use a hand cream instead on your whole hand, massaging your fingers. I use a cheap moisturizing cream with shea butter and aloe vera. I personaly got this at dollar general in a pack of 2 bottles for about $5. Its not tested on animals so that's a plus. It might be cheap but I absolutely love it Here's how it looks like and the back with the ingridients.







  • After moisturizing your hands and nails good apply a coat of nail strenghtner. Nothing works for me except "diamond hard" or "maximum strengthhener" from KISS, a brand that can be found at almost any drugstore. I get mine at dollar general or CVS.



  • After it gets dry, apply a thin layer of brush on nail glue on the whole nail. Nail glue gets pretty hard but still flexible. Not all nail glues are the same, I like nailene the best. I use the one that dries with a tint of pink because it looks natural on the nail. You don't want to use too much glue or it will start getting opaque. Let it dry completely.

  • When the glue is dry, gently buff the nail to make the glue smooth. Use a very soft buffer, for natural nails and buff in one direction only without applying pressure because glue is really easy to smooth.
  • Apply 1-2 more coats of nail strengthener, thin coats and your nails will look as natural as they can. Because of the glue, your nails won't look shinny, they will look bare like you have nothing on them. In the above picture I have everything already applied on my nails.

After everything gets dry you can apply nail polish, designs, even rhinestones and 3D art because they are already protected and nothing should get on your natural nail. With this protective layer on, my nails are rock hard. If I take it off, they become soft again  like in the beggining, but as I said, this is for people that really can't get their nails strong.

Many others can tell you that there are ways to make your nails strong by having a healthy diet and taking multivitamines, but trust me, if you're like me, and your body is just messed up from nature, nothing will help. I tried for years and years, with doctors and without doctors, to fix these problems but nothing worked.

Hope this post can help some of you. Thank you for reading!


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Born Pretty Holo Polish full collection swatches (requested)




Hello ladies. I know some of you were interested in the holo polish colors. One of the female Dee Nails followers on facebook was confused thinking the colors are very much alike and asked me if I could do a swatch post. Well here it is and it comes with some tips and tricks as well.

The colors are in order in the above picture from 1 to 12 and the mini ones under them are as well in order, but I'll show you bigger versions of the photos as well. I have to mention they don't have names, only numbers.

All swatches show the color after 2 coats of polish over natural nails without any base coat or top coat.

Color 1

This color is my personal favorite. The reason? It can be used as a topcoat! I will show you further in the post a small experiment I made with different colors. It does turn any color holographic. The color is a sheer silver. In one coat its super sheer but turns almost opaque once you layer another coat over. You can see in the following pictures the difference between 1 coat and 2 coats.

Color 1 , 1 coat



Color 1, 2 coats



Color 2
Color 3
Color 4

Color 5

Color 6

Color 7

Color 8

Color 9

Color 10

Color 11

Color 12

The holographic effect is absolutely beautiful, however, I couldn't capture it very good because I took the pictures in artificial light. The full effect is visible under natural sunlight. I Personally love all the colors, but I have color 4, 6 and 8 stacked up, like 4 bottles of each color. I have to do the same for the topcoat. Here's the reason why.

My little experiment involved some basic colors : red, blue, yellow and light green, in 2 coats. Here's how it looked like before.

When they were completely dry, I applied a thin coat of color nr 1 holo polish. The colors stayed very vibrant, the only thing changing was they actually turned holographic. They gave the exact same effect as colors 2-12. Here's the result.


Hope you liked these and if you want to get the polishes, they're normally $12 each, BUT you can always wait for a dicount. BPS has a lot of sales going on all year round and the prices might drop down to even $5 faster than you think. Here's the link where you can purchase them, or add them to your wish list and wait till they get discounted.  >> Holo Polish <<

Use code DNLW10 for a sitewide 10% discount and free shipping for most countries.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

$0.88 cents nail art decals

http://www.bornprettystore.com/selected-water-decals-c-268_557.html



If you're a nail art lover and love the stickers and water decals from www.bornprettystore.com, or simply want a chance to try them out for very little and see if they work for you, you can join this sale. All the selected decals are 88 cents right now. Many of them I tried them myself or used them in my tutorials, so I highly recommend the ones I had the chance to try.

You can find the special sale here http://www.bornprettystore.com/selected-water-decals-c-268_557.html















































Saturday, January 18, 2014

Beginner nail art with heart pattern (no stamping)






Hello ladies!

Today I'll be showing you a design perfect for valentine's day, very easy to do, beginner level.

The look on the accent nail was achieved using an embossed metal decoration with crystals, from www.bornprettystore.com.

Here's the link  http://www.bornprettystore.com/2pcs-luxury-style-nail-crystal-embossed-metal-nail-decorations-p-10749.html

You can use code DNLW10 for a 10% site wide discount and free shipping on qualified countries.

The cristals come in sets of 2, this particular design being either silver or gold, depending what you like. I have both colors and both look amazing. They are about 1cm wide and 1.5 cm long, so can cover shorter nails completely in lenght.

The crystals on them shine extremely pretty. This design has hearts on it, the reason why I chose it to be on my accent nails for this design.


Here's the polishes and materials used today:


  • Confetti - Pink paradise
  • WNW megalast- Hit the pavement
  • Spoiled by wnw- I have no reception
  • WNW megalast- Whipped topping
  • NYC- Big apple red creme
  • Small plastic brush
  • Metal decoration
  • Topcoat

Tips:
  • follow a pattern when painting on the nail without crowding the hearts
  • if you have long nails for example, paint 3 hearts down and then 1 in between, like i do in the video
  • wait till they dry completely when applying top coat or else they will smudge
  • the metal decoration can be set in a layer of wet topcoat because it wont fall
  • dont press to hard on it or you'll make the polish under it curl and look bad
  • don't put topcoat over the metal decoration
  • this design looks best with a high shine topcoat

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Disclaimer: The metal decorations were won in a giveaway. Everything else was bought with my own money.

Do not reblog my photos or claim my designs in any way. If you remake my designs and post them online give credit to Diana Livesay.