Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Year 2016 Nails

A new year! A new Start! and Way to go!

  • Pointer base: Maybelline glitter mania starry nights, stamped with Uber Chic 6-01 using konad white over M-polish guilded
  • Middle base: kbs kind of a big dill stamped  3-4 times with XL K with a fire work type image and then stamped over it with BM 414 the city skyscape image using konad white; dabbed some jelly glitter over crackers
  • Ring: base os kbs Kind of a big dill; stamped with XL K using multiple metallic stamping colours; dabbed on with various glitter/holo polishes of the same shade over each cracker.
  • and Pinky sally hansen black heart; 2016 freehanded with colorclub cosmic fate
  • thumb: kbs kind of a big dill stamped with M-polish guilded using Ucb 6-01
  • All topped with hkgirl
Have a rocking new year!!

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Revlon holographic pearl vs China Glaze fairy dust

Most of the nail polish addicts in India would readily give a hand or leg or pay obnoxious amounts of shipping to lay hands on some true holo. Out of the blue Revlon has un-announcingly launched their holographic pearl here without much ado. Whilst SA's in store are unaware of what the potential of a holo is they will tell you it's a new "glitter polish" 😂

So here's the first look at india's first holo polish: the common man's version of china glaze fairy dust (or is it really?!)

First up: both polishes are swatched over Sally Hansen black heart
-Both are one coats. Revlon is much thicker and more dense than ChG. A couple more coats and I would have got full coverage with Revlon. 
-Revlon sparkles more than ChG. The holo effect is more in Revlon.
-on the other hand the base is not seen enough when using Revlon. ChG just sparkles with a good amount base being seen. 
-Revlon is priced at ₹350/- for 8ml vs China glaze ₹500/-(approx) for 15ml on Amazon in US plus international shipping that could cost u an arm or a leg (lol!)
-if you put a few drops of thinner in Revlon maybe you can achieve a fairy dust type effect of sparse sparkling holo.

They are definitely not same but till we get China glaze in India this will have to do. Let me know if you need any more info. 

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Christmas Nail Art

Tis the season to be jolly!!!
Wish all of you a Merry Christmas!!
Stay blessed! 

Red nail paint 2 coats: Glam Polish you're the one I want stamped with konad white using JQ-8 on ring, moyou festive 06 on middle and OB19 on thumb
White: China glaze white out 2 coats stamped with lakme going green using moyou festive 06
Gold: Maybelline Color Show glitter mania 1 coat: All that glitters stamped with konad black using moyou festive 06
All topped with hkgirl

Btw: the giveaway is still on..--> link here for details! Hurry Last day!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas Giveaway

Its that time of the year again! Yes!
Giveaway time!

Rules are simple:
  1. Create a christmas themed nail art and mail it to me on nailartandthings(at)gmail(dot)com
  2. Comment on this blog post with your name, mail id and things that make you cheerful this season
  3. If you are there on twitter or IG then post your nailart there too and Tag me in your caption and #nailartnthingsxmas (No worries if you dont have these just mail me and follow rule no.2)
  4. Open to Indian residents or people with an Indian address
  5. Open from now till 28th Dec 2015

Winners will be chosen by me. Two winners each will receive ₹500 voucher from one of my favourite online shopping website. Jabong has graciously offered to sponsor this giveaway on NailArt and Things!

Lets see those manis!

P.S Only original nail art will be considered. If you just pick something off the internet be sure I will know and you will be disqualified immediately. 

Fusion Fiesta

Running short on time. Have a backlog of manis to post. Also managed to made some really dud ones which I wont bother posting. But this one here was really pleasing.

Pointer and pinky: Base: Models own Shades 
Stamped with Uber chic beauty 3-02 and Konad white; 
Ring: Models Own coconut cream swirled with Opi Dating a Royal; 
Middle Fun Lacquer 24 karat
All topped with HKGirl 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Neon French Nail Art

Hey Ya, 
Did something really simple and easy to just get some paint on my nails and perk me up

Base: Loreal macaron noisette
French tips: Models own Bikini
Thin unbranded stickers on accent with a tiny silver bindi sticker
All topped with hkgirl

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Imperial Robe: Picture polish Imperial

Another sizzling mani with a stunning Picture polish

Base: Picture Polish Imperial
Accent: Maybelline Colorshow Bold Gold
Stamping plate: Uber Chic 5-01
Stamping polish: Bold gold
Topped with HKgirl

Heres a swatch of that stunner on its own:

It tends to look neon-ish but here my cam has made it a bit more.
See ya soon!

Monday, 26 October 2015

Starry Glamour Nail Art

Base: Inglot 924
Pointer and pinkie: topped with bk holo 02 on base
Middle two fingers: sponged on color club gingerbread on an unbranded star vinyl
All topped with hkgirl 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Faded Denim Nail Art

A faded denim look. Simple yet elegant and easy.

Base: china glaze white out and Zoya pixie dust in Sunshine
For the gradient: ChG for Audrey and Opi Dating  a Royal, topped with hefesto a holo from hits no olimpo 
Added small metal studs to the accent.

Easy Peasy! 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

A England Sleeping Palace: Pattern Nail Art and Swatch

I hauled some lovely polishes from A-England from the site during their anniversary sale. First up let me tell you that they are one of the best polishes I have used. Brilliant one coaters most of them and they look like glowing from within. They are super smooth to apply and dry in no time! Show stopper today is: Sleeping palace (link) from the Burne-Jones-Dream Collection

Base: A-England Sleeping Palace
Stamping plate: Pueen 34
Stamping polish: Bells of Ireland from M-Polish (link)
Topped with hkgirl

Also a quick word on this stamping polish. Its pearly light green and it shows up really well on darker bases. I have reviewed around 9 stamping polishes from M-polishes and they have all passed with flying colours. There's a new one called "To and to Holo" and yup..its a holo stamping polish! That is certainly going in my wishlist and I also need some really awesome neon stamping polishes. 

Another shot of my mani

And I am leaving this last so you can drool on this swatch all day!

Hav fun!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Floral Whirls

Just trying a bit of mix and match here..
Base: ChG Lemon Fizz and sponging with ChG Violet vibes
Stamping plate: B.Loves Mind Blown
Stamping polish: Kleancolor Metallic Fuchsia
Added some water decals I bought from a local shop
Topped with HKgirl

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Leaf Motif Nail Art using Nail Vinyls

I am on a vinyl practicing spree.
Base: ChG For Audrey; Accent Maybelline Bold Gold
Stamping: Maybelline bold gold
Stamping plate: BP L-003
Accents: Almaz Vinyls from twinkledT and metallic stickers on the ring
Topped with HKgirl

Gonna try and practice nail art using more vinyls and my loads of untried plates and polishes!
C ya soon!

Friday, 11 September 2015

Triangle Story

I have a sudden inclination to all stamping plates geometrical

So this formed in my head and looked way cooler and easy to do. Especially after you see a bunch of vinyl videos and they make the whole thing look like a breeze. And then you feel like a pro yourself!

Yeah this mani got me to my knees! but lets skip the unpleasant part.
Base: Maybelline porcelain party
Highlights: ChG Go with the flow, ChG DJ blue my mind
Stamping plate: B.Loves plates Geometry is perfect
Nail Vinyls: TwinkledT (the cyclone variety)
Studs: from Forever 21 (gifted to me by my bro and sis-in-law)
All topped with HKgirl

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Floral Gold Nail Art

A Mani with some oriental inspiration using red and gold

Base: Maybelline Bold Gold topped with Bourjois Ghost Lovers 
Stamping Plates: Uber Chic 1-02 and 3-01
Stamping Polish: Baroque from M-polish (link: lovely metallic red)
topped with hkgirl

Monday, 7 September 2015

NewU Glitter Nail Art using Outer Space and Green Glitz

I am in looooveeeee.....

with this mani!!!!! and these polishes!!

Base: Glitter polish is Outer Space  from Glitterati collection and Green Glitz on the middle and Ring finger; both from newu (link)
Stamping Plate JQ 41
Stamping polish: Konad Black
Tc HK girl

I completely love both these polishes!
Outer space (link; Rs.75/-) is has duo chrome green-blue and gold glitter in a black jelly polish base. Applied 3-4 coats for complete coverage.
Green Glitz (link; Rs.75/-) is a shimmery chartruese base with pale gold and green-gold duo chrome glitter. I was quite surprised how nice green glitz looked after I swatched it. Quite Lovely!
Applied 3 coats for complete coverage.

Both dried fast! Priced at around 

Heres a macro of Outer Space (Looooove at first sight!!)

Friday, 4 September 2015

Stay Quirky review Crazy Good Sand Effect

Another mani with my new SQ polishes

Base: SQ So crazy
Stamping plate: B.Loves Mind blown 03
Stamping polish: Konad black

Crazy Good (link; available on is a shimmery medium turquoise blue shade; with a sand effect finish. I really like this shade and this is something that I was looking forward to when Maybelline had launched their glitter mania line. But that was very few shades and was missing a turquoise in particular. This polish has very fine shimmer and super fine glitter. It can be a bit tough to remove it, so I have used a glue base under this polish.
I applied 2 coats in the pic above. It dries fast..3-4 mins.
Price is Rs.150/- for 8ml (mrp is Rs.200/- and they have some promotions going on).
The brand says its a part of the sand effect line where you can get gritty granular effect. 
Started chipping on the tips on the 3rd day.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Stay Quirky Pink-a-licious Nail Art

Here's another post using my new SQ polishes

Base SQ Pink-a-licious
Stamping plate: Uber Chic 3-02
Stamping polish: Snowberry from M-polish (link) Nice pearl white shade!!

Pink-a-licious (link; available on is a dark pink creme shade. It has a nice glossy finish and applies smooth.
I applied 2 coats in the pic above. It dries nicely..say around 5-7 minutes.
Price is Rs.113/- for 6ml (mrp is Rs.150/- and they have some promotions going on)
The brand says its a part of the gel finish line where you can get effect of gel finish without using UV light to cure. Its good at the price of Rs.113/- lasted 2 days on me without chipping. 

Monday, 31 August 2015

Stay Quirky Nail Polish Review : Winnie Pooh Nail Art

There's a new brand of polishes in India and they are called Stay Quirky. Of course got me curious to check them and they sent over some polishes for review.

First up is the quirky nail art that I did.
Base: Stay Quirky Sunny side up (link)
Hex nail Vinyl on the ring finger with Sally Hansen Black heart sponged on 
Stamping plate: OB-3
Stamping polish Konad black

Heres a plain swatch of the polish!

Initially I wasnt sure of the shade..thought it was a bit too bright on me. Neither golden nor yellow.
But after a bit it grew on me and I quite like it! Its really bright and good to lift up your mood on a dreary rainy day! 
It has a nice satin finish..dries decent (say 5-7 mins)
This shade is sheer..what you see above is 3-4 coats and VNL is there.
Price: Rs250/- for 8ml!! its a bit steep if you ask me...but usually the brand has some kind of promotions going on and these are priced between Rs.80-120/- mostly.

They have a wide range of finishes..something that other brands in India need to catch up to. Satin/Leather effect, Sand effect, gel finish, some glitters, usual cremes, pastels etc. I found the jersey effect and the duo chromes to be most interesting. Although this satin finish is also quiet nice and not easily available here in most brands in India.
The brand has listed shade names on the site but there is no name on the bottle, which makes it a bit difficult to remember the shade or finish. Most nail addicts I know can see a shade and recollect the name so that is a tad inconvenient if you ask me to go back to check it online or have to make my own label and stick it on. They have various shades in different sizes like 6ml, 8ml and 11ml. Though that seems odd. Some have shade names mentioned and some dont. The brand has communicated to me that they are working to change this and will get names on the bottles soon. This one in the review is blank, doesn't have anything written on it. So while I am off to make my label, You can check out the other shades here: Link

Have you used this brand yet? Let me know how you like it.

(Discailmer: Polish sent for review. Opinions are honest and unbiased)

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Crelly Mania

A simple but colorful mani for a weekend break outta town

Base: Funky Cold Patina from KB Shimmer
Middle finger: Maybelline Denim Dash, topped with Miss Claire 64
Ring Finger ChG Unplugged topped with BK holo 04
Stamping plate: Uber Chic 1-02
Stamping polish: Maybelline Bold Gold

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Dreamy metallic swirls

Mostly I use metallics for stamping but this time around I used it as a base and I really liked how smoothly this one goes.

Base: 105 tutti fruity from NewU
Stamping polish: dancing in the streets from M-polish (really nice metallic sheen)
Stamping plate: BP L-003 (purchased by me link)
Top coat SV

Here's a swatch of the base in its own:

Goes smooth and not as streaky as I thought this would be considering its a metallic base.
Most streaks settled down on their own. One coater!! Should stamp well on dark bases.
Might get a few more of these newu metallic polishes. A couple of friends had success doing watermarble with their cremes too. Definitely worth getting at Rs.75/- a bottle.

(polish sent by newu for review. Opinions are honest and unbiased)

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Indian Independence Day Nail Art

My I-day Nails

Base: Maybelline Porcelain Party
Orange and Green Dots with Lakme Fast and Fabulous Flaming Orange and Going green
Used a dotting tool for the dots
For accent I stamped with an unbranded plate from Aliexpress. This was a wheel in a horse carriage
Topped with my fav HKgirl

Another shot:

Have a fun day!

Friday, 14 August 2015

Pastel Gradient

Just a simple gradient in pastel shades.

Base: China Glaze White out
Gradient: China Glaze For Audrey, PP Chillax and ChG Secret Periwinkle
Topper with China Glaze Fairy Dust

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Elegant Bridal Lace Nail Art

Here's a simple and elegant one, suitable to everyday too. One can add rhinestones to give it a glam/bridal look.

Base: Sheer pink unnamed local brand
Stamping plate: BP L-020
Stamping polish: Konad white

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Happy International Nail Art Day : Twin Nails

On the ocassion of International Nail Art day on 1st Aug.. me and my nail bestie Dhara from ( decided to do a bestie twin mani. All we had decided was that it had to show our special love (read obsession with polishes and nail art) so here's our manis: 

and heres my solo shot: 

Thats supposed to read Certified polish addict! yep me or rather us!

Base: Orly Mirror ball on pointer and small
China Glaze glow with the flow and home sweet house music on gradients
Gradients are topped by ChG fairy dust
Decals made with uber chic 3-01 and filled with same as gradients
Stamping plates: Fun 2 and JQ 32
All topped with hkgirl

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Purple Illusions

Some stamping nail art using 2 colours. Created a very 3-D effect on the nails.

Base: Funkey Dunkey
Stamping plate: Uber Chic 1-03
Stamping with m-polishes Hottie and I Need A Vacation (both from the polish of my people collection link)
topped with hkgirl

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Chevron Nail Art

Loving how easy and cool it is to use Nail vinyls! so here's another one:

Base OPI Dating a Royal (blue), SH Black heart (black)
Accent nails: SH Golden-I
Angel Nail Vinyls (instagram link; facebook link
Dots with dotting tool

Monday, 27 July 2015

Hexy Neons

 Tried another set on nail vinyls I was sent for testing. This one is still in the making. Will update vinyl details when available. I tried to apply polish directly but it leaked under the vinyl so I redid with sponging a gradient and it turned out well but not as crisp as I would have liked.

Base: China glaze Electric nights Daisy know my name? and Go with the flow on maybelline porcelain party
Sponged ChG home sweet house music with the base of adjacent finger on vinyls
Topped with SV

Friday, 24 July 2015

Morrocan Nail Art

Nail Vinyls are giving me an excuse to push my schedule and do some nails. Easy to use and look so neat and nice! Here's some vinyl love:

Base: Newu Celebration (shade 140 from glitterati collection)
Vinyls are from Twinkledt: Almaz 
Accent is Metallic shade 040 from lakme on the vinyl
Stamped with Guilded from M-Polish
Stamping plate BP L-003 from bornpretty store
Topped with HKgirl

I am quite liking these stamping polishes from M-polish. They don't stink and show up well on light and dark colours. (link)

Heres a swatch of celebration from Dabur's newu. 
Base is a Blackcurrant pop from Maybelline colorshow
Topped with 3 thin coats on Celebration. Love the iridescent blue and small holo glitter in it.
Looks very pretty in sunlight..but I didnt have any :(

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Matt neon print

Rainy weather here makes me wanna wear my manis matt for some all goes matt!!

Base: BK 28 (matt neon green)
Gradient with  Maybelline blackout
Stamping plate: BP L-004
Stamping polish: Konad black
Inglot matt tc

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Rainbow Gradient in Glass Effect

This is a new one for me. I tried stain glass colours on a base of silver glitter and the effect looked very nice and shiny. I kept the plain base for a couple of days which is why you can see the edges of the nails have started to show. These colours are very versatile you can thin with using water and also get a nice tint effect and fill in your designs using lead light technique too.


 Base: Small silver glitter polish (local unbranded)
Fevicryl Stain glass colours applied using a flat paint brush 2-3 coats
Stamping plate: B.Loves flower power
Stamping polish: Konad white
Topped with hkgirl