A Passion for Nail Polish

…我有指甲油的熱情…


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Rose Nail Art Inspiration

http://www.rina-alcantara.com/2012/09/nail-art-blue-wave.html

Blue Wave Nail Art Design - Artistic Shot

http://workplaypolish.com/2013/06/04/visit-minnies-closet-opi-couture-de-minnie-nail-art/

Couture de Minnie Nail Art (workplaypolish.com)

These are the most beautiful designs I have come across recently! I think I’m going to give the roses a try and post the results this week.
What inspires you?
這是我最近看到最美的指甲設計! 我想自己試試,讓後把結果分享給你們看。

zhè shì wǒ zuì jìn kàn dào zuì měi de zhǐ jiǎ shè jì! wǒ xiǎng zì jǐ shì shì, ràng hòu bǎ jié guǒ fēn xiǎng gěi nǐ men kàn.


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Born Petty Store Holos!

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If you are interested in holographic nail polish, you can check out http://www.bornprettystore.com/show.php?cid=389 

There are 12 colours to choose from, and the one that I am putting on my wish list is the blue-teal holo: “Born Pretty Holographic Holo Glitter Nail Polish Varnish Hologram Effect 8#” I hope it doesn’t stain!

 

There is a special sale happening now for these polishes – 50% off the listed price and there is free international shipping.

 

I personally have not tried out this line of holographic polishes… but when I do, there will be a post up! Let me know if you’ve given them a try – does it apply evenly? What is the dry time like?

我有點痴迷 “Holo” aka. “Holographic” 指甲油 – 是一個大問題應為我一直想要買跟多跟多新顏色

wǒ yǒu diǎn chī mí “Holo” aka. “Holographic” zhǐ jiǎ yóu- shì yī gè dà wèn tí yīng wèi wǒ yī zhí xiǎng yāo mǎi gēn duō gēn duō xīn yán sè

 

如果你去這個網頁: http://www.bornprettystore.com/show.php?cid=389你可以看到十二個不一樣顏色的holo

rú guǒ nǐ qù zhè ge wǎng yè: http://Www.Bornprettystore.Com/show.Php?Cid=389 nǐ kě yǐ kàn dào shí’èr gè bù yī yàng yán sè de holo

 

我喜歡的是 藍/綠的顏色名叫: Born Pretty Holographic Holo Glitter Nail Polish Varnish Hologram Effect 8# 你有用過 holographic 指甲油嗎?你會喜歡這個效果嗎?

wǒ xǐ huan de shì lán/lǜ de yán sè míng jiào: Born Pretty Holographic Holo Glitter Nail Polish Varnish Hologram Effect 8# nǐ yǒu yòng guò holographic zhǐ jiǎ yóu ma? nǐ huì xǐ huan zhè ge xiào guǒ ma?


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Cutepolish #floraldoodle Design

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I was watching the video on YouTube (check out cutepolish’s YouTube Channel for fun designs!) and thought that I would give her #floraldoodle design a try.It was a little difficult to get the “doodles” to be as neat as hers and my sponging technique leaves a lot to be desired! I guess practice makes perfect… do you attempt nail art designs you find online? Or do you leave that to the “professionals”?I used Butter London “Fiver” as the base colour, as well as “Primrose Hill Picnic”, “Cheeky Chops” and “Jaffa” as the sponging colours. I really like the colour range offered by Butter London and the name/concept behind each of the polishes.

These polishes can get a bit expensive though… at $15.00USD a pop PLUS shipping and handling. I highly advise that you go to a store to see nail polish in person before you buy if at all possible… the cute names and swatches online may sway you to purchase a polish that you *thought* you wanted… but perhaps won’t impress you all that much once you open that long anticipated package.

You can check out the Butter London website for more details.

我在YouTube上看到 cutepolish 的花花美甲設計。 我本來想會很簡單,但是出來的樣子有點不一樣…下一次,我會盡量更整齊的搽指甲油的!

wǒ zài YouTube shàng kàn dào cutepolish de huā huā měi jiǎ shè jì. wǒ běn lái xiǎng huì hěn jiǎn dān, dàn shì chū lái de yàng zi yǒu diǎn bù yī yàng… xià yī cì, wǒ huì jìn liàng gèng zhěng qí de chá zhǐ jiǎ yóu de!

 

我用的指甲油是叫“Butter” 它比較特別的原因是這牌指甲油會使用英國歷史和目前事件作為指甲油的集合和名稱。

wǒ yòng de zhǐ jiǎ yóu shì jiào “Butter” tā bǐ jiào tè bié de yuán yīn shì zhè pái zhǐ jiǎ yóu huì shǐ yòng yīng guó lì shǐ hé mù qián shì jiàn zuò wéi zhǐ jiǎ yóu de jí hé hé míng chēng.

 

淺藍色: Fiver

紅色/橙色: Jaffa

褐色: Primrose Hill Picnic

黃色: Cheeky Chops

 

如果有興趣,可以看看Butter London的網頁! 它們目前有100不一樣顏色的指甲油!

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Holographic Polka Dots

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This shows my (lack of) left hand manicuring skills using Orly’s “Iron Butterfly” from their Metal Chic Collection.The consistency of this polish is pretty smooth, but as with all special effect polishes, it dried very quickly – leaving little time for me to maneuver the brush and get a clean application. I will need to practice how to make the left hand manicure cleaner with more practice. Overall, the pigmentation is really good for this polish, and it has beautiful staying power!I was able to add Color Club’s “Miss Bliss” from the new 2013 Halo Hues collection about five minutes after applying Iron Butterfly.

If you don’t have the Color Club Halo Hues… GO GET THEM!!! I have been looking at these online from Enospring – this is a great website and they have the best price for Color Club Halo Hues and the shipping is super fast to any American State!).

So far, I have gotten my hands on Miss Bliss, Cherubic and Cosmic Fate. I will have Harp On It and Eternal Beauty coming soon, but I want them ALLLLL!!!

這是我第一次使用ORLY牌子的 “磨砂” 或 “麂皮” 的指甲油。我覺得還蠻好用的,但是這種指甲油會很快就乾所以比較不容易均勻塗在指甲上。

zhè shì wǒ dì yī cì shǐ yòng ORLY pái zi de”mó shā” huò “jǐ pí” de zhǐ jiǎ yóu. wǒ jué de hái mán hǎo yòng de, dànshì zhè zhǒng zhǐ jiǎ yóu huì hěn kuài jiù gān suǒyǐ bǐ jiào bù  róng yì jūn yún tú zài zhǐ jiǎ shàng.

我目前最最最愛的指甲油是 “Holographic” 效果 (Google Translate跟我說這個holographic effect 是 “全息” 但是我不能確定對不對…”)。Color Club的 2012 和 2013 年 的 “Halo Hues” 彙集是市場上最好的! 如果你有出國一定要找這個牌子的指甲油!我是在 Enospring 買的,讓後請我認識的人幫我帶回來。

wǒ mù qián zuì zuì zuì ‘ài de zhǐ jiǎ yóu shì “Holographic” xiào guǒ (Google Translate gēn wǒ shuō zhè ge holographic effect shì “quán xí” dàn shì wǒ bù néng què dìng duì bù duì…”). Color Club de 2012 hé 2013 nián de”Halo Hues” huì jí shì shì chǎng shàng zuì hǎo de! rú guǒ nǐ yǒu chū guó yī dìng yào zhǎo zhè ge pái zi de zhǐ jiǎ yóu! Wǒ shì zài Enospring mǎi de, ràng hòu qǐng wǒ rèn shi de rén bāng wǒ dài huí lái.

這個美甲”藝術“點點設計使用 Color Club 的 “Miss Bliss” 你也可以自己試試看!

zhè ge měi jiǎ ” yì shù “ diǎn diǎn shè jì shǐ yòng Color Club de”Miss Bliss” nǐ yě kě yǐ zìjǐ shì shìkàn!

DSC04544[The dotting tools I found on eBay were used for this manicure]


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Marbled Nails

Lots of different brand nail polishes will be featured today… 今天我會用一些不一樣的指甲油品牌!
DSC04526L-R: OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, Seche Natural Matte Finish Nail Treatment, OPI (NL S40) “Be A Dahlia Won’t You”, Wet n Wild Megalast (218A) “I Need A Refresh-Mint”, Zoya (ZP484) “Emme”, Wet n Wild Wild Shine (466) “Blue Moon” and Sephora Top Coat Ultra Brilliance.

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My nail polish collection started with OPI’s “Be A Dahlia Won’t You” and OPI currently makes up the majority of my polishes.The OPI brush is flat and wide, so it makes application pretty easy. I find that the flat brushes prevents polish from dripping down the plastic part, making OPI nail polishes easier to control.The Wet n Wild polishes were purchased on sale during a trip to California, with “I Need A Refresh-Mint” as a must-have that a lot of people talk about as a common favourite.

Zoya “Emme” is the first (and only) nail polish I won from a giveaway! This polish has a metallic finish, so it shows some brush strokes after each coat. The great thing about Zoya is that they are a very health conscious beauty company.

The Zoya nail polishes are for natural nails and they contain no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or camphor. I think a lot of nail polish companies in Europe and North America are much more aware of the harmful effects of chemicals that are added to nail polish and they are actively trying to remove these from their products.

I hope that Asian companies will follow suit!

 

我在2012年開始收藏指甲油,慢慢從OPI挑選出來的第一瓶叫“Be A Dahlia Won’t You”。 我很喜歡OPI的刷子應為它不是圓的,是扁的(所以在適用指甲油的時候,多餘的不會滑下去…比較好控制!)

wǒ zài 2012 nián kāi shǐ shōu cáng zhǐ jiǎ yóu, màn man cóng OPI tiāo xuǎn chū lái de dì yī píng jiào “Be A Dahlia Won’t You”. wǒ hěn xǐ huan OPI de shuā zi yīng wèi tā bù shì yuán de, shì biǎn de (suǒ yǐ zài shì yòng zhǐ jiǎ yóu de shí hou, duō yú de bù huì huá xià qù… bǐ jiào hǎo kòng zhì!)

Wet n Wild Megalast 和Wild Shine 是美國品牌裡面比較便宜的指甲油。”I Need A Refresh-Mint” 是它們最有名的薄荷綠色。

Wet n Wild Megalast Wild Shine shì měi guó pǐn pái lǐ miàn bǐ jiào pián yi de zhǐ jiǎ yóu. “I Need A Refresh-Mint” shì tā men zuì yǒu míng de bò hé lǜ sè.

Zoya也是一個美國品牌,最有名的地方是它們的”4-Free”指甲油。我今年才發現有一些很傷身體的化學藥品在指甲油之內。我們常常插指甲的人要小心!要好好研究我們買的商品。看看可不可以避免這些會比較健康: 甲醛 (formaldehyde), 甲苯 (toluene), 樟腦 (camphor) 或邻苯二甲酸二丁酯(DBP,一種添加剂)。

Zoya yě shì yī gè měi guó pǐn pái, zuì yǒu míng dì dì fāng shì tā men de”4-Free”zhǐ jiǎ yóu. wǒ jīn nián cái fā xiàn yǒu yī xiē hěn shāng shēn tǐ de huà xué yào pǐn zài zhǐ jiǎ yóu zhī nèi. Wǒ men cháng cháng chā zhǐ jiǎ de rén yào xiǎo xīn! yào hǎo hǎo yán jiū wǒ men mǎi de shāng pǐn. kàn kàn kě bù kě yǐ bì miǎn zhè xiē huì bǐ jiào jiàn kāng: jiǎ quán (formaldehyde), jiǎ běn (toluene), zhāng nǎo (camphor) huò lín běn èr jiǎ suān èr dīng zhǐ (DBP, yī zhǒng tiān jiā jì).

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I’m starting to get some staining (darn red polishes!) so I like to double up on base coats… I’m not sure if I’m doing it right by combining the OPI Natural Base Coat and the Seche Natural. If you have any tips or comments please let me know! 我的習慣是要適用“底甲油”。我目前是在 86.shop 的復興分店買OPI的Base Coat,Seche Natural 是在加拿大買的。我會現上OPI讓後在上一層Seche當一個保護指甲的動作。

wǒ de xí guàn shì yào shì yòng “dǐ jiǎ yóu”. wǒ mù qián shì zài 86.Shop de fù xīng fēn diàn mǎi OPI de Base Coat, Seche Natural shì zài jiā ná dà mǎi de. wǒ huì xiàn shàng OPI ràng hòu zài shàng yī céng Seche dāng yī gè bǎo hù zhǐ jiǎ de dòng zuò.

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I thought that I could try the Marbled Nail look that I saw in a tutorial from Birchbox using just 2 coordinating (or clashing… whatever floats your boat!) colours and some plastic cling wrap.First, you lay down your base colour. I chose Zoya’s “Emme” and Wet n Wild “I Need A Refresh-Mint.Then, going forward with just one nail at a time, paint the second colour (I have OPI “Be A Dahlia Won’t You” and WnW “Blue Moon”) on top of the (semi) dry base colour. Immediately, take some scrunched up plastic wrap and lightly dab your nail so you can remove some of the second colour to achieve the marbled look.  I think you can wait for the base colour to dry completely before adding the second colour if you have loads of time on your hands.

Then put on a top coat and you are good to go!

Initially, I did a look with the blue accent nail. I thought the Wet n Wild polishes looked great together, but with the marble effect AND the pink polishes was a bit too much. I had to redo my ring finger nails before the end of the day.

在這個網站我看到一個很有趣的design: 大理石的指甲!你可以很容易實現這個美甲藝術設計~只需要兩瓶不一樣顏色的指甲油和保鮮膜就可以了!

zài yī gè wǎng zhàn wǒ kàn dào hěn yǒu qù de design: dà lǐ shí de zhǐ jiǎ! nǐ kě yǐ hěn róng yì shí xiàn zhè ge měi jiǎ yì shù shè jì ~zhǐ xū yào liǎng píng bù yī yàng yán sè de zhǐ jiǎ yóu hé bǎo xiān mó jiù kě yǐ le!

第一步:上地色。

第二步:上第二個顏色,讓後馬上用一小球保鮮膜(卷起來的!)去除多餘的指甲油。*指甲要一個一個來…不要讓第二個顏色幹哦!

第三步:上 TOP COAT

dì yī bù: shàng dì sè. dì èr bù: shàng dì èr gè yán sè, ràng hòu mǎ shàng yòng yī xiǎo qiú bǎo xiān mó (juǎn qǐ lái de bǎo xiān mó) qù chú duō yú de zhǐ jiǎ yóu. *zhǐ jiǎ yào yī gè yī gè lái… bù yào ràng dì èr gè yán sè gàn ó! dì sān bù: shàng TOP COAT

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